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DonkeyAssessor

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Anyone have any information on a former player called William Baverstock? He played in the 1930s apparently?
No mention of him in the 1939/40, 37/38 or 29/30 Handbooks, DC.
I can't help you on the remaining seasons, but maybe others can.
I will check through programmes in due course.
 

Posh 'n Proud

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Pinnock, McCoulsky, Oztumer all doing very well in the EFL and each of their development curves still pointing upwards. I expect Allassani will be competing at these levels soon enough.

There's the nucleus of a bad-ass free-scoring side there.
 

bkbk

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I attended that game because of the Billericay postponement. He didn't particularly cover himself in glory but then nor did many of the Merstham side, it was a torrid performance.
 

Pink Panther

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I attended that game because of the Billericay postponement. He didn't particularly cover himself in glory but then nor did many of the Merstham side, it was a torrid performance.
When you look at the individual quality in the Merstham squad over the past couple of years they've badly underachieved. That team is nowhere near the sum of its parts.
 

Dulwich Mishi

Old Skool Terrace Dinosaur-embracing the new-veau!
R.I.P.
Not really, he gave away far too many goals for my liking...not just the play-off final at Bognor!
 

dcdulwich

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We already have 4 good centre backs plus a fifth out on loan to Welling. Drage is still good enough for a better side than Merstham.
Despite the odd error he was pretty reliable really, but I wasn’t in any way suggesting Gavin was wrong to let him go. I think the tightening of our defence has been a major factor in the improved results that have been achieved this season. Just seemed a bit of a disconsolate message.
 

StephenMac

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I might be wrong but I think Jamie Howell at Eastbourne had seen plenty of Drage's admittedly impressive crossfield passes etc when he was Bognor manager and got it into his head that he could be a defensive midfielder. That doesn't appear to have panned out too well but i'm sure he'll find another club pretty quickly after the brief cameo at Merstham. I actually found his 'come and get me' plea on Twitter quite refreshing. Better than employing some two-bit wannabe agent at this level.

I always liked him, plenty of heart and battle but, yes, prone to some rather damaging lapses of concentration. He's not unlike most other centre backs in this division in that regard but we really have improved in that department since he left.
 

blueheaven

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I think Drage was great. Agree with Macca that he had one or two damaging lapses in concentration, but he was immense in the home game against Macclesfield for example. I hope he finds somewhere quickly!
Totally agree - I was a big Drage fan and he undoubtedly improved us when he came in. The good points definitely outweighed the bad. Of course, our defence has improved again this season but I wouldn't say it's entirely due to new signings - in my view Taylor and Weatherstone have both upped their games from last season, and I also think Preston has been better this time round.
 

pompeydunc

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Totally agree - I was a big Drage fan and he undoubtedly improved us when he came in. The good points definitely outweighed the bad. Of course, our defence has improved again this season but I wouldn't say it's entirely due to new signings - in my view Taylor and Weatherstone have both upped their games from last season, and I also think Preston has been better this time round.
Both Chambers and Taylor are vastly improved players compared to when they returned. Their time at the Palace "academy" had clearly destroyed their confidence and ability to defend at times (e.g. Folkestone away last season). Gav, Junior and Kevin should take a lot of credit for rehabilitating their careers to an extend that it wouldn't surprise me if pro clubs are sniffing.
 

Cyclodunc

Where's the slam tent, mate?
Drage wouldn’t get in the team this season. He was good on his day, but taylor and chambers have come in leaps and bounds, I agree
 

Pink Panther

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Drage wouldn’t get in the team this season. He was good on his day, but taylor and chambers have come in leaps and bounds, I agree
He's been most directly replaced by Rickie Hayles in the middle of the back 3, who is a technically inferior footballer but a better defender in my view, as well as being vastly more experienced.

Taylor was really just cover for two or three positions last season, but he's improved so much it's like having a new player and our other new defender Anthony Acheampong now appears surplus to requirements.

My main gripe with Drage wasn't the odd slip-up, it was his knack of turning a harmless situation into a dangerous set piece for the opposition by committing a needless foul 10-15 yards outside the box.
 

Dulwich Mishi

Old Skool Terrace Dinosaur-embracing the new-veau!
R.I.P.
Kevin James was on the bench at Cray Valley (Paper Mills) last night...listed in the programme as 'goalkeeping coach' he seemed to do most of the talking/ranting on the bench...just like being back at Champion Hill! ;)

I would hazard a guess he will be looking to get in management himself at some stage, based on that.

Junior James played for Cray Valley.
 

liamdhfc

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Pity we don't play them again as that would give Ashley Carew lots of free kick practice. The leakiest defence in the league gets Matt Drage- good fit
 

scousedom

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Bit hard to score them from the bench! With Reise in the team, then we can play three defensive midfielders. Will need Ash and/or Ferguson back in the team if he leaves.
I understand picking that three recently in that Ash & Ferguson aren’t in great form, Beaney deserved a run of starts, Onovwigun’s form every time he played demanded selection, and Kargbo is so damn loveable. With Reise in the side it works because he’s so good. (In some ways it reminds me of Ged Houllier’s approach when Michael Owen was breaking through; you knew he’d score so why not set up defensively to get yourself a 1-0.) But I agree that without that “guaranteed” goal, we’ll need an effective goal-scoring and creating ten. Which I think will end up meaning a call has to be made on either Kargbo or Onovwigun.
 
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