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Maidstone United: Club Connections

Posted by Ben Rowland
Posted on Mon 18 Feb 2019
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town travel down to Maidstone on Tuesday night.

Here we’ll look at a few players that have featured for both sides.

Liburd Henry.

Henry was a midfielder that played for Halifax only 5 times. During the 1988/89 season, the Dominica born forward was sent on loan by Watford up to West Yorkshire. He had a more successful spell at our hosts on Tuesday. Henry played 67 times for The Stones scoring 9 times during his spell in Kent.

Henry had a 16-year career which started at the age of 17 when he signed for Colchester United. He never played for The U’s but signed for Millwall a year later, also not playing for The Lions in his year spell. He then had his breakthrough at Watford in 1987. The forward also had good spells at other clubs such as Gillingham and Dover.

Fred McLachlan.

McLachlan finished his career at Halifax in 1932 after a four-year spell at the club. The wing half played 94 games for the club, scoring just once. The Scotsman signed for Maidstone from Aberdeen ten years earlier in 1922.

Robbie Painter.

Painter played his final Football League match of his career at Halifax Town in 2001. He played 58 times for Halifax over two years, scoring 9 goals. The striker had previously played for clubs such as Rochdale, Darlington, Burnley, Maidstone United and Chester. The striker had one year at Maidstone playing 30 times and scoring 5 goals.

Lee Smelt.

The goalkeeper played for Halifax 119 times between the years 1981 and 1984. Smelt played for other clubs such as Nottingham Forest, Peterborough and Cardiff. Including his spell at Halifax, Smelt played 175 Football League games. He is now an academy coach at Charlton Athletic.

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