Saturday, 29 January 2011
269 Phil Priestley
Position : Goalkeeper
Played : 1998-99 to 2000-01 (didn't appear in final season)
Appearances : 3
Goals : 0
Phil was signed from Atherton Laburnum Rovers as goalkeeping cover after Lance Key departed for Northwich.
His debut came almost straightaway when Neil Edwards went down with flu in January and Phil played at home to Plymouth. He conceded early on but then kept them at bay for a 1-1 draw.
He got his next chance when Neil Edwards had to come off after three minutes at Exeter a year later but the next time Edwards was absent Steve Parkin brought a loanee in instead. Phil got a couple more games in March. Phil managed to avoid any absolute howlers but he never inspired total confidence and clearly Parkin had doubts about him. In his last season he was loaned out to Scarborough then Graham Barrow signed him for Chester in February 2001.
He left after Barrow was sacked in the summer and went to Bangor City playing against us in a pre-season friendly. He spent three years there making the League Of Wales Team Of The Year in 2002 and playing in four UEFA Cup ties, in the first of which he kept a clean sheet against the Yugoslav side Sartid Smederevo. Since then it's been a case of have gloves will travel as Phil has played for - not necessarily in the right order - Prescot Cables, Stalybridge Celtic, Radcliffe Borough, Chorley, FC United, Skelmersdale and Charnock Richard. I saw him, a fair bit chunkier than in his Dale days, earlier this season playing for Runcorn Linnets at Ramsbottom but since then he has moved to Leigh Genesis where he is also a coach.