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Quinton Fortune

A versatile footballer, who was comfortable playing in a number of positions, Quinton Fortune played 46 times for South Africa, including the 1998 and 2002 World Cups.

Fortune left South Africa at the age of 14 and moved to England where he played for the Tottenham Hotspur junior team. After having trouble obtaining a work permit, he moved to Spain, where he played for Atlético Madrid.

In August 1999, he was signed by Manchester United and it was there that he enjoyed the most successful period of his career, playing 126 times in seven years. He was initially cover for Ryan Giggs, and was thought of primarily as an attacking left-sided midfielder, but he also filled in as a defender.

Despite playing in three Premiership winning seasons (1999–2000, 2000–01 and 2002–03), Fortune never played the required ten games to earn a winner’s medal.

He was released by United in 2006 and over the next four years played for Bolton, Brescia, Tubizde and his last club Doncaster Rovers, whom he left in January 2010. Fortune then returned to Manchester United where he trained with the reserve team while working on his coaching qualifications.

Off the pitch he has worked for an anti-domestic violence group called Tender as part of their ‘Don’t Kick Off campaign’, which ran through the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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