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Thurs 31st January 2002
Ciderspace Website Update

WW ARE GLAD TO SAY that we have now completed our move of Ciderspace to a new ISP (hallelujah!) and so all the ills of the last few weeks should be behind us (famous last words!). The site address remains as but as there's been a physical move of the site behind the scene, we'd be grateful if you, our gentle readers, would let us know if you spot any broken links or anything in general not working and we'll repair it. We're bound to have cocked up on something or other.

The other bit of good news is that the Man Of The Match Voting Form has also been fixed and will be available for use after the Donny game on Saturday, should the Donny game go ahead of course.

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Thurs 31st January 2002
Donny Game In Doubt

STORMY WEATHER, INCLUDING HIGH winds and heavy rain have put Saturday's home FA Trophy fixture v Doncaster Rovers in doubt. The Huish Park pitch is notoriously vulnerable to bad weather at the best of times and with yet more rain forecast for tomorrow following today's dousing it would be no surprise if the game was called off. According to sources at the club Doncaster have asked for an early decision to prevent them travelling needlessly and there will be a pitch inspection at 2pm tomorrow (Friday) afternoon.

IN OTHER NEWS IT seems that Gary Johnson is trying to settle the futures of those remaining players who will be out of contract at the end of the season, following the signing of contract extensions by six senior players last week. According to the local press those the manager are talking to now include Adam Stansfield, Chris Giles, Andy Lindegaard and Steve Collis.

Speaking to the Yeovil Express about Stansfield in particular, Johnson said, "I am very pleased with the way he has settled in. I took the chance with him and it was something of a gamble, but I've got a quite a good record of finding players from lesser leagues and I had a gut feeling about Adam. He is still learning but his number one strength at the moment is his enthusiasm. If he wants something badly enough he will get it."

There are some players out-of-contract at the end of the season missing from the above list however, Roy O'Brien and Glenn Poole being the most obvious examples. Poole is currently on loan at Ford United playing in Division 1 of the Ryman League - it must be said that it's hard to see how he can impress the Yeovil manager playing so far away from the club. O'Brien is in a different position having more-or-less recovered now from the broken leg he suffered at the start of the season and having resumed full-time training - according to this week's Western Gazette he's set to make his return to competitive football in the reserve team fixture v Bideford on the 9th of February.

Another player is leaving Huish Park, albeit on a temporary basis. Winger Andy Turner has joined Conference rivals Nuneaton on a month's loan. The former Spurs and Rotherham player who was Gary Johnson's first signing for the Glovers last summer has been unable to force his way back into the side following Yeovil's recent unbeaten run.

THOSE SUPPORTERS WHO USE the executive lounge at Huish Park have reason to celebrate today - a new air-conditioning system has been installed in the lounge after the Vice-Presidents Executive Committee raised £6,000 to pay for the work. Whaddya mean you don't use the executive lounge and surely the money could have been used for buying essential equipment for the groundstaff to use on the pitch instead?! The vice-presidents can spend their money on what they like, and it does get very smoky in their bar apparently, all those big cigars most probably.

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Wed 30th January 2002
A Right Mullaraky As FGR Frustrate Glovers

TEN LEAGUE MATCHES UNBEATEN in a row for the Glovers now following last night's 2-2 draw with Forest Green Rovers at Huish Park, but the vast majority of the slightly disappointing crowd of 2,686 will have gone home looking at this game as two points dropped rather than a point gained.

It was all the more frustrating as Yeovil started the match so well! 2-0 up after 12 minutes with goals from Colin Pluck and Kim Grant, the Glovers were rampant and playing some superb attacking football, leaving Rovers defence in tatters but somehow not able to get the 3rd goal that surely would have killed the match off. The game changed on the half-hour mark however when referee Mr Mullaraky awarded a controversial penalty to the visitors which Carl Heggs duly converted. Heggs was on target again just before half-time and the second-half petered out in a melange of time-wasting, more bizarre refeering decisions and missed chances; none of it helped by a soggy pudding of a pitch which must now be seriously hampering the Glovers efforts to play any kind of football. The Ciderspace match report page is now online.

The result leaves Yeovil in 3rd place, 6 points behind leaders Boston and 2 points away from 2nd-placed Dagenham, both of whom have a vast number of games in hand over the Glovers, and neither of whom played last night. Fifth placed Morecambe did themselves no favours at Northwich however, throwing away a 2-goal lead to lose 4-3. Yeovil take a short break from league action now, entertaining Doncaster this coming Saturday in the FA Trophy Round 4.

Top of the table, 29th January 2002
Home Away
Team P W D L F A W D L F A Pts
1. Boston United 26 8 3 2 34 14 8 3 2 22 12 54
2. Dagenham & Redbridge 24 6 5 2 21 15 8 3 0 24 12 50
3. Yeovil Town 29 4 5 5 19 21 9 4 2 26 18 48
4. Doncaster Rovers 27 5 5 3 25 18 5 7 2 20 12 42
5. Morecambe 26 9 1 2 19 14 3 4 7 25 30 41

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Mon 28th January 2002
Forking (the) Pitch

TOMORROW NIGHT'S SCHEDULED CONFERENCE fixture v Forest Green Rovers (Tues 29th Jan, 7.45pm kick-off) will go ahead - providing the dodgy Huish Park pitch can be prepared in time.

Heavy rain over the weekend has left the pitch in a very wet condition and the club has appealed for volunteers to go down to Huish Park and help the beleagured groundstaff prepare the surface for tomorrow night's game; so if you've got a pair of wellies and a couple of hours to spare for a good cause either today or tomorrow then give the club a ring on 01935 423662 to let them know you're coming. They'll be appropriately grateful!

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Sun 27th January 2002
Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Wet

IT WAS ONLY THREE short months ago that the Glovers last left Church Road, suffering after a 3-1 FA Cup defeat at the hands of Cup bogey side Hayes, team and supporters creeping back to Somerset to lick their wounds with their tails tucked between their legs, not the easiest position to adopt at the best of times.... Actually, forget that introductory sentence, it's nonsense: Yeovil were by common consent somewhat unfortunate to lose on their last visit to Church Road; a combination of poor finishing, defensive errors and sheer bad luck negating their domination of the match itself. Could Gary Johnson's team put right yesterday what had gone wrong last October?

Emphatically, yes! In atrocious conditions on a pitch that at times seemed more suited to water-polo than football the Glovers avenged their cup defeat with a superb 0-4 win to keep their faint title dreams alive. The scoreline could have been even greater, Kim Grant missing a 3rd-minute penalty before making amends with a looping header on 26 minutes to put the Glovers 1-0 up. Lee Johnson made it 2-0 just before half-time and Yeovil's domination continued after the break, Olivier Brassart scoring on his debut to make it 3-0 on 66 minutes, Adam Stansfield rounding things off 5 minutes later to leave the final score Hayes 0 Yeovil 4. The Ciderspace match report page is now online.

After the match it emerged that Premiership outfit Southampton had several scouts at the game, the rumours were that Michael McIndoe was the target of their interest. Also seen at the game was ex-Glover Colin Fielder - currently playimg for Ryman League side Staines - who described Yeovil's performance yesterday as "awesome".

Six wins from the last nine league matches unbeaten now for the Glovers, and the momentum appears to be building nicely. Perhaps the league leaders are finally starting to feel the pressure as well: Boston slipped to an unexpected 2-1 defeat against bottom club Stalybridge Celtic yesterday. The gap between the Pilgrims and Yeovil is now down to 7 points, though both themselves and 2nd-placed Dagenham - whose game at Woking was postponed yesterday - still have plenty of games in hand AND points in the bank, a potent combination. Still, all Yeovil can do is to keep on doing what they are doing - taking it one game at a time and playing some excellent football on the way.

Top of the table, 26th January 2002
Home Away
Team P W D L F A W D L F A Pts
1. Boston United 26 8 3 2 34 14 8 3 2 22 12 54
2. Dagenham & Redbridge 24 6 5 2 21 15 8 3 0 24 12 50
3. Yeovil Town 28 4 4 5 17 19 9 4 2 26 18 47
4. Doncaster Rovers 27 5 5 3 25 18 5 7 2 20 12 42
5. Morecambe 25 9 1 2 19 14 3 4 6 22 26 41

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Sat 26th January 2002
Bellomo Flies Back To Berlin

ON TRIAL STRIKER MARCELLO BELLOMO has returned to Germany to look for a club. "The German transfer window closes tomorrow and I hadn't had enough time to assess him really," manager Gary Johnson told the Western Daily Press. "So he's gone back for now, although we will continue to monitor his progress."

It appears that Huish Park could be in line to host an England National Game XI match before long. According to the Gazette's incredible sports colummist Cathy Pickford ['incredible' because whenever anyone reads one of her columms they go away thinking, 'incredible how she got that job'.... -ed] the side formerly (and rather more sensibly) known as the England semi-professional XI will play their counterparts from Holland at Huish Park on Wednesday 24th April, 7.30pm kick-off. Note that this hasn't been confirmed yet by either the FA or the club, but presumably Ms Pickford's sources are impeccable.

And talking of the Western Gazette, the Westcountry's favourite family weekly received yet another rebuke yesterday. Just week's after being hauled over the coals by South Coast minnows Weymouth for stirring up trouble at the Wessex Stadium by printing anonymous accusations of boadroom dissent and mysterious million-pound bids for the club which, it turned out, were simply not true, or to put it another way, were rubbish; it's now Yeovil's turn to complain about something the paper has printed.

The complaint centres on the paper's treatment of the 'Skivo to Boston' story (see yesterday's news round-up below) in which the paper sought out quotes from Boston manager Steve Evans, but, according to the club, failed to get Yeovil's side of the story. Speaking on the club's official site, manager Gary Johnson said: "Approaches like this are meant to unsettle the players involved and I would guess that we will be seeing more of this as the season draws to a conclusion. I would have preferred it if the paper concerned had asked me directly about this. That way we can prevent these rumours from circulating. Otherwise we are playing into the hands of our rivals and effectively doing their job for them."

Next week's Gazette should make interesting reading....

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Thurs 24th January 2002
Brassart Cleared To Play

THE CLUB HAVE ANNOUNCED on their official site that French midfielder Olivier Brassart, who signed last week until the end of the season, has finally received his international clearance papers and will go into the squad for Saturday's Conference match at Hayes. In other team news it's been reported that Colin Pluck is expected to have recovered from the dead-leg that caused his substitution in last weekend's 2-1 win over Nuneaton, and Darren Way could also feature depending on how he stands up to the rigours of training this week.

It's reported in this week's local press that the Glovers have been hosting German striker Marcello Bellomo. The 24 year-old former Hertha, TeBe and BAK frontman, whose agent also represents Olivier Brassart, has been on trial at Huish Park for the last week. Manager Gary Johnson told the Yeovil Express that "I'm looking at him at the moment, but the supporters shouldn't get too excited just yet.". Speaking to the Western Gazette Johnson said, "We are looking at the sort of players who are out of contract, who are coming out of contract or who fancy a change. It is good that we get first choice on these players and I have to decide whether or not they fit into our jigsaw." Meanwhile Cambridge United striker Matthew Clement has returned to the Abbey Stadium after a week on trial at Huish Park with Johnson commenting that the player "wasn't what I was looking for."

In other news from the local press the Western Gazette reports that Roy O'Brien is back in training after recovering from the broken leg he sustained at the start of the season. It's still early days for Roy following his long lay-off, but according to the paper he played for an hour with no ill-effects in a full-scale practice match at the club earlier this week. The other long-term absentee, keeper Jon Sheffield, is also now back in full-time training.

Finally, the Gazette has caught up with the rumours - rife on the internet for weeks now - concerning Glovers captain Terry Skiverton and a possible move to league leaders Boston United. Pilgrims boss Steve Evans is quoted as saying, "We had an interest in him and I spoke to Gary Johnson just around Christmas time. I thought they may have been willing to do something but I have since had reports that he has extended his contract at Yeovil and as far as we are concerned that is the end of it."


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Wed 23rd January 2002
Big Col Sacked For the Second Time This Season

SYMPATHY FOR COLIN LIPPIATT. The former Glovers head coach (or manager in all but name) was sacked for the second time this season - and by the same club! - yesterday, when Woking relieved him of his coaching duties and sent him on his way, P45 in hand. Earlier in the season Big Col had been demoted from the position of manager to coach, to allow for the return of Geoff Chapple, or BFG as he's more popularly known, to the Kingfield hotseat. However, results have failed to improve since BFG's return and with the Cards seemingly heading inexorably towards the relegation zone, Colin Lippiat has paid the ultimate price.

Will this be the last we see of Big Col as a football manager/coach? Given the fact that he's just a couple of years off drawing the state pension, then we suspect so. A shame, because over the years, firstly at Woking and then later at Yeovil, he proved to be a first-class coach - one of the best, if not the best in the non-league game - and a great club man who always went out of his way to meet and talk with fans, no matter what the circumstances. A shame that his final season with Woking ended up being tarnished like it was, nevertheless he'll always find a welcome - at least from the supporters! - at Huish Park. Good luck in the future Col.

In other news from around the Conference Dave Penney has now been confirmed as Doncaster boss until the end of the season but Steve Waywell's future as Leigh RMI manager is still uncertain. The absurd You're The Manager circus/reality TV show that Stevenage and Channel 4 are collaborating on may not go ahead now after all - it seems that DCB chairman Phil Wallace will pull out of the scheme if his fellow Conference chairmen fail to back it at a meeting on 31st of January. Last but not least it appears that Farnborough's future is looking somewhat problematic after the FA turned down their appeal to groundshare with Kingstonian, Farnborough Fuhrer Graham Westley saying somewhat ominously: "There has been significant investment in bringing FTFC from near bankruptcy to its current condition. But the club's support off the pitch is roughly equivalent to the level of support for the team.....low (just over 600 at the weekend). Perhaps if the club was bigger, these issues would gain more of an ear. The stark reality is that dramatic situations call for dramatic solutions. I am not one for sitting back and allowing situations to dominate me. I much prefer to be driving an agenda. And that is all that can happen now.It is no good going nowhere."

MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE relative sanity of Huish Park, the reserves drew 2-2 at Team Bath on Monday, Chris Giles and Chris Luke the scorers. First-teamers Giles, Andy Lindegaard, Andy Turner and Terry Skiverton all played for the full 90 minutes.

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Wed 23rd January 2002
Ciderspace - The Return!

THE CIDERSPACE WEB SITE is back after a rather long outage of eight days, which we apologise for. The outage was caused by a Denial of Service attack on our ISP, Cloud Nine. The actions of those hackers ultimately resulted in Cloud Nine throwing in the towel and closing their operations down - leaving us without a host. It has probably left several people within Cloud Nine without a job, so our problems pale into insignificance.

A new company V21 has taken over Cloud Nine's customer base now, and this has meant that the Ciderspace web site has now become available again. We have not had any communication from V21 to confirm that things are back to normal, so there's no guarantee that there won't be more down-time to come over the next week or two.

Whilst Cloud Nine were telling us very little about their problems, we made the decision to move to a new ISP, so our stay with V21 will be short and hopefully sweet. This means that in the future, there will probably be more disruption to the site, but hopefully this will be more controlled. If we get any advance warning over this, we will let you all know.

In the meantime, thank you to everyone for their patience, and fingers crossed that everything starts to get back to normal now. We kept the site updated offline during the outage, so most sections should be as up-to-date as they ever are.

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Sun 20th January 2002
Nine Games Unbeaten Now

THE GLOVERS MADE IT nine competitive games unbeaten in a row yesterday with a 2-1 win over Nuneaton Borough at Huish Park. This was a professional performance from the Glovers against a side determined not to make things easy for them and it wasn't until the 79th minute that Adam Stansfield notched the 1st goal - his 4th in the last 3 games - the very least that Yeovil deserved after the pressure exerted previously. Michael McIndoe made the game safe on 88 minutes with his 4th goal in the last 7 games - an excellent strike rate for a midfield player. The visitors grabbed a consolation goal from Gary Birch with virtually the last kick of the game. The Ciderspace match report page is now online.

French midfielder Olivier Brassart was introduced to the 2,944 crowd before the game but wasn't permitted to play because international clearance for the player still has not been received by the club. It's hoped he will be available for selection in time for next Saturday's trip to Hayes.

The result consolidated the Glovers grip on 3rd position. Leaders Boston beat Northwich 3-2 in front of a very disappointing crowd of 1,981 to remain 10 points ahead of Yeovil, and 4 points in front of 2nd-placed Dagenham & Redbridge, who could only draw at home to Forest Green Rovers. Both clubs still have plenty of games in hand over the Glovers.

Top of the table, 19th January 2002
Home Away
Team P W D L F A W D L F A Pts
1. Boston United 25 8 3 2 34 14 8 3 1 21 10 54
2. Dagenham & Redbridge 24 6 5 2 21 15 8 3 0 24 12 50
3. Yeovil Town 27 4 4 5 17 19 8 4 2 22 18 44
4. Morecambe 25 9 1 2 19 14 3 4 6 22 26 41
5. Doncaster Rovers 26 4 5 3 23 18 5 7 2 20 12 39

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Thurs 17th January 2002
It's Good News Week!

WE WERE ALREADY PRETTY chuffed over the signing of Olivier Brassart earlier this week, but the news from Huish Park just keeps on getting better and better..... The club today announced that six (count 'em!) players have signed new deals at the club to keep them at Huish Park until the end of the 2002-2003 season.

The six - all originally out-of-contract at the end of this season - are skipper and central defender Terry Skiverton, fellow defender Anthony Tonkin, midfielders Darren Way and Nick Crittenden, goalkeeper Chris Weale and forward Kim Grant. All these players are vital to the future of Yeovil Town and would walk into any other Conference side - it's tremendously encouraging that they have chosen to commit themselves to this club. The players, manager Gary Johnson and the board deserve great credit for showing by their deeds that they believe in the future of the club, well done to all concerned!

This week's Western Gazette and Yeovil Express feature the news of the contract renewals, though when they went to press only four players were thought to be signing up. The Gazette has an EXCLUSIVE interview with Olivier Brassart, in which the Frenchman explains why he chose to come to Yeovil: "When I came here I just said 'I will see'. But I saw that Yeovil played very good football and are mostly young players - I was impressed by that. The players have a passion and a good mentality because it is a young team. When I play football I think I must enjoy myself. I want to arrive in training with a smile on my face and when you do not have that I think you must move on. I did not have a smile on my face in Stuttgart but now I feel like I can smile again."

"There are very good players here and also a very good spirit in the team," Brassart added. "For me, English football is the best championship in the world and I am very happy to begin my new career in England. I saw the game on Saturday [the 3-1 Trophy win at Tiverton] and I thought the fans were very good. I think there is a different mentality in England to other countries. The fans like football and have a real love for the game. There is much more passion here and it is better for the players because you want to do well for the people."

Speaking about his new signing, Gary Johnson told the Gazette: "One of the reasons why I take a bit of time over signings like this is that I need to make sure they can mix in with our mentality. He is a good footballer but obviously if he was Patrick Vieira he would be playing in the Premier League. But it something new for Yeovil Town and, as you know, I have a lot of contacts in Europe and when the right player becomes available I will look at them. He has been training with us for nearly two weeks now, he was at Tiverton on Saturday and he has been watching videos of our games so he has not made a quick decision about us either, which is good because it means we have checked each other out."

The Frenchman has now passed a medical and providing international clearance is obtained in time will make his debut at Huish Park on Saturday against Nuneaton - good timing as midfielders Darren Way and Steve Thompson are definitely out of that match with injuries picked up last week at Tiverton - both are expected to be out for approximately 10 days.

In other news the Glovers are giving a trial to Cambridge United forward Matthew Clement, and a familiar name was back on the teamsheet for the Reserves in their 4-2 loss at Paulton Rovers last Saturday. Defender Matt Stowell is back at Huish Park following his brief loan spell from Bristol City two years ago and an unsuccesful move to Ru$hden - not the first player to fail to thrive at Nene Park, and yes, we did warn him not to go there at the time! According to sources at the club Matt has signed Screwfix Direct League forms to enable him to play for the Reserves for the time being.

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Wed 16th January 2002
Zut Alors! Alleged German Is French!

LAST WEEK'S RUMOURS PROVED slightly less than accurate. It turned out that no Russians were on trial at Huish Park over the last seven days and not necessarily any Germans either - but there was at least one player plying his trade in Germany, a subtle difference I think you'll agree. French midfielder Olivier Brassart was that player and after impressing in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Plymouth Argyle last week, the club announced yesterday that the 24-year-old was set to sign, a medical and international clearance permitting. According to the club's official website it's hoped that he will be cleared to play against Nuneaton at home on Saturday.

Olivier Brassart began his career at French side RC Lens before moving to the Belgian League, where he had spells with Royal Antwerp, FC Denderleeuw and RAEC Bergen. He moved to German 2nd Division outfit Stuttgart Kickers at the beginning of this season, from where he has now been released. We wish him the very best of luck in his time at Huish Park, let's give him a warm welcome on Saturday.

THERE'S BEEN PLENTY OF other rumours floating around the club lately, most of them concerning the future of Yeovil chairman John Fry, who is said to be on the verge of stepping down. It's common knowledge that the chairman has been considering his future lately, but at Ciderspace we don't believe his departure is imminent. Informed sources at the club say that nothing out of the ordinary is in the pipeline this week, with a scheduled board meeting due to take place on Friday. That's not to say that Fry won't be standing down at some point in the future - just not yet. [Expect to see 'Fry to leave' headlines in the papers tomorrow now we've said that - ed]

IT'S GRIM OOP NORTH part 2: Following the sacking of Steve Wignall by Doncaster last week, player/coach Dave Penney has taken over as caretaker manager while the club decides on its next move. And Leigh RMI boss Steve Waywell could be the next to be on his way - the man who in the eyes of most Conference fans has performed miracles in getting Leigh into the Conference and then keeping them there has apparently fallen out with his board and there's talk of resignations in the air. Doubtless the Donny job coming available at the same time is completely coincidental.

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Mon 14th January 2002
FA Trophy 4th Round Draw

Yeovil have been drawn at home to Conference rivals Doncaster Rovers in the 4th Round of the FA Trophy, match to be played at Huish Park on Saturday 2nd of February, 3pm kick-off.

The draw in full (Conference teams in bold) is as follows:

Morecambe v. Southport or Gresley Rovers
Farnborough Town or Carshalton Athletic v. Burton Albion
Histon or Gravesend & Northfleet v. Cambridge City or Hendon
Chester City or Stourport Swifts v. Solihull Borough
Woking v. Welling United
North Ferriby United v. Braintree Town
YEOVIL TOWN v. Doncaster Rovers
Margate v. Leigh RMI or Emley
Vauxhall Motors v. Northwich Victoria
Dagenham & Redbridge v. Telford United
Mangotsfield United v. Stalybridge Celtic or Nuneaton Borough
Forest Green Rovers or Aldershot Town v. Worksop Town
Grantham Town v. Canvey Island or Purfleet
Chesham United or Hereford United v. Hampton & Richmond Borough
Barnet v. Scarborough
Stevenage Borough v. Bashley

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Sun 13th January 2002
Banana-Skin Avoided With Consumate Ease

WHEN THE DRAW WAS made for the FA Trophy 3rd Round and the Glovers were paired with former FA Vase winners Tiverton Town there were many who forecast a difficult afternoon for Gary Johnson's team at Ladysmead yesterday - including, it must be admitted, this column's author. So what exactly do we know about football? Nothing!

In the event the Glovers sailed through to the 4th Round of the FA Trophy in relatively comfortable style at Ladysmead yesterday afternoon, beating the Dr Marten's Premier Division outfit 3-1. Tiverton born-and-bred Adam Stansfield put the Glovers 1-0 up on 15 minutes and the same player added a second just after half-time. Carl Alford battled back bravely from recent poor form and no little terrace criticism to make the game safe at 3-0 on 81 minutes. Tiverton's consolation goal came 5 minutes from the end, but even then it came from a Yeovil player, Adam Lockwood scoring a somewhat freakish own-goal. The only flies in the Glovers ointment from yesterday came in the shape of two injuries - both Darren Way and Steve Thompson were taken off in the first half, suffering from a twisted ankle and a calf problem respectively. The match report is now online.

A good, professional performance from the Glovers then who go into the hat for the 4th Round draw to be made on Monday morning. As a result of yesterday's win the scheduled home Conference match v Barnet on Sat 2nd February will now have to be rearranged. Yeovil return to Conference action next up, 6th placed Nuneaton the visitors to Huish Park next Saturday 19th January, 3pm kick-off.

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Fri 11th January 2002
YTISA Fanzine Back On Sale

ISSUE NINE OF THE FANZINE produced by the Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association, 'Independent Barmy Army' is now on sale and will be available for purchase at tomorrow's FA Trophy match at Tiverton.

The edition contains the usual mix of editorial comment, a quiz, a continuation of the 'Glovers Big Brother' theme, an interview with David Hillier - a member of the Ars*nal team that beat Yeovil 3-1 in the FA Cup in 1993 - and regular features such as a reader's first YTFC game and a 'Yeovil Exile' article. All this, plus what appears to be a photo of well-known supporter Col Turner apparently picking his nose on the front cover, for a mere 50p - incredible value, as all right-thinking people will doubtless agree.

If you haven't got a ticket for Ladysmead tomorrow and you would like to reserve a copy of the fanzine, email editor Stew Bratherton at and he will see you right. Any copies not sold tomorrow will be available a week on Saturday at the home game v Nuneaton.

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Thurs 10th January 2002
Chippenham Capture James Bent

21-YEAR-OLD CORNISH STRIKER James Bent has joined Chippenham of the Dr Marten's League Western Division on a permanent basis, following a successful 3-month loan spell from Yeovil. According to Yeovil's official site James, like Gary Haveron before him, now at Merthyr, will continue to train with Yeovil on a full-time basis, at least until the end of the season. A prolific scorer for the reserves, James made a grand total of 49 appearances for the first team (albeit many of those as substitute) scoring 9 goals in the process. Some of us at Ciderspace think that he's found his level and will flourish at Hardenhuish Park, others amongst us feel that we may have let a good young player slip through our fingers who may well come back to haunt us one day; whatever, we all wish him the best of luck in the future.

THERE'S NOT A GREAT deal of 'new' news as such in the local press this week. The Yeovil Express provides us with what little there is, informing us exclusively of Bent's transfer to Chippenham, plus some details of the Glovers 1-1 draw with Plymouth in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Home Park earlier this week - former loanee Joe Broad equalising for Argyle after Kim Grant put the Glovers ahead from a penalty earlier. More interestingly perhaps it appears that the Yeovil side featured four German triallists, though no details of the players names or positions have been given.

Today's Western Gazette concentrates on the upcoming clash at Tiverton in the FA Trophy Round 3 with reams of quotes from Tivvy boss Martyn Rodgers and assistant and former Glover Martyn Grimshaw about how they're the underdogs with no chance, what a great side Yeovil are etc etc and if anyone in the Yeovil camp believes they believe it then they must be mad: Tivvy have made huge strides in the last few years and will be far removed from the Western League side the Glovers comfortably beat 2-0 in the FA Cup in 1996. Saturday will be a very difficult game indeed. Remember that Tivvy knocked current Conference leaders Boston out of the Trophy at the same stage last season.

The Glovers go into the game without current captain Michael McIndoe who is serving a one-match suspension. The match is a sell-out, all 2,320 tickets being sold, including Yeovil's allocation of 900. The advice is, if you haven't got a ticket, don't bother travelling - you won't get in.

TROUBLE AT T'MILL - In other news from around the Conference it looks like Doncaster's spendthrift ways are finally beginning to hit them where it hurts: The team that smashed the Conference transfer record earlier in the season when they splashed £150,000 on Ru$hden striker Justin Jackson have today sacked Chief Executive Joe Hoggins and Manager Steve Wignall as part of a "cost-cutting measure", leaving the 10th-placed side with 6 (count 'em) strikers on their books, but no manager. It's grim oop north.

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Tues 8th January 2002
Tivvy Game Live On The Radio

ACCORDING TO THE CLUB'S official website Saturday's FA Trophy game at Tiverton will be broadcast live on Somerst Sound with full match commentary. Radio Bristol will feature regular updates from the game, but commentary from a different match.

Somerset Sound can be found on MW 1323; Radio Bristol on FM 95.5.

Meanwhile the club have announced that the remainder of the 900 tickets allocated to Yeovil fans for the Tiverton match have now been sold after going on general sale on Monday. No more tickets are available for Glovers fans.

In other news from around the Conference, relegation-threatened Chester City have appointed former Southport and Oxford United boss Mark Wright as manager, replacing Steve Mungall who was sacked just before Christmas. Wright took Southport to 4th in the Conference last season before leaving to take over at 3rd Division Oxford, but his stay at the Kazam Stadium was not a success and he resigned following a row over alleged racist remarks to a black referee.

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Mon 7th January 2002
Racist Abuse At Woking

IT'S 2002, THE 21st CENTURY, but still it seems that a section of the Yeovil support are no more advanced than Stone Age cavemen. Sad to say there have been many reports, both on the Ciderspace and Cardsweb forums of a group of Yeovil 'supporters' handing out a considerable amount of racist abuse to Woking's black players at Saturday's match at Kingfield, to the disgust of home and away supporters alike. According to reports, this small group of Yeovil fans were eventually ejected from the ground by stewards.

Ciderspace hopes that the people concerned were identified before being thrown out and that the club have been informed of their despicable actions. A tiny minority have damaged the reputation of the other 800-odd Glovers fans at Woking with their pathetic bigotry, something which cannot be allowed to continue. We hope the club bans them from Huish Park, for good if necessary. Yeovil Town does not need or want racist scum as supporters.

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Mon 7th January 2002
Lunatics Taking Over The Asylum At Broadhall Way

GOOD OLD STEVENAGE! THERE must be something in the water at Broadhall Way that drives their chairmen mad: First there was Victor You-know-who, about whom the less we say the better as we have no wish to make our solicitors' lives any more opulent than they already are; then there came Phil Wallace, who seemed quite sensible at first but first impressions are obviously misleading.

Presumably because they're being paid a large amount of money to participate and also presumably because they think their season is to all intents and purposes over (a dangerous assumption when only 8 points away from the relegation zone), Stevenage Borough are joining forces with Channel 4 to make a new interactive Big Brother-stylee TV show called 'You're The Manager', starting in February and running for 6 weeks initially.

As perhaps can be guessed from the title, fans will be able to participate in doing the manager's job for him by helping to pick the team via telephone votes, as well as helping out with substitutions, again via phone votes while the match is going on.... Paul Fairclough, is you is or is you ain't the manager? No mention yet of fans helping out in training sessions or choosing tactics but that can surely only be a matter of time. All the while Channel 4's cameras will be filming a fly-on-the-wall documentary series at the club to be aired 4 times a week - should be essential viewing, a little like watching a disaster movie, Ciderspace suspects.

It will be fascinating to see how this experiment works. On the face of it it's a completely mad idea, however innovators are often ridiculed at first before being proved right in the end. Never let it be said that at Ciderspace we have our eyes and minds closed to new ideas. We shall watch and observe and as, er, staunch and long-lasting Boro fans (ahem!) will look forward to taking part in the votes in picking the Boro team. Yes, indeed! It's just a shame that the Glovers don't visit Broadhall Way until April, probably after the 6 week's of interactive TV are over....

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Sun 6th January 2002
Glovers Play Their Cards Right

YEOVIL EXTENDED THEIR UNBEATEN sequence to seven games on the spin at Kingfield yesterday afternoon with a hard-working 2-0 win over struggling Woking. It was ironic in a week when so much attention had been focused on the many ex-Glovers at Woking that it was in fact an ex-Card now playing for Yeovil who opened the scoring - the evergreen Steve Thompson starting and then finishing an excellent move in the 9th minute to put Yeovil 1-0 up.

Yeovil created plenty of chances to kill the game off but yet again the team were profligate in front of goal, wasting several glorious opportunities. The home team came back into the match in the second half but never really threatened to cause undo alarm in the Yeovil defence which kept a clean sheet for only the third time this season. Adam Stansfield made the game safe for the Glovers in injury time. The match report is now online.

The result moves Yeovil back up to 3rd in the table on 41 points, now 10 points behind leaders Boston on 51, whose game was postponed yesterday and who now have 2 games in hand over the Glovers. 2nd placed Dagenham's FA Cup dream ended yesterday, being beaten 1-4 at home by Premiership side Ipswich. Another great cup effort by the Daggers though, congratulations to them. In the league they are 8 points in front of Yeovil on 49 points, with 3 games in hand.

Attention now turns away from the Conference for a week and onto the FA Trophy 3rd Round with the Glovers travelling to Dr Marten's Premier Division side Tiverton Town next Saturday (12th January). A total of 900 tickets have been allocated to Yeovil supporters, season-ticket holders being given first crack at purchasing them. According to sources at the club around 150 are left to go on general sale tomorrow (Monday).

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Sat 5th January 2002
Woking Match Is ON

If you were waiting for the result of this morning's pitch inspection at Kingfield before starting out on the journey to leafy Surrey, then wait no more - according to Ceefax and Sue Day in the Woking office, there's been a fairly rapid thaw, the pitch has passed the inspection and it's game ON.

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Fri 4th January 2002
Wazza: Rescue Me From My Woking Hell!*

*Okay, we made that bit up, sorry.

Former Glovers striker Warren Patmore has been talking to the Western Gazette on the eve of tomorrow's Conference match at Woking - and has admitted that he would rather have still been playing in Yeovil's green-and-white shirt.

Speaking to the Gazette, Wazza said: "At the time it had to happen (leaving), because I was only offered a one-year contract. I was offered three-year contracts from three other clubs and I thought it was a bit harsh that after six years Yeovil only offered me a one-year contract. The only thing I do not miss about Yeovil is the journey. I wish I was still there but the travelling would have got to me."

"I hope I get a good response from the Yeovil fans after six years there," Wazza said, "With the travelling I did while I was playing for Yeovil and what I hopefully achieved for the club, it was a shame it finished on a bit of a sour note with us not getting promotion. I am really looking forward to the game but if I score I might have to give it the old Denis Law and walk straight back to the centre. I have still got big feelings for the club and that was proved when I came down for the Telford game. Everybody welcomed me as if I had not been away."

Glovers fans shouldn't raise their hopes that the big striker could be enticed back to Huish Park permanently however. Not only would Yeovil's record transfer fee paid have to smashed - extremely unlikely for a 30-year-old, even one with Wazza's superb record - but also Patmore would not return to full-time football. "I am enjoying my life again now," Patmore told the Gazette. "At Rushden I was being told what to do and when to do it and I could not handle it. It did not appeal to me. I am not 100 per cent fit but I do not think I have ever been. I have played two games since coming back from injury."

There's conflicting team news for tomorrow's match at Woking. According to the Gazette, Nick Crittenden, Tom White (both illness) and Steve Thompson (knee injury) are struggling to make the trip tomorrow, although according to today's Western Daily Press both White and Thompson will be fit. The club's official site says that the only injury worries Gary Johnson has now are the long-term absentees Jon Sheffield and Roy O'Brien, with youngsters Andy Lindegaard and Faisal Mali finally back in training after long absences. According to the Western Daily Press reserve-team central defender Michael Cooper is set to join Dr Martens League side Weston-Super-Mare on a permanent basis; although both he and Gary Haveron, who joined Merthyr earlier in the week, will continue to train at Huish Park on a daily basis.

According to messages posted to the Woking forum there will be a pitch inspection at Kingfield today at 4pm following a week of sharp frosts. Temperatures are higher generally today, but certainly in midweek the Kingfield pitch was frozen solid and unplayable - further news as we get it.

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Tues 1st January 2002
Gary Haveron is Martyred

Central defender Gary Haveron has left Yeovil Town to join Dr Martens Premier Division side Merthyr Tydfil according to unofficial Merthyr site - joining them on a non-contract basis.

As Haveron was only at Yeovil on a non-contract basis, no fee will be involved for the 20 year old Irishman, and he will team up with another former Glover - midfielder Leon Hapgood - who has also moved across the Severn Bridge to join the South Wales side, who are currently struggling in the relegation zone.

Ciderspace wish Gary all the best at Penydarren Park, where we feel sure a player of his capabilities will shine at Dr Martens League level.

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Tues 1st January 2002
Gary's New Year Pledge

Manager Gary Johnson has two targets for the New Year - to get his strikers scoring and to get the future of many of the players who are out of contract this summer sorted out.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press Johnson plans fresh talks with numerous players and quotes him as saying, "I want to start talking with them now because I want to know where we're going and who's on board. I can't wait until the end of the season. I've got no problem with them turning down the first offer, but time is moving on now and I need to know. We are third in the league [fourth now] and looking to push on. We must have one eye on next season and we have to get each player's situation sorted out."

Reading into what Johnson says, it appears that he will eventually demand a firm decision - one way or the other - from the players concerned, presumably so that he can start his planning for the 2002/03 season. Knowing who is willing and able to commit themselves to the club for next season will enable him to know where he needs to go shopping well in advance of the summer. If this is the case, it will be a marked improvement in the last two summers that have seen Yeovil heading for the pre-season with a bare skeleton of a squad of players and uncertainty dominating the press headlines at a time when season-ticket holders are being encouraged to make their own commitment to the club.

The list of players out of contract is reported as Terry Skiverton, Darren Way, Anthony Tonkin, Nick Crittenden, Chris Weale, Chris Giles, Andy Lindegaard, Glenn Poole and James Bent. Of those, only Skiverton is entitled to move on a free under the Bosman ruling. Whether the Western Daily Press is accurate in saying that all nine players are entitled to talk to other clubs from today is another matter. Ciderspace has heard suggestions that this is only permissible where the club concerned is a member of another country's FA. This would allow the nine to talk to Barry Town - members of the Welsh FA - but not any of Yeovil's fellow Nationwide Conference clubs.

Johnson has also refused to give up the ghost on this season's Nationwide Conference title, although he admits the Glovers have problems in sticking the ball in the back of the net. He says, "We’re capable of winning seven or eight games on the trot and that could be enough to put us back in with a shout. We have to win these games if we are to put pressure on the top two. I believe we are good enough, but games are won and lost in the penalty area and I need one of my strikers to start scoring regularly."

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