Dave Martin Player Profile
Debut: Hartlepool United (A, 3-1), 14/02/2015
A Valentine’s Day gift to Stevenage fans on 14 February 2015, manager Graham Westley described winger Dave Martin as a player that he wished he had after encountering him in a pre-season friendly against Millwall. It took a few years, but GW finally got his man at a time that Boro’ were struggling with a multitude of injuries.
Martin began his career on the south coast with Brighton and Hove Albion, before making a name for himself at Slade Green and Dartford lower down the pyramid. Crystal Palace soon came calling for his services, although it would be Millwall that gave him the fullest opportunity to establish himself in the League.
A loan spell at Derby County followed, before the move was made permanent. But he was again on the move temporarily and started to find it difficult to call one club “home”. It’s perhaps fair to say that Luton Town gave him that chance in 2013 after impressing then-manager Paul Buckle.
A couple of loan spells followed once again, before the Hatters eventually released him in January 2015. He hooked up with the Boro’ squad for a couple of weeks before putting pen to paper on a permanent deal that pleased both parties.