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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. 03

Management Notes

28 Managing Directors’ Views

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Action Replay

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Focus On Youth

30 Wonderful Non-League Grounds

08/09

Match Reports

31 Mascot Feature

Division One champions, 1 time

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Player Profile

32 Game For A Laugh

United Counties League

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Greenies Greetings

33 Fixtures Matrix

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Top Managers

34 A Day In The Life Of...

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A Blast From The Past

35 Away Days

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

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Chairmans’ Views

37 The Non-League Paper

Metropolitan League

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Opponent Feature

38 20 Best Football Stadiums

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39 Non-League Club News

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Football Funnies

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Champions, 1 time League Cup winners, 1 time Professional Cup winners, 1 time

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Bizarre Football Stories

42 League Table

South Midlands League

44 The Teams

Champions, 1 time

Club Honours Southern Football League

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

Champions, 4 times Life Vice-Presidents Ena Kester Jack Blyth Mel Hancock Ken Harris David Mackian Terry Reedman Stuart Walters Team Officials Ben Watts (Assistant Coach) Richard King (Goalkeeping Coach)

Assistant First Team Manager Nathan Abbey

Youth Liaison & Development Mick Hunt

Club Secretary Gary Wilson

Physio Carol Holland

Fixture Secretary Marian Izzard

St Neots Town TV Editor Adam Ridley

Treasurer Keith Gotch Life President John Walker

Club Merchandise Linda Walters Programme Editor Mark Davies

Functions and Events Coordinator Louise Spark Site Manager Irmantas Sabaliauskas

Huntingdonshire Senior Cup Winners, 37 times Hinchingbrooke Cup Winners, 2 times

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Clocking Up The Miles Gary King Good afternoon everybody and welcome to our opponents today Bideford FC.

They do take their toll when they stack up like this and we do have one or two carrying knocks indeed Crackers is unable to make the trip to Frome. It is commendable that we have not lost away from home in any of the fixtures mentioned above so I am hoping that continues against Frome. Since my last notes we have played two away games, the first leg of the League Cup Final against Tiverton Town and Biggleswade Town in the Calor league. The Cup Final was a tough encounter, Tiverton were a good side who are used to winning and not conceding too many goals, it was easy to see how they have beaten three teams in our division already this season.

We were solid on the night and I was pleased to come away with a draw albeit a score draw would have been better as the away goal does count in this competition. That said, when you take everything into consideration, we are not playing catch up and a win here at Rowley Park on the 8th April will see us secure silverware.

The Biggleswade game was a dire affair. They are a side who hit the front men and wingers early and play very little football very frustrating for us. It is fair to say it was an ugly game and we were disappointed to come away from there with just one point.

Hope you all enjoy your afternoon. I sign off on behalf of the management team. All for one and one for all.

‘Kingy’

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Today’s game will again be a stern test – Bideford will feel they can still make the play offs and quite simply cannot afford to come here and lose, our motivation, as ever, will be to ensure our unbeaten home record stays intact.

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I am writing todays notes as we prepare to set off for the away fixture against Frome. It is the fifth week on the trot we have had to endure a long away trip having done Redditch twice, Truro, Tiverton and now Frome. I, as I am sure everybody will be, pleased to have this one behind us; the last of the long midweek journeys.

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ACTION REPLAY

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This Week Eight Years Ago UCL Premier Division - 28th March 2006 Deeping 0

St Neots Town 3

St Neots excellent form continued as they carved out a well-deserved victory over the improving Deeping who had not lost in their previous four league and cup matches. The victory moved St Neots within six points of fourth placed Cogenhoe with three matches in hand. St Neots were once again solid in defence with skipper Nicky Hurst continuing his rich vein of form and Gary Watts back to his best and in the second half there was a welcome return after injury for Jon Hoggett as the longer-term injury list begins to diminish. Deeping began well and almost went ahead in the seventh minute when Dave Robertson beat Steve Young to the ball to lob goalwards but Nicky Hurst got back to clear off the line. Home keeper Dan Bircham then produced a quality save to push away a shot by Gary Walker after James Hatch had used his pace to outwit his marker on the quarter hour and St Neots thought they had forged ahead two minutes later when Steve Kuhne put the ball in the net but he was ruled offside. Deeping had two more gilt edged chances to take the lead, first a mistake by Matt Endersby let in Aaron Last but his shot was too close to Young who saved well and then poor marking at a corner

gave Wayne Oldacre a free header but again Young was equal to his effort. The impressive Ricky Dear saw a shot pushed for a corner and then St Neots went ahead after a controversial decision five minutes before the break. Steve Kuhne’s header from a Cameron Clark cross looked to have cleared the bar unaided but the referee judged that Bircham had got a touch and awarded a corner and from Mark Franklin’s cross Nicky Hurst won the ball in the air for James Hatch to stab home from close range. The half time break saw a deterioration in the weather and St Neots kicked off the second half against a gale and driving rain. For ten minutes they struggled to get the ball out of their own half but as the rain subsided they began to boss the play again. After 68 minutes Mark Franklin set up his second goal of the match with a free kick to the far post headed back by Gary Watts for Steve Kuhne to apply the finishing touch. St Neots then sent on substitutes Jon Hoggett and Sean Murray for Franklin and Walker and apart from a Robertson volley that flashed wide the home side produced nothing to threaten St Neots two goals cushion.

Ten minutes from time Steve Kuhne claimed his 38th league and cup goal of the season rising unchallenged at the near post to head home a Matt Endersby corner and that clinched the three important points. St Neots: Young, Clark, Endersby, Watts, Hurst, Dear, Franklin (Hoggett 68 mins), Maltay (Jordan 81 mins), Kuhne, Walker (Murray 76 mins), Hatch. Subs not used: Grant and Fox. Goals: Kuhne 2 (68 mins & 80 mins), Hatch 40 mins.


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FOCUS ON YOUTH

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Young Guns Reach More Cup Finals Our young guns have achieved more success in reaching numerous cup finals. SAINTS U8s Under 8 Saints Sky have reached the final of the Hunts Mini Soccer “Champions League” U8 competition. The final will be held against Rowdies at Needingworth on Saturday 26th April 1130 kick off. Well done to Johnny, Luke, Archie, Shay, Kane, Tom and Lewis and best of luck for the final! SAINTS U13s Hunts FA Cup Semi-Final 
 St Neots Town Youth 4 Feeder FC 4 (3-2 After Penalties) Feeder took the lead mid-way through the first half, when a shot was deflected into the top corner after some excellent work from their central midfielder, but St Neots got back into the game when Billy Mobbs got above the Feeder keeper to head home the equaliser.

After the break the hosts had the better of the game and Mobbs put them in the lead when he side footed home, only for the visitors to level again shortly after. Jack Garwood thumped home a far post volley from a corner to put the hosts in front again and Mobbs then completed his hat-trick with a tap in after the keeper had blocked his initial effort. The home side looked likely to extend the lead, with the post and the visiting keeper preventing the Saints from going further ahead. However there was to be a dramatic finish as the Feeder centre forward pulled a goal back in the final minute, after an excellent run, & there was still time for the visitors to get the equaliser in the dying moments after a long range free kick was scrambled home.

In the resulting penalty shoot-out Charlie Robertson, Josh Jarvis & Owen Smith scored for the home side, while Ashley Brewer made three crucial saves to send the Saints through to the cup final.

SAINTS U13s

SAINTS U15S

SAINTS U16s

Hunts County Cup Final 9x9 teams

Hunts County Cup Final

Result

May 11th Saints U13s V Brampton Spartans

Fri 11th April Saints V Wasps Juniors

Hunts County Cup Final Saints U16s 1-0 Godmanchester Rovers

Venue. Somersham FC. Kick off 10-30am

Hunts County Cup Winners u16s

Venue. Rowley Park (Home) Kick off 7-30pm

One cup in the Trophy cabinet, well done to all.


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MATCH REPORT

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Calor Southern League Premier Division Rowley Park - The Cozy Stadium (Att 464) Saturday March 15th 2014 - Kick Off 15:00 Referee Lee Forrester (Luton)

St Neots Town Davies (41 mins) Farrell n 60, Nkinga n 82

1:1

Hitchin Town Bryant (20 mins) Ann n 58, Bryant n 64

Abbey, Lee, Adjei, Farrell, Frater, Hoyte, Woolley, Cracknell, Nolan, Davies, Hilliard.

Bell, Lench, Bickerstaff, Barker, Ann, Pearson, Smith, Donnelly, King, Bryant, Jones.

Subs: Nkinga (for Wolley 62 mins), Tolley (for Davies 75 mins), Thomas (for Nolan 84 mins), Ferrari and Swan.

Subs: Rolph (for Lench 53 mins), Wharton (for Bryant 88 mins), Martin, Webb and McKenzie-Lowe.

These two mid-table sides slugged out a hard fought and competitive draw that could have gone either way. Just the one St Neots team change saw Ed Adjei preferred at full back for Jordy Nkinga as St Neots sought to emulate their 5-0 home thrashing of Hitchin in the Red Insure Cup back in October. However since then Hitchin have moved up nine places in the league table – now just in the top ten – and they looked a more confident and compact outfit. Ironically Alasan Ann who made thirteen appearances for St Neots in the first half of the season returned as a Hitchin player and he was in the thick of the action picking up a yellow card for a rash challenge that was only inches short of being a penalty and at the other end he almost won all three points for his side with a late thundering shot that Nathan Abbey was happy to turn over his cross bar. There was a quiet start to the match with both sides happy to play patiently and wait for openings before a Lewis Hilliard cross split the visiting defence but needed a far post touch and then after a good Hitchin build up Nathan Abbey was perfectly placed to save from Mitchell Bryant. After 18 minutes Matt Nolan got the ball in the Hitchin net after determined play by Hilliard but the Referee had spotted an off the ball infringement and the effort was ruled out. Hitchin then forged ahead two minutes

later when an attack down the right saw the ball moved inside to Bryant and he sent in a surprise shot on the turn from 25 yards that left Nathan Abbey motionless on his goal line. Hitchin then had a good spell of possession with Charlie Smith seeing a shot deflected for a corner and then curling in a free kick that led to Alasan Ann heading wide at the near post. However St Neots always looked lively on the break and they were rewarded four minutes before the break when Adjei broke up an attack and fed Jay Davies who cut in and unleashed a shot that gave Bermudian international goalkeeper Tahj Bell no chance.

The second half began untidily with both sides flexing their muscles and conceding a string of free kicks that saw a caution issued to either side. Stuart Pearson had the first real second half opening but he hooked his shot over the bar and gradually St Neots began

to dominate. They sent on Jordy Nkinga pushing Adjei forward on the left and his pace quickly created a couple of openings with Nolan putting the first cross wide and then just failing to get on a low cross in front of a gaping net. Then in the last fifteen minutes St Neots pushed forward in search of a winner with substitute Shane Tolley on alongside Nolan and he set up his strike partner with a sublime flick but off balance Nolan again shot wide. Chances became limited in the last ten minutes with both sides concentrating on not losing but that almost worked in Hitchin’s favour as a minute into add time a Callum Donnelly corner was not cleared very far and Alasan Ann produced a blockbusting volley that looked certain to clinch all three points but Nathan Abbey was able to react to turn the ball over his cross bar. Neither side deserved to lose and the bumper crowd of 464 must have gone home satisfied.


MATCH REPORT

The Carlsberg Stadium (Att 315) Saturday 22nd March 2014 - Kick Off 15:00 Gary Nowak (Northampton)

Biggleswade Town Reed 2 (42 & 49 mins) Key n 70

2:2

St Neots Town Davies (47 mins pen), Tolley (87 mins) Ford n 60

Brown, York, Short, Mawer, Gentle, Allinson, Daniel, Key, S.Reed, Peacock, Smith

Abbey, Cracknell, Lee, Farrell, Frater, Hoyte, Woolley, Davies, Nolan, Tolley, Hilliard

Subs: Iwediuno (for Short 46 mins), Mason (for Daniel 70 mins), Woolf (for Smith 79 mins), L.Reed and Donnelly.

Subs: Adjei (for Cracknell 46 mins), Ford (for Farrell 55 mins), Ferrari (for Woolley 77 mins), Wilson and Swan.

Maybe St Neots were due a below par performance and maybe it was affected by their lengthy midweek trip to Tiverton.

More substitutions by both sides did little to add any rhythm and then with three minutes left the only real quality play of the match produced St Neots second goal. A Hilliard shot was deflected for a corner which eluded the packed area but Hoyte retrieved the ball and his clever hard low cross was converted by Tolley. Not a pretty draw but both sides seemed happy with their point.

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Towards the end of the first half both Matt Nolan and Shane Tolley were caught in fractional offside positions and then three minutes before the break Biggleswade went

ahead as Lee Smith split the St Neots back line with a perfectly weighted cross and at the far post Sam Reed crept in between Dean Cracknell and Ryan Frater to head the ball in off a post. St Neots responded from the restart with a great run by Lewis Hilliard but under pressure Matt Nolan at the near post could only flick the ball over the bar. Half time substitutions saw Ed Adjei replace the limping Dean Cracknell and Andrew Iwediuno on for Russell Short and the match came alive. In the first five minutes there was a goal from each side and another outstanding chance. St Neots levelled after just two minutes when Matt Nolan chasing a ball to the bye line was brought down by Ian Brown and a rather fortunate penalty awarded which Jay Davies confidently smashed into the roof of the net. However parity last just two minutes and then at the other end Peacock flicked on a low

throw at the near post and Sam Reed notched his second goal of the match aided by a defensive deflection. With momentum maintained a minute later the home side could have further extended their lead but the partially unsighted Nathan Abbey did well to punch a Peacock header away. Midway through the half play became scrappy but St Neots almost levelled when Ryan Frater rose to win an Arthur Lee free kick but Brown punched clear.

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The pleasing thing for St Neots was that despite being unable to string two passes together at times during the game they persevered to show the character to keep going and snatch what in the end was a deserved point. The first half was almost a non-event. In that first 45 minutes neither keeper had a direct shot of any consequence to save as the match resembled a midfield game of chess. The home side played with just one man up front swamping the midfield area and the quality openings by either side were non existent. A strong breeze and a bobbly pitch made conditions difficult but any excuses offered would serve to mask what was a disappointing first half by both teams. Nat Peacock did create one good opening after ten minutes but the unmarked Craig Daniel usually so good in front of goal totally miss-kicked well wide. St Neots persisted in sending over high crosses easily fielded by home keeper Ian Brown and it was not until 27 minutes that the first real chance arrived created by Peacock but Ian Allinson’s run towards goal was blocked by Nathan Abbey.

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PLAYER PROFILE

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Dean Cracknell Dean is the complete midfielder, he can create and score goals, has bags of ability, has enough tricks to beat his man, and is even a long throw specialist too! His last club before joining the Saints was Hendon where Dean spent f ourseasons with them


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GREENIES GREETINGS

Great Commitment From Everyone Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome back to Rowley Park, The Cozy Stadium, for today’s Calor League Premier Division fixture. Today we extend a very warm welcome to the Officials, Players and of course, the Supporters of Bideford Football Club and we hope you have an enjoyable stay with us up here in Cambridgeshire before embarking on a safe trip back down to North Devon later this evening. Since our last game here, which ended in a 1-1 draw with Hitchin Town, and once again seems an absolute age ago, the lads have played two matches in what has become a really busy month of March and we were due to complete the calendar month’s fixtures prior to today’s game on Wednesday evening with another gruelling midweek trek to the southwest with a visit to Frome Town in our final re-arranged fixture. The first of the two completed games was our Red Insure Cup Final First-Leg down at Tiverton Town. After setting off from the Cozy Stadium at 13:15, the team and it’s band of supporters arrived at the ground almost five hours later and then put in a very good shift on a bumpy surface and the

hard work resulted in us gaining a very credible 0-0 draw with our promotion- hopeful hosts. This sets up the Second–Leg on Tuesday 8th April here at the Cozy very nicely and we of course hope to put on a good show in front of a decent crowd and atmosphere. The trip ended with us returning to The Cozy at just gone 03:15, Wednesday morning so I’d just like to thank every single person who was there, be it officials, players or supporters, truly great commitment from everyone.

had been impeded by home keeper Ian Brown. The home side then regained the lead almost immediately and looked likely to hang on to take the points however we had other ideas and Shane was on hand to smash home Gavin Hoyte’s low cross. I’d like welcome Mason Spence to the Club this afternoon. Mason joins us from Colchester United and the right back travelled with his new team mates to Frome on Wednesday evening.

Last Saturday saw us make the thankfully, short trip over into Bedfordshire, as we headed down the A1 to take on our near neighbours Biggleswade Town and it turned out to be that man Shane Tolley, who seems to have perfected the knack of scoring at Langford Road, who rescued us the point with a late equaliser. This was of course after we went behind just before half time and Jay Davies had pulled us level shortly after the break, scoring from the penalty spot and Matty Nolan

It’s Cup Final time of the season again and this year there are plenty of Hunts County Cup Finals being played here at the Cozy Stadium and there are also a large number of our and St Neots Town Youth and Saints squads involved in these finals so please take time to look at the advertising posters dotted around the ground today for further details. Ok then, on to the match and let’s give the lads the support they so richly deserve here this afternoon in what should be a cracking match. BE LOUD, BE PROUD, BE A SAINT

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Managers of all time

08) Arsene Wenger (FRA) One of the most shrewd and tactically sound managers to grace the game, Arsene Wenger is best known for changing the “boring, boring Arsenal” into the team that play the best football in the country.

07) Helenio Herrera (ARG) Helenio Herrera is one of the most important, influential, and successful managers in football history. He pioneered the use of psychological motivating skills and ensured that all his players believed they were going to win.

This was never more evident than in the 2003/04 season, where he lead an Arsenal side containing the likes of Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, and Dennis Bergkamp to an unbeaten season, the first of it’s kind in over a century.

It obviously worked, as Herrera picked up 16 major trophies in his time as a manager. With Atletico Madrid he won two league titles, adding another two to that tally with Barcelona later on. He also won two UEFA Cups with Barcelona and a Spanish Cup.

Despite being accused of lacking a “killer touch” at times, Wenger’s trophy cabinet isn’t exactly empty. He has won two French league titles, a French Cup, a Japanese league title, three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, and four Charity Shields. He was also voted World Manager of the Year in 1998.

His most successful spell came with Inter Milan, where he won three league titles and two European Cups. He added an Italian Cup with AS Roma later on.


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A BLAST FROM THE PAST

Jimmy Greaves THE GREATEST GOALSCORER EVER Born 20/02/1940

Jimmy Greaves was a player who struck fear into the English league, the Italian Serie A and the world. Greaves is famous for missing out on England’s World Cup winning final due to a leg injury, which resulted in his substitute, Geoff Hurst, playing a somewhat vital role in the game. No one would have thought him replaceable though. Greavsie was one the most legendary football players England has ever seen.

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From East to West London and then to Italy

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Born in East Ham in East London Greaves was a cockney through and through. Being born in 1940, the East end of London wasn’t the easiest place to be a baby. At school, Greaves found football provided the perfect escape. He was very talented at a very early age and it led to him being spotted by a London club on the other side of the city, Chelsea. Jimmy made his debut for Chelsea in 1957 at the tender age of 17. Within a couple of years of being at the club, he not only secured a concrete place in the first team but became the youngest ever Top Goalscorer, scoring the most goals in both the 1959 and 1961 seasons. Just before Jimmy celebrated his 21st birthday, he celebrated his

100th League goal: a record for a player of his age.

….and then finally back to East London

Although we think of it as usual now, in 1961 it wouldn’t have been that common for a foreign club to come asking for an English lad. But his reputation at Chelsea meant that the European giants, AC Milan, heard about Jimmy and he signed for them in 1961.

You can take the man out of the East end but you can’t take the East end out of the man. In 1970, when Jimmy was 30, he returned to his roots in East Ham by playing for his own team, West Ham United.

The East Ham boy found it hard to settle in Italy, although with 9 goals in 12 games you’d never have thought it. He decided to move back to the UK and it would have made him the first £100,000 player in Britain . . . but for one pound! The shrewd, clever and reputable Tottenham manager, Bill Nicholson, brought Jimmy back to London for a fee of £99,999, meaning that he didn’t have the pressure of being the first to cost a hundred grand. This would turn out to be a pretty smart move as the success Jimmy showed whilst with Spurs suggested a man without any pressure at all. To North London People knew Jimmy was good at scoring goals but no one on earth would have been able to predict just how good he would prove to be in the ten years he was with Tottenham Hotspur. When he finally left the club in 1970, Jimmy had notched up arguably the most impressive statistics any striker in the English game has ever had for one club. He played 379 games and scored 266 goals. He was unsurprisingly the League’s top goal scorer over four seasons in the top flight. All in all, Greaves would finish his career with the record that still stands, of being the top goal scorer in six seasons of competition.

He had always expressed a desire to play for the Hammers and, now at the latter stages of his career, he would do them the service. He scored twice on his debut against Manchester City and would proceed to enjoy 38 games for West Ham that season and score a pretty reasonable (for him) 13 goals. Jimmy’s days of glory might have been over but he remained a first team player and important goal scorer not only for West Ham but also for Brentwood Town, Chelmsford City and Barnet FC, playing well into his thirties. They were much smaller clubs but he proved he was no less of a player. For Barnet he scored around 25 goals but no one really counted. He finally hung up his goal-scoring boots at around the age of 38 … but it could have been longer. For Queen and Country He made his debut in 1959 and would finally complete his time with England in 1967, the year after the World Cup. Greaves’ tally might not have beaten Bobby Charlton’s, who played many of his games alongside Jimmy, or that of the ultimate goal-poacher Gary Lineker, but his records are perhaps more impressive being the third highest scorer with 44 goals, because they all came at a much higher rate and in a shorter period of time than any of the others. He still holds the record for the most number of hat-tricks for England (which came to six).

Career Appearances: 530 Goals: 391 International Caps: 57 Goals: 44 Career Highlight: Top Scorer in the First Division: 1969, 1965, 1964, 1963, 1961, 1959. Inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame


CHAIRMAN’S VIEWS

Mike Kearns Welcome to the officials, Players and Supporters of Bideford for todays fixture. I hope you have a pleasant day with us. I missed our previous encounter but by all accounts it was a very close game with our opponents coming out the winners by the odd goal in five. Bideford have had an excellent season and have been there or there about in a play off position all season. A great turnaround from last seasons final position.

The last match I attended was the home fixture against Hitchin where we were very close to breaking the magic 500 attendance. I know that Hitchin had a reasonable amount of support but I thought that our following was very encouraging and I hope that today’s attendance is the same or better. It makes such a difference to us as a club for of course financial reasons but also for the players to play in front of a good crowd, the atmosphere is just great. Looking at our form since the New Year and I must say how well Gary,

I and im sure everyone cannot wait for the new season to start where I wont be surprised if we are looking down on most other teams. That’s not being big headed just a show of confidence I have in our management team and the players.

It is taking time because both Mark Davies (Blueprawn) and myself want perfection for our site and that is what you will get however long it takes. I can tell you one thing though Manchester City were voted to have the best web site in football well I think ours will be better.

As I have said before we will with your help give it a real go next season. So lets all do our bit and enjoy the ride. Our next home fixture will be the second leg of the Red Insure Cup final against Tiverton Town where it is very much a winner take all game as we drew away in the first leg some three weeks ago. I think that our supporters will show just what is achievable with us having by far our best gate of the season. Can we get say 600, I think we just might do that. So I will wait and see if my prediction is anywhere near that figure. We have been working very hard on improving our web site and will very soon be launching more exciting additions to what I believe is one of the very best web sites in football (and I mean football).

A bold statement you might say, well yes it is but we have looked at nearly every web site in football and those in Europe to see just what makes a great football web site.

To all of you I thank you. Keep a look out not long now I hope to completion. Right onto todays match and lets see if we can come away with a good performance against we very well organized team.

All for one and one for all.

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The changes we have already made to ours by making it clean, sharp with a good use of white, easy to navigate and full of we hope up to date good information is just the start. This cannot be done alone and there are many contributors who give their time and effort of which all of this could not be achieved without them.

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They have showed that it can be done and our aim is to do exactly that next season with hopefully promotion the end prize for us.

Zema, Nathan and the squad have performed since then and how far we have come as a squad.

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So Much To Look Forward To

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OPPONENT SPOTLIGHT

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Bideford AFC

The Robins

After struggling to avoid relegation last season Bideford are this season’s “surprise package” still pushing for a place in the play offs. Previous meeting of our clubs 2012/13: Bideford 0-0 St Neots, St Neots 5-3 Bideford, 2013/14 Bideford 3-2 St Neots Year Founded: 1946 Chairman: Roy Portch Club Website: www.bidefordfc.co.uk

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 Bideford and we extend to them our usual warm Cozy Stadium welcome.

refused to capitulate and roared back to score three goals in a five minutes spell to make the last ten minutes a little nervous.

At the time these notes were penned our visitors were sixth in the table two points adrift of the club above them so their fate will depend on their last few results including of course today.

Then in the return it was stalemate finishing in a goalless draw but then this season it was back to another goal feast with Bideford winning by the odd goal in five.

Last season’s meeting here was a humdinger of a match that produced eight goals with our lads leading 5-0 just five minutes into the second half but Bideford

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So with a win apiece and a draw in our three meetings to date it is all to play for with both sides hoping for three points come 4.45 this afternoon.

Club History Founded in 1946, the club played three seasons in the Exeter & East Devon League before joining the Western League in 1949. Bideford had a request to be elected to the Second Division denied, and had to play in the Third Division instead. This was the only season the Western League ran a Third Division, and Bideford won it without losing a game. Two seasons later they also won Division Two, and so took their place in Division One.


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over the years, as well as lifting silverware in the Devon St Lukes Bowl, Devon Professional Cup, and Western League Cup.

Bideford have won the Toolstation Western Premier League 9 times

Manager Sean Joyce is an ex-professional footballer, who spent his career playing for Doncaster Rovers, Exeter City and Torquay Utd. He has managed Bideford since 1998, bringing an unprecedented level of success to the Club during his time here.

Did you know?.. Several players from the club have progressed to Football League status, the most recent of them being Tony Dennis and Shaun Taylor. Two former internationals have played for the club at the end of their career, Welshman Leighton Phillips, and Dermot Curtis from the Republic of Ireland.

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Several players from the club have progressed to Football League status, the most recent of them being Tony Dennis and Shaun Taylor. Two former internationals have played for the club at the end of their career, Welshman Leighton Phillips, and Dermot Curtis from the Republic of Ireland.

Bideford AFC gained promotion from the Toolstation Western Premier League at the end of a fantastic 2009/10 season, in which they did the double winning the League and the Westinsure Devon St Lukes’ Bowl where they beat Exeter City 2-1 in the Final. Bideford AFC were promoted to the Evo-Stik Southern League South & West Division in May 2010, the first time they have played in the Southern League in 35 years. After finishing that first season in a credible 10th place, the 2011/12 season saw them crowned Champions by an impressive 11pt margin, gaining promotion for the first time in their history so the Southern League Premier Division.

During their Southern League days, the club set an all-time FA Cup record, when in 1974-75 they played thirteen FA Cup games in a single season they faced numerous replays in qualifying rounds including needing five games to beat Falmouth Town

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Bideford won the Western League three times before joining the Southern League in 1972. The club spent three seasons at that level before the expense involved and increased travelling took its toll, and they had to drop down back to the Western League. During their Southern League days, the club set an all-time FA Cup record, when in 1974-75 they played thirteen FA Cup games in a single season - they faced numerous replays in qualifying rounds including needing five games to beat Falmouth Town and four more to beat Trowbridge Town in the next round. With the subsequent abandonment of second and further replays, this record is likely to stand for a very long time. Two more Western League titles followed in the early 1980s.

In FA competitions, Bideford AFC’s record is quite impressive, reaching the First Round Proper of the FA Cup on four occasions, and reaching the Semi-Final of the FA Vase in 2003/04. In 2008/09 the FA Vase campaign saw Bideford reach the quarter-final stages, where they were knocked out by an impressive Lowestoft.

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WHO’S WHO

Who calls the shots?... Sean Joyce A former League professional, who played for Cambridge United, Doncaster Rovers, Exeter City; Torquay United and then Non-League with Elmore and Taunton Town. Sean took over as Bideford Manager, when he stepped up from Player when Dudley Barry and Brian Shannon Stepped down during the 1998/99 season. Bideford were at that time a struggling Western League Premier division side, and since then, Sean has taken the club from success to success, gaining Promotion to the Southern League South West Division one and then up to the Southern League Premier.

Rob Dray Assistant Manager Rob was formerly Manager of Bridgwater Town, and lives in the area where he runs his own catering business. Tom Kelly First Team Coach Tom is a former Bideford Player, who is also a former League professional. He was born in Bellshill in 1964 and Started his career with Gartcosh United going on to play for Hibernians; Partick Thistle; Queen of the South; Hartlepool United; Torquay United; York City; Exeter City; Torquay United; Weymouth; Teignmouth; Ilfracombe; Taunton Town; Bideford AFC; Bridgwater Town; Stoke Gabriel; and then Bovey Tracey where he was Player Manager. Tony Beal Physio Tony lives here in Bideford with his family, where he works as an engineer in South Molton. GOALKEEPERS Steve Oliver Steve lives in Bideford, and is now in his second spell with The Robins, after signing from Ilfracombe Town. Steve is an accountant and lives with his family in Bideford. He has made over 40 appearances for Bideford. Ben Hirst

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Ben lives in and also plays for Wadebridge, he went to university

with Sean Downing, and made his first team debut at Bashley this season, where he kept a clean sheet. Joe Tickle Highly promising young Goal Keeper, who also plays for North Molton. DEFENDERS Nick Barker Nick is single and hails from Dartington; he is 27 years of age, and works for a Sports retailer Pro Direct. He is primarily a Defender, but is capable of putting in a fine performance anywhere on the pitch, and over the years has played in almost every position, including in goal for the Robins. He has played over 310 games, scoring over 30 goals in the process. Nick has also played for Dawlish Town, Totnes, Dartington Sports Club and Harbetonford. He has won the Throgmorton Cup twice; and with the Robins, The St Lukes Bowl, The Western League Premier Division and the Southern League Division One South and West. Rob Farkins Rob hails from Torquay, and is a Bricklayer and former Royal Marine. He has also played for Liverton, and won the South and West division One Title with the Robins. He has played over 70 games for the Club. Jack Furzer Jack who is 21 years of age,

Joined the club from Exeter City and has also played for Exwick. He lives in Exeter, and is a Builder. He has played over 90 games for the Robins, and has won the Southern League Division One South and West with us. Chris McGrath Chris is a Central defender, who has previously played for Taunton Town. Nick Milton Nick is now in his second spell with Bideford he is a central defender who lives in Torquay. Nick has made over 20 appearances for the Robins. Steve Orchard Steve lives in Tiverton, and is a teacher. He has played for the Robins for several seasons now, and has also played for Bridgwater Town and Weston-Super-Mare. In all Steve has made over 190 appearances, and scored over 20 goals for the Robins. MIDFIELDERS Matty Bye Matty is 23 years of age, and lives in Exeter (St Thomas), and works as a Postman. He has previously played for Exeter City (where he was the young player of the year); Truro City and Tiverton Town. He also played in Belgium for six months. He has now played over 150 games for Bideford, scoring 10 goals in the process, as well as winning the St Luke’s Bowl, the Western League Premier, and


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Craig Duff Craig is now in his second spell with the Robins, and has also played for Falmouth Town and Weymouth, he lives in Torquay. Craig has played over 30 games for the Robins. Richard Groves Richard who is 22 years of age, hails from Torquay, and has previously played for Plymouth Argyle; Oxford United (with

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the Robins. Ethan Phillips Ethan has previously playing for Exeter City; Exeter Civil Service; Elmore; Tiverton Town; Barnstaple Town and Buckland Athletic. Ethan lives in Exeter and has now played over 20 games for the Robins. Stephen Reed

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Kevin Squire

Graham has joined us this season, from Street, and has also played for Bridgwater Town; Graham has now played over ten games for

Kevin is 35 years old and is now in his fourth season with the Robins, after previously playing for Ilfracombe Town, and Barnstaple Town. Kevin has played over 220 games for the Robins, and scored over 60 goals in the process. He lives in Ilfracombe with wife Jenny and Daughter Rebecca. He works as a production operative in a factory in Ilfracombe. Whilst with the Robins, Kevin has won the St Luke’s Bowl; the Western League Premier Division and the Southern League Division One South and West.

New signing from Tiverton Town, he is a local lad, living in Bideford, and he has also played for Torquay United; Yeovil Town and Weymouth. He has played over 20 games for the Robins. Ian Sampson Ian hails from Bradworthy in North Devon, and has previously played for Oxford United; Didcott Town and Tiverton Town, where he was player of the year. Ian has played over 80 games for the Robins and with us won the Southern League Division One South and West. STRIKERS Owen Howe Owen is an exciting young Striker, who has joined the Robins this season, after playing for both Tiverton Town and Willand Rovers. Owen lives in Tiverton. He is a student and has played over 30 games for the Robins.

Daniel Sullivan Danny is on loan from Torquay United. Photo courtesy of Neil Blackburn

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Matt is the Club captain, who leads by example on the pitch, and has a massive engine, putting in a nonstop performance in every game he plays. Matt was a professional footballer with Torquay United gaining the nick name “Pitt Bull” for his energetic tackling, he made 239 appearances, and scored 10 goals, He also won promotion with them after they won the Second Division. He also played for Truro City before Joining the Robins. Matt is 31 years of age, and lives with his wife in Marldon, Paignton. He works with Learning difficulties patients. Matt has made over 190 appearances for the Robins, scoring over 30 goals in the process. Matt has won the St Luke’s Bowl three times, and also the Western League Premier Division as well as the Southern League Division One South and West. Last season Matt was the Bideford AFC Club Player of the Year.

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Sean, who is 21 years of age, is a local Bideford boy, and is a student studying in Exeter. As well as being an accomplished exciting footballer, he is also a 2 handicap golfer as well. He came up through the youth ranks at Plymouth Argyle, and has also played for Appledore, where he was the Devon Premier Cup Man of the Match. He has played over 170 games for the Robins, scoring over 50 goals in the process. Whilst with the Robins, he has won the Western League Premier division, and also the Southern League Division One South and West. He has been leading goal scorer two seasons on the trot as well as the player of the year for the last two seasons. He made his England C debt this season.

whom he won the Oxfordshire Cup 2008/09); Banbury United; Brackley Town; Yate Town and Weymouth. He has played over 90 games for the Robins, and scored over 20 goals in the process. He won the Southern League Division One South and West with us.

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the Southern League Division One South and West. Matty was a member of the SARDS Tournament winning side of 2010/11.

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ITS A FUNNY

OLD GAME!

There’s never a dull moment supporting your favourite team, the beautiful game has been kicking around for years but will always throw up some lunacy! Check this beauty out! Bernie Slaven’s canine quandary ”There was an explosion of green,” said David O’Leary, remembering the reaction to his winning penalty for the Republic of Ireland against Romania at the 1990 World Cup. It put them through to the quarterfinals, where they would meet Italy. “The biggest mistake was standing still. I nearly got killed by all my team-mates.” Only one of them might have meant to do any harm: the substitute Bernie Slaven, who had spent the whole of the tournament on the bench. “I basically trained for six weeks with a group of fringe players,” Slaven

told the Glasgow Evening Times in 2003. He was pleased to be there, but didn’t hold out much hope of playing. “We called ourselves the Muppets.” By the time Ireland reached the knockout stages, Slaven had had enough. He wanted to get home to his dogs. “I became a figure of fun when I called home on that trip,” he recalled. “While others were speaking to their wives, I would go on the phone and say: ‘Put the dog on.’” The Middlesbrough forward was taking his dog for a walk when he found out he’d been called up to Ireland’s World Cup squad,

and once left Ayresome Park at half-time to take the dog out, after being substituted. “I could see the floodlights and hear the crowd from where I was walking, which was surreal,” he said. Not quite as surreal as the picture that Tony Cascarino, Slaven’s World Cup room-mate, paints in his autobiography. “I’d be sitting in the bed alongside and Bernie would be howling like Lassie into the phone: ‘Woof, woof, aru, aru, woof!’ He’d be kissing the receiver and lavishing affection – ‘Hello, lovey dovey’ – on a dog! The first time it happened, I nearly wet myself.” “The reason was simple,” Slaven explained, trying to save everybody a change of underwear. “I got more sense out of her.” Unfortunately his canine chum couldn’t get her chops around the words “Brian Deane” or “Neville brothers mare” to warn Bernie off betting that Boro wouldn’t beat Manchester United at Old Trafford in December 1998.

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Did Somebody Say Own Goal?

Back on to the unusual again and we travel to Scilly to spend some time in the Isles of Scilly Football League, which is officially the smallest football league in the world.

Our final bizarre world football story is a personal favorite of mine and one that comes from the Madagascan football league—another league that some you might not have spend a vast majority of time in, though I can’t for the life of me think why not. Pretty much, all you need to know is that AS Adema beat Stade Olympique de L’Emyrne 149-0 and they did it without scoring a single goal of their own.

The league features just two teams—Garrison Gunners and the Woolpack Wanderers—who play each other every week in the league to determine who will be the champion for that season. Played from mid-November to late-March, the two teams play each other 17 times over the course of a season, with the champion coming from a typical first-past-the-post system. But the pair still receive plenty of knockout action as well, with The Wholesalers Cup and the Foredeck Cup—which are both played over two legs—as well as a Charity Shield that customarily kicks off the action-packed season ahead.

The result stands as not only one of the most stupid protests ever made in world football, but also the largest defeat in the history of professional football.

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The only time that the two teams don’t play each other in the league is when they meet in the Cup, which again, is only played between themselves.

In the second last week of the tournament, SOE had been held to a 2-2 draw by DSA where a controversial late penalty decision had done away with SOE’s 2-1 lead. The draw squandered any chance that SOE had to beat AS Adema in the championship race, so in their following game, they decided to protest the harsh decision by scoring own goals. Repeatedly. 149 of them.Spectators at the game say that SOE would kick the ball off and shoot it all the way back to their own goal, where their goalkeeper would watch it go in. Following the match, the Madagascan Football Federation suspended the SOE coach Zaka Be for three years and four of the team’s players until the end of the season. All the other players from both teams received an official warning for their involvement in the incident.

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There’s never a dull moment supporting your favourite team, the beautiful game has been kicking around for years but will always throw up some lunacy! Check these beauties out!

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Information Addict Lee Kearns Put quite simply we are in a world where information is King. I freely admit I have an addiction to finding out about information that wouldn’t generally be part of your every day, normal conversation. discussed or expressed. People get fed up when I text one word answers but then they keep on texting me and I keep responding the same way. Text conversation, twitter conversation, facebook conversations all have their place and are all useful tools for communicating but we need to be careful that we don’t allow our Kids to become void of personality and charm. My wife thinks I am a wealth of pointless, meaningless dross (I have explained that you never know when you may need to drop into the conversation that there is a superman somewhere in every episode of Seinfeld or that Kangaroos can’t hop backwards) and to be truthful she may be right, but interestingly she will always insist on being on my team when it comes to a game of trivial pursuit. Unfortunately we live in a world where we have a fountain of knowledge readily available but we are consumed by non-descript fictional fantasy lives, where we can communicate with anyone in the world in real time without talking and without listening and where our kids will grow up without conversation and an understanding of the consequences of what they say will be lost to them and I for one believe, in the most part, the world is a poorer place for it. It’s not that I see social media and the modern Mobile phone as the enemy it’s just that it does take away a basic human attribute which is to talk, listen and to understand what is being

We have some exciting news with regards to our apprenticeship/ scholarship programme for next season so please keep an eye out but needless to say it will elevate what we are trying to achieve and give our new recruits a stronger academic option and as always we will continue to explore avenues that will add and help us to improve and expand. St Neots Town Youth & Saints now have 6 teams at various age groups

playing in County Cup finals over the next few weeks which is a fantastically positive indication that what has been put into place, and all the efforts of those involved, is starting to bear fruit so well done to all. For today’s game we have sent out a number of vouchers to all the local schools (those that responded) that hopefully will encourage mums and dads to bring their children to Rowley Park for the first time. We spend so much time thinking of ways to grow the football club as a business that sometimes we may overlook the very obvious. I’d finally like to thank everyone one for their continued support, after several recent conversations it’s nice to hear that we all share the same excitement regarding next season and beyond. 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.

Great Yarmouth Town – Wellesley Recreation Ground (Eastern Counties League Division One) Wellesey Recreation Ground, Wellesey Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 1EY Without doubt the 120 year old grandstand at the Wellesey is the single most photographed ground in non-league history. It is understandable as everything about its construction is aesthetically pleasing. From the dog-tooth fascia board, turned roof supports, roof gable and pierced roof ends down to ornate dressing room window frames it is just a joy. The opposite side of the ground has a not unattractive run of covered benching. However it is the 1,000 seater stand, built in the summer of 1906, that is the ground’s pride and joy. It even manages to avert the eye from the ghastly all-weather athletics track that replaced a cinder track in the early 1990s. It was also during that time that the stand was closed for patronage under the Safety of Sports Ground Act due to the presence of large amounts of inflammable timber. However, the preservation order on the stand assures its survival for many future generations to enjoy.

Crook Town – Millfields (Northern League Division Two) Millfield, West Road, Crook, County Durham DL15 9PW A very famous club from the old amateur days, being five times winners of the F.A. Amateur Cup. The club is renowned throughout Europe and even played the mighty Barcelona no less than ten times between 1913 and 1922, losing only four times. So close were their ties with the Catalan club that they even borrowed Barca’s famous goalkeeper, Ricardo Zamora for one game. Crook also went on tour to Norway in 1963 and, famously, to India in 1976 when crowds in excess of 100,000 flocked to see the side from the Northern League. In 1898 the club left their Welfare Ground at Bankfoot having purchased a new site in West Road for the princely sum of £625. The ground at Millfield expanded rapidly and the original grandstand was replaced by the current 500 seater in 1925 at a cost of £1,300. The rest of the ground was steeply banked with ash to create a massive capacity. Millfield was packed for an Amateur Cup tie against Walton & Hersham in 1952 when the official record gate of 17,500 was set. Contemporary press reports put the real crowd as being in excess of 20,000 as entrance gates were barged down. In the late 1940s and fifties the ground never saw a match with a crowd of less than 4,000, remarkable for such a small town with a population then of 12,000! Although the crowds are long gone, Millfield remains a classic venue, albeit one under constant threat of redevelopment or relocation.


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Todays Mascot Luke Ashwell Age: 8 Years Old Favourite St. Neots player and why? Jay Davies because he is the best player Who do you support? Barcelona Who do you play for and in which position? St Neots Town U8, Midfield.

What do you want to be when you are older? Cricketer What’s your favourite food? Curry What’s your favourite TV programme? WWE Smackdown Do you have any pets? Dog called Louis

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GAME FOR A LAUGH

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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! Tony Cottee “The thing about goalscorers is that they score goals”

Ian Wright “I don’t want Rooney to leave these shores but if he does, I think he’ll go abroad”

Iain Dowie “Belgium are outside dark favourites to win the group”

“The one significant change is in fact the second significant change” Jonathan Pearce

David Pleat

Chris Kamara

“I feel sorry for Wolves at the moment but not sorry for them”

“It’s so daft it’s almost stupid”

Alan Pardew

Paul Merson

“Sometimes you want Obertan to open his legs and do something a bit exciting”

“Six yards out and Wheater headers it over”

Stan Collymore

Micky Quinn

“Fernando Torres needs a new leash of life”

“Luis Suarez is a victim of his own make-up”

Dwight Yorke “The game is not over until it is”

Ian Abrahams “Matt Taylor ran half the length of the field, width-wise”

Ray Parlour ”The last six games of the Invincibles season were the most pressurised, because we were under pressure”

Graham Beecroft “He’s got a lot of self-belief in himself”

Paul Merson “When Everton knock it long, they don’t knock it long”

Milan Mandaric “With Harry, two plus two always makes five, not three”

Garry Birtles “They were numerically outnumbered”

Tony Mowbray “It was goalposts for jumpers”

Chris Waddle “Rolando’s been given a second yellow for arguing with the life support.... er, the linesman”

Eddie Mitchell “However people have interpretated that is up to them”

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Colin Parker

St Neots Town Youth & Saints Chairman getting some of the day job done, being with the family and doing all you can for the Club. With a very supportive wife, a daughter that is perhaps forced to like football (she would prefer to be shopping I am sure) and a son that is playing at a good standard for his years, I am allowed to commit seven days a week to youth football.

A week in the life of the Chairman of St Neots Town Youth & Saints Football Club... This is our first season as the new Youth & Saints following a merge with St Neots Town Youth and St Neots Town Saints and as you would expect we have been very busy. With the merge we have around three hundred children playing football. We now have our ‘Youth’ which are the Grassroots Team (of all abilities) and our ‘Saints’ which are our ‘Development’ squads, both playing now under the same banner ‘St Neots Town Youth & Saints FC’. It’s also pleasing that we have teams at every age group from 5 to 16 years and the under 21s with the under 18s hopefully coming across under our registrations next year. With support from Mike, Lee and Iain we continue to develop the club, whilst still pledging ‘sport for all’ and a ‘pathway for long term player development’ within St Neots Town. As youth Chairman the job is perhaps not advertised as a ‘juggler’ but its all part of the daily routine of

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Typically the hands on part of the week, tends to be coaching the Under 13’s Development Team on a Monday and Thursday evening, coaching the Under 7’s Team on a Wednesday evening, managing the Under 7s Saturday Morning, officiating the Under 21’s on a Saturday afternoon and then Sunday its match day for the Saints Under 13’s. Between coaching, I meet new coaching staff with the Head Coaches, meet fundraisers to discuss events including a tournament planned for the end of season, talk to current coaching staff regarding any issues and if I get time I don’t mind helping out with a bit of white lining.

I enjoy the coaching and I continue to progress my qualifications, perhaps helping new coaches as a mentor and to provide the teams I coach with better skills. I am also blessed with a strong committee, each having particular roles, our Treasurer looks after the purse strings thankfully (it’s very tight this year with the investment in kits, registrations, insurances, pitch hire, etc), Vice Chair supports the drive and passion for the game, Child Welfare Officer, Secretaries, Procurement officer, Fundraising Team, Head Coaches and Physio. The Committee meet on a regular basis but during the week, as we are all voluntary the emails do not stop, and communication is prime for our success. As we move the Youth on, with apprenticeships now on offer, the U21’s playing UCL Division One and everyone with the aim to play for the Senior Team and beyond we feel we have the early foundations to make this club a success for the Town, the Club and the players for tomorrow.


Everything you need for the next two away fixtures

Calor League Premier Division

Calor League Premier Division

Chesham Utd v St Neots Town

Weymouth v St Neots Town

Saturday 05th April 2014 – K.O. 15:00pm

Saturday 12th April 2014 – K.O. 15:00pm

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Travel in style on the Team Coach for only £10pp return Advance bookings (recommended) can be made at the Club Bars, email enquiries@stneotstownfc.co.uk for more information and to check availabilty. Don’t leave it late as spaces are limited to 25 for each game.

Upcoming Fixtures - Visit www.stneotstownfc.co.uk for the latest updates 01.04.14 Calor League Premier Division Bashley

v Bedford Town

05.04.14 Calor League Premier Division AFC Totton

v Poole Town

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19:45

Bashley

v Frome Town

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H Hempstead Town v Chippenham Town 19:45

Bedford Town

v Banbury United

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Poole Town

v Banbury United

19:45

Bideford

v Redditch United

15:00

Truro City

v Hungerford Town

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Biggleswade Town v Corby Town

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Burnham

v Arlesey Town

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Chesham United

v St Neots Town 15:00

02.04.14 Calor League Premier Division Corby Town

v Cambridge City

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03.04.14 Calor League Premier Division Poole Town

v Stourbridge

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H Hempstead Town v St Albans City

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Hitchin Town

v Cambridge City

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Hungerford Town

v Weymouth

15:00

Truro City

v Chippenham Town 15:00

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Biggleswade Town v AFC Totton

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EBAY really has changed the way we buy and sell things, hasn’t it? Last week my wife and I flogged a Toys R Us baby playmat for 99p, plus an Avent Naturally Express 6 bottle electric steam steriliser for £7.61. As you can tell, we’re not planning on any new arrivals in the Hammonds household!

A couple of years ago it was Fleetwood Tuesday, Friday and the following Saturday – 1.06 per cent of 127,065 miles on the clock legacy to Micky Mellon’s Conference title-winning team’s dozen days spent with the champagne on ice!

I also splashed out on some Sebo vacuum cleaner bags, though I

Brightlingsea Regent hoovered up on that front, buying a 107-seater stand for £5,500 in time for the biggest game in their short history – last Saturday’s FA Vase fourth round tie with Bodmin Town. The Eastern Counties side have ambitions of reaching Step 4 this season and would need to increase their ground’s seating capacity of 50 to be eligible for the Ryman League. Having taken a low-loader lorry over to the Isle of Wight last Friday to pick up the structure – which had been used once for a tennis tournament – the Essex club had a 20-strong army waiting to put it together at North Road that night. “We were due to get back around 5.30pm but traffic on the A12 held us up and we didn’t get it to the ground until eight,” said chairman Terry Doherty. In the kind of tale we all love about Non-League football, the

volunteers worked into the night under the glare of the floodlights to get the structure put together, with Doherty admitting his main job was to ensure that when finished, the flat-pack terrace was facing the pitch. Brightlingsea are going well in the league, but fixtures are piling up after their 3-1 win put the club into the last 16 – and Wembley on agenda. “I understand there are a couple of decent stands there,” joked Doherty, who already has the turnstiles from the old Walthamstow greyhound track on his ‘Watching’ list. On the pitch, it’s a trip to 2012 winners Dunston UTS in round five as the nine-year-old club ‘bids’ for Vase glory! Stuart Hammonds Follow us on twitter: @NonLeguePaper @SamElliott_NLP

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Like any veteran nearing the end of its career, it’s got a few battle wounds – like the dent in the passenger side wing where I swung round into a short wooden post at South Mimms after interviewing then-Basingstoke keeper Ashley Bayes. But the midfield dynamo has a great engine, has never let us down and there’s plenty of life left in the old wheels yet, I’m sure. Bidding runs until the end of the January transfer window if you’re interested!

wouldn’t call them eBay’s best buy of recent days.

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We’ve currently got listed a Peugeot 206 GLX 1.4l, with one careful lady owner – well, the missus, who’s been the registered keeper from new, although the 11-year-old has taken a battering from me driving it to all four corners of England watching Non-League football. It’s been to Carlisle, Torquay, Eastleigh and Grimsby…Macclesfield’s Moss Rose its last port of call for the FA Cup clash against Sheffield Wednesday.

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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.

10. First National Bank Stadium (Johannesburg, South Africa)

09. Estadio Azteca (Mexico City)

Notable fixtures: 2010 World Cup final

Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca is renowned for its huge capacity and electric atmosphere when full, but it will go down in history as the only stadium to host two World Cup finals.

Opened in 1989, the First National Bank Stadium— known as Soccer City—was renovated in 2009 ahead of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Although it is home to South African club side Kaizer Chiefs, the stadium is fondly remembered for hosting the showpiece event of the 2010 final, but also for hosting the opening game and goal of the tournament— Siphiwe Tshabalala finding the back of the Mexican net with a thumping effort. The incessant noise of the vuvuzela can prove hard to ignore, but it should take nothing away from a truly wonderful football stadium.

Notable fixtures: 1970 and 1986 World Cup finals

Unfortunately for England fans, it is also the venue for Diego Maradona’s infamous “Hand of God” goal. The venue may not be fondly remembered by the enormity of England fans, but there is no denying that the stadium—the third-largest football stadium in the world—is one of the finest around.

Tenants: Kaizer Chiefs, National Team

Tenants: Club America FC, National Team

Opened: 1989

Opened: 1966

Capacity: 94,736

Capacity: 105,064


Non-League Club News

We take a look at what other non-league clubs are doing that’s making the news this week. Bedford Town EAGLES MANAGEMENT TEAM DEPART Manager Danny Nicholls and his assistant Alan Biley have quit Bedford Town with the Eagles now on the brink of relegation. Chairman David Howell said: “Danny Nicholls and Alan Biley resigned because we were unable to give them any assurances about their position as the management team for next season.”

Frome Town NOW FROME SET TO GO 3G Frome Town have made a landmark decision to look into the introduction of a 3G surface at the Blindmans Brewery Stadium to replace the current natural grass pitch. This marks a significant change for the club which chairman Jeremy Alderman explained: “It has been well known for the last few years that the town has needed a 3G pitch in order to be able for both children and adults to be able to train and play football.

Bashley CONSORTIUM INTERESTED IN BASH TAKEOVER Former AFC Totton committee member Nick Ferguson is understood to be head of the three-strong consortium .interested in taking over crisis club Bashley. The Hayling-based businessman spent a brief five-week stint helping the Stags during pre-season and is set to be joined by Graham and Angela Speechley-Price, who both left Totton along with Ferguson in August.

MASSEY GOES AT TRURO Steve Massey has left Truro City with immediate affect, after their home defeat to St Neots Town. Chairman Peter Masters stated “I explained that I felt the existing management had taken the team as far as it could and there was a need for change now if Truro City is going to make a serious challenge to win the league next season and gain promotion back into the Conference South and beyond.”

Banbury United STEIN`S NOT FOR QUITTING Banbury United boss Edwin Stein says he has never once considered Quitting the club, despite their wretched run. And he accused a small section of the home support of being ‘idiots’. Banbury have had nine defeats on the spin. While unhappy about the bad run, Stein refuses to throw in the towel. “Before the bad run, we played some fantastic football and people were enjoying it.”

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Truro City

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The club have announced the appointment of Craig Adams as their new manager. Adams was in charge of UCL Premier Division side Wellingborough Town. Bedford Town are just one game from relegation.

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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

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

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

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

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Frater

racknell

Follow the Saints on Facebook /StNeotsTownFC

Steer

Hoyte

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LEAGUE TABLE

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First Team - Calor League Premier Division (26.03.14) P

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

Pts

Hemel Hempstead Town

38

29

4

5

118

32

86

91

Chesham United

37

26

4

7

92

41

51

82

St Albans City

38

22

8

8

78

45

33

74

Stourbridge

38

21

5

12

100

52

48

68

Cambridge City

36

20

7

9

74

46

28

67

Bideford

38

17

12

9

67

48

19

63

Poole Town

32

18

10

4

60

33

27

61

Hungerford Town

34

18

5

11

64

34

30

59

Weymouth

36

17

4

15

59

67

-8

55

Corby Town

36

16

6

14

58

55

3

54

Redditch United

36

16

3

17

51

71

-20

51

Frome Town

38

14

7

17

53

67

-14

49

Hitchin Town

35

13

8

14

54

43

11

47

Arlesey Town

38

13

8

17

57

66

-9

47

Biggleswade Town

34

10

15

9

57

46

11

45

St Neots Town

38

12

8

18

65

68

-3

44

Truro City

36

11

9

16

53

70

-17

42

Burnham

38

11

8

19

52

73

-21

41

Banbury United

35

12

4

19

51

86

-35

40

Chippenham Town

36

11

5

20

47

73

-26

38

AFC Totton

37

8

4

25

48

106

-58

28

Bashley

35

4

3

28

28

94

-66

15

Bedford Town

37

3

5

29

38

108

-70

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THE TEAMS

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ST. NEOTS TOWN

V

BIDEFORD AFC

Dark Blue Shirts, Shorts & Socks

Colours

Red Shirts, Red Shorts & Socks

Gary King & Zema Abbey

Manager

Sean Joyce

Nathan Abbey

Assistant Manager

Rob Dray

Carol Holland

Club Physio

Tony Beal

LINE UP

Rating Goals Rating

1. Nathan Abbey (GK)

LINE UP 1. Steve Oliver (GK)

2. Dave Deeney

2, Ian Sampson

3. Arthur Lee

3. Stephen Reed

4. Dean Cracknell

4. Sean Downing

5. Ryan Frater

5. Rob Farkins

6. Gavin Hoyte (C)

6. Chris McGrath

7. Lewis Hilliard

7. Matt Hockley (C)

8. Jay Davies

8. Matty Bye

9. Simon Thomas

9. Kevin Squire

10. Shane Tolley

10. Owen Howe

11. Lorenzo Ferrari

11. Craig Duff

12. Jake Woolley

12. Nick Milton

14. Ben Farrell

14. Ethan Phillips

15. Matt Nolan

15. Richard Groves

16. Lewis Wilson

16. Danny Sullivan

17. Jordy Nkinga

17. Nick Milton

18. Mason Spence

18. Graham Mercica

Any team changes will be displayed on the electronic scoreboard Officials: Referee: James Turner Assistant 1: Ian Pascu Assistant 2: Daniel O’Sullivan Your Man of the Match

Attendance

Match Rating

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Next Home Game: We value your continued support, thank you Red Insure Cup Final Second Leg (0-0) St Neots Town v Tiverton Town Tuesday 8th April - KO 19:45 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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