Ahead of Farnborough’s visit to the Black Gold Stadium on Saturday, we take a look at a few players in recent memory to have turned out for both the Dolphins and their opponents.
A former Bristol Rovers youth player, Alowade-Williams is the most recent player to have appeared for both teams. In fact, Farnborough was the right-back’s latest club, with the London-born defender leaving at the curtailment of last season.
Only a brief spell with Salisbury seperated his time with Poole and Farnborough. Alawode-Williams joined the Dolphins during their relegation battle in the National South, making 11 appearances on loan from Bristol Rovers.
Upon his release Poole moved to secure his services for the 18-19 season, where he made a further 29 appearances in Red and White.
A former AFC Bournemouth youngster, Hanfrey had consecutive loan spells at Poole and Farnborough from the Cherries. In fact, the Poole-Farnborough link deepens further with Hanfrey, as he made his debut for Dolphins away at Farnborough.
A defender who was sent to the Dolphins for their playoff push at the end of the 2018/19 season, Hanfrey was then loaned to North Hampshire for the start of the next campaign. In total he only made three apperances for Poole and four for Farnborough.
After his release from Bournemouth he has been a fringe player for Tonbridge Angels and Concord Rangers in the National South.
Another who came through AFC Bournemouth’s ranks, Scriven was sent to Poole way back in the 04/05 season, when Poole were still in the Wessex Division Two (10th tier.)
The addition of Scriven, who some around the club rate as the best goalkeeper they have seen, helped Tom Killick to the first of his four promotions. He joined the Dolphins in October 2004, staying until the end of the campaign in April 2005.
Upon his release by Cherries in 2005 he was snapped up by Farnborough, where he stayed for two years and made exactly 100 appearances. Was part of the same Farnboroguh squad as future Dolphins Jamie Whisken and Michael Charles, Scriven returned to the club in 2013/14.
His most notable match came for Havant & Waterlooville, as he was the starting goalkeeper in the Hawks side that reached the FA Cup Third Round, earning them a trip to Anfield.
In fact, without Scriven saving a Leon Britton penalty in the Second Round against Swansea, the Hawks might not have stolen headlines by taking the lead twice at Anfield – before losing 5-2. Now retired, his longest spell was with Sutton United.
Yet another player to have started their career at AFC Bournemouth, Whisken made one appearance for Cherries in the League Cup against Wigan.
Farnborough was one of the earlier stops in his career, which featured a few clubs in and around that area of the Conference Leagues – Aldershot, Basingstoke and Sutton.
Whisken’s most notable game in a Boro shirt would have been the away victory over Newport County, where the centre-half scored two goals – a rare feat!
He was part of the 06/07 squad (also including Scriven and Charles) that finished 11th in the Conference South, despite a points deduction. At the end of the season the club were expelled from the league, with all three players moving on.
Whisken has since made over 340 appearances for the Dolphins since joining in 2013 from Hampshire side AFC Totton. Club Captain since 2014, Whisken has become an almost unmovable pillar of Poole’s starting eleven.
One of the few direct transfers between the clubs, Emmerson quickly became a cult figure around Tatnam Farm.
A combatitive player that could play across the midfield and as a full-back, Emmerson was drafted into Poole’s squad at the start of January 2012. Dolphins fended off interest from clubs, including Farnborough, to sign the Yeovil-based man.
A Sergant in the army, he captained the British Army side. His military commitments has restricted his availability for numerous clubs, including Poole.
After 41 matches in his first season, he only made a combined 31 appearances in his next three campaigns for Poole.
Emmerson had a spell with Farnborough after departing Poole in the 2015/16 season, featuring 78 times. He then moved on to Taunton Town, Winchester City, before getting his first taste of National South football at the age of 37 with Hungerford Town.
A midfielder that lined-up alongside Emmerson in the 2011-12 season, Howes was somewhat of a coup when he was added to Poole’s squad in September 2011.
Joining from Gosport, the ex-Saints academy player had a storied non-league career- featuring for Andover, Dorchester, Salisbury, Eastleigh, Basingstoke, Newport (Iow) and Farnborough.
Poole fans will remember the awful challenge away at Merthyr that ended his career at the age of 30.
Howes joined Farnborough the season after their reformation, and was a useful squad player – making his debut away at Godalming Town. However his stint was short, and had left by February. Was a part of the same squad that current Farnborough player Nic Ciardini featured in.
A prolific non-league marksman that didn’t see his best football at either club. His first spell at Farnborough as a youngster in 2006/07 saw him only make substitute appearances off the bench, whilst at Poole, injuries held him back from his usual strike rate.
Farnborough brought him back to the Cherrywood stadium after a prolific stint at Totton, but outside of a brace on his second debut, Charles didn’t quite hit the same heights.
He did grab his first goal in senior football for Farnborough, coming off the bench to score against local rivals Aldershot with his first touch. Another fun anecdote of his time at Farnborough was collecting two yellow cards in the span of a minute, earning him an early bath against Newport County.
Charles also featured for Woking, Basingstoke, Winchester City and the Met Police, but also split his time between England and Australia, playing for Shepparton Soccer Club. At the age of 26 he was made a senior coach at the club.
Another popular goalkeeper at the Black Gold Stadium, Luke Cairney was another actively serving member of the military, frequently playing in goal for the Army.
Formerly a teammate of fellow soldier Keith Emmerson at Farnborough, the pair currently ply their trade for Hungerford Town.
Originally from up north, Cairney started football life as a winger in Blackburn’s academy. When he was released for being too small, Cairney moved to Burnley – and converted to a shotstopper.
His first foray into civillian football after time away from the pyramid was with Andover Town – the club where Farnborough plucked him from.
Poole then picked him up, with the ‘keeper enjoying two fantastic seasons at the Black Gold stadium. Committed, Cairney would travel for four hours on a match day for the Dolphins.
Despite his goalkeeping heroics, arguably his most memorable moment was his goal against Hayes & Yeading in the FA Cup. Bizarrely for a goalkeeper goal, it wasn’t a huge punt from his own half, or from a corner – but from the edge of the area!
Are there any notable players that you recall playing for both the Dolphins and Boro? Let us know in the comments below.
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