Local-lad John Irving is a speedy defender who is comfortable at either centre back or full back.
He has been a model of consistency for Andy Holden’s reserve side and was named Reserve Player of the Year for 2006/2007 after being given the captain’s armband in February 2007.
His ability and reliability has been acknowledged at international level, with appearances for England under 16s. John was an unused substitute for Everton’s Uefa Cup match against AZ Alkmaar.
A second-string regular, John won the Reserve Player of the Season award for the second season in a row.
And he was further rewarded with a one-year contract in the summer of 2008.
After another season of reserve team football, Irving was released in June 2009 without having played a first team game.