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They Played for Both Clubs: Doncaster

It's that time again - another ex-Wanderer with connections to this weekend's opposition

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With apologies to Darren Greenshields, I present to you Mr Quinton Fortune.

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, in May 1971, Quinton Fortune is a pioneer of African football.

Having left the confines of his home country aged 14, he moved to London in order to play for the Tottenham Hotspur youth team having impressed following a trial spell with the club. He never made a first team appearance for the club, having to leave the club after work permit issues which prompted a move to Spain where he joined Atlético Madrid.

In 1995 he joined Mallorca on loan, where he made eight appearances without troubling the scorers before returning to Madrid. He struggled to establish himself in the first team at Atlético, finding it difficult to pin down a regular place due to his versatility, which saw him occupy both left back and left midfield positions without making either his own.

After just six appearances for Atlético he was on the move again - joining Manchester United for a fee of £2.5m, in August 1999. His three seasons in Spain had yielded just 14 appearances and no goals. He was brought in as cover for Ryan Giggs in an attacking left-sided role. Though as with his time in Spain, United manager Alex Ferguson often chose to select Fortune to play as a central midfielder or as a left-back.

He would remain at Old Trafford until the end of the 2005/06 season when he was released having spent the majority of his time at the club as a rotation option in the squad. He left the club following the expiration of his contract having won the 1999 Intercontinental Cup and the 2003 Community Shield. Despite playing in three Premiership winning seasons (1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2002-03), he never played the required 10 games to earn a winner's medal, making 6, 7 and 9 appearances respectively.

After a successful trial, he joined Bolton Wanderers for the 2006-07 season and made the left back position his own for the club's opening games. However, his time at the Reebok Stadium was hampered by injuries, with Fortune being substituted early one against Arsenal with a hamstring injury. He made sporadic appearances for the club in the cup game before being released having made just six appearances for the club. He would go on to trial at Blackburn Rovers, Sunderland and Sheffield United before signing for Italian side Brescia in 2008.

He made just a single appearance for Brescia before leaving to join AFC Tubize of Belgium at the start of the 2009/10 season. He fared a little better there, making nine appearances before leaving to join Doncaster Rovers in August 2009. He scored his first Rovers goal against Ipswich Town the following month, though was also sent off in a 2-2 draw against local rivals Scunthorpe United.

Fortune was not offered an extension to his deal at the club and was released on 4 February 2010 whereupon he promptly announced his retirement from football. In 2012 he returned to Manchester United as a coach involved with the development of the reserve team whilst working on his coaching badges alongside ex-Wanderer Warren Joyce.

In total, Fortune made a mere 112 career appearances spread over nearly 15 years, scoring just six times. In contrast, he made 45 appearances for the South African national side, scoring twice.