Woods, a former Everton trainee, was signed
by Kevin Ratcliffe in 1996 and made his City debut,
as a substitute in a Coca Cola Cup game at Carlisle
United. Playing as a central defender Matt made his
full debut at Scarborough in October and scored his
first goal for the club in a 2-1 home win over Brighton.
Also capable of playing in midfield Matt established
himself as a regular in the heart of the City defence
towards the end of the 1997/98 season. Over the next
two campaigns Gosport born Matt was a virtual ever-present
for Chester and was particularly effective in 1998/99
when he forged a strong partnership with the current
Scunthorpe United skipper Andy Crosby. Following relegation
to the Conference Matt continued to feature regularly
in the side and even had a successful stint at centre
forward when he scored three goals in successive games
against Telford, Boston and Hayes.
The turmoil at the club during the summer of 2001 saw
Matt released after more than 200 first team appearances
and he signed for fellow Conference outfit Stalybridge
Celtic. After only a season at the Bower Fold, Matt
joined Rossendale United of the Unibond League Division
One and finished the 2002/03 season at Colne.
In summer 2003 Matt briefly returned to Stalybridge
before bouncing back to Rossendale in October. By 2004/05
Matt was at Chorley but continued his nomadic career
in the north-west by signing for Darwen in September
2005. Next port of call was another North West Counties
league side, Padiham, where he remained until March
2008 when he re-signed for Darwen and scored on his
debut against Norton United.
Tait is another former Everton trainee who
was Keith Curle’s final signing in February 2006.
The ex-Crewe and Bristol Rovers striker joined City
on a short term contract from Rochdale and had a useful
debut in the home game against Stockport County. However,
the appointment of Mark Wright as manager saw Paul relegated
to the substitutes bench as Jake Edwards was brought
in from Exeter City.
At the end of the season Paul signed for Boston United
but his stay there was brief and after a loan spell
at Southport in November he signed for the Sandgrounders
permanently in January. The Newcastle born forward scored
two goals in fourteen games for Southport but was released
during the summer, following the Conference side’s
relegation, and signed for Northwich Victoria. Paul
had previously scored 65 goals for Vics between 1995
and 1999 but was unable to repeat the golden touch second
At the turn of 2008 a dispute with manager Dino Maamria
saw the big Geordie fall out of favour at Northwich
and in March he signed for Barrow on a non-contract
basis. The Blue Square North team, managed by former
City defender Dave Bayliss, also include ex-Blue Lee
Woodyatt in their squad.
defender Paul Ellender was signed on
loan from Boston United by Mark Wright in February 2006.
The Scunthorpe born England semi-professional player
made his debut alongside Mark Albrighton in the 1-0
defeat at Grimsby Town. Paul, who started his career
as a junior with Scunthorpe United, had a wealth of
experience in non-league football with Scarborough,
Gainsborough Trinity and Altrincham.
He joined Boston United in 2001 and was a member of
their team that won promotion to the Football League
in 2002. After five games for City Paul was recalled
by Boston and was not only restored to their side but
also appointed captain. In 2006/07 he was a virtual
ever-present for the Pilgrims and played in midfield
and up-front as well as in the centre of defence.
Despite some inspirational performances for Boston he
could not prevent their relegation to the Blue Square
Premier League and when they were demoted down to the
Blue Square North he was one of the few players to remain
with the squad. Paul, who was Boston’s record
signing from Scarborough, has now made more than 250
appearances for the Lincolnshire side.
Chas Sumner [Published 29/4/08] | Pictures
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