Nevin Saroya

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Nevin Saroya
Personal information
Full name Nevin Saroya
Date of birth (1980-09-15) 15 September 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Hillingdon, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Maidenhead United
Youth career
1998–2000 Brentford
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Brentford 1 (0)
2000 Grays Athletic (loan)
2001 Hampton & Richmond Borough
2001–2007 Yeading
2007–2008 Hayes & Yeading United
2008–2010 Maidenhead United 52 (0)
2009 Godalming Town (loan)
2010–2011 Redlands United
2011 Maidenhead United 11 (0)
2011–2012 Beaconsfield SYCOB
2012–2013 Burnham 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Nevin Saroya (15 September 1980 in Hillingdon[1]) is a retired Thai-English semi-professional footballer. He made one appearance in the Football League for Brentford. Saroya also played for non-League clubs Hampton & Richmond Borough, Yeading, Hayes & Yeading United, Godalming Town and Maidenhead United. He also had a spell with Brisbane Premier League club Redlands United.[2]



Saroya started his career at Brentford as a youth player and after completing his apprenticeship, he signed a professional contract for the club.[3] He made his debut for Brentford in their 1–1 draw in the Football League Second Division with Oxford United on 22 April 2000, replacing Gareth Graham as a substitute in the 46th minute.[4] After Brentford manager-owner Ron Noades released Saroya in 2001, he admitted he became "disillusioned" with football and stopped playing, despite interest from Conference clubs.[3] Saroya was unemployed for six-months, until he was asked by Wally Downes to help the actors in Mean Machine with their fitness and skills; saying "I had always got on well with him [Downes], so he asked me if I would come down here to Yeading and help the actors get fit and show them a few ball skills".[3] Saroya also appeared in the film,[5] and says the other actors and Vinnie Jones "pushed him" to get back into football before an old school friend invited him to train at Yeading.[3]


After a spell at Hampton & Richmond Borough, he signed for Yeading in the summer of 2001.[6] In 2003, he captained Yeading in the Isthmian League Cup and a year later, to win the Isthmian League Division One North.[7][8] Saroya played in Yeading's lucrative FA Cup third round tie against Newcastle United on 9 January 2005 at Loftus Road, where they were defeated 2–0.[9][10] He signed an extension to his contract in May 2007, after double-hernia operation.[11] Following the merger of Hayes & Yeading United, Saroya started the club's first season in the Conference South before being released in December 2008.[12] He joined Maidenhead United in December 2008, after a spell at Godalming Town.[13] Saroya left Maidenhead United in April 2010, to play for Australian club Redlands United in the Brisbane Premier League for six-months, having found out about the opportunity after joining a group on Facebook.[14] He returned to Maidenhead United in 2011, but resigned his contract on 1 December 2011 and signed for Beaconsfield SYCOB.[15] Saroya left a year later to join Southern League Division One Central side Burnham.[16] He retired at the end of the 2012/13 season.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Whilst playing semi-professional football, Saroya also worked as a courier.[3][5]


Year Title Role Director(s)
2001 Mean Machine Prisoners footballer[18] Barry Skolnick


  1. ^ "Football : Nevin Saroya". Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Nevin Saroya Profile". Aylesbury United FC. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Burt, Jason (9 January 2005). "Jones' boy is rehearsing a finale not in the script". The Independent. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Fixtures/Results: Brentford 1–1 Oxford". Soccerbase. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Wyett, Charlie (7 January 2005). "Nevin will wring the Bell". The Sun. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "Player Profile: Nevin Saroya". Non-League Daily. Archived from the original on 2013-12-26. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  7. ^ "Player profile – Nevin Saroya". Yeading F.C. Archived from the original on 2013-12-27. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  8. ^ "Yeading secure the title". Non-League Daily. 25 April 2004. Archived from the original on 2013-12-26. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  9. ^ "Yeading 0–2 Newcastle". BBC Sport. 9 January 2005. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  10. ^ "Reality bites as Newcastle bring Yeading's Cup odyssey to end". The Independent. Retrieved 2015-10-27. 
  11. ^ "Disappointment as a player of the year leaves The Warren". Non-League Daily. 15 May 2007. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  12. ^ "MacDonald joins – Saroya leaves". Non-League Daily. 15 May 2007. Archived from the original on 2013-12-26. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  13. ^ "Hi Ho Saroya! Drax the loan arranger shuffles his squad". Maidenhead United F.C. 26 December 2008. Archived from the original on 1 September 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  14. ^ Watts, Charles (25 March 2010). "Saroya heads Down Under". Maidenhead Advertiser. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  15. ^ "No needle between SYCOB and Chalfont St Peter". Non League Pitchero. 1 December 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  16. ^ "December Transfers (Part One).....". Non League Pitchero. 1 December 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  17. ^ Martin Stone 'confident' Burnham FC will relish Southern Premier Division test (From Slough Observer)
  18. ^ "Nevin Saroya". IMDb. Retrieved 1 September 2009. 

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