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Stalybridge Celtic: Player Spotlight

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Thu 8 Sep 2016
Posted in First Team

The Shaymen are back in league action this weekend as they host Stalybridge Celtic. One man who has performed consistently for the Greater Manchester side in the last couple of years is midfield man Aidan Chippendale.

Chippendale, born in Bradford, played for his local side City until being released by the Bantams at the age of 13. It was from here he made the journey across West Yorkshire to Huddersfield Town, where he scooped the prize of 2009/10 Academy Player of the Year. Having first made the Terriers’ first team match day squad in October 2009, one could be forgiven for presuming Chippendale to be older than just 24. He finally made his Huddersfield debut in 2011 in an away fixture against Bristol Rovers.

Having found further first team opportunities hard to come by, Chippendale moved to York City on a month’s loan in March 2011. He was recalled soon after having not featured for the side, instead moving to Inverness Caledonian Thistle for the first half of the 2011/12 campaign. After five league appearances in Scotland, the midfielder’s contract with Huddersfield expired and he moved on to Accrington Stanley following a successful trial period. Finding minutes few and far between but showing glimmers of promise, Chippendale spent brief spells with Bury and Chester and AFC Fylde before signing for Ashton Athletic. Stalybridge noticed the talent that soared the midfielder through the ranks at Huddersfield and secured his signature in the summer of 2014. He has since flourished for his current outfit who he is now into his third season with, impressive at National League North level. With an eye for goal and experience of higher leagues along with acting as a leader amongst current teammates, Chippendale will certainly be one for the Shaymen to watch out for this Saturday afternoon.

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