A new addition in January 2020, striker Jake Cassidy came to a Boro’ team in desperate need of goals to ward off the real threat of relegation. Graham Westley signed the Welsh target man from Maidenhead United; his tally of six goals for the National League side in the first half of the 2019-20 campaign catching GW’s eye. And how we needed that – our tally of 15 league goals as a team not a glowing reference on the strikers we had. Maybe.
Or maybe not.
In summer 2020, Cassidy left the club; released by gaffer Alex Revell with a single goal from nine starts and a sub outing. In our predicament, it wasn’t nearly enough. And that probably helped Revs make up his mind.
Jake Cassidy: Before Boro’
Born in Wales, it’s no shock to learn that Cassidy started his odyssey in his home country. After rising through the youth ranks at Conwy Rovers, Llandudno Junction and Airbus UK Broughton, his senior career started with the middle of those three. And the records would have you reckon that he was prolific at Llandudno Junction; 28 goals in 32 says Wikipedia don’t you know? No matter what that tally actually was, it got the attention of English clubs – and the first one was Wolves.
In his five years at Molineux, he spent more time out on loan than on the pitch. Tranmere Rovers came calling for his services on loan three times. He didn’t disappoint either, with goals in each of those spells. He also ended up at Notts County and Southend United for a short time, before leaving Wolves for good in 2015; rocking up at Oldham Athletic. That didn’t seem to get him settled, however. Guiseley and Hartlepool United were the player’s next ports of call after time at Oldham didn’t go to plan.