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8 April 2014

Players Who Represented Both Clubs

A number of players have represented both Blackpool and Derby County down the years, with some making bigger impacts than others.

The official website looks back at five key players who achieved big things with The Seasiders and The Rams. 

IAN EVATT - DEFENDER



Evatt started his career at Derby County, having progressed though the youth team at Pride Park. 

After making his County debut in a Premier League clash with Ipswich Town in 2001, Evatt went on to make 46 appearances for The Rams, before moving to Chesterfield in 2005.

A year later the defender joined Blackpool on loan, before making his move permanent in the January, with The Seasiders on their way to promotion to The Championship.

The 32-year-old went on to make over 200 appearances for Pool, before eventually returning to Chesterfield last summer. 

SHAUN BARKER - DEFENDER



Barker joined Blackpool in 2006 on a free transfer from Rotherham United, and went on to make one shy of 150 appearances for the club.

The defender, who churned out consistent performances and wore the Blackpool captain’s armband, scored a crucial goal against Oldham Athletic in the 2007 play-offs.

In 2009 he joined Derby County, who he has played for ever since.

This is now his fifth season with The Rams, but he is yet to featured due to a long-term knee injury, where he has received treatment in various countries including Germany and USA.

ANDY GARNER - ATTACKER



A man who has spent both time on the pitch and in the dug-out for Derby, Garner spent five years as a player for The Rams, where he began his career.

He scored a number of crucial goals in their 1986 promotion, before moving to Sam Ellis’ Blackpool for £75,000. 

The attacker went on to earn a place on the Hall of Fame, after making 160 league appearances for The Seasiders.

Following his retirement, Garner returned to Derby as a coach, before moving to Sheffield United with Nigel Clough earlier this season.

LUKE VARNEY - STRIKER



Varney made more of an impact on the seaside than he did at Derby, but has still donned the colours of both clubs.

The striker originally joined The Rams on loan from Charlton in 2008, but despite signing permanently and spending three full season with the club, he made just 15 appearances.

Then in 2010 the 31-year-old joined Blackpool on a season-long loan from Sheffield Wednesday, for Pool’s solitary season in the Premier League.

After scoring against the likes of Liverpool and Fulham, Varney move on to Portsmouth at the end of the season.

STEVEN DAVIES - STRIKER



Davies is the only one of the five players covered still on Blackpool’s books, despite his unavailability for this evening’s game.

The striker joined Derby from Tranmere in 2008 and made 94 appearances for The Rams across four season.

A number of serious injuries marred his time at Pride Park, before he left for Bristol City in 2012.

After just one season at Ashton Gate, the 26-year-old joined The Seasiders, who he has three goals for, but is ruled out for the rest of the season.

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