Nick Ashby

Nick Ashby

Born 29 December 1970 (Age 24 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #50)

Total appearances 75 – 4 goals

(60 League, 8 FA Cup, 1 FA Trophy, 3 League Cup, 2 Hillier Senior Cup, 1 Maunsell Cup)

Debut:

31 July 1995 (Away Kettering Town)

Final game:

22 February 1997 (Away Gateshead)

Northampton born Nick was signed from Kettering Town in June 1995 for a £14,000 price tag and was considered one of the best left backs in non-league football. He was also the son of Diamonds manager Roger Ashby and his consistent performances were the backbone of the club’s promotion into the Conference. He had begun his playing career under Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest, with a brief spell at Northampton Town, before following his father to Rushden Town to continue in non-league football and combine a career in HR recruitment. After a move to Aylesbury United in 1991, he joined Kettering Town in 1994, where he won the first of five England ‘C’ caps. He actually made his debut against his former club in the Maunsell Cup Final Replay, and went on to make a total of 75 appearances.

Nick Ashby

He was released in May 1997 and joined Burton Albion and then moved on to Raunds Town and Stamford of the UCL. While at Stamford, he took up the position of assistant manager, learning the ropes with former Diamonds coach Billy Jeffery. He took over as player-manager at Raunds Town in January 2004, but left that position at the end of the season. He rejoined them midway through the following season, to guide them out of relegation. In May 2006, he took over as player manager at Wellingborough Town, where he remained until November 2007. He finished his playing career at Cogenhoe United during the 2008/09 season officially retiring in the summer of 2010. After a short break, Nick was appointed assistant manager (to Steve Farmer) at Southern League Division One Central side Bedworth United on 5 August 2011. He left after a few months, joining Watford as their non-league scout during early-October 2011.

Appearances

1995/1996

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

2.9.95

Hastings Town (A)

NHP

5.9.95

VS Rugby (H)

1 goal

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

EastwoodHanley(H)

BHP

30.9.95

Cheltenham Tn(A)

FAC3q

7.10.95

Sandwell Boro (A)

BHP

14.10.95

Gresley Rovers(A)

FAC4

21.10.95

Purfleet (A)

FAC4r

24.10.95

Purfleet (H)

BHP

28.10.95

Merthyr Tydfil (A)

DMC1/1

1.11.95

Kings Lynn (H)

BHP

4.11.95

Stafford Rgrs (H)

FAC1

11.11.95

Cardiff City (H)

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)

BHP

23.12.95

Ilkeston Town (H)

BHP

13.1.96

Atherstone Utd (A)

FAT1

20.1.96

Purfleet (H)

HSCSF

30.1.96

Raunds Town (H)

BHP

3.2.96

Worcester City (H)

BHP

10.2.96

Gravesend&Nflt(H)

BHP

13.2.96

Baldock Town (A)

BHP

17.2.96

Cheltenham Tn (H)

BHP

24.2.96

Newport (A)

1 goal

BHP

5.3.96

Sudbury Town (H)

BHP

16.3.96

Cambridge City (A)

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

13.4.96

Newport (H)

1 goal

BHP

16.4.96

Gresley Rovers (H)

BHP

20.4.96

Gloucester City (A)

BHP

24.4.96

Salisbury City (A)

1996/1997

Conf

17.8.96

Altrincham (A)

Conf

20.8.96

Slough Town (A)

Conf

24.8.96

Northwich Vic (H)

Conf

26.8.96

Hayes (A)

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

19.10.96

Gateshead (H)

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)

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)

Graham Benstead

Graham Benstead

Born 20 August 1963 (Age 31 at debut)

Position: Goalkeeper

(Diamonds player #49)

Total appearances 58

(45 League, 6 FA Cup, 1 FA Trophy, 1 League Cup, 1 Championship Shield, 3 Hillier Senior Cup, 1 Maunsell Cup)

Debut:

31 July 1995 (Away Kettering Town)

Final game:

8 February 1997 (Home Hednesford Town)

Graham began his career as a goalkeeper with Wimbledon, before signing for QPR in 1982. Although he only made one first team appearance, he also won an England cap at youth level. In March 85, he moved to Norwich City, where he became understudy to Chris Woods and later Bryan Gunn. First team appearances were again limited, although after Woods departure, he went on to play 19 games for the Canaries, mainly at the start of the 1986/87 season, but the arrival of Gunn push him onto the bench again. He had loan spells with Sheffield United and Colchester United, but left in July 1988, and joined Sheffield United on a permanent basis. He played 47 games for the Blades before moving to Brentford in the summer of 1990, making some 110 appearances for the Bees in three seasons. Graham dropped down to the non-league scene, joining Kettering Town, and it was from the Poppies that he signed for Diamonds in June 1995. He made several England C appearances while with Kettering and Diamonds and was a key player in Diamonds push to reach the Conference. After a poor start to life in the Conference the following season however, he made way for Martin Davies and was released in May 1997.

Graham Benstead

Initially, he joined Kingstonian for the start of the 1997/98 season, but an offer to become player / coach at Brentford saw him return to League action again when he was drafted in to make another two appearances in October 1997 due to an injury to Kevin Dearden. He was released in March 1998, and joined Basingstoke Town, before a loan spell with Chertsey Town in March 1999. The following summer, he became player / coach at Farnborough Town, remaining with the club until early in 2003. When Farnborough manager Graham Westley moved to Stevenage Borough, Graham joined him and in May 2004, took up the position of assistant manager. He was forced to step down in October that year due to personal circumstances. More recently, Graham has taken part in the Masters Football Tournament, playing in goal for Sheffield United. He was most recently seen as goalkeeper coach at Frimley Green FC who he joined prior to the 2017/18 season.

Appearances

1995/1996

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

2.9.95

Hastings Town (A)

BHP

5.9.95

VS Rugby (H)

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

EastwoodHanley(H)

BHP

30.9.95

Cheltenham Tn (A)

FAC3q

7.10.95

Sandwell Boro (A)

BHP

14.10.95

Gresley Rovers (A)

FAC4

21.10.95

Purfleet (A)

FAC4r

24.10.95

Purfleet (H)

BHP

28.10.95

Merthyr Tydfil (A)

DMC1/1

1.11.95

Kings Lynn (H)

BHP

4.11.95

Stafford Rgrs (H)

HSCQF

7.11.95

Long Buckby (H)

FAC1

11.11.95

Cardiff City (H)

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)

BHP

28.11.95

Baldock Town (H)

BHP

2.12.95

Crawley Town (A)

BHP

9.12.95

Dorchester Tn (A)

BHP

12.12.95

Gloucester City(H)

BHP

16.12.95

Hastings Town (H)

BHP

23.12.95

Ilkeston Town (H)

BHP

13.1.96

Atherstone Utd(A)

FAT1

20.1.96

Purfleet (H)

HSCSF

30.1.96

Raunds Town (H)

BHP

3.2.96

Worcester City(H)

BHP

10.2.96

Gravesend&Nflt(H)

BHP

13.2.96

Baldock Town (A)

BHP

17.2.96

Cheltenham Tn(H)

BHP

24.2.96

Newport (A)

BHP

5.3.96

Sudbury Town (H)

BHP

16.3.96

Cambridge City(A)

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

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)

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)

Conf

24.8.96

Northwich Vic (H)

Conf

26.8.96

Hayes (A)

Conf

1.2.97

Morecambe (H)

Conf

8.2.97

Hednesford Tn (H)

Neil Smith

Neil Smith

Born 29 December 1970 (Age 24 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #48)

Total appearances 58 – 1 goal

(40 League, 8 FA Cup, 1 FA Trophy, 4 League Cup, 3 Hillier Senior Cup, 2 Maunsell Cup)

Debut:

29 July 1995 (Home Kettering Town)

Final game:

28 December 1996 (Away Stalybridge Celtic)

Neil started his career at Shrewsbury Town, progressing from the youth team, but only made just a single appearance during the 1987/1988 season before moving on to Redditch United. In 1989, he signed for Lincoln City but the young midfielder was unable to gain a regular place in the first team. In July 1992, he joined Cheltenham Town and eventually took up the club captaincy in his third year with the club. Roger Ashby signed Neil in June 1995, for a £14,000 fee, and he captained the side which won promotion to the Conference. He played in all games during that 1995/1996 season until an injury in the Hillier Senior Cup Final against Rothwell Town ruled him out for the remainder of the season. Injuries continued to affect his first team chances as the club played its first season in the Conference, but he returned to action in October 1996. Neil made just 12 appearances the following season and he was eventually released in May 1997, joining Hednesford Town in his native West Midlands.

Neil Smith

He moved on from there to Halesowen Town (the team he helped Diamonds to beat to the Southern Premier title) in 1999, and made 48 appearances before joining Stafford Rangers at the end of the season. In November 2000 however, he made a return to Halesowen Town and spent a further three years there. He had another spell with Redditch United in 2006, but is thought to have retired from the game around this time.

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

2.9.95

Hastings Town (A)

BHP

5.9.95

VS Rugby (H)

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

EastwoodHanley(H)

BHP

30.9.95

Cheltenham Tn(A)

FAC3q

7.10.95

Sandwell Boro (A)

BHP

14.10.95

Gresley Rovers (A)

FAC4

21.10.95

Purfleet (A)

FAC4r

24.10.95

Purfleet (H)

BHP

28.10.95

Merthyr Tydfil (A)

DMC1/1

1.11.95

Kings Lynn (H)

BHP

4.11.95

Stafford Rgrs (H)

HSCQF

7.11.95

Long Buckby (H)

FAC1

11.11.95

Cardiff City (H)

BHP

15.11.95

VS Rugby (A)

BHP

18.11.95

Gravesend&Nflt(A)

1 goal

BHP

21.11.95

Burton Albion (H)

BHP

25.11.95

Atherstone Utd(H)

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)

BHP

23.12.95

Ilkeston Town (H)

BHP

13.1.96

Atherstone Utd(A)

FAT1

20.1.96

Purfleet (H)

HSCSF

30.1.96

Raunds Town (H)

BHP

3.2.96

Worcester City (H)

BHP

10.2.96

Gravesend&Nflt(H)

BHP

13.2.96

Baldock Town (A)

BHP

17.2.96

Cheltenham Tn(H)

BHP

24.2.96

Newport (A)

BHP

5.3.96

Sudbury Town (H)

BHP

16.3.96

Cambridge City(A)

BHP

19.3.96

Halesowen Tn (A)

BHP

23.3.96

Ilkeston Town (A)

HSCF

26.3.96

Rothwell Town (A)

1996/1997

Conf

5.10.96

Welling Utd (H)

as sub

SC1

8.10.96

Dover Athletic (A)

as sub

FAC3q

12.10.96

Bilston Town (H)

Conf

14.10.96

Kidderminster (A)

Conf

19.10.96

Gateshead (H)

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 Rvs(H)

SC3

16.12.96

Kidderminster (A)

Conf

21.12.96

Kidderminster (H)

Conf

28.12.96

Stalybridge Cltc(A)

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

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