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Colin Hartburn

Colin had three separate spells at Imperial Fields between season’s 2002/03 and 2014/15. He would make his Tooting & Mitcham United debut at the age of 17 and was a very popular figure at the club. His position was full back, but he could play in the centre of defence or in midfield if needed. He originally played for the Tooting & Mitcham United Youth Team and also saw service with Carshalton Athletic, Chipstead, Croydon Athletic, Walton Casuals and Whyteleafe. He had the nickname Mad Dog!

In the 2006/07 campaign he won a London Senior Cup Winners medal when we defeated Bromley 4-2 at Imperial Fields but did not play in the Surrey Senior Cup Final two days earlier, when we beat Met Police 4-1 (aet). He also played in the Play Off Final in early May against Hastings United which was lost 2-0 at Imperial Fields, after the Terrors had gone on an incredible 31 game unbeaten run to get there.

Colin was a member of the squad which was promoted in season 2007/08 to the Isthmian League Premier Division, playing in the Play Off Final against Cray Wanderers, which was won by a goal to nil. The winner netted by Paul Vines, with the match being played at Imperial Fields. Colin having a really solid game in defence, which in no small part helped the team keep a clean sheet. The club also lifted the London Senior Cup for the second successive season, as we accounted for a team, we have faced many times in the competition Hendon, the score being 3-2.

In 2009, Colin was in the side that played at Stockport County in a FA Cup First Round Proper tie, which we lost 5-o. That being our first venture into the competition proper, after a gap of many years. Colin would make over 250 appearances for the Terrors, scoring two goals. Those strikes both came in away Isthmian League victories against two of his former clubs, namely Croydon Athletic in January 2007 which was won 4-0 and in March 2008 a 2-0 win at Whyteleafe.

Article written by Ian Bullock TMUFC Members Club Vice President

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