Tarkan Mustafa

Tarkan Mustafa

Born 28 August 1973 (Age 26 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #132)

Total appearances 92 – 2 goals

(78 League, 2 FA Cup, 3 FA Trophy, 5 League Cup, 1 League Trophy, 2 Maunsell Cup, 1 Conference Shield)

Debut:

19 August 2000 (Home Chester City)

Final game:

19 October 2002 (Home Bury)

Tarkan began his footballing as a schoolboy with Norwich City, before joining Wimbledon’s youth team, but failed to progress into League football. In June 1996, he joined Conference side Kettering Town, before seasons with Barnet and Kingstonian. He scored the winning goal in the FA Trophy Final in 1999 against Forest Green Rovers. Manager Brian Talbot brought him to Nene Park on 1 June 2000, and his signing was somewhat overshadowed by the arrival of Duane Darby and Justin Jackson.The interest generated by these signings enabled Tarkan to settle into the squad immediately and after a few appearances for the club, it was clear to see why Talbot was eager to prise him away from Kingstonian

Having played on the right wing during the early part of his career, the converted right back proved a revelation, mixing incredible pace with great tackling ability. He was a solid defender, but also a dangerous player going forward and he quickly became a favourite with the fans. He played in every League game during that promotion winning season, and also became the first choice right back as Diamonds entered the Football League. Tarkan continued his good form the following season, scoring a memorable first goal for the club as they defeated Burnley 3-2 at Turf Moor in the League Cup, but unfortunately, injury in the second half against Leyton Orient led to his first spell out of the side.

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He returned after three months out and was part of the side that reached the Division 3 play-off final that season. Surprisingly, in November 2002, he was placed on the transfer list after being told he could not be guaranteed a first team place. He went on loan to Doncaster Rovers on 20 December 2002, with a view to a permanent deal, but despite being offered a contract, he returned to Nene Park, before signing for Dagenham & Redbridge on 6 February 2003. He went on to play for Garry Hill at AFC Hornchurch in April 2004, but financial troubles at the Essex club led to him Aldershot Town in January 2006. After a month long loan with Billericay Town, he was released in February 2006, having spells with Lewes, Worthing and Thurrock before joining Eastleigh in November 2006. He rejoined Worthing at the start of the 2007/2008 season but left again in October, having a brief spells with Braintree Town, Clapton, Leyton and Redbridge. He joined newly promoted Isthmian Premier side Canvey Island in July 2008. He retired from the game and moved into sports coaching a while later.

Appearances

2000/2001

Conf

19.8.00

Chester City (H)

Conf

21.8.00

Hednesford Tn (A)

Conf

26.8.00

Dagenham&Red (A)

Conf

28.8.00

Southport (H)

Conf

2.9.00

Telford Utd (A)

Conf

5.9.00

Stevenage Boro (H)

Conf

9.9.00

Forest Green (H)

Conf

12.9.00

Scarborough (A)

Conf

16.9.00

Woking (A)

Conf

23.9.00

Kettering Town (H)

Conf

26.9.00

Dagenham&Red (H)

Conf

30.9.00

Kingstonian (A)

Conf

3.10.00

Leigh RMI (A)

Conf

8.10.00

Boston Utd (H)

Conf

14.10.00

Hereford Utd (A)

Conf

21.10.00

Morecambe (A)

FAC4q

28.10.00

Grantham Town (H)

Conf

31.10.00

Hayes (H)

Conf

4.11.00

Yeovil Town (H)

Conf

11.11.00

Doncaster Rvrs (A)

FAC1

17.11.00

Luton Town (A)

LDV1

28.11.00

Barnet (A)

Conf

2.12.00

Dover Athletic (A)

Conf

9.12.00

Hayes (A)

Conf

16.12.00

Hednesford Tn (H)

NWT2

19.12.00

Kingstonian (A)

Conf

26.12.00

Nuneaton Boro (A)

Conf

1.1.01

Nuneaton Boro (H)

Conf

6.1.01

Southport (A)

FAT3

13.1.01

Hayes (A)

Conf

27.1.01

Stevenage Boro (A)

FAT4

3.2.01

Marine (A)

Conf

10.2.01

Forest Green (A)

Conf

17.2.01

Scarborough (H)

Conf

20.2.01

Northwich Vic (H)

FAT5

24.2.01

Forest Green (A)

Conf

3.3.01

Woking (H)

Conf

10.3.01

Boston Utd (A)

Conf

13.3.01

Kettering Town (A)

Conf

17.3.01

Kingstonian (H)

Conf

25.3.01

Northwich Vic (A)

Conf

31.3.01

Leigh RMI (H)

Conf

7.4.01

Morecambe (H)

Conf

16.4.01

Doncaster Rvrs (H)

Conf

21.4.01

Yeovil Town (A)

Conf

24.4.01

Telford Utd (H)

Conf

28.4.01

Dover Athletic (H)

Conf

5.5.01

Chester City (A)

2001/2002 – squad number 2

D3

11.8.01

York City (A)

D3

16.8.01

Lincoln City (H)

WC1

21.8.01

Burnley (A)

1 goal

D3

25.8.01

Macclesfield Tn(A)

D3

27.8.01

Plymouth Arg (H)

D3

1.9.01

Oxford Utd (A)

D3

8.9.01

Southend Utd (H)

WC2

11.9.01

Crewe Alex (A)

D3

15.9.01

Leyton Orient (A)

MCSF

6.11.01

Northampton Tn(H)

CS

13.11.01

Chester City (H)

MCF

12.12.01

Peterborough (H)

D3

29.12.01

Plymouth Arg (A)

as sub

D3

26.1.02

Hartlepool Utd (A)

as sub

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)

D3

16.2.02

Rochdale (H)

D3

23.2.02

Leyton Orient (H)

D3

5.3.02

Exeter City (H)

D3

9.3.02

Luton Town (H)

D3

23.3.02

Shrewsbury Tn (H)

1 goal

D3

30.3.02

Mansfield Town (A)

D3

1.4.02

Swansea City (H)

D3

6.4.02

Scunthorpe Utd(A)

D3

13.4.02

Kidderminster (H)

D3

20.4.02

Halifax Town (A)

D3PO/1

27.4.02

Rochdale (H)

D3PO/2

30.4.02

Rochdale (A)

D3POF

6.5.02

Cheltenham Tn (N)

2002/2003 – squad number 2

D3

24.8.02

Shrewsbury Tn (A)

as sub

D3

26.8.02

Scunthorpe Utd (H)

D3

31.8.02

Cambridge Utd (A)

D3

7.9.02

Southend Utd (H)

WC1

10.9.02

Millwall (H)

D3

14.9.02

York City (A)

D3

17.9.02

Bournemouth (A)

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

19.10.02

Bury (H)

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