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.

JASON BANTON – WINGER

Jason is a newcomer to Cray Wanderers for the 2020-21 season following spells at Braintree Town and Romford last season. Jason is an experienced player with Football League experience after a spell at Liverpool as a youth player and was signed by Crystal Palace in 2012. He made his Football League debut for Plymouth Argyle on loan and later served MK Dons before leaving Palace to sign for Plymouth in 2014 where he made 38 appearances. He later played for Wycombe Wanderers, Hartlepool United, Notts County and Crawley Town before heading into non-league with Woking in 2017.  Jason came to Cray as a trialist in the summer and made an eyecatching appearance against Bromley before scoring in the last pre-season game at Hayes & Yeading United. Jason is an exciting player and adds experience and quality out wide.    

Lewis Carey – Goalkeeper

Lewis signed for Cray Wanderers in the summer of 2019 from Lewes FC and had an exceptional first season with the club being an ever-present playing all 40 matches, the only player to do so.

A fine shot stopper and taker of crosses, Lewis started his career from the youth system at Bristol City. He has played for Bromley, Tonbridge Angels, Eastbourne Borough and Thamesmead Town. Technically the best goalkeeper in the Isthmian Premier, Lewis won the February Isthmian League Golden Gloves award.

Tom Carlse – Full Back / Defender

Tom is a very gifted fullback/defender who came to Cray Wanderers in March 2019 from Ashford United.  Tom fitted into the side seamlessly and his combination of attacking forays and defensive qualities helped Cray over the line and to the Isthmian South-East Championship scoring against his former club in the title decider against Ashford in April 2019.  Incredibly consistent and quick Tom has made 38 club appearances up to the start of the season and has scored two goals. Tom had joined Ashford in the summer of 2018 from Greenwich Borough and has previously played for Sittingbourne and earlier in his career had spells at Margate, Erith Town, Corinthian and East Grinstead Town.  Tom was voted into the Isthmian South-East Team of the Year in 2018-19 and scored his first goal of the season against Bowers & Pitsea in October.

Karl Dent – Midfield

Karl is an exceptionally gifted midfielder who weighs in with his fair share of goals and displays exceptional skill and work rate. Karl came to Cray from VCD Athletic in the summer of 2015 and is the real creative hub of the side. Voted by the respective Isthmian North Managers for the team of the season in 2015-16, he helped Cray reach the North Playoffs and for the last three seasons performed to a similar high standard. Part of the 2018-19 Isthmian South-East Championship winning team, one of the best and most consistent midfielders in the Isthmian League with 180 appearances for Cray scoring 28 goals.

Jerome Federico – Winger

Jerome returned to Cray Wanderers during the summer of 2018 after an earlier spell with the club. Jerome is a winger usually down the right who came to Cray at the beginning of October 2017 from Kingstonian.
Jerome who made a substitute appearance for Wycombe Wanderers in 2010 was a member of Hampton & Richmond’s Isthmian Premier Division Championship team of 2015-16 and has also played for Hendon, Aylesbury and Northwood. Jerome joined Kingstonian in the summer of 2017 before coming to Cray where he was a firm crowd favourite. Jerome made 30 appearances in 2018-19 scoring three goals and helping Cray Wanderers win the Isthmian South-East title and has made 86 appearances up to the start of the 2020-21 season.

Roman Hall – goalkeeper

Roman is a young goalkeeper who is the son of ex-Wands keeper and current goalkeeping coach, Grant Hall. Roman who developed through the Holmesdale youth set up made a handful of pre-season appearances as substitute and saved a penalty against Beckenham Town. Definitely one for the future and a very gifted goalkeeper.

Jay Leader – Central Defender

Centre Half Jay has been a colossus for Cray Wanderers since arriving at the club from Grays Athletic in January 2016. Jay was Supporters and Manager’s Player of the Year in 2017-18 and in 2018-19 was voted Isthmian South-East Player of the Year as Cray won the championship. Up to the start of the 2020-21 season Jay has made 173 appearances for the Wands.

Jay had begun his career with Bethnal Green and then moved on to Aveley where he won their Player of the Year award in 2013-14 before moving dressing rooms to sign for Grays Athletic in August 2014.  Made his Cray debut at Waltham Abbey in late January 2016 and made 16 appearances as Cray reached the playoffs.  Hugely consistent and dangerous going forward Jay starred as Cray Wanderers reached the Isthmian South playoffs in 2017-18 and last season despite missing the early weeks of the season through injury came back to once again provide security at the back and helped Cray Wanderers win the Isthmian South-East title making 30 appearances scoring 3 goals and gain promotion to the Premier for 2019-20. Jay missed the early months of last season following nasal surgery and wearing his now trademark face mask made his 150th appearance for the club against Enfield Town at Hayes Lane and marked the occasion with a goal and also notched the winner at Enfield Town in January.

Lee Lewis – 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 39 appearances and scored his first senior goal in the FA Cup win against Bedfont Sports in September, 2019 and scored five goals from midfield.

Ben Mundele – Midfield

Ben re-signed for Cray Wanderers in September after briefly moving to Bury.  Versatile Ben who can play as full back, centre half in midfield and up front made 130 appearances for Cray over three seasons helping the club win the Isthmian South-East Championship last season and reach the Isthmian South playoffs the year before scoring 15 goals.  He represented England ‘C’ last season against the Bedfordshire FA and was voted Players Player of the Year in 2018-19. 

Ben was voted into the Isthmian South and South-East team of the season for his consistent and eyecatching performances.  Ben came on as a substitute in the FA Cup tie with Bedfont Sports and featured regularly since scoring against Margate and Hornchurch in January. Ben has made 159 appearances up to the start of the 2020-21 season.

Rhys Murrell-Williamson – Winger

Rhys Murrell-Williamson signed for the Wands on 8th January from Braintree Town. Rhys plays as a winger, both left and right or up front and marked his Cray Wanderers debut with a last minute goal at Bowers & Pitsea on 11th January which proved to be the winner and was a starter in the games since and scored a tremendous goal in the 2-1 win against Horsham in February and made 10 appearances in which the club were unbeaten throughout.
Rhys played as a youth player with Fulham, Crystal Palace and Celtic and then into the non-league game and has played for St. Albans City where he got into the National South team of the year in 2017-18 and has also played for Woking, Kingstonian, Billericay Town, Welling United, Hampton & Richmond, Boreham Wood, Dulwich Hamlet, Harrow Borough and Sutton United.

Mitchell Nelson – Centre Half

Another stellar part of the Cray Wanderers defence Mitchell came to Cray Wanderers in the summer of 2017 and immediately made a positive impact at the back as the Wands had a mean defence conceding only 18 goals on their travels and reaching the Isthmian South Playoffs. Things got even better in 2018-19 as vice-captain Mitchell was in commanding form at the back and also a major weapon going forward making 32 appearances scoring twice as Cray won the Isthmian South-East title. Mitchell carried on that form and was one of many standout performers as Cray were set to finish in their highest ever league placing in the Isthmian Premier.
Mitchell started out as a youth player at Colchester United and has played for Tooting & Mitcham United, Eastleigh, Lincoln City, Sutton United, Margate, Dulwich Hamlet, Welling United and Tonbridge Angels. Exceptionally gifted, strong tackler and a decisive header of the ball, Mitchell reached his 100th game for Cray at Maldon & Tiptree in the FA Trophy and has since made 119 appearances and is the clubs vice-captain.

Ehizojie Onoabagbe – Defender

Centre-half Ehizojie (Martin) Onoabagbe made his debut for the club in dramatic circumstances at Worthing on 8th February coming off the bench after just 11 minutes and certainly played his part in Cray picking up a 2-1 win.

Ehizojie was with Crystal Palace and part of their Development/U23 sides and after being released was with Greenwich Borough for the start of this season before the club announced they were pulling out of the SCEFL Premier for the remainder of the season leaving him without a club. He made two appearances and played a part in pre-season and very much part of the Cray Wanderers defence and also popped up with a goal in the last pre-season game at Hayes & Yeading United.

Freddie Parker – midfield

One of the non-league games brightest prospects, Freddie came to Cray in the summer of 2017 and after a positive pre-season the 19 year old started the season and didn’t look out of place.  With Millwall as a youth team player, Freddie played 23 games for the first team in 2017-18 scoring nine goals during the season and managed to score in the FA Cup, FA Trophy and FA Youth Cup as well as featuring occasionally for the Development League side. 

In 2018-19 Freddie continued to show great progress and scored a hat-trick against Faversham Town in October 2018.  The young forward was in great form during 2019 and finished Cray’s joint-top scorer with 13 goals and helped Cray Wanderers win the Isthmian South-East title.  He also won the Cray Wanderers Young Player of the Year. Last season Freddie spent loan spells at Whitstable Town and Whyteleafe but returned in pre-season, sharp and lithe and is set for big things in his career.  Has been reverted to midfield and his potential is huge. He has made 67 appearances and scored 23 goals for the Wands.

Tom Phipp – Midfield

Tom signed for Cray Wanderers in the summer of 2018 after a spell at Crowborough Athletic. Tom had an exceptional season for the Wands mostly in central midfield but occasionally filling in at centre-half and helped Cray win the Isthmian South-East title in 2018-19.  Possesses a great range of passing both short and long, a firm but fair tackler and has a powerful shot from distance.  Injuries restricted him during the 2019-20 season but still made 16 appearances and part of the team which was unbeaten in 2020 up to lockdown. 

Tom as a teenage player was a key member of the Ebbsfleet United side which won promotion to the Conference via the National South Playoffs in 2010-11.  Tom has also served, Margate and Tonbridge Angels and is a tremendous box to box player. Tom spent some time out of the game to complete his Marketing Degree & is an intelligent & gifted player.

Bradley Pritchard – Midfield

Bradley came to Cray from Greenwich Borough in the summer of 2018 and is a calm and collected performer who although nominally a ball winning midfielder can get forward to positive effect.  Consistent throughout his first season with the club, the Zimbabwean born player made 32 appearances in 2018-19 for Cray scoring 5 goals and a vital part of the team which won the Isthmian South-East title.  Bradley was voted Cray Wanderers Player of the Year by the supporters and Players Player and also chosen for the Team of the Year in the Isthmian South-East.  He carried on that great form in 2019-20 and has made 72 appearances over two seasons.     

Bradley started out in non-league football with Carshalton Athletic, Nuneaton Borough, Tamworth and Hayes & Yeading United where he played 46 games scoring 14 goals. In the 2010-11 season he went to Charlton and played 79 games scoring three goals and was a member of the Addicks 2011-12 League One title winning side. In May 2014 he signed for Leyton Orient where he played 60 games, scoring once. He was released in May 2016 and signed for Greenwich Borough for the 2016-17 season and played 89 games at the DGS Marine Stadium scoring once as Borough reached the Isthmian South playoffs twice.

As well as being a great player Bradley also founded the Sporting Way project which helps to encourage school children to fulfil their potential through self-development programmes.

Kyron Richards – Midfield

Kyron is a new arrival at Cray Wanderers having taken part in a trialist day on 1st August and impressed the management and coaching staff enough to take a look pre-season. Kyron can play in defence or midfield and starred for AFC Wakefield last season in the Sheffield and Hallamshire County Senior League and had previously been at Barkingside.

Kyron impressed during pre-season scoring at VCD Athletic and could be a Cray Wanderers mainstay for many years such is his potential.

Joe Taylor – Forward

Experienced centre-forward, Joe came to Cray Wanderers from Margate in November 2018 and made an immediate impact scoring on his debut against Phoenix Sports on December 8th. From here he hit the ground running and scored 13 goals in 21 appearances finishing joint top scorer and helped Cray win the Isthmian South-East title.  Joe was in top form in the Isthmian Premier last season scoring 32 goals making him the top scorer and has scored 45 goals in 59 appearances. He scored hat-tricks against Soham Town Rangers in the FA Cup and in the league against Cheshunt.  He was voted the Non League Paper Isthmian Player of the year for 2019-20.

Joe has played for Margate twice and also had two spells at Ramsgate and a couple at Folkestone Invicta where he scored 47 goals in two seasons before signing for Margate at the start of the 2018/19 season.

Barney Williams – Right / Left Back

Barney is Cray Wanderers club captain and a versatile full back who can play right or left who came to Cray in the summer of 2017.  Barney is a former VCD Athletic, Welling United and Braintree Town full back who is hugely respected around the football scene.  Barney played for Cray boss Tony Russell whilst he was at VCD Athletic during their Isthmian North promotion season in 2013-14 and brings National League experience following his spells at Welling and Braintree.  Exceptionally talented and quick Barney has become a fans favourite and was appointed club captain in the summer of 2018.  Barney made 23 appearances last season scoring once and helped Cray win the Isthmian South-East title and has made 110 appearances up to the end of last season.

Tony Russell – Manager

Tony came to Cray in the summer of 2015 after helping keep VCD Athletic in the Ryman Premier.  His impact on the club was immediate taking a club that had faced relegation to the Southern Counties East League the previous season to top the league by Christmas was an outstanding achievement.

Tony who played for Cray from the 2004-05 season, our first in the Ryman League, cut his teeth in management at Erith Town following a spell as Thamesmead Town player-coach.   He took over at Erith Town in October 2010 winning the Kent Senior Trophy in his first season.  He then went on to manage VCD Athletic two years later taking them to promotion from the Southern Counties East League as runners up to Erith and Belvedere.  He then took the Vickers to the championship of the Ryman North and their first ever promotion to the Ryman Premier.  Performed miracles to keep VCD from relegation with a six game winning run at the end of the 2014-15 season before departing to manage Cray in the summer.

His first season at Hayes Lane saw Tony win two Manager of the Month awards and with a solid recruitment including Assistant Manager Ray Powell, coaching and medical staff and many of the VCD team took Cray to the top of the Ryman North by the end of 2015.  In the end the team missed out on automatic promotion but a strong finish to the season meant a playoff place was achieved, Cray’s best season for a few years.  In 2017-18 Cray for the first time in the Isthmian League era scored over 100 goals in a season and played some superb football to finish third in the Bostik South last season before losing to Walton Casuals in the Semi-Final.  That was soon forgotten as in 2018-19 Cray were crowned champions of the first Bostik South-East season and did so in his 200th game in charge against Ashford on 13th April.

Tony is one of the great thinkers of the game, tactically astute and gives great opportunities to young players to play in the first team where some club managers aren’t willing to do so.  Tony was voted Isthmian South-East Manager of the Year in 2018-19 and before lockdown affected last season had taken Cray up to 2nd in the Isthmian Premier and celebrated his 100th win as Cray manager at Merstham last season.

Joe Vines – Player / Assistant Manager

Joe arrived back at Cray Wanderers for a fourth time in July 2017 as Player Assistant Manager.   A hugely gifted presence on the bench, Joe’s appointment has been a shrewd decision and part of a team which has reached the Isthmian South playoffs in 2017-18 and last season stormed to the very first Isthmian South-East title.  Playing appearances these days are fewer but still a valued squad member.

He first made an impact in the 2000-01 season when he was voted Player of the Year by the Wands supporters. He departed for a few years but returned to add steel alongside Mark Willy in the Bostik Premier in 2010-11 and played for three seasons. 

He finally returned to play for a handful of games in the 2015-16 season and made a big impression on the coaching staff.  Overall Joe has played 96 games for the Wands scoring six goals.

Joe has a wealth of playing experience for a number of clubs in Kent and South East London and Cray Wanderers are fortunate to have his expertise on the bench and an intelligent and innovative coach.

Nathan White – 1st Team Coach

Nathan White is a UEFA ‘B’ Licence coach, FA Level 1 and 2 and FA Level 2 Goalkeeper coach who has semi-professional playing experience with Dartford FC, Lordswood FC and was assistant manager of Maidstone United FC reserves.  He spent 1 year in Qatar coaching football academies before returning to the UK as Sittingbourne FC first team coach.  Worked with Tony Russell at VCD Athletic coming to Cray before the 2015-16 season.   Nathan has a tremendous future in the game as a coach and also has a Foundation Degree in Sports Studies and works with New Generation Sports in Kent which helps to promote opportunities for youngsters through football and other sporting activities.  Nathan has also worked with the youth setups at Charlton Athletic and Leyton Orient.