Our first player spotlight of this National League North season is Nuneaton Town defender Kelvin Langmead.
31-year-old Langmead has had an illustrious career in the Football League, beginning with Preston North End in 2002, but was sent out on loan to gain experience; to Kidderminster Harriers, Shrewsbury Town, Tamworth and Carlisle United.
Shrewsbury signed Langmead permanently, originally as a striker before coach Gary Peters trialled him at centre back. He became an instrumental part of the clubs’ squad and went on to feature 231 times for the Shrews, scoring 18 in his six year stay.
He signed for Peterborough in 2010, making his debut in a 3-0 win over Bristol Rovers and was ever present in the starting XI under Gary Johnson. Unfortunately, he fell out of favour with new boss Darren Ferguson.
Johnson departed for Northampton Town and soon snapped up Langmead, initially on load, before signing permanently in 2011. He scored 11 goals for the Cobblers in 79 appearances.
The end of the 2014/15 season saw Langmead’s release. In August 2015 though, he joined non-league Ebbsfleet United, then re-joining Kidderminster Harriers on loan where he scored three times in 38 appearances. His efforts weren’t enough to help Harriers avoid relegation from the National League though, and he will face his former side in the National North this campaign.
This summer, Nuneaton Town boss Kevin Wilson brought Langmead to Warwickshire upon his release from Ebbsfleet. At 6ft 2 and one of the more vocal players at the heart of the defence, he will be one that could cause the Halifax strikers’ problems this weekend.
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