Andrew Iga

Andrew Iga

Born 9 December 1977 (Age 22 at debut)

Position: Goalkeeper

(Diamonds player #139)

Total appearances 1

(1 League)

Debut & Final game:

2 December 2000 (Away Dover Athletic)

Andrew arrived at Nene Park on non-contract terms after an injury to reserve keeper Michael Bertocchi and was named as substitute to Billy Turley in the Diamonds goal for the Conference game at Dover Athletic in December 2000. When Turley was dismissed by the referee, he came on to make his one and only appearance. Andrew was born in Kampala, Uganda, and had started his career at Millwall in 1996, before a loan spell with Sittingbourne. He was released in April 1997, joining Gillingham on non-contract terms. He joined at Watford the following season, where he was in the side which won the Herts Senior Cup in May 1998. He went on the play for Dover Athleic, Hastings United, Sutton United and Gillingham, before arriving at Nene Park on 1 December 2000 as a free agent on non contract forms.

It was his only appearance, and he was released early in 2001. He went on to play for Kingstonian and Sutton United (again). He now works for the FA as training coaches.

Appearances

2000/2001

Conf

2.12.00

Dover Athletic(A)

as sub

Daniel Talbot

Daniel Talbot

Born 30 January 1984 (Age 16 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #138)

Total appearances 34 – 2 goals

(23 League, 3 League Cup, 3 League Trophy, 2 Hillier Senior Cup, 2 Maunsell Cup, 1 Conference Shield)

Debut:

24 October 2000 (Home Stevenage Borough)

Final game:

17 January 2004 (Away Plymouth Argyle)

Daniel is the son of former manager Brian Talbot and started his career in Arsenal youth set up. He was brought to Nene Park on 5 July 2000 and became an important member of the youth side, with set pieces as his main attribute. He got an opportunity to play in the first team when he came on as substitute in he Nationwide Trophy game against Stevenage and thus became the youngest player to make an appearance for Rushden & Diamonds. The following season, he was allocated a squad number despite still being part of the youth team and made three League appearances. The following two seasons saw him mainly on the bench, although he did start four games in our only season in Division 2. Following his fathers departure, he fell out of favour and went on loan to Stevenage Borough in March 2004. Despite having a contract until the end of the 2004/05 season, he left by mutual consent on 17 February 2005.

Daniel Talbot

He joined Potters Bar Town where he enjoyed two seasons, becoming player of the year in his first season. In the summer of 2007, he joined Chesham United and remained with the Southern League Division One Midlands side for over five years and becoming club captain. He scored 23 goals in over 160 appearances before joining Southern League Premier side Hemel Hempstead Town on 1 November 2012.  He scored once in 28 appearances, and signed for a further year with the Tudors in late May 2013. He then played again for Chesham as well as Dunstable Town before taking up a joint-management role at Chesham in March 2017. After a short spell in that role he became European Scout for Fulham, although he also signed on the books of Hitchin Town.

Appearances

2000/2001

NWT2

24.10.00

Stevenage Boro H)

as sub

NWT3

19.12.00

Kingstonian (A)

as sub

HSCSF

21.2.01

Corby Town (A)

HSCF

10.4.01

Kettering Town (H)

2001/2002 – squad number 27

D3

11.8.01

York City (A)

LDV1

16.10.01

Cardiff City (A)

D3

3.11.01

Swansea City (A)

MCSF

6.11.01

Northampton Tn(H)

CS

13.11.01

Chester City (H)

as sub

1 goal

D3

24.11.01

Kidderminster (A)

as sub

MCF

12.12.01

Peterborough (H)

2002/2003 – squad number 19

D3

10.8.02

Swansea City (A)

D3

13.8.02

Torquay Utd (H)

D3

17.8.02

Kidderminster (H)

D3

24.8.02

Shrewsbury Tn (A)

D3

31.8.02

Cambridge Utd (A)

as sub

D3

21.9.02

Wrexham (H)

as sub

D3

28.9.02

Hartlepool Utd (A)

as sub

WC2

2.10.02

Coventry City (A)

D3

12.10.02

Exeter City (A)

as sub

D3

19.10.02

Bury (H)

LDV1

22.10.02

Cambridge Utd (A)

D3

29.10.02

Boston Utd (H)

as sub

D3

23.11.02

Lincoln City (A)

as sub

D3

18.1.03

Cambridge Utd (H)

as sub

D3

21.4.03

Macclesfield Tn(H)

as sub

2003/2004 – squad number 19

D2

27.9.03

Stockport Co (H)

as sub

D2

30.9.03

Brighton & HA (H)

as sub

D2

4.10.03

Barnsley (A)

LDV2

4.11.03

Luton Town (H)

as sub

D2

13.12.03

Bristol City (H)

1 goal

D2

20.12.03

Peterborough U(A)

D2

28.12.03

Wycombe Wdrs(A)

as sub

D2

17.1.04

Plymouth Arg (A)

as sub

Brett Solkhon

Brett Solkhon

Born 12 September 1982 (Age 18 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #137)

Total appearances 9

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

Debut:

24 October 2000 (Home Stevenage Borough)

Final game:

28 September 2002 (Away Hartlepool United)

Brett was with the youth sides at both Ipswich Town and Arsenal, before signing for Diamonds on 5 July 1999 as a 16 year old scholar. After impressing in the U18s, he signed professional contracts on 27 November 2000 shortly after making his debut in the Nationwide Trophy victory over Stevenage Borough. With promotion into the Football League however, his opportunities in the first team were limited, and he made just two League appearances over the next two seasons before being released on 18 February 2003 to join Kettering Town. He was their longest serving player during the 2008/09 season but was released in the summer.

On 21 May 2009, he joined newly promoted Conference South side Corby Town, but after finding it difficult to gain first team football, he moved down a League to join Southern League Premier side Brackley Town on 31 March 2010. Brett rejoined Kettering Town during early July 2010, but left at the end of the season. During July 2011, he was with Southern League side Brackley Town. He left after three seasons with the Saints, in which time they had gained promotion to the Conference North. Brett returned for a third spell at Southern League Division One Central side Kettering Town, signing non contract forms on 23 May 2014. He remained with the Poppies for several seasons, appearing in over 500 games for the club, and was still a key part of their side at the start of the 2018-19 season. His Wikipedia entry is here.

Appearances

2000/2001

NWT2

24.10.00

Stevenage B (H)

as sub

LDV1

28.11.00

Barnet (A)

as sub

HSCSF

21.2.01

Corby Town (A)

HSCF

10.4.01

Kettering Tn (H)

Conf

14.4.01

Hereford Utd (A)

2001/2002 – squad number 23

D3

1.9.01

Oxford Utd (A)

as sub

MCSF

6.11.01

Northampton Tn(H)

MCF

12.12.01

Peterborough (H)

2002/2003 – squad number 23

D3

28.9.02

Hartlepool Utd (A)

Gary Setchell

Gary Setchell

Born 8 May 1975 (Age 25 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #136)

Total appearances 77 – 3 goals

(62 League, 4 FA Cup, 2 FA Trophy, 3 League Cup, 3 League Trophy, 2 Maunsell Cup, 1 Conference Shield)

Debut:

21 August 2000 (Away Hednesford Town)

Final game:

8 March 2003 (Away Wrexham)

Born in King’s Lynn, Gary had started his career as a striker with the Kings Lynn youth team in 1991, and went on to play for a number of East Anglian clubs prior to his arrival at Nene Park, including Wisbech Town and Fakenham Town. He stepped up to join Conference side Kettering Town in August 1999, where he made 35 appearances. Gary arrived at Nene Park from Kettering Town on 14 June 2000, at the start of the Conference winning season and proved to be an excellent utility player, providing cover when Paul Underwood was injured and playing in midfield and attack if required. He remained with the club into the Football League, being a dependable cover player or substitute but was released on 20 May 2003 as the club moved up into Division Two.

He joined Tamworth at the start of the following season, but personal circumstances saw his contract cancelled in January 2004, with a move back to King’s Lynn and he remained with the Linnets until June 2005. He joined AFC Sudbury for a season, before a move to Swaffham Town in the summer of 2006. After two years, he moved to Wisbech Town in June 2008 to become player / assistant manager, taking up the manager’s position in November 2008.

After King’s Lynn were wound up in November 2009, on 18 January 2010, he was appointed joint manager (with Kevin Boon) of the newly created Lynn FC – formed from the ashes of the old King’s Lynn, with the aim of creating a team for the 2010/2011 season. The club was later renamed King’s Lynn Town, joining the United Counties League Premier Division.

He became sole manager of Kings Lynn Town, but was unable to lead them to the United Counties League title, despite far greater resources than their rivals, although they were awarded promotion at the end of the 2011-12 due to ground grading issues at the champion club. He then went on to manage the Linnets for almost 400 games before leaving in early 2017, taking up a similar role at Wisbech Town later that year. His Wikipedia entry can be found here.

Appearances

2000/2001

Conf

21.8.00

Hednesford Tn (A)

as sub

Conf

26.8.00

Dagenham&Red(A)

as sub

Conf

28.8.00

Southport (H)

as sub

Conf

9.9.00

Forest Green (H)

as sub

Conf

12.9.00

Scarborough (A)

as sub

Conf

16.9.00

Woking (A)

as sub

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)

NWT2

24.10.00

Stevenage Boro(H)

FAC4q

28.10.00

Grantham Town(H)

1 goal

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)

as sub

LDV1

28.11.00

Barnet (A)

Conf

9.12.00

Hayes (A)

as sub

1 goal

Conf

16.12.00

Hednesford Tn(H)

as sub

NWT3

19.12.00

Kingstonian (A)

Conf

26.12.00

Nuneaton Boro(A)

as sub

FAT3

13.1.01

Hayes (A)

as sub

Conf

27.1.01

Stevenage Boro(A)

Conf

10.2.01

Forest Green (A)

Conf

17.2.01

Scarborough (H)

as sub

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)

2001/2002 – squad number 17

D3

11.8.01

York City (A)

as sub

D3

27.8.01

Plymouth Arg (H)

as sub

D3

1.9.01

Oxford Utd (A)

D3

25.9.01

Exeter City (A)

D3

29.9.01

Darlington (A)

LDV1

16.10.01

Cardiff City (A)

as sub

D3

20.10.01

Hull City (H)

as sub

D3

23.10.01

Shrewsbury Tn (A)

1 goal

D3

27.10.01

Mansfield Town (H)

as sub

D3

3.11.01

Swansea City (A)

MCSF

6.11.01

Northampton Tn(H)

CS

13.11.01

Chester City (H)

FAC1

17.11.01

Worcester City(A)

as sub

D3

24.11.01

Kidderminster (A)

D3

1.12.01

Bristol Rvrs (H)

MCF

12.12.01

Peterborough (H)

D3

22.12.01

Carlisle Utd (H)

as sub

D3

26.12.01

Southend Utd (A)

as sub

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

16.3.02

Bristol Rvrs (A)

as sub

D3

1.4.02

Swansea City (H)

as sub

D3

20.4.02

Halifax Town (A)

as sub

2002/2003 – squad number 17

D3

21.9.02

Wrexham (H)

as sub

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)

as sub

LDV1

22.10.02

Cambridge Utd(A)

D3

26.10.02

Hull City (A)

D3

29.10.02

Boston Utd (H)

D3

2.11.02

Rochdale (A)

FAC1

16.11.02

Kidderminster (A)

D3

18.1.03

Cambridge Utd(H)

as sub

D3

25.1.03

Oxford Utd (A)

as sub

D3

8.3.03

Wrexham (A)

Shaun Carey

Shaun Carey

Born 13 May 1976 (Age 24 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #135)

Total appearances 52 – 1 goal

(41 League, 1 FA Cup, 3 FA Trophy, 4 League Cup, 1 Conference Shield, 2 Maunsell Cup)

Debut:

21 August 2000 (Away Hednesford Town)

Final game:

12 December 2001 (Home Peterborough United)

Born in Kettering, Shaun progressed from the Norwich City youth team into the first team squad, and went on the make 76 appearances for the Canaries. During his stay at Carlow Road, he won International honours with the Republic of Ireland Under-21 side. He made his debut for Norwich in September 1995, but an Achilles injury midway through the 1998/1999 season saw him spend a long period out of the first team squad. Despite reported interest from other clubs, no move materialised, and he was released at the end of April 2000. Shaun had trials with Gillingham and Bristol Rovers during July 2000 and the midfielder arrived at Nene Park on 20 August 2000, initially on a one month contract, but signed a two year deal on 20 September.

Stuart Carey

He was a member of the Conference title winning side that season, but although playing in the opening ten games in their first season in the Football League, he lost his place in the side and was to play only three more games. He went out to Stevenage Borough on a one month loan on 14 December 2001 and after his return, he was sold to Conference side Chester City on 14 February 2002.

Stuart Carey

He helped Chester to the Conference title two years later, but despite this, manager Mark Wright released him in May 2004 and an impressive offer from Conference South side Hornchurch saw him move to the Essex side managed by Garry Hill. Following financial problems however, and in November 2004, the whole team was offered for sale. He initially went to Weymouth (with Garry Hill), before a move to Droylsden in October 2005. On 26 December 2005, he joined Kings Lynn. On 5 September 2006 however, Shaun suffered a double leg fracture in the 2-1 win over Corby Town, and was sidelined for over a year. The club organised a benefit game for him against Norwich City in October that year, and he later took on the role of joint-caretaker manager after the departure of manager Tommy Taylor in November. He was then assistant to new manager Keith Webb until relinquishing that role in May 2007. After returning to fitness at the start of the 2007/2008 campaign, he eventually left to join Northern Premier League side Spalding United in March 2008, leaving the playing side of the game in May 2009. Shaun holds a UEFA B coaching licence and after a spell with the Northampton Town Centre of Excellence, he had a role as assistant to Jon Brady at the Arsenal Soccer Schools. He was also chief scout at Southern League Brackley Town from July 2010. He is currently an U12’s Coach with the Northampton Town Academy.

 

Appearances

2000/2001

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)

NWT2

24.10.00

Stevenage Boro (H)

FAC4q

28.10.00

Grantham Town (H)

Conf

2.12.00

Dover Athletic (A)

Conf

9.12.00

Hayes (A)

Conf

16.12.00

Hednesford Tn (H)

NWT3

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)

1 goal

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

14.4.01

Hereford Utd (A)

Conf

16.4.01

Doncaster Rvrs (H)

Conf

28.4.01

Dover Athletic (H)

as sub

Conf

5.5.01

Chester City (A)

2001/2002 – squad number 14

D3

11.8.01

York City (A)

as sub

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

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)

D3

18.9.01

Torquay Utd (H)

MCSF

6.11.01

Northampton Tn(H)

CS

13.11.01

Chester City (H)

MCF

12.12.01

Peterborough (H)

as sub

Duane Darby

Duane Darby

Born 17 October 1973 (Age 29 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #134)

Total appearances 130 – 51 goals

(117 League, 5 FA Cup, 3 FA Trophy, 3 League Cup, 1 League Trophy, 1 Maunsell Cup)

Debut:

19 August 2000 (Home Chester City)

Final game:

8 November 2003 (Away Swansea City)

Brian Talbot signed Duane from Notts County on 21 June 2000 for £120,000. Having signed prolific striker Justin Jackson the previous week for another six figure sum, he was looking to strengthen his Nationwide Conference squad after narrowly missing out on promotion the previous season. Darby and Jackson were seen as the perfect partnership to shoot Diamonds into the Football League.

Duane had started off his career at local side Cradley Town, before joining Torquay United as an 18 year old apprentice. He earned a professional contract with the Gulls in July 1992 and went on to make some 108 appearances, scoring 26 goals. In the summer of 1995, he joined Doncaster Rovers for £35,000although he was mainly on the bench making only 8 League starts. Rovers sold him to Hull City for £25,000 in March 1996 on a two year contract. During his successful time with Hull, he scored six goals in their FA Cup tie with Whitby Town – a record unlikely to be beaten.

At the termination of his contract, he joined Notts County in July 1998, although injury restricted his appearances for the Magpies. He went back to Hull City on loan in March 1999 to regain his fitness, and despite a good season the following year, was placed on the transfer list allowing Talbot to bring him to Nene Park.

Duane Darby

Duane quickly became a fans favourite – his powerful attributes and lethal finishing took Diamonds to thee top of the Conference. His partnership with Justin Jackson provided supporters with some memorable moments in the 2000/2001 season, including a magnificent brace away at rivals Kettering Town. He finished top scorer in that Championship winning season with 27 goals and won the supporters ‘player of the season’ title.

Following Diamonds promotion to the Football League, Duane continued to score goals and set an example to his team-mates by his approach to the game. And by the end of his time at Nene Park, had amassed 51 goals in 130 games. Of all the Diamonds players, he is probably the one many consider as a true legend. After some three and a half years including two promotions, manager Brian Talbot felt he was not good enough for Division 2 football, and he signed for Conference side Shrewsbury Town on 13 November 2003 for a minimal £15,000 fee.

Duane Darby

He immediately helped them return to the Football League and remained at Gay Meadow for three years. In February 2006, he was released and with several clubs trying to acquire his signature, he joined Nuneaton Borough. At the beginning of the 2007/2008 season, he moved to Halesowen Town, before taking up a management appointment at Bromsgrove Rovers in December 2007. He was unsuccessful in resurrecting Rovers fortunes however and was sacked in August 2008. He joined Stourbridge Swifts as a player and finished the season with Hednesford Town. After a brief spell with Evesham United, he joined Midland Alliance club Alvechurch on 19 October 2009, scoring on his debut. In July 2011, Duane joined West Midlands League side Cradley Town as assistant manager to Steve Daniels and also playing a central defensive role in addition to his managerial duties. Following a change in management, Duane continued with coaching duties and was still playing during the 2012/2013 season, but he left Cradley after the sacking of manager Adrian Mander in December 2012. After the new manager had left after just one month, Duane was appointed manager on 28 January 2013. Despite making plans for the new season, Duane decided to quit the club on 18 May 2013, in order to take up the position of First team Coach with Midland Combination Premier side Bromsgrove Sporting – the re-incarnation of the Bromsgrove Rovers which he had once managed and which had ceased to exist in August 2010. In a surprise move however, it was announced on 10 April 2014, that Duane would return to the managerial role at Cradley Town after completion of the clubs final 2013/2014 fixture on 11 May 2014. He left Cradley in the summer of 2015 and there is no record of his involvement with the game between then and 2018.

Darby Celebrates goal away at Kettering

Appearances

2000/2001

Conf

19.8.00

Chester City (H)

1 goal

Conf

21.8.00

Hednesford Tn (A)

1 goal

Conf

26.8.00

Dagenham&Red (A)

1 goal

Conf

28.8.00

Southport (H)

1 goal

Conf

2.9.00

Telford Utd (A)

1 goal

Conf

5.9.00

Stevenage Boro (H)

Conf

9.9.00

Forest Green (H)

Conf

16.9.00

Woking (A)

2 goals

Conf

23.9.00

Kettering Town (H)

Conf

26.9.00

Dagenham&Red (H)

1 goal

Conf

30.9.00

Kingstonian (A)

1 goal

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)

Conf

4.11.00

Yeovil Town (H)

Conf

9.12.00

Hayes (A)

Conf

16.12.00

Hednesford Tn (H)

2 goals

Conf

26.12.00

Nuneaton Boro (A)

Conf

1.1.01

Nuneaton Boro (H)

1 goal

Conf

6.1.01

Southport (A)

FAT3

13.1.01

Hayes (A)

1 goal

Conf

27.1.01

Stevenage Boro (A)

2 goals

FAT4

3.2.01

Marine (A)

2 goals

Conf

10.2.01

Forest Green (A)

Conf

17.2.01

Scarborough (H)

Conf

20.2.01

Northwich Vic (H)

1 goal

FAT5

24.2.01

Forest Green (A)

Conf

3.3.01

Woking (H)

1 goal

Conf

10.3.01

Boston Utd (A)

Conf

13.3.01

Kettering Town (A)

2 goals

Conf

17.3.01

Kingstonian (H)

2 goals

Conf

25.3.01

Northwich Vic (A)

Conf

31.3.01

Leigh RMI (H)

Conf

7.4.01

Morecambe (H)

3 goals

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)

Conf

28.4.01

Dover Athletic (H)

1 goal

Conf

5.5.01

Chester City (A)

2001/2002 – squad number 10

D3

11.8.01

York City (A)

as sub

D3

16.8.01

Lincoln City (H)

as sub

WC1

21.8.01

Burnley (A)

as sub

1 goal

D3

25.8.01

Macclesfield Tn(A)

as sub

D3

27.8.01

Plymouth Arg (H)

2 goals

D3

1.9.01

Oxford Utd (A)

2 goals

D3

8.9.01

Southend Utd (H)

D3

20.10.01

Hull City (H)

D3

23.10.01

Shrewsbury Tn (A)

1 goal

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)

MCF

12.12.01

Peterborough (H)

D3

15.12.01

Luton Town (A)

D3

26.12.01

Southend Utd (A)

as sub

D3

29.12.01

Plymouth Arg (A)

as sub

D3

12.1.02

Lincoln City (A)

as sub

1 goal

D3

19.1.02

York City (H)

1 goal

D3

22.1.02

Carlisle Utd (A)

D3

29.1.02

Macclesfield Tn(H)

D3

2.2.02

Darlington (H)

D3

5.2.02

Oxford Utd (H)

as sub

D3

9.2.02

Hull City (A)

as sub

D3

16.2.02

Rochdale (H)

as sub

D3

26.2.02

Torquay Utd (A)

as sub

D3

2.3.02

Cheltenham Tn (A)

as sub

D3

5.3.02

Exeter City (H)

as sub

D3

9.3.02

Luton Town (H)

as sub

D3

16.3.02

Bristol Rvrs (A)

D3

23.3.02

Shrewsbury Tn (H)

D3

30.3.02

Mansfield Town (A)

2002/2003 – squad number 10

D3

10.8.02

Swansea City (A)

D3

13.8.02

Torquay Utd (H)

1 goal

D3

17.8.02

Kidderminster (H)

1 goal

D3

24.8.02

Shrewsbury Tn (A)

1 goal

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

5.10.02

Leyton Orient (H)

2 goals

D3

12.10.02

Exeter City (A)

1 goal

D3

19.10.02

Bury (H)

LDV1

22.10.02

Cambridge Utd (A)

as sub

D3

26.10.02

Hull City (A)

D3

29.10.02

Boston Utd (H)

D3

2.11.02

Rochdale (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)

as sub

FAC2

7.12.02

Exeter City (A)

as sub

D3

14.12.02

Macclesfield Tn(A)

D3

26.12.02

Scunthorpe Utd(A)

D3

28.12.02

Oxford Utd (H)

D3

1.1.03

Shrewsbury Tn (H)

2 goals

D3

4.1.03

Torquay Utd (A)

1 goal

D3

11.1.03

Kidderminter (A)

D3

22.2.03

Southend Utd (A)

as sub

D3

1.3.03

York City (H)

D3

4.3.03

Bournemouth (H)

1 goal

D3

15.3.03

Hull City (H)

D3

18.3.03

Bury (A)

1 goal

D3

22.3.03

Boston Utd (A)

1 goal

D3

24.3.03

Rochdale (H)

D3

29.3.03

Exeter City (H)

1 goal

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 10

D2

9.8.03

Luton Town (A)

CC1

13.8.03

West Ham Utd (A)

as sub

D2

16.8.03

Plymouth Arg (H)

as sub

D2

23.8.03

Tranmere Rvrs (A)

D2

25.8.03

QPR (H)

1 goal

D2

6.9.03

Wycombe Wds(H)

as sub

D2

13.9.03

Brentford (H)

as sub

D2

16.9.03

Notts County (A)

1 goal

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)

FAC1

8.11.03

Swansea City (A)

Justin Jackson

Justin Jackson

Born 10 December 1974 (Age 25 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #133)

Total appearances 53 – 20 goals

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

Debut:

19 August 2000 (Home Chester City)

Final game:

1 September 2001 (Away Oxford United)

Justin had started out at non-league Lancaster City, before moving to Scotland in 1994 where he joined Ayr United. In his first season, he scored four goals in 27 appearances before moving south of the border for spells with Penrith, Ilkeston Town, Morecambe and Woking. In 1997, he joined Notts County where he spent two season, going out on loan to Morecambe, Rotherham united and Halifax Town. He came to prominence when he joined Morecambe for a third spell in the summer of 1999, scoring some 29 goals in 38 appearances, and Brian Talbot was quick to sign the striker up. He arrived at nene Park on 12 June 2000, for a massive £180,000 transfer fee, signalling Diamonds intention to gain promotion to the Football League. He proved to be a key factor in the Conference winning campaign striking up a tremendous partnership with Duane Darby, and scoring 20 goals. His willingness to run at defenders also allowed Darby the space to capitalise and add another 27 goals.

Justin Jackson

After the club began its first season in the Football League however, he was quickly discarded by manager Brian Talbot, and made only five league starts before being sold to Doncaster Rovers in September 2001 for £150,000. After an unsuccessful period at Doncaster, he moved on to Accrington Stanley, before moving to Australia and playing in the amateur game there. He played last played for Casey Comets SC, before trying to return to Tamworth in March 2007, but the FA ruled that he could not sign outside the transfer window. In summer of 2007, he joined Southern League Premier side Brackley Town before having spells at Corby Town and Bromsgrove Rovers, where he linked up again with his former strike partner, Duane Darby. Although currently without a club, he was on trial with Unibond Division One North side Lancaster City during July 2009.

Appearances

2000/2001

Conf

19.8.00

Chester City (H)

1 goal

Conf

21.8.00

Hednesford Tn (A)

1 goal

Conf

26.8.00

Dagenham&Red(A)

Conf

28.8.00

Southport (H)

1 goal

Conf

2.9.00

Telford Utd (A)

Conf

5.9.00

Stevenage Boro(H)

1 goal

Conf

9.9.00

Forest Green (H)

Conf

12.9.00

Scarborough (A)

1 goal

Conf

16.9.00

Woking (A)

1 goal

Conf

23.9.00

Kettering Town (H)

1 goal

Conf

26.9.00

Dagenham&Red(H)

Conf

30.9.00

Kingstonian (A)

1 goal

Conf

3.10.00

Leigh RMI (A)

Conf

8.10.00

Boston Utd (H)

Conf

14.10.00

Hereford Utd (A)

1 goal

Conf

21.10.00

Morecambe (A)

FAC4q

28.10.00

Grantham Town(H)

1 goal

Conf

31.10.00

Hayes (H)

1 goal

Conf

4.11.00

Yeovil Town (H)

1 goal

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)

1 goal

NWT3

19.12.00

Kingstonian (A)

Conf

26.12.00

Nuneaton Boro(A)

1 goal

Conf

1.1.01

Nuneaton Boro(H)

Conf

6.1.01

Southport (A)

2 goals

FAT3

13.1.01

Hayes (A)

Conf

27.1.01

Stevenage Boro(A)

FAT4

3.2.01

Marine (A)

1 goal

Conf

10.2.01

Forest Green (A)

Conf

17.2.01

Scarborough (H)

Conf

20.2.01

Northwich Vic (H)

1 goal

FAT5

24.2.01

Forest Green (A)

Conf

3.3.01

Woking (H)

Conf

10.3.01

Boston Utd (A)

1 goal

Conf

13.3.01

Kettering Town(A)

Conf

17.3.01

Kingstonian (H)

Conf

25.3.01

Northwich Vic (A)

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)

1 goal

Conf

28.4.01

Dover Athletic (H)

Conf

5.5.01

Chester City (A)

2001/2002 – squad number 9

D3

11.8.01

York City (A)

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

1.9.01

Oxford Utd (A)

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.

tarkan mustafa

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)

Stuart Naylor

Stuart Naylor

Born 6 December 1962 (Age 37 at debut)

Position: Goalkeeper

(Diamonds player #131)

Total appearances 5

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

Debut:

22 April 2000 (Away Southport)

Final game:

28 November 2000 (Away Barnet)

Stuart started out with Yorkshire Amateurs youth team, playing for England. He joined Lincoln City in June 1980 as an emergency replacement for the injured David Seaman, keeping a clean sheet on his League debut. With loans to Peterborough United and Crewe Alexandra in 1983, and Crewe again the following year, he eventually left to join West Bromwich Albion in February 1986 for a £100,000 fee where he became a regular between the posts. He made over 400 appearances for the Baggies in over ten years with the club. In August 1996, he went on a free transfer to Bristol City where he stayed for three seasons. In October 1998, he went on loan to Mansfield Town for two months, before joining Exeter City at the end of the season. It was while he was with the Grecians, that he arrived on loan on 24 March 2000 for two months.

After returning to Exeter, he was released and re-joined Diamonds on 14 June 2000 as second choice keeper / goalkeeping coach. He retired from playing to concentrate on coaching, but was released by Rushden at the end of 2002. Stuart returned to Bristol City where is remains their goalkeeping coach. In 2013 he moved to become the Bristol Rovers goalkeeping coach.

Appearances

1999/2000

Conf

22.4.00

Southport (A)

Conf

29.4.00

Scarborough (H)

2000/2001 – squad number 13

NWT2

24.10.00

Stevenage B (H)

Conf

11.11.00

Doncaster Rvrs (A)

as sub

LDV1

28.11.00

Barnet (A)

Jean-Michel Sigere

Jean-Michel Sigere

Born 26 January 1977 (Age 23 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #130)

Total appearances 40 – 12 goals

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

Debut:

8 April 2000 (Away Kidderminster Harriers)

Final game:

29 September 2001 (Away Darlington)

Born in Martinique, Jean-Michel started his career in France with the reserves at Bordeaux, and received a single Under-20 international cap. He failed to make the first team at Bordeaux however, and went on loan to Lusitanos Saint-Maur in 1999. He moved to the UK and signed non-contract forms with Diamonds on 24 March 2000, and after a successful trial period, was signed by manager Brian Talbot on 9 May 2000.

Jean-Michel made his debut as a substitute in the ill-fated game at Kidderminster, and then scored two goals in his first league start at Woking as the Diamonds attempted to put the memories of the Aggborough defeat behind them. After another brace at Welling he was retained for the following season, and helped the Diamonds to win the Football Conference. although his opportunities were limited given the fine form of Justin Jackson and Duane Darby, and he had to spend long periods on the bench.

Jean Michel Sigere

He went on to make seven appearances in the Football League for the Diamonds before being released. In a five-figure deal which included Simon Wormull, both players joined Conference side Stevenage Borough on 5 October 2001. Following a period at Broadhall Way he was transferred to Margate for £7,500 during their stay in the Conference before enjoying short periods at Hornchurch, Heybridge Swifts and Gravesend & Northfleet. In June 2005, he joined Lewes, where he had the most successful spell of his career, scoring 23 goals in his debut season, but suffered a knee injury the following year which left him sidelined for several months. He went on loan to Horsham as part of his re-habilitation and returned to help Lewes reach the Conference in April 2008. Following the departure of manager Steve King, he left the Rooks and moved to fellow promoted side Eastbourne Borough, but lost his place in the side, joining Horsham again on loan. He was released early in 2009, joining Southern League Premier side Farnborough. On 17 July 2009, he joined Isthmian League Premier side Tonbridge Angels, but after rarely getting in the starting eleven, he re-joined Blue Square South side Lewes on 17 December 2009. He was released at the end of the season, and joined Isthmian Premier side Margate in July, but only played in four pre-season games and one League appearance before departing. He joined Conference South side St.Albans City on 3 September 2010 and scored three goals for the Saints, before leaving on 29 November 2010 to join Isthmian Division One South side Walton & Hersham. He remained there until the end of the season, and joined Isthmian Division One North side Grays Athletic on 16 June 2011. Jean-Michel made 24 appearances for Grays during the season, but joined fellow Isthmian Division One North side Chatham Town on 29 May 2012. On 20 November 2012, Jean-Michel joined Isthmian Division One South side Crawley Down Gatwick. He played there for a while before retiring from the game.

Appearances

1999/2000

Conf

8.4.00

Kidderminster (A)

as sub

Conf

11.4.00

Woking (A)

2 goals

Conf

15.4.00

Altrincham (H)

Conf

22.4.00

Southport (A)

Conf

29.4.00

Scarborough (H)

Conf

1.5.00

Welling (A)

2 goals

Conf

6.5.00

Doncaster Rvrs (H)

2000/2001

Conf

26.8.00

Dagenham&Red(A)

as sub

Conf

28.8.00

Southport (H)

as sub

Conf

2.9.00

Telford Utd (A)

as sub

Conf

9.9.00

Forest Green (H)

as sub

Conf

12.9.00

Scarborough (A)

Conf

16.9.00

Woking (A)

as sub

Conf

23.9.00

Kettering Town (H)

as sub

Conf

3.10.00

Leigh RMI (A)

as sub

Conf

21.10.00

Morecambe (A)

as sub

1 goal

NWT2

24.10.00

Stevenage Boro (H)

1 goal

FAC4q

28.10.00

Grantham Town (H)

Conf

31.10.00

Hayes (H)

2 goals

Conf

4.11.00

Yeovil Town (H)

as sub

Conf

11.11.00

Doncaster Rvrs (A)

FAC1

17.11.00

Luton Town (A)

LDV1

28.11.00

Barnet (A)

Conf

16.12.00

Hednesford Tn (H)

2 goals

Conf

17.3.01

Kingstonian (H)

as sub

Conf

25.3.01

Northwich Vic (A)

as sub

Conf

31.3.01

Leigh RMI (H)

1 goals

Conf

7.4.01

Morecambe (H)

as sub

HSCF

10.4.01

Kettering Town (H)

Conf

14.4.01

Hereford Utd (A)

as sub

Conf

24.4.01

Telford Utd (H)

as sub

Conf

5.5.01

Chester City (A)

as sub

2001/2002 – squad number 24

D3

27.8.01

Plymouth Arg (H)

as sub

D3

8.9.01

Southend Utd (H)

as sub

WC2

11.9.01

Crewe Alex (A)

D3

15.9.01

Leyton Orient (A)

D3

18.9.01

Torquay Utd (H)

D3

22.9.01

Cheltenham Tn (H)

1 goal

D3

25.9.01

Exeter City (A)

D3

29.9.01

Darlington (A)

as sub

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