Sagi Burton

Sagi Burton

Born 25 November 1977 (Age 30 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #292)

Total appearances 12

(11 League, 1 Maunsell Cup)

Debut:

26 July 2008 (Home Peterborough United)

Final game:

4 October 2008 (Away Oxford United)

Born in Birmingham, Osagyefo Burton-Godwin started his youth career with Bolton Wanderers before moving to London with Crystal Palace. The defender obtained his first contract with Palace making a total of 27 appearances, which included 2 Premier League appearances. In the summer of 1999, he was released and joined Colchester United and then Sheffield United for short spells before ending the season with Port Vale. In 2½ season, he made 99 appearances before being released in the summer of 2002. After a brief period at Crewe Alexandra, Sagi joined Peterborough United in August 2002 where he plated 110 games for the Posh. In January 2006, he spent eighteen months with Shrewsbury Town before spending the 2007/2008 season at Barnet. Sagi arrived at Nene Park in July 2008 on a one year deal and impressed during Diamonds pre-season training camp in Portugal prior to the start of that season, including games against local side Portimonense SC and Coca-Cola Championship side Bristol City.

Sagi Burton holds up the Maunsell Cup

Sagi made his first senior appearance for Diamonds on 26 July 2008, captaining the side against his former team as they beat League 1 Peterborough United to win the NFA Maunsell Cup Final. He went on to make his league debut in the 1-0 opening day victory over Eastbourne Borough two weeks later. After a couple of below par performances, he left the club by mutual consent on 3 November 2008, and retired from the game.

Appearances

2008/2009 – squad number 18

MCF

26.7.08

Peterborough U (H)

Conf

9.8.08

Eastbourne B (A)

Conf

12.8.08

Ebbsfleet Utd (H)

as sub

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)

as sub

Conf

2.9.08

Barrow (A)

as sub

Conf

6.9.08

Crawley Town (H)

Conf

11.9.08

Lewes (A)

Conf

20.9.08

Burton Albion (H)

Conf

4.10.08

Oxford Utd (A)

Gareth Jelleyman

Gareth Jelleyman

Born 14 November 1980 (Age 27 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #291)

Total appearances 21

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

Debut: 26 July 2008 (Home Peterborough United)

Final game: 7 March 2009 (Away Torquay United)

Gareth was born in Holywell, North Wales and began his career at Peterborough United as a trainee before signing professional contracts. He went out on loan to Boston United during the 1998/99 season, and also made the Welsh Under-21 squad. A further loan spell followed at  Boston United in August 2004, before joining Mansfield Town in January 2005 on a loan deal which was made permanent on 25 January, after some 122 appearances for the Posh. He remained with the Stags for three seasons, playing over 140 games before being released after their relegation to the Conference. He joined Diamonds prior to their pre-season tour of Portugal in the summer of 2008, and was signed on a one year contract on 21 July 2008, making his first senior appearance for the club as they his former club Peterborough United to win the NFA Maunsell Cup Final on 26 July. He went on to make his league debut for the Diamonds in their 1-0 opening day victory over Eastbourne Borough. Although playing most games in the early part of the 2008/09 season, he picked up an injury in December 2008, and with the arrival of left back Kurt Robinson on loan from Ipswich Town, he was unable to regain his place in the side. He went out on loan to Barrow AFC on 26 March 2009 for the remainder of the season, and was released in May 2009.

Gareth Jelleyman climbs above Luke Moore

In late July 2009, he signed for AFC Telford United, but ater just 6 games, went back to Barrow AFC at the end of August, before being released by them in May 2010. On 30 July 2010, Gareth joined Conference North side Boston United, extending his contract in May 2012 for another season. After 102 appearances for the Pilgrims, it was announced on 22 February 2013 that following the birth of his son, he would leave the club by mutual consent to be nearer his home town and on 25 February, he joined Conference North side Corby Town. He left the club on 13 May 2014, and joined newly promoted NPL Division One South side Spalding United as a player/coach. He ended his career in April 2015 after a spell at Stamford.

Gareth Jelleyman climbs above former Diamond Simon Wormull

Appearances

2008/2009 – squad number 3

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

11.9.08

Lewes (A)

Conf

23.9.08

Wrexham (A)

as sub

Conf

4.10.08

Oxford Utd (A)

Conf

18.10.08

York City (A)

FAC4q

25.10.08

Evesham Utd (A)

Conf

22.11.08

Eastbourne B (H)

Conf

29.11.08

Altrincham (A)

Conf

6.12.08

Barrow (H)

FAT1

13.12.08

Newport Co (A)

as sub

FAT1r

16.12.08

Newport Co (H)

Conf

20.12.08

Northwich Vic(H)

as sub

Conf

26.12.08

Stevenage B (A)

Conf

7.3.09

Torquay Utd (A)

as sub

Alan Marriott

Alan Marriott

Born 3 September 1978 (Age 29 at debut)

Position: Goalkeeper

(Diamonds player #290)

Total appearances 13

(12 League, 1 Maunsell Cip)

Debut:

26 July 2008 (Home Peterborough United)

Final game:

29 September 2008 (Home Altrincham)

Alan started his career with the youth set up at Tottenham Hotspur and after an initial two year contract, joined Lincoln City in the summer of 1999, earning the title of young player of the year in his first season with the club. The popular goalkeeper went on to make a total of 395 appearances, holding the club record for the number of clean sheets – 106 in 351 League games. A hamstring injury forced him out of his final game for the Imps in April 2008 after nine years at the club, but not before making a vital penalty save. Alan penned a two-year deal with Diamonds manager Garry Hill on 9 July 2008.

Alan Marriott shouts out intructions

Alan kept a clean sheet in his first senior appearance for the Diamonds on 26 July 2008 as they beat League 1 side Peterborough United to win the NFA Maunsell Cup Final. He went on to keep a clean sheet in his first league game at Eastbourne Borough two weeks later. A stomach injury at the end of September 2008 forced him to have surgery, leading to the return of Dale Roberts to the club. On his return to fitness, he was unable to regain his place in the side.

Alan Marriott punches clear from Glenn Wilson

Alan left the club by mutual consent on 8 January 2009 after just 13 appearances (including 4 clean sheets), and joined Mansfield Town for the remainder of the season. He was offered an extended contract in March to keep him with the Stags until the summer of 2011, but a hip injury kept him side-lined for some six months in October 2010. In May 2012, his contract was extended for a further season. Alan was released by the Stags on 16 June 2014 after some 201 appearances.

Appearances

2008/2009 – squad number 1

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)

Mikkel Andersen

Mikkel Andersen

Born 17 December 1988 (Age 19 at debut)

Position: Goalkeeper

(Diamonds player #288)

Total appearances 3

(3 League)

Debut:

17 April 2008 (Home Torquay United)

Final game:

22 April 2008 (Away Oxford United)

The Danish goalkeeper joined Reading from AD Copenhagen shortly after his 18th birthday in January 2007 as an understudy to Marcus Hahnemann and Adam Federici, and has made a number of appearances on the bench. He went out on a month’s loan to Torquay United in February 2008 and following the recall of Dale Roberts by Nottingham Forest, arrived at Nene Park as an emergency seven day loan on 15 April 2008. After initially failing to get clearance for the game at Stafford Rangers, he made his debut against the club he had just left, Torquay United. He returned to Reading on 23 April. On 9 December 2008, Mikkel went out on a 7day emergency loan to Brentford, before another loan spell with Brighton & Hove Albion in March 2009. On 1 September 2009, he joined Bristol Rovers on a half season loan which was later extended until the end of the 2009/2010 season. He started the following season with a similar loan deal with Bristol Rovers and made 61 appearances in total, before returning to Reading, In June 2011, he played for the Danish Under-21’s at the European Championships. On 18 August 2012, he went on a one month loan deal with cash strapped League One side Portsmouth, and he made his debut on the same day against Bournemouth. His loan was extended by a further month on 18 September 2012, and he eventually returned to Reading on 20 November 2012. With two years still remaining on his Reading contract, he joined Danish Superliga side Randers on 11 June 2013 – on a season long loan deal. He signed with FC Midtjylland in 2015, returning there in 2018 after a spell with Lyngby.

Appearances

2007/2008 – squad number 25

Conf

17.4.08

Torquay United (H)

Conf

19.4.08

Exeter City (H)

Conf

22.4.08

Oxford United (A)

Conal Platt

Conal Platt

Born 14 October 1986 (Age 20 at debut)

Position: Striker

(Diamonds player #287)

Total appearances 10

(10 League)

Debut:

11 March 2008 (Away Ebbsfleet United)

Final game:

26 April 2008 (Home Aldershot Town)

Born in Preston, Conal attended the Liverpool Academy, playing for the U18s and reserve sides and also making the Republic of Ireland under 19 side. The striker was released by Liverpool in May 2006 and joined AFC Bournemouth, but only made a single first team performance in the League Cup. He went out on loan to Morecambe in November 2006 for three months but picked up an injury and returned halfway through the loan period. He then went on loan to Weymouth in February 2007 until the end of the season. He was released by Bournemouth and joined Weymouth at the start of the 2007/08 season. Due to financial problems at the Dorset club, he arrived at Nene Park on 28 February on loan until the end of the season.

Conal Platt attacks Kiddys defence

Conal returned to Weymouth and was released. He joined Forest Green Rovers on 20 May 2008, where he remained for two seasons, before joining Conference side Cambridge United on 17 June 2010. On 30 September 2011, Conal went on a one month loan deal with fellow Conference side AFC Telford. On his return to Cambridge, he went on a further loan deal with Lincoln City on 4 November 2011, a deal which was made permanent on 6 January 2012, with an 18 month contract with the Imps. He suffered a broken leg the following month which kept him out of action for nearly a year. After just one substitute appearance in the 2012/2013 season, he left by mutual consent on 7 March 2013 with a total of 18 appearances, and three goals. He joined Conference North side Gainsborough Trinity the same day, where he scored 4 times in 14 appearances. On 9 July 2013, Conal joined fellow Conference North side Stalybridge Celtic. He stayed there for a season, and was then released.

Appearances

2008/2009 – squad number 23

Conf

11.3.08

Ebbsfleet Utd (A)

as sub

Conf

22.3.08

York City (H)

as sub

Conf

24.3.08

Kidderminster (A)

Conf

29.3.08

Droylsden (H)

Conf

12.4.08

Forest Green (A)

Conf

15.4.08

Stafford Rgrs (A)

Conf

17.4.08

Torquay Utd (H)

Conf

22.4.08

Oxford Utd (A)

Conf

24.4.08

Grays Athletic (A)

Conf

26.4.08

Aldershot Tn (H)

as sub

Charles Ademeno

Charles Ademeno

Born 12 December 1988 (Age 19 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #286)

Total appearances 8 – 1 goal

(7 League, 1 FA Trophy)

Debut:

23 February 2008 (Home York City)

Final game:

29 March 2008 (Home Droylsden)

Charles was a product of the Southend United youth system, earning a professional contract at the club. He initially went out on loan to Bishop’s Stortford at the start of the 2006/07 season, before going to Cambridge United in January 2007, again on a loan deal. After undergoing a knee operation at the start of the following season, he went out on loan to Welling United in November 2007 for a two month period in order to gain match fitness. He joined Diamonds on 21 February 2008 on loan until the end of the season, but was recalled by Southend United on 30 March 2008. During the 2008-09 season he spent time on loan with Salisbury City, and was released by Southend at the end of that season. He signed for Crawley Town on a permanent basis on 26 May 2009, but left at the end of just the one season despite being their leading goal scorer. On 1 July 2010, he joined relegated Grimsby Town as they prepared for their first season in the Conference, but suffered a knee injury in January and failed to regain a regular place in the side. Charles was released at the end of the season and on 27 June 2011, he joined newly promoted League Two side AFC Wimbledon. Injury affected the number of appearances he made, and he scored just once in 21 games for the Dons, mainly as a substitute, and he was released at the end of January 2012. On 21 March 2012, Charles joined Conference South side Eastbourne Borough on a deal until the end of the season. He remained with the club for the start of the 2012/2013 season, but then left the club on 6 October 2012. After a short break, he joined Conference South side Salisbury City on 6 November 2012 on a non-contract basis, looking to earn a permanent deal. He went on to play some 21 games for the Whites, scoring twice, but left at the end of the season. On 22 July 2013, Charles signed for Isthmian Premier side Margate. He was released by Margate on 1 May 2014. He has since become the Fulham Youth Team Inclusion Officer.

Appearances

2007/2008 – squad number 10

FAT4

23.2.08

York City (H)

BSP

1.3.08

Woking (H)

as sub

BSP

4.3.08

Farsley Celtic (A)

as sub

BSP

11.3.08

Ebbsfleet Utd (A)

BSP

15.3.08

Histon (A)

as sub

1 goal

BSP

22.3.08

York City (H)

BSP

24.3.08

Kidderminster H (A)

BSP

29.3.08

Droylsden (H)

Michael Corcoran

Michael Corcoran

Born 28 December 1987 (Age 20 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #286)

Total appearances 120 – 8 goals

(103 League, 4 FA Cup, 7 FA Trophy, 1 League Cup, 4 Hillier Senior Cup, 1 Maunsell Cup)

Debut:

2 February 2008 (Away Halifax Town)

Final game:

30 April 2011 (Away Darlington)

Michael was born in Northern Ireland and started his career with Cardiff City, working his way up through the youth system. He earned a youth International cap for Northern Ireland whilst with the Bluebirds, and in January 2007, went on a three month loan to Oxford United to gain first team experience. In the summer, he joined Oxford on a permanent basis In 31 appearances, he scored twice before being given a free transfer to join Diamonds on 8 February 2008.

Michael Corcoran tangles with former Diamond Simon Rusk

Able to play in midfield or defence, Michael became a good utility player during his time at Nene Park and was able to fit in anywhere he was asked to play. His contract option was taken up at the end of the season, and he signed an extension which kept him at Nene Park until the summer of 2011 later in the year. In the remainder of the 2007/2008 season he appeared 17 times for Diamonds and the following season, played 38 times for the Diamonds in League games, including 7 as substitute, playing in midfield early in the season, then reverting to full back, playing both left and right back, as well as a spell at centre back.

Michael Corcoran celebrates

In the 2009/2010 season he played in various roles in the back four and went on to make 120 appearances in 3½ seasons at Nene Park, scoring 8 goals. He was released in May 2011, and joined Dover Athletic on 24 June 2011. After a season with the Whites, Michael joined newly promoted Conference North side Brackley Town on 13 July 2012 for a single season, helping them into the Play-Offs. He left at the end of the season however, and joined Conference South side Ebbsfleet United on 28 June 2013. He then moved to Wealdstone at the start of 2015, before joining Chelmsford City in May 2016. He joined Hendon for the 2017-18 season, before moving to Hampton & Richmond Borough prior to the 2018-19 season.

Appearances

2007/2008 – squad number 26

FAT3

2.2.08

Halifax Town (A)

as sub

Conf

16.2.08

Altrincham (H)

FAT4

23.2.08

York City (H)

Conf

1.3.08

Woking (H)

Conf

4.3.08

Farsley Celtic (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)

Conf

29.3.08

Droylsden (H)

Conf

8.4.08

Cambridge Utd (H)

Conf

12.4.08

Forest Green (A)

Conf

15.4.08

Stafford Rgrs (A)

Conf

19.4.08

Exeter City (H)

Conf

22.4.08

Oxford Utd (A)

Conf

26.4.08

Aldershot Tn (H)

HSCF

29.4.08

Brackley Town (H)

2008/2009 – squad number 24

MCF

26.7.08

Peterborough U(H)

as sub

Conf

9.8.08

Eastbourne B (A)

as sub

Conf

12.8.08

Ebbsfleet Utd (H)

as sub

Conf

17.8.08

Wrexham (H)

Conf

23.8.08

Kettering Tn (H)

Conf

25.8.08

Histon (H)

as sub

1 goal

Conf

2.9.08

Barrow (A)

Conf

6.9.08

Crawley Town (H)

Conf

11.9.08

Lewes (A)

as sub

HSC1

16.9.08

Rothwell Tn (A)

Conf

20.9.08

Burton Albion (H)

Conf

23.9.08

Wrexham (A)

Conf

29.9.08

Altrincham (H)

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)

Conf

1.11.08

Cambridge Utd (A)

SS3

4.11.08

Stevenage B (H)

Conf

8.11.08

Weymouth (H)

as sub

HSCQF

11.11.08

Rothwell Corin (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

1.1.09

Stevenage B (H)

FAT2

10.1.09

Torquay Utd (A)

Conf

17.1.09

Ebbsfleet Utd (A)

as sub

Conf

23.1.09

Forest Green (H)

1 goal

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

14.3.09

Crawley Tn (A)

as sub

Conf

21.3.09

Salisbury City (A)

Conf

24.3.09

Oxford Utd (H)

Conf

28.3.09

Northwich Vic (A)

Conf

13.4.09

Histon (A)

Conf

18.4.09

Forest Green (A)

Conf

26.4.09

Woking (H)

2009/2010 – squad number 16

Conf

11.8.09

York City (A)

Conf

15.8.09

Eastbourne B (A)

Conf

18.8.09

Hayes&Yeading(H)

Conf

22.8.09

Forest Green (H)

Conf

29.8.09

Stevenage Boro (A)

Conf

12.9.09

Grays Athletic (H)

as sub

Conf

17.10.09

Tamworth (H)

FAC4q

24.10.09

Workington (A)

2 goals

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)

Conf

5.12.09

Forest Green (A)

FAT1

12.12.09

Billericay Tn (H)

Conf

30.1.10

Hayes&Yeading(A)

as sub

Conf

6.2.10

Grays Athletic (A)

1 goal

Conf

9.2.10

Eastbourne B (H)

1 goal

Conf

13.2.10

Stevenage Boro(H)

Conf

16.2.10

Oxford Utd (A)

Conf

3.3.10

Histon (A)

Conf

6.3.10

Tamworth (A)

Conf

13.3.10

Gateshead (H)

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)

2010/2011 – squad number 16

Conf

14.8.10

Fleetwood Tn (H)

1 goal

Conf

17.8.10

Bath City (A)

Conf

21.8.10

Barrow (A)

Conf

24.8.10

AFC Wimbledon(H)

HSC1

12.10.10

Daventry Utd (H)

Conf

16.10.10

Tamworth (A)

as sub

Conf

30.10.10

Barrow (H)

1 goal

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

1.1.11

Luton Town (A)

as sub

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

5.3.11

Hayes&Yeading (H)

as sub

Conf

19.3.11

Southport (H)

as sub

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)

Conf

16.4.11

Gateshead (A)

as sub

Conf

25.4.11

Kidderminster (H)

Conf

30.4.11

Darlington (A)

David Brown

David Brown

Born 2 October 1978 (Age 29 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #285)

Total appearances 5

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

Debut:

2 February 2008 (Away Halifax Town)

Final game:

26 February 2008 (Away Kidderminster Harriers)

David started his career at Oldham Athletic, before being given an opportunity to sign for Manchester United as a trainee in July 1995. The ‘poaching’ cost the Premiership side a £20,000 fine. After failing to break into the first team, Brown was subsequently loaned out to Hull City in March 1998 where the move was eventually made permanent with Brown becoming a first team regular at Boothferry Park. He made 123 appearances and scoring 21 goals for the Tigers.

He had an unsuccessful trial with Torquay United in September 2001 and spent a short period in Australia before returning for a second trial with the Gulls later in the year following a change in management. After just a couple of appearances however, he was let go, and joined Chester City. In August 2002, he joined Telford United, and the following season joined Hereford United where he stayed until March 2005, when he signed a two year contract with Accrington Stanley. David had a loan spell with Burton Albion before arriving at Nene Park on a one month loan deal from Stanley on 31 January 2008.

After just 5 games and no goals, he returned to Accrington, and went on a further one month loan to Northwich Victoria on 29 March 2008 before being released by Stanley in the summer. He joined York City on non contract forms, before moving to AFC Barrow in October 2008. Again, his stay was unsuccessful, and he joined Conference side Forest Green Rovers on 15 January 2009. Following the dismissal of manager Jim Harvey at the end of July, David took over as caretaker until the appointment of Dave Hockaday in September. He left during the following summer, and joined Wrexham on 6 July 2010. He was released in May 2011. He retired from the game and by 2018 he was a scout with Motherwell.

Appearances

2007/2008 – squad number 9

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)

as sub

SS5

26.2.08

Kidderminster (A)

Andy Gooding

Andy Gooding

Born 30 April 1988 (Age 19 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #284)

Total appearances 16 – 1 goal

(13 League, 3 League Cup)

Debut:

29 January 2008 (Away Burton Albion)

Final game:

22 April 2008 (Away Grays Athletic)

Andy started out at the Coventry City Academy and during his time with them, played for the England Youth team alongside Theo Walcott. The midfielder failed to break into the first team squad however, and went out on loan to Burton Albion in August 2007. He was eventually released during a few months later, and joined Rushden & Diamonds on 25 January 20, initially on non-contract forms, but then signed within a week until the end of the season.

Andy Gooding slides in on Greg Young

After sixteen appearances during the season, manager Garry Hill decided to release him in May and he joined Conference North side Hinckley United in July 2008, where he remained for two seasons. On 29 May 2010, he moved to fellow Conference North side Corby Town, and achieved notoriety when he was sent off in the game at Blyth Spartans on 21 August 2010 before ever making an appearance after tripping up the referee’s assistant while warming up! After serving his suspension, he only made three appearances before going out on loan to fellow Conference North side Solihull Moors on 20 October 2010. On his return, he went out on another loan deal on 1 January 2011, this time back to Hinckley United until the end of the season. Andy re-signed for Solihull Moors on 15 June 2012 on a one-year deal, but left the club by mutual consent on 5 November 2012 to sign for Southern League Premier side Bedworth United. He departed at the end of the season, andit was announced on 5 June 2013 that he would join Southern League Division One Central side Kettering Town for the forthcoming season. After three seasons at Kettering he moved to Rugby Town for the 2016-17 season but left there within two months.

Appearances

2007/2008 – squad number 17

Conf

29.1.08

Burton Albion (A)

as sub

Conf

9.2.08

Halifax Town (H)

as sub

Conf

16.2.08

Altrincham (H)

as sub

SS5

26.2.08

Kidderminster H (A)

1 goal

Conf

1.3.08

Woking (H)

Conf

4.3.08

Farsley Celtic (A)

SSQF

8.3.08

Northwich Vic (A)

as sub

Conf

11.3.08

Ebbsfleet Utd (A)

Conf

15.3.08

Histon (A)

Conf

24.3.08

Kidderminster H (A)

Conf

29.3.08

Droylsden (H)

SSF

3.4.08

Aldershot Town (A)

as sub

Conf

12.4.08

Forest Green R (A)

Conf

15.4.08

Stafford Rgrs (A)

Conf

19.4.08

Exeter City (H)

Conf

24.4.08

Gray Athletic (A)

Dale Roberts

Dale Roberts

Born 22 October 1986 (Age 21 at debut)

Position: Goalkeeper

(Diamonds player #283)

Total appearances 104

(90 League, 1 FA Cup, 7 FA Trophy, 5 League Cup, 1 Hillier Senior Cup)

First spell

Debut: 26 January 2008 (Home Weymouth)

Final game: 12 April 2008 (Away Forest Green Rovers)

Second spell

Debut: 4 October 2008 (Away Oxford United)

Final game: 11 September 2010 (Home Newport County)

Dale was born in Horden, County Durham, and started his career in the Middlesbrough Academy after joining from Sunderland at 16. The promising young goalkeeper joined Nottingham Forest in July 2005, as the third choice keeper to Rune Pedersen and Paul Gerrard, and in order to gain some first team experience, went out on loan to Northern Premier League Premier side Eastwood Town in March 2006 making 12 appearances. The following season, he joined Conference North side Alfreton Town on a season long loan, playing some 47 games for the Reds. He found himself on the Nottingham Forest bench on a number of occasions at the beginning of the 2007/2008 season, but joined Diamonds on a one month loan deal on 25 January 2008. This was later extended until the end of the season, although he was recalled by Forest on 14 April due to an injury to their own keeper and although he played in the Setanta Shield Final, he missed Diamonds final six League games.

Dale Roberts

Dale arrived back at Nene Park on 1 October 2008 as cover for Alan Marriott who was facing stomach surgery. Although initially for just one month, on 18 October, this was extended until January 2009. At the end of the loan period, agreement was reached with Nottm Forest and he joined Diamonds on a permanent deal on 2 January 2009. His impressive performances during that season included an appearance for the England C team in their 4-0 victory over Malta. He also won the Rushden & Diamonds Travel Club Player of the Season award.

During the 2009/2010 season he played in all four England C games, and was voted the England C player of the season. He had played against Hungary Under-23s in Székésfehérvár, Poland Under-23’s in Grodzisk Wielkopolski in November 2009 and then in a 1-0 friendly win against the East of Scotland League representative side in May 2010 and in the 2-1 win over the Republic of Ireland in the International Challenge Trophy later that month. Dale continued as Diamonds No.1 the following season, but an injury on International duty against Wales in Newtown on 15 September 2010 kept him sidelined for several weeks. He returned to action in a reserve game against Peterborough United on 19 October 2010, but was unable to oust Joe Day from the starting eleven.

Sadly, Dale passed away on 14 December 2010 at his home in Higham Ferrers after taking his own life, after making 90 league appearances for the club, plus another 14 cup games. The Number 1 jersey was withdrawn from use as a mark of respect.

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Rushden & Diamonds Manager Justin Edinburgh paid tribute to Dale, describing him as “the ultimate professional and a true gentleman”.He added, “Obviously we are all shocked and devastated to lose someone who we thought so highly of. Dale was a fantastic person and I’m sure everyone will say the same. He was the ultimate professional from the first day when I met him. He was a credit to his family and the football club. Dale was on top of his game as England C’s player of the year. He was also adored by the Diamonds fans and rightly so because he built up a fantastic rapport with them. Everything which is being said about Dale is genuine, true and comes from the heart of those who knew him. Personally I can’t speak highly enough of him as a person and a professional.”

Appearances

2007/2008 – squad number 30

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)

Conf

29.3.08

Droylsden (H)

SSF

3.4.08

Aldershot Tn (A)

Conf

8.4.08

Cambridge Utd(H)

Conf

12.4.08

Forest Green (A)

2008/2009 – squad number 19

Conf

4.10.08

Oxford Utd (A)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Conf

26.4.09

Woking (H)

2009/2010 – squad number 1

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 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)

HSC1

13.10.09

Daventry Utd (A)

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(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

6.2.10

Grays Athletic (A)

Conf

9.2.10

Eastbourne Boro(H)

Conf

13.2.10

Stevenage Boro(H)

Conf

16.2.10

Oxford Utd (A)

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)

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)

Conf

2.4.10

Crawley Tn (H)

Conf

5.4.10

Kidderminster H(A)

Conf

10.4.10

Ebbsfleet Utd (H)

Conf

13.4.10

Mansfield Tn (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 1

Conf

14.8.10

Fleetwood Tn (H)

Conf

17.8.10

Bath City (A)

Conf

21.8.10

Barrow (A)

Conf

24.8.10

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)

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