Lee Sinnott (l) and son Jordan
LEE SINNOTT left Bradford City for Huddersfield Town in December 1994 and proved a key part of Neil Warnock’s Division II (now League I) promotion-winning team before shining in the second tier under Brian Horton.
Warnock splashed out £500,000 to bring in both Sinnott, who was made Town captain, and Lee Duxbury from divisional rivals Bradford and added them to a squad already containing keeper Steve Francis, Town Cowan, Darren Bullock, Ronnie Jepson and Andy Booth.
The pair suffered defeat on their debut (1-0 at Hull on Boxing Day) but there were only five more losses as Warnock’s side made the play-offs in the fifth and final place (only one side, champions Birmingham City, went up automatically that season).
Town saw off Brentford over two legs in the semis (Darren Bullock’s successful spot kick clinched a 4-3 shoot-out win after 1-1 draws in both legs), then beat Bristol Rovers 2-1 at Wembley with goals by Booth and Chris Billy.
Town finished eighth in Division I (now the Championship) the season after and 20th in 1996-97, after which Sinnott joined Oldham, who had been relegated.
Sinnott started his career at hometown club Walsall and also played for Watford, Crystal Palace and Scarborough.
He has managed Farsley, Port Vale, Bradford PA and Altrincham.