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28 February 2009 : Glovers Slip On Their Travels Again
Yeovil Town were comfortably beaten at the Bescot Stadium this afternoon by a midtable Walsall side as they slipped to their third defeat in four matches. Two second half goals from Troy Deeney and Alex Nicholls ensured that the Glovers slipped down to 18th place in the League One table, having the gap on those in the relegation zone cut down to four points.

Manager Terry Skiverton made two changes to the side that lost to Crewe Alexandra in midweek, with Danny Schofield ruled out with tendonitis in his knee, whilst Nathan Smith was rested. Luke Rodgers and Nathan Jones came in, with Paul Warne switching to a right-wing position. A first half without goals saw Jonathan Worthington get the best Yeovil opportunity, whilst at the other end striker Michael Ricketts attempted to chip keeper Josh Wagenaar but also chipped the crossbar.

In the second period though, Walsall took command when Troy Deeney accepted a through pass via an Anthony Gerrard flick-on, and with the Yeovil back line failing to track Deeney's run he was able to put the Saddlers 1-0 up with 52 minutes gone.

The home side suffered a blow when Gerrard had to head off injured meaning that they ended the game with Ricketts playing as a centre-back, but the Glovers could not find a route through to goal. The game was wrapped up 14 minutes from time when Sofiene Zaaboub's right wing cross got a free header from Alex Nicholls to put the home side firmly in command at 2-0. Things could have got worse when Emmanuele Smith shot against the underside of the crossbar, but not even a series of late substitutions could change the balance of the game for the Glovers.

They now go into Tuesday night's match against Hereford United knowing that with Crewe Alexandra thumping Brighton 4-0 and the Bulls winning their match 2-1, that the gap between them and the bottom sides has closed right up, meaning that with Hereford now seven points behind them that the stakes for the match at Huish Park have just got that little bit higher.

Final Score: Walsall 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Troy Deeney (52 mins, 1-0), Alex Nicholls (76 mins, 2-0)

Walsall:
1. Clayton Ince
7. Chris Palmer 20. Emmanuele Smith 5. Anthony Gerrard 3. Paul Boertien
17. Alex Nicholls 6. Stephen Hughes 8. Dwayne Mattis 11. Sofiene Zaaboub
10. Michael Ricketts 19. Troy Deeney

Substitutes:
21. Rene Gilmartin (GK) 27. Netan Sansara (90 mins for Sofiene Zaaboub) 14. Richard Taundry (83 mins for Stephen Hughes) 12. Mark Bradley 9. Jabo Ibehre (63 mins for Anthony Gerrard)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
13. Josh Wagenaar
12. Craig Alcock 23. Aaron Brown 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
14. Paul Warne 7. Jonathan Worthington 27. Lee Peltier 9. Andy Welsh
15. Luke Rodgers 10. Gavin Tomlin

Substitutes:
17. Aidan Downes (83 mins for Luke Rodgers) 19. Andre McCollin 18. Keiran Murtagh 16. Gary Roberts (62 mins for Craig Alcock) 28. Nathan Smith (79 mins for Andy Welsh)

Walsall Bookings:
Yeovil Bookings: Andy Welsh (foul, 57 mins), Jonathan Worthington (foul), Gavin Tomlin (foul, 77 mins)

Referee: Pat Miller (Bedfordshire). Assistants: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire) and Tony Maton (Leicestershire). Fourth Official: Andy Hendley (West Midlands).

Attendance: 3,916


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28 February 2009 : Terry Skiverton's Pre-Match Interview From Walsall
Yeovil Town have selected their line-up for this afternoon's match at Walsall. Glovers manager Terry Skiverton talked to BBC Local Radio reporter Pete Simson about the team selection prior to this afternoon's kick-off. The full transcript of his pre-match interview is available via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton's Pre-Match Interview From Walsall.


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28 February 2009 : International Football Association Board AGM (Part II)
Following up from the item below, it's reported that the decisions taken today were pretty much as predicted :

The proposal to extend half-time by an additional five minutes, to twenty minutes, was withdrawn.

Further trials of an extra assistant referee behind each goal will be held from next season. The trial is expected to take place in either the French Championnat or the Italian Serie A, both of which have volunteered.

Meanwhile investigations into goal-line technology will be started again, having been suspended last year.

Use of a fourth substitute in matches that go to extra time was rejected.

The exploration of the feasibility of the introduction of 'sin-bins' was rejected.


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28 February 2009 : International Football Association Board AGM
The International Football Association Board, the ultimate guardian of the game, meets near Belfast today for its AGM. As with last year little is expected in the way of outcomes - and for that we are duly grateful. Football is a simple game with a short set of laws compared to many sports, and the more it's kept that way without endless tinkering the better in our opinion. The "reinterpretation" of the off-side law shows what can result from fiddling, doubtless with good intentions, with things that may not have been perfect but then end up a damn sight worse.

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is expected to withdraw its proposal to extend the half-time interval from fifteen to twenty minutes as soundings have told it they will not secure the necessary majority on the Board if it is pushed to a vote.

On the agenda are proposals for an experiment with sin-bins for yellow card offenders, proposed by the Irish Football Association, and trials for an extra assistant referee behind each goal.

The first is expected to be rejected, with IFA told to come back when they have worked out the scheme in more detail. The second, which has the backing of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) President Michel Platini, is likely to be adopted for further trials after being deemed a relative success when experiments were conducted during the Under-19 European Championship qualifying stages last year.

The Scottish Football Association have put forward the idea of a fourth substitute being allowed to be used in matches that go to extra time. They will also bring up the question of goal-line technology, which was placed on ice last year.

It is not thought any major changes to the Laws of the Game are up for discussion this year.


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27 February 2009 : Skivo Talks About Trialists
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said he will get feedback from yesterday's 2-0 Reserve Team win over Forest Green Rovers before making the decision to invite striker Wayne Andrews down to train at Huish Park. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Skivo explained that Andrews had only just arrived in Somerset and had been training at Leyton Orient:

"We've just had a look at him today. He's been training at Leyton Orient, but he's quite similar to Wayne Gray and Wayne is just coming back from injury. He's got himself fit and sharp and if he does well in the game (yesterday) I think he'll be coming down and training for us for a little while. So good news on that front."

Also acting as a trialist in yesterday's game was last season's Reserve Team goalkeeper Darren Behcet, who returned for the match played at Somerton. Skivo explained that this was all about the need to find cover for positions and was not related to mistakes made by main goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar during Tuesday night's match at Crewe Alexandra:

"You want competition in every position. As you know, we've got a small squad. We've got Darren Behcet who is coming down to play (against Forest Green Rovers Reserves, yesterday) as well. We need some competition, not just in the goalkeeping area, but in other positions. But Josh has been fantastic for us and I am 100 percent behind him. I know that everybody makes mistakes and it is all about how you respond from that. I know Josh will respond in a positive way."

Looking ahead to tomorrow's match at Walsall, Skivo pointed out that it was not just goalkeepers who could make mistakes, holding his own hand up for the backpass that allowed the West Midlands side to equalise at Huish Park on the opening day of the season:

"The disappointing thing was that I dropped in a short backpass and they sneaked in to score. We kept them quite quiet that day and it was a pleasing performance, so we were quite disappointed with the draw."

Skivo added that since the team returned from Cheshire, they had been working on a number of things on the training ground in preparation for another trip up to the Midlands:

"We know it is going to be a difficult game (at Walsall). We've often struggled to do well there away in the past. But we are going there in full confidence. We've been working on a few things in training with respect to the other night (at Crewe). We're raring to go and looking forward to putting on a performance."

Finally, with Skivo now having completed a whole week in the hotseat, he was asked how he felt about suddenly being the centre of attention at Huish Park:

"It's been fine. It's been a little bit of a sap on your time, but that's what you take on board. I'm loving doing the job at the moment and I love speaking about Yeovil Town in a positive way. So it's still exciting for me at the moment. My phone is red hot, but apart from that things are going really well and I'm just looking forward to preparing the team for the weekend."


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27 February 2009 : Walsall vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to the Bescot Stadium tomorrow still looking for their first win under the new Glovers management team. The come up against a Walsall side lying in 12th place in the table, but just six points ahead of Yeovil, who dropped one place to 16th during midweek.

Walsall have also recently gone through a management change, with former Wigan Athletic and Derby County boss Chris Hutchings having assumed control on January 20th. So far, Hutchings has made a good start, and perhaps his form is something for Glovers boss Terry Skiverton to aim at. Like Skivo, Hutchings could only manage a draw and a defeat in his first two matches, but since then the West Midlands side have picked up three wins and two draws from their last six games, with even the defeat coming against table-toppers Leicester City. As a result the Glovers are likely to come up against a side growing in confidence, playing on the back of two consecutive 2-0 wins.

They go into the game with a few injury concerns. Striker Sam Williams has a hip injury and is back at parent club Aston Villa receiving treatment. Former Glovers trialist Rhys Weston is recovering from a calf injury and is not expected to be fit in time for the game. Defender Stephen Roberts is a long term absentee with back and knee problems and has yet to feature under the new management at the Bescot.

This week the Glovers have seen three loan players return to their parent clubs, with Shaun MacDonald, Aleksander Prijovic and Lee Cox all saying their farewells to Huish Park. With Darren Way out for the season and manager Terry Skiverton not ready to take to the field of play, the Glovers squad will be a little thin on numbers, although this should still allow Skivo to select the same 16 that travelled up to Crewe Alexandra in midweek. Beyond that though, he has few options to make changes.

After a run of four consecutive wins, the Glovers are now on a run of three matches without a win. Thankfully the momentum they gained during the early part of the month means that they still have a five point cushion on the relegation zone, but with Brighton playing Crewe, Cheltenham at home to Northampton and Hereford hosting Leyton Orient some of the bottom seven clubs are guaranteed to pick up points over the weekend. A draw at the Bescot would be perfectly acceptable, but a win would certainly put a different slant on the current league table.

Tickets for tomorrow's match are available on the day, subject to a two pound matchday surcharge. Further details are in the Ciderspace guide below. For those who are not going, BBC Somerset will have live commentary of the game on 95.5FM in Somerset.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Walsall.


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27 February 2009 : Ciderspace Guide To Walsall
A reminder to those travelling to the Bescot Stadium (currently badged as the Banks's Stadium) tomorrow, that the Ciderspace guide is available to take on your journey. Information as usual contains directions to Walsall, parking, ticketing, club information and a local pub guide (good luck with that one!) as well as other bits and bobs.

Tickets are available on the day of the match but are subject to a two pound surcharge. They are no longer available from the Huish Park Ticket Office. See the guide for full details.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Walsall.


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27 February 2009 : Loan Pair Leave Huish Park
Loan pair Lee Cox and Aleksander Prijovic have now formally completed their one month deals with Yeovil Town and have returned to their parent clubs. The Western Daily Press have confirmed that Cox has headed back to Leicester City without making a single first team appearance. Although he was brought in mainly with the aim of bulking up a paper-thin squad, the nearest he got was sitting on the Glovers bench just in case he was needed. With the majority of the injuries and suspensions now resolved he has even dropped out of the sixteen and so his return is no surprise.

The situation with Prijovic was a little more blurred. He had already returned to Derby County due to an illness that was initially diagnosed as mumps. When it was deemed to be something far less concerning, the plan had been for the Swiss-Serbian to return to Huish Park. However, with his loan deal more or less up now it would appear that has not happened.

With Shaun MacDonald having also returned to Swansea City, the first team squad now looks a lot lighter. That is not of immediate concern, but once the loan transfer window deadline of March 26th draws closer, inevitably it will become an issue, particularly with management team Terry Skiverton and Nathan Jones so far preferring to see their team from the sidelines, rather than try and analyse it whilst on the pitch themselves.


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26 February 2009 : Reserves Cut Forest Green Down
Yeovil Town Reserves gained a useful 2-0 win over Forest Green Rovers this afternoon in a match played at Somerton FC. The game was switched to the open fields of Gassons Lane due to the ongoing problems with the main pitch at Huish Park.

The well-used pitch at Somerton was not perfect by any means. With Under 18s and Ladies football played on there regularly, the pitch was bobbly and both teams struggled to gain control of the ball, in what was overall a scrappy game.

The Glovers fielded one surprise in former goalkeeper Darren Behcet making a return to Somerset after a slightly nomadic existence over the past couple of months, having turned out for Bognor Regis Town, Sutton United, Grays Athletic and AFC Hornchurch since leaving Yeovil last summer. The 22 year old has kept in contact with several of his former teammates though since leaving Huish Park.

Another familiar name was that of Gary Bowles, but this was not the former Youth Team captain who is now playing for Dorchester Town, but a completely different player with the same name! The third of the 'new' faces was another recognisable name with former Coventry City and Bristol Rovers front man Wayne Andrews making his second appearances for the Reserves, having last played as a guest in September 2008.

The Glovers faced into the wind during the first period and struggled to gain control of the conditions and it was not until the second half that they began to take advantage. Keiran Murtagh's opening goal came when a cross turned into a direct shot in the conditions, going direct into the net.

Yeovil's second also came from a wide position. Andre McCollin's cross into the box again wasn't dealt with well by the Forest Green defence, and was turned into his own net by a Rovers defender. The Gloucestershire side didn't appear to be a particularly happy bunch, often snapping at the ankles of Yeovil Town players in an aggressive manner, or taking their complaints about other matters very loudly to the referee. Assistant manager Nathan Jones will have been the happier of the two - he got 45 minutes under his belt whilst other senior players such as Murtagh and Aidan Downes clocked up the minutes as they attempt to keep themselves fresh whilst warming the first team bench.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 2 Forest Green Rovers Reserves 0.

Scorers: Keiran Murtagh (65 mins, 1-0), Own Goal (70 mins, 2-0)

Yeovil Town Reserves:
1. Darren Behcet 2. Tom Scott 3. Nathan Jones 4. Harry Nodwell 5. Jason Sangha 6. Jordan Street 7. Aidan Downes 8. Keiran Murtagh 9. Wayne Andrews 10. Andre McCollin 11. Gary Bowles

Subs: 12. Adam Wakely 14. Harry Montacute (46 mins for Nathan Jones) 15. Rico Wilson (53 mins for Aidan Downes) 16. Josh Robinson (75 mins for Keiran Murtagh)


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26 February 2009 : MacDonald Heads Back To Swansea
Yeovil Town have been refused permission to extend midfielder Shaun MacDonald's loan for a further month. The decision to recall the player, who mainly operated as a right-winger during his time at Huish Park, is being blamed on an injury crisis at his parent club Swansea City.

MacDonald made four appearances during his month at Huish Park and scored two goals, including the match winner against Huddersfield Town.

We'd like to thank Shaun for his efforts in Somerset and would gladly welcome him back if the opportunity arises.


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26 February 2009 : Football Agents Report Sees Glovers Payments Drop
Yeovil Town have seen their expenditure on Football Agents drop significantly during the past six months. The Glovers spent just £10,500 in payments to agents during July - December 2008 - a drop from £33,945 against the equivalent six month period for 2007.

Comparing across the whole of League One, spending has fallen heavily, but mainly because of Leicester City's figures whilst they were a Championship club. The Foxes paid out £121,700 during the last 12 months, compared to them spending over one million pounds on agents whilst they were a Championship side.

Top spenders in the division are Leeds United who splashed out £346,500 over the period, with the Foxes coming in second. After that, there's a long way back to Southend United (£38,620), Huddersfield Town (£32,500), Bristol Rovers (£32,000), Brighton and Hove Albion (£30,000), Stockport County (£30,000) and Walsall (£29,340).

Ten clubs did not pay for the services of a licensed agent - Cheltenham Town, Crewe Alexandra, Hartlepool United, Hereford United, Millwall, Northampton Town, Peterborough United, Scunthorpe United, Swindon Town and Tranmere Rovers. This is up significantly from three clubs last season.

Yeovil Town committed to 14 new player contracts, with two player contracts being updated. One contract was cancelled, whilst there were six loan contracts taken out over that period.

In terms of loan contracts, Bristol Rovers lead the way with 20 deals conducted during the six month period, with Brighton close behind on 19 contracts. It will come as little surprise to those with an eye on Whaddon Road that Cheltenham Town feature highly with 17 loan deals.

Overall, again Bristol Rovers and Brighton lead the way with 44 contracts registered over the six month period, with Leeds United close behind on 43. By comparison the Glovers have kept the Football League quiet with 23 registrations during that period.


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26 February 2009 : Andrews Back On Trial
Former Bristol Rovers striker Wayne Andrews is back at Huish Park. The striker had been on trial at the club in September 2008, playing in a Reserve Team match against AFC Bournemouth and had been expected to turn out in another match following good feedback from the management team.

However, in October 2008, he agreed a short term deal with League Two basement side Luton Town, where he went on to make three starts and seven sub appearances before being released at the turn of the year. He is therefore back as a free agent.

Andrews is expected to play against Forest Green Rovers Reserves this afternoon in a Football Combination match taking place at Gassons Lane, Somerton at 2.00p.m. this afternoon.


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26 February 2009 : Yeovil Town Board Member Resigns
Yeovil Town director Paul Sargent has resigned his position at the club. This had been on the rumourmill for the past week, but the club have yet to officially announce it.

Today's Western Daily Press report that Sargent resigned his position on Sunday 16th February - the day between manager Russell Slade's last game in charge at Peterborough United and the day that he was relieved of his duties.

Sargent is a partner at Albert Goodman in the town and his firm have been acting as the club's Financial Accountants during his time on the board. The WDP speculate that other board members are believed to be considering their positions, but don't name them.

The WDP also suggest that former AgustaWestland Head of Human Resources John Dover may be recruited in to restore the numbers on the board, although this is not confirmed.

We wish Mr Sargent all the best for the future and would like to thank him for his time and service at the Football Club.


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25 February 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Crewe Alexandra Game
Following last night's 2-0 defeat against Crewe Alexandra, Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC about the game, and in particular about keeper Josh Wagenaar. Speaking to reporter Rob Scanlon, Skivo's full interview transcript can be found via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Crewe Alexandra Game.


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25 February 2009 : Deadline For Walsall Advance Ticket Sales
A reminder that advance ticket sales for Saturday's match at Walsall will only be on sale for one more day. You have until 5.00p.m. on Thursday (tomorrow) to purchase your tickets for the match at the Bescot Stadium. After that you will have to purchase your ticket on the day of the game, and suffer Walsall's two pound surcharge for tickets bought on the day.

Full details of ticketing for Walsall are contained within our February 13th news item. Call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 before 5.00p.m. tomorrow or visit in person to ensure you get the advance ticket price.


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25 February 2009 : Officials For Walsall vs Yeovil Town
Saturday's League One match between Walsall and Yeovil Town will be looked after by referee Pat Miller (Bedfordshire).

We've seen Mr Miller a a number of times over the years, oddly with all of the matches being away from home. He took charge of the City Ground defeat in April 2006 and for a Leyton Orient fixture in November 2006. On that occasion Miller caused outrage both on the Yeovil Town bench and amongst the visiting fans when bottling a late decision as Arron Davies was taken out, running into the box. Following those two, he was back in the middle for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at the Quarter-Final stage against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. On this occasion we failed to notice him.

Most recently, Mr Miller took charge of Yeovil's 1-0 triumph over Charlton Athletic in the Carling Cup. Despite us winning the match in a tremendous performance, we weren't quite so pleased with Mr Miller's definition of when a well-timed robust tackle becomes a reason to blow a whistle for an opposition free kick. Hey, but we're biased of course!

Mr Miller will be assisted by James Adcock (Nottinghamshire) and Tony Maton (Leicestershire). The Fourth Official will be Andy Hendley (West Midlands).

Link: April 2006 : Nottingham Forest 2 Yeovil Town 1

Link: November 2006 : Leyton Orient 0 Yeovil Town 0

Link: November 2007 : Swansea City 1 Yeovil Town 0

Link: August 2008 : Charlton Athletic 0 Yeovil Town 1.


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25 February 2009 : Man Of The Match Voting For The Crewe Alexandra Match
A reminder to those who travelled to Gresty Road that the Man of the Match Voting Form is now available. Choose your top three players from the 2-0 defeat against Crewe Alexandra plus performance and entertainment ratings, along with any other comment you wish to make, using the form below.

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


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24 February 2009 : Crewe Take Advantage Of Glovers Mistakes
Yeovil Town went down to a deserved defeat at Gresty Road tonight as Crewe Alexandra gained their fourth win in five matches in their attempt to get their way out of relegation trouble. In a fairly scrappy low quality game, two errors cost the Glovers the game. Clayton Donaldson flicked a Byron Moore shot just before half time after Crewe took advantage of a weak Josh Wagenaar punch, and Wagenaar did not fare much better in the second period, turning a John Brayford cross into his own net 11 minutes from time.

Manager Terry Skiverton made just one change from Saturday's line-up and even that was on the bench, with Gary Roberts recalled to face his former club, displacing Andre McCollin. Crewe lined up with an ambitious 3-4-3 formation, making it very clear to all that they didn't consider a draw good enough for their circumstances.

There were very few chances during the opening period - a Paul Warne shot went over the bar after Aaron Brown had won the ball from a set piece. That was balanced out by a Clayton Donaldson strike that was blocked by Terrell Forbes for a corner. Danny Schofield also had a shot saved, but there was little else to get excited about in a dull scrappy first period where neither side could get on the ball. What little goalmouth action there was came from outside the box.

Just as it looked as though Yeovil would go into the half time break on level terms though, a couple of mistakes were to be their undoing. Nathan Smith conceded an unnecessary corner after he was pressurised by Byron Moore, and when Billy Jones sent in the set piece, goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar's punch was weak and only fell as far as Byron Moore, whose shot was deliberately diverted by Clayton Donaldson to put the home side 1-0 up at the break.

The second half saw Yeovil come out with a little more purpose although without showing any real ability to put pressure on Crewe's goal. The best of the early action saw Gavin Tomlin force keeper John Ruddy into a comfortable save. At the other end though Wagenaar evened out his first half error by palming the ball over the bar from a Clayton Donaldson header after Billy Jones had whipped in a cross. The Canadian then blocked at the feet of Donaldson after he burst through on goal.

Skivo tried to shake things up by introducing former Crewe player Gary Roberts to a chorus of boos from the home fans, in effect giving Yeovil five in midfield and only one up front. Although the intention may have been to establish a 4-3-3 formation, Tomlin was largely left isolated and the Crewe back line looked comfortable.

With 11 minutes left though, Crewe got a gift, with another error. John Brayford's cross into the box looked harmless enough, but Josh Wagenaar was having a night to forget and he succeeded in dragging the ball over his own goal line. Brayford claimed the goal, although whether it was going directly in will need to be examined on the match video. Whatever, Crewe were 2-0 up and there was little sign that the Glovers were going to get back into it.

Aidan Downes and Luke Rodgers were thrown on in response to the second goal, but still the pattern of the game failed to change, with Yeovil huffing and puffing but never really putting the home side in serious danger of surrendering their lead. A deserved defeat in the end. Even if Crewe were not exactly any great shakes on the night, they created more than the Glovers, and they enjoyed a little bit of luck on the night as well. Certainly food for thought for Skivo and Nathan as they head back down the M5 tonight.

Final Score: Crewe Alexandra 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Clayton Donaldson (1-0, 45 mins), John Brayford (2-0, 79 mins)

Crewe Alexandra: (3-4-3)
37. John Ruddy
31. Dennis Lawrence 6. Julien Baudet 3. Billy Jones
30. John Brayford 36. Marlon Broomes 8. Michael O'Connor 2. Dan Woodards
17. Byron Moore 19. Tom Pope 27. Clayton Donaldson

Substitutes:
1. Steve Collis (GK) 4. Steven Schumacher (85 mins for Tom Pope) 15. George Abbey (46 mins for Dennis Lawrence) 20. Shaun Miller 22. Colin Daniel

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
13. Josh Wagenaar
12. Craig Alcock 6. Terrell Forbes 23. Aaron Brown 28. Nathan Smith
7. Jonathan Worthington 11. Danny Schofield 27. Lee Peltier 9. Andy Welsh
10. Gavin Tomlin 14. Paul Warne

Substitutes:
3. Nathan Jones 15. Luke Rodgers (83 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 16. Gary Roberts (65 mins for Paul Warne) 17. Aidan Downes (83 mins for Aaron Brown) 18. Keiran Murtagh

Crewe Bookings: Tom Pope (53 mins, dissent)
Yeovil Bookings: Lee Peltier (75 mins, foul)

Referee: Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire). Assistants: Russell Fletcher (Derbyshire) and Gary Hilton (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Paul Norris (Cheshire).

Attendance: 3,432 (including approx 150 Yeovil fans).


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24 February 2009 : Ticketing For Leeds United vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Leeds United are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place at Elland Road on Tuesday 10th March with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. As per last season, away fans are allocated blocks in the South-East corner of the ground. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £15.00; Over 60s: £11.00; Under 16s: £7.00.

Disabled supporters pick the Over 60s concessionary price, unless they are Under 16 in which case they can pay the Under 16s price. An assistant is admitted free of charge. Further information can be gained through their disabled coordinator Tracey Lazenby on 0113-367-6178.

Note that the Huish Park Ticket Office are only selling tickets until Thursday 5th March at 5.00p.m. Thereafter we presume you have to wait until you arrive at Elland Road on the night.


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24 February 2009 : Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to play Crewe Alexandra tonight in what is a vital League One clash. The two sides sit nine points apart and seven league places, and with a third of the season still to go, it is clearly important for the Glovers to come back with some kind of a result from Gresty Road tonight.

Crewe are currently five points away from safety, but have been given a boost since the arrival of former Stoke City manager Gudjon Thordarson, who took over from Steve Holland in December, following a short caretaker spell from Dario Gradi. Thordarson took a while to get going, but has recorded three wins in their last four fixtures, and so will have seen a chink of daylight appear in a season that has seen them stuck in the bottom four since mid-September. Not even a win will get them out of that tonight, but they are certainly making a fight of it.

They go into the match having just extended the loan deal of Blackpool defender Marlon Broomes, whilst they also hope to sort out a deal for goalkeeper John Ruddy to stay at Gresty Road until the end of the season. The Everton shotstopper's stay in Cheshire has been bad news for former Glovers keeper Steve Collis, who has not played a league match since November 22nd and seems out of favour since Holland departed the club.

With Crewe having beaten Huddersfield Town 3-1 on the weekend, it seems unlikely that they will change too much, even though they have Kenny Lunt returning from a hernia problem whilst Mark Carrington has recovered from a back injury. They are expected to line-up in a 4-3-3 formation against the Glovers and Yeovil boss Terry Skiverton has told BBC Somerset that is likely to lead to a very attacking game from both sides, recalling the 3-2 win at Huish Park that Yeovil enjoyed earlier in the season:

"You know they have always got good attacking options. They are a good team going forward. They always create something and you've always got to be mindful of that. I think it was quite a good footballing game when we played them earlier on in the season. It was a good game of football, I played in it and I remember it was a really good result for us. We'll be going there with a similar gameplan of what we set out to do in my first game in charge. I envisage it being a good game and quite an attacking game and that is something where we want to go there and give it a go, and not go there and sit back and wait for them to come onto us. We're going to go there and take the game to them and that is the way that we are going to be playing under myself and Nathan."

Like Crewe, the Glovers are unlikely to change too much to their squad after Skivo seemed happy with his side's first half display against Oldham Athletic. Midfielder Gary Roberts will travel up to see his former club although is not guaranteed to play, whilst a late raincheck will be made on Swansea City winger Shaun MacDonald who is recovering from a calf injury and these are the only two players likely to nudge their way into the sixteen tonight.

With Crewe hoping to close the gap on Yeovil tonight, the game is a bit of a "must not lose" fixture for the Glovers, with four sides below them - Swindon Town vs Hartlepool United and Brighton and Hove Albion vs Northampton Town - paired up against each other meaning that at least two sides will pick up points tonight. Despite the stakes, Skivo said that his side will still approach the game in a positive way:

"We're going to start the game in a similar way to the way we started (on Saturday). At least that is our intention, although you have to remember you're playing against another team aren't you? They are going to try and stop you and their formation is going to be different to the one that Oldham played. But that's good now because we're looking at it tactically and looking at how we can affect them. I want to keep that bit under my hat, but that is what we have been working on today. I've had a bit of time now. I've been up with the boys on the training pitch today (Monday) and they've still got that intensity about them. We had a good session today and we worked on a few things that we are going to try and implement (at Crewe)."

The match kicks off at 7.45p.m. and for those travelling, a reminder that the Ciderspace guide to Crewe is linked below to help you on your way. Tickets are available on a pay on the day basis - see the guide for full tariffs and method of purchase. For those not going, BBC Somerset will be covering the match in full on 95.5FM.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Crewe Alexandra.


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24 February 2009 : Cheltenham Hit By Transfer Embargo
League One basement side Cheltenham Town have been hit by a transfer embargo by the Football League. According to the Gloucestershire Echo the Robins have been blocked from bringing in any new players that would further increase their debts until they have sorted out an outstanding amount owed to fellow League One side Leicester City.

The paper suggests that Leicester quartet James Wesolowski, Barry Hayles, Lethaniel Rowe Turner and Jonny Hayes are at the heart of the dispute, after manager Martin Allen took the players from his former club to Whaddon Road on loan deals earlier this season.

The Robins are suffering serious cashflow problems this season, and last week paid their players a day late - a move blamed upon a number of postponed home matches during the last month or two. They have turned out in the region of 40 players this season with Allen ripping out almost the whole of his predecessor Keith Downing's side, and padding the side with loan signings.

The throughput of players has seen a total of 17 incoming loan signings made so far this season. The 17th - Michail Antonio - arrived from Reading for Saturday's match at Leeds United, whilst Allen is also pressing for No.18 at present, with Wolves striker Ashley Hemmings in line to arrive in Gloucestershire.

At present the 17 year old is unable to finalise his move to Whaddon Road, whilst Cheltenham argue with the Football League about what they can and can't do under the embargo. It appears that Wolves have agreed to pay the striker's wages whilst he is at the League One side, but at present there is no sign that the Football League have been willing to allow the deal to go through under those terms.

With the late payment of players' wages and the transfer embargo in place, inevitably the local press are mentioning 'administration' although there's no hint that the Robins are that far down the line. On the field though they are at the last chance saloon - cut adrift by six points at the bottom of League One and without a win in 12 games.

Their goal difference means that they are effectively 13 points from safety, and with them having picked up just one point from their last eight games, there is little sign of a recovery in progress. Tonight the Robins play sixth placed Millwall at Whaddon Road, knowing that they need to show promotion form between now and the end of the season to stand a chance of avoiding League Two football next season.


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24 February 2009 : Darren Way Assisting Management Team
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that injured midfielder Darren Way is helping him prepare for games behind the scenes. Way is currently sidelined indefinitely due to a road traffic accident last December, but is now out of hospital.

Skivo has told BBC Somerset that whilst Darren's current mobility is clearly an issue, that hasn't stopped the 29 year old from making good use of his time:

"I've only had the job for a couple of days, but I've actually been having a lot of help from Darren. He's been watching a lot of DVDs for us, and getting stats on things like crosses, and doing 'ticks and crosses' which is something that we used to do. He's been a big help to us, and he's someone who I will call on quite a lot. When he is up and walking about, he is going to be another one to join the team."

Skivo wasn't explicit as to what sort of a role Way might take up, although did suggest last Thursday that Way was likely to be going out scouting for the club and watching games for the new management team in the short term.

The Yeovil boss also paid tribute to his close friend and the reaction he got when he went out onto the pitch at half time on Saturday. This was Darren's first public appearance since his traffic accident, and it brought everyone within the ground to their feet as he sped around the pitch using a motorised wheelchair. Skivo didn't see that happen, but he got to hear about it later on:

"It was really nice for the supporters to get behind us as a team. Also it was really nice for Darren Way to go out and do what he did at half time. I think that was really special. It wasn't something that was planned, but it turned out to be a very poignant moment in the future of Yeovil Town."


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24 February 2009 : Roberts Travelling To Face Former Club Tonight
Yeovil Town player-manager Terry Skiverton has given the latest team and squad news ahead of tonight's trip to Crewe Alexandra. The Glovers go into the match with no fresh injuries that we are aware of, and Skivo told BBC Somerset that there could be one or two extra bodies coming close to full fitness.

One player who will doubtless be itching to get onto the field of play tonight will be former Crewe midfielder Gary Roberts. The 21 year old has been out with an ankle injury for the last few weeks, but Skivo has said that Roberts will at least be on the bus going up to Cheshire:

"He's going to be involved as he is coming back to full fitness. So he will be involved with the squad that is travelling up there. It could be a nice occasion for him if he is involved, but we've got a good squad to pick from."

There will be one late fitness test with right-sided midfielder Shaun MacDonald having missed Saturday's match with a calf strain. Skivo also revealed there was good news concerning Derby County striker Aleksander Prijovic. It had been thought that his loan spell with the club would be over after he was initially diagnosed with mumps, but medical staff in Derby have said that it is far less serious and he should return after tonight's game:

"We're just waiting on Macca's (Shaun MacDonald) calf, plus we had a good bit of news from Derby that Alex Prijovic will be back here on Wednesday. I think it was something to do with his glands that came up. It did swell up quite badly, but it wasn't mumps as we first thought. So he'll be back later this week as well to strengthen the squad. So we've got a really good squad to pick from and we're just really looking forward to the game."

Both MacDonald and Prijovic are almost at the end of their loan spells with the club, and although the Yeovil boss did not want to say too much on the subject, he did imply that the pair could be extending their stays in Somerset:

"I don't really want to go into that, but we're putting some wheels in motion and you'll soon hear what's been going on. But those sort of things usually happen a day or two days before their loan period anyway. I've actually been in contact with the clubs concerned and moving forward that has still got to be good for the club."


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23 February 2009 : Full Ladies vs Oxford City Match Details
Further to yesterday's news item, we now have a full match report for Yeovil Town Ladies' weekend match. The Glovers title challenge took a bit of a dent on Sunday as they were held to an unexpected 1-1 draw at mid table Oxford City. It was a largely disappointing performance from the girls on a day that little seemed to go right for them, with few of the players managing to find any kind of rhythm to their game.

It could have perhaps been a different story had Anusia Rourke scored from an incoming Sarah Roxburgh free kick in the fifth minute, but despite a good delivery and a fine effort from the striker, the ball was unfortunately headed over the bar.

Oxford were looking good, and were having the better of the game, and they confirmed this on nine minutes when a great pass was played through the middle to their centre forward in the box, who turned and buried the ball in the back of the net. Yeovil continued to battle throughout the first half, but were unable to make much headway against a very determined home side.

The second half started brighter for the Glovers, with some good link play on the left side, but they were still unable to get that final ball into the box, and as a result, chances on goal were far and few between.

Yeovil are a determined side though, and even on days when things are not going their way they play with a dogged belief. This saw them continue to battle on, looking to grab an all-important goal. They got their reward in the 77th minute with a fine equaliser from midfielder Sarah Roxburgh. Claire Hayden made a great run from the defence into the heart of attack, but as she looked to create a chance she was brought down. The resulting free kick saw Roxburgh float a high ball into the box that bounced over the goalkeeper's head and into the back of the net.

Speaking after the game Assistant Manager Nigel Wolfe spoke of a disappointing performance:

"If truth be told, we didn't turn up today. We never really got going in what turned out to be a substandard performance, But we'll come out of this, dust ourselves off, and come back fighting. It's not over yet!"

Captain Sarah Lawler echoed his words:

"Overall the team and manager Steve Phelps were very disappointed with the level of performance put in today. We were lucky to come away with a point as Oxford had better movement and desire. As disappointing as it was though, this point still keeps us in the mix, although the job will now be that little bit harder."

At the close of play, the Glovers are only three points behind QPR, but if the West London side win their game in hand, the resulting six-point gap will give Yeovil a mountain to climb.

[Report by Ali King and Sarah Lawler.]


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23 February 2009 : Youths Dig In
Much against the odds, the Glovers went into Argyle's back yard and put a severe dent into the Devon team's Youth Alliance South West Conference title hopes, bringing home a point.

As defending Champions Plymouth would have been expecting to begin using their games in hand to reel in the top two, but a second draw in succession has at best delayed their bid for the top, and although Swansea City will almost certainly be overtaken Swindon Town have now opened up a dangerously large lead.

Yeovil Town shocked the hosts by taking the lead after 12 minutes through a simple long ball sent down the right channel and converted. Plymouth Argyle came back to equalise on 27 minutes, and then proceeded to put huge pressure on the visitors. However the Glovers held out, and then in the second half took the steam out of the home side and the game degenerated. Argyle lost their composure and in the end were simply whacking balls forward rather aimlessly, with the Glovers soaking them up and holding on pretty comfortably.

Final score: Plymouth Argyle U18 1-1 Yeovil Town U18


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23 February 2009 : Centre Of Excellence vs Swansea City
Yeovil Town's Centre of Excellence sides came up against Swansea City in the weekend just gone. We've got the following results in at the various age groups:

Yeovil Town Under 9s : Lost 0-2.
Yeovil Town Under 10s : Lost 0-2.
Yeovil Town Under 11s (Away): Lost 2-3.
Yeovil Town Under 12s (Away): Lost 1-9.
Yeovil Town Under 13s (Away): Lost 0-2.
Yeovil Town Under 14s : tba
Yeovil Town Under 15s (Home): Lost 0-1.
Yeovil Town Under 16s (Away): Drew 2-2.

If anyone can fill in the missing scores or provide further information, drop an email to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com

If you missed last week's results within the chaos of first team management changes, most of the results against Cheltenham Town can be found via our February 17th news item.


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23 February 2009 : ABUFP Meeting No. 8 Agenda
Yeovil Town have published the agenda for this Thursday's Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership meeting. This week's session is a committee only meeting that takes place at Huish Park starting at 5.45p.m. in the Boardroom.

The agenda includes 36 suggestions made to the club by Green Room member Devon Fan - those will be discussed as part of the meeting, having been submitted to the club a month or two ago:

1. Apologies
2. Approval of Minutes (22/01/09)
3. Action Points from previous meeting (22/01/09)
4. Ticket prices for next season
5. Devon Fan's 36 Suggestions
6. Supporters Questions
7. AOB


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23 February 2009 : Huge Win For Ladies Reserves
Yeovil Town Ladies Reserves took a giant stride towards becoming Champions of the Somerset County League on Sunday. They and Nailsea United have been virtually in a mini league of their own for months, and the Glovers went to Nailsea and took all three points in a hard fought 2-3 victory.

The Reserves have 50 points from a 16-2-0 record and have two games remaining. Nailsea are on 42 points from 14-0-2, with two games in hand on the leaders. On Sunday 1st March Yeovil are away at Winsham, one of the two teams to hold them this season, while Nailsea are away at Bridgwater Town. The Glovers final league match will be the home fixture against Nailsea postponed from 11th January. The title is within their own hands - go get it!


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23 February 2009 : Reserves Get Date And Venue Switch
Yeovil Town Reserves have had their fixture against Forest Green Rovers switched to an alternative venue and date. The Reserves were due to play at Huish Park on Wednesday afternoon. If you want to go and see them play now, you'll have to head out to Somerton on Thursday afternoon.

The match will be played at Somerton's Gassons Lane ground, where Yeovil Town's Under 18s and Yeovil Town Ladies play their matches. On the plus side, this means that admission to the game will be free.

The match will kick-off at 2.00p.m. on Thursday 26th February. If anyone is attending and can supply score updates, line-ups or even a brief report, drop a mail to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com

This is the second Reserve Team match to have been switched this season, with the home match against Exeter City ending up being played at St James Park. The current condition of the Huish Park turf will once again be at the heart of the problem.


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23 February 2009 : Skivo Issues Manifesto
New Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has admitted that he plans to try and play an attacking game whilst he is Yeovil boss. Speaking after Saturday's 2-2 draw with Oldham Athletic, Skivo was perhaps mindful of the reputation his predecessor had of grinding out results, albeit with some considerable success given the Glovers' financial resources.

There have been rumours as well that some of the background to former manager Russell Slade's departure was down to disagreements 'upstairs' over his sometimes uncompromising style, and perhaps Skivo was mindful of that when he laid down to the Western Morning News his manifesto of what he hopes to achieve in his new job:

"I want to play attacking football and I think that's what the supporters want to see. We are here to entertain and get results. It we come out to get results first and not entertain, that's all well and good when you're winning but, if you start to lose, then you lose everyone. We want to play good attractive football that the supporters want to come and watch every week, and that's the way the club wants to move forward with young, hungry players."

The ideology of what Skivo talks about is of course attractive in itself. The measure will be whether he can ensure that his side are capable in a higher scoring game, of getting the 3-1 wins and the 2-2 draws, rather than the 1-3 defeats. Football tactics are rarely a one-dimensional beast (unless your name is Ian Atkins) and there will doubtless be more to chew over in the coming weeks as the games come thick'n'fast and a firm pattern of play emerges and results begin to stack up.

Of the current playing squad, as mentioned yesterday, striker Aleksander Prijovic has returned to Derby County for the time being due to a bout of mumps. Skivo says that the door is not entirely shut on him yet, although either way like his predecessor he sees the need for a target man to be a priority:

"His loan's nearly up. He did fantastic for us and it's just unfortunate that he's now ill. I'll need to speak to Derby before I decide anything because it was very good of them to let him come here. I will look to bring in a striker of stature because you need to have that option. But the front lads have done well for me against Oldham, so that's less of a priority. My priority is the way that we play our football and it's no good bringing in a big man if we're trying to keep the ball on the floor. I like to keep people guessing."

Also likely to return is midfielder Lee Cox, who the Glovers got on a freebie from Leicester City, but he has yet to make it off the bench and in fact was not included in Saturday's sixteen. Another player who missed out was Swansea City midfielder Shaun MacDonald although his calf strain is believed to be minor and should allow him to travel up to Crewe Alexandra tomorrow. There is no word at all on midfielder Gary Roberts though, who seems to have disappeared off the radar since being on the verge of a comeback from an ankle injury.

Finally, like Skivo's old boss, he is anxious to get the matter of central defender Aaron Brown's contract sorted. The former Reading academy player has become a regular in the starting line-up over the past couple of months and with Skivo himself injured at present, there are no centre-backs in reserve with any first team experience. Brown's contract urgently needs sorting:

"That's being addressed at the moment. He's done really well and we're hopeful of sorting something out in the near future."

NB: A few other hints of what to expect under the new boss, including his thoughts on Saturday's team selection, are archived in our Interview Section or via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton's Pre-Match Interview For Oldham Athletic.


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23 February 2009 : Tomlin Makes Team Of The Week
For the second week running, Yeovil Town have a player in the Football League's Team of the Week. After Shaun MacDonald got into last week's line-up for his performance at Peterborough United, it is the turn of striker Gavin Tomlin to get in on the act, with doubtless his two goals against Oldham Athletic influencing those selecting the line-up.

Gavin lines up in the League One Team of the Week as follows:

Mark Bunn (Leicester)
Osei Sankofa (Southend) Adam Virgo (Brighton) Tamika Mkandawire (Leyton Orient) Joe Mattock (Leicester)
Byron Moore (Crewe) Dominic Blizzard (Stockport) Jonathan Howson (Leeds) Franck Moussa (Southend)
Aaron Mclean (Peterborough) Gavin Tomlin (Yeovil Town)


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23 February 2009 : ABUFP Items For Submission - Deadline Today
A reminder that the scheduled ABUFP meeting takes place on Thursday 26th February. This will be a committee-only meeting. Supporters need to submit items for the agenda by 5.00 p.m. today. Items should be submitted through Customer Relations & Supporters Liaison Manager Sara Bradley : supporter.link@ytfc.net.

Questions may also be submitted through any of the elected Supporter Representatives. A list of who these are can be found here. For those that don't know any of them personally, a number use the green room forum and a FAO will likely reach its intended destination (though of course the rest of the green room readership as well).


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22 February 2009 : Ladies Title Hopes Slipping Away
Always a slim hope, with Queens Park Rangers unbeaten in the South West Combination this season, Yeovil Town Ladies had to hope the Londoners might slip up away at third placed Forest Green Rovers, while they took maximum points. It was not to be this afternoon. QPR took all three points with a 0-2 win, and the Glovers only managed a 1-1 draw against Oxford City.

QPR now have a three point cushion and a game in hand, and their record to date of 11-1-0, including two victories over the Glovers, suggests they are unlikely to concede their advantage. Both teams are set to continue their travels next Sunday, with Rangers at lowly Swindon Town and Yeovil facing a much tougher challenge against Team Bath.


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22 February 2009 : Prijovic Returns
On-loan striker Aleksander Prijovic has returned to Derby County after being diagnosed with an illness last week. The 18 year old has contracted mumps and so has returned to the East Midlands side for recuperation.

As it happens, Aleksander was coming to the end of his month's loan at the club, after making four appearances for the Glovers. Manager Terry Skiverton is entitled under Football League loan rules to go back for Prijovic, however with the Serbian failing to score for the Glovers during his month in Somerset, we'd expect that Skivo will look at alternatives in the loan transfer market.


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22 February 2009 : Sheridan Slams Oldham Performance
Oldham Athletic boss John Sheridan believed that Saturday's 2-2 draw at Huish Park was the Latics' worst performance during the whole of this season. Sheridan hasn't had much luck against the Glovers this campaign, having only got one point out of the two fixtures despite the two clubs sitting at opposite ends of the league table.

In blustery conditions, Sheridan labelled the game as "shocking" and told the Manchester Evening News that the only thing that he was happy with was that Oldham did not lose the game:

"We didn't get going and it was probably the worst we've played all season. We couldn't control the ball and it was a shocking game from both sides. Considering the manner of the performance, I have to be pleased with a point but there was very little to get excited about. We were very sloppy and it's frustrating because, with no disrespect to Yeovil, the game was there to be won. There were no positives apart from the fact we took a point. I don't want to be too negative so I suppose a point is something. We should have won it in the end - Smalley should have scored with that chance."


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22 February 2009 : Ciderspace Guide To Crewe Alexandra
For those travelling to Gresty Road on Tuesday night, don't forget that the Ciderspace guide to Crewe Alexandra is available. Featuring the usual selection of directions, club background, pub guides and admission prices, it can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Crewe.


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22 February 2009 : Officials For The Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town Match
Tuesday night's League One fixture between Crewe Alexandra and Yeovil Town will be looked after by referee Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire). If that seems oddly familiar, Mr Boyeson was also the chosen official for the original fixture, postponed earlier this month.

Despite Mr Boyeson being a regular name on the circuit, our positions at opposite ends of the country means that our paths cross usually about once a season. One of the earlier occasions when our paths previously crossed was at the Saunders Honda Stadium in February 2005 when, despite dishing out four yellows and a red to the home side, Boyeson could and should have been even firmer with a thuggish display from Chester City that topped even their usual standards. That said he was roundly abused by Mr Cheat himself, Steve Evans, just a month later over some supposed injustice - so he can't be all bad as an official.

We were also not particularly impressed with Mr Boyeson on another occasion - the 3-2 defeat at Rotherham United in December 2006 when he tended to give most of the major decisions to the home side, in our opinion bottling a late penalty decision that could have given the Glovers a point out of the game, having earlier awarded Rotherham a controversial penalty deep into first half stoppage time that gave the Millers their third and ultimately vital goal.

However, our last meeting came in the 2-0 defeat against Hartlepool United in March 2008. Whilst that was not one of our better days out, Mr Boyeson doesn't get a mention in our match report, and we can't recall anything particular about him on the day, which is always a good sign!

If it is a lenient referee that you want, then Mr Boyeson is your man. The soccerbase.com website reports that he has dished out just 28 yellow cards and two red cards across 24 matches this season, and last season he averaged less than two yellow cards per match. However, that sort of approach to officiating only works of course if two sporting sides are battling against each other - thankfully Crewe historically have had a reputation for being one of the more football-based sided in the division, so hopefully Mr Boyeson can justifiably take a back seat. His last game was yesterday's 0-0 draw between Accrington Stanley and Dagenham and Redbridge - that match also saw a 0-0 result with the yellow and red cards.

Mr Boyeson will be assisted by Russell Fletcher (Derbyshire) and Gary Hilton (Lancashire). The Fourth Official will be Paul Norris (Cheshire).

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : February 2005 : Chester City 0 - 2 Yeovil Town

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : December 2006 : Rotherham United 3 - 2 Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : March 2008 : Hartlepool United 2 - 0 Yeovil Town.


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22 February 2009 : Skivo's Verdict On The Oldham Athletic Game
Following yesterday's 2-2 draw with Oldham Athletic, Yeovil Town's new player-manager Terry Skiverton talked to the BBC about his first game in charge. Speaking to reporter Jon Bennett, the full transcript of Skivo's interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Oldham Athletic Game.


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22 February 2009 : Oldham Athletic Man Of The Match Voting Form
For those who were at Huish Park yesterday, don't forget to cast your votes for the 2-2 draw against Oldham Athletic. Choose your top three players, plus the performance and entertainment ratings, along with any other comments that you want to make, using the form below.

Make sure you cast your votes by Tuesday 7.45p.m. when the poll will automatically close, due to the away match at Crewe Alexandra taking place.

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


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21 February 2009 : Half Gone
Micky Adams became the 12th League One manager to lose his job this season. Brighton & Hove Albion chairman Dick Knight announced the decision was taken by "mutual consent" in a meeting between the two men on Friday.

Adams had been in the post for nine months, appointed in May 2008. It was his second spell as Seagulls boss, the first lasting from April 1999 to October 2001.


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21 February 2009 : Draw Kicks Off Skivo Reign
Yeovil Town gained a home point in this afternoon's League One fixture against Oldham Athletic at Huish Park with a 2-2 draw pushing them up to 15th in the table. The Glovers came back from the early disappointment of a Deane Smalley opening strike with two Gavin Tomlin goals during the first period. However, an own goal from Terrell Forbes restored the balance of the game, and a slightly scrappy second period couldn't find a winning goal for either side.

The match represented another chapter in Yeovil Town's history with the new management duo being unveiled to the crowd before the game - Terry Skiverton looking transformed in a grey suit as he waved to the crowd, joined by assistant Nathan Jones, who was also doubling as a substitute.

In terms of team selection, pretty much everything was forced. Aleksandar Prijovic, Shaun MacDonald, Gary Roberts and Skivo himself were all unavailable with various ailments. That meant that Gavin Tomlin replaced Prijovic in the starting line-up whilst Danny Schofield was also a logical replacement for MacDonald. Otherwise matters didn't look too much different to previous Glovers line-ups in recent weeks.

The Glovers started positively at a high tempo and looked the better side, and so must have been a little miffed when Oldham took the lead on their first attack. Kevin Maher thread the ball through the centre and Deane Smalley made himself room to fire across Josh Wagenaar to put the visitors a goal up. Huish Park was stunned - this wasn't the fairy-tale start to Skivo's management career that had been hoped for.

Thankfully throughout this season there have only been a tiny number of matches where heads have gone down. They only had four minutes to wait for the smiles to be restored on supporters faces. Andy Welsh is currently clocking up a huge number of 'assists', showing how well he has developed since his arrival at the club and his latest was a free kick that was met by the head of Gavin Tomlin and into the roof of the net.

With confidence fully restored, Yeovil knocked the ball around well, albeit with the usual issues of trying to turn their passing into cast-iron chances. However they were given an absolute gift by Reuben Hazell on 32 minutes. The experienced centre-back was put under pressure by Gavin Tomlin and when his pass back was overhit beyond his goalkeeper, Tomlin's momentum took him past everyone and for an easy tap-in and a 2-1 lead.

Unfortunately the Glovers were also in a charitable mood. When you're made Yeovil Town's new club captain and you're up against one of your former clubs, you want to have a day to remember. Pity then Terrell Forbes who got in a mix-up with Glovers keeper Josh Wagenaar, by looping a back header over the the top and into the back of the net with Terrell holding his head in his hands in despair.

Half time brought the biggest cheer of the day - Darren Way making his first public appearance since his December traffic accident. Whizzing around in an electric wheelchair, Darren probably gave the groundstaff kittens by doing a top speed lap around the pitch waving at supporters, who not surprisingly stood to applaud. Darren also took over the microphone, giving an emotional thanks to all who had sent their best wishes, as well as giving his firm backing to his close friend Terry Skiverton getting the management job. Darren plans to act as a scout for the club whilst he continues his rehab, showing how anxious he is to get himself active again.

With four goals in the first half - albeit with two contenders for the Christmas football comedy DVDs - the second period was a far quieter affair in the blustery conditions, although it did have its moments. Tomlin went close to completing his hat-trick when he firmly headed a Danny Schofield cross wide of the target.

Chance of the half though had to go to Deane Smalley again, who got hold of a loose ball inside the Yeovil penalty box and smashed it against the underside of the crossbar when it looked easier for him to score. At the other end, Aaron Brown had the ball in the back of the net in the dying minutes, although his attempt was rightly disallowed for controlling the ball with his hands. As the second period developed into a bit of a scrap, probably a draw was a fair result.

Not a bad start for the new management team with a draw against a fifth placed side that looked fairly useful on the day. The team played positively, even if they did find themselves running into the same sort of problems that they have faced over the last couple of seasons of turning their approach play into hard chances. The good news is that the team as a whole seemed to have got back to their more confident selves after Tuesday night's underpar performance at the Memorial Stadium. Let's hope they can take that into the huge forthcoming game at Crewe Alexandra in three days time.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Oldham Athletic 2.

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
13. Josh Wagenaar
12. Craig Alcock 6. Terrell Forbes 23. Aaron Brown 28. Nathan Smith
7. Jonathan Worthington 11. Danny Schofield 27. Lee Peltier 9. Andy Welsh
10. Gavin Tomlin 14. Paul Warne

Substitutes:
3. Nathan Jones 15. Luke Rodgers (76 mins for Paul Warne) 17. Aidan Downes (84 mins for Andy Welsh) 18. Keiran Murtagh 19. Andre McCollin

Oldham Athletic:
13. Greg Fleming
23. Seb Hines 14. Reuben Hazell 16. Sean Gregan 3. Scott Golbourne
24. Deane Smalley 8. Mark Allott 15. Kevin Maher 18. Chris Taylor
9. Lee Hughes 5. Dean Windass

Substitutes:
28. Jan Budtz (GK) 2. Neal Eardley (83 mins for Kevin Maher) 7. Danny Whitaker 22. Andy Liddell (68 mins for Dean Windass) 6. Stefan Stam

Scorers: Dean Smalley (12 mins, 0-1), Gavin Tomlin (16 mins, 1-1), Gavin Tomlin (33 mins, 2-1), Terrell Forbes (39 mins, 2-2, own goal)

Yeovil Bookings: Lee Peltier (foul, 73 mins), Jonathan Worthington (foul, 74 mins)
Oldham Bookings: Reuben Hazell (foul, 5 mins), Sean Gregan (foul, 83 mins).

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey). Assistants: Harry Lennard (East Sussex) and Adrian Matthews (Wiltshire). Fourth Official: Andrew Laver (Hampshire).

Attendance: 4,150 (including approx 250 Oldham fans)


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21 February 2009 : Two New South-West Sports Websites
We've had our attention drawn to two new websites recently that Yeovil Town fans (and supporters of other West Country clubs) may fancy a look at.

First up is a new Blog from former BBC reporter Ben Orr, who many Glovers fans would have enjoyed hearing his commentary around the time of our promotion into the Football League. Ben still keeps tabs on the Glovers and has opened up an occasional opinion column as part of his keen interest in West Country Sport. Given the events of the last seven days, you won't need too many guesses to work out the topic of Ben's opening gambit!

Link: Ben Orr's Blog Page.

Next up is the South-West Sports News website which does what it says on the tin! Whilst Ben's site will doubtless concentrate mainly upon football in the Somerset and Bristol region, this site occupies a slightly wider geographic region, reaching down into Devon and Cornwall as well as Somerset. The news-based site covers all sports in the West Country and looks prepared to open itself up to all levels of the game in that region.

Link: South-West Sports News Site.


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20 February 2009 : Fry Welcomes New Management Appointments
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry spoke yesterday about the new management appointment at Huish Park. Mr Fry was the main club official present as both Terry Skiverton and Nathan Jones were formally unveiled to the press, having been given the job on Wednesday.

Clearly with two players forming the new management team, there have been a few comments made by supporters and the media of a critical nature. Some of these comments were put forward by the media. Speaking to BBC Points West, Mr Fry commented on suggestions that the club was not ambitious enough in their appointment:

"We are ambitious. The changes have been forced upon us. The persons concerned are extremely ambitious. I think we have made the right sort of appointment and I think it shows that we are a club that will invest in people like Terry Skiverton to move it forward. I don't think we needed to look outside. The appointments are ideal. I'm very pleased under the circumstances, that both players are now the manager and coach. They are up for the job, so it couldn't be a better appointment in my opinion."

Another accusation was that the appointments had been "done on the cheap" but again Fry refuted that, pointing out that the process was not as cheap as people might think:

"It's not a cheap option. It's always an expensive option when a manager leaves. It was not my choice for the changes to take place. I would have preferred to have done it on another date, and we are now into giving people long term contracts. But it is the right appointment."

Inevitably, Mr Fry was asked whether he could reveal more about why former manager Russell Slade had to leave at the time that he did. However, that request was refused, with the Yeovil Chairman saying he had nothing to add to earlier statements:

"Not at all at the moment. Interview me in a few weeks time and I'll be able to give you the proper ins and outs of the situation, but at the moment we are saddened by the departures. We thank Steve Thompson for what he has done and Russell Slade for what they have done in the past, and we now move on from there. Today is all about the future."

Early reports suggested that the club might wait a fortnight before making a new appointment, but Mr Fry explained that the club needed to move fast following Tuesday night's 3-0 defeat at Bristol Rovers:

"It was only this week. We felt that we needed to move on after the Bristol Rovers match. It was quite clear to us that we needed another double act, and the sooner we talked, the better because of the stage of the season. There is one match coming up after the other, so we needed to do something quick. That's what we've done. They've offered their services. We think it's an ideal situation and we'll see at the end of the season whether we are right or not."

Some quarters have questioned as to whether two players can take charge of a League One side on a long term basis, and Mr Fry admitted that had been one of his concerns, but that he felt they had other attributes that would help them through:

"No, there is concern there. But they are both young and that is part of the criteria. They are both energetic and enthusiastic. They are very knowledgeable and they have gone through their coaching badges. Yes they are going to go through a learning curve and they will have sleepless nights. I've tried to put them off but they want to do the job. I think from their interview it should be a situation that the fans will be pleased with. What I would say to the fans is come and support Terry Skiverton because he deserves it. It's his testimonial year as well so he has got that to worry about. But let's see how he goes. Get behind him and let's stop the criticism and get on with the job and that is what they are going to do. They have been up this morning with the team. They wanted to take over straight away and that is why it was late last night (Wednesday) that we made the appointment. They wanted to do the job straight away and not wait until Monday. They are that enthusiastic."

Speaking to BBC Somerset, Fry said it was important for supporters and players to back Skiverton and Jones, even if they had misgivings about recent events:

"These two lads have got it, and they are inspirational. My message is, get behind the lads. Forget your differences. We need you here through the turnstiles. It's hard enough as it is. Yes, the situation with Russell Slade will be sorted. It is not of my making. The club is bigger than anybody in this town and that includes myself. It's about the future of the club. These lads have offered their services and taken the responsibility. They will be totally and utterly committed in getting their results. But things will go wrong and when they do, support them. It is a hard job without all this sort of pressure. They've got the knowledge, they've got the determination. They've got enough expertise and the relationship between the two of them is an excellent partnership. That is important. Plus they are going to get tremendous support off the field so they don't need to worry about that. That is one good thing about this football club. I've seen them today, and just this morning (Thursday) they have pulled the team around to their way of thinking and they are going to do their upmost to get the results to keep us up and in League One."

Finally Fry was asked whether he regarded the appointment as risky. He considered that the chances of turning a young management team into a strong asset was not a risk:

"No, not at all. What have we got to lose? We've got everything to gain. One thing that I would say about these two is that they give their all. They are honest and they can be trusted to give their all for Yeovil Town Football Club. That is very important in football. We've got a good bunch of lads now and a good bunch of players. They are trying their best for Yeovil and the new management team will have to make sure we get a few more goals and not let so many goals in. But let's get some results behind us before we pass any further comment on it."


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20 February 2009 : Yeovil Town vs Oldham Athletic Match Officials
Tomorrow's match against Oldham Athletic will be looked after by referee Gavin Ward (Surrey). Once again he is one of the new brigade of referees being pushed through the system, with Mr Ward in his second season as a Football League referee.

Despite the inevitable reservations we've had of getting such 'rookie' officials, our experience of them has been quite promising, with Craig Pawson having an excellent game at Peterborough United last weekend.

We've had him once before - the 2-0 defeat at AFC Bournemouth in March 2008, and we had no complaints worth noting about him during that match. Prior to that he had featured as a linesman in various Yeovil matches.

He is a 28 year old, who grew up officiating in the Kent and Isthmian Leagues, starting at the age of 13. On a trivia note, for the 2007 Carling Cup Final he was the first match official to be appointed as "reserve assistant" (effectively a 5th official) in a major domestic Cup Final.

Mr Ward will be assisted by Harry Lennard (East Sussex) and Adrian Matthews (Wiltshire). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Laver (Hampshire).

Link: March 2008 : AFC Bournemouth 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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19 February 2009 : Jones The Coach
Nathan Jones has been talking to the Western Daily Press about his coaching experience. The newly installed management team at Huish Park are obviously aware that their relative youth and inexperience is bound to attract questions from the media and be a discussion point amongst supporters. Nathan was therefore keen to point out that his new role with Yeovil Town is not a completely fresh field for him :

"I have coached since I was 18 or 19. I have coached in America and I am not as inexperienced as people think. I was offered an Academy job in League football last year and I turned it down because I wasn't ready to do that because I didn't want to finish playing."

Most Sundays Jones can be seen in the dug out coaching Yeovil Town Ladies First Team.

Yeovil Town Ladies v Keynsham Town Ladies, Somerset Cup, 19/10/2008
Nathan Jones, with Ladies manager Steve Phelps, on the sidelines
Photo © 2008 Ciderspace


"They are in good hands, on top of the league. They have got a good manager in charge of them, Steve Phelps, and they have been promoted. I will watch games but it is very, very difficult to do both jobs but I am really so proud of my time with the girls. The development was superb – we have got a fantastic team that plays fantastic football.

Coaching has always been something I wanted to go into. I always encourage young players and I am a very vocal person around the place, on and off the pitch. Terry
[Skiverton] has played inside me and I will batter his ear every single game with information. We are both strong people and we have a respect for people and it could be an exciting time."

Jones admitted he came close to leaving Huish Park in the transfer window as sitting on the bench was getting to him, and so the new role has come at just the right time :

"I am ambitious and I was not content to sit still in one place and be stagnant. It came to a head that I wasn't playing enough and I was very frustrated. I am still the fittest player here and I am confident and I wanted to play. Things have changed slightly but I will still be playing at least once a week in the Reserves. Now I have an extra responsibility and the chance to change a few people.

We won't base ourselves on anyone else and hopefully the fans will see the input we put in and it could be an exciting time.
"

As with Terry Skiverton, Jones has been given a contract through to the summer of 2010.


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19 February 2009 : BBC Video Interviews From Managerial Press Conference
Today's press conference saw a number of interviews take place with the new management team and the local media is now awash with interviews and sound clips with Terry Skiverton, Nathan Jones and John Fry. Even Skivo's former boss Gary Johnson has been given his views on the subject, along with his son Lee Johnson, who is a close friend of Skivo's.

The BBC Sport website is carrying three video interviews with Skiverton, Fry and Johnson Snr and these can be found via the link below. However, you'll also find that all three of our local press websites have also provided their own selection of updates from today's press interviews.

Link: BBC Sport Website : Skivo, John Fry and Gary Johnson Interviews.


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19 February 2009 : Fry Concedes Club Has 'Not Progressed' Sufficiently Off The Pitch
In a wide ranging interview in today's Western Gazette the Yeovil Town chairman, John Fry, offers up a range of views in a week that has shaken the club and fans. As one might expect in the present circumstances there is a lot about supporters trusting and keeping faith with the leadership of the club, and believing in the Board's good intentions.

As with most Fry interviews, it is possible for the reader to extract what he or she wants, and zero in on particular points that chime in with opinions already held, as his style is - how shall we put it? - discursive. We make no apology for the headline giving away which aspect this site immediately picked up on, as it covers an area we have long argued is of fundamental importance to the future of this club. Unless progress is made in this area all else remains wishful thinking, and those charged with bringing success to Yeovil Town on the pitch are fighting against the odds.

On the situation concerning Russell Slade, the chairman had this to say :

"I am extremely saddened by what has happened. The situation has not been one of my making and has caused me great distress. I am the one who extended his contract and I was the one who supported him with all the things that were going on in the boardroom.

But I have been here before and I feel we can move on. The club is bigger than everybody and the fans – it will be here for ever. We would like to say more but all I can say is trust myself and the board. We have the best interests of the football club at heart otherwise we would not have been here for all these years.

There would be many managers around who would be grateful for the budget we have got – and that is not an issue as far as I am concerned. We are one of the smallest towns to have a Football League club but we have a very big future providing it is done a particular way.

We will carry out due process and we are in that final process. We have our lawyers working on it and so has Russell. We try to avoid it but there we are.

I am trying to do my best for the football club and other people but if anyone wants to come and challenge me for the chairmanship then they should do so. It is my fifteenth season here and my wife stated I should have given it up three years ago.

I spoke to him
[Russell Slade] on the way up [to Peterborough]. It was cordial and it still is. That is my style. I have discussions and arguments with people but in this game you cannot afford to fall out with people. The disappointment is you have to deal with this sort of situation which makes me very sad."

The chairman maintained that the now rather infamous statement released at 3.00 p.m. last Saturday was not directed at the then manager. He recognised that things had been drifting at the club, with the areas featured being the stadium plans, the financing of the club and the structure of the board :

"It was all about the club moving forward. There are massive changes taking place with regard to the restructuring of the club and how we deal with things so we can be more efficient.

People are throwing insults at the board. They need to trust the board and the people who make the decisions and who know what the facts are. From the chairman down we are looking at how we progress this club forward – there is a need for change and that is not related to the problems with Russell Slade at all. It is linked with the stadium plans, the refinancing of the club and the restructuring of the board. There could be a different structure within the club and the way we do things. This has been on the cards for three years and to a degree we have allowed it to move on (drift).

We have been discussing positions within the structure in order to make sure it goes away from one or two people running the club to a number of people running the club. We are looking at an investment plan but the investment these days is very limited and we need to ensure that the investment we can get is secure.

We are not going to be exposing ourselves to the problems of company voluntary arrangements. I will not put the club under threat of losing its real assets. We have to look at where we are in trading terms. The industry is in financial meltdown. We are dealing with several problems – the immediate problem, the short-term problem and ongoing problem and that is players’ contracts and what have you.
"

When asked directly whether there were going to be current directors leaving the club, Fry was cautious, as one might expect. Ciderspace has heard one name mentioned so far, but in the present climate of a maelstrom of rumours and speculation it is better to await actual developments.

"I do not know. It could be that more directors join the business representing different groups, that is the idea. If not, it is all to make sure the business is broken down into a more-effective commercial operation in all areas. The business has grown and has a bigger turnover than it had ten years ago but nothing else has changed within the business. It has not progressed.

The requirements of these people who want to get involved is to make sure their investment is secure. Some board members may not agree with this but we need more people who understand football better and have the expertise.
"

Finally, he was asked about the present relationship between some of the club's support and the board and also Adrian Hopper, the Media & Publications Manager :

"Football clubs are an unusual thing at this sort of level. There is a lot of dedicated and volunteer work that goes in outside that for which we get paid. Part of the reason is they are here is they love the club and know its importance to the local community."

So the chairman does appear to be accepting that the club off the pitch has so far failed to keep pace with its progress on it, and that there has been a period of stagnation in this area that must be addressed. For if it is not, that success will be lost, as the club's lack of investment and revenue streams will make it harder and harder to hold on to the advances that have been made and our position in the second tier of the Football League. As ever, we await to see what is actually done, but at least the chairman is now looking in the right directions in our opinion.


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19 February 2009 : Terry Skiverton's First Ever Managerial Interview
With new player-manager Terry Skiverton having barely climbed into the hotseat at Huish Park, he has given his first interview as Yeovil Town boss. Speaking to BBC Somerset presenter Adam Thomas on their Breakfast programme, Skivo talked about the decision to appoint himself and Nathan Jones as the new management team and his hopes and aims as the new manager.

Read the full transcript via the link below.

Link: Terry Skiverton's First Ever Managerial Interview.


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18 February 2009 : Thommo Departs
Something of an era at Yeovil Town came to an end today with the announcement that Steve Thompson had been released from his contract as Assistant Manager and would be departing Huish Park.

Steve Thompson
Thommo
Photo © 1999-09 Ciderspace


Steve has worked as a coach under five managers at Yeovil, as well as being manager himself for two spells, across the period that saw the club go full-time professional and rise up through the divisions from Non-League to the high point of a League One Play-off Final at Wembley.

An RAF man, his early football career was influenced by where he was stationed. He nearly came to Huish in the Eighties but was posted elsewhere. He made his name as a player in the Wycombe Wanderers team of the early Nineties, winning medals for the Conference title, the F.A. Trophy and a promotion from the then Division Three through the play-offs. In 1996, after three and a half seasons with the Chairboys, he moved to Woking and got another F.A. Trophy Winners medal. Colin Lippiatt, who knew him well through his Woking connections, brought Thommo to Yeovil in a player-coaching role in 1998.

Although registered as a player until the end of his time at Yeovil, and even appearing on the bench this season, his time at Huish Park was mainly spent in the management and coaching side. When Lippiatt departed in 1999 Thommo took over as caretaker and then was given the job permanently. However the HP Revolution was in the air. In came David Webb in 2000, but although the Webb axe cut swathes through the club Thommo was someone he kept hold of, and he became the Assistant Manager. Both the next two managers, Colin Addison and Gary Johnson, saw his value and retained him, the relationship with Johnson in those Glory Years becoming particularly close.

When Johnson left for Bristol City he made it clear there was a job for Thommo there if he either wasn't offered or didn't want the vacancy at Yeovil, but Thommo chose to take the reins for the second time. Against many people's expectations he saw the club through to survival in its first season in League One. Some felt he was treated a bit shabbily when his reward was to be demoted back to Assistant Manager, but he loyally swallowed it and continued in that post under Russell Slade.

Steve Thompson
Delight as victory at Huddersfield keeps us up
Photo © 1999-09 Ciderspace


In the eleven years (less a month) that Thommo has been at Yeovil Town he has been an integral part in the rise of the club from Conference also rans to a solid member of the Football League. His hard work, commitment and loyalty during that time has been appreciated by those with eyes to see. We sincerely wish him the very best for the future. He has a great deal to offer the game, wherever it takes him.

Thank you, Thommo.


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18 February 2009 : Skivo And Nathan Appointed As Management Team - Full Details
Yeovil Town have appointed club captain Terry Skiverton as the new Yeovil Town manager. Skivo takes over from the axed Russell Slade with immediate effect, whilst the assistant manager will be left-back Nathan Jones. As a result Steve Thompson has been "released from his contract" and hence has left the club.

Terry Skiverton
No compromises from Skivo, who has worn his heart on his Yeovil Town shirt for ten years
Photo © 1999-09 Ciderspace


News of Skivo's appointment began to break yesterday prior to the match against Bristol Rovers but has now been made official. The appointment is until the end of this season, whereupon the situation will be re-reviewed.

Both players are of course long-standing and popular players within the Yeovil Town camp and we would assume both will continue to combine their playing duties with their management. Skivo was brought into the club by Colin Lippiatt during the summer of 1999 as a young central defender from Welling United. Ironically he was the lowest profile signing of a quartet of players signed by Lippiatt at the same time - anyone remember Jason Eaton, David Norton and Adrian Foster?

Skivo was the unknown quantity, but he very quickly became a regular part of the first team, and when the club turned full time during the year 2000, he dropped his daytime role with Sky's Dream Team programme, moved down to Yeovil and became club captain.

Probably even then, he probably did not appreciate what he was going to achieve for Yeovil Town. He lifted the FA Trophy, the Conference National trophy and the League Trophy in the space of four fantastic years, and only injury prevented him from captaining the side at Wembley Stadium, having to make do with a place on the bench that day. He has been nicknamed Skivo, Captain Marvel and Mr Yeovil at various times, and although in the last couple of matches a couple of minor injuries have seen him out of the team, he has continued to be a regular in Yeovil's League One side, and has recently taken up the first steps in his coaching badges. So far he has made 380 appearances for the Glovers, scoring 44 goals.

Someone who has also joined Skivo on his coaching courses has been left-back Nathan Jones. Nathan is the only other player in the playing squad who pre-dates Russell Slade's arrival, and was brought in by Gary Johnson over the summer of 2005. He is the oldest player in the squad at the age of 35, and has clocked up 153 appearances for the club.

Nathan Jones
Nathan Jones
Photo © 1999-09 Ciderspace


Nathan has playing experience as a left-winger or left-back whilst turning out for Spanish side Club Deportivo Numancia de Soria along with Southend United, Scarborough and Brighton and Hove Albion. He has struggled slightly to get games in the side this season due to the form of Nathan Smith and the arrival of Andy Welsh and has largely been an unused substitute for much of the last three months, occasionally getting a run in the final 15 minutes of the match.

Naturally, with both being long-standing servants of the club, what we will get out of the pair is a large amount of enthusiasm and commitment to the job. We of course wish both Skivo and Nathan the very best of luck in their new positions and hope they do well for the club.

A separate article relating to the departing Steve Thompson will appear here shortly.


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18 February 2009 : Glovers 1 Grecians 3
Rather lost amongst other events, the U18's were defeated 1-3 by Exeter City on Saturday. The Glovers took the lead on 12 minutes through a Rico Wilson header, but two contentious awards, one a free kick on the edge of the box and the other a penalty, saw both converted and the visitors go in 2-1 up at the break. Exeter added a third in the second period when confusion in defence left a one-on-one which was calmly put away.

Final score: Yeovil Town U18 1-3 Exeter City

Next Saturday (21st February) Yeovil Town U18 have an extemely difficult looking away fixture against Plymouth Argyle. Argyle have only lost once in the Youth Alliance South West Conference this season and currently sit third in the table with games in hand on the top two, Swindon Town and Swansea City. Plymouth also reached Round Five Proper of the F.A. Youth Cup, the only Centre of Excellence team to get that far, the other fifteen all being Academies, before losing to Tottenham Hotspur last week.

They normally play their Youth league fixtures at Bolitho Park (Manadon Football Development Centre). Kick-off is 11.00 a.m.


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18 February 2009 : Man Of The Match Voting For The Bristol Rovers Game
For those who travelled to the Memorial Stadium last night, a reminder that the Man of the Match Voting Form is available.

Place your top three votes, plus entertainment and performance values, plus any additional comments you want to make on the game or the current situation at the club.

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


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18 February 2009 : Thommo Reacts To Rovers Defeat
Caretaker manager Steve Thompson has expressed his disappointment at the way Yeovil conceded their three goals last night, in the 3-0 defeat at the hands of Bristol Rovers. The Glovers saw all three goals land in the back of the net following set pieces and Thommo told BBC Somerset that annoyed him:

"Their first goal came from a throw and their second goal came from a free kick, so we were obviously very disappointed with those two goals. Obviously when you concede two like that, having not scored loads this season. It was always going to be difficult. I thought the lads came out and gave it a good go, without being too dangerous. With the third goal, he certainly hit it hard enough, but it is always disappointing when you concede a goal from over 30 yards, which I think it was."

Steve was asked if he felt that the dismissal of former manager Russell Slade could be used as an excuse for the rather flat performance:

"I don't think there is ever an excuse for losing a game. I thought we matched Rovers in that I don't think they created loads of chances. They had the three that they scored, and you could argue is a 30 yard free kick even a real chance? Then they had the one that Lambert put just past the post at the end. But I don't think they opened us up or created loads of chances. It's just that they scored with three out of their four, and we didn't score any out of our two. But I felt the players couldn't be faulted for effort. We matched Rovers in most areas and were just undone by failure to defend set-pieces."

Steve was also asked by the press what the future held, and he stated that as far as he knew, there was no man waiting in the wings to take over the Huish Park hot seat:

"I simply don't know. I have only had a chance to talk to the board about this match. I was told I would be in charge and I did ask if anyone was poised to come in as manager quickly. That doesn't seem to be the case. I asked if someone was poised to come in but I'm told there isn't at the moment. This group of players and staff have had good results recently, they've climbed the table and it's important that we don't let that go to waste. I will talk to the board again. Whether I want the job myself is a matter to discuss with my family and the club and I am not prepared to comment at this stage. It has been a difficult few days because Russell is a good friend, a good man and an excellent manager."

Thommo warned though that whatever action needed taking, that it needed to be done decisively, pointing out that there was a lot of hard work to be done before the season ended:

"We are certainly not clear of any danger yet and it's very important that we continue to pick up results."


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17 February 2009 : Extraordinary ABUFP
As a response to the events that have rocked Yeovil Town Football Club over the last few days, and provoked much concern and a great deal of discussion amongst supporters, there will be an Extraordinary Meeting of the committee of the Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership tomorrow (Wednesday).

Club statement:

"Yeovil Town Football Club will be holding an extra ordinary ABUFP meeting at Huish Park tomorrow evening.

The meeting has been called to discuss the current situation and is a committee members only meeting.

Full minutes will be taken and will be made available as soon as possible after the meeting.
"

The scheduled ABUFP meeting on Thursday 26th February will still take place. Supporters need to submit items for the agenda by 5.00 p.m. on Monday 23rd February. Items should be submitted through Customer Relations & Supporters Liaison Manager Sara Bradley : supporter.link@ytfc.net. Questions may also be submitted through any of the elected Supporter Representatives. A list of who these are can be found here. For those that don't know any of them personally, a number use the green room forum and a FAO will likely reach its intended destination (though of course the rest of the green room readership as well).


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17 February 2009 : Glovers Suffer Post-Slade Hangover
Yeovil Town were emphatically beaten 3-0 at the Memorial Stadium tonight as they lost their four game winning run and their unbeaten Football League record against their West Country rivals. A strike from David Pipe was quickly followed up by a diving header from Darryl Duffy as Yeovil's defence went to sleep on a set piece, whilst the salt in the wounds was a Rickie Lambert free kick four minutes from time, with the managerless Glovers looking a little sorry for themselves tonight.

Caretaker manager Steve Thompson chose not to rock the boat any more than it has been rocked so far this week, by making just one necessary change to Saturday's line-up, despite having three additional players available to him following suspension. Terrell Forbes took Terry Skiverton's place at the back as well as his captain's armband, but otherwise Thommo's only change was a strengthening of the bench with the additional players now available.

With the players being left shell-shocked at yesterday's news, much would depend upon whether they came out fighting and with a motivation to take out their frustrations upon Rovers, or whether they would meekly keel over with their minds on other matters. To be fair, they started well and the first 20 minutes was a typical start to a local derby, with the Glovers having much of the possession and territory, albeit with a few weak shots not really bothering Rovers keeper Steve Phillips too much.

Midway through the half though, Rovers struck gold at the less busy end. A Darryl Duffy cross was hooked home from 12 yards out by David Pipe, with the Glovers defence looking as though the preceding wing play had dragged a few players out of position.

At that point, the Glovers seemed to go into their shells somewhat, perhaps with the week's events on their minds, and it was no great surprise when Rovers doubled their lead 11 minutes later. A Stuart Campbell free kick caught the defence catnapping and Darryl Duffy had time and space to plant a free header past Josh Wagenaar. At that point things looked rather grim with several players looking static at times, and the fear was that Yeovil might cave in at that point.

Thankfully that didn't quite happen, and they rallied well during the five minute period leading up to the break with the influential Andy Welsh causing Rovers a few problems on the left flank, whilst Paul Warne in particular was impressive in the middle, forcing home keeper Steve Phillips into a good one handed save just before half time came.

The less said about the second half, the better. It wasn't as if Rovers particularly dominated the match at all. But Yeovil would not really have troubled the Rovers goal if they'd played on until midnight. They probably weren't helped by some weak refereeing from Peter Walton, as the game became a bit niggly and the inevitable bout of timewasting went unpunished. But these weren't the reasons why Yeovil lost the game - they lost it because they lost their way after the first goal went in, and that will be a concern for Thommo if he remains in charge for Saturday's match - although a rumour picked up before the game was that club captain Terry Skiverton had been offered the post.

Four minutes from time, another of Mr Walton's slightly odd decisions gave Rovers a free kick at 30 yards distance, and substitute Rickie Lambert took a pot shot that gave Wagenaar not a hope of saving it. 3-0 and adding on four minutes injury time was a cruel way of prolonging the agony. Probably Yeovil's least inspired performance for three months - which given the circumstances probably wasn't a great surprise, but that doesn't necessarily make that any easier to take.

Final Score: Bristol Rovers 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: David Pipe (19 mins, 1-0), Darryl Duffy (30 mins, 2-0), Richard Lambert (86 mins, 3-0).

Bristol Rovers:
1. Steve Phillips
2. Ryan Green 5. Craig Hinton 6. Steve Elliott 32. Aaron Lescott
14. David Pipe 7. Stuart Campbell 4. Chris Lines 11. Jeff Hughes
17. Jo Kuffour 10. Darryl Duffy

Substitutes:
21. Danzelle St Louis-Hamilton (GK) 20. Craig Disley (76 mins for David Pipe) 3. Joe Jacobson (80 mins for Jeff Hughes) 9. Richard Lambert (71 mins for Jo Kuffour) 15. Byron Anthony

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
13. Josh Wagenaar
12. Craig Alcock 23. Aaron Brown 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
26. Shaun MacDonald 27. Lee Peltier 7. Jonathan Worthington 9. Andrew Welsh
14. Paul Warne 24. Aleksander Prijovic

Substitutes:
3. Nathan Jones, 10. Gavin Tomlin (75 mins for Paul Warne) 11. Danny Schofield (61 mins for Shaun MacDonald) 15. Luke Rodgers (61 mins for Aleksander Prijovic) 18. Keiran Murtagh

Rovers Bookings: David Pipe (69 mins, retaliation)
Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Smith (69 mins, foul)

Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire). Assistants: John Flynn (Wiltshire) and Ron Ganfield (Somerset). Fourth Official: Roger East (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 8,049 (including approx 600 Yeovil fans)


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17 February 2009 : Club Issue Further Statement Concerning Russell Slade
Yeovil Town have issued their third statement in 72 hours, following the current goings on concerning ex-manager Russell Slade. The statement has been published on the official site as a follow-up to yesterday's two-sentence press release and echoes calls on the Green Room for the club to provide a fuller statement. The club's statement is from Chairman John Fry and reads in unedited form, as follows:

[Statement Starts]

"I want to apologise to our fans for being unable to provide further information regarding Russell Slade's departure from the Club at this current time.

During his two and half years with the Club, Russell has received 100% support from myself and the Board.

He led the Club to the Play Offs in his first season and although we had a difficult start to this campaign we maintained complete confidence in the Manager to produce the results we wanted.

This faith was proven to be justified with the run of recent form and improvement in our league position.

I would very much like to be in a position to explain the reasons why it was necessary for Russell and the club to part company, but I am currently unable to do so for legal reasons.

I'm positive that our fans would completely endorse the decision of the Board, if I was able to share full details of the circumstances, but for the moment I am, unfortunately, bound by confidentiality issues.

I will make a further announcement as soon as I am able to do so
."

[Statement Ends]

We'd interpret the above as tying into yesterday's reports concerning ongoing negotiations with Slade that prevented either party from speaking to the BBC for a reaction to the news. Usually when some kind of severance agreement is being negotiated, both parties agree to confidentiality clauses for a period of time, and we suspect that this is the agreed process to ensure that negotiations are not interfered with by one party breaking rank.


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17 February 2009 : Thommo Speaks About The Week's Events
Yeovil Town assistant manager Steve Thompson, in charge for tonight's match at Bristol Rovers, spoke to the press yesterday in preparaton for tonight's match. Steve is so far the only Yeovil Town employee prepared to do an on-the-record interview with the press, and excerpts from Thommo's interview are included below:

On Russell's dismissal from the club:

"It is unexpected. I'm not going to say too much about the dismissal of Russell. But all I will say is that I've known Russell now for three years and he is a good man, a good friend and an excellent manager. Really that is all I am going to say about the dismissal. I just want to talk about the game tomorrow or the game that we've just played on Saturday."

On the run of four winning matches:

"We're in good form and they've been good performances and I think they have got better as the four games have gone on. It's been a tremendous achievement by the players and the staff and our supporters as well. Three of those four games were away from home and our away support all season has been absolutely magnificent."

On Russell's relationship with the playing squad:

"Many of the players like Russell and are very close to Russell, so it is going to be a difficult job for them and for myself and the staff. You just use what you've learned over the years, from your management, from your coaching and from your playing. I think all of the staff ae going to pull together with the players, and try and get the result that tries to keep us going on this run. And of course we're not safe yet. It's been a great achievement to get these last four wins and like I've said, with the last three away from home."

On how Thommo found out about the news:

"I take the training on most days, but I found out yesterday that things were about to happen and of course you all found out today. Myself and Russell have spoken to the players and what was said will stay between myself, Russell and the players."

On the Bristol Rovers game tonight:

"This is a game that we need to win. It's a local derby and everything that has happened today is going to add to the intensity of the game. Bristol Rovers are a good side and they showed that with their win at Scunthorpe and it is going to be a very tough game for us. It's certainly not business as usual. I've not been in the exact same situation as this but I've been in similar situations before, and we all have jobs to do. We all need to go out and do our jobs to the best of our abilities, whether we are staff, players or whatever.

On applying for the job permanently:

"No comment."

On being in charge again:

"I don't keep count (of how many times I've done this). Every game that I go into whether it is as a player, a coach or as a manager or as an assistant manager, I have a deep passion to win every game. That is the way I've always played my football and that is the way that I look at football. And if players give me or whoever 100 percent, that in many ways is all you can ask for, up to a certain point. I'll be going out there doing the best that I can for the club to try and win the game."


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17 February 2009 : Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make the short trip to Bristol Rovers tonight, hoping to clock up their fifth consecutive win in League One, as well as a scalp over their local rivals. The bizarre situation is that they do so without a manager, folllowing the dismissal of Russell Slade yesterday, despite the current run of strong form. Steve Thompson steps in again for what is his fourth spell in charge of the club, although the club have made no comment over how long Thommo is likely to be in that position - in fact according to Thommo in yesterday's press interviews they had not spoken to him at all about the situation!

Thommo is going to be forced into one change to Saturday's line-up, with Terry Skiverton unlikely to have recovered from a foot injury, although it is not inconceivable that he may land on the bench purely as emergency cover. Fortunately Terrell Forbes comes in from his one game ban and so will slot straight back into the back four, meaning that Lee Peltier is able to slot back into the centre of midfield. Thommo must be tempted to recall the impressive Danny Schofield following the completion of his suspension, but exactly who he could drop from Saturday's impressive midfield is questionable! Aidan Downes will also be back but with both Andy Welsh and Shaun MacDonald in fine form, probably the best that he can hope for is the bench.

Much of tonight's game will be about whether the players come out all guns a-blazing, letting out their frustrations upon the Rovers side for the events of the last 24 hours, or whether after battling so hard for their former manager in the last month's worth of games that they may well buckle up. Certainly Thommo admitted in yesterday's interview that several players were upset with the current situation - what sort of reaction they show on the pitch will probably tell the Yeovil Town hierarchy exactly how swiftly they need to move in order to appoint a successor.

Rovers have this morning signed on loan Stoke City goalkeeper Danzelle St Louis-Hamilton. The 18 year old is only likely to be warming the bench tonight, with the highly experienced Steve Phillips between the sticks. Current Reserve keeper Mike Green is out injured and the move is to ensure that they have a second keeper at the club whilst Green recovers.

Yesterday's reports suggested that their main man Rickie Lambert had recovered sufficiently from a hip injury to declare himself available. Lambert is Rovers' top scorer with 20 goals, and had been widely expected to leave the club during the transfer window, but has recently had fitness problems that have put him out of action. This morning's WDP states that with Rovers having gained an impressive 2-0 away win at Scunthorpe United, that boss Paul Trollope may be tempted to keep Saturday's striking partnership of Darryl Duffy and Jo Kuffour, particularly as each player scored up at Glanford Park. Lambert would on that basis sit on the bench in case Rovers need a Plan B.

The two sides drew 2-2 earlier this season at Huish Park, with Lambert and Kuffour on target for the Gas. Yeovil's came through Terry Skiverton and Gary Roberts, who may both miss out on tonight's match entirely. Rovers came from behind twice during that match, with Kuffour coming off the bench and scoring two minutes after he got onto the pitch. However, Rovers have yet to beat Yeovil since the Glovers joined the Football League, and it's easy to see the growing irritance within the Bristol camp every time the media bring that statistic to their attention.

Despite all previous communication from Yeovil Town suggesting otherwise, Bristol Rovers have insisted this morning that tonight's match is NOT all-ticket after all! Although all seated away tickets have been sold, tickets will be available on the turnstiles for anyone wishing to stand on the terrace. Full pricing plus the usual Ciderspace guide can be found below. For those not going, commentary should be available on both BBC Somerset and BBC Bristol frequencies, although it may be worth tuning in early to make sure you've picked up the correct frequency in case they split the frequencies for alternative programmes. Kick-off tonight is 7.45p.m. and the BBC coverage should start just after 7.00p.m. after the news bulletins.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bristol Rovers.


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17 February 2009 : MacDonald In TOTW
Shaun MacDonald, who has quickly won favour with the fans since arriving on loan, has been voted into the Football League Team of the Week for League One on the back of the excellent victory over Peterborough United last Saturday. The Posh had only lost once in the league at home all season, way back on 30th August, until the Glovers came to London Road and turned them over 3-1 in what transpired was the last match for Russell Slade as Yeovil manager.

The full selection is :

Alex Smithies - Huddersfield Town
Stephen Purches - Leyton Orient
Nathan Clarke - Huddersfield Town
Richard Keogh - Carlisle United
Dean Lewington - Milton Keynes Dons
SHAUN MACDONALD - Yeovil Town
Sam Hewson - Hereford United
Andy King - Leicester City
Joe Anyinsah - Carlisle United
Ali Gerba - Milton Keynes Dons
Izale McLeod - Millwall

Congratulations to Shaun, and we hope that amidst the turmoil the club hasn't forgotten to try to persuade Swansea City that a loan extension could be a good thing for all parties.


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17 February 2009 : Rovers No Longer All-Ticket
We have double checked by phoning the Memorial Stadium ourselves: tonight's match is no longer all-ticket for away fans. Visiting supporters will be able to pay on the night for the standing area. The seated allocation is sold out. Kick-off is 7.45 p.m.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bristol Rovers


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17 February 2009 : Centre Of Excellence vs Cheltenham Town
Yeovil Town's Centre of Excellence returned to action over the weekend after having a mini break caused by the wintry weather. They took on sides from Cheltenham Town, and we have the following scorelines in so far:

Yeovil Town Under 9s : Lost 0-2.
Yeovil Town Under 10s : Lost 0-10.
Yeovil Town Under 11s : Won 3-1.
Yeovil Town Under 12s : tba.
Yeovil Town Under 13s : Lost 4-7.
Yeovil Town Under 14s : tba.
Yeovil Town Under 15s (Away) : Won 2-1.
Yeovil Town Under 16s (Home) : Won 4-2.

If anyone has any other scores or match details they can bring, email ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com with anything you can supply.


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17 February 2009 : Officials For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Tonight's match between Bristol Rovers and Yeovil Town will be looked after by referee Peter Walton (Northamptonshire).

Mr Walton became a Football League referee in 1998 and reached the Select List in 2003. We saw him as recently as 11th November 2008 (link) when he was the man in the middle for our first visit to the Walkers Stadium. Prior to that we had only had him on two occasions, in matches versus Swindon Town in 2005 and Swansea City in 2007. It may be better not to look for omens in this appointment as we have lost all three games in which he has refereed.

Mr Walton will be assisted by John Flynn (Wiltshire) and Ron Ganfield (Somerset). The Fourth Official will be Roger East (Wiltshire).

Link: August 2005: Swindon Town 4 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: October 2007: Yeovil Town 1 Swansea City 2.

Link: November 2008: Leicester City 1 Yeovil Town 0.


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17 February 2009 : January 2009 Player Of The Month
The month of January started poorly but got better. Two defeats against promotion chasing sides were no disgrace, but they were followed up by three consecutive 1-0 victories - Yeovil's best run of form of the season. The Man of the Match voting was a very tight affair for the month, with four players separated by under 2.5 percent of the vote and the winning margin coming down to a mere 0.02 percent of the vote!

In the end Danny Schofield beat Andy Welsh by a gnat's whisker, although there were strong showings from Shaun MacDonald and Craig Alcock. The Top 10 players, including the percentage of the vote cast during the month, are shown below:

1 Danny Schofield 13.9
2 Andy Welsh 13.7
3 Shaun MacDonald 12.0
4 Craig Alcock 11.5
5 Aaron Brown 9.5
6 Josh Wagenaar 9.1
7 Terrell Forbes 6.7
8 Luke Rodgers 6.6
9 Jonathan Worthington 3.9
10 Gary Roberts 3.3

Don't forget that any last votes for Saturday's match at Peterborough United can be accepted up until 7.45p.m. on Tuesday when the match at Bristol Rovers will kick-off.


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16 February 2009 : Reserves Title Race Opens Up
Yeovil Town Ladies Reserves remain undefeated this season, but a second draw to take their record to 15-2-0 has put a bit of pressure back on in the race for the Somerset County League title. While the leaders took a point in a 1-1 at home to Swiss Valley Rangers the only challengers to the Glovers, Nailsea United, were putting six past Street with no reply.

Yeovil (47) are now five points ahead of Nailsea (42), who have two games in hand. Next Sunday, 22nd February, sees the Glovers travel to Nailsea for a fixture that could go a long way towards deciding the season for both sides.

Meanwhile the Ladies First Team has lost top spot in the South West Combination. The Glovers scheduled fixture was postponed as Chesham United were involved in a County Cup tie, and Queens Park Rangers took advantage to leap-frog Yeovil with a 3-0 victory away at Weston St John. The Glovers are away at 7th placed Oxford City next weekend, while QPR are away at third placed Forest Green Rovers.


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16 February 2009 : BBC Local Radio Interview With Steve Thompson
Following today's news of Russell Slade's departure, BBC local radio have interviewed assistant manager Steve Thompson. Thommo has confirmed that he will be in charge of tomorrow's match against Bristol Rovers and also describes Russell as having been "dismissed" from his position.

Thommo spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Pete Simson describing Russell as "a good man, a good friend and an excellent manager". Steve also admitted that he had yet to have any conversation with the club about the situation, implying that he had pretty much taken on the caretaker role by default.

The BBC Sport website have uploaded a 10 minute chunk of Steve's interview. You can listen via the link below. We'll try and bring more of what Steve had to say later on, although understandably he didn't want to go into too much detail about the reasons for Russell Slade's departure.

The BBC state that they tried to get hold of both a club spokesman and Russell himself, but both parties declined to give an interview, citing that they did not want to appear on air whilst ongoing discussions were taking place. This implies that although Russell is no longer Yeovil Town manager, that a severance agreement is being negotiated.

Link: BBC Sport Website : BBC Local Radio Interview With Steve Thompson.


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16 February 2009 : Media And Bookies Take A Punt On The New Manager
The local bookmakers have wasted no time in making their predictions of who will be the next manager of Yeovil Town. With Russell Slade barely having emptied his personals out of his office, a set of odds have been produced giving an idea of who the bookies think might be in the frame.

The Western Daily Press was so convinced Slade would be gone they'd already put their own names into the hat on Friday, repeating the list in this morning's edition. Their front runner is Steve Cotterill, known to be a close personal friend of club co-owner Norman Hayward. Cotterill has been out of a job since November 2007, ironically the same month that the Glovers extended Russell Slade's contract to 2011. He is Bournemouth-based, having once played for them before being forced to retire early through injury, and our understanding is that it is whilst he was at Dean Court that he first met Mr Hayward.

Cotterill has managed Sligo Rovers, Cheltenham Town and Burnley as well as an incredibly brief tenure at Stoke City before he left to become Sunderland's assistant manager. His reputation is that he leans towards the 'long ball' game - how willing he would be to adopt the passing game that the Huish Park crowd prefer isn't clear. His biggest achievement was getting Cheltenham from the Southern League (whilst it was at the level now known as Conference South) up to promotion to League One. He never managed the Robins at League One level, quitting that summer for the Stoke City job. Since being out of work, Cotterill has been a regular on Sky Sports as a pundit. There have been strong and persistent rumours of Cotterill being lined up as a replacement for Slade right from the start of this season.

Second up from the WDP is a claim that a John Ward and Marcus Stewart partnership could be on the cards. Stewart of course needs no introduction and is currently seeing out his playing days at Exeter City. Ward is a 57 year old, who has been through York City, Bristol Rovers, Bristol City, Cheltenham Town and Carlisle United as well as a caretaker spell with Wolverhampton Wanderers. He has been out of work since November 2008 after Carlisle suffered the almost traditional post-playoff blues, going on a shock run of 11 games without a win. With memories in football being akin to that of a goldfish, just 15 games after leading Carlisle to the playoffs, Ward was out of a job. The pairing up with Marcus Stewart would - if true - appear to be a popularist move to try and pacify many Glovers fans who were left bemused and shocked at this morning's news from Huish Park.

The local bookies tend to back up the WDP's views, although they go with assistant manager Steve Thompson as favourite for the job, presumably on the basis that if the club can't find the man that they want, Thommo is the most obvious candidate for a short term fix. Club captain Terry Skiverton is another obvious candidate for that sort of role, whilst former midfielder Paul Tisdale - currently down at Exeter City is probably an outside bet given that the Grecians would undoubtedly want significant compensation. Full odds are as follows:

Current Betting: Steve Thompson 7/4 Steve Cotterill 5/1 John Ward 7/1 Paul Tisdale 8/1 Terry Skiverton 9/1 Martin Ling 9/1 Ian Holloway 10/1 John Hollins 14/1 Martin Keown 16/1 Stan Ternant 16/1 Marcus Stewart 16/1 Leroy Rosenoir 20/1 Billy McEwan 20/1 Steve Staunton 20/1 Mark Cooper 20/1 Alex Inglethorpe 22/1 Andy Hessanthaler 25/1 Mark Kinsella 25/1 Lee Sinnott 28/1 Lawrie Sanchez 28/1 Tony Adams 33/1 Gary Peters 33/1 Darren Paterson 33/1 Andy Ritchie 33/1.


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16 February 2009 : Slade Leaves Yeovil Town - Official!
Yeovil Town have parted company with manager Russell Slade today.

The statement issued by the club just before 1.00 p.m. couldn't have been much shorter:

Yeovil Town Football Club and Russell Slade have parted company with immediate effect.

No further comment will be made at this time.


There have been rumours for some months that all was not well behind the scenes, with some members of the club hierarchy looking to dismiss the manager and seeking reasons to do so without paying up a contract that had been extended in November 2007 until 2011, while others remained supportive of Russell.

Matters began to break into the open last Thursday when local journalist Chris Spittles went public on HTV News with his view that relationships at Huish Park had broken down. At 3.00 p.m. on Saturday the club published a statement that, although couched in opaque language that posed far more questions than it answered, had all supporters presuming that Russell Slade was about to be sacked. Although today's statement adds nothing more as to the circumstances of the departure we can assume, whether it eventually emerges as a 'mutual consent' or whatever, that to all intents and purposes that is what has now happened.

With it already being known that the League Managers' Association was involved in some capacity on behalf of Russell Slade we can assume the club will remain very tight lipped, certainly until the legal ramifications have been resolved. From the point of view of our club we certainly hope they have a water-tight case, or this could end up very messy and very expensive.

Russell Slade's tenure at Huish Park has been an up and down one. Following (after the short reign of Steve Thompson) on from Gary Johnson was always going to be a tough ask, but in his first season he took Yeovil Town to Wembley for the first time in our history and was voted Manager of the Season for League One. With the 'crown jewels' of that team subsequently sold 2007-08 was a disappointing season, but the club appeared to have continuing faith in their man, and his contract was extended (see above). Further cuts in finances followed and 2008-09 looked like it would be another difficult campaign. However, though not out of the woods yet, supporters have seen a real spirit on the pitch and the recent run of results has seen the club climb to within grasp of survival in League One. An average of one point a game for the remainder of the campaign should just about see us through. If, from this position, we should fail to retain our status the decision made today had better have incontrovertible justification behind it, when that finally emerges, or a lot of supporters will find it very hard to forgive.

Leaving aside what we don't yet know - the actual reason behind the parting of the ways - Ciderspace would like to thank Russell for his efforts over the last two and a half years. We have a feeling that, apart from the play-offs and the trip to Wembley, the future may reveal that just keeping our club in League One was a much greater achievement of itself than some were prepared to give him credit for.

Although there has been no announcement on the Official Site it is presumed that Steve Thompson, who was taking training this morning, will be in charge for the derby trip to face Bristol Rovers tomorrow, kick-off 7.45 p.m. This is an all-ticket game for visiting supporters and you have until 5.00 p.m. this evening to secure your ticket from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

Link: Ciderspace Guide to Bristol Rovers


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16 February 2009 : Leyton Orient Man Of The Match Result
Two weeks ago, Yeovil Town travelled to Leyton Orient and picked up a 1-0 win as a 96th minute Gavin Tomlin header did the damage against Yeovil's relegation rivals.

In a gritty tight game, the performance much about how the Glovers applied themselves during the 90 minutes, with the last gasp winner being the icing on the cake. Three players dominated the voting, although the fact that all 11 starting players, plus Gavin Tomlin, got votes shows this was a real team effort.

Andy Welsh got plenty of votes for his whipped in crosses that had threatened to break the deadlock, whilst Aaron Brown was once again putting in a superb performance in both boxes. However it was Jonathan Worthington - who had not even trained with his teammates at that point - who stole the show on his debut, putting in a battling performance in the centre of the park.

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

1 Jonathan Worthington 128 (9)
2 Aaron Brown 122 (5)
3 Andy Welsh 104 (7)
4 Danny Schofield 54 (2)
5 Shaun MacDonald 46 (2)
6 Terrell Forbes 32 (2)
7 Craig Alcock 30 (2)
8 Gavin Tomlin 18 (1)
8 Paul Warne 18 (1)
10 Nathan Smith 16 (1)
11 Aleksandar Prijović 4 (0)
12 Josh Wagenaar 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 6.97

Performance: 7.44
Entertainment: 6.50

VOTES RECEIVED: 32

Don't forget to cast your votes for Saturday's match at Peterborough United, by using the form below. You have until Tuesday 7.45p.m. to get your votes in.

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


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15 February 2009 : Ciderspace Guide To Bristol Rovers
For those making the journey to the Memorial Stadium on Tuesday night, a reminder that the Ciderspace guide is available for your journey up to Bristol Rovers.

Featuring directions, club background, ticketing information and a pub guide, the page can be accessed below. Don't forget this is an ALL TICKET fixture and tickets will only be on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office until 5.00p.m. tomorrow (Monday). Only terrace places are available - for pricing see our guide below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bristol Rovers.


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15 February 2009 : Russell's Verdict On The Peterborough Game
Following yesterday's 3-1 win at Peterborough United, Glovers manager Russell Slade gave his usual post-match reaction to the BBC.

Speaking to reporter Pete Simson, Russell talked about the match, and also his own personal future at the club, which appears to be under threat despite him having secured Yeovil Town's fourth win in a row.

Read the full interview transcript, via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Peterborough Game.


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14 February 2009 : BBC Post-Match Interview With Russell Slade
The BBC Sport website have uploaded their post-match audio interview with manager Russell Slade, following today's 3-1 win over Peterborough United, including a few written quotes.

We'll produce our usual transcript of that interview shortly, but in the meantime, you can listen to Russell's thoughts on the win via the link below.

Link: BBC Sport Website : Russell Slade Post-Match Interview.


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14 February 2009 : Man of the Match Voting For The Peterborough Match
For the 340 of you who travelled to London Road today, your Man of the Match votes are now required. Choose your top three players from the 3-1 away win over Peterborough United and add in your entertainment and performance ratings, plus any additional comments that you wish to make on the game, by using the form below.

Don't forget that you need to cast your votes before 7.45p.m. on Tuesday, when the match against Bristol Rovers will kick off.

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


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14 February 2009 : Politics 1 Football 3
Yeovil Town gained their fourth win in a row this afternoon as they gained a shock 3-1 win at London Road against Peterborough United. The performance was probably their most accomplished of the season as first half goals from Paul Warne and Aaron Brown put them in command against a side starting the day in third place in the table and unbeaten at home for almost six months. Aaron Mclean found a rare route past the Yeovil back line 11 minutes into the second half, but a goalkeeping blunder by Joe Lewis allowed Shaun MacDonald to claim his second goal for the Glovers, and despite Posh resorting to a long ball game in the final 15 minutes, there was no way back for them.

The Glovers went into the match making several enforced changes to the side that had last played two weeks ago. Andre McCollin (ribs), Lee Cox (knee) and Gary Roberts (ankle) were all ruled out through injury meaning that whilst Terry Skiverton and Lee Peltier were able to make their returns to the side. Luke Rodgers made it as far as the bench on emergency stand-by, whilst the thinness of the squad meant that there was room for Jordan Street as well.

The first half saw the Glovers control the match with surprising ease. Despite being up against a Posh side that has cost more in transfer fees than an annual playing budget at Huish Park, the Glovers were up for the match in spades - with some tremendous tackling often putting the home side on the back foot.

The noisy 340 stood at London Road's away end could be forgiven for being a little distracted in the first period. The club's ill-timed official statement was leaking through to those supporting the team via text message and phone call, and at times the talk on the terrace was only disturbed by another Yeovil ball into the box providing a reminder that a match was being played out there and maybe we all needed to stand there and watch it - because it was a rather impressive one from a Yeovil point of view.

Peterborough inevitably had their moments, with Josh Wagenaar blocking well from Craig Mackail-Smith midway through the half, but overall the Posh defence looked jittery whenever the busy Paul Warne made a darting run to try and get goalside of their back four. And they found their defence breached twice in three fabulous minutes just past the half hour mark, with Aaron Brown their tormentor on both occasions. Firstly an Andy Welsh cross was met at the near post by Brown, and his looped back header looked to have beaten keeper Joe Lewis, who had come to his near post. Paul Warne made sure by nodding home the easiest goal of his life - a distance of two inches out from goal.

Two minutes later, and Yeovil's joy was doubled, with Welsh and Brown again at the heart of it. Giant centre-backs are not normally known for having skills with their feet. But Aaron Brown proved that his overhead kick at Southend last month was no fluke. Andy Welsh's corner was again played to the near post, and Brown's backward flick caught Posh by surprise. 2-0, 33 minutes gone, and the away end erupted into a carnival atmosphere, bellowing out 'The Entertainer' in top voice. The only question is, what more does Brown have to do to earn a contract at Huish Park?

Posh almost got a goal back right on the stroke of half time when Jonathan Worthington cleared an Aaron Mclean header off the line, but the half belonged to Yeovil, with the joy only dented slightly by the forced withdrawl of Terry Skiverton with a foot injury just before the break, leaving the rather unexpected sight of a back line featuring Alcock, Peltier, Brown and Smith.

Inevitably, the home side got a bit of a rocket at half time and they came out showing a lot more threat than they had during the first period. So when Aaron Mclean volleyed home George Boyd's cross just 11 minutes into the half, it looked as though the second period would be somewhat less breezy. The home support finally showed some volume and for five or 10 minutes matters looked a bit dicey.

But Peterborough were to gift Yeovil their third and final goal 69 minutes into the match. A wholly speculative shot by Swansea City winger Shaun MacDonald looked easy stuff for a £400,000 England Under 21 keeper - but the ball seemed to squirm under him, and Yeovil's two goal lead was reestablished.

Yeovil had the audacity to go close for a fourth goal, with Andy Welsh having his long ranger tipped over the crossbar, and as Posh went long in the final 15 minutes to try and rely on the law of averages, there was always the worry that one loose ball might drop for them. But Lee Peltier was superb in his makeshift role as a centre-back, whilst Aaron Brown was immense, even if his second backflick of the match almost produced an unwanted comedy moment - fortunately this time he guided the ball over his own crossbar.

Not surprisingly, given yet another testing week in the current season, the final whistle was celebrated in style on both sides of the terrace wall. Manager Russell Slade had said pre-match that he wanted the talk about his future at the club to stop, and for all the talking to be done on the pitch - and his players certainly did that across the whole 90 minutes. Russell's post-match clenched fist celebration looked to be the unleashing of a few days of frustration - when your team has just won its fourth match on the bounce and done so in style, your players have put in immense effort to get you there, and the supporters celebrate like madmen at the end of the match, you have to wonder what exactly needs changing and why. Answers on a postcard to ...

Final Score: Peterborough United 1 Yeovil Town 3.

Scorers: Paul Warne (0-1, 31 mins), Aaron Brown (0-2, 33 mins), Aaron Mclean (1-2, 56 mins), Shaun MacDonald (1-3, 69 mins).

Peterborough United:
1. Joe Lewis
2. Russell Martin 26. Gabriel Zakuani 6. Charlie Lee 33. Daniel Blanchett
24. Shaun Batt 11. Dean Keates 15. Paul Coutts 10. George Boyd
9. Aaron Mclean 12. Craig Mackail-Smith

Substitutes:
18. Chris Whelpdale (19 mins for Charlie Lee) 22. Sergio Torres 25. Dominic Green (71 mins for Shaun Batt) 27. Ben Wright 32. Danny Andrew

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
13. Josh Wagenaar
12. Craig Alcock 23. Aaron Brown 4. Terry Skiverton 28. Nathan Smith
26. Shaun MacDonald 27. Lee Peltier 7. Jonathan Worthington 9. Andy Welsh
14. Paul Warne 24. Aleksander Prijovic

Substitutes:
3. Nathan Jones (72 mins for Andy Welsh) 10. Gavin Tomlin (59 mins for Aleksander Prijovic) 15. Luke Rodgers 18. Keiran Murtagh (41 mins for Terry Skiverton) 22. Jordan Street

Peterborough Bookings: Daniel Blanchett (32 mins, foul), Dean Keates (82 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Paul Warne (75 mins, foul)

Referee: Craig Pawson (Sheffield). Assistants: Declan Ford (Rutland) and Oleksandr Saliy (Middlesex). Fourth Official: Martin Dexter (Leicestershire).

Attendance: 6,129 (including 340 Yeovil fans).


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14 February 2009 : Club Statement Claims Many Changes Coming At Huish Park
Yeovil Town released an official club statement this afternoon. The press release appeared to be deliberately timed to go out at precisely 3.00p.m. - just as the first team were kicking off their match at London Road against Peterborough United.

Glovers fans who had travelled to London Road picked up the statement via mobile internet or through friends relaying the message over the phone - all whilst they doubtless would have preferred to have the ability to concentrate on the football match that was taking place out there.

The statement appears to be a response to Thursday night's rumours concerning the future of manager Russell Slade, although it makes no effort to address any of the claims put forward by HTV, which is sure to increase the speculation associated with Thursday night's television programme.

The full unedited statement released this afternoon reads as follows:

Official Statement from the club chairman

It is clearly obvious from the dire financial state of clubs around us we are currently operating under very tough conditions and in order for Yeovil Town FC to compete at the highest level there will be many changes at Huish Park over the next few months.

Our club depends upon the honesty and commitment of its staff working together on very limited resources. Trust and integrity are essential ingredients in the running of any business. This is now being tested in our football club at the highest level.

I am sure my judgement and sense of fairness will be questioned many times. However I can assure our fans I will not buckle or shirk from my responsibilities when difficult decisions have to be made. There will be changes but at the end of the process our club will be stronger and fitter to compete in today's football world and our credibility as a business will be maintained.

I appeal to our fans for understanding and support during these difficult times.

John Fry
Chairman.

[Statement Ends]

Perhaps the one new titbit that comes out of this afternoon's statement is that Mr Fry promises "many changes at Huish Park" - the inevitable suggestion will be that if Russell Slade heads out of Huish Park, that he will not be the only person to be given his P45. The plot inevitably thickens ...


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14 February 2009 : Russell Gives The Case For The Defence
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has given special praise to his back four ahead of this afternoon's match at Peterborough United. The Glovers have gone three matches without conceding a goal - an impressive statistic given that three of those defenders during that run - Aaron Brown, Craig Alcock and Nathan Smith - have only a handful of Football League appearances between them and have yet to complete a full season playing at this level.

Russell told BBC Somerset that although the coaching staff would try and organise them on the training ground, that much of the credit for the watertight defence would have to go to the players themselves:

"Of course we try and organise and prepare them the best that we can, but all managers try and do that. It's down to the players as well and their application. It's been a difficult season. Craig Alcock has knuckled down and Nathan Smith has knuckled down, and Aaron Brown has come in and done well over the last three or four games. He'll partner Skiverton instead of Forbes on Saturday, because Forbes is suspended. But there is a terrific willingness to be nice and strong at the back and to help each other out. They work very much as a family at the back and are nice and tight."

That trio should be in action this afternoon, although the sight of Craig Mackail-Smith and Aaron Mclean may prove to be a different proposition to the strike forces they have faced in the previous three league matches. The duo have netted 29 times in the league this season - more than the whole of Yeovil's team put together - after Posh splashed out on six figure sums to take the pair out of non-league football. Yeovil's back four will be completed by the return of club captain Terry Skiverton, who is replacing the suspended Terrell Forbes.


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13 February 2009 : Walsall Ticketing
Tickets for the League One fixture away to Walsall on Saturday 28th February are now available from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The Saddlers operate dual pricing, with tickets purchased on matchday costing £2.00 more, so supporters who can make the decision early to attend should avail themselves of the opportunity for lower priced tickets.

Early Bird prices from Huish Park: adult £17.60; senior citizen (aged 60 and over) and junior (under 18) £11.70.

Matchday prices from Banks's Stadium: adult £19.60; senior citizen (aged 60 and over) and junior (under 18) £11.70.

According to the Walsall Official Site matchday tickets are to be bought on the turnstiles this term, though this has not always been the case on our previous visits, and it is cash only.

Visiting supporters get the William Sharp Stand (currently sponsored by Homeserve) which has a capacity of around 2,000. Entry is through turnstiles 21-28.

Disabled supporters should contact the Walsall Ticket Office on 01922 651416. The club's policy is for disabled supporters to pay the normal ticket price relevant to their age, with a carer admitted free.


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13 February 2009 : Posh Pleased With London Road Pitch
Tomorrow's opponents Peterborough United appear to be confident that the League One match at London Road will be on, despite more snowfall in the Home Counties last night. A call for volunteers to clear snow from pitch covers before they were removed from the playing surface appears to have worked, leaving Posh CEO Bob Symns proud of his supporters' efforts:

"Peterborough United Football Club would like to thank all of the volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the last three days to remove snow from the London Road pitch and surrounding areas. The football club are allowing the pitch to dry out from where the snow was situated and are looking forward to Saturday's Coca-Cola League One clash with Yeovil Town. The surrounding areas are also being cleared and we are now allowing the surface to dry to ensure that Saturday's game against Yeovil goes ahead as planned. The support we have had from supporters has been fantastic and ground staff have worked extremely hard to remove the snow."

Although overnight temperatures at London Road are expected to fall to -1 °C tonight, the daytime temperature tomorrow is forecast as +5 °C with no rain or snow of any kind during the day. Barring disasters, this one should go ahead as planned.


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13 February 2009 : Peterborough United vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
In a week that has seen the club's main sponsor prepare to head out the door, and speculation surrounding the future of First Team Manager Russell Slade, you could be forgiven for forgetting that there is a game of football taking place tomorrow.

Yeovil Town make the trip to play Peterborough United tomorrow afternoon, and it's probably not a bad thing that the team is getting out of the town today and will spend the night in a Cambridgeshire hotel.

They will have left behind Aidan Downes, Terrell Forbes and Danny Schofield, all of whom are suspended, with Downes now serving the final game of his three match ban. All three will therefore return for Tuesday night's trip to Bristol Rovers. Obviously Darren Way remains unavailable, whilst Marc Bircham has left the building.

When Yeovil last attempted to play a football match, the trio of Lee Peltier, Gary Roberts and Luke Rodgers were all out with ankle ligament damage. One small benefit from the two week layoff has been that all three have been bought extra time in the treatment room, and this means that all three could feature in some way on Saturday.

Peltier is the only one of the trio that is back in full training, however Gary Roberts may have an injection in his ankle to try and help him along. The one that is the most doubtful is Luke Rodgers, for whom this game probably comes a few days too soon. There is a 50:50 chance he may be squeezed onto the bench.

That bench may be a little thin on the ground on Saturday. Andre McCollin has bruised ribs and seems likely to miss out, whilst midfielder Lee Cox will need an assessment on a minor knee injury after both players pulled up with knocks in training this week. However, these two question marks shouldn't impact upon the starting line-up. That will have one guaranteed change, with Terry Skiverton coming in for the suspended Forbes, whilst there is also a gap in Schofield's position that will need filling.

Peterborough played in midweek and did Yeovil a favour by beating Brighton and Hove Albion 4-2 at the Withdean Stadium, and they came out of that match with no new injury concerns. As a result they are expected to name the same sixteen that travelled to Sussex.

They have four absentees, with left-backs Tom Williams (knee), Jamie Day (back) and Shane Blackett (shoulder) plus defender Craig Morgan (toe) all out injured. However, they have a large squad, full of quality players, including what the Yeovil management team believe to be the best strike duo in the division in the form of Craig Mackail-Smith and Aaron Mclean.

Peterborough lie in 3rd place in the league table, 20 points and 15 places higher than the Glovers. They have only lost once at London Road all season and are now on a 12 match unbeaten run in the league on their home patch. This will undoubtedly be a tough test, and any positive result would be a good one.

Tickets are available for the match on the day of the game. A full price list, plus all the directions, club background and pub information you'll ever need can be found on the Ciderspace Guide, via the link below. Kick-off is 3.00p.m. and for those not going, BBC Somerset will have live commentary on the match.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Peterborough United.


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13 February 2009 : Starnes Denies Slade Problems
This morning's BBC Somerset sports bulletin reports that Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has spoken to them in the light of yesterday's rumours suggesting that manager Russell Slade could be on his way out.

The BBC didn't speak to Mr Starnes live on air, but said that they had talked to him about the situation and that he had claimed that the club had no issues and no problems with their first team manager.


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13 February 2009 : Fry Tight-Lipped Over Manager Rumours
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has issued a curt response to current speculation suggesting that moves are afoot to dismiss manager Russell Slade from his position. Thursday tea-time's HTV News claimed that the relationship between Slade and the board of directors had significantly broken down - strong accusations that clearly will impact upon the stability of the club in the short term.

Speaking to Friday's Western Daily Press, Fry said that he did not want to discuss speculation about anything:

"I am not interested in rumours. I am interested in facts. There are 101 issues I have been working on and 50 might involve Russell. Russell hasn't been to speak to me. You should speak to Russell Slade. My chief executive (Martyn Starnes) deals with the football and he is not aware Russell has a problem."

The WDP got non-committal responses to their two other questions aimed at the club Chairman - firstly whether the League Managers' Association were now involved:

"I am not prepared to comment on any issue until you speak to Russell Slade to find out what the issue is."

Then the WDP asked if the board were happy with Russell's current performance:

"I am not commenting on any issue. The board hasn't expressed any disappointment. We met on Saturday and there was no problem."

Mr Fry admitted that he had not spoken to Slade for a week, pointing out that his Chief Executive tended to deal with the day-to-day issues at the club.


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12 February 2009 : HTV Claiming Club-Manager Split (Updated 10.45pm)
Tonight's HTV News has run a speculative article suggesting that Yeovil Town are attempting to part company with manager Russell Slade. The programme interviewed local reporter Chris Spittles about the situation, and it has been suggested that the League Managers' Association have been brought in to mediate.

HTV are blaming a breakdown in relationship between Russell Slade and the Board of Directors as being behind the split. Slade was interviewed about the situation but opted for a neutral response to the rumours, stating that as far as he was concerned he remained Yeovil Town's manager until told otherwise.

For those who missed the bulletin, the news can be replayed via their website, if you get there quick enough. The Sports Bulletin is approximately two-thirds of the way through the newsreel. For those who are unable to reach their website or get there too late the following represents the transcript of the key part of the news report.

The main reporters summarise the situation at Huish Park, before cutting to reporter Chris Spittles who says of the current developments:

"The relationship between the board and Russell Slade is very close to breaking down. There is an issue that exists between the manager and the board of directors. The League Managers' Association has been brought in to mediate and to try and find a way through it. I spoke to the Chairman John Fry this afternoon. He wouldn't comment on the rumours of the breakdown. I did ask him how it had come out, because it has been on the internet that they are considering making changes and he has said that they fear that a club employee is leaking things out onto the internet. It was almost an admittance that there is something going on behind the scenes at Huish Park. I did speak to Russell Slade today as he had his regular Thursday press conference. I did ask him whether there was a rift between him and the board, and he said that was a matter to be kept behind closed doors and wouldn't comment on that. I then asked him how he was coping with all these rumours on the internet, even suggesting names of people who may replace him, but at the moment he said that he is just battling on."

HTV then cut to manager Russell Slade who doesn't answer any direct questions on the subject, but has this to say on the general situation:

"You have to have a bit of a thick skin and broad shoulders and just get on with life really. I'm here until somebody tells me otherwise. I'm enjoying my time here. I think we're doing particularly well at the minute, and I think in our last eight games, we've won four, drawn two and lost two and we've won the last three. So I'm happy enough with that. I think we're doing terrific and I am just concentrating on Saturday."

HTV then cut back to the studio and ask Chris Spittles for his thoughts on where he thinks things will go next:

"If you are involved in football, then you'll know that things do move very quickly when these situations exist. Russell is at the moment preparing to take Yeovil to Peterborough on Saturday. That could well be the case, but whether that's his last game in charge, it could possibly be. I certainly think that in the next seven to ten days, we could see some major changes down at Huish Park."

Link: ITV Website : HTV Evening News Bulletin. (active only for a short period before they refresh it with the next newsreel).


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12 February 2009 : Glovers Get Second Family Club Award Nomination
Yeovil Town have been nominated for League One's Family Club Of The Year award for the second year running. The Football League awards are due to take place next month on March 29th in Grosvenor House in Park Lane, London, and again officials at Yeovil Town will be keeping their fingers crossed.

In last season's nominations, the Glovers were edged out in a quartet that included Huddersfield Town, Northampton Town and Tranmere Rovers. This season, Milton Keynes Dons, Southend United and Swindon Town will be battling it out with the Glovers, meaning that Yeovil are the only club to receive nominations two years running in this category.

The Football League introduced this category for the start of the 2007-08 season and at the time they said their nominations would be based upon feedback received from 'mystery fans' - effectively neutrals who would be paid to act as Yeovil Town supporters for the day and visit the ticket office, club shop, food bars, asking for assistance from stewards and officials along the way. The reports fed back into the Football League would dictate which clubs got the nod.

Our opinion is that areas of the club such as the Ticket Office and Club Shop represent Yeovil's strongest assets in the way that they portray the club, and so it is no surprise to find them given the thumbs up again. Our congratulations again to those who have helped create that image, and let's hope it is second time lucky in London on the night.


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12 February 2009 : Officials For Peterborough United vs Yeovil Town
Saturday's match between Peterborough United and Yeovil Town will be looked after by referee Craig Pawson (Sheffield). Mr Pawson is yet another of this season's newly promoted referees, who despite their 'rookie' status have on the whole been a far more impressive bunch than some of the more senior officials we've come to know and love! We've yet to have him in any shape or form, so Saturday is very much a clean slate as far as we are concerned.

Mr Pawson's career high so far was refereeing the Conference National Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium in May 2008 between Cambridge United and Exeter City. He's been clocking up the miles this week - on Tuesday he travelled to Carlisle United to take charge of a booking-free game against Walsall, yet heads down the M1 on Saturday to London Road just four days later.

So far, he's clocked up 40 yellow cards and 3 red cards across 17 games this season, which is more or less par for the course, whilst his last three matches have had just one booking between them.

Mr Pawson will be assisted by Declan Ford (Rutland) and Oleksandr Saliy (Middlesex). The Fourth Official will be Martin Dexter (Leicestershire).


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12 February 2009 : Slope And Glory Hits Online Bookshop
For those who don't live in Yeovil, and find the likes of Paypal and eBay a little hard to handle, there is now a new way of purchasing the Slope And Glory magazine. The World Of Sport website is now stocking copies of the publication, which celebrates the 60th anniversary of Yeovil Town's legendary FA Cup run during the 1948/49 season that saw them knock out Bury and Sunderland and play Manchester United in the Fifth Round.

The World Of Sport website has also hosted a new article written by Seb on the subject of the FA Cup, and they are also stocking two other Yeovil Town publications - namely Brendon Owen's Yeovil 'Til I Die along with Michael Bromfield's look at following the Glovers on the road in a very different way in Around The World With Yeovil Town. If you missed those books when they first came out a couple of years ago, you might want to grab all three in one go.

For those who haven't read supporters' comments on the latest magazine, the Western Gazette have provided their own review of the magazine, giving it a very definite thumbs-up. Read their review, via the link below.

Seb will be taking copies of Slope And Glory to Peterborough United on Saturday, so look out for him in the away end, or hovering around the GWSC coaches after the final whistle.

Link: Jan 26th : Slope And Glory : Original Press Release.

Link: Jan 30th : Slope And Glory : Yeovil Shop Outlets.

Link: World Of Sport Website : Purchase 'Slope And Glory' Online.

Link: World Of Sport Website : Slope And Glory Editor Seb White Writes About The FA Cup.

Link: Western Gazette Website : The Local Press Review Of 'Slope And Glory'.


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11 February 2009 : Posh Call For Volunteers
Peterborough United has issued a call for its fans to turn up to clear the London Road pitch in an attempt to get Saturday's fixture on. The playing surface is covered, and it's the snow lying on top of those covers that needs to be removed. Peterborough are currently optimistic that the match will go ahead.

Yeovil Town has three postponed games to catch up - Bristol Rovers and Crewe Alexandra away, and Northampton Town at home - and with five mid-week games already in the schedule between now and the end of March both club and fans will be hoping another Saturday fixture is not lost.


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10 February 2009 : Reserves Frozen Out
No surprise: Yeovil Town Ladies Reserves League Cup tie against Bradford Town did not take place last Sunday because of the weather conditions. No date has yet been set for the rearrangement. Given the backlog of fixtures faced by some clubs it's not unlikely that the competition will be scrapped for this season. The Ambassador Cup, the Ladies First Team's League Cup competition, also looks under threat. Supposed to get underway at the beginning of December, only one of the ties from the Preliminary Round has been completed as we close in on the middle of February.

This coming Sunday (15th February), weather permitting, the First Team, who currently lead the South West Combination, are away at Chesham United. The Reserves, who also lead their division, the Somerset County League, are at home to Swiss Valley Rangers.


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10 February 2009 : New Date For Cobblers
Yeovil Town's League One match against Northampton Town now has a new date. The match at Huish Park will now be played on Tuesday 31st March, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

The match was originally scheduled to take place last Saturday but was called off due to unsafe conditions outside the ground. If you've already bought a ticket for this game, this will remain valid for the revised date. If you can't make the new date, we'd suggest that you call the Ticket Office as quickly as possible and they will exchange tickets for an alternative match.


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10 February 2009 : Bristol City (Away) Reserves Match Rearranged
Yeovil Town Reserves have had their away match against Bristol City Reserves rearranged. The match was originally scheduled to take place on November 11th, but was called off due to a clash with Yeovil's League One match at Leicester City.

The match will now take place at Ashton Gate on Tuesday 28th April, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off.

Link: 2008-09 Reserve Team Fixtures And Results.


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10 February 2009 : Bristol City Reserves Match Is Latest To Be Hit By The Weather
Yet another Glovers football match has fallen victim to the weather, with Yeovil Town Reserves having their home game against Bristol City Reserves called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

The match had been due to take place tomorrow afternoon at Huish Park, but the pitch has been deemed unplayable. It appears that requests were made for the game to be switched to Ashton Gate, but with the City training ground still covered in snow, and the Championship side unwilling to disrupt pitch preparations for their Saturday home match, that proved impossible. The match will therefore need to be rearranged for a later date.


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10 February 2009 : Connor Was Glovers January Target
Yeovil Town made a bid to sign Cheltenham Town striker Paul Connor on loan during the transfer window. The former Rochdale and Leyton Orient striker was once a target for former manager Gary Johnson, but the club were priced out of the market when he chose to sign for Swansea City back in early 2004.

Now Connor has told the Gloucester Citizen that the Glovers moved in for him again during January, but again the deal fell through, with the striker implying that budgetary restrictions were part of the problem. However he has told the paper he would still be keen on a move to Huish Park:

"There was some interest from Yeovil before the transfer deadline. It fell through and I think the budget is quite tight there, but I'd definitely be keen to go there to get some football, so we will see what happens."

Connor has only scored six league goals since arriving at Whaddon Road, despite Rochdale having once paid £150,000 to take him away from Stoke City. Slade is believed to put in his claim for both Connor and strike partner Damien Spencer after the duo scored three goals between them in the 4-0 win against Yeovil Town Reserves, whilst both players were on the transfer list. The 30 year old admits that his time at Cheltenham has not been good, but still believes he can play at this level:

"In general at Cheltenham it has not happened for me. I certainly don't regret joining the club because I have had a great time. I have scored some important goals, but I haven't scored enough. Just because it hasn't happened for me here doesn't mean I have become a bad player. I have had a good record everywhere else I have been, so I am still confident I can play in League One."

The Gloucester press state that Connor turned down a move to Blue Square North side Blyth Spartans, despite it allowing him a chance to return to his Bishop Auckland roots.

Whilst Connor may still fancy the idea of heading to Huish Park, of course if the deal fell through for financial reasons it would only be possible to resurrect something if Cheltenham lower their demands. The Gloucestershire club still have a large playing squad, and recently saw one of their major financial backers in director Simon Keswick resign from their board. If Cheltenham refuse to budge, or if manager Russell Slade has moved on to fresh targets, then it won't really matter what Connor wants to do.


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10 February 2009 : Glovers Club Sponsors End Deal
Bradfords Building Supplies are to end their long running association with Yeovil Town. The sponsorship had been running on a rolling 12 month basis in recent years, and so presumably will complete at the end of this season.

Bradfords first became associated with the club back in 2001, and so have spent eight years as sponsors of the club. BBC Somerset report that the club are now looking for a new sponsor and so presumably are open to offers. If your company would be interested in shirt sponsorship, contact Dave Linney at the club on 01935-423662 for further information.

We'll hopefully have more information regarding Bradfords decision later in the day.


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9 February 2009 : Fitzgerald To Enfield?
No official confirmation from either end as yet, but a source informs us that Rob Fitzgerald is off to Enfield Town. This would make sense, both in terms of where Fitzgerald hails from and the Yeovil connection, with ex-Glover Steve Browne recently joining the London outfit as Assistant Manager.

Yeovil Town boss Russell Slade had already signalled that once the window closed and the injury list began to settle down he'd be looking to farm out some of his younger squad members on loan, so Fitzgerald may just be the first of several exits over the next days.


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9 February 2009 : Ciderspace Guide To Peterborough
For those planning on making the trip to London Road this coming Saturday, a reminder that the Ciderspace guide is available. The match against Peterborough United takes place on Saturday February 14th. For all ticketing information, directions, club background and just exactly why any real ale drinkers should try and leave the car at home, can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Peterborough.


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9 February 2009 : Bristol Rovers Away Tickets
To clear up some confusion over next Tuesday's trip to Bristol Rovers, tickets are still available from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

The match takes place on Tuesday 17th February at the Memorial Stadium with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The match is still an ALL TICKET game, with tickets available from the Huish Park Ticket Office until Monday 16th February at 5.00p.m.

All seated tickets were already sold before the originally scheduled fixture date, but tickets on the open terrace (a small paddock situated to the left of the Main Stand) are still available and cost £15.00 for Adults with Concessions available for £8.00. Concessions are defined as Under 16s, Over 65s and Students in possession of a valid NUS Card.

Link: Ticketing For Peterborough United.

Link: Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra (match now on Feb 24th).


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8 February 2009 : Stockport Teetering On The Edge?
Perhaps oddly, given the financial turmoil striking a number of mid-range Football League clubs in recent campaigns, there has been little sign to date that the current economic crisis would be dragging a League One club down this season. While some clubs further down the pyramid are clearly close to going under, on the surface League One seemed immediate crisis free. However, like icebergs, there's much more beneath the surface than appears above it, and suddenly Stockport County has emerged as a club in serious problems. The resignation with immediate effect of Managing Director Mark Maguire has brought matters into the open.

County is owned by a Supporters' Trust, and the club chairman, Martin Reid, has revealed that Maguire approached the County Board two months ago with the view that the situation was such that the club would not survive without a management buy out or an external take over. His position as Managing Director on behalf of the Supporters' Trust has therefore become a conflict of interest, and he has resigned in order to pursue that buy out by putting a consortium together.

Reid has revealed that the club owed nearly a million pounds to the taxman, £500,000 of which they have managed to pay off in the last six weeks. However another £450,000 has to be found within months. He admitted that the club had been running substantially over budget until recently - no surprise to those looking at the squad size Stockport were carrying in the first half of the season - and racking up substantial losses for the last three years.

Of some interest to Yeovil Town supporters given our visit there in 2007, he also claimed that County's trip to the Play-Off Final at Wembley last term had netted them very little money. Of the £940,000 generated, £400,000 went to those running the event, £270,000 was paid into the Football League Pool, and County and Rochdale shared £270,000 between them, £135,000 each. In Stockport's case bonuses to players eventually left the club itself with a residue of £20,000.

According to the chairman Stockport needs to get a million pounds into the business across the first six months of 2009 in order to survive. Although reluctant to dismiss the concept of the Supporters' Trust - Stockport are currently the highest club in the football pyramid so organised - he clearly felt that this was unlikely to be feasible under the present structure. The 'A' word, introduced by the interviewer, was not directly acknowledged by Reid, but administration is a spectre looming in the background if County can't sort its financial problems out fairly speedily. Stockport are another club who do not own their stadium, so assets are thin on the ground.


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6 February 2009 : Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Meeting No. 7 Minutes
On January 22nd, the latest meeting of the Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership was held at Huish Park. Due to Sara's absence from the meeting, Stadium Manager James Hillier stepped in to record the minutes, and his output is recorded via the page below.

The next meeting will take place on Thursday 26th February at 5.45p.m. in the Boardroom - again this will be a committee-only meeting, so if you have any questions, please get them in quickly to your Supporters Representatives or direct to Sara Bradley at supporter.link@ytfc.net

Link: Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Meeting No. 7 Minutes.


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6 February 2009 : Centre Of Excellence Wipe-Out
All of this weekend's Centre of Excellence matches against Exeter City have fallen victim to the weather. In addition, all associated training sessions this weekend have also been cancelled.

A full set of last weekend's results against Bristol Rovers have now been compiled and can be found here.


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6 February 2009 : Northampton Game Is OFF
Tomorrow's match against Northampton Town has been called off due to the current weather conditions. The club have blamed the postponement on the condition of the surrounding area around the stadium itself, rather than the pitch, although reports this morning suggested that the snow had yet to be lifted from the Huish Park turf.

No new date has been set for the fixture yet, but will undoubtedly be a midweeker, with March 17th now the earliest free slot in the fixture calendar as the number of rearrangements required pile up.


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6 February 2009 : Glovers Await Pitch News
The overnight snowfall appears to have brought mixed news in the Somerset region. On the plus side, little of it appears to have hit Yeovil, but on the minus side, much of the surrounding towns and villages have been hit quite significantly.

As for Huish Park itself, there is still no word from the club as to what chance tomorrow's match against Northampton Town has of going ahead. The Northampton Chronicle appear to be getting a running stream of news on the state of the pitch though, and their latest views on the subject read as follows:

"The fixture is in serious doubt because the snow which fell there earlier in the week has now melted, leaving the pitch almost waterlogged, while there was plenty over overnight snow in the region last night. An informal inspection will take place at Huish Park this morning."

We presume the 'informal' nature of the pitch inspection is that it only involves club officials, and that they'll then use that information to determine their tactics and timings for any formal inspections that would require a qualified local referee to be brought to the ground.


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5 February 2009 : Gresty Road Postponement May Help Glovers
Yeovil Town assistant boss Steve Thompson has admitted that the midweek postponement of his side's trip to Crewe Alexandra could work in their favour. The Glovers were going into a vital away fixture with eight of their first team squad missing through injury and suspension, giving the management team a big headache ahead of that trip to Gresty Road.

With the trio of Lee Peltier, Gary Roberts and Luke Rodgers all out with ankle injuries for a number of weeks, Thommo was able to report to BBC Somerset that all three are responding well to treatment and that the extra few days would help them in their recovery:

"You hope that the recovery is good. You're always fearful with any injury and not just an ankle injury, that it is not going to recover quickly like these boys have. But it is good that we'll get those people back. Even though the Crewe game came whilst we were on a good run and we would have liked to have played it, we may have one or two more available for Saturday than we would have had for Tuesday."

Whilst acknowledging that Luke Rodgers was probably a week behind the others, Thommo explained that Lee Peltier was likely to be available for Saturday's match, whilst there was an outside chance of Gary Roberts being fit:

"Lee Peltier trained for the first time today since his injury at Southend. Gary Roberts has done a training session with Wayne (Jones) but hasn't come back into the first team squad yet. Obviously the suspensions carry over, but on the injury front it's pretty much just Gary Roberts and the long term one with Darren Way."

In terms of the match itself against Northampton Town on Saturday, it's pretty safe to say that this match has to be in doubt as well. There is currently a layer of frozen snow on the Huish Park pitch that has deliberately not been cleared, to act as insulation against any possible frost. However, with heavy snowfall predicted for Somerset tonight, that may prove academic if another layer lands on top of the already fragile Huish Park pitch.

We'd therefore state the obvious, and advise you to check this website for news of any pitch inspections before you set out for the match. We'd hope that the club would be able to at least make their plans clear for any inspections sometime during tomorrow.


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5 February 2009 : New Date For Crewe
The League One fixture against Crewe Alexandra, postponed last Tuesday because of snow, has been rearranged for Tuesday, 24th February. Kick-off is 7.45 p.m. at the Alexandra Stadium.


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5 February 2009 : Williams Charged With Saving The O's
Leyton Orient has announced Geraint Williams as the man to try and save their League One status. Williams, dismissed by divisional rivals Colchester United back in September 2008, has been given a contract until the end of the season.

Kevin Nugent, who took over as caretaker after the sacking of Martin Ling in January, thus finishes a four match spell which ended with a 95th minute home defeat by Yeovil Town last Saturday, and returns to his role as Assistant Manager.


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4 February 2009 : Ladies v FGR Photo Gallery
The latest gallery of photos courtesy of Sophie Elbourn is now available. Yeovil Town Ladies beat Forest Green Rovers 5-1 on Sunday to go top of the South West Combination table.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies versus Forest Green Rovers Photo Gallery

(We are aware of the dating issue, and that we need to catch up with the change from 2008 to 2009!)


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4 February 2009 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Northampton Town
Saturday's match between Yeovil Town and Northampton Town is due to be looked after by referee Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Mr Langford is yet another league referee who has been promoted to the Football League's referees list this season and is making his 'debut' at Huish Park as the man in the middle. Prior to that we've only ever seen him as a linesman and as a fourth official.

He has so far done 18 games this season, according to soccerbase.com, dishing out a relatively average 38 yellow cards and 2 red cards. His last match was the 0-0 draw between Bristol Rovers and Colchester United on January 24th, where five yellows were produced, whilst both reds came in the same match just before Christmas when Gillingham met Brentford.

He is a bit of a whippersnapper at just 28 years old, and started refereeing at the age of 15, working through the Midland Combination and Midland Football Association leagues. Given that he only spent one season as a referee in the Conference National division before being moved up another level, it would appear that he is an official that the authorities are looking to fast-track through the system.

Mr Langford will be assisted by Eric Mackrell (Hampshire) and Lee Swabey (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Roger Vaughan (North Somerset).


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4 February 2009 : Asamoah Returns To France?
Today's Northampton Chronicle is claiming that Glovers trialist striker Derek Asamoah has returned to France in search of a footballing contract.

The player has been on trial at Huish Park for the past week, and was believed to be in the away end for Yeovil's 1-0 win over Leyton Orient on Saturday. However Asamoah, who used to play for the Cobblers, is claimed by the paper to be chasing a possible contract offer back in France, where he has been until recently playing for OGC Nice.


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3 February 2009 : Wage Capping Back On The Agenda?
The last time the Football League introduced a supposed wage capping system, officially referred to as the Approved Player Budget (APB), it was an absolute shambles. The Division One (Championship) clubs refused to participate at all, the Division Two (League One) clubs were only in it on a voluntary basis, and although at Division Three (League Two) level is was supposedly compulsory the policing seems to have been utterly non-existent and clubs appear to have done exactly what they pleased. A couple of seasons in, the usual movements of promotions and relegations meant utter chaos reigned, with clubs in the same divisions presuming they were exempt, or in it voluntarily, or following the rules to the letter as they had too. In theory some sort of APB system might even now still be in place somewhere amongst a few Football League clubs, but needless to say in practice the whole thing has been allowed to quietly wither into obscurity. Like an embarrassing relative caught flashing on the common, the Football League family doesn't much mention its foray into wage capping these days.

However it may now be back on the agenda. Having abandoned it itself for this season the Conference is looking to reintroduce an APB system as part of a wide package of measures at its summer AGM. Word is the Football League executive is also looking at it again and may bring forward proposals at its own AGM too. The early suggestions are the system could be based on a cap for each club based on the average gate receipts across the respective division it finds itself in. There would thus be one sum set for all clubs in the Championship to adhere to, one for all clubs in League One and one for those in League Two.

We have to say we'd be surprised if the required majority is secured for this. While many of the smaller fry in Leagues One and Two might have little objection to a cap probably set above what they intended to spend anyway, and would undoubtedly see benefits in it preventing bigger clubs taking advantage of their greater financial muscle, those clubs with gates above the divisional average are very unlikely to agree to curtail their spending to a pegged ceiling based on an average below their own levels of support.

The voting system in the Football League favours the Championship clubs, but should a coalition of smaller Championship teams and enough League One and Two clubs manage to get it through we suspect an immediate reaction from the big boys in the Football League's top division would be to take a giant stride closer to forming a Premier League 2. In the real world the last thing they are going to agree to is anything that makes more difficult their call on the promotion places into the Promised Land of the Premier League. The average gate in the Championship so far this season is 17,591. Clubs bettering that average are simply not going to support a system that allows them to spend as if they were only getting those gates, in their chase of the dream.

In our own division, though the numbers opposing may be smaller, should they not go up clubs like Leeds United, averaging 23,681, are not going to support a system that would see their APB based on an average gate of 7,577. American Football may have a system that tries to make all clubs equal through APB (and the draft) to promote competition on a level playing field, but that's in a franchise system with no promotion or relegation. Here, we suspect, it will be far too bitter a dose of medicine for many clubs to swallow, however serious the financial crisis in football.


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3 February 2009 : Huddersfield Town Man of the Match Result
Last Tuesday night's home match against Huddersfield Town saw an impressive team performance on the night as a Shaun MacDonald goal proved to be the one and only successful strike in a 1-0 win.

As a measure of the level of performance from the players is emphasised by the fact that 12 players featured in the Man of the Match voting. Defender Aaron Brown continued his impressive showing along with Danny Schofield and Craig Alcock who have also been near the top of the polls several times of late. But it was new boy Shaun MacDonald who also carried off the Sponsors MOTM, who got the nod by a sizeable distance.

The full voting results are as follows, with outright MOTM votes in brackets. Don't forget you still have until 7.45p.m. tonight to get in your votes for the Leyton Orient match on Saturday.


1 Shaun MacDonald 350 (26)
2 Craig Alcock 216 (13)
3 Danny Schofield 124 (5)
4 Aaron Brown 122 (7)
5 Andy Welsh 68 (4)
6 Luke Rodgers 68 (2)
7 Terrell Forbes 58 (0)
8 Josh Wagenaar 56 (3)
9 Keiran Murtagh 14 (0)
10 Paul Warne 12 (1)
11 Aleksandar Prijović 6 (0)
12 Nathan Smith 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.52

Performance: 7.87
Entertainment: 7.18

VOTES RECEIVED: 61


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3 February 2009 : Centre Of Excellence vs Bristol Rovers
Yeovil Town's Centre of Excellence sides played Bristol Rovers in the weekend just gone. The results were not as positive as in recent weeks, although the matches were played in difficult conditions in bitterly cold weather. Results that we're aware of are as follows:

Yeovil Town U16s: Lost 0-2.
Yeovil Town U15s: Drew 1-1.
Yeovil Town U14s: Lost 1-4.
Yeovil Town U13s: Lost 1-3.
Yeovil Town U12s: Won 3-2.
Yeovil Town U11s: Lost 3-4.
Yeovil Town U10s: Lost 1-7.
Yeovil Town U9s: Lost 0-3.

If anyone can supply results or further information on any of the above matches, then drop an email to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com


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3 February 2009 : Tonight's Game Is OFF
Surprising no one, tonight's League One fixture against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road is OFF.

A 9.00 a.m. pitch inspection declared the conditions generally unsafe for both players and spectators within the Alexandra Stadium, and specifically that parts of the playing surface were frozen.

The match will be rearranged to a later date.


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2 February 2009 : No Late Movement As Transfer Window Closes
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has said that he is not too concerned about the fact that he could not add to his squad ahead of the transfer window closing tonight. The Glovers had zero movement on transfer deadline day, ensuring a tame end to the month's worth of dealings around the country as far as those at Huish Park are concerned.

Russell confirmed to BBC Somerset that he is still chasing a striker, but with that not having gone through at present, he was willing to bide his time and wait until the loan window opened in a week's time:

"I dearly would like to bring in another front player, as I think that would help us immensely. The window will come and go, but we've still got the emergency loan system that will allows you to bring somebody in for up to 93 days. That in effect takes you until the end of the season anyway. So there's no panic over that, as much as I'd like to address it. It's not until February 9th that it actually re-opens. The window shuts and you can't do anything for a week. But on the 9th of February you can bring in your loans again."

Recent January transfer windows have not been kind to the Glovers, losing players such as Lee Johnson, Darren Way, Gary Dempsey along with loan players such as Leon Best and James Walker and in past years, it's been apparent that Yeovil have exited January with a weaker squad than they had when they arrived.

This time round, with the arrival of loan players Jonathan Worthington, Aleksandar Prijović, Shaun MacDonald and Lee Cox - albeit with a number of those covering for current injuries - that has been offset so far by the retirement of Marc Bircham, meaning that for once the Glovers have ended the month stronger than when they started it.

Russell admitted that there had been some verbal interest in a couple of his players, but said that the interest had not turned into any written offers landing on the table:

"We've had just a little bit of interest in one or two of the players, but nothing concrete."

The Yeovil boss has hinted recently that if the club's injury list clears up then he may look to get some of the younger players within the squad out on loan. However, we suspect that is unlikely to happen until the current flurry of midweek matches dies down and the likes of Luke Rodgers, Lee Peltier and Gary Roberts return to action.


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2 February 2009 : Ciderspace Guide To Crewe
For those daft enough to brave the elements and (potentially) travel to Gresty Road, don't forget that the Ciderspace guide to Crewe Alexandra is available.

Featuring the usual selection of directions, club background, pub guides and admission prices, it can be found via the link below.

There's been no official confirmation of this, but it would appear that there is a pitch inspection at Gresty Road tomorrow morning at 9.00a.m. Assuming that is true, we'll try and find out the result of that and publicise it as soon as we know the outcome.

Needless to say, if the game does take place tomorrow evening, we'd urge all those travelling to allow additional time for your journey, and to ensure that you set off with a few extras in your car and a fully charged mobile, just in case you need to make alternative plans at any stage in your journey.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Crewe.


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2 February 2009 : Welsh Call Up For Shaun
No sooner arrived than Shaun MacDonald is away for a few days, though currently - ahead of any more rearrangements that may materialise - at least it's in one of the few weeks coming up where Yeovil Town don't have a First Team mid-week fixture.

MacDonald has been selected for the Wales U21 Friendly against Northern Ireland. It will be his 16th representative match for his country since making his debut against Azerbaijan in 2005 ; he has scored one goal. This is the final warm-up game before the start of the next UEFA Under 21 Championship qualifiers in March. Kick-off is 7.30 p.m. at the Showgrounds, Ballymena, on Tuesday 10th February.

The 18-man squad named by manager Brian Flynn is :

Jonathan North (Watford)
Rhys Taylor (Chelsea)
Grant Basey (Charlton Athletic)
Darcy Blake (Cardiff City)
Lloyd James (Southampton)
Neil Taylor (Wrexham)
Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough - on loan at Burnley)
James Wilson (Bristol City)
Joe Allen (Swansea City)
Mark Bradley (Walsall)
Nathan Craig (Everton)
Andy King (Leicester City)
Shaun MacDonald (Swansea City - on loan at Yeovil Town)
Joe Partington (AFC Bournemouth)
Jonathan Brown (Cardiff City - on loan at Wrexham)
Simon Church (Reading)
Jordan Follows (Llanelli)
Marc Williams (Wrexham)

We wish Shaun the best of luck.


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2 February 2009 : 15-1-0
Yeovil Town Ladies Reserves notched up their fifteenth league victory of the season, away at Winsham on Sunday. Their record on the road remains perfect, at 9-0-0, the only slight blip to the campaign so far coming at home back in October when it was the very same Winsham who held them to a 2-2 draw. This time there were no mistakes, with the Glovers romping into a 5-0 lead before the home side got a late consolation with three minutes left.

Final score: Winsham Ladies 1 Yeovil Town Ladies Reserves 5

Next Sunday (8th February) the Reserves are scheduled to be in League Cup action, at home to Bradford Town.


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2 February 2009 : Officials For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town
Assuming there are no weather-related problems tomorrow night, the League One fixture between Crewe Alexandra and Yeovil Town will be looked after by referee Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire).

Despite Mr Boyeson being a regular name on the circuit, our positions at opposite ends of the country means that our paths cross usually about once a season. One of the earlier occasions when our paths previously crossed was at the Saunders Honda Stadium in February 2005 when, despite dishing out four yellows and a red to the home side, Boyeson could and should have been even firmer with a thuggish display from Chester City that topped even their usual standards. That said he was roundly abused by Mr Cheat himself, Steve Evans, just a month later over some supposed injustice - so he can't be all bad as an official.

We were also not particularly impressed with Mr Boyeson on another occasion - the 3-2 defeat at Rotherham United in December 2006 when he tended to give most of the major decisions to the home side, in our opinion bottling a late penalty decision that could have given the Glovers a point out of the game, having earlier awarded Rotherham a controversial penalty deep into first half stoppage time that gave the Millers their third and ultimately vital goal.

However, our last meeting came in the 2-0 defeat against Hartlepool United in March 2008. Whilst that was not one of our better days out, Mr Boyeson doesn't get a mention in our match report, and we can't recall anything particular about him on the day, which is always a good sign!

If it is a lenient referee that you want, then Mr Boyeson is your man. The soccerbase.com website reports that he has dished out just 26 yellow cards and one red card across 22 matches this season, and last season he averaged less than two yellow cards per match. However, that sort of approach to officiating only works of course if two sporting sides are battling against each other - thankfully Crewe historically have had a reputation for being one of the more football-based sided in the division, so hopefully Mr Boyeson can justifiably take a back seat.

Mr Boyeson will be assisted by Darren Bond (Lancashire) and Russell Fletcher (Derbyshire). The Fourth Official will be Mark Hutchinson (Nottinghamshire).

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : February 2005 : Chester City 0 - 2 Yeovil Town

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : December 2006 : Rotherham United 3 - 2 Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : March 2008 : Hartlepool United 2 - 0 Yeovil Town.


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2 February 2009 : Youth Team Stun League Leaders
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side produced their best result of the season on Saturday as they beat league leaders Swindon Town 1-0 at Somerton. The young Glovers were up against a side that are top of the Youth Alliance South-West division and had only dropped points in one game so far this season and were unbeaten this campaign.

The Glovers won the game by a single goal - a feat made all the more remarkable by the fact that they'd not won at home all season. In fact, we're pretty sure this is their first win on the Somerton ground. Big congratulations to the lads on that result!

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under 18s 1 Swindon Town U18s 0.

Scorer: Rico Wilson (1-0, 68 mins).

Yeovil Town U18s:
1. Jamie Beale 2. Danny Thomson 3. Tom Scott 4. Jason Sangha (Capt) 5. Harry Montacute 6.Harry Nodwell 7. Ashley Clarke 8. Steve Friend 9. Josh Robinson 10. Rico Wilson 11. Adam Wakley.

Subs: 12. Corrie Lewis 14. Lloyd Moyce (76 mins for Steve Friend) 15. Joe Byrne (80 mins for Adam Wakley)


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1 February 2009 : Ladies Keep The Pressure On
Yeovil Town Ladies kept the pressure up at the top of the Combination South West this afternoon with a 5-1 victory over Forest Green Rovers.

Goals from Lindsey Roe (18 mins, cleverly tapped in from close range after Kayleigh Nardiello had run across the pitch to win the ball back and then cross it), Sarah Roxburgh (25 mins, hammered the ball into the top of the net from 25 yards), Anusia Rourke (42 mins, slotted the ball past a forest - no pun intended - of defenders), Amy Wilde (75 mins, left the defence behind and beat the keeper one on one ) and Jemma Tewkesbury (78 mins, cool penalty after Nardiello had been felled in the area) saw the home side run out comfortable winners. Candy Hopson got the consolation for Rovers.

As far as we are aware Queens Park Rangers did not have a league game today. If that's the case the Glovers now head the table with 30 points from 12 matches played, QPR drop to second on 28 but have two matches in hand, whilst FGR remain in third but are now eight points adrift with two less games played than the leaders.

(Our thanks to Tony Elbourn for details on the match.)


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1 February 2009 : Russell's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Game
Following yesterday's 1-0 win at Brisbane Road, Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to BBC local radio about the game. Speaking to reporter Pete Simson, Russell's views on the win over Leyton Orient are recorded via the transcipt below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Game.


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1 February 2009 : Man of the Match Voting For The Leyton Orient Match
For the 415 of you who were at Brisbane Road yesterday, don't forget that the Man of the Match voting form is available for you to cast your votes. Choose your top three players for the 1-0 win over Leyton Orient, along with entertainment and performance ratings along with any other additional comments you wish to make, via the form below.

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


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