Interview : Stephen Allinson : 17/05/2013
Stephen Allinson Speaks To The BBC Ahead Of The League One Play-Off Final
Stephen Allinson
Stephen Allinson
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Yeovil Town director Stephen Allinson spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Pete Simson on Friday 17th May 2013, as part of the build-up to the League One Play-Off Final.

PS: You're a director and you're a very important part of the club's infrastructure. How excited are you?

SA: I'm a director and I'm privileged to be a director, but I'm also a fan, which means that I'm hugely excited, and just a little nervous, I must say!

PS: I can imagine! How is your day going to pan out in terms of getting there and when you're getting there?

SA: I'll be getting there with my family probably around 10.30a.m. to 11.00a.m. We're fortunate enough in that we are entertained. There's no doubt that I'll get stick from my friends about prawn sandwiches and that sort of thing. I've no idea if that's the case, but obviously we are fortunate to be entertained with others. And we'll be soaking up the atmosphere, hopefully from around 11.00a.m. to 11.30a.m. onwards. I don't want to be just sat back - I want to be soaking up everything and cheering the boys on obviously.

PS: Are you concerned that it's not a sell-out? I know it's asking quite a lot for 30,000 tickets to go. But I think probably a few more were sold six years ago. Is that a sign of the times?

SA: Yes, I was actually speaking to Jean Cotton about that this afternoon.

PS: She's the Club Secretary.

SA: That's right. I think probably it is a sign of the times. We're a little disappointed perhaps, but then if you think about it we've got 17,000 sold at the moment, but a quick plug that they are on sale at Wembley on the day.

PS: You can get them on the day?

SA: Absolutely! That (17,000 tickets sales) is four times our average home gate this year, isn't it? Last time as well times were a bit better, and also if you remember it was the first weekend in which the new Wembley had re-opened. So I think there was a little bit of that novelty 'Wow' factor about it at the time.

PS: Yes, I see what you mean. Though there's still going to be a novelty wow factor for me, because I don't get bored of going to Wembley!

SA: Nor do I! I think that this time, and it's maybe easy to say this with hindsight, we had such a fantastic game against Nottingham Forest (in the semi-finals) that that was our Wembley, wasn't it?

PS: That was the pinnacle, yes. Just before I let you go, can you sum up what a spot in the Championship would mean? I don't want to get too ahead of ourselves, because there is a game to win, but just hypothetically speaking what does a spot in the Championship mean to the club? When I first went to Yeovil Town and I first moved to Somerset, it wasn't that long ago in the mid-1990s that they were in the ICIS Premier League! Being in the Championship seems almost ridiculous!

SA: I remember those days well, as I was also involved at that time. We went down to the ICIS League (in 1994-95) so it wasn't that long ago. It's scary but exciting isn't it? I think there's an awful lot of work to do if what we hope occurs on Sunday. I'm not going to kid anybody about the hard work - and that would start on Monday. But there have been small clubs in the Championship, and they have survived in the Championship. We are - and I hope people agree - well run, we're solvent, and we'll give it our best shot. But let's get there first, shall we?

PS: Quite! And we'll be there every step of the way. Thank you very much and hopefully I'll bump into you although maybe not if you're in the hospitality section.

SA: Can I also have a quick mention please - our Jolly Green Giant, who you know well - his brother had a stroke at the Semi-Final game - Dave Biss. He is recovering well, and I know all of the team are all thinking for him and hopefully we can do it for you, Dave.

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