A large number of former Yeovil Town players will be on display at Winterfield Road, home of Paulton Rovers, as former defender/midfielder Rob Cousins has a testimonial evening against a Bristol City side. Those appearing will include current Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton, who will be donning his boots for the second time this season, having already featured in another testimonial match for former Tiverton Town manager Martyn Rodgers.
Rob was a guest caller on Twentyman Talks Back last week, and he stated that he would be including former Yeovil Town players Dean Birkby, Jerry Gill and Tony Pounder, with the possibility of Leroy Whale and Graham Roberts arriving for the match at Winterfield Road. Other players will include friends of Rob over the years from clubs such as Bath City, Tiverton Town and Paulton Rovers.
Championship side Bristol City will be fielding a number of familiar players with first team experience. Dean Gerken, Danny Haynes, Louis Carey, Christian Ribeiro, Lee Johnson, Jamal Campbell-Ryce and David Clarkson have all been named in their provisional squad to travel to the game, and City boss Keith Millen is full of praise for what Cousins has achieved in his career, telling the Western Daily Press:
"It is a good occasion and we are happy to support someone who has played so long and done so well. It is a great achievement to have played 1,000 games at any level of football and we will be sending a strong team down there. There isn't much loyalty in football now and you see less and less testimonials, so what Rob has done is a brilliant achievement."
Rob is now in his 22nd season of senior football, and is a player-coach at Yate Town. He had an offer to hang up his boots and become a dedicated coach at Paulton, but decided he wanted to carry on playing the game and despite being 39 years old, he has yet to plan his retirement from the game:
"I've still got the desire and hunger and feel I can play at a certain level. I had the opportunity at Yate to play and help out with coaching and I'm more than happy to do it. I just enjoy every game. It's my 22nd season at this level, I just enjoy playing football and the dressing room banter, the training and, at the moment, I've still got hunger to keep playing. I hate losing or not playing. My legs are still going, so long may it continue."
For those looking to go to the game, it kicks off tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7.30p.m. at Winterfield Road, Paulton and admission will be £5.00 for Adults and £2.50 for OAPs and Under-16s. There will be a souvenir programme on sale as well as a post-match auction.
Link: Testimonial Match For Rob Cousins.
Link: Rob Cousins Signs For Yate Town.
Link: Former Glover Makes 1,000th Career Appearance.
Link: Rob Cousins : Yeovil Town Statistics.
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