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Ninth tier club sign a second former Championship player

Ninth tier club Hanley Town sign up a second former Championship player, and now they boast a squad with huge amounts of EFL experience.

The Midland League Premier Division outfit have announced the signing of striker Chris Dagnall, who’ll link up with new player-boss Carl Dickinson when his current deal at Yeovil Town runs out this summer.

It’s a significant coup for the club as they secure the signing of a player who has also plied his trade with the likes of Rochdale, Scunthorpe, Barnsley, Tranmere, Bradford, Coventry, Leyton Orient, Bury, Hibernian and Crewe Alexandra.

The 35-year-old joined National League Yeovil for a second stint last November, following a brief spell at Ashton United.


The club have today continued preparations for the 2021/22 season by securing the signing of experienced striker Chris Dagnall.

Dagnall, who played along side new manager Carl Dickinson at Yeovil Town last season will join the club when his current deal with Yeovil expires.

Speaking with the club’s media Chris said: “I’m excited, after speaking to Carl and the Chairman it’s a really exciting project that they have got going on and I’m happy to be a part of it.”

Mentioning his time at Yeovil he said: “He’s been a massive influence, me and Carl spoke quite a bit towards the end of last season about once he agreed to become the manager here and what he planned to do going forward, asked if I would be interested.”

“With me not being too far locally to the area it was definitely something that interested me after a few discussions I’m here.”

Dagnall brings a wealth of experience to the club locally being best known for his stint at Crewe Alexandra between 2016-18.

He hopes this will help him as well as the club: “I’ve played a lot of games, got 17/18 years’ experience to help the lads out, especially the younger lads, there’s that and a few goals here and there to help.”

Everyone at the club would like to wish Dagnall a warm welcome.



Youth career
1999–2003 – Tranmere Rovers

Senior career
2003–2006 – Tranmere Rovers – 39 games (7 goals)
2006 → Rochdale (loan) – 21 games (3 goals)
2006–2010 – Rochdale – 135 games (51 goals)
2010–2012 – Scunthorpe United – 60 games (9 goals)
2012–2014 – Barnsley – 53 games (6 goals)
2012 → Bradford City (loan) – 7 games (1 goal)
2013–2014 → Coventry City (loan) – 6 games (1 goal)
2014–2015 – Leyton Orient – 58 games (17 goals)
2015 – Kerala Blasters – 13 games (6 goals)
2015–2016 – Hibernian – 11 games (0 goals)
2016–2018 – Crewe Alexandra – 73 games (21 goals)
2018–2019 – Bury – 17 games (2 goals)
2019 – Tranmere Rovers – 5 games (0 goals)
2019–2020 – Yeovil Town – 20 games (1 goal)
2020 – Ashton United
2020– Yeovil Town – 23 games (1 goal)

Earlier this week, the club made another signing as preparations start to shift towards the start of pre-season ready for the 2021/22 season as they announce the signing of Ryan Campbell-Gordon.

Ryan, who was recently at Port Vale before being released has signed a contract at the club which shall commence on the 1st of July.

Speaking with the club’s media Ryan said: “It’s a good environment here, I can’t wait to get started really. I’ve been through everything with Ron and Carl, been through the team, been through my position being moved up onto the wing.”

Mentioning Carl and the impact he had on him signing he said: “Carl for me was a big influence, I knew him from my time and Port Vale and when I was there, he spoke to me quite a bit, I just can’t wait to get started.”

He links up with a squad that already consists the likes of Louis Dodds, Carl Dickinson (player/manager), recently announced Chris Dagnall and Ricardo Fuller.

Fans reacted after seeing the ninth tier club sign a second former Championship player…

@SharonH56356182: Now does Hanley realise how lucky they are having you 2 amazing guys, I will miss you both greatly I wish you both all the best but you will smash it

@MartinPearce8: Guaranteed goals for you boys, I can see you bossing your league this season, nice one Dicko.. PVFC legend.. #pvfc

@CraigAMcCann: Some signing that

@jbiss82: What is going on at @HanleyTown66?? They seem very ambitious this season. What are the plans and ambitions??

@azzpvfc: Wow impressive signing

@Georgeborland_: Announce Yeovil vs Hanley

@ytfcwattsy: That’s a belter signing.

@LGH87: Something seriously special could be about to happen, have you contacted any local filmmakers or been contacted by any over the prospects of a documentary?

@Punishe51535709: Another quality signing can’t wait for the season to begin UTHT

@DeanMccue4: Someone at Hanley as got deep pockets

@BigMellonsTRFC: Good luck Chris!!!

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