Continuing Football Careers For Ex-Diamonds Players

The following table has an approximate list of those players still appearing to play football for an organised team in an organised league as of October 2018. Other players may still be playing without their names being featured in match reports or team line-ups in the past 12 months, and some of the list below may have recently retired from the game, or moved clubs after making a recent appearance for the team shown.

ID Ex-Player Team (Oct 18) Current League Step Age
216 Lee Tomlin Cardiff Premiership 1 29
220 John Ruddy (GK) Wolves Premiership 1 32
204 Billy Sharp Sheffield United Championship 2 32
310 Yannick Bolasie Aston Villa Championship 2 29
363 Ryan Leonard Millwall Championship 2 26
206 Scott Shearer (GK) Oxford United League 1 3 37
327 Mark Byrne Gillingham League 1 3 29
368 Paris Cowan-Hall Wycombe Wanderers League 1 3 28
214 Chris O’Grady Oldham Athletic League 2 4 32
259 Michael Bostwick Lincoln League 2 4 30
361 Luke Prosser Colchester United League 2 4 30
300 Joe Day (GK) Newport County League 2 4 28
242 Callum Reynolds Barnet Conference 5 28
275 Ben Nunn Dagenham & Redbridge Conference 5 28
190 Lee Worgan (GK) Maidstone United Conference 5 34
332 Sean Shields Ebbsfleet United Conference 5 26
315 Simon Downer Hampton & Richmond Conference South 6 37
286 Michael Corcoran Hampton & Richmond Conference South 6 30
233 Glenn Wilson Wealdstone Conference South 6 32
254 Tom Bonner Dartford Conference South 6 30
335 Danny Mills Welling United Conference South 6 27
325 Max Porter Chelmsford City Conference South 6 31
176 Magnus Okuonghae Dulwich Hamlet Conference South 6 32
240 Ugo Udoji Kingstonian Isthmian Premier 7 29
344 Lewwis Spence AFC Hornchurch Isthmian Premier 7 30
348 Nathan Koranteng Harlow Town Isthmian Premier 7 26
346 Matt Johnson Enfield Town Isthmian Premier 7 29
322 James Reid Basford United Northern Premier 7 28
142 Robert Duffy Basford United Northern Premier 7 35
321 Aaron O’Connor Kettering Town Southern Premier Central 7 35
255 Mark Albrighton Bedworth United Southern Premier Central 7 42
358 Lewis Wilson Stratford Town Southern Premier Central 7 25
179 Marcus Kelly Kettering Town Southern Premier Central 7 32
359 Michael Gash Kings Lynn Town Southern Premier Central 7 32
170 Owen Story Bedworth United Southern Premier Central 7 34
364 Jake Woolley Coalville Town Southern Premier Central 7 25
221 Danny Crane (GK) Bedworth United Southern Premier Central 7 34
137 Brett Solkhon Kettering Town Southern Premier Central 7 36
309 Nabil Shariff St Neots Town Southern Premier Central 7 26
342 Rene Howe Kings Langley Southern Premier South 7 32
330 Matt Evans Hartley Wintney Southern Premier South 7 26
278 Craig McAllister Gosport Borough Southern Premier South 7 38
336 Jefferson Louis Chesham United Southern Premier South 7 39
223 Tony Stokes Brentwood Town Isthmian League North 8 31
337 Jack Ainsley Felixstowe & Walton United Isthmian League North 8 28
320 Jamie Stuart Grays Athletic Isthmian League North 8 42
282 Sam Page Chipstead Isthmian League South Central 8 30
227 Tyrone Berry Three Bridges Isthmian League South East 8 31
352 Joe Keehan Horsham Isthmian League South East 8 31
341 Donovan Simmonds Thamesmead Town Isthmian League South East 8 30
365 Jerry Nash AFC Mansfield Northern Premier Div One East 8 24
112 Jon Challinor Stamford Northern Premier Div One East 8 37
355 Liam Read Loughborough Dynamo Northern Premier Div One East 8 25
253 Jimmy Ghaichem AFC Mansfield Northern Premier Div One East 8 34
276 Lewis Hilliard Peterborough Sports Southern Division One Central 8 28
306 Clayton Fortune Mangotsfield United Southern Division One South 8 35
356 Aaron King Kempston Rovers Southern Division One Central 8 25
200 Gary Mulligan Corby Town Southern Division One Central 8 33
354 Max York Histon Eastern Counties League Premier Division 9 26
319 Nicky McNamara Barton Town Northern Counties East League Premier Division 9 29
246 Jake Beecroft Tunbridge Wells Southern Counties East League Premier Division 9 29
353 Jake Gillingwater Wellingborough Town United Counties Premier 9 25
219 Lawrence Lambley Deeping Rangers United Counties Premier 9 29
281 Aynsley McDonald Wellingborough Town United Counties Premier 9 26
226 Peter Castle Sholing Wessex League Premier Division 9 31
357 Callum Earls Leicester Road Midland Football League Division One 10 25
293 Lee Phillips Saltash United South West Peninsula League Premier Division 10 38
141 David Bell Irchester United United Counties Division One 10 34
308 Joe Wilcox Goole AFC Local League 11 29
188 Simeon Jackson St Mirren Scottish Premier League 31
343 Alan Power Kilmarnock Scottish Premier League 30
185 Kevin Braniff Portadown Northern Irish League 35
307 Luke Boden Orlando Sea Wolves USA Indoor Soccer League 29
289 Mikkel Andersen (GK) FC Midtjylland Danish League 29
277 Sam Smith South Melbourne FC Australian League 28

 

The following players were with clubs within the past two seasons, but do not appear to still be with these clubs, and have not been traced otherwise. They may still be playing the game elsewhere.

ID Ex-Player Last Known Date Last Known Club Age
333 Dan Easlea 2016 Brantham Athletic 27
284 Andy Gooding 2016 Rugby Town 30
347 Dominic Green 2016 Bishop’s Stortford 29
279 Lee Hales 2016 Erith & Belvedere 29
340 Justin Miller 2016 Bury Town 37
326 Matt Pattison 2016 Met Police 34
272 Michael Malcolm 2017 Hanwell Town 33
205 Neil McCafferty 2017 Warrenpoint Town 34
296 Dean McDonald 2017 Merstham 32
113 Gary Mills 2017 Corby Town 37
197 Jon Stead 2017 Yaxley 30
318 Chris Arthur 2018 Kingstonian 28
218 Ashlee Jones (GK) 2018 East Thurrock United 31
305 Brendan Moloney 2018 Northampton Town 29
237 Michael Rankine 2018 York City 33
360 Ollie Thorne 2018 Bedford Town 28

 

The following ex-RDFC players have been recorded in various backroom roles in recent months.

ID Ex Player Status Age
329 Nathan Abbey (GK) Assistant Manager at Bedford Town 40
323 Cliff Akurang Coggeshall United Manager 37
217 Alun Armstrong Manager of Blyth Spartans 43
235 Jon Ashton Fitness Coach at Stevenage 36
256 Chris Beardsley Fitness Coach for Burton Albion 34
49 Graham Benstead (GK) Goalkeeping Coach at Frimley Green FC 55
164 Marcus Bignot Joint Manager Guiseley 44
100 Jon Brady Northampton Town U18 Coach 43
285 David Brown Motherwell Scout 40
114 Andy Burgess Widnes FC Coach 37
135 Shaun Carey U12’s Coach with the Northampton Town Academy 42
313 Justin Cochrane England U15 Head Coach 36
180 Sean Connelly Lead Physiotherapist for the Football Association of Wales. 48
95 Mark Cooper Forest Green Rovers Manager 49
79 Gary Crosby Assistant Manager at Burton Albion 54
41 Martin Davies (GK) Swansea City U23 Goalkeeping Coach 44
110 Miguel DeSouza Academy Recruitment Manager at Charlton Athletic 48
144 John Dempster Mansfield Town Academy 35
159 Stuart Douglas Physiotherapist role at AFC Wimbledon. 40
167 Andrew Edwards FA Coach For U19 Side 47
362 Simon Evans (GK) Reserve team manager at Dorchester town 30
81 Adrian Foster Gillingham Town Manager 47
63 Andy Furnell Yaxley Manager 41
262 Jason Goodliffe Coach at Stevenage 44
146 Stuart Gray Guiseley Youth Academy Assistant Manager 44
155 Paul Hall U23 Manager at QPR 46
103 Richie Hanlon Youth Manager at Berkhamsted FC 40
228 Wayne Hatswell Newport County Assistant Manager 39
184 Alex Hay Chief Scout at AFC Fylde 37
312 Jack Higgins Head of Education – Burnley Academy 27
149 Barry Hunter Chief Scout at Liverpool 49
139 Andrew Iga (GK) FA Coach Educator 40
351 Lance Key (GK) Histon Manager 50
203 Adrian Littlejohn Head of Academy Physiotherapy at Rotherham United 48
127 David Lowe First Team Coach at Blackburn Rovers 53
260 Dino Maamria Manager at Stevenage 44
295 Scott Mitchell Head of Academy Performance Analysis at Ipswich Town 33
64 David Morrison Wolves Head of Academy Sport Science 43
131 Stuart Naylor (GK) Bristol Rovers Goalkeeping Coach 55
16 Andy Peaks AFC Rushden & Diamonds Manager 47
152 Tony Pennock (GK) First Team Coach Hull City 47
119 Mark Peters Mansfield Town Head of Academy Coaching 46
85 Mark Rawle Coach at Leicester Nirvana 39
62 Jim Rodwell CEO at Scunthorpe and FA Board Member 47
273 Simon Rusk Brighton U23 Coach 36
121 Mark Sale First Team Coach at Stoke City 46
270 Ryan Semple Manchester City U15 Coach 33
136 Gary Setchell Wisbech Town Manager 43
196 Tom Shaw Lincoln City Academy Coach 31
1 Kevin Shoemake(GK) CEO of Birmingham FA 53
43 Steve Spooner Lead Professional Development Coach at Birmingham City 57
320 Jamie Stuart Grays Athletic Player / Manager 42
91 Brian Talbot Assistant Director of Football Operations and Chief Scout at Fulham FC 65
138 Daniel Talbot European Scout For Fulham 34
101 Carel Van der Velden Manager at SC Everstein 46
234 Paul Watson Head Physio at Sheffield United 43
251 Daniel Webb Leyton Orient Coach 35
94 Colin West Northampton Town Assistant Manager 55
44 Kevin Wilkin Brackley Town Manager 51
215 Andy Woodman (GK) Under-23 Goalkeeping Coach at Arsenal 47
128 Simon Wormull Head Coach of Three Bridges 41

 

 

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RDFC Players–Snapshot in 2015

The list below summarises the status of ex-R&DFC players during the 2014-15 Season.

Managers

 

League One

Mark Cooper                            (manager Swindon Town)

Conference (1)

Kevin Wilkin                            (manager Wrexham)

Gary Mills                              (assistant manager Wrexham)

Darren Caskey                          (asst manager Gateshead)

 

Conference North (2)

Jon Brady                              (manager Brackley Town)

Darren Collins                          (asst manager Brackley Town)

Marcus Bignot                          (manager Solihull Moors)

Southern Premier (3)

Adrian Foster                          (manager Frome Town)

NPL Premier (3)

Gary Setchell                         (manager King’s Lynn Town)

NPL Division One South (4)

Curtis Woodhouse                     (manager Goole AFC)

 

UCL Premier (5)

Andy Peaks                     (manager AFC Rushden & Diamonds)

UCL Division One (6)

Chris Plummer                   (manager Peterborough Sports)

Aidy Mann                      (manager Rushden & Higham United)

Cambridgeshire  Premier (7)

Steve Holden                          (manager Great Shelford)

Eastern Counties Division One (6)

Stuart Wardley              (Joint manager Saffron Walden Town)

North West Counties Premier (5)

Craig Dove                           (asst manager Alsager Town)

North West Counties Division One (6)

Andy Burgess                          (manager Barnton)

West Midlands Premier (6)

Duane Darby                           (manager Cradkley Town)

 

Northern Alliance Premier (7)

Trevor Benjamin      (player/asst manager Seaton Delaval Amateurs)

 

Belgian Promotion D

Danny Williams           (player/manager Royal Racing FC Montegnee)

 

Players

Premier League

Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace).

 

Championship

Chris O’Grady (Brighton & Hove Albion); Billy Sharp (Leeds United); Lee Tomlin (Middlesborough); John Ruddy (Norwich City).

 

League One

Caleb Folan (Bradford City); Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United); Simeon Jackson (Coventry City); Jamie Ashdown (Crawley Town); Scott Shearer (Crewe Alexandra); Michael Bostwick, Joe Day (Peterborough United); Brendan Moloney (Yeovil Town).

          

League Two

Chris Arthur (AFC Wimbledon); Tom Bonner (Cambridge United); Sean Shields (Dagenham & Redbridge); Dean Howell (Fleetwood Town); John Dempster, Alan Marriott (Mansfield Town); Mark Byrne, Joe Day-loan from Peterborough Utd; Rene Howe, Aaron O’Connor, Max Porter (Newport County); Ryan Leonard, Luke Prosser (Southend United); Jon Ashton, Chris Beardsley (Stevenage); Paris Cowan-Hall (Wycombe Wanderers).

 

 

Conference

Sam Smith (AFC Telford); Glenn Wilson (Aldershot Town); Tom Shaw (Alfreton Town); Marcus Kelly, Eddie Oshodi (Forest Green Rovers); Michael Rankine Gateshead); Jon Challinor (FC Halifax Town); Michael Gash (Kidderminster Harriers); Alan Power (Lincoln City); Greg Pearson (Nuneaton Town); Chris Arthur-loan from AFC Wimbledon (Woking); Gary Mills (Wrexham).

 

 

Conference North

Ryan Semple (Boston United); Michael Corcoran, Sam Smith-loan from AFC Telford (Brackley Town); Nicky McNamara (Bradford PA); Martin Foster (Harrogate Town); Danny Crane, Marvin Robinson (Hednesford Town); Daniel Broadbent (Hyde); Jack Ainsley, Ashlee Jones, Jefferson Louis (Lowestoft Town); Jamie Cook, Lewis Wilson (Oxford City); Dominic Langdon, Owen Story (Solihull Moors); Conal Platt (Stalybridge Celtic); Donovan Simmonds (Tamworth).

Conference South

Ryan Charles (Bishop’s Stortford); Justin Cochrane, Ben Nunn, Callum Reynolds, Donovan Simmonds (Boreham Wood); Ashley Nicholls (Bromley); Nicky Eyre, Justin Miller, Danny Webb (Chelmsford City); Kurt Robinson, Tony Stokes (Concord Rangers); Ronnie Bull (Eastbourne Borough); Craig McAllister (Eastliegh); Michael Corcoran, Dominic Green, Shane Huke, Matt Johnson (Ebbsfleet United); Cliff Akurang (Hayes & Yeading United); Danny Talbot, Ollie Thorne (Hemel Hempstead Town); Simon Downer (Maidstone United); Sean Shields-loan from Dagenham & Redbridge (St.Albans City); Michael Malcolm (Wealdstone); Clayton Fortune (Weston-super-Mare); Danny Mills, Jamie Young (Whitehawk).

 

 

Southern League Premier

David Perpetuini (Arlesey Town); Ellis Laight (Bideford AFC); Lee Phillips (Chippenham Town); Gary Mulligan (Dunstable Town); Stuart Douglas (Poole Town); Lewis Hilliard, Ollie Thorne-loan from Hemel Hempstead Town, Max York (St.Neots Town); Simon Evans, Tim Sills (Weymouth).

Southern Division One Central

Aaron King, Jerry Nash (Bedford Town); Andy Gooding, Brett Solkhon, Lewis Wilson-loan from Oxford City (Kettering Town); Alex Bolt (Potters Bar Town); Paul Bastock (Royston Town); Jon Stead (St.Ives Town).

Southern Division One South & West

Jamie Cook (North Leigh); Peter Castle (Sholing).

 

 

Isthmian Premier

Neil Cousins (Enfield Town); Tarkan Mustafa (Canvey Island); Dean McDonald (Dulwich Hamlet); Justyn Roberts (Hampton & Richmond Borough); Rob Wolleaston (Harrow Borough); Tyrone Berry, Sam Page (Kingstonian); Lee Worgan (Maidstone United); Jamie Stuart (Margate); Ricardo Joseph, Matt Pattison (Metropolitan Police).

Isthmian Division One North

Lee Hales, Jean-Michel Sigere (Chatham Town); Bobby Aisien (Cheshunt); Ugo Udoji (Cray Wanderers); George Artemi (Great Wakering Rovers); Bertrand Bossu (Harlow Town); Nathan Koranteng (Maldon & Tiptree); Scott Mitchell (AFC Sudbury); Lewwis Spence (Thurrock).

Isthmian Division One South

Joe Keehan (Burgess Hill Town); Simon Wormull (Three Bridges); Peter Hawkins (Whitstable Town).

 

 

Northern Premier Premier

Jack Higgins (Ashton United); David Pearson (Barwell); Joe Wilcox (Frickley Athletic); Rob Duffy, James Reid (Ilkeston); David Bell (King’s Lynn Town); Nabil Shariff (Stamford AFC); Craig Farrell (Whitby Town)

Northern Premier Division One North

John Grant (Droylsden).

Northern Premier Division One South

Mark Albrighton (Bedworth United); Simon Brown (Chasetown); Jake Woolley (Coalville Town); Ishmale Reid (Leek Town); Jimmy Ghaichem (Scarborough Athletic); Gareth Jelleyman (Spalding United).

UCL Premier

Lawrence Lambley (Boston Town); Luke Kennedy (Huntingdon Town); Steve Corry (Peterborough Northern Star); Aynsley McDonald (Sileby Rangers); Andy Furnell (Yaxley).

UCL Division One

Jake Gillingwater (Irchester United); Lewis Hallford (Raunds Town); Daniel Grainger, Chris Hope, Jason Taylor (Thrapston Town).

Southern Counties East

Jake Beecroft (Tunbridge Wells).

Bedfordshire County

George Cox (AFC Oakley M&DH).

 

NCEL Premier

Andrew Rigby (Long Eaton United).

Midland League Premier

Liam Read (Quorn).

East Midlands Counties

Callum Earls (St.Andrews).

North West Counties Premier

Craig Dove (Alsager Town).

North West Counties Division One

Leon Knight (Barnton AFC).

South Midlands Division 1

Nicky Ioannou (Welwyn Garden City).

Hellenic Premier

Rob Gier (Ascot United); Connor Hayes (Thame United).

 

Eastern Counties Premier

Dan Easlea (Diss Town); Daniel Chillingworth (Godmanchester Rovers).

Eastern Counties Division 1

Scott Wark (Ipswich Wanderers); Stuart Wardley (Saffron Walden Town player/coach).

 

 

Non-English Leagues

Welsh Premier

Kristian Rogers (Airbus UK Broughton).

Danish Superliga

Mikkel Anderson (Randers – loan from Reading).

IFA Premiership

Alan Blayney (Linfield); Kevin Braniff, Neil McCafferty (Portadown)

Indian I-League

Curtis Osano (JSW Sports, Bangalore).

USA

Eugene Burndam (Olivet Nazarine College, Illinois); Luke Boden (Orlando City); Jamie McGuinness (VSI Tampa Flames).

 

 
Current Status Unclear

Charles Ademeno

Richard Bailey

David Brown

Sean Calcutt                          

Andy Chapman

Glen Fuff

Phil Gulliver

Rodney Hicks

Andrew Hodges

Eric Manangu

Martyn Margarson

David McShefferty

Morgan Phillips

Mark Rawle

Ben Reynolds

Billy Turley

John Turner

Darren Watts

Anthony Weston

Mark Wright

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Nick Ashby                            Retired (scout at Watford)

Shaun Carey                           Retired (scout Brackley Town)

Andy Collett                           Retired (goalkeeping coach York City)

Sean Connelly                          Retired (physio at Cardiff City)

Gary Crosby                           Retired (coach Derby County)

Martin Davies                         Retired (goalkeeping coach Cambridge Utd)

Miquel de Souza                       Retired (QPR Ladies coach)

Andy Edwards                        Retired (youth team manager Leyton Orient)

Jason Goodliffe                     Retired (First Team Coach Steveange)

Stuart Gray                            Retired (coach Guiseley)

Peter Green                            Retired (coach Northampton ON Chenecks)

Paul Hall                               Retired (coach Romulus)

Wayne Hatswell                     Retired (First Team Coach Newport County)

Alex Hay                               Retired (scout Chester)

Barry Hunter                           Retired (scout Liverpool)

Lance Key                              Retired (goalkeeping coach Cambridge Utd)

Adrian Littlejohn                      Retired (Community coach Sheff Utd)

David Lowe                             Retired (coach Tranmere Rovers)

Dino Maamria                          Retired (head coach Preston North End)

Stuart Naylor                          Retired (goalkeeping coach Bristol City)

Mickey Nuttell                         Retired (under 18 coach Boston United)

Tony Pennock              Retired (head of Youth Development Swansea City)

Jim Rodwell                            Retired (chief Executive Notts County)

Simon Rusk                 Retired (coach Brighton & Hove Albion Youth team)

Mark Sale                             Retired (Burton Youth Development Officer)

Kevin Shoemake                        Retired (chairman NFA)

Steve Spooner                         Retired (U18 coach Birmingham City)

Brian Talbot                           Retired (scout Fulham)

Andy Tillson                           Retired (coach Exeter City)

Paul Watson                           Retired (Physio Brighton & HA)

Andy Woodman                   Retired (Goalkeeping coach Newcastle United)

Simon Wormull                    Retired (manager Three Bridge Academy under 19)

 

Game 900 – 17 August 2008

Game 900

At the start of the 2008/09 season Rushden & Diamonds reached the milestone of their 900th game.

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Saturday 17 August 2008

(Blue Square Premier) Conference

Rushden & Diamonds 1 Wrexham 1

Nene Park, Irthlingborough

Diamonds 17th season had started well with a Maunsell Cup win over Peterborough United, and two wins from their first two League games. Although Wrexham were relegated from the Football League the previous season, they had started with an impressive 5-0 victory over Stevenage Borough, although they had lost to York City the previous Wednesday. Interestingly, Stevenage and Oxford United were propping up the table after losing both of their opening games.

Two names in the Wrexham line-up that would be familiar to Nene Park were Simon Brown, who was to join Diamonds on a one month loan in November, and Jefferson Louis.

Despite two wins, manager Garry Hill left impressive striker Dean McDonald out of the side, with Rob Wolleaston coming into the side for his first start for Diamonds.

Lee Phillips had a first half goal disallowed for offside, but it was the visitors who looked more dangerous during the first half and Alan Marriott had to be on top form to maintain a clean sheet at the break.

Sam Smith replaced Wolleaston on 56 minutes and with four minutes, he had put Diamonds in front. Wrexham had failed to clear Lee Tomlin’s ball into the penalty area, the ball striking Andy Burgess. He quickly took the ball to the byline and crossed low for Smith to tap in from close range.

The visitor’s equaliser was a somewhat controversial goal after play was stopped for an injury to Chris Hope. With Michael Corcoran waiting to return onto the pitch following a head injury, the referee re-started play with a dropped ball, and Diamonds down to nine men. Straight from the dropped ball, Simon Brown found Shaun Whalley who netted despite appeals for offside. Both sides had chances to win the game in the final fifteen minutes, but a draw seemed a fair result overall.

Team: Alan Marriott, Curtis Osano, Gareth Jelleyman, Chris Hope, Curtis Woodhouse, Lee Phillips, Andy Burgess, Lee Tomlin, Rob Wolleaston (Sam Smith 56), Sagi Burton, Michael Corcoran (Jake Beecroft 88).

Goals: Sam Smith 60 (1-0), Shaun Whalley 75 (1-1).

Attendance: 1805.

Statistics

P

W

D

L

F

A

Southern League

168

102

39

27

392

184

Conference

305

137

78

90

477

350

Football League

230

78

63

89

288

313

Football League P/off

3

1

1

1

5

6

FA Cup

57

30#

11

16*

103

64

FA Trophy

37

22

5

10

62

38

FA Vase

5

2

2

1

11

10

Football League Trophy

8

2

0

6

4

20

League Cup

(non League)

35

20

5

10*

64

44

League Cup

(League)

7

2#

0

5

4

19

Hillier Senior

Cup

34

25

2

7*

90

34

Maunsell Cup

9

6#

0

3

12

15

Championship Shield

2

2#

0

0

5

2

Total

900

429

206

265

1517

1099

(# = 1 game won on penalty kicks)

(* = 1 game lost on penalty kicks)

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Game 800 – 18 November 2006

Game 800

In the countdown to Diamonds 1000th first team game, we take a look at previous landmarks in the club’s history. We continue our review with a brief match report from Diamonds’ 800th game.

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Saturday 18 November 2006

(Nationwide) Conference

St.Albans City 3 Rushden & Diamonds 2

Clarence Park, St.Albans

Diamonds had suffered relegation at the end of the previous season and were trying to settle back into the Conference. Barry Hunter’s time as manager had ended, and he had been replaced by Paul Hart prior to the start of the season, but he had then been sacked after just 16 League games. Goalkeeping coach Tony Godden was now in charge as caretaker, and this was his seventh game in charge.

Both teams had suffered a poor start to the season, Diamonds in 20th position with 17points from 18 games, and St.Albans in 22nd with 16points from 19 games. Oxford United were top of the table, and appeared to be heading for a swift return to the Football League.

The game turned out to be memorable, but for the wrong reasons. It took just seven seconds for the home side to take the lead. As the ball was played forward from the kick-off, Paul Watson made a complete hash of his back pass to Scott Tynan, and Elliot Benyon nipped in to tap the ball home. Just two minutes later, Lee Clarke converted a Damian Batt cross as the defence remained motionless.

The poor start got worse on 12 minutes, as Benyon pounced after another defensive error and although Diamonds had their fair share of possession, they were unable to get the ball past Paul Bastock in the St.Albans goal.

Diamonds came out fighting in the second half, and Lee Tomlin converted a Marcus Kelly cross shortly after the restart. The goal seemed to give Diamonds hope, and they created chance after chance. Just after the hour, a goalmouth scramble saw Kelly get the final touch just in front of Michael Rankine.

Diamonds should have equalised in the closing moments when Tom Shaw rounded the keeper only to see his shot into the open goal strike the post and rebound to safety. The loss saw Diamonds slip into the relegation zone and within a month, Graham Westley was appointed as manager.

Team: Scott Tynan, Paul Watson (Daniel Chillingworth 90), Chris Hope, Wayne Hatswell, Dave Savage, Michael Rankine (Simeon Jackson 62), Marcus Kelly, Lee Tomlin, Tyrone Berry, Tom Shaw, Chris Plummer.

Goals: Elliot Benyon 1 (1-0), Lee Clarke 3 (2-0), Elliot Benyon 12 (3-0), Lee Tomlin 46 (3-1), Marcus Kelly 62 (3-2).

Attendance: 1236.

Statistics

P

W

D

L

F

A

Southern League

168

102

39

27

392

184

Conference

229

107

57

65

382

268

Football League

230

78

63

89

288

313

Football League P/off

3

1

1

1

5

6

FA Cup

53

28#

11

14*

93

56

FA Trophy

30

17

5

8

49

31

FA Vase

5

2

2

1

11

10

Football League Trophy

8

2

0

6

4

20

League Cup

(non League)

30

16

5

9

52

40

League Cup

(League)

7

2#

0

5

4

19

Hillier Senior

Cup

28

19

2

7*

70

29

Maunsell Cup

7

5#

0

2

10

11

Championship Shield

2

2#

0

0

5

2

Total

800

381

185

234

1365

989

(# = 1 game won on penalty kicks)

(* = 1 game lost on penalty kicks)

Game 700 – 26 December 2004

Game 700

During the 2004/05 season Rushden & Diamonds reached the milestone of their 700th game.

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Sunday 26 December 2004

(Coca-Cola) League Two

Rushden & Diamonds 3 Oxford United 3

Nene Park, Irthlingborough

A great deal had happened since Game 600. Promotion from Division 3 to Division 2 was followed by Brian Talbot’s resignation as manager after the home defeat to Peterborough United on 6 March 2004 (game #661). Ernie Tippett had taken over after a caretaker spell from Barry Hunter, as Diamonds slipped back into the renamed Coca-Cola League Two. This game was Tippett’s 31st in charge, the previous matches comprising 6wins, 7draws and 17defeats.

Diamonds were languishing in 21st place with just Shrewsbury Town, Cambridge United and Kidderminster Harriers below them. Oxford were also struggling, just 4 points ahead in 18th position.

In the few days before Christmas, the club had announced the suspension of long serving keeper Billy Turley after his indiscretions, and he was never to play for Diamonds again. Lee Worgan deputised and was making his League debut. Former Diamonds in the starting line up for the visitors included Leo Roget and Barry Quinn and the game proved to be an entertaining affair, with plenty of goals.

Oxford scored first when Jamie Brooks made a surging run forward and crossed for Chris Hackett to fire home from 6 yards. Leading goalscorer Craig Dove levelled the game on 37 minutes after firing a low shot past keeper Bradie Clarke from 18 yards, but just before the break, Oxford went in front again when Lee Bradbury volleyed home after Diamonds had failed to clear a corner kick.

Within six minutes of the restart however, Diamonds were level again as David Bell’s shot from the edge of the area beat the Oxford keeper at the near post. Rob Wolleaston made a substitute appearance for the visitors on the hour, but within two minutes of his introduction, Jason Taylor (who had replaced the injured Gary Mulligan in the first half) put Diamonds in front, heading home Bell’s cross at the far post.

Some poor defending allowed United a share of the points as Craig Davies equalised some 13 minutes before the end.

Tippett’s days at the club were numbered, and he was in charge for just five more games before the appointment of fans favourite, Barry Hunter.

Team: Lee Worgan, Peter Hawkins, Graham Allen, Rob Gier, Alex Hay, Stuart Gray, David Bell, Andy Burgess, Andrew Sambrook (Sean Connelly 12), Craig Dove, Gary Mulligan (Jason Taylor 12).

Goals: Chris Hackett 14 (0-1), Craig Dove 37 (1-1), Lee Bradbury 42 (1-2), David Bell 51 (2-2), Jason Taylor 62 (3-2), Craig Davies 77 (3-3).

Attendance: 4140.

Statistics

P

W

D

L

F

A

Southern League

168

102

39

27

392

184

Conference

210

103

52

55

360

240

Football League

161

62

45

54

223

202

Football League P/off

3

1

1

1

5

6

FA Cup

48

25

10

13*

86

53

FA Trophy

30

17

5

8

49

31

FA Vase

5

2

2

1

11

10

Football League Trophy

6

1

0

5

3

16

League Cup

(non League)

30

16

5

9

52

40

League Cup

(League)

6

2#

0

4

4

16

Hillier Senior

Cup

26

17

2

7*

66

27

Maunsell Cup

5

3

0

2

6

8

Championship Shield

2

2#

0

0

5

2

Total

700

353

161

186

1262

835

(# = 1 game won on penalty kicks)

(* = 1 game lost on penalty kicks)

Game 600 – 28 December 2002

Game 600

Whilst on their way to winning the Division 3 title, Rushden & Diamonds passed the milestone of their 600th game.

oufc

Saturday 28 December 2002

(Nationwide) Football League Division Three

Rushden & Diamonds 0 Oxford United 2

Nene Park, Irthlingborough

After the disappointment of the Play-Off Final defeat in Cardiff the previous season, Diamonds had gone from strength to strength and were topping the Division Three table at Christmas on goal difference from Hartlepool United. Oxford were eight points adrift, back in 6th place.

Oxford had several players in their side who were later the play for Diamonds, including goalkeeper Andy Woodman, midfielder Dave Savage and striker, Jefferson Louis, who came on as a second half substitute.

The stats for the game speak for themselves – Diamonds 14 shots on target, no goals, Oxford 2 shots on target, 2 goals. The fact that the visitors kept a clean sheet was thanks to some fine keeping by Woodman as the U’s defence came under increasing pressure. Totally against the run of play, it was Dave Savage who scored the opening goal after 13 minutes, skipping past three defenders and firing past Billy Turley.

The goal gave Oxford the confidence to go forward, and they grabbed a second on the half hour when Dave Oldfield’s 25yard volley beat Turley.

Diamonds went on the attack in the second half but were unable to beat the Oxford defence. Woodman produced a fantastic point blank save to deny Onandi Lowe, but despite ending the game with some twenty attempts on goal and 16 corners, they were unable to put the ball in the back of the net.

Hartlepool’s 3-0 win at home to Cambridge United pushed Diamonds back into second place – a tussle which was to continue until the final game of the season which eventually saw both clubs promoted and the Division Three title head to Nene Park.

Team: Billy Turley, Paul Underwood, Barry Hunter, Mark Peters, Stuart Wardley, Duane Darby, Stuart Gray (Andy Burgess 74), Marcus Bignot, David Bell, Paul Hall, Onandi Lowe.

Goals: Dave Savage 13 (0-1), Dave Oldfield 30 (0-2).

Attendance: 4891.

Statistics

P

W

D

L

F

A

Southern League

168

102

39

27

392

184

Conference

210

103

52

55

360

240

Football League

70

32

21

17

103

75

Football League P/off

3

1

1

1

5

6

FA Cup

45

24

10

11*

83

45

FA Trophy

30

17

5

8

49

31

FA Vase

5

2

2

1

11

10

Football League Trophy

3

0

0

3

1

13

League Cup

(non League)

30

16

5

9

52

40

League Cup

(League)

4

2#

0

2

3

12

Hillier Senior

Cup

26

17

2

7*

66

27

Maunsell Cup

4

3

0

1

6

6

Championship Shield

2

2#

0

0

5

2

Total

600

321

137

142

1136

691

(# = 1 game won on penalty kicks)

(* = 1 game lost on penalty kicks)

Game 500 – 3 March 2001

Game 500

Whilst on their way to winning the Football Conference, Rushden & Diamonds reached the milestone of their 500th game.

woking

Saturday 3 March 2001

(Nationwide) Conference

Rushden & Diamonds 2 Woking 0

Nene Park, Irthlingborough

Brian Talbot celebrated his 4th Anniversary as manager of Diamonds with this win over Woking. It was his 218th game in charge and his 115th win. Diamonds previous nine games had seen them gain 23 points and moved them to the top of the Conference table on goal difference from Yeovil Town. Woking were mid-table, but they were also undefeated since Christmas.

Diamonds dominated the game from the kick-off however, and a mixture of missed chances and some fine saves from Australian keeper Vince Matassa kept the game goalless at the half time break.

Within a minute of the restart, Diamonds went in front when Duane Darby’s shot from the edge of the area was deflected past the Woking keeper. Shaun Carey added a second on 65 minutes after Justin Jackson had crossed to the far post for Darby to knock the ball back in for the former Norwich midfielder to nod home his only goal for the club.

Woking’s Jamie Pitman was sent off with 15 minutes remaining, but the score remained at 2-0 despite Diamonds finishing with figures of 12 corners, and 25 shots on goal. There was a big cheer when Mark Sale came on as a late substitute having spent eighteen months out of the game battling against cancer.

The win extended Diamonds lead in the Conference table after Yeovil’s 1-1 draw at home to Stevenage Borough, although the Somerset side still had the advantage with two games in hand. The season was to finish on a high with Diamonds winning promotion, some six points ahead of Yeovil Town.

Team: Billy Turley, Tarkan Mustafa, Gary Setchell, Shaun Carey, Mark Peters, Ray Warburton, Garry Butterworth, Jon Brady, Justin Jackson (Mark Sale 88), Duane Darby, Andy Burgess.

Goals: Duane Darby 46 (1-0), Shaun Carey 65 (2-0).

Attendance: 3680.

Statistics

P

W

D

L

F

A

Southern League

168

102

39

27

392

184

Conference

198

97

47

54

342

231

FA Cup

40

22

9

9*

76

37

FA Trophy

30

17

5

8

49

31

FA Vase

5

2

2

1

11

10

Football League

Trophy

1

0

0

1

0

2

League Cup

30

16

5

9

52

40

Hillier Senior

Cup

25

17

2

6*

65

24

Maunsell Cup

2

2

0

0

3

1

Championship Shield

1

1

0

0

3

0

Total

500

276

109

115

993

560

(* = 1 game lost on penalty kicks)

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