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Played For Both: Yeovil Town

21 November 2018

Ahead of the EFL contest between Macclesfield Town and Yeovil since 2005, we take a look at the players who have turned out for both teams over the years.

 

Asmir Begovic

Bosnian goalkeeper Asmir started his professional career at Portsmouth in 2003 where he spent significant periods out on loan- including spells with both Macclesfield and Yeovil.

Asmir came to Macclesfield in 2006, making his debut from the bench away to Stockport after Jonny Brain had broken his leg. A talented shot stopper, he only made four appearances before a knee injury forced him to return to Portsmouth.

His next loan spell took him to AFC Bournemouth, before joining Yeovil for two separate periods in 2008. Making a total of twenty appearances, Asmir eventually left Portsmouth for Stoke City in 2010, signing a four and a half year contract for £3.25 million.

He is currently with former loan club Bournemouth, where he has made fourty-four appearances since signing in 2017.

 

Rhys Browne

A talented winger with an eye for goal, Rhys came through the Youth ranks at Norwich before signing for Charlton in 2014.

A move to Aldershot followed before he joined Grimsby in 2016. Rhys came to the Moss on loan from Grimsby in 2017 and impressed with his pace on the right wing. He played an important part in the Silkmen’s FA Trophy campaign, scoring on his debut in the second round as well as twice in the fourth round replay against Dulwich Hamlet and then again in the final.

Rhys returned to Grimsby at the end of his loan spell and then joined Yeovil in the summer of 2017, where his dad Steve had played previously. Rhys has been a regular name on the team sheet ever since, making fifty-two appearances so far with six goals under his belt.

 

Steve Collis

After failing to break into the First Team at both Barnet and Nottingham Forest, Steve joined Yeovil in 2001 on a free transfer. Making over fourty appearances during his five years at Huish Park, he was often second choice between the sticks and generally featured when first choice ‘keeper Chris Weale was injured or sent off - as well as a number of cup games.

After leaving Yeovil the search for a regular first team place never quite came to fruition for Steve, with stuttering spells at Southend, Crewe, Bristol City and Peterborough before he joined Macclesfield in 2011.

He was second choice again, this time to Jose Veiga and made just one senior appearance before moving on in January 2012.

A short period with Buxton followed, before Steve hung up his gloves to become goalkeeping coach at Rochdale in 2013.

 

Martin Gritton

Glasgow-born Gritton started his career in the Cornish non-league while studying at the University of Portsmouth. Joining Plymouth in 1998 after a successful trial, he spent much of his time there out on loan - including a short period with Yeovil in 2001.

Leaving Plymouth in 2002, Martin had a number of successful spells with Torquay, Grimsby and Lincoln before joining The Silkmen in May 2007. Scoring on his debut from the bench against MK Dons, he became a regular in the starting line-up and finished the 2007/08 season as second top scorer, even after struggling through injuries in the second half of the season.

After sixty total appearances and sixteen goals, Martin left the Moss for Chesterfield in January 2009 for a reported £40,000 fee. He then joined Chester, before returning to Yeovil on a short term contract in March 2011.

Martin retired from the game in 2012 and is now based in London, covering West County teams for BBC Radio Devon.

 

Michael Rose

Michael started his career in Manchester United's Academy before joining Chester in 2001, where he appeared alongside his brother Stephen. Two years with Hereford followed before he joined Yeovil where he helped The Glovers win the league and was named in the PFA League Two Team of the Year.

Having dropped out of favour in the season that followed, Michael went out on loan before joining Stockport in 2006 where he arguing achieved the most success in his career, playing over one hundred times in four years.

Short spells with Norwich, Swindon, Colchester, Rochdale and Morecambe followed, before Michael moved to the Moss in July 2018.

 

Efe Sodje

A player who has made an impact at a number of clubs over the year, Efe joined Macclesfield in 1997 from Stevenage ahead of our debut season in the Football League. After scoring our first ever EFL goal agsint Torquay United, Efe spent two years with The Silkmen accumulating 83 appearances and five more goals.

Leaving The Moss in 1999, Efe joined Yeovil in 2005 and spent a season at Huish Park before going on loan to Southend before making the move permanently in 2006. A short spell at Gillingham followed before Efe joined Bury, the club he has made the most appearances for during his career at just shy of 200.

Efe returned to the Moss in 2013, registering as a player but predominantly to assist Manager John Askey, before leaving in 2015.

 

Honourable mentions: Carl Alford, Samuel Cheetham, Marc Coates, Mick Doherty, Scott Flinders, Kieran Murtagh, Stephen Reed, Scott Spencer, Tommy Walker, Andy Welsh


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