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Mike Whitlow

Personal information
Full nameMichael William Whitlow
Place of birthNorthwich, England
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing positionDefender

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Michael William Whitlow (born 13 January 1968 in Northwich, Cheshire, England) is a former professional footballer, who now works as the Head Coach of Youth for Burton Albion.

As a player, Whitlow was primarily used as left-back. He began his professional career at Leeds United, whom he joined from non-league Witton Albion in November 1988. He spent four seasons at Leeds, and played slightly below 100 games for the team. In March 1992, Whitlow was sold to Leicester City for a £250,000 transfer fee.

At Leicester, Whitlow became a first-team regular, and was a member of the side that won the 1997 League Cup. In total, he played 180 games for the Foxes, and scored nine goals. He then moved on to Bolton Wanderers in September 1997 for a £500,000 fee. At Bolton, Whitlow is remembered for being sent off in the dramatic 2000 playoff semi-final against Ipswich Town that Ipswich went on to win 5-3 after extra time, following a Jim Magilton equaliser in the last minute of normal time. The following season, Whitlow missed most of the action because of injury, but he returned to the side just in time for the playoffs, where Bolton this time got promoted to the Premier League.

After six seasons at Bolton, with 163 first-team appearances to his name, Whitlow was released at the end of the 2002-03 season. He spent the 2003-04 season at Sheffield United, scoring once against Burnley, and then joined Notts County the following season as player-coach. His last competitive match for County came in March 2005, although he remained registered as a player at the club until 2007.

After leaving Notts County, Whitlow worked for Derby County's youth academy, before being appointed head of youth development at Mansfield Town in May 2009, following the departure of David Jervis., he stayed in this job for just over a year before joining Burton Albion in a similar capacity.

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