1st Team Pen Pictures 2013/14

Laurence Ball – 29 year old Canterbury-born defender who started off with Gillingham as a youth player, before joining Dover Athletic in 2003. Played for several clubs in the north of England while at university, including Altrincham, and returned to Dover Reserves and the 1st team fringe in 2007. Enjoyed a successful loan at Ramsgate in 2007/08, until recalled in January 2008 for 1st team duty at Dover and back-to-back promotions. Joined Margate in summer 2010 where he remained for 2.5 years before a move to Boulogne-Billancourt in Paris, from where he has recently returned, joining the Rams for the remainder of 2013/14.
Aaron Beech – 24 year old defender who started out with Watford’s Youth and Reserves before injury curtailed his progress. Moved to Thanet in 2009 and spent a season on TOTS books, but relocated to Southwood in 2010/11 and proved to be very influential in midfield or defence. Didn’t feature in the squad last season but has re-joined the Rams for the last 2 months of 2013/14.
Stephen Butcher – 19 year old Dover-born right back with Gillingham’s development squad, having made his 1st team debut for the Gills in the League and FA Cup earlier this season. ‘Butch’ joined the Rams on loan in January for a month after Jack Parter returned to the Gills.
Jamie Carroll – 23 year old striker from Mareeba in Queensland, Australia. Signed for the Rams on his arrival in the UK and made his debut at Horsham in November, having left FNQ Heat FC in the National League in Australia at the end of August 2013. Made half a dozen appearances and scored in both the League and FA Trophy in a month, before returning back down under before Christmas.
Tom Chapman - 19 year old striker, ‘Chappers’ was a regular in the Rams’ Under 18s in 2011/12 and, after scoring a hat-trick on his debut for the Reserves early in that season, has been in the 1st team squad ever since.
Charlie Dickens – 17 year old midfielder who signed for the Rams in March, having been developed by the Soccer Elite Football Academy, and playing for Maidstone United’s Under 18s this season.
James Everitt - 26 year old attacking midfielder who has an eye for goal. Spent 9 years in Folkestone’s first team, having progressed there from Invicta’s youth set-up, before moving first to Hythe and then to Whitstable last year, joining the Rams for 2013/14. Returned to Folkestone in March while 2nd highest top scorer for the Rams.
Ollie Gray - 22 year old defender who played for Margate’s Under 18s and Reserves in 2008/09, winning Reserves’ Player of the Year, but joining the Rams for the 2009/10 campaign. Developed well and became a regular in the 1st Team as well winning as the Young Player of the Year. Remained with the Rams until he moved to Sittingbourne during 2012/13, re-signing for the Brickies at the start of this season but returned to the Rams at the end of February 2014.
Ashley Groombridge – 23 year old defensive midfielder who played for the Rams as a youth before accepting an apprenticeship with Woking at 16, where he featured for both the youth side and the Reserves. Released and returned to the Rams in 2010/11 before moving to Godalming and then Margate. Re-joined the Rams at the start of last season but left after a couple of months searching for more starts, signing for Faversham this year before re-joining the Rams in March.
Shannon Harris - 19 year old ‘keeper who joined the Rams from Canterbury City in September 2011, having previously been with Gillingham, to train with the 1st team whilst at university. Made his Ryman debut against Maidstone Utd in March 2012, where he kept a clean sheet after taking over from the injured Danny Twyman in the 1st half. Played several more games for the 1st XI in the remainder of 2011/12, and also in 2012/13. Played a few games in 2013/14, with a great performance at Guernsey, now on a dual-registration with Deal to get more match time.
Daren Hawkes - 20 year old ‘keeper who was born in Ashford and was regular Youth and Reserve goalie with the Gills. An excellent shot stopper, Daren was called into the 1st team in 2010/11 when Lance Cronin was injured, and ended the season on a 3 month loan at Ebbsfleet where he helped them through the play-offs. Turned professional 2011 and had a 3 month loan with the Rams at the start of the 2011/12 campaign. Re-joined the Rams on loan in the middle of last season before signing permanently for the last two months. Despite interest from a number of League sides Daren signed a contract to commit to the Rams for 2013/14.
Connor Heffernan – 21 year old midfielder who has recently returned from 2 years in the Spanish 3rd Division, and has been training with Dover as well as having a run-out recently with Leatherhead. Prior to his move to Spain Connor was one of the rising stars at Welling during 2010/11 and 2011/12.
Dean Hill – 29 year old defender who was part of the Rams’ side that won promotion to the Ryman Premier and the Isthmian League Cup before moving to assist the rise of his home-town side Dover. Released by the Whites he had a brief spell at Maidstone and then at Margate in 2011/12, returned to the Rams for 2012/13 as Club Captain, but missed a lot of 2013/14 through injury, eventually having to stop playing at the start of February. Stepped in as caretaker manager for 6 games when Tim Dixon left at the end of February until Justin Luchford took charge in mid-March.
Dan Johnson – 18 year old left-sided defender who joined the Rams from Maidstone during November and December to give the youngster a bit more experience at senior level while providing cover for the Rams’ growing injury list.
Ben Laslett – 30 year old midfielder who joined the Rams in 2004 from Sittingbourne. Played in the back-to-back promotion winning sides but missed a season due to a hip injury, returning strongly for the 2007/08 Cup winning campaign and winning Players’ Player of the Year for 2009/10. Took over the captaincy role for the 2010/11 season, and has continued to be a key part of the midfield ever since, as well covering for injuries in the defence.
Josh Maughan – 19 year old Dover-born defender who joined the Rams in December 2012 on work experience from Gillingham. Work commitments have affected his availability for both training and matches in 2013/14, and so far this season he has only made one appearance (in a League Cup tie).
Jon Main - 33 year old striker with a proven track record in Ryman and Conference football. Perhaps best known for his spells with Tonbridge Angels, Dartford and AFC Wimbledon before his 2nd spell with the Angels was cut short through a knee injury. Returned the following season to assist Welling United with promotion, and signed for Thamesmead in 2013/14. Decided to take a break in October but is now looking to rekindle his passion for the game over the remainder of the season with the Rams.
Aaron Millbank – 18 year old striker from Ramsgate who has been in the Gillingham Youth and Development Team for a number of years. Although he has played for the Gills in the Kent Senior Cup this season he is yet to make his 1st team League debut, but is pushing hard to force his way in to 1st team consideration. Had a period on loan at Herne Bay last season, and decided to wear the shirt of his hometown side for a spell (in the face of interest from others), returning to the Gills in February.
Andy Miller - 20 year old attacking winger who has previously spent time at Dover and Folkestone, and scored in an FA Youth final at Wembley for Kent with a broken ankle! Originally trialled for the Rams and played in the pre-2011/12 season matches, but wasn’t picked up for the league campaign but, after a spell at Deal, joins Ramsgate for 2013/14. Made several starts for the first XI but went on dual-registration with Deal early in 2014 in search of more time on the pitch.
Macauley Murray – 19 year old midfielder, ‘Macca’ played for Gillingham from Under 9 to Under 16 before being released. Went on a further trial at Lincoln, which he didn’t find enjoyable and returned home. Helped Canterbury City win promotion to the Kent League in 2011/12 before joining the Rams for 2012/13, where he looked stronger as the season progressed and became a first team regular. Played for the Rams until March 2014 when he decided to follow former 1st team coach Steve Nolan to Whitstable.
Marvin Okundalaiye - 23 year old defensive midfielder who impressed at a trial in May, having played at right back for Herne Bay last season, and Whitstable and Faversham before that. Decided to take a break in September, having failed to achieve a regular place in the starting XI, but still on the Rams’ books.
Jack Parter - 19 year old defender who joins the Rams for a 2nd loan spell from Gillingham, the previous loan being near the end of the 2011/12 season. Jack appeared for the Gills 1st team in the pre-season friendlies, and is part of their Development Team, re-joining the Rams for a bit more competitive senior match experience from October to December.
Dave Pilcher – 17 year old midfielder who spent a while in the youth set-up at Gillingham before returning to home-town side Dover Athletic in 2011. Featured in Dover’s 1st team in pre-season matches in 2012/13, joining the Rams for 2013/14 for more senior football experience.
Ian Pulman - 28 year old local striker who was at Chelsea as a youngster and then played for Margate in the conference, with a number of loans. Joined the Rams for a spell in 2005/06 and then played in the US and then professionally in Australia. Returned to England and scored 30 goals for Whitstable to earn them promotion in 2010/11. Almost re-joined the Rams at the start of 2011/12 but opted for Conference football with Eastbourne Boro, returning to Southwood mid-campaign for the remainder of the season. Tried his luck at Whitstable again at the start of 2012/13, but returned to the Rams for a 3rd spell a month later. Turned down offers from clubs at a higher level for 2013/14 to remain with the Rams.
Joe Reeves – 18 year old right sided player who graduated from Dover and the Charlton Advanced Centre to Soccer Elite and Maidstone United, for whom ‘Reevo’ made his Ryman League debut in October 2012/13 against Sittingbourne (as well as getting the opener against the Rams’ Reserves the following month). Made a handful of appearances for the Rams as cover for injuries in autumn 2013.
Chris Rigden – 20 year old defender who likes to get forward. Riggers graduated from the youth teams to the Under 21s and now the fringe of the 1st team, having made his full debut at Corinthian-Casuals. Third generation of Rigdens playing for the Rams!
Curtis Robinson 24 year old defender / winger who is most comfortable in central or left positions, and who was part of the Rams’ U18 and Reserve teams before leaving for university, at which point he spent a season with Dover Reserves before moving to Hartsdown Park. After 4 years he was one of the longest-standing players at the club, with over 100 appearances, but terms were eventually agreed for his return to the Rams in 2012/13, where he scored some tremendous goals from the wing, as well as staunch defending while at centre back.
Kane Rowland 17 year old striker who has graduated from the Rams’ youth set up, breaking into the 1st team in the latter stages of 2012/13.
Olly Schulz – 28 year old defender who moved into the Rams’ 1st team from the youth section at 17, and remained a regular there until he moved to Dover in 2007. Moved from Crabble to fellow Conference South side Tonbridge Angels last season, but returns home for the 2013/14 campaign.
Warren Schulz - 35 year old midfielder who joined Ramsgate from local football ten years ago, establishing himself as captain following the Rams’ promotion to the Ryman League, a role he carried out for seven consecutive seasons. Likes to get forward and in 2009/10 was the Rams’ joint top scorer of league goals. Well over 400 competitive appearances for the Rams prior to 2013/14, and hopefully many more to come.
Nick Shaw - 25 year old ‘keeper who signed for Whitstable in 2011/12 from Kent League, Woodstock Sports, before moving to Deal Town this season. Joins Rams as cover while no 2 stopper Shannon Harris is injured.
James Sherman - 24 year old attacking midfielder who was born in Hobart, Tasmania and played in friendlies for Port Vale and Scunthorpe in 2008 before returning to Australia and playing for Melbourne Knights. Moved to England in 2010 and spent some time on the Estuary side of the Island before joining the Rams Reserves in 2012/13 as a striker, where following solid performances and several goals he broke into the 1st Team squad, where he remained for the rest of the campaign.
Greg Skinner – 17 year old left-sided defender from Maidstone who progressed from Bearsted to the Welling United U18s and Reserves with the assistance of Soccer Elite academy, making his debut for the Wings’ 1st team in their London Cup tie against Erith. Recently picked up the Man of the Match award in a game against Southampton’s academy side, and has also appeared against a Wales youth XI. Signed by the Rams for defensive cover and to give him Ryman experience.
Toby Smith 17 year old striker who has been developing his game at Dover Athletic, but impressed during the pre-season in 2013 at the Rams, including a goal against Ashford.
Zack Thomas – 27 year old striker who joined the Rams from local football during 2009/10 and 2010/11, as well as pre-season 2011/12, now back for a 4th spell.  
Nick Treadwell – 24 year old midfielder who worked his way through the Rams’ youth set-up before breaking into the Reserves and making his 1st team debut in a red shirt in the Ryman Premier League. Remained a mainstay in the Reserves at Southwood, including a spell at Hartsdown, before joining Sittingbourne for 2012/13 under former (Ramsgate) manager Jim Ward, where he became vice-captain. Returned to Southwood after New Year 2014.
Luke Wheatley - 22 year old defender who came on a month’s loan from neighbours Margate in October 2009 but was recalled at the end of the initial loan. Re-joined the Rams on a permanent basis 2 months before the end of that season and has grown in stature as part of the Rams’ defence since. Side-lined in October 2012 through a broken leg, and although he returned fit and strong for the new campaign he suffered another break in September 2013, leaving him on the sidelines for the rest of the season.



Ram of the Match at Herne Bay?

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  • Tom Chapman (67%, 4 Votes)
  • Curtis Robinson (17%, 1 Votes)
  • Ian Pulman (17%, 1 Votes)
  • Daren Hawkes (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Connor Heffernan (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Ollie Gray (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Nick Treadwell (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Jon Main (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Warren Schulz (0%, 0 Votes)
  • James Sherman (c) (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Ben Laslett (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Olly Schulz (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Greg Skinner (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Kane Rowland (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 6

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