Bastian, David

David was a typical no-nonsense defender of the early 2000s who has had an impressive non-league career.

He made his first senior appearances for Barking in the 1998-9 season, before moving on to Horsham where he spent two seasons.

He joined Leyton Pennant at the start of the 2001-2 season, and was a mainstay in a team which finished sixth in the Isthmian League Division Two, having just as much fun off the pitch as they did on it.

A change in living location saw Bastian move out to Wivenhoe for the 2002-3 season, and part of 2003-4, before rejoining Pennant, now Waltham Forest with a month to go at the end of 2004. His comeback game was against Arlesey Town, and he scored one of his few goals for the club a week later, an absolute screamer, at home to eventual champions Yeading United.

Bastian Made 33 appearances the following campaign for Forest, and 28 the season after. He was a key player in blending experience with youth, which saw Forest win the Essex Senior Cup in 2006.


Following Hakan Hayrettin’s departure, Bastian was one of a number of players to move to Enfield Town, where he spent the next five seasons – sandwiching a short spell at Maldon Town. He was voted Town’s Player of the Season in the 2008-9 campaign, and was always a fans’ favourite, though his rather robust tackling style did worry the fans at time.

Two full season with Ware were next, show Dave ‘still had it’, and he was still playing senior football in 2014, with a spell at Hertford Town.

While his senior career may have ended, Bastian is still as fit as ever, playing Veterans Football on both Saturdays and Sundays. On Saturdays, he has turned out for Little Waltham, playing alongside former Stow players Simon Tickner and Chris Elad, as well as legendary non-league names like Ricci Crace and Stafford Browne.

David also completed the 2019 London Marathon, dress as an ostrich.

Club League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1998-9 Barking 30 4 34
1999-0 Horsham 29 1 29 1
2000-1 Horsham
2001-2 Leyton Pennant 32 32
2002-3 Wivenhoe Town
2003-4 Wivenhoe Town
2003-4 Waltham Forest 6 1 6 1
2004-5 Waltham Forest 33 33
2005-6 Waltham Forest 28 28
2006-7 Enfield Town
2007-8 Enfield Town
2008-9 Enfield Town
2008-9 Maldon Town
2009-10 Enfield Town
2010-11 Enfield Town 1 1
2011-12 Ware 32 32
2012-13 Ware 24 24
2013-14 Hertford Town 11 11
Overall 226 2 4 230 2

All Leyton Pennant and Waltham Forest stats compiled by, and used with the permission of Steve Howe. If you’ve got any of the missing statistics for this player, please contact us.

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