Yeovil Town left-back Ryan Dickson celebrates a personal milestone this afternoon. The 30 year old has been selected in the starting line-up for the League Two match against Newport County at Rodney Parade, meaning that he will play in his 100th match for the Glovers. Pitched across two spells, the former Southampton and Brentford player as remained a regular in the side when fit and available for selection.
Ryan's milestone has been a bit of a slow burner, and dates all the way back to the 2007-08 season when he played for Yeovil Town Reserves as a trialist, whilst on the books of Plymouth Argyle. However, Brentford moved in for him, with a loan offer that turned into a permanent deal, meaning the Glovers never fielded him as a first team player at that time.
He finally pulled a first team shirt on for the club in January 2012. He was actually brought into the club by Terry Skiverton, as a Southampton loanee, but with Gary Johnson taking over the management position two days later, his 2011-12 season loan spell saw him exclusively play under the latter manager. His stay only lasted five matches though, with Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade taking him from under his former club's noses, with the decision being made due to Orient's ability to commit to the loaner term loan deal.
He came back as a trialist during the summer of 2013, but a lack of match fitness prevented the club from making another move for him. Instead he ended up at Colchester United in the division below. A year later, he moved on to Crawley Town where he was their 2014-15 Player of the Season. However, with a young family, Ryan wanted to move closer to home, and that allowed Paul Sturrock to sign him in the summer of 2015.
Since then, he's been a regular starter for the club, making 94 appearances across just over two seasons, meaning that today is his 100th appearance for the club, with the vast majority of those games played in his usual left-back position.
Link: Ryan Dickson : Yeovil Town Statistics.
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