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« Reply #15 on: Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 20:44:18 »

Not really a 'wonder' but Anton Rogers' stint at STFC appears to represent the pinnacle of his impressive career.
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« Reply #16 on: Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 22:35:27 »

Mark Jones signed from Oxford in September 86 and pretty much ever present in 86/87 scoring loads of pens. Got a bad knee injury in the next pre season and don't think he played for us again.
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« Reply #17 on: Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 23:00:23 »

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« Reply #18 on: Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 23:09:47 »

I can think of a few more. Jonathan Douglas was magisterial in the playoff season, but along with a few others, didn't really turn up the following relegation year.

Jon-Paul McGovern was great on the wing one year then, if I remember correctly, got a contract extension and put his feet up.

Might be slightly unfair on Charlie Henry, who was a well-loved tryer, but under Macari he suddenly delivered an 18-goal return out of nowhere from a drifting midfield role.

Veteran Kenny Allen parked his caravan on the goalline for the 1985 Div Four championship, but disappeared when Fraser Digby arrived the following year.

Others gave us a glimpse of their talent during one season before drifting off: Ian Woan into retirement, Philippe Cuervo to rest his knees, Charlie Austin, arguably, though his 57 apps came over two good half-seasons interrupted by injuries, before he inevitably went on to greater things.
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« Reply #19 on: Thursday, June 18, 2020, 03:23:33 »

Several from a large (for L2) squad in the PdC season. Players like Cibocchi, De Vita, Benson and Kerrouche would all get special mentions but in that season it has to be Alan Connell.

Connell somewhat of a L2 promotion specialist was probably one of the more sensible/less erratic signings by PdC. Something like £100k for his track record was ultimately justified.

Strange one with Connell, seemingly his career had never taken the next step up, even when it appeared (to me at least) he could be good enough at the next level. I know he suffered a few injuries that undoubtedly hampered him but instead he remained a Tier 4 journeyman for the most part; briefly dipping in to the Conference. I swear there was more in the tank from him.

Anyway, he makes the cut as a one season wonder for me because even though partially frozen out/rotated, at times he seemed like he was capable of playing in the Championship. I think I saw his debut goals, the 3-2 home win v Rovver'um which starred Alex Revell, Adam Le Fondre and Lewis Grabban. The Millers were in fine form and it looked a tough ask for Town, especially in the wake of "Clarkegate". Connell came off the bench to turn the game around - his goals won us that match and kickstarted our unbeaten home run, which would last the rest of the league season. The rest was history. Also starred match fixer Alberto Comazzi. Now he could be a one season wonder for totally different reasons.
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« Reply #20 on: Thursday, June 18, 2020, 08:39:40 »

George Ndah, there's another one that's perfect for this thread. Brilliant for a season before he was let go by Rikki Hunt* for £1m to Wolves, when Watford had offered £1.5m.

*Rikki on a grown man, ffs.  Crash
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« Reply #21 on: Thursday, June 18, 2020, 08:59:06 »

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« Reply #22 on: Thursday, June 18, 2020, 09:03:10 »

Finney is a good one, he came from nowhere, got his chance because I think Thorne was injured? and banged in a bunch for a single season before returning to obscurity.

Shows how dreadful my memory is, I have no recollection of Finney having a prolific spell, my recollection of him is just meh really.
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« Reply #23 on: Thursday, June 18, 2020, 09:36:37 »

Two from the 1985/6 D4 championship team
Kenny Allen - replaced in goal the following season by Fraser Digby
Paul Roberts - a rather agricultural full back for whom D3 would have been a league too high.
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« Reply #24 on: Thursday, June 18, 2020, 10:46:39 »

Shows how dreadful my memory is, I have no recollection of Finney having a prolific spell, my recollection of him is just meh really.

The song was not 'Walking in a mediocre wonderland!'
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« Reply #25 on: Thursday, June 18, 2020, 10:50:24 »

The song was not 'Walking in a mediocre wonderland!'

Ah now that rings a bell.
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« Reply #26 on: Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 11:42:55 »

JP McGovern was one of my least favourite players until the play off season when he actually resembled a good footballer.

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« Reply #27 on: Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 14:36:36 »

JPM had talent, but it only really came out if he needed a contract
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« Reply #28 on: Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 15:15:22 »

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Very much.  He gets a bad press because of his Oxford links, but I feel that his performances for us that year (1994-95) often get overlooked.

Connell is another good call.  I also felt he could have gone further.

But the ultimate one season wonder for me was Tommy Mooney (2003-04).  Towards the end of his career, but it was still a real disappointment to see him move on to Oxford after failing to make his mark in the Play Offs.  Felt like there was unfinished business.
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« Reply #29 on: Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 20:34:27 »

Paul Allen?

Looked amazing in the 95/96 promotion season but didn't play much the next year, then left.

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