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Tues 27th February 2001
Gritton Signs On Loan

The club's Official Website has announced that 22 year-old striker Martin Gritton has signed for The Glovers from Plymouth Argyle on a month's loan. Six foot striker Gritton has made 50 appearances for Argyle, scoring 9 goals from 19 starts. He will play in a specially arranged practise match v Team Bath to be held at Bath University tomorrow afternoon (Wednesday 28th).

The club have also confirmed that Scunthorpe striker Darryn Stamp (see news story below) is having talks in regard to a month's loan at Huish Park, though no final decision on any move has been made by either party as yet.

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Mon 26th February 2001
Stamp In Talks?

Following reports that Exeter striker Christian Roberts was interesting Yeovil Town last weekend, the latest name to be linked with a move to Huish Park is 22-year-old Scunthorpe striker Darryn Stamp.

The Official Scunthorpe United Website is reporting that Stamp is "going for talks" with Yeovil Town. The website goes on to say:

Stamp (22) has struggled to hold down a permanent place in the side since his arrival in 1997. Initially hailed as a great prospect for future Stamp has failed to live up to his billing struggling to dislodge John Gayle and now Steve Torpey as the target man in United's forward line.

Last season Stamp spent a month on loan at Halifax Town but was recalled due to injury problems at that time. This season Stamp has been in superb form for the reserves scoring on a regular basis. However he has only notched one goal for the first team this season, that coming on as a late substitute on New Years Day to grab an equaliser against Macclesfield.

Stamp in his time at Glanford Park has only made 18 starts although he has made a further 40 appearances coming off the bench, scoring a total of six goals.

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Sunday 25th February 2001
Gone For A Burton

Yeovil's recent poor run of results continued at Eton Park yesterday, The Glovers being knocked out of the FA Trophy by DML Premier leaders Burton Albion by 2-1. Yeovil supporters will be glad to see the back of February, the team losing 3 of the 5 games played in the month.

This was an improved performance on Tuesday night's debacle against Dagenham, but for all Yeovil's possession very few actual goal-scoring chances were created in the game. Burton took the lead in the 64th minute, a Christian Moore penalty being pushed onto the post by Tony Pennock, the Welshman being unlucky to see the ball rebound into the net. Dale Anderson appeared to have made the game safe for The Brewers when he made it 2-0 in the 87th minute, but an injury-time Andy Lindegaard strike livened up the final extra 7 minutes the referee allowed. The match report can be found here.

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Friday 23rd February 2001
Glovers Linked With Grecians Striker

The independent football news website Teamtalk is claiming that Yeovil Town are interested in signing Exeter City's 21-year-old striker Christian Roberts. The player, released by Cardiff City on a free transfer last season, has been dogged by injury this term but still managed to score 6 goals in 8 games. Teamtalk claims that Exeter have priced Roberts at a prohibitive £250,000 - obviously well beyond Yeovil's means, but given the uncertainty over the future of the transfer market as well as other factors it remains to be seen if this price is at all accurate. The story reads:

Yoevil [sic] eye Grecians' hitman?

Reports suggest that Yoevil [sic] Town are showing an interest in Exeter hitman Christian Roberts.

The striker only joined the Grecians at the start of the season, but is said to be attracting the interest of the Conference outfit who looked destined for League football next season.

Exeter are said to have slapped a 250,000 price tag on the 21-year-old's head who has had a mixed season for St James Park outfit.

Roberts has scored six goals in just eight outings, five of them as a substitute and it remains to be seen whether Noel Blake would be willing to part with his services given the club's precarious league position.

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Friday 23rd February 2001
Glovers Still Trophy Favourites

Despite our recent poor run of form, bookmaker's Ladbrokes are still quoting Yeovil Town as 7-2 favourites to lift the FA Trophy at Villa Park in May, according to the weekly Nationwide Conference press release. Those odds in full:

7-2 : Yeovil Town
4-1 : Rushden & Diamonds
5-1 : Chester City
6-1 : Southport, Stevenage Borough
12-1 : Morecambe, Telford United
16-1 : Forest Green Rovers
20-1 : Hereford United

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Thursday 22nd February 2001
Medeh Bahiou

Today's Western Gazette reports the tragic news that French midfielder Medeh Bahiou, who spent last week on trial with The Glovers and played in a practise match v Bristol Rovers, has been killed in a car crash in France.

The 22-year-old from Lille, released by Yeovil after his week's trial, died on Saturday 17th February. Yeovil manager Colin Addison is quoted in the Gazette as saying, "It is tragically sad to hear about the young man. He really enjoyed his week over here and he was a smashing lad. It is such a shame to hear of his accident."

Sincere condolences to Medeh's family and friends from all at Ciderspace.

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Wed 21st February 2001
A Shipp That Passes In The Night - Ru$hden Go Top

For the first time in nearly 5 months Yeovil Town were finally knocked off their lofty perch at the top of the Nationwide Conference table last night, following a 3-1 home defeat by Dagenham & Redbridge.

In a game and team performance perhaps best forgotten, Yeovil were second-best in all departments to a physically powerful and fully committed Daggers side. And yet it had all started so promisingly - for the first 15 minutes The Glovers looked to be in charge of the game and when Darren Way put the home side 1-0 up from close-range in the 8th minute it appeared to be plain sailing.

Wrong! The Daggers wrested control of midfield and, aided and abetted by some uncharacteristically sloppy defending, found themselves 2-1 up at half-time with goals from Lee Matthews and Danny Shipp. Shipp struck again just after the break to put The Daggers 3-1 up and as much as Yeovil huffed and puffed in the remaining 40-odd minutes they looked as capable of scoring the goals needed to win the game as the fabled wolf did of blowing down the equally fabled three little pigs house of bricks.... A deeply disappointing performance for the excellent 4,000+ crowd to sit through. The match report can be found by clicking here (if you can bear it!).

Rushden then go to the top of the table on goal difference, though The Glovers still have 2 games in hand and the destiny of the title is still in our hands. Through a mixture of inspired signings, hard work, no little measure of skill and superb support we have had it all our own way for most of this season - the challenge now is to bounce back from the setbacks of the last few weeks and show that Yeovil Town Football Club is indeed worthy of a place in the Football League on merit.

Top of the table, 20th February 2001
Home Away
Team P W D L F A W D L F A Pts
1. Rushden & Diamonds 29 9 4 1 27 9 9 2 4 31 18 60
2. Yeovil Town 27 12 0 2 29 11 7 3 3 21 20 60
3. Southport 28 7 2 4 23 14 8 4 3 19 16 51

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Sunday 18th February 2001
New Trialist at Huish Park: Ciderspace Exclusive!

New Huish Park trialist Colin Turner, shown making one of the sublime moves that he has become legendary for
Ciderspace was privileged to be in on the possibility of a new face at Huish Park, as Colin Addison was deep in negotiations to further strengthen the squad last night after the 2-1 victory over Boston United. Falling star Colin Turner, currently of Farnborough, has secured an opportunity to train with Yeovil Town. Think Dean Chandler, plus a few pounds, and you have Turner to a T. Knee problems have meant that Turner's career has been on hold for a while, but Addison was keen to stress he was prepared to give the lad a chance. "Sure, come along; if you get in the way we'll soon tell you to **** off," said the top-of-the-table manager as the deal was struck.

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Saturday 17th February 2001
Red Tape Frustrates Addison

Yeovil Town have been frustrated in their efforts to sign former Cameroon international striker George Mouyeme-Elong. Despite the player being given a work permit to play professional football in France, the relevant government department in Britain has refused to even investigate the possibilty of Mouyeme-Elong playing football in this country. Ciderspace understands that Yeovil boss Colin Addison was prepared to offer the player a contract until the end of the season should a work permit have been granted, however the player has now been released, as has French triallist Medeh Bahiou.

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Saturday 17th February 2001
Glovers Stay 3 Points In Front

Yeovil Town remain 3 points clear on top of the Nationwide Conference this evening following a relatively straightforward 2-1 win over mid-table Boston United this afternoon at Huish Park.

Record signing Michael McIndoe capped a fine first half debut performance with a 43rd minute strike from 8 yards to put The Glovers 1-0 up at half-time. Barrington Belgrave, enjoying his best game for Yeovil for some time was brought down in the box on 72 minutes, Simon Betts converting the subsequent penalty. Chris Weale, deputising for Tony Pennock in goal, made a marvelous double-save to frustrate Boston following a free-kick, but was helpless to prevent the visitors scoring a consolation goal on 89 minutes, Mark Rawle's volley from outside the area dipping and swerving viciously to give the scoreline a closer look than the balance of play warranted. The match report is here.

Top scorer Warren Patmore was replaced at half-time by James Bent because of a tight hamstring. We understand the substitution was purely precautionary and Wazza is expected to be fit for Tuesday night's match v Dagenham & Redbridge.

Second-placed Rushden beat Scarborough by 1-0 to remain 3 points behind having played 2 games more.

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Friday 16th February 2001
YTISA Coach to Burton?

If interest is sufficient the Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association will be running a coach to Burton for the F.A. Trophy tie on Saturday 24th February. The proposed price is £ 10-12 (depending on numbers), and projected departure would be 08.30 from Yeovil Bus Station. Contact Mark or Sara via the usual channels on this site, the mailing list, or personally at the ground (almost anyone, except the club chairman!, will be happy to point them out) to reserve a place. If the numbers don't add up the usual YTISA mini-bus will run......... and there's a 72% greater chance of being engaged in conversation by 'you-know-who' all the way to Eton Park! You have been warned.............

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Thurs 15th February 2001
Local Press Review

Local Press Review

There's few surprises in this week's editions of the local papers - news of the McIndoe signing came too late for the Clarion, Yeovil Express and the Western Gazette to confirm, though the papers feature the run-up to the signing extensively.

The Express and the Gazette report on yesterday's friendly match at Bath University - the Gazette says it was against Bristol Rovers, the Express insists Plymouth Argyle were the opposition - focusing on the two foreign trallists playing, Cameroon striker George Mouyeme-Elong and French midfielder Medeh Bahiou. The Gazette quotes boss Colin Addison as saying, "They were recommended to me by an agent friend of mine who lives in France. We will take a look at them before we take any decisions."

Both papers predict the signing of utility man Marcus Jones from Cheltenham - confirmed on the club's official website today, but there's a difference of opinon regarding the rumoured signing of former Glovers goal-poacher Owen Pickard from Dorchester. The Gazette rules any possible move out, quoting Pickard as saying, "I have heard a lot of rumours but nothing from either club. All I can say is that it would be a fantastic move for me." The Clarion agrees with the Gazette, the player telling Fat Harry, "Its all news to me. Unless the clubs have agreed something and forgotten to tell me!" However the Express claims that Colin Addison has spoken to Dorchester regarding the possibility of a short-term loan deal for Pickard to act as cover for the main attackers, Addo being quoted by the paper as saying, "We have spoken to Dorchester - but there was nothing definite about it although I did speak to Owen." Curiouser and curiouser!

According to the Express, contract negotiations are ongoing with Warren Patmore, Tony Pennock and Ben Smith. Addo says in the paper, "I'm hoping we can sort out a new agreement with Ben by the end of the week, which would be great because it would be like signing a new player."

The papers confirm that midfielder Darren Way and goalkeeper Tony Pennock will be missing through suspension from this Saturday's vital Conference match v Boston at Huish Park. Rookie keeper Chris Weale will take over from Pennock, the Express quoting Colin Addison as saying, "Chris will be playing on Saturday. He has got a good temperament and I'm confident he'll do okay. He was excellent at Emley when he came on following Tony's sending-off." Reserve team keeper Andy Avery will be on the bench as cover.

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Wed 14th February 2001
From The Nationwide Conference Site

The following article has appeared on the official Nationwide Conference website:

Yeovil announce new "mini-tickets" - 14 Feb

Yeovil Town's surge towards promotion from the Nationwide Conference has had one lucrative spin off - they are still selling season tickets.

The club have now decided to sell a "mini-ticket" covering there last nine home matches, including the potential title shoot-out with Rushden & Diamonds. This is on sale for 70, which represents a 10% discount on normal prices.

Meanwhile, Yeovil, keen to strengthen their squad for the run in towards the promotion have pipped Boston United for the signature of Hereford's left-sided midfielder Michael McIndoe.

McIndoe, who joined the Bulls from Luton, moves to Huish Park for £25,000.

In addition Yeovil will pay another £5,000 if they are promoted, plus 25% of any future transfer profit.

Boston, who bid £20,000 for McIndoe, will have immediate opportunity to see the player in action - they are due to visit Yeovil for a league match on Saturday.

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Wed 14th February 2001
Just In From The Burger King

Nothing to do with Wazza no, but Ciderspace's mole was enjoying a Whopper yesterday tea-time in Yeovil's Burger King, when who should walk in? None other than a certain very senior YTFC player/coach with son (emphatically NOT Mr Patmore!), who ordered a meal and then proceeded to make a long and loud phone call, which, according to our mole, was plainly audible from the other side of the restaurant, where our mole happened to be sitting.

According to what was said during the phone conversation it seems that Yeovil Town will be playing a behind-closed-doors friendly today v Bristol Rovers at Bath University. So what? The interesting bit is that - according to what our mole overheard - the club will be trialling 2 players - both foreigners, one Cameroon international and one Frenchman. Zut alors! You heard it here first, should anything come of it of course. Otherwise, ignore this.

What should not be ignored is the news that Hereford winger Michael McIndoe will be signing for Yeovil later today, according to reliable sources plus various news stories in the press, and as reported on this website on Sunday. Also a loan signing until the end of the season is expected, the player concerned probably being Cheltenham midfielder/defender Marcus Jones, although this has yet to be confirmed by the club.

Update - 14/2/01
The club has now confirmed on its official website the McIndoe signing, plus are enquiring into the possible loan signing of Marcus Jones from Cheltenham. The two triallists mentioned above have been named as 28-year-old former Cameroon international striker George Mouyeme-Elong, and 22-year-old French midfielder Medeh Bahiou. Both are expected to train with Yeovil until the end of the week.

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Sun 11th February 2001
Yeovil Chasing McIndoe

According to The Non-League Paper Yeovil Town are locked in a battle with Boston United for the signature of Hereford's highly rated mid-fielder Michael McIndoe. Boston's manager Steve Evans is quoted as saying they have offered £ 20,000, but that Hereford are allowing Yeovil time to see if we wish to come back again and increase our initial (unspecified) bid. It is suggested that around £ 25,000 would secure the player.

The article also says Colin Addison tried to buy Dover's Dave Clarke last week. No reason is given as to why this did not come off, but according to the Official Dover FC Website, Clarke turned down possible moves to Yeovil, Doncaster and Kettering last week, preferring to sign on a month's loan with Ryman League Chesham United! According to the website the player does not want to move from his London home and dislikes travelling long distances to play football.

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Sat 10th February 2001
Chester 'Nother Away Defeat

Yeovil's inconsistent form of late continued at the Deva Stadium this afternoon with a 2-1 loss to Conference newcomers Chester City. The Glovers evidently enjoyed plenty of possession during the game but didn't always make best use of the ball.

Chester were 2 goals in front by half time, Scott Ruscoe on 17 minutes and Mark Beesley on 32 minutes the scorers. Yeovil substitute James Bent hit the post in the second half before scoring a consolation from close range following a corner in the 85th minute, but it was evidently one of those games for The Glovers. The official site's match report is here.

Closest challengers Rushden failed to take full advantage of Yeovil's defeat, themselves being held to a 0-0 draw at Forest Green Rovers. Third placed Southport won 3-2 at Telford, dragging themselves back to within 7 points of the leaders. The Glovers still have 2 games in hand over both teams.

Top of the table, 10th February 2001
Home Away
Team P W D L F A W D L F A Pts
1. Yeovil Town 25 11 0 1 26 7 7 3 3 21 20 57
2. Rushden & Diamonds 27 7 4 1 24 8 9 2 4 31 18 54
3. Southport 27 7 1 4 22 13 8 4 3 19 16 50

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Fri 9th February 2001
Get Those Bets On Now

According to the weekly Nationwide Conference press release, The Glovers are firmer favourites than ever to lift the Conference title at the end of the season.

Bookmaker's Ladbrokes have Yeovil at a prohibitive (and ludicrous, in Ciderspace's humble opinion) 1-7 ON! Rushden & Diamonds are a more sensible 10-3, while Southport are now seen as rank outsiders at 50-1.

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Thurs 8th February 2001
Steele Gets A Card Loan

According to BBC Southern Counties Radio, central defender Paul Steele has joined fellow Conference side Woking in a loan deal that will keep him at Kingfield until the end of the season.

Steele made his first team debut for Yeovil whilst current Woking manager Colin Lippiatt was at Huish Park - however, the deal is surprising given that Lippiatt gave Steele only a small handful of sporadic appearances for the first team during his time in Somerset.

Steele established himself under David Webb, however lost out through injury to ex-Bristol Rovers defender Tom White and has barely featured in the first sixteen under Colin Addison. The twist in the tale is that Steele has already cost Woking three points this season - he netted the winner for The Glovers in the league match at Huish Park earlier this season.

No confirmation from Huish Park of the loan deal has been received at present.

Update 9/2/01:
The club's official website has now confirmed Paul's loan move to Woking. The deal is for a month only, not until the end of the season as was being reported yesterday, and Yeovil have insisted on the player being subject to a 24-hour recall in the event of an injury or other crisis at Huish Park.

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Wed 7th February 2001
Contract Talks Ongoing With Glovers Trio

BBC Plymouth Ceefax is reporting the following story:

Glovers In Talks With Trio

Nationwide Conference leaders Yeovil Town are continuing contract talks with three of their players.

Striker and top-scorer Warren Patmore, goalkeeper Tony Pennock and midfielder Ben Smith are in discussions over new deals with The Glovers.

Manager Colin Addison is confident they will accept new terms offered and says he is well in control of the situation.

In Patmore's case, he could remain as a part-time player even if Yeovil go up to the Third Division.

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Wed 7th February 2001
YTISA Travel To Chester

The YTISA have 3 spaces left on their minibus travelling to Chester City this weekend. The bus leaves Yeovil Bus Station at 8.30 on Saturday morning - the price is £10 for ISA members, rising up to £15, depending on final numbers, to non-members. Phone chairman Mark Kelly on 01935 412236 for more details.

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Wed 7th February 2001
From The Nationwide Conference Site

Two stories have recently appeared on the official Nationwide Conference website of interest to Glovers fans:

Yeovil stalwart keen to remain 6th Feb

Yeovil Town's goalkeeper Tony Pennock, who should be making his 300th appearance for the Nationwide Conference leaders next month, is keen to stay at Huish Park when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Pennock, who commutes from Swansea, is the current Welsh semi-professional international keeper and will line up against two of his Yeovil team-mates when Wales play England at Rushden next Tuesday.

"I have opened negotiations about a new contract," he said.

"I am only 29 and I feel I have earned a bit of security so I shall be looking for at least another two year deal. Three years would be even better."

Youth dilemma for Yeovil 6th Feb

There has been one frustration after another for Yeovil Town as they battle to get a Centre of Excellence approved by the Football Association.

Yeovil have an excellent youth scheme, but without an official Centre of Excellence have no power to stop bigger clubs from taking their youngsters.

FA Councillor Bryan Moore, a former Chairman of the Glovers said: "It is blatantly unfair. There was one case when we lost a player at half-time in a youth league game because the opposition from a Third Division club fancied him.

"Nothing seems to happen to sort it out, but if Yeovil get promoted to the Football League they will get an automatic stamp of approval to run a Centre of Excellence."

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Wed 7th February 2001
Oh Baby! Future Wales Keeper Arrives

According to a reliable source on the Ciderspace Mailing List, Goalkeeper Tony Pennock's wife Andrea gave birth to a baby boy this morning at 6.50am. No name has yet been chosen. Congratulations to Andrea and Tony from all at Ciderspace!

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Mon 5th February 2001
FA Trophy 5th Round Draw

Yet another away trek for Glovers fans, and if Yeovil are destined to win the Trophy this season then they are going to have to do it the hard way. After being drawn against and beating Unibond Premier League leaders Emley in the 4th Round, now Yeovil have to face Dr Marten's Premier League leaders Burton Albion, managed by Nigel Clough, in the 5th Round. Yeovil's Conference match away at Doncaster Rovers will be postponed to accomodate the Trophy tie.

The full draw is as follows (ties to be played Sat 24th February, Conference teams in bold)

Burton Albion v Yeovil Town
Weymouth v Southport
Evesham Utd or Morecambe v Hereford Utd or Leigh RMI
Canvey Island v Stevenage Borough
Histon or Billericay v Telford Utd
Tiverton Town v Worksop
Chester v Blyth Spartans
Matlock Town or Forest Green Rovers v Rushden & Diamonds

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Sat 3rd February 2001
Pennock Sent Off, But Glovers Go Through

Yeovil Town survived what was always going to be a very difficult FA Trophy Round 4 trip to runaway Unibond League leaders Emley, The Glovers coming out on top by the score of 2-4.

Yeovil enjoyed a fine start when after only 3 minutes a Simon Betts free-kick was turned into his own net by Emley's Nicholson. The Glovers went 0-2 up on 21 minutes, Glenn Poole hitting a 30-yard screamer to mark a rare first-team start in style. A minute later however and Emley had pulled one back, a Darren Day header making the score 1-2. Simon Betts opened up the gap again on 35 minutes, another long-range effort apparently making the game relatively comfortable for Yeovil at 1-3, which was the score at half-time.

Comfortable? Not so! Emley dominated the first quarter after the break, putting Yeovil under a great deal of pressure before keeper Tony Pennock was sent off for a foul in the penalty area on 59 minutes. Substitute keeper Chris Weale came on at the expense of the unlucky Glenn Poole, but was unable to prevent Bambrook from making the score 2-3 from the subsequent penalty. Yeovil rode out the storm however, Ben Smith making the game safe with a tap-in in injury time following an excellent break by Nick Crittenden.

Final score, Emley 2 Yeovil Town 4. The official site's match report can be found by clicking here.

The draw for the 5th Round will once again be made live on Talksport Radio on Monday February 5th, 3.15pm.

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Fri 2nd February 2001
Nationwide Conference Newsletter Review

A weird selection of Yeovil coverage in this week's Conference Newsletter. Firstly, the factual stuff, with Yeovil's Mickey Mouse Cup Nationwide Variety Club Trophy Semi Final against Kingstonian being reduced to a one-legged semi-final. The match will be played at Huish Park on Tuesday March 6th. We can't wait!

Next the news that Warren Patmore has shared the Conference Goalscorer of the Month award for January with Rushden's Duane Darby. Both netted four goals in January. It wasn't all a bed of roses for The Glovers though, with Southport receiving the Performance of the Month award for their 1-0 win over Yeovil Town that ended the league leaders four month unbeaten league record.

The stats still look good though. Warren Patmore still leads the goalscoring charts with nineteen goals this season. Justin Jackson (Rushden) on 16 and Marc McGregor (Nuneaton) on 15 are Wazza's nearest challengers. Furthermore, Yeovil now are joint-top of the fair-play league with 35 points. With just 29 bookings and two sendings off, The Glovers are just edged out by Morecambe, by virtue of The Shrimps having had one fewer sending-off.

Thereafter, the newsletter gets strange. One would have thought that a Conference newsletter would have made much of the unprecedented announcement of a Conference league match being broadcast live on Sky next month. Or perhaps the news relevant to at least nine other Conference clubs that the Huish Park home terrace has been closed until further notice to allow the roof to be built within a safe environment? Or perhaps at a pinch, the news coming out of the Shareholders Meeting? All three of these stories have been sanctioned by the Yeovil Town Press Office (as published on the Official Site News Page) and are of major interest, particularly to what is intended to be the Official Conference Press Office.

Instead, the remainder of their Yeovil coverage centres on rebukung erroneous local press reports claiming that Exeter's Chris Holloway was about to join The Glovers - in other words a non-story.

They then finish off with some quotes from Murray Fishlock which are of interest to Yeovil fans, even though Fishlock left the Huish Park payroll last May but are actually copied from the Western Daily Press! (See story below.) And they finish it off in style by mis-reporting the match that Fishlock suffered his last relapse in - Dover Athletic, not Forest Green Rovers, guys!

It seems bizarre that they should consider this the highlight of a week in Yeovil Town Football Club, given that there was so much in the way of confirmed official news (see the Official Site News Page for the proof) doing the rounds. And if the Nationwide Conference Press Office continue down this path, with the local media occasionally printing erroneous stories, how long before something of the equivalent of 'Bazza wants to go to Southend' lands in the Conference Newsletter?

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Fri 2nd February 2001
Fishlock Heads For Light Training

Reports in today's Western Daily Press and on the Nationwide Conference Web Site provide welcome news on Murray Fishlock's long-running task to get back into football after his year-long back injury.

Left wing-back Murray Fishlock, who gained an England Semi-Professional cap whilst playing for Yeovil, has been given the all-clear to start kicking a football for the first time in thirteen months.

Fishlock first suffered a back problem during the pre-season friendlies as part of the build-up to the 1999/2000 season, but major aggravation of the problem during the visits to Woking and ultimately Dover Athletic saw Murray withdraw entirely from the Yeovil scene.

Now there seems to be true light at the end of the tunnel, with the ex-Hereford star having got back in contact with assistant manager Steve Thompson, with plans to return to Huish Park - as a spectator - later this month.

The two sites quote Fishlock as saying, "Muscles around the pelvis were breaking down and I just kept collapsing It has been very slow progress but I feel I am getting somewhere, I have spent the last four months on weights and certainly feel stronger. After all this time Im thrilled to bits. When you have been out this long you worry what the verdict might be. I have set no deadlines for a return to action - I will just carry on with the programme and hope for the best."

Meanwhile, in other news, Tom White looks likely to make his return to the squad, but may find getting back into the starting eleven a tougher proposition, with Addison having praised stand-in Roy O'Brien's role in the 2-1 win at Hednesford.

White says, "I feel a lot better now and am ready to come back in if selected. Weve got a good record in cup competitions this season and want to keep that going against Emley. They are doing well in their league, but we believe weve got a realistic chance of winning the Trophy this year."

Finally Colin Addison has played down the situation that has seen another week pass without any signings coming into Huish Park. The Yeovil boss told the Western Daily Press, "Any new signing wouldnt have been available for the Trophy anyway. Ive made lots of calls and weve watched lots of players but so far nothing has come off."

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Thurs 1st February 2001
Local Press Review - The Gazette and The Express

As expected, this week's edition of the Western Gazette makes much of the club attempting to ban the local press from its shareholders meeting last week, sports editor Richard Briggs penning an editorial condemming the decision and the club's attempts to 'control' the media, quoting chairman John Fry as saying, "We are trying to control press releases coming out of the club. We want positive stories to do with the football club." Briggs goes on to speculate that one day the club might ban reporters from games the club might expect to lose heavily on the grounds that a '7-0 hiding wouldn't generate the positive stories Fry is aiming for'....

One can certainly sympathise to an extent with Briggs on this - no-one wants to see press censorship at all and the decision to ban press from the shareholders meeting was as short-sighted as it was ineffective, but it must be said that sometimes the press is its own worst enemy. One only has to recall the completely false and sensationalist story the Gazette ran last season about Yeovil and Weymouth fans using the internet to plan attacks on each other to see the other side of the coin - with freedom comes responsibility. It's also worth bearing in mind that the club has always controlled its own press releases as quoted above - all clubs do - it's up to editors whether they use them or not. To try and claim that the club are somehow attempting to control the media by issuing its own press releases is disingenous, to say the least.

Be all that as it may, the Gazette manages a full page report on the shareholders meeting last week and claims an exclusive by saying promotion would be worth around £3 million to The Glovers next season. According to the paper around £2 million of that money would be available in the form of grants from the Football Foundation to improve the infrastructure at Huish Park, £500,000 would go towards the Centre of Excellence, and the club would receive £375,000 for television rights.

Both the Gazette and this week's Yeovil Express carry the news that Sky TV will be televising the home match v Hayes live on March 24th, 12 noon kick-off. The Express quotes YTFC press officer Greg Tesser as saying that although the financial reward from Sky would be very small, the match would bring in welcome and much sought-after national publicity for the club.

Both papers look ahead to this weekend's FA Trophy tie at Emley, with Yeovil hoping that Tom White will be fit to return after a bout of flu. The Gazette quotes Colin Addison as saying, "I have never come up against them [Emley] but we have had them watched and they are a more than useful side. They are top of the league, like ourselves, and they will be looking to beat us on their own ground. It will be a tough match." If the game ends in a draw the replay will be at Huish Park on Tuesday 6th February, 7.45pm kick-off.

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