Townsend was born in Reading, Berkshire, and attended Chiltern Edge School. He has played for Wycombe Wanderers, Woking, Farnborough Town, Maidenhead United and Basingstoke Town. Townsend is a versatile, confident player, who can play anywhere in the back four. He played in the Wycombe Wanderers side that faced Liverpool in the FA Cup Semi-Final of 2001.
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