Carl Alford

Carl Alford

Born 11 February 1972 (Age 24 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #58)

Total appearances 62 – 25 goals

(52 League, 3 FA Cup, 3 FA Trophy, 1 League Cup,

2 Hillier Senior Cup, 1 Conference Shield)

Debut:

30 March 1996 (Home Halesowen Town)

Final game:

31 January 1998 (Away Cheltenham Town)

In 1988 at the age of 16, Carl made his debut as a substitute for Rochdale but failed to impress and was later released. After periods at both Burnley and Stockport County (plus a loan period at Morecambe), he made the decision to drop down to non-league football, joining Witton Albion where his knack for goal-scoring flourished. In the summer of 1993, he joined Macclesfield Town of the Conference for a fee of £1,700, and then later joined Kettering Town for £25,000 the following summer.

After scoring 54 goals for Kettering in 18 months, Rushden & Diamonds’ offer of £85,000 (a non-league record) was enough to persuade the Poppies to sell their prize asset and he arrived at Nene Park at the end of March 1996. He made his debut in against promotion rivals Halesowen Town on 30 March 1996, scoring Diamonds goal in the 1-2 defeat, but it was Diamonds that pipped Halesowen to the Southern League title, mainly thanks to Carl’s six goals in the nine remaining games of the season. The following year, Carl was joint top scorer with Darren Collins, but he fell out of favour with manager Roger Ashby and was placed on the transfer list on 25 November 1996. With no offers, he returned to the side the following month. Brian Talbot took over in March 1997, and he continued to make the side, but he was dropped after just five games at the start of the 1997/98 season and was loaned to Dover Athletic in February 1998. He was recalled and sold to Stevenage Borough on a free transfer in April.

He scored more than a goal a game at Stevenage, and was snapped up by Doncaster Rovers in May 2000 for £50,000. The goals dried up again however, and after a period on loan back at Kettering Town in January 2001, he joined Yeovil Town in the summer helping them to lift the FA Trophy in 2002. The following season, he was on loan at Nuneaton Borough and was released by the Glovers in May 2003. He went on to play for Gainsborough Trinity, Woodley Sports, Leigh RMI and Nuneaton Borough (again) and was last noted plying for North West Counties League side New Mills AFC in the 2006/07 season, although he is no longer on their books.

Appearances

1995/1996

BHP

30.3.96

Halesowen Tn (H)

1 goal

BHP

4.4.96

Dorchester Tn (H)

BHP

6.4.96

Cambridge City (H)

1 goal

BHP

8.4.96

Sudbury Town (A)

1 goal

BHP

13.4.96

Newport (H)

1 goal

BHP

16.4.96

Gresley Rovers (H)

1 goal

BHP

20.4.96

Gloucester City (A)

BHP

24.4.96

Salisbury City (A)

BHP

27.4.96

Stafford Rgrs (A)

1 goal

BHP

4.5.96

Merthyr Tydfil (H)

1 goal

1996/1997

SLCS

10.8.96

Nuneaton Boro (H)

as sub

1 goal

Conf

17.8.96

Altrincham (A)

Conf

24.8.96

Northwich Vic (H)

Conf

26.8.96

Hayes (A)

1 goal

Conf

31.8.96

Stalybridge Cltc(H)

Conf

3.9.96

Macclesfield Tn(H)

Conf

7.9.96

Halifax Town (A)

Conf

17.9.96

Farnborough (H)

as sub

Conf

24.9.96

Stevenage Boro(H)

FAC2q

28.9.96

Gresley Rvrs (H)

2 goals

Conf

30.9.96

Hednesford Tn (A)

Conf

5.10.96

Welling Utd (H)

Conf

19.10.96

Gateshead (H)

FAC4q

26.10.96

Bognor Regis (H)

Conf

2.11.96

Southport (A)

Conf

9.11.96

Dover Athletic (H)

1 goal

HSC2

12.11.96

Kettering Town (A)

FAC1

16.11.96

Boreham Wood(A)

Conf

7.12.96

Telford Utd (A)

as sub

2 goals

Conf

14.12.96

Bromsgrove Rvs(H)

1 goal

SC3

16.12.96

Kidderminster (A)

Conf

21.12.96

Kidderminster (H)

1 goal

Conf

28.12.96

Stalybridge Cltc(A)

FAT1

18.1.97

Farnborough Tn(H)

Conf

25.1.97

Farnborough Tn(A)

Conf

1.2.97

Morecambe (H)

Conf

8.2.97

Hednesford Tn (H)

Conf

15.2.97

Macclesfield Tn(A)

Conf

22.2.97

Gateshead (A)

as sub

Conf

1.3.97

Slough Town (H)

Conf

8.3.97

Kettering Town (A)

1 goal

Conf

15.3.97

Bromsgrove Rvs(A)

1 goal

Conf

18.3.97

Kettering Town H)

Conf

22.3.97

Telford Utf (H)

Conf

25.3.97

Welling Utd (A)

Conf

29.3.97

Dover Athletic (A)

Conf

31.3.97

Hayes (H)

as sub

1 goal

Conf

5.4.97

Southport (H)

2 goals

Conf

12.4.97

Bath City (A)

1 goal

Conf

21.4.97

Stevenage Boro(A)

1 goal

Conf

26.4.97

Halifax Town (H)

Conf

29.4.97

Woking (H)

Conf

3.5.97

Altrincham (H)

1997/1998

Conf

16.8.97

Northwich Vic (H)

Conf

20.8.97

Farnborough Tn(A)

Conf

30.8.97

Gateshead (H)

as sub

Conf

2.9.97

Slough Town (A)

as sub

Conf

6.9.97

Cheltenham Tn (A)

FAT1

10.1.98

Farnborough Tn(H)

Conf

24.1.98

Dover Athletic (A)

2 goals

HSCSF

27.1.98

Raunds Town (H)

FAT2

31.1.98

Cheltenham Tn (A)

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: