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Double-Sided: Oxford United

21 April 2016

We profile three players who have worn the colours of both Pools and this weekend's opponents Oxford United.

Andy Linighan
The Hartlepool-born defender who went on to score the winner in an FA Cup Final also wore the colours of Oxford United during a season with The U’s in 2000/01.

Linighan started his career at The Vic after signing professional forms in September 1980 following a spell at Murton Colliery Welfare, where he had debuted at just 16.

In 1984, after he had made 131 appearances for Pools, Second Division Leeds United paid £30,000 for him – a fee which looked a bargain at the time and was proved to be so by his subsequent £45,000 move to Oldham and his £350,000 switch to Norwich City.

By now he was an England ‘B’ international and he became the first Hartlepool-born player to command a seven-figure sum when Arsenal stumped up £1.25million to take him to Highbury in 1990.

After over six years, more than 100 league outings, a league title and an FA Cup winning goal, Linighan moved to Crystal Palace in 1997 before playing 13 times for Oxford prior to a short spell at St Albans City and retirement.

These days, Linighan runs his own plumbing business – a trade he had studied for during his days at Pools and for which he once turned down a trial at Everton.

Ian McGuckin
Alongside Linighan in Oxford United’s 2000/01 squad was none other than Ian McGuckin who made all seven of his U’s appearances in that campaign.

The Middlesbrough-born centre-back had started his career with Pools after being picked up from Marton as a youth and he went on to make 179 appearances before moving to Fulham in 1997.

However, injury wrecked his move to Craven Cottage and he was back at The Vic on loan during 1998/99, adding another eight appearances before he joined Oxford in 2000.

At present, McGuckin is Lead Phase Coach for the Under 12 to Under 16 age groups in Pools’ Academy. 

Jonathan Franks
Pools snapped up Jonathan Franks in the summer of 2012 following his release from Middlesbrough and he would go on to make 143 appearances for the Club, scoring 16 goals.

Comfortable on the wing or in a central attacking role, Franks spent three seasons at Victoria Park before leaving last summer to move north of the border to sign for Ross County.

He scored on his debut for County – who also play at a Victoria Park – and also featured in the 2-1 League Cup Final win over Hibs in March as The Staggies bagged their first-ever major trophy.

Earlier in his career, the Teessider had spent a short spell on loan at Oxford United during the 2011/12 campaign, making three appearances in total for The U’s.

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