History of Forfar Athletic: Played For Both Sides XI

Forfar Athletic and Brechin City have had quite a lot of players to play for both sides in the last fifteen years that you could fill a squad, which is what my article in the Forfar Athletic programme ‘Played For Both Sides’ will be doing this week so I thought it would be a good idea to put on here as well.

In goal, Stuart Garden, Garden spending four years at Brechin between 1995 and 1999 before moving to the Loons and then earning himself a move to England in 2001. Stuart is now manager of fellow Angus side Montrose.

At right back David McClune, who was a midfielder at Station Park between 2003 and 2006 but has played right back more than in midfield since his later days at Alloa, as well as during his year stay at Brechin in the 2011-2012 season. McClune now plays in League Two with Stirling Albion.

On the other side of the defence Scott MacNicol, who spent less than a year in total at both clubs. He joined The Loons in March of 2004 and was well liked by the fans in his 12 appearances before a six month stay at Glebe Park the next season. MacNicol moved back to his native Australia after leaving City.

Scott McCulloch and Steve Hamilton could make up the central pairing in defence, McCulloch spending just over twelve months at each club between March 2002 and October 2004 whilst Hamilton joined Forfar in the summer of 2004 before moving without playing a single game in September to Brechin, where he stayed until the summer of 2006.

In midfield players such as Kevin Byers, Kevin McLeish and Charlie King have appeared for both sides. Kevin Byers joined the Loons in 2001 for a three year spell where he made 116 appearances before moving to Glebe Park. He stayed at Brechin for seven seasons before rejoining Forfar for another season, leaving in the summer of 2012 to drop to the juniors.

Kevin McLeish spent 18 months at Brechin, arriving in the summer of 2003 before signing for Berwick in January 2005 after failing to make an impact at the club. Three and a half years later Dick Campbell had signed him again, this time for Forfar. In his single season at the club he ended the club’s poor home form, where they had failed to win for almost half the season, with a goal that you can now find on YouTube. He is now at Bonnyrigg Rose.

Charlie King is a legend around Brechin, having spent eleven years at the club, making over 300 appearances. His time at the club came to an end in 2012 after then manager Jim Weir decided to release him, much to the fans’ disappointment. He wasn’t without a club for long though, with Dick Campbell signing him for the second time, this time for Forfar. King was released in the summer of 2013 and is now player/manager of Brechin Vics.

There have been numerous strikers to play for each sides in the past fifteen years, Graham Gibson, Andy Jackson and Chris Templeman to name some, others include Ian Harty, Paul McManus and Ben Honeyman. Ian Harty spent 2009-2010 at both clubs, originally signing for Brechin in the pre-season but was sent on loan to the Loons in October of that year before signing permanently after his release by Brechin. He left Forfar at the end of the season after helping them to play-off promotion.

Paul McManus spent a season at Brechin during 2011-2012, being their top scorer before joining Forfar a year later, signing this summer past. His time at Station Park was short, as he left in January to help Arbroath battle relegation.

Ben Honeyman had a six year combined spell at both sides, with a short spell at East Fife inbetween in 1999. The Australian signed for Forfar from Dundee United in 1996, and made a quick impression, scoring 18 goals in his debut season. By the time he left for East Fife he had scored 38 goals in 106 appearances and six months later was returning to Angus, this time to Glebe Park. He spent just under three seasons at Brechin but played only half as much as he had at Forfar, this time playing just over fifty times and scoring seventeen times.

After this, Honeyman had a short stint as player/manager of Arniston Rangers at the young age of 28 in 2005 before giving up the game to play cricket.

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