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Egham Town (A)

These two towns share many a historic connection: it was in Runnymede (which gives its name to the borough in which Egham is situated) that King John signed the Magna Carta in 1215, after many of the barons and bishops (and perhaps even the king himself) had spent the night at Staines. The last time that the two football clubs met was three years ago, to contest a special pre-season friendly for the Magna Carta Shield, celebrating the 800th anniversary of this world-changing event. Less than a mile and a half separates the centre spots at Staines Town’s Wheatsheaf Park
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Leagues: FA Cup.
Seasons: 2018-19.
Grounds: Runnymede Stadium.

Barsa Mirtahmesabi

He was a member of Hayes & Yeading United U18s in 2019/20, also gaining Middlesex Youth rep honours, and the following season was at Wingate & Finchley Development as well as playing for Uxbridge.  As a junior, he played for Omonia Youth u15 (2017/18), Aldenham Excel, and won the Middlesex Schools Cup with Mill Hill County High School, as well as representing South East England Schools.   Staines Town début 01.06.21 –  H v Harrow Borough (fr, L1-5)
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Leagues: FA Cup and Isthmian League Division One South Central.
Seasons: 2021-22.
Positions: Defender.

Rolly Ilunga

Achieved Harrow Youth League & Cup success as a youngster playing for clubs such as West Drayton Youth, Sandgate, and Uxbridge, as well as being with Brentford FC Development.  Signed for Staines Town U18s in Nov 2019 from Uxbridge, and made his club début on 02.12.19 (Youths H v Camberley Town, L0-10), making 4 U18 appearances before lockdown terminated that season.  Followed that with trials at several Middlesex clubs, eventually signing for Harefield United, where he would spend the next two CoViD-affected seasons.  Returned to Staines in summer ’21, and made his 1st XI début 10.7.21 H v Hanworth Villa
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Leagues: FA Cup and Isthmian League Division One South Central.
Seasons: 2021-22.
Positions: Midfielder.

Luke Massingham

He was associated with Wealdstone from 2018 to 2020, captaining their U18s in 2018/19 with a commanding 6’4” presence at the back.  This earned him several loans / dual registrations, first at Chalfont St Peter in August 2019 (captaining the side on his début), then with the U23s at Bracknell Town.  Late in that season, he gained Spartan South Midlands League experience with Rayners Lane and some games with Oxhey Jets.  He was a Slough Town Academy-23 (Suburban League) player in 2020/1.   Staines Town début 12.06.21 –  H v SCA London (fr, W3-2)
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Leagues: FA Cup and Isthmian League Division One South Central.
Seasons: 2021-22.
Positions: Defender.

Emeka Ukaegbu

Former player at Waltham Abbey and Wandsworth Town, and then Wingate & Finchley U23.   Showed his keenness to get forward on the left when figuring for SCA (London) against Staines on 12 Jun 21 – one of several Academy sides he has played for.  He has had trials with Blackburn Rovers u15 (Apr-Aug 2017), Cambridge United u16 (Sep 17), and Leeds United u16 (Mar-May 18).  Club début 3 Jul 21 H v Farnborough (friendly D1-1).  Junior honours include winning the Match Road League and Cup, and London Cup, with AFC Islington Camden.   Staines Town début 03.07.21 –  H v
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Leagues: FA Cup and Isthmian League Division One South Central.
Seasons: 2021-22.
Positions: Defender.

Kain Adom

A young player who joined Staines Town in August 2020, having been at Crystal Palace for the preceding five seasons while also studying and playing at Valenti College. He has previously played for St Andrews, and Lambeth Tigers, and has gained representative honours for Inner London and South London. Came off the bench to score a superb winner in Staines’ league opener against Ware in the 2020/21 season.
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Leagues: FA Cup and Isthmian League Division One South Central.
Seasons: 2020-21 and 2021-22.
Positions: Defender.

Jack Torbett

His early clubs were Junior Bees United, Junior Bees, Bedfont Eagles, and Old Isleworthians, and he played the 2016/17 season in the Isthmian Youth League with Bedfont Sports, picking up a Manager’s Player of the Year award.  Joined the Staines Town Academy in June 2017, and signed Southern League forms on 24 Jan 2018, making a good impression during his First Team début at Kings Langley two days later.  His first spell at Staines saw him make 6 (+3 unused sub) First Team appearances, scoring once, and 71 Academy appearances (+1 unused sub) with 18 goals.  Club début 16.8.17 Youths
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Leagues: FA Cup and Isthmian League Division One South Central.
Seasons: 2021-22.
Positions: Midfielder.

Jargal Enkh

The first player of Mongolian descent to play for Staines Town.  Started with Dulwich Hamlet u18s, then played at Wakefield AFC alongside Marvin Emmanuel in 2019/20, before a spell at Sevenoaks Town, and has also had trials in Germany for SV Eintracht Trier.   Staines Town début 03.07.21 –  H v Farnborough (fr, 1-1)
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Leagues: FA Cup and Isthmian League Division One South Central.
Seasons: 2021-22.
Positions: Midfielder.

Fynn Paphiti

Born in Basingstoke but grew up in Australia and holds dual English and Australian nationality.  He began playing at Dunbar Rovers of the National Premier League (New South Wales), and scored a goal on his First Team début.  On his return to England he made a dozen U23 appearances for Woking 2020/1.   Staines Town début 08.07.21 –  H v Abbey Rangers (fr, W4-0)
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Leagues: FA Cup and Isthmian League Division One South Central.
Seasons: 2021-22.
Positions: Midfielder.

Marvin Emmanuel

As a youth teamer, he represented the London FA U18.  However, he was also playing men’s football with Croydon as a 16 year old, gaining trials at Stevenage and several National League clubs.  He spent half of season 2018/19 at Romford, as well as appearing for Barkingside (Essex Senior League) and in the Combined Counties League.  A place in the Leeds-based FBT International Academy led to him signing for new Sheffield Senior League club AFC Wakefield in 2019/20, and started 2020/1 at Wisbech Town.   Staines Town début 03.07.21 –  H v Farnborough (fr, 1-1)
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Leagues: FA Cup and Isthmian League Division One South Central.
Seasons: 2021-22.
Positions: Defender.

Joe Ringer

This former Hillingdon Schools and Middlesex U18 representative signed for Staines in August 2020 as first choice ‘keeper, but unfortunately broke his arm in only his second pre-season outing.  Having started with Rayners Lane, he stepped up to play for Wealdstone, initially in their Youth side, and from there had loans in 2019/20 with Northwood, Southall, Enfield Town, and Broadfields United.   Staines Town début 28.08.20 –  H v Aldershot Town (fr, 1-1)
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Leagues: FA Cup and Isthmian League Division One South Central.
Seasons: 2020-21 and 2021-22.
Positions: Goalkeeper.

Argjend Ahmetaj

A former Hanwell Town junior and Queens Park Rangers Academy player, he was with Hayes & Yeading United in 2018-19, London Tigers for a season, and Sporting Bengal for half of 2019/20.  He joined  Arlesey Town for the first half of 2020/1, until the season was curtailed by CoViD-19, whereupon he took the opportunity to sign for Kosovan team KF Vëllaznimi Gjakovë in Jan 2021 until the end of the season.   Staines Town début 08.07.21 –  H v Abbey Rangers (fr, W4-0)
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Leagues: FA Cup and Isthmian League Division One South Central.
Seasons: 2021-22.
Positions: Defender.

Leroy Hlabi

Had nearly 5 years with Gillingham, where he started as a 14 year old in July 2014, and graduated from the U18s to earn a pro’ contract in 2018, and immediately went on a month’s loan with Canterbury City.  In 2019 he spent a season with Eskilstuna City FK (Sweden Div 2). On his return, he signed for Ashford United, scoring 4 times in 6 games for the Kent club’s U23 side before lockdown, and eventually completed the 2019/20 season with Walthamstow.   Staines Town début 12.06.21-  H v SCA London (fr, W3-2)
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Leagues: FA Cup and Isthmian League Division One South Central.
Seasons: 2021-22.
Positions: Forward.

Seni Owodunni

Seni played for Watford, helping their Youth Development side win the Middlesex League, before travelling to the USA to study, playing for two seasons each with Georgia Military College and Middle Georgia State University.  On his return to England, he played for Royston Town in 2020/1.   Staines Town début 08.07.21 –  H v Abbey Rangers (fr, W4-0)
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Leagues: FA Cup and Isthmian League Division One South Central.
Seasons: 2021-22.
Positions: Defender.

Costa Rodrigues

Began in his homeland with Clube Desportivo Primeiro de Agosto U14 before moving to England.  On moving to England, he began playing at U16 level with Hillingdon Abbots, from where he was picked up by Queens Park Rangers at U18-U23 teams.  Following his release, he played for Uxbridge, AFC Hayes, and in 2020/1 Egham Town with a loan spell at Holmer Green.  Good ball skills make Costa a very versatile player, who can also play as a centre attacking midfielder, centre forward, or anywhere across the midfield.   Staines Town début 03.07.21 –  H v Farnborough (fr, 1-1)
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Leagues: FA Cup and Isthmian League Division One South Central.
Seasons: 2021-22.
Positions: Midfielder.

Brandon McCarthy

A former Barnet and Crystal Palace player who was at Sutton United in 2018/19, scoring on his 1st Team début in the Surrey Senior Cup and regularly netting for the Reserves.  He went on loan Egham Town and continued to hit the target (14 goals in 18 games), earning a move to Ashford United at the start of 2019/20.
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Leagues: FA Cup and Isthmian League Division One South Central.
Seasons: 2021-22.
Positions: Forward.

Sheridan Campbell

Earlier in his career, he had played for Flackwell Heath, Knaphill, and Beaconsfield SYCOB, as well as being dual registered at Abbey Rangers while at Hanwell Town.  Originally signed by Staines from Hanwell and scored on his club début on 18 Jan 20 A v Hertford Town (Isthmian Div 1 SC, L1-4); the first of his 2 goals in 10 games before that season was cut short.  He then signed for South Park at the beginning of the 2020/1 campaign, but moved on without playing a competitive game for them, spending the remainder of the brief season at Egham Town.
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Leagues: FA Cup and Isthmian League Division One South Central.
Seasons: 2021-22.
Positions: Forward.

Athan Smith-Joseph

Spent time as a junior with Southend United, Fulham, Millwall, and Charlton Athletic, and in the first part of 2015/16 he played for Metropolitan Police and Guildford City.  Started his first spell at Staines Town in February 2016, Although signing senior forms, his appearances were restricted to 8 Academy games (+2 unused sub), with his club début being in the Isthmian Youth League winning U18s on 25.2.16 in a 5-2 win at Northwood, when he scored his only goal.  Went on to play for Tooting & Mitcham United, Molesey (first two months of 2018/19: 9 apps, 1 goal); Sutton Common
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Leagues: FA Cup and Isthmian League Division One South Central.
Seasons: 2021-22.
Positions: Defender.

David Opoku

In 2019/20 he played 7 times for Sutton Common Rovers.  Came up through the Youth and U23 ranks at Metropolitan Police FC before moving on to Carshalton Athletic in March 2017.  Following a loan spell at Guildford City, he spent 2019/20 at Sutton Common Rovers, but was out of action for the short 2020/1 season.   Staines Town début 12.06.21 –  H v SCA London (fr, W3-2)
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Leagues: FA Cup and Isthmian League Division One South Central.
Seasons: 2021-22.
Positions: Midfielder.

Isiah Goddard-Joseph

He was in the Academy at Wycombe Wanderers in 2012, and then went on to play for Ascot United and Windsor (2016).  Between 2015 and Nov ’19 he was studying and playing in the USA, the first two years in Kansas with Bethany College “Swedes”, and then in Tennessee with Milligan College “Buffaloes”.  In 2018, he was capped at U20 level by Trinidad & Tobago.  On his return to England, in Nov 2020, he joined Slough Town’s A23 (Suburban League Development) side (9 apps in 2020/1), where he will again dual-register in 2021/2.
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Leagues: FA Cup and Isthmian League Division One South Central.
Seasons: 2021-22.
Positions: Defender.