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Hall of Fame No. 8

Tenacious right back enters our 50th anniversary Hall of Fame

Nigel Vince (Defender 1989 - 2011)

One of the few players to represent the club in both the Central Midlands League and United Counties League, Nigel Vince came to the club as a youngster after playing his youth football at Cambridge United, writes Andy Sandall.

The diminutive right-back quickly established himself in the team and would return a couple of times during his career, most notably as part of the 1994-95 UCL winning side where he was a reliable fixture on the right side of the defence.

What he lacked in height he easily made up for with tenacity and determination, and his discipline to stay in position and not get caught charging up the field proved vital as he sat behind the tricky, attack-minded wingers and midfielders that always seemed to be part of the teams at Tattershall Road.

He played his position in a simple but disciplined fashion, marked out with great timing that rarely saw him make a rash challenge or dive into a tackle too early. His passing ability was underrated, as his ball-striking allowed him to quickly switch play from one side of the field to the other.

He was certainly never known as a prolific goalscorer throughout his many years at the club - ironically his only goal for the Poachers came with a slightly mishit deep ball into the box during an FA Cup game at Newmarket Town which their goalie misjudged and allowed to drop into the net.

Despite - or maybe because of - his absence from the scoresheets, Vince loved penalty shoot-outs during training and would repeatedly use his performance in those to lobby manager Bob Don-Duncan into making him the team's designated penalty taker!

Debut: 28 January 1989 - Rossington Main A 1-1

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