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City Connections: Millwall

City Connections: Millwall
Recently launched series this time considering players who have represented both York City and Millwall.

1. Eamon Dunphy

Although Eamon Dunphy wore a York City shirt for less than six months, he was to make a very significant impression while creating a little piece of club history at Bootham Crescent.

The Dublin-born midfielder had joined Manchester United on his seventeenth birthday and was a regular in their Central League side, until signing for York in August 1965.

His superb ball skills soon became evident in his new surroundings, so much so that in November of that year he was capped by the Republic of Ireland against Spain in a World Cup qualifier.

That made him the first-ever City player to gain international recognition, although with them struggling near the foot of the Third Division, he soon became unsettled.

After just twenty-six appearances and four goals, Dunphy moved onto Millwall for £8,000 in January 1966.

He was to spend eight years at The Den, helping them towards promotion to the Second Division before later spells at Charlton Athletic and Reading.

Dunphy was capped twenty-three times in total by his country.

2. Paul Stephenson

Talented winger Paul Stephenson joined York from Brentford for a fee of around £35,000 in August 1995.

The former England youth international began his career with Newcastle United, and went on to make 67 appearances after his debut as a seventeen-year-old.

However, Millwall were to secure his services for a fee of in the region of £300,000 in 1988 - and he completed 98 league appearances and claimed six goals until being recruited by Brentford for £30,000 midway through the 1993-94 campaign. He scored twice in 70 games at Griffin Park.

Deciding to return closer to his north-east roots, Stephenson was recruited by York boss Alan Little in August 1995; that in the wake of the highly-rated Jon McCarthy's record-breaking £450,000 switch to Port Vale.

Although his first season at Bootham Crescent was interrupted by injuries, the Wallsend-born winger eventually totalled 117 appearances and contributed nine goals for the Minstermen, including a vital strike in a dramatic final-game 3-1 victory at Brighton ensuring their Division Two safety. Stephenson was later a leading performer in City's famous League Cup conquest of Premiership Everton.

He went on to join Hartlepool United in March 1998, until retiring from playing five years later.

3. Martyn Woolford

Another supremely gifted winger linking the two clubs was Martyn Woolford, who was a complete unknown when being snapped up by Billy McEwan for an 'undisclosed five-figure fee' from Frickley Athletic in August 2006.

The former Glasshoughton Welfare wide-man proved an immediate success at Bootham Crescent, with his languid running style soon terrorising opposition defences.

During two seasons with the Minstermen, Woolford made 102 appearances and recorded an impressive 25 goals, immediately helping them into the Conference play-offs at the end of his first campaign.

He moved on to Scunthorpe United for an 'undisclosed six-figure fee' in August 2008, where he reached over a century of appearances and also scored a late winning goal at Wembley, ironically against Millwall in the League One play-off final.

Woolford went on to have significant further spells with both Bristol City and Millwall, before later stays at Sheffield United and Fleetwood Town, until linking up with Grimsby Town last summer.

4. Byron Webster

Byron Webster was a young non-league midfielder making twenty-three appearances and scoring once during three seasons at Bootham Crescent.

Born in Sherburn-in-Elmet, Webster received his City debut against Burton Albion in December 2004. He netted his only goal in a 2-2 draw at Stevenage Borough the following month, until agreeing his first-ever professional contract in July 2006.

However, following his release in February 2007, the young midfielder joined neighbours Harrogate Town while also being dual-registered with Whitby Town.

But a surprise one-year deal suddenly found Webster arriving at Czech First League club FK SIAD Most in August 2007. He went on to be rewarded with a further two-year deal despite their relegation, until returning to Yorkshire courtesy of an undisclosed fee being agreed with Doncaster Rovers in August 2009.

There were later spells at both Northampton Town and Yeovil Town, with Webster - now converted into a centre-back - helping the Glovers to a Wembley victory against Brentford in the League One play-off final.

He later appeared at Wembley again, this time for Millwall as they accounted for Bradford City in the same competition, and is already closing in on 150 senior games for the South London outfit.

5. James Meredith

Australian-born left-back James Meredith joined York in May 2009 following his release from Shewsbury Town.

He'd already recently featured against them in an FA Trophy semi-final while on loan to AFC Telford United. But his career was to really take off at Bootham Crescent while going on to complete 162 appearances and scoring three goals.

Meredith notably included a trio of Wembley appearances and was a crucial member of City's famous double-winning team of May 2012, when surprisingly handed a midfield role for their memorable play-off final triumph against Luton Town. That was, though, to be his final game as he joined neighbours Bradford City the following month.

The talented defender added a further couple of Wembley appearances with the Bantams; firstly in a League Two play-final success over Northampton Town, before then being on the losing side in the League One equivalent against Millwall, whom he went on to sign for just over a week later.

He subsequently made his international debut for Australia in a World Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan in November 2015, before four days later adding his second start when facing Bangladesh.

Paul Stephenson scored a vital goal in a final-game victory at Brighton

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Writer:Vital York City
Date:Tuesday October 24 2017
Time: 12:51PM

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