Tuesday, 25 May 2010

19. Andy Stafford

Position : Winger

Played : 1982-3

Appearances : 1

Goals : 1

Here’s an odd one. In 1978 there was excited talk in Littleborough that local lad Andy was having trials with Manchester City. In the event he had to adjust his expectations down and sign for Halifax though he had the satisfaction of being in the side that famously beat City in the FA Cup in 1980.

He scored 1 goal in 41 appearances for the Shaymen which gives a good clue as to his main weakness. After 3 years he moved to Stockport where he scored once in 25.

He was taken on trial by Peter Madden at the start of 1982-3 and given a game at home to Hartlepool where he scored Dale’s first League goal of the season. And that was it. He was let go despite a 100% scoring record and moved into non-league playing for Chorley, Runcorn and Mossley in quick succession. He finally settled at Daisy Hill in the North West Counties League where he was still playing in 1988.

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