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Tues 31st August 1999
Yeovil steady on profits

In the latest "Plimsoll" Analysis of the Top 100 Companies in the Football Industry, Yeovil Town find themselves 40th "in profit ranks".

The survey also lists Yeovil in 89th position in the "sales ranks". This means that the club is rated by "Plimsoll" as one of the "top companies in the industry".

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Reserves Switch on Saturday

Yeovil Town Reserves away fixture at Westbury United, in the Screwfix Direct Western League Premier Division, originally scheduled for Tuesday March 7th, will now be played this Saturday, September 4th, kick-off 3.00pm.

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Thommo Back On Mend

Steve Thompson reports that he is finally making good progress in his attempt to regain full fitness. The planned scan never took place in the end, as whilst various options were being considered, Thommo began to feel an improvement in the problems he has had with his calf muscle. His thoughts were that he would probably not feature in the reserves game this Saturday, but would be hoping to grab a couple of games in the Screwfix side once the weekend games have passed.

Meanwhile Terry Skiverton and Matt Hayfield are both hoping to be back in contention for next Saturday's game against Welling. Skiverton, who will be hoping to face his former club, withdrew on Monday's game against Woking with a sore ankle, whilst Hayfield was suffering from a hamstring strain. Both hope to be back in full training by Thursday, whilst Murray Fishlock hopes to play through his back injury problems.

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Sat 28th August 1999
Woking Team News

Early unofficial team news for Woking is that Matt Hayfield will miss Monday's game with Woking with a slight hamstring pull from today's game with Kettering. Matt reports that his injury is not too severe and that he is aiming to get back in contention for next Saturday's game.

The other possible absentee on Monday is Phil Simpson, currently transfer listed by Yeovil Town, who dropped out of the side due to illness today, and was replaced on the bench by Andy Lindegaard.

Bar these two players and long term injury Steve Thompson, Yeovil are expected to line-up more or less as per Saturday's squad.

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Thurs 26th August 1999
Kettering Match Preview

Yeovil Town's 1-1 draw at Nuneaton Borough on Tuesday was, in the words of Head Coach Colin Lippiatt, "a well-earned point".

"Dave Norton's goal was really excellent, and we are in good heart for Saturday's clash with Kettering Town," he said.

Last season The Glovers did the double over Kettering, who finished Conference runners-up in May.

"We have a full squad to choose from, apart from Steve Thompson, who is still sidelined with his calf injury", said Lippiatt.

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Local Press Review

Both the Western Gazette and the Yeovil Express this week report the transfer request of Yeovil Town midfielder Phil Simpson (see below), but the Express goes on to report that Ben Smith and new signing Jason Eaton have also discussed their positions at the club with head coach Colin Lippiatt. The boss is quoted as saying that it was very difficult to keep all the players happy, but at the end of the day team selection rested with him.

Both paper's report that midfielder Steve Thompson was due to go for a scan this week on the calf injury that has so far kept him out of the action this season. If the scan shows bone damage then Thommo could be out for some time, otherwise he is expected to be back playing in 2 to 4 weeks.

The Express reports that the Yeovil Town Independent Supporters’ Association have supplied new kit bags to Yeovil's four new summer signings, Terry Skiverton, Jason Eaton, David Norton and Adrian Foster; plus one for Paul Steele, now promoted from Yeovil's reserve-team squad. This follows on from the presentation of new kit bags to the rest of the first-team squad last season. The YTISA are also running a coach to the Woking away match next Bank Holiday Monday, for more details phone chairman Mark Kelly on 01935 412236.

The Gazette's staff reporter David Coates writes an impassioned article this week on the unfairness of the current 1-up, 1-down system between the Conference and Division 3, sentiments this column can only heartily agree with; whilst his colleague Cathy Pickford informs us in her regular column that many star names from the Football League have played in the Conference, including someone called Graham Roberts. Nope, can't remember him!

Meanwhile her much-missed predecessor and Ciderspace contributor Tim Lancaster continues to put his money where his mouth is. After criticising the dilapidated state of Huish Park in his now spiked Gazette column last season, Tim has organized another 2 painting days. This time he aims to smarten up the Bartlett Stand turnstiles and the steps on both terraces. Volunteers for paint duty are required on September 12th and September 19th, 10am start.

Bookmaker's Ladbrokes have released their latest odds for the Conference title and Yeovil have slipped back from 10-1 to 14-1. Rushden remain favourites at 5-2 while Scarborough and Stevenage have firmed up at 3-1 and 5-1 respectively.

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Erection 2000 News

The total amount of money raised so far for the Erection 2000 Appeal has been reported by treasurer John Hall as £4,844.20p. A long way to go yet!

Yeovil suppliers of decorating materials, Brewers - based at Watercombe Lane - are offering supporters discounts of up to 20 per cent on prices of some goods and then will donate 10 per cent of any purchases to the E2000 Appeal. For more information phone 01935 431035.

Members of the Yeovil Town Independent Supporters’ Association have resumed the regular meat draws before first-team matches in the social club bar at Huish Park. All profits will be donated to the E2000 Appeal Fund. Added to that the Green and White Supporters Club have funded the production of Erection 2000 Appeal car stickers, these are now available to buy, priced £1 each.

Forthcoming events: Include a quiz night at Huish Park, a sponsored head-saving session and a car treasure hunt. See the Events Calender on the Front Page for dates and times.

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Phil Simpson Requests Transfer

Phil Simpson has put in a transfer request this week, and the club have accepted it, and so have placed him on the transfer list. It seems inevitable that the reasons for this request are down to Simpson largely being a feature of the substitutes bench, both during the latter part of last season, and also this season which has seen him play only 14 minutes worth of football in four games.

Simpson's name will initially be circulated to Conference clubs only, and if there is no response from that circulation, his name will be put forward to Ryman League clubs.

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Wed 25th August 1999
Yet Another YTFC Website Appears!

Well, sort of. The company that produces the Western Daily Press, Western Gazette and the Bristol Evening Post have produced some pages on YTFC, including a YTFC-specific message board. Go here for the proof.

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Mon 23rd August 1999
Nuneaton Match Preview

Head Coach Colin Lippiatt is in buoyant mood, following Saturday's comprehensive 3-0 home victory over Altrincham. "Two home games, two victories and two clean sheets - obviously I'm extremely satisfied".

"We now have got to build on these two victories and make sure our new found consistency at home continues on an ongoing basis, both at home and away".

Lippiatt has a full squad to choose from for the Nuneaton clash, apart from midfielder Steve Thompson, who is still sidelined. "We are waiting to hear about a bone scan for Steve", says Colin. "We should know this week".

Central defender Paul Steele is fit again after a bout of flu.

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Fri 20th August 1999
Lippiatt selects whole squad for Alty

Colin Lippiatt has told 18 out of his 19 players to report for first team duty for the game against Altrincham tomorrow. With the reserves not playing every player available has been told to report for potential selection. Following the Kidderminster game Murray Fishlock and Dean Chandler had picked up knocks, but these two players are considered as available.

One player who won't be is Steve Thompson. Reports in the press suggested that Thompson may be out for a month, which is in contradiction to the article in Ciderspace on Wednesday. However, they may be including the time Thommo will need to get back to match fitness where he expects to play two reserve games before he puts himself forward for first team selection.

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Forinton Transfer Bounty Comes In

Howard Forinton, sold to Birmingham City for £70,000 in the summer of 1997 has netted the Glovers an additional £10,000 after Forinton clocked up his tenth appearance for the Blues since leaving Yeovil.

Yeovil stand to net another £10,000 if his team mate Jerry Gill clocks up another three appearances. Gill has appeared on the bench this season but has yet to get onto the pitch.

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Pounder Back in Reserves Management

Tony Pounder has been re-appointed to the Reserves management team as their coach. He will report directly to reserves chief Terry Rowles. Pounder was joint-manager of the reserves side with Maurice O'Donnell during their successful promotion season of 1997/98 but gave the post up when Terry Rowles arrived at the club and first team Head Coach offered Pounder a playing role in the first team squad.

The move, apparently, does not affect Pounder's status in the first team squad, as his duties are predominately focussed on the reserve team's training nights.

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Wed 18th August 1999
Calf Scan For Thommo

Steve Thompson, yet to resume training for the 1999/2000 season has had another set-back in his attempt to get back to full training. His calf muscle injury is still troubling him, and he does not anticipate getting back to full training for at least another fortnight. With the injury showing no improvement, he is currently looking to arrange a scan on his damaged calf muscle to determine what has gone wrong. Steve told us that even once the tissue had healed, that he would be looking for two reserve games before he dared make a challenge for a first team position.

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Thurs 12th August 1999
Keeling Goes For Nothing

Today's Western Gazette confirms the transfer of striker Darren Keeling to Gloucester City, as reported below. However, the paper claims that no transfer fee was involved, with Yeovil settling for a percentage of any future transfer fee involving the player.

In team news for Saturday, the Gazette reports that David Norton could well be in line for a call-up for the Scarborough game, with Head Coach Colin Lippiatt hoping that Murray Fishlock and Dean Chandler will also be available. Both Fishlock and Chandler have been struggling with minor injuries in the pre-season, whilst Norton needs to regain match fitness after missing most of the friendlies through injury.

The Gazette also briefly mentions yesterday's news that the club will be restructuring their share issue next month - and name directors Jon Goddard-Watts and Norman Hayward as the 2 shareholders wanting to increase their investment in the club. Chairman John Fry is quoted as saying: "It is a major step forward for the football club. It will give the club that important extra finance we need as we prepare for the months ahead and our prime goal of achieving Football League status."

Erection 2000 News: The Yeovil Express reports that last Wednesday's Statto of Huish Park Football Quiz was cancelled because too few teams had registered for the event. It is hoped that the Quiz will now be held later in the season.

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Wed 11th August 1999
Money Money Money (It's A Rich Man's World)

Reports are reaching us at Ciderspace that the Yeovil Town board have written to shareholders advising them that a new share issue will take place in the near future. According to reliable sources two shareholders in particular are looking to substantially increase their investment in the club. Given the recent news reported on these pages of the sale of a local company for a very large amount of money, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out who one of these shareholders probably is! More as we get it.....

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Tues 10th August 1999
Tigers Snap Up Keeling

A message left on the Ciderspace Web Forum from a reliable and well-placed source close to the club has indicated that transfer-listed striker Darren Keeling has returned to Gloucester City for a "small fee". The Glovers paid Gloucester £15,000 for Keeling's services less than a year ago, but the striker has found it difficult to break into Yeovil's first team on a regular basis, despite scoring Yeovil's 'Goal of the Season' against Kettering town last season.

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Reserves Impressive Form Continues

Yeovil Town reserves continued their impressive run of form last night at Huish Park with a fine 4-0 victory in the pre-season friendly against Frome Town. The reserves were bolstered by the presence of 3 first-team players; David Norton, Paul Steele and Jamie Pitman all getting a run out.

Chris Colby put Yeovil 1-0 up at half-time, with Simon Futcher, Brad Peters and Chris Moors adding to the scoreline late in the second half.

The reserves begin their defence of the Les Phillips Cup at home, being drawn against Backwell Utd, date yet to be decided.

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Mon 9th August 1999
Fans Internet Man Of The Match Awards

Colin Chesterman presents the award to Warren Patmore Yeovil Town fans Paul and Colin Chesterman are set to continue their support for fans on the internet to vote for their man of the match for every match that Yeovil Town will play in the forthcoming 1999/2000 season. In addition, they plan to spread the ability for fans to vote even further.

Last season, voting was carried out on the Yeovil Town Mailing List and pictured you can see Colin Chesterman presenting Warren Patmore with the award for the Internet Player of the Season for the 1998/99 season. The award was presented prior to the recent Fulham pre-season friendly game.

Paul and Colin's ambition is to spread the voting across all internet media relating to Yeovil and they hope that will include the Ciderspace Web Forum and the forthcoming Yeovil Town Official Internet Site.

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Thurs 5th August 1999
Smith No Longer For Sale

Two reliable sources at Yeovil Town have told Ciderspace today that Ben Smith is now off the transfer list. Smith was put up for sale back in May when his lack of personal fitness and frequent appearances on the substitute bench was believed to be frustrating both Smith and head coach Colin Lippiatt. During the pre-season friendlies, a newer slimmer version of Ben has been back to his best and the club moved quickly to reward Smith for his impressive off-the-field attitude over the summer.

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E2000 : Peace In Our Time?

Former Erection 2000 Committee vice-chairman Mark Kelly's resignation is given space in both of this week's editions of the main local papers, but generally coverage of the dispute is much more restrained than it has been over the last fortnight. In the Yeovil Express the press statement (see below) from E2000 chairman Steve Sowden is reproduced in full and an edited version is available in the Western Gazette. In the Gazette's version no mention is made of Mr Sowden's praise for Mark Kelly's achievements in his time as vice-chairman - Why not, we wonder?

The Express also prints in full a response from G&WSC secretary Gayle Franklin to last week's criticism of the supporters club by Steve Sowden. In it she points out that the G&WSC's responsibilities are to the well-being of Yeovil Town FC as a whole, as well as to the Appeal Fund. In regard to the criticism of G&WSC chairman George Coggen, she says that in view of Mr Coggen's existing "seven-day-a-week" commitment to Yeovil Town it would be unfair to expect him to add to that burden. She goes on to point out that the G&WSC have funded Erection 2000 stickers which will be available soon, have formed sub-committees to work on future fund-raising schemes and that individual G&WSC members have been present at all fund-raising events so far. She ends her letter by saying: "Achieve by unity is the club's motto - let's work this way as this is the only way we are going to raise the money required."

It is with some relief that we turn to the football news - and the Express reports that it is likely that midfielder Steve Thompson will miss the start of the season after breaking down in training again with the same calf injury he suffered at the end of last season. Also missing from the opening day game at Scarborough a week on Saturday will be Jamie Pitman and Paul Steele, both being suspended after events in the game against Cheltenham last season.

Today's Gazette features an 8-page pullout on the forthcoming Conference season, but it's back-page lead focuses on Owen Pickard's move to Dorchester. In the article Pickard claims that he never wanted to leave Yeovil and that at various times last season he had verbally agreed a new contract with Colin Lippiatt only for the board to veto the proposed deals. Elsewhere it seems that another ex-Yeovil striker has become surplus to requirements - Dean Birkby has been released by Forest Green Rovers.

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Tues 3rd August 1999
E2000 : Mark Kelly resigns, More Events Announced

Friday (August 6) is the final day to enter two events being staged in aid of the Erection 2000 Appeal which has a target of £150,000 to help finance the building of a roof above the home terrace at Ycovil Town’s Huish Park stadium.

Entry forms for the Statto of Huish Park Football Knowledge Quiz - which is being held on August 11 - and the Erection 2000 Appeal Fantasy Football League are available from fund committee chairman Steve Sowden at 46 Princes Street, Yeovil. Anyone wishing further information can phone Steve on 01935 479811 or fax him on 01935 432251.

But Steve added: "People must get their application forms into me by Friday."

The appeal committee held its latest meeting on Monday night and it was a lively affair as a result of recent unsavoury incidents regarding the Green and White Supporters’ Club and the newly-launched Yeovil Town Independent Supporters’ Association.

Steve said: "It has been a difficult time in the past few weeks with all this arguing going on between certain groups. Unfortunately, it has rubbed off onto the appeal committee. But I am not going to allow the current squabbling to harm the appeal fund."

Appeal committee vice-chairman Mark Kelly has resigned from the post as a result of the recent events.

And Steve added: "It is with regret that Mark has bcen forced into this position. He offered his resignation following a discussion at Monday’s meeting.

"On behalf of the committee I would like to take this opportunity of thanking Mark for all his hard work, enthusiasm and efforts in helping to get the appeal fund off to a wonderful start. I will certainly miss his burning desire to get things moving quickly, but I hope we will be able to make progress and reach our goal and I am determined that we will.

"But, in saying that. I hope that Mark and other members of the Yeovil Town Independent Supporters’ Association will continue to give their full backing to the appeal with the same determination and willingness as they have shown ever since the fund was launched in April.

"Their support is without doubt vital if we are to achieve our target and see the home end at Huish Park covered."

Meanwhile, Steve Sowden and Huish Park barman Shaun Small are busy collecting sponsors for their planned sponsored head shave on September 11.

A car treasure hunt is planned for the following day on September 12, and another fund-raising quiz evening - with rounds covering topics such as pop music and sport - will be held at Huish Park a week earlier on September 5.

More news about the Erection 2000 Appeal will be available later.

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