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THE OFFICIAL MATCHDAY MAGAZINE £2.00

Southern League Premier Division V

Poole Town Issue 07


08 We give Burnham the blues / Read the match report on our cracking performance of free-flowing, attacking football!

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Managers Notes / Kingy reflects on two great wins

Origins of Football on TV / An insight from the 1930s to present

Owner Mike Kearns

Club Secretary Gary Wilson

Physio Chris Budd

Chairman Mike Kearns

Fixture Secretary Marian Izzard

Managing Director Lee Kearns

Life President John Walker

Functions and Events Coordinator Louise Spark

Director Iain Parr

Team OfďŹ cials Richard King (Goalkeeping Coach)

Football Manager Gary King Assistant Manager Liam George

Youth Liaison & Development Mick Hunt

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St Neots Town TV Editor Adam Ridley Club Merchandise Linda Walters

Stews Views / A cracking read by Craig!

Assistant Photographer Paulo Soares Site Manager Irmantas Sabaliauskas Chief Liaison OfďŹ cer Mike Green Programme Sales Charlie Green

Programme Editor Mark Davies

Matchday Music / Scoreboard Simon Hutchinson

Club Photographer Claire Howes

Pitchcare Working Turf

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INSIDE

Issue 07 V Poole Town Southern League Premier Division

Fe Ne at w ur e!

14 The World’s Greatest Goalkeepers / The top 10 playing in the world today

24 Todays’ Visitors / A warm welcome to The Dolphins Founded 1879 The Cozy Stadium Rowley Park, Kester Way St Neots PE19 6SL Telephone 01480 470012 Email enquiries@stneotstownfc.co.uk Official Website www.stneotstownfc.co.uk Official Forum www.stneotstownfc.co.uk/forum

Also Inside

38 Old Footie Programme Covers / We go into the new millenium!

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Action Replay

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Mascot Feature

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The Chairmans’ Views

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Read All About It

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The Beautiful Game

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News From The Youth

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Pull-Out Poster

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Greenies Greetings

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Away Days

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MD’s Views

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Leagues Review

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Match Report vs Hitchin Town

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Season 2014/15 Fixtures Matrix

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The Non-League Paper

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Season 2014/15 Statistics

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Premier Division League Table

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Home & Opposition Squads

Introducing Drew Roberts / Our prolific striker is bang on form Southern Football League Division One champions, 1 time

Huntingdonshire League Champions, 4 times

United Counties League Premier Division champions, 2 times Division One champions, 1 time League Cup winners, 2 times

Huntingdonshire Senior Cup Winners, 37 times

Metropolitan League Champions, 1 time League Cup winners, 1 time Professional Cup winners, 1 time

Hinchingbrooke Cup Winners, 2 times

South Midlands League Champions, 1 time

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MANAGERS NOTES

GARY KING Good afternoon everybody and I would like to welcome everyone affiliated with Poole Town today and congratulate them on their fantastic start to the season. I start my notes this week by saying how delighted I am that Matt Spring has decided to join the Management Team. Along with Liam, the three of us are very much looking forward to the job in hand as we all settle down and steer our ship back into calm water. Of course, the three of us have got off to the perfect start with two wins in the space of three days, at home to Burnham, and away to Hitchin. I was slightly more tense before

the Burnham game than I normally would be as after the changes I wanted us to get off to a good start. I needn’t have worried, Drew scored after 29 seconds and we were up and running. EASY ON THE EYE I thought Burnham carried a threat throughout the game and I could see how they had won their previous game scoring five but by and large I was pleased with how we played, the chances we

created were numerous and I thought we were very easy on the eye on the day. The Hitchin game, for those of you who weren’t there, was an epic. I felt Hitchin played the game like a cup final (it seems they love to try to get one over me); credit to them – they set a very high tempo in the first half and despite us leading twice we came into the interval 3-2 down. We always felt as a group that they wouldn’t be able to maintain the same tempo for what was 98 minutes on the night and sure enough on or around 70 minutes we did take control of the game and went on to score two second half goals which was enough to see us go second in the league for the first time this season.

GROUP THERAPY Many of the minerals that will be needed if this is to be a successful campaign were on show at Hitchin that night as they suffered their first league defeat at home this season. I think we learned a lot about

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ourselves as a group on the night. So, today’s game sees first play second, in what promises to be an exciting encounter between two very good sides. For me, days like today is why we do it; there won’t be a team or player in this division or in many other divisions who won’t look for this result first come five o’clock and I think that is testimony to how far we have come in twelve months. MANAGE EXPECTATIONS Of course, there will be no titles won or lost today and for me one of the things I am keen to do is manage peoples’ expectations of what we could or should achieve. In my mind Poole have always been the favourites in this division to win this league and I base that on the fact they did have a go last season. They come into this season’s campaign probably fifteen months ahead of us in trying to win the league and they will be able to draw on their experiences from last season.

you will see a pattern which is a team that makes the play offs the previous year goes on to win it the following year. Our job is to try and break that trend and become one of very few teams that finished as low as we did last season to challenge in a division as strong as this. I would also like to mention Lorenzo – I was very pleased this week that he chose to sign a contract and commit his future here. I think he has been working very hard for our cause and has had a huge impact on games and I know you all love him. Get behind us today in a big way – the twelfth man does make a difference and I can wait to see Rowley Park rocking today. Kingy.

PATTERN FORMING When you look back at the teams who have won this division over recent years, for example Hemel,

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(from the UCL Premier Division five years ago) UCL PREMIER DIVISION (Saturday 10 October 2009) Daventry Town

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St Neots Town

Against all predictions St Neots held on to their top spot in the league table with a thoroughly deserved victory over second placed Daventry Town. Daventry boasted a seven match clean sheet in the league this season with six wins and a draw and it took a very special goal from Paul Garrett to dent their proud record. The former Stotfold man was making only his fifth appearance in a St Neots shirt and he produced his first goal for the club – a divinely curled free kick that crept in at the far post to register Daventry’s first goal conceded in league action after 678 minutes play this season. Substitute Josh Sozzo claimed the clinching goal just a minute from time and in an excellent all round performance the match was won principally in midfield where man of the match Michael Hyem and Rob Hughes outplayed and harried their counterparts to give St Neots the lions share of possession throughout the ninety minutes. Defensively both teams looked sound and well organised and the return to the side of player/manager Steve Lomas missing for five of the past six matches was a real bonus for the team. Daventry are a good side and it was only the quality and determination of the visitors that was eventually the deciding factor. St Neots looked the more positive

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from the start with Rob Hughes shooting over the bar and Paul Garrett having a free kick deflected for a corner. Little was seen of Daventry in the final third of the field and it was not until 22nd minutes that they managed a direct shot. Then Ryan Howell’s volley was well struck but Luke McShane got down well to gather the ball. Tony Scully took a neat wall pass from Liam Harrold to shoot across the face of goal and Jon Mitchell was just wide with another effort. Just before the break St Neots could have twice grabbed the lead. First Liam Harrold headed wide from a Scully corner and the Jon Mitchell used his pace to go clear on the right but the angle was too tight and his shot only found the side netting. ‘More of the same’ must have been Steve Lomas’ half time instructions and just three minutes after the restart Rob Hughes played Jon Mitchell clear and he was pulled down from behind right on the edge of the penalty area. Chris Godwin looked both lucky and relieved only to be issued with a yellow card but justice was done when Paul Garrett produced his perfect free kick to open the scoring. Predictably this inspired the home side to redouble their efforts and for a short spell they pounded the St Neots defence with both

Russell Dunkley and Richard Wesley shooting wide of their target. Much of the play then became ragged with St Neots losing their overall control but with Glen Fuff in charge at the back there were few chances for the home side. With fifteen minutes left St Neots had to replace the injured Hughes with Luke Knight and Lomas limped off to be replaced by Nicky Hurst. Mitchell broke through but shot wide at then with five minutes left Daventry won a free kick in an identical position to that from which Garrett had scored but Tom Berwick sent his effort high over the bar. A minute later St Neots introduced Josh Sozzo for the tiring Liam Harrold and he made a real impact finishing off with a close range shot from a narrow angle after excellent work by Luke Knight. It was a late second goal but it adequately summed up the overall difference between the sides on the day and allowed St Neots to open up a four points gap at the top of the table.

St Neots: McShane, Lomas, Lodge, Hyem, Fuff, Gent, Scully, Hughes, Harrold, Mitchell, Garrett. Subs: Knight (for Hughes 74 mins), Hurst (for Lomas 80 mins), Sozzo (for Harrold 86 mins), Pink & Trebes. MOM: Michael Hyem

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WHEEAR ‘AST THA BIN SIN’ AH SAW THEE?

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ST NEOTS TOWN 3 BURNHAM FC 1 04:10:2014 / Southern Premier Division / Att 282 / Referee: Rob Smith (Letchworth) With St Neots midweek Managerial change this was dubbed the start of a new era – and what a start. Just 29 seconds into the match Drew Roberts lashed home a volley to give his side the lead after Nathan Frater had collected the ball but gone to ground. In his first match as sole Manager Gary King made three team changes including Max York for his debut at full back and recalling Matt Spring and Arthur Lee. He must have been delighted to see his side stretch their unbeaten league run to eight matches with the next match being at home to so far undefeated league leaders Poole Town. However he would be the first to admit that the side are still not recording a good ratio of goals scored to chances created because this result could have been sewn up prior to the half time whistle. Burnham were stubborn opponents but they created few chances and their late consolation goal was testament to their determination not to give up even when three goals adrift. Drew Roberts’ personal contribution of a hat trick in this match made him only the fourth St Neots player to record this feat at Step Three in 98 league matches at this level. Some of the spectators had not got to their seats before Roberts scored the first of his goals. Four minutes later Lewis Hilliard was

agonisingly close to doubling the lead with a shot that beat the keeper and was only inches above the angle of post and crossbar and this start set the tone for much of the first half. Burnham’s first two visits to the St Neots half in the opening quarter of an hour saw Nicke Kabamba fire across the face of goal and Josh Webb test Jamie Greygoose with an inswinging corner which the keeper did well to push away. Roberts then headed wide from a Hilliard cross, Hilliard shot just wide himself and then visiting keeper Alex Lynch produced a good save to deny Nathan Frater. In fact most of the action was in and around the Burnham penalty area as Pat Sappleton diverted a Roberts shot wide and Jay Davies sent a close range narrow angled shot into the side netting. A second goal always looked imminent and it arrived after 35 minutes when and Bruce Wilson corner flicked off the head of a defender and at the far post Roberts rose to head past Lynch. It should have been 3-0 a minute before half time when the hard working Matt Spring picked up a loose clearance to send an unstoppable shot over the helpless keeper to rebound off the crossbar.

Burnham looked a more positive force after half time and from a Tom O’Regan corner Pay Sappleton sent a lob on to the roof of the net. At the other end following another set piece the Burnham defence failed to clear and Gavin Hoyte sent a low snap shot wide when perhaps he should have scored. O’Regan then moved inside his marker to produce the visitors’ best shot of the match that curled away from Greygoose to pass the wrong side of a post and then after 66 minutes Roberts weaved his way into the penalty area to be upended by Brad Hewitt and a penalty was awarded after 66 minutes. Roberts picked himself up to complete his hat trick and take his goals tally for the season to eleven in just nine starts and three substitute appearances. St Neots then sent on three substitutes and lost some of their rhythm and never really tested the visiting keeper in the final twenty five minutes with Greygoose pulling off one notable save to deny a close range effort by Craig Carby. However he was denied a clean sheet when Josh Webb claimed Burnham’s consolation goal a minute into added time.

St Neots Town

Burnham FC

Greygoose, York, Lee, Wilson, Frater (R), Hoyte, Davies, Spring, Frater (N), Roberts, Hilliard Subs: Nolan (for Frater (N) 67 mins), Thorne (for Davies 73 mins), Peacock (for Roberts 76 mins), Bickerstaff and Ferrari. Cards: Frater (R) (Y - 77) Goals: Roberts 3 (29 secs, 35 mins & 66 mins pen)

Lynch, Webb (J), Carby, Hewitt, Sappleton, Ajanlekoko, Webb (N), Poulton, Kabamba, Couch, O’Regan Subs: Baddeley (for Sappleton 62 mins), Bates (for Ajanlekoko 62 mins), Walker (for O’Regan 73 mins), Lockhart-Adams and McDonnell. Cards: Webb (N) (Y – 43 ), Bates (Y – 87) Goals: Webb (J) (90 + 1 mins)

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SMILES ALL ROUND


Mascot feature

Last Saturday saw 6 year old Oli Blanchard be the club Mascot for the home game versus Burnham FC. Pictured here with his favourite player, Lewis Hilliard, Arsenal fan Oli had a great day and enjoyed leading the Saints out to a 3-1 victory!

Mascot Fact File Name: Oli Blanchard Age: 6 Favourite St Neots Player and why: Lewis Hilliard, he has great skills Who do you play for? St Neots u7’s What position do you play in: Midfield Who do you support: Arsenal What do you want to be when older: Play for Arsenal Favourite food: Hot dogs Favourite television programme: Match of the day Do you have any pets? A Dog called Lennie

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The Saints Matchday Mascot Experience! • Free entry for mascot and parents • Use of our hospitality room • Signed match day programme by your favourite player, which you will also appear in • Meet your favourite player and have your photo taken • Tour of the stadium • Have a kick about on the main pitch • Lead the Saints on to the pitch • Free portion of chips and drink for the mascot

To apply to be a Matchday Mascot contact Louise Spark on misslouises@yahoo.co.uk

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We have had greatest players but a goalkeeper is never listed as a great player, proberbly the most important player in the team. We take a look at the worlds best goalkeepers playing today.

08. JOE HART (England & Manchester City) A superb shot-stopper possessed with calmness and authority, Hart made a huge contribution to Manchester City’s title win in 2012. He initially made few mistakes after breaking onto the scene in a loan spell with Birmingham, and then returning to City. However, the 2012-13 and 13-14 seasons will not be remembered as the best of Hart’s career, and despite his numerous strengths, the England goalkeeper needs to improve his handling and minimize errors that have proved costly for club and country.

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IN THE WORLD TODAY 07. HUGO LLORIS (France & Tottenham Hotspur) Boasting a long reach and superb reflexes, France captain Lloris is capable of keeping strikers at bay when his team are firmly under the cosh. Previously at Nice and Lyon, he was signed by Tottenham in August 2012 as they looked for a long-term option between the posts. Must improve his decision making but an undisputed first choice for club and country.

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THE CHAIRMANS’ VIEWS

MATCH OF THE DAY Welcome to the Officials, Players and supporters of Poole Town for todays fixture. They say a week is a long time in football, well sometimes it is and then again maybe not. After a very stressful week of parting with two of the management team we have been able to secure the guys we wanted to assist Gary’s back room staff. 4-4-2! Funny after we secured Matt I thought not only have we got a new assistant manager but also kept a very experienced player, Then I went back and thought about Liam and yes not only have we got a new assistant manager but also a top notch Physiotherapist who can always confer with Chris on players injuries. Cleaver stuff that four for two or is that a playing formation. So a very long two weeks and sometimes you wonder if the reasons you make these decisions are indeed the right ones. As I have said before it’s my job to make this kind of decision and I need to hopefully get it right. So that brings me onto the one main reason I decided to make a change.

Six days after I made the changes to the management team I was sitting next to the legend that is Peter Shilton at our “evening with” function

last Friday evening and after Peter gave his story of football we went into a question and answer session. “Peter who was the best manager you have played under and what were his qualities?” well Peter answered at international level it was Sir Alf Ramsey but at club level it was the greatest English manager ever Brian Clough. “So what was good about him then?” Peter was asked. “Oh that’s easy” said Peter, “Brian had two main qualities and the rest just flowed, and they where man management and motivation”, well I nearly fell off my chair. I stopped Peter in his tracks and said “Could you just say that to the audience again please because it might just get me out of any doubters mind.” So he did and I told him that they were exactly the reasons I had to make a change to the management team. Did I enjoy the evening? “you bet I did”. I might be proved wrong and only time will tell, I doubt it though. However it does make me feel a little better when a professional footballer

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with 125 England caps that has played under 2 of the best English managers of all time kind of backs up my judgment. FREE-FLOWING Since the management changes we have won both of our matches against Burnham who came off a great five goal victory and Hitchin unbeaten at home who are our bogey away side having never won at Top Field. We won both matches the first with some brilliant free flowing football and the second by digging in deep, having the will to win and some great substitutions when Hitchin “ran out of steam” as they say. We have a very long way to go and at least we are all enjoying our football again. Mind you not sure if I can take the dramatic way we won at Hitchin again. UPS AND DOWNS Looking at the league table we have played eight away games this season more than any other team and have yet to lose. Our opponents have played only four away games so what ever the result today there is a heck of a lot of matches to be played and many ups and downs to come. Right onto today’s fixture against the most in form team in the league, I hope we have a bumper crowd, as it really is the “Match of the Day”. ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL Mike


The Origins

of football on TV

We go back to the 1930s to the very first televised football match in the UK, and take us through to the present day. Some interesting reading in this fascinating series of articles.

Premier League satellite decoder case Coverage of Premier League now dominates football on English television, especially in financial terms; the contracts agreed between the league and broadcasters BSkyB in 1992 and 1997 were worth £191.5m and £670m respectively. Sky were also able to show more live games than previously, with several games live on many matchdays (originally Sundays and Mondays). However, the European Union objected to what it saw as a monopoly on television rights and demanded the 2007 contract be split into separate packages of 23 games; eventually Sky won four of the six available packages, with the other two were taken by Setanta Sports. Setanta went bankrupt in 2009 with its packages taken over by ESPN. From 2010/11, Sky have five packages and ESPN one. The top tier still has a presence on terrestrial television in highlights form on Match of the Day. From the 2009/10 season, live coverage of the Football League returned to British terrestrial television for the first time since 2001 with the BBC securing 10 live Championship (second tier) games per season, as well as

Football League highlights after Match of the Day. Sky also showed live lower league football while Setanta also showed large numbers of Conference National games before the channels demise. There is also extensive coverage of numerous Cup competitions. Every match in the Champions League (formerly European Cup) is available either on ITV or Sky Sports while ITV is also the primary broadcaster of the FA Cup with two live games per round while Sky and the BBC show the League Cup. ITV4 and ESPN show the Europa League with even the Football League Trophy getting live television exposure on Sky Sports.

was shared between Fox Soccer/ Fox Soccer Plus (which are also owned by News Corporation) and ESPN, with Fox Deportes and ESPN Deportes holding Spanish language rights. NBC Sports (primarily through NBCSN) replaced ESPN and Fox Soccer as the exclusive broadcaster of the league in the US (in both English and Spanish; Telemundo and Mun2 now carry Spanish-language coverage) beginning in the 2013–14 season, as the result of a new threeyear, $250 million USD deal with the league, including 20 matches that start at 5 p.m. UK time on Saturdays free-to-air on the main NBC network (12 noon American Eastern).

Worldwide coverage

Other games are carried through gametime-only channels known as “Premier League Extra Time”, and all games are carried through NBC Sports’ website and the “NBC Sports Live Extra” tablet/smartphone app with TV Everywhere authentication, with USA Network carrying matches in lieu of NBCSN during the 2014 Winter Olympics. Survival Sunday coverage (under the banner Championship Sunday) will be carried on May by ten NBC Universal networks, along with Telemundo and mun2. FOX will air the FA Cup Final the following Saturday.

Promoted as “The Greatest Show On Earth”, the Premier League is broadcast to over 600+ million people in over 200 countries worldwide, often on networks owned and/or controlled by 21st Century Fox (which owns about 39.1% of BSkyB in the UK). The Premier League’s production arm, Premier League Productions, is operated by IMG Productions and is responsible for producing all content for its international television partners. In the United States, coverage for most of the 2000s and early 2010s

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READ ALL ABOUT IT We take a look at what other non-league clubs are doing that’s making the news this week. BIDEFORD BOSS BACKED

General Manager Steve Massey has said everyone at Bideford are right behind Sean Joyce and is sure with him at the helm the club’s fortunes will change. Bideford will go into Saturday’s fixture with Hereford United looking to turn around a run of four consecutive defeats. The Robins’ last league victory was on September 9th when they beat Frome Town 4-0. Despite the slump in form and recent departures of Matt Bye to Tiverton Town and Matt Wright to Truro City, Massey is sure the club’s fortunes will change with Joyce at the helm. CITY SIGN BIG DEFENDER

outfit FC Romania. The 26-year-old is 6`4” and has spent much of his career playing in his native Romania and Moldova. Whilst in Moldova he made almost fifty appearances in the A Division for Nistru Otaci. His first football outing in the UK was in 2013 when signed for Wealdstone, but is no stranger to City`s temporary Glassworld Stadium home as he played for landlords Histon against Brentford in a pre-season friendly last July. CANN MAKES HUNGERFORD SWITCH

A powerful forward with great ability on the ball, Sullivan is already exciting the Plainmoor coaching staff with his impressive progress and has five senior appearances to his name to date. He enjoyed a spell on loan at Hereford`s league rivals Bideford last season. FAN`S FAVOURITES RETURN

Hungerford Town have welcomed new signing Dan Cann from Southern League Premier Division rivals Dorchester Town. Cann moved to the Avenue Stadium in May from neighbours Poole Town, having been a target for rivals Weymouth before being tempted to join the Magpies. Cann scored more than 50 times for Poole in over 200 appearances. BULLS BORROW GULLS` STRIKER

Cambridge City have announced the signing of centre-back Claudiu Vilcu, who joins from Essex Senior League

United. Sullivan was handed a professional deal by the Gulls after his sparkling displays for the youthteam over the last two years.

Hereford United have signed striker Dan Sullivan on a month`s loan from Vanarama Conference side Torquay

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Two former fans` favourites at the Spencer Stadium have re-signed for Southern League Premier Division club Banbury United. Firstly is 23-year-old Nigerian-born striker Adeyinka Talabi, who can also play out wide. He originally joined Banbury in August 2012 after playing


the previous season in the third tier of Finnish football for KaPa FC. In his two years with the Puritans he made eighty-six appearances, scoring 27 goals.

before being released in the summer of 2014 and joining Slough. EVO-STIK RENEWS SOUTHERN LEAGUE BACKING

WHITE TIGERS MOVE FOR WRIGHT

Matt Wright has become the third Bideford player since the end of last season to cross in to Cornwall to play for Southern League Premier Division rivals Truro City. Bideford manager Sean Joyce has confirmed that striker Wright has accepted the offer to join the White Tigers, after they put in a seven-day notice to approach him last week. Wright, who is still serving a threematch ban for his sending-off in the FA Cup fixture away to Tiverton Town, will be joining his new club for this weekend`s home fixture against Banbury United. However, he will be unable to play as it will be the final game of his ban. MAGPIES TAKE TWO Dorchester Town have completed the signings of Matt Oldring (pictured) and Charlie Davis. Oldring arrives at

the Avenue Stadium from Southern Division One South & West side Bashley on non-contract terms, while Davis joins on a one-month loan deal from league rivals Poole Town. A centre-half or central midfielder, former AFC Bournemouth man Oldring has previously played for Weymouth and AFC Totton. Davis can play at right-back or in midfield Player.

The Southern League have announced that a sponsorship agreement has been reached and henceforth for the next twenty-one months at least it will be known as the Evo-Stik League Southern. In addition there is an option for a further year to the end of the 2016/17 season. ST NEOTS TOWN ANNOUNCE NEW ASSISTANT MANAGER

REBELS RELEASE FRITH Slough Town have taken the decision to release George Frith and give him the opportunity to go elsewhere to find regular football which is what he needs at this stage of his career. Frith came through the youth academy at Woking – moving up to the first-team squad in 2012. He went on to make sixteen substitute appearances for the Cards in the Conference Premier

Matthew Spring, a seasoned professional joined the club this season from Wycome Wanderers and has played for the likes of Leeds United, Watford and Luton Town.

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THE BEAUTIFUL GAME

MIND GAMES & SPOT KICKS There’s one thing in football that’s almost as exciting as a goal, it’s a penalty, the instantaneous opportunity to actually score a goal, right there, right then. As football fans, we almost cheer as loud when we’re awarded a penalty as we do when we score a goal from free-play. We’re almost sure we’re going to take the lead as a consequence of the refs decision. Obviously, it doesn’t always work out that way. Some of us can’t even bare to watch a penalty kick being taken, but the adrenalin rush when we see the referee point to the spot is cause for great celebration/displeasure, depending whether it’s in our favour or against us and these emotions are on display even before the ball is kicked! Penalties are very much like Marmite, you love them and you hate them. It’s great if they go in but a massive anti-climax if they don’t! Fans can do whatever they want to put off the opposing spot-kick taker. We’ll whistle loudly and make flailing gestures with our arms from behind the goal but we’re asking for some stick if it does go in. Who can blame the scorer of the penalty from rubbing our noses in it if he does hit the back of the net? I often did it when awarded a ‘penno’ in the playground at school. For us, it’s easy: we just stand and watch the penalty being taken [if we dare]. Then, we do one of two things. We either jump around hysterically, punching our arms in the air if we score (or the opposition misses) or we slump to our knees and endure the enormous disappointment if we miss (or the opposition score). For

the players, it’s a different story all together. For the goalkeeper, he will feel the pressure himself because he is the only one who can prevent the goal being scored; however, the pressure is all on the penalty taker. We don’t blame the goalkeeper should he fail to save the kick, it’s great if he does, he’s an absolute hero then, but we don’t expect him to save it do we? It’s a fact that 75% of penalty kicks are scored, and why shouldn’t they be? The taker has a 24 foot by 8 foot target to aim at from only 36 feet away, so, the rule of probability surely dictates a goal? As we know all too well [especially through watching England games] this is total balderdash! One player recently transformed from regular defender to goalkeeping legend was the Bulgarian side Ludogorets’ defender Cosmin Moti who took to the sticks against Steaua Bucharest in a Champions League play-off after the proper keeper was sent off for bringing down the last man. Although losing 1-0 (on aggregate) at the time of having to go in goal his side levelled the game in stoppage time taking the match to penalties. Moti took the first spot-kick himself and scored. He then went in goal to defend the opposition’s penalties. Similar to Tim Kruhl in goal for Holland v Costa Rica in the recent World Cup, he danced around, played the clown and did what he could to put off the opposing penalty takers. As well as scoring his own penalty, he saved

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two ‘pennos’ and sent his team through to the Champions League group stages for the first time in their history. A day he’ll remember for ever no doubt? Even the club chairman is considering naming a stand after Moti following his heroics. Penalties are all about psychology and the mental strength of the player. As a taker it’s about that moment as you approach the penalty spot, which side will I place it? Even then, as you run up, you’ll question yourself and probably go the opposite side! As the keeper, you’ll opt to dive one side but prior to that you’ll do what you can to distract the taker and psych them out as did Kruhl and Moti. Did you know that the very first time a penalty shootout was used to decide a tied game in a World Cup tournament was as recent as the 1982 World Cup in Spain? In addition to that, it wasn’t until 1994 that a World Cup final was decided by penalties! Perhaps we’ll see a penalty today? They are great for us fans as they bring alive the crowd momentarily whether it’s for or against us. Hopefully, as we play the 12th man today, lady luck will be the 13th ‘man’ and any penalties that are given are ours? Enjoy today’s encounter.

ADE


TODAY’S VISITORS

POOLE TOWN

This season’s pacemakers are looking good to achieve their stated ambition of Conference football next season. A very special welcome for our next Southern League Premier Division engagement to Poole Town our visitors this afternoon who are making their second visit to the Cozy Stadium. Our two clubs have a similarity in our history because we are two of the clubs with the shortest recent record at Step Three in the Football Pyramid. St Neots also won their way to that level the same season winning the Central Division of the Southern League and promotion to Step Three at the first attempt. Poole finished runners-up to Bideford in the South and West Division but lost to Gosport in the play off final and had to wait a further season before appearing in the Premier Division. Last season they threatened to make it back to

back promotions because at the turn of the year Poole was in fifth place in the table with 41 points – eleven points behind second placed Cambridge City but with a whopping SIX matches in hand. However that second half of season heavy schedule proved to be their downfall because Poole finished seventh in the final table two points short of fifth placed Stourbridge who claimed the final play off place. However before last Saturday’s round of league matches Poole topped the table with 28 points from 10 matches and still unbeaten in the league. When Poole last visited the Cozy Stadium our two sides shared the points in a 1-1 draw with an 88th minute Will Spetch header cancelling out Lewis Hilliard’s earlier goal to

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enable a point to be taken back to Dorset. If today’s encounter is as exciting and competitive as that match we are in for a treat. CLUB HISTORY Poole FC were formed on 20th September 1890 by the merger between two local sides, Poole Rovers and Poole Hornets. In 1903/04 Poole join the Hampshire League for the first time, but only for one season. They competed in the West Div finishing in 4th place with 17 points from 14 games, just above Bournemouth FC. They finished 4th out of 7 in 1906/07, 4th of 8 in 1907/08. Poole’s best season was 1908/09 when they finished runners up, just 1 point behind Longfleet St Mary’s. Much interest was expressed by football supporters in


Year founded: 1890 Nickname: The Dolphins Chairman: Clive Robbins

Website: www.pooletownfc.co.uk Stadium: Tatnam (2000 Capacity)

Previous Meetings: 2013/14 Poole Town 2-0 St Neots St Neots 1-1 Poole Town

the outcome of this competition and a crowd of 400 was in attendance at the Sterte ground to see Poole beat Boscombe 3-1, and over 1000 were to see the late season decider between Longfleet St Mary’s and Poole. Unfortunately Poole finished 6th out of 7 the following season and drop back into the Dorset County League, their place being taken by Lymington.After a chequered and varied history over the next hundred years that elusive Silverware finally arrived in the 2008/9 season. Poole Town won the Wessex Premier title and were to finish as the second best team of 1,600 Football Association clubs in the whole of England, based on points per match, with the following record: played 42, won 38, drawn 2, lost 2. They also won the Dorset Senior Cup (beating

Dorchester 2-0 aet), in a thriller at Weymouth’s Radipole Lane ground and reached the semi finals of the League Cup. They were, however denied promotion to level 4 due to inadequate ground grading at the Tatnam. They won the Wessex League Title again in 2009-10 by an impressive 18 points and reached the final of the League Cup, but again failed to gain promotion after the plans to build a new ground at Bracksome Rec fell through. The real coup for the 09/10 season was more personnel, Top goalscorer, Charlie Austin made the successful leap from Poole to Swindon Town in the Football League Division One and is now lining up for QPR after more success at Burnley in the Championship, as an established talent. 2010/11 and Poole reached

the F.A. Vase semi finals losing out to Whitley Bay. They also won Wessex Premier title for the third successive season once more by a huge 20 point margin and at last gained Promotion back to their spiritual home in the Southern league after a 15 year absence having finally been given permission to make improvements to the ground. The first season back in 2011-12 saw them make a late charge to secure second place behind Champions Bideford .They beat Hungerford convincingly in the play off Semi’s and were minutes away from winning the Final against Gosport. 2012/13 – sees Poole win the S&W league title + the Dorset Senior Cup + the Southern League Championship trophy and Premier football is back at Poole.

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WHO’S WHO

THE DOLPHINS

TOM KILLICK

BEN MANLEY

CARL PRESTON

TOM KILLICK: (MANAGER): Took over in May 2004. Previously a Town player with a long non-league career as a prolific striker. Non-League Player of the Year 1991/2, member of the F.A. Vase winning Wimborne team in 91/92. Arrived from Salisbury City where he was Assistant Manager. Steered club to promotion in his first year and established Poole as a powerhouse team in the Wessex Premier Division. Winning the last three titles. Promoted to The Southern South and West in 201112, he built a squad to finish second in their first year and missed out on Promotion in the play-off final but won the league outright in 2012-13, He won the Dorset Senior cup in 2010, 2013 and 2014.

on loan at Dorchester Town for a long period last season.

MARVIN BROOKS (MIDFIELD): Home grown talent coming through from the youth reserve system well established now in the Southern League side.

LAMIN DIBBA (CENTRE HALF): ‘The Laminator’ Joined after long career with Bournemouth Poppies June 2008, A great signing, much admired talent by Poole Loyal down the years. Spent most of 2011-12 and 2012-13 season on the injury list.

WARREN BYERLEY (STRIKER): On loan from Weymouth during November and December 2012, before making the move permanent An instant hit with the Poole Loyal and hit the back of the net for the Dolphins, as his credentials as a goalscorer and old time centre forward are well known locally. Was

MICHAEL WALKER (DEFENDER): Previously joined Poole in 2008 from Dorchester Town, but played just 14 solid games before disappearing to Wimborne Town from where he plagued our strikers in those derby games. Rejoined Jan 2010 after a year away. Michael captained the side to Wessex title and then the Southern S & W title before another year away this time at Weymouth. SAM CLARKE (DEFENDER): Signed in 2011/2012 from Weymouth. Solid at the back and constant since. Injury in November 2012 kept him side lined for three months but in 2012-13 he had a solid season.

JOSH O’HANLON (FORWARD): On loan from AFC Bournemouth, the teenager cost the Cherries around £50,000 in January. He was loaned to Oxford City towards the end of last season.

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JAMIE WHISKEN

LEWIS LINDSAY (DEFENDER): Signed in the summer of 2014/15 after being released by AFC Bournemouth. LUKE ROBERTS (FORWARD): Youngster signed from AFC Totton in pre-season 2014/15 after being named the Stags’ player of the season. LEWIS TALLACK (DEFENDER): Ex Portsmouth, previously a loanee at Poole signed from Eastbourne Borough for 2014/15. CHARLIE DAVIS (MIDFIELDER): Signed last season brief spell at Bashley but now back and part of the first team squad. NICK HUTCHINGS (GOALKEEPER): Joined mid way through 2010-11 campaign initially to cover Nic Jones. Top keeper in the Wessex for several years, plying his trade for New Milton & Wimborne Town joined from Hamworthy Utd, taking over as number one keeper early in 2011-12. Was outstanding in 2012/13 and played a major part in the club’s notable defensive record, only 45 conceded having played 49 games in all competitions. That form led him to win the Non-League Paper Goalkeeper of the Year award, keeping 17 clean sheets.


Steve Devlin Signed in January 2012 from Dorchester Town. Aggressive, never say die skilful, midfield player who has added a real zip to the centre of the Poole squad. Debut 28 Jan 2012 v Mangotsfield. Took on Kingpin role in 2012-13 season with 16 goals to boot.

STEVE DEVLIN

LUKE BURBRIDGE

KEITH EMMERSON (MIDFIELD): Much travelled and highly rated Army PTI signed for Poole Jan 2012 and made debut at Thatcham on Jan 7th. Proved to be a vital part of the 201112 late season success has recently rejoined the squad - Keith made a spectacular return to the Dolphins when he appeared in the match day squad to face Chesham, scoring on his return. He backed this up with a goal against local rivals Wimborne. The midfielder helped Poole get promotion from the Southern Division One South & West in the 2012-13 season. Previous experience with home town side Hartlepool Utd. CARL PETTEFER (MIDFIELD): The midfielder made a decision to team up with Jamie Whisken, Jonathon Davies and Richard Gillespie again when he joined the club from AFC Totton in July 2013. Carl Pettefer started his career at Portsmouth before moving to join professional outfits Oxford United and Southend United. CARL PRESTON (WINGER): The Poole Town winger joined his hometown club after ending his apprenticeship at AFC Bournemouth and after a short spell at Weymouth. His pace and a talented left foot soon

KEITH EMMERSON

established him as a regular. Still a young footballer and is going to improve as he gains more experience with Poole’s quest to go through the leagues. NEIL MARTIN (DEFENCE): Joined from Dorchester Town in November 2013 having won the Players’ Player of the Year in 2012/13 for the Magpies, Martin has also played for Exeter City, Salisbury City and Hayes & Yeading – making 20 appearances when they won promotion from the Conference South. He can also play in a wide midfield position. BEN MANLEY (GOALKEEPER): Signed in pre-season 2014/15 after some impressive performances during the summer. JAMES WHISKEN (DEFENDER): The defender was one several players that moved west to Poole Town from AFC Totton in the summer of 2013. The defender’s main position is in central defence but he can also play along the back four as he is just as comfortable going forward as he is in defence. He started his career at AFC Bournemouth, where he only managed to play one game in the league cup against Wigan Athletic. He has also played for

MARVIN BROOKS

Basingstoke Town, Bognor Regis and Farnborough Town took over as captain of the side during the 2013/14 season. LUKE BURBIDGE (MIDFIELD): Summer 2012 signing from neighbours Hamworthy Utd joined Weymouth at the start of 2013/14 but was back in Poole colours part way through 2013/14. BILLY LOWES (MIDFIELD): Recent addition to the 1st team squad after coming through the youth ranks, made 13 appearances in 2013/14. MARK JERMYN (DEFENCE): Joined from recently-relegated Dorchester Town in pre-season 2014/15, started his career at Torquay in 1999 before moving to Bideford in 2000 Joined Dorchester in 2000 and stayed there until 2013, making over 600 appearances in 13 years for the Magpies. Mark can play centre back, right back or centre midfield. DAN MUNDAY (FORWARD): Another young arrival for 2014/15 previously at Dorchester Town. MIKE GOSNEY (FORWARD): Into the 2nd month of a loan period from Gosport Borough, prolific goal record also previously with AFC Totton.

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News from the Youth...

U18’s ,The Season so far! So this season sees a lot of changes for the U18’s. As last years crop of talented youngsters come of age and progressed to the U21’s and beyond Manager Steve Pickering started afresh recruiting new talent into the St.Neots ranks from within the club and from further afield. There were some familiar faces and some regulars from last season U16’s who had progressed to play more senior football but in general a new squad and a new look with the playing ethos remaining the same…. Football being played the right way. First game of the season the U18’s hosted Royston Town FC. Always a good side, with a good physical presence, and a stern test to start with. The boys lost 3-1 but played some good football and were unlucky not to at least get a draw from the fixture. A little defensive naivety and the search for an equaliser late in game was their undoing but Steve taking plenty of encouragement from the positive play having only 4 players in the starting 11 who had previously played at this level. Game 2 saw the young saints visit Biggleswade Town and a fantastic first half display of counter attacking football saw them 3-0 up at half time with goals from CJ Lewis, Blake Rivers and Jordan Stewart but Ebey Marango’s pace and imagination caught the eye, and was a good recruit in the apprenticeship scheme. Biggleswade got an early goal in the second half but the saints back line held firm to take the win. Game 3 saw the visit of Blackstones FC to Rowley Park and although they had strengthened in the summer the young saints were too much for them in a game that they completely dominated winning 6-1. Goals from Ebey Marango, Lewis Davis (2), Ollie Benham (2) and Owen Coleman did not underline the chances created and boded well for the saint’s midweek trip to Mildenhall in the Thurlow Nunn Cup the following week. TN Cup Four goals down after just 34 minutes it looked like game over for

St Neots but their players had other ideas and from that point onwards the contest was very even. After ten minutes Mildenhall moved into the lead as a long throw was headed on to the unmarked Toby Game at the far post leaving him with a simple finish. Then in a tragic ten minutes spell St Neots conceded two very unfortunate goals to leave Mildenhall firmly in charge. Firstly when Roly Jebb broke clear on the right St Neots keeper Dan Huff looked to have his angled shot covered but he slipped at the vital moment and the ball went in almost apologetically at the far post. Then after 23 minutes with no danger apparent Huff came out to collect a cross but collided with a defender leaving Jebb a simple second goal. It was another case of defensive error eleven minutes later when home skipper Game collected his second goal of the match to make it 4-0 but St Neots hopes were revived a minute before the break when Jordan Stewart rounded two defenders to chip neatly over the keeper to make it 4-1 at half time. Ten minutes after the restart St Neots looked to be back in the game when a delightful through ball by substitute Own Coleman who had just been introduced freed up the speedy Ebey Marango whose control was excellent before firing past Vines. Jebb then completed a personal hat trick as he made it 5-2 with a firm header from a Tom Neave cross and for a spell it was end to end football as St Neots attempted to stretch the nerves of the home side but Mildenhall were always dangerous on the break and Huff made up for early errors by producing two excellent saves to deny Jebb and Neave. With two minutes left Dan Hobbs fired home a low shot after bringing the save of the match from substitute goalkeeper Adam Bradbury in the previous attack but Mildenhall had the last word in the final minute when Dan Ryan broke clear to complete the scoring. To follow the U18’s had a crack at the FA youth Cup in which we hosted Brackley Town. Another close fought game which saw Brackey victorious

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in a 4-3 win with the saints throwing everything at them in the last minutes with only ten men after knocks to both centre halves and our last sub receiving a head injury…. Also unlucky with some controversial decisions. …And in cup competition you need a little luck. Game 4 in the league, which brings us up to date, was a goal feast for the spectator. The Saints welcomed March Town FC and should have been at least three goals up in the first ten minutes. A long range shot from Remi Fawcus-Williams was disallowed as the referee blew up for a foul whilst the ball was screaming into the top corner, no advantage played, then Blake Rivers had two goals disallowed for offside (which I am reliably informed by Mr Whiffin) were legitimate and should have stood…… so the saints find themselves 3-0 down at half time from three long ball clearances and a few defensive mix ups. By far the better side overall the young Saints started the second half brightly and their quick passing football and movement saw the visitors chasing shadows at times and quick goals from Blake Rivers, Cade Abbey Stephens and Ollie Benham (either side of another march breakaway goal) saw the Saints 4-3 down with 10 mins to go. Another dubious offside decision, two hand ball appeals in the box and a goal that was a foot over the line and not given didn’t help, another mix up at the back allowed March in for their fifth. Ollie Benham got his second in the 83rd minute to bring the score back to 5-4 and saints looking the more likely winner saw a late sucker punch in the last minute to see the game run out with March 6-4 victors. Overall the young Saints are starting to gel and Steve Pickering is imprinting the football philosophy the club have into the young side (average age of 16 yrs). As they train and play more matches together the future looks very bright ……. We just need the footballing gods to let us have a little bit of luck in the coming weeks. Matt Rivers


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GREENIES GREETINGS

IT WAS GREAT TO SEE US PLAY WITH CONFIDENCE Good afternoon everybody and welcome to Rowley Park – the Cozy Stadium, for today’s top of the table clash in the Southern League Premier Division. Today we extend a very warm welcome to our visitors, Poole Town and we hope your players, officials and of course supporters, have an enjoyable stay with us here in St. Neots before travelling safely back home to Dorset this evening. Well we should certainly be in for a cracker of a match this afternoon with the visit of currently unbeaten league leaders Poole Town and obviously our own record of having been beaten only once this term makes for a mouth watering match. Let’s hope it lives up to its potential on and off the pitch. Two wins in three days was the perfect way for the new management team to start their tenure and of course Gary and Liam were joined as part of the team by Matt Spring prior to the Hitchin game so everything is looking fine and dandy at present. Looking back to last Saturday, we couldn’t have got off to a better start and never really looked back. From a supporter’s point of view, it was great to see us play with confidence and deliver a fast, flowing, entertaining brand of football once again, something we have been renowned for in previous seasons. Personally, I was slightly disappointed with the size of the attendance for the game but I’m sure if we continue delivering the goods, numbers will rise quickly. Monday we went to Hitchin and snatched all the points in the last

knockings of the game when Matty Nolan scored the winner in time added on. I sadly couldn’t make the game but by the sounds of it, it was a cracker and not one for those with a heart condition. Looking at Claire Howes’ fantastic photos from the night, its brilliant to see such interaction between the players and our fantastic supporters as everyone was celebrating our goals. I really do believe we have got the best bunch of loyal supporters in this league and I would also like to thank Rowan Presland who, along with myself, endeavour to keep everyone up to date with proceedings on our social media streams. Rowan ‘tweets’ updates from all of our home matches and between us, we cover almost every single away league game. Our updates were brilliant on Tuesday (as ever), concise, up to date and regular, keeping myself and others on the edge of our seats all evening, so Rowan, please take a bow........ Tuesday Evening (14th October) sees us begin the defence of The Red Insure Cup as we visit Royston Town in the First Round of this season’s competition and next Saturday, we are on the road once more, this time visiting Cirencester Town for the first ever time. Coach Bookings for this game can be made on our Club Forum in the Saints Awayday Travel Information section for anyone interested.

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Last Sunday, instead of suffering as Arsenal lost to Chelsea, I ventured out and watched our Huntingdonshire Football Association County Under 18 side defeat their Oxfordshire counterparts here at the Cozy Stadium, winning 2-1, in the First Round of the FA County Youth Cup. There were a number of Saints players involved including Blake Rivers, Reuben White, Mitch Taylor and Dan Hobbs who went on to score the all important second goal and book himself and his team-mates a second round tie at either Kent or Jersey. Well done to all the lads who played or were called up to the squad, as it is still and always should be an honour to represent your County. Tomorrow sees our own Under 18 entertain St Ives Town in the Hunts Under 18 County Cup, kicking off at 10:30 here at the Cozy, so why not pop down and give the lads your support, admission is FREE. Ok then, enough from me, time to sup up your pre match pint and get out on the terraces. Our 12th man is going to be needed today..... SING YOU HEARTS OUT FOR THE LADS GREENY


‘SPRINGY’ SHOWS THE WAY


AWAY DAYS

THE CORINIUM STADIUM A new ground to visit on our travels. Next up is a trip to The Corinium Stadium the home of Cirencester in Gloucestershire. adaptable facilities for all sorts of events. This will be the Saints first ever meeting with the Centurions the return fixture will be next march. The clubs playing record this season is P11 W 3 D6 L2 F23 A11

Cirencester were promoted to the Premier Division Of the Southern League last season as champions of the South and West Dvision One of the League. Formed as far back as 1889, recent history sees the club havin a little bit of up and down between the premier division and division one. Have gained promotion to the top flight in 2004 and 2009 only to be relligated back down in 2008 and 2012. The club can boast a very modern stadium of which opened in 2002 of which provides well designed

DIRECTIONS TO THE GROUND BY ROAD Go along the dual carriageway, the Cirencester North-South outer bypass which links the M4 at Junction 15, Swindon, with the M5 at Junction 11a, Gloucester. That road is identified on the road signs and road maps as A419(T) from Swindon or A417(T) from the M5. It is about 20 or so minutes road time from both the M4 and the M5 junctions, traffic permitting. Come off the bypass at the Burford Road Junction (named on the road signs). There is a big services located there - fuel, food and a Travelodge. At that junction, go up the slip road to a roundabout. At the roundabout, turn away from Cirencester Town Centre, (If you are

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coming from the south, go over the bypass and straight over another roundabout) and up to the traffic lights. Turn right at the traffic lights and follow the road to a T-junction. Turn right, the road takes you back over the bypass, and then turn first left into Kingshill Lane. The Ground is half a mile on the right, past Kingshill School and the Council Playing Fields. CORINIUM STADIUM Kingshill Lane, Cirencester, Glos, GL7 1HS Adults = £10 Concessions = £6 (Over 60 and Students on production of a valid Student Card) Children under 16 = £2 Capacity: 4500 Wheelchair Access: Yes Car Parking: Yes


OLD ‘FOOTIE’ PROGRAMMES

2000’s

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INTRODUCING

DREW ROBERTS Drew is the most prolific goal scorer over the last three seasons in the Premier Division. An experienced striker at 30 years of age, Drew started out at Leighton Town in the central division of the Southern League and has played for a whole host of clubs in the Premier Division of the Southern League. His goal tally is unmatched at this level. A outstanding and prolific goalscorer, Drew has amassed 102 goals for 3 different clubs (Bedford Town, Arlesey Town and Chesham United) over the last three seasons. Our supporters do not need reminding of some of the goals he has scored against us whilst playing for the opposition. Drew, together with Chris Dillon, gives the Saints some serious goalscoring opportunities for this coming season. Drew has played 371 games since his debut for Leighton Town and has scored a total of 222 goals.

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RECENT SIGNING MAX YORK


MD’S VIEWS

A PAT ON THE BACK Welcome to Poole Town FC, players, officials and Supporters, I hope you have an enjoyable day and please enjoy our hospitality. First and foremost I’d like to thank Louise Spark for all her efforts last weekend. It was the busiest weekend of the year so far and I think it’s of paramount importance that she, and others, are acknowledged and recognized. Knowledge is king, ignorance is not an excuse. SCHOLARSHIP Out of the 40 lads who form part of the U16’s this year at least 25 are expected to join our scholarship programme next season. How we look after these lads is a testament to the efforts of many individuals however I’d like to mention Alex Watson and his team and Gary Taylor and his team. Without committed volunteers that look after our future interests we are dead in the water. NEXT GENERATION The Walker room is no more, when I say no more it’s still in existence but it’s now under the new guise as our Scholars classroom. The Walker room that is named after our president Mr John Walker has historically been used as an office, boardroom and hospitality room but now it’s a class room for the next generation of St Neots Town FC Footballers, quite fitting I’m sure you will all agree.

Welcome to Liam and to Matty, glad to have you both on board with Kingy. I would have to say that nothing in life is ever easy however how individuals act and react to difficult situations gives you a fair indication of whether decisions made are the correct ones and I have to say we appear to have a real gem looking after our first team affairs. Slightly disappointed that Gary is still adamant that I will not make the team this year but with a winter of high intensity training I should be in with a shout for next season. BACK TO SCHOOL This weeks has seen us go into schools to deliver after school clubs, Football, Table Tennis and athletics are all on the agenda. Key stage one and Key stage two primary school kids are benefitting from all that is good with our club. TEE TIME For those that are interested my weekend of golf proved to be somewhat of a damp and cold affair. Saturday it poured down and was bloody freezing, Sunday was a little bit better with no rain but still cold and then Monday was like playing under water. Bloody freezing and I played bloody crap, maybe it’s time I either played

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more or stopped playing altogether. My next game is scheduled in for the last Friday in October at Collingtree Park, Northampton where I’m joining a number of friends from John o Gaunt for a fun day out. I have mentioned before but anyone interested in a Saints Golf day drop me an email and I’ll get something organized for April next year. Hopefully by then I’ll be able to hit the proverbial cow’s arse if not we’ll just have to get drunk instead. LEE


STEWS VIEWS

NOT BAD FOR A VILLAGE TEAM! Trawling the Internet in search of suitable material for this weeks “Stews Views” after a truly emotional roller-coaster of a mid week victory, away to Hitchin Town FC, my thoughts for today’s programme notes although mainly positive, stumbled across a story posted a few years ago.

It was obviously penned when the club in question was most certainly at the pinnacle of its success, most of you reading this will soon realise that the club mentioned is already this season, looking in grave danger of falling even further into football oblivion.

NOT BAD FOR A VILLAGE TEAM By Paul Grech [Saturday, June 30, 2007] With money increasingly becoming the over-riding concern in football, fans only seem interested in getting a rich owner capable of spending his way to fulfilling their dreams. Even when this money is burdening the club with debt they will never be able to service thus putting its existence on the line. And any notion that this belief is limited exclusively to Premiership clubs is made redundant by Weymouth’s financial implosion after they overspent in a bid to make it to the Football League.

Twelve years ago, Histon FC were relegated from the Premier division of the Eastern Counties League. For the side from the village of Impington it was a disappointment. In hindsight, however, it was also the start of their success story. Two years later, they won promotion and after a further three years they won the Premier

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league title to gain promotion to the Southern Football League. Two seasons of consolidation followed but in the third they placed second in the Eastern Division to go up to the Premier division which they won at the first attempt. This meant promotion to the Conference South division, a league which they


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went on to dominate last season winning the title with four games to spare and finishing nineteen points ahead of second placed Salisbury. Significantly, the previous season Weymouth had won the same division by eight points (albeit with the same number of points as Histon: 94) despite their heavy outlay. The turning point came in December when Histon trashed neighbours Cambridge United 5-0 in the FA Trophy. For them to win so easily against a professional side playing in higher division was a momentous result. It also helped

win nine and drew the other one. Suddenly they were clear at the top and kept pulling away. A 1-0 win against Welling United – on the same day that their Glassworld Stadium was certified as being adequate for the Blue Square Premier – finally saw them clinch promotion. Histon’s dramatic rise is captured by their changing rivalries. Just a few years back, a game against Ely City was considered their derby. Next year, however, it will be the games against former Football League outfit Cambridge United that will deserve that title.

WHAT MIGHT OUR NATURAL LEVEL BE? CONFERENCE NORTH/ SOUTH? CONFERENCE PREMIER? boost the belief that the club could achieve promotion even when they slipped to fourth. Not least as that had come about through bad weather which had forced the postponement of a number of games. When Histon finally got to play those games, they embarked on a run of ten games that saw them

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wonder how the writer views his supported clubs position now? They could very well next year playing Ely City FC again, if their fortunes don’t change quickly? What could we do differently? I hear you say. The one underlying thing we have at our disposal that

Histon FC don’t have is population. Histon’s home attendances doubled the season they were promoted (2007) from Conference South, with attendances of around 550 average, to just over 1100 average in the Conference Premier division. Had they been promoted into the Football League, the lowest averages that season were Dagenham and Accrington with just under 2000 attendance averages. It might also be noted that Histon’s rise coincided with Cambridge UTD’s demise...... What might our natural level be? Conference North/South? Conference Premier? One things for sure as fast as a clubs success grows, failure can happen just as quickly! Clubs such as ours need you and me, the fans, to buy in to our success and come and support your local side. We can’t always make that long journey to watch the Saints away from home, but I’ll wager that 90% plus of our current home support lives within 2 or 3 miles of Rowley Park and they’ll be other people in your street that don’t know what the clubs about, or what it’s trying to achieve.... Yours Aye Craig

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Scorelines..

A brief round up of the recent results from the teams that matter Premier Division

Leaders Poole Town, a goal up at the break, secured a 2-0 home victory with goal in time added on against Histon who slipped to the bottom of the table while second placed Dunstable Town scored twice in the first half on the way to a 2-1 success at Dorchester Town and third in the table St Neots Town, a goal up in the first minute and two ahead at the break, scored a second half penalty to set up a 3-1 home win over Burnham. Hungerford Town conceded a goal in the fourth minute but, after drawing level by half time, went on to defeat visiting Hitchin Town 2-1 with the winner coming four minutes from time and Truro City, trailing at the break, struck four times in the second half to secure a 4-1 home victory over Banbury United while Weymouth, a goal behind at half time, snatched a 1-1 draw at Redditch United when they converted a penalty with five minutes remaining. Corby Town scored a goal in each half to record a 2-0 win at Chippenham Town while Arlesey Town scored nine minutes before the break to move off the bottom of the table with a 1-0 home win over Slough Town but Cambridge City who equalised on the stroke of half time three minutes after going behind, conceded with three minutes remaining and again in time added on to go down 3-1 at home to Cirencester Town. Chesham United took a second minute lead which they doubled twelve minutes later

before going on to win 3-0 at home against Frome Town and a goal after twenty minutes was sufficient to give Biggleswade Town the points with a 1-0 home victory over Paulton Rovers while Bideford went behind after three minutes but struck twice in ten minutes and again early in the second half but had to settle for a 3-3 home draw when Hereford United hit two goals in three minutes midway through the second half.

Midweek football On Monday St Neots Town, twice in front in the first half but trailing at the interval, struck two late goals, including one in time added on, to secure a thrilling 4-3 win at Hitchin Town to move into second place. On Wednesday, leaders Poole Town scored three times in the opening fifteen minutes to secure the points with a 3-0 home win over Truro City but third placed Dunstable Town, having taken the lead in the sixteenth minute, slipped to a 3-2 home defeat to Banbury United lifting the visitors out of the bottom two while Weymouth, two ahead at half time, won 3-0 at Cirencester Town and Corby Town scored in each half to defeat hosts Hereford United 2-1. Chesham United, ahead after just three minutes, conceded a penalty before the break

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but secured a 2-1 home victory over bottom of the table Histon with a goal in the final minute but Paulton Rovers climbed out of the bottom two with a goal seven minutes from Time gave them a 1-0 success against visiting Redditch United while Dorchester Town, three goals behind at the interval, pulled a goal back with a minute remaining and completed a remarkable come back with two strikes in time added on giving them a 3-3 home draw with Bideford.

Division One Central Leaders Kettering Town scored twice in each half to inflict a 4-0 home defeat on third from bottom Bedford Town but second placed Royston Town, having equalised a minute after going behind in the first half, conceded a goal soon after the hour mark to go down 2-1 at Egham Town while Potters Bar Town scored four times to hold a two goal interval lead and went on to complete a remarkable 6-5 success at Chalfont St Peter to move into third spot ahead of Hanwell Town who came from behind to win 2-1 at home against Aylesbury United. Bedworth United, two ahead at the break, completed a 3-1 victory at St Ives Town and Barton Rovers scored a goal in each half to win 2-0 at home against Rugby Town while Godalming Town secured a 1-1 draw at Northwood when they converted a penalty on the stroke of half time.


ARTHUR LEE BLASTS THROUGH


HITCHIN TOWN 3 ST NEOTS TOWN 4 06:10:2014 / Southern Premier / Att 291 / Referee: James Whittaker (Harlow) St Neots moved up to third in the table with a less than convincing victory over struggling Arlesey thanks to a strong performance in the final quarter of an hour of this match that had been brought forward from midweek. After their weekend victory over Burnham two of St Neots players had not recovered from injury and so Ollie Thorne was included in defence replacing Ryan Frater alongside Gavin Hoyte and Ben Farrell was recalled in midfield for Jay Davies. Hitchin was unbeaten at home prior to this match and they produced a thrilling counter attacking performance that rocked St Neots back on their heels but Gary King’s side showed character and determination especially after losing full back Arthur Lee with a second half serious ankle injury that saw him stretchered from the field for a hospital x-ray. After two minutes Jamie Greygoose in the St Neots goal got down well to save from a close range effort from Callum Donnelly and within sixty seconds at the other end St Neots were ahead as Drew Roberts won the ball on the right and crossed for Nathan Frater to crash the ball in off the underside of the crossbar. It was now game on as Hitchin came back and after 19 minutes a long ball over the defence left St Neots vainly appealing for offside as Brett Donnelly went between the centre backs to level for Hitchin.

A minute later Hitchin could have been in front but for a great save by Greygoose from Callum Donnelly. The breakneck pace of the match continued and after 29 minutes from a Matt Spring corner Ollie Thorne beat home keeper Tahj Bell to the ball to head St Neots back in front. This time the advantage lasted just two minutes as Jonny McNamara cut in from the left and his cross was netted at the far post by Matt Lench to level the scores at 2-2. Hitchin now looked the stronger and Brett Donnelly squandered a free header and Lench brought an outstanding full length save from Greygoose. Then five minutes before the break the home side went ahead as former St Neots defender Alasan Ann forced in at the far post from a Callum Donnelly left wing cross following a corner. The relentless pace did drop slightly after the restart. Both teams adopted a stronger hold in midfield and chances on goal were less. St Neots sent on Ben Ford for Ben Farrell and Matt Nolan for Nathan Frater and were then forced into an early third substitution as Arthur Lee was stretchered off with that ankle injury sustained in an accidental collision.

That seemed to galvanise St Neots and if Hitchin had marginally looked the better side before the break the balance now changed. Both Lewis Hilliard and Matt York brought excellent saves from Bell whilst in a Hitchin breakaway Greygoose had to leave his line to save at the feet of Lench. Then with five minutes remaining St Neots got back into the contest as skipper Gavin Hoyte accurately picked out Hilliard on the right and his early cross found Drew Roberts at the far post and his finish was accurate to level the scores.That might have resulted in an honourable draw for both sides but there was more to come as first St Neots and then Hitchin went on the offensive. Two minutes into time added Roberts in full flight was brought down and Matt Spring’s resultant free kick was headed down by Matt Nolan to put St Neots ahead with Lewis Hilliard following the ball into the net. That signalled a determined finish by Hitchin in the remainder of eight minutes added time in which two St Neots players picked up yellow cards – Nolan for alleged deliberate time wasting as St Neots hung on for their first ever victory at Hitchin. John Walker

St Neots Town

Hitchin Town

Greygoose, York, Lee, Wilson, Thorne, Hoyte, Farrell, Spring, Frater (N), Roberts, Hilliard Subs: Ford (for Farrell 56 mins), Nolan (for Frater (N) 65 mins), Ferrari (for Lee 71 mins), Peacock and Frater (R). Cards: York (Y - 90), Nolan (Y – 90 + 6) Goals: Frater (N) (3 mins), Thorne (29 mins), Roberts (85 mins), Nolan (90 + 2 mins)

Bell, Rolfe, Corran, Ann, Chabata, Barker, McNamara, Donnelly (C), Donnelly (B), Burns, Lench Subs: Walster, Powell, Osei-Sisibour, Noone and Johnson. Cards: Donnelly (C) (Y – 78 ) Goals: Donnelly (B) (19 mins), Lench (31 mins), Ann (41 mins)

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JAMIE GREYGOOSE CHECKS HIS OPTIONS


Dwight Gayle and Jamie Vardy have shown players can go from the bottom to the top in the blink of an eye. The talent is out there, if you look hard enough. But do League clubs look for up and coming managers enough? Without wanting to upset Non-League clubs desperate to keep hold of their gaffer, here is an open letter on behalf of Non-League managers to Football League chairmen across the country. Dear Football League chairman, Look we all know this is a results business, because someone somewhere once said so. Points mean prizes and, most importantly, happy fans. So when it comes to hiring and firing of course you’ve got to get it right. But that managerial merry-go-round can make you dizzy. Same old faces, same old average jobs. Round and round and round it goes. So why not have a look a little lower? There are some bright minds right under your nose just waiting for the chance. Managers and coaches who have done the hard yards, had success on budgets tighter than a pair of speedos and deserve the chance to progress. We know it’s fashionable to pluck the young gun out of the current playing staff and give him the gig. But while it clearly works sometimes, is it not a risk appointing someone who’s never written on a tactics board in his life? Of course it’s easy to understand you’re hesitant. After all, picking the right man is a tricky job and if the wrong man is appointed the flak is coming your way. But don’t worry. The pitches in

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Non-League football are the same size and they still have two goals at either end. Football is still football. Especially if it is successful. Now don’t come out with that ‘League Experience’ clap-trap. While many have not managed outside of Non-League football, many of them have played. Some even for their country. Let’s take Alan Devonshire for example. West Ham and England, Dev did it all. Now he’s in charge of Braintree Town and doing a damn fine job. The self-styled “Pub Team from Essex” have been leaving the so-called Non-League heavyweights punch drunk for a number of seasons now. And what about Port Vale legend Neil Aspin? At times last season FC Halifax couldn’t train. Instead it was laps of their Shay pitch and table tennis as the players kept ticking over in their spare time. But, in their first season in Non-League’s top-flight, they were within a whisker of reaching the Football League. They’re PART-TIME! If the Shaymen had done the unthinkable it would have been a fourth promotion for Aspin in five years. He also played a big

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part in the rising careers of Jamie Vardy and Lee Gregory. Steve Burr, Liam Watson – we could be here all day listing the talented bosses. You’ll become familiar with even more when they knock your team out of the FA Cup in the months to come. Players can make the grade so there’s no reason to think a manager can’t. If a manager can motivate a team for a cold, wet night on a December mud bath then he can do it in the League. Mark Cooper cut his teeth in NonLeague dugouts. It didn’t quite work out for him at Peterborough, but he’s going well at Swindon Town now. Micky Mellon the same, and he’s doing a good job at Shrewsbury. So next time you post that job advert. Have a look at some of the applications without ‘Football League Manager’ on the CV. You may well be pleasantly surprised. Matt Badcock Follow us on twitter: @NonLeguePaper @SamElliott_NLP @Stuhammonds_NLP @MattBadcock_NLP


Opposition in CAPS denotes home fixture. Player name in BOLD CAPS denotes goal scorer.

Date

ATT

COMP

R

Pos

2

3

4

Sat 09 Aug

Opposition Hereford United

568

SLP

2-0

7

Abbey

Spence

Lee

Ford

F

Tue 12 Aug

Chesham United

331

SLP

3-3

5

Abbey

Spence

LEE

Spring

F

Sat 16 Aug

WEYMOUTH

312

SLP

2-0

2

Abbey

Powell

LEE

Bickerstaff

F

Tue 19 Aug

REDDITCH UNITED

310

SLP

0-3

9

Abbey

Powell

Lee

Bickerstaff

Sat 23 Aug

Truro City

503

SLP

3-2

8

Abbey

Spence

LEE

Bickerstaff

Mon 25 Aug

Corby Town

518

SLP

3-1

6

Abbey

Spence

Lee

Bickerstaff

Sat 30 Aug

PAULTON ROVERS

298

SLP

1-1

7

Abbey

Spence

Lee

Bickerstaff

Sat 06 Sep

Biggleswade Town

301

SLP

2-2

6

Abbey

Spence

Wilson

Bickerstaff

Tue 09 Sep

HISTON

401

SLP

4-0

4

Abbey

Spence

Lee

Farrell

Sat 13 Sep

DEREHAM TOWN

312

FAC

1-1

-

Abbey

Spence

Lee

Spring

Sat 20 Sep

Banbury United

281

SLP

1-1

5

Greygoose

Spence

Lee

Farrell

Tue 30 Sep

Arlesey Town

217

SLP

3-1

2

Greygoose

Spence

Bickerstaff

Hilliard

Sat 04 Oct

BURNHAM

282

SLP

3-1

3

Greygoose

York

Lee

Wilson

Mon 06 Oct

Hitchin Town

291

SLP

4-3

2

Greygoose

York

Lee

Wilson

Sat 11 Oct

POOLE TOWN

SLP

Sat 18 Oct

Cirencester Town

SLP

Tue 21 Oct

CHESHAM UNITED

SLP

Sat 25 Oct

Weymouth

SLP

Mon 27 Oct

Redditch United

SLP

Sat 01 Nov

ILKESTON TOWN

FAT

Sat 08 Nov

Truro City

SLP

Sat 15 Nov

Hungerford Town

SLP

Tue 18 Nov

CAMBRIDGE CITY

SLP

Sat 22 Nov

Bideford

SLP

Sat 29 Nov

SLOUGH TOWN

SLP

Sat 06 Dec

DORCHESTER TOWN

SLP

Sat 13 Dec

Chippenham Town

SLP

Sat 20 Dec

FROME TOWN

SLP

Fri 26 Dec

CORBY TOWN

SLP

Thu 01 Jan

Dunstable Town

SLP

Sat 03 Jan

HEREFORD UNITED

SLP

Sat 10 Jan

Paulton Rovers

SLP

Sat 17 Jan

BIGGLESWADE TOWN

SLP

Sat 24 Jan

Histon

SLP

Sat 31 Jan

BANBURY UNITED

SLP

Sat 07 Feb

ARLESEY TOWN

SLP

Sat 14 Feb

Burnham

SLP

Sat 21 Feb

HITCHIN TOWN

SLP

Sat 28 Feb

Poole Town

SLP

Sat 07 Mar

CIRENCESTER TOWN

SLP

Sat 14 Mar

HUNGERFORD TOWN

SLP

Sat 21 Mar

Cambridge City

SLP

Sat 28 Mar

BIDEFORD

SLP

Sat 04 Apr

Slough Town

SLP

Mon 06 Apr

DUNSTABLE TOWN

SLP

Sat 11 Apr

Dorchester Town

SLP

Sat 18 Apr

CHIPPENHAM TOWN

SLP

Sat 25 Apr

Frome Town

SLP

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F

T


Player name in these colours denotes substitute

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

14

Frater (R)

Hoyte

Spring

Davies

Dillon

Hilliard

Powell

NOLAN

FRATER (N)

FRATER (N)

15

Frater (R)

Hoyte

DAVIES

Ford

Nolan

Hilliard

Powell

Frater (R)

Hoyte

DAVIES

Spring

Nolan

Ford

Frater (N)

Spence

Hilliard

Frater

Hoyte

Davies

Spring

Nolan

Frater (N)

Ford

Roberts

Ferrari

Frater

Hoyte

Davies

Spring

FRATER (N) 2

Ford

Powell

Roberts

Ferrari

Farrell

Frater

Hoyte

Ford

Spring

Frater (N)

ROBERTS 2

Farrell

FERRARI

Davies

Powell

Frater

Hoyte

Davies

Spring

ROBERTS

Farrell

Ford

Ferrari

Wilson

Powell

Frater

Hoyte

Davies

Spring

FRATER N

ROBERTS

Powell

Deeney

Nolan

Farrell

FRATER

Hoyte

DAVIES

Powell

Nolan

ROBERTS 2

Hilliard

Wilson

Ferrari

Bickerstaff

Frater

Hoyte

Davies

Wilson

NOLAN

Roberts

Hilliard

Ferrari

Farrell

Powell

Frater

Hoyte

DAVIES

Wilson

Nolan

Roberts

Hilliard

Ferrari

Ford

Frater

Hoyte

Davies

THORNE

FRATER N

ROBERTS

Wilson

Ferrari

Spring

Nolan

Frater

Hoyte

Davies

Spring

Frater N

ROBERTS 3

Hilliard

Thorne

Nolan

Peacock

THORNE

Hoyte

Farrell

Spring

FRATER N

ROBERTS

Hilliard

Ford

NOLAN

Ferrari

Ferrari

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SOUTHERN PREMIER DIVISION / 08.10.14

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

Pts

01

Poole Town

12

11

1

0

26

4

+22

34

02

St Neots Town

13

8

4

1

31

18

+13

28

03

Dunstable Town

13

8

3

2

29

16

+13

27

04

Weymouth

12

8

2

2

24

16

+8

26

05

Corby Town

13

8

2

3

21

15

+6

26

06

Hungerford Town

13

7

3

3

19

9

+10

24

07

Truro City

14

7

2

5

24

21

+3

23

08

Hitchin Town

12

6

2

4

20

15

+5

20

09

Slough Town

13

5

4

4

21

19

+2

19

10

Cirencester Town

13

4

6

3

26

15

+11

18

11

Chesham United

12

5

3

4

20

12

+8

18

12

Cambridge City

13

5

3

5

21

17

+4

18

13

Chippenham Town

12

5

2

5

17

17

0

17

14

Redditch United

12

5

2

5

14

15

-1

17

15

Biggleswade Town

12

4

4

4

14

13

+1

16

16

Hereford United

14

3

4

7

16

26

-10

13

17

Burnham

12

3

2

7

22

28

-6

11

18

Dorchester Town

13

3

2

8

17

24

-7

11

19

Bideford

13

3

2

8

27

37

-10

11

20

Paulton Rovers

12

2

4

6

12

18

-6

10

21

Frome Town

12

3

1

8

15

32

-17

10

22

Banbury United

13

3

1

9

14

31

-17

10

23

Arlesey Town

12

2

2

8

10

27

-17

8

24

Histon

12

1

3

8

9

24

-15

6

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Goalkeepers

Jamie Greygoose

Nick Hutchings

Defenders

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Josh Bickerstaff

Defenders

Ryan Frater

Lewis Tallack

Gavin Hoyte (C)

Michael Walker

Jordan Ivey-Ward

Lewis Lindsay

Arthur Lee

Mark Jermyn

Max York

Luke Roberts

Midfielders

Neil Martin

Ollie Thorne

Midfielders

Dean Cracknell

Keith Emmerson

Jay Davies

Jamie Whisken (C)

Matt Spring

Carl Pettifer

Ben Farrell

Luke Burbidge

Lorenzo Ferrari

Steve Devlin

Ben Ford

Marvin Brooks

Lewis Hilliard

Carl Preston

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