Darren Behcet

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Darren Behcet

Appearances: 10 Goals: 0
Clean Sheets: 3

Date / Year of birth: 8th October 1986

Position: Goalkeeper

Season of first appearance: 2005/06

Season of last appearance: 2005/06

Also played for: West Ham United (0), Cambridge United, Southend United (0), Yeovil Town (0), Dorchester Town, Bognor Regis Town, Fisher Athletic (London), Maldon Town, Sutton United, Grays Athletic, AFC Hornchurch, Maldon & Tiptree, Tooting & Mitcham United, East Thurrock United, Harlow Town and Cray Wanderers

6' 0" tall half Turkish keeper born in London who started his career as a trainee at West Ham where he was coached by Hammers legend Ludek Miklosko. During the 2003/04 season Darren played for the Irons Under-17 and Under-19 sides as well as featuring in the reserve team squad on occasions. He mainly turned out for the Under-18's during 2004/05 but Darren also made a few reserve team appearances.

At the start of the 2005/06 campaign he was loaned to Conference club Cambridge United and Darren played seven first team games before losing his place.

Towards the end of December 2005 he joined Southend on trial and by then Darren already knew that he'd be released by West Ham at the end of the season. He played in two reserve team games for the Shrimpers in January 2006 before moving to Margate on loan as a temporary replacement for Charlie Mitten who was struggling with injuries. Darren was recommended to the club by former Gate keeper Lee Turner who was Southend's goalkeeping coach at the time.

On 28.1.06 Darren made his debut aged 19 as Margate drew 0-0 with Harrow in an Isthmian League Premier Division match played at Hartsdown Park and then enjoyed a run in the side. An away game at AFC Wimbledon on 11.2.06 was Darren's fourth consecutive start and the Thanet Times praised a "flying save" he made but in the closing minutes of the match Darren made an error that led to stalwart sweeper Bill Edwards being sent off. Darren took a goal-kick that went straight to an unmarked Wimbledon striker and Edwards had little option but to bring the Dons player down to preserve Margate's 2-1 lead which they hung on to after his dismissal.

Darren then played in the next two games but in the second of them - a 4-0 win over Wealdstone at Northwood on 25.2.06 - he had to go off injured after an hour. He was due to start Margate's next match at Chelmsford on 3.3.06 but broke down in the pre-game warm-up and missed the match as well as Margate's next three fixtures. Darren returned to the side in a 4-1 defeat at Billericay on 25.3.06 and then made what the Thanet Times called "smart early saves" in a 2-1 home defeat against Heybridge on 1.4.06 before Charlie Mitten replaced him for Margate's next game. Darren then left the club.

A few weeks later Mitten got injured again and after his initial efforts to locate Darren failed new Margate player-manager Robin Trott finally tracked him down and Darren returned for the last two matches of the 2005/06 campaign. The Isle of Thanet Gazette said he'd "impressively deputized" for Mitten in his initial spell with Margate. Darren made his comeback in a 2-0 win at Leyton on 22.4.06 and the Thanet Times said he "had little to do". He then featured in a 4-2 win over Hendon at Hartsdown Park on 29.4.06 to take his overall appearance tally for the season to ten games. Darren kept three clean sheets in those matches.

Having been released by West Ham Darren signed a two-year contract with League One club Yeovil in June 2006. He'd previously played twice for their reserves during the 2005/06 campaign. Darren became a regular in Yeovil's second string during the opening months of 2006/07 and on 28.11.06 he played in a Somerset Premier Cup tie at Minehead. The match was held up for a period after Darren had several coins thrown at him and the offenders were ejected from the ground. As the season progressed he sometimes featured on the substitutes bench for the first team but didn't make any senior appearances.

Darren joined Conference South club Dorchester on loan for the start of the 2007/08 campaign and their Director of Football Shaun Brooks said "He is a fantastic young keeper with a big future in the game, and a season playing regular first team football will be a huge help to his development". Darren played regularly for Dorchester until returning to Yeovil in January 2008.

He was released by the Glovers at the end of 2007/08 having never played for the first team and in August 2008 Darren joined Conference South outfit Bognor Regis on a week-to-week deal. He made four league appearances there before moving to Bognor's Conference South rivals Fisher in October 2008.

Darren's next move took him to Isthmian League Division 1 North club Maldon in the middle of November 2008 but he only played once there before switching to Isthmian League Premier Division side Sutton towards the end of the month.

Darren made his debut for Sutton in a 2-0 win at Croydon Athletic in the Isthmian League Cup on 2.12.08 and had four further outings deputizing for future Margate keeper Paul Nicholls in the weeks that followed.

In December 2008 Darren linked up with Conference outfit Grays Athletic - his fifth club of the 2008/09 season - as a non-contract player but didn't make any first team appearances and in January 2009 he signed for AFC Hornchurch of the Isthmian League Premier Division.

Darren went on to spend over two and a half years with Hornchurch and made around 100 league appearances before being released by the club in September 2011.

He joined Maldon & Tiptree of the Isthmian League Division 1 North immediately after leaving the Urchins but at the start of December 2011 the club signed former Margate keeper Scott Chalmers-Stevens to replace Darren and he moved on to Tooting & Mitcham having made six league starts for Maldon.

Darren was Tooting's regular keeper for the next few months and made 13 league appearances as they fought an unsuccessful battle against relegation from the Isthmian League Premier Division but in April 2012 he left the club shortly before the 2011/12 season ended.

In May 2012 Darren signed for Isthmian League Premier Division club Carshalton but before the start of the 2012/13 campaign proper he went back to Tooting. On 21.8.12 he was sent off as they lost 3-0 at home to Leatherhead in the Isthmian League Division 1 South and Darren made a total of 39 league appearances during 2012/13.

In July 2013 he linked up with Premier Division outfit East Thurrock and in October 2013 Darren moved on to Harlow of Division 1 North.

His next move took him to Premier Division strugglers Cray in January 2014.










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