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Played For Both: Northampton Town

17 April 2019

Paul Harsley

Paul started his career with Scunthorpe at the age of 18 - his hometown club. After a successful four years he joined Northampton via Halifax Town. A full season followed in 2002-2003, although he suffered his third relegation in four years as The Cobblers dropped out the Second Division.

Starting the following season with Northampton, Paul made the move to Macc in February 2004. Helping the club avoid relegation that year, he became an integral part of the team and helped secure a play-off place in 2004-2005 - scoring in the semi-final against Lincoln and winning our Player of the Year Award in the process.

Paul left Macc in 2006 and after six more years playing in the lower leagues, made the move into coaching.

He is currently Elite Development Squad Manager at Manchester City.

 

Shwan Jalal

Kurdish goalkeeper Shwan grew up in Hastings and made his senior debut for his hometown team whilst still being a teenager.

Gaining the attention of a number of big clubs, he played for Bournemouth for six years before making his way to Northampton in 2015.

Appearing just four times for The Cobblers, Shwan moved to Macclesfield in August 2015 and went straight into the side. He quickly became first choice keeper and kept fourteen clean sheets -although a training ground injury ended his season early in April 2016.

Shwan left Macc that summer to join Wrexham, but returned in 2017 season and became a key part of our championship winning side last year. With eighteen clean sheets and some spectacular saves, he earned himself a deserved place in the National League Team of the Season.

 

Yaser Kasim

Yaser came to England as a youngster and spent his youth career with both Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur.

Moving to Brighton in 2010, he came to Macclesfield on loan three years later.

Making only five appearances in the centre of midfield, he returned to Brighton shortly after before signing for Swindon Town.

Four years with Swindon followed before Yaser opted to make the move to Northampton in the summer of 2017 - signing a two year deal.

 

Graham Potter

Beginning his career as a trainee at Birmingham City, full-back Graham spent a short time on loan with The Cobblers in 1997-98 from West Bromwich Albion. He then moved to York City for three years before heading to Boston, Shrewsbury and then finally Macclesfield in 2004.

A talented player with skills in both defense and attack, Graham saw out his playing career with the Silkmen before retiring in the summer of 2005.

Since his playing days came to an end, Graham has made a successful transition into management. Gaining numerous qualifications, he has coached both in the UK and abroad - taking Ostersunds FK to the top flight of Swedish club football.

Graham returned to the UK in June 2018, signing a three year deal with Championship club Swansea City.

 

Emile Sinclair

Starting out with Nottingham Forest, Emile joined Macclesfield on loan in 2009. Making eleven appearances as a loanee, the move was made permanent the following May.

Often popping up with important goals during his two year stay, Emile attracted attention from other clubs - with Peterborough United finally poaching the forward for an undisclosed fee in August 2011.

Emile joined Northampton in 2014 on loan from his then parent club Crawley Town, before signing a two year contract at Sixfields. He struggled to gain any consistency however, with injuries playing a large part. He was released by Northampton in January 2015, just six months into the deal.

Dropping down into non-league, he is currently with Goole AFC in the Northern Counties East League.

 

Danny Swailes

Solid and reliable, Danny had been with Bury for almost ten years before joining The Silkmen in 2005 for a record fee of £40,000. Slotting straight into defence alongside Dave Morley, Danny was a tall, powerful player who stood in as captain on a few occasions.

He left Macc in 2007 to join former Macc boss Paul Ince at MK Dons and experienced more success - winning promotion, the Football League Trophy and a spot in the League Two Team of the Year.

Danny’s time with Northampton came as a loan player in 2009 - playing in only three matches. He went on to join Stockport County for two year,s before retiring from the professional game in 2011.

 

Honourable mentions: William Bull, Steve Collis, Ryan Cresswell, Cyril Davies, Jared Hodgkiss, CF James, Harry Lovatt, Richard O’Donnell, Rob Scott, Ben Sedgemore, Adam Yates, Paul Turnbull, Richard Butcher.


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