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Mike Whitlow

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Position Left back
Born 13 Jan 1968, Davenham (England)
Height 182 cm
Weight 81 kg
International Caps none

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Leeds United 11 Nov 1988 27 Mar 1992 96 4 £250000
Leicester City 27 Mar 1992 19 Sep 1997 179 9 £500000
Bolton Wanderers 19 Sep 1997 31 May 2003 163 2  
Notts County 30 Jun 2003        
Sheffield United 16 Jul 2003 30 Jun 2003 20 1 £0

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1988 - 1989 18(2) 1 0   0   0   2  
1989 - 1990 27(2) 1 0   2   0   4  
1990 - 1991 14(4) 1 1(3)   2(1)   0   3  
1991 - 1992 3(7) 1 0(1)   0   0   0  
Total 62(15) 4 1(4)   4(1)   0   9  

Jabba's Comments

Bolton Wanderers rejected the man they were later to make their captain, so Mike Whitlow found himself playing in the HFS League with Witton Albion when Howard Wilkinson came in to make him one of his first signings, along with Neil Parsley in a joint deal. Whitlow went on to much greater things than Parsley: he became a key member of the side that won promotion from Division 2 and established itself as a contender in the top flight, but the arrival of Tony Dorigo consigned Whitlow to the bench. Never spectacular, but a reliable and solid member of a team that played and fought for each other, he was one of those players who was popular with the fans for his work-rate and the fact that he did his best - even if some of the crowd were less than charitable as to what that best amounted to. He was released by Leeds close to deadline day in 1992 and enjoyed a good stint in the Premier League with Leicester and in the PL/Division 1 with Bolton, who finally decided that they could find a place for the man they had discarded nearly 15 years before.

In 2001-02 he was at the heart of Bolton's defence alongside the experienced ex-Spurs player Gudni Bergsson and together they helped to keep Bolton in the Premier League. He also finally received his Championship medal this year when it was realised he had played enough games while at Elland Road to qualify for one in 1992. Whitlow was released at the end of his contract at the end of the 2002-03 season.

Hazel Fletcher says: I am researching the WHITLOW name as I have ancestors of that name. I have written to Mike and will let you know if anything turns up.

Chris says: Mike was in the year below me at school, top bloke even then.

Russell Hartle says: a very good pro,and a nice man too.

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