Monday, 28 February 2011
292 Phil Hadland
Position : Winger
Played : 2000-01
Appearances : 32
Goals : 2
Phil was a young winger on trial in pre-season after being released by Reading without making a League appearance. He was given a year's contract after scoring a fabulous goal in a Lancashire Cup game at home to Burnley.
Phil was fast and direct and on his day a handful for any defence. Although 32 appearances suggests he was given a fair crack of the whip, 20 of them were as a substitute and in some of those he did start he was out of position on the left because the right wing berth was still occupied by Mr Ford. In fairness Phil was inconsistent and could be awful on his off days but we could have made more use of him.
He was released at the end of the season and became a nomad. He signed for Leyton Orient but never started for them scoring once in 5 substitute appearances and spending a month on loan at Carlisle where he got 1 from 4 starts. Released in March 2002 he spent the rest of the season at Brighton where he made 2 goalless appearances. He signed a year's contract at Darlington in the summer and made 6 appearances but didn't feature after September. The following season he had a brief spell at Colchester making one substitute appearance and there his League career ended (we presume). Since then he has played for Leek Town, Northwich Victoria, Stalybridge Celtic, Warrington Town and is currently with Fisher FC.