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The Friday Interview: Paul Foley

Foley’s take on Stones team

Former Stones captain Paul Foley has announced the Maidstone team that will be taking part in his benefit match next Saturday (17 June).

Players from the double-winning season of 2001/02 are getting back together to raise funds for Paul’s care and equipment following the diagnosis of a brain stem cell tumour, which has left him with severely limited mobility.

Here’s Paul’s take on his teammates…

1. Kevin Hudson (Big Kev)
Steady Eddie between the sticks and very reassuring to play in front of. Didn’t have much to do with us in front of him! Played with a big bunch of jailor’s keys down his sock!

2. Jamie Kempster (JK)
Micky Dolenz, my SE London mate. Played everywhere with Jamie, he was on fire that season. Now pulling the strings as the magician Coutinho at Anfield – had the hottest car in the land – a Cinquecento – back then.

3. Aaron Lacy (Lace)
Joined the following year when we just missed out. Loves a sunbed and some highlights. Monster throw that I scored plenty from. Last saw him reading the paper instead of working on the road in Kemsing.

4. Nick Davis (Dickie Davies)
Dolph Lundgren joined the following season from my old team VCD and a very good centre back partner. Went on to play higher with the Fish and now doing a good job in the hot seat at Sittingbourne.

5. Simon Glover (Gloves)
Was a promising young wide player back then, who made me feel old as I played against his dad when I was starting out. Ended up as a very good centre back like his dad.

6. Anthony Hogg (Ant)
Actually played with Hoggy Snr at Rams when he came on loan from Dover, then signed him at VCD where he added a bit of class but moaned that I always took him off! Lovely left wand.

7. Nick Hegley (Heggers)
Only ever played one game with Jimmy Somerville when player-manager at VCD (and I took myself off at half time) Key player in our double side. Was at Coventry you know, mates with Kirkland! Zzzz.

8. Steve Marshall (Marshy)
Played with and against Robocop many times. Scored a televised hat trick at Newport IoW in about 45 seconds as BBC followed us on the Road to Wembley. Class act was Marshy, scored on final day at Deal to seal league.

9. Richard Sinden (Sinds)
My little brother Benny Blanco from the Bronx was on fire that season. A little pocket rocket of a forward, he joined VCD and even played for me, scoring the key goal when we won league at Herne Bay.

10. Neil Davey (Neil D)
Again, played against and with Neil many times. Tough opponent, great lad and very clever player. Used to get booed by Stones fans before games like me and Coatsy but was invaluable that season

11. Barry Jefferys (Barry J)
The blond bombshell with the good left foot. Glued to Ribbo and Jamie that year on nights out but a key player for us, forming a good partnership with Jamie. Now coaching the future stars of Arsenal.

12. Terry Cordice (TC)
Played for every club in Kent but only played the odd game with him. Roger Milla is another to have played with brother Adrian. Was in the Sheppey side managed by Mal Watkins when Rams won the Kent Senior Trophy on penalties.

13. Jodie Kempster (Jodie K)
My good mucker who is undoubtedly the most unreliable man in football. Bags of talent, shocking attitude. Loves a JD and coke.

14. Simon Austin (Austo)
Played with Austo in the final season. Excellent technically but couldn’t run for a bus though. Signed him at VCD where he ran even less. Always had a long face on, like a two-year old filly.

15. Simon Pettit (Simon P)
Actually played with Simon at Rams when he was a young talent who Jim ruined to just become a long throw specialist like Lacy, Ribbo etc. Went on to play good level at Ryman Premier with Rams.

16. Steve Hogg (Hoggy)
Wee Stevie played the last two seasons and was always a consistent player, technically very good. Signed him at VCD.

17. Tony Reynolds (Tony R)
Tony was a young stopper back then, probably still only 30 odd! Unlucky to be there at same time as Mr Dependable Kev was between the sticks and went on to play plenty.

The Stones side will be managed by Danny Ward and Steve Butler.

Kick off will be at 15:00. Admission is a minimum of £5 for anyone 12 and over, children aged 11 and under are free. If you cannot make it on the day, you can show your support at https://www.gofundme.com/brain-tumour-treatment

Maidstone United 01/02 vs. Ramsgate 98/99
Paul Foley Benefit Match
Saturday 17 June
Kick off 15:00
Gallagher Stadium, James Whatman Way, Maidstone, ME14 1LQ

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