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Hastings United First Team Squad 2014/15

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

 

GOALKEEPERS | DEFENDERS | MIDFIELDERS | STRIKERS


 


MANAGEMENT & BACKROOM STAFF



Terry White
First Team Manager

 

Appointed to the role in January 2014, having returned to the backroom team at the Club in June 2013 as First Team Coach after six years away from the game. Previously served as Coach throughout much of 2005, and a long time former player at the Pilot Field, making his debut in the mid-1980s and, aside from brief spells with Hythe Town and St Leonards, remaining at United until the 2000/01 season, latterly serving as Assistant Manager. He then left for a further brief spell as player/manager with St Leonards and also enjoyed a short stint as caretaker manager of Dover Athletic in early 2007.

 

 


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



Matt Cruttwell
Date of Birth 13/10/93
Debut 4/3/13 v Lowestoft Town
2014/15 Appearances 0 Clean Sheets 0
Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
Career Appearances 2 Clean Sheets 0

 

Moved to the Pilot Field in January 2013 as Reserve Team keeper, having previously been the regular number one for County League neighbours Westfield. Became the U's seventh different custodian that season when called up for his First Team debut in early March, but picked up a long term injury on his second appearance, and only re-signed for the Club ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.

 

 


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 7 Clean Sheets 1
Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
Career Appearances 64 Clean Sheets 17

 

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.

 

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DEFENDERS



Charlie Bachellier
Date of Birth 21/8/95
Debut 16/10/12 v Lewes
2014/15 Appearances 0 Goals 0
Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
Career Appearances 15 Goals 0

 

Teenage defender or central midfielder, who joined United's Under 18s ahead of the 2011/12 season and went on to feature regularly for the Reserves, before being handed a senior debut in a League Cup tie against Lewes in October 2012. Left the Club over the summer of 2013 in search of first team football with Little Common, but returned to the Pilot Field in January 2014.

 

 


Sam Cruttwell
Date of Birth 3/1/97
Debut 12/8/13 v Walton Casuals
2014/15 Appearances 7 Goals 0
Yellow Cards 1 Red Cards 0
Career Appearances 30 Goals 1

 

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.

 

 


Jahmahl King
Kindly sponsored by the McCrossan family
Date of Birth 5/4/86
Debut 9/8/14 v Walton Casuals
2014/15 Appearances 5 Goals 0
Yellow Cards 2 Red Cards 0
Career Appearances 5 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.

 

 


Bryce Masters
Date of Birth 1/1/93
Debut 31/3/14 v Faversham Town
2014/15 Appearances 5 Goals 0
Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
Career Appearances 6 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.

 

 


Sean Ray
Kindly sponsored by Dave Williams
Date of Birth 5/3/81
Debut 28/8/04 v Metropolitan Police
2014/15 Appearances 7 Goals 0
Yellow Cards 1 Red Cards 0
Career Appearances 308 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 7 Goals 0
Yellow Cards 1 Red Cards 0
Career Appearances 7 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.

 

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MIDFIELDERS



Olalekan Bankole
Date of Birth 24/9/90
Debut 9/8/14 v Walton Casuals
2014/15 Appearances 5 Goals 0
Yellow Cards 1 Red Cards 0
Career Appearances 5 Goals 0

 

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.

 

 


Dave Cook
Date of Birth 23/4/84
Debut 11/8/14 v Whitstable Town
2014/15 Appearances 6 Goals 2
Yellow Cards 1 Red Cards 0
Career Appearances 6 Goals 2

 

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.

 

 


Ronnie Dolan
Date of Birth 3/3/92
Debut 11/11/13 v Sittingbourne
2014/15 Appearances 5 Goals 1
Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
Career Appearances 20 Goals 1

 

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.

 

 


Taser Hassan
Date of Birth 22/6/91
Debut 8/3/14 v Walton & Hersham
2014/15 Appearances 6 Goals 0
Yellow Cards 1 Red Cards 0
Career Appearances 21 Goals 0

 

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.

 

 


Jordan Johnson
Date of Birth 9/4/92
Debut 9/8/14 v Walton Casuals
2014/15 Appearances 7 Goals 0
Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 1
Career Appearances 7 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.

 

 


Tim Olorunda
Kindly sponsored by GED
Date of Birth 1/9/84
Debut 29/1/02 v Arundel
2014/15 Appearances 6 Goals 0
Yellow Cards 1 Red Cards 1
Career Appearances 244 Goals 19

 

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.

 

 


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.

 

 

  Jordan Woodley
Date of Birth 7/10/92
Debut 29/10/11 v Horsham
2014/15 Appearances 0 Goals 0
Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
Career Appearances 40 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



Sam Adams
Kindly sponsored by John Gale
Date of Birth 11/12/86
Debut 23/8/05 v Corinthian-Casuals
2014/15 Appearances 6 Goals 1
Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
Career Appearances 350 Goals 91

 

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.

 

 


Ade Olorunda
Date of Birth 10/7/82
Debut 23/8/05 v Corinthian-Casuals
2014/15 Appearances 5 Goals 2
Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
Career Appearances 169 Goals 76

 

Powerful and pacy striker, who was persuaded to rejoin the Club for 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.

 

 


Frankie Sawyer
Kindly sponsored by Dave Rimmer
Date of Birth 15/9/88
Debut 24/11/07 v Boreham Wood
2014/15 Appearances 7 Goals 4
Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
Career Appearances 98 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.

 

 


Bright Temba
Date of Birth 3/4/96
Debut 9/8/14 v Walton Casuals
2014/15 Appearances 2 Goals 0
Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
Career Appearances 2 Goals 0

 

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

 

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