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Hartlepool United FC Player Profiles

Posted 17th July 2012 at 08:00 am

Career Biography

The 6ft 4ins goalkeeper moved to Pools during the summer of 2009 and since then has carved out a reputation as one of the finest keepers in the lower leagues.

Flinders began his career with Barnsley where he made his league debut in March 2005 and later that year he was capped by England at Under 20s level before attracting the attention of Crystal Palace boss Peter Taylor who signed him the following year.

Competition was tough at Selhurst Park and he made only 14 appearances for the Club, though he did build-up further First Team experience with loan spells at Gillingham, Brighton, Yeovil and Falkirk.

He enjoyed a superb first season at The Vic during which he played in every minute of every game in both the league and the cup. Injury hampered his second year but he returned from a thumb injury in top form to help secure Pools’ League One status.

After signing a new long-term contract in the summer of 2011, Flinders went on to play all but one game in 2011/12 during which he kept thirteen clean sheets.

Despite the Club suffering relegation in 2012/13, Flinders was again in top form and swept the board at the end of season awards when he was named Player of the Year by both the fans and his team-mates.

Flinders boasts a large catalogue of wonderful saves on his showreel but perhaps his finest moment came at the end of 2010/11 when he scored a dramatic 94th minute equaliser against Bournemouth in the final home game of the season.

Career History