Ricardo Joseph

Ricardo Joseph

Born 17 January 1987 (Age 18 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #222)

Total appearances 2

(1 League, 1 Maunsell Cup)

Debut:

7 January 2006 (Away Peterborough United)

Final game:

24 January 2006(Home Peterborough United)

Ricardo was a product of the youth set up at Rushden & Diamonds, playing as a left sided defender. Despite making several pre-season performances during the summer of 2005, only went on to make two first team performances, both against Peterborough United. He went out on work experience at Rugby Town in March 2006, but was released at the end of the season in May. He joined Lewes, with a spell on loan at Worthing, but failed to settle in. He started the 2007/08 season with Harrow Borough making 8 appearances, before joining Margate in December on non-contract forms. Having turned down a move earlier in the year, he joined Ashford Town (Mdx) in the Isthmian League Premier Division on 3 June 2008. In late March 2010, he joined fellow Isthmian Premier side Carshalton Athletic, but was sidelined with injury throughout much of the 2010/2011 season. The club were relegated at the end of the 2012/2013 season and after three years with the club, and 97 appearances, Ricardo joined Isthmian Premier side Metropolitan Police on 3 July 2013.  After a period playing for the Met Police reserves he moved on to VCD athletic where he played for three seasons before leaving the game.

Appearances

2005/2006 – squad number 27

CCL2

7.1.06

Peterborough (A)

MCF

24.1.06

Peterborough (H)

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Danny Crane

Danny Crane

Born 27 May 1984 (Age 21 at debut)

Position: Goalkeeper

(Diamonds player #221)

Total appearances 8

(8 League)

Debut:

7 January 2006 (Away Peterborough United)

Final game:

6 May 2006 (Home Barnet)

Danny began his career as a trainee with West Bromwich Albion, before joining Burton Albion in August 2004 at the age of 20. He played over 50 games for the Brewers before losing his place to Saul Deeney, and he subsequently went out on a one month loan at Moor Green in October 2006. He was offered full time football with Rushden & Diamonds and joined on 7 January 2006 until the end of the season. He made 8 appearances in the latter half of the 2005/06 season, but was unable to gain a place in the first team then following season following the arrival of Nicky Eyre.

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He was released in October 2006 to join Lewes on a monthly contract. Cambridge United signed him in January 2007 but he quickly moved on to King’s Lynn Town before finishing the season with Bromsgrove Rovers. He joined Corby Town at the start of the 2007/08 season, where he stayed until signing for Solihull Moors in January 2008. Following a season and a half with the Conference North side, Danny joined Southern League Premier side Hednesford Town on 21 May 2010. He made some 219 appearances in four years for the Pitmen, helping them to promotion to the Conference North in 2011, and signed on again for the 2014/2015 season. After a short spell with Rushall Olympic he joined Bedworth United in September 2017. At the end of the 2018-19 season he moved to Gresley FC. He moved back to Bedworth for a short spell before retirement at the end of the 2020/21 season.

Appearances

2005/2006 – squad number 42

CCL2

7.1.06

Peterborough U (A)

CCL2

14.1.06

Wrexham (H)

CCL2

21.1.06

Stockport Co (A)

CCL2

18.2.06

Carlisle Utd (A)

CCL2

25.2.06

Macclesfield Tn (H)

CCL2

4.3.06

Grimsby Town (H)

CCL2

1.4.06

Torquay Utd (H)

CCL2

6.5.06

Barnet (H)

John Ruddy

John Ruddy

Born 24 October 1986 (Age 19 at debut)

Position: Goalkeeper

(Diamonds player #220)

Total appearances 4

(3 League, 1 League Trophy)

Debut:

11 November 2005 (Home Boston United)

Final game:

6 December 2005 (Home Carlisle United)

Born in St.Ives, John started his career at Cambridge United, making his debut in May 2004 in their final game of the season. He became their first choice keeper the following season, which included a short trial with Manchester United. In November 2004. His performances attracted Premiership clubs, and it was Everton who paid a £250,000 transfer fee for his services in June 2005. He made an appearance for the England U19 team, but he was limited to just a single appearance for Everton, being the third choice keeper behind Tim Howard and Iain Turner. He went on loan to Walsall in September 2005, before signing for Diamonds on a one month loan deal 9 November 2005. He was however recalled by Everton just prior to end of his loan period.

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He went on to spend further loan periods with Chester City, Stockport County, Wrexham, Bristol City and Stockport over the following two years. Although he remained an Everton player, he went on loan to Crewe Alexandra from 29 January 2009 until the end of that season, and then on a six-month loan to Motherwell prior to the start of the 2009/10 season. On 5 July 2010, he signed a three year deal with Championship side Norwich City for an undisclosed transfer fee. On 15 August 2012, John made his first full International appearance for England, when he came on for the second half against Italy. He stayed with the Canaries until the end of the 2016-17 season. He moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer of 2017, helping the club gain promotion to the Premier League at the end of that season. His Wikipedia page is here.

Appearances

2005/2006 – squad number 42

CCL2

11.11.05

Boston Utd (H)

LDV2

22.11.05

Swansea City (A)

CCL2

26.11.05

Darlington (A)

CCL2

6.12.05

Carlisle Utd (H)

Lawrence Lambley

Lawrence Lambley

Born 20 June 1989 (Age 16 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #219)

Total appearances 17 – 1 goal

(9 League, 1 League Cup, 5 Hillier Senior Cup, 2 Maunsell Cup)

Debut:

8 November 2005 (Away Rothwell Town)

Final game:

29 April 2008 (Home Brackley Town)

Striker / Right Winger Lawrence joined the Diamonds at under-16 level after leaving the Lincoln City youth set up. In July 2005 he signed his scholarship, and played a number of games until taken into hospital with a stomach virus, which kept him out for four weeks. Despite making his reserve debut coming off the bench in the Maunsell Cup semi-final match at Rothwell Town in the 2005-06 season, Lawrence describes his proudest moment as scoring two goals against his former club in the FA Youth Cup. Despite no formal training in Athletics, Lawrence impressed in the National Schools Championship, with his blistering pace proving a challenge for defenders. He signed a one year contract on 17 May 2007 at the end of his apprenticeship, and went out on loan to Corby Town on 13 September 2007, initially for three months. On his return, he went out on another loan deal, this time to Bromsgrove Rovers on 29 February 2008, until the end of the season. Lawrence was released by the club at the end of the season.

Lawrence Lambley

After leaving Diamonds, he joined UCL Premier Division sideBoston Town in May 2008, and settled into the role of an attacking full back. On 15 June 2011, he joined UCL Premier side Holbeach United. After a season with the Tigers, Lawrence joined fellow UCL side Deeping Rangers on 23 June 2012. Following a single season at Outgang Road where he made 39 appearances, he joined fellow UCL Premier side Boston Town in July 2013.

Appearances

2005/2006 – squad number 38

MCSF

8.11.05

Rothwell Town (A)

2006/2007 – squad number 35

HSC1

17.10.06

Cogenhoe Utd (H)

as sub

1 goal

HSCQF

31.10.06

Ford Sports (A)

as sub

HSCF

20.3.07

Woodford Utd (A)

Conf

10.4.07

York City (A)

as sub

Conf

14.4.07

Kidderminster (H)

as sub

Conf

17.4.07

Stevenage Boro(A)

as sub

Conf

21.4.07

Woking (H)

as sub

Conf

23.4.07

Northwich Vic (H)

Conf

28.4.07

Burton Albion (A)

as sub

2007/2008 – squad number 22

MCF

4.8.07

Northampton Tn(H)

as sub

Conf

14.8.07

Farsley Celtic (H)

as sub

HSCSF

21.1.08

North’ton Spcr (H)

SS5

26.2.08

Kidderminster (A)

as sub

Conf

24.4.08

Grays Ath (A)

as sub

Conf

26.4.08

Aldershot Tn (H)

as sub

HSCF

29.4.08

Brackley Town (H)

as sub

Ashlee Jones

Ashlee Jones

Born 4 August 1987 (Age 18 at debut)

Position: Goalkeeper

(Diamonds player #218)

Total appearances 1

(1 Maunsell Cup)

Debut & Final game:

8 November 2005 (Away Rothwell Town)

Ashlee joined Diamonds after leaving the youth set up at Southampton and played several games for the under 18s at the start of the 2005/06 season. He got a first team opportunity in November 2005 when Barry Hunter chose him in goal for the Hillier Senior Cup tie at Rothwell Town. Despite playing well, he did not get another chance and was released in May 2006.

He joined Basingstoke Town on 11 August 2006, before playing for Harrow Borough in March 2007. He moved to Potters Bar Town the following season, before having a trial with Bromley in July 2008. He joined Crawley Town on non-contract forms at the beginning of the 2008/09 season before being released again. He moved to Fisher Athletic in November 2008, before signing for Wycombe Wanderers on 6 March 2009 as cover for the injured Scott Shearer. He was later released by Wycombe, and played a few games for Gillingham reserves before signing for Ryman League Premier side Kingstonian on 14 September 2009. His stay was short-lived and he was signed by struggling League Two side Darlington on 29 October 2009, making just 1 appearance before his contract was cancelled by mutual consent on 16 February 2010. After training with Crystal Palace, he was signed by Isthmian League Premier side Billericay Town on 26 March 2010, as cover for another injured ex Diamond, Paul Nicholls. After starting the 2010/2011 season with Billericay, he moved to Boreham Wood on 13 September 2010, but was released on 14 January 2011, returning to Billericay Town. On 2 August 2011, Ashlee signed for newly promoted Conference side Braintree Town. After one season with Braintree, Ashlee signed for Isthmian Premier side Canvey Island on 17 August 2012, before leaving at the end of the season. On 27 July 2013, Ashlee signed a one-year deal with fellow Isthmian Premier side Lowestoft Town, helping them to promotion to the Conference North. Spells at Leiston (2015/16), and Chesham (2016-17) followed before he joined East Thurrock United for the 2017/18 campaign, although he was not retained by them at the end of that season. After a further spell on the books at Braintree he joined Bedford Town in early 2019. His Wikipedia page is here.

Appearances

2005/2006 – squad number =

MCSF

8.11.05

Rothwell Town (A)

Alun Armstrong

Alun Armstrong

Born 22 February 1975 (Age 30 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #217)

Total appearances 13 – 1 goal

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

Debut:

29 October 2005 (Away Barnet)

Final game:

2 January 2006 (Home Bristol Rovers)

Alun started out with the Newcastle United youth squad, and although he joined the first team squad in October 1993, failed to make an appearance for the Toon. He joined Stockport County in June 1994, who paid £50,000 for the promising young striker, scoring on his debut. In his four years with Stockport, he knocked in 62 goals in 200 games before Middlesbrough bought him to the Riverside Stadium in February 1998 for £1.6m. His debut against rivals Sunderland saw him score in their 3-1 win and help the club gain promotion to the Premiership. With his appearances in the Premiership being limited, he was sent out on an end of season loan to Huddersfield Town in March 2000. In December that year, he joined Premiership side Ipswich Town for £500,000 and scored twice in his return to the Riverside Stadium. He scored 19 times in 94 games for the Tractor Boys, before going on loan to Bradford City in December 2003 for a three month period. In September 2004, he returned north to join Darlington on a free transfer.

From Darlington, he joined Diamonds on 21 October 2005 on a monthly contract, making his debut as a substitute against Barnet the following week. There were initial concerns over his fitness, but he spent three months at Nene Park. He was sent off in his final game against Bristol Rovers in January 2006 earning a three match suspension and was immediately released. After his departure, he played for Doncaster Rovers, then returned to Darlington for the 2006/07 season. During the summer of 2007, he decided to concentrate on his property business in the North-East, and experienced part-time football with Newcastle Blue Star of the Unibond Division One North. He left prior to the club folding in June 2009. He set up a soccer school in Tyneside and in July 2010, was involved in coaching sessions at Grayfields Sports Centre in Hartlepool, helping to integrate people back into society. He is took charge of Blyth Spartans in 2016, then became manager of Darlington FC in 2019.

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Appearances

2005/2006 – squad number 20

CCL2

29.10.05

Barnet (A)

as sub

FAC1

6.11.05

Halifax Town (A)

1 goal

CCL2

11.11.05

Boston Utd (H)

FAC1r

15.11.05

Halifax Town (H)

LDV2

22.11.05

Swansea City (A)

CCL2

26.11.05

Darlington (A)

FAC2

3.12.05

Leyton Orient (H)

CCL2

6.12.05

Carlisle Utd (H)

CCL2

10.12.05

Mansfiled Town(H)

CCL2

26.12.05

Leyton Orient (A)

as sub

CCL2

28.12.05

Cheltenham Tn(H)

CCL2

31.12.05

Torquay Utd (A)

as sub

CCL2

2.1.06

Bristol Rvrs (H)

Lee Tomlin

Lee Tomlin

Born 12 January 1989 (Age 16 at debut)

Position: Forward/Midfielder

(Diamonds player #216)

Total appearances 196 – 38 goals

(159 League, 11 FA Cup, 10 FA Trophy, 2 League Trophy, 4 League Cup, 8 Hillier Senior Cup, 2 Maunsell Cup)

Debut:

16 October 2005 (Away Wycombe Wanderers)

Final game:

3 May 2010 (Away Oxford United)

Lee was signed as a sixteen year old scholar in January 2005 following his release from the Leicester City youth scheme, and in October that year, made Diamonds history as the Club’s youngest ever player in a League match when he came on as a substitute in an away game at Wycombe Wanderers. After a number of substitute appearances he made his full debut for the club at Nene Park in the First Round FA Cup Replay against Halifax Town in November 2005, and his full league debut against Peterborough United while he was still aged 16.

Lee signed a 2½ year contract on his 17th birthday, to keep him with the club until the summer of 2008. In the 2006 / 2007 season, he scored his debut goal at Weymouth on 21 October 2006 – and at 17 years 9 months and 9 days that made him the youngest ever league goal scorer for the club.

The following season saw Lee demonstrate his versatility by playing in wide midfield as well as upfront, making 47 appearances in total for the club that season. He also went out on loan to Brackley Town on 13 October 2007, before being recalled a week early on 5 November after an injury to Craig McAllister.

On 17 June 2008, he signed a new contract to keep him at the club until the end of the summer of 2011. During the 2008 / 2009 season he scored 8 league goals, making him the joint-top league goal scorer that season. He played much of that season in a wide-right role, but was given a more conventional striking role when Justin Edinburgh took charge of Diamonds. His efforts and commitment meant that he also won the Players’ Player of the Season award that season. He also appeared for the England ‘C’ team during that season making his debut in the 4-0 victory against Malta, scoring once and being awarded the Man of the Match. He has went on to make several appearances for his Country at this level.

He started the 2009 / 2010 season as the longest serving player remaining at Nene Park. At the start of that season. he was switched to playing a wide-midfield role on the left, and quickly approached his total of goals from the previous season.

After a successful 2009 / 2010 season in which he helped the club reach the end-of-season playoffs, and was the club’s top scorer in Conference games, Lee was awarded the Press Player of the Season award. He also won a place in the Blue Square Premier Team of the Season, alongside club captain Jamie Stuart. On 6 August 2010, he left the club to join Peterborough United for an undisclosed fee. After some 43 goals in 156 appearances for the Posh, Lee joined Championship side Middlesbrough on 31 January 2014, on a loan deal until the end of the season, but this was made into a permanent deal on 18 February 2014 with a three and a half year contract. The deal was reported to be  in the region of £1.5m. He stepped up to the Premier League with Bournemouth in 2015, but only appeared in 6 games in the top flight before going out on loan to Bristol City in the Championship. He stayed in Bristol for the 2016-17 season before moving to Cardiff City in July 2017, as well as spending a period on loan at Nottingham Forest towards the end of the 2017-18 season. in January 2019 he signed a loan deal at Peterborough United for the remainder of the season. He returned to play in the Championship for Cardiff in the 2019/20, but was released in autumn 2021. At the end of February 2022 he joined Walsall. His Wikipedia entry is here.

Appearances

2005/2006 – squad number 36

CCL2

15.10.05

Wycombe Wdrs(A)

as sub

LDV1

18.10.05

Southend Utd (H)

as sub

CCL2

22.10.05

Shrewsbury Tn (H)

as sub

FAC1

6.11.05

Halifax Town (A)

as sub

MCSF

8.11.05

Rothwell Town (A)

FAC1r

15.11.05

Halifax Town (H)

LDV2

22.11.05

Swansea City (A)

as sub

FAC2

3.12.05

Leyton Orient (H)

as sub

CCL2

6.12.05

Carlisle Utd (H)

as sub

CCL2

10.12.05

Mansfiled Town (H)

as sub

CCL2

26.12.05

Leyton Orient (A)

as sub

CCL2

28.12.05

Cheltenham Tn (H)

as sub

CCL2

31.12.05

Torquay Utd (A)

as sub

CCL2

2.1.06

Bristol Rvrs (H)

as sub

CCL2

7.1.06

Peterborough U (A)

CCL2

14.1.06

Wrexham (H)

CCL2

21.1.06

Stockport Co (A)

CCL2

7.2.06

Bury (A)

as sub

CCL2

11.2.06

Notts County (H)

as sub

CCL2

14.2.06

Wrexham (A)

as sub

CCL2

18.2.06

Carlisle Utd (A)

as sub

CCL2

25.2.06

Macclesfield Tn (H)

as sub

CCL2

18.3.06

Leyton Orient (H)

as sub

CCL2

25.3.06

Cheltenham Tn (A)

as sub

CCL2

22.4.06

Wycombe Wdrs(H)

as sub

CCL2

29.4.06

Boston Utd (A)

as sub

CCL2

6.5.06

Barnet (H)

2006/2007 – squad number 14

Conf

12.8.06

Crawley Town (A)

as sub

Conf

19.8.06

Forest Green (H)

as sub

Conf

28.8.06

York City (H)

Conf

14.10.06

Northwich Vic (A)

as sub

HSC1

17.10.06

Cogenhoe Utd (H)

Conf

21.10.06

Weymouth (A)

1 goal

FAC4q

28.10.06

Altrincham (H)

1 goal

Conf

4.11.06

Dagenham&Red(H)

FAC1

11.11.06

Yeovil Town (H)

Conf

18.11.06

St.Albans (A)

1 goal

Conf

25.11.06

Aldershot Tn (H)

FAC2

2.12.06

Tamworth (H)

Conf

30.12.06

Gravesend&Nflt(A)

as sub

Conf

1.1.07

Tamworth (H)

Conf

6.1.07

Altrincham (A)

as sub

1 goal

FAT2

13.1.07

Witton Albion (A)

1 goal

Conf

29.1.07

Oxford Utd (A)

FAT3

3.2.07

Gravesend&Nflt(A)

HSCSF

6.2.07

Rothwell Town (H)

Conf

3.3.07

Exeter City (H)

as sub

Conf

6.3.07

Morecambe (H)

as sub

Conf

13.3.07

Halifax Town (A)

as sub

HSCF

20.3.07

Woodford Utd (A)

1 goal

Conf

23.3.07

Crawley Town (H)

as sub

1 goal

Conf

27.3.07

Grays Athletic (A)

Conf

31.3.07

Forest Green (A)

as sub

Conf

3.4.07

Weymouth (H)

as sub

Conf

7.4.07

Southport (H)

as sub

Conf

10.4.07

York City (A)

as sub

Conf

17.4.07

Stevenage Boro (A)

Conf

21.4.07

Woking (H)

as sub

Conf

23.4.07

Northwich Vic (H)

Conf

28.4.07

Burton Albion (A)

2007/2008 – squad number 15

Conf

11.8.07

Woking (A)

Conf

14.8.07

Farsley Celtic (H)

Conf

18.8.07

Ebbsfleet Utd (H)

Conf

25.8.07

Torquay Utd (A)

as sub

Conf

27.8.07

Kidderminster (H)

as sub

Conf

30.8.07

York City (A)

as sub

Conf

4.9.07

Crawley Town (H)

as sub

Conf

8.9.07

Salisbury City (A)

as sub

Conf

15.9.07

Burton Albion (H)

as sub

Conf

18.9.07

Weymouth (A)

as sub

Conf

22.9.07

Halifax Town (A)

Conf

25.9.07

Grays Athletic (H)

Conf

29.9.07

Stafford Rgrs (H)

as sub

HSC1

3.10.07

Corby Town (A)

2 goals

Conf

6.10.07

Altrincham (A)

as sub

Conf

9.10.07

Cambridge Utd (A)

as sub

HSC2

13.11.07

Cogenhoe Utd (H)

1 goal

Conf

17.11.07

Aldershot Tn (A)

Conf

24.11.07

Northwich Vic (A)

as sub

FAC2

1.12.07

Bristol Rvrs (A)

as sub

Conf

4.12.07

Histon (H)

as sub

FAT1

15.12.07

Bamber Bdge (A)

as sub

2 goals

SS4

21.12.07

Cambridge Utd (A)

Conf

26.12.07

Stevenage B (H)

Conf

29.12.07

Northwich Vic (H)

as sub

Conf

1.1.08

Stevenage B (A)

Conf

5.1.08

Salisbury City (A)

FAT2

12.1.08

Exeter City (H)

Conf

19.1.08

Crawley Tn (A)

HSCSF

21.1.08

North’ton Spcr (H)

Conf

26.1.08

Weymouth (H)

Conf

29.1.08

BurtonAlbion (A)

FAT3

2.2.08

Halifax Town (A)

as sub

1 goal

Conf

9.2.08

Halifax Town (H)

as sub

Conf

16.2.08

Altrincham (H)

as sub

Conf

4.3.08

Farsley Celtic (A)

as sub

SSQF

8.3.08

Northwich Vic (A)

Conf

11.3.08

Ebbsfleet Utd (A)

as sub

1 goal

Conf

15.3.08

Histon (A)

as sub

Conf

24.3.08

Kidderminster (A)

as sub

SSSF

27.3.08

Halifax Town (H)

as sub

Conf

29.3.08

Droylsden (H)

SSF

3.4.08

Aldershot Tn (A)

as sub

Conf

8.4.08

Cambridge Utd (H)

Conf

19.4.08

Exeter City (H)

Conf

22.4.08

Oxford Utd (A)

as sub

HSCF

29.4.08

Brackley Town (H)

as sub

1 goal

2008/2009 – squad number 15

MCF

26.7.08

Peterborough U(H)

Conf

9.8.08

Eastbourne B (A)

Conf

12.8.08

Ebbsfleet Utd (H)

Conf

17.8.08

Wrexham (H)

Conf

23.8.08

Kettering Tn (H)

Conf

25.8.08

Histon (H)

Conf

11.9.08

Lewes (A)

Conf

20.9.08

Burton Albion (H)

Conf

23.9.08

Wrexham (A)

Conf

29.9.08

Altrincham (H)

Conf

4.10.08

Oxford Utd (A)

Conf

7.10.08

Grays Ath (H)

as sub

Conf

12.10.08

Torquay Utd (H)

as sub

Conf

18.10.08

York City (A)

FAC4q

25.10.08

Evesham Utd (A)

Conf

8.11.08

Weymouth (H)

as sub

HSCQF

11.11.08

Rothwell Corin (H)

Conf

15.11.08

Kidderminster (H)

as sub

Conf

22.11.08

Eastbourne B (H)

1 goal

Conf

29.11.08

Altrincham (A)

1 goal

Conf

6.12.08

Barrow (H)

Conf

9.12.08

Woking (A)

FAT1

13.12.08

Newport Co (A)

FAT1r

16.12.08

Newport Co (H)

Conf

20.12.08

Northwich Vic (H)

1 goal

Conf

26.12.08

Stevenage B (A)

1 goal

Conf

1.1.09

Stevenage B (H)

FAT2

10.1.09

Torquay Utd (A)

Conf

17.1.09

Ebbsfleet Utd (A)

Conf

23.1.09

Forest Green (H)

1 goal

Conf

1.2.09

Cambridge Utd (H)

Conf

9.2.09

Burton Albion (A)

Conf

21.2.09

Weymouth (A)

2 goals

Conf

24.2.09

York City (H)

Conf

28.2.09

Mansfield Tn (H)

Conf

7.3.09

Torquay Utd (A)

1 goal

Conf

10.3.09

Lewes (H)

Conf

14.3.09

Crawley Tn (A)

Conf

21.3.09

Salisbury City (A)

Conf

24.3.09

Oxford Utd (H)

Conf

28.3.09

Northwich Vic (A)

Conf

31.3.09

Grays Ath (A)

Conf

4.4.09

Salisbury City (H)

Conf

11.4.09

Kettering Tn (H)

Conf

13.4.09

Histon (A)

Conf

18.4.09

Forest Green (A)

as sub

Conf

26.4.09

Woking (H)

2009/2010 – squad number 10

Conf

8.8.09

Salisbury City (H)

Conf

11.8.09

York City (A)

Conf

15.8.09

Eastbourne B (A)

as sub

Conf

18.8.09

Hayes&Yeading(H)

1 goal

Conf

22.8.09

Forest Gn Rvs (H)

Conf

29.8.09

Stevenage Boro(A)

Conf

31.8.09

Cambridge Utd (H)

Conf

5.9.09

Barrow (A)

Conf

8.9.09

Ebbsfleet Utd (A)

Conf

12.9.09

Grays Athletic (H)

2 goals

Conf

19.9.09

Mansfield Tn (H)

Conf

22.9.09

Gateshead (A)

Conf

17.10.09

Tamworth (H)

2 goals

FAC4q

24.10.09

Workington (A)

Conf

31.10.09

Luton Town (A)

1 goal

FAC1

7.11.09

Hinckley Utd (A)

Conf

14.11.09

Histon (H)

Conf

24.11.09

Cambridge Utd (A)

1 goal

FAC2

28.11.09

Brighton&HA (A)

1 goal

Conf

1.12.09

York City (H)

Conf

5.12.09

Forest Gn Rvrs(A)

FAT1

12.12.09

Billericay Tn (H)

Conf

28.12.09

Kidderminster (H)

2 goals

FAT2

19.1.10

Workington (A)

Conf

23.1.10

Barrow (H)

Conf

26.1.10

Wrexham (H)

Conf

30.1.10

Hayes&Yeading(A)

1 goal

Conf

6.2.10

Grays Athletic (A)

Conf

16.2.10

Oxford Utd (A)

Conf

27.2.10

Kettering Tn (H)

Conf

3.3.10

Histon (A)

1 goal

Conf

6.3.10

Tamworth (A)

Conf

13.3.10

Gateshead (H)

1 goal

Conf

20.3.10

Altrincham (A)

Conf

24.3.10

Oxford Utd (H)

Conf

27.3.10

Wimbledon (A)

Conf

30.3.10

Kettering Tn (A)

1 goal

Conf

2.4.10

Crawley Tn (H)

1 goal

Conf

10.4.10

Ebbsfleet Utd (H)

Conf

24.4.10

Luton Tn (H)

POSF1

29.4.10

Oxford Utd (H)

POSF2

3.5.10

Oxford Utd (A)

Justin Miller

Justin Miller

Born 16 December 1980 (Age 29 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #340)

Total appearances 37 – 3 goals

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

Debut:

14 August 2010 (Home Fleetwood Town)

Final game:

30 April 2011 (Away Darlington)

South African born Justin started his career at Ipswich Town after coming over the this country from his home town of Johannesburg. He played for their youth team before signing a professional contract in June 2000. His appearances were limited to the reserves however, and he went out on a three month loan to Leyton Orient in September 2002, and also had a brief trial at AFC Bournemouth. He was released at the end of January 2003 without making a first team appearance, and joined Leyton Orient on a permanent basis. In four years with the O’s he made 168 appearances (plus another 18 while on loan), mainly as a centre half, but also able to play in the right back position. In the summer of 2007, he was released and joined Port Vale on a two year contract, but was released after just a single season after falling from favour after a change of management. He joined Conference South side Chelmsford City in July 2008, but left in January 2009, returning to South Africa for family reasons. He played South African Premier Soccer League side Bidvest Wits (also known as for Wits University), before moving back to the UK, joining Diamonds on 23 June 2010.

Justin Miller

He made his Diamonds debut in the 1-1 draw against Fleetwood Town on 14 August 2010 at the start of the Conference season as a right back, and he scored his debut goal for the club on 28 August 2010 in the 4-1 victory over Grimsby Town. After falling out of favour briefly midway through the season, he was a regular during the last two months of the season but was allowed to leave at the end of the season. On 31 May 2011, he rejoined Conference South side Chelmsford City, preferring to go into part-time football in order to concentrate on his academic commitments. Justin had made 108 appearances for the Clarets by the end of the 2012/2013 season, and agreed an extension to his contract on 7 June 2013 for another season. He moved to Bury Town early in the 2014-15 season, and spent two seasons with the Suffolk Club, but after signing on for the 2016-17 season his whereabouts are now unknown.

Appearances

2010/2011 – squad number 2

Conf

14.8.10

Fleetwood Tn (H)

Conf

17.8.10

Bath City (A)

Conf

24.8.10

Wimbledon (H)

as sub

Conf

28.8.10

Grimsby Town (H)

1 goal

Conf

30.8.10

Kettering Town (A)

Conf

11.9.10

Newport Co (H)

Conf

18.9.10

Southport (A)

Conf

21.9.10

Histon (H)

1 goal

Conf

26.9.10

Crawley Town (H)

Conf

29.9.10

Eastbourne B (A)

1 goal

Conf

2.10.10

Altrincham (A)

Conf

5.10.10

Darlington (H)

HSC1

12.10.10

Daventry Utd (H)

FAC4q

23.10.10

Kettering Town (A)

as sub

Conf

30.10.10

Barrow (H)

as sub

FAC1

6.11.10

Yeovil Town (H)

as sub

Conf

27.11.10

Forest Green (A)

FAT1

11.12.10

Eastwood Tn (H)

Conf

1.1.11

Luton Town (A)

Conf

3.1.11

Kettering Town (H)

Conf

8.1.11

Altrincham (H)

as sub

FAT1r

11.1.11

Eastwood Tn (A)

Conf

1.2.11

Cambridge U (H)

as sub

Conf

1.3.11

Bath City (H)

Conf

5.3.11

Hayes&Yeading (H)

Conf

8.3.11

Forest Green (H)

Conf

12.3.11

Wrexham (A)

Conf

19.3.11

Southport (H)

Conf

26.3.11

AFCWimbledon(A)

as sub

Conf

2.4.11

Mansfield Town (A)

Conf

5.4.11

Histon (A)

Conf

9.4.11

Wrexham (H)

Conf

13.4.11

Grimsby Town (A)

Conf

16.4.11

Gateshead (A)

Conf

22.4.11

Crawley Town (A)

Conf

25.4.11

Kidderminster H (H)

Conf

30.4.11

Darlington (A)

Andy Woodman

Andy Woodman

Born 11 August 1971 (Age 34 at debut)

Position: Goalkeeper

(Diamonds player #215)

Total appearances 4

(3 League, 1 League Trophy)

Debut:

15 October 2005 (Away Wycombe Wanderers)

Final game:

29 October 2005 (Away Barnet)

Andy started out as a trainee at Crystal Palace in 1989, and although he was with the club for a period of five years, he never played a League match for the Eagles. He moved to Exeter City in 1994 in order to gain some first team action, but his spell with the Grecians proved to be a nightmare after he was red carded in two consecutive games – the second of these resulting in Exeter’s exit from the FA Cup. He never recovered the loss of his popularity and he subsequently joined Northampton Town in March 1995 on a free transfer. The five seasons he spent with the Cobblers were the most successful of his career, winning promotion in 1997. After some 160 games, he went on loan to Brentford in January 1999, before joining them on a permanent basis. During March 2000, he went on loan to Peterborough United although never made an appearance.

The following season, he went on loan to Southend United (August 2000 – 3 months) and Colchester United (November 2000 – 1 month). The move to Colchester became permanent in January 2001, during which time he went on a two month loan to Oxford United in January 2002. The move to Oxford was made permanently later in March and he remaining there for the next two seasons. When Oxford visited Nene Park just after Chrstmas in 2002, his stunning performance saw Diamonds lose despite numerous attempts to beat him. He joined Stevenage Borough in the summer of 2004, before being released at the end of the season. He joined Diamonds on 17 May 2005 as cover for Jamie Young and made his debut in October 2005. After three consecutive clean sheets, a serious achilles tendon injury after just 12 minutes at Barnet led to his eventual retirement from the playing side. On 6 February 2006, he was appointed as assistant manager to Barry Hunter.

woodman

He was released in May 2006 after Diamonds relegation, and became the goalkeeping coach at West Ham United under Alan Pardew. After Pardew’s move to Charlton Athletic, Andy joined him in the summer of 2007 as their goalkeeping coach. After Pardew’s appointment as manager of Newcastle United, Andy once again joined him, becoming their goalkeeping coach on 13 December 2010.  After seven successful years there he joined Arsenal as their Under-23 Goalkeeping Coach and Head of the Academy Goalkeeper coaching. In March 2021 he left Arsenal to become Manager of Bromley FC.

Appearances

2005/2006 – squad number 17

CCL2

15.10.05

Wycombe Wdrs(A)

LDV1

18.10.05

Southend Utd (H)

CCL2

22.10.05

Shrewsbury Tn (H)

CCL2

29.10.05

Barnet (A)

Chris O’Grady

Chris O’Grady

Born 25 January 1986 (Age 19 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #214)

Total appearances 25 – 4 goals

(22 League, 1 League Cup, 2 League Trophy)

Debut:

20 August 2005 (Home Chester City)

Final game:

31 December 2005 (Away Torquay United)

Chris started out as a trainee at Leicester City and broke into the first team in April 2003 making his Championship debut in a 2-0 win over Grimsby Town. He went out on a three month loan to Notts County in September 2004, before returning to Leicester. Chris came to Nene Park on a half season loan from Leicester City on 12 August 2005 and scored on his debut in the 1-1 draw against Chester City. He also scored in his final game at Torquay.

He returned again to Leicester City on 1 January 2006 and made several appearances for the Foxes, mainly off the bench. After a limited number of outings the following season, Chris signed for Rotherham United in January 2007 for £65,000. He went on to score 15 times in 55 appearances over the next season and a half. Although he still had a year left on his contract with Rotherham, he was sold to Oldham Athletic on 28 May 2008 for an undisclosed fee after declining a “wage referral”. He failed to get a regular first team place, and went out on several loans (Bury October 2008 one month), Bradford City (January 2009 one month), Stockport County (February 2009 three months). On 21 August 2009, Chris went on a half season loan to League Two side Rochdale, and the move was made permanent on 14 January 2010, when Oldham agreed a fee, allowing him to sign a two and a half year contract. On 9 August 2011, Chris joined League One side Sheffield Wednesday for a reported £350,000 transfer fee on a three year deal, helping the side to promotion to the Championship. On 31 January 2013, Chris joined fellow Championship side Barnsley on a loan deal until the end of the season. He scored 6 goals in 16 appearances, and scored a vital goal for the Tykes on the last day of the season to help them avoid relegation. Although he returned to Hillsborough at the end of the season, he agreed a two year deal with Barnsley on 19 June 2013, for an undisclosed fee. Chris scored 15 goals in 40 appearances for the Tykes, but was sold to Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion on 19 July 2014, agreeing a three year deal for an undisclosed fee.

After a number of loan spells whilst at Brighton he joined Chesterfield in June 2017. From there he signed for Oldham Athletic in the summer of 2018. His playing career ended with a spell at Bolton Wanderers in the 2019/20 season. His Wikipedia page is here.

Appearances

2005/2006 – squad number 19

CCL2

20.8.05

Chester City (H)

as sub

1 goal

CC1

24.8.05

Coventry City (H)

CCL2

27.8.05

Lincoln City (H)

CCL2

29.8.05

Grimsby Town (A)

CCL2

2.9.05

Peterborugh (H)

CCL2

10.9.05

Oxford Utd (A)

CCL2

13.9.05

Macclesfield (A)

CCL2

17.9.05

Stockport Co (H)

1 goal

CCL2

24.9.05

Notts County (A)

CCL2

27.9.05

Northampton (H)

CCL2

1.10.05

Rochdale (A)

CCL2

7.10.05

Bury (H)

CCL2

15.10.05

Wycombe (A)

LDV1

18.10.05

Southend Utd (H)

CCL2

22.10.05

Shrewsbury (H)

1 goal

CCL2

29.10.05

Barnet (A)

CCL2

11.11.05

Boston Utd (H)

LDV2

22.11.05

Swansea City (A)

CCL2

26.11.05

Darlington (A)

CCL2

6.12.05

Carlisle Utd (H)

CCL2

10.12.05

Mansfield Tn (H)

CCL2

17.12.05

Chester City (A)

CCL2

26.12.05

Leyton Orient (A)

CCL2

28.12.05

Cheltenham (H)

as sub

CCL2

31.12.05

Torquay Utd (A)

1 goal

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