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He Played For Both: Craig Westcarr

12 March 2016

With another big match at the Proact this afternoon we look at a player who has worn both the blue of Chesterfield and the red of the Saddlers.

Craig Westcarr is currently plying his trade in League Two with Mansfield Town, however he has featured at league clubs such as Nottingham Forest, Lincoln City, MK Dons, Cambridge United, Notts County and Portsmouth as well as this afternoon’s opponents Chesterfield and Walsall.  

The Nottingham-born midfielder began his career with Forest, however he only appeared sporadically in his four-year stint at the club and was loaned out to both Lincoln City and MK Dons where he made a combined total of 10 appearances, scoring one goal for the Imps.  

His first real chance of first team football came with Cambridge United in 2005/06 when he made over 30 appearances for the recently relegated National Conference side. Westcarr began to find his feet, scoring on eight occasions for Cambridge though the side could only finish in mid-table. 

Surprisingly, after a good season the Englishman chose to drop down the league ladder again as he signed for Kettering Town. To date, Kettering is the club for whom Westcarr has made the most appearances with 102 games for the Conference North side.  
 
This is where Westcarr was moved from a forward to winger and he managed to help the side win promotion as champions in the 2007-08 season. The winger really made a name for himself in an FA Cup tie this season as he scored twice for Kettering against then Premier League side Fulham. 
 
A move back to Nottingham would follow however this time across the river at Notts County. Again Westcarr found regular football for Notts playing over 80 times and scoring 21 goals for the club between 2009-2011. 

The Spireites saw potential in Westcarr and manager John Sheridan brought him in ahead of the 2011-12 season. He would go on to appear in the Football League Trophy final against Swindon and scored the second goal of the game in injury time, however he also suffered relegation that campaign with the club.
 
After a short loan spell at this weekend’s opponents Walsall he signed on a permanent basis and immediately hit the ground running. He averaged one goal in every three games for the Saddlers and was the clubs top-scorer in his final season before leaving the club. 

Westcarr has since played for Portsmouth in League One before moving to Mansfield for the 2015-16 season and has scored on three occasions this season. 

He will be remembered by Spireites fans as a pacey winger with an eye for goal and as the player who rounded off a famous victory at Wembley as the club won the Football League Trophy against Swindon Town in 2012. 
 

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