After the surprise 1-0 loss at home against Gloucester on Saturday, the match against Gainsborough Trinity has suddenly become much more significant for Fc Halifax Town after the team have dropped out of the play-off positions. The Shaymen still have a game in hand over five of the six teams above them and will be looking to take a valuable three points on Tuesday night. With Trinity coming to the MBi Shay Stadium, we look at some of the players past and present who have worn both shirts over the years.
We start off very much in the present with Halifax defender Daniel Hone. A stalwart in the back four for most of the season, the former North Ferriby United man has struggled to regain his place in the team after a mixture of suspensions, injuries and the return of Matty Brown.
However even before he lined for Billy Heath’s former side North Ferriby the centre-back was on the books at Gainsborough. Making over 40 appearances for the Lincolnshire outfit and has some fond memories, including assisting the goal which dumped Conference Premier side Forest Green Rovers out of the FA Trophy back in 2012.
Trinity made a good game of it despite being seen as very much the underdogs going into the tie. With the game, all square in the 72nd minute Hone rose to knock down a corner into the path of Darryn Stamp who gleefully stuck away his second goal of the game to cause a major upset. An upset which Hone played a massive part.
Next up we have a player who will be remembered quite fondly at both clubs, after two spells at Gainsborough made his name a familiar one at The Northolme, and stellar season in the 2011-12 campaign saw him become a popular figure at the MBi Shay Stadium. The man in question is former midfielder Liam Needham.
A Sheffield Wednesday fan and former player, Needham made his dream a reality when he made his debut for The Owls all the way back in 2004. However, despite his dreams coming true Needham never played for Wednesday again and was subsequently and unceremoniously released from the club that same year.
It was at Gainsborough where Needham was given the platform to impress, putting in some fantastic performances for Paul Mitchell’s side. Once Notts County came sniffing for the tireless worker it was a no brainer for the then 20-year old to sign for a Football League club once again.
Again, the majorly competitive world of league football proved too much for Needham and he was forced to drop back down to non-league after failing to impress at Notts County. It was again Trinity that took him on and he went on to spend two seasons with the club and playing a major role in the team.
After leaving for Halifax via a stint at Guiseley, Needham did struggle at first to make too much of an impact for Neil Aspin’s side in 2011. Yet towards the second half of the season performances began to pick up and the name Needham was one of the first on the team sheet each week with the fans seeing him as one of the better players in the side.
The midfielder added goals to his game after a brief loan spell to Bradford Park Avenue and will always be a name The Shaymen faithful will remember with fondness.