I had an email from reader Steve Medley this week, who commented on how many of our players from the last five years are getting regular football elsewhere.
At first, it seemed obvious that many would be involved, but then I began to look back over some previous seasons and, was actually surprised how many of our players do NOT go on to Football league careers. You only have to look back at 2010/11 for instance, and see how many of those players wound up in the National League. Even going back to the mid-nineties, players tended to sink lower after leaving us, not remain stable and go higher. This may be a generalisation and for every Peter Costello there’s a Darren Huckerby, for every Steve Mardenborough, Steve Foley and Trevor Hebberd, there’s a Peter Gain, Richard Butcher or Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
The point Steve was making is that of the players who have featured for us since winning promotion to the Football League, very few have disappeared into the National League. Thankfully, to save me time researching, he produced a list. So, if you were wondering where those players were now, and how they’re getting on, here’s your answer.
Disclaimer – I haven’t included loan players who joined in January last season, only those signed permanently or prior to the turn of 2020. If Steve or I have missed any, soz.
Paul Farman (Carlisle 2017-2018)
Farms was a personal favourite of mine during his stay with City, and since last appearing for us (against Swindon in 2017/18), he has gone on to make regular Football League appearances. This season, he has turned out 15 times for Carlisle, who are fourth in League Two.
Ryan Allsop (Wycombe 2017-2018)
Allsop was the keeper who replaced Farman after the 2-2 draw with Swindon, and he played a key role as we won the EFL Trophy at Wembley. He s now a full time Championship keeper, playing for Wycombe who won promotion last season. So far this term, he’s appeared 13 times, keeping two clean sheets.
Josh Vickers (Rotherham 2017-2019)
Josh is also now a Championship keeper, having been picked up by Rotherham following his release by the Imps. he has been an unused sub once, but only made the switch as a free agent at the beginning of the month.
Matt Gilks (Bolton 2018-2019)
Gilks, who is now 38, is still playing professionally, appearing twice for Bolton twice this season, keeping a clean sheet in one of those games. Personally, I think he is one of the best stoppers we’ve had since coming back in the league.