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MANGOTSFIELD UNITED PLAYER PROFILES 2010/11

Danny Greaves (Goalkeeper) : Returned to the club for a second time in May after four seasons with Clevedon Town. Danny began his career with Mangotsfield United before signing for Bristol Rovers as a sixteen year old. After being released in the summer of 2004 a spell at Forest Green Rovers followed but with the club going full time Danny opted to return to Mangotsfield in November 2004. In the summer of 2006 he re-signed for Clevedon Town where he remained until re-joining Mangotsfield in May.
Sam Alexander (Goalkeeper) : Promising young goalkeeper who has progressed from the clubs youth team to become the clubs first choice goalkeeper last season. By the end of 2009/10 Sam had made thirty two appearances for the first team.
Geraint Bater (Defender) : Geraint came to the club from Clevedon Town in June 2008. He began his career as a professional with Bristol Rovers before having a brief period at Tiverton Town after being released. Spells at Clevedon Town, Brislington and Bristol Manor Farm were followed by a second stint at Clevedon Town where he remained for three seasons. In the summer of 2005 he made the switch to Taunton Town under the management of Peter Beadle whom he followed to Newport County in October 2005. After a season with The Exiles Geraint returned to Clevedon Town in July 2006.
Neil Arndale (Defender) : Voted Supporters Player Of The Season for 2008/09 and runner up last season Neil is now in his fifth season with the club after signing in June 2006 from Cirencester Town where he had been club captain. Neil, a former England under eighteen international started his career at Bristol Rovers where he spent two seasons as a professional after coming through their academy ranks. After being released by Bristol Rovers he signed for Cirencester Town in August 2004.

 

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Scott Hendy (Defender) : Returned for a fourth spell at the club in July 2008 after spending three successful seasons at Clevedon Town, where he played an integral part in their promotion from the South & West Division of British Gas Business Football League and subsequent Premier Division campaigns. Scott originally joined 'The 'Field' in August 1997 from Bristol Manor Farm. He left for Backwell United but returned for a second time before leaving for Bath City at the start of the 2003/04 season for a fee of £5,000. Injury curtailed his progress at Twerton Park and he again came back to Cossham Street. A further injury spell restricted his chances of a first team place and he moved on to the Hand Stadium in November 2005.

 

Rob Moore (Defender) : Highly thought of eighteen year old central defender who broke into the first team last season and has since become a regular in the first team squad. Previously been with Salisbury City.

 

Gary Colborne (Defender) : Signed for Mangotsfield in July from Newport County where he progressed through the clubs academy to become a member of the first team squad. A former Wales Schools under 18's captain Gary spent last season on loan at Clevedon Town.

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Danny Haines (Defender/Midfielder) : Another player to return to the club after a previous spell during the promotion season of 2004/05. Danny rejoined Mangotsfield in January 2010 signing from Hellenic League Premier Division Almondsbury Town where he was voted Supporters Player Of The Season 2008/09, he was also Club Captain. Able to play on the left side of defence or midfield Danny began his career at Bristol City before spells at Cheltenham Town, Merthyr Tydfil, Tiverton Town, Mangotsfield United and Clevedon Town.

 

 

James Pilling (Midfielder) : Talented player who has become a regular member of the first team squad over the last two seasons after progressing from the clubs reserve team. His performances last season attracted the attentions of clubs from further up the non league pyramid.

 

 

Joe McClennan (Midfielder/Winger) : Former Bristol City youngster who was released by the Championship club in May last year. Joe who can play in central midfield or out wide joined Mangotsfield in July after a short spell at local rivals Yate Town, this after a spell away from football.
Andy Gurney (Midfielder) : Experienced central midfielder who signed in July after resigning from his post as Weston Super Mare manager at the end of last season. Andy began his career at Bristol Rovers where he made 108 appearances between 1993 and 1997 before being released. In July 1997 he signed for Torquay United where his impressive form led to a £100,000 move to Reading in January 1999. After being a regular in the Reading side for two years he moved to Swindon Town at the end of June 2001. Andy was named Swindon captain, going onto made 150 appearances but surprisingly left to sign for Swansea City shortly after the start of the 2004/05 season. A return to Swindon followed in August 2005 initially on loan, the deal becoming permanent in January 2006. A few months into the 2006/07 season an ankle injury forced his retirement from the professional game. In December 2006 he signed for non league Clevedon Town but soon made the switch to Weston in February 2007, but moved again in May 2007 this time to Havant & Waterlooville. A transfer back to Weston came in December 2007, however this was short lived as he signed for Newport County in February 2008. After being released at the end of the season Andy returned to Weston.
Dan Spill (Midfielder) : Dan signed last summer from Somerset County League side Cutters Friday. As a youngster he featured in Keynsham Town's youth team. On joining Mangotsfield he started in the Reserves but quickly progressed to the first team and has been a regular in central midfield ever since making a total of thirty seven appearances last season.
Harley Purnell (Midfielder) : Signed for Mangotsfield in October last year from Somerset County League Premier Division Cutters Friday. After catching the eye in the reserve team Harley has become a first team regular making a total of thirty one appearances last season. Previously played for Backwell United and Brislington Youth team.
Matt Groves (Striker/Winger) : The third new addition of the summer twenty one year old Matt signed for Mangotsfield United in June. He first featured for the club during a spell on loan from Bristol Rovers in 2008/09. Matt began his career at Bristol Rovers where he progressed through the school of excellence to sign professional forms in July 2007 making his only appearance for the club in a second round FA Cup tie against Rushden & Diamonds in December 2007. After a loan period at Chippenham Town towards the end of the 2007/08 season and further loan spells at Tiverton Town and Mangotsfield during  2008/09 Matt was released by Bristol Rovers in early 2009 and finished the season at Weston Super Mare. In July 2009 he signed a one year contract with Blue Square South Weymouth where he made twenty four appearances before leaving the financially strapped club to sign for local rivals Yate Town.
Michael Meaker (Striker) : Returned to the club for a second time in November last year after a two and half year spell at Bitton. Meaker first signed for The 'Field in December 2004 after playing in the Hellenic League for Henley Town and Southall Town and was an integral part of the promotion winning side of 2004/05. He left to play for Hounslow Borough where he scored a club record forty four goals, before returning to Cossham Street during the 2006/07 campaign. Meaker began his career at QPR where he played in the Premier League. Whilst at QPR he had a loan spell with Plymouth Argyle. In July 1995 a £550,000 transfer to Reading followed where he made sixty seven appearances. In the summer of 1998 after three seasons with Reading he signed for Bristol Rovers. After a loan period at Swindon Town in 2000 he left Rovers and returned to Plymouth Argyle in 2001. He was released in the summer of 2001 and opted for a move into non league football with Northwich Victoria.
 
Mitchell Page (Striker) : A product of local rivals Clevedon Town's youth team Mitchell signed for Mangotsfield in August 2008. After breaking into Clevedon's first team in the 2005/06 season Mitchell became a regular in the side scoring fifteen goals during 2007/08. In the two seasons since arriving at Cossham Street Mitchell has scored nineteen goals.
Jack Pitcher (Striker) : Returned to the club for a second spell in June after opting to leave Gloucester City. Jack originally signed for Mangotsfield in September 2002 joining from Hellenic League Division One West Winterbourne United. During his initial two year spell at Cossham Street he scored 29 goals. In July 2004 a move to Clevedon Town followed and under the guidance of then manager Phil Bater his goals played a prominent part in the club's promotion to the Southern League Premier Division in 2005/06. His impressive record of 73 goals in 140 appearances earned him a move to Gloucester City in May 2007. During his three seasons at Gloucester City in which the club were promoted to Blue Square North in 2009 he managed 40 goals, the highlight being 22 goals in his first season at the club.
Tom Knighton (Striker) : A former Mangotsfield United youth team player Tom returned to Mangotsfield from Tiverton Town in June 2009. After leaving Mangotsfield and signing for Cadbury Heath a short spell at Frome Town followed before making the switch back to Cadbury Heath where his impressive goal scoring record earned him a move to Bitton. After continuing to impress, Tiverton Town won the race for his signature when snapping him up in the summer of 2007, he was the Devon clubs joint top scorer during the 2008/09 season. In his first season with Mangotsfield Tom found the back of the net sixteen times.

Phil Bater (Manager) : After a three month spell as Caretaker Manager at the start of 2009 Phil was appointed as manager in April 2009. Phil began his football career as an apprentice at Bristol Rovers in 1973 where he made over 200 appearances before moving to Wrexham in 1981. After spending two seasons at Wrexham a return to Bristol Rovers followed, making a further 90 appearances for the club. In 1986 Phil moved to Brentford before finishing his playing days in his home town city of Cardiff. Phil returned to Bristol Rovers for a second time after taking up a role on the coaching side, including twice over seeing first team affairs as caretaker manager. In October 2005 he was appointed manager of Clevedon Town and led them to promotion to the Southern League Premier Division in his first season in charge. Further success followed as for the first time in the clubs history Clevedon made the first round proper of the FA Cup and also reached the final of the Errea League Cup. After consolidating the clubs place in the Southern League Premier Division he opted to leave the club in April 2008.

Andy Eisentrager (Assistant Manager) : Joined the club as then Caretaker Manager Phil Baterís assistant in January 2009 and was appointed in a permanent role in April. Andy has extensive coaching experience at semi professional level and was assistant manager at Paulton Rovers, Bath City and more recently Clevedon Town. He is currently head coach at Richard Huish College and also has a development role with Bristol Rovers. Andy holds the UEFA B coaching badge and is working towards his 'A' licence, he also has a diploma in sports psychology. During his playing career he played for Weston Super Mare and Clevedon Town.

 

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James Rowberry (Coach) : James was added to the coaching staff in July.  Currently working for the FAW/Welsh Football Trust as a Coach Development Officer for the Gwent FA. Holds the UEFA 'A' Licence and has a Bsc (hons) degree in Sports Science and Coaching and also holds The FA Youth Coaches Award. Last season James was on the coaching staff at the Newport County AFC Academy where he previously played after being released by Bristol City as a 16 year old.

 

 

 


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