Billy Sharp

Billy Sharp

Born 5 February 1986 (Age 18 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #204)

Total appearances 16 – 9 goals

(16 League)

Debut:

22 January 2005 (Home Leyton Orient)

Final game:

23 April 2005 (Away Darlington)

Billy started out as a schoolboy in the Rotherham Academy, but elected to join his home town side of Sheffield United at the age of 16. The young striker made two substitute appearances for the Blades, but didn’t really feature in Neil Warnock’s plans, and came to Diamonds on 21 January 2005 on an initial one month loan deal. After scoring two goals in five games, his loan period was extended to three months. His time at Diamonds will be fondly remembered not only for the 9 goals in just 16 appearances, but for the late winner in the crunch derby match against Northampton Town. In March 2005. His valuable goals saw Diamonds avoid relegation that season.

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He returned to Sheffield United on 24 April 2005, but a £100,000 transfer deal with Scunthorpe United in August saw him move to the League One side. His goalscoring continued unabated with 56 goals in 95 games over two seasons which culminated in the clubs promotion to the Championship. With a number of clubs showing interest, he rejoined his beloved Sheffield United on 4 July 2007 for a £1,5m fee, but his form dipped again. During September 2009, he went on a season long loan to fellow Championship sideDoncaster Rovers. After returning to the Blades at the end of the season, offers of around £1m from Rovers and Burnley were both rejected before an improved offer of around £1.1m was agreed for a three year deal with Doncaster Rovers. During January 2012, Billy rejected a proposed move to Leicester City, but eventually agreed a 3½ year deal to join Championship side Southampton on 30 January 2012 for an undisclosed sum, allegedly around £1.8m. During his spell at Doncaster, he made 86 appearances, scoring 41 goals. He made his Premier League Debut, for Southampton, in August 2012. After a single season where he scored 10 goals in 18 games, Billy joined Championship side Nottingham Forest on a season long loan on 31 August 2012, with a possibility of a permanent move at the end of the season, but with a further two years left on his contract, he returned to Southampton after 31 appearances for Forest, and 11 goals. After being frozen out of the First Team squad at the start of the 2013/2014 season, Billy joined Championship side Reading on a loan deal commencing 26 September 2013 until 1 January 2014. He scored 2 goals in 10 appearances for the Royals before returning to the Saints. On 22 January 2014, Billy joined Championship side Doncaster Rovers on another loan deal until the end of the season. With a year still left on his contract, Billy was transferred to Championship side Leeds United on 13 August 2014 on a two year deal for an undisclosed fee. In July 2015 he returned to Sheffield United, helping them to win promotion back to the Championship. His Wikipedia entry is here.

Appearances

2004/2005 – squad number 9

CCL2

22.1.05

Leyton Orient (H)

CCL2

29.1.05

Rochdale (A)

CCL2

5.2.05

Chester City (A)

1 goal

CCL2

12.2.05

Wycombe Wdrs(H)

CCL2

19.2.05

Notts County (A)

1 goal

CCL2

22.2.05

Bury (H)

1 goal

CCL2

26.2.05

Mansfield Tn (H)

CCL2

5.3.05

Scunthorpe Utd (A)

CCL2

12.3.05

Northampton Tn(H)

1 goal

CCL2

19.3.05

Kidderminster (A)

CCL2

25.3.05

Lincoln City (H)

1 goal

CCL2

28.3.05

Grimsby Town (A)

CCL2

2.4.05

Yeovil Town (H)

1 goal

CCL2

9.4.05

Bristol Rvrs (A)

CCL2

16.4.05

Boston Utd (H)

3 goals

CCL2

23.4.05

Darlington (A)

Adrian Littlejohn

Adrian Littlejohn

Born 26 September 2005 (Age 34 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #203)

Total appearances 15

(15 League)

Debut:

8 January 2005 (Home Shrewsbury Town)

Final game:

16 April 2005 (Home Boston United)

Adrian began his career initially at West Bromwich Albion as a junior, but after failing to break into the first team, he moved across the Midlands to Walsall in the summer of 1989, where he spent two years with the Saddlers.In August 1991, he moved to Sheffield United, where he had a successful period with the club playing in the first ever Premier League season and scoring 8 times in 27 appearances. After making 44 League and Premiership starts and scoring 12 goals, he moved to Plymouth Argyle in September 1995 in a deal worth £100,000. While with the Pilgrims, he averaged a goal every three games. In March 1998, he joined Oldham Athletic, although his stay was short lived, joining Bury for £75,000 in November the same year. He made nearly 100 appearances for Bury before Neil Warnock brought him back to Sheffield united in October 2001 on a non-contract basis. In February 2003, he joined Port Vale, before joining Lincoln City in August 2004, where he failed to make an impact and was released.

Adrian joined Diamonds on 7 January 2005 on a deal until the end of the season, manager Ernie Tippett being very pleased to have him on board with such vast experience.

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He was released at the end of the season, and went on the join Mansfield Town, but retired in the summer of 2006. Despite retirement, he played a few games for Leek Town and Retford United during the following season, while pursuing a career in coaching. He is currently a Football Development Officer and Community Coach with Sheffield United. He then moved on to Rotherham United in 2014 where he progressed to become the Head of Academy Physiotherapy.

Appearances

2004/2005 – squad number 18

CCL2

8.1.05

Shrewsbury Tn(H)

CCL2

15.1.05

Cheltenham Tn(A)

CCL2

22.1.05

Leyton Orient (H)

CCL2

29.1.05

Rochdale (A)

CCL2

5.2.05

Chester City (A)

CCL2

22.2.05

Bury (H)

as sub

CCL2

26.2.05

Mansfield Tn (H)

as sub

CCL2

5.3.05

Scunthorpe Utd (A)

as sub

CCL2

12.3.05

Northampton Tn (H)

as sub

CCL2

19.3.05

Kidderminster (A)

as sub

CCL2

25.3.05

Lincoln City (H)

as sub

CCL2

28.3.05

Grimsby Town (A)

as sub

CCL2

2.4.05

Yeovil Town (H)

CCL2

9.4.05

Bristol Rvrs (A)

CCL2

16.4.05

Boston Utd (H)

Alan Blayney

Alan Blayney

Born 9 October 1981 (Age 23 at debut)

Position: Goalkeeper

(Diamonds player #202)

Total appearances 4

(4 League)

Debut:

8 January 2005 (Home Shrewsbury Town)

Final game:

29 January 2005 (Away Rochdale)

Alan was born in Northern Ireland and started his career at Southampton, signing a contract in August 2002. In three and a half years with the Saints however, he only made three League appearances, and spent several months out on loan. He played for Stockport County and AFC Bournemouth in the 2002/03 season, and joined Rushden & Diamonds on 7 January 2005 after Billy Turley’s suspension from the club. Although the loan was initially for one month, he was recalled by Southampton on 4 February after their own keeper suffered an injury. He went out on loan to Brighton & Hove Albion later in the season, and again the following year.

In January 2006, he signed for Doncaster Rovers after the payment of a £50,000 transfer fee, but his stay last just over a year before joining Oldham Athletic in February 2007 for an undisclosed fee. At the end of the season, Alan moved back to Northern Ireland, joining Bohemians in August 2007. In March 2008, he joined Ballymena United in the Carnegie Premier League where he was their first choice keeper until the end of the 2008/09 season. On 1 June 2009, he joined rivals Linfield who had just missed out on the League title in the previous season. After further success in Northern Ireland for a number of clubs, including Warrenpoint Town in 2017/18 he retired from the game in October 2018.

Appearances

2004/2005 – squad number 13

CCL2

8.1.05

Shrewsbury Tn (H)

CCL2

15.1.05

Cheltenham Tn (A)

CCL2

22.1.05

Leyton Orient (H)

CCL2

29.1.05

Rochdale (A)

Marvin Robinson

Marvin Robinson

Born 11 April 1980 (Age 24 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #201)

Total appearances 4 – 1 goal

(2 League, 2 FA Cup)

Debut:

13 November 2004 (Away Bradford City)

Final game:

4 December 2004 (Home Colchester United)

A former England schoolboy International, Marvin started his career with Derby County, signing his first professional contract in June 1988. He made his Premier League debut against Arsenal in April 1999. He went out on a loan spell with Stoke City in September 2000, but suffered a broken leg resulting in him being sidelined for some 18 months. During his rehabilitation, he went on loan to Tranmere Rovers in November 2002. He was released by the Rams in June 2003, joining Chesterfield for the following season. He was released in September 2004, joining Notts County briefly before arriving at Nene Park on non-contract terms on 8 November 2004. He scored the winning goal for Diamonds on his debut as they achieved a cup upset in defeating League One side Bradford City. After just two league appearances as a substitute, and the FA Cup exit against Colchester United, he moved on to Walsall before seeing out the remainder of the season with Stockport County.

In the summer of 2005, Marvin joined Lincoln City for the following season. He started the 2006/2007 season at Macclesfield Town, before joining Oxford United at the end of August 2006. In September 2007, he went on loan to Cambridge United. He was unfortunately involved in a road accident while at Cambridge, and suffered a broken leg and bruised lungs, and was released by Oxford in February 2008. After a couple of brief appearances for Kettering Town during his rehab, he joined Redditch United in January 2009. He was playing for Massey Ferguson FC of the Midland Combination Premier at the beginning of the 2009/2010 season, but before joining Northern Premier League Premier Division side Nantwich Town in December 2009. On 14 October 2010, Marvin signed for Southern League Premier Division side Hednesford Town. During his time with the Pitman, he scored 26 times in 62 appearances, before leaving the club on 9 February 2012 – signing for rivals Brackley Town the following day. He spent some 18months with the Saints, making over 50 appearances, and scoring some 15 goals and helping the club to promotion into the Conference North at the end of the 2012/2013 season. On 20 September 2013, Marvin joined Conference North rivals Oxford City, but left by mutual consent in December 2013, rejoining Conference North side Hednesford Town. in 2015 he joined Stafford Rangers, before joining AFC Wulfrunians for the 2016-17 season. He returned to Hednesford early in 2017 as First Team Coach, taking on an Assistant Manager role shortly afterwards, although that appointment did not last until the end of that season. His Wikipedia page is here.

Appearances

2004/2005 – squad number 18

FAC1

13.11.04

Bradford City (A)

1 goal

CCL2

20.11.04

Cambridge Utd(A)

as sub

CCL2

27.11.04

Macclesfield Tn(H)

as sub

FAC2

4.12.04

Colchester Utd(H)

Gary Mulligan

Gary Mulligan

Born 23 April 1985 (Age 19 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds layer #200)

Total appearances 13 – 3 goals

(13 League)

Debut:

16 October 2004 (Home Chester City)

Final game:

8 January 2005 (Home Shrewsbury Town)


Gary was brought in by Ernie Tippett on a one month loan deal from Wolverhampton Wanderers on 14 October 2004. The Dublin born striker impressed scoring twice during his first few appearances, including an overhead kick at Wycombe, and his loan deal was extended for a further two months. He made 13 appearances before returning to Wolves. He left the West Midlands to join Sheffield United for a year (including a loan periods at Port Vale and Gillingham), before moving to Gillingham on a permanent basis prior to the start of the 2007 / 2008 season. He stayed in Kent for two seasons before moving toNorthampton Town on a one year deal in July 2009. He was released after just a single season at Sixfields, and joined Conference side Gateshead on 6 August 2010 on a short term deal, which was later extended until the end of the season. He was eventually released in January 2012 and on 10 February 2012, joined Southern League Premier side Brackley Town on a deal until the end of the season. After gaining promotion to the Conference North, he stayed for a further two seasons before leaving the club and joining Southern Premier side Dunstable Town on 3 September 2014. He then moved on to Kettering Town for three seasons before moving to Corby Town in the summer of 2018. See here for his Wikipedia entry.

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Appearances

2004/2005 -squad number 22

CCL2

16.10.04

Chester City (H)

as sub

CCL2

19.10.04

Wycombe W (A)

1 goal

CCL2

23.10.04

Bury (A)

CCL2

30.10.04

Notts County (H)

CCL2

6.11.04

Darlington (H)

1 goal

CCL2

20.11.04

Cambridge Utd(A)

CCL2

27.11.04

Macclesfield T(H)

CCL2

8.12.04

Boston Utd (A)

CCL2

11.12.04

Mansfield Town(A)

CCL2

18.12.04

Scunthorpe Utd(H)

1 goal

CCL2

26.12.04

Oxford Utd (H)

CCL2

3.1.05

Swansea City (H)

CCL2

8.1.05

Shrewsbury Tn(H)

Drewe Broughton

Drewe Broughton

Born 25 October 1978 (Age 25 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #199)

Total appearances 61 – 17 goals

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

First spell

Debut: 16 October 2004 (Home Chester City)

Final game: 11 December 2004 (Away Mansfield Town)

Second spell

Debut: 12 February 2005 (Home Wycombe Wanderers)

Final game: 29 April 2006 (Away Boston United)

Drewe started his career as a trainee at Norwich City where between 1996 and 1998, he made three League starts and six substitute appearances, scoring one goal in the process. Whilst at the Canaries, Drewe was loaned out to Wigan Athletic for one month in August 1997, where he was involved in eight games at the start of the 1997/1998 season. Unwanted by Norwich, both Brentford and Peterborough United put in bids for the striker and on 28 October 1998, he signed for Brentford for £100,000. After just a single appearance however, Brentford and Peterborough came to an agreement and just nineteen days later, he joined the Posh for the same transfer fee. He went straight into the first team, scoring three goals in five games, but injuries and loss of form saw him finish the season on the bench. He remained with Peterborough the following season but made little impact and after 39 appearances (17 as substitute) and 9 goals, he went out on loan to four different clubs during the remainder of his stay – Nuneaton Borough (February to May 2000), Dagenham & Redbridge (September to December 2000), Stevenegae Borough (December 2000 to January 2001), and Kidderminster Harriers (January to February 2001). At the end of that final loan, he moved to Kidderninster on a permanent basis, with Harriers paying out a £50,000 transfer fee to keep him at Aggborough until the summer of 2003.

Drewe made 103 appearances for Harriers (including the loan period), and scored 23 goals, but was released at the end of his contract. During June 2003, he signed for Southend United on a free transfer but a shortage of goals saw him made available for a loan move again, and he arrived at Nene Park on 14 October 2004 for an initial period of one month – later extended to two months before returning to Roots Hall.

In 10 games for Diamonds, he scored five times, including a hat-trick in the 5-1 win against Notts County. He returned to Southend on 15 December, and immediately went on loan to Wycombe Wanderers. He was recalled on 11 February 2005 in order to complete a permanent move to Nene Park. He quickly set up a partnership with loanee Billy Sharp and perhaps his finest moment for Diamonds came shortly after he had returned when he scored one of the three goals that beat Northampton Town at Nene Park. Unfortunately, in his next match, he picked up a red card against Lincoln City, and the ten-man Diamonds quickly conceded three goals losing 1-4.

He struggled with disciplinary problems on the field, and in addition to many yellow cards, he picked up two red cards in the first two months of the 2005/2006 season as the Diamonds struggled to stay in the Football League – finally leaving the club after he had been unable to help them avoid the drop to the Conference in 2006. He scored 10 goals in 39 appearances during that season.

Drewe was released in May 2006, joining League Two side Chester City on 16 June 2006, but went out on an end of season loan to Boston United in October 2006, but he was again unable to help them avoid the drop out of the Football League in 2007. He then moved to the MK Dons in the summer of 2007. but again went out on loan in January 2008, this time to Wrexham, but he was once again unable to help them avoid the drop out of the Football League in 2008.

In August 2008, he joined Rotherham United, and scored 13 goals in 69 games for the Millers. Towards the end of his stay, he went on loan to Lincoln City in February 2010, and eventually joined the Imps on a permanent basis at the end of the season. After 20 games including just 9 starts however, he had still to score for the Imps and on 18 February 2011, went out on loan to Conference side AFC Wimbledon, but was recalled by Lincoln on 31 March after just 8 appearances, and two goals for the Dons. He made four appearances for Lincoln on his return but once again, he was unable to help them avoid the drop out of the Football League in 2011.

During July 2011, he went on trial at newly promoted Conference side Alfreton Town and after initially failing to gain a contract, he signed for the Reds on 8 September 2011 on a non-contract deal, but following a red card on 1 October, he was released. He joined Conference South side Thurrock on 21 October 2011. Drewe was released after less than three months, and joined Southern League Premier side Arlesey Town on 19 January 2012. His stay was short lived however and he joined Conference side Darlington on 2 March 2012 until the end of the season to try to help them escape the threat of relegation. He picked up a red card in the Quakers penultimate game of the season, having been unable to help them avoid the drop out of the Conference in 2012. He retired from the game shortly afterwards.

Appearances

2004/2005 – squad number 13

CCL2

16.10.04

Chester City (H)

CCL2

19.10.04

Wycombe Wdrs(A)

CCL2

23.10.04

Bury (A)

CCL2

30.10.04

Notts County (H)

3 goals

CCL2

6.11.04

Darlington (H)

CCL2

20.11.04

Cambridge Utd(A)

1 goal

CCL2

27.11.04

Macclesfield Tn(H)

FAC2

4.12.04

Colchester Utd (H)

1 goal

CCL2

8.12.04

Boston Utd (A)

CCL2

11.12.04

Mansfield Town(A)

CCL2

12.2.05

Wycombe Wdrs(H)

CCL2

19.2.05

Notts County (A)

CCL2

22.2.05

Bury (H)

CCL2

26.2.05

Mansfield Tn (H)

CCL2

5.3.05

Scunthorpe Utd(A)

CCL2

12.3.05

Northampton Tn(H)

1 goal

CCL2

19.3.05

Kidderminster (A)

CCL2

25.3.05

Lincoln City (H)

CCL2

16.4.05

Boston Utd (H)

as sub

1 goal

CCL2

23.4.05

Darlington (A)

CCL2

30.4.05

Cambridge Utd(H)

CCL2

7.5.05

Macclesfield Tn(A)

2005/2006 – squad number 9

CCL2

2.9.05

Peterborough U(H)

as sub

CCL2

13.9.05

Macclesfield Tn(A)

as sub

1 goal

CCL2

17.9.05

Stockport Co (H)

CCL2

24.9.05

Notts County (A)

CCL2

27.9.05

Northampton Tn(H)

CCL2

1.10.05

Rochdale (A)

CCL2

7.10.05

Bury (H)

CCL2

15.10.05

Wycombe Wdr(A)

LDV1

18.10.05

Southend Utd (H)

CCL2

22.10.05

Shrewsbury Tn(H)

CCL2

29.10.05

Barnet (A)

CCL2

26.11.05

Darlington (A)

as sub

FAC2

3.12.05

Leyton Orient (H)

CCL2

6.12.05

Carlisle Utd (H)

as sub

CCL2

10.12.05

Mansfiled Town(H)

as sub

CCL2

17.12.05

Chester City (A)

1 goal

CCL2

26.12.05

Leyton Orient (A)

1 goal

CCL2

28.12.05

Cheltenham Tn(H)

CCL2

31.12.05

Torquay Utd (A)

CCL2

2.1.06

Bristol Rvrs (H)

2 goals

CCL2

14.1.06

Wrexham (H)

CCL2

21.1.06

Stockport Co (A)

CCL2

28.1.06

Oxford Utd (H)

CCL2

4.2.06

Northampton Tn(A)

CCL2

7.2.06

Bury (A)

CCL2

11.2.06

Notts County (H)

CCL2

14.2.06

Wrexham (A)

CCL2

18.2.06

Carlisle Utd (A)

CCL2

25.2.06

Macclesfield Tn(H)

1 goal

CCL2

4.3.06

Grimsby Town (H)

CCL2

11.3.06

Lincoln City (A)

CCL2

18.3.06

Leyton Orient (H)

1 goal

CCL2

25.3.06

Cheltenham Tn(A)

CCL2

1.4.06

Torquay Utd (H)

1 goal

CCL2

8.4.06

Bristol Rvrs (A)

1 goal

CCL2

15.4.06

Rochdale (H)

1 goal

CCL2

18.4.06

Shrewsbury Tn (A)

CCL2

22.4.06

Wycombe Wdr(H)

CCL2

29.4.06

Boston Utd (A)

Ishmale Reid

Ishmale Reid

Born 13 May 1986 (Age 18 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #198)

Total appearances 1

(1 Maunsell Cup)

Debut & Final game:

14 September 2004 (Home Northampton Town)

Ishmale joined Diamonds youth set up from Port Vale and was given a chance to impress in the Maunsell Cup semi-final tie against Northampton Town, coming on as a second half substitute. The left sided winger failed to win a contract at the end of his apprenticeship and was released in May 2005.

He went on to play for Cradley Town in the Midland Football Alliance, before a spell with Rocester. He joined Conference North side Stafford Rangers in February 2008 where his brother Levi had previously played, but fell out of favour and joined Leek Town of the Northern Premier League on 31 March 2009. He then played local league football in the Staffordshire area, most recently with Woolpack FC

Appearances

2004/2005 – squad number 41

MCSF

14.9.04

Northampton Tn (H)

as sub

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