That’s the way to drum up sup­port!

The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY - By Luke Baker

FROM the Pet Shop Boys to the White Stripes to Chas & Dave, mu­sic history is lit­tered with two-piece bands.

And now Yeovil Town have their own an­swer to those duos in the form of Andy Dover and Steve Monk.

Dover and Monk might not have the mu­si­cal gravitas of a Len­non and McCart­ney but they deftly com­bine the role of su­per­fans with cre­at­ing a mem­o­rable at­mos­phere – fol­low­ing Yeovil to ev­ery game, home and away, with their bass drums in tow.

The pair have known each other for 27 years and started fol­low­ing the Glovers be­cause Dover’s daugh­ter Ebony is a first­teamer for the WSL 2 side.

And af­ter be­ing unim­pressed with the at­mos­phere at the ground for her first few games, the duo took mat­ters into their own hands.

“I went to watch my daugh­ter’s first Yeovil game at home and it was too quiet – I could have watched a Lassie film dur­ing the game at the same time,” said Dover.

“It cer­tainly wasn’t good enough for me, so I asked the club if I could start up the Yeovil Town Ladies band to cre­ate a bet­ter at­mos­phere and they said go for it.

“At the minute there’s only re­ally me and Steve although oc­ca­sion­ally we have one other drum­mer.

“I drum when the game is go­ing on, so if they’re at­tack­ing down the wing, I play an at­tack­ing African beat for ex­am­ple.

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“The team love it and that’s why I do it. We’ve had a few peo­ple who don’t like it but you can’t please ev­ery­one!”

Dover has played as part of the Eng­land band at Wem­b­ley in the past and con­vinced long-time friend Monk to travel down from his home in Birm­ing­ham to join him at Yeovil games.

They drum for the full 90 min­utes each game and their ac­tions have un­sur­pris­ingly gar­nered them an el­e­ment of no­to­ri­ety in the Women’s Su­per League – although they in­sist that most ri­val fans en­joy the at­mos­phere they bring.

They are now keen to add a brass sec­tion to the band to en­able a greater va­ri­ety of mu­sic and are also hop­ing to get spon­sored to travel to games.

And Monk ad­mits he would welcome more mem­bers sim­ply to al­low some ro­ta­tion.

“Both of us keep go­ing for the full 90 min­utes – as soon as the play­ers come out of the tun­nel we get go­ing,” he ex­plained.

“It would be great to have a trum­pet be­cause it’s fan­tas­tic when we get some of the fans singing. “Donny Belles fans were par­tic­u­larly great as were Read­ing’s and Wat­ford’s as well. Most clubs have ac­cepted it and en­joyed it, so it’s

great.”

Both men are adamant that the play­ers love the at­mos­phere gen­er­ated by their drum­ming and it has cer­tainly done Yeovil’s per­for­mances on the pitch no harm what­so­ever.

The Som­er­set club have punched above their weight some­what to lie third in WSL 2 with pro­mo­tion to the top tier still a pos­si­bil­ity.

And while his am­bi­tions in­clude tak­ing on the might of the Eng­land band at Wem­b­ley, Dover says the drum­ming has al­ready led to some mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ences.

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“My favourite game was prob­a­bly Wat­ford away,” he added. “I’m ac­tu­ally a Wat­ford fan my­self and fol­lowed them all through the 80s.

“They’ve got a good set of sup­port­ers and be­cause I’m a Wat­ford fan, I jumped right in the mid­dle of them and started singing and drum­ming. We had a great time.

“I’d love to play at the next women’s game at Wem­b­ley be­hind the goal, op­po­site the Eng­land fans.

“I’d like to go down the other end and go against them. I’ll be on my own but that doesn’t bother me and it would be a great ad­vert for me to get a brass sec­tion for the band as well.”

PIC­TURE: Yeovil Town FC

DRUM ROLES: Andy Dover and Steve Monk get into the groove and Ebony Dover, inset right

PIC­TURE: FA

YORS TO SAVOUR: Corinne Yorston and her Yeovil Town team­mates get their own unique band of sup­port

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