James Dean

'Deano' signed for the Robins in March 2003 after an exodus of regular first-teamers including Jamie Smith, Glen Smith, Shaun Bursnell, Ray Booth, Liam Denning, Graham Lightbown and Steve Pickup.

He had previously played as a forward but due to a defensive crisis at the club, he began in defence. His first appearance was at Daisy Hill on the 8 th of April when we won 2-0. He then appeared off the bench in a 5-2 home win against Norton United on the 12 th of April 2003 and during the next few days made two more cameo appearances from the bench, a 3-0 home win against Holker Old Boys and a 3-1 win against Blackpool Mechanics, also at the Showground.

His full debut came on the 24 th of the month against Ashton Town and a 4-1 success boded well for the future. Although only 17 years old, his strong physique helped him cope admirably with the rough nature of the North West Counties League. His defensive qualities were evident in the following game where he helped Harwood to a clean sheet in the goalless draw against Leek CSOB.

He, and his excellent defensive team-mates, saw Harwood finish 6 th in the 2 nd Division. Unfortunately the only records of his appearances are from the home games.

The 2003/04 season saw him a permanent fixture in the first team, both in defence and midfield. His first goal for the club came in the

Division Two Trophy home replay against Nelson. The Robins had drawn 3-3 in the first game thanks to two Matt Derbyshire goals and a Paul Mashiter strike. A Paul Baker opener followed by Deano's goal gave us a 2-0 win at the Showground in front of 112 supporters.

The 2 nd round of the competition gave him his second goal in the 2-0 home win against Daisy Hill in front of a crowd of 78.

December the 16 th at home to Winsford United saw another goal in a 3-1 win in front of just 68 hardy souls. Four days later he hit another in a 4-0 win at Daisy Hill, Paul Mashiter notching a hat trick in front of 26, mainly Harwood fans.

He had to wait till March 13 th for his next goal, in one of the most extraordinary games that the Showground had ever seen. Lowly Holker Old Boys were the visitors but the expected easy home win never materialised. It began as everyone thought it would, 2-0 up early on and cruising but the players no doubt imagined it would be a walk in the park and let their guard slip, so much so that we trailed 5-2 by half time. A goal was pulled back but the Old Boys soon made it 6-3 and despite constant pressure, the visitors held on till late in the game, mainly thanks to one of the best goalkeeping displays of that or any other season. Before the 90 minutes were up, Harwood made it 4-6, then 5-6 before equalising as the death. Still the Reds poured forward and looked to have won in when an incredible 30 yard shot was destined for the top corner before the visitors keeper produced the best save of the evening. In the final few seconds, a 40 yard punt towards goal sailed high into the night sky and over Bobby Harris into the net to make it 6-7 and leave Deano and the lucky 87 spectators totally speechless. The Harwood goals were scored by Mashiter(2), Zarac(2), Deano and Nelson.

In all, Deano appeared 10 times in home games, scoring five times.

The team reached the final of the Division Two Trophy where they lost 1-0 to the all-conquering Colne side in front of 520 fans.

The following campaign saw him appear against the Rovers in a pre-season friendly under manager Dave Bradford. The game was part of the deal which took Matt Derbyshire to Ewood Park. After that his appearances were spasmodic and after early December, he failed to turn out for the club again, by that time managed by Dave Sharples. He failed to score any goals in that 2004/05 season.

05/06 saw him back in the fold and he appeared in the FA Cup extra preliminary round at Guisborough Town. The game finished 1-1 in front of 64 fans. The replay two days later saw Harwood progress thanks to a penalty shoot out win after an exciting 3-3 draw in which Deano scored twice, much to the delight of a the 95 Harwood supporters.

Their delight didn't last too long as he was soon off to Clitheroe where he scored 13 times in just 20 games after moving from midfield to centre forward. He continued to climb the 'Pyramid Ladder' as Conference side Northwich Victoria paid £3,000 for his services.

After 6 months there he signed for Bury, then a Football League club where he made four appearances. Six months at Clitheroe, six months at Northwich, six months at Bury before he signed for Altrincham on a months loan, playing three times and scoring one goal.

He then scored four times in 11 games in a months loan at Stalybridge Celtic before signing permanently, scoring another four goals in 13 appearances.

The following Summer he moved a few miles down the road to Hyde United-for two months before signing for Harrogate Town where he apparently stayed for a season although I can find no evidence of any appearances there. Following that he signed for FC Halifax Town, forming an unstoppable attacking duo with Jamie Vardy.

He scored a record-breaking 40 goals in the 2009/10 season and overall notched 69 goals in just 119 appearances.

He stayed there for three seasons before a move to upwardly mobile AFC Fylde of the Evo-stik Premier League. He made his debut at Ilkeston. He almost scored after only six minutes as the Coasters secured a 1-1 draw. He then starred in a 4-3 home win against Whitby Town before breaking his duck in devastating style at home to Buxton. Just after half time he bagged a magnificent 9 minute hat-trick in a 5-0 win.

In the FA Cup, he scored the opening goal as they defeated Bishop Auckland 2-1 and in the FA Trophy he came on from the bench to set up the only goal at home to Marine.

Back in the FA Cup he again set up the opener as they made it through to the 4 th qualifying round for the first time in the club's history by winning 4-1 at Blue Square North side Solihull Moors.

The next round of the Trophy took place at Nantwich Town and it was Deano who broke the deadlock after 49 minutes. Town hit back to take it to penalties where the Harwood legend smashed in the third for a 3-1 shoot-out win.

Still in Cup competitions, it was the Lancs Challenge Trophy at home to Atherton L.R. who were hammered 6-2 with Deano's cool lob over the keeper making it five.

At home to Grantham Town in the League, he scored before half time to make it 4-0 before the Whites eventually ran out 5-3 winners.

Another home game saw them lose 3-2 to Ilkeston Town who scored first before Deano set up the equaliser. Town took the lead again only for James to score a fantastic half volley which proved not to be enough.

At Stafford Rangers he headed in from a corner to reduce the deficit to 3-2 but Rangers scored again for a 4-2 victory.

Back in the Lancs Challenge Trophy, he made the opener in a comfortable 3-0 win against Kendal Town in the semi-final.

In February, the Coasters travelled to leaders North Ferriby United where Deano came on as a second half substitute and scored the only goal of the game in the 79 th minute.

A trip to Eastwood Town was next on the agenda and no prizes for guessing who hit the 3 rd and fourth goals in a 4-1 win!

He then set up a 6 th minute goal at Blyth Spartans when his side were already one-up. He then scored on 25 minutes to make it 4-0 when his shot was saved but he was the first to react and knock in the rebound.

In the Lancs Challenge Trophy Final at the Reebok he came close on three occasions before being fouled in the penalty area which resulted in the only goal of the game.

His deflected shot opened the scoring in a 4-0 win at Whitby Town before making it through to the play-offs with a goalless draw at Worksop where he came closest to scoring when his 80 th minute effort struck the post.

The final scheduled game of the season saw them lose 2-1 at home to Hednesford Town with Deano hitting an equaliser. The play-off game saw the two sides meet again, this time in the Midlands, and what a game it proved to be. Fylde took the lead only for the home side to hit back and lead 2-1 going into the 92 nd minute. Coasters keeper Ben Hinchcliffe then smashed in a 60-yard free-kick to level. Deano came on from the bench in the 76 th minute and in the 120 th minute his great effort produced the save of the game.

Sadly, Fylde missed three of the their four penalties to go out.

The following season he scored in a 2-2 friendly draw at Workington and then two more at Barrow in a 3-2 win despite only coming on from the bench after an hour.

After two and a half seasons there he moved again, this time to Chorley where he helped the club to two promotions, firstly into the Vanarama North and then to the National League.

In the FA Cup, the Magpies hosted his former employers Halifax Town but a disappointing game ended 0-0 in front of a tremendous attendance of 2,333. In the replay, a magnificent following of 387 swelled the gate to 1,681 who saw an all-action game. Chorley tore into the Shaymen from the start with Deano winning every header and he came close to the opener with a great curling shot which skimmed the post.

Halifax then scored with their first effort on 14 minutes and ten minutes later things got even worse as a linesman saw Deano's off-the-ball elbow on a defender and received the expected red card. That proved to be decisive as the Tykes ran out 5-0 winners.

A Lancs Challenge game at league leaders Barrow saw them make it through after a 2-1 success.

Back from suspension at home to Hyde the team found themselves 2-0 down but fought back to level by the break. James came on mid-way through the second half and hit the winner.

In the Lancs Challenge Trophy, they made it through to the semi-finals with a 7-1 thrashing of Darwen at Victory Park. Deano came on from the bench on 66 minutes with Chorley already 4-0 up and he helped the side score another three.

In the League at Guiseley, he played on the right wing and set up numerous chance in a 2-0 win.

In the FA Trophy, he scored against FC United to make it 2-0 but the Reds stormed back to lead 3-2 before man-of the match Deano equalised on 82 minutes in front of 2,000 fans but they then lost the replay 1-0 at Curzon Ashton where United played their home games.

By January the Magpies had moved into the play-off positions with a 4-1 win against Gainsborough Trinity where he hit a 16 minute second half hat-trick.

His penalty just before the break then gave his side a 1-0 win at Stalybridge Celtic.

At home to relegation-threatened Gloucester City, they found themselves behind before Deano fired in the equaliser from a tight angle after 11 minutes. The expected onslaught never materialised and City scored again to clinch the points.

They then made it through to the LCT Final with a 3-0 win against Holker Old Boys at Leyland although our hero was an unused Sub.

He was back in the starting eleven for the trip to another of his former sides, Harrogate Town but they lost 4-1. At home to Oxford City, he opened the scoring after 49 minutes but City hit back to earn a point. The visitors were happy to finish with 11 players as in the previous six games they'd had three different keepers sent off. That and the result must have delighted the Oxford following-which consisted of 1(one)!

In the home game against Leamington, he twice equalised in a man-of-the-match performance as the Magpies drew 2-2 and in the following game, he was again named MOTM as he set up the only goal of the win at Brackley.

In the Lancs Challenge Trophy Final, he won and converted a 16 th minute penalty for the second goal in a 3-0 win against his former club Clitheroe and was singled out for praise from manager Gary Flitcroft.

At home to Fylde, they trailed before Deano's equaliser on 72 minutes and the game ended 2-2.

He set up three of the goals in a 6-0 triumph at home to Tamworth, before scoring with a header in the 2-1 defeat at Guiseley. A goalless draw at home to Solihull Moors saw his side to a 4 th place finish.

Into the play-offs where they faced the mighty Boston United in a two-legged affair. The first game at Victory Park was delayed due to problems on the M62. Nevertheless, 400 Boston fans made it through the chaos to swell the crowd to 2,000 where the sides cancelled each other out.

The 2 nd leg was another amazing game, where the Pilgrims were cruising at 2-0 and still led 2-1 deep into added time before an incredible overhead kick with the last kick of the game levelled it. Boston's manager Dennis Green insisted that James should have been sent off for an elbow on captain Carl Piergianni which left the defender with a bad cut to his head.

Extra time produced no more goals.

On to penalties where the Magpies keeper pushed two kicks onto the bar to cement victory.

A three month loan move to Ashton United was followed by a transfer to Warrington Town. Two months on and it was off to the Arbories to play for Padiham where he continued to pile on the goals. He hit the last in a 4-1 away win at Squires Gate before an FA Cup tie at West Auckland Town. The North Easterners had lost 9-0 to third bottom Washington the week before but the anticipated 'walk in the park' failed to materialise. Deano turned his marker and struck the opener from 12 yards but Town hit back to take the game into extra-time where surprise, surprise, our hero cut in from the wing and unleashed an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner for the winner.

The next game saw him open the scoring at home to 1874 Northwich although they ended up losing 3-2. He then scored against Darwen and Runcorn Linnets before a last minute winner at home to Squires Gate for a 1-0 win. By this stage he couldn't stop scoring and he hit the last in a 3-0 success in the FA Vase at Guisborough Town.

After seven minutes of the next game at home to Abbey Hey, he made it 2-0 and after 30 minutes he made it 4-1, the Storks eventually running out 6-3 winners.

At home to Winsford United, he scored the final goal in a 4-2 win before he scored the second and fourth goals in a 4-0 home win against Cammell Laird.

He opened the scoring at Winsford United as the Storks breezed to a 5-2 win and another big win followed at home to Maine Road where he hit the 4 th in a 4-1 victory. A defeat looked odds on as they trailed 2-0 at home to Runcorn Town but Deano pulled one back 7 minutes from time before a late equaliser gave them a share of the spoils.

That pattern was repeated at Congleton Town, 2-0 behind before James scored on 80 minutes and the Storks then made it 2-2 before the end. He scored the opener at Ashton Athletic but his side lost 3-1 and in the next game he got the opener at home to West Didsbury & Chorlton but this time the Storks won 4-2.

He scored the second goal in a 3-0 win at Hanley Town and the first in a 2-2 draw at Nelson which relegated their neighbours in front of a crowd of 210.

The final game of the season ended in a 3-2 defeat at New Mills, Deano scored as usual to end the campaign with 25 goals.

After 15 months he moved to Bamber Bridge scoring four times in 6 games, and finally turned out for Rimmington in a football festival at Clitheroe just three weeks before his tragic death.

The last time I saw him was at the Shay, starring for Halifax against Boston United. Proving just what a star he was, he came over to us Pilgrims supporters to applaud us for the excellent vocal encouragement that we gave our team.

Amongst the hundreds of tributes paid was one from Boston United FC who acknowledged him as being one of their most formidable opponents, strong but fair and well respected.


Great Harwood Legends


(updated 23-07-10)

James Dean signed for Harwood towards the end of the 2002-03 season and played along side Matt Derbyshire. The two players were instrumental in the rise of the Robins from Division Two also-rans to promotion certainties.
Although signed as a centre forward, a number of injuries to key players meant that he made his debut at centre half. 17 year-old ‘Deano’ starred in the 5-2 home victory over Norton United on the 12th of April 2003 and came in for praise from assistant boss Dave Sharples.
“A special mention should go to young James Dean who made his debut on Saturday and did not put a foot wrong at the heart of the defence. James was actually signed as a centre-forward but was drafted into the team when Paul Smith was unavailable. He belied his 17 years and is definitely one for the future.”
At the other end of the pitch, Matt Derbyshire, then just 16 years-old, ran the Midlanders defence ragged and scored twice before an attendance of just 68.
Deano played at both centre forward and centre half in the early months but eventually ended up in midfield where his undoubted skill was most effective. It was obvious from the start that he was destined for higher things (dependent on his attitude) as his hot-headedness often let him down. He began the 2003-04 season in midfield supplying Matt Derbyshire with the ammunition that would soon see Matt moving to Premier League Blackburn Rovers.
Deano’s first Harwood goal came in the North West Counties Division Two Trophy replay victory over local rivals Nelson. He hit the second in a 2-0 win which saw the Robins through to a home tie with Daisy Hill. Once again he hit the second in another 2-0 win.
It took almost two months for his next strike and co-incidentally, it came once again in a Division Two Trophy game. This tie turned out to be one of the most amazing in the competition’s history as the first game at Winsford ended 1-1 after extra time. Penalties were then taken in which Harwood lost. As the United players celebrated on the pitch, the news came through that penalties should not have taken place and a replay was ordered, leaving the Winsford players dejected and the Harwood players and supporters jumping for joy!
Deano’s first League goal came in the very next game at Daisy Hill and a Paul Mashiter hat-trick saw the Robins run out 4-0 winners before a paltry ‘crowd’ of just 26, almost entirely made up of Harwood supporters.
Harwood went on to win the semi-final against Darwen before losing 1-0 to Colne in the final at Clitheroe before over 500 fans.
James ended the season as the Robins’ fifth top scorer with five goals and also played in the incredible 7-6 home defeat by Holker Old Boys, arguably the most exciting game ever played at the Showground.
The following season saw him make just a handful of appearances due to personal problems but he returned to the first team in 2005-06. He scored two goals in the 3-3 FA Cup replay against Guisborough and also hit the final winning goal in the penalty shoot-out.
He was still in the side up until the New Year but failed to appear after the turn of the year. His commitment was often brought into question and he would regularly miss away games which involved travelling more than ten miles and also missed out on the famous 1-0 win at Gigg Lane against FC United before a record 6,000+ crowd.
After leaving the Robins, Deano signed for neighbours Clitheroe where he was moved to his original centre-forward position. A host of goals and exciting performances soon had the ‘big-boys’ interested and after a few months he secured a dream move to Conference outfit Northwich Victoria. He made his debut on January 20th and made 15 appearances plus 5 more as substitute, scoring 5 goals. Despite that, he was released at the end of the season but far from moving down the non-league ‘pyramid’, he left it completely to join Football League side Bury on a one-year deal. Bury manager Chris Casper had this to say after the signing:
“James is an old-fashioned centre-forward, he’s good in the air and holds the ball up well.”
The opening game of the season saw him on the bench for the Shakers’ trip to much-fancied MK Dons but he failed to appear. His debut came in the home game with Carlisle United when he was preferred to local hero Andy Bishop, the latter being relegated to the bench. Several more appearances came in the next couple of months although many were as sub. before he was loaned out to neighbours Altrincham to gain more first team experience. He scored against Salisbury on his debut and that goal helped Alty to a 3-0 lead but the visitors fought back to take an unlikely point.
By November he was sent out on loan to another Tameside club, Stalybridge Celtic, and although he failed to score, he was unlucky not have hit a hat-trick on his debut against Boston United on the 16th. His man-of-the-match performance helped his new team end a run of five successive defeats with a 3-0 win. His good form continued until the end of the season and his goals helped Celtic to a late run of 8 wins in a row, taking them to the play-offs. Sadly it wasn’t to be a happy ending as they lost the final 1-0 to Barrow at Burton Albion’s ground.
Surprisingly, he was then allowed to leave but didn’t go far, just a few miles down the road to yet another Tameside club, Hyde United. A great pre-season had him scoring

regularly and a goal against Harrogate Town towards the end of August was all that the visiting manager needed to see.
Town boss Neil Aspin recruited Deano and he made his debut against former club Stalybridge. Although he failed to hit the target he enjoyed a cracking debut before an injury forced him off and the manager had this to say:
“He had a great debut; we brought him in because we needed more strength up front. If he can keep playing like that he’s going to be a tremendous asset for us.”
That’s the way it panned out and he hit goals regularly for the Conference North side although his disciplinary record was quite abysmal. Financial problems at the club saw Neil Aspin leave to join the newly-formed FC Halifax Town and it wasn’t long before Deano joined him.
His move to Halifax saw his form and goal scoring reach another dimension and while his goal scoring increased, his bookings decreased, making him one of the hottest properties around. He made 52 appearances plus 5 as substitute in all competitions during the 2009-10 season and scored a phenomenal 40 goals, helping the Blues step up to the Unibond Premier League. Thankfully for the Tykes he re-signed during the early part of the summer despite much interest from other clubs so watch out Unibond Premier League clubs-Deano the ex-Robin is coming!!

His first appearance in the 2010/11 season ended disappointingly as Town lost 2-1 at Colwyn Bay. Deano missed a sitter from 6 yards then shot straight at the keeper when his next chance came and was eventually substituted.

Thankfully things got better in the next outing at Northwich Victoria, one of his many former clubs.

He opened the scoring and then set up the second goal in a comfortable 3-0 win.

Up until Christmas things continued to go his and Halifax’s way and a 4-1 home win against FC United moved them nine points clear at the top.

The game was watched by a record 4,000+ crowd with the Blues having to come from behind to earn the points.

Not too long after that they registered their record win since being reformed, 8-1 against Yorkshire neighbours Ossett Town.

Surprisingly, it took 27 minutes for Deano’s side to take the lead but unsurprisingly, it was he who scored it. There were few indications of what was to come especially when Ossett levelled just two minutes later but five minutes on Halifax were back in front courtesy of Deano’s second.

When the 6 th goal went in midway through the second half, it was six goals from just six shots on target and it was 8-1 with 15 minutes still to play but thankfully for the visitors, they kept the score down to single figures.

The Shay was proving to be a ‘burial ground’ for most visiting teams and North Ferriby United, always a tough side at that level, were brushed aside 3-0 with Deano setting up Vardy for the opener on 23 minutes.

Sadly for the ex-Robin, his season was cut short by injury which kept him out for most of the last couple of months of the season but Halifax still made it through to the Blue Square North.

An opening game at Corby Town saw them go down 3-1 with Deano seeing a 1 st half headed ‘goal’ disallowed for offside.

Another header in the second period brought out a fantastic save from the home keeper as the home side hung on.

Life was proving rather more difficult at the higher level and unfancied Vauxhall Motors tore Town apart at the Shay. They took the lead early on but soon had a man sent off giving the Blues a great chance to get back into the game but it made no difference to the attacking intentions of Motors and amazingly they built up a 3-0 half time lead.

Deano brought the Tykes back into it early in the second half but the comeback never came as Vauxhall still went forward at every opportunity and eventually ran out 5-1 winners.

A derby at Guiseley followed, with the legend relegated to the bench but it was the defence who floundered again, the Leeds side building up a 3-1 lead by the break.

A huge crowd of 900 saw Halifax storm back to win 4-3 with Deano coming on in the 83 rd minute, and being sent off soon afterwards for an ‘off the ball incident’.

Another derby at Harrogate Town was next, with over 1100 present, and not surprisingly, he was left on the bench for the whole game after his rush of blood to the head in the previous game, even though he could have made a difference to the 0-0 stalemate.

Yet another Yorkshire derby followed, an FA Cup tie at Tadcaster Town who looked to be springing a huge shock as they led 1-0 but Deano levelled on 82 minutes before the Blues won it 2-1 late on.

His sending off saw him suspended for most of October but he returned for the West Riding Cup game at Barnoldswick Town where he came on from the bench to score the second goal in a 2-1 win.

A trip to Cheltenham to take on Gloucester City saw him return to the starting line-up and he rewarded his manager’s faith by hitting a brace in a 3-1 success.

Then came a huge FA Cup game at home to Charlton Athletic which was screened live on TV. Deano was no doubt excited about playing in front of the cameras but the referee’s report, about his sending off at Guiseley, stated that he’d ‘manhandled’ the official and he was clobbered with an extended nine match ban.

Although he couldn’t play, he did manage an interview on TV, sadly failing to mention that he owed all his success to Great Harwood Town!!

Halifax played superbly well with another ex-Robin, Simon Garner, producing a man-of-the-match performance despite the Londoners making it through.

In the first game back after his long suspension, he was obviously ‘rusty’ and missed an easy chance as Town went down 4-2 at home to Altrincham.

Back on track in the next game, he hit the winner at Workington in a 2-1 triumph, before another long journey, to the other coast at Blyth, produced another three points after a 3-0 win. Deano didn’t score but two of his shots cannoned back off the keeper enabling first Walshaw, and then St Juste, to knock in the rebounds.

He then set up two of the six goals that blew Hinckley United away at the Shay before a great header secured a 1-0 win at high-flyers Gainsborough Trinity.

The winning streak continued at home to Worcester City but that looked highly unlikely with the visitors one up going into the final minute. That’s when Halifax equalised before Deano set up Gregory for the winner three minutes later, although he had one of his poorest games for the club overall.

A revenge mission to Vauxhall Motors followed and the red-hot Blues did just that winning 3-0 thanks to a Holland hat-trick, his second being set up by Deano.

A much tougher task lay ahead, a visit to leaders Hyde but Deano opened the scoring as the sides played out an entertaining 1-1 draw.

The previous great form then deserted the team and some poor performances saw them slip down the table, just hanging on to the final play-off position.

They got back to winning ways with a 3-2 success at York Street against the mighty Boston United. Deano looked to have opened the scoring but his header was disallowed for offside. He then saw his great shot saved but strike partner Ross Hannah knocked in the rebound but the best was yet to come as he fired in an unstoppable bullet shot into the roof of the net as the Blues built up a 3-0 lead by the break.

The Pilgrims came storming back but Town just about held on for a much-needed and morale-boosting win.

Another revenge mission followed as they travelled to Altrincham and after the Robins had opened the scoring, Deano scored the equaliser just before the break.

He looked to have earned his side a win late on but his header from 6 yards struck the bar.

A 1-1 home draw against Droylsden followed that important draw. The Bloods took the lead but Deano set up the equaliser and was then brought down for a penalty but Baker missed the chance to secure all three points-Town’s 7 th missed spot-kick of the season.

Halifax clinched a play-off spot and finished the regular season with a trip to Solihull Moors where the majority of the crowd had travelled down from Yorkshire and they went home happy after a 2-1 win.

The play-off semi-final was against Gainsborough Trinity with the 1 st leg at the Northholme.

2,380 (four times the average gate) saw Town go two goals down but they fought back to level and give themselves a great chance of making it through to the final.

The 2 nd leg was watched by 3,500 fans including a healthy, vociferous away following and it was they who celebrated at the end after a 1-0 win.

Surprisingly, Ross Hannah and Simon Garner were left on the bench but Deano started and he produced the first chance, his header going straight at the keeper.

In the 2 nd half he struck the post then came very close after a goalmouth scramble.

The final chance for Halifax came 10 minutes from time and once again it fell to Deano but he shot wide.

In June of 2011 he joined AFC Fylde, one of the reasons being that he’d be nearer home.

For Halifax, he scored 83 goals in 130 appearances including 40 in his first season, and became the club’s all-time leading scorer since they re-formed.

His debut came in the 0-0 friendly at home to Barnoldswick Town in front of just 50 spectators and then played in the next game at Chester.

On 29 minutes he shot just wide and looked to have opened his account 7 minutes later but the effort was ruled out following a foul.

Fylde then entertained a young Wigan Athletic side with Deano coming on in the 61 st minute of the 2-0 win.

It didn’t take him too much longer to get off the mark for the Coasters, scoring the 5 th goal-just before half time-in a 6-0 friendly win against a young Accrington Stanley side.

Although not starting every game, he still made a good impression and in September he notched a nine minute hat-trick in a 5-0 win against Buxton.

He then opened the scoring in the 26 th minute of a home FA Cup tie against Bishop Auckland which the Whites won 2-1.

They made it though to the 4 th qualifying round for the first time in their history although an away tie at Solihull Moors looked like it could be a step too far-not at all-as Deano set up the opener in a tremendous 4-1 win.

Going for glory on three fronts, the FA Trophy was next and after his opener at Nantwich Town, the Dabbers fought back to earn a draw and take the game to penalties. Deano put his spot-kick away with ease as Fylde made it through to the next round.

In between those cup games, a huge crowd of 1,418 at Kellamergh Park witnessed a tremendous game against FC United which the Coasters won 4-2 with Deano entering the fray on 76 minutes.

He was then an unused sub for the next big game at Chorley where another four-goal haul saw them triumph 4-1.

A big FA Cup game at home to Accrington Stanley, who this time fielded a full-strength side, was next but four Hadfield goals proved too much in front of 1200 fans, with Deano coming on in the second half to try and salvage something from the wreckage. Nevertheless, it was the club’s longest run in the world’s oldest competition.

Another home game, this time in the Lancs. Challenge Trophy against Atherton L.R. , proved rather more comfortable, and two goals in the opening six minutes more or less finished the game as a contest.

Deano’s cool lob made it five on 76 minutes as the Whites went on to win 6-1.

They then exited the FA Trophy after a narrow 2-1 defeat at Solihull Moors with Deano coming on as a late sub and just failing to get on the end of a cross that would have levelled the scores.

He was given a little more time, 30 minutes, of the next game at Frickley, and with his side 1-0 down, he was about to tuck in the equaliser when a defender beat him to the ball and scored an own goal.

He was then given a rare start at home to Grantham Town and he rewarded the manager by sealing the points with the 4 th goal just before the interval, going in a 4-0. The Coasters made it five just after the re-start but three late goals for the Gingerbreads saw the game end 5-3.

Ilkeston were the next visitors and after they’d taken the lead, James set up Barnes for the equaliser. Town then made it 2-1 before Barnes repaid the favour by setting up his strike partner to level again with a great half volley.

The visitors took the lead for the third time and then held on for the three points.

Another defeat followed that one, this time at Stafford Rangers despite Deano once again finding the target.

They got back on track with a bang, with two 4-0 wins, against Kendal Town, at home, and then at Marine although Deano couldn’t add to his tally in either game.

A 1-0 loss at Buxton was followed by a Doodson Cup exit at Witton Albion, 3-1 the score.

The Coasters were then hoping to complete a valuable ‘double’ when they entertained neighbours Chorley but despite the ex-Robin’s best efforts, they were thwarted.

Deano led the line enthusiastically and appeared to have given the Coasters the lead but the ‘goal’ was chalked out for offside before a great save by the Magpies keeper prevented him from scoring the opener.

Just when it seemed that they’d have to settle for a point, they lost even that when a 92 nd minute goal gave the visitors all three.

A rather smaller crowd turned up for the next game a few days later as they entertained Marine in the quarter final of the Lancs. Challenge Trophy, just 63 in fact, and a 3-2 victory took them through.

2,000+ assembled at Gigg Lane and Fylde looked to have silenced the majority when they led 1-0 at the break but FCUM fought back to win 2-1.

Struggling Stocksbridge P.S. were then brushed aside 4-0 at Kellemergh Park with James setting up the goal.

Back to the Lancs. Trophy and another victory, 3-0 against Kendal Town at Leyland took them through to the final. He almost scored twice before setting up the opener for Booth on 51 minutes.

A tough trip to leaders North Ferriby United was next but Deano could only make the bench. With the game goalless, he entered the fray and scored the winner on 79 minutes.

They then travelled to bottom of the table Eastwood who were swept aside 4-1 in front of only 98 fans with the ex-Harwood star scoring the final two goals.

Their 3 rd away game in quick succession was another tough one, or so it seemed on paper, at Blyth Spartans but another four-goal blast gave them three more points. Deano set up the second on only 6 minutes and he scored the 4 th with only 25 minutes on the clock and that’s the way it stayed.

Back on home territory, whipping boys Eastwood Town arrived more in hope than expectation and even without the injured Deano, Fylde won 5-1.

He was back in the starting line-up for the Lancs. Trophy Final against Bacup Borough at the Reebok Stadium where a good crowd of 725 saw the first chance of the game fall to Deano but his header went just over. He then should have done better with a header just before the interval and was given an even better opportunity on 66 minutes when he was through on goal, but as he tried to round the keeper and slip the ball into an empty net, the Borough custodian grabbed the ball from him.

With Fylde leading 1-0, he was then brought down in the area giving a team-mate the chance to seal the win, which he did.

Back on the bench for the following game at Grantham Town, he entered the fray 20 minutes from time and was close on two occasions of the 2-1 win.

A 2-0 home success against Marine gave the Coasters the chance to go top with a win at Matlock Town but the Gladiators spoiled the day with a 2-1 win and that was followed by another set-back, 2-0 at Rushall Olympic. That defeat saw the Whites slip out of the play-off positions.

The latest defeat may have been avoided had Deano scored with a 14 th minute chance but a cross from the wing flew through his legs when just six yards out.

Back on the bench for the home game with Blyth Spartans, he entered the fray with 18 minutes left of the 1-0 win and in the next game he came on after 50 minutes but couldn’t help prevent the Whites losing 1-0 at home to lowly Stafford Rangers.

Thankfully that defeat didn’t prove too costly as they qualified for the play-offs with two games to spare with goalless draw at Worksop.

Deano started that one and he came closest to scoring when ex-Boston United legend and keeper produced a fantastic save to thwart him.

He also came closest to breaking the deadlock in the second period when he hit the post after 80 minutes.

The final game of the season saw the Coasters entertain Hednesford Town in front of a fine crowd of 563. The visitors took the lead and although Deano equalised, a goal 5 minutes from time gave the Pitmen a goal advantage going into the decider.

The play-off semi-final 1 st leg saw the two sides clash again for the second time in four days, but this time the higher placed Midlanders hosted the game-and what a game it turned out to be.

In a ding-dong battle, the scores were level at 3-3 with just minutes of extra-time remaining when James brought out the save of the game from the Town keeper. Fylde poured forward and twice almost scored before they hit the bar right at the end.

Sadly the home side not only held on, they also won through to the final, 3-1 on penalties.

The following pre-season went quite well for Deano, he played in the 1 st half of the 6-1 win at New Mills then scored the 2 nd and 5 th goals in a 7-1 success at Warrington Town. A home game against Workington saw him break from midfield and draw the keeper before cooling slotting in the equaliser in a 2-2 draw.

Somewhat surprisingly, he struggled to make even the squad for the opening few league games and he eventually made the short move to Chorley in September.

It took him three games to get off the mark for the Magpies, scoring twice in the 3-0 home win against Blyth Spartans, unbeaten in their previous away games. His first was a deflected shot after 26 minutes and his second was a last minute close-range effort and he was named man of the match afterwards.

A massive following of 250 fans then made the trip to Vauxhall Motors, outnumbering the home support by around 3 three to one, but they were left shell-shocked as the hosts scored four times in the final 20 minutes.

They faired rather better in the next game at Stamford although they had to settle for a point with Deano once again getting the man of the match award.

The Magpies then hit a rich vein of form, winning 1-0 at Nantwich Town, 4-1 at Worksop Town, and 5-0 at Trafford with Deano hitting a 25-yard screamer into the top corner to open the scoring.

A long trip to Soham Town Rangers in the FA Cup could have proved tricky but Chorley made it through thanks to a 2-1 win with Deano being singled out for praise by Manager Garry Flitcroft.

Chorley’s great form had co-incided with his arrival at Victory Park and both he and the team were oozing confidence.

In the 3-1 home win against Matlock Town, he made the first and scored the second, and that scoreline was repeated in the next game at Stafford Rangers with Deano scoring the second, a neat side-footed shot.

Those three points took the team to the top of the table.

Yet another 3-1 win followed in the Doodson Cup at Kendal Town and the next round of the FA Cup was negotiated with the defeat of Matlock Town before it was back to league action at home to Ilkeston Town.

Deano made the first and headed in the second on 45 minutes of the 2-1 win, played in front of a four-figure crowd.

Yet another cup competition was next, the FA Trophy, and the Magpies made it 12 wins in a row with a 2-1 victory over Curzon Ashton, James side-footing in the opening goal.

A trip to the Butchers Arms proved to be a ‘walk in the park’ as Droylsden were swept away 5-0. Deano hit the 3 rd on 78 minutes, a powerful shot into the roof of the net, and then completed the rout with the fifth in the final minute, side-footing in a cross.

The Magpies then made it through the next round of the FA Cup with a penalty shoot-out win at Forest Green Rovers after the sides had drawn at Victory Park.

The Conference Premier side rode their luck as Deano came close to scoring twice in the first half and he also put away his spot-kick with ease.

The big Lancashire derby followed that one with AFC Fylde the visitors and with the script written, Deano didn’t disappoint, scoring an 18-yard blockbuster just before the break to put the Magpies 2-1 up and they went on to win 3-1.

A draw at Conference Premier side Tamworth in the FA Trophy was almost turned in to a win as his goal-bound shot was deflected wide but in the final minute he saved the draw when he blocked a shot on his own goal-line.

The replay was a superb game with Chorley twice coming from behind to force extra-time, the second coming two minutes into stoppage time when Deano’s shot was saved by the keeper and the rebound was hammered home by Teague.

In extra-time he headed just wide and then had a great shot saved but once again the Lambs held on, taking the game to penalties.

James smashed in the first followed by a host of successful kicks until Tamworth got the decisive one with the 16 th.

With all of their cup commitments, Skelmerdale United had taken over at the top of the league table and a massive crowd of 1,968, the highest Unibond attendance of the season, turned up at Victory Park to see the clash of the titans.

For 20 minutes Skem had the Magpies chasing shadows and could have been out of sight but a Chorley goal on 26 minutes changed the game instantly. Deano made it two on 39 minutes and by the break it was 3-0 and a goal for each side in the second period saw the game end 4-1.

A 3-1 home win against Stamford saw them go back to the top with Deano once again amongst the goals, hitting his first with a 64 th minute penalty and his second four minutes from time.

Frickley were the next visitors and they provided stiff resistance before Deano broke the deadlock on 74 minutes, the Magpies going on to win 2-0.

Rushall Olympic proved an even harder nut to crack and although James came closest to scoring when he hit the bar in the second half, Rushall won the game 1-0. It was a personal disaster for Deano as it was he who lost the ball out wide and from the breakaway, the visitors notched the winner.

Things looked bleak in the next game as they trailed 2-0 at Witton Albion with just 8 minutes left but a goal got them back in it and the equaliser finally came five minutes into stoppage time.

That was followed by another huge game at home to FC United and another seasons-best attendance, 2,171 turned up Deano was missing through injury and how Chorley missed him as the game looked to be ended goalless but in the 93 rd minute the Reds scored the only goal.

Third placed Worksop Town were the next visitors and another tight game was settled by a single goal, this time to Chorley. James hit the bar in the first half and twice came close after the break.

Rushall Olympic then completed a quick-fire double of the Magpies, winning 1-0 with the visitors giving them a helping hand by having two players sent off.

The Lancs. Challenge Trophy Final at the Reebok was next against his former side AFC Fylde and for the second season running, the Coasters lifted the silverware.

They took the lead and although Deano hit the equaliser just before the break, they hit three more unanswered goals.

That defeat made it just one win in seven games in all competitions but a home game against Nantwich Town gave them the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways. With the scores level at 1-1, Deano put his side ahead with a penalty and he then tapped in the third on 56 minutes of the 5-1 win.

A tough game at Ashton United was next and Chorley failed to build on the previous success, going down 2-1 but they then won 3-2 at Ilkeston Town.

An early goal settled the nerves and Deano soon added the second via the penalty spot on 25 minutes.

A top versus bottom clash can often prove to be a banana skin but nothing could have prepared the crowd for the 90 minutes ahead.

Deano scored a hat-trick but had to wait for 44 minutes for his first-and that goal made it 7 (SEVEN) 0! The Magpies were four up after only eight minutes and went on to record an eye-watering 13-1 win.

Needless to say, confidence was sky-high when Deano’s side travelled to FC United for a huge game watched by 4,152. With just 7 minutes remaining, the League title was almost in the bag as the Magpies led 2-0 but the Red Rebels stormed back to draw 2-2.

A 3-1 win at home to Stocksbridge P.S., a 1-1 draw at Whitby Town and a 4-2 victory at home to Marine put them on the verge of the title.

That final home game of the season was watched by over 2,000 fans and they saw Deano hit another two goals.

The last game of the season saw Chorley, along with 1,000 fans, travel to Buxton knowing that a win would give them promotion and that’s just what happened, 2-0 the outcome.

That meant that Deano would be playing in the Skrill North for the 2014/15 season along with his former club AFC Fylde who won the play-offs.


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