David Bastian was a no-nonsense defender who made 91 appearances for the club, both for Leyton Pennant and Waltham Forest.

Bastian’s debut did not quite go to plan, and ended in a 4-0 defeat to Canvey Island in the Essex Senior Cup on the 30th of October 2001.

However, that season turned out to be one of the club’s better seasons, with Colin Richards’ side finishing sixth in the second division of the Ryman League.

Bastian left the club at the end of the 2001-2 season, where he spent a season and three quarters at Wivenhoe Town, before returning to Forest at the tail end of the 2003-4 season, this time playing under Hakan Heyrettin.

In the 2004-5 season he made 27 appearances, but ultimately the season was a bit of a disappointment, with Forest finishing 16th in the Southern League Eastern Division.

Bastian remained with the club for the 2005-6 season, and his experience was vital in guiding a young team to an excellent finish, only narrowly missing out on the play-offs. He also played a key part in the club securing the Essex Senior Cup that year.

David will not be remembered for his goalscoring abilities. In 91 starts for the club, he only managed to find the back of the net once. However, the one goal he did score was such a beauty that it probably made up for his lack of goals during the time with the club.

Playing against eventual champions Yeading, Bastian unleashed a sumptuous volley from the edge of the area, helping his side to a 3-1 victory in April 2004.

Bastian eventually left the club at the end of the 2005-6 season, where he joined up with Simon Tickner at Enfield Town, making 106 appearances and earning a place in their 25 top appearance makers.

Since departing Town, Bastian has been playing for Ware, and was an unused substitute as we played them this Saturday (8th of December 2012).