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Alfreton: Club Connections

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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sun 5 Mar 2017
Posted in First Team

Following Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Boston United at the MBi Shay Stadium, FC Halifax Town can now look towards their next fixture, an away trip to Alfreton Town.

The Reds are the only side in the Vanarama National League North who Town have not yet met due to weather postponements. If the mid-week game goes ahead, a win for the Shaymen would close the gap between them and their fellow play-off hopefuls

In this section, we look at some of the players who have donned both the red and blue of the two sides over the years, starting with a goalkeeper who was a Shayman just two years ago,

Phil Senior began his career with Huddersfield Town after progressing through the youth ranks of the fellow West Yorkshire side. His first taste of senior football (no pun intended) came as a substitute in an FA Cup tie against Wrexham when he was just sixteen years old.

After leaving Huddersfield in 2006, it was not until the end of 2007 when Senior joined the Reds. Although, after making a handful of appearances, he moved to Ilkeston Town before becoming a Shayman in 2008.

Like his time at Alfreton, Senior struggled to nail down a consistent first team spot with Town over his seven-year spell with the club. By July 2015, Senior had called time on his footballing career as he went on to pursue a new line of work in teaching.   

From one end of the pitch to the other now as Scott Boden is another figure who has featured for both sides in recent years. His time with Alfreton came after struggling to find regular football with his parent club, Chesterfield FC.

Boden’s three-month loan spell with the Reds in 2013 saw him score three goals in his thirteen appearances before being called back early due to an injury at Chesterfield. He left the Spireites that year to join Macclesfield Town.

His impressive form with Macclesfield placed Boden on Town’s radar, and he signed for the Shaymen in July 2014. In his one season with Town, Boden was a mainstay in the starting eleven, scoring ten goals before moving to Newport County.

Boden now plays his trade with Scottish Premiership side Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The final player we look at had spells with the Shaymen as both a player and a manager. Chris Wilder joined Town as a player in 1999 from Brighton and Hove Albion where, over a two-year period, he made over 50 appearances before hanging up his boots in 2001.

Wilder’s managerial career began with Alfreton in the same year as he took over the club for a 27-week spell. In that time, Wilder won four trophies:The Northern Counties (East) League Premier Division, the League Cup, the President’s Cup and the Derbyshire Senior Cup

 

Following this success, Wilder subsequently re-joined the Shaymen as manager, taking over from caretaker boss, Neil Redfearn. Taking the job in 2002, Wilder spent six years at the helm with over 300 games under his belt before the club went into liquidation in 2008. Wilder then decided to leave West Yorkshire to become Alan Knill’s assistant at Bury

 

Wilder is currently in charge of League 1 outfit Sheffield United, with former Shayman Knill as his assistant, who are on course for a return to the Championship for the first time since 2011

 

If you cannot make it to North Street, then there will be live match commentary and updates available on Shaymen Player HD and the Shaymen Wall respectively.     

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