This season Prostate Cancer UK is the official charity of The
Football League. To celebrate, we've asked bloggers from each of
the 72 clubs to count down their top five strikers to have worn the
No9 shirt, in recognition of the fact that prostate cancer
affects one in nine men.
Glovers great: England C international Warren Patmore. Photo courtesy of Action Images
Here blogger Ben Barrett, from barrettsportswriting.webs.com,
selects Yeovil's five best No9s… and one to forget!
5. Dean Bowditch
No striker has scored more League goals for Yeovil since the club
joined the Football League (25) - although Arron Davies is only one
behind Dean on the charts, and only lost out on this spot by the
smallest of margins. Dean was with us for two years, each time
taking the title of top scorer. He was the talismanic front man
whose goals kept us out of the bottom four in League One each
4. Carl Alford
Maybe a man shouldn't be on this list for just one goal, but when
a man the size and build of Alford decided to take on an overhead
kick in the FA Trophy final victory over Stevenage back in 2002 he
was etched into Yeovil folklore forever. It wasn't the prettiest of
bicycle kicks, but it was the goal that cemented the first national
silverware for Yeovil and the catalyst for our rise into the
3. Paul Wilson
Paul played for the club more than 200 times during the 1990s and
was a key part in Yeovil's new adventures in their new Huish Park
stadium. Paul built up a partnership with Mickey Spencer, another
fans' favourite, and together they notched well over 150 goals in
the green and white. We've had a few players nicknamed 'Willo'
recently, but Paul will always be the original and, possibly, the
2. Kevin Gall
As the song goes: "He gets the ball, then scores a goal." It was
pretty simple with Kevin, a speedy winger with an eye for goal.
Another member of the 150-plus appearances club and with a fair few
goals and assists to his name, Kevin was the sort of player the
older, slower defenders hated to play against. Fans took him to
their hearts for his quick feet and the smile on his face.
1. Warren Patmore
Possibly, the greatest striker to ever put a Yeovil Town shirt on.
The latter part of the 1990s wouldn't have been the same without
Warren Patmore scoring goals, almost at will. He scored 140, with
100 of those coming in the league. Warren scored and played more
times for Yeovil that he did for all of his other clubs combined,
and sits proudly in third place in the all-time top scorers chart.
He also joins an elite group of players to have represented the
England C team while playing for Yeovil. The lure of the Football
League proved too strong in the end, but Patmore was one of the
greatest in green and white. On a personal note: he was the first
star in the team as I was beginning to support the Glovers - I
wanted to score goals like Warren did.
And the worst…
Pablo Bastianini (2005-06)
Bought for a rumoured £250,000 back in 2005, Pablo could, maybe
should, have been one of the best No9s, but after 20 games and just
three goals he left the Glovers, saying that he was unable to
adjust to English football and would rather return to South
America. His contract was terminated by 'mutual consent'; the
Glovers were out of pocket and a striker down. A fantastic surname,
a shocking signing.
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