Monday, 1 November 2010
178 Andy Flounders
Position : Forward
Played : 1991-92 to 1993-94
Appearances : 85
Goals : 31
Andy was our record signing (and remained so for 8 years) when Dave Sutton persuaded him to move across the Pennines from Scunthorpe for an agreed fee of £80,000. He began his career at his hometown club Hull City where he scored 54 goals in 159 appearances spread over 7 seasons. In 1987 he moved to the other side of the Humber and signed for Scunthorpe where he scored 87 in 196 appearances. He had scored 23 goals in 1990-91 so we were certainly signing someone in his prime.
I thought we were signing a penalty-box predator but while he certainly knew where the net was there was more to his game than that. He only had average pace and his ball skills were nothing special but he compensated with a good football brain. Once it was under his control he never gave the ball away and was impossible to disposess , shielding the ball until able to play someone in. He never got caught offside either. Two goals in particular stick in the memory. One was the last minute winner at York on Boxing Day 1991 which sparked wild celebrations on the terraces. The other of course was the famous lob from 45 yards at home to Lincoln the following December which was all the more impressive because the keeper was nearly back on his line by the time the ball got to Andy's feet.
In his first season he got 17 goals in 42 appearances which was respectable enough when you consider he was playing alongside Steve Whitehall (who we'll come to shortly) most of the time.
Unfortunately, despite the wonder goal mentioned above , things started to go wrong for Andy the following season. Halfway through the season he got banned from driving and his form suffered as he had to make a long train trip from his home in Hull so despite being our joint leading scorer with 14 he spent a month on loan to Rotherham scoring twice in 6 appearances. He patched things up with Sutton for the following season but now had Dave Lancaster to contend with for a first team slot. In the new year he went on loan again to Carlisle scoring once in 8 games. He made a brief comeback in March 94 when Sutton tried a new formation but in the second game it was tried we were thumped 5-1 at Hereford - one of the worst Dale performances I've ever seen - and Andy never played for us again. It's perhaps harsh to class Andy as a disappointment but you felt we could have got a bit more from him.
He was released in May and his stock had fallen so low he had to drop into the Conference with Halifax. Later that season Northampton gave him a trial and he played a couple of games for them before dropping back into non-league football for good with Brigg (with whom he went to Wembley in the FA Vase in 1996 and finished on the winning side ) and North Ferriby.