First Team Squad

 

 1. Stuart Ainsley - Utility

A member of a footballing family with father George moving to Suffolk as a youngster with Ipswich Town, although never quite making the big time George played Non-League football to a good level and both his sons have followed his footsteps into the Ipswich Town youth set up.

Stuart joined the club for his second spell in the summer of 2014 from Lowestoft Town following their promotion to the Football Conference, stepping down to level 5 due to work commitments, and the difficulty in getting the time off to be able to commit himself to the rigours of the Conference. Stuart is the manager at Cabin/Container Hire Ltd, which involves plenty of travelling in its own right, at 28 he enjoys Golf and supports Newcastle United (with his father George hailing from the North East it's no surprise that Alan Shearer is his footballing idol) I'm not sure if he is 'name dropping' when he says Gareth Bale is the best player he has played against and Jim Magilton as the best he has played with (I would!)

Former clubs are Ipswich Town, Canvey Island, Chelmsford City, AFC Sudbury and Lowestoft Town. A naturally left footed player his primary position is left back, although he does like to venture into a central midfield role when able.

Asked about his ambition it would always be to win league titles and lift cups, he considers work rate, loving a tackle and a half decent left foot as his main attributes and considers Jordy Matthews as the best trainer in the squad

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3. Ethan Clarke - Defender

Ethan was one of Kevin O'Donnell's summer signings last year, joining the Seasiders from Whitton United having previously played for Needham Market. Part of a footballing family with his father and brother both having played for Whitton United and his grandfather having worn the blue shirts of Ipswich Town and Lowestoft Town. His grandfather also has one England cap so Ethan has a good pedigree.

A natural left sided player he also has pace and quickly joins in with the attack when the opportunity arises. He names both Gavin Johnson and Kevin Horlock as the best players he has played with and Junior Hoilet as the best he has played against.

A Social Support worker by trade he names winning the First Division title and Suffolk Senior Cup as his best moments in football to date and names Arsenal as the team he supports and follows.

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4. Callum Bennett - Defender

A staunch Liverpool fan who rates Steve Gerrard as his football idol, Callum joined the Seasiders from Bury Town in February 2015 and has proved to be an excellent signing, able to operate in midfield or on the right of the defence.

Callum was with Ipswich Town as a youngster and had a spell with Notts County and as is so often the case when there was a change of management Callum found himself out in the cold.

An excellent range of passes makes him a dangerous player for opposing defences and a fans favourite when we are in possession, his aim this season is to help make The Seasiders real title contanders. Currently at University Callum rates Harry Kane as the best player he has played against and Jack Grealish, the best he has played with.

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5. Rhys Barber - Central Defender - Club Captain

At 28 Rhys is now in his prime as a player and it is not surprising that he has lifted the Player of the Year award for the last two seasons. An Arsenal supporter, his football idol is Ian Wright, he considers the best player he has played against as Gavin Williams while the best player played with, he names as Kevin Horlock.

Rhys joined the Seasiders at the start of the 2011/12 season but re-joined Needham Market in October 2011. He was released by the Marketmen at the end of season 2012/13 and manager Kevin O'Donnell was quick to snap up his signature.

Named Club Captain in the summer of 2015 Rhys is a vastly experienced, natural left sided player, he is an accomplished defender who can operate anywhere in the back four, although he sometimes appears to have hankerings to show his midfield prowess. His initial aim since taking over the captains armband is to lead the side to a top 5 finish and have a good run in the FA Vase.

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6.  Scott Chaplin - Midfield

Scott joined the Seasiders during the summer from Hadleigh United where he made 136 appearances during a four year stay, scoring 32 goals, nine of them during their title winning season.

Scott was also a member of the Ipswich Town Academy, before spells with Bury Town and Needham Market.

Scott’s best moment to date was collecting his England caps at the old Wembley Stadium after representing England colleges in two international tournaments.

He cites Gavin Johnson at Bury Town & Needham Market along with James Scowcroft at Bury as the best players he has played with and Theo Walcott when at Ipswich Academy as the best he has played against.

Scott is a Manchester United supporter.

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8. Danny Crump - Goalkeeper

The younger of footballing brothers Danny started with the Seasiders as a youngster in 2006 and returned to the club towards the end of last season (2015/16) for his third spell between the sticks. A teacher by trade  he enjoys Road Cycling and squash when the opportunity arises and supports Liverpool and Ipswich Town and counts both Peter Schmeichel & Gordon Banks as his footballing idols. He counts brother Andy as the best player he has played with in the SIL and Rhys Barber as the best player at this level while naming Jim Magilton as the best player he has played against. 

Danny has also played for Hadleigh United and Felixstowe Harpers United, asked his aims for the season he cited keeping 11 plus clean sheets and conceding less than 45 goals as two of them and playing a key role in transitional play. He names Jordy Matthews as the best trainer at the club but wouldn't be drawn on who he thinks is the worst!

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10. Dan Davis - Defender

Returned to the squad at the start of August 2016 after almost 18 months on the sidelines with an Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury picked up at the end of the 2014/15 season.

Powerful centre back with no nonsense approach to the game , 'Denzil' has been missed both on the field and in the dressing room. 

Popular member of the squad 'Denzil' likes to give money to worthy causes and has selected the County FA as one of his more popular ones to help in recent seasons.

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11. Tom Winters - Forward

Joined the club in November 2016 from Leiston FC where he made 13 appearances, scoring four goals, prior to the switch, he also played in Division One for Leiston Reserves making 4 appearances, scoring 1 goal.

Scored on his Seasiders debut against Ely City in a 4-2 win. Tom is a player the management have had their eye on for a couple of seasons and were delighted when he agreed to join the club for at least the remainder of the current season

While still very young Tom has plenty of experience, having spent 11 years at Ipswich Town in their youth set up and hopefully he will be a regular contributor to the Seasiders Goal For column.

 

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12. Miles Powell - Forward

Miles spent the 2014/15 season with Whitton United before returning to the Seaside where he learnt his trade. He immediately hit the scoring charts and was the clubs leading scorer going into the Christmas Holiday period. A versatile player who can operate in avariety of positions who is deceptively quick,  

 

 

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14. Craig Jennings

One of three summer signings, Craig was recruited specifically to make and score goals and started on the opening day with an inaugral FA Cup goal. A pacy front runner he looks comfortable on both flanks and scores the spectacular as well as the tap in's.

Craig joined the club from Ipswich Wanderers where he made 92 Premier Division appearances scoring 32 goals. His previous clubs are named as Ipswich Athletic & Coplestonians from the Suffolk & Ipswich League and Woodbridge Town.

A Tottenham Hotspur supporter Craig names is best moment in football as winning the Suffolk Senior Cup final on penalties at Portman Road.

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15. Arran Sheppard - Utility Defender

Arran names his former clubs as Whitton United, Seasiders, Whitton United.

Last season’s Supporters Player of the Year ‘Sheppy’ is a popular member of the first team squad and equally as popular with the supporters, a no nonsense defender who can play anywhere across the back four.

He names Simon Betson as the best player he has played with, during his first spell at Whitton United and Joe Francis in his time at Woodbridge Town. The best players he has played against being Jon Walters, Jim Magilton, Alan Lee and Liam Trotter when playing in a friendly for the Woodpeckers against and Ipswich Town side.

His best moment in football was beating Ipswich Town in the Suffolk Premier Cup and scoring to put the Seasiders 1-0 up in front of over a 1,000 people at The Goldstar Ground. Shep says “The praise and Buzz on social media was great, until we were then removed from the competition for fielding an ineligible player!”

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 16. Jamal Wiggins - Midfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 17. Josh Kerridge - Utility

Josh joined the club last season from AFC Sudbury and has become an integral part of the side, a match winner on his day he scores his fair share of goals from midfield and creates a lot of the play when the side is going forward but is equally at home when defending.

Josh’s previous clubs are Melton & Grundisburgh of the Suffolk & Ipswich League, Framlingham Town (Now Thurlow Nunn Division One), Leiston and AFC Sudbury.

A Liverpool supporters Josh names winning the First Division Cup and lifting it as skipper of the AFC Sudbury Under 21 side as one high point but also describes the FA Cup win over National League Bishop’s Stortford as another.

When asked who are the best players you have played with and against he says he has not played against any ‘Big’ names but interestingly names the best player he has played with as our own Jordy Matthews!

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18 - Nick Ingram

Nick joined the Seasiders in October 2016 from Bury Town where he made 5 starts in the Ryman League (North) plus 12 appearances as a substitute scoring 1 goal. He also made two appearances, scoring two goals for Team Bury who share the facilities at Ram Meadow.

Scored on his Seasiders debut in a 4-0 win over Woodbridge Town in the League Cup .

 

 19. Sheridan Driver - Utility

'Sherry' joined the Seasiders in the summer of 2014 having been released by Ryman League Needham Market where he was club captain and manager Kevin O'Donnell was quick to lure him to The Goldstar Ground for his second spell in the red & white stripes. Sheridan suffered cruel luck at the end of his first season with the club in 2009/10 after being signed by then manager Glenn Driver, rupturing his Achilles tendon at Wisbech in the final game of the season which saw him sidelined having been due to travel to the USA at the end of that season as a coach. An accomplished, experienced addition to the squad 'Sherry' can operate in midfield, where he likes to get forward and be involved in the play or as a defender anywhere across the back line, he also weighs in with his fair share of goals at the right end of the pitch.

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20. Jordan Matthews

A rare event these days when asking established players their previous clubs and you get the reply none!

Jordan has been a one club man and a managers dream, a play anywhere footballer equally happy in midfield or up front in the No10 shirt, previous winner of the Players Player and Supporters Player of the year award, the supporters know that when he pulls on the Seasiders shirt they are going to see 110% commitment from him. Jordan weighs in with his fair share of goals and tackles.

A Liverpool supporter Jordy names Bradley Barber as the best player he has played with and Tyrone Mings as the best he has played against and his best moment, reaching the Suffolk Premier Cup Final

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21. Kyron Andrews - Forward

Kyron previously played for Ipswich Wanderers at Under 18 level and played a couple of games in Wanderers first team. He joined the Seasiders as one of the ‘Inspire’ Suffolk students, thanks to the influence of Seasiders First Team Coach Andy Crump.

A Manchester United supporter Kyron names Jamie Collins, now at Norwich City, as the best player he has played with and Rhys Barber as the best he has faced.

He names his best moment in football as the final whistle against Bishop’s Stortford in the FA Cup, putting the Seasiders through to the 3rd Round proper at the expense of the National League side.

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