Michael Malcolm

Michael Malcolm

Born 13 October 1985 (Age 21 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #272)

Total appearances 12 – 2 goals

(8 League, 2 FA Cup, 2 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut:

15 September 2007 (Home Burton Albion)

Final game:

13 November 2007 (Home Cogenhoe United)

Michael started his career as a schoolboy at Wycombe Wanderers, but was spotted by Tottenham Hotspur at the age of 14, and signed for them – Wycombe gaining £10,000 for his signature. He represented England at schoolboy level, but in July 2005, he was released without making a first team appearance, and joined Stockport County. He attracted interest from Dutch side FC Utrecht and German side Werder Bremen, but prospective deals fell through. After two years with the Hatters and over 40 appearances with just 5 goals, he was released. He signed for Conference North side Kettering Town in July 2007, but after just 6 games he was released, and he joined Diamonds on 14 September 2007 on a non-contract basis. After 12 appearances for Diamonds, and two goals, including one at Weymouth, he went on loan to Conference South side Billericay Town on a one month deal. On his return however, his contract was not renewed and he joined Weymouth on 4 January 2008.

Djoumin Sangare gets away from Michael Malcolm

In November 2008, he joined Crawley Town, initially on loan, which was later made into a permanent deal. After being released by Crawley midway through the following season however, he joined Conference South side Farnborough on 27 December 2010 until the end of the season. On 21 July 2011, Michael joined Isthmian Premier side Lewes, but was released at the end of January 2012, joining Conference South side Bromley on 3 February 2012. He left Bromley for Isthmian Premier side Whitehawk on 4 January 2013, helping them to promotion into the Conference South. He left at the end of the season, and signed for fellow Conference South side Maidenhead United on 11 June 2013. He left by mutual agreement at the beginning of January 2014, before signing for Isthmian Premier side Wealdstone on 25 January 2014 as they won promotion to the Conference South.

He then finished the 2014-15 season a St Albans City, before spending the following season with Cambridge City, Staines and Cray Wanderers, along with a short spell with Hayes & Yeading. The 2016-17 season was mostly spent with Barton Rovers, with a stay at Hanwell Town in 2017/18, leaving there before the end of the season.

Appearances

2007/2008 – squad number 23

Conf

15.9.07

Burton Albion (H)

Conf

18.9.07

Weymouth (A)

as sub

1 goal

Conf

22.9.07

Halifax Town (A)

as sub

Conf

25.9.07

Grays Athletic(H)

as sub

Conf

29.9.07

Stafford Rgrs (H)

HSC1

3.10.07

Corby Town (A)

Conf

6.10.07

Altrincham (A)

as sub

Conf

12.10.07

Forest Green (H)

as sub

FAC4q

27.10.07

Solihull Moors(H)

as sub

Conf

1.11.07

Oxford Utd (H)

as sub

FAC1

10.11.07

Macclesfield Tn(H)

as sub

HSC2

13.11.07

Cogenhoe Utd (H)

1 goal

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Abdou El-Kholti

Abdou El-Kholti

Born 17 October 1980 (Age 26 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #271)

Total appearances 21

(13 League, 1 FA Trophy, 4 League Cup, 3 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut: 30 August 2007 (Away York City)

Final game: 29 April 2008 (Home Brackley Town)

Born of Moroccan parents, French born Abdelhalim El-Kholti started his career at Servette FC in Switzerland, before spending time with Wydad Casablanca in Morocco. In September 2002, he came over the the UK and after a trial, joined Yeovil Town where he played in their Conference winning side. He was released at the end of the 2003/2004 season, and joined Cambridge United, the club being relegated to the Conference. The following season, he joined Chester City, before dropping into non-league football with Weymouth in July 2005. With the Dorset club suffering financial difficulties, he moved to Grays Athleic where he played 6 times before being released. Abdou joined Diamonds on 29 August 2007 re-joining Garry Hill – his former manager at Weymouth. He added flexibility down the left, playing in midfield or defence, and after a brief loan spell at Billericay Town in November, and made an impression towards the end of the 2007/2008 season, notably in the Setanta Shield games.

Abdou El Kholti takes on Craig Farrell

He was released at the end of that season however, and joined Woking 18 June 2008 for the following season. After Woking’s relegation, he joined newly promoted Hayes & Yeading on 1 September 2009, but his stay was short lived and he was released the following month. Abdou retired from football to return the catering business which he had learned while in Paris after leaving school. His passion for pancakes saw him open up his own business in Canary Wharf, London in October 2010. He is still involved with the catering trade as of 2018.

Appearances

2007/2008 – squad number 27

Conf

30.8.07

York City (A)

HSC1

3.10.07

Corby Town (A)

Conf

20.10.07

Exeter City (A)

as sub

HSC2

13.11.07

Cogenhoe Utd(H)

FAT1

15.12.07

Bamber Bdge (A)

SS4

21.12.07

Cambridge Utd(A)

SS5

26.2.08

Kidderminster (A)

Conf

4.3.08

Farsley Celtic (A)

SSQF

8.3.08

Northwich Vic (A)

as sub

Conf

22.3.08

York City (H)

as sub

Conf

24.3.08

Kidderminster (A)

Conf

29.3.08

Droylsden (H)

SSF

3.4.08

Aldershot Tn (A)

as sub

Conf

12.4.08

Forest Green (A)

Conf

15.4.08

Stafford Rgrs (A)

Conf

17.4.08

Torquay Utd (H)

as sub

Conf

19.4.08

Exeter City (H)

Conf

22.4.08

Oxford Utd (A)

as sub

Conf

24.4.08

Grays Ath (A)

Conf

26.4.08

Aldershot Tn(H)

HSCF

29.4.08

Brackley Town(H)

Ryan Semple

Ryan Semple

Born 14 July 1985 (Age 22 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #270)

Total appearances 4

(4 League)

Debut:

11 August 2007 (Away Woking)

Final game:

27 August 2007 (Home Kidderminster Harriers)

Born in Belfast, Ryan began his footballing career with the Youth set up at Peterborough United, during which time he had a trial with Manchester United. The right sided midfielder made his League debut at the age of 17 against Bristol City in October 2002, but suffered a broken leg in February 2003. In a bid to regain fitness, he went out on loan to Conference side Farnborough Town in November 2003 for two month, returning to Peterborough United the following January. He was released in July 2006, and joined Lincoln City, but he again suffered from injury problems which restricted the number of appearances for the Imps. He went to Chester City for another loan period in November 2006.

He was brought to Nene Park by manager Garry Hill on 10 August 2007, initially for a one month loan period, but after four games, he returned back to Sincil Bank where his contract was eventually cancelled by mutual consent in January 2008. He joined Oxford United on non-contract forms in February, but only spent a few weeks before joining Brackley Town in March. He left in May, and joined Deeping Rangers of the UCL Premier Division at the start of the 2008/09 season. Agreed a dual signing deal to enable him to play for Haverhill Rovers of the Ridgeons League Premier Division. On 4 June 2009, he joined Gainsborough Trinity of the Conference North, but then signed for Northern Premier League (Unibond) Premier Division side Boston United on 4 March 2010 in their quest for promotion to the Conference North. Ryan left the Pilgrims at the end of the 2011/2012 season after 9 goals in 79 appearances, and joined Conference North side Corby Town on 20 June 2012. After a single season with the Steelmen, where he scored 15 times, Ryan joined Isthmian Premier side Bury Town on 23 June 2013. He played 27 games for the Blues, scoring 5 times before making a return to Conference North side Boston United on 7 January 2014. At the end of that season his injury problems meant he retired from the playing side of the game to take up a role with the Peterborough United Academy. In 2018 he moved to a role with the Manchester City Academy as their U15 coach. His Wikipedia page is here.

Appearances

2007/2008 – squad number 26

Conf

11.8.07

Woking (A)

as sub

Conf

14.8.07

Farsley Celtic (H)

Conf

18.8.07

Ebbsfleet Utd (H)

Conf

27.8.07

Kidderminster (H)

as sub

Dean Howell

Dean Howell

Born 29 November 1980 (Age 26 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #269)

Total appearances 56 – 1 goal

(43 League, 3 FA Cup, 3 FA Trophy, 5 League Cup, 1 Maunsell Cup, 1 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut:

4 August 2007 (Home Northampton Town)

Final game:

29 April 2008 (Home Brackley Town)

Dean started his career as a trainee at Notts County but failed to break into the first team on a regular basis. He went out on loan to Spalding United in December 1999 until the end of the season when he was released. He joined Crewe Alexandra in the summer of 2000 but went out on loan again, this time to Rochdale before being released again in the summer of 2001. He went on to play for Southport, Morecambe and Halifax Town, before joining Colchester United in August 2005, but was released before the end of the season, re-joining Halifax Town.

After spells at Weymouth and Grays Athletic, Garry Hill brought him to Nene Park, signing a one year deal on 1 August 2007. Playing as a left wing back, he played in all but three Conference games during the 2007/2008 season, scoring once – against Torquay United early in the season.

Dean Howell climbs with Danny Wright

Dean left Nene Park on 13 May 2008 to join the newly promoted Aldershot Town on their return to the Football League. He was released by Aldershot in May 2010 and on 22 July 2010, signed for Crawley Town. He signed an 18 month contract extension in January 2011, and helped them gain two successive promotions to League One, but was released in May 2012. On 26 May 2012, Dean signed for newly promoted League Two side Fleetwood Town on a two year deal. On 5 November 2013, Dean went on a two month loan deal to League Two strugglers Bury. He was released by Fleetwood at the end of his contract in 2014.

Appearances

2007/2008 – squad number 24

MCF

4.8.07

Northampton(H)

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)

1 goal

Conf

27.8.07

Kidderminster (H)

Conf

30.8.07

York City (A)

Conf

4.9.07

Crawley Town (H)

Conf

8.9.07

Salisbury City (A)

as sub

Conf

18.9.07

Weymouth (A)

Conf

22.9.07

Halifax Town (A)

Conf

25.9.07

Grays Athletic (H)

Conf

29.9.07

Stafford Rgrs (H)

Conf

6.10.07

Altrincham (A)

Conf

9.10.07

Cambridge Utd (A)

Conf

12.10.07

Forest Gn Rvs (H)

Conf

20.10.07

Exeter City (A)

FAC4q

27.10.07

Solihull Moors (H)

Conf

1.11.07

Oxford Utd (H)

FAC1

10.11.07

Macclesfield(H)

Conf

17.11.07

Aldershot Tn (A)

Conf

24.11.07

Northwich Vic (A)

FAC2

1.12.07

Bristol Rovers (A)

Conf

4.12.07

Histon (H)

Conf

8.12.07

Droylsden (A)

SS4

21.12.07

Cambridge Utd (A)

as sub

Conf

26.12.07

Stevenage (H)

Conf

29.12.07

Northwich Vic (A)

Conf

1.1.08

Stevenage (A)

Conf

5.1.08

Salisbury City (H)

FAT2

12.1.08

Exeter City (H)

Conf

19.1.08

Crawley Town (A)

Conf

26.1.08

Weymouth (H)

Conf

29.1.08

Burton Albion (A)

FAT3

2.2.08

Halifax Town (A)

Conf

9.2.08

Halifax Town (H)

Conf

16.2.08

Altrincham (H)

FAT4

23.2.08

York City (H)

SS5

26.2.08

Kidderminster (A)

as sub

Conf

1.3.08

Woking (H)

SSQF

8.3.08

Northwich Vic (A)

Conf

11.3.08

Ebbsfleet Utd (A)

Conf

15.3.08

Histon (A)

Conf

22.3.08

York City (H)

SSSF

27.3.08

Halifax Town (H)

Conf

29.3.08

Droylsden (H)

as sub

SSF

3.4.08

Aldershot Tn (A)

Conf

8.4.08

Cambridge Utd (H)

Conf

12.4.08

Forest Gn Rvs (A)

Conf

15.4.08

Stafford Rgrs (A)

as sub

Conf

17.4.08

Torquay United (H)

Conf

19.4.08

Exeter City (H)

Conf

22.4.08

Oxford United (A)

Conf

24.4.08

Grays Athletic (A)

Conf

26.4.08

Aldershot Tn (H)

HSCF

29.4.08

Brackley Town (H)

Martin Foster

Martin Foster

Born 29 October 1977 (Age 29 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #268)

Total appearances 24

(20 League, 2 FA Cup, 1 FA Trophy, 1 Maunsell Cup)

Debut:

4 August 2007 (Home Northampton Town)

Final game:

29 December 2007 (Home Northwich Victoria)

Martin started his career at Leeds United, but failed to break into the first team squad. He went out on loan to Blackpool for some first team experience, but eventually left in 1998 and joined Scottish side Morton. He failed to settle in Scotland and after a loan spell at Doncaster Rovers, joined them in the summer of 1999. Again, appearances were limited, and he went out on loan to Ilkeston Town during his time there. In 2001, Martin signed for Conference side Forest Green Rovers, where he spent three seasons, making over 130 appearances. In 2004, he joined Halifax Town, making almost 100 appearances for the Shaymen, before joining Oxford United on loan in January 2007. He signed for Diamonds from Halifax on 1 June 2007 on a one year contract, but left my mutual consent in January 2008, mainly due to the travelling time from his home and young family in Sheffield.

He left Diamonds to join Tamworth on 8 January 2008 and became their team captain for the 2008 / 2009 season. He joined newly promoted Conference North side Eastwood Town on 17 June 2009, but left on 10 December 2009 to join fellow Conference North side Harrogate Town. After retiring from playing he had a spell as joint-manager at Matlock Town from October 2014 until the start of 2015, before he became Assistant Manager with Gainsborough Trinity in 2016. He left that role in February 2017. His Wikipedia page is here.

Martin Foster clears ahead of Bambers Alex Porter

Appearances

2007/2008 – squad number 17

MCF

4.8.07

Northampton Tn(H)

Conf

25.8.07

Torquay Utd (A)

Conf

27.8.07

Kidderminster (H)

Conf

30.8.07

York City (A)

Conf

4.9.07

Crawley Town (H)

Conf

8.9.07

Salisbury City (A)

Conf

15.9.07

Burton Albion (H)

Conf

18.9.07

Weymouth (A)

Conf

22.9.07

Halifax Town (A)

Conf

25.9.07

Grays Athletic (H)

Conf

29.9.07

Stafford Rgrs (H)

Conf

6.10.07

Altrincham (A)

Conf

9.10.07

Cambridge Utd (A)

Conf

12.10.07

Forest Green (H)

Conf

20.10.07

Exeter City (A)

FAC4q

27.10.07

Solihull Moors (H)

Conf

1.11.07

Oxford Utd (H)

FAC1

10.11.07

Macclesfield Tn (H)

Conf

17.11.07

Aldershot Tn (A)

Conf

24.11.07

Northwich Vic (A)

Conf

4.12.07

Histon (H)

Conf

8.12.07

Droylsden (A)

FAT1

15.12.07

Bamber Bdge (A)

Conf

29.12.07

Northwich Vic (H)

Martin Foster keeps possession ahead of Lucas Akins

Curtis Osano

Curtis Osano

Born 8 March 1987 (Age 20 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #267)

Total appearances 193 – 1 goal

(164 League, 9 FA Cup, 11 FA Trophy, 6 League Cup, 1 Hillier Senior Cup, 2 Maunsell Cup)

Debut:

4 August 2007 (Home Northampton Town)

Final game:

30 April 2011 (Away Darlington)

Born in Kenya, Curtis stared his career as a schoolboy with the Reading Academy and graduated to earn a first team contract with the Royals. As a 19 year old, he went on a two month loan to Aldershot Town in October 2006, before going on an end of season loan with Woking in January 2007. He only made two substitute appearances for Reading and was restricted mainly to the reserves and on 6 July 2007, a season long loan at Nene Park was agreed for the forthcoming season. He had played for Reading in their pre-season friendly at Nene Park prior to the season. In making a total of 56 appearances for Diamonds during that loan spell, Curtis started more League games than any other player and after being released by Reading, became manager Garry Hill’s fifth summer signing on 10 July 2008 on a two year deal. He was capable of playing either as a full back or in midfield.

Curtis Osano Tamworth

During the 2008/2009 season, he was an ever present for the first 39 league games, until injury kept him out of the final games of the season. He scored his debut goal for the club in the 4-0 victory at Altrincham. He showed his flexibility by moving to a role in the centre of defence for a period in the middle of the season, before reverting to his right back role. His performances won him the Diamonds Supporters’ Player of the Season award, and the Diamond Minors’ Player of the Season award. During the following season he once again played at both full-back and centre-back, and his efforts were rewarded with a call-up to the England C squad for their game against Poland Under-23’s in Grodzisk Wielkopolski in November 2009. He agreed an extension to his contract for the 2010/2011 season and went on to make a total of 193 appearances for the club in four years, before being released in May 2011. During July 2011, he had trials with both Brighton & Hove Albion and Luton Town and on 29 July 2011, he signed a six month contract with Luton Town, later extended till the end of the season. On 28 May 2012, Curtis signed a one year deal for League Two side AFC Wimbledon, but after just the single season, he was released on 14 May 2013. Despite having talks with League Two side Newport County, he opted for a deal with newly formed Indian I-League side Jindal Steel Works (JSW) Sports, Bangalore in July 2013. He returned to the UK in 2016, spending a brief period with Farnborough FC before retiring from the game. His Wikipedia page is here.

Appearances

2007/2008 – squad number 2

MCF

4.8.07

Northampton Tn(H)

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)

Conf

27.8.07

Kidderminster (H)

Conf

30.8.07

York City (A)

Conf

4.9.07

Crawley Town (H)

Conf

8.9.07

Salisbury City (A)

Conf

15.9.07

Burton Albion (H)

Conf

18.9.07

Weymouth (A)

Conf

22.9.07

Halifax Town (A)

Conf

25.9.07

Grays Athletic (H)

Conf

29.9.07

Stafford Rgrs (H)

Conf

6.10.07

Altrincham (A)

Conf

9.10.07

Cambridge Utd (A)

FAC4q

27.10.07

Solihull Moors (H)

Conf

1.11.07

Oxford Utd (H)

FAC1

10.11.07

Macclesfield Tn(H)

Conf

17.11.07

Aldershot Tn (A)

Conf

24.11.07

Northwich Vic (A)

FAC2

1.12.07

Bristol Rvrs (A)

Conf

4.12.07

Histon (H)

Conf

8.12.07

Droylsden (A)

FAT1

15.12.07

Bamber Bdge (A)

SS4

21.12.07

Cambridge Utd (A)

Conf

26.12.07

Stevenage B (H)

Conf

29.12.07

Northwich Vic (H)

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)

Conf

26.1.08

Weymouth (H)

Conf

29.1.08

BurtonAlbion (A)

FAT3

2.2.08

Halifax Town (A)

Conf

9.2.08

Halifax Town (H)

Conf

16.2.08

Altrincham (H)

FAT4

23.2.08

York City (H)

SS5

26.2.08

Kidderminster (A)

Conf

1.3.08

Woking (H)

Conf

4.3.08

Farsley Celtic (A)

SSQF

8.3.08

Northwich Vic (A)

Conf

11.3.08

Ebbsfleet Utd (A)

Conf

15.3.08

Histon (A)

Conf

22.3.08

York City (H)

Conf

24.3.08

Kidderminster (A)

SSSF

27.3.08

Halifax Town (H)

SSF

3.4.08

Aldershot Tn (A)

Conf

12.4.08

Forest Green (A)

Conf

15.4.08

Stafford Rgrs (A)

Conf

17.4.08

Torquay Utd (H)

Conf

19.4.08

Exeter City (H)

Conf

22.4.08

Oxford Utd (A)

Conf

24.4.08

Grays Ath (A)

Conf

26.4.08

Aldershot Tn (H)

HSCF

29.4.08

Brackley Town (H)

2008/2009 – squad number 2

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

30.8.08

Kidderminster (A)

Conf

2.9.08

Barrow (A)

Conf

6.9.08

Crawley Town (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)

Conf

18.10.08

York City (A)

FAC4q

25.10.08

Evesham Utd (A)

Conf

1.11.08

Cambridge Utd (A)

SS3

4.11.08

Stevenage B (H)

Conf

8.11.08

Weymouth (H)

Conf

15.11.08

Kidderminster (H)

Conf

22.11.08

Eastbourne B (H)

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)

Conf

26.12.08

Stevenage B (A)

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)

Conf

27.1.09

Mansfield Tn (A)

Conf

1.2.09

Cambridge Utd (H)

Conf

9.2.09

Burton Albion (A)

Conf

21.2.09

Weymouth (A)

Conf

24.2.09

York City (H)

Conf

28.2.09

Mansfield Tn (H)

Conf

7.3.09

Torquay Utd (A)

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)

2009/2010 – squad number 2

Conf

8.8.09

Salisbury City (H)

Conf

11.8.09

York City (A)

Conf

15.8.09

Eastbourne B (A)

Conf

18.8.09

Hayes&Yeading(H)

Coinf

22.8.09

Forest Green (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)

Conf

19.9.09

Mansfield Tn (H)

Conf

22.9.09

Gateshead (A)

Conf

26.9.09

Crawley Tn (A)

Conf

29.9.09

AFC Wimbledon(H)

Conf

3.10.09

Altrincham (H)

Conf

17.10.09

Tamworth (H)

FAC4q

24.10.09

Workington (A)

Conf

31.10.09

Luton Town (A)

FAC1

7.11.09

Hinckley Utd (A)

Conf

14.11.09

Histon (H)

Conf

21.11.09

Salisbury City (A)

Conf

24.11.09

Cambridge Utd (A)

FAC2

28.11.09

Brighton&HA (A)

Conf

1.12.09

York City (H)

Conf

5.12.09

Forest Green (A)

FAT1

12.12.09

Billericay Tn (H)

Conf

28.12.09

Kidderminster H(H)

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)

Conf

16.2.10

Oxford Utd (A)

as sub

Conf

27.2.10

Kettering Tn (H)

Conf

3.3.10

Histon (A)

Conf

6.3.10

Tamworth (A)

Conf

13.3.10

Gateshead (H)

as sub

Conf

20.3.10

Altrincham (A)

Conf

24.3.10

Oxford Utd (H)

Conf

27.3.10

AFC Wimbledon(A)

Conf

30.3.10

Kettering Tn (A)

Conf

2.4.10

Crawley Tn (H)

Conf

5.4.10

Kidderminster (A)

Conf

10.4.10

Ebbsfleet Utd (H)

Conf

13.4.10

Mansfield Tn (A)

Conf

17.4.10

Wrexham (A)

Conf

24.4.10

Luton Tn (H)

POSF1

29.4.10

Oxford Utd (H)

POSF2

3.5.10

Oxford Utd (A)

2010/2011 – squad number 6

Conf

14.8.10

Fleetwood Tn (H)

Conf

17.8.10

Bath City (A)

Conf

21.8.10

Barrow (A)

Conf

24.8.10

AFC Wimbledon(H)

Conf

28.8.10

Grimsby Town (H)

Conf

30.8.10

Kettering Town (A)

Conf

4.9.10

York City (A)

Conf

11.9.10

Newport Co (H)

Conf

18.9.10

Southport (A)

Conf

21.9.10

Histon (H)

Conf

26.9.10

Crawley Town (H)

Conf

29.9.10

Eastbourne B (A)

Conf

2.10.10

Altrincham (A)

Conf

5.10.10

Darlington (H)

Conf

9.10.10

Mansfield Tn (H)

Conf

16.10.10

Tamworth (A)

FAC4q

23.10.10

Kettering Town (A)

Conf

30.10.10

Barrow (H)

FAC1

6.11.10

Yeovil Town (H)

Conf

9.11.10

Kidderminster (A)

Conf

13.11.10

Fleetwood Tn (A)

Conf

20.11.10

York City (H)

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)

FAT1r

11.1.11

Eastwood Tn (A)

Conf

18.1.11

Hayes&Yeading(A)

Conf

22.1.11

Newport Co (A)

Conf

29.1.11

Tamworth (H)

Conf

1.2.11

Cambridge U (H)

Conf

5.2.11

Cambridge U (A)

Conf

12.2.11

Gateshead (H)

Conf

22.2.11

Eastbourne B (H)

Conf

1.3.11

Bath City (H)

Conf

5.3.11

Hayes&Yeading(H)

Conf

8.3.11

Forest Green (H)

Conf

2.4.11

Mansfield Town (A)

as sub

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)

Conf

30.4.11

Darlington (A)

Paul Bastock

Paul Bastock

Born 30 May 1970 (Age 37 at debut)

Position: Goalkeeper

(Diamonds player #266)

Total appearances 25

(19 League, 1 FA Cup, 2 FA Trophy, 1 League Cup, 1 Hillier Senior Cup, 1 Maunsell Cup)

Debut:

4 August 2007 (Home Northampton Town)

Final game:

19 January 2008 (Away Crawley Town)

Prior to joining Diamonds, Paul had played professional and non-league football for over 20 years, making over 600 league appearances for eight different clubs. The highly experienced goalkeeper had begun his career as a youth keeper with Coventry City, and was a member of the side which lifted the FA Youth Cup in 1987. His first professional contract was signed in the summer of 1988, when he joined Cambridge United as a back up. He went on loan to Bath City in October 1988 to gain some first team experience, before making some 12 appearances for the U’s. He spent a short time with Malaysian side Sabah FA, before returning to the UK, joining Fisher Athletic in 1989. In the summer of 1990, he joined Kettering Town, where he spent two seasons before moving on to Boston United. He is widely considered as the best Boston United player of all time, as voted by the fans in a recent poll and holds the all-time record for the most ever appearances for Boston United – 625 games in all competitions. His record breaking 573rd game for the Pilgrims came in a Lincolnshire Senior Cup game against Scunthorpe United in August 2003. He also played several times for the England National Game XI. He spent 12 seasons at Boston United, and missed just one game in their Conference Championship side during the 2001/2001 season. An injury midway through the 2003/2004 season saw his time at Boston come to an end as he was unable to regain his place from replacement Nathan Abbey. He left in October 2004, and joined Scarborough, but the travelling proved to much and he joined Dagenham & Redbridge on a non-contract basis the same month as cover for the suspended Tony Roberts. In November 2004, he joined St.Albans City and made 84 consecutive appearances, before a suspension ended the run. He was part of the promotion winning side that saw the Saints reach the top tier of the Football Conference in the 2005/2006 season – when he won the St Albans Player of the Year award. He was also a goalkeeping coach at Boston United during his latter period at St.Albans.

On 17 May 2007, Garry Hill brought the keeper to Nene Park as Diamonds prepared for their second season back in the Conference. After 13 consecutive appearances for Diamonds, he lost his place to Paul Nicholls, before returning to the first team. The arrival of loanee Dale Roberts in January 2008 however signalled the end of his time at Nene Park, and he left after making just 25 appearances.

Paul Bastock

He rejoined St.Albans City on 28 February 2008 after being released by mutual consent, and remained their first choice keeper at the start of the 2010/2011 season. On 23 March 2011, he was released by mutual consent and rejoined Conference North side Boston United – the side where he had previously made 625 appearances. He went on to make 679 appearances for the Pilgrims before being released at the end of the 2011/2012 season. On 1 June 2012, Paul signed for NPL Premier side Worksop Town- at the age of 42. Despite talk of his retirement, Paul rejoined Southern Premier side St.Albans City on 16 May 2013. After a further season with the club, Paul was released on 1 June 2014, 2 days after his 44th birthday. On 23 July 2014, he joined Southern League Division One Central side Royston Town. He played for St Neots Town in the latter part of the 2014-15 season, Dunstable Town in 2015-16, and Stamford the following season, finishing his career at Wisbech Town in 2017-18.

He finally retired at the end of the 2017-18 season having played 1277 league and cup games – a world record. His Wikipedia page is here.

Appearances

2007/2008 – squad number 1

MCF

4.8.07

Northampton Tn(H)

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)

Conf

27.8.07

Kidderminster (H)

Conf

30.8.07

York City (A)

Conf

4.9.07

Crawley Town (H)

Conf

8.9.07

Salisbury City(A)

Conf

15.9.07

Burton Albion (H)

Conf

18.9.07

Weymouth (A)

Conf

22.9.07

Halifax Town (A)

Conf

25.9.07

Grays Athletic(H)

HSC2

13.11.07

Cogenhoe Utd(H)

FAC2

1.12.07

Bristol Rvrs (A)

Conf

4.12.07

Histon (H)

Conf

8.12.07

Droylsden (A)

FAT1

15.12.07

Bamber Bdge (A)

SS4

21.12.07

Cambridge Utd(A)

Conf

26.12.07

Stevenage B (H)

Conf

29.12.07

Northwich Vic (H)

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)

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