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Played For Both: Notts County

4 October 2018

Ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet League Two clash with Notts County, we take a look back at players who have turned out for both sides.

Tony Barras

An experienced central defender from the North East, Tony joined County in 2003 after four years with Walsall. Perhaps his most memorable moment as a Magpie came the following autumn, when Tony scored the equaliser against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a League Cup tie.

After only one season with County, Tony made the move to Macclesfield. However he was plagued with injury whilst at the Moss - first with an achilles problem and then with his hips.

Electing to avoid further operations, Tony retired from professional football in January 2006 and is now a self-employed plasterer.

 

Hamza Bencherif

Born in Paris but of Algerian descent, Hamza started his senior career at Nottingham Forest before joining Lincoln on loan.

He came to Macc in July 2009 and went straight into the team - although a broken ankle in the December unfortunately ended his season.

Extending his contract by other year Hamza made a total of sixty-three appearances with sixteen goals in total, before opting to move up a league to join County in the summer of 2011.

Hamza played thirty-one times for The Magpies over two seasons, leaving when his contract expired in summer 2013 and spending time with Plymouth, Lincoln, Halifax and Wrexham before joining his current side - York City

 

Shaun Brisley

The first of three ex-Silkmen in todays County squad, Shaun is Macclesfield born and bred and started his career in the youth set up at the Moss.

He made his professional debut on 1st March 2008, ironically against Saturday's opponents.

Shaun made a total of 124 appearances for the Silkmen in his five years here, before going on loan to Championship side Peterborough.

Following four years as a permanent Posh player (albeit with a few loan periods thrown in), Shaun joined Notts County in July last year via Carlisle. He’s appeared fifty-four times so far for The Magpies, finding the net on three occasions.

 

Kristian Dennis

Kristian is another player who started with footballing life as a Silkman.

Coming up through the youth teams, he made his first team debut in January 2008 but failed to establish himself and went out on loan before being released in 2010.

A few years in the lower leagues followed, before coming back to the Moss in the summer of 2015 on loan from Stockport.

Kristian’s second spell at Macc was much more prolific, when he scored twenty-nine goals over the season - with twenty-five of those coming before Christmas.

Finishing the season as top scorer and second only to Steve Burr with the highest number of goals scored in a season, Kristian chose to join Chesterfield at the end of that season.

The striker stayed in Derbyshire for two years and continued to impress in a struggling team, scoring thirty-two times in ninety appearances.

Kristian joined County in May 2018 after Chesterfield were relegated, for a reported fee of £150,000 and has so far made seven appearances, scoring once.

 

Matt Hamshaw

Starting his career with Sheffield Wednesday, Matt joined Notts County in 2008 after successful spells with Stockport and Mansfield.

Making over seventy appearances for Notts County, he was part of the League Two winning team in 2009-10 but was released that summer along with a number of other players.

Matt made the move to the Moss from County and although not always first choice in the team, he made a positive impression in the centre of midfield with his intelligent play and accurate passing.

The following season he was a more regular feature and made fifty-four starts in total.

Released in 2012, Matt moved down the leagues as a player and began working with Rotherham towards the end of his career in various coaching capacities.

 

Elliott Hewitt

The third of our former youth teamers, Elliott was actually the youngest player to turn out for Macc in the Football League (16 years and 342 days) on his debut in May 2011.

Impressing at right back with his maturity and attacking approach, he was unfortunately hit with a groin problem that caused him to few missed games.

However, Elliott caught the eye of Championship side Ipswich Town and he signed a three years deal with them in May 2012.

After three years with Ipswich and a few loan moves, Elliott joined County in 2015 on a two year deal.

Becoming a valuable asset with his versatility both in defence and midfield, Elliott wears the number four shirt and is a regular name in the starting line up

    

Keith and Butch

As well as the long list of familiar faces above, we couldn’t fail to mention 2 gentlemen of the game who both clubs have had the honour of knowing.

Both Keith Alexander and Richard Butcher played for Notts County earlier in their careers, with Richard playing for Macc between 2009 and 2011 and Keith managing the side from 2007 to 2010.

Both Keith and Richard are sorely missed and forever remembered by both clubs.


Honourable mentions: Sidney Alderman, Thierry Audel, Jason Beardsley, Paul Bolland, Martin Carruthers, Geoff Collier, Andy Haworth, Brian Horseman, John Jepson, Malachi Lavelle-Moore, Craig Linfield, Harry Lovatt, Neil MacKenzie, Mike Pollitt, Carl Regan, Peter Robinson, Cecil Smith, Jan Van Gelder, Spencer Weir-Daley,


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