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Past GPSFA Players    
 
Matthew Gregg

Matt played for Gloucester Primary Schools for two seasons between 1988 and 1990. He was ever present when Gloucester won the Cotswold League and gained first place at  the Jersey Festival during the 1989/90 season.

Matt started his league career at Torquay, making his debut as a sixteen year old against Wigan Athletic. He went on to appear at Wembley in the 3rd division play off against Colchester in the 97/98 season, his team going down to a late penalty.

Matt impressed Terry Venables when Torquay played Crystal Palace in a 1998 Coca-Cola League Cup tie, so much so that he signed him for a fee of  £400,000. After 3 seasons as the Palace No 2, the signing of Matt Clarke from Bradford City for a £1.4m fee saw Matthew drop down the rankings and he left the club in December 2001 to take up a playing career with Bray Wanderers in the Irish League. He transferred to Bohemians in the summer of 2003, for whom he appeared  in the qualifying stages of the Champions League. After 51 appearances for Bohemians, Matt played for several Irish League sides including UCD FC and Dundalk before returning to Bray in 2010. Matt retired in 2011 to concentrate on running his own specialist goalkeeping school (Just4Keepers) in Dublin.

Career Record to July 2013 (League games only): Torquay United (95-98): 32 matches. Swansea City (98/99): 5 matches. Crystal Palace (98-01): 7 matches. Exeter City (loan): 4 matches. Total (not including Cup games): 48 matches. Irish League (total): 185.

Wayne Thomas

Wayne played in the same team as Matt Gregg. He began his career as a forward/ attacking midfielder, scoring 25 goals in 39 appearances for Gloucester Primary Schools.

Wayne went the same way as Gregg, signing YTS forms with Torquay United in 1995. He also played at Wembley in the Division Three Play Off Final, though by this time he had been converted to a highly efficient centre back.

In August 2000 Wayne was bought by Stoke City for the sum of £200,000 rising to £250,000 based on appearances. He was a virtual ever present in the Potter's defence since then and at the end of both his first and second seasons at the club won the supporter's Player of the Year award. Wayne was transferred to Burnley in the summer of 2005 and became GPSFA's first million pound player when joining Southampton in August 2007, for whom he was a regular that season. A serious injury sidelined him for much of last season, though he was back in first team action at the beginning of 09/10.

Following the expiry of his contract, Wayne transferred to Doncaster Rovers in the summer of 2010 and after a year there has had spells at Greek Premier League side Atromitos Athens, Luton Town and Rochdale. He is currently plying his trade at Conference North side Worcester City.

Professional Career Record: Torquay United (95-00): 141 matches (6 goals). Stoke City (00-July 04): 215 matches (6 goals). Burnley (05-08) 54 games (1 goal). Southampton (09-10) 59 matches (1 goal). Doncaster Rovers (10-11) 21 matches; Atromis Athens: 26 matches; Luton Town: 2 matches; Rochdale: 2 matches. Total to July 2013: 523 games (14 goals).

 

Phil Greening

Phil attended Kingsholm Primary School and was a highly rated goalkeeper during his time playing for Gloucester Primary Schools. He appeared in 9 of the team's 11 matches during 1986/87.

Soon after leaving primary school, Phil changed codes and took up the oval ball game. He has since gone on to play for England at rugby and was selected for the 2001 British Lions tour to Australia. In total, Phil played in 24 internationals, scoring 6 tries. At club level, Phil left Gloucester for Sale in July 1998 and after two seasons with the Manchester-based club, moved south to London to take up a place in the Wasps team where he won 4 major trophies before retiring in 2005.

Phil spent 2 seasons as assistant coach to the England Sevens squad and after returning from a period living in Singapore, took up the post of assistant coach at London Welsh RFC. On the departure of Danny Wilson to Newport Gwent Dragons, Phil became head coach before taking up the position of head coach and programme manager for the Scottish Rugby 7s set up in 2012.

 

Neil Mustoe

Neil played for the Primary Schools from 1986-1988, making 23 appearances, scoring 7 times.

His career began as a trainee with Manchester United in July 1993, where he started out as a centre-forward before switching to a midfield role. A hard-working all-rounder, Neil represented England in the Under-16 European Championships, scoring 4 times in 4 games and won an FA Youth Cup winner's medal in 1995 during his four and a half year spell at Old Trafford.

He signed for Wigan Athletic on a free transfer from United, but only managed one LDV Cup appearance, before being picked up by Cambridge United in the summer of 1998 where he was a regular for the next 3 seasons. Following his release, Neil had brief spells at Stevenage and Yeovil Town in the Conference, before joining Gloucester City. As club captain he led  them to promotion to Conference North in 2008/09 and after a 1-game spell as manager, took over as player/coach, a position he held until the summer of 2014. Neil has since taken up a coaching position with the club's U18 squad.

Career Record to July 2013: Cambridge United (98-01): 118 matches (4 goals). Non-league (to Summer 2011): Gloucester City 389 (9 goals); Stevenage: 2; Yeovil Town: 2..

Lee Mansell

Lee played for Gloucester PSFA during the 92/93 & 93/94 seasons. He made 62 appearances (18 goals) for the A Side and 10 appearances (5 goals) for the B Team during his two years in GPSFA colours.

Lee trained with Luton Town as a schoolboy, signing YTS forms at 16 and making an immediate impact by scoring in his first outing against Southend United U-18's.  He made five reserve team appearances in the 1999/2000 season before making national headlines when scoring just 58 seconds into his first team debut in an FA Cup tie at QPR in January 2000/01.

Lee played in 18 more first team games, scoring a further 5 times before the end of the season to earn himself a 3 year contract which was extended by a further year during the summer of 2004.

In the summer of 2005 Lee was transferred to Oxford United where he was a virtual ever present in central midfield, earning the Player of the Year award in the process and repeated both feats after signing for Torquay United in 2006, for whom he also made a Wembley appearance in the 2008 FA Trophy final. Following the disappointment of defeat in that game, a second Wembley appearance 12 months later more than compensated as Torquay's 2-0 victory over Cambridge United saw them return to the football league, Lee netting to help earn an opening day win over Chesterfield in their first game back in August 09. Having racked up just over 500 league & cup matches for Luton, Oxford & Torquay, Lee transferred to Bristol Rovers in the summer of 2014.

Career Record to July 2014: Luton Town: 62 matches (10 goals). Oxford United: 50 games (2 goals). Torquay United 389 matches (28 goals). Total (July 2013): 501 games (40 goals).

Shayne Bradley

Shayne played for Gloucester Primary Schools during the successful 1990/91 season, making 41 appearances, during which time he scored 14 goals. In 1994/95, Shayne represented England Schoolboys at U-15 level, playing in 7 international matches that season.

He signed professional forms for Southampton in 1998 after completing his time as a YTS player and made four Premier League appearances over the next three seasons. Shayne left the Saints to join Mansfield Town for a then club record fee of £150,000 in October 2000 in search of regular first team football and despite injury problems played in 26 of the club's matches that season. Following that, he had brief spells at Chesterfield and Lincoln, though persistent injury problems saw him having to retire from the professional game.

Shayne continues to be involved in the game as both a centre forward at Gloucester County League side Tuffley Rovers and as a coach with the Gloucester City AFC Youth set up.

Career Record to May 2001: Southampton (98-00): 4 matches. Swindon Town (98/99): 7 matches. Exeter City (99/00): 8 matches (1 goal). Mansfield Town (00/01): 47 matches (11 goals). Chesterfield: 9 games (2 goals). Lincoln: 3 games (1 goal). Total: 78 matches (16 goals).

 

Steve Cowe

Steve played for GPSFA in 1983/84 and signed for Aston Villa in 1992. After three seasons as a regular scorer for the reserves, switched to Swindon Town in 1995 for a fee of £100,000, where he stayed until 2001. Injuries limited his appearances in his final season and he left in the summer to join Newport County, following which he enjoyed spells at Forest Green Rovers, Cirencester Town and  Cinderford Town.

Career Record to May 2001 (League games only): Swindon Town (95-01): Swindon Town: 97 matches (11 goals); Hereford United 14 matches (2 goals). Non-league: (Newport County, Forest Green, Weston Super Mare & Cinderford): 198 matches (21 goals).

Marcus Palmer

Marcus was a virtual ever-present in the Gloucester PSFA team of 1998/99. After spending time at Bristol City and Cheltenham Town as a schoolboy, Marcus signed for Hereford United in 2006, making his debut towards the end of the season against Swindon Town but was released in the summer of 2008.

Following spells at Gloucester City and Solihull Moors, Marcus signed for Conference side Forest Green Rovers in July 2009 before returning to the Southern League with Evesham United. Marcus left St George's Lane in the summer of 2010 to join  Cirencester Town before returning to Evesham where he has continued to ply his trade.

Career Record to July 2009: Hereford United: 4 games.

Ryan Lamb

Ryan's 14 goals in 23 games made him GPSFA B Squad's top scorer in 1996/97. Since then he has forged a successful rugby career at Gloucester RFC, during which time he has played for England Saxons and put himself on the fringe of full international honours with a succession of fine displays for the Cherry & Whites.

With Gloucester's 2008/09 campaign falling away, a good number of players were released at the season's end and Ryan moved to London Irish in June 2009 before signing for Northampton Saints in June 2011. A short spell at Leicester Tigers in 2013/14 preceded a move to Worcester Warriors, his fifth Premiership club, in February 2014.

Career record to July 2013: Gloucester RFC: 58 games (373 points); London Irish RFC: 34 games (300 points); Northampton Saints: 37 games (244 points); England Saxons: 5 games (46 points). Total: 134 games (963 points).

Tyler Weir

Tyler occupied a central midfield role for GPSFA in the 2001/02 season, from which he scored 22 goals in 30 appearances.

He played in various Swindon Town youth sides before joining Hereford United in 2006. After a successful spell in the Hereford youth set up, Tyler signed a six month professional contract in July 2009, making his first team debut v MK Dons in December 2009 before playing 8 further games. Tyler went on loan to Gloucester City during the latter part of 2010/11 and has returned there on a permanent deal in the summer of 2013 after spending last season at Worcester City.

Career record to July 2013: Hereford United: 9 matches. Non league: Gloucester City & Worcester City.

Joe Hanks

Joe captained GPSFA to their only Witney Cup victory in 2005/06, playing in 31 games (12 goals) in a central midfield role.

After successfully coming through a 2-year scholarahip, Joe signed a professional contract with Cheltenham Town in the summer of 2013, having made his first team debut v Exeter City during the previous season. Joe kicked off the 2014/15 season in style by scoring the winning goal against Bury.

Career record to August 2014: Cheltenham Town: 5 matches (1 goal).

Zack Kotwica

Zack's 66 goals in 35 2006/07 matches made him GPSFA's record goalscorer. Left foot, right foot, top corner, bottom corner, volley, drive, chip - he scored them all.

Awarded a scholarship at Cheltenham Town in the summer of 2012, Zack signed a two-year pro contract in August 2013 after making his debut in the season's opening game against Burton Albion and has made 18 first team appearances, mostly as a substitute, to date.

Career record to August 2014: Cheltenham Town: 18 matches.

 

Non-League Review (August 2014).

Gloucester City (Conference North)

Neil Mustoe (1986-88), Tom Webb (1993-95),  Michael Green (1994-96), Spencer Hamilton (2006/07), Sam Turl (2005/06).

Worcester City (Conference North)

Tyler Weir (2001/02), Wayne Thomas (1989/90).

Cirencester Town (Southern League Premier)

Jamie Reid (1998/99), Jamie Edge (2004/05), Mark Pritchett (1998/99).

Evesham United (Southern League South & West)

Marcus Palmer (1998/99), Carl Brown (1998/89).

Shortwood United (Southern League South & West)

Adam Mace (2005/06).

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