Darren Bullock

Darren Bullock

Born 12 February 1969 (Age 31 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #129)

Total appearances 4

(4 League)

Debut:

28 March 2000 (Home Kettering Town)

Final game:

8 April 2000 (Away Kidderminster Harriers)

Darren had started his career in non-League football with Malvern Town before moving to Nuneaton Borough, where he came to the notice of some League sides. In the summer of 1993, Huddersfield Town paid a £55,000 fee for the aggressive midfielder, who quickly became the fans favourite. He played a total of 154 games for the Terriers, before a £400,000 move to Swindon Town in February 1997. After two seasons, he joined Bury for £200,000, and it was from Bury that Darren arrived at Nene Park on 24 March for a one month loan period. He played four times for the club before returning to Bury. A further loan period followed at Sheffield United the following year, before he was released, joining Worcester City. In March 2002, he was sacked by the club following a disciplinary hearing after being sent off at Stafford Rangers for elbowing another player. Darren recently returned to the game, playing for Midland Combination side Archadales 73 during the 2008/2009 season, before taking up the managers position at the end of the season. He left on 4 October 2010 to become player/assistant manager at the club where he started his career, Midland Football Alliance club Malvern Town. No record of his involvement with the game has been found between 2012 and 2018.

Appearances

1999/2000

Conf

28.3.00

Kettering Town (H)

Conf

1.4.00

Nuneaton Boro (H)

Conf

4.4.00

Morecambe (H)

Conf

8.4.00

Kidderminster (A)

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Simon Wormull

Simon Wormull

Born 1 December 1976 (Age 23 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #128)

Total appearances 33 – 3 goals

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

Debut:

18 March 2000 (Home Sutton United)

Final game:

29 September 2001 (Away Darlington)

Simon started his career with Tottenham Hotspur, although never made it into the first team. He joined Brentford in August 1997, but failed to impress and made only 8 appearances before being released at the end of the season. Although he was given a short term contract at Brighton & Hove Albion, injury thwarted any chance of first team football so he decided to drop down to the non-league game, joining Dover Athletic in September 1998. After some impressive performance, Brian Talbot brought him to Nene Park on 17 March 2000 for a £50,000 transfer fee.

Despite making 33 appearances, he failed to reproduce his previous form and was eventually released on 5 October 2001, joining Stevenage Borough where he spent the next 2½ years. After a short period at Hornchurch, he returned to his birthplace to join Crawley Town, before moving on to join Conference South side Lewes in July 2006. After helping them gain promotion to the Conference in May 2008, the resultant upheaval in the club saw him move along the coast as he opted to sign for Eastbourne Borough in June 2008, but after a season at Priory Lane, he joined Southern League Premier Division side Farnborough on 12 June 2009. He left by mutual consent, and rejoined Conference South side Lewes on 24 May 2010. In order to concentrate on a career outside football, Simon moved to his local team, Sussex County League side Three Bridges on 10 December 2010. On 13 June 2011, he was appointed Youth Team Manager at Lewes, but became caretaker manager of the First Team following the suspension of Steve King on 11 January 2012. He tore his knee ligaments in April and officially announced his retirement, at the same time he was appointed First Team Manager at Lewes. Following a disappointing 2012/2013 season where the Rooks only just avoided relegation, he was relieved of his duties on 30 April 2013. On 4 June 2013 however, Simon was appoined Manager at Isthmian Division One South side Crawley Down Gatwick. After a successful start to the season however, Simon resigned his position on 4 November 2013, due to personal reasons. In early-February 2014, Simon became manager of the Three Bridges Academy Under 19 side, and prior to the transfer embargo, registered to play for the first team in the Isthmian Division One South at the end of March. He then became Head Coach at Three Bridges in the summer of 2014.

Appearances

1999/2000

Conf

18.3.00

Sutton Utd (H)

Conf

25.3.00

Hereford Utd (H)

Conf

28.3.00

Kettering Town (H)

Conf

1.4.00

Nuneaton Boro (H)

Conf

4.4.00

Morecambe (H)

Conf

8.4.00

Kidderminster (A)

as sub

Conf

15.4.00

Altrincham (H)

Conf

22.4.00

Southport (A)

as sub

Conf

29.4.00

Scarborough (H)

Conf

1.5.00

Welling Utd (A)

Conf

6.5.00

Doncaster R (H)

2000/2001

Conf

21.10.00

Morecambe (A)

as sub

NWT2

24.10.00

Stevenage B (H)

FAC4q

28.10.00

Grantham Tn (H)

Conf

31.10.00

Hayes (H)

1 goal

Conf

4.11.00

Yeovil Tn (H)

Conf

11.11.00

Doncaster R (A)

FAC1

17.11.00

Luton Town (A)

as sub

LDV1

28.11.00

Barnet (A)

as sub

Conf

17.2.01

Scarborough (H)

as sub

HSCS

21.2.01

Corby Town (A)

2 goals

FAT5

24.2.01

Forest Gn Rvs (A)

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

28.4.01

Dover Athletic (H)

Conf

5.5.01

Chester City (A)

2001/2002 – squad number 20

D3

8.9.01

Southend Utd (H)

as sub

WC2

11.9.01

Crewe Alex (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)

David Lowe

David Lowe

Born 30 August 1965 (Age 35 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #127)

Total appearances 16 – 6 goals

(12 League, 4 FA Trophy)

Debut:

29 January 2000 (Home Northwich Victoria)

Final game:

4 April 2000 (Home Morecambe)

David started his career with Wigan and after signing professional forms, went on the play over 230 games in four seasons, scoring some 50 goals. In June 1987, he made a big money move to Ipswich Town who paid £80,000 for his services. In five seasons at Portman Road, he scored 37 League goals, in 134 appearances, scoring a further two goals while on loan to Port Vale. Leicester City paid £250,000 for him in July 1992, and he made 108 appearances for the Foxes during his four year stay. He went out on loan to Port Vale again in February 1994. David then returned to Wigan Athletic in March 1996 for £125,000, before going to Wrexham on a free transfer in June 1999. It was from Wrexham that David arrived on loan at Nene Park on 29 January 2000. He scored six times in 16 appearances until the end of that season, at which point he retired from the game, joining the PFA.

David took up a coaching role with his former club Wigan Athletic in 2002, before following manager Paul Jewel to Derby County where he became Head of the Youth Academy. After Jewel’s departure in January 2009, he became caretaker manager at Derby County for just a single game, before the arrival of Nigel Clough. He left Derby at the end of that season, and in the summer of 2010, he became part of the coaching staff at Tranmere Rovers. In 2011 he began coaching at Blackburn Rovers, and became assistant head coach there in early 2017, and remains as First-team coach working with Tony Mowbray into the 2021/22 season.

Appearances

1999/2000

Conf

29.1.00

Northwich Vic (H)

1 goal

FAT4

5.2.00

Billericay Tn (A)

FAT4r

8.2.00

Billericay Tn (H)

1 goal

Conf

12.2.00

Dover Athletic (A)

Conf

15.2.00

Forest Green (H)

Conf

19.2.00

Doncaster Rvrs (A)

Conf

22.2.00

Hednesford Tn (H)

1 goal

FAT5

26.2.00

Marine (H)

1 goal

Conf

4.3.00

Kingstonian (A)

Conf

7.3.00

Yeovil Town (H)

FAT6r

14.3.00

Sutton Utd (H)

Conf

18.3.00

Sutton Utd (H)

1 goal

Conf

25.3.00

Hereford Utd (H)

Conf

28.3.00

Kettering Town (H)

1 goal

Conf

1.4.00

Nuneaton Boro (H)

Conf

4.4.00

Morecambe (H)

David Mehew

David Mehew

Born 29 October 1967 (Age 30 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #97)

Total appearances 12 – 1 goal

(12 League)

Debut:

14 March 1998 (Away Woking)

Final game:

10 October 1998 (Away Farnborough Town)

David had a long career at Bristol Rovers after being released from the Leeds United youth scheme. He played over 250 games for Rovers in a ten year period, scoring some 63 League goals. During the 1993/94 season, he had a spell on loan with Exeter City, before leaving joining Walsall at the end of the season. The attacking midfielder then had spells with Northampton Town, Yate Town, Bath City before joining Farnborough Town. He had featured at Nene Park for Farnborough in their memorable 5-5 draw, but he joined the club in March 1998 for a £50,000 fee as Diamonds attempted to catch Halifax Town for the Conference title. Injuries and other issues meant he did not reappear in the Diamonds first team until well into the 1998/1999 season and it was against his former club that he made his final appearance. Manager Brian Talbot made wholesale changes following a poor performance at home to Northwich Victoria and David was one of the casualties.

David Mehew

He had struggled on his return to full-time football due to a long-standing knee problem, and he returned to a part-time role in his native West Country at a number of clubs including Forest Green Rovers, Bath City, Clevedon Town, Paulton Rovers, Brislington, Weston-super-Mare, Bitton and Bristol Manor Farm. In 2008, he took a step into management, taking the reigns at Southern League Premier side Gloucester City, and guiding them into the Conference North in his first season with the club. After working on a non-contract basis for two years while the club were in exile following the floods of 2007 (playing home games at Cirencester), he signed a two year deal in July 2010, to keep him in charge of the club for a further two years, while they made plans to return to Gloucester. With the club struggling in the relegation places, his final game in charge was a 1-1 draw against North Ferriby United on 22 February 2014, and he was sacked after the game. He then returned to the helm at Mangotsfield until the end of August 2017.

Appearances

1997/1998

Conf

14.3.98

Woking (A)

Conf

21.3.98

Halifax Town (A)

as sub

Conf

23.3.98

Hednesford Tn (A)

as sub

Conf

28.3.98

Morecambe (H)

as sub

Conf

4.4.98

Telford Utd (A)

Conf

18.4.98

Leek Town (H)

as sub

Conf

21.4.98

Yeovil Town (H)

1 goal

Conf

25.4.98

Hereford Utd (A)

Conf

28.4.98

Welling Utd (H)

Conf

2.5.98

Telford Utd (H)

as sub

1998/1999

Conf

3.10.98

Northwich Vic (H)

as sub

Conf

10.10.98

Farnborough Tn(A)

David Pearson

David Pearson

Born 30 October 1980 (Age 19 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #126)

Total appearances 1

(1 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut & Final game:

25 January 2000 (Away Kettering Town)

David was a quick young striker who was spotted playing for Shepshed Dynamo and came to Nene Park for a trial in January 2000. He had started out as a trainee with Coventry City, before spending a short period with Luton Town. While with the Hatters, he went on loan to Northwich Victoria. He played just a single game for Diamonds against Kettering Town in the Hillier Senior Cup.

A brief period with Stratford Town followed before having a trial with Hereford United, and then joining Rugby Town in November 2000. David moved to Solihull Borough in May 2005 and after a single season, joined Leamington FC in July 2006. He then moved to Woodford United at the start of the 2007/08 season,before re-signed for Rugby Town in November 2007. David returned to Unibond Division One South side Shepshed Dynamo in January 2010, but then joined Midland Football Alliance club Stratford Town on 2 April 2010. In July 2011, David joined Southern League Premier side Barwell. He has since retired from the game.

 

Appearances

1999/2000

HSC2

25.1.00

Kettering Town (A)

Richard Butcher

Richard Butcher

Born 22 January 1981 (Age 19 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #125)

Total appearances 5

(2 FA Trophy, 3 Hiller Senior Cup)

Debut:

25 January 2000 (Away Kettering Town)

Final game:

10 April 2001 (Home Kettering Town)

Richard was a former Northampton Town trainee and joined Diamonds youth setup in 1999. He went on to appear in both the Hillier Cup and FA Trophy for the club, but only made the bench as an unused substitute in Conference games. He signed professional forms on 2 March 2000, but failed to make the first team, and was released in May 2001 as Diamonds moved into the Football League, joining Kettering Town.

After the Poppies he moved up to the Football League with Lincoln City in November 2002 and made over 100 appearances for them in his first spell at the club. After nearly three years with the Imps, he moved up a League and spent a season with Oldham Athletic, but returned to Lincoln City for a brief loan spell during his time at Boundary Park. He spent the 2006/07 season at Peterborough United teaming up with his former manager at Lincoln – Keith Alexander. After leaving London Road in July 2007, he joined Notts County and played over 90 games for the Magpies, scoring 20 goals.in a two year spell. He was released in the summer, and rejoined Lincoln City for a third spell at the club. On 8 February 2010, he went on loan toMacclesfield Town, scoring on his debut for the Silkmen the following day. After his release at the end of the season, he joined Macclesfield Town on a permanent basis on 20 May 2010. Sadly on 10 January 2011, he was found dead in his home in Greater Manchester having passed away in his sleep.

Appearances

1999/2000

HSC2

25.1.00

Kettering Town (A)

as sub

2000/2001

FAT4

3.2.01

Marine (A)

as sub

HSCS

21.2.01

Corby Town (A)

FAT5

24.2.01

Forest Grn Rvrs (A)

as sub

HSCF

10.4.01

Kettering Town (H)

Martin Aldridge

Martin Aldridge

Born 6 December 1974 (Age 25 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #124)

Total appearances 3 – 1 goal

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

Debut:

15 January 2000 (Away Bath City)

Final game:

25 January 2000 (Away Kettering Town)

Martin had joined Coventry City as schoolboy, but was released before his 16th birthday. He was spotted playing for Ford Sports Daventry and Braunston Rangers and became a trainee at Northampton Town, signing his first contract during the summer of 1993. He went on to score 22 goals in 82 appearances, and had the honour if scoring the first goal at Sixfields during a 1-1 draw with Barnet on 15 October 1994. After being dropped from the squad, he went out on loan to Dagenham & Redbridge in December 1995, before being given a free transfer to Oxford United later that month. He scored another 22 goals, this time in 88 games for Oxford before going on loan to Southend United at the end of the 1997/98 season.

He joined Blackpool in the summer of 1998, scoring 10 goals in 30 appearances. After a loan spell at Port Vale, Martin arrived at Nene Park on a one month loan on 8 January 2000. He made his debut as a substitute in the FA Trophy game at Bath City the following week and held the distinction of scoring within 60 seconds of his debut to take Diamonds through to the next round. He made just two other appearances and was on the bench for Diamonds 6-0 over Northwich Victoria on 29 January 2000. After leaving Nene Park, he was tragically involved in a car crash on the A45 on the outskirts of Wellingborough. He died the following morning from injuries sustained in the crash.

Appearances

1999/2000

FAT3

15.1.00

Bath City (A)

as sub

1 goal

Conf

22.1.00

Forest Green (A)

HSC2

25.1.00

Kettering Tn (A)

Matthew Stowell

Matthew Stowell

Born 1 March 1977 (Age 22 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #123)

Total appearances 10

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

Debut:

27 November 1999 (Home Havant & Waterlooville)

Final game:

19 December 2000 (Away Kingstonian)

Matt started his career with the Reading Youth set up and also played for their reserve team. The defensive midfield player left Reading after failing to secure a place in the first team, and joined Slough Town in the summer of 1997. He was spotted by Bristol City manager John Ward, and signed for the Division One side in June 1998 for a £15,000 transfer fee although again, he failed to break into the first team. He went out on loan to Wycombe Wanderers in February 1999, and to Yeovil Town in September 1999 making seven appearances for the Glovers before being recalled and sent on loan to Diamonds on 25 November 1999 for a trial with a view to a permanent move. An 2½ year deal was ratified on 3 December 1999, for a reported £30,000 fee. His Diamonds career was very stop / start, and was not helped by his dismissal at Southport in April 2000, which proved to be his final league game for the club. Although he still had a year to run on his contract, he was not among Brian Talbot’s plans, and he was loaned out to several clubs.

He was released by mutual consent in November 2001, and joined Hampton & Richmond Borough, before spells with Thame United in March 2002, and Henley Town the following season. He later emigrated to Italy to play for Vultur Rionero and then AS Trapani. He gained his UEFA ‘B’ coaching badge, and in the summer of 2006, became player / coach at Hellenic League side Milton United, although he is no longer with the club. No record of his involvement with the game has been found between 2007 and 2018.

Appearances

1999/2000

FAT2

27.11.99

Havant & W (H)

Conf

4.12.99

Hayes (A)

Conf

18.12.99

Telford Utd (A)

Conf

27.12.99

Stevenage Boro(H)

Conf

3.1.00

Stevenage Boro(A)

FAT3

15.1.00

Bath City (A)

HSC2

25.1.00

Kettering Town(A)

Conf

15.4.00

Altrincham (H)

as sub

Conf

22.4.00

Southport (A)

2000/2001

NWT3

19.12.00

Kingstonian (A)

Michael Bertocchi

Michael Bertocchi

Born 17 July 1981 (Age 18 at debut)

Position: Goalkeeper

(Diamonds player #122)

Total appearances 2

(1 FA Cup, 1 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut:

16 October 1999 (Home Sutton United)

Final game:

21 February 2001 (Away Corby Town)

The young French goalkeeper Michael Bertocchi spent two seasons with the club as cover for Billy Turley. He had signed from AS Cannes in France on 11 August 1999 in the hope of breaking into English football. He made his debut in the FA Cup game at home to Sutton United in October 1999 with a five minute cameo role when Diamonds were leading 4-1. Unfortunately for Michael, he too was unavailable when Billy Turley served a suspension during the following season, and only made one further appearance, in the Hillier Senior Cup win over Corby Town. He failed to make any league appearances before he was released in May 2001 after Diamonds had reached the Football League. After he left, he had a trial for Chester City and played in a reserve game for Bolton Wanderers in October 2001. He conceded three goals in the opening half hour before being replaced and was not given a contract. He returned to France to play for Grasse in 2011 before retiring from the game.

Appearances

1999/2000

FAC4q

16.10.99

Sutton Utd (H)

as sub

2000/2001

HSCSF

21.2.01

Corby Town (A)

Mark Sale

Mark Sale

Born 27 February 1972 (Age 27 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #121)

Total appearances 13 – 2 goals

(10 League, 2 Hillier Senior Cup, 1 Maunsell Cup)

Debut:

31 July 1999 (Home Northampton Town)

Final game:

10 April 2001 (Home Kettering Town)

Mark started his career with Stoke City’s youth set up, and played just two League games for the club at the end of the 1990/1991 season before being released. The 6’5″ striker joined non-league Rocester before moving to Birmingham City in March 1992, making 27 appearances over the following fifteen months. In the summer of 1993, Mark moved to Torquay United for £10,000, and struck up a good partnership with Duane Darby, scoring 8 goals in 51 games. The following season, he moved to Preston North End for £20,000 where he scored 7 goals from 20 appearances. In the summer of 1995, he earned a £50,000 move to Mansfield Toiwn where he played 52 games, scoring 13 times. In March 1997, he moved to Colchester United for £23,500 becoming a regular in the first team. He lost his place in the side the following season, and went on loan to Plymouth Argyle in March 1999 until the end of the season, when he was released. Mark signed for Diamonds on 14 July 1999 for a £30,000 transfer fee. Health problems restricted his time with Diamonds and he was eventually diagnosed with Hodgkin Disease resulting in a period of chemotherapy. It was thought he would be unable to continue his career in football, but after a lengthy period on the sidelines, he managed to regain his fitness. After a fifteen month lay-off, he made his return to the first team in the 4-1 defeat at Dover – just about the only positive on that day. He only played a further three games however, scoring in both Hillier Senior Cup games that season.

mark sale

He was released in May 2001 following Diamonds promotion into the Football League and joined Conference side Doncaster Rovers. After a single season, he joined Tamworth and went out to Hucknall Town in September 2003 on loan. He returned after one month in order to make a permanent move to Alfreton Town. Further moves to Northwich Victoria in June 2005, and Hednesford Town in January 2007. In January 2008, Mark was appointed Youth Development Officer for Burton Albion (his home town), leading their youth squad to the Football Conference Youth League Title in 2009. He worked there with Gary Rowett, and followed him to Birmingham City where he was appointed First-team coach. He then worked with Rowett at Derby County and then became First-Team Coach at Stoke City in 2018. He took up a role as Opposition Analyst at Millwall at the start of 2020.

Appearances

1999/2000

MCF

31.7.99

Northampton T (H)

as sub

Conf

14.8.99

Morecambe (A)

as sub

Conf

17.8.99

Telford Utd (H)

as sub

Conf

21.8.99

Kidderminster (H)

Conf

28.8.99

Sutton Utd (A)

Conf

30.8.99

Welling Utd (H)

Conf

4.9.99

Northwich Vic (A)

Conf

7.9.99

Hayes (H)

Conf

11.9.99

Woking (H)

2000/2001

Conf

2.12.00

Dover Athletic (A)

as sub

HSCSF

21.2.01

Corby Town (A)

1 goal

Conf

3.3.01

Woking (H)

as sub

HSCF

10.4.01

Kettering Town(H)

1 goal

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