Team Pen Pics

Charlie Allen – Midfield

Charlie impressed with his energetic displays in midfield last season and made 36 appearances famously scoring twice at Enfield Town in January 2020 while playing as a makeshift striker. He also filled in at centre-half in the 2-1 win at Worthing in February 2020 and made 35 appearances last season.
Charlie arrived at Cray in the summer of 2019 from Dulwich Hamlet. Charlie is the son of former QPR player Martin Allen and was a youth player at Reading and then Brentford when Martin was manager of the club. He then went to Dagenham & Redbridge where he became a first team player and then played in the Football League for Notts County and Gillingham. He then headed into non-league football with Tamworth on loan and then Margate, Farnborough, Reading City and Grays Athletic. He spent last season having spells at Greenwich Borough & Dulwich Hamlet.

DEAN BECKWITH – DEFENCE

Cray Wanderers can also confirm the signing of Dean Beckwith to the club where he will be captain for the 2021-22 season. Dean comes to Cray from Hythe Town and is a very experienced central defender who came through the youth system with Gillingham and made a couple of first team appearances going out on loan to Dagenham & Redbridge and Margate. He went on to Hereford United in 2005 where he spent four seasons and achieved promotion to the Football League with the U’s making 153 appearances. Dean later spent two seasons at Northampton Town from 2009 and then to Luton Town who were in the Conference at that time. After a decent spell at Eastleigh he moved onto Sutton United in 2015 spending four years at Gander Green Lane making 108 appearances and a member of the side which reached the 5th Round of the FA Cup in 2016-17. After a short spell at Maidstone United, Dean moved on to Havant & Waterlooville for the 2019-20 season but moved on to Hythe Town in September 2020.

HARVEY BRAND – DEFENCE

Cray Wanderers are delighted to welcome Harvey Brand to the club for the 2021-22 season. Harvey is an experienced defender/right back having most recently been at Beckenham Town but has had spells at Whyeleafe, Margate, Thamesmead Town, Welling United and also a spell at Welling Town. Harvey will be a key player at the back for Cray Wanderers this season.

CAMERON BRODIE – Midfield

Cameron is a fine young prospect who has signed for Cray Wanderers on a season long loan from Dartford FC. Cameron is a midfield player and is a product of the successful and prolific Dartford Academy and should feature highly during pre-season and during the 2021-22 season.

ANTHONY COOK – Midfield

Cray Wanderers can also announce the signing midfielder Anthony Cook to the club. A stylish midfielder who also played out on the wing was last playing for Welling United. After making his league debut for Dagenham & Redbridge in December 2007, Anthony via an appearance on Sky TV’s Football Icon series had a spell at Cardiff City as a youth team player. After spells at Concord Rangers, Carshalton and Braintree Town he really came into his own after signing for Chelmsford City where he played for four seasons scoring 22 goals in 93 league games.
Anthony moved on to Ebbsfleet United for the 2013-14 season but then signed for Bromley in January 2015 where he helped Bromley to the Conference South title before returning to Ebbsfleet in the summer of 2015. He remained at Stonebridge Road until 2018 and then after a loan spell at Woking signed for Dulwich Hamlet in the summer of 2018 and then onto Welling United ahead of the 2019-20 season.
Anthony is a hugely gifted midfielder and the club’s Vice-Captain for the 2021-22 season.

ANDY DRURY – Midfield

Midfielder/winger Andy who was at Sittingbourne last season will be assisting the Wands new first team manager Danny Kedwell and also expected to play a part for the club on the pitch.
Andy has a wealth of experience in both the Football League and non-league football and began his career with his home town club Sittingbourne in 2001 and remained there for two years making 107 appearances before signing for then Gravesend & Northfleet for three seasons. After a spell at Lewes he moved on to Stevenage Borough and helped the club win the Conference Premier and FA Trophy in 2008-09.
He had a short spell at Luton Town when they were in the Conference between 2010-11 and then was signed by Ipswich Town in the Championship in January 2011 where he made 64 appearances in two seasons scoring twice and then went on to Crawley Town and returned to Luton Town now in the Football League in the summer of 2014. Andy returned to the non-league game with Conference side Eastleigh in 2015-16 and then on to Ebbsfleet where he was a team-mate of Danny Kedwell and later joined Danny at Havant & Waterlooville without making an appearance and then back to Sittingbourne in 2020.

MAX GAYLE – DEFENCE / Midfield

Max is a graduate from the Cray Wanderers Youth setup having been part of the club as part of the U13s which won the Kent Youth League Cup Final in 2016. Also a part of the Kent Youth League North champions in 2017-18 as U15s he also played in the 2018-19 League Cup Final for Cray. Max has been part of the U18s set up and was given a squad number last season and is a real driving force from midfield with a powerful shot but can also play at the back so very versatile.

JACK HANSON – Midfield

Jack is very much one for the future and has come through the youth set up at Dover Athletic but made his Isthmian League debut at Sittingbourne making a couple of appearances in February 2020 before a short stay at Hemel Hempstead Town before returning back to Dover.
We extend a warm Cray Wanderers welcome to Jack and hope he enjoys his time with the club.

LEE LEWIS – DEFENCE / Midfield

A hugely talented prospect, Lee was one of the stars of the FA Youth Cup team of 2018-19 which reached the 2nd Round proper of the competition. Lee arrived at the club early in the season and featured in the Isthmian South Development league side and made a big impression on the senior management team with his all action performances from midfield. Scored two key goals during the cup run at home to Raynes Park Vale and at Worthing in the 1st Round which earned Lee a first team debut against Charlton Athletic in the Kent Senior Cup in November 2018.
With the Isthmian South-East title won Lee featured in the last three games of the league season and became something of a first team regular following a spate of injuries at the club in 2019-20. A powerful striker of the ball, Lee has made 46 appearances and scored his first senior goal in the FA Cup win against Bedfont Sports in September, 2019 also scoring in the FA Cup tie at Canvey Island last season in October 2020 and has scored five goals from midfield.

EMANNUEL ODUGUWA – Midfield

Another exceptional talent emerging from the Cray Wanderers Youth conveyor belt, Emanuel is a slight but strong midfielder who came to the club as part of the U16s set up and impressed in a first team pre-season game at Sheppey United in July 2019 and starred as Cray Wanderers U18s advanced to the 3rd Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup in 2019-20. Emanuel made his first team debut as substitute in the 5-1 win against Kingstonian last season.

EJIRO OKOSIEME – DEFENCE

Another newcomer to Cray Wanderers for the 2021-22 season is centre-half Ejiro Okosieme. Tall, elegant 28 year old, Ejiro started out in the Youth system at Middlesbrough and a couple of other North East clubs. He has been on the books at Walsall, Bishop’s Stortford, Chatham Town, Macclesfield Town, Dover, Braintree Town on loan and went on to Welling United in August 2019 before joining Romford in January 2020.
All at Cray Wanderers hope Ejiro enjoys his time with Cray Wanderers and looks set to forge a strong partnership with Dean Beckwith at the back.

FJORD ROGERS – ATTACK

A warm welcome to Cray Wanderers for centre-forward Fjord Rogers who arrives from Hollands & Blair. Fjord joined the Gillingham based side for the 2020-21 season after impressing in spells at Lordswood and Tunbridge Wells and made 13 appearances during the recent stop-start season. We welcome Fjord to the Wands and could link up with Danny Kedwell up front.

ABDUL SACCOH – DEFENCE

Another talented young prospect to join Cray Wanderers is left-back Abdul Saccoh who was with Junior Reds Seniors last season. Quick and nimble, Abdul impressed during pre-season training and signed for the Wands in June 2021. One of a number of exceptional young players at the club who will make first team debuts in the 2021-22 season.

JACK TURNER – GOALKEEPER

Jack is an exceptional keeper who joins Cray after four very successful seasons at Slough Town where he made 175 appearances and kept 46 clean sheets winning the Managers Player of the Year in 2017-18 and Supporters Player of the Year in 2018-19. Jack’s fine form helped the Berkshire club to promotion into the National League South in 2017-18.
Jack began his career at AFC Wimbledon while Danny Kedwell was playing for the South-West London club making his league debut in the 2009-10 season before joining Staines Town where he spent five seasons and then on to Slough in 2017.

JAMIE YILA – Midfield

A very exciting prospect, Cray Wanderers are pleased to announce the signing of winger Jamie Yila to the club. Jamie has made a terrific impact the last couple of seasons with Fisher in the SCEFL and played against Cray Wanderers in the FA Cup back in September 2020.
Jamie impressed in a couple of trial games and looks to be an eyecatching, quick winger with an eye for goal and a powerful shot. We welcome Jamie and could well be a crowd pleaser with the Wands faithful.