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Thurs 29th November 2001
Fry 'Could Go' Soon?

MORE DETAILS HAVE BEEN emerging from Yeovil Town concerning the shake-up at boardroom level carried out earlier this week (see news story below).

It is now clear that Jon Goddard-Watts has bought out former director Norman Hayward's shares in the club and with well over 51% of shares in his possession is now the owner of the club. It's not at present known whether or not Mr Hayward has retained any shares, but certainly the controlling interest in the club now belongs solely to Goddard-Watts.

It's also now clear that the new owner has no intention of taking a place on the club's board as either chairman or director - to that end club solicitor Stephen Allinson and company secretary George Smith have been appointed as directors with John Fry carrying on for the time being as chairman - but with a question mark over his long term future at the club.

Speaking to the Yeovil Express, Fry said: "Mr Goddard-Watts does not wish to sit on the board, but he is fully aware that this football club needs to be run as a business and he wants to see us in the Football League. The new board will be meeting next week and we will take it from there, but we will be in consultation with Mr Goddard-Watts."

Talking about his own position at the club, John Fry told the Express: "I am here to do a job but after six years you have to start thinking about putting your family before the football club. I have had family problems recently and I am not getting any younger. Any decision about my future is down to what is best for the interests of the club and the board of directors. I would not want to stand in the way of the club."

The chairman has also clarified certain points in the club's press release which caused some concern - namely the sentence claiming that there would be 'further changes in the management of the club' - pointing out that this related to boadroom changes only, not the football management side.

Fry has thanked former director Norman Hayward for his efforts in restructuring the club over the last few years, telling the Western Gazette, "Norman has resigned and has his own personal life to get on with so quite clearly we will need a replacement. Norman will be missed. He made a major contribution to this club and we are all extremely grateful. His knowledge of the football side will be missed."

Also speaking to the Gazette, Norman Hayward claimed one of the reasons he has decided to leave Yeovil Town was the death of close friend Alec Stock earlier in the year. "I am pleased that I helped change the attitude of the club," he said. "My aim was to make the club go pro and to get into the League. Alec brought me here really and now he has gone so it is not quite the same travelling down on my own. I have been proud that we could go to League clubs, like Bristol Rovers, and play them off the park. I really believe that Yeovil could be the premier side in the Westcountry. I really do believe that. I wish the club well and I have been made a Life Member, which I consider an honour."

IN OTHER NEWS IT seems that Darren Way and Terry Skiverton are expected to be missing still from the Glovers squad to travel to Northwich on Saturday as will Tom White, who has now returned to training at the club. Way and Skivo have still not recovered from knee ligament injuries, while Tom White is expected to play in the reserves match to regain match fitness following his compassionate leave.

There is still no news on the prospective signing of forward Kim Grant, manager Gary Johnson telling the Gazette: "I have been saying all along that I cannot make any major decisions and now the reasons why have become official. I cannot do anything until I get the new regine's directive and when I get that obviously we will be able to make a decision."

FINALLY, THE GAZETTE CLAIMS that Yeovil may be reinstated in the Somerset Premier Cup despite being knocked out following the 0-1 home loss to Street last week. It's emerged that Street's Italian striker Guiseppe Sorbara - who played in the game against Yeovil - did not have the required international clearance to play for Street (honestly!), a fact that has emerged since the player's transfer to Frome Town this week. The Screwfix Direct League have asked the FA for advice, it seems that Street could face sanctions for playing an ineligible player, including the possibilty of being expelled from the Somerset Premier Cup.

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Wed 28th November 2001
Swindon Too Strong For Young Glovers

YEOVIL TOWN'S YOUTH TEAM met their match at Huish Park last night in the 3rd Round of the FA Youth Cup, losing 0-2 to Swindon Town Youth. The ytfc.net match report is now online.

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Tues 27th November 2001
Reshuffle Leaves Goddard-Watts In, Hayward Out

REPORTS OF A 'HUGE' shake-up were somewhat overblown in the end then, instead we saw a boardroom reshuffle at Yeovil Town today with the return of the man who resigned from the board in September, Jon Goddard-Watts. Former director Norman Hayward has himself resigned from the board of Yeovil Town, John Fry remains as chairman with more changes at boardroom level in the pipeline. The club's press release reads as follows;

John Fry, Chairman of Yeovil Town Football Club, today announced major changes in the shareholding and future management of the Club. Jon Goddard-Watts, who was already a shareholder and investor in the Club has acquired further shares from Norman Hayward and John Fry. Jon Goddard-Watts has pledged to secure the immediate stability of Yeovil Town F.C. and to explore all options to develop a long term plan for its future.

Norman Hayward is standing down as a Director and it is likely that there will be other changes in the management of the Club in due course. John Fry and Jon Goddard Watts have stressed that they will be ensuring that any changes are carried out smoothly and professionally with the continuing aim of strengthening the Club's finances and overall management.

John Fry commented: "I am pleased that after several months of negotiation involving Jon Goddard Watts and Norman Hayward we have reached a conclusion which will place the Club on a sound footing for the future. I would like to thank Jon and Norman for their support to the Club and place on record the appreciation of our supporters for Norman's substantial contribution towards the progress of our football activities. We all wish him well and I now look forward to the Club's management team being able to concentrate all our efforts on the future development of the Club."

Ciderspace very much welcomes the return of Jon Goddard-Watts to Yeovil Town FC. His presence on the board should help ensure the financial stability of the club and enable us all - supporters, players and staff - to look to the future with renewed optimism after no little uncertainty lately.

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Tues 27th November 2001
'Huge Shake-Up' On The Way?

BBC SOUTHWEST CEEFAX HAS THE following story on page 391:

YEOVIL SET FOR BIG CHANGES

A huge shake-up in the running of Yeovil Town is expected to be announced on Tuesday [today] reports BBC Radio Bristol.

It is understood that a number of directors have quit the board, and a new consortium has been put together to inject cash into the club.

Yeovil are refusing to comment on whether chairman John Fry is still in place at Huish Park.

An official statement is due to be made by the Conference outfit at 3pm on Tuesday afternoon.

Watch this space and the official site news page for more information as we get it.

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Mon 26th November 2001
Young Glovers Going For Cup Glory

YEOVIL TOWN'S UNDER-18 SIDE enter unknown territory at Huish Park tomorrow night (Tues 27th Nov) when they face Swindon Town Youth in the 3rd Round of the FA Youth Cup, kick off 7.45pm.

The young Glovers have never got as far as the 3rd Round in the competition before and so far this season have despatched Bournemouth, Bath City, Tonbridge Angels, Bashley and Kingstonian for the right to face Swindon tomorrow evening. Unfortunately two of the side's most influential players, striker Richard Parkinson and midfielder Faisal Mali will be missing through injury, but the youth side does enjoy strength in depth and if previous cup games are anything to go by then the match should be well worth seeing. Tickets for the Main Stand only are priced at £4 adults, £2 concessions - cheap at half the price and the lads deserve your support if you can make it to Huish Park on Tuesday evening.

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Sun 25th November 2001
Depleted Glovers Stun Stevenage

WITH TEN FIRST-TEAMERS unavailable for selection before Yeovil's Conference match against Stevenage Borough at Huish Park yesterday, both fans and manager Gary Johnson might have been forgiven for being slightly pessimistic as to the outcome of the game... In the event we needn't have worried as the depleted Glovers gave one of their most convincing home performances of the season to win by 2-1 in front of a crowd of 2,468.

New loan player 19-year-old Joe Broad - a Friday loan signing from Plymouth Argyle when it was realised that 38-year-old assistant manager Steve Thompson was the only fit central midfielder at the club! - made an immediate impact, putting the Glovers 1-0 up after 20 minutes. Former Boro hero Carl Alford bit the hand that formerly fed him by making it 2-0 on 39 minutes, and although Boro pulled one back through Matt Fisher with around 20 minutes left in the second half Yeovil played out time for a relatively comfortable win. The Ciderspace match report page is now online.

The win moves the Glovers up to sixth place in the Conference table, 11 points behind new leaders Boston, 2-1 home winners over stragglers Leigh RMI yesterday. Former leaders Dagenham & Redbridge were somewhat fortunate to come away from Doncaster with a point yesterday in a 0-0 draw after having a man sent off. Surprisingly, given our overall poor home record so far this season, the Glovers are now only one win away from 3rd spot, and a gap of 11 points from the top is hardly insurmountable at this relatively early stage of the season either - there's a lot of football to be played yet.

THE RUMOUR-MILL WAS working overtime at Huish Park last night when former director Jon Goddard-Watts and former manager David Webb were spotted watching the game from the directors box in the company of chairman John Fry. All kinds of different theories were being aired after the match about Goddard-Watts and Webb's possible future involvement with the club, most of which could handily be described as 'complete fantasy'.... Nevertheless, informed sources do concede that some unspecified changes at boardroom level could well be a possibilty at some point, maybe even as soon as this coming week, though the more febrile speculation about takeovers and people being bought out appears to be completely wide of the mark. Watch this space.....

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Thurs 22nd November 2001
Street's Ahead

A Yeovil side containing a mixture of 5 first-teamers, reserves and youth team players crashed out of the Somerset Premier Cup at Huish Park last night, losing to Screwfix League Division 1 side Street 0-1. The ytfc.net match report, if you can bear it, is now online.

There were two bits of bad news to emerge from Huish Park following last night's match, both of particular concern for followers of the youth team: Firstly, youth team striker Richard Parkinson was taken to hospital with a suspected broken ankle sustained during the game; secondly influential youth team midfielder Faisal Mali is to have a groin operation this week and will be out of action for at least a month. Both players will definitely miss next Tuesday evening's FA Youth Cup 3rd Round clash with Swindon Town at Huish Park.

In other news, it now seems clear that Danish player Tommy Schram will not be returning to Huish Park. Rumours have been floating around over the last few days that Schram was in no rush to return despite being offered a contract and now it seems that Yeovil boss Gary Johnson will wait for the Dane no longer. "Even if Tommy makes his decision now it is too late as far as I am concerned," Johnson told the Western Gazette. "I think he had to show a bit of commitment to us a lot quicker."

Better news for fans of Kim Grant however, with Johnson being keen to sign the former Ghanaian international to a full-time contract. "We are on the way to talking to Kim now," Johnson said. "He is someone I want to keep... He is a good player but he was not fit when he arrived here. But to be fair to him, he has got his head down and worked very hard. His family still live in Brighton and we need to see whether we are going to have to move them up here. But I think he has shown in his mind that he wants to be here."

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Wed 21st November 2001
Latvian Champs Put Five Past Glovers

Yeovil entertained Skonto Riga of Latvia in a friendly match at Huish Park yesterday evening, the Latvian Champions coming out on top of an entertaining game, winning 3-5 in front of a crowd of approximately 600. Michael McIndoe, Carl Alford and Colin Pluck were the Glovers scorers, the ytfc.net match report is now online.

A very moving minute's silence was held before the match in memory of Olivia White, with all of Yeovil Town's playing staff - including those currently injured - joining their playing colleagues on the pitch to pay their respects.

Glovers full-back Anthony Tonkin played for an FA XI v the Southern League at Crawley last night in what has effectively become a trial match for the England non-league team. Tery Skiverton and Darren Way were also chosen for the game but had to withdraw through injury. The final score was 3-3, the Southern League winning the penalty shoot-out.

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Sun 18th November 2001
Pluck-y Yeovil Shut The 'Gate

It's been a harrowing week for everyone connected with Yeovil Town. Football has been shown to be supremely unimportant when compared with things that really matter, but the way that everyone connected with the club - players, officials and supporters, as well as opposition supporters - have rallied around one of our own in times of trouble has been uplifting. Tom and Louise - our thoughts are still with you and will especially be so tomorrow, the day of Olivia's funeral.

The reason why we all come together in the first place were back in action yesterday however when The Glovers visited 3rd-placed Margate and came away with a hard-fought 1-0 win, Colin Pluck scoring the only goal of the match in the 20th minute. The ytfc.net match report is now online. The result moves the Glovers up to 7th place in the table, 12 points behind leaders Dagenham.

The Glovers are next in action on Tuesday night (20th Nov), facing Latvian champions Skonto Riga in a friendly. Street provide the opposition at Huish Park on Wednesday evening (21st Nov) for the 2nd Round of the Somerset Premier Cup. Last but not least Yeovil entertain Stevenage Borough in the Nationwide Conference on Saturday (24th Nov).

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Fri 16th November 2001
Tom and Louise On Olivia

Tom White and his partner Louise have spoken publicly for the first time about the battle with a brain tumour bravely fought, and sadly lost, by their daughter Olivia. The article by Chris Spittles in the Western Daily Press can be read here.

Oliviaís funeral is on Monday November 19th, and Tom and Louise have asked for family flowers only.

Anyone wishing to contribute to a fund in Oliviaís memory, which will support the charities which helped her during her illness, will be able to do so through Yeovil Town Football Club. More details will be made available at an appropriate time.

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Wed 14th November 2001
Olivia White: Rest In Peace

It is with deep sorrow that Ciderspace has been informed that Tom White's daughter, Olivia, passed away on Monday night after a year long battle against cancer.

Olivia, aged two, had been diagnosed with a brain tumour in September 2000 and had under-gone a series of operations and chemotherapy in an attempt to remove the tumour. Despite this, medical experts were unable to provide a cure. Tom was given compassionate leave by the club prior to Friday night's game at Southport after Olivia was released from hospital to spend her last few days with her family.

Our best wishes and deepest condolences go out to Tom, Louise and their family at this difficult time. A statement from the football club is expected to follow later today.

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Sun 11th November 2001
We All Agree: The Jolly Fine Fellow In Black Is Magic!

Ciderspace would like to make it clear to the F.A. that at no time has it ever criticised a referee. They are all excellent chaps (and chapesses), and every decision we've ever seen has been correct. Any claims that we said the likes of Mr. Trevor "Whistling" Kettle , Mr. R. "Pillock" Pollock or Mr. A. "S***, It's Our Turn For" Turner couldn't handle a ten minute play-ground kick-about, had less grasp of the laws of the game than Sooty, and were frustrated traffic wardens wreaking revenge for having their tickets ripped up, will be vigorously contested by our solicitors, Vera City & Frank Honesty.
Referees do a perfect job in trying circumstances, and the attitude of Ciderspace is that all of them can come round to tea at our houses any time they want, marry our daughters if they so wish (even Mrs. Wendy Tomms - we accept no gender discrimination here), and are welcome to use us as toilet tissue at their own discretion. The news that Goole AFC from the Northern Counties East Premier Division and Mr. Steve Jackson who runs an unofficial web site supporting that club, have been fined £ 500 and £ 100 respectively by the F.A. for an article on his web site criticising the efforts of a referee that was then printed in the club programme has no bearing on our position. Ciderspace has always been a proud standard bearer for The Ref's Infallibility Precludes Error - or TRIPE.

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Sun 11th November 2001
It's Villa Park - but don't book the hotel just yet.

The F.A. has confirmed, as expected, that this season's F.A. Umbro Trophy Final will be, as last year, at Villa Park. The two main Non-league cup finals will be held on consecutive days, with the F.A. Carlsberg Vase kicking off on the Saturday May 11th at 3.00 p.m., and the Trophy final on Sunday the 12th at a time still to be arranged.

The F.A. is hoping to raise the profile of the finals, now there is no longer the lure of a trip to Wembley, by negotiating packages with local tourist attractions and hotels so that families can be enticed into making a weekend of the occasion.

Since Yeovil Town made two semi-final appearances in the early seventies our Trophy record is best skated over. However with early exits from the F.A. Cup and LDV Vans Trophy, and a league campaign in the doldrums already, it is the one possibility left for some glory this season so let's pray for a better showing than usual in the competition.

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Sat 10th November 2001
Southport's Finishing School

Yeovil Town lost their 4th competitive game in a row last night, going down 3-0 at Haig Avenue to Southport. They temporarily stay 9th in the table in advance of the completion of today's Conference programme, 14 points behind leaders Dagenham and 9 points away from the relegation zone.

As for the game itself, the Glovers gave a debut to newly-signed striker Adam Stansfield and were forced into yet another re-jigging of the defence on top of their already considerable injury problems when Tom White and Terry Skiverton were forced to withdraw before the match, Colin Pluck and Gary Haveron filling their places.

Southport made the best possible start, going 2-0 up after 10 minutes, Steve Whitehall and Simon Parke the scorers. The Glovers cause wasn't helped when Lee Johnson was sent off for alleged violent conduct just before half-time, though reports suggest the midfielder was very harshly treated by the referee. The home side made the game safe immediately after the break through a Barry Jones effort. The ytfc.net match report is now online.

Another defeat then! Statistics from the match via sports.com show that the Glovers had many more chances on goal than their hosts managed, nevertheless the final scoreline doesn't lie. The fact is that confidence is low, discipline is poor and as a result we are giving too many goals away at one end, and not scoring enough at the other. We're not facing a crisis yet, but a win - any kind of win! - is badly needed. Hell, a clean sheet at the next match (away to Margate a week on Saturday) would do for starters.

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Thurs 8th November 2001
Fry Looks To The Future

In an interview published in today's edition of the Western Gazette YTFC chairman John Fry has been speaking about next season's Yeovil Town squad and the need for the club to sort out the futures of those players - including the likes of Darren Way, Terry Skiverton, Nick Crittenden and Anthony Tonkin - who are out of contract at the end of the season. And the chairman has admitted that some current first-teamers may not be playing at Huish Park next season.

"We might not get such a high-profile year, success-wise, this season but I think we will improve the team by putting in a stronger team," Fry said to the Gazette. "But I think the difficulty is also keeping the players you have got without busting budgets. There will be disappointments with players who might not stay here because we cannot meet their demands - players who are the mainstay of the team. And it is the difficult part of the managerís job to try to keep people and to do it within a budget. We have got four or five players out of contract at the end of the season and the manager knows who he wants and what he is going to be offering them."

"And it is important we conclude as early as possible - and that is like now. These players have been spoken to because we really need to know what the squad is going to be for next season early on. The Bosman ruling is now biting and it is destroying clubs. There is more player power now than there is club power and it might be our choice to keep the player - but the player might want to wait to the end of the season. We have got to do the deal now and we need to know because the club is going to be the loser because of a key player - not only because the person might be out of contract but because we then have to search around for another player."

Fry refused to criticise manager Gary Johnson over recent poor home results, saying: "We have given the manager a three-year contract and he is trying to do his best - you cannot criticise the quality of the football when we perform. I am trying to help Gary strengthen the squad. If you criticise, it is easy to destroy what you have done. You get a few bad matches or bad results and all of a sudden people think you have got to change the whole lot when you do not need to. We have got a good team and we have had some very good performances. Although we have not quite got the results we have been consistently looking for, we are not far off having a great side."

Ciderspace has no hesitation in criticising Mr Fry when we disagree with some of his pronouncements, so it's only right we should say so when we agree with his comments. He is right to want to start tieing down out-of-contract players to deals now - if only the same forethought had been applied to the likes of Warren Patmore and Tony Pennock's situations last season, but that is water under the bridge now. He is also right to insist that budgets are strictly kept to, and if that means losing star players to Bosman transfers then so be it - we have the current sad examples of Scarborough, Dover, Telford and Boston to look at to see what could happen when budgets are blown sky-high. Finally, he is also right to back manager Gary Johnson - stability is absolutely essential to the club now after 5 managers in 3 years. Again. it's a shame that the same backing wasn't given to Gary Johnson's predecessor, but encouragingly it does on the face of it seem that past mistakes are being learnt from.

In the meantime Gary Johnson has appealed to fans to keep backing the side following last Saturday's disappointing home defeat against Chester City. Speaking in the Yeovil Express, the manager said: "We are trying to play football and everybody at this club is working their proverbials off to get it right. I can appreciate supporters getting upset, but there were 2,800 fans at Huish Park on Saturday and I think that is because we are creating chances. They would be far more upset if we weren't creating chances. We need the fans to keep supporting us because I think we will get it right and reach the standards all of us would like. It seems at the moment, however, that we play well against the likes of QPR and Bristol Rovers, but not so well against lesser sides such as Chester. But every game is different -- that is football. But we have got to play to the highest of our ability whatever the standard of opposition. All teams have bad spells and that is no different as to whether you are Manchester United or Yeovil Town. I hope the supporters will stick with us and appreciate what we are trying to achieve."

Johnson added, "We have got to start scoring goals and that might mean a change of personnel." To that end it seems that Elmore striker Adam Stansfield is now on the verge of signing for the club, and could even be included in the squad to play at Southport tomorrow evening. Scott Ramsay has returned to Brighton at the end of his loan period so new Seagulls manager Peter Taylor can assess his form. Midfielder Tommy Schram has returned to Denmark for a short break but has been made a permanent offer by Yeovil, no decision is expected from him until early next week. No decision on Kim Grant's position at the club will be taken until the striker has fully recovered from injury.

Finally the date for the friendly match v Latvian champions Skonto Riga has been finalised, according to the Gazette - the match will take place at Huish Park on Tuesday 20th November, the day before the Somerset Premier Cup match v Street.

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Wed 7th November 2001
AXA FAYC R2: YTFC YT KO K's!

Yeovil Town's Youth Team progressed to the 3rd Round of the AXA FA Youth Cup for the first time in their history after winning 3-2 against a spirited Kingstonian Youth side at Huish Park last night. The game was another excellent advertisment for youth team football, with both sides contributing greatly to the spectacle.

The young Glovers looked to have taken an early grip on the game with two goals in two minutes from Richard Parkinson and Dan Bulley, but the K's came back with a strike from the dangerous Chevan Cummings just before the break to make it 2-1 to Yeovil at half-time. Glovers midfielder Dan Lematti was extremely unlucky to be sent off immediately after the break after the referee deemed he had fouled Chevan Cummings - a poor decision by the referee and completely out of context in the way the match had been played up until then. The ten-man Glovers were under heavy K's pressure for the rest of the match but still looking dangerous on the break, and when James Thompson made it 3-1 on 70 minutes with a bullet header it looked as though the game was safe. However Chevan Cummings was on target again on 80 minutes to bring the score back to 3-2 and make it a nervous final 10 minutes for the depleted Yeovil team. The lads held out for a deserved win however - congratulations to them and coaching team Stuart Housley and Dave Linney on a fine achievement.

The Youth team now play the winners of the 2nd Round tie between Swindon Town v Grantham in the 3rd Round, the game to be played at Huish Park at a date yet to be arranged.

In other news it's been reported in today's edition of the Western Daily Press that Glovers striker James Bent has had his loan period at Dr Martens League side Chippenham extended by another month. The player was refused permission to play in Chippenham's FA Trophy defeat by Walton & Hersham last week as Yeovil did not want him to become cup-tied.

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Mon 5th November 2001
Young Glovers Set To Sparkle* In FA Youth Cup

Tomorrow evening (Tuesday 6th November) the Youth Team enter uncharted territory when for the first time they play in the 2nd Round of the AXA FA Youth Cup at Huish Park, kick off 7.45pm. Opponents Kingstonian defeated Oxford United for the right to play the young Glovers and the winners of the tie go on to play either Swindon Town or Grantham in the 3rd Round.

The Main Stand only will be open for tomorrow night's match, with tickets costing £4 for adults, £2 concessions. Here at Ciderspace we can't recommend the Youth Team highly enough to you, our gentle readers. This season they have a 100% winning record at home and manager (and former Yeovil legend) Stuart Housley, aided and abetted by (another former Yeovil legend) Dave Linney, have the lads playing football as it ought to be played - with good passing, pace, skill and a great sense of enjoyment. If you only go to watch one live football match this week then make it this one - the lads deserve your support (assuming you're not going to Southport on Friday, that is! In which case why don't you go to watch the Youth's as well?).

In other news, and apropos of nothing in particular, the first team's Conference match at Margate has been rearranged from its original February date to Saturday 17th November, 3pm kick-off, both clubs having the 17th free after being knocked out of the FA Cup. Sob.

No news has emerged as yet from Huish Park regarding the board meeting supposedly set to take place today to discuss the futures of the various loan/on-trial/non-contract players at the club, though it was reported that triallist Kim Grant was at training today. Tommy Schram is said to have returned to Denmark - for good some sources say whilst others insist only for a short break... Time will tell. Scott Ramsay's loan period is over and he has returned to Brighton, no word as yet on whether that is the last we see of him or not.

*Sorry, had to get a firework reference in there somewhere!

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Sun 4th November 2001
No Fireworks - Just A Damp Squib

Yeovil's appalling home Conference form continued unabated at Huish Park yesterday, lowly Chester City performing a smash'n'grab raid and going back to Cheshire wth all 3 points and a 0-1 win. It was another poor home performance by the Glovers and hard to believe that this was the same team that played so well against Queens Park Rangers and Bristol Rovers in the LDV Vans Trophy. The Ciderspace match report page is now online.

The result leaves the Glovers in mid-table, 14 points behind leaders Dagenham & Redbridge, but perhaps more relevantly only 9 points away from the relegation zone. Fortunately our away form so far this season has been as impressive as our home form has been disappointing, should that change then let's not fool ourselves - no team is too good to go down.

Manager Gary Johnson kept the team locked in the dressing room for over an hour after the match yesterday afternoon discussing what went wrong during the game and has called the squad in for extra training today. It's been reported that there will be a board meeting tomorrow (Monday) with the manager to decide the futures of Scott Ramsay, who's loan period from Brighton ended after yesterday's game, and triallists Kim Grant and Tommy Schram, though strong rumours were circulating the internet last night that Schram has already decided to return to Denmark.

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Fri 2nd November 2001
Glovers Trio Picked For England Trial

The FA squads for the games versus the Rymans, Dr Marten's and Unibond Leagues have been announced - and three Yeovil players have been picked for the game v the Dr Marten's League on Tuesday 20th November at Crawley Town's ground. The games are in effect trials for the England semi-professional team - Terry Skiverton, Anthony Tonkin and Darren Way are the Glovers involved. Former Yeovil striker Warren Patmore has also been chosen for the trial match.

The squads in full, according to the Non League Paper website, are as follows:

v UniBond League (at Altrincham, Mon 19th Nov)
Andy Woods, Stuart Elliott & Steve Brodie (Scarborough), Steve Dickinson, Chris Lane & Martin Clark (Southport), Simon Marples, Tim Ryan & Justin Jackson (Doncaster Rovers), Neil Durkin (Leigh RMI), Paul Beesley, Andy Scott & Steve Pickford (Stalybridge Celtic), Stewart Drummond & Robbie Talbot (Morecambe), Warren Peyton (Nuneaton Borough).

v Dr Martens League (at Crawley Town, Tues 20th Nov)
Steve Farrelly, Michael Warner, Barry Laker, Steve Watson & Gary Patterson (Farnborough Town), Phil Smith (Dover Athletic), Terry Skiverton, Anthony Tonkin & Darren Way (Yeovil Town), Steve West, Nick Roddis, Chris Sharpling, Warren Patmore & Barry Moore (Woking), Graham Porter & Leon Braithwaite (Margate)

v Ryman League (at Bishops Stortford, Wed 21st Nov)
Paul Wilkerson, Jason Goodliffe, Paul Sturgess, Sam McMahon & Simon Wormull (Stevenage Borough), Steve Perrin & Simon Travis (Forest Green Rovers), Mark Smith, Ken Charlery & Mark Stein (Dagenham & Redbridge), Greg Heald, Mark Arber, Leon Bell & Ben Strevens (Barnet), Dean Clark (Hayes), Lee Charles (Nuneaton Borough)

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Thurs 1st November 2001
Concentrate On The League

Players and staff at Yeovil Town have been coming to terms with this week's cup defeats which leave the Glovers out of both the FA Cup and LDV Vans Trophy at relatively early stages of the competitions. Particularly galling was last Saturday's 3-1 FA Cup defeat at Hayes, especially given the news that the subsequent Hayes v Wycombe 1st Round tie has been chosen by Sky TV as one of their live matches, which means the Glovers miss out on a £100,000 cash windfall on top of the £20,000 prize money for getting through the 4th Qualifying Round.

Club captain Terry Skiverton, speaking to the Yeovil Express has apologised to Yeovil fans, saying: "We let the fans down. We didn't defend well and we didn't take our chances - it was a comedy of errors. It was a real anti-climax because we've had some good cup runs in the last few years and to go out so early this time around was a debilitating experience. It was soul destroying. I would like to apologise to our fans because we should have done better. There were more Yeovil supporters at Hayes than home fans and we let them down."

It has emerged that Hayes hat-trick hero Ian Hodges could have joined Yeovil over the summer. According to this week's Western Gazette, the 18-year-old Cornishman was invited to Huish Park for a trial in the summer, but eventually opted to join Hayes instead. The rest, as they say, is history....

Chairman John Fry has also been talking about the cup defeat, saying in the Express: "The cup defeat at Hayes was a blow for our finances, but we will now concentrate on the league and if we can cut Dagenham's lead down to single points by Christmas we could still be in with a great chance of the Conference."

Meanwhile Fry has denied rumours floating around the town that the Glovers are considering selling their Huish Park base to neighbours Screwfix Direct and moving to a new base at Cartgate on the outskirts of town, saying to the Express, "we aren't moving ground.", while acknowledging that it would be sensible to look at the options available to the club with regards to future expansion.

Fry went on: "I would like to think we could be in the Nationwide League Division One within ten years. People might laugh at that idea, but we'd need a 15,000 stadium and we have to determine whether we could develop Huish Park or would we need to go somewhere else. We aren't moving from Huish Park tomorrow - but in ten years time we might have to think about it."

Meanwhile, the futures of non-contract players Kim Grant, Tommy Schram and Gary Haveron have still to be settled, with no comment from the club as yet in regards to their position. Loan striker Scott Ramsay must return to Brighton after Saturday's home game v Chester, unless the Glovers either extend his loan until the end of the season or sign him on a permanent basis. No news as yet either on the possible signing of Elmore forward Adam Stansfield.

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Thurs 1st November 2001
Glovers Pay A Harsh Penalty

Yeovil Town were unluckily knocked out of the LDV Vans Trophy at the Memorial Stadium last night, losing to hosts Bristol Rovers 5-4 on penalties after extra-time, the score being 1-1 after 90 minutes.

A crowd of 4,301 watched the game, over 1,000 of them supporting the Glovers. Yeovil took the lead on 27 minutes through a Michael McIndoe cross-cum-shot, and had much the better of the first half; but Rovers came back strongly after the break, Martin Cameron eventually converting a 69th minute penalty to level the scores at 1-1. Despite good chances at either end the score remained tied at 90 minutes and throughout the subsequent period of 'golden goal' extra time.

And so to penalties... Kim Grant, Adam Lockwood, Chris Giles and Nick Crittenden all scored from the spot, as did their Rovers counterparts. It fell to first half goalscorer Michael McIndoe, in the absence of the injured Darren Way, to take the 5th and final penalty in the sequence, but unfortunately Macca blasted his effort over the bar, Rovers were through to Round 3 and the Glovers were out. The ytfc.net match report is now online.

Yeovil deserved to get something out of this game, outplaying Rovers for long periods, but it just wasn't to be. Unlucky lads, both the team and supporters did the club proud last night - let's take that and build on it for the rest of the season, starting on Saturday at Huish Park against Chester.

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