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Thurs 30th May 2002
Watching The Grass Grow

More details have been emerging in today's local press regarding the work being done on the Huish Park pitch - and it's clear that major surgery is being performed on the playing surface as compared to the somewhat piecemeal approach taken in the past. Speaking to the Western Gazette, Glovers groundsman Rod Pippard explained exactly what was being done:

"What the contractors have done is break up the top soil and insert 1,060 tonnes of sand to bring up the level of the pitch. Supporters will be able to see a crown on the pitch as the centre circle will be higher than the wings to help the water run off.

"There has been a new drainage system laid which will take all the surface water off the pitch. The old drainage is still in place to take away any water which rises up from the water table beneath the pitch.

"There will be sand slots below the surface which help speed up the drainage. It should take just over an inch of rain off each hour. So if we have an inch of rain one hour before a match it should be stud perfect within the hour.

"An automatic irrigation system is being installed. At the moment the pitch takes three days to water completely. This new system should allow us to water the surface in one hour. It is controlled by computer and will mean we can water certain areas of the pitch more heavily than others to help the grass grow quicker. For example if the manager wants the grass longer on the wings we can do that so we can play our game on the pitch."

Contingency plans are in place for the Glovers to play their first few home games of the new season at Dorchester Town's stadium should the pitch not be ready in time. Chairman John Fry told the Gazette, "It has been the wettest May that Yeovil has seen for many years and that has not helped the progress of the work. We now have a contingency plan although the contractor has informed me that we are still on target for the start of the new season. The manager and supporters have asked us to sort out the pitch over the summer and we are asking that they bear with us while we try to do that"

In other news from the local press the Gazette informs us that the six players offered new 1-year deals by the club - Andy Lindegaard, Steve Collis, Roy O'Brien, Olivier Brassart, Chris Giles and Faisal Mali - have agreed terms and will sign new contracts when they return for training in July. Glovers boss Gary Johnson said: "I discussed the deals with all of them before they went away on holiday and it is just a question of them putting pen to paper when they get back."

Finally, another two pre-season friendlies have been arranged, away at Exeter City on Saturday 3rd August, 3pm kick-off; and away to Dorchester Town on Tues 6th August, 7.45pm kick-off. The full list of pre-season friendlies is as follows:

Latvian Tour
Fri 5th July : Skonto Riga
TBA : Auda
TBA : Ventspils

Other Friendlies
Sat 20th July : Salisbury City (Away)
Tue 23rd July : Bristol City (Home - provisional)
Sat 27th July : Gloucester City (Away)
Tue 30th July : Chippenham Town (Away)
Sat 3rd August : Exeter City (Away)
Tues 6th August : Dorchester Town (Away)
Mon 12th August : Winchester City (Away)

The club are trying to arrange another friendly for Sat 10th August against 'big name opposition' - watch this space.

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Wed 29th May 2002
Season Ticket Prices For 2002-03

The club have announced season ticket prices for the coming season and the good news for existing season-ticket holders is that prices have been frozen from last season. However new season ticket holders will pay a 5% increase on last seasons prices. As usual fans who buy their tickets on or before 30th June will enjoy a considerable discount compared to prices from July 1st onwards. Family Season Tickets will continue to be available, prices are available from the club on request. Staff in the ticket office at the club have appealed to supporters to apply for season-tickets by post wherever possible - with over 1,000 season tickets to issue dealing with personal callers can be very time-consuming. Confirmation of all details will appear on the official site later today, along with a print-out application form.

Season Tickets Purchased By Existing Season-Ticket Holders By End June 30th 2002 (Prices Frozen)

Ticket Type Full Price Concessions
Vice Presidents £208.00 n/a
Main Stand £160.00 £128.00
Bartlett Stand £144.00 £96.00
Westland Stand £144.00 £80.00

Season Tickets Purchased By Existing Season-Ticket Holders From 1st July 2002 Onwards (Prices Frozen)

Ticket Type Full Price Concessions
Vice Presidents £234.00 n/a
Main Stand £180.00 £144.00
Bartlett Stand £162.00 £108.00
Westland Stand £162.00 £90.00

Season Tickets Purchased By New Customers By End June 30th 2002 (5% increase)

Ticket Type Full Price Concessions
Vice Presidents £218.00 n/a
Main Stand £168.00 £134.00
Bartlett Stand £151.00 £100.00
Westland Stand £151.00 £84.00

Season Tickets Purchased By New Customers From July 1st 2002 Onwards (5% increase)

Ticket Type Full Price Concessions
Vice Presidents £245.00 n/a
Main Stand £189.00 £150.00
Bartlett Stand £170.00 £113.00
Westland Stand £170.00 £95.00

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Tues 28th May 2002
Home Could Be Away

With doubts about how long the refurbishment of the pitch at Huish Park could take the club has made provisional arrangements to play the first few fixtures at the Avenue Stadium, home of Dorchester Town. The number of matches, if any, to be played at Dorchester will depend on how quickly the new pitch progresses. According to the Official Site an announcement about the details of the arrangements will be made early in July.

Yeovil chairman John Fry commented: I know all our supporters want to see the pitch relaid and I'm sure they will bear with us until we can return to Huish Park - we are very grateful for the co-operation of Dorchester Town FC in making these arrangements.
Dorchester Town Secretary/Director David Martin said: We are delighted to be able to help Yeovil Town while their pitch is relayed. We look forward to welcoming the Yeovil officials, players and supporters to the Avenue Stadium and hope their stay is as successful as that of AFC Bournemouth last season.

One early casualty of the work on the pitch is a friendly against Bristol Rovers. Their Official Site News Page reveals that an alternative venue could not be found for the game scheduled for August 3rd, and they will now be playing a fixture against Forest Green Rovers instead.

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Tues 28th May 2002
....... And It's Goodbye From Them

Yeovil Town has announced the final round of decisions on the futures of players currently with the club.
As expected Andy Turner has had his contract terminated, by mutual consent. Turner was Gary Johnson's first signing when he took over the reins last summer, but never really cemented a place in the team, and for the final few months of last season was out on loan - first at Conference side Nuneaton Borough and secondly at then Dr Marten's club Kettering Town. Whilst with The Glovers Andy made sixteen starts and eight appearances as a substitute at first team level, scoring two goals.

Francis Kumbur has not been offered further terms after coming in towards the end of last season to provide more cover and support up front. Although he only started in five games he scored three goals, and made many friends in his short spell with the club. The final departure is that of Richard Parkinson, one of the two Youth Team players given a full-time contract last season. Ciderspace wishes all three success wherever their careers take them in the future.

The following players have been given new contracts for next season: Olivier Brassart, Steve Collis, Chris Giles, Andy Lindegaard, and Roy O'Brien. The other youth player previously under contract, Faisil Mali, has been offered a part-time contract.

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Tues 28th May 2002
Somerset Premier Cup Draw

First Round

Backwell United v Minehead
Bitton v Bridgwater Town
Brislington v Weston Super Mare
Clevedon Town v Frome Town
Paulton Rovers v Bristol Manor Farm
Street v Bishop Sutton
Team Bath v Keynsham Town
Wellington v Taunton Town

Second Round

Backwell United or Minehead v Street or Bishop Sutton
Brislington or Weston Super Mare v Bitton or Bridgwater
Bristol City v Team Bath or Keynsham Town
Odd Down v Bath City
Shepton Mallet v Clevedon Town or Frome Town
Wellington or Taunton Town v Chard Town
Welton Rovers v Paulton Rovers or Bristol Manor Farm
Yeovil Town v Mangotsfield United

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Sun 26th May 2002
Sky High

More rumours have emerged following our brief item on April 15th about a new deal between the Conference and Sky. As we reported Sky is apparently very impressed with the viewing figures achieved by the games broadcast live last season, and a further two year extension has been agreed in principle. Once again a weekly magazine style highlights programme is mooted - though given that was supposed to have been in place last year and never materialised this jury will remain out until we actually see it.

The Non-League Paper claims a secrecy clause over the value of the deal is being written into the agreement by Sky, and then proceeds to scatter figures around like confetti: £ 500,000 over two years is their headline figure, with a flat fee of £ 10,000 per year to every Conference club, plus additional match fees for each broadcast game split 60-40 between the home and away clubs involved. Conference chief executive John Moules said: We're hoping for a double boost this season with a new Sky deal and increased promotion to the Football League. We've been absolutely delighted with the coverage we've had from Sky. Whenever you move kick-off times you are conscious about the opinions of the supporters. But every game they've screened has also been well attended and that is also pleasing.

News emerging from the Conference AGM at Stratford-upon-Avon this weekend is that there will be a move to squad numbers and named shirts in the Conference next season. This is thought to be directly connected to the T.V. deal. Other unconfirmed early news from the AGM is that:

......... a sponsorship deal with Mitre has been arranged. Mitre will supply the match balls next season and have produced a new ball, called the ISO Conference Ball. Mitre will also be supplying boots and goalkeeping gloves free. An item on the Doncaster Rovers Official Site says this offer is for "full-time professional registered players".

........ on the hope that the Nationwide Football AGM will vote in favour of two up / two down on June 8th play-offs are back on the agenda. Of the three options reported a few weeks ago to be under consideration by the Conference a 2nd v 5th and 3rd v 4th system seems to be emerging as the favourite, with byes if prospective opponents are ineligible for the League. A scheme that avoids the possibility of clubs sneaking into the play-offs from half-way down the table because those who finished above them don't meet ground criteria is to be applauded in the opinion of this site.

........ a move of the F.A. Trophy Final to earlier in the season is being considered to create more space for any play-offs after the completion of the normal league programme.

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Fri 24th May 2002
More Pre-Season Friendlies Announced

The club have announced the dates of more pre-season friendlies, in addition to those made known yesterday. The full list at present is as follows:

Latvian Tour
Fri 5th July : Skonto Riga
TBA : Auda
TBA : Ventspils

Other Friendlies
Sat 20th July : Salisbury City (Away)
Tue 23rd July : Bristol City (Home - provisional)
Sat 27th July : Gloucester City (Away)
Tue 30th July : Chippenham Town (Away)
Mon 12th August : Winchester City (Away)

As well as the Latvian Tour dates, there are around two more pre-season fixtures that are under negotiation. Details will be announced when available.

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Fri 24th May 2002
For Evans Sake

Conference champions Boston United's promotion to the Football League is in doubt after FA officials visited the club's York Street offices yesterday whilst simultaneously targeting the homes of several Boston players. Claims have apparently been made that the club has made illegal out-of-contract payments to some players. An FA spokesperson said: "Today the FA commenced an investigation into suspected irregularities regarding players’ contracts at Boston United and the investigation will be continuing. We won’t be saying anything else until the investigation is concluded."

The Football League were due to accept Boston into the League at the June 7th AGM. Spokesman John Nagle told the Times newspaper that, "The Football League have not been notified of the FA investigation, therefore it would be inappropiate to comment until we are in receipt of all the relevant information.".

As usual the Conference management had their finger on the pulse, chairman John Moules commenting, "To be honest I am not aware of any FA investigation and we are looking forward to our champions, Boston United, being duly elected into the Football League."

If only we lived in the same happy world that Mr Moules seems to inhabit! It's been common knowledge for some months now that Boston's finances have been in a mess (and that's not us being wise after the event - check out our February 26th news item) with the current owners unable to afford to keep the club and the only interested buyer a property development company. And yet the club, without a chairman or a backer in place, were merrily adding to their already large squad to try to gain an adavantage on the pitch over rivals Dagenham! Something clearly wasn't adding up somewhere. There has been widespread speculation that the Football League might refuse Boston admission to Division 3 anyway because of their known financial problems - and that was before yesterday's developments. The worry for the Conference now must be that not only might the League refuse to accept Boston, thus handing a reprieve to Halifax, who finished bottom of Division 3 last season; but voting on the issue of 2-up/2-down could be adversly affected as well. More on this story as it develops.....

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Thurs 23rd May 2002
Latvian Tour Opponents Finalised

More details are gradually emerging about the Glovers forthcoming Latvian pre-season tour. According to the Western Gazette the matches start on Friday 5th July when Yeovil take on Skonto Riga. Games against Auda and Ventspils follow, no dates available as yet. After the tour has ended additional away friendlies at Salisbury City (Sat 20th July) and Gloucester City (Sat 27th July) have also been arranged.

Speaking to the Gazette, Glovers boss Gary Johnson said, "Riga is a lovely place and was my home for two and a half years. The boys will enjoy the football, they will enjoy the training there and there are no bread queues as people always think there are in Riga. We will have a good time - but at the same time it is the start of our pre-season."

No home friendlies have been confirmed by the club as yet, obviously because of the work being done on the pitch and the uncertainty as to when it will be fit to play on. Speaking to the Gazette about the pitch, chairman John Fry commented: "It is a beautiful surface and looks like a snooker table. It is perfectly flat, the top surface has been re-constructed and we are hoping it will be ready by 2 June. We have spent a six-figure sum but it was something we could not have done without. We did not want to wait another season and then have the same problems next year."

Meanwhile Gary Johnson met with the board last night to discuss the futures of the six Glovers out-of-contract at the end of the month - strikers Francis Kumbur and Chris Giles, midfielders Andy Lindegaard and Olivier Brassart, utility man Roy O'Brien and goalkeeper Steve Collis. No announcement on who will be retained or released is expected before the beginning of next week.

Finally, the silly season is well and truly underway with the Daily Star recycling a Non-League Paper non-story claiming that 1st Division Wolves are preparing a £250,000 bid for striker Adam Stansfield. They're not, it's rubbish.

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Tues 21st May 2002
Johnson: I'm A Glover Not A Seagull

Yeovil boss Gary Johnson has denied newspaper and internet reports linking him with the vacant manager's job at 1st Division Brighton and Hove Albion, following his succesful first season at Huish Park. Speaking to the Western Daily Press, Johnson said: "It's all speculation. I want to make clear that I will be at Yeovil next season, but speculation is always flattering." Current Brentford manager Steve Coppell is said to be favourite to take over at the Withdean Stadium.

Johnson meanwhile will meet with the Yeovil board tomorrow (Wednesday) to discuss his recommendations regarding the future of the six Yeovil players whose contracts are on the verge of running out - strikers Francis Kumbur and Chris Giles, midfielders Andy Lindegaard and Olivier Brassart, utility man Roy O'Brien and goalkeeper Steve Collis. Rumours abound that O'Brien and Lindegaard in particular have already been offered new contracts, but nothing has been confirmed officially as yet.

Where are they now? Former Glovers striker James Bent, transferred to Chippenham earlier in the season where he helped the Wiltshire side to gain promotion to the Dr Martens Premier League, has rejected the offer of a new contract at Hardenhuish. According to the Non-League Paper Bent is on the verge of joining Ryman League Chesham managed by former Yeovil head coach Colin Lippiatt. Dont do it boys! Former Glovers Rob Cousins and Dean Birkby are said to have been offered contracts by DML strugglers Bath City. Divisional rivals Tiverton are also said to be interested in Cousins in particular. Meanwhile former Yeovil sweeper Mark Shail is expected to sign a contract with Worcester City, also of the DML Premier.

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Sun 19th May 2002
Adam Stansfield Is YTFC Internet Player Of The Season

Paul Chesterman, vote co-ordinator extraordinaire of the YTFC Internet Man of the Match polls, writes:

Adam Stansfield is the winner of our Internet Player of the Season award, from Michael McIndoe in second place and Nick Crittenden, last seasons winner in third.

After coming onto the scene in November, Adam was voted Man of the match eight times in sixteen games from the beginning of December through to March, making it look like a forgone conclusion that he would pick up the trophy.

Not so, Adam wasn't voted MOTM again until the FA Trophy final last Sunday and during that time the competition was kept open by Macca and particularly Critts as well as Darren Way and Chris Weale picking up points.

But with his lead cut to just ten points at the end of the Conference programme, the massive vote that saw 124 people out of 258 vote him Man of the match in the FA Trophy final ,saw him top the leaderboard by 26 points and become our fourth Internet Player of the season.

Many thanks to all of you who have taken part and for all of your post match comments, most of which are printable :-)

Thanks too, to the Ciderspace team who host the voting form, when it works, and take over when I am unable to do it.

If we can get the trophy back off Critts, I'll get it engraved and we'll present it to Adam some time early next season, I'm not sure when, I'll let you all know.

Thanks again, have a good summer, Somerset for the cup again? I hope so.

Adam Stansfield in action against Scotland at Kettering on Saturday
Adam Stansfield in action against Scotland at Kettering on Saturday

Full results are as follows:

Player Score
Adam Stansfield 504
Michael McIndoe 478
Nick Crittenden 463
Darren Way 368
Chris Weale 365
Carl Alford 335
Anthony Tonkin 330
Terry Skiverton 320
Lee Johnson 314
Colin Pluck 312
Tom White 309
Adam Lockwood 301
Kim Grant 248
Steve Thompson 222
Chris Giles 204

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Sun 19th May 2002
Wales Are Four Nations Champions

In the deciding match of this week's inaugural Four Nations Tournament, Wales beat Ireland 5-2 at York Street to take the Four Nations title by one point from yesterday's opponents. Both Gavin Williams and former Glover Pat Mountain began the match as substitutes for the Welsh team, Williams a 79th minute introduction after starting in both previous games.

In the battle to avoid the Wooden Spoon, England beat Scotland 2-0 at Rockingham Road to finish third in the table with the Scots bottom of the heap. Adam Stansfield started the game for the English side but was substituted after 30 minutes following an injury, not thought to be serious. Adam Lockwood didn't feature in the England squad.

Congratulations to Wales then, better luck next time to the also-rans. Same time next year?

Adam Stansfield in action against Scotland at Kettering on Saturday
Adam Stansfield in action against Scotland at Kettering on Saturday

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Fri 17th May 2002
YTFC Memorabilia For Sale

YTISA Chairman Mark Kelly has been having a springclean and has two pieces of Yeovil Town memorabilia available for sale to any interested supporter.

The first item is a pair of goalkeeping gloves signed by Tony Pennock.

The second item is a signed Yeovil shirt - autographed by the whole team from approximately three seasons ago. Signatures include Rob Cousins and Warren Patmore.

Mark is accepting the first 'reasonable' offer he gets for either or both items. To make your claim or for further information, drop him a line at as soon as possible.

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Fri 17th May 2002
Celts Take Charge Of Four Nations Tournament

Wales and Ireland won their matches against Scottish and English opposition respectively last night to take control of the inaugural semi-pro Home Four Nations Tournament.

Wales, including Yeovil's new signing Gavin Williams and former Glovers keeper Pat Mountain, on as a second-half substitute, beat Scotland 2-1 to climb to second in the table on 4 points; 2 points behind leaders Ireland who defeated pre-tournament favourites England, again by 2-1. Both Adam Stansfield and Adam Lockwood started the game for England, Lockwood eventually being substituted.

The final matches of the Tournament take place tomorrow (Saturday), Wales meeting Ireland at Boston's York Street ground to decide the Tournament winners, while England entertain Scotland at Kettering's Rockingham Road, both sides trying to avoid the wooden spoon.

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Thurs 16th May 2002
Six In Contract Talks - Johnson Has Decisions To Make

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson has opened talks with the six Glovers whose contracts are due to run out shortly and says he will make a decision by the end of the week as to who of the six he will retain and who he will release.

The players concerned are midfielder Olivier Brassart, goalkeeper Steve Collis, strikers Chris Giles and Francis Kumbur, midfielder Andy Lindegaard and utility player Roy O'Brien. In addition to those six, youth team players Richard Parkinson and Faisal Mali's contracts are also set to run out shortly - it's not yet known if they will be offered new deals.

Work on making the Huish Park pitch good has begun, though concrete details on what is actually being done are scarce. Various reports talk of the top layer of soil and grass being removed or 'scorched' away, but it's not known if or when the underlying drainage problems will be looked at. Speaking to the Western Gazette, chairman John Fry said: "The pitch is guilty of a lot of things. It cost us nine points at home this season and six points last season. The pitch is a curse to us but we are struggling to find funds to repair it."

All of the local newspapers go to town on Sunday's FA Trophy win against Stevenage in their editions this week, with pull-out supplements, photos and quotes wall-to-wall. It's worth recording how well the local press have got behind the Glovers FA Trophy adventure this season, providing excellent publicity and really getting behind the club when needed. We have no compunction in criticising the press when they get things wrong (nuclear attack on Weymouth anyone?!) so credit where it's due when they get things right - congratulations to all concerned.

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Wed 15th May 2002
Glovers Feature In Wales/England Draw

The England National Game XI came from behind to fashion an injury-time equaliser through Simon Weatherstone against their counterparts from Wales at Boston's York Street Ground last night after Neil O'Brien had given the Welsh side a 77th minute lead, 1-1 being the final score.

The Glovers players involved were new signing Gavin Williams for Wales, and Adam Stansfield, a second-half substitute for England. Adam Lockwood was a non-playing sub. As reported below, Terry Skiverton and Anthony Tonkin have withdrawn from the England squad after picking up knocks in Sunday's FA Trophy Final win over Stevenage.

Ireland beat Scotland 2-0 in the night's other fixture. Remaining fixtures in the Home International tournament are as follows:

Thursday, 16 May
England v Republic of Ireland, at York Street
Scotland v Wales, at Rockingham Road

Saturday, 18 May
Republic of Ireland v Wales, at York Street
England v Scotland, at Rockingham Road

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Mon 13th May 2002
Skivo Out Of England Squad, Tonks 50/50

Glovers captain Terry Skiverton has withdrawn from the England semi-pro squad ahead of this week's Home International tournament after picking up a knock in the FA Trophy Final win against Stevenage yesterday. Anthony Tonkin is also doubtful for the competition, his chances of being fit rated as only 50/50 according to sources at the club.

Yeovil's other English representative, Adam Stansfield, could be joined in the England squad by Adam Lockwood who has been asked to act as a reserve for the squad. The Glovers new signing Gavin Williams will also play in the tournament, joining up with the Welsh squad tomorrow.

Matches are as follows:

Tuesday, 14 May
England v Wales, at York Street, Boston United FC
Scotland v Republic of Ireland, at Rockingham Road, Kettering Town FC

Thursday, 16 May
England v Republic of Ireland, at York Street
Scotland v Wales, at Rockingham Road

Saturday, 18 May
Republic of Ireland v Wales, at York Street
England v Scotland, at Rockingham Road

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Mon 13th May 2002

Twenty-four hours later and it still hasn't properly sunk in: After god-knows how many years of trying Yeovil Town have finally won a national competition! Yes, we've picked up regional championships before including the Southern and Isthmian Leagues, we've also won the discredited Conference League Cup (or the Bob Lord Trophy as it was known in those days). We've won the Somerset Premier Cup and the Western Floodlight League and our reserves have even won the Les Phillips Cup, but never before have the club finished first in a proper national competition - not until yesterday anyway!

The Glovers won the FA Umbro Trophy for the first time by beating Stevenage Borough 2-0 in front of 18,809 fans at Villa Park yesterday, with at least 12,000 of the crowd wearing Yeovil's green and white colours. Boro started the game the stronger, Chris Weale having to make a superb save from a Kirk Jackson header, before the Glovers took the lead - somewhat against the run of play - after 12 minutes. An Adam Lockwood long throw was allowed to bounce around the Boro box before Carl Alford beat Paul Wilkerson in the Boro goal with a trademark overhead kick. 1-0 to Yeovil.

Stevenage enjoyed the majority of possession in the middle third of the game but without ever really causing alarm in the Yeovil defence, their main threat seeming to come in the air from set-pieces. Yeovil however always looked dangerous on the break and despite their relative lack of possession it was no real surprise when the 2nd goal came on 66 minutes, Adam Stanfield collecting Alford's flick on to turn his marker with ease and slot the ball underneath Wilkerson to make the game safe. Boro were forced to abandon their safety-first approach for the final quarter, throwing men forward in an effort to find goals, but the Glovers defence was solid and Alford, Stansfield and the tireless Lee Johnson could easily have added to the lead with a little more luck. Final score 2-0 to Yeovil, the match report is online here.

The scenes of celebration after the final whistle will never be forgotten, nor will goalscorer Adam Stansfield's post match interview with Sky TV! Particularly pleasing too to see the players not involved in yesterday's final joining in with the celebrations and taking such obvious pleasure in their team-mates triumph. We're always being told how good the team spirit is amongst the squad - the proof was there for all to see yesterday. There'll be photo galleries to view of the day on Ciderspace shortly, but in the meantime a good selection of photos of both fans and team taken by Ian, Burton Albion's official photographer, can be found here.

WE'VE WON THE FA TROPHY!!!! Congratulations and thanks to Stevenage and their fans for being there in yesterday's final - for every winner there has to be a loser, but Boro fans can be proud of the part they and their team played on the day. To Gary Johnson and to Yeovil Town FC we can only say this: Thank you.

Roll on next season!

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Sun 12th May 2002

Oh I say! How awfully spiffing!

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Sat 11th May 2002
Away The Lads

The Yeovil Town squad departed for Villa Park and a date with destiny at the F.A. Trophy Final tomorrow, at 9.30 this morning. Supplies, and the encouragement of well-wishers, were taken on board at Asda.

All aboard: photograph courtesy of Stew Bratherton Thommo struggles with Carl's sandwich box: photograph courtesy of Stew Bratherton
The squad board the coach for Villa.
The Jolly Green Giant with the photographer's eldest watch the team depart: photograph courtesy of Stew Bratherton On the road for Villa Park: photograph courtesy of Stew Bratherton
The hopes of Yeovil go with you lads!

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Fri 10th May 2002
It Ain't No Bull

Yeovil has developed the knack of taking their best players off Hereford United - Tony Pennock, Murray Fishlock, Jamie Pitman and Michael McIndoe are names that spring to mind in recent years. Today Yeovil Town confirmed the latest move from Edgar Street to Huish Park as Hereford's golden boy and crowd favourite Gavin Williams signed a two year contract with the Glovers. Ciderspace has good reason to believe that as far as the player and our club were concerned the deal was as good as settled at the start of the week, but the Hereford end proved more akward - with the goalposts repeatedly shifting. So today pen was put to paper, and Hereford are now left with the options of coming to terms with some mutually acceptable deal or taking their chances with a binding tribunal decision on compensation.

Gavin Williams is an exciting twenty-one-year-old who can play anywhere up front, or in midfield. He has shone in a frankly poor Bulls team, and was the club's top scorer last season. The Glovers have been interested in him for some time, and in fact tried to sign him in a double package with current Player of the Season Michael McIndoe during the 2000-01 campaign. His capture now, in the face of strong interest from several other Conference and League clubs, is testimony to the growing ambitions and stature of Yeovil Town. We at Ciderspace believe this will prove to be a signing of consequence, and are sure Gavin will be a great success in the green and white in the coming seasons.

Williams travels to Villa Park with the squad to watch Yeovil in the F.A. Trophy Final on Sunday. Welcome on board!

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Thurs 9th May 2002
On To Victory!

News reaches us of another fanzine produced by YTFC supporters in time for the Trophy Final, this time from the exiled Northern (and East Midlands) Greens. Jon Hartley, better known on the Ciderspace Mailing List as Space Cadet (no, we don't know why either) writes:


Picture it now, the Holte End on Sunday. A Yeovil scarf round your neck, a beer in your hand and thousands of Glovers fans singing! You've got all that but still something is missing!! Thankfully the frost bitten exiles of the Northern (and East Midlands!) Greens have created a cure. It's called On To Victory and is the latest Glovers fanzine.

OTV is crammed with 24 pages of Glovers/Trophy information and articles, designed with care for the discerning Yeovil fan (un-discerning fans also accepted!). Not only is On To Victory a fantastic companion for Yeovil's big day at Villa Park, but it also benefits the Glovers next season. 50p of the purchase price of £1 will go to purchasing equipment for the Huish Park pitch. So the more of the 250 copies we sell, the more we can give to the club in equipment.

OTV will be on sale outside the Holte End and hopefully in the concourse as well (depending on stewarding!).

We haven't seen a copy yet but knowing the calibre of the contributors the fanzine should be excellent value for money. All together now, "We all follow the Yeovil......"

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Thurs 9th May 2002
Ciderspace Fans Forum

Apologies, but the Ciderspace Fans Forum is temporarily offline, as are all Surreysystem forums. It appears that the server that hosts the forums has gone down entirely, efforts are being made to fix the problem.

UPDATE 3.15pm
The Fans Forum is now back online, sorry for the inconvenience.

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Thurs 9th May 2002
YTISA Fanzine On Sale

A special FA Trophy Final edition of the fanzine produced by the Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association, 'Independent Barmy Army' is now on sale and will be available for purchase at Sunday's FA Trophy Final at Villa Park.

The edition contains the usual eclectic mix of editorial comment, serious articles as well as more humourous pieces, including an FA Trophy quiz, YTFC's record over the years in the Trophy, the final episode of Glovers Big Brother, a comprehensive review of the season, top ten games from the season, fans away day nightmares and more. All this for just £1!

If you you're not going to Villa Park on Sunday and you would like to reserve a copy of the fanzine, email editor Stew Bratherton at and he will see you right.

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Thurs 9th May 2002
Last Chance To Buy Tickets!

Today (Thursday) is the last chance for Yeovil Town supporters to buy tickets for Sunday's FA Umbro Trophy Final direct from the Huish Park ticket office, though tickets will of course be on sale on the day at Villa Park itself. The Glovers had sold around 11,000 tickets up until yesterday, with reports from Stevenage suggesting that less than half that number had been taken up by Boro fans. Speaking to the Western Gazette, manager Gary Johnson praised Glovers fans, saying: "The supporters have played their part already by buying as many tickets as they have - but looking at Villa Park on Tuesday you saw just how close all those people are going to be to the action and no doubt the atmosphereis going to be magnificent from our point of view. We will have our two sides of the ground and there will be no spare seats in our blocks - they are going to be full up. We keep saying we are proud of our fans and they are magnificent. We want them to enjoy the game - but they will only really enjoy it if we win the game."

The first team squad are now back in Yeovil having spent the early part of the week in the midlands, based at The Belfry golf complex in Warwickshire. As well as relaxing on the golf course the team trained at Aston Villa's training ground and visited Villa Park on Tuesday to familiarize themselves with the surroundings. Johnson and his players were visiting Burton's Menswear premises in the Quedam Shopping Centre in Yeovil yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon to be fitted out for their new suits for the final, while today (Thursday) Johnson will be touring the town to judge the best shop window display competition organised by the Yeovil Town Centre Partnership in celebration of the Glovers reaching the final. Today and tomorrow (Friday) the team will train as usual before travelling up to the midlands on Saturday. The team will be stopping for around 15 minutes at the Asda superstore on Preston Road on Saturday morning at 9:00am to pick up their travel food - supporters wanting to see the team off and to wish them good luck are welcome to attend.

As for the game itself Yeovil's only injury doubts are Andy Lindegaard and Tom White, who have ankle and groin problems respectively - they have today's training session to prove their fitness for Sunday's game. Manager Gary Johnson says he knows what Sunday's starting XI will be, his main problem being exactly who to pick for the bench: "In my head I have got my team. We will be starting our organisation come today's (Thursday) training. I think most of the boys know, and it probably would not be too difficult to pick my team. Picking the subs is a lot more difficult though. But you have a job to do and the players are professional enough to know that. Three or four are going to be disappointed."

Away from the Trophy Final, it's been confirmed that Yeovil want to sign Hereford forward/midfielder Gavin Williams. "We are interested in Gavin, it is not speculation" Gary Johnson told the Gazette. "I have talked to Gavin and to Hereford. We have put in an offer which they [Hereford] have turned down. I think Gavin would be happy to join Yeovil but until the t's are crossed and the i's are dotted you cannot be 100 per cent sure. But I will be very disappointed if he is not a Yeovil Town player very shortly." As the player is out of contract shortly an FA Tribunal would decide on the fee if both clubs could not agree a price. Williams, a close friend of the Glovers former Hereford winger Michael McIndoe, spent the day with the Yeovil team at Villa Park on Tuesday and perhaps tellingly was sporting a Yeovil Town polo shirt for the occasion.

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Wed 8th May 2002
Gavin Williams To Sign?

Hereford United striker/midfielder Gavin Williams is set to sign for Yeovil Town this week - according to the Western Daily Press. The paper claims that the highly-rated 21-year-old has held preliminary talks with Glovers boss Gary Johnson who is hopeful of completing the deal this week.

Williams, who has been picked for the Welsh squad for the non-league Home Internationals beginning next week, is out-of-contract at the end of the season but Hereford would still be entitled to a fee - set by a tribunal if the club's fail to agree a price - as the Bosman Ruling doesn't apply to players aged under-24. He's capable of playing at right, left or central midfield as well as an out-and-out striker. If the WDP's report is true his signing would be a tremendous coup for the club - certainly on a par with the capture of Michael McIndoe from Hereford last season - as well as a bitter blow to the Bulls beleagured supporters.

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Sun 5th May 2002
Stansfield Gets Second Chance

Adam Stansfield has been given a second chance to secure his first cap for England. Selected for the squad to play the U.S.A. at Broadhall Way Adam had to withdraw, after picking up a knock at the Drill Field that meant he only managed the first 45 minutes against Northwich Victoria, four days before the International. Anthony Tonkin, who made his international debut in the U.S.A. game, is again in the squad, as is Yeovil Town captain Terry Skiverton. The man who turned the game for England when coming on as a substitute at Broadhall Way, Nick Crittenden, is not in the squad because of family commitments.

Despite the F.A. Trophy Final meaning that players from Yeovil Town and Stevenage Borough will not be able to join the squad over the weekend of the 11th and 12th both teams have players selected. However there are no inclusions from Conference Champions Boston United, despite the fact their players remain eligible. As might be expected motor-mouth Steve Evans had something to say on the matter:
There's only two players in the whole of the [rest of the] Conference who would get in my team. I think that is the most diplomatic answer to this England selection. Yep, ever the diplomat, Steve.
England manager John Owens has a different view:
Boston have some very good players and proved their calibre by winning the Conference, but this is still my best squad. They had four candidates in Paul Bastock, Mark Angel, Paul Ellender and Simon Weatherstone, but all missed the F.A. trials and I was unable to see how they performed. It was not a conscious decision to exclude Boston players because in the past I have selected guys for Cheltenham and Rushden, who have already won promotion with their clubs.

The full squad is:
Wayne Brown, Chester City
Andy Woods, Scarborough
Jason Goodliffe, Stevenage Borough
Neil Moore, Telford United
Tim Ryan, Doncaster Rovers
Terry Skiverton, Yeovil Town
Anthony Tonkin, Yeovil Town
Stuart Drummond, Morecambe
Mark Gower, Barnet
Nick Roddis, Margate
Mark Stimson, Canvey Island
Darren Stride, Burton Albion
Steve Watson, Farnborough Town
Simon Wormall, Stevenage Borough
Kirk Jackson, Stevenage Borough
Junior McDougald, Dagenham & Redbridge
Adam Stansfield, Yeovil Town
Aaron Webster, Burton Albion

England will play three matches in the new Four Nations Tournament scheduled later this month. The complete fixtures list is:

Tuesday, 14 May
England v Wales, at York Street, k.o. 7.30pm
Scotland v Republic of Ireland, at Rockingham Road, k.o. 7.30pm

Thursday, 16 May
England v Republic of Ireland, at York Street, k.o. 7.30pm
Scotland v Wales, at Rockingham Road, k.o. 7.30pm

Saturday, 18 May
Republic of Ireland v Wales, at York Street, k.o. 2.00pm
England v Scotland, at Rockingham Road, k.o. 2.00pm

Ticket Prices are as follows:
Seated: adults and children - £8
Standing : adults - £6, children £2
Family Tickets will also be available for each match, available only in the Stands for £20 for 2 adults and 2 children.

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Sat 4th May 2002
Police Issue Stolen Tickets Warning

The following article is reproduced, with permission, from the YTFC official website:

Supporters should be aware that a small number of stolen tickets for the FA Umbro Trophy Final on May 12th are being offered to sale to Yeovil supporters from unofficial sources around the town. The stolen tickets have been identified by police and anyone turning up at Villa Park next Sunday with one risks arrest and will not be permitted access to the stadium. All tickets sourced from the club's ticket office are completely legitimate and are not affected by this warning. If you haven't bought your ticket for the final yet, please ensure that you know exactly where it comes from - to be sure it's legitimate it's recommended you purchase directly from the club whenever possible.

Details of ticket pricing and availability can be found on the Ciderspace Villa Park Page.

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Sat 4th May 2002
Exclusive: Yeovil Town Mascot Makes Debut

Ciderspace is er, proud to bring you the first sight on the Net of the Glover's brand spanking new mascot - the Jolly Green Giant. Reminding us of a throw-back to the 60's and 70's - but did we see that costume in The Black and White Minstrel Show, or It's A Knockout ? - we've started heard a rumour that George Coggen, Assistant Stadium Manager, Green and White Supporters' Club Chairman, and famed prankster and comedian is the man in the suit. Well have you ever seen George and the JGG in the same room at the same time?

Mascot - photo courtesy Stew Bratherton
The Jolly Green Giant. Yeovil Town's new mascot.

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Sat 4th May 2002
More Awards

The awards for the younger element at Yeovil Town were held over from April 27th, as most were away from Huish Park playing elsewhere that day, and presented at last night's Club Annual Dinner and Dance. The Young Player of the Year award went to Chris Weale, who has made the First Team keeper's jersey his own this year. The Youth Team Player of the Year was awarded to defender Ian Linney. Youth Team forward Dean Ritchie was voted by his peers the Players' Player of the Year. Our congratulations to all three.

Chris Weale: photograph courtesy of Stew Bratherton Ian Linney: photograph courtesy of Stew Bratherton
Chris Weale with his Young Player of the Year award (left). Ian Linney receives the Youth Player of the Year award from club manager Gary Johnson (right).

Special awards were also presented to Steve Cotton, Western Gazette journalist, John Flatters, Community Officer and Ladies Team Manager, and Maurice O'Donnell, Reserve Team Manager, for their services to Yeovil Town F.C.

The First Team awards are detailed here in the April News archive.

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Thurs 2nd May 2002
Pitch Repairs Waiting On FA's Go-Ahead

The Western Daily Press are reporting that the long-awaited and desperately needed repair works due to take place over the summer to the Huish Park playing surface are being delayed by none other than the FA themselves. According to the paper the club have applied for a grant from the Football Stadia Development Fund for the National Game to help fund the estimated cost of digging up the pitch and starting again, which seems to vary from approximately £100,000 to £250,000, depending on which report you read. The FA awards grants of between 45-90 per cent of the cost, depending on their whim, seemingly.

This is a worrying situation for the club. There's no doubt that the pitch desperately needs repair, but work needs to start very soon if it is to be dug up and relaid in time for next season. The question is, do the club take a chance and go ahead with the work in the absence of a grant or do they delay until they get an answer from the FA, by which time it might be too late to begin the work?


As of yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon the club had sold nearly 10,000 tickets for the Trophy Final to be held at Villa Park on May 12th. Yeovil have been allocated 17,000 tickets altogether, with the Holte End and the lower and parts of the middle tier of the Trinity Road Stand given over to Glovers fans. At the moment there are around 1,500 tickets left to sell in the Holte lower tier and the Trinity Road Stand before the Holte upper tier becomes available - Villa will not release any tickets for the Holte upper tier until all other areas have been sold out.

Speaking to the Western Gazette, club chairman John Fry, said: "This will be the biggest day in the club's history and if we get 12,000 hardcore supporters travelling then that is great - but we want to push it to its limits." According to the Gazette the club are mounting a sales drive as far afield as Cornwall, Bristol, Bridgwater, Taunton, and, unlikely as it may seem, Weymouth. "We have made it easy for people to make their bookings and you do not have to come here [Huish Park] to get your tickets," said Fry. "We have realised we are competing with television - but we do not want anyone to miss the live occasion." Details of ticket pricing and methods of purchase can be found on our dedicated Villa Park page.

Meanwhile the team's preparations for the final a week on Sunday (why, oh why is there such a long gap from the end of the league season to the final? Because of the play-offs that never were presumably) continue apace, with a mixture of normal training, team bonding and promotional activities. Yesterday the squad visited Chedington Court Golf Club in advance of their 3-day sponsored break at The Belfry course on Sunday, the former venue of the Ryder Cup; and tomorrow (Friday) they visit local schools to help raise awareness of the club and its achievements. Next Tuesday the squad visits Villa Park to familiarise themselves with the surroundings of the final.

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