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31 January 2007 : Woodards Signs For Crewe
Exeter City full-back Danny Woodards, who trialled for Yeovil Town last night in a friendly against Dorchester Town has now signed a permanent deal with Crewe Alexandra. Woodards has signed a three year deal at Gresty Road after Crewe paid out an undisclosed fee.


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31 January 2007 : City And Forest Lose
Two perfect results were obtained tonight in the two League One matches being played as part of the Wednesday night matches, with both Bristol City and Nottingham Forest using up the games in hand they had inherited through their FA Cup runs.

City slipped up 1-0 at home to relegation-threatened Cheltenham Town who scored their winner through former player Damian Spencer just before half time. Meanwhile a similar fate met Forest who were playing at Carlisle United, where a Karl Hawley goal was enough to give the Cumbrians still an outside chance of forcing their way into the main playoff pack.

Cheltenham climb a place but remain in the relegation zone, whilst there are no changes to the top slots. However, with City (3rd) and Forest (4th) having used up their game in hand, the League One table now looks staggeringly tight.

Link: 2006-07 Latest League One Table.


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31 January 2007 : Brittain Back
Martin Brittain, already familiar to Glovers fans from his previous loan spell between 31st October 2006 and 1st January 2007 that saw him make nine starts and one appearance off the bench, returns to Huish Park. The new loan deal is an extended one that takes him through to the end of the season.

Right winger Brittain signed a one year contract with the Tractor Boys on a free transfer from Newcastle United in the summer. Since then he has only made one first team appearance for Ipswich Town, as a substitute in the Carling Cup loss to Peterborough United. Since he doesn't appear to be to the forefront of Ipswich boss Jim Magilton's plans the fact his Portman Road contract will run out at pretty much the same time his loan period at Huish Park ends may bode well for something more permanent at that point if he continues to suit us and we continue to suit him.

On the current deal Magilton said :

We brought Martin back [from the initial loan spell] to have a look at him. His return here has coincided with Jaime Peters' emergence in form and that was probably the reason we started to see the best from Jamie, because Martin was here and after his place.

Yeovil made it clear that they would like the lad back if he became available and we feel it's best for Martin to be out there playing football week in, week out. We will be monitoring his progress there and want him to go out and enjoy his football.



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31 January 2007 : Woodards Heads To Crewe For Talks
Yesterday's trialist Danny Woodards has attracted the attention of League One side Crewe Alexandra. The Exeter City official site report that the right-back has headed to Staffordshire for possible transfer talks ahead of tonight's transfer window deadline.


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31 January 2007 : Gary Bowl(e)s Over Magpies
Dorchester Town came up against one very familiar face in the Yeovil Town line-up in last night's friendly - namely Youth Team skipper Gary Bowles. The 18 year old is operating a dual role with both clubs; recognised as an 'on loan' defender for the Magpies on most weekends, whilst continuing to turn out for the Glovers Youth Team on days where there is no clash of fixtures.

Bowles came up against several of his Conference South team-mates last night, as well as a trio of similarly-aged Portsmouth and the view of today's Dorset Echo is that Gary out-shone his Premiership counterparts, who were Gregg Lake, TJ Cuthbertson and Giovanni Torre.

The paper stated that "Bowles scored the opening goal and put in an assured performance in the centre of defence against a range of strikers. The 18-year-old faced veteran centre forward Steve Flack, streetwise striker Matt Groves, pacey Sonyo Da Mata and Italian Torre, but none caused him significant problems".

Speaking after the match, which was watched by around 150 spectators, Bowles said of his own performance, which was started off by scoring the opening goal - a headed attempt from a corner:

"It was a good performance. I thought I did pretty well tonight. Dorchester have been playing me at right back and I have said I would like to play centre back - it is my favourite position. Popping up with a goal was a bonus as well."


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31 January 2007 : Officials For Saturday's Millwall Match
Saturday's home match against Millwall will be looked after by referee Rob Lewis of Shropshire. We first had Mr Lewis back in September when he took charge of the 3-2 win over Huddersfield Town at the Galpharm Stadium. Our first impression of him was mixed; he did some things well, but was a little too visible during the match, booking four Yeovil players, without bringing out his cards for the home side.

Mr Lewis will be assisted by Graham Scott (Oxfordshire) and Malcolm West (Cornwall). The fourth official will be James Cox (Worcestershire).

Link: September 2006 : Huddersfield Town 2 Yeovil Town 3.


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31 January 2007 : Sweeney Loan Deal Confirmed
Yeovil Town have secured a loan deal with Stoke City left winger Peter Sweeney. As reported on this site last week, manager Russell Slade made his move for the Scotsman in an effort to boost the size of his small first team squad, and Sweeney has now been confirmed as a Yeovil Town player. He will be on loan at Huish Park for the rest of the season.

Sweeney is a 22 year old Glaswegian who started his career with Millwall, turning professional in August 2001 and spending four seasons in South-East London. During that time he picked up an FA Cup final losers medal - starting in the final itself against Manchester United.

His move to Stoke in the summer of 2005 in a deal worth up to £250,000, but a back problem put him out of contention for three months shortly after his arrival. Since then, he has been in and out of Stoke's side, although has still done enough to make 12 starts at Championship level this season.

In total he made 67 appearances for the Lions, scoring 5 goals, whilst at Stoke he has added 35 appearances and 2 goals. All of his league appearances have been at Championship level, and with the experience of an FA Cup Final and the following season's UEFA Cup appearance, he has a decent amount of experience considering his age. Peter has also played for Scotland's Under 21 international side.

Ciderspace wishes Peter the very best of luck at Huish Park and hopes he will have a successful stay in Somerset.


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30 January 2007 : Glovers See Off Magpies
Yeovil Town Reserves gained a comfortable victory over a Dorchester Town side containing four Portsmouth players as part of a friendly arranged to allow both managers the ability to look at a number of new players.

The Glovers included Exeter City right-back Danny Woodards as well as former Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Alexis Nicolas who was making his second appearance for the club. Both players got through the whole 90 minutes, with Yeovil going on to win the match 3-0.

Gary Bowles got Yeovil off to a good start, heading home from a corner after just five minutes. The lead was doubled in a one-sided first period when Gavin McCallum took advantage of some over-playing by Dorchester in their own half, intercepting a crossfield pass and doubling Yeovil's lead right on the stroke of half time.

A series of second half substitutions saw some of the more established Yeovil players make way for members of the Youth Team, but no sooner had four new players entered the field, than the lead was further extended, thanks to a Tom Clarke lob from the left side of the box.

Both trialists did well but were not particularly over-extended on a night where the Glovers dominated in the main. As Nicolas is a free agent, the club are not bound by the transfer window with respect to any interest they may have in him. Should they wish to sign Woodards, they have until midnight tomorrow night to lodge the papers and agree a fee with Exeter.

Darren Behcet
Danny Woodards, Gary Bowles, Scott Guyett, Jake Smeeton
Craig Alcock, Stephen Maher, Alexis Nicolas, Ishmael Welsh
Gavin McCallum, Tom Clarke.

Subs: Tom Parsons (for Scott Guyett), Danny Barker (for Darren Behcet), Danny Thompson (for Stephen Maher), Phil Ormrod (for Ishmael Welsh).

Goals: Gary Bowles (1-0, 5 mins), Gavin McCallum (2-0, 45 mins), Tom Clarke (3-0, 65 mins).


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30 January 2007 : Customer Charter Meeting Agenda Released
Next week's Customer Charter Meeting will have the following agenda:

Customer Charter Meeting
Agenda - 6th of February 2007


1. Approving of minutes (19/09/06).
2. Proposed ticket prices for 2007/08 season.
3. CRM Database / Membership Scheme.
4. New home shirts - 2007/08.
5. Online car sharing scheme.
6. Fixture flyers / Advertising boards.
7. Service in the Vice Presidents Lounge.
8. Football / Stadium development.
9. AOB:
a. Staff v. Supporters football match.
b. Coca-Cola promotion.
c. Thomas Cook promotion.
d. Questions - Supporters' representatives.

The meeting takes place in the Huish Park Glovers Lounge, starting at 5.45pm. The CCM operates with a fixed committee and therefore admission is by invitation only.

Link: September 19th 2006 : Customer Charter Meeting Minutes.

Link: Yeovil Town Customer Charter.


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30 January 2007 : Dorchester Admission Prices
Admission prices for tonight's friendly match (kick-off 7.30pm) against Dorchester Town are as follows:

Adults : 5 pounds; OAPs : 3 pounds; Children : 1 pound.


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30 January 2007 : Badges Go Bilingual!
Those who collect Tim Lancaster's football badges may be pleased to know that after a brief hiatus, they are back with forthcoming ones planned for the home matches against Swansea City and Blackpool. As usual as soon as Tim has the samples in his hands, we'll publish a picture of them. Tim writes:
"Badge fans have been starved a bit this term, but hopefully this will make you all the more keen for the next offering. A little of what you want less often is quite appealing.

Yeovil Town vs Swansea City on February 24th will see the next badge on sale with both club crests detailed and the name of the visitors replicated in Welsh as to afford them their proper identity (CPD Dinas Abertawe).

There will be a badge in March too, against former FA Cup winners Blackpool, who will be known as .... er Blackpool, to afford them their identity.

If you want to reserve your badge by post send a cheque for £3.50 to Tim Lancaster, 3, Westville, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 4JE, this includes postage and packing. Badges purchased on the day will cost £3.00, or e-mail me at timlancaster06@btinternet.com.

A badge may also be available for the forthcoming Western League game between Truro City and Sherborne Town as this may soon be collectable in five or six seasons."



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30 January 2007 : Thommo Watchful Over Woodards
Yeovil Town assistant manager Steve Thompson has admitted that he has seen Exeter City right-back Danny Woodards up to four times as part of the club's tracking of the former Chelsea trainee. Woodards plays in a Reserve Team friendly at the Avenue Stadium tonight, against Dorchester Town, kick-off 7.30pm, and speaking to the Exeter Express and Echo Thommo said that he would be a familiar face to his eyes:

"We have heard about Danny's situation and we are keen for him to come up here and play a game with some of our fringe players. I have seen him play three or four times and I quite like what I have seen. He was the one that caught my eye when I watched Exeter. Our right-back is out until April (Mark Lynch) but the one that has come in (Andy Lindegaard) is playing very well at the moment. But that doesn't mean you don't look. This will give him a chance to look at us as much as us to look at him."

The paper claims that Grecians boss Paul Tisdale is likely to ask for a five-figure fee if the Glovers wish to sign him before the transfer window closes tomorrow. Woodards has refused a new contract at St James' Park and the Exeter boss is now looking to get him off his books before his value diminishes.


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30 January 2007 : Weston Heads To Vale
Recent trialist Rhys Weston has now turned his attentions to fellow League One side Port Vale in an effort to win a contract. The former Cardiff City right-back had been on trial at Huish Park and has played in two recent Reserve Team games, but manager Russell Slade had stated that he was unlikely to offer him a deal at the club.

Rhys played in the home Football Combination matches against Swindon Town and Swansea City this month, but mistakes in both matches that led to goals were always likely to count against him.

Weston was allowed to continue training at Huish Park, but has this week headed to Staffordshire, where he is currently trialling for Martin Foyle's side. He is expected to turn out in a Reserve Team match against Leeds United tomorrow.


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30 January 2007 : Slade Confirms Woodards Trial
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has confirmed his interest in former Chelsea right-back Danny Woodards. Today's Western Morning News states that Woodards has been transfer-listed by the club following his refusal to sign a new deal and that this has coincided with him being dropped from the Grecians' first team. It suggests that Exeter are now looking to off-load him whilst they can still get a significant fee, although at the age of 23, Woodards would still command some sort of fee even when out of contract.

Slade said of Exeter's permission to field him in tonight's friendly:

"They have given us permission to have a look at him in a practice match against Dorchester. We have been watching him for a while and he is someone that we have always quite liked, so it is a good opportunity for us to look at him. It doesn't look as if he will stay there beyond the summer, so it is a good opportunity to look at him at close quarters."

Russell added that his move to trial Woodards was down to the lack of cover in the full-back positions, with the chances of re-loaning Southampton defender Martin Cranie looking slight and right-back Mark Lynch expected to be out until April:

"Lynchy is still two or three months away and Lindy (Andy Lindegaard) has done really well, but we are after some defensive cover and he can play on the right or the left. He's done very well and more than comfortable at the level he is playing at the moment. We will have to wait and see what happens though. There are no promises."

Russell admitted that there could be some other trialists in tonight's game but he was not prepared to name names in case the players concerned did not show up:

"There could be a couple others in there as well, but he is the main one to be fair. It is still a bit: 'are they coming, aren't they coming' at the minute, so I don't want to give any names."


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30 January 2007 : Friendly Arranged
Further to yesterday's news concerning the Glovers playing a Reserve Team match, the Western Daily Press has uncovered the mystery. A Glovers XI will travel to play Dorchester Town at the Avenue Stadium, kick-off 7.30pm tonight.

Dorchester will be playing four Portsmouth trialists, whilst the Glovers will be fielding Exeter City right-back Danny Woodards.

Magpies' manager Mick Jenkins will be fielding from Fratton Park left-sided defender Matt Hartmann, defender TJ Cuthbertson, centre-half Greg Loke and striker Giovanni Torre. All four players are out of contract at the end of the season and will be released by the Hampshire club. Torre is already known to Jenkins following a loan spell at the Avenue Stadium.

Jenkins will also field two other trialists - former Havant & Waterlooville midfielder Neil Davis and Didier Moundi, who has already turned out for Dorchester in another friendly against Taunton Town.

At present bar Danny Woodards, there is no word from the Yeovil end as to what sort of side they will be fielding, or even an acknowledgement that there is a game on.


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29 January 2007 : Woodards On Trial
Yeovil Town are giving a trial to Exeter City right-back Danny Woodards according to the ECFC Official Site. They report that the former Chelsea trainee will be playing in a Reserve Team fixture at Yeovil tomorrow evening.

Woodards turned professional for Chelsea during the 2003-04 season and spent two years on their books playing in their Reserve Team. The 23 year old then moved briefly to Wycombe Wanderers before signing for the Grecians in October 2005. In just over a year at St James Park, he has clocked up 53 appearances for them in the right-back slot and is reported to have turned down an extended contract with his current deal running out in the summer.

The slightly curious situation here is that there is no scheduled Football Combination fixture for tomorrow night. Hence with the transfer window due to close on Wednesday evening, it would appear that the Glovers have arranged a friendly fixture at Huish Park although it may be that this will be behind closed doors. If we are able to clarify this either way, we will put up an additional item on these pages.


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29 January 2007 : Duo In Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town pair Arron Davies and Jean-Paul Kalala have had their performances against Bradford City recognised by the Football League, with both players landing in the League One Team Of The Week.

Arron of course grabbed the headlines by scoring both goals, whilst JP is rewarded for some of his break-up play as the most defensively minded of the Yeovil midfielders.

The full line-up is as follows:

Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe)
Joe O'Cearuill (Brighton), Graeme Lee (Doncaster), Andy Crosby (Scunthorpe), Matthew Lockwood (Leyton Orient)
Arron Davies (Yeovil Town), Peter Holmes (Chesterfield), Jean-Paul Kalala (Yeovil Town), Wayne Corden (Leyton Orient)
Paul Heffernan (Doncaster), Gary Alexander (Leyton Orient).

Just to show football is a game of opinions, the News Of The World put Terry Skiverton, Chris Cohen and Arron Davies into their team, whilst Terrell Forbes, who didn't make either of the above teams, is given as Yeovil's 'Star Man' in the Plymouth-based Sunday Independent. Meanwhile, the League Paper has decided that none of the above are worthy of selection in their own team of the week.

Don't forget that you can stamp your own vote on a Yeovil player if you were at the Intersonic Stadium by using the voting form below.

Link: Bradford City vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Voting Form.


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29 January 2007 : BBC Local Radio Interviews From Bradford
The BBC Local Radio interviews performed following Saturday's 2-0 win over Bradford City are now available on BBC Somerset Sound's website. In addition to the usual post-match analysis from manager Russell Slade, they also talk to Arron Davies, who netted both goals at the Intersonic Stadium.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Interview Archive.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Interview Transcript.


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28 January 2007 : Russell's Verdict On the Bradford Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade believed a change of tactics prior to yesterday's 2-0 win over Bradford City was the reason for the quick start Yeovil made against their hosts at the Intersonic Stadium. The Bantams failed to pick up Arron Davies who had been given a free role behind the front pairing of Marcus Stewart and Leon Best and that left him unmarked for the opening goal, with Arron going on to bag a second after the half time break.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell explained: "Tactically we set up to play Arron Davies between the midfield and the front two and we thought that we might find a little bit more joy and space there with perhaps not having orthodox widemen. It proved to be a good decision in the end because that is exactly how we scored. We got in between them, picked the ball up and it was a great finish."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section. A pre-match interview with Russell is also available.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: Russell Slade's Pre-Match Interview.

Link: BBC Bristol's Audio Archive.


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28 January 2007 : Ladies Through On Penalties
Despite the Official Site stating Yeovil Yown Ladies were playing in the "South West Women's League" everyone else realised they were playing a cup tie in the Pat Sowden Trophy today.

The long trip to current holders Penzance saw two hours of stalemate as normal time and then thirty minutes of extra-time ended 0-0. So to the dreaded penalties, the Glovers emerging victorious from the quarter-final 6-5.

A number of clubs were still catching up on postponed ties from the previous round :

Plymouth Argyle Reserves 6 - 0 Bath City
Swindon Spitfires 1 - 6 Cullompton Rangers
University of Bristol 3 - 2 Keynsham Town Reserves

The draw for the semi-finals has been made, with Yeovil again away :

Cullompton Rangers or Bristol Academy 'A' v University of Bristol or Gloucester City

Holway United or Plymouth Argyle Reserves v YEOVIL TOWN

The semis are scheduled to be played on Sunday 25th March, with the Final at Kimberley Stadium (Saltash United) on Sunday 29th April.

Meanwhile there was only one fixture in the South West Women's Premier League. The 1-1 draw between lowly Cheltenham Town and Team Bath did no favours to the visitors, Team Bath remaining in third spot but eight points behind leaders Yeovil and now having played a game more.

Next Sunday, 4th February, it's back to the league, and the Glovers travel to Cullompton Rangers for a top of the table clash that could be crucial for the title hopes of both teams. Yeovil go into the fixture leading Cullompton by four points, but Rangers have two games in hand. Kick-off is 2.00 p.m. at Speeds Meadow, Cullompton. The Glovers have only lost one league match so far this season, the reverse fixture at home to Cullompton back in September when they went down 1-3.


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28 January 2007 : Russell Confirms Sweeney Swoop
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade yesterday confirmed that he wants to bring Stoke City winger Peter Sweeney to Huish Park. After news broke on Friday (see our news item below) that the Yeovil boss was looking to bring the Scotsman on loan for the rest of the season, Russell confirmed to BBC Radio Bristol that the rumours are true:

"Exactly that - I'm after him. Hopefully he will think about things over the weekend and then make the right decision and come and join Yeovil for the remainder of the season."

Russell also hopes that if the player arrives at Huish Park he can enhance his team's set-pieces and balls into the box. He also stated that in addition to Sweeney's preferred left-wing role, he can also play in the centre of midfield:

"Yes, he can slide inside as well. He is 5'11" or 6 foot. He was formerly at Millwall and he has got good quality on the ball and good delivery. Sometimes I have a bit of a bee in my bonnet about the quality of delivery from some of my players from set plays. But he has got great delivery and hopefully he will enhance our chances of getting promoted."

If the Glovers want to take Sweeney for the remainder of the season, our understanding is that the deal would need to be concluded by Wednesday midnight, otherwise they will be bound by the emergency loan rules, which only allow players to be loaned for a month at a time.


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27 January 2007 : Bradford City vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Voting
Don't forget to vote for your Man of the Match for today's 2-0 win over Bradford City if you attended the match at the Intersonic Stadium. Both goals were scored by Arron Davies but there were also some great performance at the other end of the park as well.

Link: Bradford City vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Voting Form.


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27 January 2007 : Ciderspace Match Report : Bradford City vs Yeovil Town
The full Ciderspace match report for today's 2-0 win over Bradford City is now available.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Bradford City 0 Yeovil Town 2.


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27 January 2007 : Davies Double Shoots Down Bantams
Two goals from Arron Davies were enough to give Yeovil Town their first ever victory over Bradford City at the Intersonic Stadium today as the Glovers moved up to 4th in the League One table on the back of a 2-0 victory.

The start was a perfect one, with Davies grabbing his first just five minutes into the match as part of a piece of clinical counter-attacking. Andy Lindegaard broke up a Bradford attack, feeding Chris Cohen in midfield. He found Anthony Barry whose ball through to Davies carved the Bradford back line open, losing his marker David Wetherall and finishing confidently to put the Glovers 1-0 up.

Bradford pressurised well through Jamaican duo Omar Daley and Jermaine Johnson but some outstanding defending kept them at bay and the home side couldn't find their way past keeper Steve Mildenhall. Despite having the lion's share of the chances available, Bradford were done by a sucker punch when Wetherall again found Arron Davies too hot to handle. A Nathan Jones cross was misdirected into the path of the Welshman and he finished from a narrow angle midway through the second half to put Yeovil 2-0 up.

The match ended in controversy as a howler by the officials saw a goal from substitute Eddie Johnson ruled out for offside. Match referee Graham Salisbury and his assistant failed to spot a deflection from Jean-Paul Kalala that kept Johnson onside but the goal was not allowed to stand. In the protests that followed, Jermaine Johnson was red-carded for foul and abusive language. With his dismissal went Bradford's chances of getting a lifeline out of the game.

The win lifts Yeovil over Oldham Athletic into 4th place, who play tomorrow at Northampton Town, whilst Bristol City and Nottingham Forest did not play in the league due to their FA Cup involvement. Scunthorpe United took full advantage, beating Millwall 3-0 to move clear top of the table in the only other match involving the top six sides today.

Link: 2006-07 Latest League One Table.


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27 January 2007 : Glovers Play Waiting Game On Cranie
Yeovil Town are still continuing to hold out hope of bringing versatile defender Martin Cranie back to Huish Park, although the dependencies on his return vary in terms of which source you take your information from.

Speaking to the Western Gazette earlier in the week, manager Russell Slade believed that Southampton's reluctance to allow Cranie to come back to Yeovil was mainly due to their ongoing injury situation combined with a rumoured 10 million pound bid for teenage left-back Gareth Bale. The move for Bale, reported by BBC Radio Solent, has never been substantiated, nor has the bidding club been named, but Slade believed it was likely to be a factor in Southampton's thinking:

"We are watching the situation regarding him at the moment. I have spoken with (Southampton manager) George Burley and he will not budge on it because of their injury problems and the situation involving Bale. I do not think anything will happen with that before the close of the transfer window."

On Thursday when speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, Russell's position appeared to have shifted a little, implying that Southampton's position in the FA Cup may well influence the situation. The Saints travel to play Manchester City on Sunday and if this is a factor then it would suggest that a lengthy cup run would require Saints manager George Burley to rotate his squad a touch more than he would need to if they only had Championship football to concentrate on. Russell explained:

"That's still a little bit rigid at the moment. Hopefully things may change after the FA Cup on Saturday, with probably a prospect again of bringing Martin back at some stage. But we'll have to wait and see."

As Ciderspace understands the loan rules, they can apply for a 'rest of season' loan for either Cranie or striker Leon Best up until the transfer window closes, but thereafter would need to rely on the emergency loan system which operates on far tighter rules.


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26 January 2007 : Brentford Man Of The Match Result
The Man of the Match result for last week's 1-0 victory over Brentford has now been finalised. Terrell Forbes got the nod as the Glovers managed another clean sheet at home, whilst there were strong showings for midfielder Chris Cohen and goalscorer Leon Best. The full details are at the foot of the Brentford match report.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 1 Brentford 0.


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26 January 2007 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 44 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have announced the following results in Week 44 of the Glovers Gold Bond scheme:

Glovers Gold Bond : Week 44 : 26th January 2007
01935 423662 (Ext 291)


£1000 Monthly Jackpot
A6144 - Chris Plowman, Walnut Drive, Somerton
£50 Agent Bonus - 093

£100 Winners
Monday E0762 Mr Milum, Abbotts Road, Ilchester
Tuesday C2055 Mr H Garrett, Dymboro Gardens, Midsomer Norton
Wednesday B2879 Mrs P M Shorey, Font Villas, West Coker
Thursday C1544 Miss M Paulley, Guinevere Close, Yeovil
Friday A5294 S Frowde, c/o Skippers, Sherborne

£10 Consolations
A0762 Mr P Armstrong, Lower Beadon, Merriott
C0762 Mrs D Patten, Tintagel Road, Yeovil
D0762 Mrs T A Gaylard, Thatcham Park, Yeovil
A2055 Mr Pistell, Long Mead, Yeovil
B2055 Mr Blunn, Manor Close, Bradford Abbas
E2055 Miss Trott, Paradise Crescent, Evercreech
A2879 Mr A Ewens, Sandhurst Road, Yeovil
C2879 Mr P R Chick, Lyde Road, Yeovil
E2879 Mrs T Gorry, Rickhayes, Wincanton
A1544 Mr R Crew, Blackmore Road, Stalbridge
B1544 H Reiling, Old Wells Road, Glastonbury
D1544 Sue Hickman, Chestnut Close, Somerton
B5294 Mr Shutler, Springfield Road, Yeovil
D5294 Mr S Cook, Long Run, Higher Odcombe
E5294 Mrs H Spalding, Portreeve Drive, Yeovil


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26 January 2007 : Russell Sends For The Flying Squad
Yeovil Town have asked a Championship side to loan them a Scottish left-winger to Huish Park, ahead of the transfer window. No, not him - but instead Stoke City player Peter Sweeney.

According to the Stoke Sentinel, Sweeney is currently being allowed to mull over a loan deal, with presumably Stoke having given the deal their blessing should Sweeney be able to agree terms.

Sweeney is a 22 year old Glaswegian who started his career with Millwall, turning professional in August 2001 and spending four seasons in South-East London. During that time he picked up an FA Cup final losers medal - starting in the final itself against Manchester United.

His move to Stoke in the summer of 2005 in a deal worth up to £250,000, but a back problem put him out of contention for three months shortly after his arrival. Since then, he has been in and out of Stoke's side, although has still done enough to make 12 starts at Championship level this season.

In total he made 67 appearances for the Lions, scoring 5 goals, whilst at Stoke he has added 35 appearances and 2 goals. All of his league appearances have been at Championship level, and with the experience of an FA Cup Final and the following season's UEFA Cup appearance, he has a decent amount of experience considering his age. Peter has also played for Scotland's Under 21 international side.

As yet there is no word from the Yeovil camp as to whether they regard this as a serious approach for Sweeney's service, although given manager Russell Slade has recently trialled Daniel Phillips and Alex Rhodes and has had on loan Martin Brittain and Kevin Cooper, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to work out that a winger may well be near the top of his wish list.


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26 January 2007 : Buy Coca Cola NOW!!!!
It's not that often that Ciderspace succumbs to a shameless bit of corporate advertising, and sells it's soul to a global organisation. Having spent eight years in a 100 percent advert-free environment we would not be the type to suddenly start putting up pop-up banners declaring that "You Are Our 1,000,000th Visitor! Click Here To Claim Your Prize!"

However, we shamefully admit that every man has his position that he is willing to negotiate from.

The sudden change in the direction of this site - which will be known hereafter as CocaColaSpace - comes with the news that Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has told the League Leader newsletter that he is willing to put himself into a set of stocks at the end of the season if a target is met in an ongoing promotion by the fizzy drinks manufacturer.

The snag comes with the target. Mr Fry has told the newsletter he is willing to undertake the ordeal if Yeovil Town fans can raise 75,000 pounds in the much-publicised promotion. Sadly we suspect this means that Mr Fry will not need to pay a visit to the dry cleaners at the end of the season.

But ever-hopeful of the impossible happening, Ciderspace CocaColaSpace is now urging all Yeovil Town fans to empty their local supermarkets of all coke bottles, guzzle themselves stupid and then when they've done that, to go back in and buy some more.

If updates on this site go quiet this weekend, fear not. CocaColaSpace is merely utilising it's spare time cutting up sponges into squares and soaking them in cold water, just in case ...


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26 January 2007 : Ciderspace Match Preview : Bradford City vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town travel to the Intersonic Stadium Valley Parade to face a Bradford City side that they only faced a month ago at Huish Park. The two sides drew 0-0 in the pre-Christmas match in a game dominated by the Glovers, but where visiting keeper Donovan Ricketts stopped them from taking all three points.

Since that match, Bradford's form has been mixed, picking up one win, three draws and two defeats that has seen them wobble around the mid-table positions without ever threatening to rejoin the playoff pack that they were in earlier in the season. However, their 12th position seems to be holding them steady enough to keep them away from the wrong end of the table.

Bradford's slip from their early season promise has been down to their lack of goals. Having scored 21 goals during August and September, the following four months have seen them score just 12 times. As was seen at Huish Park, they have been much reliant upon the experience of striker Dean Windass throughout the last few years, but in a shock move the Bantams this month agreed to allow him to move on loan to Championship side Hull City - a move that has been blamed on the financial situation at Valley Parade.

Given that once Windass is taken out of the equation, Bradford's next top scorers are midfield pair Marc Bridge-Wilkinson and Steven Schumacher with just four league goals each, it was no surprise to find manager Colin Todd moving into the transfer market, signing up Jamaican international winger Omar Daley from US side Charleston Battery.

Daley has now got international clearance (see earlier this week) and the Bradford local press have stated that he will be making his debut tomorrow, and are certainly making a big song and dance about his arrival comparing him with former Glovers trialist Jermaine Johnson who is proving a big hit at Valley Parade along with Daley and Ricketts form a trio of Jamaican internationals on Bradford's books. Todd said of Daley:

"If he comes up to what I expect and does as well or even better than JJ, then we will have another diamond on our hands. We know the boy is a very talented player. It may take a little bit of time and I would ask fans not to judge him on one game but Omar is going to make a big impact. I'm not sure how his fitness levels will stand up to his first game but I'm sure adrenaline will get him through. If we get 60 minutes out of him tomorrow that will be great, and if it's the whole 90 then superb."

Johnson is likely to play up front tomorrow, rather than in the wide position he has occupied for much of his career, and so it will be him looking to step into the big boots once owned by Windass. But Todd believes that Daley's arrival will give Johnson's impressive season so far an even greater boost:

"JJ likes to be top dog and he won't want to be second best behind Omar. If there's a chance of Omar stealing his limelight, I'm sure that will make JJ try even harder. We haven't seen him play up front from the word go at home. He's done it for spells against Bournemouth and Cheltenham but not the whole time and I'm sure he'll want to be on top of his game with Omar coming in."

For the Glovers, once again they go into a weekend game sweating on the fitness of several members of their squad and will be taking all senior members of the first team squad up to Yorkshire today. With Paul Terry and Mark Lynch out with long-term knee injuries, last week they lost striker Lee Morris to a calf injury and he is still doubtful. To make matters worse, the boggy conditions on the training pitches have been blamed for ankle injuries to club captain Terry Skiverton and left-back Anthony Tonkin. Tonks is rated as the most doubtful of the two, but according to BBC Somerset Sound both are causing concern, with manager Russell Slade explaining:

"The skipper went over on his ankle today (Thursday) and so he is icing that down. It is nothing major but we hope it doesn't keep him out of Saturday's game. Lee Morris is fighting desperately hard but I don't know how that is going to break. He is looking unlikely. Anthony Tonkin is also struggling and looking unlikely. Again it's an ankle injury. With the conditions there are a few ankle problems and calf problems, so they are the main doubts."

Yeovil don't have the best of records against Bradford so far, with few goals and with the Glovers yet to win a match against the Bantams. Terry Skiverton is the only player that has netted against the Yorkshire side, scoring an early header in last year's away match at Valley Parade that finished 1-1. With a 0-0 and a 0-1 representing the only other scorelines between the two clubs, from a historical perspective, it would be a surprise if tomorrow's match turned into a goal-fest.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bradford City.

Link: December 2006 : Yeovil Town 0 Bradford City 0.

Link: September 2005 : Bradford City 1 Yeovil Town 1.


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25 January 2007 : Russell Clarifies Best Situation
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has clarified the confusing situation regarding on loan striker Leon Best this afternoon. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound today he has reiterated that there is no change on the loan situation at this moment situation:

"As it was just over a week ago really. Leon is still here until the 3rd of February. We're in dialogue with Southampton and we would love him to stay for at least a possible month, if not longer. So we'll have to wait and see. But I think that it will be a last minute call anyway, so there is no panic over it."

When an official site puts up some news, supporters are told to regard it as the gospel truth. Not so Southampton's own, who had to backtrack on their original statement. Russell said that he had no control over such situations developing:

"There are a few things I can govern but I can't govern that Internet, I'm afraid. Southampton put it up on their website after a conversation with George (Burley) himself, who kindly said that it could be a possibility that Leon could be extending his loan."


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25 January 2007 : Webb Linked With Daggers
This week's Western Gazette is claiming that Nationwide Conference league leaders Dagenham and Redbridge have approached Yeovil Town to take striker Daniel Webb on loan to East London for the rest of the season.

The paper states that the move from Daggers manager John Still has come due to two of their players - centre-half Shane Blackett and centre-forward Craig Mackail-Smith - being "poised" to move to League Two side Peterborough United, who are having a bit of a spendathon this season in an effort to gain promotion. As yet neither player has moved, with both playing in the midweek 1-0 win at Grays Athletic that gave them a six point advantage over title rivals Oxford United.

The Gazette have spoken to long-serving Dagenham press officer Dave Simpson who is quoted as saying:

"There is probably something in it. John Still has probably identified a number of targets and is trying to see which one works best. It is a case of watch this space."

Of course one sticking point with Dagenham's plans are that Webb is on loan at Rushden and Diamonds, with the month's loan having only commenced on January 5th. The Glovers can not recall him, and League rules do not allow a player to play for another club or cut short the loan and so it would appear that the earliest that Dagenham could take up such a loan would be the second week in February, and thus would only be able to take him on an "emergency loan" basis rather than the standard loan the Gazette is reporting.

Even more of a mystery is what has happened to Webb at Rushden. So far he has played just one league match in his loan period at Nene Park, plus an FA Trophy match. He has not been included in the last two sixteens that manager Graham Westley has selected, and supporters claim that Webb was watching Yeovil's match at Huish Park against Brentford last Saturday, casting doubt on whether Rushden had any future plans for him. Westley has since drafted in former Kidderminster Harriers striker Chris Beardsley on loan from Mansfield and with he and two other Rushden strikers netting in Tuesday night's 3-1 win over Cambridge United, Webb's future at Rushden looks somewhat doubtful.


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25 January 2007 : Best Not Say Too Much Then
This morning's Western Daily Press echoes the news last night that the Southampton official site had done a full u-turn on their claims that striker Leon Best had signed an extended loan deal at Huish Park. The paper claims that the Glovers are still hoping for a "rest of season" loan, rather than the month deal that the Saints reported and this may account for yesterday's confusion.

The paper reports that "a club spokesman confirmed last night that there had been no contact with Southampton since the initial request and that Slade was still hoping to conclude the season-long deal before the end of the transfer window next week."

Reading into what we know, it would appear that Saints manager George Burley is happy for Leon to stay at Huish Park for another month, but is unwilling to commit himself further at present. That would suggest that he is possibly waiting on potential ins and outs at St Marys that may move Best either up or down the pecking order, prior to the transfer window closing. Glovers boss Russell Slade may therefore wait until the last possible moment before making his final move for a loan extension.

Saints are currently trialling Troyes striker Marek Saganowski and considering a potential loan deal for the Polish international, suggesting that Burley is looking to add to his striking options. The most satisfactory news coming out of the Saints camp for Glovers to look out for would therefore be if Burley decides to wrap up a deal for the Pole before the transfer window closes.

Meanwhile, whilst on a Saints theme, defender Martin Cranie completed 90 minutes of their Reserve match against Brighton and Hove Albion last night in a 2-1 win. It is Cranie's first full game and only his second bit of competitive action for the Saints since being recalled to St Mary's at the turn of the year.


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25 January 2007 : Trial Duo Extend Stay
Yeovil Town assistant manager Steve Thompson has confirmed that yesterday's trialists performed well enough to be kept on at the club for the next few days.

Former Charlton Athletic academy right-winger Daniel Phillips and former Brighton and Hove Albion central midfielder Alexis Nicolas played in yesterday's 2-1 win over Swansea City Reserves and Thommo told the Western Daily Press that both players will remain at Huish Park for a little longer:

"Both lads did reasonably well and we will be looking at them in training. They both need some football because their fitness levels need to improve, but both are very comfortable on the ball."


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24 January 2007 : Not Best News
After two further attempts to get the story right the Southampton Official Site has now completely back-tracked on its item this afternoon asserting that the loan deal of Leon Best at Huish Park had been extended to the end of February.

Just for the record, before they change it yet again, they are now saying:

Saints boss George Burley is delighted with the success of Leon Best's loan at Yeovil. Best has scored seven goals in nine starts for the League One high-fliers and Burley is very happy with his progress at Huish Park and may be prepared to extend his loan although this has not yet happened.

He said: "Leon is playing regularly and scoring goals and we are delighted with how well he is doing. That is the beauty of the loan system. He can go out and play regularly and build up some momentum and we now have instant recall if we need him back."


Doubtless the BBC, Sky Sports, TEAMtalk, Tom,Dick&Harry.com etc., etc., will be as pleased as this site at having to retrieve their announcements too. Well done Saints.


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24 January 2007 : Alcock Special Sinks Swans
Yeovil Town beat Swansea City 2-1 in a Pontins Holiday Combination today. The moment to warm the hands of the ninety or so spectators at a freezing Huish Park this afternoon came in the final minute of an uninspiring game between two very young sides. With time running out Craig Alcock, who appeared to be in closer proximity to the half-way line than the penalty area lashed an unstoppable shot high into the net that left Swansea City custodian Mark Howard sat on the turf staring up into the grey Somerset sky.

Howard need not feel too downcast as no goalkeeper of any standard would have stopped that effort that probably rates as one of the best goals ever seen at the ground - what a pity so few were there to view it. The home side had taken the lead in the forty second minute when trialist Daniel Phillips turned the ball home at the 'Away' end from, four yards out after good work by Ishmael Welsh.

Yeovil Town had enjoyed the better of the possession in the first-half, however Swansea City boss Colin Pascoe saw an improvement from his side after the break and when substitute Nikki Holland drove a low shot past Darren Behcet from just outside the penalty area after eighty three minutes it was no more then the visitors deserved at that point in the game. Interested spectators watching the contest included Steve Perryman (Exeter City) and Weymouth assistant boss and former Glover Roy O'Brien.

With the game moving into injury time Gavin McCallum raced through the centre of the park and looked certain to score before Howard blocked his low shot and the ball went out for a corner. The chance of victory looked gone. "Hit it Craig" shouted a wag in the crowd as the ball arrived at Alcock's feet moments later - he did - cue a stunned Swansea City side narrowly beaten by a wonder goal.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 2 Swansea City Reserves 1.

Yeovil Town Reserves: 1. Darren Behcet 2. Craig Alcock (capt) 3. Tom Parsons 4. Gary Bowles 5. Rhys Weston 6. Stephen Maher 7. Daniel Phillips 8. Alexis Nicolas 9. Gavin McCallum 10. Tom Clarke 11. Ishmael Welsh.

Subs: 12. Phil Ormrod GK. Danny Barker 14. Daniel Thompson (77 mins for Ishmael Welsh) 15. Danny O'Brien (77 mins for Daniel Phillips)

Booked: Stephen Maher (53 mins, foul).

Swansea City Reserves: 1. Mark Howard 2. Kyle Graves 3. James Burgin 4. Karl Keogh 5. David Kingdom 6. Scott Evans 7. Mustaphan Caratel 8. Joe Allen 9. Chris Jones 10. Abdi Ahned 11. Dion Chambers

Subs: 12. Daniel Lancey 14. Nikki Holland (65 mins for Mustaphan Caratel) 15. Leigh Morgan (89 mins for Karl Keogh) 16. Gavin Jones 17. Daniel Hansford.

Goals: Daniel Phillips (42 mins, 1-0), Nikki Holland (83 mins, 1-1), Craig Alcock (90 mins, 2-1).

Referee: Roger East. Assistants: Glen Barter and Trevor Knight. Fourth Official: Lee Hoskins.

[Article by Tim Lancaster.]


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24 January 2007 : Best News
Well not the best news - that would have been that the loan deal for Leon Best had been extended to the end of the season - but good news nonetheless.

Southampton Official Site has announced that Best's loan at Huish Park will now take him to the end of February. Saints manager George Burley said he was very happy with Leon's progress with the Glovers :

Leon is playing regularly and scoring goals and we are delighted with how well he is doing. That is the beauty of the loan system. He can go out and play regularly and build up some momentum and we now have instant recall if we need him back.

[Update: A day for Official Sites being unable to make up their minds it seems. The Southampton Official Site has subsequently altered the wording of their item saying Best's loan has been extended, and now have a much more ambiguous piece as to what is actually happening. Keep those fingers crossed a while longer.]


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24 January 2007 : Three Trialists This Afternoon
Russell Slade is expected to run the rule over three trialists in this afternoon's Reserve fixture against Swansea City which kicks off at 2.00 p.m. at Huish Park.

Rhys Weston (see Ciderspace News page 3rd January for details on this player) gets another run out after playing in the last reserve fixture versus Swindon Town on 10th January.

Danny Adams, who the Yeovil Town Official Site says is a midfielder from Charlton Athletic but doesn't seem to be listed anywhere in their player rosters over the past few seasons, either first team, reserves or academy, is the second. Seems a bit of a coincidence to us that a certain Danny Adams has just been told by Huddersfield Town that his contract won't be renewed in the summer and he's free to start looking for another club, but who are we to argue with the OS. This Danny Adams is a left-back.*

The third is billed as Alexis Nicholas, currently unattached, and another midfielder. Nicholas was on Chelsea's books a few years back, and went on loan to Brighton & Hove Albion at the start of the 2004-05 season. The move became a permanent one, but he was released in 2006. Speaking at the time to the Brighton Evening Argus he said :

Ideally I am looking at the Championship because I feel the way I play is more suited to the Championship, but it will depend on a lot of factors like the package and location.

I am looking forward to a fresh start and showing my ability. Greece is the strongest country if I want to move abroad. I could go to a number of clubs out there. There has been interest from a club in Portugal as well but it's a big decision to change my lifestyle like that.

I've got so much more to prove in English football and there has been interest from a few clubs at Championship and League One level. I probably won't make a decision until the end of June. There's no rush.


Maybe eight months on he's feeling slightly more er, rushed. Over the summer he had some unsuccessful trials at Football League clubs, and in September signed for Colin Lippiatt and Conference St Albans City on a week-to-week basis. He made his debut on 30th September against our poor south coast neighbours, and played a total of six matches before leaving the Saints in early November.

If anyone has anything further to add on the background of Danny drop us an e-mail.

[* Update : Interestingly the OS has now changed the name 'Danny Adams' to 'Joe Adams'. Given the use the club used to make of the name 'Jack Adams' we are left wondering whether we have a cover name here, but it suddenly dawned there was a real Danny Adams looking for a job.]

[**Further update: a third attempt by the OS has produced the name Danny Phillips. He's described by the Addicks as a diminutive midfielder and they detail his time thus :

Not the tallest player on the club's books and certainly not the weightiest, making the transition from his natural age bracket to the FA Premier Academy League seemed quite a big ask for the former Blackheath and Bluecoat School pupil. But in a matter of weeks, the diminutive midfielder had dispelled any notion that that may be the case.

Quite apart from not being afraid to 'get stuck in' himself, the South Londoner has a terrific understanding of the game and seldom does he allow proceedings to pass him by. It was those qualities, together with a great eye for a pass, that blossomed in his first season as a full-time scholar in 2003/04, and Phillips also found his scoring boots during that campaign.

He weighed in with four goals in 17 starts for the U17s and another three for the senior academy outfit, and it was form that brought about an inevitable rise to the reserve-team ranks, making Phillips one of a select few scholars to represent the club at U17, U19 and reserve levels in the same season.

Phillips may have been expecting more than the three second-string outings he managed during 2004/05, but his U18 performances nevertheless warranted the reward of a third year as a scholar. Last season, Phillips scored three goals for the U18s in 21 starts and he also made three more second string outings.
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24 January 2007 : Bantams Get International Clearance
Bradford City have received international clearance for Omar Daley, who will now be eligible to make his debut for the club against Yeovil Town on Saturday.

The relevant paperwork from the United States Soccer Federation has now come through, and Daley has already been issued with the necessary work permit by the Home Office.

Twenty-five year old Omar Daley is a Jamaican international who in this country has previously had a couple of loan spells with Reading and Preston North End, having played most of his club football in the USA. He's a midfielder of the ball-winning variety, and has clocked up 22 senior caps with the Reggae Boyz.

Bantams manager Colin Todd also announced he is working on a loan deal for a forward to replace Dean Windass, loaned out to Hull City until the end of the season as Bradford try to trim their wage bill, but that this deal wouldn't be completed until after the visit of the Glovers.

The Glovers go to the Intersonic Stadium, a.k.a. Valley Parade, on Saturday 27th January, kick-off 3.00 p.m. The Ciderspace guide is here.


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24 January 2007 : Cranie Expected To Play Tonight
Manager Russell Slade has made no secret of the fact that he's been putting as much pressure as he can without it becoming counter-productive on Southampton to let Martin Cranie return to Huish Park.

The Saints have their first Reserve fixture for a couple of months tonight, and Cranie is expected to play. Stewart Henderson, the reserve team coach, said :

There are some lads who really need a game. Bartosz [Bialkowski], Adam [Lallana], Martin Cranie, David Prutton - I'm thinking of those. Hopefully Nathan [Dyer] will be able to play and apart from that it's a chance for some of the older youth team players.

Kick-off at Staplewood in the Pontin's Holidays Combination game against Brighton & Hove Albion Reserves is 7.00 p.m.


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24 January 2007 : Million Price Tag On Williams
Players come, players go, but some, for good or ill, stay in the memory longer than others and their future fortunes remain of interest to many Glovers.

Gavin "SuperGav" Williams is definitely one of the good guys for the vast majority of the Huish Park faithful, and supporters have followed his progress - and injuries - after the move to West Ham United at the end of 2004 for a quarter of a million, and subsequently on to Ipswich Town for £300K.

Word from the Portman Road camp is that all is not well between Williams and latest manager Jim Magilton. To say Williams is a bit of an extrovert would be an understatement. However whilst one manager may take his love of practical jokes and casual attitude to authority in their stride others may bridle at what they see as a loose cannon. It is suspected Magilton, perhaps as he is new to the job wishing to assert his authority early, falls into the latter camp.

When a number of Ipswich players took an unauthorised trip to Amsterdam it was no surprise when Williams emerged as one of the prime instigators, and this was not his first brush with authority at the club. Magilton is believed to consider him a bad influence on some of the younger players, but will be aware that Williams is very popular with fans there and considered by many to be their best player when fit. The manager therefore played down any departure, saying :

I'm not surprised there is said to be interest in Gavin but he's going nowhere. Every transfer window throws up speculation over player movement and this January is no different.

Gavin is one of our best players and is bound to attract interest, but I've not brought in players of the ability of David Wright, Alex Bruce, Dan Harding, Gary Roberts and George O'Callaghan to let our best players go. I'm a realist though, and in today's football market every player has his price. There are very few clubs in this country that won't consider selling a player if the price is right. So, I can't say Gavin will never be sold, but it will take an awful lot of money to prise him away from this football club.


However just a couple of days later Williams himself gave a rather different impression of Magilton's views on the issue, saying the manager had told him he could go :

The manager told me he was prepared to listen to offers for me and that I can go. I was really surprised to hear that because I feel I have been doing well.

I have no intention of leaving for the sake of it. I like it here. I think Ipswich is a great club and I feel we are going places. It would be a disaster to me if I was to go. The issue has been playing on my mind and affecting my form.


Enter Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins. Now it has to be said Jenkins has a reputation as a rent-a-quote, talking a lot of the substance that comes from the rear of bulls, particularly when it comes to transfers. However he states that the Swans did make a £500,000 offer for Williams only to be informed that whilst indeed the player was for sale the asking price was £1 million. The question that remains is was this just a polite way of telling the Swans to go forth and multiply by plucking out of the air a theoretical price tag it was clear they could not afford, or whether Magilton is opening an invitation to bigger clubs who aren't just the self-proclaimed 'Man United of Wales', to come and get him if they have a million to spare?

For what it's worth our guess is that come February 1st Williams will still be at Portman Road - and still probably taking delight in annoying the hell out of his manager as the naughty schoolboy.


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23 January 2007 : Reserves vs Swansea City
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves take on Swansea City Reserves in a Pontins Holiday Combination match at Huish Park tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon with a 2.00pm kick-off.

Swansea's first team played tonight in a League One match, beating Gillingham to move up to 6th in the league table, one point behind the Glovers, and so much of their side will be determined by who comes out on the treatment table from the match at the Liberty Stadium.

New signing Pawel Abbott - who cost 150,000 pounds from Huddersfield Town this week - played just three minutes tonight and so may play a part in tomorrow's match. Former Glovers Darren Way and Kevin Amankwaah did not feature at all tonight. Way is indefinitely injured, with the shin problems he has suffered since his latter days with the Glovers still plaguing him, whilst Amankwaah was injured during the Swans' FA Cup victory over Sheffield United earlier this month and has not featured since.

For the Glovers, much will depend upon whether manager Russell Slade risks any first team squad players. The likes of Gavin McCallum, Darren Behcet, Tom Clarke and Stephen Maher will undoubtedly play but with the squad so thin, it is questionable as to how many other full timers will feature.

Tickets are priced at Adults £2, Concessions £1, with season ticket holders entering free of charge. The match kicks off at 2.00pm, with admission through the Yeovil College Stand turnstiles.


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22 January 2007 : Best Hoping For An Extended Stay
On-loan striker Leon Best told the press after Saturday's game that he hopes that his stay at Huish Park will go beyond the February 3rd match against Millwall. Strictly speaking, Leon has just two matches left of his loan spell with the Glovers, even if Russell Slade has already made clear his intentions to try and keep Best at the club for a longer period. Best told the Western Daily Press after the game:

"I would love to carry on playing here because I am really enjoying my football at the moment. There is a great team here, but (Southampton manager) George Burley is in charge and it is up to him. Hopefully, he will let me stay. Other people from Southampton have been in touch, but I haven't been told what is going to happen."

Best scored three goals in three months at AFC Bournemouth and his last match for Southampton was over a year ago, and so it doesn't take the brains of a rocket scientist to work out why he is enjoying himself at Yeovil:

"I am at an age where I need to be playing and this is the longest run of games I have had. I am scoring goals and enjoying it, so I would like to keep doing that. If I am not going to play when I go back, I'd ask George if I could stay. This is the best spell I have had on loan. I am feeling fit and finishing most of my chances. There are still a few more I could put away, but I am very happy with my tally."

On Saturday's goal - scored in the 55th minute from a left-wing cross from Chris Cohen that won Yeovil the game, Leon told BBC Somerset Sound:

"I thought it would never come! I could have had five goals by the time it came. I started very slow, in terms of my own performance. I don't think I was up to it in the first half. But they got me going in the changing room, and I think the whole team came out in the second half and we did well."

Leon was cautious about what he thought the Glovers could achieve between now and the end of the season, but he couldn't deny that the overall position was looking good:

"We're on 48 points now. If we keep winning we will be up and around there. Hopefully we can keep winning and then you never know what might happen."


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22 January 2007 : Glovers Investigate Academy Options
Yesterday's Sunday Independent claims that Yeovil Town are investigating what steps they have to take to set up an FA accredited Academy. The paper says that Chairman John Fry is currently in conversation with the FA as the club look to make a radical change in their thinking towards Youth development. Currently the Glovers operate with one Under 18s side that train a single night a week, but an Academy would result in multiple 'years' of players feeding into the first team over a period of years, working with professional full time coaches several days a week.

Slade admitted to the paper that the club certainly aspire to such a set-up, even if they are a while off getting the funding and facilities they would need to launch such a programme:

"We need to get FA approval. There is certain criteria to be met and we need to do that to qualify for 138,000 pounds worth of funding"

The paper believes the club would be needing to obtain facilities to include five or six pitches plus astroturf facilities. In addition to current Youth Team manager Stuart Housley the club would also need to appoint more coaching staff and physios to tend to the need of the youngsters.

Slade did recognise though that the current Youth Team were doing particularly well considering the sort of sides that they were coming up against recently in the FA Youth Cup, where they recently bowed out at the Fourth Round stage to Swindon Town, who operate a massive Youth set-up with around 150 boys typically involved at the County Ground:

"We were obviously disappointed but we had done brilliantly to get to the Fourth Round and the last 32, beating clubs like Ipswich along the way. We did it with a young squad who train just once a week and against Swindon we came up against more experienced lads. One of their goalscorers had already played in their Football League side."

Other than the small matter of raising the necessary finances, one of the biggest barriers the club face is that of finding adequate training facilities at all levels. Even with the current set-up which sees just one full time first team squad and one part time Youth Team squad, the club frequently struggle for training pitches during bad weather, often switching plans at short notice. Launch an academy and those problems would multiply tenfold. That said, Slade does believe that if the project could get off the ground, it would be of benefit in terms of what he wants to achieve:

"If we got the academy up and running, we would cater for all age groups, bringing them on from an early age. The potential is enormous."


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22 January 2007 : Officials For The Intersonic
Ah yes, another one of those stadiums that changes name on a regular basis to that of the latest company no one cares about which coughs up a bit of sponsorship. No worries: everyone still calls it Valley Parade.

The referee appointed for the second visit of Yeovil Town to the Bradford & Bingley, Intersonic Valley Parade is Graham Salisbury (Lancashire). Salisbury was in the middle for the first meeting in the league of the Glovers and Bristol City at Ashton Gate last season, our only experience of him so far in the Football League. In previous seasons Mr Salisbury was a major flourisher of the yellow and red cards, but he seems to have adopted a more restrained approach this term with forty-three bookings and just the one sending off in twenty matches to date.

The assistants are Dave Birkett (Lincolnshire) and Mark Lawson (Northumberland). Scott Duncan (Tyne & Wear) will be the fourth official.

The Ciderspace guide to Bradford can be found here.


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22 January 2007 : Forest Man Of The Match Result
The Man Of The Match poll for last weekend's match against Nottingham Forest resulted in Terrell Forbes winning the most votes amongst the travelling fans. Fellow defenders Terry Skiverton and Andy Lindegaard also featured strongly. The full result is at the foot of the Forest match report.

Voting for the Brentford game is still in progress. If you haven't voted yet, then do so using the link below.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Brentford : Man Of The Match Voting Form.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 1 Nottingham Forest 0.


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22 January 2007 : Brentford Drop Dismissal Appeals
Brentford manager Scott Fitzgerald says that he will not be appealing against the sendings off of two of his defenders on Saturday against Yeovil. The Glovers won 1-0 but saw the visitors end up with nine men after loan players Dave Partridge and Che Wilson were red-carded at the start and end of the game respectively.

Partridge got his marching orders just six minutes into the match when referee Michael Jones adjudged the Bristol City player to have attempted a headbutt on Yeovil's Leon Best. Fitzgerald told his official site though that there was no chance of an appeal:

"Unfortunately the first incident is not covered on the video as the camera follows the ball as Nathan throws it out towards Paul Brooker. However the referee, who on Saturday after the game said to me that he had dismissed David Partridge for intent, followed it up with his written statement, received by the Club this morning, saying that 'he clearly witnessed Partridge head butt an opponent'. Even though David said that didn't touch the player and Leon Best said that there was no contact and he in fact was prepared to be a witness, with the lack of video evidence we are unable to appeal."

Ciderspace is surprised that Fitzgerald hasn't seen the Sky Sports footage which does show the incident fairly clearly. Contact between Partridge and Best is minimal and the intent to make contact is dubious. Certainly if the Bees' boss had seen this coverage of the incident, any appeal he might have considered would have some legs.

Not so the second-half injury time dismissal of Southend United left-back Che Wilson. Making his debut for the Bees, he was passed by the human cannonball that is Ishmael Welsh, and having been completely undone for pace, he brought him down clear on goal. Fitzgerald admitted he had no complaints:

"With regard to the second dismissal, having watched the incident on video we concur with the referee in that Che appears to make contact with the forward prior to the ball and thus we will not be appealing against the automatic one match suspension."


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22 January 2007 : Cohen In Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town midfielder Chris Cohen makes the League One Team Of The Week, as compiled by the Football League. Chris also made it into the equivalent team compiled by the News Of The World yesterday, with the former West Ham player looking sharp after his 15 day rest from football. Cohen set up the only goal of the game on Saturday and was definitely one of the star performers on the day. The full team is as follows:

Adriano Basso (Bristol City)
Andy Holdsworth (Huddersfield), Julien Baudet (Crewe), Jamie McCombe (Bristol City), Ian Evatt (Blackpool)
Marvin Williams (Millwall) Chris Cohen (Yeovil Town), Cole Skuse (Bristol City), David Vaughan (Crewe)
Nicky Maynard (Crewe), Enoch Showunmi (Bristol City).


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22 January 2007 : BBC Local Radio Interview From Brentford Match
The BBC local radio interview with Russell Slade following Saturday's 1-0 win over Brentford has been added to the BBC Somerset Sound website. As usual you will need a free copy of Real Player to listen to the clip.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Interview Transcript.


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21 January 2007 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town vs Brentford
The Ciderspace match report for yesterday's 1-0 win over Brentford is now online. The Glovers saw off the nine-man basement side thanks to a 55th minute Leon Best goal.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 1 Brentford 0.


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21 January 2007 : Russell's Verdict On the Brentford Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade had to make half-time tactical adjustments to see off a stubborn Brentford side after the Glovers won 1-0 at Huish Park. Russell watched his side struggle to break down League One's bottom side despite them going down to ten men five minutes into the match and he admitted things were not as he wanted them to be at the break.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell explained: "It didn't quite go according to plan. Brentford sat very deep and made life very difficult for us. I thought we overplayed far too much in the first period. There were certainly a lack of crosses, so that is why we went a little bit more direct in the second half."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section. A pre-match interview with Russell is also available.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: Russell Slade's Pre-Match Interview.

Link: BBC Bristol's Audio Archive.


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20 January 2007 : Glovers Edge Past Self-Destruct Bees
Yeovil Town gained three more valuable points to continue their League One promotion bid as they narrowly edged past basement side Brentford thanks to a single Leon Best goal scored 10 minutes into the second period.

Their cause was helped by Brentford's own kamikaze start with on-loan Bristol City defender David Partridge showing some of the 'style' he had demonstrated outside a Bristol nightclub 15 months ago, by getting involved in an off-the-ball incident with Leon Best with referee Michael Jones implying that Partridge had tried to headbutt the Yeovil striker.

Despite having 85 minutes with a man advantage, the Glovers still made hard work of the whole day, spurning several chances to extend the lead with Best, Wayne Gray and Arron Davies all narrowly firing wide during the first period.

Ten minutes into the second half, Yeovil finally opened up the Bees defence to clinical effect when a multi-man move started by Nathan Jones and Marcus Stewart saw Chris Cohen fed down the left flank and his unselfish squared ball found Leon Best who netted his 7th goal of his loan spell at Huish Park to relieve the pressure.

Yeovil still looked edgy throughout and with the crowd never particularly settled due to the slim advantage, it was amazingly Brentford who came the closest to producing a second goal when substitute Callum Willock struck the post with a cross that deceived Glovers keeper Steve Mildenhall, who had little to do for most of the game.

The game was effectively sealed in injury time when the Bees got caught short at the back and Glovers substitute Ishmael Welsh burst up field forcing Southend United loan player Che Wilson to become the second Brentford man to receive a red card as he took out the Yeovil winger clean on goal.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Brentford 0.

The win moves Yeovil up to 5th position after Tranmere Rovers drew 1-1 last night. Only Bristol City and Blackpool won of the top sides, with City's 3-0 win over Oldham Athletic lifting them above the Latics and level on points with Scunthorpe United who drew 2-2 today and Nottingham Forest who were held 0-0 against fellow promotion candidates Swansea City. The Glovers lie four points behind this group of clubs, one behind Oldham and finished the day two points ahead of 7th placed Tranmere with a game in hand. Blackpool are 6th, whilst Swansea lie four points behind the Glovers in 8th.

Link: 2006-07 Latest League One Table.

Although the Glovers were able to recall Nathan Jones and Chris Cohen to the starting line-up following their single match suspensions, they did suffer a blow with striker Lee Morris having to pull out of today's squad. Lee suffered a calf strain yesterday in training and dropped entirely out of the sixteen and was replaced by Wayne Gray in the starting line-up.


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20 January 2007 : Slade Looking For Consistency
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has called on his side to stay consistent in the coming weeks in an effort to stay near the top of the table. Before losing last week against Nottingham Forest, the Glovers had gone on a six match unbeaten run and Russell wants to see his side establish another similar run of form starting with this afternoon's match against Brentford. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound he explained:

"It's all about that consistency. We've had a nice run of six game undefeated before Forest and we now need to try and put another unbeaten run together just to try and stay in there. I think the league has got stretched between the bottom and the top now and there are probably nine clubs chasing those top six places. We are one of them and we want to remain one of them. Hopefully we can lose one or two more by putting a consistent run together."

Russell exercised caution though in terms of today's opponents Brentford, pointing out that they had changed their footballing style in recent weeks to try and force play away from their own goal:

"It won't be easy though - it is Brentford who are fighting for their lives. They are playing a little bit more direct now to try and get themselves out of trouble. So we don't think it is going to be easy. After all it took us until the 87th minute at their place for us to get the winner, so we think it will be tricky. They are having a real go at trying to get out of the situation they are in. So there will be much respect there and it won't be easy."


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20 January 2007 : Cohen Hopes Rest Will Do Long Term Good
Yeovil Town midfielder Chris Cohen returns to the first team squad today having had 15 days away from competitive football. Like left-back Nathan Jones, Chris admits that the time away from playing could provide some benefit, even if it frustrated him at the time. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, Chris explained that it had never been manager Russell Slade's intention to play him so much this season:

"The gaffer said to me before that if we had a bigger squad then he'd like with some of the young lads like me and Anthony Barry to give us a rest occasionally, but with the size of the squad we've got he can't do that. So to have the weekend off, although it was hard, was obviously good for the legs and physically I should be stronger on Saturday than what I would have been if I had played last Saturday. Hopefully that will show and I can put a good performance in."

Like Nathan Jones, Cohen decided to get away around the Forest weekend, but he chose to go a little further afield. Speaking to the Western Daily Press he explained:

"I went to Spain last weekend so it wasn't as bad missing the game as it could have been, if I had just been sitting around the house. The lads have been giving me stick about going away, but to be honest I would much rather have been playing at Forest last week. It's horrible when I'm not playing and it's even worse being suspended rather than injured because you're fit to play but prevented from doing so. It's my own fault because I got five bookings but I just can't wait to get back out there now."

Cohen scored the winner in September's 2-1 win over Brentford at Griffin Park - an 88th minute strike that saw him run the full 90 yard length of the pitch so he could celebrate with the Yeovil fans - a run that he admitted at the time almost finished him off physically at the end of the game. Cohen told the radio station:

"It was probably my favourite moment of the year. It was a bit of a stupid celebration but it was good. It was probably one of the best results we've had this year, so hopefully we can repeat it on Saturday. That was when we really realised that there was nothing to fear in this league. Ever since then if we've had bad results, we've always seemed to bounce back. I know we had a bad result on the weekend but hopefully we can bounce back again. As I've said, we've really got nothing to fear in this league."

Chris admitted surprise to the local paper that Brentford had sunk like a stone since playing the Glovers in September. Then an upper mid-table side, they now lie six points from safety at the foot of the table:

"It's strange because Brentford were going quite well and were favourites to beat us earlier in the season. It was a bit of an upset when we won there, but since then they've been on a bad run and lost their manager. We have got to use that to our advantage on Saturday. If we can get an early goal their heads might go down a bit and we can try to play on that.

"But having said that, we know there are no easy games in this league. We've found already, with sides like Northampton and Bradford, that teams will come to Huish Park and try to soak up the pressure. I think everyone might have to be a bit patient but we'll certainly be trying all we can to open them up. It might be a bit of a waiting game on Saturday, but that could all change if we get an early goal like we did against Huddersfield
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19 January 2007 : On To Victory : Publishing Deadline For Next Issue
Seb White from the On To Victory fanzine team has been in touch with a reminder of the publishing deadline for the next issue of OTV as well as plans to expand the frequency of the fanzine. Seb writes:
Lads and Lasses

Unfortunately, due to various factors the issue of OTV which was due out at the Bradford game didn't appear. However, there will be a new issue out on February 17th at the Tranmere Rovers game, for which the deadline is February 9th. In the meantime OTV is experiencing a massive revamp, with a new design and even more contributors and if that wasn't enough a new website will soon be hitting the information super highway. OTV will hopefully be like the team on the pitch, ending the season with a bang and coming out every month, with the March issue out Chesterfield (H) 24th March and the April issue out Rotherham (H) 21st April.

Like Russell Slade in the transfer market we are always looking for and need new talent, so if you feel like contributing then get in touch. It really isn't that hard, an article can really be on absolutely anything to do with Yeovil or football in general from as little as 400 words. If you are stuck for ideas then that isn't a problem cause we've got plenty of ideas for any budding writers. Here are just some of the more regular features we would like to have in
the fanzine.

- Before they were Famous - A look at famous football players or managers who were at Yeovil before they hit the 'big time' i.e. Alan Pardew, Ron Saunders.
- After they were Famous - i.e. John McClelland, Mike Trebilcock.
- Yeovil Managers - Profiles of Yeovil managers from the past.
- Yeovil on the tele - A history of Yeovil live on the tele - should be a good one that seen as we always win in front of the cameras
- Other Green and White football teams.

There are loads more ideas so don't be afraid just ask. Even if you've just got an idea for an article for the zine then get in touch to the usual address info@ontovictory.net. Basically what we are trying to say is we can help out as much as we can, we just want as many people as possible to contribute and make the fanzine even better. Anyone that contributes will be entitled to a free zine, so you even save yourself a quid!

So get in touch with us at info@ontovictory.net before the transfer window shuts!



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19 January 2007 : Yeovil Town vs Brentford Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on League One's basement side Brentford tomorrow afternoon at Huish Park, hoping to restart another unbeaten run after their fine form over Christmas came to an end with a 1-0 defeat against league leaders Nottingham Forest.

The form of the Bees has been spectacularly bad during this season, more so when it is remembered that they were playoff semi-finalists last year, and started off this season with a seven match unbeaten run. Since that point things the West London side have gone downhill at a rapid pace and they now lie six points away from safety, with long-standing records adding weight to their perilous position. They have not won on their travels since their first away game of the season and have only won one match in the league since September 2nd. Their travelling supporters have not even seen a goal since September 26th.

Brentford's lowly position has meant that they have been one of the busiest sides during the January transfer window with the Bees recruiting four players so far. Michael Leary has arrived on a month's loan from Luton Town, as has Welsh international defender David Partridge from Bristol City, whilst midfielder Joe Keith is on a five month temporary deal from Leyton Orient. Finally left-back Che Wilson added experience to their side as he arrived earlier this week on a month's loan from Southend United.

Brentford manager Scott Fitzgerald is claiming that despite their awful form, the Bees have turned the corner in that they are undefeated in their last two home games. That included a 2-2 draw against fellow strugglers Leyton Orient in which Brentford grabbed a last minute equaliser and Fitzgerald claims that this shows his side have the spirit to get themselves out of trouble:

"We've got to use this as a positive, a kick start. Two games at home unbeaten and we need to push on. We showed character and maybe four or five weeks ago we wouldn't have pulled it back but we did."

Centre-back Matt Heywood (groin), goalkeepers Stuart Nelson (ankle) and Clark Masters (knee), Karleigh Osborne (groin), Chris Moore (groin), Alex Rhodes (hamstring) and striker Lloyd Owusu (groin), are all unavailable for the match whilst captain Kevin O'Connor is a doubt with a hamstring injury. Andy Frampton has returned to training following a virus. The two goalkeeping injuries mean that Brentford are relying on emergency signing Nathan Abbey who is currently being employed on a rolling seven day basis.

The Glovers are boosted by the return of left-back Nathan Jones and midfielder Chris Cohen following their single match suspension last weekend. The only absentees are Paul Terry who is out for the rest of the season and Mark Lynch who has this week had a brace removed from his knee but is not expected to land on the training ground until at least March. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound though, manager Russell Slade was glad to see Jones and Cohen back in contention:

"We need them back don't we? We've only got a small squad and having Chrissy and Nathan back will be a big plus for us. Their energy and their enthusiasm has been noticable all season and the way they have trained this week is like they are dying to play again so they will give themselves every chance of starting on Saturday."

Yeovil Town beat Brentford earlier in the season at Griffin Park, back in the days when Bees fans were probably still looking at the upper end of the League One table. The Glovers won the match 2-1 win a Terry Skiverton header and a Chris Cohen strike two minutes from time being sandwiched by a Jo Kuffour equaliser.

The match kicks off at 3.00pm, and tickets are available up until kick-off from the Huish Park Ticket Office, subject to the usual two pound ticket surcharge if bought on the day of the game.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Brentford 1 Yeovil Town 2.


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19 January 2007 : At Home With The Joneses
Yeovil Town left-back Nathan Jones has revealed that he has been putting his feet up for a change during his time off from first team football. Nathan has had 15 days of rest due to a one match suspension which he served at last week's match against Nottingham Forest. Along with Chris Cohen, he will return to tomorrow's squad, and speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, Nathan said he hoped it would allow him to recover properly from a slight injury he has been carrying:

"To be fair it was a good time for me. I've been playing with a sore groin and so it was a time for me to rest. The gaffer gave me a couple of days off and I got the chance to go home and see my family in Wales. I took that time to rest more than anything which is very unusual for me because I think that in the 16 years that I have been a professional footballer I have never ever had four or five days off outside the summer. It was very strange not to be working hard because I like training and it kills me really not to."


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19 January 2007 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 43 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have announced the following winners in Week 43 of the Glovers Gold Bond scheme:

Glovers Gold Bond : Week 43 : 19th January 2007
01935 423662 (Ext 291)


£100 Winners

Monday D1960 Mr A Jessop, Whitstone Rise, Shepton Mallet
Tuesday B7145 Mr Simon Gale, Walnut Grove, Shepton Mallet
Wednesday E6776 Mrs C Eastaugh, The Acres, Martock
Thursday D3083 Mr & Mrs Mayne, Eastover, Langport
Friday D7381 Mr R W Hunt, Welbeck Road, Yeovil

£10 Consolations

A1960 Mrs Elliot, Brue Avenue, Bruton
B1960 Mrs O West, Newtown, Milborne Port
C1960 Mrs Lewis, Woburn Road, Yeovil
E1960 Mrs G Bisgrove, Stoodham, South Petherton
A7145 Mr M Bell, Lavers Oak, Martock
C7145 Mr A Knight, Welling Close, South Chard
D7145 Ken Osborne, Winchester Cottages, Seavington
E7145 Mrs M Woan, Netherton Road, Yeovil
A6776 Mr R Eglon, Severalls Park Avenue, Crewkerne
B6776 T Hoskins, Church Street, Tintinhull
A3083 Mrs R Lodge, Millbrook, Castle Cary
B3083 Fiona Tipping, c/o John Hall Financial Services, Yeovil
C3083 Eddie, Buttle Close, Shepton Beauchamp
B7381 Mike Gerrard, c/o John Hall Financial Services, Yeovil
E7381 Mr W Jones, Stonewall Terrace, Frome


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19 January 2007 : Football League Ban Smoking Outright
The Football League are to introduce a "No Smoking" policy within their stadiums from the start of the 2007-08 season. The policy will therefore ripple down to all of their member clubs with the policy creating a ban "throughout stadium confines" from July 2007.

The phrasing would appear to suggest that this would mean a ban of all smoking inside turnstiles, social clubs, offices etc, but that areas outside the stadium, such as the back end outside the Westland Stand which is opened up during the game may be open to interpretation. Is that area within "stadium confines" or not? The exact details will of course depend upon the regulations the Football League send to each member club.

A Football League statement claims that the outright ban is backed by supporters in their recent Football League Supporters' Survey 2006, pointing to 80 percent of supporters wanting some kind of "smoke free" area within the stadium. They also point out that half of supporters wanted an outright ban although this of course also implies that half of supporters did not want an outright ban!

Football League Chairman Lord Mawhinney has said of the new policy:

"In re-branding The Football League we made a serious, long-term commitment to encouraging a new generation of supporters to our matches. This is the latest stage in that process. We aim to get more families and more young fans going along to watch their local Football League club. This new policy will ensure that doing so does not have a negative effect on their health."

At present Huish Park keeps the whole of the Main Stand and Cowlin Stand as non-smoking areas, with smoking only permitted in the corners around the Floodlights. The two terraces, however, have yet to come under such restrictions, even if recent messages from the club have implied that they were heading down that path anyway. Now the new Football League regulations will guarantee that will be the case.


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19 January 2007 : Slade Looking At Saints Options
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has expanded further on yesterday's news that he is still keen to see on-loan striker Leon Best have his loan spell extended at the club and plans to talk to Championship side Southampton about their plans for the forward. Whilst he is speaking to manager George Burley, Russell will also be talking to him about the possibility of taking defender Martin Cranie out on a second loan spell after the Yeovil-born player was recalled to St Mary's following an injury crisis.

Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, Russell explained that it was a case of being patient and hoping that some of Southampton's injuries eased up, to persuade Burley that he had enough cover in that area:

"Yes, obviously I would love him (Cranie) to come back. Obviously a lot depends upon Southampton and their manager George Burley in terms of knowing about his own bodies. He is waiting for one or two to come back and when they do then it might be that Martin can come out again and I'd love him to come back here. Whatever, he would be a great acquisition to our squad. He did terrifically whilst he was here and he just wants to play first team football."

With Leon Best, the Glovers and Southampton have possible options they could take. Best's loan deal runs out on February 3rd, and Yeovil have the potential ability to change the loan terms from an 'emergency loan', which can only be renewed in one month stages, into a standard loan where the rules are more flexible and where Yeovil could even take Best for the remainder of the season. However, Russell pointed out that the latter had a deadline the clubs would need to do the deal by:

"If you were going to change it to a standard loan, you would have to do it before January 31st. But you could also get him on another emergency month loan. So we'll look at both options and see what Southampton will enable us to do."

Russell added that he was happy with the relationship that had been struck up with both clubs regarding the loan deals and he hoped that there could be more opportunities in the future:

"It's good that we've got a good relationship and it is good from Southampton's point of view that two of his players have come out and have done quite well and hopefully we can keep that relationship going."


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18 January 2007 : Chairman Dampens Transfer Hopes
The words of Yeovil Town chairman John Fry on what may or may not happen in the January transfer window in today's Western Gazette can be read in a number of ways.

It is up to Russell. He has done some serious thinking but he is not going to sign players who may unsettle the squad or who are no better than the players we already have here.

He is looking long-term at the moment and has got our backing. He is not going to buy for the sake of it. We are quite happy with how things are progressing at the moment and we do not want to get into financial problems or the situation Weymouth have found themselves in.

We are pleased with how the club is developing. Russell knows what he is doing and what he wants. He is looking at the long-term future for him and the club with a view to getting into the Championship.


Of course in the real world it is not just 'up to Russell'. There's scarcely a manager in the land who wouldn't spend money if he got the chance. After all at its most basic his job depends on getting results. A chairman and board set the budget and decide what funds are, or aren't, available. They also set the agenda. If a manager is 'looking long-term' it's because that's what he's been told is a club's strategy. If the employers demand immediate promotion that's what a manager will have to try and aim for, whether he gets appropriate funds or not.

The most obvious interpretation of what Fry has to say is that the Glovers are settling for stability. Our current heady height in the table is probably something of a (pleasant) surprise to all concerned. One line of thought could have been: make the most of it - we may not be in such a position again for quite a while - and go for it. Fry appears to be playing down that line - wisely in our opinion. Looks like there will be no big push for promotion this term. Of course we might still finish in the top six and go up, but the policy seems to be to cross that bridge should it materialise rather than put in extra resources to try and make it happen.

The man to whom it is allegedly 'up' was being low key in turn. Russell Slade repeated a statement from earlier this week that he was working hard to try and get Martin Cranie back to Huish Park. No surprise in him wanting to keep hold of Leon Best for as long as possible either.

We would like to bring Martin [Cranie] back. George [Burley] is waiting for one or two of his players to come back. It may not happen this week but it could be next week.

It is fairly quiet at the moment. I am looking at two players but one is unfit and the other, at a Premiership club, is injured so that may not happen. I would like to keep Leon Best for as long as possible.


And good news that there have been no firm moves to try to take any players out of the HP door so far :

It is fairly good in that respect. There is interest but there have been no formal offers made, added Slade.


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18 January 2007 : Brentford Sign Up Wilson
Saturday's opponents Brentford have signed Southend United left-back Che Wilson on a month's loan. He is expected to go straight into their squad that travels down to Somerset this weekend.

The 28 year old is familiar with this part of the world, having previously turned out for Bristol Rovers. Speaking to the Southend official site, manager Steve Tilson recognised that Wilson was without match practice, having only made one Carling Cup appearance for the club all season:

"He has not played this season so it's good for both parties for him to go out on loan. I can't fault his attitude in training when he has not been playing, hopefully he can help Brentford stay up."

New Brentford boss Scott Fitzgerald has also told the Wimbledon Guardian that he has got a big shopping list in an attempt to lift the Bees off the foot of the table:

"We are working endless hours to bring in new faces. We've been up and down the country every day this week. We're hopefully getting closer to signing someone before Saturday's visit to Yeovil. I would like another centre-half as well as a striker. We don't know how long Matty Heywood will be out. He's had an injection in his groin, but it hasn't worked so he could out for a month. I'm looking at bringing in as many players as I'm allowed to, not just centre-halves and centre-forwards."


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18 January 2007 : Agent Fees Remain High For Glovers
Yeovil Town are the third biggest spending club in League One when it comes to paying money out to agents. This rather surprising news comes out of the Football League Agents' Fees Report, covering the period from 1st July 2006 - 31st December 2006. The Glovers paid out a total of 50,665 pounds to agents, with only Millwall and Bristol City paying out more over that period.

The value paid out is more or less consistent with that paid out during the same period 12 months ago, when Yeovil Town paid out 53,000 pounds to football agents during the July - December 2005 period. At the time that money was generally attributed to being paid towards the agents representing South American trio Pablo Bastianini, Luciano Alvarez and Alejandro Melono but given that a similar sum has gone out the door during the second half of 2006, clearly the situation was more complicated than that.

The amounts disclosed include all guaranteed payments due to an agent (either directly or indirectly) arising out of player transactions entered into during the reporting period, even if such payments may include instalments payable outside of the reporting period, hence the amount specified in the report will be based only on transfers since manager Russell Slade joined the club.

Neighbours Bristol City's payments to agents represent an incredible 25 percent of payments across all 24 League One clubs, paying out 127,980 pounds. Millwall paid out 78,140 pounds. In all, League One sides spent 505,305 pounds (down from 549,110) on agents' fees, which accounted for 112 player transactions out of 641 in total. Blackpool, Cheltenham Town, Crewe Alexandra, Huddersfield Town and Port Vale all avoided paying any fees - something that they had managed in the same reporting period last year as well. The biggest surprise was Rotherham United's spending - they were one of the highest with 36,520 pounds paid out to agents, despite having fallen into administration during 2006 and having negotiated for 99 percent of their debts to be cancelled as part of a CVA. By comparison, league leaders Nottingham Forest spent just 6,000 pounds.

The Glovers topped the number of contractual changes being made to player contracts during the six month period, with 50 contracts being registered with the Football League. A total of 27 of these were new registrations or transfers, with 12 updates being made to existing contracts. There were also 11 loan contracts registered with the Football League over this time. This is no great surprise given the huge number of comings and goings in the Glovers line-up since the summer, although it will certainly be a major surprise that negotiating with agents has proved to be such a costly business for the club once again.


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17 January 2007 : Man Of The Match Results For Northampton and Huddersfield
The first two Man of the Match polls of 2007 saw two very different ends of the park get the winning votes.

For the New Year's Day match against Northampton Town, goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall won the vote after his string of saves kept the Glovers in the game and earned them a 0-0 draw.

For the Friday night live game against Huddersfield Town, striker Lee Morris won the vote after he scored one goal and was involved in the build-up of the other two goals that saw their opponents defeated 3-1 at Huish Park.

The full results are now appended to the foot of the match reports. Polling for last Saturday's match against Nottingham Forest is now closed and results will be added to the site shortly.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 0 Northampton Town 0.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 3 Huddersfield Town 1.


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16 January 2007 : Under 18s Out Of FA Youth Cup
Yeovil Town's Under 18s went out of the FA Youth Cup at the Fourth Round stage tonight with Swindon Town progressing comfortably on the back of a 4-0 scoreline.

The damage was done by a poor start - the Glovers conceded 4 minutes into the match and another followed 15 minutes later. In between Swindon hit the crossbar twice and were completely dominant in the game.

A far more even period followed as Yeovil looked to get back into the game but that was undone when Swindon grabbed their third just five minutes from the break. The second half followed a similar pattern with the Glovers competing much better, but the home side counter-attacking well and Swindon finished off the match with a 4th goal in the final 10 minutes.

The Wiltshire side play Burnley in the Fifth Round of the competition, whilst Yeovil must console themselves with the knowledge that they not only equalled the club record set two years ago in reaching the Fourth Round, but also knocked out 2004-05 cup holders Ipswich Town in the process. Maybe not the best of results tonight, but well done lads on getting yourselves that far in the first place.

Yeovil: 1. Peter Burridge 2. Matt Concliffe 3. Oliver Wake 4. Lewis Gundry 5. Gary Bowles 6. Harry Sherwood 7. Dan O'Brien 8. Phil Ormrod 9. Tom Clarke 10. Liam Horder 11. Jamie Morgan.

Subs: 12. Ren Turnock GK. John Steele 14. Greg Taafe 15. Lee Bailey 16. James Hatcher.

Swindon: 1. Jon Stewart 2. Andy Westall 3. Callum Kennedy 4. Kurt Hammond 5. Tom Evans 6. Scott Doe 7. Alex Rigley 8. Chris Allen (capt) 9. Lukas Jutkiewicz 10. Luke Hooper 11. Jake Hyde.

Subs: 12. Nathan Thompson (70 mins for Andy Westall) GK. James Roberts 14. Sam Morris (75 mins for Alex Rigley) 15. Callum Willmoth 16. Jamie Taylor 17. Nathan Thompson.

Goals: Alex Rigley (0-1, 5 mins), Chris Allen (0-2, 15 mins), Alex Rigley (0-3, 42 mins), Jake Hyde (0-4, 75 mins).


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16 January 2007 : FA Youth Cup Ticket Prices
Ticket prices for tonight's match at the County Ground have been set. Yeovil Town take on Swindon Town in the Fourth Round of the FA Youth Cup with the Under 18s trying to get to the Fifth Round for the first time in the club's history (see yesterday's news).

Tickets for the match have been set at three pounds for adults, with one pound for concessions. Kick-off is 7.00pm.

Swindon's route to the Fourth Round has seen them beat Swansea City 6-0 at home, Salisbury City 2-1 away whilst their Third Round win was gained via a 9-8 penalty shoout-out against Queen's Park Rangers after the match finished 1-1 after extra time.

Yeovil Town's route through has seen a similar set of results, with a 6-1 win over Oxford City followed by a 2-0 away win at Brentford. Then they too needed a penalty shoot-out to win their match against former cup holders Ipswich Town after that match ended with a 2-2 draw after extra time.

To repeat yesterday's request, if anyone is going and can accept a mobile phone call at any stage of the game, then drop an email to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com with your details.


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15 January 2007 : Young Glovers Head Towards Unchartered Territory
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side travel to play Swindon Town in the Fourth Round of the FA Youth Cup tomorrow night in a match that takes place at the County Ground on Swindon's main pitch with the action kicking off at 7.00pm. The Glovers are looking to go further than any previous Yeovil Town side in the competition, having already equalled their previous best performance. A home match against Burnley awaits the winners and manager Stuart Housley has told BBC Somerset Sound that he would be extremely happy if it was his side taking to the field in the next round of the competition:

"It would be nice. We've progressed to the Fourth Round for the second time in our history. We're looking forward to the game. It's going to be a tough game. I watched Swindon play Queen's Park Rangers in the last round. They looked very quick and they are obviously a good side. It's going to be a very very tough game for us but hopefully if we can reproduce the form that we showed against Brentford and Ipswich in the last couple of rounds then we'll have a chance."

The last time the Glovers reached the Fourth Round of the competition, they beat Brentford, Luton Town and also this year's Fourth Round opponents, Swindon Town, before coming unstuck against Everton at Huish Park. The win over Swindon was in the First Round, with goals from Dale Williams and Andy Holmes sending the Glovers through and Stuart remembers that even that was a major shock at the time:

"We played them a couple of years ago and we actually beat them. They beat us 8-0 in the league but then we went up there and beat them 2-0. So it's a lucky ground! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the boys are up for it and that we produce what we did against Ipswich."

If anyone is going to tomorrow night's match and doesn't mind someone from Ciderspace giving them a call on a mobile a few times during the game, then drop an email to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com with some contact details and we'll do the rest.


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15 January 2007 : Mildy : It Should Have Been Nil-Nil
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall has been honest enough to admit that his mistake at the City Ground almost certainly cost his side a point against new league leaders Nottingham Forest. The former Grimsby Town keeper has barely made a mistake all season but it was his fumbled catch that let in Grant Holt to score the only goal of the game on Saturday. Mildy didn't hide from the Western Daily Press and told them that the game should have ended without a goal:

"It probably should have been nil-nil and obviously I have to hold my hands up because I sort of killed our momentum after half-time. It was horrible conditions for keepers, it was blustery and the ball was swirling all over the place. It came in and sat down on me and as I tried to get up someone, (Junior) Agogo I think, got a great leap on me, hit me as I tried to catch it and unfortunately it bounced down and the lad (Grant Holt) has come in with a great finish."

During his time playing for Grimsby Town last season, Steve played twice against League Two neighbours Notts County and there he told the paper that he had somewhat better luck against a club he used to play for. However he had a rather delicate problem to deal with - spending Saturday night in the company of Forest fans:

"I came back here last year, was fortunate enough to win twice and was hoping to come back to Nottingham and have a nice evening. I'm staying up here and seeing friends and neighbours, but unfortunately football has kicked me in the teeth, like it does. But I've got big enough shoulders to deal with it. It's happened to me before and it will happen again - that's what happens when you're a goalkeeper. So I'm just going to keep my head up and get on with it. I'm going to keep my head down tonight and stay in the corner out of the way, so hopefully nobody will notice me and give me any stick. But a few of my friends are Forest supporters and no doubt they will give me some stick, so I'm just going to have to put up with it."

Steve was philosophical enough though straight after the game to look at the wider picture of his excellent form so far this season. Unsurprisingly he is hoping that error will be his last of the season:

"These things happen - you live and die by your decisions as a keeper and, unfortunately, that one did not come off for me. But if I can go through the rest of the season and that is my one and only mistake, then I'll be a happy man. Sometimes things go for you in football and sometimes they don't, but I'm not going to beat myself up over it."


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15 January 2007 : Capital Glovers Meeting Reminder
A reminder that the Capital Glovers hold their second formal(ish) meeting this coming Thursday as they look to give the new organisation some shape and direction.

They have a function room booked in the Royal Oak which is situated close to Borough High Street, close to London Bridge mainline station. Those coming in from the Waterloo direction are advised to take a train from Waterloo East to London Bridge then walk down Borough High Street. The full address is:

Address: Royal Oak, 44 Tabard Street, London, SE1 4JU. Tel: 020 7357 7173.

There are further details on the Beer In The Evening Website including lists of numerous other local stations you may prefer to arrive at.

Organiser Seb White advises those coming to arrive for roughly 7.30pm with a view to settling down and starting the more formal discussions around 8.00pm. The last few times they have met up they've managed to get together around 30-40 people, with some coming from outside the M25, so if you haven't come along to any of the functions so far, then we recommend you do so, as they have been well worth the effort.


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15 January 2007 : Youth Team vs Hereford Match Stats
Further to Saturday's score update for Yeovil Town's Under 18s 0-0 draw against Hereford United in the Youth Alliance League, the match statistics are now available. Manager Stuart Housley looks to be keeping faith with the majority of players that finished 2006 before the usual Christmas break as he goes into tomorrow night's FA Youth Cup Fourth Round match against Swindon Town. The full line-up for the match against Hereford is as follows:

Line-Up: 1. Peter Burridge 2. Matt Concliffe 3. Oliver Wake 4. Lewis Gundry 5. Harry Sherwood 6. Tom Parsons 7. Danny O'Brien 8. Phil Ormrod 9. Liam Horder 10. Tom Clarke 11. Jamie Morgan.

Subs: 12. Greg Taafe (70 mins for Lewis Gundry), GK. John Steele, 14. James Hatcher (65 mins for Jamie Morgan), 15. Ren Turnock (72 mins for Liam Horder), 16. Lee Bailey.


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15 January 2007 : Reserve Fixture Rearranged
The away fixture in the Pontin's Holidays Combination Wales & West Division against Cardiff City, originally scheduled for 13th December but postponed because the Bluebirds had an F.A. Youth Cup tie that took priority, has been rearranged for Wednesday 14th March. Cardiff normally play their reserve fixtures at Ninian Park, and kick-off is 2.00 p.m.


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15 January 2007 : Officials For Yeovil Town v Brentford
Michael Jones (Cheshire) has been appointed to officiate in the Glovers fixture against bottom side Brentford at Huish Park this coming Saturday.

Unless someone knows different our recollection of Mr Jones dates back to our first season in the Football League away at Bury. He was a bit of a pain that day and eventually red carded Steven Reed. A relatively recent appointment to the National List at that point - something like the start of his second season - Mr Jones was getting a fair amount of flak and poor reviews from numerous sets of supporters, but there's some evidence he's settled down a bit since then with more experience. We can but hope.

David Phillips (Sussex) and Lee Swabey (Devonshire) will be the assistant referees, Simon Snartt (Gloucestershire) the fourth official.


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15 January 2007 : BBC Local Radio Interview From Forest Game
The BBC Somerset Sound website has been updated to include the RealAudio version of their interview with Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade that they performed straight after the 1-0 defeat against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

A pre-match interview transcript along with another conducted during the week are now also available on Ciderspace.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.

Link: Russell Slade's Nottingham Forest Post-Match Interview Transcript.

Link: Russell Slade's Nottingham Forest Pre-Match Interview Transcript.

Link: Russell Slade's talks to Radio Bristol between the Huddersfield and Nottingham Forest games.


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14 January 2007 : Ciderspace Match Report : Nottingham Forest vs Yeovil Town
The full match report for yesterday's 1-0 defeat at the City Ground against Nottingham Forest can now be found online.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report: Nottingham Forest 1 Yeovil Town 0.


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14 January 2007 : Ladies Have Six Appeal*
After a late switch from Huish Park Top Pitch to Tintinhull Sports Ground there was an even later switch for this match back to er, Huish Park Top Pitch.

Yeovil Town Ladies carried on as they had been going before the Christmas / New Year break, thumping six past University of Bristol and keeping a clean sheet. The Glovers stretch their lead at the top of the table over Cullompton Rangers to four points, but have played two games more.

There's some confusion about next weekend. The Yeovil Town Official Site reported during the week that the Glovers would be travelling to Gloucester City. However the South-West Women's League and Cullompton Rangers are of the opinion that they will be meeting Gloucester City in the replay of the match that was expunged, with Rangers also deducted two points, when they fielded an ineligible player.

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14 January 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Forest Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade felt his side could have performed better despite being narrowly edged out by a defensive error in the 1-0 defeat against Nottingham Forest. The Glovers may have been down to his bare bones but Slade felt that his side's performance was a little too average for his demands.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell explained: "Almost is not good enough. Doing OK is not good enough. That's probably what we've done today, to sum it up. We've done OK; we've done fine, but OK is not good enough if we are going to be successful."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: BBC Bristol's Audio Archive.


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14 January 2007 : MOTM Voting For Forest
Don't forget that you can vote for your Man Of The Match for yesterday's game at the City Ground, which saw Yeovil Town lose 1-0 to Nottingham Forest, with a Grant Holt goal dividing the two sides early in the second half.

Link: Man Of The Match Voting Form : Nottingham Forest vs Yeovil Town.


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13 January 2007 : Youths Draw A Blank
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side drew 0-0 against Hereford United at the Kingsbury Episcopi Training Ground this morning. Line-up and more details will hopefully follow soon.


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13 January 2007 : Glovers Crash To Sudden Holt
Yeovil Town lost narrowly at the City Ground today to mark their first defeat in seven games as a Grant Holt strike early in the second half pushed Nottingham Forest back to the top of the League One table.

The Glovers arrived in Nottingham with just 14 experienced players with substitute keeper Darren Behcet and Irish teenager Stephen Maher making up the gaps on the bench.

After an opening 15 minute spell that was dominated by Yeovil, both sides seemed to cancel each other out and matters got a bit on the cagey side but Yeovil still had the edge on chances with Anthony Barry, Lee Morris and Leon Best having the pick of the crop.

That promising first 45 minutes went to waste two minutes into the second half when one too many hospital balls across the edge of their own penalty box saw Andy Lindegaard forced into committing a foul on Nathan Tyson. The free kick from Julian Bennett appeared to deceive Glovers keeper Steve Mildenhall in the swirling wind and he dropped a fairly simple catch at the feet of Grant Holt who for the second time this season became the thorn in Yeovil's side.

Thereafter it was mainly about whether Yeovil could break Forest down, but the home side were resolute, holding out in the main until Yeovil's substitutions began to inject new life into their attack. Ishmael Welsh was one of those and he had three good chances to provide a late equaliser but put two over the bar and one into the arms of Forest keeper Paul Smith.

Maher got his first team debut in the closing minutes - one positive out of a frustrating day, but not even Mildenhall's attempts to atone for his error in injury time by coming up for a set piece could put Forest under enough pressure to break them. Like the home match at Huish Park, the reactions of Grant Holt were the only difference between the two sides on the day.

Final Score: Nottingham Forest 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Forest's win sends them back to the top of the League One table after Oldham Athletic's late equaliser at Scunthorpe United allowed them to leapfrog both teams. Scunny's post-match quotes should be interesting to read - referee Darren Deadman sent off Cleveland Taylor and Cliff Byrne as well as booking six other home players.

The Glovers stay 5th in the table, even if 4th placed Bristol City opened up a four point gap on them by coming from two goals down to beat Tranmere Rovers 3-2. Swansea City drew 2-2 against Bradford City but had first goalscorer Kristian O'Leary turn from hero to villain as he was later red-carded. Blackpool took advantage by moving into the final playoff spot by beating Port Vale 2-1.

Link: 2006-07 Latest League One Table.


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13 January 2007 : Russell Wants More Of The Same
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has asked his team to produce a repeat of last Friday's stunning first half performance against Huddersfield Town when they travel to the City Ground to play 3rd placed Nottingham Forest today. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, the Yeovil boss admitted that there were minor improvements that could be made to that performance but in the main that was what he wanted from his team:

"It was one of the best performances going forward, I think. Defensively there were one or two things we need to be better at. As you saw, they matched us up in the second half and nullified us to a certain extent - albeit that you would say that the damage had already been done in the first period. That's the sort of performance we will be looking for though - that first half against Huddersfield. If we can carry that on at the City Ground then I will be very very pleased."

That said, Russell is well aware of Forest's stature having lived in Nottingham for many years, teaching locally as well as working for their neighbours Notts County. He therefore acknowledged Forest's status as League One's biggest club:

"Forest are the biggest club in the league - let's make no bones about it. They are the former European Champions and they were in the Premier League for a good number of years. I used to watch them because that is where I was brought up. So they are a massive club and still my favourites to go up. They have got some very good players and Colin Calderwood is doing a decent job there. They will be looking to get back into those automatic spots as soon as they possibly can."

Russell added though that despite the magnitude of the game there would be no playing for the draw:

"We will go to win. I want to play my forwards and I want to try and win the game. And to be honest I don't think we have ever gone to a place to not win there whatever shape we have gone with. Without saying too much we will go to Forest to try and bring back three points. They are a big club and a great club and we'll have a lot of respect going there but we'll be doing our best to come away with something."

Forest produced an FA Cup shock last weekend when they knocked Premiership side Charlton Athletic out of the competition. However, their previous league fixture was a 5-0 thrashing by Oldham Athletic and Russell is conscious that the heavy defeat may be on Forest players' minds:

"There might still be a bit of a backlash from the league programme for sure. I'm sure that after the Charlton game that they will look to get back on track in the league. That is their priority and will remain so. So I think it is important that we are aware of that. For us to go there and get anything out of Forest will be a big boost for us. They are a good side and it is a great set-up and they are going to progress sooner rather than later."


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13 January 2007 : Barry's Sympathy For Cohen
Yeovil Town midfielder Anthony Barry has plenty of sympathy for his team-mate Chris Cohen, even if he is the man who will take advantage of Cohen's absence on the pitch at the City Ground today. Cohen, along with Nathan Jones, is suspended for today's trip to Nottingham Forest and Barry is likely to take advantage. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound though, Barry recognised that losing Cohen was a blow:

"It's horrible to miss big games like this and to miss Chris Cohen is a blow for the team, but it is an opportunity that I look forward to taking. It's a big game to take part in."

Barry has been kept out of the side for most of this season with Cohen in fine form along with the likes of Jean-Paul Kalala but he is fairly philosophical about his reduced chances so far:

"It's frustrating but at the end of the day I've only just turned 20 and at my age you are going to be in and out of the team and we can't all be in there. Some of us are going to have to settle for time on the bench but I am coming in to take my opportunity and do as well as I can for the team."


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12 January 2007 : FA Youth Cup Fifth Round Draw
The draw for the Fifth Round of the FA Youth Cup has been made today and the winners of Yeovil Town's match against Swindon Town will face Burnley at home. The full draw is as follows:

1 Manchester United or Southampton v Crystal Palace or Plymouth Argyle
2 Hull City or Arsenal v Bristol City or Chester City
3 Newcastle United v Everton or Millwall
4 Sheffield United or Aston Villa v Middlesbrough
5 Liverpool or Chelsea v Reading or Coventry City
6 Cardiff City or Cambridge United v Sunderland
7 Swindon Town or Yeovil Town v Burnley
8 Derby County or Barnsley v Birmingham City

All 5th round ties must be played by Saturday 3rd February 2007.

Yeovil Town play their fourth round tie against Swindon Town at the County Ground, Swindon this coming Tuesday, 16th January 2007, kick-off 7.00pm.


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12 January 2007 : Youth Match Venue Switch
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side will play tomorrow's Youth Alliance League match against Hereford United at the club's new Kingsbury Episcopi training ground, kick-off 11.00am.

This is obviously a good opportunity for any supporter not going to tomorrow's first team match against Nottingham Forest to get a glimspe of the facilities. If anyone is going and fancies doing a write-up of the match, or merely getting on a mobile phone then drop an email at ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com

Sunday's fixture for Yeovil Town Ladies against University of Bristol has been switched from the Top Pitch at Huish Park. The match will now be played at Tintinhull Sports Ground, which was home to the Ladies for several seasons before their move back to HP this term. Kick off is 2.00 p.m.


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12 January 2007 : Nottingham Forest vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to play Nottingham Forest in a League One match at the City Ground tomorrow that will see two sides in playoff positions come up against each other. Forest lie in 3rd place in the table, whilst the Glovers could go above them on goal difference if they steal a win against Colin Calderwood's side.

That the Glovers can contemplate such an event happening 26 games into the League One season is wholly remarkable. At the start of the season Forest were red hot favourites down at the bookies and at one stage earlier this season appeared to be romping away with the league. Yeovil Town meanwhile were supposed to be the whipping boys of the division, if the likes of William Hill and Co were to be believed. Only going back to the latest League One table reminds us that the two sides meet on an almost even footing.

The heavy Christmas schedule appears to be affecting most sides in League One and even the mighty Forest are no exception. They go into tomorrow's match without three key midfielders. Sammy Clingan was red-carded in the shock 5-0 defeat against Oldham Athletic, whilst a fifth yellow card for Nicky Southall in the same match also sees him suspended. Playmaker Kris Commons also misses out after a torn hamstring on December 30th against Tranmere Rovers ruled him out for the whole of January.

Forest have also released three players who were not really figuring in Calderwood's plans. Midfielder Ross Gardner and striker Neil Harris have had their contracts terminated by mutual consent with the latter immediately heading to Millwall where he had been on loan. They've also been disappointed by the form of Argentina-born left-back Gino Padula who has also left the club after failing to settle. Doubtless Yeovil Chairman John Fry can share a sigh and a shaking of the head with his Forest counterpart on the subject of South American footballers when they meet in the boardroom tomorrow!

Forest have blown hot and cold over the past few months and that has seen them gradually displaced at the top, first by Scunthorpe United, then by Oldham. One minute Calderwood's side have been thrashing Crewe Alexandra 4-1 or embarrassing Premiership side Charlton Athletic in the FA Cup. The next minute Oldham have been thrashing the big guns 5-0 whilst relegation strugglers Leyton Orient turned up at the City Ground and stunned their hosts by winning 3-1. Tomorrow is therefore not a good one to place large sums of money on - the end result may be heavily dependent upon which Forest side turns up on the day.

Manager Colin Calderwood is well aware of the need for focus on the league and perhaps their cause for making sure attention was 100 percent focussed on league matters was not helped when the FA Cup Fourth Round draw pitched them with a trip to Stamford Bridge and Premiership Champions Chelsea. Calderwood wants his players though to temporarily put that thought out of their minds:

"You should enjoy the excitement and your head goes into the clouds after a draw like this, but we have to focus on Yeovil on Saturday. A win takes us into the top two and we'd like to be back on top of the league when we go to Chelsea. Regardless of what happened against Charlton, we must have the same apprehension, tension and nervousness for the league game against Yeovil. That will be there, but we will have a better week and, as long as we can keep our feet on the ground and our heads out of the clouds, we will be ok."

With so many midfield injuries, Calderwood may use striker Nathan Tyson in a wide-left position in midfield - a job that he did to devastating effect against Charlton. That will leave Forest with a front pairing of former Glovers target Grant Holt and former Bristol Rovers striker Junior Agogo. Calderwood said of Tyson's positioning against Charlton:

"It was the first time he has played there, at least for us - but he should have played there before. It gives us that option. We have seen that he is a threat there. He produced good crosses into the box and looked as if he could create chances and still score from there. And he had a bigger area of the pitch to run with the ball (Charlton manager) Alan (Pardew) had him at Reading and would know all about him. But sometimes you can't do anything about out-and-out pace. But along with that pace he had enthusiasm and an honesty to his game that caused them a problem."

Talking of three-pronged attacks, Yeovil Town would seem likely to continue with the formation that beat Huddersfield Town so convincingly last Friday. With the squad down to just 14 players with first team experience, it seems inevitable that Marcus Stewart will continue his role in behind Leon Best and Lee Morris.

Left-back and stand-in captain Nathan Jones and midfielder Chris Cohen are suspended and they will make way for Anthony Tonkin and Anthony Barry respectively. Meanwhile it appears central defender Scott Guyett could find himself the unluckiest man in town - club captain Terry Skiverton is fit again and seems likely to displace him. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, manager Russell Slade admitted this was the likely scenario:

"We are very very stretched. Obviously one or two of our players who have missed out over the season will get their opportunity to put things right on Saturday. So Anthony Barry will have a marvellous chance of coming into the midfield as well as Anthony Tonkin. Skivo has recovered in time so that is another consideration. If he goes in, then it will be for the unfortunate Scott Guyett, who has been tremendous over the two games. All I can say to Scotty if I do make that change is sorry really because he has been terrific."

The 14 experienced first-teamers will be supplemented by substitute keeper Darren Behcet, whilst one of right-back Craig Alcock or midfielder Stephen Maher are also expected to get the nod for their first ever placing on the first team bench. With so few players to select from, certainly Slade will have trouble stopping Calderwood from guessing his line-up.

The two sides met at Huish Park back in September, with a Grant Holt goal two minutes from time perhaps harsh on a Glovers side who had matched their illustrious opponents throughout. Last season saw the Glovers lose 2-1 at the City Ground after an early Phil Jevons goal gave Yeovil the lead, with Ian Breckin and Nicky Southall replying.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Nottingham Forest.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : April 2006 : Nottingham Forest 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : September 2006 : Yeovil Town 0 Nottingham Forest 1.


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12 January 2007 : Russell Plays The Waiting Game
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade is refusing to be rushed into making new signings during the transfer window, despite facing a team selection headache for tomorrow's trip to Nottingham Forest.

The Glovers travel up to the City Ground today taking only 14 players with first team experience, with Reserve goalkeeper Darren Behcet and teenagers Craig Alcock and Stephen Maher making up a 17 man squad.

Despite this, Russell told BBC Somerset Sound that any new players would have to represent an improvement on the current squad rather than merely padding out the numbers. He also suggested that the earliest there would be movement would be next week:

"It's about improving the team and the squad and I am very conscious of that. It would be very easy for me now to go into the transfer market and just pick up a midfielder, a right-back, a centre-forward and a right-winger. But what is not so easy is picking up somebody that is going to strengthen us and certainly push on like the likes of Leon Best and Martin Cranie. I am looking for players of that calibre to help us right now. I think there is something more likely to be happening next week if I'm honest. One or two of the players who I have been desperately hanging on for could well be available next week."

As with last year's January transfer window, most League One managers appear to be taking Slade's line, with not too much early activity. According to transfer pages on the BBC Sport website, there have been just four loan signings and no permanent signings made by League One sides in the last 48 hours, with most of the activity expected to happen between January 29th and 31st as most clubs hold out for as long as they can for the best deals.


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12 January 2007 : Alcock Back At Yeovil
Carrying on from yesterday's news that winger Gavin McCallum had returned from his loan spell with Conference National side Crawley Town, today's Western Daily Press reports that right-back Craig Alcock has also returned to Huish Park following his loan spell with Conference South side Weston-Super-Mare.

Alcock captained the Reserves for the first time on Wednesday in a Football Combination match against Swindon Town and he could well see his career progress even further up at Nottingham Forest. The paper reports that in addition to the 15 fit and available players (see yesterday's news), Alcock will travel to the City ground and be joined by Irish teenage midfielder Stephen Maher with one of the pair almost certain to be on the bench tomorrow.


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11 January 2007 : Southall And Commons Out
Nottingham Forest midfielder Nicky Southall has learned that he will be suspended for this Saturday's match against Yeovil Town at the City Ground. The midfielder has picked up five bookings this season and so his suspension will coincide with that of Yeovil's Nathan Jones and Chris Cohen.

Forest have not had good news in the midfield department in the lead-up to Saturday's match. Playmaker Kris Commons is facing a lengthy layoff after suffering a hamstring injury in their match against Tranmere Rovers on December 30th. Having initially assumed it was a minor tweak, boss Colin Calderwood has now discovered the injury is more serious:

"It is a blow. We did not think it was that serious at the time. But it is a tear to the hamstring and he will be out for another five weeks or so."

Forest are already without a third midfielder Sammy Clingan after he was red-carded in the 5-0 defeat against Oldham Athletic. Forest may have to adapt to their midfield shortage by using striker Nathan Tyson as a left-winger allowing other players to cover the central positions.

The Ciderspace guide to Nottingham and the City Ground can be found here.


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11 January 2007 : McCallum Returns To Yeovil
Yeovil Town winger Gavin McCallum has, contrary to our list below, in fact returned to Huish Park following his loan spell at Crawley Town. The Canadian Under 20 international in fact returned a week early from his time in Sussex after they waived the need for him to play against York City last weekend.

Gavin made three starts for Crawley during his time there, and Crawley's official site announced his return to Huish Park on December 30th.


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11 January 2007 : Squad Availability Update
At present Yeovil Town's squad that will travel to Nottingham Forest on Saturday will pretty much pick itself. The Glovers only have 14 definitely fit players, although club captain Terry Skiverton is expected to be passed fit to make a 15th player.

As things stand though, Yeovil Town will either have to register trialist Rhys Weston as a player, or take up teenagers Tom Clarke and Stephen Maher, who have yet to feature in any first team squads.

The Glovers have left-back Nathan Jones and midfielder Chris Cohen suspended for a single game after both picked up their fifth bookings of the season against Northampton Town and that has made the paper-thin squad that was selected for the Huddersfield Town match even lower in numbers, even if Skivo is expected to partially redress the balance.

Manager Russell Slade can obviously draft in either loan or permanent signings before the match, but at present there are no obvious signings on the horizon. Hence it would seem likely that at least a couple of Weston, Clarke and Maher would be heading to the City Ground on Saturday.

AVAILABLE PLAYERS (14)
Anthony Barry, Darren Behcet, Leon Best, Arron Davies, Terrell Forbes, Wayne Gray, Scott Guyett, Steve Mildenhall, Lee Morris, Marcus Stewart, Ishmael Welsh, Anthony Tonkin, Jean-Paul Kalala, Andy Lindegaard.

RECENT ABSENTEES AND SHORT-TERM INJURIES (1)
Terry Skiverton: Missed Northampton and Huddersfield with stitches in his ankle. Expected to be fit for the Forest match.

POSSIBLE CALL-UPS (2)
Stephen Maher: Has yet to make a first team appearance.
Tom Clarke: Currently playing for the Youth Team.

SUSPENDED (SINGLE MATCH FOR FIVE BOOKINGS) (2)
Chris Cohen, Nathan Jones.

LONG TERM INJURIES (2)
Paul Terry: Out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Mark Lynch: Out long term with knee injury.

OUT ON LOAN (6)
Jake Smeeton: Out on loan with Chard Town.
Bradley Thomas: Out on loan with Boston United.
Daniel Webb: Out on loan with Rushden and Diamonds.
Craig Alcock: On loan at Conference South side Weston-Super-Mare
Danny Barker: On loan at Toolstation League side Clyst Rovers
Gavin McCallum: Out on loan with Conference side Crawley Town


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10 January 2007 : Trio Shown The Door
Following this afternoon's Reserve Team match, BBC Somerset Sound are reporting that only one of the quartet of trialists who turned out in this afternoon's match will be retained for future consideration.

Former Cardiff City right-back Rhys Weston is the lucky one to stay at Huish Park. He picked up a knock in today's match and presumably that has been taken into account given that he only completed 62 minutes of today's game.

Brentford striker/winger Alex Rhodes, central midfielder Tyronne Bonner whilst former Nottingham Forest academy player Danny Blair have all been shown the door and will have to hunt for other clubs.


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10 January 2007 : Youths And Trialists Lose Out To Swindon
A mix of youth teamers and four trialists lost 0-3 at home to Swindon Town Reserves in a Pontins Holiday Combination match at Huish Park this afternoon. Two goals from Charlie Comyn-Platt and one from Arron Brown did the damage as the more experienced Swindon side looked comfortable throughout against the Glovers.

The Glovers included four trialists in their side. Former Cardiff City right-back Rhys Weston and Brentford striker/winger Alex Rhodes were already expected to play. They were added to by a central midfielder called Tyronne Bonner whilst former Nottingham Forest academy player Danny Blair - currently a free agent - provided another attacking option up front.

Swindon though dominated proceedings in a match where the Yeovil Town side struggled for any kind of cohesion. Gavin McCallum looked impressive in midfield whilst Gary Bowles was solid at the back, but there was little showing from the trialists, even if an early injury to Rhys Weston appeared to dent his enthusiasm for the game.

The Wiltshire side took the lead just beyond the half-hour mark. A corner put into the box saw a Lukas Jutkiewicz attempt blocked by Glovers keeper Darren Behcet but there was little he could do when Charlie Comyn-Platt showed good reactions to head the loose ball home.

Swindon's second arrived just before half time with Blair Sturrock heading down a long ball into the path of Aaron Brown who smashed the ball home with a shot that gave Behcet little hope.

Just over a minute after the break, Charlie Comyn-Platt made it 3-0 when a fairly harmless looking ball into the box from the left was missed by a Yeovil defender and straight into the path of the Swindon midfielder who accepted the gift and finished well.

Swindon controlled proceedings relatively well during the second period and there was little chance for any of the trialists to shine. Weston was withdrawn early and apparently had suffered a first half knock that affected his game. Rhodes showed plenty of pace but not quite so much ball control. Blair was fairly anonymous up front, whilst Bonner was outshone by his midfield partner Gavin McCallum. Not too many clues therefore on the day therefore to show where manager Russell Slade might strengthen his squad in the future.

Line-Up: 1. Darren Behcet 2. Rhys Weston 3. Jake Smeeton 4. Craig Alcock (capt) 5. Gary Bowles 6. Stephen Maher 7. Tyronne Bonner 8. Gavin McCallum 9. Danny Blair 10. Tom Clarke 11. Alex Rhodes.

Subs: 12. Danny O'Brien (62 mins for Rhys Weston) 14. Tom Parsons 15. Harry Sherwood (62 mins for Gary Bowles)

Referee: Steve Tomlinson.

Goals: Charlie Comyn-Platt (0-1, 33 mins), Arron Brown (0-2, 45 mins), Charlie Comyn-Platt (0-3, 47 mins).


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10 January 2007 : Interview With Marcus Stewart
Yeovil Town striker Marcus Stewart said he believes that the off-the-ball running and switching of positions contributed heavily to Huddersfield Town's downfall in last Friday night's 3-1 win in front of the Sky cameras at Huish Park. Marcus said that he frequently switched with Arron Davies and Chris Cohen in midfield to allow greater flexibility within the Glovers' formation.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Marcus explained: "The movement off the ball was fantastic. We had a chat about how we should pay the role with me in behind. We said that it didn't always have to be me in behind as long as one of us was there and I thought we did the rotation brilliantly. I think our formation more or less stayed the same but the personnel was different."

Read the full interview with Marcus Stewart by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section. A pre-match interview with Marcus done a couple of days before the game is also available.

Link: Marcus Stewart's Pre-Huddersfield Interview.

Link: Marcus Stewart's Post-Huddersfield Interview.

Link: BBC Bristol's Audio Archive.


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9 January 2007 : Forest Ticketing Reminder
A reminder that tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to the City Ground to play Nottingham Forest this Saturday are still on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office by phone or in person. Returns from away ticket batches do sometimes go back via the team coach, so we'd recommend that you try and make your purchase by the end of Thursday.

Tickets for the match are priced as Adults: £20, Seniors (Over 60): £15, Students/Under 18s: £10, Under 12s: £5.

Tickets are available on the day of the game, however it should be noted that Forest have a day surcharge on all purchases made at the City Ground - last season this added an extra two pounds to the cost of your ticket, so bear that in mind if you are leaving your decision-making until the day of the game.

Click here for the Ciderspace guide.


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9 January 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Huddersfield Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade has praised the roles played by right-back Andy Lindegaard and striker Marcus Stewart who played their first games for Yeovil for some while on Friday night against Huddersfield Town. Marcus had not played a competitive match since the end of November whilst Lindy's last match was at the end of August, so Russell was glad both players got through the match when called on to do so.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell explained: "They both admitted they were getting a little bit tired. Lindy said he was blowing a bit in the last 25 minute to half an hour. So yes, they have done terrifically haven't they because they haven't had a lot of football. Lindy hasn't played for 3.5 to 4 months so to come back in will give him a big boost."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section. The pre-match interview is also available.

Link: Russell Slade's Huddersfield Pre-Match Interview.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: BBC Bristol's Audio Archive.


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9 January 2007 : New Customer Charter Meeting Date
The next Customer Charter Meeting has finally been set for Tuesday 6th February 2007 in the Glovers Lounge at Huish Park, starting at 5.45pm.

With the planned December meeting being cancelled, this is the first Customer Charter meeting since September 19th and only the second of the season.

Any supporters who have matters they would like to see raised at the meeting can do so before January 29th by emailing Sara Bradley on supporter.link@ytfc.net


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9 January 2007 : Youth Games Rearranged
Those wondering what had happened to Saturday's Youth Team away match against Bristol Rovers should wonder no longer - it was apparently postponed. It will now be played on February 10th 2007.

Also, the home fixture against Plymouth Argyle has been rearranged for six weeks after that on March 24th 2007, having been called off during November.

NB: The official site claims that the Plymouth Argyle match is an away fixture, but we have doubts about that given that the postponed match in November was due to be played in Yeovil. We will check nearer the time to be sure.



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8 January 2007 : Rhodes Back At Huish Park
Former Yeovil Town trialist Alex Rhodes is back training at Huish Park - just over three years after his last brief spell at the club. Rhodes is currently with fellow League One side Brentford but after they made him available for a loan spell, manager Russell Slade has agreed to take a look at him and plans to use him in a Reserve Team match against Swindon Town Reserves on Wednesday at Huish Park (kick-off 2.00pm).

By coincidence, Rhodes has already had a loan spell with Swindon, having made four substitute appearances for the Wiltshire side during October 2006. Since then he has made just three appearances for League One's basement side and they are now looking to loan him out again.

Yeovil Town's previous interest in the 24 year-old dates back to November 2003, when the then manager Gary Johnson took him on trial at Huish Park from Newmarket Town - a side he used to manage. Rhodes had two spells at Huish Park and played in a Reserve Team match against Plymouth Argyle but at the end of the second week, Gary decided against signing the player and instead Brentford came in for him, paying a rumoured 20,000 pounds to Newmarket.

Since then Rhodes has largely been warming the substitutes bench whilst the Glovers have caught up and this season passed the West London side. He has managed six goals in 64 appearances for The Bees including the winning goal in last season's match at Huish Park, which the visitors won 2-1. He came on as a substitute in this season's match at Griffin Park, but our match report doesn't acknowledge his stay on the pitch.

Rhodes has plenty of pace and three years ago Yeovil Town tried him on both wings as well as up front. The question is whether a player that was deemed not to be good enough for the Glovers three years ago, and can't break into the 24th placed League One side's team is likely to match up well against the current crop at Huish Park. Gary Johnson's next move was to sign up Lee Elam instead of Rhodes, which gives an idea of the sort of players Yeovil Town were looking at during that time.

Link: November 2003 : Yeovil Town Reserves 2 Plymouth Argyle Reserves 1.

Link: March 2006 : Yeovil Town 1 Brentford 2.

Rhodes will not be the only guest in Wednesday's Pontins Combination match - former Cardiff City and Arsenal right-back Rhys Weston is expected to turn out (see our story in last week's news) whilst according to BBC Somerset Sound Slade may be planning to introduce other new faces in order to assess other players whilst the transfer window is open.


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8 January 2007 : Pennock Appointed Manager of Wales (Semi-Pro)
Ex-Yeovil goalkeeper Tony Pennock will be appointed the next manager of the Wales Semi-Pro Team tomorrow. Pennock beat Carmarthen Town manager Mark Jones and Porthmadog coach Osian Roberts to the post after the three were short-listed.

Tony is still on the playing books of Newport County, but has not taken the field since breaking his leg last year. He is to continue in his role as an FAW Development Officer with Swansea Council, and also with Swansea City as a coach working with the goalkeepers Willy Gueret and Andy Oakes. How many more jobs does he want....... ;-)

TP was very popular in his time at Huish Park, and is still fondly remembered by many, making 312 appearances between 1995 and 2001. Congratulations on your new appointment, Tony.


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8 January 2007 : It's D'Urso At City Ground
Andy D'Urso (Essex) has been appointed to referee the League One match between Nottingham Forest and Yeovil Town on Saturday 13th January. The last we recall of Mr D'Urso was the 3-2 loss at Griffin Park thirteen months ago. Re-reading the Ciderspace match report we weren't impressed with his performance that night.

The assistants will be Phil Gibbs (West Midlands) and Steven Rushton (Staffordshire). The fourth official is Mark Hutchinson (Nottinghamshire).


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8 January 2007 : Trio In Team Of The Week
Three Yeovil Town players have made it into the Football League's League One Team of the Week for the weekend just gone. Included in that line-up are both Yeovil Town strikers - Leon Best and Lee Morris - deserved nominations given not only for the Friday night 3-1 win against Huddersfield Town but also for their string of goals throughout December that saw them net collectively eight times across five games.

Left-back Nathan Jones also makes the line-up - belated recognition for a player who is very much in form of late, and who has been made stand-in captain in the absence of club captain Terry Skiverton.

The full line-up is as follows:

Neil Moss (Bournemouth)
Robbie Stockdale (Tranmere) David Wetherhall (Bradford) Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) Nathan Jones (Yeovil Town)
Joe Colbeck (Bradford) Darren Anderton (Bournemouth) John Mullin (Tranmere) Lee Morris (Yeovil Town)
Leon Best (Yeovil Town) Jermaine Johnson (Bradford)


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8 January 2007 : BBC Local Radio Interviews From Huddersfield
The BBC Local Radio interviews associated with Friday night's 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town are now online on the BBC Somerset Sound website.

In addition to Russell Slade's usual post-match analysis, interviewer John Bennett also talks to Marcus Stewart on his return to the club and goalscorer Lee Morris.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound Website : Yeovil Town Interview Archive.


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7 January 2007 : Internet Man Of The Match Mid-Season Leaderboard
The Yeovil Town Internet Man Of The Match vote sees midfielder Chris Cohen leading from club captain Terry Skiverton at the turn of the year. The poll is based on the accumulation of votes from individual matches and the latest leaderboard includes all votes received up to the morning of January 1st 2007.

These were the leading pair at the end of last season's poll, showing what a consistent 2006 both players had. Central defender Terrell Forbes though could still put pressure on both players in the closing games though, with the winning player invariably being the one that has shown the most consistency throughout the course of the season.

Poll Results Up To And Including The Crewe Match
Chris Cohen 448
Terry Skiverton 380
Terrell Forbes 369
Marcus Stewart 264
Steve Mildenhall 252
Paul Terry 235
Nathan Jones 230
Jean-Paul Kalala 222
Lee Morris 199
Wayne Gray 182
Arron Davies 167
Mark Lynch 146


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7 January 2007 : Capital Glovers January 2007 Meeting
Fresh from Friday night's informal meet up in The Cos Bar in Blackfriars, the Capital Glovers are planning the second of their formal(ish) meetings in an attempt to give this new supporters' group some shape. Friday night's meet-up for a Sky Sports showing of the Huddersfield Town match was another great success with around 30-40 Glovers crammed into the middle floor of the pub, confusing the locals at several points during the evening as to why the whole middle floor began jumping up and down and cheering without warning!

They plan to meet on Thursday 18th January at the Royal Oak, Tabard Street, SE1 4JU. Further details are available on the Beer In The Evening Website here. This is situated close to Borough tube station which is on the Northern Line (Bank branch). If you're coming in from the Waterloo area, you may prefer to catch a train from Waterloo East to London Bridge and then walk down Borough High Street. This pub is highly rated for both the real ale and the food, so you should hopefully enjoy your stay!

They have booked the meeting room in the pub where the main object (other than to drink beer!) will be to discuss the results of their questionnaire that they have been running on their website. There is still a chance to influence the results of that so get filling it in if you haven't done so already.

As the room has been booked it would be much appreciated if you could let the Capital Glovers know whether you can or cannot attend so they can firm up numbers with the landlord. Email them at info@capitalglovers.com.

Link: Capital Glovers Website : Membership Questionnaire.

Link: Beer In The Evening Website : The Royal Oak, Borough.


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7 January 2007 : Russell Pleased With Television Entertainment
Manager Russell Slade told BBC Somerset Sound that he was pleased that his side had put out such a strong performance in front of the Sky Sports cameras in Friday night's live match. The Glovers raced to a 3-0 half time lead in a match they eventually won 3-1 with the commentary team hugely complimentary about Yeovil Town's passing game, and Slade certainly agreed with their assessment of the game:

"I thought we played some terrific football at times in the first period. We changed our shape obviously, with one or two personnel that we've lost and one or two that are injured and it seemed to work very very well in the first half. I thought we probably had seven very good chances in the first period. We've scored three and you've got to be happy with that. Some of the play was excellent and I was really pleased with it. It's nice that we performed like that in front of the cameras of course."


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7 January 2007 : December Internet Player Of The Month
The Yeovil Town Internet Man Of The Match voting saw on-loan striker Leon Best take the December 2006 plaudits for gaining the most points across all games during that month. Leon proved to be a hit with supporters right from his debut goal against Rotherham United through to his quickfire double at the start of the away match against Crewe Alexandra. Overall Leon scored five goals in five matches across the month and so it is little surprise to find him top of the voting.

His strike partner Lee Morris has begun to show his own promise by scoring three goals during the month and that has seen him come in third, whilst the duo are sandwiched by left-back Nathan Jones who has been putting in some superb performances during the month and has temporarily taken over the captaincy in Terry Skiverton's absence. The full results for December are as follows:

Leon Best 461
Nathan Jones 330
Lee Morris 323
Terrell Forbes 224
Chris Cohen 219
Martin Cranie 184
Terry Skiverton 79
Steve Mildenhall 75
Arron Davies 67
Martin Brittain 40
Jean-Paul Kalala 30

For those who missed the November 2006 award on the Mailing List, this was won by Wayne Gray, with Chris Cohen and Terrell Forbes coming within a whisker of each other in 2nd and 3rd place. The full results for November were as follows:

Wayne Gray 449
Chris Cohen 301
Terrell Forbes 299
Anthony Barry 230
Martin Brittain 226
Paul Terry 205
Arron Davies 161
Nathan Jones 66
Marcus Stewart 53
Mark Lynch 52
Steve Mildenhall 42


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7 January 2007 : Marcus Glad Of Happy Return
Yeovil Town striker Marcus Stewart admitted he was glad to make his second return to the club a positive one. Marcus played his last game for the Glovers at the end of his 2006 loan spell in a home match against Scunthorpe United that ended up with him bowing out on the back of a 0-2 home defeat against the Iron.

But on Friday night, Marcus had a second debut to remember as he played 73 minutes in an integral part of Yeovil's attacking play, unselfishly feeding his strike partners Lee Morris and Leon Best, including setting up Yeovil's third goal. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound Marcus said of his return:

"Brilliant, yes, because it ended on a sour note really. We lost 2-0 against Scunthorpe last time. It was important for us to get a win today having drawn the last two home games 0-0. So we were going out to score goals. I think in the first half, that is the best first half I have seen us play. I don't know how they played in the first half against Crewe away but that is the best first half I have played in."


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6 January 2007 : Best 45 Minutes Of The Season
Manager Russell Slade heralded Yeovil Town's first half performance against Huddersfield Town as one of the best he has taken charge over since becoming the club's manager. The Glovers raced to a 3-0 half time lead last night thanks to goals from Lee Morris and Leon Best with an own goal from Aaron Hardy adding to Huddersfield's misery. Speaking to the Western Daily Press Slade explained:

"I thought we played some terrific football in the first half. We had to change our shape and it worked very well in the first half and created about seven good chances. Some of the play was excellent and we were happy to perform like that in front of the cameras. I would think it is one of the best halves of football we have played this season. The front three in particular were very hard to handle at times. Some of the movement made life difficult for Huddersfield."

The second period saw Gary Taylor-Fletcher pull a goal back in a far more even 45 minutes that saw the visitors even dominate proceedings for a 15-20 minute period, but the Glovers held firm:

"The second half was never going to be as good as the first and we were a little sloppy at times you have to give Huddersfield credit for the way they matched us up."

With the Christmas period now over, the expectation is that the players will have been given a minimum of two days off, with a couple of the squad expected to go away for a few days to see any family they missed seeing over the holiday period. Slade admitted to being a bit of a 'Scrooge' in his approach to the glut of holiday matches and the tough training schedule:

"We worked the players hard over Christmas and I have been a bit mean but it was always important to come out of the Christmas period in the top six. We have consolidated that with another decent win."

Over the course of this week Yeovil Town have lost Martin Cranie and Martin Brittain who have returned to their parent clubs whilst David Poole has left for Stockport County with Bradley Thomas and Daniel Webb going out on loan. All of that combined with a few injuries has left the Glovers squad painfully thin, and Slade admits that he hopes to redress this during the transfer window:

"We will have to look at the situation to see what suits us but I would certainly like to bring one or two bodies in before the end of the transfer window. Martin (Brittain) has gone back for the forseeable future, but it is not totally dead. Ipswich want to give him a little run to have a proper look at him, but they may decide to loan him out again at a later date."

Finally, last night Russell confirmed (see yesterday's news) that Lee Morris had extended his contract until the end of the season and after a performance that saw him win the Sky Sports Man Of The Match, Russell quipped:

"If he keeps playing like that we will have to extend it a bit longer!"


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6 January 2007 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town vs Huddersfield Town
The full Ciderspace match report for last night's 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town is now online.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 3 Huddersfield Town 1.


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5 January 2007 : Terriers Mauled
Yeovil Town turned on the style in front of the Sky Sports cameras tonight at Huish Park when they produced a stunning first half performance to put the game against Huddersfield Town out of sight by the half time break, eventually going on to triumph by a 3-1 scoreline.

They got off to a dream start, with Andy Lindegaard marking his comeback with a powerful forward run that saw him feed Lee Morris with his back to goal. Lindy's continued off the ball running dragged the Huddersfield defence out of position as they expected a one-two pass back from Morris and that caused the red sea to part, gifting Morris acres of space to run on and curl the ball into the back of the net to put Yeovil 1-0 up inside 4 minutes.

Midway through the first half, Morris started another flowing end to end move, that saw him pick out Chris Cohen. The Yeovil midfielder's run saw him lay the ball off with an inch-perfect pass to Leon Best who ran on and unleashed an unstoppable stop into the top of the net for a 2-0 scoreline.

The Glovers were running riot over their more illustrious visitors who were penned inside their own half and would have been further behind if it were not for some outstanding goalkeeping by Huddersfield keeper Matthew Glennon who first blocked an Arron Davies header, then produced an astonishing reflex block as Lee Morris came in for the rebound. Glennon also did well to put off Leon Best after he almost capitalised on a defensive error.

Huddersfield's embarrassment was complete when Marcus Stewart's pass into the box completely undid the visitors' backline letting in Lee Morris and when he drilled the ball across the face of the box, substitute Aaron Hardy couldn't do anything other than to put the ball into his own net in his attempts to stop Leon Best walking the ball into an empty net.

In a much quieter second period, Huddersfield did restore some pride with Gary Taylor-Fletcher's well-taken lobbed 50th minute ball, but any hope they may have had of an improbable comeback never materialised. The result means that the Glovers move up to 5th in the table and of course with most League One clubs involved in the FA Cup tomorrow, tonight's match will in general even up the number of games played near the top of the table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Huddersfield Town 1.

Club captain Terry Skiverton wasn't ready to return to the side for tonight's match although there were plenty of positives in terms of fitness with Lee Morris, Andy Lindegaard and Jean-Paul Kalala all completing 90 minutes and as far as the eye could see, no new injuries. Marcus Stewart also managed to last 73 minutes in his first game of football for roughly six weeks.


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5 January 2007 : Morris Signs To End Of Season
After tonight's 3-1 victory against Huddersfield Town manager Russell Slade announced in his post-match television interview that Sky's man of the match Lee Morris has now signed the contract on offer to the end of the season.

As in the past when Yeovil matches have been televised, those watching the game on the box as well as those at the ground are invited to vote for their Man of the Match. Head here.


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5 January 2007 : Marcus Patient For Big Return
Yeovil Town striker Marcus Stewart says he will sit back and be patient if he does not quickly regain his place in the starting eleven for the Glovers. Stewart has been out of football since his loan spell ended with Yeovil at the end of November but isn't expecting a quick route back into the side.

His last match was on November 25th against Scunthorpe United and he has only played two games since October 28th, due to his former club Bristol City blocking him from playing in three matches. On top of that, Marcus had to be patient on New Years Day after the club were unable to get registration papers through to the footballing authorities due to the transfer window opening on a Bank Holiday. Speaking to the Western Gazette, Stewart explained:

"It was rubbish but I had known for the last four or five weeks that the registration would not go through in time for me to play against Northampton. I hope I will be involved in some way (against Huddersfield). I have had five weeks' break since I found out I was going to be here and in the first two weeks it was hard to keep up my motivation - but I did. The closer it has got the more I have stepped up my training. I will not be 100 per cent physically fit for the game but if I was to play or come on as a substitute it would be good because the more games you play the more you get match fit. With match fitness I need two or three games to get back into it."

Stewart explained that it was the form of current strike pair Leon Best and Lee Morris that was making him more realistic in what he would expect in terms of his own team selection. He said of the pairing:

"The lads have been brilliant. I am here to get promotion for this club and if that means waiting for my chance while the lads keep their momentum in the side, score goals and win games then I am happy with that. If I have to sit out three or four games but we get promotion then that is brilliant by me. All I want to do is get the club up and win things."


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5 January 2007 : Thomas A Loan At Cheats
Forgive and forget, eh? Er, no. If yesterday we felt a bit queasy at the thought of Daniel Webb joining that Graham Westley plonker at Rushden and Diamonds (below, 4th January) today we're feeling positively nauseous at the news of Bradley Thomas being under the tutelage of serial cheat and convicted criminal Evans. Mr Cheat only escaped a custodial sentence because the judge felt it unfair to imprison him while his ex-chairman was escaping a two year incarceration purely on "health" grounds.

Thomas has today gone out on loan until 10th February at the club that only got into the Football League through its cheating. Since then the banned Evans has crawled back into football, the cheating Lincolnshire club falling over itself to reappoint the cheat the minute his 20 month exclusion from the game was up. He was then convicted in the courts of fraud over an extended period during his first term as Boston United manager. The club itself is in a complete mess, reaching the stage last month of defaulting on its staff's wages, provoking open threats of a player strike ahead of their match against Rochdale, which they went on to lose 4-0.

If anyone was to ask us, we'd have to say we are at a loss to explain why it's thought this is a suitable environment into which to loan one of our young players.


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5 January 2007 : Where Are They Now?
With so much movement over the last few days at Yeovil Town, we felt it was worth doing a blow-by-blow account of where each player is amongst the professional squad at Huish Park and their current availability. The list of first team squad players is as follows. The numbers in brackets are the number of players in each category:

AVAILABLE PLAYERS (15)
Anthony Barry: Fit and available.
Darren Behcet: Fit and available. Has yet to make a first team appearance.
Leon Best: Fit and available. Southampton have a 24 hour recall on him.
Tom Clarke: Fit and available. Playing for the Youth Team.
Chris Cohen: Fit and available. Suspended for the Forest game.
Arron Davies: Fit and available.
Terrell Forbes: Fit and available.
Wayne Gray: Fit and available.
Scott Guyett: Fit and available.
Nathan Jones: Fit and available. Suspended for the Forest game.
Stephen Maher: Fit and available. Has yet to make a first team appearance.
Steve Mildenhall: Fit and available.
Lee Morris: Fit and available.
Marcus Stewart: Available to play again.
Ishmael Welsh: Fit and available.

RECENT ABSENTEES AND SHORT-TERM INJURIES (4)
Terry Skiverton: Missed Northampton with stitches in his ankle. Big doubt for tonight.
Anthony Tonkin: Missed Northampton with a virus. Probably fit and available.
Jean-Paul Kalala: Probably fit. Missed Northampton with a knee injury.
Andy Lindegaard: Fit and available but lacking match practice. Last played in August.

LONG TERM INJURIES (2)
Paul Terry: Out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Mark Lynch: Out long term with knee injury.

OUT ON LOAN (6)
Jake Smeeton: Out on loan with Chard Town.
Bradley Thomas: Out on loan with Boston United.
Daniel Webb: Out on loan with Rushden and Diamonds.
Craig Alcock: Last seen on loan at Conference South side Weston-Super-Mare
Danny Barker: Last seen on loan at Toolstation League side Clyst Rovers
Gavin McCallum: Out on loan with Conference side Crawley Town

RECENTLY DEPARTED PLAYERS (3)
Martin Brittain: Returned to Ipswich Town.
Martin Cranie: Returned to Southampton.
David Poole: Transferred to Stockport County.


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5 January 2007 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 41 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have announced the following winners in Week 41 of their Glovers Gold Bond scheme:

Glovers Gold Bond : Week 41 : 5th January 2007
01935 423662 (Ext 291)


£100 Winners
Monday C1332 Mrs J O’Neill St Andrews Road, Yeovil
Tuesday E8277 Miss K Edwards Athelney Way, Yeovil
Wednesday C8823 Mrs Hingston The Meads, Milborne Port
Thursday A1574 Mrs P Letchfield Blind Close, Bradpole
Friday C3516 Mr G Lewis Etsome Terrace, Somerton

£10 Consolations
A1332 Mr N R Dyer, Southway Drive, Yeovil
D1332 Mrs T Harris, Somerset Close, Shepton Mallet
A8277 Mrs Askew, Coronation Road, Frome
B8277 Mrs A Osmond, Charles Road, Yeovil
C8277 Mr Miles, Eastover, Langport
A8823 Mrs S Badman, Monmouth Road, Yeovil
B8823 Sheila Sawyer, Belvadere Road, Yeovil
D8823 Mrs P Parks, Cedar Court, Martock
E8823 Mr R Penny, Green Close, Sturminster Newton
B1574 Mr M Neale, Yeomanry Way, Shepton Mallet
E1574 Mrs Tatchell, The Regents, Yeovil
A3516 Mrs Watts, Magna Close, Yeovil
B3516 Mr R Carter, South Street, Milborne Port


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5 January 2007 : Terriers Defender Could Face Boyhood Hero
Huddersfield Town defender Michael Collins could find he is up against a boyhood hero when he gets the teamsheet for tonight's match against Yeovil Town at Huish Park. Collins is 20 years old and is a longstanding product of the Terriers' Academy scheme. As a result, Collins was already at the club when Marcus Stewart was freely scoring for the Yorkshire side, albeit as a rather young boy!

As a fan of Stewart during his youth, Collins used to watch him in the stands of what is now known as the Galpharm Stadium, yet if Stewart is selected for tonight's match, he could find him marking him. Collins explained to the Huddersfield Examiner:

"I was in the Under 12s and 13s when Stewie was in his prime here. He was certainly the name on everybody's lips then, and he's still a big talent. He was a huge favourite with our fans, and that's what I was in those days. I used to go to the games, watch him score goals, listen to his name being chanted and think 'I want a piece of that'. He definitely spurred me on and he was a great player for Huddersfield Town, and it was unfortunate when he moved on."

Collins added that he still keeps an eye on Stewart's fortunes and expects him to be a handful at League One level:

"I'm really pleased he's got himself a permanent move to Yeovil, because things weren't working out for him at Bristol. I don't know why that was, but I do know he remains a very good player and one who can cause any side problems."


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5 January 2007 : Glovers Go On The Attack
Whilst manager Russell Slade may have spent the last few days sweating slightly on his available defensive options (or lack of) for tonight's match against Huddersfield Town at Huish Park, at the other end of the park, the Yeovil boss unusually has an embarrassment of riches available to him as he selects his side tonight.

On loan Southampton striker Leon Best has been a revelation since his arrival at the club a month ago and has scored five goals in seven appearances for the club. During that time he has partnered Lee Morris who has surprised a few people, including probably his own manager, by playing right through the Christmas period without any obvious ill-effects from the war wounds he has sustained during his footballing career.

Now tonight Marcus Stewart starts his second spell with the club after becoming a bit of a talisman during the autumn when he was on loan from Bristol City and could well make his second debut for Yeovil against the club where he made his name. Stewart spent 3.5 years playing for Huddersfield between 1996 and 2000 and the 68 goals he scored for the Terriers in 160 appearances were enough to gain a 2.5 million pound move to Ipswich Town. He is still thought of fondly in that part of Yorkshire, and he will no doubt relish playing against them.

With the departure of Martin Brittain back to Ipswich Town this week, Russell Slade has the option of playing all three players in tonight's starting line-up by using one of Stewart or Morris as a winger, and speaking to BBC Somerset Sound Slade admitted he had been looking at various combinations involving his front men, but appeared to suggest that Morris's place in the side was safe despite Stewart becoming available again:

"We've got one or two options and we'll look at that. We have already looked at that in the little bit of time that we've had in preparing for the game. Lee has done remarkably well over recent weeks. He has trained more and therefore he has played in more games and he has got stronger in games. As a consequence of that he has started scoring goals as well. I am delighted with Lee's contribution right now."


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5 January 2007 : Brittain Return Confirmed
The return of right-winger Martin Brittain, as covered on these pages on Monday, has been officially confirmed by the Ipswich Town official site. Brittain returned to Suffolk on Tuesday morning, although it has taken a while for it to gain any official confirmation. He has gone straight into Ipswich's first team squad of 18 for their FA Cup Third Round match at Chester City. Speaking to the Ipswich Official Site, manager Jim Magilton said:

"Yeovil liked Martin but his loan is over now and we wanted him back in the building so we can have a look at him. We wanted him to get some first-team football under his belt so the loan would have done him the world of good."


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4 January 2007 : Yeovil Town vs Huddersfield Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Huddersfield Town tomorrow night in front of the Sky Sports cameras at Huish Park as they are broadcast on national television for the first time since their promotion to the Football League.

Unlike Northampton Town on New Years Day, the Glovers have a relatively good record against the Terriers and they won 3-2 at the Galpharm Stadium earlier this season, with goals from Lee Morris, Arron Davies and Chris Cohen sealing three excellent points.

Huddersfield currently lie in a surprisingly low 16th position after being tipped by many for promotion at the start of the season. Their current form is not great either, with just one win in their last 11 league matches, although with that coming on December 30th against Swansea City it may be that the Terriers are hopeful of turning the corner.

If they are to do so then they will have to achieve it with a long list of injuries and suspensions. Brothers Tom Clarke (not the Yeovil striker!) and Nathan Clarke are both injured and have not travelled. Captain Jon Worthington has a groin strain whilst Danny Schofield has been ill and has not recovered sufficiently. Pawel Abbott and Adnan Ahmed are both suspended following their sendings off on New Years Day (see our January 1st story).

Defender Andy Holdsworth has travelled with the squad but faces a late fitness test. However Mark Hudson and Aaron Hardy are both available after they missed recent games. What that means is that Huddersfield have travelled down with two Academy players in their squad, namely Joe Skarz and Simon Eastwood. Every fit and available recognised first team player has also come down on the bus as manager Peter Jackson finds his squad stretched to its bare bones.

The Yeovil Town side they will face is not exactly without its own problems. Paul Terry and Mark Lynch are long term absentees with knee injuries, whilst loan pair Martin Cranie and Martin Brittain have been recalled to Southampton and Ipswich Town respectively and there are no immediate signs of any alternative blood being drafted in. Striker Daniel Webb has gone on loan to Rushden and Diamonds, whilst David Poole has completed a move to Stockport County.

Meanwhile the possibility of Terry Skiverton playing tomorrow is extremely slight after he was studded by a Crewe Alexandra player over the Christmas period. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound manager Russell Slade explained the current situation:

"Obviously Marcus Stewart is available. Terry Skiverton has not trained all week and so he will remain a major doubt. Lee Morris has recovered and so he is fine. I think that Kalala is going to be OK. So I think that we'll be somewhere around where we've been. The only worry is Terry Skiverton. We've lost the likes of Martin Cranie so Andy Lindegaard will come into the reckoning."

Andy Lindegaard is in fact popularly believed to be in line to play at right-back tomorrow - his first start since August, whilst Marcus Stewart is likely to begin his second spell with the Glovers by playing a prominent role that with the absence of Martin Brittain, could well see himself or Lee Morris switched to the wings to plug that gap. Wayne Gray is another player who could benefit in this area. Like Huddersfield, Yeovil may well have some young faces on their bench, with Bradley Thomas almost certainly acting as defensive cover for the paper-thin backline.

Link: September 2006 : Huddersfield Town 2 Yeovil Town 3.


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4 January 2007 : Daniel Webb To The Annies
Rushden and Diamonds. Graham Westley. It gave us much pleasure when those two came together. The phrase "deserving of each other" sprang to mind. Westley was the man who promised Farnborough Town the Premier League in ten years and then left the club in ruins, who got himself escorted out of The Avenue by the police for behaving like a complete plank, who took Stevenage Borough ......nowhere........ and who has popped up again like the proverbially bad penny at the ever so briefly in the Football League Nene Park outfit.

Their Official Site reports that Westley :

........ has been quick to sign the young striker on a month's loan deal. Daniel has been allocated squad number 27 and will travel with the squad to this weekend's game versus Altrincham.

Since arriving at Huish Park in the 2006 January transfer window Daniel Webb has made one start and seven appearances from the bench for the first team. The initially agreed loan spell starts tomorrow and lasts until 7th February. Rushden are currently struggling in 22nd place in the Conference National. We wish all parties what fortune they deserve.


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4 January 2007 : Interview With Steve Mildenhall
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall was modest in his assessment of his own goalkeeping performance against Northampton Town on Monday, which saw him make several saves, including one from Ian Taylor that probably ranked among the best since his arrival at Huish Park. But Steve believes that those saves only stood out because his teammates in front of him have protected him so well over the course of the season.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Nathan explained: "In the previous 25 games, the back four has been immense in front of me. That's really made my job a lot easier and it has been a pleasure to play behind them. Today, I was called to do a couple of things but that is what I am there to do."

Read the full interview with Steve Mildenhall by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Steve Mildenhall Interview Transcript.

Link: BBC Bristol's Audio Archive.


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4 January 2007 : £10K For Poole
Following up our item on 2nd January (below) on the transfer of David Poole to Stockport County the Official Site on the 3rd had the fee as "undisclosed". Either it had not been named at that point or County have not been singing from the same hymn sheet, as their Official Site has no problem in revealing the sum was £10,000.


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4 January 2007 : Sky Sports Programme Schedule
For those who plan to watch, or perhaps record tomorrow night's match on Sky Sports against Huddersfield Town the following represents Sky's coverage of the match:

Live programme coverage:

7.30pm - 10.00pm : Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports HD.

Sky are also showing three "condensed" repeats of the original 2.5 hour transmission with 90 minutes worth of coverage of the match that will prove invaluable when you get back home and find out that you've actually taped Eastenders. All three repeats are shown overnight across Friday night/Saturday morning and are as follows:

Midnight - 1.30am : Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports HD2
4.00am - 5.30am : Sky Sports 3
6.00am - 7.30am : Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports HD2.


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4 January 2007 : Huddersfield Ticketing Discounts
A reminder from our December 7th article that there are two ticketing offers available for tomorrow night's match against Huddersfield Town, which kicks off at Huish Park at 7.45pm.

Junior Organisations (Youth Clubs, Junior Football Clubs, Cubs, Beavers etc) can obtain free tickets for tomorrow's match against Huddersfield Town. One paying adult can accompany four Under-16s, with the juniors gaining admission for free if they are all part of a junior organisation. Larger parties can also be admitted on a ratio of four juniors to every paying adult. For further information contact the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888.

In addition, season ticket holders can purchase an additional ticket for the match for five pounds, allowing them to bring along a friend or relative to the match for a reduced price.


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4 January 2007 : Capital Glovers Make Huddersfield Game Plans
With tomorrow's match against Huddersfield Town being live on Sky Sports the Capital Glovers have organised a meet-up to enable all London and South-East Yeovil Town fans (or anyone else who happens to be visiting the area!) the chance to get together in a single pub for the duration of the game.

The match kicks off at 7.45pm, with coverage on Sky Sports One from 7.30pm. The organisation has got a room complete with large screen booked in The Cos Bar (formerly known as the Goose At The Castle) which is at:

Address: 148 Queen Victoria St, London, London, EC4V 4BY. Tel: 020 7653 9940.

The nearest stations (in order of convenience) are Blackfriars, St Paul's, City Thameslink, Mansion House and Cannon Street. From Blackfriars leave the tube station by the Queen Victoria Street exit. Walk across Queen Victoria Street and you should see the pub on the corner, on your left.

Link: Fancy A Pint Website : The Cos Bar.

There are a few other scatterings of exiled Yeovil fans planning meet-ups around the country. We'd recommend you use the Green Room Forum to publicise or find out if there is one in your area. One firm one for those stuck in Yorkshire itself is:

The Original Oak, Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 2DG.

There appear to be a few supporters looking to meet in the Camberley/Farnborough area but they don't appear to have found a pub yet!


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3 January 2007 : Brighton and Crewe Man Of The Match Results
The Christmas holiday matches against Brighton and Hove Albion and Crewe Alexandra saw the Man of the Match voting go in one direction for both matches. On loan striker Leon Best got the top marks for both games, with Lee Morris also featuring strongly for the away matches. Terrell Forbes and Martin Cranie were two other players to feature strongly.

The full results have been appended to both match reports. Voting for the New Year game against Northampton Town will close shortly.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Brighton 1 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Crewe 2 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Northampton Town : Man of the Match Voting Form.


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3 January 2007 : Interview With Nathan Jones
Yeovil Town left-back Nathan Jones said he felt disappointed to have picked up his fifth booking of the season in Monday's 0-0 draw against Northampton Town at Huish Park. Nathan was a first half booking in the match and that means he will miss the January 13th match against Nottingham Forest through suspension. However it was not the Northampton booking that upset Nathan, but more the ones that he had picked up earlier in the season.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Nathan explained: "I was playing on a knife-edge when I got to four. The way that I play is reasonably committed. So it was always coming sooner or later. I'm just disappointed that I've got to five when I maybe picked up one or two silly ones near the beginning of the season that I didn't need to. When you are not on a booking or you're only on one or two, you tend to be a little bit more flippant than you normally are."

Read the full interview with Nathan Jones by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Nathan Jones Interview Transcript.

Link: BBC Bristol's Audio Archive.


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3 January 2007 : Trialist Rhys Weston
Right back Rhys Weston is training at Huish Park this week, and if things progress favourably may get a run out in the Reserves fixture next week against Swindon Town.

Weston, born 27th October 1980, spent nearly six years at Cardiff City, clocking up just over 200 starts for the Welsh club. He was bought for £300,000 from Arsenal in 2000 for whom he had made two appearances.

He fell out of favour with Cardiff manager Dave Jones and after only the one appearance this season, in the League Cup defeat by Barnet, his departure was mutually agreed on 1st September 2006.

Speaking to the local press at the time Weston said :

It's been very unsettling knowing that you don't figure in the manager's plans. And there is no point hanging around the place if you don't. You have to look after your interests as well. The manager didn't fancy me and that happens in football, but I have acted totally professionally around the club and it's time to move on now.

I have no regrets, I gave my best every time I played for Cardiff and it's a shame it ended the way it did. But I was loyal to the club and I even took a substantial pay cut last season when asked to help the club through a difficult time. It was a love-hate relationship, I think they hated me more than they loved me. But that's the way things go in football. Supporters take to certain players straight away and with others it takes a bit longer.


Weston's plans were to play in Norway for Viking FK of Stavanger :

My family will remain in South Wales for the time because of things like school until something more permanent happens. Having watched Viking last weekend I'm looking forward to the challenge and the travelling is not that bad, it only takes five hours from here [Cardiff] to Norway. It's one flight from London, and two from Cardiff so it's not difficult to travel. But now a decision has been made I'm looking forward to a fresh challenge.

For whatever reasons - our Norwegian is not good - the move appears not to have worked as we can only find record of Weston playing a single match, his debut and seemingly his last match for Viking combined into one, on 11th September.


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2 January 2007 : Fry's New Year Ambitions
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has outlined his New Year ambitions to this week's Western Gazette. In it he states that the club are working currently to a three year plan that is designed to result in Championship level football at Huish Park by the summer of 2009, even if manager Russell Slade is currently threatening to be ahead of the game by holding the club around the playoffs during the current season. Speaking to the paper he explains:

"We are planning things over a three year cycle but are reviewing it constantly. We are very ambitious to get into the Championship but it had not been our plan this year to get promoted. Before the start of the season we were happy to stay up but now there is no reason why we cannot get into the play-off positions come the end of the season. We all want to push the club to the next step."

Fry has said that Championship football would require a drastic overhaul of the Huish Park facilities, including a raising of the capacity of the ground by over 2,500 - a significant rise given that Championship sides must have all-seater stadiums by the end of their third season at that level. Fry also claims that it will be important in order to gather sufficient revenue:

"If we get to the Championship we will need a 12,000-seat-plus capacity stadium to be financially viable at that level. We need to develop the club to be a part of the community and we have to move forward as far as the facilities are concerned. At the end of this season we will have a new shirt design coming in too. At the moment we are going for the Championship and what we need to get us there and stay there."

Mr Fry's comments on local rivals Weymouth may not go down too well with Glovers fans. Fry wants to see more matches played between the two clubs - the last time the two clubs met at league level was exactly 18 years ago today in the Nationwide Conference, and they currently sit two levels below the Glovers. The Yeovil Chairman explained his views:

"We want to be a small fish in a big pond. The county and the area want a Championship side. We need Weymouth in the League as well so we can have more local derbies and rivalries. It will be healthy for football."

Whilst the general theme of what Mr Fry says holds true - that local derbies are the matches that will bring in welcome cash into the Huish Park coffers, the ambitions to reach the Championship and stay there appear to conflict heavily with a desire to come up against a side currently three levels below that division on a regular basis. If the Glovers see themselves competing at the next level up, then they must realistically see the likes of Plymouth Argyle and Bristol City as their current and future rivals and recognise that the only realistic possibility of playing Weymouth at league level is if that plan fails.

Speaking of the current season, Fry is clearly more than pleased by the way that things are going on the pitch:

"We are playing well, have quality players and the results have been largely good. We are flying high and doing brilliantly as far as the squad is concerned and we are not millions in debt like some clubs. We are looking towards the future. We are quite happy to be in League One but do not want to be struggling in this division. We do not want to set our expectations too high. Our main objective is to keep our status in the Football League because so many teams have tumbled back out of it again."

Finally, Fry has stated that he believes the club's reputation amongst their peers to be a good one, describing the club as 'modest' in the way it presents itself:

"We are all pleased as punch at how well we are doing. We have had several changes which were all forced upon us but Russell Slade has kept up how well we have done in the past, if not improved upon it. We are not on ego trips here. We are a modest club, maybe too modest. We are run and organised well and we are well liked. We do not go out threatening to thrash people. Teams respect us."


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2 January 2007 : BBC Local Radio Interviews From Crewe and Northampton
Five new interviews have been added to the BBC Somerset Sound interview archive following Yeovil Town's recent games with Crewe Alexandra and Northampton Town.

For the Crewe match, the usual chat with manager Russell Slade was supplemented with an additional interview with goalscorer Lee Morris.

For the Northampton game, in addition to the interview with Russell Slade, the BBC have also interviewed captain for the day Nathan Jones along with sponsors man of the match Steve Mildenhall.

You will need a free copy of RealPlayer to be able to listen to the RealAudio files on the BBC site.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.

Link: Russell Slade's Interview Transcript for the Crewe Game.

Link: Russell Slade's Interview Transcript for the Northampton Game.


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2 January 2007 : Russell's Verdict On the Northampton Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade felt that two first half saves from goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall kept the Glovers in the game in their 0-0 draw with Northampton Town yesterday. In particular, Mildy's save midway through the first half from Ian Taylor was one of the best since his arrival at Huish Park and Russell was mindful that had his goalkeeper not been at his best, the second half could have been even tougher.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell explained: "We didn't really get playing in the first half. Certainly two wonderful saves by Steve Mildenhall kept us in the game. In the second half we were much much better and it was all about trying to get that first goal and I think that first goal would have won the game for either side."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: BBC Bristol's Audio Archive.


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2 January 2007 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town vs Northampton Town
The full Ciderspace match report for yesterday's 0-0 draw with Northampton Town is now online.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 0 Northampton Town 0.


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2 January 2007 : Transfer Of Poole Agreed
According to the Stockport County Official Site the transfer of David Poole from Yeovil Town has been agreed. With the small caveat that the paperwork has not yet been completed - County want to tie everything up by noon on Friday so that Poole is eligible for their big F.A. Cup clash at Vicarage Road on Saturday 6th January - Poole is now effectively an Edgeley Park player. There is no disclosure yet as to what, if any, fee is involved.

The move has been on the cards for some time. Poole has been a big hit with County fans in his loan spell and is also a local lad, born a few miles away in Gorton. He didn't really settle in Somerset after his move from Manchester United, and although he became more of a regular in the side towards the back end of the 2005-06 season he was quickly out on the fringes again as the 2006-07 campaign developed. He made only one start and three substitute appearances this term, the last being from the bench in the loss away to Tranmere Rovers back on 19th August, and just under a month later he was out on loan at Stockport.

In total Poole made twenty-one first team starts for the Glovers and eight substitute appearances, and scored two goals. We wish him all the best in his move back North.


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2 January 2007 : Glovers Options Looking A Bit Thin
Following yesterday's news (below, 1st January) that Ipswich Town manager Jim Magilton was not prepared to extend the loan of Martin Brittain into a third month, Russell Slade now faces a further headache with Southampton having exercised their right to recall Martin Cranie on twenty-four hour notice. Cranie has made eight appearances so far for Yeovil Town in his loan spell. The Official Site holds out the hope that Saints may resurrect the loan if and when their current injury crisis passes.

With Paul Terry (certainly) and Mark Lynch (probably) out of the equation until the next pre-season, captain Terry Skiverton not expected to be fit for the Friday night match versus Huddersfield Town, Anthony Tonkin unavailable yesterday with a viral infection and Chris Cohen and Nathan Jones set to miss the visit to the City Ground having accumulated five yellow cards, the Glovers are looking rather short on bodies, particularly those of a defensive frame of mind, and have a bit of a crisis of their own for the next two fixtures. The better news is that Marcus Stewart has at last officially become a Yeovil Town player, and J-P Kalala is expected to have recovered from the knee tweak that kept him out of the sixteen against Northampton Town. The sight of Andy Lindegaard, without any competitive football in three months, Bradley Thomas and Danny Webb drafted on to the bench on Saturday was an indication the busy holiday schedule was already taking the Glovers down to the bare bones.


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2 January 2007 : Officials For Friday Night
Mike Russell (Hertfordshire) will be officiating in the middle for the first appearance of Yeovil Town live on Sky Sports for a Football League fixture. Huddersfield Town are the opponents on Friday 5th January, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

Mr Russell officiated at Huish Park in what turned out to be the last match in charge for Gary Johnson. His main impact in the 1-2 Carling Cup Round Two defeat by Millwall was to award a straight red card to Liam Fontaine for a professional foul.

Steve Creighton (Berkshire) and Brendan Malone (Wiltshire) are the assistant referees, Keith Stroud (Hampshire) the fourth official.


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1 January 2007 : MOTM Voting For Northampton
Don't forget that you can vote for your Man Of The Match for today's match against Northampton Town which ended in a 0-0 draw. Voting for the Crewe Alexandra game has now closed, and the result of this and the Brighton and Hove Albion match will be on this site tomorrow.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Northampton Town : Man Of The Match Voting Form.


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1 January 2007 : Brittain Return Expected
On-loan right winger Martin Brittain looks to be heading back to Championship side Ipswich Town. Unconfirmed reports suggest that although Yeovil Town would like to extend Brittain's stay at Huish Park, the East Anglian club see things differently and are looking for him to return to Portman Road.

Brittain has made nine appearances for the Glovers since arriving at the club at the end of October, and the end of his second month is due to expire tomorrow. Ipswich manager Jim Magilton is believed to want him back, despite former Glover Gavin Williams netting the winning goal against Birmingham City today and former Accrington Stanley winger Gary Roberts having today confirmed a contract that will keep him with the Tractor Boys until 2010.


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1 January 2007 : Cohen And Jones Face Suspension
Yeovil Town duo Nathan Jones and Chris Cohen both face a one-match suspension following bookings gained in today's match against Northampton Town.

Jones received a first half yellow card for a foul on Pedj Bojic after the Cobblers player made a meal of a foul close to the dugouts area. Then Chris Cohen was booked on the back of a mini game of push'n'shove between a number of players which came out of Ian Taylor's cynical hacking down of substitute Ishmael Welsh after he broke clear out of his own half. Cohen appeared to be booked for suggesting that referee Mr Shoebridge should have shown a different colour other than the yellow Taylor received.

The two bookings raise both players to five bookings each and so a single match suspension will kick in after a seven day break. That means that both players will miss the January 13th trip to Nottingham Forest.

Yeovil's next two opponents have their own problems concerning suspensions. Friday's visitors Huddersfield Town had two players dismissed in a bad-tempered opening match at Doncaster Rovers' new Keepmoat Stadium. Adnan Ahmed was given a straight red for a foul on Donny's Mark McCammon. A multiman melee ensued and once order was restored, striker Pawel Abbott was also dismissed for violent conduct. Doncaster's Gareth Roberts also walked late on for a two-footed tackle in a match that ended with Donny winning 3-0. All three players will immediately serve three match suspensions, meaning that Ahmed and Abbott will be missing from the Terriers' trip to South Somerset.

Nottingham Forest also ended the day with nine men after they crashed 5-0 against Oldham Athletic. Midfielder Sammy Clingan was given a straight red for his foul on Oldham's Will Haining. Defender Danny Cullip also walked for a professional foul on Oldham's Chris Porter that resulted in the penalty for Oldham's fourth goal. Manager Colin Calderwood claims that Clingan's foul did not warrant a red card and that if the video supports his claim then Forest will appeal. Assuming the decision stands, Clingan would miss the match against Yeovil Town, although Cullip's single match suspension should make him available for the City Ground match.


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1 January 2007 : Mildy Keeps The Cobblers Out
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall was given the Man of the Match award by the match sponsors today after he kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw with Northampton Town.

Despite the Glovers creating more chances than their visitors, it was Mildenhall who was the star of the show. All four of Northampton's on target shots required the goalkeeper to pull off top drawer saves, with the first requiring an outstanding one-handed save from Ian Taylor, after a double mix-up in the Glovers defence.

A fairly tight first half was followed by a surge of pressure from the Glovers during the second period with Leon Best, Lee Morris and Arron Davies all having great chances to score. But the closest they came was a Best attempt midway through the second half which Cobblers keeper Mark Bunn blocked, and a Martin Cranie header from a corner that was inches wide.

Despite spending most of the second period kicking his heels, Mildenhall showed that he was still very alert late on in the match, saving again from substitute Brett Johnson and to ensure that the Glovers at least got a single point out of the match.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Northampton Town 0.

Whilst Lee Morris passed a morning fitness test, midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala was not so lucky, with an unspecified injury seeing him drop entirely out of the sixteen. With club captain Terry Skiverton already known to be out, Bradley Thomas and Daniel Webb were drafted onto the bench, but were not used.


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