Narada Bernard

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Narada Bernard

Appearances: 4 Goals: 0

Date / Year of birth: 30th January 1981

Position: Left-back

Season of first appearance: 2009/10

Season of last appearance: 2009/10

Also played for: Tottenham Hotspur (0), Arsenal (0), AFC Bournemouth (21+18,0), Woking, Torquay United (0+1,0), Welling United, Barnet (0), Rushden & Diamonds (0), Farnborough Town, Dover Athletic, Yeading, Hemel Hempstead Town, Fisher Athletic, Weymouth, Maidenhead United and Bishop's Stortford

5' 7" tall attack-minded full-back born in Bristol who found a degree of fame as a child by appearing as a young Michael Jackson in television commercials and also featured in the BBC children's series 'The Biz !'.

Narada started his football career as a trainee at Tottenham where he spent the 1997/98 and 1998/99 seasons and became good friends with future Spurs star Ledley King.

In July 1999 Narada was signed as a professional by Arsenal at the age of 18 and he featured alongside Ashley Cole, later a famous England player, in Arsenal's junior sides. Narada played 24 times (six as sub) for the Under-19's during 1999/00 and he also made five reserve team appearances (one as sub) and scored once after making his debut in the second string in December 1999. He was released by Arsenal at the end of the season and shortly before the Gunners let him go Narada had a trial at Division 2 club Bournemouth where he played in the Football Combination Cup Final for their reserves.

In May 2000 Narada had a trial with Reading before Bournemouth signed him in June 2000. He made his first team debut for the Cherries in a 2-0 home win over Swansea in the FA Cup on 18.11.00 and went on to feature in 16 further senior matches before the end of the 2000/01 campaign, often as a substitute.

Narada was badly hit by injuries during 2001/02 and only played in nine first team games for Bournemouth. It was a similar story during the 2002/03 season and after making 13 more senior appearances he was released at the end of the campaign.

In the summer of 2003 Narada had a trial at Kidderminster and featured in some of their pre-season friendlies before joining Conference club Woking ahead of the 2003/04 campaign proper.

He played eight times in the league for the Cards, including a substitute appearance in a 2-1 win at Margate on 11.11.03, and then returned to the Football League in mid-November 2003 when Torquay signed him.

Narada made one substitute appearance for Torquay as they drew 1-1 with visitors York in League Two on 13.12.03 but he was released in January 2004 and didn't play anywhere for the remainder of the 2003/04 season.

In June 2004 Narada won a full cap for Jamaica when he featured as a substitute in a 1-0 defeat against the Republic of Ireland in a Unity Cup match played at Charlton's The Valley stadium.

Later in the summer of 2004 he played in some friendlies for Boston but wasn't signed by the club and Narada continued to be a free agent until September 2004 when he signed for Welling.

In December 2004 he had a second trial with Kidderminster before joining Barnet during that month.

Narada's stay with the Bees was brief and he played in a reserve team game for Rushden & Diamonds along with future Margate goalkeeper Scott Chalmers-Stevens before signing for Farnborough in January 2005.

In March 2005 he moved on to Dover where he made seven Isthmian League Premier Division appearances without scoring during the remainder of the 2004/05 campaign.

Narada started 2005/06 with Yeading and then linked up with Hemel Hempstead of the Southern League Division 1 West at the beginning of September 2005. He spent the rest of the season there.

In August 2006 he joined Conference South club Fisher and Narada made eight league appearances during the early part of 2006/07 before being signed by Rushden & Diamonds in January 2007.

After just a few weeks with Diamonds he joined Conference outfit Weymouth in February 2007 and Narada made 24 league appearances (three as sub) without scoring over the course of the next year during which he again had problems with injuries.

In February 2008 he signed for Maidenhead of the Conference South and Narada played nine times for them (twice as sub) without scoring during the remainder of the 2007/08 campaign.

He stayed with Maidenhead for 2008/09 and in January 2009 they loaned him to Bishop's Stortford who were also in the Conference South. Narada sometimes played as a striker during his spell there.

In August 2009 he signed for Margate and Narada made his debut in a 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Dartford in the Isthmian League Premier Division on 18.8.09. He played as a left wing-back and manager Terry Yorath told the Isle of Thanet Gazette "I thought he had a very good second half. He's got good feet and that position will suit him." The Gazette said that Narada possibly didn't enjoy "the defensive side of being a wing-back too much" but noted that he "looked dangerous higher up the pitch".

He then featured in the next three matches and in its report on a 3-0 win at Aveley on 24.8.09 the Isle of Thanet Gazette said Narada "looked really good down the left" but Margate's next game - a 3-0 defeat at Harrow on 29.8.09 - turned out to be his last outing for the club. Narada then picked up an ankle injury and was released soon afterwards.

After sitting out the remainder of the 2009/10 season Narada briefly resurfaced in the summer of 2010 when he featured in some of Windsor & Eton's friendlies but he left the club before the start of 2010/11. He didn't play anywhere else after that.

In 2013 Narada was living in London and working as a personal trainer.









2009/10 (MFC)

4 (51)








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