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Played For Both: Oldham Athletic

18 October 2019

Ahead of tomorrow's Sky Bet League Two fixture with Oldham Athletic, we take a look back at those who have appeared for both clubs.

Nick Blackman

Manchester-born Nick spent his early years in local academies, including Manchester United, Bury and Preston, before joining our Youth Team in 2005 aged 16. A string of impressive displays won him a professional contract and he made his debut in an away game at Accrington Stanley in April 2007.

An injury during the following pre-season dashed hopes of a regular First Team spot and he played only a handful more games for The Silkmen. However, Premier League club Blackburn Rovers had spotted the youngster and signed him up in January 2009 after an impressive trial.

Much of Nick’s three years with Blackburn were spent out on loan, including twelve games with Oldham in 2009/10. He made his Latics debut in a 2-2 draw with Swindon before scoring his first goal for the club a week later against Brentford.

Nick has since played for Sheffield United, Reading (who paid £1.2m for a three and a half year deal) and Derby County.

Last season, Nick completed a season long loan at Sporting de Gijon in Spain and is currently enjoying a similar deal at Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv.

 

Richard Butcher

Richard came through the youth ranks at hometown club Northampton before joining on full terms at age 18. Failing to make an impact, he moved first to Rushden and Diamonds and then to Kettering in search of first team football. His chance was to come in 2002, when Keith Alexander brought him to Lincoln City.

A successful three seasons followed, with Richard playing over one hundred games for Keith’s Imps before an opportunity to join League One side Oldham Athletic came calling. Making his debut on the first day of the season, he featured in the majority of games before a surprise loan move saw him return to Lincoln for a month. He was to part ways with Oldham after only one season.

Short spells with Peterborough United (managed by Keith Alexander), Notts County and Lincoln City (for a third time) followed, before Richard rejoined old friend Keith in February 2010, this time at the Moss Rose on loan. He scored on his debut, a 2-1 defeat to Bury.

Richard was made permanent at Macc by acting manager Gary Simpson, after Keith’s devastating death in March 2010. He was to play only a handful of times for The Silkmen after this due to a recurring knee injury, before his tragic and heartbreaking death on 9th January 2011 - the day before his 30th birthday.

Macclesfield Town retired the number 21 in his memory.

 

Will Haining

Glaswegian Will saw out his youth career with Oldham before signing a professional contract in 2001, aged 19. He was to remain with The Latics for six years, making over one hundred and fifty appearances in defence and notching up twelve goals.

A move back to Scotland followed in 2007 after his Oldham contract ended, where he joined St Mirren on a free transfer. He was to return to the North West just two years later however when Morecambe signed him on a two year deal. He was to remain at Morecambe for four years and play over one hundred and thirty times before travelling the short distance to Hyde in 2013.

Will joined The Silkmen in August 2014 and appeared regularly in a defensive midfield position before injury seriously restricted his opportunities. He moved to Ashton the following summer, spending some time as joint manager before leaving the game behind and plying his trade as a car salesman.

 

Matt Smith

The current QPR striker spent some time with both Oldham and Macclesfield in his early 20’s. Combining football with an undergraduate degree at University of Manchester, he spent short periods with New Mills. Redditch, Droylsden and Solihull Moors before signing for The Latics in 2011 after graduation.

Struggling to retain a regular place, Matt came to the Moss on loan in March 2012 and remained until the end of the 2011/12 season. He featured regularly in Brian Horton’s side, scoring his only goal in Horton’s first game against Rotherham. He was recalled to Oldham immediately after the penultimate game of the season.

Spells with Leeds United and Fulham followed as Matt began to make his way up the divisions, before signing a three and a half year deal with Queens Park Rangers for a rumoured £500,000 in January 2017.

Matt moved across London to sign for Millwall in the summer of 2019.

 

Matthew Tipton

Oldham and Macclesfield were certainly where likeable striker Matt experienced most of his football success. Graduating from the youth team at Oldham in 1997 aged just 17, he went on to play over one hundred games for The Latics over a five year period, scoring fifteen goals.

A move to the Moss in 2002 proved a wise one, and he quickly became a regular on the scoresheet, scoring over forty times in his three seasons with the club. Leaving Macc in 2005 in search of pastures new, he failed to replicate his previous success, with short periods at Mansfield, Bury, Hyde and Droylsden. Whilst at Bury he came back to the Moss for a season long loan spell.

Matt was to return to the Moss for a third and final time in 2009. Making most of his appearances from the bench, he was released along with ten other players at the end of the 2009/10 season.

Matt saw out his career in Northern Ireland, where he has now moved into management and is currently in charge at Portadown.

 

Danny Whitaker

Our final player this week is definitely a familiar face to fans of both clubs. Danny was born in Wilmslow and began his professional career in 2001 with Macclesfield Town. Five years and over one hundred and seventy games quickly turned Danny into a fan favourite at the Moss, and fans were hugely disappointed when he was released at the end of the 2005/06 season.

Then a free agent, Danny moved up to League One and signed for Port Vale in June 2006. After two seasons with Vale, he turned down a new deal and opted to join Oldham, then also a League One side.

Danny scored eight goals in forty-two appearances for Oldham over the season that followed. Despite this, he wasn’t offered a new deal and moved on to Chesterfield in May 2010 where he was to remain for three years.

Danny re-signed for Macclesfield in August 2013, much to the delight of the Silkmen faithful. Although now 38 years old, Danny appears to have found the recipe to eternal youth with his age-defying performances as the midfield magician. Stepping up to management, first as assistant to Mark Yates and then as caretaker before the arrival of Sol Campbell.

Danny was announced as Assistant Head Coach to Daryl McMahon in August 2019.

Honourable mentions: John Bazley, Bert Burridge, Tommy Butler, Albert Chadderton, John Clowes, John ‘Ian’ Crawford, Lance Cronin, John Duddy, Terry Dunfield, Vincent Foweather, Ben Futcher, Lee Hardy, Barry Hardle, Billy Johnstone, Tommy Jones, John Paul Kissock, Andy Levendis, Darren Lonergan, Nigel Lownds, John McCue, Jimmy McGill, Alan McNeil, Jack Martin, Neil Moore, Jimmy Naylor, Richard O’Donnell, Arthur Ormston, Tony Philliskirk, Elliot Pilkington, Micky Roberts, Jack Roscoe, Robert Scholes, Rob Scott, George Sievwright, Stan Smith, Scott Spencer, Clifford Stanton, Chris Sutherland, George Taylor, Sean Tighe, Charlie Tonge, Auston Trippier, Rhys Turner, Albert Valentine, Richie Wellens, Maurice Whittle, Clyde Wijnhard, Brian Wilson, Scott Wilson.


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