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Played For Both: Swindon Town

12 September 2019

Ahead of Saturday afternoon's Sky Bet League Two clash with The Robins of Swindon Town, we take a look at those who have represented both sides in the past.

Peter Coyne

Manchester born Peter started his career with the red side of the city, spending three years in the United youth team during the mid 1970’s. Signing a professional contract in 1977, he made only two appearances before being released.

Spending four years with Crewe, Peter played over one hundred games for Hyde United in the early 1980’s, before signing for Swindon in 1984. This was to prove his most prolific period as a footballer, with over one hundred appearances and thirty goals which helped Swindon to back-to-back promotions.

Having been released by The Robins in 1990, Peter dropped down the leagues and spent three games on loan with The Silkmen later the same year. Retiring from football shortly after, Peter took his coaching badges and currently works at Manchester Airport.

 

Kasim Yaser

Kasim was born in Baghdad, Iraq and moved to England with his parents in 1997, aged six. A spot in the youth team at Fulham came when he was 15, followed by a switch to Spurs the following year. Although offered a professional contract, Kasim chose to move to Brighton, feeling that there would be more opportunites for him on the South coast.

It was whilst at Brighton that Kasim came north and joined Macclesfield on loan in 2013. The midfielder made only five appearances before returning to his parent club.

Looking for more regular football, Kasim joined Swindon on a three year deal in 2013. It was the right move, as he went on to make over 120 appearances for The Robins over the next four years.

He was also called up to the Iraq National Team in 2014. However, following relegation and a number of long-standing injuries, Kasim left Swindon in 2017 to join Northampton Town.

 

Anthony McNamee

Anthony started his career with Watford, working his way through the youth set up to sign his first professional deal in 2002. Making just shy of one hundred appearances over six years, he then found himself struggling for a spot and spent some time out on loan, eventually signing for Swindon in January 2008.

Impressing on the pitch, Anthony went on emergency loan to Norwich with a view to a permanent deal. Signing in 2010 he struggled to win a regular place and, following Norwich’s promotion to the Premier League, left on a free transfer.


Searching for first team football, he went to MK Dons and Wycombe before finding himself at the Moss in 2012. With strong competition from other players there were few opportunities for Anthony and he made only six appearances for the Silkmen before leaving to join Aldershot three months later.

 

Michael Rose

Michael signed for Swindon in June 2010 from Stockport, where he had been for four years. Initially going straight into the Swindon squad for the 2010-11 season, he faced some competition for a regular spot but notched up thirty-five appearances (and three goals) before leaving to join Colchester after Swindon were relegated.

Michael spent two years at Colchester before moving to Rochdale, where he perhaps had his most success to date. Making over 110 appearances for Dale over three seasons he was a regular in the side until 2016, where he left to join Morecambe.

Released by Morecambe in the summer of 2018, Michael joined The Silkmen and formed a key part of last season's midfield - impressing with his footballing brain and sharp free kicks.

 

Harry Smith

Harry played youth football for Brentford, Chelsea and Gillingham before making the move to non-league. Featuring for Sevenoaks Town, Sittingbourne and Folkestone Invicta, he was picked up by Millwall in August 2016. Making his debut in the November, he made just nine appearances before going out on loan to Swindon the following July.

Harry’s loan period at Swindon lasted just fourteen games before it was ended due to a lack of game time and he was released by Millwall in the summer.

Joining the newly promoted Silkmen in the summer of 2018, he played a key part in our successful EFL survival bid.

 

MANAGERS:

A surprising number of ex-Macclesfield Town players have also made the move to Swindon to join their managerial team.

Current Swindon Manager Richie Wellens ended his playing career with Macclesfield, making two appearances before hanging up his boots in 2017.

Another former player, David Flitcroft, took the helm at Swindon in 2017. He was assisted by Ben Futcher, who appeared for Macc in 2012 before retiring from playing. Both left Swindon in March 2018 to join Mansfield Town.

Mark Cooper, who played for The Silkmen as a loan player in 1997, was promoted to First Team Manager of Swindon in 2013 from the assistant position. He went on to manage the club for two years, making the Play-Off Finals in 2015.

Honourable mentions: Mark Dempsey, Mark Gardiner, Colin Heath, Ashan Holgate, Billy Millar, Fola Onibuje, Alan Navarro


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