Lee Phillips

Lee Phillips

Born 16 September 1980 (Age 27 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #293)

Total appearances 26 – 3 goals

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

Debut:

26 July 2008 (Home Peterborough United)

Final game:

16 December 2008 (Home Newport County)

Lee joined Rushden & Diamonds from Torquay United on 15 May 2008 for an undisclosed fee prior to the start of the 2008 / 2009 season. As a youngster Lee was an impressive rugby player as well as a footballer, but he signed for Plymouth Argyle as a youth player, becoming the youngest player to appear for the Argyle first team aged just 15 years old. He remained at Plymouth for five season, although he suffered a broken leg during his time with them and never really returned to first team action. In January 2001, he joined Weymouth, initially on loan, but agreed to sign a permanent deal in March. Financial difficulties at Weymouth saw him go out on loan to Newport County in February 2002 in an effort to cut the wage bill. He had a trial at Yeovil Town later that year, but remained at Weymouth, scoring some 33 goals in 67 appearances. On 22 February 2005, Lee signed for Exeter City for an undisclosed fee on a three year contract.

Torquay United agreed a £17,500 transfer fee in June 2007, and he moved to Plainmoor, forming an impressive strike partnership with Tim Sills. He scored 12 times for the Gulls in the 2007 / 2008 season with numerous assists, proving to be an influential and creative front man.

Lee Phillips tangles with Chris Westwood

He made his first senior appearance for the Diamonds as they beat League One Peterborough United to win the NFA Maunsell Cup Final on 26 July 2008. He scored his first goal for the club on 4 August 2008 in a friendly against a Spurs XI and went on to make his league debut for the Diamonds in their 1-0 opening day victory over Eastbourne Borough the following Saturday. He scored his first league goal for the club in the following game at home to Ebbsfleet United on 12 August.

Lee Phillips clears ahead of Alan Marriott

Lee left the club on 5 January 2009 after being released to re-join one of his former teams – Weymouth. After a short stay in Dorset he moved to Cambridge United in March 2009, helping them to the Conference Play-off final and being rewarded with a contract for the 2009 / 2010 season. After release by Cambridge the following season, he signed for newly promoted Conference side Bath City on 13 July 2010. On 2 March 2012, he went on an end of season loan to Conference South sideEastleigh. He returned to Bath City after the loan, but decided to leave in May 2012. On 25 June 2012, Lee joined Southern League Premier side Chippenham Town. He stayed with Chippenham until 2016 before joining Exmouth Town for the 2016-17 season. The following season he joined Saltash United aged 37, and was still there for the 2018/19 campaign.

 

Appearances

2008/2009 – squad number 9

MCF

26.7.08

Peterborough U(H)

Conf

9.8.08

Eastbourne B (A)

Conf

12.8.08

Ebbsfleet Utd (H)

1 goal

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

20.9.08

Burton Albion (H)

as sub

Conf

23.9.08

Wrexham (A)

as sub

Conf

29.9.08

Altrincham (H)

as sub

Conf

4.10.08

Oxford Utd (A)

as sub

Conf

7.10.08

Grays Ath (H)

Conf

12.10.08

Torquay Utd (H)

Conf

18.10.08

York City (A)

FAC4q

25.10.08

Evesham Utd (A)

SS3

4.11.08

Stevenage B (H)

as sub

Conf

8.11.08

Weymouth (H)

as sub

HSCQF

11.11.08

Rothwell Corin (H)

1 goal

Conf

15.11.08

Kidderminster (H)

as sub

Conf

22.11.08

Eastbourne B (H)

Conf

6.12.08

Barrow (H)

as sub

1 goal

Conf

9.12.08

Woking (A)

FAT1

13.12.08

Newport Co (A)

FAT1r

16.12.08

Newport Co (H)

as sub

Jason Goodliffe

Jason Goodliffe

Born 7 March 1974 (Age 32 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #262)

Total appearances 7

(7 League)

Debut:

10 February 2007 (Away Dagenham & Redbridge)

Final game:

14 April 2007 (Home Kidderminster Harriers)

Jason started his career at Hayes in 1992, progressing through the club’s youth system to spend nine years with the club. During his time there, he faced Diamonds several times, scoring an own goal on one occasion. His spell at Hayes came to an end in May 2001, when he signed for Stevenage Borough. It was another long spell, spending another six and a half years with the club becoming the club captain and a fans favourite. He also made appearances for the England nonleague side.Whilst with Stevenage, Jason played under the then Diamonds Manager, Graham Westley and was part of the Borough side that narrowly lost out 1-0 to Carlisle United in the Conference Play-Off Final in May 2005. In October 2006, Jason went on a three month loan spell with York City before returning in January. He was released by Borough on 31 January 2007 after 158 appearances, allowing him to become a free agent and sign outside the transfer window and it was on 6 February 2007 that he came to Nene Park.on a deal until the end of the season.

Jason Goodliffe

He played seven games during his spell with Diamonds, but was released in May 2007 after failing to secure an extension to his stay. After an approach by York City to return, he elected to join AFC Wimbledon, where he led the team into the Conference South, and then the Conference the following season. Despite being Wimbledon ‘player of the season’, he was released at the end of the season and joined Ryman Premier League side Sutton United on 2 June 2009 as club captain. After a serious of injuries, Jason announced his retirement from football in late-October 2010 to concentrate on coaching and management, and on 5 November 2010, he became assistant manager at Conference South side Boreham Wood, helping them to avoid relegation. He was unable to continue in that role the following season and resigned on 5 August 2011 due to “work and family commitments”, but was appointed assistant manager at Isthmian Premier side Harrow Borough on 9 September 2011. On 13 June 2013, Jason left Harrow to return to his former club, League One side Stevenage as First Team Coach. After spending time back at Woking as Assistant Manager he return to a coaching role at Stevenage in the summer of 2018, working for Dino Maamria.

Appearances

2006/2007 – squad number 16

Conf

10.2.07

Dagenham&Rdg(A)

as sub

Conf

13.3.07

Halifax Town (A)

Conf

23.3.07

Crawley Town (H)

Conf

27.3.07

Grays Athletic (A)

Conf

7.4.07

Southport (H)

as sub

Conf

10.4.07

York City (A)

Conf

14.4.07

Kidderminster (H)

Rodney Hicks

Rodney Hicks

Born 4 November 1986 (Age 20 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #261)

Total appearances 1

(1 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut & Final game:

6 February 2007 (Home Rothwell Town)

Rodney started out as a youngster at Bolton Wanderers before moving south and having a brief spell with Wealdstone. In 2005, he joined the Barnet youth set up for his final year, but was released in the summer of 2006. After trials at Stevenage Borough and Cambridge City, he joined Peterborough United in November 2006, but went out on loan to Kings Lynn making just one appearance. He was recalled to Peterborough United on 19 January 2007 in order to sign for Rushden & Diamonds, but quickly fell out of favour, making just a single Hillier Senior Cup appearance. He was released on 19 February, and joined Boreham Wood. After trials at Harrow Borough, Grays Athletic and Crawley Town during 2007, he has since played for Cheshunt, Halesowen Town and Northwood, who he joined in March 2008 before signing for St.Albans City in July. He was released again, and rejoined Northwood to play a couple of games in October, before signing for Hitchin Town later that month. Yet again, his stay was a brief one, being released by Hitchin in mid-November 2008, returning to Wealdstone. On 26 December 2009, he joined Southern League Premier Division side Hemel Hempstead Town, scoring once in 6 appearances. In August 2010, Rodney returned for a third spell with Southern League Central Division side Northwood. Rodney moved to fellow Southern League side North Greenford United in March 2011, but he left at the end of the season.  No record of his involvement with the game has been found between 2012 to 2018.

Appearances

2006/2007 – squad number 34

HSCSF

6.2.07

Rothwell Town (H)

Dino Maamria

Dino Maamria

Born 18 February 1974 (Age 32 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #260)

Total appearances 5 – 1 goal

(4 League, 1 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut:

6 February 2007 (Home Rothwell Town)

Final game:

24 February 2007 (Away Aldershot Town)

Tunisian born Dino started his career in England with Doncaster Rovers in August 1998 and spent two seasons with the club. In August 2000, he joined Southport for one season, then Leigh RMI for a further two season. In February 2003, Stevenage Borough paid a five figure sum for his services and he scored 5 times in ten League games. He went to America at the end of the season and played nine games for Charleston Battery, before returning to Stevenage Borough in September 2003 spending three successful seasons with the Conference side. He returned to Southport in July 2006 on a free transfer.

Dino was signed by Graham Westley on 31 January 2007 on a free transfer, but following Westley’s departure, he found himself out of favour and went on loan to Southport on 9 March 2007 until the end of the season. His contract was cancelled by mutual consent in May 2007, and he joined Northwich Victoria. Following the sacking of Vic’s manager Paul Warhurst, Dino took over as caretaker manager, eventually taking over the position on a permanent basis. On 23 October 2008 however, he was sacked as manager. He joined Conference North side Hyde United on 7 November 2008, but then moved on to become assistant manager at Stevenage Borough 10 days later. Following Graham Westley’s move to Preston North End on 14 January 2012, Dino followed him to Deepdale to become head coach. He returned to Stevenage (2013-15) and then Newport County (2016-17) as Westley’s assistant. He took over the reins with Nuneaton Town in 2017, and, although having success there, he accepted the First Team Manager role at Stevenage in March 2018.

Appearances

2006/2007 – squad number 10

HSCSF

6.2.07

Rothwell Town (H)

Conf

10.2.07

Dagenham&Red (A)

Conf

17.2.07

St.Albans (H)

as sub

1 goal

Conf

20.2.07

Exeter City (A)

Conf

24.2.07

Aldershot Tn (A)

Michael Bostwick

Michael Bostwick

Born 17 May 1988 (Age 18 at debut)

Position: Defender/Midfielder

(Diamonds player #259)

Total appearances 10

(8 League, 2 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut:

6 February 2007 (Home Rothwell Town)

Final game:

27 March 2007 (Away Grays Athletic)

Michael started out as a trainee with Millwall, earning a contract with them in July 2005. In March 2006, he went out on loan to Crawley Town staying until the end of the season. He returned on loan to Crawley on a season long loan at the start of the following season, but was recalled on 27 January 2007 in order to join Rushden on a permanent 18 month deal under Graham Westley. He was allocated the squad number 32.

Michael was a utility player, able to play in both defence and midfield, but following Garry Hill’s appointment as manager, he was released by mutual consent on 13 April 2007 and joined Ebbsfleet United on a free transfer during August. After a successful season with the Fleet, he joined Stevenage Borough on 20 May 2008, on a two year deal to link up with Graham Westley again following his appointment as Borough manager. He helped Stevenage to the Conference title at the end of the 2009/2010 season, and helped them gain promotion to League One the following season. After four successful seasons at Broadhall Way, Michael joined Championship side Peterborough United on 9 July 2012 for an undisclosed fee. He remained a Posh player until the end of the 2016-17 season, joining Lincoln City ahead of the following season. His Wikipedia page is here.

Appearances

2006/2007 – squad number 32

HSCS

6.2.07

Rothwell Town (H)

Conf

10.2.07

Dagenham & R (A)

Conf

17.2.07

St.Albans (H)

as sub

Conf

20.2.07

Exeter City (A)

Conf

24.2.07

Aldershot Town (A)

Conf

6.3.07

Morecambe (H)

as sub

Conf

13.3.07

Halifax Town (A)

HSCF

20.3.07

Woodford Utd (A)

Conf

23.3.07

Crawley Town (H)

Conf

27.3.07

Grays Ath (A)

as sub

Martyn Margarson

Martyn Margarson

Born 7 September 1988 (Age 18 at debut)

Position: Goalkeeper

(Diamonds player #258)

Total appearances 6

(3 League, 3 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut:

6 February 2007 (Home Rothwell Town)

Final game:

29 April 2008 (Home Brackley Town)

Spotted by one of the Diamonds scouts at an under-16 county trial in Lincoln, goalkeeper Martyn signed a scholarship deal with the club in August 2004. After a number of impressive performances for the youth team and the reserves, he signed a one year contract on 17 May 2007. In order to gain first team experience, he went out on a one month loan (later extended to three) to Long Buckby on 9 August 2007. He was recalled on 26 October 2007 to step up a level with Rugby Town, where he remained until 26 January 2008. He had a further one month spell on loan to Soham Town Rangers on 20 February. That exercise paid off when Diamonds suffered a goalkeeping crisis at the end of the season, and he made his League debut against Stafford Rangers in April 2008 in difficult circumstances whilst carrying an injury. Following his recovery he was able to make two further league starts before the end of the season, as well as earning the man-of-the-match credit as the Diamonds retained the Hillier Senior Cup in the last game of the season. The club exercised an extension option on his contract for the 2008 / 2009 season, and agreed a season long loan with Boston United, but on 11th September 2008 he was released from that contract to allow him to join Boston United permanently.

Martyn Margarson

He went out on loan to Radcliffe Borough in February 2009, before being released by the Pilgrims at the end of the season. He joined Northern Premier League Division One South side Spalding United for the 2010/2011 season, before a brief spell with Louth Town. He joined League Two side Stevenage for the last two games of the season, appearing on the bench, but then joined Lincolnshire Counties Premier side Skegness United in time for the start of the 2011/12 campaign. No record of his involvement with the game has been found between 2012 to 2018.

Appearances

2006/2007 – squad number 23

HSCSF

6.2.07

Rothwell Town (H)

2007/2008 – squad number 19

HSCSF

21.1.08

North’ton Spcr (H)

Conf

15.4.08

Stafford Rgrs (A)

Conf

24.4.08

Grays Ath (A)

Conf

26.4.08

Aldershot Tn (H)

HSCF

29.4.08

Brackley Town (H)

David Perpetuini

David Perpetuini

Born 26 September 1979 (Age 27 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #257)

Total appearances 5

(5 League)

Debut:

20 January 2007 (Home Stafford Rangers)

Final game:

24 February 2007 (Away Aldershot Town)

David was in the Youth set up at Watford and progressed to the first team. He played 13 games for them in the Premiership during the 1999/2000 season, scoring once in the 3-2 win over Southampton, but they were relegated to the Championship at the end of the season. In August 2001, Gillingham payed a sum of £100,000 to bring him to Kent, and he spent 3½ years with them before being released in January 2005. He played for Wycombe Wanderes and Walsall, before joining non-league Stevenage Borough in the summer of 2005. He was released after one season, and was playing for Lewes when Graham Westley brought him to Nene Park on a non-contract basis on 18 January 2007.

David Perpetuini

He made his debut as a substitute against Stafford Rangers on 20 January, and played a further four times before being released on 15 March following the end of Westley’s reign. He went to Kettering Town for the remainder of the season., before joining Barton Rovers in the summer. He left in November to join Halesowen Town for the rest of the season. In August 2008, he joined Brackley Town of the BGB Southern League Premier Division. He left the Saints at the end of the 2008-09 and joined Oxford City on 1 June 2009. The following season, he was with Hemel Hempstead Town, but joined Southern League Division 1 Central side Aylesburyin July 2010. On 5 November 2010, he signed for Southern League Division One Central side Arlesey Town. After a couple of seasons there he retired from the game.

Appearances

2006/2007 – squad number 28

Conf

20.1.07

Stafford Rgrs (H)

as sub

Conf

23.1.07

Cambridge Utd (H)

as sub

Conf

29.1.07

Oxford Utd (A)

Conf

20.2.07

Exeter City (A)

Conf

24.2.07

Aldershot Town (A)

Chris Beardsley

Chris Beardsley

Born 28 February 1984 (Age 22 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #256)

Total appearances 14 – 5 goals

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

Debut:

20 January 2007 (Home Stafford Rangers)

Final game:

21 April 2007 (Home Woking)

Chris started his career with Mansfield Town, rising up through their youth ranks to sign his first professional contract. He went out on loan to Worksop at the end of the 2003/2004 season before being released. After a trial at Doncaster Rovers, he signed a short term deal, but left in December 2004, and went to Kidderminster Harriers for the remainder of the season. In the summer of 2005, he rejoined Mansfield Town but found himself out of the first team, and he arrived at Nene Park on 19 January 2007 for a one month loan period. After scoring twice in three League games, Chris signed a 1½ year deal on 31 January just prior to the closing of the transfer window. Despite this, he only started a further 4 games for Diamonds, including the Hillier Senior Cup Final at Woodford United, where he scored a hat-trick to lift the Cup.

Chris Beardsley

With the departure of manager Graham Westley, Chris left by mutual consent in the summer and joined York City on 19 June 2007. He struggled again to secure a first team place, and went on loan to Kettering Town in December 2007 for the rest of the season, making a permanent move to the Poppies in the summer. In November 2008, he went on loan briefly to Kidderminster Harriers, and despite a successful period with Kettering, left in May 2009, and joined fellow Conference side Stevenage Borough, helping them to the Conference title. He remained with Stevenage into the Football League, although an injury in September 2010 limited his appearances for them. Chris left the club at the end of his contract on 1 June 2012 after 22 goals in 117 appearances. He spent ther pre-season with his former manager Graham Westley at League One side Preston North End, joining them on 11 August 2012.  On 31 October 2013, Chris joined League Two side Bristol Rovers on a one month loan deal, later extended until 5 January 2014. He was released at the end of the season, and re-joined League Two side Stevenage on 12 July 2014. He joined Mansfield Town for the 2015-16 season, retiring from playing full-time at the end of that campaign. He became fitness coach at Burton Albion in the summer of 2018. His Wikipedia page is here.

Appearances

2006/2007 – squad number 29

Conf

20.1.07

Stafford Rgrs (H)

Conf

23.1.07

Cambridge Utd(H)

1 goal

Conf

29.1.07

Oxford Utd (A)

1 goal

FAT3

3.2.07

Gravesend&Nflt(A)

Conf

10.2.07

Dagenham&Rdg(A)

Conf

17.2.07

St.Albans (H)

Conf

20.2.07

Exeter City (A)

as sub

Conf

24.2.07

Aldershot Town(A)

as sub

Conf

3.3.07

Exeter City (H)

as sub

Conf

13.3.07

Halifax Town (A)

as sub

HSCF

20.3.07

Woodford Utd (A)

3 goals

Conf

23.3.07

Crawley Town (H)

as sub

Conf

17.4.07

Stevenage Boro(A)

as sub

Conf

21.4.07

Woking (H)

as sub

Mark Albrighton

Mark Albrighton

Born 6 March 1976 (Age 30 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #255)

Total appearances 19 – 2 goals

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

Debut:

13 January 2007 (Away Witton Albion)

Final game:

28 April 2007 (Away Burton Albion)

Mark joined Atherstone United as a young central defender at the beginning of the 1998/99 season. He signed for Telford United the following season and after three years, joined Conference side Doncaster Rovers for a £10,000 transfer fee. During his stay with Rovers they regained their Football League status via the inaugural play-off final at the Britannia Stadium in May 2003, although he remained on the bench throughout the 3-2 victory over Dagenham & Redbridge. He was loaned out to Chester City in February 2006, before joining Boston United in May.

His stay with the Pilgrims was short lived, being loaned out initially to Darlington, before arriving at Nene Park for a one month loan on 12th January 2007, making his debut as a substitute at Witton Albion the following afternoon. The loan was later extended until the end of the season. He was allocated squad number 25 during his time with here.

Mark Albrighton

At the end of his loan, he returned to Boston United, but was immediately released and joined Cambridge United before the start of the 2007/2008 season. Mark left Cambridge United after their play-off final defeat and joined Stevenage Borough on 30 May 2008 for a nominal fee, becoming part of their promotion winning side in the 2009/2010 season. He was released at the end of the season however, and joined Kidderminster Harriers on a one year deal on 30 June 2010. After the single season, he joined Conference North side Nuneaton Town on 26 May 2011 for the following season, before joining Southern League Premier side Barwell on 12 June 2012. On 25 October 2013, Mark moved to NPL Division One South side Bedworth United, staying with the club through into the 2018/19 season. In August 2019 he joined Coventry Sphinx aged 43. His Wikipedia page is here.

Appearances

2006/2007 – squad number 25

FAT2

13.1.07

Witton Albion (A)

as sub

Conf

20.1.07

Stafford Rgrs (H)

Conf

23.1.07

Cambridge Utd (H)

Conf

29.1.07

Oxford Utd (A)

Conf

10.2.07

Dagenham & R (A)

Conf

17.2.07

St.Albans (H)

Conf

20.2.07

Exeter City (A)

Conf

24.2.07

Aldershot Town (A)

Conf

3.3.07

Exeter City (H)

1 goal

Conf

6.3.07

Morecambe (H)

HSCF

20.3.07

Woodford Utd (A)

Conf

27.3.07

Grays Ath (A)

Conf

31.3.07

Forest Green (A)

Conf

3.4.07

Weymouth (H)

1 goal

Conf

7.4.07

Southport (H)

Conf

10.4.07

York City (A)

Conf

17.4.07

Stevenage Boro (A)

as sub

Conf

23.4.07

Northwich Vic (H)

Conf

28.4.07

Burton Albion (A)

Tom Bonner

Tom Bonner

Born 6 February 1988 (Age 18 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #254)

Total appearances 3

(2 FA Trophy, 1 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut:

13 January 2007 (Away Witton Albion)

Final game:

6 February 2007 (Home Rothwell Town)

Tom started his career in the youth set up at Northampton Town in 2005. He spent a half-season loan at Nuneaton Borough in August 2006, but on his return to Northampton, he was released. He joined Rushden & Diamonds on 9 January 2007, initially on non-contract forms, but was signed until the end of the following season on 31 January. He went on a one month loan to Bedford Town on 9 February 2007, then on return, went out on loan again on 16 March to Heybridge Swifts, where he played until the end of the season. Although he received the squad number 23 for the 2007/08 season, he was released by mutual consent on 20 August, and joined Corby Town. In January 2008, he signed for Hinckley United of the Conference North. A move to Solihull Moors followed in February 2009, before signing for Conference North side Corby Town on 1 June 2009, joining several other former Diamonds players at the newly promoted club. He was released by Corby before the season started, moving to Ilkeston Town in early August 2009. He moved south during the following summer, joining newly promoted Conference South side Dartford in July 2010. On 7 May 2013, it was announced that Tom would be joining fellow Conference side Cambridge United for the 2013/2014 season. He was released by Cambridge in January 2015, joining Ebbsfleet United. He rejoined Dartford for the 2016-17 season and remained there into the 2018-19 season. His Wikipedia page is here.

Appearances

2007/2008 – squad number 26

FAT2

13.1.07

Witton Albion (A)

FAT2

3.2.07

Gravesend & N (A)

HSCSF

6.2.07

Rothwell Town (H)

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