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28 February 2007 : Red Nose Day Ebay Auction
Further to our two previous news items concerning the Princes Street Dental Practice auction of Yeovil Town memorabilia, Don Gibson has been back in touch with details of the planned online auction of specific items for the fundraising. The items are as follows:

1) Signed Terry Skiverton shirt, boots and programme.

2) Yeovil Town Vs Swansea City Match Ball 24th Feb 07.

3) Yeovil Town Marcus Stewart signed boots.

4) Yeovil Town Jean-Paul Kalala signed boots.

5) Yeovil Town Nathan Jones signed boots.

6) Yeovil Town Wayne Gray signed boots.

7) Yeovil Town Terrell Forbes signed boots.

8) Yeovil Town Chris Cohen signed boots.

Don has added: "Happy bidding and my sincere thanks to Russell and the lads for coming up with a pretty unique set of items".


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28 February 2007 : Away Travel Club Donation
As mentioned over the weekend, the Away Travel Club presented a cheque for 300 pounds at Saturday's match with Swansea City to allow manager Russell Slade to purchase some new training equipment and materials.

The money presented has been accrued from the Away Travel Club's trips to away matches over the course of the 2006-07 season and so has been handed over to the club to hopefully provide some benefit to the First Team. Earlier in the season, the organisation presented Russell with a TV and DVD combination to allow him to watch match recordings in his office. Mark would like to thank all those who have travelled with the Away Travel Club over the course of the season for making this possible.
Mark Kelly presents Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry with a cheque.
Mark Kelly presents Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry with a cheque.
Photo © 2007 Mark Kelly



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28 February 2007 : Officials For Vale Park
Steve Bratt (West Midlands) is a new addition to the National List, and as such has been mostly officiating in the lower reaches of the Football League in his first season. In his 18 games to date he's dished out 50 yellows and 4 reds.

Andy Newell (Lancashire) and Ian Nolan (Lancashire) will be the assistant referees, Carl Dunn (Staffordshire) the fourth official.


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28 February 2007 : Yeovil Town Reserves vs Cheltenham Town Reserves Match Details
Yeovil Town Reserves (0) 0 Cheltenham Town Reserves (0) 4
28th February 2007 : Pontins Holidays Combination
Kick Off 2.00pm : Huish Park


Yeovil Town Reserves slumped to a heavy defeat against the visiting 'Robins' in today's Pontins Holidays Combination reserve team fixture on a grey afternoon at Huish Park. Yeovil Town included one otherwise unknown face in their line up, with Marco Paulo, a six foot plus striker playing alongside Darryl Knights, who has previously played for Estoril in Portugal and Laval in France as well as representing Portugal at junior level, and Angola at international level. Paulo was substituted in the early stages of the second-half after what appeared to be a lack of pace failed to trouble the Cheltenham Town defence. Indeed the striker had one opportunity to score when he found himself clear in the box only to place the ball into the arms of visiting custodian Scott Brown shortly before being substituted.

Cheltenham took the lead after fifty five minutes when Craig Reid turned neatly inside the box to fire past Darren Behcet from six yards, before Sosthene Yao netted a second after seventy one minutes. The home side enjoyed a little more of the ball at this period of the game with Knights looking tidy and composed, often using the ball well to release Ishmael Welsh, although the final product from any chosen member of the home squad never led to the required result.

Cheltenham wrapped up the game when Gavin Caines moved forward to belt the ball past Behcet with fifteen minutes remaining, and the final nail in the Glovers' coffin was delivered in the final minute when Shane Paul fired a low shot into the bottom corner of the net from just inside the box with time running out.

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)

13. Darren Behcet
2. Phil Ormrod 5. Harry Sherwood 6. Jake Smeeton 3. Anthony Tonkin
7. Danny Thompson 8. Anthony Barry (Capt) 4. Gavin McCallum 11. Ishmael Welsh
9. Marco Paulo 10. Darryl Knights

Substitutes: 12. Ren Turnock (67 mins for Marco Paulo) 14. Matt Concliffe (67 mins for Danny Thompson) 15. Tom Parsons

Cheltenham Town: 1. Scott Brown, 2. Andy Gallanagh (Capt), 3. David Biggs, 4. David Bird, 5. Gavin Caines, 6. Mike Wylde, 7. Sosthene Yao, 8. Sam Foley, 9. Darius Morgan, 10. Craig Reid, 11. Shane Paul

Substitutes: Will Puddy, Matt Walsh, Dean Maynard, Jack Durrant.

Referee: Andrew Rodda
Assistants: Kevin Johnson, Chris Powell, Sean Morgan-Smith

Attendance: Approx 60 (Unofficial)

Scorers: Craig Reid (0-1, 55 mins), Sosthene Yao (0-2, 71 mins), Gavin Caines (0-3, 75 mins), Shane Paul (0-4, 90 mins).

[Article by Tim Lancaster.]


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28 February 2007 : MOTM Voting For Doncaster Match
A reminder that you can vote for your Man Of The Match from last night's 0-0 draw against Doncaster Rovers by using the voting form below.

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


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28 February 2007 : Friday Night Football Survey - Final Notice
A reminder that you only have until tonight to complete our survey on Friday night football.

At February's CCM, the club announced that they were considering the introduction of Friday night football as part of next season's fixtures. As this did not come up in any shape or form in our wider survey on attendances conducted in September 2006, a new short survey has been devised that will hopefully take under 5 minutes to fill in.

Remember that if you have multiple members of your household who attend matches, make sure each household member fills in an entry. For example, for one member of your household, Friday nights may be attractive, but for another it may be unattractive.

We will keep the survey open until tonight at midnight and then publish the results.

Link: Ciderpace Survey : Friday Night Football Matches.


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28 February 2007 : BBC Radio Interview From Doncaster Match
The BBC local radio interview from the Doncaster Rovers match is now available on the BBC Somerset Sound website. The post-match interview with manager Russell Slade can be found in their Yeovil Town interview archive.

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


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28 February 2007 : Reserves vs Cheltenham Town
A reminder that Yeovil Town's Reserve Team are in action this afternoon at Huish Park where they will take on a Cheltenham Town Reserves side in a Football Combination match. Kick-off is 2.00pm.

Not much is known about the Yeovil Town line-up that will take to the field for this game although that's not altogether surprising given that manager Russell Slade is likely to have been deliberating his line-up on the team coach coming back from the first team match at Doncaster Rovers last night, based on who is fit and available.

Cheltenham's plans are a little better known, with several recognised first teamers getting a run-out. Midfielder David Bird plays following his recovery from a calf injury, whilst Michael Wylde has recovered from an ankle injury and will attempt to regain match fitness this afternoon. Defender Gavin Caines will also feature in the back line.

The Gloucestershire side is in good form in this competition, having won four and drawn two of their last six matches and so whatever side Russell Slade puts out are likely to face a stern test this afternoon. The Cheltenham official site reports their expected travelling squad as follows:

Cheltenham Town (expected squad): Brown (Gk), Puddy (Gk), Gallinagh, Caines, Wylde, Biggs, Yao, Bird, Foley, Paul, Reid, Morgan, Maynard, Durrant, Walsh.


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27 February 2007 : Stalemate Sees Glovers Hold Steady
Yeovil Town maintained their second placed position tonight after a 0-0 draw against Doncaster Rovers at their new Keepmoat Stadium tonight. Some goalless draws involve scenes of frantic goalmouth scrambles. Others are more the spectacle of two teams cancelling each other out, and tonight's match was most certainly the latter.

Donny edged the first half and had two great chances to break the deadlock, with Jason Price finding a near post attempt smothered by Steve Mildenhall after the striker received the ball in a suspiciously offside position. Mildy managed to surpass that save though with an outstanding reflex block from a Graeme Lee near post header when Donny had forced a corner.

The Glovers had managed very little in the way of chances bar Chris Cohen and Wayne Gray getting into useful positions but being unable to deliver the killer blow. In the second period they came far more into the game in terms of territorial advantage, but struggled to make their presence known in the penalty box, with the best attempt being a looping volley from Chris Cohen from the edge of the box. Steve Mildenhall was not much busier at the other end, mainly collecting crosses rather than making saves.

Final Score: Doncaster Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 0.

With Oldham Athletic losing at home to Blackpool, the single point gained keeps Yeovil in second place in the table. Leaders Scunthorpe United now have an incredible nine point gap at the top of the table after they beat Crewe Alexandra 3-1. Swansea City still hold an interest in the playoffs after they beat basement side Rotherham United 2-1. The Welsh side now occupy the 7th placed slot, meaning that Yeovil are now 10 points clear of the edge of the playoffs, with a good proportion of teams having just 11 games left to play.


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27 February 2007 : Doncaster Match NOT All-Ticket
Contrary to information given out at the Yeovil end, Doncaster Rovers are stating that tonight's match at the Keepmoat Stadium is NOT an all-ticket match.

A reply to an enquiry via the Doncaster Rovers official site states that "as Yeovil Town will be returning some tickets you may purchase from our ticket office providing you arrive early".

We're not quite sure what the meaning of 'early' is, although it certainly appears that the limitation on tickets was purely a question of whether the Glovers sold out their allocation for the match and that Doncaster weren't looking to limit sales on the day. It may be worth giving them a ring if you don't think you are going to be 'early' just in case they have some obscure rule. The Keepmoat Stadium can be reached on 01302-762560 (Main Stadium) or 01302-762576 (Ticket Office) if you are left with any doubt in your mind as to your options.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Doncaster.


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26 February 2007 : Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make their first ever visit to Doncaster Rovers' new Keepmoat Stadium tomorrow (Tuesday) evening for a League One match that much like Saturday's game sees them face a side with strong playoff ambitions. Doncaster have been steadily improving after a poor start to the season and now lie in 8th position in the table, 10 points behind the Glovers but with a game in hand. They are three points away from a playoff position at present.

As has been the case for nearly all matches since the turn of the year, much of the pre-match build-up is about who is on the treatment table and Doncaster are no exception. Donny suffered a series of weekend injuries, with in-form striker Paul Heffernan the most significant. Rovers are awaiting the outcome of a scan on an ankle injury but early expectations are that he will be missing for four weeks - a real body blow for a striker who has scored 20 goals so far this season. To make matters worse, the man who replaced him in Saturday's match, Mark McCammon, suffered a back injury. Winger James Coppinger will need a fitness test on a thigh problem whilst defender Alan Wright will miss out due to an ankle injury.

On the long term list, Steve Roberts (ankle) and Gareth Roberts (hamstring) remain on the treatment table whilst, goalkeeper Ben Smith (knee) is not expected to make it. In addition midfielder Paul Green has tendonitis.

All of that overshadows what has been an impressive run of form for the Yorkshire side in recent months. Manager Sean O'Driscoll is the current holder of the Manager of the Month award, gained for his club's string of performances during January that saw Rovers reach the JPT Final as well as climbing to the edge of the playoff positions. Losing three out of their five matches in February has seen that run thwarted somewhat, although a 1-0 win at the Keepmoat Stadium over Port Vale on Saturday gave them their first three points of the month.

The Glovers' squad availability is decidedly less complicated. Mark Lynch and Paul Terry are long term knee injuries whilst Andy Lindegaard's groin problem will keep him out of contention. Otherwise, team selection is merely a matter of whether central defender Scott Guyett has had enough time to recover from a minor ankle injury sustained in Saturday's 1-0 win over Swansea City. If Scott is fit, expect Terrell Forbes to continue at right-back. If not, then Matthew Rose will come in, allowing Forbes to move to a more central position. Elsewhere it is merely a matter of manager Russell Slade making judgements on whether any of his players are looking jaded during a period that will see them complete their fourth match in 11 days tomorrow night.

Rather unusually, the Glovers have yet to play Doncaster this season, with the return match between the two sides currently scheduled as the final home match at Huish Park. Last season the Glovers did the double over Donny, with a 1-0 win at Belle Vue being followed up with a 3-0 win at Huish Park. The Glovers have had a cracking record at Doncaster's former ground - can they carry that 'voodoo sign' into the Keepmoat Stadium?

Doncaster's new ground facilities are detailed in the Ciderspace guide to Doncaster, although you may find your parking point to have a familiar look to it - Doncaster recommend the Belle Vue car park as one option for those who wish to avoid the 5 pound parking fee at the new stadium.

The match is currently being advertised by Yeovil Town's official site as an ALL TICKET match, stating that no tickets will be sold to away fans on the day of the match. We would therefore strongly advise that you do not travel to Yorkshire without a ticket, or without an assurance that you will get hold of one upon your arrival. Note also that the weather forecast for Doncaster is for heavy rain/sleet during the afternoon and early evening. We'd therefore strongly recommend that you allow some extra time for your journey and dress appropriately for the occasion.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Doncaster.

Link: Metcheck.Com : Doncaster Weather Forecast.


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26 February 2007 : Programme Monthly Awards
It's that time of year again, when the Yeovil Town Programme polishes up its acceptance speech.......... only to stuff it back into the drawer for another season.

Last year we could report some improvement - 26th February, 2006. This year the programme has held stable in some areas but slipped in others.

While there has been a marginal increase in content from 55.56% to 56.94% other clubs have improved much more. The Yeovil issue now lies 22nd in League One in terms of the amount of content. The average content in our division is over 10% higher at 67.9%. Amongst the 92 clubs as a whole the Yeovil programme comes in at 85th.

Things aren't so bad on the value for money front. Here the calculation is done on price per page of content, and with the vast majority of clubs in the Premier League and Football League Championship, and even seven in League One, now charging £3.00, Yeovil does better here. The Glovers programme comes fifteenth in League One and sixty-sixth out of the 92.

The top three placings for all round Best Programme, considering content, design, production qualities, value, in the Programme Monthly Awards for League One went to :

1) Brighton & Hove Albion
2) Oldham Athletic
3) Bradford City

Further awards were distributed to the following programmes :

Best Value - Blackpool
Best Read - Scunthorpe United
Best Design - Nottingham Forest
Most Improved - Port Vale
Merit Award for Continued Excellence - Cheltenham Town

Also commended were the issues from Brentford, Bristol City, Millwall, Northampton Town, Swansea City and Tranmere Rovers.


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26 February 2007 : March 2007 OTV Fixture Flyer
OTV Fixture FlyerAgain in the absence of an official fixture flyer being available to download - something that supporters have requested on numerous occasions at recent Customer Charter Meetings - the lads at the On To Victory fanzine have produced their own fixture flyer to cover the next two home matches which can be downloaded from:

http://www.ontovictory.net/download/flyer.pdf

We'd recommend that you do a right-click and a 'Save As' to download the flyer to your computer. The flyer covers the next two home matches. Please feel free to download and display! Any photos of them in unusual places may well end up in the next issue of OTV...

You will need a free copy of Acrobat Reader to be able to view the flyer.


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26 February 2007 : Leon Nominated For Player of the Month
Recently departed Leon Best, who returned from Huish Park to Southampton after signing off with his tenth goal in fifteen matches for the Glovers at AFC Bournemouth, is one of the four nominations for the Football League Player of the Month for League One in February.

The nominations are :

LEON BEST - Yeovil Town (Striker)
Joe Murphy - Scunthorpe United (Goalkeeper)
Jason Price - Doncaster Rovers (Midfielder)
Bas Savage - Brighton & Hove Albion (Striker)

The winner will be announced in the Sky Sports One Sunday morning show Goals on Sunday on 4th March.


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26 February 2007 : Officials For Doncaster Rovers
Tomorrow evening's match between Doncaster Rovers and Yeovil Town will see Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire) take charge of the whistle. We've never - to our knowledge - had Mr Swarbrick in the middle. The nearest we've come to him taking charge was during August 2004 when he ran the line in the 3-1 away defeat against Bury - the first match of that season. He then performed a similar role three months later in the FA Cup up at Darlington

Mr Swarbrick will be assisted by David Richardson (Yorkshire) and Rob Steans (Leicestershire). The fourth official will be Nigel Smith of Derbyshire.


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26 February 2007 : Skivs In Team of the Week
The Yeovil Town captain Terry Skiverton makes yet another appearance in the Football League divisional teams of the week. The League One team for the week up to February 26th reads :

Neil Sullivan - Doncaster Rovers
Neil Young - AFC Bournemouth
TERRY SKIVERTON - Yeovil Town
Richard Shaw - Millwall
Jason Crowe - Northampton Town
Chris Brandon - Huddersfield Town
Bradley Johnson - Northampton Town
Steven Schumacher - Bradford City
Jason Price - Doncaster Rovers
Junior Agogo - Nottingham Forest
Ryan Jarvis - Leyton Orient

Congratulations to all, but especially our very own Skivs of course.


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26 February 2007 : BBC Radio Interviews From Swansea Match
The BBC local radio interviews from Saturday's match against Swansea City have been uploaded onto the BBC Somerset Sound website.

In addition to the usual post-match interview with Russell Slade, they also have an interview with goalscorer Marcus Stewart.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.

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


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25 February 2007 : Setback For Ladies
The Glovers trip to Team Bath was the only fixture in the South West Women's Premier League to escape a postponement today, and by 4.00 p.m. Yeovil Town Ladies probably wished it hadn't. The league leaders went down to a shock 3-2 defeat, and the title race has been blown wide open again.

Town lead the table on 29 points, with Cullompton Rangers in second seven points behind but now having three matches in hand. Penzance are third on 21 points but have played four games less. The Cornish club visit Huish Park next Sunday in a match that's become even more crucial to both teams hopes of securing the Championship after Yeovil's loss today.


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25 February 2007 : Brian Kynaston Memorial Plaque
Just over four years ago, Yeovil Town lost one of its most charismatic supporters. Brian Kynaston passed away, aged just 48 years old, after he fell into the River Yeo whilst waiting for a lift home one night. The terrible event shocked everyone at Huish Park and it is particularly sad to note that Brian did not witness the Glovers' march through the leagues that has taken the club to 2nd place in League One.

Supporter Mark Kelly has used some of the excess funds collected from this season's Away Travel Club coaches to help create a memorial plaque for Brian, that it is hoped will be placed in the club's Garden of Remembrance. Mark would like to thank those who have travelled in their coaches this season for making this possible.

Mark has also been able to hand over £300 to the club this weekend, which has been used to fund new training gear for the First Team.
Brian Kynaston Memorial Plaque.
Brian Kynaston Memorial Plaque. Note the slight glare on the plaque is caused by flash photography and is not present on the plaque itself.
Photo © 2007 Mark Kelly / Ciderspace



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25 February 2007 : Friday Night Football Survey Reminder
A final reminder that you only have just over three days to complete our survey on Friday night football. For those who use the Firefox browser, you may have encountered a bug in their browser that causes problems with this voting form. We're pleased to say that thanks to Frome Glover this problem is now fixed and Firefox users should no longer experience this problem.

At February's CCM, the club announced that they were considering the introduction of Friday night football as part of next season's fixtures. As this did not come up in any shape or form in our wider survey on attendances conducted in September 2006, a new short survey has been devised that will hopefully take under 5 minutes to fill in.

Remember that if you have multiple members of your household who attend matches, make sure each household member fills in an entry. For example, for one member of your household, Friday nights may be attractive, but for another it may be unattractive.

We will keep the survey open Wednesday at midnight and then publish the results.

Link: Ciderpace Survey : Friday Night Football Matches.


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25 February 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Swansea Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade believes his side showed the right sort of attitude to see off Swansea City yesterday when the two sides met at Huish Park. Yeovil Town won 1-0 thanks to a Marcus Stewart header but Russell believed that the way the side played in the final five minutes was just as important as the goal itself.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell admitted: "It's that grit, it's that determination and the ability to head, tackle, mark. Those are the sort of qualities that very often get you the result that you require. We showed those in abundance when we had to today, particularly in the last five minutes."

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

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: Russell Slade's Match Preview.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.


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24 February 2007 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town vs Swansea City
The full Ciderspace match report for today's 1-0 win over Swansea City can now be found on-line.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 1 Swansea City 0.


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24 February 2007 : Stewart Shows Life After Best
Yeovil Town climbed up to an incredible second in League One this afternoon after an entertaining 1-0 win against play-off hopefuls Swansea City. Marcus Stewart marked his return to the first team following a three game injury layoff with the only and winning goal.

Stewart firmly demonstrated that life without Leon Best isn’t going to disrupt the promotion bandwagon at Yeovil and was in fine form all afternoon. The former Bristol City striker had Yeovil’s two best chances of the first half, forcing good work out of Michael Oates in the Swansea goal.

Stewart grabbed his sixth goal of the season, his first since signing permanently in the January transfer window, after a tremendous ball from Nathan Jones, who was immense all afternoon, was headed in from Stewart inside the six yard box.

Swansea piled the pressure on the Yeovil defence in latter stages of the match. Their best chance to level matters was denied by Steve Mildenhall who made a great save to keep out Andy Robinson. But Yeovil hung on to clinch three vital points and move up into an automatic promotion position.

Final score: Yeovil Town 1-0 Swansea City.

[Article by George Murray.]


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24 February 2007 : Red Nose Day Update
Further to our news earlier this week (Feb 21st) the charity raffle and auction of YTFC-related memorabilia organised by the Princes Street Dental Practice in aid of Comic Relief is now taking shape. Organiser Don Gibson who is also the YTFC Club Dentist gives the following update:
I am pleased to say that the support from the club has been magnificent and as a result we have now split the prizes into some for the raffle and some for general auction on e-bay.

For the raffle prizes include signed shirts from Scott Guyett, Arron Davies and Danny Webb. Signed cap, training top and training mac from Russell Slade. A signed YTFC plate by Peter Sweeney. Signed goalkeeping gloves from Steve Mildenhall. Fourteen signed pairs of shorts from various players, some with all the squad signatures on and several signed programmes.

There will be a 10 day auction on e-bay starting on Wednesday night when the following will be auctioned. A signed Terry Skiverton shirt and signed pair of boots offered together as a set. Signed boots from Chris Cohen, Terrell Forbes, Wayne Gray, Jean-Paul Kalala, Nathan Jones and Marcus Stewart and finally Match Ball No.1 from todays match vs Swansea City signed by all the YTFC team with the MOM and Goalscorer individually identified.

I'm sure you will agree this is a wonderful gesture from Russell and the lads and I can't thank them enough.

Tickets on sale for the raffle at Princes Street Dental Practice and the e-bay auction starting on Wednesday night.

I will publicise the auction again nearer the time.

Don.



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24 February 2007 : MOTM Voting For Swansea
Don't forget that you can vote for your Man Of The Match following this afternoon's 1-0 victory over Swansea City. The only goal of the game was scored by Marcus Stewart early in the second half after he got on the end of a Nathan Jones free kick.

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


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24 February 2007 : Interview With Leon Best
Outgoing striker Leon Best thanked everyone at Yeovil Town who had made his three month stay at Huish Park so welcome. Leon's final match was on Tuesday night where he scored his 10th goal of his loan spell against Bournemouth which gave him the perfect send-off for his time with the Glovers. Leon was quick to recognise what being at Huish Park had done for his career.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol after Tuesday's match, Leon admitted: "With all of the goals that I've scored and the name that I've got now, I wouldn't have had if I hadn't come here. I'd like to thank all the fans for making me welcome as soon as I came here. I'd also like to thank the manager and all of the players, especially those who have set me up a few times."

Read the full interview with Leon Best by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Interview With Leon Best.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.


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23 February 2007 : Knights Paperwork Done
Further to Tuesday's (20th February) news that Yeovil Town had agreed a 93 day loan deal with Ipswich Town striker Darryl Knights, the paperwork has now been successfully lodged with the authorities this afternoon. Darryl will remain at Huish Park until the end of the season, including any theoretical playoff matches. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound about the deal, manager Russell Slade said:

"Darryl was one of those who it was difficult to turn down really. He is a young player and financially it has not been a big gamble for us. But he has got great pedigree. He's played for England at Under 17 level and I think he had a game or two at Under 18 level as well. He is good striker with good movement. With a little bit of work, because he needs to get physically stronger, I think he can score goals in games. He's scored one or two goals during the brief time he has been here and in games that he has played him. At Cheltenham, I saw him play that night and he got a goal and could have got another. We think there is something there and we can now have a little bit of time to have a look at him and assess him."

The 18 year old is an academy graduate who was a member of their 2004-05 FA Youth Cup winning side.

He made his debut for the Tractor Boys as a substitute at Sunderland in November 2004, although that still stands as his one and only first team appearance for the Championship side. He signed his first professional contract for the club in May 2005.

Darryl has been a regular for England at youth level, having played for his country in the U17 European Championship qualifiers during the summer of 2005.

He has so far played in two competitive Yeovil Town Reserves matches, scoring one goal against Cheltenham Town Reserves, whilst his debut saw him win a penalty against Weymouth Reserves.


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23 February 2007 : Yet Another Ticketing U-Turn
Tomorrow's match against Swansea City will now no longer be all-ticket, following a U-turn made by the club around 5.00pm today. The match has been labelled as an all-ticket match since last August, however at the last minute a decision has been made to allow tickets to be made available on the day.

Attendances this season are down over 10 percent, and last week's match against Tranmere Rovers was watched by just 5,168 spectators. Hence it was obvious at that point that no part of the ground would sell out for tomorrow's fixture. However, with the decision to have a rethink on policy being taken so late, it is unlikely that many Glovers fans will pick up on this reversal.

Prices will remain at the Premium Pricing rates. See the Huish Park Ticket Prices page for full details, remembering to add on four pounds to the Adult, Disabled, OAP and Student rates for pre-match prices. We are assuming that there is no "on the day" two pounds levy on any tickets bought on the day although this has not been stated either way by the club.

Link: 2006-07 Huish Park Ticket Prices.


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23 February 2007 : Yeovil Town vs Swansea City Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Swansea City tomorrow afternoon in a home match at Huish Park that could be seen as one of the more crucial matches in the remainder of the current fixture calendar. The importance of the game can be measured by the fact that Swansea are the first team lying outside the playoffs in 7th position in the table, and therefore the primary side that the Glovers would wish to force a significant gap between if they are to guarantee themselves at least a League One playoff position. At present that gap is a very healthy nine points, although the last few weeks have shown how easily such gaps can grow or shrink within a matter of days.

Swansea have the sort of injury crisis that would cripple most League One sides, and they lost four players as part of Tuesday night's 0-2 home defeat against Scunthorpe United. Striker Adebayo Akinfenwa suffered a broken leg during the match and is expected to be out for six months. In addition, they saw midfielder Darren Pratley dislocate his shoulder and be ruled out for a month, whilst Izzy Ireikpen picked up a hamstring strain and Richard Duffy pick up a bruised foot. In addition Darren Way, Owain Tudur Jones, Tom Williams and Garry Monk are longer term injuries.

Despite that, the Swans have a significant squad size and are easily able to cover for their sudden loss of players. Former Huddersfield Town striker Pawel Abbott has only made one start since his £150,000 move in January and he will take Atkinfenwa's position. Meanwhile former Glover Kevin Amankwaah, the experienced Andy Tate and fit-again Leon Britton stand by to cover the loss of Ireikpen and Duffy.

Swansea's local press are predicting that the visitors will switch formations for the trip to Huish Park - yet another club to amend their usual tactics in an effort to disturb the Glovers. Despite Swansea having played a 4-4-2 all season with a 4-3-3 having been utilised under caretaker manager Kevin Nugent, the prediction is that the Swans will play their first ever 3-5-2 formation tomorrow. Nugent admits this may be the case, but blames it on his side's injury list that means he only has two available strikers having lost Adebayo Akinfenwa. Speaking to the South Wales Evening Post he states:

"We've spoken about getting a striker in but it doesn't look as though anything will happen before Yeovil. It's not easy to find big forwards, and when you do the next question is whether they want to come. We've got two good strikers in Pawel Abbott and Lee Trundle, but the problem is that neither is of Bayo's ilk. He's a one-off really - he holds the ball up as well as anyone I've seen - and if we want to play a system with one up front he is a lynch pin. That means we have to think about different tactics."

Unusually for Glovers boss Russell Slade, he has no new injury concerns, and the way the other players have held up in recent matches have allowed him to hold back in reintroducing the likes of Anthony Barry and Marcus Stewart too quickly to the side, with both warming the bench on Tuesday night at Bournemouth. Marcus had barely got back on the training field before being named as a substitute at the Fitness First Stadium and speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, Slade admitted he was glad he didn't have to use him:

"The good thing about Tuesday in a way, was that I didn't have to put him on. We put him on the bench and of course he would have come on and done his best but he hadn't had an awful lot of training under his belt. It has allowed him to have a few more days training and for his calf to settle down even more and therefore we are even more positive and hopeful that he will be in line for a recall on Saturday."

Fellow striker Lee Morris has an outside chance of a recall to the bench (see yesterday's news), however Andy Lindegaard (groin), Mark Lynch (knee) and Paul Terry (knee) remain unavailable. Reserve team goalkeeper Danny Barker also has a slight groin injury ruling him out of any action for two weeks.

The last meeting between the two clubs took place at the Liberty Stadium in September 2006 when a Marcus Stewart second half header gave him his first ever goal in Yeovil Town colours. However a controversial Lee Trundle penalty, awarded when Adebayo Akinfenwa was claimed to be fouled inside the box by Terrell Forbes, saw the scores levelled from the spot.

A reminder that this match is an ALL TICKET game and no ticket sales will be made beyond Friday 5.00pm. If you have not bought a ticket for this match, you should not turn up to Huish Park on the day of the game.

Link: September 2006 : Swansea City 1 Yeovil Town 1.


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23 February 2007 : Rose Signing Confirmed
Further to reports on these pages on Monday (Feb 19th), former Queen's Park Rangers defender Matthew Rose has now been officially unveiled as a Yeovil Town player. He has signed a deal with the club that will take him through to the end of this season, with an option for the club to extend beyond that point should things work out.

Matthew has been a free agent since he left Loftus Road on January 1st 2007. He is a 31 year old, who had spent almost 10 years in West London, clocking up 261 appearances and 8 goals.

Rose was brought to Rangers by Stewart Houston, who had also managed and coached him at Arsenal where he had started his career as a trainee before moving across the capital for half a million pounds - a sign of the value Houston placed on a player who had made just 5 appearances for the Gunners by the time he left Highbury. He led the Gunners Youth Team to the FA Youth Cup in 1994, but despite being versatile enough to play anywhere along the back four, he was unable to break into an Arsenal back four that was nearly a fixed institution of Adams, Keown, Dixon and Winterburn.

Rose was still being cited as being a major influence on Rangers' fortunes by former manager Ian Holloway during his time at Loftus Road, but since his departure, appearances became much harder to come by and he had not played for QPR since the end of October. A somewhat poor injury record has not helped his career that many believe would have gone further were it not for him spending rather a sizeable chunk of his time at Loftus Road on the treatment table.

Ciderspace would like to welcome Matthew to the club, and hope he is successful in his stay at Huish Park right up to the summer and beyond.


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23 February 2007 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 48 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have issued the following results in Week 48 of their Glovers Gold Bond scheme:

Glovers Gold Bond : Week 48 : 23rd February 2007
01935 423662 (Ext 291)


£1000 Monthly Jackpot
A2546 - Mr Rendall, Rivers Road, Yeovil
£50 Agent Bonus - 047

£100 Winners
Monday F3297 Miss O’Malley, Mayfield Road, Yeovil
Tuesday E6600 Mrs P Spurway, Cypress Drive, Yeovil
Wednesday C8941 Mr Coward, Combe Street Lane, Yeovil
Thursday E7336 Mr C Herbert, Littlefields, Sherborne
Friday C8998 Mrs C Lovekin, Westland Road, Yeovil

£10 Consolations
A3297 Mrs Baskett, Beech Avenue, Shepton Mallet
B3297 Mr K Ring, West View, Milborne Port
C3297 Mrs E J Wootten, Hawkes Rise, Houndstone
D3297 Mr D J Brenton, Hillcrest Road, Yeovil
E3297 Mrs L Cheney, Westland Road, Yeovil
A6600 Mr P Harris, Lightgate Lane, South Petherton
B6600 Mr Davidge, Kenmore Drive, Yeovil
C6600 Mrs D Hallett, Highfield, West Chinnock
D6600 Mr F Kewin, Malmesbury Way, Yeovil
E8941 Mrs Higgins, Brutton Way, Chard
B7336 Mr P McGuinn, Mayfield Road, Yeovil
C7336 Mr L Harrington, Cabell Court, Frome
A8998 Sam Fallon, Manor Vale, Mosterton
D8998 Mr R Mann, Cedar Grove, Yeovil


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22 February 2007 : Thomas Back At Boston
No sooner did central defender Bradley Thomas appear to have escaped the clutches of Steve Evans, Chief Cheat at Boston United, than he has landed back in Lincolnshire.

Bradley played in their 1-1 draw against Peterborough United on Tuesday night and Glovers boss Russell Slade has confirmed that he has agreed for him to be loaned out again to the side who are currently struggling against relegation from the Football League.


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22 February 2007 : Morris Back In Training
Yeovil Town striker Lee Morris is finally back in full training following his recent calf muscle tear. Lee has been out of the Glovers team more or less since mid-January when he picked up a calf injury in the away match against Nottingham Forest.

At the time that was assumed to be a more minor muscle pull, but when Lee appeared as a substitute during the home match against Millwall at the start of the month, he still felt pain in his calf muscle and a subsequent MRI scan revealed a small muscle tear.

Now fully rested and having given the muscle time to heal, Lee has recommenced training this week and speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, manager Russell Slade said that he could even be in the reckoning for Saturday's match against Swansea City:

"He has trained today, so we are delighted with that. He's been a little bit longer than Marcus Stewart was because the scan did reveal a positive tear in there. So we've had to keep Lee back a bit. But he's made good progress over this last week and we are hopeful that there will be no reoccurence. He'll train again tomorrow and then we'll make our minds up. The fact is that he is getting ever so close again and that is useful, particularly with us having lost Leon Best."


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22 February 2007 : Slade Confirms Rose Move
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has today confirmed that he is looking to sign former Queen's Park Rangers defender Matthew Rose. As mentioned on this site on Monday (see February 19th), Rose left Loftus Road in early January, and is currently a free agent.

Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, Russell admitted that he is looking to tie up a deal with the versatile defender before Saturday's match against Swansea City:

"I was just looking for a versatile defender really and if possible an experienced one and there are not too many of those around. We've perhaps landed on one of them with Matty Rose from QPR. We're doing our best now to thrash out a deal with him and hopefully complete that so he is available for our squad for Saturday. Fingers crossed on that. He's got a wealth of experience. He's played most of his time of course either in the Championship or in the Premier League. He is vastly experienced and can play left-back, right-back, centre-half and even sit in midfield. In fact he said that the only two positions he said he hadn't played were centre-forward or in goal! That's the sort that we need right now and I think he will do his bit for the cause."

For a full profile of Matthew, see the news article from February 19th.


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22 February 2007 : England Under 18s Group Booking Form
As mentioned yesterday, the press release from TheFA.com did not include the online booking form that had been mentioned within their article publicising the forthcoming international between England Under 18s and Holland Under 18s.

That has now been placed onto their website at the top of the original article and can also be downloaded using the link below. You will need a free copy of Acrobat Reader to display the PDF file.

Link: TheFA.com : England U18s vs Holland U18s : Group Booking Form.

For further information on the match, which will take place on Tuesday 27 March 2007 at Huish Park, kick-off 7.45pm, see yesterday's news item.


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22 February 2007 : Nugent Expecting Extended Stay
Swansea City caretaker manager Kevin Nugent is still expected to be in charge for their trip to Yeovil Town on Saturday. Nugent was former manager Kenny Jackett's assistant and took over when Jackett left the club by mutual consent last week.

Initially the Swansea board put Nugent in charge for two matches, but they now admit that he is likely to have a longer spell at the helm. Speaking to the South Wales Echo Chairman Huw Jenkins admitted:

"It's not an ideal situation because of the uncertainty, but I would expect Kevin to be in charge at Yeovil and he fully understands our predicament. Things would have been different had we been in a position where we knew we'd be looking for a new manager. But as I've said all along, Kenny's departure left as disappointed and surprised. Kevin is happy to carry on and, while it's not easy, we have every faith in the staff currently working for the football club."

Swansea are believed to have only just started interviewing for the vacancy and therefore no announcement on the position is expected to take place until sometime next week.


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22 February 2007 : Swansea City Ticketing Reminder
A reminder that Saturday's match against Swansea City is an ALL TICKET match and this means that there will be no tickets sold on the day of the match itself. Final sales for the game will be by 5.00pm on Friday from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Final sales for Swansea fans will be 2.00pm tomorrow from the Liberty Stadium.

Prices for the match have been set at the Premium Pricing rate, which means tickets will cost four pounds more than the usual pre-match ticket prices, with the exception of Under 16s and Junior Glovers, who will pay the usual prematch prices. For full pricing details, see the ticket prices page.

Link: 2006-07 Huish Park Match Day Ticket Prices.


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22 February 2007 : Swans Suffer Injury Crisis
Saturday visitors Swansea City are the latest League One side to be feeling the pinch as they suffered several injuries in their 0-2 home defeat against Scunthorpe United in midweek that have left them with team selection headaches ahead of their trip to Yeovil.

Worst of the lot is striker Adebayo Akinfenwa who suffered a broken leg during the match and is expected to be out for six months. In addition, they saw midfielder Darren Pratley dislocate his shoulder and be ruled out for a month, whilst Izzy Ireikpen picked up a hamstring strain and Richard Duffy pick up a bruised foot. Only the latter has a chance of making Saturday's game.

In addition, they have a significant ongoing injury list including ex-Yeovil Town star Darren Way, who has barely played in South Wales since leaving the club, having notched up just six league starts due to injury. Darren's last game for Swansea was in mid-October and the last report on the matter looked grim with staff at the Liberty Stadium admitting they were stumped as to how to deal with the shin problems that have plagued him since his latter days at Huish Park. Others out of Saturday's match include Owain Tudur Jones, Tom Williams, Leon Britton and Garry Monk.

They still hope to recruit in a replacement for Akinfenwa before the weekend though, with only Lee Trundle and Pawel Abbott left as senior strikers following the sale of Rory Fallon and Leon Knight during the transfer window - ironically due to former manager Kenny Jackett feeling they had too many strikers on their books. Chairman Huw Jenkins told the South Wales Echo:

"Losing Bayo is a huge disappointment considering the impact he has made for us as a team. We're trying to bring someone in on loan before the weekend because we certainly need to. Kevin Reeves is working hard and we have made one or two approaches over certain players."


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22 February 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Bournemouth Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade praised on-loan striker Leon Best for his contribution to Yeovil's season after the Southampton striker had grabbed the 10th goal of his loan spell in Tuesday's 2-0 win over AFC Bournemouth. Best now returns to St Mary's Stadium, but Russell expressed his thanks to the player on his way out.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell explained: "I'm delighted for him that he has got into double figures because he has now scored 10 for us, which is a fantastic achievement on his loan spell for us. We will miss him and hopefully one day we will get the opportunity to bring him back to Yeovil."

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

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.


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21 February 2007 : Reserves Lose At Southampton
Yeovil Town Reserves lost 6-2 against Southampton Reserves this afternoon, in a low-key friendly played at Staplewood. So low-key in fact that only an oblique reference to it on BBC Radio Bristol yesterday hinted that such a game was taking place.

The Southampton Official Site though have covered it in full, and report that after the Glovers scored the opening goal, Saints went on to run riot with Cedric Baseya scoring four goals with Jamie White and Matthew Paterson getting one each. Yeovil's other goal pulled the scores back to 4-2.

There is no mention of any Yeovil players in their report, although the BBC were yesterday stating that ex-Plymouth Argyle defender Anthony Barness and former Queen's Park Rangers defender Matthew Rose were due to be in the line-up. Former Glovers loan player Martin Cranie played in the Saints line-up. There is no word as yet of who got the goals for Yeovil.

Saints Reserves Line-Up: Bialkowski, James, Rudd, Cranie, Thomson, Dyer, Idiakez, Licka, Dutton-Black, Baseya, White. Subs: Lancashire, Toti, Paterson, Byrne, I Jones, Mills, Poke.


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21 February 2007 : Ciderspace Match Report : Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town
The Ciderspace match report for last night's 0-2 away win against AFC Bournemouth can now be found on-line.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : AFC Bournemouth 0 Yeovil Town 2.


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21 February 2007 : BBC Radio Interviews From Bournemouth Match
The BBC Local Radio interviews associated with yesterday's 2-0 away win against AFC Bournemouth have now been loaded onto the BBC Somerset Sound website.

Aside from the usual post-match thoughts of manager Russell Slade, they also catch up with goalscorers Wayne Gray and Leon Best. Leon was of course making his final appearance for the Glovers and so this represents his farewell interview with the radio station.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.


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21 February 2007 : Officials For Visit Of Swans
We've already seen Tony Bates (Staffordshire) in the middle once this season, the 1-1 at Sixfields in September. Prior to that he was at Huish Park for the 3-0 over Doncaster Rovers in April 2006, and twice in 2004-05 - away to Swansea City (2-0 victory) and away to Rushden & Diamonds (0-2 loss). No particular complaints on the refereeing that we can recall in any of those fixtures.

Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Stephen Tomlinson (Hampshire) - now there is a dismal referee - will be running the line, Guy Beale (Somerset) the fourth official.


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21 February 2007 : Dempsey Move Draws Closer
Yeovil Town's move for Aberdeen midfielder Gary Dempsey moved closer late yesterday with the news that Dempsey is planning to travel south shortly to hold secondary talks with the club over a draft contract offer they have given him in an attempt to lure him to Huish Park. And he admits that his future at Pittodrie could well be ended by the weekend if his current club do not offer an alternative. Speaking to the Aberdeen Evening Express he said of Yeovil's offer - believed to be a two year contract:

"It's nice to feel wanted and I'll probably travel back down to Yeovil later this week for more talks. The club will have to draw up two contracts as we're not sure what division Yeovil will be playing in next season. I only trained with them for a few days but must have shown enough as they were quick to offer me something. It now looks more than likely that I will sign for Yeovil and I expect my future to be decided by the end of the week."

There still appears to be a door open for his current side to make a move and offer him a new deal to stay in Scotland and certainly the 26 year old Irishman has expressed disappointment that up until now they have not been able to get anything on the table:

"I have been hanging on hoping that Aberdeen would still offer me something. I never thought I would leave the club without at least being given the chance to stay. As things stand I don't have a decision to make as Aberdeen haven't offered me anything."

If Dempsey signs for the Glovers, it will merely be a pre-contract agreement to join the club in the summer when his contract in Scotland runs out. Emergency loan rules prevent Yeovil from obtaining the former Everton trainee for any time this season.


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21 February 2007 : Comic Relief Charity Auction and Raffle
The Princes Street Dental Practice has organised a charity raffle and also an auction of YTFC-related memorabilia. The collection has been put together by Don Gibson at the practice, who is also YTFC's Club Dentist, looking after the players' gnashers. Don reports that the organisation of the fundraising, all in aid of Comic Relief as part of their Red Nose Day is now taking shape:

I can finally announce that thanks to the support of Russell Slade and the YTFC players we are holding a raffle in aid of Comic Relief at Princes Street Dental Practice.

There are two draws, a childrens draw with tickets costing 50p/strip and the prize being a YTFC goody bag with two teddy bears, a wallet and a money box.

The adult draw has several prizes including signed shirts, signed shorts, signed training kit/cap (Russells) signed programmes , a signed YTFC dinner plate and various other items still to be finalised. Tickets cost £1/strip and it is hoped to get one of the players to make the draw on Red Nose Day , March 16th.

All items are from the players personal collection and are accompanied by a certificate of authentication from the club.

Tickets are on sale from Princes Street Dental Practice reception, 45 Princes Street, Monday- Friday 8.30-12.30 and 14.00-17.00. Everyone welcome.

For those that cannot buy in person, there will also be an auction held in the next two weeks on e-bay. The Item on sale is a signed shirt owned by captain fantastic Terry Skiverton and a pair of his boots signed too. Both items with a certificate.

I'll post when this is up for sale nearer the date.

Don.



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21 February 2007 : Huish Park To Host U18 International
The Football Association has today announced that an U18 Friendly International between England and Holland will take place at Huish Park on Tuesday 27th March 2007.

On the F.A.'s Official Site they write :

'The Glovers have hosted four England internationals since moving to Huish Park, with a semi-pro clash between the England and Holland the last, back in April 2002.

The U18s have also played twice previously at the ground, with a 3-3 draw against France in 1993 the first, and a 3-0 victory over Scotland in 1996 the second, the latter a match which featured Frank Lampard and Emile Heskey for The Three Lions.

England Head Coach Brian Eastick is looking forward to the game, which kicks-off at 7.45 p.m., and the chance to take his players to the South West.'

Speaking to the site Eastwick said :

There is quite a buzz around the West Country with Yeovil and Bristol City riding high in League One, Plymouth through to the last eight of The FA Cup and Exeter City challenging for The Football Conference play-offs.

The last Dutch squad contained players from Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, Feyenoord as well as Arsenal, so fans at the game can expect to see two technically strong teams who both like to play attacking football.

We don’t get to play too many games at U18 level but I’m looking forward to seeing how the players have developed, as this game really is the first step in preparation for the 2008 UEFA U19 European Championship.


Yeovil Town chairman John Fry is quoted as saying :

We are absolutely delighted to be able to host an England match down here in Somerset at Huish Park. It is a sign of the growing stature of the club within the Football League and will help highlight Yeovil more brightly on the football map of England. It will also give our supporters and people in the Somerset area a chance to see some of the potential stars of English football in the near future.

Tickets for the match can be purchased from today from Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935 847888. Prices are: adults £3.00 (£5.00 on the night) and £1.00 for concessions.

Schools and groups (minimum of 15 people and supervisory ratio minimum of one adult per 10 children) can book tickets in advance at a cost of just £0.50 per ticket. However the links provided on the F.A. and Yeovil sites don't appear to take you to the promised booking form at present.


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20 February 2007 : Knights Loan Schedule
As part of tonight's BBC Radio Bristol commentary for the 2-0 win over AFC Bournemouth, reporter Chris Spittles has indicated that the paperwork for Darryl Knights's loan transfer to Yeovil Town will be lodged on Friday. This has been arranged because it would then mean that Darryl's 93rd day with the club - the maximum permissible under the emergency loan rules - would coincide with any theoretical League One Playoff Final that the Glovers could end up being involved in.

They also stated that from conversations with manager Russell Slade, they expect Knights to be used more as an "impact player" coming on from the bench rather than an attempt to directly replace outgoing striker Leon Best.


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20 February 2007 : Away Day Glovers Strike Again
Yeovil Town knocked up their 7th away victory of the season tonight when they notched up their first ever league win over AFC Bournemouth, thanks to goals from Wayne Gray and Leon Best in a 2-0 scoreline at the Fitness First Stadium.

Despite being not at their best during the opening 25 minutes, the Glovers took the lead against the run of play when a long pass by Nathan Jones perfectly found Wayne Gray in the box. Using his strength to turn his man, he needed no further assistance to fire home Yeovil's opener and shellshock their hosts.

The goal showed Bournemouth up to be a side low on confidence and the Glovers went on to control the remainder of the half. Regrouping in the second period and changing to a 4-3-3 formation, Bournemouth again came out strongly but without quite so much end product. Once again it was after a strong spell of Bournemouth pressure, with Steve Mildenhall in superb form to deny numerous attempts on goal, that the Glovers threw the sucker punch.

Manager Russell Slade had only just thrown on substitute Peter Sweeney and his ball into the box found striker Leon Best two yards out and unmarked and there was only going to be one end result. Best notched up his 10th goal of a fantastic loan spell and ensured a happy end to his stay in Somerset.

Another positive tonight was the return to the squad for Marcus Stewart, although he did little more than warm the bench tonight, with Slade no doubt wanting to keep him fresh for the vacancy that will need to be filled in the front line for Saturday's game.

Link: 2006-07 Latest League One Table.

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


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20 February 2007 : BBC Local Radio Commentary For Bournemouth
For those who struggle with receiving BBC Somerset Sound's crackly old Medium Wave, a bonus for you all tonight. The match at the Fitness First Stadium against AFC Bournemouth will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Bristol's FM frequencies on 95.5FM.

Coverage of the match starts at approximately 7.05pm with the game itself kicking off at 7.45pm.


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20 February 2007 : Knights Signs Up On Loan
Ipswich Town striker Darryl Knights has joined Yeovil Town on loan for the remainder of the season. Knights has been on trial at Huish Park for two weeks now, playing in two Reserve Team games and manager Russell Slade has already said that he likes the look of a player who has scored once and was brought down for a penalty during the two games played.

Speaking to the Ipswich official website, manager Jim Magilton said of the deal:

"Darryl going out on loan gives him the chance to play regular football and that is exactly what he needs at this stage."

With Leon Best making his final appearance for the Glovers tonight, Knights, who offers plenty of pace up front, would appear to be a clear swap for the outgoing striker. Ciderspace welcomes Darryl to Yeovil and hopes that he will have a successful stay.


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20 February 2007 : Farewell Leon
Southampton striker Leon Best bids farewell to Yeovil Town tonight as he bows out in a match against AFC Bournemouth - another side he has had a loan spell with this season - before he makes his return to St Mary's Stadium.

Leon made his debut for the Glovers on November 25th 2006 in a home match against Scunthorpe United, in what was thought at the time to be merely a month's loan to cover the absence of fellow striker Marcus Stewart who had been forced to return to Ashton Gate pending his permanent transfer to the club.

However the arrival of the 20 year old turned into much more than just acting as cover for Stewie and when he netted the following week in his first start for the club against Rotherham United, it was to kick-start a highly impressive run of form that has since seen him net nine times in just 13 starts, leaving him as the leading Yeovil Town goalscorer. Just over a week ago, he perhaps capped his best 45 minutes worth of football - scoring twice and laying on the two other goals as the Glovers stunned Carlisle United with a 4-1 win.

Sadly for Yeovil and for Leon, Saints boss George Burley refused to sanction a loan until the end of the season and so Leon will play his final game tonight with his loan spell officially completing on Friday. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound though, Best said that he was delighted with how it had gone and that it had given him a real confidence boost:

"I'm confident in myself now. It's gone how I'd like it to have, to be fair. If someone had said that it was going to go like that when I went to Yeovil, I would have been delighted and happy with it. So I am delighted and I am happy. I thank the fans, the manager Russell Slade and all of the players and I really do hope Yeovil do very well."

Leon has made it clear in past interviews that he hopes he is going back for the right reasons - to challenge for a first team place in Southampton's squad. Burley has been far more coy in what his plans for Best are upon his return and it is not beyond the bounds of possibility that Leon may be loaned straight back out to a bigger club to try and increase the market price of a player who even upon his return to St Mary's is still likely to be behind the likes of Grzegorz Rasiak, Kenwyne Jones, Bradley Wright-Phillips and new loan signing Marek Saganowski in the pecking order. It would seem likely that Best could be sold during the summer, but who to and at what price is anyone's guess.

Ciderspace wishes Leon the very best of luck in his future career, including his farewell appearance tonight, and hope we have the privilege of seeing him in a Yeovil Town shirt again sometime in the future.


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20 February 2007 : Dempsey Gets Glovers Offer
Aberdeen midfielder Gary Dempsey has been given a formal offer of a two year contract by Yeovil Town according to Scottish paper The Press and Journal.

As reported last week, the club are looking for the former Everton trainee to sign a pre-contract agreement for him to join the Glovers when his contract runs out at Pittodrie and now it seems that the ball is firmly in Abderdeen's court to respond with their own offer. Dempsey told the paper:

"Yeovil have come forward with a good offer and, as things stand, it is the only option I have. I've spoken briefly to Jimmy Calderwood today to keep him updated and, hopefully, we'll be able to discuss it further. I've been told Aberdeen want to keep me, but things can change from week to week and month to month. Yeovil have not set a deadline, but I want everything settled in the next week to 10 days so I have security for next season."

The problem for Aberdeen is that their board have refused to set boss Jimmy Calderwood with any firm budget for next season meaning that at present all he can give Dempsey is theoretical figures that may not be honoured, and Calderwood admits that the delay in being able to give a counter-offer could swing things against the Dons:

"Gary has received the offer from Yeovil and I need to talk to him to see what we are going to do. There will be an offer from Aberdeen eventually, but I don't know if that is good enough for Gary."

With all of this being played out so openly, there has been a slight sniff that Dempsey may be attempting to force his current employer's hand, particularly given that he turned down a move to Doncaster Rovers a year ago in similar circumstances. However, the general mood of the newspaper is that Dempsey may not be the only departure from Pittodrie with several other players being linked with moves away from the Scottish Premier League side.


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20 February 2007 : Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to the Fitness First Stadium tonight (Tuesday) hoping to put matters back on track following Saturday's disappointing home defeat against Tranmere Rovers. The evening represents a near full fixture list with 10 games being played in League One on the night.

As appears to be the case with most League One sides, AFC Bournemouth have their own list of injury problems or concerns and will have some late decisions to make ahead of the game. Shaun Maher and Steve Foley are long-term absentees whilst a back injury to Marcus Browning and a pulled hamstring to on-loan Chelsea youngster Jack Cork have also disrupted their planning. Sam Vokes is also expected to be out, whilst Ryan Bertrand could miss the final match of his loan period in Dorset with a thigh strain.

Manager Kevin Bond does have three plusses to count on tonight though. Amidst a crowded treatment table, one of the few players not on it is 'Sicknote' himself - Darren Anderton, who had the weekend off after serving a one match suspension. Callum Hart has returned to training following an ankle injury whilst Stephen Purches returned to action on Saturday without reaction having recently come back from a hamstring injury.

Glovers boss Russell Slade also goes into the game with a long list of injury problems. Paul Terry and Mark Lynch remain long term knee injuries, whilst right-back Andy Lindegaard is expected to still be out, having tweaked his groin upon his return to training from a knee injury. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound after Saturday's game, Russell admitted he was in the dark as to how long Lindy would be away from the side:

"I'm not sure. He could be out for a week - I don't know. (Physio) Jim (Joyce) is working really hard on him. He is a terrific physio and he is hoping to get me back as many as he possibly can. Stewie is probably the closest out of them all, and we do get the Frenchman (Jean-Paul Kalala) back as well but our worry is that Wayne came off with an injury (on Saturday) from that collision (with Tranmere's goalkeeper) and gradually his knee has swollen up. Things aren't quite dropping for us at times. We've got to make sure though that we don't feel sorry for ourselves. We've got to roll our sleeves up and we've got to go to Bournemouth and get a result."

As Slade mentions, Jean-Paul Kalala is a definite addition to the squad for the game after serving his single match suspension. In addition Marcus Stewart is back in training, although Slade will have to take a view on his overall match fitness before deciding how ready he is to take part in the match and he may be tempted to defer things until Saturday. The bang on Wayne Gray's knee was not so bad as to keep him out of training although he will doubtless continue to be monitored in the lead-up to the game. Lee Morris is not expected to get back into training from his calf injury until the latter part of this week.

The match is given a nice twist by the fact that childhood friends David McGoldrick and Leon Best will be lining up in opposite sides having followed each other around for most of their careers. The pair started working their way through the Notts County youth ranks, before both moving to Southampton. Now as Leon prepares to bow out in South Somerset and return to St Mary's after tonight, McGoldrick could well make his debut for the Cherries having sat on the bench in their 1-0 defeat at Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

Yeovil haven't got the best of records against the Cherries since entering the Football League. Aside from an LDV Trophy win in 2003, the three league meetings have seen Yeovil gain two draws and a defeat against a side that under former manager Sean O'Driscoll employed a style of play very similar to the Glovers. The August 2006 match at Huish Park ended in a 0-0 draw although Yeovil spent much of the game under the cosh, something that most supporters at the time admitted was due to the pace and power of a striker that at the time meant nothing to Glovers fans - Leon Best! It is therefore fitting that Leon's time at Yeovil should end against the club where most Glovers fans first saw him play.

Tickets are still available on the night for this game - for further information see the ticketing story from yesterday and also the Ciderspace guide to Bournemouth.

Link: August 2006 : Yeovil Town 0 AFC Bournemouth 0.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bournemouth.


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19 February 2007 : Ticketing Advice For Bournemouth
The latest ticket news for tomorrow's (Tuesday) match against AFC Bournemouth is that tickets for the East Stand allocation have been more or less sold out and as a result the club will be opening up the South Stand behind the goal for anyone who buys their ticket tomorrow. This has an 1,100 capacity but it should be noted that it is an uncovered 'temporary' style structure. Current weather forecast is for things to stay dry tomorrow, but bear this in mind if you are travelling tomorrow without a pre-purchased tickets.

Tickets are available on the night at no extra charge. Obviously take advice from the ground stewards, but it looks as though you have to purchase from an designated ticket office for away fans, although some opposition fans have said that Bournemouth sometimes open a cash-only turnstile if this proves insufficient.

The Ciderspace guide to Bournemouth is as usual available and can be found here.


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19 February 2007 : Ex-Championship Defender In Talks
Reports from tonight's BBC Somerset Sound sports bulletins are that Yeovil Town are on the edge of signing a defender who was until recently on the books of Championship club. According to reporter Chris Spittles, the player in question is a free agent who was released from his contract by a Championship side during the last month. If terms can be agreed then he will sign a deal until the end of this season.

The BBC don't go as far as to give any more clues, but the rumourmill suggests that the player concerned is former Queen's Park Rangers defender Matthew Rose who left Loftus Road on January 1st 2007. He is a 31 year old, who had spent almost 10 years in West London, clocking up 261 appearances and 8 goals.

Rose was brought to Rangers by Stewart Houston, who had also managed and coached him at Arsenal where he had started his career as a trainee before moving across the capital for half a million pounds - a sign of the value Houston placed on a player who had made just 5 appearances for the Gunners by the time he left Highbury. He led the Gunners Youth Team to the FA Youth Cup in 1994, but despite being versatile enough to play anywhere along the back four, he was unable to break into an Arsenal back four that was nearly a fixed institution of Adams, Keown, Dixon and Winterburn.

Rose was still being cited as being a major influence on Rangers' fortunes by former manager Ian Holloway during his time at Loftus Road, but since his departure, appearances became much harder to come by and he had not played for QPR since the end of October. A somewhat poor injury record has not helped his career that many believe would have gone further were it not for him spending rather a sizeable chunk of his time at Loftus Road on the treatment table.

BBC Somerset Sound were anticipating an announcement on the official identity of the player to be made either late tonight or early tomorrow morning.


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19 February 2007 : Thomas Returns To HP
Disgraced Lincolnshire outfit Boston United, who cheated their way into the Football League, will continue the battle to avoid the relegation they so richly deserve without the services of Bradley Thomas. As expected after the signing of Albert Jarrett from Watford for a month convicted fraudster and manager Evans has not extended the loan of the Yeovil Town centre back, and his details have been removed from their Official Site.

The Cheats currently lie in 23rd place in League Two.


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19 February 2007 : Earlier Return Than Expected For Stewart?
Today's Western Daily Press is reporting that Marcus Stewart may be back available for selection quicker than the three weeks initially suggested after he limped off at Brunton Park. If so this is good news for the Glovers, who will lose Leon Best after tomorrow's match against AFC Bournemouth.

Stewart said :

They initially thought that I would be out for at least three weeks, but the injury isn't as bad as first thought. There was a tear in the muscle, but it was only a minor one and it's feeling a lot better already.

There's a chance of me being fit for the Bournemouth game on Tuesday and I definitely think I'll be ready for Swansea. With Leon going back, the gaffer may not have many strikers to pick from so it could be a good time for me to come back. We are going to miss Leon's goals and the pressure will be on the rest of us to replace his output. But that sort of pressure is what I thrive on, I've had it all my career.


However it's not all good news on the striker injury front. Wayne Gray has a bruised knee from the game against Tranmere Rovers and was being assessed today as to whether he will be fit for the trip to Dean Court (Fitness First Stadium).


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19 February 2007 : Youth Match Report
The Ciderspace match report on the Youth's 1-0 victory over AFC Bournemouth on Saturday can be read here.


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19 February 2007 : Officials For The AFC Bournemouth Match
Tomorrow night's match against AFC Bournemouth will be looked after by referee Paul Taylor of Hertfordshire. He has been a semi-regular visitor to Huish Park throughout the years, but it is not that often we get him for an away match. His last visit to South Somerset was for the 0-0 draw against Bradford City just before Christmas.

Rather scarily we praised him in that match, and indeed found him to be one of the better officials around when he visited last season for the 0-0 draw with Swindon Town, again praising him for a booking-free game. Perhaps his only drawback is that when he takes charge of matches, there haven't been too many goals scored!

Mr Taylor will be assisted by Ian Cooper (Rochester, Kent) and Andrew Turner (Devon). The latter also ran the line in the pre-Christmas Bradford game, whilst the former is an Isthmian League referee who does not appear on the Football League's official list of recognised assistants. The fourth official is Irvine Woodward (Sussex).

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


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19 February 2007 : BBC Local Radio Interviews From Tranmere
The BBC Local Radio interviews associated with Saturday's 0-2 home defeat against Tranmere Rovers have now been loaded onto the BBC Somerset Sound website.

Aside from the usual post-match thoughts of manager Russell Slade, reporter Alistair Durden also catches up with loan midfielder Nicky Law, who made his debut on Saturday.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.

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


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19 February 2007 : Youth Team Rovers Game Rearranged
Yeovil Town's Under 18s third attempt to play their away match against Bristol Rovers has now been set for Saturday 21st April. Kick-off will be 11.00 a.m. The second attempt to play the match last weekend was aborted due to a frozen pitch.


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19 February 2007 : County Cup Date Set
Yeovil Town's Somerset Premier Cup Quarter-Final home game against Weston-Super-Mare has had a date set. The match will now be played on Tuesday March 20th at Huish Park with a 7.45pm kick-off.


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18 February 2007 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town vs Tranmere Rovers
The full Ciderspace match report for yesterday's 0-2 home defeat against Tranmere Rovers is now online.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 2 Tranmere Rovers 0.


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18 February 2007 : Russell's Verdict On the Tranmere Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade believes his side need to be more ruthless in the opposition penalty box if they are to convert chances when balls come into the box. Speaking after the 0-2 home defeat against Tranmere Rovers, Russell believed that some of his players needed to attack the ball more in the penalty box in order to worry the opposition defenders to a greater extent.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell admitted: "People have got to be prepared to take responsibility and go past people and make things happen. That is not just the front two. That's centre-halves, that's midfielders - they've got to get their head in there or get their foot in there, they've got to mean it and they've got to be ruthless."

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

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: Russell Slade's Match Preview.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.


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17 February 2007 : Shuker Double Downs Inert Glovers
Yeovil Town wasted a glorious opportunity to consolidate their position in the play-off zone after Chris Shuker's brace helped Tranmere Rovers to a brilliant win away at Huish Park.

After a first half which produced few clear-cut goal scoring opportunities, Tranmere broke the deadlock on 53 minutes. Chris Shuker wrong-footed Yeovil’s Terry Skiverton after cutting in from the right before beating Steve Mildenhall in goal.

Arron Davies then wasted a glorious opportunity to level matters minutes later but with just the keeper to beat the winger shot straight at the keeper. But Chris Shuker grabbed his second seven minutes from time to put the game beyond doubt after unleashing an unstoppable strike into the roof of the net, leaving Steve Mildenhall with no chance in the Yeovil goal.

Following the defeat, Russell Slade’s men drop a place to fifth, just four points off an automatic promotion position.

Final score: Yeovil Town 0-2 Tranmere Rovers.

Link: 2006-07 Latest League One Table.

[Article by George Murray.]


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17 February 2007 : End For Thomas At The Mire Of Corruption?
It looks as if the loan spell of Glover Bradley Thomas at the East coast cheats will not be extended. The Pilgrims have signed right winger Albert Jarrett from Watford on a month deal. If they were to extend Bradley's loan they would have six loannees on the books, but are only allowed five in matchday squads, which would make little sense.


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17 February 2007 : Man of the Match v Carlisle United
Unsurprisingly, with his two goals and two assists, Leon Best caught the eye of the Glovers support at Brunton Park in last week's 1-4 act of grand larceny against Carlisle United.

1: Leon Best
2: Steve Mildenhall
3: Chris Cohen

As usual the voting/comment form is available for all those at today's match versus Tranmere Rovers who wish to record their opinion.


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17 February 2007 : Youths Win 1-0
On fifty minutes Liam Hoarder broke the deadlock of a fairly dour encounter that took place at the club's Kingsbury Episcopi Training Ground this morning against AFC Bournemouth.

Eventually, perhaps a little belatedly, the referee reached the end of his tether with the Cherries and reduced them to ten on 75 minutes.

A full account should be available tomorrow, after our roving reporter gets back from the main event against Tranmere Rovers.


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17 February 2007 : Fun At Whaddon Road?
Given our record away to Cheltenham Town, we last won at Whaddon Road in 1978, we don't recall having much fun there, but The Robins have designated the meeting on Saturday 10th March their second Family Fun Day of the season.

Sponsored by the Chelsea Building Society and the Supporters Trust the event will feature face painters, music and performers including the International Allstarzz Dance Team. Events start an hour before the 3.00 p.m. kick-off, at 2.00 p.m.

The club's commercial and marketing manager, Marie Carter said :

The first Fun Day was a real success. Tickets are selling well and we're ahead of the number sold at the same time in advance last year.

Cheltenham calculated that first Fun Day added 600 on what they would have normally expected to the gate.

As one of the Football League's allowable 'home only' promotions the bad news is that the accompanying reduction in ticket prices for family groups is not available to away supporters.

Ticketing information for the Cheltenham match can be found here (8th February). A reminder that it's sales to Season Ticket holders only up until 5.00 p.m. on Friday 23rd February, then general sale from Saturday 24th February.


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17 February 2007 : Slade Been On The Case For A Few Years
Talking of new loan signing Nicky Law manager Russell Slade, speaking to the Western Daily Press, said he'd been aware of the emerging 18-year-old for some time.

He is a very talented player. But he is young and inexperienced and that is why he has come out on loan. He has played bit-parts in some of Sheffield United's games in the Premier League this season.

He has good feet, keeps it really simple and has decent energy. He is also a good passer, sharp one and two-touch stuff. I have known about him for a good few years and he is one of the more talented players coming through the ranks at Bramall Lane at the minute.


Yeovil Town fought off interest from Chesterfield, Crewe Alexandra and Rotherham United to get Law, who trained with the squad for the first time yesterday, on a one month loan. Law will go straight into the squad and, given the shortage in central midfield, is virtually certain to start today's game against Tranmere Rovers.

Slade continued :

It is important not to lose the game because they are one of our close rivals, but we are a little bit patched-up again. We have suffered over recent weeks with one or two injuries and suspensions, which has not allowed me to pick the same team twice.


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16 February 2007 : Club Issues Official Statement
Yeovil Town doesn't issue very much bearing the heading :

Official Club Statement

There was one today, which said :

"Following comments published on the Greenroom Supporters Forum with respect to alleged remarks made by the club's Media Manager.

After a thorough investigation of the matter by myself and my executive management committee, no evidence of any discrimination has been found and I consider the matter now closed.

Discussions on the programme contents will be fully dealt with by the club at the end of the season and presented to the next appropriate Customer Charter Meeting.

John R.Fry

Chairman and Chief Executive"



So what triggered this need to thoroughly investigate and make such an announcement relating to the club's Media Manager, Adrian Hopper?

The issue in question is reports on the meeting between Hopper and Hazel Ford, chairman of the Disabled Supporters' Association.

For some time the DSA has been given space in the club's matchday programme to communicate with its members. Short of sending letters to each individual member with all the costs that would involve, a piece in the programme is the most practical way the DSA has of informing the membership of any news and upcoming matters of interest and concern to them. There have been problems in the past with copy being reproduced twice in consecutive programmes by mistake and other errors, but of particular concern to the D.S.A. at this moment was the gradual erosion of the amount of space allowed to them, which has now been reduced to around a quarter of a page - not enough to serve the Association's needs they felt.

Accordingly Hazel had arranged a meeting with the club Media Manager to request that more space be made available in the programme in future. From his position as programme editor Hopper refused. In the process he described the D.S.A. as a "minority group who's members probably don't attend matches anyway". Those who have had dealings with Hopper in the past may have their own views on the likely tone of this statement. He went on to say that from next season there would be no space in the programme made available for the DSA - or any other supporters organisations, including, by implication, the Vice Presidents' and the Green & White Supporters' Club.

Hazel opted to withdraw from the meeting at that point. She informally informed the Chairman and Chief Executive John Fry of her unhappiness at the attitude of Hopper and the outcome of the meeting. Since then, to the time of writing (Friday evening) the club has made no contact with Hazel in pursuit of its "thorough investigation". She was not invited to, or even informed about, any meeting that presumably took place involving Fry and the executive management committee. In fact the only contact of any sort so far from the club has been to call off a meeting that had been previously arranged with the Stadium Manager about a different matter.

Brilliantly handled so far then.........


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16 February 2007 : McGoldrick Picks Cherries
Southampton striker David McGoldrick has signed on loan at AFC Bournemouth for one month until March 17th.

McGoldrick will make his debut for the Cherries away at Cheltenham Town tomorrow, and of course his first match for Bournemouth at Fitness First Stadium will come against the Glovers on Tuesday.


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16 February 2007 : McGoldrick Chased By Cherries
Further to Wednesday's news that a national newspaper was reporting that Southampton striker David McGoldrick might be on his way to Huish Park on loan, today's Bournemouth Echo reports that fellow League One club AFC Bournemouth have publicly thrown their hat into the ring.

Cherries manager Kevin Bond, who coached McGoldrick whilst he was assistant manager at St Mary's told the paper:

"I've enquired about taking David on loan and the manager has said he will leave it up to him where he wants to go. David knows about our interest and, by the sounds of it, he's got one or two options and will make up his mind where he wants to go, if he wants to go anywhere. Technically, he's a good player, he can do something different and he knows where the goal is. He's got lots of ability, he's been on the bench consistently for Southampton and had a number of run-outs as a substitute."

The quote from Bond certainly appears to suggest that there are at least two clubs after McGoldrick's services.


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16 February 2007 : Warnock Hoping For Irish Double
Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock has said he has high hopes of teenage midfielder Nicky Law, who has commenced his loan spell at Yeovil Town today.

Last season Warnock allowed another Irish midfielder Stephen Quinn to spend full three month loan spells at firstly MK Dons then Rotherham United. The player who turned 20 during the latter half of last season, played 35 times at League One level and has since returned to Bramhall Lane, notching up 15 appearances and two goals. That is clearly what Warnock hopes that his younger compatriot will gain out of the loan move at Huish Park as he explained to his club's official site:

"A number of clubs wanted Nicky on loan but from day one Russell Slade has told me what he thinks of him. He will play first team games and I hope he has a similar experience to the loan spells Stephen Quinn had last year."

Nicky is expected to go straight into tomorrow's starting line-up, although the fact that midfielder Anthony Barry has now returned to training following his knee injury does allow manager Russell Slade a little more flexibility than he first thought he had.


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16 February 2007 : Yeovil Town vs Tranmere Rovers Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Tranmere Rovers at Huish Park tomorrow for a League One fixture that will see two sides in playoff positions come up against each other in what is bound to produce mention of the phrase "six pointer" at some stage during the next 48 hours. The Glovers lie in 4th position in the table, five points ahead of Rovers with a game in hand.

Like the Glovers, Tranmere come into the game facing a multitude of injuries and it is at the back that the Wirral side have the biggest problem with, having only three recognised defenders to select from. Manager Ronnie Moore's main problem is the left-back position with no obvious player able to fill the slot. He will either have to move central defender Shane Sherriff out to the left or ask left-winger Kevin Ellison to drop deep into the full-back position. If he goes for the former, then striker Gareth Taylor will become a make-shift central defender. Moore did toy with going to three at the back for the match but talking to the Liverpool Daily Post he appears to be moving against his earlier thinking:

"We have not got a left-back unless we move Shane across from centre-back. So I have to make a decision on whether I play Gareth Taylor at centre-back or bring in Kevin Ellison on the left. I can't really see us going into a three-at-the-back situation although I won't rule anything out. We have been looking at Gareth as a centre-half on the training ground this week. I will have another look and ponder what to do. There is a danger for strikers going into the back four to imagine they are Franz Beckenbauer and try to do too much on the ball. That gives the manager heart attacks. They have confidence in their own ability but I prefer to see someone go and get the ball away and let other players do the passing."

Moore's problems stem from the unavailablilty of three players with injuries to defenders John Thompson and Ian Goodison together with the suspension of Carl Tremarco having left them threadbare at the back. Midfielder John Mullin is the only other doubt, having been out recently with a calf strain, but he is expected to be passed fit. The Rovers boss is certainly respectful of the side he will face at Huish Park on Saturday:

"Yeovil are flying at the moment. Like us, they have a few injury doubts and question marks over who will play. They'll be looking upon this is a difficult game and an important one, just as we do. A lot of the top teams are playing each other this weekend and that could be to our advantage – if we can get the win. Yeovil are a tiny club with big ambitions and Russell Slade has done well for them this season. They did not start the season so well but they are right in there now. Russell went into the loan market and got Leon Best from Southampton. On his day, if he fancies it, he is a real handful up front. Last summer they signed Wayne Gray, who is a lad we nearly brought to Tranmere. If those two are paired together Yeovil will have a lot of pace up front."

Moore's guesswork about who will be in the Glovers front line is probably spot on, with Glovers assistant manager Steve Thompson pretty much confirming to BBC Somerset Sound that those two will start, having impressed as a pairing in last week's 4-1 win over Carlisle United. Thommo wants to see some invention from his front pairing to try and break down what is likely to be another stubborn away side:

"It takes a lot of craft and intelligence and that is what we will be looking for. Otherwise just pure strength and brute force to break them down. The Wayne Gray and Leon Best partnership did very well in the second half at Carlisle and it looked very good in training again today so we are hoping for big things from those two on Saturday."

As mentioned, Yeovil have their own injury headaches aside from the long term injuries that affect Paul Terry and Mark Lynch. Strike pair Marcus Stewart and Lee Morris are sidelined through injury and Jean-Paul Kalala is suspended. But Thommo did have better news on midfielder Anthony Barry and right-back Andy Lindegaard who weren't expected to be involved this weekend:

"Marcus Stewart is out with a calf injury along with Lee Morris as well. JP is suspended. Anthony Barry and Andy Lindegaard have trained today (Thursday) although Andy did pull out near the end and so there must be a doubt over him as well for Saturday."

Tranmere proved back in August that they are a force to be reckoned with when they inflicted a 2-1 defeat upon the Glovers at Prenton Park in the last meeting between the two sides. A Chris Cohen equaliser was sandwiched by some fairly nightmarish defending that allowed Kevin Ellison and John Mullin to grab goals when neither player was picked up by their midfield markers. Yeovil finished the game with 10 men as Andy Lindegaard limped off injured and having used all three substitutes they were unable to force a second equaliser.

Contrary to what was stated in the last Match Day Programme, the match tomorrow definitely kicks off at 3.00pm and tickets are available, subject to the usual matchday surcharge, right up until kickoff from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

Link: August 2006 : Tranmere Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 1.


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16 February 2007 : New Law Implemented
Further to yesterday's two news items, the club have now confirmed that Sheffield United midfielder Nicky Law has signed a one month emergency loan agreement at the club. With just one central midfielder at Yeovil Town guaranteed to be fit for tomorrow, Law is expected to start tomorrow's match against Tranmere Rovers.


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16 February 2007 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 47 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have announced the following results in Week 47 of the Glovers Gold Bond scheme:

Glovers Gold Bond : Week 47 : 16th February 2007
01935 423662 (Ext 291)


£100 Winners
Monday B3601 Mr P Hockley The Meads, Milborne Port
Tuesday A2697 Marina Collins The Knapp, Templecombe
Wednesday E9695 Mrs M Doel Hodders Close, Frome
Thursday A9838 Mrs S Marshall Gainsborough Way, Yeovil
Friday E6861 Marion Robins Lea Close, Yeovil

£10 Consolations
C3601 Mrs G Winter, Westbrook, Yeovil
D3601 Miss J Bingham, Wingfield Road, Sherborne
B2697 Mrs I Cornish, Larkhill Road, Yeovil
C2697 Mrs M Russell, Westminster Building, Stalbridge
D2697 Mrs D Moser, College Green, Yeovil
E2697 Mrs S Spurdle, Willow Road, Yeovil
A9695 Miss Protheroe, Tintagel Road, Yeovil
B9695 Mrs J Veale, Monks Dale, Yeovil
C9695 Mrs B Vincent, Monks Dale, Yeovil
D9695 Miss C Roadley, Milford Road, Yeovil
B9838 Mr P Pullman, Queen Street, Keinton Mandeville
D9838 Mrs S Lavis, Lorne Road, Dorchester
E9838 Mrs Andrews, Blackmore Road, Stalbridge
B6861 Martin Rowe, c/o John Hall Financial Services, Yeovil


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16 February 2007 : Thommo Confirms Dempsey Link
Yeovil Town assistant manager Steve Thompson has confirmed that the club are looking to sign Aberdeen midfielder Gary Dempsey (see yesterday's news). The Irishman has been down training with the Glovers this week and in the absence of any contract offer from the Scottish Premier League side, he is looking to jump ship to the Glovers. However, speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, Thommo made it clear that there was no chance of Dempsey taking to the field of play before the summer:

"Obviously you can't sign anyone from Scotland at this stage. The emergency loan system only applies to domestic football. But we did like what we saw. He looked a strong midfield player that knew exactly what he was doing all the time. He was very comfortable on the ball and overall he just looked a very good player."


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15 February 2007 : Fixture Flyer Available For Download
OTV Fixture FlyerDue to the lack of an official fixture flyer being available to download - something that supporters have requested on numerous occasions at recent Customer Charter Meetings - those clever types at the On To Victory fanzine have produced their own fixture flyer which can be downloaded from:

http://www.ontovictory.net/download/flyer.pdf

We'd recommend that you do a right-click and a 'Save As' to download the flyer to your computer. The flyer covers the next two home matches. Please feel free to download and
display! Any photos of them in unusual places may well end up in the next issue
of OTV...

You will need a free copy of Acrobat Reader to be able to view the flyer.

A reminder that the next edition of On To Victory is available on Saturday, at the bargain price of one of your earth pounds.


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15 February 2007 : Barness Still Glovers Option
Yeovil Town assistant manager Steve Thompson has stated that the club are still allowing former Plymouth Argyle defender Anthony Barness to train with the club, following his appearance in a Reserve Team match against Cheltenham Town. The Glovers have also not ruled out the possibility of making some use of the full-back as they face an injury crisis.

Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound today, Thommo said that registering Barness as a player would theoretically not be a problem as he has not been registered with another club since the transfer window closed:

"Anthony has been training with us and played in the game (at Cheltenham) on Tuesday night and did well in the game and that is an option for us - to take him in before Saturday. He is no longer with anyone, but I think the rules allow us to sign him because he is out of contract and was out of contract when the transfer deadline expired. So I would imagine that if we want to then we can sign him and obviously myself and Russell are going to talk about that."


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15 February 2007 : Law Imminent
Tonight's BBC Somerset Sound sports bulletins were backing up theories from earlier in the day (see news story below) that Sheffield United midfielder Nicky Law is joining Yeovil Town on loan.

The evening bulletins stated that they expect Law to put pen to paper on a month's loan either late tonight or early tomorrow morning.


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15 February 2007 : Youth Team Venue For Bournemouth Match
Saturday's Youth Team match against AFC Bournemouth Under 18s will be played at the club's Kingsbury Episcopi training ground. Kick-off is 11.00am.


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15 February 2007 : We Didn't Think He Played THAT Badly!
Former Charlton Athletic midfielder Danny Phillips, who trained with the Glovers at the tail end of January, playing in a Reserve Team fixture against Swansea City Reserves has joined non-league minnows Weymouth on a non-contract basis.


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15 February 2007 : Russell Lays Down The Law
Further to this morning's news that Yeovil Town are going to be signing a midfielder from a Premiership side, it looks as though the player concerned is Sheffield United teenager Nicky Law. He has been on trial with Crewe Alexandra recently, but manager Dario Gradi has told Sky Sports that he doesn't feel he can guarantee him games and in doing so let slip that the Glovers were interested:

"He's definitely good enough but I think Yeovil have said he will play matches. We wouldn't put an 18-year-old in ahead of one of our 18-year-olds but we thank Sheffield United."

The connection is an obvious one with manager Russell Slade having been both a coach and a caretaker manager at Bramhall Lane. Law is highly rated in Yorkshire and he only recently signed a new contract at the club with manager Neil Warnock saying of the player at the time:

"I'm absolutely delighted. I've got every confidence in Nicky becoming an established player in the next few years. He's got an eye for a goal and I think this will give all the other Academy lads extra incentive to get into our squad."

It would therefore seem likely that Warnock's motives are to blood a player he sees as a prospect for his side in a few years time, but wants to build up his first team experience at a lower league side. That would suit Slade, given that he only has Chris Cohen to count upon in central midfield.

Law has made seven appearances for the Blades, all during this season, including four matches against Premiership sides. As soon as his arrival is confirmed (or denied) we'll let you know.


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15 February 2007 : No Jackett Required
League One side Swansea City have parted company with manager Kenny Jackett by what is described as "mutual consent". Jackett, who was under contract at the club until the end of the 2008-09 season is the second League One manager to be axed following the departure of Bradford City's Colin Todd but unusually the club's official statement claims that Jackett himself requested the termination suggesting that he felt he could not continue without the full support of "the fans, the media and the players".

Despite Jackett winning three trophies for the Welsh club, including promotion to League One at the same time that the Glovers won the League Two championship, expectations at the Liberty Stadium have always been significantly high, and even sending the Jacks to a League One playoff final in their first season back at this level plus the Football League Trophy and the FAW Premier Cup has not been considered good enough. With Jackett's side having lost 0-1 at home to Oldham Athletic in front of just 9,880 spectators, an emergency board meeting on Monday appeared to give Jackett the "vote of confidence" but 48 hours later he appears to have pulled the plug himself.

Swansea's official statement is fairly vitriolic in pointing the finger of blame stating that "the club feels that some of the criticism directed at Kenny from all quarters has been excessive. Sometimes you only find out the true value of something when you no longer have it and only time will tell if that proves to be the case in this instance. This is a very sad day for everybody at Swansea City Football Club."

Experienced striker and assistant manager Kevin Nugent has been put in charge temporarily and this news almost certainly means that Swansea will be managerless when they visit Huish Park in nine days time.


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15 February 2007 : Aberdeen's Dempsey In Talks With Yeovil
Yeovil Town are in talks with Aberdeen midfielder Gary Dempsey about a move to Huish Park this summer. The 26 year old is out of contract at the end of the season and both the Scottish Daily Record and and the Aberdeen Press and Journal state that Dempsey has spent the week down in South Somerset for talks with the club and that he is likely to sign a pre-contract agreement soon if the Scottish Premier League side don't get their act together and offer him a new deal.

Abderdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood admits that time is running out to persuade the Irishman to lengthen his stay in Scotland:

"We've been talking to Dempsey about a new deal but it hasn't progressed any further than that yet. He's started 18 games this season and has established himself as an important member of our first team squad. But the reality is that he's free to sign a pre-contract with another club if he decides he wants to leave. Yeovil Town are interested and he has been down there to have a good look around to see if he likes their set-up. I'm still hopeful he will stay here but we need a decision soon because plans have to be put in place for the summer."

Dempsey himself sees the problem being that Aberdeen have failed to put a contract down on the table, despite informal talks having been held at Pittodrie. He believes that without a written offer he has nothing to compare against the offer he is expecting from Yeovil in the next few days:

"At the moment, I don't have a decision to make because there are no formal offers for me to consider. The trip to Yeovil went very well. They have said they are very keen and expect to go back to my agent in the next couple of days with an offer. At Aberdeen, I've spoken briefly with Jimmy Calderwood and Willie Miller. The club have said they want me to stay, but there's no contract on the table. I'd be delighted to stay at Aberdeen if the offer is right, but it's out of my hands. It is up to the clubs to make the next move. It isn't nice to be approaching March without a contract for next season, but, hopefully, I will be in a better position soon. I was very impressed by the set-up at Yeovil, the players and the manager. They are sitting four points off promotion from League 1 to the Championship and are going well."

Dempsey has stressed that he will not be looking to necessarily leave Aberdeen early and states that he will see out the remainder of his contract there. The suggestion is that the Dons will continue to play him even though his future at the club is in doubt:

"I'm an Aberdeen Football Club player and nothing will change until I'm told otherwise. I've got a lot of respect for Jimmy Calderwood and he knows there's no question about my commitment."

Dempsey was born in Wexford in Ireland on January 15th 1981 and started his career as an Everton trainee. Hence the connection with the Glovers could well be Chief Scout Frank Leworthy who would have been at Goodison Park when Dempsey was coming through the ranks. He has been north of the border since 2001 when he signed for Dunfermline, staying there for four years, making 98 appearances and scoring eight goals. In April 2005, he signed for Aberdeen, and has played 57 matches there, scoring one goal.

The Scottish press report that he almost signed for League One side Doncaster Rovers last season after losing his place in the Scottish Premier League side, but was persuaded to change his mind at the last moment. Hence Glovers fans shouldn't get too over-confident about the chances of landing the Irishman just yet.


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15 February 2007 : Fans Of The Future For Tranmere Game?
Details are very sketchy, but it appears that there may be a Fans Of The Future 'promotion' by the club for Saturday's match against Tranmere Rovers. There hasn't been any publicity for this by the club that we can see, but it appears to work in the same manner as the pre-Christmas events did.

If true, then it would mean that any youth association or organisation (school, junior football team, scouts, beavers etc) would be able to take advantage of an offer that allows up to for juniors to get into the ground for free when accompanied by an adult paying normal prices. This applies to multiples of children/adults - hence a children's football team of 12 people could gain admittance for free if accompanied by three adults.

This is entirely unconfirmed news, but if you think you can take advantage of this offer, then we would recommend you phone the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 and they will be able to confirm/deny/clarify the above details.

If anyone has proper details, please email us at ytfcciderspace@yahoo.com as we would love to give this promotion some proper publicity.


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15 February 2007 : Midfielder Arriving This Afternoon
This morning's Western Daily Press reports that Yeovil Town have agreed terms with a Premiership side for a loan deal with an unnamed midfielder. The player is due to arrive at the club this afternoon, with formally signing the paperwork presumably the plan. Once all is completed, he will commence training at the club tomorrow morning. With Chris Cohen the only senior midfielder left on Yeovil's books for Saturday's match against Tranmere Rovers, the player concerned will be a certain starter.

The paper also reports that manager Russell Slade also wants to keep Ipswich Town striker Darryl Knights on the training ground for an extended period, although as yet this isn't turning into a formal loan. Darryl scored Yeovil's only goal in a Reserve Team match against Cheltenham Town Reserves on Tuesday and also won a penalty in the previous week's match against Weymouth Reserves.


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14 February 2007 : Slade Cagey On Trialists
Manager Russell Slade was giving little away after taking a look at five trialists in the reserve fixture at Whaddon Road last night. All the Western Morning News could extract was :

They did OK and I might possibly follow a few things up. We will discuss it and take it from there.

On the strength of this rather non-existent evidence the paper pins its colours to the mast of Anthony Barness being the most likely of the five to arrive at Huish Park.


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14 February 2007 : The Sun Sez..........
The Super Soaraway Sun is today claiming that David McGoldrick is set to arrive at Huish Park on loan, though they rather spoil the impact by suggesting he will be linking up with St Mary's team-mate Leon Best, when any such deal would be a replacement. Yesterday's Southampton based Southern Daily Echo carried the initial story that George Burley was in the process of arranging for McGoldrick to go out on loan, but didn't name the club.

Nineteen-year-old striker McGoldrick played ninety minutes for Saints Reserves yesterday, as did another possible Yeovil target Martin Cranie, scoring one and hitting the post in a 4-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers Reserves.

According to the Southampton Official Site McGoldrick is a close friend of Leon, coming like him from Notts County and signing for the club in 2005. At the start of the 2005-06 season he made his Saints debut as a substitute in their 1-0 Carling Cup defeat against Mansfield Town and also returned to Notts County for a brief spell on loan to gain more first-team experience. At Reserve and Under 18 level he scored 44 goals that season including a hat-trick in the play-off final as Saints beat Aston Villa 3-2. He also netted three goals over the two legs of the F.A. Youth Cup semi-final against Liverpool and was rewarded with a first-team call-up, making his Southampton league debut at home to Millwall on 17th April 2006.

This season he has appeared for the first team 11 times: three starts and eight times from the bench. McGoldrick scored his first, and so far only, senior goal for the Saints in this season's 4-0 Carling Cup win at The Den.


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14 February 2007 : Loan Extension For Thomas Looking Less Likely
Following up from our story yesterday (below) on the situation of Bradley Thomas at the cheating East coast club Boston United, convicted criminal and manager Evans appears to be veering closer towards a decision against extending the Yeovil Town youngster's loan spell.

The Glovers defender's loan at the Staffsmart Stadium expires this week, and Thomas is of course suspended this coming Saturday after picking up two yellow cards in the League Two struggler's 2-0 defeat at Darlington.

Developing his thinking further in the Lincolnshire Echo the second-time-around after his 20 month ban manager said :

Brad wants to stay and Yeovil want him to stay. But I have still yet to decide. There are other players out there I am looking at. I am not going to divulge who or for what positions, but we need to get quality in if we are to fire ourselves away from the drop zone. However, that costs money and our resources are as stretched as they can be at the moment. I'm hoping there will be room for manoeuvre.

The disgraced club currently has five loanees on its books, the maximum it can name in the matchday sixteen at any one time, therefore if fraudster Evans wants an alternative option to bring in it would make sense to move one out. At present it's Thomas who seems to be foremost in his thinking to go.


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14 February 2007 : Ciderspace Survey : Friday Night Football
At last week's CCM, the club announced that they were considering the introduction of Friday night football as part of next season's fixtures. As this did not come up in any shape or form in our wider survey on attendances conducted in September 2006, a new short survey has been devised that will hopefully take under 5 minutes to fill in.

Remember that if you have multiple members of your household who attend matches, make sure each household member fills in an entry. For example, for one member of your household, Friday nights may be attractive, but for another it may be unattractive.

We will keep the survey open for the rest of the month and then publish the results.

Link: Ciderpace Survey : Friday Night Football Matches.


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13 February 2007 : Glovers Reserves Go Down At Cheltenham
Yeovil Town's second string went down 2-1 against Cheltenham Town Reserves tonight at Whaddon Road. As predicted, the Glovers fielded five trialists in their line-up and it was one of those - Darryl Knights - who opened the scoring for Yeovil on 14 minutes, converting a left-wing cross from Ishmael Welsh to put the visitors 1-0 up.

The Robins equalised four minutes from the break through Craig Reid when a move involving Steven Gillespie and Michael Wylde saw Reid finish smartly from 10 yards out.

The Glovers missed several second half opportunities to regain the lead with Scandanavian trialist André Schei Lindbæk sending one just wide of the post whilst Ishmael Welsh blazed over the bar from eight yards out after Knights crossed from the right flank.

Those missed chances were costly when just a minute from full time, Michael Wylde crossed in from the right, allowing Craig Reid to net his second of the evening from close range to win the match for The Robins.

In addition to the front line of trialists Lindbæk and Knights, the three other trialists saw Ipswich Town Luke Webster play at right-back whilst former Plymouth Argyle full-back Anthony Barness was on the opposite side. Barnsley midfielder Dale Tonge who is another candidate full-back operated in the centre of midfield. The full line-ups, courtesy of the Cheltenham Town Official Site are as follows :

Cheltenham Town Reserves: Brown; Gallinagh, Lowe, Caines (Biggs 56), Wylde; Yao, Connolly (c), Foley, Paul; Gillespie (Maynard 68), Reid. Subs not used: Moore (Gk), Durrant, Pattison.

Yeovil Town Reserves: Darren Behcet; Luke Webster (Danny Thompson 77), Daniel Webb, Gary Bowles (Tom Parsons 19), Anthony Barness; Gavin McCallum, Dale Tonge, Phil Ormrod (Matt Concliffe 77), Ishmael Welsh; André Schei Lindbæk, Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Danny Barker (Gk).

Referee: A.D. Sainsbury (Wiltshire)

Goals: Darryl Knights (0-1, 14 mins), Craig Reid (1-1, 41 mins), Craig Reid (2-1, 89 mins).


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13 February 2007 : New OTV Out This Saturday
Seb writes :

Issue 21 of ON TO VICTORY is out at the home match v Tranmere on Saturday. The front cover of this issue is loosely based on the home programmes used during the 1966 season, so it even looks good! And if proof were needed that you can judge a book by its cover here's what's in the 44 pages this month...

The lowdown of the fans recent tribute to Terry Skiverton.
Summer Holiday ideas for the football fan.
A look at life in the Championship - should we be careful what we wish for?
BarnesGreen and MacfromOz tell all about their long trips back home to see the Glovers.
Yeovil on Football Manager.
A look at Women's football including an in-depth piece on Yeovil Town Ladies FC.
OTV gets an exclusive look at the new Wembley stadium.
A 'realistic' take on events at Weymouth.
Green Army - Whyteleafe FC
Football Room 101
A Yeovil Town story from the writers of 'They might be Giants'
A celebrity XI

........and much much more, including an article entitled 'There's Only 1 John Fry', but don't let that put you off!

There should be sellers on each corner of the ground before and after the game (I will defo be along the main stand pre-post match either way) and you will only have to part with one English pound to purchase THE Yeovil Town fanzine.


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13 February 2007 : Doubting Thomas Left In Limbo
League Two side Boston United are currently holding back on extending the loan spell of Yeovil Town defender Bradley Thomas. The former Peterborough United player has spent a month in Lincolnshire playing for a side that is currently sliding down the table. He has so far made six appearances, scoring one goal against Swindon Town.

His loan spell is now up, however the Glovers have surprisingly allowed Bradley to remain at York Street for another month, despite an injury crisis at Huish Park. Perhaps the snag is that the 22 year old can actually play at neither club this weekend. He was red-carded against Darlington on Saturday after committing two yellow card offences meaning that even if he stays in Lincolnshire, he will still miss their home match against Shrewsbury Town.

That may mean that Bradley is shipped back to Somerset to serve his suspension with neither club being able to make use of him this weekend. Convicted tax fraud cheat Steve Evans told the Lincolnshire Echo that was a possible outcome:

"We may have to move someone out in order to bring someone in. Yeovil have said Brad can stay for another month and we are going to mull it over this week."


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13 February 2007 : Interview With Scott Guyett
Yeovil Town central defender Scott Guyett has been honest enough to admit that his side got out of jail during the second half on Saturday, despite winning the match against Carlisle United 4-1 with goals from Leon Best (2), Wayne Gray and Chris Cohen. Scott came on as a substitute with the Glovers 1-0 down and he said that despite coming out with a big win, manager Russell Slade still gave the players an ear-bashing in the dressing room afterwards.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Scott admitted: "Even after the game and after we had won 4-1 he still pulled us in after the game and said it was not acceptable. Although we've turned it around, we've still got to knuckle down this week. So there is still a lot of work to be done. On another day that could have been 4-1 to Carlisle. We were lucky."

Read the full interview with Scott Guyett by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Interview With Scott Guyett.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.


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13 February 2007 : Russell On Triple Loan Mission
Further to our earlier story confirming that Marcus Stewart and Andy Lindegaard were definitely out of this weekend's match against Tranmere Rovers through injury, manager Russell Slade has told the Western Morning News that he is targetting three areas on the park in the loan market - namely right-back, central midfield and up front. Russell confirmed that he will have seven players missing on Saturday and that is what has forced his hand:

"I'll have to get someone in because we've got seven out ahead of Saturday with Mark Lynch, Anthony Barry and Paul Terry already out - and Lee Morris hasn't played for a few weeks. Now Lindy is injured along with Marcus and JP picked up his fifth booking, so he'll miss out on Saturday as well. We are thin on the ground at the back, especially right-back, and have only got one recognised central midfielder, Chris Cohen, then next week when Leon Best's loan is up we won't have that many strikers to choose from."

Russell admitted to the paper that having carried a paper-thin squad for most of 2007, matters were getting somewhat urgent:

"We'll have to do something pretty sharpish and the loan market is the obvious port of call. People forget that Lynchy is missing, and now with Lindy out I may have to shuffle it about and put Terrell (Forbes) there and bring Scotty Guyett back in. I don't know yet what I am going to do, but I will have to do something - and pretty quick. I will have to try and get at least one - if not more - in on loan this week and soon. I have got those three out - Lynchy, Paul and Anthony - and I am not sure how soon Lee will be back. With Marcus out now and Leon going after next week's game against Bournemouth, I have got to get my thinking cap on. There is a lot to think about and it's concentrated on those three areas - right-back, central midfield and in attack."


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13 February 2007 : Slade Still Livid About First Half Shocker
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has said that he doesn't believe that the Glovers can play as badly as they did at Carlisle United in the first half again this season. Despite winning the match at Brunton Park 4-1, Yeovil spent the whole of the first 45 minutes defending deep against a Carlisle side that forced a succession of corners but thankfully without an end product.

Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, Russell defended his decision to make a third substitution over the half time break, having already lost Andy Lindegaard and Marcus Stewart to injury. The gamble to put Scott Guyett into the centre of defence helped relieve the pressure, with Slade wishing he could have done more:

"Let's be honest, I could have made six or seven changes at half time. If we hadn't performed like we did in the second half I would have been bitterly disappointed. I don't think we could have played as badly as we did in the first period again. We had to be better and we were better and we were almost back to our old selves. Our defensive work was good. I don't know how many corners Carlisle had - something like 23. Apart from the first couple where Mildy made a fantastic save, I think we defended pretty well from them all afternoon, because they get some good quality in from Jeff Smith."

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Carlisle United 1 Yeovil Town 4.


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13 February 2007 : Stewart and Lindy Injury Update
It never rains but it pours. The prognosis on the injuries picked up by Marcus Stewart and Andy Lindegaard in the 1-4 victory over Carlisle United at the weekend has now been made, and adds to the headache manager Russell Slade has to put together sides for the next few weeks.

Lindy picked up a dead leg, and this will keep him out for two weeks. The torn calf muscle Marcus suffered will see him unavailable for around three weeks.

With Anthony Barry still injured and Jean-Paul Kalala suspended on Saturday, Slade told this morning's Western Daily Press:

I've got no right-back for Saturday at the moment, and Chris Cohen is my only central midfielder. And we could have a problem if anything happens to Wayne Gray or Leon Best, as they're the only strikers I've got. Leon goes back to Southampton soon anyway, so we'll have to hope that one of the others is fit by then.


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13 February 2007 : If A Right-Back Please Turn Up With Your Boots
In response to the player crisis at Huish Park manager Russell Slade seems set to turn tonight's Reserve fixture at Whaddon Road in to something of a public trial, according to this morning's Western Daily Press. Up to five trialists are expected to play some part.

As was revealed on this site yesterday (below) Dale Tonge, a defensive mid-fielder who can also play at right-back, has been granted permission by Championship Barnsley to play in this evening's match and is available for loan. But Slade will also be looking at former Plymouth Argyle defender Anthony Barness, who has the advantage of being a free agent after his release by the Devon club and thus available outside the usual signing restrictions. The third potential right-back on display will be Ipswich Town youngster Luke Webster, who played in the F.A. Youth Cup at Huish Park earlier this season.

Webster will be joined in the Glovers' side by team-mate Darryl Knights (below, 12/02/07), who makes his second appearance for Yeovil Reserves. The striker has been training with the Glovers for the last two weeks and played against Weymouth last week, winning a penalty when he was fouled by Ashley Vickers, an incident that also saw the dismissal of the Terras captain.

The last of the five trialists is an unnamed forward from Scandinavia, with the manager's secondary concern after the immediate need for a right-back being how to replace Leon Best when he has to leave Huish Park after the forthcoming fixtures against Tranmere Rovers and AFC Bournemouth.

Slade continues to retain an interest in Martin Cranie. But Southampton appear to have cooled on that possibility at present with Cranie still currently needed as cover at St Mary's. A further enquiry could be made towards the end of the month if Saints' own injury concerns ease.

Cheltenham Town are expecting to field a virtually unchanged reserve side. Their official site reports that they will field the same squad who lined up in last week's 1-0 win over Exeter City has been named, with the exception of goalkeeper Will Puddy, currently on work experience with Southern League Yate Town, who returns to the bench for this match in place of youth teamer Jamie Moore. The only other addition is first year scholar Darius Morgan, who is also added to bench, Cheltenham only naming fifteen for the Exeter fixture.

Cheltenham Town Reserves from: Brown, Gallinagh, Caines, Lowe, Wylde, Yao, Connolly, Foley, Paul, Reid, Gillespie, Puddy, Parker, Biggs, Walsh, Morgan.

The match at Whaddon Road kicks off at 7.00 p.m. Admission prices are 2 pounds for adults, whilst if you are Under 16, you can get in free of charge.


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12 February 2007 : Customer Charter Meeting Minutes Released
The full minutes of last week's Customer Charter Meeting have been published by the club and are also available on this site.

In addition to some of the meeting highlights described in last week's news, one important additional thing to note is that the club are considering playing a number of first team fixtures on a Friday night from next season.

Certainly this is likely to provoke debate over whether this would help increase or descrease attendances if implemented. Ciderspace will try and set up a short survey in the next few days to gauge opinion on this matter.

Link: February 6th 2007 : Customer Charter Meeting Minutes.

Link: Yeovil Town Football Club Customer Charter.


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12 February 2007 : D'Urso Again
Doesn't seem long since we last had the dubious pleasure of the officiating of Andy D'Urso (Essex) - and indeed it isn't: 13th January 2007 versus Nottingham Forest. We've always considered that D'Urso plays to the gallery and is easily swayed, and thus, in common parlance, is a bit of a 'homer'. So, on the bright side, it's us at home! Feel free to put some pressure on, Glovers fans.

The assistant referees are Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Andrew Sainsbury (Wiltshire). The fourth official is James Linington (Isle of Wight), but to avoid confusion best call him Andy too.


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12 February 2007 : Tonge To Train With Glovers
Barnsley midfielder Dale Tonge has arrived at Huish Park in a bid to secure a loan move. He has been given permission to play for Yeovil Town Reserves at Whaddon Road tomorrow evening.

The 21-year-old came up through the ranks at the Barnsley Academy, beginning with the Under 12s and awarded a full professional contract in 2004, and made his first team debut as a substitute against Brentford in April 2004. He has gone on to make 55 first team appearances, eight of which have come this season. Although classified as a midfielder some of Tonge's starts have been at right-back, and there's little doubt that this aspect will be what particularly interests Russell Slade, with the Glovers bereft of any fit right-backs at present.

Tonge spent time training with Walsall last week and played a game for the Saddlers reserves.


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12 February 2007 : Russell Looking For Knights Extension
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has said that he hopes to see Ipswich Town striker Darryl Knights spend some more time at Huish Park. Slade was impressed by what he saw in training last week, but that brief stay was cut short with the first team travelling up to Carlisle United on the Thursday.

Knights trained with the Glovers then played in the 4-0 victory for the Reserves over Weymouth in the Football Combination, and Knights was responsible for the creation of Yeovil's opening goal after he was brought down by Weymouth captain Ashley Vickers in the penalty box allowing Gavin McCallum to give the Glovers the lead.

Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound just before the weekend, Russell said that he certainly wanted to see Knights a second time, giving the possibility that he could play in tomorrow night's Reserve team match against Cheltenham Town Reserves at Whaddon Road, if he can get permission from the Championship side:

"Darryl Knights comes with great pedigree. He made his debut in the Championship at 16. Not only that but he has represented England schoolboys and played certainly at Under 17 level and I think even at Under 18 level. He has perhaps lost his way a bit. He came here last Monday and I think I have seen him improve every day ever since. He capped that off with a half-decent performance without scoring (against Weymouth). So he is one of those that we would continue to look at and so if we can speak to Ipswich and perhaps have him for another week and see if he can make even further progress then that would be pleasing."


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12 February 2007 : Todd Sacked
After a quiet couple of months in the League One managerial merry-go-round Bradford City broke the tranquility when they sacked Colin Todd today. With the Bantams having won just three of their last twenty league games, and sliding down the table to just three points above the relegation zone, patience has run out at Valley Parade. Club captain David Wetherall will take over as caretaker whilst Bradford seek a permanent replacement.

Todd's departure is the eighth managerial change in League One since the season kicked off last August.


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12 February 2007 : Moore May Change Formation
It's not just Yeovil Town struggling for players. Ronnie Moore, manager of next opponents Tranmere Rovers, has problems of his own, and has admitted he may be pushed into changing formation to compensated for his growing injury and suspension list on next Saturday's trip to Huish Park.

John [Thompson] will have a scan on Wednesday, but four to six weeks is what Les [Parry, physio] is saying at this present time. We'll just have to wait and see. It is his medial ligaments, which is a nightmare. It was nothing really, just a block tackle, but he knew straight away that something wasn't right. That's a major blow for us.

Tremarco being booked for time wasting was ridiculous, there's no way he was time wasting. So it leaves us a bit short as he is now suspended.

Ian Goodison won't train today, he's with Les and is a massive doubt for Yeovil. We thought he might be all right but it looks as though he'll be missing.

At least Sherriff is back, that's a big thing for us. John Mullin has a calf strain and will have a scan on that today.

Kevin Ellison had a knock on his knee and won't train today, but he should be all right for the game. Davies is back after the suspension, but we're a bit short at the back.

If Goodison doesn't make it Sherriff can play centre back with McCready, but it leaves us short at left back. Kevin Ellison has played there so we'll just have to wait and see.

It may be that we change our formation to work with what we've got. We may have to play 3-4-3 or 3-5-2. We'll have a look at the roll call tomorrow and do a bit of work on shape on Thursday and Friday, but we don't know yet who'll be fit.

Sherriff and McCready can certainly play in a three man defence, it's just who's the spare man in the three? Robbie Stockdale could do it, and Gareth Taylor has played centre half for Forest on a few occasions, so he can be a stocking filler for a game. There are lots of things we have to look at and it will be a busy week sorting out the options.



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12 February 2007 : BBC Local Radio Interviews From Carlisle
The usual BBC local radio post-match interviews relating to the 4-1 win over Carlisle United are now available. In addition to the post-match analysis from Russell Slade, two interviews with Leon Best and Scott Guyett have also been loaded up onto the BBC Somerset Sound website. You will need a free copy of RealPlayer to be able to listen to the audio clips.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.

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


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12 February 2007 : Two Glovers Make TOTW
With two goals and two assists it comes as no surprise that Leon Best is named in the Football League Team of the Week for League One. However, no offence intended, the naming of Andy Lindegaard who had something of a torrid time before going off injured on 41 minutes is rather a surprise. Given the Press Association representative at the match managed to let a non-existent goal stand for around 25 minutes one is left wondering whether he or she continued their mare of an afternoon and has named the wrong player?

The team as published on the Football League Official Site is :

Mark Bunn - Northampton Town
Andy Lindegaard - Yeovil Town
Frank Sinclair - Huddersfield Town
David Wetherall - Bradford City
Tony Craig - Millwall
Marc Wilson - AFC Bournemouth
David Brammer - Millwall
Darren Anderton - AFC Bournemouth
Kevin Betsy - Bristol City
Leon Best - Yeovil Town
Jo Kuffour - Brentford


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12 February 2007 : Shoestring Slade Heading For Loan Market Again?
If Russell Slade does defy gravity and secures Yeovil Town a play-off berth it won't be thanks to the generosity of his budget. After a quiet time in the January window that just saw him able to bring in a couple of end-of-season loans whilst rivals like Bristol City and Swansea City were splashing the cash on permanent transfers, a couple of weeks into February the wafer thin Yeovil Town squad is creaking again.

The downside of the 1-4 victory over Carlisle United was two further injuries and a suspension. Neither Andy Lindegaard (dead leg) nor Marcus Stewart (torn calf) finished the first half. Slade was awaiting the prognosis of club physio Jim Joyce but appeared relatively gloomy when speaking to the Western Daily Press :

Marcus Stewart has a calf strain, which is not too clever and Lindy has done his thigh, so that's the negative coming out of the game.We have two injuries which will mean those players are ruled out for a certain length of time. As yet I don't know how long that will be.

I'll have to speak to the physio and have a body count on Monday. I may look to the loan market but we'll have to look at the situation. We're in a great position and we don't want to throw it away. If it means we've got to strengthen the squad then so be it.


With Lee Morris already out for around three weeks, J-P Kalala suspended next Saturday (see below), Leon Best only a Glover for two more games, Anthony Barry finding his knee a problem, and any Mark Lynch return still five or six weeks away (Paul Terry will not be back this season) the Glovers, not for the first time this season, are getting close to only having 11 or 12 recognised first-teamers available. As Russell implies, it would be a huge shame if all the hard work that sees us fourth in the table was allowed to slip away because we've run out of players.


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12 February 2007 : Kalala and Tremarco Out Of HP Clash
Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala picked up his fifth yellow card of the season when he was booked for a foul on 77 minutes in the come-from-behind victory over Carlisle United at the weekend. He will therefore be banned for the Glovers next fixture.

Carl Tremarco will also miss the fourth v sixth clash as Tranmere Rovers visit Huish Park next Saturday. Tremarco picked up his fifth booking of the season, for time wasting, in Tranmere's 1-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers. He will thus serve a one match ban.

Link: 2006-07 Yeovil Town First Team Bookings.


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12 February 2007 : Ladies Through To Semi-Final
Yeovil Town Ladies disposed of Penzance yesterday to go through to the semi-finals of the Premier Division League Cup.

After seeing the visitors take an early lead through Candice Britten the Glovers replied with three goals, two from Kim Turner and one from Jemma Tewkesbury to run out 3-1 winners.

With all three other ties postponed Yeovil will have to wait to see where they will be travelling for the next round, Swindon Spitfires or Cheltenham Town. Providing Swindon and Cheltenham get their tie sorted in time the semi-final is scheduled for Sunday 11th March.


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11 February 2007 : MOTM Voting For Carlisle
Don't forget that you can vote for your Man of the Match for yesterday's 4-1 win over Carlisle United. Yeovil's goals came through a pair from Leon Best plus a goal each from Wayne Gray and Chris Cohen.

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


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11 February 2007 : Ciderspace Match Report : Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
The full Ciderspace match report for yesterday's 4-1 win over Carlisle United is now available online.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Carlisle United 1 Yeovil Town 4.


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10 February 2007 : Russell's Verdict On the Carlisle Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade believed it took a strong half time team-talk and tactical reshuffle to get his side playing to their strengths against Carlisle United today at Brunton Park. Russell admitted he was not at all happy with his side's performance in the first half despite his team going on to win the match 4-1 with goals from Leon Best (2), Wayne Gray and Chris Cohen.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell admitted: "We reshaped a little bit at half time. That wasn't my team in the first period. In the second period it was. It was a team that was prepared to roll up their sleeves and battle. Once we got that first goal, I think that gave us a bit more confidence and provided we could defend resolutely I always felt we were a threat on the break."

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

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: Russell Slade's Match Preview.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.


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10 February 2007 : Daylight Robbery!
Yeovil Town moved into a commanding 4th place in the League One table today, thanks to a 4-1 win over Carlisle United at Brunton Park. The win gives the Glovers an incredible seven point gap on 7th placed Swansea City who lost at home to Oldham Athletic and a five point gap over Tranmere Rovers in 6th place who inflicted a 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers who lost further ground on the playoff pack.

The Glovers also leapfrogged over Bristol City who needed a late Lee Johnson equaliser to save their blushes against Huddersfield Town. Oldham moved back to the top of the table ahead of Scunthorpe United whose game was called off, whilst Nottingham Forest are in 3rd after a 1-0 win over Northampton Town.

The Glovers had to work hard for their victory, with the final result flattering them hugely against a Carlisle side that dominated the first half to an extreme yet could only count a Joe Garner volley just before the break for their efforts, putting the Cumbrians 1-0 up at the break.

Yeovil looked right up against it, having lost Andy Lindegaard (knee) and Marcus Stewart (calf) to injury around the time of that goal and with Nathan Jones ending up playing right-back in the second period, it looked as though they were going to come home empty handed and that the biggest danger was that Carlisle would run riot in the second half.

Substitute Wayne Gray had other ideas though, slotting home Leon Best's layoff four minutes into the second period, and it seemed that the harder Carlisle came at Yeovil in search of a winning goal, the harder the Glovers hit them on the break. A Peter Sweeney free kick with 18 minutes remaining was headed home by Leon Best to incredibly put the Glovers 2-1 up, despite the home side's dominance of the match.

But Carlisle were made to pay for their wasted 24 corners and 15 shots on goal across the whole 90 minutes, which included the Glovers having to clear the ball off their own goal-line on four separate occasions. Whilst they wasted opportunities to get a grip on the match, the Glovers were efficient to an extreme, and in the final minute of the match, Leon Best sealed the match with his second goal of the game, slotting home Chris Cohen's pass. Then with the last kick of the game, Cohen and Best swapped roles, with Cohen producing the best strike of the game to slam the ball past a bewildered Keiren Westwood in the Carlisle goal, who had nothing to do all game bar pick the ball out of the net four times.

Final Score: Carlisle United 1 Yeovil Town 4.

Link: 2006-07 Latest League One Table.


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10 February 2007 : Russell Wary Of Carlisle Home Threat
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has said that the Glovers need to be careful of the threat that this afternoon's opponents Carlisle United pose at Brunton Park. The Cumbrians have won 10 out of their 15 home matches this season in the league, including a 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest and it is their form at home that is currently pushing them for a playoff place in League One. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, Russell explained:

"They are a good side particularly on their own patch. They have got threats of course. I am a big fan of Karl Hawley who has scored in the last two seasons with regularity. And of course they have got Gally (Kevin Gall) who sometimes plays up front or sometimes in the hole. So they have got threats going forward and we certainly won't be underestimating them. It's a difficult game, but on our travels we have done OK and we need to build on that particularly as games get tighter and it becomes more difficult to win at home."


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10 February 2007 : Pitch Inspection Passed
The 10.30am inspection at Brunton Park has gone well, with referee Eddie Ilderton declaring the surface fit to play at Brunton Park. Thus barring any disasters, this afternoon's game against Carlisle United will go ahead.


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10 February 2007 : Jones Wants Carlisle To Attack
Yeovil Town left-back Nathan Jones has said that he hopes Carlisle United will go on the attack against the Glovers when the two sides line-up at Brunton Park this afternoon. The Glovers struggled against Millwall last weekend when the Lions scored an early goal and then sat back, packing men behind the ball making it difficult for chances to be created. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, Nathan admitted that he would prefer to see teams be more positive in matches he plays in:

"We prefer to play in game where the side is going to try and come out and win against us. We prefer a footballing game. We have found it a little bit difficult when sides have sat in and defended and camped in their half. If they have nicked a goal it has been hard for us to break them down. That was very much the case with the Millwall game. But we have to cope with that and be adaptable with our system and the way people play. We would love to win every game which is the beauty of Yeovil Town at the moment. We go away and actually try and beat sides. At our place we try and beat sides. We prefer it when sides come out and say we want to beat you as well."

Nathan admits he has plenty of respect for Carlisle though and is mindful of the threat they can pose. He isn't expecting an easy day out:

"Carlisle are a good idea with a decent record at home. It's going to be a very hard game, as they showed down here. We had a very hard game (in August 2006) and we had to fight for our victory down here. I don't want to say too much, but hopefully we can bounce back. We have done that so far this season and we are going to need to do it again this weekend."

Former Glover Kevin Gall is often played out wide or in a deeper role, much in the way he used to be utilised when playing for Yeovil, and that could mean that Nathan ends up marking Gally on the wing. He says he is looking forward to that prospect:

"It will definitely be good to see Kev again. I know he is a difficult player to play against. But that's true of all places. We went away to Bradford the other day and played against Omar Daley, and next week we'll be up against Chris Shuker. You have challenges every other week. They are all different and they all set you challenges. To be fair that is what you are in football for. If you had an easy game every week you wouldn't be testing yourself. I'll have an easy Saturday afternoon when I retire, so I am really looking forward to coming up against Kev and I am really looking forward to getting back into action."


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10 February 2007 : Carlisle Pitch Latest
Carlisle United are reporting that there has been no frost up in Cumbria overnight and therefore that matters are looking positive for this afternoon. There will still be a pitch inspection at 10.30am, but currently they expect that to go through successfully. We'll bring the outcome of that as soon as it is known.

[News Item accurate as of 9.30am.]


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10 February 2007 : Russell Stays Patient On Stewart
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade is confident that he will soon start to see goals again from striker Marcus Stewart. The former Bristol City player has yet to net since returning to the club at the start of January, but Slade believes it is only a matter of time before he starts adding to the tally of five goals that he scored in a loan spell before Christmas. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, Russell played down any suggestion of a problem with his record in 2007:

"To be fair to him, he's played mainly behind the front two. He's only played two games with Leon at the moment. He'll be desperate to get a goal, but it will come. He is fighting for the team and I have no doubt that he will notch before long. It takes a few games to get going and I'm sure that he'll start scoring goals again freely soon."


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9 February 2007 : Youth Game Off
Tomorrow's Under 18 match in the Puma Youth Alliance South West Conference away to Bristol Rovers has been postponed. We'll bring news of the new date when the match has been rearranged.


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9 February 2007 : Carlisle Pitch Inspection
There will be a pitch inspection at Carlisle United's Brunton Park ground tomorrow morning at 10.30am to determine whether the League One fixture against Yeovil Town should go ahead.

There has not been any significant snow in Cumbria yet this week, but it is the hard frosts that have been causing the home side concerns with a Reserve Team fixture postponed during the week because of a frozen pitch.

Carlisle have been doing their best to resolve matters by keeping covers on the pitch for the past four days and it is the Warwick Road End of the ground that is causing the most concern. As a result they plan to put a double set of covers out onto the pitch at that end of the stadium tonight. Carlisle have also brought in some heaters that they will use on the problem areas of the pitch tomorrow morning if necessary.

Carlisle's official site state that "the club are confident the outcome will be positive" - pointing to rising temperatures expected in the past 24 hours. The MetCheck website predicts that temperatures will dip down to minus 3 tonight, but by kick-off time will have risen to +1 degree celcius. The fly in the ointment is the windchill and some snow showers expected right up until kick-off.

As soon as a decision is made, Ciderspace will provide an update on this news page, whatever the outcome is.

Link: MetCheck.com : Weather Forecast for Carlisle.


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9 February 2007 : Ciderspace Match Preview : Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town take on Carlisle United tomorrow afternoon at Brunton Park, looking to brush away the memories of last week's reverse against Millwall. However, they are coming up against a Cumbrian side who are sneaking into the edge of the playoff pack following two impressive wins over Nottingham Forest and Doncaster Rovers and will doubtless have their tails up.

The Glovers set off for the mammoth 331 mile journey on Thursday morning, although they have taken a reasonable detour to get there - setting up base in Slaley Hall in Northumberland and will presumably spend two nights there.

They have travelled without Paul Terry (knee), Mark Lynch (knee), Lee Morris (calf) and Anthony Barry (knee) but the good news is that club captain Terry Skiverton is fit and available after his lengthy layoff caused by a virus. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, manager Russell Slade gave the latest on the situation:

"The team news is that we travel without Lee Morris. But we have Terry Skiverton back after his bug so that is good news for us. Terry has had a full week's training which he needed to get under his belt. The bug left him energyless but he has recovered from that and he is back at it and feeling a bit happier about himself. And of course the likes of Martin Brittain and Peter Sweeney have had a little bit more time to work with us and train with us, and to train with a purpose now so I think they are looking a bit sharper this week as well."

Slade added that he is impressed with the response that he has got from his squad since last week's defeat against Millwall stating that they had suffered no side-effect from that knockback:

"It's been very very good indeed. We trained well again this week with a nice liveliness and enthusiasm, which I expect from them. So from that point of view it is all systems go. It is important again that after only our seventh defeat of the season that we bounce back quickly. It is not going to be an easy one. It is a long journey as you well know and against a team that of course have their own ideas about getting into the top six."

Carlisle are missing Paul Thirlwell who is suspended, whilst Chris Lumsdon (ankle) and Simon Hackney (knee) are not expected to feature. Joe Garner who had cramp problems last week and Danny Livesey who had a hamstring problem are expected to be passed fit.

But they are expected to be high on confidence after beating title favourites Nottingham Forest 1-0 at Brunton Park in their last home match, whilst that was followed by inflicting the first league defeat of 2007 upon Doncaster Rovers, which was also Donny's first league defeat at the Keepmoat Stadium.

That has propelled Carlisle into the group of playoff contenders in 10th place and only five points behind the Glovers in 5th and consequently there has been much talk in Cumbria about their own promotion chances which did not appear to exist at the start of 2007. Club captain Kevin Gray made no attempt to play that down when talking to the Cumbrian News and Star:

"It’s clear for everybody who looks at the league table that the play-offs are there to go for, but we are just knuckling down and taking every game as it comes. We know what we want to achieve and we need to keep building on every result we get. Yeovil will be a good test because they have been doing very well in the league. We want to keep this roll going and we will be looking for the victory that we need."

The last match between the two sides came back in August 2006 when a Chris Cohen goal was briefly cancelled out by former Glover Kevin Gall choosing his first trip back to Huish Park as the moment to score his first goal for the Cumbrians. But another speed merchant Ishmael Welsh was making his full debut for the Glovers and he responded by sticking in the winner just before half time. The last meeting between the two clubs at Brunton Park was in January 2004, in League Two, and goals from Paul Simpson and Wayne Farrell condemned Yeovil to a shock defeat by a Carlisle side that were then on their way out of the Football League. Only club captain Terry Skiverton survives from the Yeovil side who took to the field on that day.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Carlisle United.

Link: August 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 2 Carlisle United 1.

Link: January 2004 : Ciderspace Match Report : Carlisle United 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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9 February 2007 : Morris Still Laid Up For February
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has reconfirmed that the prognosis on Lee Morris's calf muscle is still for a layoff that is likely to keep him on the treatment table for the remainder of February. Morris came on as a substitute against Millwall on Saturday but aggravated a calf muscle problem whilst on the pitch, and the club have now decided they need to keep him out of football to avoid damaging the muscle even further. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound yesterday, Slade says of the injury:

"It's three weeks that we're told. He has got a tear there. The MRI scan revealed a tear in his calf so we have had to take a step back rather than moving forward now. We thought he was going to be very close. He feels fine within himself. But obviously the dynamics of playing a football match at the right tempo means that he could do further damage that could put him out for longer. Obviously we want him back in contention as quickly as possible, particularly as I am mindful of the fact that we lose Leon Best before the end of the month."


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9 February 2007 : Gall Looking Forward To Just Another Game
Former Yeovil Town striker Kevin Gall has said that he is not on a revenge mission tomorrow when his current side Carlisle United come up against the Glovers.

Gally spent 3.5 years at Huish Park, moving to Cumbria over the summer and his goals fired Yeovil into the Football League when he partnered Kirk Jackson in the Nationwide Conference. Gally also went down in the history books as Yeovil's first ever scorer in the Football League, netting up at Rochdale in August 2003.

Now the Welshman is plying his trade at Brunton Park, where he has been an ever-present this season. His new side were the first team to beat Doncaster Rovers at their new Keepmoat Stadium, and he told the Cumbrian News and Star that a win tomorrow would for him be little different from last week's win in Yorkshire:

"If we beat them it will feel exactly the same as it did when we beat Doncaster last Saturday. It’s far more important for us to get three points than for me to get one over on them. You’ve got to be professional and not get drawn into that sort of childish approach. I got a good reception when we went there in August and it was great to get my first Carlisle goal there. But if I score against them this weekend I will celebrate it just as much as any other goal. If I get a goal it will be great because it will be my seventh for Carlisle, not because it’s against Yeovil."

Despite making a few caustic remarks in the press shortly after leaving South Somerset, Gally says he bears no malice towards the Glovers and is happy with what he has achieved since arriving in the North-West:

"I didn’t leave them on bad terms. A lot of people had something to say about me not being good enough, but that’s fine – fans have opinions on everyone and it is no different here. I think I have proved my point by coming to Carlisle and playing every single league game this season."


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9 February 2007 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 46 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have announced the following results in Week 46 of their Glovers Gold Bond scheme:

Glovers Gold Bond : Week 46 : 9th February 2007
01935 423662 (Ext 291)


£100 Winners
Monday B4446 Mr Helyar Eastfield, Thornford
Tuesday E4114 Tracy Hurst Vernalls Road, Sherborne
Wednesday B6042 Mr P Craig Larkhill Road, Yeovil
Thursday C0424 Mrs Hannam Sutton Grange, Yeovil
Friday E6163 Mrs M Groves Westland Road, Yeovil

£10 Consolations
C4446 Mrs Stone, Mason Way, Shepton Mallet
D4446 Mrs G Heffernan, Ancastle Terrace, Ansford
E4446 Mrs Boyer, St James, Beaminster
A4114 Mrs E Sibley, Court Close, Bradpole
B4114 Mr P Levick, Westbourne Grove, Yeovil
C4114 Mrs B Paul, Monks Dale, Yeovil
D4114 Mrs H January, Kingsland Grange, Yeovil
C6042 Miss J White, Century Park, Yeovil
D6042 Mr S Derbyshire, Fennel Way, Houndstone
E6042 Mrs L Butler, Westland Road, Yeovil
F6042 Mrs Evans, Dore Close, Yeovil
A0424 Mr A Hobson, Beechwood, Yeovil
D0424 Peggy Joyce, Monmouth Road, Yeovil
E0424 Miss K Dodge, Stonehill, Stoke-sub-Hamdon
A6163 Mrs Millbank, Whitemead, Yeovil
C6163 Mr S Dawson, Larkhill Road, Yeovil
F6163 Mrs S J Whitty, Lowther Road, Yeovil


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9 February 2007 : Customer Charter Meeting Summary
The official site have published their summary of Tuesday night's Customer Charter Meeting in advance of the full meeting minutes which are expected to be available early next week. The summary report gave feedback in the following areas:

Stadium Development

Chairman John Fry has stated that he wants to see Huish Park being used on a seven-day-a-week basis. The report doesn't detail how this will be achieved or what events or facilities will be available. In principle though Ciderspace would say that this is a good aspiration to have given that many Football League and non-league clubs stay afloat on the back of their social clubs and the hire of their stadium facilities.

The club plan to develop their Football In The Community Scheme, with this being linked in with plans to develop the stadium facilties and form a Football Youth Academy. Hopefully the club are aware that currently the funding of Youth Academies through Football Foundation grants is currently up in the air, with the current arrangements due to end this summer, and the Football League, Premiership and Football Association still haggling over issues. The concerns of fellow League One side Crewe Alexandra are outlined this week in a BBC Sport article here.

The club are still looking into plans to turn the stadium site into a "community Sports Village". They are still planning to redevelop the stadium and expand it to either a 12,000 or 18,000 capacity ground. This would include a large restaurant and additional corporate hospitality. The idea is for development plans to be finalised by July and to include redevelopment of the Main Stand and the away terrace, plus a new supporters' bar. This appears to be the more long-term aspiration by the club - to our knowledge there are no planning applications in progress for such facilities (with the exception of the supporters' bar) and so this would have to be a blueprint for the future. Whether the club has overcome the thorny issues concerning the covenants on the land is not clear, although it seems likely that those will still remain as an obstacle to progress.

The hope is that the supporters' bar will be built during summer 2007 and funded by a brewery. We assume this is the bar that has already got planning approval from Somerset Council, planned to be situated on the corner of the Westland Stand and Cowlin Stand. In addition, the VP lounge will be refurbished and toilets and catering facilities improved over the season break. The refurbishment of the VP lounge is certainly an unusual priority to have, given that it is currently in extremely good condition - there are other areas of the ground such as the aforementioned toilets and catering that are in more urgent need of attention and would have a greater effect upon the 'average fan'.

Ticket Prices

The club's ticket prices for the 2007-08 season have yet to be finalised. However, the current thinking is that if the club are in League One next season, prices will remain unchanged. If the club are promoted to the Championship, there may be a "small increase" but even this may be waived. No mention is made of the future of the club's much-criticised 'Premium Pricing' scheme for higher profile games.

The good news is that the 'early bird' discount for those who renew before June 30th 2007 will be reintroduced and also the Family Season Ticket will be brought back. Ciderspace hopes that would extend to a Family Day Ticket being included as an option - something that disappeared around 2004. A mini-season ticket covering eight matches will also be introduced. This is certainly all a step in the right direction.

Media And Publicity

John Fry has stated that the club are making plans to boost the club's profile and increase attendances through publicity within the counties of Somerset, Dorset and Devon. Efforts will be made to promote the club in the local press within these counties as well as targeting schools and business. Hopefully some kind of measurement of the effectiveness of these promotions will be analysed.

The club have purchased a CRM system that is geared towards football businesses and the club will be using it to promote the club and its products. Exactly how it will work isn't clear as yet.

The CRM system is capable of supporting a membership scheme, but the meeting summary describes that as "premature". Certainly the reasons for another delay on a membership scheme need to be understood and communicated to supporters, as the need for such a scheme has been discussed at length at numerous CCMs and similar meetings, but without anything ever lifting off the ground. Certainly the scheme has been discussed as an ongoing item within CCMs prior to September 2004 and even the minutes from that meeting make it clear it was an ongoing issue.

Supporters at the meeting felt that the club were not promoting itself effectively, something that this site would agree with. The meeting requested that the Media Department should be emailing media contacts throughout Somerset copies of match reports. Although this would be a start, this surely should be extended to include all press releases and in line with the club's marketing strategy above be extended to include Devon and Dorset and indeed any organisation or website willing to publicise Yeovil Town. This used to be done by the club up until around 2003 but since then the club have expected organisations to access their PTV website rather than proactively publicising the club. Inevitably this means that the club will never reach new outlets and markets, nor maintain interest when it wanes.

The club have stated that Fixture Flyers requested at previous CCMs are now being produced. Those present at the meeting have stated that the distribution is inadequate. There is an action to increase the circulation.

Complaints were made at the meeting concerning the quality of the matchday programme; in particular the number of errors within the publication. John Fry has agreed to address this with the Media Manager. Certainly supporters this season have noticed a significant increase in the number of basic errors and it shouldn't be forgotten that with the exception of the official site, this is now the club's only written publication and thus represents the only output for supporters without internet connectivity.

Home Strip

As already known, the home playing strip will be replaced for the start of the 2007-08 season, in accordance with the two-year cycle established by the club. The new kit will be unveiled at the last home game, and put on sale shortly after, for purchase over the summer break.

Disabled Facilities

The new viewing platform is currently oversubscribed. One idea at the meeting was for a 'raffle' to be held to choose which supporters would have the rights to sit there for the rest of the season. Concerns were also raised about how slippery the platform is.


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8 February 2007 : January 2007 Player Of The Month
Yeovil Town club captain Terry Skiverton was voted as the Player of the Month for January 2007 by those who participate in the Man of the Match voting at the end of every game.

In a month that saw just two goals conceded in five games, it was no surprise to see fellow defender Terrell Forbes and goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall feature strongly. The strike pair of Leon Best and Lee Morris were unsurprisingly also on people's minds when they cast their voting for the month. The full results were as follows:

Terry Skiverton 521
Terrell Forbes 416
Lee Morris 331
Steve Mildenhall 195
Leon Best 192
Martin Cranie 150
Arron Davies 144
Chris Cohen 142
Andy Lindegaard 128
Jean-Paul Kalala 110
Nathan Jones 104


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8 February 2007 : Bradford Man Of The Match Result
The Man of the Match voting for the Bradford City match just under a fortnight ago saw Terrell Forbes come out on top for the containment job he did on Bradford's paceman Jermaine Johnson. Also highly placed were Arron Davies who scored two goals, plus club captain Terry Skiverton.

The full results have been added to the foot of the Bradford City match report.

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


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8 February 2007 : O'Driscoll Wins Manager Of The Month
Doncaster Rovers manager Sean O'Driscoll has won the League One manager of the month for January 2007. This was no great surprise as Donny had the best results record for the month in the league, with three wins, one draw and no defeats, whilst they also are halfway through a Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area Cup Final against Crewe Alexandra. Their only defeat came in the FA Cup Fourth Round when they bowed out 4-0 to Bolton Wanderers.

Poor old Mr O'Driscoll found the legendary curse of the Manager of the Month hit him even before he had been given the award though - Donny lost their first February game against Carlisle United; their first league defeat at their new Keepmoat Stadium.

Glovers boss Russell Slade was one of the other nominations for the award.


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8 February 2007 : Two All-Ticket Trips Coming Up
The trips to Keepmoat Stadium and Whaddon Road will both be all-ticket games for away supporters.

The rearranged match with Doncaster Rovers now takes place at the Keepmoat Stadium on February the 27th, kick-off 7.45 p.m., and has been made all-ticket for Yeovil fans. Just as a reminder: anyone who bought tickets in advance for the fixture at Belle Vue (Earth Stadium) must present them at Huish Park ticket office for a refund. They are not transferable.

Tickets for this match are now on sale from Huish Park. There are no purchase restrictions, apart from the fact there will be no sales on match-day. Adults £15.00; all concessions (seniors over 60, students, 16 and under, disabled - we think on the last, no definite confirmation) £8.00.

The new Keepmoat Stadium is all seated with a capacity of 15,000. Away supporters are housed in the North Stand, with a behind the goal view. The North Stand holds around 3,000 spectators though there is the facility to segregate this area between away and home fans. The stadium claims to be state-of-the-art in regards to disabled facilities, but as far as we can tell there are only two spaces in the North Stand for those wheelchair users who just might want to sit with their fellow visiting supporters.

Tickets for the Cheltenham Town game on the 10th March 2007 are now available from the Huish Park ticket office. Sales are to season ticket holders up until Friday 23rd February. Remaining tickets will then go on general sale from Saturday 24th February.

As is par for the course the Official Site provides its usual partial information, with no indication as to the numbers of tickets available or in which parts of the stadium. However the Cheltenham Town Official Site states that visiting supporters are normally placed in the Carlsberg Stand and, if sufficient demand is expected, an adjoining section of the In2Print Stand. The Carlsberg Stand has been developed to replace the partially covered Whaddon Road Terrace Glovers will recall from our former visits to the stadium, and is all-seated and currently listed as certificated to hold 991. The In2Print Stand is a 1,885 seated facility, but there isn't any definitive information as to how big a section might be given to Yeovil supporters or, indeed, if Cheltenham plan to do so for this fixture. The minimum number of tickets available will therefore be 991.

Prices of tickets are: adults £18.00, seniors and students £11.00; 16 and under £7.00. There are an unspecified number of spaces for wheelchair users in the Carlsberg Stand priced at £11.00. Just for information we feel it is fair to point out that Cheltenham has increased the price for visiting adult fans by £2.00 for this fixture - hurrah!

Smoking is not permitted in any seated area. This fixture kicks off at 3.00 p.m.

Normal opening hours at Huish Park Ticket Office are 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. Monday to Friday. Visit in person or book over the phone on 01935 847888. On matchdays all tickets are sold from opening at 9.00 a.m. up to an hour before kick-off, thereafter it's tickets for that day's match only.


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8 February 2007 : It's A Long Way To Tipperary (But Even Further To Carlisle)
This morning's Western Daily Press reports that Yeovil Town's players have left for Saturday's match against Carlisle United this morning! Bar the odd occasion before an FA Cup match, or a spot of end of season fixture congestion that has seen two away matches placed within days of each other, this is the first time Ciderspace can recall a Glovers side leaving for a match this early.

Presumably the 331 mile journey, combined with poor weather conditions has influenced manager Russell Slade's thinking. Obviously there is a certain element of doubt that the match will take place on Saturday, with significant snowfall across the UK in the last 24 hours. There is snow forecast for Carlisle for the Saturday as well, which could make matters difficult to predict right up to the last minute.

For those of a certifiably insane disposition, the Ciderspace guide to Carlisle United is available to print out and take with you. If the game gets called off and you get stuck on the M6 in the snow, you can even set fire to it to keep your hands warm (children, don't try this at home)! Good luck to those travelling, and allow plenty of time to drive carefully!

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Carlisle.


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7 February 2007 : Youth Team Venue For Rovers Match
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side will play Saturday's match against Bristol Rovers Reserves at the complex more locally known as Clifton Rugby Club but has the sponsored name of the AXA Sunlife Sports and Social Club.

It is situated just off the Cribbs Causeway dual carriageway (A4018) that runs from M5 Junction 17 into the City Centre. If you are coming in from the M5 then be aware that you will need to go past the rugby club then double-back upon yourself at the next roundabout.

From the M5, take the A4018 (Bristol West). Travel down the dual carriageway (Cribbs Causeway) to the Crow Lane roundabout (Old Crow Public House). Do a 180 degree turn at this roundabout back towards the M5. As you approach next roundabout, turn left into lane just before the roundabout (marked by a brown sign – Clifton RFC). The entrance into the 'AXA Sports Ground' is opposite the end of the lane.

If you are coming from Bristol City Centre, then go straight over the Crow Lane roundabout towards the M5 then use the same directions as before.

If any Bristol Glovers are not going to the Carlisle United match and instead plan to watch the Youth Team, then drop an email to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com if you think you could help with any details on the game, either by phone or by a short report.


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7 February 2007 : Glovers Thrash Weymouth Reserves
Yeovil Town Reserves inflicted a 4-0 defeat upon a Weymouth Reserves side at the Wessex Stadium tonight. Two goals from Gavin McCallum, plus strikes from Danny Thompson and Ishmael Welsh were enough to see off a Weymouth side that included former Glovers Stephen Reed and Dale Williams who are both trialling at the Wessex Stadium as well as former Barnsley youngster Jonathan Loukes.

The Glovers included two trialists, with Ipswich Town striker Darryl Knights included in the starting line-up and it was his pace that gave the hosts a nightmare start as 19 minutes into the match Knights received a ball over the top of the Weymouth defence and as he teed up to fire home inside the box, Weymouth club captain Ashley Vickers pulled him back resulting in a spot kick and a red card for the former Dagenham man, who ironically was in the side to regain match fitness after serving a suspension.

Whilst the Vickers red card was being dealt with, the other trialist - free agent Alexis Nicolas - was playing paper-scissors-stone with Gavin McCallum for the rights to take the spot kick! McCallum won, and also succeeded from the spot.

The dominance from the Glovers was perhaps not so great in the lead up to half time and Anthony Tonkin made a great block on the line when a Weymouth downward header was stopped by an outstretched boot from Tonks with the ball being pushed out for a corner. The Glovers went into the break 1-0 up and perhaps not capitalising upon their man advantage as they should have.

Ten minutes into the second period, Youth Team new boy Omar Simpson was replaced by Danny Thompson and on the hour mark, Gavin McCallum finally got Yeovil's second, stabbing home from five yards out after the ball had pinged around in the box with the Terras unable to clear successive Yeovil attempts.

The third goal was scored by Danny Thompson with under 15 minutes remaining in much the same way - Thommo Jr netted from close range after a goalmouth scramble. A fourth was added in the final 10 minutes, with Ishmael Welsh being upended in the box and slotted away the penalty himself.

Final Score: Weymouth Reserves 0 Yeovil Town Reserves 4.

Line-Up: Danny Barker, Phil Ormrod, Gary Bowles, Harry Sherwood, Anthony Tonkin, Ishmael Welsh, Stephen Maher, Alexis Nicolas, Gavin McCallum, Darryl Knights, Omar Simpson.

Subs: Danny Thompson (55 mins for Omar Simpson), Tom Parsons (67 mins for Phil Ormrod), Matt Concliffe, Liam Horder (80 mins for Liam Horder).

Goals: Gavin McCallum (19 mins, pen, 0-1), Gavin McCallum (60 mins, 0-2), Danny Thompson (78 mins, 0-3), Ishmael Welsh (82 mins, pen, 0-4).


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7 February 2007 : Best Loan Extension Update
Further to Monday's news item, the club have now officially confirmed that Leon Best will serve a third and final 'month' with the club as part of his loan period.

The bad news is that according to the official site his loan period is set to expire on Friday 23rd February, meaning that Leon now only has three games left with Yeovil Town - Carlisle United (away), Tranmere Rovers (home) and AFC Bournemouth (away). The home match against Swansea City falls a day too late for him to be available under the 93 day rule concerning emergency loans.

That said, Leon's involvement will continue to be valuable. Fellow striker Lee Morris tore a calf muscle, aggravating his previous calf injury, during Saturday's match against Millwall meaning that he is only likely to return to action at the end of the month. Thus the impressive December/January partnership of Best and Morris is unfortunately unlikely to be resumed before Leon returns to Southampton.


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7 February 2007 : Weymouth vs Yeovil Town Reserves Match Preview
Yeovil Town Reserves travel to the Wessex Stadium tonight for a Football Combination match against Weymouth Reserves, kick-off 7.00pm.

The match will be the first match the Glovers have played against the Dorset side since owner Martyn Harrison announced a massive restructuring of the club that saw 11 first team squad players leave during January and manager Garry Hill and assistant Kevin Hales be replaced by Jason Tindall and former Glover Roy O'Brien.

With their squad decimated, it was no great surprise to see what was left of their Reserve side thrashed 5-0 by Exeter City Reserves last month, but speaking to the Dorset Echo Tindall is promising that they will be putting a better side out tonight including two trialists and captain Ashley Vickers who is returning following a suspension:

"We have got a few trialists who will play and we will be a little bit more experienced than last week. Ashley Vickers will play at least 45 minutes and I will also have a run out, so we will have a good mixture with a few of the younger lads being involved as well. One of the trialists has come down from Barnsley and the other has come over from Australia I believe. He went to Millwall but then there was a change of manager there and he is looking to make a name for himself in English football. He was recommended to me from a source and I feel I have nothing to lose by taking a look at him."

For the Glovers, Darryl Knights should be guesting from Ipswich Town, whilst striker Daniel Webb should be lined up against his former club following his return from an aborted loan at Rushden and Diamonds. In recent matches, manager Russell Slade has chosen to avoid putting his 'bench warmers' into Reserve Team matches, due to his overall squad being so thin on the ground, but with the arrival of two loan signings to boost the squad size just before the transfer window closed, that policy could be slackened a touch.

Weymouth report that their bar will be open from 6.30pm tonight, and they will be showing tonight's England friendly within the bar. With the Reserves kicking off at 7.00pm, that should allow those present an opportunity to watch the second half from their bar.

Update 3.45pm: The following players are confirmed as travelling for tonight's game: Darryl Knights, Alexis Nicolas, Danny Barker, Anthony Tonkin, Ishmael Welsh, Steve Maher, Gary Bowles and Gavin McCallum.


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6 February 2007 : Slade Nominated For Manager of the Month
With a record of 3-1-1 Russell Slade has been short-listed for the January Coca-Cola Manager of the Month in League One.

Willie Donachie - Millwall
Kenny Jackett - Swansea City
Sean O'Driscoll - Doncaster Rovers
Russell Slade - Yeovil Town

The Manager of the Month announcement will be take place at 12.30 p.m. on Thursday, 8th February on Sky Sports News.


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6 February 2007 : Bowles Rejects Weymouth Move
The Dorset Echo has confirmed recent rumours on Dorchester Town and Weymouth message boards that the South Coast side have been knocked back in a recent attempt to capture Yeovil Town's Youth Team captain Gary Bowles on loan.

Gary has been playing out on loan for the Magpies since late last year, mainly being used as a right-back, but he was spotted by Weymouth manager Jason Tindall playing in last week's friendly at the Avenue Stadium in his favoured centre-back position, playing for Yeovil Town Reserves. Tindall told the paper just before the weekend that he had attempted to take him down the road to the Wessex Stadium but that Bowles turned him down:

"He has decided to stay with Dorchester, for whatever reason I don’t know. I am very disappointed but there is nothing we can do about it. He did well on Tuesday and I felt he would have done well for us."

Dorchester manager Mick Jenkins has said that following last week's friendly he may move him into a central position at some stage:

"One of the ideas of the game the other night was to see him at centre back and he coped very well. He said he was quite happy with the set up here. I just had to give him the courtesy of informing him of the approach from Weymouth."

Gary has so far played five times for Dorchester since arriving at the Avenue Stadium.


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6 February 2007 : Yet Another Tractor Boy?
Ipswich Town website Those Were The Days are predicting that Academy full-back Luke Webster is likely to join Tractor Boys Martin Brittain and Darryl Knights on the training ground at Huish Park.

Webster is currently having a trial with Championship side Southend United, but the rivals.net site state that Webster is due to arrive at Yeovil as soon as he has finished a spell at Roots Hall. They say that the 18 year old is not going to be kept on at the end of the season and so this is presumably a way of allowing him to find a new club before the end of his contract.

The Glovers have already seen Webster play - he was in the Ipswich Under 18s side that was knocked out of the FA Youth Cup in December 2006, playing a full 120 minutes in the right-back position.


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6 February 2007 : Webb Returns To Huish Park
Yeovil Town striker Daniel Webb has returned to Huish Park after his month loan with Conference side Rushden and Diamonds completed. According to the Northampton Evening Telegraph this happened some time ago, with them reporting on February 1st that his loan period at Nene Park had been cut short.

Webb joined the Annies on January 5th and played in one Nationwide Conference fixture at Altrincham, picking up a yellow card during his 90 minutes of football. He then played an FA Trophy match at Witton Albion on January 13th, lasting 57 minutes before being substituted and has not featured in any Rushden squads since that date.

It therefore appears safe to assume that he returned to Huish Park shortly after that date, although reasons for the curtailment are not known. Under loan rules, even if a month agreement is cut short, a player is not allowed to play for the returning club or any other side prior to the first month loan deal expiring. However, with the month deal now up, Danny is now free for selection by the Glovers and would be expected to play in tomorrow night's Reserve Team fixture at Weymouth.


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5 February 2007 : Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town U18s Match Details
Further to Saturday's news item, the full match stats for the weekend's 2-0 win for Yeovil Town's Under 18s side at Cheltenham Town are now available.

With Tom Clarke out on loan at Taunton Town, manager Stuart Housley fielded two new players, with Ali Lwanga starting and Omar Simpson appearing as a second half substitute.

The Glovers got a goal a-piece in each half. Firstly a 35 yard James Hatcher free kick flew into the net to give Yeovil a deserved advantage in a half they dominated. Then with 20 minutes remaining, Harry Sherwood got Yeovil's second, following up on the rebound after his own shot was parried by the Cheltenham keeper. Outside of that, it wasn't Liam Horder's day, with the Youth Team's top scorer getting into plenty of good positions throughout the match, but being unable to extend Yeovil's lead even further.

Line-Up: 1 Peter Burridge 2 Oliver Wake, 3 James Hatcher, 4 Reynold Turnock, 5 Tom Parsons, 6 Harry Sherwood (Capt), 7 Daniel O'Brien, 8 Phillip Ormrod, 9 Matthew Concliffe, 10 Liam Horder, 11 Ali Lwanga.

Subs: 12 Greg Taafe (75 mins for Phil Ormrod) 14 Jamie Morgan (65 mins for Ali Lwanga) 15 Joe Hastie 17 Omar Simpson (72 mins for Dan O'Brien).

Goals: James Hatcher (20 mins, 0-1), Harry Sherwood (70 mins, 0-2).

The Youth Team next play at Bristol Rovers this coming Saturday. Rovers often play their matches at Filton Academy - we'll try and confirm the venue for sure later in the week.


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5 February 2007 : Domone Praises Glovers Youths
Gary Domone, manager of British Gas Business Southern League Division One South & West club Taunton Town, has expressed early enthusiasm for his loan signings of Yeovil Town youth players Tom Clark and Craig Alcock.

Speaking after the two lads made their debuts in a 0-0 draw away at Hillingdon Borough on Saturday the Peacocks' boss said :

They are good players. In fact I thought Craig Alcock was our best player. They both have good movement and control. I thought we deserved to win. We played really well - at least until the last third of the game.


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5 February 2007 : A Bigger Comedian Than Eddie Izzard
Ah yes, another disadvantage of travelling North. The further oop one goes the more likely to get one of our least favourite referees: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear).

The first occasion we had him was at Moss Rose in 2003 and it didn't take long to spot he was one of the poorest officials on the circuit. Unfortunately Yeovil Town were even poorer that day.

His performance at York Street, Bank Holiday Monday 2004, won't be forgotten in a hurry by the 400 Glovers fans there: shambolic is too kind a word. A Brian Rix farce - all that was missing was the dropped trousers - would be closer.

Back at Moss Rose in 2005 and it was Ilderton again, though we seem to recall he was thankfully anonymous that day.

To date this season he has awarded 72 yellows and 6 reds in the 22 matches he has taken charge of, but naturally managed to get through the infamous Barrow v Bristol Rovers F.A. Cup tie that subsequently saw a four month prison sentence for James Cotterill - and a whole series of other industrial fouls from the Cumbrians - without reaching for his cards once.

The assistant referees supporting the comedy act will be Mo Matadar (Lancashire) and Paul Simpson (County Durham). Neil Yates (Lancashire) has been appoined as fourth official.


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5 February 2007 : Knights Training With Glovers
Ipswich Town teenage striker Darryl Knights is training with Yeovil Town this week, according to BBC Somerset Sound. The 18 year old is an academy graduate who was a member of their 2004-05 FA Youth Cup winning side.

He made his debut for the Tractor Boys as a substitute at Sunderland in November 2004, although that still stands as his one and only first team appearance for the Championship side. He signed his first professional contract for the club in May 2005.

Darryl has been a regular for England at youth level, having played for his country in the U17 European Championship qualifiers during the summer of 2005.

Yeovil Town fans who travel to Weymouth for the evening Football Combination match on Wednesday night will get an early chance to see what Darryl can do; he is planned to be included in the Yeovil Town Reserves squad for that match.


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5 February 2007 : BBC Local Radio Interviews From Millwall
The BBC local radio post-match interviews associated with Saturday's Millwall match have now been published on the BBC Somerset Sound website.

In addition to the usual post-match verdict from manager Russell Slade, interviewer John Bennett also talks to left-winger Peter Sweeney who was making his debut for the club on the day.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.

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


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5 February 2007 : Russell Settles For Third Best
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has told today's Western Daily Press that he now has a verbal agreement with Southampton manager George Burley to extend the loan of striker Leon Best into a third and final month. Speaking to the paper, Russell said:

"It has verbally been agreed between myself and George Burley. He's happy for Leon's loan to be extended, which is good news."

The WDP claims that Best will be at the club until February 24th, covering just four matches which would cover Carlisle United (away), Tranmere Rovers (home), AFC Bournemouth (away) and Swansea City (home).

This falls slightly short of what Ciderspace had expected. On Thursday (see news story below) Russell stated that he believed Leon had roughly 20 days of his 93 left as part of the emergency loan rules. If true, then this ought to take in the trip to Doncaster Rovers which takes place on February 27th, as the emergency loan window does not reopen until February 8th.

The WDP calculations appear to assume that the third month loan is tagged directly onto the first two months which firstly may not be possible under the loan rules, and secondly would the club want to do it in the first place? Hopefully those at Huish Park have got the rulebook open and are scrutinising all the small print. Fingers crossed!

Slade has also hinted to the paper that the return of Martin Cranie may also be on the cards:

"Of course there is a chance that I might have a conversation with him (Saints manager George Burley) about another one of his players during the week. It would be nice at some stage if we can bring Martin Cranie back as well and we are working on that."

Update 11:30am: We've had some further information supplied on this, and it looks as though the WDP's "four match" calculation is correct. For Yeovil to take Leon Best on loan from February 8th, this would have to be a brand new loan contract and Southampton would have no entitlement to a 24 hour recall. By tagging on the last 20 days immediately to Leon's first two months as a loan extension, Southampton protect themselves by keeping an option of a 24 hour recall on Best, and therefore Yeovil have been unable to have a five day gap between the two loan periods. Leon Best's last game will therefore be the home match against Swansea City.


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4 February 2007 : Ladies Pull Off Huge Win
In today's top of the table clash between Cullompton Rangers and Yeovil Town the Glovers took a major stride forward in their hopes of securing the South West Premier Division title. A seventh minute goal from the division's leading scorer, Jemma Tewkesbury, and an own goal, gave the visitors a well deserved 0-2 lead at half-time. Cullompton matched their visitors in the second period and put on more pressure, but were unable to break down the Yeovil defence.

Final score: Cullompton Rangers 0 Yeovil Town 2

The Glovers have now taken matters into their own hands, as they have stretched the gap over Cullompton, who have two played two games less, to seven points. However it should be noted that Penzance and Gloucester City could catch Yeovil, but would have to win all their respective four and five games in hand to do so.

Next Sunday the Ladies return to knock-out action with the visit of Penzance to Somerset in the Premier Division League Cup.


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4 February 2007 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town vs Millwall
The full Ciderspace match report for yesterday's 0-1 defeat against Millwall at Huish Park is now online.

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


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4 February 2007 : Russell's Verdict On the Millwall Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade has said he can see a concerning pattern of results concerning the way his team play when teams come to Huish Park. Speaking after his side had lost 1-0 at home to Millwall, Russell believes it is the way that certain teams are able to cancel the Glovers out that is of most concern in some of the performances this season.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell admitted: "We struggle at times to deal with teams that either match us in terms of our shape, which Millwall attempted to do, or with teams that sit very deep. Perhaps you could argue that Millwall did both."

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

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: Russell Slade's Pre-Match Interview.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.


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3 February 2007 : MOTM Voting For Millwall
Don't forget to place your Man Of The Match vote for today's match against Millwall by using the form below. The match finished in a 0-1 home defeat for the Glovers with Ben May netting the winner.

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


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3 February 2007 : Lions Silence The Huish Roar
Yeovil Town's League One promotion charge wobbled this afternoon at Huish Park as Millwall inflicted a 1-0 defeat upon Russell Slade's side. The match was settled as early as the 12th minute when a Marvin Elliott right wing cross was converted by Ben May on the back post to give the Lions an early lead that they never really looked like letting go of.

The Glovers were dealt a pre-match blow with club captain Terry Skiverton unavailable due to a virus, having failed a pre-match fitness test. However, new loan signing Peter Sweeney made his debut on the left wing, with Martin Brittain occupying the bench.

Millwall edged the first period, and Yeovil had a great let-off when Marvin Elliott fired well wide right on the stroke of half time. A far stronger second period saw the Glovers come into the game more as Millwall's somewhat cynical and over-physical approach saw them pick up five bookings for a mix of timewasting and fouls.

Leon Best headed narrowly over from a Marcus Stewart cross on the final match of his second month loan and the same player forced one of the few saves visiting keeper Lenny Pidgeley had to make when he shot from the edge of the box.

But it wasn't until the six minutes of second half injury time that Millwall looked particularly flustered, with goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall twice going up for set pieces in the opposing box, with three attacking substitutes all on the field to try and break down the resolute Millwall back line. But the Glovers huffed and puffed a little too much to really make the comeback ever look realistically possible, and the end result was that Russell Slade's pre-match "opportunity" was missed, even if defeats for many teams in the top 10 meant that little ground was lost on the day.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Millwall 1.

Link: Latest 2006-07 League One Table.


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3 February 2007 : Alcock And Clarke Out On Loan
Right-back Craig Alcock and striker Tom Clarke have been allowed to go out on loan to Taunton Town for a one month period. Taunton play in the Southern League Division One South & West and the pair will remain at Wordsworth Drive until March 3rd.

This is Alcock's second loan spell of the season having already had a spell with Weston-Super-Mare whilst for Clarke it is the first time that he has moved away from Huish Park.


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3 February 2007 : Youth Team Beat Cheltenham
Yeovil Town's Youth Team ensured they got over their recent FA Youth Cup exit by returning to winning form this morning. They beat Cheltenham Town's Under 18 side by a 2-0 scoreline in Gloucestershire. More details, including line-up and scorers in the next few days.


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3 February 2007 : Lions Playing For 0-0 Draw
Millwall midfielder Neal Ardley admits that the Lions will arrive at Huish Park today looking for a 0-0 draw. In recent months, more and more teams have come down with that as a specific gameplan - to try and frustrate the Glovers and to stop them playing. Not too many have been as open in their intentions as Ardley has though.

Ardley also hopes that by stopping Yeovil from playing that he can turn the Huish Park crowd against their own team. Speaking to the South London Press, he admitted:

"The onus is always on the home team to break down the visitors. But if we stay solid, we can turn the fans against them. The temptation is to feel you have to dominate the home team. When you can't, it's frustrating. So maybe it's better we just concentrate on being solid, and hard to beat. A clean sheet has to be our first priority -which might mean we have to settle for a 0-0 result. But that'd be great, if you look at where Yeovil are now."

If Millwall do manage to secure a point at Huish Park today, they will achieve something they haven't managed so far this season. Although the Lions have won four times on their travels so far, they have yet to record a draw, losing 11 of their other 15 away matches.

Link: Latest 2006-07 League One Table.


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2 February 2007 : Cohen Hoping For Weekend Boost
Yeovil Town midfielder Chris Cohen hopes that tomorrow will complete a good week for the Glovers on the back of several results that have gone their way in the last seven days. After their 2-0 win at Bradford City put them firmly back amongst the playoff positions, midweek defeats for Bristol City and Nottingham Forest saw Yeovil's position strengthened further, and in speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, Cohen admitted he was delighted with the way the week had gone:

"Bristol City haven't lost in something like 18 games and that was a home banker. Obviously it was a great result for us and a great result for Cheltenham. Forest losing to Carlisle was another great result for us."

Speaking about tomorrow's match against Millwall he added:

"We know that if we win on Saturday then we are going to go up places. It is a great opportunity for us, but we can't be over-confident. We know that if we play well and play to our capability, then with the form and luck that we've had in the past few weeks we feel like we can win the game."


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2 February 2007 : Slade : Tomorrow Is An Opportunity
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade wants his side to seize an 'opportunity' tomorrow to propel themselves further up the League One table. The Glovers take on Millwall at Huish Park, knowing that a win would lift them at least one place higher in the table, with 3rd placed Bristol City not playing until Monday night.

The table has tightened up this week with both City and Nottingham Forest losing their midweek fixtures, and Russell admitted to BBC Somerset Sound that he did have an eye on those results and wants his side to take advantage of the situation tomorrow:

"I should be telling you that I shouldn't be concentrating on what other teams do and how their games are going. But of course you look at those results. What it does, in essence, is that it gives you an opportunity. We have a fantastic opportunity now of certainly going into the top three in the table and possibly even second with a win. It's all there for us - it's game on and it is very wide open and we have a great chance. It is all about taking that opportunity I think."

City's match on Monday is against League One leaders Scunthorpe United, meaning that at least one of the promotion chasing sides will drop points over the next three days. In addition, second placed Oldham Athletic are home to 9th placed Tranmere Rovers tomorrow meaning that there will be another six-pointer taking place over the weekend. Fourth placed Nottingham Forest travel to Bradford City, whilst Blackpool appear to have a home banker, facing basement club Brentford in Lancashire. Sixth placed Swansea City travel to Cheltenham Town, whilst 8th placed Doncaster Rovers face 10th placed Carlisle United at home.


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2 February 2007 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 45 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have announced the following results in Week 45 of their Glovers Gold Bond scheme:

Glovers Gold Bond : Week 45 : 2nd February 2007
01935 423662 (Ext 291)


£100 Winners
Monday E6331 Miss Skelligan, Dore Close, Yeovil
Tuesday C2670 Mrs M Whitty, Roseberry Avenue, Yeovil
Wednesday A9885 Mr J Kinder, Burroughes Avenue, Yeovil
Thursday E3893 Mr Crooknorth, Lyster Close, Ilchester
Friday C1589 Mrs J Joyes, Hillbourne Gardens, Yeovil

£10 Consolations
A6331 Mr M Foot, West Park, Castle Cary
B6331 Mrs M Akers, Christopher Close, Yeovil
C6331 Mrs Hanford, Hill Ground, Frome
D6331 Mr C Martin, Overton, Wincanton
A2670 Mrs T Pollard, Charles Road, Yeovil
B9885 Mr C Robins, Fairhouse Road, Barwick
C9885 Mr Alan Parsons, c/o ATS Bridport
D9885 G Judd, The Glebe, Queen Camel
E9885 Mrs Bird, Dore Close, Yeovil
A3893 Mr Jim Hewlett, Hales Meadow, Mudford
B3893 Mr Stevens, Cale Way, Gillingham
C3893 Mrs H Poole, Larkhill Road, Yeovil
D3893 Mrs D Greenman, St Cleers Way, Somerton
F3893 Mrs M Tiltman, Merevale Way, Yeovil
B1589 Keith Childs, Garden City, Langport
D1589 Miss L Gill, Strode Road, Street
E1589 Mrs Jones, Willow Road, Yeovil


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2 February 2007 : Yeovil Town vs Millwall Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Millwall at Huish Park tomorrow as they continue their attempts to stretch the top five positions in League One away from the chasing pack. The Glovers lie in 5th place in League One, but with a four point cushion currently separating them and 6th placed Swansea City. With leaders Scunthorpe United playing Bristol City on Monday, at least one side in the top five will drop points this weekend and with only one point separating the four clubs below Scunny, that makes matters all the more tightly poised.

Their visitors Millwall had been expected to be up that end of the table when the bookies made their pre-seaon predictions, but a horror start by the South-East London side to their season that saw them occupy the bottom slot at one stage has seen them have to fight a very different battle so far. Currently in 19th place, and four points away from the drop-zone, the Lions have stabilised somewhat in recent months, but two defeats in their last two matches have shown that they are not yet out of danger, despite having preceded those losses with a run of four straight wins.

Millwall see two of their players serve suspensions tomorrow with defender Richard Shaw banned for picking up his fifth yellow card of the season, whilst Alan Dunne serves the second of a three game ban. However, striker Darren Byfield returns to the side after his suspension was served. Mark Phillips is being predicted to take Shaw's position in the centre of defence.

Like the Glovers, Millwall could be giving their debut to a player who was on Stoke City's books last week. Midfielder Dave Brammer signed for them earlier this week and is expected to travel down with the squad for tomorrow's match. Chris Hackett and Tom Brighton also represent wide options for manager Willie Donachie after they were declared fit, although Donachie implies that neither will play a significant part tomorrow:

"It is great to have Chris back, but, like Tom, he also needs more training and more games to get fit."

It is this midfield area that is proving to be the more difficult to predict in terms of Millwall's team selection with competition so tight that former Chelsea player Jody Morris has been told to go and find another club for a loan deal, rather than be rushed back following his lengthy layoff this season.

The Glovers add wingers Peter Sweeney and Martin Brittain to their squad, and it is likely that both will be in the sixteen for tomorrow's match. Striker Lee Morris and defender Anthony Tonkin are also fit again, and will come into contention. However, midfielder Anthony Barry is out after damaging medial knee ligaments on the training ground this week and is expected to be absent for two weeks. There is also extreme doubt about club captain Terry Skiverton, who has not fully trained this week having suffered from a virus. Speaking to the Western Daily Press manager Russell Slade explained:

"Terry did a little bit of running on Wednesday but he missed training again today and is a massive doubt for the game now."

Long term absentees Paul Terry and Mark Lynch are of course ruled out. If Skivo does not make the match, then expect Scott Guyett to slide into the back line, whilst Barry's absence will be catered for by bringing Chris Cohen into a more central role alongside Jean-Paul Kalala. The rest of the line-up very much depends upon the formation Slade uses, with Morris, Sweeney and Brittain all able to slot into various positions and roles alongside Arron Davies, Marcus Stewart and Leon Best.

The last match between the two sides was on the opening day of the season when a Wayne Gray goal opened up Yeovil's League One campaign, with a second half Darren Byfield goal producing a 1-1 scoreline.

Note that this match was originally designated as a "Premium Priced" match, but during the season the club downgraded it to standard matchday pricing. Tickets are therefore available on the day in accordance with the usual matchday rules.

Link: August 2006 : Millwall 1 Yeovil Town 1.


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1 February 2007 : Slade Still Hoping For Cranie Loan
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has admitted he is still looking to bring back Southampton defender Martin Cranie to the club, despite not being able to agree loan deals with him and Leon Best that would have taken both until the end of the season.

With the transfer window now closed, Russell's only option to secure the pair is to make use of the emergency loan window which opens from February 8th. However, there he is bound by rules that say a player can only be loaned out to a given club for a maximum of 93 days during a single season. That means that both players can only be loaned for around a month, with Leon Best's duration cut down even further.

Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, Russell explained exactly where he stood with both players:

"I have a limited amount of days left with both players. I think that after the 3rd of February it is about 20 days left with Leon Best and 39 days if we were to re-engage Martin Cranie. The indications are that provided Southampton haven't got injuries there is a strong possibility that he could come back. So that would boost us up again. Apart from that I am reasonably happy with my squad. I just need to look at the situation when Leon Best goes because that is probably the next area as I like to have four strikers in the club."

From a technical standpoint, Leon Best will return to Southampton after Saturday's match against Millwall, with his loan expiring on February 3rd. However, the club can execute another loan period to commence from February 8th which would mean Best would not miss any matches, allowing him to take part in a fairly congested looking February period.


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1 February 2007 : Revised Customer Charter Agenda
Next week's Customer Charter Meeting has had the agenda tweaked slightly with the topic of 'Disabled Facilities' being added to the agenda. The revised agenda (with additional agenda item highlighted) is as follows:

Customer Charter Meeting
Agenda - 6th of February 2007


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

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

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

Link: Yeovil Town Customer Charter.


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1 February 2007 : January Deadline Moves
For those who found yesterday a bit of a blur in terms of player movement, there were 29 deals struck involving League One clubs as part of the transfer deadline day. Two involved Yeovil Town with Peter Sweeney and Martin Brittain both arriving on loan. The good news is that unlike this time last year, there were no 'crown jewels' sold off from Huish Park with no players departing the club.

With extreme assistance from Auntie Beeb the following represents all transfers affecting League One clubs during the final three days of the transfer window. All trading is now closed until February 8th when the emergency loan window will open for business:

31 January 2007

Curtis Allen [Bournemouth - Leyton] Loan
Lee Bell [Crewe - Burton Albion] Free
Martin Brittain [Ipswich - Yeovil] Loan
Danny Cullip [Nottingham Forest - QPR] Free
Kenny Deuchar [Gretna - Northampton] Loan
Bruce Dyer [Doncaster - Bradford] Loan
Nicky Eaden [Nottm Forest - Lincoln] Loan
Jamie England [Brentford - Crawley] Free
Craig Fleming [Norwich - Rotherham] Free
Gavin Grant [Millwall - Grays] Loan
Tony Grant [Crewe - Accrington] Free
Sebastien Grimaldi [Excelsior Mouscron - Chesterfield] Free
Wayne Henderson [Brighton - Preston] £150,000
Mark Hughes [Everton - Northampton] Undisclosed
Kevan Hurst [Sheffield United - Scunthorpe] Loan
Shaun Lamb [Bristol City - Forest Green] Loan
Mehata Melango [Brighton - Grays] Free
Marcos Painter [Birmingham - Swansea] £25,000
Billy Paynter [Southend - Bradford] Loan
Mark Roberts [Crewe - Northwich] Free
Johan Smith [Bolton - Carlisle] Loan
Peter Sweeney [Stoke - Yeovil] Loan
Andy Taylor [Blackburn - Huddersfield] Loan
John Thompson [Nottm Forest - Tranmere] Loan
Jamie Ward [Torquay - Chesterfield] Undisclosed
Nick Ward [QPR - Brighton] Loan
C Wilder [Carlisle - Halifax] Free
Danny Woodards [Exeter - Crewe] Undisclosed
Kelly Youga [Charlton - Bradford] Loan

30 January 2007

Matty Barlow [Oldham - Stalybridge Celtic] Loan
Jamie Burns [Blackpool - Morecambe] Free
Luke Chambers [Northampton - Nottingham Forest] Undisclosed
Simon Gillett [Southampton - Blackpool] Loan
Luke Guttridge [Southend - Leyton Orient] Undisclosed
Chris Moore [Brentford - Dagenham & Redbridge] Free
David Prutton [Southampton - Nottingham Forest] Loan

29 January 2007

Dave Brammer [Stoke - Millwall] Undisclosed
Scott Brown [Bristol City - Cheltenham] Free


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1 February 2007 : Barry Out Through Training Ground Injury
Midfielder Anthony Barry is ruled out through injury for Saturday's match against Millwall. Anthony damaged medial knee ligaments in a training ground injury at the start of the week, but Ciderspace kept it under wraps in case the club were looking to keep it quiet.

The initial prognosis was for him to be out for a month, although today's Western Gazette are now reporting that this will be around a two week period. This is the third injury picked up on the training ground following recent ankle problems sustained by Anthony Tonkin and Terry Skiverton. The former missed last week's trip to Bradford City, whilst Skivo was only made available on the morning of the game itself.


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1 February 2007 : No Saints Deal Done?
This morning's Western Daily Press are reporting what appeared to be evermore likely to be the case as midnight struck last night - that manager Russell Slade has not been able to secure defender Martin Cranie and striker Leon Best on rest-of-season loan deals.

The transfer window deadline passed last night without any news either way on the players and that means that the club's only option to get back either player would be under the emergency loan system, which opens for business on February 8th.

In the case of Best, his loan deal at Huish Park runs out on February 3rd, meaning that if the club were able to finalise a single month loan they would not be able to do so until February 8th. In terms of scheduled matches, that would have no effect upon Leon's availability although strictly speaking he would have to return to St Mary's for five days. However, any such potential deal would be Best's last month at the club meaning that he would return to Southampton during the second week in March. However, as things currently stand, Saturday's match against Millwall will be his final game at the club.

Cranie could also return at some stage under the emergency loan rules, however with him having already spent two months at Huish Park, the WDP believe the maximum period the club can loan him for would be 40 days with no possibility of an extension to that deal.

Southampton picked up three injuries last night in their 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday with defender Darren Powell and striker Kenwyne Jones notably operating in positions that Cranie and Best could fill if called upon. That may have tipped the balance against Russell Slade as he made his final move. At present there has been no word from the club with respect to their view on why their moves for Cranie and Best failed to go through, but this seems one of the more likely reasons.


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