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Stevenage Player Carl Alford

Carl Alford

Forward


Carl Alford
Date Of Birth:

11/02/1972

Place Of Birth:

Denton


Previous Club(s):

Rushden & Diamonds
Kettering Town
Macclesfield Town
Witton Albion
Burnley
Stockport County
Rochdale

Later Club(s):

Doncaster Rovers (2000)
Kettering Town (loan) (2001)
Yeovil Town (2001)
Nuneaton Borough (loan) (2003)
Gainsborough Town (2003)
Woodley Sports (2003)
Leigh RMI (2004)


Apps: 93 (2) - Goals: 59

Debut: Barrow (A, 1-0), 15/08/1998  

To look at Carl Alford, you would probably be forgiven for thinking that the striker wasn't exactly the most agile nor the most nimble of players to have plyed his trade at the top of the non-league tree with clubs such as Yeovil Town, Stevenage Borough and Rushden & Diamonds.

But while you would have been forgiven, you'd have been so wrong that even Jeremy Paxman would be unable to patronise you enough. The bottom line is that Alford was a prolific marksman up there with some of the best the Conference has perhaps ever seen. An immensely powerful striker with a cute eye for goal, it was no wonder some top non-league clubs wanted him.

His record at Broadhall Way speaks for itself. With a deadly eye for goal, Alford certainly ranks as one of Boro's sharpest shooters. Nearly 60 goals in 95 total appearances, it was a return that more than filled a gap left by Barry Hayles following his 1997 departure. Alas, not even Alford's abundance of goals could return Boro' to the top of the Conference table towards the late 1990s.

It was a habitual ability to score goals, goals and more goals that came back to haunt Boro' a couple of seasons after he left Broadhall Way. In non-league's showpiece final - the FA Trophy, in case you'd forgotten, Alford more than helped sink Wayne Turner's efforts to write himself into Boro' folklore at Villa Park. And he did it with an awkward overhead kick.

In a way, it was quite beautiful in its execution. And yet, as someone sat behind the BoroGuide team that day said in rather ungracious terms, "Alford, you fat f**k"... funny how football fans can have such short memories and betray the remarkable scoring record he displayed at Boro'.

To see Carl in action in a Boro' shirt, visit www.carlalford.co.uk

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