Rob Wood: A journey through time and space

 

Rob Wood is a member of the YIST Committee and He hardly ever misses a match and can tell you who is playing before the team sheet is written up!

Read here his posts about the players he has enjoyed watching play for the Wires 

steve-lathamThe subject of this weeks Whatever Happened To feature, is the first player featured to still be playing regularly, having recently played for Runcorn Town at The Abacus Solicitors Community Stadium. A mainstay of the side throughout the early noughties, the subject of this weeks Whatever Happened To is Steve Latham

Steve signed on loan from fc Runcorn Halton at age of 18 back in 2001 and made his debut against Prescot Cables. During his time at the club, Steve played under a number managers including Alan Blair, Glenn Walker,Nick Armitage, Ian Street, and Paul Moore.

Steve played for Town for a number of years in total and was part of the team that won promotion to back to the Unibond League in 2004, Steve won both the Players Player of the Year award and Supporters Player of the year award that year.

In the first year in Unibond League, Steve scored two famous goals on the last day of the season to help beat Shepshed Dynamo to ensure that Town avoided narrowly avoided relegation.  The season after saw Steve miss a large part of the season after injuring his cruciate ligaments.

Steve left Cantilever Park shortly after returning from injury the next season and joined St. Helens Town in the North West Counties League,  from where he joined up with the ex Town contingent including Si Burton Danny Salt and Nick Armitage at Runcorn Town.

Steve has played at The Pavilions for 5 years now captaining them to two back to back promotions and a second place finish in first year in the NW Counties Premier Division.

Steve really enjoyed his time at Warrington Town, and, but for a fall out with last manager, Steve feels he would have played whole career at Warrington.

Steve states his memorable moments at Warrington were beating Prescot Cables 1-0 at The Cantilever, the year that Prescot won the league, his overhead kick V Chorley in the last minute to win 2-1 in The Unibond League, his 30 yard thunderbolt into the top corner against higher league Kendal in FA cup to win in extra time and winning the Players Player and Supporters Player of Year the year that we went up

It was great to see Steve back at The Abacus Solicitors Community Stadium recently, and am sure he would be welcomed back with open arms, should he ever attend any future Town matches.

 

carl-rendellThe subjects of this weeks Whatever Happened to feature, came to Town late in his career, with a proven reputation as a goalscorer at Non League level. Playing under Paul Moore, this player is so fondly remembered for his winner at higher league Matclock in the Cup, which was a screamer from outside the penalty area, this being the only goal of a pulsating cup tie. The subject of this weeks Whatever Happened to...... feature is Carl Rendell

Carl started his career as a 16 year old YTS apprentice with Chester City progressing through the youth ranks and signing pro forms at 17, that same season, Carl had a career changing injury breaking a bone in his spine which put him out of action for 18 months and which literally ended his pro career.

At 19 Carl signed for for Winsford United in the Unibond Premier Division, staying there two seasons, until Witton Albion came knocking, and having signed for witton Albion, was very successful in the next two seasons scoring 49 in 90 appearances.

He then moved onto Prescot Cables scoring 11 goals in the first 9 games which prompted Runcorn Halton FC to sign him, that season with Runcorn Carl scored 16 times in the run in to that season to gain promotion to the Conference North.

The following season was hit and miss for Carl with new managers and more injuries, a double hernia op keeping him out for two months and ended that season, Carl then signed for Marine in the Unibond Premier and then at Christmas went back to Prescot for my second spell scoring two on his debut back in a 3-2 win against Burscough.

Having gained his fitness and form back, Carl was scoring again and catching the eye of other teams when Leek Town came in to sign him, this was his first time teaming up with Paul Moore and was a great challenge as Leek were rock bottom of the Unibond Premier with 6 points, the turnaround was incredible and Carl scored some really important goals along the way in which Leek avoided relegation on the last day of the season,

Another spell at Prescot later followed before signing for Warrington town teaming up with Paul Moore once again, Carl states that he really enjoyed his time at Warrington and the fans were amazing.

Carl had some special times in the two seasons at The Fortress most notably his winner in the FA Trophy away to Matlock Town. Aged 29, a serious knee injury forced Carl to call time on his spell at Warrington and playing at that level,

Since leaving Warrington, Carl has gained his coaching badges and wants improve his coaching skills, maybe in a player/coach capacity as he feels he is back to full fitness after 3 years, and he is looking forward to being involved at that level again.

I am sure, those of us who saw Carl play for Town, will remember his never say die attitude and some crucial goals in the famous yellow shirt, and I am sure Carl would be welcomed back at any future game at The Abacus Solicitors Community Stadium

chris-fitzsimmonsThe subject of this weeks Whatever Happened To.... feature is a man who joined the club from a higher league side, and soon became a regular in the side, replacing a former subject of this column, Steve Cartledge at left back, a man always popular amongst the fans and players alike, the subject of this weeks Whatever Happened to feature is Chris Fitzsimmons
 
Chris started his career at Marine in 1999 and in his three years there, progressed from the youth team, through their reserve team and in to the first team,

He stayed there till 2002 where he left for a short spell in Welsh football at Aberystwyth, the very next year signing for the now defunct Rossendale United under Jim McCluskie and Jim McBride.

Chris spent 2 seasons at Dark Lane before signing back for Marine in the 2005/06 season which was to be the legens Roly Howard's final season in football,
 
Chris made his greatest move when he signed for Warrington in 2006 when Glenn Walker and Jimmy Mcbride were at the helm, During his three years at Cantilever Park Chris captained the team for a while under Ian Street, and won Managers Player of the Year award and was also lucky enough to win the Roger Warburton Supporters Player of Year Award which Chris described as a great honour to win.

Chris played under a number mangers during his time at Town, appearing for the first team under Glenn Walker, Ian Street, Nick Armitage, Paul Moore and Joey Dunn.

Chris states he enjoyed his time playing for the Wire as the supporters were fantastic to him and he also managed to make many friends in football whilst he was here, whom he still keeps in touch with to this day.

Chris left Warrington shortly after Joey Dunn took over and took time out from football for a while.
 
Chris joined Runcorn Linnets in Sept 2010 as player coach to former Town midfielder Paul Mcnally, Chris kept playing there upto last season,  when, during the pre season he was made assistant manager

This promotion has ensured that playing days are nearly over although he has signed as a player in case of injuries.
 
I am sure Chris will never be forgotten for his goals for Town in the FA Cup or for his towering header in a 3-1 win at Colwyn Bay, for his great defensive abilities or for his willingness to roll his sleeves up for the cause and I am sure Chris would be made welcome on any future trip back to The Abacus Solicitors Community Stadium