Clarets fan – released by Burnley and Blackburn Rovers – makes Football League debut

Former Blessed Trinity pupil Harvey Macadam made his Football League debut when featuring from the bench in Fleetwood Town's 1-1 draw at home to MK Dons.

By Dan Black
Wednesday, 9th February 2022, 5:12 pm

The 21-year-old midfielder, who had previously played for Fulledge Colts, replaced Shayden Morris at the break as the Cod Army trailed to Harry Darling's finish at Highbury Stadium.

The Clarets fan, released by Burnley and Blackburn Rovers as a youngster, had been named in the matchday squad for League One games against Plymouth Argyle, Cambridge United and Shrewsbury Town, but he was finally given the opportunity to make his mark.

The hosts equalised just six minutes after his introduction as Paddy Lane beat goalkeeper Jamie Cumming, on loan from Chelsea, to earn a fourth successive draw for Stephen Crainey's side.

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Harvey Macadam

Macadam, who signed a two-and-a-half-year professional contract, with an option for a further year, said: “I’m buzzing, I’ve worked so hard to get to this point - it’s a dream come true - I have to thank the gaffer, it’s a brave move bringing me on at half-time but I’m glad we got a point in the end, it’s a good one against a good side.

“In training I guess I’ve been impressing to be in and around first team, I’ve taken the step-up well from the Under-23 games I’ve played in but playing in games in the first team it was tough, the conditions didn’t help, and the pitch didn’t help."

He added: “It wasn’t the debut I’ve been expecting but I loved every minute of it, I have a lot more to show and in better conditions I can do much more on and off the ball, playing against top players and with top players I can learn so much more.

“I’m used to wild conditions and the odd bobble, us ex-non-league players are used to football like that, we have a good mix of experience who haven’t played non-league and youth who have because non-league brings out different stuff that you wouldn’t normally experience, it’s benefitted me loads and I can’t wait to do more.”