Dan Easlea

Dan Easlea

Born 3 September 1992 (Age 17 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #333)

Total appearances 1 – 1 goal

(1 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut & Final game:

13 October 2009 (Away Daventry United)

The left sided midfielder from Bury St Edmunds joined Diamonds youth set up from the Ipswich Town Academy in April 2008 following a successful trial. Dan made his one and only appearance for the first team in the Hillier Cup game at Daventry United on 13 October 2009, scoring one of the goals in the 5-2 victory at Royal Oak Way.

He had a successful period with the Under 18 side, and went out on work experience to UCL side Northampton Spencer during November 2009 and Rushden & Higham United the following February in order to gain more experience of men’s football. He was released at the end of his scholarship in May 2010. On 24 January 2011, Dan signed for Southern League Premier side Cambridge City, but ended the season at Isthmian Division One North side Needham Market. He joined Eastern Counties Premier League side Diss Town in the summer of 2011. After that he returned to Cambridge before joining Soham Town Rangers for a brief spell in 2015, moving on to Brantham Athletic in October of that year.

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Appearances

2009/2010 – squad number =

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13.10.09

Daventry Utd(A)

1 goal

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Sean Shields

Sean Shields

Born 20 January 1992 (Age 17 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #332)

Total appearances 2

(2 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut:

13 October 2009 (Away Daventry United)

Final game:

17 November 2009 (Home Kettering Town)

Sean was spotted as a 16 year old played for Potters Bar Town of the Ryman League and had played for Cockfosters Town youth team prior to joining the Scholars. Prior to the 2009/2010 season, he was given a trial at Nene Park and was offered a scholarship with Diamonds youth set up as a 1st year apprentice. An immensely skilful player, he could play as a forward, or an attacking midfielder and impressed on his first appearance for the First Team at Daventry United in the Hillier Senior Cup.

He scored some 18 goals for the youth team before deciding to leave Diamonds, returning to Potters Bar Town in March 2010. He failed to get a regular place in their side, and after a brief trial at St.Albans City, signed a one year deal with the Conference South club on 19 October 2010 which was later extended. He remained with the Saints until 8 January 2013, making 92 appearances, before signing a 3½ year deal with Dagenham & Redbridge after a short trial with the League Two side. In May 2013, Sean was called up into the Northern Ireland Under-21 squad. Sean made 13 appearances for the Daggers in his first season, but he missed most of the following pre-season due to injury, and went on a two month loan deal back to St.Albans City on 22 August 2014 to gain some match fitness. He then moved to Ebbsfleet United in January 2015, and has now made over 100 appearances for the Kent Club.

Appearances

2009/2010 – squad number n/a

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12.10.09

Daventry Utd (A)

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17.11.09

Kettering Town(H)

as sub

Bobby Aisien

Bobby Aisien

Born 18 December 1988 (Age 20 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #331)

Total appearances 1

(1 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut & Final game:

13 October 2009 (Away Daventry United)

The twenty-year-old central defender was signed for Rushden & Diamonds on 18 August 2009, shortly after the start of the 2009-10 season. Bobby had started his career with Peterborough United as a youth player, moving to Wingate & Finchley in 2007 after being released. Bobby was on trial at the Diamonds this summer, playing in the 2-2 draw against Corby Town and the Diamonds XI games against Raunds Town and Brentwood Town. He had also played for the Nigerian Under 19s side prior to his arrival at Nene Park.

In mid-September 2009 he went out on loan to Kings Lynn, managed by former Diamond Carl Heggs in order to gain experience and first team football. Whilst still on that loan he made his debut appearance in Diamonds first team colours in the Hillier Cup game against Daventry United on 13 October 2009. He then returned to play for the Linnets in their FA Trophy game at Marine, alongside Heggs and another former Diamond – Owen Story. He then moved to Kings Lynn on a permanent basis at the end of October 2009, but found himself without a club after the Northern Premier League side were wound up in November 2009. He signed for Conference North side Alfreton Town on 11 December 2009, before moving on to Billericay Town in March 2010. In August, Bobby signed for Conference South sideDover Athletic, but moved to fellow Conference South side Boreham Wood in December. He was released in February 2011. In August 2011, Bobby re-signed for Wingate & Finchley following their promotion to the Isthmian League Premier Division. After suffering an injury, he went on  a one month loan to Isthmian Division One North side Cheshunt on 1 October 2013 in order to regain fitness, returning to Wingate and Finchley in early November. Just after the start of the following season, Bobby returned once again to Isthmian Division One North side Cheshunt on 14 August 2014. He left the game to focus on his career as a Personal Trainer.

Appearances

2009/2010 – squad number 23

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13.10.09

Daventry Utd (A)

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Matt Evans

Matt Evans

Born 21 March 1992 (Age 17 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #330)

Total appearances 1

(1 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut & Final game:

13 October 2009 (Away Daventry United)

Coming from Sandy in Bedfordshire, Matt came through the Diamonds Centre of Excellence from the age of 13. Playing at right back, he had an excellent season with the Under 18’s in 2008 / 2009 putting in performances of a consistently high standard throughout the campaign. He was also able to play wide or central midfield. He made his one and only appearance for the first team in the Hillier Senior Cup game against Daventry United on 13 October 2009. He went out on work experience to Raunds Town in September 2009, and Spalding United during November in order to gain experience of men’s football.

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He was released at the end of his scholarship in May 2010 and joined Northern Premier League Division One South side Spalding United. On 3 February 2011, Matt transferred to NPL rivals Stamford, and remained with the Daniels until the end of the season. On 17 June 2011, he joined UCL Premier side Deeping Rangers, but left at the end of February 2012 to take up a career in the Army. He appeared in many representative games for the Army, and was their player of the season in 2017. In 2018 he joined Hartley Wintney FC.

Appearances

2009/2010 – squad number =

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13.10.09

Daventry Utd(A)

as sub

Nathan Abbey

Nathan Abbey

Born 11 July 1978 (Age 31 at debut)

Position: Goalkeeper

(Diamonds player #329)

Total appearances 13

(10 League, 3 FA Cup)

Debut:

19 September 2009 (Home Mansfield Town)

Final game:

28 November 2009 (Away Brighton & Hove Albion)

Goalkeeper Nathan Abbey was signed by Diamonds on 18 September 2009 at the age of 31. He had been out of contract having been released by MK Dons in May 2009.

He started his career with Luton Town where he made over 50 appearances for the Hatters, before joining Chesterfield in August 2001. He won their ‘Player of the Year’ the following season, but failed to agree on an extended contract and joining for Northampton Town at the start of the following season. He played only eight games for the Cobblers however and was released in May 2003. He joined several clubs on non contract terms including Stevenage Borough, St.Albans, Luton Town, Macclesfield Town, Hayes, Ipswich Town and Burnley but failed to make an impression with any of them. In July 2004, he joined Boston United where he became their first choice keeper going out on loan to Leyton Orient in December 2005. before returning to be released to join Bristol City for the remainder of the season. In July 2006, Nathan joined Torquay United, before moving to Brentford in December. Before the start of the 2007/2008 season, he signed for MK Dons where he spent two season, before being released.

He made his Diamonds debut on 19th September 2009, keeping a clean sheet in the 1-0 win against Mansfield Town. He went on to play 14 games – keeping a clean sheet on 5 occasions.

Nathan Abbey

After appearing 14 times in a Diamonds shirt, including 11 games in the Blue Square Premier, he left the club in December 2009 when his contract was not renewed. He joined Kettering Town on 15 January 2010 on a non contract basis. He remained with the Poppies for the following season, but was dismissed in November 2010 due to gross misconduct. On 13 July 2012, Nathan was appointed Assistant Manager at Southern League Premier side Arlesey Town, teaming up with his brother – manager Zema Abbey, and competing again for the No.1 jersey. Following his brothers appointment as Joint manager at Southern Premier side St.Neots Town, Nathan followed on 8 November 2013, taking up the Assistant Manager role. He was dismissed from the role with his brother on 28 September 2014 before returning to a similar role at Arlesey Town in 2015. After several seasons at Arlesey he became Assistant Manager with Bedford Town in 2018.

Appearances

2009/2010 – squad number 31

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 (H)

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)

Paul Terry

Paul Terry

Born 4 March 1979 (Age 30 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #328)

Total appearances 37 – 2 goals

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

Debut:

5 September 2009 (Away AFC Barrow)

Final game:

3 May 2010 (Away Oxford United)

Paul is the elder brother of Chelsea & England International centre back John Terry. He started his career with the youth set-ups at Charlton and Millwall, before manager Garry Hill brought him to Dagenham & Redbridge, helping them to the Ryman Premier title in the 1999/2000 season, and securing a place in the Conference. In four years, he made over 130 appearances for them, and earned a call up to the England ‘C’ squad. On 21 August 2003, he signed for Yeovil Town as they began life in the Football League. In four years, he made over 150 appearances for the Glovers, helping them to secure promotion to League One in May 2005. A cruciate knee ligament injury early in the 2006/2007 season saw Paul undergo surgery and spend a year on the side-lines. He was released by Yeovil in the summer of 2007, and joined Leyton Orient, where he spent a further two seasons. At the start of the 2009 / 2010 season, Paul found himself without a club, and joined Grays Athletic on a monthly contract. Diamonds manager Justin Edinburgh brought the central midfielder to Nene Park on 31 August 2009, on a deal until the end of the season. He made his Diamonds debut on 5 September 2009 in the 6-1 victory at Barrow and scored his first goal for the club against Salisbury City on 21 November 2009.

At the end of the 2009 / 2010 season, he was unable to agree terms on a new contract with the club and was released. On 30 July 2010, he joined Darlington for their first season in the Conference following relegation from the Football League, but was released at the end of the season. In August 2011, he joined Conference South side Thurrock for the season, before retiring from the game in May 2012. He had taken up a role with former Diamonds Chairman’s company Elite Management in 2011, an agency looking after professional football players, including brother John Terry.

Appearances

2009/2010 – squad number 24

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

26.9.09

Crawley Tn (A)

Conf

29.9.09

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)

1 goal

Conf

24.11.09

Cambridge 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

EastbourneBoro(H)

Conf

13.2.10

Stevenage Boro(H)

Conf

16.2.10

Oxford Utd (A)

Conf

27.2.10

Kettering Tn (H)

Conf

13.3.10

Gateshead (H)

Conf

20.3.10

Altrincham (A)

1 goal

Conf

24.3.10

Oxford Utd (H)

Conf

2.4.10

Crawley Tn (H)

as sub

Conf

5.4.10

Kidderminster H(A)

as sub

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)

Mark Byrne

Mark Byrne

Born 9 November 1988 (Age 20 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #327)

Total appearances 47 – 7 goals

(42 League, 3 FA Cup, 2 FA Trophy)

Debut:

18 August 2009 (Home Hayes & Yeading)

Final game:

3 May 2010 (Away Oxford United)

The tenacious midfielder joined Diamonds on a half season loan deal from Nottingham Forest on 20 July 2009, but the loan was later extended until the end of the season. He had featured prominently for Forest’s reserve team after graduating from their academy and earned his first team debut under manager Billy Davies in April 2008. While with Forest, Mark had a loan spell at Conference side Burton Albion towards the end of the 2008-09 season during their promotion campaign.

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Mark made his Diamonds debut on 18 August 2009 as a substitute in the 2-1 victory over Hayes & Yeading United, and then scored his debut goal for the club four days later against Forest Green Rovers. After a successful season at Nene Park, during which he helped the club reach the end of season play-offs, he was rewarded with the Players’ “Player of the season” award.

Mark Byrne

He returned to his parent club at the end of the loan period in May 2010, where his contract was renewed. Despite efforts to secure another loan deal at Nene Park, on 14 July 2010, he signed a half-season loan deal with League Two side Barnet, but had to return to Nottingham Forest in November due to injury. After recovery however, he returned back to Barnet on 2 March 2011 on loan until the end of the season. On 17 June 2011, Mark signed a two year permanent deal with Barnet. He was released at the end of his contract on 13 May 2014, and was on trial with former manager Justin Edinburgh at League Two side Newport County for pre-season, signing a half season contract on 14 July 2014. He stayed with Newport until the summer of 2016, when he rejoined Justin Edinburgh at Gillingham. He was still at Priestfield for the 2018-19 season. His Wikipedia entry is here.

Appearances

2009/2010 – squad number 20

Conf

18.8.09

Hayes&Yeading(H)

as sub

Conf

22.8.09

Forest Gn Rvrs(H)

1 goal

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

Wimbledon (H)

Conf

3.10.09

Altrincham (H)

Conf

17.10.09

Tamworth (H)

as sub

FAC4q

24.10.09

Workington (A)

as sub

Conf

31.10.09

Luton Town (A)

as sub

1 goal

FAC1

7.11.09

Hinckley Utd (A)

1 goal

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 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

EastbourneBoro(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)

1 goal

Conf

20.3.10

Altrincham (A)

Conf

24.3.10

Oxford Utd (H)

Conf

27.3.10

Wimbledon (A)

Conf

30.3.10

Kettering Tn (A)

1 goal

Conf

2.4.10

Crawley Tn (H)

Conf

10.4.10

Ebbsfleet Utd (H)

Conf

13.4.10

Mansfield Tn (A)

Conf

17.4.10

Wrexham (A)

as sub

Conf

24.4.10

Luton Tn (H)

1 goal

POSF1

29.4.10

Oxford Utd (H)

1 goal

POSF2

3.5.10

Oxford Utd (A)

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