|Position||Assistant Player Manager|
|Date of birth||25-07-1966|
|Place of birth||Salford|
|Previous clubs||Crewe Alexandra, Macclesfield Town, Sliema Wanderers (Malta)|
The 39-year-old striker has enjoyed a 23-year career in both professional and non-league football and agreed to become Karl Marginson�€trade;s assistant manager after listening to his ex-Macclesfield team-mate outline his plans for the club this summer.
However, Power confesses that it took until our first friendly match at Leigh to convince him of FC United�€trade;s true potential. �€�Karl explained things to me, but until I�€trade;ve seen things with my own eyes I�€trade;m always a bit unsure. But now I�€trade;ve seen it it�€trade;s just fantastic,�€� he said.
�€�I just thought it was a fantastic opportunity. I�€trade;ve had a wealth of non-league experience and this is more exciting than any of it. The potential and the support we�€trade;ve had, even in the friendly games has been unbelievable. I�€trade;ve been like a 16-year-old, when you hear that crowd you get the adrenaline rush and the hairs stand up. It�€trade;s put a spring back in my step and I�€trade;m nearly 40. Some of the lads who have never played in front of crowds like that - it must be fantastic for them.�€�
The easy-going Salfordian began his career at Northwich Victoria in the early 1980s and played in an FA Trophy final at Wembley at the age of 17, before a short spell at Witton Albion, where he attracted the attention of league side Crewe. Power signed pro forms with Alexandra but lasted just two years before dropping down to play for Horwich (now Leigh) RMI.
Aged just 20, he took the chance to join top flight Maltese side Sliema Wanderers - an opportunity he wishes he had made more of. �€�It was good. I was only a young lad and looking back I wish I�€trade;d have stuck it a bit longer because in the end I came home because I was home sick and on my own,�€� he said.
�€�I was in their Premier League and all the games were played at the national stadium. The club ended up in the UEFA Cup preliminary rounds and I missed out on that by coming back. The standard was a lot better than I thought it would be. They played an Italian style - a tight game and there were some skilful players. I probably regret I didn�€trade;t stick it a bit longer.�€�
Power returned to England to join Chorley who had just been promoted to the Conference. He did enough to impress then Bournemouth manager Harry Redknapp to sign him, but his move to the south coast collapsed after he suffered a double compound fracture to his leg in his farewell match for the Lancashire side.
He then spent two-years recovering from the injury before spells with Barrow and Stalybridge Celtic on the way to joining Sammy McIlroy at Macclesfield. �€�That was the best time of my career for winning trophies. I won everything there in the non-league and also got England semi-pro caps,�€� Power explains. �€�I won an FA trophy, two Vauxhall Conferences and then we went up to the league and finished runners up in the old Division Three in our first season. When we went up again I left as my contract had expired. I was a bit gutted. Sammy only offered me a three-month contract with the option of making it into a year once he�€trade;d reduced his squad so I had to make a decision.
Three months isn�€trade;t a long time really and that was when Altrincham came in for me with a three-year contract. It was a lot more security. I was gutted to be leaving because Macclesfield was where my heart was, I�€trade;d been there five years and I�€trade;d had some great times.�€�
Upon leaving the Robins, Power, who works as a residential social worker for Salford Council, had further spells with Radcliffe Borough - disturbed by a car accident - and Bacup Borough.
He now finds himself at the forefront of a football revolution with FC United. �€�Even when I was at Macclesfield and we got into the league we were only getting crowds of 1,800 to 2,000. We�€trade;ve surpassed that at Leigh already, in a friendly game. If we can get a bit of success I�€trade;m sure it�€trade;ll just grow and grow. In an ideal world we want to succeed in the first season. Whether that will happen is down to me and Karl motivating the lads. Given the backing that everyone�€trade;s given FC United I would hope we�€trade;ll be up and thereabouts challenging.�€�