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Where Are They Now - Adrian Littlejohn

Peverell Green continues his 'Where Are They Now' series where he looks back at the career of Argyle old boys, next up is striker Adrian Littlejohn.

ADRIAN LITTLEJOHN - Born 26th September 1970 Wolverhampton.

Adrian started his 18-year footballing career as a youth player with West Brom but failed to play a match and was released at the end of May 1989 in order to find first team football elsewhere.

Walsall was his next club, in his first season they finished bottom of the third division and were relegated. He stayed there for two seasons making a total of 54 appearances scoring one goal.
At the start of the 1991-92 season he was signed by Dave Bassett at Sheffield United, he played an important part in the Blades first Premier League season playing in 27 games scoring eight goals. The following season he scored three goals playing in 19 games but couldn't stop his team being relegated to the First Division. He played a further 18 times in the 1994-95 season before his career led him to the Westcountry.

In September 1995 Neil Warnock signed Adrian for a fee of 100,000, quickly repaying his managers faith in him by scoring eighteen goals in his debut season including a hat trick in a 4-3 win against Torquay. His goals helped Argyle to finish in fourth in the table, one point off an automatic promotion spot and a place in the pay-offs.

A 1-0 defeat at Colchester in the semi-final first leg was soon wiped out in a 3-1 win at Home Park. The game saw the always excitable Argyle manager banished from the touchline so he promptly climbed over the barrier fence and watched the game with the fans.
This set-up a Wembley final against Darlington in front of 43,131 fans, the vast majority of who had travelled up from the Westcountry.
A Ronnie Mauge headed goal ensured tens of thousands of Argyle fans returned home happy.
In his three years at Home Park he made 110 appearances scoring 29 goals.

In March 1998 Neil Warnock, now manager of Oldham, once more signed Adrian, again he repaid his manager when he scored on his debut against Watford.
Neither of them stayed long at Boundary Park, although Adrian did manage to score five goals in 21 appearances.

They were re-united once again when in November 1998 Neil Warnock, now manager at Bury paid 75,000 to secure Adrian's services for a third time. Unfortunately in his first season at Gigg Lane Bury were relegated, going down in the cruellest fashion, they were level with Port Vale on points and goal difference and went down by the fact Vale had scored more goals than them.
In total Adrian made 112 appearances for the club and scored 16 goals.

In 2001 Neil Warnock, now manager at Sheffield Utd brought Adrian back to the club he first played for ten years previously.
Adrian remained loyal to his now four times boss by turning down a permanent contract with Carlisle to play on a non-contract basis.
He only made three appearances in his second spell at Bramall Lane.

In February 2003 he obviously fancied a change in manager when, after a successful one month trial he signed for Brian Horton at Port Vale. The following season he scored seven goals in 41 appearances, adding to the one goal in eight appearances from the previous season.

In August 2004 he signed for League 2 team Lincoln, unfortunately he failed to make an impact there and was released in January 2005 after making only eight appearances.
He was soon snapped up by Rushden & Diamonds on a contract running until the end of the season; the now ageing striker was used to give the younger players the benefit of his experience making fifteen appearances for the club.

The following season he was signed by Mansfield and during the course of the 2005-06 season he made seven appearances for the Stags all of them as substitute.

That was pretty much it as far as Adrian was concerned and he decided to hang up his boots and take up coaching with the Sheffield United academy.
He then received a call from Mark Cartwright the manager of Leek Town and an old friend from playing together at Bury, the team were struggling in the Unibond League Premier Division and he persuaded the experienced striker to help them in their fight for survival. Adrian dusted off his boots and played four times for them.
This obviously wetted his appetite for playing and when a call came from another former teammate, Peter Duffield at Retford United, he spent the 2007-08 season with them finally seeing out his playing career.












ADRIAN LITTLEJOHN - Born 26th September 1970 Wolverhampton.

Adrian started his 18-year footballing career as a youth player with West Brom but failed to play a match and was released at the end of May 1989 in order to find first team football elsewhere.

Walsall was his next club, in his first season they finished bottom of the third division and were relegated.
He stayed there for two seasons making a total of 54 appearances scoring one goal.

At the start of the 1991-92 season he was signed by Dave Bassett at Sheffield United, he played an important part in the Blades first Premier League season playing in 27 games scoring eight goals.
The following season he scored three goals playing in 19 games but couldn't stop his team being relegated to the First Division. He played a further 18 times in the 1994-95 season before his career led him to the Westcountry.

In September 1995 Neil Warnock signed Adrian for a fee of 100,000, quickly repaying his managers faith in him by scoring eighteen goals in his debut season including a hat trick in a 4-3 win against Torquay.
His goals helped Argyle to finish in fourth in the table, one point off an automatic promotion spot and a place in the play-offs.
A 1-0 defeat at Colchester in the semi-final first leg was soon wiped out in a 3-1 win at Home Park. The game saw the always excitable Argyle manager banished from the touchline so he promptly climbed over the barrier fence and watched the game with the fans.

This set-up a Wembley final against Darlington in front of 43,131 fans, the vast majority of who had travelled up from the Westcountry.
A Ronnie Mauge headed goal ensured tens of thousands of Argyle fans returned home happy.
In his three years at Home Park he made 110 appearances scoring 29 goals.

In March 1998 Neil Warnock, now manager of Oldham, once more signed Adrian, again he repaid his manager when he scored on his debut against Watford. Neither of them stayed long at Boundary Park, although Adrian did manage to score five goals in 21 appearances.
They were re-united once again when in November 1998 Neil Warnock, now manager at Bury paid 75,000 to secure Adrian's services for a third time.
Unfortunately in his first season at Gigg Lane Bury were relegated, going down in the cruellest fashion, they were level with Port Vale on points and goal difference and went down by the fact Vale had scored more goals than them.
In total Adrian made 112 appearances for the club and scored 16 goals.

In 2001 Neil Warnock, now manager at Sheffield Utd brought Adrian back to the club he first played for ten years previously.
Adrian remained loyal to his now four times boss by turning down a permanent contract with Carlisle to play on a non-contract basis. He only made three appearances in his second spell at Bramall Lane.

In February 2003 he obviously fancied a change in manager when, after a successful one month trial he signed for Brian Horton at Port Vale. The following season he scored seven goals in 41 appearances, adding to the one goal in eight appearances from the previous season.

In August 2004 he signed for League 2 team Lincoln, unfortunately he failed to make an impact there and was released in January 2005 after making only eight appearances.
He was soon snapped up by Rushden & Diamonds on a contract running until the end of the season; the now ageing striker was used to give the younger players the benefit of his experience making fifteen appearances for the club.
The following season he was signed by Mansfield and during the course of the 2005-06 season he made seven appearances for the Stags all of them as substitute.

That was pretty much it as far as Adrian was concerned and he decided to hang up his boots and take up coaching with the Sheffield United academy.
He then received a call from Mark Cartwright the manager of Leek Town and an old friend from playing together at Bury, the team were struggling in the Unibond League Premier Division and he persuaded the experienced striker to help them in their fight for survival.
Adrian dusted off his boots and played four times for them. This obviously wetted his appetite for playing and when a call came from another former teammate, Peter Duffield at Retford United, he spent the 2007-08 season with them finally seeing out his playing career.














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Date:Monday September 10 2012

Time: 8:36AM

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