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Hastings United First Team Registered Players 2014/15

Photographs kindly supplied by Steve Hunnisett, Terry Blackman, Joe Knight and Mark Dixon.

 

GOALKEEPERS | DEFENDERS | MIDFIELDERS | STRIKERS


 


MANAGEMENT & BACKROOM STAFF



     Nigel Kane
     First Team Manager

 

First joined the Club as a player in the summer of 2005, but found himself appointed manager that December, initially on a caretaker basis, but took permanent control a couple of months later, and went on to lead United to promotion to the Ryman Premier as play-off winners at the end of the 2006/07 campaign. Left by mutual consent in December 2007, but returned to the Pilot Field as coach in February 2014 and then took on a Head of Football Development role later that year, before being installed as manager for a second time in December.

 

 


     Mark Stapley
     First Team Assistant Manager
     Kindly sponsored by the McCrossan family

 

Joined the Club as manager of the Reserve Team ahead of the 2008/09 campaign, departing to take the assistant manager role at Bexhill United for a season, before returning to undertake a range of coaching and managerial roles for the First Team, Under 21s and Youth Team.

 

 


     Ryan Light
     First Team Coach

 

Returned to the Club in December 2014, once again joining Nigel Kane's backroom team, eight years since he was last involved as assistant manager. In the intervening period, he has served Eastbourne Town as head coach, as well as working for Brentford as a Development Squad scout, and has also previously held manager and assistant roles with St Leonards, Rye United and Eastbourne United.

 

 


     John Masters
     Goalkeeping Coach

 

Took over the role of goalkeeping coach at the Pilot Field during the summer of 2013, having previously served the Club in assistant-manager and coaching roles with the Reserves in the 2009/10 campaign. His son Clark is a former United keeper.

 

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GOALKEEPERS



     Josh Pelling
     Kindly sponsored by Jason, Sarah, Natalie & Lee Vater
     Date of Birth 22/4/91
     Debut 10/8/13 v Chipstead
     2014/15 Appearances 50 Clean Sheets 7
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 107 Clean Sheets 23

 

Signed for the Club ahead of the 2013/14 campaign, having spent much of the previous campaign with Eastbourne Town, and went on to win a landslide victory in the Supporters' Club vote to be named Player of the Year at the end of his debut season. Played his junior football for Brighton & Hove Albion, but was released by the Seagulls in the summer of 2010 and spent the subsequent pre-season at the Pilot Field, only to then join County League neighbours Rye United, whilst he has also featured for Sidley United.

 

 


     John Sullivan
     Date of Birth 8/3/88
     Debut 20/9/05 v Ramsgate
     2014/15 Appearances 1 Clean Sheets 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 18 Clean Sheets 5

 

First played for the Club as a seventeen year old on a work experience arrangement, when he was a trainee at Brighton & Hove Albion. Was subsequently handed a professional contract and remained with the Seagulls until the summer of 2009 when he joined Millwall, and has since enjoyed spells at Charlton Athletic and Portsmouth, as well as loan stays at a handful of other league sides. Signed for Whitehawk ahead of the 2014/15 campaign and briefly returned to the Pilot Field as emergency cover in the December.

 

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DEFENDERS



     Steve Brinkhurst
     Date of Birth 28/3/91
     Debut 6/12/14 v Redhill
     2014/15 Appearances 23 Goals 1
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 23 Goals 1

 

Attack-minded full back or wide midfielder, who joined the Club from Lewes in December 2014. Started his career as a junior with Brighton & Hove Albion and won himself a professional contract in 2009, but was released a year later and spent the next two seasons at Eastbourne Borough, before moving to the Dripping Pan in the summer of 2012.

 

 


     Matt Caley
     Date of Birth 1/3/95
     Debut 21/3/15 v Horsham
     2014/15 Appearances 2 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 2 Goals 0

 

A former captain of Essex Schoolboys, who joined the Club in March 2015. Gained previous Ryman League experience with Heybridge Swifts, before moving to Sussex whilst studying at Brighton University. Central defender or holding midfielder, who has also played for Eastbourne United.

 

 


     Sam Cruttwell
     Date of Birth 3/1/97
     Debut 12/8/13 v Walton Casuals
     2014/15 Appearances 38 Goals 1
     Yellow Cards 5 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 61 Goals 2

 

 

Left sided full back or midfield prospect, who featured for United's Under 18 and Reserve sides when aged just sixteen during the 2012/13 season, before joining the senior squad ahead of the following pre-season. A lack of opportunities saw him join Little Common for a spell, but he finally established himself as a First Team regular and was even offered a trial by Premier League side Hull City in April 2014.

 

 


     Mitchell Hand
     Date of Birth 24/10/92
     Debut 11/10/14 v Guernsey
     2014/15 Appearances 3 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 1 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 3 Goals 0

 

Specialist left back who signed for the U's in October 2014 after three successful seasons with Littlehampton Town, in which he scored over forty goals from his defensive position and won a County League Division Two title winners medal. Has also previously played for Worthing United, whom he joined as a seventeen year old.

 

 


     Harvey Hanifan
     Date of Birth 2/1/95
     Debut 17/1/15 v Worthing
     2014/15 Appearances 10 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 10 Goals 0

 

Moved to the Pilot Field in October 2014 from Fisher, where he won a Kent Youth Cup winners medal in 2012, before progressing to the senior ranks. Awarded a First Team debut by the U's after just a handful of appearances for the Under 21s.

 

 


     Alex Hause
     Date of Birth 23/10/93
     Debut 7/2/15 v Three Bridges
     2014/15 Appearances 3 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 3 Goals 0

 

Central defender who joined the Club in October 2014 and was handed his First Team debut four months later after just a handful of appearances for the Under 21s.

 

 


     Adam Hunt
     Date of Birth 31/12/86
     Debut 25/10/14 v Whyteleafe
     2014/15 Appearances 11 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 1
     Career Appearances 11 Goals 0

 

Right back or midfielder, who moved to the Pilot Field from East Preston in October 2014. Made his senior debut for Lancing at the age of just fifteen, before gaining Ryman League experience at Worthing. Loan spells at Withdean and Wick were followed by moves to Ringmer and Worthing United, but a switch to The Lashmar brought him a County League winners medal, while he was also a regular in the Sussex representative side for four seasons.

 

 


     Josh Jirbandey
     Date of Birth 5/6/91
     Debut 22/11/08 v Cambridge City
     2014/15 Appearances 4 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 182 Goals 10

 

Returned to the Club during a break from an American scholarship for the second year running at the end of March 2015. First signed for United on a work experience deal from Peterborough United in November 2008, and returned to the Pilot Field on a permanent basis ahead of the 2009/10 campaign, having been unable to win a professional contract with the Football League side. A former player of the year and Club captain, who has also played for Rye United and Lewes, but left the U's to pursue a college career in California in January 2013.

 

 


     Bryce Masters
     Date of Birth 1/1/93
     Debut 31/3/14 v Faversham Town
     2014/15 Appearances 8 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 9 Goals 0

 

Right full back who joined the Club from Rye United in March 2014. A regular for United Reserves in central midfield during the 2009/10 season, but moved on to Sidley United a year later, before switching to The Salts.

 

 


     Marc Pullan
     Date of Birth 28/2/74
     Debut 11/10/14 v Guernsey
     2014/15 Appearances 12 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 12 Goals 0

 

Vastly experienced centre back, who joined the Club from East Preston at the age of forty in October 2014. Started his career at Storrington in 1992, before winning two league titles with Peacehaven & Telscombe, and going on to represent most of Sussex's top non-league sides. He added further championship honours with Crawley Town and Whitehawk, and was part of the Eastbourne Borough side that won promotion to Conference National in 2007. Also had brief spells with Worthing and Lewes, before linking up with East Preston ahead of the 2012/13 campaign and helping them to the County League title.

 

 


     Sean Ray
     Kindly sponsored by Dave Williams
     Date of Birth 5/3/81
     Debut 28/8/04 v Metropolitan Police
     2014/15 Appearances 45 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 9 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 346 Goals 42

 

Inspirational and uncompromising central defender, who first joined United from Rye & Iden in August 2004. and returned for a third spell in the summer of 2014. Has also previously played for St Leonards, and signed for Ashford Town after his controversial release from the Pilot Field in November 2007, before returning ahead of the 2009/10 campaign. A long time former Club captain and two time Supporters' Player of the Year award winner, he stepped into a player/manager role at the end of October 2011 and lead the Club to the third round of the FA Cup in January 2013, only for relegation to follow at the end of the same season. Resigned on the eve of the following campaign and turned out for Kingstonian and Eastbourne United Association after recovering from knee surgery.

 

 


     Richard Rose
     Date of Birth 8/9/82
     Debut 9/8/14 v Walton Casuals
     2014/15 Appearances 44 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 3 Red Cards 2
     Career Appearances 44 Goals 0

 

A major signing for the U's ahead of the 2014/15 campaign. A full back by trade, but can also operate in central defence or midfield, he played his junior football for Gillingham, before winning a professional contract in 2001. Moved to Hereford United in the summer of 2006 and made 165 appearances in a five year spell at Edgar Street and, since dropping into non-league circles, has played for Dagenham & Redbridge, Dartford, Whitehawk and Maidstone United.

 

 


     Luke Turner
     Date of Birth 2/8/96
     Debut 7/3/15 v Sittingbourne
     2014/15 Appearances 7 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 7 Goals 0

 

Specialist left back, who joined the Club from Conference South high-flyers Bromley in March 2015, although he had most recently been playing for Croydon on a dual registration basis. Spent three years as a junior with Fulham, and is just coming to the end of a three year scholarship at Hayes Lane, where he has already featured at senior level.

 

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MIDFIELDERS



     Sam Adams
     Kindly sponsored by John Gale
     Date of Birth 11/12/86
     Debut 23/8/05 v Corinthian-Casuals
     2014/15 Appearances 42 Goals 13
     Yellow Cards 4 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 386 Goals 103

 

First joined United in June 2005 from Rye & Iden United, and quickly enhanced his reputation as a natural goalscorer with a fine start to his debut season, which saw him rewarded with the offer of a two year contract, later renewed for a further twelve months to the end of the 2007/08 campaign. Having finished as leading scorer on the Club's return to the Premier Division, he was then strongly linked with a summer move to Ashford Town, but United quickly exercised an option to extend his contract once again and persuaded him to stay at the Pilot Field, combining his undoubted talents as an out-and-out striker, with those of a central midfield general, and even an attacking right winger. Left the Club at the end of the 2010/11 season and returned to Rye, but was eventually persuaded back to the Pilot Field in February 2013.

 

 


     Olalekan Bankole
     Date of Birth 24/9/90
     Debut 9/8/14 v Walton Casuals
     2014/15 Appearances 15 Goals 2
     Yellow Cards 1 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 15 Goals 2

 

Central midfielder who signed for the Club ahead of the 2014/15 campaign, after impressing in pre-season. Has previous Ryman League experience with Burgess Hill Town, Thamesmead Town and Faversham Town, the latter of whom he joined on loan from Tonbridge Angels in December 2013. Subsequently left the Club in October 2014 and signed for Sittingbourne, only to return again in late February 2015.

 

 


     Liam Foster
     Date of Birth 23/10/96
     Debut 14/2/15 v Folkestone Invicta
     2014/15 Appearances 3 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 3 Goals 0

 

Teenage central midfielder, who represented the Club at Youth Team level throughout the 2013/14 season, before stepping up to the Under 21s the following year, and earning a senior debut in February 2015.

 

 


     Noir Gordon
     Date of Birth 10/10/93
     Debut 28/2/15 v Guernsey
     2014/15 Appearances 2 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 2 Goals 0

 

Left sided midfielder, and former Dulwich Hamlet prospect, who joined the Club in October 2014, and graduated to the senior squad after a run of games for the Under 21s.

 

 


     Kyle Holden
     Kindly sponsored by Chris & Jacqui Duckett
     Date of Birth 24/3/97
     Debut 1/12/14 v AFC Uckfield Town
     2014/15 Appearances 13 Goals 1
     Yellow Cards 4 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 13 Goals 1

 

 

Diminutive central midfielder, who first played for the Club at Youth and Reserve Team level as a fifteen year old in the 2012/13 season. Handed a senior debut two years later in December 2014.

 

 


     Fraser Logan
     Date of Birth 13/9/84
     Debut 21/8/10 v Wealdstone
     2014/15 Appearances 10 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 38 Goals 3

 

Experienced central or left sided midfielder, who was born in Scotland and started his career at Kilmarnock, where he progressed through the Youth and Under 21 ranks. Moved to the south coast with Lewes in late 2004, before joining Tonbridge Angels midway through the 2005/06 campaign, and first played for the U's after moving to the Pilot Field in the summer of 2010. Returned to Tonbridge in January 2011 and, after spending a year at Crawley Down Gatwick, he then rejoined Lewes in July 2013, before starting a second spell with United in December 2014.

 

 


     Tom O'Connor
     Date of Birth 28/5/96
     Debut 17/8/13 v Redhill
     2014/15 Appearances 2 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 23 Goals 1

 

Creative central midfielder, who first joined the U's on a dual registration basis from Conference South side Bromley in August 2013. A product of the Kent side's Academy system, who made his way into the senior squad at Hayes Lane during the 2012/13 campaign. His Ryman League registration was subsequently switched to Cray Wanderers in December 2013, only for it to be switched back again towards the end of January 2014, while he then returned in February 2015 after a further spell with Cray and a brief stint at East Grinstead Town.

 

 


     Tim Olorunda
     Kindly sponsored by GED
     Date of Birth 1/9/84
     Debut 29/1/02 v Arundel
     2014/15 Appearances 37 Goals 2
     Yellow Cards 6 Red Cards 2
     Career Appearances 275 Goals 21

 

Combative central midfielder and occasional defender, who rejoined the Club for a fourth spell in the summer of 2013, having helped Maidstone United to promotion the previous season. First played for the Club's Youth and Reserve sides in the early 2000s, leaving in search of senior football at St Leonards and Rye United. Returned in June 2005 and played an integral role in United's own play-off winning side in 2006/07, and has since had two spells with Tonbridge Angels, either side of his third stint at the Pilot Field.

 

 


     Marlon Patterson
     Date of Birth 24/6/83
     Debut 28/3/15 v Tooting & Mitcham United
     2014/15 Appearances 5 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 2 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 5 Goals 0

 

Left sided midfielder or defender, who joined the Club from Cray Wanderers in March 2015. Played his junior football for Millwall and Chelsea, but went on to represent a number of non-league sides in and around the London area, starting with a three year stint at Dulwich Hamlet. He then spent two seasons with Dagenham & Redbridge from 2007, followed by further two season spells at Chelmsford City and Bromley. Began the 2014/15 campaign back at Dulwich, before moving to Cray in the September.

 

 


     Olalekan Rabiu
     Date of Birth 26/12/93
     Debut 14/3/15 v Carshalton Athletic
     2014/15 Appearances 1 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 1 Goals 0

 

Left sided midfielder, who joined the Club from Chatham Town in March 2015. Has also gained previous Ryman League experience with VCD Athletic.

 

 


     Tyrell Richardson-Brown
     Date of Birth 18/11/90
     Debut 7/2/15 v Three Bridges
     2014/15 Appearances 11 Goals 3
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 11 Goals 3

 

Right sided midfielder, blessed with lightning pace, who signed for the Club towards the end of January 2015, whilst studying at Brighton University. Has previously played for Kingstonian and Fisher.

 

 


     Jamie Strong
     Date of Birth 10/9/92
     Debut 17/1/15 v Worthing
     2014/15 Appearances 2 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 2 Goals 0

 

A full back or central midfielder, who played his junior football for Brighton & Hove Albion and was rewarded with a one year professional contract in the summer of 2011. After stints with Crawley Town, Oxford United and Inverness Caledonian Thistle, he signed for Worthing upon his release by the Seagulls twelve months later, moving on to Lewes a few months later. Has also had spells with Eastbourne Borough, Peacehaven & Telscombe and Bognor Regis Town, and joined the U's in January 2015.

 

 


     Jason Taylor
     Date of Birth 21/6/92
     Debut 9/8/14 v Walton Casuals
     2014/15 Appearances 4 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 4 Goals 0

 

Attack-minded wide midfielder, who joined the Club after impressing in pre-season trial over the summer of 2014. Has previously played for local County League sides Sidley United, Bexhill United and, most recently, for Eastbourne United Association, for whom he remains signed on a dual registration basis.

 

 


     Sam Willett
     Date of Birth 16/8/92
     Debut 10/11/09 v Tooting & Mitcham United
     2014/15 Appearances 5 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 9 Goals 0

 

First joined the Club to play for the Youth Team ahead of the 2008/09 season, and progressed to become a regular for the Reserves a year later, weighing in with his fair share of goals from central midfield, and earning a senior debut in November 2009. Unable to establish himself in the First Team, he left to join County League neighbours Westfield, but returned to the Pilot Field in February 2015.

 

 

       Jordan Woodley
     Date of Birth 7/10/92
     Debut 29/10/11 v Horsham
     2014/15 Appearances 9 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 1 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 49 Goals 3

 

First joined the U's on a one month loan deal from Brighton & Hove Albion at the end of October 2011. Came through the Youth set-up with the Seagulls, before earning himself his first professional contract ahead of the Championship side's 2011/12 campaign, but was subsequently released before making a senior appearance at the Amex Stadium. Signed for Rye United, moving quickly to Burgess Hill Town, and then back to The Salts, before returning to the Pilot Field at the end of December, only to be released by the U's again in March 2012. Made a handful of Reserve Team appearances for United during the 2012/13 season, before an impressive pre-season showing saw him back in the First Team squad the following year. Rejoined Rye on a dual registration basis in January 2014, and signed for Ringmer on a similar arrangement ahead of 2014/15.

 

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STRIKERS



     Evan Archibald
     Date of Birth 19/2/86
     Debut 25/10/14 v Whyteleafe
     2014/15 Appearances 21 Goals 4
     Yellow Cards 1 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 21 Goals 4

 

Experienced striker who joined the U's from Peacehaven & Telscombe in October 2014, having only moved to the Magpies from East Preston in the early stages of the 2014/15 season. Played his junior football with Eastbourne Borough and made a handful of senior appearances in their rise to the Conference National. Had a successful spell on loan at Horsham, before joining Finnish second division side AC Kajaani for a year in which he finished as their nineteen goal top scorer. Returned to the UK with Woking and Lewes and then had three seasons with Eastbourne Town, before joining Rye United in the summer of 2013.

 

 


     Darren Boswell
     Date of Birth 4/11/88
     Debut 25/10/14 v Whyteleafe
     2014/15 Appearances 5 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 5 Goals 0

 

Started his senior career as a sixteen year old at Lancing in the 2005/06 season and spent over five years at Culver Road, before joining Burgess Hill Town. Returned to Lancing in the summer of 2011 and continued to top their goalscorer charts, sealing a move to East Preston in July 2013, where he averaged a goal every other game in their County League winning season. Moved to the Pilot Field in October 2014.

 

 


     Devante Davis
     Date of Birth 30/12/95
     Debut 23/2/15 v Corinthian-Casuals
     2014/15 Appearances 1 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 1 Goals 0

 

Young striker who joined the Club in January 2015, whilst studying at Brighton University, and was handed a senior debut after a handful of appearances for the Under 21s.

 

 


     Wayne Giles
     Date of Birth 11/11/96
     Debut 11/4/15 v South Park
     2014/15 Appearances 1 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 1 Goals 0

 

A former Eastbourne Borough Academy prospect, who switched to the U's in March 2015, scoring on his Youth Team debut, before stepping up to senior duty the following month.

 

 


     Matt Maclean
     Date of Birth 25/2/90
     Debut 23/10/07 v Wealden
     2014/15 Appearances 4 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 77 Goals 8

 

Returned to the Club from Eastbourne Town for a third spell in March 2015. First came to prominence at the Pilot Field in two sensational seasons at Under 18 level, and soon made the step up to the First Team, but then left the Club in early 2010 for a brief spell at Sidley United, before enjoying a lengthier and successful stint at Rye United. Rejoined the U's ahead of the 2013/14 campaign, only to sign for Eastbourne United Association on a dual registration basis in September 2013.

 

 


     Ade Olorunda
     Date of Birth 10/7/82
     Debut 23/8/05 v Corinthian-Casuals
     2014/15 Appearances 35 Goals 9
     Yellow Cards 8 Red Cards 2
     Career Appearances 199 Goals 83

 

Powerful and pacy striker, who was persuaded to rejoin the Club for a fourth stint ahead of the 2014/15 season, having started the previous campaign with Lewes and ended it with Rye United. First played for United's Youth and Reserve sides in the early 2000s, before departing in search of First Team action with St Leonards and Rye & Iden United. Returned to the Pilot Field in June 2005 and for three successful years, which included scoring three of the four goals that took United to promotion via the play-offs in May 2007. Spent an injury hit 2008/09 campaign with Tonbridge Angels, but was back with the U's for a third spell in July 2009, enjoying his most proficient season for United with twenty-two goals in forty games. Returned to Tonbridge in December 2010 and then moved on to Maidstone United, whom he helped to promotion in 2012/13.

 

 


     Kenny Pogue
     Date of Birth 4/8/87
     Debut 21/8/10 v Wealdstone
     2014/15 Appearances 29 Goals 9
     Yellow Cards 3 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 144 Goals 41

 

Tall and strong centre forward, who first signed for the Club in August 2010 having previously enjoyed a stint at the Pilot Field with the Reserves during the 2003/04 and 2004/05 seasons. Rejoined after a successful promotion winning year with County League neighbours Sidley United, and subsequently left to sign for Burgess Hill Town in February 2012. Soon returned to Sidley, before moving back to the Pilot Field in the summer of 2013. Started the 2014/15 campaign with Eastbourne Town, but rejoined the U's once more within a month, only to return to The Saffrons on dual registration in February 2015.

 

 


     Bright Temba
     Date of Birth 3/4/96
     Debut 9/8/14 v Walton Casuals
     2014/15 Appearances 10 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 10 Goals 0

 

Teenage centre forward who played his junior football for Eastbourne Borough, before joining United ahead of the 2014/15 season.

 

 


     Romeo Ugbene
     Date of Birth 23/10/92
     Debut 21/3/15 v Horsham
     2014/15 Appearances 1 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 1 Goals 0

 

Joined the Club in March 2015 whilst studying at Brighton University.

 

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NO LONGER AT THE CLUB



     Dave Cook
     Date of Birth 23/4/84
     Debut 11/8/14 v Whitstable Town
     2014/15 Appearances 15 Goals 3
     Yellow Cards 1 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 15 Goals 3

 

A long term transfer of the Club, who committed himself to the U's ahead of the 2014/15 campaign and soon showed his worth by scoring three times in pre-season. Spent the best part of seven sucessful years at Hythe Town, where he was club captain and a free scoring central midfielder. Left the Reachfields Stadium in February 2014 and joined Ashford United for the remainder of the season. Subsequently left the Club in October 2014, having requested his registration be cancelled, and returned to Hythe Town.

 

 


     Ronnie Dolan
     Date of Birth 3/3/92
     Debut 11/11/13 v Sittingbourne
     2014/15 Appearances 17 Goals 2
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 32 Goals 2

 

First joined the Club from Division One South rivals Hythe Town in November 2013. Spent just over three successful seasons at the Reachfields Stadium, following a move from Ashford Town ahead of the 2010/11 campaign. Subsequently left the Club to join Ashford United in February 2014, but was tempted back to the Pilot Field over the summer for a second spell, which concluded when he decided to depart once more in the November and signed for Folkestone Invicta.

 

 


     Charlie Farmer
     Date of Birth 11/10/90
     Debut 25/10/14 v Whyteleafe
     2014/15 Appearances 13 Goals 3
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 13 Goals 3

 

Versatile defender, equally adept at full back on either flank or at centre half, who joined the Club from East Preston in October 2014. First gained Ryman League experience with Worthing, and then joined Eastbourne Town, only to return to Woodside Road for a second spell. Moved on to Redhill and Horsham, before a loan spell at The Lashmar became a permanent move. Scored ten goals in the West Sussex side's County League winning season. Officially left the Club and signed for Redhill in January 2015.

 

 


     Taser Hassan
     Date of Birth 22/6/91
     Debut 8/3/14 v Walton & Hersham
     2014/15 Appearances 41 Goals 5
     Yellow Cards 5 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 56 Goals 5

 

Joined the Club in March 2014 from Division One South rivals Hythe Town. Played his junior football at Portsmouth and Gillingham, before earning a short term professional contract with then League One side Huddersfield Town in February 2010. Released at the end of the season and moved to Reachfields Stadium at the start of the 2011/12 campaign. Has also had trials at LA Galaxy and a brief stint playing full time in the Turkish lower leagues for Giresunspor. Decided to leave the Club in February 2015 and signed for Erith & Belvedere on a dual registration basis, before joining Redhill the following month.

 

 


     Arron Hopkinson
     Date of Birth 3/2/92
     Debut 26/3/11 v Horsham
     2014/15 Appearances 4 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 20 Goals 2

 

Right sided midfielder, who first joined the U's in March 2011 whilst on a break from university studies in Cardiff, when his father Jason was United manager. Started as a junior with Lewes, before breaking into the first team at the Dripping Pan during the 2009/10 season, later earning himself a trial with Brighton & Hove Albion. Went on to play for Hereford based side Westfields in the Midland Football Alliance whilst based in Wales and split time with Eastbourne Town after leaving the U's in December 2011, since when he has also had spells with Bognor Regis Town and Farnborough, before returning to the Pilot Field in November 2014, only to leave for Lewes a month later.

 

 


     Jordan Johnson
     Date of Birth 9/4/92
     Debut 9/8/14 v Walton Casuals
     2014/15 Appearances 8 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 1
     Career Appearances 8 Goals 0

 

Left sided attacking midfielder or striker who joined the U's ahead of the 2014/15 season. Started his senior career at Cambridge United, before moving on to Croydon Athletic, and subsequently gaining Conference South experience with Bromley and Welling United. Since leaving Park View Road, he has had spells in the Ryman League with Thamesmead Town, Walton Casuals, Crawley Down Gatwick and Merstham, with whom he ended the 2013/14 campaign. Subsequently had his registration cancelled and returned to Walton Casuals before the end of September 2014.

 

 


     Kevin Keehan
     Date of Birth 24/12/85
     Debut 11/10/14 v Guernsey
     2014/15 Appearances 8 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 8 Goals 0

 

Highly respected central midfielder, who joined United in October 2014 from East Preston, where he had landed four separate player of the year awards during a County League title winning campaign. Started as a junior at Brighton & Hove Albion, but earned his first professional contract at Bradford City, only for injury to cut short his full time career. Returned to Sussex and spent five seasons at Shoreham, including one as first team manager, before making a successful move to Peacehaven & Telscombe, but his switch to The Lashmar in the summer of 2013 led to the best year of his career to date. Officially left the Club in January 2015.

 

 


     Jahmahl King
     Date of Birth 5/4/86
     Debut 9/8/14 v Walton Casuals
     2014/15 Appearances 13 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 4 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 13 Goals 0

 

Imposing central defender who joined United from fellow Ryman South side Horsham in the summer of 2014. Started his career with Dagenham & Redbridge, when the Essex outfit were a Conference club, but was unable to force his way into the First Team set-up at Victoria Road, and joined Horsham for the first of two spells ahead of the 2010/11 campaign. His second stint with the Hornets began in February 2013, and he has also turned out for Hayes & Yeading, Banstead Athletic, Redhill, Crawley Down Gatwick, Walton Casuals, Horsham YMCA and Ringmer. Subsequently requested his registration be cancelled in October 2014 and signed for Walton & Hersham.

 

 


     Jack McLean
     Date of Birth 20/3/93
     Debut 7/3/15 v Sittingbourne
     2014/15 Appearances 2 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 2 Goals 0

 

Attacking midfielder, winger or striker, who joined the Club from County League Division One side Ringmer in March 2015. Has also played for Eastbourne United Association and Eastbourne Town. Subsequently requested the cancellation of his registration after less then three weeks, moving to Peacehaven & Telscombe.

 

 


     Ashley-Paul Robinson
     Date of Birth 5/12/89
     Debut 19/1/11 v Croydon Athletic
     2014/15 Appearances 5 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 7 Goals 0

 

Well travelled striker, who started his career as a junior with Crystal Palace and made half a dozen substitute appearances for the then Championship side in 2008. Following his release from Selhurst Park, he joined Bromley, but went on to represent a number of other clubs, including Concord Rangers, Dulwich Hamlet, Dorking, Eastbourne Town and Lewes, before a brief spell at the Pilot Field saw him make two appearances for the U's in early 2011. Has played for several sides since then, gaining further Ryman League experience at Horsham, Tooting & Mitcham United and Bognor Regis Town, and returning to United in December 2014, only to leave again at the end of January 2015 and join East Grinstead Town.

 

 


     Frankie Sawyer
     Date of Birth 15/9/88
     Debut 24/11/07 v Boreham Wood
     2014/15 Appearances 13 Goals 4
     Yellow Cards 1 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 104 Goals 37

 

Diminutive striker with electrifying pace, who returned to the Club for a third spell in January 2014 after spending the first few months of the season with Tooting & Mitcham United. First signed for United from Welling United in November 2007, and was frequently used as an impact player off the bench, highlighted by a seven minute hat-trick as a substitute against Folkestone Invicta on Easter Monday 2008. Was a more regular starter throughout the following season and, in a home game against Billericay Town, he became the first United player in forty-three years to score five goals in a single game. Has also played for Fisher Athletic, Dagenham & Redbridge, Carshalton Athletic, Cray Wanderers, Chipstead, Croydon Athletic and Dulwich Hamlet. Subsequently quit the Club to rejoin Tooting & Mitcham in October 2014.

 

 


     Joe Shelley
     Date of Birth 14/11/81
     Debut 25/10/14 v Whyteleafe
     2014/15 Appearances 7 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 3 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 7 Goals 0

 

Energetic and experienced, box-to-box central midfielder, who joined the U's in October 2014 from East Preston, where he had been an integral part of the West Sussex side's County League winning squad, scoring more than eighty goals in three seasons at The Lashmar. Previously played for Worthing United, and has also appeared regularly for the Sussex representative side, while a proposed move to Lewes ahead of the 2013/14 campaign only fell through due to family commitments. Officially left the Club in January 2015.

 

 


     Tom Vickers
     Kindly sponsored by Dennis Smith
     Date of Birth 21/9/93
     Debut 18/8/12 v Hampton & Richmond Borough
     2014/15 Appearances 11 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 3 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 74 Goals 6

 

First played for the Club as a junior, before being snapped up by Brighton & Hove Albion and joining the Seagulls' Academy set-up as a fourteen year old. Won a scholarship deal a couple of years later, but despite progressing to captain the Under 18s, was released without being offered a professional contract and signed for the U's ahead of the 2012/13 campaign. Joined Lewes for the start of the following season, but returned to the Pilot Field in November 2013 after the briefest of spells at Rye United. Suffered a serious Achilles injury in April 2014 and, although he returned to fitness much more quickly than expected, he joined Ringmer on a dual registration basis in October to gain some valuable match practice. Quit the Club in January 2015 and joined Horsham.

 

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