James Reid

James Reid

Born 28 February 1990 (Age 19 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #322)

Total appearances 14 – 3 goals

(11 League, 1 FA Cup, 2 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut:

8 August 2009 (Home Salisbury City)

Final game:

17 November 2009 (Home Kettering Town)

A product of the Nottingham Forest Youth Academy, James arrived at Nene Park on loan from Forest on 7 July 2009. He had made just a single substitute first team appearance prior to his arrival, and joined Diamonds to gain some first team football. The left winger had been named ‘Academy Player of the Year 2007/2008’, and represented England at Under 17 and Under 18 level. He scored his debut goal in Diamonds 6-1 rout at Barrow, but found it difficult to displace Lee Tomlin from his left midfield position.

James Reid gets stuck in

Although the loan was for half a season, he returned back to Nottingham Forest on 20 November 2009 by mutual agreement, but was released in early February 2010. He initially went on a trial with League Two side Exeter City later in the month, before joining Lincoln City, initially on trial before signing non-contract forms on 11 March 2010. His contract was not renewed in the summer and James joined Conference North side Hinckley United in early August 2010 for the following season. The midfielder scored 14 goals in 45 appearances for the Knitters and on 7 June 2011, signed a one year deal with newly promoted Conference side AFC Telford. After just 5 appearances for the Bucks however, James went out on a one month loan deal to Northern Premier League Division One South side Ilkeston on 24 November 2011, which extended by a further month. His contract at Telford was eventually terminated at the end of January, and on 1 February 2012, he signed a permanent deal with Ilkeston until the end of the 2012/2013 season. James signed a further one year deal with the Robins in May 2013. He then moved to Gainsborough Trinity in 2016, before a move to Basford United early in 2017, and is playing for them in the 2018/19 season. In the summer of 2020 he joined Ilkeston Town.

Appearances

2009/2010 – squad number 11

Conf

8.8.09

Salisbury City (H)

Conf

11.8.09

York City (A)

as sub

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15.8.09

Eastbourne Bor(A)

Conf

22.8.09

Forest Green (H)

as sub

Conf

5.9.09

Barrow (A)

as sub

1 goal

Conf

8.9.09

Ebbsfleet Utd (A)

as sub

Conf

12.9.09

Grays Athletic (H)

as sub

1 goal

Conf

19.9.09

Mansfield Tn (H)

as sub

Conf

26.9.09

Crawley Town(A)

Conf

29.9.09

Wimbledon (H)

Conf

3.10.09

Altrincham (H)

as sub

HSC1

13.10.09

Daventry Utd (A)

1 goal

FAC1

7.11.09

Hinckley Utd (H)

as sub

HSC2

17.11.09

Kettering Tn (H)

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Aaron O’Connor

Aaron O’Connor

Born 9 August 1983 (Age 25 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #321)

Total appearances 84 – 29 goals

(76 League, 5 FA Cup, 3 FA Trophy)

Debut:

8 August 2009 (Home Salisbury City)

Final game:

30 April 2011 (Away Darlington)

Aaron started his career at Ilkeston Town, before making a number of appearances for Scunthorpe United reserves. He joined them on a non-contract basis in November 2002, but his stay at the Iron did not go well and he was released by manager Brian Laws blaming a poor attitude. He started the following season with Nuneaton Borough, but re-joined Ilkeston Town after only a few games. On 15 July 2004, he joined rivals Gresley Rovers where he became a prolific goalscorer, and in 127 games over a three year period, scored some 80 goals, picking up numerous awards along the way.

He very nearly signed for Diamonds in June 2006, having a trial period under manager Paul Hart, and playing in some of the pre-season friendlies, but he returned to Gresley Rovers. In January 2007, he joined Conference side Grays Athletic, managed by Justin Edinburgh, spending 1½ seasons at the club. In August 2008, he moved to Mansfield Town, where he spent the following season, before joining Diamonds on 30 June 2009.

Aaron O'Connor Mansfield New Strip

He made his Diamonds debut on 8 August 2009, missing the chance to score on his debut from the penalty spot as Diamonds lost 0-2 against Salisbury City at Nene Park. He scored his debut goal for the club two weeks later against Forest Green Rovers. During the 2009/10 season Aaron scored a total of 15 goals in all competitions, which made him joint-top scorer for the club in that category. After a successful season as Diamonds’ captain in 2010/2011 where again, he was top goal-scorer, he also picked up the Sponsors’ Player of the Season award, the Diamond Minors Player of the Season award and the Supporters’ Player of the Season awards.

Aaron O'Connor at Kettering

Following uncertainty at Diamonds during the summer of 2011, he was released and joined Luton Town on 6 June 2011 on a two-year deal. After just one season with the Hatters however, he was re-united with former Diamonds Manager Justin Edinburgh at Newport County and played in a pre-season friendly against Bristol Rovers, before signing officially for the club on 25 July 2012. His 19 goals in 41 appearances guided the Welsh side to promotion into the Football League via the Wembley Play-Off Final and he was rewarded on 20 May 2013, with a two year contract. He was released by the Welsh Club at the end of his contract in 2015, and he joined Forest Green Rovers prior to the start of the 2015-16 season. In February 2016 he joined Stevenage after a short loan spell, before moving to Kettering Town in September 2016. From the Poppies he moved to Tamworth and then on to Basford United. Most recently he has featured for Carlton Town. His Wikipedia entry is here.

Appearances

2009/2010 – squad number 7

Conf

8.8.09

Salisbury City (H)

Conf

11.8.09

York City (A)

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15.8.09

Eastbourne B (A)

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18.8.09

Hayes&Yeading(H)

Coinf

22.8.09

Forest Green (H)

as sub

1 goal

Conf

29.8.09

Stevenage Boro(A)

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31.8.09

Cambridge Utd (H)

Conf

5.9.09

Barrow (A)

as sub

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8.9.09

Ebbsfleet Utd (A)

as sub

Conf

12.9.09

Grays Athletic (H)

Conf

19.9.09

Mansfield Tn (H)

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3.10.09

Altrincham (H)

Conf

17.10.09

Tamworth (H)

as sub

1 goal

FAC4q

24.10.09

Workington (A)

1 goal

Conf

31.10.09

Luton Town (A)

FAC1

7.11.09

Hinckley Utd (A)

2 goals

Conf

21.11.09

Salisbury City (A)

as sub

2 goals

Conf

24.11.09

Cambridge Utd (A)

FAC2

28.11.09

Brighton&HA (A)

1 goal

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1.12.09

York City (H)

Conf

5.12.09

Forest Gn Rvrs(A)

FAT1

12.12.09

Billericay Tn (H)

1 goal

Conf

28.12.09

Kidderminster (H)

Conf

26.1.10

Wrexham (H)

as sub

Conf

30.1.10

Hayes&Yeading(A)

1 goal

Conf

6.2.10

Grays Athletic (A)

1 goal

Conf

9.2.10

Eastbourne B (H)

Conf

13.2.10

Stevenage Boro(H)

Conf

16.2.10

Oxford Utd (A)

Conf

27.2.10

Kettering Tn (H)

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3.3.10

Histon (A)

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6.3.10

Tamworth (A)

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13.3.10

Gateshead (H)

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20.3.10

Altrincham (A)

as sub

Conf

24.3.10

Oxford Utd (H)

as sub

Conf

27.3.10

Wimbledon (A)

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30.3.10

Kettering Tn (A)

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2.4.10

Crawley Tn (H)

as sub

Conf

5.4.10

Kidderminster (A)

Conf

10.4.10

Ebbsfleet Utd (H)

2 goals

Conf

13.4.10

Mansfield Tn (A)

1 goal

Conf

17.4.10

Wrexham (A)

1 goal

POSF1

29.4.10

Oxford Utd (H)

POSF2

3.5.10

Oxford Utd (A)

2010/2011 – squad number 8

Conf

4.9.10

York City (A)

as sub

Conf

11.9.10

Newport Co (H)

Conf

18.9.10

Southport (A)

1 goal

Conf

21.9.10

Histon (H)

1 goal

Conf

26.9.10

Crawley Town (H)

Conf

29.9.10

Eastbourne B (A)

Conf

2.10.10

Altrincham (A)

1 goal

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5.10.10

Darlington (H)

1 goal

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)

1 goal

FAC1

6.11.10

Yeovil Town (H)

Conf

9.11.10

Kidderminster (A)

Conf

13.11.10

Fleetwood Tn (A)

1 goal

Conf

20.11.10

York City (H)

Conf

27.11.10

Forest Green (A)

1 goal

FAT1

11.12.10

Eastwood Tn (H)

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1.1.11

Luton Town (A)

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3.1.11

Kettering Town (H)

Conf

8.1.11

Altrincham (H)

1 goal

FAT1r

11.1.11

Eastwood Tn (A)

Conf

18.1.11

Hayes&Yeading(A)

Conf

22.1.11

Newport Co (A)

1 goal

Conf

29.1.11

Tamworth (H)

Conf

1.2.11

Cambridge U (H)

Conf

5.2.11

Cambridge U (A)

1 goal

Conf

12.2.11

Gateshead (H)

Conf

22.2.11

Eastbourne B (H)

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1.3.11

Bath City (H)

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5.3.11

Hayes&Yeading (H)

Conf

8.3.11

Forest Green (H)

Conf

2.4.11

Mansfield Town (A)

1 goal

Conf

5.4.11

Histon (A)

1 goal

Conf

9.4.11

Wrexham (H)

1 goal

Conf

13.4.11

Grimsby Town (A)

Conf

16.4.11

Gateshead (A)

Conf

22.4.11

Crawley Town (A)

Conf

25.4.11

Kidderminster H (H)

1 goal

Conf

30.4.11

Darlington (A)

Jamie Stuart

Jamie Stuart

Born 15 October 1976 (Age 32 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #320)

Total appearances 70 – 5 goals

(64 League, 3 FA Cup, 3 FA Trophy)

Debut:

8 August 2009 (Home Salisbury City)

Final game:

3 January 2011 (Home Kettering Town)

Jamie started his career with Charlton Athletic, progressing through the youth system and earning his first contract in January 1995. He made his League debut at the beginning of the 1996/1997 season, and went on the make some 63 appearances for the Addicks. He also earned two England Under-18, and four Under-21 caps. His time at the Valley came to a premature end in November 1997, when he was found guilty by the FA after testing positive for Class A drugs and he received a six month ban. Although he denied knowingly taking the substances, he was also sacked by the club. Following the completion of his suspension, he joined Millwall in the summer of 1998. In just over three years, he played 53 games for the Lions before being released. Although he had trials with Cambridge United and was set to join Northampton Town, the deal fell through, and he eventually joined Bury in October 2001. He remained at Gigg Lane until the end if the following season and after some 71 games for Bury, moved to Southend United in the summer of 2003 to be closer to his family. After just a single season, he dropped down to the non-league scene, joining big-spending Hornchurch in their bid to get into the Football League. When the club got into financial difficulties, he joined Grays Athletic in November 2004 and remained there for some five seasons, including the time when Justin Edinburgh became manager in January 2007. On 22 September 2007, he created further controversy after an incident on the pitch with Chris Beardsley, which resulted in the York City player receiving a broken jaw. He was later charged with grievous bodily harm, but was later acquitted by the jury during his trial the following September. He made 181 appearances, scoring 8 goals before arriving at Nene Park on 30 June 2009 to join up again with Edinburgh on a one year deal to become team captain.

Jamie Stuart celebrates

He made his Diamonds debut on 8 August 2009 in the 2-0 defeat by Salisbury City at Nene Park, and played 47 games in all competitions during the 2009/2010 season, scoring 4 goals and won the Supporter’s Player of the Season award.

Jamie Stuart 2010

He remained at Nene Park for the following season, but left the club on 6 January 2011 after an undisclosed nominal fee was agreed with fellow Conference side AFC Wimbledon. Jamie gained promotion to the Football League with the Dons, and scored their first ever League goal at the start of the 2011/2012 season, but was released at the end of that season. He joined Conference South side Sutton United on 21 May 2012, making 69 appearances for the U’s and scoring two goals. On 19 December 2013, Jamie joined Isthmian Premier side Margate as player/coach, re-uniting with his former  Wimbledon manager Terry Brown . He took a Player / Manager role with Grays Athletic in 2016, leaving there in 2019.

Appearances

2009/2010 – squad number 5

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)

1 goal

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)

Conf

31.10.09

Luton Town (A)

FAC1

7.11.09

Hinckley Utd (A)

Conf

14.11.09

Histon (H)

Conf

21.11.09

Salisbury City (A)

Conf

24.11.09

Cambridge Utd (A)

FAC2

28.11.09

Brighton&HA (A)

Conf

1.12.09

York City (H)

Conf

5.12.09

Forest 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)

1 goal

Conf

26.1.10

Wrexham (H)

Conf

30.1.10

Hayes&Yeading(A)

1 goal

Conf

6.2.10

Grays Athletic (A)

Conf

9.2.10

Eastbourne B (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)

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)

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2.4.10

Crawley Tn (H)

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5.4.10

Kidderminster H(A)

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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 5

Conf

14.8.10

Fleetwood Tn (H)

Conf

17.8.10

Bath City (A)

Conf

21.8.10

Barrow (A)

Conf

28.8.10

Grimsby Town (H)

Conf

30.8.10

Kettering Town (A)

Conf

4.9.10

York City (A)

Conf

11.9.10

Newport Co (H)

Conf

18.9.10

Southport (A)

Conf

21.9.10

Histon (H)

Conf

26.9.10

Crawley Town (H)

Conf

29.9.10

Eastbourne B (A)

Conf

2.10.10

Altrincham (A)

Conf

5.10.10

Darlington (H)

Coinf

9.10.10

Mansfield Tn (H)

Conf

16.10.10

Tamworth (A)

FAC4q

23.10.10

Kettering Town (A)

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)

1 goal

Nicky McNamara

Nicky McNamara

Born 11 December 1989 (Age 19 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #319)

Total appearances 18 – 3 goals

(15 League, 1 FA Cup, 2 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut:

31 March 2009 (Away Grays Athletic)

Final game:

17 April 2010 (Away Wrexham)

Nicky was given his first professional contract at Hull City at the start of the 2008 / 2009 season after developing through the Tigers youth side. With limited options with the Premiership club, he signed was released by Hull to join Diamonds on a short term deal on 20 March 2009 at the age of 19.

Nicky McNamara climbs with Lee Smith

He made his debut as a substitute in the goalless draw at Grays Athletic on 31 March 2009, and then went on to make his first start on 13 April in the game at Histon. After making an impression, Nicky was awarded a one year deal on 29 April 2009. During the following season, his opportunities in the First Team were limited after picking up an injury early on. He played just 13 games that season, scoring all three of his goals in two Hillier senior Cup games.

Nicky McNamara climbs above Salisbury captain Darrell Clarke

Nicky was released at the end of that season, joining Northern Counties East League Premier side Bridlington Town in August 2010, before stepping up to sign for NPL Premier side Bradford Park Avenue on 31 January 2011. Another spell with Bridlington followed before he missed the 2017-18 season through injury. He joined Barton Town prior to the 2018-19 season.

Appearances

2008/2009 – squad number 4

Conf

31.3.09

Grays Ath (A)

as sub

Conf

4.4.09

Salisbury City (H)

as sub

Conf

11.4.09

Kettering Tn (H)

as sub

Conf

13.4.09

Histon (A)

Conf

18.4.09

Forest Green (A)

2009/2010 – squad number 14

Conf

8.8.09

Salisbury City (H)

Conf

18.8.09

Hayes&Yeading(H)

as sub

Coinf

22.8.09

Forest Gn Rvs (H)

as sub

Conf

9.2.10

Eastbourne Boro(H)

as sub

Conf

3.3.10

Histon (A)

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

17.4.10

Wrexham (A)

Chris Arthur

Chris Arthur 320x320Chris Arthur

Born 25 January 1990 (Age 19 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #318)

Total appearances 2

(2 League)

Debut:

28 February 2009 (Home Mansfield Town)

Final game:

7 March 2009 (Away Torquay United)

The young midfielder had been with QPR’s youth team, going on work experience to Hayes in December 2007, before signing his first professional contract in July 2008. He had not played a first team fixture for Rangers, but was a regular in their reserves. He went on loan to neighbours Kettering Town in November 2008, before being recalled to Loftus Road in January 2009. Chris arrived at Nene Park on a one month loan on 27 February 2009 and made his debut as a substitute in the 1-0 defeat by Mansfield Town the following day. He made just one further appearance, starting in the game at Torquay United before his loan expired at the end of March.

Chris Arthur hides his disapointment

He was released by QPR in May 2009, and although he had a short trial at Lincoln City, he joined Conference South side Bishop’s Stortford on 25 September 2010. After two months, he went on trial at League Two side Rotherham United, and he joined the Millers on a two-month contract on 17 December 2010. He spent a short period in Turkey, and although without a club at the start of the 2011/2012 season, he signed for Conference South side Havant & Waterlooville on 2 September 2011. After just 4 appearances however, he was released and joined League Two side Northampton Town on 30 September 2011 on a three month deal but was released early on 12 December 2011 after 8 games. On 16 December 2011, Chris re-joined Havant & Waterlooville. He made a total of 67 appearances for the Hawks, scoring 2 goals, but left to join League Two side AFC Wimbledon on 28 May 2013. On 21 August 2014, Chris joined Conference side Woking in 2014, initially on a one month loan deal before making a permanent move. Prior to the 2016/17 season he joined Crawley Town. The following campaign was begun with Aldershot Town, but he moved in December 2017 to Leatherhead, then on to Kingstonian in March 2018. He left the K’s prior to the 2018-19 season. For the 2021-22 season he was playing at Ware FC. His Wikipedia page is here.

Appearances

2008/2009 – squad number 16

Conf

28.2.09

Mansfield Town(H)

as sub

Conf

7.3.09

Torquay Utd (A)

Daniel Broadbent

Daniel Broadbent

Born 2 March 1990 (Age 18 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #317)

Total appearances 3

(3 League)

Debut:

17 January 2009 (Away Ebbsfleet Utd)

Final game:

1 February 2009 (Home Cambridge United)

Daniel was a graduate of Huddersfield’s Youth Academy, earning the title of ‘League One Scholar of the Year’ at the 2008 Football League Awards. He signed on a month long loan from Huddersfield Town on 15th January 2009 having made a number of substitute appearances for ‘The Terriers’ and had been capped for England at Under-16 level. He made his Diamonds debut in the 1-0 defeat at Ebbsfleet United on 17th January 2009 and during his spell at Diamonds, started twice, and making one substitute appearance.

After returning to Huddersfield Town after the one month loan, he had short loan spells at Gateshead and Harrogate Town in the remainder of the 2008-09 season before being released by Huddersfield in the summer. He joined Conference North side Harrogate Town in early August 2009, but went out on loan to Frickley Athletic on 25 March 2010 until the end of the season. He was released at the end of the season, and signed non contract forms with Frickley Athletic, but left on 10 September 2010 to join Northern Premier League Division One North side Curzon Ashton. During August 2011, Daniel joined Conference North side Hyde, scoring 5 times in 32 appearances, before going out on loan to Northern Premier League Division One North side Radcliffe Borough on 19 March 2012. Injury kept him out of the game for some time, but on 12 February 2013, Daniel joined NPL Division One North side Mossley. His stay was short lived however, and he rejoined Conference side Hyde just two weeks later on 26 February. He rejoined Mossley prior to the 2013-14 season.

Appearances

2008/2009 – squad number 9

Conf

17.1.09

Ebbsfleet Utd(A)

Conf

23.1.09

Stevenage B (H)

Conf

1.2.09

Cambridge Utd(H)

as sub

Simon Downer

Simon Downer

Born 19 October 1981 (Age 27 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #315)

Total appearances 53

(48 League, 2 FA Cup, 1 FA Trophy, 2 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut:

1 January 2009 (Home Stevenage Borough)

Final game:

3 May 2010 (Away Oxford United)

Simon started his career at Leyton Orient after being plucked from the West Ham Academy. He remained at Orient between 1998 and 2004, which included a loan spell at Aldershot Town, although a knee injury affected the early part of his career. He moved to Weymouth for the 2005/2006 season before moving onto Grays Athletic from 2006 to 2008. After leaving Grays early in the 2008/2009 season, he had non-contract spells at Wivenhoe Town and Sutton United prior to moving to Nene Park on 31 December 2008. Simon made his Diamonds debut in the 1-1 draw with Stevenage Borough on New Year’s Day and after impressing during the remainder of the 2008/2009 season, he signed a one year deal with the club at the end of May 2009, with the option of an extension.

simon downer

After some impressive performances in defence during February 2010, he won the ‘Player of the Month’ award from the Evening Telegraph and he celebrated being presented with that award by scoring his debut goal for the club in the 8-0 victory over Gateshead on 13 March 2010.

simon downer

After helping the Diamonds to the end of season playoffs, he failed to agree terms for the following season, and joined Isthmian Premier side Sutton United in July 2010. He was voted Players’ “Player of the season” in the 2011/2012 season, helping them to the Conference South Play-Offs. After four years with the club, Simon left to be nearer his home, joining Conference South side Maidenhead United on 1 July 2014.  He returned to Sutton in 2015 and went on to make over 250 appearances for the club before starting the 2018-19 season with Hampton & Richmond Borough.

Appearances

2008/2009 – squad number 6

Conf

1.1.09

Stevenage B (H)

Conf

17.1.09

Ebbsfleet Utd (A)

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

24.3.09

Oxford Utd (H)

as sub

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 6

Conf

8.8.09

Salisbury City (H)

Conf

15.8.09

Eastbourne B (A)

Conf

18.8.09

Hayes&Yeading(H)

Conf

22.8.09

Forest Gn Rvs (H)

Conf

29.8.09

Stevenage Boro(A)

Conf

31.8.09

Cambridge Utd (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)

HSC1

13.10.09

Daventry Utd (A)

FAC4q

24.10.09

Workington (A)

HSCQF

17.11.09

Kettering Tn (H)

Conf

21.11.09

Salisbury City (A)

as sub

Conf

24.11.09

Cambridge Utd(A)

as sub

FAC2

28.11.09

Brighton&HA (A)

Conf

1.12.09

York City (H)

Conf

28.12.09

Kidderminster (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

5.4.10

Kidderminster H(A)

as sub

Conf

10.4.10

Ebbsfleet Utd (H)

Conf

17.4.10

Wrexham (A)

POSF1

29.4.10

Oxford Utd (H)

POSF2

3.5.10

Oxford Utd (A)

Neil Cousins

Neil Cousins

Born 23 April 1982 (Age 26 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #314)

Total appearances 36 – 2 goals

(34 League, 2 FA Cup)

Debut:

26 December 2008 (Away Stevenage Borough)

Final game:

30 April 2011 (Away Darlington)

Neil was the son of Chairman Keith Cousins and had started his career as an 18 year old in the Essex Senior League with Burnham Ramblers. In 2001, he joined Malden Town, before moving to Braintree Town the following season, although a move to Heybridge Swift followed midway through that season. The young forward has a good strike rate with the Swifts, and he joined Billericay Town at the start of the 2004/2005 season. A return to Heybridge Swifts followed midway through the 2005/2006 season. Neil joined Diamonds on 26 December 2008, after scoring 6 goals in 18 appearances for the Swifts. He made his Diamonds debut as a substitute in the Boxing Day game at Stevenage Borough, where he collected an “assist” for his part in the Diamonds consolation goal. He then made his home debut in the return fixture at Nene Park on New Year’s Day. He went on the make 20 appearances during the remainder of the season, scoring just the one goal in Diamonds 2-1 victory over Salisbury City in April 2009. Neil spent much of the 2009/2010 season sidelined for a lengthy period after being stretchered off in the FA Cup tie at Brighton with a serious knee injury.

Neil Cousins slides in to tackle George Beavon

The injury saw him sidelined for some 16 months, and he made 6 substitute appearance at the end of the 2010/2011 season before being released in May 2011. On 30 June 2011, Neil joined Isthmian League Division One North side Maldon & Tiptree, where his elder brother Ian had become player/coach. On 8 December 2011, Neil re-joined Isthmian League Premier side Billericay Town, but his stay was short-lived, and he joined Isthmian Division One North side Brentwood Town on 16 February 2012. On 9 June 2013, it was announced that he had joined rivals Heybridge Swifts and remained there for a single season. Neil joined Isthmian Premier side Enfield Town on 5 June 2014. He retired from the game within a season to become a football agent.

Appearances

2008/2009 – squad number 12

Conf

26.12.08

Stevenage B (A)

as sub

Conf

1.1.09

Stevenage B (H)

Conf

17.1.09

Ebbsfleet Utd (A)

as sub

Conf

23.1.09

Forest Green (H)

as sub

Conf

27.1.09

Mansfield Tn (A)

Conf

1.2.09

Cambridge Utd (H)

Conf

9.2.09

Burton Albion (A)

as sub

Conf

21.2.09

Weymouth (A)

as sub

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)

as sub

Conf

24.3.09

Oxford Utd (H)

as sub

Conf

28.3.09

Northwich Vic (A)

Conf

31.3.09

Grays Ath (A)

Conf

4.4.09

Salisbury City (H)

1 goal

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)

as sub

2009/2010 – squad number 12

Conf

11.8.09

York City (A)

Conf

15.8.09

Eastbourne B (A)

Conf

5.9.09

Barrow (A)

as sub

1 goal

Conf

26.9.09

Crawley Tn (A)

as sub

Conf

29.9.09

Wimbledon (H)

as sub

Conf

17.10.09

Tamworth (H)

FAC4q

24.10.09

Workington (A)

Conf

31.10.09

Luton Town (A)

Conf

21.11.09

Salisbury City (A)

as sub

FAC2

28.11.09

Brighton&HA (A)

2010/2011 – squad number 12

Conf

9.4.11

Wrexham (H)

as sub

Conf

13.4.11

Grimsby Town (A)

as sub

Conf

16.4.11

Gateshead (A)

as sub

Conf

22.4.11

Crawley Town (A)

as sub

Conf

25.4.11

Kidderminster (H)

as sub

Conf

30.4.11

Darlington (A)

as sub

Justin Cochrane

Justin Cochrane

Born 26 January 1982 (Age 26 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #310)

Total appearances 4

(3 League, 1 FA Trophy)

Debut:

20 December 2008 (Home Northwich Victoria)

Final game:

23 January 2009 (Home Forest Green Rovers)

Born in Hackney, Justin began his career as a trainee at QPR, playing for the youth side. He had a memorable debut for them at the end of the 2000/01 season, when he got sent off within minutes of coming on as a substitute. He remained at QPR until being released in the summer of 2002, joining Hayes. After one season, he was signed by Crewe Alexandra on a free transfer, and made over 75 appearances in three years. In February 2006, he went on loan to Gillingham, and had a trial with Luton Town in April before being released. He signed a two-year contract with Rotherham, but was released in June 2007 after just one year. He signed non-contract forms for Yeovil Town, and Millwall the following season. In November / December 2008, he was part of the Antigua & Barbuda squad to play in the Caribbean Championships. Following his return to England, he joined Diamonds on 19 December 2008 on non-contract forms.

He made his Diamonds debut in the 2-1 victory over Northwich Victoria on 20th December 2008, but was released on 30th January 2009 after three league appearances and one in the FA Trophy.

Justin Cochrane challenges Steve Morison

After leaving Nene Park he joined Aldershot Town on a short contract, but was released at the end of the 2008-09 season. He joined newly promoted Conference side Hayes & Yeading in July 2009, staying for the 2009-10 season. He joined Conference South side Boreham Wood in September 2010 and played for Antigua Barracuda during the summer of 2011, before rejoining Boreham Wood on 9 September 2011. He hung up his boots in 2013, and has had a successful coaching career since, firstly with the Tottenham Hotspur Academy and then as the England U15 Head Coach. From there he took on a role as Head of Player Development and Coaching at Manchester United.

Appearances

2008/2009 – squad number 22

Conf

20.12.08

Northwich Vic (H)

Conf

1.1.09

Stevenage B (H)

FAT/2

10.1.09

Torquay Utd (A)

Conf

23.1.09

Forest Green (H)

Jack Higgins

Jack Higgins

Born 30 July 1991 (Age 17 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #312)

Total appearances 1

(1 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut: & Final game:

2 December 2008 (Home Long Buckby)

The Burnley born central defender and joined the Diamonds youth set up in July 2007 from Boston United, having previously been with Crewe Alexandra as an Under 16 player. After playing in several reserve team fixtures, Jack made his first team debut in the NFA Hillier Senior Cup Semi-final against Long Buckby on 2nd December 2008. Injury prevented any chance of further first team appearances, although he went on a work experience loan to Daventry Town of the UCL Premier Division in February 2009, and Billericay Town of the Isthmian League Premier in March 2009, returning to play in the final of the Midland Youth Cup at Port Vale.

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He was chosen as the Diamonds Young Player of the Season for 2008-09, and his performances were rewarded when he was offered a pro deal to keep him at the Diamonds once his scholarship was complete. This deal was signed shortly before the start of the 2009/10 season and he was allocated the squad number 22.

Jack went out on a season long loan with Hemel Hempstead Town at the beginning of the 2009/10 season, in order to gain match experience. After returning back early from that loan however, he was released by the club in December 2009. He decided to continued with his studies in the Lancashire area and joined Northern Premier (Unibond) League Division One North side Rossendale United before the demise of the club in the summer of 2011. Jack joined NPL Division One North side Clitheroe for the 2012/2013 season, where he was appointed club captain. On 25 October 2013, Jack joined NPL Premier side Ashton United. From there he moved to Stalybridge Celtic in 2015 before moving to full-time football with York City in the National League in the 2016/17 season. He then became the Head of Education with the Burnley Academy in Summer 2017, before taking a role as the Head of the Fleetwood Town Academy in 2020.

 

Appearances

2008/2009

HSC/SF

2.12.08

Long Buckby (H)

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