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Southern League Premier Division V

Biggleswade Town Issue 19

50 YEARS SERVING THE SAINTS


50 08 Boxing Day Blues / Read the match report from the 2-4 defeat at the hands of Corby Town - The Steelmen.

Fe Ne at w ur e!

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Mike Goes Into The Dugout/ Never a dull moment at The Cozy!

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Mascot Feature / Shane Edgar gets his special day!

50 Years Club Service! / The legend that is John Walker

Owner Mike Kearns

Club Secretary Gary Wilson

Physio Chris Budd

Club Photographer Claire Howes

Pitchcare Working Turf

Chairman Mike Kearns

Fixture Secretary Marian Izzard

Site Manager Irmantas Sabaliauskas

Design & Marketing Blue Prawn

Managing Director Lee Kearns

Life President John Walker

Functions and Events Coordinator Louise Spark

Chief Liaison Officer Mike Green

Print XL Press Limited

Director Iain Parr

Team Officials Darren Plowman (Goalkeeping Coach)

Football Manager David Batch Assistant Manager Steve Eastaugh

Youth Liaison & Development Mick Hunt

St Neots Town TV Editor Adam Ridley Club Merchandise Linda Walters Programme Editor Mark Davies

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Programme Sales Charlie Green Matchday Music / Scoreboard Simon Hutchinson


INSIDE

Issue 19 V Biggleswade Town Southern League Premier Division

Also Inside

14 The Greatest Defenders / We continue to count down from 10!

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

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Todays’ Visitors / A warm welcome to The Waders!

Introducing Ben Mackey / Otherwise known as Big Ben!

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

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

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Managers Notes

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Action Replay

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Match Report - Dunstable Town

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Read All About It

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Commentators Gaffes

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Focus On 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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Footy Funnies

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Leagues Review

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Match Report - Corby Town

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Match Report - Paulton Rovers

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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

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

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MANAGERS NOTES

DAVID BATCH Welcome to all the players, management and staff of Biggleswade FC

I’d like to begin by thanking everybody behind-the-scenes who has made the first couple of weeks of my tenure as Manager a welcoming one.

17 fit and 2 injured senior players detoured to the ground to train to prepare for today’s match due to our away match against Hungerford being cancelled.

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS Whilst training this week, there were 60 odd junior players on the Astroturf before our session, followed by another 40 immediately after - some of which were from our full-time programme. I couldn’t help noticing how good it looked, with players wearing the same kit and coaches teaching in a professional manner all to the backdrop of what we know is an excellent stadium.

That kind of attitude and ethic, coupled with the fantastic facility and pitch that the Chairman and volunteers have created, are exactly what convinced myself and my staff that we need to be part of this. Everyone at the club should be proud of what has been achieved here so far, it is a remarkable set up and I and the players are privileged to be part of it.

This was at 6pm on a weekday, when

First and foremost I hope that the next phase of this clubs history sees

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success on the pitch. The senior players have demonstrated a great attitude and have had good input into the areas where we can improve. Whilst being thrown into the first game without a training session to prepare and just 11 fit players, the players showed their mettle and delivered on the simple tasks introduced well enough to collect all 3 points. Away at Paulton after a terrible journey on an awful pitch and with a gale force wind, the attitude and work rate was a joy to watch and after being unfairly reduced to 10 men, the clean sheet they earned and the point gained was as satisfying as a win. Especially when


just 3 days later Paulton went on to beat the league leaders Weymouth away! QUALITY TO PROGRESS That said, football is harsh and what you may have excelled at last week doesn’t give you the right to do it again the next. The one controllable is ethic, and an aim is be the hardest working side in the league between now and the end of the season both on the pitch and on the training ground. If we can do this well, then I am convinced that with the quality we already have here we can progress. Finally, many people put a great deal of effort into this club not least the supporters. Away at Dunstable we were honoured to have a noisy crew supporting us and I was amazed at how many travelled to Paulton to watch last week. This is much appreciated and when I brought a team here as an opposition Manager earlier in the season, was really impressed with the way the home fans stuck by

and supported their players, getting behind them at every opportunity. I really hope that you can continue that support between now and the end of the season. We are not going to play well every game, myself and the players will undoubtedly make mistakes - but we can demand

from each other that we work as hard as we can and I believe that is something supporters appreciate and respond to by getting behind the players as much as possible.

Batchy.

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A CUP MATCH HERE EIGHT YEARS AGO AGAINST THE WADER’S NEIGHBOURS

HINCHINGBROOKE CUP ROUND ONE (23/January/2007)

St Neots Town

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St Neots new Management team of John Taylor and Scott Houghton got their first look at the squad they have inherited and just about everything that could go wrong went wrong on Tuesday evening. For starters the competition rules require the players to be chosen from those registered prior to 19th December when the match was initially arranged. On that occasion St Neots had led 2-1 midway through the second half when fog had forced the abandonment. Three of St Neots winning team from Saturday were either ineligible or unavailable so limited resources were stretched about as far as they would go and St Neots were able to name just two substitutes. They then lost Tom Moran and Craig Reynolds both injured in the first half so when goalkeeper Ryan Hunt pulled a hamstring after 68 minutes they had to redeploy striker Wes Byrne as an emergency keeper and at that point ten man St Neots realistic hopes of progression in the competition were lost. They held out until the first minute of injury time before a sluggish visiting side snatched their winning goal but had the

Biggleswade United match gone to extra time it would have taken a miracle for St Neots to have won. Changes in playing personnel at Rowley Park now look inevitable but fate could hardly have found a worse time to deliver this blow. St Neots had their first half chances beginning as early as the first minute when defender Kevin Ashby joined the attack only to head wide. A thundering free kick from skipper Russell Lawes was only a foot wide and from a Mark Franklin cross a volley from Craig Reynolds left the visiting keeper helpless but was a foot too high. On the break Biggleswade also had chances against the patched up St Neots defence and Robbie O’Dell shot wide and Keith Thomas had a point bank header from five yards well saved by Ryan Hunt. Hunt also saved bravely at the feet of Jack Weedon who was clear on goal but St Neots would have expected John Coley to do better with two chances just before half time. Biggleswade had an excellent spell just after the break as St Neots struggled to find a

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rhythm with their revised line up. Weedon hit the post with one shot and squandered two other chances and when a shot by Martin Russell was deflected Hunts produced the save of the match injuring himself in the process. He tried to carry on but after two lengthy spells of treatment he was led off and the depleted St Neots side was then reduced to defending with Coley playing a lone role up front. The wining goal came after good work on the right flank by Thomas leaving Jack Weedon with a simple tap in and his side with a place in Round Two of the competition.

St Neots: Ryan Hunt, Tom Malins, Russell Lawes, Kevin Ashby, Tom Moran (Rory McKay 42 mins), Craig Reynolds (Stuart Richardson 46 mins), Ben Singleton, Gary Christie, Wes Byrne, John Coley, Mark Franklin. Man of the Match: Tom Malins


DUNSTABLE TOWN 1 ST NEOTS TOWN 3 01:01:2015 / Southern Premier Division / Att 205 / Referee: Gareth Viccars (Milton Keynes) This result and performance marked a remarkably successful start for St Neots new Manager David Batch just recruited from AFC Sudbury. Just 48 hours after his appointment he found himself selecting his first St Neots side with no less than Twelve of the first team squad out through injury or illness. Down to the bare bones to the extent that three dual registered players had to be imported from the Youth Saints to make up the numbers for this match. With so little choice available the focus was on tactics and Mr Batch came up with a fairly innovative 4-3-3 line up for the first half when his side were battling a head wind and this settled the side into a comfortable routine that produced chances up front and a solid base at the back. Once his side had scored he was able to shuffle his pack bringing on a defender and realigning his side into a 4-4-2 formation and this paid dividends towards the three points haul. Another remarkable factor is that St Neots first two goals came from brothers Ryan and Nathan Frater – scored against their former Club. The three points lifted St Neots back into the play off mix with four Clubs now sharing fourth place in the table separated only by goal difference.The first half was fairly evenly fought with neither side dominant although St Neots created almost all the scoring chances. In fact the only serious save that St Neots keeper Paul Bastock was forced to make came on the quarter hour when Charlie Henry hit a crisp

shot from outside the penalty area but the keeper got down well to save. At the other end St Neots might have been ahead as early as the fifth minute when an off balance Drew Roberts fired over the bar and then eight minutes later Nathan Frater cut in the from the right to cross and the unmarked Roberts at the far post just failed to get a touch. After 24 minutes the best first half move saw Lorenzo Ferrari and Bruce Wilson combine to set up Roberts but his shot on the turn was only a foot beyond the far post with home keeper Luke Chambers beaten. Unable to cope with the wind that seemed to run the ball beyond their strikers Dunstable must have been hoping for the half time whistle and they ended the half with a hopeful but lengthy chip from Henry that never bothered Bastock. However Dunstable did start the second half in a positive vein getting the ball in the net after just two minutes but with Bastock being held down by an attacker the effort was disallowed. Four minutes later St Neots took the lead as a Ben Ford corner was headed firmly into the net by skipper Ryan Frater for only his second league goal of the season. After 59 minutes Dunstable levelled when a set piece corner was not cleared and Ben Herd nipped between defenders to head

home from close range. However this did not seem to faze St Neots who continued to create chances and after David Hutton had hit the crossbar with an inswinging corner after 66 minutes they saw Roberts go close with a shot just wide of target. Then after 70 minutes Ryan Plowright who had been pushed forward into midfield slipped a clever short pass inside the full back to play Roberts clear and his unselfish cross was skilfully controlled by Nathan Frater to unleash a stinging shot low into the net to regain the lead for the visitors. Three minutes later Bruce Wilson’s well judged cross field ball once again found Drew Roberts lurking on the left and he stepped inside his marker to curl an exquisite shot around the helpless home keeper and underneath the angle of bar and post for a brilliantly taken goal. Dunstable heads dropped and although they tried to push forward they only produced one worthwhile effort on goal in the remaining twenty minutes and Bastock comfortably dealt with that Scott Davies’ shot to ensure St Neots third league victory in their last four matches with Drew Roberts featuring on the score sheet on each occasion. A great win for the Saints but at what cost as Wilson, Frater and Ward should not even have started the match. John Walker

Dunstable Town

St Neots Town

Chambers, Herd, Lynn, May, Blackett, Gregory, Watkins, Henry, Effiong, Davies, Mulligan Subs: McKenzie-Lowe (for Mulligan 76), Gardner, Fontanelle and Nathan Abbey Cards: Watkins (Y – 90 + 1) Goals: Herd (59 mins)

Bastock, York, Plowright, Ford, Frater (R), Ward, Wilson, Frater (N), Ferrari, Roberts, Hutton. Subs: Davis (for Ferrari 51), Vieira (for Wilson 86), Hobbs and Greygoose. Cards: Frater (R) (Y – 62), Davis (Y – 87) Goals: Frater (R) (51 mins), Frater (N) (70 mins), Roberts (73 mins)

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LOUIS VIERA MAKES HIS FIRST TEAM DEBUT


Mascot Fact File Name: Shane Edgar Age: 11 Favourite St Neots Player and why: Ryan Frater as he is solid in Defence What position do you play in: Striker or Midfield Who do you support: Arsenal What do you want to be when older: I would like to be a footballer as a career, I really would like to work around fitness maybe a PE teacher or instructor. Favourite food: Pasta Favourite television programme: Match Of The Day Do you have any pets? 2 dogs, Benny and Lucky

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Mascot feature

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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WORLD’S BEST DEFENDERS 04. GIORGIO CHIELLINI (JUVENTUS) The third and final of Juventus’ centre-backs on our list is Giorgio Chiellini, the rock on which the Turin side have built their all-conquering Serie A side of recent years. Chiellini may lack the on-ball qualities of his two colleagues, but is the best defensive player of the three. With outstanding positional awareness and tackling technique, Chiellini is one of the most respected one-on-one opponents in world football. He may not be quick or gifted in possession, but the Italian provides balance in a world of ball-playing centre-backs. He does his job effectively and, in the process, makes it very difficult for opponents to threaten his goal through any means necessary. One of the most old-fashioned defenders on our list, but also one of the best.

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Defenders never really get the recognition they deserve we take a look at the 10 best defenders in the game today.

03. VINCENT KOMPANY (MANCHESTER CITY) Vincent Kompany may not have matched his previous performance levels in a Manchester City shirt last season, but he remains one of the best defenders anywhere in world football. A wonderful all-around player who spent much of his early career in midfield, Kompany offers a stubborn, powerful and technically complete presence at the heart of the defence. On form, he is the best defender in the Premier League. What also sets apart the Belgian from many others is his leadership qualities, with Kompany often seen barking instructions at his teammates. He is an organiser, with a fine understanding of the game around him. Should Man City return with a bang this season in an attempt to regain the Premier League title, it would be no surprise to see Kompany leading the charge.

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THE CHAIRMANS’ VIEWS

BOXES TICKED Welcome to our good friends from just down the road at Biggleswade and a special welcome to Maurice, Chris and Dave, the players and supporters for what I’m sure will be an entertaining match. Well where do I start, December and particularly Christmas has been probably the most stressful time I have encountered in my time with the club. Having had the news from Gary King that he could not continue as first team manager was not the news I was hoping for but I fully understood the reasons behind his decision. So we move on to the task of finding a new manager who had what I hoped would be the right person with the right formula to take the club forward, a seriously hard task indeed, I decided not to “Knee Jerk” and take my time by finding the person who could as they say “Tick all and every box” impossible I thought at the time. Having had numerous applications even though I did not advertise the position is a real credit to the status of our club. Many applications were first class and any club would have been excited by the quality of applicant. But I wanted that little bit extra and more of a very long-term appointment and not a “Boom and Bust” type of one. Of which made me think of David Batch who at the time was manager of AFC Sudbury, yes most of would know of the name as recently his

side beat us in a replay in the FA Trophy. You may ask, “was that it then” will seriously no it was not in fact I have known David for over 25 years as he was a friend of my youngest son Jamie when they were both playing for Cambridge United all those years ago. Loosing touch for all that time David came back into my attention when he took his club at the time Wroxham to the FA Vase final at wembley. I have kind of watched his football managerial progress from then on. The recent fixture saw us “say hello” again and I was very impressed with his style of management and thoroughness in the preparation of his team. So when I needed a new manager I was on to David like a shot, invited him to come over and have a chat, wrote out a wish list on what our club would like to see in a manager who would be able to help guide us through the coming years. David Batch ticked all of those boxes and our discussions were very positive. Agreement was reached and I got my man, the appointment could not be announced straight away as I had to show respect to his present club AFC Sudbury and because of contractual agreements we had to wait until the end of December before we could make an official announcement. “Now everyone are you all getting this”, I was stuck right in the middle of at least two very important

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matches against Frome and Corby of which gave me a very serious dilemma. How do I get through these fixtures, keep the squad informed as much as I could and actually have a manager to take both these games. Enter “Mike Bassett” football manager extraordinaire and his assistant, young Bassett. In my next notes I will be covering probably the hardest most stressful time I have ever had in football yes I mean that. I will give you all a real insight on my time, as caretaker manager of which was a very serious education for myself and my son Jamie. Pressure, frustration, tension and that was before we even went into the dressing room. I can assure you all it will be a great read, so buy the next match programme as it will open all of your eyes that’s for sure. Right onto todays match and the new managements first home fixture, give them and the team a great welcome as you all did at Dunstable, Paulton and Hungerford as we are all “David Batches barmy army”. ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL Mike


PART ONE 50 YEARS WITH ST NEOTS TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB

JOHN WALKER LIFE PRESIDENT and as you would expect there have been some highs and lows.

It all began on a cold Saturday afternoon at the Club’s long term home at Shortsands, Cambridge Street, St Neots in January 1965 just a fortnight after I moved to the Town. With nothing to do I thought I would go and watch the local football team who were then members of the Metropolitan Football League and as I stood outside the changing rooms at ten minutes to three I was approached by Club Manager John Gregory (senior) the former West Ham full back, ‘You look intelligent’ he said ‘deal with this for me’ and he thrust a small piece of pink paper into my hand. It was an order from the ‘Kettering Evening Telegraph’ for a match report. “Teams prior to kick off – 100 words at half time – 50 words and final score at the end” it said. I was an Accountant and knew nothing about journalism with my principle scribbling limited to entries in my diary but I thought I would have a go at this challenge. Fifty years on I am still writing about MY club – ST NEOTS TOWN FC. Things moved swiftly after that first day with my long standing predecessor Joe Doncaster who was then about my age now, indisposed by having to care for his seriously

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ill mother. I was swiftly co-opted on to the Club Committee, elected Secretary within a few months and that was the start of a lifelong commitment. During my spell with the Club I have been Secretary, Treasurer, Fund Raising Organiser,

Bar Secretary, Vice-Chairman, Linesman, Assistant Groundsman, Membership Secretary, Programme Editor, Vice-President and more recently Life President. In fact the only two key posts I have not held are Chairman and Manager and I do not have the desire or ability to do either. I seldom miss a first team fixture –home or away – and I also try to attend most of the U18 matches in order to ensure that our future talent gets some much deserved publicity. I have always either edited or contributed to the Club programme and to this end my exhaustive Club records have been invaluable. During my spell with the club I have worked with around 25 Managers

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Amongst the highs the lifting of the UCL Championship in 2010/11 for only the second time in my fifty years has to be memorable because it propelled the club to Step Four in the Football Pyramid for the first time in its history. Could this be bettered? Of course it could because just twelve months later the side went one better winning the Southern League Central Division title at the first attempt to go up to our present level at Step Three. The title was won as we defeated North Greenford 8-0 at home on the day I was holding a pre-arranged party for my 70th Birthday at the Club. How good was that for timing?? It would be churlish of me not to mention St Neots’ visit to Walsall in the First Round of the FA Cup in November 1966 – the best ever run in that famous National competition and only just a year after I became Club Secretary. We lost 2-0 on the day but it will forever be a milestone in the Club history. More recently I was hugely proud when a 1-0 aggregate victory over Tiverton Town saw the club lift the Red Insure (Southern League) KO Cup – the most senior piece of silverware ever won by the Club. Of course there has been lots of other silverware along the way notably the Hunts Senior Cup which the club has lifted seventeen times in my 50 years. Perhaps the most nostalgic victory was when we beat Langford 2-1 in the Final of the Hinchingbrooke Cup at Eynesbury in May 1987. It was to be the last competitive match played by the club for more than three years.


AMONGST THE HIGHS THE LIFTING OF THE UCL CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2010/11 FOR ONLY THE SECOND TIME IN MY FIFTY YEARS HAS TO BE MEMORABLE BECAUSE IT PROPELLED THE CLUB TO STEP FOUR IN THE FOOTBALL PYRAMID FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ITS HISTORY.


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

Dorchester Town have signed Dan Woodward on dual registration forms from Vanarama Conference South side Gosport Borough.Woodward, 20, came through the youth ranks at Privett Park before becoming a first-team regular during Gosport`s maiden season in the Conference South last year. He played in almost forty fixtures for the Yellows last season, culminating in an appearance at Wembley in the final of the FA Trophy. Following a number of high-profile signings during the summer, Woodward has not figured in as many games as previously hoped, and he joined Sydenhams Football League (Wessex) Premier Division side Petersfield Town, also on dual terms, in November. CHIPPENHAM TOWN

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Division club Chippenham Town have amicably agreed to end the players` season prematurely. Griffin re-signed for Chippenham for a second time back in October 2009 from Swindon Supermarine. He had previously served the likes of Mangotsfield United and Corsham Town. Manager Mark Collier said: “Both Alan and I have taken this decision following his recent knee surgery. “Griff feels he needs to take a complete break from the rigorous of Southern League football. The club`s Board of Directors also added their thanks to Griffin for his many years of loyal service to the club and have wished him all the best for the future. SLOUGH TOWN

Slough Town have announced that midfielder Adam Martin has agreed to re-join the Rebels from league rivals Cambridge City. The midfielder joined the Lilywhites in November 2013 and has been an ever-present in the City squad ever since. His impressive performances for the club in the second half of last season were rewarded with Gary Roberts naming him as managers` player of the year. Martin is a player Slough never wanted to lose when

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joint-managers Neil Baker and Jon Underwood came to the club eighteen months ago but at that time he had the chance to join Wealdstone in the league above and understandably he wanted to take that opportunity. FROME FC

Adrian Foster, manager Frome Town, has added goalkeeper Ed Baldy to his squad after the news of Darren Chitty being set to be missing for a minimum of four weeks. Chitty suffered a bad leg injury that needed stitches at St Neots Town on December 20th. Baldy has been playing for Bradford Town in the Toolstation Western League and joins on duel registrations forms, meaning he will be available for the Robins if called upon by Foster over the coming weeks. He has previously played for England Schoolboys as well as Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Woking where he broke his leg on a loan deal to Wells City. Baldy has trained on and off with the Robins for the past couple of seasons so is no stranger to the club, having worked closely with Lloyd Chamberlain during the past few pre-seasons.


CORBY TOWN

Corby Town have announced that Tommy Wright has signed a deal to remain as first-team manager until the end of the 2015/16 season. Wright arrived at Steel Park as joint-manager with Andrew Wilson in September 2013, before being placed in sole charge in May 2014. The former Leicester City, Barnsley and Aberdeen striker has turned the club’s fortunes around on the pitch during that period, having compiled a Steelmen team that have shown their credentials as real title contenders. Corby chairman Stevie Noble said: “Extending Tommy’s deal was one of the easiest decisions that this Board of Directors has made since coming into the club. Tommy has been crucial to everything that we have achieved since the takeover and is completely integrated into our future plans. BIGGLESWADE TOWN

Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division club Biggleswade Town have captured a second experienced defender in the space of twelve days with the arrival of Ollie Thorne on a month`s loan from Vanarama Conference South side Hemel Hempstead Town. Waders` boss Chris Nunn picked up former St Neots Town skipper Gavin Hoyte recently and has now added the much-travelled Thorne. The tall and powerful defensive central defender, who can also slot into midfield if required, started his career at MK Dons. He joined Hemel in the summer of 2013 but his appearances have been restricted due to injury. WEYMOUTH FC

Defender Jake Wannell is set to leave League Weymouth in a bid to play his football `Down Under` in the New Year. The former Exeter City youngster, who was released by the Grecians in May before signing for the Terras on non-contract terms in the summer of 2014, has had two offers to join up with clubs in Australia. He is set to feature for Weymouth tomorrow against Truro City, but will jet off in early January.

DUNSTABLE TOWN

Former director of football John McLoughlin has stepped in to become chairman of Dunstable Town. He accepted the role after several weeks of discussions. McLoughlin said: “After some weeks of discussion I have been asked to become chairman of Dunstable Town Football Club. This is a great honour for me and accepting the position was never in doubt. “But before I talk about the future I must first express my gratitude to Roger Dance as he allows me to step into his shoes as chairman. “Roger has been my personal friend and mentor for over twenty years. Without Roger there would not be a football club and so as long as I carry on with everything I have learnt from him then I cannot fail. As for the future I am not going to try and reinvent the wheel or fix something that is not broken! Dunstable Town FC is a strong and successful club and my role is to ensure that this success continues. The academy is the future of this football club and is producing the goods already. I will be working closely with the academy to help build future players and supporters for DTFC.”

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COMMENTATORS FOOTBALL GAFF

You can always rely on the good old football commentator to come out with a classic during the big match! Here are a few howlers! TONY PULIS “If we’d have scored, it would have been a different result”

CLIVE TYLDESLEY

“If Oscar carries on like this then the world, literally, is at his oyster” IAN ABRAHAMS

“Spurs have been here before at White Hart Lane”

GLENN HODDLE “There’s a lot of work been put in that hasn’t been put in”

THEO WALCOTT “If you’re not frustrated that you’re not playing football then you shouldn’t be playing football”

BOBBY GOULD

PAUL MERSON

“Football these days isn’t going forwards. It’s going sidewards”

“Arsenal are in tough competition for fourth with the likes of Spurs, Everton and Arsenal”

STAN COLLYMORE “The Bolton back four didn’t have a cat on earth’s chance”

GRAEME LE SAUX

CLIVE TYLDESLEY

“Santi Cazorla is two-footed”

“They’ve had their moments, City, but nothing too consecrated”

CLIVE TYLDESLEY

MICKY QUINN “Are Spurs title contenders for the league?”

IAN HOLLOWAY “As long as you hit the target, they’re going to go in... if the keeper don’t make a save”

GLENN HODDLE “With all their guns flying, Tottenham would be a threat”

SAM MATTERFACE “Chelsea are all in blue, with their white socks”

“Samuel Eto’o is reputedly the highest-paid player in the world at £350,000 per week - that’s £5,000 a day”

GARY COTTERILL

CRAIG BURLEY

ROBBIE FOWLER

“Man City have got a run of genteel games coming up”

“It’s looking more and more less likely”

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“He’s not as young as he used to be, Bobby Zamora”


TODAY’S VISITORS

BIGGLESWADE TOWN

After last years FA Cup heroics Biggleswade bowed out in the third qualifying round this season. Today we offer our usual warm welcome to our near neighbours Biggleswade Town for our next engagement in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division. Currently fifteenth in the league table but well clear of the relegation zone Biggleswade are struggling to emulate their first season at this level when they finished ninth in the final table. Statistics show that this is the eighteenth meeting of our two sides in the past 40 years but only nine of the previous meetings have been in league matches. Other meetings have been in the FA Cup, the FA Trophy, the East Anglian Cup and the Hinchingbrooke Cup. Biggleswade are our nearest Southern League neighbours and this afternoon we may well be welcoming back our former Club skipper Gavin Hoyte who moved to Biggleswade recently

after playing 115 games plus one as substitute for the Saints over the past two and a half seasons. We thank him for his valuable service at the Cozy Stadium and wish him well in his future (starting at 4.45 p.m. this afternoon). Biggleswade have the reputation as doughty cup fighters and after reaching the First Round Proper of the FA Cup last season they reached the Third Qualifying Round this season before losing to Maidstone United in front of their biggest crowd of the season. In the FA Trophy this season they bowed out in the Second Round Qualifying beaten at home by Poole Town who are one of the favourites for the Premier Division title this season. Last Tuesday (after these notes were written) they were due to host Rugby Town of the Central Division in a Third Round tie in the Red Insure

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Cup after the originally arranged match had been postponed because the pitch was waterlogged. CLUB HISTORY Biggleswade Town was formed in 1874 as ‘Biggleswade FC’ and were founder members of the Biggleswade and District League winning the championship at the first attempt in 1902/03. They also won the Bedfordshire Senior Cup that season for the first of eight occasions. They were in the FA Cup as early as 1904 losing to Watford and later in the FA Cup they reached the fourth qualifying round on three occasions - in 1907/08, 1929/30 and again in 1936/37. After a lengthy spell in either the Biggleswade and District League or the Bedford League the Club joined the UCL (then called the Northants League) in 1920/21. Their best finish in that league was


Year founded: 1874 Nickname: The Waders Chairman: Maurice Dorrington

Website: biggleswadetownfc.co.uk Stadium: The Carlsberg Stadium Capacity: 3,000 (300 seated)

Previous Meetings: 2013/14 St Neots 3-4 Biggleswade 2014/15 Biggleswade 2-2 St Neots

3rd in 1935. After the War they had five seasons in the Spartan League before rejoining the UCL and had ten years in the Eastern Counties League before reverting once again to the UCL. They also had a spell in the old South Midlands League where they became well established. 1991/92 saw them win the SML Premier Division Cup and of course floodlighting had been added in 1989. 1992/93 proved to be their record year for although they lost the Beds Premier Cup over two legs to Luton Town they finished up with four trophies - the SML Challenge Trophy, the Hinchingbrooke Cup, the Hunts Premier Cup and the Jesse Piggott Trophy. However when the merger of the Spartan and South Midland Leagues took place they found themselves in the Senior Division and they finished fifth in their first season.

Moving up to date in 2008/09 the Waders moved to their brand new Carlsberg Stadium and made it a memorable season by clinching promotion to the Zamaretto League Central Division as Champions of the South Midlands League Premier Division. During that season they enjoyed a memorable FA Vase run beating Wivenhoe, Croydon and Market Drayton Town before having to travel to Whitley Bay in the quarter final. That is where they met their Waterloo against a side destined to go on to win the trophy at Wembley Stadium. However promotion was won and a place in the Zamaretto Central Division which was a testing experience but they survived a torrid start to finish twelfth in the final table. That was an excellent learning curve on which they built season. In 2010/11 in a very tight fought finish they finished fourth

and reached the play offs but were beaten by third placed Daventry Town who themselves were beaten in the play off final by Hitchin Town. The next season they finished eighth after being close to a play off place at Easter and then two seasons ago they improved to a fourth placed finish before battling their way to promotion via the play offs. Last season they finished ninth in the Premier Division of the Southern League and also reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup losing to Stourbridge.

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WHO’S WHO

THE WADERS CHRIS NUNN – MANAGER When Chris arrived at the club in November 2006 it looked certain that the club were heading towards relegation. Chris steadied the ship by bringing in new ideas and players and the results started to go the right way but there was still a nervous last day of the season where relegation was a possibility but the team won and Chris was able to make plans for the next season. The following season saw new players and a new attitude saw the team finish third in the league. No one could have predicted what the 2008 -09 season would hold for the Club as Chris guided the team to the quarter final of the FA Vase and the clubs most succesful season when they won the Molten Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division title and promotion to Step 4 football. 2012-13 saw a successful campaign to achieve promotion into the Calor Premier League followed by our best ever league position 9th in Premier Division in first season.

IAN BROWN – GOALKEEPER A massive signing for the Waders, a keeper with nearly 400 games in this division, also known to play of golf (bandit comes to mind) Last season’s Player of the Year Previous Club Bedford Town Hemel Hempstead MAX YORK – DEFENCE Max joined last season securing the right back position, played a key role in securing success for the Waders last season Previous Clubs Rushden & Diamonds Kettering Histon Bedford Town. MARK COULSON – DEFENCE Mark returns to the Waders,after a bad injury last season. A cultured left back who loves to get forward. Previous Clubs Bury Town Hemel Hempstead Histon and Peterborough. CAMERON MAWER – DEFENCE Vastly experienced Centre Half joining the Waders, hold an FA Trophy winners medal. Former England Youth International. Previous Clubs Watford, Weymouth, Grays. STEVEN GENTLE – DEFENCE Club Captain Steven originally arrived as a forward but it soon became necessary for him to fill in as a defender, a role he had at Bedford Town. Certainly shows his passion and commitment both on and off the field. Skilful centre half who likes to

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go up for corners. Previous clubs: Cambridge City and Bedford Town. ANDREW IWEDIUNO – DEFENCE Played a big part in the Waders success last season, giving impressive performances showing strength and pace for a big hearted guy. Previous Club – Barton Rovers DANIEL HARPER - DEFENCE Youth player a big hearted centre half stepping up to senior level. LEE ALLINSON – MIDFIELD Lee is a fully qualified coach and loves to play passing football from central midfield. Likes to get a goal now and then from open play. Proven winner with a Central Champions medal in his cupboard. Previous clubs: Borehamwood, Arlesey Town. CRAIG DANIEL – MIDFIELD Player provides for goal scoring opportunities and scores very special goals himself. Wader’s Player of the Season, a firm favourite at the Carlsberg. Previous club – Bedford Town. LEE REED – MIDFIELD Joined the Waders last season player that likes to strike at goal, as well as setting up his sibling for a few too. Previous Club Bury St Edmunds LEE SMITH – MIDFIELD Strong lad, who loves to break forward hard tackling ball winner looks for the opportunity to score.

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Previous Club Lowestoft Town JONATHAN WOOLF – MIDFIELD Jonathan joined the Waders from Bedford Town and had a good first season with the Waders, unfortunately injury kept him from making as many appearances as he would have liked last season. Previous Clubs; Bedford Town, Hitchin Town. EVAN KEY - MIDFIELD Evan a young player in his second season for the Waders, tall and capable of making a contribution to the Waders campaign. GEORGE BATES – MIDFIELD Product of Waders Youth team development, strong player with goals in his boots. JORDAN DAVIES – MIDFIELD New Wader signing pacey winger tricky feet. Previous Club Bedford Town. SAM REED - FORWARD A player that has attracted attention for the Waders for some time. Signed to play this season, a goal scorer himself as well as provider for others. His pace will unsettle many defenders. Previous Club Bury Town. STUART FARRELL – FORWARD Big strong lad joined Waders from near neighbours Arlesey Town this season looking for goals.


News from the Youth... BOURNE TOWN 5 - 2 ST NEOTS SAINTS United Counties League Division One Striker Josh Hales was making his debut for Bourne in this match and he celebrated in fine style by picking up a hat trick against Saints. In fact he was the significant difference between the sides because the inexperienced visiting side performed quite well given the fact that they had not won a league match since 1st November. Bourne has a decent home record and had already beaten the Saints in an earlier Hinchingbrooke Cup match this season so they started as favourites but the visitors’ direct attacking style always made this a competitive match. Bourne created two early chances with Harley Williams bringing a good save from Jamie Greygoose before seeing a second effort deflected for a corner. At the other end Ebey Marango had the ball in the net for Saints after just four minutes but was ruled offside and within sixty seconds Bourne had

capitalised as a poor clearance allowed Aris Placis to open the scoring from close range. A free kick by Dan Wilson rebounded from the Saints cross bar but Bourne were on top by now and after 16 minutes Placis claimed his second goal with a crisp finish. Saints replied with an immediate counter attack and Ebey Marango netted from close range to reduce the arrears and the visitors could have been level but for a good save from Dan Hobbs. As the half progressed Bourne looked the stronger side and it was some defensive naivety from the visitors that allowed Josh Hales to score after 38 and again after 45 minutes to give the home side a comfortable 4-1 half time cushion.

After the break Saints began to look the better side and after 67 minutes after a good build up Luis Vieira was felled in the penalty area and he climbed to his feet to net the resultant penalty kick and put his side back in contention at 4-2. Three minutes later Marango had the ball in the net again but the Referee had blown for an infringement and Bourne went on to ensure all three points when Hales broke clear of the Saints defence to complete his hat trick. The pace did not drop and there were missed chances at either end but Saints can be encouraged by this battling performance despite yet another defeat. John Walker

Saints Greygoose, Crisp, Jones, White, Gilbert, Loasby, Fife, Vieira, Marango, Hobbs, Prince Subs: Whittle (for Crisp 46 mins) Cards: None Goals: Marango (17 min), Vieira (67min) Referee: Shaun Gray (Bourne)

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GREENIES GREETINGS

IT’S NICE TO BE BACK HOME Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Rowley Park – The Cozy Stadium, for today’s Evostik League Southern Premier Division match. Today we extend a very warm welcome to our friends from Biggleswade Town and we hope you all enjoy your second visit this season to The Cozy after your FA Trophy Replay was staged here a couple of months ago due to a problem with the lights at the Carlsberg Stadium and we also welcome ex skipper Gavin Hoyte back today as he visits with his new team-mates for the first time. It seems an absolute age since we were last in action here on Boxing Day, when we lost to Corby Town in a bruising encounter and after two away games so far this calendar year, it’s nice to be back home and with a local derby too. Since the Corby game we have appointed an new Management Team of David Batch, Asisstant Steve Easthaugh and goalkeeping coach Darren Plowman and they have begun their new regime, which has so far been blighted by another lengthy injury list, with a win at Dunstable and a draw at Paulton Rovers. A fantastic start for all concerned, I’m sure you’d agree, so please give them a fantastic reception today. Also joining us in the past week are Jack Wilkinson (AFC Sudbury) and Adam Tann (Leiston FC) and both lads made their full debuts for the Saints in the hard earned 0-0 draw at Paulton Rovers last Saturday. Welcome to the Club boys, here’s to a successful stay to you both. As we welcome Jack and Adam, we say goodbye

to Jay Davies, who has left the club and has joined Vanarama South outfit Bishops Stortford FC, who are currently struggling in the relegation places so who knows, maybe our paths will cross next season? Thanks Jay for your efforts during your time with us and good luck with your future. I’d also just like to add a thank you to Mike and Jamie Kearns, who stepped into the breach for the Frome and Corby games prior to David’s signing. This was a

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real eye opening experience for Mike who certainly learned a lot about life in the dugout for those two games and to everyone else who helped out for the two games. Ok then, back to the important thing of winning today’s game, claiming the local bragging rights and more importantly, bagging three very important points as we look to re-enter the playoff positions after losing the six points we earned in our two victories over the now defunct Hereford United. Let’s get behind David and the lads from the first whistle and help them continue their great start to the new year. BE LOUD, BE Proud, BE A SAINT GREENY


RYAN WAS BOOKED FOR THIS ATTEMPT


AWAY DAYS

THE BOB LUCAS STADIUM Our next away day sees us traveling down to Weymouth the home of “The Terras”. Weymouth are the best supported club in the Southern League Premier Division, with an average attendance of over 500 supporters at every home game. The club changed their management team mid way through season 2013/14 with the appointment of Jason Matthews as first team coach.The club finished in 12th position in the Premier Division in season 2013/14. Having only lost 2 games all this season it will be a very tough test for the Saints especially have to travel down for a mid week fixture. However we can take comfort that one of those defeats was against the saints earlier in the season where we had a very comfortable win by 2 goals to nil.

THE BOB LUCAS STADIUM Radipole Lane, Weymouth Dorset, DT4 9XJ Adults = £11 Concessions = £8 Children under 16 = £3 Capacity: 6,600 (900 seated) Round Trip from (PE19 6SL): 295 Miles

DIRECTIONS Approach Weymouth from Dorchester on the A354. Turn right at first roundabout onto Weymouth Way, continue to the next roundabout then turn right (signposted Football Ground). At the next roundabout take third exit into the ground.

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FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCE

BRIAN CLOUGH Some great stories about the people who knew and worked under the great man SMASH HIT Forests Mark Crossley Vinnie Jones and his Wimbledon pals got more than they bargained for the day they tried to ruffle Cloughies feathers. Vinnie’s Wimbledon boys had built a reputation for not giving a toss and their alternative way of approaching the game had earned them the name of the Crazy gang.They were unconventional and went against the grain with a lot of people with their roughhouse style of play and devilmay-care, no – nonsense approach to the game. Don’t get me wrong, they could play a bit too, but they weren’t adverse to playing mind-games themselves to try and get under the oppositions skin, they were certainly different. They prided themselves on bossing people about- but they hadn’t banked on raising the hackles of the man who was bossed by no one, Clough. When it came to mind games, Cloughie was the master and he was not about to get a lesson from a bunch of players who did not subscribe to his way of playing football. The gaffer prided himself on having players who tried to play football the proper way and all his teams had a much – admired ethic of never arguing with referees. Vinnie, Sanchez and the like probably thought we were a bunch of softies they could easily put the frightener’s on. They hadnt counted on the Boss.

We were in the dressing room preparing for the match against Vinnie and his crew and there was an almighty din coming from down the corridor. They had introduced the practice of playing really loud music in the dressing room just prior to games to really get them in the mood for battle. Crazy Gang? It was more like Cool and the Gang and the gaffer was having none of it. I’m guessing that there was more than just letting the opposition know just who was in town and what to expect. The place was rocking. The walls were banging and it sounded like a nightclub had opened just down the corridor. Cloughie was more Sinatra than Stone Roses, more Matt Monro than Motorhead. This was testing his patience to the full. Big Mistake.

“What the F??ks that racket?” the gaffer said to Alan Hill. “They’ve got one of those Ghetto Blasters on boss: “Ghetto Blasters / well go and ask them very nicely to turn it down. Hilly disappeared and after knocking on the away dressing room door was asking them if they’d be kind enough to ease back on the volume. The story goes that Vinnie answered the door in his pants and agreed that

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they would. Down it went – for about a minute. Then the volume was cranked up again.

“Hilly” did you ask them to turn it down? Asked the gaffer. “Yes” “Right well go back and this time say please! As players, we were all up the corridor, intrigued as to what was happening, but could not actually see proceedings. Apparently Vinnie has answered the door again to go face to face with the slightly harassed Hilly.

“Our gaffer has asked me to ask you if you could turn that thing down please. The music went down for a short while before it started booming out again. Cloughie hit the roof. Ill show them bastards, He growled, storming out of our dressing room in the direction of Vinnie and co.


“NOW TURN IT UP! CLOUGHIE BELLOWED AFTER DROPPING THE GHETTO BLASTER ONTO THE TILED FLOOR, SMASHING TO PIECES.” Cloughie didn’t care-he was bigger and better than Wimbledon and he wasn’t having us dictating what happened on HIS patch. It was quite funny really because he was a real gentleman about it all but made it clear he just wasn’t having it. As I recall, we had been asked to turn it down and obviously we hadn’t gone along with the request. Then this legendary figure comes in, tracksuit bottoms and the famous green top and took matters into his own hands. I seem to think he gave the Ghetto Blaster a good kick actually, but I know it got a proper whack as he went on about wanting some piece and quite without all that racket coming from our dressing room. He got want he wanted. I’m not sure weather Vinnie turned it down or it no longer worked after taking a belting from Cloughie but, either way up, he got his way.

And apparently he waltzed straight past the self –styled soccer hardnut, picks up the ghetto blaster and proceeds to silence the lot of ‘em.

“Now turn it up! Cloughie bellowed after dropping the Ghetto Blaster onto the tiled floor, smashing to pieces. Wimbledon Star Terry Phelan was in the dressing room that day and reveals; Hey, we might have been known as the Crazy Gang who didn’t

suck up to anyone but when the Master comes in and says he’s not happy, even we listened. You don’t mess with Cloughie and when we saw that he wasn’t having the loud music at any price, he got it sorted. If I remember rightly, I think Vinnie just started laughing and kind of held his hands outstretched as if to say “what was that all about” Even Vinnie didn’t say much to Mr. Clough. He owned the place.

Looking back it was just incredible to see him that close up because he didn’t give a toss about our reputation. This was his place, the place where he ruled and he wasn’t having it. We might have had a fearsome reputation, but even we didn’t want any trouble with Mr. Clough.

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INTRODUCING

BEN MACKEY Mackey started his career at Coventry City Football Club where he made three appearances. The first on 12 April 2003 against Ipswich meant that he was (and still is) the youngest player ever to take the pitch for the club’s first team, aged 16 years and 167 days. At the start of the 2005/06 season Mackey had a trial with Linfield F.C. of the Irish Premier League. He made four appearances for them and scored one goal.

At the start of the 2006/07 season Mackey joined Leamington F.C. where he has had the chance to get more first team experience. That season he was Leamington’s highest scorer and repeated the feat in 2007/08. 2007/08 saw him become the first player to sign a contract with the club since they reformed in 2000. This showed both the clubs high regard for Mackey and his loyalty to the club after rumours that Nuneaton Borough of the Conference North were interested in signing him. After 92 games and 57 goals Mackey moved to Brackley Town at the end of May 2008 (he was third top scorer in the league for 2007/08 with 24 goals), signing a two year contract with the Southern League Premier Division outfit. He then signed for Conference North side Corby Town in June 2010 where he scored 10 league goals in the first half of the 2010/11 season before breaking

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his leg. In November 2011 Mackey signed for Evesham United, who at the time played in the EvoStik Premier League Southern. In 2011/2012 he moved to St Neots Town and helped them win the Southern League Central Division title in 2011–12. He quickly went to become a fans favourite and is known amongst fans as “Big Ben”. The following season he moved to Stourbridge F.C. and finished second highest scorer in the league with 29 goals. Season 2013-14 saw Mackey move to Hemel Hempstead Town F.C. and they were crowned champions that season with Mackey ending the season as top scorer at the Club. November 2014 saw Mackey return to The Saints when a transfer fee was agreed between themselves and Hemel Hempstead.


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NATHAN FRATER


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MD’S VIEWS

A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE I can’t believe it’s 2015, it doesn’t quite feel real. I know everyone feels the same past a certain age but it just doesn’t seem possible. What the rest of the season holds for us is anyone’s guess however its quite clear that we are again looking at overcoming what has happened and pushing on regardless. Our objectives remain the same, as they always have, and to this end I for one am pleased that we found ourselves in the unfortunate position of having to find a new management team. No underlying reason other than the fact that it was clear that commitments elsewhere were having a detrimental effect and so I applaud the honestly and integrity of those that held their hands up. I’d like to welcome David Batch and his management team to our club and offer him our complete support for the remainder of this season and beyond. David has been on our radar for some time and our loss

against Sudbury only confirmed the realisation that he has all the credentials that are integral, essential to both our first team and the club as a whole. I’m not going to re-print what qualifications he has or what he has achieved because although they are important it’s what he does going forward from here that really interests me and what he has already done in his short tenure so far. Good luck for the rest of the season We’ve had several meetings over the last week or so most of them concerning our educational programme. We are constantly looking at ways to improve the overall package that we offer to year 11 school leavers and as such have been in discussions with our current providers as well as seeking possible new avenues to explore.

It’s good that we are now four years further on from our initial talks with Hunts Regional College (who were very short sighted) and I would find it disappointing if we do not find ourselves in four years’ time at the pinnacle of sports based education in the area. Boxing Day against Corby was not an enjoyable experience, not enjoyable because of the away support (a minority but ignorant nether the less), not enjoyable because I found those officials in hospitality a tad unlikable, not enjoyable because of the attitude of one or two of our players that day and I can honestly say that I was close to calling it a day after everything had died down on the 26th December. It won’t happen again as far as our employees are concerned because I refuse to believe that what was said and how this was acted out was not the normal way an individual should behave, that has now been sorted. We move on. I’d like to welcome Maurice, Chris and all associated with Biggleswade Town to Rowley Park. I hope you have a nice time with us. LEE

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DREW ROBERTS


ITS A FUNNY

OLD GAME!

There’s never a dull moment supporting your favourite team, the beautiful game has been kicking around for years but will always throw up some lunacy! Check these beauties out! Legendary United fan Norman Windram, a lifelong Manchester United fan, claimed in 2002 to have been at every Manchester United match at Old Trafford since 1926. He said he watched his first game aged four-years-old and attended over 1,800 home matches in a row making him one of the loyalist supporters the club has ever had.

No jokes allowed The Chile Under-20 squad were fined in 2002 for laughing. The country’s FA decided to punish the players as someone told a joke which caused the whole squad to fall about laughing. The coach

complained as he struggled to regain authority and control after the joke had been told.

Chicken wings for losers Grimsby Town manager Brian Laws is alleged to have thrown a plate of chicken wings at Ivano Bonetti in 1996 after the team had lost a match. The gaffer was apparently unhappy with Bonetti’s lack of effort throughout the game and hurled the chicken at the player through his frustration.

Blatter knows what’s up Sepp Blatter, the head of FIFA, didn’t exactly cover himself in glory when he was answering questions about

the women’s game in 2004. He suggested a way to make the women’s game more popular would be to bring in more feminine clothing such as much tighter shorts.

Fancy dressed footballer Newcastle United midfielder Clarence Acuna was pulled over by police after attending the club’s Christmas party in 1999. However, it was a caution with a difference because the Chilean was dressed as Captain Hook as the police asked him various questions related to his driving skills.

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Scorelines.. League Action on Saturday 10th January Premier Division Weymouth struck in the twenty sixth minute to secure a 1-0 home victory over Cambridge City and move four points clear at the top of the table while fourth placed Redditch United, ahead on the half hour, recorded a 2-1 home win over thanks to an own goal fifteen minutes from time but Hungerford Town were held to a 0-0 home draw by Chippenham Town and Cirencester Town, ahead at half time, went behind after the break and, having levelled from an own goal thirteen minutes from time, lost 3-2 at home when Hitchin Town scored six minutes from time. Chesham United recovered from going behind in the fifth minute to win 3-2 at home against Dorchester Town but St Neots Town were held to a 0-0 draw at Paulton Rovers while Bideford secured a 1-0 victory at Arlesey Town with a first half strike. Second from bottom Banbury United, a goal down at the interval, secured a point from a 1-1 home draw with Frome Town when they equalised just before the midway point of the second half. The matches at Biggleswade Town (v Poole Town) and Histon (v Slough Town) both fell to the weather.

Mid Week saw just three games survive the weather. Top of the table Weymouth went behind in the second minute and found themselves trailing three behind at the midway point of the second half and, although pulling one back in the final minute, crashed to a 4-2 home defeat by Paulton Rovers with both sides ending the game with ten men. A goal a minute before the interval proved enough for Poole Town to move back to within a point of the leaders with a 1-0 home victory over bottom placed Burnham while Chippenham Town went ahead from a penalty and doubled their lead a minute before the break and, although they conceded a goal in time added on at the end of the first half, they recorded a 2-1 home win against third from bottom Dorchester Town.

Division One Central Leaders Kettering Town found themselves trailing two goals down after just eighteen minutes at Aylesbury United but scored a minute before the break and salvaged a point from a 2-2 draw with an equaliser twenty minutes from time while second placed

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Aylesbury missed the opportunity of closing the gap when they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Royston Town when the home side scored in time added on at the end of the first half but third placed Bedworth United scored three minutes into the second half to secure a 1-0 home victory over Marlow. Hanwell Town took a tenth minute lead but trailed a goal behind at the interval only to strike four times in the second half to complete a 5-2 home win over bottom of the table AFC Hayes while Rugby Town struck twice in the opening twenty six minutes to set up a 3-2 home success against Uxbridge but Northwood were held to a 0-0 draw at Godalming Town and Potters Bar Town won 1-0 at third from bottom Beaconsfield SYCOB with a strike ten minutes before the interval. The weather caused the remaining four matches to be postponed at Barton Rovers (v St Ives Town), Daventry Town (v Chalfont St Peter), Egham Town (v Bedford Town), and North Greenford United (v Leighton Town)


BRUCE WILSON


ST NEOTS TOWN 2 CORBY TOWN 4 26:12:2014 / Southern Premier Division / Att 462 / Referee: Nigel Smith St Neots came off second best in this clash between two sides in play off places at the start of the day, and although they fought back from a goal down to lead with eighteen minutes remaining, they can ultimately have few complaints that their visitors left Rowley Park with the three points.

by the referee who for some reason pulled play back for a St Neots free kick and the advantage was lost. Saints were forced to make their third and final substitution during the half time break when Hilliard, who had been injured by a high but unpunished challenge in the first half, was replaced by Ferrari.

There was little to cheer for the sizeable festive home crowd in the first half, as Saints failed to create a direct shot on goal and had their pre-match plans quickly disrupted by injuries which forced them to replace both Dean Cracknell and Ben Mackey before half time.

Corby continued to press at the start of the second half and both Carvalho and Byrne saw their shots at goal deflected wide for corners. However Saints responded well and Ferrari almost capitalised on a defensive error but Malone managed to make a last ditch effort to concede a corner, from which Saints equalised. Hutton’s corner was flicked on by Ryan Frater and Drew Roberts netted at the far post. Saints then nearly took the lead after seventy one minutes when Nathan Frater saw his effort come back off the inside of the post after being fed by Roberts, but the visitors did fall behind moments later as Hutton latched on to a

Neither side managed to trouble the opposing keeper in the opening fifteen minutes, yet Corby managed to take the lead after nineteen minutes with their first meaningful chance when Elliott Chamberlain latched on to a loose ball to slot home from close range after Bastock had got down low to his right to parry a shot from the edge of the box from Milnes. It could have been worse for St Neots but Chamberlain contrived to miss his kick with the goal at his mercy after a cross from Carvalho and then Mills also managed to make a poor connection when presented with another chance in front of goal. Just before half time Hilliard was sent clear on the left but the attack was brought to a halt

defensive clearance and set up Drew Roberts for his second of the match. Substitute Ferrari almost found a way through the Corby defence with a powerful run from the half way line and Hutton shot wide as Saints pressed for a third but defensive hesitation allowed the visitors to draw level, as Chamberlain broke clear and although Ryan Frater got back to force him wide, he managed to set up Edi Appleton to score. It was Corby who finished the stronger with Malone volleying over from a Milnes Free kick and Taylor drawing a save from Bastock. With just three minutes remaining Corby regained the lead after Wright slipped his marker and drew Bastock out of goal before setting up Ben Milnes to slot home, before completing their victory in added time when Elliott Chamberlain found the net off the underside of the cross bar following a flick on by Wright. Roger Walker

St Neots Town

Corby Town

Bastock, York, Ford, Cracknell, Frater R, Ward, Hilliard, Frater N, Mackey, Roberts, Hutton Subs: Davis (for Cracknell 19), Davies (for Mackey 39), Ferrari (for Hilliard 46) Plowright, Greygoose Cautions: Hilliard, Hutton, Frater N, Frater R

Walker, Thomas, Anton, Malone, Appleton, Byrne, Mills, Taylor, Chamberlain, Milnes, Carvalho Subs: Wright (for Mills 68), Kennedy (for Thomas (77), Hartley, Bentley, Donkin Cautions: Malone, Wright

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PAULTON ROVERS 0 ST NEOTS TOWN 0 10:01:2015 / Southern Premier Division / Att 167 / Referee: Daniel Leach This was a point gained rather than two lost on their travels for St Neots who featured in their first goalless league match since March 2014. That was because they played for more than an hour with ten men after Nathan Frater was dismissed for alleged illegal use of his elbow. Manager David Batch was critical of the decision saying that it was a 50/50 challenge with both involved players guilty of the same offence. ‘In my view that was a yellow card at worst – and that would have been harsh’ he said after the match. That decision galvanised the visitors whose work rate and commitment was evident as they buckled down to make light of their deficit in numbers to return home from Somerset with a well deserved point. Making their debut for St Neots were the two midweek signings – full back Jack Wilkinson from Sudbury and midfielder Adam Tann from Leiston who numbers Cambridge United amongst his former clubs. Both fitted in well and when the current injury list subsides it will

give David Blatch some interesting selection alternatives. An 8.30 am inspection found the pitch in good condition despite the heavy rain 24 hours earlier and Jack Wilkinson was in early action with a long throw to set up Nathan Frater but his off balance shot was just wide. At the other end Paulton’s first effort was a shot from Jon Davies was comfortably gathered by Paul Bastock. Nathan Frater was prominent in attack and he twice had shots deflected as St Neots sought to grasp the attacking initiative. After 25 minutes a shot by Drew Roberts was deflected on to the foot of a post and away for a corner from which Adam Tann rose to head narrowly over the bar. The game was punctuated by a series of free kicks and Mitchell Page found his was into the Referee’s notebook after three fouls in five minutes. Then after 32 minutes the straight red card issued to Nathan Frater meant that St Neots had to regroup. They sacrificed David Hutton to send on Ben Mackey as Roberts’ strike partner and reverted to a 4-3-2 formation. Ryan Plowright named in midfield for the first time volleyed narrowly wide as St Neots settled and the scoreless first half represented a contest fairly evenly balanced. The only change made by St Neots upon the resumption was to switch Plowright back to his customary full back role with Wilkinson moved forward to midfield. It was to be a

difficult half for the St Neots midfield trio playing against the extra man but with Wilkinson on the left and Max York on the right utilising their long throwing skills to the full St Neots discovered a useful attacking option. Ben Ford curled a clever shot just wide but for a while Paulton were the more dominant side as St Neots defended well. Ford was then injured and required on-pitch treatment for the second time

but he was replaced by Ed Adjei whose added pace began to test Paulton. After 73 minutes following a corner Adam Tann sent a low shot through a packed six yards box but it rebounded from a post and then as St Neots looked for a late winner Mackey saw an angled shot finger tipped away for a corner by home keeper Kyle Phillips. The home side had lost their impetus and only a Brandon Barnes free kick over the bar threatened St Neots late surge as they finished the game looking the more likely to snatch all three points. John Walker

Paulton Rovers

St Neots Town

Phillips, Tovey, Teale, Anson, Brice, Barnes, Evans, Williams, Wilson, Davies, Page Subs: Bryant (for Wilson 82), Lacey (for Evans 82), Walker (for Davies 90), Green and Jefferies Cards: Page (Y – 27) Goals: None

Bastock, York, Wilkinson, Tann, Frater (R), Ward, Hutton, Ford, Frater (N), Roberts, Plowright Subs: Mackey (for Hutton 38), Adjei (for Ford 70), Davis, Ferrari and Greygoose. Cards: Frater (N) (RED - 32), Ward (Y – 43) Goals: None

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21-Mar

04-Apr

3 -- 0

06-Apr

0 -- 4

1 -- 1

21-Mar

3 -- 0

28-Mar

3 -- 2

tba

Bideford

Biggleswade Town

Burnham

Cambridge City

Chesham United

Chippenham Town

Cirencester Town

Corby Town

Dorchester Town

3 -- 0

2 -- 0

4 -- 1

07-Mar

2 -- 0

tba

6 -- 2

3 -- 1

Hereford United

Histon

Hitchin Town

Hungerford Town

Paulton Rovers

Poole Town

2 -- 3

Frome Town

31-Jan

4 -- 1

07-Feb

18-Apr

3 -- 0

St Neots Town

Truro City

Weymouth

3 -- 2

2 -- 1

Slough Town

06-Apr

2 -- 0

14-Feb

Redditch United

tba

0 -- 0

4 -- 0

1 -- 0

4 -- 2

5 -- 1

17-Jan

Dunstable Town

17-Jan

14-Mar

1 -- 5

3 -- 0

25-Apr

07-Feb

tba

2 -- 2

2 -- 1

5 -- 0

28-Mar

4 -- 1

7 -- 2

21-Mar

06-Apr

28-Feb

3 -- 2

tba

14-Feb

24-Jan

1 -- 1

3 -- 3

tba

6 -- 2

25-Apr

4 -- 2

18-Apr

5 -- 1

3 -- 0

2 -- 3

0 -- 1

28-Feb

Arlesey Town

0 -- 2

Banbury United

Arlesey Town

Bideford

Banbury United

Biggleswade Town

3 -- 2

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

tba

tba

07-Feb

1 -- 1

24-Jan

11-Apr

2 -- 2

2 -- 1

Burnham

28-Mar

31-Jan

3 -- 1

tba

0 -- 0

1 -- 0

3 -- 0

1 -- 0

18-Apr

2 -- 1

2 -- 5

1 -- 2

4 -- 2

1 -- 0

07-Mar

25-Apr

14-Mar

06-Apr

17-Jan

1 -- 0

07-Feb

0 -- 2

21-Feb

Cambridge City 1 -- 0

1 -- 0

0 -- 1

07-Mar

2 -- 4

28-Mar

1 -- 1

2 -- 0

06-Apr

1 -- 1

2-0

2 -- 1

25-Apr

2 -- 2

24-Jan

14-Feb

11-Apr

4 -- 4

1 -- 2

21-Feb

tba

2 -- 0

0 -- 2

Chesham United tba

0 -- 3

2 -- 3

0 -- 3

2 -- 2

tba

07-Mar

11-Apr

24-Jan

21-Feb

14-Mar

14-Feb

04-Apr

0 -- 0

1 -- 1

2 -- 2

1 -- 1

1 -- 0

0 -- 2

1 -- 3

17-Jan

1 -- 1

0 -- 3

1 -- 2

Chippenham Town 0 -- 0

24-Jan

tba

18-Apr

2 -- 2

2 -- 1

tba

2 -- 1

0 -- 0

1 -- 1

1 -- 3

07-Feb

06-Apr

5 -- 1

0 -- 1

14-Feb

1 -- 1

28-Mar

1 -- 1

tba

0 -- 2

5 -- 0

21-Feb

1 -- 4

07-Mar

1 -- 2

tba

2 -- 1

2 -- 1

1 -- 1

0 -- 0

11-Apr

01-Jan

14-Mar

0 -- 3

07-Feb

2 -- 1

17-Jan

31-Jan

1 -- 3

0 --1

04-Apr

0 -- 2

0 -- 5

Cirencester Town

07-Mar

Corby Town 18-Apr

tba

2 -- 4

07-Feb

21-Mar

25-Apr

31-Jan

3 -- 0

03-Jan

06-Apr

1 -- 2

1 -- 2

1 -- 2

2 -- 1

0 -- 0

0 -- 2

0 -- 1

2 -- 2

0 -- 3

28-Feb

04-Apr

0 -- 5

1 -- 2

Dorchester Town 2 -- 0

24-Jan

6 -- 5

2 -- 1

3 -- 0

0 -- 0

18-Apr

31-Jan

07-Mar

1 -- 0

4 -- 0

tba

14-Feb

28-Mar

6 -- 1

2 -- 1

3 -- 2

04-Apr

1 -- 5

4 -- 1

21-Feb

2 -- 1

1 -- 0

24-Jan

Dunstable Town 07-Mar

28-Mar

06-Apr

0 -- 3

2 -- 1

1 -- 0

2 -- 2

0 -- 0

3 -- 2

1 -- 2

18-Apr

tba

1 -- 2

2 -- 2

1 -- 1

31-Jan

tba

1 -- 2

2 -- 0

0 -- 2

1 -- 2

21-Feb

Frome Town 4 -- 2

tba

3 -- 1

18-Apr

2 -- 0

7 -- 0

21-Feb

1 -- 1

tba

1 -- 2

28-Mar

28-Feb

21-Mar

11-Apr

3 -- 1

1 -- 0

3 -- 0

31-Jan

3 -- 1

1 -- 2

4 -- 0

1 -- 1

2 -- 2

Hereford United 04-Apr

6 -- 0

1 -- 0

2 -- 0

tba

0 -- 0

1 -- 2

21-Mar

25-Apr

0 -- 0

1 -- 3

1 -- 1

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

7 -- 2

4 -- 0

1 -- 1

2 -- 0

2 -- 0

04-Apr

1 -- 0

07-Feb

17-Jan

4 -- 2

1 -- 3

28-Feb

1 -- 0

2 -- 0

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

tba

04-Apr

21-Mar

2 -- 1

2 -- 0

2 -- 3

28-Feb

0 -- 1

2 -- 4

0 -- 0

3 -- 7

2 -- 1

0 -- 3

0 -- 2

Hungerford Town 3 -- 1

2 -- 1

14-Mar

1 -- 2

0 -- 2

1 -- 0

2 -- 3

14-Feb

2 -- 1

0 -- 2

07-Mar

07-Feb

1 -- 0

17-Jan

18-Apr

0 -- 1

1 -- 2

2 -- 1

2 -- 2

1 -- 1

1 -- 0

24-Jan

04-Apr

11-Apr

Paulton Rovers 2 -- 4

2 -- 0

1 -- 1

4 -- 2

07-Feb

1 -- 0

25-Apr

1 -- 0

tba

24-Jan

2 -- 0

17-Jan

3 -- 4

4 -- 1

tba

1 -- 1

2 -- 2

14-Mar

28-Feb

1 -- 0

3 -- 0

28-Mar

Poole Town tba

21-Feb

3 -- 2

24-Jan

0 -- 1

4 -- 5

0 -- 0

1 -- 0

14-Feb

07-Mar

0 -- 1

14-Mar

06-Apr

1 -- 0

tba

04-Apr

18-Apr

0 -- 2

1 -- 3

10-Jan

tba

0 -- 1

31-Jan

Redditch United 14-Feb

tba

0 -- 3

1 -- 7

17-Jan

1 -- 0

21-Feb

4 -- 0

28-Mar

1 -- 2

0 -- 4

2 -- 1

14-Mar

0 -- 0

24-Jan

1 -- 2

0 -- 1

tba

11-Apr

2 -- 5

07-Mar

0 -- 0

25-Apr

Slough Town 3 -- 2

1 -- 2

0 -- 3

28-Feb

2 -- 1

2 -- 2

06-Apr

28-Mar

10-Jan

2 -- 2

1 -- 1

11-Apr

25-Apr

1 -- 2

21-Mar

21-Feb

0 -- 0

3 -- 3

0 -- 2

3 -- 3

31-Jan

tba

1 -- 0

St Neots Town 20-Jan

2 -- 3

04-Apr

2 -- 0

28-Feb

0 -- 0

tba

3 -- 4

24-Jan

0 -- 2

25-Apr

1 -- 3

11-Apr

1 -- 3

1 -- 1

0 -- 1

3 -- 3

21-Mar

14-Feb

2 -- 2

1 -- 1

1 -- 1

1 -- 3

2 -- 3

Truro City 1 -- 0

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

3 -- 0

1 -- 1

2 -- 2

3 -- 2

1 -- 3

14-Feb

06-Apr

2 -- 0

17-Jan

1 -- 1

07-Feb

21-Mar

tba

0 -- 3

3 -- 0

tba

tba

1 -- 3

0 -- 3

13-Dec

0 -- 3

2 -- 3

28-Feb

0 -- 1

1 -- 2

25-Apr

tba

11-Apr

14-Mar

Weymouth


SO that’s that then. The Non-League FA Cup flame is extinguished a lot earlier than usual, but as one door closes another often opens. The third round weekend was void of any big upsets. Good games nonetheless – how the TV companies will still be kicking themselves for not broadcasting Blyth’s ding-dong with Birmingham live. But round four will, sadly for all concerned, be without one of ours. Dover were disappointing against Crystal Palace, while Wrexham were ten minutes away from sending Stoke City packing. Equally as heartbreaking was Derby’s penalty winner three minutes into injury time that saw off a sickened Southport. Gateshead were meanwhile left wondering what would have happened if West Brom hadn’t appointed Tony Pulis in the run up

to their 7-0 defeat. It gave Albion a major pick-me-up. We all require some giant-killings in our life, right? If you need to get your hit of upsets, the FA Trophy could provide what you’re looking for. There’s a big weekend in store for the competition and some top matches in prospect. Wrexham were winners back in 2013 and travel to Stockport County today, while Ryman South side Burgess Hill welcome Vanarama Conference Dartford. Gosport Borough, the finalists from last season of course, are this afternoon hosting Braintree Town – can Alex Pike’s side repeat the feat and return to Wembley? We have already had our fair share of FA Trophy headlines. Conference leaders Barnet were humbled 6-2 at home by Concord Rangers in the first round last month having held Martin Allen’s side to a goalless draw in the original tie. That wasn’t all. A strong Bristol Rovers side were dumped out at home to Conference South Bath City but making our front page were Burgess Hill Town – the side undefeated in league football in England’s top eight divisions went to Aldershot Town and won. Can they carry that on today? The FA Trophy is sometimes seen as

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a side-dish with the main course of the FA Cup on most fans’ lips. But the taste of a run to Wembley can’t be ignored – and with many of the big hitters already tumbling out, it’s about time the competition was ramped up off the field. The Football Association have put an extra emphasis on their promotion of the FA Cup this season and they need to do the same for NonLeague’s showcase competition. While we haven’t had the number of upsets in the FA Cup as we would have liked, the FA Trophy will always produce.

Sam Elliott 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

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

431

FAT

1-1

-

Bastock

York

Adjei

Ford

Tue 02 Dec

AFC Sudbury

229

FAT (R)

0-1

-

Bastock

York

Adjei

Ford

Sat 06 Dec

DORCHESTER TOWN

292

SLP

6-5

4

Bastock

Deeney

York

Hutton

Tue 09 Dec

SLOUGH TOWN

299

SLP

0-3

5

Bastock

Deeney

Wilson

Hutton

Sat 13 Dec

Chippenham Town

285

SLP

1-0

4

Bastock

York

Ford

Wilson

Sat 20 Dec

FROME TOWN

307

SLP

3-1

5

Bastock

YORK

Davis

Cracknell

Fri 26 Dec

CORBY TOWN

462

SLP

2-4

8

Bastock

York

Ford

Cracknell

Thu 01 Jan

Dunstable Town

205

SLP

3-1

7

Bastock

York

Plowright

Ford

Sat 10 Jan

Paulton Rovers

167

SLP

0-0

8

Bastock

York

Wilkinson

Tann

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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F

T

B

F


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

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

Frater

Ward

Davies

SPRING

Dillon

Roberts

Hilliard

Mackey

Ferrari

Nolan

Frater

Ward

Cracknell

Spring

Mackey

Roberts

Ferrari

Hoyte

Hilliard

Davies

Hoyte

Ward

Davies

Spring

DILLON

ROBERTS 3

HILLIARD

Wilson

MACKEY

Cracknell

Ward

Hoyte

Davies

Spring

Dillon

Roberts

Hilliard

Mackey

Cracknell

Frater (N)

Deeney

Ward

Cracknell

Spring

Mackey

ROBERTS

Hutton

Plowright

Frater (N)

Hilliard

Frater

Ward

Hilliard

Spring

Mackey

ROBERTS

HUTTON

Davies

Plowright

Frater N Ferrari

Frater

Ward

Hilliard

Frater N

Mackey

ROBERTS 2

Hutton

Davis

Davies

FRATER

Ward

Ferrari

Wilson

FRATER N

ROBERTS

Hutton

Vieira

Davis

Frater

Ward

Hutton

Ford

Frater N

Roberts

Plowright

Adjei

Mackey

Ferrari

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P

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

Pts

01

Weymouth

23

17

3

3

50

28

+22

54

02

Poole Town

22

17

2

3

39

13

+26

53

03

Corby Town

25

15

5

5

44

26

+18

50

04

Redditch United

26

14

6

6

50

25

+25

48

05

Hungerford Town

27

13

7

7

36

22

+14

46

6

Cirencester Town

27

12

9

6

52

32

+20

45

7

Truro City

26

14

3

9

50

39

+11

45

8

Hitchin Town

28

13

6

9

48

39

+9

45

9

Chesham United

27

11

10

6

50

33

+17

43

10

St Neots Town

26

12

7

7

51

44

+7

43

11

Dunstable Town

28

12

5

11

49

43

+6

41

12

Slough Town

25

9

8

8

42

44

-2

35

13

Chippenham Town

26

8

9

9

29

32

-3

33

14

Paulton Rovers

28

8

8

12

45

48

-3

32

15

Cambridge City

27

7

10

10

40

41

-1

31

16

Bideford

26

9

4

13

45

59

-14

31

17

Biggleswade Town

26

7

8

11

37

47

-10

29

18

Histon

27

8

4

15

32

49

-17

28

19

Frome Town

26

6

5

15

31

56

-25

23

20

Arlesey Town

27

6

3

18

26

55

-29

21

21

Dorchester Town

26

5

4

17

33

53

-20

19

22

Banbury United

26

4

7

15

27

57

-30

19

23

Burnham (-3)

27

5

5

17

26

47

-21

17

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ST NEOTS TOWN F.C. V BIGGLESWADE TOWN ISSUE 19


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Manager: David Batch Assistant Manager: Steve Eastaugh Goalkeeping Coach: Darren Plowman

Manager: Chris Nunn Coach: Craig Rydeheard Goalkeeping Coach: Kevin England

Goalkeepers

Ian Brown

Paul Bastock

Gavin Hoyte

Jamie Greygoose

Mark Coulson

Defenders

Cameron Mawer

Josh Bickerstaff

Steve Gentle

Adam Tann

Andrew Iwediuno

Ryan Frater

Lee Reed

Tom Ward

Lee Allinson

Max York

Craig Daniels

Ryan Plowright

Sam Ives

Jack Wilkinson

Kelvin Bossman

Theo Davis

Sam Reed

MidďŹ elders

Jordan Davies

Dean Cracknell

Stuart Farrell

Matt Spring

Josh Beech

Lorenzo Ferrari

Kyle Mcnulty

Ben Ford Lewis Hilliard Edd Adjei David Hutton Forwards Ben Mackey Bruce Wilson Chris Dillon Nathan Frater Matt Nolan Drew Roberts

Colours Dark Blue Shirts, Shorts & Socks

Colours Green/White Shirts, Green Shorts & Socks

The match line up will be displayed on the electronic scoreboard Referee: James Turner Assistants: Gavin Tolley / Joshua Few Next Home Game: St Neots Town v Banbury United Southern League Premier Division / Saturday 31st January / KO 15:00

As a Club we support Grass Roots Football and stand firm against racism within football, visit www.thefa.com for more information on playing your part.

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