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Club Connections: Salford City

20 November 2019

Ahead of this Saturday's trip to The Peninsula Stadium, we take a look back at one of the most illustrious players to feature for both Macclesfield Town and Salford City.
 
Danny Whitehead began his footballing career at near-neighbours Stockport County where he would progress through the youth ranks to sign his first professional contract.
 
He quickly cemented himself into the County starting eleven and after a string of match-winning performances, Danny secured a dream move to West Ham United in July 2013.
 
First team appearances proved to be hard to come by at The Olympic Stadium however and after a short spell at Accrington Stanley, Danny first arrived at the Moss Rose in the summer of 2015.
 
The midfielder impressed straight away - so much so that Wigan Athletic were to land his much sought-after signature in January 2016.
 
The Latics instantly loaned Danny back to Macc and the likeable midfielder then went on to make another temporary move, this time to Cheltenham Town.
 
Danny returned to the Moss Rose in January 2017, yet his loan spell was blighted by injury and as such, he struggled to make a true impression on John Askey's side.
 
Despite this, John was to keep the faith with the midfielder as he signed him for a third time in September 2017 - this time on a permanent deal.
 
It certainly proved to be third time lucky!
 
Danny slotted back into the side with consummate easy and would go on to play an integral role in our breathtaking National League triumph.
 
His defiance and belief exemplified that of the team as a whole, as we secured the greatest of achievements against all the odds.
 
Not only did he prove to be a warrior in terms of breaking up opposition play, he also proved to be a potent threat in an offensive sense - weighing in with six crucial goals.
 
The most iconic of these came on Good Friday at a rain-drenched Kingfield Stadium.
 
With John Askey's band of brothers locked at two-all against Woking deep into injury time, the history books were about to be re-written.
 
Tyrone Marsh slid the ball past Baxter in the home goal, yet the ball stuck in the Surrey mud - a yard short of the goal-line.
 
With Marsh running away in what proved to be premature celebration, Danny made up an incredible amount of distance to beat two Woking defenders to the ball and secure what was an incredible victory.
 
It was a moment which will be etched within all our hearts forevermore.
 
At that point more than any other, we all began to truly believe that the "impossible" was possible.
 
After our fairytale season was complete, Danny then moved to Salford City in the summer of 2018.
 
He played an instrumental role in their elevation to the EFL last season and has currently scored five goals in fifty-five appearances for The Ammies.

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