With another league fixture now upon us, FC Halifax Town will be eager to stretch their winning run to four straight games as Stockport County become the latest side to visit the MBi Shay Stadium.
As we all remember, Town’s game at The Shay against Salford last week saw an emphatic turnaround from Billy Heath’s men. 2-0 down at half time, The Shaymen came out fighting with goals from Adam Morgan, Matty Kosylo, Daniel Nti and Liam King securing a 4-2 victory and a third win on the spin.
Over the years, there have been several players to play for both County and The Shaymen. Here we look at a few of those, starting with someone who was a Shayman just one year ago,
Striker Danny Hattersley became a Hatter, as the Stockport faithful are known, back in 2012 after signing from Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One North side Lancaster City. With 37 appearances and 11 goals in one season for County, Hattersley moved to Southport after Stockport’s relegation to the National League North.
After continuing to impress with The Sandgrounders, Hattersley joined The Shaymen initially on a loan spell. He made six appearances and notched three goals which eventually lead to a permanent deal with Town in early February 2015.
However, unlike his loan spell, Hattersley struggled to make an impact during 2015/16 in his permanent deal, which contributed to his mid-season loan spell with Chester FC. By the end of the season, Hattersley joined National League North strugglers Altrincham FC for the 2016/17 season.
Another player who has featured for both sides is Marc Lloyd Williams. The Welsh striker joined Stockport after a move from the Welsh leagues, where he featured for Porthmadog and Bangor City.
His move to Stockport in time for the 1995/96 season marked his first club in English football and gave Williams the perfect opportunity to impress over the border. However, having only managed one goal in eighteen appearances with The Hatters, Williams was transferred to Altrincham.
Three appearances later, Williams left the Greater Manchester outfit for a return to his native Wales. Spells at Colwyn Bay and Bangor saw him picked up on the Halifax radar, and just two years later he became a Shaymen in 1998.
Like his time with Stockport, Williams seemed to struggle in England, netting six goals in his only season with The Shaymen. Following his release, Williams joined York City before making another return to the Welsh leagues.
It seemed as if the Welsh leagues were a blessing for Williams as he is currently the league’s top scorer, netting 319 goals in 467 appearances including five separate spells with Bangor.
The final player to have represented both sides that we look at is defender Chris Lucketti. Well, when I say represented, he did not technically make an appearance for Stockport.
The Hatters signed Lucketti from Rochdale ahead of the 1990/91 season, although the then 20-year-old did not play a single minute. Following that, he was signed by Halifax where he spent two years at The Shay.
Thankfully, he managed to get some game time as a Shayman, amassing over 75 appearances in two years and being somewhat of a mainstay in the squad. However, his efforts were picked up by Bury, where he became a club legend after six years of service with The Shakers.
Lucketti went on to also play for Yorkshire counterparts Huddersfield Town and Sheffield United amongst others. Hanging up his boots in 2010, Lucketti has since been appointed assistant manager of League One side Scunthorpe United.
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