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Played For Both: Scunthorpe United

23 August 2019

As part of the build up our third home game of the season, we take a look back at all those players who have turned out for both The Silkmen and Saturday’s visitors, Scunthorpe United...

 

Joe Anyon

Goalkeeper Joe started his career at Port Vale as part of the youth team. He was granted a professional contract in 2004 at the age of 18, going on to make over 100 appearances for The Valiants. Moving to Lincoln in 2010, he remained with the Imps for a further two years, with a short spell on loan at Morecambe also enjoyed during that time.

It was after moving to Shrewsbury in 2012 that Joe came to Moss Rose. Macclesfield number one Lance Cronin broke his thumb during training and, with no other keepers on the books, Joe was signed on an emergency seven-day loan.

His debut, and only game for The Silkmen, came on the 26th January 2013 in the 1-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup Fourth Round. 

Joe went back to parent club Shrewsbury after his short loan, but was let go after the club suffered relegation from League One. A move to Cardiff fell through due to Joe undergoing three operations to correct his Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome and the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from the Welsh club. Briefly signing for Crewe, he finally made his way to Scunthorpe in early 2015.

Coaches and managers have consistently praised Joe throughout his career for his positive attitude and professionalism. He is currently wearing the number 22 jersey for National League side Chorley after signing for them in the summer.  

 

Paul Harsley

Now Head Coach at Manchester City EDS, Paul had a long and successful career as a midfielder, and experienced his best playing periods with Macclesfield and Scunthorpe.

Having started out with Grimsby in the mid 1990s, he moved to Scunthorpe in 1997 after failing to make an appearance for The Mariners. 

Breaking in the Scunthorpe first team aged just 18, Paul quickly became a crucial part of the team. On his 21st birthday he helped The Iron win promotion via the Play-Offs to League One, as well as winning the Player of the Year award that season. In the season that followed he was an ever present but, after Scunthorpe were relegated back down to League Two he was released, joining Halifax Town.

Although he was top scorer during his one season at Halifax, the club was relegated and Paul went in search of another opportunity. He came to the Moss Rose in 2004 via Northampton, helping Macclesfield avoid relegation in the 2003/04 season. A two-year contract was his reward, and he went on to make over 100 appearances for the Silkmen, leaving in 2006 to join Port Vale, Chesterfield and North Ferriby before retiring and moving into coaching.

 

Terry Lees

Stoke-born Terry played football all over the world during his twenty years in the game, ending his career with short spells at both Scunthorpe and Macclesfield before moving into management. 

Having started out in the Stoke youth team, he was handed a professional contract but struggled to make an impact. Having spent some time on loan at both Crewe at Cape Town City, Terry crossed the pond in 1975 to play for San Jose Earthquakes in the North Amercian Soccer League. 

He was back home the same year after signing for Port Vale, before jetting off again - first to Sparta Rotterdam and then to Roda JC Kerkrade, both in the Netherlands. A return to the UK saw short spells for Birmingham City and Newport County from 1979 to 1982 before travelling to Hong Kong to sign for Morning Star. Terry came back to the UK for good in 1984 after two successful years back in The Netherlands with DS ‘79, signing for Stafford Rangers.

Terry joined Scunthorpe in 1984 and made 31 appearances over the season that followed, scoring once. He then joined Macclesfield Town to see out his playing career, making 25 appearances before retiring in 1986, aged 34. He then spent a short time in management before leaving football completely to open a burger van.

 

Michael Rose

Midfielder Michael has made over 450 appearances in the Football League over his career, remaining a genuine talent on the pitch in his late 30’s. 

Coming up through the Manchester United academy, Michael signed for Chester in 2001. After a short period with Hereford, he joined Yeovil, who loaned him out to Scunthorpe in 2006 where he made 15 appearances. He impressed Scunthorpe manager Brian Laws and had his loan extended until the end of the season. 

After being released by Yeovil, Michael then joined Stockport where he was to make a name for himself. Staying with The Hatters for four years and appearing over 110 times, it was 2010 before he moved to Swindon, via a loan spell with Norwich.

 

After Swindon were relegated, Michael had successful periods with Colchester, Morecambe and Rochdale before signing for Macclesfield in July 2018.

 

Bob Whittingham

Perhaps the first documented player to have turned out for both Scunthorpe and Macclesfield, Bob played for both teams almost 100 years ago. He started his career in Staffordshire moving around the local clubs before signing for Chelsea in 1910, where he remained for four years. He moved to South Shields in May 1914, just before the outbreak of the First World War. 

Appearing for Stoke City, Fulham and Port Vale during the war, he signed for The Potters in 1919 once the hostilities were over. When Stoke put a £500 price tag on him, he decided it was too high and opted to move down the road to Stoke United in November 1920. He then moved to Macclesfield in August 1921, playing only 10 games due to injury. 

After regaining his fitness he signed for Scunthorpe in February 1922. After just 10 months he moved again, this time to Wrexham. Bob sadly passed away aged just 38 on 9th June 1926.

 

Peter Winn

An extremely likeable player, Peter began his footballing career with Scunthorpe in 2006.

Progressing from the youth to the first team at the age of 16, he struggled to get in to the side and spent some time out loan. Released by Scunthorpe, he joined Stevenage in 2010 after sending a letter to the club asking for a trial. He made his debut for the Boro in the same game at Sam Wedgbury and scored his first Stevenage goal in the 3-1 win over Newcastle United in the FA Cup in 2011. At the start of the following season, Winn found himself as second choice keeper for a number of games.

After a month without a club following the end of his contract at Stevenage, Winn signed for the Silkmen on a free transfer and quickly became a fan favourite over his 76 appearances. In February 2013, Winn found himself in nets again against Luton Town after Rhys Taylor was sent-off after half an hour with Macc 1-0 down. He kept a clean sheet during the game, with the game eventually finishing in a draw. 

 

Honourable mentions: Frank Atkinson, Richie Barker, Shaun Brisley, Steve Brown, MArtin Carruthers, John Crawford, Connor Jennings, Rob Jones, Tyrone Kirk, Mark Lillis, Neil MacKenzie, Jimmy McNulty, Jon Parkin, Gary Powell, Jeff Smith, Akpo Sodje, Luke Waterfall, Andy Welsh.




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