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WELCOME

Welcome to Rowley Park - The Cozy Stadium and to the latest edition of the Saints Matchday Magazine, enjoy great football, great hospitality and a great read. 03 Management Notes

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Bizarre Football Stories

04 Action Replay

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MDs’ Views

05 Uhlsport Feature

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Memories From The Past

06 One Minute With

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Game For A Laugh

08/09 Match Reports

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Fixtures Matrix

10/11 Player Profile

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A Day In The Life Of...

12 Greenies Greetings

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Scorelines

13 Club Apprenticeship

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The Non-League Paper

14 Crazy Managerial Reigns

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20 Best Football Stadiums

16 A Blast From The Past

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Non-League Club News

17 Chairmans’ Views

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Season Statistics

18/21 Opponent Feature

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League Table

22/23 Pull Out Poster

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The Teams

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A Beautiful Game

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Club Officials

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Club Honours

Owner Mike Kearns Chairman Mike Kearns Managing Director Lee Kearns Director Iain Parr Joint First Team Managers Gary King / Zema Abbey Assistant First Team Manager Nathan Abbey Club Secretary Gary Wilson Fixture Secretary Marian Izzard Treasurer Keith Gotch Life President John Walker Life Vice-Presidents Ena Kester Jack Blyth

Huntingdonshire Senior Cup Mel Hancock Ken Harris David Mackian Terry Reedman Stuart Walters Team Officials Ben Watts (Assistant Coach) Richard King (Goalkeeping Coach) Youth Liaison & Development Mick Hunt Physio Carol Holland St Neots Town TV Editor Adam Ridley Club Merchandise Linda Walters Programme Editor Mark Davies Functions and Events Coordinator Louise Spark

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New Targets Set Gary King Good afternoon everybody and welcome to our opponents today Banbury FC.

Those of you who made the trip to Bedford (and I have to say there were a lot of you; we do appreciate your support) will have witnessed a freak storm at half time which left what was already a heavy pitch totally sodden. The ref extended halftime and during this period summoned both the Bedford manager and myself as well as the the two captains to his room, “shall I call it off?” he asked.

What followed was 45 minutes where the pitch caused all types of problems for both teams but thankfully we came away with 3points; 3 big points which reinforced the previous 3 draws, four good results on the bounce; 11 points clear of the drop. I have to admit I came away from the Bedford game, to my regret, feeling we had taken a big step towards securing our future in this division. Tuesdays game away to Chippenham was a harsh reminder that we still have a lot to do. We created enough

good chances to have won the game and should have got at least a point but the way we started the game wasn’t up to the standards we aspire to. On reflection I felt that maybe the players too had felt that beating Bedford and opening an 11 point gap was a target met. The fact is, until we are mathematically safe, we can not afford to switch off or relax, not even for a training session, let alone a match, so new targets have been set. Today’s game will bring a fresh set of challenges. Banbury are having a good season and are floating around the play offs and they will be keen to avenge our victory at their place. We will have to be at our best if we are to put 3 more points on the table

and not many sides will achieve the double over Banbury this season. We have released Alasan Ann this week, he has been transferred back to Hitchin and we wish him well with that. Finally, once again, it was great to have such a large away support making a lot of noise behind the goal at Bedford last week; it doesn’t go unheard or unnoticed and it does help. I hope you all enjoy your afternoon

‘Kingy’

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We’ll you can imagine, with us winning 2 0 I’m saying “it’s fine ref” whilst Bedford manager is saying “you wouldn’t start a game if it was like that, you’re going to have to call it off”. Thankfully the reason the ref went with in the end was let’s try it and if it’s no good call it off then! (that took some doing I can assure you).

It was great to have such a large away support making a lot of noise behind the goal at Bedford last week; it doesn’t go unheard or unnoticed.

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Following three away games on the spin it’s great to be back here at Rowley Park for a home game. I would think there aren’t many non league pitches in such good condition as ours is right now and after visits to both Bedford and Chippenham it will be refreshing to be able to play on a pitch without being ankle deep in mud.

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ACTION REPLAY

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This Week Six Years Ago United Counties League Premier Division - 2nd February 2008 St Neots Town 2

Blackstones 1

St Neots moved back up to second spot in the Premier Division courtesy of this valuable victory over Blackstones. After a disappointing first half St Neots produced a much more convincing display after the break and deserved their victory over a side that have lots of matches in hand but never looked convincing. There was a debut goal for St Neots most recent signing Andy Findlay and a welcome return as substitute by Barrington Belgrave who has been out with injury since Boxing Day. However the injury jinx struck again with defender Mark Burrows sidelined after just 13 minutes and he will need intensive treatment prior to a return to fitness. Danny Marlow and Jon Hoggett were back to their best in midfield and Jon Chatfield made some important saves to earn the man of the match tag. There was nearly a very dramatic start when in the first minute new boy Andy Findlay challenged the visiting goalkeeper who dropped the ball but Findlay’s shot rebounded off the keeper for a corner. The two sides had drawn at Stamford three weeks earlier and they seemed to show each other some respect in the opening stages with neither creating a great deal. Blackstones’ first chance came after 11 minutes when Liam

Harrald played Phil Stebbing clear but Chatfield produced a great block to stifle his chance. The loss of Burrows so early in the match seemed to unsettle St Neots and Kevin Ainslie shot wide with the reshaped defence looking square. Dan Cotton had a shot deflected but four minutes before the break St Neots were ahead thanks to some skill and quick thinking by the new boy. A lengthy clearance from Chatfield had the Stones defence back peddling and when Robbie Blowers misjudged the bounce of the ball the keeper was caught out of position and Andy Findlay’s neatly judged lob nestled in the net to give St Neots an unexpected half time lead. St Neots best first half move came right on the whistle as Jon Hoggett and David Fisk combined to set up Danny Marlow who shot disappointingly wide. Both sides emerged for the second half showing a greater sense of urgency in their play. Chatfield produced another fine reflex save when Stebbing’s pace took him clear on the right and after 57 minutes from a series of corners Blackstones got themselves back into the match. Dan Cotton sent over an inswinging corner that was allowed to bounce in the six yards box and Richard Jones stabbed the ball home. That

was the wake up call St Neots needed and with Belgrave and Mark Franklin on for Findlay and Fisk they adopted a more attacking stance and were rewarded eight minutes from time. A short Franklin free kick invited Marlow to cross and the ball was headed down by Hoggett for the lively Kevin Byrne to claim his fifth goal in eight games. This set up a lively last ten minutes with a great deal of added time played during which Mark Franklin and Bas Belgrave both went close to extending the lead before Mark Barry crowned a good all round performance by clearing off the line to preserve maximum points for his side.

St Neots: Chatfield, Russell, Barry, Burrows, Dogbe, Francis, Fisk, Hoggett, Marlow, Byrne, Findlay Subs Not Used: McElroy (for Burrows 13 mins), Belgrave (for Findlay 65 mins), Franklin (for Fisk 80 mins), Maitland & Finch. Man of the Match: Jon Chatfield


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FAN FEATURE

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One Minute With... Steve Ridley Welcome to our feature “one minute with” you, our supporters. A simple question and answer to give us all a chance to get to know each other. Put a name to a face, and get that face “yours” into our match day magazine. If you would like to take part in this feature then contact Louise Sales on misslouisesales@yahoo.co.uk

I am married to Viv and we have five boys between us, one of whom you know Adam who is the St Neots Town TV producer and editor who I assist on match days. We have been involved with Beaconsfield and Burnham Football clubs in the past but started watching St Neots when Searsy came to the club and Adam took up his present role. Do you have a nick name?

What changes would you make?

Mr Indecisive or Big Man

You have to change and adapt sometimes to keep progressing and improve either it be on the field of play or off it.

How long have you followed the Saints? 4 Years

Who wears the trousers in your house Steve? We have one leg each Fish and chips or curry? Fish and chips and curry sauce

Do you have a favourite player?

Have you passed out through drinking too much alcohol?

Searsy

Don’t know, can’t remember

The unknown

What is your occupation?

Do you have a favourite film?

Own decorating business

Shaun of the dead or Paul

Where do you see us in the next three years?

What’s your favourite colour?

Most memorable goal?

Navy Blue

Rene Steer of course.

Being consistently hard to beat at any level we play at, preferably this level or higher.

Wine or beer?

Do you have any favourite pets?

Your catchphrase?

Either

My Wife, (only joking) my little nest of vipers.

I’m not sure really

Are you scared of anything?


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MATCH REPORT

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Calor Southern League Premier Division Rowley Park - The Cozy Stadium (Att 375) Saturday 11th January 2014 - Kick Off 15:00 Referee Chris Williams (Waddesdon, Bucks)

St Neots Town Hilliard (26 mins) Farrell n 12 Hilliard n 65 Abbey, Deeney, Lee, Ford, Frater, Hoyte, Woolley, Farrell, Thomas, Davies, Hilliard. Subs: Tolley (for Ford 58 mins), Adjei (for Woolley 69 mins), Cracknell (for Thomas 81 mins), Nolan and Ann.

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Poole Town Spetch (88 mins) Brooks n 21 Devlin n 33 Spetch n 73 Buchel, Brooks, Spetch, Emmerson, Whisken, Pettefer, Elliott, Devlin, Charles, Preston, Cann. Subs: Chiedozie (for Charles 62 mins), Yates, Davies and Dibba.

This highly entertaining match bragged only two goals with both defences looking mean and sound. High flying Poole on the fringe of the play off zone with five or six games in hand in action for the first time since Boxing Day will look upon this as an important point gained with their goal coming just two minutes from time whilst St Neots with only two defeats in their last ten matches will see it as two points lost after surviving a battering in the last half hour. The home side made just two team changes with Nathan Abbey returning in goal and Jake Woolley replacing the suspended Lorenzo Ferrari. There was also a welcome substitution appearance after a nine match injury absence for winger Ed Adjei. A feature of the match was the aerial domination of Ryan Frater and Gavin Hoyte – a contributory factor to the lack of direct shots on goal in the first half. Poole had won the first meeting of the two sides in Dorset in November and they made a strong start to the match with Ekow Elliott and Dan Cann putting shots wide of the target. St Neots broke forward for Hilliard to send his effort wide after neat work by Jay Davies and then skipper Gavin Hoyte headed wide from a corner. As the match settled St Neots looked the better side with Ben Ford and Ben Farrell looking strong in midfield whilst the competitive nature of the match saw three first half bookings but St Neots

grabbed the lead on 26 minutes when Hilliard neatly glanced in a near post header from a Davies cross to claim his twelfth goal of the season which is one more than his total last season. With neither side totally in

control the final ball by both was often wayward and neither keeper was seriously tested before half time. Both sides adopted a varied approach to the second half. St Neots were often guilty of playing too deep and surrendering space to their opponents whilst Poole pushed their wide midfield players

forward and began to enjoy the greater share of possession. Jay Davies chipped impudently just over the bar and also had a rising shot well saved by Buchel but the majority of chances were falling to Poole with Elliott robbed by Hoyte when an equaliser looked imminent. Will Petch hit the crossbar following a corner and Elliott turned neatly in the box to bring an important save from Abbey. St Neots tried to show a more attacking approach with Shane Tolley on as substitute for Ford and Jay Davies back in a more traditional midfield role. However the St Neots forwards were not getting the ball and Spetch twice won the ball in the box at set pieces to fire off target. Hilliard thought he had won a penalty kick but was booked for simulation and although St Neots made two more changes they failed to impress. Eight minutes from time Nathan Abbey produced the save of the match to block and retrieve a fierce low effort by Steve Devlin but six minutes later with all three points looking safe the keeper was left helpless as a Will Spetch header from a Devlin corner flew though a packed area to rob St Neots of two valuable points. However with Frome losing at home to bottom of the table Bashley St Neots league position remained unchanged – now seven points above the drop zone.


MATCH REPORT

Clarence Park (Att 812) Saturday 18th January 2014 - Kick Off 15:00 Referee Thomas Ramsey (Chelmsford)

St Albans City Nwokeji (35 mins) Taylor n 35 Gilbert n 69 Bastock, Gilbert, Chappell, Warwa, Martin, Locke, Graham, Comley, Frendo, Nwokeji, Taylor . Subs: Henry (for Graham 63 mins), Hall (for Martin 65 mins), Lowe (for Nwokeji 73 mins), Ferguson and Keenleyside.

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St Neots Town Thomas (31 mins) Hibbert n 50 Abbey n 67 Nolan n 90+4 Abbey, Deeney, Lee, Hibbert, Frater, Hoyte, Hilliard, Davies, Nolan, Thomas, Ferrari. Subs: Cracknell (for Hibbert 60 mins), Ford (for Thomas 69 mins), Woolley (for Ferrari 89 mins), Tolley and Swan.

Right on the break a magnificent acrobatic save by Abbey from Frendo sent the sides to half time on level terms. The home side came out after the break and began to dominate the match. St Neots had to defend in numbers unable really to reproduce their attacking freedom of the first 45 minutes. Frendo was brought down by Ryan Frater on the edge of the area but the free kick came to nothing and then St Albans had the ball in the net but an offside flag was in St Neots’ favour. Nwokegi headed wide when well placed at the far post and St Neots decided to regroup with Dean Cracknell on in midfield for the tiring Hibbert. In their best second half attack up to that time Nolan only just failed to get a far post touch on a Ferrari cross and having failed to make their early second half pressure count the home side made some swift substitutions but St Neots now looked more

comfortable and from a Jay Davies corner a close range Thomas header rebounded from a post with the keeper out of position. St Neots then reshuffled with Ben Ford on for Thomas and Jay Davies pushed up front and he responded with a shot over the bar. With nine minutes left Abbey produced the save of the match as he stretched to turn a top corner bound shot over the bar from Matt Taylor and St Neots could have gone on to win when a good shout for a penalty was denied in added time when Jake Woolley was sent sprawling in the box. Probably a draw was a fair result with both teams unable to make their periods of greater possession produce what would have been a match winning goal.

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In front of a bumper crowd of 812 St Neots played well up the slope in the first half and were good value for their lead when it came. After a spell of early midfield play Leon Hibbert went close with a header from a Jay Davies corner whist at the other end danger man John Frendo shot tamely into the side netting. Lewis Hilliard seemed to be involved in all St Neots’ attacks and he shot over the bar before providing a cross that Paul Bastock did well to take under pressure from Simon Thomas. A silky St Neots move involving Hilliard, Thomas and Nolan ended with Thomas beating the home keeper only for Ben Martin to clear off the line and then Nolan had another shot deflected for a corner. It was therefore with the general run of play when St Neots took the lead after 31 minutes when Lorenzo Ferrari went past his marker to cross to the near post and when the ball deflected off a defenders legs it fell to Simon Thomas who was delighted to claim his second league goal for St Neots. However the lead was only intact for seven minutes and then when St Neots failed to defend a corner Mark Nwokeji forced the ball over the line from close range through a packed six yards box.

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Another valuable point at the expense of a team in the play off places this time away from home was a deserved reward for another solid display by the improving St Neots side as they slowly pull clear of the relegation zone.

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PLAYER PROFILE

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Ryan Frater Tough tackling and commanding figure Ryan joined the Saints from Arlesey Town where he was Captain. He has already begun to forge an impressive partnership with skipper Gavin Hoyte at the heart of defence and has shown he has an eye for goal.


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GREENIES GREETINGS

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Another Strike From Custard That Will Live Long In Our Memories Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome back to Rowley Park – The Cozy Stadium, for today’s Calor League Premier Division game. Today we extend a warm welcome to the players, officials and of course the travelling supporters of Banbury United and we hope you have an enjoyable, if brief, stay with us here in Cambridgeshire before returning home safely this evening. It seems an eternity since we last played a home game. This was when we followed up our draw with Stourbridge with another credible draw with high flying Poole Town. Since then, we have claimed another fantastic point at St. Albans City and of course, last Saturday we returned home from Bedford Town with all three points after winning the game 2-1 with master marksman Shane Tolley scoring his third and fourth goals for the Saints since his return to the club.

Then on Tuesday evening we made the long trek down to Wiltshire as we faced Chippenham Town and despite that man Tolley scoring with another sublime finish, this wasn’t to be quite enough for us as we slipped to a narrow 2-1 defeat. Quite how we came away with nothing is beyond me as we created enough chances in the last 15 minutes to have secured a point at the very least and to be honest, the last five minutes were like watching a beleaguered boxer being pinned on the ropes and taking a good hiding. If only we’d started the game in this style? Hindsight is a wonderful thing isn’t it? I must mention the six supporters who made the long midweek journey along with myself, John Walker and Mike Kearns, namely, Richard Pyke, Alan Palmer, Steve Almond, Steve Mortimore, Mark Whiffin and Syd Wordsworth, truely loyal fans who , although they didn’t manage to bring back three points, they were lucky enough to witness Custard’s fantastic finish, another strike which will live long in our memories and boy, did he enjoy it too, celebrating in front of some very noisy and disgruntled home fans.

arrived at the ground and upon entering the turnstiles, we were surrounded by fellow Saints fans who had travelled the short distance to cheer on the Boys, to the extent that it was very much like a home game. Out of an attendance of 512, we had at least half the gate if not more, a brilliant turn out on a day of disgusting weather conditions which were going to cause a long delay in the restart of the second half when the heavens opened and we were to be treated to thunder and lightning and a rain and hail storm of almost biblical proportions, conditions I’ve never ever experienced in all my years being involved in football.

What a bizarre game the Bedford encounter turned out to be. We

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Looking ahaead, we have received a home Quarter Final draw in the Red Insure Cup, to be played on Tuesday 11th February. We will play the winners of the Royston Town / Aylesbury Unted tie which was postponed on Tuesday evening so keep this date free in your diaries. Ok then, on to today’s action and let’s see if we can recreate the vocal support we mustered at Bedford a week ago, you know what a big lift it gives us.


CLUB APPRENTICESHIP

We are underway with our recruitment process for this year’s Apprenticeship Programme. A two year paid apprenticeship open to 16-17 year old boys and girls who want to pursue a Career in Football and sports related Industries.

One of our key strengths is that we with our Educational Partners we are able to focus not only on your development as an apprentice but also as a student and ensure that the correct exit routes at the end of your two year apprenticeship are available to you. It’s extremely important that you focus on your individual achievements and we all work towards a common goal. Our primary interest is making sure we help you reach whatever targets

you set yourself, whether your aim is to move onto higher education (University), playing football at the highest level or gaining the appetite, knowledge and drive to move into the sports business sector once your Apprenticeship programme has been completed.

Our Partners and links Norwich City FC-Recruitment and Development of Young Footballers

We believe our links gives will you a fantastic opportunity to showcase your talents. We have fantastic links with many professional football clubs including Peterborough Utd, Stevenage Town, Luton Town, Colchester Utd, Brighton and Hove Albion and Cambridge Utd to name just a few.

Pre-Trial Dates

Duration: Approximately 2-3 hours

Date: Friday 21st February 2014

Please wear training Kit and Astro footwear

Venue: St Neots Town FC, Rowley Park, Kester Way, St Neots, Cambridgeshire PE19 6SN

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Time: 10am meet in the Reedmans Function Room

We look forward to meeting you on the 21st February.

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We are working closely with Norwich City FC to Identify, Recruit and Develop young footballers. We have a Norwich City FC Development Academy Hub based at Rowley Park whose sole purpose is to identify the stars of the future. We also have strong links with other professional and semi-professional football clubs as well as our own youth development groups (U7’s-U16’s) an U18’s and U21’s Development squad and First team squad. You

will also have the opportunity to (at a significantly reduced cost) do your coaching badges and referee qualification during the apprenticeship via and in partnership with the Hunts FA

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The programme is a 16 hours a week academic and sports development programme that will encompass a Btec level 2 in the first year and a level 3 in the second however during the entire programme we will be offering further/higher addition academic options via our leaning Partners Ernulf and Longsands Academies (please see additional Press release).

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CRAZY

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MANAGERIAL REIGNS

We count down the top ten bizarre stories that fall off the Managerial Roundabout that leaves us all scratching our bonses every season. 6) Graham Westley (Preston) January 2012-February 2013

5) Steve Kean (Blackburn) December 2010-September 2012

After his league and Cup exploits with Stevenage, Westley inevitably started attracting attention from higher powers, including Preston North End.

Given the shambolic way Blackburn was being run at the time, it will surprise many that Steve Kean, seemingly the most loathed man at any club in the football world, lasted a grand total of 74 games. romoted from within following the sacking of Sam Allardyce in December 2010, Kean was given a chance to prove himself by Venky’s, the Indian chicken-handlers who couldn’t tell a football from a giblet.

Reluctantly, he was allowed to leave for Deepdale in January 2012, leaving a 1-0 win at Reading in the FA Cup third round as a parting gift. There the unfolded a bizarre sequence of mutinous events. Prior to his first game in charge, Westley revealed the starting line-up to his players by way of a 2am text message. If Westley was trying a 21st-century approach to certain aspects of management, it didn’t rub off well with his players. Following a 2-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday, it emerged that four members of the Preston squad had leaked tactics to opposition players before the game. Westley didn’t exactly express surprise at the mutiny when questioned on it, adding the club had ‘not got a clue what it takes to get success.’ That summer, he cut 21 players from the squad as an act of retribution. A bright start to the 2012-2013 season was deceptive, and a winter of discontent that saw them win just twice in the league between October and February resulted in his return to Stevenage.

Incredibly, despite the team anchored to the foot of the Premier League and outright rebellion in the Ewood Park stands, the owners continued to stand by him. In fact, at one point, they wanted to improve the terms of his contract. Miserable defeat followed miserable defeat and Blackburn’s relegation to the Championship became inevitable. He had the second-worst record of any Blackburn manager in the Premier League era and lost 37 of 74 games. Ironically, when results started to improve in the Championship and Blackburn were sitting third, Kean was forced to resign.


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A BLAST FROM THE PAST

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Ronaldo (The Other One) Full name: Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima Date of birth: 22/9/1976 Football was his passion from a very early age and Ronaldo became something of a teenage prodigy whilst playing for his first club, Cruziero. In 1993, he scored an amazing 58 goals in 60 games, helping his club win the Brazilian Cup, his first professional title. Such an impressive goal-scoring record attracted attention from all over the world, particularly in Europe. This intensified as Ronaldo made his international debut in early 1994 for Brazil against Argentina. Following his involvement in the Brazilian squad which won the World Cup that same year, Ronaldo signed with Holland’s PSV Eindhoven during the summer. Despite winning the Dutch Cup with PSV (and averaging a goal per game in the Dutch league), it wasn’t until his 1996 arrival at Spanish giants, FC Barcelona, that Ronaldo’s talent was fully realised in Europe. 1996 saw Ronaldo named the youngest

ever winner of the FIFA World Player of the Year award and, that season, the young player scored an impressive 34 goals in 37 appearances for the Catalan club. Ronaldo was naturally instrumental in Barcelona’s successful UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup campaign, scoring a decisive penalty in the final. Moreover, despite the club failing to win the Spanish league, Ronaldo finished the season as top scorer.

The summer brought fresh success for the player, as he helped Brazil win the Copa America, scoring 5 goals in the process. Move to Italy and World Cup controversy This success attracted the eye of FC Internazionale, and Ronaldo completed a move to the Italian club for a record transfer fee. During his first season at the club, he scored in the UEFA Cup Final to help Internazionale on their way to a 3-0 win over Lazio. Ronaldo also became the first player to retain his title as FIFA World Player of the Year and also added the accolade of European Footballer of the Year award to his collection. The 1998 World Cup signalled the start of an extremely difficult period in Ronaldo’s career. Brazil were defeated by France 3-0 in the final, which was dramatically preceded by Ronaldo suffering a convulsive fit. The decision from Brazil’s management team to play their star striker only a few hours after this event led to heavy criticism. Certain sports writers even developed a conspiracy theory that Nike (with whom Ronaldo has one of his most lucrative sponsorship deals) forced the Brazilian coaching team to make the player take part in the final. Banishing the World Cup ghosts and the move to Madrid Following nearly two years of rehabilitation, operations and general frustration, Ronaldo was declared fit

to play in the 2002 World Cup. Many in the media wrote the player off before the tournament, questioning his fitness and claiming he was past his best. However, he scored 8 goals, including two in the final, to help Brazil win the tournament. Despite winning a third FIFA World Player of the Year award and a second European Footballer of the Year award later that year, public opinion towards the player had somewhat turned. It was now evident that Ronaldo would have to do something special in order to prove himself all over again. Real Madrid won the Spanish title in 2003, as Ronaldo finished his first season in Spain, scoring 21 times in 30 domestic matches. The following season also saw Ronaldo end the year as top goal scorer. Despite this, the player hadn’t quite managed to rediscover the sparkling form which had made him such an exciting prospect prior to his injuries, especially during his scintillating spell at Barcelona. Ronaldo’s form began to stutter towards the end of his Real Madrid career, with concerns surrounding his increasing weight and apparent lack of fitness intensifying. The move back to Milan In early 2007, Ronaldo decided it was once again time for a change and made the move back to Milan. This time, though, AC Milan was the player’s club of choice. Ronaldo’s form for the club has been promising, with a good ratio of goals per game, as well as some important assists. Unfortunately though, Ronaldo’s AC Milan career has been blighted by injury, causing him to sit out much of the past six months. Nevertheless, the Milan fans lived in hope that he could recover the form which propelled him into the spotlight some years ago.

Career Appearances: 311 Goals: 228 International Caps: 104 Goals: 67 Career Highlight: FIFA World Player of the Year: 1996, 1997, 2002


CHAIRMAN’S VIEWS

Mike Kearns Welcome to the Officials, Players and Supporters of Banbury United for todays game. An early single goal by us was enough to give us all three points in our last encounter last November. I remember it very well, not that I was at the game as I was away on a short break to Florida but I did listen to the match commentary live from the ground by Norton Radio.

I don’t want to dwell on the after match interviews by both managers but suffice to say that Gary King was very complimentary to the opposition, enough said.

We moved on to the local Derby against Bedford Town and three very valuable points was a little spoilt by

On to Chippenham where I can only say that we had a very frustrating evening, thankfully that was only on the Pitch as the Chippenham hospitality as with every other club we have visited was warm and friendly. I was talking to the management and a couple of supporters who were all very frustrated that we never came away with at least a point from a match that we really had more clear chances than our opponents.

Mark Davies, Mike Green and myself have been working hard to improve our website offering and even though much of it at the moment is just cosmetic, we will in the near future be giving the website a new look and try and make it more interesting and informative. Lastly I would like to thank Karen Morizzo for the wonderful St Neots Town FC family history memoirs that we have shown on the website and also printed in todays match day magazine.

As when you lose an away match and have to travel a long way home the quietness on the coach is quite defining as they say. So I thought to myself and shared those thoughts with others on the coach that this is all development, we are still getting to know each other under a new management team and that includes our officials and supporters. I broke the ice by putting on the comedian Micky Flanagan’s latest DVD, that made the journey home a little more enjoyable.

A really wonderful read so good in fact that I would ask you supporters out there to send in more memorable stories of our great club.

Everything is coming right and we really are preparing for next season without taking our eye of the job in hand for this season.

We will certainly publish them as it really does show what a great history we have and how much this club means to so many people in and around the St Neots area.

Players are playing for a place in next season’s squad and over all we are becoming a very good team. Certainly if the season started again I really believe that the present squad would be a top six team. However for

Right onto today’s game and hopefully three more points.

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The last couple of weeks have been against some very tough opposition and three draws against top five sides is certainly progress by our team. In fact we could have had a few more points out of those games.

This I find totally unacceptable and just goes to show the magnitude of Bedford demise as a football club. I certainly hope that we do not have to play them next season, as I certainly will return the compliment.

next season we want to be the top team and as the management team have already said to me that we will be the club that every player will want to play for next season. And why not I ask myself we are fortunate enough to have more than most other clubs have to offer in our division.

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An interesting commentary, a little like a cricket test match with descriptions of all kinds of things that were going on except the action on the pitch, but it did keep the tension going and I was all ears as to when they got back to the action. A great result against an in form at the time Banbury United team.

the decision of the Bedford Chairman not to give any hospitality to myself or our other senior club officials by insisting that we paid to get into the stadium.

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Everything Is Coming Right

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OPPONENT SPOTLIGHT

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Banbury United The Puritans Banbury are enjoying a resurgence in form this season currently ninth in the league table just eight points off the play off places with a couple of games in hand. Previous meeting of our clubs 2013/14 Season: Banbury United 0-1 St Neots Town 2012/13 Season: St Neots Town 3-2 Banbury United Year Founded: 1931 Chairman: Kim Dumbleton Club Website: www.pitchero.com/clubs/banburyunitedfootballclub

Welcome to our visitors this afternoon for our next engagement in the Calor Southern League Premier Division. They are the players, Directors and supporters of Banbury United making their second visit to the Town and we extend to them our usual warm Cozy Stadium welcome. Our visit to Banbury back in November saw us embark on a welcome three match winning run with Jay Davies’ goal after just two minutes enough to see us return home with all three points. Although Banbury’ records show that they have reached the first round of the FA Cup four times their success in cup competition this season has been non-existent. In the FA Cup they exited at the first Qualifying Round stage at home to Cirencester from Step Four and they also lost away from home to a Step

Four club – Rugby Town – in the first round of the Red Insure Cup. In the FA Trophy they had to travel to Stourbridge in the first Qualifying Round where they also lost. However their league form has been more impressive with away league wins at AFC Totton, Bashley, Biggleswade Town, Burnham and Redditch. However recent postponements at Chesham, Cambridge City and Poole mean they have some togh looking away trips to fit in in midweek. Last season our lads recorded a 3-2 victory in the corresponding match to this although it required a late double strike from Dan Jacob to clinch the points after we trailed 1-2 with just thirteen minutes remaining.

Let us hope today’s encounter will be as entertaining.

Club History Banbury United’s genesis is to be found in Spencer Villa, a works club formed in 1931. 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. They changed their name to Banbury Spencer in 1934 and moved to their current ground for the start of the 1934-35 season in which they competed in the Oxfordshire Senior League. This too they won at their first attempt. During the season they were elected to the Birmingham Combination for the start of the 1935-36 season. After the war, Banbury resumed in the Birmingham Combination and turned professional for the 1946-47 season. In 1947-48, with attendances averaging 3,500, they finished runners-up in the league and reached the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time, losing 2-1 at Colchester United, at that time a Southern League club. The status of the Birmingham Combination began to decline in the early 1950s. At the end of the 1953-54 season the league disbanded and, along with most of its remaining clubs, Banbury joined the Birmingham

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Closed Down In 1990, the owners of the ground threatened to sell and for a brief period United all but closed down and were on the verge of extinction. When the threat was eventually withdrawn, the club was rescued by a tiny band of volunteers and started the 1990/91 season in the Hellenic League.

Did you know?... Reprieved In season 2008/09 a position of nineteenth in the premier Division should have seen Banbury relegated but the annual bout of resignations and demotions throughout the top three levels of the Pyramid earned them a reprieve.

Did you know?... Broughton Castle Broughton Castle is a medieval manor house located in the village of Broughton which is about two miles south-west of Banbury, It is the home of the Fiennes family, Barons Saye and Sele.

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In 1965 a group of local businessmen bought the club and Banbury Spencer became Banbury United and during the summer of 1966 Banbury were elected to the Southern League. Significant improvements were made to the ground. Floodlights were installed and the famous old railway coaches that had been used as changing rooms were removed and replaced by a new clubhouse. The first round of the FA Cup was reached twice more; in 1972-73, United lost 2-0 at home to Barnet, then a Southern League club, and the following season, after a 0-0 draw at home, they lost 3-2 away to Fourth Division Northampton Town in a replay. United twice reached the last sixteen of the FA Trophy,

The restructure of non-league football meant that the 2004-05 season was anticipated as keenly as any in the history of the club and United were equal to the challenge of Premier Division football – but only just. Winless after five games, they rose to ninth by the end of October but then struggled and by February had sunk to within one place of the relegation zone and spent two months there before a late improvement saw them to safety with a game to spare. Five wins in the first eight games of the 2011-2 season took United to second place but as players left the cash-strapped club, tempted by better offers, an alarming slump followed. Winning only six of their next 31 matches, United fell into the relegation places on Easter Monday. Two wins in the last three games saw them to safety. Last season Banbury finished 16th in the table nine points above the relegation zone.

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League. In 1959-60 they reached the final of the Birmingham Senior Cup for the second time, again losing to Nuneaton, this time 1-0. In 1961-62, Banbury reached the first round of the FA Cup for the second time, travelling to Third Division Shrewsbury Town and losing 7-1.

losing 1-0 in a replay to Hereford United in 1970-71 and, in 1973-74, by the same score in a second replay to eventual Southern League champions Dartford. From the late 1970s United’s fortunes declined sharply as debts mounted and in 1990, United finished 21st of 22 and were relegated for the first time in their history, starting season 1990-91 in the Hellenic League. In 1999/200 the club clinched the Hellenic League championship with two games remaining and Banbury United were back in the Southern League almost ten years after leaving it.

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WHO’S WHO

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Who calls the shots?... Edwin Stein Manager Appointed Banbury United manager in September 2012. Began his playing career as a junior with Luton Town. Edwin followed Barry Fry to Birmingham City in December 1993 and spent three years at St Andrews as Assistant Manager. After a couple of years as Assistant Manager at Harrow Borough, Edwin was appointed manager of the then Isthmian League Premier Division club in May 2000 and would spend three years in that role prior to resigning in November 2003. Luke Cray

Scott Bridges

21 year-old right sided defender who returned to the club in the summer of 2012 after a spell with Wellingborough Town. He had initially played for Banbury three seasons previously on work experience from Northampton Town where he was a regular in their reserve side.

25 year-old midfielder who initially signed for Banbury United in December 2007 after he was released by Aston Villa where he had been on professional terms for two years. He had earned a total of 9 England caps at U16 and U17 level. After making 59 first team appearances for Banbury United, scoring 12 goals, he left the club prior to the start of season 2009/10 due to work commitments away from the area. Scott returned to Banbury after a spell with Hellenic League side Ardley United in October 2012.

Ben McNamara 24 year-old Australian goalkeeper who joined Nuneaton Town in August 2012 from New South Wales Premier League side Bonnyrigg White Eagles, having also previously played for Rockdale City Suns and Newcastle Jets in his native country. He made 15 Conference Premier appearances for Nuneaton last season before moving at the end of March 2013 to Evesham United on loan for the remainder of the season. Joined Banbury in August 2013 after being released by Nuneaton at the end of last season. John Mbamarah 23 year-old midfielder or defender who returned to the Spencer Stadium in the summer of 2013, having had a short spell with the club at the start of season 2010/11. Prior to joining Banbury the first time he had played for Bowers & Pitsea and youth football for Canvey Island. He left Banbury in November 2010 to move to Burnham and later played for Marlow before joining Great Wakering Rovers at the start of last season. He then moved on to Enfield 1893 in January 2013. Played in midfield in his first spell at Banbury but is equally at home in defence and has impressed in that position in pre-season.

Aaron Morgan

 21 year-old midfielder who joined the club in August 2013. Played for Leighton Town last season and was previously with Hitchin Town and Hampton & Richmond Borough.
Kynan Isaac

20 year-old wide midfielder who was with Reading Football Club as a youth player before he joined Oxford City in February 2011 after being released by the Royals. He played a key part in the Oxford City Nomads side which won the Hellenic League Championship in season 2011/12 and made a number of appearances for the City first team. Marvin Martin 22 year-old left sided defender or midfielder who is a former Oxford United scholar and initially joined Banbury United on work experience from them for the start of season 2009/10, the move subsequently being made permanent when he was released by the then Conference club. He then moved on to Oxford City in March 2011 and

was a member of their Southern League promotion winning side of 2011/12. Opted to return to Banbury in October 2012. Wayne Blossom 33 year-old who first joined Banbury United from Highfield Old Boys for season 2002/03. He played initially for Banbury as a full back but after his first season with the club he would then play in a variety of positions, often up front, scoring a total of 42 goals in 295 appearances for the club up to the end of season 2007/08. After leaving Banbury during the summer of 2008, he played for a number of clubs including Brackley Town, Leamington, and Daventry Town, prior to joining Oxford City in September 2010. Juliano Menezes 24 year old striker who joined the club in the summer of 2013. Brazilian born but with Portugese nationality, he was a prolific scorer with Peterborough based ICA Sports last season. Has also had a short spell with Eastern Counties side March United. Kieren Westwood 18 year-old full back who was a scholar at Cambridge United until his release at the end of last season. Played regularly for Cambridge Regional College (CRC), effectively Cambridge United’s reserve side, last season in the Eastern Counties League Premier Division. Joined Banbury in August 2013. Leon Simpson 28 year-old striker who joined the club in January 2013 from Leighton


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Kyal McNulty 22 year-old defender/midfielder who joined the club in July 2013. Played for Leighton Town last season and previously played for Crawley Green and also had a short spell with Aylesbury United. 19 year old striker who joined the club in September 2012. Previously played at youth level for Milton Keynes City Colts and at senior level for Leighton Buzzard based Pheonix FC. Tom Ryan 20 year-old central defender who spent two years with Swindon Town playing for their youth and reserve sides. Prior to that he was on the books of Leicester City and Coventry City. After being released by Swindon he took up a football scholarship in the USA prior to playing on a short term contract with Gotene IF, a side playing in the fourth tier of Swedish football.

Stephane Kemoagna

21 year-old striker/winger who joined Banbury in the summer of 2013. Played in the Wessex League for Team Solent and Blackfield & Langley last season. He has also spent short spells with AFC Rushden & Diamonds, Olney Town, Aylesbury United and AFC Totton.

21 year-old striker who was born in the Ivory Coast but has French nationality. Played for South Midlands League side Ampthill Town last season. Has also played for New Bradwell St Peter and Olney Town.

Adeyinka Talabi

23 year-old midfielder who joined the club in August 2013. Started his career with the youth academy at Tottenham Hotspur and became a scholar in 2006. He played for England at U16 and U17 and did well enough to earn a professional contract with Spurs in 2008. He played for the Tottenham reserve side and was then loaned to Macclesfield Town in February 2009, making 2 substitute Football League appearances for the Silkmen before returning to Spurs the following month. After being released by Tottenham in the summer of 2009, he then joined Conference national side Hayes & Yeading and spent time with the Nike academy.

22 year-old Nigerian born striker who joined Banbury in August 2012. Played the previous season in the third tier of Finnish football for Kapylan Pallo (KaPa FC). Was Banbury’s leading goalscorer last season with 14 goals. Dave Baker 23 year-old defender who joined the club in the summer of 2013. Has been playing for United Counties League side Newport Pagnell Town for the last two seasons. Nic Evangelinos 18 year-old striker who came through the youth system at Rugby Town. He was a prolific goalscorer at youth level and played for the Birmingham County FA U18 side. He progressed to sign first team forms for Rugby Town in the summer of 2012 and made a number of first team appearances for them last season, albeit most of them were as a substitute. Was at the Leicester City academy prior to joining Rugby. Joined Banbury in July 2013.

Kyle Fraser-Allen

Anderson Pinto 19 year-old winger who joined the club in August 2013. The Portuguese national played for Wingate & Finchley last season until moving to fellow Ryman Premier side Carshalton Athletic in December. Previously played for AFC Wimbledon’s reserve side. Had been trialling with Conference South side Dover Athletic in pre-season before signing for Banbury.

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Town though he would spend most of the remainder of last season out “on loan” to Ware. First gained experience of Southern League football with Premier Division Hitchin Town in the first half of season 2007/08 and subsequently played for Biggleswade United, St Neots Town, and Aylesbury United before joining Isthmian League side Merstham in September 2009, establishing a reputation that earned a move to Southern League highflyers Farnborough.

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Back Row (left to right): Malcolm Cowell (Physio), Ashley Dumbleton, Juliano Menezes, Manny Soetan, Leon Simpson, Ben McNamara, John Mbamarah, Tom Ryan, Bernard Nikansah, Nic Evangelinos, Adeyinka Talabi, Stephane Kemoagna. Alistair Abrahams (Coach) Front Row (left to right): Kieren Westwood, Scott Bridges, Paul Jennings (Assistant Manager), Edwin Stein (Manager), Luke Cray, Kyal McNulty, Aaron Morgan

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THE BEAUTIFUL GAME

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Helping Hands Ade Roberts Those that don’t necessarily follow football consider football players as overpaid ponces who think they can get away with anything because they’re idolised by youngsters, in the public eye, paid megabucks and protected by their clubs. Some of us fans would actually agree with this. What doesn’t help the cause is that the intermittent spectators, those that just watch the occasional game on TV [normally the World Cup or Euro competitions] witness the England squad, these so-called Superstars as they under- perform once again. These temporary fans blame this under achievement on the big money that clubs throw at each other for players.’ It’s all about money’ they’ll say, ‘in the olden days, the players played for the love of the game’ is another we’ll often hear. What is great to see and hear recently is that clubs are giving something back, it’s not all taketake-take anymore. Hopefully, these doubters will see the good that clubs and their fans are doing currently and look more positively upon the game of football. Whilst attendances continue to dwindle and more and more fans disconnect themselves from the game, it’s great to see clubs like Brentford offering fans free chilli with every pint at their Griffin Park home. A small gesture but one that fans will really appreciate. Celtic recently offered free buses to both sets of fans on New Year’s day for their Derby game with Patrick Thistle. Again, it didn’t cost the earth but would have been well received by the fans. Another Scottish club, Albion Rovers recently adopted a ticket pricing strategy for their home match against Montrose. Albion fans were able to pay whatever they could to get into the game. A brilliant incentive for those stay-away fans to revisit the stadium and see what they’re missing. And for the regular attendees, a chance to get in for a

Whiffin’ at the Griffin! Brentford supporters can wolf down a bowl of free chilli when they buy a pint at their home games. lot less than they’d normally pay. The season ticket holders may feel aggrieved having paid up front but surely they’ll appreciate what the clubs’ overall intention is won’t they?

Cherries recently raised in excess of £3,000 to help Burton Albion fans travel to their re-arranged FA Cup tie after a waterlogged pitch deemed the original fixture unplayable. The decision was made to call off the game just one hour before kick-off so the Burton fans were already on the road to Bournemouth before the decision was made. This 11th hour postponement meant that 200 Burton fans made a 300-mile round trip that day for nowt!

It’s not just the smaller clubs showing their charitable sides. German giants Bayern Munich recently offered cheaper tickets to their fans who wanted to travel to Arsenal for the Champion league game. Bayern fans would only have to pay £37, instead of the £62 charged by Arsenal for the game. The incentive represented a small thank you to the Bayern fans. The subsidised ticket fee will cost Bayern an estimated £74,000.

The fund raising gesture by the Bournemouth fans stemmed from a previous meeting between the two clubs back in 2010. Bournemouth had won promotion at Burtons Pirelli stadium. Bournemouth fans remembered the way that the Burton faithful showed great hospitality on the day and even joined in the celebrations with the Bournemouth fans! It’s great to see some positivity within the game of late with all these gestures of goodwill. Although rivalry between fans does add to the atmosphere of a game, it’s refreshing to hear that opposing fans can also help each other out too. Enjoy today’s entertainment!

It’s not just the clubs officials that are showing their generosity. Whilst football fans are normally opposed to the fans of other clubs, Bournemouth fans turned that theory on its head recently and showed their own decency. Fans of the

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Nothing Like a Merseyside Derby

Postponed matches in the English Premier League and FA Cup aren’t that unusual, but consider for a moment just how many times the match between Lincoln City and Coventry City was postponed because of a bad winter in the season of 1962/63.

With Goodison Park (Everton’s home ground) just around the corner from Anfield Road (Liverpool’s home ground), the two clubs have grown in their hatred and disposition for the other—with the desire to beat their rival one of their biggest goals at the start of the season. However, what you might not have known about the two clubs is that before the rivalry had existed, Everton’s home ground was in fact Anfield Road— the very ground that Liverpool now call their home and one of the tougher places to travel to in world football. According to Everton’s official website, the land at Anfield Road was leased to the club during the late 1800s by the Orrell brothers, who were local brewers.

Due to play each other on January 5, 1963, the fixture between Lincoln and Coventry was called off inclement weather and scheduled for a few days time. Then it was called off again. And again. And again.

The fixture was called off a total of 15 times before a match was finally played—chalking up 66 days between the start of the “round” and the end of the “round.”

The Toffees would play their first game at Anfield against Earlestown on September 27, 1884, and would play their first Football League match as a professional club on September 8, 1888. Liverpool, of course, would not be founded for another four years after that date. Everton would leave Anfield Road on January 25, 1892—opting to move to the north side of Stanley Park, to the ground and area now known as Goodison Park. Liverpool (who wanted to be called Everton Athletic at the time) would then claim Anfield Road as their home ground.

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Coventry City eventually beat Lincoln City 5-1 on March 6.

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Get Your Own Crisps! Lee Kearns “We won 2-1, Great away support and fantastic banter” I said to my wife when she asked how the Bedford game was. “Their goalie was shit” added my seven year old son “He couldn’t kick the ball past the half way line and St Neots have a player who’s named after a car and he lives in Bedford” “Finley Kearns you’re not allowed to say swear words” My wife said to my son while starring accusingly in my direction. “But daddy only said I’m not allowed to say the F word and the W word?” And just when I thought it couldn’t get any more tricky he then informed my wife he’d had 2 diet cokes, two mars bars, a bag of Frazzles (Bedford don’t do crisps

the bloke behind the bar informed me) and sausage and chips. Bugger, I thought, then quickly as you like I told an absolute whopper, a lie of truly astounding proportions and one which I’m unashamedly proud off.

“Charlie Green, Mike’s son, bought Fin the chocolate and the diet cokes, I didn’t know until we were driving home”.

And the moral of the story? If you want to eat crisps at Bedford’s ground you have to take your own.

Biscuits with your Tea or coffee? Football club hospitality is a bit of a strange old fish to be honest, sometimes those that you meet are down to earth normal individuals who offer a normal down to earth matter of fact conversation about football in general but mostly about the difficulties they have in getting the books to balance. The flip sides to these nice people are those that you meet who talk at you and not to you and have no interest in anything other than the sound of their own voice. An example is the secretary (the club will remain anonymous) who talked at me and Lou for a good ten minutes and then, after I expressed the view that I’m not really into all the hospitality malarkey, Tutted, shock their head, turned their back on

myself and Louise and walked away. A catastrophically wonderful example of how to make friends that will last you a nano second. Mmmm maybe it was just as well I didn’t have a league pass. Please keep an eye out for some great news regarding the apprenticeship academics over the next few weeks. We are finalising our partnership agreement with our learning Partners Longsands and Ernulf which, I freely admit, excites me more and more every time I sit down with Mike Bond (head of PE). It’s going to take some time to bed in but long term I see no reason why we cannot become an integrated part of the educational system for all

those students that live in and around St Neots. And so onto today’s game against Banbury, Finley has added shit to his “can’t say list”, we will welcome all from Banbury with a smile, a handshake, Cup of Tea (or coffee) and a biscuit and your food option for the day can, if it so takes your fancy, include a bag of Crisps!! Lee PS. Apologies to Charlie Green for blaming you for my sons Sugar high if it’s any consolation he was still stuck to the ceiling Sunday evening and what a joy that was!!!!


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Having just lost both my parents in the last 18 months I have come across photographs and mementos of both my families and their involvement in the Club. I also came across a poem that my mother Janice wrote about the Saints when she was just 13 years old (over 62 years ago) and I will share this with you later on in my personal storey about local football.

Dad (Karen‘s Grandad Bloomfield) was so committed that I remember one evening we did some training and we all ran from St Neots to Abbotsley and back, naturally dad ran with us to set an example. He was a professional 100 yard sprinter when he was young. Mum (Karen’s Grandmother Bloomfield) was the chief shirt washer. So we were totally self-sufficient financially and in every other way. I suspect St Neots Colts were the catalyst which persuaded dad to become such a devoted member of the committee of St Neots Town F.C. for many years. The following year several of us were too old for the Colts, but Eynesbury had entered a Midgets team in the Beds Youth League. Half of the Colts joined the Midgets and we had a very strong team which won the Beds League and beat such teams as Beds Youth, Luton, Cambridge and Irthlingborough Diamonds. Those were the days. This passion for local football continued to be passed down both sides of my family All of our boys have proudly worn the St Neots Town F.C. during their football careers and also enjoyed playing for

Grandad Fred Bloomfield his Son my Uncle Peter Bloomfield ( later to become a world speed boat champion with his brother Ron) and his son my cousin Graham Bloomfield Grandad James Entwistle his sons Tony and Allan Entwistle(my dad) my brother Steven Entwistle and his son Matthew Entwistle and course my son Lee Morizzo I hope you have enjoyed reading about my family memories of local football and in particular St Neots F.C. Thanks to Karen Morizzo and the two families for allowing us to share this wonderful story with all you Saints supporters. We are most grateful. Lastly Karen would like to share a little poem written by her mum Janice when she was just 13 years old, in 1952.

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By Miss Janice Bloomfield (Aged 13 years)

The Saints, the Saints they are the best They travel North, South, East and West A better team you will never find They leave the others far behind I watch them every Saturday And see the progress of their play Rain or snow, win or lose Our only call is “Up the Blues” Jack Boyle is Captain of the Team His marvellous tricks we all have seen My favourite is Ken Pheasey He tricks the men so quick and easy Very few games they have lost this year The top of the league is very near But Eynesbury yet we have to beat And what a game when those two meet Miss J R Bloomfield 1952

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In the 1940/50’s My Grandfather James Entwistle managed the St Neots St Mary’s Football Team and they played and trained on Priory Park – I believe they played in the Metropolitan league which was quite fierce in those days and they came up against Arsenal and Tottenham B sides. Both my Father Allan Entwistle and my Uncle Tony Entwistle played for this team. In the 1940’s My Grandfather Fred Bloomfield started up and managed the first St

He recollects “At that time, Eynesbury Rovers had a junior team called Eynesbury Midgets who had entered the junior league. Not to be outdone by my school friends and rivals I decided to assemble a team, because St Neots Town F.C. did not have a Junior Team. I approached all the good players who were not in the Midgets Team. Dad (Grandad Fred Bloomfield, as always, leapt straight into action and became the manager and I became the captain of St Neots Colts. Because there was no kit and no precedent, we organised raffles and collected enough money to buy shirts and socks. Dad cut out colts heads from a large piece of cloth and stuck one on each shirt. Our colours were amber and black.

other local teams such as Graces, Samuel Jones and Eynesbury Rovers.

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Youth football is something that I feel extremely passionate about and it has always been part of my life whilst growing up. My Italian married surname might throw you but I come from two local families who moved to St Neots during the war, The Bloomfield’s (my Mothers family) from Stowmarket and The Entwistle’s (my Fathers family) from London. Both families through the years have also been very passionately involved with local football.

Neots Youth Team. They were called the St Neots Colts. I would like to share with you the little family story about this told by my Uncle Peter Bloomfield. (Soon approaching his 80th Birthday)

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Hi my name is Karen Morizzo and I have for over 25 years worked quietly in the background supporting youth football in the St Neots and Eynesbury area.

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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! Phil Babb “Ireland need fresh impotence”

Ray Parlour “Is it the case that 50% of West Ham fans want Avram Grant sacked and the other half want him to stay? Or is it the other way around?”

Neil Warnock “We didn’t give them any opportunities, but unfortunately they took one.”

Michael Owen

“Jose Enrique’s strength is that he’s very strong” Kevin Keegan

Jason Cundy

Matt Murray

“The one thing you get from Martin Allen is honesty. Ask him a question and he’ll avoid it”

“You either love or hate Neil Warnock and I like him”

Rob Hawthorne “Real Madrid came out the traps like a thoroughbred racehorse”

Harry Redknapp

Sam Matterface “Olsson has taken a large portion of Andy Carroll from behind”

Gary Neville

“We’ve won 10 out of 11. You can’t do any better than that”

“When Gareth Bale opens his legs like that, it’s just a magnificent sight”

Stan Collymore

Jimmy Armfield

“Martin O’Neill rules with a rod of fear”

“The first half has gone how I almost half-anticipated”

Alan Green

Roy Hodgson

“What’s changed is that nothing’s changed”

“It’s Wolves 0, Swansea 2 and that is an accurate scoreline”

“We had a setback against Stoke which set us back a bit”

Glenn Hoddle

Matt Le Tissier

Paul Merson

“I don’t think that this clean sheet was a shut-out”

“It’s 2-2-all”

“Today will open the title race wide back up”

“England have players who can rattle anyone’s feathers”

Kevin Keegan “Every picture paints a thousand words and that one said ‘goodbye’”

Aidy Boothroyd

Heard a howler? Pass it on and we will look to feature it in a future issue. Email saintsmag@stneotstownfc.co.uk

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John Walker Life President

Few days go past without me having some involvement (direct or indirect) with St Neots Town FC and that is the way it has been for the past 49 years. It all began in January 1965 when John Gregory (senior) the then full time Manager/Secretary of the Club invited me ten minutes before kick off at Shortsands (my first ever St Neots Match) to cover a Metropolitan League match at home to Chertsey by ‘phoning an instant match report to the Kettering Evening Telegraph (Pink ‘Un). I was an accountant not a journalist but I like a challenge and that was the beginning of a love affair between me and the Saints. I subsequently served the club as Secretary for 23 years plus a variety of different jobs (Treasurer, Fund Raising Organiser, Bar Secretary, Linesman etc.) whilst continuing with my journalism. And now my commitment can be summed up in three roles: Media correspondent, Hospitality and

Programme contributor. However there is more to those tasks than just three words. Media correspondent sees me covering all the first team matches and all the Youth (U18) matches home and away for the Club website, the Cambridge News, News and Crier and of course the national Non-League on Sunday. In addition I am often asked to produce copy for visiting clubs (i.e. Truro recently). So far this season I have covered 54 matches plus a half a dozen for the St Neots Saints. It means dashing home post-match to file copy for the Sunday paper by 5.55 p.m. plus preparing my report for the website and the Press. Detailed records of all three teams must be kept including appearances, goal scorers and disciplinary records. My records go back in full detail to 1995 and in less detail to 1965.

Hospitality means being at the ground around 1.30 p.m. on Saturdays or 6.30 p.m. midweek to welcome and look after visiting Club and league officials, referees, assessors and other VIP’s before my dash to the Press Box. Away from home I am proud to be the face of visiting officials from St Neots taking advantage of other club’s hospitality. I am proud that St Neots Town has one of the best reputations for hospitality in the Southern League. My contribution to the Club programme (again one of the best at our level of football) is one of a team of dedicated contributors. I supply the written welcome to visiting players, officials and supporters

together with the visiting club’s history and records and the popular ‘Action Replay’ which I dig out from my extensive Club records. Here again the detailed record keeping pays dividends as I am able to reproduce match reports and statistics for every occasion. For example between 1995 and this season St Neots senior side has played 114 different clubs in Cup competitions. As many of you will be aware I have other football involvement. I have been on the United Counties League Management Committee for 38 years and I have been Fixtures Secretary for 25 years (but I am retiring from that demanding post at the end of the current season). I am a Vice President of both the Huntingdonshire Football Association and the Huntingdonshire Referee’s Association and in my ‘spare time’ I run the Hinchingbrooke Cup competition. I must also mention the unstinting support given to me by my wife Janet and my two sons Roger and Bryan both of who served the club in various capacities before getting married and moving away from the Town. I still have to text all three of my family with updates at half time and full time of each match or I am in trouble! I would have it no other way. I have experienced both the highs and the lows in the history of St Neots Town and I shall never forget Walsall (FA Cup) 1966, UCL Champions 2011, Southern League Central Division Champions 2012. I now eagerly await the next unforgettable milestone.


A brief round up of the weekly results from the teams that matter Premier Division Weekend Action

home win over Redditch United but third from bottom Bedford Town, two behind at half time, were left eleven points from safety when they lost 2-1 at home to St Neots Town.

Red Insure Cup 1/4 Final Hungerford Town v Burnham Tuesday 4 February Merthyr Town v Tiverton Town Tuesday 4 February Redditch v Beaconsfield SYCOB Monday 3 February St Neots Town v Aylesbury United or Royston Town Tuesday 11 February

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Top of the table Hemel Hempstead Town, having lost their last two games, got back to winning ways when, after being one up at the break, they scored three times in the second half to inflict a 4-1 home defeat on second from bottom AFC Totton but fourth placed Bideford conceded a first half goal to go down 1-0 at Banbury United while St Albans City, two ahead at the interval, scored again in the final minute and added two more in time added on to complete a 5-0 home

win over Arlesey Town which took them back into the play-off places. Burnham went ahead after just three minutes but had to settle for a 1-1 home draw when bottom of the table Bashley picked up a valuable point with an equaliser ten minutes from time while Chippenham Town, ahead at the break, doubled their lead three minutes into the second half and went on to secure a 2-1 home victory over Weymouth and Corby Town scored twice after the interval to win 2-0 at Hitchin Town. Frome Town took a sixth minute lead and added three more in the second half to secure a comfortable 4-0

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THESE football managers, they really don’t have it easy sometimes. Dealing with players playing up, demanding chairmen always expecting more and often irate supporters having a moan. And that’s before the referee turn up to ruin his day!

But the good ones are becoming somewhat of an endangered species. And the deadly predator? The growing trend of Football League clubs taking the quick and, ultimately cheaper, option. Now it seems “knowing the club” beats knowing your stuff and knowing how to control a dressing room – and it’s causing a serious bottleneck that is making life impossible for the experienced managers to get back in.

Clubs are now more keen on appointing the inexperienced caretakers, the captain who has helped out, or the player coming to the end of his career having rushed through a coaching course rather than someone who has earned an apprenticeship lower down the ladder.

is selected over those with years of toe-to-toe battling under their belt. That’s not a dig at Thorn you understand, but more the system that seems to exist in the sport.

Terry Brown was forced to look down to the Ryman Premier and lowly Margate to find a way back into management. It’s becoming a growing trend. So how did they all feel when Andy Thorn was given the Kidderminster Harriers job last week? Thorn was appointed Coventry City manager two years back with the club in turmoil after operating as their chief scout. They were relegated and he was sacked. Kiddy see a famous football name on his wikipedia page and despite no knowledge of the Skrill Premier, he

As Joe Lolley’s £250,000 move to Huddersfield Town represents, Football League clubs love to take a punt on the up-coming playing talent that the Non-League game has to offer. So what exactly is wrong with our managers? Sam Elliott Follow us on twitter: @NonLeguePaper @SamElliott_NLP

and on Twitter @StNeotsTownFC

We’ve known for some time that Football League club seem to have a mental block when it comes to taking a chance on a Non-League manager. It’s whispered around that the only way you’ll get there is to take a team to the League yourself. Promotion without promotion? Forget it.

And the problem with that? Once they get sacked, they need to find themselves another job. With a Football League club shining bright on their CV, what chance does the likes of Liam Daish or Gary Brabin have of getting back in when you can drop in a big name?

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Their career path is certainly an acquired taste, especially as ‘sacking season’ now seems to be a weekly event. A job forever on the edge, with your prospects in the hands of so many others.

@Stuhammonds_NLP @MattBadcock_NLP

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Top 20 Football Stadiums

in the world To help decide just which are the very best stadiums in world football we have taken into consideration, size of the stadium, atmosphere and visual appeal to rank them in order. Here we Go.

18. Estadio Da Luz (Lisbon, Portugal)

17. Ibrox Stadium (Glasgow)

Notable fixtures: 2014 Champions League final

Ibrox Stadium is the home to one of the world’s most famous clubs—Rangers.

Portugal hosts a number of top European football clubs and their magnificent stadiums, but none compare to Benfica’s Estadio da Luz. The work of art is the home of Portugal’s most successful club and was inspiration for Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium—the two stadiums designed by architectural firm Populous. A large capacity with an electric atmosphere and stunning architecture, there’s nothing not to like about the Estadio da Luz.

The Old Firm club is currently experiencing the most testing time of its existence, having being relegated to the lowest tier of Scottish football following financial difficulty. Irrespective of the club’s strife, Rangers fans continue to fill the stands for each and every home game. Rangers’ average attendance for the 2012/13 season was a staggering 45,750—some feat for a club battling it out with the minnows.

Tenants: Benfica

Tenants: Glasgow Rangers

Opened: 2003

Opened: 1899

Capacity: 65,647

Capacity: 51,082


Non-League Club News

We take a look at what other non-league clubs are doing that’s making the news Burnham STONE QUITS BURNHAM

Hitchin Town CANARIES BORROW YOUNG HATTER Young midfielder Charlie Smith has joined Calor League Southern Premier Division club Hitchin Town on loan from Skrill Premier side Luton Town. The 18-year-old has made two appearances for the Hatters in the FA Trophy this season.

Chesham United PURSE COUP FOR GENERALS Chesham United have boosted their hopes of making the Calor League Southern Premier Division play-off places with the signing of vastly experienced defender Darren Purse as player-coach. The 36-year-old centre back signed for the Generals until the end of the season after a professional career spanning nearly 700 games for nine different clubs. He has recently returned to England after a spell with Finnish side IFK Mariehamn.

KEEPER INJURY BLOW FOR CITY Zac Barrett faces a month on the sidelines after suffering a broken finger during Cambridge City’s 7-2 win in the Calor League Southern Premier Division at home to Burnham last weekend. The injury to the Lilywhites keeper was not discovered until after the match and his loss will be a big blow to City. Enol Ordonez will take Barrett’s place between the sticks in the short-term, but boss Gary Roberts said he was considering bringing someone else in.

Banbury United PURITANS BRING IN EX-COBBLER Calor League Southern Premier Division club Banbury United have confirmed the signing of former Northampton Town youth team defender Paps Roland Joao. The 19-year-old Dutch national, who plays at left-back, was part of the Cobblers youth squad last season.

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Martin Stone has tendered his resignation as manager of Calor League Southern Premier Division club Burnham. The club failed to come through with money that was owed to the players. Earlier this season, the club agreed a reduced players’ budget, but that had not been paid in recent weeks, prompting the management team to resign. Laurie Craker assistant manager to Stone stated “For a long time it’s been agony, because week in week out players would be asking for their money and it got to a stage where we were cancelling training because there was no money available. “I’m sure they will lose some money players, and they will never get them back, because the trust will have gone.” Burnham have appointed a new manager from within to replace Martin Stone in his former coach Robin Mallinson.

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SEASON STATISTICS 2013/14

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ATT

COMP

R

Pos

1

2

3

4

Sat 17 Aug

H Weymouth

354

CLPD

0-2

22

Heath

Rodgers

Adjei

Sear

Tue 20 Aug

A Stourbridge

447

CLPD

1-2

22

Heath

Rodgers

Steer

Sear

N

Sat 24 Aug

A Bashley

209

CLPD

3-1

15

Heath

Rodgers

Steer

Sear

Sh

Mon 26 Aug

H Cambridge City

451

CLPD

1-2

18

Heath

Rodgers

Adjei

SEAR

Sat 31 Aug

H Redditch United

231

CLPD

2-3

21

Heath

Rodgers

Steer

SEAR

H

Wed 04 Sep

A Corby Town

317

CLPD

0-1

22

Conroy

Nkinga

Steer

Davies

C

Sat 07 Sep

A Hemel Hempstead

669

CLPD

0-2

22

Conroy

Nkinga

Steer

Sear

C

Sat 14 Sep

H (Wroxham)

232

FAC

3-1

Conroy

Wood

Steer

Davies

N

Tue 17 Sep

H Hinckley United

208

CLPD

3-0

19

Conroy

Nkinga

Steer

DAVIES

C

Sat 21 Sep

H Truro City

307

CLPD

2-0

16

Conroy

Nkinga

Steer

Davies

C

Sat 28 Sep

A Canvey Island

256

FAC

2-2

Conroy

Crowie

Steer

Sharman

H

Tue 01 Oct

H Canvey Island

289

FAC R

1-2

Conroy

Hurst

STEER

Sear

C

Sat 05 Oct

A Hungerford Town

105

CLPD

0-1

19

Conroy

Hurst

Steer

Davies

Mon 07 Oct

A Hitchin Town

309

CLPD

0-4

21

Conroy

Goss

Steer

Hurst

C

Tue 15 Oct

H Hitchin Town

96

RIC

5-0

Conroy

DEENEY

Dhillon

Ford

C

Sat 19 Oct

A Halesowen Town

273

FAT

3-0

Conroy

DEENEY

Dhillon

Ann

H

Tue 22 Oct

H Chesham United

223

CLPD

0-5

21

Conroy

Deeney

Dhillon

Hibbert

Sat 26 Oct

A Bideford

238

CLPD

2-3

22

Conroy

Deeney

Duckett

Hibbert

Tue 29 Oct

H Corby Town

261

CLPD

0-3

22

Conroy

Deeney

Dhillon

Hibbert

C

Sat 02 Nov

A Matlock Town

244

FAT

0-2

Conroy

Ann

Ford

Crowie

H

Sat 09 Nov

H Hemel Hempstead

436

CLPD

4-1

21

Conroy

Ann

Ford

Crowie

H

Tue 12 Nov

H Biggleswade Town

306

CLPD

3-4

21

Conroy

Ann

Ford

Crowie

H

Sat 16 Nov

A Poole Town

402

CLPD

0-2

21

Conroy

Crowie

Lee

Frater

H

Tue 19 Nov

H Corby Town

93

RIC

3-0

Conroy

Longden

Lee

Ford

F

Sat 23 Nov

H St Albans City

364

CLPD

2-3

21

Abbey

Longden

Lee

Deeney

F

Tue 26 Nov

H Bedford Town

281

CLPD

2-2

21

Abbey

Longden

Lee

Deeney

FR

Sat 30 Nov

A Banbury United

271

CLPD

1-0

21

Abbey

Deeney

Lee

Ford

F

Sat 07 Dec

H Frome Town

252

CLPD

3-1

20

Abbey

Deeney

Lee

Ford

F

Sat 14 Dec

A Burnham

124

CLPD

0-1

20

Abbey

Deeney

Lee

Ford

F

Sat 21 Dec

H AFC Totton

293

CLPD

6-0

19

Abbey

Deeney

Lee

Ford

F

Thu 26 Dec

A Cambridge City

371

CLPD

2-3

20

Abbey

Deeney

Lee

Ford

F

Sat 28 Dec

H Stourbridge

356

CLPD

1-1

19

Abbey

Deeney

Lee

Ford

F

Tue 07 Jan

A Dunstable Town

71

RIC

3-0

Swan

Deeney

Lee

FORD

F

Sat 11 Jan

H Poole Town

375

CLPD

1-1

20

Abbey

Deeney

Lee

Ford

Sat 18 Jan

A St Albans City

812

CLPD

1-1

19

Abbey

Deeney

Lee

Hibbert

Sat 25 Jan

A Bedford Town

512

CLPD

2-1

19

Abbey

Deeney

Lee

Cracknell

Tue 28 Jan

A Chippenham Town

209

CLPD

1-2

19

Abbey

Deeney

Lee

Ford

Sat 01 Feb

H Banbury United

CLPD

Sat 08 Feb

A Frome Town

CLPD

Sat 15 Feb

H Burnham

CLPD

Sat 22 Feb

A AFC Totton

CLPD

Sat 01 Mar

H Hungerford Town

CLPD

Sat 08 Mar

A Truro City

CLPD

Sat 15 Mar

H Hitchin Town

CLPD

Sat 22 Mar

A Biggleswade Town

CLPD

Sat 29 Mar

H Bideford

CLPD

Sat 05 Apr

A Chesham United

CLPD

Sat 12 Apr

A Weymouth

CLPD

Sat 19 Apr

H Bashley

CLPD

Mon 21 Apr

A Arlesey Town

CLPD

Sat 26 Apr

H Chippenham Town

CLPD

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Opposition

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SEASON STATISTICS 2013/14 Player name in these colours denotes substitute.

6 Steer

Nkinga

7

8

Hilliard

Taylor

9

10

11

Benjamin

Sogbanmu

Fuller

12 Sharman

Crowie

Hilliard

SHARMAN

Benjamin

Adjei

Taylor

Safee

harman

Crowie

HILLIARD

Fuller

BENJAMIN 2

Adjei

Taylor

Sembie-Ferris

14

15

Safee

Palmer

Crowie

Hilliard

Sharman

Benjamin

Davies

Taylor

Nkinga

Fuller

Crowie

Hilliard

Davies

Benjamin

Palmer

Adjei

SAFEE

Sembie-Ferris

Taylor

Crowie

Hoyte

Hilliard

Sharman

Sogbanmu

Sear

Taylor

Adjei

Joseph

Safee

Crowie

Hoyte

Hilliard

Davies

Sogbanmu

Sharman

Adjei

Nkinga

Hoyte

HILLIARD

HURST

Safee

SEAR

Adjei

Taylor

Joseph

Sharman

Crowie

Hoyte

Hilliard

Sear

Hurst

ANN

Adjei

TAYLOR

Joseph

Sharman

Crowie

Hoyte

Hilliard

Sear

HURST

Ann

Adjei

SAFEE

Sembie-Ferris

Sharman

Hibbert

Hoyte

HILLIARD

Davies

Ann

Hurst

Adjei

SAFEE

Taylor

Wood

Crowie

Hoyte

Hilliard

Hibbert

Adjei

Davies

Taylor

Safee

Felix

Ann

Ann

Crowie

Goss

Sharman

Hilliard

Safee

Adjei

Felix

Wood

Palmer

Crowie

Hoyte

Hilliard

Hibbert

Ann

Ford

Davies

Taylor

Felix

Wood

Crowie

Ann

HILLIARD

Davies

Nolan

WOOLLEY 2

Adjei

N’GUESSAN

Sharman

Duckett

Hoyte

Hibbert

Hilliard

Sear

WOOLLEY

ADJEI

Davies

N’Guessan

Ford

Hurst

Ann

Hoyte

Hilliard

Sear

Woolley

Davies

Adjei

Taylor

Hurst

Ford

Ann

Hoyte

Woolley

Sear

Nolan

Hurst

Taylor

WILSON

DAVIES

Crowie

Crowie

Hoyte

Wilson

Ford

Nolan

Davies

Woolley

Taylor

Hilliard

N’Guessan

Hoyte

Deeney

Hilliard

Hurst

Woolley

Davies

Taylor

Wilson

N’Guessan

Hoyte

Deeney

HILLIARD

DAVIES

Nolan

WOOLLEY

ADJEI

Taylor

Wilson

Hoyte

Deeney

HILLIARD 3

Davies

Nolan

Woolley

Adjei

Hurst

Wilson

Hurst

Deeney

Hilliard

Davies

Nolan

Woolley

Ford

Adjei

Wilson

Hoyte

HILLIARD

Sharman

WILSON

DAVIES

Adjei

Crowie

Felix

Wood

Frater

Hoyte

Hilliard

Sharman

Woolley

DAVIES

Adjei

NOLAN

Frew

Wilson

RATER

Hoyte

Frew

DAVIES

Nolan

Woolley

Hilliard

Ford

Wilson

Ann

Frater

Hoyte

Frew

Farrell

Nolan

DAVIES

Hilliard

Wilson

Woolley

Hibbert

Frater

Hoyte

Woolley

Farrell

NOLAN 2

Wilson

Frew

THOMAS

Hibbert

Wood

Frater

Hoyte

Woolley

Farrell

Nolan

Thomas

Frew

Hilliard

Felix

Wilson

Frater

Hoyte

HILLIARD

DAVIES

NOLAN 2

Thomas

WOOLLEY

TOLLEY

Hibbert

Ferrari

Frater

Hoyte

Hilliard

DAVIES

Nolan

Thomas

Woolley

TOLLEY

Sear

Ferrari

Frater

Hoyte

Woolley

DAVIES

Tolley

Thomas

Ferrari

Nolan

Wilson

Hilliard

Frater

Hoyte

HILLIARD

Farrell

Thomas

DAVIES

Ferrari

Tolley

Lewis

Cracknell

Frater

Hoyte

Woolley

Farrell

Thomas

Davies

HILLIARD

Tolley

Adjei

Cracknell

Frater

Hoyte

Hilliard

Davies

Nolan

THOMAS

Ferrari

Ford

Cracknell

Woolley

Frater

Hoyte

Hilliard

Davies

TOLLEY 2

Thomas

Ferrari

Ford

Nolan

Woolley

Frater

Hoyte

Hilliard

Farrell

TOLLEY

Nolan

Ferrari

Davies

Thomas

Woolley

Sharman

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Hoyte

Frater

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Steer

Hoyte

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LEAGUE TABLE

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P

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

Pts

Hemel Hempstead Town

28

21

3

4

90

22

68

66

Chesham United

27

17

4

6

62

32

30

55

Cambridge City

26

17

4

5

57

30

27

55

St Albans City

26

15

6

5

62

33

29

51

Bideford

28

13

10

5

53

35

18

49

Stourbridge

27

14

5

8

68

33

35

47

Poole Town

21

12

8

1

40

22

18

44

Banbury United

26

12

4

10

46

43

3

40

Biggleswade Town

26

10

9

7

50

35

15

39

Corby Town

24

11

5

8

37

35

2

38

Arlesey Town

28

10

8

10

47

46

1

38

Burnham

28

10

8

10

41

49

-8

38

Weymouth

24

11

3

10

36

41

-5

36

Hungerford Town

23

11

2

10

40

27

13

35

Hitchin Town

26

9

7

10

37

33

4

34

Redditch United

28

11

1

16

39

65

-26

34

Truro City

27

7

9

11

35

52

-17

30

Frome Town

28

8

5

15

37

57

-20

29

Chippenham Town

27

8

4

15

37

61

-24

28

St Neots Town

28

7

4

17

40

52

-12

25

Bedford Town

28

3

5

20

33

80

-47

14

AFC Totton

26

3

3

20

31

84

-53

12

Bashley

24

2

3

19

20

71

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THE TEAMS

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BANBURY UNITED

Dark Blue Shirts, Shorts & Socks

Colours

Red Shirts, Gold Shorts & Red Socks

Gary King & Zema Abbey

Manager

Edwin Stein

Nathan Abbey

Assistant Manager

Paul Jennings

Carol Holland

Club Physio

Malcolm Cowell

SQUAD NUMBERS

Rating Goals Rating

SQUAD NUMBERS

1. Niall Conroy (GK)

1. Kwame Fordah (GK)

2. Dave Deeney

2. Luke Cray

3. Edd Adjei

3. Marvin Martin

4. Adrian Sear

4. Kyal Mcnulty

5. Ryan Frater

5. John Mbamarah Oktay

6. Gavin Hoyte (C)

6. Tom Pyan

7. Lewis Hilliard

7. Nicolaos Evengelinos

8. Jay Davies

8. Marcus Green

9. Matt Nolan

9. Leon Simpson

10. Shane Tolley

10. Aaron Morgan

11. Lewis Wilson

11. Adeyinka Talab

12. Nathan Abbey (GK)

12. Wayne Blossom

14. Lorenzo Ferrari

14. Scott Bridges

15. Dean Cracknell

15. Sean Parker

16. Kaine Felix

16. Anderson Pinto-Nogueira

17. Ben Ferrell

17. Lewis Strafford

18. Jordy Nkinga 21. Arthur Lee 23. Leon Hibbert

Teams will be displayed on the electronic scoreboard Officials: Referee: Jake Hillier Assistant 1: Daniel O’Sullivan Assistant 2: Paul Gregory

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Match Rating

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