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FA Cup 1st Round Qualifying V

Dereham Town Issue 05


08 If Carlsberg did match endings... / Read the match report from a highly eventful game away at Biggleswade Town!

Fe Ne at w ur e!

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Management Team / Match reflections and injury updates

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

Owner Mike Kearns

Club Secretary Gary Wilson

Chairman Mike Kearns

Fixture Secretary Marian Izzard

Managing Director Lee Kearns

Life President John Walker

Director Iain Parr

Team Officials Richard King (Goalkeeping Coach)

Football Managers Gary King Zema Abbey Assistant Manager Nathan Abbey

Youth Liaison & Development Mick Hunt

46 Stews Views / A cracking read by Craig!

Functions and Events Coordinator Louise Spark

Assistant Photographer Paulo Soares

St Neots Town TV Editor Adam Ridley

Site Manager Irmantas Sabaliauskas

Club Merchandise Linda Walters Programme Editor Mark Davies Club Photographer Claire Howes

Physio Chris Budd

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Chief Liaison Officer Mike Green Programme Sales Charlie Green Matchday Music / Scoreboard Simon Hutchinson Pitchcare Working Turf

200 Club Stuart Walters Design & Marketing Blue Prawn Print XL Press Limited


INSIDE

Issue 05 V Dereham Town FA Cup First Round Qualifying

Also Inside 06 Action Replay 12 The Scholars’ Review 16 The Chairmans’ Views 20 Read All About It

14 The World’s Greatest Players Ever / The top 2, Lionel Messi & Pele

38 Old Footie Programme Covers / This issue we look at the 1980s

22 The Beautiful Game 28 News From The Youth 30 Pull-Out Poster 32 Greenies Greetings 36 Away Days 44 MD’s Views 48 Leagues Review 50 Match Report vs Histon FC 51 Season 2014/15 Fixtures Matrix 52 The Non-League Paper

24 Todays’ Visitors / It’s the return of The Magpies 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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56 Season 2014/15 Statistics 58 Premier Division League Table 60 Home & Opposition Squads

Introducing Gavin Hoyte / Our commanding Club Captain 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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THE MANAGEMENT TEAM

GARY / ZEMA / NATHAN Firstly I would like to extend a warm welcome to the staff and players of Dereham Town FC. From the treatment room this week, we welcomed back Nathan Frater, Matty Nolan, Lew Hilliard along with Dave Deeney from suspension a massive boost to our a team selection. Just to recap and give you my thoughts from the past week, I’ll begin at Biggleswade. A game that started so well, but finished in very uncharacteristic fashion, and as a manager something that I’ve never experienced before. It was a strange game in many respects; we had a lot of possession and for me passed the ball well, but on the day lacked ruthlessness in both boxes that ultimately decided the outcome of the game. Drew and Nathan Frater did what they will and have done all season, but sometimes the responsibility during the course of the game falls to others to put the game to bed, and on the day we didn’t take those opportunities. Outside of our goals their keeper didn’t have a save to make which was disappointing considering we dominated large parts of the game. At the other end Nathan was forced to make 3 or 4 very good saves, too many for our liking based on the possession they had.

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SELF DESTRUCTION Dave was very unlucky to get injured which forced us down to 10, at that point we self destructed, I cant comment on the sending offs as I didn’t see them, but be sure that the whole squad know how important discipline is and a lack of it on or off the pitch simply will not be tolerated. Fast forward, down to 8 men with a penalty looming, we can count

ourselves fortunate in the end to leave with a point. TEMPO Going into the Histon game we made a few changes to freshen things up against a young side that we knew would come and pass the ball, but deny us space we had it. It was important we wasn’t labored in our approach and to create a tempo that could get us on the front foot being the home team, ultimately help us get a win, and put behind us the previous two draws. We started very


bright and found ourselves two up inside 17mins, and 3 up by half time. JD made sure of the 3 points in the second half and all goals we superbly taken. It was the perfect response from the lads; to a man they all performed to an excellent standard with and without the ball and got everything they deserved on the night. Again we passed well but this this time displayed that ruthlessness in front of goal, which had been lacking the previous two games. Without signaling players out, Drew’s finishing was clinical and he is getting stronger with each game after his injury and suspension. We will continue to work hard on and of the pitch to get better with each week, and continue to strive play good football, but ultimately a positive result is why we turn up each week. A special mention must go to Ryan Frater. Dons the gloves against Biggleswade in dramatic circumstances, and his first job is to face a penalty at 2-2, I will admit I feared the worse as they day was following a pattern of going from bad to worse. He pulled off a great save to deny the taker, and in his words ‘Beano’d’ him. Then saves another with his legs and cleared the danger well from a couple of crosses. Then against Histon, clashes head leaving with a Terry Butcher like head strapping, scores a great goal. A week of football I’m sure he’ll remember for a long time.

INJURY UPDATE In treatment room we are still without Chris Dillon (ankle), we will know explore his injury further to ensure we get to the bottom of his problem. Dave Deeney (hamstring) should only be a few weeks as he a slight strain. Dean Cracknell (toe) is positively progressing and hope to see him back soon. Theo (hamstring) trained Thursday, which was a boost for him, we will introduce slowly and is itching to get back as he has been out long term initially with his knee.

one off, without a second chance to put it right, that’s the excitement. We expect a tough game, we will prepare as we always do and will give it everything we have! I urge the fans to get behind the lads in the manner that you always do, drive the lads forward, sing their names, we all appreciate it and it goes a long way. Enjoy the game. Cheers, Zee

Chris our Physio, has done a good job thus far in his diagnosis and rehabilitation in the past few weeks, and is a very valuable member of our team. HOLY GRAIL Finally, to this afternoons game, the FA CUP. A competition steeped in history and the only competition that brings together the elite of Premiership with the grass roots of non-league football. The 1st round proper is the Holy Grail for all clubs outside of the football league, and we are no different from other club aspiring to achieve this. Its cup football,

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(from our previous meeting) UCL KO Cup Round One - (Sat 14th Sep 2010) St Neots Town

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Saints excellent start to the season continued with victory in the FA Cup against Ridgeon’s Premier League side Dereham thanks to goals by Dan Jacob and Lewis Hilliard. In truth, the margin could have been greater but some wayward finishing and fine saves from visiting keeper Shaun Marshall kept the score down. Even thunder and lightening in the second half could not stop the Saints and they will travel to Brantham Athletic in the next round. The home side started brightly with Dan Jacob forcing a corner in the first minute. He was nearly on the end of a cross from Hilliard a few minutes later and Dan Chillingworth brought Marshall into action for the first time when he had to dive to his left to turn away a shot after the striker had turned sharply on the edge of the box. Dereham were not able to make much impression against the Saints defence despite playing some neat football at times. The home side continued to press with Kanuda shooting over the bar and Jacob shooting across the face of goal after exchanging passes with Kanuda. On 20 minutes Hilliard was just stopped as he burst into the box and a typical run by Webb saw his dragged shot just missed by the onrushing Hughes at the far post. Hughes was then in action

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in his own penalty as he blocked a shot from Harley in a rare meaningful attack from the away team. Saints gained a deserved lead on the half hour mark when the ever menacing Jacob finished off a free kick move where the ball had rebounded off the post. Jacob then had another effort blocked after a run by Jacob before Saints keeper McShane was forced to push away a free kick from a Dereham free kick 30 yards out. Settling again, St Neots continued to look dangerous with Kanuda going close again and Byrne, after an excellent passing move with Chillingworth, was agonisingly close to his first goal for the club. Webb had a chance from a Jacob cross but miskicked before Hilliard headed just wide from another free kick. Dereham reminded the Saints that a one goal lead might not be enough as Reeves was closes with a header in injury time. As ever in the thick of the action, Webb was wide with an early effort in the second half and it was his shot that Marshall could not hold after 55 minutes which saw Hilliard fire home to give Saints a deserved two goal lead. From then on, even in the stormy conditions, there was only ever going to be one winner in the game and it really was a question, despite Dereham’s best efforts, of how many

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more Saints would score. Webb was wide from a Byrne cross and, on 63 minutes, Marshall just managed to touch Hilliards lob onto the bar. The keeper was then in action again to save from Jacob and Hughes volleyed wide. Hilliard then turned and shot from the edge of the area, only to see Marshall tip the ball over the bar. Substitute Lee Bassett really should have scored a third Saints goal on 89 minutes when Hughes fed Byrne on the left. His brilliant cross found Bassett’s head but the striker headed it at Marshall, who managed to make another finger tip save, rather than into the net. Reeves had another effort for Dereham but his shot was comfortably saved. Five minutes from the end, Hilliard did manage to beat Marshall but his shot was hacked off the line and away to safety before the game finished with the Saints well on top and into the next round.

Saints: McShane, Haniver, Byrne, Webb, Fuff, Fordham, Hilliard, Hughes, Chillingworth, Kanuda, Jacob Subs: Jones (for Fordham), Hyem (for Kanuda), Bassett (for Chillingworth).


LEWIS... HE’S BACK!


BIGGLESWADE TOWN 2 ST NEOTS TOWN 2 06:09:2014 / Southern Premier / Att 301 / Referee: Josh Smith (Bourne) In the last ten minutes of this derby league match there were scenes bordering on the unbelievable. After 80 minutes with the scores level at 2-2 substitute Dave Deeney limped off with a pulled thigh muscle – twenty minutes after coming on for his first appearance of the season. All three permitted substitutes used so St Neots down to TEN men. Five minutes later Josh Bickerstaff was booked for a clumsy challenge and three minutes after that he was involved in an off the ball tangle with Zane Banton – an incident spotted only by a linesman but after a consultation with Referee Josh Smith both were yellow carded meaning a red card for Bickerstaff and St Neots down to NINE men. Finally four minutes into time added for stoppages visiting goalkeeper Nathan Abbey gathered a cross and attempted to get his side onto a late attack with a quick clearance. His way was deliberately barred by Andrew Iwediuno preventing the clearance so in frustration Abbey pushed his opponent to the ground and Referee Smith pointed to the penalty spot and sent off Abbey for the challenge leaving St Neots down to EIGHT men. Ryan Frater donned the jersey and guessed right to push away the penalty kick from substitute Lee Smith. That seemed like strange justice because it preserved a point for the visitors although having led

twice they really should have been home and dry before all the late drama. So that was four points lost in successive matches and was bad news with two important Cup matches coming up in the next ten days. The two team changes had seen Bruce Wilson in for Arthur Lee and the fit again Nathan Frater up front at the expense of Ben Farrell. There was an untidy start with neither team very positive in the first quarter of an hour. Martell Powell saw his shot pass the wrong side of a post and then linked up with Wilson whose shot was deflected for a corner. However after 19 minutes Andrew Iwediuno misjudged a bounce of the ball and Nathan Frater took full advantage lobbing the stranded Biggleswade keeper to give St Neots the lead. That advantage lasted just two minutes before Lee Allinson sent a perfectly placed snap shot through a packed penalty area to level the scores from a long throw by Max York. St Neots began to look the better side but their finishing was too often off target. Drew Roberts volleyed wide twice and Nathan Frater played clear by Roberts shot weakly at the keeper. Mason Spence was seeing a lot of the ball on the right flank but hiss crosses were invariably wayward or too long

so St Neots better openings were squandered. After the break it took St Neots just two minutes to regain the lead. Predictably it was Mason Spence who created the opening on the right but this time his cross was accurate and precise as he picked out Drew Roberts whose low shot trickled in with home keeper Ian Brown slow to react. Three minutes later from a similar opening Spence found Matt Spring on the edge of the area but he ballooned his finish high over the bar. A cross from Roberts then rebounded off the near post and the same player volleyed over the bar. At the other end Allinson had a free kick comfortably saved by Abbey but after 69 minutes following a spell of Biggleswade pressure the keeper spilled a shot and Allison was quickly in to level the scores again from close range. St Neots then had four or five efforts that went high and wide as they dominated possession for a spell and they sent on substitutes with little change in their fortune. In a breakaway Spence did well to clear off the line with his keeper beaten and it began to look like a routine draw with both sides unable to find a winner. Then came that dramatic last ten minutes for which the match will =be remembered.

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Abbey, Spence, Wilson, Bickerstaff, Frater (R), Hoyte, Davies, Spring, Frater (N), Roberts, Powell. Subs: Deeney (for Wilson 60 mins), Farrell (for Powell 65 mins), Nolan (for Frater (N) 77 mins), Ferrari and Greygoose. Cards: Abbey (RED – 90+4 mins), Bickerstaff (RED – 2 x Y – 85 & 88 mins), Wilson (Y – 3 mins), Davies (Y – 38 mins) Goals: Ferrari (83 mins)

Brown, York, Coulson, Mawer, Iwediuno, Allinson, Banton, Rees, Farrell, Reed, Davies. Subs: Smith (for Reed 85 mins), Woolf (for Davis 88 mins), McNulty, Key and Gowan. Cards: Mawer (Y – 73 mins), Reed (Y – 84 mins), Banton (Y – 88 mins) Goals: Allinson 2 (21 mins & 69 mins)

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NATHAN FRATER IS ALL SMILES AFTER SCORING


ST. NEOTS TOWN F.C

LE A R N I N G & S P O RT S AC A D EM Y

THE SCHOLARS’ REVIEW Keep up-to-date with news and views from our Academy Director Iain Parr

Back in the Classroom!! We are underway with the 2nd year of our Apprenticeship Programme and the 1st year of the Scholarship Programme. The academics are being headed up by Gareth Stealey who boasts 35 years experience in the industry and is also a regular at 1st team games, Gareth was also my 1st PE teacher many moons ago!! Andy Davis is back at the football club as Scholarship/Apprenticeship Head Coach & Academy Manager

and also oversees the u18-u21 development phase. Both me and Andy also deliver the academics and create the link between the classroom and training sessions to ensure the training topics and studies over lap, this way we can ensure the lads are out ion the field as much as possible. The football pathway for the lads comes via the youth team, League 2 Cat C College league and the u21’s, we

want to give the boys as much opportunity as possible to develop in different environments on and off the pitch. Both programmes focus on academics. football development and valuable life skills, none more so than assisting school PE lessons, after school clubs, sports days etc. Last year we worked alongside teachers at 10 different schools and the lads where fantastic, see below.

Hello Iain, I just wanted to say thank you so much to Lewis, Dan, Cam and Conner for their help with refereeing today at our interhouse event. They were superb in terms of their knowledge and attitude. As well as this, they were very fair and were very encouraging to the children. They were even able to provide me with names of children who had shown particular excellence, team spirit and courage, which was extremely helpful for the presentations at the end of the day. Consequently, I wanted to thank you and the boys for a fantastic event and we hope you can continue to support our school and other local schools alike. You are a great team! Many thanks, Lisa Lear Brampton Village Primary School

SPACES STILL AVAILABLE!! Football Scholarship and Apprenticeship Opportunities with St Neots Town FC Learning and Sports Academy OPEN TO 16 YEAR OLD SCHOOL LEAVERS Please visit www.stneotswtownfc.co.uk and go to ‘downloads’ Email iain@stneotstownfc.co.uk or call 07970 851511

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ENGLAND GOALKEEPING LEGEND PETER SHILTON COMES TO ROWLEY PARK To provisionally book your tickets please email enquiries@stneotstownfc.co.uk

Enjoy an evening in the company of England and Nottingham Forest legend Peter Shilton Date: Friday 3rd October Venue: St Neots Town FC, Rowley Park, Doors Open: 7pm

Ticket Price: (including Fish and Chips) £20 per head or Tables of 10 for £180

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The World’s

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EVER 02. LIONEL MESSI

The best soccer player ! in the world, there are few finer sights than Lionel Messi using a mixture of pace and trickery to beat multiple defenders from his position in the center of the Barcelona attack. Pele and Maradona are considered by many to be the best players ever to have kicked a ball but it is no exaggeration to say that Messi has now claimed a position alongside these players in soccer’s pantheon of greats. The Argentinean joined Barcelona at the age of 13, with the club paying for treatment on a growth hormone deficiency that threatened to stunt his progress. What a shrewd investment that now looks, with Messi already the club’s record goalscorer.

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01. PELE Edison Arantes do Nascimento is regarded as the best soccer player ever and is the only person to have won three World Cups. Fifa’s official ambassador played most of his career in Brazil, made his debut for the national team at 16 and won his first World Cup at 17. He was the complete player, doing things with the ball that no one had seen at professional level. His name has become synonymous with o Jogo Bonito (the beautiful game), but he could not be prised away from Brazil until the end of his career, despite offers from Real Madrid, AC Milan, Juventus and Manchester United.

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THE CHAIRMANS’ VIEWS

WEMBLEY MEMORIES A warm welcome to the officials, players and supporters of Dereham Town for todays FA Cup fixture I hope you enjoy your day with us. Well the FA Cup sounds brilliant and that we can be a part of a wonderful competition of which is the most viewed cup competition in the world. I remember the very first cup final I attended way back in about 1965 when I was just a kid, West ham Utd played Preston North End of which I was lucky enough to get a ticket for the match. I can’t remember much about the game but West Ham won 3-2 and a young Howard Kendall was the youngest player at the time to play in a final. A MANS GAME I have seen many FA Cup finals at Wembley and living as a youngster not far from the stadium in Kensington West London and following the mighty Chelsea I have seen all or their appearance’s in finals since the not so happy final against Tottenham Hotspur in 1967, I know we got beat 2-1. However I was there again in 1970 for the final and replay at Old Trafford against Leeds United, what a game that was unbelievable. If any of you can find a video of that match you would be amazed at the way both teams played the game. Not one of the twenty-two players would have stayed on the field in today’s football, a really comical situation by

today’s standards. Of course there have been happy and sad times at Wembley for me, but just being part of a cup final day is a great memory. So to finish on my memories of the FA Cup a trivia question. Who were the last winners of the FA cup final at the old Wembley and who were the first winners at the new Wembley. I will give you a clue “see above”. THOUGHTS SO FAR I haven’t spoke about our season so far as all of the contributors to the programme want to try and give a little more variety to our articles. However I will go through the season on how I see it so far. I missed the first two fixtures so cannot really comment on them, I have though seen all of our other games and where we should be satisfied with our points tally so far, and as a Chairman yes I am happy with that total, I am a realist and know how long a season is and that you cannot win every game. We have only played four games at home so far where those teams above us have played five at home, we also have played more top half teams than any other club. Yes I look at all that. But if I take my Chairman’s hat off and put my football supporters one

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on I think that we have lost a few opportunities to gain more points, for what ever reasons we seem to loose our attacking flair and width that we have all been used to, we have also been very lucky in certain games where the opposition could have had the game won by half time but that’s football and as I have already said you cannot be perfect all the time and the management are there to make decisions others might not agree with as that’s the beauty of football, we all have to understand that its their job to get it right and no one else’s that’s why we have managers. However it was great to see the team at its best against Histon the other night creating loads of chances and scoring goals. I know that Histon are in a bit of a hole at the moment but let’s take nothing away from what was a very enjoyable evenings football in front of the seasons largest crowd of 401, how many Histon supporters where there! I don’t know but it did not seem that many to me so well done to everyone, let’s hope you all return today for the glamour of the FA Cup. ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL Mike


Where everyone has their day


The Origins

of football on TV

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

ITV move in again ITV moved again into football, albeit tentatively, in 1962 when Anglia Television launched Match of the Week, which showed highlights of matches from around East Anglia. The first match shown was Ipswich Town’s 3-2 defeat at the hands of Wolves at Portman Road on 22 September 1962. Tyne Tees Television in the North East of England began broadcasting local matches soon after under the title Shoot. League football was soon to gain a nationwide audience once more. In 1964, the BBC introduced Match of the Day - originally shown on BBC2 and intended to train BBC cameramen for the forthcoming 1966 World Cup. The first match was Liverpool’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal at Anfield on 22 August, and the estimated audience of 20,000 was considerably less than the number of paying customers at the ground. At the time

BBC2 could only be received in the London area, although by the end of Match Of The Day’s first season it could be sampled in the Midlands. The programme transferred to BBC1 in the wake of England’s 1966 World Cup win and at last could be received by television viewers across the UK.

The World Cup There was live coverage of World Cup football on UK screens in 1954 and 1958 - however only selected matches were available. In 1954, Kenneth Wolstenholme provided commentary on the few televised matches for BBC from Switzerland - including the quarter-final between Hungary and Brazil. A thunderstorm over the Alps cut off the picture and many irate viewers wrote in to complain that the BBC had pulled the plug.[9] The 1958 tournament in Sweden saw a greater range of matches thanks to the new Eurovision Network; the BBC and ITV both screened matches, although the networks had to overcome opposition to the coverage from the Scottish FA, who were worried that attendances at Junior football matches might be hit.[10] The 1962 World Cup in Chile was covered in

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delayed form by the BBC with film having to be carried by air via the United States back to Britain. Matches were generally seen three days after they were played, though every match was covered by the BBC with commentary. With intercontinental communications satellites in their infancy and videotape a new advance, the first tournament to gain widespread international live coverage was the 1966 tournament, which was held in England. The tournament, which England won, increased the popularity of the sport. With more football viewers than ever, Match of the Day thrived - switching from BBC Two to BBC One to reach a wider audience. ITV’s regional coverage had also expanded during this period with London weekend company ATV launching Star Soccer in October 1965, Southern Television’s Southern Soccer and ABC’s World of Soccer also began to appear regularly in the TV Times Sunday schedules. London Weekend Television’s The Big Match started in 1968, and eventually the entire ITV network’s football coverage would be broadcast under its title.


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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. MULLIGAN MAKES DUNSTABLE MOVE

Dunstable Town have signed forward Gary Mulligan following his release by Vanarama Conference North side Brackley Town earlier this week. Mulligan is an Irish under-21 international who spent time with Gateshead. He has previous experience with Wolverhapton Wanderers, Sheffield United, Rushden & Diamonds, Port Vale, Gillingham and Northampton Town. He signed for Brackley in early February 2012 and the big strong striker was a regular starter up to and including last Saturday`s 2-1 defeat at Chorley. ARLESEY BORROW QPR YOUNGSTER

temporary switch to Arlesey Town. Haran joins Arlesey - managed by former QPR favourite Rufus Brevett - on a one-month loan deal. The 18-year-old Australian was part of Steve Gallen’s side which faced Arlesey during the R’s summer preseason campaign, running out 5-0 winners at the Armadillo Stadium. FROME PLACE WANTED FRANCIS ON CONTRACT

JEANMAL HOPES TO PROSPER WITH MOLES Frome Town have announced they have signed Mark Francis on a oneyear`s contract. The former Swindon Town striker has been in good form this season already since his summer switch to Frome and has netted five times in the Southern Premier to take him to joint top of the goalscoring charts. The move also puts an end to an approach made for his services by league rivals Chippenham Town for the forward with the striker committing his future to Frome instead. CITY BORROW TWO FROM MK DONS

Barclays Premier League side Queens Park Rangers` under-21 defender James Haran has made a

Gary Roberts has dipped into the loan market to sign the Dons`19year-old Charlie Burns as cover. Burns is currently third choice at the Stadium MK after David Martin and Ian McLoughlin and only made his professional debut last season as a substitute for the injured Martin against Leyton Orient. Roberts has also taken another 19-year-old from the Dons in defender Harry Hickford. Hickford has yet to make a firstteam appearance for the Dons but enjoyed a successful loan stint with Conference South side Chelmsford City in 2013/14 as he helped them to avoid relegation.

Cambridge City have taken two young players on loan from Sky Bet League One side MK Dons. Following an injury to regular goalkeeper Zac Barrett, manager

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Aylesbury FC have announced that Jeanmal Prosper has signed and goes into today’s squad at Godalming Town. Prosper was with the Moles between 2011 and 2012 when he joined Arlesey Town before joining Chesham United last term. Prosper is a quality defender who is adept either at right-back or in the centre of the defence and can also play in central midfield.


PAGE MAKES SQUAD CHANGES

Brian Page, manager of Histon, has made some changes to his squad. Coming in to the Stutes` squad in recent days are midfielder Rogan McGeorge (pictured), along with two players on loan from Sky Bet League Two neighbours Cambridge United - striker James Akintunde and midfielder Matt Lowe. McGeorge numbers Soham Town Rangers, Wisbech Town, Mildenhall Town, Hitchin Town and Cambridge United amongst his former clubs. Page has also let two players go - Rob Hastings has already signed for Southern Division One Central side Northwood, whilst Jonny Butler has been released. NEW SIGNING MAKES WINNING DEBUT

Banbury United have confirmed the signing of 25-year-old central defender Joel Meade. Meade has previously played for Oxford City, Witney Town and Didcot Town. He also had one game for Banbury back in season 2012/13, playing against Leamington on Boxing Day 2012 before opting to move to Didcot shortly afterwards.

career with Poole Town after joining on a month-long youth loan. The 17-year-old midfielder completed his temporary switch to Tatnam, following in the footsteps of colleague Josh O’Hanlon. KEMP STEPS UP TO TAKE MAGPIES HELM

HEREFORD GIVEN ANOTHER 42 DAYS Hereford United have been given another forty-two days to pay off debts after their latest visit to the High Court on Monday morning. The winding-up petition originally brought by former manager Martin Foyle was adjourned for a seventh time and the club given six weeks to pay off their debts. It has been reported that the Bulls reached a settlement with the main claimant Foyle and his assistant Andy Porter and that HM Revenue & Customs will now pursue the petition. It is believed HMRC are still owed £116,000 by the club - three months after they were thrown out of the Football Conference. Herefordshire Council, who themselves are still owed £65,000, have said they will not attach themselves to the petition. KILLICK WINS THE RACE FOR YOUNG CHERRY Highly-rated Sam Matthews has become the latest youngster from Sky Bet Championship outfit AFC Bournemouth to begin his fledgling

Dorchester Town have announced that Graham Kemp has been appointed as their new first-team manager. Kemp, 48, who joins from Sydenhams Football League (Wessex) Premier Division side Hamworthy United, will be assisted by former caretaker boss Stuart Heath. He will be introduced to the players at training tonight and will take charge in time for the FA Cup tie away at Yate Town on Saturday. Club chairman Matt Lucas said: “There was a lot of interest in the manager’s job but Graham really impressed with his enthusiasm to take up the challenge. He is local Poole and the success he had whilst at Christchurch on a minimal budget speaks volumes, his ability of developing a team around talented young local players really appealed.”

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THE BEAUTIFUL GAME

KIT CONUNDRUMS In a recent French game a substitution was enforced simply because a player ‘ran out’ of replacement shirts. Sounds a little odd doesn’t it? Marseilles’s Andre Ayew was substituted following a lack of shirts to replace his two previous bloodied shirts following a head wound. Although the club tried without success to customize a shirt with the number 33 on the reverse to a number 10, the ref instructed them to substitute him. Surely, someone in the crowd had a number 10 shirt on featuring Ayews name on the back that he could’ve borrowed? Didn’t they think of that? Most of us have encountered kit issues at some time. I’m sure I’m not the only one who forgot their PE kit at school and had to wear the contents of the ‘Lost Property’ box as my substitute kit. I still have flashbacks now, decades later, when I picture myself in that green leotard and blue PE skirt! It was horrific, it chaffed like hell too. The only alternative was to participate in the lesson in just my vest and pants. Is that still allowed in this day and age? If I, along with thousands of other kids had to endure this, how come it’s ok for the kit-men from professional football clubs to forget theirs? Surely, it’s not that simple to forget an enormous bag/box containing a squads’ shirts is it? As a kit-man, there are a few simple tasks to carry out. Gather the kit together, put it through the laundry process, gather it together again and take it with you to the next game. It’s hardly the science of rockets is it? As simple as it sounds, we seem to have regular occurrences

in the world of football when teams have to wear borrowed kit from their opponents because of some kit malfunction of some description. I wonder how many Kit-Men are sacked throughout as season as a result of this? Sometimes, it’s not even the opponent’s kit they have to wear. During the 1978 World Cup in Argentina the France National side were playing Hungary, not in their Famous blue kit with the Chicken badge on, they wore the green and white stripes of Argentinian Sunday pub team Kimberley. France hadn’t forgotten their kit on this occasion; it was simply that the Black and white TV viewing public would not be able to differentiate between the two sides and therefore, the French had to wear the striped shirts. This happened a lot in televised football prior to Colour televisions. One such incident forced BOTH clubs to change their kit. In the 1952 Irish Cup final between Ards and Glentoran, both teams’ kits, although totally different colours were hoop designs and therefore looked identical on the black and white tele. Ards wore the jerseys of Linfield FC and Glentoran wore the shirts Cliftonville FC. It must have been a strange spectacle for the fans in attendance that day! Another kit change linked with TV coverage was that of Sheffield United back in 1982. Nothing to do with the colours clashing on black and white TV’s (some still had these) but the Blades were forced to change because

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their kit featured a shirt sponsor which was a no-no for a televised game back then. It’s so confusing for players and fans alike when the team turn out in shirts which they are unaccustomed to. More often than not, the team in the unfamiliar shirts are often on the wrong side of decent result. Remember the ‘invisible kit’ that Manchester United wore in the mid 90’s? It was grey in colour and the players complained that they couldn’t pick each other out on the pitch to pass to. At 3-0 down at half-time, away at Southampton, Alex Ferguson ordered a kit change after the players complained and sure enough, wearing a different kit for the second half, United’s game improved to such a degree that they scored a goal and still lost 3-1!! So, it’s not always the fault of the kit man when teams wear alternate kit. I guess we can’t blame black and white TV anymore or sponsorship issues. The referee can’t be blamed if the colours of both teams clash and force a change of shirts. There’s no doubt that clubs need to do a little more research prior to travelling away to ascertain their opponents selected colour. Away at Barnet, Oxford took their black kit to Underhill, only to find that Barnet had changed their home kit to black at the start of the season. Enjoy the game today, make some noise and if things do get a little tense…please keep your shirt on! ADE


TODAY’S VISITORS

DEREHAM TOWN

Norfolk based Dereham Town make a return visit to the Cozy Stadium in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. It was four years ago on 14th August 2010 that Dereham visited for an Extra Preliminary Round tie in the FA Cup when both teams were playing at Step Five. St Neots won 2-0 with goals from Lewis Hilliard and Dan Jacob and went on to beat Brantham before losing to Leiston. Since then St Neots have progressed through Step Four to play in the Premier Division of the Southern League whist Dereham have also progressed and now play in the Ryman League (North) at Step Four.

first season. This season they are currently 16th with two wins, one draw and three defeats in their six completed league outings. All their defeats have been away from home although they did win their marathon FA Cup match at St Ives in a penalty shoot out. The only survivor in the St Neots squad from our previous meeting is Lewis Hilliard. Dereham’s best ever performance in the FA Cup came two years ago when they reached the Third Qualifying Round of the competition.

Last season in their debut at that level Dereham finished seventh in the table ten points below the play off zone with 22 wins and 11 draws from their 46 league matches. However they scored 98 goals which was an excellent performance in their

CLUB HISTORY Dereham Town Football Club was founded in 1884, spending many of its early years in the local Norwich District and the Dereham & District Leagues. In 1993-94, the Senior Knockout Cup was won for the first

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time when Wymondham Town were comprehensively beaten 3-0 in the Final. December 1996 saw the Club move from its previous home on the Council owned Recreation Ground into the plush surrounding of the new site at Aldiss Park. The Club’s first full season at Aldiss Park (1997/98) saw the dream become reality when Eastern Counties League status was achieved with the club winning a first Anglian Combination Premier Division title. This was achieved by going undefeated for the first twentytwo League games and remaining undefeated all season away from Aldiss Park. Not content with just the League title, the club also won the Don Frost Memorial Cup. The Club’s opening season in Eastern Counties League football (1998/99) saw the


Year founded: 1884 Nickname: The Magpies Chairman: Simon Barnes

Website: www.pitchero.com/clubs/ derehamtownfc Stadium: Aldiss Park (3000 Capacity)

Previous Meetings: 2010 FA Cup Extra Preliminary Qualifying Round: Saints won 2-0

club finish seventh in Division One and reach the inaugural Division One Knockout Cup Final where League Champions Clacton Town beat us. The Club also received the annual Jewson Sportsmanship Trophy.

and, as in the previous season, a disappointing defeat in the semifinal of the Norfolk Senior Cup. Our Reserves finished fifth in their first season in the Ridgeons Reserve section. Season 09/10 was a good one for the Club despite the First Team having, by their recent high standards, a mediocre campaign eventually finishing tenth in the Ridgeons Premier Division and, for the third consecutive season, falling at the semi-final stage of the Norfolk Senior Cup. However our Reserves finished second on goal difference in the Reserve Division North, the A Team secured their highest League position for some years, finishing third, also winning the Dick Davey Ambulance Cup and the Fen Regis Invitation Shield. Dereham Town’s Under-18’s won the Ridgeons Youth

League East Division, suffering only one defeat all season, and then triumphed in the Championship play-off defeating Huntingdon Town 2-1. Season 2011/12 was relatively disappointing with the side finishing in mid table in the league; however the younger sides continued to thrive and hopefully many of these players will be pushing for a first team place in the future. Season 2012/13 saw the hard work of the previous few seasons come to fruition when The Magpies achieved their first promotion since 1997/98 when the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League Premier Division title was won and with the necessary ground improvements in place, promotion to the Ryman League was achieved. And so another chapter in the history of Dereham Town began.

Season 2006/07 was the most successful in the Club’s history so far. The Norfolk Senior Cup was retained with a 1-0 victory over eventual League Champions Wroxham, sixth spot in the League was our highest ever finish and our Under-18’s claimed the Ridgeons Youth Cup with a 3-1 victory against Blackstones. The Club was also awarded the Ridgeons ‘Integrity in Football’ trophy. Season 08/09 again saw a fourth place finish in the Ridgeons Premier Division, a run to the fifth round of the FA Vase

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WHO’S WHO

THE MAGPIES

MATT HENMAN

NEAL SIMMONS

AARON KAY

ADAM SMITH

ADE PAYNE

ANDREW WILTON

CRAIG BUSSENS

LUKE TUTTLE

LUKE BAILEY (D/O/B 30.07.94) Signed from Lowestoft Town; this imposing forward is a real handful for defenders with his pace and height. HARRY BARKER (D/O/B 7.04.95) Signed for the Magpies upon his release from Norwich City, where he had been since he was 9. A quality defender who is comfortable anywhere across the back four. FRAZER BLAKE-TRACY (D/O/B 10.09.95) Has come through the Dereham academy and has recently broken into the first team and pushing for a regular place. An aggressive defender, who can also play in midfield. SAM BORRER (D/O/B 25.10.92) Former county youth team player who has come through the ranks at Dereham Town, and has now settled into a midfield position where he is now starting to show his true potential.

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CRAIG BUSSENS (D/O/B 28.10.89) Started as a Youth team player at Cambridge United, and has also played at Lowestoft Town and Cambridge City. Has the pace and skill to trouble most defenders.

captained the County Youth team. Equally at home in midfield or defence and another product of the Dereham youth scheme, who has been rewarded for his efforts with a 2 year contract.

JAY EASTOE-SMITH (D/O/B 12.8.90) Another player who has come through the ranks at Dereham. A fully committed central defender who gives his all, and is also a coach at Norwich City.

TOBY HILLIARD (D/O/B 20.01.96) Signed in July 2014 from Swaffham Town, where he had a good scoring record, and one to watch as he tries to prove himself at a higher level. Made a goal scoring debut for the English Colleges team last season.

JAMES HADLEY (D/O/B 18.06.92) A versatile player who is comfortable in midfield or central defence. Has re-signed for the Magpies after playing in America.

MATT HOCKLEY (D/O/B 5.06.82) Experienced midfielder who played 239 games for Torquay United the majority in the Football League. Signed from Southern League Premier Bideford United where he was the club captain.

LUKE HANNANT (D/O/B 4/11/93) aggressive midfielder or defender who was signed from CRC, who as well as having a good engine pops up with his fair share of goals. RYAN HAWKINS (D/O/B 30/01/95) Talented young player who has

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MATT HOWARD (D/O/B 19.9.89) Signed from Thetford Town where he was converted from midfield, to become a dominant classy centre half, who is comfortable on the ball.


One to Watch: Luke Tuttle (Striker) A strong pacy forward who has scored goals at every level he has played, and has not disappointed at the Magpies where he has scored goals on a regular basis.

MATT HOCKLEY

MATT HOWARD

MATT POWLEY

MICHAEL SOMMERFIELD

OLLIE WILLS

RYAN HAWKINS

SAM BOTTER

SCOTT ROBERTS

NICKY HOWELL (D/O/B 8.9.85) Another product of the Norwich City Academy, although regarded as a right winger can play down either flank or in midfield, and also gets his fair share of goals. AARON KAY (D/O/B/ 17.03.88) Signed from Norwich St.Johns, this cultured midfield player is very comfortable on the ball, and can also score his fair share of goals. MATT POWLEY (D/O/B 21.09.92) Young goal keeper who has also played for Mattishall and another who has come through the ranks at Dereham. SCOTT ROBERTS (D/O/B 20.06.89) Another player who has re-signed for the club, after taking a break from the game last season. A versatile player who is equally at home in midfield or attack. ADAM SMITH (D/O/B 22.7.87) Former Norwich United player, this talented and competitive midfield

player has the ability to dictate games, and frequently does. GARY STARLING (D/O/B 7.5.84) Started out at Dereham before moving to local Anglian Combination rivals Mattishall where he won the Norfolk Senior Cup. Returned to the Magpies where he is an important part of the team, and club captain. OLIVER WILLIS (D/O/B 21.12.85) Another former Norwich City Academy player, who joined the Magpies in 2005. A strong, skilful and pacy defender, who loves to get forward at every opportunity, is the clubs team captain. ANDREW WILTON (D/O/B 27.3.94) Highly rated young keeper who has come through the ranks at Dereham, and who is on the radar of Norwich City. His dominant performances last season belied his age and experience.

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News from the Youth... A warm welcome is extended to all visitors and supporters for todays home game against Dereham in The FA Cup. It’s early days and we are not getting too excited but the Under 21’s who are making good progress again in the UCL. Results do not come easy when you are up against experienced teams, as we found in the first few matches. However, Andy and Jason and the coaching staff are obviously providing the structure and a learning platform for the players to play to their ability. Our previous home game we witnessed some high quality football from the boys who beat Irchester 3-2. Well done to the boys! The understanding of each other’s strengths and working as a unit continues to develop. The defensive line of the back four is in good shape and appears to provide that strong foundation for the team to play out from; something we will continue to build on. As per recent ‘Breaking News’ on the clubs web site, our new training and match day kits to the teams within

Youth and Saints are now being issued. Following our recent sign-ons we are extremely pleased to have over 300 children within our grassroots / development teams from across the area. You should soon start seeing even more blue across the town! As previously stated, we seek sponsorships. We are typical of many youth set-ups where we rely on player sign-on, small donations, fundraising, a few grants and sponsorship. However, what comes in tends to go-out on pitch hire, insurances, registration, kit and equipment. Sponsorship deals are available in a variety of forms – from sponsoring the Under 21’s Team Shirts, to Banners or even Match Balls. Fundraising events this year will consist of Tournaments, Three Peaks

Challenge, Sponsored Bike Rides, Bag Packing and basically anything to raise money. If anyone is interested in assisting with this or can offer sponsorship please contact me at colin. parker63@btinternet.com or via the main club on enquiries@ stneotstownfc.co.uk Finally, may I wish both teams every success in the season ahead. Enjoy the game.... Colin Parker Chairman

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GREENIES GREETINGS

CAN’T BEAT THE BUZZ! What better way to warm up for today than a home local-derby victory Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Rowley Park – The Cozy Stadium, for today’s FA Cup with Budweiser First Round Qualifying tie. Today we extend a very warm welcome to the Players, Officials and of course, the Supporters of our opponents, Dereham Town Football Club and we hope you all have an enjoyable afternoon here with us at The Cozy Stadium before travelling safely back to Norfolk later this evening. You really can’t beat the buzz of the FA Cup and this goes from clubs at the highest level right down to the lowest ranked non league clubs who enter the competition each year, all with different aspirations ranging from having a nice little cup run which will boost clubs’ finances and maybe give them a little bit of exposure nationally and obviously at the other end of the scale, realistically hoping to reach the final, win it and maybe secure a place in Europe. Of course, you don’t even need a good run to be noticed, proved by ourselves last season when our left back at the time, Rene Steer cracked on into the top corner from fully 45 yards (pictured below) and in the process became a worldwide superstar courtesy of

our very own SNTtv footage on the web. I have just checked and the video of that wonder strike currently has had in excess of 530,00 views on Youtube. Pretty amazing really and just reward to Rene for the strike itself and of course, Adam Ridley, for expertly catching the rocket on film, so if any player feels like making a name for themselves and the Club this afternoon, please feel free as free exposure can’t be beaten. What better way to warm up for today than a home local derby victory in front of our biggest crowd of the season so far. I have to say we looked like the team which ended the season so well last term, playing quick, incisive passes and at times, cutting Histon to shreds with lighteneing attacks, utilising the pace of Drew, Jay and the returning Hilly (who was like having a new signing in the team after missing so many games with his unfortunate injury) playing off the superb hold up play of Matty Nolan. Four good goals, two for Drew ( 6 in the ;last four outings) and a goal each for Jay D and last Saturday’s penalty save hero Ryan Frater who I was worried was going to dismantle the goal and net. Had he put the ball over the bar, I think Charlie might just still be looking for the ball now such was the ferocity of

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his shot. Incidentally, Frates ended up in A and E after the game having five stitches in the head wound he received with the sickening clash of heads in the second half, so all in all, he really has experienced the highs and lows of the game over the past few days. Football really is a funny old game, Saturday was a bit of a disappointment but Tuesday night, with a change of shape and personnel, all was rosy again. Tuesday evening will see us begin our defence of the Hunts Senior Cup, as we entertain neighbours Eynesbury Rovers in the First Round here at the Cozy Stadium. I’m led to believe Admission for this game will be £5 Adults, £3 concessions and £1 12-18 years old and this will be confirmed on the website over the weekend. The game kicks off at 19:45 as per usual. Right then, enough talk, let’s get behind the boys as per normal and hopefully, come 4:50pm, we will be in the hat for the next round and a few bob better off too.

PUMP UP THE VOLUME GREENY


DREW ROBERTS FIRES INTO THE NET


AWAY DAYS

THE SPENCER STADIUM Next up for the Saints is a trip to the Spencer Stadium the home of Banbury United. The club at the time of writing were managerless as Edwin Stein parted company with the club after a disastrous second half to last season of which carried on to the current season. The club are very firmly placed at the bottom of the division with no points at all having lost their first seven league matches. Plenty of action on the transfer front over the last week or so with the Puritans signing no less than eight new players. Banbury have of course a long history dating back to 1931 where they were formed as a works club. Friendly matches were played on a ground on the town’s Middleton Road. The club joined the Banbury Junior League for the 1933-34 season and won the championship at their first attempt. The following years were played in the lower leagues until 1966 where they were elected to the southern league. They had 24 years unbroken

run in the southern league where in 1970 United’s fortunes dramatically changed as debts mounted. Things went from bad to worse until the club appointed The ex QPR player Kevin Brock for the 1999-2000 campaign. The club finally won back their place in the southern league and have stayed there ever since. Last season the club finished in 19th position narrowly missing out on relegation after being in the top half of the league for the first five months of the season. For those of you travelling to the match Directions are as follows.

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DIRECTIONS TO THE GROUND BY ROAD From M40, Junction 11, head towards Banbury, over first roundabout, left at next roundabout into Concorde Avenue. Straight on at next roundabout, taking left hand lane, and turn left at traffic lights, turn first right into Station Approach. At station forecourt and car park, take narrow single track road on extreme right and follow to Stadium.(Direct SatNav to OX16 5AB)

THE SPENCER STADIUM Station Approach, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 5AB 2,000 (250 seated) Adults £10 Concessions (Over 60s and Full Time Students) £5 Under 16 £1 Programme £2-00p Free parking for up to 200 cars and free seating in the stand.


OLD ‘FOOTIE’ PROGRAMMES

1980s

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INTRODUCING

GAVIN HOYTE Gavin Is a commanding centre half who brings plenty of experience to the defence, he joined the club at the start of the season 2012, Gavin is Currently the club captain. Gavin started his carer with Wotton Blue Cross before moving on to his home club Bedford Town in 2005, Quickly establishing himself at that level he caught the eye of the management team at Cambridge United whom he signed for and stayed for 2 years before moving on to Weymouth in 2009. A short stay there as the travelling became too much Gavin moved on to Grays Athletic who were in the Blue Square South Division. After Making 28 Appearance’s for Grays he moved on to Corby Town but found the lure of going back to his home town club just too much that he resigned for Bedford Town where he played as club captain for the next 2 seasons.

Having watched Gavin on many occasions the saints tried to sign him for season 2010 but Gavin wanted to stay playing at a higher level. Saints finally got their man in September of 2012 After nearly 2 Seasons of trying to sign him. Gavin has been apart from injuries a fixture in the first team leading by example. In season 2013 he was appointed club captain, succeeding Stefen Moore. Gavin is no nonsense centre half who keeps the defence in order with his centre half playing partner Ryan Frater.

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DEENEY CROSSES


MD’S VIEWS

QUIRKY COINCIDENCES The FA Cup is a unique Competition; an opportunity to see how far we can progress which in itself is an indicator of how far we have moved forward. Clearly there is always a bit off luck involved as far as the draw is concerned. Our supporters, our facility and our football team are an advert that who we are and what we are all about. SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME We have completed the first week of our scholarship programme and I have to say that, by and large, it’s been great. We have had the occasional glitch with regards to the platform and one or two other aspects of delivery but nothing that we haven’t been able to sort. We still have an open window for the next 6 weeks so anyone that has started a programme at another centre that is not 100 per cent happy is more than welcome to drop us a line and we can discuss your options. The U18’s and U21’s as well as the college league are all avenues for these talented young footballers to express themselves without pressure and without fear. DEVELOPMENT, DEVELOPMENT, DEVELOPMENT I’ve been to one Cup final. Chelsea V Everton at Wembley 2009. Now please bear with me on this

because not only was the day a great day for all Chelsea supporters it was also a day that reaffirmed my belief in the quirkiness of coincidences. I love coincidences and am an avid reader of all books that relate to the subject. I’d watched the game at Wembley with Martin Everett sitting on the opposite side of the stadium to my old man who was enjoying the trials and tribulations that is the Bobby Moore suite. Extra time had finished and so I decided to make my move and fight my way out of the ground, all the way around the ground and then joined Wembley Walk with everybody else for the 1 hour or so trudge towards Wembley park station. I finally got into the station and took a punt of the Jubilee line, however the train terminated at Baker Street station and so without hesitation I jumped off and ran like a well-honed whippet, leaping with all the grace of a wet fart through the closing doors of a carriage that was

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sitting on the metropolitan line. There standing in front of me was my dad with my nephew Ben. So I’d left the opposite side of the stadium took at least an hour fighting through crowds into a station that was rammed, jumped onto one of the 30 or so trains that come and go on match days (on the Jubilee line), got a train that for some reason terminated at Baker Street, jumped off that train and jumped onto another train that was one of 30 or so that pass through Wembley Park on match days (on the metropolitan line) and bumped into one of say 60 thousand people that where making the same journey and that where all making random choices on the two different lines after having all left the stadium at different times and jumped onto different trains and different carriages and the person I bumped into happens to be my dad. How unlucky can one person be!!!! LEE


STEWS VIEWS & FA CUP NEWS!

FASCINATING! This week I have mostly been, trawling Football Internet Sites, to find some the most interesting non-league football stories available.

With it being FA Cup day, some of the stories are themed, some are not. Personally disillusioned with the talk of players moving between clubs, for the sort of money that would take many small countries out of debt, delving into the relatively unknown world of Non-League football, can prove to be a fascinating read!

How about this beauty from Ryman Premier Side Lewes FC? LEWES FC Unveil “Corporate Beach Huts” with food, mini-bar and free

wi-fi! £40 pp per game or £5000 for an entire season! Each of the four huts can accommodate six fans, with great views! Fans can eat and drink and are given a free match day programme. Great forward thinking from Lewes, who play at the same level we do.

From “Poland to Playground” read another headline. It told the story of non-league player, Adam Priestley who plays for Farsley Celtic AFC from West Yorkshire,

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who play in the ninth tier of English Football, who qualifies by parentage to play for Gibraltar. He found himself playing in front of the usual 50 spectators on Saturday, then turning out mid-week for Gibraltar against Poland in a Euro Qualifier in front of 26,000 fans. Playing against the likes of Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich and Arsenal stopper Wojciech Szczesny.


Moving to some unusual FA Cup News FC Romania the Hertfordshire based side, making their debut in the competition just eight years after their first competitive game against “Beating Chastards” were held at home by Haverhill Rovers 0-0!!!!!!! And James Phillips, at 22 years old the youngest ever manager in the competition, saw his side bow out in a preliminary qualifier, 3-1 at home to Fareham Town.

A family affair and other FA Cup facts Hanwell Town played Cockfosters at this stage of the competition last year with Ray Duffy as manager. His sons Tom Duffy, Oliver Duffy, Connor Duffy and Callum Duffy were in the team. There were some big scorelines in the extra preliminary round last year, with Ashington beating Pontefract Collieries 9-0, Bristol Manor Farm getting the better of ldland Abbotonians 9-3 and Chichester City suffering an 8-1 defeat at home to Chessington & Hook United.

Last season’s extra preliminary round had 221 matches, 822 goals and 20,631 fans. The smallest gate was just 15, for Abingdon Town’s game against Highmoor Ibis Brislington (Western League), Hartley Wintney (Combined Counties) and Marske United (Northern League) progressed from the extra preliminary round to the the fourth round of qualifying last season - one game away from the first round proper.

And as a morale boosting story fitting for a pre FA Cup programme of our, how about this weeks exploits of Ryan Frater?

the penalty! To the applause of the 150 travelling Saints fans. Tuesday then saw him score his first goal in nearly a year, a thunderous effort struck with venom again to the applause of the Saints fans, only to end the game bandaged “Terry Butcher” style after taking one for his team mates. Truly great entertaining stuff, perfect crowd rousing stuff prior to an interesting looking tie against our opponents from Norfolk today. Yours Aye Craig

Man mountain centre half Ryan, was handed the gloves by Nathan Abbey after being sent off against Biggleswade, giving away a penalty in the process with the final whistle looming, the game in the balance at 2-2. Often the villain and rarely the hero (applies to most defenders) the fate of the game rested on this one penalty. Ryan stepped up and saved WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/STNEOTSTOWNFC / PAGE 47


Scorelines..

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

Division One Central Midweek Action

Division One South & West Midweek Action

On Monday evening Redditch United were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Cirencester Town. On Tuesday, top of the table Poole Town scored twice in the opening seventeen minutes of the second half to set up a 2-1 home victory over Slough Town and second placed Dunstable Town scored twice in the opening five minutes and, after adding two more before the interval, inflicted a 5-1 defeat on visiting Arlesey Town while Weymouth moved into third when they came from behind to win 3-2 at Chippenham Town.

Leaders Kettering Town scored four times before the interval and completed a 5-0 home win over St Ives Town with a strike seven minutes into the second half while second placed Potters Bar Town scored in time added on at the end of both halves to win 2-0 at home against Barton Rovers and third in the table Royston Town recovered from going behind in the twelfth minute to chalk up a 3-1 home success over Beaconsfield SYCOB. Bedworth United scored twice in each half to complete a 4-1 home victory against Bedford Town, who scored seven minutes from time, while Hanwell Town, a goal behind after eleven minutes, secured a 3-2 victory at Godalming Town and Daventry Town converted a penalty after an hour to inflict a 1-0 home defeat on Rugby Town but performance of the night belonged to Aylesbury who, after being three up at the interval, scored five times after the break to complete a comprehensive 8-1 home win over Leighton Town. Egham Town, two ahead in the opening twelve minutes, completed a 4-1 home win against Northwood while Chalfont St Peter equalised on the stroke of half time to take a point from a 1-1 draw at AFC Hayes and North Greenford United, who went behind with just fifteen minutes remaining, snatched a 1-1 home draw with Uxbridge when they scored in the fourth minute of time added on.

With Merthyr Town on Welsh Cup duty, Taunton Town took over at top of the table when, after a goalless first half, they recorded a 2-1 victory at Bridgwater Town while Stratford Town, two ahead at the interval, climbed to third when two goals in the final eight minutes secured a 4-1 home win over Wantage Town but Yate Town sunk to sixth when they crashed 4-1 at home to Wimborne Town who moved into fourth.

St Neots Town scored three times in the first half on the way to a 4-0 home victory over still winless Histon and Hungerford Town, also three up at the break, inflicted a 4-0 defeat on bottom of the table Banbury United while Hitchin Town scored in the final minute to win 1-0 at Chesham United. Truro City scored twice in the final twenty minutes and, though conceding an own goal in time added on, won 2-1 at Dorchester Town and Biggleswade Town secured a 1-0 home victory over Burnham with a goal eight minutes from time while Bideford scored twice in each half to defeat visiting Frome Town 4-0 but Paulton Rovers, a goal down inside three minutes, lost 2-1 at home to Hereford United.

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Larkhall Athletic, a goal behind at the break, scored twice in the second half to chalk up their fifth win of the season with a 2-1 success at Swindon Supermarine while Didcot Town went behind just after the half hour but, having equalised before the break, scored twice in the second half to win 3-1 at Evesham United but Cinderford Town, two up at the interval, scored five in the second half to complete a comprehensive 7-0 victory at bottom of the table Bishops Cleeve. Tiverton Town, two ahead at half time, recorded a 3-0 home win over Mangotsfield United and Clevedon Town, a goal up at the interval, inflicted a 3-1 defeat on Bashley, leaving the visitors still looking for their first win of the season.


One of the “A” team is leaving We are loosing a very valuable member of our kitchin staff today. Lauren Wilding is about to give birth to a little Chelsea supporter, boy or Girl they don’t know as both Lauren and her partner Sean Sales want that as a surprise.What ever the gender is Blue will certainly be the colour. We would all like to wish Lauren and sean all the best and the safe arrival of baby Sales. So as you buy your tea today maybe a good luck message as I’m sure Lauren will be greatly missed on match day.


ST NEOTS TOWN 4 HISTON FC 0 09:09:2014 / Southern Premier / Att 401 / Referee: John Steel (Ely) Rejuvenated St Neots produced their best home performance at home this season as they swept aside a rather flimsy challenge by Histon.

The visitors making their first ever trip to Rowley Park following their relegation from the Conference North at the end of last season have struggled to find their feet in their new surroundings and have failed to win in nine matches this season. However from St Neots perspective three more points, a clean sheet and a much improved all round performance was boosted further still by the return from injury of Lewis Hilliard who had missed the previous six matches. Arthur Lee also retuned to the side after being unavailable for the Biggleswade trip and Matt Nolan replaced Nathan Frater in attack. Two more goals for Drew Roberts took his tally in the last four matches to six and there was a goal for Ryan Frater – his first since last November. St Neots made a solid start as Hilliard marked his return by picking up a loose ball to make for goal only to have his close range shot blocked by the feet of visiting goalkeeper Enol Ordonez. Drew Roberts was then brought down in the area after 11 minutes but no infringement spotted by the Referee but the striker made up for his disappointment a minute later when he smashed home a Hilliard cross off the underside

of the bar to put St Neots in front. Four minutes later it was 2-0 as Arthur Lee’s corner was headed down to Martell Powell whose shot was blocked but Ryan Frater picked up the rebound to force the ball in at the near post. Two minutes later Lee had a shot deflected for a corner as St Neots threatened to run riot. Midway through the first half Histon had two good chances to reduce the arrears but a shot from Evan Key was beaten away by Nathan Abbey and then Nick Freeman set up Mateusz Katimski whoso acrobatic volley flew wide of a post. Then the pressure moved back to the other end of the pitch where Martell Powell saw a narrow angled effort come back off a goalpost and Lewis Hilliard saw two efforts go close – the first a free kick well saved by Ordanez and the second a more comfortable save after neat work by Jay Davies. The nearest Histon came to a reply came after 39 minutes when Kuzimski rounded Ben Farrell to cross for Nick Freeman to see his shot rebound from a post. Three minutes before the break the best move of the first half produced St Neots third goal as

Mason Spence won the ball and pulled it back from the bye line to pick out Drew Roberts whose low finish was perfectly placed beyond the reach of the keeper. The second half was less intense and produced fewer openings. A Lee free kick was pushed away at full stretch and the visiting keeper twice denied Roberts his hat trick. Histon forced Abbey into a double save in the same attack from Sanders and McGeorge but apart from a head injury to Ryan Frater St Neots had few anxious moments with Jay Davis and Ben Farrell dominant in midfield. With all three substitutes introduced Histon refused to let their heads drop but after 71 minutes a simple third goal by Jay Davies played clear by Roberts sealed their fate. As the tempo dropped substitute Salim Relizani squandered Histon’s late chance whilst St Neots substitute Lorenzo Ferrari almost added a fifth St Neots goal in time added. John Walker

St Neots Town

Histon FC

Abbey, Spence, Lee, Farrell, Frater (R), Hoyte, Davies, Powell, Nolan, Roberts, Hilliard. Subs: Bickerstaff (for Lee 73 mins), Ferrari (for Hilliard 78 mins), Wilson (for Davies 85 mins), Frater (N) and Greygoose. Cards: Lee (Y – 70) Goals: Roberts 2 (12 & 42 mins) Frater (R) (16 mins), Davies (71 mins)

Ordonez, Burgess, White, Wall, Reynolds, McGeorge, Randall, Key, Kuzimski, Freeman, Sanders. Subs: O’Malley (for McGeorge 66 mins), Peacock (for Kuzimski 66 mins) Relizani (for Randall), McDonald and Waters. Cards: Burgess (Y – 86), Key (Y – 90) Goals: None

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MARTELL MISSES THE TARGET


THE NEW season has not even reached the grand old age of one month for most clubs yet and the circus that is the managerial roundabout has well and truly kicked-off. At the time of writing, we have already seen six departures in the Premier League and Football League, with Huddersfield boss Mark Robins losing his job after just one game! He was quickly followed by Crystal Palace, Leeds, Watford, Colchester and Carlisle all losing their managers, either through resignations or chairmen swinging the axe. The Non-League scene has also jumped aboard this rollercoaster with at least three managers out the door before September had even begun. And with the exit of Tony Pulis from Crystal Palace due to apparent disagreements with the chairman, we at NLP HQ decided to look back at some of the strangest managerial departures from the world of NonLeague. Get back from the pub on a Saturday evening and turn the TV on and you’re likely to see one of two people – Leroy Rosenior or Steve Claridge. Claridge has had PAGE 54 /

one Non-League managerial stint, taking charge of Weymouth in 2003 but it’s his on screen counterpart who sprung to our minds.Rosenior was put in charge of Torquay in 2007, just after they were relegated to Non-League. It didn’t last long though with the former Fulham striker in charge for a whole ten minutes before Torquay were bought by a local consortium. Rosenior was unveiled to the local press at a news conference only for then owner Mike Bateson to almost immediately agree to sell his 51% controlling stake in the club to the consortium, who duly relieved Rosenior of his duties.

Chichester City were in the Sussex County League when they made headlines by sacking Mark Poulton as manager (above), during a game! Poulton was taking charge of a cup tie against Redhill when his mobile started ringing. Poulton probably rejected taking the call straight away. Poulton told the local press: “During

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the second half I had a call from Gary Walker, one of the directors, who said he was sorry to interrupt me and then told me I’d been sacked!” It seemed to be the wrong decision though with Chichester throwing a 2-1 lead away to lose 4-2! Tipton Town parted company with manager Nick Hawkins and his first team staff last weekend despite their FA Cup victory over Sporting Khalsa, with the conversation allegedly taking place on the way home through FaceTime! The Tipton departure followed in the footsteps of Enfield, Witton, Coalville and Cheshunt in the first few weeks of the 2014-15 season. There will inevitably be more managerial casualties in the months to come and we can only hope the decisions are remembered in years to come – not necessarily for the right reasons! Joshua Peck 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

FAC

Sat 20 Sep

Banbury United

SLP

Tue 30 Sep

Arlesey Town

SLP

Sat 04 Oct

BURNHAM

SLP

Mon 06 Oct

Hitchin Town

SLP

Sat 11 Oct

POOLE TOWN

SLP

Sat 18 Oct

Cirencester Town

SLP

Tue 21 Oct

CHESHAM UNITED

SLP

Sat 25 Oct

Weymouth

SLP

Mon 27 Oct

Redditch United

SLP

Sat 01 Nov

ILKESTON TOWN

FAT

Sat 08 Nov

Truro City

SLP

Sat 15 Nov

Hungerford Town

SLP

Tue 18 Nov

CAMBRIDGE CITY

SLP

Sat 22 Nov

Bideford

SLP

Sat 29 Nov

SLOUGH TOWN

SLP

Sat 06 Dec

DORCHESTER TOWN

SLP

Sat 13 Dec

Chippenham Town

SLP

Sat 20 Dec

FROME TOWN

SLP

Fri 26 Dec

CORBY TOWN

SLP

Thu 01 Jan

Dunstable Town

SLP

Sat 03 Jan

HEREFORD UNITED

SLP

Sat 10 Jan

Paulton Rovers

SLP

Sat 17 Jan

BIGGLESWADE TOWN

SLP

Sat 24 Jan

Histon

SLP

Sat 31 Jan

BANBURY UNITED

SLP

Sat 07 Feb

ARLESEY TOWN

SLP

Sat 14 Feb

Burnham

SLP

Sat 21 Feb

HITCHIN TOWN

SLP

Sat 28 Feb

Poole Town

SLP

Sat 07 Mar

CIRENCESTER TOWN

SLP

Sat 14 Mar

HUNGERFORD TOWN

SLP

Sat 21 Mar

Cambridge City

SLP

Sat 28 Mar

BIDEFORD

SLP

Sat 04 Apr

Slough Town

SLP

Mon 06 Apr

DUNSTABLE TOWN

SLP

Sat 11 Apr

Dorchester Town

SLP

Sat 18 Apr

CHIPPENHAM TOWN

SLP

Sat 25 Apr

Frome Town

SLP

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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

Ferrari

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P

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

Pts

01

Poole Town

9

8

1

0

18

3

+15

25

02

Dunstable Town

9

6

2

1

20

11

+9

20

03

Weymouth

8

6

1

1

18

11

+7

19

04

St Neots Town

9

5

3

1

20

12

+8

18

05

Cambridge City

9

5

2

2

18

9

+9

17

06

Hungerford Town

9

5

2

2

15

7

+8

17

07

Hitchin Town

9

5

2

2

12

9

+3

17

08

Corby Town

9

5

2

2

12

11

+1

17

09

Redditch United

9

5

1

3

13

9

+4

16

10

Truro City

9

5

1

3

15

12

+3

16

11

Chippenham Town

9

4

2

3

14

9

+5

14

12

Biggleswade Town

9

3

3

3

11

10

+1

12

13

Cirencester Town

9

2

5

2

15

8

+7

11

14

Chesham United

9

3

2

4

13

9

+4

11

15

Slough Town

9

2

4

3

13

15

-2

10

16

Bideford

8

3

0

5

18

20

-2

9

17

Hereford United

9

2

3

4

9

16

-7

9

18

Dorchester Town

9

2

1

6

11

13

-2

7

19

Paulton Rovers

9

1

4

4

10

13

-3

7

20

Burnham

9

2

1

6

14

22

-8

7

21

Frome Town

9

2

1

6

12

26

-14

7

22

Arlesey Town

9

1

2

6

7

21

-14

5

23

Histon

9

0

3

6

5

20

-15

3

24

Banbury United

9

1

0

8

7

24

-17

3

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Goalkeepers

Goalkeepers

Nathan Abbey

Andrew Wilton

Jamie Greygoose

Defenders

Defenders

Oliver Wills

Josh Bickerstaff

Ryan Hawkins

Ryan Frater

Matt Howard

Gavin Hoyte (C)

Michael Sommerfield

Jordan Ivey-Ward

Luke Bailey

Arthur Lee

Midfielders

Midfielders

Matt Hockley

Dean Cracknell

Aaron Kay

Jay Davies

Adam Smith

Matt Spring

Sam Borrer

Ben Farrell

Frazer Blake-Tracey

Lorenzo Ferrari

Jay Estoe-Smith

Ben Ford

Scott Roberts

Lewis Hilliard

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