(D.O.B. April 1984)
who came through the reserve team
set-up. A prolific goal-scorer in Sunday football and at reserve level, Lee's
first team career was hampered by injuries and he never fulfilled his true
potential. After making his senior debut during
the 2004-05 season he left the club in December 2008 having scored 18 goals
in 70 appearances.
Alf was a no-nonsense
defender who certainly let forwards know they had been in a game. After
his playing days had ended he became Manager of the first team for a
while, and later he managed the reserve team.
George Barlow (D.O.B.
signed from Alsager Town in February 2014, George had the ability to pick a pass and his great attitude
and hard-working approach set him apart. Made 24 appearances and scored one
goal before leaving the club in September 2014 soon after the arrival of
Mark Wilson as Manager.
A midfield general
who was not afraid to mix it if needed!
A wonderfully gifted footballer
(and cricketer) who should surely have played at a higher level. A classy
centre-half who would have walked into any Rocester team ever, he was Alan
Beaman's captain during the highly-successful period between 1985 and 1992.
A mean penalty-taker to boot, netting almost all of his 50 goals for the
club from the spot. Always led by example and never made an enemy on the
field because he was a true gentleman.
A defender aptly
named - Steve could draw it from the opposing strikers with his
no-nonsense tackling! A highly -competitive full-back who could always
be relied upon, Steve knew his strengths and played to them
Alan Beaman (D.O.B. )
A Rocester defender for a number
of years during the 1970s and 80s. A fine tackler who could distribute the
ball superbly. Alan
went on to enjoy a highly successful spell as manager between 1984 and 1992, leading
the club to three successive league titles, three cup wins, and a
record-breaking F.A. Vase run. After
sixteen years away from the club, he made a surprise comeback to
the managers' job in October 2008, but resigned 14 months later.
Gary Beardsley (D.O.B. January 1986)
Gifted midfield player signed
from Sunday football in October 2007. Gary, known as 'Dodger', spent eight
years on Stoke City's books before playing for Burton Albion's youth team
for a season. Made 26 appearances and scored five goals for the Romans, but
decided to leave the club a year after joining.
Beaumont (D.O.B. November 1996)
midfielder who played for Rocester Juniors before joining the Reserve team
set-up in 2014. He found the net regularly for the second
string in the Midlands Regional Alliance but was rewarded with just four
first team appearances during the 2014-15 season.
Richard Beech (D.O.B. September
Energetic and tough-tackling central midfielder
who joined Rocester in November 2008 from Congleton Town. Made 34
appearances before leaving during the 2009-10 season..
Beeston (D.O.B. October 1985)
who began his comeback from a three-year injury lay-off last season by
making two starts and ten substitute appearances. “Beast” played reserve
team football for Hednesford Town and Willenhall Town prior to his injury,
and showed his quality with a terrific goal at Malvern Town in April to earn
himself Rocester’s Goal of the Season award.
Lee Brough (D.O.B. February
back signed in November 2008 after two years out of the game. Once on the fringes of the England Schoolboys squad,
Staffordshire at U-18 level before playing Conference football for Northwich
Vics. Also played for Leek
Town and Hyde United. Made just 6 appearances for Rocester before leaving in
Neil Bennett (D.O.B.
Central defender who joined
Rocester in February 2007 from League of Wales side Buckley, whom he helped
finish 2nd, 1st and 2nd in his three seasons with them. Neil spent 18
months with Birmingham City as a junior, and he also played for
Fleetwood and Burscough. Made 31 appearances.
Dan Brown (Forward) D.O.B.
wherever he played in non-league, Dan joined the Romans in December 2013
after a brief spell with Stafford
Town. He captained the side during the 2014-15 season and scored an
impressive 45 goals in 72 appearances for the club before moving to Alsager
Town in January 2015. With great control and movement
off the ball Dan was a constant threat in and around the penalty area. Other
previous clubs included Stone Dominoes and Norton United.
Bennett (D.O.B. November 1985)
Striker or right-midfielder who
came through the youth set-up at Stone Dominoes before breaking into the
first team. He spent three seasons with Brocton where he picked up a Staffs F.A. Vase Runners-Up
medal in 2008. Steve returned to Brocton following an 18-month stint with
Biddulph Victoria, and then linked up with Rocester for the 2010-11 season
when he scored 3 goals in 29 appearances.
Central defender signed
from Leek C.S.O.B. in August 2006. A fine striker of the ball,
David was once short-listed for the Player of the Round award by an F.A.
panel after scoring a cracking winner against Leamington in an F.A.
Cup tie. He was part of the Staffordshire Senior Cup
winning team in 2008 but left soon afterwards with 3 goals and 81
appearances to his name.
A very quick winger
who could produce perfect crosses running at speed. Dave provided the
crosses for two of Rocester's three goals when they memorably beat
Halesowen Town 3-1 in the F.A. Vase 5th Round in 1987.
(D.O.B. June 1979)
Full back who was a reserve team
regular between 2002 and 2008. 'Bully'
helped the reserves win two successive promotions in the Staffordshire
County League between 2003 and 2005.
A real handful in and
around the penalty area, 'Birchy' could produce a few tricks and scored
more than his fair share of goals. Signed from Stafford Town in the
summer of 1987, he enjoyed a highly successful season helping the Romans
win three trophies before succumbing to a knee injury in the final weeks
of the 1987-88 season.
'Ranjee' was a
tremendous defender and a great character on and off the field.
Bird (D.O.B. July 1992)
spent four years with Norwich City as a junior. Connor joined the Romans in
July 2010 after playing much of the previous season with Penkridge Town in
the West Midlands League, but moved on after making just 9 appearances for
(D.O.B. October 1988)
defender who came through the Reserves before breaking into the first team
in 2008. A Rocester lad, Darren developed into a high quality player
and after receiving all three of the club's Player of the Season awards in
May 2013 he took the opportunity to play at a higher level with Stafford
Rangers, where he spent one season and captained the side.
Returned to Rocester briefly in 2014 and again in 2016 before finishing.
Made 216 appearances for the club.
Josh Butler (D.O.B.
Left-Back signed in November
2008 from Midland Combination side Newhall United. Josh had previously spent three years
playing youth and reserve team football for Burton Albion, where he helped
them win the National Conference Youth League and the League and League Cup
'double' with the reserves. He made 72 appearances for Rocester before
moving on after the 2009-10 season.