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Fri 28th April 2000
YTISA Presentation Vetoed By Club

Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association have had their written request to present a Player Of The Season Award at Monday's Woking game turned down by the club.

YTISA has over 200 members, and over 100 took part in an end of season poll in the club bars last week to determine the YTISA Members Yeovil Player Of The Season. Their intention was to present a trophy to the winning player at Yeovil Town's final home match of the season.

However, Chairman Mark Kelly told Ciderspace that despite permission being sought in writing, the club refused to allow the presentation to go ahead. Kelly said "I don't understand it. The club have told us verbally that there is not enough time to hold the presentation. All we were asking for was five minutes at the most. We have asked for a reply in writing."

YTISA have provided the playing squad with kitbags, training tops and towels this season, in addition to helping raise thousands of pounds for the club's Erection 2000 appeal. Mark added "We still hope to arrange some sort of presentation for the player concerned. But it's a shame, because it's looking as if those who voted for the winning player may not all get the opportunity to see the award presented."

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Thurs 27th April 2000
Local Press Review

Today's Western Gazette manages to throw a little more light on the Chris Sparks situation. The central defender has variously been reported as being sacked, having had his contract paid up, or having walked out of the club; whilst the club's official website has been unable to confirm or deny any of the rumours because of the lack of information coming out of Huish Park. The Gazette informs us however that Sparks has in fact been transfer-listed, manager David Webb being quoted as saying, "Chris Sparks has been placed on the list because I felt he was no better than any of the players we have in his position." The defender was signed from Hayes last September for a four-figure fee, and according to the Gazette has 2 years left to run on his contract.

Meanwhile this week's Clarion 2000 also reports on the Sparks situation but takes a different tack, saying that the defender has had his contract cancelled after a suitable compensation agreement had been agreed between the player and the club. Fat Harry also speculates on the future of Rob Cousins, saying that the popular midfielder is disappointed at still being no clearer over his future at Yeovil Town. There is also some speculation over the departure of ex-stadium manager Terry Rowles, with the paper reporting rumours that the former reserve-team manager was in fact sacked for refusing to fork the pitch prior to last week's game v Welling, though this has been denied by the club.

The Gazette reports that Terry Skiverton and Anthony Tonkin are expected to sign full time contracts soon and that Barrington Belgrave will return to Plymouth after his loan period ends on Saturday, with Yeovil not expected to continue their interest in the pacy striker. The Gazette also reports on the news - first announced last week - that Tony Pennock has been called up by Wales for the semi-pro international v England to be played at Llanelli on Tuesday 16th May, where he could well come face-to-face with Glovers' teammate Warren Patmore, an England regular.

Speaking about the goalkeeping situation at Huish Park in the Gazette, David Webb has hinted that he is in no rush to change Pennock's status at the club, saying "Tony Pennock has not indicated whether or not he will go full-time - but as far as I'm concerned if it's not broken, don't fix it." The paper reports that Webb is keen to get 2 goalkeepers in the first team squad for next season, but will give 18-year-old Youth Team keeper Chris Weale an opportunity to stake his claim for a spot before he signs anyone else.

Today's Yeovil Express, alone of the other local newspapers, concentrates on the news that childen under-16 will be admitted free for the home match on Bank Holiday Monday v Woking, albeit if they are accompanied by an adult and pick up their tickets from reception before queuing at the turnstiles. The paper reports that the club are hoping for a large crowd at the final home game of the season with Woking deep in relegation trouble and featuring ex-Yeovil stars Matt Hayfield, Kevan Brown, Steve Stott and Rob Smith in their squad, plus, of course, former Glovers' head-coach Colin Lippiatt now in charge following the departure of Brian McDermott.

In other news the Express reports on the transfer-listing of Chris Sparks, plus David Webb's desire to sign another goalkeeper as cover for Tony Pennock. The paper also reports that the SWEB South West Counties Youth Cup Final between Bournemouth and Plymouth will be played at Huish Park on 3rd May, 7:00pm; £2 adults, £1 concessions.

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Tues 25th April 2000
More Items For Football Auction

Three new items have been added to the Erection 2000 Football Memorabilia Auction.

The Auction takes place after the Woking game on May 1st, and the three additional items available for bidding are as follows:

Liverpool Shorts signed by BBC Match of the Day Summariser Mark Lawrenson.

Manchester United vs Real Madrid Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg Match Day Programme. Signed by Des Lynam and Ally McCoist.

Football signed by the stars of Arsenal Football Club.

To bid for these or any other items, please see the Erection 2000 Main Page.

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Full Welsh Squad Announced

Further to last Wednesday's news (see below) that Tony Pennock had been selected for the Welsh squad, Tony Dudley, via the Non-League Mailing List, has supplied full details of the Welsh squad that will face England. If Warren Patmore is selected for England, it will mean that Yeovil Town's two longest serving players will go head-to-head in Wales next month.

Pennock is the only Nationwide Conference player selected, and there are only two other players selected from outside the League of Wales.

The full squad is as follows:

Tony Pennock (Yeovil Town)
Glyn Garner (Llanelli AFC)
Dave Barnhouse (Carmarthen Town)
Neil O'Brien (Cwmbran Town)
Chris Summers (Cwmbran Town)
Andrew York (Barry Town)
Gary Lloyd (Barry Town)
Aneurin Thomas (Aberystwyth Town)
Glyndwr Hughes (Aberystwyth Town)
Ricky Evans (Total Network Solutions)
Mark Dickeson (Llanelli AFC)
Anthony Wright (Llanelli AFC)
Mark Williams (Newtown AFC)
Gareth Evans (Newtown AFC)
Adrian Needs (Merthyr Tydfil)
Mike Flynn (Newport County)

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Sun 23rd April 2000
Sparks On His Way?

Chris Sparks may have played his last game for Yeovil Town. The central defender has not played for the first team since being substituted in the 1-2 home defeat against Scarborough on March 25th, and therefore has missed the last six games.

Furthermore, his name has been omitted from recent Reserve Team line-ups and reports have suggested that yesterday he arrived at the ground and following a short meeting with David Webb, he left Huish Park and immediately travelled back up to London.

Whether Sparks has exited the club for good, or whether he couldn't face watching the match as a spectator, is unclear. No-one at the club was able to comment on the situation. Sparks is on a contract with Yeovil Town until the end of next season, and so any permanent exit would have to be by mutual agreement. Sparks once walked out on Hayes mid-contract, but later returned, so it is possible that this has happened again. However, it is unlikely that David Webb would tolerate such a situation developing.

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Thurs 20th April 2000
Erection 2000 News

A reminder that on Monday May 1st the Erection 2000 Appeal will be holding an Auction of Sporting Memorabilia from the Executive Lounge at Huish Park from 6:30pm onwards. For a full list of the items to be auctioned, please click here.

Bids already made include £150 for the Leeds United shirt signed by the Leeds First Team, while £50 has been offered for the football signed by the Fulham FC squad and the Match Of The Day commentary notes signed by John Motson.

If you cannot attend the auction in person and would like to make a bid for any of the items then either contact Badger at, or via this website by clicking on the 'contact-us' button at the bottom of this page; alternativly write to Erection 2000 Appeal Fund chairman Sreve Sowden at the Yeovil Express, 46, Princes Street, Yeovil, BA20 1EQ, indicating which item you would like to bid for and how much you want to bid.

Do not forget to put your name, address and daytime telephone with your bid.

Further items for the auction will hopefully be received between now and May 1st - watch this space for more news.

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Local Press Review : The Express and The Gazette

Today's Yeovil Express reports that manager Dave Webb is going to be looking to improve the communication of information between supporters and the club next season. According to the Express, Webb has been "amazed" at the amount of unsubstantiated rumours flying about the club, the latest false story involving Rob Cousins and coming from the official Conference newsletter (see below). Webb has told the Express that he will be hoping to update the official clubcall hotline on a daily basis next season. The Express says that Webb has also played down rumours that current coach Steve Thompson will be leaving at the end of the season to be replaced by Bournemouth's Mark Stein. The paper is critical of Yeovil Press Officer Greg Tesser, saying that news items he distributes to the media are often "several days old" and says that the club's official internet site has "hardly set the world on fire." The paper also points out that David Webb himself has "hardly been forthcoming with news" since his appointment.

Ciderspace comment: Steve Sowden's complaint's are justified. The club needs to be much more pro-active and to respond more quickly to news in future. Dave Webb's decision to update the clubcall hotline daily from next season is welcome, but let us hope the official website isn't forgotten by the club as a means of communicating quickly and efficiently with supporters. As has been said before on this website and to club officials, if the official website is to prosper then it has to be taken seriously by the club, otherwise it will fail.

Both the Express and the Western Gazette speculate on the future at Huish Park of Rob Cousins and Adrian Foster, whilst both papers also report on the departure of ex-Stadium Manager Terry Rowles to begin his own business. The papers also confirm striker Warren Patmore's suspension from Saturday's game at home to Hednesford.

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Wed 19th April 2000
Local Press Review : The Clarion

Fat Harry is not happy. Having read this week's Clarion 2000, we've got that hunch that he's trying to tell us something. Go on man, spit it out!

You got the idea he was not a happy bunny half way through his report of the Welling game. Having described our relegation threatened visitors as "the worst side I've seen at Huish Park this season" and claiming that Yeovil were "dragged down to Welling's standard", he then goes on to describe the second half as "pure unadulterated cow's manure". We'll take that as a "don't know" then ......

What's cooking his goose this week though, is rumours of Yeovil's new wage levels for their up and coming youngsters which he claims are barely "a few pounds above the minimum wage level". At Ciderspace we've not heard a dickiebird about what sort of money is being offered for next season, and Fat Harry doesn't make clear how close to the boardroom the rumours have come from. The Clarion reports a wage of £150 a week - barely enough to pay the rent once the taxman has taken his slice - and says that if true, then "David Webb has been put in a pretty impossible position".

That impossible situation is expanded upon by the paper when it asks "What do you think a promising player is going to do if, after a few good games, he is spotted by Rushden?" - avoid EWBAMBNET like the plague is what Ciderspace says - there's only so many places left in their Capital League reserve side!

In other news, The Clarion reveals that Yeovil could have another non-league international to their name by the summer - goalkeeper Tony Pennock - who could have the unusual task of trying to stop teammate Warren Patmore from scoring in the next non-league international in May. Another Welshman in the news is Terry Cotton - he is being linked with the vacant managerial position at Chard Town. Finally the last word goes to Warren Patmore, who in his head-to-head reveals that his favourite drink is "Foster's". Now if it was the Australian Lager he was referring to, then of course, our grammar pedant points out that it would be "Fosters". We can only therefore assume that Mr Patmore is in the habit of nobbling beer from his fellow strikers! By yer own Wazza!

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Cousins Still In The Family

Monday's report suggesting that Rob Cousins was on his way out of Huish Park on a free transfer has been dismissed by manager David Webb. The report was taken from the Official Conference News Bulletin, but Webb's denial proves that even official news feeds don't always get it right. The club are looking into how the item got into the Conference Bulletin, but in the meantime you can read Webb's verdict on the situation as part of his post-Stevenage match verdict on the Official Site.

Also on the Official Site, the club have confirmed the exit of Terry Rowles from the club, and explain their reasons for the sudden departure.

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Mon 17th April 2000
Cousins To Leave On Free Transfer?

This weeks Conference Newsletter lays claims that England Semi-Professional defensive midfielder Rob Cousins has been told that he may leave Huish Park this week on a free transfer. This flies in the face of comments made by Webb at Saturday's press conference where he told press that no decision had been made on Cousins' future and that he was keeping an open mind. Webb also said that he had planned a meeting with the player, who last appeared as an injury time substitute at Edgar Street last Saturday but the meeting did not happen as planned.

Hopefully the confusion over the player, who has said he will not go full time, will be clarified soon.

NOTE: If Trig himself is reading this, and can shed any further light on the situation, please mail Badger in confidence.

Meanwhile the same Conference newsletter article also claims that Paul Tisdale has now formally departed the club. This is not a major surprise - Tisdale had been offered a contract termination agreement, and was not expected to play any part in the remaining Conference league matches.

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Rowles In Shock Exit

Stadium Manager, and former Reserve Team Manager Terry Rowles is believed to have left Huish Park. Official Confirmation of his exit is expected from the club shortly on the Official Site.

Rowles, who was also in charge of the Centre of Excellence project, is believed to have left last Tuesday. Rumours in the Huish Park bars on Saturday suggested his departure was related to his refusal to help spike the pitch for last Tuesday's game, however, a source at the club believed that Rowles and the club had parted on a far more amicable basis.

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Nationwide League Football Goes North

Referee Mike North of Dorset, who officiated in the game that saw Jamie Pitman's leg broken against Kingstonian in August 1998, will next season ply his trade in the Nationwide Football League. He became legendary as the man who didn't send off Kingstonian midfielder Gary Patterson and has been the subject of much talk in subsequent visits to Somerset, and his refereeing prowess has been rewarded by 'promotion'.

The man with the legendary moustache is one of eight Conference referees selected for 'promotion' this summer. North is a regular face at Huish Park, and last featured in Yeovil's 2-1 home win over Stevenage Borough in the FA Trophy this January, but he will also be talked about for another notorious performance against Stevenage on the last day of last season, when two controversial Carl Alford goals settled a 3-1 home defeat for The Glovers.

The full list of promoted officials is PR Armstrong, MA Copper, B Curson, MJ North, PJ Prosser, HM Webb and CH Webster. The list is completed by the delightfully named Mark Clattenburg from Cramlington, Northumberland who at 23 years old, looks likely to close off his career in the Conference by officiating the likely champions Kidderminster Harriers' final match at Altrincham.

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Thurs 13th April 2000
Local Press Review

After what seems to have been months of turmoil and upheaval at Huish Park, nothing much happened last week - no players left, no-one was sacked, no plans of any sort were announced (unless one counts plans for a new Sunday market, which for the purposes of this item I'm not) - and this lack of off-field activity is reflected in this week's local newspapers.

The Yeovil Express leads with the forthcoming Sporting Memorabilia Auction (see news story below) on May 1st; plus the news that manager David Webb is to meet with the Yeovil board to discuss the implications of full-time status for the club amidst continuing concerns from supporters over the cost of the move. There's also some speculation over Rob Cousin's future at the club after the England semi-pro midfielder's appearances for the Reserves, though it appears that nothing will be decided now until the end of the season.

The Western Gazette informs us that the new Conference season is scheduled to kick-off on the same day as the new Premiership season in the summer - Saturday 19th of August, though the paper says that this has yet to be confirmed officially and won't be rubber-stamped until June.

In The Clarion editor Fat Harry is still obsessed with the Huish Park showers and informs us - again - that Rushden made an illegal approach for Warren Patmore before the transfer deadline whilst at the same time plugging his (excellent) YTFC slot on local radio station YDR FM on Tuesday afternoons. Harry also cheers us up with the news that there is likely to be a small increase in admission prices at Huish Park next season.

All three papers have their usual mix of match reports and stats from the previous 7 days, but otherwise it's a slow news week in Somerset. Er, that's it.

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Tues 11th April 2000
Erection 2000 News

The Erection 2000 Appeal Fund is planning an Auction of Football and Sporting Memorabilia to be held at Huish Park, Monday 1st May from 6.30pm onwards, after the Yeovil v Woking Conference match scheduled for that afternoon. All proceeds will go to the Erection 2000 Appeal Fund, and items to be auctioned include a Leeds United 'away' shirt signed by the Leeds first-team, plus a mini cricket bat signed by the England one-day cricket team, amongst many other items. Click here for more details.

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Thurs 6th April 2000
Local Press Review (Part 2)

This week's edition of the Yeovil Express leads with the headline Lippiatt wanted Piper and Pounder as well!, referring to Woking boss Colin Lippiatt's attempt to sign Glovers full-back David Piper before last week's transfer deadline, on top of the arrival at Woking of released Yeovil players Matt Hayfield, Steve Stott and Kevan Brown. Former Yeovil head-coach Lippiatt is quoted as saying: "I went after Piper, but Dave Webb put a block on it." He also admitted to an "oversight" in failing to make an offer to out-of-contract winger Tony Pounder before the Conference deadline, saying, "I was driving home from Forest Green on Saturday when I realised I should have tried to sign Tony Pounder. He would have come in very handy for the remainder of this season - but he completely slipped my mind."

In a fascinating interview with Express sports editor Steve Sowden, Lippiatt said he was "shocked and concerned" over recent events at Huish Park and added, "I think it is a case of Norman Hayward finally getting his way. I think he wanted Dave Webb to come in a long time ago. I have heard a number of comments from people who are concerned about what is happening down there. I don't think Steve Thompson or the physio Pete Smith will be at the club next season." Sowden points out that what Lippiatt has to say could well be construed as sour grapes after the bitter atmosphere following his resignation last September, but at the same time asserts that there are plenty of people - supporters and club personnel - who share the former head coach's views.

The paper highlights the poor attendance at Huish Park on Tuesday night - roughly 1,000 down on the average - and blames the turmoil behind the scenes and the feeling that the season is now over for all the missing fans. The paper says that the only way to tempt them back is to provide them with a winning team, a tall order says the Express for "Webby's Babes" and "New Yeovil".

In other news the Express reports that Rob Cousins was "angry and upset" at being left out of the squad for the Stevenage game, Dave Webb explaining that he had already seen Cousins play and wanted to give Jamie Pitman a start in the midfield role. According to the Express however Webb has hinted that Cousins may not be a part of his long-term plans because of his refusal to go full-time. Another player whose future at Huish Park may be under threat is Murray Fishlock (see news story below). Last term's player of the season has an appointment with a specialist this week to see if his long-term back injury can be solved, but according to the Express, Webb has hinted that if the problem is not rectified soon he may have no option but to release him.

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National Press Review

Not often we can put a headline like that up so let's make the most of it! A new Sunday paper has gone on the market focusing exclusively on the non-league game. Imaginatively entitled 'The Non League Paper', its promising-looking website can be found at Huge Huish Hugh has read it, this is his report, as already seen on the Ciderspace mailing-list:
David Webb features twice in this week's The Non-League Paper. The first is in a long article about the possible extension from one up one down to a greater number of promotion places. This is the section related to his views:

'Yeovil manager David Webb believes it [the second promotion spot] will be approved, and become the biggest shake-up in football since the Premiership was formed. "From what I understand, it looks as though there will be more promotion places on offer from next season," he said. !I know people on the committee which discussed the issue and my feeling is that there will be either two or three promoted next year."

If he is correct this is an advance on initial reports where the presumption was that nothing was going to happen quickly, and certainly not until the current sponsorship deals ran out in 2003.

The second piece is specifically about FCRM. By Ian Pocock under the headline: Webb still making waves - Plain-speaking boss plans shake-up for Yeovil players these are the statements actually given as quotes rather than Mr Pocock's in-filling.

On the players: "Some of them will only ever make Conference players and I have told them so. They know my plans for the future."

On the club: "I told Yeovil before I joined that they needed to make a decision as to what they wanted to do. They have been so close for so long to getting into the league, they need to change things if they want to get there. They have to go full-time and still be able to balance the finances. Then, by the time they go into the League, they will be better off." [To be picky we haven't been within a country mile of getting into the League for 25 years. But no matter.]

There's then some stuff on Brentford (not included).

On promotion to the League: "One of the biggest things we have to do is to get rid of the 'them' and 'us' attitude that exists between the league and the Conference. We are all in football to help our clubs and the sooner people realise that the better for the game as a whole. There should have been a shake-up of the League and Conference years ago. Now that Nationwide are sponsoring both, that may happen."

Ambitions for Yeovil: "If I can get Yeovil into the Football League, that is a start, but I'll know that I have cracked it if we can achieve what we did at Brentford, namely getting people coming to watch us. At Brentford, we got to the stage where scouts, coaches and managers would come every week to spy on the players. With hindsight, I got things wrong because I didn't have the back-up to replace those I sold. I want the Yeovil directors' box full every week with scouts. If we can get ourselves in the right financial state, we can make the decision whether or not we want to sell. I believe this club can reach the Football League. It will be a good day for all of us when that happens."

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Local Press Review - Part 1

Hold the back page! - until something happens, anyway... For the first time in what seems a very long time there is no Yeovil Town news on the back page of the Western Gazette. What there is is a rather excellent action photo of Terry Skiverton diving headlong to score the first goal in Tuesday night's 2-2 draw against Stevenage.

On the inside pages the Gazette reveals that chairman John Fry has refused to give any details of manager David Webb's contract - or even if he has one. In stark contrast to the attitude the club took to Steve Thompson's contract, Fry is quoted as saying: "Whether David is on a contract or not is between him and the board, and has nothing to do with the public. I have found out in the past that contracts mean very little in this game. Both David and the board are happy with the agreement." So that's alright then, no need to worry folks. The Gazette points out that if Webb is working on a non-contract basis then he could walk out of the job at any time.

The Gazette also reports on the news that Division 3 clubs have accepted in principle 2-up/2-down between the Conference and the Football League (see news story below) and have set up a working party to examine all the issues involved. John Fry is quoted as welcoming the move, but insisting that what he would really like to see is "equality". He says, "all divisions of the Nationwide League have a 3-up, 3-down system and that is what we are looking for." Erm, actually that's not quite true Mr Chairman - it's actually 4-up/4-down between Divisions 2 and 3 and Divisions 1 and 2...

In other news the Gazette reports on the various player movements already detailed detailed here on Ciderspace or on the club's official website, and adds the news that former Yeovil boss Graham Roberts's pied piper effect shows no signs of diminishing, with ex-Glovers Lee Francis and Martin St Hilaire joining Roberts at his new club, Ryman 3rd Division outfit Hertford Town. Another former Glover unlikely to join up with his old teammates is Lee Harvey, who has gone on loan to Ryman Premier side Boreham Wood from his current team St Albans City.

In this week's Clarion editor Fat Harry is still dripping on [geddit? -ed] about his unscheduled trip to the showers last week at the hands of 2 Yeovil players, and doing his best to ensure that the rest of the local press corps gets to share his fate. One can only hope that his wishes come true!

In it's real news the Clarion reports on the player movements already detailed below, plus the possibility of increased promotion and relegation between the Conference and Division 3. The paper also reports on the doubts over whether the roof over the home terrace will be built this summer, quoting John Fry as saying, "the roof is one of our priority projects. We are aware of the outlying costs, but we are also aware of where that money is coming from. We have a lot of work to do to make the project succeed but regard it as a very important venture."

The Clarion also reports on the continuing efforts of Conference rivals Rushden to sign Warren Patmore before last week's transfer deadline (see below) and that the date for Tony Pennock's testimonial match v Southampton at Huish Park has been set for Friday 21st July, 7:45pm kick off. We will try to confirm this date with the club as soon as possible.

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Wed 5th April 2000
A Youthful Outlook for The Glovers

Those that turned up to the past three Conference league games, but the Stevenage Borough home game in particular, will have witnessed a revolution going on at Huish Park. Take the eleven who played last night, and there you have a team with an average age of just over 22 years old!*

With the oldest player on the field being goalkeeper Tony Pennock, at 28 years old, and seven players aged 22 years or younger, this is radical stuff, and the signs are that Yeovil could have an even younger team on the cards soon!

The Conference Newsletter is reporting that five of Stuart Housley's Championship winning Youth Side have been promoted to the senior squad, and could be knocking on the first team door soon. The article says:

It's been a week of revision at the Hush Park Stadium with new manager Dave Webb making room in the squad for five youngsters coming through the youth and reserve team ranks. Teenagers Chris Giles, Adam Manley, Gareth Risbridger, Nick Stavri and Jon Vance have all been promoted to the senior squad.

We've been unable, at present, to get official confirmation of this news, although given its position within the Conference newsletter it is unlikely to be wrong. Stavri and Vance are 18 years old whilst the remaining trio are 17 years old. Full profiles of these five youngsters can be found on the Official Web Site.

Current rumours circulating around the playing camp suggest that as many as five players have now accepted or been offered full time contracts. If Ciderspace was sticking out it's neck, we'd say that the famous five are likely to be Glenn Poole (the one current full-timer), Andy Lindegaard (who Webb has openly admitted is sat on an offer), Matt Hale, Terry Skiverton and Ben Smith. It's guesswork, but would fit, given that all five have shown consistently good form during the past month.

Suggestions are that the future may not be quite so bright for Murray Fishlock. He is believed to be going back to his surgeon to have yet another look at his back problems, and with him out of contract over the summer, it seems his best hope is to establish himself with a "get paid as you play" contract, as YTFC are unlikely to offer him anything whilst his fitness is still unproven.

Another player who will be pondering what awaits him will be Rob Cousins. The England defender/midfielder was surprisingly dropped from yesterday's match. Webb is reported as explaining that because he had seen plenty of Cousins in action, he wanted to see alternatives, but we are told that his answer implied that the decision to look at those alternatives could be strongly related to Rob's lack of interest in a full time position at the club. That said, Tony Pennock, David Piper and Warren Patmore continue to play, despite being in similar positions.

NOTE * - That average assumes that Paul Steele and Anthony Tonkin are 20 years old. We are not sure of their birth dates at present.

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John Fry on YDR FM

On Tuesday night, Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry appeared on trial Radio Station YDR FM as part of a show hosted by Fat Harry of Clarion 2000 fame, and Don Gibson tuned in to hear Mr Fry's view of what is going on around the club. The following is Don's recollection of the salient points from the interview:

When asked whether the players who were full time would have to move to the area he said this would be up to Webb but other factors would have to be taken into account and they would not be forced.

Asked by another listener whether the 'London Lads' were as committed as more local players he soundly defended them mentioning the 'I'm only here for the money' comment. He said that he had no problem with such players and that if anyone was not committed that Webb was an extremely shrewd judge and would deal with them. [Presumably the gist is that JF has no problem with the London based players and not that he has no problem with players who are only here for the money! - Ciderspace]

Asked why Wazza was not sold on deadline day he said that Rushden MADE AN ILLEGAL APPROACH to the player and although talks did take place, this complication and Yeovil's valuation of Wazza meant it was not to be. He said that although this week he could do with the money to balance the books as this years budget was based on 3,500 crowds, Wazza was an important part of Webb's plans at the moment. [This is a little worrying. Woking budgeted for high crowds that they would only ever achieve if they were a top three side. They didn't achieve that, and now a couple of years later, they were on the financial skids. Let's not over-reach ourselves here! - Ciderspace]

He also said that the full time budget was not a great deal more than this seasons and that tiered wages would be introduced for the younger/older player mix.

He also said that Webb's influence throughout the club was immense and that many behind the scene changes had already taken place for the good of the club. He paid tribute to Webb's business sense and contacts, not only with league managers, but also with conference managers, several of which he knows well. He praised Thommo for the magnificent job he did earlier this season when a bad run could have seen us in relegation trouble.

Apparently there will be a family enclosure next year heavily sponsored, with decisions being made about whether to offer concessions/freebies for local kids. 500 seats involved. [Great stuff! To all club officials reading this, let's really make sure this is marketed and promoted properly. Get young people involved in the club at an early age and you will stop them becoming armchair M*nch*st*r Un*t*d Supporters. But let's not assume this will work just by a simple announcement in the press. Sell it to the schools and to the youth clubs! Get some leaflet drops going! - Ciderspace]

Badger and Jon Praised :-0 [*blush*! - Ciderspace] for helping with but little money for off field expense so little expansion of the site. [You mean we should cancel that order for Internet based radio broadcast equipment?! - Ciderspace]

He did mention that there had to be success on the pitch to sustain 3,500 fans.

Finally , he said the Conference base line entrance fee next year was £7.00 so we can expect another price increase for next season despite not having the fans this year. [We are a little confused about this. The club charges seven pounds already for terrace admittance, so if the minimum charge for the Conference is going to be seven pounds, will a price increase be necessary? Perhaps the club should target the marketing of bringing new supporters into the club, rather than increasing prices? This may give a better return in the long run - Ciderspace]

One or two of the issues that Don describes could do with clarification. We will monitor the situation and try and get some of these stories formalised via the Official Web Site as soon as the club are able to release the information.

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Mon 3rd April 2000
Are You Feeling A Bit Fool-ish?

Were you left feeling a bit foolish after our news story on Saturday? Just in case you haven't realised (and it seems that many haven't!) you should have checked the date before you believed our story about Paul Tisdale's International Clearance!

If you fell for our spoof, then you were in good company! Our sources on the inside have told us that several people within Huish Park Towers fell for the scam, and that there were a few frantic telephone calls being made around Yeovil on Saturday morning! Ooops! Remind us not to tread too near the executive area of Huish Park during tomorrows game!

If any club personnel would like to own up to being suckered by Ciderspace then drop us a line and tell us how far it all went. In total confidence of course! At Ciderspace we have already received enquiries from gullible local journalists as to the authenticity of our story. Fortunately, we are people of integrity and will never reveal our sources, which is why we will not say under any circumstances which Clarion Sports Editor was trying to get the story confirmed later that same day!

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Sat 1st April 2000
Unregistered Player Shock!

Strong rumours are currently suggesting that Yeovil Town could be in hot water with the Conference. It has been reported that midfielder Paul Tisdale, signed from Belgian League Football, did not receive international clearance prior to him playing for Yeovil, and therefore that he has featured as an inelligable player throughout his time at Huish Park.

Previous such infringements have had serious consequences. At the start of the 1994/95 season Yeovil Town failed to register captain Jeff Sherwood for the start of the season and this resulted in every point they had won during that time being deducted. Fortunately in that instance it was two games and one point, but the consequences for fielding a player for half the season whilst without international clearance could be long reaching. Currently only sixteen points separate Yeovil Town between their current 6th place spot and Woking in 20th position.

New manager Dave Webb is believed to have stumbled across the problem whilst going through players contracts and this may account for the reason why Tisdale has not played for Yeovil since, yet has not been the subject of any approach by other football clubs. The situation is believed to have been confirmed due to registration information required to be submitted by clubs following transfer deadline day. As part of that administration, the Conference have confirmed that Tisdale should not have been on the field of play without permission. The Conference are believed to be opening investigations into the matter with immediate effect, and a disciplinary hearing for the club and the deduction of points looks inevitable. Nobody at Yeovil Town Football Club was available for public comment on the situation.

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