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29 February 2008 : Gillingham vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Gillingham tomorrow for the first of four increasingly vital League One matches against sides that are currently below them in the table. With matches against Cheltenham Town, Millwall and AFC Bournemouth following the weekend's match, these are the proverbial six-pointers, with a chance to radically change - for better or for worse - the current League One table.

The Glovers go into the game with not the best of preparation - it's been a catastrophic season for injuries and illnesses and this weekend is no different, with Lee Morris (knee), Steve Mildenhall (knee ligaments) and Nathan Jones (broken arm) all out long term. Also definitely missing are left wingers Martin Woods (ankle), Marc Bircham (hamstring) and Zoltan Stieber (thigh).

The week has also brought a catalogue of more borderline ailments that meant that at Monday's training session, there were 13 players missing, or in the company of physio Jim Joyce, who after a brief lull in his workload appears to be back on the overtime again. Again manager Russell Slade is going to have to leave his final team selection until the last moment, explaining to BBC Somerset that many of his players having only rejoined training on Thursday:

"We'll have to see who is available because there are still one or two that have not trained this week like Matty Rose, who has had a further injection in his ankle. So he is obviously a major doubt. We've had two out with a virus in Lynch and Warne, but they have trained today (Thursday) for the first time. So hopefully they will get over that. With Scotty Guyett we don't know if he is going to have any reaction (to his injury) because he has trained today. So there's a lot of probables at this moment in time, but that is nothing new for me."

Gillingham have far less worries, having radically expanded their squad during the transfer window, landing eight new players and splashing out six figure sums on a couple to try and haul themselves out of trouble. Striker Simeon Jackson cost £150,000 from Rushden and Diamonds, John Nutter, Adam Miller, Barry Fuller and Stuart Lewis were signed from Stevenage in deals believed to top six figures, whilst Garry Richards arrived from Southend, Stuart Thurgood and Dennis Oli from Grays and Leroy Griffiths from Fisher Athletic.

Oli missed Gillingham's last match with a knee injury but is expected to return, whilst midfielder Mark Bentley (achilles/ankle) remains out. Former Nottingham Forest midfielder Nicky Southall will have a fitness test against a back and hamstring problem that has kept him out recently. There will also be no Efe Sodje this time round, with the former Glover surprisingly shipped out on loan to League Two side Bury.

Up front, Gillingham have an embarrassment of riches. In addition to Oli, who also plays out on the wings, they have Simeon Jackson, Gary Mulligan, Delroy Facey and Leroy Griffiths, although perhaps their problem is that none of their front pairings have hit form at any stage of the season. All four were used in last week's 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town that gave the Gills their first win in eight matches, thanks to a late penalty.

At present new manager Mark Stimson is struggling to convince Gillingham fans that he is the right man for the job. Appointed only last November, his decision to bring seven of his eight new signings in from non-league sides, combined with a poor run of form, has seen a number of Gills fans heckle their manager, but Stimson is hoping that the win last weekend will have changed the atmosphere at Priestfield:

"It's important we win in front of our supporters. Then next time we come here against Yeovil I might have 55% with me and 45% against. That 5% can make a difference. I have total belief in what I want to do. Unfortunately it's taking longer than I'd like it to but the players are in on it, I'm definitely all for it and touch wood the chairman is as well."

The game kicks off at 3.00pm and tickets are available on the day, although be warned at the Gills put three pounds onto the cost of matchday tickets. See the Ciderspace guide below for full details.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Gillingham.


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29 February 2008 : Officials For The Gillingham Game
Tomorrow's match referee for the game against Gillingham will be Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire). Although he is a familiar name on the league circuit, we've not had him on too many occasions, and in fact the nearest we can find to him taking charge of a game was his role as Fourth Official in the autumn 2007 game against Swansea City at Huish Park.

Going back to the Conference days, Mr Deadman did feature more readily, but rather oddly since he was promoted to the Football League as a referee three years ago, that bit of substitute board holding is the nearest we've got to seeing him.

His main and rather unwanted claim to fame was being suspended by the FA for two matches for failing to proficiently apply the laws of the game in July 2006. The offending moment concerned a pre-season friendly between St Albans City and Luton Town, where our old pal Colin Lippiatt and ex-Hatters boss Mike Newell had pre-planned a series of mass substitutions to look over their new squad members. Mr Deadman refused to sanction the wholesale substitutions, believing he was breaking FA rules, and refused to take charge of the game. The FA later reminded him of the actual rules, which Big Col and Newell were found to be adhering to, and as a result Deadman was suspended.

Mr Deadman will be assisted by David Bushell (London) and Rob Whitton (Essex). The Fourth Official will be John Hopkins (Essex).


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29 February 2008 : Ciderspace Guide To Gillingham
For those heading to Priestfield on Saturday, the Ciderspace guide to Gillingham has been tweaked in time for the weekend fixture.

Follow the link below to get directions, pricing, travel information, pub info and a whole load of other stuff.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Gillingham.


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28 February 2008 : Gillingham Tickets Final Reminder
A reminder that you have just today and tomorrow to buy advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Priestfield on Saturday, to play Gillingham. These are on sale now from Huish Park now, and usually the Ticket Office stop selling them midway through Friday afternoon. Phone the ticket office if you think you will only get to the office about then, just to confirm the exact time they plan to stop sales. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £17; Over 65s: £12; 16-21 years: £11; U16s: £9.

Visiting supporters are housed in the Brian Moore Stand which is behind one of the goals. This is an all-seater 'temporary' affair, but note there is NO ROOF and so you will be open to whatever the elements bring you on the day.

We'd strongly advise you buy in advance - Gillingham add a whopping £3 surcharge onto each ticket price if you buy on the day of the game. Just be thankful - last season it was a £4 surcharge!

Disabled facilities are offered by prior arrangement with Gillingham Football Club. Contact the club for further details on 01634 300000.


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26 February 2008 : Reserves Edge Out Argyle
Yeovil Town Reserves kept up their strong seasonal record this afternoon at Huish Park with that thing that the first team can't buy for love nor money - a penalty - sealing the game.

When Stephen Maher (other reports suggest Simon Church) was upended in the penalty box in the 12th minute, the Glovers players could have been forgiven for not knowing what to do next. Thankfully Anthony Barry is one of the few in the current Glovers side to have seen a green'n'white spot kick and he gave a perfect demonstration to put the Glovers 1-0 up - a goal that that was to ultimately win them the game.

Argyle included a strong line-up that included three front men that cost a combined 1.5 million pounds - rather nice when you can have those sort of players operating in the stiffs.

Despite Argyle's wealth of talent, they struggled to get past Yeovil's young back line, although goalkeeper Darren Behcet did produce one flying first half save to keep out Luke Summerfield. In the second half though, it was former Glovers loan man Romain Larrieu, back between the sticks after a short layoff due to a cancer scare, who proved his worth, beating out attempts from the highly impressive trialist Nathan Smith, and then as the game closed out, from Simon Church.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 1 Plymouth Argyle Reserves 0.

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2/4-3-3)
1. Darren Behcet
2. Craig Alcock 4. Robert Fitzgerald 5. Jordan Street 3. Nathan Smith
11. Jaime Peters 6. Stephen Maher 8. Anthony Barry 10. Ren Turnock
9. Simon Church 7. Marvin Williams

Subs: 12. Josh Robinson (63 mins for Jaime Peters) 14. Karl Baker (59 mins for Anthony Barry) 15. Omar Simpson (63 mins for Marvin Williams) 16. Steve Thompson.

Argyle Reserves (4-4-2):
1 Romain Larrieu
2 Tom King, 4 Jake Moult, 5 Lee Hodges, 3 Michael Lee
7 Yoann Folly, 6 Paul Wotton (capt), 8 Luke Summerfield, 11 György Sándor
9 Nick Chadwick, 10 Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Subs: 14 Dan Smith, 15 Martin Watts, 16 Shane Duggan.


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26 February 2008 : Argyle Team Announced
Plymouth Argyle have announced their line-up for this afternoon's Reserve Team match as follows:

Argyle Reserves: 4-4-2
1 Romain Larrieu
2 Tom King, 4 Jake Moult, 5 Lee Hodges, 3 Michael Lee
7 Yoann Folly, 6 Paul Wotton (capt), 8 Luke Summerfield, 11 György Sándor
9 Nick Chadwick, 10 Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Subs: 14 Dan Smith, 15 Martin Watts, 16 Shane Duggan.


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26 February 2008 : Team News For Reserves Match
This morning's Western Daily Press states that a number of first team squad members will be turning out for this afternoon's Reserve Team match against Plymouth Argyle Reserves.

These will include Zoltan Stieber, Simon Church, Jaime Peters, Anthony Barry, Paul Warne and Craig Alcock.

Currently the Glovers are 2nd in the Wales and West Division, with Argyle lying in 3rd place, five points behind.


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25 February 2008 : Reserves vs Argyle Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves take on Plymouth Argyle Reserves at Huish Park tomorrow afternoon, in a Football Combination fixture. Note that kick-off is at the later time of 3.00pm.

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


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25 February 2008 : BBC Local Radio Interview From Southend
The BBC local radio post-match interview with manager Russell Slade has been uploaded onto the BBC Somerset website.

In addition to this audio clip, reporter Ben Orr's views on the game as reported on air, are also captured in the archive. If you want to read the written version of Russell's post-match interview, then that is also available on this site under yesterday's news.

Link: BBC Somerset Website : Yeovil Town Interview Archive.


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25 February 2008 : Rail Travel To Gillingham
Those planning to use the railways to get to Gillingham this coming weekend, should be aware that there are engineering works on the line that will affect your journey.

Train services depart from London Victoria (those coming up from Yeovil Junction should change at Clapham Junction to get up to Victoria) but all trains will terminate short of Gillingham - usually at Strood but one or two terminate at Meopham.

Both terminations offer replacement bus services between the end station and Gillingham, but if you have a choice, pick the one that terminates at Strood as the time claimed for the bus journey is a little longer from Meopham.

You'll encounter the reverse issue when travelling back in the evening. The Strood bus journey is scheduled to add 35 minutes to your journey time, whilst the Meopham journey is around 45 minutes to/from Gillingham. Hence add some extra time when organising your day.


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24 February 2008 : Oldham Man Of The Match Result
Last weekend's match at Boundary Park against Oldham Athletic, saw a 3-0 defeat which included a Lee Peltier own goal. Despite that, those who travelled rated Lee's other 89 minutes as worthy of the Man Of The Match award, ahead of loan signing Jaime Peters and striker Andy Kirk.

The full results are as follows, with the outright Man of the Match votes in brackets showing a heavy spread of opinion as to the best players on the day:

1 Lee Peltier 62 (5)
2 Jaime Peters 32 (2)
3 Andy Kirk 32 (1)
4 Terry Skiverton 30 (2)
5 Anthony Barry 22 (0)
6 Paul Warne 16 (1)
7 Scott Guyett 12 (1)
7 Scott Flinders 12 (1)
9 Nathan Jones 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 3.54

Performance: 3.54
Entertainment: 3.54

VOTES RECEIVED: 13


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24 February 2008 : Russell's Verdict On the Southend Game
Following yesterday's 0-3 home defeat at the hands of Southend United, Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Radio Bristol reporter Ben Orr. The full transcript of that interview is now available, via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On the Southend Game.


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24 February 2008 : Southend Man Of The Match Voting
For those who went to Huish Park yesterday, please remember to cast your vote for the Man Of The Match following the 0-3 home defeat against Southend United.

The Match Sponsors, as far as we know, declined to declare their own MOTM, but we'd like to hear your views on who were the players who could at least salvage some pride out of the day.

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


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23 February 2008 : Shrimpers Gifted Three Easy Points
Yeovil Town went down to a heavy defeat at Huish Park this afternoon, as self-inflicted errors allowed Southend United to grab all three points in a match that ended with a comfortable 3-0 win for the Shrimpers. Goals from Lee Barnard and Peter Clarke in the first half set the visitors on their way, and salt was rubbed into the wounds midway through the second half when Mark Gower headed home.

With such a dispirited ending, it's easy to forget that the Glovers started the game the stronger. Dominating the first 20 minutes, as they kicked matters off with a 4-3-3 formation, they got early chances that fell to Marvin Williams and Andy Kirk but failed to convert them.

A dreadful linesman's decision though, kick-started Southend's own match with their first attack of the game. The award of the throw-in to the visitors seemed to catch the Glovers off their guard, and as Southend committed both Skiverton and Forbes to early tackles, the cross in from the right from Tommy Black, was met by an unmarked Lee Barnard, to leave pretty much the whole of the Glovers back four at fault for the build-up and the subsequent goal.

Just 14 minutes later, matters got even worse, and like the first goal, it began with a poor decision from the officials. Marcus Stewart was lying on the deck on the side of the box, having already competed for a challenge, but when former Glover James Walker tried to move for the loose ball, he fell over the prone Stewart, and referee Roger East somehow saw that as a foul.

Not that there was any excuse from what happened out of the set play. Charlie Mulgrew's free kick was as simple as you can get, yet Peter Clarke was gifted a training ground header from deep in the six yard box, and barely a Yeovil outfield player five yards away. Slack marking wouldn't describe this one.

Not unlike the Huddersfield Town home match two weeks ago, what had begun so brightly began to spiral downwards at a rapid rate. Barnard and Walker between them could have carved out a third when Scott Flinders palmed out a Walker attempt, but the rebound came off Barnard's shin with the goal gaping, and no matter how hard he tried to pretend that it was deflected for a corner, he had stuck it wide for a goal kick.

The second half opened with neither side particularly imposing themselves, but it was game over just beyond the hour mark, when Simon Francis stuck in a cross from the right, and again Mark Gower appeared to have a suspiciously large amount of room to plant a near post header past Flinders to seal the match. Only Southend's 4th on target shot all game, but it had seen them grab three simple goals in the process.

With the Shrimpers now content to wind the game down, Andy Kirk missed out on two great opportunities to claw back at least some kind of pride for the Glovers, as he saw one attempt blocked over the crossbar for a corner by a Shrimpers defender, whilst another chance was looped over the bar from close range.

The boos rang out at Huish Park at full time, as the Glovers slipped to 16th in the table. The biggest worry of the day though has to be that like the Huddersfield match two weeks ago, once the first goal was conceded, all of the early confidence seemed to evaporate into thin air, and the longer the game went on, the more predictable the outcome became. If there is one thing that manager Russell Slade works on before the vital away match at Gillingham, then it has to be his team's mental strength. At present the team look fragile and it looks as though a few are buckling under the pressure. Probably a couple of wins is all the Glovers need, but they need to come sooner rather than later.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Southend United 3.

Scorers: Lee Barnard (20 mins, 0-1), Peter Clarke (34 mins, 0-2), Mark Gower (64 mins, 0-3)

Yeovil Town: 4-3-3
31. Scott Flinders
27. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 2. Mark Lynch
10. Marcus Stewart 12. Matty Rose 15. Liam Bridcutt
32. Marvin Williams 9. Lloyd Owusu 24. Andy Kirk

Subs: 8. Anthony Barry (57 mins for Matty Rose) 14. Paul Warne (69 mins for Marvin Williams) 16. Jaime Peters (83 mins for Andy Kirk) 17. Simon Church 19. Craig Alcock

Southend United: 4-4-2
1. Darryl Flahavan
2. Simon Francis 5. Peter Clarke 6. Adam Barrett 18. Charlie Mulgrew
17. Tommy Black 16. Alan McCormack 23. Nick Bailey 7. Mark Gower
19. Lee Barnard 28. James Walker

Subs: 4. Lewis Hunt 10. Charlie MacDonald (80 mins for Lee Barnard) 13. Steven Collis (GK) 22. Franck Moussa (85 mins for Alan McCormack) 25. Anthony Grant (80 mins for Tommy Black)

Yeovil Bookings: Marvin Williams (41 mins, foul)
Southend Bookings: None.

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire). Assistants: James Cox (Worcestershire) and Eamonn Smith (Surrey). Fourth Official: Wayne Barratt (Worcestershire).

Attendance: 4,820.


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22 February 2008 : Northampton Man Of The Match Result
The Tuesday night match against Northampton Town saw club captain Terry Skiverton net a last gasp goal for the Glovers that gave them three priceless points in their efforts to get back to some kind of winning form. That was clearly on the minds of a number of people when they cast their Man Of The Match votes for this game.

The match sponsor on the night also went for Skivo, albeit with the stroke of genius that they managed to do it before Skivo netted his goal! The final results, with outright votes in brackets, are as follows:

1 Terry Skiverton 338 (20)
2 Jaime Peters 278 (12)
3 Scott Guyett 236 (18)
4 Matthew Rose 186 (14)
5 Lee Peltier 70 (3)
6 Anthony Barry 32 (1)
6 Liam Bridcutt 32 (1)
9 Andy Kirk 28 (0)
10 Scott Flinders 16 (1)
11 Nathan Jones 12 (0)
12 Lloyd Owusu 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.70

Performance: 6.91
Entertainment: 6.49

VOTES RECEIVED: 70


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22 February 2008 : Walsall Man Of The Match Result
The away trip to the Bescot Stadium saw plenty of spirit, a number of good performances, but nothing to show for it in a 2-0 away defeat against Walsall.

The final Man of the Match result was a close run affair, with striker Marcus Stewart once again triumphing, although only by the narrowest of margins - nearest challenger Matthew Rose actually got more outright MOTM votes.

The full scores, with outright votes in brackets, are as follows:

1 Marcus Stewart 62 (4)
2 Matthew Rose 58 (5)
3 Lee Peltier 38 (2)
4 Scott Guyett 26 (2)
5 Liam Bridcutt 12 (1)
6 Craig Alcock 12 (0)
7 Nathan Jones 8 (0)
7 Andy Kirk 8 (0)
9 Terry Skiverton 6 (0)
10 Jaime Peters 2 (0)
10 Simon Church 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.92

Performance: 6.00
Entertainment: 5.85

VOTES RECEIVED: 13


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22 February 2008 : Huddersfield Man Of The Match Result
Continuing the catch-up on recent Man of the Match polls, and moving into February, the 0-2 home defeat against Huddersfield Town was a bit of a "best of the worst" poll, given that the majority of the players came out with little credit to their name.

Best of the bunch was midfielder Anthony Barry, who narrowly headed off interest from Lee Peltier and Jaime Peters in a vote that was spread across 13 players. Full results including the outright MOTM votes in brackets, are as follows:

1 Anthony Barry 196 (14)
2 Lee Peltier 186 (12)
3 Jaime Peters 160 (11)
4 Mark Lynch 110 (8)
5 Steve Mildenhall 102 (3)
6 Marcus Stewart 76 (2)
7 Zoltan Stieber 50 (2)
8 Terry Skiverton 32 (2)
9 Matthew Rose 26 (0)
10 Lloyd Owusu 18 (1)
11 Terrell Forbes 12 (1)
12 Marvin Williams 10 (0)
13 Andy Kirk 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING: 3.46

Performance: 3.23
Entertainment: 3.68

VOTES RECEIVED: 57


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22 February 2008 : Yeovil Town vs Southend United Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Southend United at Huish Park tomorrow afternoon, in a League One clash that is vital to restore spirits after last week's setback at Oldham Althetic. After the game, manager Russell Slade wrote off his side's chances of getting into the League One play-offs, and realistically the goal for the Glovers must now be to hit the 50 point target that is likely to represent League One football for next season. To achieve that, they need three wins, and clearly the sooner, the better.

Southend are of course familiar opponents over the years and will be even more familiar with both Matt Harrold and James Walker likely to be in their sixteen. Walker has arrived on loan at Roots Hall, after a much-delayed transfer deal finally went through last weekend, with the former Charlton Athletic striker initially failing his medical. Walker scored on his debut as a substitute against AFC Bournemouth, and played for Southend's Reserve side in midweek. With him knowing the Glovers so well, the temptation for manager Steve Tilson will be for Walker to make his full debut for the Shrimpers against his old club.

Southend do have some absentees to contend with though. Whilst they were putting £200,000 on the table for Walker, a sum that they expect to go through over the summer, they were also paying out £150,000 on Brighton and Hove Albion striker Alex Revell, but he has been ruled out for four weeks, following a groin injury and will not travel. Winger Damian Scannell is in the middle of a three match ban for a red card against Millwall, whilst on-loan Reading man Hal Robson-Kanu is out with a hamstring injury. Full-back Che Wilson is also not expected to play, despite returning to training following surgery on an achilles problem. Despite all of that, defender Peter Clarke will be back in the squad, after missing their last game through suspension.

For the Glovers, they go into the game without Lee Morris (knee), Steve Mildenhall (knee ligaments), Nathan Jones (broken arm) and Scott Guyett (bruised ribs). Winger Martin Woods is out for two weeks with an ankle injury.

On the plus side Glovers boss Russell Slade said that the trio of midfielder Marc Bircham, striker Marcus Stewart and defender Terrell Forbes were back on the edge of contention and would all be considered closer to kick-off. Speaking to BBC Somerset the Yeovil boss explained:

"Bircham and Marcus Stewart have recovered to a certain extent, and Terrell Forbes is also better. So we're optimistic that maybe two of those at least will start on Saturday. So that will make up for the fact that we've lost Nathan Jones, who has had surgery on his arm, and Scott Guyett who is not going to be fit for Saturday, and nor is Martin Woods."

The Glovers have won just one game during 2008, albeit with that game being their last home match against Northampton Town, and Slade added that he expected his players to put in maximum efforts to try and repeat that home win:

"You need to work exceptionally hard. You need to have a work ethic and you need to have an attitude and you need to have focus. If you haven't got focus then you haven't got anything. If you have got those sort of characteristics in your team then you've got the chance of winning a football match. At this moment in time, there are one or two that are struggling for their form and then when have four experienced senior players out as well, there's a lot of inexperience in there. The young players have to learn very quickly. Some of them will find that they can't handle it, but others will come through and you hope that they come through and be better for it."

Once home form and away form are separated out, it is the Glovers performances on their travels that are the most concerning. At home, their last eight games have produced 4 wins and a draw, which has just about been enough to keep them ticking over, and hopefully that will count for something. Southend's away form is no great shakes, with three points against AFC Bournemouth their only maximum since the first week in November, and so with the Shrimpers just six points ahead of them in the table, the Glovers must go into this game with positive intentions, and see it as an opportunity to relieve the growing pressure.

Kick-off on Saturday is at 3.00pm and tickets will be available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off, subject to the usual matchday tariffs.


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22 February 2008 : Leeds Ticketing Reminder
The club have issued reminders that those who haven't purchased their ticket for the April 26th home game against Leeds United that space is filling up fast.

So far the club have sold over 2,000 'day tickets', which when added to the club's 3,100 season ticket holders, gives home sales in excess of 5,100. Leeds have reported that they have already got pledges from their supporters to buy up their entire 1,500 away allocation, and so this means that at present there are roughly around 2,500 tickets left to purchase.

It goes without saying that this match will be a complete sell-out, given that it is Yeovil Town's final home game of the 2007-08 season, and given the likely stakes for Leeds on the day. Hence if you are going then you should make your purchase as quickly as possible.

Note that the club are putting in significant vetting procedures to stop Leeds fans buying tickets in the home end, so particularly if you are not on the Huish Park Ticket Office database, or if you live away from the Yeovil area, don't be offended if you have to jump through a few hoops to get hold of a ticket.

The game is priced at the Premium (aka Categorised) rate - add four pounds to all non-Junior pre-match prices.


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21 February 2008 : January Player Of The Month
Rounding up the month of January, the Player of the Month for January 2008 was won fairly comfortably by striker Marcus Stewart, who has generally been operating in a withdrawn role in midfield this season.

Marcus won the nod from James Walker, who of course has since departed back to Charlton Athletic and then onto Southend United, where his much delayed and initially aborted move to Essex has now proceeded, albeit on a loan basis. We'll be seeing James again on Saturday, but this time he will be wearing a Southend shirt.

Full results, with the percentage of the vote cast, is as follows:

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


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21 February 2008 : Port Vale Man Of The Match Result
Three days after the match at Tranmere, the Glovers travelled to Port Vale, where they gained a 2-2 draw in Burslem. With so much travelling on the road in such a short space of time, there weren't too many Glovers fans up in Staffordshire, but those who were voted for Andy Kirk, who scored one of the Glovers two goals on the night. Club captain Terry Skiverton came in a narrow second.

The full results of the poll were as follows:

1 Andy Kirk 34 (1)
2 Terry Skiverton 26 (2)
3 Steve Mildenhall 22 (2)
4 Lloyd Owusu 10 (1)
5 Anthony Barry 8 (0)
6 Gary Dempsey 2 (0)
6 Paul Warne 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 5.67

Performance: 5.33
Entertainment: 6.00

VOTES RECEIVED: 6


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21 February 2008 : Tranmere Man Of The Match Result
Apologies for the delay in uploading some of the more recent Man of the Match results - we'll be catching up on a few of these hopefully before Saturday's match against Southend United.

Heading back to the tail end of January, the 2-1 defeat at Tranmere Rovers saw two players at the opposite end of the field scrap it out for Man of the Match. Striker Marcus Stewart won the nod, although he was chased by goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall, despite Mildy only getting one outright vote, which shows how important those 2nd and 3rd place choices are.

The full results of the poll are as follows:

1 Marcus Stewart 52 (4)
2 Steve Mildenhall 42 (1)
3 Andy Kirk 28 (2)
4 Paul Warne 22 (2)
5 Terry Skiverton 12 (1)
6 Scott Guyett 4 (0)
7 Lloyd Owusu 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 4.50

Performance: 4.40
Entertainment: 4.60

VOTES RECEIVED: 10


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21 February 2008 : OTV On Sale On Saturday
Those people at OTV Towers have been getting their trained monkeys to bash random things on a keyboard over the past month, and hey presto, out of simply billions of hours of midnight oils being burnt, something even better than the Complete Works Of Shakespeare have been produced for their February 2008 issue. Editor Seb White reveals that the edition will be on sale before (and probably during) Saturday's game against Southend United, and that pretty soon, the following articles will soon be making insignificant works published by The Bard himself. Buy your copy on Saturday and you will get articles on the following:

* Russell Slade - The Super Pimp.
* Yeovil in a Macedonian football magazine.
* A look at Indie bands from Yeovil.
* Friends Reunited - What happened to Farnborough?
* Yeovil on ESPN.
* Why you shouldn't have a name on the back of your shirt.
* One Yeovil exiles tale of woe following the Glovers this season.
* The best and worst Yeovil kits.
* The Capital Glovers tale of their trip to Bilbao.

All this and much more for just £1. There should be a few On To Victory representatives selling at the game on Saturday around the 3 stands. If you don't spot them there are always copies in the programme shop.

Seb later happens to mention that OTV have been nominated in the Football Fans Census Fanzine awards. Although he omits to mention that a far more worthy publication has also been nominated as well. Modesty prevents us from naming that popular independent Yeovil Town website, but apparently if you register on the Football Fans Census site here:

Link: http://www.footballfanscensus.com/register.html

then apparently you can vote for either of the Yeovil publications here:

Link: http://www.footballfanzineawards.com/nominations-league1.php

We won't of course try and influence your vote at all, however just to let you know that if you vote for OTV ahead of Ciderspace (whoops too late we mentioned it) we'll be sending the boys round in the morning with a season ticket to the Wessex Stadium as your special "prize". You have been warned!


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21 February 2008 : Fans Of The Future Application Form
As you will hopefully be aware from previous news items, Yeovil Town's home match against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday 12th April, has been designated as the final match of the season in the club's "Fans Of The Future" promotions.

To make matters easier for those who want to take advantage of the offer, promotion organiser Sara Bradley has supplied a download form that you can print off and fill in at home before taking it up to the Huish Park Ticket Office.

Once you have filled in the form, you can get up to TWO Under 16s into the ground for free when accompanied by an adult paying full price, by handing it into the Huish Park Ticket Office, who will then hand you the appropriate number of tickets.

Note that this is an offer that Season Ticket Holders can also take advantage of, so if you are an adult season ticket holder with any friends or relatives aged Under 16, then fill in the form and get up to two additional people into the game for FREE.

If you don't have access to a printer, then email Sara Bradley at Sbradley@ytfc.net or phone 01935-423662 Ext 200 and supply your name, address and phone number. Sara will then post out an application form. Alternatively pop in and see her in Huish Park Main Reception before any of the home games, or during office hours.

Note that on the day of the Crewe match on April 12th, the club will also be running a "Family Fun Day", comprising of a series of events that will take place in the lead-up to the game. The club are hoping to make a formal announcement on the details relating to this in the next week or two, but as an advance warning, it may be worth your while earmarking some additional time up at the ground on that day, particularly prior to the game.

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

Link: Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra : April 12th 2008 : Fans Of The Future Application Form.


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20 February 2008 : Officials For The Southend Game
Saturday's match against Southend United will be officiated by referee Roger East (Wiltshire). He is a familiar face to Huish Park over the years, having been an assistant referee, a fourth official and a referee for Football Combination fixtures and Conference fixtures.

However, despite the large number of times that he has visited South Somerset, this is the first instance we can find of Mr East being a referee for a Football League match involving Yeovil Town. Aside from his spells in the middle during our Conference days, since we've entered the Football League the nearest he has come has been a series of spells of flag-waving from the sides.

It would therefore suggest that he has been promoted to the Football League's main referees lists in the past year or two. His last game was on February 12th when he dished out four yellow cards to Walsall in their 1-0 defeat against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. So far this season his card count has been low, with 47 yellows and three reds, spread across 20 games, mainly at League One and League Two level. Two of those reds came as part of the same incident in a Brighton vs Huddersfield Town match in the middle of last month.

Mr East will be assisted by James Cox (Worcestershire) and Eamonn Smith (Surrey). The Fourth Official will be Wayne Barratt (Worcestershire).


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19 February 2008 : Somerset Rebels Partnership Formed
The Glovers have forged a new “sporting partnership” with British Premier League Speedway team, the Somerset Rebels. In a news item on the Rebels Official website nearly two weeks ago (6th February), Rebels Press Officer Ian Belcher said:

"There are precious few professional sporting teams in Somerset, therefore, I felt that by joining forces with Yeovil Town will not only help us to promote each other’s sport, but to put the County of Somerset firmly on the sporting map. Both Yeovil Town and the Somerset Rebels have been successful in their own sports in recent years, and so a partnership such as this would seem to be a natural progression.".

Rather surprisingly, there has been no release of this news from the Yeovil Town end but, the Rebels website quotes Dave Linney as saying:

"We at Yeovil Town Football Club are delighted to form this association with the Somerset Rebels and look forward to further developing our links with them as another ambitious and professional sporting team partner in the region."

The article also mentions that some of our first team may make an appearance at the Rebels Press day on Friday March 14th and that it is hoped that some of the Speedway Riders will make appearances at our "Family Fun Day" prior to the Crewe game on Saturday 12th April.

Ciderspace welcomes this initiative as a positive step to increase exposure of the club. However, it does seem to be currently a somewhat one-sided arrangement with no launch as yet from the Yeovil end. It appears that the Somerset Rebels media team are more pro-active about making the partnership work.

Full Article Somerset Rebels News Page.


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18 February 2008 : Cheltenham and Millwall Combination Ticket Offer
Yeovil Town have launched another discounted ticketing offer to try and attract fans to the remaining games at Huish Park this season.

The latest offer is a combination deal for the two matches against Cheltenham Town on Saturday 8th March, and the Tuesday night game against Millwall that takes place just three days later on March 11th.

What you have to do to qualify for this offer is to fill in a special postcard obtainable from the club's Main Reception and then take it round to the Huish Park Ticket Office.

When you purchase a ticket for the match against Cheltenham Town, at the same time you can purchase a specially discounted ticket for the Tuesday match against Millwall, costing you just £10 if you are an Adult, or £3 if you are Under 16.

That represents a saving of up to seven pounds for adults (against a Main Stand adult pre-match ticket) and three pounds against the Under 16 prices, and so if you are planning on going to both matches, this is well worth the effort.

Like some recent club offers, it looks like the club will add you to their marketing database, but if that causes you grief later, you can always ask to be taken off.

A reminder that there are two other offers still ongoing for forthcoming home fixtures as follows:

Friday 21st March : Yeovil Town vs Doncaster Rovers

Good Friday's match against Doncaster Rovers will see a repeat of the 'Kids For A Quid' offer that was introduced for the Brighton and Hove Albion home match over Christmas. That was a strong factor in the club's highest attendance of the season of 6,881 and so it is good to see the offer repeated.

For those who were not around over Christmas, the offer is as plain and simple as you can get - every Under 16 can gain admittance to the match on March 21st at Huish Park, kick-off 3.00pm, against Doncaster Rovers for the sum of ONE POUND ONLY. No catches, no adults required - just simply pay one pound to the Huish Park Ticket Office and get your ticket.

Saturday 12th April : Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra

Yeovil Town are launching a "Family Fun Day" on Saturday 12th April, comprising of a series of events that will take place in the lead-up to the home match against Crewe Alexandra. At present we don't have too much details of what is planned, but it may be worth your while earmarking some additional time up at the ground on that day, particularly prior to the game.

The date is also the final of the remaining Fans Of The Future matches still to be played this season. With the 'Fans of the Future' offers, you can take advantage if you are holding one of the special 'postcards' and the club have now opened this up to any supporter who wants to submit an application.

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

Once you have your postcard, you can get up to TWO Under 16s into the ground for free when accompanied by an adult paying full price (includes season ticket holders) by filling in the card and handing it into the Huish Park Ticket Office, who will then hand you the appropriate number of tickets.

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


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18 February 2008 : Jones Out For Eight Weeks
Yeovil Town left-back Nathan Jones will be out of action for around eight weeks, after the damage to his arm was inspected by a specialist. He will be going in for an operation on Wednesday that will avoid the need for a plaster cast, but he is not expected back until around mid-April.

Fortunately, Nathan will still be able to do some training whilst he is out of action, even if obviously any form of contact training or matches are out of the question during that time.

Defender Scott Guyett's diagnosis is a little better - he has bruised ribs and although that makes him unlikely to feature on Saturday, he should not be out too long after that.

Left-winger Martin Woods (see story below) is currently back at Doncaster Rovers and the club hope to have an update from Donny around Wednesday as to how serious his injury is.


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18 February 2008 : BBC Radio Interviews From Oldham Match
For those who missed the Saturday Sport programme on BBC local radio, the BBC Somerset website has been updated with three items that followed the 3-0 defeat against Oldham Athletic.

In addition to the post-match reaction from Russell Slade, there is also an interview with goalkeeper Scott Flinders, whilst reporter John Bennett supplies his own views on the match.

You'll need a free copy of Real Player to listen to the clips.

Link: BBC Radio Somerset Website : Yeovil Town Audio Archive.


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18 February 2008 : Ticketing For Bournemouth Match
Tickets for the forthcoming away match against AFC Bournemouth are on sale now, but there will be no sales from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The game is due to be played on Saturday 15th March with a 3.00pm kick-off.

Prices are as follows: Adults £21.00; Concessions £10.00.

Concessions are defined as Over 65s, Full Time Students (with a valid NUS Card) and Under 16s.

Disabled supporters must contact Bournemouth's Ticket Office on 01202 726303.

Methods of payment are as follows:
a) Cash payable on the day of the game from the Cherries Away End Ticket Office
b) By post, enclosing a cheque made payable to AFC Bournemouth.
c) By phone on 01202 726303, using a credit/debit card.
d) Via the internet on https://www.tickets.thecherries.co.uk

Note that all telephone and internet sales are subject to a two pounds booking fee per transaction.

Note also that Bournemouth's ticket website has an expired Security Certificate. You should therefore use your own judgement on whether to use the website or not to book your tickets. Given that the same charges are incurred by phone, we know which one we'd opt for.

There is an initial allocation of 1,300 tickets in Bournemouth's East Stand, which is covered. The uncovered 'temporary' South Stand will remain empty until Bournemouth can judge which set of supporters, if any, have the greater demand for this side of the ground. Thus the only dilemma kicks in if the Glovers sell all 1,300 tickets and Bournemouth allocate the South Stand to home supporters.


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18 February 2008 : Reserves vs Swindon Is OFF
Yeovil Town's Reserve team match against Swindon Town Reserves has been postponed. The match was due to be played tomorrow but has been called off and will now be played at the County Ground on Monday 28th April, 2.00pm.

We're not sure why this week's fixture has been postponed - no reason has been stated at this stage.


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18 February 2008 : Woods Heads Back To Donny For Treatment
No sooner did Yeovil Town sign him up, than he has got injured. The misfortune concerning the Glovers injury list this season has been staggering this season, and today's Western Daily Press has stated that new loan signing Martin Woods will be returning to Doncaster Rovers for treatment, with a question mark over whether he will appear again for the Glovers during his one month loan spell.

Woods was forced off early in the second half, but he told the paper that the injury itself happened just before the break:

"I went in for a block tackle just before half-time and their lad caught me and put my ankle out the opposite way, so it is disappointing. I have to see the Doncaster physio, go for a scan and take it from there. Hopefully I will be able to play some part in the month. I felt as if I was just getting into the game when that happened. In the last 15 to 20 minutes I started to get on the ball and then that happened. It was a bit of bad luck. As soon as you sit down with an injury like that it swells up and when I went out there for the second half I couldn't push off and put pressure on the ankle. I was dying to stay on but I couldn't."

Woods added that he has had a frustrating season so far, having already been out earlier this season with an unrelated injury. The bad news for Yeovil though is that Woods doesn't expect to last the full three months at Huish Park, and expects the promotion-chasers to want him back for the final few matches of the season. Given that and the fact that he will not be allowed to play against his parent club on March 21st, when Donny visit Huish Park, that doesn't leave much room for Woods to fit in games for the Glovers, even if Woods remains hopeful that his club can be flexible:

"I started the season and did pretty well. I was then out for nine weeks with a hamstring injury. I got back and played six games but the manager changed the team and the formation. The boys have been flying ever since and you just have to wait your chance. But there have been no injuries so I asked to go on loan. Doncaster said they want me back for the run-in, but if I am enjoying it here then I will push to stay."

All of this makes it likely that manager Russell Slade will be forced into at least three changes to next Saturday's side. In addition to the likely omission of Woods, the latest update on defender Nathan Jones is that he will remain in plaster for three weeks following his arm break on Saturday, whilst Scott Guyett is extremely doubtful for the match against Southend United. Both visit specialists today, with Guyett looking to find out whether he has fractured a rib, or whether he has pulled stomach muscles.


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17 February 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Oldham Game
Following yesterday's 0-3 away defeat against Oldham Athletic, manager Russell Slade spoke to BBC Radio Bristol reporter John Bennett. The full transcript of that interview is now online, via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Oldham Game.


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16 February 2008 : Man Of The Match Voting For Oldham
For those who made the long journey to Boundary Park today, your Man of the Match votes are required for the 3-0 defeat against Oldham Athletic.

There weren't too many up there today, so if you did go, then your votes would be very much appreciated.

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


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16 February 2008 : Oldham Land Triple Blow
Yeovil Town went down 3-0 to Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park this afternoon, in a fairly one-sided contest that produced little positivity, despite the morale-boosting midweek victory. One first half goal, followed by two in the second period were compounded by serious injuries to Nathan Jones and Scott Guyett, whilst new signing Martin Woods also limped off on his debut, the combination of which meant that the Glovers finished the game with 10 men, having used up all their substitutions.

The Glovers went behind after 15 minutes in Oldham's first attack of note. Right-winger Gary McDonald got possession and space inside the penalty box after Neal Eardley supplied a pass and he calmly side-footed the ball into the back of the net to put Oldham 1-0 up.

Yeovil suffered a further blow midway through the first half when left-back Nathan Jones suffered an injury that has since been reported as a broken arm. After a brief attempt to continue, he was replaced by Jaime Peters, which led to some extensive reshuffling with Matthew Rose moving into the left-back position, whilst Peters moved out onto the wing.

Scott Flinders was forced into a strong save from Lewis Alessandra, but the Glovers held firm and ultimately got on top for the first time in the game, with Jaime Peters forcing home keeper Mark Crossley into a strong save to block any possible equaliser.

The second half opened with a second injury set-back with Martin Woods having to be replaced almost immediately by Simon Church as a second reshuffle was forced. Oldham pressed heavily but without truly worrying Flinders' goal, whilst the Glovers occasionally threatened on the break, with Church in particular going close when he narrowly missed the target, with an offside flag stopping any chance of Lloyd Owusu from picking up the loose ball.

Yeovil's day though went from bad to worse, when Lee Peltier turned a Lewis Alessandra cross into his own net, under pressure from an Oldham cross. In the build-up Scott Guyett was lying on the deck having landed on his shoulder after a challenge with Alessandra, leaving the Glovers down to 10 men, and with Peltier trying to mark two players in the box as the collision saw the defence stretched.

With lengthy treatment for Guyett, he was unable to continue, and that was effectively game over as the Glovers dropped to 10 men for the final 15 minutes, converting to a back three as they finished the game on a 3-4-2. Inevitably that left matters stretched again as they tried to salvage something out of the game, and three minutes from the end, Oldham polished their day off with Craig Davies stroking home Oldham's third and final goal from close range.

A bad performance overall on a ground where the Glovers have never scored, let alone won before, although it's questionable what will have worried manager Russell Slade more - the result and associated performance, or the fact that he is likely now to have lost two of his first choice defenders for the foreseeable future, with Terrell Forbes still not fit enough to travel today. Once again, there is a lot of thinking to be done before next weekend's match.

Final Score: Oldham Athletic 3 Yeovil Town 0

Scorers: Gary McDonald (15 mins, 1-0), Lee Peltier (77 mins, own goal, 2-0), Craig Davies (87 mins, 3-0)

Oldham Athletic:
1. Mark Crossley
2. Neal Eardley 14. Reuben Hazell 6. Stefan Stam 3. David Livermore
15. Gary McDonald 8. Mark Allott 11. Jason Jarrett 18. Chris Taylor
10. Craig Davies 25. Lewis Alessandra

Subs: 31. Josh Bell (GK) 12. Kelvin Lomax (85 mins for Jason Jarrett) 24. Deane Smalley (85 mins for Gary McDonald) 17. Matthew Wolfenden (88 mins for Craig Davies) 32. Paul Black

Yeovil Town:
31. Scott Flinders
27. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 5. Scott Guyett 3. Nathan Jones
15. Liam Bridcutt 8. Anthony Barry 12. Matty Rose 7. Martin Woods
9. Lloyd Owusu 24. Andy Kirk

Subs: 14. Paul Warne (70 mins for Lloyd Owusu) 16. Jaime Peters (28 mins for Nathan Jones) 17. Simon Church (48 mins for Martin Woods) 19. Craig Alcock 32. Marvin Williams

Attendance: 4,781 (including 176 Yeovil fans)

Oldham Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: None.

Referee: Colin Webster (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: Darren Bond (Lancashire) and Carl Dunn (Staffordshire). Fourth Official: Paul Kettlewell (Lancashire).


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16 February 2008 : Injury News
Bad news from today's game at Oldham Athletic - BBC Radio Bristol are reporting that left-back Nathan Jones has sustained a broken arm at Boundary Park, whilst central defender Scott Guyett has a suspected fractured rib in challenges that forced both players to leave the field of play.

The Glovers finished the game down to 10 men, having already made three substitutions when Guyett was helped off the field. New signing Martin Woods also left the field with a foot injury - it's not currently known how serious that problem is.


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16 February 2008 : Oldham Game Still On
Despite a heavy frost in the north of England overnight, the Oldham Athletic site is stating that this afternoon's game will still go ahead as planned.

They have removed overnight covers that were on the Boundary Park pitch and confirm that the morning sun is softening the pitch up and they do not expect any issues.

No such luck for Doncaster Rovers, whose lunchtime kick-off against Leeds United has been called off due to a frozen pitch at the Keepmoat Stadium.


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15 February 2008 : Sherborne Home To Shrewton Tomorrow
Sherborne Town secretary Colin Goodland has asked me to mention that if you are not travelling to Oldham Athletic on Saturday to support Yeovil Town please come along and support Sherborne Town against Shrewton United in The Western League first division, kick off 3.00pm.

Sherborne Town went top of the first division on Wednesday evening defeating Westbury United 5-2, The club are now in their highest ever position in the football pyramid and pushing for promotion to The Western League Premier Division. The home game against Hengrove Athletic saw a lot of Yeovil Town supporters present as 'The Glovers' were away at Tranmere Rovers that day and there was a crowd of 104.

Admission is £4.00, children under sixteen are free.

[Article by Tim Lancaster.]


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15 February 2008 : BBC Live Commentary
BBC Bristol head of sport Geoff Twentyman tonight has stated that following a significant degree of feedback from both BBC Bristol and BBC Somerset listeners there has been a further change in policy regarding live commentary of Yeovil Town, Bristol Rovers and Bristol City.

The good news is that the radio station has pledged to cover every club's away game live on one or both frequencies. This will include the necessary frequency splitting in scenarios where more than one side is away from home at the same time.

This policy will continue until the end of the season, when the BBC plan to meet with the respective clubs to determine the best way forward.


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15 February 2008 : Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Boundary Park tomorrow when they will take on Oldham Athletic for the second time in a month. The teams last met on January 19th at Huish Park, when a 0-0 draw saw veteran keeper Mark Crossley star for the Latics. The former Forest man was more or less the only reason why Oldham were able to escape with a point on the day.

Whilst Yeovil were overjoyed in midweek at winning a game 1-0 in the 92nd minute, so Oldham were losing just 40 miles up the road by the same scoreline in the same minute, with Bristol Rovers the team with a smile on their faces. That was Oldham's second away defeat in a row - a significant blow for a side that had been dominant on their travels until February. On the flipside through, their poor home form has picked up across the same period, with wins over Carlisle United and Gillingham since we played them at Huish Park.

Oldham probably would be higher in the table were it not for a rather woeful start to the 2007-08 season, and were on the edge of the relegation spots at the start of November. However, since then they've begun to get their act together and until those two recent away defeats, they'd only lost one game in three months.

Much of that has been down to ex-jailbird Lee Hughes gradually getting his match fitness, taking until late November to score his first goal, but then grabbing eight over the subsequent two months. We therefore won't be too disappointed to find that he is out with a groin strain. Their top scorer is Craig Davies with 12 goals though, so don't expect Oldham's goals to entirely dry up just because Hughes isn't on the pitch.

Also missing tomorrow are defender John Thompson (knee), skipper Sean Gregan (achilles), Andy Liddell (achilles) and Les Pogliacomi (knee). Finally former Glover Jean-Paul Kalala will also be sat in the stands, having managed to injure both his knee and his ankle at the same time.

For the Glovers, keeper Steve Mildenhall (knee) will again be replaced by Scott Flinders, with Mildy sitting out the next six weeks or so. In addition, Marc Bircham and defender Terrell Forbes both have groin injuries, whilst striker Marcus Stewart has a thigh strain. None of the three have been ruled out, although the temptation may be for Slade to largely stick to a winning team, having finally got his first three points of 2008.

One possible addition to the squad though is Doncaster Rovers left-sided midfielder Martin Woods, who has arrived on a month's loan and will hope to be involved in some capacity. However if he is selected then one of Yeovil Town's loan players must drop out of the squad of sixteen - the maximum allowed under Football League rules is five loan players.

Oldham currently lie just one position below the Glovers in the table, and so whoever wins tomorrow's match will leave the ground as 'top dog'. The Latics still haven't quite given up on their hopes of grabbing a play-off spot, although boss John Sheridan has told their local press that it could go either way still:

"There's lots to play for and anything can happen in this division, you can see that by the results week in, week out. Any side can drop points and it is crucial that we go on a winning run and get them as early as possible. That would give us even more belief that we can do it. We also have to be very careful because if we don't get into the winning habit and teams below us start picking up points, we could find ourselves fighting relegation. That can still happen, you only have to look at the other results in midweek when we lost at Bristol Rovers."

Sheridan acknowledged though that he was expecting some tough opposition when Yeovil roll into town tomorrow and admitted that were it not for keeper Crossley that they probably would have lost the encounter at Huish Park a month ago:

"It won't be easy because they are a decent side with some good, experienced players who know what this division is all about. They lost in the play-offs last season and, like ourselves, will feel they will fancy another crack this time round. We have to take the game to teams at our place and create chances from the start. Yeovil is definitely a game we can win, even though we were lucky to get a point down there a few weeks ago when our keeper Mark Crossley played well. He had to!"

The game kicks off at 3.00pm, and our understanding is that for those who aren't going to the game, that commentary will be available on BBC Somerset on 95.5FM. This is due to both Bristol Rovers and Bristol City being on live television and having staggered kick-off times across the weekend. Those Glovers in Bristol may therefore also find that BBC Bristol may be broadcasting the same commentary match. Fingers crossed.

Tickets are available on the day of the game from Boundary Park, subject to a two pound increase on matchdays. For full pricing, plus a complete guide to Boundary Park, follow the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Oldham.


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15 February 2008 : Ciderspace Guide To Oldham
Those who are travelling up to Boundary Park tomorrow, may like to take advantage of our updated guide to all things Oldham Athletic and the surrounding area - including directions, pub advice, parking, and even which pair of 'comedians' (and we use that term loosely) you might bump into on the day.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Oldham.


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15 February 2008 : Welsh Out On Loan Again
Ishmael Welsh, who spent the first part of the season on loan at Plainmoor, is off on his travels again. Jim Harvey has stepped into the loan market for the first time this season to secure the services of the wide man as Forest Green Rovers try to maintain their bid for a play-off spot in the Conference Premier.

The move has been financed by supporters at the New Lawn through the 'GRASS Appeal', which raises money specifically to fund additions to the squad. The initial deal is for one month, but with an option to extend the loan if it suits both clubs and the player.

Welsh has been allocated the No. 16 shirt and trained with his new colleagues this morning for the first time, ahead of tomorrow's fixture against Stafford Rangers, when he is expected to be in the squad.


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14 February 2008 : Woods In On Loan
Yeovil Town have moved to bring in Martin Woods on an initial one month loan deal from fellow League One club Doncaster Rovers. The wide man has been unable to hold down a first team slot at high-flying Donny in recent weeks. A clause in the loan deal is that Woods will not be available for selection by the Glovers when Rovers visit Huish Park on Friday 21st March.

Woods is Scottish, but has played all his football in England. A left-sided midfielder, he began as a trainee at Leeds United but only ever made one substitute appearance for them, in 2004-04, before moving on to Sunderland. One season at the Stadium of Light brought two starts and six appearances off the bench before he moved again, this time to Rotherham United.

Woods was a regular with the Millers in 2006-07 as they headed for relegation, (37 starts, 2 substitute appearances) and scored four goals. But again after a single season he was off again, becoming Sean O'Driscoll's second signing of the summer at Keepmoat Stadium.

He has made 11 starts and 7 appearances from the bench for Doncaster during this campaign, but has only featured once since the turn of the year.

Billed as getting forward from midfield and having passing ability Glovers manager Russell Slade will be hoping Woods will give an option of more balance to the Yeovil midfield than has been evident for most of this season.


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14 February 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Northampton Game
After Yeovil Town gained their first win of 2008, with a 1-0 win over Northampton Town, Glovers boss Russell Slade talked to BBC Somerset's Drew Savage about the valuable three points. The full transcript of that interview is now online, via the link below:

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Northampton Game.


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14 February 2008 : Agent Fees Double In League One
Payments to Football Agents during the last six months have doubled at League One level, against the same reporting period last year. Overall payments rose to £1,039,484 against a figure of £505,305 for the preceding July-December 2006 period. The details were revealed in the Football League's Agents Report published today, covering the period from July-December 2007.

The major reason for the big rise in fees is down to three clubs going on a fairly giant spending spree. Top spenders are Leeds United, despite only having recently come out of administration - handing over £173,000 to football agents, whilst another club in supposed financial trouble, Luton Town were the next biggest spenders, committing £157,750 towards football agents. The fact that both clubs have been going cap-in-hand to their creditors, pleading poverty, whilst on the other hand spending out heavy six figure sums on football agents does leave a rather nasty taste in the mouth. The third of the big spenders is Oldham Athletic, who forked out £108,000 - a huge uplift, having spent only £7,000 on agents in last year's equivalent period.

For the Glovers, agent spending dropped from £50,665 to £33,945. Whilst that 50K figure last year put them surprisingly high up in the list of spenders, this season they are dwarfed by the likes of Leeds, Luton, Oldham, Nottingham Forest (£76,100), Bristol Rovers (£71,500), Millwall (£66,900), Swindon Town (£62,000), Doncaster Rovers (£50,500) and Southend United (£36,910). Given the spendathon some clubs appeared to be on during the January transfer window, the next six-monthly set of figures should also be interesting to read.

There were three clubs that led the way in terms of refusing to fork out on agents fees. Take a bow, Crewe Alexandra, Hartlepool United and Huddersfield Town, who continued their policy of paying nothing to football agents.

The Glovers do take one record for the division. Their 14 loan contracts (including loan extensions) was comfortably the highest in the division. Overall there were 39 contracts signed during the six month period, including 18 new contracts, six updated contracts, one cancelled contract and the aforementioned 14 loan deals. Only Walsall could gazump that with 42 contract signatures during that period, showing what a high level of turnover there has been at Huish Park over the past six months.


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14 February 2008 : Domoraud Heads To Weston
Yeovil Town striker Wilfried Domoraud has joined Conference South side Weston-super-Mare on a month's loan, according to this morning's Western Daily Press.

Later on the club's website manager Tony Ricketts confirmed the deal, saying :

Wilfried is a quick, strong striker and he will give us something extra. I'm extremely pleased that we were able to tie up this loan deal and he will go straight into the squad for Saturday's game at Bromley.


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13 February 2008 : BBC Local Radio Interviews From The Northampton Match
Following last night's 1-0 win over Northampton Town, the BBC Somerset website has been updated to include their post-match coverage, particularly for those who missed their 'breakfast' programme this morning.

In addition to manager Russell Slade's post-match views on the game, there is also an interview with goalscoring hero Terry Skiverton. The full time report from reporter Drew Savage is also online. You'll need a free copy of Real Player to listen to the clips.

Whilst talking of the BBC, our understanding is that Yeovil Town's match at Oldham Athletic will be broadcast live on both BBC Bristol and BBC Somerset. Both Bristol Rovers and Bristol City are live on television across the weekend and their staggered kick-off times have meant that the Glovers are the only major club in the region kicking off at 3.00pm.

Link: BBC Somerset Website : Yeovil Town Interview Archive.


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13 February 2008 : Ladies Hit Four Away
Yeovil Town Ladies returned to form after back-to-back league defeats with a 4-0 victory away to Chesham United on Sunday. On the scoresheet were Elly Wolfe (two), Alana Wilson and Julie Sinkins. Alana is third in the divisional scoring chart, with 14 league goals so far this season.

The Glovers currently lie fourth in the Women's Combination South West.


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13 February 2008 : Man Of The Match Voting For Northampton
For those who were at last night's 1-0 win over Northampton Town, the Man of the Match voting has already commenced. Use the form below to vote for your top three and to give your views on the game.

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


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13 February 2008 : Captain Marvel Defeats The Cobblers
Yeovil Town recorded their first win of 2008, with a thoroughly deserved 1-0 win over Northampton Town last night. Club captain Terry Skiverton stabbed in the winning goal two minutes into injury time to give the Glovers their second last gasp winner over the Cobblers of the season, having already done the same through Lloyd Owusu at Sixfields earlier this season.

With Marcus Stewart having picked up a knock, manager Russell Slade adjusted his midfield, moving back to a 4-4-2 formation, albeit with on-loan Chelsea midfielder Liam Bridcutt operating more as a wide-left central midfielder than a true winger.

The Glovers dominated right from the moment referee Paul Melin blew his whistle, and could have easily have wrapped up the game long before the last minute drama unfolded. First half chances for Lloyd Owusu after he was set free by Andy Kirk, a Jaime Peters effort that flashed wide of the post, an Anthony Barry blaster that if he'd even slightly mis-kick wouldn't have landed down the throat of visiting keeper Mark Bunn, a Liam Bridcutt attempt that Bunn had to palm away, and a collection of crosses that flashed across the face of the box, just begging for someone to stab the ball home.

The best Northampton could muster was a strike from Ryan Gilligan, who was denied by a superb goal-line header from Scott Guyett, who had one of his best games of the season at the back. The Cobblers were more or less playing with only Poul Hubertz up front and were swamping midfield, attempting to stop the Glovers passing game. That made for a bit of a chess match out there, with Yeovil trying to upset the Cobblers with their movement.

The second period saw more of the same, although as a few legs tired, the Cobblers gradually started to look more and more comfortable with their task of defending a goalless draw. The move of the game though came when the highly impressive Jaime Peters combined with Andy Kirk down the right wing in a swift series of exchanged passes. The end result was a ball into the box for Liam Bridcutt, who was in clear space, but the teenager lost his composure and ballooned the chance over the bar. As the tempo of the match slowed down, not helped by referee Melin's decision to remove the multi-ball system midway through the half, so Russell Slade decided to liven things up by sending on Marvin Williams and Simon Church to inject a bit of extra speed into the front line.

The Cobblers only vaguely threatened on the break, and the closest they came during a second period that saw them sitting deeper and deeper was a Danny Jackman attempt on the angle that landed on the roof of the net. Perhaps their statement of intent was made clear when former Glovers trialist Adebayo Akinfenwa was kept on the bench, with manager Stuart Gray preferring to shuffle his midfield instead.

Yeovil had their obligatory penalty appeal turned down with 15 minutes to go when Simon Church had his heels nibbled at in the box (some other reports suggest it was Andy Kirk) - a decision that left Russell Slade absolutely fuming. It looked as though all of the domination was going to lead to nothing when the clock ticked into injury time, but with two out of the signalled three played, an Anthony Barry corner was only half cleared and Terry Skiverton, who had only just seconds before been given the sponsor's Man of the Match, got his boot on the end of the ball to send Huish Park into delirium. With a goal that late, there was no way back for the Cobblers.

The win sends Yeovil back up to 11th in the table, and onto 41 points, dramatically changing the picture as far as their hopes of the play-offs and their fears of relegation are concerned - League One can be like that. Now nine points clear of the relegation cut-off, and seven points away from 6th spot, mid-table is the most likely outcome, but you wouldn't like to rule out any possible scenario just yet.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Northampton Town 0.

Scorer: Terry Skiverton (1-0, 90 mins).

Yeovil Town: 4-4-2
31. Scott Flinders
27. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 5. Scott Guyett 3. Nathan Jones
16. Jaime Peters 12. Matty Rose 8. Anthony Barry 15. Liam Bridcutt
24. Andy Kirk 9. Lloyd Owusu

Subs: 14. Paul Warne 17. Simon Church (68 mins for Lloyd Owusu) 19. Craig Alcock 25. Zoltan Stieber 32. Marvin Williams (75 mins for Jaime Peters)

Northampton: 3-5-2
1. Mark Bunn
22. Mark Little 15. Brett Johnson 4. Mark Hughes
2. Jason Crowe 3. Danny Jackman 5. Gabor Gyepes 7. Giles Coke 11. Andrew Holt
18. Ryan Gilligan 23. Poul Hubertz

Subs: 13. Chris Dunn (GK) 10. Adebayo Akinfenwa 14. Joe Burnell (81 mins for Giles Coke) 17. Jonathan Hayes (71 mins for Brett Johnson) 19. Liam Dolman (52 mins for Mark Little)

Yeovil Bookings: None.
Northampton Bookings: Mark Little (42 mins, kicking ball away), Mark Hughes (57 mins, foul)

Attendance: 5,001 (including approx 150 Northampton fans)

Referee: Paul Melin (Surrey). Assistants: Adrian Matthews (Wiltshire) and Roger Vaughan (North Somerset). Fourth Official: Eric Mackrell (Hampshire).


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12 February 2008 : Yeovil Town vs Northampton Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Northampton Town tonight at Huish Park hoping to build on a promising display on Saturday at Walsall that despite leading to a 2-0 defeat, showed plenty of energy and fight amongst the players.

They go into the game with a number of team selection headaches. Goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall is of course definitely out and his position will be taken by on loan Crystal Palace keeper Scott Flinders.

On Saturday, the quartet of Marc Bircham, Wilfried Domoraud, Marvin Williams and Terrell Forbes were all unavailable due to groin injuries sustained on the training ground, and these are now added to by miscellaneous knocks picked up by Marcus Stewart, Lee Peltier, Zoltan Stieber and Matthew Rose. Of this long list, only Bircham and Forbes are definitely out, but it seems inevitable that a couple more may fall by the wayside with tonight's match coming up so quickly.

The intruiging clash tonight will be the sight of Andy Kirk coming up against his former club, whilst Adebayo Akinfenwa will come up against Yeovil for the second time since he spent the autumn training at Huish Park, only to leave for rival League One side Millwall. Despite the Cobblers losing their leading goalscorer, they have not been adversely affected, and are unbeaten since the same of Kirk, something that Glovers boss Russell Slade ruefully noted when speaking to the Western Daily Press:

"Northampton will probably feel it is the best business they have ever done because I don't think they have lost since he has gone. They have gone above us and are on a good run but long-term Kirky is going to do well for us. I am sure of that."

Perhaps the more likely reason for Northampton's flourishing has been the arrival of Wolves defender Mark Little. He has just extended his loan at Sixfields and it is quite possible that he will be the man tasked with man-marking Kirk on the night. They only have one injury to speak of, with Chris Doig ruled out with a knee problem. The Cobblers also gained a 1-1 home draw with Leeds United on the weekend, in front of a sell-out Sixfields crowd.

The match kicks off at 7.45pm with tickets available from the Huish Park Ticket Office, subject to the usual matchday surcharge, right up until kick-off. Note that the voucher offer published in the Western Gazette has now expired and so only ordinary ticket purchases for tonight's game will be possible.


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12 February 2008 : Contract Talks Open With Quartet
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has told this morning's Western Daily Press that the club are planning to open contact negotiations with four of their most experienced players.

The quartet of goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall, defenders Terry Skiverton and Matthew Rose, plus striker Marcus Stewart are all out of contact at the end of the season, but Russell has given the green light for Chief Executive Martyn Starnes to commence contract talks with the players. Russell explained that talks have already been held with Mildy, with the other three due to follow shortly:

"Martyn is already in dialogue with Mildy and will be with Stewie and Terry over the next few weeks. We will also talk to Rosey. They are the spine of the team. People have got to be realistic over these things, but hopefully it can be sorted out for the satisfaction of all parties."


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11 February 2008 : BBC Local Radio Interviews From Walsall Match
Following Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Walsall, a number of interviews were carried out by BBC Radio Bristol and they have now been added to the BBC Somerset website.

In addition to the post-match analysis of Russell Slade, the BBC also offer up a chat with stand-in keeper Craig Alcock. Also included is reporter Alistair Durden's match report.

Link: BBC Somerset Website : Yeovil Town Interview Archive.


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11 February 2008 : Flinders Keepers
Crystal Palace keeper Scott Flinders has now been officially confirmed as on his way to Yeovil Town on a month's loan. The keeper will cover for the injured Steve Mildenhall, who is expected to be out of the side for 6-8 weeks having damaged ligaments at the back of his knee.

Flinders will make his debut tomorrow in the home game against Northampton Town. For a profile on the goalkeeper, see our earlier news item.


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11 February 2008 : Flinders On The Move?
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade looks to be leaning on his close friend Neil Warnock for a helping hand as he looks to fill the gap left by injured keeper Steve Mildenhall.

Mildy went off with a knee injury at half time during the 2-0 defeat at Walsall, leaving Slade with a headache for tomorrow night's match against Northampton Town. The good news is that Warnock has a keeper at Crystal Palace twiddling his thumbs and he told the Croydon Advertiser that Yeovil had been in touch about a move for Scott Flinders:

"Scott might be going to Yeovil for a month, I'll be finding out sometime today. It's hard for the second goalkeeper at my clubs because I don't have them on the bench. I can have him back at 24 hours notice, so I would rather him go out and get some games to sharpen him up."

Flinders himself said last month that he wanted to get some matches under his belt, and almost moved to Millwall at the end of January before the deal collapsed at the 11th hour. Flinders though said that he wanted to leave Selhurst Park, at least on a temporary basis, citing the form of first choice keeper Julian Speroni as the sticking point:

"It looks as if I won't be getting a game in the league because Jules is doing really well so it would have been nice to have a cup run but obviously it's been cut short. I'm hoping something can get sorted in the next couple of days where I can speak to the manager and try and get out somewhere on loan. I want to be playing games until the end of the season. As a goalkeeper you need to be playing games to gain experience, you don't get experience playing reserve games."

Flinders is a 6'4" tall keeper who is just 22 years old. Despite that he has plenty of experience, having started his career at Barnsley, before moving south to sign for Palace. He also had lengthy loan spells at Gillingham and Brighton and Hove Albion last season but has had to make do with just two cup match appearances this season.


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11 February 2008 : Family Fun Day
Yeovil Town are launching a "Family Fun Day" on Saturday 12th April, comprising of a series of events that will take place in the lead-up to the home match against Crewe Alexandra. At present we don't have too much details of what is planned, but it may be worth your while earmarking some additional time up at the ground on that day, particularly prior to the game.

The date is also the final of the remaining Fans Of The Future matches still to be played this season. With the 'Fans of the Future' offers, you can take advantage if you are holding one of the special 'postcards' and the club have now opened this up to any supporter who wants to submit an application.

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

Once you have your postcard, you can get up to TWO Under 16s into the ground for free when accompanied by an adult paying full price (includes season ticket holders) by filling in the card and handing it into the Huish Park Ticket Office, who will then hand you the appropriate number of tickets.

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


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11 February 2008 : Officials For The Northampton Game
The man in charge for tomorrow's home game against Northampton Town will be referee Paul Melin (Surrey). We've had a bit of a hate-hate relationship with certain referees in the past and Mr Melin is yet another in a long line of officials who have rubbed us up the wrong way. For some reason certain officials seem to want to play centre-stage and the end result is that the card count and list of controversial decisions dominate the match reports after the game.

A case in point is Yeovil Town's 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium against Swansea city in September 2006 - to our knowledge our last encounter with Mr Melin. Seven bookings and the gift of a penalty to Swansea left everyone in the away end fuming.

Melin was also the man in the middle at what remains the Glovers biggest victory in the Football League to date, the 6-1 against Oxford United in 2004, and again for that game against Southend United in 2005.

Mr Melin started refereeing in 1990 and became an assistant referee in the Football League in 1998. He then went onto the Premier League assistant referees list in 2003, rather oddly only landing on the Football League's referee list a year later. His career highlight so far is being the assistant referee at the 2003 LDV Vans Trophy final between Bristol City and Carlisle.

Mr Mellin will be assisted by Adrian Matthews (Wiltshire) and Roger Vaughan (North Somerset). The Fourth Official will be Eric Mackrell (Hampshire).


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11 February 2008 : Football League Publish Club 'Goals'
The Football League have today published their 'Goals' report - an online club-by-club publication that details efforts made by their member clubs to improve supporters experiences. Yeovil Town of course feature in the publication. The report firstly details the three objectives the club set out to achieve during the 2007 season and the club's own views on how well they achieved those objectives:

SEASON 2006-07 GOALS

1. To continue consultation with supporters.

We further developed the Customer Charter by appointing a Supporter Liaison Officer and held regular CCM meetings with a cross-section of supporters. The Supporter Liaison Officer attended various Football League meetings to gain feedback and improve supporter relationships.

2. To improve transparency with our supporters.

We held an open forum which gave all supporters the opportunity to discuss various issues with Department Managers. We also held two ‘Meet the Manager’ nights and the Chairman held a series of one-to-one meetings with our supporters. To keep improving transparency, the Club is also planning to elect two supporters onto the Executive Committee which will involve discussing and rectifying issues and operations with key staff.

3. To provide a lift for disabled supporters.

The Club has enhanced the accessibility for disabled supporters by providing a lift which is now in operation.



The report also lists the three targets that the club have set themselves for 2008 and these are listed as follows:

SEASON 2007-08 GOALS

1. To define and implement an effective Customer Relationship Management System in order to improve the Club’s communication with all supporters.

2. To expand our community and education schemes.

3. To expand on the ‘Fans of them Future’ initiative.



Of course supporters will have their own views on how well the 2007 goals were met, and perhaps such views should be fed back to the club. With regard to the 2008 goals, one disappointment that we have is that unless the club plan further development on top of what has already been done, all three are 'goals' that have already been met prior to the Football League's publication. Furthermore there is nothing that can easily be measured to determine whether the goal has been successfully or unsuccessfully met. Thus whether the goal has been adequately met will be open to interpretation, rather than instantly measurable.

The other point of interest is that the 2006-07 goals indicate that two supporter representatives are to be elected onto the club's Executive Committee. Hopefully something can be presented at the next Fans Partnership meeting on this subject.


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11 February 2008 : Half-Term And Easter Soccer Schools
Those who enjoyed the Soccer Schools organised by John Flatters during his time at Yeovil Town, may like to know that following his departure from Huish Park he is now running several 'satellite' sessions independently under the banner of Simply Football.

We're aware that Yeovil Town Football Club have got some sessions running this week at Huish Park, however these are not too friendly for those who are in Dorset schools that have half-term next week. Hence if you can't make the ones at Huish Park because you're still in school, John is running several sessions independently of the club at the following venues:

18th/19th February at Yeovil College
21st February at Marnhull
22nd February at Bruton F.C

There are also a number of events running over the Easter Holidays at similar venues as follows:

25th/26th March at Marnhull
28th March at Bradford Abbas
31st March to 3rd April at Port Regis School
4th April at Bishops Caundle

To make further enquiries, give John Flatters a call on 01935-424825 or on 07767-201042. Alternatively try Sandra Robinson on 07970-219003. John says that his usual policy of not turning children away from the courses still applies, so even if you leave it late to book, then still drop him a line.

We're struggling to find any details of the ones taking place at Huish Park this week - we'd suggest you call 01935-423662 for information - if we find anything being mentioned we'll give it a plug.


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10 February 2008 : Community Trust Under 14s vs Bournemouth
Once again managed by Danny Thompson, Yeovil Under 14's took on a mixed team of Under 14's and 15's from Bournemouth. Played over 4 x 20 minute periods the game was a largely even afair which resulted in a 4-3 victory for the home team.

Yeovil went 1-0 down after 15 minutes of the first period as Henderson was beaten at the near post with a speculative effort from the left wing. In the second period Matthews beat his man on the left wing to put across for strike partner Williams to equalise with his first of the game, before Bournemouth capitalised on a breakdown in communications between Bond and Henderson, who for the second time was beaten at the near post.

Salter replaced Pathy on the right wing and Haines replaced Henderson in goal at half time. A triallist replaced Hopkins in the middle. From a corner on the right side Salter rose to head in a second equaliser for Yeovil, before Williams scored his second and Yeovil's third. Going into the fourth quarter, Bournemouth pushed their big centre half forward which created all sorts of problems for Yeovil as he scored an equaliser for Bournemouth. Not content to draw at home the same player stayed forward as Yeovil now under pressure suffered a last minute goal to leave the score at Bournemouth 4 Yeovil 3.

Final Score: AFC Bournemouth U14s/U15s 4 Yeovil Town U14s 3.

Yeovil U14s Line-Up:
Henderson
Snell Bond Triallist Fordon
Pathy Hopkins Houghton Triallist
Matthews Williams

Subs: Haines, Triallist, Salter, Sparkes

Venue: Bournemouth Sports Club, East Parley, Christchurch.

[With many thanks to Steve F for the report!]


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10 February 2008 : Russell's Verdict On the Walsall Game
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade gave his views on the 0-2 defeat at the Bescot Stadium yesterday when he talked to BBC Radio Bristol. Russell's thoughts on the defeat at Walsall can now be found online, via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Walsall Game.


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10 February 2008 : Walsall Man Of The Match Voting
A reminder to those who went to Saturday's game against Walsall that your Man of the Match voting is required as soon as possible. Due to the Tuesday night home match against Northampton Town, voting will only be open until Tuesday at 7.45pm when voting will automatically close.

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


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10 February 2008 : Mildenhall Diagnosis Looking Grim
Glovers boss Russell Slade was reluctant to second-guess keeper Steve Mildenhall's injury after yesterday's 2-0 defeat against Walsall at the Bescot Stadium.

The Glovers No.1 was injured in a challenge by Walsall striker Tommy Mooney and was forced to come off at half time with what looked to be a serious knee injury. Slade said after the game that he would seek the advice of his physio Jim Joyce over the weekend, but admitted that he was fearing the worst, and if so would look towards the loan market again:

"Clearly we want a goalkeeper who is good enough to bring in, someone with experience. It is a serious injury and one which could keep him out for the rest of the season. I am not a physio and I do not want to diagnose someone before we know the full extent of the damage, but it is somewhere around the back of his knee and it is pretty serious."

Mildenhall himself believes, from conversations with Jim Joyce, that the injury is related to his cruciate ligament on the back of his knee. Whilst not the front cruciate ligament that rules players out for periods upwards of six months, such an injury would have a rough healing time of 6-8 weeks. That would put Steve out for a period towards the end of April, which of course will more or less rule him out for the rest of the season. Doubtless the club's medical staff will seek to get this diagnosed fully via a scan during this coming week.

Of course, with a home match on Tuesday against Northampton Town fast approaching, Slade has little time to find alternatives in the loan market. If he is unable to make a deal happen in time, then Darren Behcet would stand by to make his Football League debut.


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10 February 2008 : Northampton Promotional Offer Reminder
A final reminder that a promotional offer is being run for this Tuesday's match against Northampton Town.

For those that buy the paper copy of the Western Gazette, you should be able to find a special voucher in either this week's or last week's edition. If you cut out this voucher then you can use it to gain reduced admission for the match against the Cobblers.

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

The voucher must be presented to the Ticket Office by 5.00pm on Monday 11th February (tomorrow) to qualify for the offer.


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9 February 2008 : Same Result, But Different Game
Yeovil Town went down 2-0 at the Bescot Stadium today, leaving them still without a win in 2008. However unlike last week's somewhat suspect performance against Huddersfield Town, this was a match that had far more bright moments and encouragement as the Glovers attempted to get their season back on track, showing plenty of grit and spirit in doing so.

The Glovers went into the game with what manager Russell Slade cryptically described on the radio as a "4-5-1ish" formation. In practice that meant that when the Glovers attacked, the likes of Simon Church, Marcus Stewart and Jaime Peters were encouraged to support the lone striker of Andy Kirk, but when they defended, everyone bar Kirk was expected to muck in.

On the whole the formation restricted chances for the home side down to a small handful, with Steve Mildenhall only drawn into one 'exhibition save' - the sort that is made for the cameras to pick off, than truly make him break sweat. At the other and Andy Kirk sent a swivel-and-shoot attempt down the throat of home keeper Clayton Ince, whilst new loan signing Liam Bridcutt showed great signs of being a good asset when he broke forward and forced Ince to tip over the bar.

The one negative moment of the half was Walsall striker Tommy Mooney's robust challenge on Glovers keeper Steve Mildenhall. Whilst it earned Mooney a yellow card, it caused Mildy to fall awkwardly, jarring his knee and leaving him in extreme pain on the deck. After a lengthy delay, the keeper chose to continue, although it was quite plain that he could not kick the ball. Somehow Walsall failed to take further advantage, although a couple of further barges on the Glovers keeper on crosses could have done with better protection from referee Michael Oliver, with little doubt that Walsall were trying to further aggravate Mildenhall's problems.

The second half opened up with a surprise - the sight of right-back Craig Alcock donning the gloves and Mildy failed to reappear. Craig is not the tallest player in the side, but perhaps Slade preferred to keep the back four settled, where they had shown great composure, especially following the Mildenhall injury.

Although Alcock dropped the first ball that came his way, he gained confidence, and the Glovers continued their pressing game. However midway through the second half, those signs of improvement counted for little as Walsall took the lead with a little bit of fortune to go with it. Lee Holmes put a ball out onto the wing towards Kevin Betsy but misplaced his pass. The loose ball seemed to be the bait to draw the Glovers defence out, but Betsy got to it first and returned it to Holmes, who 12 yards out managed to strike the ball past Alcock in the Yeovil goal. Not even Mildy would have dealt with that one.

The Glovers tried a number of minor tactical tweaks to try and get themselves back into the game, but the match was sealed in the final minute, when substitute Alex Nicholls managed to beat the offside trap and powered through on goal. Alcock managed to put in a superb blocking save to stop Nicholls grabbing the glory, but the ball ran straight into the path of Kevin Betsy - and the former Glovers loan star put the final nail in the day's coffin.

In the one sense, another week without a win is of obvious concern as defeat saw the Glovers slip down to 15th in the table, albeit by still conserving the same margin between themselves and the relegation slots. And the injury to Steve Mildenhall, coupled with pre-match groin injuries for Marvin Williams, Terrell Forbes, Wilfried Domoraud and Marc Bircham - all sustained on the training ground - will also be of concern. However, this was a much improved performance, and that must be what Yeovil take into Tuesday's game against Northampton.

Final Score: Walsall 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Lee Holmes (67 mins), Kevin Betsy (90 mins).

Walsall:
1. Clayton Ince
2. Rhys Weston 5. Anthony Gerrard 6. Ian Roper 23. Paul Boertien
28. Kevin Betsy 22. Edrissa Sonko 7. Darren Wrack 16. Lee Holmes
10. Tommy Mooney 19. Troy Deeney

Subs: 4. Alassane N'Dour 12. Ishmel Demontagnac 13. Bertrand Bossu (GK) 17. Alex Nicholls (56 mins for Troy Deeney) 26. Richard Taundry (50 mins for Darren Wrack)

Yeovil Town: 4-5-1
1. Steve Mildenhall
27. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 5. Scott Guyett 3. Nathan Jones
17. Simon Church 12. Matty Rose 10. Marcus Stewart 15. Liam Bridcutt 16. Jaime Peters
24. Andy Kirk

Subs: 8. Anthony Barry 9. Lloyd Owusu (64 mins for Jaime Peters) 14. Paul Warne (78 mins for Simon Church) 19. Craig Alcock (46 mins for Steve Mildenhall) 25. Zoltan Stieber

Walsall Bookings: Tommy Mooney (36 mins, foul), Lee Holmes (81 mins, unsporting behaviour), Kevin Betsy (84 mins, unsporting behaviour)
Yeovil Bookings: Simon Church (65 mins, unsporting behaviour), Paul Warne (79 mins, foul)

Attendance: 5,034

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland). Assistants: Mark Hutchinson (Nottinghamshire) and Geoff Law (Leicestershire). Fourth Official: Nigel Smith (Derbyshire).


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9 February 2008 : Youth Team Lose To Hereford
Yeovil Town's Under 18s lost 0-1 at home to Hereford United's Under 18s this morning at Gassons Lane. We'll try and bring match statistics on this game in the next couple of days.


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9 February 2008 : Glovers Get Live Commentary Today
After a succession of weekends and midweekers where BBC Bristol have devoted live commentary to Bristol Rovers, at last the Glovers are getting the luxury of some live coverage.

This afternoon's match at the Bescot Stadium between Walsall and Yeovil Town will be live on 95.5FM. Reporters Alistair Durden and Chris Spittles will be your hosts for the afternoon.


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8 February 2008 : Walsall vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Walsall tomorrow, still looking for their first win of 2008 and to arrest a rather alarming decline in form since the turn of the year. However, they come up against rather tough looking opposition - Richard Money's side lie in 5th place in the League One table, eight points ahead of the Glovers, and until last Saturday were on an unbeaten run in the League that stretched back to last October.

That amazing run ended last weekend, albeit at the hands of another high-flying club, Carlisle United, whilst they also suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of Millwall in the FA Cup during January. But overall, their form is good and whilst the majority of the top six in League One are the 'big hitters', Walsall would probably represent this season's surprise package and most bookies expected them to be at the other end of the table.

The two sides met just over a month ago, and Yeovil were somewhat hard done by to come out of that game with a 0-2 home defeat. Walsall showed that quality, rather than quantity of chances counted on the night, in atrocious conditions at Huish Park. One of those Walsall goalscorers, defender Scott Dann has since departed the club for Coventry City for £750,000 and with Dann one of the best performers on the night in South Somerset, there is little doubt that they will miss him.

Their only injury doubt for the match is midfielder Mark Bradley who suffered a twisted ankle in the Carlisle defeat. Manager Richard Money hasn't given up hope, but concedes that Saturday's game may come a few days too soon:

"I’ve spoken to the physio and he (Bradley) is improving and we’re hoping that he’ll be ok for Saturday, but more likely for Tuesday. We’ll give him every chance of course and other than we have a full group available."

For the Glovers, there are a number of niggles that will give manager Russell Slade concerns. Left-back Nathan Jones got a dead leg in training, whilst Terrell Forbes limped out of Thursday's session with a groin problem. On the plus side Marcus Stewart is back in full training after he had to go steady last weekend, whilst debuts are possible for loan pair Simon Church and Liam Bridcutt.

One of the most intruiging battles of the day though will involve Walsall loan signing Kevin Betsy, who spent six games at Huish Park late last year. Betsy is likely to line-up either on the right-wing or up front, and he admits that he has fond memories of his time at Huish Park:

"I had a great relationship with the manager and assistant manager there and Yeovil will be a threat tomorrow".

The game kicks off at 3.00pm and tickets can be purchased from the Bescot Stadium Ticket Office up until kick-off, subject to their matchday surcharge. For those travelling tomorrow, the Ciderspace guide tells you what to do when you get there, and in particular what to avoid!

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Walsall.


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8 February 2008 : Cherries Confirm Administration
The official AFC Bournemouth website has this afternoon confirmed that they have gone into administration, as per the details in our earlier news item.

They have also acknowledged their 10 point deduction that leaves them bottom of the League One table on 19 points, and needing a miracle to avoid the drop. The Football League's official website have confirmed the same.


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8 February 2008 : Bridcutt Loan Deal Confirmed
Further to yesterday's news, Yeovil Town have officially announced that Chelsea midfielder Liam Bridcutt has joined the club on loan until May 3rd. This will take him through the standard 46 game season, but will mean he will not be able to play in any play-off matches that may transpire. This is due to restrictions on the number of days a short term loan can be effective for.

Welcome to the club Liam, and good luck in your stay at Huish Park.


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8 February 2008 : Senegal International Signs For Walsall
Tomorrow's opponents Walsall have signed up Senegal international Alassane N'Dour until the end of the season. The 26 year old completed for Senegal in the World Cup in 2002 and has mainly played in the French leagues. However, he has had a brief taste of football in the Midlands, making three appearances for West Bromwich Albion during the 2003-04 season. He was most recently playing for FC Troyes but was previously on St Etienne's books.

He is a left-sided player who can also play at left-back. Walsall are currently awaiting international clearance for N'Dour, and obviously if that comes through in time, he will be added to their squad for tomorrow's game.


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8 February 2008 : Bournemouth Call Press Conference
Further to yesterday's news, AFC Bournemouth have called a press conference for noon today. At that meeting, they are expected to officially announce they are falling into administration.

In actual fact that process is believed to have already happened yesterday. The formal documentation to confirm the Cherries have gone into administration is believed to have been filed in Leeds High Court.

The unusual location appears to have been chosen due to the appointment of Gerald Krasner as the club's administrator, on behalf of Salisbury firm Begbies Traynor. Krasner was Leeds United's Chairman in 2005 and the man who originally sold the Yorkshire club to Ken Bates. He was also the appointed administrator for disgraced cheats Boston United when they fell into administration. However, Krasner later became highly critical of Bates and KPMG, who were the main company that managed Leeds United's time in administration, calling the initial "one pence in the pound" offer to creditors "derisory" and offering his financial expertise for free to Leeds United's creditors.

Another familiar name is that of solicitors Walker Morris. Again they are a Yorkshire firm and they acted to solicitors to KPMG in the Leeds case. Another relevant name who will be involved in the legal wrangling is Julie Palmer, who represents Begbies Traynor in Salisbury. In doing so, the Cherries have dismissed the services of BDO Stoy Hayward, who had been providing the company with financial advice.

Assuming all of the above holds firm and the mid-day press conference does not contain any surprises, the Football League should shortly afterwards confirm the deduction of 10 points from Bournemouth's current season - a move that will leave the Cherries on 19 points in 24th place and facing near certain relegation.


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7 February 2008 : Ciderspace Guide To Walsall
For those travelling to the Bescot Stadium on Saturday, the Ciderspace guide to Walsall and the surrounding area can be found online via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Walsall.


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7 February 2008 : Walsall Ticketing And Travel Final Reminder
A final reminder to those travelling to Walsall on Saturday of the ticketing and coach travel arrangements for the game.

Match Tickets are on sale - but not from the Huish Park Ticket Office. You have to phone the Bescot Stadium Ticket Office on 0870-4420111 to buy your tickets, with prices pegged as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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7 February 2008 : Glovers Move For Bridcutt Deal
Yeovil Town are on the edge of signing Chelsea midfielder Liam Bridcutt. The 18 year old has been on trial at the Glovers and played in Wednesday's Reserve team match against Forest Green Rovers, having a highly impressive 60 minutes.

The emergency transfer window opens tomorrow morning and Slade has made no secret of his wishes to land an 'energetic' midfielder in the mould of former players Chris Cohen and Darren Way. Slade told BBC Somerset that he could see certain signs of Way's style of play in Bridcutt's game although he also likened him to fellow Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien in terms of how he played the game:

"He is an Essien-style midfielder. So he likes to get around the pitch. His feet are good and he's got a great attitude and he has a real maturity for a footballer who is only 18. He is very much in that (Darren Way) mould and as he gets to know his team-mates he could easily grow into that."

One player with Chelsea connections who won't be offered a deal at the club is Jody Morris. He has played in the last two Reserve team matches for the Glovers, but has not impressed sufficiently enough to warrant the offer of a contract.


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7 February 2008 : Bournemouth Administration Imminent
League One side AFC Bournemouth are expected to enter administration by the weekend. Their local press is expecting a press conference to be called in the next 24-48 hours to confirm the news, with administrators Begbies Traynor expected to be appointed.

The club are believed to be £4 million pounds in debt and the Bournemouth Echo believes around £400K of that is owed to HMRC, who filed a petition for the club to be wound up earlier this week. Despite Bournemouth's protestations that they were protected against such action by their notice of intention to appoint an administrator, it seems highly coincidental that the Cherries now look to be finally entering into administration.

If the action is officially confirmed, Bournemouth will lose 10 points off this season's total - the third club this season to be penalised for falling foul of the Football League's rules on clubs entering and exiting administration.


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7 February 2008 : Officials For The Walsall Game
Saturday's match at Walsall will be looked after by Michael Oliver (Northumberland). Michael is one of the youngest referees on the circuit and is just 22 years old. He comes though with plenty of experience in the family - father Clive is also on the Football League's referee list. Unsurprisingly, Michael is the youngest referee in the Football League and is regarded as a potential high-flyer given the head start he has got on many of his counterparts.

Whilst we've had Clive for a number of away games, this is - to our knowledge - the first time we've had Oliver Jnr take charge of a Yeovil match. Michael only joined the Football League's list of referees at the start of the 2007-08 season, having been an assistant referee prior to that. He made history in August 2005 when he assisted his father in a match between Rotherham United and Port Vale - the first father-son partnership in the history of the Football League. That match bizarrely saw both men head off to the game in separate cars, despite Michael still living at his father's home - Football League rules instruct officials not to car-share in case of any problems when travelling to the game.

Mr Oliver also gained a notable notch on his CV at the tail end of the 2006-07 season when he took charge of the Exeter City vs Morecambe Conference Play-Off Final at Wembley. His last match was the 1-1 draw between Chesterfield and Chester City last Saturday.

Mr Oliver will be assisted by Mark Hutchinson (Nottinghamshire) and Geoff Law (Leicestershire). The Fourth Official will be Nigel Smith (Derbyshire).


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6 February 2008 : Glovers Get No Rovers Return
Yeovil Town Reserves were held 0-0 at home against Forest Green Rovers Reserves this afternoon at Huish Park, in a match that saw the Glovers dominate, but without getting the win their performance deserved.

One of the new arrivals on the day was Chelsea midfielder Liam Bridcutt - an 18 year old who is in his third year as a full time academy player and who turned professional for the Premier League side last summer. He made an instant impact as he struck the post seven minutes into the match.

Craig Alcock had to clear off the line shortly afterwards, but the half belonged to Yeovil, with Wilfried Domoraud also going close as he put a Jody Morris ball over the bar.

The second half saw more of the same with Marvin Williams, Wilfried Domoraud and Craig Alcock all grabbing excellent chances to break the deadlock but Yeovil couldn't force their way through. For Forest Green, their star striker Stuart Fleetwood was anonymous and kept at bay by a strong defensive performance that saw Glovers keeper Darren Behcet largely a spectator.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 0 Forest Green Rovers Reserves 0.

Line-Up: Darren Behcet, Craig Alcock, Nathan Smith, Nick Mckoy, Ed Weeks, Liam Bridcutt, Junior Dadson, Jody Morris, Wilfried Domoraud, Marvin Williams, Ishmael Welsh.

Subs: Stephen Maher (60 mins for Liam Bridcutt), Owen Irish, Omar Simpson (60 mins for Junior Dadson)


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6 February 2008 : Reserves Squad For FGR Match
The club have issued the following squad for this afternoon's Reserve game:

Darren Behcet, Craig Alcock, Nathan Smith, Nick McKoy, Ed Weeks, Liam Bridcutt, Junior Dadson, Jody Morris, Wilfried Domoraud, Marvin Williams, Ishmael Welsh, Stephen Maher, Owen Irish, Omar Simpson.

Our guess is that the last three players are substitutes. There is no mention of Swansea City striker Chris Jones, who was due to play this afternoon.


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6 February 2008 : Bournemouth Issued With Winding Up Order
Fellow League One side AFC Bournemouth have been issued with a winding up order by HM Revenue and Customs. The Cherries will have to defend themselves on Wednesday 12th Match in Companies Court in London against the action.

Bournemouth have been issuing a series of notices of intention to appoint an administrator over the past month, in an attempt to protect themselves against their creditors. These are documents that are agreed by a court and allow short-term protection for a company that is intending to go into administration. The usual practice is for the company at that point to either go into administration or to withdraw from the process.

What Bournemouth appear to be doing is using the notices as a means to lengthen the administration process to on the one hand stop companies like HMRC from issuing winding up orders, but on the other hand delay their decision whether or not to actually go into administration. The Football League have changed the ruling on the standard 10 point penalty which means that Bournemouth have until the 4th Thursday in March to make up their minds if they want to take the hit this season. If they go into administration after that date, the 10 point penalty will be taken from next season's league table. No doubt Bournemouth's league position will be the deciding factor. They currently lie in 22nd position in the table, but one point from safety and so any decision to take the 10 point penalty for this season would undoubtedly mean certain relegation.

In terms of Bournemouth's battle against HMRC, much will depend upon whether the courts believe that the protection offered by the 'notice of intention' was in force at the time of HMRC's petition. HMRC's petition was accepted by the court, although the Dorset Echo speculates that this may be due to the latest and third 'notice of intention' being filed by the Cherries at a different court to the one HMRC went to.

If Bournemouth can prove that there was an active notice in place at the time of HMRC's petition, then the winding up order will be presumably thrown out. Bournemouth Chairman Jeff Mostyn claims the latest notice was filed on Monday and so believes that HMRC's challenge will fail. However, the very fact that such a petition is being attempted will tell Bournemouth that the wolves are currently at the door, and as with Leeds United and Boston United they are unlikely to make life easy for the Cherries in the coming months.


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6 February 2008 : Reserves vs Forest Green Rovers Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves take on Forest Green Rovers Reserves at Huish Park this afternoon, in a Football Combination fixture, kick-off 2.00pm.

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

The line-up is expected to include former Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris, whilst Swansea City striker Chris Jones is also expected to guest up front.



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5 February 2008 : Church Chimes In For Wales
The Glover's new loan signing from Reading came off the bench to score in a Welsh victory over Malta this afternoon.

Yeovil Town fans are yet to see Simon Church, who disappeared off on international duty in the UEFA Under 21 Championship qualifiers almost before the ink had dried on the loan agreement.

After a goalless first half a Ched Evans header from a free kick gave Wales the lead on 62 minutes. The U21 manager Bryan Flynn brought Church off the bench and he rewarded his boss by putting Wales 2-0 up on 80 minutes. Two late goals from Rhys Williams (88 minutes) and Ched Evans (penalty, 90 minutes) saw Wales run out emphatic winners.

Final score: Malta U21 0 Wales U21 4

The result puts the Wales U21 side at the top of the table in Group 10, with 12 points from 5 matches. Romania are second with 11 points from 5, and France third, also on 11 points but having played one game more.

The next qualifying fixture for Wales is away to Bosnia-Herzegovina on Wednesday 26th March 2008.


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5 February 2008 : Yet Another Reserve Team Change
Yeovil Town's Reserve Team fixture against Plymouth Argyle Reserves that was due to take place on February 27th has now been moved forward by 23 hours.

It will now take place on Tuesday 26th February, with a 3.00pm kick-off.


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5 February 2008 : Reading Stretch Lead
In the only match in the South West Combination on Sunday Reading stretched their lead at the top of the table to eight points over AFC Bournemouth when a single goal was enough to defeat Yeovil Town Ladies.

With fourteen of their twenty-two fixtures played the Glovers find themselves in a healthy fourth place in their first season back in this league. Next up, on Sunday 10th February, the ladies have an away trip to Chesham United who currently lie sixth in the table, and will be hoping to put the two back-to-back 1-0 defeats they have suffered behind them.


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5 February 2008 : Money Aims To Bounce Back v Yeovil
After a seventeen match unbeaten run was ended by Carlisle United on Saturday, Walsall manager Richard Money has challenged his players to bounce back when the Glovers visit this weekend. He identified new loan signing Kevin Betsy as a potential key player:

Kevin showed promise. He didn't arrive until Thursday so did not have much time with his team-mates, but he was promising. It was his first first-team game for some time so it might take him a couple of games to get up to speed. But that was the case with Lee Holmes when he arrived. It takes players a while to settle in. There is a lot more to come from Kevin.

Betsy is of course more than familiar with the Yeovil Town squad and its strengths and weaknesses, having spent October at Huish Park when on loan from Bristol City.


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5 February 2008 : Hughes On Loan At Worthing
Yeovil Town winger Jerahl Hughes has joined Isthmian League Division One South side Worthing on a month's loan.

After initially threatening to make an early breakthrough into the Glovers first team, the former Crystal Palace trainee suffered an injury in the autumn and since then has been seriously out of contention.

With Ishmael Welsh, Marvin Williams, Jaime Peters and Zoltan Stieber all in the squad, for once the Glovers have wingers-a-plenty and so the move makes sense for Jerahl, particularly as it will allow him to temporarily move back to his hometown of Brighton.

Worthing manager Alan Pook knows Hughes from Jerahl's schoolboy days as he coached him while at Dorothy Stringer School before Hughes went off as a trainee to Palace. Pook said :

Jerahl can play down either wing or through the middle. He is an exciting player with lots of pace. It will be good for us and also good for him. I am keen for Jerahl to get his goalscoring back on track and then go back to Yeovil to pursue a pro career.


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5 February 2008 : Glovers Praised By Terriers Fans
Praise is good, but it's even better when it comes from the opposition. We've noticed on the Green Room forum, two postings that have been penned by Huddersfield Town fans, particularly recognising Yeovil Town's stewards and fans for their behaviour and assistance on Saturday.

One poster has in particular singled out the fans they met on the day:

"We parked alongside a load of Yeovil fans, who we had a good chat and a laugh with, both before and after the game, and they gave us coffee and biscuits etc. It's always good to meet fellow supporters who love the game and their team but are "proper" fans who can chat/argue/discuss the game and the season and be friendly without any daftness. Good day out thanks!! Marcus Stewart is still quality and I would still have had him back at the Galpharm."

Another Huddersfield fan has paid tribute to the role that the stewards in the away end of the ground played in allowing them to enjoy their day out:

"At Yeovil yesterday on the outside of the toilet doors were notices welcoming the fans from Huddersfield Town to Yeovil Town. What a nice friendly gesture and I have never seen that before at any grounds in the country and I've been to practically all of them. Also in this day and age when stewards get criticised all the time I would like to say that as the Travel Club coach was pulling away from the gound yesterday all the stewards who had been in the away end stood and waved us off. Pat on the back to Yeovil."

A definite thumbs up to the stewards and to whoever instigated two simple, but effective signs of respect to our visitors.

Whilst on the subject of mutual backslapping, most will recall that the Galpharm Stadium was the venue that saw Yeovil Town secure League One football at the tail end of the 2005-06 season. Despite the fact that in doing so, we knocked the Terriers out of the automatic spots (an event that was to ultimately deny Huddersfield promotion) our experience of the Huddersfield fans was extremely positive, despite their obvious level of disappointment. As with Southend United and their fans, we're finding that League One can certainly be a very friendly environment if you look in the right places.


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4 February 2008 : Slade Hopeful Of Stewart Comeback
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade is hopeful that striker Marcus Stewart will be fit and available for next weekend's trip to Walsall. Stewart played the final 20 minutes of Saturday's game, having missed training all week with a tight hamstring. Although Stewie passed himself fit, Slade admitted to BBC Somerset that he probably would have started the game if it wasn't for the lack of training:

"If he had had a training session or two then it might well have been that wherever he'd played that we would have started with Stewie. As you know I've started with him most times this season."

Slade said his decision not to start with Stewart was a reaction to the player's hamstring injury earlier this season when Stewart was rushed back in for a JPT match at Swansea City but ended up lasting just six minutes. Therefore Russell said he was pleased that Stewart made it through the game without a reaction:

"I'm just glad that he has done his 20 minutes or more and got through it, and that he's appeared to have no reaction to it. We were conscious that last time we maybe brought him back too early and he ended up having a bit of a reoccurrence at Swansea. So hopefully he is on the mend now. He's important to us and I think especially so right now."


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4 February 2008 : Gillingham Tickets On Sale
Tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Priestfield on March 1st, to play Gillingham are on sale now from Huish Park. Very simply, prices are as follows:

Adults: £17; Over 65s: £12; 16-21 years: £11; U16s: £9.

Visiting supporters are housed in the Brian Moore Stand which is behind one of the goals. This is an all-seater 'temporary' affair, but note there is NO ROOF and so you will be open to whatever the elements bring you on the day.

We'd strongly advise you buy in advance - Gillingham add a whopping £3 surcharge onto each ticket price if you buy on the day of the game. Just be thankful - last season it was a £4 surcharge!

Disabled facilities are offered by prior arrangement with Gillingham Football Club. Contact the club for further details on 01634 300000.


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4 February 2008 : Street Signs Pro Contract
Yeovil Town have put Youth Team central defender Jordan Street on a professional contract, following successful performances for the Under 18s and the Reserves this season. The 18 year old will be contracted to the club until the summer of 2009.

The club state that West Bromwich Albion had an interest in taking him on, but Jordan has decided to stay with his local side, and will hopefully now be able to allow full-time training to take his game to the next level.

Jordan has also competed in Sky One's 'Football Icon' competition, where he reached the final 12 in that competition, from an initial selection of 2,000 applicants. The final 12 got a trip Chelsea's Training Headquarters in Cobham, Surrey as part of the competition.

Our congratulations to Jordan on his professional contract, and let's hope he takes a bigger step forward now in his career.


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4 February 2008 : BBC Local Radio Interviews From The Huddersfield Game
Following Saturday's 0-2 home defeat against Huddersfield Town, the BBC Somerset website has been updated to include their usual post-match interviews.

In addition to manager Russell Slade's usual post-match analysis, there is also a view from 'the other side' as former Glover Phil Jevons, now playing for the Terriers, gives his thoughts on the game.

Link: BBC Somerset Website : Yeovil Town Interview Archive.


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3 February 2008 : Huddersfield Man Of The Match Voting
For those who went to yesterday's 0-2 home defeat against Huddersfield Town, a reminder that the Man of the Match Voting Form is ready for your usage, via the link below.

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


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3 February 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Huddersfield Game
Following yesterday's 0-2 home defeat against Huddersfield Town, Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade spoke to BBC Somerset, supplying his usual post-match views. The transcript of that interview is now on-line.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Huddersfield Game.


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2 February 2008 : Terriers Terrorise Terrible Town
Yeovil Town continued their dismal run of results with a dire performance against Huddersfield at Huish Park this afternoon. Russell Slade’s side have failed to win in their last seven fixtures and picked up just 3 out of a possible 21 available points, having not yet won since the turn of the year.

It was a very uninspiring performance by Yeovil and no-one could argue that Huddersfield didn't deserve the three points. Huddersfield took the lead after just 25 minutes after Luke Beckett converted a penalty from the spot after a Terry Skiverton hand-ball inside the box. The Glovers players complained to referee Richard Beeby that the Yeovil skipper had been pushed prior to the foul, but that fell on deaf ears.

Earlier Lloyd Owusu had a great chance to score blocked by a Huddersfield defender, whilst Lee Peltier went the closest, having a shot cleared off the line, but the spot kick seemed to knock the stuffing out of Yeovil and the further they went through the half, the more their performance deteriorated.

Despite things clearly not working for the Glovers, Russell Slade decided against making the changes at half-time and chose instead to stick by his starting XI for the start of the second period. Huddersfield capitalised and stretched their lead, which sealed the match, just six minutes after the interval when Michael Collins scored from close range. Changes shortly followed but, by then, the task was beyond Yeovil Town, who now slip down to thirteenth in the League One table, just eight points clear of the drop.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Huddersfield Town 2.

Scorers: Luke Beckett (0-1, pen, 25 mins), Michael Collins (0-2, 51 mins).

Yeovil Town: 4-4-2
1. Steve Mildenhall
27. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 2. Mark Lynch
16. Jaime Peters 12. Matty Rose 20. Marc Bircham 25. Zoltan Stieber
9. Lloyd Owusu 24. Andy Kirk

Subs: 5. Scott Guyett 8. Anthony Barry (63 mins for Marc Bircham) 10. Marcus Stewart (57 mins for Lloyd Owusu) 14. Paul Warne 32. Marvin Williams (74 mins for Jaime Peters)

Huddersfield Town:
27. Matthew Glennon
10. Robbie Williams 29. Robert Page 6. Nathan Clarke 13. Frank Sinclair
4. Michael Collins 2. Andy Holdsworth 8. Jonathan Worthington 11. Danny Schofield
14. Phil Jevons 18. Luke Beckett

Subs: 28. Alex Smithies (GK) 15. Malvin Kamara (77 mins for Phil Jevons) 5. David Mirfin 22. James Berrett 23. Andy Booth (86 mins for Luke Beckett)

Huddersfield Bookings: Robbie Williams (26 mins, foul), Andy Holdsworth (56 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: None.

Referee: Richard Beeby (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Brendan Malone (Wiltshire). Fourth Official: RJ Martin.

Attendance: 4,823 (including approx 200 Huddersfield fans)


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2 February 2008 : Swansea's Jones On Trial
Yeovil Town have got Swansea City striker Chris Jones on trial at Huish Park, according to this morning's Western Daily Press. The 5'7" striker is a product of their club's youth academy and was given a 2.5 year contract with the club as a 17 year old, in October 2006. Despite his age, he has already made nine appearances for the Swans, although all bar one have come from the bench. He has been unable to break into their first team this season, with the League One leaders already having plenty of strikers in good form.

Jones is expected to play in a Reserve Team match next week, and he will be joined by former Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris, who is continuing to train with the club.


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2 February 2008 : Spencer Returns To Everton
Everton striker Scott Spencer has returned to Goodison Park after his month's loan, having failed to make an impact during his time with the Glovers. Scott was not helped by a number of Reserve Team postponements, but was not selected in a first team squad during his time at Huish Park.


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1 February 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Port Vale Game
A touch late due to the past 48 hours worth of arrivals and departures, however, the full transcript of BBC Somerset's post-match interview at Port Vale with Russell Slade is now online via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Port Vale Game.


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1 February 2008 : Last Call For Port Vale Man Of The Match Voting
We've not had too many Man of the Match votes for Tuesday night's match at Port Vale, so if you went and haven't voted, then cast your vote before 3.00pm on Saturday, when voting will automatically close.

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


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1 February 2008 : Youth Match Is OFF
Yeovil Town Under 18s trip to Oxford United - due to be played tomorrow morning - has been called off due to an "unfit pitch".

A new date for their game will be announced in due course.


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1 February 2008 : Officials For The Huddersfield Match
Tomorrow's home match against Huddersfield Town will be overseen by Richard Beeby (Northamptonshire).

Mr Beeby has over the years been somewhat of a recurring nightmare for Glovers fans, with his visits to Huish Park stretching back to our Conference days. Up until this season, he appeared to be taking a break from the game with us not having seen him for a couple of years.

He reemerged onto the scene for the October 2007 0-0 draw with Luton Town and appeared to have changed little for the better. Late on he denied the Glovers a penalty for what seemed a clear handball, although whether that should count against him when even the likes of Jarnail Singh seem unable to award Yeovil a spot-kick these days, we're not sure.

Prior to that. his last match involving Yeovil Town was the away match against Kidderminster Harriers in April 2005. Thankfully that game appears to have been a quiet one by his standards, but he has not always been a particularly favourable official for the Glovers.

The 1-1 draw with Mansfield Town in March 2004 is probably the match that has established his reputation in South Somerset, being described by this site as "marred by an inept refereeing performance". And at the end of the game "most of the 6002 crowd preceded to tell Mr Beeby what they thought of his afternoons work". Manager Gary Johnson said after the match of Mr Beeby: "I daren't speak to him. It's not the time to speak to him. I will have to take a week to calm down first."

In between the Northampton official managed a slightly erratic performance in the October 2004 4-1 win over Chester City, managing a rather dubious penalty award for both sides.

He has been on the national list of referees since 1999, and his high point was the 2004 Division Two (now League One) Play-Off Final between Brighton and Hove Albion and Bristol City.

Mr Beeby will be assisted by Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Brendan Malone (Wiltshire). The Fourth Official will be RJ Martin.

Link: October 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Luton Town 0.


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1 February 2008 : Domoraud Returns
Yeovil Town striker Wilfried Domoraud has returned to Huish Park after completing a one-month loan at the Wessex Stadium. Wilfried made five appearances for Conference National strugglers Weymouth after being snapped up by ex-manager Jason Tindall, but has been released at the end of his month's loan, with latest manager John Hollins stating that he wanted to reduce the size of his playing squad.


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1 February 2008 : Cochrane Departs
Midfielder Justin Cochrane has left the club as a free agent after the Glovers decided not to extend his current short term deal.

The former Rotherham United man's contract ran out yesterday and despite the transfer window having closed, he is now free, as a free agent, to sign a permanent deal with another club.

Justin made 13 appearances for the Glovers, scoring two goals, and at one point looked like he was going to be a star of the side. But shortly after signing a short term contract with the club, he damaged ankle ligaments that put him out for six weeks during September and October, and thereafter he struggled to get into the side.

Rather ironically, his final appearance for the Glovers was only three days ago, when a glut of injuries, illness and suspension in midfield saw him make his first appearance for over two months, coming on as a substitute at Port Vale.

Ciderspace wishes Justin the best of luck in finding a new club.


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1 February 2008 : Doncaster Match Allows Kids For A Quid
We're pleased to announced that Good Friday's match against Doncaster Rovers will see a repeat of the 'Kids For A Quid' offer that was introduced for the Brighton and Hove Albion home match over Christmas. That was a strong factor in the club's highest attendance of the season of 6,881 and so it is good to see the offer repeated.

For those who were not around over Christmas, the offer is as plain and simple as you can get - every Under 16 can gain admittance to the match on March 21st at Huish Park, kick-off 3.00pm, against Doncaster Rovers for the sum of ONE POUND ONLY. No catches, no adults required - just simply pay one pound to the Huish Park Ticket Office and get your ticket.

As before, it would be great if regular supporters can tell their friends, neighbours and school/youth association contacts about this offer, to try and ensure as many people take advantage of this as possible. We'll plug this one again nearer the time.

The club are running a number of other promotions at the moment, mainly aimed at encouraging Under 16s to Huish Park. As a reminder, these are the promotions in brief:

Huddersfield Town: Saturday 2nd February, kick-off 3.00pm (tomorrow): A 'Fans Of The Future' match. You will need one of the Fans Of The Future postcards from Sara Bradley in the Huish Park reception area. Either call in today or give her a call on 01935-423662 Ext 200. Obviously time is running out on this one but if you can get one of the postcards, then up to two Under 16s can get in for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult.

Northampton Town: Tuesday 12th February, kick-off 7.45pm. Cut out one of the vouchers in either this weeks or next week's Western Gazette and present to the Ticket Office by Monday 11th and you can get one adult (including concessions) and one child in for a total cost of 10 pounds.

Doncaster Rovers: Friday 21st March, kick-off 3.00pm (Good Friday). See above. A 'Kids For A Quid' offer. Any Under 16 gets in for one pound only. No other terms or restrictions apply.

Crewe Alexandra: Saturday 12th April, kick-off 3.00pm. Another 'Fans Of The Future' match. Again like the Huddersfield match, contact Sara for a promotional postcard (except that on this occasion you've got a bit more time to get hold of one!)

More details on the above offers can be found on in previous news items posted during January, however, we're providing this to hopefully act as a helpful summary of what is on offer.

As a final note, bear in mind that the April 26th match against Leeds United at Huish Park is likely to be a sell-out at some point over the next month or two. You are therefore advised to purchase tickets early. This is a Premium Priced (aka 'Categorised') match so add four pounds to the pre-match price, with the exception of Under 16s and Junior Glovers. The club are only doing telephone sales to those on the Huish Park Ticket Office database, so if you've not bought tickets from the club before, you may need to pop down in person. Give them a ring on 01935-847888 for advice before travelling.


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