Dale Watkins

Dale Watkins

Born 4 November 1971 (Age 21 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #25)

Total appearances 162 – 98 goals

(118 League, 11 FA Cup, 9 FA Trophy, 13 League Cup, 10 Hillier Senior Cup, 1 Maunsell Cup)

Debut:

16 January 1993 (Away Nuneaton Borough)

Final game:

4 May 1996 (Home Merthyr Tydfil)

As his record at Nene Park indicates, Dale is regarded as one of the most prolific goalscorers in non-league football. The pacy striker joined Diamonds from Grantham Town in January 1993 after Diamonds had agreed a £6,000 fee, having come to Roger Ashby’s attention while scoring for the Gingerbreads earlier in the season. He had started his career at Sheffield United, with loan spells at Grimsby Town and Rotherham United before joining Peterborough United. It was in the summer of 1991 that he dropped down to non-league football with Peterborough City and Wisbech Town before joining Grantham Town. His debut comprised of a two minute substitute appearance at Nuneaton Borough on 16 January 1993, but his home debut three days later was a little more memorable, scoring a hat-trick – the first of six in his four seasons at Nene Park. He scored 13 goals in his first season, then the following season, he netted 34 after pairing with Mickey Nuttell – a partnership which won Diamonds the Beazer Homes Midland Division title. The 1994 / 1995 season saw him go one better, the partnership with Darren Collins yielding a total of 63 goals. Despite scoring 12 goals in 17 games the following year, he lost his place, and most of his appearances were off the bench. The arrival of Carl Alford in March 1996 saw his days numbered and at the end of the season, he joined Gloucester City on a free transfer.

Dale Watkins

He subsequently joined Cheltenham Town for £12,000 a year later and scored when Diamonds visited Whaddon Road the following season, and again when Diamonds played the Robins in the FA Trophy. He could in fact have scored a hat-trick had it not been for the heroics of Mark Smith in the Diamonds, who also saved a penalty from Dale. A loan move to Kettering Town in January 2000 led to a permanent move following an agreed £22,000 compensation. He left the Poppies in 2003, and subsequently played for Chelmsford City, Grantham Town, Kings Lynn, Stamford, Yaxley, Blackstones and he ended his playing career back with Yaxley in 2006.

Appearances

1992/1993

BHM

16.1.93

Nuneaton Boro (A)

as sub

BHM

19.1.93

Hinckley Town (H)

3 goals

BHM

23.1.93

Bedworth Utd (H)

1 goal

CSCQ

26.1.93

Stourbridge (A)

BHM

30.1.93

Tamworth (A)

CSCQr

2.2.93

Stourbridge (H)

1 goal

BHM

6.2.93

Dudley Town (H)

2 goals

BHM

24.2.93

Newport AFC (A)

as sub

BHM

27.2.93

RC Warwick (A)

2 goals

BHM

13.3.93

Barri (A)

BHM

18.3.93

Nuneaton Boro (H)

BHM

23.3.93

RC Warwick (H)

1 goal

BHM

27.3.93

Tamworth (H)

BHM

30.3.93

Leicester Utd (A)

BHM

3.4.93

Bedworth Utd (A)

1 goal

BHM

10.4.93

Leicester Utd (H)

1 goal

BHM

12.4.93

Kings Lynn (A)

BHM

17.4.93

Sutton Coldfield(H)

BHM

22.4.93

Stourbidge (A)

BHM

24.4.93

Evesham Utd (A)

1 goal

HSCF

27.4.93

Kettering Town (A)

BHM

1.5.93

Gresley Rvrs (H)

1993/1994

BHM

21.8.93

Clevedon Town(H)

1 goal

BHM

24.8.93

Tamworth (A)

FACp

28.8.93

Rocester (A)

BHM

30.8.93

Bedworth Utd (H)

BHM

4.9.93

Stourbridge (A)

DMCp/1

7.9.93

Grantham Tn (A)

1 goal

FAC1q

11.9.93

Sutton C’dfield(H)

1 goal

BHM

14.9.93

Kings Lynn (H)

BHM

18.9.93

Bridgnorth Tn (A)

DMCp/2

21.9.93

Grantham Tn (H)

1 goal

FAC2q

25.9.93

Rothwell Town (H)

FAC2qr

28.9.93

Rothwell Town (A)

2 goals

BHM

2.10.93

Dudley Town (A)

FAC3q

9.10.93

BurtonAlbion (H)

1 goal

HSC1

12.10.93

Cogenhoe Utd (H)

1 goal

FAT2q

16.10.93

Burton Albion (H)

DMC1/1

19.10.93

Bedworth Utd (H)

1 goal

FAC4q

23.10.93

Bromsgrove R (H)

BHM

30.10.93

Redditch Utd (A)

1 goal

BHM

6.11.93

Hinckley Town (H)

BHM

13.11.93

Bilston Town (H)

1 goal

BHM

20.11.93

Tamworth (H)

1 goal

BHM

27.11.93

Stourbridge (H)

3 goals

BHM

27.12.93

VS Rugby (H)

BHM

1.1.94

Grantham Tn (A)

BHM

3.1.94

RC Warwick (H)

BHM

8.1.94

Armitage 90 (A)

1 goal

BHM

15.1.94

Sutton C’dfield(H)

1 goal

BHM

22.1.94

Forest Green (A)

1 goal

BHM

26.1.94

Newport AFC (A)

1 goal

BHM

29.1.94

WestonsMare(A)

BHM

5.2.94

Yate Town (H)

BHM

8.2.94

Kings Lynn (A)

1 goal

BHM

12.2.94

Evesham Utd (A)

BHM

19.2.94

Newport AFC (H)

1 goal

BHM

26.2.94

Leicester Utd (H)

BHM

1.3.94

Bedworth Utd (A)

1 goal

BHM

5.3.94

Bilston Town (A)

1 goal

BHM

8.3.94

Bridgnorth Tn (H)

BHM

12.3.94

Yate Town (A)

1 goal

BHM

19.3.94

WestonsMare(H)

1 goal

BHM

23.3.94

Clevedon Town(A)

BHM

26.3.94

Hinckley Town(A)

2 goals

HSCSF

29.3.94

Kettering Town(H)

BHM

2.4.94

VS Rugby (A)

BHM

9.4.94

RC Warwick (A)

1 goal

BHM

12.4.94

Grantham Tn (H)

1 goal

BHM

16.4.94

Armitage 90 (H)

BHM

23.4.94

Sutton C’dfield(A)

HSCF

26.4.94

N’ton Spencer (H)

3 goals

BHM

30.4.94

Evesham Utd (H)

BHM

2.5.94

Forest Green (H)

1 goal

BHM

7.5.94

Redditch Utd (H)

1 goal

1994/1995

MCF

2.8.94

Peterboro Utd (H)

1 goal

BHP

20.8.94

Cheltenham Tn(H)

BHP

23.8.94

Gravesend&Nflt(A)

1 goal

BHP

27.8.94

Halesowen Tn (H)

1 goal

BHP

29.8.94

Trowbridge Tn (H)

BHP

3.9.94

BurtonAlbion (H)

2 goals

BHP

6.9.94

Crawley Town (A)

1 goal

FAC1q

10.9.94

Eastwood H’ley(A)

FAT1rq

17.9.94

Hendon (H)

FAT1r

20.9.94

Hendon (A)

2 goals

HSC1

27.9.94

Desborough (H)

2 goals

BHP

1.10.94

Gresley Rovers(A)

1 goal

DMC1/1

4.10.94

Rothwell Town (H)

BHP

8.10.94

Crawley Town (H)

2 goals

FAT2q

15.10.94

Wembley (H)

BHP

22.10.94

Dorchester Tn (A)

1 goal

HSC2

25.10.94

N’ton Spencer (H)

BHP

29.10.94

Gloucester City(H)

BHP

5.11.94

Burton Albion (A)

DMC2

8.11.94

Bedworth Utd (H)

1 goal

BHP

12.11.94

VS Rigby (H)

1 goal

BHP

15.11.94

Trowbridge Tn(A)

1 goal

BHP

19.11.94

Corby Town(A)

BHP

26.12.94

Cambridge City(A)

3 goals

BHP

31.12.94

Hastings Town(A)

1 goal

BHP

2.1.95

Chelmsford City(H)

2 goals

BHP

7.1.95

Worcester City(H)

BHP

14.1.95

VS Rugby (A)

DMCQ

16.1.95

Worcester City(A)

FAT1

24.1.95

Sudbury Town(H)

1 goal

BHP

28.1.95

Cheltenham Tn(A)

BHP

4.2.95

Sittingbourne (H)

1 goal

DMCQr

7.2.95

Worcester City(H)

BHP

18.2.95

Atherstone Utd(A)

3 goals

FAT2

20.2.95

Farnborough T (A)

1 goal

BHP

25.2.95

Gresley Rovers(H)

DMCS/1

28.2.95

Leek Town (H)

1 goal

FAT3

4.3.95

Halesowen Tn (H)

1 goal

DMCS/2

7.3.95

Leek Town (A)

BHP

11.3.95

Corby Town (H)

3 goals

BHP

18.3.95

Gloucester City(A)

BHP

21.3.95

Leek Town (H)

1 goal

FATS/2

15.4.95

Woking (A)

BHP

17.4.95

Cambridge City(H)

BHP

22.4.95

Solihull Boro (A)

BHP

23.4.95

Hastings Town (H)

as sub

BHP

6.5.95

Sudbury Town (H)

as sub

1995/1996

HSCF

29.7.95

Kettering Tn (H)

BHP

21.8.95

Chelmsford City(A)

as sub

1 goal

BHP

26.8.95

Crawley Town (H)

2 goals

BHP

28.8.95

Burton Albion (A)

1 goal

BHP

2.9.95

Hastings Town(A)

1 goal

NHP

5.9.95

VS Rugby (H)

3 goals

FAC1q

9.9.95

Grantham Town(H)

BHP

16.9.95

Worcester City(A)

BHP

19.9.95

Chelmsford City(H)

FAC2q

23.9.95

Eastwood H’ley(H)

BHP

30.9.95

Cheltenham Tn (A)

FAC4r

24.10.95

Purfleet (H)

1 goal

BHP

28.10.95

Merthyr Tydfil (A)

as sub

1 goal

DMC1/1

1.11.95

Kings Lynn (H)

BHP

4.11.95

Stafford Rgrs (H)

1 goal

HSCQF

7.11.95

Long Buckby (H)

1 goal

FAC1

11.11.95

Cardiff City (H)

BHP

15.11.95

VS Rugby (A)

as sub

BHP

25.11.95

Atherstone Utd(H)

as sub

BHP

28.11.95

Baldock Town (H)

as sub

DMC1/2

5.12.95

Kings Lynn (A)

BHP

9.12.95

Dorchester Tn (A)

as sub

BHP

12.12.95

Gloucester City(H)

as sub

BHP

16.12.95

Hastings Town(H)

as sub

1 goal

BHP

23.12.95

Ilkeston Town (H)

as sub

1 goal

FAT1

20.1.96

Purfleet (H)

as sub

HSCSF

30.1.96

Raunds Town (H)

as sub

BHP

3.2.96

Worcester City(H)

BHP

10.2.96

Gravesend&Nflt(H)

1 goal

BHP

13.2.96

Baldock Town (A)

BHP

17.2.96

Cheltenham Tn(H)

1 goal

BHP

24.2.96

Newport (A)

as sub

BHP

5.3.96

Sudbury Town (H)

BHP

16.3.96

Cambridge City(A)

as sub

BHP

19.3.96

Halesowen Tn (A)

as sub

BHP

23.3.96

Ilkeston Town (A)

as sub

HSCF

26.3.96

Rothwell Town (A)

as sub

BHP

4.4.96

Dorchester Tn (H)

as sub

BHP

24.4.96

Salisbury City (A)

as sub

BHP

4.5.96

Merthyr Tydfil (H)

as sub

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