A few words about
the lads & lasses who make up
Canvey Island Football Club First XI
2001 / 02 Season
Bodley; Danny Bolt; Lee Boylan; Liam
Bright; Gary Britnell; Ben
Chenery; Paul Cobb; Julian
Duffy; Neil Gregory; Ashley
Harrison; Clark Hunt; Glen
Jones; John Kennedy;
Spencer Knight; Neil Lampton; Adam Miller;
Paul Newell; Ashley
Nicholls; Steve Parmenter; Peter
Stimson; Adam Tanner; Ian
Tilson; Wayne Vaughan; Steve
Ward; Glenn Pennyfather;
Harry Johnson; Jeff
King; Frances Roche;
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Born 5th February 1976 in Wandsworth. He started as a trainee with
Fulham before making moves to: Slough Town, Woking, Dover & Sutton
Utd. Danny is 5ft 7ins and weighs 11st 8lbs. Signed for Canvey Island on
the 22nd March 2002 on a free transfer from Kingstonian.
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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.
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.
Born in 1978. Signed from Harrow Borough in November 2001. Previous clubs
include St. Albans City, Arlsley & Luton Reserves.
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.
Born in 1982 the winger signed from Norwich Academy in February 2001. Spent
a month this season, on loan to Great Wakering Rovers & Bishop's
Born 27th December 1967 in Plaistow. Another of the Islanders'
vastly experienced former professionals, Mark, is a midfielder who
started his career at 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). Totaled over
240 League appearances, and 4 goals before signing for Canvey Island in
August 1999. Made his football league debut for Tottenham on the 11th May
1987 v Everton away. (Lost 1 - 0). Represented his country in the England
National Game XI against USA in March '02.
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.
Born in Chelmsford on the 2nd September 1978, Lee
previously played for: West Ham, Trelleborg, Kingstonian, Exeter, Hayes
and Heybridge Swifts. Signed August 17th 2001 after a highly impressive
Aged 18. Son of reserve team coach Micky Bright, from our reserve side.
Has had spells gaining first team experience at Witham Town, Tilbury
& Great Wakering Rovers. Before joining Canvey's senior squad.
Signed in August 2001 from Dagenham &
Redbridge. previous clubs include Leyton Orient, Enfield and Purfleet.
Joined Dagenham in 1997, and scored almost 100 goals for the now
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Club physio - a hardworking member of the crew.
Born 11th February 1963 in Billericay.
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
Glenn joined Canvey in 1994, and
became coach in 1996.
And where would
we be without club Super Secretary
Players who have
left the club,
but have appeared for Canvey during 2001/2
Other Canvey Players
Craig Davidson (Braintree Town) & Steve Clark (Aylesbury) both departed
during the close season.