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Nuneaton: Club Connections

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Fri 5 Aug 2016
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town begin their quest to return to the Vanarama National League at the first time of asking away at Nuneaton Town on Saturday.

Over 120 miles separate the MBI Shay Stadium and Liberty Way, yet surprisingly over 15 players have played for both sides.

Both teams experienced tough financial times at the end of the 2007-2008 season, seeing both teams liquidated and reformed.

Danny Glover is the only player to have played for both current versions of the clubs.  Glover joined Nuneaton Town in 2011 from Worcester City. He went onto have a successful season, helping Nuneaton reach the play-off final, where they achieved promotion with a 1-0 victory over Gainsborough Trinity.  He returned to Worcester City in July 2012 and joined up with The Shaymen in March 2013 on loan.

Glover went onto make just 10 appearances under former manager Neil Aspin.

Plenty of players have played for the previous incarcerations of the clubs (Halifax Town AFC and Nuneaton Borough), the most notable being Paul Hendrie.

The midfielder is mostly known for his time at the Shay, with only a handful of appearances for Nuneaton in the final phase of his career. He made 187 appearances for the club between 1979-1984, scoring 11 goals, including one which knocked out a certain Manchester City of the FA Cup Third Round back in 1980.

Another player who made over 100 games for the Shaymen including a spell at Nuneaton is Mark Bradshaw. The fullback spent four years with Halifax from 1997 to 2001, where he made 125 appearances and scored 12 goals.

Rory Prendergast played for Halifax and Nuneaton during the 2000’s. The midfielder made six appearances for both clubs. He joined Nuneaton in January of the 1999-2000 season.

His 6 games for Town didn’t come until the 2005-2006 season. Prendergast was unable to score for either side.

Another midfielder, Jason Peake, played for the Shaymen between 1992 and 1994. He made 36 appearances and scored eight goals. However, on this occasion he was known better for the period he spent at Rochdale and Nuneaton. Peake joined Nuneaton on loan from Plymouth in 2001 and signed a 2-year contract with the Warwickshire club at the end of the 2000-2001 season, making over 50 appearances before retiring in the summer of 2003.



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