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Sat 31st March 2001
YTISA Travel To K's, Daggers, Telford

YTISA Treasurer Stewart Bratherton has sent us the following information:

YTISA intend to run a mini-bus/s or even a coach if their is a demand to the following games:

Kingstonian (Sat 7th April)
Dagenham & Redbridge (Easter Monday 16th April)
Telford (Sat 28th April)

If you would like to travel to any of the above fixtures with YTISA then please e-mail soonest either (do not leave it to the day before the fixture):

The cost will be dependent on numbers travelling, but usually cost between £10 - £15 for members, add £2 for non-members.

We are unsure on travel to both Doncaster and Leigh RMI at the moment though members of the association will be travelling, exact methods will be determined on requirement.

If you have any questions regarding travel or YTISA please e-mail one of the above of the list.

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Fri 30th March 2001
YTISA Mouse Mats On Sale At Dover

The latest in the YTISA range of merchandise will be available at the Dover Athletic game and this time they are getting all technological on us with their very own mouse mats.

Your chance to own a mousemat with this photo from Ciderspace as part of the main design
Your chance to own a mousemat with this photo from Ciderspace as part of the main design
Priced at £3.50, the mats feature their own green and white design with a green border and a white "Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association" title on the mat.

The centre piece of the mat will look familiar to all those who are regular visitors to Ciderspace. It features photography taken from Ciderspace's own collection taken at the Madejski Stadium in October 1999. The two photo galleries are still available and can be found here and there. The actual image used is pictured on this page although the first gallery shows a larger picture.

Those wishing to order by post can do so by sending a cheque, payable to "Y.T.I.S.A." and sent to 233, St John's Road, Yeovil, BA21 5QR. Please add 50 pence for postage and packing within the United Kingdom. For further information, contact YTISA chairman Mark Kelly by e-mail at or by telephone on 01935-412236.

Further information on YTISA and other associated merchandise is also available. There will be more merchandise displayed on these pages shortly.

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Thurs 29th March 2001
New Player on Deadline Day

As revealed on the Official Site Yeovil secured the loan of Plymouth Argyle midfielder Martin Barlow until the end of the season today.

Barlow, who is 29, has spent his entire career at Argyle, notching up 341 starts and 37 appearances from the bench. Since his debut in 1989 he has scored 29 goals.

This season he has played 20 league games, two F.A. Cup ties and two League Cup ties for Plymouth.

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Thurs 29th March 2001
Shephard Interests Addison

This week's local newspapers have little to add to the main news this week, all concentrating on the return of Howard Forinton to Huish Park. They do bring one new name into the equation however - it seems that there is a possibility that Newport County striker Gary Shephard, 25 goals so far this term, may be signed on loan until the end of the season. Colin Addison is quoted in the papers as saying that he would like to bring in another striker before today's transfer deadline cut-off, and possibly a midfielder. We will all be the wiser by 5-o-clock this evening hopefully!

Meanwhile, on loan striker Martin Gritton has returned to Plymouth Argyle following the completion of a largely unsuccesful month at Huish Park. The 22-year-old frontman made 4 appearances for Yeovil without scoring and without really impressing the Huish Park faithful, it must be said. He should worry - Argyle manager Paul Sturrock evidently has great faith in the youngster and Gritton has now signed a 2-year extension to his existing Plymouth contract.

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Wed 28th March 2001
Tonight's Game is OFF

Yet another attempt to play the National Variety Club Trophy, Southern semi-final, tie v Kingstonian has fallen foul of the weather. The Huish Park pitch is water-logged and an inspection deemed it too dangerous to play. With both Kingstonian and Yeovil Town's fixture lists already chock-a-block with mid-week games this despised competition once again proves that it's only impact on the season is to give clubs further unwanted headaches. As yet no alternative date has been arranged.

Dear John Moules,
Get rid. No one wants it.
Love, Ciderspace.

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Wed 28th March 2001
Rumours, Rumours! Get Yer Wazza Rumours Here!

The following article has appeared on the Official Nationwide Conference Website:

Patmore linked with Glovers rivals 27 Mar

Yeovil Town's semi-professional international striker Warren Patmore could be playing in the third division next season, for whichever team takes the Nationwide Conference title.

Patmore is out of contract this summer and Yeovil have delayed negotiations in order to concentrate on their title push.

Meanwhile, they are aware that Rushden & Diamonds were prepared to pay a six-figure sum for the goal-getter a year ago and Brian Talbot is still believed to be interested.

Patmore runs his own business and commutes from Watford to play for the Glovers and is prepared to go full-time and bring his family to Somerset, but says: "I'm 29, and I've got to make sure that the next contract I sign is the right one."

The Glovers are also giving trials to two teenage full-backs from Tottenham Hotspur.

Neil Lacey, a 19-year-old left-back, spent five years with Arsenal schoolboys before moving to White Hart Lane and has had a few games in Spurs reserves.

Terry Adams, who plays on the right side, is 18 and has spent the last two years at Tottenham.

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Wed 28th March 2001
Wanna Buy Some Video Nastys?

Along with virtually every other website in the known world and probably a fair few elsewhere, Ciderspace received some spam in our mailbox today. "So what?" We hear you cry.... Well, just for a change this was interesting spam, so interesting we thought we would share it with you:

FAO Webmaster.

Firstly let us introduce NTV. We are the county television station for Northamptonshire and over the last 4 years we have been the only TV station to professionally film, edit and broadcast conference league games. The local teams we cover are Kettering Town and Rushden and Diamonds. If you’ve played either of these teams over the last 4 years either in the league or Cup then the chances are we have a programme that includes extended highlights, commentary and interviews with managers and players. These programmes are available to purchase on video for you or any of your website users to relive the memories of a great game against the Diamonds or the Poppies. You can own a memorable game for only £12.99 (inc. p+p)

Just tell your readers to contact us in any of the following ways.

Snail Mail: -
NTV, 31 Freehold Street, Northampton, NN2 6EW

Please forward details of postage and make cheques or postal orders payable to ‘NTV’

For more information please contact us on: -

E-mail: -

Phone: - 01604 461177

Fax: - 01604 461131

It doesn't say whether they do away games for the Direones or Poppies but it can't hurt to ask. What was the score v the Annies at Huish Park last season? Ah yes, 5-1. Who said spamming doesn't work?

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Tues 27th March 2001
It's Eggsactly Free

The Green and White Supporters Club will be holding it's annual Good Friday eggstravaganza for the Junior Glovers on, er Good Friday (April 13th). The entertainment starts at 2.00pm with an Easter Egg hunt around Huish Park, followed by Meet the Players, with an opportunity to have yourself snapped with your favourites. Food is on the menu next, and the day ends with a disco and karaoke session from 6.00 - 8.00 pm. All this is yours for the princely sum of pounds 0 and pence 0 for Junior Glovers members. Friends/brothers/sisters etc., who are not members are more than welcome to come along too. Entry for non-members to the egg hunt is £2, for the food £ 1.50 and the disco £ 2 or £5 for the whole package. Peckish adults can get a meal for £ 2.

Personal invitations are sent to all Junior Glovers members; other interested parties should contact the G&WSC at the club on (01935) 423662 extn. 229.

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Tues 27th March 2001
We've Been Here Before

Fans of the deja-vu experience will doubtless be unsurprised to learn that tonight's NVC Trophy semi-final v Kingstonian has been postponed for 24 hours because of a waterlogged Huish Park pitch. Haven't we already said that?

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Mon 26th March 2001
Tickets for April 21st Going Fast

The word from Huish Park is that tickets for the home clash with Rushden and Diamonds are selling very quickly, and anybody hoping to purchase tickets should contact the club as soon as possible. Although sales on Saturday were restricted to one per person there are no such restrictions as from today.

According to the Official Site Junior Glovers members who are not season ticket holders should make their arrangements for the Rushden game by calling in at the Huish Park Ticket Office. Those wishing to take advantage of the Junior Glovers scheme will be housed in Block A of the Main Stand. Ladies Team manager John Flatters has recruited ten volunteers from his Ladies team who will help in looking after those children sat within the Family Area.

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Sat 24th March 2001
Maybe Mayday May for Reserves

Screwfix Direct Western League clubs are being told that their season is to be extended to enable the full programme of matches to be played. Sunday 20th May is the date now set as the final day of the season.

League Secretary, Ken Clarke, said, "This current season must be the worse in living memory for the countless problems thrown at us and we have looked at the situation effecting the majority of our clubs. The season extension appears to be the only sensible answer. It means extra work for club secretaries and the League officers, but the biggest changes will be made to both Annual Convention and the AGM. Traditionally the main award ceremony is held at the Saturday dinner of Convention, but this year it will probably be only possible to make some of the presentations. This will turn the AGM, on the 7 June, into the main award event of the season."

Western League clubs will be receiving a revised fixture list that will include all postponed matches. Mr Clarke pointed out that fixtures already set will not be effected, it is only those fixtures lost because of the bad weather or foot and mouth outbreak that have been rescheduled. The Les Phillips Cup Final will remain in its currently scheduled spot on Sunday May 13th.

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Sat 24th March 2001
Yeovil Swamp Hayes

In front of the Sky cameras, in the first ever Conference league game to be televised live, Yeovil put their campaign for the title back on track after some poor results over the last few weeks.

That the match was on at all was a huge credit to the groundsman and the volunteers who had turned up to ensure the pitch was playable. Down the middle it was a mixture of mud and sand, but at least the flanks were the more traditional green, and Yeovil exploited these better than the visitors. It took the luck, something that has been in very short supply for the Glovers recently, of an own goal to set Yeovil on their way, but after that it was a comfortable win that saw a third clean sheet in a row. Paul Steele knocked one in on the stroke of half-time, and Barrington Belgrave completed the 3-0 victory five minutes into the second period. A full match report can be found here on the Official Site.

This result takes Yeovil back to four points behind Rushden and Diamonds, with a game in hand. Rushden go to The Drill Field tomorrow.

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Sat 24th March 2001
The Game v Hayes is ON

The match referee has just (9.00 am) inspected the pitch, and sees no problem with the match being on (always providing there isn't a deluge between now and noon, of course - none is forecast). The club thanks the significant number of people who turned up early this morning to help out with forking the pitch, and reports that the referee is also lending a hand himself!

The Reserve's match against Bristol Manor Farm has been postponed. No new date has been arranged for this fixture as yet.

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Fri 23rd March 2001

Howard Forinton returns to Yeovil Town. Howie only played twenty-four games for Yeovil, but his name has gone down in legend at the club. In that half-a-season that lasted from January to May 1997 Howie scored twenty-six goals and was instrumental in taking Yeovil back to the Conference as ICIS League Champions.

He came from Oxford City in what remained, at £ 17,000, a record purchase for the club until the arrival of Michael McIndoe a few weeks ago. When he left the club turned a huge profit, even given the 20% sell-on fee owed to Oxford City, as Birmingham paid £ 100,000 in a package for him and defender Gill, of which £ 75,000 was reportedly for Forinton.

Howard Forinton, pictured after signing for Yeovil in the
spring of 1997
Howard Forinton, pictured after signing for Yeovil in the spring of 1997
Howie found it difficult to break into Birmingham's first team, only securing one start, where he scored the winner, and a dozen appearances as a substitute in his two years at St. Andrews. He was top scorer in their Reserves for both seasons. In September 1999 he moved to Peterborough for a substantial but undisclosed (reputedly £ 250,000) fee. A series of niggling injuries prevented him from enjoying a decent run in the side from January 1999 onwards, and the arrival of Jason Lee made it all the more difficult to reclaim his position in the side. The club agreed a £ 300,000 sale to Plymouth Argyle over the last close season but it fell through on personal terms. This season he only made two starts and had four sessions on the bench before Christmas. Since then he has been a little further up the striker pecking order at Second Division Peterborough, with three starts, and eleven seats on the bench, coming on five times. He has only netted once however.

In the interests of impartial journalism we must report that his nickname of Forintinho amongst the Posh faithfully is rather more frequently rendered as plain Fatty these days, as relatively few outings on the pitch have seen the waistline bulge a bit. But you know what fans are like: the fatter they are the more they indulge in "who ate all the pies" chants at those on the pitch. Let's hope Howie is lean and mean enough in front of goal at our level. Forinton has been signed on loan until the end of the season. With the deal only being concluded at 1.30 am today he is not eligible for the Hayes match, but will travel down and be in the crowd. WELCOME BACK!

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Thurs 22nd March 2001
Yeovil Turn Down Ex-Managers

Shortly after turning down a bid of £ 10,000 for Paul Steele from Woking's Colin Lippiatt, Yeovil Town has also rejected the approaches of another ex-manager, David Webb. His target was Barrington Belgrave, a player Webb has expressed his admiration for on a number of occasions since he walked out on the club last September. A previous bid of £ 25,000 was upped to £ 40,000 as Southend searched for a forward before the League's transfer deadline. Reports say that Bazza himself made the club's decision easy by indicating his loyalty and future was pledged to Yeovil Town. Ciderspace hopes that the, in our opinion, disgraceful and completely unwarranted abuse that has been directed at Belgrave about his supposed lack of commitment to the club by a small minority of fans will be heard no more!

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Tues 20th March 2001
Double Pompey Raid As Addo Moves For Guy

Just 24 hours after Yeovil Town's shock move for Portsmouth's Steve Claridge, Yeovil Town manager Colin Addison has been back to the South Coast in search of former Glovers hero Guy Whittingham, according to the Official Portsmouth Web Site.

Whittingham has reportedly admitted to Yeovil's approach but denies a formal bid has gone on the table saying, "They’ve been in touch and they’re interested, that’s all."

Corporal Punishment, as he was dubbed by Pompey fans when he left both Yeovil Town and the Army in 1989, is now 36 years old and has played just one first team game for the First Division side this season. Loan spells at Oxford United and Peterborough have been more fruitful with Guy scoring a goal a piece in both of the short term moves.

Whittingham has scored 99 league goals for Pompey but looks unlikely to add to that in the near future, with his last Football League match having been played on Boxing Day last year. However, his position puts him far more in Yeovil's target range than Claridge could ever be, and a chance to end his career at the club that gave him his springboard into the Football League could be difficult to resist.

Meanwhile Second Division high-fliers Millwall have joined in the chase for Steve Claridge. Millwall manager Mark McGhee signed up Claridge when he was at Wolverhampton Wanderers, and so would be in a good position to lure the former Leicester man into East London.

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Mon 19th March 2001
Woking go back for permanent Steele

Just three days after his recall to Huish Park, Paul Steele has been the subject of a bid for his services by former Glovers manager Colin Lippiatt.

Steele was on loan as part of Lippiatt's Woking side until an injury to captain Terry Skiverton forced manager Colin Addison to recall Steele - putting him straight into the side who drew 0-0 at Morecambe.

However, according to the Woking Clubcall Service, Woking have made a formal bid to get Steele on a permanent basis. Ciderspace understands that Steele has enjoyed his loan spell at Kingfield but believes hopes that Addison will politely tell his opposite number that Steele is very much not for sale. With The Glovers down to their bare threads in the centre of defence, Addison could not afford to sell without having a ready-made replacement already lined up.

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Mon 19th March 2001
Glovers in shock move for Claridge

If Ciderspace told you that Yeovil Town were chasing a striker who three years ago was scoring for a Premiership Club, and who is currently the top scorer for a First Division side, you'd probably think we had been drinking one too many pints of scrumpy.

However, once you realise that the news in question is actually sourced from the Official Portsmouth Web Site then you start to wonder if we've been shipping it to the South Coast as well!

Claridge's problems at Pompey have been well documented and it seems inevitable that he will look to leave, and the Pompey site has listed Yeovil Town as one of the interested parties.

However, when the other chasing clubs include Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, Burnley, Huddersfield, Swindon, Brighton, Luton and Walsall it all seems a little out of Yeovil's reach.

One small hope for The Glovers is that a move to the West Country would not be as alien as people would think for the former Leicester City hero. Claridge started his career with the likes of Fareham Town, Weymouth and Bournemouth and was born in Portsmouth, so local ties may help here. However, if Yeovil Town do succeed in their audacious move, there will be a lot of big Football League sides scratching their heads and wondering 'just how did they do that?' Don't go holding your breath on this one - even if we read it on the Yeovil Town Official Site, we'd still be finding it a little hard to get to grips with!

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Sun 18th March 2001
Back in Europe?

It's twenty-four years since Yeovil Town were last "in Europe", when a 0-0 draw away to Parma (whatever happened to them?!) denied us a place in the final of the short-lived Anglo-Italian Cup. The possibility of European football being back on the agenda was raised by Conference chief executive John Moules this week. Moules said"We have always looked at the opportunity of fostering relations with Non-league clubs in other countries. The biggest problem will be fitting a European tournament into a busy calendar [what about scrapping that non-event the NVCT, John?, ed.] but maybe we could find room at the end or beginning of a season." It's suggested that a European competition could be a way of rewarding the winners of the F.A. Trophy. Ah well, we won't be needing to save our air-miles then!

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Sun 18th March 2001
Play-offs On The Way Next Season?

The Conference seems to be inching its way closer to a change in the rules for promotion to the Football League next season. Last Thursday a meeting at the Football Association, described as "very protracted", took place with Adam Crozier of the F.A. trying to bridge the gap between Keith Harris and David Burns representing the League, and John Moules, Bill King and Charles Clapham for the Conference. The stumbling block is still the question of parachute payments for relegated League clubs, with issues of how many, for how long and how much exercising the minds of the League. Who would pay is also unclear.

However in the opinion of Ciderspace it could be Sky who indirectly might break the log-jam. The announcement of a deal to cover live matches in the Conference next season may well help persuade League chairmen that relegation does not mean being cast into the utter darkness. And Sky can't be happy with the thought of covering a one-up league with the possibility of the majority of teams scarely having a meaningful match for a third of the season. Their deal includes "any anticipated end of season play-offs". Whatever Sky anticipates, it takes a brave football official to deny them!

There is another meeting scheduled at the F.A. this coming week. Any proposals must be worked out and prepared for presentation to the annual meetings of the relevant leagues in June, if changes are to be in place for next season.

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Sun 18th March 2001
Draw at Morecambe - But Rushden Keep On Winning

Under normal circumstances Yeovil's 0-0 draw at Christie Park v Morecambe this weekend would be hailed as a good result, but with championship leaders Rushden grinding out a 2-1 home win over relegation-strugglers Kingstonian, the scoreless draw - Yeovil's second on the bounce - meant that The Glovers fell a further 2 points behind Max's Millionaires in the race for the Conference title.

Yeovil, hit by injuries and a flu bug, were forced to recall Paul Steele from his loan spell at Woking and for the first time since Dave Webb took over as manager last season began a game with three central defenders rather than the more usual flat back four. The changed worked inasmuch that The Glovers kept a clean sheet, but chances at the other end were few and far between and the 0-0, although a creditable result in the circumstances, wasn't enough to put any pressure on Rushden at the top.

With 2 games in hand and Rushden still to visit Huish Park, Yeovil still have the destiny of the title in their own hands, but the margin for error has now disappeared. Three points at home to Hayes next weekend in the first-ever Conference match ever to be televised live on Sky TV, is now essential if The Glovers are to be seen as credible title challengers.

Top of the table, 17 March 2001
Home Away
Team P W D L F A W D L F A Pts
1. Rushden & Diamonds 33 11 4 1 31 10 10 3 4 34 19 70
2. Yeovil Town 31 12 2 2 30 12 7 4 4 22 22 63
3. Southport 31 8 2 6 27 19 8 4 3 19 16 54

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Fri 16th March 2001
Conference on the Box Next Season

Sky Sports has struck a deal to show live coverage of the Nationwide Conference throughout the 2001-02 campaign. Up to ten live matches, plus any anticipated end of season play-offs, will feature on Sky next season. The matches will be broadcast live on Saturday lunchtimes with the regular kick-off time at midday. They will be scheduled in a prime position between the Saturday morning entertainment show Soccer AM and the afternoon results and round-up service Soccer Saturday. As well as the live programming, Sky Sports has also made a commitment to showcase the Nationwide Conference with a weekly programme to review the week's action and preview the weekend's fixtures.

The deal follows the recent agreement for Sky Sports to broadcast live this season's match between promotion-chasing Yeovil and Hayes on Saturday 24 March. Roger Moody of Sky Sports, said: "Sky Sports has seen the ever-expanding interest for Conference football and we're looking forward to covering the game in greater depth. The FA Cup and FA Trophy have introduced us to a number of clubs and we have enjoyed the quality of the football and the reception we've been given. Our viewers have also given us great feedback on these games and the recent success of Conference-graduates Wycombe, and the forthcoming live match between Yeovil and Hayes, all add to this growing interest in a tremendous league."

John Moules, Chief Executive of the Nationwide Conference said: "The Nationwide Conference is delighted at becoming part of a long-term relationship with Sky Sports. Based on the success of previous television agreements we are confident that Conference football will be a valuable addition to the Sky Sports portfolio."

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Thurs 15th March 2001
Wazza, Pennock Contract Talks On Hold

Local Press Review

The main local papers are all reporting that contract negotiations between the club and Warren Patmore and Tony Pennock, both out-of-contract at the end of the season, have been put on hold temporarily to allow all parties to focus on Yeovil's push for promotion. The Western Gazette puts the cat amongst the pigeons by printing the rumour that Patmore could be on his way to Rushden at the end of the season, and Manager Colin Addison is quoted in the Gazette as saying: "It is a very complex situation as both Warren and Tony are looking to go full-time. We have got to concentrate on football and playing games at the moment. I have assured them that they both figure in our plans and that we will be sorting something out for them - but we have to concentrate on football first and foremost."

The papers all focus on the club's ongoing search for a striker with former Glover Howard Forinton being the main name being mentioned. Addison is quoted by the Gazette as saying: "He (Forinton) is one we have asked about. We have enquired about him but I am not saying he is what we want. Everybody wants to sign a goalscorer. I spoke to 10 managers in 48 hours in our search for one. We know what we need and are talking all the time but it is just a mattwer of being patient and getting the right man for the job."

The Clarion features David Piper's reaction to losing his place in the starting line-up lately - Pipes is quoted as saying, "Of course I’m disappointed but the manager has explained his decision and I have to abide by that. I shall naturally be fighting hard to regain my place in the team. The main thing at the moment though is that the team get back to winning ways so we can win this league." The Clarion also reports that Dave Craig, a midfielder with experience at Scottish side Peterhead, has been on trial at Huish Park over the last week.

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Wed 14th March 2001
Glovers Slip Further Behind Annies

Yeovil Town were held to a disappointing 0-0 draw by struggling Nuneaton Borough at Huish Park last night in front of 2,774. The good news is that the new roof over the home terrace is taking shape nicely, Huish Park will look and feel much improved when the work is completed. The bad news is that on the pitch the team is struggling to score goals - we had plenty of possession last night against a Borough team who came for a point and threw 11 men behind the ball at every opportunity, but the stats of 16 goal attempts with only 4 on target says it all. The match report is here.

Title rivals Rushden did themselves a lot of good last night, winning 0-2 at Kettering despite having star striker Justin Jackson sent off early in the match. Last night's results put the Northamptonshire millionaires 5 points clear in top spot, though Yeovil still have 2 games in hand in 2nd position. Southport lie 8 points behind The Glovers in 3rd place.

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Tues 13th March 2001
Forinton Coming Back To Huish Park?

BBC Southwest Ceefax is today featuring the following news story:


Yeovil are one of 3 clubs chasing Peterborough United striker Howard Forinton, with Carlisle and Leyton Orient also in the hunt.

Posh boss Barry Fry admits he is keen to make a few personnel changes before the transfer deadline.

Forinton used to play for The Glovers before they sold him to Birmingham for £170,000 [sic!] in August 1997.

His arrival would be a massive boost for Yeovil who are searching for fire power in their bid for promotion.

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Tues 13th March 2001
Smithy Pledges Future To Yeovil

Yeovil Town midfielder Ben Smith has talked about his future at Yeovil Town and has, according to reports in the Western Daily Press, verbally agreed to stay until the summer of 2003.

"Everything's sorted out and I've just got to sign the contract now," said Smith. "I had a chat with Colin and we came to an agreement very quickly. The new contract will give me a bit more security because I've only ever been on one-year deals so far. And I think I've been playing quite well this season, so it's nice to see that other people have recognised that too."

"If I stay here for the length of my contract, which I intend to," Smith added, "I will have been here for five years, which is a long time, and I'll still only be 24. You quite often don't realise what you've got until you've given it up and I didn't want that to be the case with me and Yeovil."

Smith also talked about Yeovil's attempts to get on track in their aim to win the Nationwide Conference title saying, "We're still in a good position and it was inevitable that we were going to have a wobble at some point. At one stage we were just winning game after game and realistically that couldn't continue. We've got a tough run-in to the end of the season, so we are going to have to do it the hard way, but we're all still confident."

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Sun 11th March 2001
More T.V. Cash On The Way

Yeovil Town's second live appearance on Sky this season, the league game at home to Hayes on March 24th, k.o. 12 noon, will not bring the same financial windfall that the F.A. Cup tie against Blackpool did, but according to the Non-League Newspaper it'll be better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. Whilst Hereford United and Burton Albion are bemoaning the £ 2,500 they each got for Saturday's F.A. Trophy match Yeovil Town are reported to be collecting £ 15,000 for the league fixture. Worth six times more than the Bulls sounds about right to us!

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Sun 11th March 2001
Glovers Rocked At Rockingham Road

Yeovil Town somehow contrived to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory at Rockingham Road yesterday, going down to struggling Kettering by 2-1 despite leading by 1-0 with 5 minutes left on the clock and being awarded a penalty in the time remaining....

Again, this was an improved performance from The Glovers and no-one could have argued had all 3 points been won at the end, but if the team didn't have bad luck at the moment then they would have no luck at all. During the game Yeovil had a goal disallowed for offside, despite the flagged players not intefering with play, and hit the bar as well as being allowed the one legitimate strike by Terry Skiverton in the 41st minute, a trademark header from a cross.

Despite dominating possession for most of the match however that 2nd killer goal just wouldn't come and Dale Watkins equalised for The Poppies with just 5 minutes left on the clock. It seemed that Yeovil's luck had changed with a minute left when a penalty was awarded to the visitors for a blatant handball in the box, however Darren Way's spot-kick was well saved by Ian Bowling in the Kettering goal. To add insult to injury The Poppies broke upfield and Dale Watkins was again at hand (albeit in an offside position according to those in the press box) to score the winning goal. Final score: Kettering 2 Yeovil Town 1. The match report can be found by clicking here.

Rushden failed to take full advantage of Yeovils ill-fortune, drawing 1-1 at Boston United. The results leave The Glovers 3 points behind Rushden, but with 2 games in hand. Both sides are in action on Tuesday night. Yeovil at home to Nuneaton Borough, and Rushden visiting Rockingham Road to take on Kettering.

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Fri 9th March 2001
Bookies Favour Diamonds Over Glovers

Rushden & Diamonds have taken over as odds-on favourites to win the Conference title, according to this week's official Conference press release. Bookmakers Ladbrokes are quoting EWBAMBNET's men as the new 8-11 favourites, with The Glovers now rated as an even-money chance. Southport's price has shortened somewhat, from 50-1 into 33-1.

In other news from the press release, The Conference reports that ongoing talks are due to resume on March 15 between representatives of the Conference, the Football League and the Football Association, regarding increasing promotion and relegation places between the Conference and Division Three.

Finally, the release confirms that both Warren Patmore and Terry Skiverton hae been picked in the England semi-pro squad to play in Holland on March 22.

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Fri 9th March 2001
Diamonds Deny 'Slur' Allegations

In response to the news story printed below from BBC Southwest Ceefax yesterday, we have today received the following official press release from Rushden & Diamonds FC. The full text reads:

Diamonds Deny 'Slur' Allegations

Rushden & Diamonds have today denied allegations made in various media sources that they are unhappy that Yeovil Town have re-arranged their Nationwide Conference game with Hereford United for 1st May.

The club has also reacted angrily to suggestions that Hereford United would not take the game seriously in order to benefit from a financial clause included in the transfer of Michael McIndoe from Hereford to Yeovil Town.

Club secretary David Joyce said: "To infer that Hereford United would let financial considerations affect the result of any game is a serious slight on Graham Turner and everyone connected with the club.

"At no time have we commented on the re-arrangement of Yeovil's game with Hereford, which is, after all, a matter only for the two clubs concerned.

"We have no idea where these allegations originated, but it was certainly not from Nene Park."

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Thurs 8th March 2001
Diamonds In Points For Cash Slur!

BBC Southwest Ceefax is running the following story tonight:

Diamonds Unhappy Over Date

Nationwide Conference leaders Rushden & Diamonds are not happy with Yeovil Town's re-arranged date to play Hereford at Huish Park.

It has been fixed for May 1 which could see The Glovers needing to win to gain promotion to the Third Division.

Their new signing, Michael McIndoe, joined Yeovil only two weeks ago from Hereford and part of the deal includes £5,000 to The Bulls if Yeovil go up.

Diamonds want the match played on another date.

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Thurs 8th March 2001
Fry : "No Excuses If We Fail!"

Local press review

The pressure of the title race appears to be taking its toll at Huish Park. Today's Western Gazette features chairman John Fry's latest outburst under the headline Fry to 'get tough' if Glovers blow it. The chairman is quoted as saying: "There can be no excuses [where have we heard that before? - ed]. It is in our own hands and we are more than capable of winning promotion. We have gone full-time, we have brought in the players and management staff to do the job and now it is up to them to deliver. The next ten weeks will be the measure between success and failure. We (the board) are asking everyone both on and off the field to roll up their sleeves and put in the hard work which will bring the Football League to this club. If that means getting tough with people then that is what we will do. We have met every single request on the footballing side and now we expect to see results."

So as if there wasn't enough pressure already on the manager and players, the chairman decides to add a little more. One can only speculate as to Colin Addison's reaction to the chairman's words, but would Mr Fry have said the same thing if Dave Webb had still been in charge? Ciderspace doubts it. Mr Fry has indeed done an excellent job finding the resources to get the promotion push going in the first place, if only he would now have the sense to leave the manager and team to get on with it. Get his point over behind the scenes by all means, but not on the back page of the main local newspaper please!

The Gazette speculates that if promotion is not achieved this season that Fry could well leave Yeovil, reminding readers that in December 1998 he told shareholders at the club's AGM, "In three years time, if we have not made it (to the League) you will not see me in this football club."

So much for boadroom machinations! In other news the Gazette and the Yeovil Express reports that Warren Patmore and Terry Skiverton have been picked for the England semi-pro squad to play their Dutch counterparts in Holland on Thursday 22nd March - but manager Colin Addison has mixed feelings about their selection since the game comes only 2 days before Yeovil's live on Sky TV Conference clash at home to Hayes. The Gazette quotes Addo as saying: "With the kick-off on Saturday being lunchtime I am not too happy with the situation. With Warren still having a niggling hamstring problem it could do more harm than good. But the lads have to get credit for getting into the squad."

According to both papers Addison is still trying to add to his squad before the 31st March transfer deadline. The Darryn Stamp story appears to have gone cold for now, but the Gazette reports that the manager is hopeful that a signing will be made before the deadline expires. The Express also quotes Addison as saying that full-back David Piper is still very much part of his plans, despite being dropped recently. In the paper Addo says, "I sat David down and he is a sensible lad and could understand. He still figures in our plans but it is very much a squad game these days."

The Express's website has good news for Yeovil fans, claiming that Ben Smith has now signed a new 2 year deal at the club, and that contract talks with Warren Patmore and Tony Pennock are ongoing.

The papers report that defender Paul Steele has had his loan spell at Woking extended for another month, though Yeovil retain the 24-hour call-back option for the player. Steele still trains with Yeovil throughout the week. And another player going on loan is Chris Giles, the prolific 18-year-old Reserve Team striker, who is expected to join DML Western Division side Weston-Super-Mare later this week. Addo is quoted by the Gazette as saying: "He (Giles) has been doing a great job for the Reserves and I have no doubts that playing at a higher standard will help improve his game."

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Tues 6th March 2001
Rain Stops Play

Tonight's NVC Trophy semi-final tie v Kingstonian was called off at 7.15pm this evening because the Huish Park pitch was waterlogged following heavy rain since late afternoon in the Yeovil area. Indeed, as your correspondent is typing this at 9pm, the rain is still pouring down.... Ciderspace sincerely hopes that no K's fans had a wasted journey this evening [don't be silly - ed].

No new date has yet been arranged for the re-match. In other fixture news the club's official website today announced that the Conference fixture v Hereford - postponed from this Saturday 10th March because The Bulls are playing Burton Albion in the FA Trophy - has now been rearranged for Tuesday 1st May at Huish Park, 7.45pm kick-off.

UPDATE 7/3/01 : Yeovil and Kingstonian attempted to play the NVC Trophy semi-final today (Wednesday) but the Huish Park pitch failed an early afternoon pitch inspection before the 7.45pm kick-off. There is no hope of the game going ahead this week now, despite both clubs being keen to play the game as soon as possible. There is no news as yet of any new date for the game.

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Tues 6th March 2001
Gregg Tesser Quits Glovers

The official Nationwide Conference site has published the following news items concerning Yeovil Town:

Yeovil success claims victim 6 Mar

Yeovil Town's successful season has claimed an unusual casualty - Press Officer Gregg Tesser.

He has quit the job saying the workload has grown so much that he could no longer handle the pressure.

Tesser said: "In addition to fielding an ever growing number of queries from the media I have also been producing the match programmes.

"It was supposed to be a part time job but I've found I was beginning to neglect some of my other customers. "The break has been amicable and I hope I shall be able to get up to Huish Park now and again to cheer Yeovil into the Nationwide Football League."


Tribute to Stock 6 Mar

Stars of the past, including Roy Bentley and George Cohen, were turning out this week for a golf day in aid of ex-Yeovil Town manager Alec Stock.

Stock, who led Yeovil to their famous FA Cup win over Sunderland in 1949, went on to manage Arsenal and Roma, and later took Fulham to the FA Cup final.

The one-time QPR manager is an honoury director of the club, although failing health does not permit him to travel from his Bournemouth home as often as he would like.

The golf day is being organised by the Happy Wanderers club at the Blue Mountain Golf Club in Bracknell.

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Sun 4th March 2001
Mind The Gap (again) !

Yeovil Town dropped two home points in a 1-1 draw with Stevenage at Huish Park yesterday, but were unlucky not to win the game, particularly after a second half performance in which they dominated the away side.

Loan signing Martin Gritton made a hard-working debut and was clearly keen to impress, his unselfish running nearly paying off with a goal just before the break, Boro keeper Wilkerson saving the Argyle player's effort from point-blank range. After a rather nondescript first period The Glovers came out after the break with all guns blazing and had Boro under the cosh for long periods, Nick Crittenden and Michael McIndoe in particular making hay down their respective wings. The Glovers took a deserved lead on 75 minutes, Warren Patmore ending his recent barren spell to knock in his 20th goal of the season. Less than 5 minutes later however and Boro were level, a rare foray forward leading to a corner, from which slack marking allowed Robin Trott to plant an unchallenged header into the corner of the net. Yeovil pressed forward for the final 10 minutes, but the Boro goal led a charmed life and The Glovers had to be content with a point in the end. The match report can be found here.

A disappointing result then, though Stevenage are always a hard team to beat, but a much improved performance than of late which will be encouraging for Colin Addison and the team. As the table below shows, Rushden, after their 2-0 home win over Woking yesterday are now 2 points clear at the top, but The Glovers still have 2 games in hand. With The Diamonds still to visit Huish Park, the destiny of the title is still very much in Yeovil's hands.

Top of the table, 3rd March 2001
Home Away
Team P W D L F A W D L F A Pts
1. Rushden & Diamonds 30 10 4 1 29 9 9 2 4 31 18 63
2. Yeovil Town 28 12 1 2 30 12 7 3 3 21 20 61
3. Southport 29 7 2 5 25 17 8 4 3 19 16 51

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