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Sat 29th June 2002
Home Run

Yeovil Town's Youth Team have been drawn at home for the first three rounds of the F.A. Youth Cup.

1st Qualifying Round (ties to be completed by Saturday 7 September 2002)
Yeovil Town v Chippenham Town

2nd Qualifying Round (ties to be completed by Saturday 21 September 2002)
Yeovil Town or Chippenham Town v Bitton or Cirencester Town

3rd Qualifying Round (ties to be completed by Saturday 5 October 2002)
Yeovil Town or Chippenham Town or Bitton or Cirencester Town v Worcester City or Newport County or Devizes Town

There are no replays in the F.A. Youth Cup. If a match is level at the end of 90 minutes, extra time of 15 minutes each way will be played. If the scores are still level at the end of extra time penalties decide the winner.

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Sat 29th June 2002
Brassart's Brother On Trial, Demba To Sign?

According to the Western Daily Press Yeovil are giving French midfielder Olivier Brassart's brother Herve Brassart a trial during the pre-season period. Herve, a 19-year-old midfielder, has been playing in Germany for FC Magdeburg if a Google search is to be believed, but my rudimentary knowledge of the German language plus the hit and miss nature of the various translation services available on the web leaves us none-the-much wiser than that for the time being.

The WDP also reports that Glovers boss Gary Johnson is set to finalise the signing of Belgian striker Abdoulai Demba next week, that is if a deal hasn't already been agreed. The Aldershot website Shotsweb today carries an item suggesting that Shots manager Terry Brown is interested in acquiring a Belgian striker. The item reads:

In further news, two triallists from the Belgian First Division will be appearing for the Shots in the pre-season tournament at Kingstonian in July.

Both players are strikers and if the trial period goes well, manager Terry Brown hopes to bring them to Aldershot on a contract basis. A third Belgian player, who had been offered a trial, has, apparently already signed for Yeovil Town.

With the signing of Demba apparently a done deal in all but name, Yeovil will have a surplus of recognised strikers at the club in the very near future, with the likes of Carl Alford, Kim Grant, Chris Giles, Adam Stansfield and new signings Gavin Williams and now Abdoulai Demba all competing for places up front. Something will presumably have to give somewhere and the first rumours of possible transfers out have already started with stories appearing after the FA Trophy Final of First Division Wolves being interested in Adam Stansfield. The latest rumour concerns last season's top scorer Carl Alford with Conference rivals Nuneaton Borough said to be considering making an offer, though nothing concrete has yet emerged and it must be emphasised that as yet, this is just a rumour.

Yeovil's players return to training on Monday prior to their pre-season tour of Latvia which begins on Friday 5th July with a friendly against Skonto Riga followed by matches against FK Auda and FK Ventspils. They return to the UK on Friday 12th July with their first pre-season friendly in this country on Saturday 20th July, away at Salisbury City. According to Tiverton Town's official website The Glovers have agreed to play a friendly at Ladysmead on Friday 9th August, though this has yet to be confirmed by the club. If the Tiverton friendly is confirmed it would suggest that the club have been unable to arrange a big-name friendly for Saturday 10th August, as had previously been hoped for.

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Fri 28th June 2002
Two Feeders To The Conference Is Dead - Official

The F.A. have now provided official confirmation of the story carried on Ciderspace on June 19th.
A statement released on TheFA.com reads:

After almost eighteen months of consultation, meetings and research, The F.A. will announce it's full proposals for the restructuring of the National Leagues System at the annual National Leagues Conference in Birmingham over the weekend of the 12th-14th July.

The restructuring proposals have been lead by The F.A.'s National Leagues Manager Greg Fee and F.A National Game Division Director Steve Parkin, with the key objective of creating a more equitable pyramid system that would allow clubs to progress in a more structured, fairer and consistent way, irrespective of their location around the country.

Fee, Parkin and Mike Appleby, The F.A.'s National Leagues Development Manager have held consultations with over 200 clubs at Levels 1 and 2 and held regional presentations for Leagues around the country at Levels 3 and 4; over 90% of clubs in the Nationwide Conference and the three Feeder Leagues have had the opportunity to give their views. As Steve Parkin explained: "After the exhaustive consultations and research that The F.A. have carried out, the final step was to ascertain whether clubs wanted to have 2 or 3 Feeder Leagues into the Conference. Neither proposal emerged as a clear favourite amongst the clubs, however only 34 out of the 67 Premier League Clubs in the three Feeder Leagues backed the move to the 2 Feeder option, when 44 clubs would be required to form the two leagues." As a result of this feedback, The F.A. will be taking the proposal to retain 3 Feeder Leagues - but with planned changes to the current system - to the F.A. Council for ratification in early July. National Leagues Manager Greg Fee said: "Some clubs were reluctant to support the large change to 2 Feeders, but there was an overwhelming feeling that the current pyramid needs change in order to create a fairer and more consistent system. As a result of the feedback, The F.A. will continue to work with clubs and leagues to develop changes that will ensure a more equitable system, and will be announcing our proposals to Leagues and Clubs in more detail in Birmingham between 12th and 14th July." He added, "I would like to thank all the Leagues and Clubs for their time during this process, and for their support in the future in working towards proposals that we hope will be for the future betterment of football in the English National Leagues.

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Wed 26th June 2002
Boston United Stand Accused Of Cheating, Bribery And Corruption

The long awaited press release on the investigations of the F.A. Compliance Unit appeared this afternoon. Whilst the charges of illegal payments to players were expected, the charge that the manager Steve Evans and ex-chairman and current director Pat Malkinson made an attempt to bribe a player with £8,000 to pervert the course of the F.A. investigation came as a shocking surprise.

The press release reads:

Boston United F.C. have this afternoon been charged by The Football Association as follows:
6 Charges relate to a breach of F.A. Rule C (j) (i). This refers to the lodging at The Football Association of playing contracts containing false details relating to salaries or other remuneration in respect of the following players:

- Paul Bastock
- Ken Charlery
- James Dick
- Paul Wilson
- Simon Weatherstone
- Mike Marsh

The above 6 players have not been charged personally by The Football Association.

A total of 8 Charges have been issued against Manager Steve Evans.
- 6 of these Charges relate to the procuring and assisting in the submission of contracts with false details, in respect of the six named players.
- 2 Charges relate to a breach of F.A. Rule E1 - improper conduct - and centre on allegations that on the 4th June 2002, he procured that a cash payment of £8,000 be made to a player in an attempt to mislead, frustrate and impede The F.A. enquiry. Also during the course of the enquiry, he has made further attempts to persuade another player to mislead the enquiry.

Former Chairman and current Director Pat Malkinson faces 2 Charges:
- 1 Charge is a breach of F.A. Rule C (j) (i) - relating to the lodging at The Football Association of one playing contract containing false details and,
- 1 Charge - Breach of F.A. Rule E1 - improper conduct - relates to the same alleged conduct as Evans, regarding the payment of £8,000 to a player.

The club have 14 days to respond, with a hearing convened for the 18th/19th July 2002.

An off-the-record source told Ciderspace tonight that at issue in the charges on illegal payments were undeclared win and clean sheet bonuses. One of the six players named in the F.A. release above was being flown in from Scotland for matches, and had also been promised an all-expenses paid holiday at the conclusion to the season. When these commitments were withdrawn the player in question had a crisis of conscience over his own commitment to the cause of undeclared remuneration and blew the whistle.

Apart from Boston themselves the club most effected by this is Dagenham & Redbridge. Chairman David Andrews issued this statement in the immediate aftermath of the F.A. press release:

Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club is shocked to hear of the outcome of the month-long FA investigation into the financial affairs of Boston United Football Club.
I am very concerned that the team which pipped us for the Nationwide Conference League championship on goal difference just a few weeks ago has now been formerly charged with 'improper conduct' during the course of a season which ended so dramatically and frustratingly for us.
I believe that it is only fair to our supporters, players and manager that Dagenham & Redbridge should make every effort to see that 'natural justice is seen to be done' within football.

Ciderspace expects the announcement of the resignation of Steve Evans to occur shortly, and Boston United to pursue their defence on the "it wasn't us, it was him/them" principle. We wish them no success.

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Mon 24th June 2002
Back On The Box

Sky TV have announced which games they will be covering live from the Conference during the early part of the new season, and the Glovers are once again part of the line-up for the television audience. The matches so far chosen are:

Mon Aug 26th, Burton Albion v Barnet, 7.45pm kick-off.

Sat Sep 7th, Doncaster Rovers v Dagenham & Redbridge, 12.15pm kick-off.

Tue Sep 24th, Yeovil Town v Woking, 7.45pm kick-off.

It remains to be seen of course whether the Glovers v Woking match will take place at Huish Park or Dorchester's Avenue Stadium - reports from reliable sources continue to indicate that the new pitch at Huish Park will not be ready to play on until late September, though as yet there is no official word from the club on the situation, nor is there expected to be until early July at the earliest.

In other news it appears that the uncertainty surrounding the future of Conference champions Boston United may be resolved soon, if various reports in the national press over the last fortnight are to be believed. The FA are expected to announce the conclusions of the enquiry into Boston's finances on Wednesday, as well as the sanctions taken against the club should they be found guilty of financial irregularities. Some papers have already found the Pilgrims guilty and decided their punishment - relegation to the Dr Martens League Eastern Division (Sunday Express); whilst others content themselves with saying that Boston will be merely charged with 'improper conduct' on Wednesday with a full hearing yet to come (The Sun). Either way, the situation should become a little clearer this week.

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Fri 21st June 2002
Sign When You're Winning

Signing copies of the F.A. Trophy Souvenir Photo Magazine in Asda. Photograph © Stewart Bratherton & Ciderspace.
Macca, Carlo and Plucky find a new use for their right hands.

What do players get up to in the close season? Book signings of course. Michael McIndoe, Carl Alford and Colin Pluck were in Asda this morning signing copies of the latest release to celebrate Yeovil's victory at Villa Park, The Official Yeovil Town Football Club F.A. Umbro Trophy Souvenir Photo Magazine, available at all sorts of outlets besides Asda we expect for a mere ........ eh, who cares what it costs......... we want one - NOW!

Cover of the souvenier photo collection for the F.A. Trophy 2002. Photograph © Stewart Bratherton & Ciderspace.
On sale now - The Official Yeovil Town Football Club F.A. Umbro Trophy Souvenir Photo Magazine.



Thurs 20th June 2002
Johnson To Look At 'Six Or Seven' Triallists In Pre-Season

Thought YTFC's squad was more-or-less settled for the coming season? You may have to think again - Yeovil boss Gary Johnson is going to be running the rule over "six or seven" triallists over the pre-season matches. Speaking to the Western Gazette, Johnson said, "There are always triallists and we have six or seven coming down for pre-season but it will take a very good player to disrupt the squad I have at the moment. The players I have brought in and the players I am hoping to bring in take us up a little notch but I am very happy with the squad I have at the moment."

As reported on these pages on June 4th, one player Johnson does seem very keen to add to his squad is 25-year-old striker Abdoulai Demba, available on a free transfer when his contract with his current club, KV Ostend of Belgium, runs out at the end of the month. "We are at the discussion stage" said Johnson, "but I am interested in him and he is interested in us. He is on holiday at the moment and we have agreed to meet up when he gets back and take it from there. I am always looking to strengthen the squad and he could do just that."

The Glovers will be taking a 22-man squad on their Latvian tour and will be based at the same training camp at the same time as the Latvian national side who will be preparing for a friendly match with Azerbaijan. "I have a 22-man squad that I'm taking out there," said Johnson, "and I have written to them saying I expect them to do some preparation before we meet up on July 1st. The Latvian teams are midway through their season at the moment and will be fit and ready so we have got to make sure we are as well. It is a training camp for us but we will be looking to take in a bit of culture as well. It is a lovely country and we should have enough time to see a few of the sights." The tour kicks off on Fri 5th July with a match v Skonto Riga, followed by games against FK Ventspils and FK Auda.

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Thurs 20th June 2002
Commemorative FA Trophy Colour Magazine Available (just don't tell anyone)

With thanks to Blue Stew who spotted the news on a poster in ASDA, it appears that Carl Alford, Colin Pluck and Michael McIndoe, will be in the ASDA Superstore on Preston Road on Friday (21st June) between 1430-1530 signing the new 48-page glossy magazine that the club has produced on the route to the trophy final - a "photographic record of the lead up to and the winning of the FA Umbro Trophy" according to the advert placed on the back of this week's Western Gazette; though the club itself hasn't yet seen fit to issue a press release concerning the availability of the magazine.

The price of the magazine is £2.50, presumably available from the club shop.

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Wed 19th June 2002
Non-league Sticks Its Head In The Sand

The long awaited restructuring of Non-league football has arrived - or rather it hasn't! The F.A. had been working on its master plan for the last two years, but come the crunch the ostriches, mindful of their own perceived immediate interests and petty little fiefdoms, have basically voted for no change. The full set of five proposals can be read here on Ciderspace, and we reported on 28th April that these had been reduced to two, options C and D.

The F.A. and the Conference were strongly in favour of a major reorganization through option C, but the Isthmian League in particular has vigorously campaigned to maintain the status quo. In the first ballot, when all five options were being considered, we believe about 40% of clubs voted for option D. In the second 'run-off' ballot between the two most popular options we haven't yet seen any figures, but it appears that a majority of clubs went for minimal change.

In our opinion, with the victory of 2 up / 2 down between the Nationwide Football League and the Nationwide Conference so recently obtained, an opportunity for the continuing reform and modernisation of the structure of the pyramid in England has been thrown away. Parochialism rules. One thing of further interest will be whether the Conference resurrects its earlier threat to cut the Isthmian League out and try to go to a two feeder rather than three feeder system unilaterally. The Southern League was openly prepared to go down this path, whilst the Northern League was more cautious but clearly worried that they might be left behind if they simply opposed such a move. However the Conference owes the F.A. for 2 up / 2 down big time, so it seems unlikely any policy that the F.A. disapproves of is likely to be pursued in the immediate future. Then again, privately behind the scenes how much would the F.A. disapprove such a move...........?

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Wed 19th June 2002
Getting The Pitchure

At work on the pitch
At work in front of the Main Stand.

Ciderspace has secured some pictures of the work currently taking place on the Huish Park pitch, thanks to our ahem.... anonymous source. The present set of contractors are just finishing the installation of the automated irrigation system, and should be off the site by Friday.

The next set of contractors are due to move in on Monday. Their task will be to prepare the pitch, adding 1450 tons of sand and restoring the soil, before seeding commences. Ciderspace is given to understand that the process of creating a new pitch at Huish Park is around four to six weeks behind the hoped for schedule if the weather had been kinder.

Westland Terrace End
The drainage in front of the Westland Terrace, with the sprinkler system visible.



Thurs 13th June 2002
New Season's Fixtures Released

The full fixture list for the forthcoming Conference season has been released and the Glovers begin with a home fixture against new boys Gravesend (Sat 17th August), followed by two away trips to Barnet (Tues 20th) and Morecambe (Sat 24th) before entertaining Nuneaton on Bank Holiday Monday (Mon 26th).

As usual Forest Green Rovers provide the opposition over the Christmas holiday period, Yeovil travelling to The Lawn on Boxing Day (Thurs 26th Dec) with Rovers making the return journey on New Years Day (Weds 1st Jan 2003).

The Glovers face a tough-looking run-in, with the likes of Scarborough, Doncaster Rovers, Dagenham & Redbridge and Chester providing the opposition at the end of the season. No dates for the play-off fixtures have been released as yet.

Yeovil's entire fixture list for the season can be found online here.

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Tues 11th June 2002
Jolly Green Giant On His Bike

On Sunday 16th June 2002, Yeovil Town Football Club's official mascot, the Jolly Green Giant, will be participating in the Taunton to Bridgwater Canalathon in aid of the charity Brainwave.

The Jolly Green Giant will be cycling the 17km course and would like to thank the Cycle Centre of Yeovil for their kind loan of a bicycle along with SMV Commercials for supplying a van. So far over £500 has been pledged and the Jolly Green Giant would like to thank everyone who has donated money to the campaign. Anybody wishing to pledge money should contact Shaun Small at the club on 01935 423662 or drop in to the main office.

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Sun 9th June 2002
Taylor On The Mend

As reported previously on Ciderspace, legendary former Yeovil striker Dave Taylor suffered a suspected heart attack whilst working at Hatfield last week. We are delighted to have been informed that Dave has now been discharged from Harefield Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery - our best wishes go to him, his family and his friends. It really is good news week!

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Sat 8th June 2002
F.A. Cup And Trophy Dates

Despite suggestions coming out of the Conference AGM that the F.A. Trophy Final was to be moved earlier to create space for the play-offs this doesn't appear to have come to fruition. However the placing of the F.A. Cup back at the end of the season has occurred as expected, with the Premiership ending on the 10th of May. The competition dates for the 2002-03 season are as follows:

F.A. Trophy
Sat 2nd November, FA Trophy Round 1
Sat 30th November, FA Trophy Round 2
Sat 11th January, FA Trophy Round 3 (Conference clubs enter)
Sat 1st February, FA Trophy Round 4
Sat 22nd February, FA Trophy Round 5
Sat 15th March, FA Trophy Round 6 (quarter-finals)
Sat 5th April, FA Trophy semi-finals, 1st leg
Sat 12th April, FA Trophy semi-finals, 2nd leg
Sun 18th May, FA Trophy Final

F.A. Cup
Sat 24th August, FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
Sat 31st August, FA Cup Preliminary Round
Sat 14th September, FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round
Sat 28th September, FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round
Sat 12th October, FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round
Sat 26th October, FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round (Conference clubs enter)
Sat 16th November, FA Cup 1st Round (proper)
Sat 7th December, FA Cup 2nd Round
Sat 4th January, FA Cup 3rd Round
Sat 25th January, FA Cup 4th Round
Sat 15th February, FA Cup 5th Round
Sat 8th March, FA Cup 6th Round (quarter-finals)
Sun 13th April, FA Cup semi-finals
Sat 17th May, FA Cup Final

The LDV Vans Trophy Final is scheduled for Sunday 6th April.

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Sat 8th June 2002
2-Up 2-Down Is Confirmed For Next Season!

Amazing, but true - the turkey's have, finally, voted for Christmas! The 72 Football League chairmen have approved an extra promotion/relegation place between the Conference and Division Three next season.

The decision comes as a result of an increased compensation package for Division 3 clubs amounting to £6 million over the next five years: All Third Division clubs will receive £50,000 at the start of each of the five seasons as compensation for the risk of losing their League status. The two promoted clubs will receive £35,000 while parachute payments will be made to the two relegated clubs for one season.

Football League chief executive David Burns said: "Twelve months ago this step was rejected because of the absence of a suitable financial package. I am very glad to say that this is no longer the case and I would like to thank the Football Association for the role they have played in bringing this matter to a successful conclusion.

"I would also like to pay tribute to John Moules, the chief executive of the Nationwide Conference, for his sensible and consistent approach to negotiating and acceptable resolution. The Conference has been a national league for over 20 years with crowds now averaging over 1,500. There is no doubt that this extra promotion place will enable it to enhance and add to its appeal and this can only be good for football as a whole."

With the Conference champions next season being promoted automatically the Conference will now introduce play-off's to decide the 2nd promotion spot, with the clubs finishing from 2nd to 5th in the league competing in a knock-out system similar to those in use in Divisions One, Two and Three. Conference chief executive John Moules said, "I am thrilled that a lot of hard work over the last few years has come to fruition and that next season we look forward to introducing play-offs for the first time. The champions will automatically go up and the next four clubs will go into a play-off. There will be two-legged semi-finals and a single-legged final."

However, only clubs whose grounds pass Football League regulations will be permitted to be either automatically promoted as champions or to enter the play-off system. League spokesman John Nagle said: "In order to be promoted you have to have your ground up to scratch. The Conference have already put this into their rules and regulations which says that in order to get into the play-off and compete for the second place you have to have your ground up to scratch anyway. Only clubs who have their grounds up to scratch will compete in the Conference play-offs for that second place and they will be able to go for promotion. But if you look at it now, out of the 22 clubs in the Conference that's 14 or 15 now that have their grounds up to scratch. So it really is less of a problem now than it's been. There's just a few where there are still problems."

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Fri 7th June 2002
2-Up 2-Down Vote Expected This Weekend

The 72 chairmen of the Football League clubs meet in London tomorrow (Saturday) to vote on a proposal to introduce 2-up 2-down promotion/relegation between Division 3 and the Conference for next season. A £6 million compensation deal for 3rd Division clubs has been agreed between the Conference, FA and Football League - all that remains now is for League chairmen to approve the deal in a formal vote on Saturday.

Glovers chairman John Fry said to the Western Gazette: "I have said before that it [1-up/1-down] is one of the greatest injustices in British sport and if the move does get the go-ahead it will not be before time. We are always positive about things and we are positive this resolution will be adopted. The standard of football and the amount of finance in the Conference has risen considerably over the past few years. We must match that with an increase in promotion places."

Whether the chairmen actually do agree to bring in 2-up/2-down is problematic however. It was thought this time last season that a similar vote would be a formality - in the event the proposal was rejected almost unanimously. It remains to be seen whether the extra compensation package offered this time around will be enough to convince league clubs to agree to the change, though the bad publicity generated by the FA's investigation into alleged financial irregularities at Conference champions Boston United will not have helped matters.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW part 764:

Two former Glovers, Ben Smith and Jamie Pitman have reversed the recent trend and joined Conference rivals Hereford United. Midfielder Smith was offered a month-to-month contract by 3rd Division Southend after a season ruined by injury, but turned that down in favour of the security of the year-long deal offered by the Bulls. Utility man Pitman has also had a bad time with injuries during his 2 years at Woking and was released by the Surrey club at the end of the season. Still living in Hereford, the ex-Bull returns to Edgar Street after signing a 12-month deal.

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Wed 5th June 2002
Dave Taylor Seriously Ill

News has reached Ciderspace that one of the all-time great players in Yeovil Town's history, Dave Taylor, is seriously ill in hospital. Dave suffered a heart attack last Thursday, and has undergone major surgery. Dave played for Yeovil from 1960-1969, making 436 appearances and scoring 285 goals, including an amazing sixty in his first season. He remains without doubt the most successful and prolific striker to play for Yeovil Town post-war, and was top scorer in seven of his nine seasons at Huish.

Dave has continued to live in the area since his retirement from football. We sincerely hope he achieves a full recovery, and our thoughts are with him, his family and his friends at this desperate time.

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Tues 4th June 2002
Our Man From Mali?

Abdoulai Demba
Abdoulai Demba
Photo © KV Oostende Website
Gary Johnson has continued to pursue his interest in Belgian striker Abdoulai Demba from KV Oostende, as first brought to your attention by Ciderspace on March 28th. The 25-year-old striker had a trial at Huish Park last season along with Francis Kumbur. Demba scored in a trial match against Wessex League side Portland United on March 27th 2002, a match the Glovers won 5-3. Kumbur was the player actually available then, and was signed till the end of the season, but at the time Gary said he intended to keep on tracking Demba. The manager has clearly done so as he is quoted as saying:

We're still talking with his agent and he's keen to join us. But at the moment he's still involved in play-offs in Belgium.

Demba was born in Mali on 2nd November, 1976. He is six foot one-and-a-half inches tall. He joined Third Division KV Oostende at the start of last season on a one year contract from El Kahlij of the United Arab Emirates. KV Oostende finished third in their division, and then got through two rounds of the play-offs before losing in the final on May 25th. In the latest player stats available on their site Demba was top scorer with 9 goals from 15 games, and had picked up one yellow and one red card, up to mid March. As an EU citizen a work permit is not an issue.

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Sun 2nd June 2002
Yeovil Trio Make Team of the Year

The Nationwide Conference annual awards were made at the AGM at Stratford-upon-Avon last weekend, with the top two, Boston United and Dagenham & Redbridge, dominating proceedings; but Yeovil Town's season was not forgotten. The F.A. Umbro Trophy was re-presented to Glover's chairman John Fry and manager Gary Johnson by Umbro Sports marketing manager, Duncan Thomson.

Manager of the Year : Steve Evans (Boston United) and Garry Hill (Dagenham & Redbridge)

Golden Boot : Darryl Clare (Boston United)

Player of the Year : Darryl Clare (Boston United)

Team of the Year :
Tony Roberts (Dagenham & Redbridge)
Mark Clifford (Boston United)
Terry Skiverton (Yeovil Town)
Greg Heald (Barnet)
Anthony Tonkin (Yeovil Town)
Jamie Paterson (Doncaster Rovers)
Paul Terry (Dagenham & Redbridge)
Simon Weatherstone (Boston United)
Mark Stein (Dagenham & Redbridge)
Darryl Clare (Boston United)
Adam Stansfield (Yeovil Town)

PASE Scholar of the Year : Nicholas Horne (Southport)

Fair Play Team of the Year : Nuneaton Borough

Programme of the Year : Woking

The congratulations of Ciderspace to all concerned.

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Sat 1st June 2002
Praying For An England Win?

We've received the following mail from list member and longtime YTFC fan Phil Allen. Phil writes:

As you might know, I work at the Elim Church, Southville, Yeovil and my boss Rev Jim Pearce is the club YTFC Chaplain.

We happened upon the idea a few weeks back that we could reorganise our service times and still screen the England V Sweden game.

I wonder if you'd be kind enough to post that we have made arrangements for a BIG SCREEN showing (approx 12ft x 10ft) with FREE Coffee and Donuts available and FREE admission. One variation which seems quite exclusive, is that its a Non-Smoking and Alcohol-Free Zone, which is also safe to bring children too. It is our way of reaching the public/community in a way that is relative and with the facility to hold 200 people in comfort environment, it might just appeal to those who want to watch an England match without the smoke-filled atmosphere.

It is something that we might continue throughout the tournament if (A) sufficient bodies turn up and (B) depending on Englands' progress through the tournament.

Thanks for reading Phil Allen
Administrator, Southville Church

If you are interested in attending, a reminder that the kick-off time for the England v Sweden game is 10.30am, Sunday morning.

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