192. John RAY
appearances 96+5 (league 65+5)
goals 4 (league 2)
debut Wealdstone, Ryman League Division One 22.8.98
Centre-back who seems to have played for most of the clubs in Essex in his time. Joined from Aveley in pre-season, although they wouldn’t release him until he had returned his tracksuit. Managed to equal the feat of Tony Sorrell and Troy Braham by getting three red cards in a season, doing so in record time. Third one followed a skirmish with Canvey, which left him needing emergency surgery to his hand the following day, partly to stem blood poisoning. Proved impossible to knock down forever though, and battled on through many injuries to hit his best-ever form in 2000-01 season, being awarded the captaincy only for the Club to be suspended in December. Was released along with the rest of the squad and probably would have returned when the suspension was lifted in January, if not for his already having a regular place at Tilbury.
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