Returning striker who changed his name to Argentina legend's is champing at the bit
Returning hero: Dave Tarpey is back at Hampton & Richmond
Dave Tarpey hopes to bring some Maradona magic back to Beveree after re-signing for Hampton & Richmond Borough.
The former Basingstoke striker ended an initial three year stay with the Beavers in the summer of 2012 when he left for Farnborough Town.
And it was at Farnborough where he changed his name by deed poll last August to Diego Maradona as part of a link up with Paddy Power which saw every Town squad member ditch their old name for that of a famous footballer.
Two other former Hampton players took on new identities as part of the marketing ploy, with Josh Huggins becoming Lothar Matthaus and Alan Inns becoming Alan Hansen.
Tarpey said: “Some of the lads weren't keen at first, but we saw what the benefits would be for the club. The idea was we would...
Back to front: Returning Hampton & Richmond Borough striker Dave Tarpey has set his sights on Ryman Premier League promotion Deadlinepix SP64327
It may seem from the outside that it is non-stop frustration for Hampton & Richmond Borough right now, but dig a little deeper and you will find a club in its best state for quite some time.
The rain may have severely hampered possible progress up the table, but joint manager Paul Barry says the lack of matches has let the club catch its breath.
The Beavers are playing to a different tune these days, and not just because the comfortable Christmas wins over title-chasing Kingstonian and Wealdstone landed them the Ryman League’s Performance of the Month award for December.