A few words about
the lads & lasses who make up
Canvey Island Football Club First XI
2002 / 03 Season
Bennett; Ollie Berquez; Mick
Bodley; Lee Boylan; Bertie
Brayley; Mark Brennan; Gary Britnell; Ben
Chenery; Paul Cobb; Gavin
Davidson; Kevin Dobinson; Jason
Duffy; Scott Forbes; Mark
Gregory; Neil Gregory; Dean
Johnson; Ross Johnson, Andy
Jones; Matt Jones; John Kennedy;
Spencer Knight; Michael Lee; Lewis
Lilley; Adam Miller; Jeff
Minton; Steve Parmenter;
Chris Perkins; Danny Potter; Lee
Protheroe; Jukka Ruhanen; Steve
Ward; Glenn Pennyfather;
Harry Johnson; Jeff
King; Frances Roche;
Height 6ft. Weight 12st 2lbs. 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.
was an important member of the FA Trophy winning team and was almost ever
present over the last two seasons.
Ash is currently a Tutor at South
East Essex College.
Born 19th September 1985, currently playing in the U18s, the Reserves
and has also made the subs bench for several cup games. He made his first
XI debut in December 2001 against Bishops Stortford. Glen has represented
Essex County Schoolboys for the past 3 years. He has a very bright future
at the club and one to look out for in the near future.
Height 1.82m Weight 84kg. His previous
clubs include: Chelsea, Colchester United, Exeter, Weymouth, Chelmsford
City & Heybridge Swifts. Born 18th March 1979. Signed 19th August 2002.
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 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
will go down in Canvey folklore for scoring the winning goal in the FA
Trophy final in 2001.
Promising young defender, tall and athletic he was captain at Braintree town and has been
watched by QPR. Signed from Braintree Town, December 2002.
Height 5'11". Weight 13st 5lb. The 1974 born defender originally
signed for Canvey 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. Resigned for Canvey July
2002 after a season's spell at Braintree Town.
Craig is currently the 'Director of Coaching' at SEEVIC College.
Born in Brighton in 1976, this 6' centre-half joined Canvey on 19th
September 2002. Ross played over 150 games for The Seagulls and his
journey to The Gulls went via Colchester and Dagenham & Redbridge.
He joined Colchester on a free transfer after completing a successful load
He is noted for his long throw.
Born 22nd July 1984, 18 year old Lilley is a product of the Club's
Youth Scheme. He started making appearances for the Reserves in 2001 and
has featured three times in the First XI this term. A Hot Prospect who
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. Steve is now approaching
his 400 appearances for Canvey. He is currently a P.E.
teacher in Gravesend. Steve has captained the England National Game XI
this season against the Italian U21s.
Kevin Dobinson - Defensive
Midfielder released by Chelmsford. Began his career at Ipswich
Town. Joined Chelmsford as a member of the Youth team in 1996 and
gained a regular midfield place. Signed for Canvey August 2002.
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 then for Canvey in the
2001 final. Chris has also seen service with Crewe and Wigan. Duffy
has played for the England National Game XI in 2002-3
Born 22nd October 1976. The
left-sided midfielder has previously played for Saffron Waldon before
having a trial with Canvey Island during the pre-season of 2000.
Southend United then offered him a contract taking him from Park Lane.
Forbes spent two years at Roots Hall after which he was released and
re-joined Canvey Island in July 2002 on a two year deal.
Height 5ft 11in, weight 11st
9lb. David was born in Colchester on 23rd January 1970. He is a
midfielder and the older brother of Canvey striker Neil Gregory.
Started his career at Ipswich before joining Hereford (loan) and
Peterborough. Spent the last 6 season at Football League Club Colchester
United. Aged 32 David joined Canvey Island on a two year deal in July 2002 scoring two
goals on his debut, a friendly against Erith & Belvedere.
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. Was voted 'Man
of the Match' in the 2001 FA Trophy Final. JK is now a regular name in
the England National Game XI.
Born 28th December 1981, Lee joined Canvey in the 1998/99
season. After a highly impressive first team debut at Hayes of which he
was awarded Man of the Match, the young,
speedy winger has now been promoted from the Reserves.
Height - 5ft 9ins, weight - 11st 7lbs.
Born in Hackney, 28th December 1973. His previous clubs include Spurs,
Brighton, Rotherham United, Leyton Orient. Jeff is 5ft 6ins tall and
weighs 11st 10lbs. He was last at Park Lane playing for Port Vale in
Canvey's thrilling 4 - 4 draw with the second division club - he scored
two of the goals. Signed in a
player exchange from Grays Athletic, 23rd August 2002.
2002/03 Supporters Player of the
Year Award Winner.
Lee has previously played for Yeading and Enfield before
joining Aldershot. He is happy to play as a right sided defender
or in midfield. Signed for Canvey from Aldershot in August 2002.
Previously with Chelmsford City & Billericay Town. Signed for
Dagenham & Redbridge during 2001-2 but supporters' money took
him from Victoria Road to Braintree Town. Signed from Braintree Town, December 2002.
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
trial period. Signed for a new two year contract August 2002.
2001/02 season's Supporters' Player of the Year and Ryman League Golden Boot Winner with a
total of 43 goals.
Born 5th September 1981. Bertie
Brayley was a product of the West Ham Youth Scheme who can also play on
the left wing. Has played along Hammers' Stars Joe Cole & Michael
Carrick. Brayley starred
for West Ham in their 1999 FA Youth Cup win over Coventry City, scoring
three goals over the two legged final. Bertie's previously played for
Q.P.R. Swindon and spent a day training with Southend United. Height
178cm, Weight 76kg. Signed for Canvey on a free transfer 16th August
Scored Canvey's quickest League Hat-trick in under 4 minutes against
Enfield on 26th April 2003.
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. Neil
scored the winning goals in Canvey's 2001 FA Cup ties against Wigan
Athletic and Northampton Town (as seen in BBC Match of the Day).
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.
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 2002/3
Released by Stevenage Borough the
end of last season. Previous clubs include, Whitton Albion, Northwich
Victoria Crewe Alexandra & Lincoln City. Signed for Canvey August 2002
after a pre-season trial.
Released 18th August 2002
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.
Transferred to Grays in a player exchange 23rd August 2002.
31 year old defender was a popular figure at his last club
Aldershot Town, picking up player of the month awards on several occasions
- he was also the Shots captain during the 00-01 season. Born in Lewisham
he played for Bromley from 1996 to the end of the 98/99 season when he
moved to the Hampshire side. Previously he had terms with Finchley and
Transferred to Billericay 1st
Born 9th December 1967 in Ipswich. Started his career with Ipswich Town
at the age of 16. He cost Spurs £1,900,000 in 1993 before moving to
Northampton and Colchester United. Height 6ft 2ins, weight 13st
Dozzell holds the record as the
youngest player to score in topflight English football. (4th February
1984 against Coventry City aged 16). Signed for Canvey August 2002 after
a pre-season trial.
Born on the 1st March 1980 in Stepney, Chris Perkins is a product of
the Southend United 'School of Excellence'. He is a former Captain of
the Southend United Youth Team and made his first team debut for
the Shrimpers in September of 1997. From here he moved on to Kettering
Town in the summer of the 2000/01 season after a loan period. Chris is a
central defender who can also play in midfield if required. Signed for
Canvey, October 2002 after being released by Kettering.
Signed for Ford United on 10th December 2002.
Released December 2002
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
Transferred to Braintree Town,
Born on the 16th April 1971 in Keskikentta, Jukka, 31, is a
Finnish International and joins Canvey Island from FC Haka. His previous
clubs include MP & FC Jazz. Ruhanen is 177cm tall and weighs 80kg he
is right sided Midfielder that loves to play up front.
He has scored 4 goals for Haka this season and was in the team that
played Fulham in the Intertoto Cup last August. Signed for Canvey Island
3rd January 2003.
Released March 2003
Born in Rossendale, 4th October
1965. Mark began his career at Ipswich before making moves to
Middlesborough for a fee of £375,000, Man City, (£500,000) and
Oldham (£200,000). More recently he's played for Dagenham &
Redbridge making over 380 league appearances he joins Canvey Island
from Essex rivals Billericay Town. He is also a former England U21
& U23 international. Mark is 5ft 10ins and weighs 10st
13lbs. Signed 11th November 2002.
Released Pre-Season - May
Born 24th October 1974 in Newry, Northern Ireland. Mark Graham is a wide
midfield player that can play on either wing and is the elder brother of
Billericay's Richard Graham. Mark has previously played for QPR,
Cambridge United, Stevenage Borough, Barry Town and Aldershot Town where
he was team mate of fellow Gull, Lee Protheroe. Height 5ft 7ins, weight
10st 0lbs. Mark signed for Canvey Island on 18th March 2003 on a free
transfer from Billericay Town.
Pre-Season - May 2003.
Now with St. Albans City - June 2003
Born in 1978. Signed from Harrow Borough in November 2001. Previous clubs
include St. Albans City, Arlsley & Luton Reserves.
Scored Canvey's record quickest
Hat-trick in three minutes against Southend Manor.
Released Pre-Season - May 2003
Matt Jones 31, was born 9th October 1970 in
Chiswick. He was a trainee with Arsenal before making moves to: Southend
United, Heybridge Swifts, St. Albans City & Chelmsford City. Jones
is also a former England schoolboy international. Made over 100
appearances for Dagenham & Redbridge before signing for Canvey
Island on the 29th May 2002 in a two year deal.
He is currently a teacher at King Edmund
School in Rochford.
Pre-Season - June 2003
officially signed to Canvey, but no longer members of the squad
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
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.
Other Canvey Players
Mark Stimson (Grays Athletic (player/coach),
Peter Smith (Grays Athletic), Steve Tilson (Southend United Staff), Wayne
Vaughan (Purfleet), Danny Bolt (released by mutual consent), Liam Bright (released),
Paul Newell (released) & Ian Thompson
(released) all departed
during the close season. Their profiles can be found on the
2001 Squad page.