A Podful of Saints with Jake & Dave
A Podful of Saints is a St Albans City Football Club fan podcast, presented by Jake Ellacott and Dave Tavener. Each edition focuses on news, events, match results and everything else that has fans of the club talking.
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Dave first saw St Albans City in action in March 1970 and a 3-2 defeat that day, in a relatively minor cup tie, was not enough to steer him away from a lifetime in the clutches of our senior local football club. Early impressions ran deep with the wonderful winger Tony Turley being a hero on the pitch and the player that he mimicked in the playground at Garden Fields School; everyone else believed themselves to be the next George Best.
By the mid-1980s he was contributing to the club matchday programme and, in 1984, produced his first yearbook, something that continued for the next 30 years. He has interviewed every City manager since 1983 and for over 30 years wrote match reports for the St Albans Observer, The Review and contributed to numerous magazine and book articles. For two years in the mid-1990s, he provided live match reports for Chiltern Radio and for several years ran the financially successful ‘Saintsline’ for the club.
Other duties undertaken on behalf of the club include the Golden Goal scheme and being editor of the matchday programme when, with the assistance of Ray Stanton and Terry Edwards, it was voted the best non-league programme in Britain. In recent years he has taken on the role of filming City’s matches and producing a highlights package of each game that can be seen on YouTube. In addition, he shares the duty of Club Historian with another lifelong supporter of the club, Peter Taylor.
Perhaps his greatest achievement was to raise £2,700 for a headstone to be erected on the unmarked grave that is the eternal home of the Saints all-time record goalscorer Wilfred ‘Billy’ Minter, who passed away December 1984 having, some 60 years earlier, scored 356 goals in 362 games for St Albans City.