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Played For Both: MK Dons

15 November 2018

Since Milton Keynes Dons FC formed in 2004, a total of seven players have turned out for both The Dons and The Silkmen.

Ahead of Saturday’s clash at Stadium MK, we take a look at who they are...

Jordan Hadfield

Jordan started his footballing career with Stockport County in the youth set up, but having failed to win a First Team contract he came to the Moss Rose in 2006.

Jordan played his first season without pay - desperate to prove his abilities. His gamble paid off when he signed a three year contract shortly after.

After a fairly solid first season as a Silkman, opportunities dried up and Jordan was one of five players on our list who followed Paul Ince to MK Dons in 2007.

Unfortunately he made only thirteen appearances at Stadium MK before heading back to the Moss Rose.

A month on loan at Altrincham followed, before Jordan was released in 2009.

 

Mitch Hancox

Birmingham born Mitch joined Birmingham City as a schoolboy, staying with The Blues for fourteen years until he made the move up to the Moss Rose.

He made his debut on the first day of the 2016/2017 season in the 2-1 win against Torquay. Making a total of thirty-eight appearances and scoring two hat-tricks for The Silkmen, he made the move to MK Dons this summer.

So far Mitch has started two games for The Dons, both in cup games, but has been an ever-present on the bench.

 

Anthony McNamee

Starting his senior career with Watford, Anthony joined MK Dons in 2011 on a free transfer after short spells at Swindon and Norwich, as well as a number of loan moves.

He made his debut as a substitute against Carlisle but struggled to gain a regular place in the first team, going out on loan to Wycombe during the following November.

Released by MK in the summer of 2012, Anthony came to the Moss Rose, but against struggled to make an impact.

He played just four times before having his contract cancelled by mutual consent the following December.

Anthony made a number of appearances for both Woking and Aldershot in the years that followed, before retiring from the game in 2015.

 

John Miles

Bootle born forward John was a product of Liverpool's Academy but was released in 2002, moving to both Stoke and Crewe where he struggled to make an impact.

He came to the Moss Rose as a loan player in 2003 before signing full terms with The Silkmen after scoring four times in eight appearances.

A frustrating four years followed, as John was unable to establish himself as the prolific goalscorer that his loan spell had promised. Joining Accrington Stanley in 2007, he followed former Macc boss Paul Ince to MK Dons as a loan player in January 2008.

After twelve games with no goals under his belt, John returned to Accrington in 2010, after which he dropped down the leagues, spending short periods with Fleetwood, Droylsden, Stockport, Altrincham, Warrington and, most recently Cammell Laird.

John has since moved back to Merseyside, working for Everton in a number of coaching roles.

 

Alan Navarro

The second Liverpudlian on our list, Alan started out at Liverpool before going out on loan to first Crewe and then Tranmere. He joined Tranmere in 2002, starting his first of two spells with The Silkmen in 2004 as a loan player, making eleven appearances and scoring once.

Alan joined Macclesfield permanently in 2005 after a short period at Accrington, going on to make fifty-nine appearances in blue and white. A solid, hard working defensive midfielder that didn’t score too many goals, Alan found the net twice in consecutive games during the 2006/07 season.

Another player to follow Ince to MK, Alan joined The Dons in August 2007 and made seventy-seven appearances, scoring another two goals, before being released and joining Brighton in 2009

 

Carl Regan

Carl is another Liverpool native, although he started out with the Blue side of the city rather than the red.

Failing to secure a regular first team spot, he left Everton in 2000 and joined first Barnsley, then Hull City, Chester City and Droylsden before finding himself at the Moss in 2006.

Carl made over sixty appearances for Macclesfield and scored twice, before joining Ince at MK Dons in early 2008 - just two days after turning out for Macc against The Dons.

A solid eighteen months followed where he made almost fifty appearances and scored once against Lincoln City.

 

Danny Swailes

Danny has featured on our previous "Played For Both" feature, having played for Northampton as a loan player. His parent club at the time was MK Dons, who he had joined after two years as a Macclesfield Town player back in 2007.

Danny enjoyed success at MK, with the team winning promotion from League 2 and the Football League Trophy in the 2007/08 season.

He was also included in the League Two Team of the Year to top off an excellent season.

Released in January 2010, Danny then made his way to Stockport before retiring from the professional game in 2011.

 

Managerial Mentions:

Two more ex-Silkmen have also made the move to MK Dons - but to join the managerial team instead of pulling on a pair of boots.

Paul Ince famously started his managerial career (and ended his time as a player) at the Moss Rose, taking over the struggling squad in October 2006.

Having saved the team from the dreaded drop, Paul moved to MK Dons in the summer of 2007, leading the club to promotion.

He had a second spell with The Dons in 2009 after a move to Blackburn, but struggled to recreate his previous prolific period and left at the end of the season.

The second ex-Silkmen to join the managerial set-up at MK Dons was Richie Barker.

Richie joined MK in 2014 after a successful career which included two years at the Moss where he netted twenty-three goals in fifty-eight league games.

He was assistant to Karl Robinson, acting as caretaker for a short time at the end of 2016 before Robbie Neilson took over.

Richie left MK in December to join Karl at Charlton - where he remained for eighteen months before taking up his current post as Assistant at Rotherham United.


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