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Thurs 31st October 2002
Cheltenham Cup Tie Is All-Ticket

Yeovil Town FC have released the following details on ticket arrangements for the forthcoming FA Cup 1st Round tie v Cheltenham Town:

PRICES:

Vice Presidents: £13
Main and Bartlett Stands: £10; £8 (O.A.P.s); £5 (Under 16ís)
Westland Stand: £9; £6 (O.A.P.ís); £4 (Under 16ís)

SALE ARRANGEMENTS:

SEASON TICKET HOLDERS:
Tickets will be available from the Huish Park ticket office from 12 Noon on Saturday 9th. November. They will also be available from inside the stadium from 2pm on Saturday 9th. November at the match against Dagenham & Redbridge.
Season ticket holders have until 12 noon on Friday 15th. to claim their tickets.

REMAINDER OF TICKETS:
Tickets will go on sale on Sunday 10th. November from 10am to 1pm and thereafter from the Huish Park Ticket Office from 9am to 5pm Monday 11th. to Friday 15th. November and from 9am on the 16th. November.

POSTAL APPLICATIONS:
The procedure for postal applications for tickets for Yeovil Town's forthcoming FA Cup First Round tie against Cheltenham Town, to be held on Saturday 16th November, kick-off 3.00pm, has been finalised by the club.

Postal applications via cheque and credit card are welcome and the club now also accept Switch payments. Cheques must be made payable to Yeovil Town FC. Please remember to enclose a Stamped Addressed Envelope to aid a speedy turnaround to your application.

Note that to cover costs, a charge of 45 pence will be levied against Debit card transactions. Credit card transactions will also have a surcharge - 3 percent of the total value of tickets. Cheques do not require a surcharge.

Write to: Cheltenham FA Cup Tickets, The Ticket Office, Huish Park, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8YF, remembering your Stamped Addressed Envelope. Additional enquiries can be made by telephoning the Ticket Office on (01935) 423662.

Please try and get your postal applications in by Monday 11th November at the latest to enable the ticket office staff to turn round your order in time.

Halifax goalkeeper Lee Butler has been banned for a further five games following his sending off in the Glovers 3-0 win over the Shaymen at Dorchester in September. Butler, who has already served a one-game suspension for the red card, has been found guilty by a Football Association disciplinary panel of violent conduct and bringing the game into disrepute. Terry Skiverton and Abdoulai Demba were dismissed in the same incident, but Demba's red card and subsequent suspension were overturned on appeal. Skiverton's appeal failed, the Yeovil skipper going on to serve a 3-match suspension.

Defender Adam Lockwood could be missing from the Glovers squad to go to Chester this Saturday - he's suffering from a bruised foot. Otherwise Gary Johnson will have a full squad to select from, with the exception of long-term injured Tom White and Adam Stansfield, and the suspended Colin Pluck.

A reminder that there will be coaches running to the Deva Stadium on Saturday: The Green and White Supporters' Club departure times are 7.45am from Yeovil Bus Station and 8am from Huish Park, no prices given. For more details phone G&WSC chairman George Coggen on 01935-423662 (day), 01935-420716 (evening) or 07803 110288 (mobile). Alternatively the Yeovil Town Independent Supporters' Association will also be running transport to the Chester City match leaving Yeovil Bus Station at 8am, seats costing £15. For more details contact association treasurer Stewart Bratherton on 01935 472717.

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Thurs 31st October 2002
Johnson: Bath Made Us Sweat!

Glovers boss Gary Johnson has been giving his reaction to the 3-1 win over Bath City on Tuesday night. Speaking to a press conference immediately after the game Gary said: "We came out all gun's ablazing in the second half but we had to because although we hadn't quite carried on like we were on Sunday as we created a few half chances, we certainly weren't playing to the standards we want. The early goal settled everybody down - Demba will tell you its a move we've been working on all week with him and he tucked it away nicely. And once you get the second one you think that's it but Bath showed that they weren't going to lay down and die, just like they showed in the other game - we knew it was going to take a lot to break their spirit so you have to give them credit. They stuck in there at 2-0 , put three up front, come back to 2-1 and I was just a bit worried but Macca pulled out a tremendous goal and we played really well as a team for the last 20 minutes.

"So a difficult tie but we have got through ,I'm sure the board of directors are pleased that we are through after two games and I 'm happy that we've got through it. Last year we were beaten at Hayes and this year we are in the first round proper and when it comes round we will be really really looking forward to the Cheltenham game.

"We have Chester in our minds now because we can go 8 points clear of them on Saturday and that would be very very nice but when that's over and the Dagenham game is over we will look forward to the Cheltenham game.

"We had to compete tonight because they were competing with us and if your football is not going exactly to plan then you have to compete. The great thing about our players is that we have players who are not frightened to be on the ball whether they have missed a pass , missed a shot or are having a bad ten minutes so eventually our ability comes out at some stage and that's where the goals come from. We are going on nicely , you would be surprised to hear that I had two or three letters telling me what team to pick after Sunday yet this group of lads have gone 40 odd games without too many defeats and we are 5 points clear at the top of the league and in the first round proper so they are not doing too badly and I'm proud of them.

"We weren't running enough in the first half and weren't hurting them. We are going to give teams a lot of problems when we run because we have some great athletes and good passers who can find the runners and when we do that we look a class above but I don't want them having breathers. Subconsciously they sometimes want a breather and I reminded them at half time that we don't have breathers , we have them tomorrow when I give them the day off.

"Nick Crittenden did a fantastic job today because he had to play at right back in a 4-4-2 to block their channels and once we blocked those channels then we were able to get our own game going. With all due respect to Bath we are going to give Cheltenham problems with our ability , not just our workrate. If we can match workrate with ability its going to be a great game."

Speaking to the Bath Chronicle, City boss Alan Pridham said: "They [Yeovil] showed what a good side they are and our chance to win this tie was on Sunday. We should have won that game and two games in three days proved just too much. We worked really hard but to be fair Yeovil improved in the second half and they deserved it. We had a bit of a purple patch and got back into it at 2-1 but then they scored a great goal to wrap it up. It showed towards the end how tired we were but we can take a lot from tonight and I'm still really proud of them.

"I've got a lot of time for Gary Johnson and Thommo and we've given them two good games. They have been respectful towards us but their class told tonight and I wish them all the best in the next round. We've got another big game at the weekend [v Halesowen in the FA Trophy] and hopefully we can go there and get a result because the boys deserve it. They have proved they can compete at this level."

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Wed 30th October 2002
Bring On The Cheltenham

It was hard work, but Yeovil Town finally saw off DML Premier Bath City at Huish Park last night in the FA Cup 4th qualifying round replay, the Glovers winning 3-1 in front of another 4,000 plus crowd.

After a tight first half Abdoulai Demba opened the scoring with a close-range header a minute after the break and followed up with a similar effort to put the Glovers in control on 59 minutes. However the visitors never gave up the fight and former Yeovil striker Adrian Foster pulled one back for Bath with around ten minutes left. The game was made safe for Yeovil on 87 minutes when Michael McIndoe curled an unstoppable left-footed effort past Mark Bryant in the visitors goal.

Final score: Yeovil Town 3 Bath City 1.

The Glovers now go on to play Cheltenham Town in the 1st round proper, the Robins currently struggling at the bottom of Division Two. The match is scheduled for Saturday 16th November, 3pm at Huish Park. Rumours that the game will be selected as one of Sky TV's FA Cup live broadcasts appear wide of the mark with this season's media giant-killers of choice, Team Bath's match v Mansfield looking much more likely to be chosen - always assuming Team Bath can find a ground to play on that is, their own pitch at Bath University being unable to host the match on police advice. The other two matches from the 1st Round to be shown live are Forest Green Rovers v Exeter City and Hereford v Wigan, both games on the BBC.

In the meantime the Glovers can concentrate on the bread and butter of the league, their next game being a crunch top-of-the-table clash with 3rd-placed Chester City at the Deva Stadium this coming Saturday. Chester have agreed a six-figure deal with Boston (Cheats) United to bring striker Daryl Clare to the Deva after Clare fell out with new Boston boss Neil Thompson and refused to sit on the bench after being dropped by Thompson. Last season Clare was the Conference's and Boston's top scorer with 24 goals. Personal terms having been agreed, Clare will join Chester's squad for Saturday's game providing he passes a medical today.

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Sun 27th October 2002
Glovers Out Of Jail In Windy City

In a game dominated by a gale force wind, Yeovil were fortunate to come away from Twerton Park with a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup 4th qualifying round tie against Bath City today. The Glovers never came to terms with the adverse weather conditions, unfathomably and hopefully against instructions persisting in playing long, hopeful, high balls which the wind (and the opponents) dealt with with consummate ease. In contrast DML Premier Division outfit Bath got the ball down on the floor and coped with the wind far better than the Glovers. Dan Cleverly gave the home side a deserved lead on 36 minutes, finishing off a high-class move with a well-taken volley, Adam Lockwood equalising on 69 minutes with a looping header. The Ciderspace match report will be online later.

The replay will be at Huish Park this Tuesday 29th October, 7.45pm kick-off. There will be a result on the night, with the game going to extra-time and penalties if necessary. The winners have been drawn at home to 2nd Division Cheltenham Town in the first round proper of the FA Cup, ties to be played over the weekend of the 15th, 16th and 17th of November.

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Sat 26th October 2002
Get There Early (Again)

Bath City FC are highly confident that Sunday's FA Cup tie v Yeovil Town will kick off at 12 noon as scheduled despite the atrocious weather forecast for the next 24 hours, with heavy rain and gale-force winds gusting up to 80 miles an hour due to arrive later tonight. A spokesman at Twerton Park said today, "There'll be no problem in getting the game on. The pitch is in good condition and the match will start on time." Bath have no plans to hold an early pitch inspection, saying such a precaution is "unnecessary".

Glovers fans are advised to allow plenty of time for the trip to North Somerset tomorrow. As well as encountering what are likely to be difficult weather conditions there are road works causing long delays at Shepton Mallet on the A37 - forewarned is forearmed.

As for team news Yeovil have a full squad to pick from aside from the suspended Colin Pluck and long-term absentees Tom White and Adam Stansfield. Speaking to the Western Gazette manager Gary Johnson said, "Whatever game you get in the FA Cup is a big game and we are determined to win this one after last year. We want to go as far as we can in this competition and we also want to keep our tag of being a giant cup side. It is good to be playing in a local derby because it means that the fans do not have far to travel although it is unfortunate that they (Bath) have not got as many seats as we have here. We are treating the game with a lot of respect."

For Bath, former Glovers forward Jason Eaton is expected to start the game, though partner-in-crime and fellow former Glovers forward Adrian Foster is struggling with an achilles injury and may only make the bench. Speaking to the Western Daily Press, Eaton said, "After that victory [over Weston in the previous round] I said I wanted to play Yeovil next, and I got my wish. It's one of those games that you really look forward to. We're not expected to win, but we've got an experienced squad who won't be overawed by the occasion."

If the match ends in a draw the replay will be at Huish Park this coming Tuesday 29th October, 7.45pm kick-off.

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Thurs 24th October 2002
We Always Said It Was A Mickey Mouse Competition Anyway*

*Well, some of us did!

Yeovil went out of the LDV Vans Trophy last night, falling at the first hurdle to 3rd Division Boston (Cheats) United at York Street - though the Glovers pushed their hosts all the way with the score at 2-2 on 90 minutes before two injury-time goals, including a controversial penalty incident during which Lee Johnson was red-carded, settled the game, 4-2 to Boston the final score. Terry Skiverton and Carl Alford got the Glovers goals, a match report will be online later today.

It's come to our attention that Boston (Cheats) United are unhappy about about Ciderspace's use of the word "cheat" in connection with their club. In our never-ending quest for accurate reporting we had a look at the definition of the word "cheat" as given at www.dictionary.com, who came up with: "To violate rules deliberately". QED.

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Tues 22nd October 2002
It's Official - Twerpton Really Is A Crumbling Wreck

As far as Glovers fans are concerned it's long been part of the pleasures of life to poke gentle fun at wannabe local rivals Bath City and especially their ground, Twerton Park, or Twerpton, as it's more colourfully (and probably more accurately) known. Yeovil supporters have been asserting for years now that Twerpton is a crumbling wreck and confirmation that this is indeed the case has come with the news that the local council have limited capacity in Sunday's FA Cup tie to a maximum of 5,000, slashing the official capacity of Twerpton almost by half.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press Bath secretary Quentin Edwards said: "Our capacity is actually 3,000 at the moment because there has been no maintenance work on the ground since Bristol Rovers [former tenants] left. Some of it needs improving, but we don't have the money. As a result, the council cut the capacity to 3,000 so we wouldn't have to do the work. However, there is clause which says we can have a temporary increase if needed and that's why it has been set at 5,000 for Sunday."

According to the article, Bath are expecting around 1,000 Yeovil fans to travel to the game on Sunday and are hopeful of attracting a crowd of 4,000 altogether. Obviously if that is an accurate estimate then there should be no problem in accomodating the numbers at the ground, but here at Ciderspace we think that 1,000 is a gross under-representation of the number of Yeovil fans travelling - we expect more in the region of 2,000 Glovers supporters to head for North Somerset which, if Bath's estimation of approximately 3,000 home fans/interested neutrals is accurate, will bring the attendance perilously close to capacity. Perhaps the game should have been all-ticket after all, or better still, switched to a modern, high-class stadium able to cope with the expected numbers with ease - a stadium like Huish Park, for instance.... All this begs the question of where Bath will find so many extra fans/interested neutrals above and beyond the usual Twerpton 'crowd' of 6-700 in a city which is regarded as a bastion of egg-chasing, but nevertheless the best advice for those planning to go Sunday is: Get there early. And when you're there, don't lean on anything like a crash barrier or a fence in case it falls over. All joking aside, one assumes that the authorities are happy that the ground is safe for those that do turn up.

In other news, the WDP reports that Yeovil defender Colin Pluck is only suffering from severe bruising to his shin, not anything more serious as was initially feared. He's still struggling to be fit for tonight's LDV Vans Trophy fixture v Boston (Cheats) United however and is then banned for 3 games from Sunday onwards following his sending-off against Telford a fortnight ago. He will travel to Boston today, as will the rest of the squad with the obvious exceptions of Tom White, said to be targeting a return to action by Christmas after his knee operation; and Adam Stansfield who has been doing some strength work in training despite having his broken leg in plaster still. He's still not expected to return to competitive action until the end of the season at the earliest.

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Tues 22nd October 2002
Johnson Upbeat After Donny Draw

Yeovil boss Gary Johnson was upbeat following Saturday's 1-1 draw with Doncaster Rovers at Huish Park. Speaking at the after-match press conference Gary commented: "I think the game was a great advert for the conference, I think both teams played the game like it was important not to lose. That's exactly how the game started and how it ended. I was a little bit disappointed that we had a great deal of possession without really creating as many oppotunities as we have recently. At the same time we have to hold our hands up and say that the Doncaster defence is a mean one, and you have to work a bit harder to get in amongst them. A fair result on the day and probably a better result for us than for them."

"I am disappointed that we sat off the new lad who came in [Danny Hudson] who scored with his first touch. Gavin's effort was a great goal to recover with, it was a fantastic strike, and both teams had shots but didn't want to lose the game. We had the better chances, we had a couple of headers but we normally create more open chances and we normally create more decent easy goals which we weren't able to do today. I said in the dressing room that some great things happenend today: We're still top of the league and have enhanced our position, we played in front of a crowd of 6,674 which is absoluely magnificent and we have another big game next week, so we will keep it going."

"With Chester losing they have lost ground - the crowd were a good source of information for us today, and when they sing out the result it helps, and we can make tactics accordingly. I hope they are always honest when they sing things like that and not just trying to cheer us up, but I dont think they would and it was an honest shout and a great result for us."

"Fourteen games unbeaten then - we're trying to beat last years record of fifteen. We have a few little knocks in there but we have an extra day to recover because the Boston game's on Wednesday.

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Mon 21st October 2002
Looking Forward To The New Year

Get 'em for Christmas!
A specimen copy of the new Yeovil Town Calendar 2003
Photo © 2002 Ciderspace

Stewart "Blue Stew" Bratherton has put together an excellent calendar for YTISA featuring action shots of the current players tied in to their birth months. A4 size, lazer printed and spiral bound it's an essential for your kitchen, study, workplace (or all three) at £ 4.00 a copy. A preview version can be seen by seeking Stewart out at Bath or Chester.

To obtain a copy / copies place your order with Stew Bratherton in person or by e-mail at Blue Stew by December 1st, to allow time for delivery by Christmas. Postal delivery is an option at an extra £ 1.00.

Also through YTISA the Non-league football fans bible, The Official Football Association Non-League Club Directory 2003 can be obtained at the bargain price of £ 15.00, instead of the normal retail price of £19.99. The deadline for orders is Tuesday 29th October. Once again Stewart Bratherton is the man to contact.

Both the above items can only be obtained at the prices above by ordering, so send that mail NOW. All profits will be donated to the club.

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Sun 20th October 2002
Honours Even As Glovers Go Five Points Clear

The largest Conference crowd of the season so far, 6,674, including 300-odd fans travelling down from Yorkshire saw Yeovil Town come from behind to draw 1-1 with Doncaster Rovers in the top-of-the-table clash at Huish Park yesterday, the Glovers extending their lead at the top of the Conference to 5 points.

Kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes because of crowd congestion, but it was the visitors who got off to the best possible start in the first minute of play with on-loan midfielder Danny Hudson waltzing through the Glovers defence unchallenged before his deflected shot put Donny 1-0 up. Yeovil drew level on 15 monutes through a magnificent 25-yard strike from Super Gavin Williams, and that was that as far as scoring was concerned though both teams had further chances to win what was an always absorbing and entertaining contest. Yeovil enjoyed rather more possession and had the better of the pressure, but the visitors always looked dangerous on the break and in the end the draw was the fair result.

Final score: Yeovil Town 1 Doncaster Rovers 1.

The result consolidated Yeovil's position on top of the Conference table, extending their lead at the top by 1 point to 5 points. Yesterday's opponents Doncaster themselves move into second place on goal difference after Chester lost 1-0 at struggling Woking, whose manager Geoff Chapple resigned earlier in the week, Chester dropping to third.

League action takes a backseat for a week or so now with cup games taking over. On Wednesday (21st October, 7.45pm kick-off) the Glovers travel to darkest Lincolnshire for the LDV Vans Trophy 1st round match with Boston (Cheats) United, followed by the FA Cup clash with wannabe local rivals Bath City next Sunday (27th October, 12 noon kick-off) at Twerton Park. Various players may miss the Boston match - Colin Pluck went to hospital for a check-up afer complaining about pain in his shin following his injury at yesterday's game; and others were described as 'walking wounded', with Gavin Williams, Michael McIndoe, Howard Forinton and Adam Lockwood all receiving knocks in what was a physical, but never dirty match against Doncaster.

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Thurs 17th October 2002
'On To Victory' Issue 3 Now On Sale

'On To Victory' fanzine editors Seb White and Jon Hartley write:

"The latest issue of On To Victory Fanzine will be on sale on Saturday at Huish Park for the up coming clash with Doncaster Rovers. Remember that proceeds from the sale of the fanzine will make its way back to the club. We would like to thank everyone who bought the last issue of OTV making it such a success.

"Issue 3 is rammed solid with new articles about the Glovers and football in general, including more nostalgia from your favourite childhood football star, the Latvia Experience, Glovers tales of yester year, Yeovil Rivals and the Tonkins transfer plus many more. The OTV website (www.ontovictory.co.uk) is online at the moment in a very basic form. However keep checking back for updates in the coming weeks. Would like to apologise for the amount of pop up banners on the site at the moment, however they will be reduced once the site has changed hosting.

"Just a reminder that the fanzine will only cost you £1 and will be available around Huish Park and the programme shop."

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Thurs 17th October 2002
Coach Travel to Bath and Chester

There are two big away games coming up for Glovers fans following Saturday's clash with Doncaster at Huish Park; versus Bath City in the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round a week on Sunday (27th October, 12 noon kick-off) at Twerton Park, and the following weekend's top-of-the-table Conference match-up versus 2nd-placed Chester City at the Deva Stadium (Saturday 2nd November, 3pm kick-off) and as usual the various supporters groups will be providing transport to the games (information courtesy of the Yeovil Express):

v BATH CITY

The Green and White Supporters' Club will be running coaches to Yeovil Town's FA Cup match at Bath City. Coaches will be leaving at 9.45am from Yeovil Bus Station and 10am from Huish Park. For more details phone G&WSC chairman George Coggen on 01935-423662 (day), 01935-420716 (evening) or 07803 110288 (mobile).
Alternatively the Yeovil Town Independent Supporters' Association will also be running transport to the Bath City FA Cup game. They will be leaving Yeovil Bus Station at 10am with prices set at £6 for members and £8 for non-members. For more details contact association chairman Mark Kelly on 01935-412236 (evenings) or 07719 733750 (mobile).

v CHESTER CITY

The Green and White Supporters' Club will be running coaches to the Deva Stadium - departure times are 7.45am from Yeovil Bus Station and 8am from Huish Park. G&WSC spokesman Rob Cox said: "I think there will be a lot of interest in this one so I suggest you book early so we can cater for the demand." For more details phone G&WSC chairman George Coggen on 01935-423662 (day), 01935-420716 (evening) or 07803 110288 (mobile).
The Yeovil Town Independent Supporters' Association will also be running transport to the Chester City match. For more details contact association treasurer Stewart Bratherton via e-mail on stewartbratherton@hotmail.com or alternatively see him in the social club bar at Huish Park before Yeovil's match with Doncaster Rovers this Saturday.
Last but definitely not least the Castle Cary-based Cary Glovers group will be running transport from Castle Cary at 7.30am and heading for Chester City on November 2. They have around ten seats left at £13 each. Anyone wanting further information can contact Keith on 01963-351560.

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Thurs 17th October 2002
Get There Early On Saturday

Yeovil Town Football Club are expecting a crowd of up to 6,000 on Saturday for the top-of-the-table clash with Doncaster Rovers. Supporters are being advised to arrive at Huish Park in plenty of time for the game, kick-off 3pm, and if it is possible to get to the match without driving then you'd be well advised to do so - police are to make the streets surrounding the stadium a no parking zone and have warned fans they will tow away cars parked illegally. There are also new arrangements in force for motorists leaving the stadium after the game in an attempt to alleviate the horrendous congestion suffered after the Southport match a fortnight ago - drivers who leave the Bartlett Stand car park of Huish Park will be requested to only turn right onto Copse Road then left into Western Avenue. To go to the south or west of Yeovil they will have to turn left into Western Avenue then right into the housing estate and follow the road around to Curry's roundabout, then turn left again towards Asda. Supporters leaving the Main Stand area are requested to only turn left and travel down towards the Asda roundabout. To travel to the north of Yeovil they should proceed straight along Preston Road or left up Western Avenue. To add to all that roadworks in Preston Road could well add to delays.

As for the match itself Yeovil boss Gary Johnson is expecting to have more-or-less a full squad to choose from, with only long-term absentees Adam Stansfield and Tom White still missing. Speaking to the Western Gazette Johnson said, "It is nice that we have got more options all over the place. Kim Grant is back in training and we are just giving Demba a few more days but I think he will be okay. And Terry Skiverton comes back in the frame after suspension. You have not only got a selection problem with the team, but you also have one with the bench."

"It should be a great occasion," Johnson added. "We have heard that they [Doncaster] are going to create a good atmosphere because there are a lot of fans travelling with them at the moment. It is nice that we have got the buffer of five points between us and them which puts us a little bit more in charge. But we know they are one of the favourites for the league with us, and we cannot wait for the game to come."

In other news, the club have decided not to appeal against Colin Pluck's sending off for stamping during the 5-0 win at Telford, despite believing the player was not guilty of any offence. Speaking to the Western Daily Press after viewing the video of the incident Gary Johnson said, "Unfortunately Plucky does step on the player as part of the tackle. It wasn't a stamp, but you aren't allowed to explain what happened." Pluck will now be banned for three matches, starting from next weekend's FA Cup match v Bath City.

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Tues 15th October 2002
Bath FA Cup Match Is NOT All-Ticket

Yeovil Town Football Club have confirmed that their FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round tie at Bath City's Twerton Park ground will now take place on Sunday 27th October with a 12:00 noon kickoff.

With the away terrace at Twerton having around a 2,500 capacity, the away terrace will not be ticketed. Details of arrangements for the stands have yet to be confirmed, but it seems likely that Yeovil Town supporters will be able to make use of the Family Stand on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrangements for the Main Stand have yet to be agreed.

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Tues 15th October 2002
Johnson: If You're Plucked You Stay Plucked!

Glovers boss Gary Johnson has been giving his reaction to Sunday's 5-0 win at Telford. Speaking to a press conference after the game Johnson was unhappy with referee Mr Chapman's decision to send off defender Colin Pluck and then Telford goalkeeper Paul Edwards. "I didn't expect us to react to the sending off that well," Johnson commented. "Unfortunately, the referee has sent Plucky off - I don't think that either of them were sendings off to be honest. You could say that he nearly ruined the game, but we didn't let him ruin the game.

"The referee said Plucky stamped on him. But if Plucky stamps on you, then you stay stamped! But their fellow got up fairly quickly. Unfortunately, I think that the goalkeeper has got sent off because of that incident. We've been after the video man because our man is not up here, because we want to try and get the tape off him as you have to appeal within three days. But it's not our man doing the tape, so we've asked him to send us the tape as quickly as possible and we've given him some money to do that. You've got to see the video.

"If Plucky had said that he stamped on him then I wouldn't bother appealing. But he tells me that he didn't stamp on him and that it was a ridiculous thing to say that he did. Their fellow went under Plucky and he may have caught him but only in the action of the fellow sliding under him. He stayed down for a little while, but he got up pretty quickly and we know that if you're Plucked you stay Plucked! Unfortunately in the end it ruined the game for them, and it very nearly ruined the game for us."

Speaking about the game itself, Johnson praised the attitude of the whole squad, picking out Andy Lindegaard as deserving of special mention: "We had a fantastic spell of around 20 minutes and it's put the game beyond all doubt. Our boys showed what good footballers they are. They've done very very well. Players like Lindy, Gilesy and Reedy are coming of age now - especially Lindy and Gilesy who have been around for a little while now. I've got no hesitation in playing them whenever I need them. When you need a bit of pace up front, Lindy can come in and do a job. He's played reserve games up front, and if you remember against Woking he came on and went up front for a little while, so we don't just sling them on in those positions. When you've got a bit of pace in the team it can be very dangerous and I was very happy to put him there. Lindy scored a great goal today and he probably made two others.

"When you're 4-0 up, you can take players off. Darren Way had a problem with his nose. I maybe could have played Demba but we didn't need to risk him. I don't need to take risks - I can take people off as and when I need to, because I know the subs are ready. Demba's was a slight groin strain, but if I'd risked him and played him, he might have been out for three or four weeks. Kim Grant had a family problem as well as a slight groin injury, so I took the chance to rest him and I think they will both be back for next week. Adam Lockwood's sub was just precautionary. I knew he was alright because of the look on his face when I brought him off! But it gave Gilesy ten minutes there and we now know that Gilesy can play up front or at the back. If he can get two strings to his bow then that will be good for him, especially at his young age.

"All the boys know that it's a squad set-up. We're top of the league by four points - I believe Chester only drew today. But that's why we are top - because we've got a squad where all players can cope with this level. Hopefully if we can keep free of injury and not get too many sent off, then we'll be a big force for a long time yet.

"We've got to have a confidence, bordering on arrogance. You must not get complacent though. I felt we had a 15 minute spell where we seemed happy but then I livened them up and they were good enough to go and get the fifth goal. We're not going to rest on our laurels - if we go 4-0 up then we want to go five. If we go 5-0 up, we want to go six. That's the mentality at the moment.

"I'm not counting the goals because otherwise you put yourself under pressure to score that many every week, but I'm just enjoying the way we're playing. I'm enjoying our support as well - they were magnificent again - on a wet Sunday in Telford! They were magnificent for the whole game, and there was even a little bit of banter between us. When you're 4-0 up you can have a bit of banter, and they deserved it as much as my players did.

Asked about the return of club captain Terry Skiverton from suspension and how he could be accomodated back into the side, Johnson said: "Terry knows the rules and for me it's a fantastic situation to be in. Whether he's got his boots on or not, he's still the captain in that dressing room, he's still come on all the trips and he'll be as close as anyone whether he's on the pitch or not. But I haven't got to worry about that. When we start training again, that's when I can start thinking about that. They are all playing well and that's what happens when you are on top of the league and you've got a quality squad.

"I didn't say Southport was the best ever, and I'm not going to say that this is the best ever. Maybe the best is yet to come! Doncaster and Chester will be great games for us - that's what we're in football for. That's what our Yeovil Town supporters are waiting for. It's nice to be going into those two games and not chasing. We're up there, we're there to be shot at, but the way my players feel at the moment they just can't wait for these games to come round.

"It's been a fantastic afternoon. Our coach trip will be lovely going back. We'll just be wanting to bring on Saturday. I'm sure it will be a great crowd - a massive crowd - and I'm looking forward to it. If we win 1-0 on next Saturday [v Doncaster] I will be very very happy."

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Mon 14th October 2002
FA Cup 4QR Draw - Away To Bath City

The Glovers have been drawn away to DML Premier Division strugglers and wannabe local rivals Bath City, or Barf as they are more commonly known in the sensible part of Somerset, the match to be played on Saturday 26th October. The relative closeness of the city of Bath to Yeovil should ensure the away support at Barf's run-down Twerton Park ground will comfortably outnumber the home support, such as it is, and it's possible that the match will be made all-ticket to Yeovil fans - more news on this as soon as the clubs make a decision.

UPDATE 15-10-02
Both the Bath City website and the FA are reporting that the game has been put back a day to Sunday 27th October, 12 noon kick-off - YTFC have yet to confirm this.

The draw in full (Conference teams in bold) :

Wisbech T v Accrington Stanley/Harrogate T
Durham C/Blyth Spartans v Runcorn FC Halton
Morecambe v Grantham T
Telford Utd v Doncaster R
Ilkeston T v Stafford R
Burton Alb v Halifax T
Moor Green v Leigh RMI
Harrogate Railway v Marine
Arnold T v Scarborough
Northwich V v Droylsden/Spennymoor Utd
Hucknall T v Vauxhall Motors
Guiseley v Tamworth
Southport v Bridlington T
Radcliffe B v Chester C
Nuneaton B v Barrow
AFC Sudbury v St Albans C
Bishop's Stortford v Boreham Wood
Heybridge Swifts v Bideford
Bath C v YEOVIL TOWN
Slough T v Canvey Island
Aldershot T v Dagenham & Redbridge
Hastings Utd v Kettering T
Havant & Waterlooville v Billericay T
Hereford Utd v Arlesey T
Horsham v Team Bath
Gravesend & Northfleet v Margate
Forest Green R v Ford Utd
Flackwell Heath v Crawley T
Dover Ath/Welling Utd v Woking
Barnet v Tiverton T
Grays Ath v Stevenage B
Molesey v Farnborough T

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Mon 14th October 2002
Five-Star Glovers Go Four Points Clear

Yeovil Town went four points clear at the top of the Nationwide Conference table last night following their 5-0 win at struggling Telford United on Sunday. This was the Glovers thirteenth match in a row unbeaten, with ten of those games resulting in wins, three in draws.

As per the norm this season the goals were shared around the Yeovil team, who blew their hosts away with a stunning first-half display despite the absence of recent first-choice strikers Abdoulai Demba and Kim Grant, both rested after reporting with slight knocks and being replaced by Howard Forinton and Andy Lindegaard. The Glovers received a setback with the early and somewhat controversial dismissal of defender Colin Pluck, allegedly for stamping, though the decision was greeted with bemusement from all sides and it's understood that Yeovil will appeal should the incident have been captured sufficiently clearly on video. The odds were evened 5 minutes later when Telford keeper Jake Edwards was red-carded after bringing down Howard Forinton in the box for what was deemed a professional foul, Nick Crittenden putting away the resultant spot-kick. The Glovers went to town after that, Adam Lockwood, Andy Lindegaard and Howard Forinton making it 0-4 at half-time. The pace and urgency of the game not unnaturally dropped after the break, with only a Gavin Williams effort further disturbing the scoreboard.

Final score: Telford United 0 Yeovil Town 5.

Yeovil go 4 points clear at the top of the table, following 2nd-placed Chester's 1-1 home draw with Gravesend this weekend. Next Saturday's opponents, 3rd-placed Doncaster Rovers scraped past Forest Green Rovers with a 90th minute 1-0 win.

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Fri 11th October 2002
FAST Charity Golf Day

Golfers are still required to take part in the FAST Appeal's charity golf day at Long Sutton Golf Club on October 29.

Beehive Inn landlord Mark Grose, along with golf club member Terry Sainsbury and keen golfer Brian Harwood are organising the event to help boost the coffers for the fund.

The competition will based on a team-of-four Bowmaker format. This will see the best two scores count on the first six holes, best three scores on the next six holes, and all four scores will count on the final six holes. Entry per team is £100 to include food, with a single entry fee of £25 where individual players will be drawn into teams. Entries close on Sunday, October 20. There will be various prizes to be won on designated holes as well, to make it a fun-packed day to raise funds for the FAST Appeal.

Entry forms are available from the following outlets: The Beehive, Huish, Yeovil; The Westminster, Westminster Street, Yeovil; Yeovil Express, 46 Princes Street, Yeovil; The Armoury Inn, The Park, Yeovil; and from Long Sutton Golf Club.

More details about the charity golf day can be obtained from Mark Grose on 07759-899203 or from Steve Sowden at the Yeovil Express on 01935-479811.

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Thurs 10th October 2002
Revised Car Parking Arrangements For Telford

Park up at the Sinclair works, then cross the roundabout to Telford's ground which is sandwiched between the Wellington and Whitchurch turnings
Park up at the Sinclair works, then cross the roundabout to Telford's ground which is sandwiched between the Wellington and Whitchurch turnings
Map © Saint Gobain Pipelines
Due to Yeovil Town's forthcoming trip to the Bucks Head, home of Telford United, being held on a Sunday, the Shropshire side have advised Yeovil Town that the local College car park will not be available for parking during the match.

Alternative free parking has been arranged within the grounds of local company Saint Gobain Pipelines, who are situated at the Sinclair Works on the edge of Telford (see map).

To reach the special car park, exit the M54 at Junction 6 follow signs for Telford, head over the first roundabout, with the retail park and Tescos on your left, then turn right at next roundabout into Holyhead Road. The entrance the Sinclair Works is about 50 yards on your right hand side.

The club have also advised that the turnstiles will open for away supporters at 1.30pm on Sunday and the concourse bar inside the away end will be open for those supporters who want refreshments before the game commences at 3.00pm.

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Thurs 10th October 2002
YTISA Fanzine On Sale; YTISA Travel To Telford

Issue 13 of the YTISA fanzine, 'Independent Barmy Army' is now available for purchase and will be on sale at the Buck's Head Stadium for the Conference clash v Telford on Sunday.

Issue 13 contains the usual eclectic mix of serious articles and not-quite-so-serious fun stuff. Included amongst the articles former player Anthony Tonkin comes in for some trenchant criticism over the manner in which he left the club; Morecambe supporter Ockers writes a guest piece, there's a quiz, an interview with Lee Johnson, a new Pop Rivals spoof, the launch of The Glovers - the YTISA's version of the Oscars, as well as some unlikely sounding character called Badger being featured as this issue's Yeovil Exile, not to forget a poem immortalising the YTISA's trip to Morecambe earlier in the season, not that the Poet Laureate needs to start worrying about his position just yet.... All this and more for just £1! Better value than a romantic night in with all three members of Destiny's Child? Well, maybe not, but not bad for a quid.

If you're not going to Telford and you would like to reserve a copy of the fanzine, email editor Stew Bratherton at stewartbratherton@hotmail.com and he'll hold a copy for you.

The YTISA are organising coach travel to Telford this Sunday 13th October, leaving Yeovil Bus Station at 10am on Sunday morning. The cost is likely to be around the £10 mark for members - phone chairman Mark Kelly on 01935 412236 or 07719733750 as soon as possible to reserve your place.

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Wed 9th October 2002
Last Gasp Brewers Deny Glovers

Yeovil Town's unbeaten run extended to 12 games last night as they were held to a draw at Burton Albion in an even game, Nigel Clough's men snatching a 95th minute equaliser through Christian Moore with virtually the last kick of the match to cancel out Abdoulai Demba's 73rd minute strike to leave the final score 1-1.

Speaking after the match Glovers boss Gary Johnson commented: "We're disappointed because we've conceded an equaliser with about 10 seconds to go, and the most disappointing thing is that we had chances to go two or three up and really put the game beyond doubt. But you have to look at the other results tonight, and a draw here is really a point gained."

"This might have been a timely reminder that we have got to be on the top of our game every time we play if we want to stay top of the table," Johnson added. "But overall I'm not too disappointed because we've now gone 12 games unbeaten and won nine of those. If you'd have told me that 12 games ago I'd have been delighted." And so say all of us!

Results elsewhere went the Glovers way last night, with only 4th-placed Hereford of the chasing pack making up ground after their 2-0 win at struggling Leigh RMI. Yeovil extended their lead in the league table over 2nd-placed Chester to 2 points following the Blues televised 2-1 home loss to Nuneaton; while 3rd-placed Doncaster marked time with a 0-0 home draw with Stevenage Borough. Yeovil travel to Telford United next up, the match being moved to this Sunday 13th October, 3pm kick-off.

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Mon 7th October 2002
Gary's Demba Delight

Yeovil Town Manager Gary Johnson expressed his pure delight for striker Abdoulai Demba following the Glovers rampant 6-0 win over Southport that kept them top of of the Nationwide Conference. Demba's hat-trick capped an amazing week for the striker, whose wife had given birth to their second child - Abdoulai Jr - this week.

"It was a great performance in front of a great crowd, said Johnson. "As I said before the match, these are the days you are in football as long as you win them and it certainly turned out to be a magnificent day for the whole club. It was a good performance. I wouldn't want to say its the best since I came here because that puts pressure on them to beat it but it was certainly a super football performance. As a manager when you bring in people like Abdoulai Demba and he scores a first half hat-trick and then you bring on a boy [Abdelhalim El Kholti] for the last 15 minutes and he gets a goal in the 90th minute, if I wrote that down as a fantasy team then you wouldn't believe it would happen."

"I'm so happy for all the boys as I know how much work goes into achieving victories like that. Demba's finish for the second and third goals is exactly why I brought him into the club - when he gets in behind the defenders. He needed to get a bit fitter and thank God we've got him nice and fit very early doors and he certainly looked like a flying machine today."

"If you are going to be top of the league then you can't choose when you switch on and switch off your football and today they were switched on for all the match. I for one want to be entertained for the whole 90 minutes and they certainly did that today, but I won't let them relax whether its the 1st minute or the 89th minute. Last year we were building the squad and the home performances didn't help but that's all in the past. The pitch is showing and we are showing that if you get a footballing pitch you can play football on it."

"You will always find our feet on the ground though. If you go into the dressing room you won't find them screaming and shouting. They're all about four inches taller because they are very proud to be involved in that sort of a day but we'll keep our feet on the ground because we're top of the league after 13 games but it means nothing if we're not there after 42 games."

"When you think that today we were without Terry Skiverton, without Howard Forinton, without Tom White and without Adam Stansfield and we can still put on a show like that, that's the beauty of the squad system that we have. I've said to them all that they will all play a part in doing what we want to do this year in our league. I was very pleased with Roy O'Brien but I know he's a quality player and he was in my side for the beginning of last year until his broken leg. People forget how experienced Roy is and what a good centre back he is. He's a super person to have around because not only is he a good centre back who can play football but he can play in midfield as well."

"You get an idea in your head when you join a new team, then it takes time to find the right people to play that way and get then playing the way you want them to play but once they start doing that then you are on your way. A performance like that today demoralises a team and I should think that they will be happy that they've got a game on Tuesday so that they can get that one out of their heads."

"Last year we were winning 1-0, 2-1 but now we're kicking on from that and obviously you want to carry that on. But there will be times when we nick a game 1-0 for whatever reason. Its going to be a roller coaster from now on, we will have little dips and its important to recover from those little dips, but every manager we have played in the last few weeks have said that we're the best team they've played this year and credit to them for that."

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Sun 6th October 2002
Rampant Glovers Ooze Six Appeal

Just occasionally you attend a match which reminds you of why it is you love Yeovil Town. Why people trek vast distances in rattling minibuses or filthy trains, put up with primitive conditions at godforsaken grounds in the middle of nowhere in a howling gale and torrential rain with the temperature just above freezing, pay out hard-earned cash to watch long-ball after long-ball be fired at the head of a five foot five inch target-man with the ball-control of Red Rum, eat vile and undigestible hot-dogs, drink warmed up washing-up water masquerading as hot tea, put up with abuse from neanderthal northern psychopaths, and - naturally - listen to good natured taunts from 'sensible' friends who spend their weekends pampered on executive coaches as they speed in 5-star luxury to whichever Premiership club they're following this week is playing.... Well, yesterday we got a reminder of why we do it.

The Glovers were AWESOME! Poor old Southport, 3rd in the league before the start of play, were simply blown away by a masterclass of power, control, incredible movement off the ball, inventive and accurate passing and above all clinical and efficient finishing. This was - in this writers estimation having watched Yeovil Town since the early 70's - quite simply the best performance made by a Yeovil team in all that time. It was virtually flawless from start to finish. It's almost impossible to single out individuals as all 11 who started the game and all 3 who came on as substitutes had immense games with not one weak link between them. Best instead to list the goalscorers and to pay tribute to the entire TEAM, not to forget manager Gary Johnson, assistant Thommo and the backroom staff - all of them played their part yesterday. Just for the record then the final score was Yeovil 6 Southport 0, with the goals coming from a first-half hat-trick from Abdoulai Demba, now really beginning to justify the manager's faith in him; followed by three in the second half from Gavin Williams, Nick Crittenden and new boy Abdelhalim El Kholti, another possible gem unearthed by Gary Johnson.

Yeovil Town 6 Southport 0: Read Noddy Elms report and weep if you weren't there!

The result means the Glovers stay top of the league, a point ahead of Chester who won 1-0 at Margate yesterday courtesy of an 87th minute Dave Cameron header. Doncaster, Morecambe and Hereford all won yesterday to keep up the pressure in 3rd, 4th and 5th place respectively, while Southport drop to 6th place after yesterday's defeat. The Glovers travel to last season's FA Trophy semi-final opponents Burton Albion next, kick off 7.45pm at Eton Park this Tuesday 8th October. Burton, currently 16th, drew 2-2 at struggling Woking yesterday.

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Thurs 3rd October 2002
Glovers XI Too Strong For Dorchester

A Yeovil Town XI comprised of a mix of triallists, youth and first team players beat Dorchester 4-1 in a friendly at The Avenue last night. All the goals came in the second half: Carl Alford (49 mins 0-1, 85 mins, 1-4) with a brace, Abdoulai Demba (0-2, 56 mins) and Kim Grant (1-3, 77 mins) scoring for the Glovers; Justin Keeler (1-2, 63 mins) replying for the hosts. Two triallists played in the match - former Derby County Academy midfielder Justin Porter and the left-sided Abdelhalim El Kholti, while Chris Giles by all accounts had a decent game at centre-half.

Yeovil commenced the game playing a 3-5-2 formation as follows:

1 Chris Weale
5 Nick Trevett, 4 Chris Giles, 2 Steven Reed
7 Andy Lindegaard, 3 Steve Thompson, 10 Kim Grant, 11 Justin Porter, 8 Abdelhalim El Kholti
9 Carl Alford, 14 Abdoulai Demba
Subs: 12 Ian Linney, 15 Richard Leach, 17 Ian Patchett.

In the 71st minute three substitutions and a formation change saw Ian Linney replace Justin Porter, Richard Leach come on for Nick Trevett and Ian Patchett replace Abdoulai Demba. Thereafter Yeovil reverted to a 4-4-2 formation as follows:

1 Chris Weale
12 Ian Linney, 15 Richard Leach, 4 Chris Giles, 2 Steven Reed
7 Andy Lindegaard, 17 Ian Patchett, 3 Steve Thompson, 8 Abdelhalim Elkholti
10 Kim Grant, 9 Carl Alford

Dorchester lined up using a 4-4-2 as follows:

1 Chris Ryland
5 Wayne Crutcher, 2 Matt Hann, 4 Ollie Cherrett, 6 Aaron Bastafield
7 Mark Jermyn, 9 Phil Andrews, 8 Marcus Oldbury, 3 Mike Walker
11 Justin Keeler, 10 Ross Marchant
Subs: 12 Matt Groves (sub 54 mins for Andrews), 14 Simon Radcliffe (sub 46 mins for Walker), 15 Steve Legg (sub 46 mins for Jermyn), 16 James Wilson (sub 57 mins for Bastafield), 17 Carl Poore (sub 46 mins for Cherrett)

Our man at the ground considered his man of the match to be Andy Lindegaard, with special mentions for Kim Grant, Chris Giles, Abdelhalim El Kholti, Steven Reed and Steve Thompson.

Meanwhile, Southport manager Phil Wilson has been commenting on Saturday's fixture at Huish Park when the top of the league Glovers entertain the third-placed Sangrounders. "We will find out how good we are against Yeovil," he said. "But I still do not think we are playing as well as we can going forward although we are well organised and tight at the back. We are hitting them [Yeovil] on a high, like we did when we went to Doncaster, and we've got to compete with them and quieten the crowd down and if we do that we've got a chance.

"We've had tests against Doncaster and last Saturday against Dagenham and this is another one for us. If we are going to be in the top-five at the end of the season we've got to do well in these games. There will be another 4,000 crowd and these are good games to be involved in. We know Yeovil are a good side with good energy levels and we've got to match them and hopefully come away with something."

Speaking to the Western Gazette, Yeovil boss Gary Johnson said: "I think it is a six-pointer for Southport because they do not want to be seven points behind us at this stage, if we get beat then we will still be a point ahead of them. We obviously want to get daylight between us and any other team. It will be one of our biggest tests because they are obviously a very capable side."

In team news, Yeovil will be without club captain Terry Skiverton, who begins a 3-match ban following his controversial sending off against Halifax. Roy O'Brien is expected to take his place, with Tom White still not available following his knee operation. Southport also have their suspension woes - influential midfielder Steve Soley misses the match as he begins his own 3-match ban, while striker Peter Thomson is reported to be injured. For those expecting to attend the match don't forget that today's Western Gazette carries a voucher (page 86) which permits one child accompanied by an adult to gain free admission to the ground on Saturday.

Finally some good news: Abdoulai Demba is a father for the second time after his wife gave birth to a baby boy last week - named Abdoulai Junior. Congratulations to the family from us all at Ciderspace.

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Thurs 3rd October 2002
September Internet POTM Result

Skivo celebrates his opening goal in the win over Northwich
Skivo celebrates on hearing the news that he's won the September Internet Player of the Month award
Photo © 2002 Ciderspace

Club captain Terry Skiverton has beaten off a strong challenge from Michael McIndoe to win the September Internet Player of the Month award. During September Skivo played in all 7 of Yeovil's league games, scoring in 4 of the matches - not bad for a central defender! - as well as attracting rave reviews for his performances, being described by several different pundits as being the best in his position in the Conference.

Player Score
Terry Skiverton 443
Michael McIndoe 421
Gavin Williams 270
Colin Pluck 229
Nick Crittenden 217
Darren Way 175
Lee Johnson 127
Abdoulai Demba 101
Howard Forinton 95
Adam Lockwood 86

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Wed 2nd October 2002
Giles on the defensive at Dorchester Friendly Tonight

Yeovil Town travel to their 'second home' tonight as they take on Dorchester Town at The Avenue Stadium tonight, in a friendly match that will see the Glovers make their first return to Dorset since getting back on the Huish Park pitch.

Admission for the game is £5.00 for adults and £2.50 for concessions - this includes both the main stand and the terraces.

The match is expected to see Chris Giles line up in an unfamiliar role tonight. The Western Daily Press reports that Giles will be operating as a centre-back for the game - a useful experiment for manager Gary Johnson given that his defensive positions on Saturday are likely to more or less pick themselves, given the suspension of Terry Skiverton, combined with Anthony Tonkin's walk-out from the club and Tom White's current injury.

Johnson says of his experimental selection, "The last person I did it with was Dion Dublin, when we were at Cambridge, and it didn't do him much harm. By playing in defence Gilesy will be able to see what things forwards do to cause him a problem and how to combat that. It gives him a different perspective and I'm hoping he will learn a lot from it. You never know, he might even enjoy playing there. Sometimes you find that players are more comfortable with the ball coming on to them."

Kick-off time for tonight's match is 7.30pm.

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Tues 1st October 2002
Gary Johnson Is Manager Of The Month

Yeovil boss Gary Johnson has been named Nationwide Conference Manager of the Month for September. The month saw the Glovers win 5 and draw 2 Conference games, taking 17 points out of a possible 21 and going to the top of the table. Congratulations to Gary, assistant manager Steve Thompson and everyone concerned - now go and win it again next month!

In other news the club have announced that a Meet The Manager Evening will be held at Huish Park on Thursday 17th October at 7.30 pm in the Vice Presidents Executive Bar, both Gary Johnson and Steve Thompson attending. Admission is £2 and the bar will be open. It's pleasing that the club are arranging such an event but yet again the club's disabled fans are being excluded from attending because the meeting is to be held on the first floor at Huish Park to which there is no access for wheelchair users or other disabled fans. It's long gone time that the club stopped treating it's disabled supporters as second-class citizens and ensured there was free access to ALL areas at Huish Park, and it's a disgrace that interested disabled supporters are once again being excluded from full participation in the club's affairs.

Having lambasted the club on the access issue, we're pleased to see that, in conjunction with the Western Gazette, children under-16 are to be admitted FREE to this Saturday's game v Southport at Huish Park, providing each child seeking admission produces a voucher from this Thursday's paper. Any child without a voucher will have to pay the normal price. Such schemes are always welcome in Ciderspace's humble opinion - start kids supporting their team young and you generally keep them for life, and the money they're not spending on tickets will generally get spent at the club on hot-dogs, burgers or other merchandise anyway.

Gary Johnson has not been amused by the FA's decision to reject Terry Skiverton's appeal against the red card given to him during the 3-0 win over Halifax. Speaking to the Western Daily Press Gary commented: "I don't know who it is who watched the match video and made this decision, but in my opinion it is diabolical."

On a happier note, left-sided French/Moroccan Abdelhalim Elkholti, who came on as a late substitute in Saturday's 4-2 win at Leigh RMI has signed Conference forms for the club and is to given an extended trial at Huish Park. Elkholti, a French passport-holder who can play as a left-back, wing-back or as a left-sided midfielder, would seem to be a natural candidate to replace the now departed Anthony Tonkin. Speaking to the official site, Johnson said: "He has played in the Moroccan Premier League as well as the Swiss Premier League and being a French citizen he will have no problems with work permits. He has been playing in the Moroccan Premiership and he's got a good football brain. He's French born so he is an EEC citizen and I'd like to think we've nicked one but we'll have to wait and see and give him a bit of time to settle in." The best of luck to Abdelhalim for his stay at Huish Park.

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