162. Colin PATES
appearances 3+1 (all league)
debut LEIGHTON TOWN, ICIS League Division Two 5.4.97
Former Chelsea and Arsenal defender, reputedly known as Shark in his Chelsea days because of his large and oft-broken hooter. Retired from the professional game with a knee injury but joined Boro after a spell as player-manager at Crawley Town. Was thrown out from Romford after deciding he didn't particularly want to play the last ten minutes with a slight knock against Witham, when all the subs had been used and Boro still needed a win to confirm promotion. Walked out with the parting shot that "you can't play football on that pitch," leaving his erstwhile team-mates to secure the Division Two championship a couple of weeks later.
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