Thursday, 22 July 2010

96 Winston White

Position : Winger (but played upfront)

Played : 1986-7 (on loan from Bury)

Appearances : 4

Goals : 0

The other winger brought in for the Young-Wakenshaw suspension was a familiar face to Fourth Division supporters. Dale were the 7th of the 13 clubs Winston made an appearance for and there were two seasons where he appeared for four different clubs which must be some sort of record.

He started out at Leicester but didn’t establish himself in the first team and moved to Hereford in 1978. After 175 appearances and 21 goals he was released in summer 1983 and his travels began. After a brief dalliance with Hong Kong Rangers he returned to England. Chesterfield and Port Vale gave him one game each in 1983-4, Stockport were a little more generous with 4 before Bury offered him a permanent deal and it was they who loaned him out to us.

The only game I can recall him in was the 3-3 draw at home to Torquay where he played upfront with Peter Conning in possibly the worst strike partnership we’ve ever fielded. No wonder all our goals came from defenders in that game.

Later that season he moved on to a regular first team place with Colchester scoring 8 in 65 appearances which earned him a £17,500 move to Burnley on the eve of his 30th birthday. He did well at Turf Moor scoring 14 in 114 appearances and got an even more surprising £35,000 move to Second Division (but not for long) West Brom in March 1991. He failed to win a regular place there or impress the fans and was released in summer 1992. Thus began his second itinerant season taking in Bury again (2,0), Doncaster (an impressive 4,2), Carlisle (6,0) and Wigan (10,2). After retiring he ran a pub/restaurant in Padiham for a while and is now Regional Sales Manager for Life Fitness (UK) Ltd.

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