Introducing the Blues – 3

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Blues’ 2017/18 squad

JOHNVILLE RENEE Defender/Midfielder

Johnville began his career at Leyton Orient before leaving for Stoke City at 15-years-old. He spent four years at The Potters before joining AFC Wimbledon in League 2. Comfortable in both defence and midfield, he spent six months at Maldon & Tiptree last season. Johnville made his Stortford debut against Hitchin Town in a Herts Charity Cup tie in August.

JORDAN WESCOTT Midfielder

22-year-old Jordan impressed in pre-season before the start of last season. He was an outstanding player through the age groups in the Stortford Community side set-up and has had a number of trials with professional clubs. Most of the 2016/17 term was spent with local Essex Senior League side Takeley with whom he made over 40 appearances. Jordan made his Blues debut coming on as a substitute away at Tiverton Town in the first match of the campaign and scored his first goal netting a late equaliser against Farnborough in November. By the end of last season Jordan had made 49 appearances for Stortford and netted three goals.

JACK THOMAS Midfielder

Jack spent two seasons with the Blues academy set-up and gained valuable experience of senior football with Sawbridgeworth Town in the Essex Senior League in the 2016/17 season. He made his Blues first team debut in a Hertfordshire Charity Cup semi-final tie against Hitchin Town last September and has been a major influence in the Blues midfield since then. Jack made 30 appearances for the Blues last term.

FREDDIE OAKMAN Midfielder

Freddie is another member of the club’s under-18 squad that reached the second round of the FA Youth Cup. Freddie was signed on Evo Stik South forms in mid November and was an unused substitute against Farnborough that month. He made his first team debut when coming on as a substitute in a home match against Banbury United in January. He was struck by illness late in the season but had made eight appearances by the end of the campaign.

JAKE CASS – Forward

25-year-old Jake is a former midfield player turn striker, scoring a bundle of goals for Chalfont St Peter last season in the Evo Stik South-East Division. A strong powerful player who enjoys the physical side of the game, Jake is looking to make a name for himself back at this level after previous spells at Hendon and East Thurrock United earlier in his career.

CHINEDU OSADEBE Forward

19 year-old Chi joined Stortford in the summer from Witham Town, where he established himself as a regular last season after jumping up from the under-18s. A strong, quick player, there are high hopes Chi can fulfil his potential and progress with Stortford. He made his Blues debut in a Herts Charity Cup tie versus Hitchin Town in August.

 ALFIE MASON Striker

Alfie was a member of the successful under-18 side that fought their way through to play Colchester United in the second round proper of the FA Youth. He scored twice in extra time when Stortford beat Boreham Wood in the first round. Alfie made his Blues senior debut when coming on as a substitute against Kings Langley in November. He had a short spell at Thurlow Nunn Eastern Leaguers Coggeshall Town in the early part of the New Year.  He netted his first senior goal for Stortford when scoring against Slough Town in March. By the end of the season Alfie had made 19 appearances for Stortford and scored two goals.

JAMIE CURETON Striker

A former Premier League striker, Jamie joined from Farnborough and made his Blues debut in the New Years Day fixture at home to Royston Town. In a long and varied career he started at Norwich City making his senior debut against Everton in November 1994 and scoring his first senior goal when finding the net versus Chelsea the next month.

He has gone on to play for Bristol Rovers, Reading, Queens Park Rangers, Swindon, Colchester United, Exeter City, Leyton Orient and Cheltenham Town and in non-league Dagenham & Redbridge, Eastleigh and St Albans City as well as Farnborough. He was part of the England team that won the Veterans World Cup in in Thailand in June 2017 and he was the star performer scoring in every tie including the 2-0 final victory over Iran.

Jamie is employed as an academy coach at the Arsenal with the under-15s and under-16s. Jamie scored his first goal for Stortford in a 1-1 draw at Weymouth in early January and finished with ten goals from twenty matches for the Blues last season.

Author: Dave Ryan