The great, good, and perhaps not so good players who have donned the Renaissance shirt over the years. And so we begin with a man who has never worn the shirt.
Renaissance Name: Mr T.
As manager for the first three of Renaissance’s league title wins, Mr T was recently awarded the honorary title Emeritus Professor of Football as well as a London Transport Freedom Pass with which to attend future matches. Never the most demonstrative of characters, his leadership style places faith in his players above any tactical or motivational hyperbole.
Mr T provides a reassuringly still presence on the touchline amidst the usual frenetic atmosphere of Renaissance on game day. A member of the coaching staff at the TC Champion’s Cup of 2012.
Renaissance Name: Seedi
Flamboyant forward has had a number of spells at the club, scoring 10 goals. Full of work rate and commitment, Seedi had led the line well on occasion but doubts about whether he possesses the temperament or technical ability to make a consistent impact have always persisted. Orchestrated the famous Tony Hadley Renais Awards.
Renaissance Name: Cartman
A midfield mainstay at the club in its formative years before injuries began to bite. The tactically astute though sometimes combustible German provided a solid presence in the centre of the field whilst offering a goal threat.
Renaissance Name: Keano
Signed during the Camden 7s era and boasting spells with Manchester University’s First XI and clubs in Hong Kong, Keano sadly never seemed to adapt to the pace and technique required for this level. Sold to Rivelino after just 3 goals in 2 seasons.
Renaissance Name: Masaccio
Goalkeeper brought in during Xawfrus’ season as manager in the Camden 7s. The likeable QPR fan was usually a sturdy presence at the back but was let go after one high profile blunder too many. Surprisingly, the only player to be arrested on a Renais Awards night.
With 48 goals in just 2 seasons at the club, Megatron’s prowess in front of goal was undoubted. He picked up Golden Boot awards in both campaigns though Renaissance ultimately missed out on the bigger prizes during the divisive Welshman’s turbulent spell at the club.
Name: Caique The Coffee Man
Brazilian striker made a dazzling debut at the 2010 TC Champions Cup. Quick, skilful and with strength and bravery belying his diminutive stature, Caique remains a long term target.
Renaissance Name: Iainucci
The sizeable Scotsman was a strong presence either at the back or in midfield. Featured mainly in the Tufnell Park and Vauxhall 8s league, scoring 7 goals. “Good touch for a big man”, dominance in the air and a will to win all features of his game.
Renaissance Name: Fresco
Evertonian Fresco featured in the ill fated Vauxhall 8s campaign. Able to operate anywhere down the left side, his versatility was a help in times of trouble. Scored once.
A member of Renaissance’s famously victorious Le Tournoi squad, Badjcar provided a strong and intelligent presence upfront, playing his part in the club’s first trophy triumph.
Striker signed from Fantasy Foals to much fanfare on the back of a 20 goal season. Unfortunately failed to hit the heights in the Vauxhall 8s campaign, netting just twice before being released.
Le Tournoi winner Hetherington Snr featured most prominently in the Tufnell Park campaigns of 2010. A determined and competitive midfielder known for his venomous long range shooting.
Though rarely available for action, Stranks is a formidable presence in midfield when present. Strong, skilful and with an eye for goal, the stats of many a first team regular have been boosted by his cameos under various aliases.
Another to have his reputation besmirched by the shambolic Vauxhall 8s campaign. Though effort and bravery went unquestioned, Barker summarily failed to ignite any understanding with his strike partners scoring no goals despite glowing references from previous club JCS.
Giles featured in Renaissance’s first ever foray into league football in the Wandsworth Fit4Kidz league. He joined the team under much fanfare and with a big reputation which wasn’t quite matched by his displays on the field – recording just 2 goals in 5 games. He left the team under a cloud after initiating a 14-man brawl.
And the rest…
These players featured just once for Renaissance.
Played in the 3-man defence alongside Da Vinci and Rembrandt in what is arguably Renaissance’s greatest ever victory – 3-2 vs SW18.
Cartman’s Colombian mate
Featured in the ill-fated 4-0 thrashing by Venezuela. Lack of English led to communication problems. Probably shouldn’t have played in defence.
Played in midfield during the Tufnell Park league. Has an assist to his name.
Ed Kear’s mate – was actually decent.
Sal and Rizwan Dean