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WELCOME

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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.

Club Honours

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Management Notes

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Action Replay

30 Wonderful Non-League Grounds

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Match Reports

31 Mascot Feature

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Player Profile

32 Game For A Laugh

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Greenies Greetings

33 Fixtures Matrix

United Counties League

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Top Managers

34/35 Fans with the Cup!

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A Blast From The Past

37 The Non-League Paper

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Chairmans’ Views

38 20 Best Football Stadiums

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

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39 Non-League Club News

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Away Days

42 League Table

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Bizarre Football Stories

44 The Teams

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Managing Directors’ Views

Southern Football League Division One champions, 1 time

Metropolitan League Champions, 1 time League Cup winners, 1 time Professional Cup winners, 1 time South Midlands League Champions, 1 time Huntingdonshire League

Club Officials 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

Champions, 4 times Life Vice-Presidents Ena Kester Jack Blyth Mel Hancock Ken Harris David Mackian Terry Reedman Stuart Walters Team Officials Richard King (Goalkeeping Coach) Youth Liaison & Development Mick Hunt Physio Carol Holland St Neots Town TV Editor Adam Ridley

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Huntingdonshire Senior Cup Winners, 37 times

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Oh What A Night! Gary King Good afternoon everyone, and welcome to everybody from Bashley FC.

So silverware has been delivered, and our southern league status is secured. Credit to every player involved! Our aims now are to deliver our highest points tally ever at this level and win the Hunts Cup final. Zema, myself and Nathe went to BBC Radio Cambs on Tuesday with the cup, and we had a good laugh. I was sitting between them when the presenter asked us in turn which

this level inside out and if St Neots is to meet its potential then that’s what’s important right now. I’ve seen so many times over the years ‘ex pros’ takeover at non league clubs and simply not know the level, indeed an ex pro has taken over at our old club Arlesey whom we play on Monday, it may or may not be the answer to their prayers? Rest assured Ze, myself and Nathe are up for this and between us we have a pretty good track record, delivering for you guys is our focus, Come on you Saints

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We didn’t have to wait too long to see this type of football once more, on Saturday at Weymouth our winner in the second half was a fifteen pass move finished in style by Shane, fantastic to watch and in truth it was worth travelling to Weymouth if just to see that goal.

managers we thought were the best, (Jose Mourinho immediately popped into my mind) well of course after listening to Ze and Nathe reel off a couple of managers including Nigel Worthington whom they had played for in their professional careers, I was embarrassed to say Jose Mourinho, so I mumbled some other nonsense. In truth with more time to consider my answer what I would liked to have said was, my opinion is that the best management team I have seen or worked with Is the St Neots managment team Gary, Ze and Nathe (I know I’m a boaster) seriously though I think we know

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Well todays’ notes are easy to write on the back of winning the league cup in front of a fantastic crowd as well as Saturdays victory away to Weymouth. The cup final was a tense affair but over the two legs I feel even Tiverton would have no quarrels regarding the eventual outcome. On the night I felt we deserved two or three more and their keeper kept them in the game as he did in the first leg. To be fare they suffered the loss well and were very sporting in what was a rare defeat for them, we had one passage of play in the first half where we strung together twenty nine passes that lead to a Lewis Hilliard shot that just went wide. I thought to myself at this point that the team really has evolved now and the fact that we are capable of playing football like this in a cup final was a signal of what we are capable of and of things to come.

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ACTION REPLAY

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This Week Two Years Ago Evo-Stik Southern League Central - 21st April 2012

St Neots Town 8

North Greenford United 0

St Neots clinched the Central Division league title in their first season at Step Four with a non stop scintillating display of football to thrash luckless North Greenford 8-0 scoring four times in each half. It took their tally of league goals to 113 in just 41 matches and they can look forward next season to life at Step Three in the Premier Division of the Southern League. It is an outstanding achievement for a side that three seasons ago finished 17th at Step Five in the UCL and is a fitting tribute to the focussed ambition of Manager Dennis Greene and Chairman Mike Kearns and of course the squad of players who have worked so hard for each other throughout the season. In front of a crowd of 817 – the highest in the Southern League on the day St Neots were irresistible against a side who had gone very close to beating them in their first meeting back in October when St Neots scraped a 2-2 draw with a late equaliser. The match got off to the explosive start that was needed to calm any pre-match nerves for within four minutes St Neots were 2-0 up and looking certain winners before any latecomers had reached their seats. After less than ninety seconds a delightful Ben Mackey through ball played Stefan Moore clear of the offside trap and he cleverly let visiting keeper Andy Caesar commit himself before slotting the ball past him and before the excitement subsided Rene Steer marauded down the left to set up Dan Jacob who stepped inside his marker to score with a scorching left foot drive.

It would have been three in six minutes but for a magnificent tumbling save by Caesar to deny Moore but St Neots carried on their domination with Chris Hope heading just wide from a Jacob corner and Mackey shaved the crossbar with a volley. Greenford looked mesmerised and after 28 minutes Steer crossed to the far post to pick out Moore who unselfishly squared for Ben Mackey to make it 3-0. Six minutes later it really was all over as a contest when Lewis Hilliard and Lewis Hilliard combined on the right and the cross was netted by Ben Mackey. Greenford’s first direct shot came from Zac Joseph but was too high and at the end of the half both Mackey and Hilliard went close to extending the lead. Six minutes into the second half another silky move ripped the visiting defence apart as Jacob and Hilliard combined to set up Stefan Moore for goal number five and two minutes later the irrepressible Jacob crossed for Ben Mackey to complete his hat trick. At 6-0 St Neots Manager Dennis Greene decided to rest his star strikers and give some experience to the youngsters on the bench and how well they responded. After Greenford tried hard to make their mark with efforts from substitute Ricky Pither and Alex Paine the St Neots substitutes ran the rest of the show as Aaron Greene sent Dan Jacob clear and he rounded the keeper to make it 7-0 after 78 minutes and four minutes the same player deservedly notched his first hat trick of the season after collecting a

weighted through pass from Laine Eadie. And so the party got under way. St Neots: Duggan, Webb, Steer, Sear, Gent, Hope, Hilliard, Konadu, Moore, Mackey, Jacob. Subs: Kamara (for Hope 57 mins), Eadie (for Moore 62 mins), Greene (for Mackey 62 mins), Stewart & Mwanyongo Attendance: 817 Man of the Match: Dan Jacob

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MATCH REPORT

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Red Insure Cup Final – Second Leg Rowley Park - The Cozy Stadium (Att 522) Tuesday April 8th 2014 - Kick Off 19:45 Referee Paul Kelly (Maidstone)

St Neots Town

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Tiverton Town

Hilliard (43 mins) (aggregate win 1-0) None n n Abbey, Spence, Lee, Farrell, Frater, Hoyte, Hilliard, Davies, Nolan, Tolley, Adjei. Subs: Woolley (for Adjei 70 mins), Ford (for Tolley 81 mins), Ford (for Nolan 90+2 mins), Ferrari and Swan.

Gardner n15, A.Richards n 17, Palmer n 55, Martin n 68 Searle, J.Richards, Long, Palmer, Heveran, Gardner, Krac, Smith, Nardiello, Martin, Malsom. Subs: Wilson (for Krac 59 mins), A.Richards (for Heveran 66 mins), Wright (for Nardiello 76 mins), Chainey and Searle.

In just their second season at Step Three St Neots won their highest ever cup honour – the Red Insure Trophy – the League Cup of the Southern League. Two outstanding moments defined this tie – the match winning goal by Lewis Hilliard who registered the outstanding distinction of having scored in every round of the competition and a magnificent instinctive full length save from Nathan Abbey that ensured the trophy for his side. The first half was at times embarrassingly one way with Tiverton managing just two direct shots on goal whilst St Neots played the ball around patiently and had little trouble in creating chances for themselves. With Jay Davies and man of the match Lewis Hilliard running the midfield and back after suspension Ben Farrell mopping up most of the half hearted Tiverton attacks it seemed certain that goals would come but the visitors defended effectively and with goalkeeper Michal Searle looking inspired the voluble home fans were frustrated. Hilliard was at the centre of everything for St Neots sending first minute free kick over the bar, sending an angled shot just beyond the far post and sending a second free kick into the side netting in the first 15 minutes. Tiverton’s first real effort was a cross from Ed Palmer diverted over his own cross bar by a St Neots defender. The visitors’

a long shot by Marcus Marin was comfortably saved by Abbey.

physical approach earned two of their defenders early cautions and after 31 minutes Davies got up to head down a Hilliard cross to Adjei whose fierce volley brought an outstanding save from Searle. In a rare Tiverton attack Palmer curled a shot wide of goal and as half time approached both Gavin Hoyte and Tolley had efforts just off target. After 42 minutes the visitors were lucky not to concede when Palmer sliced a Hilliard cross into the arms of his surprised goal keeper but a minute later the best move of the first half produced the goal. Farrell dispossessed an opponent and ran at the defence picking out Shane Tolley and his delightful flick freed Hilliard whose low shot beat the keeper. That single goal should have boosted St Neots but it was Tiverton who started the second half the stronger. Shane Krac shot over the bar when well placed and

Nolan was brought down when going clear another caution for Palmer and then Dan Smith ran at the St Neots defence unchallenged but shot over the bar. St Neots domination was now broken but they still looked defensively sound and substitutions by both sides did little for the game other than to give Tiverton and more attacking profile. With 17 minutes left a Nolan flick on found Tolley and driven wide he left the ball for substitute Jake Woolley whose shot found the side netting and six minutes later a snap shot by Martin through a packed defence brought the brilliant save from Abbey. Had that counted St Neots would have been left with just eleven minutes to find a match wining goal but after the let off they finished strongly with Farrell releasing Davies whose shot was a foot too high and Nolan beating the offside trap but losing control when he should have made the game safe. Four minutes added time with Tiverton desperate for a goal me4ant a nervy finish but St Neots deserved their victory celebrated with their ecstatic fans.


MATCH REPORT

Bob Lucas Stadium (Att 546) Saturday 12th April 2014 - Kick Off 15:00 Referee: Adam Nunn (Trowbridge)

Weymouth Yetton (54 mins) Richards n 90

1:2

St Neots Town Farrell (15 mins), Tolley (63 mins) Frater n 54

Matthews, McConnell, Green, Colwell, Hutchins, Richards, Kelly, Jagger-Cane, Yetton, Rigg, Vassell.

Abbey, Spence, Adjei, Farrell, Frater, Hoyte, Hilliard, Davies, Nolan, Tolley, Ferrari.

Subs: Ford (for Kelly 59 mins), Poole, Zima, Walker and Holland.

Subs: Woolley (for Ferrari 54 mins), Ford (for Nolan 79 mins), Wilson (for Davies 87 mins), Thomas and Swan.

From the start St Neots settled into what looked like a winning rhythm. They dominated the early play with Weymouth struggling to get out of their own half. After just three minutes a Lewis Hilliard shot was pushed away by home keeper Jason Matthews and Matt Nolan was first to react forcing the goalkeeper to make a great block at his feet from a narrow angle. Lorenzo Ferrari then glided past two defenders to cross from the bye line and the ball only needed a touch in front of a gaping net and then full back Mason Spence joined the attack to see his 25 yards shot well gathered by the busy Matthews.

The home side was being restricted to shooting from distance and both George Rigg and Jacob JaggerCane saw their efforts from outside the penalty area sail safely over the bar. Shane Tolley was a constant thorn in the side of the home defence and just before the break he collected a clever Nolan flick to see his close range shot blocked by Jake Hutchins and when the ball was returned across the box he rose to head narrowly over the bar. The second half continued in the same vein but after 54 minutes Weymouth got lucky. A clumsy challenge by Ryan Frater on Stuart Yetton saw the central defender pick up a yellow card as he conceded a penalty kick. Yetton climbed to his feet to take the kick but Nathan Abbey guessed right and parried the shot but the

Weymouth player followed in to net from close range. St Neots replaced Ferrari with Jake Woolley and they redoubled their efforts and after 63 minutes they regained the lead with what the home Chairman described as ‘the best goal scored against us this season’. The goal took 14 passes with Farrell being the architect winning the ball in midfield and advancing to send it into the heart of the penalty area. Tolley produced a clever dummy that took the two central defenders out of position allowing Nolan to send a delicate lob for Tolley to latch on to and score with a well placed low shot. It was a confident workmanlike victory that sees St Neots finishing the season in some style.

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The pressure paid off and on the quarter hour it was Spence

who lifted the perfect lob over the defence and on the right Ben Farrell cut through to collect the ball and net with a low angled shot to open the scoring. The pace of the game seemed to drop after that goal although St Neots continued to look comfortably in control and Weymouth mounted their first real attack with Adam Kelly wriggling clear but Spence was quickly across to clear the threat.

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St Neots took revenge for their opening day of the season defeat at the Cozy Stadium as they defeated Weymouth far more comfortably than the final score line suggests.

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PLAYER PROFILE

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Lorenzo Ferrari Lorenzo is a young wide player who joined us earlier this season from Bedford Town. Strong, skilful and very quick, a player not to be rushed into the regular first team he will only get better as time goes on. A brilliant future lies ahead for Lorenzo.


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GREENIES GREETINGS

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Southern League Red Insure Cup Winners 2013/14... Has a nice ring to it don’t you think? Good Afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Rowley Park – The Cozy Stadium, for this, our penultimate Calor League Premier Division game of the 2013 /14 season. Today we extend a very warm welcome to our friends from Bashley FC and we hope your Players, Officials and Supporters enjoy your brief stay with us up here in Cambridgeshire before embarking on a safe trip back down to Hampshire this evening. Southern League Red Insure Cup Winners 2013/14........ Has a nice ring to it don’t you think? What a great night Tuesday April 8th turned out to be as we won the trophy for the very first time in only our third season in the Southern League. A classic Cup Final packed with excitement, chances, close misses and a brilliant atmosphere produced by you, our fantastic supporters who came out to cheer the lads on. A crowd of 522 for a midweek game is superb and if we can replicate this on a regular basis, who knows where the club can go? Our historic Cup win was followed up with another Premier Division victory on Saturday, this time at the Bob Lucas Stadium, home

of Weymouth FC. The 2-1 score line doesn’t really tell the full story (please read John Walkers detailed match report) as we really could and should have beaten our hosts by a much bigger margin, however a win is a win and three more points on the board taking us to the Fifty point mark, leaving us with three more games to surpass last season’s total of Fifty-Two. As this was our last fixture requiring Coach Travel, I’d just like to thank all the supporters who have travelled on the Team Coach during the season as your vocal support at our matches has been very much appreciated by the lads and the management and I hope you’ve enjoyed your travels as much as I have this season, some great memories along the way. With us now reaching our last two home league fixtures (and of course, the Hunts FA County Cup Final to come too in May), you will see the Box in The Gregory Suite for your votes for Supporters’ Player Of The Season Award.

Please take time to fill out the voting slip (choices for First Team, Under 18 and Saints U21 teams available). We will also be allowing E-Voting on our Facebook / Twitter pages as we have done in the past, so if you are regular visitors there, please have a look. Full instructions will be given as how to vote securely and confidentially. These awards will be given out at our Presentation Night which is to be held on Saturday 10th May in The Gregory Suite. Details will be released shortly on our Website, www.stneotstownfc.co.uk, in our Chippenham Town programme next Saturday and of course our Social Networking avenues. Ok then onto today’s game against our visitors Bashley, who have endured a torrid time on and off the pitch this season. A relegation spot was confirmed a few weeks back but in all honesty, I think the Club deserves a medal for simply fulfilling all their fixtures this season in what has been a horrendous financial struggle for those involved in the running of the Club and they could quite easily have gone the same way as Hinckley United so as the two teams enter the playing area, give these guys a massive cheer today please. Right then, that’s almost it from me for the season with only next Saturday to come in the league. You guys coming through the turnstiles set your standards against Tiverton, can you reach those heights in the next few games? OF COURSE YOU CAN................. ALL FOR ONE, ONE FOR ALL ‘Greenie’


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Managers of all time

04) Bob Paisley (ENG)

03) Ernst Happel (AUS)

If Bill Shankly built the foundations of Liverpool, Bob Paisley built a great house on top of them. His period in charge of Liverpool lead to the most trophyladen era in the club’s illustrious history. In just nine years, Paisley collected 19 trophies, including six league titles, three League Cups, and five Charity Shields. Perhaps his greatest achievement, however, is leading Liverpool to success in three European Cups, becoming the only manager to win that competition three times. He was voted Manager of the Year six times in nine years, dispelling any fears that Shankly’s abrupt departure would end Liverpool’s dominance.

Ernst Happel is one of very few managers who have enjoyed great success at both international and club level. He has won league titles and domestic trophies in four different countries, and has impressed on the European and World stage as well. He won a Dutch championship, a Dutch Cup, three Belgian championships, a Belgian Cup, two German championships, a German Cup, and two Austrian championships during his illustrious managerial career. He also guided the unfancied Feyenoord to the European Cup, and took Hamburg to the same title 13 years later, becoming the first manager to win the trophy with two different clubs. He was in charge of the Dutch team in the 1978 World Cup, and reached the final, only to go down to hosts Argentina.

Mind you, he was there for the bad times too, one year he finished second.


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A BLAST FROM THE PAST

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Johan Cruijff Born 25/04/1947

famous goal, known popularly as the ‘Phantom’ goal, because of its seemingly supernatural quality. Somehow, Cruijff managed to jump in the air with his back to goal, and use his heel to score past a beleaguered Atletico Madrid goalkeeper.

Johan Cruijff was born in Amsterdam on the 25th of April 1947, and joined the famous Ajax youth programme only ten years later. He made his first team debut at the age of 17 in 1964 against GVAV. He started as he meant to go on, scoring Ajax’s only goal in their 3-1 defeat. This was the worst season in the club’s history – they finished 13th. Cruijff established himself as a favourite centre-forward in the first team, and the following season Ajax won the league, with Cruiff scoring an incredible 25 goals in 23 appearances, including three hat tricks. From then on, Cruijff became a living legend to Ajax fans. After winning two more European Cups in 1972 and 1973, he signed to Barcelona for six million guilder. Always willing to express his political beliefs publicly, he made himself popular among Catalans by declaring that he could never play for Real Madrid because of its association with the Fascist leader General Franco. He helped Barcelona to their first ‘La Liga’ championship in 14 years in 1973/74, and was named European footballer of the year for good measure. During his tenure at Barcelona, Cruijff scored his most

Like so many of Europe’s best known players of the 1970’s, Cruijff was lured to the United States to play exhibition matches for the New York Cosmos and eventually signed a lucrative contract with the Los Angeles Aztecs. After a season with the Aztecs, he switched coasts, and signed for a season with the Washington Diplomats. By this time the campaign to elevate the status of soccer in the eyes of US sports fans had more or less run its course, and Cruijff returned to the Netherlands in 1981.

prevalent at the time, emphasising the importance of technical skill and awareness. Cruijff and his Ajax team-mates were able swap positions at the drop of a hat – he was particularly fond of taking defenders unawares by moving out from his central position to the wings. He commented; “Total football is to do with your way of thinking, character – everything is involved. The Dutch team at that time was made up mostly from Ajax players. We could change position easily, and that’s total football… the first defender was the centre forward, which was me. We had a change of mentality on the field where we thought we could achieve anything.”

A 34 year old Cruijff signed to Ajax but the club decided not to extend his contract after the end of the second season. This angered the Amsterdam-born Cruijff, who moved to arch rivals Feyenoord in protest. He helped the club to its first league and cup double in over a decade. At the end of the 83/84 season, after making 33 appearances and scoring 11 times for Feyenoord, Cruijff retired after 20 years as one of the most prolific strikers in the world.

Cruijff reprised his role as a football technician in managerial roles at Ajax and Barcelona. He led an all-star Barcelona team to victory against Sampdoria at the Wembley European Cup finals in 1992. He is Barcelona’s most successful manager to date; the club won 11 competitions under his stewardship. In 1999 he was named European footballer of the century, and is widely regarded as one of the top five players ever to of played the game.

Cruijff also enjoyed a distinguished career as an international, playing a central role in the famous 1974 Dutch team that came second place in the FIFA World Cup Finals, where he was named player of the tournament. Cruijff is the embodiment of ‘total football’, a style of play developed by Ajax coach Rinus Michaels. The style arose in opposition to the physical aspect of the game

Career Appearances: 520 Goals: 291 International Caps: 48 Goals: 33 Career Highlight: European Footballer of the Year: 1974, 1971


CHAIRMAN’S VIEWS

Mike Kearns Welcome to the Officials, Players and Supporters of Bashley for todays match.

Now how about that for every home game next season, that would be something fantastic. I was thinking of a song everyone could sing as a club anthem. This came to mind watching my other team lose at Crystal Palace the other Saturday, I can only say that I have never heard such consistent singing for a crowd ever in football, palace started with don’t laugh as its quite good really coming out onto the pitch to “Glad all over” by the Dave Clark five. In my opinion second only to “You’ll never walk alone” the Liverpool anthem. Maybe we should borrow the Crystal Palace one for a time and see how we get on. I hope everyone has seen the new lay out and features on our website and having a look back at all of our old programmes from this season. Even though Mark, and myself know each programme backwards they are still a great read.

I certainly never gave any thought to us actually winning some silverware this season but I should have listened to Gary when he told me at the away fixture against Chippinham that the management would “deliver”. I certainly did not think it would be this season though. The club winning the Red Insure Cup in only our second season in the premiership division is something for us all to be proud of. Yes indeed and that coupled with us having over 500

More improvements to the web site are being developed at this moment of which I hope we will all be proud. You can probably see that I am on a mission to make sure that our club Branding will be on par or better than anything in football. Gary, Zema and Nathan are on the case with the team and Lee and Iain with the help of Louise and many others on the case of improving the back of shop. So who’s in charge of improving the attendances, well we have had a few volunteer’s and I can see about 300 more trying to help improve our gates for next season. Are you all on the case?

All for one and one for all. Mike

Lets try this before the start of each match. Be Loud Be A Saint. GLAD ALL OVER The Dave Clark Five (Dave Clark / Mike Smith) You say that you love me (say you love me) All of the time (all of the time) You say that you need me (say you need me) You’ll always be mine (always be mine) I’m feelin’ glad all over Yes I’m-a glad all over Baby I’m glad all over So glad you’re mine I’ll make you happy (make you happy) You’ll always be blue (always be blue) You’ll have no sorrow (have no sorrow) ‘Cause I’ll always be blue (always be blue) And I’m feelin’ glad all over Yes I’m-a glad all over Baby I’m-a glad all over So glad you’re mine

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our position in this division while building for the future.

I bet you are. Todays match and then away to Arlesey Town and home to Chippinham. Lets try and get three wins if we do I know of three people who would be very satisfied. Have a look at the league table and who we might just finish above. The management told me at the time don’t be surprised if we finish above our old club Arlesey Town. Not against them at all just a marker we gave ourselves. On to todays match and lets get the place buzzing.

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Condolences on your relegation you a very good club and very nice people and I’m sure that you will re group and soon be back in the Premier division. Having been in a relegation place ourselves for quite some time I know how much pressure it puts on a club to make the right decisions moving forward. Thankfully we had the hindsight and opportunity to be able to bring in a proven and successful management team that I knew would consolidate

supporters watching us made that night something to remember. I understand (as I was away and missed the final) that the atmosphere was quite electric and that the whole crowd shouted for the team willing them on from start to finish.

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Glad All Over!

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OPPONENT SPOTLIGHT

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Bashley FC

‘The Bash’

The bad news: Bashley are doomed to relegation at the end of the season. The good news: Off the field problems resolved – long live Bashley! Previous meeting of our clubs 2013/14

Bashley

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St Neots

Year Founded: 1947 Chairman: Richard Millbery

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Today we have the privilege hosting Bashley who will almost certainly find themselves relegated to the South and West Division of the Calor League next month. Already doomed to finish in one of the bottom two places in the table Bashley have had a season to forget beset with problems off the field including a funding crisis which now (happily) appears to have been resolved. Almost certainly the ‘smallest’ club playing at this level Bashley is a small New Forest village that has successfully sustained a side at Steps Three and Four for the past fifteen seasons and were once on the fringe of promotion to the Conference. However in their proud history Bash will remember their semi-final appearance in the FA Vase and a notable run in the FA Trophy in 2001/02.

However what goes around comes around and we look forward to seeing our guests back at Step Three in the not too distant future. Our two visits to Bashley were memorable for different reasons. The first was midweek (and it is a long way on a Tuesday) and the second was last August when we sat in a temporary car park just outside Lyndhurst on a Bank Holiday Saturday resulting in a late kick off. I must finally indulge myself to record congratulations to the Management team and the lads for netting the Red Insure Cup last Tuesday. In the last fifty years (with apologies to County Cup competition) this ranks alongside our trip to Walsall

in the sixties for the FA Cup First Round match and was our first non-County Cup capture for 45 years.

Club History Bashley Football Club was founded in 1947 and joined the Bournemouth League in 1950, progressing through the ranks before leaving in 1983 to join the Hampshire League. In 1986 they became founder members of the Wessex League and won the title for the first three years they took part, 1986/87, 1987/88 and 1988/89. In the 1987/88 season, Bashley came to national prominence after an incredible run in the FA Vase, which came to an end they reached the semi-finals, losing narrowly to Emley in the second leg of the semi-final after a 0-0 draw at the Recreation Ground. The club were accepted into the Southern League Southern Division in 1989/90 and won the title in their first season gaining promotion to the Premier Division. Things almost got even better the following season as they led the table for a long period of time and were in contention for promotion to the Conference, but fell away towards the end to finish in fourth place. Sadly the meteoric rise of


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the club came to an end as a result of relegation two years later back to the Southern Division.

The 2001/2002 season was notable for a superb FA Trophy run, ended only by finalists, Stevenage Borough of the Conference, with an unfortunate 1-0 defeat. The 2003/2004 season was a relative disappointment after the heights of previous campaigns and Bashley narrowly missed out on promotion to the Isthmian Premier Division under new manager John Robson and had to settle for a place in Isthmian Division One, as a result of FA restructuring.

A number of close season signings gave the Bashley faithful renewed cause for optimism. They were not to be disappointed! As a result of further FA restructuring, Bash found themselves transferred back into the Southern League South and West Division, and enjoyed an unforgettable record-breaking season, winning the league by an

Unfortunately, 2008-9 was to be a very different season. For long periods during the winter, Bash were in the bottom four, although a run of five straight wins right at the end of the season led to a final position of 14th, well clear of the relegation zone. Bashley exceeded expectations in the 2009/10 season, briefly topping the table after a 5-0 win at Tiverton in October. They spent the vast majority of the season in a play-off place, only to surrender their grip on a top five finish on the final day of the season with defeat at Nuneaton. After a good start last season Bashley struggled during the middle of the season and suffered losses to lower ranked opposition in all four cup competitions. However a solid run towards the end of the season ensured Premier Division survival.

In the 1994/95 season, Bashley reached the First Round proper of the FA Cup for the first time, and won 1-0 at Chesham to set up a Second Round tie with Swansea at the Recreation Ground. Despite losing 1-0, Lee Walker hit the post in injury time and Richie Paskins had a clear chance which wasn’t taken as Bash almost caused a huge upset.

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An excellent run in the second half of the 2005/06 season took Bash to just outside the play off places, and gave hope that the following season would be successful.

Bashley acquitted themselves very well in the Southern League Premier Division the following season, and finished in fifth place at the higher level, despite long term injuries to key players. The 2007-08 season unfortunately ended in disappointment with a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Team Bath in the play-off semi-final, a result that was particularly harsh on Bashley.

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Bashley came to prominence again when their excellent young midfielder Wade Elliott signed for AFC Bournemouth in January 2000 for £5,000, with the club receiving further money based on appearances. Wade has now progressed to the Championship with Burnley after a fine spell with the Cherries.

incredible 28 points and achieving a rare double century of 102 points and 111 goals, including a spell of 27 League matches unbeaten from October 27th 2006 to March 31st 2007, which was broken only after the league title had been secured.

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PAUL GAZZARD JOINT MANAGER / PLAYER

ADAM FLINT DEFENDER

JACK SATTERLEY STRIKER

Paul made his debut for Bashley in 1995. He moved to Lymington & New Milton and then re-joined Bashley in the summer of 2003. Gaz became joint manager with Stewart Kearn at the end of last season and he is now joint manager with John Pyatt. He probably thought he had ended his playing career but recently he has had to put on his boots to cover for injuries. He is now getting close to making 300 appearances for the club. Gaz is a Bashley legend!

Adam is dual registered with Salisbury City. He made his debut for Bashley in September in the 2-0 win over Moneyfields in the FA Cup. He is now firmly established as the first choice left side defender.

Age 19. Joined Bashley before the start of this season from Verwood Town where he scored 30 goals in the Wessex league in two seasons. Jack had youth team experience at Saints, AFC Bournemouth and Dorchester Town. He also played for Hamworthy United and he is now dual registered with Blackfield and Langley.

JOHN PYATT JOINT MANAGER John came to Bashley in October to replace Stewart Kearn. He is an experienced manager and has had success with Lymington Town where he gained promotion to the Wessex League, and with Brockenhurst Town where, last season, he gained promotion to the Wessex Premier League. NIC JONES GOALKEEPER Nic is a local lad who has played for Poole Town, Dorchester Town and Bournemouth Poppies. He joined Bashley at the start of this season. A great shot-stopper. Nic has become famous for his victory celebrations! MONTAGUE GEORGE GOALKEEPER Age 17. Monty is dual registered with Salisbury City. He made his Bashley debut in December in a confident performance at St. Albans City. SAM ROBERTS DEFENDER / MIDFIELDER Sam is dual registered with Salisbury City. He made his debut for Bashley in September as a midfield player in the 2-0 win over Moneyfields in the FA Cup. He is now firmly established as the first choice right side defender.

BRAD STRICKLAND DEFENDER Brad was at Brockenhurst College where he played for the AFC Bournemouth YAL team. He joined Bashley from AFCB in the summer of 2012. He is now in his second season with the club. Brad is developing a good partnership with Dave Marden at the centre of the defence. DAVE MARDEN DEFENDER

JACK ODAM STRIKER / MIDFIELDER Age 18. Joined Bashley from AFC Totton before the start of this season. Jack is top scorer this season. He has taken on a midfield role since being made team captain. Jack has the most votes in the Bash47 Man of the Match contest and is a fans favourite.

Dave joined Bashley from Brockenhurst Town in October and made his debut in the 1-0 home defeat to Chesham United. He has also played for Lymington Town, Sholing and Totton & Eling.

IMMANUEL SOETAN WINGER / STRIKER

BRAD MORRIS DEFENDER

JASON BROOKES UTILITY PLAYER / MIDFIELDER

Brad joined Bashley from New Milton Town at the start of the season. He also plays for the Brockenhurst College team which is top of the Youth Alliance League (YAL).

Age 25. Jason was released by Saints Academy and joined Eastleigh where he played three seasons in the reserves. During this time he was at Brockenhurst College where he was captain of the AFC Bournemouth YAL team. Jason moved from Eastleigh to the Bash three seasons ago and has made 40 appearances for the club.

LEWIS BLACKMORE MIDFIELDER Joined Bashley from New Milton Town in September. Lewis was previously in the AFC Bournemouth youth team. He scored the goal in the 1-0 win at Bedford Town. SCOTT JOYCE STRIKER Joined Bashley from Brockenhurst Town in October, having already scored 20 goals this season. Scott has also played for Wimborne Town, Poole Town and Bournemouth Poppies.

Manny joined Bashley from Banbury United in December. He has also played for AFC Totton and Blackfield and Langley.

JUSTIN KEELER WINGER / STRIKER. Justin played for Bashley from 2007 to 2010 and has returned to the club this season. Justin has also played for Dorchester Town and Brockenhurst Town. He also made four appearances for AFC Bournemouth. LUKE ANSELL DEFENDER Aged 25. Joined Bashley February 2014, dual registered with Totton and Eling after playing for Lymington Town and Brockenhurst.


WHO’S WHO

Age 33. Joined Bashley January 2014. Warren is dual registered with Brockenhurst Town. He has experienced the professional game, playing for Peterborough United reserves. DECLAN EDWARDS MIDFIELDER

for whom he played four years. He moved to the American IMG Soccer Academy in Bradenton. In May 2011 he joined Capital City, a year later moved to Canadian outfit York Region Shooters before signing for Antigua Barracudas. ROSS LLOYD DEFENDER. Joined Bashley in November from Brockenhurst Town. Ross has previously played for the Bash, as well as Poole Town, Wimborne Town and AFC Totton. Ross has unfortunately been injured since joining the Bash.

TAUREAN MANDERS MIDFIELDER

JAMIE BULPITT MIDFIELDER

Aged 27. Joined Bashley February 2014, made his debut for the Bermudian national team in a December 2003 friendly match against Barbados and has played in six FIFA World Cup qualification matches, winning thirteen caps in all. Started at local side North Village Rams before joining US college soccer team Iona Gaels

Joined Bashley in November. Dual registered with Eastleigh.

She is a qualified Sports Therapist educated at Twynham School in Christchurch and then Brockenhurst College from 2007-2010 where she studied for a BTech in Sports Performance and Excellence - Sports Leader training (2 years) and Personal Trainer/Level 3 Exercise and Fitness Instructor (1 year). Sophie then did a degree (BSc Hons in Sports Therapy) at Chichester University 2010-13 and has also played rugby for Oakmedians in Bournemouth.

TONY ROLLS DEFENDER The 20 year old central defender signed for Bashley on dual registration with Dorchester Town in mid-February 2014. Previously with Ringwood Town.

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Away Days Everything you need for the next two away fixtures

Calor League Premier Division

Hunts Senior Cup Final

Arlesey Town v St Neots Town

St Neots Town v St Ives Town

Monday 21st April 2014 – K.O. 15:00pm

Friday 2nd May 2014 – K.O. 19:30pm

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The coach will not be running for this fixture Sat Nav Postcode Reference: SG15 6RS Round Trip (from St Neots): 32 miles

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AFC Totton

v Bedford Town

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Arlesey Town

v St Neots Town 15.00

Banbury United

v St Albans City

15.00

Bedford Town

v Hitchin Town

15.00

Biggleswade Town v Bideford

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Bideford

v Frome Town

15.00

Chesham United

v Stourbridge

15.00

Burnham

v AFC Totton

15.00

Corby Town

v Arlesey Town

15.00

Cambridge City

v Corby Town

15.00

Frome Town

v Burnham

15.00

Chippenham Town v Hungerford Town

15.00

Hitchin Town

v Chippenham Town 15.00

H Hempstead Town v Chesham United

15.00

Hungerford Town

v H Hempstead Town 15.00

Poole Town

v Bashley

15.00

Poole Town

v Cambridge City

15.00

St Albans City

v Biggleswade Town 15.00

Redditch United

v Weymouth

15.00

Stourbridge

v Banbury United

15.00

St Neots Town

v Bashley

15.00

Weymouth

v Truro City

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FOOTBALL FUNNIES

Who are ya?

They really don’t make football like they did in the 1970s, do they? Could you picture this scene in today’s game?

It is every football fan’s dream. To walk out in a big European stadium, on a big European night, side by side with some of the best players in the world.

It involves a game between Arsenal & Liverpool from September 1972. In it, the linesman, Dennis Drewitt (they don’t make names like they did in the 70s either), pulled a calf muscle and was unable to continue. Rather than abandon the game, and in the days before fourth officials and so-forth, the matchday announcer at Highbury simply asked over the tannoy whether there was a qualified referee in the crowd.

For Karl Power, that was exactly what happened on the night of 18 April 2001. Power, an unemployed labourer from Greater Manchester, somehow managed to evade security at Bayern Munich’s Olympic Stadium to walk out with the Manchester Utd team, before cheekily posing alongside the likes of Dwight Yorke, Ryan Giggs & Fabian Barthez for the official team picture.

Step forward prominent-chinned TV pundit Jimmy Hill, watching from the stands as a spectator. Ditching his civvies for an ill-fitting tracksuit, Hill proceeded to run the line to howls of laughter (and probably abuse too), as the game finished in a 0-0 draw. Hard to imagine Alan Hansen or Andy Gray doing something similar, isn’t it?

Eagle-eyed Gary Neville did actually spot the imposter, and pointed him out to the rest of the team. But Power, a big Eric Cantona fan, apparently replied “shut it, I’m doing this for Eric” Bravo, sneaking onto the pitch, and telling Gary Neville to shut it. Superb stuff. Power also hit headlines when he emerged onto the field at Lords during an England test match, and played tennis at Wimbledon- beating Greg Rusedski with great ease. Boom boom.

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All Good, All Go! Lee Kearns The time is 8.46pm on a Tuesday evening and I’m sitting at my kitchen table, I have a large glass of Red (I never new Ernie Els did wine but I have to say after buying it on a whim its proved to be rather delicious) and I’m trying to think of what I can say without sounding like I’ve eaten a bucket full of beans. By the way have you tried the Heinz mixed bean baked beans? I did a few weeks ago and I have to say that apart from taking my “lee you are kidding me, open the window before I divorce you” to another level, they did nothing for me. My guest on our cup final night was a chap called Paul Goodwin who is formally a director at Stirling Albion FC but is currently Head of Supporters Direct Scotland. He’s a friend of a friend who I have met on a few occasions but not since I turned my back on the small dimpled ball and moved onto the larger leather one. He (Paul) is unashamedly a football nut whose life, both personally and professionally, revolves around football. Paul has Footballitus a condition that allows you to seem normal in every way but the reality is you are consumed by, intoxicated by and overwhelmed by Football. A great bloke whose company on the night, that we as a football club achieved our highest honour, was top notch. He was full of praise for the setup we have and was picking my brains about how we are looking at everything outside of the “semi-pro football setup” in order to develop and fund the next stage of the clubs growth. In particular he was very interested in the Apprenticeship and scholarship programmes we have in place and the expansion that this area can be taken too. This is not new to non-league football however it is all about how it’s delivered, where it’s delivered and who delivers it. Environment and a focus on what is best for the young footballers long

term future is always at the top of our list. It’s a different ball game now compared to twelve months ago with all educational providers looking to retain students. Schools are now very keen to keep 16 year old school leavers because of the funding now available which in turn means that colleges are much more agreeable to what we want and the expectations we hold as paramount to our success are far more accessible.

Well done Gary, Zema, Nathan, Richard, Carole, Malcolm, Mick and all the playing staff for giving us a great night and a great win. The supporters as always played a massive part and will continue to play a massive part in the clubs ongoing success. I’m not going to bang the drum with regards to getting the crowd numbers up because we all know what difference it makes to the club and the team. The season ends with the Hunts Senior Cup on Friday 2nd May and the new season

begins immediately afterwards, working hard on all aspects of the club to ensure that we take another step forward. The pitch renovation starts in the second week of May with particular focus on the two beaches (Blackpool and Yarmouth) we have between the goal posts. Plan is to core, Sand dress, seed and feed with both goal areas being dug up and re-laid to a depth of around 1 foot. The club house will be repainted and the site in general will have a once over. Thanks to Mick Hunt for all his work and effort in all this. The ISSI 3G Arena will be washed, cleaned and re-brushed to breathe some life back into it and the astro changing block will have a revamp job to. Season tickets for next year will go on sale at the end of May. Can all those that are current season tickets holders please hand in their pass at the last league game they attend (either Bashley or Chippingham) New tickets will be issued (different to the current ones) but I’d like to recycle the old ones.Finally I welcome all from Bashley to the Cozy, please enjoy our hospitality and good luck to you in the future. Lee


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Wonderful non-league

grounds There are many great new stadiums in Non League football, ours is one of them. But what about those lovely old grounds with those beautiful old stands. We take a look at them up and down the country.

Marlow – Alfred Davis Memorial Ground

Nanpean Rovers – Victoria Bottoms

(Hellenic League Division Premier Division) Oak Tree Road, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 3ED

(East Cornwall League Division One) Victoria Bottoms, Fore Street, Nanpean, Cornwall.

The Alfred Davis Memorial ground has been home to Marlow since 1924. Marlow were formed in 1870 and were one of the 15 clubs in the very first FA Cup competition. The clubs ground at Crown Meadow had been sold during World War I and after five years at the basic and unsatisfactory Star Meadow, the club secured the use of a field just off Oak tree Road. The finances had been organised by club secretary Alfred Davis who sadly passed away before the ground was opened. Fittingly the committee named the new venue in his memory. The wonderful main stand was built in 1930 and looks as good now as it has ever done. Lovingly kept and with only the slightly unsightly addition of steel fire escapes in recent years, the stand is a masterpiece of construction. The cover opposite was opened in 1950 and was joined behind the goal by one of a modern design in 1992. The top goal has a shallow open terrace behind which is an all weather surface opened in 1991. The club has gained an extra source of revenue by turning over one corner of the ground to a small electricity generator. The retro feel of the ground is augmented by the presence of 1970’s R.Whites Lemonade steel rubbish bins dotted around pitch side. However, the ground remains picturesque and a more than fitting tribute to Alfred Davis.

Victoria Park has gained cult status amongst ground aficionados over the last two decades. It was carved out of a clay quarry in 1936 and the resulting banking has created a unique footballing venue. The banks are covered in grass, trees and bushes and are criss-crossed by numerous pathways. Behind both goals are white shelters, useful in inclement weather, but the regular followers of The Rovers could choose a different vantage point for every home game during a season and would still have plenty more to try out! The attractive pavilion also doubles as a memorial to lads from the village killed in World War II. Victoria Park is a football watcher’s paradise, plenty to look at around the ground if the on pitch action is not too great!


MASCOT FEATURE

Archie Shotter Favourite St. Neots player? Lewis Hilliard

What do you want to be when you are older? A Builder

Who do you support? Millwall

What’s your favourite food? Pizza

Who do you play for and in which position? St Neots Youth & Saints U6. Defence.

What’s your favourite TV programme? Jake & The Neverland Pirates

Age: 5 Years Old

Do you have any pets? No

Give Archie a big cheer as he leads the Saints onto the pitch today!

The Saints got a great result, winning 1-0 in the Red Insure Cup final second leg. Vance had a great evening and got to lead his team out and get some great souvenir photos to remember his experience.

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

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Vance Holland was the mascot for the recent home game against Tiverton on his 13th birthday and plays for Blackstones as a striker.

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GAME FOR A LAUGH

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COMMENTATORS FOOTBALL GAFF

You can always rely on the good old football commentator to come out with a classic during the big match! Here are a few howlers! PHIL THOMPSON “Bogdan should be playing for whatever country he comes from”

IAN ABRAHAMS “It’s the old adage - what stays on tour, happens on tour”

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CHRIS WADDLE “That was a great finish, but you could say it wasn’t a great finish because it didn’t go in”

MARK CHAPMAN

“It’s not always plain sailing, especially when you’re flying BRENDAN RODGERS

ARSENE WENGER

MIKE INGHAM

“If you don’t question the officials’ role then you’ve got to ask what they are doing”

“And here goes Aguero, looking to relieve himself”

IAN WRIGHT

“Ronnie Moran had us as young boys, religiously”

“The Carling Cup ought to get a little more credit than it deserves”

“I watched the United v Reading game with my jaw literally hitting the floor”

STAN COLLYMORE

SAM MATTERFACE

PHIL THOMPSON

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

“It’s six of one, half a dozen of the other at least”

Robin van Persie is 29 years of old

JAMIE REDKNAPP

“It was a damp squid for Liverpool”

“It’s looking more and more less likely”

“When you play for England you’re all representing that curry... er, your country

MICK McCARTHY

DIETMAR HAMANN

CHARLIE NICHOLAS

PAUL MERSON

“In the first half, I didn’t see the second half coming, that’s for sure”

ROBBIE FOWLER

“The FA inquiry has been a farce from start to finish and it’s not even finished”

“Scottish football needs a kick in the arm”

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LORENZO CONTROLS THE BALL


THE NLP

They’ll have the play-offs to look forward to. Whether you like them or you don’t; you have to acknowledge the great tension and atmosphere the play-offs create.

As I’m writing this, most teams in the Skrill Premier have three games left and but for Cambridge United, the play-off places are still yet to be decided. I’m not sure you can look past Grimsby and Gateshead. I saw the latter last week against Hereford and Gary Mills’ side will be a tough proposition in the play-offs.

The last spot looks like going to either FC Halifax Town or Braintree which is fantastic for other part-time sides who are constantly told ‘you can’t compete in the Conference Premier’. Cambridge can be devastating on their day but history will tell you the team finishing in second struggle to get through the play-offs. It must be psychological. On paper the second placed team should be the best side in the play-offs but missing out on the title and the added pressure of being best of the rest can take its toll. The biggest criticism I’ve heard of the play-offs is that “it’s not fair”. Every team knows what it’s getting itself into at the start of the season. Imagine no play-offs and the top two going up automatically in each Non-League division? I’d be interested to see how many would prefer that route but I doubt it would be many. Managers and players I’ve spoken to, including ones that have finished second and not gone up, still say they wouldn’t get rid of the play-offs which sounds to me like a ringing endorsement.

Havant & Waterlooville have come into contention in Skrill South and the play-offs in that division is full of big hitters and promotion could go to any of the four sides. Similarly, the Evo-Stik NPL looks extremely tight and FC United of Manchester fans won’t be looking forward to them considering they’ve lost three finals in a row! All eyes will be on Maidstone United to see if they can get into the Ryman Premier play-offs after finally being allowed in but in form Kingstonian will be fancied if they make it. And in the Calor Premier, we may end up seeing some high-scoring shoot-outs. Two sides currently in the play-off spots, Chesham and Stourbridge, have scored over 100 goals with Cambridge City and St Albans netting over 80! So in a couple of weeks’ time, if you’re lucky enough to be watching your team in the play-offs, just remember that you could be at home twiddling your thumbs. Or even worse, out shopping! Steve Cooney Follow us on twitter: @NonLeguePaper

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They defend well when needed and keep the ball brilliantly; teasing the

opposition and waiting like a bird of prey to go in for the kill.

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A whole season can be defined in 90 minutes. Fantastic campaign ending in promotion or yet another stumble at the final hurdle - the margins in football are extremely fine. You’ll often hear the play-offs referred to as ‘the end of season of lottery’. I don’t know about you but if I could enter a lottery where I had one in four chance of winning, I’d snap your hand off!

In the Skrill North it looks like a battle between Boston and Guiseley for the last spot and whoever loses out on the title between North Ferriby and AFC Telford United may struggle to overcome that disappointment.

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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.

06. Allianz Arena (Munich)

05. The Maracana (Rio de Janeiro)

Notable fixtures: 2012 Champions League final

Notable fixtures: 1950 and 2014 World Cup finals, 2016 Olympic Games football final

The beautifully designed Allianz Arena is home to both Munich-based football teams: Bayern Munich and 1860 Munich. It is the only stadium across the Europe that is able to change colours to reflect which of the two teams are playing—red for Bayern and blue for 1860 Munich. The stadium has been a huge hit with both sets of fans thanks to the fans being closer to the pitch—something that caused an issue at the previous site, the Olympiastadion, which had a running track around the pitch that made for a rather poor atmosphere. The relatively new Allianz Arena will surely make a name for itself as one of the greatest stadiums in world football for years to come.

The Maracana is one of the most notable stadiums in world football, situated in one of the most beautiful cities throughout the world. The stadium hosted the 1950 decisive World Cup group-stage match (there was no final that year) between Brazil and Uruguay that saw a staggering capacity of 199,854. Although the hosts tasted bitter defeat, the match will go down as one of the classics in the game’s history.

Tenants: Bayern Munich, 1860 Munich

Tenants: Brazilian National Football Team

Opened: 2005

Opened: 1950

Capacity: 71,437

Capacity: 78,838


Non-League Club News

We take a look at what other non-league clubs are doing that’s making the news this week. AFC Totton AFC TOTTON THIRD TEAM RELIGATED AFC Totton are the third club to be relegated from the Calor league with just 3 games to go.

Stourbridge BILLINGHAM COMMITS TO GLASSBOYS Calor League Southern Premier Division play-off hopefuls Stourbridge have confirmed that midfielder Ben Billingham has signed a new contract with the Glassboys until January 2016. Twenty-five-year old Billingham, last year`s player of the year, is a popular member of the squad, having been with Stourbridge for over five years

Truro City TULLY HANDED PERMANENT TRURO POST Former Exeter City full-back Steve Tully has landed the managerial post at Calor League Southern Premier Division club Truro City on a permanent basis. Tully, who left City in the summer, took over the Southern League Premier Division side last month after Steve Massey was sacked.

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They Join Bashley (our opponents today) and Bedford Town who were relegated some weeks ago. It is a shame to lose both Totton and Bashley as they are both decent clubs.

All the latest news at www.stneotstownfc.co.uk

Read all about it!

Corby Town Supporters have set up a fighting fund for struggling Calor League Southern Premier Division club Corby Town and a new Saturday market has also been launched to help raise much-needed cash. Supporters are pulling out the stops in a bid to keep the club afloat.

Poole Town MITCHELL`S VISION LEAVES ROOM TO GROW Eddie Mitchell is confident that a brand new Poole Stadium would give football and speedway in the town “room to grow” after unveiling his vision. The former AFC Bournemouth chairman, who in December acquired a two-year majority share option in Calor League Southern Premier Division club Poole Town, is hoping the Dolphins and Poole Speedway can be contained at the Wimborne Road site.

and on Twitter @StNeotsTownFC

STEELMEN FANS SET UP FIGHTING FUND

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SEASON STATISTICS 2013/14

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

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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

C

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

F

Sat 18 Jan

A St Albans City

812

CLPD

1-1

19

Abbey

Deeney

Lee

Hibbert

F

Sat 25 Jan

A Bedford Town

512

CLPD

2-1

19

Abbey

Deeney

Lee

Cracknell

F

Tue 28 Jan

A Chippenham Town

209

CLPD

1-2

19

Abbey

Deeney

Lee

Ford

F

Sat 01 Feb

H Banbury United

374

CLPD

3-1

19

Abbey

Deeney

Lee

Farrell

F

Tue 11 Feb

H Royston Town

137

RIC

3-2

Abbey

Deeney

Lee

Farrell

Cr

Sat 15 Feb

H Burnham

262

CLPD

4-2

18

Abbey

Deeney

Lee

Farrell

Cr

Tue 18 Feb

H Arlesey Town

252

CLPD

3-1

18

Abbey

Deeney

Adjei

Farrell

F

Sat 22 Feb

A AFC Totton

286

CLPD

2-2

18

Abbey

Deeney

Adjei

Farrell

F

Tue 25 Feb

A Redditch Utd

153

RIC

3-1

Abbey

Deeney

Lee

Ford

F

Sat 01 Mar

H Hungerford Town

324

CLPD

3-0

18

Abbey

DEENEY

Lee

Farrell

F

Mon 03 Mar

A Redditch Utd

105

CLPD

0-0

16

Abbey

Nkinga

Lee

Farrell

F

Sat 08 Mar

A Truro City

417

CLPD

3-2

14

Abbey

Nkinga

Lee

Farrell

F

Sat 15 Mar

H Hitchin Town

464

CLPD

1-1

15

Abbey

Lee

Adjei

Farrell

F

Sat 22 Mar

A Biggleswade Town

315

CLPD

2-2

16

Abbey

Cracknell

Lee

Farrell

F

Wed 26 Mar

A Frome Town

126

CLPD

4-5

16

Abbey

Spence

Lee

Farrell

F

Sat 29 Mar

H Bideford

353

CLPD

2-0

16

Abbey

Spence

Adjei

Ford

F

Sat 05 Apr

A Chesham United

339

CLPD

0-3

16

Abbey

Spence

Lee

Ford

F

Sat 12 Apr

A Weymouth

546

CLPD

2-1

16

Abbey

Spence

Adjei

FARRELL

F

Sat 19 Apr

H Bashley

CLPD

Mon 21 Apr

A Arlesey Town

CLPD

Sat 26 Apr

H Chippenham Town

CLPD

Date

Opposition


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 N’Guessan

Crowie

Hoyte

Wilson

Ford

Nolan

Davies

Woolley

Taylor

Hilliard

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

Hoyte

Deeney

Hilliard

Davies

Nolan

Woolley

Ford

Adjei

Wilson

Frater

Hoyte

HILLIARD

Sharman

WILSON

DAVIES

Adjei

Crowie

Felix

Wood

Frater

Hoyte

Hilliard

Sharman

Woolley

DAVIES

Adjei

NOLAN

Frew

Wilson

Sharman

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 Nolan

Hoyte

HILLIARD

Davies

Thomas

Tolley

FERRARI

WOOLLEY

Cracknell

Frater

Woolley

DAVIES

NOLAN

Wilson

Ferrari

HILLIARD

Ford

Adjei

racknell

HOYTE

Hilliard

Davies

Nolan

TOLLEY 2

Adjei

THOMAS

Ford

Wilson

Nolan

Frater

Hoyte

HILLIARD

Cracknell

Thomas

TOLLEY

Ferrari

WOOLLEY

Frater

Hoyte

WOOLLEY

Cracknell

Thomas

TOLLEY

Hilliard

Ferrari

Nolan

Frater

Hoyte

HILLIARD 3

Cracknell

Nolan

Davies

Adjei

Farrell

Woolley

Frater

Hoyte

Woolley

Cracknell

Nolan

TOLLEY

HILLIARD

Ferrari

Ford

Frater

Hoyte

Woolley

Cracknell

Thomas

Davies

Adjei

Tolley

Nolan

Ferrari

Frater

Hoyte

HILLIARD

Cracknell

NOLAN

Davies

WOOLLEY

Adjei

Tolley

Thomas

Frater

Hoyte

Woolley

Cracknell

Nolan

DAVIES

Hilliard

Tolley

Thomas

Nkinga

Frater

Hoyte

Woolley

DAVIES

Nolan

TOLLEY

Hilliard

Adjei

Ford

Ferrari

Frater

Hoyte

HILLIARD

Davies

Nolan

TOLLEY 3

Ferrari

Adjei

Thomas

Wilson

Davies

Davies

Frater

Lee

Hilliard

Davies

Nolan

TOLLEY 2

Ferrari

Deeney

Wilson

Woolley

Frater

Hoyte

Woolley

Davies

Thomas

Wilson

Ferrari

Adjei

Deeney

Nolan

Frater

Hoyte

Hilliard

Davies

Nolan

TOLLEY

Ferrari

Woolley

Wilson

Ford

and on Twitter @StNeotsTownFC

Frater

racknell

Follow the Saints on Facebook /StNeotsTownFC

Steer

Hoyte

All the latest news at www.stneotstownfc.co.uk

5

Crowie

41


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LEAGUE TABLE

42

First Team - Calor League Premier Division (15.04.14) P

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

Pts

Hemel Hempstead Town

41

30

6

5

120

32

88

96

Chesham United

40

29

4

7

101

43

58

91

Cambridge City

41

24

7

10

88

48

40

79

St Albans City

41

23

9

9

83

48

35

78

Stourbridge

41

24

5

12

107

53

54

77

Hungerford Town

40

24

5

11

77

37

40

77

Poole Town

40

22

10

8

71

44

27

73

Bideford

41

18

12

11

72

57

15

66

Biggleswade Town

41

14

16

11

77

58

19

58

Corby Town

40

17

6

17

60

61

-1

57

Redditch United

41

18

3

20

61

79

-18

57

Weymouth

41

17

5

19

63

75

-12

56

Hitchin Town

41

14

10

17

58

50

8

52

Frome Town

41

15

7

19

57

71

-14

52

Arlesey Town

41

14

9

18

61

72

-11

51

St Neots Town

41

14

8

19

69

72

-3

50

Truro City

42

13

9

20

60

82

-22

48

Banbury United

41

14

5

22

62

101

-39

47

Burnham

41

12

8

21

57

81

-24

44

Chippenham Town

40

13

5

22

53

79

-26

44

AFC Totton

42

9

6

27

54

116

-62

33

Bedford Town

41

6

5

30

45

110

-65

23

Bashley

41

4

4

33

32

119

-87

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3. Upload to our Facebook page Upload to facebook.com/ireallylovemywalls 4. Then spread the word ‘Like’ our Facebook page and share our competition link. 5. Now get people to ‘Like’ your photo! The most likes wins the Saints Home Shirt!

To be in for a chance you simply need to follow ALL of the above steps to qualify! Competition closes at Midnight 25th April 2014. First Prize: Saints Home Shirt to the entrant with the most ‘Likes’ of their photo Runner Up Prize: £20 giftcard to spend at www.ilovemywalls.com Bonus Prize: £20 giftcard to spend at www.ilovemywalls.com for the most creative photo!

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ST. NEOTS TOWN

V

BASHLEY FC

Dark Blue Shirts, Shorts & Socks

Colours

White Shirts, Green Shorts & Socks

Gary King & Zema Abbey

Manager

John Pyatt & Paul Gazzard

Nathan Abbey

Assistant Manager

Jimmy Totczyk

Carol Holland

Club Physio

Sophie Sheppard

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Rating Goals Rating

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1. Nathan Abbey (GK)

1. Nic Jones (GK)

2. Dave Deeney

2. Brad Strickland

3. Arthur Lee

3. Adam Flint

4. Dean Cracknell

4. Luke Ansell

5. Ryan Frater

5. Dave Marden

6. Gavin Hoyte (C)

6. Jamie Bulpitt

7. Lewis Hilliard

7. Sam Roberts

8. Jay Davies

8. Manny Soetan

9. Simon Thomas

9. Taureen Manders

10. Shane Tolley

10. Jack Odam (Capt)

11. Lorenzo Ferrari

11. Brad Morris

12. Jake Woolley

12. Scott Joyce

14. Ben Farrell

13. Monty George (C)

15. Matt Nolan

15. Jason Brookes

16. Lewis Wilson

16. Tony Rolls

17. Jordy Nkinga

17. Paul Gazzard

18. Mason Spence

18. Lewis Blackbird

19. Ben Ford 20. Edd Adjei

Any team changes will be displayed on the electronic scoreboard Officials: Referee: Alexander Guy Assistant 1: David Jewell Assistant 2: Daniel Keeble Your Man of the Match

Attendance

Match Rating

Opposition Support Rating

Ratings: Albeit just for fun - why not give your rating from 1 to 10 with 10 being perfect!

Next Home Game: We value your continued support, thank you Calor League Premier Division St Neots Town v Chippenham Town Saturday 26th April - KO 15:00 As a Club we support Grass Roots Football and stand firm against racism within football, visit www.thefa.com for more information on playing your part.

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