Luke Coleman

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Luke Coleman

Appearances: 18+9 Goals: 2

Date / Year of birth: 1st August 1988

Position: Winger

Season of first appearance: 2007/08

Season of last appearance: 2008/09

Also played for: Folkestone Invicta, Liverpool (0), Gravesend & Northfleet, Chatham Town, Ashford Town, Ebbsfleet United, Tunbridge Wells, Ramsgate, Fisher, Aveley, Erith & Belvedere, FC Clacton, Cray Wanderers, Sittingbourne, Chipstead, Whitstable Town, Erith Town, Holmesdale and Sevenoaks Town

Attacker who started his career with Folkestone where he was part of the Under-16's side that reached the national final of the British Lions Club Cup during the 2003/04 campaign. Luke was the team's top scorer for the season.

He stayed with Folkestone for the 2004/05 campaign and made his first team debut as a substitute in a 3-0 home win over Wealdstone in the Isthmian League Premier Division on 11.9.04 just a few weeks after his 16th birthday. Luke's next senior outing on 18.9.04 saw him come off the bench to score twice in a 6-0 win at Raynes Park Vale in the FA Cup and he made his full debut in a 1-1 draw with visitors Harrow in the FA Cup on 5.10.04.

At the end of February 2005 Luke joined Liverpool on trial and he made three appearances for their youth team, scoring in a 4-1 defeat at Bolton on 5.3.05, before going back to Folkestone.

He finished 2004/05 having made 11 Isthmian League appearances without scoring, all of them as a substitute, and Luke also had a trial at Chelsea during the season.

In the summer of 2005 he moved on to Gravesend & Northfleet and in April 2006 Luke was part of the Fleet's reserve side that lost in the Kent Intermediate Cup Final to Tonbridge Reserves. At that time he was actually in the midst of a loan spell with Southern League Eastern Division club Chatham that began at the end of March 2006 and lasted until the end of the 2005/06 campaign.

Luke's older brother Liam joined him at Gravesend for the start of the 2006/07 season and in October 2006 Luke joined Isthmian League Division 1 South club Ashford on loan.

He made 14 appearances for the Nuts & Bolts and scored four goals including two in a 3-0 win at Corinthian Casuals on 21.11.06 before going back to Stonebridge Road.

Luke had a few first team outings for Gravesend during the remainder of 2006/07 and in the summer of 2007 the club changed its name to Ebbsfleet United.

In July and August 2007 Luke played in some of Margate's friendlies and a season-long loan from Ebbsfleet was agreed a few days before the start of the 2007/08 campaign. Margate's player-manager Robin Trott told the Isle of Thanet Gazette "He wants to be in a ball-playing team and by coming with us that's what he gets. He's thriving at the moment and delivers a great ball into the box." Trott said Luke was "Very young with a long career ahead of him."

Luke made his debut in an Isthmian League Premier Division game against Chelmsford at Hartsdown Park on 18.8.07 and scored to put Margate in front. The game ended as a 1-1 draw and the Thanet Times said Luke "deserved his goal" after a good display on the right wing. He then started each of the next six matches in the number four shirt but after a 1-1 draw at Staines on 8.9.07 Luke was recalled by Ebbsfleet.

On 15.9.07 he came on as a substitute for the Fleet in a home game against Kidderminster in the Conference and scored the winner in a remarkable 5-4 victory. Luke then made a few more appearances for Ebbsfleet before returning to Margate on a permanent basis in November 2007.

Luke signed a contract running to the end of the 2008/09 season and Robin Trott told the Isle of Thanet Gazette "I heard through the grapevine he wasn't happy so I did a bit of digging around and was able to get him. Coley wanted to come back - he never wanted to leave in the first place."

Luke's first game of his second spell at Margate was a 2-1 home defeat against Boreham Wood on 27.11.07 and in his next outing on 1.12.07 he scored in a 2-1 win over AFC Hornchurch at Hartsdown Park. Luke started four of the next six matches up to and including a 1-0 defeat at Horsham on 29.12.07 but that turned out to be his last appearance of the season.

At the start of January 2008 he suffered a perforated ear-drum before being taken seriously ill later in the month. Luke was diagnosed with pneumonia in both lungs and spent weeks in hospital. Margate's coach Steve McKimm had also had the illness during his time at Gravesend and spoke to the Isle of Thanet Gazette about Luke saying "He's had lots of tests and that and he's on the way to recovery. It will be a long while. He's lost a bit of weight and the doctors are giving him antibiotics to fight bits and pieces that are wrong with him but it's a slow process." Luke was released from hospital during February 2008 and Robin Trott told the Thanet Times "I think this season's a write-off, which is a shame, but the main thing is he gets better." Luke had scored twice from 14 appearances (one as sub) during his two stints at Hartsdown Park during 2007/08.

In July 2008 Margate's new manager Barry Ashby told the Thanet Times "Luke is work in progress. He's had a serious illness and we want to take our time with him. He's done pre-season and found some of it quite tough." Luke scored in a 2-0 friendly win at Chatham on 2.8.08 and made his first competitive appearance for over seven months when he came on as a sub in a 2-1 defeat at Carshalton in the Isthmian League Premier Division on 16.8.08 - the opening day of the 2008/09 campaign.

Luke started for the first time in midfield in Margate's next match - a 2-2 draw with Hendon at Hartsdown Park on 19.8.08 - and then made one substitute appearance in the next two games before wearing the number nine shirt in a 2-1 home win over Heybridge on 30.8.08. He also played up front in Margate's next two matches but after a 2-0 defeat against visitors AFC Hornchurch on 6.9.08 Luke only featured once as a sub in the next seven games.

On 25.10.08 he made his first appearance for over a month when he came on as a sub in a 1-0 defeat against Wealdstone at Hartsdown Park and Luke then featured as a substitute in the next three matches. However after coming on in a 2-0 defeat at Horsham on 8.11.08 he missed six games completely and didn't play in the senior side again until 6.12.08 when he wore the number seven shirt in a 2-2 home draw with Carshalton. It was Luke's first start for exactly three months but a few days later he was loaned to Kent League club Tunbridge Wells.

Luke marked his debut for Tunbridge Wells with a goal in a 7-1 win at Slade Green in the Kent Senior Trophy on 13.12.08 and on 24.2.09 he scored all three goals in a 3-1 win at Slade Green in the Kent League. By the time his three month loan finished in March 2009 Luke had scored eight goals from 11 outings (one as sub).

During a brief spell back at Margate he came on as a substitute in a 1-1 draw against Maidstone at Sittingbourne on 21.3.09 but that proved to be Luke's last outing for the club.

At the end of March 2009 he joined Ramsgate on loan and their manager Jimmy Ward told the Isle of Thanet Gazette "I've always liked the lad. I had first option on him when he went to Margate but he was a bit too rich for me at the time. He's got great touch and good movement and the rest we'll just have to see. He's got four or five games to get himself a contract." Luke ended up scoring once from two appearances for the Rams before the end of the 2008/09 campaign.

He was released by Margate in May 2009 having made 13 appearances (eight as sub) without scoring during 2008/09.

In the summer of 2009 Luke played in some friendlies for Isthmian League Division 1 South outfit Ashford (Kent) where he'd previously played on loan some three years earlier and then had a trial spell back at his old club Ebbsfleet. He ended up signing for Ashford in August 2009 and manager Steve Lovell said "Luke trained with us at the beginning of the season, pre-season, but he went away because he wanted to try and get into the Ebbsfleet side."

Luke made a sensational debut for Ashford on 30.8.09 when he scored a hat-trick in the space of 26 second half minutes after coming on as a substitute in an FA Cup tie against Mile Oak at Homelands. Ashford won the game 6-1 but Luke didn't score for the club again and after making eight appearances in all competitions (three as sub) he dropped into the Kent League to join Fisher in November 2009.

Luke spent the remainder of the 2009/10 campaign with Fisher and scored over 15 goals including a hat-trick in a 3-1 win at Sevenoaks in April 2010.

In the summer of 2010 he had a trial with Aberdeen but Luke started the 2010/11 season with Isthmian League Premier Division club Aveley. He only made three league appearances (two as sub) without scoring there before linking up with Erith & Belvedere in October 2010.

Luke scored four goals for the Deres in Kent League matches and then joined Clacton of the Eastern Counties League in March 2011. His father Phil - a former Football League player with the likes of Colchester and Millwall - was Clacton's coach and Luke's brother Liam was also on the club's books.

On 9.4.11 Luke scored a hat-trick as Clacton won 6-1 at Histon Reserves and he finished the 2010/11 season with a record of eight goals from 13 outings.

In July 2011 he signed for Cray at around the same time his brother Liam joined Margate but Luke only played five times in the Isthmian League Premier Division (four as sub) without scoring for Cray before moving on to Sittingbourne of Division 1 South in November 2011.

He made seven appearances (two as sub) in all competitions without scoring for the Brickies and in March 2012 Luke left the club.

He joined Chipstead, also of Division 1 South, and on 24.3.12 Luke got his first two goals for them as they won 4-1 at his old club Ramsgate. He scored twice more before the end of the 2011/12 campaign and made a total of eight appearances. By then Luke was studying for a law degree.

He also started the 2012/13 season with Chipstead where he made a further five league appearances without scoring and got one FA Cup goal before returning to Kent in January 2013.

Luke signed for Whitstable, also of the Isthmian League Division 1 South, but only made three substitute appearances there.

In February 2013 he moved on to Kent League club Erith Town and Luke was still with the club at the start of the 2013/14 campaign. He scored three times from a total of 11 outings for Erith (seven as sub) and then signed for Holmesdale of the Southern Counties East Football League in October 2013.

In June 2014 Luke added another Southern Counties East Football League outfit to his list of clubs when he joined Sevenoaks.










2007/08 (MFC)

13 (53)

















2008/09 (MFC)

5 (46)








     Margate finished in relegation position but were reprieved and remained in the Isthmian League Premier Division.