Che Stadhart

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Che Stadhart

Appearances: 69+19 Goals: 25

Date / Year of birth: 25th September 1976

Position: Striker

Season of first appearance: 2003/04

Season of last appearance: 2004/05

Also played for: Leyton Pennant, Stevenage Borough, Chalfont St.Peter, Hampton & Richmond Borough, Gravesend & Northfleet, Welling United, Thurrock, Manford Way, Leyton, Aveley, Concord Rangers, Harlow Town and Whyteleafe

Striker born in Redbridge, Essex who started his career with Isthmian League club Leyton Pennant and progressed from their reserves to the first team for 1996/97. Che finished the season as top scorer.

He was Pennant's leading marksman again during the 1997/98 campaign, scoring 15 goals, and made around 100 appearances for the club before moving on to Conference club Stevenage in September 1998.

Che couldn't break into Stevenage's first team and in January 1999 he joined Chalfont St.Peter. He scored nine goals before the end of the 1998/99 season and played alongside Jamie Cochrane - the son of 1970's Margate player Hughie.

In the summer of 1999 Che moved on to Isthmian League Premier Division Hampton & Richmond who included Margate legend Martin Buglione in their squad but Che only made a handful of appearances without scoring there.

In November 1999 Gravesend & Northfleet paid £1,000 for his services and Che went on to score 19 goals for the Isthmian League Premier Division outfit before the end of the 1999/00 campaign. That tally made him the Fleet's leading marksman.

Che was Gravesend's top scorer once again during 2000/01, finding the net 21 times, and he then led the Fleet's scoring charts with 20 goals during the 2001/02 season as the club won the Isthmian League Premier Division title.

In the summer of 2002 he played for the Middlesex Wanderers touring side in Indonesia and Vietnam and during 2002/03 Che bagged 14 goals in all competitions as Gravesend struggled in their first Conference campaign. One of his goals was a penalty in a 2-1 home defeat against Margate in an FA Cup tie on 26.10.02 and during the season Aldershot tried to sign him. In all Che had scored 74 times in 167 games for the Fleet when he signed for Margate in June 2003.

Chris Kinnear told the Thanet Times "He's got pace and he can hold it up as well, and he's a good finisher." Che scored a hat-trick, including a penalty, in a 4-2 friendly win at Ramsgate on 31.7.03 and the Thanet Times' match report was headlined "Che's Revolution Starts With Triple".

He made his competitive debut on 9.8.03 when he came on as a substitute as Margate drew 1-1 at Shrewsbury in the Conference. It was the opening day of the 2003/04 season. Che was also used as a sub in Margate's next two matches before making his first start in a 1-1 draw at Tamworth on 23.8.03. He kept his place for a 4-1 defeat against Stevenage at Dover on 25.8.03 but then found himself on the bench again for a trip to Forest Green on 30.8.03. Che came on and scored his first goal for the club as Margate won 2-1 and the Thanet Times said he "put in his best performance to date". He started the next five games and the Thanet Times said Che was "hard-working" in its report on a 1-0 win at Halifax on 20.9.03 but after a 3-1 win over Northwich at Dover on 27.9.03 he was dropped to the bench again. Che hadn't scored during his run in the starting line-up.

Over the next few weeks he was in and out of the side but played from the start as Margate travelled to Grays for an FA Cup tie on 25.10.03. The Thanet Times said Che "worked hard but provided little threat" as the match finished 3-3. He only made one sub appearance in the next three matches and on 11.11.03 the Thanet Times reported that Farnborough had made a bid for Che. He then enjoyed a run of four starts in five matches starting with a 2-1 defeat at Hereford on 15.11.03 but Che didn't find the net in any of those games and in the last of them - a 2-0 defeat against Shrewsbury at Dover on 14.12.03 - he was sent off in first half injury time for what was deemed to be a foul on the visiting goalkeeper. Chris Kinnear told the Thanet Times "That was absolutely disgraceful. How was that a sending-off ?"

As a result of his dismissal Che had to serve a three match ban and he only made two sub appearances in Margate's next six games. On 20.1.04 he made his first start for five weeks in a 2-0 win over Dorchester in an FA Trophy replay played at Ashford and Che kept his place for a 3-1 defeat at Barnet on 24.1.04. He didn't score and by then he'd only managed one goal in 25 outings. After the Barnet game Che made five consecutive substitute appearances before finally returning to the starting line-up in a 2-0 win over Welling in a Kent Senior Cup tie played at Ramsgate on 2.3.04. He was then used as a sub in four of Margate's next five matches.

On 27.3.04 Che made his first start in the Conference since 24.1.04 as Margate travelled to Burton. He scored the only goal of the game and it was almost seven months since his other strike for Margate. Che then started the next five matches. He made it back-to-back goals when he was on target in a 3-0 win over Farnborough on 3.4.04 and scored for the third game in a row as Margate beat Tamworth 3-2 at Dover on 10.4.04. Che made his last appearance in a 2-0 defeat against Scarborough at Dover on 24.4.04 and that was Margate's final match in the Conference. He'd ended up with a record of four goals from 41 appearances (19 as sub). In its end of season round-up the Isle of Thanet Gazette said Che had "worked so hard for so long without reward, but after scoring just one goal in the first seven months, netted four in the last seven games".

In May 2004 Che played for Middlesex Wanderers in France as they won 3-0 against Calais and in July 2004 he featured in some of Farnborough's pre-season friendlies including one against Gillingham.

Che ended up staying with Margate for the 2004/05 campaign and after failing to score in the first six Conference South games of the season he broke his duck with a strike in a 3-1 win over Hayes at Margate's adopted home in Ashford on 4.9.04. September 2004 turned out to be a good month for Che and on 14.9.04 he scored twice in a 7-3 defeat at Lewes, volleying home his second despite losing a boot in the build-up to the goal. Che then struck twice in Margate's next game - a 4-2 win at Maidenhead on 18.9.04 - to take his overall tally to five goals from ten outings.

Having started each of the first 12 matches of the campaign Che missed an FA Cup tie against Waltham Forest on 2.10.04 due to attending his grandmother's funeral in the Caribbean but he was back in the side for a 1-1 draw with Newport at Ashford on 9.10.04.

After a run of five games without scoring Che returned to the goal trail with a vengeance after breaking his barren spell with a strike in a 2-0 win over Weston-Super-Mare on 30.10.04. That was the start of a five match goalscoring run in which he found the net eight times and Che's next goal came in a 2-0 win at Welling in the Conference Cup on 2.11.04. He then struck twice in a 3-2 defeat at Walton & Hersham in the FA Trophy on 6.11.04 and the Thanet Times said he "worked hard and deserved his two goals". Che's scoring streak continued with two goals in a 5-1 win over Havant & Waterlooville at Ashford on 13.11.04 and the Thanet Times said he was "unlucky not to have scored a hat-trick" whilst describing Che as "hard-working" and "a constant thorn in Havant's side". He finished his spree by scoring twice in a 3-3 draw at St.Albans on 20.11.04 and the Thanet Times said Che was "on-fire". The paper also praised him for his overall goal tally and said bagging 13 goals before end of November was "a remarkable achievement considering last season he netted just once before Christmas".

Following his prolific spell Che endured a barren run in front of goal and hadn't scored in four games before missing three matches in December 2004 due to being out of the country for personal reasons. He returned to the side in a 2-1 defeat against Welling at Ashford on 28.12.04 and from then on Che was ever-present until the end of the season.

Having extended his goalless spell to eight games Che notched up his 14th goal of the campaign in a 2-1 win at Thurrock on 29.1.05 and he struck despite playing in an unfamiliar midfield role. Che made it back-to-back goals when he scored in a 2-1 win over Basingstoke at Ashford on 5.2.05 and over the course of the next few weeks he often had to play in midfield.

His next goal came in a 2-0 win over Maidenhead at Ashford on 15.2.05 and Che then scored in back-to-back matches - a 2-2 draw at Weston-Super-Mare on 26.2.05 and a 4-3 win over Cray in a Kent Senior Cup tie played at Ramsgate on 1.3.05. Exactly a week later Che featured for a Football Association X1 in a match played at Dulwich to celebrate the Isthmian League's centenary but he limped off after 30 minutes. Fortunately Che's injury wasn't serious and he was fit enough to play as Margate lost 1-0 at Hornchurch on 12.3.05.

The Isle of Thanet Gazette said he "again battled to good effect in midfield" as Margate lost 2-1 at Crawley in a Conference Cup tie on 15.3.05 and after five games without scoring Che found the net in a 2-2 draw at Bognor Regis on 2.4.05, curling a low shot into the bottom corner. On 23.4.05 he got his 20th goal of the campaign in a 3-1 defeat at Havant & Waterlooville and that result confirmed Margate's relegation to the Isthmian League Premier Division. Che took his goal tally to 21 when he scored as Margate beat Dover 2-1 at Folkestone to win the Kent Senior Cup on 2.5.05 but that was his last appearance for the club. He'd top scored with 21 goals from 47 outings and Che won Margate's 'Players' Player of the Year' award for the season.

In the summer of 2005 Che signed for Conference South outfit Welling and on 27.7.05 he scored five goals as the Wings won 9-0 in a friendly at Erith Town. He went on to score 13 goals during the 2005/06 campaign and Che then scored seven goals during 2006/07 before leaving Welling in March 2007. Towards the end of his time with the club Che had played in midfield and the Wings manager Adrian Pennock told the KentOnline website "Che told me this week that he wasn't happy playing in midfield. He said that he wasn't enjoying his football even though we were winning games. I only want players here that want to do well for Welling and Che has let me and his team-mates down." In an interview published on the Croydon Guardian newspaper's website Pennock said "Che is a bit of a yellow-belly and when things get tough for him he jumps ship all the time. I am just annoyed, the boy has a lot of front and I say let him get on with it, it is no skin off my nose."

After his departure from Welling Che joined Thurrock and during the 2007/08 season he scored 13 goals for the Conference South outfit. He won the 'Supporters' Player of the Year' award and Thurrock manager Hakan Heyrettin said "Che has been fantastic for us this year. His non-stop work ethic has been a significant part of our attack." Che also spent 2008/09 with Thurrock before retiring at the end of the season aged 32.

A couple of months into the 2009/10 campaign Che came out of retirement and joined Manford Way of the Essex Olympian Football League.

At the start of November 2009 he stepped up his comeback by signing for Isthmian League Division 1 North club Leyton and on 2.11.09 Che scored on his debut in a 2-1 defeat at Erith Town in the London Senior Cup. He then made one substitute appearance for Leyton in the league before moving to Isthmian League Premier Division outfit Aveley towards the end of November 2009.

Che went on to score once in ten league appearances (eight as sub) for Aveley and then in March 2010 he signed for Concord Rangers.

He made three Isthmian League Division 1 North appearances (two as sub) for Concord before leaving the club at the end of the 2009/10 campaign.

In the summer of 2010 Che joined Harlow, also of the Isthmian League Division 1 North, and scored the only goal of the game on his debut to secure a 1-0 win at Grays on 21.8.10. He scored a total of seven goals before leaving the club towards the end of 2010.

Che later rejoined Manford Way and was still on their books at the end of the 2011/12 season.

In October 2012 Che signed for Kent League club Whyteleafe.










2003/04 (MFC)

22 (51)







     Margate demoted to new Conference South due to ground issues.










2004/05 (MFC)

47 (51)








     Margate relegated to Isthmian League Premier Division. 
     Played and scored in Kent Senior Cup Final (02.05.05 - beat Dover Athletic 2-1 at Folkestone Invicta FC).