Owen Story

Owen Story

Born 3 August 1984 (Age 19 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #170)

Total appearances 6

(5 League, 1 League Trophy)

Debut:

20 September 2003 (Away AFC Bournemouth)

Final game:

8 May 2004 (Home Port Vale)

Owen Story came through the youth ranks at the Diamonds, and was given the squad number 36 in February 2003 after being given a contract. He had to wait until the following season when he made his Diamonds debut as a substitute in a Division 2 game at AFC Bournemouth. He went on to make a total of six appearances – coming on as a substitute in all six games. He was released in May 2004.

After leaving Diamonds, he joined Team Bath, before signing for Torquay United in January 2005. He was released by Torquay and finished the season at Bath City. Owen moved back to the Midlands in the summer of 2005, and joined Hinckley United where he remained for several seasons playing as a pacey winger as well as a striker. He scored 25 goals in over 140 appearances before joining Redditch United of the Conference North in the summer of 2008. In June 2009, he signed for Unibond Premier side Kings Lynn, managed by another former Diamonds Carl Heggs. Following the demise of Kings Lynn, he joined Brackley Town of the Southern League Premier Division in January 2010 and helped them to promotion to the Conference North in the 2011/2012 season. After a further two years with the Saints, Owen left the club on 4 June 2014, before signing for rival Conference North side Solihull Moors. He then moved to Barwell FC in 2016, and started the 2018/19 season with them. He moved to Bedworth United in November 2018. He then moved to play for Melton Town.

Appearances

2003/2004 – squad number 21

D2

20.9.03

Bournemouth (A)

as sub

D2

4.10.03

Barnsley (A)

as sub

LDV1

15.10.03

Oxford Utd (A)

as sub

D2

12.4.04

Brighton & HA (A)

as sub

D2

24.4.04

Hartlepool Utd (H)

as sub

D2

8.5.04

Port Vale (H)

as sub

Rodney Jack

Rodney Jack

Born 28 September 1972 (Age 30 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #169)

Total appearances 49 – 13 goals

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

Debut:

9 August 2003 (Away Luton Town)

Final game:

8 May 2004 (Home Port Vale)

Born in Kingstown, St.Vincent, Rodney was spotted playing for a Caribbean select side FC Lambada. After arriving in England, he was offered a contract with Torquay United and signed for the Division Three side in October 1995. He scored some 30 goals for the Gulls in 110 appearances before he moved to Crewe Alexandra in November 1998 for a £650,000 transfer fee. He quickly became a fans favourite at Crewe, and in five years at Gresty Road, he made 188 appearances, scoring 42 goals. He continued to play International football with St.Vincent & Grenadines, earning 45 caps, and scoring 13 goals between 1992 and 2004.

Rodney arrived at Nene Park in the summer of 2003, in time for the Isle of Man tour in July as the Diamonds looked to progress after their promotion to Division 2. During that season, Rodney made 45 league appearances for the club, scoring 12 goals and was voted Players’ Player of the Season.

When Diamonds were relegated at the end of that season, Jack put in a transfer request and he moved to Oldham Athletic, following ex-Diamonds manager Brian Talbot. Injury curtailed his appearances at Oldham, and he was released in the summer of 2005, joining Irish side Waterford United. The following year, Rodney returned to join Crewe Alexandra on a one year deal. In August 2007, he Conference North side Southport, but had to return at St.Vincent after his father became ill. He returned to Southport briefly, before joining Northern Premier League, Premier Division side Nantwich Townin November 2008. Rodney made the 2011/2012 season his last, and left the club in the summer of 2012, confirming his retirement from the game..

jack

Appearances

2003/2004 – squad number 9

D2

9.8.03

Luton Town (A)

as sub

CC1

13.8.03

West Ham Utd (A)

D2

16.8.03

Plymouth Arg (H)

1 goal

D2

23.8.03

Tranmere Rvrs (A)

1 goal

D2

25.8.03

QPR (H)

D2

30.8.03

Oldham Athletic(A)

D2

6.9.03

Wycombe Wdr(H)

1 goal

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

11.10.03

Chesterfield (H)

1 goal

LDV1

15.10.03

Oxford Utd (A)

D2

18.10.03

Sheff Wed (A)

D2

21.10.03

Blackpool (A)

1 goal

D2

25.10.03

Wrexham (H)

D2

1.11.03

Grimsby Town (H)

LDV2

4.11.03

Luton Town (H)

1 goal

FAC1

8.11.03

Swansea City (A)

D2

15.11.03

Hartlepool Utd (A)

1 goal

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 Wdr(A)

2 goals

D2

3.1.04

QPR (A)

D2

10.1.04

Luton Town (H)

D2

17.1.04

Plymouth Arg (A)

D2

31.1.04

Oldham Athletic(H)

1 goal

D2

7.2.04

Swindon Town (A)

1 goal

D2

14.2.04

Chesterfield (A)

D2

21.2.04

Sheff Wed (H)

1 goal

D2

24.2.04

Tranmere Rvrs(H)

D2

28.2.04

Wrexham (A)

1 goal

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)

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)

Dean Holdsworth

Dean Holdsworth

Born 8 November 1968 (Age 34 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #168)

Total appearances 7 – 2 goals

(7 League)

Debut:

29 March 2003 (Home Exeter City)

Final game:

3 May 2003 (Home Hartlepool United)

Dean started his playing career as an apprentice with Watford and was given a contract shortly after his 18th birthday in November 1986. In February 1988, he went out on loan to Carlisle United, and then Port Vale the following month until the end of the season. After further loan spells at Swansea City and Brentford during the following season, he signed for Brentford in September 1989. After three years at Brentford where he scored 53 goals in 110 League appearances, he signed for Wimbledon for £720,000 where he was a member of the infamous “Crazy Gang” . His prolific goalscoring earned him a £3½ million move to Bolton Wanderers in October 1997. After a loan move to Coventry City in November 2002, he signed for them before joining Rushden & Diamonds on 27 March 2003 on a non-contract basis until the end of the season.

holdsworth

Dean failed to win a permanent contract at the end of the season, and re-joined Wimbledon (later becoming MK Dons) on 23 May 2003. He went on to join Havant & Waterlooville in a player/coach role, then joined Derby County as assistant to manager Phil Brown. After Brown was sacked in January 2006, Dean then moved to a succession of clubs – Weymouth, Heybridge Swifts, Cambridge United and Newport County. He became player/manager of Redbridge in July 2007, leading them to third place in the Isthmian League Division One North. On 18 May 2008, he was appointed manager of Conference South side Newport County, and guided the club into the Conference the following season. On 11 January 2011, Dean was appointed manager of League Two side Aldershot Town and the club finished in 11th place, but with the Shots struggling for League survival the following season, he was dismissed by the club on 20 February 2013. After a short break, Dean was appointed manager at Conference South side Chelmsford City on 23 May 2013, but after a poor start to the season, and following a 6-0 home defeat against Boreham Wood, he mutually agreed to part company with the club on 4 November 2013. He retired from the game, having a period being involved with the ownership of Bolton Wanderers.

Appearances

2002/2003 – squad number 9

D3

29.3.03

Exeter City (H)

as sub

D3

5.4.03

Bristol Rvrs (A)

D3

12.4.03

Lincoln City (H)

as sub

D3

19.4.03

Carlisle Utd (A)

D3

21.4.03

Macclesfield Tn (H)

2 goals

D3

26.4.03

Leyton Orient (A)

D3

3.5.03

Hartlepool Utd (H)

as sub

Andy Edwards

Andy Edwards

Born 17 September 1971 (Age 31 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #167)

Total appearances 45 – 4 goals

(41 League, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup, 2 League Trophy)

Debut:

8 March 2003 (Away Wrexham)

Final game:

8 May 2004 (Home Port Vale)

Andy had started his career with Southend United, spending some six seasons at Roots Hall and making some 165 appearances. The tall central defender attracted the attention of some of the bigger clubs and in July 1995, he made a big money move to Birmingham City for a $450, 000 transfer fee. He made 40 League appearances for the Blues under Barry Fry, before he moved with Fry to Peterborough United in November 1996. In 6½ years at London Road, he made 316 appearances, remaining loyal despite many offers from other clubs. In his final game for the Posh against Port Vale however, he was sent off. Andy joined Diamonds on 5 March 2003 as they pushed for the Division 3 title, remaining for the following season.

He left in May 2004, and rejoined Southend United. After a further 39 appearances, he went out on a one month loan to Grays Athletic in January 2006. He was released in May 2006, and spent his final playing season with Aldershot. After retirement, he joined St.Albans City as Assistant Manager in July 2007, before taking up the post of Youth Team Manager with Leyton Orient on 21 May 2009, signing a two year contract. In 2017 he moved to a coaching role with the Football Association, working with the age group teams. He was put in charge of the England U20s side prior to the 2021/22 season.

Appearances

2002/2003 – squad number 6

D3

8.3.03

Wrexham (A)

As sub

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)

1 goal

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 5

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 Athletic (A)

D2

6.9.03

Wycombe Wdrs (H)

D2

16.9.03

Notts County (A)

D2

20.9.03

Bournemouth (A)

D2

27.9.03

Stockport Co (H)

1 goal

D2

30.9.03

Brighton & HA (H)

D2

4.10.03

Barnsley (A)

D2

11.10.03

Chesterfield (H)

LDV1

15.10.03

Oxford Utd (A)

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

22.11.03

Colchester Utd (H)

D2

24.2.04

Tranmere Rvrs (H)

D2

28.2.04

Wrexham (A)

D2

12.3.04

Bristol City (A)

D2

16.3.04

Notts County (H)

2 goals

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)

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)

Tony Battersby

Tony Battersby

Born 30 August 1975 (Age 27 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #166)

Total appearances 5 (5 League)

Debut: 8 February 2003 (Away Darlington)

Final game: 8 March 2003 (Away Wrexham)

Tony started his career with Sheffield United, making 10 League appearances for the Blades between 1993 and 1996. During his stay, he went on loan deals to Southend United and BK-IFK in Finland, where he scored 24 goals in 18 games. The striker was released by Sheffield United, and went on to play for Notts County and Bury, before joining Lincoln City on a three year contract for a £75,000 fee. Lincoln’s relegation led to Tony being out of favour with the new manager, and he went to Northampton Town on loan in September 1999, with a view to a permanent deal, but this never materialised. Another change of manager at Lincoln saw him given another chance, and he was given a further two year deal in the summer of 2001. Between August 1998 and October 2002, he had played exactly 150 games for the Imps, scoring 26 times. He was out of favour again in October 2002 however, and left the club with a severance deal, joining Boston United on a three month deal. Tony then played a couple of games for Hucknall Town and it was whilst he was there that Tony was training with Diamonds in the hope of earning a contract, initially offering to play “for free”. He dual signed for Diamonds on 6 February 2003, and made his debut two days later. He then played another game for Hucknall before being given a one month deal at Nene Park. He was unable to find the back of the net during his stay however, and was released on 20 March 2003.

He joined Stevenage Borough in March 2003, scoring on his debut and he spent a couple of years at Broadhall Way, before brief spells with Gravesend & Northfleet and Cambridge City. In May 2004, he joined Kings Lynn, before agreeing a deal with Grays Athletic, helping them to the Conference South title, but his time there was cut short by injury and he went to AFC Wimbledon in March 2006 in order to regain fitness. In the summer of 2006, he joined Chelmsford City, before moving to Welling United, but this time, it was illness which ended his time with the club. In 2007, he joined Stamford before transferring to Corby Town (with manager Graham Drury) in February 2008. After starting the next season on loan with Bourne Town, he joined Bedford Town in November 2008. He remained with the Eagles until 31 October 2009, when he returned to Northern Premier Division One South side Stamford. On 4 March 2011, Tony signed for Conference South side St.Albans City for the remainder of the season, but left at the end of the season and signed for UCL Premier side Deeping Rangers in early June 2011 as player/coach. He was later released and joined Northern Premier League Division One South side Grantham Townon 18 November 2011. After nearly a year with the Gingerbreads, Tony joined UCL Premier side Spalding United on 8 November 2012, before being released at the end of September 2013. On 5 October 2013, he joined fellow UCL Premier side Wisbech Town, before retiring at the end of the season.

Appearances

2002/2003 – squad number 25

D3

8.2.03

Darlington (A)

D3

22.2.03

Southend Utd (A)

D3

1.3.03

York City (H)

as sub

D3

4.3.03

Bournemouth (H)

as sub

D3

8.3.03

Wrexham (A)

as sub

Adam Sollitt

Adam Sollitt

Born 22 June 1977 (Age 25 at debut)

Position: Goalkeeper

(Diamonds player #165)

Total appearances 5

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

Debut:

22 October 2002 (Away Cambridge United)

Final game:

21 December 2002 (Home Carlisle United)

Adam began his goalkeeping career as a trainee with Barnsley, but failed to break into the first team, being released in May 1997. After playing a season with Gainsborough Trinity, he signed for Conference side Kettering Town during the summer of 1998 making nearly 80 appearances in two years. After impressing at Rockingham Road, he was transferred to Northampton Town in July 2000 for a £30,000 fee. He was released in the summer of 2002 and signed for Diamonds on 7 August 2002 after a couple of successful pre-season games, as the No.2 to Billy Turley. He made his debut in the LDV defeat at Cambridge United in October.

In what was to become his final game for Diamonds against Carlisle United just before Christmas 2002, he was stretchered off with a fractured wrist and never regained his place back in the first team, being released after just the one season. He moved back north to spend single seasons at Scarborough, Morecambe, then Worksop Town and in the summer of 2006, he rejoined Gainsborough Trinity where he remained their No.1 keeper into the 2008/09 season. In August 2009, Adam signed for NPL Premier side Matlock Town, but left in July 2011 due to increasing work commitments, retiring from the game.

Appearances

2002/2003 – squad number 16

LDV1

22.10.02

Cambridge Utd (A)

D3

26.10.02

Hull City (A)

FAC2

7.12.02

Exeter City (A)

D3

14.12.02

Macclesfield Tn (A)

D3

21.12.02

Carlisle Utd (H)

Marcus Bignot

Marcus Bignot

Born 22 August 1974 (Age 27 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #164)

Total appearances 77 – 1 goal

(68 League, 4 FA Cup, 2 League Cup, 3 League Trophy)

Debut:

10 August 2002 (Away Swansea City)

Final game:

20 March 2004 (Away Brentford)

Born in Birmingham, Marcus started his career with the Birmingham City youth set up, but failed to make the grade joining Telford United in 1994. The defender came to the attention of Jan Molby, who brought him to Conference side Kidderminster Harriers in 1996. During his time at Aggborough, he won an England ‘C’ cap, and in August/September 1997 after just a single season, moved into the Football League when Crewe Alexandra paid £100,000 for his services. After making over 100 appearances at Gresty Road, a contract dispute saw him leave, joining Bristol Rovers in August 2000. His stay was short lived after a change of manager, and he joined QPR in March 2001.

Marcus arrived at Nene Park on 8 August 2002 for the start of their Division 3 title winning season, taking over Tarkan Mustafa’s role at right back. He was then a key player in Diamonds Division 2 side, until financial constraints forced a mass exodus of players in March 2004. Like many Diamonds full-backs he rarely had opportunities for a strike on goal, but did score a memorable goal at Oldham. He had initially been expected to follow manager Brian Talbot to Oldham Athletic, but decided to return to QPR.

While at QPR, he took over the reigns as manager of Birmingham City Ladies for a brief period, and still coaches at Arsenal Ladies. After three years at QPR where he became club captain, he went on loan to Millwall in November 2008, making the move permanent on 15 January 2008 on an eighteen month contract.

On 1 February 2010, he had his contract cancelled by mutual consent, and rejoined Conference side Kidderminster Harriers on a non contract basis until the end of the season on 17 February 2010. He was released in May 2010, and joined Southern League Premier side Brackley Town on 30 July 2010. At the end of the season, he joined Conference North side Solihull Moors as assistant manager and following the resignation of Micky Moore, he became manager on 27 June 2011. A number of successful seasons in management saw him offered a role with League 2 side Grimsby Town in November 2016.  He moved to take over at Chester FC for the 2017-18 season, and at the end of that contract he took up a joint management role at Guiseley FC. His Wikipedia page is here. Hr also took up an additional coaching role with the England U18 set-up in August 2019.

Appearances

2002/2003 – squad number 14

D3

10.8.02

Swansea City (A)

D3

13.8.02

Torquay Utd (H)

WC2

2.10.02

Coventry City (A)

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)

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

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)

D3

1.3.03

York City (H)

D3

4.3.03

Bournemouth (H)

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

21.4.03

Macclesfield Tn(H)

D3

26.4.03

Leyton Orient (A)

D3

3.5.03

Hartlepool Utd (H)

2003/2004 – squad number 2

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)

1 goal

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)

LDV1

15.10.03

Oxford Utd (A)

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

15.11.05

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 Wdrs(A)

D2

3.1.04

QPR (A)

D2

10.1.04

Luton Town (H)

D2

17.1.04

Plymouth Arg (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)

Brett Angell

Brett Angell

Born 20 August 1968 (Age 33 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #163)

Total appearances 7 – 2 goals

(7 League)

Debut:

30 March 2002 (Away Mansfield Town)

Final game:

6 May 2002 (Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Cheltenham Town)

Brett started out as a trainee at Portsmouth in 1986, and his career took the striker to numerous clubs over the next 18 years. After failing to make the grade at Portsmouth, he looked to be heading out of the game until he was spotted playing in a six-a-side game and given a trial at Cheltenham Town. After just six months with the Robins in which he amassed 24 goals, Derby County offered £40,000 for his services and he arrived at the Baseball ground in February 1988. His first team opportunities were limited however and the Rams agreed a £33,000 fee from Stockport County where he scored 33 goals in 84 games.

With an offer of £100,000 his next stop was Southend United where he continued his impressive strike rate and attracted attention from Everton. After an initial loan period at the start of the 93/94 season, the Premiership side took a gamble and signed him for £500,000 in January 1994, but 1 goal in 21 games saw him drop out of the favour. He was transferred to Sunderland in March 1995 for £600,000 where he continued to struggle, being loaned out to Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion. After a further three month loan period back at Stockport County at the start of the 96/97 season, he was signed for £120,000 and soon found his former goalscoring touch. During his two periods with the Hatters, he scored 94 times in 235 appearances. Towards the end of his time with Stockport, he went on loan to Notts County and Preston North End, before being released again in the summer of 2000.

He spent a 1½ seasons at Walsall before Brian Talbot took him to Nene Park on a free transfer in March 2002. Allocated squad number 12, he scored in his debut at Mansfield Town when a came on as a first half substitute, replacing the injured Duane Darby. Having won a play-off winners medal with Walsall the previous year, he was unsuccessful with Diamonds when a came on to replace Scott Partridge in the play-off final defeat against Cheltenham Town.

After non contract periods with Port Vale and QPR, he retired from playing and became youth and reserve team coach to Portsmouth in October 2005, but was sacked after just six months. After teaching at Edge Hill University, Brett went to Warrington Town of the Unibond League Division One South where he was appointed first team coach in October 2007. He is now working as a consultant for Progression Sports Management, which offers advice to professional footballers.

Appearances

2001/2002 – squad number 12

D3

30.3.02

Mansfield Tn (A)

as sub

1 goal

D3

1.4.02

Swansea City (H)

1 goal

D3

6.4.02

Scunthorpe Utd (A)

D3

13.4.02

Kidderminster (H)

D3

20.4.02

Halifax Town (A)

as sub

D3PO

27.4.02

Rochdale (H)

as sub

D3PF

6.5.02

Cheltenham Tn (N)

Andy Tillson

Andy Tillson

Born 30 June 1966 (Age 35 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #162)

Total appearances 23

(22 League, 1 League Trophy)

Debut:

9 February 2002 (Away Hull City)

Final game:

26 October 2002 (Away Hull City)

Born in Huntingdon, Andy started his footballing career with Kettering Town. In 1988, he was snapped up by Grimsby Town and went on to make over 100 appearances for them. Don Howe took the central defender to QPR in 1990, but after losing his place, he went back to Grimsby Town on loan before being transferred to Bristol Rovers in August 1992 for a £370,000 fee. He went on to play over 250 games before moving to Walsall in 2000. Andy was signed from Walsall on 8 February 2002 as the club began their push towards the Division 3 playoffs. He was recruited as cover for the injured Barry Hunter, and quickly became an “ever-present” alongside Mark Peters during the spring of 2002 helping Diamonds to reach the playoffs and the Final at the Millennium Stadium.

He could only manage two short spells in the first team the following season due to a recurring back injury, and announced his retirement from the game on 4 December 2002. He subsequently became first team coach at Team Bath, taking them into the Blue Square South – a position he still held at the end of the 2008-09 season when they withdrew from that league. He was originally due to become assistant manager at Weymouth for the 2009 / 2010 season, but shortly before starting that role he accepted a position as a first team coach with League One side Exeter City under manager Paul Tisdale. He stayed there until the summer of 2018, when Tisdale also departed.

Appearances

2001/2002 – squad number 36

D3

9.2.02

Hull City (A)

D3

16.2.02

Rochdale (H)

D3

23.2.02

Leyton Orient (H)

D3

26.2.02

Torquay Utd (A)

D3

2.3.02

Cheltenham Tn(A)

D3

5.3.02

Exeter City (H)

D3

9.3.02

Luton Town (H)

D3

16.3.02

Bristol Rvrs (A)

D3

23.3.02

Shrewsbury Tn(H)

D3

30.3.02

Mansfield Tn (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 6

D3

10.8.02

Swansea City (A)

D3

24.8.02

Shrewsbury Tn(A)

D3

31.8.02

Cambridge Utd(A)

D3

19.10.02

Bury (H)

LDV1

22.10.02

Cambridge Utd(A)

D3

26.10.02

Hull City (A)

Darren Carr

Darren Carr

Born 4 September 1968 (Age 33 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #161)

Total appearances 1

(1 League)

Debut & Final game:

26 January 2002 (Away Hartlepool United)

Darren was a vastly experienced defender who had started his career as a trainee with Bristol Rovers – going on to make 37 appearances for them. He joined Newport County in October 1987 for a small fee (prior to them going out of business) before securing another move to Sheffield United in March 1988, where he came to the notice of several other League Clubs. In September 1990, he joined Crewe Alexandra for £35,000, where he remained for three seasons. Another big money move followed in the summer of 1993, when he joined Chesterfield for £30,000, making 112 appearances. He featured in their historic FA Cup run in the 1996/1997 season, reaching the semi-finals before going out in a replay. After spending the 1998/1999 season at Gillingham, he joined Brighton & Hove Albion for another five figure sum the following season, but found himself out of favour after just 26 games. Loan periods followed with Rotherham United, Lincoln City and Carlisle United in early 2001, before he was released at the end of the season. After being unable to secure a deal, he joined Dover Athletic on non-contract terms in October 2001, before arriving at Nene Park in January 2002 on a similar deal.

With Ray Warburton struggling to return from an injury layoff, and Jim Rodwell and Mark Peters both picking up injuries, Diamonds had been forced to use Paul Underwood at centre back. Darren was brought in as short notice cover after a trial game against Oxford United on 23 January 2002. His

only game for Diamonds was in the 5-1 defeat at Hartlepool United on 26 January 2002. After conceding two goals in quick succession and going three goals down, he was substituted by John Dempster after 66 minutes. He was released the following month and joined Bath City, where he decided to retire from the game later that year. He returned to his home town of Bristol, and is now involved in a Property Development Business which he helped set up with some of his former school friends.

Appearances

2001/2002 – squad number 36

D3

26.1.02

Hartlepool Utd (A)

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