After my previous entry, I spent a lot of time afterwards looking at various match reports as well as the match day programme and the pictures we took from the day. Particularly after much observing of the former, I have decided upon a new weekly feature entitled ‘Where are they now’ – looking at players from time gone by. Obviously this week’s entry will focus on the starting XI that played in the Carling Cup third round tie against Manchester United on Wednesday 26th October 2005.
Yakubu was once the longest serving member of the squad – joining at the age of 11 and signing a professional contract at 16. He made his debut at 17 at the same time he was taking his A Levels and was integral part of the squad – falling just short of 300 appearances, despite being plagued by injuries. After being released in 2010, he joined AFC Wimbledon, coming off the bench and scoring a penalty in their play-off final against Luton Town. He now plays for Blue Square Premier outfit, Newport County.
Kingy, another long serving defender joined the club in 2003 and notched up over 150 appearances as well as winning Player of the Year in 2006/07. Unfortunately he left that season (although for a ripe sum of £200,000) and joined Gillingham where he’s currently playing – although an ankle injury kept him out for an entire season in 2009.
Adam Gross joined the club in its first season in the Football League, coming from Charlton. He stayed for 2 seasons but was released in 2007 and joined Non-League outfit Grays Athletic. He has, since, stayed outside of the Football League turning out for Dartford and Thurrock, as well as Weymouth and Welling United on loan.
Strevs was a fans’ favourite who notched up under 200 appearances for the club in eight seasons. Before leaving in 2006 he was the longest serving player – as well as being the only to have been relegated to the Conference in 2000/01 and promoted back to the Football League in 2004/05. After leaving the club he joined Crawley, before playing for Dagenham and Redbridge and Brentford. He’s now at League 1 side Wycombe Wanderers.
Despite starting in that infamous cup tie (when he was also substituted after 90 seconds to make way for substitute keeper, Scott Tynan), Louie only lasted a season at Underhill, before joining then-Conference side Aldershot Town. He now plays for fellow League 2 outfit Southend United.
Deano was a popular face amongst the squad throughout his three years with the club, and many were sad to see him go in 2007, despite the £125,000 we managed to get for him as he headed off to Charlton. Despite never playing, he also played on loan in numerous spells with Cheltenham and Grimsby; as well re-joining us for 3 matches. In 2010 he joined Grimsby Town, where he was loaned to Cambridge United. Released by the Mariners at the end of the season, he’s now a free agent.