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Hastings United First Team Profiles 2015/16

Photographs kindly supplied by Joe Knight.





     Garry Wilson
     First Team Manager


Returned to the Club for a second spell as manager ahead of the 2015/16 season, having previously undertaken the role between March 1995 and January 1998. Thirteen months after leaving the Pilot Field, he took the helm at Eastbourne Borough, and went on to oversee their meteoric rise from County League circles to the Conference National during a hugely successful and lengthy stay at Priory Lane that only drew to a close in January 2012. A brief spell as assistant manager at Eastbourne Town followed, but he then moved on to the managerial hotseat at Lewes in May 2013, vacating that position in February 2015. Originally from Scotland, where he played as a defender for Queens Park and Stranraer, he moved to Hastings in 1988, only for his playing career to be ended by a broken leg.



     Danny Bloor
     First Team Assistant Manager


Accepted the role of assistant manager at the Pilot Field during the summer of 2015, once more linking up with Garry Wilson, with whom he had worked in a similar role at Lewes between May 2013 and February 2015. A former First Team boss at Burgess Hill Town and Worthing, who also managed Eastbourne Town for three and a half years before joining Wilson at the Dripping Pan.



     Ryan Light
     First Team Coach


Rejoined the Club as coach in December 2014, eight years since he was last involved at the Pilot Field as assistant manager. In the intervening period, he 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.







     Matt Cruttwell
     Date of Birth 13/10/93
     Debut 4/3/13 v Lowestoft Town
     2015/16 Appearances 4 Clean Sheets 2
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 6 Clean Sheets 2


First moved to the Pilot Field in January 2013 as Reserve Team keeper, having previously been the regular number one for County League neighbours Westfield. Made his senior debut a couple of months later, only for injury to cut short his run in the team. Returned to the Club for the 2015/16 campaign on a dual registration basis with Little Common.



     Harry Girling
     Date of Birth 15/1/98
     Debut 23/1/16 v Guernsey
     2015/16 Appearances 3 Clean Sheets 1
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 3 Clean Sheets 1


Joined the U's in January 2016 from League One side Millwall for a twenty-eight day loan spell. A regular Academy player at The Den, where he has also made a handful of appearances for the Development Squad, having previously been on the books at Arsenal.



     Josh Pelling
     Kindly sponsored by Jason, Sarah, Natalie & Lee Vater
     Date of Birth 22/4/91
     Debut 10/8/13 v Chipstead
     2015/16 Appearances 33 Clean Sheets 8
     Yellow Cards 2 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 141 Clean Sheets 31


Now in his third season at the Pilot Field, having first signed from Eastbourne Town in the summer of 2013. Played his junior football for Brighton & Hove Albion, but joined then County League neighbours Rye United after being released by the Seagulls in 2010, and has also turned out for Sidley United.



     Dan Rose
     Date of Birth 11/1/99
     Debut 16/1/16 v Whitstable Town
     2015/16 Appearances 1 Clean Sheets 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 1 Clean Sheets 0


Came through the Youth ranks at the Pilot Field to become a frequent understudy to regular number one Josh Pelling during the 2015/16 campaign and made his senior debut just five days after his seventeenth birthday.



     Joe Taylor
     Date of Birth 25/6/96
     Debut 12/1/16 v East Grinstead Town
     2015/16 Appearances 1 Clean Sheets 0
     Yellow Cards 1 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 1 Clean Sheets 0


Joined the U's in January 2016 following a brief stint with National League South side Wealdstone. A former Youth Team regular at Brentford, he moved to Fleetwood Town ahead of the 2014/15 season, and has also enjoyed loan spells with the likes of Lewes, Silsden, Enfield Town and Potters Bar Town 








     Sam Crabb
     Date of Birth 25/10/87
     Debut 16/8/08 v Ashford Town (Middlesex)
     2015/16 Appearances 31 Goals 1
     Yellow Cards 2 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 34 Goals 1



Attacking right sided defender, who briefly first played for the Club at the start of the 2008/09 season, returning seven years on for a second stint. Has also played for Eastbourne Borough, Eastbourne United Association, Whitehawk, Eastbourne Town and Lewes. Subquently released by the Club in December 2015 and rejoined Eastbourne United.



     Alfie Hall
     Date of Birth 14/2/92
     Debut 8/8/15 v Chipstead
     2015/16 Appearances 15 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 15 Goals 0


Highly rate specialist left back who joined the Club ahead of the 2015/16 campaign from Kent County League side Hildenborough Athletic and immediately settled into the First Team squad.



     Harvey Hanifan
     Date of Birth 2/1/95
     Debut 17/1/15 v Worthing
     2015/16 Appearances 3 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 14 Goals 0


Centre half or right sided full back, who moved to the Pilot Field in October 2014 from Fisher. Initially featured only for the Under 21s, but a series of impressive displays quickly saw him progress to the senior ranks.



     Jerome Jibodu
     Date of Birth 21/1/95
     Debut 8/8/15 v Chipstead
     2015/16 Appearances 3 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 3 Goals 0


A specialist full back, equally adept on either flank, who played his junior football for Luton Town and joined Lewes upon his release from the Kenilworth Road club. Signed for United ahead of the 2015/16 campaign, but moved back to the Hertfordshire area barely a month into the new season. 



     Josh Jirbandey
     Date of Birth 5/6/91
     Debut 22/11/08 v Cambridge City
     2015/16 Appearances 1 Goals 1
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 184 Goals 11


Returned to the Club during a break from an American scholarship for the third year running in December 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.



     Sean Ray
     Kindly sponsored by Steph McCrossan
     Date of Birth 5/3/81
     Debut 28/8/04 v Metropolitan Police
     2015/16 Appearances 37 Goals 6
     Yellow Cards 4 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 384 Goals 48


Inspirational and uncompromising central defender, who first joined United in August 2004. and returned to start a third spell ahead of the 2014/15 campaign. A long time former Club captain, and voted Player of the Year by supporters on three occasions, he also served as player/manager between October 2011 and the summer of 2013, leading the Club to the third round of the FA Cup in his only full season at the helm. Has also previously featured for Rye United, St Leonards, Ashford Town, Kingstonian and Eastbourne United Association.



     Ollie Rowe
     Kindly sponsored by Phil Veness
     Date of Birth 22/5/91
     Debut 29/1/11 v Canvey Island
     2015/16 Appearances 35 Goals 2
     Yellow Cards 3 Red Cards 1
     Career Appearances 53 Goals 5


A former Brighton & Hove Albion junior who went on to play for Eastbourne Borough, Lewes and Chelmsford City following his release by the Seagulls. First joined United in January 2011, but returned to Priory Lane that summer and then moved on to Lewes three years later, before being tempted to return to the Pilot Field by new boss Garry Wilson ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.



     Jerome Smith
     Kindly sponsored by Little Marabou Bexhill
     Date of Birth 24/11/93
     Debut 8/8/15 v Chipstead
     2015/16 Appearances 10 Goals 2
     Yellow Cards 1 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 10 Goals 2


Centre back prospect who signed for the Club over the summer of 2015 on a dual registration basis with local County League side Little Common. Currently a full time student at Canterbury University.



     Liam Wilson
     Date of Birth 3/11/97
     Debut 18/8/15 v Hythe Town
     2015/16 Appearances 11 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 4 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 11 Goals 0


A former Brighton & Hove Albion junior, who has also played Academy football for Lewes, he signed for the Club in the summer 2015 and was handed a senior debut by manager and father Garry at just seventeen years of age.








     Sam Adams
     Kindly sponsored by John "Windy" Gale
     Date of Birth 11/12/86
     Debut 23/8/05 v Corinthian-Casuals
     2015/16 Appearances 40 Goals 6
     Yellow Cards 5 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 427 Goals 109


First joined the Club in June 2005 and has almost been a permanent fixture at the Pilot Field ever since, aside from an eighteen month spell with Rye United between August 2011 and February 2013. A hugely versatile player who has turned out for United in defence, midfield, attack and even as an emergency goalkeeper on a few occasions.



     Sam Cole
     Kindly sponsored by Phil & Barbara
     Date of Birth 19/6/91
     Debut 8/8/15 v Chipstead
     2015/16 Appearances 32 Goals 14
     Yellow Cards 9 Red Cards 2
     Career Appearances 32 Goals 14



One of Garry Wilson's first summer signings when he joined the Club from Lewes. Started his career as a left back with Hailsham Town and Rye United, before spending three seasons at Eastbourne Borough during their time in the Conference National. Moved on to the Dripping Pan in 2014 and then to the Pilot Field twelve months later, where he quickly settled into a role on the left wing.



     Sam Cruttwell
     Kindly sponsored by Darren Tuppen
     Date of Birth 3/1/97
     Debut 12/8/13 v Walton Casuals
     2015/16 Appearances 35 Goals 5
     Yellow Cards 3 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 97 Goals 7



Left sided midfield prospect, although often utilised in a full back role, who made his First Team debut aged just sixteen and remains with the Club for a third season. Has also played for Little Common and earned himself a trial with then Premier League side Hull City in April 2014.



     Chris Cumming-Bart
     Date of Birth 11/5/94
     Debut 3/12/13 v Margate
     2015/16 Appearances 26 Goals 2
     Yellow Cards 4 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 28 Goals 2



Right sided attacking midfielder, who first joined the Club from Little Common in October 2013, but left for Eastbourne Town three months later having made only a couple of senior appearances. Subsequently returned to local County League circles with Bexhill United and rejoined United after a fine start to the 2015/16 campaign.



     Alan Foster
     Date of Birth 21/11/87
     Debut 8/8/15 v Chipstead
     2015/16 Appearances 4 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 4 Goals 0



All action central midfielder who joined the Club after a successful trial period ahead of the 2015/16 season, having spent several years playing East Sussex League football for Hollington United.



     Liam Foster
     Date of Birth 23/10/96
     Debut 14/2/15 v Folkestone Invicta
     2015/16 Appearances 4 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 8 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.




     Kyle Holden
     Kindly sponsored by Harry Aslett
     Date of Birth 24/3/97
     Debut 1/12/14 v AFC Uckfield Town
     2015/16 Appearances 2 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 15 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. He was called up for a senior debut two years later in December 2014 and scored on his first league appearance for United a month later.



     Max Hollobone
     Date of Birth 25/3/95
     Debut 8/8/15 v Chipstead
     2015/16 Appearances 23 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 23 Goals 0



A product of the Eastbourne Town youth system, who subsequently stepped up to senior level at The Saffrons and joined United on the back of a player of a year winning season at the County League club. Can operate in central midfield or at full back.



     Simon Johnson
     Date of Birth 14/4/91
     Debut 10/10/15 v Poole Town
     2015/16 Appearances 25 Goals 2
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 25 Goals 2



Joined the Club in October 2015 after leaving National League South side Maidstone United. Started his career with Eastbourne Borough, progressing through the junior ranks and making his debut as an eighteen year old when the Sports were in non-league football's top flight. Spent six seasons at Priory Lane, before moving to the Gallagher Stadium ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.



     Stephen Okoh
     Kindly sponsored by GED
     Date of Birth 14/9/94
     Debut 22/8/15 v Hythe Town
     2015/16 Appearances 4 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 4 Goals 0



Nigerian born right sided midfielder who joined the Club at the start of the 2015/16 campaign after a highly successful pre-season trial period. Began his senior career at Maidstone United as a seventeen year old, and has also featured for VCD Athletic and Sittingbourne. Has most recently spent six months playing for Shabab Al-Ghazieh in the Lebenese Premier Division. Subsequently joined Leatherhead following his release at the end of September.



     Tom Vickers
     Date of Birth 21/9/93
     Debut 18/8/12 v Hampton & Richmond Borough
     2015/16 Appearances 15 Goals 0
     Yellow Cards 5 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 89 Goals 6


First played for the Club as a junior, before being snapped up by Brighton & Hove Albion at aged fourteen. Won a scholarship deal a couple of years later, but was released without being offered a professional contract and rejoined the U's ahead of the 2012/13 campaign. Now back for a third spell, having also played for Lewes and Horsham.



     Jack Walder
     Date of Birth 18/11/89
     Debut 20/8/11 v Wingate & Finchley
     2015/16 Appearances 29 Goals 1
     Yellow Cards 6 Red Cards 2
     Career Appearances 36 Goals 1


Combative central midfielder who returned to the Club for a second spell ahead of the 2015/16 season and was installed as captain by new boss Garry Wilson. A product of the Lewes youth system, who made his senior debut at the Dripping Pan in their 2009/10 Conference National campaign, he had a brief stint at the Pilot Field two years later before rejoining the Rooks once again.






     Zac Attwood
     Kindly sponsored by the HUFC Supporters' Team
     Date of Birth 14/12/88
     Debut 28/10/08 v Ramsgate
     2015/16 Appearances 24 Goals 6
     Yellow Cards 1 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 135 Goals 37


One of the U's keynote signings ahead of the 2015/16 season, when he returned to the Club from Margate to start a third spell at the Pilot Field. A former Eastbourne Borough junior, who has also featured for Bognor Regis Town, Histon, Welling United and Maidstone United, and played a vital role in the United side that reached the third round of the FA Cup in 2013.



     Jack Harris
     Kindly sponsored by Gary & Garry
     Date of Birth 9/1/94
     Debut 8/8/15 v Chipstead
     2015/16 Appearances 34 Goals 8
     Yellow Cards 1 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 34 Goals 8


Free scoring centre forward who joined the Club from Faversham Town during the summer of 2015 and scored a hat-trick on his league debut. First made his name at Tunbridge Wells for whom he appeared in the 2013 FA Vase final at Wembley. Moved to Maidstone United in October 2013, before signing for Faversham after a successful initial loan spell. Subsequently joined Hythe Town following his release in December 2015.



     Billy Medlock
     Kindly sponsored by Peter High
     Date of Birth 3/2/92
     Debut 3/12/11 v Metropolitan Police
     2015/16 Appearances 29 Goals 13
     Yellow Cards 11 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 33 Goals 13


Returned to the Pilot Field in September 2015 having started the season with National League South side St Albans City, nearly four years after his first brief spell with the Club. Started his career at Eastbourne Borough, moving on to the likes of Horsham and Lewes, before enjoying a landmark 2013/14 campaign with Eastbourne Town that saw him take the step up to join Tonbridge Angels and Sutton United.



     Tyrell Richardson-Brown
     Kindly sponsored by Scott White
     Date of Birth 18/11/90
     Debut 7/2/15 v Three Bridges
     2015/16 Appearances 31 Goals 6
     Yellow Cards 2 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 43 Goals 10


Originally joined the Club as a right winger towards the end of January 2015, whilst studying at Brighton University, but was quickly transformed into a striker and scored some crucial goals to aid the U's relegation battle. Blessed with lightning pace, he has also previously played for Kingstonian and Fisher.



     Bright Temba
     Date of Birth 3/4/96
     Debut 9/8/14 v Walton Casuals
     2015/16 Appearances 32 Goals 6
     Yellow Cards 0 Red Cards 0
     Career Appearances 42 Goals 6


Teenage centre forward who played his junior football for Eastbourne Borough, before joining the Club ahead of the 2014/15 campaign. Although previously unable to secure a regular First Team squad place, he returned for a second season and scored his first United goal on the opening day of 2015/16.