A few words about
the lads & lasses who make up
Canvey Island Football Club First XI
2003 / 04 Season
Bennett; Ollie Berquez; Lee Boylan; Bertie
Brayley; Ben Chenery; Gavin
Davidson; Kevin Dobinson; Chris
Duffy; Scott Forbes; Ty
Gooden; Neil Gregory; Ashley
Johnson; John Kennedy; Michael Lee; Lewis
Lilley; Junior McDougald; Neil Midgley; Jeff
Minton; Steve Parmenter; Danny Potter; Lee
Protheroe; Peter Smith; David
Ward; Glenn Pennyfather; Ken
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 ta Tutor at SEEVIC College.
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
Born 12th July 1969 in Cannock. Peter 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 initially signed for Canvey from Woking on a two year
deal in July 2000, after a loan period.
At the end of the 2001/02 Season Buzz joined Grays Athletic under the
influence of former Canvey Island Midfielder Mark Stimson, who had
become Player/Coach and later Player/Manager at The Rec'. After Grays
turned into a full-time Club, Smith rejoined Canvey Island FC in July
6' 2" 11St. 6lbs
Born: 15-12-78 in Cambridge.
Educated at Impington Village College,
played for Cambridge Utd until he was 14 when Ipswich spotted him and
signed him up. Played for the Schoolboys and progressed to the Youth
Team. Signed Trainee forms with Ipswich and played alongside Kieron
David ended his Ipswich career in Spring
1999 and signed a 3 year deal at Brentford. Played 37 games for
Brentford befored being released to take up a 3 week trial at Swansea
City. He impressed there was was given a 1 year contract. However
during the 2002/03 season he was transfered back to his hometown to
play for Cambridge Utd. David was released by the Us at the end of
last season. Signed for Canvey Island FC - August 2003.
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.
A native of Canvey Island, Ty was born 23rd October 1972. He is a
left-sided Attacking Midfielder who started his career as a trainee at
Arsenal. After spells at Wycombe Wanderers and Swindon Town, Gooden
moved to Kent outfit Gillingham in the 1999/2000 season for £100,000.
However a serious ankle injury dogged his time there and he missed the
entire 2002/03 season. He is the younger brother of former Canvey Island
player Ian Gooden.
After announcing his retirement from Professional Football in June 2003
Ty signed for Canvey Island a few weeks later in a 2 year deal. Ty is
5'8" and weighs 12St 6lbs.
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.
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.
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 and
finished the season with 48 goals.
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).
Real name David McDougald, Junior, 28, was born in Texas, USA on the 12th
January 1975. Junior has previously played for Dagenham & Redbridge,
Gillingham, Brighton & Hove Albion, Rotheram, Chesterfield Tottenham
Hotspur, Millwall, Leyton Orient & Toulon of the French First
Division. A profilic goal scorer in the Conference with Dagenham for the
past 4 seasons, he has made well over 250 appearances since his career
started back in 1993 and has scored numerous goals at virtually every
club he's been at. Junior is
5' 11" and weighs 12St. 6lbs. Signed for Canvey Island 29th August
2003 in a two year deal.
Born 21st October 1978 in Cambridge, Midgley started his career as a
trainee at Ipswich Town, before moving to Kidderminster Harriers,
Hereford (loan) and Barnet. At still only 24, Neil is already a proven
Conference Goal Scorer from Midfield.
Neil signed for Canvey Island on 18th July 2003 and made his debut the
same day in a friendly against Hull City.
In the dug out
Jeff King - Manager
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 43 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.
Steggles - Physiotherapist
The Club's Physiotherapist, took over from Harry Johnson who
retired at the beginning of this season.
Pennyfather - Assistant Manager
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 2003/4
None So Far!!!
Other Canvey Players
Mick Bodley (Retired) Mark Brennan (Tilbury),
Gary Britnell (Retired), Mark Graham (St. Albans City), David Gregory (Wivenhoe
Town), Ross Johnson (Worthing),
Andy Jones (Billericay Town),
Matt Jones (Chelmsford City) & Spencer Knight (Released) all departed Pre-Season.
Their Profiles can be found on the 2002 Squad page.