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Sun 31st December 2000
McGinlay Takes Over At Gresley

Former Glovers striker John McGinlay, who went on to clock up 13 caps for the Scottish full international side, has been appointed as the Player/Manager of Dr Martens Western Division side Gresley Rovers.

McGinlay, who played for the Glovers in the mid-1980's, told Gresley fans, "My message to the supporters is that, while this season is far from over, we will be looking to build for next season. If we can finish in the top six and have a good run in the FA Trophy this season that will be an achievement."

McGinley's career was cut short by a lengthy achilles problem, but still hopes to turn out for Gresley in a deeper midfield role. "I might have to pick and choose when I play," he added. "But I've got a few games in me left. You get to know players better when you are on the pitch with them."

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Fri 29th December 2000
More Games Postponed

Both of the fixtures involving YTFC teams this weekend have been postponed due to frozen pitches. The first team's match at Kettering and the reserves home game v Backwell have both been called off. Neither match has yet been re-arranged.

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Fri 29th December 2000
Trophy Final Venue Decided

According to BBC Ceefax, the venue for this season's FA Vase and FA Trophy finals has now been decided. It was thought at one stage that Cardiff's Millenium Stadium would be chosen, but it now seems that the FA have plumped for Villa Park, the home of Aston Villa FC. The Trophy final is due to take place on May 13, the Vase final a week earlier.

Yeovil entertain Bath City in the 3rd Round of the FA Trophy on Saturday January 13, 3pm kick-off.

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Mon 25th December 2000
The News Just Keeps On Getting Better...

On a bitterly cold Boxing Day in deepest Gloucestershire, Yeovil Town did just enough to take all three points from struggling Forest Green Rovers, a Barrington Belgrave strike proving to be the difference between the sides on the day and giving The Glovers a 1-0 win. The ytfc.net match report can be found by clicking here.

Results elsewhere all went Yeovil's way: Second-placed Rushden & Diamonds could only draw 1-1 at Nuneaton, whilst third-placed Southport lost 1-2 at home to Morecambe and 4th placed Hereford went down 2-1 at Chester. The Glovers lead at the top of the table over Rushden has now been stretched to 7 points, and over 3rd-placed Southport to 11 points, with games in hand over both teams.

Top of the table, 26th December 2000
Home Away
Team P W D L F A W D L F A Pts
1. Yeovil Town 21 10 0 0 24 6 6 3 2 18 17 51
2. Rushden & Diamonds 23 6 4 1 22 7 7 1 4 26 17 44
3. Southport 22 7 1 3 21 10 5 3 3 11 12 40
4. Hereford 23 3 8 1 15 10 6 1 4 20 11 36
5. Doncaster 23 7 2 2 13 8 3 4 5 11 16 36

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Mon 25th December 2000
Merry Christmas!

'Tis the (2000/01) Season to be jolly! Ciderspace would like to wish everyone who has contributed to the site, written to us, or just plain read the articles on the ever growing beast that is the Ciderspace Web Site.

It's been a rather successful second half of the year for the club : top of the league, in the third round of the FA Cup, and would you believe it - the promise of a new roof as an Xmas present!

Let's hope that the year 2001 reaches even more dizzy heights. To all the players, management and coaching staff - well done and keep it up - we're proud of you! Oh ...... and stay off them mince pies!

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Sun 24th December 2000
Forthcoming YTISA Travel

The YTISA are running a mini bus to Kettering on Saturday 30th September. They are leaving Yeovil bus station at 9am. The cost of the journey will be determined by the travelling numbers.

They also have three spaces left on their second coach to Bolton on Saturday 6th January 2001. For Bolton the cost is £12.00 for memebers and £14.00 for non members.

Please ring Chairman Mark Kelly on 01935 412236 or e-mail the YTISA at ytisa@talk21.com to book a place for any of YTISA's forthcoming trips.

Unfortunately, travel to Forest Green Rovers on Boxing Day is already fully subscribed.

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Sun 24th December 2000
Addo Is Pottering About

Lee Potter : Huish Bound?
Photo © Shaymen Online
Yeovil Town manager is being connected with Halifax Town striker Lee Potter, according to a posting left on the Ciderspace Fans Forum. The posting, sourced from Sunday's Sport First newspaper, claims that Yeovil Town "have emerged as favourites to sign" the Salford born player.

According to Sport First, Potter was signed from Bolton Wanderers for £250,000, in January 2000, although reports at the time indicated that Potter's fee was "undisclosed" and Halifax Town Unofficial Site Shaymen Online puts the fee as nearer £30,000.

Potter was born on 3rd September 1978, and joined Bolton as a youngster, moving to The Shay on loan in December 1999. After scoring on his debut against Chester City, that loan move was made permanent, but Potter has clocked up only 22 appearances since leaving The Reebox with only three of those coming this term.

Shaymen Online reports that Halifax manager Paul Bracewell has been unhappy with Potter's fitness levels, and that a week ago, the 5'11" striker was transfer listed. Reports are that a number of Third Division clubs are taking an interest, but that Yeovil Town are heading the list of club's outside the league looking to secure his services.

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Sat 23rd December 2000
Addo Makes His Move

New Signing : Simon Betts
Photo © Surfing Seadog

Yeovil manager Colin Addison has made his first signing for the club - and unsurprisingly has returned to his former side Scarborough for the player in question.

The official YTFC website reports that defender/midfielder Simon Betts has signed for The Glovers for £10,000. Betts is obviously held in high regard by Addison who himself signed the player for Scarborough when he was manager at the McCain Stadium. Betts began his career at Ipswich and then moved on to Colchester, for whom he made over 200 appearances, scoring 13 goals.

Ironically Simon has enjoyed playing against The Glovers in the past - as far as we can see he's made 3 appearances on the opposite side, all for Scarborough, has scored twice and is yet to lose.... He appeared in last season's opening-day 5-goal thrashing at the McCain Stadium, then scored for the Seadogs in their 2-1 win at Huish Park last March, before netting an 87th minute penalty in the 2-2 draw at Scarborough earlier this season. Obviously a useful player to have on our side for a change! The best of luck to Simon in his Yeovil career, he goes straight into the squad for the Boxing Day fixture at Forest Green Rovers. Ben Smith is suspended for the game.

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Fri 22nd December 2000
In Memoriam

We reproduce here a message from Nuneaton Borough that reminds us that this is not a time of festivities and happiness for all.

We at Nuneaton Borough have been overwhelmed by the messages of support from around the country and even the world at this very difficult time. These messages have been a great help for the family and friends of those that died in the tragic accident on the way home from our F.A.Cup 2nd round game at Bournemouth on the 9th December. To date there have been over 83 pages of messages posted on our fans forum alone.

Everybody concerned with Nuneaton Borough would like to thank you for your thoughts and messages of condolence, they have been a great comfort to the families, friends and fans.

Many of your messages have asked about a collection for the families. A bank account has been set up and any money you may wish to collect can be deposited at :-

Bank : HSBC
Account name : Boro Fans Memorial Fund
Account Number : 01599577
Sort code : 40-35-20

Otherwise any donations can be sent to the families via the following address:

Boro Fans Memorial Fund
209 Camp Hill Road
Nuneaton
Warwickshire
CV10 0JS


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Thurs 21st December 2000
Addo's Christmas Present?

Local Press Review

A quieter week than usual in the local papers, the one major new story being featured in today's Western Gazette, which claims that Colin Addison has been in talks with 'a number of clubs' about various different players he is interested in signing. Addison is quoted as saying: "...It is a possibility we could have a new signing in time for our match with Forest Green. I have said for a long time that we need strengthening in defence, midfield and up front - and this is what any signings would do. It is not a knee-jerk reaction to our defeat [at Hereford], because this is something we have been talking about for a long time."

The Gazette suggests that players Addison could be looking at include experienced Scarborough midfielder Gareth Stoker and former Bristol City defender Matt Stowell, who impressed in a loan spell at Yeovil before signing for Rushden & Diamonds last season. Another player who's name is being linked with the club, according to messages left on the Ciderspace Message Board is prolific Scarborough striker Steve Brodie. It would of course be entirely unsurprising if any new signing did turn out to be a Scarborough player - the Yorkshire club transfer-listed their entire squad earlier in the season because of their well-documented money troubles, plus Colin Addison is of course Scarborough's former manager, having left the club in the summer.

Both the Gazette and the Yeovil Express report that sales of tickets for the FA Cup 3rd Round tie at Bolton are going well, with the intial allocation of 1,500 having been already sold, the club receiving a further 500 yesterday. Both papers report that the two rival supporters organisations are running coaches to Bolton - To travel with the YTISA will cost £12 for members, £14 for non-members; whilst the G&WSC will be charging adult members £16 (OAP's and u-16's £14), non-members £18 (OAP's and u-16's £16). Contact YTISA Chairman Mark Kelly on 01935 412236 to book a place on one of the YTISA coaches, or phone the club on 01935 423662 to book a place on one of the G&WSC coaches.

We can't comment on the Clarion 2000 this week, as their website hasn't been updated yet and we don't receive a paper copy anymore - sort it out Harry!

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Tues 19th December 2000
Yeovil Out Of LDV Trophy Shock Horror!

Yeovil went crashing out of the LDV Vans Trophy at Edgar Street this evening, Hereford romping home with a 4-0 win. The Bulls go on to face Reading at home in Round Two. The ytfc.net match report can be found here.

The Glovers made 5 changes from last Saturday's line-up against Northwich and experimented with a 5-3-2 formation for the first time in 11 months. Whilst no-one here at Ciderspace would wish to say anything that might denigrate Hereford's magnificent achievement in beating the Conference leaders so convincingly, we do have a sneaking suspicion that the home team may just have been slightly more up for it than The Glovers. We trust that similar tactics won't be employed for the visit of Kettering in the NVC Trophy in the New Year, that would be awful if lost that one as well.....

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Sun 17th December 2000
YTISA AGM Minutes Available

The Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association have issued the minutes of their recent AGM. The minutes are available to members only.

To obtain a hard copy of the minutes, see Chairman Mark Kelly or secretary Sara Brimble at any game. Alternatively, e-mail treasurer Stewart Bratherton at stewartbratherton@hotmail.com , quoting your membership details (for verification) and he will e-mail you a copy in MS Word format.

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Sun 17th December 2000
YTISA Coach Travel To Bolton

The Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association are running coaches to Bolton on 6th January.

If you would like to travel with them, the cost is £12.00 for memebers and £14.00 for non members - cheap at half the price!!

Please ring Chairman Mark Kelly on 01935 412236 or e-mail secretary Sara Brimble at sara.brimble@southsomerset.gov.uk to book a place.

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Sun 17th December 2000
Stowell Linked With Huish Park Return?

Former Yeovil Town defender - on loan at Huish Park during Autumn 1999 from Bristol City - is being linked with a permanent move to the Nationwide Conference leaders.

Stowell's tale is one full of irony. After starring in Yeovil's 5-1 demolition of Rushden & Diamonds in November 1999, Stowell moved to Nene Park, citing full time football as being one of the major reasons for leaving the West Country.

But after failing to cement a place in the Annies first team, injury and rumours of a fall-out with Ex-West Bromwich Albion manager Brian Talbot stalled Matt's careers in its tracks as he watched his former club make plans ... to turn into a full time outfit.

Now transfer listed at Nene Park, and believed to be available for a nominal fee, Stowell could well fancy a move back to the West Country, and Colin Addison told the Yeovil Express this week, "He is one name that has been mentioned. Steve Thompson has spoken to me about him. I'm not going to reveal any runners or riders, but there could be a new signing before Christmas."

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Sun 17th December 2000
Nicked From Under Their Noses

When Nick Crittenden was released by Chelsea after five years, during which time he had managed three first team appearances, he sent his CV to over fifty League clubs. A meagre three even bothered to reply. He went to Bristol Rovers for a trial, which came to nothing, and it looked as if he might be doomed to the joys that are Underhill as the only club that was prepared to put a contract on the table.

Crittenden had joined Chelsea on a YTS scheme, and then got a three year contract. He made his debut at 18 against Southampton in the Coca Cola Cup, and also came off the bench in matches against Leeds United and Derby County. However it became increasingly obvious that he had little future at Chelsea: "......with the foreign players coming in I was dropping down the pecking order."

Yeovil Coach Steve Thompson was looking through the list of players made available over the summer when he spotted Crittenden's name. "My immediate reaction was that someone who had been five years with Chelsea must have something to offer, so we invited him down. He came to Huish Park, then disappeared for six weeks and we thought that was it. So it was a real bonus when he came back to sign a contract."

So why did Ctittenden ignore the usual perception players from the League have of Non-League football? "I rated Yeovil a better bet than Barnet", says Nick. "I liked the atmosphere and I like the lads. We are all youngsters who get on well together and I like to enjoy my football."

The first thing Yeovil's then management team of David Webb and Steve Thompson did was to shift Crittenden from the right to the left. At Chelsea he had played as a right-sided mid-fielder / winger. Yeovil were short of leftsided players and felt Nick could do a job in that position. Nick agrees: "I think it suits me. Although I am stronger on my right foot - the one I scored with against Blackpool - I find I can cut in from the left and use my right peg to shoot."

New manager Colin Addison sees things the same way:"He is a very exciting, talented lad. He is technically highly gifted, and has plenty of pace and good vision. He is so important to the balance of the side."
Barnet's loss is Yeovil's gain.

[Original story-line: John Lukins.]

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Sat 16th December 2000
Fortress Huish!

Hands up everyone who at the start of the season forecast Yeovil would have 10 wins out of 10 at home before Christmas? And that we would be top of the league with 48 points from 20 games played, 5 points ahead of 2nd-placed Ru$hden with 2 games in hand and 9 points ahead of 3rd-placed Southport?

Such a scenario would have been dismissed as the ravings of a mad person in August, but that is indeed the situation The Glovers find themselves in with the season roughly at the halfway mark. Huge credit must be given to former manager David Webb for bringing the side together and giving the players a platform to perform on, and to current manager Colin Addison for having the sense not to change anything drastically when he took over from Webb and for keeping the winning run going. Ciderspace isn't slow to criticise the club and the board when they get things wrong - so it's only fair that we give credit where credit is due as well and congratulate the board on two inspired managerial appointments.

Yeovil came up against a determined Northwich side at Huish Park today but did enough to get all 3 points in a hard-fought 1-0 win. Warren Patmore yet again proved how valuable he is to the Yeovil cause by notching the winning goal, a 10 yard strike in the 37th minute following good work by Nick Crittenden. The official website's match report can be found here

The good news just keeps on coming at the moment: Yeovil chairman John Fry announced at half-time today that work on the long-awaited roof over the home terrace will commence in the New Year - on Mon 8th of January to be precise, though in the event of an FA Cup replay with Bolton Wanderers the date could be altered to suit. Mr Fry personally thanked by name all the groups involved in raising money for the roof - including the Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association.... It really must be Christmas!

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Sat 16th December 2000
Latest LDV Vans Trophy Draw

The winners of next Tuesday's Hereford v Yeovil LDV Vans Trophy game have this morning been drawn at home to 2nd Division Reading. The draw took place live on Sky TV's 'Soccer AM' programme.

Reading need no introduction to Yeovil fans - they are managed by ex-YTFC player Alan Pardew and, of course, knocked The Glovers out of the FA Cup last season, winning 4-2 at the Madejski Stadium. For a pictorial record of that day, click here, whilst the match report from the Reading game is here. Revenge over their reserves would indeed be, er, pretty meaningless really....!

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Fri 15th December 2000
Nobody Ever Said Being A Journalist Would Be Easy....

Local Press Review

Another week, and another league scalp for the mighty Glovers. As one would expect the local papers feature last Sunday's Blackpool game heavily, and in their own idiosyncratic styles....

Fat Harry in the Clarion 2000 evidently didn't actually make it to the game, his match report coming from a bar of indeterminate location, possibly Westlands Social Club. No loss of quality in his report for all that, despite liberal helpings of 'potato juice' - or is it because of the potato juice?

Both the Western Gazette and the Yeovil Express sent reporters to the game and prove it with 4-page pull-outs in their respective rags. It is with great sorrow that I have to report that the Gazette hacks evidently had an awful time up in Blackpool, suffering dreadful privations on behalf of us all whilst trying to do their jobs by bringing us the news. According to sports editor Richard Briggs, cub reporter David "Action Man" Coates not only had to go to stand with the Great Unwashed of the Yeovil support on the terraces at Bloomfield Road, he also had to pay for his own ticket! Shocking, but true. Our hearts go out to TBC in this his hour of need - we at Ciderspace will consider a bucket collection for the great man at the Northwich game on Saturday.

That wasn't all the men from the Gazette had to cope with though - Richard Briggs himself had to put up with nothing less than total incompetence from start to finish. Firstly the number on his ticket - which luckily he didn't have to pay for - was different to his seat number! Secondly the Blackpool stewards took him to the wrong seat at first! And to add insult to injury he had to sit next to a rabid Blackpool fan who throughout the game swore loudly and used a word "not suitable for publication," according to Briggsy - would that word be "Express" we wonder?

Talking of the Express even Steve Sowden, normally the most level-headed of journo's, was finding it grim oop north, what with Bloomfield Road's no-smoking policy in the Main Stand forcing him out of the posh seats and onto the terraces with the riff-raff where he met former Glovers chairman Bryan Moore, also puffing away as hard as he could go.

All the papers look ahead to the 3rd Round tie with Bolton, the Express contacting former Glover and Bolton star John McGinley, who is quoted as saying, "It's a great draw for Yeovil. Bolton have a wonderul stadium and it will be a great day out and great experience for the players and supporters. I've got many friends in Yeovil and the supporters were fantastic to me while I was there, so I would love them to win the Conference. Their result is one of the first I look for each weekend." Asked for a prediction for the Bolton game, he replied: "That's a difficult question to answer. Both sides are going well and Yeovil will give a good account of themselves. But I think Bolton will win 3-1 - which is no disgrace to Yeovil."

In amongst all the euphoria and optimism, it wouldn't be Yeovil without some sort of scare-story. This week's controversy is provided by Chairman John Fry - again - who as part of an interview with Action-Man Coates in the Gazette is quoted as saying that the £75,000 received from Sky for televising the Blackpool match was badly needed to ease financial worries at the club. The chairman's words are as follows: "It is great to have the television money - we needed it. Before we got the money we were in a desperate financial situation. The money will help us to return to a level playing field financially and will be a boost for the rest of the season."

'A desperate financial situation' - really? At the start of the season Mr Fry assured everyone that full-time football was affordable on average gates of 1,800 - something the club has been achieving with ease. Why then were we in 'a desperate financial situation'? It may well be that that Mr Fry wasn't referring to the day-to-day financial situation at the club at all, but to a specific project like the proposed new roof which has attracted time-related grants - one could understand there being a cash-flow problem in that case. One hopes that the impression given by the chairman that the club is stumbling from one financial crisis to another isn't accurate - what was the point in all the boardroom upheaval at Huish Park in the summer otherwise?

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Fri 15th December 2000
Conference Tribute To Nuneaton Three

According to the Nationwide Conference weekly press release, ALL Nationwide Conference clubs will be holding a minute's silence before this Saturday's league programme in memory of Martin Lashley, Carl Long and Sean Folan - the three Nuneaton fans who were killed in a road accident last Saturday December 9th, while returning from their club's FA Cup game at Bournemouth.

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Fri 15th December 2000
Bazza To Sign New Contract?

Striker Barrington Belgrave, who has been heavily linked with former manager Dave Webb's Southend United side over recent weeks, is poised to sign a new and improved contract with Yeovil Town - according to a story in today's edition of the Western Daily Press.

The paper quotes Belgrave as saying, "I should sign in the next couple of days. I've agreed terms and it's just a case of putting it in writing. We have got a good squad here and I want to go down in history as one of the players who took Yeovil into the Football League. I think we've got a great chance of going up."

The former Norwich and Plymouth striker signed for the Glovers in the summer on a free transfer, but has scored 8 league goals since and has seen his reputation as one of the most dangerous attackers in the Conference soar, with his pace in particular causing havoc amongst opposition defences. If Bazza does commit himself long-term to the club it will be a major boost to our long-term chances of promotion and will send out the right signals to all possible predators that we intend hanging on to our young stars.

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Wed 13th December 2000
Bolton Ticketing Arrangements

The following news item has been taken directly from the club's official website news page:

Ticketing information for the FA Cup Third Round match against Bolton Wanderers, scheduled for Saturday January 6th, has been announced by the club.

There are 1,500 tickets available initially, with provision for 4,500 altogether should demand warrant it. Prices are £14 for adults, £11 for OAPs and £8 for Under 16s. All allocated tickets are seats situated behind one of the goals in a segregated area.

Tickets go on sale on Saturday 16th December at 12:00 noon, prior to the home game against Northwich Victoria and will continue on sale until 3:00pm that day. Ticket sales will be continued during the following week from Monday to Friday between 10:00am and 4:00pm.

Supporters wishing to make postal applications can do so by enclosing a cheque payable to Yeovil Town Football Club for the appropriate amount, and by enclosing a stamped addressed envelope and a covering letter.

Due to the large number of tickets on sale, there will be no restriction on the number of tickets that can be purchased at a time. There is no priority system in place - ticket purchases can be made by all supporters from Saturday onwards.

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Tues 12th December 2000
From The Sublime To The Ridiculous

Bath City beat Cambridge City 1-0 tonight at Twerton Park. "So what?" and "who cares?" we hear you all cry.... Well, this game was the FA Trophy 2nd Round replay which decided who would be The Glovers opponents at Huish Park in the 3rd Round. The full draw can be found below - see 4th December news item. Bath's cup final is due to be played Sat 13th January, 3pm kick-off.

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Sun 10th December 2000
Glovers Draw Bolton, Away

Yeovil's reward for their victory at Blackpool in the FA Cup this afternoon is another long trip up north - The Glovers have been drawn away to 1st Division Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup 3rd Round. Wanderers now play in the new and evidently very impressive Reebok Stadium - the contrast with Bloomfield Road could not be much greater.

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

Newcastle vs Aston Villa
Blackburn vs Chester
Morecambe vs Ipswich
Leeds Utd vs Barnsley
Derby vs West Brom
Watford vs Everton
Carlisle vs Arsenal
Walsall vs West Ham
Swindon vs Coventry
Bolton vs YEOVIL
Southend vs Kingstonian/
Huddersfield vs Bristol City
Leicester vs York/Reading
Charlton vs Dagenham & Redbridge
Bournemouth vs Gillingham
Chelsea vs Peterboro/Oldham
Wimbledon vs Wigan/Notts Co
Northwich/Orient vs Spurs
Burnley vs Scunthorpe
Preston vs Stockport
Man City vs Birmingham
Portsmouth vs Tranmere
Bradford City vs Middlesborough
Sunderland vs Crystal Palace
Cardiff City vs Crewe
Southampton vs Sheff Utd
Fulham vs Man United
Liverpool vs Rotherham
Millwall/Wycome vs Grimsby
Notts Forest vs Wolves
Darlington/Luton vs QPR
Sheff Weds vs Norwich

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Sun 10th December 2000
SeaCiders! Come In No.20, Your Time Is Up!

No dodgy Blackpool Tower headline puns on this site, oh no! On a pitch that looked more suitable for water-polo than football The Glovers claimed their 20th football league team scalp by defeating 3rd Division Blackpool by 1-0 at Bloomfield Road this afternoon. The goal came on the stroke of half-time, Andy Lindegaard's touch releasing Darren Way down the Blackpool right. Way's ball inside found Nick Crittenden whose intial shot was blocked but who followed up with an unstoppable rising drive into the back of the net.

In truth Blackpool had by far the most of the possession, but clear-cut chances on goal were few and far between, and when the Seasiders did get a shot on target they found Tony Pennock in inspired form between the sticks, At the other end Warren Patmore really should have made it 2-0 when a mis-placed back-pass left him with only the keeper to beat, but his shot slid just the wrong side of the post.

This was an excellent defensive performance from Yeovil, roared on by 1,000 magnificent travelling supporters. The team gave an object lesson in how to defend a lead. The atrocious conditions never allowed the team to play in their usual fluent style but they showed huge heart and commitment in keeping out their 3rd Division opponents. Congratulations to everyone at Bloomfield Road in green-and-white; players, staff and supporters - you all did us proud!

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Thurs 7th December 2000
Meechan Plots McMahon's Downfall

Alex Meechan : Plotting McMahon's Downfall?
Alex Meechan : Plotting McMahon's Downfall?
photo © Zybereds Web Site
The FA Cup always throws these ones up, tailor-made for the headline makers. Rejected player meets rejecting manager looking for his chance for payback time. Yeovil fans will remember Warren Patmore twisting the knife in the back of Northampton Town manager Ian Atkins, who twice rejected Patmore as a player, but ultimately found the joke was on him as Wazza made one and scored one in a famous 2-0 victory in November 1998.

Now the spotlight falls on on-loan striker Alex Meechan and the increasingly jumpy and pessimistic Blackpool manager Steve McMahon. The Western Daily Press tells us that Meechan has a bit of a point to prove to the former Swindon manager saying, "You love to get revenge on anybody in life. And if I could score the winner on Sunday Iíd be delighted. Steve McMahon actually gave me my debut at Swindon. But I only ever played that one game. I was an unused substitute a few times after that and a month or two later he called me in and told me I had ten games to prove myself."

"I was a bit upset at that," Meechan continued, "Because Iíd been there two years and would have thought he should have known all about me by then. The next game I scored a hat-trick for the youth team and then I was top scorer in a youth tournament in Belgium. But when I got back I was substitute for the reserves and knew then that I didnít have a future there. Bristol City became interested in me and I thought it was best to leave. I went to speak to Steve McMahon, but he wasnít there, so I saw Mike Walsh, his assistant. He didnít stand in my way, so Swindon obviously didnít want me there."

Meechan is unlikely to start ahead of Yeovil's first choice pairing of Warren Patmore and Barrington Belgrave, but will inevitably be champing at the bit if Glovers manager Colin Addison calls him up from the bench, and Meechan adds, "My first aim is to be involved on Sunday, because I havenít made my debut for Yeovil yet with Tuesdayís LDV game being postponed. Things are going well here. Weíve got a great set of lads and the manager has been good to me. I donít want to leave Bristol City, but Danny Wilson has been honest with me and itís probably best that I leave."

Meechan is well aware of the standard of Conference Football following a two month loan spell earlier this season at Forest Green, where he scored seven goals, and sees no problem in making the drop out of the Football League saying, "I am a long way down the pecking order with so many strikers at City and I want to be playing first team football. Hopefully I can get that at Yeovil and playing against Blackpool on Sunday would be a great way to start my career here. I know I can score goals. Iíve done it at Bristol City and Iíve done it at Forest Green this season and I just need a chance. The set-up at Yeovil is better than a lot of league clubs and I feel that a move here would be good for me."

How often do players score against their former clubs or managers? How often do players score on their debuts? How often do substitutes change games? Will Alex Meechan be the latest to keep the headline makers in business? Watch this space!

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Thurs 7th December 2000
How To Shoot Yourself In The Foot In One Easy Lesson

Local Press Review

Note to Fat Harry - The Clarion's already been done this week mate - see below!

Today's editions of the Yeovil Express and Western Gazette both lead on the forthcoming FA Cup tie with Blackpool with the Gazette quoting 'Pool manager Steve McMahon as saying, "It is going to be a hell of a game. Although Yeovil are a non-league team they are a very professional club. They train every day and will provide a big test for us. Their wage bill is bigger than ours and their ground is better than ours - so I make us the underdogs for this tie. I would be happy to take a draw."

To which Ciderspace says, come off it Steve! A higher wage bill than Blackpool? Somewhat unbelievable, especially when one considers all the rumours of low wages flying around over the summer when the likes of Jamie Pitman, Danny O'Hagan and Matt Hale preferred to stay part-time rather than join the Glovers full-time revolution.

Colin Addison sums it up by saying, "I think that is a bit of psychology from Steve. There is no doubt we are the underdogs in this tie. We are the non-league side, they are the Football League side, so everyone knows who the underdogs are. We have had Blackpool watched twice in the past couple of weeks and they are a very good side. They are a lot better than their league position would suggest. They have some very talented players and we are expecting a very tough game."

The Gazette reports that Warren Patmore (calf), Anthony Tonkin (shin) and Tom White (thigh) were all doubtful before last Saturday's game v Telford but are expected to be fit for Sunday's match. The most serious doubts centre on Darren Way (stomach strain) and Andy Lindegaard (back), but both are expected to have benefited from a week's rest and are hopeful of being fit.

Chairman John Fry is quoted in the Gazette as saying, "We have an excellent chance of getting the right result. It is magnificent that we have managed to shift our entire allocation of tickets - there cannot be many other non-league clubs who can boast such support. We really need all the fans to get behind us."

Absolutely right John, and such an attitude from the chairman makes the other big story in this week's local papers even more incomprehensible. Again, both papers cover the row between John Fry and the Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association with the Express alleging that ISA secretary Sara Brimble was left 'deeply upset' following a shouting match with Chairman Fry after the win over Telford last Saturday.

According to the Express, Ms Brimble had approached Fry to ask for a meeting between the ISA and the club. Although there has been a history of tension between the 2 bodies ever since the ISA came into existence, the Association has continued to raise money for the club and to donate towards various club projects - money the club has always been happy to accept in the past. However the Express reports that assistant manager Steve Thompson has recently told ISA chairman Mark Kelly that the players have been told by the club NOT to accept anything from the Association. Since last Saturday's row however the club has released a statement sayimg that they would be willing to meet with the ISA - see the club's official website's news page for the full text of the statement.

In the light of the statement from the club, Express sports editor Steve Sowden (also press officer for the YTISA) says: "At long last it seems as if sanity is beginning to shine through. The situation has become very sad and pathetic and it is difficult to understand why there all these problems within the club when everyone is trying to support it - especially at a time when things are going so well on the pitch."

To which we at Ciderspace can only say "hear hear!" It's ludicrous that Mr Fry - who in this writer's opinion has done a fine job on the whole since he took over as chairman at Huish Park - has such a bee in his bonnet over an organisation which has only benefited the club since it came into being. The chairman should be looking to embrace the various supporters groups and be seeking to bring them into the fold rather than giving the impression of outright hostility to them. The club should recognise that the YTISA is giving supporters of Yeovil Town FC something that existing organisations such as the G&WSC and the Vice-Presidents do not provide. A sensible board would welcome the existence of a democratically run and enthusiatic supporters group such as the YTISA. Let us all hope that the statement from the club is the first step in the acceptance of the YTISA by the club - it is the club who will lose out in the long run otherwise, and ultimately so will the supporters.

"Achieve By Unity" is the club's motto - it's time that the club began to act on those words.

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Tues 5th December 2000
Hereford LDV game postponed, Kettering NVC tie moved again

The First Round LDV Vans Trophy match v Hereford United was postponed tonight because of a water-logged Edgar Street. The revised date is Tuesday 12th December. This means that he Nationwide Variety Club fixture at home to Kettering Town, already shifted once to accommodate the LDV, will have to be moved yet again. A new date has not yet been negotiated with Kettering.

NB - The Glovers NVCT fixture with Kettering has now been pencilled in for Tues 19th December, Cup results for both Yeovil and Kettering permitting.

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Tues 5th December 2000
Webb Having Second Thoughts?

According to the Nationwide Football Web Site former Glovers manager David Webb is regretting his decision to leave Somerset and head for sunny Southend in the Third Division. With the Glovers not having lost a game since Webb departed (discounting the County Cup) and Southend finding the going tough, the article reads:

Webb wonders 4 Dec

Former Yeovil manager Dave Webb is beginning to question his decision to quit the Nationwide Conference side for third division Southend.

A 1-0 defeat at Hartlepool left the veteran boss pondering over what he'd left at his previous club.

"I have to question whether many of the players actually want to play for the club," commented Webb.

"The job's bigger than I thought."

The signs are that Webb has a similar opinion of his Southend side to that when he arrived at Yeovil with him adding in another article, "We lack players of pace with the ability to take a game by the scruff of the neck. But getting such lads in will not be easy. We have a budget to stick to and I suppose I'll have to wheel and deal to sort things out."

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Tues 5th December 2000
Skirton on Blackpool

The following has appeared on the Nationwide Football Web Site:

Skirton's Blackpool Legacy : 5 Dec

It is over 30 years since Yeovil Town's commercial manager Alan Skirton played for Blackpool, but when he goes back to Bloomfield Road for Sunday's FA Cup clash he will take a legacy of those days with him.

Skirton joined Blackpool from Arsenal and was given a succession of cortisone injections to deal with injuries.

"It was the done thing in those days, so I have no qualms with Blackpool. But it has caught up with me in later life, I have had one hip replacement this year and I'm waiting for the other to be done."

Skirton, now 62, top-scored for Blackpool in one season and the Lancashire club have invited him to be guest of honour on Sunday.

"I've had to decline because I am taking a party up from Yeovil, but I've still got a soft spot for them."

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Tues 5th December 2000
Bazza Saga Continues

Reports in the Western Gazette over the past two weeks have led us to believe that Barrington Belgrave has been on a mission to team up with ex-Glovers boss David Webb at sunny Southend. Indeed, last Thursday's edition laid claims that the club had been forced to react to their revelations - which had appeared in the Southend Evening News a week previously - by offering Bazza a new contract.

Not so, says this week's Clarion 2000, which provides its own scoop by claiming that Bazza's improved contract offer had been on the cards for some time, and ironically had been agreed by the then Yeovil manager David Webb! This clearly contradicts the Gazette's own version of events, as does the quote from Barrington that says "I like it at Yeovil and Iím happy here." Hopefully there won't be any suggestions that this quote has been taken out of context!

Elsewhere in the Clarion, they go public on the simmering mood that currently exists between the Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association and Club Chairman John Fry. The Clarion reports on the recent interviews broadcast on BBC Somerset Sound where Chairman Fry is reported as having given his consent to a meeting with YTISA. However, it all seems to have gone pear-shaped merely hours later, with suggestions that Mr Fry had a change of heart following an argument within Huish Park following the 2-0 win over Telford.

Ciderspace understands that the club are preparing their own Official Press Release in response to the goings on, so watch the Official Site News Page for more details.

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Mon 4th December 2000
Kick-off time correction

The LDV Vans Trophy First Round match between Hereford United and Yeovil Town at Edgar Street on Tuesday 5th December starts at 7.30 pm, not 7.45 pm as previously stated.

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Mon 4th December 2000
F.A. Umbro Trophy Draw

The entry of Conference clubs has been delayed to the Third Round this season; ties to be played on Saturday January 13th, 2001. Yeovil Town have been drawn at home to the winners of the Cambridge City v Bath City tie. Postponed from Saturday they drew 1-1 tonight and will replay at Twerton Park on Tuesday 12th December.

The full draw (Conference clubs in bold) reads:

South Section
Aldershot Town v Stevenage Borough
Braintree or Rothwell v Maidenhead United or Enfield
Cinderford or Evesham v Harrow Borough
Dagenham and Redbridge v Weymouth
Fisher Athletic or Crawley v Ashford or Weston Super-Mare
Folkestone or Worthing v King's Lynn
Ford United or Bognor Regis v Billericay or Hastings
Forest Green Rovers v Barton Rovers
Harlow or Canvey Island v Northwood
Hayes v Rushden and Diamonds
Hendon or Worcester City v Tiverton Town
Hereford United v Dover Athletic
Histon v Kettering Town
Staines or Walton and Hersham v Kingstonian
St Albans City v Newport County
Woking v Margate
Yeovil Town v Cambridge City or Bath City

North Section
Ashton Town or Bilston v Nuneaton Borough
Burcough v Morecambe
Burton Albion v Altrincham or Bishop Auckland
Chester City v Doncaster Rovers
Congleton Town v Gresley Rovers
Emley v Accrington Stanley
Hyde United v Blyth Spartans
Leigh RMI v Hucknall Town
Marine v Stalybridge Celtic
Matlock Town v Northwich Victoria
Runcorn v Scarborough
Southport v Hednesford Town
Tamworth or Belper Town v Boston United
Trafford v Telford United
Worksop Town v Bromsgrove Rovers

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Sun 3rd December 2000
Forgive the world-weary cynicism on this one.........

The new chief executive of the Football League, David Burns, has scheduled a meeting with John Moules, the Conference chief executive, for this coming week. Burns is clearly aware of the issue that most concerns the Conference. "I know exactly what he wants to talk to us about," he says. Yes, it's that endless running sore, the lack of a fair promotion structure into the Football League. Burns claims he believes "there is scope in my view to extend the one-up arrangement." Note the words "scope" and "in my view". Why is Ciderspace so suspicious? Well apart from the obvious, the League having always looked after its own, the whole tone of David Burns' piece comes across as patronising. This is almost certainly unintentional but, we believe, very revealing about the mind-set of the League. Burns uses phrases like "the little guys taking on the bigger guys and doing well", "the story of David and Goliath" and "little club[s]". Wake up! Maybe we are getting too sensitive about this sort of language, but wh ilst we are little clubs in the context of the Premiership and First Division we aren't in relation to the Football League as a whole. The lower divisions are full of dead wood. Looking at the nether reaches of Division Three we see the likes of Carlisle, Exeter, Halifax, Plymouth, Shrewsbury, Torquay and York. And in what sense are they Goliaths to our Davids? Only in that they have League status. It's purely League status that allows such clubs to maintain the semblance of superiority. When similar clubs have come down to the Conference the Emperor has indeed been revealed as being stark naked. They are only "bigger" because they have a carefully protected position in the League, they aren't in the League because they are intrinsically "bigger". League chairmen know this, and as the cash-cow that is T.V. money increasingly props up their privileged position their view on what the scope is for increased promotion, and consequently relegation, will remain miles apart from th e musings of Mr. Burns.

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Sat 2nd December 2000
YTISA on Somerset Sound : Take Two!

On Monday morning, Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association will have a second bite of the cherry as BBC Somerset Sound (MW 1323 and possibly 95.5FM, though this is not always the case) broadcast an interview recorded at today's game with a YTISA representative. The interview, which is expected to be broadcast between 7:00am and 8:00am, centres on the association's continuing problems in getting some kind of token recognition by the football club.

Chairman John Fry is expected to contribute to the broadcast where it is believed he will welcome talks with YTISA to try and resolve some of the current problems. However, YTISA committee members have raised doubts that these talks will ever occur, claiming that Fry has played down any chance of the football club and the independent association sitting down at the same table, despite the fact that he is expected to state the contrary on air as part of Monday's broadcast.

The broadcast is a second attempt to get the issue debated on air, after the radio station cut plans to discuss the issue on Friday 17th November, after they were unable to find a club representative willing to speak on the subject.

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Sat 2nd December 2000
Comfortable victory as Yeovil march on

Yeovil Town went seven points clear with a workmanlike performance versus Telford today. The home side were rarely troubled on a soggy pudding of a pitch. An own goal after four minutes set The Glovers on their way, and a Tom White strike later in the first half pretty much wrapped it up.

Yeovil rather took their foot off the gas in the second period but several more good chances came and went, and the victory could have been more emphatic. This gives Yeovil a home league record of 9-0-0. Fortress Huish indeed. With the crowd breaking the 3,000 barrier for the first time in a league game this season, and other results going our way, this was a good day for Yeovil Town.

Top of the table, 2nd December 2000
Home Away
Team P W D L F A W D L F A Pts
1. Yeovil Town 19 9 0 0 23 6 5 3 2 17 17 45
2. Southport 19 7 0 2 18 6 5 2 3 9 10 38
3. Rushden & Diamonds 20 5 4 1 17 6 6 0 4 22 16 37
4. Hereford 20 3 7 0 15 9 6 1 3 19 9 35
5. Doncaster 20 6 2 2 12 8 2 4 4 9 13 30

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