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Rochdale's former Stocksbridge forward Scott Hogan

Rochdale's former Stocksbridge forward Scott Hogan

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If Rochdale top scorer Scott Hogan shines against the Owls tomorrow then Stocksbridge chairman Allen Bethel will not be surprised.

Hogan played for Stocksbridge before following the footsteps of their more famous old boy Jamie Vardy and making an impact in the Football League.

“Scott quite admired Jamie, and we tried to get him to strive to do equally as well”, says Bethel.

“When Scott was here he showed all the signs of being like Vardy though not quite as a good: Hogan was tricky, good with both feet, could hit it and score, though in trying to prove himself could take on too many defenders.

“He played as a striker for us but I think his best position is on the left.

“We were sorry to see him go but I thought he’d move up and I think he’s got a lot of potential.”

Bethel also thinks that Hogan could end up being sold to a bigger club.

Stocksbridge signed Salford-born forward Hogan from Halifax in December, 2011, and he scored seven goals in a period of almost a year with the South Yorkshire club.

He had started as a youth player at Rochdale but they let him go and he went into non-League football.

In 2012, Stocksbridge staged a pre-season Bracken Moor friendly against Barnsley, who were then managed by Keith Hill, the current and former Rochdale boss.

Hogan played so well that he was invited to train with the Spotland club, But a move there failed to materialse.

Three months later Stocksbridge reluctantly released him because he had problems in travelling from his home in Warrington.

He moved on to Ashton United, then Hyde, and rejoined Rochdale last summer on a two-year contract.

These days he tends to play centrally as the attacking forward point of a midfield threesome behind a centre forward.

Hill predicted that Hogan would make progress and he has been proved right.