171. Vinny JOHN
appearances 44 (league 30)
goals 45 (3 pens) (league 28 (1 pen))

debut and first goal Leatherhead, Isthmian League Division One 30.9.97
hat-trick (4, 1 pen) FORD UNITED, Essex Senior Cup Third Round 13.1.98
25th goal Hertford Town, East Anglian Cup Second Round 17.2.98
hat-trick and season goalscoring record (29 (2 pens), current holder)

Maldon Town, East Anglian Cup Third Round 3.3.98
sent off BILLERICAY TOWN, Ryman League Division One 24.3.98
season league goalscoring record (22, current holder)
CHERTSEY TOWN, Ryman League Division One 25.4.98
25th league goal Worthing, Ryman League Division One 28.4.98
hat-trick (third of career, equals Club record, and of season, Club record, since equalled)
Whyteleafe, Ryman League Division One 2.5.98
last appearance AVELEY, East Anglian Cup Final 15.5.98
top scorer 1997-98

Striker who signed from Dagenham & Redbridge, having played at Wembley for them in the F A Trophy Final the previous season. Formed a prolific goalscoring double act with Wade Falana despite being completely incompatible - recorded sequences of eight goals in five games, and later ten in seven, and set a Club record by scoring in six successive games, but missed out on becoming the first Romford player for nearly thirty years to score five in a match by missing a late penalty. Scored the second fastest goal in the Club’s history (thirteen seconds) to overtake Martin Hayes’ record for League goals in a season, finishing with the best League tally by a Romford player since 1939, also becoming the first player to score three hat-tricks in one season. Set up two of the goals that beat Aveley in the East Anglian Cup Final. Confusion over his contract (due to the F A having it filed under John Vincent) led to much speculation in the close season, culminating in a £4 000 move to Grays Athletic, the biggest fee ever received for a transfer by Romford. Later rejoined several former Romford team-mates at Bishops Stortford and had trials with Wycombe Wanderers and Torquay United, before joining the Hornchurch revolution.

Season Appearances Goals
All comps League only All comps League only
1997-98 44 30 45 (3p) 28 (1p)

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