As is the case with most clubs at this level, the Clarets have used their fair share of players throughout this campaign. Some have been here since the start, some joined the party late and have stuck it out, whilst others have been and gone with little to no impact.
At the time of writing, City have has 37 players signed on so far this season, with 34 of them making at least 1 appearance.
- 3 goalkeepers
- 11 defenders
- 15 midfielders
- 8 strikers
22 of these remain currently “on the books”.
Here’s a brief look at some of this season’s “nearly men” so far…
Young defender Nathan Fox joined the Clarets at the start of September, in a bid to replace the gap left by the departure of Chris Bush to Ebbsfleet. Having previously played for the Clarets at youth level, he made his debut at home to Weston-super-Mare on the 9th September, picking up a yellow card as Rod Stringer’s side went on to draw the match 1-1. He left the club the following week, current status unknown…
Crichlow joined the club at the end of October 2017 following his release from QPR in the summer. He made his debut the following day in the Essex Senior Cup win at AFC Hornchurch, though his game was cut short on 37 minutes when he hobbled off with a foot injury. The Claret faithful never saw the winger again and it’s unknown if/where he’s currently playing his football…
Still just 23-years-old, Aaron Greene seems to have been around the block. The midfielder first joined City way back in 2013 from Harlow Town. Following a succesfull first spell with Chelmsford, he earned himself a trial at Brentford and eventually signed for the Bees, before going out on loan to Boston United. After leaving Brentford, Greene headed back down to non-league football, linking up with Mark Hawkes at Bishop’s Stortford before re-joining City in the summer of 2017. Unfortunately, his return didn’t go as he had hoped and he became frustrated with a lack of opportunities (2 substitute appearances and 1 start) he soon moved on and was last seen playing for Enfield at the end of January this year.
Furlong’s City career was short-lived, but then it was always meant to be. With the Clarets struggling for numbers at the back going into their crucial FA Cup 2QR match against Ramsgate, Furlong was brought on a short-term deal from Bishop’s Stortford. He went straight into the starting lineup, helped the Clarets keep a clean sheet as they cruised to a 7-0 win and was gone like the wind shortly afterwards. He wasn’t even at the club long enough for anyone to know his name, which was spelt differently every time it was printed. Was it Furlong? Furlonge? Sinclair-Furlong? The mystery remains unsolved…
It must be difficult being the brother of a successful professional footballer. Chris, brother of Middlesbrough striker Britt, joined the Clarets in October 2017, having been successful with Waltham Forest and played his part in the circus down the road at Billericay for a short while too. His time at City lasted longer than many others in this list, but it’s fair to say the forward won’t be remembered for long, having managed just 6 appearances in around 3 months and scoring just once, in the Essex Senior Cup against AFC Hornchurch, the side for whom he now plays.