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🔎 Played for Both: Harrogate Town

Jed Penberthy looks at three who have played for Harrogate and the Grecians

14 January 2021

Exeter travel to the EnviroVent Stadium for the first time this Saturday, as Harrogate are our hosts in Sky Bet League Two.

Jed Penberthy looks back at a few players who have featured for both clubs during their careers.

LEE ELAM

  • Born: September 24, 1976
  • Position: Winger

The Non-league journeyman played for ten clubs before signing for City in January 2007. Spells at Yeovil, Morecambe and Crawley prior to his move to St James Park fell flat, but his impressive form at Conference South Winners Weymouth caught Paul Tisdale’s eye.

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As such Elam joined Exeter on a free ahead of the fixture with Weymouth. The winger made a sensational start at St James’ Park, scoring a hat-trick on his debut against his former club! Lee’s form see-sawed throughout the rest of the season, but featured in Exeter City’s first visit to Wembley Stadium.

Elam was in the starting line-up for Exeter’s ill-fated play-off final with Morecambe in May 2007. Though City could not get over the line that time, Elam was on the bench 12 months later as the Grecian’s finally returned to the Football League, courtesy of Rob Edwards’ header. 

In his time at Exeter, Lee Elam scored nine goals in a season-and-a-half.

After hovering around the sixth tier at multiple clubs, Elam signed for Harrogate in 2011 where he would play 45 games scoring four goals.

CLEVELAND TAYLOR

  • Born:September 9, 1983
  • Position: Winger

The Jamaican Under-23 player started his career at Bolton Wanderers as a youngster in 2001, however his chances there were limited, and he was subsequently loaned out to Exeter in August 2002.

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The winger made his debut for Exeter on the opening day of the season in a 1-0 defeat at Shrewsbury. Taylor failed to make a real impact at St James Park only amassing three solitary performances in his time in Devon.

After periods at Scunthorpe, Brentford and Burton amongst other, Taylor teamed up with Town in August 2013. Whilst in Yorkshire, Taylor made 43 appearances for the Sulphurites, scoring four goals. Cleveland is still playing at 37-years-old signing for Quorn last summer.

DYLAN KERR

  • Born: January 14, 1967
  • Position: Defender

The Maltese born defender began his career in Yorkshire with Sheffield Wednesday, before moving to South Africa and Arcadian Shepherds in 1988. His stay in Pretoria lasted a year before returning to the White Rose County with Leeds United.

He moved to Kilmarnock in the late 90’s making 61 apps in four years- winning the Scottish Cup at the end of his first season, beating Falkirk in the Final 1-0 at Ibrox. 

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After several other clubs were ticked off his playing list, Kerr came from north of the border at Hamilton Academical, to sign for Exeter City in 2001. Dylan made his debut against Hull City, and just a game later scored his first- and only- goal against Halifax.

After making 6 apps all together for City, he left for Scotland again. In 2003 he briefly signed for Harrogate Town, before retiring to America to complete his coaching badges.

His coaching career has spanned the globe, taking charge of teams in Vietnam and Tanzania, before residing back in South Africa. Now he is currently getting his vitamins as the manager of Baroka F.C.

Elam, Taylor and Kerr may rarely get into a City fans all-time XI, but have you got any fond memories of them? Please let us know via our social media links!

For now though, attention turns to Saturday and Wetherby Road where Exeter will look to return to winning ways, in our first away game of 2021.


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