Al-James Hannigan

Al-James Hannigan

Born 26 January 1971 (Age 24 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #47)

Total appearances 45 – 5 goals

(33 League, 5 FA Cup, 1 FA Trophy, 1 League Cup, 2 Hillier Senior Cup, 2 Maunsell Cup, 1 Conference Shield)

Debut:

29 July 1995 (Home Kettering Town)

Final game:

20 August 1996 (Away Slough Town)

Al-James started out as a right-back with the Arsenal Youth set up. After switching to a centre-half role, he helped the Gunners win the FA Youth Cup in 1988 alongside the likes of Andy Cole and Kevin Campbell. He went on loan to Torquay United making 7 appearances during the 1989/1990 season, and in the summer of 1990, he signed a one-year contract with Arsenal. With little chance of progressing further and only playing in reserve games, he was released the following summer. Despite interest from Birmingham, Colchester and Cambridge, this interest faltered, but he played for Barnet and Harwich & Parkeston during the following season. He joined Marlow for the 1992/1993 season, playing in the club’s FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur. The following two seasons were spent at Enfield Town, before Roger Ashby brought him to Nene Park in June 1995 for a £5,000 transfer fee. He won three Northern Ireland B International caps, and after being a regular during the 1995/1996 season, helping Diamonds to win the Southern League Premier Division, he played just two games in the Conference before he moving back to Enfield in September 1996 for a reported £6,000 fee.

al james hannigan

After completing the season at Enfield, Al-James moved to Yeovil Town in the summer of 1997 for another four figure fee (£5000). In August 1999, Slough Town paid £7,500 for his services, making 29 appearances, before returning to the Conference with Hayes in November 2000. He made numerous moved during the later part of his career. After Hayes, he played for St.Albans City before joining Dulwich Hamlet in January 2001. In December, he joined Bishop’s Stortford as club captain and helped then to promotion to the Ryman Premier in the 2001/2002 season. He had a loan spell with Carshalton Athletic in January 2003 and after his release, he joined Enfield in May 2003 (for a third spell). Moves then followed to Leyton (September 2003), Kettering Town (November 2003, where he made two appearances), Fisher Athletic (December 2003), East Thurrock United (February 2004). Another spell at Enfield followed in July 2004, before finishing his career with their arch rivals Enfield Town in January 2006. He started the 2006/07 season at Isthmian Division One North side Aveley, before finishing his career with Isthmian Division One South side Cray Wanderers, making 24 appearances later in that season.

Appearances

1995/1996

HSCF

29.7.95

Kettering Town (H)

HSCFr

31.7.95

Kettering Town (A)

BHP

19.8.95

Salisbury City (H)

BHP

21.8.95

Chelmsford City(A)

BHP

26.8.95

Crawley Town (H)

BHP

28.8.95

Burton Albion (A)

BHP

16.9.95

Worcester City (A)

BHP

19.9.95

Chelmsford City(H)

FAC2q

23.9.95

EastwoodHanley(H)

BHP

30.9.95

Cheltenham Tn (A)

FAC3q

7.10.95

Sandwell Boro (A)

BHP

14.10.95

Gresley Rovers (A)

1 goal

FAC4

21.10.95

Purfleet (A)

1 goal

FAC4r

24.10.95

Purfleet (H)

BHP

28.10.95

Merthyr Tydfil (A)

BHP

4.11.95

Stafford Rgrs (H)

HSCQF

7.11.95

Long Buckby (H)

FAC1

11.11.95

Cardiff City (H)

1 goal

BHP

15.11.95

VS Rugby (A)

BHP

18.11.95

Gravesend&Nflt(A)

BHP

21.11.95

Burton Albion (H)

BHP

25.11.95

Atherstone Utd (H)

1 goal

BHP

28.11.95

Baldock Town (H)

BHP

2.12.95

Crawley Town (A)

DMC1/2

5.12.95

Kings Lynn (A)

BHP

9.12.95

Dorchester Tn (A)

BHP

12.12.95

Gloucester City(H)

BHP

16.12.95

Hastings Town (H)

as sub

BHP

13.1.96

Atherstone Utd(A)

FAT1

20.1.96

Purfleet (H)

BHP

16.3.96

Cambridge City(A)

1 goal

BHP

19.3.96

Halesowen Tn (A)

BHP

23.3.96

Ilkeston Town (A)

HSCF

26.3.96

Rothwell Town (A)

BHP

30.3.96

Halesowen Tn (H)

BHP

4.4.96

Dorchester Tn (H)

BHP

6.4.96

Cambridge City(H)

BHP

8.4.96

Sudbury Town (A)

BHP

20.4.96

Gloucester City(A)

as sub

BHP

24.4.96

Salisbury City (A)

BHP

27.4.96

Stafford Rgrs (A)

BHP

4.5.96

Merthyr Tydfil (H)

1996/1997

SLCS

10.8.96

Nuneaton Boro (H)

Conf

17.8.96

Altrincham (A)

Conf

20.8.96

Slough Town (A)

Kevin Slinn

Kevin Slinn

Born 2 September 1974 (Age 20 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #46)

Total appearances 2

(2 League)

Debut:

23 April 1995 (Home Hastings Town)

Final game:

6 May 1995 (Home Sudbury Town)

Kevin started out as a trainee at Watford, but failed to make the grade and signed for Stockport County in the summer of1994. His opportunities were limited there, and he arrived at Nene Park in April 1995 on loan as Diamonds faced a backlog of fixtures. Rather oddly, the striker made two appearances – both in the full back position. After his release by Stockport at the end of the season, manager Roger Ashby decided against bringing him back, and he joined Corby Town.

His career in the lower leagues saw him play for Cogenhoe United, Raunds Town, Boston United, Raunds Town (again), Bedford Town, St.Albans City, Stamford, Grantham Town, Brackley Town, Rugby Town. In his time at Raunds Town in 1999, he scored some 33 goals in the season, while he scored 30 goals for Bedford Town in 2002 under manager Roger Ashby. In the 2006/2007 season, he was playing for Wellingborough Town, before moving on to Long Buckby, Northampton Spencer and Daventry Town in the 2008 / 2009 season. On 19 June 2009, he was appointed player/assistant manager to another former Diamond, Andy Peaks at Northampton Spencer of the United Counties League Premier Division. Kevin left in 2012, and signed up for UCL side Sileby Rangers in July 2012. After a brief spell there he retired from the game.

Appearances

1994/1995

BHP

23.4.95

Hastings Town (H)

BHP

6.5.95

Sudbury Town (H)

Andy Lomas

Andy Lomas

Born 26 April 1965 (Age 29 at debut)

Position: Goalkeeper

(Diamonds player #45)

Total appearances 9

(7 League, 1 League Cup, 1 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut:

1 April 1995 (Home Atherstone United)

Final game:

8 April 1996 (Away Sudbury Town)

Andy had been at Chesham, Barnet, Stevenage Borough and Cambridge United before signing for Diamonds in March 1995. There was a question mark over the fitness of Kevin Fox and Martin Davies and with the fixture congestion getting worse as a result of Diamonds FA Trophy campaign so his arrival relieved the pressure on the Diamonds No.1. He made several appearances at the back end of the 1994 / 1995 season, but was on the bench for most of the following season before playing three more League games in April 1996. He was released at the end of the campaign, and joined Boreham Wood before moving on to sign for Hendon, St.Albans City and Bedford Town (where he linked up as assistant manager to Roger Ashby). Whilst at Bedford, he signed Conference forms in order to play Dagenham & Redbridge (managed by Garry Hill – who had brought him to St.Albans several years earlier). He finished his playing days with Berkhamsted Town.

Appearances

1994/1995

BHP

1.4.95

Atherstone td (H)

BHP

3.4.95

Hednesford Tn (A)

BHP

24.4.95

Chelmsford City(A)

BHP

26.4.95

Sittingbourne (A)

as sub

1995/1996

HSCF

29.7.95

Kettering Town (H)

DMC1/2

5.12.95

Kings Lynn (A)

BHP

4.4.96

Dorchester Tn (H)

BHP

6.4.96

Cambridge City(H)

BHP

8.4.96

Sudbury Town (A)

Kevin Wilkin

Kevin Wilkin

Born 1 October 1967 (Age 27 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #44)

Total appearances 95 – 43 goals

(69 League, 11 FA Cup, 2 FA Trophy, 6 League Cup, 6 Hiller Senior Cup, 1 Conference Shield)

Debut:

18 February 1995 (Away Atherstone United)

Final game:

31 March 1997 (Home Hayes)

Kevin began his career with his local side Histon while they were still competing in the Eastern Counties League. His goalscoring abilities led to the short move to Southern League side Cambridge City. In 1990, he was offered a contract with Northampton Town, just relegated into Divison 4. In some four years with the Cobblers however, he made just 78 appearances, scoring 11 goals, before joining Diamonds on loan in February 1995. His return to non-league football was an instant success scoring 12 goals in 15 games as they narrowly missed promotion to the Conference. His debut had come in the 7-1 win at Atherstone United, where he scored one of the Diamonds goals. During the close season, he signed for Diamonds on a permanent basis. Kevin’s goalscoring record demonstrates his value to the Diamonds in a Nene Park career that was troubled with injury. Despite this, he still managed nearly one goal every two games. In December 1996, he was still struggling with injury, and only managed three more appearances that season – all as substitute annihilation of Atherstone cae while on loan from Northampton Town. The last, as a substitute in the Easter Monday draw with Hayes. His 43 goals came from just 66 starts and included 4 against Gravesend and Sandwell Borough, and a hat-trick against VS Rugby. With fellow striker Darren Collins and Dale Watkins, he contributed to a prolific front line which was awesome at Beazer Homes League level. He left Diamonds at the end of Diamonds first season in the Conference, and joined Nuneaton Borough before moving back to Cambridge City in 2001.

Kevin went into management following his stint with Cambridge City, and he became assistant player/manager to Roger Ashby at Grantham Town in July 2002. When Ashby left to take up an appointment with Nuneaton Borough, he followed as his assistant. Ashby resigned in December 2006 however, and it allowed Kevin to take over as caretaker manager, before getting the job on a permant basis. The club suffered financial difficulties however, resulting in the liquidation of the club at the end of the 2007/2008 season, but Kevin remained in charge as the club reformed as Nuneaton Town for the following season in the Southern League Division One Midland. After guiding them to promotion to the Southern League Premier Division via the play-offs in 2009, he gained a further promotion the following season to the Conference North, again via the Play-Offs. They made the Play-Offs again the following season, but this time lost out. A fourth consecutive place in the League Play-Offs followed the following season, and this time, they gained promotion to the Conference. After stabilising the club in the Conference on a limited budget, he left on 20 March 2014 to become manager of fellow Conference side Wrexham. After taking Wrexham to the FA Trophy final in 2015 he took over the reins at Brackley Town in September 2015.

Appearances

1994/1995

BHP

18.2.95

Atherstone Utd(A)

1 goal

BHP

25.2.95

Gresley Rvrs (H)

DMCS/1

28.2.95

Leek Town (H)

DMCS/2

7.3.95

Leek Town (A)

as sub

BHP

11.3.95

Corby Town (H)

as sub

HSCSF

14.3.95

Rothwell Town (A)

1 goal

BHP

18.3.95

Gloucester City(A)

BHP

30.3.95

Gravesend&Nflt(H)

4 goals

BHP

1.4.95

Atherstone Utd (H)

1 goal

BHP

3.4.95

Hednesford Tn (A)

1 goal

BHP

11.4.95

Hednesford Tn (H)

1 goal

BHP

17.4.95

Cambridge City(H)

2 goals

BHP

22.4.95

Solihull Boro (A)

BHP

23.4.95

Hastings Town(H)

BHP

24.4.95

Chelmsford City(A)

1 goal

1995/1996

HSCF

29.7.95

Kettering Town(H)

1 goal

HSCFr

31.7.95

Kettering Town(A)

1 goal

BHP

19.8.95

Salisbury City (H)

1 goal

BHP

21.8.95

Chelmsford City(A)

BHP

26.8.95

Crawley Town (H)

BHP

28.8.95

Burton Albion (A)

BHP

2.9.95

Hastings Town(A)

as sub

NHP

5.9.95

VS Rugby (H)

1 goal

FAC1q

9.9.95

Grantham Town(H)

1 goal

BHP

16.9.95

Worcester City(A)

BHP

19.9.95

Chelmsford City(H)

FAC2q

23.9.95

EastwoodHnly(H)

BHP

30.9.95

Cheltenham Tn(A)

as sub

FAC3q

7.10.95

Sandwell Boro (A)

4 goals

BHP

14.10.95

Gresley Rvrs (A)

FAC4

21.10.95

Purfleet (A)

FAC4r

24.10.95

Purfleet (H)

1 goal

BHP

28.10.95

Merthyr Tydfil (A)

BHP

4.11.95

Stafford Rgrs (H)

2 goals

HSCQF

7.11.95

Long Buckby (H)

as sub

FAC1

11.11.95

Cardiff City (H)

BHP

15.11.95

VS Rugby (A)

3 goals

BHP

18.11.95

Gravesend&Nflt(A)

1 goal

BHP

21.11.95

Burton Albion (H)

1 goal

BHP

25.11.95

Atherstone Utd(H)

BHP

28.11.95

Baldock Town (H)

1 goal

BHP

2.12.95

Crawley Town (A)

DMC1/2

5.12.95

Kings Lynn (A)

as sub

BHP

9.12.95

Dorchester Tn(A)

1 goal

BHP

12.12.95

Gloucester City(H)

BHP

16.12.95

Hastings Town(H)

BHP

23.12.95

Ilkeston Town (H)

1 goal

BHP

13.1.96

Atherstone Utd(A)

1 goal

FAT1

20.1.96

Purfleet (H)

HSCSF

30.1.96

Raunds Town (H)

BHP

10.2.96

Gravesend&Nflt(H)

as sub

BHP

17.2.96

Cheltenham Tn(H)

as sub

1 goal

BHP

24.2.96

Newport (A)

as sub

BHP

5.3.96

Sudbury Town (H)

as sub

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)

BHP

30.3.96

Halesowen Tn (H)

as sub

BHP

4.4.96

Dorchester Tn (H)

BHP

6.4.96

Cambridge City(H)

as sub

BHP

8.4.96

Sudbury Town (A)

as sub

BHP

24.4.96

Salisbury City (A)

as sub

BHP

27.4.96

Stafford Rgrs (A)

as sub

1996/1997

SLCS

10.8.96

Nuneaton Boro (H)

Conf

17.8.96

Altrincham (A)

Conf

20.8.96

Slough Town (A)

Conf

24.8.96

Northwich Vic (H)

as sub

Conf

31.8.96

Stalybridge Cltc(H)

as sub

Conf

3.9.96

Macclesfield Tn(H)

1 goal

Conf

7.9.96

Halifax Town (A)

Conf

9.9.96

Northwich Vic (A)

FAC1q

14.9.96

Westfields (A)

1 goal

Conf

17.9.96

Farnborough (H)

Conf

21.9.96

Woking (A)

1 goal

Conf

24.9.96

Stevenage Boro(H)

FAC2q

28.9.96

Gresley Rvrs (H)

Conf

30.9.96

Hednesford Tn (A)

Conf

5.10.96

Welling Utd (H)

as sub

SC1

8.10.96

Dover Athletic (A)

2 goals

FAC3q

12.10.96

Bilston Town (H)

Conf

14.10.96

Kidderminster (A)

Conf

19.10.96

Gateshead (H)

as sub

Conf

2.11.96

Southport (A)

as sub

FAC1

16.11.96

Boreham Wood(A)

as sub

SC1

19.11.96

Stevenage Boro(H)

as sub

Conf

23.11.96

Morecambe (A)

as sub

FAC1r

26.11.96

Boreham Wood(H)

1 goal

Conf

30.11.96

Bath City (H)

2 goals

Conf

7.12.96

Telford Utd (A)

Conf

14.12.96

BromsgroveRvrs(H)

SC3

16.12.96

Kidderminster (A)

FAT1

18.1.97

Farnborough Tn(H)

as sub

1 goal

Conf

15.2.97

Macclesfield Tn(A)

as sub

Conf

31.3.97

Hayes (H)

as sub

Steve Spooner

Steve Spooner

Born 25 January 1961 (Age 33 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #43)

Total appearances 59 – 3 goals

(37 League, 2 FA Cup, 7 FA Trophy, 6 League Cup, 7 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut:

14 January 1995 (Away VS Rugby)

Final game:

10 April 2001 (Home Kettering Town)

Steve started his career at Derby County, earning his first contract after coming up through the youth ranks in 1978. He only played a total of 8 League games before moving to Halifax Town in January 1982, having a successful 1½ seasons. He played 72 games, scoring 13 goals, before joining Chesterfield. He made nearly 100 appearances for the Spireites, helping them to the Division 4 title during the 1984/1985 season. In 1986, he went to Hereford United for two seasons, before moving on to York City. He started the 1990/1991 season with Rotherham United, but finished the season at Mansfield Town, where he played over 50 games for the Stags. He had a brief spell with Blackpool, before rejoining Chesterfield in 1993. In his two spells at Saltergate, he made 124 appearances, scoring 15 goals. Roger Ashby brought Steve to Nene Park in January 1995, midway through Diamonds first season in the Southern League Premier. At 33 years old, he had made 420 Football League appearances and scored 61 goals. He made his debut as a 78th minute substitute at VS Rugby on 14 January 1995. He quickly became a regular in the side, but the following season, found himself on the bench more often than in the starting eleven.

Steve Spooner

He was released in May 1996, and joined Burton Albion where he finished his playing career. He gained his coaching badges and when the Brewers sacked manager John Barton in September 1998, found himself as caretaker manager with Andy Garner until the appointment of Nigel Clough the following month. He remained at Eton Park until October 2000, when he returned to Nene Park to take up the position of Youth Team coach with Diamonds. He played a further single game for Diamonds, in the Hillier Senior Cup Final in April 2001, but was substitutes after an hour. His reign as Youth Team Coach saw a very successful period for the Youth setup. Under his guidance, the youth side won the Northants Senior Youth League and Cup ‘double’ in 2000/2001, and then finished fourth in their first season in the Football League Youth Alliance before winning their end-of-season Merit Division. He continued in his role as Youth Team coach until the spring of 2002, when he became First Team coach following the departure of Terry Westley, helping Brian Talbot to the Division Three title in 2002/2003.

SPOONER

Steve left the club mid-way through the following season, and in May 2004, joined Derby County as their Centre of Excellence Manager. After a brief period as First Team coach at Notts County, he became the Birmingham City Academy Under-18 coach in July 2006. He has now been with the Blues for 12 years, progressing to Lead Professional Development Coach.

Appearances

1994/1995

BHP

14.1.95

VS Rugby (A)

as sub

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)

FAT2

20.2.95

Farnborough Tn(A)

BHP

25.2.95

Gresley Rovers (H)

DMCS/1

28.2.95

Leek Town (H)

FAT3

4.3.95

Halesowen Tn (H)

DMCS/2

7.3.95

Leek Town (A)

BHP

11.3.95

Corby Town (H)

HSCSF

14.3.95

Rothwell Town (A)

BHP

18.3.95

Gloucester City(A)

BHP

21.3.95

Leek Town (H)

FAT4

25.3.95

Enfield (A)

FAT4r

28.3.95

Enfield (H)

BHP

30.3.95

Gravesend&Nflt(H)

BHP

1.4.95

Atherstone Utd (H)

BHP

3.4.95

Hednesford Tn (A)

FATS/1

8.4.95

Woking (H)

BHP

11.4.95

Hednesford Tn (H)

as sub

FATS/2

15.4.95

Woking (A)

BHP

17.4.95

Cambridge City(H)

BHP

22.4.95

Solihull Boro (A)

BHP

24.4.95

Chelmsford City(A)

BHP

29.4.95

Worcester City (A)

BHP

2.5.95

Dorchester Tn (H)

BHP

4.5.95

Sudbury Town (A)

BHP

6.5.95

Sudbury Town (H)

1995/1996

HSCF

29.7.95

Kettering Town (H)

HSCFr

31.7.95

Kettering Town (A)

BHP

21.8.95

ChelmsfordCity(A)

1 goal

BHP

26.8.95

Crawley Town (H)

as sub

BHP

28.8.95

Burton Albion (A)

BHP

2.9.95

Hastings Town (A)

BHP

5.9.95

VS Rugby (H)

as sub

FAC1q

9.9.95

Grantham Tn (H)

as sub

DMC1/1

1.11.95

Kings Lynn (H)

as sub

HSCQF

7.11.95

Long Buckby (H)

FAC1

11.11.95

Cardiff City (H)

as sub

DMC1/2

5.12.95

Kings Lynn (A)

BHP

12.12.95

Gloucester City(H)

as sub

BHP

13.1.96

Atherstone Utd(A)

as sub

HSCSF

30.1.96

Raunds Town (H)

BHP

3.2.96

Worcester City(H)

as sub

BHP

13.2.96

Baldock Town (A)

as sub

BHP

17.2.96

Cheltenham Tn(H)

as sub

BHP

5.3.96

Sudbury Town (H)

HSCF

26.3.96

Rothwell Town (A)

BHP

6.4.96

Cambridge City(H)

as sub

BHP

8.4.96

Sudbury Town (A)

BHP

13.4.96

Newport (H)

BHP

16.4.96

Gresley Rovers(H)

BHP

20.4.96

Gloucester City(A)

BHP

24.4.96

Salisbury City (A)

BHP

27.4.96

Stafford Rgrs (A)

2000/2001

HSCF

10.4.01

Kettering Town (H)

Ian King

Ian King

Born 23 December 1974 (Age 19 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #42)

Total appearances 75 – 15 goals

(52 League, 5 FA Cup, 9 FA Trophy, 6 League Cup, 3 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut:

12 November 1994 (Home VS Rugby)

Final game:

3 May 1997 (Home Altrincham)

A skilful wide midfielder, Ian had started his career as a schoolboy with Aston Villa, before joining the Stoke City youth set up and earning his first contract. He went on loan to VS Rugby late in 1993, but was released by Stoke after the arrival of new manager Lou Macari. His ability was already known to manager Roger Ashby, having scored for Rugby in December 1993, and despite the offer of short contracts from League sides, including Northampton Town, he joined Diamonds in November 1994 on an eighteen month deal. He made his debut against his former club VS Rugby – and scored from a 25 yard free kick in the 4-1 win. Despite being transfer listed at the start of the following season, he stayed for another two seasons, scoring in his final game in May 1997 after making 75 appearances.

He was released and joined Nuneaton Borough in June 1997, before joining Telford United later in the season. He joined Aylesbury United in the summer of 1998 and spent a season and a half with the Ducks, before the club entered administration, and he joined Stevenage Borough. He also played for Chesham United, Brackley Town, Banbury United and Kettering Town before moving to Australia.  After several years Down Under, playing and coaching, he returned to the UK around 2010, and worked at Birmingham City for four seasons as a youth coach until the 2015-2016 season. He then moved on to the coaching staff at Leamington FC. From there he moved on to manage Worcester City prior to the 2016/17 season. However he left the role for personal reasons three months later. He became joint manager at Daventry Town alongside Arron Parkinson for the 2017/18 season, but left there prior to the 2018/19 season.

Appearances

1994/1995

BHP

12.11.94

VS Rugby (H)

1 goal

BHP

15.11.94

Trowbridge Tn (A)

BHP

19.11.94

Corby Town(A)

1 goal

FAT3q

26.11.94

Crawley Town(H)

1 goal

BHP

10.12.94

Halesowen Tn (H)

DMC3

14.12.94

Baldock Town (H)

1 goal

BHP

17.12.94

Solihull Boro (H)

1 goal

BHP

26.12.94

Cambridge City(A)

BHP

31.12.94

Hastings Town (A)

BHP

2.1.95

ChelmsfordCity(H)

1 goal

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)

BHP

28.1.95

Cheltenham Tn (A)

BHP

4.2.95

Sittingbourne (H)

DMCQr

7.2.95

Worcester City (H)

1 goal

BHP

18.2.95

Atherstone Utd (A)

1 goal

FAT2

20.2.95

Farnborough Tn(A)

BHP

25.2.95

Gresley Rovers(H)

FAT3

4.3.95

Halesowen Tn (H)

1 goal

DMCS/2

7.3.95

Leek Town (A)

BHP

11.3.95

Corby Town (H)

1 goal

HSCSF

14.3.95

Rothwell Town (A)

1 goal

BHP

18.3.95

Gloucester City(A)

BHP

21.3.95

Leek Town (H)

FAT4

25.3.95

Enfield (A)

FAT4r

28.3.95

Enfield (H)

BHP

1.4.95

Atherstone td (H)

BHP

3.4.95

Hednesford Tn(A)

as sub

FATS/1

8.4.95

Woking (H)

BHP

11.4.95

Hednesford Tn (H)

FATS/2

15.4.95

Woking (A)

BHP

17.4.95

Cambridge City(H)

BHP

23.4.95

Hastings Town (H)

1 goal

BHP

24.4.95

Chelmsford City(A)

as sub

BHP

26.4.95

Sittingbourne (A)

BHP

29.4.95

Worcester City(A)

BHP

4.5.95

Sudbury Town (A)

1995/1996

BHP

16.12.95

Hastings Town (H)

BHP

23.12.95

Ilkeston Town (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)

BHP

4.5.96

Merthyr Tydfil (H)

as sub

1996/1997

Conf

20.8.96

Slough Town (A)

as sub

Conf

24.8.96

Northwich Vic (H)

Conf

26.8.96

Hayes (A)

Conf

31.8.96

Stalybridge Cltc(H)

as sub

Conf

24.9.96

Stevenage Boro(H)

FAC2q

28.9.96

Gresley Rvrs (H)

1 goal

Conf

30.9.96

Hednesford Tn (A)

Conf

5.10.96

Welling Utd (H)

SC1

8.10.96

Dover Athletic (A)

FAC3q

12.10.96

Bilston Town (H)

Conf

14.10.96

Kidderminster (A)

Conf

19.10.96

Gateshead (H)

as sub

FAC4q

26.10.96

Bognor Regis (H)

Conf

2.11.96

Southport (A)

1 goal

Conf

9.11.96

Dover Athletic (H)

HSC2

12.11.96

Kettering Town (A)

FAC1

16.11.96

Boreham Wood (A)

SC1

19.11.96

Stevenage Boro(H)

Conf

23.11.96

Morecambe (A)

FAC1r

26.11.96

Boreham Wood (H)

Conf

14.12.96

BromsgroveRvrs(H)

as sub

Conf

28.12.96

Stalybridge Cltc(A)

as sub

FAT1

18.1.97

Farnborough Tn (H)

as sub

Conf

15.3.97

BromsgroveRvrs(A)

as sub

Conf

18.3.97

Kettering Town H)

as sub

Conf

29.3.97

Dover Athletic (A)

as sub

Conf

31.3.97

Hayes (H)

Conf

12.4.97

Bath City (A)

Conf

29.4.97

Woking (H)

as sub

Conf

3.5.97

Altrincham (H)

as sub

1 goal

Martin Davies

Martin Davies

Born 28 June 1974 (Age 20 at debut)

Position: Goalkeeper

(Diamonds player #41)

Total appearances 61

(44 League, 6 FA Cup, 5 FA Trophy, 5 League Cup, 1 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut:

12 November 1994 (Home VS Rugby)

Final game:

18 March 1997 (Home Kettering Town)

Martin had two spells with Diamonds, initially joining Diamonds in November 1994, on loan from Coventry City. The Welsh born keeper was brought in to replace the injured Kevin Fox and young Chris Mackenzie, and made his debut in the home win over VS Rugby on 12 November 1994. He had begun his career with the Coventry City youth set up, and had a loan spell with Stafford Rangers in August 1994 before arriving at Nene Park. The loan was extended until the end of the season, although Fox returned to First Team duties in February. He returned to the side in April however, playing in a further nine games in the fixture backlog at the end of that season, although his sending off after just 4 minutes at Sittingbourne on 26 April 1995 saw him suspended for the final game of the season. After returning to Coventry at the end of the season, he was released, and joined Cambridge United in May 1995 on a two year deal.

He rejoined Diamonds from Cambridge United on 13 July 1996 after a £6,000 fee was agreed between the two clubs. He became number two to Graham Benstead at the start of Diamonds first season in the Conference but after Benstead had shipped 11 goals in the opening four games, he grabbed his chance to become the number one making 37 appearances during the season before being released in March 1997 after the arrival of Steve Cherry.

Martin Davies

He joined Dover Athletic until the summer of 1999, when he moved to Cambridge City. He spent some five years with Cambridge City before leaving the club in the summer of 2004. He spent the 2004/2005 season with League of Wales side Port Talbot Town, before returning to the area, first with Corby Town, before joining Stamford in the summer of 2008, and making over 50 appearances for the NPL Division One side. In 2009, he returned back to Cambridge United, this time as goalkeeping coach, and assisting Jez George with the youth set up. In January 2017 he returned to Swansea City as Under-23 goalkeeping coach.

Appearances

1994/1995

BHP

12.11.94

VS Rugby (H)

BHP

15.11.94

Trowbridge Tn (A)

FAT3q

26.11.94

Crawley Town(H)

BHP

3.12.94

Leek Town (A)

BHP

10.12.94

Halesowen Tn (H)

DMC3

14.12.94

Baldock Town (H)

BHP

17.12.94

Solihull Boro (H)

BHP

26.12.94

Cambridge City(A)

BHP

31.12.94

Hastings Town (A)

BHP

2.1.95

Chelmsford City(H)

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)

BHP

28.1.95

Cheltenham Tn(A)

FATS/1

8.4.95

Woking (H)

BHP

11.4.95

Hednesford Tn (H)

FATS/2

15.4.95

Woking (A)

BHP

17.4.95

Cambridge City(H)

BHP

23.4.95

Hastings Town (H)

BHP

26.4.95

Sittingbourne (A)

BHP

29.4.95

Worcester City (A)

BHP

2.5.95

Dorchester Tn (H)

BHP

4.5.95

Sudbury Town (A)

1996/1997

Conf

31.8.96

Stalybridge Cltc(H)

Conf

3.9.96

Macclesfield Tn(H)

Conf

7.9.96

Halifax Town (A)

Conf

9.9.96

Northwich Vic (A)

FAC1q

14.9.96

Westfields (A)

Conf

17.9.96

Farnborough (H)

Conf

21.9.96

Woking (A)

Conf

24.9.96

Stevenage Boro(H)

FAC2q

28.9.96

Gresley Rvrs (H)

Conf

30.9.96

Hednesford Tn (A)

Conf

5.10.96

Welling Utd (H)

SC1

8.10.96

Dover Athletic (A)

FAC3q

12.10.96

Bilston Town (H)

Conf

14.10.96

Kidderminster (A)

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)

HSC2

12.11.96

Kettering Town (A)

FAC1

16.11.96

Boreham Wood (A)

SC1

19.11.96

Stevenage Boro (H)

Conf

23.11.96

Morecambe (A)

FAC1r

26.11.96

Boreham Wood (H)

Conf

30.11.96

Bath City (H)

Conf

7.12.96

Telford Utd (A)

Conf

14.12.96

Bromsgrove Rvrs(H)

SC3

16.12.96

Kidderminster (A)

Conf

21.12.96

Kidderminster (H)

Conf

28.12.96

Stalybridge Cltc (A)

FAT1

18.1.97

Farnborough Tn (H)

Conf

25.1.97

Farnborough Tn (A)

Conf

15.2.97

Macclesfield Tn (A)

Conf

22.2.97

Gateshead (A)

Conf

1.3.97

Slough Town (H)

Conf

8.3.97

Kettering Town (A)

Conf

15.3.97

Bromsgrove Rvrs(A)

Conf

18.3.97

Kettering Town (H)

Kenny Webster

Kenny Webster

Born 2 March 1973 (Age 21 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #40)

Total appearances 6

(3 League, 1 FA Trophy, 1 League Cup, 1 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut:

8 October 1994 (Home Crawley Town)

Final game:

29 October 1994 (Home Gloucester City)

A former Arsenal trainee, Kenny arrived on a one month loan from Peterborough United in October 1994. He got off to a winning start with a 5-0 thrashing of Crawley Town, but after making little impression in defeats at Dorchester Town and at home to Gloucester City, he was consigned to the bench for the final game of his loan spell, and he returned to Peterborough.

He was released by Peterborough in January 1995, and joined Stevenage Borough, becoming a main part of their Conference winning side in the 1995 / 1996 season. He was released again in the summer of 1997, joining Harrow Borough. After a brief spell at Aylesbury United the following year, he returned to Harrow Borough. No further record of his involvement with the game has been found through to 2018.

Appearances

1994/1995

BHP

8.10.94

Crawley Town (H)

FAT2q

15.10.94

Wembley (H)

DMC1/2

18.10.94

Rothwell Town (A)

BHP

22.10.94

Dorchester Tn (A)

HSC2

25.10.94

N’ton Spencer (H)

BHP

29.10.94

Gloucester City(H)

Chris Mackenzie

Chris Mackenzie

Born 14 May 1972 (Age 22 at debut)

Position: Goalkeeper

(Diamonds player #39)

Total appearances 6

(3 League, 1 FA Trophy, 2 League Cup)

Debut:

8 October 1994 (Home Crawley Town)

Final game:

8 November 1994 (Home Bedworth United)

Born locally in Northampton, Chris started out his goalkeeping career locally at Higham before a move to Corby Town. After a period in the Reserves, he quickly established himself as first choice and secured a £15,000 deal with Hereford United in July 1994. He came to Nene Park on a one month loan on 8 October 1994 and made six appearances before returning to Hereford. He played over 60 games for them, and achieved the distinction of scoring a goal in August 1995 during a League match against Barnet. After being released, he joined Leyton Orient at the start of the 1998/1999 season, but following just the single season, he moved to Nuneaton Borough where he remained for four years, making over 150 appearances. After a season with Telford United, he joined Chester City in May 2004, before moving to Shrewsbury Town in May 2006 as a player/coach. Chris went out on loan to Kidderminster Harriers in September 2007 before making the move permanent in January 2008. He was released in May 2008 and signed for Hinckley United of the Conference North where he remained as their No.1 for two seasons. On 29 May 2010, he joined fellow Conference North side Corby Town, but signed for fellow Conference North side Alfreton Town on 10 February 2011, for a nominal fee. At the end of the season, his contract was cancelled by mutual consent and he rejoined Corby Town on 25 July 2011, to finish his career at the club where he began – retiring from the game on 29 February 2012, following their Hillier Senior Cup Semi Final victory over Long Buckby.

Appearances

1994/1995

BHP

8.10.94

Crawley Town (H)

FAT2q

15.10.94

Wembley (H)

DMC1/2

18.10.94

Rothwell Town (A)

BHP

29.10.94

Gloucester City(H)

BHP

5.11.94

Burton Albion (A)

DMC2

8.11.94

Bedworth Utd (H)

Lee Crane

Lee Crane

Born ?? (Age 18 at debut)

Position: Goalkeeper

(Diamonds player #38)

Total appearances 2

(1 League, 4 FA Cup)

Debut:

10 September 1994 (Away Eastwood Hanley)

Final game:

30 March 1995 (Home Gravesend & Northfleet)

Young goalkeeper signed from Holbeach United on 26 January 1994 made two appearances for Diamonds, one of which included the FA Cup defeat at Eastwood Hanley when he could only parry the free-kick which led to the only goal. He had to wait another six months before featuring again, and he was released at the end of the season. Returned back to Holbeach and was playing in goal for Yaxley of the United Counties League in 2002 after a spell with Stamford. In 2004, he joined fellow UCL side Blackstones. No further record of his involvement with the game has been found through to 2018.

Appearances

1994/1995

FAC1q

10.9.94

Eastwood Hanley(A)

BHP

30.3.95

Gravesend & Nflt(H)

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