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Bolton Wanderers vs Oldham Athletic: Played For Both Clubs - John Sheridan

A look at the career of former Bolton and Oldham player, John Sheridan

Ahead of today's game against Oldham Athletic, here's a look at the career of former Wanderer and Latics player, John Sheridan.

John Sheridan, born 1st October 1964, began his career as a youth player with hometown club Manchester City. In 1982 the midfielder moved to Leeds United, having failed to make an appearance for City's first team.

After making his Leeds debut against Middlesbrough in November 1982, Sheridan would go on to spend seven years at Elland Road, becoming a hugely popular player with Leeds fans. Sheridan scored 53 goals in 273 games for Leeds, with his best season being the 1986/1987 season, in which he helped Leeds reach the Semi-Finals of the FA Cup, as well as scoring an impressive fifteen goals from midfield.

It was also during his time with Leeds United when Sheridan made his debut for the Republic of Ireland. Sheridan would go on play 35 times for Ireland, including appearances at both the 1990 and 1994 World Cup.

When Howard Wilkinson replaced Billy Bremner as Leeds manager, Sheridan found his first team chances limited, and was subsequently sold to Nottingham Forest in August 1989 for £650,000.

Sheridan would only make one appearance for Forest, and after only three months at the City Ground, Sheridan returned to Yorkshire to sign for Sheffield Wednesday in November 1989.

It was at Sheffield Wednesday where Sheridan had arguably the best spell of his career. Sheridan scored the winning goal in the 1991 League Cup Final against Manchester United, as well as helping Wednesday gain promotion to the First Division under the guidance of Ron Atkinson.

Despite the departure of Atkinson to Aston Villa in June 1991, Sheridan was a key part of the Wednesday side that finished third in the top flight under new manager Trevor Francis in 1992. The season after, Wednesday reached the finals of the FA Cup and League Cup, losing 2-1 to Arsenal in both.

When Trevor Francis was replaced by David Pleat in 1995, Sheridan was picked less often for the first team, and was sent out on loan to Birmingham City in 1996. After making his last Wednesday appearance at the start of the 1996/1997 season, Sheridan moved to First Division side Bolton Wanderers for £180,000. In total for Wednesday, John Sheridan scored 31 goals in 243 games.

In two years with Bolton, John Sheridan helped the Trotters gain promotion to the Premier League in 1997. Bolton won the league title with a then record tally of 98 points. However, Bolton were relegated back to the First Division the year after. As a result of the relegation, John Sheridan moved to conference side Doncaster Rovers in 1998. In total for Bolton, John Sheridan made 43 appearances, scoring 2 goals.

Sheridan's time at Doncaster was brief, and after playing seven times for Rovers, he moved to this afternoon's opponents, Oldham Athletic. Sheridan would stay at Boundary Park for the rest of his playing career, making 163 appearances for the Latics before retiring in 2004.

Whilst an Oldham player, Sheridan moved into management, taking charge of Oldham on a caretaker basis in 2001. Sheridan was then given the job on a caretaker basis again in December 2003 alongside teammate David Eyres, after the departure of Ian Dowie to Crystal Palace.

Sheridan returned to Oldham in 2006 to take charge full time. Sheridan had success in his first full season as a manager, helping Oldham to finish sixth. In March 2009, after a string of poor results and reports of fighting between Sheridan and the Oldham players, Sheridan was replaced as Oldham boss by former manager Joe Royle.

In June 2009, John Sheridan became the manager of League Two side Chesterfield. In three years with the Spireites, Sheridan guided the club to the League Two title in 2011, as well as winning the Football League Trophy in 2012.

Due to a poor start to the 2012/2013 season, Sheridan was relieved of his duties as Chesterfield manager.

Sheridan then became manager of Plymouth Argyle in January 2013. After two and a half years in the south-west, Sheridan resigned, expressing a desire to return to the North of England for family reasons.

In October 2015, Sheridan got a slightly more Northern job, when he became manager of South Welsh side Newport County.

Sheridan then returned to Oldham Athletic in January 2016, with the club five points adrift of safety. Sheridan then guided the club to a 17th place finish, winning nine of the remaining twenty-two games of the season. Due to his success in keeping Oldham up, Sheridan was linked to a move to Bolton as manager, but instead moved to League Two side Notts County in May 2016.