Better known to his teammates as “Rooney” due to an uncanny resemblance to the England international, Daryl Coleman took on the role of captain for the 2017–18 season.
A signing from Bostik South Division rivals Whyteleafe in November 2016, Coleman has become one of the more experienced members of the team having spent over a decade in and around the Bostik League.
As an 18-year-old he was a regular starter for Chipstead, making 64 appearances between 2007 and 2009. He was also part of the Chips’ best ever FA Cup run when they reached the Fourth Qualifying Round before falling to Torquay United in October 2008.
Coleman scored his only goal for the club in that 4–1 defeat, striking a stunning 35-yard free-kick. He also achieved his 15 minutes of fame with his celebration, with footage of the goal going viral after he picked up a yellow card for wearing a pirate hat.
He signed for Whyteleafe for the 2009–10 season, before joining Sussex County Division One side Lingfield in July 2010 and being given the armband. In his third season with the club, he was crowned top goalscorer with 17 goals from 44 games despite playing in the midfield.
In December 2013, he was snapped up by Corinthian-Casuals, but from January onwards missed most of the season. He joined Dorking Wanderers for the 2014–15 campaign, and was named Player of the Year while guiding the team to a second place finish and promotion to the eighth tier.
Coleman returned to Church Road to join Whyteleafe in October 2015 and opted for a move to Walton Casuals – also playing at Church Road during a temporary ground share – a year later.
Coleman quickly made himself known as a tenacious midfielder, collecting a few yellow cards in the process but becoming an assertive and dominance force for the Stags. He scored a single goal for the Stags during the 2016–17 – a consolation strike in a 6-1 defeat at Hythe Town – but struck back-to-back goals within three days in November 2017.
Shortly after making his 50th appearance for the club in a 3-0 win at Phoenix Sports, Coleman struck against his former side Whyteleafe and play-off contenders Carshalton Athletic. His goal against the latter could go down as one of the best ever scored by a Walton Casuals player, beating goalkeeper Alexandros Kozakis from 40 yards while stood on his line.