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Sun 28th October 2001
Missioners Impossible

Ah, the magic of the FA Cup! Another chance to lock horns with the big boys, to show those upstart league clubs that we are the famous Yeovil Town FC, scourge of Division 2 in particular and the most famous giant-killers in FA Cup history bar none.... Only one small problem, we were drawn against Hayes in the 4th Qualifying Round.

HAYES, or 'Ayes, as they're more widely known. We always lose against 'Ayes in cup competitions (see here for the proof) whilst generally beating them comfortably enough in the league. And so it came to pass yesterday at Church Road - it was a cup competition, we were playing Hayes, we lost.

The Glovers started badly, giving away a soft goal after a mere 2 minutes, Ian Hodges the beneficiary of a defensive error. Yeovil came back into the game, Andy Turner equalising on 38 minutes only for another defensive error to gift Hodges and Hayes [or should that be 'Odges and 'Ayes - ed] the lead again less than a minute later. Yeovil had most of the possession throughout the match, hit the post 3 times and created many good chances, but it wasn't to be - we were playing Hayes in the cup after all and you can't argue with the tide of history. To add insult to injury Hodges completed his hat-trick in second half injury-time to leave the final score Hayes 3 Yeovil 1. The Ciderspace match report page is now online.

Hayes now have a home tie against 2nd Division Wycombe to look forward to in the 1st Round proper, but in the meantime the Glovers have the chance to put yesterday's game behind them on Wednesday when they travel to the Memorial Stadium to play Bristol Rovers in the prestigious and in no way unimportant or mickey-mouse-like LDV Vans Trophy Round 2. A reminder that the game is all-ticket to Yeovil fans, available from the club shop.

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Thurs 25th October 2001
YTISA Fanzine On Sale

Issue 7, the latest edition of the Independent Barmy Army, the fanzine published by the Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association has now been released and will be on sale at the Hayes FA Cup match this coming Saturday and the Bristol Rovers LDV Trophy tie next Wednesday, price 50p.

The magazine includes many interesting articles including an interview with former Yeovil player Jess Payne.

Also included in the magazine is a spoof version of Channel Four's Big Brother.

The association has named it 'Glovers Big Brother' and various personalities from Yeovil are set to be put into the Glovers Big Brother house for six months. To find out who they are and who you think should be evicted from the house then buy a copy of the Barmy Army magazine which is out this Saturday.

For more details about the magazine or to reserve a copy phone YTISA chairman Mark Kelly on 01935-412236 or e-mail magazine editor Stewart Bratherton at

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Thurs 25th October 2001
Stansfield Set To Sign?

Triallist Adam Stansfield is in talks with Yeovil Town and is set to sign for the club - at least, according to this week's editions of the Western Gazette and the Yeovil Express. The 22-year-old Elmore striker has been training with the Glovers for the last week and evidently has done enough to persuade manager Gary Johnson to offer a contract - although Dr Marten's Premier League side Salisbury City are also said to be chasing the striker, who has scored 8 goals for Elmore in the Screwfix Direct League this season.

Johnson was due to watch the Chippenham v Redditch match last night to assess Chippenham defender Nathan Rudge who has also been training with the Glovers for the last week, and to keep an eye on the form of James Bent, currently on loan at Hardenhuish Park. The other player on trial at Yeovil for the past week, French midfielder Stephane Auvray, has been released.

Decisions are also due soon on three members of the first team squad. Kim Grant and Tommy Schram still have one week and two weeks left on their trial periods respectively and Scott Ramsay's loan period from Brighton is due to expire after the home match v Chester on November 3rd.

"I am in weekly contact with his [Ramsay's] club, as you have to be," Johnson told the Gazette. "The current manager Peter Taylor will probably talk to the staff who were there previously to ask what they think they should do about Scott. But as far as I am concerned, Scott is showing me he would like to be at Yeovil by the way he is training and playing and by his attitude towards the area. We will have to wait and see and I will not make any decisions until a few days before his loan is up.

"I think Scott will want to know where his long-term future lies, as opposed to his short-term future, and that will be the same with fellow striker Kim Grant."

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Wed 24th October 2001
Young Glovers Clip Angels Wings

Yeovil Town's Youth Team produced another fighting comeback after going a goal down in the first half of their FA Youth Cup 1st Round proper tie v Tonbridge Angels at Huish Park on Tuesday night.

The young Glovers hit back with 2 second half goals from strikers Dean Ritchie and Richard Parkinson to win the tie 2-1. Yeovil now go on to play either Kingstonian or Oxford United in the 2nd Round, date yet to be arranged.

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Wed 24th October 2001
The Way Cleared For A Return?

Much better news from Huish Park today on the injury situation. The results of the scan on Darren Way's injured ankle were clear, and he is expected to be able to resume training. If Dazza can prove his fitness ahead of the Fourth Qualifying Round tie at Church Road on Saturday he is likely to be recalled in place of the suspended Lee Johnson.
Gary Johnson was up-beat when he spoke to the Western Daily Press : "The scan showed there is no major problem with Darren's ankle, which is good news. He's been out for a couple of weeks so we'll have to see how he is after training, but I'm hopeful of having him available for Saturday."
Both Colin Pluck and Andy Turner are expected to have recovered from their injuries by Saturday and be available for selection.

Gary Johnson went to St James Park to watch Bristol Rovers last night ahead of next Wednesday's LDV Vans Trophy Second Round match at the Memorial Stadium. He'll have seen Rovers fail to score yet again, for the fourth match in a row, and go down 1-0 to lowly Exeter City. Rovers also had Mark Walters sent off: a straight red for a dangerous tackle ten minutes before the end.

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Tues 23rd October 2001
Injury Problems Continue At Huish Park

Today's Western Daily Press reports that the fitness of midfield dynamo Darren Way is causing concern at Huish Park. Darren last played in the 2-1 home defeat against Margate on October 9th, where he picked up a seemingly fairly innocuous ankle injury. His return seemed imminent but things appear to have regressed. Darren has been unable to train and the club have now sent him for a scan on the ankle. Manager Gary Johnson said: Darren's injury is a little bit of a worry but we will know how bad it is when we get the results of the scan back. He has been in rehab but hasn't progressed as quickly as we had hoped and that's why we sent him for a scan. With Lee [Johnson] suspended we could do with having him available on Saturday but if he is not then someone else will get a chance.

The paper also casts doubt on the immediate return to availability of keeper Jon Sheffield who strained his groin in the same game, saying he'll be out for another two weeks. Further bad news is that defender Colin Pluck, who limped off at Victoria Road against table-toppers Dagenham & Redbridge, and Andy Turner, who had to be substituted at Bower Fold on Saturday, also missed training through injury yesterday and will be further monitored during the week.

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Sun 21st October 2001
After The Lord Mayors Show

It was probably a case of 'after the Lord Mayor's Show' for the Glovers at Stalybridge Celtic yesterday, with Yeovil unable to raise their game to the heights enjoyed against QPR on Tuesday, coming away from a dank and dreary Bower Fold with a 1-1 draw. Carl Alford was Yeovil's scorer, the match report is now online.

The result means Yeovil drop another 2 points on leaders Dagenham and are now 14 points behind the top spot in 7th place. There's a break in league action for a fortnight now with the Glovers travelling to Church Road next Saturday for the 4th Qualifying Round FA Cup clash vs Hayes, and then playing Bristol Rovers in the LDV Vans Trophy Round 2 a week on Wednesday (31st October).

In the meantime, anyone looking for a game to watch ought to head to Huish Park this coming Tuesday evening (23rd October, 7.45pm kick-off) when the Glovers Youth Team take on Tonbridge Angels Youth in the 1st Round proper of the FA Youth Cup. The Under-18 side have been in superb form so far this season and with more and more Youth Team players graduating through to the senior ranks (Chris Weale and Chris Giles the latest examples, joining Anthony Tonkin and Andy Lindegaard in the senior squad) this is a side well worth watching. The Main Stand only will be open for the match, and tickets cost £4 adults, £2 concessions.

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Sat 20th October 2001
Rovers Ticketing Arrangements Announced

The club have announced intitial details of ticketing arrangements for the upcoming LDV Vans Trophy R2 match v Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium on Wed 31st October., 7.45pm kick-off. The match is all-ticket to Glovers fans with approximately 1,600 tickets allocated for both the terrace and stand.

Tickets will go on sale at the club to season-ticket holders only from Wed 24th October, with a limit of one ticket per person. Non season-ticket holders can buy tickets from Sun 28th October onwards. No details are yet available regarding postal/telephone applications.

Tickets to the Stand cost £8 adults, £5 concessions (u16's/OAP's). Terrace tickets cost £5 adults, £1 concessions (u16's/OAP's). See the club's official website for the details, including times of ticket office opening.

In other news the club have announced that the date of any possible replay of the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round at Hayes will be Tues 6th November. Also, the upcoming Conference match at Southport has been re-arranged to Fri 9th November, 7.45pm kick-off, to avoid a clash with the England friendly game being played on Sat 10th November at 3pm.

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Fri 19th October 2001
QPR/Barnet Video Available To Buy

The club have announced on the official website that a video of the recent 2-3 away win at Barnet and this Tuesday's 3-0 win over QPR will be available to buy from the club shop soon, price £11.75, or £13.50 including postage and packing. Full details, including how to order are on the official site - see the link on the front page.

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Thurs 18th October 2001
Grant - No News Is, er, No News

Today's Western Gazette reports that the future of Glovers triallist Kim Grant has yet to be decided. The striker is playing for Yeovil on a non-contract basis though has had 'options' to go to several Football League clubs. With another week left on his two-week trial at the club it appears that both the player and manager Gary Johnson will wait until next week before any decisions are made.

"I felt we needed that type of player and I have been proved right," Johnson told the Gazette. "We will have to wait and see what happens there. At the end of the day, you have to be sure you do not make any knee-jerk decisions. Everyone is going to want two or three-year contracts on big money. He has been terrific for us. He has got his two weeks and we will discuss things when the time is right."

Johnson indicated to the paper that he would like to sign former Bolton defender Gary Haveron on a full-time basis following some excellent performances recently, saying: "What Gary shows is a great mentality to the game. He has been working like a Trojan and shows he is the exact type of person we want and has the right mentality towards his football. We will see what happens."

In the meantime Yeovil - as promised - are continually bringing in other triallists for the club to run the rule over. The Gazette reports that this week's batch includes former Caen defender/midfielder Stephane Auvray, Chippenham defender Nathan Rudge and Elmore forward Adam Stansfield. All three were expected to play in the Reserves behind-closed-doors fixture at Exeter City yesterday afternoon and will train with the club for the rest of the week.

Finally, there's better injury news at last for Gary Johnson ahead of the weekend's Conference match at Stalybridge Celtic. Terry Skiverton, Colin Pluck and Darren Way could all be fit for Saturday. Also available for selection is new signing Adam Lockwood following his recent suspension, and striker Scott Ramsay after Brighton refused to let the on-loan striker play in Tuesday's 3-0 win over QPR in the LDV Vans Trophy. It's obviously much better for the manager to have a full squad to choose from, but just one question - who's the boss going to drop following that magnificent performance on Tuesday?!

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Wed 17th October 2001
LDV Vans Trophy R2 Draw

Yeovil Town's reward for their excellent 3-0 win over QPR at Huish Park last night is a trip to the Memorial Stadium to play 3rd Division Bristol Rovers in the 2nd Round of the LDV Vans Trophy, the match to be played in the week starting 29th October.

The full draw is as follows (Conference teams in bold):-

Rochdale v Port Vale
Oldham Athletic v Tranmere Rovers
Wrexham v Huddersfield Town
Hull City v Leigh RMI
Scunthorpe United v Darlington
Bury v Notts County
Mansfield Town v Blackpool
Chesterfield v Kidderminster Harriers

Bristol Rovers v YEOVIL TOWN
Southend United v Bristol City
Dagenham & Redbridge v Luton Town
Northampton Town v Barnet
Cardiff City v Peterborough United
Reading v Colchester United
Cambridge United v Cheltenham Town
Brighton v Wycombe Wanderers

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Wed 17th October 2001
YTISA Bring Fireworks To Huish Park

Yesterday's superb 3-0 win over Second Division side Queens Park Rangers in the LDV was preceded by a mini-fireworks display. Green and white fireworks lit up the night sky giving a colourful and noisy welcome to the players as they came out onto the pitch.

The idea behind the display came from Glovers manager Gary Johnson, and via Press Officer Shaun Small, the Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association were approached and Chairman Mark Kelly agreed to fund the costs of the display.

"We thought it was a good idea and said we would give it a go to see what effect it had on the atmosphere in the ground," said Mark Kelly. "If the club want us to, and if they feel it was a success, we can look at doing the same thing at other mid-week home games."

The YTISA are looking to run a supporters coach to Hayes on October 27th for the club's FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round tie in West London. Supporters wishing to book a seat for the tie should contact YTISA Chairman Mark Kelly on 01935-412236 to book their seat and for further information.

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Wed 17th October 2001
Cup Kings Trump Queens Park Rangers

Yeovil Town took their F.A. Cup tradition and transferred it to the rather less prestigious and ungloriously named LDV Vans Trophy Shield last night. A full strength Queens Park Rangers side, currently sixth in Division Two, came to Huish Park and were soundly beaten. The 3-0 scoreline, with two goals from Chris Giles and one from trialist Kim Grant, in no way flattered Yeovil who had the game won even before QPR's Ben Askar was red carded for a professional foul shortly before the end. The Ciderspace match report page is online here.

Elsewhere in the competition there were also good performances from Dagenham & Redbridge, who came back from two goals down to beat Orient with a golden goal - bad luck Mr. Hearn! - and Barnet, who beat Bournemouth 2-1, also with a golden goal. Leigh RMI are the other Conference club through to the next round after defeating fellow Non-leaguers Scarborough 2-1 with a golden goal penalty two minutes into extra time.

Doncaster Rovers and Southport followed Stevenage Borough's early exit to Southend United on Monday evening, losing to Kidderminster Harriers and Rochdale respectively.

The draw for the next round is expected to be on Radio 5 Live this evening at around 8.30 pm.

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Mon 15th October 2001
FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round Draw

Yeovil Town have been drawn away against fellow Conference outfit Hayes in the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round draw, the tie to be played at Church Road on Sat 27th October, 3pm kick off.

The full draw is as follows (Conference teams in bold):-

Stalybridge Celtic v. Runcorn FC Halton / Bedlington Terriers
Harrogate Railway v. Morecambe
Telford United v. Northwich Victoria
Doncaster Rovers v. Emley
Boston United v. Farsley Celtic / Brigg Town
Leigh RMI v. Worksop Town
Barrow / Rossendale United v. Chester City
Altrincham v. Nuneaton Borough
Marine v. Southport
Whitby Town v. Scarborough
Lancaster City v. Vauxhall Motors
Kings Lynn v. Farnborough Town
Dover Athletic v. Hereford United
Chelmsford City / Harlow Town v. Bedford Town
Havant & Waterlooville v. Barnet
Purfleet / Grays Athletic v. Margate
Belper Town v. Worcester City
Yeading v. Aylesbury United
Hucknall Town v. Cambridge City
Woking v. Newport County
Folkestone Invicta v. Welling United
Merthyr Tydfil / Mangotsfield United v. Lewes
Stevenage Borough v. Kettering Town
Burton Albion v. Gravesend & Northfleet
Fisher Athletic v. Forest Green Rovers
Aldershot Town v. Hendon / Hitchin Town
Billericay Town v. Tiverton Town
Basingstoke Town v. Dagenham & Redbridge
Weymouth v. Histon / Hinckley United
Tamworth v. Cirencester Town
Canvey Island v. Stafford Rangers

Ties to be played Sat 27th October. Prize money for winning a 4th Qualifying round match is £20,000 - losers get nothing!

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Sun 14th October 2001

Who is this man?

Photograph : Ciderspace
Ciderspace needs your help. Who is this shifty ham roll burgler, snapped half-inching food out of the very mouths of our players, from the post-match buffet table at Manor Park?

A substantial reward is on offer for information leading to the apprehension of the light-fingered one. E-mail us in confidence.

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Sun 14th October 2001
Daggers Drawn

Yeovil Town's topsy-turvy season continued at Victoria Road yesterday when an injury and illness-ravaged team drew 1-1 with league leaders Dagenham & Redbridge in a pulsating match which could have gone either way, though most neutrals would probably agree that the draw was the fair result in the end.

The Glovers hit the woodwork three times in the match, which saw Gary Haveron, Tommy Schram and Andy Lindegaard make their first Conference starts this season. Scott Ramsay was the Glovers goalscorer - the match report is now online. The result moves Yeovil one place up the Conference table to 7th on 25 points, 12 behind Dagenham, who remain in 1st position.

There was good news for Glovers fans after the match - the club's official site announced that defender Adam Lockwood, on-loan from Reading for the last month and suspended for yesterday's game, has agreed a two and a half year deal with Yeovil and will sign for the club on Monday. Rumours around the ground yesterday were suggesting that Reading initially demanded £50,000 for the talented youngster before eventually agreeing to release him on a free transfer. An excellent piece of work by the club, in Ciderspace's humble opinion.

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Fri 12th October 2001
Glovers Too Strong For Minehead

A mixed Yeovil Town side composed of some first-teamers, reservists and youth team players proved far too strong for a battling Minehead side at Huish Park last night in a Somerset Premier Cup 1st Round clash, the Glovers winning 3-0. Richard Parkinson, Steve Thompson and Chris Giles were the goalscorers, the match report is now online.

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Thurs 11th October 2001
Glovers To Get Grant Aid?

Former Ghana international forward Kim Grant is on trial for a week at Huish Park. The 28-year-old has had a varied career with spells at clubs as diverse as Charlton Athletic, Luton Town, Millwall, Notts County, Lommel (Belguim), Marco (Portugal) and last but not least Scunthorpe United, from whom he was released earlier this season. Grant has made over 200 Football League appearances altogether, scoring 36 goals in that time.

"He has just come back after playing in Portugal and he is a little bit unfit at the moment," Yeovil boss Gary Johnson told the Western Gazette. "He will be with us for a week, so I will have a good look at him."

Meanwhile Danish utility player Tommy Schram has been talking to the Gazette about his forthcoming month at Huish Park. Schram has been helping his Icelandic club IBV to 2nd place in the Icelandic League and previously has played for Herfolge when they won the Danish League 2 years ago, as well as for Brondby in the Champions League; and it's clear from his comments that he considers that the club are on trial from his viewpoint as much as he is on trial from the club's point of view.

"I am here for a month and I am going to look at Yeovil and the club are going to look at me," he told the Gazette. "When the month is over here, I will have a talk with the manager and he will tell me what he thinks about me and I will tell him what I think about Yeovil. But so far it has been okay and the guys and the men around the team are nice, although I have only been here for two or three days."

"I have given it one month and although I would like to move to a higher standard, while I am here for the month I will try to play as well as I can and hopefully help them win some matches. I can always go back to play for a Danish club but I wanted to go out and see some new things and play some different football in foreign countries. England is a good country to play in. It is a new experience for me and I am looking forward to it."

Schram is certain to start for Yeovil on Saturday at league leaders Dagenham & Redbridge, probably deputising for Adam Lockwood at right-back, the Reading loan player being suspended. Another new face in the Yeovil team could be central defender Gary Haveron if Colin Pluck fails to recover from the neck injury that caused him to miss the second half of the Margate game on Tuesday evening. Club captain Terry Skiverton and goalkeeper Jon Sheffield will definitely miss the match at Victoria Road, both being out for another fortnight at least.

Former Glovers boss Dave Webb has resigned as manager of 3rd Division Southend United, though it's widely expected that he will be moving onto the board of the struggling Essex club. Webb signed Ben Smith, Barrington Belgrave and Gareth Risbridger from Yeovil when he moved to Roots Hall, though Risbrisger has since gone on loan to Conference side Dover. Webb oversaw the Glovers transition from part-time to a full-time outfit, and recently said that he had only ever taken the Yeovil job on as "a bit of fun"....

Finally, reciprocal to the arrangements that will see Yeovil undertaking a pre-season tour of Latvia next summer, Latvian champions Skonto Riga are to play a friendly match against Yeovil at Huish Park in November, date to be arranged.

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Thurs 11th October 2001
At Least Margate Turned Up

Another home match, and another poor home performance - that was the sorry tale at Huish Park on Tuesday night when the Glovers slipped to their 4th home defeat of the season, a record only one team - Leigh RMI - can improve on, if improve is the right word which it probably isn't.

2nd placed Margate did the damage this time, winning 2-1. Carl Alford notched Yeovil's solitary goal in front of yet another decent crowd - just over 2,500 - but one wonders how much longer Glovers fans will continue to turn up in such good numbers when served up with the diet of dross that has constituted home performances so far this season. It's fortunate that, in complete contrast, the team's away form is so good, keeping us vaguely interested still in the championship challenge despite our Huish Park blues. The Ciderspace match report page can be found here.

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Tues 9th October 2001
Skivo, Sheffield Injury Woe

Today's edition of the Western Daily Press reports that both club captain Terry Skiverton and goalkeeper Jon Sheffield are going to be on the injured list for a matter of weeks. Both players will miss the important Conference games against Margate and Dagenham, plus the LDV Vans Trophy match v QPR at a minimum.

According to the paper Skivo fractured his eye socket in the win at Barnet last week and will be out for 3 weeks. Sheffield pulled a groin muscle in the draw against Morecambre on Saturday and is expected to be out for a fortnight.

Boss Gary Johnson said to the WDP: "Skivo is the latest to fall foul of the injury curse which seems to be hitting our central defenders and it’s getting ridiculous. But the welfare of the player comes first and our medical team will make sure Terry is fully recovered before he plays again. Shef had just won everyone over with some brilliant performances and then he goes and injures his groin. But we’ve put together a squad to cover for this type of thing and some of the other players will get a chance now."

Colin Pluck is expected to continue to deputise for Skivo tonight against Margate, with either Steve Collis or Chris Weale taking over in goal from Jon Sheffield. According to the WDP on-trial Tommy Schram and returning from suspension Michael McIndoe will both feature in the Glovers squad, but on the bench to begin with.

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Sun 7th October 2001
Friendly Latvians On Route To Huish?

Following the visit of Latvia's national coach Alex Starkovs and F.A. president Guntis Inrikson to Huish Park last week, which resulted in the provisional arrangement of a pre-season tour of Latvia next summer for the Yeovil Town squad, it has emerged that Latvian champions Skonto Riga have been pencilled in for a friendly match at Huish Park in November. Yeovil manager Gary Johnson was also invited to yesterday's Scotland - Latvia match by Inrikson, but had to decline as Yeovil faced Morecambe earlier in the afternoon. For the same reason Johnson had to turn down offers from television and radio companies to commentate on the game.

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Sat 6th October 2001
Rock On Tommy

Speculation has been rife for weeks that Dane Tommy Schram could be arriving at Huish Park after the Icelandic season finished at the end of September. Ciderspace can confirm that Tommy will be arriving in Yeovil tomorrow on trial for a month. Tommy spent a week with Yeovil in the summer but chose to go to IBV (no, we don't know what it stands for) in the Icelandic league. At the time manager Gary Johnson let it be known that he had been impressed by Schram and that the door was still open for him. Today Johnson confirmed his arrival, and said Schram was a versatile player who could slot into positions all across the back four and in mid-field.

Jon Sheffield, first choice keeper this season, looks set to miss his first game of the campaign. A groin strain picked up a few minutes before the end of today's match against Morecambe makes Jon very unlikely to start on Tuesday against Margate. The decision is likely to be left until Monday when Sheffield comes in for training and an assessment can be made about how the injury has reacted. Terry Skiverton, who missed today's tie after being knocked out and stretchered off at Barnet mid-week, is not a certainty for Tuesday either. Johnson said that his captain was fit but still in pain, and he hadn't wanted to take the risk with a player still carrying significant bruising around the eye. A late decision is likely to be made about whether Terry starts on Tuesday.

As for the game itself today, perhaps the kindest thing that could be said about it is that it wasn't a classic! A strong wind made conditions difficult for both teams and both defenses were on top for most of the match. Morecambe took the lead after the break, an unchallenged header from Robbie Talbot defeating Jon Sheffield. It took until the final minute for the Glovers to equalise, a superb individual strike from Nick Crittenden leaving the final score at 1-1, and extending the Glovers unbeaten run to 6 games. The Ciderspace match report page can be found here.

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Thurs 4th October 2001
Summer Holiday!

Following on from the news reported below that Alexandr Starkovs, manager of Skonto Riga, and Guntis Indriksons, president of the Latvian Football Federation were guests of Yeovil Town last weekend at the Leigh RMI game; it has now emerged that more than polite smalltalk was being exchanged over the pre-match drinks:

The club has announced on its official website that the Glovers will undertake a pre-season tour of Latvia next July, playing 3 of that country's leading teams, including Skonto Riga, who have been regulars in the Champions League competition over the last decade. No more details than that have been released at present, start saving now for what will doubtless be the mother of all away trips!

In other news today the club have also announced on its official website that midfielder Glenn Poole has joined Dr Martens Premier Division outfit Bath City on a month's loan. As with the loaning-out of James Bent to Chippenham earlier this week, it's felt that first team experience at a higher level than the Western League will help to sharpen up a player struggling to break into the Glovers first team at present. In which case unkind people will doubtless ask 'why has he gone to Barf?', but not us at Ciderspace, obviously. We have the greatest of respect for our friends at Barf Bath, and offer our sincere condolences to them after their most unfortunate 3-1 home FA Cup defeat to Western League side Bideford last Saturday. Good luck to Glenn, he might need it!

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Thurs 4th October 2001
Someone's Learning....

Oh, the irony! This week's edition of the Western Gazette contains a plea from chairman John Fry - a man not usually renowned for a patient atitude at the best of times - for the Huish Park crowd to get behind the team at home and to show patience if things don't immediately go right on the pitch.

"Gary [Johnson] is aware of the weaknesses and strengths of the team," Fry said to the Gazette, "but he cannot do it all in a month - he might not do it in a year. But in my view, Gary has started in an excellent way, especially when you consider he took over someone else’s team. There have been lots of plusses and a lot of minuses but that is football. The trouble with all football fans these days, no matter who they support, is that they expect success overnight and that is not going to happen."

"We have a lot of matches coming up and you do not need people getting on the backs of the team. They will have good days and bad days and while the supporters are free to criticise, and that is one of the good things about this country, if they do not get behind the team the players get nervous and tense and do not perform. So many of the managers we have had here have felt deflated because the crowd have got on their backs."

Well, indeed! It's not often we find ourselves agreeing so heartily with Mr Fry, but he's entirely right in this instance. He goes on to say: "Gary is obviously still wanting to fine tune the team. We went out with a deliberate policy of taking someone on for three years. There is still some tuning to be done and some changes to be made but that is Gary’s decision."

Again, this is very encouraging. Evidence of long-term planning on the football side at least has been in short supply in recent years at Huish Park with club hiring and firing managers at such a rate as to support he suspicion that they were attempting to enter the Guinness Book of Records as the club with the most managers in the shortest period of time, but this new long-term vision (well, 3 years is practically an eternity going by recent standards) is very welcome indeed; so welcome that we will resist the opportunity to wonder out loud what might have been achieved if certain other managers had been given the same long-term backing. No matter! It's water under the bridge now and with Gary Johnson the club has a young manager with, it seems, time on his side to achieve the aim of league football for this club.

In other news from the local press, the Gazette reports that Gary Johnson's Latvian links are still alive and well, with Alexandr Starkovs, manager of Skonto Riga, the Manchester United of Latvian football; and Guntis Indriksons, president of the Latvian Football Federation visiting Huish Park as guests of the club at last Saturday's 2-1 win against Leigh RMI. It's hoped that eventually the manager's ongoing links with the Latvian footballing hierarchy will lead to players from that country arriving at Huish Park, although Latvia will almost certainly have to join the EU before such a scenario could happen.

In injury news, the Gazette reports that club captain Terry Skiverton is a doubt for Saturday's game v Morecambe after blacking out following a clash of heads in Tuesday's win at Barnet. "I cannot remember how it happened," Skiverton told the Gazette. "I think Tony Farmer (Glovers’ physio) said I was knocked out for two minutes. Tony put me in the recovery position and he did really well - so did Jon Sheffield. I do not know if I will be ready for Saturday. I feel absolutely great today (Wednesday) but after what happened with Colin Pluck I think I will just see how it is nearer the time. But I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will be all right. I do not want to put any time limits on it and try to rush myself back, especially with Plucky doing so well. The most important thing is to make sure I am okay."

The Glovers will definitely be without long-term broken-leg victim Roy O'Brien on Saturday, and Michael McIndoe will also be missing, serving the final match of his 3-game suspension following his sending-off earlier in the season. Macca is back in light training this week following the ankle injury he sustained at Hereford a fortnight ago. He could be back in contention for a first-team place for the visit of Margate, next Tuesday evening.

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Wed 3rd October 2001
So Much For 'The National Game'

Have you been wondering where Sky TV's highlights and goals programme featuring non-league football, 'The National Game' has gone? Wonder no more - Sky have pulled the plug on the programme for this season at least, according to an email Ciderspace has received from the broadcaster's fobbing off complaints dept, sorry, Viewer Relations Unit. Sky's reply says there are no plans to re-introduce the programme to the schedules this season, though the broadcaster still intends to feature "up to" 10 Conference matches live on TV.

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Wed 3rd October 2001
Glovers Draw Bees Sting

Yeovil Town's superb away form continued at the Underhill Stadium last night as the Glovers brought yet another opposition winning streak to an abrupt halt, beating Barnet 2-3 in front of the Londoners biggest crowd of the season so far, 1,583, including approximately 300 travelling fans.

The Glovers stunned Barnet, previously unbeaten at home this season, by taking a 2-0 lead with goals either side of the break by Nick Crittenden and Lee Johnson, before Scott Ramsay made the game apparently safe with 8 minutes left on the clock to give Yeovil a 3-goal cushion. However, the Bees came back into the game with 2 late strikes to make the 5 minutes of injury time rather less comfortable than the travelling fans would have liked! Nevertheless, this was a fine win for Yeovil - let's hope the team's superb away form can now be translated into improved performances at home as well, something the home support can certainly do their bit to help with, starting against Morecambe on Saturday. The Ciderspace match report page can be found here

After the match it emerged that skipper Terry Skiverton, who had been stretchered off in the first half after evidently being knocked out briefly, had made a good recovery, with no ill-effects.

In other news, striker James Bent has signed for Dr Martens Western League side Chippenham on a month's loan. James has struggled to break into the team this season, making only one substitute appearance so far, and sources at the club say first team action elsewhere will help to keep his sharpness up.

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