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Played For Both: Accrington Stanley

9 October 2018

Ahead of this evening's Checkatrade Trophy game at Accrington, we take our regular look at some of the players to have turned out for both teams...

George Forrester

George had played for a few clubs in Scotland and the North East during the 1950’s but had struggled to get established.

That changed when he joined Accrington in 1960, becoming a regular member of the senior side and staying at Stanley for two years.

Joining the back line at the Moss in 1966, George was described as ‘hard as nails’ and became an integral player, helping the Silkmen win the Northern Premier League in 1968-69.

He ended his career with Macc, taking over the running of the old Moss Rose Hotel that used to sit next to the ground in 1969.

George sadly passed away in 2001.

 

Sean Hessey

Sean initially came to Macclesfield on a two month loan from Chester in 2007 after struggling to get a game with our Cheshire neighbours.

Slotting straight in to the side, he was first made Captain and then signed permanently by The Silkmen.

A solid and reliable player, Sean made over eighty appearances before being released at the end of the 2009-10 season.

From here he joined Accrington in August 2010 where he stayed for two seasons, making fifty-eight appearances and finding the net three times.

Released in May 2012, Sean made his way down the leagues and made the move into management in 2015, helping Marine avoid relegation as Caretaker Manager.

 

John Paul Kissock

The “non-league Messi” started his career with Everton in the youth set up, regularly appearing in reserve sides but never making it to the first team.

He spent some time on loan at Accrington in 2009, although he made only five appearances for the Lancastrians.

John Paul struggled to find a club where he could settle, eventually finding himself at Luton who then loaned him out to The Silkmen in July 2012.

Impressing with his inventive skills, the deal was made permanent in early 2013.

He played just over fifty times for the Silkmen before going out on loan to Oldham in the second half of the 2013-14 season.

John Paul is currently at Welling United, who he signed for in June this year, joining up with former Macc manager Steve King.  

 

Craig Lindfield

Working his way up the youth teams, Craig started his footballing career with Liverpool. He failed to earn a regular spot in the side however, and spent time out on loan with various clubs, including Accrington Stanley in 2009.

Impressing on trial, Craig became a Silkman in December 2009 on a short term deal. He scored on his home debut, a 2-2 draw with Morecambe, and impressed enough to get his contract extended. Released by the club at the end of the 2009-10 season, Craig went to back to Lancashire to rejoin Stanley.

Craig remained with the Lancashire outfit for three years, making over eighty appearances.

He only scored five goals during that time, although one of those came against The Silkmen in 2012 when Stanley won 4-0 on a cold January day!

After leaving The Wham Stadium in 2013, Craig has played at a number of North West clubs and is currently with Nantwich Town.

 

Darren Lyons

Darren started his career with Droylsden, where he had a short loan spell with Stanley in the early 1990’s as well as a few games on loan for The Silkmen.

He returned to the Moss in 1993 from Southport on a player plus cash deal.

Spending some time out on loan, he returned in time to appear in the final matches of the Championship winning season in 1995.

The following season Darren became a regular in the side, winning an FA Trophy winners medal and becoming a integral part of the team.

Joining Winsford in late 1996 for £3,000, Darren was last seen at FC United as part of the back room staff.

 

John Miles

Another forward who started his career with Liverpool, John initially joined the Silkmen on loan from Crewe in 2003.

He scored four goals in eight games and helped Macc retain their Football League status. He made the move permanent that summer, playing as a striker before moving into a wide midfield role.

John remained with Macc for another four seasons, making over one hundred appearances and scoring seventeen goals.

Rejecting a new contract in 2007, he moved to Accrington on a free transfer.

Spending some time as a loan player at MK Dons with former Macc boss Paul Ince, John went on to make ninety-five appearances for Stanley over three years, eventually leaving to join Fleetwood in 2010.

 

Honorable Mentions......


Frank Atkinson, Rikki Baines, Jon Bateson, Martin Becton, Stuart Bimson, Steve Blake, Mark Boyd, Scott Brown, Tommy Butler, Kieran Charnock, Leonard Clarke, Darren Connell, Jim Connor, Phil Doughty, Bobby Entwhistle, Micah Evans, Harold Eyre, Danny Ferguson, Arthur Gale, Malcolm Glazzard, Jack Hacking,John Jepson, Kevin McIntyre, John McVickers, Ted Marcroft, James Martin, Michael Midwood, Alan Navarro, Aristote ‘Toto’ Nsiala, Fola Onibuje, Ernest Rigby, John Roberts, Jack Sampson, Robert Scholes, Michael Symes, Tibor Szabo, Albert Valentine, Thomas Watson, Michael Welch, Danny Whitehead, William Winskill, Tommy Wyper.


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