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Dear Sir/Madam,


Please find below our intended colours for our forthcoming visit, together with the proposed team and bench staff, history, our crest, and player profiles.

If you should require any further information, please contact

Steve Parsons – Secretary – as per handbook or

Visit the club’s official website –


First Choice Kit Second Choice Kit

Shirts Old Gold (blue trim) White (blue trim)

Shorts Blue White (blue trim)

Socks Blue White (blue trim)

Goalkeeper All Pink in support of breast cancer (not permitted at home) All Sky Blue

Nicknames: The team: The Swans The fans: The (Staines) Massive






Jack TURNER (goalkeeper)










Jerel IFIL


David WHEELER (captain)




Tyrone MARSH


Louis-Rae BEADLE


Ashley LODGE





Kyle MERSON (goalkeeper)


Jordaan BROWN




Will BOR




Erivaldo FELIX




Charlie HYAM (goalkeeper)

Adam FAITH (goalkeeper)







2012/13 photo attached separately


Manager – Marcus GAYLE

Player / Assistant Manager – Scott TAYLOR

Coach – Martyn SPONG

Physiotherapist – Matt GARDINER

Team Attendant / Kit Man – Roy LEWIS


LOCATION: Staines is the chief town of the borough of Spelthorne in Surrey, beside Heathrow Airport. The area has been inhabited since the earliest times: evidence of an iron-age settlement has been found on the Church Lammas at Yeoveney, and there was a wooden ‘henge’ at Stanwell. At the turn of the century it was regarded as something of a genteel resort town, on the banks of the Thames. For more than a century, the town was synonymous with the manufacture of linoleum, with other industries including milling, brewing and farming. For a while, Staines even had its own authentic banknotes. Nowadays, it is primarily residential, with a number of businesses related to the nearby airport. It was an aviation disaster that led to Staines hitting the headlines for tragic reasons in 1972, Britain’s worst air accident. More recently, the town has become best known in entertainment circles, through the rock band Hard-Fi, and the (fictional) Ali G. The Club was deeply saddened on the opening day of the 2011/12 season by the passing of Alan Boon, who had served as Chairman for most of the past 30 years, and more than any other person was responsible for putting Staines Town FC on the football map. On 1 November 2011, the Club became a limited company.
FORMATIONS, MERGERS, & NAMES: The origins and early history of the Club are very obscure. Football may have begun in Staines as far back as the 1870s: a team called St Peter’s Institute took part in the FA Cup in 1879 although it now seems more likely that this was a different, London-based club; a Staines FC were definitely in the Surrey Cup soon afterwards, but 1892 is the accepted date of formation of the present Staines Town club, possibly springing from the Staines Rovers FC of a decade earlier. In 1895, “Town” merged with St Peter’s Institute. Various local honours were won under the names of Staines FC and Staines Albany FC, but the Club was badly affected by WW1, with the town’s biggest factories switching to war work. Teams like Staines Projectile and Lagonda United kept Staines’ football alive, and it was as Staines Lagonda, sometimes called Lagonda (Staines), that the Club re-emerged once peace was restored. In 1925, in an attempt to gain popularity, the name was changed from that of the famous car-makers to Staines Town, but this proved to be the start of a 10 year decline which ended with a cessation of activities in 1935 after failing to arrange a merger with other local clubs. The Club revived towards the end of WW2, as Staines Vale, soon reverting to Staines Town. A Thames-side location gives rise to the “Swans” nickname.
GROUNDS: It is known that Staines Rovers began at Lord’s Field near the Crooked Billet, and St Peter’s Institute played at Edgell Road. At the turn of the century, Staines probably played at The Lammas, and then moved, possibly to Shortwood Common. In the heyday between the wars, they were based at Mill Mead (also called Hammonds’, Wicks’s, or Purser’s Farm). Despite sharing it with Staines Athletic for a time in the early ‘30s, the Club could not pay the rent after 1935, so they sold the stand and left the ground, completing the season by playing away. Staines Vale had temporary homes at Mott’s Field (Commercial Road), Staines Greyhound Stadium (Wraysbury Road), and The Broadway (Laleham, now the home of Staines Lammas FC), before the purchase of Wheatsheaf Lane in 1951. Chertsey Town’s Alwyns Lane was used in 1996-8 during abortive attempts to move; eventually Wheatsheaf Lane was improved in line with league requirements. Having lobbied Spelthorne Council on and off for 20 years, planning permission for a £6½M conference and health facility was granted in April 2000, and finalised a year later. During construction, Staines played at Walton’s Stompond Lane (2001/2) and Egham’s Runnymede Stadium (2002/3) before the return to Wheatsheaf Park (now shared with The Thames Club) on 22 February 2003. The new-look ground has staged a number of important matches, including three national cup finals (British Colleges U19s and FA Women’s Premier Reserve League), three Under 17 international matches, the Isthmian League Cup, and Middlesex Senior Cup, and an FA Women’s Cup Semi-Final. In 2009, it staged its first full international fixture, a Women’s match between Iceland and Denmark, and in 2011/12 began staging FA Women’s Super League and FA Youth Cup games for Chelsea.
LEAGUES: The Club played in – and won – several local leagues before joining the Great Western Suburban League in 1905. Two years later they moved into the Great Western Combination. The Projectile and Lagonda clubs competed in the London Works League and Munitions League during WW1, and in 1919 Staines Lagonda joined the Hounslow & District League. They reverted to the Great Western Suburban League after one season, and won the Middlesex Division 2 at the first attempt, to return to Division 1. Runners-up in 1924, they then moved up to the Spartan League Division 1, which became the Premier Division in 1929/30. The end of that season saw Staines relegated to Division 1, where they remained until resigning in 1935. In 1943, Staines Vale were admitted to the Middlesex Senior League, which became the Parthenon League in 1951. Two years later, the Club was a founder member of the Hellenic League, and were runners-up in 1956. Another switch came in 1958, when Spartan League membership was renewed, and the championship was lifted in 1960. After finishing 2nd in 1971, Staines Town advanced to the Athenian League, and won Division 2 with record points at the first attempt. A Division 2 runners-up spot in 1973 earnt a place in the Premier Division, but this was never accepted as the Club was elected to the new Rothmans Isthmian League Division 1 (called Division 2 up to 1977). At the second attempt, Staines were champions, gaining promotion to the top division. The best placing achieved was 4th, but in 1984 the Club was demoted on a ground grading technicality. However, in 1989, Division 1 was won again, only for Premier Division status to be lost in 1993 with a first relegation for 63 years. Third place ensured a return to the Premier in 1996, but this was to last only one season. With the reorganisation of Summer 2002, Staines played in Division 1 South, but their sixth-placed finish (secured on the last day of season 2003/4), they gained inclusion in the Premier Division for 2004/5. Season 2007/8 saw Staines achieve their best-ever Isthmian placing, finishing runners-up to Chelmsford City: they reached the Play-Off Final, in which a first half lead over AFC Wimbledon disappeared in the final 8 minutes. They were also top scorers in the division, and fielded Golden Boot winner Mark Nwokeji, who moved up to League Two club Dagenham & Redbridge in the close-season. However, completing the job in 2009, the Swans again finished as runners-up, this time comfortably so, and duly lifted the play-off trophy and with it, promotion to the Conference South. Manager Steve Cordery stood down hours after the end of Swans’ third Blue Square Bet (South) campaign, and can proudly reflect on elevating the club from the Ryman 1 (South), and two glittering cup runs.
NATIONAL CUP COMPETITIONS: Staines Town had to wait until 1984/5 before reaching the First Round Proper of the FA Cup, and were then unfortunately drawn in one of only 3 all non-League ties, losing 2-0 at Burton Albion in front of 4021 people. However, the club shattered all its records in 2007/8, reaching the 2nd Round Proper and bowing out to Peterborough, after defeating Stockport County in front of 2860 and live Sky cameras. After waiting so long, the Swans returned to the First Round Proper in 2009/10, and won their tie at Shrewsbury Town, before losing in a replay at Millwall in the Second Round. In the FA Amateur Cup, “The Old Lagonda” reached Round 3 (last 16) in 1923/4 but a missed penalty cost them dear in a 2-1 defeat by Wycombe Wanderers at Mill Mead. Two late goals saw them lose at Barnet in Round 2 a year later. There have been three appearances in the last 32 (2nd Round Proper) of the FA Trophy, the most dramatic being in 1976/7 when losing to Morecambe in a 2nd replay. The 3rd Round (new style) was reached in 2000/1, when Staines came within a few minutes of defeating holders Kingstonian, before losing in a replay, and they reached the 4th Round in 2003/4, going out in a controversial replay against Halifax Town.
COUNTY CUPS: Staines FC and St Peter’s Institute competed in the London and Surrey Cups in the 1880s, but the present Club has always played in the Middlesex competitions. The Middlesex Junior Cup was won in 1902 and 1904; and in 1910 Staines were Middlesex Senior Cup finalists, losing 4-0 to Shepherd’s Bush. Another defeat came in 1933, this time in a replayed final v Barnet (1-1, 1-3), and it was not until 1974 that we reached the final again, this time defeating Hendon in a replay. Staines went on to make it three in a row, by beating Enfield and Hampton in ’75 and ’76. The next victories came in 1988, 1990, 1994, and 1997, when Staines achieved the unique distinction of coupling both the Middlesex Senior and Youth Cups. After a 13 year wait, Steve Cordery’s side regained the Senior Cup in 2010, defeating Uxbridge 2-0 at Wheatsheaf Park and retained it twelve months later following an exciting ‘odd goal in five’ win over Hayes & Yeading United at Harrow Borough. There was also a county cup double in 1994, as the Middlesex Charity Cup was lifted for the only time, beating Northwood 4-0. In the London Senior Cup, Staines were runners-up in both 1977 and 1981, the earlier final went to a replay v Wimbledon which The Dons won in their last match as a non-League club.
OTHER CUPS: Perhaps the biggest match in Staines’ history was in 1975, against Italian Amateur Cup winners Banco di Roma for the Barassi Cup. A crowd of 70,000 saw Staines win in Rome’s Olympic Stadium, and a record 2,500 saw The Swans complete the job 2-0 at home. With the aid of a late equaliser scored following England’s last ever kick-in, Staines won the 1995 Carlsberg (Isthmian Full Members’) Cup on penalties v Boreham Wood. Staines have lifted the Southern Combination Challenge Cup in 1965, ’67,’95 (by default), and again in 2006, beating Molesey. Staines were the first winners of the Merthyr-Middlesex Charity Shield in 1990/1, but lost out when returning to Wales in 1994/5. Further “European” success has been achieved with four wins over Spain’s CD Mijas in the Trofeo El Cañuelo. The Club has also won the inaugural Melksham Middlesex Charity Shield (1998) and Jim Lawford Memorial Cup (1999). They shared, with Ashford Town (Mx), the first Lord of Ashford Middlesex Charity Bowl at the start of season 2001/2, and won it outright at the start of 2010/11, along with two other cups – the Middlesex Super Cup (George Ruffell Shield) and Geoff Harvey Memorial Vase.
OTHER TEAMS: After long and successful terms in the Suburban and Allied Counties Leagues, the Reserve and Youth sides were revived in 2003 with new challenges in the Capital and Southern Youth Leagues. Season 2005/6 saw the Academy side win the Southern Youth League (East) and become runners up in the ESFA National Colleges U18 Trophy, the Middlesex Senior Youth Cup, and the Surrey Colleges Cup, whilst – masquerading as the Reserve team – they won the Middlesex Premier Cup. In 2007/8 they joined the new Ryman Youth League, finishing 2nd and then West Division champions in the first two seasons, and champions again (as well as Lucas Fettes Cup finalists) in 2011. In 2012 they made it a remarkable three League titles in 4 years. The Reserves were runners-up in the Capital League (West) for the 3 successive seasons from 2007, and also reached the League’s President’s Cup Final in both 2007 and ’08 before winning this trophy in 2011. The Club has a good record in the FA Youth Cup, with several Football League scalps. A former Youth, Scott Taylor, became the Club’s record sale when he signed for Millwall, going on to play in the Premiership with Bolton and at Wembley for Tranmere. Following James Younghusband (Philippines), two more Staines players made full international appearances for Guyana in 2008 – brothers Howard and Jake Newton, followed by Chris Bourne. The College side were British Colleges National 5-a-side champions in 2009 and 2011. The Veterans XI was an integral part of the social life at Wheatsheaf Lane for many years, and has recently transformed itself into a golf society that won the Conference ‘Classic’ at Celtic Manor in 2011. A flourishing Junior Congress runs18 teams at all age groups with considerable success in local Sunday leagues, and won the Middlesex U11 Cup in 2009. A link-up with the Kingston College Men’s Football Academy provides the club with two U19 sides in the English Colleges’ FA League, one in the Premier level and the other champions of the Reserve League in 2010 and ’11. Mini-Soccer was invented at Staines Town, and ran for 18 seasons, and there is a regular end of season Festival Of Football. A Ladies’ team operated from 2000-2, and was revived as Staines Town FC Women from 2005-8, two of whose players were selected for England youths (Georgie Giddings later also playing for England U19), while the side made a remarkable run to the 3rd Round Proper of the Women’s FA Cup as well as winning the Greater London League Div 2, Middlesex Junior Cup and the Russell Cup. This was followed in 2006/7 by a second successive promotion to the London & South East RWL Division 1 (as winners of GLWL Div 1), and victory in the inaugural Isthmian Women’s Cup. As programme editors, we were proud to be voted the Conference (South)’s programme of the year in 2010/11, and again in 2011/12 when the Capital League Programme of the Year was also won.


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Marcus GAYLEManager (27 Sep 70)

Started his pro’ in 1988 career with Brentford, then had a spell in Finland with KuPS, where he was in the side that took on Dinamo Kiev in the Cup Winners’ Cup. Following a £250k transfer from Brentford, he made his début for Joe Kinnear’s Wimbledon in a 1-0 win over Leeds in March ’94. Made 285 appearance for the Dons, who were then in the top flight, and among his 47 goals was one that dumped Manchester United out of the FA Cup. He was capped 14 times by Jamaica, including appearing in the win over Japan in the Finals of the 1998 World Cup. Following a short spell (and further European action) with Rangers, Luca Vialli paid £900k to take him to Watford, where he was Player of the Year for the FA Cup semi-finalists. Went on to play for Brentford (again), Aldershot Town, and AFC Wimbledon, hanging up his boots after the controversial play-off win over Staines in 2008. Since then, has enjoyed considerable success as manager of AFC’s Reserve side, before taking over at Wheatsheaf Park on 14 May 2012, a couple of weeks after Steve Cordery stood down after nine years in charge.

Scott TaylorPlayer / Assistant Manager (details below) – Promoted from Coach to Assistant Manager after the departure of Gus Hurdle.

Martyn SpongCoach – Former Manager at Maidenhead United and joint manager at Enfield, he has been Staines Town’s Academy Director since 2003, and Reserve Team Manager since 2010. Upon Taylor’s elevation, he was added to the First Team’s bench staff.

Matt GardinerPhysio – Joined Staines Town from AFC Wimbledon in November 2012.

Roy LewisKit Man – Formerly fulfilled a similar duty at AFC Wimbledon.


Adam Faith – A promising Academy recruit early in the 2012/13 season, he was previously with Met Police last season, and before that had spent time with Kingstonian and the Fulham Academy.

Charlie Hyam – The current Academy goalkeeper and captain, who helped the u18s to win the Ryman Youth League (West) last term. His previous clubs include Seymore Villa, Langley, Bromley, and Fisher.

Kyle Merson - Also aged 19 and a successful graduate of the Swans’ own Kingston College Academy. Spent parts of last season on-loan with St Albans City and then Godalming Town, helping the G’s to the play-offs. Made his Swans senior début as a substitute in the FA trophy tie at Folkestone Invicta last November. Had a loan spell with Ashford Town (Middlesex) in November 2012 – January 2013.

Jack Turner - Age 19 and a former STFC Junior at a young age, he was then with Chelsea and Fulham before joining the AFC Wimbledon ‘School of Excellence’. Was the second choice ‘keeper at Kingsmeadow for the last three seasons in the Conference Premier and last year in the nPower League 2 when he made a handful of senior appearances, prior to his return to Staines as one of Marcus Gayle’s first summer signings.

Douglas Bergqvist – Stockholm-born Doug was signed on loan from Aldershot Town while they were still managed by Marcus Gayle’s old team-mate Dean Holdsworth. The 6-footer was youth team captain at Aldershot and has so far made 7 senior appearances, as well as having loans at Thatcham Town, Dorchester, Farnborough (an extended period playing 32 BlueSq games), and Basingstoke.

Jordaan Brown - Aged just 20, he was Marcus’ regular left-back in the AFC Wimbledon reserve side last season, when he also enjoyed some senior experience with Chipstead in the Combined Counties League. He’s a skilful left-sided player with height and presence who loves to get forward with some trademark rampaging runs.

Lewis Ferrell - Having skippered neighbours and local rivals Hampton & Richmond Boro’ last term, this former Brentford junior has ‘course and distance’ experience in the Conference South as well as having spent the previous campaign in the top-flight with Hayes & Yeading United, and appearing in a county cup final against Staines. Having seemed set to sign for Boreham Wood, this right full-back signed for the Swans for a small fee in pre-season and has been a consistent performer so far this season.

Jack Harman - Right back who, as a youngster, Jack helped Wandle Wanderers to win their league. Since then, he has been playing Saturday football for Eastside FC, and on a Sunday for Croydon Juniors. He has represented Wandsworth District Schools, and joined the Staines Town / Kingston College Academy in June 2011. Still only 17.

Jerel Ifil - A 30 year old, Wembley born central defender who began his career with Watford as a partner to Marcus Gayle, before making over 200 appearances in 6 years at Swindon Town. The two clubs agreed a £70,000 fee for the player, who signed a 2 year deal at the County Ground in July 2004. He subsequently played in the Scottish Premier League for Aberdeen and was with Kettering Town before being released at the end of last season. He joined Sutton United at the beginning of September 2012 and transferred to Boreham Wood shortly afterwards. Signed for the Swans at the end of November.

Odaine Kemar-Smith – 18 year old centre-back who made his Conference début at Weston-super-Mare in September 2012 having been added to the squad only the night before. A league winner three years running, with Doverhouse Lions in 2010, and with Staines Town Academy in 2011 and ’12, when he shared with Sam Bates the distinction of being Staines’ most appeared player.

Jack Mills – A strapping yet elegant young central defender, who can also play as a full back or midfielder, Jack joined Staines Town from Oxford City in January 2013, having played there for a few months following his release by Reading in the summer. He had been on the fringes of The Royals’ first team squad, and had also appeared for England at U16 and more recently U19 levels. In his younger days, was at Halliford Colts, and captained Swans’ associated club SBSS to Alandia Cup triumph.

Luke Neville – Stylish centre back who started at Staines Town Juniors when just 7, playing for 7 seasons, and also played junior football at AFC Wimbledon, Ascot United, and Ashford Town (Middlesex), from where he joined the Staines Town Academy in November 2012. Has represented Berks & Bucks and Middlesex at Youth level, and was in the British Colleges squad.

Sam Page – This 6’4”, 25 year old central defender signed for the Swans at the end of November following his earlier release from BSBS rivals Havant & Waterlooville where he’d been a regular over the past two seasons. A highly rated defender who’d made over a century of appearances for Sutton United, culminating in the Surrey side’s promotion to the Conference South, prior to his move to the Hawks in the summer of 2011. Beginning his football career as a junior with MK Dons, for whom he made a single first team appearance (netting on his début) he went on to join Horsham via loan spells with Cambridge United and Hendon.

Qaseem Sotonwa – An 18 year old centre back, Qas started as a Raynes Park player in 2006, and over the next few seasons moved between there, Elite FC, and Wandsworth Town – where he won the U16 league in 2010/11. He has also gained representative honours for London County and for his league. Joined the Staines Town / Kingston College Academy in June 2011, and – with Felix and Harman – was one of three talented Academy players rewarded with Conference registration in January 2013.

Will Bor – A 20 year old midfielder who had a month’s loan from AFC Wimbledon, where he has been for two seasons. He was a regular member of the Development squad there which was managed by Marcus Gayle, and earned a number of calls to the First Team for friendlies, and now has a contract at Kingsmeadow. Prior to joining The Wombles, William had signed for a short period with the Staines Town Academy. Upon his release by AFC in January 2013, he immediately opted to rejoin The Swans on a permanent basis.

Erivaldo Felix – Young midfielder or right-back who enjoyed an exemplary season in the Ryman Youth League winning Academy side last season, and was added to the First Team squad in January. Eri started out with St Andrews Youth FC, was at Waterloo FC before joining Staines, and gained representative honours for Westminster District Schools. He is the brother of Mario Quiassaca.

Troy Ferguson – A dynamic little midfielder who was transferred from Chertsey Town to Farnborough midway through the last season after having netted a dozen goals for the Surrey side in the Southern League. He quickly endeared himself to the Swans supporters with his gutsy and dynamic style in the middle of the park where he’s employed as an ‘enforcer’ to break-up the opposition play.

Ashley Lodge – A former double winner and Player of the Year at Kew Association, he joined the Staines Town / Kingston College Academy and enjoyed further success with the Reserves, lifting the Capital League Cup and Reserve Player of the Year. Although registering for the First Team, his appearances were limited, and he was loaned to Staines Lammas, and followed this with 18 months away from Staines, beginning with spells at Molesey, Ashford Town (Middlesex) and Chipstead. Rejoined Swans from Chipstead in January 2013.

Bajram Pashaj – ‘Baz’ joined the Staines Town / Kingston College Academy at the start of 2010/11, after 7 seasons with Isleworth Colts. He was top scorer there in 6 of these campaigns, and also picked up 9 Player of the Year awards, as well as representing the Hayes & District League. Had a short spell with Hanworth Villa Wednesday. He had caught Marcus’s eye when he watched our U19s play against his side last season, and he called him into tonight’s squad owing to a couple of possible unavailabilities.

Max Worsfold - Young, former Aldershot Town pro’ who enjoyed considerable BlueSq Bet South experience whilst on-loan at Basingstoke Town, Maidenhead United and Dorchester Town last term. As a youngster, he was briefly with our juniors, and then with Mole Valley Predators.

Scott Taylor – Prodigal son who returned to the Club in November 2008, thirteen years after embarking on a long and successful pro-career. Born up the road in Chertsey, he quickly progressed through the ‘Swans’ youth ranks and made over 30 senior appearances before signing for Millwall in a Club record deal in 1995. Scoring twice for the ‘Lions’ at Goodison Park to dump Everton out of the League Cup, his stock quickly rose and Bolton Wanderers (then managed by Bruce Rioch) paid £150,000 for his signature in March 1996. A consistent career in the Football League saw him play for Tranmere Rovers, Stockport County, Blackpool and Plymouth Argyle before being signed by Paul Ince at MK Dons in 2006. During his earlier career, he was the League Two top scorer for Blackpool, made the Division 2 ‘all-star’ team collecting an award alongside the likes of Thierry Henry, and appeared in the League Cup Final at Wembley for Tranmere v Leicester City in 2000. He added further Football League games, whilst on short stints with Rochdale and Brentford, before moving into the non-league game with Grays Athletic midway through 2007/8, and began the 2008/9 campaign at Lewes. Scott scored within 20 minutes of his return debut for the ‘Swans’ at Margate that November. He went on to complete a fairytale return by scoring the dramatic extra-time winning goal to secure promotion. Player of the Year winner in 2010/11. A Swans ‘legend’ who was added to the coaching staff in May, and promoted to Assistant Manager upon Gus Hurdle’s departure on 15.12.2012.

David Wheeler - Double ‘PoY’ last term as Swans ‘stand-out’ performer. A former Brighton & Hove Albion junior, he became Swans’ record signing when transferring from Lewes at the start of last term, and has recently been appointed as Vice-Captain. David missed a pre-season friendly or two as he was working with the Olympic Games doing ‘meet and greet’ at a hotel, but in January was promoted to the Club Captain.

Louis-Rae Beadle - Now 22, Louis rose through the ranks at Hampton & Richmond Borough (he scored against Swans in a rain affected game at the turn of the year), and in March 2011 had an extended trial with Burnley.

Tony Garrod - Strong, broad-shouldered front-man who picked up a play-off winner’s medal whilst completing last season with Dartford, having joined them mid-season from Farnborough. He’s a highly recommended former Southampton junior.

Tyrone Marsh – Having tracked him for several weeks, Marcus Gayle secured this loan signing from Oxford United in February 2013. Still only 19, he has been as The U’s for 5 years, making the first of his 5 senior appearances to date vs Leeds United at Elland Road. Had previously had a loan spell at Aylesbury, scoring 3 in 2 League games, and scored on his Swans début too.

Cyril Ocansey – A powerful young Ghanaian forward or midfielder who, like Koney, made a rapid rise to the First Team squad after signing for the Staines Town Academy from Junior Bees FC in June. Previously at Sandgate and Old Isleworthians, he has represented his district and county at youth level.

Mario Quiassaca – After 6 seasons at St Andrews FC, 6’ tall Mario joined the Staines Town / Kingston College Academy in November 2009, and up to the week of his First Team début had scored 37 times in 48 Academy and Reserve games for the Club, putting him on top of the scoring charts for both the U18s and U19s. His 1st Team début came in a Middlesex Senior Cup tie at Wealdstone in Feb ’11, when he distinguished himself by not only volunteering to take one of the 5 penalties in the shoot-out, but scoring it – followed by a ‘goal of the season’ contender on the last day of the BlueSq Bet South campaign in April 2011. Previously he had trials at Fulham (where his youngest brother plays) and comes from a very sporting family as his uncle Helder Rabole was a World Cup player with Angola, whilst his mother was a top level handball player in the nation that Mario left when he was just two years old. Another brother is currently in the Staines Town Academy. Has also played for both Staines Lammas and Ashford Town (Middlesex) on dual registrations in season 2012/13.



Sam Bates – Another Swans’ Academy graduate. A diminutive full-back with back-to-back Ryman Youth League title medals having captained the U18s last season, and twice winner of the Player of the Year. His previous clubs as a junior include Vale Youth, Independent Youth, Carshalton Athletic, and Raynes Park Vale. Moved to Bedfordshire University in October 2012 and was released the following month.

Hanif Boyle - A 19 year-old forward who steps up to the senior side after a successful season in our Capital and Ryman Youth League squads last term. A Middlesex Youth rep until signing his first contract, he also had a loan spell with Neil Shipperley’s North Greenford United at the end of 2011/12, and at Ashford Town (Mx) in October 2012. Released in Nov 2012, and has been linked with Met Police subsequently.

Alexander Capel - Alex is a triallist who has previously played in the South Australian Super League with Adelaide Raiders.

Matt Drage - This tall and rangy, young central defender was signed-up in pre-season, having impressed with Tooting & Mitcham United last term. A player with plenty of confidence who is comfortable on the ball and has settled down well at a higher level. Released in February 2013. Has also appeared for Merton Galaxy FC.

Adam Francis – Midfielder: a member of the Queens Park Rangers U21 squad, and son of former England skipper Gerry Francis, Adam signed on a month’s loan in January 2013. On 5 Mar, he signed on loan with Woking until the end of the season, when his QPR contract is also due to expire.

Elliott Godfrey – Experienced 28 year-old midfielder who signed in the summer following a successful season with Hendon. Loads of Conference experience with Hampton and AFC Wimbledon as well as a season with Boreham Wood in 2010/11. Also had a loan spell with Staines Town in 2010. Upon his arrival he was made Gayle’s first skipper of the new-look Swans side. Released in January 2013.

Reece Hall - Aged only 19, he was ever-present for Tooting & Mitcham United last season and previously spent over three years with Crystal Palace. A clearly talented youngster with an eye for goal who is looking to progress at the higher level with the Swans. His brother, Ryan has appeared in the League for Palace, Dagenham, Southend, and Leeds, plus England ‘C’. Released in January 2013. Also appeared for Bingham FC.

Louis Hollingsworth - Tall, athletic defender who started and finished the last campaign as Horsham’s stand-out player. Also served Merstham and Chipstead, Louis impressed when attending Swans’ recent invitation trials held at Staines Lammas FC. Suffered a recurrence of a herniated groin injury, and was subsequently released.

Gus HURDLEAssistant Manager (14 Oct 73)

Although best known for his 4 years at Brentford, this Barbadian international defender began with Fulham (as a junior), and Dorchester Town, and later appeared at Plymouth, Bognor, Whyteleafe, Basingstoke, Carshalton Ath, Crawley, St Albans, Dulwich, Yeading, Molesey, Egham, and Walton. Joined with the new manager in summer 2012, but stood down due to work pressures on 15.11.2012.

Patrick Kanyuka-Kingston – Joined the squad in the second week of October to add much needed strength, his 6’2” frame, and considerable experience to the back four, having last season played for Conference National side Tamworth, and previously trialled at Leeds and in the USA with CD Chivas and Philadelphia Union of the MLS. He started at QPR where he made 18 senior appearances, and followed this up with Football League experience at Swindon, Northampton, and Lincoln City, interspersed with trials at Motherwell, CFR Cluj-Napoca (Romania), and latterly in Malaysia, plus a loan spell at Unirea Alba Iulia, also in Transylvania. Age 25 and born in the DR Congo. Released to Maidenhead United on 9.12.2012, but six weeks later returned to Thailand.

Kayo Koney – A 6’1” central defender or defensive midfield player, he joined the club’s Kingston College Academy as a 16 year-old in June 2012, and made his Conference début at Welling in September after just 3 Ryman Youth League games and a couple of U18 friendlies. Kayo was with Bromley Academy the previous season, and had a successful time at Croydon Juniors. Released in Jan 2013, having been inactive for a period.

Richard Langley – Experienced 30 year-old midfielder and former Jamaican international who made over 160 senior appearances for Queens Park Rangers in two spells, whilst also appearing in the pro’ game for both Cardiff City and Luton Town. Signed for the Swans at the end of November from Hemel Hempstead Town, this after a successful spell playing professionally in Thailand. Released in Jan 2013.

Teddy Ngoy - A massive 21 year-old, 6’5” Belgian defender of Congolese descent who’s been on the books with Standard Liège and also enjoyed an extensive three week trial with ’Spurs. Released in November 2012.

Yannick Nlate – A towering 6’4½” tall 21 year-old goalkeeper who played for Red Star ’93, Lens, and Creteil-Lusitanos in his native France, and represented the Île de France. Yan joined Haringey Borough when first moving to England, and then spent a year and a half at AFC Wimbledon, helping their reserves to success in 2011/12. Signed as cover for Staines Town in August 2012, but also dual registered with Merstham. Released in Jan 2013.

Max Noble – Signed for the Club in November 2012, aged 22, having been in training at Wheatsheaf Park for several weeks. He had previously been a pro’ at Fulham, followed by shorter spells in 2011/12 at AFC Wimbledon and a loan at Hayes & Yeading United, followed by a few months out of the game. Plays as a wide midfielder, and has represented the land of his birth, Wales, at all levels from U16 to U21. Released in Jan 2013.

Osa Obamwonyi – Born 1991. A highly rated young central defender, who joined Sutton United from Tooting & Mitcham in December 2011. He also had a spell on loan at Bognor Regis Town towards the end of last season. He began at Welling United, from where he had a loan spell at Leyton in October 2010, and previous clubs included Fisher and Waltham Forest. Was sent off three times in 2011 for Tooting! Subsequently moved on to Maidenhead United.

Dominic Ogun – Another key member of Swans league winning Academy side last term, who had previously tasted Youth success with Bromley and Hampton & RB. A stylish and hard-working midfielder who combines strength with flair. Made his competitive Staines début in last season’s FA Cup tie at Beaconsfield. A Middlesex Youth rep player. Released in Nov 2012.

Ade Osifuwa - An ‘enforcer’ at the back who can also get forward. Was the regular right back in AFC Wimbledon’s reserve team squad last term and previously served Southend United as a junior and Maldon & Tiptree (in a season long loan) in the Ryman League.

Chan Quan - Another of our Academy graduates, a small, fleet-footed midfielder who can operate effectively on the flanks. Involved in the senior squad from the outset of last season, he has represented South London Schools, and played for Waterloo, Beckenham Town, West Wickham, and Fisher. Released in Nov 2012.

Matthew Reece – Made his Staines Town début in December 2012 against his previous club, Sutton United, where the previous season this striker bagged 19 goals in 22 games for their Suburban League side, and scored for them in his senior début – a Surrey Senior Cup tie v South Park. With limited senior opportunities at Gander Green Lane this term, he opted to switch to the Swans but was released in Jan 2013.

Emmanuel Shosanya – A strong young central defender with the look of a Ledley King about him, he was picked up by Marcus Gayle in a pre-season trial. He was previously with at Halstead Town and in the Reserves at Braintree Town. Sidelined with a knee injury that eventually led to his release on 3 Dec 2012.

Bradley SimmondsAn imposing central midfielder, this 18 year old joined on ‘loan’ from November 2012 to January 2013, from Queens Park Rangers where he was a regular member of their Development side. His previous clubs as a youngster included Cheltenham Town of League 2 and Chelsea (from where he and Jack Turner went on a tour to Italy and faced both the big Milan clubs).

Louie Theophanous – A prolific scorer for Marcus Gayle last season with AFC Wimbledon Reserves, bagging 38 goals in all competitions, he almost joined Staines in July but elected instead to try his luck on trial with APOEL Nicosia in his native Cyprus. Began with Lewisham College, and subsequently signed for Dagenham & Redbridge before his successes at Kingsmeadow, he was briefly at Histon before making his Staines début in September at the age of 20. He doubled for Ronaldo for the launch of pink Nike boots! Transferred to Bromley in Nov 2012.

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