Brackley Town have confirmed that Chelsea FA Cup winner Frank Sinclair will make a one-off appearance for the club in Saturday’s Vanarama Conference North game against Harrogate Town at St James’ Park.
Sinclair, a member of the Chelsea team that lifted the FA Cup with a 2-0 Wembley defeat of Middlesbrough in 1997, will play as a ‘favour’ to manager Jon Brady, the club has reported.
In two Tweets this afternoon, a Brackley Town statement said: “Brackley Town are pleased to announce Frank Sinclair will be joining the club for the Harrogate match only.
“Frank has agreed to play as a favour to Jon Brady due to their good relationship with each other, and thus provide cover at centre back.”
Sinclair made 169 appearances for Chelsea from 1990 to 1998, also winning the League Cup in 1998 with another 2-0 Wembley win against Middlesbrough – the defender scoring the opening goal in extra time.
The 43-year-old – who played for Jamaica in the 1998 World Cup – then went on to make 164 appearance for Leicester City from 1998 to 2004 before dropping into the lower leagues at the tail end of his career with spells at clubs including Burnley, Huddersfield Town and Wrexham.
His one-off appearance at St James’ Park follows his recent resignation as manager of Conference North outfit Colwyn Bay.
Sinclair took control of the north Wales outfit in 2013 but resigned last week.
He said: “Resigning as manager of Colwyn Bay was the hardest decision of my career, but for the future of the club was the best thing to do.”