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Sturrock's signings


The Horse with no Name
Oct 27, 2003
The wilds of Kent
I think Sturrock rightly has been lauded as one of, if not the, best manager in terms of recruitment. You could argue Webby signed some great yougsters; Tilly signed a few non-league gems; but with no money and an embargo, Sturrock not only signed a decent side, but, incredibly, five of the six players who made their debut in the same game, went on to make between them 725 appearances for the club. Two more, Hall and ****o, made another 142 appearances.

And yet, you look at those eight players:

Chris Barker - joined us at 30, making his way down the leagues
Barry Corr - only scored 3 goals in the season before
Sean Clohessy - a bit part player for the Gills before playing at Salisbury City
Craig Easton - a journeyman midfielder
Mark Phillips - 28, making his way down the leagues like Barker
Luke Prosser -young, not part of Port Vale's plans, trialled with Barnet and Lincoln before coming here
Graham Coughlan - 35! but also reserve manager
Ryan Hall - another youngster, had one decent season at Bromley

They're a real mixed bag there. But who would have considered they would form the nucleus of the side for the next few seasons?