Player information of opponents Hampton & Richmond Borough
- Golding (75')
- Liburd (81')
- Beckles-Richards (90')
- Wood (30')
- Barzey (70')
Alan Julian (GK)
A hugely experienced goalkeeper, Alan has racked up just over 600 career appearances, including almost a hundred in the Football League. After starting out aged nine with his local club Brentford, the Ashford-based ‘keeper went on to win international honours with Northern Ireland. He represented his country at U18, U19 and U21 level, and kept a clean sheet on his U21 debut against Switzerland. ‘Jules’ has won a number of titles in his career, including the FA Trophy and the Conference South, and set a Conference record eight clean sheets in a row with Stevenage. Getting him onboard in autumn 2020 represented a major signing for the Beavers, as he brings fantastic organisational skills alongside his undoubted shot stopping ability.
His first season saw 21 appearances as the Beavers again challenged for the Play Offs before the season was curtailed. In 2021/22, his second second season at the club, Jules racked up his 600th senior appearance, in a 3-1 victory over Wimborne Town in the FA Cup. Now approaching his third season at Beveree, Julian bagged a clean sweep of club awards in the summer, with his performances over the last year earning him the Fans’ Player, Manager’s Player and Players’ Player awards.
Endurance Johnson (GK)
18-year old shot-stopper Johnson began his footballing journey at the European Football Academy in London, where he stayed until the age of 14. He then spent a year with Brentford FC’s development team before signing for Colchester United. Originally from Lambeth, the ‘keeper also spent some time on loan at Step Four Maldon & Tiptree, before his time at Colchester came to an end in summer 2022. Following a successful pre-season with the Beavers, Gary McCann added Endurance to the squad to take the second goalkeeper spot ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
Cameron Black (Defender)
On-loan from Dorking for the first half of the 2022/23 season, 19-year-old Cameron comes with a glowing reputation, having scooped the Player of the Season award at his previous loan club Leatherhead last year. An Academy graduate at Wanderers, Black has built up a good level of experience of first team football at Leatherhead and will look to build on that in the National League South. Born in nearby Surbiton, Cameron has excelled at U18 and U23 levels for Dorking and following his stand out Isthmian Premier campaign, Gary took the opportunity to bring him in on loan as soon as it came up.
Tommy Block (Defender)
Right back Tommy, who can also play central defence, initially arrived at Beveree on loan in January 2022 until the end of the season, before eventually joining on a permanent basis. Born in Sutton, the 22-year-old started his career with Woking, and arrived back there in September 2020 after time on the south coast and north of the border with Hibs and Queen’s Park. After leaving the Woking Academy, Tommy spent a season with Havant & Waterlooville, during which time he enjoyed loans at Pagham and Chichester City, before moving to Bognor Regis Town in 2017. Two seasons with The Rocks followed, in both the National League South and the Isthmian Premier League, and it was whilst playing in Sussex that the defender earnt his move to the Scottish Premiership with Hibernian.
Whilst with the Edinburgh side, he spent six months on loan with Queen’s Park, before returning to Woking in September 2020. Once he arrived at Beveree, Tommy never looked back, and quickly became a firm favourite with management, teammates and fans alike. When his contract at Woking expired in the summer of 2022, the manager seized the chance to bring the versatile full back on board permanently ahead of the 2022/23 season.
Ruaridh Donaldson (Defender)
Having played on the left side of defence and midfield for the last two seasons, the 28-year-old Scot has established a reputation as one of the fittest players in the Beavers’ squad. Born in North Berwick, Ruaridh represented Scottish Universities whilst studying Economics at Abertay University, before going on to sign for local side Bonnyrigg Rose. A move to Stenhousemuir followed where Donaldson helped Stenny to promotion to SPFL League One. After making 38 appearances the following season, ‘Ru’ headed to London for work, signing for Hampton & Richmond Borough in the summer of 2019 – turning out 33 times in his debut season.
In 2020/21, Donaldson was close to ever present, and popped up with several key goals, including an acrobatic strike away at Chippenham Town, and the crucial first competitive goal of the season in the FA Cup against Corinthian. The following season, Donaldson took on a deeper role, playing left back or centre back for the majority of the season. Undeterred, the Scottish winger maintained his form in front of goal, ending the season as the Beavers’ top scorer with eight in the league. In June, Ruaridh agreed terms to remain with Hampton for the 2022/23 season.
Raheem Fernandes (Defender)
Still only 17, Academy left back Raheem Fernandes signed first team forms with the Beavers in July 2022. With a year left on his time in the Academy, Raheem was invited to train with the first team through pre-season ahead of 2022/23 and showed enough that manager Gary McCann was keen to add him to the first team squad. As part of his continued progression, Fernandes will be looking to spend the early part of the season on loan to build on his senior experience.
Luis Fernandez (Defender)
Enfield born Luis arrived at Beveree in May 2022, as one of Gary’s first signings ahead of the 22/23 season, signing from Stevenage who he had joined as a 13 year old. Fernandez made his first team debut for the Boro against Southend United in August 2019, when was still just 17 years old, earning plaudits from his manager for his performance. A first professional contract followed shortly after, along with a further seven outings for the first team that season.
Whilst with Stevenage, Luis also enjoyed two loan spells in the National League – first with Oxford City in 2020/21, and then spending 2021/22 with King’s Lynn Town. Still only 20, Fernandez has already racked up almost 25 appearances in the National League, and was part of the Oxford City side which reached the FA Trophy quarter final and the FA Cup second round. Away from football, the tall centre back is a keen fisher – just like all good Beavers.
Jay Hines (Defender)
A true Academy success story, Jay Hines made his competitive first team debut for the Beavers in 2021/22. Having only played at youth level with Wormwood Scrubs based Magix Youth FC, Jay joined the Academy in 2020, and was still undergoing his studies when he officially joined the first team squad in 2021/22.
Prior to that, the QPR fan’s development was carefully managed, with the 18 year old right back gradually exposed to first team training and the occasional friendly, was remaining the Academy National League squad.
Based in Kensington & Chelsea, Jay is local to manager Gary McCann, who had no reservations about throwing him in the deep end away to Braintree Town in April ’22. Following a Man of the Match performance, Hines went on to make five further starts, picking up another two Man of the Match awards, contributing to three clean sheets in the process.
Dean Inman (Defender)
The thirty one year old local lad from Whitton knows the club inside out, having come up through the ranks at Hampton & Richmond Borough. After spells at Farnborough and Hayes & Yeading United, Dean was part of a title-winning team at Maidenhead, before moving to Billericay for a club record fee. Another successful season followed, as ‘Ricay won the treble, including the Isthmian League, securing promotion to the National League South.
After a year in Essex, the composed centre back moved closer to home with Kingstonian, before signing up with Gary McCann in July 2019. With so many trophies under his belt already, his experience is crucial to the side and he made 17 appearances in 2020/21 where he was many fans’ pick for Player of the Season. In 2021/22, despite an unfortunate ankle injury early in the season, Inman was again a rock for the Beavers. Through March and April, a formidable partnership with the on-loan Lucas Ness saw a Deano-inspired back line keep five consecutive clean sheets.
Brandon Barzey (Midfielder)
Brandon joined the club in the summer of 2021, from Hanworth Villa, after impressing numerous members of the coaching staff with his performances for the Combined Counties side. Whilst the move from Step Five to Step Two is a big one, Barzey fitted in immediately in the training sessions whilst on trial, and impressed in many of the pre-season friendlies. Originally from Harlesden, Brandon joined a strong north London contingent at the club. Having started his career with Queen’s Park Rangers, Brandon was with the Rs from U14 to U18 as a schoolboy and then a scholar, including a number of appearances for the U23s. After his time at Loftus Road finished, he moved to Staines Town before heading to Hanworth.
Despite the season being curtailed due to COVID, the Villans still reached the FA Vase 5th round and were well poised for a title challenge – unbeaten in the ten league matches they played, with Barzey bagging four goals along the way. In June 2022 Brandon joined the ranks of Beavers to play international football, making his debut for Montserrat against Guyana. Brandon spent the first part of 2021/22 on dual registration with both Hanworth Villa and Chesham United. After a productive period away, particularly with Chesham where he bagged four league goals, the livewire winger returned to Beveree in January to rejoin the squad. His fine form was rewarded with a permanent contract in January, and Gary was only too pleased to take the option to extend it for the 2022/23 season.
Shane Dunne (Midfielder)
Arriving in January 2022, Shane joined the Beavers from former manager Alan Dowson’s Woking having arrived at the Kingfield in autumn 2021. The 28 year old midfielder had previously spent two years in Australia with the Goulbourn Valley Suns, and represented numerous clubs in his native Ireland before that.
Born in Duleek, County Meath, on Ireland’s east coast, Shane’s first club was Monaghan United before eventually going onto join the largest local side – Drogheda United in the Irish first division, before moving on to Wexford. It was with the Youths that Shane achieved his career highlight, winner the League of Ireland First Division, and achieving promotion to the Premier League. A UEFA A Licence qualified coach, Dunne also studied Sports Management and Coaching at the Institute of Technology Carlow. Whilst completing his studies, he also represented Irish Colleges at the World University Games in Taiwan.
Zak Fraser-Grante (Midfielder)
Having recently turned 17, Fraser-Grante signed first team forms for the Beavers in July 2022, having impressed during the pre-season training camp. A wiry midfielder, capable of playing in both the ‘8’ and ’10’ roles, Zak caught the eye with his ball retention and stamina, coming in closely behind the likes of Ruaridh Donaldson and Jake Gray in the squad fitness tests despite his young age.
A local lad, born and raised in Kew, Richmond, Fraser-Grante still has a full season remaining as part of Steve Bates’ Hampton & Richmond Borough Academy where he is completing the NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise. As a younger teenager, whilst player at local Kew Park Rangers, Zak also represented the Independent Schools FA National squad, and also appeared in the National Futsal Finals.
Jake Gray (Midfielder)
Having started his career with Crystal Palace aged sixteen, Aylesbury born Jake signed his first professional contract in 2013, before going out on loan to gain experience with Cheltenham and Hartlepool. Whilst at Palace, Gray made the Premier League bench on four occasions. Moves to Luton, and then Yeovil followed, during which time the versatile midfielder racked up over a hundred EFL appearances. His time at Huish Park included an FA Cup Fourth Round tie against Manchester United, where he went head to head with Juan Mata, coming away with the Spanish midfielder’s shirt.
Jake moved to Woking in summer 2019, before joining the Beavers on loan where he made 18 appearances, scoring three. In August 2020, Gray signed permanently for Gary McCann’s side and was an ever-present in the shortened National League South campaign, registering six goal contributions in 21 matches. A groin injury in 2021/22 had a big impact on Gray’s season, but he still weighed in with some crucial goals and assists across the campaign, before agreeing terms in the summer to remain at Beveree for 2022/23.
Stefan Ilić (Midfielder)
A summer 2022 signing, Stefan arrived from fellow National League South side Braintree Town, after impressing Gary McCann across the 2021/22 season. Originally from Kingston-upon-Thames, the move to Beveree brings Ilić closer to home. A wide midfielder, who plays with tenacity on and off the ball, Ilić started his career with Tooting & Mitcham United in Step Four, and whilst there went on loan to Lewes in the Isthmian Premier where he scored four goals. A move to the National League South to Welling United followed, and then a further switch to Braintree ahead of the 2021/22 campaign. Five goals followed for the Cressing Road outfit as Ilić excelled under Ryan Maxwell. In June, the 23 year old – who works in logistics away from football – signed on with Hampton for the 2022/23 season.
Tyrell Miller-Rodney (Midfielder)
A former youth prospect with both Brentford and Fulham, Tyrell’s versatility and tenacity has made him an important part of the Beavers’ squad since signing from Staines Town in 2018. Born in Stonebridge, Miller-Rodney has established himself as an equally effective performer in central midfield, or operating from the right back/right wing back position – both areas where his natural fitness give him an advantage. After spending time with both the Bees and the Cottagers, Tyrell took his first steps in senior football with Hayes & Yeading, before an impressive 2017/18 campaign with Staines Town saw him become one of Gary’s first signings as Hampton boss.
Unfortunately, injury curtailed Tyrell’s 2019/20 season, leaving him just shy of his fiftieth Beavers appearance, something which he remedied in the 2020/21 campaign. During 2021/22, Miller-Rodney grew in stature within the team, ending the season as the Beavers’ on-field captain. Over the summer, now established as Hampton’s longest serving player under Gary McCann, Tyrell took on the captain’s armband permanently, leading the team into the 2022/23 season.
Ade Shokunbi (Midfielder)
A summer 2022 arrival from league rivals Welling United, Shokunbi is a combative box-to-box midfielder, who started his career in Reading’s Academy system. Whilst at Reading, Ade made 13 appearances at U23 level, and 29 at U18 – most of which were as a centre forward. Whilst with the Royals, he also experienced loan spells with Nuneaton and Billericay Town in 2018 and 2019.
When his Reading contract ended, the Peckham-born midfielder signed for Beaconsfield Town in the Southern Premier League South, spending one season there prior to making the move to Welling United. Ade made 36 appearances in the National League South in 2021/22, scoring six goals. Now 23 years old, Ade is a dominant physical presence, and impressed when the Beavers visited Welling last season. When he became available in the summer, Gary McCann made it a priority to bring him onboard.
Alfy Whittingham (Midfielder)
Portsmouth-born Alfy signed from the Beavers in June 2022, after three seasons with Aldershot Town in the National League. A central midfielder, but with the versatility to adopt different positions when required, Whittingham started his career at local side Havant & Waterlooville, but it wasn’t until a move to Ian Herring’s Hungerford Town that he made his first senior appearances.
A breakout 2018/19 campaign earned Whittingham a move to Aldershot Town, where he made 48 appearances in the next two COVID disrupted seasons. 29 appearances with three goals followed in 2021/22, along with a short loan to Havant & Waterlooville. 23 year old Alfy joined the Beavers upon expiry of his contract in 2022, with Gary McCann delighted to secure a player of his undoubted quality.
Temi Babalola (Forward)
21-year old striker Temi Babalola joined the Beavers in July 2022 from National League South rivals Concord Rangers. Originally from South Ockenden in Essex, Babalola spent the first years of his career with local clubs such as Woodford Town, Romford and Brentwood Town, before moving on to the Beach Boys. In 2021/22, the strong frontman bagged six goals in 18 starts, whilst a season earlier he played for the Essex side in the FA Trophy Final Wembley.
FA competitions have been a happy hunting ground for Babalola, who had played and scored in the First Round by the age of 19. After impressing Gary McCann when the Beavers visited Concord last season, the manager was only too pleased to bring the former Essex Schoolboy on board when the opportunity arose.
Connor Kuran-Browne (Forward)
Watford-born Connor arrived from AFC Bournemouth in June 2022, with glowing endorsements from former coaches. Comfortable in any of the three attacking midfield positions, the 20 year old has already experienced a number of highs in football, and will be looking to add more at Beveree. Having started his career at Watford, Kurran-Browne moved to Bournemouth, where he remained in their academy until the summer of 2022, including a two year professional contract. Of both Czech and Guyanese heritage, Connor was called up for the Guyana squad in June 2021 but is yet to win his first cap.
A month’s loan in the National League with King’s Lynn Town saw the 6ft winger experience senior football for the first time, where he made nine appearances. Whilst at Bournemouth, Kurran-Browne also trained with the first team, gaining valuable experience around experienced Championship and Premiership level players.
Tommy Wood (Forward)
Gary McCann moved quickly to snap up Tommy in the summer of 2022, after a fine season in Kent had seen the west London born striker bag 13 goals for Tonbridge Angels. Originally from Hillingdon, Tommy started his youth career with local side Yeading, before experiencing academy football with Wycombe Wanderers. Eventually, Wood wound up at Burnley, signing scholarship forms in 2015, even winning the Youth Player of the Season award for the Lancashire side in 2017.
Following his time with the Clarets, the mobile forward moved back home to sign for AFC Wimbledon, where he made his league debut against Fleetwood Town in January 2019. Whilst with the Dons, a series of loan moves followed, including three (with Leatherhead, Burgess Hill Town and Tonbridge Angels) where Tommy averaged a goal a game. Following that final loan to Tonbridge, Wood moved there on a permanent basis, where despite an injury disrupted final he season, he finished the 2021/22 season as the Angels’ top scorer.
Gary McCann (Manager)
Gary joined the Beavers in June 2018, following the departure of Alan Dowson to Woking a month earlier. Gary’s tenure at the club has already seen him reach a number of milestones – as Hampton & Richmond Borough’s 20th manager, whilst he has also achieved more FA Cup First Rounds than any manager in the club’s history. In 2021/22 he will reach another moment of historical significance, as he leads the club into their centenary season. Prior to arriving at Beveree, Gary had been in charge at Hendon for 13 years, initially as a player then moving to the dugout following a short break when injury ended his playing career. In his final season with the Greens, they finished 3rd in the league, reaching the Play Off final before eventually succumbing to Dulwich Hamlet in a penalty shootout.
A London taxi driver in his day job, Gary’s commitment to the club is phenomenal and his attention to detail is second to none. Ably supported by a coaching team who have worked together for many years at Hendon and Hampton, the team secured an initial finish of 15th in 2018/19. Since then, Gary has got the club into Play Off contention for the past two seasons. Sadly, like all clubs, COVID disrupted Gary’s second and third campaigns in the hot seat. Denied a Play Off place by PPG in 2019/20, the Beavers were again going strong in 2020/21, and were well placed for a title challenge when the season was curtailed. In summer 2021 the club were given a massive boost when Gary signed a new three year deal, keeping him at Beveree Stadium until 2024.