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Played For Both: Cheltenham Town

24 January 2019

Ahead of our clash with The Robins of Cheltenham on Saturday, we take a look back at the players who’ve had the honour of playing for both teams...

Koby Arthur

Ghanaian Koby started his youth career at Northamptonshire club Woodford United. Spotted by a scout, he moved to Birmingham City aged 16. Working his way up through the squads, Koby made his First Team debut on the 1st April 2013, coming on for another former Silkmen, Mitch Hancox in the 78th minute.

Koby went out on loan to Lincoln City in 2014, appearing only six times before another loan move, this time to Cheltenham. He scored three times in seven appearances for The Robins before returning to Birmingham after suffering a hamstring injury. Arthur returned to Cheltenham again two years later, but after only seven further appearances in an injury-prone season, he returned once again to Birmingham.

Koby made his way to Macclesfield on 1st August 2017. Linking up with former coach Steve Watson, he made his Silkmen debut in the 1-1 draw with Hartlepool on 8th August 2017. He made thirteen more league appearances and secured a winners medal when Macclesfield lifted the National League title.


Tyrone Barnett

The first signing of former Macc manager Gary Simpson, Tyrone was a trainee with West Bromwich Albion. Joining Rushall Olympic at age 19, he went on to score fifteen times in fifty-six games for the Southern League team.

Looking to rise up the divisions, Tyrone appeared for AFC Telford, Willenhall Town and Hednesford before arriving at Macclesfield in 2010. Scoring on his debut against Stevenage, he scored an impressive thirteen times in fifty-one games and was subsequently voted Player of the Year in 2010/11.

Having attracted attention from other clubs, Tyrone signed for newly promoted Crawley Town in June 2011. Scoring their first ever Football League goal, he went on to make twenty-six appearances before going out on loan to Peterborough, who then offered him a full contract.

Having enjoyed three years with Peterborough, albeit with a number of loan moves throughout his stay, Tyrone then spent time with Shrewsbury, AFC Wimbledon and Port Vale before joining Cheltenham in early 2019 after a successful loan period.

Jamie Grimes

Starting out at Leicester in the youth teams, Jamie spent four years with Swansea City before signing professional terms in 2009. Having failed to make an impact, he spent some time on loan with Haverfordwest and then Forest Green Rovers. 

Joining Redditch United in 2011, Jamie moved around non-league before spending a successful two seasons with Dover and then moving to Cheltenham. Joining The Robins in July 2017, he went on to appear forty-nine times and notched up three goals.

After being released by Cheltenham, the 6 ft 4 defender signed a one year deal with Macclesfield as Mark Yates’ first signing last summer.


Neil Howarth

Burnley born Neil began his football journey with his hometown club. Signing as a youth player, he remained with The Clarets for seven years as a professional but struggled to win a place in the First Team. After a successful loan spell, he joined The Silkmen in 1994.

Neil was to become an integral part in the Macclesfield side that won two Conference titles, the FA Trophy and promotion to Division Two. Taking on the role of Club Captain, “Nelly” won not only Player of the Year medals, but the hearts of the Silkmen faithful.

After dropping out of the First Team, Neil made the move to Cheltenham in February 1999 for a fee of £10,000. Playing over 140 games for The Robins, he again made his mark by helping them lift the Conference title the same year. 

After three years with Telford and a short time at Kidderminster, Neil hung up his boots and has since moved into management - most recently returning to the Moss Rose as Mark Yates’ assistant last summer.

Keith Lowe

Starting out at his hometown club Wolves, Keith spent the first four years of his professional career at Molineux. With a multitude of loan spells notched up, he started to search for a First Team place - eventually finding it at Kidderminster back in 2008.

Staying for just one season, Keith moved again, first to Hereford and then to Cheltenham in 2010.

Having spent two successful loan spells with The Robins a few years prior, he went on to make over one hundred appearances for the club before being loaned out to York City in 2014.

Another spell at Kidderminster followed, before Keith signed for Macclesfield in 2017. An ever-present in our National League winning side, Keith quickly became a fans favourite with his no-nonsense defensive style.


Michael Rose

Michael has made over 450 appearances in the Football League during his illustrious career.

Coming up through the Manchester United academy, Michael signed for Chester in 2001. After a short period with Hereford, he joined Yeovil - who then loaned him out to Cheltenham for three games in 2005 as injury cover.

Failing to make an real impact, Michael then joined Stockport where he was to make a name for himself. Staying with The Hatters for a total of four years and appearing over one hundred times, it was 2010 before he moved to Swindon, via a loan spell with Norwich City.

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

Danny Whitehead

Starting out at Stockport, Danny signed for West Ham in 2013 and made his debut early the following year against Nottingham Forest. Unfortunately, this was his only appearance for The Hammers and he was sold to Accrington Stanley in 2015.

After struggling to gain a First Team place, Danny joined The Silkmen the same year and immediately impressed in midfield.

Unsurprisingly, bigger clubs came knocking and Danny moved to Wigan Athletic on a two and a half year deal in 2016. However, he quickly returned to the Moss Rose, this time on loan. 

In July 2016 he went out on loan from Wigan again - this time to Cheltenham, but failed to gain game time and was returned back to Macc the following year.

Danny’s third spell at Macc was definitely his most prolific. Joining on a one year contract, he became a crucial part of the squad that defied all odds to lift the National League title last year.

The majority of Macc fans would agree that the most memorable of his six goals came again Woking, when Danny was quickest to react to a ball that had got stuck in the mud, inches from the net.

Danny moved to Salford City in the summer of 2018.


Honourable mentions: Danny Andrew, Craig Braham-Barrett, Scott Brown, Chris Camden, Mark Crisp, Scott Flinders, Andy Haworth, James Jennings, Denny Johnstone, Guy Madjo, Pablo Mills, Amari Morgan-Smith, John Parsons, Matt Smith, Luke Summerfield.

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