NEIL MILBURN (App. 386 Goals 30)
A great servant of the club who spent over a decade with the Dragons having joined as a 17 year old back in July 1976 from neighbouring Alresford Colne Rangers. Originally playing full back, he made his First Team debut on 28/8/76 against Stowmarket Town Reserves and became the first player in the club’s history to be signed on a contract in December 1979. Eventually moving to central defence Neil also had a successful spell at centre forward before making his last appearance on 11/4/87 and returning to Alresford (where he became club captain). Later moved on to play for Gas Recreation.
Pic: Neil Milburn (left) halts the progress of a Southend Manor forward.
RUSSELL MILBURN (App. 122 Goals 0)
Goalkeeper and brother of Neil who joined us at the same time from Essex & Suffolk Border League outfit Alresford, although Russell’s First Team debut did not come until 20/8/77. Made his last First Team appearance on 4/4/87 after spending eleven years alternating between the Reserves and Seniors and departed in the summer of 1987 to return to Alresford where he managed both their First Team and Reserves.
GAVIN MILLS (App. 5 Goals 0)
Former Colchester United Reserve team midfielder who joined Wivenhoe back in November 1985, making his debut on 2/11/85. His brief association with the Dragons ended on the 21/12/85 when he left to link up with Tiptree United. Went on to play for Needham Market during their Suffolk & Ipswich League days as well as Eastern Counties League outfits Harwich & Parkeston, Halstead Town, Woodbridge Town and Brantham Athletic.
JIMMY MINTER (App. 23 Goals 2)
Defender signed in January 1983 from Tiptree United having begun his career with Coggeshall Town. Left Broad Lane in the summer of 1983 and went on to play for Harwich & Parkeston, Braintree Town (three spells), Brightlingsea United, Tiptree United, Brantham Athletic and Clacton Town (where he became joint First Team manager with another ex Dragon Steve Wright).
KEVIN MORGAN (App. 1 Goals 0)
Midfielder who only had a brief spell here at Broad Lane during which time he made just one appearance on 10/12/85. Left Wivenhoe to join Braintree Town who at that time were in the Eastern Counties League.
DAVE MOSS (App. 45 Goals 0)
Central defender signed from Essex Senior League rivals Coggeshall Town and made his First Team debut for the Dragons on 24/8/82. Drifted out of the First Team (making his last appearance on 7/5/85) and eventually left to join Stanway Rovers.
KEVIN MOYE (App. 1 Goals 0)
Having previously spent a season with the Essex County Cricket Club in 1983, this midfielder had a spell on the books of Colchester United prior to linking up with the Dragons in September 1985. Made his only appearance for the First Team on 23/10/85.
MICK MURPHY (App.10 Goals 0)
Tough tackling midfielder who first joined Wivenhoe back in our Essex & Suffolk Border League days during the course of the 1974/75 campaign, making his First Team debut on 1/3/75 in a 2-1 win over West End United. Left the club after suffering injury but returned from local football later in 1985. Unfortunately, he never really managed to establish himself at Essex Senior League level and made his final First team appearance on 22/10/85.
JIMMY MUSTO (App. 51 Goals 8)
Midfielder and a great servant of the Dragons, although mainly in the Reserves. Joined us in the summer of 1977 from Alresford Colne Rangers and made his debut on 24/8/77 in a Border League fixture against St.Johns. Although he played his last First Team game on 5/10/83 Jimmy remained at Broad Lane until 1985. Returned to play for our now defunct Sunday League side during 1987/88 and then managed the successful Flag Inn team as well as turning out for Alresford.
AIDEN NEA (App. 1 Goals 0)
Signed in December 1982, this midfielder made just one First Team substitute’s appearance at Epping Town in the Essex Senior Trophy on 27/8/83. Spent over a year at the club playing in the Reserves before departing to have spells with Brantham Athletic and Essex & Suffolk Border League outfit Little Oakley.