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A few words about the lads & lasses who make up
Canvey Island Football Club First XI
2000 /1 Season

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Micky Bennett; Alan Brett; Mick Bodley; Jeff Brazier; Liam Bright; Gary Britnell; Ben Chenery; Steve Clark; Sam Cooper; Craig Davidson; Chris Duffy; Neil Gregory; Ashley Harrison; Alex Inglethorpe; Andy Jones; John Kennedy; Paul King; Adam Miller; Peter Smith; Steve Parmenter; Mark Stimson; Adam Tanner; Steve Tilson; Wayne Vaughan; Steve Ward; Glenn Pennyfather; Jeff King; Frances Roche;  


Ashley Harrison
Height 6ft. Weight 12st 2lbs. Promising young goalkeeper who rejoined the club in July 1999 after a spell with Dover Athletic. Previously played for Southend Manor and Basildon United. He has represented Great Britain Universities. His most memorable match was playing for Basildon United in the FA Youth Cup against Chelsea winning 3 - 1. 


Micky Bennett (Benno)
Born 27th July 1969 in Camberwell. Height 5ft 11ins. Weight 13st 6lbs. Signed from Brighton in  August 1999 where he was player of the year. Strong, quick skilful player who is equally at home in midfield or defence. He has also played for Leyton Orient, Cambridge C, Cardiff C, Millwall, Charlton Athletic., Brentford and Wimbledon. Has represented England U19's touring Brazil. 
Mick Bodley
Born 14th September 1967 in Hayes. Began his career as a schoolboy with Chelsea and progressed through to the first team before joining Northampton Town. Had a three year spell with Barnet, then followed Barry Fry to Southend United. Mick had loan spells with Gillingham  and Birmingham City prior to joining Peterborough United, where he was club captain. Left the Posh in 1999, before joining  St. Albans and then Dagenham & Redbridge at the start of the 1999/2000 season. signed for Canvey on May 17th 2000.
Club Source Date Signed Transfer Fee Seasons Apps Subs Goals
Chelsea Apprentice Sep 1985   1987/88 6 0 1
Northampton Town Transfer Jan 1989 50,000 1988/89 20 0 0
Barnet Transfer Sep 1989 15,000 1991/92 - 1992/93 69 0 3
Southend United Transfer Jul 1993 Free 1993/94 - 1995/96 66 1 2
Gillingham Loan Nov 1994   1994/95 6 1 0
Birmingham City Loan Jan 1995   1994/95 3 0 0
Peterborough United Transfer Jul 1996 75,000 1996/97 - 1998/99 86 0 1
Totals    256 2 7
Garry Britnell (Britts)
Vastly experienced 1964 born defender or midfield player who began with Canvey Island in the Essex Senior League before spells with Chelmsford City and  Dartford. He then enjoyed a successful period with Enfield before re-joining Canvey in July 1994. Has been a 'stalwart' of the Gulls whose contribution has helped the club move up through the league.
Ben Chenery
Born 28th January 1977. Height 6' 1" Weight 12st 5lb. Started his career at Luton Town, on 3rd March 1995 where he made 2 appearances. Joined Cambridge United on 2nd July 1997.  Ben made 96 league appearances for the U's, scoring 2 goals, before joining Kettering Town on 22nd July 2000. He joined Canvey in December 2000.
Craig Davidson (Crow)
Height 5'11". Weight 13st 5lb. The 1974 born defender was another signing from Billericay in July 1999/00. He is a solid left back who loves to go forward. Previous clubs include Aldershot, Southend United, Chelmsford City and Dagenham & Redbridge. 
Peter Smith   (Buzz)
Born 12th July 1969 in Cannock. Peter last played at Canvey during the 1st round FA Cup clash on 13th November 1995 for Brighton. Joined Brighton in 1994 and made 122 appearances, 18 substitutions and scored 5 goals. He signed from Woking on a two year deal in July 2000, after a loan period.
Steve Ward (The Ginger Sex God)
1972 born central defender who spent many year with Essex neighbours and rivals, Grays Athletic, progressing from the youth and reserve teams to make over 400 appearances for the first team. Steve transferred to Canvey Island in October 1996 for a 3000 fee. He is currently a P.E. teacher in Gravesend.


Chris Duffy
A tall, athletic and skilful midfield player who possesses boundless energy. Became Canvey Island's record signing when joining from Conference side Northwich Victoria for 5,000 in July 1999. Played in the 1996 FA Umbro Trophy final for the Vic's and has also seen service with Crewe and Wigan.

John Kennedy 
Born 19th August 1978 in Newmarket. A former Ipswich midfielder,  who has come up through the youth system at the Suffolk Premiership Club, playing 6 games for Ipswich first team and making 2 appearances as sub. He signed for Canvey on the 3rd August 2000. 

Adam Miller
A promising 1982 born midfielder signed on the 20th October 2000, from Ipswich Town Youth Academy. Also had a trial with Southend United, and was offered a contract, but a change of management put paid to that.
Mark Stimson  (Stimmo)
Born 27th December 1967 in Plaistow. Another of the Islanders' vastly experienced former professionals, Mark, is a midfielder who started his career with Tottenham Hotspur. Went on to make big-money moves to Newcastle United (200,000) and Portsmouth (100,000) and also had spells with Southend (25,000) and Leyton Orient (free). Totalled over 240 League appearances, and 4 goals before signing for Canvey Island in August 1999. Made his football league debut for Tottenham Hotspurs on 11th May 1987 v Everton away. (Lost 0-1)
Adam Tanner. Picture Copyright Ian C. Walmsley / First Hosting / CanveyFC.ComAdam Tanner
Joined the club in January 2001 from Colchester United, Adam previously had a short spell at Peterborough but spent most of his earlier career at Ipswich Town.  He was born in Maldon on 25th October, 1973.  Described as a utility midfielder/defender, he played twice for the Us and came on four times as a sub.
Adam is 6' tall and weighs 12 stones.
Ian Thompson
19 year old winger signed from Norwich Academy in February 2001. 
Steve Tilson (Tilly)
Born 27th July 1966 in Wickford. Height 5ft 11in. Weight 13st. Highly experienced and respected player, joined Canvey Island in July 1997. Steve previously spent no less than nine seasons with Southend United where he made 239 Football League appearances, scoring 26 goals (1989 - 97). He had a brief spell on loan to Brentford (Sept '93) before joining Canvey. Steve is team captain and is a very influential and important member of the squad. in 1998/9 he scored 34 league and cup goals, and was voted player of the season by both players and supporters. Previous clubs include Basildon United, Bowers United and Witham Town.


Steve Clark
Born 20th September 1964. Signed from from St. Albans City to Canvey Island in July 2000 after breaking every goalscoring record at Clarence Park. Began his career with Stansted and Saffron Walden Town before joining Wivenhoe Town. Moved to St.Albans for a bargain 4,000 in 1992 and the Hertfordshire school teacher went on to score over 322 times in 488 appearances for the Clarence Park outfit. Previously an apprentice with Cambridge United.
Neil Gregory  (Greggors)
Born 7th October 1972. in Zambia. Height 5ft 11ins. Weight 13st 7lbs. Signed from Colchester United. Previous clubs include Ipswich Town, Peterborough (loan) & Torquay (loan). Transferred to Colchester for 50,000 on 26th Mar '98. In the summer of '99 he was on loan to the Boston Bulldogs. After a two month loan period Neil, signed for Canvey on Fri 4th February 2000, on free transfer for a 3 year contract period. Made 119 football league appearances and scored 29 goals.
Andy Jones (Jonah)
1970 born striker and the longest serving player at the club. Andy has been at Park Lane since July 1992, finishing as the club's top scorer in most of them. His 200+ Canvey goals have played a major part in the club's rise from the Essex Senior League to today's position. Before joining Canvey he played for Basildon United, Purfleet, Rainham Town and Billericay Town.
Steve Parmenter (Parms or Umpa Lumpa)
Born 17th January 1977 in Chelmsford. Height 5ft 8ins. Weight 12st. Signed in November 98 from Kingstonian. Steve was a trainee with QPR (May 1995 - July 1996) before spending two years with Bristol Rovers. He made 18 Football League appearances and scored 2 gaols for Rovers and spent a period with Conference League Yeovil Town. He joined Kingstonian on a free transfer. Played for Wales U21's. Has also played for Southend United as a Youth Trainee.
Wayne Vaughan
Height 5'9". Weight 70kg. Born 15th February 1980. Wayne used to be with Tottenham Hotspurs Youth Academy earlier in his career. Lives in Dagenham. He is a left footed striker. Signed for Canvey on the 15th August 2000, for a 2 year period. Played for Essex County and England Schoolboys.

In the dug out

Jeff King. Picture Copyright 2001 - Ian C. Walmsley / First Hosting / CanveyFC.Com Jeff King
A former Canvey Island player, Jeff became assistant manager in the 1991/92 season, stepping up to the manager's job a year later. Aged 41  his term as manager has seen the club's meteoric rise from Essex Senior League to Ryman League Premier Division, an impressive four levels. Jeff is a charismatic leader whose commitment to the club makes him very popular and respected.
Gary Harrold. Picture Copyright 2001 - Ian C. Walmsley / First Hosting / CanveyFC.ComGary Harrold
Assistant to Glenn, specialising in coaching for the clubs goalkeepers. Former keeper at Canvey.
Harry Johnson. Picture Copyright 2001 - Ian C. Walmsley / First Hosting / CanveyFC.ComHarry Johnson
Club physio - a hardworking member of the crew.
Glenn Pennyfather. Picture Copyright 2001 - Ian C. Walmsley / First Hosting / CanveyFC.ComGlenn Pennyfather
Born 11th February 1963 in Billericay. 

Essex boy Glenn Pennyfather made his Southend United debut in 1980 at the tender age of seventeen. He went on to play over 230 games for the Blues as a battling, hard-tackling midfielder, having started with them in the full-back position.  

Club Date Signed Seasons Apps Subs Goals
Southend United Feb 1981 1980/81 - 1987/88 231 7 36
Crystal Palace Nov 1987 1987/88 - 1988/89 31 3 1
Ipswich Town Oct 1989 1989/90 - 1992/93 11 4 1
Bristol City Feb 1993 1992/93 - 1993/94 21 5 1
Totals    294 19 39

Glenn joined Canvey in 1994, and became coach in 1996.

And where would we be without club Super Secretary

Frances Roche


Players who have left the club,
but have appeared for Canvey during 2000/1

Jeff Brazier (Pin-up)
Promising 1979 born defender signed in August 1998. Previously with Leyton Orient, Jeff has progressed well since earning a place in the first team.  - Released November '00 (now at Boreham Wood Dec '00)
Alan Brett
Resigned for Canvey in September 2000 Previous clubs include Braintree, Billericay Town, Canvey Island, Purfleet, Aveley, Hornchurch. - Transferred to Aveley January 2001
Liam Bright
Aged 18. Son of reserve team coach Micky Bright, from our reserve side, now making appearances for the senior team  - Transferred to Witham Town Feb '00, then to Tilbury, Now back at Canvey Mar '00. Has now gone to Great Wakering Rovers (Sept '00) Released March '01
Sam Cooper
Born in 1977, Highly-rated midfield player with great energy and skill. Was on the books at Leyton Orient and Peterborough before going non-League with Dagenham & Redbridge. Spells with Purfleet, Grays Athletic, Enfield and Billericay Town followed before joining Canvey Island in December 1999.  Transferred to Grays Athletic January 2001
Alex Inglethorpe
Date of Birth: Born 14th November 1971 in Epsom. Height 5'11" Weight 11st 6lb's. Signed on loan from Exeter City on 2nd December 2000 for one month. Previous clubs are Watford,  Barnet (Loan) and Leyton Orient. Returned to Exeter on 1st Jan 2001
Paul King

An 18 year old new comer to the Canvey squad. Signed in February 2000.  No relation to manager Jeff. As a local lad from Stanford-le-Hope, he is a name to watch for the future.  - Released September '00 (Now with Bowers United. Oct '00)

Other Canvey Players

Paul Abrahams (Chesham United now Wivenhoe) and Paul Williams (now Bowers United) & David Kerslake left the club during the close season.

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