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Thurs 31st August 2000
Local Press Review - The Clarion & The Gazette

With the Clarion going to press early Hat Harry misses all the stories this week. Ahhh! He's enthusiastic about the Hednesford performance and less so about that at Haig Avenue. Not exactly controversial stuff. Doom - what doom? is the message.

The Gazette's main item is the Adrian Foster story. Steve Cotton writes that Fozzie has been told he can leave on a free. (If correct this continues the bizarre policy Yeovil Town has adopted in recent months of not putting a price on anyone leaving the club, even when they are still under contract.) Foster is quoted as saying:"The manager has said I can go and obviously I am disappointed. But I have got absolutely nothing against him. He is the manager and he makes the decisions. I will not slag him off because I may be a manager one day and I might need advice from him. The last thing I would want to do is upset the gaffer because he could have put me in the reserves for the rest of the season. As it is, he does not want a fee for me. I am obviously very disappointed because I really looked forward to going back to full-time football. But he cannot guarantee me first-team football and I do not want to be sitting on the bench or playing in the reserves."
The Gazette speculates that Fozzie could indeed be in the starting line-up at Huish Park for the first time this season by next week - as Colin Lippiatt could step in for him.

The Gazette's other main item concerns the appearance of Yeovil Town in this season's Auto Windscreens Trophy. They list us amongst eight clubs, though as far as Ciderspace knows this has not been officially settled, and won't be until a meeting between the League and the Conference scheduled for next week.

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Thurs 31st August 2000
Robbo On The Lose Again.

Graham Roberts - rarely out of the news.
Graham Roberts - rarely out of the news.
One might think it difficult to generate headlines at Ryman Third Division Hertford Town but Ex-Yeovil Town manager Graham Roberts is rarely out of the news for something or other. Robbo has resigned as manager of the Hertfordshire club amid a storm about severe financial problems. Never a man to use one word where a hundred will do Roberts is quoted as saying:
"It had become a real struggle to manage the side. The club do not attract the gates to justify the players that we had signed. So I couldn't achieve what I wanted to. I felt we could definitely get promoted this season, and I had one or two more players who were going to come in as well. The wage bill wasn't that high. But I found I worked all summer without being paid. And there was a bit of feeling around the place, with players wondering whether they were going to get paid or not. Certain things happened after Saturday's game against Lewes. In the end, I was running around trying to find the players' wages. In the last six weeks, I've cut the pitch, I've laid the kit out before the games, I've been physio, I've been bottle man, I've pumped the balls up and I've paid the referees. It got to the stage where I just couldn't take anymore. It was a shambles. And at the end of it, the players could see what was happening. I think I've learned a lot lately. All my mistakes have come in that period. But that's life - you get on with it. It's been a distressing six weeks. Not just for me, but for all the people that help at the club. It's a shame really, because Hertford could go forward."

He continued:
"I know I can do a job for somebody, but whether they want me or not is up to them. I love football that much - it's in my blood. But I find at the moment it's not what you know about football, it's who you know. I'm just going to have a break now. I'll go around and watch a few games. I'll be doing some scouting for a pro club. I'll keep my eyes and ears open and just see what comes around."

In what appears to be yet another example of a football chairman long on mouth and short on reality Mike Schulze was talking things up at Hertingfordbury Park last season, promising to pour money in and rocket the club up the pyramid. Roberts was brought in as manager as part of these ambitious plans.

Since leaving Huish Park controversially Robbo has had brief times at Chesham, Slough and now Hertford. All ended in less than amicable circumstances.

Our thanks to James Parsons for bringing this story to our attention.

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< Wed 30th August 2000
Barrington Gets His Hat-Trick.

As the Official Site, where Internet MOTM results are usually carried, team are both away (skivers) at present we'll put a brief summary of the voting for the Southport and Hednesford games here until normal service resumes. Very few votes from Saturday, though there were quite a lot of us there. Possibly the performance, the result and a very tight polling deadline deterred people. Forty -eight votes were cast for the Hednesford game.

Southport at Haig Avenue:

Tony Pennock 3
Barrington Belgrave 2
Terry Skiverton 1
Paul Steele 1
Match rating: 5.5

Hednesford at Huish Park:

Barrington Belgrave 21
Nick Crittenden 11
Tony Pennock 6
Anthony Tonkin 5
James Bent 3
Darren Way 2
Match rating: 8.1

This is Belgrave's third MOTM award in the first four games of the season.



Tues 29th August 2000
Fozzie On His Way?

Is Foster on his way out from Huish Park?
Is Foster on his way out from Huish Park?
Striker Adrian Foster could have played his last ever game for Yeovil Town. The popular hard-working striker has, according to informed sources, been told that he can find another club. The decision is believed to be wholly amicable.

The ex-Rushden & Diamonds man has generally been stuck to the bench so far this season, although the move is believed to have been instigated by David Webb, as opposed to Foster himself. Foster remains under a contract, and so would have to show willing to move from a town that he has only just moved into.

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Tuesday 29th August 2000
Auto Windscreens On The Way to Huish?

Official confirmation came last Friday that some Conference clubs will be taking part in this season's Auto Windscreens Shield. A formal letter from The Football League invited eight Conference clubs to participate. Only Chester City, as last year's relegated club from the League, are named. There is to be a meeting between The Football League and The Conference early in September to finalise other details.

There have been strong rumours for several months that qualification will be through winning the Conference League Cup (last season called the Nationwide Macmillan Trophy), which would mean Doncaster Rovers, and the teams placed from 2-7 in the 1999-2000 league table. Any entry to the competition will almost certainly be dependent on the meeting of League ground criteria however.

Yeovil Town's 7th place and the 'A' grading of Huish Park should thus see us qualify for the competition. Also not in the release, but strongly rumoured, is that the draw will guarantee all Conference clubs face League opposition in the first round.



Monday 28th August 2000
Back To The Future.

After the disappointing performance at Southport on Saturday manager David Webb had the players in for training on Sunday. Probably a more effective sign of his displeasure than any screaming and tea-cup throwing in the dressing room is ever likely to be. The team that started against Hednesford was the same as the starting eleven against Southport except that Roy O'Brien replaced Ben Smith, who has a slight ligament strain from Saturday. The match was won comfortably and 4-2 flattered the visitors, with one of their goals coming from a wicked deflection of a shot Tony Pennock was saving with ease and the other from the second of their two penalties awarded by the eccentric Mr Kettle. Pennock saved it, as he had the first, but the ball was bundled in in the subsequent scramble.

The performance reinforced the hope that we are on the right track in building and developing a side that will win things in the future, in the next couple of seasons if not this. Nuneaton are likely to provide a sterner test on September 2nd, and another measure of how far we have come under the new regime and how far we still have to go.

The official site's match report can be found here.

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Sun 27th August 2000
Farewell to Murray?

Murray Fishlock receiving his player of the season award from the G&WSC in 1999
Murray Fishlock receiving his player of the season award from the G&WSC in 1999.
Murray Fishlock's time with Yeovil Town seems likely to be at an end. Murray had desperate bad luck with injury that kept him out for almost the whole of last season. Those who were at The Crabble when he was attempting a come-back will never forget the sad scenes as he was stretchered off in agony part way through the first half.

Murray did appear for a training session back in July but has not been seen at the club since. His contractual term at the club has ended and the presumption appears to be that the parting of the ways has arrived. Murray was an excellent player, much missed at Edgar Street when he came to us, and in turn will be much missed by the fans at Huish Park. He was voted Player of the Season in his first year here by both the G&WSC and the Western Gazette. Ciderspace wishes him well for whatever the future holds.

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Sun 27th August 2000
Bad Day At Southport.

One of the longer journeys of the season saw Yeovil Town at Southport on Saturday. The first half was goaless but did not inspire confidence in the 100-150 fans who had made the trip. Worst fears were realised as the home side added goals to their overall dominance in the second period. The ultimate 3-0 margin was not unfair. After two good opening performances and results this will be a bit of the shock to the system. Southport were the best side we've played so far this season and we were found wanting in a number of areas. Let's hope the team learns positively from it and tries to address some of the weaknesses revealed.

The official site's match report can be found here.

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Wed 23rd August 2000
Glovers Go 2 Down, But Storm Back To Win At Woking!

Jamie Pitman receives his Internet player of the season award from former team-mate Warren Patmore
Jamie Pitman receives his Internet player of the season award from former team-mate Warren Patmore. "Blimey, Wazz - you've lost some weight."
Yeovil Town went joint top of the embryonic Conference table last night after a sensational comeback over Woking, the team managed by former Glovers boss Colin Lippiatt and featuring 3 ex-Yeovil players: Matt Hayfield, Kevan Brown and Jamie Pitman. The Cards were 2-0 up after only 11 minutes, a Steve West diving header and a 20-yard effort from Mark Watson raising fears amongst the estimated 500-strong travelling support that a repeat of last May's 3-0 debacle against Woking was on the, er, cards.

However Barrington Belgrave pulled one back before half-time following a fumble by Woking keeper Mark Ormerod to steady the ship; and in the second half the momentum swung Yeovil's way with Anthony Tonkin equalising and Ben Smith striking the winner with a volley from outside the area. 3-2 to Yeovil. The official site's match report can be found here.

Following the game, former Glover Jamie Pitman was presented with his YTFC Internet Fans' Player Of The Season Trophy for his performances during the 1999/2000 season with Yeovil. Jamie, now a Woking player, was presented with his award by 1998/99 winner Warren Patmore in the Kingfield bar after the game (see photo above).

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Sun 20th August 2000
10-Man Glovers Too Good For Kettering

Yeovil Town won the first game of the new Conference season at Huish Park yesterday, beating Kettering Town 2-0. Last season's reserve team top scorer James Bent put the Glovers 1-0 up after 20 minutes, but the home side suffered a setback when midfielder Roy O'Brien was red-carded on the half-hour mark. Despite that Yeovil increased their lead on 61 minutes when Barrington Belgrave capped a fine individual performance with the decisive goal. A full match report can be found on the official site.

It emerged after the game that manager Dave Webb has now released goalkeeper Jason Matthews after the keeper failed to agree a contract with the club. However, former Norwich City midfielder Darren Way signed a deal with club on Friday, making his Yeovil debut as a substitute in yesterday's game.

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Thurs 17th August 2000
Local Press Review

This week's Yeovil Express and Western Gazette lead on different stories. The Express concentrates on who is likely to play in goal on Saturday in the season's opening game v Kettering, and plumps firmly for Tony Pennock. The paper reports that manager Dave Webb has had 'clear-the-air' talks with Pennock following the Welshman's well-publicised row with the manager before the Everton game last week.

According to the Express, Webb accused the player of being "unprofessional" for walking out of the club before the Everton game, but following the 'clear-the-air' talks between the two their relationship has improved considerably. Webb is quoted as saying: "I have had a meeting with him about things. He is contracted to this club and if I told him to go out and play tiddleywinks in his goalkeeping strip then that is what I would expect him to do, even though I obviously wouldn't ask him to do that! Tony hasn't done anything wrong, but I'm looking at having 3 full-time keepers. He has played well and performed well for the reserves on Saturday."

Both the Express and the Gazette report that manager Webb refused to say for certain who would wear the no.1 jersey against Kettering, but hinted that he thought Chris Weale would develop into "an excellent keeper", albeit one who was not quite ready for regular Conference action yet. He also made clear that the situation with Jason Matthews refusing to sign a contract and playing for Nuneaton and Taunton over the last 7 days was "not ideal". All of which would seem to point to Tony Pennock starting on Saturday.

In other news both papers report that midfielder and former Chelsea young player of the year Nick Crittenden has signed a 2-year contract at Huish Park; and former Bristol Rovers central defender Tom White has signed a 3-month deal. According to the Express, manager David Webb is still looking to add to the squad, particularly up front, saying, "The priority for me at the moment is that we need that cutting edge in going forward... We are missing it at the moment.I know what we've got in-house and I feel it would be nice if we had a bit more. I have got a budget which I feel is pretty good compared to other teams at this level and I have left myself room to bring more players in. I want a few more players who can give us an alternative."

The Gazette has bad news for those who don't like club chairman John Fry, or alternatively excellent news for Mr Fry's admirers. Stop moaning, I'm here to stay says Fry is the paper's slightly bizarre main headline, the story going on to say that the chairman has sold his house near Bath and is moving to Yeovil to be near to the club. At the risk of getting yet another irate email from the paper's workaholic staff, I have to say that no-one was seriously expecting the chairman to resign, were they?

Again, in their inside section the paper seems slightly out-of-touch, featuring as they do the Everton debacle and complaints that the Premiership side didn't bring the quality of team people were expecting. All very true and yes, the episode was handled poorly, but it all happened eight days ago now. With the new season beginning in two days, isn't it time to move on?

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Tues 15th August 2000
Time For The Real Thing!

Yeovil Town completed their extensive programme of pre-season friendlies last night, drawing 2-2 with Dr Martens Premier side Weymouth in an uninspiring game in front of a crowd of 637. The official website's match report can be found by clicking here.

The main talking point to come out of the evening was the return of goalkeeper Tony Pennock to first team action after last week's Clarion 2000 report of him being released by the club. The Welsh semi-pro international also played for the reserves at Melksham on Saturday in the 2-1 victory there, so it seems that rumours of his demise were somewhat exaggerated - for the time beng at least! This weeks's Clarion reports that he has been given permission to talk to League of Wales side Barry Town.

Pennock received a huge ovation when substituted with just under 20 minutes to go in the match last night, but the future of his possible replacement, Jason Matthews, is still unclear. Matthews trialled for Conference rivals Nuneaton last week and has reportedly been offered a part-time contract by them, and he also guested for Taunton Town in their 2-2 draw with Paulton Rovers on Saturday.

Meanwhile, in a very welcome development today's edition of the Clarion reports that midfielder Nick Crittenden has agreed to sign for Yeovil, despite offers from some unnamed league clubs. Central defender Tom White has also been offered a contract according to the paper, which he is considering. The paper reports that manager Dave Webb is still looking for "a couple more players - watch this space."

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Fri 11th August 2000
Matthews Trials For Nuneaton

Yeovil Town's trialist goalkeeper Jason Matthews made his debut for Nuneaton Borough last night, as he gave himself options amidst rumours that he is not currently willing to sign a contract at Huish Park.

Matthews, who was expected to be Yeovil Town's first choice goalkeeper this season - ahead of out of favour mainstay Tony Pennock - played in a 1-4 home defeat against Barnsley. Boro internet match reports describe Matthews' performance as "nervous" meaning that there can be no certainty that Nuneaton will look to move in for the former Exeter City goalkeeper on a more permanent basis.

However, the news of Matthews' temporary defection will doubtless cause concern at Huish Park. With Pennock's future far from certain, Yeovil could face Kettering Town in eight days time with last season's Youth Team goalkeeper - 18 year old Chris Weale - being placed between the sticks, resulting in the player virtually bypassing any sort of progression through the reserve team ranks.

However, additional rumours suggest that Webb is already making inquiries about a goalkeeper currently on Southampton's books, believed to be their current third choice. No details of the goalkeeper in question are currently forthcoming.

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Thurs 10th August 2000
Local Press Review - The Clarion & The Gazette

This week's edition of the Clarion 2000 leads with an exclusive - the paper claims that long-serving keeper Tony Pennock has finally been released by Yeovil Town after months of speculation about his future. The paper bemoans Tony's departure, saying, "As probably the best keeper on Yeovil’s books for the last ten years Pennock should have nothing to prove. Tony was the supporters choice as Player of the year last year and Fat Harry’s player of 1999. He has consistently been the saviour for Yeovil over the last few seasons and only his well publicised mistake against Cardiff has really let him down. All at Clarion 2000 wish Tony success at his new club. Their gain will definitely be Yeovil’s loss."

The club denied Pennock had been released on Tuesday of this week, but rumours were rife at Huish Park last night that the Welshman has indeed been shown the door. We await a definitive statement on the affair either confirming or denying Tony's departure.

Fat Harry concludes his interview with chairman John Fry on the club's future direction, click here to read the whole piece. Amongst the claims the chairman makes is that, "When Colin Lippiatt was here we made a loss of around £120,000 on players transfers. I know this bloke [David Webb] isn’t going to make the same mistakes. We’ve had to absorb that loss which could have been put to much better use. We’ve also ended up with no assets." No doubt Colin made some bad buys - Paul McGrath and Chris Sparks spring to mind - but it is well known that one of the reason for his unhappiness at Huish Park towards the end of his time here was boardroom interference in bringing in players to the club over his head and without his knowledge. It is disingenuous for the chairman to blame Colin Lippiatt entirely for the alleged loss - the Yeovil board are equally guilty.

This week's edition of the Western Gazette features an 8-page pull-out on the new season at Yeovil Town, with features on the first team, reserves, youth team and the ladies team. There are interviews with David Webb and reserve and youth team bosses Maurice O'Donnell and Stuart Housley, plus many of the players at Huish Park.

The Gazette is also offering the chance for under 15's to gain free admission for the opening game of the Conference season v Kettering on 19th August providing they are accompanied by one paying adult and cut out a coupon from the paper.

This column is fast enough out of the blocks to condemn the Gazette when we feel they get things wrong, so it's only fair we should praise them when they get something right - the supplement is well written and informative and is well worth a read throughout.

Away from the supplement, there's an intriguing little article buried away in the middle pages relating to the newly-formed - and somewhat enigmatic as yet - Official Supporters Association. According to the paper the OSA - acting chairman someone called John Fry, whoever he is - plan to distribute 2,000 leaflets at the match v Kettering on August 19th, outlining the Association's aims, top of the agenda being regular communication with directors to discuss issues surrounding the club. According to the paper annual membership of the OSA will be free to affiliated organisations, £2 to everyone else, £3 for families. Affiliated organisations are not named by the the paper. This one could run and run......

Finally, the Gazette reports on the Muir family's outrage on the news that the man found guilty of ex-Yeovil Town footballer Paul Muir's manslaughter has been given a sentence of 2 years at the Old Bailey in London. This news puts everything that has happened at the club this week into perspective. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Paul's family and friends.

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(We Got Those) Second-String Blues

Despite promising initially to send their first-team, Premiership giants Everton duly reneged on their commitment and sent out a virtual reserve side onto the hallowed turf of Huish Park last night. The crowd of 4,750 who had paid £9 full price to see the likes of Paul Gascoigne play were underwhelmed in response, more noise coming from the players on the pitch than the stands and terraces.

Triallist and Cameroon intenational Samuel Ipoua scored the only goal of the game in the 76th minute, a simple tap in. The official site's match report is online here.

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Tues 8th August 2000
Everton To Field Reserves At Huish Park

The following item has been drawn to our attention from the Official Everton FC Website :
RESERVES GIVEN RUN-OUT

Everton manager Walter Smith will field a second string X1 for the final game of the West Country tour at Yeovil on Wednesday evening.

The senior member's of the Blues' squad have now returned to the North-West, where they will be given 48 hours off before returning to prepare for the final pre-season game against Manchester City at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Wednesday's match at Huish Park will be the perfect chance for some of the fringe players to impress on Assistant boss Archie Knox, who will take charge in the absence of the Goodison Chief.

Michael Ball, Richard Dunne, Scot Gemmill and Steve Simonsen are all set to start, as is trialist Samuel Ipoua, who has joined up with the Blues for the next seven days.

Currently on the books at Toulose [sic], the Cameroon striker has a French passport which will allow him to play in the game against the non-league opposition. Ipoua clocked up 27 appearances for his club last season, scoring 8 goals in the process.

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Number Nineteen - Lucky For Some!

Approximately 450 fans turned out last night to watch a Yeovil XI sweep away Yeovil League side Martock 19-0 in a charity match celebrating the village club's 50th anniversary. All proceeds went towards the Somerset and Dorset Air Ambulance Trust. A brief report can be found on the official website here.

Meanwhile Wednesday evening's pre-season friendly opponents Everton warmed up for their big game in their South-West tour by disposing of Division 3 outfit Plymouth Argyle last night in a 5-0 win, former Spurs and England hero Paul Gascoigne scoring a trademark wonder goal from 40 yards. The Merseysiders also defeated perennial Division 3 strugglers Exeter City 4-1 on Saturday, so West Country football fans will be looking to the Glovers to uphold the pride of the region on Wednesday evening and give the Toffees a sticky time.

On a more serious note, the club are urging fans to arrive early at Huish Park tomorrow evening. A large crowd is expected and no advance tickets are available. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

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Sat 5th August 2000
Fine Friendly Form Continues

Yeovil Town completed their their third friendly win in a week - albeit all three against lower league opposition - when they beat Wessex League side Wimborne Town 2-5 yesterday evening. The side contained current trialists Nick Crittenden and Tom White, but also featured the return on trial of forward Stafford Browne, who made 4 substitute appearances for Yeovil last season before being released by the club.

And Browne also featured on the score-sheet, putting the Glovers 1-0 up in the 21st minute. Terry Skiverton, Warren Patmore and Ben Smith made it 0-4 by half-time, Smith added a penalty in response to 2 Wimborne eforts in the second half. A full match report is available on the club's official website.

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Thurs 3rd August 2000
Erection 2000 News

Club chairman John Fry has told a meeting of the Erection 2000 Committee that work on the long-awaited terrace roof will not begin before the club has heard from the Football Foundation that its application for a £250,000 grant has been successful. The Foundation is due to make its decision on the grant in September.

The appeal committee has so far raised £15,000 towards the new roof, plus has instigated a £50,000 donation from GKN Westland Helicopters.

E2000 Committee chairman Steve Sowden said, "We have all worked very hard to raise the money since the appeal was lanched in April of last year and it is about time that we actually began to see something happen. I do truly wish that Mr Fry would tell the fans what is actually happening. At the moment I am the one who is getting stick from supporters about the lack of activity, when in actual fact the project is now very much in the hands of the club."

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Local Press Review - The Express

This week's edition of the Yeovil Express leads with the headline Away fans are banned, referring to the club's decision to bar away supporters from the social club bar at Huish Park from this season. According to the paper the move is due to the new license only allowing a maximum of 80 people in the bar at one time - clearly inadequate for Yeovil supporters, never mind away fans as well.

The Express reports that the club are now informing visiting clubs of the change and are recommending that away fans visit pubs close to the ground, such as the Hungry Horse on Preston Road or the Arrow on Abbey Manor Park. YTISA chairman Mark Kelly is quoted as saying, "I just hope that clubs don't now ban us [Yeovil fans] from entering their social club bars because part of the away day experience is meeting rival supporters and having a chat with them about football."

Talking of the YTISA, the Express reports that with the new season 2 weeks away the association is already confident that they will surpass the 250-odd members they attracted last season. Chairman Mark Kelly says in the paper, "It seems as if supporters are beginning to realise that the only pro-active group at the club is the independent association. I understand the new Official Supporters Club has a committee generally consisting of Huish Park staff. You don't have to be a genius to work out that if you want to have a say about the club then the independent group is the one to join. The more members we can enrol then the more pressure we can put on the club to listen to our views."

Membership for new joiners is £3.00 which includes a quality members badge, whilst members from last season who do not want an additional badge can renew their membership for just £1.50.

Fans wanting membership forms can either print one from the Ciderspace YTISA Pages, or obtain one from any YTISA Committee Member at any of the forthcoming friendly fixtures. Alternatively, you can write to YTISA, c/o 233, St John's Road, Yeovil, BA21 5QR, Tel: 01935 412236.

Following its heavy criticism of the club last week, the Express reports that its stance has not gone down well with the hierarchy at Huish Park, chairman John Fry being quoted as saying to sports editor Steve Sowden, "Keep your chin up Steve. Be a bit more optmistic about things. It is not all doom and gloom down here." The paper would now like supporters - be they pessimistic or optimistic about the coming season - to write in to let the club know exactly how supporters are feeling about the club's future.

Write to the Yeovil Express, 46, Princess Street, Yeovil, BA20 1EQ. Alternatively the paper can be faxed on 01935 432251, or Steve Sowden can be emailed at peter.greenwood@countygazette.co.uk.

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Local Press Review - The Clarion & The Gazette

The main feature in this week's edition of the Clarion 2000 is editor Fat Harry's interview with club chairman John Fry. In the piece Fry praises manager David Webb, saying, "So far we are impressed with what he is doing. He’s done it all before and we are quite sure he’s on the right track. He’s had a difficult start with his task not made easier by the necessity to off load several players and in some cases at a loss to the club. He has done a remarkable job in the short time he’s been here."

When asked if and when the millionaires on the board will be investing money into the club, the chairman replied: "You could have twenty millionaires at this club but what Dave Webb is trying to do is put a football side in that is within the budgets we have set at this club. We don’t want a situation where if either Norman Hayward or Jon Goddard- Watts were to leave this club then the whole club folds. We have to work to a business plan."

Whether you agree or disagree with these views the full interview is well worth reading and can be found by clicking here. Part two is promised next week.

This week's edition of the Western Gazette leads on the position of goalkeeper Tony Pennock at the club, following his absence from the touring party to Cornwall last weekend. The paper claims that Pennock is 'disillusioned' with his current uncertain status at Huish Park, but manager Dave Webb insists that the first team place at the start of the season proper is still up for grabs, pointing out that Jason Matthews has not as yet signed any deal at Huish Park and could leave at any time.

Elswhere in the Gazette the paper features the charity match between Martock FC and Yeovil Town due to take place next Monday 7th August, kick-off 6.30pm. The paper says that all proceeds from the game, part of the celebrations of Martock's 50th anniversary, will go towards the Somerset and Dorset Air Ambulance Trust.

Finally, Gazette sports editor Richard Briggs has his critical head on again, this time complaining about the prices charged by the club for the various pre-season friendlies at Huish Park and calls for free admission to all friendlies.

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Trialists Feature In Portland Win

Yeovil Town beat Dorset Combination side Portland United 2-8 in the latest pre-season friendly match last night. The goalscorers were Warren Patmore (2), Ben Smith (2), Adrian Foster, Barrington Belgrave, Chris Giles and Nick Crittenden. A match report can be found by clicking here.

Trialists Tom White and Nick Crittenden featured in the game: Central defender White has league experience with Bristol Rovers and played on loan for Hereford in the Conference last season, whilst midfielder Crittenden is a product of the Chelsea youth system. See the official website's news page for confirmation.

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