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Always interesting to see what former players are up to, etc,  Picked this up re Femi Ilesanmi.

 

FORMER Dagenham & Redbridge left-back Femi Ilesanmi has signed a two-year contract with York City.

Ilesanmi, 23, has been with the Daggers for the last four seasons, having served his apprenticeship at AFC Wimbledon and QPR before joining Ashford Town.  His 133 appearances for the Essex club, included 25 in Sky Bet League One during the 2010/11 campaign that he kicked off on loan at Histon.

 

The Southwark-born defender is Nigel Worthington's first summer signing at Bootham Crescent.

 

He was with us on loan for a short while and a very decent full back.  We wish him good luck up north.

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The Portsmouth Evening News earlier this week carried out a report about Christian Nanetti, currently with Havant & Waterlooville. The story revolved around a circular circulated to clubs saying Nanetti (who played for us in the Jamie Lawrence era, I think) was available for transfer, something H&W denied sending out.

 

Gosport Borough (FA Vase winners) manager Alex Pike said that Lee Bradbury (H&W Manager) gave him the valuation fee of £6,000 and the telephone number of Nanetti's agent. Pike commented that this valuation was too high for the player despite the Gosport club's windfall from their FA Vase success.

 

As I recall, Nanetti's agent was often at Ashford games and known to be actively touting him around. Both Bradbury and Pike are wondering what on earth is going on, and H&W say that he is still part of their plans for the coming season.

 

Watch this space.

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Rick Wellard has joined Sutton United and refers to their management team as including Jamie Lawrence as "Assistant Player / Coach". Not heard that title before.

 

Another Club's results to watch out for next season.

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Last Sunday's NLP had photos from the Margate v. AFC Wimbledon friendly game, where ex-Ashford players Dannie Bulman (AFCW) and Brett Johnson (former AFCW, now Margate) pitted their wits against one another.

 

Brett's photo shows him scoring for Margate in their 3-0 win, whilst Dannie (who I never saw play for Ashford, just his framed shirt in the clubhouse) is shown trying to dis-possess an opposing player.

 

A previous edition featured a story on Mark Butler's new role as Commercial Manager at his beloved Aldershot Town. Ironically perhaps, he was also at Margate as team manager for a short while after his spell as player and then manager at Short Lane and took us to the heady heights of the Ryman Premier League. Arguably the most successful manager in our history.

 

No pressure then, Ben!

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I can remember Dannie & Bret in their younger days playing youth football. Many of that era came through to make the first team. A very good mix of youth and players who were not quiet so young but still outshone most of the teams that played us.

 

Who rembers Cambo, Vinnie H and Tim all top players, not many I expect

 

Not to many left at the club from the early days Alan, Bob, Dave and Pinch come to mind

 

Pre C / C Ernie used to take the boys and me to the away games in his nice big car, that's what the boys called it.

 

Mark Butler a top Manager

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Still play golf with Vinnie, Lee Holman and Frosty. Cambo and Smithy been down recently and Tim played in a game here year or so ago. I think Kipper played in that to. Haven't seen Jim Hegg or any others recently.

 

SBF

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Frosty another youth player who made good in fact very good,Lee scored goals for fun and Smithy never got his shorts wet or muddy. Jim Heggarty a powerful defender .

Kipper would lay goals on for anyone who could keep up with him.

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Not forgetting Paul Germain, Richard Mcdonald, Simon Edwards, Ian Miles, Martin Selley, Mark Silbery even players like Nathan Wharfe & Micky Walters. Anyone who scored a hat trick, Jim Richardson used to buy a jug of lager, now there's a players bonus.

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The Portsmouth Evening News earlier this week carried out a report about Christian Nanetti, currently with Havant & Waterlooville. The story revolved around a circular circulated to clubs saying Nanetti (who played for us in the Jamie Lawrence era, I think) was available for transfer, something H&W denied sending out.

 

Gosport Borough (FA Vase winners) manager Alex Pike said that Lee Bradbury (H&W Manager) gave him the valuation fee of £6,000 and the telephone number of Nanetti's agent. Pike commented that this valuation was too high for the player despite the Gosport club's windfall from their FA Vase success.

 

As I recall, Nanetti's agent was often at Ashford games and known to be actively touting him around. Both Bradbury and Pike are wondering what on earth is going on, and H&W say that he is still part of their plans for the coming season.

 

Watch this space.

 

Nando's just signed for recently promoted Conference National side Dover Athletic, .

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Not forgetting Paul Germain, Richard Mcdonald, Simon Edwards, Ian Miles, Martin Selley, Mark Silbery even players like Nathan Wharfe & Micky Walters. Anyone who scored a hat trick, Jim Richardson used to buy a jug of lager, now there's a players bonus.

I think it was Paul German if my memory serves me well he scored over 50 goals in a season

 

 

LAZARUS might confirm

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After a very quick check of the club's archive pages, brilliantly compiled initially by Alan and online by Gareth, "The Kaiser" scored 51 goals for us in all competitions in season 1995/96.

 

Compare that to last season, when our top scorer got 6!

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Talking of former players I was at Ascot Utd last night where a certain Scott Harris marked his home debut with a hat trick as part of an 8-0 thumping of Oxford City Nomads

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Looks like we might be facing Pietro Palladino on Saturday - having left us to take a year off from football, he's now playing for Chertsey Town and he came on as a sub in a cup tie last night.

Edited by Swifty

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Interestingly he isn't included in the squad list they sent over for the programme although Ben Ewing is.

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He's on dual registration with Godalming who have lent him to Chertsey.  His dad thought the might be back with Godalming on Saturday which would be a shame as it would be good to see him.

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With Christy Pym on England U-20 duty an excited young Kavanagh Keadell will be on the bench for Exeter City tonight in their JPT match against Coventry at The Ricoh.... 1-1 at 90 mins and he may get subbed on for the pen shootout B)

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Back on the previous discussion about Nando (Christian Nanetti), he is featured along with his mate Raheem Sterling on today's Daily Mail Online.

 

An interesting piece plotting his life since being on Soccer AM's Skillz School slot, with a mention or two of Ashford and Jamie Lawrence. see www.dailymail.co.uk/sport

 

Apparently he is now working as a waiter in Soho whilst still on Dover Athletic's books - and is still determined to pursue a professional football career. My last memory of him was running rings around Bedfont Green at The Orchard a few years ago.

 

Very good player, who was always destined for somewhere else, but probably not Soho!

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He was a superb player Christian and won't be forgotten at Ashford.  Andy Frost had similar skills and if he could have applied himself and kept his temper in check he could surely have been a pro.

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I see that Bones is now playing for Sutton United. His previous club, Salisbury was the latest of many to fall foul of financial irregularities. I believe that they were given a red card by the Conference.

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Rick is indeed at Sutton United where Jamie Lawrence is also there as Player/Assistant Coach. I think that Salisbury were caught up with a cowboy owner and bitter in-fighting, and whilst I sympathise with the Club, and their players and fans, I also think that the Conference had no choice. My last understanding that after being turned down by the Sydenhams Wessex League, whose clubs voted against their admission, Salisbury have a season with no league to play in, probably no players or staff (unless Mr Claridge is still hovering in the background), and a very uncertain future.

 

Unless anyone knows otherwise!

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We may be welcoming Scott Todd once or twice more this season if he plays against us for Hanworth Villa, who he has joined from Guildford City.

 

I wonder how many clubs our former favourite has played for in his career, and his winner at Brackley Town in the last game in our promotion season in the Southern League days, was perhaps his most important goal for us.

Edited by Keith B

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After a very brief stay, Jamie Lawrence is one of two from Sutton United's coaching staff who have been released, with a suggestion that their exit from the FA Cup when they lost at home to Burgess Hill Town (1-3) has left them a bit top heavy and needing to 'cut their cloth'.

 

Rick Wellard, who has played in two thirds of their games this season, but was not in the squad on Saturday's league win at Farnborough, is still there and must be wondering whether the Salisbury City experience, is following him around the leagues.

 

It is especially worrying when cost pressures are being felt so early in the season for a club with reasonable support, but a sign of the times, maybe.

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Keith, Bones had a thigh injury which ruled him out I think. Talking of former players I'm sure it was Richard Butler having his hair cut in my barbers in Egham the other day. Didn't want to approach him in case he fell to the floor dramatically appealing for a foul :mellow:  

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