Will Haining

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Will Haining
Will Haining.jpg
Haining playing for St Mirren
Personal information
Full name William Wallace Haining[1]
Date of birth (1982-10-02) 2 October 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Ashton United (player-manager)
Youth career
1998–2001 Oldham Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2007 Oldham Athletic 155 (11)
2007–2009 St Mirren 48 (1)
2009–2013 Morecambe 121 (3)
2011 Fleetwood Town (loan) 7 (0)
2013–2014 Hyde 27 (0)
2014–2015 Macclesfield Town 12 (0)
2015– Ashton United 0 (0)
Teams managed
2016– Ashton United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:08, 19 March 2015 (UTC).

William Wallace "Will" Haining (born 2 October 1982) is a Scottish footballer. He is currently player-manager of Ashton United.

He started his career in the youth team at Oldham Athletic, breaking into the first team in 2001. After six years with Oldham's first team he signed for St Mirren in the Scottish Premier League where he spent two years, returning to England in 2009 to sign for Morecambe. Whilst at Morecambe he had a loan spell at Fleetwood Town. Following his release from the League Two side,where he was club captain, he signed for Hyde.


Oldham Athletic[edit]

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Haining started his career in England at Oldham Athletic. He made his first-team debut as an 88th-minute substitute on 26 December 2001 in a 2–0 win over Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.[2] After two further brief substitute appearances in wins over Northampton Town and Stoke City,[3][4] he made his full debut on 20 April 2002 in a 1–0 win over Queens Park Rangers at Boundary Park.[5] The following season he became a regular in the side, scoring his first goal on 7 December 2002 as the Latics lost at home to Cheltenham Town in the second round of the FA Cup.[6] His first league goal came 19 days later on 26 December in a 1–1 home draw with Blackpool.[7]

His final appearance for the club was against Blackpool in the second leg of the 2006–07 League One play-off semi-final which the Latics lost 3–1.[8] He made a total of 180 appearances in six years with the Latics, scoring 12 goals.[9]

St Mirren[edit]

On 28 June 2007 Haining joined Scottish Premier League club St Mirren on a free transfer. He made his debut on 4 August in a 1–0 defeat to Motherwell at Love Street. His first, and ultimately only, goal was a 90th-minute winner on 3 May 2008 in a 1–0 home win over Kilmarnock. He made a total of 35 appearances in the 2007–08 season as the Buddies finished in 10th place in the Scottish Premier League.

In December 2008. Haining tore a muscle in his foot and had to wear a medical support boot for four weeks.[10] He was out of action for three months, returning on 28 February 2009 in a 7–0 defeat to Celtic at Celtic Park.

He made a total of 23 appearances in the 2008–09 season as St Mirren finished in 11th place, avoiding relegation to the First Division on goal difference. His contract was not renewed at the end of the season and he left the Buddies when his contract expired on 30 June 2009.[11] He made a total of 58 appearances for the Buddies, scoring one goal.

In July 2009 he joined English Championship side Blackpool on trial.[12]


Haining joined Morecambe on a two-year deal on 7 August 2009. His debut was in the 2–2 draw with Hereford United the following day. He has also had a seven-game loan spell at Fleetwood in the Conference.On 5 August he was made captain by new boss Jim Bentley. He was released in the summer of 2013 due to budget constraints.[13]


On 1 August 2013, he signed for Conference Premier side Hyde on a one-year deal.[14] He made his debut for the club on 10 August 2013, in Hyde's opening day 8–0 defeat to Forest Green Rovers.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Haining became engaged to English glamour model Michelle Marsh on Valentine's Day 2005. The couple married on 2 June 2007.[16] They have two children.[17][18]


  1. ^ "December 2009 Player Registrations" (PDF). TheFA.com. The Football Association. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Blackpool 0-2 Oldham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Northampton 0-1 Oldham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Oldham 2-1 Stoke". BBC Sport. 6 April 2002. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Oldham 1-0 QPR". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Oldham 1-2 Cheltenham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Oldham 1-1 Blackpool". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Blackpool 3-1 Oldham (agg 5-2)". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Will Haining career stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Haining injury blow for St Mirren". bbc.co.uk. 5 December 2008. Retrieved 1 August 2009. 
  11. ^ "Dargo stays as two exit Buddies". bbc.co.uk. 26 June 2009. Retrieved 1 August 2009. 
  12. ^ "Team News From Oldham". Blackpool F.C. 1 August 2009. Retrieved 1 August 2009. 
  13. ^ "Haining Set to Leave". Morecambe FC. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "Will Haining and Liam Tomsett Join Tigers". hydefc.co.uk. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Forest Green 8 - 0 Hyde". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  16. ^ "60 seconds with... St Mirren star Will Haining". Daily Mail. 9 March 2009. Retrieved 1 August 2009. 
  17. ^ "Ex-Page 3 Michelle is a mum". The Sun. 17 December 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2009. 
  18. ^ "Mum's the word for Michelle". The Sun. 5 June 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2009. 

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