Dream XI: Former Gainsborough Players

Dream XI: Former Gainsborough Players

GK: Dimitar Evtimov

Dimitar Evitmov joined Gainsborough Trinity on loan in 2011 from Championship side, Nottingham Forest. The Bulgarian shot stopper has caps at Under 21 and Under 19 level with his country. The 24-year-old was named as the 2012/13 Championship Apprentice of the Year after appearing for Steve Housham’s Trinity side in 2011. Evtimov has been on loan to Football League clubs, Mansfield Town and Port Vale since his spell at The Northolme as well as making two league appearances for Nottingham Forest.

RB: Ben Purkiss

The 34-year-old defender failed to break into the Sheffield United first team in 2003 which led to him joining Gainsborough Trinity. Ben Purkiss made 113 league appearances at The Northolme before moving to York City in 2007. He spent three years with The Minstermen before going on to play for teams such as Oxford United, Walsall and Port Vale. He currently plays for Swindon Town in League Two.

CB: Andrew Boyce

After spells with Doncaster Rovers, Worksop Town and King’s Lynn, Andrew Boyce joined Gainsborough Trinity in 2009. He helped Trinity reach the Conference North play-off final in the 2011–12 season. Boyce impressed for Trinity scoring eight goals in 71 appearances earning him a move to Lincoln City where he became a fan’s favourite. The six foot four centre back has played for clubs such as Scunthorpe United, Grimsby Town and Notts County. He currently plays for Eastleigh in the National League where he has been a regular in their starting 11.

CB: Luke Waterfall

Another name to have played for Lincoln City, Luke Waterfall is currently captain of the Imps as they continue their success under Danny and Nicky Cowley. Waterfall has already won the Checkatrade Trophy this season and continues to hunt for a play-off place in League Two. During his time with Trinity, the defender played 104 league games, also scoring eight goals like Boyce.

LB: Josh Wilde

The left back currently provides competition to FC Halifax Town fullback, Scott McManus. He followed manager Billy Heath to the Shay following a period of time with North Ferriby United. Wilde won the FA Trophy with North Ferriby in 2015 after time with Buxton and Trinity.

RM: Elliot Hodge

The son of Nottingham Forest legend, Steve Hodge, Elliot currently plays for Notts County in League Two. He recently had a loan spell with Alfreton Town under former Lincoln City boss, Chris Moyses. The 22-year-old turned professional during his time at Sincil Bank, he had a number of loan spells during this period including his time at Gainsborough in 2016.

CM: Ollie Banks

Ollie Banks worked his way through the Non-League system following his release from Rotherham United in 2012. After loan spells with Buxton and Stalybridge Celtic, Banks joined Gainsborough Trinity before going on to play for Scarborough Athletic and North Ferriby shortly after. In 2013, he made a name for himself during a spell at FC United of Manchester. This led to Chesterfield signing him in 2014. Banks had since go on to play for a number of Football League sides such as Northampton Town, Oldham Athletic and Swindon Town.

CM: Mark Wilson

A veteran of the game, Mark Wilson is now retired from professional football. The 39-year-old had a spell with Gainsborough in 2012 after a lengthy career which included him playing for clubs such as Manchester United, Middlesbrough, FC Dallas and Doncaster Rovers. With one England U21 cap to his name, Wilson’s most notable period came in a six-year spell at the Keepmoat. Following his brief spell with Trinity he returned to Doncaster in 2013 but did not make a first team appearance. Wilson now works as a regional director in youth football coaching in America.

CM: Mark Hudson

Currently playing in the North of England. Mark Hudson was a familiar name in the Football League having played over 200 combined games for Chesterfield, Huddersfield Town and Rotherham United between 2003 and 2009. In 2009, the midfielder born in Bishop Auckland signed for Gainsborough Trinity, going on to make eight appearances where he scored three goals. He quickly joined Grimsby Town shortly after before leaving the club in 2011.

LM: Terry Hawkridge

Terry Hawkridge was member of the National League winning Lincoln City side in the 2016/17 season. The winger had spells with Barnsley and Tranmere as a youngster before working his way through the non-league ladder. Signing for Gainsborough in 2012, the 28-year-old went on to make 37 league appearances, scoring 14 goals. Hawkridge then signed for Scunthorpe United before going on loan to Mansfield Town and Lincoln City. He permanently signed for the Imps ahead of the 2016/17 season. The Nottingham-born winger then signed for his local side, Notts County in the summer of 2017.

ST: Alex Rodman

A winger who can operate as a striker, Alex Rodman has also worked his way up the Non-League system. Playing for Leamington, Grantham Town and Lincoln United in his first two years as a senior player, the former Wolves academy star signed for Trinity in 2007. He left the Northolme after just one season in order to play for Tamworth before moving onto Aldershot Town in 2011. After spells with Grimsby, Gateshead and Newport County, Rodman joined Notts County in 2016 before making over 50 appearances for Shrewsbury Town up to date.

Subs:

CB: Callum Howe
ST: Kane Richards
ST: Ross Hannah
ST: Hamish Watson
LM: Rhys Oates


Article by Charlie Russell for Gainsborough Trinity

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