KEEPER ALAN MARRIOTT SIGNS
06 Jan 2009
Rushden keeper Alan Marriott (30) has joined Mansfield Town until the end of the season.
(note - at SSA Meet the Manager night on 23 Feb 2009, David Holdsworth confirmed that Marriott is now on a 18 month contract)
From mansfieldtown.net here
Freeview video interview from Stagsworld here
(comment from Martin - not to be confused with Sutton-in-Ashfield born keeper Andy Marriott)
Photos by Dan Westwell
Mazza moves closer to home
By Gary Hutchinson Tuesday, 6th January 2009
City legend Alan Marriott has completed a move to the Imps rivals Mansfield Town
Mansfield have signed Rushden & Diamonds goalkeeper Alan Marriott until the end of the season.
Mazza is best known by Imps fans for his excellent nine years service at Sincil Bank, curtailed by Peter Jackson in the summer.
The 30-year-old is David Holdsworth's second signing since taking charge at Field Mill, joining former Diamonds team-mate Curtis Woodhouse at Town.
Marriott spent nine years with City and made more than 350 league appearances there before being released in 2008. He holds the record for highest number of appearances by a goal keeper, and is still held in extremely high regard by Imps fans.
He joined Diamonds in July and made 12 appearances for them this season.
Experienced keeper Marriott joins Mansfield Town
CHAD.co.uk, 06 January 2009
FORMER Lincoln City keeper Alan Marriott (30) has joined Mansfield Town.
READ more at CHAD.co.uk here
The experienced stopper will play in Saturday's match against Altrincham - after Paddy Gamble's loan ended over New Year - and has been signed until the end of the season.
Stags' current keepers Jason White, still recovering from injury, and teenager Luke Herriott, ill, are not expected to figure in the game.
Marriott is new manager David Holdsworth's second signing, after the arrival of Curtis Woodhouse on Monday - and like Woodhouse has left BSP rivals Rushden for the Stags.
Yesterday the manager said he hoped to bring in two keepers before the weekend . . . one with experience.
Marriott spent nine years at Lincoln, including more than 350 League appearances, after starting his career as a trainee at Spurs.
Last season he became the Imps' first keeper to keep 100 clean sheets in the Football League.
Earlier this season he made 12 appearances for Rushden, but lost his first team place after stomach surgery.
He had signed a two-year deal with the Diamonds at the start of the season, but like Woodhouse had been told he could leave after the club ran into financial difficulties.
Marriott told mansfieldtown.net: "It didn't take much for the manager to persuade me. I was aware of an interest over the last couple of days and I am pleassed to be here . . . it is a massive club and has fantatsic fan base and potential.
"I have some fantastic memories from Lincoln, five play-offs, but that is in the past now.
"I am proud of my records (at Lincoln) . . . 100 clean sheets, the all-time holder for the club and playing for five/six seasons on the spin.
"I am quite vocal (on the pitch) and like to keep a high back line and sweep up from that. I also like to think I am a good shot stopper . . . amd more than willing to come for crosses. I am not one to stop on my line."
Marriott hoping to walk tall for Stags
CHAD.co.uk, 08 January 2009 , By John Lomas
STAGS' new stopper Alan Marriott - an all-time legend at Lincoln City - today revealed how new Lincoln boss Peter Jackson axed him for being too small!
Ful story at http://www.chad.co.uk/stags/Marriott-hoping-to-walk-tall.4857956.jp
Marriott (30) stands at a very reasonable 5ft 11ins and spent nine successful years at Sincil Bank.
He played 351 times for them, once made 140 consecutive appearances for them and was the first keeper in the club's history to manage 100 clean sheets.
Marriott also played in five successive Play-offs, two finals and three semi-finals.
So it was quite a shock when he was shown the door at the end of last season after Jackson had taken over the hot seat!
"After nine years and five Play-offs, to leave there like that just before a testimonial left a bitter taste in the mouth," he said.
"But the management made the decision and I had to accept it. They wanted someone taller and unless I bought a rack off e-Bay to try to stretch myself out a few more inches, there was nothing I could do about that.
"I gave great memories of Lincoln and I set a few records there. But I have got to move on."
He was taken on at Rushden and Diamonds in the summer but after 12 games suffered an injury.
"I started the season but injured my groin which put me out for three months," he said.
"In the meantime they signed a younger keeper who did well and decided to take him on for less money than I was on and I was out the door. I had won Player of the Month twice in succession as well!
"After so long at Lincoln I am not used to moving clubs like this - twice in six months. It is like being back at school on your first day, knowing no one and sitting in the corner with no one talking to you!
"Actually that's not been the case here as I have played with several of the Mansfield Town lads at Lincoln. The lads have been very friendly and welcoming here which is quite unusual with new teams.
"I have always kept an eye on Mansfield results through knowing people here and I was surprised they went down last season and they certainly shouldn't be where they are now after such a fantastic start.
"This is a tough league to get out of. But from what I have seen so far we just need to get some results to get confidence going and we can soon start pushing away from the bottom.
"A few clubs like Stevanage and Rushden have started throwing money at it to get up. But if we can get going with this team then we can fly up this table to a decent, safe position and next season have a real crack at it."
Inexperiencd Forest loanee Paddy Gamble has taken some stick this season for mistakes that have cost Mansfield points.
But he is now back at Forest and has been replaced by the experience of Marriott.
"The move came out of the blue really," he said. "I had a phone call to say mansfield were interested in me. I knew Curtis (Woodhouse) had come here so I spoke to him.
"I believe Curtis used to live with David Holdsworth when they were at Birmingham so he was able to tell me about the new manager who seems a top man and a genuine person.
"It's pleasing for me to come back to this area after playing against Mansfield so many times.
"The facilities are fantastic, it's a nice stadium and I know some of the players here from previous clubs so my mind was made up easily."
He added: "I think my attributes are commitment and sweeping up behind the back line by stopping things before they get into my box if possible," he said.
"I am not a massive keeper but I do like to come for crosses rather than always staying on my line. And I like to think I am a half-decent shot-stopper.
"I didn't start playing in goal until I was 17. But I have picked it up as I've gone along and have played over 400 games now."
Almost immediately he will be teaming up again with boxer/footballer midfielder Woodhouse who left Rushden earlier in the week to join Mansfield but who serves a one-game ban on Saturday.
"Curtis has a hunger and determination and he is a winner," he said. "He has that 'win at all costs' boxer mentality and gives 110 per cent on the pitch.
"You need two or three players like him in a side to lead the younger lads when times are tough."
Real name Alan Marriott
Date of birth 03-09-1978
Place of birth Bedford
Currently playing for Rushden
Signed on 09-07-2008
Squad number 1
All time playing career
Club From To Fee League FA Cup League cup Other
Rushden 09-07-2008 Free 12 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
Lincoln 05-08-1999 09-07-2008 Free 351 (0) 0 13 (0) 0 10 (0) 0 21 (0) 0
Tottenham 01-08-1998 05-08-1999 Trainee No appearance data available
Totals £ 0 363 (0) 0 13 (0) 0 10 (0) 0 21 (0) 0
goals / game 0 0 0 0
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Full name Alan Marriott
Date of birth 3 September 1978 (1978-09-03) (age 30)
Place of birth Bedford, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Current club Rushden & Diamonds
1995–1998 Tottenham Hotspur
Years Club App (Gls)*
1998–1999 Tottenham Hotspur 000 (0)
1999–2008 Lincoln City 351 (0)
2008– Rushden & Diamonds 012 (0)
Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 21:56, 9 July 2008 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)
Alan Marriott (born 3 September 1978 in Bedford) is an English footballer, Marriott signed a two year contract in July 2008 with Rushden and Diamonds.
 Early career
Marriott began his career at Tottenham Hotspur, signing a professional contract in the summer of 1997 following the completion of his two-year youth training scheme.
Released by Spurs at the completion of the 1998-1999 season, Marriott linked up with Lincoln City, initially on trial and then on a three month contract following a recommendation from one-time Lincoln manager and then Tottenham's Director of Youth, Colin Murphy. In October 1999 he agreed a two year contract with the Imps and went on to make his first team debut on 12 February 2000 in the 2-1 home victory over Torquay United. He retained his place for the remainder of the season which culminated in him being awarded Lincoln's Young Player of the Year.
Marriott began the following season as the established number one choice and, following a series of impressive performances, was rewarded with a new three-year contract at the end of September 2000. In the 1-1 draw away to Carlisle United on 2 December 2000 Marriott limped off injured after 37 minutes with a knee injury; the injury keeping him away from the first team for a three-month spell. The season would conclude with Marriott named Away Player of the Season.
 140 consecutive league appearances
A shaky start to the 2001-2002 season, which saw errors in the games against Halifax Town, Grimsby Town and Scunthorpe United, caused Marriott to be replaced by Paul Pettinger in the Lincoln goal. However, following the 1-0 home defeat to Bristol Rovers on 15 September 2001, Marriott was restored to first team. Although he was forced off injured at half time in the 1-0 home defeat to Southend United on 16 March 2003, it would be exactly three years, from the 1-1 away draw with Luton Town on 18 September 2001 until the 0-0 away draw with Bristol Rovers on 18 September 2004, before he would miss another league game: a total of 140 consecutive appearances. Injury would cause him to miss the 1-1 home draw with Chester City on 25 September 2004.
 The Keith Alexander years
Following Lincoln's move into administration towards the end of the 2001-2002 season, they appointed Keith Alexander as manager. Alexander based his team around a solid defensive unit and it was, perhaps, this period which saw Marriott's best performances. Against all expectations, Lincoln reached the Play-Off finals in the 2002-2003 season, conceding just 37 league goals with Marriott keeping 18 clean sheets in the league. Despite the ultimate disappointment of the final defeat to Bournemouth, Marriott agreed a new two-year contract in the summer of 2003.
The 2003-2004 season saw Lincoln reach the play-offs once again, with Marriott to the fore with 17 clean sheets in the league, 10 of them away from Sincil Bank. Marriott's efforts were rewarded with second place in the voting for Lincoln's Player of the Season but he collected the Bill Stacey Memorial Trophy after being named Away Player of the Season.
The 2004-2005 season saw a third unsuccessful tilt at the play-offs though Marriott managed to keep 19 clean sheets in the league. He became the 28th Lincoln player to start 250 competitive games when keeping his 72nd Football League clean sheet in the 1-0 home victory over Swansea City on 9 April 2005; Lincoln manager Keith Alexander recognised the feat by making Marriott captain for the game. In June 2005 he agreed a new three-year contract with the Imps.
The 1-1 home draw with Bury on 15 April 2006 saw Marriott become only the 13th player in Lincoln's history to have started 300 competitive matches. Lincoln marked the occasion by making Marriott captain for the game.
 A season of records
The 2006-2007 season saw Marriott once again ever present in the Football League and was memorable not only for him reaching three hundred league appearances but also breaking a number of the club's goalkeeping records. The three hundredth appearance came in the 2-2 away draw to Bury on 18 January 2007 with Marriott becoming just the ninth player in Lincoln's history to reach this figure. His 309th league appearance in the 1-0 home victory over Barnet on 17 March 2007 saw him equal Dan McPhail's club record for Football League appearances by a goalkeeper; he would claim the record for himself when appearing in the following week's 3-2 home defeat to Swindon Town. In keeping a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw away to Bristol Rovers on 21 April 2007, Marriott equalled McPhail's club record of 97 clean sheets in the Football League whilst simultaneously passing McPhail's total club record of 102 clean sheets; Marriott's clean sheet the following week in the 0-0 away draw with Grimsby Town would see him surpass the football league record.
 The final Lincoln season
The 2007-2008 began with Marriott achieving a notable record: his clean sheet in the 2-0 victory against Accrington Stanley on 25 August 2007 seeing him become the first goalkeeper in Lincoln's history to keep 100 clean sheets in the Football League. However, Lincoln's form was not so notable and saw the dismissal of manager John Schofield in October, 2007. The newly appointed Peter Jackson's first signing was goalkeeper Ben Smith, on loan from Doncaster Rovers, a move which saw Marriott dropped. Although he retained his place in January, Marriott's contract was not renewed at the end of the season, bringing an end to nine seasons at Lincoln which saw him make 351 league appearances, conceding 414 goals and keeping 106 clean sheets in the process. Alan was voted 19th by the clubs fans,on the official Lincoln City club website's all time top 100 Lincoln city legends poll.
Alan has been at Lincoln City through there five consecutive Play-offs in the Coca-Cola League 2.Where Lincoln City missed out in 2 Finals and 3 Semi finals.