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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. Inside This Issue

Club Honours

03 Manager’s Notes

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Fan Feature

Southern Football League

04 Action Replay

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MDs’ Views

Division One champions, 1 time

05 Uhlsport Feature

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Football Funnies

United Counties League

06/08 Match Reports

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Game For A Laugh

10/11 Player Profile

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Fixtures Matrix

12 Greenies Greetings

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Fixtures Information

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

14 Greatest Matches Ever

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The Non-League Paper

16 A Blast From The Past

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League Focus

17 Chairmans’ Views

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Non-League Club News

18/21 Opponent Feature

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Season Statistics

22/23 Pull Out Poster

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League Table

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The Teams

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The Beautiful Game

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Club Officials

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

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It Starts Today Gary King Good Afternoon everyone and welcome to our opponents today, Hemel Hempstead FC. Congratulations on your fine start to the season.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Iain Parr for everything he has done to make this transition both smooth and amicable and I look forward to continuing to working with and building my relationship with Iain.

Of course, it’s not our games against the likes of the Hemels that will determine the outcome of our season, this will be sorted out against the teams in the lower half of table, so I see the next few games where we play Hemel, Biggleswade, Poole and St Albans as an ideal opportunity to lay the foundations for a batch of games against teams which are in and around us in the league. I note that Hemel, themselves, were technically relegated from this division just one and a half seasons ago. From that point it has taken until

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The hard work for the new management team starts today and our first priority is to move away from the relegation zone. now for them to become the welloiled solid unit they are and I believe we have everything that is required here at St Neots to follow a similar path and slowly but surely it is our intention to do so.

the way but it is important we don’t get too high after a win or too low after a defeat, it’s all about getting the job done this season and building momentum that we can carry into the start of next season.

Relentless The hard work for the new management team starts today and our first priority is to move away from the relegation zone. This will not be easy but I have no doubt in my mind that we will. Until then I can assure you that the management team and the players will be relentless in working towards that. Of course, there will be highs and lows along

I am very much looking forward to the job in hand and my hope and intention is, more often than not, to send everyone home smiling. We can win today so get behind us and create a 12th man. Enjoy your afternoon.

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League Leaders Hemel come to us today top of the league, having scored 19 goals in the last two games conceding 1 (I know!). The way I see it is every team in our league will lose games, therefore, every team in our league are beatable. A very important ingredient in achieving the turnaround required this season is that everyone involved at the club; players, management, supporters and staff believe that from the 1st minute to the 95th minute, we can win, irrespective of who we play.

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Having been announced as Joint Manager of the football club this week I would firstly like to say how proud I am to have been given this opportunity as well as how focused I will be in turning our recent form / results around.

‘Kingy’

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ACTION REPLAY

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This week 6 years ago UCL Premier Division: 10th November 2007 Cogenhoe 0

St Neots Town 5

Saints bounced back from their FA Cup exit with an emphatic win at Cogenhoe which has normally not been a happy hunting ground for the visitors. Despite the scoreline Cogenhoe never gave up and striker Zac Nedimovic was always a threat in the air. Bas Belgrave after suspension and Nathan Buckland made welcome returns to the side and were the stars of the Saints display although everybody played their part. Saints started brightly and Mark Franklin produced two dangerous crosses from the second of which Ryan Francis hit the post. After nine minutes Bas Belgrave was allowed to run at the home defence and he put the Saints in front with a low right footed shot. Five minutes later it was 2-0 as Franklin and Francis worked the ball down the right before Francis crossed for Belgrave put away his second goal of the game. St Neots continued to press with Fehmi playing well down the left and his free kick saw Kuhne set up a chance for Francis which went just over the bar. The twenty third minute saw Belgrave complete his hat trick following an astute pass by Ivan Finch. His first shot hit the keeper and looped up into the air but following up he headed into the net. Franklin and Deverall then had further attempts on goal as St Neots appeared to ease off a little allowing Cogenhoe back into the game. Roy Bloxham had to gather a Nedimovic header at the far post and was then forced to tip the ball round for a corner as the same player went close again after thirty four minutes. The visiting defence however continued to stand firm with Jon Hoggett making two timely interventions as the half came to a close.

Fehmi started the second half off with a good run for the visitors but Cogenhoe were soon pressing with Russell making an important block and Bloxham another useful save. Saints seemed to be defending a bit carelessly but they nearly added a fourth goal after fifty eight minutes when Steve Kuhne was just unable to get enough contact on a free kick to divert it into the net. Francis then broke into the box but his effort landed on the roof of the net. Bloxham was forced into action again and the ever influential Buckland made a great tackle followed by a clearing header from under the bar. St Neots passing game then clicked into gear when Deverall broke from midfield and fed substitute Jamie Osborne. He should have scored but his effort rebounded from the keeper to Deverall who tricked his way around several defenders before seeing his final shot roll over the line for the fourth goal on eighty seven minutes. On the stroke of full time Saints went one better as Steve Kuhne notched his first goal of the season and the visitors fifth of the game. Osborne fed Franklin and his cross was neatly put away to end the match in the best possible way. It was without doubt the Saints best performance of the season. St Neots: Bloxham, Finch, Russell, Hoggett, Buckland, Belgrave, Franklin, Deverall, Kuhne, Francis, Fehmi Subs: Moran (for Russell 77), Osborne (for Belgrave 83), Barry, Murray & Coles Man of the Match: Bas Belgrave


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MATCH REPORT

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Calor League Premier Division Rowley Park - The Cozy Stadium (Att 261) Tuesday 29th October 2013 - Kick Off 19:45 - Referee: Lee Forrester (Luton)

St Neots Town

0:3

Corby Town Rooney 2 (14 & 72 mins), Wright (27 mins)

n Deeney (43) Conroy, Deeney, Dhillon, Hibbert, Crowie, Hoyte, Wilson, Ford, Nolan, Davies, Woolley. Subs: Taylor (for Ford 46 mins), Hilliard (for Woolley 67 mins), N’Guessan (for Wilson 69 mins), Hurst and Ann.

n n None Walker, Thomas, Carruthers, Malone, Gascoigne, McGowan, Berwick, Hendrie (L), Wright, Rooney, Hendrie (S) Subs: Healy (for Wright 76 mins), Ives (for Berwick 76 mins), Fox (for Hendrie (S) 81 mins) Shariff and Carpenter.

St Neots were outclassed in this match by a Corby side still basking in the glow of their FA Cup giant killing feat away at Colwyn Bay that has put them in the First Round Proper. been scored and sixteen conceded it is at both ends that St Neots must soon find some redemption.

They controlled the match from midfield where former Aston Villa star Lee Hendrie totally ran the show. St Neots were without the injured pair Adrian Sear and Mark Ducket and this let Ben Ford and Jhai Dhillon into the starting line up with Dan Crowie preferred to Alasan Ann in defence and Lewis Wilson starting for the first time. However the changes probably had little direct effect on the outcome of the match because St Neots were out thought and outplayed by a team they had been unlucky not to beat earlier in the season. With three strikers in their line up St Neots certainly created more chances than of late but that is only significant when those chances result in goals and now with five successive league defeats in which two goals have

Early Chances Ironically it was St Neots who created the first two chances of the game as visiting keeper Paul Walker was called upon to save efforts from Matt Nolan and Jay Davies. Then after 14 minutes with their first real chance the visitors went ahead as a Tommy Wright shot rebounded off a defender to the feet of Nathan Rooney and his fierce shot from ten yards gave Niall Conroy no chance. The home keeper then saved well from a rising shot by Tommy Berwick after clever play by Lee Hendrie but after 27 minutes it was brother Stuart Hendrie who broke clear down the right flank to cross for Tommy Wright to sweep the ball in at the far post from close range. Walker made a rare mistake fumbling a Davies shot but he made up for that lapse with a good save to deny the same St Neots player whilst at the other end Conroy did well to push a fierce shot by Berwick over the cross bar. However with the first half completed Corby were good value for their two goals advantage.

4-4-2 St Neots sent on Bobby-Joe Taylor and reverted to a 4-4-2 formation after the break resulting in them competing far better. However the Hendrie brothers continued to torment them with Stuart cutting in to force Conroy to claw his shot away and Lee sending over the perfect corner to find the unmarked Paul Malone who glanced his effort wide of the far post. Leon Hibbert headed over from a Taylor cross and substitute Lewis Hilliard made an instant impact coming on to bring the sae of the match from Walker. Dashed With Corby happy to play deep in midfield to preserve their advantage it was against the run of play when after 72 minutes any outside hopes of a St Neots comeback were dashed. Stuart Hendrie timed his run to perfection to beat the offside trap and cross for Rooney to sidestep his marker and produce a fierce shot that beat the unfortunate Conroy at his near post. Berwick then also beat the keeper but saw his shot rebound from the bar but to their credit St Neots persevered with success as Dhillon and Hilliard twice went close to claiming a consolation goal. With both Corby and Truro winning on the night St Neots now find themselves seven points away from climbing out of the relegation zone.

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Lee Hendrie A match to forget, the saints never gained control of the midfield and ex Aston Villa and England midfield player Lee Hendry showed all of his class and ran the game for Corby.

Lee Hendry. Experience showed and no more than Lee in this match. Even though he looked a little unfit he still had the class to put on a match winning performance.

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MATCH REPORT

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FA Trophy Second Round Qualifying Causeway Lane (Att 244) Saturday 02nd November 2013 - Kick Off 15:00 - Referee: Adam Clayton (Manchester)

Matlock Town Harcourt (18 mins), Holland (88 mins) n n None Kennedy, Harcourt, Leesley, Ashmore, Haggerty, Yates, Needham, Gregory, Holland, McMahon, White. Subs: Grayson (for McMahon 63 mins), Foster (for Gregory 73 mins), Radford (for White 86 mins), Featherstone and Leese.

2:0

St Neots Town n Ford (28) Conroy, Ann, Ford, Crowie, Hoyte, Deeney, Hilliard, Hurst, Woolley, Davies, Taylor Subs: Wilson (for Taylor 76 mins), N’Guessan (for Ford 86 mins), Sharman, Palmer and King.

Iain Parr’s final match in charge of St Neots ended in an FA Trophy defeat at the hands of Northern Premier League side Matlock Town in the Peak District. This brought to an end St Neots’ interest in National competition this season but it came as Parr was forced to field a largely experimental line up with half a dozen of his first team squad either injured or unavailable. However the side were unlucky not to have at least brought Matlock back to St Neots for a replay for they had much the better of the second half and their defeat was only confirmed by a goal against the run of play two minutes from time. This was defeat from which there were so many positives to be gained. Jake Woolley leading the line with determination and skill was unlucky not to have featured on the score sheet and Alasan Ann already utilised as a striker and central defender was slotted in at full back to give an almost faultless performance. Elsewhere the first time midfield pairing of Dave Deeney and loanee Liam Hurst were more than adequate and the return to the starting line up of Lewis Hilliard saw him almost back to his best. The new Manager due to be named early in the week will start his tenure with selection problems as the missing players return to the squad for next week’s league visit of title favourites Hemel Hempstead.

Heavy rain just prior to the match ensured a difficult slippery surface and both sides took some time to find a rhythm. There were just two early shots on goal from Liam Needham and Micky Harcourt dealt with comfortably by Niall Conroy and then after 18 minutes Matlock went ahead with the first real chance of the match. Corey Gregory went over an inswinging corner to a packed six yards box where St Neots goalkeeper was crowded out and the unmarked Micky Harcourt rose to head firmly into the net. St Neots were unlucky not to level three minutes later when Jay Davies was fouled 25 yards from goal and Lewis Hilliard’s perfectly placed free kick had to be acrobatically turned over the bar by home keeper Jon Kennedy. Conroy did have to make one important save from Lavell White but St Neots were gradually beginning to dominate the game with Kennedy doing well to block a narrow angled shot from Woolley and Jay Davies playing just behind the striker bringing two saves from the keeper as he sought to keep his goal intact. After half time the pattern of play continued with St Neots dominating possession but they lacked a cutting edge up front. From a Woolley cross

Bobby-Joe Taylor fired over the bar and Hilliard carved out two further openings bringing a good save from Kennedy but then seeing a fierce shot blocked with the keeper beaten following a Taylor corner that was not cleared. Matlock sent on a couple of substitutes hoping to capture more of the play but with St Neots growing in confidence much of the play was towards the home goal. A lengthy effort from Dave Deeney passed the wrong side of a post and St Neots then sent on two attacking substitutes Lewis Wilson and Joe N’Guessan to try to find the equaliser they deserved. As often happens when a side is dominating the opposite effect happens and two minutes from time in a very rare Matlock visit to the St Neots penalty area a James Ashmore cross eluded the back peddling defence and the ball fell kindly for Danny Holland who wrapped up his sides’ place in the third round draw with a crisp finish. St Neots had the last word deep in added time as substitute Lewis Wilson brought the save of the match from Kennedy who pushed the ball over the bar but by then it would not have mattered.

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PLAYER PROFILE

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Dan Crowie Dan is 19 years old was signed at the beginning of season 2013. Having started his career at Luton Town his last club was Kettering Town where he was very impressive in the games against us. A very strong center half, Dan impressed in pre-season and seems to have made the position his own.


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GREENIES GREETINGS

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Thank You and Good Luck Iain Mike Green Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Rowley Park – The Cozy Stadium, for today’s Calor League Premier Division.

I’d just like to publicly thank Iain for everything he has helped the Club achieve in the past 18 months and wish him Good Luck for all the things he will be looking to push on over the coming months. Today we extend a very warm welcome to the Players, Officials and Supporters of Hemel Hempstead Town FC and we hope you have an enjoyable, if brief, stay with us this afternoon, before embarking on a safe journey home after the game. I’m sure you’re all aware by now that Manager Iain Parr has stepped down from the First Team Manager’s post to concentrate on the Youth and Development side of things here at the Club and has taken up the offer of a place on the Board of Directors, so I’d just like to publicly thank Iain for everything he has helped the Club achieve in the past 18 months and wish him Good Luck for all the things he will be looking to push on over the coming months.

At the time of writing, the new management team has not yet been unveiled but whoever comes in, they will no doubt be in charge for today’s game so please join me in giving them a fantastic reception and wishing them all the very best for the future here at The Cozy Stadium. Saturday saw the Lads put in a much improved performance up at Matlock Town in the FA Trophy and I personally think they were very unlucky not to have got something out of the game. After going behind early on, we managed to get a foot hold in the game and for a period in the second half, had our hosts on the rack as we went in search of the equaliser. The game effectively ended however when, as we pushed

forward, Matlock stole in and struck the killer blow and that was the end of our Trophy run for this season. Just got to mention the views around their ground too, pretty amazing, even though the weather was, shall we say, indifferent, to say the least and it’s not every day you have a castle overlooking one end of the ground. On to today’s game and Hemel Hempstead, The Tudors, arrive here in fine form and find themselves sitting in second place in the league table, just three points behind Chesham United, having played two games less than the Generals and having beaten North Greenford United 9-1 in the FA Trophy last Saturday and Premier Division basement side Bashley United 10-0 in league action on Tuesday evening. We say hello to two Ex Saints today too in the shape of Ollie Thorne and of course striker Ben Mackey. Hopefully both players will have off days today and who knows, teams on long runs of form have to de-rail at some stage, why not today? What a story that would make what with it being the new manager’s first game etc. As Christmas looms around the corner, don’t forget we have a range of stocking fillers including mugs, scarves and hats and also the range of official team clothing, so if you’re stuck thinking what to get your loved ones this festive season, have a look in our Merchandise Kiosk for the ideal gift. Ok, let’s get behind the lads from the off and be part of what is no doubt going to be a cracking atmosphere with the travelling hordes who have travelled up to support the Tudors.

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england 4 west germany 2 #07 GREATEST FOOTBALL MATCHES EVER PLAYED! Voted for by over 1,000 supporters. Each programme we will run from 10 right down to the greatest ever football match played.

World Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, July 30, 1966 Wembley stadium provided the setting for the match that is for ever remembered for Geoff Hurst’s extra-time heroics and the histrionics of Soviet Union linesman Tofik Bakhramov. England could – and should – have won the match in regular time. They had recovered from conceding an early German goal from Helmut Haller, Hurst heading the equaliser from Bobby Moore’s quickly taken free-kick. But the German defence gave little away in the second half and only 13 minutes remained when Martin Peters scored to give England a 2-1 lead. As England hung on for the final whistle, Jack Charlton was adjudged, harshly, to have fouled on the edge of the box. The free-kick, blasted at the wall by Lothar Emmerich, fell to Wolfgang Weber, who shot past Gordon Banks’ desperate lunge. “You’ve won it once, now go and win it again,” England manager Alf Ramsey famously urged during the break before extra-time. “Look at them,” he said, pointing at the prostrate Germans, “they’re finished!”. England were fitter and

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fresher, and Alan Ball found the energy to run on to a pass from Nobby Stiles. From his cross, Hurst’s shot on the turn hit the underside of the bar and bounced past keeper Hans Tilkowski. The goal was disputed by the Germans and Swiss referee Gottfried Dienst consulted Bakhramov, who pointed to the centre-spot. Hurst completed his hat-trick with virtually the final kick of the game. By then, there were people on the pitch, and England were world champions. Bakhramov went on to become general secretary of the newly formed Azerbaijan federation on the break-up of the Soviet Union. The Azeris’ national stadium, in the capital, Baku,

has been re-named in his honour. Line-ups England: Banks - Cohen, J Charlton, Moore, Wilson Stiles, B Charlton, Ball - Peters, Hunt, Hurst. Goals: Hurst 18, 101, 120, Peters 77. West Germany: Tilkowski - Hottges, Schulz, Weber, Schnellinger - Beckenbauer, Overath, Haller - Seeler, Held, Emmerich. Goals: Haller 12, Weber 90. Referee: Dienst (Switzerland). Att: 94,000.


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A BLAST FROM THE PAST

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Gary Lineker Full name: Gary Winston Lineker 
 Date of birth: 30/11/1960 Like him or love him, there are few people who would say they don’t have a soft spot for Gary Linekar. He is not only a football legend but a national English treasure and the face of football on the BBC. Making Leicester famous for more than just crisps… Gary was spotted playing football by local team Leicester City when playing at 13 and he was invited to play for their youth team. When he was 16 Gary started playing full-time. At 18 he started playing for the first team and within a couple of professional years he was already starting to make a prolific name for himself, finishing each season with enough goals to place him up there with the other leading goal scorers in the then Division One. In 1984/85 season Gary finished as top goal-scorer with 24 and this prompted attention from the England international team. Ferry across to the Mersey Gary moved to Everton in 1985 and didn’t stop scoring for them either. He bagged a staggering 38 goals in only 52 games for The Toffees and finished top goal scorer again. During this period though it was when the rest of Europe started to become very tempted by such a deadly match-winner as Lineker and the skinny lad from Leicester soon fell onto the radar of the big boys from Spain. Big-ears goes to big club Barcelona called and Gary answered and in 1986 Lineker moved to Spanish giants Barcelona. In the same year Gary played in the Mexican World Cup and won the Golden Boot for scoring the most goals in the competition.

The Spaniards were rubbing their hands at the prospect of a repeat performance at the Nou Camp. Gary did it again and he netted 21 goals for Barca in only 41 games, including a hat-trick against arch rivals Real Madrid, which led him to cult status amongst the fans. He was becoming prolific and an absolute nightmare to defend against. With Lineker up-front Barcelona went on to win the UEFA Cup and the Copa del Rev but a fall out with Dutch legend Johan Cruiff, when he was suddenly moved out of position to the right-wing, spelt time at the Barca for golden-boot-Gary. Tottenham Hot-stuff Lineker passed on Manchester United’s generous offers and decided his return to English football would be with north London’s Tottenham Hotspur. It was here that Gary entered the peak of his form. From 105 games Gary scored in over half of them with a whopping 67 goals. He helped them win the FA Cup and, playing alongside Paul Gascoigne for most of it, he made Spurs a force to be reckoned with. Gary was voted third in the first ever FIFA World Player of the Year awards in 1991.

The Setting Sun of Japan One of the most unexpected transfer moves of all time came when Gary Lineker decided to move to Japan to play for Nagoya Grampus Eight. He was loved in Japan and, although he only played 23 games in the two seasons he was there, he still couldn’t resist scoring 9 more goals to add to his huge tally. Gary finished his club football career having never received a yellow or red card. He was the ultimate sportsman and the ultimate gentleman. He was one of the greatest examples of an England player we have ever seen and his goals for his country were some of the most crucial in history. We’re singing for England…. It began in 1984 against Scotland. It ended with 80 appearances and a staggering (but expected from Gary) 48 goals. There came a somewhat sad end to his England career when, in the Euro 92 tournament, new coach Graham Taylor subbed Lineker and prevented him from trying to beat Bobby Charton’s top goal scoring record. He was upset and didn’t play for England again.

Career Appearances: 466 Goals: 244 International Caps: 80 Goals: 48 Career Highlight: Fifa World Cup – Golden Shoe: 1986 (Mexico)


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What A Week! Mike Kearns Welcome to the Officials, Players and supporters of Hemel Hempstead FC for todays game. And a special welcome to Ben Mackey and Ollie Thorne who were both with the saints last season. Hemel have had a great start to the season and have been sitting in top position all season.

Accepted Never when we set up the new football development side of the club did we believe that it would take off quite the way it has. Iain accepted an invitation to join Lee and myself on the main board and will now work full time in developing the clubs future.

this of course will add more strength to the squad. I think the addition of Gary, Zema and Nathan to the management team will put us in good stead for years to come.

Bringing in a new management team is something that is quite an ordeal, but I believe we have found just what we want, a proven management team, with experience at this level that have the same ambition as we all have. They also know that they have a big job to do not only this season but in the future. So I would

Respected Gary of course has been with the club for the last few weeks and has already secured some very good players for the club. Zema has played his football at a professional level and Nathan is also an ex professional goalkeeper and rated by many as the best Goalkeeper in our league,

We are 13 games into the new season but we do have 87 points still to play for, so it is catch up time and a new beginning for the first team.

More Signings More signings will be made in due course as the new management team get to grips with the squad, and I am sure that between them and with the backing of the club and supporters that we will not only consolidate our position in this league but be able to build a squad capable of challenging for promotion next season.

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Yes I say future because with out this development the very existence of our club could be in jeopardy. So congratulations to Iain on his new position of which I know he will excel at. Its always very difficult trying to find the right balance right through the club not only in players but in management as well, everyone has to have the same commitment and ambition otherwise it just cannot work.

like welcome our new Joint First Team managers Gary King and Zema Abbey and their Assistant manager Nathan Abbey to the club. Gary, Zema and Nathan have plenty of experience of football and players at this level and have worked as a team up until the end of last season for over 5 years, Where they took Arlesey Town from the Southern league central division to the brink of the play offs last season in the Premier Division. Unfortunately it was Gosport who secured that vital play off place by 1 point when beating us in that Final game of the season.

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What a week we have had, just another day at the office I would say but as typical with me I was having a short break when Lee and Iain had a meeting about the development side of the club of which they both decided that more time and effort was needed on that side, and Iain trying to do that and manage the first team was going to be just too much for him.

All for one and one for all. Mike

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OPPONENT SPOTLIGHT

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Hemel Hempstead Town

The Tudors

Hemel have made a dazzling start to the season leading the way until their national cup commitments allowed Chesham to overtake them – but they are still second in the table with two matches in hand and only one league defeat in twelve outings. Previous meetings of our clubs 2012/13

ST NEOTS 6-1 HEMEL

2013/14

HEMEL 2-0 ST NEOTS

Year Founded: 1885 Chairman: David Boggins Club Website: www.hemelfc.com

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 Hemel Hempstead Town FC and we extend to them our usual warm Cozy Stadium welcome. Our two sides have met five times in league and cup over the past dozen years and those five matches have produced no less than 28 goals. However by virtue of their victory over our lads at Vauxhall Road earlier this season Hemel lead 3-2 in the head to head count. Last season St Neots completed only three league ‘doubles’ in our first season at Step Three and one of our ‘victims’ was Hemel whom we defeated 6-1 at

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home and 4-2 away. Ben Mackey who is likely to be in the Hemel side today will remember our double over his new side because he scored for St Neots at home in the 4-2 victory and followed that up with a hat trick at Hemel.

Club History Of the clubs that merged over the years to form the club as we know it today, the history of Apsley FC goes furthest back. Formed in 1885 as Apsley End FC, the club was based at Salmon Meadow and played

in a claret and blue strip. The first record of competitive football was in 1889, when the club entered the Herts Senior Cup. Apsley End were then one of the founding member clubs of the West Herts Football Association and entered their first league competition in 1891/92. Immediately following the second World War, the club showed a great improvement in form and consistency at this time but again only had a couple of runners up spots to show for it but the clubs name changed to Hemel Hempstead Town.


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Did you know?... The history of Hemel Hempstead Town FC is a complex past, with mergers between local clubs and numerous name changes before finally settling as the club as it is known today. Of the clubs that merged over the years to form the club as we know it today, the history of Apsley FC goes furthest back. Formed in 1885 as Apsley End FC,

Hemel were quickly relegated to the Southern Western Division. A nail biting end to the 2005/6 season saw Hemel beat Brackley Town in the play-off final to secure promotion back to the Southern Premier Division at the first attempt. In 2006/2007, saw Hemel achieve a play-off position which could have seen the club promoted to the Conference South. However, the play-off semi-final away to Team Bath resulted in defeat. In the 2009/10 season Hemel ended up in a relegation position but were spared going down by the requirement of restructuring. During the summer of 2010, Hitchin manager Colin Payne was appointed the new Tudors manager in time for the 2010/11 season which saw the Tudors celebrate their 125 years in existence. The season started well but inconsistent form saw Hemel finish 15th in the league but last season they reached the play off final only to be beaten by Gosport Borough on penalties.

Apsley 1908-1909 Hertfordshire county cup winners.

Did you know?... Reprieved from relegation in the season 2011/2012 Hemel appointed their current manager Dean Brennan for his second spell as manager for the 2012/13 season.

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The last ten years has been very eventful for Hemel with various ground improvements, 2 league championships, a play-off final win, two automatic promotions, promotion through restructuring, and a relegation, not to mention seven changes of manager. The first task of the new Committee which

gained control of the club in 1997 were to change the name back to Hemel Hempstead Town FC By 2001 various ground improvements had led to a “B” grading for Vauxhall Road which made the club eligible for promotion. In 2004 following another 6th place finish, restructuring saw Hemel leave the Isthmian after nearly 30 years of competing in that league and for the first time Hemel started a season in the Southern League, competing in the Premier division.

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Hemel didn’t set the Delphian League alight, finishing in the bottom two of the division on five occasions during eleven seasons. The clubs best finish in the Delphian League was as runners up in 1961/62. The Delphian League disbanded once the season finished in 1963 and the clubs formed Division Two of the Athenian League. In their opening season in the Athenian League, Hemel finished fifth in Division Two and were subsequently promoted to Division One due to restructuring. In 1964-65 Hemel finished as runners up in Division One, winning promotion to the Premier Division. Hemel only lasted three seasons in the Premier with a best finish of ninth in 1966 before two consecutive relegations saw Hemel start the 1969/70 season in Division Two, a level which Hemel remained for nearly 30 years! In the summer of 1972, Hemel Hempstead Town merged with Hemel Hempstead United, the new club took the simple name of Hemel Hempstead and made United’s Vauxhall Road ground as its home. In 1977, Hemel left the Athenian League to join the rapidly expanding Isthmian League, who boasted to be the south of England’s premier football league.

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WHO’S WHO

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Who calls the shots?... Dean Brennan First Team Manager At the age of 29, Dean was appointed interim manager of Hemel Hempstead in March 2010 in a bid to avoid relegation after the sacking of previous incumbent Gary Phillips. Together with asst manager and Watford legend Luther Blissett, Dean went on to amass enough points in the remaining nine games that eventually saw Hemel Hempstead earn a reprieve to stay in the Premier Division as well as win the Hertfordshire Senior Cup and St Mary’s Cup.

GOALKEEPERS ALEX TOKARCZYK: Alex began his career with Hayes & Yeading Utd in 2008 at the age of 16 as part of the Football Education Development scheme, studying sports science at East Berkshire College. He also played for Crystal Palace Reserves at Loftus Road at the end of the 2008/09 season and for the Middlesex U18 side. LAURIE WALKER: Bedford born, Laurie began his footballing career with MK Dons before moving to Millwall and then Cambridge United. Laurie then joined Morecambe in 2010, making his debut against Macclesfield Town in the Football League Trophy. DEFENDERS KYLE CONNOLLY: Young left back, formerly with Arsenal and Boreham Wood. Joined Watford’s Academy in December 2011. Trailist with Hemel in pre-season and subsequently signed by Dean Brennan for the 2013/14 season. MOUSSA DIARRA: Tall central defender moved from France in the summer of 2011 and had trials with Tooting & Mitcham United before signing for Horley Town. Moussa then joined St Albans, scoring in his Southern League debut against Stourbridge in March 2012, and also scored a hat-trick against Barwell in October 2012. DAVID KING: Versatile player who can play centre midfield, centre back or right back. Signed professional forms for MK Dons in the summer of 2009 after graduating from the club’s academy where he had

captained the U18s in his final season as a trainee. Made his senior debut for the Dons when he came on as a substitute in the Carling Cup tie against Cardiff City in August 2008. Regarded as a tenacious and committed midfield/defensive player with good energy and passing ability. ANTHONY MAISIATT: Tall athletic centre-half began his career at Beaune Youth, before joining Ligue 2 Dijon FCO and then Ligue 1 club Evian-Thonon-Gaillard. Joins fellow Frenchman Moussa Diarra in the centre of defence. DANNY MAY: Signed for the Tudors in 2009. The popular right back made the most appearances last season for the Tudors playing no less than 54 games and scoring an impressive 5 goals. He was players’ player of the year for the 2011/2012 season and supporters’ player of the year in 2010/2011. His previous clubs include Wivenhoe & Enfield. He was also at Northampton Town for 3 yrs and Watford for 8 yrs. Danny signed a one year contract extension in May 2012. KIERAN MURPHY: Kingston-born Kieran started his career at MK Dons, where he made a handful of first team appearances, before quitting the professional game in 2008 to study at Loughborough University. During his studies he joined Conference North side Ilkeston Town, where he was promptly made club captain and awarded player of the year in his first season with the club as they won promotion to the Blue Square North. Kieran subsequently turned down an offer the following season

from David Holdsworth (who had originally signed Kieran for Ilkeston), manager of Blue Square Premier side Mansfield Town, to stay with Ilkeston. Has since featured for Boston United, Carshalton Athletic and Kingstonian. Kieran recently captained GBR to the World University Games final in July 2013, narrowly 2-3 losing to France. Kieran has also been capped by the Republic of Ireland at U21 level. RYAN PARSONS: Ryan Parsons has returned for a 2nd spell at the Tudors after spending just over a year at Windsor FC. The left back came through the youth setup at Wycombe Wanderers. Played in over 100 games in 2 spells for Windsor & Eton, also playing for Maidenhead United in between. Joined Hemel originally for the 2010/11 season before returning to newly formed Windsor FC as their captain. OLLIE THORNE: The tall and powerful defensive central defender/ midfielder started his career as a youth team player at MK Dons before being snapped up by Blue Square Bet Premier side Forest Green Rovers, who signed him up on a one year deal. He then moved on to Newport County before joining Kidderminster Harriers and then went on loan to Rushden & Diamonds before signing for Braintree Town. Ollie then joined Southern League Premier side Bedford Town in August 2011and last season played for St Neots and Arlesey Town, picking up a few goals in the process.


WHO’S WHO

Lewis Toomey Striker Lewis originally signed for The Tudors from Kings Langley at the start of the 2010/11 campaign, scoring a hat-trick on his debut for the club. Loaned to Chalfont St Peter in March 2012 before signing for local rivals St Albans City in June 2012. Left the Saints to joining Boreham Wood in January 2013. Joined Hitchin Town in March 2013 on a dual registration and scored a hat-trick against his former club Hemel in April 2013. Re-signed for the Tudors in May 2013.

MIDFIELDERS

JAKE GILBERT: Jake signed for the Tudors in the summer of 2009. He is a tough tackling central midfielder who started his football with Aylesbury Youth and has played for Thurrock and Berkhamsted Town.

JORDAN PARKES: Made his league debut for Watford in August 2008 before captaining Watford U20s against Inter Milan with a side that included Hernan Crespo, Adriano, Walter Samuel and Olivier Dacourt. Upon release from Watford in June 2010, Jordan signed for Barnet where he went onto make 51 appearances before his contract expired. He joined Chelmsford City in August 2012 before leaving by mutual consent to join Hemel Hempstead Town FC.

RYAN PLOWRIGHT: Another player who has impressed during pre-season trials with Hemel. Versatile defender/midfielder who was formerly an MK Dons scholar. Signed for Cambridge United for the 2012/13 season before being loaned out to Banbury United in December 2012 and then recalled by Cambridge in April 2013 for the remainder of the season. DANNY TALBOT: Danny signed for the Tudors in November 2012 from local rivals Chesham United, where he was club captain. The midfielder previously played in the Football League for Rushden & Diamonds, and also had spells with Cambridge City and Potters Bar. Danny made 262 appearances for Chesham United over 5 years, scoring 35 goals. Excellent from set-pieces and a cultured left foot. Son of former Arsenal player Brian Talbot. STRIKERS GARETH CHENDLIK: Gareth was part of the youth section, playing for the U18s before going to university to study business, and has impressed in his pre-season

friendlies. He has all the attributes to be a high class striker and this is why the club have invested in his future. OLIVER HAWKINS: Striker who impressed during pre-season and subsequently signed by Dean Brennan and Stuart Maynard. Signs from Northwood FC whom he joined in March 2011 alongside manager Gary Meakin, then from Hillingdon Borough FC. Was named Northwood FC’s Supporters’ Player of the Year 2011/12 and Manager’s Player of the Year 2012/13 during which time he was golden boot winner for both seasons, scoring 19 goals in each season. BEN MACKEY: Began his career with Coventry City where he made 3 first-team appearances. Joined St Neots in December 2011 where his goals played a part in the Cambridgeshire club subsequently securing promotion. Scored 23 times in 2012/13 season before joining Stourbridge in March 2013 where he netted a further 8 times to secure 2nd spot in the Premier Division. CHARLIE MPI: Signed for the Tudors in May 2012. Seems to enjoy playing for former Hemel managers as together with Byron Walton (Beaconsfield), he also played the first part of the 2011/2012 campaign for Steve Bateman’s Slough Town. BEN PATTIE: 17 year old Ben has all the ingredients to make a top striker, he has a good outlook on his own development and if he can make the necessary improvements during the coming season then we can all expect big things of him.

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DAVID HUTTON: David is a 23 year old attacking midfield player who began his footballing career with Tottenham Hotspur (2006-2009). On 15 July 2010, David joined Grimsby Town on trial and played in several Pre-Season Friendlies. After a brief spell with St. Albans City he agreed to join the Glenn Hoddle Academy and then signed with Spanish Club Jerez Industrial. David then joined Conference South club Boreham Wood in October 2011 before signing for the Tudors on 15 February 2013.

DAVID PEARCE: Joined Hemel in February 2011 after Windsor & Eton were dissolved. He made an immediate impact, scoring 3 goals in his first 4 games and has since established himself as a regular first team player. Can terrorise defences with his pace and quick feet. The midfield dynamo was the supporters’ player of the year, managers’ player of the year and golden boot winner for 2011/2012. Pearcey signed a year’s contract extension in May 2012.

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ALEX CAMPANA: Right winger Alex Campana rejoined the Tudors in July 2012 after completing his studies at university. Alex began his football career at Watford FC Academy where he captained the U18’s and was a regular player in the reserves.

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THE BEAUTIFUL GAME

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Gaffa Grief Ade Roberts It’s probably one of the best jobs you could possibly have, if things are going well. In contrast to that, when things are not going to plan, it must be a chore to get some sleep at night and a real constant worry. Of course, I’m referring to the job of the football manager. As a fan, you couldn’t want for a better job than being involved in the day-to-day running of the football club you hold close to your heart and being paid for your services would be an added bonus. It’s when times are tough, both on and off the field that panic would set in – wondering if you’ll still have that job in a month or so. The job of football manager may have its appeal but when things get ugly, it’s probably one of the loneliest jobs in the world. Not only are the board putting the pressure on you, but the fans [who last season cheered your name] now want your head on a silver platter and a replacement for you ASAP. The head on a platter could well have been the case for the Bulgarian side Levski Sofia’s new boss Ivaylo Petev recently when the Levski fans took it upon themselves to give a public display of their contempt for their clubs’ choice of new boss. During the first press conference involving the new gaffa, the fans humiliated their new coach in front of the cameras by removing the team shirt from his back in defiance of his appointment. They then escorted him out of the press conference, probably with a few choice swear words along the way – and why? – because the Levski fans believed Petev to be a fan of their arch rivals CSKA Sofia! He should have known better really shouldn’t he? Petev, as you imagine, has since left the club. That’s probably the shortest reign for any football manager ever! However,

Leroy Rosenior’s reign as Torquay United’s boss back in 2007 was quite short-lived. He held the post for a matter of minutes as the club was in the process of being taken over by a consortium. The chairman gave him the job initially but the new owners didn’t want Rosenior as gaffa so he was subsequently fired within minutes of taking over due to the take-over! It’s a tough job and broad shoulders should be one of the criteria required if that’s the path you choose in life. The Harry Rednapp comments about Roy Hodgson’s suitability as England manager provided great fodder for the media to make a meal of. We’ve also recently seen the controversial Gus Poyet return to management at Sunderland following his ‘grey cloud’ Brighton sacking last term. Who ultimately decides the fate of the football manager? The Chairmen, the board, and sometimes the fans play a part? However, it does seem that the media are the key players in the demise of the top clubs’ bosses. You only have to read the papers to see the book makers’

odds appearing on the sports pages on “who goes next”. The current favourite within the Premier League to ‘bite-the-bullet’ is Ian Holloway at Crystal Palace. Perhaps by the time you read this, he, along with probably a host of other football managers are now unemployed. It’s the nature of the job I guess. The likes of Ian Holloway may feel under pressure and aggrieved by their current situation but they should take a look further down the pyramid and put themselves in the shoes of Dorchester Town boss Phil Simkin, who at the age of 60, recently considered registering himself as a player in their game against Dover because of the club’s cash problems and their need to put the entire team up for sale in order to reduce the wage bill by 50%. Let’s give it 100% today and get behind the Gaffa and the boys so that we can enjoy the results of their labour.

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FAN FEATURE

Rowan Presland Welcome to our new feature “one minute with” you our supporters. A simple question and answer to give us all a chance to get to know each other. Put a name to a face, and get that face “yours” into our match day magazine. For full details see below.

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Take Part! If you would like to take part in this feature then contact Louise Sales on misslouisesales@yahoo.co.uk

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One Minute With...

I have supported the Saints for about four seasons; I have managed to get my Dad on board too. I help update the clubs Twitter and Facebook on match days.

What changes would you make?

Haven’t got one!

Heated stands

Who wears the trousers in your house Rowan?

How long have you followed the Saints?

Have you passed out through drinking too much alcohol?

My Daughters

Since 2009

Fish

Do you have a favourite player?

Yes normally around Christmas time

Searsy!

Do you have a favourite film?

Missing a home game

What is your occupation?

Star Wars

I.T

Most memorable goal?

Where do you see us in the next three years?

What’s your favourite colour?

Rene’s of course!

Conference North holding our own

Blue of course

Do you have any favourite pets?

Your catchphrase?

Wine or beer?

Cats

We’re playing in blue!

Fish and chips or curry? Are you scared of anything?

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Do you have a nick name?

Beer

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MANAGING DIRECTOR’S VIEWS

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A Little Less Conversation Lee Kearns A little less conversation, a little more action is what’s required I guess. None of this yesterday Man it’s all about the future and how we go about taking the club forward. Oh Boy I hear you say here you go again pretending that it’s all a wonderful world and its all good times with the club. I like to stay positive because that’s the only way to travel along the long and winding road to get back to where we all want to be. Don’t let me down by thinking nothing has been achieved because I feel fine at where we are at the moment (just about) and anyway we all know what it’s like to work eight days a week just to gain a little ground. You try and put things into place to ensure that revenue streams are constant and ongoing (opportunities lets make lots of money for the club) and are not short term. Don’t get me wrong clearly we still have a way to go but if we remain Hungry like the wolf for success and keep pushing, keep on moving and Keep feeling fascination for the club we will get there. You may consider these the sentiments of a rambling man (a fools overture as it were) or someone trying to give you a reason to believe in what we are doing however I’m not one to live in a pastime paradise hence I can only look forward so like me don’t look back in anger. Steppin out onto the pitch is what we have all dreamt of doing at some time of our lives so let’s hear it for the boys when they emerge from the tunnel. You’re the voice that can make the difference so show a little patience and hopefully it won’t take long for the new faces to get into the groove, to all come together. Christmas Parties are booking fast so if you want to come on down and feel the noise please contact Lou on 01480 470012 she still has some dates left.

Well done to Lou for doubling the function bookings, time after time we get great reviews whether it’s a white wedding or just a night to remember. As we did last year the last home game before Xmas which is AFC Totton will be a family day so please keep an eye out for further detail. Update on the pitch-because of the warm weather (not as hot as July granted) the pitch is looking great, even today you can feel a slight summer breeze which all bodes well for the winter. I’d like to thank Iain for all his hard work and I’d also like to welcome him on board as a director. I’m so excited about what is still to be achieved. I’d also like to thank all the club officials for all their hard work and a big thank you goes to the safety stewards, we have never had so many volunteers. (It’s nice to know it’s not all about

mony mony and I fully appreciate you all have 9-5 jobs) Well done to Lou for doubling the function booking over the course of the last 18months. Time after time we get great reviews whether it’s a white wedding or just a night to remember. Finally thanks to the entire bar staff and Kitchen staff you are all smooth operators who have contributed greatly. A huge welcome to the new management team I look forward to working with you
And so onto todays game, Happy Days, Let’s get it on, can you feel the force of the Rabble ! Can you feel it? Lee


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FOOTBALL FUNNIES

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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 these beauties out! Bomb under the pitch Thousands of amateur football players played on turf covering an unexploded German bomb from the Second World War. The bomb was discovered in April 1995 which meant that the 4,000 people who lived in Portland, Dorset had to be evacuated while technicians spent several hours disabling the weapon.

Actors become football hooligans In 2009 a police mix up saw photographs of actors issued to media sources following a riot in London. The photos were issued in relation to an incident involving West Ham and Millwall fans but six of the 66 pictures included stills of the actors filming the scenes for a hit film.

Brazil, 2010. The player sent off in the match between Genus and Moto Cube refused to leave the pitch which caused police in riot gear to storm the pitch attacking him and other protesting players.

against Panathinaikos, Bastia tripped the streaker so he could be escorted off of the pitch by the authorities. The referee subsequently showed him a straight red card for violent conduct.

The actual game of three halves

Pre-match executions

An English League game played in 1894 will forever go down in the history of football for having three halves. The match was between Sunderland and Derby County. It started with someone standing in as a deputy referee as the original referee was late. The match was played for 45 minutes, the original referee turned up and ordered a full 90 minutes to be played. Sunderland won 11-0.

Police attack players

Sent off for tripping streaker

Police stormed onto the pitch and pepper sprayed a number of players following a red card in a game in

Adrian Bastia was sent off in for apprehending a streaker in 2008. During an Astreas Tripolis match

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During the Taliban rule of Afghanistan throughout the 1990s, executions took place before matches at Kabul’s main stadium. Men and women were often tortured, shot, had their throats cut or limbs amputated before teams took to the field for league matches.

Sold for sausage meat Marius Cioara was sold in Romanian football from UT Arad to Regal Hornia in 2006 for 15 kilograms of sausage meat. However, Cioara left his new side after just one day at the club because he was relentlessly abused by teammates in relation to the circumstances surrounding his move.


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GAME FOR A LAUGH

ES!

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! MARTIN KEOWN Man City are entering the eye of the tiger”

MICKY QUINN “You’ve got a little spring in your step in your voice”

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JIM WHITE “The paint is hardly dry on Neil Warnock’s sacking”

ROBERTO DI MATTEO “In the FA Cup, you always have to expect the unexpectable”

IAIN DOWIE “It’s now much more 50-50 in favour of Everton”

IAN ABRAHAMS “Sheffield Wednesday are third in the table. You couldn’t be any higher”

MARK BRIGHT “There was nothing wrong with his timing, he was just a bit late”

“Is it still called Calcutta? I thought it was Bombay these days” CHRIS KAMARA

NIALL QUINN

GARTH CROOKS

That’s literally opening a team up and putting them to the sword”

“Mistakes will be made, make no mistake”

TONY GALE

MARK SAGGERS

“When you’re there, it’s one of those ‘I was there’ moments”

“There are so many sides down there at the top”

STUART ROBSON

LLOYD DOYLEY

“He’s the player who can unlock the key”

“I’ve only played for Watford, so I’m called a one-man club”

ALAN BRAZIL

DAVID PLEAT

“John Cross is feeling very boyish about Arsenal’s chances”

“There’s always been a fierce rivalry between Spurs and Tottenham”

RAY PARLOUR

NIGEL PEARSON

“Southampton have always been at the top, apart from the seasons when they weren’t”

“Manchester City feel like they’ve been hardly done by”

JACK DEARDEN “It was end-to-end stuff at both ends”

GRAEME LE SAUX “Ramires is involved in everything he does”

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FIXTURES & TICKET INFORMATION

Calor League Premier Division

Calor League Premier Division

Poole Town v St Neots Town

Banbury United v St Neots Town

Saturday 16th November 2013 – K.O. 15:00pm

Saturday 30th November 2013 – K.O. 15:00pm

Away Ticket Prices: Adults £10, Concessions £7, Children under 16 £3

Away Ticket Prices: Adults £9, Concessions £5, Children under 16 £1

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Round Trip (from St Neots): 320 miles

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Upcoming Fixtures - Visit www.stneotstownfc.co.uk for the latest updates 09.11.13 Calor League Premier Division

16.11.13 Calor League Premier Division

v Frome Town

15:00

AFC Totton

v Hitchin Town

15:00

Banbury United

v Redditch United

15:00

Arlesey Town

v Banbury United

15:00

Bedford Town

v Bideford

15:00

Bashley

v Hungerford Town

15:00

Chippenham Town v Cambridge City

15:00

Bedford Town

v Burnham

15:00

Poole Town

v Hitchin Town

15:00

Biggleswade Town v Chesham United

15:00

St Neots Town

v Hemel H’std Town

15:00

Cambridge City

v Redditch United

15:00

Truro City

v Chesham United

15:00

Corby Town

v Weymouth

15:00

Hemel H’std Town

v Bideford

15:00

Poole Town

v St Neots Town 15:00

St Albans City

v Chippenham Town 15:00

Stourbridge

v Truro City

12.11.13 Calor League Premier Division AFC Totton

v Frome Town

19:45

13.11.13 Calor League Premier Division Cambridge City

v Stourbridge

19:45

15:00

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Arlesey Town

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Saints Away Games - Everything you need for the next 2 away fixtures

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THE NLP

‘SUPER CALEY GO BALLISTIC, CELTIC ARE ATROCIOUS’ blasted The Sun after Barnes’ Bhoys lost 3-1 at home in a Scottish League Cup tie to their at that point part-time, first division opponents.

Although he let a cross slip through his hands like a bar of soap to gift Partick Thistle a late winner in the live TV game last Sunday, on-loan Luton goalkeeper Dean Brill has been in brilliant form so far this season for Caley, according to Marsella.

The former England winger would soon lose his job, but now one of his old national team colleagues, Terry Butcher, is making more positive headlines north of the border for building an Inverness side capable of challenging the Parkhead giants at the top of the Scottish Premiership. Formed only in 1994, Inverness have risen through the Scottish structure and last term, their third since winning promotion to the top-flight, saw them miss out on a Europa League place by one spot. The house that Butcher has built has sturdy foundations from the English

Former Mangotsfield United, TeamBath and Newport County centre-half Gary Warren is their “leader”, while ex-Hednesford and Macclesfield man Ross Draper drives them on from midfield. In the final third, Caley draw on the creativity of former Welling United, Ebbsfleet and Maidstone youngster Ben Greenhalgh, who has also spent time at Inter Milan after starring in the Sky One reality show, Football’s Next Star, while still in Welling’s youth team. Marley Watkins, the winger signed

from Hereford in the summer, is likely to figure more after impressing from the bench last week, while another close season acquisition – James Vincent – has impressed greatly in an attacking midfield role since arriving from Kidderminster. Unfortunately for the ex-England C international, injury looks set to sideline him until Christmas, but Danny Williams (ex-Kendal and Chester), Carl Tremarco and Danny Devine (both ex-Wrexham) keep up the Conference contingent’s numbers at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium. “These lads aren’t earning much more money than in the Conference,” Yorkshireman Marsella told me, “but we offer them a shop window. “They come up here, play against Celtic in front of 60,000, they go to Hearts, Hibs and Aberdeen and places like that, they can be on television 11 times a season, and then they can move on for double, treble or four times the money.

So now when Inverness Caledonian Thistle crop up, you can tell your mate they’re an English Non-League side attempting to gatecrash the Champions League party! Stuart Hammonds Follow us on twitter: @NonLeguePaper @SamElliott_NLP

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Non-League pyramid, with eight of his current squad having been tempted to the Highlands by Steve Marsella, the 46-year-old goalkeeper coach who does 60,000 miles a year in his joint role as chief scout.

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A brief round up of the weekly results from the teams that matter. FA Trophy First Round Qualifying Replay Weekend Action Poole Town, having gone behind in the fifth minute, equalised with six minutes remaining before scoring twice in three minutes in the first period of extra time to win 3-1 at home against Frome Town and will now play at Arlesey Town in the Second Round.

FA Trophy Second Round Qualifying Weekend Action Premier Division leaders Hemel Hempstead Town led the way in the Trophy when, having gone behind in the third minute, they went ahead by the interval and then added seven goals in the second half to complete a resounding 9-1 home win over Central Division North Greenford United while Redditch United, two ahead at the break, secured a place in the next round with a 5-0 victory against Northern Premier League Brigg Town and Stourbridge, who went behind just before half time, won 2-1 at Mickleover Sports when they converted a penalty in the final minute. Chesham United scored twice in the opening fourteen minutes to set up a 2-1 home success over Weymouth and Marlow scored a goal in each half to win 2-0 at home against Burnham but Dunstable Town twice drew level before going down 3-2 at Merthyr Town while Tiverton Town, a goal ahead at the break, completed a 3-1 home victory over Mangotsfield United. Four clubs secured replays with Hungerford Town, behind at half time, scoring with two minutes remaining to draw 1-1 at Folkestone Invicta, Cambridge City drew 0-0 at Scarborough

Athletic, St Albans City who, after twice being behind, took the lead with sixteen minutes remaining but conceded an equaliser in the penultimate minute to draw 3-3 with visiting Billericay Town, and Daventry Town, trailing at the interval, secured a 1-1 draw at Wingate & Finchley when they scored in the fourth minute of time added on. Chippenham Town, three down in the opening quarter, lost 4-1 at Bognor Regis Town, Egham Town went down 2-1 at Carshalton after having taken the lead shortly before half time. Clevedon Town crashed out 4-1 at Margate, St Neots Town lost 2-0 at Matlock Town, and St Ives Town conceded three goals in the final ten minutes to lose 4-1 at home to Nantwich Town. On Sunday, Isthmian League Hendon, reduced to ten men early in the first half, scored three minutes from time to win 1-0 at home against Bideford, who also had a player sent off with twenty minutes remaining.

Premier Division Weekend Action Hitchin Town took a fifteenth minute lead but found themselves trailing two goals behind just three minutes after the break and eventually lost 3-2 at home to Truro City.

FA Trophy Second Round Qualifying Midweek Action Arlesey Town took a first half lead and doubled it soon after the break but needed a goal seven minutes from time to go through 3-2 at home against Poole Town who had drawn level with two goals in eight minutes.

FA Trophy Second Round Qualifying Replays Midweek Action St Albans City, trailing after nine minutes and again just before the hour mark, scored with twelve minutes remaining to draw 2-2 at Billericay Town before going through 4-2 on penalties after neither side could add to the score in extra time and Hungerford Town, ahead at half time, also went through (5-4) on penalties after being held 1-1 at home by Folkestone Invicta whereas Daventry Town, behind after twenty-five minutes but a goal ahead at half time, scored from the spot in time added on to secure a place in the Third Round with a 3-1 home win over Wingate & Finchley. On Wednesday, Cambridge City, trailing at half time and two down six minutes after the break, converted a penalty but could not prevent visiting Scarborough Athletic running out 2-1 winners.

Premier Division Midweek Action On Monday, Redditch United scored three times after the break to secure a 3-0 home win over Chippenham Town and inflict a fifth successive defeat on the visitors. On Tuesday, top of the table Chesham United scored three times in the second half to secure a 3-0 home victory over Bedford Town but second placed Hemel Hempstead Town scored six times before the interval on the way to a crushing 10-0 home win against bottom club Bashley while Weymouth scored just before the half hour to win 1-0 at AFC Totton. Wednesday evening’s matches at Corby Town and Frome Town against Banbury United and Truro City respectively were both postponed.

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NON-LEAGUE CLUB NEWS

St Ives Town CUNNIFF TURNS DOWN STEELMEN MOVE Jez Hall, joint-manager of Calor League Southern Division One Central club St Ives Town, revealed midfielder Jared Cunniff has turned down an offer from Southern Premier Division side Corby Town to stay at Westwood Road. The Steelmen submitted a seven-day request to speak to Cunniff but St Ives player was not interested in joining them.

Redditch United NEW GROUND PLANS FOR REDDITCH Calor League Southern Premier Division club Redditch United have unveiled plans to move to a new multimillion-pound stadium. Redditch, currently based at the council-owned Valley Stadium, have earmarked a piece of land at Washbrook for development of a multi-pitch ground. Current facilities are no longer fit for purpose, the club said. Redditch chairman Chris Swan said: “This is a fantastic club with a wonderful history. “But to be brutally honest, the facilities at Valley Road are no longer acceptable on any level.”

TUDORS BORROW PORT VALE FORWARD Following a recent spate of injuries and forthcoming suspensions, Calor League Southern Premier Division high-flyers Hemel Hempstead Town have acted quickly to temporarily strengthen the squad with the signing of Wilson Carvalho from Sky Bet League Two side Port Vale on a month`s loan.

Chippenham Town COLLIER TIPPED FOR CHIPPENHAM POST Former Swindon Supermarine boss Mark Collier is in pole position to replace Steve Winter as manager of Calor League Southern Premier Division club Chippenham Town and could be unveiled by the end of the week. The Bluebirds parted company with Winter last Wednesday and club chairman Neil Blackmore has received a fresh batch of applications for the position in the three days since.

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Stourbridge FC ACKETT SWOOPS FOR HAYNES

The Football Association MORE NAMES IN THE HAT Northern League clubs have won the Vase at Wembley for the last five years, but the FA are considering allowing clubs from higher up the national system to enter the Vase competition instead of the Trophy. The Northern League First Division is Step 5 in the non-League Pyramid, and the FA is considering allowing clubs from Step 4 to enter the competition, which would mean an extra 120 clubs or so from across the country.

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Gary Hackett, manager of Calor League Southern Premier Division club Stourbridge, has swooped to sign 21-year-old right-back Kyle Haynes, who was previously with Evo-Stik Northern Premeir League Premier Division side Rushall Olympic. Wolverhampton-born Haynes began his career as a junior with Birmingham City before joining the Cheltenham Town Centre of Excellence.

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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

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

CLPD

Tue 12 Nov

H Biggleswade Town

CLPD

Sat 16 Nov

A Poole Town

CLPD

Tue 19 Nov

H Corby Town

Sat 23 Nov

H St Albans City

CLPD

Tue 26 Nov

H Bedford Town

CLPD

Sat 30 Nov

A Banbury United

CLPD

Sat 07 Dec

H Frome Town

CLPD

Sat 14 Dec

A Burnham

CLPD

Sat 21 Dec

H Afc Totton

CLPD

Thu 26 Dec

A Cambridge City

CLPD

Sat 28 Dec

H Stourbridge

CLPD

Wed 01 Jan

H Arlesey Town

CLPD

Sat 04 Jan

A Chippenham Town

CLPD

Sat 11 Jan

H Poole Town

CLPD

Sat 18 Jan

A St Albans City

CLPD

Sat 25 Jan

A Bedford Town

CLPD

Sat 01 Feb

H Banbury United

CLPD

Sat 08 Feb

A Frome Town

CLPD

Sat 15 Feb

H Burnham

CLPD

Sat 22 Feb

A AFC Totton

CLPD

Sat 01 Mar

H Hungerford Town

CLPD

Sat 08 Mar

A Truro City

CLPD

Sat 15 Mar

H Hitchin Town

CLPD

Sat 22 Mar

A Biggleswade Town

CLPD

Sat 29 Mar

H Bideford

CLPD

Sat 05 Apr

A Chesham United

CLPD

Sat 12 Apr

A Weymouth

CLPD

Sat 19 Apr

H Bashley

CLPD

Mon 21 Apr

A Arlesey Town

CLPD

Sat 26 Apr

H Chippenham Town

CLPD

Date

Opposition

RIC

C


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

6 Steer

Nkinga

7

8

Hilliard

Taylor

9

10

11

Benjamin

Sogbanmu

Fuller

12 Sharman

Crowie

Hilliard

SHARMAN

Benjamin

Adjei

Taylor

Safee

harman

Crowie

HILLIARD

Fuller

BENJAMIN 2

Adjei

Taylor

Sembie-Ferris

14

15

Safee

Palmer

Crowie

Hilliard

Sharman

Benjamin

Davies

Taylor

Nkinga

Fuller

Crowie

Hilliard

Davies

Benjamin

Palmer

Adjei

SAFEE

Sembie-Ferris

Taylor

Crowie

Hoyte

Hilliard

Sharman

Sogbanmu

Sear

Taylor

Adjei

Joseph

Safee

Crowie

Hoyte

Hilliard

Davies

Sogbanmu

Sharman

Adjei

Nkinga

Hoyte

HILLIARD

HURST

Safee

SEAR

Adjei

Taylor

Joseph

Sharman

Crowie

Hoyte

Hilliard

Sear

Hurst

ANN

Adjei

TAYLOR

Joseph

Sharman

Crowie

Hoyte

Hilliard

Sear

HURST

Ann

Adjei

SAFEE

Sembie-Ferris

Sharman

Hibbert

Hoyte

HILLIARD

Davies

Ann

Hurst

Adjei

SAFEE

Taylor

Wood

Crowie

Hoyte

Hilliard

Hibbert

Adjei

Davies

Taylor

Safee

Felix

Ann

Ann

Crowie

Goss

Sharman

Hilliard

Safee

Adjei

Felix

Wood

Palmer

Crowie

Hoyte

Hilliard

Hibbert

Ann

Ford

Davies

Taylor

Felix

Wood

Crowie

Ann

HILLIARD

Davies

Nolan

WOOLLEY 2

Adjei

N’GUESSAN

Sharman

Duckett

Hoyte

Hibbert

Hilliard

Sear

WOOLLEY

ADJEI

Davies

N’Guessan

Ford

Hurst

Ann

Hoyte

Hilliard

Sear

Woolley

Davies

Adjei

Taylor

Hurst

Ford

Ann

Hoyte

Woolley

Sear

Nolan

Hurst

Taylor

WILSON

DAVIES

Crowie

Crowie

Hoyte

Wilson

Ford

Nolan

Davies

Woolley

Taylor

Hilliard

N’Guessan

Hoyte

Deeney

Hilliard

Hurst

Woolley

Davies

Taylor

Wilson

N’Guessan

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5

Crowie

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First Team - Calor League Premier Division (05.11.13)

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P

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

Pts

Chesham United

15

12

1

2

39

13

26

37

Hemel Hempstead Town

13

11

1

1

49

7

42

34

Cambridge City

13

8

3

2

20

10

10

27

Bideford

12

7

5

0

28

12

16

26

Stourbridge

12

8

0

4

34

14

20

24

Poole Town

11

6

4

1

22

17

5

22

St Albans City

13

6

3

4

27

19

8

21

Banbury United

12

7

0

5

23

21

2

21

Arlesey Town

13

5

4

4

21

20

1

19

Redditch United

15

6

1

8

22

38

-16

19

Hungerford Town

11

6

0

5

16

11

5

18

Weymouth

10

5

2

3

15

11

4

17

Truro City

14

4

3

7

21

32

-11

15

Biggleswade Town

11

3

5

3

17

13

4

14

Burnham

13

3

5

5

18

21

-3

14

Corby Town

11

4

2

5

13

20

-7

14

Hitchin Town

13

3

4

6

17

17

0

13

Frome Town

11

3

3

5

12

20

-8

12

Bedford Town

13

3

3

7

20

37

-17

12

Chippenham Town

14

4

0

10

17

35

-18

12

AFC Totton

13

2

1

10

18

35

-17

7

St Neots Town

13

2

0

11

11

29

-18

6

Bashley

12

0

2

10

10

38

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Gary King & Zema Abbey

Manager

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Nathan Abbey

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Carol Holland

Club Physio

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1. Niall Conroy (GK)

1. Laurie Walker (GK)

2. Dave Deeney

2. Jordan Parkes

3. Edd Adjei

3. Kyle Connolly

4. Adrian Sear

4. Oliver Thorne

5. Dan Crowie

5. Kieran Murphy

6. Gavin Hoyte (C)

6. Moussa Diarra

7. Lewis Hilliard

7. Daniel Talbot

8. Jay Davies

8. David Hutton

9. Matt Nolan 10. Alasan Ann 11. Lewis Wilson

9. Dave Pearce 10. Wilson Carvalho 11. Lewis Toomey

12. Dion Sembe-Ferris

12. Ben Mackey

14. Ryan Sharman

14. Charlie Mpi

15. Karl Saffee

15. Ryan Parsons

16. Kaine Felix

16. Oliver Hawkins

17. Tom Wood

17. Peter Holmes

18. Jordy Nkinga 19. Jack Sellick 20. Andy Palmer 21. Ben Ford

18. Thomas Opoku

22. Liam Hurst 23. Bobby-Joe Taylor 24. Leon Hibbert 25. Jhai Dhillon 26. Joseph N’guesson Teams will be displayed on the electronic scoreboard Your Man of the Match

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