1st Team

League: Pitching In Southern League Division One Central

The Players

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DAN GREEN

GOALKEEPER

Joined the club in January 2019 after a couple of seasons with Welwyn Garden City. A tall, commanding goalkeeper, he also counts Biggleswade FC as one of his former clubs. Was the regular number 1 last season and could always be relied upon.

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LUKE ABRAHAM

DEFENDER

This will be Luke’s second season back with AFC after a 4 season stay at Arlesey Town. Before that, he has had an array of clubs including Aylesbury FC, Chesham United and Dunstable Town.

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GEDEON OKITO

DEFENDER

Gedeon is an energetic left back who played against us for Cambridge City in a pre-season friendly. Previous clubs include Dunstable Town and Banbury United. Adds competition to an already strong defensive unit.

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SONNY NEWBURY-BARR

MIDFIELDER

Sonny is the first AFC player to play for every group in the club to make an appearance for the 1st team. Starting out at Under 8, he progressed through all the youth teams, then broke into the Under 18’s & Under 21’s. Maturing into an exceptionally good footballer and can play in a variety of roles.

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CAMERON BROOKS

MIDFIELDER

Cameron joins AFC having played for Dunstable Town last season. Other clubs he has played for include Berkhamsted, Berkhamsted Raiders and Tring Athletic. Cameron has shown good potential in pre-season matches and will be looking to continue progressing into the league season.

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JERVON CAMPBELL

FORWARD

Another forward player that joined AFC in the summer of 2020. A quick, direct, and technically gifted forward player, the other AFC players will benefit from the quality of supply Jervon will give them, as has already been shown in his short time at AFC. Also scores goals to add to his worth to the team.

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JAMIE HEAD

GOALKEEPER

Jamie returns to the club having had a spell away from Creasey Park at clubs including Bedford Town and Cambridge City. He is another successful product of the AFC Dunstable youth setup.

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ALASAN ANN

DEFENDER

Ann spent the last 3 years at York University studying physiotherapy. Whilst in York he played for Selby Town of the Northern Counties East league. Has already played in several positions and his versatility will make him a key member of the team this year.

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BRETT LONGDEN

DEFENDER

Brett returns to AFC from Bedford Town, where he had spent the past couple of seasons, having signed for them from us in the close season of 2018. A combative right back, his previous clubs include St Ives Town, Chesham United, St Neots Town and Luton Town.

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TYLER FRY

MIDFIELDER

Graduated from the AFC Dunstable U18’s and puts in regular high-energy performances. Most comfortable playing as a Central Attacking Midfielder but has played in a few different positions and shows the same levels of determination regardless of role he has been given.

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JOE SUTTON

MIDFIELDER

Joe signed for AFC at the start of October having started the season at league rivals St Neots Town. Signing players of Sutton’s calibre highlights how attractive it is for players to join the club. Expecting big things from Joe this season.

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BJ CHRISTIE

FORWARD

The clubs record goal scorer with over 250 goals to his name & now record appearance maker. First turned out for the club at 15. Has had a couple of spells away from the club with Barton Rovers and Berkhamsted but always returns. As you can imagine, many clubs chase his signature in close season.

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RYAN FRATER

DEFENDER

A highly experienced player, who has many clubs to his name. A great signing for the club in the 2018/19 season. Frater picked up a championship medal for Royston Town after the club won the Evo-Stik Southern League Central three seasons ago.

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DYLAN BAKER

DEFENDER

One of several players in their late teens that will be looking to make a starting place their own. A regular starter during pre-season, Baker will be hoping his selection in the team continues for the foreseeable future.

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NICK ELLIOT

MIDFIELDER

No-nonsense midfielder who helped Hayes & Yeading United to the Bostik Central Division One title before arriving at Creasey Park. Also has a Spartan South Midlands Premier Division medal to his name when Welwyn Garden City clinched the title a few seasons ago.

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TAISHAN GRIFFITH

MIDFIELDER

Taishan returns to AFC after time away, playing for clubs including Biggleswade Town, Bedford Town and Barton Rovers. A lively, high-speed winger, Taishan will be looking to cause all sorts of problems for the opposition.

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TAYLOR RHINEY

FORWARD

Taylor started last season at Bedford Town, before moving to Biggleswade United in the Spartan South Midlands. A tricky winger, he can cause havoc on his day. Another player that can play in several different roles, not just the wing.

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NEWMAN CARNEY

DEFENDER

Joined AFC on a month’s loan from Dunstable Town at the beginning of 2014 but decided to stay with the club. An ex-professional with Luton Town when he was 18, he is one of the youngest players to represent the Hatters. Newman is one of 3 ex-Luton Town players in the squad.

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SAM McCLELLAND

DEFENDER

Sam is another that is no stranger to Creasey Park as he too is a product of the AFC Dunstable youth setup. Returns to the club after playing for Dunstable Town. Another that caught the eye in the friendly win over our Creasey Park co-habitants.

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CHRISTIAN TAVERNIER

MIDFIELDER

Another player who has spent time at Luton Town. Christian joined the club after 5 years at Arlesey Town, where he was a regular goal scorer. Another elegant player, Christian will be looking to build on the foundations he laid last season.

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JACK HARVEY

MIDFIELDER

Jack signed in pre-season from Dunstable Town, after impressing in a pre-season friendly playing against AFC. Tough-tackling, hardworking midfielder, it is difficult to believe Jack is so young with the mature performances he regularly puts in.

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KIERAN TURNER

MIDFIELDER

Kieran joined AFC in the summer and has already found himself regularly on the scoresheet. Kieran and the club have high hopes of this continuing throughout the season. His former clubs include Tring Athletic and Leighton Town.

The Management Team

MANAGER – STEVE HEATH

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Steve joined the club midway through the 2013-14 season. The 1st team was in disarray due to the former management duo resigning. Many of the players decided to leave, so Steve had a massive rebuilding job to do.

He guided the team to a mid-table position in the SSMFL Premier Division and handed so many youngsters 1st team debuts.

2014-15 season saw him re-strengthen the side which saw us finish 3rd in the league. The following season the club went all out to clinch the Premier Division title and success was achieved.

In Steve’s and the club’s first attempt at step 4, a very respectful 7th place was secured, and the Bedfordshire Senior Cup was won. At the beginning of this 2017-18, a 2-0 win over Luton Town saw the club lift the Bedfordshire Premier Cup.

In the 2018/19 season Steve guided the club to 5th in the league and a play-off spot. A defeat in the semi-final did not take away what he achieved.

COACH – MATT LANGSTON

Langers had a very impressive non-league playing career. He turned out for many Conference clubs (now National League). He was made famous for a day, when he scored the only goal for Histon against Leeds United in the FA Cup, which Histon won 1-0 back in 2008/09, which was televised live on ITV.

COACH – LEON CASHMAN

Leon recently retired from the game and as he is so highly thought of, he naturally became a coach at AFC. A former AFC player, he knows the club as well as anyone. Former playing clubs include Corby Town and Havant & Waterlooville. Has also served in and represented the Royal Navy at football.

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