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Doncaster Features: Famous Doncastrian: Ian Snodin

Ian Snodin was born on the 15th Aug 1963 in Thrybergh near Rotherham.

Under Billy Bremner's youth policy he rose meteorically through the ranks to first team football as a prodigious and gifted midfielder. He was such a strong player at such a young age that he played for England Under 21's whilst still with the club in the lower divisions.

From Leeds Fans.Org:

Ian Snodin was a creative midfielder, 3 years younger than brother Glynn, who was sold to Leeds by Billy Bremner when Bremner was in charge at Doncaster, and it was Bremner who sold him again when he was in charge at Leeds.

Not that Billy had anything against Snodin: he was a very talented player who played 4 times for the England U-21 side while he was still at Doncaster.

In just 18 months at Elland Road, Snodin became a key part of the team and was hugely popular, but to allow him to further his career - and to bank some money - he was allowed to move to Everton.

From Toffeeweb:

Ian Snodin is an almost unique figure in modern football in so much as he declined an invitation which few receive and virtually no one declines when he turned down the chance to join Liverpool in January 1987.

Having established himself an an aggressive, yet thoughtful, midfielder in a struggling Leeds United side during the mid-eighties, Snodin was pursued by several leading clubs but only two - Everton and Liverpool - were willing to meet an asking price of 840,000 pounds.

Having agreed personal terms with Kenny Dalglish, Snodin was expected to move to Anfield but an eleventh-hour intervention by Howard Kendall proved to be decisive and within a matter of hours he had pledged his future to Everton. Although his never-say-die attitude was warmly recei ved by the Goodison public it was not until Snodin was pressed into service as an emergency right-back that he truly began to flourish.

His transformation from midfielder to defender was accomplished with such speed and in such style that he was called up into the full England squad for a friendly international in Greece in February 1989.

Unfortunately, Snodin was forced to withdraw because of injury and his problems were compounded a matter of only a few weeks later when he was carried off during a game against Sheffield Wednesday with a serious hamstring problem. Despite lengthy periods of rest and several operations, Snodin struggled to regain his fitness and spent the whole of the 1991-92 season convalescing.

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Doncaster Rovers 01 Aug 1980 31 May 1985 188 25 £200000
Leeds United 31 May 1985 06 Jan 1987 55 8 £840000
Everton 06 Jan 1987 01 Jan 1995 148 3 £0
Sunderland 01 Oct 1994 6 0 on loan
Oldham Athletic 01 Jan 1995 01 Aug 1997 57 0 £0
Scarborough 01 Aug 1997 01 Jun 1998 35 0 £0
Doncaster Rovers 01 Jun 1998

Management and Commentary

After Doncaster's dismal slide to the Conference in 1998 they tugged the heart strings to bring Ian and brother Glyn Snodin back to manage their home town club. He managed the club for 18 months with Glyn as his assistant before moving in to radio commentary.

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