Friday 06th February 2004

Fisher catch three from Tonbridge

Much to the annoyance of fans of Dr Martens League Eastern Division leaders Tonbridge Angels, three players, Hamid Barr, Ray Powell and Leroy Huggins have departed to re-join rivals Fisher Athletic.

Perhaps the most galling for Angels supporters will be the announcement of Barr as one of the three, as he only resigned as joint caretaker boss last week, citing the fact that he was going to retire from the game as his reason for quitting the Longmead Stadium.

A latecomer into the full professional game when the attacking midfielder was signed by Queens Park Rangers in the summer of 2001 from Fisher, Barr had been on the books at Millwall and Crystal Palace as a youngster but then had spells with Welling United, Sutton United, Crockenhill and Erith & Belvedere before joining Fisher in October 1999 via a second stint at Crockenhill.

Things didn`t quite work out at QPR, and he was released at the end of the 2001/02 season, joining Ryman Premier side St Albans City shortly afterwards. He then switched back to Fisher and then joined Conference outfit Gravesend just a week or so later before signing for Tonbridge in December 2002.

Powell also rejoins Fisher for a third time, having also spent time at Welling United in between. Since joining Tonbridge in March 2003 he has enjoyed a successful time in front of goal, bagging 27 goals in 43 games in total.

Fellow striker Leroy Huggins began his career with Crockenhill in the Kent League before joining Fisher for the first time in 1999.

He then signed for Crawley Town in February 2001 but was soon back at the Surrey Docks Stadium and went on to top score in 2001/02 with 21 goals.

He began this season with Conference outfit Gravesend & Northfleet, where he made several appearances in their first-team, before signing for Bromley in September 2003 where he scored eight goals in sixteen games, then joining Angels three months later.


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