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F.A Trophy 3rd Round Qualifying V

AFC Sudbury Issue 14


08 Derby Defeat / Read the match report from a dissapointing 1-nil reverse to Cambridge City on a very wet evening

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Managers Notes / Kingy reflects on our recent results Owner Mike Kearns Chairman Mike Kearns Managing Director Lee Kearns Director Iain Parr Football Manager Gary King

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Who’s the Greatest?! / A series that you can join in with

Assistant Managers Liam George Matthew Spring

Youth Liaison & Development Mick Hunt

Club Secretary Gary Wilson

Physio Chris Budd

Fixture Secretary Marian Izzard

Functions and Events Coordinator Louise Spark

Life President John Walker Team Officials Richard King (Goalkeeping Coach)

St Neots Town TV Editor Adam Ridley Club Merchandise Linda Walters

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Stews Views / A cracking read by Craig!

Programme Editor Mark Davies Club Photographer Claire Howes Site Manager Irmantas Sabaliauskas Chief Liaison Officer Mike Green Programme Sales Charlie Green

Matchday Music / Scoreboard Simon Hutchinson Pitchcare Working Turf Design & Marketing Blue Prawn Print XL Press Limited


INSIDE

Issue 14 V AFC Sudbury F.A Trophy 3rd Round Qualifying

Fe Ne at w ur e!

Also Inside 06 Action Replay 10 St Neots Town Saints 13 Mascots Feature 16 The Chairmans’ Views

14 The Richest Footballers in 2013 / We continue to count down from 10!

38 From the other side of the fence / Great stories about Brian Clough

20 Read All About It 22 The Beautiful Game 28 Pull-Out Poster 32 Greenies Greetings 36 Away Days 42 Leagues Review 44 MD’s Views 48 Match Report: Bideford AFC 49 Season 2014/15 Fixtures Matrix 50 The Non-League Paper

24 Todays’ Visitors / A warm welcome to The Suds! 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

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52 Season 2014/15 Statistics 54 Premier Division League Table 56 Home & Opposition Squads

Introducing Ben Ford / Our strong tacking midfielder Southern Football League Division One champions, 1 time United Counties League Premier Division champions, 2 times Division One champions, 1 time League Cup winners, 2 times Metropolitan League Champions, 1 time League Cup winners, 1 time Professional Cup winners, 1 time South Midlands League Champions, 1 time

Huntingdonshire League Champions, 4 times Huntingdonshire Senior Cup Winners, 37 times Hinchingbrooke Cup Winners, 2 times

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MANAGERS NOTES

GARY KING Good Afternoon everybody and welcome to everyone from AFC Sudbury. I hope you enjoy your visit to Rowley Park today. Last Saturday we got the Biddeford away trip out of the way. I’d like to thank everybody who travelled to support us on the day - fair play and credit to you for making what was for me an 18-hour door-to-door journey. I really hope we as a first team management and squad can repay you for your loyalty today by progressing to the first round proper in the FA Trophy, for what would be the first time in our clubs history. TOP FORM Sudbury come into this cup tie in terrific form having won their last 6 games and in many ways it reminds of the type of form Darlington were in prior to the last round, having not conceded a goal in eight games and thankfully on that day we managed to score three.

have to be a roll your sleeves job and to be fair to the boys they worked very hard and came within 2 minutes of executing our game plan. We scored a well worked goal and lead the game up until the 88th minute when, unfortunately, we conceded a scrappy equalizer, my biggest frustration being it came from our foul throw!

When it comes to the cups, form goes out of the window and often it boils down to who wants it more as well as who gets that little bit of luck on the day. We have been working hard all week preparing for today and our intention will be to create our own luck, to do what ever it takes to be in the hat next week. POOR SURFACE The game at Bideford was always going to be an ugly one on what was a poor surface. We knew it would

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Of course, we were all disappointed after the game in not having all 3 points but that said when I reflected on the performance and the journey I felt come the end of the season that point will be considered a good point on the road. POSITIVES Other positives on the day were Edd and Crackers first 90 for a while, Tom Wards debut and Big Bens return; all four of the boys were very steady and hopefully a sign of us getting somewhere near full strength. It’s crazy that it’s almost December and I still feel that due to injuries we haven’t met our real potential, we’ve had to play the odd square peg in a round hole and this contributes to why we still haven’t clicked in the way I would like.


ULTIMATE GOAL We need to keep working hard as a squad and stick together, trust me when I say a lot of teams would swap places with us right now and that I will continue to endeavor to get the same side out, that’s the ultimate goal for me - a team that is picking itself on the back of performance and result. Of course, Liam and Matt are also settling in now and that helps a lot so all in all things are very positive. Enjoy your day and hopefully come 5pm I’ll be able to come and enjoy a chat with you all in the bar, get behind us from beginning to end. Let’s get it on.. Onwards and upwards Kingy.

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A victory in a different Cup Competition nine years ago HUNTS SENIOR CUP (26th November 2005) St Neots Town

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Yaxley

Senior Cup holders Yaxley came to St Neots as firm favourites having already beaten their hosts twice in league encounters this season. Thirty minutes into the match with St Neots having their noses in front Danny Griggs was sent off leaving the Saints to play the last hour with ten men. Griggs chased a long ball to the bye line but was outpaced by Lewis Richardson and more in frustration than malice the St Neots player appeared to aim a kick towards his opponent. Referee Mike Shaw well placed to see the incident immediately produced a red card and that looked like curtains for St Neots. However after a poor run of form they appeared to be determined to react to their Manager’s call to lift themselves above their lacklustre results and from that point on the ten men were clearly the better side. However it still took a dramatic last minute winning goal to despatch Yaxley after a real roller coaster of a match. It began well for the home side when after eight minutes Steve Kuhne rose unchallenged at the far post to score with a point blank header from a Peter Gatti cross that visiting keeper Lea Jordan could only deflect into the net. That lead lasted just four minutes and then with a lightning burst of speed Mark Paul collected a through pass from Simon Acton to ghost past the statuesque Scott

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Grant to level the scores with his twenty second goal of the season. The match continued to produce goalmouth action and after 23 minutes Chris Lenton misjudged the pace of a back pass and Gary Walker collected the ball and curled a shot around the helpless Jordan to reinstate the lead for St Neots. Reduced to ten men St Neots had to spend the latter part of the half reorganising with Steve Kuhne back in midfield and Gary Walker ploughing a lonely furrow up front on his own but even then he created two more chances for himself – one a foot wide and the other well saved. It looked bad for St Neots just two minutes after the resumption when a harmless looking cross from Matt Hall was allowed to bounce between Scott Grant and Steve Young each leaving it to the other and James Picillo stole in for a simple tap in goat to level the scores. Worse was to follow for after 70 minutes as Yaxley turned up the heat Jon Hoggett under pressure from Scott Bogusz attempted to intercept and only succeeded in lobbing the ball over his own keeper to put Yaxley ahead. Immediately at the other end Michael Goode miskicked and only a great save by Jordan prevented the scores from levelling again. With fourteen minutes left and nothing to lose St Neots threw caution to the wind and sent on Mark Phillips top play up

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front with Gary Walker withdrawing one of their midfield players. The ploy worked like a dream for just five minutes after coming on Phillips ran on to a through pass from man of the match Gary Walker to level the scores at 3-3. Extra time beckoned and it was not looking good for the exhausted home side but after Steve Young had saved a close range effort by Simon Acton and the match moved into injury time there was a dramatic late winner. This time Phillips was the provider with a through ball between the last two defenders and Gary Walker timed his run to perfection to stay onside and slot the ball underneath the goalkeeper. There was hardly time to restart the game before the final whistle and the St Neots celebrations for a hard fought but welldeserved victory.

St Neots: Young, Gatti, Brown, Watts, Grant, Hoggett, Maltay, Griggs, Kuhne, Walker, Endersby (Phillips 76 mins). Subs not used: Matthews, Clark, Franklin and Shamlian Scorers: Walker 2 (23 mins & 90 mins), Kuhne (8 mins) & Phillips (82 mins). Report: John Walker


ST NEOTS TOWN 0 CAMBRIDGE CITY 1 18:11:2014 / Southern League Premier Division / Att 322 / Referee: Paul Forrester (Luton)

It is now just one win in their last six league matches for out of sorts St Neots and perhaps more worrying is that they have not scored a goal in the last 348 minutes league football. This narrow victory recorded by neighbours Cambridge was perhaps predictable because the Lillywhites now have four victories in five Southern league encounters with St Neots and are beginning to become bogey opponents. It should have been so different because Saints fans were delighted when it was announced that Chris Dillon was to start for the first time following a lengthy injury absence in a St Neots side alongside his strike partner Drew Roberts with whom he had scored goals for fun last season for Chesham. However the pair got little first half service and when the game opened up after the break there was little evidence of their deadly partnership. Dillon for the unfit Nathan Frater was the only change in the starting line up but the side seemed to lack the urgency and desire that has earned two notable FA Trophy victories indispersed amongst the disappointing league form. Now they have only the near 600 miles round trip to Bideford at the weekend to try to rediscover some of their confidence and flair before the next round of the FA Trophy. Despite the England match live on television there was a healthy midweek crowd of 322 to witness a rather nondescript contest that

overall produced little entertainment. In the first twenty minutes there were only two serious attempts on goal with both goalkeepers doing well to keep their side on terms. First a low snap shot from Buster Harradine following a corner was saved at full length by Paul Bastock and at the other end Jamie Head rushed from his line to rob Lewis Hilliard who had been played clear by Drew Roberts. Cambridge then lost injured skipper Lee Chaffey with a leg injury but replacement Adam Murray slotted in seamlessly in defence. Claudia Vilcu was booked for a foul and from the resulting free kick Head had to stretch to touch Ben Ford’s well placed free kick around the woodwork. Chris Bacon had two late first half attempts on goal for the visitors – the first a header well saved by Bastock and the second a shot wide of goal when he was well placed. Three minutes before the break Head produced the save of the half going full length to deny Jay Davies. It seemed that St Neots’ half time instruction was for more positive shooting at goal and for almost twenty minutes after the restart they dominated play without seriously testing Head. Harradine did well to head away a Ford volley and Lewis Hilliard looking St Neots

most dangerous play had three efforts – two saved by the keeper and the third wide of target. In a rare Cambridge break Ryan Frater produced a brilliant saving tackle to deny Ieuan Lewis who should have done better and then back to the other end where Head saved at the feet of Hilliard. However Cambridge emerged from the shackles and Dave Deeney cleared off the line after Bacon had squandered another Cambridge chance after 63 minutes. Sixty seconds later Cambridge snatched what was to prove the match winning goal as a Harradine corner was not cleared and as the ball ping-ponged around the area substitute Adam Murray was able to head home from around two yards. A lengthy Ben Ford strike was parried and retrieved by Head but that was the St Neots player’s last action as he was one of two players substituted in an attempt to freshen up the home attack. Hilliard then played Roberts in on the right but he shot over the bar after moving inside his marker and as time ticked away St Neots efforts to level became less measured and more frantic. Their final chance came two minutes from time when Frater rose to head down a Matt Spring free kick but the visiting defence scrambled the ball clear.

St Neots Town

Cambridge City

Bastock, Deeney, York, Ford, Frater (R), Hoyte, Davies, Spring, Dillon, Roberts, Hilliard. Subs: Ferrari (for Ford 76), Nolan (for Dillon 76), Ward, Plowright and Greygoose. Cards: Spring (Y – 81) Goals: None

Head, Pepper, Reynolds, Vilcu, Chaffey, Martin, Lewis, Juliusson, Phillips, Bacon, Harradine. Subs: Murray (for Chaffey 28), Akinsanya (for Bacon 69), Dawkin (for Harradine 84), King and Kelly. Cards: Vilcu (Y – 33), Phillips (Y – 90 +2) Goals: Murray (64 mins)

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Focus on...

St Neots Town Saints Potton had warmed up for this match with an impressive 5-0 demolition of Bugbrooke at the weekend and they took full advantage of the inexperience of their hosts to record a victory more comfortable than the final score line suggests.

ST NEOTS TOWN SAINTS 0 : POTTON UNITED 2 United Counties League Division One Saints never gave up trying but made little headway against a well organised defence that boasts the best defensive record in the league. However at this level of football genuine effort is not sufficient to ensure consistent results and the side is struggling because they lack experience against more senior players. Potton were in control from the start with striker Gary Ansell-Carter prominent as he brought a full length save from home keeper Jamie Greygoose and then shot wide when well placed. It was no surprise when the visitors took the lead after 21 minutes with a very slick attacking move that deserved the goal. Chris Reeves won the ball in midfield and fed Steve Muggridge on the right flank and his inch perfect cross left Dean Hamilton with a simple tap in finish. Potton then had the ball in the net a second time but Hamilton’s effort was ruled offside. Towards the end of first half Saints rallied

and Reuben White did well to set up Lewis Vieira whose low shot was deflected for a corner from which Cameron Crisp had a shot cleared off the line by Max Harradine. A second effort cleared off the line from a Kane Gilbert header robbed the home side of a goal to level the scores at the break. After half time Greygoose did well to go full lengthy to deny Muggridge but after 58 minutes Potton did double their advantage when Jamie Berryman looking a yard offside was allowed to continue down the left and his cross set up Ansell-Carter whose low shot beat the keeper’s dive. Eight minutes later Hamilton followed through dangerously to earn a booking and his challenge on the Saints keeper saw Greygoose unable to continue bringing on substitute goalkeeper Dan Huff. He quickly distinguished himself with a full length save from Ansell-Carter at the expense of a corner. Saints pushed forward late on in search of

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a consolation goal but Craig Lewis in the Potton goal saved well from Ebey Marango and did well to push away a dangerous free kick from Dan Hobbs. John Walker

ST NEOTS SAINTS Greygoose, Crisp, Jones, Davis, Kelly, Gilbert, Marango, White, Vieira, Hobbs, Barker. Subs: Prince (for Barker 56 mins), Huff (for Greygoose 66 mins), Bailey (for Hobbs 72 mins), Stringer and Harper-Scott. Cards: none Goals: none Referee: Simon Cheney (Rushden)

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WELCOME HOME BEN!


Mascot feature Mascot Fact File Name: Danny Cameron Age: 12 Favourite St Neots Player and why: Matthew Spring, great midfielder Who do you play for? Little Paxton U13 Colts What position do you play in: Central Midfield Who do you support: Chelsea What do you want to be when older: Be an adult Favourite food: Chicken Curry Favourite television programme: Family Guy Do you have any pets? 2 dogs and a snake! Name: Adrian O’Hara Age: 12 Favourite St Neots Player and why: Matthew Spring, great midfielder Who do you play for? Priory Parkside Black U13 Colts What position do you play in: Right Wing Who do you support: Manchester United What do you want to be when older: Footballer Favourite food: Pizza Favourite television programme: Match of the Day Do you have any pets? No

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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WHO WERE THE HIGHEST P This list of the highest paid soccer players comes from Forbes who compiled the data in 2013 after speaking with players, agents, talent agencies, commercial sponsors, soccer experts in the U.S. and Europe, and looking through sponsor filings. It was compiled prior to Gareth Bale’s world record transfer to Real Madrid where he will be earning $24.7 million (£15.6m) a year. The game is swimming in money and some very average players now earn more in a couple of weeks than US President Barack Obama is paid over a whole year.

04.SERGIO AGUERO Perhaps a surprise fourth place in the list, Aguero will go down in history for winning Manchester City the Premier League title with a goal in the dying moments of the final league game of the season. He signed for City from Spanish side Atletico Madrid.

SERGIO AGUERO

21,000,000

21 MILLION (£13.4M)

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T PAID PLAYERS OF 2013? Whether we like it or not, money talks and teams can rise to the top off the back of their owners’ big bucks. We’re looking at you Manchester City. Despite knowing that they are paid ridiculous amounts of cash for kicking some leather filled with air for a living, why not check out this list to see who is the richest of the lot, across the next 5 issues we list the top ten.

03. LIONEL MESSI He may be current holder of Fifa’s World Player of the Year award but Messi doesn’t top this list. Barcelona’s majestic Argentinean star can currently be seen promoting Turkish Airlines alongside NBA star Kobe Bryant.

LIONEL MESSI

40,700,000

40.7 MILLION (£25.9M)

Messi became Barcelona’s all-time top scorer in official competitions at the age of 24.

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THE CHAIRMANS’ VIEWS

GREAT TO BE BACK! Welcome to the Officials, Players and Supporters of AFC Sudbury for todays FA Trophy fixture, I hope you enjoy your day with us. A special mention to the Sudbury manager Dave Batch who is a very good friend of my son Jamie where they were both apprentices at Cambridge United when the U’s nearly made the First division (premier) but lost in the play offs. That was some time ago but it was a good time to be associated with Cambridge United all those years ago. CARIBBEAN As many of you know I have been away for what seems like ages in the Caribbean and have tried to keep in touch with everything that has been going on both on and off the field. Being in the mid Atlantic for much of that time it was near impossible to get any kind of Wi Fi signal to keep in touch, in fact I am writing these notes somewhere in the Atlantic ocean as we are heading home to Southampton. Being the owner of any business means that there is always something going on and it is not until its conclusion that we can announce the news to our supporters or release anything to the press.

Gary King and myself have been working on possible player “fixes” before they happen, as was the case with the Arthur Lee departure. UNDERHAND TACTICS Having dismissed part of the management team some six weeks ago we have had to be aware of what shall I say underhand poaching of our players, having ALL the players information both contact and financial payments it is really very easy to shall we say “recommend” our players to other clubs as was the case with Arthur Lee. We know of this happening with other players and sometimes before the players themselves know about it. So Gary has had a very stressful time combatting those approaches and covering any eventualities. Of course this goes on in football and players do follow managers to their new clubs, that is of course if they actually are managing a new club. It’s not very nice when these outside influences try and unsettle a club by these underhanded tactics. Maybe if people employed the right man management skills, on field tactics and spoke to players in a civil manner then that situation might never happen. WELCOME! So we move on and welcome to Tom Ward, Ryan Plowright and the return of Ben Mackey of which has really pleased me. We knew that we might have an on going problem with Chris Dillon’s injury and just could

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not take the chance of him not being fit. We understood that Ben Mackey was being allowed to speak to other clubs by Hemel and at that time he he had gone to Dunstable on a month’s loan with them and others like Oxford City very interested in signing Ben long term. Gary and my self had a conversation and decided that we should throw our hat in the ring as they say. As I knew Ben well from his previous St Neots days I asked Gary if he would like me to make the first contact with Ben. YES PLEASE! I remember ringing him and left a message for him to ring me back, two hours later he rang back and the conversation went “Hello Ben would you like to come home, yes please he said” and that was basically the end of the conversation. Gary spoke to Ben and sorted out his financial package and then the real problems started to unfold in that having known what the transfer fee was set at and agreeing to pay that, yes you guessed it the goal posts were changed and the Transfer fee and new additional payments were demanded. If it was as first agreed then Ben Mackey would have been with us four weeks ago.


This type of business I really do not like and I have never and will never change any deal I make with another club for a player. Well I might do it with one club who I might just need to get my own back on. We know their possible next move well in advance and will be ready if it happens. SAGA An insight of our work off the field with clubs and players and that is on going day in day out, no wonder Gary is stressed out with all this. Believe me the Ben Mackey transfer and the Arthur Lee saga are just a couple of many sagas that have been going on over the last six weeks. Now to on the field activities, I cannot comment on the matches I have missed but Darlington seemed to be a great day all round, it must have been as Lee said it was and he is very hard to please. MAGIC TORCH Cambridge City at home was so very disappointing they seem to have the magic torch over us as was the home defeat by Truro, yes I feel and hurt just like you all do but don’t forget the people it hurts most are the management team. A very good result away to Bideford, yes it was as it’s a very long way to go. We all have our views on who should play and the shape that we line up which is what football is all about but what we don’t know are the reasons for these decisions, and of course there are many reasons injury, players carrying knocks, the way we know the opposition will line up are just a few.

we only had the two main centre halves of who Ryan has been either injured or had to play when he was not fully fit. Ryan came in to compete for the left back position and of course Ben to give us that something different up front. We have Nathan who has been carrying an injury of which needs rest and Matty Nolan who works seriously hard but maybe cannot play two full matches a week.

We are now set for the second half of the season and I’m sure that our quality and strength in depth will carry us through so that we will be in the mix at the end of the season.

We have Edd back again but he was not match fit and he also had some personal problems that prevented him playing in two matches, but he is match fit now and I understand that he was MOM against Biddeford so that’s great. Tom Ward also had a fine game at Biddeford so our squad has a very good balance to it now.

We will if needed do what we have to in the coming months to give ourselves every chance of success this season.

COMPETITION FOR PLACES In saying that having such a large squad does have its problems and we have lost Ben Farrell who we really did not want to loose but as we all know we do have more competition in midfield than anywhere else on the pitch so these things happen.

You only need to look at all the other clubs and whom they have signed recently, have any signed the quality of Tom Ward, Ryan Plowright and Ben Mackey I very much doubt it.

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS No disrespect but I have had enough of the Southern league and would like to move on to playing new different clubs in a higher league. If it is this season then great if not then it will be next season but we will get there I know that. It’s great to be back watching the Saints. ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL Mike

So many things to consider and I know this because I’m informed by Gary of all the problems we have and that’s why we added another three players to the squad. Tom Ward and Ryan Plowright because we knew we would lose Arthur Lee and of course

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WHO’S THE GREATEST?! Who was or is the greatest player and goal scorer you have ever seen? We start a series that you, our supporters can join in. This time we feature the choices of Mick Green! Best Player Ever Lionel Messi My greatest player is of course Lionel Messi who is by far the best player I have ever seen. By the age of just 21 messi won a whole host of awards including FIFA world player of the year. At only 24 years of age he become Barcelona’s all time top goal scorer and by September this year had scored over 200 goals.

This guy is still only 24 years of age; they say players do not reach their peak until they are about 28 years old. He is the only player to be compared to both Pele and Maradona and you cannot get better than that. There is a buy out clause in his contract for £200 million Euros and for a player like Messi at such a young age that must be a real bargain.

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Best Goal Scorer Dennis Bergkamp Not having seen some of the old greats I find myself looking at the last ten years of greatest goal scorers and have brought it down to just a couple of players. Of course I suppose I should go for the obvious like Ronaldo (not the fat one) but so would everyone. So my pick as the greatest goal scorer I have seen is Denis Bergkamp the great Dutch player who played for the team I support Arsenal. His off the ball movement and goal scoring from all angles were a pleasure to watch. Denis in my opinion scored two of the most memorable goals ever the first against Argentina in the world cup in the USA.

Denis had a fear of flying so had to go to that world cup by ship. What a goal that was the ball played up to him and he let it go over his head and volleyed it high into the net from a side angle. Another gem was the goal for Arsenal away to Newcastle where Dennis just flicked the ball around the centre half the ran round him the other way to collect it and side foot the ball into the net. A truly great goal scorer of the highest esteem.

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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. HITCHIN TOWN

HUNGERFORD TOWN

DUNSTABLE TOWN

Bobby Wilkinson, manager of Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division club Hungerford Town, has been busy this week with his second signing, Jon Munday from Southern Division One Central side Beaconsfield SYCOB. A former trainee at Queens Park Rangers, Munday has played in the Conference for the likes of Hayes & Yeading United and Kidderminster Harriers. This season was actually his second spell for the Rams, Mark Burke, manager of Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division club Hitchin Town, has announced that he has release midfielder Robbie Burns.

A strong and powerful forward, Effiong signed an eighteen-month contract with Chesham in December 2012, having scored 7 goals in seven games in a successful loan spell at the Meadow towards the end of the 2011/12 season.

The 23-year-old Burns, who resigned for the Canaries this season from Cambridge City to whom he had transferred from Hitchin late in 2013, is an attacking midfielder whose previous clubs include Tranmere Rovers, for whom he made two League appearances, Leicester City, Nuneaton Town and New Bradwell St Peter. Burke said: “I have been very busy over the last few days adjusting the squad to try and find the right formula for a winning side. Regrettably I have released Robbie Burns who unfortunately did not find the form he showed at the beginning of last season. I thank him for his services and wish him well for the future.

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Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division club Dunstable Town have signed forward Inih Effiong from league rivals Chesham United.

having played seven games in the 2013/14 season under Gary Meakin. He started this campaign at Burnham before moving back to Beaconsfield and Wilkinson has moved to secure his signature. Munday follows the arrival of Matty Collins from Mangotsfield United earlier this week.

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He began his career as a youth player at St Albans City in 2008 and joined Boreham Wood for the 2009/10 season before going back to St Albans for the 2010/11 season. He re-joined Boreham Wood for the 2011/12 season following St Albans’ relegation from Conference South. Chesham manager Andy Leese said: “Following discussions with Inih Effiong this week, we have agreed that he will leave the club. I am sorry to see him go as he is a popular player in the squad, and I thank him


for his contribution in the last two seasons.

Chaney is desperate for some gametime to show his talent.

“We both agreed that Inih has not been playing as often as he would like after a difficult season for him last year, and that it is better for him to seek a new opportunity. I am sure we will cross paths again, and I hope Inih finds Dunstable the environment to flourish.�

Both were included in the squad that shared a 1-1 draw with St Neots Town on Saturday, with Parcell starting, although Chaney was an unused substitute in the end.

BIDEFORD AFC

Thompson, who came through the Plainmoor ranks, has also spent time out on loan with Worcester City and Weymouth. FROME TOWN

TRURO CITY Niall Thompson has joined EvoStik League Southern Premier Division club Truro City on loan from Vanarama Conference side Torquay United. The agreement is for a month and will again provide Thompson, 21, with the chance to play regular football after a previous loan move to the White Tigers` league rivals Bideford earlier this season. It is a big test for the young winger, who is fighting to earn a new deal at the Launa Windows Stadium, as his current contract expires in January.

Two youngsters from Vanarama Conference side Torquay United, Mickey Parcell (pictured) and Sam Chaney, have joined Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division club Bideford in three-month loan deals. The move represents an opportunity for the pair to gain some valuable experience in a competitive environment. Enfield-born former Hertford Town central midfielder Parcell, 18, has recovered from the broken foot that kept him out for the first three months of the season, while 18-year-old Islington-born exLeyton Orient right-back or midfielder

Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division club Frome Town have extended the loan deal of Jake Hutchings for a secondmonth from Vanarama Conference side Torquay United. Hutchings has impressed in his first month with the Robins, playing every game apart from the FA Trophy defeat at Chippenham Town. With a busy month ahead he will remain with the Robins until the 2nd January 2015 inclusive.

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THE BEAUTIFUL GAME

MISTAKEN IDENTITY Football fans are sometimes a volatile ensemble of passionate folk. However, recent arrest statistics released in relation to football have shown that we, as footie fans, are a lot better behaved than we used to be. This must have been a massive relief to the West Ham players Amalfitano and Enner Valencia following their joint effort attack which produced a goal for West Ham recently. They accidentally jumped the advertising hoarding and began ‘celebrating’ with the opposing fans. Surely, an easy mistake to make isn’t it? As a West Ham player, you traditionally play in an awful Burgundy shirt so you’d expect the majority of your crowd [whilst playing at home] to be of a burgundy wearing contingent. You’d also expect the two aforementioned players to have realised that the crowd they were jumping into were predominantly wearing a Manchester City sky-blue colour? Now if this had happened when football fans were a little less persevering shall we say, the players may well have not left the stand unscathed as they did on this occasion! You may think, what a pair of complete idiots, how could they have made such a blunder? Well, here’s my theory. If you look at the West Ham away kit for 2014/15, it is Sky Blue with darker blue trim, not too dissimilar to the home kit of Manchester City [as worn by the Manchester City fans in the Away end at West Ham that day] The two Hammers players must have thought they were playing away from home and those fans they were celebrating with were their fans in their sky-blue away shirts?!? A simple mistake to make, surely? It’s the same excuse Eric Cantona tried to use in the 90’s when he jumped into the stand to play footsie with that Crystal Palace fan. Sadly, Eric couldn’t justify his actions with this excuse because Manchester

United’s away kit wasn’t red and blue striped as was Crystal Palace’s home shirt, although it is rumoured that Manchester United may reveal the launch of their new 5th choice away shirt for 2014/15 featuring these colours! Just kidding…… but who knows?? Fans and players only normally engage with one another for an autograph pitch side or as the players’ coach arrives at the ground for an away game, and there, waiting patiently, is the most passionate of fans, always there to greet the players off the bus. That’s fine, but what we don’t expect is to be in predicament where opposing players are stood with us in the stands. Coalville Town fans saw this first hand last season when an opposing player, Karl Colley, [having just been sent off] made his way into their away end to confront them after they gave him a ‘bit of banter’. He was sacked by Goole Town for his actions after that episode. Fans and players also came to blows during Serbia’s recent Euro 2016 qualifying match against Albania. The game had to be abandoned at 0-0 after fisty-cuffs broke out between players, fans and team officials. The trouble began when a remote controlled drone aircraft flew at low level carrying the flag of ‘Greater Albania’ which didn’t go down too well amongst the home fans and players. The two nations are not on the best of terms following the Kosovo conflict and their ongoing territorial dispute. It was even suggested that the brother of the Albanian president was operating the remote device! Both nations were fined by 100,000 Euros by UEFA, and Serbia now have to play

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their next two European qualifying matches behind closed doors as punishment for the chaos. They shouldn’t be too concerned about that though, they’ll probably still let some fans in. That’s what happened at CSKA Moscow recently when they took on Manchester City in their Champions League game. CSKA, who had previously been banned from allowing fans in after they were punished by UEFA for racism chants, admitted some 300 fans for their Man City tie. The game was void of any Manchester City fans as it was supposed to be played behind closed doors, yet 300 CSKA fans were in the stands chanting for their team!! CSKA claimed they were the representatives of the sponsors of the game. I beg to differ. The sponsors don’t normally stand on the terraces on a cold October night wearing the club colours, waving flags and chanting the usual terrace songs do they? Don’t they normally wear a suit, sit quietly in a warm box, and show no interest in the football at all? Here’s a question – if you were going to sponsor a football game, or the ball, the programme, shorts, shirt, half-time music, corner flag or whatever they care to sponsor nowadays, would you choose to be a sponsor for a game being played behind closed doors, where no viewing public would see your brand or logo? No, me neither! Let us hope that today we show a little more consistency than UEFA do when enforcing their bans. We’ll be consistent throughout the 90 minutes of blistering action here today and victory will follow! ADE


TODAY’S VISITORS

AFC SUDBURY

Formerly Sudbury Town the club amalgamated with neighbours Sudbury Wanderers in 1999 and play at Step Four in the Ithsmian league. A very special welcome to AFC Sudbury our visitors this afternoon who are making their first visit to the Cozy Stadium today for an FA Trophy third qualifying round engagement. Sudbury play in the Isthmian League (Division One North). At the time these notes were written Sudbury were eighth in their league table – just a few points below the play off zone. Already in this competition Sudbury have beaten Whitstable Town, Bognor Regis Town (after a replay) and notably Maidstone United from the Isthmian Premier Division – so this is their fourth consecutive away match in this season’s competition. Formerly known as Sudbury Town the club amalgamated with Sudbury Wanderers in 1999 and after dominating the Eastern Counties League for seven seasons winning the league title five seasons

in a row before being promoted to the Isthmian League where they have been competing at Step Four since except for two seasons when they played in the Midland Division of the Southern League. Their best Isthmian League finishes came in 2006/07 and 2007/08 when they twice featured as losing play off finalists and last year finished tenth. However it is National Cup competition where they have made their name getting to the Second Round of the FA Cup (1996/97), runners up in the FA Vase (1988/89) and the Third Round of the FA Trophy (1995/96). There is also a coincidental link with St Neots because in 2000/01 AFC Sudbury reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup only to be heavily defeated at Darlington who was our previous visitors in this competition just two weeks ago.

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When still Sudbury Town they visited us at Shortsands 42 years ago in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup drawing 1-1 before going on to win the replay 6-1. For those with a very long memory the St Neots line up that day was: Terry Reedman, Barry Wilson, Ken Wade, Paul Scott, Barry Wood, Bobby Wilks, Roger Currington, Gerry Graham, Mick Worthington, Paddy Moore and Terry Oakley. The substitute was Micky Rogers and the St Neots goal scorer was Gerry Graham. Club records do not record the Sudbury marksman. CLUB HISTORY A.F.C. Sudbury was formed on 1 June 1999. The club’s relatively short history has seen Sudbury win several league and cup titles. In their debut season, 1999–2000, Sudbury finished in third place in the Eastern Counties League Photos copyright www.suffolkfreepress.co.uk


Year founded: 1999 Nickname: The Suds Chairman: Keith Morris

Website: www.afcsudbury.com Stadium: Wardale Williams Stadium 2,500 Capacity (200 seated)

Previous Meetings: FA Cup – 1st Qualifying Round – 1972/73 – (as Sudbury Town)

Premier Division. The following five seasons all resulted in Sudbury winning the same league’s title – a league record. Sudbury did not take promotion at any of these opportunities, despite being entitled to. The financial constraints of owning two grounds led the board not to apply for promotion until the beginning of the 2005–06 season. After finishing third in 2005–06, and passing the necessary ground inspection, Sudbury were invited to take promotion into a resurrected Isthmian League Division One North, following the re-structuring of the National League System. Potential legal action from the Northern Premier League nearly scuppered this move, but Sudbury started 2006–07 in the new division. The management team of Gary Harvey and Michael Cheetham, who took the

team up, both resigned before the season could begin, citing work and family commitments, respectively. New manager Mark Morsley was appointed in May 2006, signed from Needham Market. Sudbury’s first season at this level saw the club finish in fifth place, qualifying them for the promotion play-offs. After beating Enfield Town in the semifinal, Sudbury lost to Harlow Town in a penalty shoot-out. Sudbury again qualified for the play-offs in 2007–08, finishing second in the table, but were defeated in the semi-final by eventual winners Canvey Island. In the close-season manager Morsley resigned and was replaced by his assistant, Nicky Smith. Sudbury were moved into the Southern Football League Division One Midlands for 2008–09 following a restructuring of the English football pyramid. After

two seasons of mid-table finishes the club was moved back to the Isthmian League Division One North for 2010– 11. Sudbury have enjoyed several successful runs in the national cup competitions. In 2000–01 the club reached the first round of the FA Cup before being comprehensively defeated at Darlington. Sudbury have mostly made a name for themselves nationally in the FA Vase. In 2001–02 the club reached the competition’s semi-finals, before being knocked out by Tiptree United. The following three seasons saw Sudbury reaching the final each year (a Vase record), but being defeated every time, by Brigg Town, Winchester City and Didcot Town, respectively. Sudbury have also won the Suffolk Premier Cup three times, in 2001–02, 2002– 03 and 2003–04, and the Eastern Counties League Cup in 2005–06.

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WHO’S WHO

THE SUDS Experienced keeper recently signed from near neighbours, Bury Town, having spent the last seven years with them.

DAVID BATCH Now in his second season with the club he is a Full UEFA A licence holder who played for Cambridge United, Wisbech Town and Norwich United; he then became the youngest Senior Football manager in the country at Downham Town and from there, took over the youth team and later the reserves teams at Cambridge united whilst they were a Football League Club, before becoming manager of Cambridge City. He then concentrated on building up business affairs before in April 2009 taking over as manager of Wroxham, leading the club to Wembley and the Final of the FA Vase in his first season in charge. The club also finished in third place in the league and reached the League Cup Final in his second season before guiding them to promotion at the end of the 2011/12 season, where they joined the Ryman North and finished in fifteenth place. STEVE EASTAUGH He is also in his second season with the club as Head of Coach & Player Development. A UEFA A licensed coach; he previously worked at Norwich City’s Academy for four years. He then managed Wroxham

Reserves for two seasons before joining their senior side as assistant manager and latterly Director of Football in June 2012. DARREN PLOWMAN He joined AFC as the club’s goalkeeping coach in June 2013. Previously he was with both Wroxham and the Norwich City Academy where he coached a number of high profile goalkeepers through the Youth ranks. BRIAN SWIFT Joined as the club’s Head Sports Injury Therapist at the start of this season. He is well respected in medical terms throughout Suffolk and Essex, and is also a UEFA ‘B football coach having previously been reserve team manager at Darlington, when they were in the Football League ALEX ARCHER Former Peterborough United Goalkeeper joined AFC from Needham Market at the start of the 2012/13 season. He was an ever present in 2013/14 and won the club’s Young Player Of The Year Award at the end of it. MARCUS GARNHAM

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JAMES BAKER He joined AFC from Billericay Town at the start of the 2010/11 season, he was previously with Chelmsford City, Braintree Town, Eastleigh and Welling United. A well build solid front man, he has been the club’s leading scorer for the past two seasons. JORDAN BLACKWELL A seventeen year-old forward he signed for the Reserves/U21’s in March 2014 from Stanway Rovers and scored on his debut. He had been with Colchester United for a number of seasons and represented Essex FA at under 16’s level. He made his first team debut in April 2014. SAM CLARKE AFC’s Club captain and the club’s longest serving player having joined from Gt Wakering Rovers at the start of the 2008/09 season. An uncompromising midfielder, he likes to go from box to box. AYRTON COLEY A quick wide player, he started off with Bishop’s Stortford in April 2009 before joining Waltham Abbey at the start of the 2011/12 season. He joined AFC at the start of the 2014/15 season. LEE FLYNN A strong defender, he has vast experience in non-league football and League Football having played


at Barnet for two seasons. In the past few seasons he has played at Thurrock and Grays Athletic where last season he was also their assistant manager. JACK GUYTON A very promising young defender, he started his football with the Wroxham youth team before progressing to their first team during the 2013/14 season. He joined AFC at the start of 2014/15. RYAN HENSHAW A strong defender, he originally signed for AFC in March 2010 and left for short spells with Chelmsford City and Haverhill Rovers but returned and has gone from strength to strength. Last season he won both the Manager’s and The Player’s Player of the Year Awards. RYAN HERVEL A midfielder, he started with Interwood in The Middlesex Premier League, before a short spell with Kettering town led to a short-term contract with Football League side, A.F.C. Wimbledon. He played for a short spell in Australia for Southern Stars in Melbourne, before joining Ware at the start of 2014/2015 season. He signed for A.F.C. on 5th September, 2014. SCOTT KEMP A young forward, he joined the club in December 2013 playing for AFC Reserves/U21’s and impressed with his displays and made his first team debut in March 2014. In April he played in the FA Under 18’s Cup Final for the Suffolk FA at Portman Road Ipswich. Recently signed a

one-year contract with the club. TYLER KEMP A young defender, he signed from Halstead Town to play for the Reserves/U21’s in November 2013. He played for the Suffolk Under 18’s side during 2013/14 and made his first team in April 2014. Recently signed a one-year contract with the club. RYAN MAXWELL A tough tackling midfielder with a wealth of experience, starting off with Chelsea, Crystal Place and Reading before playing professionally in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. He has played for a number of non-league clubs including Braintree Town, Grays Athletic and last season Heybridge Swifts. KRIS NEWBY A fast raiding forward, he signed for AFC at the start of the 2014/15 season from Witham Town where he was their top scorer as they won promotion to Ryman Premier last season. He previously played and scored regularly for both Grays Athletic and East Thurrock United. CRAIG POPE A very solid central defender, having gained his experience at previous clubs that include Barnet, Cambridge City, Thurrock, Histon and last season Grays Athletic. JAKE REED A former Football League forward having been with Dagenham and Redbridge for two seasons, he started his football career with Gt Yarmouth Town. During last season

he was with Lowestoft Town and was their leading scorer in the Ryman Premier, he joined AFC at the start of the 2014/15 season. MICHAEL SHINN He signed for AFC in January 2011 after leaving Dartford after also playing for Braintree and Billericay, he is very experienced central midfield player who started his career at Football League Club Cambridge United. PAYTON SWATMAN A quick, nimble, versatile young player he can play in almost any position on the field. He came through the Wroxham Academy before signing for AFC at the start of the 2013/14 season and acquitted himself well. JACK WILKINSON A midfielder, signed for AFC in March 2014 from Haverhill Rovers, having previously played one game for AFC in April 2010.He started his football with Needham Market before going on loan with a number of local club joining Haverhill Rovers in January 2013. Recently recovered from a double hernia operation. LAWRENCE YIGA A 6’4” central defender, he started his football career in the Dagenham and Redbridge youth academy as a forward before playing for a number of non-league clubs including Margate and Welling United and Billericay Town. Started last season with Broxbourne Borough and later joined Ware where he starred as a central defender guiding them to Ryman North safety. WWW.STNEOTSTOWNFC.CO.UK / PAGE 27


DAVE DEENEY IN ACTION AGAINST THE LILYWHITES


Introducing our new St Neots Town Football Club Chaplain... My name is Helene Tame and my family and I have just moved to Love’s Farm in order for me to take up the post of Love’s Farm community chaplain. When I was looking at the job one of the things that drew me (honestly!) was the fact that the FC was a part of the community. Why? Because I have always loved football. It all began in the school playground, throwing a tennis ball with the boys aged about 6. One of the boys suggested we kick the ball instead of throw it – I objected, saying that if they did that I wouldn’t be able to. “Yes, you will!” they said – and they were right, I could! Actually I could kick it rather well and from that my passion for football grew! A few years on my dad was a cub-scout leader and one time I went with him to a local cub-scout football tournament. One of his pack hadn’t turned up and so he suggested I go on in his place. My hair was bundled up under a cub’s cap and on I went. All was well until I fell following a tackle – the cap flew off and my long hair revealed. The ref blew his whistle and I can still hear his words ringing, “Get that girl off the pitch!” Off I went! 40+ years on of course it’s all quite different and there are plenty of opportunities for girls to compete at all levels! As for me, I can still kick a ball, manage a few ‘keepie-uppies’ and beat the odd goalie at school fayres! But what about football and faith – why would a FC need, or make room, for a chaplain? My response is a simple one – If life was just about football – or all about football there

If life was just about football – or all about football there would be no need but we all know that however great the beautiful game is, there is more to life! And because there is, it’s good to make provision for those bits of life that football just doesn’t reach. would be no need but we all know that however great the beautiful game is, there is more to life! And because there is, it’s good to make provision for those bits of life that football just doesn’t reach. Not many of us these days would think of ourselves as religious people but lots of us would say that we are spiritual people, which is really just another way of saying we’re more than what we eat, work at, or who we play

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for! And if we’re spiritual people taking care of our spirits – staying connected to all the other important facets of our life – is as good a thing to do as taking care of our bodies and staying fit.

I’m always happy to talk about football or faith – so if you see me around or want to be in touch I’d be happy to chat!


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GREENIES GREETINGS

LEAGUE FORM, GOOD, BAD OR INDIFFERENT GOES OUT THE WINDOW Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Rowley Park – The Cozy Stadium for today’s FA Trophy Third Round Qualifying tie. Today we welcome the Players, Officials and Supporters of AFC Sudbury and we hope you all enjoy your brief stay with us here today.

This would replace the scheduled trip to Hungerford Town that evening, which would be re arranged for a later date.

Well here we are again, 90 minutes of cup football to look forward to, a match in which league form, good, bad or indifferent goes out the window. It’s all down to who wants it more today and what an incentive and prize at the end of it, the chance to pull one of the non league big boys out of the hat on Monday when the draw for the next round is made. Of course there’s the little matter of £4000 up for grabs for today’s winners as well so hopefully the lads will be well fired up for it after seven days without a game and time for all the niggling knocks to have healed etc and of course, Gary,Liam and Matt will have had the luxury of two midweek training sessions with the boys too.

Saturday saw us make the pilgrimage down to North Devon as we travelled to Bideford and we were unlucky to have come home with just a single point, with our hosts netting an eighty-eighth minute equaliser, cancelling out Dean Cracknell’s effort for us. This was Crackers’ first goal for the Club in what has been an injury blighted first year with us but we hope he can now push on and really show us what he’s about. This game also saw the full debut of centre half Tom Ward, coming in for Gavin Hoyte and the welcome return of Mr Versatile, Ed Adjei, who slotted in at left back and played a big part in our goal down the left. Also returning to the fold and making a late appearance as a second half substitute was striker Ben Mackey (opposite), who signed on the dotted line on Thursday following his transfer from Hemel Hempstead Town. A brilliant signing I’m sure you will all agree so please join me in welcoming Ben (and his dad Mick) back to the Club and let’s hope your stay is even more successful then the last one.

Should today’s game end in a draw after ninety minutes, the tie will be decided by a replay which will take place on Tuesday 2nd December, 19:45 kick off, at AFC Sudbury’s Wardale Williams Stadium, Brundon Lane, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 7HN.

Ok then, on to the match, potentially our biggest match for many years so let’s not let it slip us by with a

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whimper. Enjoy it, but be part of it too. The twelfth man is becoming more important as every game passes as the season reaches the business end so give the lads your all. Be Loud.... Be Proud.... Be a Saint GREENY


BEN FORD PREPARES TO LET FLY!


AWAY DAYS

THE TOWN GROUND Our next away fixture is at the “Town Ground” the home of Hungerford in Berkshire. Hungerford were promoted to the Southern League Premier Division at the end of season 2012/13 where they won the playoff final. Moving into the top division the club under the guidance of Bobby Wilkinson just missed out on a playoff position on goal difference. A wonderful seasons performance saw the club finish in 6th position. Obviously the club have higher ambitions for the season 2014/15 hoping to go one better than the previous season.

SEASON STATS SO FAR The clubs stats so far is as follows: P 20 W 8 D 5 L 7 F 25 A 11 At present Hungerford are in 10th position of the Southern League Premier Division.

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DIRECTIONS TO THE GROUND From M4 Junction, take A338 to Hungerford. First Roundabout turn right on to A4, next roundabout first left, 100 yards roundabout first left up High Street, go over three roundabouts, at fourth roundabout turn first left signposted “Football Club’. Take second left into Bulpitt Lane, go over crossroads, ground on left. TOWN GROUND Bulpit Lane, Hungerford West Berkshire RG17 0AY Adults = £10 Concessions = £6 (Over 60 and Students on production of a valid Student Card) Children under 16 = Free Capacity: 2,500 Wheelchair Access: Yes


FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCE

BRIAN CLOUGH Some great stories about the people who knew and worked under the great man

FOREST ACE ROY KEANE I ended up at the manager’s house on the way to Anfield because the first team had gone up the night before and I was playing for the reserves. So he brought me up on the day of the game with Ron Fenton and another young player Phil Starbuck and we picked up the gaffer at his house in Derby. I was sent to ring the doorbell.

Irishman, how you doing said Mr. Clough.

Fine boss I said, he was putting the milk bottles out when he

produces a three quarters full bottle of milk.

Here, Irishman get that down you. I don’t like milk boss... You’d better drink it because I am putting the bottles out. Trust me …I drank it I was just sitting in his house thinking: what’s going on” It was all very strange. There was no indication that I was going to play against Liverpool that day. I was going up there simply to watch the game because I had played 10 minutes for the reserves the night before. I had out that night like I always do after a match and several pints later I slumped into bed, it must have been at least 2 am. An hour before the kick off and Anfield is humming. Liverpool was the aristocrats of the game. I was making myself up helping the kit man when Cloughie came over.

“Irishman, what are you doing?”

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Helping the kit man I said. “Well, get hold of the number 7 shirt –your playing. During the warm up I am still answering the question from my “New” teammates. What’s your name son” “Roy” I said and they were great and wished me luck. Strangely enough, I was calm leaving the dressing room. Clough had been daring and cleaver; there was no pressure on me. We lost 2-0 but we had given our best shot. If the guys didn’t know my name at the start of the match, I felt they knew it by the end. I was only 18 years old and that was my debut for the first team.


IF THE GUYS DIDN’T KNOW MY NAME AT THE START OF THE MATCH, I FELT THEY KNEW IT BY THE END. ROY KEANE


INTRODUCING

BEN FORD Ben is a central midfield player, strong in the tackle, and an excellent passer of the ball. Ben joined the club in October 2013 from the now defunct Hinckley Town after an impressive performance for Hinckley against the Saints in the previous season. He came through the ranks at Rushden & Diamonds, before joining Conference

side Kettering Town. Ben made 12 appearances for the Poppies after breaking into the first team and was rewarded with a 3 year contract, but unfortunately Kettering had their troubles as a club and Ben moved on to Nuneaton Town where he stayed

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for the remainder of the season. Ben lost his way a little after that but still only in his early 20s he has found his form with the Saints and has become an important member of the squad.


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Scorelines..

Action from last Saturday’s and this Monday’s League Matches Premier Division Poole Town scored a goal in each half to win 2-0 at Cambridge City to move seven points clear of second placed Corby Town who scored six minutes from time but lost 2-1 at Dorchester Town while Redditch United scored a goal in each half to win 2-0 at home against Histon and move up to third, replacing St Neots Town who, having taken the lead on the hour, had to settle for a !-1 draw when hosts Bideford equalised in the second minute of time added on. On Monday Hitchin Town went behind in the eleventh minute but three goals in ten minutes put them two ahead five minutes before the break and they went on to record a 3-2 home win when they restricted Dunstable Town to a goal in the second minute of time added on. Weymouth, who conceded an equaliser three minutes after going in front early in the second half, scored five minutes from time to win 2-1 at Burnham in the third meeting between the clubs in the last eight days while Truro City scored twice in the first half to set up a 2-1 win at Dunstable Town but Cirencester Town, behind with twenty minutes remaining, equalised eight minutes from the end before securing a 2-1 victory at Arlesey Town with a winner in time added on and Slough Town,

having taken the lead ten minutes after the interval, conceded an equaliser on the hour but wrapped up a 2-1 home success against Hitchin Town.

to set up a 2-1 win at Uxbridge and fourth placed Aylesbury, two up in twenty four minutes, completed a 3-1 home win over bottom of the table AFC Hayes.

Biggleswade Town took an eighth minute lead but a penalty in time added on at the end of the first half gave Hungerford Town an away point from a 1-1 draw and Chesham United, having taken the lead fifteen minutes from the end, also had to settle for an away point when Chippenham Town made it 1-1 in time added on at the end of the game but Hereford United recovered from going behind in the first minute to win 3-1 at Frome Town with two goals in the final seven minutes while bottom of the table Banbury United picked up a point from a 0-0 draw at Paulton Rovers.

Rugby Town went behind midway through the first half but, after equalising five minutes before the break, converted a penalty twenty minutes into the second half to record a 2-1 home victory over Leighton Town and Chalfont St Peter scored a goal in each half to win 2-0 at Northwood but Royston Town, having taken a second minute lead, trailed at half time and conceded a goal a minute from time to go down 3-1 Bedford Town while Godalming Town, having pulled back a two goal deficit to level at half time, went in front from a penalty but had to settle for a 3-3 home draw when North Greenford United scored in the second minute of time added on.

Division One Central Kettering Town found themselves two down in the opening half hour but, having pulled one back two minutes before the break, equalised from a penalty before securing a 3-2 home win over Potters Bar Town with just two minutes remaining and moved seven points clear at the top when second placed Hanwell Town were held to a 0-0 draw at Egham Town while third in the table Bedworth United doubled their half time lead early in the second half

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Barton Rovers scored three times in the final twenty minutes to record a 3-0 home win over second from bottom Beaconsfield SYCOB and Aylesbury United scored a goal in each half to complete a 2-0 home victory against Daventry Town. The game at St Ives against Marlow was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.


MD’S VIEWS

YOUTH IS WASTED ON THE YOUNG I felt a keegan rant was coming on when I tried for the umpteenth time to get BT to listen to my complaint rather than just reel off their “Customer Complaint Protocol” answers. How many times do I have to say the internet’s crap and the ISDN line still doesn’t work? Being the calm and collected type I found myself pointing out that I can’t view the problem online because, well because the internet keeps crashing hence the call.

“Have you tried checking your internet speed?” “No I haven’t tried checking my internet speed because most of the time the speed is zero” “So you have checked it then sir?” “No it’s zero because it doesn’t work” “Ok so the internet doesn’t work and you haven’t tested it because it doesn’t work” “Correctamondo” “OK are you near a computer?” “Yes strangely enough?”

“Can I speak with somebody else please because I’m not sure you’ve listened to a word I’ve said?” “I can assure you I am listening Mr Leakie Kertains but I will pass you onto my supervisor” Your call is in a queue and will be answered shortly, if you query is about your internet please visit www.bt/business.co.uk

“Ok my internet is problematic and so is my ISDN line” “Ok we will run some test are you near a computer?” “Yes” “Can you please type ....................”

“Hello Mr Kertains” “Call me Lee” “Ok Mr Lee how can I help you?”

“OK please type in wwwspeedtest. bt.business”

“Have you not been passed any information regarding the conversation I’ve just had?”

“I will do but I have no internet connection at the moment”

“No Mr Lee but I’m sure we can resolve any issues”

“You have no internet, how long has it been down Sir?”

I’d like to welcome Sudbury, officials, supporters and all to Rowley Park. This is a great opportunity for us to get our backsides in gear and make today special. How exciting to have a chance to go into the pot for the next round of the FA Trophy. This is our day and I hope we can grab with both hands. LEE PAGE 44 / ST NEOTS TOWN F.C. V AFC SUDBURY ISSUE 14


STEWS VIEWS

Bizarre Football Stories From The Net! French side loses 20-0 after keeper leaves game to birth his cow and is replaced by 61-year-old club president! A whacky story from the French amateur scene has got attention for being a collection of crazy facts all rolled into one game. Located in northern France, Marly-Gomont are a particularly awful ragtag side, and a couple of weeks ago they surpassed their usual crapness by losing a match 20-0 to Tupigny. Aside from the scoreline, the takeaways from the match included the fact that Marly-Gomont’s keeper (who is also a farmer) had to leave the match after just 25 minutes, when he got the call that one of his cows was giving birth. Coming into the game with 14 injuries and four players only 16-years-old, Marly-Gomont had to replace their keeper by bringing on their 61-year-old club president.

Footballer Transferred for 15 kg of Sausage Meat A Romanian football team is apparently demanding a refund after having bought a player for a transfer

fee of 15 kilos of pork sausages. Defender Marius Cioara retired a day later saying he could not face any more sausage related taunts at his expense. Cioara, who played for second division team UT Arad, was sold to fourth division Regal Hornia for the sausage meat. After the deal a spokesman for Regal Hornia confirmed, ‘We gave up the team’s sausage allowance for a week to secure him, but we are confident it will be worth it. ‘However, a day after the deal was leaked to the media, Cioara announced he was giving up football and had decided to flee the country. Ananova the News agency reports that he said, ‘The sausage taunts all got too much. They were joking but I would have got more from the Germans and making sausage jokes was a huge insult. I have decided to go to Spain where I have got a job on a farm.’

Watch the Game - Ref A spectator at a local league match at Bransbury Park, Portsmouth kept up a constant barrage of insults and derogatory remarks directed against the referee. Finally the referee could stand it no longer. He marched over to the sideline and, looking the noisy

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spectator squarely in the eye, shouted, ‘Look here - I’ve been watching you for the last twenty minutes .........................’ ‘I thought so, ‘the spectator retorted loudly, ‘I knew you couldn’t have been watching the game.’ This one really made me smile.....

“Women can’t play football.” That’s the verdict of one reader after he watched the historic first England women’s international against Germany at Wembley on Sunday. Writing to the i paper, David Hickey outlined the reasons he felt meant the women’s game was on a different level to that of, for example, the Premier League. Though England lost the match 3-0, the match represented an extraordinary moment for sport in this country. It was the first standalone game for women at the home of football, drew a record crowd of 46,000, was shown live in TV coverage on the BBC, and introduced a generation of young girls to the idea of the women’s team being treated the same as the men for the first time. Mr Hickey’s reaction? Here it is in full: “I watched the England-


Germany women’s football on TV. Why was it screened? Women can’t play football. They don’t even know the basic rules. When tackled, they get up and play on. They don’t pretend to be hurt. They don’t dive. They don’t get opponents sent off. They don’t wrestle at corner kicks. Worst of all, they don’t hassle the match officials. As any fool who has watched the men’s Premiership knows, that is not the way to play football. Not only are there some very funny and bizarre recent stories on the Internet, how about this old classic?

Dog On The Pitch! Jimmy Greaves, England’s 3rd highest goalscorer of all time, has told of his encounter with a canine pitch invader – and some rather unfortunate consequences. The quarter final clash between England

and Brazil at the 1962 World Cup in Chile was in full flow when a dog suddenly entered the field of play. “You could walk in the ground [Estadio Sausalito] at the sides and this dog came in,” Greaves said. “The referee stopped the game and no-one could get hold of this dog. “I got down on my hands and knees, being a dog a lover anyway, and called the dog over. “It got a massive cheer and I picked the dog up and cuddled him and as I cuddled him he peed all down my shirt! “And you never had changed strips in those days, you just had the one shirt, so I had to play in this shirt. The dog made such an impression on Brazil’s star player Garrincha that he took it back to Brazil with him. “I’m known in Brazil as Garrincha’s Dog Catcher...... All these above stories were compiled from various sources on the Internet, where unusual snippets from the world of football, are posted by like minded folk

for our amusement. To end my article for today’s programme I’ll finish with this story, which explains one players generosity towards a young hopeful at his club.

Lovely Generous Gesture from Birmingham City’s Star Player French international footballer, Olivier Kapo (above), [full name: Narcisse-Olivier Kapo-Obou ] gave an apprentice player his car to thank him for polishing his boots throughout the season Will and Guy have discovered. The Birmingham City player gave the lad, James McPike, his Mercedes worth £40,000 as an endof-season present. He also agreed to pay for a year’s insurance when James, 20, said he was unable to afford it The French midfielder, who is originally from the Ivory Coast in Africa, was at the time earning almost £1.5million a year. We heard that all James had asked for was Olivier’s boots as a souvenir but he ended up with his car. What a magnificent present Yours Aye Craig

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BIDEFORD AFC 1 ST NEOTS TOWN 1 22:11:2014 / Southern League Premier / Att 199 / Referee: Mark Whaley (Plymouth) Dean Cracknell has been with St Neots almost a year but a series of injuries has restricted his availability but he was recalled to the side for this match for only his fifteenth appearance and he celebrated by scoring his first ever goal for St Neots. Sadly that was not enough to ensure all three points because struggling Bideford with only two wins in their last ten matches sneaked a late equalising goal two minutes from time and those two dropped points saw St Neots slide down a further place to fourth in the league table. Following his sides’ loss of form St Neots boss Gary King opted to rest three of his regular players ahead of next weeks’ important FA trophy engagement bringing in Cracknell for Matt Spring, Ed Adjei for Max York and handing a club debut to Tom Ward for club skipper Gavin Hoyte. The fresh players all performed well and there was also a return to the club for popular striker Ben Mackey who came off the bench seven minutes from time for his first appearance for St Neots since leaving for Stourbridge in March 2013. The overall team performance produced an improvement on its recent showing at home to Cambridge City but once again there was a lack of sharpness in front of goal and the club will be hoping that the return of Mackey (44 goals in 55 appearances) will be the key to a much sought after upturn in fortunes. After their long trip to North Devon St Neots began confidently but their two opening attacks were both cut short by bad tackles that went

unpunished other than the awarding of free kicks. Lewis Hilliard picked out Drew Roberts with a long cross but his hurried volley was wide and at the other end Bideford’s first credible attempt on goal saw Paul Bastock fumble a lob from Danny Wring over the crossbar. On a break the visitors saw Jay Davies set up Dean Cracknell but his poor first touch robbed him of a potential opening but Bideford was looking composed in attack despite employing just Ben Watson as a lone striker and both Sean Downing and Richard Groves failed to test Bastock when well placed. St Neots approach play was looking promising but it seemed that the final ball in each attack lacked quality and the service to strikers Roberts and acting skipper Chris Dillon was poor. From a good move Ben Ford curled a shot just the wrong side of a post and when play moved to the other end Dave Deeney did well to deflect a narrow angled Danny Wring shot for a corner and then there was danger when a clumsy challenge on Watson ion the edge of the penalty area earned Ben Ford a booking and conceded a free kick that was fired into the defensive wall. Just two minutes after the restart Lewis Hilliard skipped past two defenders and set himself up for

a shot but he was hacked down by Nick Milton who was rewarded with a booking. Home keeper Grant Fisher then produced the save of the match turning Ben Ford’s exquisite free kick around a post and then the home side had to substitute the injured Wring sending on defender Danny Tapp to add height and weight to their attack. Then after 55 minutes the best move of the entire match produced St Neots goal. Ben Ford split the home defence to pick out the overlapping Ed Adjei and his clever pull back was helped on by Dillon to the unmarked Dean Cracknell who drilled the ball into the net. That should have been the confidence builder St Neots sought but it merely signalled a spell of attacking pressure by the home side in search of an equaliser. Ryan Frater and Tom Ward were immense in defence as St Neots mopped up the home efforts and Bastock chipped in with an important save at the feet of Watson. The introduction late in the game of Ben Mackey saw him produce one snap shot that passed the wrong side of the far post but the late pressure came from Bideford. Two minutes from time a silly foul throw handed the home side a lifeline which saw a long cross not cleared and allowed the hard working Ben Watson to bundle the equalising goal in at the far post.

Bideford AFC

St Neots Town

Fisher, Sampson, Reed, Downing, Harrison, Milton, Groves, Parcell, Watson, Veal, Wring. Subs: Tapp (for Wring 50), Barker (for Parcell 81), Chaney and Villis. Cards: Milton (Y – 47), Sampson (Y – 78), Downing ( Y – 90) Goal: Watson (88 mins)

Bastock, Deeney, Adjei, Ford, Frater (R), Ward, Davies, Cracknell, Dillon, Roberts, Hilliard. Subs: Mackey (for Roberts 83), Spring, York, Hoyte and Ferrari. Cards: Ford (Y – 42), Cracknell (Y – 86) Goal: Cracknell (55 mins)

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13-Dec

2 -- 0

4 -- 1

07-Mar

Histon

31-Jan

4 -- 1

06-Dec

3 -- 1

20-Dec

14-Feb

07-Feb

18-Apr

tba

Paulton Rovers

Poole Town

Redditch United

Slough Town

St Neots Town

Truro City

Weymouth

06-Dec

2 -- 1

06-Apr

03-Jan

0 -- 0

4 -- 0

26-Dec

29-Nov

Hitchin Town

Hungerford Town

1 -- 0

4 -- 2

2 -- 3

17-Jan

Hereford United

03-Jan

Dorchester Town

26-Dec

6 -- 2

25-Apr

4 -- 2

18-Apr

5 -- 1

06-Dec

2 -- 3

tba

26-Dec

28-Mar

4 -- 1

7 -- 2

21-Mar

06-Apr

28-Feb

3 -- 2

tba

14-Feb

24-Jan

03-Jan

3 -- 3

14-Mar 29-Nov

5 -- 1

3 -- 2

Corby Town

17-Jan

28-Mar

Cirencester Town

3 -- 0

Frome Town

3 -- 0

Chippenham Town

25-Apr

07-Feb

Dunstable Town

21-Mar

Chesham United

04-Apr

tba

1 -- 1

Burnham

06-Apr

Biggleswade Town

Cambridge City

21-Mar

3 -- 0

Bideford

tba

2 -- 2

10-Jan

28-Feb

Arlesey Town

0 -- 2

Banbury United

Arlesey Town

Bideford

Banbury United

01-Jan

Biggleswade Town

20-Dec

07-Mar

17-Jan

1 -- 1

18-Apr

1 -- 0

14-Feb

28-Mar

14-Mar

3 -- 0

2 -- 1

1 -- 2

1 -- 0

0 -- 1

tba

29-Nov

03-Jan

07-Feb

1 -- 1

24-Jan

11-Apr

18-Nov

21-Feb

Burnham

28-Mar

31-Jan

3 -- 1

03-Jan

06-Dec

08-Nov

3 -- 0

26-Dec

18-Apr

18-Nov

2 -- 5

1 -- 2

4 -- 2

1 -- 0

07-Mar

25-Apr

14-Mar

06-Apr

17-Jan

1 -- 0

07-Feb

29-Nov

Cambridge City 10-Jan

1 -- 0

0 -- 1

07-Mar

2 -- 4

28-Mar

1 -- 1

2 -- 0

06-Apr

26-Dec

2-0

2 -- 1

25-Apr

2 -- 2

24-Jan

14-Feb

11-Apr

4 -- 4

1 -- 2

21-Feb

13-Dec

2 -- 0

0 -- 2

Chesham United tba

0 -- 3

2 -- 3

0 -- 3

2 -- 2

13-Dec

07-Mar

11-Apr

24-Jan

21-Feb

14-Mar

14-Feb

04-Apr

0 -- 0

1 -- 1

2 -- 2

1 -- 1

1 -- 0

01-Jan

tba

17-Jan

20-Dec

18-Nov

0 -- 0

Chippenham Town 24-Jan

tba

18-Apr

2 -- 2

2 -- 1

29-Nov

26-Dec

10-Jan

tba

1 -- 3

07-Feb

06-Apr

5 -- 1

0 -- 1

14-Feb

1 -- 1

28-Mar

06-Dec

tba

0 -- 2

20-Dec

07-Mar

Cirencester Town 21-Feb

1 -- 4

07-Mar

18-Nov

tba

2 -- 1

2 -- 1

13-Dec

0 -- 0

11-Apr

01-Jan

14-Mar

0 -- 3

07-Feb

2 -- 1

17-Jan

31-Jan

1 -- 3

20-Dec

04-Apr

0 -- 2

0 -- 5

1 -- 2

Corby Town 18-Apr

10-Jan

26-Dec

07-Feb

21-Mar

25-Apr

31-Jan

3 -- 0

03-Jan

06-Apr

1 -- 2

06-Dec

1 -- 2

2 -- 1

0 -- 0

0 -- 2

0 -- 1

2 -- 2

0 -- 3

28-Feb

04-Apr

tba

1 -- 2

Dorchester Town 2 -- 0

24-Jan

06-Dec

20-Dec

tba

01-Jan

18-Apr

31-Jan

07-Mar

1 -- 0

4 -- 0

19-Nov

14-Feb

28-Mar

6 -- 1

28-Oct

10-Jan

04-Apr

1 -- 5

4 -- 1

21-Feb

2 -- 1

1 -- 0

24-Jan

Dunstable Town 07-Mar

28-Mar

06-Apr

06-Dec

10-Jan

tba

2 -- 2

0 -- 0

3 -- 2

1 -- 2

18-Apr

tba

1 -- 2

2 -- 2

1 -- 1

31-Jan

29-Nov

20-Dec

2 -- 0

26-Dec

1 -- 2

21-Feb

2 -- 2

Frome Town 4 -- 2

tba

20-Dec

18-Apr

2 -- 0

7 -- 0

21-Feb

1 -- 1

29-Nov

1 -- 2

28-Mar

28-Feb

21-Mar

11-Apr

3 -- 1

01-Jan

3 -- 0

31-Jan

3 -- 1

1 -- 2

4 -- 0

10-Jan

Hereford United 04-Apr

06-Dec

1 -- 0

2 -- 0

26-Dec

0 -- 0

1 -- 2

21-Mar

25-Apr

0 -- 0

1 -- 3

13-Dec

3 -- 0

21-Feb

06-Apr

2 -- 1

3 -- 0

28-Feb

10-Jan

31-Jan

3 -- 3

1 -- 5

1 -- 1

2 -- 1

Histon 31-Jan

20-Dec

4 -- 0

1 -- 1

2 -- 0

2 -- 0

04-Apr

1 -- 0

07-Feb

17-Jan

03-Jan

1 -- 3

28-Feb

01-Jan

06-Dec

1 -- 0

2 -- 1

6 -- 0

21-Mar

1 -- 1

14-Mar

18-Apr

Hitchin Town 2 -- 2

3 -- 0

21-Feb

2 -- 1

31-Jan

11-Apr

3 -- 0

2 -- 1

1 -- 1

20-Dec

04-Apr

21-Mar

2 -- 1

2 -- 0

10-Jan

28-Feb

0 -- 1

01-Jan

13-Dec

tba

2 -- 1

0 -- 3

0 -- 2

Hungerford Town 3 -- 1

2 -- 1

14-Mar

01-Jan

tba

1 -- 0

20-Dec

14-Feb

2 -- 1

0 -- 2

07-Mar

07-Feb

1 -- 0

17-Jan

18-Apr

0 -- 1

06-Dec

2 -- 1

2 -- 2

1 -- 1

1 -- 0

24-Jan

04-Apr

11-Apr

Paulton Rovers 18-Nov

2 -- 0

1 -- 1

4 -- 2

07-Feb

1 -- 0

25-Apr

1 -- 0

29-Nov

24-Jan

tba

17-Jan

13-Dec

4 -- 1

03-Jan

1 -- 1

2 -- 2

14-Mar

28-Feb

1 -- 0

01-Jan

28-Mar

Poole Town tba

21-Feb

3 -- 2

24-Jan

0 -- 1

4 -- 5

0 -- 0

06-Dec

14-Feb

07-Mar

26-Dec

14-Mar

06-Apr

20-Dec

tba

04-Apr

18-Apr

0 -- 2

1 -- 3

10-Jan

18-Nov

0 -- 1

31-Jan

Redditch United 14-Feb

29-Nov

0 -- 3

1 -- 7

17-Jan

1 -- 0

21-Feb

4 -- 0

28-Mar

1 -- 2

0 -- 4

2 -- 1

14-Mar

19-Nov

24-Jan

1 -- 2

0 -- 1

03-Jan

11-Apr

13-Dec

07-Mar

01-Jan

25-Apr

Slough Town 3 -- 2

1 -- 2

29-Nov

28-Feb

2 -- 1

2 -- 2

06-Apr

28-Mar

10-Jan

2 -- 2

13-Dec

11-Apr

25-Apr

1 -- 2

21-Mar

21-Feb

26-Dec

3 -- 3

0 -- 2

3 -- 3

31-Jan

tba

1 -- 0

St Neots Town 20-Jan

2 -- 3

04-Apr

2 -- 0

28-Feb

10-Jan

15-Nov

3 -- 4

24-Jan

0 -- 2

25-Apr

01-Jan

11-Apr

1 -- 3

1 -- 1

13-Dec

3 -- 3

21-Mar

14-Feb

2 -- 2

1 -- 1

1 -- 1

1 -- 3

Truro City 01-Jan

0 -- 2

14-Mar

04-Apr

3 -- 0

1 -- 2

2 -- 0

17-Jan

25-Apr

11-Apr

07-Feb

1 -- 2

1 -- 2

1 -- 0

28-Feb

21-Mar

03-Jan

1 -- 1

2 -- 2

3 -- 2

1 -- 3

14-Feb

13-Dec

06-Apr

2 -- 0

17-Jan

1 -- 1

07-Feb

21-Mar

03-Jan

0 -- 3

3 -- 0

29-Nov

tba

1 -- 3

26-Dec

13-Dec

0 -- 3

2 -- 3

28-Feb

0 -- 1

1 -- 2

25-Apr

tba

11-Apr

14-Mar

Weymouth


RAIN, rain, go away. Come again in June! Okay, that may ruin the cricket season and Wimbledon would be a complete wash-out but we at The NLP HQ are more about the football at this time of year. With the FA Trophy and FA Vase still in the early stages of their competition, some Non-League clubs are already falling behind their league schedule. The last thing they are going to want is to hear the words ‘Match postponed due to waterlogged pitch’. With forecasters predicting a mild but wet winter, those words seem to be becoming an all too common occurrence on the results page of the Paper. But what happens when a game is postponed a number of times? Last season Hanwell Town and Ashford United had their FA Vase fourth round game postponed on six separate occasions. It was lucky number seven though for Hanwell as they eventually won 2-1 on a Thursday evening, with Maidstone’s 3G Gallagher Stadium pitch lined up if the game could not be played on its seventh time of asking. Hanwell’s goal scorer Dominic Rhone told

The NLP: “We’re used to playing Saturdays and Tuesdays so hadn’t really prepared for the Thursday night, but that helped us in a way. “All we’ve been doing in the last few weeks is training so just to go straight into the game helped, rather than thinking about it for another few days.” And while seven postponements may seem like a lot, it doesn’t even come close to the British record for the amount of times one game is postponed. Back in the icy winter of 1979, the Scottish Cup second-round clash between Inverness Thistle and Falkirk had to be postponed no fewer than 29 times. After the original date for the game was January 6, the clubs had to wait 47 days, with an attempt to play it occurring near on four times a week, until the Kings Mills ground was eventually declared playable, on February 22.

16th time of asking, while fourteen of the other ties suffered ten or more postponements. In the same winter, the clash between Airdrie and Stranraer was busy setting a British record of 33 postponements. For Airdrie it was 34th time lucky as they ran out 3-0 victors. And to show just how bad that winter was, Bolton Wanderers beat Tottenham on December 8. The next competitive match they played? That came on February 16 when they lost 3-2 at Arsenal. One dreads to think what the fixture list would look like, or how many pages of The NLP it would take up after all these postponements. So keep doing the ‘Sun Dance’ and let’s hope we don’t see too many P-P’s this winter! Joshua Peck Follow us on twitter:

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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

619

SLP

3-2

2

Bastock

York

Bickerstaff

Wilson

Sat 18 Oct

Cirencester Town

141

SLP

1-1

2

Bastock

York

Bickerstaff

Thorne

Tue 21 Oct

CHESHAM UNITED

233

SLP

2-3

2

Bastock

YORK

Bickerstaff

Thorne

Sat 25 Oct

HEREFORD UNITED

329

SLP

1-0

2

Bastock

York

Bickerstaff

Wilson

Mon 27 Oct

Redditch United

141

SLP

0-2

3

Bastock

York

Lee

Cracknell

Sat 01 Nov

ILKESTON TOWN

330

FAT

2-1

-

Bastock

York

Bickerstaff

Ford

Sat 08 Nov

TRURO CITY

299

SLP

0-2

3

Bastock

York

Bickerstaff

Ford

Sat 15 Nov

DARLINGTON 1883

715

FAT

3-1

-

Bastock

Deeney

York

Ford

Tue 18 Nov

CAMBRIDGE CITY

322

SLP

0-1

3

Bastock

Deeney

York

Ford

Sat 22 Nov

Bideford

199

SLP

1-1

4

Bastock

Deeney

Adjei

Ford

Sat 29 Nov

AFC SUDBURY

FAT

Tue 02 Dec

Hungerford Town

SLP

Sat 06 Dec

DORCHESTER TOWN

SLP

Sat 13 Dec

Chippenham Town

SLP

Sat 20 Dec

FROME TOWN

SLP SLP

Fri 26 Dec

CORBY TOWN

Thu 01 Jan

Dunstable Town

SLP

Sat 03 Jan

HEREFORD UNITED

SLP

Sat 10 Jan

Paulton Rovers

SLP

Sat 17 Jan

BIGGLESWADE TOWN

SLP

Tue 20 Jan

Weymouth

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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T

B


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)

15

Frater (R)

Hoyte

DAVIES

Ford

Nolan

Hilliard

Powell

FRATER (N)

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

Frater

Hoyte

Davies

Spring

Frater N

ROBERTS 2

HILLIARD

Ford

Nolan

Thorne

Frater

Hoyte

Davies

Spring

Nolan

Roberts

HILLIARD

Ferrari

Ford

Frater

Hoyte

DAVIES

Spring

Nolan

Roberts

Hilliard

Cracknell

Ford

Frater

Hoyte

Davies

Spring

Nolan

ROBERTS

Hilliard

Frater N

Cracknell

Lee

Bickerstaff

Hoyte

Davies

Spring

Frater N

Roberts

Ford

Farrell

Hilliard

Ferrari

Deeney

Hoyte

Davies

Spring

FRATER N

Roberts

HILLIARD

Ferrari

Deeney

Hoyte

Davies

Spring

Frater N

Roberts

Hilliard

Ferrari

Dillon

Frater

Hoyte

Davies

Spring

Frater N

ROBERTS

HILLIARD 2

Cracknell

Dillon

Frater

Hoyte

Davies

Spring

Dillon

Roberts

Hilliard

Ferrari

Nolan

Frater

Ward

Davies

CRACKNELL

Dillon

Roberts

Hilliard

Mackey

Ferrari

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SOUTHERN PREMIER DIVISION / 26.11.14

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

Pts

1

Poole Town

17

14

2

1

36

11

+25

44

2

Corby Town

19

11

4

4

32

22

+10

37

3

Redditch United

19

11

3

5

40

21

+19

36

4

St Neots Town

21

10

6

5

39

30

+9

36

5

Weymouth

15

11

2

2

32

18

+14

35

6

Truro City

21

11

2

8

34

31

+3

35

7

Cirencester Town

20

9

7

4

42

21

+21

34

8

Slough Town

20

8

7

5

38

37

+1

31

9

Chesham United

19

7

8

4

36

24

+12

29

10

Hungerford Town

20

8

5

7

25

17

+8

29

11

Cambridge City

23

7

8

8

35

34

+1

29

12

Hereford United

23

8

5

10

34

35

-1

29

13

Dunstable Town

20

8

4

8

36

34

+2

28

14

Hitchin Town

20

8

3

9

29

30

-1

27

15

Chippenham Town

18

7

5

6

25

22

+3

26

16

Biggleswade Town

18

6

6

6

23

24

-1

24

17

Dorchester Town

20

6

3

11

24

34

-10

21

18

Paulton Rovers

20

4

7

9

27

32

-5

19

19

Histon

20

5

4

11

20

32

-12

19

20

Bideford

19

5

4

10

35

50

-15

19

21

Burnham

18

5

2

11

28

38

-10

17

22

Arlesey Town

19

4

4

11

18

37

-19

16

23

Frome Town

18

4

2

12

21

47

-26

14

24

Banbury United

19

3

3

13

17

45

-28

12

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Manager: Gary King Assistant Managers: Liam George & Matt Spring

Manager: David Batch Assistant Manager: Steve Eastaugh

Goalkeepers

Marcus Garnham

Paul Bastock

Ben Robinson

Jamie Greygoose

Jack Wilkinson

Defenders

Correy Davidson

Josh Bickerstaff

Ryan Henshaw

Ryan Frater

Craig Pope

Gavin Hoyte (C)

Kris Newby

Jordan Ivey-Ward

Sam Clarke (C)

Tom Ward

James Baker

Max York

Scott Kemp

Midfielders

Ollie Berquez

Dean Cracknell

Lee Flynn

Jay Davies

Jordan Blackwell

Matt Spring

Jack Guyton

Lorenzo Ferrari

Terry Rymer

Ben Ford

Ayrton Coley

Lewis Hilliard Edd Adjei Forwards Ben Mackey Bruce Wilson Chris Dillon Nathan Frater Matt Nolan Drew Roberts Nat Peacock

Colours Dark Blue Shirts, Shorts & Socks

Colours Yellow Shirts, Blue Shorts & Yellow Socks

The match line up will be displayed on the electronic scoreboard Referee: Shaun Barry Assistants: Karl Tribe / Robert Evans Next Home Game: St Neots Town v Dorchester Town Southern League Premier Division / Saturday 6th December / KO 15.00

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