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27 February 2003 : On To Victory Issued On Saturday
The On To Victory team report that the next edition of their paper-based fanzine will be on sale before Saturday's game against Hereford United.

Their main feature in this month's issue is an exclusive, in-depth interview with Adam Lockwood. Other features covered include Conference records and statistics, the recent proposals to change the club crest, overseas views from Japan, Australia and Ireland and a nostaligia trip as OTV revisits the FA Cup trip to Blackpool. Last and probably least, one particular member of this parish gives the lowdown on what he'd do if he was Chairman of the club. Just be thankful that it's just a fictional account!

Copies will also be sold at the forthcoming away matches at Halifax Town and Woking. If you want to reserve a copy, then contact editor Seb at

All profits from OTV are put back into the club. The issue will cost you just one pound, for 48 pages. Bargain!

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27 February 2003 : Join the fun at the end-of-season dinner and dance
Yeovil Town FC will be holding its 18th annual dinner and dance at Westland Leisure Complex in Yeovil on Sunday, May 11, from 7pm for 7.30pm.

Entertainment will be provided by top comedian and impressionist Steve Tandy and dancing to the sounds of Manhattan.

Tickets are priced £30 per person and further information can be obtained from Dave Linney at Yeovil Town FC on 01935-423662 (ext 202).

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26 February 2003 : Grant Tames The Gulls
A goal from Kim Grant saw a Yeovil Town reserve side draw 1-1 against Torquay United at Plainmoor yesterday afternoon, in a practice match.

Grant's goal was a cross-cum-shot that he smashed into the penalty box, and the ball took a deflection off a Torquay defender and into the back of the net.

Other players in Yeovil's team for the game included Jon Sheffield, Jimmy Aggrey and Roy O'Brien.

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26 February 2003 : County Cup Semi-Final Draw
The moment you've all been waiting for - Yeovil Town's Somerset Premier Cup run has taken them to the semi-finals now, and the draw for the next round of the competition sees them travel to Clevedon Town. The tie has already been pencilled in for Tuesday 8th April with a 7.30pm kick-off.

The full draw is as follows:

Clevedon Town v Yeovil Town
Taunton Town or Paulton Rovers v Weston SM or Bristol City

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26 February 2003 : That's the Way to do it
Lee Johnson and an unnamed fan congratulate Darren Way on hearing the news that Way has been voted Internet Player of the Month for February
Lee Johnson and an unnamed fan congratulate Darren Way on hearing the news that Way has been voted Internet Player of the Month for February
Photo © 2003 Ciderspace

Internet Man of the Match vote coordinator Paul Chesterman writes:

Thanks for the continued support of the MOTM competition, 50/60 regular voters keep it alive with their after match comments and from the mailings I've received personally, there is a definite wish for it to continue.

Darren Way is our Internet Player of the Month, having been voted Man of the Match three times during February.

This also sees Darren take over at the top of the Player of the Season leader board, from Michael McIndoe who had been top since November.

Keep 'em coming.

Cheers all,

Paul Chesterman

Player Score
Darren Way 449
Kevin Gall 333
Lee Johnson 289
Kirk Jackson 263
Colin Pluck 261
Abdelhalim El Kholti 224

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25 February 2003 : No Sitting Bull, Chief
The unofficial Hereford United web site at is reporting that the Bulls will receive no seating entitlement for Saturday's Nationwide Conference league match.

The site claims that "as segregation is in place, no seats can be safely cordoned off for Bulls supporters" and this will instead give Hereford a more than adequate allocation of 1,850 terrace places.

The move will also allow the club to house up to 7,500 Glovers fans. Although no sell-out is anticipated on Saturday, a large crowd is expected for the Top Five clash.

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25 February 2003 : Farnborough Strengthen the Glovers Position
Yeovil Town made another inch-worth of progress in their aim for Nationwide Conference glory tonight, and did so with the help of a player who left the club two seasons ago! Farnborough Town keeper Tony Pennock kept a clean sheet against the Glovers main title rivals Doncaster Rovers and therefore ensured that Yeovil's lead at the top of the table was only cut by one point - with all their rivals having now used up their games in hand.

The latest league table is here.

Meanwhile Southport became the latest Conference side to crash out of the Trophy, leaving just three Conference clubs left in the competition. They lost 3-1 to Gloucester City, whilst Aylesbury United got through 5-4 on penalties when their replay against Windsor and Eton ended in stalemate. The Quarter-Final draw now looks as follows:

Farnborough Town v Tamworth
Aylesbury United v Gloucester City
Forest Green Rovers v Havant & Waterlooville
Yeovil Town v Burscough

Ties will be played on Saturday 15th March.

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25 February 2003 : Leigh RMI Fixture Rearranged
Following yesterday's FA Trophy Quarter-Final draw against Unibond League Premier Division side Burscough, Yeovil Town's Nationwide Conference league fixture with Leigh RMI has now been brought forward.

The Leigh RMI fixture will now be played at Huish Park on Tuesday 11th March with a 7.45pm kick-off.

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25 February 2003 : Players Sign Up For 2003/04 Season
Yeovil Town's Official Site has announced a major boost for the club's future plans in reporting the signatures of eight key players in their squad that will tie them to the club until May 2004.

The eight who have been targetted by manager Gary Johnson will come as no surprise, with goalkeepers Chris Weale and Stephen Collis, defenders Terry Skiverton and Colin Pluck and midfielders Darren Way, Lee Johnson, Michael McIndoe and Nick Crittenden all committing themselves to the club for a further 18 months.

They join defender Adam Lockwood, midfielder Gavin Williams and striker Kirk Jackson whose contracts were already extended beyond this season. Gary Johnson has said that he is in talks with other unnamed squad members emphasising: "Negotiations are currently on going with the remainder of the squad."

Johnson added: "These players signed their new contracts at Christmas time showing their long term commitment to this football club. They are all quality young players and have played a major part in our success story to date. The signings also show the long term ambitions of Yeovil Town Football Club and the desire of the board of directors to maintain the progress this club has made over the last two years."

The news means that for the second season running, the key players in Gary Johnson's squad can focus on their football. Two seasons ago, Yeovil's race for the title was disrupted by protracted contract negotiations being carried out in the media - this time it seems that the Glovers can go into the final games with their minds firmly concentrated on the field of play.

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24 February 2003 : FA Trophy Quarter Final Draw
The Glovers have been drawn at home to Unibond Premier League side Burscough in the 6th Round of the FA Trophy, the match to be played on Saturday 15th March.

Burscough, managed by former Southport defender Shaun Teale, are currently 18th in the Unibond Premier. They reached the Trophy quarter-finals by disposing of Wakefield & Emley 5-0 last Saturday, though their current league form hasn't been quite so spectacular, losing 4 games in a row by 1-0 margins. Apart from Shaun Teale himself, familiar names amongst the Burscough squad include former Morecambe striker John Norman, ex-Southport forward Lee Furlong and former Telford players Gary Martindale and Carl MaCauley.

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

Farnborough Town v Tamworth
Aylesbury United or Windsor & Eton v Gloucester City or Southport
Forest Green Rovers v Havant & Waterlooville
Yeovil Town v Burscough

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23 February 2003 : Johnson: Team Spirit Got Us Through
Yeovil Town moved into the quarter finals of the FA Trophy with a battling performance against a gutsy Northwich Victoria side.

"Our team spirit got us through" Gary Johnson said afterwards, "as it wasnít one of our most fluent performances. But having said that , the boys have a tremendous team spirit and it would have been a travesty if we hadnít won after peppering their goal in the second half. We didnít quite have the quality to get a couple of goals earlier in the half and had to wait until late on."

Kevin Gall scored the winner deep into the second half. "I felt it was only going to be us and it would be a dodgy free kick or half chance that they created rather than them putting us under pressure. None of these games are going to be easy, For Northwich , this is their competition and they want to stay in the only competition that they are still in other than the league but they canít go up and canít go down. Iím just pleased that we kept going and going and eventually we grind these teams down."

The countries leading goal scorers again added to their tally. "We know we have been averaging two goals a game so OK they scored one, lets go and score two and we can only keep doing that."

"You can expect the workrate week in week out, thatís what our boys give and like all football matches , sometimes everything comes off for you and sometimes it doesnít. Today was one of those days when individuals didnít quite get on their game and as a team we didnít quite get our patterns going, at least not as often as I would like, but when we did we opened them up, got our two goals and thatís all weíre worried about."

Greg Blundell put Northwich in front in the first half but Yeovil equalised just before half time when a quickly taken free kick by Lee Johnson gave Adam Lockwood a free header from close range. "I was screaming from the dugout, the free kick just before that we gave them time to set up and a nod and a wink and they were out catching us offside, so I was screaming take it quick, call it what you like, parental mind works but Lee put a great ball in and Locky did well to get his head on it. Thatís what got us back in the game."

"I didnít say too much at half time, I just wanted them to bring the best out of each other. Some of our flair players and passerís werenít quite getting their game together but work rate means so much nowadays and our boys will always give 100% and if you do that but youíre not quite on your game then you will still win football matches."

With Yeovil occupied in Trophy action teams pushing them at the top of the Conference played vital league games. Chester lost at Dagenham whilst Doncaster beat Burton Albion at home. "We had one eye on those results" said Johnson, "But really itís what we do and when we get our result then we will look at what others have done. Itís a long time since we lost a football match so we can go into future games with confidence."

Northwich Victoria were the third Conference side Yeovil have beaten in this years trophy campaign. "And the law of averages says that we will get another conference club in Monday's draw. It would be nice to get one of the smaller teams but then again, it would be a big day for them and if they have got through to the quarter final then they must be a good knockout team. Northwich have been a fantastic league side for us because they have beaten Chester, Doncaster, Halifax and Hereford so you can see what we have been up against today. They get the ball up front quickly and play with flair but weíve beaten them today and Iím pleased."

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23 February 2003 : Vics Prove Tricky Opponents
Yeovil Town moved into the quarter-final stages of the FA Trophy yesterday with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Conference rivals Northwich Victoria at Huish Park. The Glovers were made to fight all the way by the Cheshire side, the Vics taking the lead through a Greg Blundell effort in the 24th minute. Defender Adam Lockwood equalised for the home side on the stroke of half-time, and the Glovers had to wait until the 86th minute before booking their passage into the 6th round, Kevin Gall popping up with a typical goal-poacher's effort from close-range to send the vast majority of the 4,469 crowd home happy.

Match report: Yeovil Town 2 Northwich Victoria 1.

The full 5th Round FA Trophy results are as follows (Conference teams in bold):

Yeovil Town 2 v 1 Northwich Victoria
Margate 0 v 2 Tamworth
Farnborough Town 2 v 0 Halifax Town
Burscough 5 v 0 Wakefield & Emley
Aylesbury United 2 v 2 Windsor & Eton
Gloucester City 1 v 1 Southport
Havant & Waterlooville 3 v 0 Hayes
Dover Athletic 0 v 3 Forest Green Rovers

The draw for the quarter-finals will take place at 11am tomorrow (Monday) morning, matches due to be played on Saturday 15th March, which means that the Glovers home Conference match v Leigh RMI, scheduled to be played on the same date, will now have to be rearranged.

Yeovil's FA Trophy game yesterday gave our rivals for the Conference title the chance to make some inroads into our 11 point lead at the top of the table before the start of yesterday's games. Doncaster Rovers took all 3 points with a 1-0 home win over struggling Burton to move within 9 points of the Glovers in 2nd place and still with a game in hand. Big-spending Chester City stumbled at in-form Dagenham & Redbridge, the Daggers winning 1-0 and improving their play-off chances at the same time. Chester stay 3rd, 11 points behind the Glovers and on the same number of games played. Perennial under-achievers Hereford also stumbled, drawing 2-2 at home to relegation candidates Stevenage Borough. Click here to see the final run-in for all the contenders involved in the title-race.

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21 February 2003 : All Aboard for the Conference Merry-go-round
The Glovers go into tomorrow's FA Trophy 5th round tie at home to Northwich Victoria without long-term injured Adam Stansfield, Nick Crittenden and Tom White. Of the new signing's it's thought that midfielder Neil Mustoe is cup-tied for the game following an appearance for former club Gloucester City earlier in the competition but former Bristol Rovers striker Kevin Gall is expected to be included in the squad.

Visitors Northwich are hoping to welcome back experienced trio Greg Rioch, Mark Devlin and Richard Morris who all missed last weekend's creditable 2-2 draw at Hereford. Manager Jimmy Quinn is confident that the Vics can get something out of the match tomorrow: "We are not going to Huish Park in trepidation," he confirmed. "I really do believe that we can win. We've won at Doncaster and we performed well last week against Hereford when we were without several key players. We've played all the top teams and for my money Yeovil are the best side in the league. It's a tough game for us, there's no doubt about that. But we're not bad away from home and I'm sure they're aware of that. We're both in good form and it's a one off so I've said to the lads that we are going down there to try and win it. We are the type of team that is better going forward. We are the second highest scorers in the Conference and when we sit back we cause ourselves problems. I'll be disappointed if we go down there and don't play to our
potential. We're on a good run and the lads are pretty confident."

Despite Yeovil having already taken 6 points off the Vics this season Glovers boss Gary Johnson is prepared for a difficult game at Huish Park on Saturday. "I always respect Jimmy Quinn's teams," Johnson affirmed yesterday. "He has said some nice things about us but I will never forgive him for beating me 3-2 in my first game at Yeovil 18 months ago. We seem to have something over Northwich at the moment - we have beaten them twice in the league and we obviously beat them in the Trophy last year. It is unbelievable we are meeting again in the early rounds of the competition but we are on our home patch and we are totally focused on winning the game."

Glovers fans alarmed at the news that the club were considering changing the design of the club badge can breathe easily again. According to the official site the board have decided - after considerable feedback from supporters including a Ciderspace survey answered by over 250 people (results coming soon!) - that the designs being considered were unsuitable . Instead a new version of the existing badge will be re-drawn with "some very minor details changed."

In other news from around the Conference Chester City manager Mark Wright's mission to sign up every striker in the known universe received a boost yesterday when transfer-listed Nuneaton marksman Mark Quayle finally succumbed to persuasion (or perhaps a big signing-on fee) to join the cast of thousands at the play-off challengers, initially on loan until the end of the season depending on whether Chester stay down or go up when both sides will review the position. Former Scarborough and Swansea City forward Steve Brodie is the makeweight in the deal, joining Nuneaton initially until May.

The news that Quayle has gone to the Deva Stadium will disappoint Stevenage fans and their popular, go-ahead and ambitious young manager Graham Westley in particular. The relegation-threatened Hertfordshire club had an undisclosed bid for Quayle accepted by Nuneaton this week only for the deal to go sour when the striker couldn't agree personal terms with Westley. In a surprise development the same thing happened when Stevenage turned their attention to Farnborough striker Rocky Baptiste, the marksman turning down former Farnborough fuhrer Westley to stay at Cherrywood Road after again being unable to agree personal terms. Once is happenstance, twice coincidence, but three times? Leigh RMI hitman Dino Maamria became the third Conference striker to just say "no" to the man whose motto is "attitude is more important than ability" when he also spurned Stevenage's initial offer earlier in the week, but this time it seems that Westley was determined to get his man: Maamria has now accepted a renewed offer from Stevenage and the possibilty of Rymans League football next season, Scarborough's out-of-favour Keith Scott replacing Dino at Hilton Park. In the meantime Stevenage's former Reading forward Martin Williams has decided that he wants to play in the Conference next season after all and so has jumped ship to Woking. Hmm......

[Quotes sourced from the BBC, Western Gazette and Northwich Guardian]

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20 February 2003 : Yeovil on Channel 5 Tonight
There is a feature about Yeovil Town on Jonathan Pearce's Football show tonight at midnight or thereabouts on Channel Five. Gary Johnson, Terry Skiverton and (gulp!) Fat Harry are interviewed.

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19 February 2003 : Tom White Heads Back To The Treatment Table
Central defender Tom White looks to be heading back to the treatment table for the rest of the season after his loan deal with fellow Conference side Woking was cut short due to injury.

According to the Official Woking Website, they claim that: "Unfortunately Tom White, who joined us on loan from Yeovil Town a couple of weeks ago, has had to return to his club in order that he can have an operation on his injured knee. Tom played twice for us and everyone at Woking wishes to thank him for his efforts and wish him all the very best for the future."

The news caps a wretched season for Tom, as his loan period at Woking had been intended to allow him the chance to regain his full fitness after an initial knee operation had seen him restricted to just two first team fixtures back at the start of the season. Now it seems that if a further operation is necessary, his hopes of playing again this season must be in serious doubt.

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19 February 2003 : The Treble's Still On
A scratch Yeovil side entertained Screwfix Premier Division outfit Odd Down at a freezing Huish Park last night in the 3rd Round of the Somerset Premier Cup, the Glovers coming out on top against the best team in the Bath area with a 2-0 win, both goals scored in the second half by striker Kim Grant.

Speaking after the match, Glovers manager Gary Johnson had nothing but praise for our Screwfix League opponents. "Odd Down passed the ball around well, especially in the first half," he said. "They kept trying to play football, and they didn't moan about the icy surface - they came out of it with a lot of credit."

"We worked as hard as we could against a quality side," Odd Down manager Chris Mountford concurred. "I thought Nick Wilson could have got us at least one goal in the first half with the two chances, but having said that, when Yeovil opened up they were awesome. Fitness told in the end. Endeavour and enthusiasm can only last you so long unless you have that extra bit of quality. We probably have it in our league but not against these boys."

The Glovers now go forward to the semi-final of the Somerset Premier Cup, date and draw yet to be decided.

Match report: Yeovil Town 2 Odd Down 0.

Quotes sourced from the Bath Chronicle.

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16 February 2003 : Farnborough Put On The Spot
A controversial penalty helped kick-start another Yeovil Town goal-feast yesterday, with Farnborough Town being the latest victims of the Glovers' firepower. For the second time in eight days, Gary Johnson's men scored four goals, although they will have doubtless shook the hand of the main stand linesman on the way out of Cherrywood Road. The official flagged for a spot-kick when the scores were at 1-1, and thereafter Yeovil never looked back.

Manager Gary Johnson was honest enough to admit that he had his doubts about the decision, which came when Farnborough's Darren Annon appeared to produce a clean sliding-tackle on Kirk Jackson: "They are the sort of things that happen. Penalties go for you when you are top of the league."

Asked whether he thought it was a penalty, Gary replied: "Not from where I was. I thought it was harsh, but the linesman was in a better position than I was. Our boys started enjoying themselves after that. Farnborough lost their passion after the penalty and the third goal killed it."

Even Kirk Jackson, who was felled by Annon, had sympathy for the Farnborough players admitting: "I didn't know what was going on. I decided to let the ball run away for the corner because I knew the tackle was coming in. So yes, I was very surprised. But decisions like that will go against us as well as for us. I just got up and walked away and tried to keep Macca focussed."

Michael McIndoe stepped up and following a lengthy delay caused by repeated protests from the home players, he took his first penalty since his penalty shoot-out miss against Bristol Rovers in the LDV Vans Trophy last season, and that gave Yeovil a valuable 2-1 lead.

Yeovil changed from a 3-4-1-2 to a 4-4-2 very early on in the game and Johnson said of the switch: "We changed the shape quickly because we weren't getting on the ball." Minutes later, a Lee Johnson shot through a crowd of players gave Yeovil the lead, although it was later cancelled out by a Gary Butterworth 25-yarder, leaving the game finely poised at half time.

But following the penalty, the Glovers went on to dominate the game. Gary Johnson explained: "I was a bit disappointed at half time because I didn't think that we were enjoying our football. Our fitness and mobility won the second half. The team created lots of opportunities and if you create that many chances, you are going to score goals."

Johnson had special praise for Kirk Jackson, who has now scored nine goals in the last 12 games and netted the final two Yeovil goals at Cherrywood Road: "Jacko is getting into good positions for his goals. But I'm pleased with the commitment of the whole team over the 90 minutes."

A late Joff Vansittart header made little difference to the end result, that leaves Yeovil an astonishing eleven points clear at the top of the table. That was thanks to Chester City dropping two more points as they conceded a 90th minute equaliser at Morecambe, leaving the second placed side having picked up only 12 points from their last 27.

Chester's poor form has allowed Halifax Town, Hereford United and Doncaster Rovers to all close within a point of Mark Wright's side. Whilst Hereford could only draw at Northwich, wins for Doncaster and Halifax at Kettering and Scarborough respectively have left Yeovil's challengers in a tight group of their own, although they surely will be looking over their shoulders at the form of Dagenham and Redbridge whose sixth consecutive win means that they can break into a play-off position if they win their two games in hand. Morecambe can not as yet be ruled out either.

For Yeovil, it leaves Doncaster Rovers as their most likely challengers now - the Belle Vue side can close the gap to six points if they win both of their games in hand. The full league table can be viewed here.

But with the Glovers firmly in the driving seat, Gary Johnson had a few words of caution saying: "We don't want to be known as the best team in this league, but not win it. We've got to stay focussed. It's a nice position to be in but the boys have got to enjoy being in that position and enjoy their football."

Kirk Jackson echoed Johnson's comments, adding: "We don't want to get carried away. Time is running out for the other sides, but we've got to keep our feet on the ground."

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14 February 2003 : Neil Mustoe Signs Up
The Yeovil Town Official Site reports that Gary Johnson has moved quickly to sign up former Gloucester City midfielder Neil Mustoe from fellow Conference side Stevenage Borough.

Mustoe, who was born in Gloucester on November 5th 1976, had only just arrived at Broadhall Way, having been signed up by their caretaker manager John Dreyer. But the arrival of Graham Westley at Broadhall Way, quickly followed by seven defenders and midfielders, has left Mustoe out in the cold, barely before he had got his feet under the table, and with Jason Blunt's departure to Doncaster Rovers (via Scarborough) leaving Johnson a man short, the Yeovil manager moved quickly for Mustoe.

The midfielder, who can play anywhere across the line, will need no introductions to the Yeovil squad, having spent the previous three months training at Huish Park. He started his career as a Manchester United trainee, but later moved onto Wigan Athletic and Cambridge United where he made 99 Football League appearances. A loan spell at Cambridge City was followed by a permanent move to Gloucester City, with whom he has played for the majority of the 2002/03 season.

Manager Gary Johnson said of the transfer: "I'm pleased to have been able to sign Neil so quickly and he will be in our squad on Saturday at Farnborough."

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14 February 2003 : Farnborough Match Preview
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson must make at least two changes to his squad that thrashed Kettering Town 4-0 last weekend. Central defender Colin Pluck begins the first of a two match suspension, whilst on-loan midfielder Jason Blunt has been recalled by Scarborough and is believed to have made a permanent move to Doncaster Rovers.

The sudden U-turn by Blunt has been explained down to family circumstances. With his wife working at Doncaster prison and children at school close-by, the interest from Rovers suited Blunt far more than a potential house-move to the West Country.

Speaking to the Official Site, manager Gary Johnson said: "We wish Jason all the best and look forward to meeting him when we visit Doncaster later in the season."

Ironically, Johnson had only just told the Western Daily Press that he would not be making a bid for Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Dave Lee saying: "I can't take on everybody I am interested in - I have to make sure each move is made at the right time for the right reasons."

It is believed though, that Johnson was impressed by Lee's performance in a friendly game played at Dorchester last week, but did not believe that he could offer Lee anything within his wage budget. However, the possibility of Johnson picking up the phone to Brighton in the light of Blunt's surprise exit can not now be ruled out.

Nick Crittenden is reported to have had a successful groin operation during the week, although he is unlikely to feature for another four to six weeks.

Yeovil's selection problems pale into insignificance when compared to the plight of this weekend's hosts Farnborough Town. With the owner/chairman/madman Graham Westley having flown the nest, seven of his players, mainly from defence and midfield, have departed with all heading controversially to his new club Stevenage Borough. As if that wasn't enough, Farnborough have Chris Piper and Christian Lee both suspended for the game and Dean Green rated as an injury worry. With only 18 players left in their squad, and a transfer embargo imposed on their club, Boro are down to their bare bones.

That said, what's left still looks impressive on paper, with former Kingstonian duo Geoff Pitcher and Gary Patterson reunited at Cherrywood Road in midfield, and the experience of Ken Charlery and the speed of Rocky Baptiste available as strikers. Lenny Piper, brother of the suspended Chris, also regularly weighs in with goals from midfield. Last but most certainly not least, the Glovers will have to find their way past former hero Tony Pennock who will no doubt get his usual rapturous welcome from what is likely to be a 1,000+ support travelling up from Somerset.

Farnborough Town report that segregation will be in force, and that they have made provision for additional space within the ground should travelling numbers threaten to exceed capacity. Yeovil supporters are welcome in the Farnborough clubhouse, although the Hampshire club will be monitoring the clubhouse's safety capacity, and so warn that access to the bar will be on a first-come, first-served basis. If the bar reaches capacity, Ciderspace recommends the Thatched Cottage in Prospect Road. For directions and details of more pubs head to our Farnborough guide here.

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13 February 2003 : Ciderspace In The Western Gazette
The following article appears on Page 95 of today's Western Gazette, with reference to a story that was published in last week's paper:

Words not on website

THE action taken by George Coggen, chairman of the Glovers' Green and White Supporters' Club against two fans, exclusively reported in last week's Western Gazette, was not in respect of anything that appeared on a website. Solicitor's letters were sent to the fans following alleged remarks made at Huish Park. But Coggen says the report was accurate in stating the action was taken because of fears he had that fans might repeat the remarks on a public message board administered by unofficial Yeovil Town website, Ciderspace, to which the fans had posted in the past.

Martin Baker, one of the site's three administrators, said he has received no warnings from the football club about comments posted on the website, although he and club chairman John Fry had held constructive discussions. Baker said: "We have a very good relationship with the club which the website exists to promote. We even helped the club, in the past, with its official website. We have had no communication from Mr Coggen whatsoever with respect to this matter."

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12 February 2003 : Rubbing Shoulders With The Big Boys
What do the teams Manchester United, Aston Villa, Southampton, Coventry City, Crystal Palace, Birmingham City, Milwall and Gillingham (Kent, not Dorset!) have in common with Yeovil Town?

Rather a lot last night as Glovers new boy Kevin Gall took the field to represent the Wales Under 20 side at Ninian Park last night. Whilst the majority of the squad that faced South Korea was drawn from Premiership and First Division sides, Gall's inclusion in the starting line-up as the only player from outside the Premiership and Football League was very much the exception to the rule.

In a game that finished 0-0, Gall came close when he picked up on a right-wing cross from Michael Brough, but despite heavy Welsh domination, the deadlock could not be broken.

Although Gall turned 21 on the day he signed for Yeovil, he remains eligible for the Welsh Under 20 squad for the remainder of this season. The former Bristol Rovers player is already settling into his new side at Huish Park and has found that task easier thanks to his friendship with fellow Merthyr lad Gavin Williams. Gall told the Western Daily Press: "Gav's from Merthyr like me and I am good friends with him. He is a good lad and a good player, as they all are at Yeovil."

Wales Under-20: J Brown (Gillingham), R Edwards (Aston Villa), M Price (unattached), S Pejic (Wrexham), R Day (capt, Mansfield), M Brough (Notts County), D Pipe (Coventry), L Fowler (Coventry), K Gall (Yeovil), M Williams (Man Utd), D Vaughan (Crewe)
Subs: M Rees (Milwall), R Evans (Birmingham), A Davies (Southampton), G Williams (C Palace), J Collins (Cardiff), P Whitfield (Wrexham).

South Korea Under-20: Kwang-Kim, Hwan Lim, Kyu Kim, Yoon Cho, Seok Oh, Woo Kim, Hoon Lee, Woong Han, Gook Jung, Kuk Chol, Hun Kim.
Subs: Il Sung, Jin Yeo, Lee, Bum Kim, Hoon Baek, Jong Lee, Chul Kim.

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12 February 2003 : Junior Glovers Mini-Season Ticket Details
Further to Monday's announcement regarding the Greenfly Mini-Season Tickets, details for Junior Glovers members are now available.

Youngsters who are already Junior Glovers members can purchase the special Greenfly Tickets for 10 pounds each, to cover the final five Nationwide Conference home league games.

Tickets bought for the Main Stand and Bartlett Stand will be given a seat number with the ticket book, that must be used for all games. Hence if you have any special seating requirements, such as being sat with a Parent or Guardian who is already a season ticket holder, then ensure you quote their seat number and make it clear that you would like to be sat with that person.

It should be noted that at the final five home games of the season, supporters will be expected to enter the ground into the area specified on their season ticket book. This applies to all season ticket holders - not just the new Greenfly ticket books.

Previously, the club have turned a blind eye to ticket holders for the two side stands occasionally choosing to stand on the terraces. However, with the remaining games likely to push the three sides of the ground towards their full capacity, supporters will be asked to use the area of the ground specified on their ticket books (and seat number if relevant) to avoid any possibility of over-subscription to a particular area of the ground.

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10 February 2003 : Club Announce Mini-Season Ticket
The Official Site has announced details of a 'mini season ticket' for the last five home games of the 2002/03 season to help supporters guarantee themselves admission to Huish Park as the drama behind Yeovil's championship chase starts to reach fever pitch.

We are proud to say that the idea has come straight off the Ciderspace Fans Forum with the club crediting poster Greenfly for the idea - even going as far as to name the five-match ticket bundle as the Greenfly Mini-Season Ticket.

Supporters purchasing the tickets get admission to the Nationwide Conference League games against Leigh RMI, Scarborough, Telford United, Burton Albion and Chester City. The latter game - on the final day of the season - is widely tipped to be an all-ticket sell-out, so the ticket offer represents the best chance for supporters to guarantee admission to those games. Six seasons ago, in March 1997, over 2,000 Glovers were left disappointed when they were locked out of an Isthmian League 'title decider' against their main rivals Enfield as over 10,000 supporters tried to make the journey to Huish Park.

Costs for the Mini-Season Ticket are as follows:

Bartlett Stand : £45.00, Concessions : £30.00
Main Stand : £50.00, Concessions : £40.00
Westland Stand : £45.00, Concessions : £25.00

Supporters interested in purchasing tickets can apply from Monday 24th February, either in person at the Huish Park Ticket Office, or by post to Yeovil Town Football Club, Huish Park Stadium, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 8YF. Remember to enclose a stamped, addressed envelope to help the club speed up your application. To pay by Credit or Debit Card, telephone 01935 423662 Ext.200.

As a side-benefit to purchasing the Mini-Season Ticket, supporters will also gain the rights to first call on purchasing tickets for any 'all pay' games this season that may require ticketing, such as any future rounds of the FA Trophy, or any play-off matches that Yeovil may be involved in.

Given that Yeovil Town's attendances at Huish Park this season have now hit the 4,700 mark, interest in the club is growing weekly, and Ciderspace strongly advises all committed supporters to start raiding their piggy banks now, to avoid future disappointment!

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9 February 2003 : Dream Weekend For Glovers
If at the start of the weekend, you had asked for Yeovil Town to thrash basement boys Kettering Town in a one-sided walkover, and then asked for Chester City, Doncaster Rovers and Halifax Town to all lose home matches against comparatively easy opposition, we would have probably have pulled you up and told you to stop being so greedy! Yet that is precisely what the hand of fate delivered for all Glovers fans as they romped to a 4-0 victory, and their three main rivals all fell to Forest Green, Northwich and Barnet respectively, leaving the Glovers nine (yes NINE!) points clear at the top - albeit with a game extra played.

"Its been a great day," said manager Gary Johnson. "It's why you're in football - for these days. It was a great atmosphere right from the off and the crowd kept it going even with us being only 1-0 up for most of the time despite us having over 30 chances. The goalkeeper was unbelievable - not just unbelievable but lucky as well as having a good game. Our football and work rate was just terrific, and we deserved our 4-0 win and we deserved to have all the other teams beaten. On that spec its been a great day."

Despite peppering the Kettering goal, the Glovers only had a single goal to count at the break, with a Colin Pluck header from a Lee Johnson corner dividing the sides - the same scenario as in Yeovil's recent match against Nuneaton Borough. Johnson probably wished he hadn't been the corner taker - that meant that he was the furthest player from the centre circle as the players indulged in a bizarre celebration that involved them all running into the centre circle. The last man in had to do ten press-ups - Johnson as corner-kicker had little chance!

"We talked about Nuneaton at half-time," admitted Johnson Snr. "Going in 1-0 up having had all those chances, we just told them to make sure you do something different to what you did there. If you didnít stretch then, stretch now - whatever you need to do to not go out like you did at Nuneaton in the second half. The boys are learning all the time. They are only a young group as you know and they are learning from every game and we have some great characters in our setup."

But the game swung Yeovil's way, when Gary brought on new signing Kevin Gall and he needed just four minutes to make a Roy-of-the-Rovers style entrance to his Huish Park career - being the first to react to a Kirk Jackson shot being tipped onto the crossbar.

"Gallyís first touch was terrible but his second touch was unbelievable - it was a header and I think it's what he will do very well at," said Johnson. "He is a poacher and his pace gets him in to other areas more often than other people like Lindy. He got himself on a header and what a way to start your Huish Park career - getting a goal within four minutes! They all played their part. We mustnít forget that Lindy has played his part. He has scored five or six goals in as many games, Jackos getting his goals, and they are being well supported by the boys all over the field."

"Some of the football we played today was cosmic, itís the only word I can think of. People were shouting out behind me that it's like watching Brazil - I felt like we could beat Brazil!" joked Johnson.

Johnson eventually saw Kirk Jackson and Michael McIndoe complete the rout, with Kettering forced to end the game with ten men after a substitute was sent off for a foul on Jackson, and in the end it was only a question of how many goals Yeovil could get.

"The quality and the build up of the goals were good as well," he added. "We have lots of people that can pick people out. It's not going to come off every time but if you have 30 chances then you will score four goals. Other teams have got to do very well - teams can score one against us but they donít often get to two and today I thought we looked so solid at the back. They only had three shots and they were off-target - 90 minutes against another Conference side is a very good stat for us."

The win ensured that Yeovil's unbeaten run was stretched to eight games, including six wins, with the Glovers only failing to win once in 2003.

"We want to get our unbeaten run up to 12 or 14," said Johnson. "Then it will be the really important games for us. This is the time to get behind the team, these are also big games now. When all the others lose, but we win its worth six points to us. If the crowd keep on supporting us as they did today then as a club we can go as far as we want to. It's not just about the numbers it's about the vocal support and they have been brilliant all season. As I've said in the dressing room the important thing is that it's only us who can lose it now."

But Johnson warned of the danger of getting sucked into anything off the field that might distract from the task in hand, adding: "There will be all sorts of little things coming out in newspapers because they can't beat us on the field. They may try to beat us off it and we have to be very professional and focused on where we want to be."

Next week sees Yeovil make one of their shortest trips of the season when they head to Hampshire to take on Farnborough Town at Cherrywood Road.

"Farnborough is a big game for us again," said Johnson. "That's because we then go in to the Trophy game and other teams get the chance to get points on the games they have to catch up with. It was a big day today because of that. We can now afford a big run in the Trophy knowing that we are a few points clear. We have been in pole position since September and the boys have the courage and spirit to remain there."

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6 February 2003 : Club Crest Survey Launched
As threatened, Ciderspace has produced a more detailed survey for Yeovil Town's supporters regarding the club's proposals for a new club crest. Our instinct is that the club will want to do a crest, even if it is not one of the initially proposed designs. Hence please try and answer ALL questions - even the hard ones - and do your best to make your suggestions constructive. The early indications from the simple survey indicates that the club need to go back to the drawing board. This survey will hopefully help them establish a direction.

The entry form for the survey can be found here.

NOTE: The survey uses a 'generic' survey template that has just been developed for Ciderspace to allow us to do surveys on a more regular basis. As all the code for it is new, please let us know if you find any mistakes! More functionality will be added to it soon!

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6 February 2003 : Yeovil Quartet Withdraw From England Squad
After a week's worth of protracted negotiations, the Nationwide Conference appear to have won their battle with the Football Association over their right to withdraw their players from next week's friendly non-league international in Belgium.

The new developments mean that Chris Weale, Adam Lockwood, Darren Way and Lee Johnson will not be able to represent England as part of the National Game XI next week. Whilst we share in their disappointment at not being able to wear England colours once again, the issue of losing four talented players at this stage of the season - more than any other Conference side - was no doubt a concern for Glovers manager Gary Johnson.

All sixteen Conference players have withdrawn, but the match will still go ahead with a team selected from the three feeder leagues. FA National Game Director Steve Parkin explained: ďThe FA have long arranged with the Belgium FA to play an international fixture in Ostend, and we were determined to honour this agreement. It is a sad day for those Conference players who have been stopped from representing their country in Belgium next week, however, the disappointment of these players will contrast with the delight of those players that have been called into Paul Faircloughís squad today.Ē

The squad is now no longer an U23 squad with a full age range chosen. Manager Paul Fairclough said of the new squad: ďThe players now have a fantastic opportunity to not only represent their country and wear the 3 Lions, but also potentially put themselves in the frame for the Four Nations Tournament which last year attracted many league scouts. Myself and The FA are extremely grateful to the three Feeder Leagues and all the clubs that have agreed to allow their players to take part in this fixture.Ē

The game in Belgium kicks off at 7pm, and a full match report will be available on The FA Website on Wednesday morning.

Full Squad:

Lance Key Ė Kingstonian (GK)
Nickki Bull Ė Aldershot (GK)
Steve Ward Ė Canvey Island
Mike Tomlinson Ė Runcorn FC Halton
Marc Pullan Ė Crawley Town
Adam Wilde Ė Worcester City
Ian Craney Ė Altrincham
Anthony Rivierre Ė Welling United
Tim Sills Ė Kingstonian
Chris Duffy Ė Canvey Island
Jeff Minton Ė Canvey Island
Fiston Manuella Ė Aylesbury United
Roscoe DíSane Ė Aldershot
Craig McAllister Ė Basingstoke Town
Scott Rickards - Tamworth

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6 February 2003 : Locky Interviewed In On To Victory
The On To Victory fanzine are interviewing defender Adam Lockwood tomorrow (Friday) afternoon and they would like supporters to suggest questions to ask Locky.

To get your questions in, simply email Seb at and if you are lucky, your question to Adam may land in the next edition of the paper-based fanzine.

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6 February 2003 : Critts Out For Five Weeks
Right winger Nick Crittenden looks likely to be ruled out until the end of March as he heads to the operating table to deal with an on-going groin injury. The injury is likely to keep Crittenden out for around four to five weeks.

Speaking to the Yeovil Express Gary Johnson revealed that the injury has been causing Critts problems for some time.

"Nick hasn't been 100 per cent fit for a while now and so he needs this operation," said Johnson. "It will mean him being out for four to five weeks. It is unfortunate because he's been virtually an ever-present since he first came to the club. At the moment he is about 70 per cent fit, so it's sensible for him to have the operation now so he can return for the closing weeks of the season 100 per cent fit."

Johnson used new loan signing Jason Blunt in a wide-right position against Dorchester Town on Tuesday, and with hindsight was clearly considering Blunt's capabilities in that position for Saturday's game against Kettering Town. Other options open to Johnson involve Abdelhalim El Kholti, Gavin Williams or Andy Lindegaard - all of whom have successfully played in that position before.

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5 February 2003 : Conference Back-Peddle In England Row
The threat from Conference chairmen to withdraw all their players from National Game XI fixtures appears to be receding.
Chief executive John Moules appeared to be back peddling from what looked destined to be a head on clash between the Conference and the F.A. after the meeting of chairmen at Derby last week:
It is about welfare, security, liability covering players and compensation to clubs should anything untoward happen to these players. We are concerned not about them representing their country but about the welfare and well-being of the players.

The FA also appears to be trying to pour oil on troubled waters. Spokesman Alex Stone said:
We hope that the issues outstanding can be resolved and that the fixture against Belgium, the first of its kind, will be able to take place. All players will be covered with the same schedule of benefits as all England squads. They will have exactly the same insurance as David Beckham and Michael Owen. In the event of an injury to a player, clubs will be fully compensated by the FA depending on the number of games they miss. Every possible safety net is in place for clubs.

Moules also raised the issue of players' security in the current political climate. Given Belgium's reputation as one of the World's most dangerous trouble hotspots - of the 192 existing countries we'd put it at about 190th - we are faintly surprised the FA aren't still splitting their sides at that one. Instead they chose the bland response:
On a trip like this we would make sure there are adequate arrangements. On all trips, the safety and welfare of the players is of paramount importance.

However whilst one conflict with the FA wanes Moules appears to be cranking up the battle over Conference 2. Leters will be sent to the 61 clubs in the Dr Martens, Ryman and Unibond Leagues, who have shown their support for the initiative.
The national leagues system committee said they don't oppose our proposals for increasing our membership but, like the sanctions committee, they have a problem with the timescale. We responded by telling them categorically that we don't accept that and that we're going to push ahead with our plans for next season. Over the next few days, we will be contacting all the clubs who have applied to join Conference 2 and explaining where we go from here. There are rules and regulations which govern football but the Conference is a private limited company and we've got every right to invite clubs to be part of our membership. We intend to pursue our legal rights and we're determined this will still happen in August of this year.
All I would say about the FA is that they've had two years to restructure and have spent football's money on surveys and questionnaires but they've done nothing and football deserves more than that. Including those in the Conference already, there's something like 85 clubs saying they want something to happen and we owe it to them to pursue it.

There was even a threat that the Conference could break away from the FA altogether. Madness, in the opinion of Ciderspace, and almost bound to have those feeder clubs currently positive about Conference 2 beating a hasty retreat at the thought of being excluded from all FA sponsored competitions. In any head on battle with the FA the Conference simple does not carry enough clout, and would lose.

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5 February 2003 : Halifax Game Rearranged
Yeovil Town's postponed fixture at The Shay, home of Halifax Town, has now been rearranged for Tuesday 4th March, kick-off 7.45pm.

The fixture has been moved due to both clubs involvement in the FA Trophy Fifth Round. Halifax travel to Farnborough, whilst Yeovil entertain Northwich Victoria at Huish Park, in a match set to take place on Saturday 22nd February.

A number of Fourth Round ties were resolved last night, with Woking and Dagenham and Redbridge the latest Conference sides to fall by the wayside. The revised Fifth Round draw looks like this:

Scarborough/Dover Athletic v Forest Green Rovers
Margate v Tamworth
Farnborough Town v Halifax Town
YEOVIL TOWN v Northwich Victoria
Aylesbury Utd v Windsor & Eton/Vauxhall Motors
Gloucester City v Southport
Burscough v Wakefield & Emley
Havant & Waterlooville v Worksop Town/Hayes

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4 February 2003 : Double Strike Seals Dorchester Win
A goal in either half was enough for a 'reserve' Yeovil Town side to defeat Dorchester Town in a friendly at The Avenue tonight. Trialist Dave Lee did his chances of an extended stay at Huish Park no harm at all, as he scored one and set up the other in a good display by Yeovil.

Lee opened up the scoring when Kim Grant pushed in a through-ball, and the Brighton player pushed the ball past a defender before sliding the ball under the keeper from six yards out to give Yeovil a half time lead.

The second half saw Jason Blunt make an early exit after getting a minor knock on an ankle, as he was replaced by Youth player Ian Patchett. By the end the Glovers had used all four of the young substitutes, and it was Sam Jarman who netted Yeovil's second, after Lee intercepted a poor Dorchester throw and squared the ball for the local striker to score.

Line-Up: Stephen Collis, Roy O'Brien, Tom White, Dave Lee, Jimmy Aggrey, Steve Thompson, Jason Blunt, Kevin Gall, Kim Grant, Nick Crittenden, Steve Reed. Subs: Nick Jacobs (for Grant), Shaun Smith (for Crittenden), Ian Patchett (for Blunt), Sam Jarman (for Thompson).

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4 February 2003 : Gall and Blunt Sign Up
Further to yesterday's story, Yeovil Town Football Club have confirmed that Kevin Gall and Jason Blunt signed up this afternoon. Gall is likely to be used as a striker, although he played as a winger for Bristol Rovers. Blunt, who is here on an initial month's loan, is a central midfielder who is capable of being used in a wide-right position.

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4 February 2003 : Dorchester Friendly Tonight
Yeovil Town have arranged a short-notice friendly at The Avenue, home of Dorchester Town for tonight. Kick-off is 7.45pm and spectators are welcome to attend. The match will be Glovers fans first chance to set their eyes on Kevin Gall who is expected to sign at a press conference this afternoon along with Jason Blunt. Trialist Dave Lee is also expected to take place in tonight's game.

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3 February 2003 : Live On Sky - Maybe?
The Doncaster Rovers Official Site reports that the April 12th fixture at Belle Vue v Yeovil Town has been chosen by Sky as a live game. Kick off has been put back from 3.00pm to 5.35pm.

However April 12th is also the scheduled day for the second legs of the F.A. Trophy semi-finals. The general rule is that F.A. competitions take priority in fixture clashes, so it may not become clear for some time whether Yeovil's trip to Doncaster is going to happen on the 12th at all.

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3 February 2003 : Players Tribute To Duo
Yeovil's players hold up their banner after Kirk Jackson put Yeovil a goal up
Yeovil's players hold up their banner after Kirk Jackson put Yeovil a goal up
Photo © 2003 Western Daily Press/Steve Roberts

The Glovers opening goal against Morecambe on Saturday produced a special tribute from the Yeovil players which many people may have missed. Thanks to the Western Daily Press the full message can be seen 'For George and Brian' as the players dedicated Yeovil's opening goal to the memory of George Smith and Brian Kynaston.

Winger Michael McIndoe had the banner hidden under his main Yeovil shirt, and he explained: "We were thinking this week of the two fans that passed away last week - George and Brian - and we thought it would be a nice touch to celebrate the goal and dedicate the game to both of them and to any of their families who might have been at the game. We thought they would appreciate something on behalf of the players, because we are all sorry for the loss of both men."

"It was a T-shirt that I was wearing underneath," Macca explained. "We couldn't get both names down the shirt vertically, so we had to put it on sideways. So I needed to take the top off. We got the idea from when Thierry Henry did it for a young kid who had passed away from cancer. We wanted to do it for both families and that's why we turned to the Main Stand and the Westland Stand."

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3 February 2003 : In, Out, Shake It All About
Yeovil manager Gary Johnson has moved to freshen up the Yeovil Town squad as the club moves forward on two fronts (we'll ignore the mighty SPC for the moment), chasing a place in the Nationwide League and a second consecutive F.A. Trophy.
Kevin Gall should sign from Bristol Rovers tomorrow, and go straight into a match against Dorchester the same evening. Gall has played up front and in midfield for The Gas, and is also a Wales Under-21 International. He scored the only goal in Welsh win over Azerbaijan in November, and has been named in the next squad. At Huish Park on trial last week Gall scored a hat-trick against Torquay, and it may have been this that caused a delay in the transfer negotiations with Rovers, as they assessed whether they should release him. He is expected to sign up until the end of the season.

The second player expected to join the club tomorrow is Jason Blunt. It has been an open secret that Blunt has been one of the players Johnson has been looking at hard. However with Doncaster also interested, and rather more on Scarborough's doorstep than Somerset, supporters had rather ignored his name in the endless gossip all fans indulge in about possible signings for their club. Blunt's origins are in Cornwall, but his football career has been in the North, with time on the books at Leeds United, Raith Rovers (loan) and Blackpool. Blunt is a hard tackling midfielder who arrives on a month's loan, with the possibility of both sides looking at a more permanent deal.

Gary said: I am very pleased to have signed Kevin. He is a quick striker who will add extra strength to our squad. Neither player is Cup tied for the Trophy and both have got terrific pedigrees.

Yeovil centre-back Tom White goes out on loan to Woking. After a long injury lay-off Tom is lacking match fitness and finding it difficult to get back into contention in a Yeovil side undefeated in 2003.

Midfielder/forward Dave Lee, also with Bristol Rovers connections having had a loan spell there earlier in the season, is with the club on trial this week, and Gary will be having a look at him in action on Tuesday night.

Finally interest in ex-Ipswich Steve Burton, on trial last week, is not being pursued by the club. He has moved on, and reports suggest may have taken up a short-term deal with Doncaster Rovers.

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3 February 2003 : Club Crest Redesign Proposed
Yeovil Town's Official Site News Page reports that the club are considering five separate designs from two different designers for a new Club Crest. Four of the designs are now available for viewing, and the club are looking for feedback on such a proposal.

Whilst you can e-mail the Official Site directly, or alternatively state your views on our Mailing List, we have set up a quick poll on our Fans Forum to get an early reaction to the proposals. You can find the poll here. The club will have sight of the end poll results, so this is a good opportunity for you to have your say. Now the club has published the majority of the designs, a more specific poll will appear later.

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3 February 2003 : Glovers Get Vics Again
Yeovil Town have been drawn at home to Northwich Victoria in the Fifth Round of the FA Trophy, in a tie due to be played on February 22nd. The two sides met at the Quarter-Final stage of the competition last season, with Yeovil triumphing 2-0 at the Drill Field, with goals from Adam Stansfield and Carl Alford. The tie represents Yeovil's third consecutive draw against Conference level opposition, following victories over Hereford United and Morecambe in earlier rounds.

The full draw for the Fifth Round, with Conference teams in bold, is:

Scarborough/Dover Athletic v Forest Green Rovers
Margate v Tamworth
Farnborough Town v Halifax Town
YEOVIL TOWN v Northwich Victoria
Aylesbury Utd v Windsor & Eton/Vauxhall Motors
Gloucester City/Woking v Dagenham & Redbridge/Southport
Alfreton Town/Burscough v Wakefield & Emley/Hendon
Havant & Waterlooville v Worksop Town/Hayes

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2 February 2003 : YTISA Travel To Farnborough
The Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association (YTISA) will be running a coach to Farnborough in two weeks time. To book your place on their coaches, phone Mark Kelly on 01935-412236 or 07939-618275. The cost will be £10.

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2 February 2003 : Skivo Seals Shrimps Fate
Yeovil Town captain Terry Skiverton's header five minutes from time yesterday saw the Glovers make a deserved journey into the fifth round of the FA Trophy, as league play-off chasers Morecambe were sent home with nothing to show for their efforts for the second time in three weeks.

"Skiverton is a goal threat," said manager Gary Johnsom after the game. "Heís got nine goals now this season and you know that if the right ball is delivered, Terry will be there or there about and has a good chance of knocking it in."

Until that point, Morecambe had looked like they were going to drag the Glovers back up to the North-West on Tuesday night for an unwanted replay. Despite Yeovil having had the lion's share of the game, a Ryan Zico Black equaliser mid-way through the second half had made nonsense of the Glovers dominance and had given Morecambe a chance of revenge for the six points the Glovers had taken off them in the league.

"I was very relieved because I didnít fancy the trip to Morecambe on Tuesday night," admitted Johnson. "The boys showed they didnít fancy it either, we had a spirit about us in the last ten minutes, and we were a little bit frustrated that we were 3-0 up after the first half. You run the risk of a good bit of play by them and they get back in to it but weíve got through it."

Kirk Jackson had ensured the Glovers went into the break with their tails up when he converted a Colin Pluck cross to give him his sixth goal in 12 games. The celebrations saw Michael McIndoe reveal a message under his shirt "for George and Brian" - dedicating the goal to director George Smith and supporter Brian Kynaston who both died last week. A minute's silence was also held at the start of the game in respect of the two dedicated individuals.

Despite the goal advantage, the second strike would not come and Johnson added: "When its only 1-0 or 0-0 or 1-1, the other teams are always in it. I agree we had to work hard, but you have to work hard against teams like Morecambe in any competition. We worked very hard and I thought we worked well enough as far as chances were concerned to have scored four or five. But if we get two then we rarely concede more than one."

Gary was asked by the press if he was concerned that the Glovers had failed to turn their dominance against Nuneaton and Morecambe into comfortable victories, but Johnson responded: "If that happens in the next five matches then yes I will say there is a bit of a concern. But when it's only one or two games and we are top of the league by 6 points and in the last 16 of the trophy its probably not the right time to say it."

"Lindy was unlucky today, he got into many dangerous positions but needs a bit more experience with his final third finishing and his passing technique. However, he moves people around all game and that allowed Jacko to be free in the box for the first goal. It was a great cross from Colin Pluck, before that we had easier chances than that. Itís nice that Jackoís getting his goals and not only is he getting goals he is playing an all-round good game."

The result means that Yeovil's Conference league game against Halifax Town will now need to be rearranged - almost certainly for a mid-week date. But despite the potential of a crowded end to the season, Johnson made it clear that he still had a firm interest in both competitions.

"If we get knocked out of this competition people will end up saying to me, you didnít want to play in this competition anyway, he explained. "But we do want to play in the trophy. Weíve got a big picture up in the dressing room of our trophy win which you may never have seen and it's 8ft by 6ft. Just in case they weren't sure, I brought in my FA Trophy medal, which reminded them how much fun we had. I told them I need one to go the other end of my mantelpiece to make it symmetrical!"

The end result is that Yeovil remain unbeaten during 2003, with five wins and a draw to their name in all competitions since the turn of the year and Johnson added: "At the moment it's seven undefeated and it doesnít matter what competition, you just have to make sure you win the game and seven on the trot after a defeat is the starting of another good run."

The only downside to the game was Colin Pluck's 10th booking of the season - he is likely to be suspended now for the trip to Farnborough in two weeks time and also the County Cup tie against Odd Down.

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2 February 2003 : Conference Play-Off 'Pool' Confirmed
Conference chief executive John Moules has given details of how the pool system will work for the play-offs that make their debut at the end of this season.
In the four 'semi-finals' an unspecified percentage of the gate money generated will be paid into a pool. This will be topped up with 50% of the gate money from the final at the Britannia Stadium on May 10th. All five games will be televised live by Sky.
Moules claimed that: "We believe each of the clubs not involved in the play-offs will receive between £15,000 and £20,000 each."

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2 February 2003 : Moules Keeps Up Pressure for 'Conference 2'
The Conference has taken little notice of the F.A. National Leagues System Committee's rejection of the proposals for a dramatic expansion of the Conference (see Ciderspace news item on January 30th).
At the mid-season meeting of Conference chairmen chief executive John Moules was asked to write to the sixty-three clubs from the three feeder leagues who have expressed an interest in switching to an enlarged Conference. The letter will ask the clubs to put up a £ 1,000 bond, returnable if their application is ultimately unsuccessful, to demonstrate the seriousness of their intention. Moules stated : "We owe it to our 22 member clubs and the 63 clubs that have committed to the increased membership to push on."
On the same day the Conference presented its arguments to the F.A. a joint Ryman / Dr Martens delegation were supposed to be presenting their plans for a reorganisation of the boundaries between the two leagues for the 2004-05 season, with up to fifty teams swapping leagues. However the Ryman secretary Nick Robinson announced that the F.A. never considered the scheme in the meetings held on the 29th.
"We are very disappointed they did not even look over our documentation. I can't understand it, especially considering the National Leagues Manager, Greg Fee, had been chasing us for the information before the meeting. We've not been formally notified about what happened at the meeting. We are still waiting for an explanation as to why our documents were not even considered."

As the F.A.'s preferred optioned for Non-league reorganisation closely ressembled the proposals from the Conference it looks as if Moules maybe pushing at a half open door, with the timing of the expansion of the Conference more of an issue than the plans themselves.

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2 February 2003 : National Game XI Thrown Into Chaos
The same day new manager Paul Fairclough announced his first squad for the trip to Albertparkstadion in Ostend, to take on Belgium on Tuesday 11th February, the Under-23 match and maybe the whole future of a National Game XI was thrown up in the air.
At their mid-season meeting at Derby last Thursday the Conference chairmen unanimously agreed to pull all their players from the fixture, and not allow them to participate in any International games during the season. This would also effect the full International against Holland scheduled in March, and a proposed tour of the USA that month. With the whole of Fairclough's squad drawn from the Conference and less than a fortnight to go the match against Belgium must be in severe doubt.
The Conference did declare its support for Internationals played in the close season. Slow progress is being made on a Four Nations Tournament in May. Wales, who won the tournament last year, are scheduled to be the hosts but have been struggling to find the finances. The Football Association of Wales announced last week that dates for the matches had been pencilled in, but that venues were still under negotiation.

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