TEAM MANAGEMENT

Steve Swanwick (First Team Caretaker Manager)

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Geoff Thompson (Reserve Team Assistant)

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Martin Meylan (Reserve Team Coach)

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Mick Ede (Snr) (First Team Physio)

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GOALKEEPERS

Paul Wood (D.O.B. 27/11/75)

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Experienced goalkeeper who was on Derby County’s books as a youngster. Joined Rocester during the 2004-05 season, and has proved himself to be among the best in the business at this level. Paul lists Stapenhill and Heanor Town among his former clubs.

Dean Latham (D.O.B. 19/04/86)

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Dean was with Stoke City as a junior before going on to represent Staffordshire at U-18 level. More recently he has played for Newcastle Town and Norton United before joining Rocester in August 2007. Currently employed by Stoke City, Dean is a UEFA 'B' Licenced Coach.

         

Karl Smith (D.O.B. 30/06/86)

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Karl has been with Rocester on and off since 2004 before he finally became the regular reserve team goalkeeper in 2006-07. He has played the odd first team game and has acquitted himself well whenever  he was been called upon.

 

 

DEFENDERS

Carl Allen (D.O.B. 08/02/83)

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Left back who joined from Ashbourne United in 2004. Team captain, Carl made his 150th appearance for the club at Alvechurch in December 2007. he won both the Players' Player and Supporters' Player of the Season awards for 2006-07.

 

Phil Bull (D.O.B. 28/06/79)

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Full back who is now one of the senior members of the squad having been with the club since 2002. 'Bully' helped the reserve team win two successive promotions in the Staffordshire County League between 2003 and 2005. 

 

         

Dan Smith (D.O.B. 13/10/86)

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Talented right-back who signed for Rocester from Nantwich Town in September 2007. Dan was with Stoke City as a youngster before moving into non-league with Leek Town and Nantwich. 

 

James McCarron (D.O.B. 01/06/85)

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Centre half who first played for Rocester during the 2004-05 season. James moved to Stapenhill where he won a Leicestershire Senior League title and helped the club win promotion to the Midland Alliance. He returned to Hillsfield in January 2008.

 

       

Ben Henderson (D.O.B. 01/09/87)

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Highly rated young centre half who joined Rocester in August 2007. Ben played Youth team football for West Bromwich Albion and had a short spell with the Stafford Rangers U-18 side before moving on to Stafford Town and then Rocester. 

Mark Thompson (D.O.B. 17/10/85)

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Competitive central defender with a no-nonsense approach to the game. Mark started out as a forward before successfully switching to the back line. He joined Rocester after being spotted playing Sunday football for Cheadle United.

  

         

Mark Ruddock (D.O.B. 02/08/84)

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Central defender who signed for the reserve team in 2004 after being spotted playing in Sunday football. 'Razor' progressed into the first team during 2005-06 where he has also played as a centre forward with some success. A strong and versatile player with a great attitude.

Neil Bennett (D.O.B. 01/09/80)

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Central defender who joined Rocester in February 2007 from League of Wales side Buckley, where he helped them finish 2nd, 1st and 2nd in his three seasons with them. Neil spent 18 months with Birmingham City as a junior, and he has also played for Fleetwood and Burscough.

         

 

Matt Jackson (D.O.B. 11/11/83)

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Centre half who spent two years with both Stoke City and Burton Albion as a youngster. He also captained the Staffordshire Schoolboys team before joining Rocester in 2002, where he helped the reserves win two successive promotions in the Staffordshire County League. 

Paul Harvey (D.O.B. 07/05/81)

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Full back who can play on the left or right. Paul joined Rocester during the 2006-07 season from Coalville Town after he had been with the Leicestershire club for a year. He was with Gresley Rovers as a youth team player.

 

         

 MIDFIELDERS

Liam Sowter (D.O.B. 03/09/88)

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An attacking midfielder who signed for Rocester in July 2007. Liam spent three years on the books of Derby County before joining Burton Albion for a season.

 

 

Richard Owen (D.O.B. 22/02/68)

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Long-serving midfielder who has been with the club for almost twenty years. Richard made his 750th appearance during October 2006, and is still full of enthusiasm and encouragement for the younger players around him. A Fantastic club servant.

         

Rory Maxwell (D.O.B. 26/01/89)

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Young attacking midfielder with a bright future ahead of him. Rory quickly forced his way into the first team after signing from Stone Dominoes prior to the 2006-07 season. He has represented the Staffordshire F.A. U-18 side. 

Martin Gadsby (D.O.B. 15/02/84)

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Creative midfielder who spent four years on the books of Derby County before being released. Another player who has successfully come through the reserve set-up at Rocester to force his way into the first team reckoning.

 

         

Martin Heath (D.O.B. 30/09/83)

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Central midfielder who played for Biddulph Victoria for two seasons before joining Rocester in July 2007. Spent two years with Stoke City as a youngster before spells with both Leek C.S.O.B. and Stone Dominoes. Martin also represented Staffordshire at U-16 and U-18 level.

Ashley Sheridan (D.O.B. 25/10/79)

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Signed in August 2007 from Stafford Town, where he had played for over four years. Ashley is a match-winner on his day, a creative player with an excellent touch and good vision. Represented Staffs Schools before moving into the non-league game with Stone Dominoes and Biddulph Victoria.

         

Paul Milward (D.O.B. 19/08/83)

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Equally at home on the left or right side of midfield. Paul signed for Rocester in July 2007 after a three-year spell with Ashbourne United. Was with both Derby County and Port Vale as a youngster, and also represented Staffordshire at U-18 level.

Simon Purchase (D.O.B. 20/02/83)

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Creative central midfielder who spent two years with Stoke City with and a year with both Port Vale and Crewe Alexandra as a junior. Simon signed for Rocester in August 2007 from Stafford Town, where he was a member of their West Midlands League Cup winning team in 2005.

         

Glyn Douglas (D.O.B. 24/01/78)

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Left-sided midfielder who has come through the reserve team after being spotted playing for Sunday side Uttoxeter Town. A reliable and competitive player who is also a good talker on the pitch.

Luke Ede (D.O.B.   /  /  )

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Neil Reilly (D.O.B. 25/03/79)

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Signed in July 2007. A serving soldier, Neil played Welsh League football for Holyhead Hotspur and Llangefni before a brief spell with Stafford Rangers Res last season. He has also represented The Army, and has two Army Cup winners' medals to his name.

Gavin Reynolds (D.O.B.   /  /  )

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Local lad who has been in and around the club for several years. A hard working midfielder, Gavin is tough in the tackle and possesses a powerful shot. He has also played for Staffs County League neighbours JCB Holt. 

 

         

Shaun Coates (D.O.B.   /  /  )

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Young winger who was signed from Eccleshall prior to the 2007-08 season. Shaun gained some first team experience with Eccleshall, but figured mainly in their Staffs Senior League side.

 

 

Aaron Plant (D.O.B.   /  /  )

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Mark Dockerty (D.O.B. 22/05/84)

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FORWARDS

David Shaw (D.O.B. 21/10/77)

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Experienced goalscorer signed from Leek Town in November 2006. Played Conference North football for Lancaster City,  and lists Congleton Town and Kidsgrove Athletic among his former clubs. Started out as a junior with Stoke City and was also on the books of Crewe and Port Vale.

Mark Hodson (D.O.B. 29/08/86)

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Energetic forward who battle for every ball. Mark spent three years with Stone Dominoes, working his way up to the 1st team before moving to Meir K.A. for a year.  However, his chances were limited due to injuries and he eventually signed for Rocester at the start of the 2006-07 season.

         

Gary Beardsley (D.O.B. 29/01/86)

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Quick and skilful forward who joined Rocester in October 2007 from local football. Gary spent eight years on Stoke City's books before switching to Burton Albion's youth team for a season. 

  

Tommy Smith (D.O.B. 03/03/87)

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Tenacious and hard-working striker who is another product of the reserve team. Tommy made his Romans debut in 2004-05 but since then he has spent much of his time sidelined through injury. He has made a huge impression since making his comeback in November 2007.

         

 

Jon Shaw (D.O.B. 17/04/83)

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Phil Shaw (D.O.B. 01/12/79)

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Phil signed for Rocester at the start of the 2007-08 season having previously played for Stone Dominoes and Chesterton in the Staffordshire County League. A versatile team member who can play in any position on the pitch.  

 

         

Colin Fletcher (D.O.B. 10/01/78)

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Lively striker signed from Leek C.S.O.B. in November 2006. Colin previously enjoyed a successful 5-year spell with Stone Dominoes in the North West Counties League.

 

 

Ashley Grocott (D.O.B.   /  /  )

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