Yeovil Town have plenty to thank Bristol City for – the loan signings of Chris Weale and David Noble immediately spring to mind.
But less obvious is the fact that the Glovers’ top scorer Gavin Tomlin used former Robins striker Andy Cole as one of his role models when growing up in London in the early nineties.
Tomorrow Tomlin takes on the league club nearest to where he grew up – Millwall.
But the former Brentford and Gillingham man will have no problem shooting down their promotion hopes.
“I am from not far from Millwall – about 15 minutes away,” he said. “But I didn’t support them as a boy I always supported Newcastle – it couldn’t be further away!
“They had a few role models I liked at the time. Andy Cole played for them so I always supported them. It doesn’t mean too much to play Millwall.”
Tomlin feels he could do with a goal. He may be leading the Huish Park goal charts but he only has seven strikes to his name.
“I am pleased to be top scorer but I don’t think it has been enough goals that I have been returning this season,” he admitted.
“It has been an average season. Obviously we haven’t been doing that great in the league – we could be doing better rather than be down the foot of the table.
“I would have benefited from a regular run of games. I am getting that now and I am starting to show the fans a bit more and hopefully I can produce a few more goals.”
Tomlin has been boosted by the news that Tottenham have allowed on-loan forwards Jon Obika and Andros Townsend to extend their stays with Yeovil until the end of the season. Centre-forward Obika has linked up well with the striker so far.
“He is young and has that enthusiasm and willingness to chase down the ball and try things,” Tomlin said.
“He has no fear so he is refreshing. He reminds me of myself when I was younger!
“He plays on the shoulder but he can mix it a bit and go to feet and it allows me to do both.
“I have been asking him if he is going to extend his loan, he said he wanted to and that has all been arranged now so it should be good.”
Left-winger Townsend has also caught the eye in his three weeks with the Glovers.
“You give him the ball, get away from him and try to get in the box and he creates chances for you,” summed up Tomlin.
While he may hold no particular affection for Millwall, Tomlin has not forgotten his east London roots. He joined Yeovil from Millwall’s near-neighbours Fisher Athletic and has noted their serious financial problems in the Conference South this season.
“I feel for them a little bit,” he said. “Even last season they were going through a few financial problems and now seven players have gone from Fisher to league football and it is difficult to replace those players.”
One of those to leave Fisher was midfielder Keiran Murtagh, who arrived at Yeovil a fortnight before Tomlin. The former Charlton trainee got a rare start at Stockport on Saturday.
“Keiran is quite young and he just needed some games,” said Tomlin.
“The gaffer (Terry Skiverton) and Jonesy (assistant boss Nathan Jones) has been really helpful to him by talking to him a lot, which he needs because he has come from London and it is difficult for him to move to Yeovil, where he doesn’t know anyone.”