Michael McElhatton

Michael McElhatton

Born 16 April 1975 (Age 23 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #102)

Total appearances 96 – 22 goals

(69 League, 13 FA Cup, 7 FA Trophy, 3 League Cup, 3 Maunsell Cup, 1 Conference Shield)

Debut:

25 August 1998 (Away Kingstonian)

Final game:

22 January 2002 (Away Carlisle United)

Born in Killarney, Republic of Ireland, Michael spent some four years at Nene Park. The midfielder had started his career under Harry Redknapp at AFC Bournemouth, rising up through the youth ranks, and into the first team. He made several appearances for the Irish schoolboys side. He left Dean Court in September 1996 after 42 appearances on loan to Division Three side Scarborough, making the move permanent the following month. He helped them to the Play-offs the following season and his 59th and last game for them was in the semi-final defeat to Torquay United. He joined Diamonds on 16 May 1998 on a free transfer. The dynamic midfielder had a phenomenal eye for goal, scoring 22 goals for Diamonds, placing him at number 12 in the all time leading scorers list for the club.

He had an incredible amount of energy and covered more ground than most players during the course of a game. This led to him being named players “Player of the season” in 1999. Unfortunately, Michael sustained a serious knee injury after a collision with Yeovil player Warren Patmore on 7 March 2000.

After the injury and some extensive rehabilitation, he returned to the side in October 2000, and scored three goals in his first two games back but he broke down after an hour in that second game back against Grantham Town. After a further twelve months on the sidelines, he did return briefly before he went out on an end of season loan to Chester City in order to gain match fitness. Further knee problems persisted however, and after advice from a consultant, he was eventually forced forced to retire in April that year, at the age of 27. He was extremely popular with the fans and was awarded a benefit match on 3 November 2002 between a Decade of Diamonds side and a Showbiz XI. After retirement, he returned to Bournemouth where he went into the building trade.

Appearances

1998/1999

Conf

25.8.98

Kingstonian (A)

as sub

Conf

29.8.98

Southport (A)

as sub

Conf

12.9.98

Telford Utd (H)

as sub

Conf

19.9.98

Doncaster Rvrs (A)

Conf

26.9.98

Hereford Utd (H)

Conf

3.10.98

Northwich Vic (H)

FAC3q

17.10.98

Forest Green (H)

Conf

24.10.98

Morecambe (H)

Conf

7.11.98

Hednesford Tn (A)

FAC4q

9.11.98

Leatherhead (A)

FAC1

14.11.98

Shrewsbury Tn (H)

FAT2

21.11.98

Bath City (H)

Conf

28.11.98

Cheltenham Tn (A)

FAC2

5.12.98

Doncaster Rvrs (A)

Conf

12.12.98

Telford Utd (A)

ET2

22.12.98

Farnborough Tn (A)

Conf

28.12.98

Woking (H)

FAC3

2.1.99

Leeds Utd (H)

FAC3r

13.1.99

Leeds Utd (A)

Conf

23.1.99

Doncaster Rvrs (H)

FAT3

25.1.99

Slough Town (A)

Conf

30.1.99

Northwich Vic (A)

Conf

2.2.99

Kidderminster (H)

FAT4

6.2.99

Woking (A)

FAT4r

9.2.99

Woking (H)

Conf

13.2.99

Kidderminster (A)

Conf

16.2.99

Welling Utd (A)

Conf

20.2.99

Hednesford Tn (H)

Conf

23.2.99

Southport (H)

1 goal

Conf

6.3.99

Hayes (A)

Conf

9.3.99

Stevenage Boro(H)

Conf

13.3.99

Leek Town (H)

1 goal

Conf

16.3.99

Dover Athletic (H)

Conf

20.3.99

Morecambe (A)

1 goal

Conf

23.3.99

Leek Town (A)

Conf

27.3.99

Kettering Town (A)

Conf

3.4.99

Cheltenham Tn (H)

Conf

5.4.99

Woking (A)

Conf

13.4.99

Yeovil Jct (H)

Conf

20.4.99

Kingstonian (H)

Conf

24.4.99

Hereford Utd (A)

Conf

26.4.99

Forest Green (H)

Conf

1.5.99

Kettering Town (H)

1 goal

1999/2000

MCF

31.7.99

Northampton Tn(H)

Conf

14.8.99

Morecambe (A)

Conf

17.8.99

Telford Utd (H)

Conf

21.8.99

Kidderminster (H)

2 goals

Conf

28.8.99

Sutton Utd (A)

1 goal

Conf

30.8.99

Welling Utd (H)

2 goals

Conf

4.9.99

Northwich Vic (A)

Conf

7.9.99

Hayes (H)

Conf

11.9.99

Woking (H)

Conf

14.9.99

Kettering Town (A)

Conf

18.9.99

Southport (H)

2 goals

Conf

25.9.99

Hednesford Tn (A)

Conf

28.9.99

Hereford Utd (A)

Conf

2.10.99

Altrincham (A)

Conf

9.10.99

Kingstonian (H)

FAC4q

16.10.99

Sutton Utd (H)

2 goals

Conf

23.10.99

Scarborough (A)

FAC1

29.10.99

Scunthorpe Utd(H)

Conf

2.11.99

Nuneaton Boro (A)

Conf

6.11.99

Dover Athetic (H)

Conf

13.11.99

Yeovil Town (A)

FAC2

20.11.99

Ilkeston Town (A)

NT2

23.11.99

Telford Utd (H)

FAT2

27.11.99

Havant & W (H)

FAC2r

30.11.99

Ilkeston Town (H)

Conf

4.12.99

Hayes (A)

FAC3

12.12.99

Sheffield Utd (A)

Conf

18.12.99

Telford Utd (A)

1 goal

FAC3r

21.12.99

Sheffield Utd (H)

Conf

27.12.99

Stevenage Boro(H)

Conf

3.1.00

Stevenage Boro(A)

FAT3

15.1.00

Bath City (A)

Conf

22.1.00

Forest Green (A)

Conf

29.1.00

Northwich Vic (H)

2 goals

Conf

12.2.00

Dover Athletic (A)

Conf

15.2.00

Forest Green (H)

1 goal

Conf

19.2.00

Doncaster Rvrs (A)

Conf

22.2.00

Hednesford Tn (H)

FAT5

26.2.00

Marine (H)

Conf

4.3.00

Kingstonian (A)

Conf

7.3.00

Yeovil Town (H)

2000/2001

NWT2

24.10.00

Stevenage Bor (H)

1 goal

FAC4q

28.10.00

Grantham Tn (H)

2 goals

2001/2002 – squad number 4

MCSF

6.11.01

Northampton Tn(H)

CS

13.11.01

Chester City (H)

as sub

MCF

12.12.01

Peterborough (H)

1 goal

D3

15.12.01

Luton Town (A)

as sub

D3

22.12.01

Carlisle Utd (H)

as sub

D3

26.12.01

Southend Utd (A)

as sub

D3

29.12.01

Plymouth Arg (A)

D3

12.1.02

Lincoln City (A)

D3

19.1.02

York City (H)

1 goal

D3

22.1.02

Carlisle Utd (A)

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