City v Barnsley: Connections part II
- 07 March 2013 11:15
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
We take a look at five more links between the two clubs ahead of this weekend's FA Cup clash at the Etihad Stadium.
Pint-sized Academy graduate Chris Shuker made his first league appearances for Macclesfield Town on loan before returning to City in 2001 to make his debut against Notts County in the League Cup.
Shuker made his top flight debut against Leeds in August 2002 and finally enjoyed his first-ever start for the club in the 2-2 draw with Blackburn the following month.
That was to be the extent of his progress at City and he signed for Barnsley in March 2004, going on to play 112 times for the Tykes in just over two years.
Uncompromising, Manchester-born defender Tony Vaughan was a City Academy product when he joined Ipswich Town in 1994 but that wasn’t to be his only stint at Maine Road.
Vaughan rejoined the club in 1997 and went on to make 58 appearances for the Blues in three-years before he signed on at Nottingham Forest on a permanent basis in 2000.
His Barnsley connection arises from two-years at Oakwell towards the end of his career where he played 27 times.
Nigerian-born forward Kelvin Etuhu currently plies his trade for Barnsley, having joined them on 8 June 2012 from Portsmouth.
Of course, Kelvin is another graduate from the Manchester City Academy on the list – he made 15 appearances for the Blues before joining Portsmouth on 19 January 2012.
Current Barnsley manager David Flitcroft is little brother to Garry Flitcroft who represented City with distinction in the early to mid-nineties.
Garry famously turned down the advances of Manchester United to join City’s Academy as a schoolboy and was rewarded with 134 appearances for the Blues between 1992 and 1996.
Garry is now manager at Chorley.
Northern Irish defender Gerry Taggart began his career as a trainee at City but was unable to break into the first-team at Maine Road and left for Barnsley after just 11 appearances.
Taggart certainly encountered no problems with getting regular football at Oakwell, turning out on more than 200 occasions in a five-year association with the club.
He hung up his boots in 2007, ending his career with a few appearances for Tamworth.
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