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Nuneaton: Club Connections

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Thu 9 Feb 2017
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town will look to make it five wins from six games when they face Nuneaton on Saturday, the club’s best run of form since the impressive run of seven wins on the spin at the start of the season.

After the disappointment away defeat at Stalybridge Celtic to open the New Year, the rest of 2017 to date has seen the club has dramatically overturn their misfortunes at a crucial point in the season, securing all the points against fellow promotion candidates along the way in Chorley, Stockport County and Salford City.

In regards to club connections, you could fill an entire starting line-up (with numbers spare to fill a small bench) of players who have worn the colours of both the Shaymen and The Boro throughout the club’s history. However, here is just three of them

Elliott Whitehouse

For the 23-year-old midfielder his time at the MBI Shay was definitely short-lived in 2015. Whitehouse spent just five months at the club when he signed in May racking up just four appearances during his short stay before shipped out to Nuneaton in September.

His time there was more successful and enjoyed a brilliant 2015/16 – which resulted in him scoring 14 goals in 35 games-  an impressive strike for a central midfielder which the fans and his fellow team-mates acknowledged by rewarding him with both the Players and Fans player of the season.

In the summer he joined Lincoln City after earning a call-up for the England national C Team in June – a 4-3 home defeat to Slovakia under-21’s in the 2015-17 International Challenge Trophy.

Andy Thackeray

Huddersfield-born Thackeray played for the previous incarcerations of the club (Halifax Town and Nuneaton Borough) during the 90’s.

The same scenario applies to Thackeray in that he made more appearances for our visitors than ourselves, however was just one shy of making 80 appearances for the Shaymen across two seasons between 1997-99.

The defender had an impressive career, racking up over 400 appearances in the Football League. He helped Halifax to promotion from the Conference and played one season in the football season before returning down the footballing pyramid to join Nuneaton for four seasons.

There he racked up over 100 appearances, before spells at Ashton United and then ultimately retiring in the 2005/2006 season at Mossley – winning player of the year as they claimed the Northern Premier Division one title.

Cliff Price

Links between the two clubs stem right back to almost a century ago in the form of Cliff Price. An ‘inside left’ player, which would now be regarded as more of a conventional centre attacking midfielder (in maybe a 4-3-3 formation with one holding), Price spent the 1922/1923 season at Halifax Town, netting 15 goals in 44 appearances before securing a move to Southampton.  Described in the local press as “an inside-left of the studious type”, whose passes were usually well-judged, Price concluded his career down in non-league with Nuneaton Town association FC as they were known.

The Shaymen need all your support on Saturday as we continue to press for the play-off places. We will be providing live audio commentary on Shaymen Player HD, as well as minute-by-minute updates on Shaymen Wall and our Twitter page (@FCHTOnline).

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