A to Z of Players

Barrie Aitchison                                                                                                                                                                                      For the start of the 1966-67 season former Colchester winger, Barrie Aitchinson joined the Lilywhites. Born in Colchester on November 15th, 1937, he had come through the Colchester Junior ranks before in 1954 joining Tottenham. During this ten years at Tottenham, he failed to break into the first team instead playing for the reserves and the other minor sides. In 1964 he returned to Colcester, when they signed him £750 and was to make his debut on August 22nd, 1964 against Carlisle. All in all, he was to make 50 league appearances for Colchester with his last match being against Newport on May 28th, 1968. His career in full time football having ended because of an injury received earlier that season. He then joined the Lilywhites before moving on to Bury Town. His elder brother, Peter, also played for Colchester.

Eddie Bailham                                                                                                                                                                                          One of greatest forwards to play for the Lilywhites, Eddie Bailham joined the Lilywhites from Shamrock Rovers in the Irish League.

Jim Baillie                                                                                                                                                                                                      A very versatile player, Jim joined the Lilywhites in 1969 having spent three seasons with Glasgow Celtic.

Alan Banks

Alan Banks                                                                                                                                                                                                Ex Liverpool stricker, Alan Banks was a profilic goalscorer from the Lilywhites and was part of our Championship winning side of 1962/63

Keith Barker                                                                                                                                                                                                A goalkeeper, Keith Barker joined the Lilywhites in 1972 having played in 9 Football League matches for Barnsley. Born at Stoke on February 22nd, 1949 he had previously been on the books of Football League Club Burnley, Southend and Chesterfield without making the first team. He also played non league football for Cambridge United.

Micky Benning                                                                                                                                                                                          An outside right, Micky Benning was one of the players who helped the Lilywhites win the South Leage title in 1962-63. Born Michael David Benning on February 3rd, 1938, had played 103 Football League appearances for Watford before signing for the Lilywhites in July 1962. The first on those was against York City on February 14th, 1959. He was two spend two seasons with us at Milton Road before in 1964 he joined Bedford Town. He later played for Hatford Town, Tudor Corinthians (who he managed) and for the Ambassadors. 

Dave Bevis                                                                                                                                                                                Goalkeeper, Dave Bevis joined the Lilywhites in November 1967 from Ipswich Town. A product of the Southampton Youth Academy, he had played in 6 matche for Ipswich during his seven years with them. He had been born at Southampton on June 27th, 1942.

Peter Bircumshaw                                                                                                                                                                        Originally a left winger, Peter Bircumshaw played alot of his football for the Liluwhites as an inside left. Born at Mansfield on August 8th, 1938, Peter was originally a junior with Notts County who went on to play 72 league games for Notts County scoring 40 goals. He then played 27 matches for Bradford City scoring 7 goals and Stockport County (17 matches, 4 goals). His brother Tony was also a professional footballer.

Teddy Bowd

Teddy Bowd                                                                                                                                                                                              Nicknamed the 'Touchline Terror', Teddy Bowd played both for the Lilywhites and Cambridge United.

Mick Brown                                                                                                                                                                                                 A former assistant manager of Manchester United under Ron Atkinson, Mick Brown's own football career had seen him played for the Lilywhites in 1968-69. Born on July 11th, 1939 in Dublin, he had began his career as a full back for Hull City but in his nine years there only made 8 league appearances. He then spent one season with Lincoln City (1967-68) making 39 appearances before joining us. Not long afterwards he was offered a full time coaching appointment with Oxford United, which he took. When six years later, Gerry Summers left to become manager of Gillingham, he was appointed Manager of Oxford United. He first teamed up with Ron Atkinson in 1979 having been appointed Atkinson's Assitant Manager at West Bromwich Albion. When Ron Atkinson was appointed Manager of Manchester United in 1981, he followed Atkinson to Old Trafford. Shortly after Ron Atkinson was sacked as Manchester United Manager in November 1986, he left to as the new manager (Alex Ferguson) brought his own assistant manager with him. He later became Assistant Manager to Phil Neal at Bolton Wanderers (1987-92) and since then has been a football scout for various clubs including Coventry City, Blackburn Rovers, Manchester United, Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur.

Freddie Bunce                                                                                                                                                                                 Freddie Bunce, who died at the age of just 53 in 1991, played briefly for both the Lilywhites and for Cambridge United. Born in Bushey, Herts on February 16th, 1938, he was a left winger who played representitive school boy football fo Hertfordshire. Having joined Watford, first as an amateur before turning professional, he made his Football League debut on October 22nd, 1955 in the Old Third Division South. Watford losing 2 nil to Southampton. He was in all to play in 150 league matches for Watford before in 1962 he signed for Cambridge United. Not long afterwards he signed for us but in February 1964 he emigrated to South Africa, where he first played for Highlands Park and then Genniston Callies in the National Football League. In 1967 he returned to England to coach Bedford Town before two years later he packed his bags again. This time he emigrated to Australia, where he played football for Whilmena and for Ringwood. After his playing days were over, he remained in Australia and was to die Victoria on October 9th, 1991.

Brian Caine                                                                                                                                                                                Goalkeeper, Brian Caine joined the Lilywhites in the summer 1964 after playing in 109 Football League matches for Barrow. Born at Nelson in Lancashire on June 20th, 1936, Brian had originally been on the books of Accrington Stanley as an amateur but failed to break into the first team. Then in 1957, he signed for the then first division side, Blackpool. He made only appearance for Blackpool before joining Third Division side, Coventry in September 1959. Again he only made one league appearance before moving on briefly to Northampton. On joining  Barrow in October 1961, he soon claimed their number one jersey for his own. Then after three years at Barrow, he joined us.

T Carroll                                                                                                                                                                                                        A former Irish Amatuer International (3 caps) he joined the Lilywhites from Shelbourne in the Irish League.

Jason Carter                                                                                                                                                                                               A centre half, Jason Carter made his debut for the Lilywhites against Atherstone Town on October 11th, 1997. He had been signed from Diss Town.

Roger Carter                                                                                                                                                                                        Born at Great Yarmouth on October 11th, 1937, Roger Carter was a midfield player who joined the Lilywhites in 1961 from Torquay United. He had previously been at Aston Villa, though he did not break into the league team. He was never a regular member of our first team.

Mick Collins                                                                                                                                                                                          Centre Half, Mick Collins started his football caeer with Luton Town and was to make 8 league appearances for them having been signed in March 1955 after serving his apprenticeship. In 1961 he joined Bedford, making over 200 appearances for them, before joining the Lilywhites during the 1967/68 season. He had been born in Bermondsey on February 1st, 1938.

Michael Cook                                                                                                                                                                                              A midfield player, Michael Cook joined the Lilywhites in 1994. Born at Stroud on October q8th, 1968, had he had a football league career with York City and Cambridge United. He later played for Baldock Town and Ely City.

Claude Coote                                                                                                                                                                                   Replaced Clem Tyler as the Lilywhites goalkeeper in 1924, Claude was a college groundsman and the brother of Cyril Coote, who was the groundsman at Fenner's for many years.

Roger Crane                                                                                                                                                                                          Born in 1950, Roger Crane signed as a professional for the Lilywhites in 1974 having the previous season played as a amateur. He normally played as a centre half.

Frank Cruickshank                                                                                                                                                                                    A Scottish full back, Frank Cruickshank was the player-manager of the Lilywhites when they won the South League Championship in 1962-63.

Dixie Dean


Dixie Dean                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dixie Dean, the great Everton and England centre forward, played for the Lillywhites and against the R.A.F. scored eight goals in one match.

Willie Devine                                                                                                                                                                                             Left winger, Willie Devine was signed by the Lilywhites in 1961. Born in Ayr on August 22nd, 1933, he had previously played for St Mirren (1955-57), Watford (1957-59), Patrick Thistle (1959-60) and Accrington Stanley (1960-61).

John Duncliffe                                                                                                                                                                                      Born at Brighton on September 17th, 1947 was an experience full back who joined the Lilywhites during the 1973/74 season. He had started his football career with Brighton as an apprentice and after signing as a professional at the age of 18 made 22 league appearances for them. He then joined Grimsby in June 1968 and was to make a further 71 football league appearances for them. Finally in July 1970 he moved to Peterborough and was to play 120 matches in the Football League before signing for the Lilywhites.

Ray Elliott                                                                                                                                                                                                   Ray Elliott, who was born in Southampton on June 11th. 1947 was signed by the Lilywhites in 1970 from Bath City. A forward, he had been an apprentice with Charlton Athletic before playing in 28 Football League matches for Exeter. Prior to joining Bath, he had also played in the Southern League for Yeovil.

Tommy Fairley                                                                                                                                                                                            Born at Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham on October 12th, 1932, Tommy Fairley spent just one season at Milton Road having joined the Lilywhites in 1959 from Carlisle United. He had made 56 appearances in the Football League for Carlisle, having begun at Sunderland (2 appearances). Not a City regular.

Tommy Finney

Tom Finney                                                                                                                                                                                       Former Northern Ireland international, Tom Finney finished his career with the Lilywhites having played in the Football League for Luton, Sunderland, Cambridge United and Brentford.

Colin Flatt                                                                                                                                                                                              Colin Flatt could easily be described as the player who 'slipped through our fingers'. Born at Blyth on January 31st, 1940, he was a regular member of the reserve team, who made an odd first team appearance, until a misunderstanding on his part resulted in him thinking that he was no longer required by the Lillywhites. So he decided to join Wisbech Town. A winger, who played against us in the final of the Cambs Professional Club in 1963, he joined Orient in May 1965 and was to make 33 appearances for them in the Football League (one as a sub), scoring 8 goals. he June, 1966 he signed for Southend, making 22 league appearances, scoring 8 goals.

Clive Ford                                                                                                                                                                                               Born at Hateley Heath on April 10th, 1945, Clive Ford began his footballing career as an apprentice with Wolverhampton Wanderers before turning professional in 1964. After just two league appearances he signed for Walsall in December 1964. There he made 11 appearances plus another 3 as a sub before moving on to Lincoln in February 1967. From Lincoln, for whom he played 49 times scoring 16 goals, he went to play in the North American Soccer League for Los Angeles Wolves. After one season in the U.S.A. he returned to England and joined us.

Mel Green                                                                                                                                                                                                 Mel Green, who joined the Lilywhites in 1975, became a stalwart of our defence having joined us in 1975. He had previously played in 13 league matches for Hull City and Cambridge United. He had been born at Hull on October 20th, 1951.

Alan Guild                                                                                                                                                                                                    A Scottish Amateur International, Alan Guild was born at Forfar on March 27th, 1947. Having played league football in Scotland, he first played in England with Luton Town having been signed by them in July 1969. He was to make just one league appearance for Luton before in May 1971 he joined Cambridge United. A hard working midfield player, he joined the Lilywhites in the summer of 1973 after making 127 football league appearances for the U's.

Mark Halsey

Mark Halsey                                                                                                                                                                                          Before taking up refereeing, Mark Halsey was a goalkeeper who at the age of 20 played for the Lilywhites.

Bryan Harvey

Bill Heath

Bill Heath                                                                                                                                                                                                      A goalkeeper, Bill Heath joined the Lilywhites from Lincoln City and had prevousily played for Bournemouth.

Paul Heffer                                                                                                                                                        Central Defender/Midfield player, Paul Heffer had been the understudy to Bobby Moore at West Ham before he joined the Lilywhites. A former product of West Ham Juniors, he played just 15 Football League matches for West Ham (4 of which were as a subsitute). He was born in West Ham on December 21st, 1947.

Dave Hickson                                                                                                                                                         Fromer Everton striker, Dave Hickson spent one season with the Lilywhites before joining Bury in 1962.

Morris Hopwood                                                                                                                                                                                         A goalkeeper, he was for a time to keep Clem Tyler out of the Lilywhites team.

Ken Henderson                                                                                                                                                      Ken Henderson had been a regular player in the reserve team at Sunderland when he signed for the Lilywhites at the age of nineteen during the summer of 1974. A forward.

Ian Hunter                                                                                                                                                           Before to joining the Lilywhites, Ian Hunter had played in the Scottish League for Dunfermline, he was part of their championship winning team, and Falkirk.

David Hyde                                                                                                                                                              An England Amateur International, David Hyde joined the Lilywhites in 1969. Prior to this he had experience with Hendon, Millwall, Brentwood and Wimbledon.

Robin James                                                                                                                                                       Robin James. who later joined Cambridge United, was signed as a professional by the Lilywhites mid way through the 1970-71 season from Irthlingborough Diamonds.

Roy John Jones                                                                                                                                                                                          A goalkeeper, Roy Jones was shared the number one jersey for the Lilywhites with Bill Heath. He had been born on July 26th. 1942 at Clacton in Essex and at the time of playing for City was in the R.A.F. In October 1967, he signed joined Swindon Town as a professional and was to made 34 league appearances for them. In 1972 he was released by Swindon and went to play in South Africa for Johannesbury Rangers.       

Malcom Keenan                                                                                                                                                    Born in Sunderland, he joined the Lilywhites from Luton Town and is a full back.

Bill Kitchener                                                                                                                                                                                            Bill Kitchener, who was signed by the Lilywhites at the beginning of the 1974/75 season, was a defender with Football League experience with West Ham (11 matches), Torquay for whom he first played for on loan and later was signed my then (167 matches) and for Bournemouth. In his league career he also scored 10 goals and had been born at Arlesey on July 7th, 1936

Jimmy Lye                                                                                                                                                                                            Having played reserve team football for Spurs joined the Lillywhites. He usually is a left back.

Alan MacDonald                                                                                                                                                                                  Signed by the Lilywhites from Kilmarnock in 1971. Defender, Alan MacDonald had cost Kilmarnock £12,000 in 1967.

Stan Marshall                                                                                                                                                                                         Stan Marshall, who joined the Lilywhites in the Summer of 1968, formed a deadly strike force with Eddie Bailham.

Peter Martin                                                                                                                                                              A winger, Peter Martin was signed by the Lillywhites from Barnsley from whom he made 18 starting appearances and 8 as a sub. He scored 6 goals. Born on December 19th, 1950, he had been signed by Barnsley from Darlington in October 3rd, 1971. He had played 3 times for Darlington, having started with Middlesborough, for whom he did not make any league appearances.

Jimmy McGeorge                                                                                                                                                                                        Born in Sunderland on June 8th, 1945, Jimmy McGeorge played Football League for Orient (16 matches) having been signed from Spennymoor in March 1964 and for Mansfield (5 starts and 6 as subs). He joined Mansfield in July 1966 and was to only spend one season there before joining the Lilywhites. A clever little ball player, he usually plays at inside right or on the wing. 

Jackie McGugan

Jackie McGugan                                                                                                                                                                                     Right back, Jackie McGugan won a full Scottish and having joined the Lilywhites became the Club's Captain. He also played to St Mirren, Leeds United, Tranmere Rovers and Morton.

Brendan McNally                                                                                                                                                                                                         A defender, Brendan McNally won a F.A. Cup Runners Up medal with Luton Town.

Matt McVittie                                                                                                                                                    Outside left, Matt McVittie was a very popular player for the fans of the Lilywhite and at the end of the 1966/67 seaons was voted "Player of the Year". He had previously played with Glasgow Celtic and Cambridge United.

Sid Melling

Trevor Moden                                                                                                                                                      Signed by the Lilywhites during the summer of 1973, Trevor Moden had been on the books of Nottingham Forest.

Keith Moore                                                                                                                                                           The son of former Cambridge Alan Moore, Keith Moore had a trial with Luton Town before joining the Lilywhites in 1973. He had been born in 1957.

Alec Moyse                                                                                                                                                          Alec Moyse was another Lilywhite player with football league experience. Born at Mircham on August 5th, 1935 he had played in the Football League for Crystal Palace (4 matches), Swindon (4 matches) and Millwall (22 matche). He also played for Poole and Chelmsford before joining the Lilywhites.

Martin Murray                                                                                                                                                                                        Born in 1952, he was a local lad.

Lester Newell                                                                                                                                                                                             A striker, Lester Newell was signed by the Lilywhites during the 1974/75 season from Wisbech Town and been the top scorer in the East Counties League for four seasons.

Scott Neilson

Scott Neilson                                                                                                                                                                                                 Scott Neilson, the grandson of former Cambridge City and Wales's winger Cliff Jones, as signed towards the end of the 2007/08 season from Ryman League side, Ware. A midfield player, he later joined Charlton Athletic.

Ray Peacock

Ray Peacock                                                                                                                                                                                 Regarded by many as one of the Lilywhites best ever goal keepers, Ray Peacock joined the Lillywhites from Stevenage.

Reg Pearce                                                                                                                                                                                             Right Half, Reg Pearce had spells with Sunderland and Luton before first joining the Lilywhites. He then left to join Peterborough but was to return not long later

Roy Poole                                                                                                                                                                                                    In 1974 Roy Poole (who was born on December 2nd, 1939 in Sheffield) joined the Lilywhites as an inside forward but was converted by them into a good left back. He had come through the Junior ranks at Wolves before joining Rotherham. Having made no league appearances for either Wolves or Rotherham, he joined Chesterfield in July 1961. There he played 49 league matches, scoring 14 goals.

Neil Pope                                                                                                                                                              Neil Pope, who was born at Ashton-under-Lyne, on October 9th, 1972, was a midfield player who joined the Lilywhites in 1992 having previously played for Cambridge United and Peterborough United. He later played for Kettering Town, Sudbury Town and Ely City.

F Rayns                                                                                                                                                           Goalkeeper

Laurie Ryan                                                                                                                                                        Laurie Ryan was a regular goalscorer for the Lilywhites until injury forced him to retire in 1996. Born at Watford on October 15th. 1963, also played for Cambridge United for whom he scored 13 goals in 39 league appearances. He joined the Lilywhites from United in 1990.

Paul Scott                                                                                                                                                                A big powerful defender, Paul Scott joined the Lilywhites in 1973 and hailed from Wisbech. He also played football at Blackpool but did not make the first eleven and at Morecombe.

Dave Simmons                                                                                                                                                   Before joining the Lilywhites, Dave Simmons had played in the Football League for Bournemouth, Aston Villa, Colchester, Brentford and Cambridge Unted. In all he had made 164 league appearances scoring 48 goals. Born at Gosport on October 24th, 1948, he had originally been an apprentice with Arsenal, and is best remember for scoring in for Colchester when they knocked Leeds United out of the F.A. Cup in 1972.

Tony Smith                                                                                                                                                                                            Born at Sunderland on December 31st, 1943, Tony Smith joined the Lilywhites in 1968 from Stevenage. A winger he had been on the books of West Ham but failed to make the first team. He left West Ham for Watford In June 1966, for whom he made 3 league appearances before being transfered in October 1967 to Hartlepool. At Hartlepool he made 2 appearances in the football league, scoring one goal.

Alan Spears                                                                                                                                                            An England Schools International, outside right Alan Spears joined the Lilywhites in February 1964. Born at December 27th, 1938 he had played for the Newcastle United Junior team, Millwall (31 Football League appearances, 5 goals) and Lincoln City (2 Football League matches)

Alf Stokes                                                                                                                                                                                                         The former Spurs striker, who had been born at Hackney on 1932, joined the Lilywhites from Watford in 1961.

Clem Tyler                                                                                                                                                                A goalkeeper, Clem Tyler was one of the team that played in the first match at Milton Road on April 29th, 1922 though by then he was no longer the regular first choice goalkeeper. He had made his first team debut in 1919 and was to make 125 appearances for the Lillywhites. He last pulled on a Lillywhites shirt for the Boxing Day friendly of 1924 against Norwich CEYMS

Bill Wall                                                                                                                                                                 Bill Wall was a Chelsea Junior, who was born in London on October 28th, 1939, who the Lilywhites signed from Southend in the summer of 1965. At Chelsea he played also side of Jimmy Greaves in their Youth team. While for Southend, Bill made 47 appearances in the Football League and scored 5 goals. He did not make the first team at Chelsea.

Gerry Ward                                                                                                                                                          Born at Stepney on October th, 1936, Gerry Ward was a midfield player who joined the Lilywhites from Leyton Orient, who in 1965. He had played 44 league matches for Orient, having began his career with Arsenal (81 league appearances). After leaving City he played for many years for Barnet

Eric Way                                                                                                                                                                  A Full Back, he joined the Lilywhites in the summer of 1969 from King's Lynn, Had originally been on the books of Norwich City, having signed for them when he was just 17 but did not make any appearances in the Football Leage

James Wren

James Wren                                                                                                                                                                            Goalkeeper, James Wren was signed on loan by the Lilywhites in January 2014 from Tamworth as first-choice goalkeeper, Zac Barrett, was out with a broken finger.

Kevin Wilkin                                                                                                                                                         Born in Cambridge on October 1st, 1967, Kevin Wilkin was a striker who joined the Lilywhites in 1968 having formerly been with Histon and Great Shelford. He was to leave for a fee of £15,000 for Northampton but a serious knee injury curtailed his league career. He later played non league football for Rushdon & Diamonds and Nuneaton.

H Williams                                                                                                                                                   Goalkeeper in the early 1920s