TONBRIDGE ANGELS PEN-PICTURES 2017/18
STEVE McKIMM (Manager) DOB 30/07/75
Appointed Tonbridge Angels manager in May 2014 from Sutton Utd where for the previous two years he had gained valuable managerial experience as Head Coach under Paul Doswell. As a central midfielder Steve represented with distinction Hayes, Kingstonian, and Ebbsfleet Utd before joining Sutton in May 2008. Guided the Angels to a Bostik (Ryman) Premier play-off semi-final spot in 2015/16 and the Emirates FA Cup 4th qualifying round in 2016/17.
BARRY MOORE (Assistant Manager) DOB 04/02/77
Appointed by Steve McKimm as his No. 2 in May 2014. Barry was 1st Team Coach at both Bromley and Merstham and has played at National League level with Woking and Hayes where he was a teammate of Steve’s.
JUSTIN LUCHFORD (Coach) DOB 01/02/77
Steve completed his backroom team soon after his arrival by appointing local man Justin in June 2014. Previously, Justin had a managerial role at Ramsgate.
STEWART COPELAND (Goalkeeping Coach) DOB 28/07/84
Appointed in June 2016 to provide support and help develop goalkeeping skills and technique throughout the club. Previously played at Tunbridge Wells.
JONNY HENLY (Goalkeeper) DOB 15/03/94.
Signed in August 2017 from Hemel Hempstead Town following a successful loan period at the end of 2016/17 during which he achieved some Man of the Match performances for the Angels. Previous clubs include Reading, Aldershot, Oxford Utd., Welling Utd and Ipswich Town and he has also represented Scotland at U19 and U21 levels .
LIAM SMITH (Defender) DOB 08/02/00
An exciting young prospect who broke into the Angels 1st team from the club’s successful youth system. Enjoys attacking the opposition down the flank when operating at full back, yet shows great maturity for one so young.
CRAIG STONE (Defender) DOB 29/12/88
Experienced player who can operate at full back or in central defence. Arrived at Longmead in July 2017 from National League South side Eastbourne Borough having previously been with Gillingham, Ebbsfleet Utd, Maidstone Utd and Dover Athletic. Steve has captured a leader.
SONNY MILES (Defender) DOB 21/10/90
Came through the Angels youth system and apart from one season with local rivals Maidstone Utd from where he came back a stronger player, has stayed loyal to his spiritual Longmead home. Capable of scoring vital goals at set pieces and appointed 1st team vice-captain last season.
JACK PARTER (Defender) DOB 21.11.93.
Originally joined the Angels in the summer of 2014 where a season later he was to form a formidable left flank partnership with winger Nicky Wheeler. Left the club during the summer of 2017, but when a left back vacancy arose, manager Steve McKimm moved quickly to re-sign Jack in September 2017.
GEORGE BEAVAN (Defender) DOB 13/02/90
Joined the club in July 2016 having previously been 1st team captain at Billericay Town. Strong in the tackle, commanding in the air, thoughtful distribution, he’s everything you’d want in a central defender.
CALLUM ADONIS-TAYLOR (Defender) DOB 11/01/99
A successful product of our youth system, Callum broke into the 1st team from our U18 side last season. Also joint manager of our U13 side and joint organiser of school holiday open training sessions at Longmead.
TOM PARKINSON (Midfield) DOB 18/05/91
One of our longest continuously serving 1st team players, Tom joined from Leatherhead in June 2014 with other previous clubs listed as Maidstone Utd and Ramsgate. Usually employed in the heart of midfield but equally capable of performing in central defence, he has an appetite for scoring goals from open play or at set pieces. Runner up three years in succession in the Supporters Player of the Year competition demonstrates ‘Parky’s’ consistently high performances in which he lets his playing do the talking. Deservedly appointed 1st team captain last season.
LUKE BLEWDEN (Midfield) DOB 05/04/91
Re-joined the club at the start of the 2015/16 season from Lewes. Came through our youth system before graduating to the 1st team. He was a prolific striker at Crawley Down, but his career has seen him successfully converted to a high energy advance midfielder with goal scoring capability.
DOM WELSH (Midfield) DOB 28/03/99
Broke into the 1st team last season from the U18s and Reserves and despite his modest size is a tenacious ball winner who shows tremendous potential. Joint manager of the U13s side and joint organiser of school holiday open training sessions at Longmead.
JOE TURNER (Midfield) DOB 17/07/93
A talented left sided player who joined the Angels in August 2017 from Kingstonian. Enjoys playing just behind the strikers and is sure to play a big part in Steve McKimm's plans for 2017/18. Joe's other previous clubs are Metropolitan Police, Wealdstone and Hampton & Richmond Borough.
XAVIER VIDAL (Midfield) DOB 12/12/94
Joined the Angels in October 2017. Came through the Dulwich Hamlet youth system and successfully broke into the first team where he was responsible for the crucial strike that secured the then Ryman South title in 2013. A move to Vanarama National League side Welling Utd followed since when he has had spells at Merstham and Harlow Town. He comes to Longmead with a desire to rebuild his promising football career.
SAM BANTICK (Midfield) DOB 29/10/91
Signed for the Angels in December 2017 from Bostik North side Heybridge Swifts. A pacy winger with good feet, Sam can play on either flank or as a conventional striker. Played a significant role in Swifts successful FA Trophy and FA Cup campaigns during 2017 including memorably scoring at League 2 Exeter City. Has also played at Brentwood and AFC Sudbury.
TOMMY WHITNELL (Striker) DOB 12/10/88
One of Steve McKimm’s first signings during the summer of 2014. Confident on the ball with good feet, Tommy prefers to play in the hole just behind the strikers making it difficult for defenders to pick him up. Previous clubs were Thamesmead Town, Cray Wanderers, Margate, Maidstone Utd and Croydon.
ALEX AKROFI (Striker) DOB 16/04/95
Came to Longmead in November 2016 from Hastings Utd and made a significant impact hitting the back of the net for the Angels 15 times in that season. Alex’s other previous clubs are Maidstone Utd and Concord Rangers. Plenty of pace makes him a genuine threat to opposition defences.
NATHAN ELDER (Striker) DOB 05/04/85
Put simply, a goal scoring machine for the Angels. There is however much more to Nathan’s game than just simply scoring goals. His aerial prowess and hold up play provide a great outlet allowing other teammates to become involved and taking the pressure of his defence. Since his arrival in March 2015 when his efforts helped to avoid relegation, he has been banging in the goals with his Angels career tally at the end of last season standing at 53. Joined us from Dover Athletic but also includes Billericay Town, Brighton & Hove Albion and Ebbsfleet Utd as other previous clubs.
TASHI-JAY KWAYIE (Striker) DOB 24/07/98
Another product of the Angels successful youth system, Tash signed for the 1st team at the start of last season. As part of his ongoing development spent most of the campaign on loan at Bostik South club East Grinstead Town where he regularly appeared on the scoresheet. Although spent some time this season on loan at Thamesmead he is now starting to appear more regularly for the 1st team.