40 players made their debut for the club during 2016/7, two more than last season which is at least partly due to the fact that three different managers tried to develop the right combination of players.
I can't comment on them all but those that joined at the start of the season and were with us throughout deserve a mention whilst some who arrived later made their mark in one way or another.
Gareth Price (pictured) was one of several to join from Aylesbury as part of the team that Ken Charlery was building for an assault on the play-offs. He soon made his mark in pre-season games and went on to be top scorer with 24 goals in competitive matches plus ten more in friendlies. He also made 50 competitive appearances for the club; the second highest, beaten only by Murat Karagul's total of 53.
Brian Haule also arrived from Aylesbury and despite going on dual registration back to the Buckinghamshire side (ironically to help them in their successful fight against relegation) returned to complete 32 appearances and 20 goals in all matches.
A third recruit from Aylesbury was Aston Goss. Aston didn't seem to figure in Anwar Uddin's plans and left to rejoin Aylesbury after the victory at Great Wakering Rovers. He made 37 appearances and scored 4 goals from positions which varied between full back and midfield in 37 appearances.
For a long time Evandro Delgado made more appearances in the season than anyone else. He stayed injury free and kept clear of any trouble with referees so didn't suffer a suspension. Only a lengthy business trip to Portugal reduced his appearances to 48 for the season otherwise the figure would surely have been higher. Under Kem Kemal he was used as one of the shock troops, coming off the bench to apply pressure on tiring opposition defenders. He scored six goals in all matches.
Mekhi McLeod only made five appearances for the club and scored one goal; but it was his shot just into the second half of our match at Waltham Abbey that would have given us a potentially winning 2-0 lead that I remember him for. Maybe as little as half an inch lower and it would have gone in off the bar but instead it bounced down just in front of the goal line. Abbey went on to win that game and Ware started a run of five consecutive defeats and ultimately won just two more of the following ten league games before time was called on Ken Charlery.
Meanwhile Josh Oyinsan made six appearances on loan from Billericay and scored five times with the goals coming in his first four appearances.
Junior Appiah was recruited towards the end of Ken Charlery's time as manager and having had spells with a number of clubs might have been regarded as no more than a typical jobbing non-league player. However, it was Anwar Uddin who converted him to right back at the expense of fans' favourite Jack Mace. Junior flourished in that role and went on to complete 17 appearances for the club.
Anwar also brought in Tyrique Hyde-Skerrit on loan from Dagenham & Redbridge. Tyrique had made some first team appearances in the National League for the Daggers and soon settled into the team with his performances improving with every game. He was perhaps the most successful new player welcomed in this spell; Anwar's attempt to introduce a long-ball game foundering when a number of other acquisitions failed to provide an effective focal point in attack.
Kem Kemal introduced just one player wholly new to the club. Ahmed Mohammed had played under Kem during his successful spell at Waltham Forest at the start of the season and brought energy and one goal (low from distance into the Cheshunt goal) to his four appearances.
The full list of debutants in competitive matches with date and opponents is as follows:
|Tom Bradbury||02 August 2016||St Albans City|
|Aston Goss||02 August 2016||St Albans City|
|Brian Haule||02 August 2016||St Albans City|
|Gareth Price||02 August 2016||St Albans City|
|Evandro Delgado||02 August 2016||St Albans City|
|Nathan Mukuna||02 August 2016||St Albans City|
|Dani Ladeira||02 August 2016||St Albans City|
|Kyle Forster||13 August 2016||Aveley|
|Kambo Smith||16 August 2016||Tilbury|
|Anton Johnson||20 August 2016||Maldon & Tiptree|
|Davis Haule||27 August 2016||VCD Athletic|
|Sam Whiting||27 August 2016||VCD Athletic|
|Jonathan Constant||03 September 2016||Bury Town|
|James Mays||04 October 2016||Canvey Island|
|Charles Kutin||04 October 2016||Canvey Island|
|Paolo Montella||04 October 2016||Canvey Island|
|Mekhi McLeod||18 October 2016||Tilbury|
|Luis Fernandes||22 October 2016||Brentwood Town|
|Finley Long||12 November 2016||Wingate & Finchley|
|Lewis Todd||19 November 2016||Bowers & Pitsea|
|Connor Bolton||19 November 2016||Bowers & Pitsea|
|Josh Oyinsan||19 November 2016||Bowers & Pitsea|
|Jordan Odofin||03 December 2016||Thurrock|
|Laurence Vaughan||03 December 2016||Thurrock|
|Dean Mason||10 December 2016||Hornchurch|
|Clarke Bogard||10 December 2016||Hornchurch|
|Lewis Soraf||20 December 2016||Needham Market|
|Junior Appiah||26 December 2016||Cheshunt|
|Darren Behcet||07 January 2017||Great Wakering Rovers|
|Rokas Janilionis||28 January 2017||Thamesmead Town|
|Imedd Kartita||28 January 2017||Thamesmead Town|
|Russell Harley||31 January 2017||Kings Langley|
|Anthony Furlonge||11 February 2017||Brentwood Town|
|Ellis Remy||11 February 2017||Brentwood Town|
|Geoff Mitchell||18 February 2017||Maldon & Tiptree|
|Reece Simpson||25 February 2017||Brightlingsea Regent|
|Jonathan Nzengo||04 March 2017||Bowers & Pitsea|
|Bradley Woods-Garness||04 March 2017||Bowers & Pitsea|
|Tyrique Hyde||18 March 2017||Norwich United|
|Ahmed Mohammed||08 April 2017||Great Wakering Rovers|
Part 3 comes out next week at 10am on Thursday, 11th May and will summarise appearance and goal scoring records for each of the 57 players who turned out for the first team in 2016/7.