Andrew Sambrook

Andrew Sambrook

Born 13 July 1979 (Age 22 at debut)

Position: Defender/Midfielder

(Diamonds player #150)

Total appearances 74

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

Debut:

15 September 2001 (Away Leyton Orient)

Final game:

26 December 2004 (Home Oxford United)

Andrew began his career at Gillingham where he won a youth cap for England. He won a scholarship at the Hartwick College, New York and moved across the Atlantic to play College soccer in America. After three years studying, he returned to the UK and to Gillingham, but was invited to Nene Park for a trial. He signed for Rushden & Diamonds on 12 June 2001, and spent four seasons as a utility player making 74 appearances, mainly in defence.

Andrew was released in May 2005, and joined Grays Athletic, where he stayed for three seasons and although he was offered an extension to his contract, opted to sign for Fisher Athletic in July 2008. On 10 November 2008, Andrew left the struggling side, and signed for Thurrock, also in the Conference South. His stay was short lived and he joined AFC Wimbledon in January 2009 for the remainder of the season. On 21 May 2009, he signed for another Conference South side, Welling United. In July 2011, Andrew suffered a serious ankle injury on 30 July 2011 prior to the 2011/2012 season, which kept him sidelined for much of the season. He made a total of 75 League appearances for the Wings during his three years with the club, but due to continuing ankle problems, he announced his retirement from the game in July 2012.

Appearances

2001/2002 – squad number 22

D3

15.9.01

Leyton Orient (A)

as sub

D3

18.9.01

Torquay Utd (H)

D3

22.9.01

Cheltenham Tn (H)

D3

25.9.01

Exeter City (A)

D3

29.9.01

Darlington (A)

D3

5.10.01

Hartlepool Utd (H)

D3

13.10.01

Rochdale (A)

LDV1

16.10.01

Cardiff City (A)

D3

20.10.01

Hull City (H)

D3

23.10.01

Shrewsburuy Tn (A)

D3

27.10.01

Mansfield Town (H)

D3

3.11.01

Swansea City (A)

D3

10.11.01

Halifax Town (H)

FAC1

17.11.01

Worcester City (A)

D3

20.11.01

Scunthorpe Utd (H)

D3

24.11.01

Kidderminster (A)

D3

1.12.01

Bristol Rbrs (H)

FAC2

8.12.01

Brighton & HA (A)

D3

15.12.01

Luton Town (A)

D3

22.12.01

Carlisle Utd (H)

D3

26.12.01

Southen Utd (A)

D3

29.12.01

Plymouth Argyle (A)

D3

12.1.02

Lincoln City (A)

D3

19.1.02

York City (H)

D3

22.1.02

Carlisle Utd (A)

D3

26.1.02

Hartlepool Utd (A)

D3

26.2.02

Torquay Utd (A)

D3

2.3.02

Cheltenham Tn (A)

D3

16.3.02

Bristol Rvrs (A)

2002/2003 – squad number 20

D3

13.8.02

Torquay Utd (H)

as sub

D3

17.8.02

Kidderminster (H)

D3

24.8.02

Shrewsbury Tn (A)

D3

1.1.03

Shrewsbury Tn (H)

as sub

D3

4.1.03

Torquay Utd (A)

as sub

D3

11.1.03

Kidderminster (A)

as sub

D3

18.1.03

Cambridge Utd (H)

D3

25.1.03

Oxford Utd (A)

D3

8.3.03

Wrexham (A)

D3

18.3.03

Bury (A)

as sub

D3

22.3.03

Boston Utd (A)

D3

5.4.03

Bristol Rvrs (A)

as sub

D3

12.4.03

Lincoln City (H)

as sub

D3

19.4.03

Carlisle Utd (A)

as sub

D3

21.4.03

Macclesfield Tn (H)

as sub

2003/2004 – squad number 15

D2

30.8.03

Oldham Ath (A)

as sub

D2

6.9.03

Wycombe Wdrs (H)

as sub

D2

30.9.03

Brighton & HA (H)

as sub

LDV1

15.10.03

Oxford Utd (A)

as sub

D2

21.10.03

Blackpool (A)

as sub

D2

20.12.03

Peterborough Urd (A)

as sub

D2

26.12.03

Swindon Tn (H)

D2

28.12.03

Wycombe Wdrs (A)

D2

3.1.04

QPR (A)

D2

10.1.04

Luton Town (H)

D2

17.1.04

Plymouth Argyle (A)

D2

31.1.04

Oldham Ath (H)

D2

7.2.04

Swindon Town (A)

D2

14.2.04

Chesterfield (A)

D2

24.2.04

Tranmere Rvrs (H)

as sub

D2

27.3.04

Bournemouth (H)

D2

3.4.04

Stockport Co (A)

D2

10.4.04

Barnsley (H)

D2

12.4.04

Brighton & HA (A)

D2

17.4.04

Grimsby Town (A)

D2

24.4.04

Hartlepool Utd (H)

2004/2005 – squad number 15

CCL2

4.9.04

Southend Utd (H)

as sub

CCL2

25.9.04

Swansea City (A)

as sub

LDV1

28.9.04

Walsall (A)

CCL2

2.10.04

Rochdale (H)

CCL2

23.10.04

Bury (A)

as sub

CCL2

8.12.04

Boston Utd (A)

as sub

CCL2

11.12.04

Mansfield Town (A)

as sub

CCL2

18.12.04

Scunthorpe Utd (H)

CCL2

26.12.04

Oxford Utd (H)

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Barry Hunter

Barry Hunter

Born 18 November 1968 (Age 32 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #149)

Total appearances 121 – 7 goals

(112 League, 5 FA Cup, 2 League Cup, 2 Maunsell Cup)

Debut:

15 September 2001 (Away Leyton Orient)

Final game:

8 April 2006 (Away Bristol Rovers)

Barry was born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland and was the son of the Coleraine goalkeeping legend Victor Hunter, who made 471 appearances for the club. His father had gained full International honours for Northern Ireland but with Pat Jennings in his heyday, he had little chance to impress at that level. With his father having spells as manager of the first team and the youth squad, Barry’s height made him ideal as a centre half, and he rose up through their youth team. After several years with Coleraine, he joined Crusaders before signing for Wrexham on 20 August 1993 for £50,000. He went on to make 120 appearances for Wrexham, scoring 6 times and spending three years at the Racecourse Ground. In July 1996 he transferred to Reading for £400,000 and again went on to make 100 appearances for them. In February 1999, he had a loan spell with Southend United and arrived at Nene Park on 12 September 2001 on a one month loan deal. His debut did not go according to plan however, with Diamonds suffering a 2-1 defeat away to Leyton Orient, but he accepted a permanent deal on 16 October 2001 and became a key part of the side that made it through to the play-off final in 2002. He was also part of the side that won the Division 3 title, and hence promotion to Division 2 the following season. As a player, Hunter made some 121 appearances for Rushden & Diamonds and also contributed 6 goals in this period. He was named Players “Player of the Year” in 2003 and followed this up by winning the Supporters “Player of the Season” in 2004.

His success as a player led to him being named caretaker manager on 10 March 2004 after the sudden departure of Brian Talbot. After only managing one win in eight attempts, he relinquished his role on 22 April 2004 as Ernie Tippett was drafted in to manage the club full time. Tippett’s reign was less than successful however and he took over again on 16 January 2005 when Tippett departed the club. Although initially in a caretaker role, he was appointed as manager on 24 March 2005. The following season, Barry took a back seat to playing concentrating more on the management role. However, the following season saw Diamonds relegated from the Football League into the Conference and on 5 May 2006, the club announced that his contract would not be renewed. Although his managerial reign was not an overwhelming success, Diamonds fans will have fond memories of the strong defender whose determination on the pitch helped Diamonds achieve their highest league status to date.

He initially returned to Northern Ireland with Portadown in the summer of 2006, but returned to the mainland in October that year to assist his former Reading teammate Ady Williams as manager at Swindon Town. The appointment of Paul Sturrock during November however saw him leave after less than a fortnight. He went on to take a UEFA Coaching license, but also started scouting initially for Blackburn Rovers, Norwich City and Manchester City. He resumed playing briefly in April 2009, when he played a few games for his local side Hellenic League Division One East side Henley Town. During June 2012, Barry was reported to have agreed a deal to scout for new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. He has remained at Anfield and became their chief scout, a role he still holds in 2018/19.

Appearances

2001/2002 – squad number 35

D3

15.9.01

Leyton Orient (A)

D3

18.9.01

Torquay Utd (H)

D3

22.9.01

Cheltenham Tn (H)

D3

25.9.01

Exeter City (A)

D3

29.9.01

Darlington (A)

D3

5.10.01

Hartlepool Utd (H)

1 goal

D3

13.10.01

Rochdale (A)

D3

20.10.01

Hull City (H)

D3

23.10.01

Shrewsbury Tn (A)

D3

27.10.01

Mansfield Town (H)

D3

3.11.01

Swansea City (A)

D3

10.11.01

Halifax Town (A)

FAC1

17.11.01

Worcester City (A)

D3

20.11.01

Scunthorpe Utd (H)

D3

24.11.01

Kidderminster (A)

FAC2

8.12.01

Brighton &HA (A)

D3

15.12.01

Luton Town (A)

D3

22.12.01

Carlisle Utd (H)

D3

12.1.02

Lincoln City (A)

D3

19.1.02

York City (H)

D3

22.1.02

Carlisle Utd (A)

D3

26.1.02

Hartlepool Utd (A)

D3

29.1.02

Macclesfield Tn (H)

D3

2.2.02

Darlington (H)

D3

5.2.02

Oxford Utd (H)

2002/2003 – squad number 4

D3

10.8.02

Swansea City (A)

D3

13.8.02

Torquay Utd (H)

D3

17.8.02

Kidderminster (H)

D3

26.8.02

Scunthorpe Utd (H)

D3

31.8.02

Cambridge Utd (A)

D3

7.9.02

Southend Utd (H)

D3

21.9.02

Wrexham (H)

D3

28.9.02

Hartlepool Utd (A)

WC2

2.10.02

Coventry City (A)

D3

5.10.02

Leyton Orient (H)

D3

12.10.02

Exeter City (A)

D3

29.10.02

Boston Utd (H)

D3

2.11.02

Rochdale (A)

D3

9.11.02

Darlington (H)

FAC1

16.11.02

Kidderminster (A)

D3

23.11.02

Lincoln City (A)

FAC1r

26.11.02

Kidderminster (H)

D3

30.11.02

Bristol Rvrs (H)

D3

14.12.02

Macclesfield Tn (A)

D3

21.12.02

Carlisle Utd (A)

D3

26.12.02

Scunthorpe Utd (A)

D3

28.12.02

Oxford Utd (H)

D3

1.1.03

Shrewsbury Tn (H)

D3

4.1.03

Torquay Utd (A)

D3

11.1.03

Kidderminter (A)

D3

18.1.03

Cambridge Utd (H)

D3

25.1.03

Oxford Utd (A)

D3

1.2.03

Swansea City (H)

D3

8.2.03

Darlington (A)

D3

22.2.03

Southend Utd (A)

1 goal

D3

1.3.03

York City (H)

D3

4.3.03

Bournemouth (H)

D3

8.3.03

Wrexham (A)

D3

15.3.03

Hull City (H)

D3

18.3.03

Bury (A)

D3

22.3.03

Boston Utd (A)

D3

24.3.03

Rochdale (H)

D3

29.3.03

Exeter City (H)

D3

5.4.03

Bristol Rvrs (A)

D3

12.4.03

Lincoln City (H)

D3

19.4.03

Carlisle Utd (A)

D3

26.4.03

Leyton Orient (A)

D3

3.5.03

Hartlepool Utd (H)

2003/2004 – squad number 6

D2

9.8.03

Luton Town (A)

CC1

13.8.03

West Ham Utd (A)

D2

16.8.03

Plymouth Arg (H)

D2

23.8.03

Tranmere Rvrs (A)

D2

25.8.03

QPR (H)

D2

30.8.03

Oldham Ath (A)

D2

6.9.03

Wycombe Wdrs(H)

D2

13.9.03

Brentford (H)

D2

16.9.03

Notts County (A)

D2

20.9.03

Bournemouth (A)

D2

27.9.03

Stockport Co (H)

D2

30.9.03

Brighton & HA (H)

D2

4.10.03

Barnsley (A)

D2

11.10.03

Chesterfield (H)

1 goal

D2

18.10.03

Sheff Wed (A)

D2

21.10.03

Blackpool (A)

D2

25.10.03

Wrexham (H)

D2

1.11.03

Grimsby Town (H)

FAC1

8.11.03

Swansea City (A)

D2

15.11.03

Hartlepool Utd (A)

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 Wdrs(A)

D2

3.1.04

QPR (A)

D2

10.1.04

Luton Town (H)

1 goal

D2

17.1.04

Plymouth Arg (A)

D2

31.1.04

Oldham Ath(H)

D2

7.2.04

Swindon Town (A)

D2

14.2.04

Chesterfield (A)

D2

21.2.04

Sheff Wed (H)

D2

24.2.04

Tranmere Rvrs (H)

D2

28.2.04

Wrexham (A)

D2

2.3.04

Blackpool (H)

D2

6.3.04

Peterborough U (H)

D2

12.3.04

Bristol City (A)

D2

27.3.04

Bournemouth (H)

D2

3.4.04

Stockport Co (A)

1 goal

D2

10.4.04

Barnsley (H)

1 goal

D2

12.4.04

Brighton & HA (A)

D2

17.4.04

Grimsby Town (A)

D2

24.4.04

Hartlepool Utd (H)

D2

1.5.04

Colchester Utd (A)

D2

8.5.04

Port Vale (H)

2004/2005 – squad number 12

CCL2

30.4.05

Cambridge Utd (H)

as sub

2005/2006 – squad number 18

MCSF

8.11.05

Rothwell Town (A)

MCF

24.1.06

Peterborough U (H)

1 goal

CCL2

25.2.06

Macclesfield Tn (H)

as sub

CCL2

4.3.06

Grimsby Town (H)

as sub

CCL2

18.3.06

Leyton Orient (H)

as sub

CCL2

1.4.06

Torquay Utd (H)

as sub

CCL2

8.4.06

Bristol Rvrs (A)

as sub

Warren Patmore

Warren Patmore

Born 14 August 1971 (Age 29 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #148)

Total appearances 6 – 1 goal

(4 League, 2 League Cup)

Debut:

11 August 2001 (Away York City)

Final game:

11 September 2001 (Away Crewe Alexandra)

Warren was noted playing for local side Northwood when his prolific goalscoring came to the notice of several League clubs. At the age of 20, he signed for Cambridge United, but failed to gain a regular place in the side, going out to Bashley on loan during the 1992/93 season. He moved to Millwall, but again struggled going out on loan to Irish side Cobh Rangers, before joining Northampton Town in 1993. Although he made over 20 appearances for the Cobblers, he spent more loan spells in Ireland, this time with Dundalk and Ards. In the summer of 1995, he moved to Yeovil Town where his six seasons with the Glovers saw him become a household name amongst non-League supporters. He scored some 109 goals in 225 games and with keen business interests in the area, he was never keen on returning back to the professional game. However, an offer from Brian Talbot saw him sign in June 2001 as Diamonds prepared for the first season in the Football League. He gained a place in Diamonds history, when he scored the first League goal in the opening day win at York City, but it was to be his only goal for the club. He struggled with full time football and the training regime that came with it, and failed to last the 90 minutes in each of his opening five appearances. In his final game against Crewe in the League Cup, he did in fact play the full 120 minutes, but it was to be his final game, and he left by mutual consent at the end of September 2001.

He joined part time Woking before joining Margate in the summer of 2003, before returning briefly to play for Northwood, where his career had started. In 2006, he returned to the West Country to join Devon League side Morchard Bishop as player-manager and gained two promotions in three seasons with the club.

He went on the manage at Toolstation Western League Side Wellington, before stepping down on 9 May 2010. In June however, he took over the reigns at Carlsberg South West Peninsula League club Witheridge, where he made an occasional appearance, but moved to become manager at SWPL Division One East side Crediton United on 21 March 2011. He took them to 4th place during the 2011/2012 season, but on 25 September 2012, Warren resigned his post as manager due to increasing work commitments in London. He is now works in Estate Agency in Hertfordshire.

Warren Patmore

Appearances

2001/2002 – squad number 19

D3

11.8.01

York City (A)

1 goal

D3

16.8.01

Lincoln City (H)

WC1

21.8.01

Burnley (A)

D3

25.8.01

Macclesfield Tn(A)

D3

8.9.01

Southend Utd (H)

WC2

11.9.01

Crewe Alex (A)

Bertrand Bossu

Bertrand Bossu

Born 14 October 1980 (Age 20 at debut)

Position: Goalkeeper

(Diamonds player #147)

Total appearances 1

(1 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut & Final game:

19 April 2001 (Home Kettering Town)

Born in Calais, France, Bertrand played as a schoolboy with Calais RUFC, moving to RC Lens when he was 16. Being third/fourth choice keeper, he had little opportunity during his three years at Lens, and after a trial with Barnet, moved to England in March 2000. He made his debut as a substitute in the play-off semi-final defeat at Peterborough in May 2000. The following season, he went on loan to Hayes in December 2000 but broke a finger and returned to Barnet before being given another loan spell with Diamonds in March 2001 as cover for Billy Turley. He made just one appearance – in the Hillier Senior Cup Final defeat against Kettering Town.

After his return to Barnet, he was released and joined Hayes in August 2001 for two seasons during which time he scored a last minute goal at St.Albans. Without a club again during the summer of 2003, he joined Gillingham in September, but made just a handful of appearances. He went on loan to Torquay United (August 2004), but suffered a knee injury forcing his return. He had recovered by October when he went on loan to Oldham Athletic. In August 2005, Bertrand joined Darlington, going out on loan to Accrington Stanley at the beginning of the season. In September 2006, he joined Walsall but was again the second choice keeper with little opportunity in the first team. After being released in May 2008, he went north of the border for a trial with Scottish Premier side Aberdeen and after impressing, joined them on a permanent basis in May 2008. He was released in August 2009, and after trials with several clubs, signed a two month contract with Crewe Alexandra of League Two on 28 October 2009, but left after just six days due to personal reasons. After a short break from football, Bertrand signed for Isthmian Division One North side Harlow Town in August 2011. He returned to France in 2013 to play for Calais and the Gravelines in 2015.

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Appearances

2000/2001

HSCF

10.4.01

Kettering Town (H)

Stuart Gray

Stuart Gray

Born 18 December 1973 (Age 27 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #146)

Total appearances 145 – 15 goals

(131 League, 6 FA Cup, 5 League Cup, 3 League Trophy)

Debut:

7 April 2001 (Home Morecambe)

Final game:

7 May 2005 (Away Macclesfield Town)

The son of Scottish International Eddie Gray, Stuart joined Celtic at an early age, playing for Giffnock North on work experience in the 1991/1992 season. He signed senior forms for Celtic on 7 July 1992 with a two year contract, but injury restricted his first season and he made his debut in a 1-0 win against Aberdeen on 1 May 1993. He won 7 Scotland U-21 caps during his stay. In 1994, he went on loan to AFC Bournemouth, before remaining with Celtic on a monthly deal. He suffered a couple of injured during the following two seasons and in October 1997, went to Morton on a three month loan to gain first team football. On his return, he could only get into the reserves, and he left Celtic on 26 March 1998 after 30 appearances, scoring just once and joined Reading for a £100,000 transfer fee. It was on 23 March 2001, that Stuart arrived at Nene Park as Diamonds pushed to get into the Football League.

He showed his worth to the club in the following two seasons, as he was a first team regular in Division 3 filling the left midfield role as the club reached the playoffs and then the Division 3 title although injuries meant he missed part of the season. He remained with the club as they played in Division 2, and then in their first season back in League 2, before leaving the club in May 2005.

On 27 May 2005, he joined Oxford United but remained there for just the single season making 11 appearances before suffering a broken leg. He joined NPL Premier side Guiseley AFC, but suffered the same fate, breaking his leg again in an FA Cup tie at North Ferriby on 3 October 2006. He retired from playing as a result, and became coach / manager of the Guiseley reserve side, moving on to be the Assistant Manager of the Youth Academy side, a post he still held into the 2018-19 season.

Appearances

2000/2001

Conf

7.4.01

Morecambe (H)

Conf

14.4.01

Hereford Utd (A)

Conf

16.4.01

Doncaster Rvrs(H)

Conf

21.4.01

Yeovil Town (A)

Conf

24.4.01

Telford Utd (H)

as sub

Conf

5.5.01

Chester City (A)

as sub

2001/2002 – squad number 18

D3

16.8.01

Lincoln City (H)

WC1

21.8.01

Burnley (A)

D3

25.8.01

Macclesfield Tn(A)

D3

27.8.01

Plymouth Arg (H)

D3

29.12.01

Plymouth Arg (A)

D3

12.1.02

Lincoln City (A)

D3

19.1.02

York City (H)

D3

22.1.02

Carlisle Utd (A)

D3

26.1.02

Hartlepool Utd (A)

D3

29.1.02

Macclesfield Tn(H)

D3

2.2.02

Darlington (H)

D3

5.2.02

Oxford Utd (H)

D3

9.2.02

Hull City (A)

D3PO/2

30.4.02

Rochdale (A)

as sub

D3POF

6.5.02

Cheltenham Tn(N)

2002/2003 – squad number 12

D3

10.8.02

Swansea City (A)

D3

13.8.02

Torquay Utd (H)

D3

17.8.02

Kidderminster (H)

1 goal

D3

24.8.02

Shrewsbury Tn(A)

D3

26.8.02

Scunthorpe Utd(H)

D3

31.8.02

Cambridge Utd(A)

D3

7.9.02

Southend Utd (H)

2 goals

WC1

10.9.02

Millwall (H)

D3

14.9.02

York City (A)

D3

17.9.02

Bournemouth (A)

D3

28.9.02

Hartlepool Utd(A)

WC2

2.10.02

Coventry City (A)

D3

5.10.02

Leyton Orient (H)

D3

12.10.02

Exeter City (A)

D3

19.10.02

Bury (H)

LDV1

22.10.02

Cambridge Utd(A)

D3

26.10.02

Hull City (A)

1 goal

D3

9.11.02

Darlington (H)

FAC1

16.11.02

Kidderminster (A)

D3

23.11.02

Lincoln City (A)

FAC1r

26.11.02

Kidderminster (H)

D3

30.11.02

Bristol Rvrs (H)

FAC2

7.12.02

Exeter City (A)

D3

26.12.02

Scunthorpe Utd(A)

as sub

D3

28.12.02

Oxford Utd (H)

D3

1.1.03

Shrewsbury Tn(H)

1 goal

D3

4.1.03

Torquay Utd (A)

D3

11.1.03

Kidderminter (A)

D3

18.1.03

Cambridge Utd(H)

1 goal

D3

25.1.03

Oxford Utd (A)

D3

1.2.03

Swansea City (H)

D3

8.2.03

Darlington (A)

1 goal

D3

22.2.03

Southend Utd (A)

D3

8.3.03

Wrexham (A)

D3

15.3.03

Hull City (H)

as sub

D3

22.3.03

Boston Utd (A)

as sub

D3

24.3.03

Rochdale (H)

as sub

D3

29.3.03

Exeter City (H)

D3

5.4.03

Bristol Rvrs (A)

D3

12.4.03

Lincoln City (H)

D3

19.4.03

Carlisle Utd (A)

D3

21.4.03

Macclesfield Tn(H)

D3

26.4.03

Leyton Orient (A)

D3

3.5.03

Hartlepool Utd (H)

2003/2004 – squad number 12

D2

9.8.03

Luton Town (A)

CC1

13.8.03

West Ham Utd (A)

as sub

D2

25.8.03

QPR (H)

as sub

D2

30.8.03

Oldham Athletic(A)

as sub

D2

6.9.03

Wycombe Wdrs(H)

D2

13.9.03

Brentford (H)

D2

16.9.03

Notts County (A)

1 goal

D2

20.9.03

Bournemouth (A)

D2

27.9.03

Stockport Co (H)

1 goal

D2

30.9.03

Brighton & HA (H)

1 goal

D2

4.10.03

Barnsley (A)

D2

11.10.03

Chesterfield (H)

LDV1

15.10.03

Oxford Utd (A)

1 goal

D2

18.10.03

Sheff Wed (A)

D2

21.10.03

Blackpool (A)

D2

25.10.03

Wrexham (H)

D2

1.11.03

Grimsby Town (H)

LDV2

4.11.03

Luton Town (H)

FAC1

8.11.03

Swansea City (A)

D2

15.11.03

Hartlepool Utd (A)

D2

22.11.03

Colchester Utd(H)

1 goal

D2

29.11.03

Port Vale (A)

D2

14.2.04

Chesterfield (A)

D2

21.2.04

Sheff Wed (H)

D2

24.2.04

Tranmere Rvrs (H)

D2

28.2.04

Wrexham (A)

D2

2.3.04

Blackpool (H)

D2

6.3.04

Peterborough U (H)

D2

12.3.04

Bristol City (A)

D2

16.3.04

Notts County (H)

D2

20.3.04

Brentford (A)

D2

27.3.04

Bournemouth (H)

D2

3.4.04

Stockport Co (A)

D2

10.4.04

Barnsley (H)

1 goal

D2

12.4.04

Brighton & HA (A)

D2

17.4.04

Grimsby Town (A)

D2

24.4.04

Hartlepool Utd (H)

D2

1.5.04

Colchester Utd (A)

D2

8.5.04

Port Vale (H)

2004/2005 – squad number 8

CCL2

7.8.04

Kidderminster (H)

CCL2

10.8.04

Northampton Tn(A)

CCL2

14.8.04

Lincoln City (A)

CCL2

21.8.04

Grimsby Town (H)

CC1

24.8.04

Swindon Town (H)

CCL2

28.8.04

Yeovil Town (A)

CCL2

30.8.04

Bristol Rvrs (H)

CCL2

4.9.04

Southend Utd (H)

CCL2

11.9.04

Oxford Utd (A)

CCL2

8.10.04

Shrewsbury Tn (A)

CCL2

16.10.04

Chester City (H)

CCL2

19.10.04

Wycombe Wdrs(A)

CCL2

23.10.04

Bury (A)

CCL2

30.10.04

Notts County (H)

CCL2

6.11.04

Darlington (H)

FAC1

13.11.04

Bradford City (A)

CCL2

20.11.04

Cambridge Utd (A)

CCL2

27.11.04

Macclesfield Tn(H)

FAC2

4.12.04

Colchester Utd (H)

1 goal

CCL2

8.12.04

Boston Utd (A)

CCL2

11.12.04

Mansfield Town (A)

CCL2

18.12.04

Scunthorpe Utd(H)

CCL2

26.12.04

Oxford Utd (H)

CCL2

28.12.04

Leyton Orient (A)

CCL2

1.1.05

Southend Utd (A)

CCL2

5.2.05

Chester City (A)

as sub

CCL2

12.2.05

Wycombe Wdrs(H)

CCL2

19.2.05

Notts County (A)

CCL2

22.2.05

Bury (H)

CCL2

26.2.05

Mansfield Tn (H)

CCL2

5.3.05

Scunthorpe Utd(A)

CCL2

12.3.05

Northampton Tn(H)

CCL2

19.3.05

Kidderminster (A)

CCL2

25.3.05

Lincoln City (H)

CCL2

28.3.05

Grimsby Town (A)

CCL2

2.4.05

Yeovil Town (H)

1 goal

CCL2

9.4.05

Bristol Rvrs (A)

CCL2

16.4.05

Boston Utd (H)

CCL2

23.4.05

Darlington (A)

CCL2

30.4.05

Cambridge Utd(H)

CCL2

7.5.05

Macclesfield Tn(A)

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. After retiring from the playing side of the game in summer 2015 he became the Mansfield Town Academy Manager.

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)

Roy Essandoh

Roy Essandoh

Born 17 February 1976 (Age 24 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #143)

Total appearances 4 – 1 goal

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

Debut:

27 January 2001 (Away Stevenage Borough)

Final game:

21 February 2001 (Away Corby Town)

Born in Belfast, Roy moved with his family to Ghana at an early age, returning back to Northern Ireland some eight years later, He moved to Scotland at the age of 16, and played youth football for Cumbernauld United, before joining Motherwell in 2004 at the age of 18. After three years, he moved to East Fife, before having a spell with Finnish club VPS Vaasa in 1999. After his return to the UK at the end of 2000, he had a brief trial at Nene Park, and was signed on non-contract terms by Brian Talbot. He did not make a league start for the club, but did score one of the goals in the 6-0 defeat of Marine in the FA Trophy.

After leaving the Diamonds he joined Wycombe Wanderers, again on non-contract terms and scored a memorable FA Cup Quarter final goal against Leicester City. After leaving Wycombe, he had spells with Barnet, Cambridge City, Bishop’s Stortford, Billericay Town, Grays Athletic and Bishop’s Stortford (again). During his time with the Bishops, he went on loan to Gravesend & Northfleet in early 2004, before joining them for the following season. A brief stint at Kettering Town in 2005 saw him make three appearances for the Poppies, before rejoining Bishop’s Stortford once more. He remained a popular figure with the Conference South club, but left to join UCL Premier side St.Neots Town on 29 August 2010. On 31 March 2011, he joined Conference South side Braintree Town in their final push for promotion. After failing to gain a contract for their first season in the Conference, Roy joined Isthmian Premier side Bury Town on 18 August 2011, but left by mutual consent during mid-October after just seven appearances (5 of which were as a substitute). He has now retired from the game and works as a personal trainer in Cambridge.

Appearances

2000/2001

Conf

27.1.01

Stevenage Boro(A)

as sub

FAT4

3.2.01

Marine (A)

as sub

1 goal

Conf

17.2.01

Scarborough (H)

as sub

HSCSF

21.2.01

Corby Town (A)

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