FTYBR ON SALE ON TUESDAY
Issue 59 of Follow the Yellow Brick Road goes on sale on Tuesday before the game against Stoke City. It will be on sale from 6.15 pm onwards at the ground, and also in the SSA bar. Read all about it below.
The highlight of the latest bumper 48 page issue is an exclusive in-depth five page interview with Richie Barker.
Here are a few snippets of the discussion:
Steve – Just how unsettling was it for the players last season?
Richie – To be honest it was no surprise that we didn't get promotion in the end with what had gone on. The lads did quite well to handle what had happened. It was hard. I didn't actually know the full story when I came here and at the first home game, there was a lot of unrest between the fans and the manager and the chairman and to be honest after that first game I did think, 'What's this all about?'
Steve – Out of all the young players that have come into the side, which have impressed you the most?
Richie – Daws, right from the first week in training. I fancy him to go and get into double figures for the season. He is a good player, he is a bit like Adam Murray really, gambles on bits and gets into the box and that will be good for us to have a midfielder who gets into double figures. I think we missed that last year. Hmm. All of them really. Daws, he's been involved with Leicester's first team, so he's obviously got a little bit more experience than some of the others. Birch coming from Arsenal, you would expect him to have a little about him, but maybe Daws could go on a play quite a lot of games and probably get us some goals.
Steve – Carlton seems to want to favour playing three up front. What are the other strikers like? Do you think you will form a good partnership with them?
Richie – Beardo will consider himself unlucky to not be playing on a regular basis. As it happens, I'm playing there at the moment, and hopefully will continue to keep on playing there. Tips… it's probably a little new to him playing out there but there is no doubt that he can score goals at this level. Birch is a bit different. He's probably more like Brown and Runs really. A bit exciting, running at people, a bit of pace and a few tricks and getting past people, so. Hopefully with both me and Beardo being mainly target men, we've got a bit of everything – a goalscorer with a couple of tricks and a couple of target men. So hopefully somewhere along the line we'll be able to put out a decent front line on a regular basis.
As well as the usual features, Dan Westwell looks at the summer and his hopes for the coming season in article called “The Hard way, the easy way and the Mansfield Town way”. Steve Hartshorn takes a look at the side which started last season, compared to the one which started this. There's Martin Shaw's review of last season, while Steve Fleming gives us his controversial round-up of goings-on in League Two. Dean Foulkes takes a look at Liam Lawrence at Sunderland, while Paul Taylor's excellent A-Z of the Stags continues exclusively in the fanzine. Also, in a spoof article about Dr Who, Dean Foulkes takes a trip in the Tardis (see image below) and watches the Stags play Barcelona in a Champions League game. Rob Ferguson writes about “Football the beautiful game” and a trip to Tenerife v Salamanca in the Spanish 2nd Division. Stu Negas takes us on a trip to Peru and a strange football match as the Gringos take on Paddington, while Tosh also looks forward to the season in “O When the Stagsnet Motley Crew”. There's the latest news from the SSA, and much much more.
Don't you dare miss out on your copy, priced £1.50.
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