Ian Snodin

Ian’s career with the Rovers really saw everything, making his debut at 17 years old, he became club captain two years later whilst still a teenager (and at the time the youngest captain in the entire football league), he represented England at under 21 and under 23 levels whilst at Belle Vue.  He won promotion with the club twice under manager Billy Bremner and returned nearly twenty years later as manager, to help guide the club back from extinction.

Ian is probably one of the most naturally gifted players to wear the Rovers shirt in the modern era, his ability on the ball, with his superb vision and range of passing, allied with an unbreakable never say die attitude and a willingness to run and run made him a true hero on the Belle Vue terraces.

He made his debut as a substitute on the 29th March 1980 and within 6 months became a regular in a Rovers side that won promotion from Division four in 1981 and went on to captain the side that were once again promoted to division three in 1984 and it was following this that Ian enjoyed probably his best year for the club, missing only 4 league games as the club became a competitive force in the third division and inevitably Ian moved onwards an upwards, joining Leeds United in the summer of 1985 for £200,000, money that cash strapped Rovers could not turn down.

Ian again became captain at Leeds United before his performances led to a move into the first division and Everton paid out £840,000 to secure his signing and he moved to one of the most successful side of the period, with whom he won the Championship.

A switch to full back proved extremely successful and Ian was rewarded with a call up to the England squad, though unfortunately injury forced his withdrawal and hampered his progress from then on. He spent time on loan with Sunderland before moving to Oldham and then a short spell at Scarborough before again teaming up with brother Glynn as Manager at the Rovers.  The club had just been relegated from the football league and had been facing almost certain extinction before John Ryan bought the club and installed one of the clubs most famous son’s at the helm.  With only a handful of players and not much else, Ian helped rebuild the club and managed a mid-table finish before winning the Conference trophy in front of a sold out Belle Vue in a brief welcome return to former glories.  One of the clubs most loved son’s Ian Snodin made 222 appearances for the club, scoring 29 goals, and is still remembered with great affection at the club.

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