This Saturday sees Worksop Town lock horns with Handsworth Parramore in the Sandy Lane Derby.
This is the only time in a season that the Tigers will be forced to use the away changing rooms and dug-outs, and it is set to be a feisty one.
This game always brings fire and passion, something that flows through the veins of Worksop Town players and supporters. Last season saw three dismissals for the Tigers in only one game!
Today I will be investigating the players who have represented both sides of the Lane, starting with fans’ favourite Lee Hill.
Hill started the season at Handsworth Parramore, after leaving the Tigers at the end of the 2017/18 campaign, but he is back with Worksop and is looking forward to the Derby game.
“It’s a bit daunting playing against your old side, but I am also excited for Saturday’s game.
“At the end of the day, I don’t play for them [Parramore] anymore and I’m a Worksop player so I’m hopefully going to push us to get three points.”
He added, “I think the fans will already be riled up and ready for the game.
“I want the fans to get behind us Saturday.
“It gives us a massive boost. It’s like having twelve men on the pitch when the Barmy Army gets going!”
Lee has a good reputation for scoring goals against his former clubs; last season against Maltby Main, “Hilly” pulled the trick in the dying moments to equalise. Let’s hope for more of the same tomorrow.
Magician Steve Woolley played for Parramore prior to joining Worksop Town.
Meanwhile, Danny Patterson was the captain of the Handsworth side that won the NCEL Division One before the club merged with Worksop Parramore.
The Amber Parras also have a few ex-Tigers who could potentially be in the squad for Saturday’s game.
Goalkeepers Jan Budtz and Steve Hernandez have both played for the Tigers when the club were in the Evo-Stik League. Josh Davies is also in that category, playing bit-part roles for Worksop in 2011/12 and 2013/14.
Jed Phillips was with us last season when Ryan Hindley, another who has played for both sides, brought him to the Lane from Hallam FC.
Jed joined Worksop along with Jake Currie, who joined the Amber Parras at the start of the year, but has recently opted to return to Sandygate from Sandy Lane.
Aaron Moxam is another notiable player to don both shirts. Moxam netted over 30 goals last year for Parramore, scoring against us in the first clash last season, but never seemed to rekindle that form for Worksop, only netting two goals in 11 games.
Currently acting as interim manager for the Parras is Jon Froggatt, who starred for Worksop way back in 2006-7, scoring 15 goals in 35 Conference North and Cup appearances. On the bench with him will be assistant manager Shaun Hird, who has helped Worksop Town many times over the years.
Other players who have turned out for both clubs include Jordan Turner, Alec Denton, Julian Lawrence, James Ashmore, Bruno Holden, Conor Higginson, Connor Smythe, Richard Adams and Gavin Allott (Worksop Parramore).
By Devon Cash