Warren arrived at Yeovil in July 1995 as a total unknown. We're not bad at picking out and
remembering players worth signing, but our knowledge of Irish League football is not too great
and our knowledge of his previous club Ards was even less. He made a fairly low-key debut in a
defeat at Aylesbury on the first day of the season, where it transpired he had picked up a viral
infection on the day before the match, and was not feeling too good out there in the heat.
Nine days later on August 28th 1995, he exploded onto the scene, scoring all four goals in a 4-1 win over Walton
and Hersham, with manager Graham Roberts boasting "he'll be even better when he is fit". We didn't
believe him! Far too many players start off like they mean it, then trail off once they feel
they've established a position in the team, and that early shine rarely re-appears. Not so with
Warren. He netted 27 times that season, and had already made himself a hero with the Huish Park
Other than that blitz on Walton, probably the other most memorable moment of that season came
from a 5-3 win over Dulwich Hamlet. The only debating point of that game was why Yeovil had stopped
at five. Warren, then partnered by Giuliano Grazioli, ran riot in 45 glorious minutes that had
Yeovil 4-0 up at half time, and only three enforced substitutions, including Warren himself stopped
Yeovil in their tracks.
Wazza's second hat-trick came early in his second season against fairly low key opposition,
in a 6-0 FA Cup thrashing of Backwell
United on September 14th 1996, and it was becoming clear that the first season was no fluke.
With the arrival of Howard Forinton onto the scene, the pair set up a lethal partnership, between
them netting 55 goals, as Yeovil raced towards that title.
As Enfield wobbled, Yeovil marched on in an unstoppable mood and 20 goals flew in during a nine
match period where 19 of them belonged to the Patmore and Forinton partnership. Probably the finest
moment of that partnership came when Yeovil travelled to Sutton United and a 3-0 win out in the
sun with half the crowd coming from Somerset, watched Wazza lay on two goals for Howard, whilst
the favour was returned to cap a memorable afternoon for Yeovil, as they saw off what was, on paper
at least, their toughest remaining opposition on their way to the Isthmian League title.
So Howard Forinton departed over the summer to Birmingham City, and Wazza had a new striking
partner Owen Pickard, and they took
to each other like ducks to water, with Yeovil's first fifteen goals going to the P&P
combination, with the duo picking up joint ownership of the Mail On Sunday goalscorers award for
This third season marked a turnaround in Warren's fortunes. As the near telepathic relationship
between him and Owen developed, it was him who was turning the provider and Owen who was
capitalising on the returns. This was to be only one of four seasons so far where the big man
was not to finish as leading goalscorer, yet conversely, he was creating more for other players.
That was also in part due to Graham Roberts' occasional use of Wazza as a stand-in central
defender. His height and his power on headers usually got him by, even if the idea of being at
the wrong end of the pitch was new to him.
After Colin Lippiatt took over at the helm, Warren was only to act as central defender once
more, in an away defeat at Northwich, yet despite his return to the forward line, it was not
until the last day of the season that he boosted his goal tally in a serious way, in a superb
hat-trick in a 6-1 thrashing of Gateshead. It was clearly a relief for him to re-find his touch
even if during the run-up to that game he had gone through a phase where nine out of Yeovil's 10 goals had been
provided by him, and the tenth scored by him! The match ball was later to be autographed by the
team, and Wazza handed the ball over to young Michael Chant, a loyal fan with cerebal palsy.
That was one of many ways he endeared himself to the public off the field as well as on the field.
And so to this season, where the rise in his reputation in non-league football must have
surprised even him. This season, not only has he provided, he's scored them as well by the
bucketload. Even though, at the time of writing, he's yet to reach the 29 goals he reached in
his second season, this fourth season has surely been his finest, and there have been numerous
sweet memories to savour.
Firstly, on November 7th at Kidderminster Harriers, he scored one of his finest goals, a
looping angled header from 15 yards that took him past assistant manager Terry Cotton's goal tally,
with Terry promising me after the game that Wazza would break the 100 mark before the season
Secondly, Wazza had the satisfaction of providing the first and scoring the second of two
goals on December 5th that knocked Northampton Town out of the FA Cup in front of the Match of
the Day cameras. With the Cobblers managed by Ian Atkins,
the manager who had rejected him at both Cambridge United and Northampton, it was the perfect
response to the man who had doubted him the most.
On December 28th, there was further glory, when his fourth Yeovil hat-trick was clinched in
a 6-3 thrashing on Farnborough Town. It was then we knew that the 100 goals had to happen and
happen soon. Unlike Mickey Spencer, the last Yeovil Town man to secure the ton, there was to be
no nervous nineties, and the goals piled in.
Ironically, it was probably his proudest moment of his career that almost stopped him in
mid-flow. Having won his first cap earlier in the season for England against Italy, at Hayes
football club, on March 30th 1999 he went one better when he scored his first goal for England
at FC Genemuiden against Holland in a 1-1 draw. But a hamstring injury had been picked up during
the game, and he had to wait over Easter for the injury to heal before he could resume his bid.
And so to Rushden and Diamonds on Tuesday 13th April where his 99th goal was celebrated by
running 90 yards back to the large Yeovil away following with Wazza holding a single finger in
the air, knowing how close he was to that milestone. He only had to wait five days; a typical
strong Wazza header beat the Leek Town keepers challenge, and so it was another 90 yard dash
across the field, only this time he kept going and landed in the home terrace, arms aloft as
the crowd cried his name. It's perhaps significant that for both the 99th and the 100th goals,
he celebrated with the crowd first and his team-mates second.
So where now Wazza ? Well, here's a few hints. Chris Weller, on 102 goals, and Mickey Spencer
on 104 goals may well be passed by the end of the season. Then next season there's plenty of
opportunity to catch Terry Foley on 114 goals, which if achieved would put him into the Top
Three all-time Yeovil Town scorers list. Thereafter it gets tricky. Dick Plumb on 150 goals is
possible, but he will have to spend
many a year with the club to get near Dave Taylor's 285 goals.
Whatever happens now, there's little doubt that he is going to be engrained into Yeovil Town
folklore in the years to come. He's regarded as one of the key personnel in Colin Lippiatt's
line-up and most importantly seems to be getting better and better. They say strikers peak around 28
or 29 years old. If that is the case then next season could be very interesting.
Warren Patmore is 27 years old (contrary to most of this season's away programmes!).