Neil Cousins

Neil Cousins

Born 23 April 1982 (Age 26 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #314)

Total appearances 36 – 2 goals

(34 League, 2 FA Cup)

Debut:

26 December 2008 (Away Stevenage Borough)

Final game:

30 April 2011 (Away Darlington)

 

Neil was the son of Chairman Keith Cousins and had started his career as an 18 year old in the Essex Senior League with Burnham Ramblers. In 2001, he joined Malden Town, before moving to Braintree Town the following season, although a move to Heybridge Swift followed midway through that season. The young forward has a good strike rate with the Swifts, and he joined Billericay Town at the start of the 2004/2005 season. A return to Heybridge Swifts followed midway through the 2005/2006 season. Neil joined Diamonds on 26 December 2008, after scoring 6 goals in 18 appearances for the Swifts. He made his Diamonds debut as a substitute in the Boxing Day game at Stevenage Borough, where he collected an “assist” for his part in the Diamonds consolation goal. He then made his home debut in the return fixture at Nene Park on New Year’s Day. He went on the make 20 appearances during the remainder of the season, scoring just the one goal in Diamonds 2-1 victory over Salisbury City in April 2009. Neil spent much of the 2009/2010 season sidelined for a lengthy period after being stretchered off in the FA Cup tie at Brighton with a serious knee injury.

 

Neil Cousins slides in to tackle George Beavon

 

The injury saw him sidelined for some 16 months, and he made 6 substitute appearance at the end of the 2010/2011 season before being released in May 2011. On 30 June 2011, Neil joined Isthmian League Division One North side Maldon & Tiptree, where his elder brother Ian had become player/coach. On 8 December 2011, Neil re-joined Isthmian League Premier side Billericay Town, but his stay was short-lived, and he joined Isthmian Division One North side Brentwood Town on 16 February 2012. On 9 June 2013, it was announced that he had joined rivals Heybridge Swifts and remained there for a single season. Neil joined Isthmian Premier side Enfield Town on 5 June 2014.

 

Appearances

2008/2009 – squad number 12

Conf

26.12.08

Stevenage B (A)

as sub

Conf

1.1.09

Stevenage B (H)

 

Conf

17.1.09

Ebbsfleet Utd (A)

as sub

Conf

23.1.09

Forest Green (H)

as sub

Conf

27.1.09

Mansfield Tn (A)

 

Conf

1.2.09

Cambridge Utd (H)

 

Conf

9.2.09

Burton Albion (A)

as sub

Conf

21.2.09

Weymouth (A)

as sub

Conf

24.2.09

York City (H)

 

Conf

28.2.09

Mansfield Tn (H)

 

Conf

14.3.09

Crawley Tn (A)

as sub

Conf

21.3.09

Salisbury City (A)

as sub

Conf

24.3.09

Oxford Utd (H)

as sub

Conf

28.3.09

Northwich Vic (A)

 

Conf

31.3.09

Grays Ath (A)

 

Conf

4.4.09

Salisbury City (H)

1 goal

Conf

11.4.09

Kettering Tn (H)

 

Conf

13.4.09

Histon (A)

 

Conf

18.4.09

Forest Green (A)

 

Conf

26.4.09

Woking (H)

as sub

2009/2010 – squad number 12

Conf

11.8.09

York City (A)

 

Conf

15.8.09

Eastbourne B (A)

 

Conf

5.9.09

Barrow (A)

as sub

1 goal

Conf

26.9.09

Crawley Tn (A)

as sub

Conf

29.9.09

Wimbledon (H)

as sub

Conf

17.10.09

Tamworth (H)

 

FAC4q

24.10.09

Workington (A)

 

Conf

31.10.09

Luton Town (A)

 

Conf

21.11.09

Salisbury City (A)

as sub

FAC2

28.11.09

Brighton&HA (A)

 

2010/2011 – squad number 12

Conf

9.4.11

Wrexham (H)

as sub

Conf

13.4.11

Grimsby Town (A)

as sub

Conf

16.4.11

Gateshead (A)

as sub

Conf

22.4.11

Crawley Town (A)

as sub

Conf

25.4.11

Kidderminster (H)

as sub

Conf

30.4.11

Darlington (A)

as sub

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