10 Facts About Andy Linighan


Andrew Linighan was born on 18 June 1962 and is an English former professional footballer who played as a defender from 1980 until 2000, notably in the Premier League for Arsenal and Crystal Palace.


Andy Linighan played in the Football League for Hartlepool United, Leeds United, Oldham Athletic, Norwich City, Queens Park Rangers and Oxford United before finishing his career with Non-league St Albans City.


Andy Linighan was born in Hartlepool into a footballing family as his brothers David and Brian were professional footballers.


Andy Linighan first played for his local side, Hartlepool United, before he signed for Leeds United in 1984.


Andy Linighan spent two season at Elland Road, being part of the team which narrowly missed out on promotion to the First Division in his first season there and then signed for Oldham Athletic.


Andy Linighan had been very reluctant to leave Norwich, but was told by then-chairman Robert Chase that he was being sold.


Andy Linighan mainly played as backup to England international defenders Tony Adams and Steve Bould in his first season, in which Arsenal won the First Division.

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Andy Linighan managed to put in 10 league appearances, which were enough for him to earn a winners medal.


Andy Linighan helped Palace as they won promotion to the Premiership that year as playoff winners.


Andy Linighan saw out the rest of the season with Oxford United, which ended in disappointment as United were relegated to the Division Three.