Monday, 24 May 2010

18. Micky French

Position : Forward

Played : 1982-3

Appearances : 36

Goals : 11

Micky was something of a surprise signing as he had spent most of his career at southern clubs (Brentford, Swindon and Aldershot) apart from one season at Doncaster.

He was a tall target man who played with a grin on his face. At first he struggled to settle in and didn't score until October but thereafter proved himself the best striker at the club by some distance. He is best remembered for being the last Dale player to score a hat trick for 7 years which he usefully did in Jimmy Greenhoff's first game in charge against Hereford (March 12, 1983). Unfortunately Micky had to retire aged 28 at the end of the season due to a knee injury.

He returned to his native Sussex playing for Lewes. He is currently coach at his hometown club, Eastborne Town.

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