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31 March 2004 : Officials For Torquay
Saturday's match against Torquay United will be looked after by Premiership listed referee Rob Styles (Hampshire). He will be assisted by Bernard Baker, also of Hampshire and Tony Green who hails from Leicestershire.

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30 March 2004 : Reserves Go Cherry Picking
Yeovil Town Reserves grabbed themselves an impressive 4-2 win against the AFC Bournemouth second string side at Dean Court tonight.

The Glovers the edge over their more lofty opponents for most of the game after choosing to field a strong side and despite the Cherries pulling the score back to 2-2 at one stage, four goals from four different goalscorers ensured Yeovil made the short trip back home in good spirits.

Simon Weatherstone cancelled out an early Bournemouth goal with a long-range header to keep the scores level at half time. But second half goals from Adam Stansfield, Jake Edwards and Dale Williams saw Yeovil gain a comfortable victory. Edwards and Dani Rodrigues also had goals ruled out for offside during the match. Bournemouth's goalscorers were Derek Holmes and Neil Young.

Not only was the result good, but with Nick Crittenden, Paul Terry and Dani Rodrigues managing a full 90 minutes and Jake Edwards playing the first 80 minutes, Gary Johnson's team selection for Saturday's trip to Torquay United now has considerably more options to it.

Final score: AFC Bournemouth Reserves 2 - 4 Yeovil Town Reserves.

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29 March 2004 : Reserve Fixture Switched
Yeovil Town's Reserve Team fixture against AFC Bournemouth has had a slight change of plan, according to the Official Bournemouth Website.

The Pontins Football Combination fixture had been due to kick-off at 2.00pm at Fawcett's Field, New Milton on Wednesday afternoon.

However, this has now been switched to tomorrow (Tuesday) with a 7.00pm kick-off at Bournemouth's Dean Court stadium. Admission will be free.

Yeovil Town's team is expected to be : Northmore, Talbot, Reed, Smith, Lindegaard, Crittenden, Weatherstone, Terry, Edwards, Stansfield, D. Rodrigues
Subs: Welch, Thompson, Williams, Barker

Similarly, next week's reserve team fixture away to Cardiff City reserves at Ninian Park has been brought forward by 24 hours to Tuesday 6th April, 2pm kick-off.

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28 March 2004 : Gary Happy With Players ... But Not The Referee!
Glovers manager Gary Johnson had to choose his words carefully when speaking to the press following Saturday's 1-1 draw against Mansfield Town. Following a match where everyone came out talking about the inept performance of Northamptonshire referee Richard Beeby, Gary reminded the press that they'd also seen a good game of football:

Gary do you feel hard done by only getting a point from that match?

Yeah, I think so. I think we did enough to win the game and it was one of those at 1-0 where we were quite comfortable, we were creating chances, Jacko had a great chance to make it 2-0. We should have got a penalty in the first 10-15 minutes, I can't believe that wasn't given but there you go, the referee obviously didn't want to send him off, but to give a penalty he would have had to have sent him off so that was unfortunate. But the one good thing for me was we got our form back, we played some good football, we were part of a very very good third division game with two good football teams and created more chances but we've not picked up anymore points than them.

Have you spoken to the referee to ask him why he didn't give that penalty?

I daren't speak to him. It's not the time to speak to him. I will have to take a week to calm down first and I will speak to him next week.

What about his general performance?

It was poor wasn't it but that's all I'm willing to say. I don't want to make a trip to London alongside Sam Allardyce. I thought he was poor because the game was good and I just thought there were a couple of vital decisions that went against us. That could have won us the day, but both teams hung on in there and other teams drew so we haven't lost too much ground, but the biggest thing is we got our form back.

You seem pleased with the performance?

I'm very pleased with the performance. Certain individuals might have been a bit more clinical but generally there was a very very good work rate. As I said we were part of a very good football match and that's what I want to see. It would have been great if we'd got the winner and won 2-1. Everybody would have been saying what a fantastic game we played. It was that near to being a fantastic game for us but unfortunately we have to reflect on a couple of points lost even though we haven't really lost any ground.

Tell us about Terry Skiverton because he was clattered twice in that game. Wasn't he was he close to coming off after the first time?

Well he was but he got through that. He got something in the face, the second time was when his back went slightly out when he headed the ball. So it was his back more than anything and he struggled. He's as honest as the day is long and Skivo knew that he couldn't carry on so we had to make an adjustment. It doesn't help you but we did create chances after that as well.

Is he ok now?

No, he is sitting very straight backed, very uncomfortable at the moment but we will get a medical team looking at him and they can assess it at this moment.

Are you a bit worried about lack of goals at the moment? You mentioned a couple of chances there for Kirk Jackson does it worry you a bit?

Well it does because you'd like to score four goals every game but that doesn't happen and Mansfield are a strong side so you know its going to be fairly close. All I can do as a coach and as a manager is to setup the coaching and the opportunities for people and at the end of the day its whether they go in or not. Simon Weatherstone couldn't have done much more as he's hit the fellow on the line. The keeper has made a good save from Lee, Jacko's had his chance, Gally has hit the post, and we should have had a penalty. There are lots of ifs and buts that you can cry over but they are gone now and we've just got to create that many chances next week.

You must have been impressed by Steve Collis in your goal with two fantastic saves?

That's why he's here, and that's why he has sat here patiently for two and a half years and all of us in this room knew he was a great goalkeeper and when he got his chance we knew that he'd take it.

This is the start of a big week for you with Torquay next week. It was important that you took something out of this game wasn't it?

Yes it was important for both teams not to lose but I think we were the team at the end trying to win it. They were throwing men forward at 1-0, and I was a bit disappointed with the two or three freekicks we gave away on the edge of the box that put us under a bit of pressure. Collis had to make a great save and then the save that led to the goal, we were a bit naÔve there. We should have just stood up and not given freekicks away. But we had four or five chances at the other end in the last five or six minutes. They've got to go in but we are still there or thereabouts and with eight games to go there are plenty of points at stake.

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28 March 2004 : It's That Time Of Year Again
Yep, the end of season awards are upon us all too soon.

Y.T.I.S.A. Members should send their votes to out-going Chairman Mark Kelly by e-mail, collecting a voting form from any committee member from next Saturday (Torquay) onwards, or by downloading a voting form from (though we couldn't find it when we looked, hence no direct link yet).

Members are asked to vote for their Player of the Season, and their Runner-up Player of the Season. Voting closes at midday on Tuesday 13th April.

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27 March 2004 : Beeby throws toys out of pram as Glovers share points with Stags
A Gavin Williams penalty gave Yeovil Town a 32nd minute lead against play-off rivals Mansfield Town at Huish Park this afternoon after Glovers striker Kevin Gall was cynically taken down from behind in the Stags penalty box.... At least, that's what I should be writing at this time, but referee Richard Beeby saw things differently, waving away Yeovil claims to what appeared to be the most blatant and obvious penalty decision one could ever hope to see.

Mr Beeby proved himself a master of ineptitude all afternoon, confusing and infuriating both crowd and players with his idiosyncratic interpretation of the laws of the game. Despite his worst efforts, a rather good game of football eventually broke out with both sides favouring attack over defence and going for all three points on offer. After a goalless first half when both teams had hit the woodwork, the visitors from a Neil Mackenzie shot and a header from the luckless Kevin Gall for the Glovers; it was the home side who eventually took a deserved lead, Terry Skiverton heading home a 61st minute corner. Rhys Day equalised for the Stags on 73 minutes and both sides thereafter had chances to score in a pulsating final quarter, though a point apiece in the end was probably just about fair in the circumstances.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson refused to comment on the referee's performance after the match. "I wont do that for a week," he insisted. "I will when I have calmed down - I don't want to have to go before the FA along with [Bolton manager] Sam Allardyce."

Of the game itself Johnson said: "Although I am disappointed not to get the three points I thought we deserved, I was pleased that we got our form back and we are still in there chasing promotion."

Final score: Yeovil Town 1 - 1 Mansfield Town.

Glovers goalscorer Terry Skiverton was substituted with a back injury during the second half but was fortunate enough to encounter a certain Ron Johnson after the game, chiropracter extraordinaire, as well as father of Gary and grandfather of Lee. Reports suggest that after a session under the healing hands of Johnson Senior the Yeovil captain was feeling much more comfortable and hopeful of being fit for next Saturday's crunch trip to Torquay.

In other injury news, Hugo Rodriguez broken nose was reset earlier this week - it's hoped he will have recovered in time for the Torquay game next weekend. New signing Lee Matthews was expected to start today's game but has been suffering from a virus and barely made the bench in the end; Paul Terry caught the same bug and was left out of the squad altogether. The other unlucky man today was Nick Crittenden who has finally recovered from his various injury ailments, only to be laid low by tonsilitis since his comeback in the reserves last Wednesday. Get well soon lads!

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25 March 2004 : Talbot Joins Glovers
No need for panic - not the giant-conked spendthrift of a manager late of Rushden & Diamonds, but Nathan Talbot, who trialed in the Reserves 4-2 victory over Bristol Rovers last night.

Talbot is a Third Year Academy Squad member at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Born 21st October 1984, and 6' 1". Primarily listed as a defender he can also play midfield, and is left sided. He was a regular in the Under 19's, and also appeared for Wolves Reserves.

He was personally recommended to Gary Johnson by Wolves manager Dave Jones, and has been given a short term contract until the end of the season in the first instance.

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24 March 2004 : Portuguese Invasion Gathers Pace At Huish Park
Glovers manager Gary Johnson has made yet another move into the transfer market ahead of tomorrow's (Thursday) transfer deadline with the capture of former Southampton and Bournemouth striker Dani Rodrigues. The 24 year old was born in Madeira in Portugal and after a loan period at Dean Court, Southampton snapped him up for 170,000 pounds under Bournemouth's noses from his parent club Farense in Portugal, where during his younger days he had come across a certain Hugo Rodrigues (no relation).

Alas, Dani's luck under Glenn Hoddle was not good, and whilst out on loan at Bristol City, he broke his leg and returned to the south coast. A second loan period at Ashton Gate came following his recovery but Rodrigues was eventually released from Southampton and moved to the Bescott Stadium, where he played under Colin Todd at Walsall.

Rodrigues was released from Walsall in January 2003 and has since turned up playing for Ionikos in the Greek First Division. He has now returned to England on a short term deal that ties him to Huish Park until the end of the season. Dani is a pacey striker who will no doubt challenge Kevin Gall and Adam Stansfield for the 'goal poacher' position in the side.

Gary Johnson told the official site: "Danny has signed on for a short term deal but with a long term deal in view. I know that sounds like a contradiction but I want to give Danny the opportunity to get his fitness back to the level he had at Southampton. If I can get him back to anywhere near that level of fitness we will have signed a very good player. But I must stress that Danny will need time to reach those levels and to settle in at Yeovil."

Rodrigues played in the 4-2 win over Bristol Rovers tonight and was joined by fellow new-boy Ryan Northmore who was between the sticks, whilst trialists Jamie Gleeson, Nick Matthews and Nathan Talbot also made their debuts for the reserves.

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24 March 2004 : Rovers Hit For Four By Glovers Again
Yeovil Town hit four goals past Bristol Rovers for the second time in March when the respective reserve sides played at Huish Park tonight in a Pontins Football Combination league match.

The Glovers took the lead through Kirk Jackson as part of a real team goal and never looked back. Jacko added a second whilst a goal from Simon Weatherstone ensured that Yeovil went in 3-1 up at the break.

A slightly tamer second half saw Rovers pull a further goal back before an own goal restored Yeovil's two-goal margin. The Gashead goals were scored by Lewis Haldane and Shane Hobbs.

The remaining Reserve Team fixtures can be found here.

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24 March 2004 : York Date Rearranged
Yeovil Town's return to York, following Saturday's postponed fixture, will now be made on Tuesday April 20th, according to semi-official website

York City Financial Director Terry Doyle said of Saturday's costly downpour: "The postponement was a major disappointment because it came at a time - March - when cash is very tight and is generally tight at most clubs because of the way the Football League distributes money to its clubs. Our last contribution from the League was a small one in February and the next will not be until April. The major problem for us when a game like Yeovil is postponed is that we have to pay travel costs for them to come back."

By the time the game is played, the match could have extra significance. Not only are the Glovers on the very edge of the play-off zone currently, York are now being sucked into a relegation battle seemingly involving nearly half the clubs in the Third Division, with 12 clubs separated by just seven points and basement duo Macclesfield and Carlisle still closing the gap on the struggling dozen.

The remaining fixtures of the season can be found at the bottom of this page.

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24 March 2004 : Elam To Chester
The Chester City Official Site reports that manager Mark Wright has signed up Lee Elam from Yeovil Town until the end of the season :

Mark Wright has negotiated a deal to bring in winger Lee Elam from Yeovil this week and remain until the end of the season. Elam being the right-sided winger the manager has been tracking.

Gary Johnson stated :

Lee is another one of our players that is not getting the regular first team action he needs. He has travelled to Chester today to discuss a possible loan move to them until the end of the season.

Our best wishes to Lee in his time with Chester, especially on April 24th!

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23 March 2004 : Trio On Trial
A trio of new players will feature in tomorrow (Wednesday) night's Reserve Team fixture against Bristol Rovers at Huish Park, kick-off 7.00pm.

The three are youngsters currently with Premiership clubs, with Glovers manager Gary Johnson presumably trying to size them up for next season's influx rather than any immediate input into the first team squad ahead of Thursday's transfer deadline.

Nathan Talbott (or perhaps Talbot; spelling seems to vary across various sources) is a left-back who has worked his way through the Wolverhampton Wanderers Under 17 and 19 sides. Nathan is going to be released by Wolves over the summer according to their Official Site.

Jamie Gleeson is a member of Southampton's Under 19 side and is a central midfielder, who is rated for his passing ability. He is 6'0" tall and was born in Poole.

Like the other two players, Nick Matthews has also worked his way though the Under 17 and Under 19 levels at his club. Nick is currently at Leicester City where he operates as a defender.

All three have been training at Huish Park this week and will play in tomorrow night's game. They will be joined by on-loan goalkeeper Ryan Northmore who will be between the sticks tomorrow. Johnson will also be fielding Adam Stansfield, Paul Terry, Lee Elam and Kirk Jackson confirmed as being in the line-up.

Nick Crittenden also makes his comeback from injury, although Jake Edwards has not been deemed ready to return just yet, with the striker likely to be ready for training next week.

Other places are likely to be taken by Stephen Reed, Dale Williams, Shaun Smith, Sam Croft and Charlie Welch.

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23 March 2004 : YTISA Press Release : Chairman Steps Down
Ciderspace has received the following press release from the Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association:

THE chairman of the Yeovil Town Independent Supporters’ Association, Mark Kelly, has announced that he is to step down from the role at the end of the season.

Mark, who was the founder of the YTISA in the summer of 1999, has taken the decision to allow fresh blood to take over the chairmanship.

This has not been an easy decision to make as the YTISA has been my baby,” he said. “But there comes a time when you feel that you’ve done all you can and that time is now.

“I’ve enjoyed my role as chairman over the past five years, but I now feel that a fresh pair of legs are needed.

“I would like to thank all the committee members and members – especially my wife Sara – for their continued support. Although I’m stepping down as chairman I will still continue to help out with the YTISA

From the group’s early days, the YTISA has flourished and is fast approaching the 500-strong membership.

The YTISA has made many donations to the football club over the past few years and was pivotal in the Erection 2000 Appeal to help fund the building of the roof above the home end terrace at Huish Park which reached a successful conclusion in April 2001.

Letters explaining Mark’s decision to stand down have been sent to YTISA president Bryan W. Moore, Yeovil Town chairman John Fry and team manager Gary Johnson.

The YTISA would like to publicly thank Mark for all his work over the years and although he is not someone you would call Mr Diplomacy, his enthusiasm and support for the club is second to none.

YTISA press officer Steve Sowden said: “We are sure that Mark will continue to be at games both home and away to lend his ‘vocal’ encouragement to the players!

Mark has done a fantastic job as chairman of the YTISA. I can remember when I first got involved with the group that it just constituted Mark driving a minibus of supporters to away games while Yeovil were playing in the ICIS League.

“From small seeds grow big trees they say and that is certainly the case for the YTISA. The group has grown from a minibus of supporters to a fleet of coaches heading for Villa Park and the FA Trophy Final – and that has been down to Mark’s efforts.

“The group will miss Mark’s enthusiasm as chairman when he steps down at the end of the season, but we are glad that he has agreed to still lend his support to the association. I don’t think he would be able to take a back seat so easily

And YTISA treasurer, Stewart Bratherton, added: “Mark has done a lot of hard work and we must ensure that we continue in the same direction.”

Remaining committee members will be holding a meeting in the near future to discuss the way ahead, but a final decision on the new chairman will be dependant on a vote of the entire YTISA membership.

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23 March 2004 : Better news on injuries as Critts returns
Glovers winger Nick Crittenden, out since February with hamstring and then shin injuries, is set to make his comeback in tomorrow night's home reserve team fixture v Bristol Rovers reserves at Huish Park - and he could be joined by striker Jake Edwards, who is also on the verge of recovery after last month's groin operation.

"It's good news about Critts and Jake is not too far away," Glovers boss Gary Johnson told the Western Daily Press. "Critts will definitely play and I will decide about Jake on Wednesday. It may come too soon for him. But it looks like we will be going into the last nine games with close to a fully-fit squad."

In the meantime Johnson has played down internet rumours linking Yeovil to former Cardiff City midfielders Jason Bowen and Mark Bonner. Both players were out of contract at the end of the season with the Welsh side and have now been released ahead of this week's transfer deadline, but Johnson has denied making any inquiries about either player as yet.

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23 March 2004 : HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!
Five years ago today, on Tuesday 23rd March 1999, Ciderspace was born. Of course as with all these things the conception was months earlier, and the gestation period long and at times difficult.

Happy Birthday!
Happy birthday to us, happy birthday to us...........

The first ever item was a report on a 3-1 victory over Southport in front of 2,158. The team that night was : Tony Pennock, David Piper, Rob Cousins, Al-James Hannigan, Dean Chandler, Murray Fishlock, Steve Thompson, Steve Stott, Phil Simpson, Owen Pickard and Warren Patmore, with Ben Smith, Tony Pounder and Darren Keeling on the bench. Five years on and only Steve Thompson remains with Yeovil Town. In fact the Southport team that night would seem slightly more familiar to a spectator dropping in on the Third Division this season, with Lee Trundle (now at Swansea City) and Lee Elam (now of course with Yeovil) leading the attack.

Jon Morgan's Man of the Match was Phil Simpson : This is getting monotonous! Yet again Phil looked our most creative player and although he played no direct part in any of our goals he was the player who was making things happen for Yeovil throughout the game. After a bit of a dodgy start he's really starting to settle into the side now and looks to be an important signing. Thus demonstrating Taff (Glover) knew as little about football then as he does now! Still it did take us another year to get rid of him. Mr Simpson that is. Mr Morgan is still here.

Colin Lippiatt (1998-1999) was the manager when Ciderspace started. And we have also seen off Steve Thompson (1999-2000), Dave Webb (2000), Colin Addison (2000-2001), and the arrival of Gary Johnson (2001-??). Despite Yeovil's propensity, until recently, to continue its historical revolving door policy, these have been good years for the club. At the stadium we now have a roof on the home terrace and a new pitch. We have become a full-time professional club. In the silverware cabinet there has been a Conference Runners-Up Trophy, a F.A. Trophy, and of course the Conference Champions Trophy. The last bringing with it that Holy Grail for all followers of Yeovil Town for over a century - Football League status. In the season Ciderspace began crowds averaged 2,406. The figure to date this season is 6,104.

With the growth of Yeovil Town has followed the growth of Ciderspace. There's been one complete site redesign. The pages have expanded from dozens to hundreds. Exact figures are not available for the forum, as the provider has been changed a number of times, but probably something around 100,000 postings have been made in the last five years. We calculate that in that time almost 100 have made any sense. The main site used to have around 60-70 people reading say a match report; now it's five to six hundred. There are around 70,000 page visits a month, excluding the forum which can have 300 unique visitors in a day at busy times, though the average is just over 200. List membership stands at 257; the exiles database, launched in September 2002, at 289.

We've had our rows with people, even suffered attacks both from fans of other clubs and some from our own camp threatening legal action at times. Undoubtedly we've made mistakes, and apolgise for any we haven't acknowleged before. But the pleasure of running Ciderspace has far outweighed the occasional aggravation. We've made many new friends ourselves through this site, and know that lots of others have likewise, or rediscovered old ones. So many people have contributed to and supported Ciderspace in so many ways that it's not practical to list you all. And if we tried we'd be bound to miss somebody out through forgetfulness or clerical error. But you all know who you are, and our heartfelt thanks to one and all.

We weren't the first site related to Yeovil Town football on the Net, and we won't be the last. And we promise not to blow our own trumpet again until we are celebrating our tenth birthday, and another five years in the progress of YEOVIL TOWN F.C. - which is the only reason we're here in the first place.

Ciderspace at Villa Park
Ciderspace, The Next Generation - at Villa Park
Photo © 2002 Ciderspace

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22 March 2004 : Torquay Away Allocation Sold Out
Yeovil Town's 1,600 strong away ticket allocation for the visit to Torquay United on April 3rd has now officially sold out. The last remaining tickets went on general sale this morning and these have all now been snapped up.

Torquay's Plainmoor ground holds 6,300 spectators, and latest indications from the Devon club late last week were that they had sold approximately two-thirds of their home allocation.

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20 March 2004 : York game OFF
Bootham Crescent on Saturday afternoon
Bootham Crescent on Saturday afternoon
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace

Today's Nationwide Division Three against York City at Bootham Crescent has been postponed after a 1.30pm pitch inspection. A combination of a waterlogged pitch and high winds appears to be to blame for the late postponement - not that that will be much consolation for the hundreds of Glovers fans who have made the long journey to Yorkshire today.
A date for the re-scheduled game has yet to be announced.
Is it time to start using the 'bring on the sub' jokes?
Is it time to start using the 'bring on the sub' jokes?
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace

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19 March 2004 : More Squad Shuffling As Gilesy Goes
Striker-turned-defender Chris Giles has become the first Yeovil Town player to depart the camp since the summer. He has signed a 14 month contract with Nationwide Conference playoff challengers Aldershot Town, who also carry on-loan midfielder Jamie Gosling within their ranks.

Giles made his first team debut for the club in the final match of the 1999/2000 season, whilst still playing for the club's Youth Team. He signed for Yeovil from Sherborne Town and made 64 appearances for the first team - mainly from the bench - scoring 16 goals. This season an ankle injury saw him restricted to just 12 minutes of first team football and he recently completed a month's loan at Woking.

Talking of Woking, Glovers manager Gary Johnson has drafted in goalkeeper Ryan Northmore from the Surrey club, on a month's loan. Northmore was born in Plymouth on 5th September 1980 and spent four seasons at Torquay United, making 31 first team appearances before moving to Team Bath where he was their keeper for their high-profile 2002/03 season FA Cup run. Last summer he moved to Woking but has been unable to dislodge their first choice keeper.

Exactly what Johnson's motives are with this loan are unclear. It may be that goalkeeper coach Jon Sheffield is unable to fulfill the role of back-up goalkeeper for the full period of Chris Weale's absence, or it could imply that Johnson is anticipating an offer being made for Weale's services and wants to make his move for a potentially permanent replacement before it happens.

Either way, the very best of luck to Chris Giles at his new club and thanks for being part of the success at Yeovil over the past few seasons, whilst we wish Ryan the best of luck at Huish Park.

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18 March 2004 : Fry: You Can Not Build These Teams Overnight
Yeovil Town Chief Executive and Chairman John Fry has today given his strongest indication so far of the sort of strategy the club is adopting in it's attempts to work it's way up the Nationwide Football League. Fry appears to be advocating a 'slow and steady' approach to getting the club into Division Two and beyond rather than resorting to the chequebook, displaying a pragmatic approach to the tasks ahead.

Speaking to the Western Gazette, Fry said of the season so far: "The board is never happy, but everything surrounding our first year in the Football League has met our expectations. I think we have done extremely well on the football front and there is no reason why we should not move on."

Fry also explained why getting in fresh blood was not an easy task for the club and hinted at changes that may occur once the season is over: "If we do not get into the play-offs this year then I think there is going to have to be a rebuilding job which could be a long haul. You cannot build these teams overnight and at some stage you have to look at your squad and your teams on and off the field in a bid to figure out how to move on to the next level. It is difficult to attract players here because we are a footballing outpost. If you go up to the North East, the North West and the Midlands there are dozens of football clubs and people do not have to move very far. But as soon as you come to the Westcountry it is a lot different. Having said that, we are very ambitious and I am sure we hold a lot of appeal to players - but it is just a case of building on what we have got. Gary Johnson makes all those decisions and I am sure he will crack it one day. He is truly committed to this football club and he has a fantastic relationship with the board and the fans. He also wants to win and he wants to get to the top and I think we can do that here for him."

John Fry also gave his view on why it was important not to splash the cash on players demanding high wages to come to Yeovil: "The board and Gary are a partnership and having a wage structure is the way we work. If we broke that then it could mean financial disaster. It is hard to keep a budget level inside a wage structure but we try to be fair to everybody, and that includes the players. Most of the players who come here do it because they want to play for Yeovil Town Football Club although we have lost one or two because of personal reasons. Taking all that into account I think it will take some considerable time for us to find the players we want. We do need changes. It is not the right time of year to look at those changes either. We have the summer period coming up which will give us the time to look around but we shall just have to wait and see what happens over the next few months."

Fry was also asked about the current position of club owner Jon Goddard-Watts and what the future may hold with respect to the ownership of the club, explaining: "Mr Goddard-Watts is the main shareholder but until a problem like that arises then there is no point discussing it. But the board of directors have got contingency plans in place so if anything did happen then we could take care of it. But at the moment there is no indication of that. However, I do not think it would make any difference to our thinking. Mr Goddard-Watts wants us to run the club as a business and make it self-sufficient in the same way as the board does."

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18 March 2004 : One in, one out
Bristol City striker Lee Matthews has joined Yeovil Town on a month's loan with a view to a permanent deal. The 25-year-old began his career with Leeds United as a trainee, going on to make 3 substitute appearances for the Premiership side before going on loan to Notts County, Gillingham and Bristol City. He impressed enough at Ashton Gate for City to pay £100,000 in 2001 for the six-footer in a permanent deal and went on to score 8 goals from 14 starts in his first season at the club. Injury problems wrote off the following season, and this season Lee has spent time on-loan at Darlington and Bristol Rovers, playing in the Rovers side that went down 4-0 at Huish Park last weekend.

Speaking to the club's official site, Matthews said: "I'm delighted to get the chance to play in a promotion chasing side. I was impressed with the Yeovil performance when I played against them for Bristol Rovers and to be a part of this side is an opportunity I could not resist."

Speaking to the Bristol City official website, Robins manager Danny Wilson commented: "It's a good move for Lee. We've heard nothing further from Bristol Rovers and Lee has taken the decision to move to Yeovil after they showed interest in him this week. Lee's not just thinking about this month, but more with a view to securing a permanent contract with them at the end of the season. Yeovil are doing well at the top of the table, pushing for promotion and it's the perfect time for Lee to go and join them."

Meanwhile promising Glovers midfielder Jamie Gosling has joined Conference play-off challengers and FA Trophy semi-finalist's Aldershot Town on a month's loan. "The experience Jamie gains from this move will be invaluable to him in his career," Glovers boss Gary Johnson told the club's official site.

Ciderspace wishes both Jamie and Lee the best of luck at their new clubs.

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17 March 2004 : We Didn't Break Them Down
Glovers manager Gary Johnson last night believed that his side had not done enough to break down a resilient Doncaster Rovers side who nicked a 1-0 win at the hands of their former Conference rivals, to reverse the earlier season result at Belle Vue. Gary answered the following questions from the press after the game:

That was very tough Gary.

Yes, it was tough. To be fair to them, they set their stall out and were very strong at the back and we didn't show enough guile or good play to break them down. I can't remember too many shots coming in, too many crosses or too many chances, which is disappointing when you are at home. So I apologise for our lack of goalmouth incident. They were stronger than us at the back and we weren't good enough to break them down on the day.

The fans though will realise that this was a top of the table clash and with two good sides battling it out often one goal will do it.

Yes, it could hve gone either way. But I felt there were too many stoppages and too many whistles which meant that nobody could get a run of play going. The referee had to come off and that was another few minutes gone. The game seemed to be all about the referee and linesmen today and our whole time was spent watching them. But you can't blame that - all I can do is to blame us for not being able to break them down.

When the goal came, it didn't leave you with an awful lot of time.

It didn't but I thought we scored a perfectly good goal straight after that. People have people marking the goalkeeper and if he wants to run through somebody instead of running around them then we don't think that's a foul against us and we thought that was a good goal. It would have been a good time to get it back after their goal. We were disappointed with that because we felt it was a good bit of play on our part but we lost out because of somebody else's interpretation.

Gavin Williams was through as well.

Yes we thought he was through. But we didn't play well enough. You've got to create five or six chances at least and maybe ten to win a game. Then you can leave alone all of these incidents that could go either way and you're not left leaving things to chance. We didn't create enough and unfortunately that's why we've lost the game.

Was the 3-5-2 OK for you in this game?

Well it's easy with hindsight but I don't think too many people would have wanted me to change it after they'd seen the way we played against Bristol Rovers. It was a competitive match against a team that has got themselves a few points in the bag and didn't necessarily have to come out and win the game. But they did their job and were strong and kept us out of their penalty area.

There were eight yellows - was it that sort of game?

Well I don't think so. It was always going to be competitive but unfortunately this referee thinks that every foul is a yellow card and I don't think it is.

Is that a set-back? You're still in the playoffs.

Well other teams are also not putting runs together. Hull have had a good result, Donny have had a good result, but there is still the third spot to play for, and there is certainly still the playoffs to play for. Nobody seems to be putting in a run behind us. So that was the only saving grace of the day.

A bit of a long trip for you on Saturday at York.

Yes, but I am pleased it is not too far away in time. We need to get up there and some of our players need to perform more often. They can't perform one week and then have a night off every couple of weeks. They've got to perform consistently and because we haven't got that at the moment that's why we are where we are. Hopefully we can get enough consistent games out of them to keep us in the playoffs.

That also comes with experience though, if you look at what Doncaster had put out against you tonight. That's the sort of performance you would like away from home.

It is and sometimes we have put those kind of performances together, away at Doncaster, away at Mansfield and away at Hull. We've also done home to Lincoln and home to Swansea. There are games in which we've done well in, it's just the consistency. I'm just disappointed that we didn't do enough. We haven't entertained today and no-one has entertained me. We didn't have a good run or a good pass or a good shot or a bit of bravery in the box and I don't like that. We tried to do a little bit more in the second half but it was without the end product. There was no end product at all and that's not just the forwards, that's everyone. Who had a shot? I can't remember a shot.

What was the incident at the top of the field with Gall. Did the officials explain that?

He said that he didn't stamp on him, he trod on him and that was the reason why it was a yellow and not a red. He trod on him but it wasn't aggressive. I wasn't happy with all of that, but I can only try and do something about my team. I can't do anything about the team in black.

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17 March 2004 : Macca has the last laugh
Former Glover Michael McIndoe returned to Huish Park last night for the first time since his controversial transfer to Doncaster Rovers last summer and endured a torrid 90 minutes in front of a fired up home crowd and also at the hands of local boy Andy Lindegaard, who man-marked the Scotish winger out of the game. But McIndoe had the last laugh, teammate Ricky Ravenhill scoring the only goal of a scrappy, tense affair to give Donny all 3 points and increase their lead at the top of the division three table.

The visitors were good value for their win, closing down the Glovers midfield quickly whenever the home team had the ball and generally being first to loose balls all night. The cold hard stats at the end of the game told their own story with nine attempts at goal from Donny to only one from the home side.

It could have been all so different if referee Mick Fletcher had applied the rules of the game throughout however - Doncaster's Mark Albrighton should have been sent off for a professional foul on Gavin Williams after 20 minutes, and Steve Foster later escaped with a booking after a stamp on Kevin Gall early in the second half. The officials did the Glovers no favours all evening - Gavin Williams had a goal disallowed for offside in the first half, a truly shocking decision; and Colin Pluck forced the ball in the net from a corner just after Ravenhill had put the visitors ahead, only for the official to rule it out for a push - television replays showed afterwards that the only man being fouled was Glovers striker Adam Stansfield.

"I thought we deserved it" Donny boss David Penney said after the game. "We knew we had to stifle their good players in midfield and also
Gavin Williams who plays in the hole. We did it well. I was determined to freshen things up a bit after dropping points last Saturday so I played Leo Fortune-West up front with Chris Brown. To be fair they didn't do a lot in the second half but things perked up when I brought on Gregg Blundell."

Glovers boss Gary Johnson was upset by his team's performance. "We didn't show enough guile or good play to break them down," he admitted afterwards. "I can't remember too many shots going in or many chances. I apologise for our lack of goal mouth action. I don't know what happened tonight. Basically they were stronger than us at the back and we weren't good enough to break them down."

The final word went to former Glover McIndoe, who criticised the Huish Park crowd, saying: "I was going to wish them all the best, but the reception I got I thought was an absolute disgrace. I gave two-and-a-half good years of my life to this club and got promotion and what not and I thought they would be bigger men than that but football is a very strange game at times." It's hard to believe that McIndoe is really that naive, but the word 'disgrace' is an odd one to use from the man who many believe let himself, his teammates and his fans down in his acrimonious transfer last summer. The way you, and your agent, conducted themselves then was the real disgrace, Mr McIndoe.

Final score: Yeovil Town 0 - 1 Doncaster Rovers.

The result wasn't as costly as it might have been to the Glovers play-off hopes, with many of the teams around us drawing or losing themselves. Lincoln City missed the chance to overtake us after drawing 2-2 with struggling Southend at Sincil Bank to remain 8th on 58 points, but still with a game in hand on Yeovil. The Glovers stay 7th on 59 points and Mansfield drop to 6th, again on 59 points after surprisingly being beaten 3-0 by Bury. 5th-placed Oxford on 62 points play in-form Cheltenham this evening, and 4th-placed Torquay have 63 points after drawing 2-2 at struggling Bristol Rovers. The automatic promotion places are taken by Huddersfield in 3rd place on 66 points, surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw at the McAlpine Stadium by relgation-threatened Rochdale; Hull City in 2nd place on 69 points after an easy 3-0 win over Leyton Orient; and Doncaster remain top on 73 points. Judging by last night's performance it's hard to see Donny letting automatic promotion slip now, though whether they'll go up as champions remains to be seen. Click here for the full league table.

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15 March 2004 : Last Three Youth Games Dates Fixed
Yeovil Town's Under 17 side have had their last three fixtures of the league season set as they aim to grab the runners up spot in their first season together in the Football League Youth Alliance league.

Stuart Housley's team take on Cardiff City twice, who represent their main threat to the runners up spot, acting as hosts on March 20th, then travelling to Wales one week later. The Under 17s complete their league season on Easter Saturday when they play Cirencester on April 10th at home. Stuart hopes to extend the season slightly by arranging around three trialist matches for propsective players for the 2004/05 season, with dates yet to be arranged.

Full results, fixtures and team line-ups can be found here whilst the latest league table is here. Appearance statistics for the season so far are here whilst goalscorer stats are here.

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14 March 2004 : Hats Off, Er On, To Paul Terry
Paul Terry
Paul Terry decides fashion is overrated
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace/Blue Stew

We've edited out the gun (they are not allowed in the marquee) being pointed at Paul Terry as he was forced by YTISA officials to model their latest line of hats, but the grimace of sheer terror, masquerading as a smile, gives the game away.

These beanie hats, come in two varieties : the fungus colour shown here, with black lettering; and in black, with white lettering. £7.00 is a small price to pay for peace of mind, and prevents those unfortunate little accidents, like the spontaneous combustion of your car or house, for an entire year.

Coming next week : Lee Johnson models this babygrow...........

Born on a Yeovil Saturday.........
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace/Blue Stew

These and other items of merchandise can he found on the web site of the Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association.

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14 March 2004 : The Green Green Grass Of Home Suits Glovers
Glovers manager Gary Johnson had a smile on his face for the first time in a fortnight, as the Glovers got their feet back on home soil once again, demoralising local rivals Bristol Rovers with an emphatic 4-0 win. Gary answered the following questions from the press immediately after the game:

So Gary out of all the Yeovil performances you've been in charge of where does this one rank?

Right now it feels the highest because thats the feeling we got from this game. There are going to be big games. We've had big games in the past and we are going to have big games in the future, so we mustn't make any one game better than any others but it certainly makes you feel very happy especially when we've had a little bit of a dip in our form. I thought we started off very well, they were unfortunate, it's always unfortunate when you get a lad sent off. But they were already 1-0 down and I thought our boys just kept on and kept going and in the end unfortunately Rovers looked a bit demoralised.

It was a slightly different game in the begining in terms of formation. You did that obviously with Bristol Rovers in mind and that worked.

Yes it did work. Not everything you do works, you try things and it's up to the players to go and perform in that system. But we certainly had the chances and got the game going very quickly for our home fans to see that we were definitely up for it.

When we look at the game it was a crucial five minutes, first of all taking the lead and then the sending off of Graham Hyde can I have your opinion on both things?

Well it was nice to get the goal of course quite early on, 15 minutes. It's nice to spend most of the game at least a goal up as we've proved over the last few seasons we don't tend to get beaten when we go 1-0 up. Then maybe a bit of fustration set in, there was pushing and shoving all over the place and in true Arsene Wenger style I didn't really see it. You don't when there's a lot of people involved but the referee has seen what he's seen there's nothing you can do about it.

After that there was only ever going to be one winner wasn't there and at times it was almost like a training game

Well you'd like to think there was only going to be one winner but you've still got to do the job. It took us another 20 odd minutes for us to get the second goal and then obviously when you get the third one pretty quickly in the second half that's when you feel the games over. But the boys showed some good quality and we were using the whole pitch, making some great 30-40 yard passes and we were still looking dangerous so it was a good performance all-round.

Second goal is Darren Way's?

Well they are arguing in the dressing room now, arguing very nicely and Thommo asked for a vote. They said who votes for Darren Way and there was quiet and then they asked who says it's Abdou's goal and everyone went 'wahey!' so in the dressing room I think they feel it's Abdou's but we will have to have a look at the tape.

He was the man of the match today but you will say there was 11 men of the match today, and the subs of course

Yeah that's right, Paul Terry came on and made the fourth goal. I'd asked him to put in a bit of quality and he did it straight away. But everybody is man of the match as you say. Abdou, yes he did have a very good game and looked very dangerous and he's now reaching a point we needed him to reach. I'm pleased he's hitting form probably just at the right time. It's great to have Skivo and Plucky, a little bit of experience at the back there to give us that solidness. Lets not forget Steve Collis, first game in the league, he's been waiting two and a half years for his league debut and he's come out with flying colours.

After Huddersfield and Scunthorpe a crucial win today and you will be hoping that any blips are over and done with now and you can make that push for promotion

Until our next away game probably, but we are a different kettle of fish at home, our fans are fantastic for us, but we've got to turn our away form around. First, we've got a big game against Donny on Tuesday. This sets us up lovely for that one and hopefully we can get a bit of confidence for going into our next away game.

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13 March 2004 : Oh arr, it's a massacre! Glovers spank sorry Gas
Yeovil Town thrashed struggling Bristol Rovers 4-0 at Huish Park this afternoon with goals from Adam Lockwood, Abdelhalim El Kholti, Gavin Williams and Colin Pluck.

Gary Johnson made five changes to the starting eleven. Steve Collis was handed his league debut in place of the injured Chris Weale, while Terry Skiverton, Colin Pluck, Kevin Gall and Kirk Jackson were recalled to the first team.

Yeovil began brightly with Terry Skiverton and Kevin Gall both coming close early on. Within sixteen minutes the deadlock was broken. A quick Lee Johnson free-kick found the unmarked Skiverton who stuck the upright and the ball fell to Adam Lockwood who finished off a great move. The Gas were down to ten men after Graham Hyde was shown his marching orders following two straight yellow cards. Rovers best chance of the half came from a powerful strike from Lee Matthews, but his shot was comfortably held by Steve Collis. On the stroke of half time Abdel El Kholti doubled the Glovers lead with a spectacular volley finding the back of the net from the edge of the box.

After the break, the post denied Kevin Gall the chance to end his fourteen game goal drought, but moments later he was in the action again. Gallís pass found Gavin Williams on the edge of the box and the Welshman fired home Yeovilís third. Colin Pluck put the game beyond doubt for his fifth goal of the season from Paul Terryís cross to seal a comfortable home win in front of 8,726 - the biggest league home crowd since Yeovil were promoted to the football league.

Match precis - George Murray

Glovers boss Gary Johnson said afterwards: "It was an excellent display. We have had a few dodgy results away from home and I now have to make sure that we can produce this sort of form when we play away. I was particularly pleased with everyone, especially Kirk Jackson who worked hard up front, and Steve Collis who had his first game in goal in the League because Chris Weale was injured."

In contrast, caretaker Rovers boss Phil Bater said he would be considering his position over the weekend. "I know the players say they want me to stay full time, but if I can't motivate them I have to decide what to do. Yeovil were clearly better all over the park," he admitted.

Final score: Yeovil Town 4 - 0 Bristol Rovers.

Yeovil stay 7th in the final play-off spot in the league table on 59 points, 2 points ahead of 8th placed Lincoln City who have a game in hand over the Glovers; the Imps thrashing 6th-placed Mansfield 4-1 today. The Stags are also on 59 points but have 2 games in hand on Yeovil. Torquay stay 5th on 62 points after a 0-0 draw at York, and Oxford's poor run continues with a 2-0 loss at bottom club Carlisle, Oxford dropping a place to 4th and remaining on 62 points. Huddersfield enter the automatic promotion places for the first time this season following their easy 4-1 win over struggling Macclesfield, the Terriers 3rd on 65 points. Hull City beat Scunthorpe 2-1 at home to stay 2nd on 66 points, and Doncaster remain top on 70 points despite being held to a 1-1 draw at Belle Vue by Cheltenham.

In other news it seems that another of Gary's spinning plates has slipped off its perch and has smashed into a thousand pieces on the hard floor.... former Cobblers (no, it's true!) striker Lawrie Dudfield has today signed a contract with Southend United until the end of the 2004-05 season, despite reports that he had agreed terms with the Glovers yesterday. Enjoy your relegation battle Lawrie....

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12 March 2004 : Wealey Breaks Hand
Oh why did we open our big mouths?! "Not wishing to tempt fate, but it could be that Yeovil Town are emerging from the injury crisis........." we said below, and now? Keeper Chris Weale has broken a hand in training. It will be in plaster for the next three weeks and will be reassessed when the plaster comes off. It is not deemed a major break but none the less one that will keep him out for the next month. Hard times for the Weale family, with twin brother Sam Weale conceding this week that his chance of competing in the Olympics in Athens has finally been buried by injury.

Gary Johnson said :

BUGGERATION!! I blame that bloody Ciderspace - er, no he didn't. The manager said :

Obviously itís disappointing to lose someone of Chris Wealeís experience who has been fantastic for us all season but Steve Collis, who is also a very good goalkeeper, has waited very patiently in the wings and his opportunity has now come to prove himself in front of a full house in a local derby.

I think most people at the club know that Steve Collis will be up to the job and those that have watched him regularly in the Reserves know of his capabilities and I have no worries about having him in goal for the next four weeks.

We wish Chris a speedy recovery and Iím sure Chris will be working on every other bone in his body.

We have put this statement out for the benefit of our own fans so that there are no inaccurate whisperings about Chrisís absence. Fortunately we have kept Jon Sheffield on non contract forms so we have some very good experience on the bench.

As most supporters know Jon is our goalkeeping coach and is always at the peak of his fitness. So I would just ask that everybody gets behind Steve Collis and the rest of the lads tomorrow and letís hope for three points in the bag by 5.00 p.m.

Ciderspace agrees. Get well soon Chris, but we're confident the goal is in good hands in Steve Collis whilst you recover.

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12 March 2004 : Team News Up Beat
Not wishing to tempt fate, but it could be that Yeovil Town are emerging from the injury crisis that climaxed in an already makeshift back line at Glanford Park last Saturday having to draft in striker Kirk Jackson, just returned from his loan spell at Dagenham & Redbridge, as a centreback.

Manager Gary Johnson was upbeat this morning, announcing that Colin Pluck, captain Terry Skiverton, and Hugo Rodrigues were all available for selection. With Paul Terry back from his one match suspension the Yeovil defensive options tomorrow should look a little more familiar, though we'd presume Hugo and his broken nose will be protected from anything more than a bench start if possible. The only downer was a further injury to Nick Crittenden, just coming back from his hamstring pull. He needed four stitches in a shin after training, and will be out a further seven to ten days. Chris Giles will return from loan at Woking and be available for the Tuesday night fixture against top of the table Doncaster Rovers.

Speaking on the Official Site Gary said :

We've made three new signings for tomorrow's game: Colin Pluck, Terry Skiverton, and Hugo Rodrigues are available for selection for the Bristol Rovers game tomorrow which is very good news for us.

It is terrific to have a full house again at Huish Park as the last time we had that was against Liverpool. We have been looking forward to this local derby since the last one when we beat Bristol Rovers with a Nick Crittenden goal. With it being a full house it shows the importance of the game - Rovers have taken up their full allocation and will be desperate for the points to keep their team out of the relegation zone and our supporters will be hoping we can come out on top to keep us in the promotion race.

The only injury worry at the moment is Nick Crittenden who took a knock in training and ended up with 4 stitches on his shin so he will be out for 7-10 days. It's a great pity as he appears to have got over his hamstring problems.

Jake Edwards is rehabilitating well and he is into his third week of a six week rehabilitation period. Meanwhile Chris Giles plays his last game on Saturday for Woking so we can call him back up at the end of this weekend.

I am still looking for new players to add to our squad and there are lots of reasons why there hasnít been any signings at this point. All I can ask is that our supporters to get behind the lads tomorrow and let's not forget it's these lads who have got us this far over the past 2 and half years.

Bristol Rovers have this morning completed the signing of 28-year-old Leyton Orient striker Lee Thorpe on a two-year deal after Orient released him from his contract. The Gas report registration confirmation was received from the Football League shortly after 11.00 a.m. today, making the player eligible for selection in tomorrow's West Country derby against Yeovil Town at Huish Park. He has been given the squad number 22, and told he is likely to be in the sixteen at least. Also, from the Yeovil Town end, is confirmation that this game has completely sold out.

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12 March 2004 : Gary Spins Plate Into The Rack?
Reports are emerging that Yeovil Town may be about to sign striker Lawrie Dudfield from potential play-off aspirants Northampton Town. The Western Daily Press is claiming that agreement has been reached between the two clubs, and now discussions are underway over personal terms.

The paper quotes Dudfield's agent Richard Cody as saying :

I have been highly impressed with what I've seen at Yeovil and in particular Gary Johnson. I've been happy with the way the negotiations have gone and would love Lawrie to go there.

Dudfield is a player manager Gary Johnson knows from their time at Kettering Town, where Lawrie was in the youth system. He was picked up by Leicester City, making two appearances as a substitute in the Premier League. There were also loan spells at Lincoln City and Chesterfield before Hull City paid out £250,000 for him in 2001.

Towards the end of last season he went out on loan to then Second Division Northampton Town, and that was made permanent with a free transfer on their relegation over the summer. With the changes occasioned in the months after the dismissal of manager Martin Wilkinson and the bringing in of a new team under Colin Calderwood coinciding with an injury to Dudfield, he seems increasingly to have fallen out of favour at Sixfields. In February he went out on loan to Southend United where he scored three goals in seven starts. Southend were very keen to sign him on a permanent basis, but either his club or the player himself didn't appear too enthusiastic with the thought of that move. Perhaps interest from Yeovil Town was already in the wind.

Dudfield is a six footer, and 23 years old.

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11 March 2004 : Connor Interest Terminated
Quite how far Yeovil's pursuit of Paul Connor went may never get fully revealed. Back in January The Glovers made an approach to Rochdale, but at that time Dale were still hoping to hold on to their record signing when his contract ran out at season's end. Subsequently, when it became clear Connor was determined to move on, it was Swansea City who became front runners for his signature.

Yesterday the South Wales media were reporting a late attempt by Yeovil Town to bring the striker to Huish Park. Whatever the truth of the matter today Connor signed for the Swans for a fee believed to be in the region of £35,000. Rochdale accepted the offer in the morning, and Connor agreed personal terms later in the day.

If Connor was one of Gary Johnson's spinning plates, another one has hit the floor.

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10 March 2004 : Yeovil Bid For Connor?
The South Wales Evening Post is reporting that Yeovil Town have put in a bid for Paul Connor of Rochdale. The renewed activity comes as some surprise. It was known that Yeovil were interested in the 6' 2" striker some time ago, but it appeared that had waned, with the presumption that he was destined for Swansea City. However Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins is quoted as saying :

Paul has exercised his right to speak to Yeovil and we will wait to see if, having done that, he is still committed to coming to Swansea. If he is, we will look to finalise a deal with Rochdale.

The Evening Post claims Connor was in talks at Huish Park today, also asserting that Yeovil had put a bid on the table of £30,000, plus a further £10,000 dependent on appearances. If near the truth this would break the club's highest transfer paid by some margin. It tops the current bid from Swansea which the paper puts at £35,000.

Rochdale manager Steve Parkin said :

We were prepared to offer Paul a contract which would keep him with us beyond next season. But he has turned that down and that doesn't look possible now, so it's up us to sell him to whoever it may be for the benefit of Rochdale Football Club. As well as Swansea, Yeovil and one other club have made firm enquiries and ultimately it's going to be up to the player and his agent to decide whether he leaves now or stays until the end of the season and walks away for nothing. Personally, if as it seems he is going to leave, I would love to see him come to Swansea because I know Brian Flynn very well. Paul is a good player who needs a goal. When he gets that he is likely to get seven on the bounce as he did for me when I first signed him.

Rochdale paid £150,000 for Connor three years ago yesterday.

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10 March 2004 : Inaugural DSA meeting tonight
A reminder that the inaugural meeting of the Disabled Supporters Association takes place in the marquee bar at Huish Park this evening (Wed 10th March), 6.30pm start.

The agenda includes an opening address from YTFC chairman John Fry, the election of officers of the Association, the presentation of the club's draft five-year plan for stadium improvements of disabled facilities and any other business.

All disabled/non-disabled YTFC fans very welcome to attend.

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9 March 2004 : Torquay Home Tickets 50 Percent Sold
Tickets for the April 3rd Nationwide League trip to Torquay United are selling strongly at both ends. The all-ticket match at Torquay's 6,300 capacity Plainmoor ground is likely to be a sell-out if reports from the Gulls commercial department are to be believed.

Commercial manager Cedric Munslow told the South Devon Herald Express: "If they keep going out at the rate they are now, we could be looking at a sell-out against Yeovil. I'd say just over half our tickets have already gone, and people are coming up every day, all through the day, to buy them. It's been worth putting them on sale early. And we advise people not to leave it until a couple of days before the match, because they probably won't get in."

Tickets for Yeovil supporters are currently on sale to FULL season ticket holders only, and there is an allocation of 1,600 tickets. Any remaining allocation will go on sale to HALF season ticket holders at 9.00am on Monday 15th March. Torquay's top crowd of the season - 4,447 against Swansea City is more or less guaranteed to be smashed.

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9 March 2004 : Name The Main Stand
Yeovil Town Football Club Commercial Department is offering a chance to name the Main Stand for the season 2004-2005.

Draw tickets are £125 (including VAT). The draw will be made at the Annual Dinner & Dance at Westland Sports & Social Club on Sunday 9th May 2004.

The winner will receive :

The right to name the Main Stand for Season 2004-2005, including your selected name on the Main Stand, and all tickets and literature appertaining to the stand for the season.

Every entry will receive :

A brand new Yeovil Town replica Away Shirt for the 2004-2005 season.

A 10% discount card to be used at the Yeovil Town Official Club Shop (Season 2004-2005).

1 x FREE room hire for a function or conference during the season 2004-2005 (subject to availability).

For entry details please contact the Commercial Office on 01935 423662 ext 202.

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9 March 2004 : Reserve Fixture OFF
Tomorrow's scheduled fixture Cheltenham Town v Yeovil Town in the Pontin's Holiday Combination has been postponed at the request of the home side. As yet no new date has been arranged.

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9 March 2004 : Saturday Close To Sell Out
As of information from the Ticket Office at 10.00 a.m. today, tickets for the match on Saturday v Bristol Rovers are virtually sold out.

A handful of single tickets are left in the seated areas, and a few standing spaces remain on the Westland Terrace.

Anyone still wanting tickets is advised to apply to the Ticket Office as soon as possible.

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7 March 2004 : Programme Monthly 2003-04 Awards
The choice of the Third Division programme of the year was simplified by the demotion of perennial challengers Exeter City, and the maintenance of high standards by last season's top two, Bristol Rovers and Kidderminster Harriers. Basically the decision was - is there a better programme than these two?

The answer was a fairly emphatic "no", which is more a testimony to the continued excellence of the top two, rather than any failure on the part of the challengers. Indeed supporters of Cheltenham Town, Northampton Town, York City and the much improved Southend United can have no complaints about their matchday programmes. Leyton Orient, the consistently excellent Macclesfield Town and Scunthorpe United's delightful small-size programme could have just cause for complaint about not winning the top award. The vastly improved Carlisle United, Doncaster Rovers - happily returned to the League fold - Hull City's expanded programme and the very readable Rochdale issue were under serious consideration for the top honour in Division Three.

Lincoln City's substantial improved programme came closest to separating last season's top two, and while there is absolutely nothing wrong with the superb Kidderminster Harriers programme this season, the award goes to the splendid Bristol Rovers issue. Indeed it is worth considering whether 'The Pirate' would top any, or all, of the higher divisions. It is a huge, and highly entertaining read.

[from Programme Monthly - March 2004]

Overall Awards

First : Bristol Rovers
Second : Kidderminster Harriers
Third : Lincoln City

Other Awards

Best Read : Rochdale
Best Design : Northampton Town
Most Improved : Carlisle United
Merit Award : Macclesfield Town

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7 March 2004 : Gary: Now Is Our Biggest Challenge
Glovers manager Gary Johnson gave his view on yesterday's 3-0 defeat against Scunthorpe United when he faced questions from the press:

Gary, it hardly needs to be said but that was a very disappointing game.

Yes a disappointing game and a result of course. There were a few circumstances that didn't quite go our way. We mustn't cry over them because they are the sort of things that happen sometimes during a season. We couldn't quite cope with the changes that we had to make.

The first goal came whilst Hugo was off receiving treatment.

Yes, and Hugo wanted to come back on. But it was quite obvious that he had broken his nose and I wouldn't want to mess around with somebody's health like that. So I said no, and obviously whilst Jacko was warming up, we went a goal down, so that didn't help us.

Although Kirk Jackson has never played centre-half before he did pretty well there, although the second goal was a blow as it came right on half time.

A few of them did OK, and he's done OK considering he is a centre-forward trying to play as a centre-back. Hopefully he has learnt a thing or two about how to play as a centre-forward because their two boys up front are quality strikers. You wonder why they are where they are in the league with two strikers like that.

You really didn't seem to get it together today.

No, we didn't get going. Every time we nearly did, they got a goal. The team was makeshift and it looked makeshift to be fair. We're into our biggest challenge now, we've probably dropped out of the playoff zone (Lincoln's defeat at Cheltenham meant that didn't happen) and we've got to get back in there as quickly as we can. It's a big challenge for us and probably our biggest challenge since our first game.

Can you take any crumbs of comfort out of today?

No, not really. There are lots of things that we have to work on and look at. Last week I had to get into a few verbally and I gave some of them a chance to to come out and show me that they'd taken that on board. But we still didn't have enough people affecting the game today.

Bristol Rovers next Saturday might be the right type of game for some of them to do that.

Yes you're right. It is the sort of game that you can look forward to and of course we've got Donny on the Tuesday. But there is a lot of work to be done before we go into those games.

You were missing Skiverton, Pluck and Terry. Paul Terry has now served his suspension, but are the other two anywhere near fitness?

Yes, we think they are and hopefully this clear seven days might help us. But we can't keep waiting because it's costing us a little bit unfortunately. But we'll see how the week pans out. The main thing is that we know that this is our biggest challenge now and we've got to get the club moving forward.

Perhaps some new faces might have to come in?

Possibly. That's something but you've got to have the right people available and the right people for us. People are using loans like they're taking them off trees and Scunthorpe had four loans today. I wouldn't have said that having loans are a thing for the future. Maybe that's why they are where they are because they've never had a settled side. I have to get in people that I want for the future. I don't really want to get in people that are five minute wonders. Having said that we are very thin on the ground now, so I may have to get in someone to add to our squad.

When you've got this close to the playoffs is it possible to get a player in as a stop-gap, gaving come this far?

Yes, sometimes. The problem that you've got with that if you bring in loan players, then the players that would normally play won't get in there and somewhere somebody has got to go. We may as well stick with the people that you've got in on contracts. But the only way I will do it is if I move a couple of them that are in contract out, so that they know there is no future, rather than bringing in somebody over the top of somebody that you are paying good money to. I don't think you get the best out of players if you are bringing in loans every five minutes.

There seemed to be a lack of physical presence out there.

Yes, but when you've got Plucky, Skivo, Paul Terry and Hugo Rodrigues off the pitch, you are going to have a lack of physical presence.

Is Hugo likely to be ruled out for Saturday?

Yes, he'll definitely be ruled out. He's broken his nose and as with all broken bones, it will take time to heal.

Saturday is the sort of game that will focus everyone's attentions.

It will, and we're all going to look forward to it come Thursday and Friday but there's a lot of work to be done between now and then. We've got past the stage of smacking people's wrists and now we will do what we have to do. It's a challenge now and we have to rise to it.

What can you say to raise them that hasn't already been said?

Exactly. Steve (Sowden) kindly said to me last week that it was sounding like the same old record, so all I can say now is that it is a challenge. We've had challenges before at this football club and come May we might be smiling again.

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6 March 2004 : Scunny take an Iron grip on makeshift Glovers
Yeovil Town today went down to their second away defeat of the week, Scunthorpe United crusing home 3-0 against a makeshift Glovers side at Glanford Park this afternoon.

Injuries are costing the Glovers dear in the run-up to the end of the season, particularly in central defence. Both Terry Skiverton and Colin Pluck travelled to the North-East today but in the event neither were judged fit enough to play. With those players out and Roy O'Brien not expected to return until the end of the season at the earliest, the last thing Glovers boss Gary Johnson needed was another central defender in trouble, but that's what he got: Hugo Rodrigues broke his nose in a challenge after 25 minutes today and had to be replaced, even though the Portugese defender wanted to stay on and complete the game.

As for the game itself, this was another disappointing performance by Yeovil, proving that while our first choice XI is a match for anyone in division 3, our strength in depth leaves something to be desired, particularly in both penalty boxes. The game was of a poor standard, the difference between the sides mainly lying in the quality of the finishing, Scunthorpe's on-loan Rangers striker Steven Maclean notching a brace and another loanee, Darren Holloway of Wimbledon scoring on the stroke of half-time. Yeovil created several chances of their own but unfortunately the finishing of the Glovers this afternoon didn't live up to their hosts good example.

"We never got going today and we only had a makeshift side," Johnson admitted after the game, adding: "There were no crumbs of comfort from today's game and we have a lot of work to do."

Iron boss Brian Laws commented: "We gave a professional and solid display against a good Yeovil side and it was a job well done."

Final score: Scunthorpe United 3 - 0 Yeovil Town.

Lincoln City contrived to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory at Cheltenham, losing 3-2 after being 2-1 ahead with only a few minutes left on the clock to remain in 8th place on 54 points, 2 points behind the Glovers in 7th spot on 56 points. The Imps have a game in hand over Yeovil however. Things are tightening up in the hunt for automatic promotion: Doncaster remain top after their 1-1 draw at Swansea on Friday night with 69 points from 34 games. Hull City lost again, going down 1-0 at Mansfield. The Tigers stay 2nd on 63 points from 34 games, and Oxford remain in 3rd position on 62 points from 35 games after also losing, in their case 1-0 at home to Huddersfield, who go 4th, also on 62 points but with a game in hand over Oxford. Torquay beat Carlisle 4-1 at Plainmoor to move into 5th place on 61 points from 34 games with Mansfield 6th on 59 points from 33 games played. The Glovers next opponents Bristol Rovers lie in 17th position on 40 points following their 1-1 home draw with Southend United today.

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5 March 2004 : Scunthorpe Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel up the motorway for the second time in five days when they visit Glanford Park to take on Scunthorpe United tomorrow.

The Glovers are once again lacking several key players with Roy O'Brien (knee), Nick Crittenden (hamstring) and Jake Edwards (groin) all definitely out, and Andy Bishop having returned to Walsall after a heel injury forced Glovers manager Gary Johnson to give up any possibility of a second month's loan.

Right-back Paul Terry is suspended for one match, after his controversial sending-off at Darlington, which makes Colin Pluck's likely recovery from Tuesday's injury to be all the more welcome. Club captain Terry Skiverton is travelling with the squad but awaits the result of a scan to find out whether he is fit to play.

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4 March 2004 : Basher returns to Walsall
Glovers boss Gary Johnson has decided against either renewing striker Andy Bishop's loan deal or offering the 21-year-old a longer permanent deal - for the time being at any rate.

Bishop, who has now returned to Walsall, scored twice in four appearances for the Glovers but was hampered by a heel injury towards the end of his stay at Huish Park. "Unfortunately I have had to send Andy back because he's had a couple of niggling injuries that have affected his performance and these will need to be put right before he plays again." Johnson confirmed on the club's official site. "At this stage of the season we cannot afford to have loan players that are not fully fit. We will continue to monitor his progress."

It appeared that the writing was on the wall for Bishop after the frontman's disappointing performance at Huddersfield on Tuesday night, Johnson saying after the match: "When your centre forward goes through with only the goalkeeper to beat you expect him to put it away. Huddersfield have got the players to put those chances away at the moment and we're still searching." With the departure of Bishop, Johnson would now appear to have the space in the squad to bring another forward in before the transfer deadline at the end of the month, if he so wishes.

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4 March 2004 : Reserves held by Robins
Yeovil Town reserves twice came from behind to snatch a point in a 2-2 draw with Bristol City reserves at a damp and cold Huish Park last night.

The Glovers second string - comprising the usual mixture of u-17 side players and those squad members not involved in the weekend's first-team fixture, aided and abetted by a rare appearance by assistant manager Steve Thompson - had the best of a goalless first half with Kevin Gall and Lee Elam both forcing fine saves from City keeper Scott Brown, and Dale Williams unluckily hitting the upright.

The visitors seemed to move up a gear in the second half with the speedy front pairing of Marvin Brown and Welsh international Christian Roberts giving the inexperienced Glovers back 4 plenty to think about, the pair combining to open the scoring on 53 minutes when Brown knocked in the rebound from a Roberts shot. The evergreen Steve Thompson notched the Glovers first equaliser on 60 minutes, Gary Johnson's assistant finding the net from inside the box; and the home side had the chance to take the lead somewhat against the run of play a few minutes later when Kevin Gall was brought down inside the box. Gall picked himself up and claimed the ball to take the resultant penalty, however the only luck the young Welshman is getting in front of goal at the moment is bad luck, and despite the referee insisting on the kick being retaken three times for various offences, Gall still wasn't able to beat Brown in the City goal.

The visitors took advantage of their growing dominance when Roberts burst through the Glovers defence to make it 2-1 with a clinical finish with around a quarter-of-an-hour left on the clock. However it was the home side who had the last laugh, Dale Williams capping a promising personal performance with the equaliser in the final minute.

Final score: Yeovil Town reserves 2 - 2 Bristol City reserves

Yeovil: 1. Stephen Collis, 2. Andy Lindegaard (capt), 3. Greg Squibb, 4. Stephen Reed, 5. Sam Croft, 6. Steve Thompson, 7. Lee Elam, 8. Shaun Smith, 9. Dale Williams, 10. Kevin Gall, 11. Charlie Welch. Subs: Andy Holmes, Danny Barker, Richard Cullingford, Jamie Underwood, Jamie Barber.

Bristol City: 1. S.Brown, 2. Harley, 3. Simpson, 4. Monelle, 5. Holly, 6. Mills, 7. Loxton, 8. Burnell, 9. Anyinsah, 10. Roberts, 11. M.Brown. Subs: Wring, Hart, Mackay, Stabler.

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3 March 2004 : Mr Hyde And His Trip To The MacAlpine Stadium
Glovers manager Gary Johnson met the press following yesterday's 3-1 defeat at the hands of Huddersfield Town. Following the team's second hour-long lock-in in the past 10 days, Gary answered the following questions:

Gary, you'd probably reflect back upon the game and say it all changed about 60 seconds before the first goal?

Yes it did. You shouldn't let that affect you but we certainly should have gone 1-0 up and within 10 or 15 seconds of that we found ourselves 1-0 down. But unfortunately that's the nature of how we are at the moment. We're a little bit Jeckyl and Hyde within games, let alone from game to game. I'm a bit disappointed because I thought the same four or five, week-in, week-out give me what they need to be giving but six or seven are not consistent enough and we have to get them to a level of consistency, especially when we are away from home.

Probably tonight you just got a bit out-muscled.

If that's what it looked like then fair enough. You don't get out-muscled if you compete with a bit of passion and you have a bit of faith in your own ability and you get on the ball. We've got four or five players that want to get on the ball and we have five or six players who don't mean to, but they hide a little bit. We've got to bring them out of their shells when we are 1-0 down. It took for us to be 3-0 down before we really started pressing their goal properly.

I suppose whatever you said at half time went out of the window 30 seconds into the second half.

Yes it did. We felt that we had to do better. Certain people were kicking the ball up in the air rather than getting it down and trying to play. Huddersfield are a strong side and they've got a couple of very experienced lads up front and I thought that was a very big plus for them. I felt that we competed in most areas of the field but their strikers caused a lot more problems than our strikers were causing. That allowed them to get into our penalty area many more times than us with the ball at their feet.

Goals, on occasions, in games like this have been hard to come by.

They have and when your centre-forward goes through with only the keeper to beat you would expect him to put it away to be fair. They had a more difficult chance which he put it away for the first one. The second one was a side volley which was also a good finish. Huddersfield have got those players at the moment but we're still searching.

How much of a blow is this defeat?

Right now it's a big blow because I'm not happy about it of course! All the lads know that. But it's never terminal and we've got another big game on Saturday. You can't turn it around in personnel in five minutes, so you get the best out of what we've got and if we are a bit Jeckyl and Hyde let's hope it's Jeckyl on Saturday after being Mr Hyde today.

You've got to work with the players you've got but the inference there is that you're looking to strengthen before the deadline?

Yes of course you are, but you're always looking to do that. Sometimes it's not possible. Sometimes people don't want to move away from their local towns and villages to come down to Yeovil. So it's not easy but rest assured we are working to improve our squad every minute of the day.

Does that now put a greater emphasis on a win at Scunthorpe on Saturday?

Yes of course it does, but win, lose or draw tonight we were always looking to get a result at Scunthorpe. We're still competing up there in our first season with the teams that have been around for a long long time and you just hope that the boys have picked up a little bit of experience from our away defeats where teams do look more comfortable at this level. We sometimes look at this level and sometimes we don't. But we've definitely got four or five that we can build around.

Do you think you need to change your mentality for away games? I know you like to win games, but is it a case of safety first?

Not the way we defended! We needed to keep it out of our own penalty area and the best form of defending is to try and get a goal at the other end. We're not a team that is going to sit back, and the reason why we are in a playoff position right now is because of our mentality. That's why we've only drawn a couple and why we've got the required number of points for a play-off place at the moment - by winning the required number of games. We have got to keep that going.

And quickly bounce back.

Yep, we have to quickly bounce back. I really appreciate all of the supporters that have come up tonight all this way. They were all still singing at the end so they won't lose faith. We'll work as quickly as we can to get this club into a very good challenging position.

Are injuries crippling you a little bit?

Yes they are. We saw the difference that Skivo and Plucky made last week. Locky always gives you what he needs to give you. We just need a few more with the winning mentality when things are not going well. We have the same players that want to get on the ball every time every week. I need more players doing that when we come to places like Huddersfield.

You always said at the start of this season that you'd find out the ones that were ready for this level. Is it becoming clearer?

Yes of course it's becoming clearer. I've just said that in the dressing room. But as some of them said, we're just as likely to go out and get a result on Saturday. Then suddenly people are saying hold on a minute. I don't - I know what I'm looking for and I know what we need. I know the ones that are probably not quite at the level that we need. But we're not Man United, Arsenal or Chelsea and we have to pick the right player at the right time for the right price. It's not as easy as picking names out of the hat because everyone knows there are some great players out there but they are out of our reach. We'll see what happens in the next couple of weeks.

How about Skivo, Pluck and Terry. Is it a question of looking at them from day to day?

They (Skivo and Plucky) both did very well to come back last week. We pushed them into it and they just about got through it although we did die a little bit in the last 10 minutes. But we were already 4-1 up at the time. But we need them back fit. Paul Terry got a dead leg but to be fair I was going to change something anyway because I wanted a 3-4-1-2 to get a few more attacks going. We did that and created a couple of chances and the keeper has made a couple of good saves. There was a header from Jacko and I thought that Simon (Weatherstone) should have got on the end of one right at the end. So we're still creating our chances. Our problem is that we've got five or six players that are this level and above but now I've got to add to that.

Have you got it in your mind that you may look at getting an extra defender in?

That's the thing. You're juggling because I could go out and get someone in on loan and then suddenly the boys that you've got in on contracts become fit and then what can you do? Every week they are nearly ready and so sometimes you take a chance. The other problem is that there are a lot of players out there but most teams are involved in promotion or relegation and they don't want to lose their good players.

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3 March 2004 : Terriers bite worse than their bark
Yeovil Town's disappointing away form cost them again last night, this time at Huddersfield Town, the Terriers cruising to a 3-1 win and condemning the Glovers to their 10th away defeat of the season.

On a night when many matches in the frozen north were postponed, the undersoil heating at the magnificent McAlpine Stadium ensured that last night's game was unhindered by the inclement weather. The Glovers made one change from the team that beat Cambridge 4-1, skipper Terry Skiverton dropping out with a recurrence of his persistent knee injury. Adam Lockwood moved over to central defence with Paul Terry being drafted in to the right back position. With the game only 12 minutes old the Glovers defence suffered further disruption, Colin Pluck aggravating his version of a persistent knee injury and having to be replaced by Hugo Rodrigues.

Unsurpisingly the home side dominated most of the first half with Yeovil keeper Chris Weale excelling but the Glovers should have gone ahead just before the break, on-loan striker Andy Bishop missing a gilt-edged opportunity when one-on-one with Huddersfield keeper Peter Senior. As seems to have happened all too often this season the missed chance immediately led to a goal at the other end, Pawel Abbot putting the home side 1-0 up after a quick break. Danny Schofield made it 2-0 30 seconds after the half-time interval, the same player making the game safe on 60 minutes to give the Terriers a 3-0 lead. Belatedly the Glovers then began to make a game of it, but Darren Way's 78th minute effort to make it 3-1 was really too little too late and although Stansfield, Jackson and Weatherstone all had chances to score the Terriers ultimately cruised through to a comfortable victory.

Final score: Huddersfield Town 3 - 1 Yeovil Town.

The result meant the Glovers dropped a place to 7th in the league table, still on 56 points from 34 games played. Huddersfield move up to 4th, on 59 points from 33 games played. Most other games involving those teams with play-off/automatic promotion hopes due to take place last night were postponed.

Last night's match also represented the final game of Andy Bishop's one month loan deal with Walsall. Johnson will now have to consider whether he needs to extend Bishop's loan period, or examine any other possible options.

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2 March 2004 : Official title of Glovers Play announced
"Up the Glovers", Peter Quince Theatre Company's new play about Yeovil Town Football Club has now officially been titled

becoming GIANTS

As the Glovers' season ticks on, and especially after a resounding 4-1 win at the weekend, PQTC's newest play has evolved into a piece of work about something close to a lot of people's hearts. Yes, the green and whites used to be the giant killers and are on course to join the gang, and yes the Glovers' mascot is the Jolly Green Giant. Indeed Yeovil's number 12 is a giant himself.

But ultimately the play is about life, and about dreaming. It is about realising your ambitions, finding your goals, and becoming a giant. It is about transcending the obstacles often found when things change, and standing true to what you know, and what you believe.

The play is reflective of so many things. The obvious thing is Yeovil's first ever season as a football league club, the less than obvious is of Peter Quince Theatre Company's young career as a professional company, aiming to quite literally becoming giants!

Unreserved thanks must go to the staff of Yeovil Town Football Club for their help, most notably Adrian Hopper and HRH Sir Gary Johnson.

You can see an extract from becoming GIANTS at the David Hall Arts Centre on Thursday 4th March. The evening is a showcase of work by PQTC and includes a new play (The Second Spaceship), a new film version of Macbeth and an extract from the Glovers' play.

The evening starts at 7:30pm, tickets cost a mere £5, and it will be a quality evening's entertainment.

I look forward to seeing you all there,

Nick White

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2 March 2004 : Gary Proud Of Yeovil True
Glovers manager Gary Johnson has said was proud of the way that the club's Top 40 hit Yeovil True has taken to the terraces. The song was sung during the 4-1 win over Cambridge United.

Gary explained: "It was great to hear them singing it out there [during the match]. That was wonderful to hear and I did give them a round of applause for it. I really do think that the words are exactly what Yeovil is all about. I think that's why it has been so successful. We did it, it was a one off thing that we enjoyed and the supporters really took it to their hearts."

With the song now having disappeared out of the Top 40, Gary also reflected on the feat that had made chart history adding: "I was pleasantly surprised. It was a great feat. It was something that was our target. We never thought we would do it but Yeovil have come out on top again. It was a first. We'll be one-week wonders but we got there and no other Third Division team has done it and no other team outside International and Premier league has done it. I just wanted to prove to the boys that anything that we set out to do we can achieve."

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1 March 2004 : The Fat Boy Slims......
Its here, its started....

This morning, I weighed in at twoooooooo hunnnnnnnnnnnddddrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeedddddddddd 'n' tttttttttwentttttttttyyyyyyyyyyyy onnnnnnnnnne pounds, as they say when introducing boxing matches. That's twenty stone one pound to you and I.

The aim is for me to lose as much weight (safely and without amputations) between today and September 1st. I will then run in the Bristol Half Marathon on Sep 12th. I would love people to sponsor me per stone lost, then double up on successful completion of the race. e.g. £1 per stone x four stone loss + race completed = £8.00 or £5 per stone x four stone loss + race completed = £40.00

Get the idea? You can pledge sponsor money anonymously by emailing me at If you leave your full home address, that nice Gordon Brown will contribute an additional 28%.

All monies will go to the Children's Hospice South West appeal. The new hospice will be built in Wraxall, near Clevedon, next year and will ensure terminally ill children and their relatives will have a quiet, dignified place to spend their time in.

Thanks in advance of your support - we are the greatest supporters in the land, lets see if we are the most generous!

Best Wishes,

Martin - Yeovil 'til I'm slim!

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1 March 2004 : Terry's Nappies In Demand Now
Congratulations are due to defender/midfielder Paul Terry who became a dad for the first time just prior to the weekend's 4-1 win over Cambridge United.

Glovers manager Gary Johnson gave Paul the weekend off to allow him to practice his technique of changing nappies, explaining: "Even if I had picked him or put him on the bench, he would have been bleary eyed because he hasn't had any sleep. But baby and wife are both well. He rang me and wished us luck. He's got his whole life ahead of him. He'll have another 500 league games but he won't have another 500 kids! So I allowed him to stay with his family."

The baby boy weighed in at 8lbs 8oz and has been named Frankie. Particularly as Ciderspace sponsors Paul's kit, we wish Paul and Sarah the heartiest congratulations and the best of luck with the sleepless nights ahead!

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