Ian Michelsen

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Ian Michelsen

Appearances: 1 Goals: 0

Date / Year of birth: 13th November 1969

Position: Midfielder

Season of first appearance: 1986/87

Season of last appearance: 1986/87

Also played for: Ringwood Town and Portsmouth Royal Navy

London-born player who began his career in Thanet United's Under-16 team during the 1985/86 season, a side managed by former Margate player Bob Wickens. Ian then progressed to United's Colts side before stepping up to the reserves.

On 9.9.86 Ian was an unused substitute for an Eastern Floodlight Cup tie against Tonbridge at Hartsdown and on 8.11.86 he made his first team debut in a Southern League game at Dorchester, a few days before his 17th birthday. Although Thanet lost 4-1 the Thanet Times said that Ian "gave a creditable account of himself" in midfield whilst United manager John Wickens said that he "gave 100 percent."

Ian then returned to the reserves and made his last two appearances for them during the 1988/89 season. By that time he had joined the Royal Marines and was only available to turn out for United whilst on leave.

The next time Ian played competitive football, due to his Royal Marines commitments, was during the 1990/91 and 1991/92 seasons when he turned out for Ringwood Town in the 2nd Division of the Hampshire League.

He later played for Portsmouth Royal Navy in the Wessex League during the 2000/01 campaign.

Ian was a qualified coach by then and in 2001 he took the Royal Navy Under-19 squad to Dallas, Texas to compete in the prestigious Dallas Cup against teams from all over the world, including the likes of West Ham United and Leicester City. His liaison out in Dallas was none other than Bob Moffat who had played for Margate during the 1968/69 season. In 2004 Ian said it just went to show "how much of a small world this is" and at that time he was still serving in the Royal Marines and living in Taunton, Somerset. Ian was coaching both the Royal Navy and Royal Marines squads.

Recalling his only first team appearance for Thanet Ian said "It's a blur !! Surprising what adrenalin can do to you." He also added "I hope the wage structure has improved, I earnt a £5 match fee, which Johnny Love won off me on the coach on the way home playing 3 Card Brag. I was 16 and my mum went mad !!!!"










1986/87 (TUFC)

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