One of the first local recruits signed by Wayne Turner in 2002, Jude Stirling was initially allowed to join us from Luton Town on a loan basis. His stay was soon made permanent, however. In his debut match against Forest Green Rovers, he surprised nearly everyone at Broadhall Way with a monster throw-in. It caused confusion in the Rovers defence and led to Boro’s first goal in a 4-1 win.
Jude Stirling: After Boro’
That Rory Delap-esque talent aside, Stirling was a promising youngster that struggled to deliver as Boro’s form collapsed towards the end of 2002. After being allowed to move on by Graham Westley in 2003, he started to find his feet; progressing into the League via a number of fellow non-league sides. Lincoln, Peterborough and MK Dons all swooped for the player, who we also remember for his worm celebration following his only goal for us.
Other clubs in the League included Notts County, before returning to non-league football after his 2012 release.