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🔎 Played for Both: Oldham Athletic

Jed Penberthy looks at three that have played for the Grecians and the Latics

23 March 2021

Exeter City hope to return to winning ways when they make the trip north to Oldham Athletic.

Ahead of the game Jed Penberthy flicks through the Grecian Archive finding three players who have Played for Both.

Peter Taylor

  • Born: January 3, 1953
  • Position: Winger

There’s a proud mood around the Exeter camp with an England call-up of Academy graduate Ollie Watkins for this week’s international break. So, I start this week picking out Peter Taylor who himself won four caps- scoring twice- prior to becoming England caretaker manager in November 2000.

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Taylor began his career in Essex with Southend United. His form got the call from Crystal Palace in 1973. After scoring 33 goals in 123 games for the Eagles, his career progressed further when he moved to White Hart Lane for £400,000, three years later.

In 1976, he won his first cap for England, scoring as a second half substitute against Wales, before netting in his second game in the Three Lions against the same opponents.

Whilst at Leyton Orient, Taylor went on loan to Boundary Park where he made four appearences for Oldham in 1983. He then joined Exeter City for the 1983/84 season from Maidstone United. He played eight times for the Grecians before moving back to Maidstone.

Into Management, Taylor began in non-league before snatching the England Under-21 job in 1996 where he stayed for three years. Upon Kevin Keegan’s departure from the senior side, Taylor took charge of England’s 1-0 friendly defeat to Italy in 2000. That game he gave a certain David Beckham his first crack at international Captaincy.

Stanley Charlton Snr

  • Born: November 16, 1900
  • Position: Full Back

Born in Greater Manchester at the turn of the 20th Century, Stan signed for Oldham Athletic in 1920. After six appearences in Oldham Blue, Charlton moved to Rochdale making 38 appearences at the newly built Spotland.

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Stan signed for City in the summer of 1923 and joined as a “Quiet but purposeful left-back, with Freckles and a business-like foot.” That proved to be the case as he had a successful five years at St James’ Park. He featured 163 times in Red and White scoring 10 goals.

Whilst at Exeter, Charlton had the honour to captain an Official Football Association XI on their tour to Australia in 1925. He eventually left the Grecians in 1928, signing for Crystal Palace, where he was equally successful, making 122 appearances and scoring seven goals.

His son, also Stanley Charlton, played for Bromley Leyton Orient and Arsenal in his playing career and travelled with the Great British team to the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki.

David Noble

  • Born: February 2, 1982
  • Position: Midfielder

Exeter’s Midfield Maestro of the Early 2010’s, David Noble made over 130 appearences over three spells for City. The Arsenal youngster won the FA Youth Cup in his time at Highbury, though he never played a senior game for the Gunners.

Coincidentally, you can watch Exeter’s youngster’s take on Leicester in the same competition Tonight at 7pm- Live and Free on the Grecian’s YouTube Channel.

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In 2005, Noble made his name at Bristol City where he signed for £80k. Whilst with the Robins he scored the crucial goals they needed to get promoted back into the Championship in 2007.

He joined Exeter in 2010 and was made skipper the year later. He then moved to Rotherham and then Oldham but only featured twice for the Latics before moving back on loan to St James Park. The loan turned permanent that January, and he stayed in Devon until 2016 when his contract expired.

Well remembered at SJP, Noble was a key cog in Paul Tisdale’s League One side.


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