26 Jun 2020 in News
We're now twelve days into our A to Z series, and our latest letter, L is dedicated to the loan players who have spent time with the club over the years.
During our 57-year history we have established strong relations with many Premier League and Football League sides that have seen young talent ply their trade at the Tameside Stadium, coming to us from the likes of Burnley, Stoke City, Blackpool, Sheffield United and Wigan Athletic to name just a few.
We have had the pleasure of welcoming so many great loan players to the club, especially in recent years, including Olly Crankshaw, Lewis Reilly, Cam McJannet, Jake Dunwoody, Sam Walker, Connor Dimaio, Jamie Stott, George Broadbent and John McAtee, as part of a list that could go on indefinitely.
Potters duo Jake Dunwoody and Cam McJannet, joined us from Stoke, impressing in separate seasons, with Northern Ireland U21 international Dunwoody spending four months with the club in January 2018, while former Luton Town defender McJannet spent the entire 2018-19 National League North campaign with the Nash, establishing himself as an integral figure amongst the backline. Both players contributed a handful of goals during their spells on Tameside, with Dunwoody perhaps best remembered for a stunning long range strike during a win over AFC Telford, and McJannet similarly for a brilliant volleyed effort during a draw with Leamington.
Midfielder Olly Crankshaw, who recently finished the 2019-20 season on loan at Scottish Championship side Dundee, returned to the Nash on loan during the 2018-19 season, having signed for Championship side Wigan Athletic, where he impressed during an extended trial in Lancashire. During his second spell with the Nash as a loanee, Crankshaw contributed a brilliant 16 goals in just 23 appearances, helping the Nash to once again stay in the division. Crankshaw originally joined the Nash on a permanent basis in 2018, having impressed at Colne under the guidance of recently appointed Curzon manager, Steve Cunningham.
Oldham Athletic defender, Jamie Stott enjoyed two separate loan spells with the Nash, registering over 35 appearances across the 2016-17 and 2017-18 campaigns, while also suring up John Flanagan's defence, and popping up with some crucial goals.
When it comes to fan favourites, few players can top the impact striker Matty Warburton. Warburton, now with Northampton Town, spent an initial four years with the Nash, before returning on loan from Salford City to score 13 goals in 17 appearances, before going on to earn a deserved move into the Football League with the Cobblers.
This season we also welcomed former Manchester United and Curzon youth player, George Broadbent to the squad from Premier League outfit Sheffield United, who was joined also by Tunde Bayode, Fabio Tavares and Owen Watkinson, from Burnley, Rochdale and Blackpool respectively.
Make sure to head back to our official website tomorrow to see who or what makes the cut for the letter M!
Article by Rob Glover.