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Played For Both: Cambridge United

26 October 2018

As we look forward to the trip to Cambridge United tomorrow, we look back to see which players have appeared for both clubs over the years...

Danny Andrew

Left back Danny joined Macclesfield in July 2013 on a short term contract, following time with Peterborough, Cheltenham and Gloucester. Whilst with Cheltenham, Danny spent a short time on loan with Cambridge, although only made one appearance.

A defender by trade, he could also operate in a midfield role and scored a number of memorable goals during his season with the Silkmen.

Danny played every game of the 2013/14 season and was then offered the chance to move up to League One with newly promoted Fleetwood Town. He is currently with Doncaster in League One, who he signed for in 2017.

 

Stuart Bimson

Stuart signed with Macclesfield in 1991, after starting his career in the lower leagues with clubs local to his hometown of Liverpool. A solid and dependable defender, he slotted into the team and made almost 150 appearances in his four years at the Moss.

Stuart left the Moss in 1994 and found himself at Cambridge nine years later, after successful spells with both Bury and Lincoln. He played for Cambridge for two years, albeit with some of that time out on loan to Accrington.

Stuart made the move into management in 2006 and is currently with Southend's Centre of Excellence.

 

Martin Carruthers

An experienced striker with Premiership experience, Martin came to the Moss in the summer of 2003. He was almost an ever present in his sole season with the Silkmen and partnered with Matthew Tipton up front, scoring ten times in all competitions.

Leaving Macclesfield in 2004, Martin moved to Boston and then to Lincoln. He ended his professional career with Cambridge, playing five times as a loan player from Lincoln in 2005.

Martin signed for Basford United in 2012, first as a player and then as a coach/manager. He is still there, his most recent success as manager earning promotion from the Evo-Stick South last season.

 

Paul Lewis

Joining Macclesfield whilst 16 years old from Everton, Paul impressed in the youth set up before being rewarded with a professional contract in 2013.

Making his debut against Lincoln in August 2013, Paul played sporadically at first, hampered with a number of injuries and stiff competition for places. However, he slowly established himself as a reliable and intelligent central midfielder, eventually becoming an almost ever-present in the side.

Paul signed a three and a half year deal with Cambridge in January 2013 for an undisclosed fee. Making his debut a week later as a 72nd minute substitute, Paul has since spent a month out on loan with Dover and has struggled to maintain a regular spot in United’s starting eleven.

This season he has made four appearances so far, mainly in cup games.

 

Adriano Moke

Adriano started his career with Nottingham Forest before a successful few years with York City. In 2012 he joined Cambridge, where he was mainly used from the subs bench and also spent some time out on loan.

Signing for Macclesfield in 2014, Adriano played the majority of games and was equally comfortable on either wing. Staying with the Silkmen for just over a year, Adriano moved on the Wrexham and then Boreham Wood, before returning to York City in November 2016.

 

Kieran Murtagh

A 6 foot 2 midfielder with a natural ability in midfield, Kieran started his career at Fisher Athletic before joining Yeovil. Offers soon followed from various clubs around the leagues, leading to Kieran signing a two year deal with The U’s in June 2011.

Unfortunately things weren’t to work out at Cambridge, and he made just seven appearances before getting injured and then going out on loan to Woking until the end of the season.

After leaving Cambridge, Kieran signed for Macc in 2012 and went straight into the side. Impressing whenever he played with his ability to dictate the play, he unfortunately was prone to bookings and missed six matches due to suspension. Kieran moved to Mansfield in 2013 and is currently plying his trade with Boreham Wood in the National League.

 

Fola Onibuje

The very definition of a journeyman, Nigerian Fola has had 19 clubs over a 10 year period. He signed for Cambridge in 2005 after scoring three goals in three games during pre-season trials.

He made 37 appearances in total for United, scoring a respectable eleven times, but was released at the end of the 2005-06 season.

A number of false starts followed before Fola joined Macclesfield in 2008, as Keith Alexander’s first signing for The Silkmen. However, he made just one appearance for Macc before picking up a training ground injury and left the club shortly after.

 

Honourable mentions: Matthew Barnes-Homer, Nathan Blissett, Ahmed Deen, Tom Elliot, Johnny (Rory) Gorman, Colin Heath, Charlie Henry, Chris Holroyd, Ryan Jackson, James Jennings, Richard Knight, Malachi Lavelle-Moore, Neil MacKenzie, Scott Middlemass, Stephen Reed, Marvin Robinson, Craig Ross, Ian Seddon, Ben Sedgemore, Graeme Tomlinson, Peter Winn,


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