Four Years On: National League Team Part II

A few days ago, I did an article looking at the players who featured in our 2-1 win against Macclesfield Town in April 2017, securing our Football League status.

I only included players who played or were on the bench that day, but I thought seeing as it proved to be quite popular, I’d finish off by doing a second article, this time featuring the other players from that season.

Lee Beevers

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Lee Beevers played a crucial role in the early part of the 2016/17 season, adding some experience to the backline and a little bit of quality too. Sadly, he was seriously injured in the 27th minute of our 2-0 win against Boreham Wood, which effectively ended his professional career. He got a testimonial against Walsall, another of his former clubs, and did bounce back briefly with Gainsborough Trinity, before taking up a coaching role at Alfreton Town. Lee is a keen cricketer, hitting 116 from 66 balls for Hartsholme against Nettleham’s academy side in September.

Macauley Bonne

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Bonne started just five National League games for the Imps, scoring once, but what a crucial goal it was. His strike at Prenton Park earned us a win against Tranmere, a result that had severe repercussions further down the line. Our six points from two games with them won us the title and consigned them to the play-offs, so Bonne’s input was huge for us. I recall him being knocked for six against Barrow and not quite recovering from it before his loan ended.

After the Imps, Bonne went back to Colchester, then to Woking where he lined up against us in February 2017. Colchester released him at the end of the season and he joined Orient, where his career took off. He scored 45 goals in 89 National League starts for Orient, prompting Charlton to meet his release clause. He impressed with the Addicks, bagging 11 Championship goals last season despite their relegation. He played his last game for Charlton against us in our 2-0 win back in September, before making a £2m move to QPR. He has appeared 32 times for them in the Championship, scoring three goals.

Riccardo Calder

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If you can’t remember Calder, it isn’t a surprise. He played just once in the National League, away at Maidstone after we’d secured the title, exactly four years ago today (April 25th). He didn’t have a bad game either, apparently. He was released by Villa, the club we had him on loan from, at the end of the season and joined Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

In December 2018, he was jailed for nine months after attacking a 24-year-old student nurse who accidentally crashed into his Mercedes in a car park. He has since been released from prison and is currently playing for Rushall Olympic in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division Central.