Monday, 17 May 2010

10 Eugene Martinez

Position : Winger

Played : 1980-1 to 1982-3

Appearances : 116

Goals : 16

Despite his name and Latin good looks “Eui” was actually born in Chelmsford and started his career with Bradford City. Peter Madden signed him in the summer of 1980 and he was the star of the team (and still fondly remembered) that finished 13th after three grim re-election battles. Over the next two seasons his form dipped; he was both fast and skilful on his day but very inconsistent. Although he scored a brilliant goal in the last game of the season against Hull, Jimmy Greenhoff gave him a free transfer in his big clearout.

Like Eric Snookes he actually moved up a division and signed for Newport County but after 20 games and one goal he was loaned out to Northampton where he scored twice in twelve games. At the end of the 1983-4 season he retired at the age of 27 but I am not sure whether this was due to injury or to work in his family’s successful electronics company.

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