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Connections: Carlisle United

15 September 2016

Players To Feature For Both Clubs

Blackpool and Carlisle United have shared quite a few player connections down the years, with Brad Potts and Tom Aldred the latest ones.  

The pair came through the youth system at Brunton Park, with Potts going on to make more than 100 appearances for The Cumbrians. 

Here we take a look at three notable ex-players to have represented both sides: 

Paul Simpson

Signed on a free transfer from Wolves, ex-Manchester City and Derby County midfielder Paul Simpson moved to Blackpool in August 2000. 

At the age of 34 he proved a valuable addition, creating goals for the likes of Brett Ormerod and John Murphy in attack. He scored 12 himself in his debut campaign, including one in a 4-2 victory against Leyton Orient in the third division play-off to achieve promotion. 

Simpson left the club for Rochdale in March 2002 before moving to his hometown club, Carlisle United, in 2003. While continuing to play, he bounced back from relegation to the Conference by guiding The Cumbrians back to League Two and then up to League One, winning a Manager of the Year accolade in the process. 

He ended his playing career with Carlisle in May 2006 and was appointed Preston North End manager that summer.

Andy Watson  

Striker Andy Watson scored 22 goals in 56 league appearances after moving to Carlisle United for Swansea City in 1991. 

It was his form for the club that helped reunited him in 1993 with Blackpool manager Billy Ayre, who had previously coached the Leeds-born forward at Halifax Town.

The transfer was concluded thanks to 'Buy A Player' match against Rotherham United at Bloomfield Road, which saw money from gate receipts given to the manager to spend in the market. 

Watson would go on to spend six years at Blackpool, where he forged a successful strike partnership with Tony Ellis. 

Russell Coughlin

An arrival from Blackburn Rovers in 1980, midfielder Russell Coughlin spent four years with Carlisle United and went on to make 130 league appearances for the club. 

A three-year stint at Plymouth came to an end in 1987 when he moved back up north with Blackpool to play under manager Sam Ellis. 

He made more than 100 appearances for The Seasiders and would later go on to represent Swansea City, Exeter City and Torquay United. 

Sadly he passed away at the age of 56 last month.  

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