- Chris Priest (footballer)
Chris Priest Personal information Full name Chris Priest Date of birth 18 October 1973 Place of birth Leigh, England Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Playing position Midfield Senior career* Years Team Apps† (Gls)† 1992–1994 Everton 0 (0) 1995–1999 Chester City 155 (26) 1999–2004 Macclesfield Town 150 (13) 2004–2006 Bangor City ? (?) 2006–? Colwyn Bay ? (?) * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:02, 13 May 2009 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Chris Priest (born 18 October 1973, Leigh) is a former English professional footballer who is believed to have scored the final Football League goal of the 20th Century when playing for Macclesfield Town.
A midfielder, Priest began his career as an apprentice with Everton, where he turned professional in June 1992. However, he failed to make a first–team appearance and his first taste of league action was to come when on loan at Football League Division Two strugglers Chester City during 1994–95. He spent two months on loan with the club early in the season, scoring in a shock 2–0 win over league leaders Oxford United, and then signed on a permanent basis later in the campaign.
Priest remained with Chester for four years, playing regularly before opting to join fellow Third Division side Macclesfield Town on the Bosman ruling in July 1999. Priest would again give long service to his employers, with his five years at Moss Rose including his historic last minute winner against Carlisle United on 28 December 1999, and a televised FA Cup tie against West Ham United on 6 January 2002.
His final appearance for the Silkmen against Bury on 8 May 2004 was to also be his final Football League appearance, as he was released and joined Bangor City in the Welsh Premier League. After two years with the Citizens, Priest signed for Colwyn Bay. He no longer plays football but now aims to be a successful coach. He has started to coach a small Sunday League football team called Newhall Rovers F.C.
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