Interview : Dave Linney : 05/01/2015
Dave Linney Speaks To The BBC The Day After The Manchester United Game
Dave Linney
Dave Linney
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Yeovil Town Commercial Manager Dave Linney spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton on Monday 5th January 2015, the day after the club had played Manchester United in the FA Cup Third Round.

EB: What was yesterday like for you?

DL: It was an amazing day, wasn't it? These days don't come around that often. We've had some memorable times at Yeovil and yesterday was certainly one of them.

EB: The phrase that I've been using this morning and I nicked it off someone I saw on the television last night is 'beaten but not disgraced'. Is that how you feel?

DL: Absolutely right. The performance was amazing. We made Manchester United fight for every inch of grass, and we came out hopefully with a lot of new supporters for this year.

EB: They seemed to have a lot of respect for Yeovil Town, which I would hope would be automatic, but you can never be too sure. The gap between the two teams is so massive, in standing, in reputation and in money as well.

DL: Yes absolutely. They are massive compared with the size of Yeovil Town. There are two teams out there and two lots of eleven players, and Gary, Terry and Darren did their homework on how Manchester United line up, and we really put them to the test. If we had one of those chances go in, then it would have been a different matter.

EB: Now I know you're busy geeing up the crowd and doing lots of shouting. Did you get to meet a lot of the Man United players and staff? Who did you make a beeline for?

DL: I had a little cheeky photo with Juan Mata, so that was very nice. Of course I was out there on the pitch, and very close to them - within yards of Wayne Rooney - I didn't think that would ever happen in my lifetime but it certainly has happened this time.

EB: Now you're the money man at Yeovil Town, it has to be said! So the financial value of yesterday is something that we talked about when Yeovil beat Accrington Stanley and the talk was of it being worth half a million pounds to the club. When will you know if that lived up to its expectations?

DL: Well over the next few days and weeks, we'll get to know what the expenses were and what the income is, and we'll put all of those figures in the pot and we'll come out with the actual profit. We're talking a nice profit but we don't know the actual figures just yet.

EB: Please tell me that you didn't have to pay for Sir Alex Ferguson's helicopter!

DL: (laughs) No we didn't - he's very good friends with Paul Nicholls who trains his horses and I think they had arranged to be at the ground. Paul Nicholls had a (corporate hospitality) box yesterday and so Sir Alex mixed the boardroom with a nice little bit of hospitality with Paul Nicholls as well. So that was nice.

EB: Now there's a nice warm glow about it - I get the same feeling as when Yeovil Town got relegated from the Championship - it was bad news but everyone loved their effort and their determination and it feels a bit like that today. But it's back to league business, and things haven't been good in the league, so this has to be the next focus doesn't it?

DL: Well we hope from yesterday that the performance on the pitch and the support off the pitch will hopefully go a long way to make sure that we can take some of that into the league form and turn it around. If they show that endeavour like they did yesterday on the pitch, then I'm sure that we'll come out with roses by the end of the season.

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