A late arrival just in time for the start of the 2019-20 campaign, midfielder Noor Husin was brought in to strengthen Boro’s midfield ranks. The Afghan international had most recently been at Notts County. But the Magpies chose to release him after relegation from League Two the season before. Husin took the chance that pre-season gave him to impress Dino Maamria enough to earn another crack at League football.
With Boro’ having a hard time of things in the 2019-20 campaign, however, Husin failed to make much of a mark. First team chances were few and far between; just 12 appearances (four from the bench) was the final tally. We say that’s his final tally because, without much fanfare in late February 2020, the midfielder moved to Dartford of National League South.
Noor Husin: Before Boro’
Husin’s story starts back in his native Afghanistan; moving to England at the age of five to escape war. After settling in south London, the midfielder started his football career with Reading. Hemel Hempstead Town came calling in October 2015; taking Husin on loan and being the place where he’d make his senior debut. It was an instant impression too, with the lad scoring the first of a handful of goals for Hemel in that match.
Reading let Husin leave the club in summer 2016; Crystal Palace his next port of call. But it was at Accrington Stanley on loan during the second half of the season where he’d get his next taste of first team action. With his debut for Accy, Husin had the honour becoming the first Afghan to play in the Football League.
Notts County signed Husin in January 2018 on an 18-month deal. He was given a few chances here and there to show what he was capable of. But he struggled to nail down a spot in the Magpies’ ill-fated 2018-9 run. Still, there was one highlight during that season – an international debut for Afghanistan in December 2018. Wikipedia, however, states that his first FIFA-approved game for his homeland came in March 2019 against Oman.