At the beginning of December we asked supporters to select their Spennymoor Town Team of the Decade based around a 4-4-2 formation.
After hundreds of votes from fans, we can now reveal your chosen XI between 2010 and 2019…
A superb shot stopper and unbeatable on his day, Dean is best remembered for being the man between the sticks as Spennymoor won the 2013 FA Vase Final at Wembley. After biding his time as understudy to Craig Turns, Dean took his chance and soon established himself as the club’s number one. He made 75 appearances between 2011 and 2013, winning a number of trophies along the way.
A true club legend and loyal servant to Spennymoor Town, Kallum Griffiths was a mainstay in the side for the entrie decade. Griffith racked up 389 appearances for Moors, scoring 19 goals during his nine-year stint. The full-back won the Northern League Division One title on four occasions in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, the Durham Challenge Cup in 2012, the JR Cleator Cup in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and the Northern League Cup and FA Vase in 2013. Griffiths was named Supporters Player of the Season for the 2016/17 Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division promotion winning campaign.
His nickname says it all. Spennymoor’s Ginger Van Dijk has been an unstoppable force since joining from Gateshead in 2016, making 596 appearances for The Heed. He was a member of two promotion-winning squads during his time at the International Stadium. Curtis also figured for the Tynesiders in the Conference play-off final at Wembley in 2014, before enjoying a testimonial match against Newcastle United the same year. His first year at Spennymoor was wildly successful, taking home the ‘Manager’s Player of the Season’ and ‘Players’ Player of the Season’ awards in a double-swoop in May.
Captain. Leader. Legend. There’s not much more you can say about Chris Mason that hasn’t already been said. The iconic image that springs to mind is Mason lifting the FA Vase aloft in 2013, but he also lifted Northern League Division One titles on four occasions in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, the Durham Challenge Cup in 2012, the JR Cleator Cup in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and the Northern League Cup. He was captain during the play-off final wins over Northwich Victoria and Stourbridge and has made over 350 appearances despite missing the entire 2018/19 campaign with a long-term injury.
Another vital member of the 2013 FA Vase winning side, Stephen Capper was arguably one of the most consistent players to wear the Spennymoor shirt. The Irishman, who came over to the North-East when he was 15, had a promising career at both domestic and international football, but injury forced him to retire from the big stage. His claim to fame was that he once marked Lionel Messi! Capper made 317 appearances for Moors in total, scoring 26 times.
“Who put the ball in the Stourbridge net, super Robbie Ramshaw! Despite only joining the club in 2016, Ramshaw has already established himself as a household name in Spennymoor. He scored the goal that sent Moors up to the National League North against Stourbridge, and his stellar performances earned him a call up to the England C squad in March 2018. The engine and driving force in the current Moors set-up, at 26, Ramshaw still has years of service to offer the club.
The list would not be complete without the man who delivered the undoubted moment of the decade for the club. With the FA Vase final locked at 1-1, the game needed someone to step up. When the ball fell to the Irish midfielder just inside the area, he became an instant icon, rifling into the top corner and earning Moors non-league’s most prized trophy. Graydon left Moors at the end of the 2013/14 season having racked up 201 appearances, claiming 39 goals along the way.
Chandler’s inclusion into the team emphasises the master stroke triple signing made by Jason Ainsley in the summer of 2016. He brought the former Sunderland midfielder in along with fellow Team of the Decade members Rob Ramshaw and James Curtis, with all of them establishing themselves as the team’s spine during the latter half of the decade. Chandler’s tough tackling, never say die attitude and calmness in possession has resonated with supporters, and he has been an ever present in the centre of midfield alongside the likes of Shane Henry and Ramshaw. He doesn’t get many goals, but his one against Darlington at The Brewery Field in April 2018 stand out for his most memorable.
Spennymoor Town’s very own Lionel Messi. Blessed with wonderful dribbling and close control, Peacock caused havoc for defenders during his seven-year spell at The Brewery Field. He was a crowd favourite and is still admired for his technical ability to this day. As well as being an integral part of the 2013 FA Vase winning squad, he also won Northern League First Division, JR Cleator Cup, Durham Challenge Cup and Northern League Cup. Peacock bowed out with 283 appearances for Moors, scoring 31 times and leaving many defenders running scared.
Goal machine. Match winner. Cogdon, now back for his second spell with the club after returning in the summer of 2019, is a true legend in every sense of the word. Blessed with frightening pace and acceleration, coupled with his physicality, and it’s easy to see why he scored so many goals during his first spell at The Brewery Field. 132 in 289 appearances to be exact, averaging a goal every two games. There were some big goals too, with his superb header to give Moors the lead in the 2013 FA Vase the final the one that immediately springs to mind. He also fired Moors ahead in the 2016 play-off final against Northwich Victoria. A man for the big occasion.
Moors’ star man over the last three seasons, the list would not be complete without the man who wears a magic hat. Taylor has been in unstoppable form for some time now and is rightly regarded as the finest striker currently applying his trade in the National League North. His numbers are frightening impressive. 96 goals in 193 appearances and counting. Many forget that Taylor is in his second spell with the club after a stint here earlier in the decade, but he has returned with a point to prove. Taylor loves a late winner, with memorable goals against Southport in 2017/18, Chorley twice in 2018/19 and Chester this season the standout strikes. Oh, and he won National League North Player of the Season last year.