Monday, 9 May 2011

378 Iyseden Christie

Position : Forward

Played : 2005-06  to  2006-07

Appearances : 19

Goals : 2

Iyseden was the other player bought from Kidderminster in January 2010. He started out at Coventry making just one appearance in the Premiership in 1996 plus loan spells at Northampton and Mansfield. Despite failing to score in 8 games for the latter Steve Parkin signed him permanently in August 1997. He scored a reasonable 18 goals in 81 appearances (plus a four minute hat trick in the League Cup) before joining Leyton Orient for £40, 000 in July 1999. In three seasons at Brisbane Road he scored 12 goals in 58 games then returned to Mansfield in 2002. Although his scoring rate was better than in his first spell, with 26 goals in 64 appearances he was released in May 2004 and joined Kidderminster. He hardly played for them in his first season through injury but was a regular scorer in the Conference before reuniting with Parkin.

With hindsight the Christie/Jackson deal looks like the last throw of the dice for Parkin and it failed miserably. He saw Iyseden as the replacement for Grant Holt but he turned out to be the poorest of the striking options available. Iyseden had scored more than once against us in the past but he was now overweight and lazy, asking a fan to fag the ball for him in the pre-match warm-up at Rushden. His two goals were both scrappy affairs that Dagnall, Sturrock or maybe even Tait would have scored and offered more graft in addition. After four abysmal games of the following season Parkin gave up on him and agreed to loan him back to Kidderminster. Along with Jaczsun and Goodhind that meant three big signings in less than a year had ended up being loaned out to other clubs after less than 20 appearances.

Back at Aggborough, Iyseden started scoring again with 8 in 19 appearances but new boss Keith Hill wasn’t impressed and let them keep him. One shudders to think what sort of loss we made on the whole deal.

Iyseden went on to play in the FA Trophy Final at Wembley in 2007 but didn’t score and was subbed after 76 minutes. He scored 18 goals in 52 appearances after the move was made permanent. He joined Stevenage in the summer of 2008 but was loaned out to Kettering after only 3 games. After scoring 5 goals in 13 games he was expecting to make the move permanent but in February 2009 he joined Torquay instead. After one goal in 6 appearances they didn’t keep him on and he had short spells at King’s Lynn, Coventry Sphinx and Farnborough before signing for Tamworth in November 2009. He scored 6 goals in 25 appearances. At the start of the 2010-11 season he re-signed for Kettering and scored 6 goals in 19 appearances before joining Nuneaton Town in March.

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