John Dempster

John Dempster

Born 1 April 1983 (Age 17 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #144)

Total appearances 83 – 4 goals

(66 League, 5 FA Cup, 4 League Cup, 4 League Trophy, 1 Championship Shield, 1 Hillier Senior Cup, 2 Maunsell Cup)

Debut:

21 February 2001 (Away Corby Town)

Final game:

26 December 2005 (Away Leyton Orient)

Defender John Dempster is one of the success stories of the Diamonds Youth policy, earning a contract on 1 July 2001. He graduated to the first team during the first season in the Football League, and established a regular place in the side at the start of the following season – scoring a memorable debut goal at Bournemouth. His dismissal in the League Cup defeat at Coventry was the precursor to a period where he struggled to adjust to League Football and his opportunities for the remainder of the season were limited.

With the club in Division 2 for season 2003-04 Dempster was still capable of earning his place in a side at that level until the start of 2004, after which most of his appearances were from the bench.

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Following Brian Talbot’s departure, Ernie Tippett decided to use John in midfield following the team’s relegation to League 2, but Barry Hunter quickly restored him to a defensive role following Tippett’s departure. He started the 2005-06 season as a regular in defence, but was sold to Oxford United on 12 January 2006, in a deal which included Andy Burgess. His stay at the Kassam Stadium lasted one year, and on 1 February 2007, he moved to Kettering Town. He captained the side to the Conference North title in 2008, but after 177 appearances and 22 goals in four years with the Poppies, John signed for fellow Conference side Crawley Town for an undisclosed fee on 6 January 2011. After their promotion to the Football League, John failed to gain a regular place, and went on a one month loan to Kettering Town on 22 September 2011, making a further 5 appearances before being sent off in his last game for them on 18 October. After his return to Crawley, he went on a three month loan deal to Mansfield Town on 22 November 2011 during which he scored 3 times in 12 appearances, before returning to the Red Devils. He made four more appearances for Crawley at the end of the season, scoring twice in a total of 20 games.in all before leaving in the summer. On 14 July 2012, John signed a contract to join Conference side Mansfield Town. After making a further three appearances for the Stags, he went on an emergency one month loan deal to Tamworth on 8 September 2012, before returning to the Stags. 

Appearances

2000/2001

HSCSF

21.2.01

Corby Town (A)

 

2001/2002 – squad number 26

MCSF

6.11.01

Northampton Tn(H)

as sub

CS

13.11.01

Chester City (H)

as sub

MCF

12.12.01

Peterborough (H)

as sub

D3

22.1.02

Carlisle Utd (A)

as sub

D3

26.1.02

Hartlepool Utd (A)

as sub

2002/2003 – squad number 24

D3

10.8.02

Swansea City (A)

as sub

D3

13.8.02

Torquay Utd (H)

 

D3

17.8.02

Kidderminster (H)

 

D3

24.8.02

Shrewsbury Tn (A)

 

D3

26.8.02

Scunthorpe Utd (H)

 

WC1

10.9.02

Millwall (H)

 

D3

14.9.02

York City (A)

 

D3

17.9.02

Bournemouth (A)

1 goal

D3

21.9.02

Wrexham (H)

as sub

WC2

2.10.02

Coventry City (A)

as sub

D3

30.11.02

Bristol Rvrs (H)

as sub

FAC2

7.12.02

Exeter City (A)

 

D3

18.1.03

Cambridge Utd (H)

as sub

D3

8.2.03

Darlington (A)

as sub

D3

22.2.03

Southend Utd (A)

 

D3

1.3.03

York City (H)

 

D3

4.3.03

Bournemouth (H)

 

D3

8.3.03

Wrexham (A)

 

D3

21.4.03

Macclesfield Tn (H)

 

2003/2004 – squad number 14

CC1

13.8.03

West Ham Utd (A)

as sub

D2

30.8.03

Oldham Athletic(A)

as sub

D2

13.9.03

Brentford (H)

 

D2

27.9.03

Stockport Co (H)

as sub

LDV1

15.10.03

Oxford Utd (A)

 

D2

25.10.03

Wrexham (H)

as sub

LDV2

4.11.03

Luton Town (H)

 

FAC1

8.11.03

Swansea City (A)

as sub

D2

15.11.05

Hartlepool Utd (A)

 

D2

22.11.03

Colchester Utd (H)

 

D2

29.11.03

Port Vale (A)

 

D2

13.12.03

Bristol City (H)

 

D2

20.12.03

Peterborough U (A)

 

D2

26.12.03

Swindon Town (H)

 

D2

28.12.03

Wycombe W (A)

 

D2

3.1.04

QPR (A)

 

D2

17.1.04

Plymouth Arg (A)

as sub

D2

31.1.04

Oldham Athletic(H)

as sub

D2

14.2.04

Chesterfield (A)

as sub

D2

3.4.04

Stockport Co (A)

 

D2

10.4.04

Barnsley (H)

as sub

D2

12.4.04

Brighton & HA (A)

 

D2

1.5.04

Colchester Utd (A)

as sub

2004/2005 – squad number 14

CCL2

11.9.04

Oxford Utd (A)

as sub

CCL2

18.9.04

Cheltenham Tn (H)

 

CCL2

25.9.04

Swansea City (A)

 

CCL2

8.10.04

Shrewsbury Tn (A)

as sub

CCL2

16.10.04

Chester City (H)

 

CCL2

19.10.04

Wycombe W (A)

as sub

CCL2

23.10.04

Bury (A)

 

CCL2

1.1.05

Southend Utd (A)

 

CCL2

8.1.05

Shrewsbury Tn (H)

as sub

CCL2

12.2.05

Wycombe W (H)

as sub

CCL2

19.2.05

Notts County (A)

as sub

CCL2

22.2.05

Bury (H)

 

CCL2

26.2.05

Mansfield Tn (H)

 

CCL2

30.4.05

Cambridge Utd (H)

 

CCL2

7.5.05

Macclesfield Tn (A)

 

2005/2006 – squad number 14

CC1

24.8.05

Coventry City (H)

 

CCL2

2.9.05

Peterborough U (H)

 

CCL2

10.9.05

Oxford Utd (A)

 

CCL2

13.9.05

Macclesfield Tn (A)

 

CCL2

17.9.05

Stockport Co (H)

1 goal

CCL2

7.10.05

Bury (H)

as sub

CCL2

15.10.05

Wycombe W (A)

 

LDV1

18.10.05

Southend Utd (H)

 

CCL2

22.10.05

Shrewsbury Tn (H)

 

CCL2

29.10.05

Barnet (A)

1 goal

FAC1

6.11.05

Halifax Town (A)

 

CCL2

11.11.05

Boston Utd (H)

 

FAC1r

15.11.05

Halifax Town (H)

 

LDV2

22.11.05

Swansea City (A)

 

CCL2

26.11.05

Darlington (A)

 

FAC2

3.12.05

Leyton Orient (H)

 

CCL2

6.12.05

Carlisle Utd (H)

 

CCL2

10.12.05

Mansfiled Town (H)

1 goal

CCL2

17.12.05

Chester City (A)

 

CCL2

26.12.05

Leyton Orient (A)

 
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