(Part 1 A to B)
PAUL ALDSWORTH (app. 36 goals 9)
Former Harwich & Parkeston player who made his Dragons debut in midfield on 3/10/81 having joined the club from Brantham Athletic. Made his last appearance on the 5/6/82 before returning to Brantham in the summer of 1982. Later rejoined Harwich before going on to have a third spell with the Blue Imps.
KEVIN ANDERSON (app. 82 goals 3)
Defender signed in October 1980 from Witham Town having previously played for Tiptree United and Billericay Town, where he was part of their 1976 F.A.Vase winning squad against Stamford. Made his debut for us on 18/10/80 and was a first team regular for around two seasons before leaving to go and link up with Maldon Town in July 1982. Returned to Broad Lane in August 1983 but left once again (making his final appearance on 17/9/83) because of problems involved in travelling. Went on to become Reserve Team Manager at Billericay Town
SEAN BAILEY (app. 17 goals 1)
Forward who was a member of our Reserves before making his Senior debut on 18/4/85. After a couple of seasons away he returned again to play for the Reserves during 1988/89 but once again departed. Played for Gas Recreation before rejoining us in February 1992 from Brightlingsea United. Left that summer to join Needham Market having made his final appearance on 12/5/92 and also played for Halstead Town and Tiptree United.
KEITH BAIN (app 536 goals 102)
Record appearance maker who first joined Wivenhoe back in October 1976 from Lawford Lads during our Essex & Suffolk Border League days. Made his first team debut on 30/10/76 and remained until 1983 when he joined Tiptree United. After a long spell out of the game through injury Keith returned to Broad Lane in November 1986 but left again to join Sudbury Town in July 1991. Played for us again during 1992/93, before linking up with Heybridge Swifts.
PETER BARLOW (app. 82 goals 13)
Signed from Coggeshall Town back in July 1983 Peter made his debut on 20/8/83 and remained with the Dragons until May 1987, spending the 1986/87 campaign as our Reserves Manager. Went on to have spells with Little Oakley, Coggeshall, Witham Town, Alresford Colne Rangers and Stanway Rovers but made a couple of appearances for us at the beginning of the 1991/92 campaign (his last on 24/8/91) before returning once again to manage our Reserves during 1992/93 prior to becoming First Team boss of Stanway. Also played for Colchester United, Hartlepool, Workington,Nantwich, Stafford Rangers (with whom he gained an F.A.Trophy Winners medal), Hednesford Town, Heybridge Swifts and Chelmsford City during the course of his career.
DAVE BAXTER (app. 6 goals 1)
Forward signed from local neighbours Elmstead in July 1977. Made his First Team debut in a 4-0 Essex & Suffolk Border League victory over Sudbury Town Reserves on 20/8/77. Although his Senior appearances for the Dragons were limited he scored plenty of goals in our Reserves before returning to local football. Dave’s last First Team appearance came on 25/9/79.
GEOFF BENNETT (App 141 Goals 4)
Joined Wivenhoe in July 1977 having previously been on the books of Colchester United as well as playing for Brightlingsea United, Tiptree United, Harwich & Parkeston and Coggeshall Town. Making his debut as Player/Manager on 20/8/77, he remained at the helm until departing in January 1983 after making his last appearance on 27/12/82. Returning to the club as Manager in January 1987, Geoff led the Dragons to the Isthmian League Division Two (North) and First Division Titles as well as winning the Essex Senior Trophy in 1987/88. After taking us into the Isthmian League Premier Division, he became Chairman of the club in June 1990 prior to leaving Broad Lane twelve months later.
MATT BENNETT (App 29 Goals 3)
Midfielder signed in August 1985 having formerly been on the books of West Ham United as a Youth. Scored on his Dragons debut in a 3-0 victory at Eton Manor on 17/8/85, Matt’s Wivenhoe career was limited by injuries before he eventually left to link up with Braintree Town after playing his last game in a Dragons shirt on 6/9/86. Later went on to play for Alresford Colne Rangers.
NICK BENNETT (App 72 Goals 0)
Defender who joined the club at the same time as his brother Geoff, but did not make his First Team debut until 30/3/79. Left to join Tiptree United but returned in November 1985. A spell with Harwich & Parkeston followed before he rejoined us in February 1987. Became Reserve Team Manager in January 1991 before departing four months later, having played his last First Team game on 13/3/90.
JOHN BLACKWELL (App 11 Goals 3)
Left winger signed from Coggeshall Town just after the beginning of the 1980/81 campaign. Made his debut on 15/11/80 but found his opportunities limited in the First Team through the good form of others. Eventually decided to return to Coggeshall after making his last appearance for the Dragons on 11/4/81.
DICKIE BOKENHAM (App 80 Goals 0)
Highly regarded goalkeeper who joined Wivenhoe in July 1979 having played for Bury Town, Coggeshall Town and Brightlingsea United. Made his debut on 20/8/79 and gained Representative Honours for Essex during his time at Broad Lane but unfortunately his appearances became more and more limited through injury and his last outing for the First Team came on 7/5/84. Ended his Dragons career playing for the Reserves during the 1985/86 campaign.
ALAN BRADDY (App 8 Goals 1)
Midfielder who made an immediate impact by scoring on his First Team debut on 14/11/83 against Braintree Town in a Floodlight Cup competition tie. Failed to hold down a regular place in the Senior side and left Broad Lane after playing his last game on 11/2/84.
STUART BRIGHT (app. 170 goals 14)
Able to operate in the midfield or back four “Brighty” joined Wivenhoe from Chelmsford City and became Club Captain for the best part of three seasons. Formerly with Colchester United (where he made 25 Football League appearances between 1975 and 1977), he made his Dragons debut on 14/3/81 before leaving Broad Lane in January 1985. Returned to us from local football midway through the 1986/87 campaign and made his last Senior appearance on 17/3/87, although he remained as a Reserve team player until leaving in May 1987. Was in the building trade until his untimely death.
SHANE BUY (app. 3 Goals 0)
Shane never really had many chances to stake a First Team claim having joined from local football in 1983. Made his Senior debut on 8/10/83 and last appeared in the Dragons line-up on 12/11/83 before departing Broad Lane to play for Halstead Town and Sudbury Town.