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Inside This Issue 03 Management Notes 04 Action Replay 05 Uhlsport Feature 08/09 Match Reports 10/11 Player Profile 12 Greenies Greetings 14 Greatest Matches Ever 16 A Blast From The Past 17 Chairmans’ Views 18/21 Opponent Feature 22/23 Pull Out Poster 24 The Beautiful Game 27 Fan Feature

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It’s Coming Together Gary King Good Afternoon Everybody and welcome to our opponents today St Albans FC. Congratulations on your fine FA Cup run.

The squad is beginning to look strong and I felt on Tuesday that it’s beginning to believe in itself as well as believe in the new management team. Indeed, a result here today against St Albans would, for me, underline a good start for everybody involved since the change and my feeling is that the players efforts certainly deserve that.

which I hope we can take steps towards moving out of the bottom three – this is, and will remain, our priority until such time it is achieved.

With Bedford coming here on Tuesday night today is the beginning of two very important home games in

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The changes we made in order to both have a good look at other players within the squad as well as rest some weary legs worked very well for us. The players who came in on the night all played well and contributed to, as I said earlier, what was for me the most controlled and disciplined 90 minute performances since my arrival. What’s great about this is coming into today’s game, Zema, Nathan and myself have some selection headaches which we are pleased about. The squad is beginning to look strong and I felt on Tuesday that it’s beginning to believe in itself as well as believe in the new management team. We, the management team, came away from Tuesdays game feeling positive and whilst the recent run of games that we have had have all been tough fixtures, overall I am pleased with how we have come through them in terms of our overall team performance the way we have gone about our business and the determination shown by individuals.

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Tuesday night’s performance against Corby was a pleasing one. Unfortunately those of you who may have watched the England game instead will have missed what was our most controlled and disciplined 90 minute performances since my arrival at St Neots. Zema, Nathan and myself were all delighted in the way in which we won this game. A very solid performance which limited Corby to very few efforts; indeed, their first attempt on goal came after 32 minutes. Whilst being solid and assured at the back, our build up play was patient and over the course of 90 minutes we scored 3 as well as hitting the woodwork on 3 occasions.

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ACTION REPLAY

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This week two years ago (with goals galore) Evo-Stik Southern League Central : 19th November 2011 St Neots Town 7

Chertsey Town 0

St Neots recorded their biggest ever Southern League victory and their best home tally since hitting ten goals past Desborough thirteen months ago. Chertsey were the other side promoted to the Central Division this season and they arrived at St Neots as the third highest aggregate scorers in the Division but they never looked like adding to their tally in what was a very one sided contest. The final score could have been even greater but for some great goalkeeping by Chertsey stopper Nathan Silver and some disappointing finishing late in the game. St Neots had to make two enforced changes at full back due to injury and suspension and they must have been delighted with 17 years old Max Avory making his full league debut and new signing Michael Ricketts. The result propelled St Neots back up to fourth place in the table with matches in hand of the three sides ahead of them. St Neots made a slow start with David Johnston clipping the crossbar with Chertsey’s first effort on goal. However once St Neots settled into their rhythm their attacking play was awesome. After nine minutes a sweet through pass split the visiting defence and Stefan Moore finishing with a low angled drive and two minutes later another Moore effort was only parried and Dan Jacob was on hand for St Neots second goal. Within sixty seconds it was 3-0 with Lewis Hilliard crossing to the unmarked Shane Tolley at the far post and the visitors looked in complete disarray. After 21 minutes Moore and Tolley combined with some short one touch passing and the ball was squared for Lewis Hilliard to score meaning all four front St Neots players were on the score sheet. Moore could have added to the tally but his chip beat both the keeper and the crossbar and then

still before the break Hilliard brought an outstanding save from the busy Silver. A storming start to the second half brought three more St Neots goals in a magic seven minutes spell. After 48 minutes Shane Tolley took his season’s league and cup goal tally to ten set up unselfishly by Hilliard and then two minutes later in almost a carbon copy of his first half goal Dan Jacob netted again after a Moore effort was parried by Silver. After 55 minutes Stefan Moore nipped in at the near post to convert a Tolley cross and maintain his leading scorer’s tag with his twelfth goal of the campaign and it looked certain that more goals would follow. However the introduction of substitutes Neil Mackenzie, Lewis Webb and Pearson Mwanyongo saw a reshuffle of the side and the momentum dropped for a spell. Then towards the end of the match Michael Duggan distinguished himself with a brilliant save to deny Ian Selley and Chertsey a consolation goal whilst Moore, Tolley and the impressive Mwanyongo should all have further increased the lead. However the consolation (apart from the three points) was that St Neots showed that when in the right mood they can create scoring chances at will. St Neots: Duggan, Avory, Ricketts, Sear, Gent, Hope, Hilliard, Konadu, Moore, Tolley, Jacob. Subs: McKenzie (for Ricketts 57 mins), Webb (for Sear 57 mins), Mwanyongo (for Hope 57 mins) Henebery & Manangu. Man of the Match: Stefan Moore Attendance: 328


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MATCH REPORT

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Calor League Premier Division The Tatnam Arena (Att 402) Saturday 16th November 2013 - Kick Off 15:00 - Referee: Adam Nunn (Trowbridge)

Poole Town Cann (13 mins), Brooks (51 mins) n n None Hutchings, Clarke, Spetch, Cummings, Whisken, Pettefer, Brooks, Devlin, Charles, Preston, Cann Subs: Dibba (for Charles 86 mins), Richardson (for Dann 90 mins), Byerley, Thomas and Davies.

2:0

St Neots Town Woolley (n 42), Hoyte (n 47), Hilliard (n 82), Frater (n 86) Conroy, Crowie, Lee, Frater, Deeney, Hoyte, Hilliard, Davies, Nolan, Woolley, Ford Subs: Adjei (for Ford 59 mins), Wilson (for Nolan 69 mins), Sharman ( for Davies 84 mins), Longden and R.King

St Neots returned pointless after a fours hours trip to Poole but gave a reasonable team performance against an improving side that has only been beaten in the league once this season. The host side was well organised and very competitive especially in defence where they seemed able to block most of St Neots shots on goal. St Neots made two changes from their midweek match at home to Biggleswade bringing in Arthur Lee and recent signing Ryan Frater in defence and reshaping their side with the versatile Ben Ford given a wide midfield berth. However the changes made little difference with both of the Poole goals coming from avoidable defensive errors. Too many St Neots attacking moves broke down on the edge of their opponents penalty area and they also found it difficult to deal defensively with the ‘route one’ attacking approach of their hosts. The victory lifted Poole into the play off places in the Premier Division and they look well placed at present for a fourth promotion up the pyramid in just five seasons. Next up in the league for St Neots is a visit from St Albans who captured some of the weekend headlines as they defeated Conference outfit Chelmsford in the FA Trophy away from home. Ford had the first direct shot at goal with an effort that went across the face of goal but it was the home side who looked livelier in attack with Niall Conroy have to save from Michael

Charles and Carl Preston in the first nine minutes. After 13 minutes Poole forged ahead as Preston showed fleet of foot down the left flank and although his cross was met by a defensive header the ball fell to Dan Cann and he netted from ten yards. Matt Nolan saw home keeper Nick Hutchings save a volley and then the same St Neots player was brought down on the edge of the box near the bye line but the free kick was wasted. St Neots tried hard to set up attacking movements but they found the Poole central defenders in dominating form both in the air and on the ground and the nearest St Neots got was a run by Jake Woolley that ended with him being booked for allegedly diving. So there was little to choose between the sides at the break although Poole had shaded possession. St Neots were upset two minutes after the restart when skipper Gavin Hoyte was booked for what looked a very innocuous 50/50 challenge in midfield and when Conroy failed to hold the ball four minutes later Marvin Brooks nipped behind the defence to make it 2-0. Now St Neots play became ragged for a spell although a Ford free kick from 25 yards clipped the cross bar with Hutchings beaten. Ed Adjei replaced

Ford and his added pace seemed to inspire St Neots as Nolan shot across goal after good work by Woolley. Poole got the ball in the net a third time from a Steve Devlin cross to the far post but Will Petch’s effort was ruled out for a push on a defender. Conroy redeemed himself for his earlier mistake as he produced the save of the match to deny Cann but St Neots was running out of ideas and picked up two more bookings for frustrated challenges. It was overall a disappointing result but with the two new defenders bedding in better as the match progressed there is optimism that competing well with one of the best sides they have faced this season is another step in the right direction. John Walker


MATCH REPORT

Rowley Park - The Cozy Stadium (Att 93) Tuesday 19th November 2013 - Kick Off 19:45 - Referee: Anthony Da Costa

St Neots Town Cann (13 mins), Brooks (51 mins) n n None Conroy, Longden, Hoyte, Frater, Lee, Adjei, Ford, Sharman, Hilliard, Davies, Wilson Subs: Crowie (for Frater 63), Felix (for Hilliard 71), Wood (for Hoyte 75), Palmer, Ann

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Corby Town Rooney 2 (14 & 72 mins), Wright (27 mins) n n None Carpenter, Thomas, Jellyman, Carruthers, Gascoigne, Binns, Ives, Verma, Wright, Berwick, Fox Subs: Moon (for Ives 66), May (for Wright 71), McGowan (for Verma 75), Walker

after thirty two minutes but Conroy was equal to the strike from Nathan Fox and pushed the ball away for a corner. Corby created the first chance of the second half as Chris Carruthers and Nathan Fox combined but Arthur Lee cleared the danger from inside his own six yard box. The first goal of the night came from Jay Davies, who forced the ball home after Ed Adjei’s cross from the left had been headed back across goal by Lewis Hilliard. Hilliard was central as Saints continued to create further goal scoring chances, firstly being denied by Carpenter’s feet after Ryan Sharman and Jay Davies had combined to create the opportunity, then hitting the woodwork for the second time in the match from a full thirty yards. Saints doubled their lead after seventy one minutes after turning defence in to attack. A Corby corner was cleared from the edge of his own box by Hilliard, who found Adjei with his clearance and he made ground down the left flank before laying a perfectly weighted ball across goal for Lewis Hilliard who had sprinted the length of the field to strike the ball past Carpenter. Kaine Felix replaced Hilliard immediately after the goal and just three minutes later he dispossessed captain

Gareth Jellyman to create a chance for Lewis Wilson, and although Carpenter got a hand to his shot he could not prevent the ball crossing the line for Saints third goal. Tom Wood was introduced to the game in place of Saints captain Gavin Hoyte after seventy five minutes but the new look central defence of Dan Crowie, who had earlier replaced Ryan Frater, and Arthur Lee who moved from left back, never looked troubled and Saints nearly added a fourth three minutes from time when Adjei once again beat his full back but his cross just evaded Wilson as it flew across the face of the goal. John Walker

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On a bitterly cold evening, St Neots started the better of the two sides and created the opening chances with Lewis Wilson just missing the target after meeting a Lewis Hilliard cross, and then Hilliard himself forcing a finger tip save from keeper Josh Carpenter who kept his goal bound effort out with the aid of his right hand post. Lewis Wilson was presented with a further chance after twenty minutes but only managed to find the side netting from a tight angle after a defensive slip, and as St Neots continued to press Ryan Frater met a Ben Ford corner but his effort just cleared the bar. Corby failed to test Niall Conroy in the opening half an hour, with Gavin Hoyte and Ryan Frater at the heart of the Saints defence dealing effectively with the Corby strikers and their only goal bound effort from Nathan Fox was easily gathered by the Saints keeper. Ben Ford was instrumental in St Neots coming out on top in the midfield battle winning numerous 50-50 challenges and St Neots always looked the more likely side to score with Hilliard again testing Carpenter from outside the box and then Gavin Hoyte having a header cleared off the line by Charlie Binns after another Ford corner. Corby had their best effort from a direct free kick

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PLAYER PROFILE

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Dave Deeney Dave plays right back or midfield and has plenty of experience at this level. A determined winner and voice in the dressing room, Daves’ previous clubs include Luton Town, Corby and Arlesey Town.


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Assured Performances Mike Green Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen and welcome to Rowley Park – The Cozy Stadium, for today’s Calor League Premier Division game.

Our support has been back to it’s vocal best recently so let’s carry this on today and really get behind the boys. Today we extend a very warm welcome to the players, officials and supporters of St Albans City FC and we hope you all enjoy your brief stay with us before making a safe journey back into Hertfordshire this evening. Two games for us to look back on this week starting with our trip down to the Dorset coast as we looked to end Poole Town’s unbeaten home run this season. Unfortunately, we came away on the end of a 2-0 defeat but we made our hosts work very hard for the three points. A reasonable sized travelling support watched on and I’m sure the majority would agree that they were probably one of the best sides we’ve faced

this season behind Chesham United. Saturday marked Arthur Lee’s debut in his second spell with the Saints and of course, it was Ryan Frater’s full debut too after his transfer from Arlesey Town last week so please join me in welcoming the Big Man to the Club and hope you enjoy a successful spell here with us. Tuesday evening saw us progress into the third round of the Red Insure Cup (Southern League Cup), as we gained revenge for our recent 3-0 home league defeat at the hands of Corby Town by beating the Steelmen by the same scoreline at a very chilly Rowley Park. I’m pretty sure that most of the 93

hardly souls who braved the cold will have been warmed up by what was a very good performance by what was a greatly changed team with Nolan, Woolley and Deeney all being rested and Brett Longden making his debut at right back with a very assured performance. Lewis Wilson would go on to lead the line superbly and notch his first goal at The Cozy Stadium for the Saints with Jay Davies and Lewis Hilliard scoring the other two goals. It was nice to see us keep a clean sheet too and a big well done to the defence and Niall in between the sticks for almost faultless showings. Finally a big well done to Ryan Sharman who played the full 90 minutes in his preferred centre mid role and he actually ended the game wearing the skipper’s armband after Gavin was rested late on. A nice home draw in the next round would be lovely, fingers crossed for that. Last Thursday saw the Under 18’s play Thurlow Nunn Youth League Western Division whipping boys Blackstones here at The Cozy Stadium and the lads put them to the sword with a 6-1 win with Jordan Brown (2), Luke Day(2), Blake Rivers and Sam Williams scoring the goals. Monday evening saw their scheduled game at Huntingdon Town postponed due to deteriorating pitch conditions so their next game should be here next Thursday when they play Huntingdon Town. Ok then, on to today’s game and it’s sure to be a cracker. Our support has been back to it’s vocal best recently so let’s carry this on today and really get behind the boys. Until Tuesday evening (when Bedford come to town).......

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hungary 4 uraguay 2 #05 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 Semi-Final, La Pontaise Stadium, Lausanne, June 30, 1954 The 1954 World Cup final between Hungary and West Germany has been dubbed the Miracle of Berne and is a milestone in the history of post-war Germany. But the semi-final between Hungary, the best team in the world at that time, and defending champions Uruguay was the most exciting game of the tournament. And this despite both teams being without a key player – Ferenc Puskas for Hungary, Obdulio Varela for Uruguay. Uruguay came from 2-0 down to take the game into extratime. Hungary scored early through left-winger Zoltan Czibor’s volley, then Nandor Hidegkuti added another with a diving header. Juan Hohberg, a naturalised Argentinian, then hit back twice, though he was knocked unconscious as teammates celebrated his second goal. Juan Schiaffino hit a post for Uruguay in extra-time and the South Americans were to experience further bad luck when defender Victor Andrade was injured and forced to the sidelines for treatment. Sandor Kocsis took advantage to score

“We beat the best team we have ever met” the first of two headed goals that took Hungary into the final.

Goals: Czibor 12, Hidegkuti 47, Kocsis 109, 117.

Uruguay had not previously lost a World Cup game. “We beat the best team we have ever met,” said Hungary coach Gyula Mandi.

Uraguay: Maspoli - Martinez, Santamaria, Andrade - Carballo, Cruz - Souto, Ambrois, Hohberg, Schiaffino, Borges.

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Goals: Hohberg 76, 87

Hungary Grosics - Buzanszky, Lantos, Bozsik - Lorant, Zakarias - Budai, Kocsis, Hidegkuti, Czibor, Palotas.

Referee: Griffiths (Wales). Att: 37,000.


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A BLAST FROM THE PAST

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Denis Law Date of birth: 24/02/1940 Denis Law was born on February 24th 1940 in Aberdeen, Scotland, to parents Robina and George. He was the son of a fisherman and youngest of seven brothers. The family was so poor that all his shoes had been handed down and his first pair of boots were a second-hand gift from a neighbour. From a young age he was obsessed with football, spending all his money on watching Aberdeen or smaller local teams play. He disappointed his parents when he turned down a place at a grammar school, as they would have had him playing rugby rather than his beloved sport. He played for his school and showed excellent promise from a young age, soon being picked up by the Scottish Schoolboy’s team. He moved on to play for Huddersfield Town relatively soon after and went on to play for a string of internationally recognised clubs. His achievements and following were such, that the parents of Dutch star, Dennis Bergkamp, named their child after Law. He eventually retired after a glorious career when a recurring knee injury hindered his play to the extent that no club were prepared to take him on for the price tag requested by his final team, Manchester United. He is now recognised as one of the greatest Scottish players in the history of football. Career Overview Law was signed to Huddersfield Town in 1955 after a rather uninspiring trial where he was mocked for his small build and poor eyesight that forced him to squint. He underwent correctional surgery that allowed him to play with both eyes open and this not only improved his skills on the ball but also gave him the self-confidence to shine as one of the team’s most inventive young players. He was the youngest player to be signed for the team at

fifteen. The team were relegated to the second division and he made his début aged sixteen on Christmas Eve 1956, in a 2-0 win against Notts County. Various offers were made for him during his early years and when his manager left to go to Liverpool, the team could not afford his rising transfer fee. In 1958 he made his international début, scoring against Wales and was signed to Manchester City for a record breaking £55,000 in 1960. Law played an important part in City retaining their place in the First Division, and many thought that he had perhaps made the wrong decision in moving to Manchester City. His performance in international fixtures was slightly less inspiring, and Scotland suffered some massive defeats in the early 60s. Disappointed by the way his career in England was progressing, he transferred to the Italian team Torino, in the hope of earning more. He struggled to adapt to the style of play on the Continent and as pay was adjusted according to how many goals were scored, he did not reap financial rewards he had hoped for either. After suffering minor injuries in a car accident with fellow footballer Joe Baker, who came off far worse, Law returned to Manchester. He was signed for another record sum, this

time a staggering £115,000 on 18th August 1962. It was with Manchester United that his career really picked up and he began to achieve what he had always hoped for. He created and scored countless goals, his speed and agility and strength in the air soon making him a keen favourite of the fans. He scored in the FA Cup Final in 1963 against Leicester City. The following season Law scored 28 goals for Manchester United, making him the top scorer in the league. His career was dotted with pay disputes with managers, but these were mostly dealt with amicably, in order to maintain club stability and appease the press. His international career never reached the same heights as his achievements at Manchester United, but he scored several important goals against Scotland’s closest rival, England. Law played his final league games with Manchester City, and famously scored his final goal for them which relegated Manchester United, his previous club. He played one match for Scotland after this in the 1974 World Cup, but his career was essentially finished by this point and he made little impact.

Career Appearances: 485 Goals: 227 International Caps: 55 Goals: 30 Career Highlight: European footballer of the year 1964


CHAIRMAN’S VIEWS

Mike Kearns Welcome to the Officials, Players and Supporters of St Albans City FC. (the other Saints) I hope you enjoy your stay with us. The last four games have shown much improvement but with differing results. That is to be expected when you have a whole new management team come in. They have their own ways of doing things and ideas of the players they will need to improve our squad.

That’s what we are aiming for strength in depth.

We have this week signed a new Goalkeeper in our Assistant Manager Nathan Abbey. Many have asked just why Nathan has not played for us yet, well the answer is that we had a very delicate situation with Arlesey Town, and had to negotiate the release of his playing contract from Arlesey of which after many discussions between myself and the Arlesey Chairman we finally came to an agreement on a transfer /

After todays game we then move onto matches against teams around us in the league and hopefully start moving up the league table. We will do this and have plenty of points to play for until the end of the season. I was looking at the teams around us and just whom they have played in the top five. Well I can see that we have played most games against those teams so maybe things will start to take shape a little for us in the league table. As always it seems in this league that any team on its day can beat any other team so we will give it all we have in each game and start to climb the table. Lastly I say to all of our current players who ever you may be. Believe me as I have got to know our new management team very well; you are all playing for your place in the squad. And once you have achieved that you will be doing the same all over again every week. We have real ambition, we always have, and I firmly believe that the

structure of our club is now complete right through the club. It’s all there now and it’s just a matter of reaping the rewards of all our efforts this past few seasons. Time will tell but I now feel very comfortable with our club for the first time since I took ownership of it. I look at our last away match against Poole Town and was speaking to their chairman about the home gates they were getting considering their facilities are probably the worst in the league. He said ‘I know but with the following we have and the revenue that creates we have a real chance to improve our facilities, and coupled with our wonderful support will give us every chance to move us up the leagues.” I said to him “I would like to think that St Neots are a little nearer to that as everything is in place, we just need more supporters through the turnstiles”. So I say again, “Bring a mate and double the gate”. Now is that not an incentive for every one of us.

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As Gary said to me a couple of weeks ago before we played Hemel, Biggleswade and Poole what would I take from those three games. Well I said three draws and three points would give us a nice start after all the changes we have gone through. Well that’s just what we got three points, it does not matter how you get them as long as you do. This was followed by a very good win in the Red Insure Cup match against Corby Town a reverse from the score line of a couple of weeks ago. Yes of course we would have liked to have league points on the board but it does show the progress being made.

compensation payment. I would like to thank the Arlesey chairman Manny Cohen and his committee for allowing this to happen, it is very much appreciated.

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As most can see our squad is very top heavy at the moment but Gary, Zema and Nathan are looking to reduce that down to about eighteen players all of whom will be capable of being in the starting eleven.

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Following The Right Road

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The (other) Saints

Two weeks ago St Albans was defeated at home by Mansfield from Football League Division Two in the FA Cup and today the Nottinghamshire club progress in the national competition whilst St albans rejoin their league campaign here at the Cozy Stadium. Previous meetings of our clubs 2012/13 Season: St Neots 3- 2 St Albans City

Year Founded: 1908 Chairman: Nick Archer

St Albans City 0- 1 St Neots Town

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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 St Albans City and we extend to them our usual warm Cozy Stadium welcome. St Albans were in ninth place in the table when these notes were penned with an away league record that showed two wins, two defeats and two losses and last Saturday they were due to be in National Cup action again with a testing Third Round Qualifying trip to Chelmsford City of

the Conference South. We hope they were successful and have reached a further tie in the First Round Proper. This afternoon our lads will be looking to extend a 100% record in matches against our visitors whom we beat twice in last season’s league encounters. That was only one of three league ‘doubles’ recorded by us last season although none of the four scorers of our goals then are still with the club.

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OPPONENT SPOTLIGHT

Darren Locke scores the opener for St. Albans against Mansfield

Club History Founded in April 1908, the golden period in the history of St Albans City Football Club came during the 1920s. Football had been played at the Saints’ Clarence Park home for 14 years prior to the formation of the present day club. The original St Albans, which also played home matches at three other venues within the old Roman stronghold, met its


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Did you know?.. 22nd November 1922 Wilfred (Billy) Minter scores all seven goals to set the record tally by an individual player on the losing side in an FA Cup tie as City go down 8-7 away to Dulwich Hamlet.

Did you know?... In 1992-93 Saints were to be denied promotion to the Conference at that time due to a 140-year old oak tree standing within the terrace behind one of the goals. In 1998 the diseased tree was felled.

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by Southport, Tamworth and Altrincham. On 4 February 2011, the F.A. fined St. Albans £7,500 and deducted 10 league points. The punishment was handed down to City chairman John Gibson and then vice chairman Alasdair McMillin during a Regulatory Hearing at the Association’s offices at Wembley, and was in relation to alleged illegal payments to players, described by the FA as financial irregularities, by the club during the 2008–09 season. St. Albans appealed, but the original decision was upheld. St. Albans were relegated on 9 April 2011 after losing 4–0 to Ebbsfleet United, they played in the Southern League Premier Division in season 2011/12 where they finished eighth and eleventh the following season. St Albans has groomed several well known characters in football for their distinguished careers amongst them Barry Fry, Ian Dowie, Dave Bassett and Craig Mackail-Smith. City’s most famous match was on 22 November 1922 in a first round FA Cup match. Having been held by Dulwich Hamlet to a 1–1 draw at Clarence Park on 18 November, the replay drew a gate of 4,060. City’s New Zealand-born goalkeeper W. Tennant did not appear, his place taken by Alf Fearn who was usually a half-back with the reserves. Dulwich put eight goals past him, the winning goal coming in near darkness at the end of extra time. What put the game in the record books was that City scored seven times, with all seven goals being scored by Wilfred Minter. His feat remains the highest tally by a player on the losing side of an FA Cup tie.

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demise in 1904 having come into existence back in 1881. After a four year lapse a senior club bearing the name of the city rose again in 1908 and during its formative years competed in the Herts County and Spartan Leagues. A move to the Athenian League heralded the start of the Saints halcyon days as that championship was won twice in three years paving the way for election to the Isthmian League. St Albans City won the Isthmian at the first attempt and followed it with two further successes before the decade was out. City remained in the Isthmian League until 2003 but never again did the title return to Clarence Park. Despite finishing just three points clear of relegation from the Premier Division of the Isthmian League in 2003–04, the Saints secured a place in the Conference South on the back of remarkable 4–3 and 5–4 Play-Off victories at Heybridge Swifts and Bedford Town respectively. The 2005–06 Conference South season then kicked off with two consecutive defeats but they went on to finish as runners up but successfully claimed a place in the Conference by overcoming Histon in the Play-Off final in front of 3,175 spectators at Stevenage. St Albans started the second half of the 2006-07 season just one place off the relegation zone. On 9 April 2007 (Easter Monday), a 1–1 draw with Tamworth guaranteed St Albans relegation from the Conference and the team finished bottom of the table. The Saints were the first team to be relegated from the Conference, but were later joined

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WHO’S WHO

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Who calls the shots?... Graham Golds & James Gray Joint first Team Managers The pair impressed as caretaker managers following the sacking of David Howell. Back-to-back wins over Leamington and Bedworth United strengthened their case and earned them the chance to take over on a permanent basis. James and Graham have formed a great working partnership and have proved popular and successful managers of the St Albans City Under-18 mid-week youth team. Gray is also club captain while Golds has played for the Reserves in the past.

Ryan Ashe

James Comley

Experienced midfielder who has returned to football following a spell out of the game. Signed for the Saints in the close season, having impressed with his eye for goal. Best known for his time at Wealdstone, he has also appeared for Hayes, Hemel Hempstead Town, Northwood and Flackwell Heath.

Returned to Clarence Park for a second spell in December 2012 after an injury hit first half of the season with Kettering Town. Previously with Crystal Palace, where he made six First team appearances, and Canvey Island.

Elliott Bailey A free-scoring striker with St Albans City Youth who has also scored for the Reserves and senior side. Previously with Boreham Wood Youth, Harvesters (a St Albans youth team) and played for the AFA representative side. Paul Bastock Goalkeeper who needs little introduction, ‘Bazza’ rejoined the club this summer to commence his third spell at Clarence Park. A veteran of over 1000 appearances for 9 different clubs he began his career at Coventry City and was a member of their FA Youth Cup winning side in 1987. After being released he signed for Cambridge United but it was when he joined Boston United in 1992 that the legend began and he went on to make 674 appearances for them in two spells. Lee Chappell Cultured left back who moved to Clarence Park from Wealdstone during the close season having made 361 appearances for the Middlesex club. Made the Ryman League Team of the Year last season and has also appeared for Ware.

Tom Coulton Goalkeeper who was with Arsenal and Barnet as a youngster and spent most of 2012-13 with Leverstock Green. Made his City debut with an excellent display in the Herts Charity Cup final win over Bishop’s Stortford in April 2013. Layne Eadie A product of the club’s academy scheme and one-time member of a successful St Albans City Midweek Youth side, he spent a season at St Neots Town before rejoining the Saints prior to the start of last season. A left-sided defender who likes to attack and has genuine pace. Richard Graham Left-sided midfielder who joined St Albans City during the summer of 2012 from Conference South side Dartford. Born in Newry he made two appearances for Queens Park Rangers before moving into the non-league game with Chesham United, Billericay Town, Kettering Town, Barnet (49 Football League appearances), Dagenham & Redbridge, Grays Athletic and Eastleigh. Voted Supporters Club Player of the Season last year. Danny Green Signed for the Saints in the close season after impressing at full-back

in pre-season. He was captain at Harpenden Town during the past two seasons where he operated in central midfield. Howard Hall An elegant and energetic defender who enjoys going forward, he joined the Club from Hendon where he made 42 appearances last season, scoring three goals.He was previously with Uxbridge. Chris Henry Speedy striker or winger who joined St Albans City in January 2012 from Conference South side Tonbridge Angels and has scored a number of spectacular goals. Has also played for Bedfont Green and Ebbsfleet United as well as working as a DJ. James Kaloczi An 18-year-old central defender who made his First team debut in December 2012 during a county cup win over Watford and settled as a midfield player later last season. Has also played for the City Youth and Reserve teams as well as Potters Bar Town and previously with Harvesters (St Albans) and Boreham Wood Youth. David Keenleyside A St Albans-born wide midfielder who signed for the Saints in December 2012 from Spartan South Midlands League neighbours London Colney. Scored his first goal during City’s win at Barwell last March. Previously with Harpenden Town. Chris O’Leary Commanding Central Midfielder who originally joined The Saints in November 2011 from Wealdstone.


WHO’S WHO

John Frendo Striker Prolific goalscorer whose 44 goals in 48 games for Hitchin Town last season earned him the Golden Boot in the National Game Awards and a move to Clarence Park in the summer. Has also had spells with Ware, Chesham United and Cambridge City

Returned to the Stones after just 2 starts for City but made the move back to Clarence Park during the summer of 2013. Darren Locke

Ben Martin Signed in the summer from Welling United, where he won a Conference South winners medal last season, the towering defender is no stranger to Clarence Park having played for the reserves in 2001. He has enjoyed two further spells in our colours since then, and was appointed Club Captain on the eve of the season. He has also appeared in the Football League with Swindon Town and Lincoln City and had a season with Chelmsford City. Greg Ngoyi

Striker, signed in the close season, who was the 200m All-England Schoolboy Champion prior to turning to football. His previous clubs include, Staines Town, Dagenham & Redbridge, AFC Wimbledon and Luton Town. He also made 2 appearances for the Saints under Colin Lippiatt in 2006. Aryan Tajbakhsh Talented wide player who signed in the close season from Potters Bar Town. He has also appeared for Barnet, Braintree Town, Maidenhead United and Antalyaspor in Turkey. Ryan Wharton Central defender, and occasional right-back, who joined St Albans towards the end of January from Hendon, where he was in his second spell with the Dons. Has also seen service with Hillingdon Borough, Diss Town, Hemel

Matt Taylor Central/holding midfielder who made his first team debut in the 2012/13 season. Progressed from the St Albans City Youth Under 18’s and won County Cups with City Youth and Harvesters, Herts County Schools U18 and AFA Rep. Rambir Marwa Midfielder who played a significant part in St Albans Citys promotion to the Conference National in 2005-06 after returning to the club for a second spell having spent half a season with Dagenham & Redbridge. Norwegian-born he has represented Norway at Youth level and since leaving his home country has, in addition to playing in England, played football in Australia. Joined City from Grays Athletic in September 2004 having previously played for Erith & Belvedere and Ilford, has also had trials with Leyton Orient. Joined Hayes & Yeading United on loan early in 2007-08, making the move permanent after the New Year. Returned to the Saints in September 2013.

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Speedy striker who has scored 16 times in 22 games for the club last season. Scored 48 goals in

Mark Nwokeji

Hempstead Town, Beaconsfield SYCOB and Wivenhoe Town.

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Signed for the Saints during the summer having been on a dual registration with Isthmian League side Wealdstone at the end of last season. Defender who has also played for Hemel Hempstead Town and Oxhey Jets.

128 league games for Hendon, Wealdstone and Leyton prior to joining St Albans City from Hendon in December. Voted Players Player of the season last year.

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THE BEAUTIFUL GAME

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Groundhog Day Ade Roberts We all know that as fans we are prohibited from encroaching onto the playing area and risk arrest should we dare to do so. t’s normally during or after a big match that we’re tempted to jump over and celebrate with the players, to feel that lush turf under our feet. Obviously the best pitches belong to the bigger clubs and the lower down the football pyramid you go, the less chance you have of seeing the perfectly pruned pitch. Having said that, there are pitches outside of the football league which wouldn’t look out of place right up there with those of the big boys. Groundsmen up and down the country do a sterling job to maintain our pitches but sometimes mother-nature can be cruel and make their job an unenviable task. What was refreshing to see recently in the ‘Metro’ newspaper was a full page spread advertisement for Capital One, offering readers the chance to upload photos of a football pitch in their local area that needs some TLC and the chance to win £75,000 to improve their nominated pitch. Now, if like me, you thought about nominating your local rivals for their ‘dump’ of a ground just for a laugh, before you do it, think again, if they were to win the 75k you’d be well miffed to see them getting a cash injection as a result of your little prank. It’s great to see a company wanting to give something back to football isn’t it? Imagine if each of the Premiership clubs gave a tiny fraction of money to clubs at grass-roots level each season, what a difference that would make to the smaller clubs. Capital One are already heavily involved in football sponsorship with the league cup having previously been club sponsors of Nottingham Forest in the past. They forked out over 20 million pounds for their 4 year sponsorship deal of the league cup but still want to do more with

Rooting wreckers: The Soudley AFC pitch after it was dug up by wild boar. their latest venture. Obviously, their ultimate aim with the sponsorship and these adverts is to sign up more of us for credit cards, that’s their business after all, but it’s good to see them trying to help out the minnows rather than pump a wedge of cash into clubs that are already well-off. Most of us have played on a dodgy pitch at some point. I don’t just mean a sloping uneven, rutted puddle ridden swamp. I’m talking about a pitch strewn in broken glass, dog muck, syringes and bricks! This is where the pitch inspection is not just to check if it’s waterlogged, this is to ensure you won’t end the game with a doe of Hepatitis! Did you see the recent news about Soudley AFC whose pitch is on the edge of the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire? Their pitch has been ruined recently, but not by mother-natures cruel British weather, this quagmire of a pitch has been caused by wild boars digging up their playing surface! The wild boars leave the Forest nearby, break through the fences around the ground and dig it up looking for bugs and worms to eat

leaving it looking like a ploughed field. Fortunately, Soudley have been offered help from other local teams until their pitch is restored so at least they can continue to compete in their league. The Capital One money on offer would certainly be

a welcome boost to Soudley AFC right now! Perhaps they could use the money to fix the pitch and then possibly they could invest some in a spit-roast oven, some apple sauce and stuffing?? Thankfully, our pitch is playable today……so let’s make ourselves heard…….let the fun begin!

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FAN FEATURE

Simon Hutchinson 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.

I am an avid supporter of the Saints and this season have taken on the role of Matchday Music and Scoreboard information. I love the scoreboard and will try and make the best use of the system. Would love to put up 4-0 every week (to us of course). What changes would you make?

I have one but cannot be printed.

Discounted prices to Armed Forces and Emergency Service personel.

How long have you followed the Saints?

Who wears the trousers in your house Simon? I do, and I have my wifes permission to say so.

3 Years

Have you passed out through drinking too much alcohol?

Do you have a favourite player?

Only once and never again.

Curry

Adrian Sear

Do you have a favourite film?

Are you scared of anything?

What is your occupation?

Event Horizon

SMT Operative (Electronics)

Most memorable goal?

Heights, and my Daughters turning into teenagers.

What’s your favourite colour?

Rene Steer against Canvey Island

Purple

Do you have any favourite pets?

Wine or beer?

No

Beer

Fish and chips or curry?

Where do you see us in the next three years? Conference North or South Your catchphrase?

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Do you have a nick name?

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APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME

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St Neots Town FC in Partnership with Norwich City FC To Identify, Recruit and Develop young footballers. Apprenticeship Programme Educational Partners-Onside Sport-Ernulf-Longsands St Neots Town FC Apprenticeship opportunities is open to 16-18 year old boys and girls Education Partners-Further Educational opportunities We are continuing to look at ways that we can improve the way in which we deliver our Apprenticeship Programme for 2014-2015 and as such we are in the process of putting a partnership in place with Ernulf / Longsand’s with the sole aim of being able to offer extra academic studies for those students who wish to join the Apprenticeship Programme but are looking for a stronger educational curriculum to follow. These studies will be in addition to the apprenticeship Btec/NVQ and not in place off. We also offer the chance to coach Football and to gain you’re coaching Badges at significantly reduced costs and we are also constantly looking at opportunities to work with businesses and individuals who will enhance or add something to what we deliver. The St Neots Town FC Apprenticeship programme is another piece of the jigsaw puzzle that we have been working on for the last 18 months. This together with our Grass Roots and development arm

(St Neots Town Youth/Saints which have teams from U7’s-U21’s) will form the bases of our commitment to develop young footballers and give those that can the opportunity to progress but also being mind full that football should be for all hence the commitment to Grass Roots football as well. We are also looking into other development options for those students that want to take any other path that would benefit from using our great facility in Partnership with Ernulf and Longsands.

We currently have 2 players at the Norwich City C.O.E and 1 player at the Norwich City Academy.

Opportunities

The Apprenticeship Programme football syllabus has been structured to ensure that not only are the footballers being coached to the very highest standards they are also part of a two year educational programme that will, once passed, allow them to go onto University level education. This is a paid apprenticeship, working to a flexible 16hr week based at Rowley Park under our development umbrella.

The Norwich City FC Centre of excellence Hub commenced on the 18th Sept at Rowley Park (Our Home) with the sole aim of developing potential stars of the future. Norwich City FC Head of recruitment Gregg Broughton has been very active in helping us to set up our apprenticeship programme and has a vested interest in how it develops. We are also actively working with Stevenage Town FC, Luton Town FC and Cambridge Utd FC to ensure that we have all the right contacts to help the progression of talented Players.

Not everyone we take into the apprenticeship programme will become the next football superstar so it is important that we as a club insure the individual development of these lads matches the potential they have as people who will embark on careers that may take them away from football. Each apprentice is individual and as such will all be treated in a way that acknowledges this fact. We are not only interested in nurturing footballers we are also interested in nurturing well rounded people.

“ I’ve found the apprenticeship programme so far very enjoyable but also challenging. Since I’ve joined the course I have improved as a footballer and also got a lot more physically fit. Since I have been with the club I have progressed into the clubs U18’s development squad and hopefully I will have more football opportunities with the club in the future.” Mathew Allen


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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! Ridiculous? A Record That Will Never Be Beaten? Ex-soccer star Leroy Rosenior was appointed boss of a struggling club - then sacked after ten minutes. The former West Ham and Fulham striker broke the record for English football’s shortest managerial reign after being introduced with a fanfare by Torquay United, reports The Sun. Sports journalists were summoned to a press conference which finished at 3.30pm. Then - at 3.40pm Leroy was told by the chairman that the Devon club had been sold to a business consortium. And that meant he was out. Leroy, 43 said,

‘For it to happen ten minutes after I finished the press conference was a bit of a shock. But we had a good laugh about it afterwards.’ Leroy smashed the previous record for the shortest time as manager - Dave [Harry] Bassett’s 72 hours at Crystal Palace in 1984. He joked, ‘Obviously they thought I had done a fantastic job after ten minutes and let me go.’ The post was Leroy’s second stint at Torquay, who will face next season in the Conference after finishing bottom of the Football League. He was boss between 2002 and 2006 when he left by mutual consent. Since then the club has been in a managerial crisis, with four different bosses in the hot seat. Leroy added, ‘I wish them the very best of luck. They are going to sort me out a bit of compensation.’

Goran Granic Looses His Bite

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A Croatian football star says his team are losing matches because he can no longer commit fouls since finding God.

Hajduk Split defender Goran Granic has come in for a storm of criticism for abandoning his trademark hard tackles on opponents. But Granic has now revealed his Catholicism is behind his softer style of play. He told daily newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija, ‘I’m so devoted to God now that I have started to avoid committing fouls during matches. God has created football for fun and relaxation. He would not like players to commit harsh fouls.’ He added, ‘I could probably have saved some key goals during the season, including in the Champions League qualifying games, if I had committed fouls to stop players scoring.’ Hajduk Split are reigning Croatian champions but this season they failed to qualify for the Champions League and are currently fifth in the Croatian league.


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Todays Mascot Archie Palmer Favourite St. Neots player? Lewis Hilliard

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

Who do you support? West Ham & St Neots

What’s your favourite food? Pasta Bake

Who do you play for and in which position? Norwich City Centre of Excellence, Cambridge United Development Centre and St Neots Academy u8s. Midfield.

What’s your favourite TV programme? Match of the Day

Age: 7 Years Old

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GAME FOR A LAUGH

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COMMENTATORS FOOTBALL GAFF

You can always rely on the good old football commentator to come out with a classic during the big match! Here are a few howlers! JOHN TEMPLE “The sun is squinting into the keepers’ eyes”

PHIL THOMPSON “Martin O’Neill has literally lifted Sunderland out of the mire”

SAM ALLARDYCE

STEVE KEAN

IAN ROBERTSON

“The directors of the club are in dialect with the protesters”

“And now over to Barnet for another flash from Jacqui Oatley”

MICKY QUINN

IAN ABRAHAMS

“Frank Lampard is engaged to Christine Brinkley”

“Bolton have won just three of their last two games”

RAY PARLOUR

PAUL MERSON

“Martin Jol has put his hands on his heads”

“As the saying goes, ‘you don’t fix something if it isn’t broken’

SOPHIE NICOLAU

ALAN BRAZIL “They gave the Serbian FA a poultry fine

“Newcastle are absolutely besotted by injuries”

“When David Beckham leaves the game, it will take a very special player to come in and carry the mantelpiece”

KENNY CUNNINGHAM

KENNY CUNNINGHAM

“That kind of natural understanding doesn’t develop naturally”

“Arsenal’s defence will be a worry going forward”

“There was nothing wrong with his timing - he was just a bit late”

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“Hopefully Andy Carroll has only tweeted his hamstring”

“We are talking negativitively about them”

FREDDY SHEPHERD “Bobby Robson is Bobby Robson and will always be Bobby Robson”

SIR ALAN SUGAR “Three minutes to go - this is where Arsenal normally get a lastminute goal”

MARK LAWRENSON

MARK BRIGHT

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Calor League Premier Division

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Banbury United v St Neots Town

Redditch United v St Neots Town

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Bideford

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Burnham

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Weymouth

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THE NLP

In the same week Port Vale slapped a ban on The Sentinel because chairman Norman Smurthwaite reckons they’ve been running too many negative stories. He’s also thinks they should pay £10,000 to cover the League One club. It’s all a bit unseemly and, worryingly, seems to be happening more and more. Football sells papers (and positive stories will often shift more) and clubs need the media to spread the word and stoke interest. It has to be a two-way thing. We could debate all day about whether clubs should be allowed to restrict access to journalists. At the top of the game it, arguably, already is.

The NFL in America, which draws huge audiences at home and across the world, run a slightly different ship. Gagging the newspapers and those nasty journalists simply doesn’t happen. In fact there are rules – reporters are allowed into the dressing rooms ten minutes after the game where everyone must be available for interview. That’s everyone. Star players have to be put up for interview in the week leading up to games and they also have to be available for the opposition’s media too. We’re fortunate here at The NLP – and we’re grateful for it. Without managers, players and chairmen picking up their phone or calling us back there would be no paper in your

newsagents on a Sunday morning. As a small team it is impossible for us to get round and meet everyone face-to-face at training, games or at weekly press conferences (for those that do have them). Thankfully managers are happy to help us get in contact with their hattrick hero and promote their club. Recently some have been getting a bit more, let’s say, professional and want any contact to be given the green light. Frustrating when you’re trying to juggle ten stories and already have a number in the contacts book for the player you want to speak to. In my first weeks at The NLP I remember ringing a sacked Step 5 boss who refused to speak to me until I read his statement, which was promptly sent through by his advisor. Now us hacks will all tut and roll our eyes and there will be people reading this column now thinking, ‘typical bloody journalist expecting everything his way’.

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Whatever the relationship, essentially, both football and the media need each other. Who needs the other more, I’ll let you decide.

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In the last fortnight reporters have been stopped from doing their jobs by two famous footballing names. Newcastle United have banned three local papers – The Journal, The Chronicle and the Sunday Sun – for their coverage of a fans’ protest march.

For many managers, Press conferences are something to be endured and some clubs are less than helpful when it comes to grabbing a word with a player. Just ask our lads on the Football League Paper.

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Football clubs and the media – sometimes it can be a weird relationship.

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A brief round up of the weekly results from the teams that matter. FA Trophy Third Round Qualifying Weekend Action St Albans City scored a first half penalty and doubled their lead with a minute remaining and, although they conceded in time added on, recorded an impressive 2-1 victory at Conference South Chelmsford City while Daventry Town completed a 3-2 home win over Ramsgate and Chesham United, ahead in the fourth minute, scored two late goals to complete a 3-0 win at Margate. In the two all Calor League clashes, Arlesey Town scored twice in the opening thirty minutes to secure a 2-0 home win over Marlow but Hungerford Town, two ahead at the interval, scored three times in the second half to complete a comprehensive 5-0 home win over Hemel Hempstead Town.

FA Trophy Third Round Qualifying Replays Midweek Action Stourbridge failed to recover from conceding three goals in the first half and went out 4-0 at North Ferriby United while Tiverton Town equalised a minute after going behind at home to Weston-Super-Mare but the visitors scored again in the nineteenth minute to go through 2-1.

Premier Division Weekend Action Bideford went behind after just three minutes but led at half time and went on to extend their unbeaten record with a 4-2 home victory over bottom of the table Bashley and Poole Town moved into fifth place when a goal in each half gave them a 2-0 win over visiting St Neots Town.

Stourbridge, behind to a thirteenth minute North Ferriby United penalty and again with six minutes remaining, secured a 2-2 draw and a replay at the Conference North club with a goal in the third minute of time added on while Division One South & West Tiverton Town scored with ten minutes remaining to earn a home replay with a creditable 1-1 draw at Conference South WestonSuper-Mare.

Truro City, two ahead at half time, secured a 2-1 win at Frome Town and Corby Town, who went behind to an own goal in the fourteenth minute, scored five minutes before the break and completed a 3-1 home victory over Weymouth with two second half strikes while Hitchin Town scored three times in the opening quarter on the way to a comprehensive 5-0 win at second from bottom AFC Totton.

Redditch United, a goal down at the break, scored a second half equaliser but conceded three goals in the final twenty minutes to lose 4-1 at Conference North Boston United and Merthyr Town, two goals ahead twelve minutes into the second half, were hit by four goals in twenty minutes to lose 4-2 at East Thurrock United of the Isthmian Premier Division.

Biggleswade Town scored twice in the first twenty minutes and, despite conceding a goal, regained their two goal lead just before the break but had to settle for a 3-3 home draw when Chippenham Town scored the second of two goals in three minutes with fifteen minutes remaining and Bedford Town, trailing a goal behind three times including as early as the second minute, scored in time added on to draw 3-3 at home with Burnham.

Premier Division Midweek Action Banbury United moved up to fifth in the table when three first half goals secured a 3-0 home win over Bedford Town but Hungerford Town had to come from behind to draw 1-1 at home with Biggleswade Town while Chippenham Town scored three times in nine minutes early in the second half to defeat visiting Truro City 3-1. On Wednesday, Cambridge City missed the opportunity of moving into third place when St Albans City, two up at the interval, chalked up an impressive 3-0 victory.

Red Insure Cup Second Round On Monday, Premier Division Redditch United raced into a three goal lead in just over half an hour and, although Division One Central Rugby Town hit back with a goal before the interval and scored again three minutes into the second half, went through with a 3-2 home victory. On Tuesday, Kettering Town scored three times in the second half to win 3-0 at Premier Division Arlesey Town and Bideford, unbeaten in the Premier Division, lost 1-0 at home when Division One South & West Yate Town scored two minutes from time but Burnham, two up at half time, scored four times after the break to defeat visiting North Greenford United 6-2 while, in the all Premier Division clash, St Neots Town scored three times in the second half to win 3-0 at home against Corby Town. Weymouth went through with a convincing 4-0 home win over Poole Town while Division One Central Aylesbury United drew 2-2 at home with Chesham United, who had equalised with a minute remaining, and went on to defeat the Premier Division leaders 4-3 on penalties.

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NON-LEAGUE CLUB NEWS

Frome Town O`DONNELL MAKES FIRST NEW SIGNING Brian O`Donnell has completed his first signing since taking over as manager of Calor League Southern Premier Division Club Frome Town with the capture of former Yeovil Town youngster George Russell from Toolstation Western League Premier Division side Sherborne Town. The midfielder has come highly recommended to O`Donnell, who is willing to give him a chance at Southern League level.

Portsmouth FC POMPEY KEEN ON SPETCH Guy Whittingham, manager of Sky Bet League Two outfit Portsmouth, has confirmed he is tracking defender Will Spetch. The versatile 22-year-old has been earning rave reviews for Poole Town in the Calor League Southern Premier Division, and the Blues boss has shown he is prepared to take a punt after Ryan Bird and Jed Wallace made the step-up from the semi-professional ranks.

INVESTMENT OFFER TURNED DOWN BY MAGPIES Dorchester Town chairman Neal Butterworth confirmed an offer of investment in the Skrill South club has been turned down. With the backing of three major investors, the interested party, fronted by Weymouthbased businessman Chris Steadman, had plans to install a new commercial manager and director of football. Instead, the club have opted to appoint Richard Coole as their new man in charge of commercial activities, a role previously held by joint majority shareholder Shaun Hearn. Former Terras’ secretary Chris Steadman, “I don’t think people in Dorchester are interested in the Community Trust operation,” he said. “They are fed up with reading about a sustainable business plan.” The club recently placed eight contracted players on the transfer list to cut costs.

Forest Green Rovers FOREST GREEN APPOINT PENNOCK

Arlesey Town RUFUS BREVETT APPOINTED MANAGER The Club has announced the appointment of Rufus Brevett as their new Manager. Brevett, a former captain of Fulham and player at Queens Park Rangers and West Ham United, will be taking over the role with immediate effect. The 44 year old, who also turned out for Doncaster Rovers, Plymouth Argyle and Oxford United and totalled just under 500 League appearances, will also be working on the future overall development of the footballing side of the club and therefore has also been appointed as Director of Football.

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Skrill Premier club Forest Green Rovers have appointed former Stoke City first-team coach Adrian Pennock as their new manager. Pennock replaces David Hockaday, who left his position by mutual consent on October 21st. Forty-two-year-old Pennock has spent the past six seasons working beside Tony Pulis at the Britannia Stadium, which included helping the Potters earn automatic promotion from the Championship to the Premier League in 2007/08.

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SEASON STATISTICS 2013/14

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ATT

COMP

R

Pos

1

2

3

4

Sat 17 Aug

H Weymouth

354

CLPD

0-2

22

Heath

Rodgers

Adjei

Sear

Tue 20 Aug

A Stourbridge

447

CLPD

1-2

22

Heath

Rodgers

Steer

Sear

N

Sat 24 Aug

A Bashley

209

CLPD

3-1

15

Heath

Rodgers

Steer

Sear

Sh

Mon 26 Aug

H Cambridge City

451

CLPD

1-2

18

Heath

Rodgers

Adjei

SEAR

Sat 31 Aug

H Redditch United

231

CLPD

2-3

21

Heath

Rodgers

Steer

SEAR

H

Wed 04 Sep

A Corby Town

317

CLPD

0-1

22

Conroy

Nkinga

Steer

Davies

C

Sat 07 Sep

A Hemel Hempstead

669

CLPD

0-2

22

Conroy

Nkinga

Steer

Sear

C

Sat 14 Sep

H (Wroxham)

232

FAC

3-1

Conroy

Wood

Steer

Davies

N

Tue 17 Sep

H Hinckley United

208

CLPD

3-0

19

Conroy

Nkinga

Steer

DAVIES

C

Sat 21 Sep

H Truro City

307

CLPD

2-0

16

Conroy

Nkinga

Steer

Davies

C

Sat 28 Sep

A Canvey Island

256

FAC

2-2

Conroy

Crowie

Steer

Sharman

H

Tue 01 Oct

H Canvey Island

289

FAC R

1-2

Conroy

Hurst

STEER

Sear

C

Sat 05 Oct

A Hungerford Town

105

CLPD

0-1

19

Conroy

Hurst

Steer

Davies

Mon 07 Oct

A Hitchin Town

309

CLPD

0-4

21

Conroy

Goss

Steer

Hurst

C

Tue 15 Oct

H Hitchin Town

96

RIC

5-0

Conroy

DEENEY

Dhillon

Ford

C

Sat 19 Oct

A Halesowen Town

273

FAT

3-0

Conroy

DEENEY

Dhillon

Ann

H

Tue 22 Oct

H Chesham United

223

CLPD

0-5

21

Conroy

Deeney

Dhillon

Hibbert

Sat 26 Oct

A Bideford

238

CLPD

2-3

22

Conroy

Deeney

Duckett

Hibbert

Tue 29 Oct

H Corby Town

261

CLPD

0-3

22

Conroy

Deeney

Dhillon

Hibbert

C

Sat 02 Nov

A Matlock Town

244

FAT

0-2

Conroy

Ann

Ford

Crowie

H

Sat 09 Nov

H Hemel Hempstead

436

CLPD

4-1

21

Conroy

Ann

Ford

Crowie

H

Tue 12 Nov

H Biggleswade Town

306

CLPD

3-4

21

Conroy

Ann

Ford

Crowie

H

Sat 16 Nov

A Poole Town

402

CLPD

0-2

21

Conroy

Crowie

Lee

Frater

H

Tue 19 Nov

H Corby Town

93

RIC

3-0

Conroy

Longden

Lee

Ford

F

Sat 23 Nov

H St Albans City

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

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

Hoyte

Deeney

HILLIARD

DAVIES

Nolan

WOOLLEY

ADJEI

Taylor

Wilson

Hoyte

Deeney

HILLIARD 3

Davies

Nolan

Woolley

Adjei

Hurst

Wilson

Hoyte

Deeney

Hilliard

Davies

Nolan

Woolley

Ford

Adjei

Wilson

Sharman

Frater

Hoyte

HILLIARD

Sharman

WILSON

DAVIES

Adjei

Crowie

Felix

Wood

Hurst

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Crowie

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LEAGUE TABLE

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First Team - Calor League Premier Division (20.11.13)

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P

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

Pts

Chesham United

16

12

2

2

40

14

26

38

Hemel Hempstead Town

14

11

1

2

50

11

39

34

Bideford

14

9

5

0

36

16

20

32

Cambridge City

16

9

3

4

22

15

7

30

Banbury United

14

9

0

5

28

21

7

27

Poole Town

12

7

4

1

24

17

7

25

Stourbridge

13

8

0

5

35

16

19

24

St Albans City

14

7

3

4

30

19

11

24

Hungerford Town

13

7

1

5

20

13

7

22

Biggleswade Town

14

4

7

3

25

20

5

19

Arlesey Town

14

5

4

5

22

22

0

19

Truro City

17

5

4

8

25

37

-12

19

Chippenham Town

17

6

1

10

24

39

-15

19

Redditch United

16

6

1

9

22

40

-18

19

Burnham

15

4

6

5

23

25

-2

18

Frome Town

14

5

3

6

20

23

-3

18

Weymouth

12

5

2

5

17

17

0

17

Corby Town

12

5

2

5

16

21

-5

17

Hitchin Town

14

4

4

6

22

17

5

16

Bedford Town

16

3

4

9

25

47

-22

13

St Neots Town

16

3

0

13

18

36

-18

9

AFC Totton

15

2

1

12

18

45

-27

7

Bashley

14

0

2

12

13

44

-31

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THE TEAMS

ST. NEOTS TOWN

V

ST ALBANS CITY

Dark Blue Shirts, Shorts & Socks

Colours

Yellow Shirts, Blue Shorts, Yellow Socks

Gary King & Zema Abbey

Manager

Graham Golds & James Gray

Nathan Abbey

Assistant Manager

Harry Wheeler & Mark Boyce

Carol Holland

Club Physio

Zac Chandler

SQUAD NUMBERS

Rating Goals Rating

SQUAD NUMBERS

1. Niall Conroy (GK)

1. Paul Bastock (GK)

2. Dave Deeney

2. Howard Hall

3. Edd Adjei

3. Lee Chappell

4. Adrian Sear

4. Ram Marwa

5. Dan Crowie

5. Ben Martin

6. Gavin Hoyte (C)

6. James Kaloczi

7. Lewis Hilliard

7. David Keenleyside

8. Jay Davies

8. James Comley

9. Matt Nolan 10. Alasan Ann 11. Ryan Frater

9. John Frendo 10. Mark Nwokeji 11. Richard Graham

12. Dion Sembe-Ferris

12. Chris Henry

14. Ryan Sharman

14. Ryan Wharton

15. Karl Saffee

15. Matt Taylor

16. Kaine Felix

16. Elliot Bailey

17. Tom Wood

17. Chris Watters

18. Jordy Nkinga 19. Jack Sellick 20. Andy Palmer 21. Ben Ford 22. Arthur Lee 23. Lewis Wilson 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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