Tuesday, 5 July 2011

St. Neots Football Club

Please read below for my interview with St. Neots chairman and owner Mike Kearns. It was published in the latest Football Focus magazine which can be viewed here for absolutely free! Included in the current issue are Deveronvale, Leith Athletic and many more football clubs.

St. Neots

You will be hard pushed to find another non league club with the facilities that Cambridgeshire side, St Neots Town have. Chairman and owner of the club, Mike Kearns, was only too happy to describe the wonderful conditions at St Neots. “Visiting teams are in awe of our stadium. It is rated very high. It is one of the best if not the best in non league football outside the Conference. Its hard to improve on what we have as everything is top standard. Our full size pitch is sand based with a twenty-two sprinkler system. We have a 3G training facility and even just put down astro turf where the linesmen run.”

Outside St. Neots ground
St Neots appear to be in a superb position to be able to keep moving up the leagues and indeed, it has been confirmed that the club will be playing Zamaretto Central Division football next season. This is due to some fantastic efforts on the pitch this season. Forward Shane Tolley equalled the all-time goal scoring record for the club with 54 goals, but he did it in just 44 appearances as opposed to the 46 appearances by Francis Brand in 1968/9 season.

Mike could not hide his delight as he took us through the success of the season. “We have broken all sorts of records this season. Our success is one of building a young team for the future, with some experienced players added, capable of moving up the pyramid without many changes, if any. Any good team needs players that can score goals and we paid a five figure transfer fee for Stefen Moore who is a former Aston Villa player. With him and Shane Tolley you have a strike partnership that in our opinion is one of the best in non league. They scored 94 goals between them this season!”

Mike is an ambitious man and cannot wait to lead St Neots as high up the football pyramid system as far as possible. “Our plans for next term are like all teams hope to become champions of the next league. Blue Square South or North should not be beyond this team. If we reach it we will have to take a good look at how we can finance that level and above.”

Whatever the outcome of next season, the club and their fans will be eagerly anticipating local derbies with Biggleswade Town in the Zamaretto Central Division next season. A worthy reward for St Neots after what was arguably their most successful season in their 132 year history.

written by Will Lyon

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