Position: Defender

Ryan Wilson

March 4th, 1993

Son of former Rams player Kevin, Ryan is a left back or midfielder who started at Ilkeston Town. Having moved onto Gateshead for a year, he then returned to the Midlands for a two-year spell at Alfreton Town.

After moving onto Coalville for another season, he had a short spell at Matlock before joining Telford in September 2017. He then had a year out before signing for Basford, from where Mickleover brought him in for the start of this season.

Elliott Walker


A graduate of the Doncaster Rovers Academy, a speedy right back Elliott joined Toolstation Northern Counties East Division One side Rossington Main following his release in 2020.

After a successful trial with Northern Premier League Division One East team Stocksbridge Park Steels, he joined the permanently for the start of last season and continued to impress.

He came to Mickleover in March 2021 and was a regular to the end of the season.

Rhys Dolan

February 20th 1998

A former Barnsley full back Dolan can play either attacking midfield or left back. He made his name as part of the successful Ilkeston Town Under 18 squad, that had a run in the FA Youth Cup.

Barnsley spotted his talent and signed him in 2015, but since his release he has played at Long Eaton, Selston, Newark, Belper Town and Alfreton, and started last season at Anstey Nomads.

His first Mickleover appearance was as a second half sub in the home draw against Grantham last December, before becoming a regular in the starting line-up.

Ethan Mann

DOB January 1st 2004

Ethan joined the Derby County Academy at the age of seven and continued to play for the Rams up to the under 14’s.

Having started out as a striker, he gradually moved back to midfield and now centre back having joined the Mickleover Under 14’s, following in his Father’s footsteps.

He gradually progressed through the age ranks into the Academy League last year and became part of the first team squad at the beginning of last season.

He had his first league start towards the end of last season after being a regular on the subs bench, as well as playing a leading part in the reserves side.

During pre-season he has started at centre wing back and had looked equally at home in both positions.

He sets high standards for himself both on and off the field and is keen to achieve his goal.

Joe Bateman

December 6th 1998

A new signing at the start of last season, Joe impressed in a couple of pre-season friendlies in his familiar roles of centre back.

A former Derby County player, he has come through the under 18 and under 23 ranks before being released at the end of last season.

He made one start for the Rams first team in the FA Cup tie at Chorley last season.

A strong dependable player, he can also play defensive midfield and became a key part of the team from the start of last season, before injuries restricted his participation towards the end of the campaign.

Now fully fit again he could well be a kingpin of the side this season.

Phil Watt

D.O.B: January 10th 1988

Phil was another who started his football path with his home town club of Rotherham Utd. 

He moved on to Lincoln City in 2004 and spent four years at Sincil Bank, where he made his first team debut in the opening match of the 2007/8 season, and played again in an FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest.

There had been a couple of loan spells at Grantham during his time at Lincoln, but for the next three years he was at Corby Town.

After another loan spell at Grantham, the dependable centre back made it a permanent move, but after one-season moved on to Boston Utd.

His next move was to Coalville Town where he scored two goals in his 12 games, before starting a long association with Belper Town.

In three different spells he reached the 150 appearance milestone for the Nailers, as well as scoring a winning play-off goal to gain them promotion and was twice voted into the team of the division during his stays.

James Butler

February 11th 2000

A Stoke City Schoolboy and Academy player for nine years, James became a regular in the Potters Under 18 and Under 21 Premier League teams, a solid dependable centre back.

But it was during a loan at Kidsgrove Athletic, that Butler impressed their opponents in an FA Cup tie and he was offered a work experience stay at Hartlepool.

He spent two months in the North East, but didn’t manage to break into the first team squad and returned to Kidsgrove.

Stoke City retained an option on him as he became a regular at the Grove, but during the summer of 2020 both he and team mate Alex Morris made the move to the Don Amott Arena.

His strength, dependability and old school style of no nonsense defending, soon made him a favourite with the Mickleover fans and he soon became established as a kingpin of the defence.

He has skippered the team on occasions and scored three goals last season.

Jake Bennett

D.O.B.: February 22nd 1996

Like so many others, Jake started playing for his hometown club Telford AFC as a 15 year old, making two first team starts before going out on loan to Market Drayton.

He was initially spotted by Mickleover management during a friendly match against Market Drayton, and with Sports then pushing for promotion back to the Premier Division of the NPL, he was made an offer which he readily accepted to become a Sports player in December 2014.

After being part of the squad for his first half season, he became a first choice defender over his two year stay and began to receive offers of trials from League Clubs.

He joined Sheffield Utd in 2016 and making his first team debut in the EFL Cup in 2017, plus other first appearances in some friendly matches.

He was then due to go on loan to Chesterfield, but played against them in a friendly and collected a cruciate ligament injury, putting him out of action for 10 months.

A further thigh injury on his comeback meant he never got to play for Chesterfield, and following his release by Sheffield Utd in October 2019, he had a brief at Alfreton Town, before joining Coalville Town in December 2019 in the Southern League Premier Division Central.

He opted to return to Mickleover during the summer, of 2020 as he was still looking to rebuild his career and looked back fondly at his previous two years with the club.

My lasting memory was winning the title here, the first medal I had ever won in football.

Initially first choice last season at right back, before another serious knee injury put him out action for most of the year. 

He is back in training now and will hopefully be back in action too before too long.