First Team Squad 2017/18

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1. Danny Crump – Goalkeeper

The younger of footballing brothers, Danny started with the Seasiders as a youngster in 2006 and returned to the club in 2016 for his third spell between the sticks. A teacher by trade, he enjoys Road Cycling and squash when the opportunity arises and supports Liverpool and Ipswich Town, counting both Peter Schmeichel & Gordon Banks as his footballing idols. He also counts brother Andy as the best player he has played with in the SIL and Rhys Barber as the best player at this level, while naming Jim Magilton as the best player he has played against.

Danny kept 24 clean sheets in his 51 games last term, conceding just 31 league goals, and considers playing a key role in transitional play very much part and parcel of a goalkeeper’s job.

He names Jordy Matthews as the best trainer at the club but wouldn't be drawn on who he thinks is the worst!

Danny & wife Amanda (Ipswich Town Ladies) celebrated the birth of their first child, Lilly-Ella, just before the end of last season.

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2. Steffano Mallardo - Defender

Joined the club in the summer from AFC Sudbury, a young talented defender who can operate in the centre of defence or at full back, the management were delighted to sign Stefano who has Ryman League experience with both AFC Sudbury and Leiston.

A Liverpool supporter through family heritage, Stefano considers the best player he has played with to be Marcus Garnham, and the best he has played against, Matt Blake. Highlight of his career so far is playing at Portman Road in the FA Youth Cup Final together with winning the Ryman (North) League title. 

 

 

 

 

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3. Josh Kerridge - Utility

Josh joined the club two seasons ago from AFC Sudbury and quickly became an integral part of the side, an undoubted match winner on his day, he scores his fair share of goals from midfield and creates a lot of the play when the side is going forward, but is equally at home when defending.

Josh’s previous clubs are Melton & Grundisburgh of the Suffolk & Ipswich League, Framlingham Town (Now Thurlow Nunn Division One), Leiston and AFC Sudbury.

A Liverpool supporter, Josh names winning the First Division Cup and lifting it as skipper of the AFC Sudbury Under 21 side as one high point, but also describes our FA Cup win over National League Bishop’s Stortford as another.

When asked ‘who are the best players you have played with and against?’ he says he has not played against any ‘Big’ names but interestingly, names the best player he has played with as our own Jordy Matthews!

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4. Miles Powell - Forward

Miles spent the 2014/15 season with Whitton United before returning to the Seaside where he learnt his trade. He immediately hit the scoring charts and was the club’s leading scorer going into the Christmas holiday period. A versatile player who can operate in a variety of positions, deceptively quick Miles is looking to re-establish himself after overcoming a serious injury that kept him out of action for the second half of last season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5. Rhys Barber - Central Defender - Club Captain

At 30, Rhys is now in his prime as a player and it is not surprising that he twice lifted the Player of the Year award since joining the Seasiders for a second spell in 2013. An Arsenal supporter, his football idol is Ian Wright; he considers the best player he has played against as Gavin Williams, while the best player played with he names as Kevin Horlock.

Rhys joined the Seasiders at the start of the 2011/12 season but re-joined Needham Market in October 2011. He was released by the Marketmen at the end of season 2012/13 and manager Kevin O'Donnell was quick to snap up his signature.

Named Club Captain in the summer of 2015, Rhys is a vastly experienced, natural left sided player. He is an accomplished defender who can operate anywhere in the back four, although he sometimes appears to have hankerings to show his midfield prowess. His initial aim when taking over the captain’s armband was to lead the side to a top 5 finish and have a good run in the FA Vase. He has ticked all the boxes to date.

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6. Callum Bennett - Defender

A staunch Liverpool fan who rates Steve Gerrard as his football idol, Callum joined the Seasiders from Bury Town in February 2015 and has proved to be an excellent signing, able to operate in midfield or on the right of the defence.

Callum was with Ipswich Town as a youngster and had a spell with Notts County, and as is so often the case when there was a change of management, Callum found himself out in the cold.

An excellent range of passes makes him a dangerous player for opposing defences and a fans’ favourite when we are in possession, his aim this season is to help make the Seasiders real title contenders. Callum completed University in the summer of 2017 and is now one of the working class, he rates Harry Kane as the best player he has played against and Jack Grealish, the best he has played with.

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7. Jamal Wiggins – Midfield

Jamal came to senior non-league football relatively late, having spent several seasons playing in the SIL with Felixstowe Harpers United, but when Ian Watson joined the management at the Goldstar, he was quick to recruit ‘Jamma’ to the first team squad. It took the lanky midfielder time to adjust to the higher level of football, but he worked hard and is now an integral part of the first team squad. Having now had a full season in the first team picture, he will be looking to add goals to his game.

 

 

 

 

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8. Craig Jennings - Forward

Signed at the start of the 2016/17 season, Craig was recruited specifically to make and score goals, and started on the opening day with an inaugural FA Cup goal. A pacey, front runner he looks comfortable on both flanks and scores the spectacular as well as the tap ins. Last season (his first as a Seasider) he delivered with 30 goals in all competitions from 45 appearances.

Craig joined the club from Ipswich Wanderers where he made 92 Premier Division appearances, scoring 32 goals. His previous clubs are named as Ipswich Athletic & Coplestonians from the Suffolk & Ipswich League and Woodbridge Town.

A Tottenham Hotspur supporter, Craig names his best moment in football as winning the Suffolk Senior Cup final on penalties at Portman Road.

 

 

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9. Nick Ingram - Forward

  Nick joined the Seasiders in October 2016 from Bury Town, where he made 5 starts in the Ryman League (North) plus 12 appearances as a substitute, scoring 1 goal. He also made two appearances, scoring two goals for Team Bury who share the facilities at Ram Meadow.

Nick scored on his Seasiders’ debut in a 4-0 win over Woodbridge Town in the League Cup, and ended the season with 9 goals from just 21 appearances. Nick was struck down with the debilitating Glandular Fever virus which side-lined him for 3 months, but scored on his return to action at The Wellesley in early March.

 

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10. Jordan Matthews - Utility

A rare event these days when asking established players their previous clubs and you get the reply, ‘none’!

Jordan has been a one club man and a manager’s dream, a play anywhere footballer, equally happy in midfield or up front in the No10 shirt, a regular winner of the Players’ Player and Supporters’ Player of the year award, the supporters know that when he pulls on the Seasiders shirt, they are going to see 110% commitment from him. Jordan weighs in with his fair share of goals and tackles.

A Liverpool supporter, Jordy names Bradley Barber as the best player he has played with and Tyrone Mings as the best he has played against and his best moment, reaching the Suffolk Premier Cup Final. It’s not surprising his name appears regularly in other players’ profiles, as several name him as the best player they have played with!

 

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11. Joe Francis – Forward

Kevin O’Donnell & Ian Watson were quick to snap up the services of former Lowestoft front man Joe Francis when he was released by Leiston in the summer at the end of his contract.

The highly rated, left sided player can operate as a front man or in midfield, and joins the Seasiders after four seasons at Victory Road where he made 107 appearances, scoring 26 goals and was an integral part of the Blues squad that won promotion to the Ryman Premier Division.

Francis joined Kings Lynn in June 2007 from Woodbridge Town and spent two seasons at the Walks, winning the Southern League title and spending a season with them in the Conference North. Joe moved to fellow Conference (North) side Corby Town in March 2009 before joining Lowestoft Town in December of the same year when the Trawler Boys were in the Ryman Division One North and helped them gain promotion to the Premier Division at the first attempt, spending three seasons with the Blues before signing for Leiston in June 2013.

Joe considers the highlight of his career (so far) as winning the Southern League Premier Division and being named as Player of the season in that campaign, he describes former Villa right back Alan Wright as his most difficult opponent, or as Joe puts it he spent the whole of the game in Wright's pocket, the back one I think! An Arsenal supporter Joe considers Scott Mitchell, when he was fit, the best player he has played with.

Now 30, Joe was happy to sign a one-year contract with the Seasiders with the option of a further year’s extension, and will join up with former teammates Stuart Ainsley (ex Lowestoft Town) and Stuart Boardley (ex Leiston).

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12. Stuart Ainsley - Utility

A member of a footballing family with father George moving to Suffolk as a youngster with Ipswich Town, although never quite making the big time George played Non-League football to a good level and both his sons followed his footsteps into the Ipswich Town youth set up.

Stuart joined the club for his second spell in the summer of 2014 from Lowestoft Town following their promotion to the Football Conference, stepping down to level 5 due to work commitments, and the difficulty in getting the time off to be able to commit himself to the rigours of the Conference. At 29, he enjoys Golf and supports Newcastle United (with his father George hailing from the North East it's no surprise that Alan Shearer is his footballing idol) I'm not sure if he is 'name dropping' when he says Gareth Bale is the best player he has played against and Jim Magilton as the best he has played with (I would!)

Former clubs are Ipswich Town, Canvey Island, Chelmsford City, AFC Sudbury and Lowestoft Town. A naturally left footed player, his primary position is left back, although he does like to venture into a central midfield role when able.

Asked about his ambition, it would always be to win league titles and lift cups - he considers work rate, loving a tackle and a half decent left foot as his main attributes, and considers Jordy Matthews as the best trainer in the squad.

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14. Dan Davis - Defender

Returned to the squad at the start of August 2016 after almost 18 months on the sidelines with an Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury picked up at the end of the 2014/15 season.

A powerful centre back with a no nonsense approach to the game, 'Denzil' had been missed both on the field and in the dressing room, slotting back into the heart of the defence, while at the forefront of the dressing room banter.

A very popular member of the squad, 'Denzil' likes to give money to worthy causes and has selected the County FA as one of his more popular ones to help in recent seasons.

 

 

 

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15. Matt Collins – Midfield

Young midfielder who joined the club towards the end of last season from Division One Team Bury,

making nine appearances (four as a substitute) gaining in experience all the time. Part of a footballing family, Matt has the potential to become a top player at this level or higher, and 2017/18 will be a real test for him with the management rating him highly and ‘one for the future’.

Matt nominates Brad Barber as the best player he has played with and Cameron Stewart or Gav Johnson as the best he has played against, finding it difficult to decide which was the worst (or best) to play against.

An Ipswich Town supporter Matt says his best moment in football (so far) was scoring in the FA Trophy against Herne Bay in his first start in the competition.

 

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17. Scott Chaplin - Midfield

Scott joined the Seasiders during the summer of 2016 from Hadleigh United where he made 136 appearances during a four year stay, scoring 32 goals, nine of them during their title winning season.

Scott was also a member of the Ipswich Town Academy, before spells with Bury Town and Needham Market.

Scott rates his best football moments to date as collecting his England caps at the old Wembley Stadium after representing England colleges in two international tournaments.

He cites Gavin Johnson at Bury Town & Needham Market, along with James Scowcroft at Bury as the best players he has played with, and Theo Walcott when at Ipswich Academy as the best he has played against. Suffered a serious injury midway through last season that side-lined him for the second half of the campaign, and many feel his absence had much to do with the Seasiders finishing as low as they did - popular player with fans and team-mates alike, Scott is a Manchester United supporter.

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18. Stuart Boardley – Utility

Those who have followed Non-League football in Suffolk over the past decade will be familiar with Stuart, who joined the club towards the end of last season after hanging up his boots at the end of the 2015/16 season. It was a test for both sides - had he still got the desire, and could he still ‘do it?’

He showed his ability in a couple of cameo performances (2 starts, 5 as a sub) and has worked hard during the close season to get himself back to match fitness for 2017/18.

He has a pedigree, the envy of many in non-league, former clubs Ipswich Town, Torquay United, AFC Sudbury, Leiston FC and now Felixstowe & Walton, he made his professional debut for Torquay in League 1 and names the best player he has played with as Darren Bent. The best player he has played against; he names two – Cesc Fabragas & Robert Piries!

His best moments in football were his professional debut for The Gulls at Plainmoor and reaching the 1st round proper of the FA Cup with Leiston FC.

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19. Sheridan Driver - Utility

'Sherry' joined the Seasiders in the summer of 2014 having been surprisingly released by Ryman League Needham Market where he was club captain. Manager Kevin O'Donnell was quick to lure him to the Goldstar Ground for his second spell in the red & white stripes. Sheridan suffered cruel luck at the end of his first season with the club in 2009/10 after being signed by then manager Glenn Driver, rupturing his Achilles tendon at Wisbech in the final game of the season which saw him side-lined, having been due to travel to the USA at the end of that season as a coach.

An accomplished, experienced member of the squad 'Sherry' can operate in midfield, where he likes to get forward and be involved in the play or as a defender anywhere across the back line, he also weighs in with his fair share of goals at the right end of the pitch.

One of the quiet men of the side, Sherry is highly rated by the fans, team-mates and management alike, professional in his approach to the game with a super attitude both on and off the pitch.

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20. Kyle Birchfield – Midfield

Kyle is promoted to the first team squad having progressed via the under 18’s and reserves and fully deserves his first team squad number. He made 14 appearances last season, albeit 13 from the sub’s bench and scored twice for the senior side, never letting the side down, highly rated by the management. Hopefully, 2017/18 will be a big year for the youngster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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