The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

Born: Ch­ester, 1975 (Age 40) 1994-2002: A cen­tre-half, Challi­nor signed for sec­ond-tier Tran­mere in 1994 and made his de­but against Stoke two years later, aged 21. A reg­u­lar in the side, he scored six goals in 140 games and started at Wem­b­ley as Rovers lost 2-1 to Le­ices­ter in the 2000 League Cup fi­nal. It was dur­ing his time at Pren­ton Park that Challi­nor set a new world record for a throw in, hurl­ing a ball 46.34m me­tres in an ef­fort recog­nised by the Guin­ness Book of Records. Lane fol­lowed in the sum­mer of 2004 and Challi­nor was im­me­di­ately named cap­tain. He played 148 games for Bury, scor­ing twice, be­fore a se­ri­ous knee in­jury forced him to quit the pro game in 2008. 2008-11: Challi­nor joined part-timers Col­wyn Bay in Oc­to­ber 2008 and in 2009-10 skip­pered them to pro­mo­tion from the NPL Divi­sion One North. Sub­se­quently pro­moted to player-man­ager, he over­saw a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive pro­mo­tion as the Welsh out­fit won the play-offs and a place in Con­fer­ence North. 2011-15 Challi­nor quit to join NPL North side AFC Fylde in Novem­ber 2011, win­ning the ti­tle in his first sea­son and pro­mo­tion to Con­fer­ence North in 2014. Last year brought a sec­ond place fin­ish in Non-League’s sec­ond tier, but Fylde were de­feated by Guise­ley in the play-off semis.

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