Simon Brown

Simon Brown

Born 18 September 1983 (Age 25 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #311)

Total appearances 5

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

Debut:

29 November 2008 (Away Altrincham)

Final game:

20 December 2008 (Home Northwich Victoria)

Simon was 11 when he joined the West Bromwich Albion youth set up, and signed professional terms with the club in July 2003. The young winger / striker went out on loan to League Tow side Kidderminster Harriers in March 2004, and again at the start of the following season, but suffered a cracked bone in his leg in October, although he was back in action five weeks later. He was recalled from his loan in December after Mansfield Town agreed at £50,000 deal for an 18 month contract. Simon went on to make 126 appearances and scoring 23 goals for the Stags although hernia operation in March 2006 prematurely ended his season. His contract was extended by a further two seasons but was released when the club were relegated to the Conference and he joined Wrexham in June 2008 on a two-year deal.

Simon arrived at Nene Park on 25 November 2008 on a loan deal until January 2009. He made his Diamonds debut in the 4-0 victory at Altrincham four days later. He returned to Wrexham at the end of his loan after making five appearances, and immediately went on loan to York City until the end of the season. After his return to Wrexham, he went out on loan again in November 2009, this time to Tamworth. On return, his contract with Wrexham was ended by mutual consent on 13 March 2010 and he joined Conference North side Eastwood Town for the remainder of the season. On 8 June 2010, he signed for fellow Conference North side Corby Town but on 13 October, he joined Southern League Premier side Hednesford Town, keeping a dual registration with Corby Town. He subsequently joined Conference North side Redditch United on 28 January 2011, but left at the end of the season, joining fellow Conference North side Worcester City on 17 June 2011. Simon left in May 2012 and  joined NPL Division One South side Chasetown for the 2012/2013 season. He stayed there for several seasons before retiring from the game.

Appearances

2008/2009 – squad number 33

Conf

29.11.08

Altrincham (A)

HSCSF

2.12.08

Long Buckby (H)

Conf

6.12.08

Barrow (H)

FAT1r

16.12.08

Newport Co (A)

Conf

20.12.08

Northwich Vic(H)

as sub

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Yannick Bolasie

Yannick Bolasie

Born 24 May 1989 (Age 19 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #310)

Total appearances 10

(7 League, 3 FA Trophy)

Debut:

22 November 2008 (Home Eastbourne Borough)

Final game:

10 January 2009 (Away Torquay United)

Yannick was born in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and his family moved to England when he was seven months old. His father had played international football for the Democratic Republic of Congo and his cousin is former Newcastle and Portsmouth player Lomano LuaLua. He was brought up in London, but his football career began at the age of 16 with Diamonds youth set up. He only spent around four months with Diamonds before moving to Hillingdon Borough and then to Maltese side Floriana in the summer of 2007. He returned to the UK, and had a successful trial with Plymouth Argyle signing a two year contract despite offers from Austrian side Sturm Graz and German club Hoffenheim.

Yannick joined Diamonds on 21st November 2008 on loan from Plymouth until January 2009 and he made his Diamonds debut in the 2-0 win over Eastbourne Borough the following day. His loan period was extended for a further month at the start of January 2009 but he returned to Plymouth on 22nd January.

Yannick Bolasie slides in to tackle Scott Laird

He immediately went out on loan again, this time to Barnet where he remained until the end of the season. He returned to Barnet at the start of the 2009/2010 season for a half season loan, returning to Plymouth Argyle on 8 January 2010. On 6 June 2011, he was transferred to Championship side Bristol City for an undisclosed fee. After just 1 goal in 25 games during the season, mainly as a substitute, Yannick handed in a transfer request and joined Championship side Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee on 24 August 2012 on a three year deal. He helped the Eagles to gain promotion to the Premier League in 2014. He moved to Everton early in the 2016-17 season but picked up a serious injury three months later. He returned at the end of the 2017-18 season, but was then allowed to go on a season long loan with Aston Villa in the Championship for the 2018-19 season. That loan was ended in January 2019, and he went to Anderlecht for the remainder of the season. For the 2019-20 season he went on loan to Sporting CP in Portugal. In 2021 he joined the Turkish Club Çaykur Rizespor. His Wikipedia page is here.

Appearances

2008/2009 – squad number 32

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)

as sub

Conf

20.12.08

Northwich Vic (H)

as sub

Conf

26.12.08

Stevenage B (A)

as sub

Conf

1.1.09

Stevenage B (H)

FAT2

10.1.09

Torquay Utd (A)

Nabil Shariff

Nabil Shariff

Born 19 April 1992 (Age 16 at debut)

Position: Forward

(Diamonds player #309)

Total appearances 15 – 4 goals

(11 League, 4 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut: 11 November 2008 (Home Rothwell Corinthians)

Final game: 30 April 2011 (Away Darlington)

Nabil was a striker who has graduated from the Diamonds youth scheme into the first team squad. Originating from Milton Keynes, he joined the Diamonds Centre of Excellence at the start of his Under 14 year. He made his senior debut aged 16 in the NFA Hillier Senior Cup game against Rothwell Corinthians in November 2008. As well as achieving an impressive scoring record for Diamonds Youth team in the early part of the 2009/2010 season, Nabil was loaned to Newport Pagnell Town in order to gain experience of men’s football. He also made a further first team appearance in the Hillier Senior Cup that season. In mid-November 2009, he went on work experience to Banbury United. His performances during the season were rewarded in April 2010 when he was awarded a professional contract for the following season.

Early in the 2010/2011 season he went on loan to Southern League Premier side Banbury United and scored four goals in his first five games for the Puritans. In late November 2010, he stepped up with a loan to Conference North side Nuneaton Town initially until Boxing Day, although the loan period was then extended for a further month. In his two spells at Banbury, Nabil had scored 11 goals in 53 appearances. On his return from Nuneaton in February 2011, he made his first appearance in a League game for Diamonds when appearing as a substitute in the game against Gateshead at Nene Park on 12 February 2011. He scored his debut goal at Conference level on 9 April 2011 when he netted against Wrexham at Nene Park. He went on to score three more goals in the next two games, and picked up the “Man Of The Match” award in Diamonds final home game against Kidderminster Harriers. He was released from his contract in May 2011, and joined Tamworth on 4 July 2011. After just two goals in 27 appearances for the Lambs, he went on an end of season loan deal to Southern League Premier side Hemel Hempstead Town on 2 March 2012. Nabil was released at the end of the season, and joined Conference North newcomers Oxford City on 1 August 2012, but was released on 26 November 2012. He joined Southern League Premier side Kettering Town the following day for their fixture at Bideford AFC, but left after just the single game. He rejoined Southern League Premier club Banbury United on 11 December 2012 for his third spell at the club, but left at the end of the season. Nabil joined Southern League Premier side Corby Town on 20 July 2013, but left on 17 November 2013 due to lack of first team opportunities. On 22 November 2013, Nabil joined NPL Premier side Stamford. After spells back at Banbury United and Stamford he moved to Daventry Town in November 2015 and after a spell there he joined AFC Rushden & Diamonds in January 2016.

His debut for the club was delayed due to injury and he was only able to make a number of cameo appearances for the club in the 2015-16 season. During the 2016/17 season he was the club’s top scorer with 26 goals, picking up three player of the month awards. He left the club at the start of November 2017 to join Alfreton Town. Since making his debut in April 2014, Nabil played 73 games for the club, including 57 league games, scoring 40 goals. From Alfreton he went on loan to St Neots Town, before signing for Stratford Town ahead of the 2018/19 season. He returned to St Neots Town  a month into the new season. After another spell with AFC Rushden & Diamonds he joined St Ives Town for the 2020/21 season.

Appearances

2008/2009 – squad number 30

HSCQF 11.11.08 Rothwell   Corin (H) as   sub
HSCSF 2.12.08 Long   Buckby (H) as   sub

2009/2010 – squad number 30

HSC1 13.10.09 Daventry   Utd (A) as   sub
HSCQF 17.11.09 KetteringTn (H)

2010/2011 – squad number 22

Conf 12.2.11 Gateshead (H) as   sub
Conf 1.3.11 BathCity (H) as   sub
Conf 19.3.11 Southport (H) as   sub
Conf 22.3.11 LutonTown (H) as   sub
Conf 5.4.11 Histon   (A) as   sub
Conf 9.4.11 Wrexham   (H) as   sub1   goal
Conf 13.4.11 GrimsbyTown (A) 1   goal
Conf 16.4.11 Gateshead (A) 2   goals
Conf 22.4.11 CrawleyTown (A)
Conf 25.4.11 Kidderminster (H)
Conf 30.4.11 Darlington (A)

Joe Wilcox

Joe Wilcox

Born 18 April 1989 (Age 19 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #308)

Total appearances 2

(2 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut:

11 November 2008 (Home Rothwell Corinthians)

Final game:

2 December 2008 (Home Long Buckby)

Joe was a product of the Scunthorpe United youth system, and the young defender was offered a professional contract in 2006. His contract was extended the following year and he was a regular in the reserve team, although he had yet to make a competitive appearance when he came to Nene Park. Initially arriving for a short trial, his one month loan became official on 7 November 2008. He only made two appearances for Diamonds, both in the Hillier Senior Cup, but failed to play a League game. Joe returned to Scunthorpe United at the end of his loan, but was released in May 2009. After a trial at York City, Joe joined NPL Premier side Buxton in August 2009 and went on the make 58 appearances, scoring twice before joining Conference North side Corby Town on 4 March 2011. After seeing out the season with the Steelmen, he joined NPL Division One South side Ilkeston in the summer of 2011, helping them to promotion via the Play-Offs. Joe had difficulty maintaining a first team spot the following season, and was transfer listed on 27 November 2012, before leaving on 23 January 2013 to join NPL Premier rivals  Frickley Athletic. In September 2017 he moved to Goole AFC.

Appearances

2008/2009 – squad number 31

HSCQF

11.11.08

Rothwell Cor (H)

HSCSF

2.12.08

Long Buckby (H)

Luke Boden

Luke Boden

Born 26 November 1988 (Age 19 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #307)

Total appearances 6

(4 League, 2 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut:

8 November 2008 (Home Weymouth)

Final game:

2 December 2008 (Home Long Buckby)

Born in Sheffield, Luke joined the Sheffield Academy whilst still at school and played in the Sheffield Wednesday youth side at the age of 16. After taking a scholarship with the club, he joined up with the first team for the clubs summer tour of the USA in 2006 and made his first team debut in August that year. Appearances have been limited, although the tall attacking central midfielder was offered a new one-year contract with the Owls in the summer of 2008. He joined Chesterfield on a one month loan in September 2008, before joining Diamonds for a similar period on 7 November 2008.

Luke Boden flicks the ball over Anton Robinson

He returned to Sheffield Wednesday on 9 December 2008 and went on a one-month loan to Northampton Town in late-August 2009. He was released by the Owls on 26 January 2011 by mutual consent and on 23 February 2011, signed a two-year deal with US side Orlando City of the USL Professional League. He signed for Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2017, but in 2018 switched to coaching as well as playing indoor soccer in the USA for the Orlando Sea Wolves.

Appearances

2008/2009 – squad number 22

Conf

8.11.08

Weymouth (H)

HSC2

11.11.08

Rothwell Cor (H)

Conf

15.11.08

Kidderminster (H)

Conf

22.11.08

Eastbourne (H)

as sub

Conf

29.11.08

Altrincham (A)

as sub

HSCSF

2.12.08

Long Buckby (H)

Clayton Fortune

Clayton Fortune

Born 10 November 1982 (Age 25 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #306)

Total appearances 2

(1 League, 1 Hillier Senior Cup)

Debut:

8 November 2008 (Home Weymouth)

Final game:

11 November 2008 (Home Rothwell Corinthians)

Clayton started his career as a trainee at Tottenham Hotspur, before moving to Bristol City In August 2000, staying there for six years. He went out to Port Vale on loan in November 2005, which was extended until the end of the season. He was going to join Vale at the end of the season, but failed to agree terms, and joined Leyton Orient. He fell out of favour at Brisbane Road, and went back to Port Vale for another loan spell. He dislocated his shoulder the following season, and was eventually released in May 2008. He joined Darlington in June 2008, but struggled to gain first team football, and he arrived at Nene Park on a one month loan deal on 5 November 2008 to bolster Garry Hill’s defensive options.

After just the two appearances, he returned to Darlington and was released at the end of the season. He joined Conference South side Weston-super-Mare on 23 July 2009, scoring 5 times in 31 appearances. After a trial at Aldershot the following summer, Clayton joined the League Two side in July 2010, spending the season with the club, but dropped down into the non-league scene again the following season when he signed for Southern League Division One South & West side Mangotsfield United in June 2012. After nine appearances for the club, he left on 1 October 2012 to join Southern League Premier side Chippenham Town. After 4 weeks and just two appearances, he joined Southern League Division One South & West side Clevedon Town. On 27 February 2014, Clayton rejoined rival side Mangotsfield United. He rejoined Conference South side Weston-super-Mare on 18 June 2014, in a player/coach role. He joined Hereford FC in late 2016, staying with them until the end of the 2016/17 season. He returned to Clevedon Town for 2017/18 as a player and assistant-manager. He returned to Mangotsfield United before the start of the 2018/19 season.

Appearances

2008/2009 – squad number 12

Conf

8.11.08

Weymouth (H)

HSC2

11.11.08

Rothwell Cor(H)

Brendan Moloney

Brendan Moloney

Born 18 January 1989 (Age 19 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #305)

Total appearances 6

(4 League, 1 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)

Debut:

25 October 2008 (Away Evesham United)

Final game:

22 November 2008 (Home Eastbourne Borough)

The Nottingham Forest Defender joined Diamonds on 24 October 2008 on a loan move originally planned to last until 1 January 2009. The defender had been with the Forest Youth Academy and had captained the club’s reserve side and had proven very versatile – capable of playing in central defence, right back and in midfield. Brendan had won the ‘Young player of the year’ award at the City Ground and had played for Forest’s first team twice, in the opening two games of the 2007/08 Coca Cola League One season. He has also played on loan at Chesterfield in that season, where he made nine appearances.

Brendan Moloney

Brendan joined Garry Hill’s squad in time for the FA Cup Fourth Round Qualifying Fixture against Evesham United on 25th October 2008, where he made his Diamonds debut. He was recalled by Nottingham Forest on 27 November 2008 after four league appearances, plus an FA Cup and Setanta Shield appearance. He was then made available on a six-month loan to near neighbours Notts County at the start of the 2009-10 season and has since played for the Republic of Ireland Under-21 side. After returning to Forest, Brendan went on a further loan to Scunthorpe United on 27 January 2010 for the remainder of the season, but had to return after just three games due to injury. After a couple of months out, he managed to regain a regular place with Nottingham Forest. Brendan made 49 appearances for Forest, before joining Championship side Bristol City on a free transfer on 25 January 2013, on a 2½ year deal. On 8 July 2014, Brendan’s contract was cancelled by mutual consent after 58 appearances, and he joined League One side Yeovil Town on a two year deal. He subsequently played for Northampton Town until mid-2018, but he left the club when his contract expired at the end of the 2017/18 season. See here for his Wikipedia entry.

Appearances

2008/2009 – squad number 16

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)

Loan signing Brendan Moloney wins ths one

Manny Panther

Manny Panther

Born 11 May 1984 (Age 24 at debut)

Position: Midfielder

(Diamonds player #304)

Total appearances 3

(3 League)

Debut:

20 September 2008 (Home Burton Albion)

Final game:

12 October 2008 (Home Torquay United)

24 year old Scot Emmanuel Ugochukwa Ezenwa Panther, better known as “Manny”, started his career at St Johnstone, later moving to Partick Thistle, where he had a brief loan spell with Brechin City. In May 2005, the midfielder moved south of the border, signing for York City where he became team captain, making over 100 appearances. The midfielder moved to newly promoted Exeter City on a free transfer in May 2008 but struggled to gain first team football, making only two substitute appearances before arriving at Diamonds on a one month loan deal on 18 September 2008. After being shown a red card in his first game, against Burton Albion, he served a three match ban before returning to play against Grays Athletic, but in the next game against Torquay United he was shown another red card which meant a four game ban beyond the end of the loan period.

panther

He returned to Exeter City and on 17 August 2009, went out on a season long loan to League Two side Morecambe. He was released during the summer, and signed for League Two side Aldershot Town on 8 July 2010. Manny failed to make the starting eleven at the beginning of the 2011/2012 season, and went out on a two month loan deal to Conference side Grimsby Town on 10 November 2011. After returning to Aldershot Town, he was released by them on 29 March 2012. After an unsuccesful trial with League Two side Chesterfield, Manny joined Conference side Kidderminster Harriers on 31 August 2012. He made just two substitute appearances before his contract was cancelled on 6 December 2012, and he retired from the game to concentrate on his business venture.

Appearances

2008/2009 – squad number 16

Conf

20.9.08

Burton Albion(H)

Conf

7.10.08

Grays Ath (H)

Conf

12.10.08

Torquay Utd (H)

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