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Thurs 29th August 2002
Nuneaton MOTM Result

Player MOTM Score
Gavin Williams 35 926
Michael McIndoe 3 353
Terry Skiverton 3 200
Adam Lockwood 1 98
Darren Way - 74
Lee Johnson - 51
Abdoulai Demba - 33
Chris Weale 1 28
Howard Forinton - 19

Overall match rating: 7.3/10
Performance: 6.8
Entertainment: 7.8

43 votes received.

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Thurs 29th August 2002
Forinton's Future Still Undecided

Today's Western Gazette reports that striker Howard Forinton wants to sign on a permanent basis for the Glovers, but manager Gary Johnson has admitted that the budget will not - at present - allow him to make Forinton's position a permanent one.

Speaking to the Gazette, Howard said: "I have been training hard and trying to get myself fit. I was pleased with my goal at Morecambe and am really looking forward to a future here, if there is one. I want to keep my rapport with the fans going by scoring goals."

Johnson however has admitted that he doesn't have funds available to offer the striker a contract, saying: "At the moment we have not got the budget. We have got to do some wheeling and dealing or ducking and diving, whatever you want to call it. At the moment the budget is not there but I cannot worry about that because I need to win football matches. Obviously I have spoken with the board and they know Howard has come in and done well. Howard is a very good finisher and you can see that in training. I think, without blowing our own trumpets, we can get him back to his best. He was sold for £250,000 so he is not a mug and I have seen him at his best."

One complicating factor is the coming weekend's transfer deadline - at least, it's complicating if it applies to the Conference, but incredibly Conference clubs still haven't been told whether it will affect them or not! Speaking to the Yeovil Express, Gary Johnson said: "It is a shambles because although we've asked FIFA whether there are any dispensations for clubs in the Football League and below we are still waiting for an answer," he said. "If there aren't some dispensations sorted many clubs could be in real trouble because they are already working on small squads and it would only take a couple of injuries. It is an unbelievable situation because nobody knows what is going on. Somebody somewhere has had a nightmare."

In other news injured striker Adam Stansfield has been talking about his broken leg and his determination to recover from his injury in time to play at least some part in the season. Speaking to the Western Daily Press, Stansfield said: "The doctor said he didn't think I would play again this season but my aim is to play again. It could be just a few games at the end. If it's sooner then that will be better but I just want to play a part."

According to the WDP Adam goes to have an x-ray on his injured leg next Monday to check that his leg is healing correctly. "It's to make sure the bones are healing straight. I have been told 16 to 20 weeks healing time. Then when the cast is off it will be time to rehabilitate the muscles which will have deteriorated because I won't have been able to exercise them."

In team news for Saturday's Conference match at Kettering the only injury doubt (apart from Stansfield!) is defender Tom White, who is hoping to get his troublesome knee scanned soon. Kim Grant has resumed training and returns to the squad after an injury lay-off.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK (blatantly ripped off from the Yeovil Express!) : "The Nationwide Conference will be won by a footballing team -- not a team of lumpers." - Gary Johnson.

Amen to that.

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Wed 28th August 2002
2002-03 LDV Vans Trophy Details

Some people will sneer at the LDV Vans Trophy, calling it a Mickey Mouse competition and a waste of time - but try telling that to the 2,879 who were at Huish Park last October when Yeovil demolished a full-strength 2nd Division Queens Park Rangers side by a score of three-nil in a superb performance; and then the thousand or so Yeovil fans at the Memorial Stadium a couple of weeks later to watch the Glovers lose 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out to 3rd Division Bristol Rovers following a 1-1 draw after ninety minutes..... No, the LDV Trophy shouldn't perhaps be our highest priority this season, but it's a competition that deserves respect and one that we at Ciderspace are looking forward to this season.

The competition is regionalised right up until the final, held at Cardiff's Millenium Stadium. The Glovers, naturally, are in the Southern Section along with the following clubs:

Division Two: Brentford, Bristol City, Cardiff City, Cheltenham Town, Colchester United, Luton Town, Northampton Town, Peterborough United, Plymouth Argyle, Queens Park Rangers, Swindon Town, Wycombe Wanderers.

Division Three: AFC Bournemouth, Boston (Cheats) United, Bristol Rovers, Cambridge United, Exeter City, Kidderminster Harriers, Leyton Orient, Oxford United, Rushden & Diamonds, Southend United, Swansea City, Torquay United.

Conference: Chester City [Chester in the south?! Yeah, right... -ed], Dagenham & Redbridge, Hereford United, Stevenage Borough, Woking, Yeovil Town.

The observant will have noticed that with Boston (Cheats) United having been placed in the Southern Section that there is a chance that either ourselves or Dagenham & Redbridge could be drawn against the most undeserving Conference winners of all time - an interesting game should it happen. Six other Conference clubs will also be competing for the Trophy - Doncaster Rovers, Halifax Town, Leigh RMI, Morecambe, Scarborough and Southport have all been placed in the Northern Section. The draw for the first round will be made live on Sky Sports' Soccer AM programme on Saturday 21st September and will feature all sides except those receiving byes to round two - four Football League sides, two from each Section will be drawn out beforehand to receive byes, all Conference clubs will play in round one. Bad news for the discriminating then as subsequent draws will also be made live on Soccer AM, you'll just have to put up with the unfunny peurile rubbish masquerading as 'entertainment' on offer while you're waiting for the draw to be made.

Full draw dates are as follows:
Round One - Sat 21st September
Round Two - Sat 26th October
Area Quarter-Final - Sat 16th November
Area Semi-Final - Sat 14th December

Matches are to be played in the weeks commencing on the following dates:
Round One - 21st October
Round Two - 11th November
Area Quarter-Final - 9th December
Area Semi-Final - 20th January 2003

Area Final - 1st leg - 17th February 2003
Area Final - 2nd leg - 24th February

Final - Sun 6th April 2003

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Mon 27th August 2002
Glovers Come Back From Behind - Again!

A 3-2 win for Yeovil against an awkward and strong Nuneaton side at The Avenue yesterday meant that the Glovers took maximum points over the Bank Holiday weekend to go to 8th position in the early Conference table, a whole 3 points behind leaders Woking - crisis, what crisis? A crowd of 2,504 watched an always entertaining match in which Yeovil were forced to chase the game - again - after going behind to a Gary Jones strike against the run of play in the 32nd minute; a perfectly-placed Michael McIndoe freekick and a fine individual effort from Gavin Williams putting the Glovers ahead within two minutes of Jones's original strike. After weathering heavy Nuneaton pressure after the break Adam Lockwood appeared to have made the game safe for the Glovers with a close-range 70th minute strike following good work from Gavin Williams, but a moment of carelessness in defence in injury-time let in Mark Quayle to make the score 3-2 and the final couple of minutes somewhat more problematic than they ought to have been.

Various match reports can be found online, including those from the BBC website, the official Nationwide Conference site and from Noddy Elms on Neither the official or unofficial Nuneaton websites appear to carry match reports.

One incident cast a cloud over what was otherwise an enjoyable and entertaining afternoon: Nuneaton defender Terry Angus - a defender we at Ciderspace would have no hesitation in adding to the Yeovil squad - was evidently on the receiving end of some racist abuse from a small minority of morons in the crowd. We just wish these unrepresentative cretins wouldn't bother coming along to watch Yeovil Town and would urge anyone who hears or sees who is responsible for such actions to report them immediately to the nearest steward/police. Their actions are illegal and they are not wanted - get them thrown out and banned. The club, stewards and police can do nothing without the cooperation of decent fans in identifying the culprits - don't leave it to others, act yourself.

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Mon 26th August 2002
Morecambe MOTM Result

Player MOTM Score
Michael McIndoe 4 733
Gavin Williams 2 633
Carl Alford - 200
Terry Skiverton - 133
Nick Crittenden - 100

Overall match rating: 8.4/10
Performance: 8.4
Entertainment: 8.4

6 votes received.

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Sun 25th August 2002
Let's Be Avenue Early

The club have urged fans to arrive early at Dorchester's Avenue Stadium tomorrow for the Conference match versus Nuneaton Borough, kick-off 3pm. After the traffic congestion experienced the last time the Glovers played at The Avenue and added to the fact that tomorrow is a Bank Holiday when traffic will be heavy anyway, the club are urging as many fans as possible to use the coaches provided by the G&WSC, club chairman John Fry saying: "There will be several coaches leaving Huish Park where there is ample car parking. I urge supporters to contact the Green and White Supporters Club for details of the coaches they have going to Dorchester."

The Green and White Supporters Club can be contacted on 01935 423662 ext.229 or 01935 420716 or mobile 07803 110288.

The club will also have extra turnstiles open following the congestion of the first match together with a dedicated turnstile for season ticket holders.

It would be sensible for fans driving to the match to arrive that little bit earlier to park in the public car parks in Dorchester town centre and then walk the short distance to the ground. At the first game the majority of Glovers fans were directed to park in a field adjacent to the Avenue and then were less than amused to be charged £2 for the privilege - not an experience anyone from Ciderspace will be repeating this time around. Some fans were allegedly told at the time that the £2 charge would be going to YTFC club funds - this is emphatically not true, the club get no benefit from the charge. Someone does, we're not sure exactly who - but it's not Yeovil Town FC. Don't get fleeced.

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Sun 25th August 2002
Oh We Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

Yeovil Town returned to Christie Park yesterday - the scene of their best away win last season (1-5 for those with short memories) - and came home with all three points again to record their first win of the fledgling season by beating hosts Morecambe by two goals to one.

By all accounts this was a much improved performance from the Glovers after a slightly disappointing first week of the new season, with the hosts on the back foot for most of the game. The Shrimps went ahead against the run of play when a somewhat fortunate deflection from an Ian Swan shot left Chris Weale helpless in the Yeovil goal on twenty minutes, but a classic Carl Alford bullet header from a Nick Crittenden cross restored parity less than ten minutes later. Returning hero Howard Forinton completed the job on 72 minutes with a well-taken shot from 20 yards after a Michael McIndoe effort was parried, the Shrimps well and truly being potted.

Various match reports can be found online - the Nationwide Conference site's effort is here, the BBC's report is here, whilst two reports from a Morecambe perspective can be found on the Christie's Reds site here and on Shrimpweb, here. Various photos of the game and a video of Morecambe's goal are available on the MoreFooty site at this link; and even more photos taken by YTFC fan 'The Mayor' can be found here. Last, but by no means least, the match report is also now online.

The Glovers now go on to entertain Nuneaton Borough tomorrow (Bank Holiday Monday) at The Avenue Stadium, Dorchester. Boro were 3-0 winners yesterday, but only over the other Boro, Stevenage. In other news, on loan striker Chris Giles made a succesful debut for DML Premier outfit Weymouth yesterday, making one and scoring the other in the Seaside Scummers 2-0 away win at Dover Athletic.

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Thurs 22nd August 2002
Howie In, Gilesy Out On Loan

Former Yeovil star striker Howard Forinton is back - well for now. Having trained with the team for a couple of days last week, then gone off to play one game for Torquay United Howie is in the squad that travels up to Morecambe tomorrow ahead of Saturday's game. Manager Gary Johnson conceded that Forinton is some way off fitness and although there has been no official announcement about the terms under which Howie is with us Ciderspace presumes it is likely to be a non-contract match-by-match basis at present.

Howard Forinton (Howie) is one of the more recent Yeovil legends. He only played twenty-four games for Yeovil Town in his first spell but in that time scored twenty-six goals, which to all intents and purposes won us the Isthmian title and got The Glovers back in the Conference. He came from Oxford City for a then club record of £17,000 + 20% of any sell-on in January 1997. At the end of that season he was sold, together with Jerry Gill, to Birmingham City for a joint fee of £100,000 (of which around £70,000 is usually put down to being for Forinton), plus an additional payment on appearances, and a further sell-on. Howie found it difficult to get first team starts at The Blues and after loan spells with Plymouth Argyle and Blackpool was sold on to Peterborough United for £250,000 in 1999. His career was plagued with injuries but towards the end of the 2000-01 championship race with Rushden & Diamonds as Yeovil's forward line was decimated by injuries and suspensions and at times reduced to playing centre-back Paul Steele up front we brought Howie back on loan.

Howard Forinton
Howie scores the opener v the K's, but is injured and doesn't play again.
He came on as substitute at Crabble, and still looked classy if not fully fit. Then he started at Kingsmeadow, one of the great matches of the season with Warren Patmore scoring the winner in a 4-3 scoreline deep into injury time. Forinton had scored Yeovil's opening goal early in the second half, but in doing so injured himself again and didn't play for the remainder of the season.

Local boy Chris Giles who has come up through the ranks since joining the club from Sherborne Town is to go out on loan to Dr Martens Premier team Weymouth. Announcing the move Gary Johnson said:

We've agreed to loan Chris to Weymouth as we believe that regular 90 minute matches at this level is what Chris needs at present. We are not looking to sell, just give him some experience rather than sitting on the bench for us every week. With no regular reserve league it's something you need to do from time to time. Chris agrees totally with the move, and he knows it's a positive move for his career overall.

Ciderspace is a bit torn on this one. Whilst wishing Chris all the best personally on his loan spell the better he does the better for the Seaside Scummers. Good luck to you Chris, but the odd unavoidable own goal wouldn't go amiss!

So the somewhat unsettled start to the season for Yeovil Town continues. After the 2-1 defeat at Barnet on Tuesday Yeovil need a good performance and some points against Morecambe to kick-start the season. With Tom White out injured and Colin Pluck still having to be a doubt after his lay-off Ciderspace predicts The Glovers will make their first 3-5-2 start of the season at Christie Park. It also happens to be the formation used in last season's 5-1 demolition of the Shrimpers.

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Mon 19th August 2002
Another Adam Update

The latest news on Adam Stansfield has dropped onto the Ciderspace news desk from his brother Wayne:

His theatre session went well, and they have manipulated the bones back into line and he has now got a full cast on. Hopefully he will be getting home today without having any further surgery.

Wayne also said that Adam was really pleased to hear about the concern and best wishes being expressed by supporters, and was keen to see those being posted. So another plug folks: get you message to Adam via the form HERE. We've had thirty so far today.

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Mon 19th August 2002
'The Wall's Free For Some Weeks, Demba'

Mindful of Adam Stansfield's famous 'kicking the ball against a wall' routine, and not wishing to see such a useful facility as the away-end go to waste for the next few months, Yeovil manager Gary Johnson today had Abdoulai Demba out treading the same path as his injured fellow striker.

Abdoulai Demba. Photograph © Blue Mole & Ciderspace.
947, 948, 949, 950, 951...............

Elsewhere around the club some of the lessons from Saturday were being taken on board.

The turnstile problems were caused mainly by understaffing, when two club employees were unable to report for duty as they were ill that day. There will be more turnstiles open for the next match with Nuneaton on Bank Holiday Monday.

One turnstile will be dedicated for season ticket holders.

Apart from a small section of 'no-man's land' next to the away end the whole of the rest of the ground will be open from the start next week.

All the car parking was handled by the Dorchester club, with none of the car parking fees coming to Yeovil Town. The fees levied are used to pay rent on the field which is hired from a local farmer.
However we hear at Ciderspace that the charge when Dorchester use that facility for their games is 50p a car, which is why our club mentioned a 'nominal' charge in the information sent out to season ticket holders, and was unaware of the actual situation until they heard about it from disgruntled supporters. It will be discussed at director level, but it's not clear to us at Ciderspace what the club can actually do about it other than express their disenchantment to Dorchester Town. One thing that they could mention was that we'd guess the law was being broken, as there was no visible indication of the charge being made either outside or inside the field. They might also query the language and attitude of the Dorchester stewards manning the car park, who it could be said had not been selected for their charm from our experiences, and the experiences of a number of people who have spoken to us.

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Mon 19th August 2002
Adam Latest

Manager Gary Johnson had good news to release on Adam Stansfield this morning, concerning the break to Adam's leg sustained in the match against Gravesend & Northfleet on Saturday:

Adam has a clean break of his tibia and fibula, and is expecetd to be out of action for up to 16 weeks. The good news is that his breaks are clean ones and therefore he should not have to have his leg pinned.

I went to see him in Dorchester hospital and typical of Adam his first thoughts were whether Gavin Williams had missed the chance rather than 'Oh dear, I've broken my leg!'

The doctors have advised us that he will have his leg in a full plaster for six weeks, then a smaller one for another six weeks. Then it's a question of rehabilitation, but knowing Adam he will have been doing weights and things and the rest of his body will be like The Incredible Hulk. Naturally everyone at the club wishes Adam a speedy and successful recovery.

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Sat 17th August 2002
Stansfield Breaks His Leg

Today's opening fixture of the 2002-03 Conference season for Yeovil Town at The Avenue, Dorchester, was completely overshadowed by the injury to Adam Stansfield that occurred fifteen minutes into the game, and saw the Yeovil Town striker stretchered from the field and rushed straight to hospital. Stansfield and Gravesend & Northfleet goalkeeper Paul Wilkerson collided as both went for a fifty-fifty through ball, and it was immediately obvious that Adam had a serious problem. Play was stopped for over five minutes as Stansfield was treated on the pitch. As of this evening confirmation of his injuries are awaited from the hospital, but club doctor Ian Latham was 90% certain that both the fibula and tibia were broken in Adam's right leg. Much will depend on the nature of the breaks. The management team has speculated that a clean break would see Adam out for at least three months. The potential consequences of a complex fracture are best not thought about at present. We can but send our best wishes to Adam and his family, and pray he makes a full and speedy recovery.

[Update 18/08/02 : Adam spent last night in Dorchester General Hospital. He was visited by manager Gary Johnson and all the team after the match. His brother Wayne Stansfield posted this message to the Ciderspace forum on Sunday August 18th at 17:14:41 :

On behalf of Adam and his family could I just pass on our thanks for all the best wishes and kind thoughts that have been posted on the forum. Just a quick update for you all he is currently in theatre at Dorchester hospital where they are trying to manipulate the bones back in line. Hopefully if this goes well he will not need any more surgery (pins etc). Anyway thanks again and hopefully he'll soon be back in full flow giving it his all for Yeovil Town.
The Futures Bright its Green & White
Wayne Stansfield (Adam's Brother)

There is now a page on Ciderspace here through which you can post your message for Adam. Manager Gary Johnson and / or Wayne will deliver them to Adam over the Bank Holiday weekend.]

Yeovil had started the match lethargically, and were already 1-0 down to a Mark Bentley strike on four minutes before Stansfield's injury. Abdoulai Demba replaced him, his debut for The Glovers in a competitive match. On 32 minutes some less than decisive defending saw Yeovil go 2-0 behind as Jimmy Jackson fired home. It had been a horrendous first 45 minutes to the season.

In the second period Yeovil began much more brightly. The pressure was building before Paul Sturgess scythed down Demba as he headed towards goal flat out. Once referee Mr.Woolmer had ajudged Sturgess to be the 'last man' a red card was inevitable. After that it was mostly one way traffic, but clear cut chances were scarce until a brilliant individual effort by Nick Crittenden saw him beat three players and fire the ball low past the keeper at his near post on 67 minutes. More chances then followed, but it wasn't until the 90th minute of normal time that captain Terry Skiverton lashed home an equaliser. With five minutes added on by the referee for stoppages and timewasting by the visitors Yeovil pressed for the victory and left openings at the back that could have seen Gravesend nick a winner on two occasions in the dying moments.

There was good crowd of 2,948 for Yeovil's first 'home' game at The Avenue. It is to be hoped that the club will have learnt from some problems of organization that materialised by the time we return on Bank Holiday Monday.

Final score: Yeovil Town 2 Gravesend & Northfleet 2

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Fri 16th August 2002
Gary's Message: Confidence Is The Key

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson at Villa Park
Gary Johnson
We've worked really hard in pre-season in preparation for this season and we feel we're ready. In fact we felt we were ready last week so now we are out to prove that on the pitch. The talking has got to stop and we have got to start doing things now. We are very confident and I am very confident in my squad. I think the squad are confident in each other but the first two months of the season are so important to us as we have sixteen games in that time, which equates to a third of the season until we get into the Cups.

We've got to hit the ground running and we feel the players are ready to do that. Hopefully we think the supporters are ready to do that as well and I know there is a wave of optimism in the town which we feel when we make visits like yesterday to Westlands, and I hope that the feeling will continue right through the season to next May.

We'll be doing all we can by playing entertaining football that we hope will get the right results. Mind you sometimes we are going to only win a game 1-0 and not 5-0 which happens sometimes in football, but at the same time we have a group of people that are talented and ready to entertain. But no team goes through a season without missing chances or making the odd mistake and we just want the fans to stick with us. Last November we had a bit of a sticky time and a few people moaned then without knowing what a great time we were going to have in May. We're in credit at the moment so let's get there together.

The air of expectation has created an edge to our training and the players have got to learn to thrive on that sort of pressure because all good teams do. Favourites are favourites because they win more than they lose and the bookies are not normally wrong.

I think there are ten teams that can be challenging up at the top but if you want to name a few there's Barnet who finished very strongly last season. Chester have spent a few bob and brought in a lot of experienced players. Doncaster will be strong and of course Dagenham and Redbridge have more or less the same squad as last year as well. Southport and Farnborough had good end of season runs and they too will be up there I think.

Go get 'em, Gary!

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Thurs 15th August 2002
Travel News ....... and Junior Glovers

The Yeovil Town Independent Supporters' Association has announced details of its planned coach travel for the opening 'home' games of the season. YTISA is planning to run coaches to and from The Avenue Stadium, Dorchester, for all Yeovil's 'home' fixtures whilst the new Huish Park pitch is readied for action.
The cost will be £2.50 for YTISA members, and £3.00 for non-members. For more details and bookings contact YTISA chairman Mark Kelly on 07719 733750.

The Green and White Supporters' Club will be providing transport from Huish Park to The Avenue Stadium, Dorchester, for Yeovil Town's first four 'home' Nationwide Conference fixtures initially. The G&WSC will be running coaches for the games with Gravesend & Northfleet on August 17, Nuneaton Borough on August 26, Farnborough Town on September 3 and Northwich Victoria on September 7.
The G&WSC will be charging a flat rate for members and non-members. The cost per person will be £4.00, with no concessions. For full details please contact George Coggen on 01935 423662 (daytime), 01935 420716 (evenings) or his mobile on 07803 110288.

The above coach details have also been added to the Ciderspace Dorchester Page.

The Junior Glovers' Scheme will be running again this year, with membership costing £10.00 as before. However the club is not offering discounted season tickets as part of the package this season. Membership will entitle all Junior Glovers entrance to league fixtures for £2.00 each game. To join the Junior Glovers you need to be 15 or under as of August 1st 2002. G&WSC spokesman Rob Cox is reported in the Yeovil Express as saying:
We are offering a choice of free gifts, as well as a party during the course of the season which is also free, to members - with the opportunity to meet the players. There will also be ten per cent discount in the club shops and cheaper away travel.

The standard adult G&WSC membership is to remain at £3.00 for the coming year. Application forms can be obtained at Huish Park and will also be available at Yeovil's matches in Dorchester.

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Wed 14th August 2002
Especially For Mr. Carske [sic]

One man went to mow. Photograph © Blue Mole & Ciderspace.
That's the problem with a new pitch - there's now some grass to cut!

'Garry' the tractor. Photograph © Blue Mole & Ciderspace.
It's a tractor.

Well known Peterborough and newly found Ru$hden supporter Mr. Carske [sic] had something of a tractor fetish, as regular frequenters of our forum will attest. At the height of the battle with the Annies two seasons ago scarcely an hour would pass without Carske [sic] dropping another tractor reference into a thread. His knowledge of makes and models was almost encyclopedic, which was ironic given the thrust of his one joke was that we all drove tractors. In memory of his one man battle to bore the arse off us promote tractors across an entire season Ciderspace intends to ask the club to name the handsome vehicle pictured above "Garry".

Gone seem to be the days when the club put out pleas for the donation of forks and rakes. The latest two serious investments in a determination to ensure the new pitch is maintained properly are a tractor and a new mowing machine. The tractor was bought from Nigel Mansell's Woodbury Golf Club, and was apparently a bargain with only 800 hours of use on the clock. The mower is top of the range in its class - so they tell us, and we know nothing about mowers so are not going to argue the point! Anyway what it all demonstrates is some serious professionalism going on behind the scenes to match and support the serious professionalism already manifest from the team.

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Wed 14th August 2002
'On To Victory' Issue Two On Sale

Issue two of the new YTFC Fanzine, On To Victory is now available and will be on sale at The Avenue on Saturday. Co-editor Jon Hartley writes:

Kick off the new season with the brand new issue of On To Victory fanzine. As promised we are back and will be on sale at the Avenue on Saturday, so be sure to pick up a copy. To you the loyal fans of Yeovil, the cost will just be £1.

The new issue is crammed full of articles including a season preview, pre-seaon diary, betting guide, OTV competition, AFC Wimbledon, The Avenue Guide, Childhood Football heroes, Rio for Yeovil and we will be unleashing OTV's new signing.

Remember that by purchasing OTV you are also helping the club, as 50p of every copy will be going back to YTFC. So start the glovers promotion charge with a copy of On To Victory.

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Tues 13th August 2002
Some Confirmed Dates

The date of the Conference Play-off Final has been announced. The play-offs will be slotted in between the end of the Conference season on April 26th and the F.A. Trophy Final on Sunday May 18th. The Play-off Final itself will be on Saturday May 10th.

Conference chief executive John Moules again confirmed that the venue has not been decided, but appeared to rule some candidates out:

We want to hold it at a central point that is convenient for both clubs and their supporters, rather as the FA Trophy final has been held at Villa Park. We have been talking to Premier League clubs but their season finishes with a full programme of matches on May 11. We have discounted the Millennium Stadium. I went to watch the play-off there between Cheltenham and Rushden & Diamonds. There were 25,000 there and 15,000 of them were from Cheltenham. We have to bear in mind that if, say, the final was between Morecambe and Scarborough, we would like to hold the match somewhere easily accessible for the supporters.

Another date that has been causing some debate amongst Non-league fans is the deadline for the new ground grading standards. League grading will become a requirement to retain Conference membership. Ciderspace has always believed it to be in 2004, despite claims from some quarters that the regulations were due to be imposed at the end of this coming season. An article in today's Times asserts that the deadline is indeed in 2004, on May 31st to be specific. The item lists eight current Conference clubs who do not meet these future requirements at present: Barnet, Farnborough Town, Forest Green Povers, Gravesend & Northfleet, Margate, Northwich Victoria, Nuneaton, and Telford, to which we would add Burton Albion. Surprising though it may seem to any recent visitors there Rockingham Road does have 'A' grading. Of course all the eight clubs mentioned face an earlier deadline if they have hopes of entering this season's play-offs, according to the structure initially released by the Conference. We believe this to be March 31st or April 1st 2003, depending on which report you read. However further to this, we hear that the Conference has still not contacted clubs to let them know the final details of how the play-off system will work. Particularly lacking is official clarification of what happens if a club that can't go up finishes between 2nd and 5th. Though that was covered in the initial press release, where it stated the other team would receive a bye, it now seems that no formal documentation to this effect has been issued to the clubs themselves.

Finally the issue of regionalization. This one comes up every summer it seems, when news is thin. The item splashed as an exclusive in last Sunday's The Non-League Paper, on the back of a few rent-a-quote League chairmen stirring the pot in the media over the previous few weeks, cuts no ice here. Two plans are supposedly on the table. One to re-structure the whole of the Nationwide League into four divisions of twenty clubs each, thus promoting eight clubs from the Conference. The other would leave Divisions One and Two as they are now, but create a regional Division Three North and Division Three South with twenty clubs in each, meaning sixteen Conference clubs moving up. League chairmen are in the main pretty stupid creatures, but the idea that, when they've got their tiny brains in gear and spot the implications, they will still want to spread the diminishing financial cake in the League around more clubs is simply a non-starter in our opinion. Roll on Saturday, when these type of silly season stories will disappear once again - until next year.

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Tues 13th August 2002
Pre-Season Over At Last, Thousands Rejoice

Yeovil Town's longest ever build-up to a new season ended last night with a 1-0 win against Winchester City, the Glovers fielding an, er, experimental side including five strikers on the pitch at the same time. Rumours of Gary Johnson trying an old-style 2-3-5 formation proved to be false, sadly, so fans were treated to the sight of Howard Forinton starting on the wing, with fellow forwards Kim Grant and Chris Giles in midfield. Carl Alford and Demba got to play in their usual positions, for which they were no doubt grateful. Yeovil's solitary goal came from Demba on 70 minutes. Unfortunately Kim Grant had to be replaced on the half-hour mark with what looked to be a recurrence of an earlier injury.

Final score: Winchester City 0 Yeovil Town 1

The Glovers end their pre-season games then with a record of played 13, won 10, drawn 2 and lost 1; scoring 28 and conceding 8. So far so good, but it's the real thing from now on in. As Ciderspace is a fans site and not an official site we're allowed to say this: Get yourselves down to Dorchester and cheer the lads on. Let's make The Avenue a fortress while we're there! Roll on Saturday, and COME ON!!!

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Sun 11th August 2002
Forinton In Bid To Return To Huish Park?

According to normally reliable sources, former Glovers striker Howard Forinton is to begin training with the club tomorrow (Monday) in a bid to gain a contract at Huish Park.

Howard has been turning out for Conference rivals Stevenage over the last few weeks after being released by 2nd Division Peterborough over the summer, his last appearance being made yesterday, coming on as a substitute in Boro's 4-0 defeat v West Bromwich Albion. Howie enjoyed a whirlwind start to his career after being signed by former manager Graham Roberts in the 96-97 ICIS League-winning season, scoring 26 goals from 24 appearances for the Glovers.

Birmingham snapped him up that summer for what is still a club record £70,000 and hopes were high that he could go on to become a real force in the Football League. However injuries intervened and he never really made the breakthrough as a permanent member of the Blues first team squad.

Eventually he was sold to Peterborough for £250,000 in September 1999, but again frequent injuries were to curtail his appearances in a Posh shirt - he ended up with a record of making 34 league starts in his three years at London Road, scoring 10 goals. He returned to Huish Park on loan at the tail end of the Colin Addison reign, playing one game and looking extremely useful, only to be injured again, missing the rest of that season.

The best of luck to Howard in his bid to get his career back on track - an injury-free Howard Forinton would be a huge asset to any club at this level of football.

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Sat 10th August 2002
Brassart Is A Seadog

The club have now officially confirmed that French midfielder Olivier Brassart has signed for Conference rivals Scarborough. Yeovil boss Gary Johnson, although reluctant to lose Ollie, has agreed to the move. No fee was involved.

Johnson said: "Olivierís a lovely lad but wasnít getting enough regular first team football with us as he would have liked, so the move to Scarborough is going to solve that problem. I wish him all the very best for the future." And so say all of us - except when he faces the Glovers in future, of course! Bon chance Ollie....

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Sat 10th August 2002
Phoney War Draws To A Close

Yeovil Town won their penultimate pre-season friendly last night, beating Southern League Premier Division side Tiverton Town 3-1 at a rain-soaked Ladysmead last night.

The rumours before the match were that Gary Johnson intended to play the team that will start against Gravesend & Northfleet in the real thing next Saturday - if so then the following 11 players will be on the pitch at The Avenue: Chris Weale, Adam Lockwood, Anthony Tonkin, Terry Skiverton, Colin Pluck, Darren Way, Adam Stansfield, Lee Johnson, Abou Demba, Gavin Williams, Michael McIndoe.

The Glovers dominated the match itself; Lee Johnson with a penalty, Darren Way and Anthony Tonkin were the scorers; with Richard Pears notching a late consolation for Tivvy. On-loan keeper Steve Collis had a good game for the home side despite the scoreline and, as expected, Olivier Brassart was conspicuous by his absence. The match report is now online, whilst Tiverton's view of the game can be found on their official website (click on the 'match reports' link).

The Glovers now face Winchester City in their final pre-season friendly on Monday evening (August 12) in what is expected to be a low-key affair. The real thing begins a week today.

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Fri 9th August 2002
Ollie On His Bike?

Although it's yet to be confirmed by the club, it seems that Yeovil's French midfielder Olivier Brasart is on his way out of Huish Park. A reliable source has told Ciderspace that Ollie, a free agent apparently, has been on trial at Conference rivals Scarborough for the last three days. According to a message left on the Scarborough Fans Forum he played under an assumed name for the Seadogs in their 3-2 home loss against a Middlesboro XI last night and is expected to sign for the Yorkshire outfit either today or tomorrow. More on this story as we get it......

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Thurs 8th August 2002
Dorchester Ground Plans

The following information has been sent out by the club to all season ticket holders:

The Avenue Stadium has a capacity of 5009; a total of 1229 in the Northern End Terrace behind the goal will be segregated for away supporters, leaving 3780 for YTFC supporters. Of the 3780 there are 701 seats in the main stand, with standing room for 3079 in the terraces behind the goal at the Weymouth end of the stadium and opposite the main stand.

Bartlett and Main Stand Season Ticket Holders

We do not have sufficient seats to allocate to all our Bartlett and Main Stand holders. It would help us a great deal if as many season ticket holders as possible used the YTFC terrace and to gain admission all you need to do is show your season ticket on entry through turnstiles T1 to T6. In the main stand we have to allocate tickets for Home and Visiting Directors, various sponsors and box holders, Vice Presidents and other guests and this will take up 200 tickets which will leave us with approximately 500 stand tickets. We propose to deal with these as follows:

a. Any Season Ticket Holder who for age or medical reasons needs a seat will be given a pass which will be valid for any match played at Dorchester. This will be for a specific seat. Please apply to the office at Huish Park for this pass no later than the 10th August.

b. The remaining seats will be allocated on a match by match basis to any Stand season ticket holder on application to the office but please do not apply before 10th August for the 17th August match. For other matches do not apply before the 19th August for Nuneaton, 27th August for Farnborough and 2nd September for Northwich Victoria.

A ground plan for the Avenue Stadium. Away supporters are on the left side of the ground. © Blue Mole & Ciderspace.
A ground plan for the Avenue Stadium. Away supporters are on the left side of the ground.

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Thurs 8th August 2002
Mowing The Lawn

Note that the goalposts have now gone up at one end. Photograph © Blue Mole & Ciderspace.
Note that the goalposts have now gone up at one end.

A shot from the corner shows the pitch has been marked out for the first time. Photograph © Blue Mole & Ciderspace.
A shot from the corner shows the pitch has been marked out for the first time.

Once again Ciderspace brings the latest progress on the Huish Park pitch, as it continues it's readiness for first team football once again. Further progress can be seen since our last set of pictures from a week ago. Today's pictures show that one of the goals has been erected, and that the grass has had it's first light cut, using a hand mower.

Also, the exterior of the pitch has been marked out for the first time. The pitch has been extended by eight yards and widened by three yards as manager Gary Johnson hopes to exploit his team's fitness when they finally return home - with the expected return date still believed to be around late September - around the Halifax Town or Woking home games.

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Thurs 8th August 2002
Collis Joins Tivvy On Loan

The club have announced that goalkeeper Steve Collis has joined Southern League Premier Division side Tiverton Town as from today, on a month's loan basis. Steve will play for Tivvy in tomorrow night's friendly versus the Glovers at Ladysmead, kick-off 7.45pm. He has already played two games previously for Tiverton on an informal basis, but with the Devon side's goalkeeping injury crisis not abating, the relationship has now been formalised for the next four weeks enabling Steve to play league games if necessary.

Manager Gary Johnson said: "It's an arrangement that suits all parties. Steve is a very big part of the future of Yeovil Town and has been extremely unlucky not have broken into the first team. He needs some quality competitive action and I feel the loan move will give that. He enjoyed his two games for Tiverton and was only too pleased to agree to the move. We have the option for an immediate recall should we need Steve back at Yeovil. From 7.45 - 9.30 pm on Friday we will all be very professional but I suspect Steve will be in for some ribbing outside that time span!"

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Thurs 8th August 2002
Laws Condemns Cheats; Fry Looks To The Future

Yeovil MP David Laws has finally, according to the Yeovil Express, signed the Early Day Motion in the House of Commons condemning the completely inadequate 'punishment' given to Boston (Cheats) United following that club's admission that they cheated to win the Conference title last season (See Ciderspace news page article June 25).

Speaking to the Express, Mr Laws said: "It seems a simple matter - if the FA sets rules, they must enforce them. The so-called punishment given to Boston is totally inappropriate. It amounts to a Cheats Charter for unscrupulous clubs to get away with serious abuse of the rules. Adam Crozier needs to justify this timid response. If he can't he should make sure he sets things right and over-rules his disciplinary committee."

This week's Western Gazette features a wide-ranging interview with Yeovil chairman John Fry. As usual, money - or the lack of it - is the main theme of the piece, with Fry reiterating how expensive the cost of going full-time has been for the club's investors and how Football League status is a must if the full-time philosophy at the club is to continue: "This is an investment period and an experimental period where we have got to deliver," Fry told the Gazette. "Gary produced the FA Trophy last season which was a good start and we got record gates and record this and record that. However our objective, our one goal, is League football. When we achieve that I can say to the investors 'you will now see the return on your capital you have made in that three-year period.'"

Tellingly, Fry seems to have learned from past mistakes: "It has been our first season really that I have been here on a full-time basis and that we are going in fully prepared," he said. "It is the first time I have been able to say that I have selected a manager who has finished the last season and started the next with a settled squad." A shame it hasn't happened before now John, but better late than never!

Looking to the future and assuming that Football League status is eventually attained Fry wants to carry on with the improvements to Huish Park by putting a roof over the away supporters terrace: "You only have to go back to the old photographs two years ago and you can see that the Westland Stand was just a terrace end. The next stage is another half million quid on the away end but obviously the ground will stay like it is until we get into the League." An aim for the future to be sure, but Ciderspace would suggest that there are other priorities to take care of first: Improved facilities for disabled supporters, such as a lift to provide access to the bar and Conference facilities on the first floor of the Main Stand is long overdue; as is the provision of elevated and covered viewing facilities for wheelchair users - if a club the size of Salisbury can provide such facilities then it's more than about time that Yeovil Town followed suit. Also the provision of a new and bigger social club for supporters is desperately needed - and will make money for the club in the long run. Both projects should be completed before a roof for the away terrace is considered - away supporters are very adequately catered for at present, especially with the low numbers of away fans who usually travel to Huish Park.

Finally, Gary Johnson has been talking about his relationship with the board. Speaking to the Gazette Johnson said: "People throughout the club have had to learn my personality and my ethics and there has not been a cross word and everyone has been very professional. We all know there are budgets to work to and like all good managers I am over budget. There is no use being under budget because you still get the sack! The board have backed me in everything and we are grateful to each other that we got the success of last year. They are ambitious as well and we hope we are all going to get to the Nationwide League together."

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Thurs 8th August 2002
Coach Travel To Dorchester

With the club having confirmed that at least the first four home games of the season will definitely be played at Dorchester's Avenue Stadium, both of the Glovers main supporters organisations have confirmed that they will be running coaches from Yeovil to The Avenue on match-days. You pays yer money and you makes yer choice!

The YTISA say it will cost YTISA members £2.50 and non-members £3 for travel. Association officials have advised that travelling by coach to the Avenue Stadium would be sensible with parking likely to be at a premium for matches.

For more details please contact YTISA chairman Mark Kelly on 07719 733750.

The G&WSC can accommodate members and non-members and the cost per person will be a nominal £4 with no concessions.

For full details please contact George Coggen on 01935-423662, 01935-420716 (evenings) or his mobile 07803 110288.

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Wed 7th August 2002
Cheats Appeal To No-One

Boston (Cheats) United, promoted to the Football League despite admitting cheating their way to the Conference title last season, have wisely decided not to appeal against the pitifully inadequate "punishment" imposed on them by the FA of a £100,000 fine and 4 points deducted from the forthcoming season.

Boston chairman Des Wood said: "The club have decided not to appeal against the decision. We are trying to put everything behind us now and concentrate fully on the new season. We feel the fine and the point deduction is still disproportionate but the club feels it is not likely to get a fair hearing in light of what has been said in the press and around certain football circles of late. It has been unfair on the players, on the staff and on the supporters so we are going to take it on the chin. It is going to be a problem finding the money to pay for the fine but we feel confident that the supporters of Boston and the local creditors in the region will pull through after an already overwhelming response."

At Ciderspace we regret Boston (Cheats) United's decision not to appeal as we hoped the storm of protest following the ludicrously lenient original punishment would have been enough for even the spineless FA to have come down as hard on the cheats after the appeal as they should have done in the original judgement. As it is Boston (Cheats) United will take their place in Division 3 this season despite admitting cheating to gain an unfair advantage on every other Conference club. Sometimes there really is no justice.

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Wed 7th August 2002
Magpies Mauled

Yeovil made the journey to The Avenue for the second time in the pre-season last night, this time as the away side as they comprehensively beat hosts Dorchester Town of the DML Eastern Division, 5-1 the final score.

It wasn't as plain sailing as the score might suggest however - for the first 45 minutes the Magpies matched the Glovers in terms of effort and commitment and their direct and powerful style caused some problems to what was a somewhat experimental-looking Yeovil side. The Glovers went into the break 1-0 up however, a Demba flick-on providing Kim Grant with a chance that the former Charlton striker accepted with ease.

All change in the second half however and the Glovers put on an exhibition of passing football which left their tiring opponents chasing shadows. The performance after the break was truly outstanding with all members of the team playing their part and should give enormous confidence to the players, albeit against opponents two divisions lower than Yeovil. Chris Giles with a brace, Roy O'Brien and Carl Alford got the Glovers second-half goals, the impressive Justin Keelor replying for the hosts.

Final score: Dorchester Town 1 Yeovil Town 5.

Yeovil go on to play Tiverton Town this Friday (August 9) at Ladysmead. Manager Gary Johnson is widely expected to treat the Tivvy game as a full-blown dress rehearsal for the start of the Conference season against Gravesend a week on Saturday and to play the team against Tivvy that will start against the Fleet.

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Tues 6th August 2002
Official Team Photograph

The official team photograph has, er, come into our possession here on Ciderspace. Not sure what the Official Site is doing but we thought it worth an airing even if they don't seem to. Only kidding lads........
An unofficial copy of the Official Team photo
The team ahead of the 2002-03 campaign.

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Sat 3rd August 2002
Exeter Exposed - Glovers Grill Grecians

Yeovil Town continued on their merry way in the pre-season friendly programme, beating 3rd Division Exeter City at St James's Park by a single 88th minute Adam Lockwood header. Around 700 Glovers fans in a crowd of 1,472 watched as Yeovil controlled the game for long periods and could and perhaps should have had the match wrapped up much sooner than they did: Demba hit the post and had several other good opportunities well saved, Michael McIndoe had an effort ruled out for offside and Adam Stansfield, Darren Way and Oli Brassart forced fine saves from City keeper Kevin Miller. It wasn't all one-way traffic with the excellent Chris Weale making several good saves himself, but the 0-1 scoreline in no way flattered Yeovil who are starting to come to the boil nicely now with the start of the season proper only a fortnight away.

Final score: Exeter City 0 Yeovil Town 1.

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Fri 2nd August 2002
'Independent Barmy Army' Issue 12 Now On Sale

Issue 12 of the YTISA fanzine, 'Independent Barmy Army' is now available for purchase and will be on sale at tomorrow's friendly at Exeter and next Tuesday's game at Dorchester.

Issue 12 contains the usual electic mix of serious articles and not-quite-so-serious fun stuff. There's an editorial condemning the FA's supine treatment of Boston (Cheats) United; welcomes to new boys Gavin Williams and Demba; a quiz, an interview with Carl Alford; articles on various YTISA fund-raising activities and how they benefit the club, a look at the new pitch and a retrospective series of pieces on the FA Trophy win last May. All this and more for just £1! Better value than a romantic night in with Holly Valance? Well, maybe not, but not bad for a quid.

If you're not going to Exeter or Dorchester and you would like to reserve a copy of the fanzine, email editor Stew Bratherton at and he'll hold a copy for you.

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Fri 2nd August 2002
Alford On Target At Molesey

A Yeovil XI featuring a mixture of youth and first team players comfortably defeated Ryman League Div 1 side Molesey last night, 0-3 the final scoreline. Chris Giles and Carl Alford with a brace were the Glovers scorers.

The game was notable for the first appearances in the pre-season of winger Nick Crittenden and defender Colin Pluck, both returning from injury - though Critts missed part of the first half after running into heavy traffic en route to Molesey. Midfielder Darren Way also returned after picking up a knock against Bristol City a fortnight ago.

Final score: Molesey 0 Yeovil Town 3

The Glovers now travel to St James's Park on Saturday to take on 3rd Division Exeter City in a game that both managers have described as being a dress rehearsal for the coming season. Directions to St James's Park can be found by clicking here.

Glovers keeper Steve Collis played for Tiverton Town on Wednesday evening (and apparently played very well) in the Devon side's 1-1 draw with Bristol City, and will also feature in Tiverton's upcoming friendly v Aldershot. Yeovil have given permission for Steve to play for the Devon side in the above games after Tivvy was hit by a mini-crisis when all their goalkeepers reported injured. Glovers boss Gary Johnson said: "I'm only too pleased to help out a neighbouring manager and in truth the move will also help us out as it enables me to get two full matches for Steve Collis to play in as part of the pre-season build up."

Also last night a depleted Youth Team travelled into darkest Dorset to face Sherborne Town. The youngsters lost 2-1 in what was described as a 'very competitive match', the Sherborne winner coming in the 88th minute.

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Thurs 1st August 2002
Critts, Pluck To Return At Molesey?

Only just over two weeks to go now before the start of the new season and the friendlies are coming thick and fast as Glovers boss Gary Johnson seeks to start to get his first-choice team settled before the visit of newly promoted Gravesend to the Avenue Stadium on August 17. According to this week's edition of the Yeovil Express Johnson will be treating Saturday's friendly at Exeter City and next Friday's game at Tiverton as full-blown dress rehearsals for the upcoming Conference season, with the line-up's starting at those games indicative of those likely to start when the competitive matches get underway.

Meanwhile if today is Thursday then tonight it must be Molesey - all those who didn't play in the 0-0 draw at Chippenham are likely to feature tonight, including the likes of Nick Crittenden and Colin Pluck, who could both make their first starts of the pre-season following injury. Darren Way may also feature for the first time since taking a knock in the 1-0 win over Bristol City two weeks ago. Directions to Molesey's ground can be found by clicking here.

As most of you are probably aware the Yeovil Express is running the FAST (Fund A Scanner Today) Appeal which hopes to raise £20,000 towards the purchase of a new scanner for Yeovil District Hospital to help in the battle against the bone disease osteoporosis. Amongst the various fundraising activities taking place, Express sports editor Steve Sowden and three others are attempting a sponsored walk from from Huish Park to Dorchester Town's ground on Tuesday, September 3, in aid of the FAST Appeal to coincide with the Glovers' Nationwide Conference clash with Farnborough Town that evening. Steve will be joined on the 23.4-mile trek by fellow Glovers fans James Wootten, of Shepton Beauchamp firm Bakery Computing, Beehive Inn pub landlord Mark Grose, and West Chinnock man Dave Lewis whose 12-year-old son Paul copes admirably with the brittle bone condition osteogenesis imperfecta.

Anyone wanting to sponsor the quartet can contact Steve at the Express on 01935-479811, James via e-mail at, Mark at the Beehive pub in Huish, Yeovil, on 01935-476458 and Dave on 01935-881885.

Cheques made payable to the East Somerset NHS Trust General Charitable Fund can be sent to the Express offices at 46 Princes Street, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 1EQ.

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Thurs 1st August 2002
Trophy Final Video Now On Sale

The following press statement has been released by YTFC:

The club's official souvenir video of their glorious victory at Villa Park in the F.A.Umbro Trophy is now on sale at the club shop.

The two and a half hour long video includes footage of the club's build-up at the Belfry, the Sky match coverage, the after match celebrations and of course the celebration bus tour around Yeovil.

The video, priced £15 is available now at the club shop and is a must for all Yeovil fans who experienced that wonderful day in Birmingham last May.

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