One of the first things James Colliver did when he left Clipstone to take over as manager of Sheffield FC was to bring his club captain Damian Magee with him. The 34-year-old defender brought a wealth of experience to the back line having played for several local sides during his career, including Glapwell,Alfreton, Rainworth and Staveley before moving to Clipstone.
Magee made his debut in a 2-1 FA Cup win over Ramsbottom early in the campaign and would be a familiar sight in the side throughout, making 31 appearances and being selected in the team of the season. He finished the season particularly strongly, with a run in the centre of defence and being named man of the match in consecutive games against Romulus and Belper in April.
Despite playing in the first game of the 2017/18 season Damian fell out of the first team picture under a new manager but by the latter months had fought his way back, starting in 10 of the last 14 matches, including scoring his only Club goal to date in a game at Lincoln. Although playing a part in the pre-season preparations a single appearance in a heavy FA Cup defeat was his only competitive outing in 2018/19 and it seemed like his Sheffield FC career had come to an end after 48 games.
Anybody who has seen Damian play football knows that his battling qualities stand out and he remained fit and available for selection, although his only game up to the end of 2019 was a Sheffield & Hallamshire Cup appearance as Sheffield beat High Green Villa 6-0 in mid-September. Once again, the evergreen defender was rewarded for his patience though as he made a first NPL appearance of the campaign when coming from the bench at Leek on New Year’s Day to bring up his half-century in Club colours. He followed that up with a man of the match performance at home to Stocksbridge and had played in 9 of the 12 games prior to the season being abandoned early.
Having played and produced some impressive performances in pre-season hopefully he won’t have to wait too long this time around to add to his 58 Club appearances to date.
SHEFFIELD FC RECORD TO THE END OF THE 2019/20 SEASON
Debut: August 20 th , 2016
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