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FC United Of Manchester: Club Connections

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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Fri 24 Mar 2017
Posted in First Team

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FC Halifax Town are back to winning ways in the Vanarama National League North after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Gainsborough Trinity at The Shay. The team now move on to face FC United of Manchester on the road this coming Saturday afternoon. There are of course a handful of players who have pulled on the shirt of both clubs down the years. Here are a few…

Cavell Coo – Ashton United Defender Coo had a spell with both teams in previous years. The full-back, 29, began his career on the books of Crewe Alexandra and has featured for a handful of Greater Manchester clubs such as Curzon Ashton and Altrincham. Coo played for the Shaymen between 2008 and 2009, and signed for FC United four years later

Simon Garner – Former Clitheroe manager Garner was most notable for featuring for Halifax in 2008, lining up with England international Jamie Vardy at The Shay. Defender Garner’s contribution helped earn promotion to what was previously the Conference North, and helped earn Vardy a move to Fleetwood Town with which he has gone on to flourish ever since. Garner featured for FC United after this, between 2008 and 2010.

Louis Horne – Former Bradford City academy graduate Horne featured for the Shaymen in 2010. The defender had a spell at FC United from 2012 and has since played for Ossett Albion and Harrogate Railway AFC.

Colin Little – Striker Little carved out a wonderful career in both league and non-league football and made over 200 appearances for Crewe in a seven-year spell until 2003. A spell at Halifax in 2004 was followed by another long streak at Altrincham, where he produced a prolific record and hit over 100 goals. A short spell at FC United followed before returning to Alty.

Leon Mike – Former England youth international striker Mike made his senior debut in the blue of Manchester City in 1998, and had a loan spell at The Shay in 2001. A spell in the Scottish Premier with Aberdeen followed, before signing for FC United in 2005.

Steve Torpey – Not to be confused with Swansea and Scunthorpe legend Torpey, his namesake born 11 years later has a good record himself. The forward turned professional with Port Vale after coming through the ranks at Liverpool, and joined Halifax from FC United in 2006. Lasting two years at The Shay, Torpey later returned to FC United in 2010.

Chris Worsley – Oldham-born midfielder Worsley has continued to feature for FC United recently after signing in 2013 from the Shaymen. The 29-year-old, who can also operate at the back, has also played for clubs such as Curzon Ashton and Hyde United.

Scott McManus – ‘Macca’ has become a stalwart during his time with the Shaymen, having been at the club for nearly seven years and counting. Currently side-lined through a long-term injury, McManus topped his previous Halifax highs with a stunning strike at Wembley back in May, to beat Grimsby Town 1-0 and take the FA Trophy back to West Yorkshire. The left-sided defender/midfielder also netted on the final day of last season in the National League, almost keeping the team up. He previously featured for Crewe, and had a spell with FC United between 2010 and 2011.

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