Batunga Iyo, Didier

Solid if what somewhat erratic defender who joined the club just before Christmas in 2004. He made his debut against East Thurrock in the Essex Senior Cup, a game Forest won 2-1.

He would have to wait until the middle of February for his next appearance, but after making his first league appearance in a 3-2 win away to Chatham Town, he retained the number four shirt for almost the rest of the season.

Scored what is probably one of Forest’s all-time great goals against Beaconsfield SYCOB in March 2005. SYCOB cleared a Forest corner, only for the ball to fall to Batunga, fully 30 yards out, who hit the sweetest of volleys, over almost 20 players and into the top corner of the goal. It couldn’t help Forest though, who lost 3-1.

Remained with the club for the next season, and was used when injuries and suspensions meant Forest’s first choice defenders were unavailable.

Club League Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2004-5 Waltham Forest 10 1 1 11 1
2005-6 Waltham Forest 15 1 4 19 1
Overall 25 2 5 30 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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