Monday, 6 June 2011
437 Dale Stephens
Position : Midfield
Played : 2009-10 ( on loan from Oldham )
Appearances : 6
Goals : 1
Dale was signed to give us some midfield cover while Ciaran Toner was injured. He started out at Bury making his debut in February 2007. The following season he had a 6 game loan spell at Droylsden and in the summer he decided to leave Bury for Oldham having made 9 appearances and scored one goal. However Dale (what a great name !) hadn't made any first team appearances for the Latics when he came to us.
Dale first appeared as a sub in the game at Morecambe. He looked pretty tidy and then scored a superb third goal to complete the comeback from 0-3 down, hitting it from the edge of a crowded box into the bottom corner. I would have liked to have seen a bit more of him but he returned to Oldham in November.
He made his debut for Oldham the following month and has been playing regularly since clocking up 60 appearances and 11 goals although he finished last season on loan at Southampton.