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31 January 2008 : Dempsey Departs
A rather promising looking deadline day has been somewhat deflated by the news that midfielder Gary Dempsey has left the club for Eircom League side St Patrick's Athletic, allowing the Irishman to return back to his home country.

The Wexford-born midfielder made 18 appearances, scoring two goals for the club, the last of which came only on Tuesday at Port Vale. The club haven't explained the reasons for Dempsey's departure at all, nor stated whether the Glovers got a fee for his transfer.

Naturally, we wish Gary good luck at St Patrick's and say thanks for his efforts during his short stay in Somerset.


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31 January 2008 : Peltier Signs A Permanent Deal
Yeovil Town have signed Liverpool right-back/midfielder Lee Peltier on a permanent deal.

The Glovers have agreed a "small fee" for his services, whilst Lee has signed a contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2010.

Although Lee interchanged between right-back and central midfield whilst at the club on loan earlier this season, the general vibe from manager Russell Slade lately has been that he sees him as mainly a right-back, particularly with that position on the field having been rather unstable this season.

Welcome back to Huish Park, Lee!


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31 January 2008 : Knights Heads To Harriers
Striker Darryl Knights has headed to Conference National side Kidderminster Harriers on a long term loan. Darryl will remain at Aggborough for the rest of the season.

This is Darryl's second loan spell of the season having spent two months at the same level with Cambridge United.


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31 January 2008 : Another Reserve Rearrangement
Yeovil Town Reserves have had their home match against Bristol Rovers Reserves rearranged for Wednesday 16th April at Huish Park with a 2.00pm kick-off.

The original match had been initially planned for January 9th at Huish Park, was later switched to Clevedon's Hand Stadium to protect the Huish Park pitch, but then later still succumbed to the weather.


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31 January 2008 : Zoltan Extension Confirmed
Aston Villa left-winger Zoltan Stieber will now stay on loan at Huish Park until the end of the season. The Glovers have converted his current deal into a long-term loan that will see him stay in Somerset, following a successful two month spell.

That's one deal tied up - fingers crossed on the others!


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31 January 2008 : Deadline Day Is Here!
Expect a busy day in the footballing world right up until midnight tonight and possibly beyond if some of the past transfer windows are anything to go by - sometimes the cogs that turn the fax machines at Football Clubs and the keys that tap out press releases can mean that a few deals only turn up on the newsreels around the 1.30am mark.

Yes, today is transfer deadline day and Glovers boss Russell Slade is expecting to be busy in a big way. There are several things for him to sort out today - most notably his attempts to sign Liverpool right-back/midfielder Lee Peltier on a permanent deal. Matters have moved slowly on that transfer deal, although Russell seems willing to wait, recognising that the Premiership side has their own priorities. However, keep an eye out on the Liverpool sites for any breaking news on that front.

Secondly, left-winger Zoltan Stieber is looking to meet with Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill this morning, hoping to persuade his boss that his time is best spent down at Huish Park. The left winger has made 13 appearances, scoring one goal since arriving at the club in mid-November, and has yet to miss a game. The options open to the various parties are for Stieber's loan deal to be extended by around three weeks, bringing him up to the maximum 93 days allowable under the short-term loan rules. Alternatively, that deal could be converted into a long-term loan that would run until the end of the season, including play-offs, that would give the Glovers a first team player, but would deny Villa the right to a recall during that period.

In addition to these deals, Slade talked over the weekend about wanting to acquire a Premiership striker, a Championship player and a Premiership midfielder. The former two players have transpired to be Reading striker Simon Church and Ipswich Town winger Jaime Peters. The identity of the Premiership midfielder is still an unknown, although there's no indication either way as to whether this deal is still live or dead at the present time.

Finally, one thing to note is that to our knowledge, there have been no serious whispers of outgoing players - yet to would be a surprise if some of the fringe players were not loaned out to League Two or Conference National sides - particularly if the likes of Peltier and Stieber are committed for the rest of the season. Another issue is that of the future of midfielder Justin Cochrane - his deal with the club expires today.

The Ciderspace news page will be updated into the small hours tonight of course, as soon as things happen - even if it takes a few cups of coffee to keep us awake when the final deals come through around the Football League at midnight tonight.


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31 January 2008 : Promotional Offer For Northampton
A promotional offer is being run for the Tuesday 12th February match that will take place at Huish Park between Yeovil Town and Northampton Town.

For those that buy the paper copy of the Western Gazette, look out for the voucher that will be included in today's and next week's edition. If you cut out this voucher then you can use it to gain reduced admission for the match against the Cobblers.

If you take the voucher up to the Huish Park Ticket Office (from tomorrow morning) then you can have one adult (including concessions) and one child (Under 16s) gain admission for a total of 10 pounds.

The voucher must be presented to the Ticket Office between Friday 1st February (tomorrow) and Monday 11th February to qualify for the offer.


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30 January 2008 : BBC Local Radio Interviews From Port Vale And Tranmere
The BBC Somerset website has been updated today with five audio interviews dating from last night's match at Port Vale and Saturday's trip to Tranmere Rovers.

From Saturday's game, you can listen to the views of manager Russell Slade and winger/striker Paul Warne. Then from last night, the post-match views of Russell Slade are added to by interviews with striker Lloyd Owusu and goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall.

Link: BBC Somerset Website: Yeovil Town Interview Archive.


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30 January 2008 : Glovers Held By Vale
Yeovil Town were left frustrated in their attempts to get closer to the play-off positions at Vale Park last night, when they were forced to accept a 2-2 draw against basement side Port Vale. Whilst the Glovers could have easily had the game out of sight in the first period, by the end they could have come home with nothing in a topsy-turvy game.

Match preparation was nothing short of chaotic. Paul Warne and Zoltan Stieber needed late fitness tests, which thankfully they passed, given that Marcus Stewart failed to resolve a tight hamstring sustained at the weekend. To make matters worse, three of the midfielders who were standing by to replace them were all suffering from a virus - Matty Rose and Gary Dempsey were passed fit but neither managed to complete the game, whilst Marvin Williams was an ultra-late drop-out from the sixteen - despite being named on the teamsheet, a late change prior to kick-off saw Mark Lynch drafted onto the bench.

Considering the disruption and a tendency for the Glovers to be slow starters lately, it was impressive that they kicked the game off in a positive manner, taking the lead with just six minutes gone. Matty Rose and Zoltan Stieber combined before feeding Andy Kirk on the left flank. The striker proved that he can provide as well as poach, when his cross into the box was met by Gary Dempsey, who from six yards out gave Yeovil a dream start and a 1-0 lead.

The Glovers dominated the first period, with Terry Skiverton, Matty Rose and Andy Kirk all having opportunities to extend Yeovil's lead, but they were left bemoaning their luck when Vale equalised with their first shot on target of the match. It was a superb strike from Adam Eckersley, even if the way he received the ball was somewhat lucky. Craig Alcock slipped when coming to meet the advancing Paul Edwards and when Paul Warne tried to deal with the situation, the ball ricocheted into the path of Eckersley who unleashed a 25 yarder that flew past Steve Mildenhall.

The second half saw changes forced with Rose too ill to carry on, and ultimately Dempsey joining him for the same reasons. But that was not before two quick-fire goals that saw the see-saw nature of the game continue.

First, the Glovers took the lead again when Lloyd Owusu intercepted a Port Vale crossfield pass, breaking forward before slipping the ball square to Andy Kirk, who hooked the ball over the advancing Joe Anyon in the Vale goal, to make it 2-1.

However, that lead only lasted six minutes as Vale again came back into the match, with a Chris Herd cross from the right being converted by a diving Paul Edwards header, with Yeovil's marking having gone AWOL in the process. Once again the Glovers were back to square one, despite having dominated proceedings.

In the closing minutes though, the Glovers could have come away with nothing. Terrell Forbes had to clear a shot off the line, whilst Steve Mildenhall had to acrobatically tip over a Luke Rodgers attempt but the late burst from the home side came to nothing.

The end result was probably a fair one, although it is one that does neither team much favours. Both sides clearly needed and wanted the win, but whilst a draw still leaves Vale rooted at the bottom of League One, it also means another opportunity for the Glovers to close the gap on the top six slipped somewhat, even if it did bring them a point closer to sixth placed Leeds United, on the edge of those elusive positions.

Final Score: Port Vale 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Gary Dempsey (0-1, 6 mins), Adam Eckersley (1-1, 38 mins), Andy Kirk (1-2, 52 mins), Paul Edwards (2-2, 58 mins).

Port Vale:
12. Joe Anyon
28. Dave Mulligan 2. George Pilkington 5. Keith Lowe 20. Adam Eckersley
25. Chris Herd 8. Paul Harsley 34. David Howland 11. Paul Edwards
33. Tobias Mikaelsson (84) 10. Luke Rodgers

Subs: 26. Chris Martin (GK) 29. Chris Slater 24. Kyle Perry (84 mins for Tobias Mikaelsson) 21. Danny Glover 27. James Lawrie

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Steve Mildenhall
19. Craig Alcock 6. Terrell Forbes 4. Terry Skiverton 3. Nathan Jones
14. Paul Warne 7. Gary Dempsey 12. Matty Rose 25. Zoltan Stieber
24. Andy Kirk 9. Lloyd Owusu

Subs: 5. Scott Guyett 8. Anthony Barry (46 mins for Matty Rose) 15. Justin Cochrane (73 mins for Gary Dempsey) 23. Ishmael Welsh (65 mins for Zoltan Stieber) 24. Mark Lynch

Port Vale Bookings: David Howland (76 mins, foul), Dave Mulligan (87 mins, dissent)
Yeovil Town Bookings: Matty Rose (41 mins, foul)

Attendance: 2,869 (including 130 Yeovil fans)

Referee: Andy Haines (Tyne & Wear). Assistants: Dean Mohareb (Cheshire) and Danny Roberts (Greater Manchester). Fourth Official: Oliver Langford (West Midlands).


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30 January 2008 : Glovers Complete Peters Capture
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has this afternoon successfully completed a long term loan deal with Ipswich Town right-winger Jaime Peters.

The 20 year old arrives at Huish Park after changes to his work permit were approved, allowing him to remain in Somerset for the remainder of the season - including play-offs, if applicable.

For a profile on Jaime, see our earlier news. Welcome to Huish Park Jaime!


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30 January 2008 : Reserves Rearrangement For Swansea
Yeovil Town Reserves have had their away match against Swansea City Reserves rearranged for April 2nd 2008. The match will kick-off at 7.00pm at Port Talbot FC. The match was recently postponed due to Swansea's involvement in the FA Cup.


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30 January 2008 : Glovers Chase Ipswich Winger Peters
Yeovil Town are looking to sign Ipswich Town striker Jaime Peters. Glovers boss Russell Slade confirmed this in last night's post-match press conference, and that the deal is subject to a work permit being granted for the Canadian.

This morning's article in the Western Daily Press is not explicit as to whether this is a loan or a permanent move. Slade is attending a tribunal in London today to argue the case for Peters to be granted a work permit - other cases suggest clubs have to negotiate new work permits for both loan deals and permanent deals so this doesn't make the position any clearer.

On the player himself, we was born in Ontario on May 4th 1987 and Ipswich signed him in the summer of 2005. He is a full Canadian international, making his debut at the age of just 17 against Guatemala, going on to get 12 caps. He also played for the Canadian U20 team at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship and was an ambassador and a member of the U20 Canadian squad in the 2007 FIFA World Youth Championship. Peters came 3rd in last season's Ipswich Town Supporter's Player of the Year Award.

However, this season he has struggled to get into their team - picking up just six substitute appearances, with only two of those coming since September - hence why the Glovers are able to make their move. Slade gave the WDP his views on the player:

"He has played nearly 50 Championship games and has got blistering pace and I think pace and energy is perhaps something we have lacked at times and so he should give us that. I am still trying to bring players in and I know exactly who I need and we need to build, not just for now but for next season. We are desperate to be a force."

In other news the WDP states that we'll have to wait a short while to see new striker Simon Church play - he has been called up into the Welsh Under 21s squad, who play this weekend. Also, the Glovers will have to do without left-back Nathan Jones this weekend, who is suspended for picking up five yellow cards. Matthew Rose is his obvious replacement for the match against Huddersfield Town.

Yesterday's WDP also indicated that the Glovers need to extend the loan deal for Zoltan Stieber, if he is to play in Saturday's match. The left-winger's loan spell runs out tomorrow, and the Glovers have the choice of either extending the deal by the three weeks allowable under the short-term loan rules, bringing Zoltan up to the full 93 days, or alternatively persuading Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill to convert it into a long term loan, allowing Zoltan to stay for the rest of the season. The player himself has stated that he will be trying to persuade his boss to stay at Huish Park.


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29 January 2008 : Glovers Capture Reading Striker On Loan
Yeovil Town have secured the signing of Reading striker Simon Church, on loan until the end of the season. The 19 year old has been on loan at Crewe Alexandra since mid-October, having clocked up 14 appearances, scoring one goal, during his time at Gresty Road. His last appearance for Crewe came just over a week ago and he played against the Glovers in Crewe's 2-0 win over Yeovil back in November, playing the full 90 minutes.

Church joined Reading's youth academy at the age of 14. He was given a full professional contract at the start of this season, but has yet to make a first team appearance for the Premiership side. He has been capped by the Welsh Under 21s though, making his debut against Sweden in August 2007. Having played the full three months on loan for Crewe, he returned to Reading last week, and he will now form part of the Glovers for the rest of the season.

Crewe themselves were interested in taking the player on loan again, and in Saturday's Stoke Sentinel seemed to think that they were on the edge of getting him back to Gresty Road. The Sentinel reveals that Church had returned to Reading for treatment following a foot injury, but that with that having cleared up they were reopening talks. Manager Steve Hollands explained:

"We would like to keep Simon and I've spoken to the director of football at Reading at length about his time here. Simon has indicated that he would like to stay and I think the policy at Reading with a few players out on loan is that they want to bring them back and review the decision they made. The ball is in Reading's court. Nick wants to speak with Steve Coppell and with Simon about renewing the loan."

Hollands felt Church had started well at Gresty Road, even keeping their highly rated striker Nicky Maynard out of the side, but that when Crewe's slump down the table began to kick in, Church's own form suffered with it:

"At one stage Simon looked as though he would be a terrific loan signing that was really going to make a difference to the team. When he first signed we were winning games and he played a big part. But as is often the case with younger players, they hit a bit of a wall and need to come out of the other side. Then it's a challenge to them to see if they can push themselves back in. But the thing is Simon has such a good attitude. An example of that was he wanted to play in last week's reserve game against Burnley when we hadn't actually picked him to play. He took a good goal in that game and threatened the goal more, which is something we have been spending a bit of time on in training."

Welcome aboard Simon, and good luck for the next three months or so.


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29 January 2008 : Port Vale vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Port Vale later today still aiming to pick up their first win of 2008. They come up against a side currently stuck at the basement of League One and in a fairly dreadful run of form. Having lost 1-3 at home to fellow strugglers AFC Bournemouth on Saturday, the Valiants have hit rock bottom in more ways than one and the danger for the Glovers tonight is that this may start a backlash from a side that are rapidly approaching "must win" territory, with a nine point gap separating them from an escape from the drop. The reality is that Vale need a minimum of 30 points from their remaining 18 games, and that requires near promotion form for that to happen.

The Glovers in turn face their own urgent needs, much higher up the table. With the gap between themselves and the play-off places having grown to seven points, they definitely need to pick up points tonight, to ensure that morale gets a boost, and to try and stop their season drifting into anonymous midtabledom.

To do that they must keep their fingers crossed and hope that a trio of players come through late fitness tests. As reported yesterday, Marc Bircham is suspended, whilst the trio of Marcus Stewart, Zoltan Stieber and Paul Warne are all doubts, potentially meaning an entire change of midfield for tonight's game. Slade told the Western Daily Press he is expecting to make changes, although will hopefully be able recall Matthew Rose after he missed Saturday's game with a virus:

"Marcus Stewart has got a slight hamstring strain and Paul Warne's is a bit tight as well. Zoltan Stieber has got a dead leg, so we will be making late decisions on them and I don't expect all three to come through, I have to say."

With two games in quick succession, not much is known of Port Vale's team selection for tonight, although boss Lee Sinnott has suggested that he is willing to make big changes, if not now then certainly over the summer. Speaking to the Stoke Sentinel he admitted:

"However much we have changed it and however much we coach it, we are still making the same mistakes. People have to learn from that. We have brought in seven new faces and have to see if that is enough by the end of the season. But I'm being totally honest, radical change is probably needed within this football club. Maybe I have shied away from that, but people have to decide whether they want to be part of that radical change. If they want to, then it is roll your sleeves up time. There are many things to address in my mind."

Whether that provokes a Vale backlash, or whether the Staffordshire club sink away in a feeling of doom'n'gloom remains to be seen. They are not being helped by a war of words between winger Paul Edwards, the Sentinel newspaper and Vale's fans - sparked by Edwards being quoted as saying that he wished he'd never signed for the Staffordshire side. That led to Edwards being booed by his own fans on Saturday, followed by denial and counter-denial by both Edwards and the newspaper across websites, with the Sentinel even deciding to publish the audio transcript of the interview to try and end the argument. For manager Lee Sinnott, the continuation of that argument will doubtless be an unwelcome distraction as he attempts to put his ship back on course. But the Glovers must seize their own opportunity to get their own season back on course as well. As a result, it is likely to be a very open game, although whether the "sandpit" of a pitch that disrupted last season's match, leading to numerous defensive errors from both sides, is still there, is another matter.

Kick-off is 7.45pm and the Ciderspace guide to Port Vale will give you all the ticketing details and directions to Vale Park that you will hopefully need.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Port Vale.


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28 January 2008 : Officials For Vale Park
The Tuesday night match against Port Vale will be looked after by referee Andy Haines (Tyne & Wear).

Again, rather like on Saturday, this is the first time that we can find Mr Haines taking charge of a Yeovil Town match, although like Saturday's referee he has acted as an assistant at least twice - the 2004-05 FA Cup victory at Rotherham United and the 2005-06 defeat against Barnsley. With the official being resident in the north-east though, it's not too surprising that it's taken a while for him to be used as the man in the middle since being promoted to the Football League as a referee.

Mr Haines will be assisted by Dean Mohareb (Cheshire) and Danny Roberts (Greater Manchester). The Fourth Official will be Oliver Langford (West Midlands).


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28 January 2008 : Triple Injury Doubt For Vale Trip
Yeovil Town will give late fitness tests to three of their players tomorrow ahead of the trip to Port Vale.

Striker Marcus Stewart and winger Paul Warne both have 'tight' hamstrings, whilst opposite winger Zoltan Stieber has a dead leg.

With midfielder Marc Bircham suspended for his red card at Tranmere Rovers, theoretically manager Russell Slade could have to change his entire midfield quartet for tomorrow's match. Only Bircham is definitely out, but the fitness of the other trio is an obvious concern, particularly with so little recovery time possible between the two fixtures.


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28 January 2008 : Oldham Tickets On Sale
For those planning to travel to Boundary Park on February 16th, for the away match against Oldham Athletic, tickets will be on sale from tomorrow (Tuesday) morning from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

Prices are as follows: Adults: £18; Over 65s/Under 16s: £9; Under 12s: £3; Disabled: £20.

As an aside note, this must be the first ground we've ever come across where a spectator gets penalised by a minimum of two pounds for being disabled. Surely some mistake here, Oldham?

Tickets for the match are available on the day from Boundary Park, but all prices will go up by two pounds, with the exception of the Under 12s tickets.

Update: 29/01/08: Thankfully the disabled price above is incorrect. The correct price should be £18 with their assistant admitted for free.


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28 January 2008 : Ciderspace Guide To Port Vale
The Ciderspace guide to Port Vale has now been spruced up ahead of tomorrow night's trip. Find all there is to know about Burslem by following the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Port Vale.


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28 January 2008 : Fans Of The Future Offer
The club has issued an offer concerning the two remaining Fans Of The Future matches still to be played this season. This can potentially allow you to get an Under 16 in for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult, or an adult season ticket holder.

These two matches are Saturday's home match against Huddersfield Town and the April 12th match against Crewe Alexandra.

Although with the current 'Fans of the Future' offers, you can only take advantage if you are holding one of the 'postcards' issued through various means earlier this season, the club have now opened this up to any supporter who wants to submit an application.

Anyone who wants to take advantage of this should email Sara Bradley at Sbradley@ytfc.net or phone 01935-423662 Ext 200 and supply your name, address and phone number. Sara will then post out one of the Fans Of The Future postcards that you can use at either (or both) of the two games.

Obviously to take advantage of the offer for Huddersfield, you will need to move very fast. Once you have your postcard, you can get up to TWO Under 16s into the ground for free by filling in the card and handing it into the Huish Park Ticket Office, who will then hand you the appropriate number of tickets.

NB: as part of the Terms and Conditions, the club will subscribe you to their mailing lists, but hopefully if you're reading this site, you're interested in all things YTFC, and therefore won't mind an email a week jumping into your mailbox. It is possible to unsubscribe later, if the communications are not wanted.


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27 January 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Tranmere Game
Following yesterday's 2-1 defeat against Tranmere Rovers, Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade spoke to BBC local radio to give his views on the match at Prenton Park. As usual the transcript of that interview is available online now, via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Tranmere Game.


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27 January 2008 : Oldham Man Of The Match Result
Last weekend's Man of the Match for the match against Oldham Athletic saw four players strongly compete for the top spot, with a wide spread of opinion as to who had starred in the entertaining 0-0 draw.

The votes were spread right across the field, with midfielder Marc Bircham, right-back Matthew Rose and Marcus Stewart playing in a midfield role all capturing high scores. But it was striker Lloyd Owusu who won the vote in the end.

The full scores are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets. Don't forget to cast your Tranmere Rovers votes as quickly as possible:

1 Lloyd Owusu 236 (13)
2 Marcus Stewart 176 (12)
3 Matthew Rose 168 (12)
4 Marc Bircham 116 (9)
5 Zoltan Stieber 84 (2)
6 Scott Guyett 54 (4)
7 Terry Skiverton 52 (1)
8 Andy Kirk 40 (0)
9 Paul Warne 26 (2)
10 Steve Mildenhall 10 (1)
11 Nathan Jones 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.70

Performance: 7.57
Entertainment: 7.82

VOTES RECEIVED: 56


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27 January 2008 : Man Of The Match Voting For Tranmere
For those two travelled to Prenton Park to see the 2-1 defeat against Tranmere Rovers, your Man of the Match votes are required using the form below.

Please place your votes by Tuesday 7.45pm as the voting will automatically close at that time when Tuesday night's match at Port Vale kicks off.

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


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26 January 2008 : Tranmere Hoodoo Continues
Yeovil Town went down by a 2-1 scoreline at Tranmere Rovers this afternoon as for the sixth occasion, they found the Merseyside club's hoodoo on the Glovers impossible to break down. Whilst there was one positive in that Andy Kirk bagged his debut goal for the Glovers, the game was marred by the sending off of midfielder Marc Bircham, who was dismissed for a second bookable offence midway through the second period.

Tranmere took an early lead following a disputed throw-in that was given to the home side. Gareth Taylor flicked the ball on into the path of Calvin Zola who received the ball 30 yards out. With no Yeovil defender closing him down, he drove forward and fired into the back of the net past Steve Mildenhall for a 4th minute lead.

It was a first half where the Glovers showed little in the way of attacking intent and following the opener, Steve Mildenhall made a flying save to palm a Shane Sherriff attempt over the bar from a Tranmere corner, with Sherriff somewhat unmarked in the box. The same player was able to deny another Calvin Zola attempt, pushing the ball out with his fingertips for a corner, whilst on-loan Bristol City winger Jennison Myrie-Williams fired just wide of the target.

The Glovers got a boost early in the second half when they equalised with their first on target shot of the game. Lloyd Owusu seemed to be crowded out by the Tranmere defence, but he squeezed the ball through to Andy Kirk, who did exactly what he had been brought in to do - act as a poacher and sweep home the equaliser.

However, they didn't seize upon that opportunity. Despite having a good 10 minute spell, they allowed Tranmere a route back into the game when Scott Guyett made an unnecessary challenge on Calvin Zola, who didn't need an excuse to hit the deck. Up stepped Jennison Myrie-Williams who fired the ball home to put Tranmere 2-1 up.

The mountain to climb got even steeper with 19 minutes left when Marc Bircham clipped the heels of Steven Jennings as the player moved forward towards goal, and probably because of the position on the pitch rather than the severity of the foul, Bircham picked up his second yellow of the game and left Yeovil down to 10 men. Inevitably, Gary Dempsey replaced Zoltan Stieber immediately to try and plug the vacant gap in midfield.

In the final 10 minutes, Russell Slade pressed the gamble button by withdrawing defender Nathan Jones for Marvin Williams, allowing the Glovers to switch to a 3-4-2 formation. They went close when Paul Warne fed Gary Dempsey who in turn found Andy Kirk, but Danny Coyne was able to save Kirk's strike on target.

The match was watched by Liverpool full-back/midfielder Lee Peltier today, who was able to make the short journey across to the Wirral to see his old team-mates in action. With manager Russell Slade now bidding for Peltier's services on a permanent basis, there's little doubt that his wish to accelerate such a move will begin in earnest on Monday morning.

Final Score: Tranmere Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Goals: Calvin Zola (4 mins, 1-0), Andy Kirk (51 mins, 1-1), Jennison Myrie-Williams (pen 62 mins, 2-1)

Tranmere Rovers: 4-4-2
1. Danny Coyne
2. Robbie Stockdale 6. Antony Kay 15. Ian Goodison 17. Andy Taylor
18. Jennison Myrie-Williams 4. Paul McLaren 12. Steven Jennings 5. Shane Sherriff
8. Calvin Zola 9. Gareth Taylor

Subs: 7. John Mullin (59 mins for Paul McLaren) 10. Chris Greenacre 14. Ben Chorley 24. John Achterberg (GK) 25. Craig Curran

Yeovil Town: 4-4-2
1. Steve Mildenhall
6. Terrell Forbes 5. Scott Guyett 4. Terry Skiverton 3. Nathan Jones
14. Paul Warne 10. Marcus Stewart 20. Marc Bircham 25. Zoltan Stieber
9. Lloyd Owusu 24. Andy Kirk

Subs: 7. Gary Dempsey (73 mins for Zoltan Stieber) 8. Anthony Barry 19. Craig Alcock 23. Ishmael Welsh 32. Marvin Williams (81 mins for Nathan Jones)

Yeovil Bookings: Marc Bircham (32 mins, foul), Nathan Jones (36 mins, foul). Red Card: Marc Bircham (71 mins, second bookable offence).
Tranmere Bookings: None.

Referee: Mark Haywood (West Yorkshire). Assistants: Mark Heywood (Cheshire) and David Unsworth (Greater Manchester). Fourth Official: Rob Merchant (Staffordshire).

Attendance: 5,386 including 214 Yeovil fans.


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25 January 2008 : Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel up to the Wirral tomorrow, to take on Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park in a game that will be vital to both clubs' ambitions towards breaking into the play-offs by the end of the season. Both are tied on level points, with Tranmere ahead on goal difference, but of concern to both managers will be that there is a slight gap growing between themselves and the play-off slots and whoever loses tomorrow's match will find themselves cut adrift even further. We're not quite into the realms of the cliched cup-finals or six-pointers, but we are getting close to that stage of the season.

For the Glovers, they travel north without any injury or suspension problems, save for the season-long injury to Lee Morris. Defender Terrell Forbes returns following his single match suspension, but boss Russell Slade has hinted that one of last season's star performers may have to wait his turn, with the back four having almost entirely snuffed out the Oldham Althletic attack last weekend. In fact Slade seemed so delighted with the performance last weekend - if not the result - that whatever changes he makes for tomorrow's match are likely to be minimal. Forbes will undoubtedly be in the sixteen, but aside from that dilemma it is hard to imagine where else the changes might be.

Tranmere Rovers go into the match without long-term injury problems Chris Shuker and Steve Davies, who as mentioned earlier today have both suffered damaged cruciate ligaments and are out for the rest of the season. Manager Ronnie Moore's main selection concerns lie with midfielder Paul McLaren (knee) and top scorer Chris Greenacre. Of the two, Greenacre is the most likely to shrug off injury, although both will receive close attention on the morning of the match to determine whether they are fit to play. Moore will also need to make a decision whether to continue playing with a 4-4-2 formation that he feels is not delivering results, with specialised wingers thin on the ground, particularly in the light of Shuker's and Davies' injuries.

If history is our only guide, then Yeovil Town are in for a tough afternoon. In five meetings with Rovers so far against Rovers, they've failed to win a single one, and lost both matches last season. On the plus side, were it not for the actions of referee Ray Lee earlier this season, they would have broken that duck, having dominated most of the match against Tranmere, and reducing them to few chances until the sixth minute of injury time.

Manager Ronnie Moore admits he has got a difficult afternoon ahead, but hopes he can use that and the following game against Gillingham to reestablish his team's form after a fairly erratic start to the year. Moore told his club's official site:

"Yeovil at home will be another tough game. They're on the same points as us and there will be nothing in the game. Then we've got Gillingham on Tuesday, and if we can pick up the six points at stake it would put us bang in there. We've got to focus on the first game. Gillingham doesn't matter until after Yeovil. I don't think it will be 0-0. There will be opportunities in the game, there's no doubt about that. Russell Slade did brilliantly to get them in the Play Offs last season and they're in a similar position this season. We know there won't be much in the game. But we're at home and we've got to take the game to them. Greenacre is back training today. Whether he'll be risked for the 90 minutes we'll have to see. McLaren has a knock and won't train today or Friday, and he'll be in last minute on Saturday for a fitness test."

The match kicks off at 3.00pm, and if you haven't bought a ticket yet, fret not as they can be purchased from the Prenton Park Ticket Office on the day of the game. Full travel details and a guide to Tranmere, plus the ticket pricing, can be found on the Ciderspace guide below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Tranmere.


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25 January 2008 : Football League Review No. 15
With Swansea City doing their best to make the League One championship a one-horse race, the excitement in Yeovil's division is all about the teams below them, where most clubs are doing a rather splendid job in terms of how to be thoroughly inconsistent. Josh Rogers catches up on the goings on around the division, via the link below.

Link: Football League Review : January 25th 2008.


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25 January 2008 : Tranmere Struggling To Get Width
Tomorrow's opponents Tranmere Rovers have admitted they are struggling to find quality wide players to bring in during the transfer window.

Earlier this season, the Glovers struggled with a lack of width on the field, with Lee Morris and Marvin Williams suffering long term injuries that resulted in a change of formation, and now Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore has this week admitted he may need to do the same thing to adjust to the loss of wingers Steve Davies and Chris Shuker.

Both are sidelined by cruciate knee ligament injuries that are likely to keep them out for the majority of this season, leaving Tranmere short of any widemen in their squad. Moore does have Bristol City youngster Jennison Myrie-Williams on loan, but he is currently sweating on that deal, with City boss Gary Johnson yet to approve a loan extension for the player.

Moore isn't waiting around for an answer and is attempting to bring in alternatives, but admits time is running out and that if he can't bring in new blood then the answer may be to change his side's formation:

"I'm looking for another winger to give us more options in the wide positions and it is no exaggeration to say we must have made 70 to 80 calls to other clubs. We are just waiting for the call from someone to say: Let's do it. But if we don't get what we want, we are not going to be able to play 4-4-2. We will have to look at making a change in our system."

This has strong echoes of Yeovil Town's matches during the autumn when Russell Slade switched around his formations, abandoning his 4-4-2 formation for a series of different approaches, including the diamond formation and occasionally a 4-3-3 formation. So Ronnie Moore may well have been referring to Slade himself when he claimed it was not an uncommon problem at this level. Moore explained:

"I have spoken to four other managers in this division who are all looking for wingers and can’t get them. They have changed to play 4-3-3 or 3-4-3. We can do the same thing. We can also play 3-5-2. Instead of trying to fit square pegs into round holes we can look at what we have got and devise a system that everyone is comfortable with. I would like to stay with 4-4-2 but if we can't we can knuckle down and have a look at the alternatives."

Moore's problems are made worse by the fact that he is having to operate on a one-in, one-out basis when bringing in fresh blood, presumably because he has reached the limit of his playing budget. And moving for the more experienced wingers at Championship level is proving to be out of the question for him:

"We enquired about Steve Jones at Burnley and Stuart Elliott at Hull – players who are on big money. But there's no chance of those clubs offering to help us out with the wages, so we can't afford to do it."

With the Glovers also having to opt for the inexperience of Zoltan Stieber instead of the experience of Bristol City's Kevin Betsy, who Slade stated he couldn't afford the wages of, the parallels that both managers are experiencing this season are uncanny. It's therefore not too surprising to find both locked in on level points, with the home side one place ahead on goal difference. But with the Glovers currently travelling to Prenton Park at full strength, for a change Slade will be the one with the greater options to play with.


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25 January 2008 : Ciderspace Guide To Tranmere
For those making the long journey up to the Wirral tomorrow, the Ciderspace guide to Tranmere and its surroundings has been given a lick of paint and is ready for reading.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Tranmere.


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25 January 2008 : Officials For Tranmere Rovers
Tomorrow's match against Tranmere Rovers will be looked after by Mark Haywood (West Yorkshire). We've never had Mr Haywood before as a referee, with the official having only featured in two previous Yeovil matches as an assistant.

Given that both of those fixtures were Football League fixtures in previous seasons, we'd assume that Mr Haywood has been only recently promoted to the Football League's list of appointed referees, which would explain the lack of 'history'.

Mr Haywood will be assisted by the similarly named Mark Heywood (Cheshire) and David Unsworth (Greater Manchester). The Fourth Official will be Rob Merchant (Staffordshire).

Link: January 2006 : Doncaster Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: October 2004 : Scunthorpe United 1 Yeovil Town 0.


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25 January 2008 : Alternative Viewing For Those Not At Tranmere
Local side Sherborne Town have sent through another message to those who are not travelling to Tranmere Rovers tomorrow but want to get out and see a game during the afternoon. The Dorset club write:

"If you are not travelling to Tranmere Rovers on Saturday please come over and support Sherborne Town in their top of the table clash with Hengrove Athletic in Western League Division One

Sherborne Town are currently second in the table with Hengrove Athletic in fourth place. 'Sherb' are now only three points behind leaders Wellington, and seven clear of Hengrove who have three games in hand.

Admission is £4.00, with Under 16's free of charge, our programme costs £1.00.

The bar will be open throughout the game with hot and cold food on sale all afternoon. We are always pleased to see supporters of Yeovil Town at Raleigh Grove. Kick off is at 3.00pm.
"

From previous experience, Sherborne's bar has a TV in it that displays the latest football scores, so if you want to be kept in touch with what is happening at Prenton Park then you shouldn't find it too hard. They also welcome supporters turning up wearing their Yeovil Town colours, so keep an eye out for other Glovers fans within the stadium.


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24 January 2008 : Peltier Talks Confirmed
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has confirmed the earlier news that the Glovers are now looking to sign Lee Peltier on a permanent deal. Speaking to BBC Somerset as part of his weekly bulletin, he explained:

"We're in dialog now with Liverpool. We are close to personal terms with Lee and his agent. We had his agent here yesterday and so we've gone through that process. There's still a bit of work to be done on both sides. But what it does tell you is that Lee wants to be at Yeovil Town. There are interested clubs in this league but his preference would be to come here. I think possibly his best position is right-back and I think in this league he would be amongst the top three right-backs, so I think that would therefore be great business if we could get it done. He is a 21 year old who has shown us so much potential whilst he was with us on loan. That would be a two-and-a-half year deal. We're all doing everything to try and make it possible. There are one or two others that we are trying to pursue as well, but Lee Peltier has been tried and tested. We know when we get him on the pitch that he is an asset to this football club."

Russell also revealed that he had three other targets in mind, and was looking at a Championship player, a Premier League midfielder and a Premier League striker, but admitted that he probably wouldn't get all three:

"That's how pro-active we are and I'd like to think that all of those will drop for us. In the real world that doesn't happen, but that is what we are attempting to do."

Russell added that depending on how many incoming transfers he is able to get within the next seven days, there could be a bit of outward movement, but that he would not want to get caught short if the deals he is trying to put together fall through.


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24 January 2008 : Emanuel Move Unlikely
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has said that the chances of the Glovers signing Luton Town left-back Lewis Emanuel are extremely low at present.

The Glovers had agreed both a transfer fee with Luton's administrators and also personal terms with the player himself, but new manager Mick Harford blocked the deal as the player was planning to head to Somerset to sign.

That move is now assumed to be dead in the water unless Harford comes back to Yeovil over the deal, and Russell told the Western Daily Press today that he wasn't holding his breath:

"I can't see that happening in this transfer window unless there is a change of heart at Luton."

The Glovers boss though hasn't ruled out all hope of capturing right-back/midfielder Lee Peltier. Despite trialling this week for Norwich City, the Glovers are still in conversation with Peltier's agent. Liverpool independent site Kop-TV seems to think that is for a permanent move rather than a loan, although given they borrow quotes from the WDP, it is possible that they have just misunderstood the tone of the article and that it could be another loan deal. Slade gave his views:

"There is still an opportunity. We are still in dialogue with his agent but there is a lot of work to do. We are working hard to make things happen with one or two players and next week could be important to us."

The WDP also cover yesterday's Reserve match that featured Jody Morris, and it sounds like the former Chelsea man will get a second bite of the cherry at a future Reserve match:

"He did all right. It was the first time he has played since July but you never lose that ability or football brain."


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24 January 2008 : Tranmere Ticketing Reminder
A reminder for those planning to travel to Tranmere Rovers on Saturday, that advance tickets can be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office. However, you should note that advance tickets will only be on sale until 3.00pm tomorrow (Friday). Thereafter you will need to make your purchase directly from Prenton Park in Tranmere.

Prices are as follows:

Adults: £16.50; Seniors (Over 60s): £9.00; Young Persons and Juniors (Up to 22): £5.00.

Tranmere's age concessions are based upon your age on September 1st 2007. You are strongly advised to bring with you a good method of identification with your date of birth on it when purchasing your ticket for any concessions (from either Huish Park or Prenton Park) as if you do not produce sufficient ID, then the ticket office will charge you the full price.

Yeovil Town supporters are alloacted the Cowshed Stand holding 2,500 spectators. There will be tickets available on the day of the game from Prenton Park. Our understanding is that these will be the same price as above.

The GWSC will be running coach travel to this game as well. Costs are as follows:

Members: Adults: £20.00; Concessions: £18.00.
Non-Members: Adults: £22.00; Concessions: £20.00.

Depature will be from Yeovil bus station at 7.15am and from Huish Park at 7.30am. Call Paul Hadlow on 07736-044570 to place your booking, or phone 01935-423662 Option 3 between 10.30am and 1.30pm on weekdays.


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24 January 2008 : Glovers Nominated For Football League Award
Yeovil Town have been nominated for the Football League's Family Club Of The Year Award at League One level.

The awards, which are due to be presented at the Hilton Hotel in Park Lane, London on March 2nd, recognise a variety of achievements by the Football League's member clubs and highlights of the awards are usually shown on Sky Sports.

The Glovers have been nominated alongside Huddersfield Town, Northampton Town and Tranmere Rovers.

Our congratulations to those within the club who have provided the 'family' environment at Huish Park to enable the Football League to put Yeovil on their shortlist.


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23 January 2008 : McDonald's A Double?
Either Yeovil Town have got a regular scout up on northern Scotland, or someone at the Aberdeen Press and Journal is having a private bet as to how many times he can get away with mentioning a football club 550 miles south of their base before someone notices the pattern.

Earlier this week the Glovers were linked by the paper to midfielder Richie Hart, who currently plays for Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Now the same paper is claiming that striker Dean McDonald is on a week's trial at Huish Park, with manager Craig Brewster explaining:

"We will see how Dean gets on. I will not stand in his way if he gets a move as he wants to get back nearer his home in London. We would not be looking for a fee for him."

Despite Glovers boss Russell Slade playing down any suggestion that he was interested in Hart, the paper repeats its belief that Yeovil are sniffing around the set piece specialist and Brewster is of the same opinion:

"I think Yeovil are keen to take Richie Hart for a couple of days as well but we will see what happens. It came through an agent and we will wait and see if anything develops. Richie was disappointed that he was in against Aberdeen and then left out. He is frustrated that he is not involved."

McDonald is a 21 year old former Arsenal trainee who can also play in midfield. He has also had spells with Ipswich Town, Hartlepool United and Gillingham and is familiar with the Glovers, having come up against them on the final game of last season whilst playing for the Gills, as well as being in the Ipswich side that were dumped out of the Carling Cup by Yeovil a season prior to that.

How much interest Russell has in either player obviously isn't clear. However, with five trialists taking part in today's Football Combination match and the Aberdeen press almost having their own daily Glovers column, it would suggest that there is some fairly frantic activity going on in the manager's office at present.


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23 January 2008 : Achieve by Unity Fans Partnership Meeting Minutes No. 3
Following last week's Fans Partnership meeting, Sara Bradley has produced the latest set of minutes and these are republished in full, via the link below.

Link: Achieve by Unity Fans Partnership Meeting Minutes No. 3.


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23 January 2008 : Reserves Keep Up Impressive Form
Yeovil Town Reserves beat AFC Bournemouth Reserves this afternoon at Huish Park in a relatively strong performance at Huish Park that saw Justin Cochrane and Jerahl Hughes boost their confidence by grabbing the first two goals in a 3-1 win. The Glovers introduced five trialists during the afternoon, including former Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris, and it was one of those trialists, Junior Dadson who wrapped things up in the final minute when he netted the final goal of the afternoon.

The Glovers took an early lead when an Ishmael Welsh corner was converted via the head of Justin Cochrane. The Glovers looked menacing early on and Bournemouth took a while to get into their stride. Full-backs Mark Lynch and Craig Alcock both took unusual roles as centre-backs allowing the two trialists Tyronne Cameron and Nathan Smith to take up wide positions.

Despite dominating the half, Yeovil's final ball was poor with only Welsh and Cochrane really looking threatening going forward. The domination though was enough to make Bournemouth's equaliser something of a surprise, despite the Cherries having earlier struck the woodwork. Marvin Bartley's shot from the edge of the area beat Darren Behcet five minutes before the break, and the Glovers went in at half time perhaps realising that they needed to improve their quality if they were to carve Bournemouth open more frequently than they were threatening so far.

Five minutes into the second half they did just that. Scott Spencer set away Jerahl Hughes and after his initial attempt was blocked, the same player was the first to react and he tucked the rebound away to put Yeovil 2-1 up.

That scoreline stayed as it was throughout the whole of the second period, with Yeovil introducing two more trialists and it was one of those, Junior Dadson, who put the game beyond reach when he netted a Nathan Smith cross from the left in the final minute to give the Reserves a deserved win, and no doubt put both creator and scorer firmly in the thoughts of Russell Slade as the final whistle blew.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 3 AFC Bournemouth Reserves 1.

Yeovil Town Reserves: 1 Darren Behcett 2 Tyronne Cameron 3 Nathan Smith 4. Mark Lynch 5. Craig Alcock 6. Jody Morris 7. Jerahl Hughes 8. Justin Cochrane 9. Scott Spencer 10. Darryl Knights 11. Ishmael Welsh

Subs: 12. Stephen Maher 14. Nick McCoy (66 mins for Justin Cochrane) 15. Junior Dadson (58 mins for Darryl Knights)

Scorers: Justin Cochrane (3 mins, 1-0), Mark Barkely (40 mins, 1-1), Jerahl Hughes (50 mins, 2-1), Junior Dadson (90 mins, 3-1)


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23 January 2008 : Hart Latest / Jody Morris
The Glovers will not be signing Richie Hart from Inverness Caledonian Thistle reports BBC Somerset this morning. Chris Spittles, last night questioned Russell Slade and the manager said that there was nothing in it.

Meanwhile, Jody Morris will be trialing for Yeovil Town Reserves in the Wales & West Division combination match against AFC Bournemouth Reserves at Huish Park this afternoon (2pm). The midfielder is currently a free agent after failing to find a suitable club to play for so far this season.

The Fulham-born 29 year old broke into the Chelsea line-up at a young age, sending eight years at Stamford Bridge and clocking up over 150 appearances, but seems to have lost his way since leaving West London in the summer of 2003.

Subsequent moves to Leeds United and Rotherham United didn't really work out for him, and although he then went to clock up 69 appearances for Millwall, he was released in the summer of 2007 and as far as we can see has not featured for another club at a recognisable level since then.



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22 January 2008 : Reserves vs Bournemouth Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves take on AFC Bournemouth Reserves at Huish Park tomorrow afternoon, in a Football Combination fixture, kick-off 2.00pm.

Usual admission prices apply - £2.00 for adults, £1.00 for concessions with Season Ticket Holders getting in for free.


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22 January 2008 : Next OTV Publishing Deadline
A new issue of the On To Victory fanzine is rapidly approaching, and editor Seb White would like your submissions as soon as possible! Seb writes:

"Issue 28 of OTV will be on sale at the Southend game Saturday February 23rd. The deadline for this issue is Thursday 14th February and as ever any contributions or even just ideas for articles on virtually anything are more than welcome so please get in touch with us at sebytfc@yahoo.co.uk or info@ontovictory.net. Any offering is much much appreciated so if you could spare the time and effort we'd be very grateful."


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22 January 2008 : Glovers Chasing Scottish Hart
Not content with taking one player from north of the border, in the form of midfielder Gary Dempsey, there are claims made by Inverness Caledonian Thistle that the Glovers are chasing another midfielder, Richie Hart.

The Aberdeen Press and Journal, which broke the news of Dempsey's transfer this time last year, claim that the Glovers have approached the Scottish Premier League side, and with the player able to leave on a free transfer at the end of the season, and even to sign a pre-contract agreement, that they may wish to consider releasing him earlier.

Director of football Graeme Bennett has told the paper:

"Richie Hart is out of contract at the end of the season but I understand Yeovil would be keen to take him earlier if a deal can be done. There is still more than a week before the transfer window closes and no decision has been reached regarding Richie. It is something we will have to consider."

The carrot for Inverness appears to be that they are looking to make room for their own incoming transfers and so with Hart possibly jumping ship at the end of the season, he represents an opportunity for them to make room in their playing budget.

Hart is a 29 year old midfielder who has spent over five years at the Caledonian Stadium, clocking up 160 appearances and 15 goals. Before that he had three years with Brora Rangers and three more with Ross County. He is an attacking midfielder and is regarded as a free kick specialist north of the border.

He has been mainly out of their plans this season, making just two appearances so far, both from the bench. Much of that appears to have been caused by an incident involving drug possession at a rock festival last summer that led to him being suspended by the club and fined in the Scottish Courts. He is now back in training and available for selection, but may prefer, given the circumstances, to get a fresh start with a new club.


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22 January 2008 : Ticketing Arrangements For Walsall
Tickets for the trip to Walsall on February 9th 2008 are now on sale - but not from the Huish Park Ticket Office. You have to phone the Bescot Stadium Ticket Office on 0870-4420111 to buy your tickets, with prices pegged as follows:

Adults: £17.00; Over 60s and Under 18s: £11.00; Disabled: £17.00 (with assistant free of charge).

Like Huish Park, Walsall charge two pounds extra if you purchase on the day. However, given last time we met two seasons ago, they were charging 50p for credit card transactions and £1.00 for posting tickets out, and given that they are making you phone a national rate telephone number, you may choose to just take the hit on the day unless you are buying multiple tickets. However, note that again like Huish Park they run cashless turnstiles and so you'll have to visit their Ticket Office regardless.

For this game, there are two forms of coach travel running.

The Away Travel Club is leaving Huish Park from the Away Stand at 9.00am with a cost of £15.00. Phone Roger on 07960-687075 to place your booking.

Alternatively, the GWSC will be running coach travel to this game as well. Costs are as follows:

Members: Adults: £16.00; Concessions: £14.00.
Non-Members: Adults: £18.00; Concessions: £16.00.

Depature will be from Yeovil bus station at 9.15am and from Huish Park at 9.30am. Call Paul Hadlow on 07736-044570 to place your booking, or phone 01935-423662 Option 3 between 10.30am and 1.30pm on weekdays.


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22 January 2008 : Youths vs Cheltenham Rearranged
Yeovil Town's Under 18s will play Cheltenham Town's Under 18s on February 23rd 2008, with an 11.00am kick-off at Gassons Lane, Somerton.

The match is a rearrangement of a previously postponed fixture.

Link: 2007-08 Yeovil Town Youth Team Fixtures.


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22 January 2008 : Tranmere Tickets On Sale
For those heading to Tranmere Rovers on Saturday, advance tickets can be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £16.50; Seniors (Over 60s): £9.00; Young Persons and Juniors (Up to 22): £5.00.

Tranmere's age concessions are based upon your age on September 1st 2007. You are strongly advised to bring with you a good method of identification with your date of birth on it when purchasing your ticket for any concessions (from either Huish Park or Prenton Park) as if you do not produce sufficient ID, then the ticket office will charge you the full price.

Yeovil Town supporters are alloacted the Cowshed Stand holding 2,500 spectators. There will be tickets available on the day of the game from Prenton Park. Our understanding is that these will be the same price as above.

The GWSC will be running coach travel to this game as well. Costs are as follows:

Members: Adults: £20.00; Concessions: £18.00.
Non-Members: Adults: £22.00; Concessions: £20.00.

Depature will be from Yeovil bus station at 7.15am and from Huish Park at 7.30am. Call Paul Hadlow on 07736-044570 to place your booking, or phone 01935-423662 Option 3 between 10.30am and 1.30pm on weekdays.


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22 January 2008 : Scott In Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town defender Scott Guyett has once again landed himself in the League One Team of the Week. The Australian is probably in his best ever form for the Glovers, getting an extended run in the side, and he was one of the stars in Yeovil's 0-0 draw with Oldham Athletic over the weekend. This is Scott's second nomination of the season, coming in quickly after the pre-Christmas vote for his performance at Doncaster Rovers.

The only surprise is that Walsall keeper Clayton Ince put on a better show than Oldham's Mark Crossley - apparently! The full team is as follows:

Clayton Ince (Walsall)
Miguel Comminges (Swindon) Adam Lockwood (Doncaster) Scott Guyett (Yeovil Town) Andy Taylor (Tranmere Rovers)
Leon Britton (Swansea) Jon Worthington (Huddersfield) Mark Gower (Southend) Tommy Black (Southend)
Adam Boyd (Leyton Orient) Joe Garner (Carlisle)


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22 January 2008 : BBC Local Radio Interviews From Oldham
Following Saturday's 0-0 draw against Oldham Athletic, three new audio interviews have been uploaded to the BBC Somerset website.

In addition to the usual post-match views of manager Russell Slade (see Sunday's transcript on Ciderspace), they have also captured interviews with Andy Kirk and Marc Bircham, who were both making their home debuts.

Link: BBC Somerset Website : Yeovil Town Interview Archive.


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22 January 2008 : Leeds To Sue Football League
League One side Leeds United have announced their intentions to sue the Football League. The Yorkshire side have been involved in a war of words with the footballing authorities since the opening day of the season when they were deducted 15 points for failing to establish a CVA when coming out of administration.

Leeds United's administrators KPMG refused to set up the CVA because it was being challenged by HMRC (aka the taxman) through the courts. KPMG withdrew the CVA and instead sold the club direct to a consortium headed up by Ken Bates. However, in failing to provide the legal framework to pay back the clubs creditors, the Football League penalised Leeds and it is this 15 point penalty that they are disputing.

Writing in Saturday's matchday programme, Bates has made it clear that he plans to take legal action against the Football League through the High Courts:

"Leeds United have decided to sue the Football League direct. The more our legal team have dug into the matter, the shambolic administration of both the FA and the FL makes it essential that our grievance is aired before a truly independent body, namely the High Court. If the writ hasn't been issued and served by the time you read this, it will be done early next week, and we will be seeing an urgent and early hearing. It is a tenet of English law that justice must not only be done, it must be seen to be done. Clearly that is not the case."

The fly in the ointment for Bates, regardless of any legal rights he may feel his club has in such a case, is that Football League Chairman Lord Mawhinney said at the time of the handing back of the 'golden share' - Leeds' rights to membership in the Football League - that the offer was conditional upon them signing a legal document agreeing that the decision was final. Mawhinney said at the time:

"We have an agreement with Leeds, signed by both the League and the club, that they will not take any legal action against us and we will not take any legal action against them. That is a standard part of the agreement that every club signs when it comes out of administration. That has not been generated for the benefit of Leeds United, we've done that in the last 40 administrations and we did in this one as well."

Given that the 'golden share' was granted conditionally under those circumstances, the Football League's board may well consider that in breaching those conditions, they should move to expel them from the league - which is of course little more than a membership club, where members are required to adhere to 'club rules'.

Another side currently undergoing a fair bit of turmoil in League One is AFC Bournemouth. They are believed to be 4 million pounds in debt, with little in the way of assets, given that they do not own the Fitness First Stadium.

In a move that allows them the legal protection that administration gives, but without incurring the 10 point penalty that is applied to all clubs entering administration, Bournemouth have moved through the courts to produce formal notification of their intention to appoint an administrator. Thus if any attempts are made to wind-up Bournemouth as a company, they can claim that they are already commencing the process of administration and thus put off any creditors claims. Chairman Jeff Mostyn claims that the Cherries are already under pressure:

"This action was taken to prevent our current negotiations being frustrated by aggressive and unhelpful creditors."

Presumably these are creditors who are owed money by the club! Despite the moves through the courts though, a statement issued by Bournemouth claims that matters are far from being settled:

"The club remains outside of administration and it is not a foregone conclusion that it will go down that route."

Our guess is that Bournemouth have one eye on the Football League's new deadline for clubs going into administration during a current season, which has now been changed to be the 4th Thursday in March. If Bournemouth wish to incur their 10 point penalty inside the current season, they will need to enter administration by that date. The Cherries are currently rock-bottom and seven points from safety and so by late March they may have a very clear view on what is the best route to take.

Meanwhile on Saturday, former Glover Leon Best handed in a transfer request at Championship side Coventry City, with it now looking increasingly likely that he will soon be making his way to his home city, with Nottingham Forest having already had three bids for his services turned down - the last believed to be in excess of one million pounds.

Speaking to the Coventry official site, manager Iain Dowie gave his views after Best was dropped from their side on Saturday:

"There has been a lot of speculation about Leon moving to Nottingham Forest and he came in yesterday and put a transfer request in. I just think he wasn't in the right frame of mind to play today and that he should go away and have a little think about things over the weekend. When you've got lads giving their heart and soul I didn't think it was right to play a lad who had expressed a desire to leave the Club. I'll recommend to the Board that the transfer request is turned down, especially at the size of the offer as it is now, but I just thought it was right to leave the lad out of the team. Leon is a young lad and maybe he hasn't been advised properly. My view is we brought him in as a big player for this club and let's not go over the top because he's done great for us in some games this season, like at Blackburn a couple of weeks ago. He's a young man, he'll make some mistakes but I'm sure he'll come back and be better than ever for us."

Talking of League One clubs paying outrageous sums of money that they can't afford, Northampton Town may well have lost striker Andy Kirk to Yeovil Town, but the Northampton Evening Telegraph are currently speculating that the Cobblers are going to replace Kirk by splashing out a club record transfer fee on a replacement. Northampton's record signing was the 165,000 pounds paid for winger Josh Low in 2003, and the paper believes that the incoming striker will top that amount if the deal can be pushed through. Manager Stuart Gray explained:

"We've put a very good bid in for a forward. But the club who have the player we are trying to get, are trying to bring someone in themselves. It might happen towards the end of the transfer window - from our point of view the sooner it happens the better. But it is a big offer and hopefully it will be someone who will excite the Northampton fans."

Finally in another big money move, Crewe Alexandra believe they are close to finalising a move for Forest Green Rovers striker Stuart Fleetwood. Having had a £170,000 pound offer turned down late last week, an improved offer on Sunday has been accepted of presumably in the region of £200K, and now the former Cardiff City academy player will travel to Gresty Road for talks. Not bad for a player that was released by Hereford United on a free transfer only last summer.


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21 January 2008 : Southend Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday's Man of the Match result was a close-run affair, following the 1-1 draw at Southend United. Despite Matthew Rose getting the most outright votes, he was pipped by striker Marcus Stewart due to his number of second and third placed votes, which goes to show how influential those additional votes can be.

The full results, with the outright votes in brackets are shown as follows:

1 Marcus Stewart 44 (2)
2 Matthew Rose 42 (4)
3 Scott Guyett 32 (2)
4 Terry Skiverton 26 (1)
5 Paul Warne 16 (1)
6 Marvin Williams 10 (0)
7 Lloyd Owusu 6 (0)
8 Zoltan Stieber 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.40

Performance: 6.40
Entertainment: 6.40

VOTES RECEIVED: 10


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21 January 2008 : Peltier Gets Norwich Trial
Yeovil Town's chances of persuading midfielder Lee Peltier to return to Huish Park look to be rather slight, given that he has been invited to Championship side Norwich City on trial.

Lee is scheduled to play in City's Reserve match against Colchester United tonight at Carrow Road, and doubtless the Canaries will take a view on whether to attempt to arrange a loan move after they have seen him play.


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21 January 2008 : Sheridan Criticises Lucky Latics
Oldham Athletic manager John Sheridan labelled his side's 0-0 draw at Huish Park as one of the "worst performances" he had witnessed since taking over as the Latics' boss 20 months ago. The Lancashire side struggled to get out of their own half for the majority of the match, and only some great goalkeeping from keeper Mark Crossley and a few slices of luck allowed Sheridan to return back with a point. He told the Oldham Advertiser:

"I think we rode our luck. We didn't play well, I think Yeovil had the better chances in the game and it was probably one of our worst performances since I've been manager. I'm pleased it's a clean sheet. Mark's made a great save, Hughesy's had a couple cleared off the line, but we didn't play well. It's a point but I've tried to come here and win the game - that performance didn't deserve to win the game though. We need to start improving. I've told them that we need to improve as a team because I get very frustrated with some of the things I see on the pitch."


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20 January 2008 : Football Highlights Programme Being Filmed In Sherborne
West Country Sport (ITV) will be filming their weekly regional Football highlights programme from Sherborne Town Football Club on Monday (tomorrow) evening, with the show itself being broadcast on Thursday night.

Guests at this stage have yet to be confirmed, but they are hoping to get someone from Yeovil Town on the show - possibly manager Russell Slade although this will only be confirmed on the day. The bar is open so anyone who wants to see the programme filmed and possibly get on TV is welcome to attend. Filming starts at 7pm, continuing through until 9pm.


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20 January 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Oldham Game
Further to Saturday's 0-0 draw with Oldham Athletic, manager Russell Slade has supplied his views on both the game and on new signing Andy Kirk, as part of his post-match interview with BBC Radio Bristol. Read the full transcript below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Oldham Game


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20 January 2008 : Oldham Man Of The Match Voting
For those who went to Saturday's 0-0 draw against Oldham Athletic at Huish Park, a reminder that you should be placing your Man of the Match votes for the game using the form below.

We'll post last weeks result from the Southend United game very shortly.

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


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20 January 2008 : Walker Latest
Further to the Ciderspace news page item on Friday, the reason behind the collapse of popular striker James Walkers’ transfer from Charlton Athletic to Southend United was yesterday clarified by a statement on the Shrimpers OS.

During the medical, the Southend club doctor discovered anomalies in the rhythm of James’s heartbeat. He was referred to Southend Hospital for further tests and examinations. The consultant there then referred him to the Royal Brompton Hospital in London for more sophisticated and additional tests to determine the extent of the problem.

It was not until last Friday afternoon that Southend Chairman, Ron Martin, received a call from the consultant outlining the results. He advised that the condition of James should be monitored for three months and that all training and football should cease for that period. This would enable specialists to determine the impact of the condition on his future health.

Ciderspace would like to join all Glovers and football fans in wishing James best wishes in overcoming this problem. We hope that he can resume his promising career in the near future.


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19 January 2008 : Oldham Escape With A Point
Yeovil Town were unfortunate not to have come away with more than just the point against fellow play-off hopefuls Oldham Athletic at Huish Park today. Oldham came to Huish Park with an incredible run of seven away victories on the trot; a run stretching back since the beginning of November.

Neither Yeovil nor Oldham were able to break the deadlock and that was largely due to Oldham’s ‘keeper Mark Crossley who made a string of fine saves to deny Russell Slade’s side the breakthrough.

Yeovil thought they had found the break through with ten minutes remaining on the clock when Lloyd Owusu broke through the Oldham defence and unselfishly squared the balled across goal to new signing Andy Kirk but his shot was bravely blocked by the ‘keeper. Yeovil came even closer to breaking the deadlock in the dying minutes; this time it was the post denied Yeovil the breakthrough after Marcus Stewart rattled the woodwork with a well-stuck shot.

Even when Crossley wasn't able to cover the goal, Oldham's well-drilled defence were on hand to protect their goalkeeper. An Owusu header was denied by Oldham striker Lee Hughes who was guarding the goalpost - one of two goal-line clearances he made during the afternoon, whilst former Glover Jean-Paul Kalala chipped in with his own goal-line clearance.

The visitors also had referee Jarnail Singh to thank - the usually reliable official missed one of the biggest cast-iron handballs in the box of the season when with 15 minutes remaining, an Oldham hand palmed the ball away from an incoming Yeovil player, but Yeovil's long wait for their first penalty of the season goes on, with Singh and his Main Stand assistant seemingly the only people in the ground who missed the incident. This game may have ended up goalless, but it certainly wasn't dull.

Final score: Yeovil Town 0-0 Oldham Athletic.

Yeovil Town: 4-4-2
1. Steve Mildenhall
12. Matty Rose 5. Scott Guyett 4. Terry Skiverton 3. Nathan Jones
14. Paul Warne 10. Marcus Stewart 20. Marc Bircham 25. Zoltan Stieber
9. Lloyd Owusu 24. Andy Kirk

Subs: 2. Mark Lynch 7. Gary Dempsey (69 mins for Marc Bircham) 8. Anthony Barry 23. Ishmael Welsh 32. Marvin Williams (68 mins for Paul Warne)

Oldham Athletic: 4-4-2
1. Mark Crossley
14. Reuben Hazell 23. Neal Trotman 6. Stefan Stam 12. Kelvin Lomax
24. Deane Smalley 4. JP Kalala 15. Gary McDonald 8. Mark Allott
10. Craig Davies 9. Lee Hughes

Subs: 13. Les Pogliacomi (GK) 2. Neal Eardley (59 mins for Kelvin Lomax) 25. Lewis Alessandra 17. Matthew Wolfenden 18. Chris Taylor (60 mins for Gary McDonald)

Yeovil Bookings: Marc Bircham (13 mins, foul), Marcus Stewart (87 mins, unsporting behaviour)
Oldham Bookings: Lee Hughes (22 mins, off the ball incident), Stefan Stam (50 mins, foul), Neal Trotman (62 mins, foul), Jean-Paul Kalala (84 mins, foul)

Attendance: 4,905.

Referee: Jarnail Singh (Hounslow). Assistants: Guy Beale (Taunton) and Malcolm West (Cornwall). Fourth Official: Andrew Turner (Devon).


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19 January 2008 : Walsall Man Of The Match Result
With striker James Walker having now left Yeovil Town, and having had a rather lively week since heading for Southend United, it's somewhat suitable that his loan spell at Huish Park ended on a high, with the Charlton Athletic player romping home in the Man of the Match for the home match against Walsall. James saw off the main challenge of Marcus Stewart, whilst not knowing that three days later he would be leaving South Somerset.

The full results, with outright Man of the Match votes are as shown below:

1 James Walker 202 (16)
2 Marcus Stewart 136 (7)
3 Anthony Barry 82 (6)
4 Gary Dempsey 44 (0)
5 Scott Guyett 40 (1)
6 Zoltán Stieber 28 (1)
7 Marc Bircham 14 (1)
8 Lloyd Owusu 10 (1)
9 Mark Lynch 6 (0)
10 Terrell Forbes 4 (0)
11 Nathan Jones 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.48

Performance: 6.18
Entertainment: 6.79

VOTES RECEIVED: 33


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18 January 2008 : Football League Review No. 14
Ahead of this weekend's full set of League One fixtures, Josh Rogers has produced his latest weekly column on the goings on around the division, as well as a look ahead to tomorrow's match against Oldham Athletic.

Link: Football League Review : January 18th 2008.


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18 January 2008 : Walker Deal Collapses
Striker James Walker's £200,000 move to Southend United has collapsed today, despite him having spent the whole week at Roots Hall.

The former Glovers loan star had been recalled by his parent club Charlton Athletic, just prior to the Glovers travelling to Essex last weekend. As a result James spent the day watching the game from the stands, and subsequently signed a contract with the Shrimpers on Monday morning.

Rather oddly, the Essex side have taken until today to carry out his medical and both Charlton and Southend have put out press releases admitting that the deal has caved in due to Walker failing his medical. No specific reason is given for the failure, although Walker had no significant physio treatment or injury whilst at Huish Park.

Walker now returns to The Valley in an episode that is likely to leave both him and Charlton feeling rather messed about. We rather suspect that Glovers boss Russell Slade will not be too amused either, given that he was denied the services of one of his strikers for what has transpired to be a dead deal.


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18 January 2008 : Yeovil Town vs Oldham Athletic Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Oldham Athletic at Huish Park tomorrow for a League One clash between two sides that will be hoping to force their way into the play-offs by the end of the season.

Whilst the Glovers have been consistently just outside those positions for most of the season, the Latics were slow starters this campaign, but are gradually working their way up the table and are on the back of an impressive run of form. In particular, they have established a club record of seven consecutive away wins, including an FA Cup victory over Everton and so once again the Glovers appear to be coming up against a team that are on top of their form.

Were it not for Oldham's performances at Boundary Park, they would undoubtedly be higher up the table than they are. Only two wins on their home patch means they are currently in 13th position in the table. That puts them four points behind the Glovers with two games in hand, and so they still hold plenty of hope of being able to gain promotion this season.

They go into this match with a couple of selection problems. Defender John Thompson (knee ligaments) and striker Andy Liddell (Achilles) are definitely out, whilst Chris Taylor (hamstring) will need a fitness test to prove his availability.

For the Glovers, the main change required is to cover for Terrell Forbes - suspended against his former club - and it would seem likely that one of Matthew Rose or Mark Lynch will shuffle into the back four. Forbes is one of four ex-Oldham players in the Glovers squad, with goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall and striker Scott Spencer having also spent time at Boundary Park.

Most intruiging though is Paul Warne coming up against his former club, and the manager - John Sheridan - who decided that he wasn't good enough for his side; releasing him over the summer. Warne admitted he drove out of Boundary Park and to the nearest retail park where he burst into tears and so there is little doubt that with Warney usually fired up for an ordinary game, that manager Russell Slade will not have to deliver any motivating team talk to one member of his team. It's more likely that he will need to remind him not to become the first player in referee Jarnail Singh's notebook. Sheridan admits the player that he released will be a force to be reckoned with:

"Warney was a fantastic player for me both on the pitch and in the dressing room. But I had to make a difficult decision about where I wanted to go. There is no doubt that if he had been younger I would have kept him. I wish him all the best, but not for 90 minutes tomorrow."

That is of course if Warney starts. The arrival of new striker Andy Kirk means that he faces a touch more competition for his place in the side, and Slade has more or less stated that Kirk will start against Oldham, adding that it was a case of who is likely to partner his new arrival up front. Warne's best hope will be that Slade reverts to a 4-4-2 which would allow him to slot in as a right-winger.

Elsewhere there are no new injuries or illnesses that anyone in the Yeovil camp has divulged and so it should be a fairly strong sixteen that is selected. Despite that the Oldham boss still suggests that he will be playing for the win tomorrow:

"Yeovil are again going for the play-offs and it will be a stern test for our away run. But it is vital we keep it going because we can't rely on our home form. We are still too close to the bottom for my liking and will be going all out to get maximum points."

The game kicks off at 3.00pm and tickets are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off, subject to the usual match-day tariffs.


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18 January 2008 : Refereeing Change
Hurrah! There has been a change for tomorrow's referee at Huish Park for the match against Oldham Athletic. Gone is referee Ray Lee (Essex) who you may have worked out from our profile earlier this week is not our favourite match official.

In his place is Jarnail Singh (Hounslow) who we have a rather different opinion of. Mr Singh has been with us since our Conference days, and has moved up through the leagues with us, although we've tended not to have him too often in recent years, with the last home meeting being the 0-0 draw against AFC Bournemouth back in August 2006, whilst he also took charge later that season at Nene Park for the FA Cup match against Rushden and Diamonds in November. The less said about that one, the better.

Mr Singh has become a little bit more "letter of the law" than he used to be in his Conference days, but overall he is one of the better officials on the circuit, preferring to let the football take centre stage unless seriously provoked into reaching for his notebook and cards.

As for Mr Lee, Swindon Town have the pleasure of his acquaintance for their Tuesday night home game against Huddersfield Town. They're welcome to him.


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17 January 2008 : Emanuel Move Stalls
Yeovil Town's attempts to capture Luton Town left-sided player Lewis Emanuel have hit the buffers somewhat today.

The club have now confirmed that he is the name that has been on the rumourmill this week ever since manager Russell Slade admitted that his second transfer target was a left-sided player.

The fly in the ointment appears to be Luton's appointment of new manager Mick Harford, who the club claim has gone back on an agreement made with Luton's administrators before Harford was appointed. The club claim that they have already agreed a fee with Luton and that all that needed to be tied up was personal terms and a contract signature.

We suspect that Harford wants to see the squad that he has at his disposal before rubberstamping any further exits at Kenilworth Road, however Yeovil Town claim that "Luton Town have renaged on an agreement" and call for "common sense" to be used. Luton's failure to pay their players wages in full over the last two months also gets a mention in the club's statement. Whether that is likely to make Harford release the player, or whether he is likely to dig his heels in over the issue remains to be seen. However, for the moment Emanuel is in limbo with it now being widely known that he was due to leave the Hatters.

For what it's worth, Emanuel is a 24 year old player who is variously described as a full-back and as a winger by various sites - he would provide useful options down the left side for the Glovers. He spent six years playing for his home club Bradford City before moving down to Bedfordshire in 2006. His first season in the Championship saw him as a near ever-present for the Hatters. Rather oddly, Luton's relegation coincided with him dropping out of their side, and he has been forced to go to Brentford on loan for some first team football, having only featured in five Luton matches this season. He was therefore expected to be one of the easier players to prize away from Luton, with the administrator looking to radically trim their squad. That move will have to wait for the foreseeable future.


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17 January 2008 : Missing Players!
For those who have been wondering, a few questions were raised tonight at the Fans Partnership meeting regarding a couple of players who have disappeared off the map lately without any announcements from the club.

Striker Tom Clarke's contract expired on December 31st 2007 and his contract was not renewed. Thus he is now a free agent, and able to find himself a new club. Good luck, Tom.

Midfielder James Brown is still with the club, despite not getting a mention since he signed in August 2007. He suffered a foot injury in pre-season which turned out more serious than first thought. He recently visited a specialist who has confirmed he can start training again in 2 or 3 weeks time.


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17 January 2008 : Roy Returns
Former Huish Park favourite, Roy O’Brien, has returned to the club as Community Officer. The appointment is the first step in a revamp of the Yeovil Town Football in the Community programme.

The Glovers, in tandem with changes at the Football League, intend to spread their net wide across the county by visiting schools who and giving coaching courses to youngsters interested in improving their skills. It will also allow the children to get closer to some of their idols. Ten schools are already part of the initiative with others regularly contacting the club showing interest.

Eight first team players are also taking part in the revised scheme. Joining Roy with coaching activities will be Marc Bircham, Scott Guyett, Nathan Jones, Mark Lynch, Steve Mildenhall, Terry Skiverton, Marcus Stewart and Paul Warne.

Whilst Roy has been away, he has spent time at the Seaside Scummers Weymouth as Head Coach and as an assistant to their Academy director. Hence he has picked up a fair bit of experience of how to run (and quite possibly how not to run) such schemes down on the South Coast. With the Conference minnows having seriously downsized their operations over the past 12 months following their change of regime, their Academy appears to have ceased to be, and so Roy has no doubt jumped at the chance to get involved with that side of the game again.

Although the club don't mention it at all, the implication is that Community Officer John Flatters has left Yeovil Town, given that Roy now holds his job title. If so, then Ciderspace and doubtless many Yeovil Town supporters would like to sincerely thank John for his superb efforts over the years at the club.


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17 January 2008 : Kirk Confirmed
The signing of striker Andy Kirk has now been 100 percent confirmed this afternoon after he passed his medical at the club. As mentioned previously, he has signed a 2.5 year contract with the club.

For a full profile, see yesterday's news item.

Welcome to Huish Park, Andy!


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17 January 2008 : Cobblers Upbeat Over Kirk Exit
Northampton Town manager Stuart Gray has claimed that he is happy to see their top scorer Andy Kirk depart Sixfields on a free transfer today.

Gray claims that he can use the freed up wages to bring in fresh blood, adding that he intended to bring in two replacements for the Northern Ireland international. Speaking to the Cobblers official site he explained:

"I think it is a good move for all parties. It's not a cost cutting exercise but a footballing decision and it does free up some money for me to strengthen the team. I am looking to bring two strikers in. Hopefully they will both sign before the weekend, one will be a permanent signing and the other a loan. Andy is a goalscorer but for whatever reason he hasn't scored for us in the league since October. I think he will benefit from a fresh start and he has got some security for his family with a longer contract. We now need to bring a different type of striker to this football club and hopefully that will happen before Saturday."


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17 January 2008 : Kirk Due For Medical
Further to yesterday's news, the Western Daily Press also back up the suggestion that Northampton Town striker Andy Kirk is about to sign for Yeovil Town.

They state that the player is due for a medical at the club today, with both personal terms and transfer fee agreed. Assuming he passes the medical, then he will become a Yeovil Town player today.

Rather oddly, the transfer fee appears to have been waived by Northampton and he will join the Glovers on a free transfer. Cobblers? No, it's true!

Update: 10.15am Both clubs official sites have now confirmed that subject to a medical, Andy Kirk will be unveiled as a Yeovil Town player this afternoon.

Update: 10.25am A Cobblers fan who was pretty spot on with his prediction a couple of days ago that Kirk would become a Yeovil player on a free transfer states that Kirk has agreed a 2.5 year contract with the Glovers.


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16 January 2008 : Tranmere Match Still Stands
Yeovil Town's League One trip to Tranmere Rovers on Saturday 26th January still stands after the Wirral club were knocked out of the FA Cup tonight by our 'friends' from Hereford United. A single goal divided the two sides, meaning that Tranmere will be in Football League action that weekend.

We'll hopefully bring any ticketing news on this match as soon as it is known.

Another League One side rather embarrassed in the FA Cup tonight is leaders Swansea City. They were thumped by the smallest side left in the competition - Havant and Waterlooville - who now have a slightly surreal trip to Anfield at the end of the month, with some small club called Liverpool their opponents.

Hopefully the Scousers will show slightly more respect to their opponents than Swansea defender Marcos Painter was able to do in advance of tonight's tie. After a rather full-blooded match at the Liberty Stadium, Painter managed the sort of comment that will have been blown up in giant bold letters on the Havant dressing room wall, when he boasted of tonight's replay: "We will definitely be going out to teach them a footballing lesson.

Final Score: Havant and Waterlooville 4 Swansea City 2.

Oops, Marcos.


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16 January 2008 : Andy Kirk Expected To Become A Glover
Yeovil Town are hoping to seal a deal with Northampton Town striker Andy Kirk. The experienced marksman is the player that manager Russell Slade said was arriving at Huish Park for talks earlier in the week, and it is believed that he is close to agreeing a deal with the club to move down to Somerset.

The transfer has yet to be confirmed officially, and no signature has landed on a contract yet - it is hoped though that it will be tied up within the next 24 hours.

The Northern Ireland international is 28 years old, and was born on 29th May 1979 in Belfast. He started his senior career playing for Glentoran before moving on to Scottish Premier League side Hearts in a £50,000 deal in 1999.

Five years later, he moved south of the border and signed for Boston United, where he spent just under a season before Northampton snapped him up for £125,000. He has been with them since March 2005, but is believed to be falling out of contract this coming summer, hence Northampton's presumably reluctant willingness to release a player who has already scored 11 goals for them this season. All in all he's scored 36 goals for the Cobblers in 123 appearances.

Kirk's style of acting as a goal poacher, makes him a good candidate to play off a goal creator, and thus he should be the sort who can play off either Lloyd Owusu or Marcus Stewart. At 5'10" he is no target man, but from what we've seen of him, he is a striker - rather like Stewart - who is gifted with positional sense.

The Glovers are also after two other permanent signings - one of which is believed to be a left-sided player from Luton Town.

As soon as any of these become permanent - or otherwise - we'll provide confirmation. As a word of minor caution, the Glovers do have competition for Kirk's signature from fellow League One side Millwall, whilst Cobblers fans believe Hartlepool United have also shown some interest. One thing is certain - they don't expect him to stay as a Northampton player.


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16 January 2008 : Officials for Oldham Athletic
Oh good grief! Saturday's home match against Oldham Athletic sees us have the dubious pleasure of our third sight of referee Ray Lee of Essex.

Our two previous encounters with Mr Lee have not been good. In fact lets not mince words here - they've been appalling! A September 2006 match against Brentford had everyone on the away terrace spitting mad despite the Glovers winning the game 2-1. But Mr Lee's breakthrough into the refereeing 'elite' came in September 2007's 1-1 draw with Tranmere Rovers. Already having a bit of an all-round shocker, his performance in the final 90 seconds of the game gifted Tranmere a goal, with time added on having gone way beyond that signalled with the official giving Rovers two disputed free kicks that led to the last-gasp equaliser. The club ended up before the FA for their remonstrations with the official on the final whistle.

He wasn't much better in the December match at Doncaster Rovers. The Glovers won the match 2-1, but again his timekeeping was woeful, with the Essex official again seemingly wanting to court controversy at the death, dismissing Marcus Stewart for a second bookable offence. Let's hope and pray someone bought him a new watch for Christmas - either that or just warn your mum not to put tea on too early on Saturday night.

Mr Lee will be assisted by Guy Beale (Taunton) and Malcolm West (Cornwall). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Turner (Devon).

Link: Ciderspace Match Report: September 2006 : Brentford 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report: September 2007 : Yeovil Town 1 Tranmere Rovers 1.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report: September 2007 : Doncaster Rovers 1 Yeovil Town 2.


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15 January 2008 : Ticketing For Port Vale
Admission for the Tuesday night away match at Port Vale on January 29th will be via the turnstiles - there will be no advance tickets on sale from the club. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £19.00; Seniors (Over 60): £12.50; Young Persons (16-21 - bring proof of age): £12.50; Juniors (Under 16s): £8.00.

Wheelchair users and ambulant disabled people must phone Port Vale on 01782-655800 to make arrangements for places in the Britannia Disabled Stand. There will be no concessions available if you choose to sit in the away end.

Note that as yet there are no details available for the trip to Tranmere Rovers on January 26th. This is because of Tranmere's involvement in the FA Cup tomorrow against Hereford United at Edgar Street. If Tranmere win this tie, then the League One match will be postponed. If Tranmere lose, then ticket details will hopefully follow shortly after.


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15 January 2008 : BBC Local Radio Interviews From Southend
Following Saturday's 1-1 draw with Southend United, the BBC Somerset website has been updated with two interviews conducted post-match by the BBC.

In addition to the usual post-match analysis from Russell Slade (see Sunday's interview transcript) you can also listen to Marc Bircham's thoughts about his full Yeovil debut.


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15 January 2008 : Achieve by Unity Fans Partnership Meeting No. 3 Agenda
The following agenda for Thursday night's Fans Partnership meeting has been issued by the club:

The Achieve by Unity Fans Partnership
17th January 2008, 5.45pm, Alec Stock Lounge.

Agenda

1) Action Points from Previous Meeting (22/11/07)
2) Update on Tea Bar Improvement.
3) Membership Scheme
4) Astro Turf
5) Centre Of Excellence
6) Pathways Around Stadium
7) Marketing Momentum
8) AOB

As a reminder, this particular meeting is an open meeting. This means that even non-committee members can turn up. To do so you must email or phone Sara Bradley to register your attendance. Contact for email is supporter.link@ytfc.net or alternatively call 01935-423662.


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15 January 2008 : Striker Search Inches Closer
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade appears to be inching his way closer towards making his first major signing of the January transfer window.

This morning's Western Daily Press reports that a striker, currently with a League One club, arrived at Huish Park yesterday for talks, and also showed his family around the town. Russell told the paper:

"I'm being pro-active and trying to bring players in. I have spoken to a striker today and now it's just a case of waiting for his decision. I've also got two other players to speak to this week so it's a busy time but you wouldn't expect anything else during the January transfer window."

Yesterday's prospect has been given 48 hours to come back to Slade - a fee has already been agreed with his current club.

Russell has already made a far more low key loan signing in the form of Everton youngster Scott Spencer and he has also approached a number of Premiership clubs with the possibility of loan deals in mind. With no sign of Lee Peltier or Darren Way returning to the club, and James Walker having left for Southend United, the Yeovil boss wants to plug a few gaps in that area as well.


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14 January 2008 : Reserve Side Loses To Weymouth
Yeovil Town Reserves lost their friendly match against Weymouth Reserves this afternoon by a 1-0 scoreline.

The line-up that took to the field was as follows:

1. Darren Behcet, 2. Mark Lynch, 3. Craig Alcock, 4. Ed Weeks, 5. Dominic Shimmin, 6. Justin Cochrane, 7. Danny O'Brien, 8. Watkins, 9. Scott Spencer, 10. Darryl Knights, 11. Ishmael Welsh.

Subs: Lloyd Irish, Ren Turnock, Stuart Davies, Jerahl Hughes, Lester.


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14 January 2008 : Swansea Game DEFINITELY Off
Further to last Thursday's news, the club have now officially confirmed that Wednesday's Reserve match against Swansea City Reserves has definitely been postponed.

The Football Combination website had been carrying the postponement last week - as speculated on this site, the postponement is due to Swansea's FA Cup replay against Havant and Waterlooville that takes place that night.


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14 January 2008 : Squad For Weymouth Friendly
Yeovil Town have issued the squad that is travelling down to the Wessex Stadium for this afternoon's friendly against Weymouth (see below). The full travelling squad is as follows:

Darren Behcet, Dominic Shimmin, Mark Lynch, Craig Alcock, Ed Weeks, Danny O'Brien, Justin Cochrane, Watkins, Ishmael Welsh, Scott Spencer, Darryl Knights, Darryl Hughes, Owen Irish (we presume not his goalkeeping brother Lloyd), Ren Turnock, Stuart Davies, Lester.

Of the above names there are a few new faces. Dominic Shimmin is a defender on QPR's books, who had a loan spell at AFC Bournemouth just before Christmas. He started his career at Arsenal and is 20 years old.

Ed Weeks is a defender who has recently joined Stuart Housley's youth team. It's possible that the other two names - Watkins and Lester - are also youth-teamers, but we've yet to establish their identity (and their first names!) Doubtless more information will be unveiled in the fullness of time.


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14 January 2008 : Glovers Arrange Weymouth Friendly
Yeovil Town have arranged a Reserve Team friendly against non-league strugglers Weymouth today at the Wessex Stadium. Kick-off is at 2.00pm and admission to the match is free.

There's been no word from the Yeovil end - Seaside Scummers Terras Chief Executive Gary Calder has announced the friendly - but we suspect that manager Russell Slade would be wanting to field a string of fringe players and trialists in the wake of a number of Reserve Team postponements recently. The Reserves have not played since December 18th.

Regarding Wednesday's trip to Swansea City Reserves, the Football League's official Football Combination website still has this fixture marked up as postponed, but both clubs have yet to mention the fixture either way. Given this afternoon's fixture, we'll continue to assume that the Wednesday game is still off.


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13 January 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Southend Game
Following yesterday's 1-1 draw with Southend United, manager Russell Slade gave his usual post-match analysis of the game. The transcript of that interview with BBC Radio Bristol can be found online via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Southend Game.


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13 January 2008 : Owusu Gains Valuable Point
Yeovil Town gained a highly creditable 1-1 draw at Roots Hall yesterday when a Lloyd Owusu goal midway through the first half cancelled out a superb first half strike from Southend United midfielder Nicky Bailey. A frenetic tough-tackling game was marred towards the end by a series of late bookings by referee Clive Penton, who red-carded former Glover Matt Harrold for a second bookable offence.

The Glovers went into the match having to reshuffle their side in the 24 hours leading up to the game as Charlton Athletic exercised their right to recall James Walker, who ironically had agreed a £200,000 deal with their opponents Southend United. Walker watched the game as a spectator ahead of what is expected to be a Monday signing for the Shrimpers. Terry Skiverton and Matthew Rose gained instant recalls from their one match suspensions, whilst Paul Warne returned but only to the bench.

In a first half that generally lacked clear-cut chances, Southend took the lead with a sweetly struck shot that came out of the blue. A ball was played across the face of the edge of the box, and midfielder Nicky Bailey came running in and fired the ball into the corner of the net. Steve Mildenhall just as well have not bothered getting his shirt dirty - he was never going to get close to it.

The game was a highly competitive match, with plenty of strong physical challenges, and Marc Bircham, finally making his full debut for the club, felt the full force of a Southend aerial challenge, being forced off with a deep head wound. It sums up Bircham's luck that when he finally does get a start with the Glovers, an incident entirely unrelated to his previous injuries forces him off the field. After five minutes worth of playing with 10 men, Paul Warne was brought into action with Anthony Barry moving into a central position.

The Glovers were competing well, but probably not carving open enough chances to seriously endanger the Southend goal. However, they carved open their best move of the match just before the half time break when a Barry free kick found the head of Terry Skiverton. The header looped over home keeper Darryl Flahaven and into the far corner for what was celebrated by fans and players as a welcome equaliser, but a somewhat dubious looking linesman's flag deflated that joy, and the Shrimpers survived to the half time break.

The second period opened with probably Southend's best spell of the game - albeit without really worrying Steve Mildenhall too much. Their crisp passing left Yeovil chasing shadows somewhat, suggesting that even if they were not looking likely to extend that lead, they were certainly going to stop the Glovers from getting to the other end of the pitch.

Marvin Williams was introduced for Anthony Barry just past the hour mark, and that decision paid dividends as the right-winger's pace immediately upset the Southend defence, leading to him being involved in the equaliser. Williams was fed by Terrell Forbes, who in turn found Marcus Stewart, and when his low pass was fed across the six yard line, Lloyd Owusu stuck out a left boot and the ball trickled it's way into the far corner for an equaliser that provided huge relief in the celebrating away end.

The Glovers, now lifted by the goal, pushed Southend onto the back foot for probably the first time in the match, hoping to get a winner. That didn't come, but what did come was referee Clive Penton deciding he wanted to get in on the act. After having allowed a physical game to unfold in the spirit that it was intended, he made sure that the focus of attention was upon himself in the closing stages as a series of bookings spoilt the game somewhat, particularly as several were for lesser offences than those committed earlier in the game. Former Glover Matt Harrold felt the full brunt of that - after leading with his elbow on Scott Guyett, a late follow-through on Glovers keeper Steve Mildenhall made for a fairly academic second yellow, even if Harrold didn't quite see Penton's decision in the same light.

That man advantage didn't really help the Glovers too much - Southend kept the remaining players in the same formation as before, playing out the game with a 4-4-1 and if anything forcing Yeovil onto the back foot during five signalled minutes (extended to seven) of injury time, where referee Penton managed to increase the fury of both benches and all four sides of the ground. Thankfully he didn't succumb to a few incidents during that period that almost seemed to be engineered by Southend players into inviting him to even up the numbers, and a valuable away point was secured.

Final Score: Southend United 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Yeovil Town: 4-4-2
1. Steve Mildenhall
6. Terrell Forbes 4. Terry Skiverton 5. Scott Guyett 3. Nathan Jones
8. Anthony Barry 12. Matty Rose 20. Marc Bircham 25. Zoltan Stieber
9. Lloyd Owusu 10. Marcus Stewart

Subs: 2. Mark Lynch 7. Gary Dempsey 14. Paul Warne (36 mins for Marc Bircham) 23. Ishmael Welsh (74 mins for Zoltan Stieber) 32. Marvin Williams (62 mins for Anthony Barry)

Southend United: 4-4-2
1. Darryl Flahavan
4. Lewis Hunt 5. Peter Clarke 6. Adam Barrett 18. Steven Hammell
2. Simon Francis 23. Nick Bailey 16. Alan McCormack 7. Mark Gower
20. Matt Harrold 10. Charlie MacDonald

Subs: 13. Steven Collis (GK) 12. Damien Scannel (82 mins for Mark Gower) 8. Kevin Maher 17. Tommy Black (8 mins for Charlie MacDonald) 22. Franck Moussa

Scorers: Nick Bailey (20 mins, 1-0), Lloyd Owusu (71 mins, 1-1).

Southend Bookings: Peter Clarke (63 mins, foul), Matt Harrold (66 mins, foul) Red Card: Matt Harrold (Second Bookable Offence, 86 mins)
Yeovil Bookings: Marcus Stewart (42 mins, foul), Matthew Rose (73 mins, foul), Lloyd Owusu (78 mins, foul)

Attendance: 7,352 (including approx 400 Yeovil fans)

Referee: Clive Penton (Sussex). Assistants: Barry Holderness (Essex) and Matt Stewart (Essex). Fourth Official: John Magill (Essex).


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12 January 2008 : Southend Man Of The Match Voting
For those who travelled to Roots Hall today to see the 1-1 draw against Southend United, your Man of the Match votes are required! Cast your verdict using the form below.

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


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12 January 2008 : Walker Heads To Southend
Charlton Athletic striker James Walker has left Yeovil Town to sign a permanent deal with another club - rather ironically today's opponents Southend United. Charlton pulled James out of Yeovil's squad for today's trip to Roots Hall, with a 200,000 pounds fee having been agreed between the two sides. As a result, Walker was at the ground today, but in preparation for signing for Steve Tilson's side on Monday.

Yeovil Town boss Russell Slade rather reluctantly told BBC Radio Bristol the news:

"Charlton have called him back and I don't know if the deal has been finalised yet, but I do believe he is on his way to Southend for a substantial fee and one of which we couldn't afford unfortunately. I'd love to have kept James here of course. It was a loan, and he is not our player of course. But he had done very well for us. I'm afraid that's what management is sometimes about. You have to reshuffle at the eleventh hour sometimes and that is what we had to do."

Having also lost midfielders Lee Peltier and Darren Way since the turn of the year, Russell is going to have to perform a slight bit of squad rebuilding before the January transfer window closes on the 31st of this month, and he admitted he had a couple of players coming down for talks and to look over the club during the coming week:

"I am hoping to speak to two players and their family at the beginning of the week. I've definitely got one coming down on Monday, possibly two, and if not that then hopefully one on Monday and one on Tuesday."


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11 January 2008 : Youth Team vs Cheltenham Is OFF
Tomorrow morning's home match against Cheltenham Town's Under 18s has been postponed. The Youth Team game had been due to be played at Gassons Lane, Somerton but has fallen victim to a waterlogged pitch.


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11 January 2008 : Officials For Southend United
Tomorrow's match against Southend United will be looked after by Clive Penton (Sussex).

Mr Penton is probably best known as being the official in charge for Yeovil Town's 3-2 win over Plymouth Argyle, when a Lee Johnson hat-trick included THAT infamous goal, cancelled out by a walk-in by Stevie Crawford. Probably less memorable was a slightly random penalty awarded to Argyle that night, scored by a player, Paul Wotton, who should never have been on the field of play at that point.

Two years after that match, the Sussex official returned for a 1-0 win over Port Vale in 2006. He was pretty awful that day - again ignoring the 'professional foul' rule, and winding up the Huish Park crowd a treat all day.

The first visit we can find is going back to November 2003, were perhaps thankfully, we don't give him a mention in the corresponding match report. Or was that because having stuffed four goals past Wrexham in the FA Cup live on TV that we didn't particularly care who the referee was, or how he performed by then?

Mr Penton will be assisted by Barry Holderness (Essex) and Matt Stewart (Essex). The Fourth Official will be John Magill (Essex). Hopefully not too much in the way of travelling expenses being claimed by those three then!

Link: November 2003 : Yeovil Town 4 Wrexham 1.

Link: August 2004 : Yeovil Town 3 Plymouth Argyle 2.

Link: August 2006 : Yeovil Town 1 Port Vale 0.


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11 January 2008 : Glovers Make Kenya Kit Donation
Yeovil Town feature in this week's Football League 'League Leader' magazine, following the provision of replica kit to children in Kenya.

The story can be read via the link below. You'll need a free copy of Acrobat Reader to view the story.

Link: Football League Official Website : League Leader Magazine, 11th January 2008.


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11 January 2008 : Southend United vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Roots Hall tomorrow to take on play-off rivals Southend United in a League One clash. With the exception of last season, the Shrimpers have been regular opponents for the Glovers since they entered the Football League, and of course Roots Hall was the scene of a dramatic 1-0 win for Yeovil that more or less sealed their promotion from League Two, with the Essex side eventually joining them via the play-offs.

The Glovers go into the match tomorrow with more or less a full squad. Only striker Lee Morris, who is out for the season and potentially retiring from the game, is absent, whilst Terry Skiverton, Paul Warne and Matthew Rose all return from suspension. Given manager Russell Slade's post-match comments regarding the need for "solid" players after Tuesday's defeat against Walsall, don't be too surprised if all three go straight back into the starting eleven.

Southend have been mainly frustrated so far in their attempts to bring in fresh blood to bolster their play-off ambitions that like Yeovil's have just wobbled a touch in the past few weeks. They are certainly spending big. Their attempts to grab Stuart Elliott from Hull City for 100K have fallen through with the midfielder not keen to move his family south. They have also offered Plymouth Argyle 250K for Rory Fallon, but with the Devon club just having lost Sylvan Ebanks-Blake to Wolves, they are finding the silence currently deafening, with a fee in principle agreed, but Fallon's own thoughts on the matter unknown.

Meanwhile a move for Luton Town midfielder Dean Morgan fell through after they were unable to agree terms. Morgan had been on loan at Roots Hall and so his departure means that Mark Gower, who has just recovered from a back injury, is likely to slot in. Their only signing of the month has been the rather more low key capture of Eastleigh winger Damian Scannell, who could be on the bench after netting for the Reserves in midweek.

Manager Steve Tilson has also recently lost striker Leon Clarke back to Sheffield Wednesday after a loan deal expired. He is the club's top scorer and their remaining trio of strikers - Charlie MacDonald, Gary Hooper and former Glover Matt Harrold have managed two league goals between the three of them. It's therefore easy to see why Southend are still holding out for Fallon's services.

The Essex press have kindly pointed out that in four Slade vs Tilson encounters so far, the Southend boss has yet to come out on top, with Slade's Grimsby Town side actually being the club that denied Southend automatic promotion in the year that saw the Glovers go up from League Two as Champions. Let's hope that counts for something, although Southend's 'double' over Yeovil during the 2005-06 season shows what a strong side they can be.

The game kicks off at 3.00pm at Roots Hall and tickets will be available on the day, subject to a matchday surcharge. See the Ciderspace guide for full details.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Southend.


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11 January 2008 : Southend Ticketing Final Reminder
A final reminder that advance tickets for tomorrow's trip to Southend United are still available from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

This match is not all-ticket, but if you buy on the day at Roots Hall, you will be charged an additional two pounds. Tickets can be bought from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the discounted rate until 3.00pm today.

Adult: £20.00
Concessions (Over 60, Students, Young Persons 17-21): £13.00
Under 17 : £10.00

Disabled supporters must phone 08444 770077 to sort out their arrangements.


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11 January 2008 : Glovers On Soccer AM Tomorrow
Yeovil Town will be featured on Soccer AM's "Skills School" tomorrow morning. The regular spot in the programme usually sees two youngsters performing against each other to determine which of them has the best ball skills whilst their team-mates usually cheer or heckle their efforts.

We're not sure who has been chosen for this, but it is likely to be either two of the younger professionals within the ranks or members of Stuart Housley's Under 18s side.

Soccer AM is broadcast from 9.00am until 12.00 noon on both Sky Sports One and Sky One on Saturday morning.

Whilst they were down in Somerset, Sky have also recorded some of the players as part of their "Crossbar Challenge" feature. That will be broadcast in a future edition of the programme.


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11 January 2008 : Ciderspace Guide To Southend
The Ciderspace guide to Southend United has been refreshed and can be found online via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Southend.

P.S. Yes we are aware that in one point in the guide we've described it as a midweeker! A hangover from our previous meeting, that will be corrected later today.


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10 January 2008 : Football League Review No. 13
Having temporarily escaped to a warmer and drier climate over Christmas, Josh Rogers has returned to a damp, soggy and rather windy England, just avoiding losing his notes on the holiday fixtures and Saturday's match against Southend United before he managed to type up his latest thoughts on the goings on in League One which can be found via the link below.

Link: Football League Review : January 8th 2008.


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10 January 2008 : Southend Travel Information
For those of you using public transport to get to Saturday's game against Southend United, it is worth your while being aware of the following line closures that will be in force for the weekend.

London Liverpool Street Mainline Station

There is no mainline service running to Southend from Liverpool Street. If you arrive there you'll end up having to take a replacement bus all the way to Southend and back. Not recommended! We recommend that you take a train from the nearby Fenchurch Street station, situated a short walk from Bank station (and also walkable from Liverpool Street).

Underground Circle Line

There is no Circle Line running at all over the weekend. This means you can't get to Fenchurch Street via Tower Hill.

Underground District Line

There is no District Line running between Embankment and Whitechapel over the weekend. Again this means you can't get to Fenchurch Street via Tower Hill.

There are other closures around the Underground but these are the most obvious likely to affect your journey. Our advice is to get yourself to Bank Station and then take the Lombard Street exit, then walk up to the end of that road which then becomes Fenchurch Street. The station is two-thirds of the way down that street on the right-hand side.


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10 January 2008 : Swansea Reserves Match Off?
According to the FA's 'Full Time' website that carries all of the official Football Combination fixtures is stating in their forthcoming fixtures that next Wednesday's match against Swansea City Reserves has been postponed.

There are two possibilities that would explain this. One is that Swansea are involved in the FA Cup against Havant and Waterlooville during that week. The other slightly lesser possibility is that their last three games at Port Talbot, where the Reserve matches are being held, have been postponed due to waterlogged pitches, suggesting that the venue itself has problems.

Neither club's official site has confirmed this postponement, however, we'd assume that the FA's website ought to be reliable enough. We'll 100 percent confirm it either way when we know for sure.


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10 January 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Walsall Game
Following Tuesday's 0-2 home defeat against Walsall, manager Russell Slade gave his usual post-match interview with BBC local radio (see the link to the Real Audio interview in yesterday's news) passing his views on the game.

The full transcript of that interview is now available via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Walsall Game.


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10 January 2008 : January Transfer News
There are plenty of former players moving around this week with the January Transfer Window now in full swing as numerous clubs rearrange their squads.

Of interest to Glovers is that former striker Phil Jevons has joined Huddersfield Town from Bristol City for an undisclosed fee. Jevons will be at the Galpharm Stadium until the summer of 2010.

Also signing until 2010 is winger Peter Sweeney, who has moved from Stoke City to Leeds United, reuniting with Dennis Wise, who gave him his debut whilst Millwall manager.

Central midfielder Craig Rocastle has joined Gillingham on loan from fellow League One side Port Vale. Midfielder Kevin Horlock, who came a whisker from signing for the Glovers just before Rocastle landed at Huish Park, has joined Scunthorpe United after failing to settle at Doncaster Rovers.

Another midfielder from that same season - Tommy Doherty - has signed for Wycombe Wanderers. And of course we already know of Martin Brittain joining Walsall from Tuesday night's match.


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10 January 2008 : Terrell Banned Against Former Club
Yeovil Town will have to do without central defender Terrell Forbes when Oldham Athletic come to visit in nine days time.

Terrell, who joined the Glovers from Oldham 18 months ago, has received a one match ban for clocking up five bookings this season, with his fifth apparently coming on Tuesday night against Walsall. Both the Western Daily Press and the FA's website confirm this.

This comes as a slight surprise as our own statistics plus those of the Press Association only record three bookings for Terrell; against Crewe, Torquay and Walsall. However, it would appear that amidst some of the chaotic refereeing so far this season that Terrell has been carded in two other games as well.


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9 January 2008 : Walsall Man Of The Match Voting
Don't forget that if you went to yesterday's 0-2 home defeat against Walsall that you should be casting your Man of the Match vote for the game, using the form below.

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


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9 January 2008 : BBC Local Radio Interview For Walsall
Following yesterday's 0-2 home defeat against Walsall, manager Russell Slade has supplied his post-match views on the game, speaking to the BBC's John Bennett. The results are now on the BBC Somerset website via the link below.

Link: BBC Somerset Website : Yeovil Town Interview Archive.


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8 January 2008 : Bradfords Build An Extension
Yeovil Town's Main Sponsors Bradfords Building Supplies have extended their current contact with the club to cover the 2008-09 season. The current deal was due to expire this season, but of course with matters like a new away replica shirt due this summer, some advance planning has been carried out to take the builders merchants through to the summer of 2009.


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8 January 2008 : Walsall Blow Yeovil Away
Two goals in five second half minutes from Scott Dann and Alex Nicholls saw Walsall extend their unbeaten run to 17 matches, whilst the Glovers were left frustrated at a string of chances that came their way across the 90 minutes.

Walsall showed it was quality not quantity that counts in torrential conditions at Huish Park that saw the visitors weather a first half storm in both senses of the word before punishing the Glovers for not putting the game out of reach by half time.

The Glovers started by making three forced changes to the side that faced Luton Town with Anthony Barry, Mark Lynch and Lloyd Owusu all coming into the starting line-up. The lack of a suitable right-winger also made for an adjustment in formations with a three man front line and the tactic that fluency and interchange between Stieber, Stewart and Walker would be the key to unlocking the Walsall defence.

A fierce wind at Yeovil's backs that later produced torrential rain made it important for the Glovers to take advantage of the conditions, and they got off to a flyer with early chances for James Walker, Marcus Stewart and Zoltan Stieber, leaving Walsall on the back foot.

Poor old Clayton Ince in the Walsall goal found the going so tough that he managed to send a goal kick off for a corner as the ball looped back over his head, such was the magnitude of the conditions. Then as the rain came down, the rather bedraggled visiting fans were moved off the away terrace as the game decended into farce.

Perhaps the conditions were eventually too much in Yeovil's favour. The early glut of chances thinned out as the Walsall defence bravely got bodies in the way, and Yeovil got more desperate, perhaps realising that they needed a goal or two before the break before they ended up with the wind and rain in their faces. Unfortunately that advantage never came and Walsall held firm.

With the wind dropping somewhat over the interval, Yeovil continued their dominance, but they fell behind in rather sloppy circumstances after Walsall somewhat controversially were awarded a free kick for a foul by Anthony Barry. Substitute Richard Taundry made his first moment count as he put in the free kick, and Scott Dann's flicked header skimmed into the net with Yeovil's back line perhaps left wanting in terms of their marking skills.

Five minutes later, Glovers fans were left somewhat speechless as Walsall doubled their lead. Alex Nicholls got room on Walsall's left flank, cut inside Mark Lynch, then as no-one managed to put in a challenge, Nicholls fired into the bottom corner. Two on target shots, two goals, game nearly over, despite the glut of Glovers chances that had preceded it.

Russell Slade introduced substitutes Marc Bircham and Marvin Williams to try and rescue the game, reverting to three at the back and pretty much playing with four or five wingers/strikers towards the end, but the holes at the back made it perhaps more likely that the visitors would score, and there was no way back into the game.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Walsall 2.

Yeovil Town: 4-3-3
1. Steve Mildenhall
2. Mark Lynch 5. Scott Guyett 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
8. Anthony Barry 7. Gary Dempsey 10. Marcus Stewart
28. James Walker 9. Lloyd Owusu 25. Zoltan Stieber

Subs: 15. Justin Cochrane 19. Craig Alcock 20. Marc Bircham (69 mins for Gary Dempsey) 23. Ishmael Welsh (83 mins for Zoltan Stieber) 32. Marvin Williams (69 mins for Nathan Jones)

Walsall: 4-4-2
1. Clayton Ince
2. Rhys Weston 15. Scott Dann 5. Anthony Gerrard 3. Daniel Fox
19. Troy Deeney 7. Darren Wrack 18. Mark Bradley 22. Edrissa Sonko
17. Alex Nicholls 29. Michael Ricketts

Subs: 6. Ian Roper 11. Paul Hall (62 mins for Edrissa Sonko) 13. Bertrand Bossu (GK) 14. Martin Brittain (84 mins for Alex Nicholls) 26. Richard Taundry (58 mins for Michael Ricketts)

Yeovil Bookings: Mark Lynch (69 mins, foul), Terrell Forbes (81 mins, foul)
Walsall Bookings: Darren Wrack (86 mins, dissent)

Attendance: 4,319 (including 169 Walsall fans).

Goals: Scott Dann (59 mins, 0-1), Alex Nicholls (64 mins, 0-2)

Referee: Mike Russell (Hertfordshire). Assistants: Warren Atkin (West Sussex) and David Phillips (Sussex). Fourth Official: Ian Hamilton (Gloucestershire).


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8 January 2008 : Reserve Game Is OFF
Out of the frying pan and into the fire. The club's attempts to keep tomorrow's Reserve Team match on by switching the game to Clevedon Town's Hand Stadium have been met with disappointment.

Tomorrow's match against Bristol Rovers Reserves has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch in Clevedon. There is no new date for this match yet.

We're not aware of any problems with tonight's match against Walsall at Huish Park - the real heavy rain is expected to arrive overnight now, although some wet stuff is expected to fall during the game itself.


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8 January 2008 : Luton Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last match on New Year's Day was not the prettiest of games to watch if you were in the away end. The 1-0 scoreline didn't really paint an accurate picture of what was a highly impressive Luton Town display, and those who saw their match on Sunday against Liverpool would probably be left wondering why - even allowing for a 10 point deduction - they are not higher up the table.

Very little argument over the Man of the Match result here. Goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall was viewed as the reason why the Glovers only suffered a single goal defeat, whilst everyone else appeared to be just making up the numbers on the voting forms.

Full result, with outright votes in brackets, are as follows:

1 Steve Mildenhall 188 (18)
2 Scott Guyett 66 (1)
3 Gary Dempsey 42 (1)
4 Matthew Rose 30 (0)
5 Marcus Stewart 16 (1)
5 James Walker 16 (1)
7 Zoltán Stieber 12 (1)
8 Terrell Forbes 8 (0)
9 Anthony Barry 6 (0)
10 Nathan Jones 2 (0)
10 Darren Way 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.13

Performance: 3.30
Entertainment: 4.96

VOTES RECEIVED: 23

Don't forget to cast your vote on tonight's game against Walsall - the voting form will automatically be ready for when you get home from the match.


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8 January 2008 : Yeovil Town vs Walsall Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Walsall tonight at Huish Park in a match that is vital to their hopes to break into the top six places during 2008. The West Midlands side are one of the teams blocking their route into the play-off places, currently two places and two points above them in 6th place. Thus the incentive is there for the Glovers to leapfrog their opponents if they can beat them tonight.

Of course that is easier said than done as Walsall are one of the form teams in League One. After a poor start to their return to third tier football, Richard Money's side have climbed from the rock-bottom position they occupied after half a dozen games, losing just one game in the process. In fact they are unbeaten since October 20th - a run of sixteen league and cup matches, whilst no side has beaten them on their travels since the first week in September. Hence the Glovers will be seeking to achieve what no side has managed to do in the last four months.

The Glovers will have to do this with several senior players missing. The somewhat eccentric set of officials over the course of the Christmas holidays has resulted in a trio of suspended players. Club captain Terry Skiverton serves the third of a three match ban, whilst Paul Warne has a single match suspension for a sending off at Luton Town. Finally Matthew Rose faces a single match ban for collecting five bookings.

Given all of that, it's probably a relief that there are no new injuries being reported within the Glovers camp. Midfielder Darren Way has returned to Swansea City, but that is balanced out by the return of winger Ishmael Welsh and goalkeeper Darren Behcett after their long term loans. Striker Scott Spencer has also arrived from Everton, but is not expected to take part in tonight's match.

For Walsall, they perhaps have a bit of a headache up front. Their top scorers are the extreme experience of veteran Tommy Mooney and Michael Ricketts - the former Bolton Wanderers man who broke Yeovil hearts at the Reebok Stadium in the FA Cup seven years ago. However, neither player may feature tonight. Mooney has a hamstring strain that ruled him out of Saturday's FA Cup match with Millwall, whilst Ricketts lasted 36 minutes of the tie, coming off with a thigh strain. Of the two, Ricketts is rated as the most likely to take to the field. However, if Ricketts does not make it, then there could be a rather different looking Walsall front line for the match.

Michael Dobson and Paul Boertien are back from injury but are not believed to be match fit enough to start tonight, whilst Ishmel Demontagnac has a minor knock that will make him a late fitness test. Meanwhile Anthony Gerrard will return to their squad after serving a one match suspension over the weekend.

Intruigingly Walsall have swapped one former Glover for another former Glover over the weekend. Stoke City's Peter Sweeney has been recalled from a loan deal at the Bescot and is expected to rather surprisingly sign a permanent deal with big-spending Leeds United by the end of the week. As he disappears, so former Ipswich Town right-winger Martin Brittain arrives, having made his debut coming on for Ricketts on Saturday. Brittain played 16 matches last season for the Glovers, although he tended to fade away somewhat towards the end of his loan spell at Huish Park.

The match kicks off at 7.45pm with tickets available from the Huish Park Ticket Office at matchday rates, right up until kick-off.


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7 January 2008 : Maher On Trial At Bournemouth
Yeovil Town midfielder Stephen Maher is currently on trial at AFC Bournemouth. The young Irishman is down on the Dorset coast presumably with a view to either a temporary or a permanent move, and their manager Kevin Bond has said he is considering him for Bournemouth's Reserve match against Forest Green Rovers tomorrow afternoon (kick-off 2.00pm):

"I might play Stephen Maher, who we're having a look at from Yeovil. He may have a game if we can get him cleared."


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7 January 2008 : Spencer Back In Town
Everton striker Scott Spencer has returned to Huish Park for a second spell for the Glovers. The former Oldham Athletic academy player had been at Huish Park in the lead-up to Christmas, but presumably was allowed to go back home over the holiday period, whilst Reserve games were thin on the ground and training sessions centred mainly around match preparation.

Scott has now returned again and presumably will feature in Wednesday's Football Combination match against Bristol Rovers taking place at Clevedon's Hand Stadium (kick-off 2.00pm). He will be spending the month of January at the club, in what assistant manager Steve Thompson has today confirmed is a loan deal, and not on a trial basis. Steve however stated that Spencer would not be considered for tomorrow's match against Walsall.

Update 08/01/08: Everton's official site state that the loan deal will run until February 4th.


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7 January 2008 : Officials For The Walsall Game
Tomorrow's game against Walsall will be looked after by Mike Russell (Hertfordshire). He is a familiar face for Glovers matches since we entered the Football League with numerous visits to the ground.

We had him three times during the 2005-06 season. The first saw some worryingly unimpressive refereeing in the Carling Cup Second Round 1-2 loss to Millwall back in September 2005, with The Lions credited a doubtful goal and Liam Fontaine sent off. The second was a much less eccentric ninety minutes of work in the victory over Barnsley on December 17th. He then took charge of the rather snowy trip to Chesterfield that resulted in a 3-0 win for the Glovers. Anthony Barry will remember that match horribly well - leaving the field on a stretcher after falling badly on the icy pitch, but not too many would blame the official for that.

Onto last season and Mr Russell turned up twice. The first was the 0-1 defeat against Nottingham Forest whilst the second was the 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town. We barely give him a mention in either match.

On the scale of referees, four anonymous performances out of five is pretty good going, particularly given the "fun" we seem to be having with officials at the moment. Let's hope Mr Russell goes particularly unnoticed for his latest visit to Huish Park tomorrow.

Mr Russell will be assisted by Warren Atkin (West Sussex) and David Phillips (Sussex). The Fourth Official will be Ian Hamilton (Gloucestershire).

Link: September 2005 : Yeovil Town 1 Millwall 2.

Link: December 2005 : Yeovil Town 2 Barnsley 1.

Link: February 2006 : Chesterfield Town 0 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: September 2006 : Yeovil Town 0 Nottingham Forest 1.

Link: January 2007 : Yeovil Town 3 Huddersfield Town 1.


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7 January 2008 : January Fans Partnership Meeting
The next Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Meeting (the replacement for last season's Customer Charter Meeting) will be held on January 17th 2008, starting at 5.45pm in the Alec Stock Lounge at Huish Park.

Whilst most meetings are for the Committee only, this one will be an open meeting for all supporters to attend. If you plan to turn up, please email Sara at supporter.link@ytfc.net by Wednesday 16th Jaunary.

Agenda items are also required - either push them through the committee members (we can forward any received on this site) or email them direct to Sara by Monday 14th January 2008.


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6 January 2008 : December 2007 Internet Player Of The Month

The Internet Player Of The Month for December 2007 has been calculated, following a fairly intense series of matches over the Christmas period. Whilst loan pair James Walker and Zoltan Stieber showed the impact that they have made on the side since their arrival at Huish Park, it was one of the old hands that came out in front, with Marcus Stewart polling 21% of the votes throughout the month.

The full results, with the percentage of the votes cast, is shown as below:

Marcus Stewart 21.0
James Walker 16.4
Zoltan Stieber 12.7
Paul Warne 11.4
Terry Skiverton 8.3
Gary Dempsey 8.2
Darren Way 6.3
Scott Guyett 6.0
Lee Peltier 2.6
Terrell Forbes 2.5
Steve Mildenhall 2.4
Nathan Jones 0.9
Matthew Rose 0.8
Lloyd Owusu 0.3


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6 January 2008 : Brighton Man Of The Match Result
The third of the Christmas Man of the Match results (and the last for December) centres around the 2-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion that saw Gary Dempsey and Zoltan Stieber grab their debut goals for the club.

As it transpired, the Man of the Match result was as tight as you can possibly get, with striker Marcus Stewart and midfielder Dempsey actually tying on the same scores. In the end Marcus won by virtue of the greater number of outright votes. However, it does show that every vote counts in the end!

The full results with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets, are as follows:

1 Marcus Stewart 208 (14)
2 Gary Dempsey 208 (11)
3 James Walker 184 (13)
4 Zoltan Stieber 122 (6)
5 Scott Guyett 54 (2)
6 Matthew Rose 38 (2)
7 Paul Warne 36 (2)
8 Terrell Forbes 20 (0)
9 Lee Peltier 18 (1)
10 Nathan Jones 8 (0)
11 Steve Mildenhall 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.37

Performance: 7.22
Entertainment: 7.53

VOTES RECEIVED: 51


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6 January 2008 : Swindon Man Of The Match Result
The second of the Christmas fixtures saw Yeovil Town lose 0-1 at home to Swindon Town. The Huish Park crowd clearly thought though that there was only one man deserving of the Man of the Match vote, with striker Marcus Stewart winning by a significant margin from midfielder Gary Dempsey.

The full results are shown below with the outright man of the match votes shown in brackets:

1 Marcus Stewart 202 (18)
2 Gary Dempsey 76 (4)
3 Zoltan Stieber 70 (3)
4 Terrell Forbes 54 (0)
5 James Walker 44 (3)
7 Steve Mildenhall 26 (0)
7 Lee Peltier 26 (0)
8 Paul Warne 16 (0)
9 Terry Skiverton 12 (1)
10 Nathan Jones 10 (1)
11 Darren Way 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.72

Performance: 4.88
Entertainment: 4.56

VOTES RECEIVED: 31


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5 January 2008 : Leyton Orient Man Of The Match Result
Following the glut of matches played over the Christmas period, the Man of the Match results are now completed for all, bar the New Year's Day match against Luton Town, where voting is still just about open if you move very quickly.

The first of the Christmas collection was the 0-0 draw against Leyton Orient - a slightly yawnsome affair where none of the 22 players really stood out and so it's not surprising to find this a closely contested vote.

Lee Peltier narrowly got the nod on the day, operating in a five man midfield that eventually became four in the second half. Lee edged out goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall and central defender Scott Guyett which perhaps rightly suggests that defences were on top during the afternoon. Results are as follows, with outright MOTM votes in brackets:

1 Lee Peltier 64 (5)
2 Steve Mildenhall 60 (4)
3 Scott Guyett 52 (1)
4 James Walker 50 (4)
5 Terry Skiverton 30 (2)
6 Darren Way 14 (0)
7 Terrell Forbes 12 (0)
8 Nathan Jones 10 (1)
9 Zoltan Stieber 8 (0)
10 Paul Warne 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING:: 4.82

Performance: 5.65
Entertainment: 4.00

VOTES RECEIVED: 17


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5 January 2008 : Tranmere Still In FA Cup
As an advance warning to those booking advance train tickets and other associated travel plans, Yeovil Town's trip to Tranmere Rovers on January 26th is still in some doubt following today's FA Cup Third Round results.

Tranmere drew their home match against Hereford United 2-2 at Prenton Park and so a replay is required and is expected to take place sometime around January 15th/16th. If Tranmere win the replay at Edgar Street, then our League One match at Prenton Park will need to be rearranged.

As soon as we know the outcome of the match, we will post another news item, however for the moment we'd recommend caution on any travel bookings and suggest you inspect the small print regarding cancellations/amendments before making your plans.


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4 January 2008 : Sherborne Call On Glovers Support Again
Without a fixture this weekend there is another chance for any Yeovil Town supporters to come along and support Sherborne Town as they entertain Almondsbury in The Western League first division, kick off 3.00pm.

There are several Yeovil Town related features in Sherborne's match programme this week including a look back at the 1984/85 season, when Yeovil Town finished as The Alliance Premier League's best supported non-league side, and Sherborne Town won The Dorset Combination League Cup.

Kick off is at 3.00pm and adult admission is £4.00, concessions apply to OAPs. Children under 16 are admitted free of charge. Sherborne Town are second in The Western League first division going into the game. The bar will be open before, during and after the game, with hot food on sale throughout and Sky TV in the clubhouse for all the latest scores.

[Article by Tim Lancaster.]


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4 January 2008 : Reserve Match Switched To New Venue
Yeovil Town's 'home' Reserve match against Bristol Rovers Reserves that was due to take place next week at Huish Park has now been switched to the Hand Stadium, home of Clevedon Town FC. Kick-off remains at 2.00pm on Wednesday 9th January.

Admission for the game will be free, and the Hand Stadium is situated just off M5 Junction 20 (and is visible from the motorway).

We suspect this change has been made due to ongoing concerns about the Huish Park pitch and the fact that the first team play against Walsall on the previous evening. However, both the kick-off time and the location will more or less guarantee a near empty stadium for the match.


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4 January 2008 : Reserve Match Reshuffling
As a result of Yeovil Town Reserves being involved in a Somerset Premier Cup Quarter-Final match against Frome Town during that week (see Ciderspace News Page, December 10th), the Football Combination match at AFC Bournemouth that was due to be played on March 4th, will now take place on April 8th 2008 with a 7.00pm kick-off.

The County Cup match against Frome has had a slight reshuffle of date and will now be played on Wednesday 5th March 2008, kick-off 7.45pm at Badgers Hill, Frome.


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4 January 2008 : Slade Denies Mildenhall Bid
January is, of course, the start of the silly season. Thirty-one days worth of rumour, counter-rumour, denial ... and just occasionally something that turns out to be true.

From a Yeovil Town perspective, the rumourmill swung into full action yesterday with the suggestion that Glovers keeper Steve Mildenhall was off to a Championship side and that with second choice keeper Darren Behcet returning to Huish Park that one event implied the other.

Today's Western Daily Press thankfully puts this one to bed just as quickly as it started, with manager Russell Slade saying that there is zero mileage to this one:

"I don't know where these things come from. I haven't had any calls about Mildy."

Slade says that the return of Behcet along with Ishmael Welsh was for far more innocent reasons, stating that he wanted to see a lot more of both players before their contracts run out in the summer:

"I want to see how they have developed and improved during their time away from us. They've got an opportunity to prove they should be in my plans."

The WDP add that the Glovers are still attempting to grab striker James Walker on a long term loan, but that the shorter option has been chosen (see previous news item) whilst Charlton Athletic look to strengthen their own striking options during the transfer window.


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3 January 2008 : Walker Extends Loan
The Charlton Athletic official site is reporting that striker James Walker has extended his loan period with Yeovil Town up to the maximum 93 days allowable under the short term loan rules.

He will now be available until January 19th, taking in the home game against Walsall, the away trip to Southend United and finally the home match against Oldham Athletic.

At that point the two clubs would either have to agree a long term loan until the end of the season with no recall possible, or for Walker to return to The Valley, potentially to be loaned out to another club or sold.


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3 January 2008 : Rose Suspended
The FA's website has confirmed that Glovers defender/midfielder Matthew Rose will be sat in the stands for next Tuesday's home match against Walsall.

The former QPR player picked up his fifth booking of the season in the New Year's Day match at Luton Town and so will serve a single match suspension that night.

Matty will be joined by captain Terry Skiverton and winger/forward Paul Warne who are also suspended for the visit of their play-off rivals.


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3 January 2008 : Martinez Grabs Manager Of The Month
Swansea City manager Roberto Martinez has, as predicted yesterday, grabbed the December 2007 Manager of the Month award for December 2007.

The manager of the league leaders saw his side gain a clean sweep of league results during December, and so was widely expected to take the prize. He beat off a trio of rivals for the award, which included Yeovil Town boss Russell Slade. Sean O'Driscoll of Doncaster Rovers and Richard Money of Walsall were the other two nominations.


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2 January 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Luton Game
Further to the earlier news item concerning manager Russell Slade's post-match interview with BBC Somerset, the written transcript of that interview can now be found on this site.

Link: Russell Slade's Verdict On The Luton Game.


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2 January 2008 : Welsh Recalled By Glovers
Yeovil Town winger Ishmael Welsh has been recalled by Yeovil Town after spending half a season on loan with Conference National side Torquay United.

The former West Ham United trainee was at the centre of controversy when The Gulls refused to honour a request made by Glovers boss Russell Slade not to pick the winger for their FA Cup match against the Glovers in November. He was an unused substitute during the tie, but Slade made it clear that he still regarded that as 'intent' by the Devon side and so it is not the greatest of surprises to find the Glovers exercising the right to recall him during the transfer window, rather than to continue to subsidise the Plainmoor wage bill.

Ishmael made 19 appearances for the Gulls, albeit with 14 of them coming from the bench, and scored one goal - against Oxford United in October.


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2 January 2008 : Behcet Recalled By Glovers
Today's Dorset Echo reports that Yeovil Town goalkeeper Darren Behcet has returned to Huish Park, with the paper stating that the decision was made by the Glovers rather than by the Conference South side.

Behcet was left out of the Magpies first team yesterday, with his Dorchester team-mate Simon Evans going between the sticks, and assistant boss Paul Compton explained that decision was for two reasons:

"Darren didn't start today's game because of illness and is on his way back to Yeovil. Darren has done well for us but it provides Simon Evans with an opportunity."

The paper also reveals that former Glover Dani Rodrigues, who finished a short term contract at the Avenue Stadium on New Year's Eve, has also left the club and is believed to have headed to Cyprus to further his career.


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2 January 2008 : BBC Radio Interview From Luton Match
The BBC Somerset website has been updated following yesterday's 1-0 defeat against Luton Town. Manager Russell Slade gives his views on what he called an "atrocious" display as part of his post-match interview.

The full transcript will be on Ciderspace later today - in the meantime, enjoy the Real Audio version of the interview, via the BBC website.

Link: BBC Somerset Website : Yeovil Town Audio Archive.


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2 January 2008 : Russell Shortlisted For Monthly Award
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has been shortlisted for the December 2007 League One Manager Of The Month Award, according to Sky Sports News.

The Glovers picked up four wins, one draw and a defeat during December, in a month that saw them move within touching distance of the League One play-off positions.

Russell will experience tough competition from Walsall manager Richard Money and Swansea City manager Roberto Martinez who are amongst the nominations. In reality it would be a surprise if Martinez, whose side scooped a run of straight wins during the month, did not get the nod.


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2 January 2008 : Cochrane Extends Deal
Glovers midfielder Justin Cochrane has extended his current deal with the club to cover the month of January. Cochrane's contract ran out on December 31st, but this morning's Western Daily Press reports that he is now covered for a further month.

On the minus side, Darren Way has picked up a hamstring problem from yesterday's game and so will return to Swansea City for treatment. Doubtless there will be no attempt to take the midfielder back to Huish Park until that is resolved.

Striker James Walker has now returned to Charlton Athletic. The Glovers can either ask Charlton to extend Walker's short term loan by a further 18 days - the maximum permissable under the short term loan rules, or ask for it to be converted into a long term loan which would cover Walker for the remainder of the season, but would deny the London club the right to recall him.

Regarding Way and Walker, Russell also gave his views to the Western Morning News:

"I am still hopeful of sorting something out with those two players but we'll have to be patient. I'm looking at the options available to us at the moment. We've got some decisions to make and we need to bring in players who are going to help us move up the table."


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2 January 2008 : Domoraud Out On Loan
Glovers striker Wilfried Domoraud has gone on loan to non-league minnows Weymouth. Wilfried made his debut for the Scummers Conference National strugglers in their 0-3 home defeat against Salisbury City yesterday, having signed for them the day before. He has signed on loan for a one month period, until January 28th 2008.

Under fire manager Jason Tindall said : A lot of other clubs were interested in him, including a League Two side, so we are glad to have him and hopefully he'll get the goals we need.

One club certainly chasing Domoraud was Tiverton Town, with manager Martyn Rogers ham-strung by Southern League rules on the number of loans when making enquiries in early December, but then coming back in at the end of the month according to reports, only to lose out to the Seasiders. (See Ciderspace 6th December)


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1 January 2008 : Man Of The Match Voting For Luton
Don't forget that if you went to Kenilworth Road to watch the 1-0 defeat against Luton Town that your Man of the Match votes are required. On a day in which many players turned in below average performances, we'd still like to see your views on the players who did come home with some degree of credit. Relatively speaking of course!

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


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1 January 2008 : Glovers Thrashed ... By A Single Goal
The scoreline may say that Luton Town and Yeovil Town were merely divided by a 48th minute Calvin Andrew goal at Kenilworth Road today, but the truth is that there was a far wider divide between the two sides that took to the pitch for today's New Year's Day match.

Luton dominated the first hour of the match by a country mile, and even when manager Russell Slade introduced Lloyd Owusu and Marvin Williams to the attack on the hour mark, the subsequent levelling out of the match was more relative than a sudden reversal of the balance of play - in truth Luton keeper Dean Brill was probably the least worked player on the pitch today.

Quite how the Glovers got in at half time at 0-0 is anyone's guess. Some heroic defending kept the scores level, with Gary Dempsey clearing a Matthew Spring header off the line after defender Scott Guyett was told to leave the field to deal with a headcut the Australian received from a stray Luton elbow, leaving Yeovil down to 10 men. Later on, chaos in the Glovers penalty area saw keeper Steve Mildenhall being forced to commit himself, and only an outstanding block by Matthew Rose, close to his goal line stopped Luton.

The Glovers also needed the help of the woodwork. When Drew Talbot was released down Luton's right flank, he drew Mildy to his near post, but with the majority of the goal on display, he hammered his shot against the crossbar and Yeovil escaped again.

If the half time whistle was a blessed relief for Yeovil to get into the dressing room and regroup, it wasn't to turn out that way, as three minutes after the break, Luton finally broke the deadlock. David Bell's right wing cross was met by a close-range diving header from Calvin Andrew, and for all of the workrate of the Glovers back line, it was difficult to kid anyone in the ground that Luton didn't deserve it.

Mildy stopped it being 2-0 when he saved with his legs from a Darren Currie shot, and the real worry now was that Yeovil might cave in under the pressure. Owusu and Williams were introduced for Way and Stieber, who had not had their best games in a Yeovil shirt by any means, and the end result was a far more attacking Glovers line-up that showed signs of at least evening up the match, if not levelling the scores. The two subs managed to create one chance each, but not really anything to truly endanger the Luton goal.

In fact as Yeovil pushed forward, so Luton began to hit them on the break. Two major chances were spurned for them to seal the game, but once again Steve Mildenhall and Matthew Rose came to the rescue. A deflected Drew Talbot strike looped over Mildy and seemed goalbound until Rose got his body in the way, albeit with the inevitable shouts for handball on the line from the home fans. Then a David Edwards header was tipped onto the post by the Yeovil keeper, and he got a welcome piece of luck as the rebounding ball came straight back into his arms.

Perhaps the only blessing of today's game was that Yeovil's goal difference did not get a battering on the day and that the Glovers did not cave in against an onslaught that they didn't know how to deal with. It's certainly easy to see why Luton have the second best home record in this division - were it not for their away form and their 10 point deduction, they would no doubt be facing a rather different battle during 2008.

A final word about referee Dean Whitestone. Whilst his performance in no way affected the final scoreline, it is sad to note yet another shocking performance by a man in black. He was prepared to dish out yellow cards to green'n'white shirts like confetti (it is almost certain that the Press Association stats below have missed off at least one Yeovil booking) yet when identical or often worse tackles were made by home players, he merely awarded a free kick and no more.

The worst tackle of the whole 90 minutes was an ugly lunge from behind by Luton's Matthew Spring on Anthony Barry that undoubtedly deserved a straight red. Yet when Paul Warne committed a mild inoffensive pullback in the 89th minute, Whitestone just couldn't wait to draw out a second yellow for Warne and an early exit that saw Warne throwing his shirt into the tunnel in disgust - it was only his third foul of the whole game yet Whitestone saw it as worthy of dismissal - barely a minute after Spring's bit of brutality. With only a minute remaining, this had no bearing on the final result, yet Whitestone's bowing to the will of the home crowd will undoubtedly give Russell Slade a headache as he has to deal with another suspension for next week's match against Walsall. Any chance that we could actually be given a decent referee one day, please?

That all said, Slade will have to pick up the damage, and with Peltier and Jones gone and Darren Way and James Walker having completed the final matches of their current scheduled loan periods (subject to any extensions being agreed) Slade has got to make sure that by next Tuesday's match that he isn't currently caught short. And given today's performance, that may not be the only thing on his mind.

Final Score: Luton Town 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Luton Town 4-4-2:
1. Dean Brill
21. Keith Keane 5. Chris Perry 31. Jaroslaw Fojut 3. Alan Goodall
8. David Bell 10. Darren Currie 16. David Edwards 25. Matthew Spring
19. Drew Talbot 20. Calvin Andrew

Subs: 4. Don Hutchison 12. Richard Jackson 14. Steve Robinson 28. Paul McVeigh (87 mins for Darren Currie) 29. Paul Furlong (90 mins for Drew Talbot)

Yeovil Town 4-4-2:
1. Steve Mildenhall
12. Matty Rose 5. Scott Guyett 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
14. Paul Warne 7. Gary Dempsey 17. Darren Way 25. Zoltan Stieber
10. Marcus Stewart 28. James Walker

Subs: 8. Anthony Barry (80 mins for Gary Dempsey) 9. Lloyd Owusu (60 mins for Darren Way) 19. Craig Alcock 20. Marc Bircham 32. Marvin Williams (58 mins for Zoltan Stieber)

Luton Bookings: Matthew Spring (88 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Marcus Stewart (5 mins, foul), Marvin Williams (69 mins, foul), Paul Warne (76 mins, foul), Matthew Rose (79 mins, foul) Red Card: Paul Warne (second bookable offence, 89 mins)

Goals: Calvin Andrew (48 mins, 1-0).

Attendance: 6,811 (including 392 from Yeovil)

Referee: Dean Whitestone. Assistants: D D Bushell and J M Hayto. Fourth Official: S Burt.


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