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Double-Sided: York City

14 April 2016

We profile three men who have played for both Pools and this weekend's opponents York City.

Kevin Dixon
Whole-hearted Kevin Dixon became a real hit on the terraces at The Vic after joining the Club from Carlisle United in 1984 before returning for a second spell from Scunthorpe United in 1988.

The 80s icon made 144 appearances in all for Pools, scoring 35 goals along the way despite playing against the backdrop of regular financial uncertainty at the Club.

Dixon memorably scored the winning goal when Pools toppled Derby County in the FA Cup in November 1984 and was a guest for our tie against The Rams earlier this season.

His move to York City in November 1988 was a disappointment for supporters but necessary given the Club’s ailing finances and he went on to make almost fifty appearances for The Minstermen.

Dixon rounded-off his playing career in non-league, playing his trade for Newcastle Blue Star, Gateshead and Hebburn before retiring.

Paul Stephenson
Following a disappointing start to his Pools career, Paul Stephenson prospered when handed a central midfield role at The Vic and he was an ever-present in 1999/2000, winning Player of the Year.

After that he became a regular in the side for the next couple of campaigns as Pools came close to promotion via the play-offs before announcing his retirement in 2002, at which point he took on a coaching role.

After spending time in charge of the Youth Team, before taking temporary charge of the First Team at the end of the ill-fated 2005/06 campaign following the departure of Martin Scott.

Having started out at Newcastle United, Stephenson gained further league experience with a five-year spell at Millwall before spending two seasons at Brentford.

In 1995, York City paid £35,000 for his services and, although his early time was disrupted by injury, he spent three seasons at Bootham Crescent where he made just under 100 appearances on the right wing.

Marco Gabbiadini
The veteran front man was a surprise signing under new boss Neale Cooper at the start of the 2003/04 campaign, having previously antagonised The Vic faithful in a Darlington shirt.

A Sunderland legend, Gabbiadini had spent two seasons a Quaker prior to a spell at Northampton Town and Darlington were interested in taking him back before Pools made their move.

He only ended up making 18 appearances for Pools before being forced in to retirement but he still notched six goals in those games, including a memorable solo effort in an away game at Stockport.

Gabbiadini, who now runs a successful hotel in York, began his career with The Minstermen and was soon in the team – he debuted at 17 and scored his first hat-trick against Darlington a year later.

His talent alerted then Sunderland boss Denis Smith and he paid a reported fee of £80,000 to take the striker to Roker Park where he would become a terrace hero before spells at Crystal Palace, Derby County and Stoke City.

He briefly returned to Bootham Crescent on loan from Stoke in 1998 before he signed for Darlington.

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