Us and Whites
Feature by Ob790
Updated Friday, 2nd March 2012
A look at the footballers who have played in the colours of PNE and Colchester. A profile of a player who in 40 months made just 3 league appearances for the Lilywhites.
Footballers who have played league football for both PNE & Colchester
910) Guylain N’dumbu-Nsungu
PNE 6 apps; 0 goals
U’s 8 apps 1goal
PNE Debut 28/09/2004 vPlymouth(H) – Drawn 1-1
884) Paul Reid
PNE 1 apps; 1 goal
U’s 56 apps 1 goal
PNE Debut 05/02/2002 vSheffieldWednesday (H) – Won 4-2
801) Mark Sale
PNE 13 apps; 6 goals
U’s 80 apps; 12 goals
PNE Debut 13/08/1994 vDarlington(A) – Drawn 0-0
958) Neal Trotman
PNE 3 apps; 0 goals
U’s 6 apps; 0 goals
PNE Debut 19/04/2008 vPlymouth(A) – Drawn 2-2
802) John Vaughan
PNE 66 apps; 0 goals
U’s 11 apps; 0 goals
PNE Debut 15/10/1994 vHartlepool(A) – Lost 1-3
978) Tom Williams
PNE 10 apps; 0 goals
U’s 7 apps; 1 goal
PNE Debut 16/02/2010 vDerby(A) – Lost 3-5
Player Profile – Neal Trotman
Neal Anthony Trotman was born on 11 March 1987 in Levenshulme, Manchester. He was released by Burnley at the age of 18 and was picked up by Oldham. In his first season he made just two appearances, his debut was a 2-1 win at Chelenham on 4 November 2006 and scored the following week in a 4-3 at Kettering in the FA Cup. With his chances limited he was sent out on loan to Conference side Halifax for the remainder of the 2006/07 season. Between 17 and 24 February, Trotman scored a goal in each of the three matches.
Trotman's chances at the beginning of the 2007/08 season were also limited until injuries hit the Latics' defence. Trotman then found himself in a string of first team matches impressing the manager and the fans in the process. He was quickly hailed a "hot prospect" by the fans and became a first team regular. Trotman scored in the 2-2 draw against Doncaster in the FA Cup but his first league goal of the campaign against Leeds in Oldham's 3–1 win at Elland road on New Year’s Day. However he missed their historic 1–0 win at Everton due to suspension after accumulating five yellow cards. His good aerial ability matched by his athleticism, strength and sharpness attracted scouts from clubs in higher divisions. With interest growing in Trotman, Oldham faced a tough fight to keep hold of him during the transfer window. On 29 January, it had been confirmed that Plymouth had made an undisclosed fee; however that bid alerted numerous clubs who were tracking his progress to make a move, among those clubs were Preston, Derby and Blackburn.
After 18 appearances he signed for Preston on 30 January 2008 for a fee of £500,000 (including "sell on" and "after appearances" clauses) on a three year deal. His debut was as a substitute for Sean St. Leger in the 31st minute in the 2-2 draw at Plymouth on 19 April. The following week was his full debut in a 2-2 draw at home to Ipswich.
Due to a long term injury which ruled him out for most of the 2008/09 season he signed a one month loan deal with Colchester on 19 March 2009 to gain match fitness. His debut was in a 1-1 draw at Leicester two days later. Trotman made 6 appearances for Colchester but was only on the winning side once. This was on his third appearances in a 1-0 win at Millwall on 31 March. His final appearance was a 1-0 defeat to Bristol City on 13 April.
During the 2009/10 season Trotman scored for three different clubs Preston, Southampton and Huddersfield. He made his first start of the 2009/10 season for Preston coming on as a 67 minute substitute and scoring in their 5–1 win over Morecambe in the first round of the League Cup. This was to be his last appearance in a Lilywhite shirt.
On 20 August 2009, Trotman joined Southampton on loan until January 2010. His first start for the club came in their 0–0 draw at home Colchester on the 5 September 2009. His first goal for the club came in a 3–1 victory away at Southend. He also scored in a 3–1 victory over Exeter City on Boxing Day, 2009. Trotman's last appearance for Southampton came in their 2–1 away defeat at Colchester on 28 December 2009, after making 18 appearances with 17 of them starts and scoring two goals for the club.
In January 2010, he joined Huddersfield on loan until the end of the season. On 30 January, he made his debut in the 1–0 win at and scored his first goal for the club in the 2–0 win against Hartlepool at Victoria Park on 20 February 2010. On 13 March, he scored his first goal at the Galpharm Stadium in a 3-1 defeat to Norwich
After helping the Terriers reach the play-offs, he returned to Preston, after their 2–0 loss to Millwall in the semi-finals after playing 21 games scoring two during his loan spell with the Terriers. .
Trotman was put on the transfer list by Preston manger Darren Ferguson after returning from a loan spell at Huddersfield.
On 25 November 2010, Trotman re-joined his previous club Oldham on loan until January 2011. His loan was then extended until the end of the season. Trotman went on to make 12 appearances for Oldham.
In three years and four months Trotman had only made three league appearances for Preston before signing for League One club Rochdale on 14 July 2011 on a two year contract. Trotman made his debut for Rochdale in a 2-0 loss against Sheffield Wednesday. On his fifth appearance Trotman received a red card after a second booking offence against his former club Oldham as Rochdale lost 2-0.
After 12 appearances for Rochdale he joined Chesterfield on 3 November 2011 in a two-month loan deal with Dean Holden going in the opposite direction. After seven appearances on loan the deal became permanent on 3 January 2012.