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Gloucester City: Club Connections

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Thu 6 Oct 2016
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town are on a good run of form winning three consecutive matches in all competitions and will be looking to make it four at Whaddon Road against fellow promotion hopefuls Gloucester City.

Through the years there have been little players to feature for both Halifax clubs and Gloucester City, in fact not a single player has played for Gloucester City and FC Halifax Town since the reform back in 2008. Neither has a manager been on the touchline for both clubs in recent history.

We have to go back before the turn of the century back in the 80s to find the last player to don the yellow of Gloucester and blue of Halifax. Alan Waddle and Dave Gwyther are of a rare breed to play for the two sides. Waddle started his career off at The Shaymen making over 30 appearances, he scored a crucial goal in the final game of the season enabling Halifax to avoid relegation to the old Third Division.

It was not until 1982 when Waddle played for the West country side where he made the move from Newport County.

Gwyther was the other man to play for both teams. The Swansea-born striker made the move from his hometown club to West Yorkshire back in 1973 where he spent three years playing for The Shaymen amassing just over 100 appearances and 26 goals.

The now 67-year-old then made the move to another Yorkshire club in Rotherham in 1976. It wasn’t until later on in his career when Gwyther made the move closer to home with The Tigers, before finishing his career in his native Wales for Newport County.

There will be live updates of Saturday afternoon’s clash at the Whaddon Road along with player and manager interviews available on the club website and Shaymen Player HD respectively.

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