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#1 singe


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Posted 04 February 2012 - 06:03 PM

Ernie was a fine example, but another would be Leon Legge at Brentford. There is an interesting (to me being local) article about him here, he got his chance at 24. Of course, Eyrsey was an even more well known example.
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In the same vein, if we were to do this route, I would suggest Tonbridge's keeper Lee Worgan and Frannie Collin.
Legge went when the Angels were in Ryman Prem, and the two players mentioned are holding their own in the BSq South.
I know others have much more knowledge of the non league circuit, but it would be interesting to see the stats how many make it and how many fail after a later in life contract.

#2 Forte_Baby


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Posted 04 February 2012 - 06:24 PM

Kevin Phillips and Darren Sheridan spring to mind.

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 06:27 PM

Steve Heighway.

Steve Coppell.

David Eyres?
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#4 Stevie_J


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Posted 04 February 2012 - 09:20 PM

Ian Wright.

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#5 leeslover


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Posted 04 February 2012 - 10:26 PM

Stuart Pearce must be the best example. Part time until his early 20s then one of the most capped internationals
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Posted 06 February 2012 - 12:37 AM

Stuart Barlow was a late starter I think

#7 Roger Ritchie

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 11:35 AM

Arjen Robben looked about 58 when he started at Chelsea.
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#8 Matt


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Posted 12 February 2012 - 07:09 PM

I seem to remember Stevie Whitehall was something like 24 when he turned professional.

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 11:58 PM

Steve Morison? He was at Northampton as a youngster I think but dropped into non-league for a few years when didn't make it there..

#10 24hoursfromtulsehill


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Posted 16 February 2012 - 12:03 AM

Tony Cascarino. Just read his autobiography, as told to Paul Kimmage. Hairdresser and builder before joining Gillingham.