Jon Boardman

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Jon Boardman

Appearances: 5 Goals: 1

Date / Year of birth: 27th January 1981

Position: Centre-back

Season of first appearance: 2001/02

Season of last appearance: 2001/02

Also played for: Crystal Palace (0), Woking, Rochdale (25+6,1), Dagenham & Redbridge (29+5,0) and Hungerford Town

6' 2" tall defender born in Reading who started his career with Crystal Palace. Jon played for Palace's youth team during 1997/98 and progressed through the club's ranks before joining Woking on loan in March 2001.

He made nine Conference appearances for Woking before returning to Selhurst Park at the end of the 2000/01 season. Jon stayed with Palace for the start of the 2001/02 campaign and in October 2001 he left the 1st Division (later Championship) club to join Margate on loan.

Jon made his debut in the number five shirt as Margate entertained Northwich in the Conference on 20.10.01 and made an immediate impact by scoring what the Thanet Times called a "fine individual goal". Jon charged forward, beat two defenders and then fired home a low shot. Margate lost 2-1 but the paper said he'd "settled in well". Chris Kinnear told The Non-League Paper that he'd like to make Jon's move permanent but Jon said "I don't really want to drop out of the League. I don't think there is a lot of difference between the Conference and 3rd Division but it might be a drop too far for me at this stage of my career."

After his goalscoring debut Jon again lined up in the heart of Margate's defence as they took on Grays in an FA Cup tie in Essex on 27.10.01 but disaster struck after eight minutes when he scored an own goal. Margate went on to lose 2-0. Jon's next outing saw him playing at right-back in a 3-3 draw at Forest Green and the Thanet Times said he was "among Margate's most impressive players". After one more appearance in the number two shirt Jon returned to his favoured central defensive role as Margate took on Bromley in a Kent Senior Cup tie at Hartsdown Park on 13.11.01. Margate won 3-1 and shortly afterwards Jon returned to Crystal Palace. He'd played five times in all and scored once.

In February 2002 Palace loaned Jon to Woking once more and in March 2002 the move was made permanent. He left the Eagles having never played for the first team.

Jon went on to make around 150 appearances for Woking and played for England's non-league side, scoring on his debut against Italy in November 2002, before moving back into league football.

In May 2005 Jon was signed by Rochdale on a two-year contract and their manager Steve Parkin said "He will be a good signing for us. He has been a consistent performer at Woking in recent seasons and I have no doubt that he will be able to handle the move into league football." Jon made 31 first team appearances for Rochdale and scored once before being released in January 2007.

Later in January 2007 he linked up with Dagenham & Redbridge who were closing in on the Conference title. Former Margate player Jake Leberl was part of the Daggers' squad at the time. Jon scored three goals in nine appearances before the end of the 2006/07 campaign as promotion to the Football League was secured. He spent two more seasons with the Daggers and made 34 further appearances before rejoining Woking in June 2009.

Jon helped Woking to the Conference South play-offs during 2009/10 but in June 2010 he signed for Isthmian League Premier Division outfit Kingstonian.

Jon captained the K's in their friendlies ahead of the 2010/11 campaign but in August 2010 he left the club and joined Hungerford before the season proper began.

He was still with Hungerford during the 2011/12 campaign.










2001/02 (MFC)

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