Lewis Hallford

Lewis Hallford

Born 27 November 1991 (Age 16 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #303)

Total appearances 3

(3 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut:

16 September 2008 (Away Rothwell Town)

Final game:

17 November 2009 (Home Kettering Town)

Young right midfielder from Milton Keynes who joined the Centre of Excellence at the start of his Under 14 year. Lewis progressed through the youth set up and had a good season as a first year with his best performance scoring four goals in the Midland Youth Cup Quarter Final against Lincoln City. Lewis represented Scotland at Under-16 level and made his first team debut in the September 2008 against Rothwell in the Hillier Senior Cup.

Lewis went out on work experience to Raunds Town in September 2009, before seeing action with Leighton Town later in the season, but he was released at the end of his scholarship in May 2010. Lewis joined Southern League Premier side Chesham United on 10 August 2010, but after he moved on to Biggleswade Town after a short period, before joining UCL side Newport Pagnell Town in early-October 2010. He then moved to fellow UCL side Olney Town in February 2011, before joining Stewarts & Lloyds Corby on 18 August 2011. He remained with the Foundrymen for less than a month however, joining South Midlands Premier side Aylesbury United on 8 September 2011. In March 2012, he linked up with Elgin City of Scottish League Division 3. Despite being on the bench on a number of occasions, he made just three substitute appearances for the club before leaving in September 2012. Lewis returned to England and was hoping to return to UCL action for the 2013/2014 season, playing a couple of friendlies for AFC Rushden & Diamonds, but joined South Midlands Division One side Winslow United in August 2013. At the end of October 2013, Lewis joined UCL Premier side Cogenhoe United, but quickly moved on to join UCL Division One side Buckingham Town on 20 December 2013.  At the start of the 2014/15 season, he joined fellow UCL Division One side Raunds Town. He moved on to Buckingham Town in early 2015, but has not been seen with another UCL club since the Robins folded.

youth v wycombe

Appearances

2008/2009 – squad number =

HSC1

16.9.08

Rothwell Tn (A)

as sub

HSCSF

2.12.08

Long Buckby (H)

as sub

2009/2010 – squad number =

HSCQF

17.11.09

Kettering Tn (H)

as sub

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George Cox

George Cox

Born 6 December 1991 (Age 16 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #302)

Total appearances 4

(4 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut:

16 September 2008 (Away Rothwell Town)

Final game:

17 November 2009 (Home Kettering Town)

Young central midfielder George was from Bedford and joined Diamonds youth set up with the Under 14’s. He continued his apprenticeship with Diamonds and quickly made a good impression on and off of the pitch in the early part of the 2008/2009 season. George regularly travelled with the First Team squad and made his debut in September 2008 against Rothwell in the Hillier Senior Cup – all his four appearances were coming off the bench.

Youth v QPR

Comfortable playing at either right or left back, he was given work experience with UCL side Northampton Spencer during November 2009 in order to gain more experience of men’s football, and also to Spalding United later in the season. He was released at the end of his scholarship in May 2010, and joined Southern League Division One Central side Biggleswade Town in August 2010. He joined Spalding United later in the season before signing for Deeping Rangers in July 2011. On 6 July 2012, it was announced that George had signed for the newly formed AFC Rushden & Diamonds. He left after 9 appearances, and joined Bedfordshire County League side AFC Oakley Sports M&DH in February 2013. The side subsequently became AFC Oakley M&DH the following season. He represented the Bedfordshire FA in the Inter League Cup in 2017.

YOUTH GEORGE COX CELEBRATES LUTON

Appearances

2008/2009 – squad number =

HSC1

16.9.08

Rothwell Tn (A)

as sub

HSCSF

2.12.08

Long Buckby (H)

as sub

2009/2010 – squad number =

HSC1

13.10.09

Daventry Utd (A)

as sub

HSCQF

17.11.09

Kettering Tn (H)

as sub

Jamie McGuinness

Jamie McGuinness

Born 4 May 1990 (Age 18 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #301)

Total appearances 10

(5 League, 1 League Cup, 4 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut:

16 September 2008 (Away Rothwell Town)

Final game:

13 October 2009 (Away Daventry United)

Jamie began his career with the Luton Town youth set up, playing mainly as a right sided midfielder. During the final year of his scholarship with the Hatters, he went out on a loan spell with Aldershot Town in March 2008, but was released at the end of the 2007/2008 season. He joined Diamonds on trial in July 2008 and appeared in the second half of the 7-0 pre-season victory over Halstead Town. He was signed by Garry Hill on 14 July to provide more options in midfield.

Following his appearance in several of the pre-season games, he made his debut in the NFA Hillier Senior Cup game against Rothwell Town in September 2008. He then made his Conference debut on 23 January 2009 when appearing as a substitute against Forest Green Rovers, and went on to make five league appearances that term (all as a substitute).

Jamie McGuinness

A one year extension to his contract was confirmed by Justin Edinburgh, but he went out on loan to Bedford Town on 17 August 2009, returning at the end of September. In mid-November, he went on loan to Weymouth, initially for one month before being extended until the end of the season. He was released by Diamonds in May 2010. On 13 August 2010, Jamie joined Southern League Premier side Weymouth on a permanent basis, but he didn’t remain there long and was noted playing for the Nike Academy later in the year. In February 2012, he had a trial in Florida, USA with USL/Southern Conference side VSI Tampa Flames and joined them for the forthcoming season in April 2012. In 2015 he joined Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, but after a year or so he returned to Florida to pursue a Soccer Coaching career.

Appearances

2008/2009 – squad number 20

HSC1

16.9.08

Rothwell Tn (A)

SS3

4.11.08

Stevenage B (H)

as sub

HSCQF

11.11.08

Rothwell Corin (H)

HSCSF

2.12.08

Long Buckby (H)

Conf

23.1.09

Forest Green (H)

as sub

Conf

27.1.09

Mansfield Tn (A)

as sub

Conf

1.2.09

Cambridge Utd(H)

as sub

Conf

21.2.09

Weymouth (A)

as sub

Conf

26.4.09

Woking (H)

as sub

2009/2010 – squad number 17

HSC1

13.10.09

Daventry Utd (A)

Joe Day

Joe Day

Born 13 August 1990 (Age 18 at debut)

Position: Goalkeeper

(Diamonds player #300)

Total appearances 41

(33 League, 2 FA Cup, 2 FA Trophy, 4 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut:

16 September 2008 (Away Rothwell Town)

Final game:

5 April 2011 (Away Histon)

Living in Brighton, Joe joined Diamonds as an Under 17 player in January 2007 after leaving the Crystal Palace youth set up. His impressive development was rewarded with an appearance for the First Team in their pre season game at Halstead Town prior to the start of the 2008/2009 season, as well as a number of appearances on the Diamonds bench for first-team games later that season, also playing in the Youth Team as a second year scholar as an Under 19, although he was only eligible to play for the Youth Team in the Puma Junior Alliance League and Cup, but not the FA Youth Cup.

Joe Day Save Kettering

On 16 September 2008 he made his first team debut when appearing in the Hillier Senior Cup game against Rothwell Town – a game in which he kept a clean sheet. This also made him the 300th player to appear for Rushden & Diamonds in a first team game, and he was pictured with fellow goalkeeper Kevin Shoemake, who was the first player on the first Rushden & Diamonds teamsheet.

Joe Day Kev

In the Spring of 2009 he went on a work experience loan to Southern League Premier side Brackley Town, and his performances were rewarded when he was offered a pro deal to keep him at Diamonds once his scholarship was complete. This deal was signed shortly before the start of the 2009/2010 season, along with fellow graduates Jack Higgins and Lewis Hilliard. Joe went out on loan to Harrow Borough at the start of October 2009, initially on a one-month basis. He returned to take a regular place on the Diamonds substitutes bench, and then made his league debut for the Diamonds on 17 April 2010 at Wrexham, keeping a clean sheet in the 1-0 win. The club then took up the option to extend his contract into the 2010/2011 season.

Joe Day Save Tamworth

Following an injury to No.1 keeper Dale Roberts while on England duty, Joe took over as the first team keeper in September 2010 and his excellent performances kept him as first choice keeper following Dale’s recovery from injury and he went on to make 36 appearances during the season before his transfer to Peterborough United on 6 April 2011 for an undisclosed fee. On 6 October 2011, Joe initially went on a one month loan deal to Conference side Alfreton Town. This was extended until the end of the year, before being further extended until the end of the season in January 2012. Joe was still unable to get into the first team at Peterborough Utd the following season, and went out on a loan deal again, this time to Conference South side Eastbourne Borough on 19 October 2012, until the end of the year, but was recalled back to Peterborough early on 2 November 2012 after just 3 appearances. On 28 August 2014, Joe joined his former manager Justin Edinburgh at League Two side Newport County on a one month loan deal. The loan was made permanent and he remained with the Welsh club up to and including the start of the 2018-19 season. His wikipedia entry can be found here.

Appearances

2008/2009 – squad number 26

HSC1

16.9.08

Rothwell Tn (A)

HSCQF

11.11.08

Rothwell Corin (H)

HSCSF

2.12.08

Long Buckby (H)

2009/2010 – squad number 13

HSCQF

17.11.09

Kettering Tn (H)

Conf

17.4.10

Wrexham (A)

2010/2011 – squad number 13

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)

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)

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

12.3.11

Wrexham (A)

Conf

19.3.11

Southport (H)

Conf

22.3.11

Luton Town (H)

Conf

26.3.11

AFC Wimbledon(A)

Conf

2.4.11

Mansfield Town (A)

Conf

5.4.11

Histon (A)

Justyn Roberts

Justyn Roberts

Born 12 February 1986 (Age 22 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #299)

Total appearances 4

(3 League, 1 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut:

26 July 2008 (Away Kidderminster Harriers)

Final game:

16 September 2008 (Away Rothwell Town)

Justyn was born in Lewisham and started out as a trainee with Nottm Forest. He was released at the end of his apprenticeship and initially joined Leyton Orient for a trial in April 2006, although never making it beyond the reserves. He went to Dulwich Hamlet at the start of the 2006/2007 season playing regularly for the Isthmian League side. He moved to Weymouth in the summer of 2007 and made over 20 appearances for the Terras as a central defender, but he was released at the end of the season. Justyn had a trial with Rushden & Diamonds, travelling to Portugal on their pre-season tour and he was offered non-contract terms making his debut in the 2-1 defeat at Kiddermister Harriers in August 2008.

After just 4 appearances, he went to Newport County in the Conference South on 25 Spetember 2008, initially on a one month loan, but was released by them on 27 October 2008. His contract with Rushden & Diamonds expired whilst at Newport, and was a free agent prior to joining Tooting and Mitcham United in March 2009, where he linked up with ex-Diamond Dean McDonald. On 11 July 2009, he joined Ryman Premier side Sutton United, but departed in January 2010, to join another Ryman Premier side Carshalton Athletic. Justyn scored 3 goals in 86 appearances before joining fellow Isthmain Premier side Hampton & Richmond Borough at the start of the 2013/2014 season. He moved to Merstham for the following season before leaving the game.

Appearances

2008/2009 – squad number 22

Conf

30.8.08

Kidderminster (A)

Conf

2.9.08

Barrow (A)

Conf

6.9.08

Crawley Town (H)

HSC1

16.9.08

Rothwell Town (A)

Leon Knight

Leon Knight

Born 16 September 1982 (Age 25 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #298)

Total appearances 13 – 4 goals

(12 League, 1 FA Cup)

Debut:

25 August 2008 (Home Histon)

Final game:

25 October 2008 (Away Evesham United)

Leon signed for on 24th August 2008 following his release by Wycombe Wanderers. He had begun his career at Chelsea where he made just a single appearance in a UEFA Cup match. During his spell with the Blues, he went on loan to QPR, before having an impressive spell at Huddersfield Town. He also went on loan to Sheffield Wednesday and Brighton & Hove Albion, moving to the Seagulls permanently in August 2003 initially on a free transfer, but following Brighton’s promotion in May 2004, a fee of £50,000 was due to Chelsea. After a difference of opinion with the new Brighton manager, he moved to Swansea City in January 2006, but went out on loan to Barnsley at the end of the year, before moving to MK Dons on January 2007. In January 2008, he moved again, this time to Wycombe Wanderers, but his contract was terminated by mutual consent in August 2008.

Leon made his Diamonds debut on 25th August 2008 against Histon at Nene Park, and scored his first goal for the club at Barrow on 2nd September 2008. He left Rushden & Diamonds in December 2008 after making 10 league starts, with two substitute appearances, scoring four goals. He fell out of favour with manager Garry Hill due to his poor discipline and conduct, and was sacked by the club on 12 December 2008.

A contract dispute meant he was unable to sign for any other English FA affiliated club until his contract had expired. He joined Greek side Thrasivoulos Filis in January 2009 for a six month period, before joining Scottish Premier side Hamilton Academicals on 21 August 2009. He made only one start for the Scottish side, before a tunnel brawl eventually led to his release in January 2010. On 15 January 2010, he joined Scottish League Division One side Queen of the South until the end of the season. In September 2010, he was training with Conference side Darlington, but the contract dispute remained and hoping to earn a more permanent contract, but and on 12 October 2010, Leon joined Irish Premier side Coleraine for the remainder of the season. He was expected to rejoin the Northern Irish side for the following pre-season, but failed to report back, first having a trial with Swindon Town on 28 June 2011 (being released after just two days due to insufficient fitness levels), before expressing a desire to join rivals Glentoran. However, Leon resolved his differences and penned a two-year contract with Coleraine on 25 July 2011, but left in January 2012 to join Glentoran. He was suspended by the club however in May 2012 following inappropriate comments on a social media website, and was released on 22 June 2012. Leon returned to football on 21 August 2014, when he signed for NorthWest Counties Division One side Barnton AFC, managed by former team-mate and Diamond Andy Burgess, receiving International clearance a week later. He had a brief period as manager there before leaving the game to focus on Social Media activities.

Appearances

2008/2009 – squad number 7

Conf

25.8.08

Histon (H)

Conf

30.8.08

Kidderminster (A)

Conf

2.9.08

Barrow (A)

1 goal

Conf

6.9.08

Crawley Town (H)

Conf

11.9.08

Lewes (A)

2 goals

Conf

20.9.08

Burton Albion (H)

Conf

23.9.08

Wrexham (A)

Conf

29.9.08

Altrincham (H)

1 goal

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)

as sub

Chris Hope & Leon Knight

Rob Wolleaston

Rob Wolleaston

Born 21 December 1979 (Age 28 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #297)

Total appearances 64 – 9 goals

(58 League, 4 FA Trophy, 1 League Cup, 1 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut:

9 August 2008 (Away Eastbourne Borough)

Final game:

24 April 2010 (Home Luton Town)

Rob began his career at Chelsea but made just two first team appearances during his five years wit the club. He had several loan spells whilst with the club including periods at Bristol Rovers, Nottingham Forest, Portsmouth and Northampton Town. He was released from the Premiership club in the summer of 2003 and joined Bradford City, but the club suffered relegation during his stay and he was released at the end of the season. In July 2004, he joined Oxford United but his stay was marred with a number of injuries. He joined Cambridge United in in February 2006 and made over 90 appearances for the U’s, including scoring both the goals in the second leg of the Blue Square Premier play-off semi-final against Burton Albion which took his side to Wembley.

Rob Wolleaston sees this effort blocked

The talented midfielder joined Diamonds on 2 June 2008 on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee. Rob missed the first few pre-season friendlies and the Maunsell Cup final at the start of the 2008/2009 season as he recovered from injury, but made his debut at Nene Park in a friendly versus Derby County on 29 July 2008. Whilst still gaining match fitness, he went on to make his league debut by appearing as a substitute in the 1-0 opening day victory over Eastbourne Borough on 9 August and scored his first goal for the club in the 1-0 win over Burton Albion on 20 September. With a late flurry of goals in the 2008/2009 season, he finished the season as joint-top league goalscorer with 8 league goals, after appearing in 41 league games.

Rob Wolleaston

He missed most of the first half of the following season after picking up an injury in the fourth game, returning in the last game of 2009. In the New Year, he continued to struggle with fitness, despite scoring the winning goal against eventual Conference Champions Stevenage Borough, and was released at the end of the season.

He joined Conference South side Farnborough in August 2010, but left after just 4 appearances and joined Southern League Premier sideWeymouth in September 2010. He remained with the Terras at the start of the following season, but was released by the club in early-September 2011, joining Isthmian League Premier side Harrow Borough later in the month. He was released in 2014 and has left the game.

Appearances

2008/2009 – squad number 17

Conf

9.8.08

Eastbourne B (A)

as sub

Conf

17.8.08

Wrexham (H)

Conf

23.8.08

Kettering Tn (H)

as sub

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)

1 goal

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

18.10.08

York City (A)

as sub

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)

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)

as sub

FAT2

10.1.09

Torquay Utd (A)

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)

1 goal

Conf

24.2.09

York City (H)

1 goal

Conf

28.2.09

Mansfield Tn (H)

Conf

7.3.09

Torquay Utd (A)

Conf

10.3.09

Lewes (H)

1 goal

Conf

14.3.09

Crawley Tn (A)

Conf

21.3.09

Salisbury City (A)

1 goal

Conf

24.3.09

Oxford Utd (H)

1 goal

Conf

28.3.09

Northwich Vic (A)

1 goal

Conf

31.3.09

Grays Ath (A)

Conf

4.4.09

Salisbury City (H)

Conf

11.4.09

Kettering Tn (H)

Conf

18.4.09

Forest Green (A)

Conf

26.4.09

Woking (H)

1 goal

2009/2010 – squad number 8

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)

HSC1

13.10.09

Daventry Utd (A)

Conf

28.12.09

Kidderminster H(H)

as sub

FAT2

19.1.10

Workington (A)

as sub

Conf

23.1.10

Barrow (H)

Conf

26.1.10

Wrexham (H)

Conf

30.1.10

Hayes&Yeading(A)

as sub

Conf

6.2.10

Grays Athletic (A)

as sub

Conf

9.2.10

Eastbourne B (H)

as sub

Conf

13.2.10

Stevenage B (H)

as sub

1 goal

Conf

16.2.10

Oxford Utd (A)

Conf

30.3.10

Kettering Tn (A)

as sub

Conf

2.4.10

Crawley Tn (H)

as sub

Conf

5.4.10

Kidderminster H(A)

Conf

10.4.10

Ebbsfleet Utd (H)

as sub

Conf

24.4.10

Luton Tn (H)

as sub

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