The Reds squad for 2018’s Northern League campaign

posted in: Men, Northern League

Meet the players who will carry Cambridge’s hopes into this year’s Northern League division two.

Fraser Nicholls (goalkeeper)

Experienced and long-serving goalkeeper who has four appearances for Waikato All Stars and has been one of the team’s most consistent performers over the past four years. A key member of the first team squad and one of the league’s top keepers.

Patrick Steele (goalkeeper)

A new acquisition from Matamata Swifts. An outstanding young goalkeeper who is the New Zealand under 18 Futsal team keeper and winner of the Oceania Golden Gloves award.

Patrick Espin (goalkeeper)

A promising young goalkeeper who has played his way through our youth teams and into our Premiership/Championship squads.

Nathan Claridge (midfield)

Made his Northern league debut at the age of 16. Won the young player of the year in 2011 and was Cambridge first-team coach’s Player of the Year in 2017. An experienced, competitive team player who is the team’s vice captain.

Kieran Hill (defender)

Previously at Northern League club Ngaruawahia United. An experienced and versatile defender who has been a first-team regular since joining Cambridge in 2014. A senior and vital member of the team both on and off the pitch.

Patrick Woodlock (defender/captain)

First team captain who began as an 18-year-old in the Cambridge Northern League side. Has played for Hamilton Wanderers in the Northern League Premier Division and Ngaruawahia United in Division 1. Has won the Cambridge club Player of the Year for a record six times and was WaiBOP Player of the Year in 2015 and 2017.

Kyle Stead (defender)

Made his debut in last year’s WaiBOP Premiership-winning team and is now a first-team regular. A national youth league player who was Cambridge Young Player of the Year for 2017.

Bradley Rea (midfield)

A strong and powerful holding midfielder who signed from Northern Premier League club Wanderers this year. Has previous experience in Australia and will be an important addition to the first team squad.

Theo Petropolous (midfielder)

A key player who made his breakthrough last year in the WaiBOP Premiership winning team. A hard-working and tenacious midfielder with a huge future ahead of him.

Jordan Silvester (defender or midfield)

Happy at wing back or wide midfield. A key member of the 2017 Premiership winning team.

Sam Garmonsway (defender)

Experienced, calm and reliable who can play anywhere along the backline. Brings leadership qualities.

Daniel Clarkin (defender/midfield)

An outstanding young signing from Hamilton Wanderers for the 2017 season. A composed, reliable and skilful defender who has become an integral member of the side.

Tom Woutersen (forward)

Consistent goalscorer in Cambridge’s title-winning 2015 and 2017 seasons. Strong on the ball.

Wayne Teague (forward or midfield)

An exciting, marquee signing. Recently arrived from England and an ex–Stoke City player. Wayne’s previous experience at such a high level will be invaluable to the team. At home either as a forward or in the midfield.

Marcelo Sosa (midfield)

An ex–Melville United player, Marcy is a new signing from Ngaruawahia United. Marcello hails from Uruguay and is a very experienced and respected midfielder who has played at a very high level in New Zealand. A major asset to the Cambridge first team, he brings leadership and quality.

Dylan Blair (forward)

Another new signing from Melville United. A young, talented and promising goal scorer who has made giant strides during pre–season. A very exciting prospect.

Josh Clarkin (midfield)

Another graduate of Cambridge’s junior and youth teams and now a first-team regular. A highly regarded midfielder and prolific goalscorer who improves with every game.

Callum MacLeod (forward)

A promising teenage striker and midfielder. He was the team’s Golden Boot in 2016 and is a first-team regular after stepping into the Premiership winning team in 2015.

Elliot Cooper (midfielder/team physio)

Signed from Northern League club Takapuna AFC, an important addition to the club.

Mason Woodall (midfield)

A young up and coming, industrious young player who has made himself invaluable to the first team squad. A very bright young prospect at home in midfield or in defence.

Andrew Taylor (utility)

A versatile member of the team who can play in any position. a true team player and major contributor to the 2017 premiership winning team.

Adam Brady (forward)

An English import and a consistent goal scorer. important member of the 2017 Premiership winning team.

Coaching staff

Paul Richardson (coach)

Joined Cambridge in 2018 after three successful seasons at Matamata Swifts who he guided to runners-up spot (behind Cambridge) in last year’s WaiBOP Premiership. Richardson took over the coaching role in May from Mike Woodlock when he opted to retire.

Kim Brierley (goalkeeper coach)

Runs the Just4Keepers goalkeeping academy which has produced two NZ goalkeepers at the U-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and has coached WaiBOP Federation goalkeepers and been the WaiBOP women’s ASB League goalkeeper coach.

Chrissy Goodin (team manager)

A stalwart of the club, she is in her fourth year managing the senior men’s team. Chrissy has proven to be an efficient, loyal and dedicated member of the team.


2018 line–up:  Back (from left) – Jason Walker, Kieran Hill, Dylan Blair, Wayne Teague, Josh Clarkin, Nathan Claridge, Theo Petropolous, Daniel Clarkin, Callum MacLeod, Mike Woodlock (coach). Front: Mason Woodall, Craig Hume, Marcelo Sosa, Bradley Rea, Jamie Woodlock, Fraser Nicholls, Patrick Woodlock (capt). 


Click here for the 2018 Northern League fixture list


Click here for our first team performances since joining the Northern League in 1972

Click here for our record in the Chatham Cup


Click here to read about the Class of ’93 team that won the Northern League second division unbeaten