Player Profile from Sandhurst Town programme:
NAME: Paolo Di Pasquale
19 year-old Sicilian-born attacker, skillful on the ball, local to the area having played for Cholsey Bluebirds in his younger days. Paul Powell lookalike or so they say!!!!
NICKNAME: Di Canio
Date of Birth: 12/06/85
Birthplace: Termini Imerese, Sicily
TV Programme: Friends
Album: Maroon 5
Football Player: Ian Wright
Drink: Martini Rosso
Football Club: Arsenal
Teams played for: Cholsey Bluebirds, AFC Wallingford
Best footballing moment: Being mistaken for Paul Powell when playing for Cholsey Utd, apparently Paolo and Powell sound the same, especially on a Sunday morning.
Footballing ambition: To carry on enjoying my football and to constantly improve my game.
Dean Dixon (Goalkeeper)
Dean, a strong and reliable goalkeeper, is beginning his second spell at the club. Previously he had played a crucial part in the Chiltonian League Cup triumph back in 1996 with penalty saves in the Semi-Final and Final. An outstanding shot-stopper who commands his area well. We are delighted that he has chosen to return to the Combined Counties League after several years in local football.
Antony Hill (Defender)
Club legend Antony has been a model of consistency throughout his 12 years at AFC Wallingford and Wallingford Town and, but for the best part of 2 seasons lost after sustaining a serious injury at work, he would have played far more than the 300-game landmark he is fast approaching. Most effective at Right-Back or Wing-Back, but equally adept in the centre of defence, Antony’s positional sense, work rate and tackling have always been outstanding, and the AFC defence always looks that bit more secure for his presence.
Scott Gesner (Defender)
Promising young left-sided defender Scott looks set to break into the first team on a regular basis, having played reserve and youth football last season. Already he’s to be at home stopping opposing wide players or getting forward to deliver dangerous crosses of his own, and he looks to have a promising footballing future ahead.
Matt Hambridge (Defender)
Central defender, a new signing this season. Matt has settled into the centre of defence quickly, reads the game well and looks a valuable addition to the squad.
Ryan Hodnett (Defender)
Promising young central defender who broke into the first team towards the end of last season. Ryan is good in the air, strong in the tackle, and gets forward to score more than his share of goals from set pieces.
Carl Gordon (Defender)
Pacy full-back Carl is another young player from last season’s second team who will be knocking on the door for a regular first team place this season.
Danny Ferguson (Midfield)
Another player returning to the club from local football after a 5-yesr absence. Danny is a talented central midfielder with a sure touch and pin-point passing ability.
John Stott (Midfield)
John joined AFC in the close season and immediately impressed with his assured performance in the middle of the park. Comfortable on the ball and adept at winning and retaining possession, he has established himself as a vital cog in AFC’s central midfield.
Philip Eaton (Midfield)
Another promising young player, Phil is back at AFC having previously played for the club’s under-18 team. A right sided midfielder who has also looked comfortable at full back, his early displays have shown much promise.
Adam Stowell (Midfield)
Still only 18, attacking midfielder Adam made a scoring debut in the Combined Counties as a 15-year-old. His progress since then has been curtailed by a series of injuries, but we’re delighted that he’s back to secure a regular place in the starting line-up this season.
Chris Allum (Forward)
Chris made his debut for Wallingford as a 17-year-old back in 1998, but until now has not been able to hold down a regular place in the starting eleven. If his early displays of power, strength and skill in commanding the forward line are anything to go by, he’s sure to become an automatic choice in the side.
Carl Henry (Forward and Assistant Manager)
Another well-known name amongst the Wallingford footballing Fraternity. Carl is renowned as a prolific goal-scorer in local football. It was at AFC Wallingford that he made his name, scoring a phenomenal 62 goals in the 1998 championship-winning season. He went on to reach 100 goals for the club in just 53 matches, a quite unbelievable strike rate, and also enjoyed success at Witney Town which led to a trial at Oxford United. Carl’s sharp pre-season form suggests that he will soon be adding to his 111 career goals for AFC!
Steve Wood (Forward)
Yet another legend in local football circles, Steve continues to be an essential member of the squad with the ability to pinch a priceless goal just when it matters. His purple period was 1992-1996, when he cracked in 126 goals in as many games. His overall contribution over 20 years’ association with AFC and with Wallingford Town before it, more than doubles that total.
Michael Fellows (Forward)
Young winger-cum-centre forward Michael was perhaps the second team’s most consistent player last year; he broke into the first team towards the end of the season, and looks sure to do so on a more regular basis this year.
Nigel Swafford (Midfielder/Forward)
Returning this year after a spell with Ardley United. A member of the team that won the Chiltonian League Title. Nigel can play as a winger or up front and likes to take on players.
H has returned this season to the club where he spent the bulk of his playing career. His 8 years’ sterling service between 1992-200, firstly with Wallingford Town, subsequently with AFC, were a period of great success for both clubs, and H played an instrumental part in the Cup triumphs in 1995 and 1996, and the Chiltonian Championship season of 1998. Having been successful in guiding a local village side near to the top of the Reading League, H was ready to take on the challenge at AFC. Given his knowledge and experience, and with the right systems in place, we’re sure he can bring AFC stability then success in the not-too-distant future.