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Sun 30th May 1999
Yeovil Town Better At Cricket Than England!

On the day that England went out of the Cricket World Cup they were hosting, Yeovil Town Football Club proved to be far more successful in the leafy glade of North Perrott, as they chalked up "another away win". Any suggestions that the win may have been aided by some "creative umpiring" is of course completely unthinkable.

Tony Pennock proved to be the man of the match, taking five wickets, two catches and being Yeovil's top scorer in the batting.

Off the field, the fundraising for the Yeovil Town Erection 2000 appeal was another big success, with the estimated money raised being in the region of 889 pounds, with a significant proportion of that sum coming in the form of nearly 700 pounds raised through auctioning of the shirts and memorabilia donated by Colin Lippiatt, Terry Cotton and the playing squad.

Details of who won the shirts are available here whereas a full report of the match can be found there.

Middlesex Wanderers Begin Their Journey Home

The Middlesex Wanderers touring side, featuring three Yeovil players, are due to begin their journey home early tomorrow morning, having capped a successful tour out in India with two wins. The side, captained by Steve Stott, and joined by Kevan Brown and Rob Cousins, played two matches and won their games 3-0 and 1-0.

Steve Stott played in both matches, whilst Rob and Kevan both appeared as second half substitutes in the first match and played full games in the second match.

A full report on the Middlesex Wanderers tour is available here.

New Yeovil Shirts Spotted Before Xmas!!

Those who were at today's Erection 2000 Cricket Match will have been able to get a first glimpse at next seasons new kit.

The kit is in its final stages of design, and will, for once, hopefully be available for the start of the home pre-season friendlies, which if it happens will bring an end to four seasons worth of misery for Yeovil Town supporters who have had to put up with late delivery of shirts from Icis and Errea in the past. This time the club have gone for a firm based in Derby, who also supply kit to Premiership side Leicester City but will also be supplying sides at Conference level such as Kingstonian.

The new shirts are both radical departures from last season's kit, although both the colour set is roughly the same.

For the home shirt, the design is predominantly green with both front and back of the torso using a plain green colour that is a marginally lighter shade than the kit for the season just gone. The area around the shoulder blades has black trim with a white sleeve on the front, which becomes a green sleeve on the back. Shorts are white, with an inch of green trim on each of the sides.

For the away kit, a similar style has been adopted, except that the main torso of the shirt is the deep red that the players used for this seasons away kit, with the blue on the sleeves. The shorts follow a similar pattern.

Some of the sample shirts had round necks whilst some of them had V-necks with a white collar and a green stripe on the collar. This is one area where the design may change by the time the official launch of the shirts is made.

Both home and away shirts and shorts had woven club crests on them - the shirts carrying the crest in the left breast area, whilst the shorts carried the crest on one side of the front of the shorts. This is a vast improvement on last seasons shirts where the club crest was a patch pressed onto the shirt that will inevitably peel off as the years go by. The woven design should make this aspect of the shirt more durable.

Thankfully it seems that the away kit will be sold this season as replica stock. Last season Errea failed entirely to produce any replica kit for the club.

The shirts were not available to be photographed by the press yet, as the sponsors logo design had not been finalised, and other finer adjustments were being made, but the club are confident that they will see the first batch of shirts being circulated in approximately one weeks time, with the first batch on sale for the pre-season friendlies.

Fri 28th May 1999
Dorchester Completes Friendlies Set

Familiar visitors are on their way to Huish Park for a near annual pre-season friendly against Dr Martens Premier League team Dorchester Town. The Magpies will play Yeovil on Saturday 24th July, kick-off 3:00pm, doubtless intent on a more successful season than last where they escaped a relegation spot on the last day of the season at Rothwell. They are captained by ex-Yeovil hero Neil Coates, who is due a testimonial with Dorchester at the end of next season and has already indicated that Yeovil would be his first choice as opposition.

The fixture is expected to be the final piece in the pre-season friendly jigsaw, and comes after Yeovil failed in attempts to bring both Queens Park Rangers and Ipswich to Huish Park.

A full list of all of Yeovil Town's pre-season friendlies are listed on the Events Calendar on the Ciderspace Home Page.

Thurs 27th May 1999
Rushden Target Patmore?!

Today's issue of the Western Gazette focuses on "rumours", as the paper puts it, that Rushden & Diamonds are to make an offer for Yeovil's star striker Warren Patmore. Head Coach Colin Lippiatt has denied that any offer has been received, though he has admitted that any realistic offer would have to be considered on its merits. Rushden have recently been linked with a £120,000 offer for Northampton goalkeeper Billy Turley. Ciderspace suggests that if Turley is worth that amount then Wazza must be in the million pound bracket and the club shouldn't consider selling him for less!

Yeovil have as yet received no offers for the transfer-listed duo Darren Keeling and Ben Smith. It seems that Keeling is to have talks with Colin Lippiatt regarding the possibility of scrapping his contract. The club seem resigned to writing off the £15,000 they paid Gloucester City for his services.

Sun 23rd May 1999
Patmore Signs Off In Style

Warren Patmore completed his most succesful season yet by scoring one and having a big hand in the other in England's 2-1 victory over Wales in the semi-pro international at St Albans' Clarence Park this afternoon.

Wazza opened the scoring with a penalty in the 30th minute after Cheltenham's Neil Grayson was brought down in the area. England went 2-0 up in the 42nd minute after a Wazza header was knocked down to Kingstonian's Geoff Pitcher, who shot home. Wales came into the game more in the second half to pull a goal back. Steve Stott added another cap to his collection when he came on as a substitute with 6 minutes to go.

Sat 22nd May 1999
The Morning After The Night Before ......

Ciderspace has a hangover today. The 14th Annual Yeovil Town Dinner and Dance, held at Westlands Sports and Social Club was it's usual success with the event officially a sell-out, although with the odd spare seat scattered around a packed floor.

The event lasted until 2:00am, and was well attended by the playing and coaching staff, including Colin Lippiatt and family, Terry Cotton and family, Stuart Housley, Steve Stott, Steve Thompson, Rob Cousins, Tony Pennock, Kevan Brown and Tony Pounder. Many of the clubs reserve and youth team players were also present, along with a scattering of former players and employees, in particular former General Manager, Roger Brinsford. Club chairman John Fry and President Norman Burfield were unable to attend, due to holiday commitments, and so the stand-in chairman for the evening's formalities was Norman Hayward.

Colin Lippiatt made a rousing passionate speech in which he said how proud he was of his players achievements, and said that he 100% backed them to do their best in the forthcoming season. In particular he thanked the enthusiastic away support for helping the team achieve their record-breaking away record.

In Norman Hayward's speech, he said how glad he was that, for the first time since he had arrived at the club, that Yeovil had refound their reputation as a cup fighting team. He emphasised how vital he considered the reserve team to be to future club plans, and how they would support the building of that team "at all costs". He also responded strongly to opinions that he had heard expressed this season that the board were "not ambitious enough" by claiming that they were fully focussed on aiming for the football league, and believed that the clubs quick moves to secure new signings this summer showed how committed they were to that aim.

Entertainment was provided by comedian/singer Ben Murphy, who went down a storm with his brash style of risque humour and songs, whilst Intrigue and Take Two provided music of a more sensible variety.

Kevan Brown packs his Suitcase

Kevan Brown is now the third Yeovil Town player to be added to the Middlesex Wanderers touring party to India, due to fly out on Monday. He replaces Wayne Simpson who has pulled out of the squad. Kevan will see some familiar faces in the line-up with Steve Stott captaining the side and Rob Cousins also a late addition to the squad.

Town take a trip to the Seaside

Yeovil Town take a trip down to the coast for the weekend on Saturday 7th August when they meet up with Worthing, a side they last met in far more frozen circumstances in the Isthmian League, one Boxing Day during their first season in the league. This time, it will be more bucket-and-spade weather, and Colin Lippiatt, following failed attempts to secure matches with a Guernsey side and Newport I.O.W. plans to take his players away for the full weekend, to try and reproduce the kind of team spirit that was so evident of last years squad. This will almost certainly be Yeovil's final pre-season friendly before the Conference season re-starts on the following Saturday.

Fri 21st May 1999
Pitching It Right

Good news for anyone who has been blaming the state of the pitch as responsible for our home form in the Ciderspace End Of Season Survey. The club have announced that the pitch is going to be significantly worked on over the summer, thanks to Mike Lock, husband of Yeovil Town director Pauline Lock. His company, Mike Lock Construction, have laid down plans that will see the main lateral drains under the pitch relaid, and sand-slitting which will allow water to drain at the rate of one inch per hour. The surface will then be top-dressed and reseeded.

According to the Western Gazette, Lock has had a maintenance plan drawn up by the Sports Turf Research Institute that will, in theory, ensure less problems if Yeovil experience a heavy Winter. Pauline Lock said "The work will improve the quality of the pitch, therefore avoiding the need to postpone games through waterlogging on the surface".

Yet Another Yeovil / Woking Transfer!

Once again, Woking and Yeovil have been involved in a transfer deal, only this time the shock bit is that the player is going to Woking! As predicted by Ciderspace on May 12th, Rob Smith has now formally departed in the direction of Woking on a non-contract basis. Smith was released by Yeovil, following his comeback from two cruciate ligament injuries, on the basis that he would not be fit enough to challenge for a place in the team any more.

Rob had a sound attitude at Yeovil, and went through some awful times, yet still kept his head high. We wish him all the best at Woking (for 40 games of the season, anyway!).

Thurs 20th May 1999
On The Rise...

Season ticket prices have been announced for next season - and fans will have to pay a small increase on last season's prices, anywhere between £7.50 and £5, depending on where in the ground you attend. Match day admission fees have been frozen at last season's levels. For the full details, look here.

The one-for-one scheme, whereby children were admitted free when accompanied by an adult has been discontinued for the forseeable future. See the Ciderspace Editorial Comment for our view on this...

From The Local Press...

All sorts of snippets in today's Western Gazette...

The paper reports that Steve Stott has been added to the England semi-pro squad alongside Warren Patmore to play Wales this Sunday at St Albans' Clarence Park ground. Kick-off 2pm.

Believe it or not, but it looks like we may get the chance to purchase the new first-team kit before November next season... The Green & White Supporters Club are staging a preview of the new kit at Huish Park on Monday 7th June, at 7.30pm, along with a new range of sportswear which will be available to buy fom the club shop. It's hoped that a couple of players will attend to act as models...

The Yeovil Express reports that the long awaited book chartering 100 years of Yeovil Town FC will be officially launched by the club on the same evening as the new strip, Monday 7th June.

According to the Express the club are appealing for volunteers to help out on matchdays next season. They require extra male and female safety, car park and fire stewards. You would have to be aged 18-55 and would need to be available between 1pm and 6pm on Saturday afternoons and 6pm and 10pm Tuesday evenings. In return you'll get training, waterproof clothing and free admission to games. Contact club secretary Jean Cotton on 01935 423662 ext 202.

On the playing side, both papers report that Al-James Hannigan's transfer to Slough has still to be finalised with both clubs as yet unable to agree a fee. Which of course means that AJH is still a Yeovil player at the moment... Owen Pickard has also still to sign for Slough, but that is regarded as a formality now. According to the Gazette Dorchester offered Pickard a contract but he turned them down. Dorchester boss Stuart Morgan is quoted as saying: "With the kind of money he was asking I could have signed half a team - it is way out of our league."

Wed 19th May 1999
Full Wanderers Tour Squad Announced

Further to last weeks news that Steve Stott and Rob Cousins were heading to India, Non-League on the Net have posted the full details of the touring squad, captained by Yeovil's Steve Stott. The full touring party is as follows :

Paul Gothard (Dagenham & Redbridge), Chris Taylor (Stevenage Borough), Andy Comyn (Hednesford Town), Rob Cousins (Yeovil Town), Kevin Finlayson (Queen's Park), Craig Hinton (Kidderminster Harriers), Simon Parke (Guiseley), Paul Proudlock (Gateshead), Wayne Simpson (Nuneaton Borough), Mark Smith (Stevenage), Steve Stott (Yeovil), James Virgo (Dover Athletic), Wayne Cort (Harlow Town), Richard David (Inter Cable Tel), Deiniol Graham (Colwyn Bay).

Western League Screwfixed Until 2002

Screwfix Direct are to extend their sponsorship deal of the Western League, home to Yeovil Town Reserves, for a further two years, making six in total. The agreement was due to finish at the end of the 1999/2000 season, but will now continue until 2002 at least.

Western League Chairman Rod Webber said "We are delighted to continue our association with one of the fastest-growing companies in the country. This means we can go into the new millennium with the confidence that our clubs will be supported off the field to the tune of over 100,000 in the next three seasons".

Screwfix Direct Managing Director and also Yeovil Town FC director Jon Goddard-Watts added "Extending our sponsorship is a measure of the respect we have for the officers and clubs of the League, and the professional manner in which the League is run. Their efforts help publicise the Screwfix Direct name both in the South West and nationally as well."

Thurs 13th May 1999
Wazza Called Up Again

Warren Patmore has been picked for the England semi-pro squad for the 3rd time this season for the match against Wales on Sunday 23rd May at St Albans. Wazza has appeared in both other England internationals this season, scoring last time out in the 1-1 draw with Holland. Murray Fishlock has been left out of the squad because of an ankle injury which has also forced him to withdraw from the Middlesex Wanderers representative side touring India at the end of the month. Yeovil's Rob Cousins will replace him on that trip. Steve Stott has also been left out of the England squad this time around, but will captain the Wanderers on their Indian odyssey.

More Pre-Season Friendlies...

Two more pre-season friendlies have been confirmed to go along with the previously announced visits of Wimbledon and Fulham. The game against Manchester United u-19's has now been confirmed for Wed 4th August and the Glovers go slumming at Weymouth on Tues 27th July.

Wed 12th May 1999
Norton Confirmed As Rob Smith Leaves

David Norton's much drawn out transfer from Cheltenham Town has been finalised today. The move was exclusively predicted by Ciderspace last Friday, but competition for his signature, believed to be from Kingstonian and Stevenage, dragged out the deal. Norton's signature, the fourth signing for Colin Lippiatt and quoted as the last "for now", was believed to have been influenced by him having family local to Yeovil allowing him a far more convenient arrangement from his home in the Midlands.

Meanwhile, Rob Smith, signed by Yeovil Town last summer from Slough Town, has been released from the club in a surprise move. Rob Smith only made nine appearances for the club, his season being virtually wiped out by a cruciate ligament injury, with just two substitute appearances to show for his comeback. However, his contract has not been renewed, and he is believed to be in talks with fellow Conference club Woking with a view to playing for them on a trial or non-contract basis. His release brings the likely number of first team squad members down by one on last season, so hopefully this will allow room for Lippiatt to recruit in when required.

Tues 11th May 1999
Slough of Despond ...

West Country TV Teletext reports that Al-James Hannigan and Owen Pickard have now joined Ryman League side Slough Town. Pickard was entitled to move on a free transfer as he was out-of-contract with Yeovil while Hannigan had been placed on the transfer list at his own request. No fee has been mentioned for Al-James as yet.

The pair will recognise many of their new colleagues. Steve Browne, Lee Archer, Lee Francis, Mickey Engwell and Graham Kemp are all ex-Yeovil and Rebels manager Graham Roberts is, of course, familiar to us all! Al-James and Owen were popular figures around Huish Park and they both did a fine job for Yeovil Town - good luck to them at Slough.

On a brighter note Teletext confirms the signings of Adrian Foster and Terry Skiverton on free transfers, plus the signing of Jason Eaton for a fee of £15,000. Ciderspace wishes all three the best of luck in their new careers at Huish Park.

As far as the possible signing of Cheltenham's out-of-contract midfielder David Norton is concerned, the situation is still fluid. We understand that Yeovil have made him an offer but he is also talking to other clubs, including Stevenage and Kingstonian. Watch this space ...

Mon 10th May 1999
Signing Frenzy Continues!

After tying up the signatures of Adrian Foster and Jason Eaton, head coach Colin Lippiatt has continued his transfer dealings to add another two players to the Yeovil squad. As forecast here on Saturday, Welling United central defender Terry Skiverton has indeed joined the Glovers and after all the will-he won't-he speculation it does now seem 99% certain that Cheltenham midfielder David Norton will sign a contract for Yeovil on Wednesday, although they have faced competition for his signature from both Stevenage and Kingstonian.

Sources indicate that striker Owen Pickard, who last week refused to sign a new deal with Yeovil, is on the verge of joining Slough Town. Central defender Al-James Hannigan may soon join Pickard and the growing band of ex-Yeovil players there, although Aldershot are known to be competing for his signature. Slough are of course managed by former Glovers boss Graham Roberts, whereas Aldershot are managed by his former arch-rival and Enfailed boss George Borg. Al-James Hannigan has played under both managers.

David Norton's career profile:

David Norton
Born : Cannock, 3rd March 1965
Height : 5'7"
Weight: ?

Team Signed Apps Goals
Aston Villa March '83 42(2) 2
Notts County Aug 88 22(5) 1
Rochdale (loan) Oct '90 9 0
Hull City (loan) Jan '91 15 0
Hull City Aug '91 134 5
Northampton Aug '94 78(4) 0
Hereford Utd Aug '96 49 2
Cheltenham Aug '98 46(3) 3

Terry Skiverton's career profile :

Terry Skiverton
Born : Mile End, London, 26th June 1975
Height : 5'11"
Weight: 12st 6lbs

Team Signed Apps Goals
Chelsea May 1993 0 0
Wycombe Wanderers (loan) Feb '95 8(2) 0
Wycombe Wanderers March '96 5(5) 1
Welling Utd 1997 73 4

Stiff Challenge For The Glovers

Yeovil Town's first team have announced the date of the first friendly match of the new season and it's a hard task. It's an away game against the might of the Masons Arms at Bradford Abbas on July the 17th. All proceeds from the game will be donated to the Erection 2000 fund.

Sat 8th May 1999
Foster Signs On The Line

Former Hereford and Rushden & Diamonds striker Adrian Foster has signed for Yeovil Town in a surprise move. His career profile so far is as follows :

Adrian Foster
Born : Kidderminster, 19th March 1971
Height : 5'10"
Weight: 12st 1lbs

Team Signed Apps Goals
West Brom Albion July '89 13(14) 2
Torquay Utd July '92 55(20) 24
Gillingham Aug '94 28(12) 9
Exeter (loan) Mar '96 4(3) 0
Hereford Utd Aug '96 42(1) 18
Rushden Aug '97 45(10) 25

It now seems that reports linking Cheltenham striker Neil Grayson to the Glovers may have been somewhat premature. However it is likely that his fellow striker Jason Eaton will be moving to Huish Park for a fee reported as £15,000 in the Cheltenham local press with his signature expected on Monday. Jason Eaton has had a lengthy career with Cheltenham, and scored the winning goal in last years FA Trophy Final. His career profile is as follows :

Jason Eaton
Born : Bristol, 29th January 1969
Team Signed Apps Goals
Bristol Rovers June '87 0(3) 0
Clevedon ? ? ?
Bristol City Mar '89 6(7) 1
Gloucester City ? ? ?
Cheltenham Oct '92 248(55) 115

Yeovil coach Colin Lippiatt is apparently negotiating with two other as yet un-named players. One is believed to be a defender currently with Welling Utd and there are still ideas about the other being a second Cheltenham player, although again this is rumour and speculation. Terry Skiverton is the "best fit" for the Welling defenders name, although this is a calculated guess. With Grayson now out of the running, the suggestions of David Norton coming to Huish Park seem extremely flawed indeed. Although he is known to be available and fits into the mass of ex-Hereford players now at Huish Park, yesterday's mention of him was merely a calculated guess, and so should not be treated seriously (unless we've got it right of course!!).

With Lippiatt more or less having got two strikers to replace Pickard and Keeling, it would seem logical for the next players to be a midfielder to replace Smith and a defender to replace Hannigan. More as we get it ...

Fri 7th May 1999
Pickard Leaves Whilst Two More Sign ?

Unconfirmed reports suggest that striker Owen Pickard, whose contract runs out with Yeovil at the end of this month, has parted company with Yeovil Town without agreeing a new contract. Pickard spent two complete seasons with the Glovers, and despite being top scorer in his first season, his second season was dogged by injury, and it appears that the board were not prepared to take the risk of injury in a third season and so had drafted a contract heavily weighed on appearances. Owen, who has a young family, was not prepared to take the risk on his side, and so it appears that Owen has now parted company with the club.

Meanwhile suggestions are that Yeovil have secured two new signings today. The names of the players have not been released yet, but the hard money is on both being from Cheltenham, who are looking to turn their team full-time over the summer. It is strongly rumoured that one of those players is Neil Grayson, who partners Warren Patmore in the England squad, and although the details of the other players identity is still completely unknown, it would not be a great surprise if the other player was David Norton, who has already publically announced that he will be leaving Cheltenham this summer, although this is a wild guess. Both players are formerly from Hereford, so it would be easy for Lippiatt to mould the pair into a squad that carried five ex-Hereford players last season.

Ciderspace hope to confirm the names of both signings over the weekend. Take this as idle rumour and speculation if we are wrong or treat it as top quality journalism if we are right!!!

They Can't Name It That !!!

The Roof Campaign now has a name! Exactly what those "upstairs" in the club think of it is anyone's guess, but it is certainly going to cause a mass debate! The name of the campaign is to be now known as Erection 2000!!!

Errr ..... no, we can't believe it either, but that's what we were told! We're all looking forward to shouting the campaign name in the streets until the day the roof goes up. Maybe it is a cunning ploy by the committee to get the board to cough up the money quick before too many people find out!

Thurs 6th May 1999
Pre-Season Friendlies

The club have confirmed dates for 2 attractive home pre-season friendly fixtures so far.

Premiership side Wimbledon will visit Huish Park on the 21st of July and Yeovil players will have an early chance to stake their claim for a place in the full England side when Kevin Keegan brings his newly promoted Fulham team to Somerset on the 31st of July.

Manchester United's under-19 side has also been provisionally pencilled in for a visit to Huish Park on the 4th of August, however, contrary to reports in the Clarion, this has yet to be officially confirmed.

Rigby Rumours Rubbished

Contrary to reports on ITV Teletext, it has been confirmed that the club have not renewed their interest in Malcolm Rigby. Rigby was released from the club on April 28th, however following this, reports appeared on ITV Teletext suggesting he was back in contract talks with Colin Lippiatt.

There is no truth in the teletext report whatsoever, and the report appears to be a gaffe on behalf of the clubs press office.

Reserves In The Dark ...

Yeovil Town Reserves had another frustrating night last night at Tiverton. Forced to play in Precision Publishing sponsored first team kit after thieves stole four reserve team Onyx sponsored shirts last Saturday (see story below) Yeovil Reserves were losing 2-0 to Tiverton when a power failure caused the match to be abandoned after 68 minutes. The club are currently in talks with Tiverton and the Screwfix Direct League in order to decide whether the result can stand.

Neither the Reserve side nor Tiverton are likely to want to replay the game. Tiverton are preparing for an FA Vase Final, whilst the Reserves travel to Paulton Rovers F.C. for the Les Phillips Cup Final against Clyst Rovers on Saturday.

Brian Hall's Funeral

Brian Hall's funeral was held at Woking Crematorium on Tuesday. The former Yeovil Town manager lost his life to cancer on Tuesday 27th April 1999. Present at the funeral were many past and present football stars. Ex-Yeovil players present included Neil Cordice (and his brother Alan), Jimmy Quinn, Mark Shail, Bob Iles, Gary Donnellan and Andy Wallace.

Also paying their respects were numerous people who Hall had contact with in his other clubs including Alan Batsford (ex-Wealdstone and ex-Wimbledon manager), Vinnie Jones, Martin O'Neill, Dave Bassett, Barry Fry and Steve Gritt.

Brian is survived by his wife Angela.

Wed 5th May 1999
Trio On Transfer List

Three Yeovil Town players have been transfer listed this week as Colin Lippiatt prepares to reshape his squad over the summer, and two out of the three will shock many people. Darren Keeling, Ben Smith and Al-James Hannigan's names have all been put on official circulation lists.

Hannigan's transfer listing will come as the greatest shock, as the club had only just taken out a years extension on his contract, but he requested his own listing, presumably at dissatisfaction that he could not agree terms with him for a more lengthy contract.

Both Smith and Keeling have been unable to command regular places in this season's team, with Ben often looking short of physical fitness and Keeling never living up to the promise of his early games for Yeovil.

Meanwhile the on/off situation with Owen Pickard continues to attract conflicting rumours and speculation, but at the time of writing Pickard has still not signed for Yeovil or any other club.

What's your opinion on Ben Smith going ? Let us know on the Message Board

Tony Pounder won't be signing a contract with Yeovil next season either, although this does not mean the end of Pounder's career at Yeovil. He will continue on a non-contract basis and will be available for both first team and reserves squads.

Has anyone Seen Our Kit ?

Have you seen anyone wearing or trying to sell the Reserves Kit ? Six shirts were stolen from the club following Saturday's match with Stevenage. Although two of the shirts were later found on a flight of stairs, no-one is the wiser as to where the rest have gone. With the reserves playing tonight, and on Saturday, they urgently need the kit back. Mail Ciderspace in total confidence or leave a message on our Message Board if you have further information you could give us. The shirts are green with the sponsors logo Onyx Holdings on the front of the shirt. Three of the four shirts have numbers on the back.

Sat 1st May 1999
End of Season Awards Announced

The usual batch of awards were made following today's match with Stevenage Borough. Ciderspace hope to have a photo gallery of the awards on-line by the middle of this coming week. The awards were as follows :

Supporters Player of the Year :
1st : Warren Patmore
2nd : Al-James Hannigan
3rd : Murray Fishlock

Western Gazette Player of the Year :
1st : Murray Fishlock
2nd : Steve Thompson
3rd : Tony Pennock

Reserve Team Player of the Year : Simon Winstone
Youth Team Player of the Year : John Hayter

Special Award : Warren Patmore for his 100 goals
Goal of the Season : Darren Keeling vs Kettering (home) 17th Nov 1998

Yeovil Express Player of the Month (April 1999) : Warren Patmore

Buckets Of Money For Roof

The second phase of the campaign to get a roof on Yeovil's home terrace continued today with another resounding success. Bucket collections were organised before the match and at half time and people dug deep and by full time the buckets had been filled to the tune of 936 pounds, including over 400 pound coins.

Yet more was to come. Yeovil Town's stewards all donated their match expenses from today's game to the cause raising an additional 130 pounds. Well done lads and lasses!

Next, two of today's club mascots, Abby Carter, 11 years old, and regular away supporter Colette Bailey organised sponsorship to the tune of over 200 pounds for being mascots for todays game.

Finally, Tim Lancaster and Daphne Langdon organised a "Spot The Grounds" competition where the entrants had to name various grounds that Yeovil had played at from the photos on display in the bar. The winner, Barry Hemsley, got 11 out of 12 grounds correct, but he promptly donated his winnings back to the fund to give that project approximately 40 pounds.

Add all that lot together and you get over 1300 pounds to add to the 1200 pounds raised during the Race Night after the Leek game. Hopefully people are getting an idea as to how serious Mark Kelly, Steve Sowden and the rest of the committee are by now!

Further money will be raised shortly, thanks to Colin Lippiatt, Terry Cotton and the playing squad donating their playing shirts from this season to the cause. The numbered shirts are going to be sold as a silent auction. No end date has been set for the auction although it will almost certainly be either the night of the club dinner, or the day of the raise the roof cricket match (more details soon) on May 30th. Either way, Ciderspace will provide more details nearer the time. In the meantime, if you wish to participate in the silent auction, either contact Mark Kelly, or Steve Sowden at the Yeovil Express offices, or you can e-mail your bids to us and we will pass them on. Please remember to tell us which shirt you are bidding for.

More details will appear here soon on this project and further roof fund raising projects.

New Club Sponsors

The winners of the 1999 Patron Club Draw are Gateway Computers. The PC vendors will have their name across the clubs shirts during the 1999/2000 season.

The draw was made prior to today's game with Stevenage Borough, and attracted record investment in the Patron Scheme. Paying 375 pounds plus VAT, 195 businesses or individuals got their place in the draw netting the club over 73,000 pounds. We hope to have a full list of the seven major prize winners soon.

Pessimism For Pickard

The news on this one seems to change every day! Following reports of the contract negotiations with the Yeovil trio out of contract at the end of the season, it seemed that all was starting to be cleared up. However, it appears that the situation with Owen Pickard is far from resolved.

However, the board must be under huge pressure from the paying public to resolve the dispute given that the remarks made by the Yeovil Express in Friday's report appear to be pretty much echoed by all three local papers in their opinion columns.

Date Set For Book

The date for the release of the "100 Years of Yeovil Town" book has finally been set. The club have the following to say about its' release :

"At last this long awaited publication has almost gone to print and the launch of the book has been arranged for Monday 7th June at the Football Club at a special night commencing at 7:30pm.

Apologies to everyone who has been patiently awaiting for the book's publication but much of the research has had to be carried out in the Records Office in London due to insufficient information being available locally. Also, during the past few months, a lot more vital information has come to light and this has been included in the book necessitating a complete revamp.

When the book comes out, many old myths and arguments will, at long last, be settled, regarding what did go on in the first 100 years of Yeovil Town Football Club"

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