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Name
Evangelos-Nikaloas Empochontsif
Nationality
engEngland
Position
Defender
Joined
05/07/2022
Diamonds Debut
05/07/2022 (Pre-Season Friendly)
Final Diamonds Appearance
11/02/2023
Current Club
Walthamstow
Previous Club(s)
Diamonds, Canvey Island, Hullbridge Sports, Middlesbrough, Newbury Forest, Walthamstow, Woodford Town
Leagues & Cups
Southern League Premier Division Central, FA Cup, Northants FA Hillier Senior Cup, Pre-Season Friendly, In-Season Friendly
Age
2

05/07/22: First Team Manager Andy Burgess supported by available Team Building Lottery funds has stepped up preparations this week with three more players signing on for the 2022/23 season. Evangelos-Nikaloas Empochontsif is a 21-year-old, left-sided centre back who signs from Canvey Island and has recently moved to the area to attend Northampton University. His previous clubs include Woodford Town, Walthamstow, Newbury Forest and Hullbridge Sports and in 2019 he went on trial at Middlesbrough. Andy Burgess: “Evan came on our radar in the summer through our network of contacts in the London area and we were made aware he is moving to the area to attend Northampton University. We’ve seen through pre-season he’s got great presence, is an excellent defender and is comfortable and efficient in possession. His pedigree, having played lots of senior football and having trialed at a Championship club, speaks for itself, and he is another player we want to work with and develop as we move forward.”

30/07/22: We are pleased to confirm that Evangelos-Nikaloas Empochontsif has signed a contract for the 2022/23 Southern League season after having impressed in pre-season for the Club.

Andy Burgess commented: “Evan has shown throughout pre-season that he has lots of fantastic attributes as a left-sided central defender. He’s come in and worked very hard, is a humble and polite lad and someone we feel we can work with to develop him further.

He still has lots to learn and Chris Willmott will be very beneficial for him – as a former Premier League centre back, Chris has so much experience and knowledge to pass on and he has already done lots of good work with all our young defenders.

We feel it’s important to show a commitment to our young players and we’ve done just that with Evan. He’s the type we want to attract and work with and I’m delighted we’ve agreed a deal for him to sign a contract with us.”

19/02/23: AFC Rushden & Diamonds can confirm the termination of Evan’s contract by mutual consent.

The Club would like to thank Evan for all his efforts this season and wish him well for the future.

Southern League Premier Division Central

SeasonClubGoalsYellow CardRed CardSubbed OnSubbed OffAppearances
2022/23Diamonds1501119
Total-1501119

FA Cup

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Northants FA Hillier Senior Cup

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Pre-Season Friendly

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In-Season Friendly

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Diamonds Total (League & Cup)

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2022/231501222
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Total1501228

Result

(32)
0 - 1
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Hayden Road

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Barwell

Attendance: 327
Man of the Match: Loris Marcimain
Captain: Luke Massingham
(31)
3 - 0
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Mander Cruickshank Solicitors Stadium

Coalville Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 609
Captain: Dean Snedker
(30)
0 - 2
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Hayden Road

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Stratford Town

Match Sponsor: Seventy9
Attendance: 452
Man of the Match: Joel Anker (chosen by match sponsor, Seventy9)
Captain: Dean Snedker
(27)
3 - 1
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Microlise New Manor Ground

Ilkeston Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 1,320
Man of the Match: Charlie Black
Captain: Dean Snedker
(25)
6 - 1
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
The Eyrie Stadium

Bedford Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 862
Captain: Hamilton Bunga
(16 (re-arranged))
1 - 3
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Hayden Road

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Tamworth

Attendance: 213
Man of the Match: Mitchell White
Captain: Hamilton Bunga
(22)
0 - 2
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Hayden Road

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Alvechurch

Match Sponsor: Café Bangla
Attendance: 272
Man of the Match: Conor Tee (nominated by Café Bangla)
Captain: Hamilton Bunga
(21)
3 - 1
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Dales Lane

Rushall Olympic v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 313
Man of the Match: Peter Abimbola
Captain: Hamilton Bunga
(20)
2 - 1
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Top Field

Hitchin Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 240
Man of the Match: Andy Kanga
Captain: Dean Snedker
(18)
2 - 1
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Garden Walk

Royston Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 345
Man of the Match: Miguel Ngwa
Captain: Nathan Hicks
(17)
4 - 2
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Hayden Road

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Kings Langley

Attendance: 298
Man of the Match: Miguel Ngwa
Captain: Nathan Hicks
(7 (re-arranged))
1 - 1
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Hayden Road

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Bromsgrove Sporting

Attendance: 320
Man of the Match: Miguel Ngwa
Captain: Nathan Hicks
(15)
5 - 1
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
The Watson & Hillhouse Victory Road Stadium

Leiston v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 180
Captain: Nathan Hicks
(13)
0 - 2
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Hayden Road

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Redditch United

Attendance: 361
Captain: Nathan Hicks
(Friendly)
2 - 1
In-Season Friendly
2022/23
Zeeco Stadium

Stamford AFC v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

(8)
2 - 0
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
The Arden Garages Stadium

Stratford Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 344
Captain: Nathan Hicks
(First Round Qualifying)
2 - 1
FA Cup
2022/23
The R & D Advisors UK Stadium

Enfield FC v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 276
Man of the Match: Nathan Hicks
Captain: Nathan Hicks
(6)
3 - 1
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Quattro-Tech Westwood Road

St Ives Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 423
Man of the Match: Conor Tee
Captain: Nathan Hicks
(5)
1 - 1
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Hayden Road

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Ilkeston Town

Attendance: 362
Man of the Match: Dean Snedker
Captain: Nathan Hicks
(4)
2 - 0
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Lye Meadow

Alvechurch v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 350
Man of the Match: Eniola Agemoh-Davies
Captain: Nathan Hicks
(3)
1 - 2
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Hayden Road

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Hitchin Town

Attendance: 361
Man of the Match: Conor Tee
Captain: Nathan Hicks
(2)
2 - 1
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Greenwich Avenue

Basford United v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 261
Man of the Match: Patrick Casey
Captain: Nathan Hicks
(1)
0 - 0
Southern League Premier Division Central
2022/23
Hayden Road

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Needham Market

Attendance: 388
Man of the Match: Dean Snedker
Captain: Nathan Hicks
(Pre-Season Friendly)
7:00 pm
Pre-Season Friendly
PSF 2022/23
Hayden Road

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Luton Town XI

Attendance: 325
(Pre-Season Friendly)
7:45 pm
Pre-Season Friendly
PSF 2022/23
Hayden Road

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Brackley Town

Attendance: 238
(Pre-Season Friendly)
0 - 3
Pre-Season Friendly
PSF 2022/23
Master Abrasives Stadium

Daventry Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

(1st Round - Diamonds win 6-5 on penalties. Club subsequently removed from HSC.)
5 - 6
Northants FA Hillier Senior Cup
2022/23
Compton Park

Cogenhoe United v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 152
(Pre-Season Friendly)
7:30 pm
Pre-Season Friendly
PSF 2022/23
Moulton College

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Loughborough Students

Attendance: Behind Closed Doors
Man of the Match: Connor Furlong
Captain: Ryan Hughes
(Pre-Season Friendly)
5 - 3
Pre-Season Friendly
PSF 2022/23
Borderville Sports Centre

Stamford AFC v AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Attendance: 229
Captain: Dean Snedker
(Pre-Season Friendly)
7:30 pm
Pre-Season Friendly
PSF 2022/23
Hayden Road

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v MK Dons

Attendance: 862
Man of the Match: Connor Furlong
Captain: Patrick Casey