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Basingstoke Add New Pair to Squad
Basingstoke Add New Pair to Squad
Pitching In Isthmian League South Central Division club Basingstoke Town have signed central defender Jon Boardman and midfielder Jack French.
Friday 12 November 21 I 19:25:37 I Photo by

French joins from league rivals Ashford Town (Middx).

 

He had joined the Ash Trees in the summer of 2020 from Southern League Premier Division South side Hartley Wintney.

 

He was previously with Fleet Town and Knaphill.

 

Boardman (pictured) is best known for his time with Vanarama National League South side Hungerford Town, who he joined in 2010 after a short spell with Kingstonian.

 

He notched over 250 appearances and won the supporters` player of the year three times.

 

He came through the youth system at Crystal Palace before moving on to play in the Conference with Woking making 150 appearances in three years.

 

He then had spells with Rochdale in League Two and was part of the Dagenham & Redbridge side that won the Conference title in 2007.

 

Also previously with Margate, and in September 2018 he became joint player-manager of Hungerford alongside Ian Herring but departed a year later.

 

Capped 5 times at England C level during his time with Woking, the now 40-year-old had been turning out for local Reading & District League side Mortimer.

 

Manager Dan Brownlie told https://btfc.co.uk: “This week we were pushed to move for a little helping hand in some departments following a couple of injuries that we’ve picked up over the course of the last week. We’re really pleased that despite it being a bit of an SOS call, we’ve brought in some real quality. Jon’s career speaks for itself having represented Rochdale, Dagenham and Woking and became an immovable object during Hungerford Town’s rise through the leagues. He’s a powerful and commanding centre half, and I’ve no doubt we’ll benefit from his vast experience. He’s a class act and whilst we’re under no illusions that he’ll be unable to play regularly – for the occasions that we can call on him, we’ll benefit from it hugely.

 

“I’ve worked with Jack French before. He was a pivotal figure during two promotion seasons at my previous club. He’s a very talented ball player, a gifted technician and a beautiful passer of the ball. Jack’s been training with us for the past couple of weeks following his decision to depart from Ashford Town where he recently played against us. I trust Jack implicitly and not only is he a good footballer, he’s a great guy to have about. He’s aware of the talent pool we already possess in the centre of the park but like Jon – he’ll be a terrific asset when called upon.

 

“We don’t want to give our game away too early, but we have picked up a few injuries over the past week to add to our list so it was important we moved quickly to ensure we were covered”.

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Basingstoke Add New Pair to Squad
Basingstoke Add New Pair to Squad
Friday 12 November 21 I 19:25:37
Photo by

French joins from league rivals Ashford Town (Middx).

 

He had joined the Ash Trees in the summer of 2020 from Southern League Premier Division South side Hartley Wintney.

 

He was previously with Fleet Town and Knaphill.

 

Boardman (pictured) is best known for his time with Vanarama National League South side Hungerford Town, who he joined in 2010 after a short spell with Kingstonian.

 

He notched over 250 appearances and won the supporters` player of the year three times.

 

He came through the youth system at Crystal Palace before moving on to play in the Conference with Woking making 150 appearances in three years.

 

He then had spells with Rochdale in League Two and was part of the Dagenham & Redbridge side that won the Conference title in 2007.

 

Also previously with Margate, and in September 2018 he became joint player-manager of Hungerford alongside Ian Herring but departed a year later.

 

Capped 5 times at England C level during his time with Woking, the now 40-year-old had been turning out for local Reading & District League side Mortimer.

 

Manager Dan Brownlie told https://btfc.co.uk: “This week we were pushed to move for a little helping hand in some departments following a couple of injuries that we’ve picked up over the course of the last week. We’re really pleased that despite it being a bit of an SOS call, we’ve brought in some real quality. Jon’s career speaks for itself having represented Rochdale, Dagenham and Woking and became an immovable object during Hungerford Town’s rise through the leagues. He’s a powerful and commanding centre half, and I’ve no doubt we’ll benefit from his vast experience. He’s a class act and whilst we’re under no illusions that he’ll be unable to play regularly – for the occasions that we can call on him, we’ll benefit from it hugely.

 

“I’ve worked with Jack French before. He was a pivotal figure during two promotion seasons at my previous club. He’s a very talented ball player, a gifted technician and a beautiful passer of the ball. Jack’s been training with us for the past couple of weeks following his decision to depart from Ashford Town where he recently played against us. I trust Jack implicitly and not only is he a good footballer, he’s a great guy to have about. He’s aware of the talent pool we already possess in the centre of the park but like Jon – he’ll be a terrific asset when called upon.

 

“We don’t want to give our game away too early, but we have picked up a few injuries over the past week to add to our list so it was important we moved quickly to ensure we were covered”.

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