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👣 Foot in Both Camps: Harrogate Town

9 April 2021

We have profiled three players who have played for both Bolton Wanderers and Harrogate Town.

Cleveland Taylor

Currently the player-manager with non-league side Quorn, Taylor came through the youth ranks at Bolton Wanderers and made his senior debut for the club in a 4-1 FA Cup victory at Stockport County in January 2002.

Making just one more appearance for Wanderers, Taylor spent time on loan with Exeter City, Scarborough and Scunthorpe United before signing for the latter on a permanent basis towards the end of the 2003/04 season.

Going onto make 183 appearances (14 goals) for the Iron, he signed for Carlisle United in January 2008 for a fee of £50,000 and spent eighteen months at Brunton Park before a move to Brentford. Spells at Burton Albion, St. Johnstone and Grimsby Town followed before he signed for Harrogate Town in August 2013.

After spending the 2013/14 season with Town, he went onto have further spells in non-league with Corby Town, Barwell, Matlock Town, Coalville Town and Stamford before his move to Quorn in 2019.

 

Clayton Donaldson

Veteran forward Clayton Donaldson has already come up against Wanderers this season with current club Bradford City and it’s at Valley Parade where it all began for the former Jamaica international.

Released by the Bantams as a teenager, Donaldson signed for Hull City and made his debut for the Tigers in a Football League Trophy defeat at Port Vale in October 2002. His first loan spell away from Hull was with Harrogate Town in 2002/03 and he went onto leave Hull for York City in 2005.

Following a spell with Hibernian, he signed for Crewe Alexandra August 2008 and his form at Gresty Road earned him a move to Brentford in July 2011. The forward continued his climb with a move to Birmingham City and following a spell at Sheffield United, he signed for Bolton Wanderers in July 2018. After making 34 appearances (2 goals) during the 2018/19 season, he returned to Bradford City.

 

Tom Walker

Having recently spent time on loan in the National League with Notts County from Harrogate Town, Walker is now on loan with Stockport County.

Coming through the youth ranks at Bolton Wanderers, Walker made his senior debut for the club in a 1-1 Championship draw against Leeds United in January 2015 and went onto make a total of 20 appearances (1 goal) for the club.

Spells at Bury, Stockport County and FC United of Manchester followed, before a move to Salford City in January 2018. After two-and-a-half years with his hometown club, he signed for Harrogate Town on a free transfer in August 2020.


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