Starting off our look at the men that never quite made it at City, we start with Daren Dykes. You remember Darren right? No? Oh.
In actual fact I didn’t either, despite the fact he represented the club I loved. It’s not disrespectful to the player, I think in this day and age a lot of players come and go. This chap lived out the dream of three or four thousand people without ever realising it. It’s as if we’re mutually in the dark about each other.
Darren came to us on loan from Swindon Town in Keith’s first (second spell) season 2002-03. We were short on goals at the time and young Dykes was billed as an attacking midfielder who could perhaps help Yeo and Cropper put the ball in the back of the net. Coming from Swindon you’d expect he had a bit about him.
Unfortunately for Darren he joined as the club experienced a good spell of form, and despite his early inclusion he failed to make an impact. He came on as a sub in a 1-1 draw at York, but by that time we’d already scored. York’s 81st minute equalisor came just two minutes after he entered the fray. Despite that set back he started in the away win at Macclesfield but came off with the game poised at 0-0. His final game was a 1-0 home win against Swansea, he was booked and came off before we scored the decisive goal. Despite two more games on the bench he didn’t get on the pitch and we let him go once the month was up.
Dykes had come up from non league after spending his youth with Spurs and his fray into league football never really worked out. He played once more for Swindon before dropping back into the non league. He never made the step back up and was last seen playing for Newport Pagnall where he’d started his career. He was last heard of in Newport Pagnell, just getting on with his life.