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He Played for Both: Jimmy Ryan

26 March 2016

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With the Cod Army visiting the Proact Stadium this weekend we take a look at a Jimmy Ryan, who wore the blue of Chesterfield and now wears the red of Fleetwood Town.

Ryan made the move from Chesterfield to Fleetwood this past summer, and before this Ryan had played for Shrewsbury Town, Accrington Stanley, Scunthorpe United and, of course, the Spireites. Ryan has also represented the Republic of Ireland U21s four times, scoring against Lithuania. 

Ryan began his career as a part of the youth system with Liverpool, winning the FA Youth Cup twice in 2006 and 2007.

His performances for the youth side at Liverpool saw him spend time at Shrewsbury Town on loan before signing permanently in 2008. Unfortunately for Ryan he was released after just seven appearances.

Accrington Stanley brought him to the Crown Ground for the 2008/09 League Two season. Ryan’s time at Stanley would prove to be his longest for any side, as he appeared on over 125 occasions for them and scored 22 times. His performances even earned him a place in the League Two and PFA Team of the Year in 2011.

Following three successful years in Lancashire, Ryan moved up to League One as he signed a two-year deal with Scunthorpe United. Ryan stayed at Glanford Park for two season scoring four times in 69 games for the Iron.

Chesterfield saw potential in Ryan and brought him to the Proact where he played 83 times between 2013 and 2015. During his spell with the Spireites he scored six goals and was part of the side which lost in the Football League Trophy final at Wembley to Peterborough United, but also won League Two in the same season. 

Ryan left the Proact for Fleetwood at the beginning of this season and has been an integral part of the Cod Army this season, scoring two goals as the side fight for survival. This weekend’s game will be his first visit back to the Proact since.

Ryan will be remembered by Spireites fans as a powerful presence in midfield who was a big part of the 2013/14 side who managed to win League Two and take the club to Wembley.

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