After an impressive draw against Vanarama National League side Dagenham and Redbridge in the FA Cup last week, the Vanarama National League North fixtures return as FC Halifax Town gear up to face Kidderminster Harriers at the MBi Shay Stadium.
Harriers currently sit one place above the Shaymen in the standings meaning that fourth place is up for grabs if Town can beat the Worcestershire outfit. That aside, here we look at players who have featured for both sides over the years with one current Shayman looking to face his former club.
Striker Richard Peniket, who started his career at current Championship side Fulham, joined Kidderminster in 2012 on a loan deal that was meant to keep him at Aggborough until January 2013.
However, eleven appearances and no goals later, Peniket returned to his parent club in late November where he was sent on loan to AFC Telford United and Famborough before his release from Fulham at the end of the 2012/13 season.
Peniket subsequently joined Tamworth for one season before signing for the Shaymen in summer 2014, scoring his first and second goals in a 3-0 victory over Welling United.
Another player that has featured for both Town and Harriers is Scott Phelan who played as a midfielder. Phelan started his career at West Yorkshire neighbours Bradford City after leaving the Everton youth ranks. He spent a year with the Bantams before moving to the Shay in 2008.
Phelan joined Town as a Northern Premier League Division One North side and made his debut the next day as the Shaymen produced a 7-1 hammering of Salford City.
Over his contract of three years, Phelan made 100 appearances for the Shaymen before joining Kidderminster in 2011 after it had expired. However, his impact was not as significant with Harriers, only spending one season in Worcestershire and making fifteen appearances.
During that year, he was sent out on loan to Vauxhall Motors, a side that he would eventually join full time at the end of the season. Although, he spent just two weeks with the Motormen before joining Altrincham.
Phelan retired in August 2012 to focus on becoming a full-time coach at Everton where he started his career.
The final player we look at is Darryn Stamp, a former striker who started his career with now high-flying, League One side Scunthorpe United. During his time at the Iron, Stamp was loaned out to the Shaymen in 2000 on a short term loan.
Leaving Scunthorpe in 2001, Stamp played for Scarborough and Northampton Town before joining Chester City in 2003. It was Chester who loaned Stamp to Kidderminster where he made four appearances and scored one goal.
Stamp joined the Shaymen for a second spell in 2007, although this time on a permanent deal. He was loaned to Northwich Victoria in March 2008 until the end of the season but was recalled to help with Town’s relegation battle.
The Shaymen were ultimately relegated from the Conference Premier that season which resulted in Stamp leaving the club to join Northwich on a permanent deal.
In the final years of his career, Stamp played for Guiseley and Gainsborough Trinity before joining recently promoted North Ferriby United as assistant manager this year, replacing Town’s very own Mark Carroll.
There will be live updates of Saturday afternoon’s clash at the Shay along with player and manager interviews available on the club website and Shaymen Player HD respectively.
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