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31 March 2006 : Johnson : Yeovil Realise Their Ambitions Tomorrow
Bristol City manager Gary Johnson believes that Yeovil Town's players will realise an ambition that was set by himself as Glovers manager four years ago - to play league football at Ashton Gate. For that reason he believes his side need to be on their guard tomorrow as his former side prepare to make that day a celebration rather than a disappointment.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol Johnson explained: "I told my lads that the Bristol City boys have got to remember that four years ago when I was at Yeovil and we were in the Conference, we made a pact that our ambition was to be competing with Bristol City. This year they have reached that ambition. Not with exactly the same players but certainly with the core of that team. This is a big game for them because this is where they wanted to be. Now I find myself on the other side of the coin, and I've got to try and make sure Bristol City pick up three points and of course Steve Thompson has got to make sure that Yeovil do. It's friendly rivalry but big rivalry of course."

Gary was asked if he thought that would ensure Yeovil were more motivated than any other side in League One to visit Ashton Gate this season: "I think you are probably right. They will be up for it, that's for sure. We've got to be aware of that. We were aware of it because I told them (before the New Years Eve game at Huish Park) but I don't think they believed that Yeovil would come out with the spirit that they came out with at Huish Park early on. If we're aware of that and we're at home, we've got the major part of the fans, we've been playing well at Ashton Gate - very, very well - and we've been scoring goals so we have got to play our best football in that atmosphere."


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31 March 2006 : Youth Games Rearranged
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side have had the dates of their previously postponed Football League Youth Alliance matches pencilled in as the last two matches of the season.

Stuart Housley's side will travel to Oxford United on April 22nd and will complete their season on April 29th with an away match at Newport County.

Tomorrow morning the Under 18s travel to Cheltenham Town, with Stuart's side currently lying in second place in the table, just a single point behind new leaders Plymouth Argyle. Swindon Town and Bristol Rovers are tucked in third and fourth place, promising an exciting end to the season with four clubs still in with a shout of the title.


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31 March 2006 : IMPORTANT NOTICE : Ashton Gate Now Pay-On-The-Day
Ciderspace has just been speaking to the Ashton Gate Ticket Office to confirm part of an item that has gone up on the Bristol City Official Site today. For reasons they couldn't or wouldn't explain the match against Yeovil Town tomorrow is no longer all-ticket for away fans.

Those wishing to pay-on-the-day can now do so. If making a late decision to attend this game it is payment on the turnstiles. Tickets are more expensive at :

Adults : £20.00, Concessions £16.00, Under 16s £10.00.


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31 March 2006 : We've Met Before!
Whilst it's doubtful that any quarter will be given before the game, the players bar at 5.30pm at Ashton Gate is likely to be filled with an awful lot of handshaking. Not the sort of thing that you would expect in the build-up to the first league encounter between Bristol City and Yeovil Town but this is no ordinary local derby.

Steve Thompson, Gary Johnson, Liam Fontaine and Kevin Amankwaah have all either played at or managed both sides and of course Johnson will have worked with all of the players in the probable starting line-up bar the quartet of central midfielders - Chris Cohen, Craig Rocastle, Sam Alsop and Marc Wilson. It seems likely that nine of the starting line-up will therefore be well known to Johnson and he believes that will give him an advantage.

Speaking to the Teamtalk website, Johnson said: "As preparation for a match goes, I have something of an inside track this time. I brought most of the Yeovil players up and I know what this game means to them. It's a massive fixture in their calendar and it's something they've been waiting a very long time for - to play Bristol City on an even footing in the same division. I know their players inside out and I know we have got to be ready for them being ready. They are going to be up for it, but we will be as well and hopefully I'll be able warn my players of Yeovil's dangers and strengths at some length. It's a massive game for both clubs and Yeovil will know we are taking the game very seriously and professionally and our preparation is everything."

Glovers boss Steve Thompson has also admitted that the connections between the two sides will provide a focus. Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol he explained: "It's an important game for Gary as well as me. Gary is coming back to his old club, I'm going back to my old club. It's a local derby, the teams are separated by three points. There are all kinds of things about the game that are important and interesting. So I'm looking forward to the game and looking forward to trying very hard to get the three points that we really need."

Fulham defender Liam Fontaine has split his season between the two clubs, clocking up the first half at Huish Park and the second half at Ashton Gate and even had lunch this week with two of the Yeovil players. Thommo admitted he wanted to keep the defender at Yeovil: "Liam is a great lad and someone who played very well for us. He was someone that I was disappointed to lose. Liam went back to Fulham to try and earn a new contract at Fulham. I don't know the exact situation there but obviously he then went on loan to Bristol City and has done quite well there. Liam is well liked by everyone at the club here - fans, the management and all the players. He is a good lad."

Liam's lunch was with Arron Davies and Kevin Gall - two of the players he could be marking on Saturday, but he claims he does not care which striking pair Thommo selects. The classy defender explained: "I'm not fussed to be honest. I've seen them all in training at one point when I was down there. Whoever they put down, me and Louis (Carey) and the rest of the back four will do our thing. Kevin Gall has got the pace, Arron Davies has pace and is very tricky, Matt Harrold is technically good and Phil Jevons is just an all-round striker and is always around the box. So you've got to watch your back with all of them."

Johnson has admitted that he is glad that at the other end of the park, that Yeovil club captain Terry Skiverton will not be playing, but is wary of his possible replacement Kevin Amankwaah having a point to prove: "They will be disappointed with Terry Skiverton not being fit. He is a fantastic captain and a great leader and has been there right from the beginning. I know Steve said he will have him in the dressing room and he is a good leader for that. He will send them out with a flea in their ear as will Steve Thompson and the rest of the staff of course. Terry is on their level as far as being a player. Of course if Kevin (Amankwaah) plays, I think he would like to show the Bristol City fans that they might have been wrong to let him come to Yeovil. But at the time you can't complain. It was a good move for him and he got a winners medal and it's probably pushed his career on a little bit by being a regular first team player. We hope he plays well, but we hope he's on the losing side!"


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31 March 2006 : Reedy Loan Extended
The Glovers have agreed to defender Stephen Reed extending his loan spell at Torquay United for a second month. However the Glovers have now included a 24-hour recall clause as part of the deal.

Reedy, who has already been at Conference National clubs Woking and Aldershot Town on loan this season, made three appearances during his first month with the Gulls.


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31 March 2006 : Director Responsibilities Clarified
Yeovil Town have clarified the positions and responsibilities of their two new directors, who were announced as appointed to the board yesterday. Brian Willis and Ron Budden have become new board members, giving a total of six people in the Huish Park boardroom.

Willis will commence his second spell with the club after being responsible for stadium development around the time of the Westland Stand project and he said to the official site that his return to the club would result in him taking up the same role again: "After my previous period with the club the plan is to try and continue in the same vain as when I was involved before. At that time Norman Hayward was involved with the club and we were able to develop the Westland Stand. Norman then sold his shares and things rather came to a halt. David Webb is anxious to carry on with development of the ground and site and I shall be looking into all the proposed plans. It's a big job and obviously we have to look at the financial implications but I think Yeovil Town have a big future and I am looking forward to being a part of that."

Budden's role will be to assist with the football and youth development parts of the club as well as commercial development activities. He runs an Exeter-based insurance company.

The former Football League referee explained: "I'm really looking forward to joining the board. I have been involved in football both as a player and a referee for some twenty years and have followed Yeovil with John Fry during that time. I really think he has done a superb job at Yeovil and I am looking forward to working with him and taking Yeovil Town to the next step. I admire tremendously what he has done and I think after a period of consolidation we can move on again. There are a lot of great plans for the future and I just want everything to be 'All systems Go!'"


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31 March 2006 : Bristol City v Yeovil Town match preview
It's a big day tomorrow for the supporters with pre-match sales at the highest they've been all season and all the talk centring on the big game. City v Yeovil! The fans have been waiting for this one for years, ever since the Glovers first entered the Football League and the place is buzzing with the biggest crowd of the season expected at Ashton Gate. Yep, the City boys are up for this one.... As for us, just under three thousand Glovers fans will make the relatively short journey to TBCUTR tomorrow, the largest away support Yeovil have taken anywhere since the trip to Charlton in the FA Cup last season. Anyone would think this is a derby match or something! It's not of course, as City fans will be at pains to tell you should you ask. Their derby is against the Gas they'll say, or Swindon or Cardiff at a push. Little Yeovil Town? No-one cares about them, least of all a big club like the City. Odd then that pre-match sales for this game are at a record high for this season at the Gate, higher than they were against the likes of Nottingham Forest or Swansea City. Not a derby then, but the atmosphere will be white-hot. Be prepared to shout yourself hoarse for the lads. The Ciderspace guide to all things Brizzle can be found here.

I suppose if one could have been told at the start of the season that Yeovil would be within 3 points of City coming up to Easter then most Yeovil fans would have taken that and thanked you kindly for it; who was to know that City would have struggled as much as they have done this season? After a dreadful start to the season and as has been well documented since (shorthand for saying we're not going to get into an exhaustive history lesson at this point) former manager Brian Tinnion was shown the door and someone called Gary Johnson took over. After initially struggling to make an impact GJ has seemingly turned the corner at Ashton Gate, to no-one's real surprise in this part of Somerset. After spending the greater part of the season mired in the relegation zone, the Robins are currently 13th in League One on 49 points, 3 ahead of the 18th placed Glovers. Both sides have 7 games left to play.

City this season have tended to be all or nothing: When they're good, they're very good indeed - ask Gillingham, 6-0 losers at Ashton Gate a fortnight ago. On the other hand when they're bad, like the proverbial little girl, they're horrid - as they were last weekend losing 3-1 at struggling Rotherham. Their overall home form this season has been middling; winning 9, drawing 6 and losing 5. However their current home form is as good as anyone and better than most. They've tended to rely on two players in particular for the bulk of their goals - top scorer Steve Brooker on 14 and winger Scott Murray with 10. Murray however was taken off in the defeat at Millmoor last Saturday with medial knee ligament damage and is considered doubtful for tomorrow's game. On the plus side for City on-loan striker Mark McCammon has recovered from a back injury and is available after coming through a reserve match unscathed in midweek.

"Yeovil have been planning for three or four years for the day when they can come here and take on Bristol City with equal League status," City boss Johnson told his club's official site. "It is a very big game for them because they have waited a long time for it. We will see if their mentality is right when it comes to producing a result. We have to be up for it, that's for sure, because we know they will be. The first 20 minutes will be very important. It's not just another game for me. I want to win it, not for myself, but for Bristol City, because we still need some points to guarantee safety. If we do win then I will want Yeovil to be successful in their remaining games so they stay up too. But all my thoughts are with Bristol City in our preparation for the game."

For the Glovers, manager Steve Thompson will be without Terry Skiverton and Chris Weale tomorrow, both with knee injuries. Better news is that ex-City man Kevin Amankwaah is expected to be fit and will surely have a point to prove to his ex-employers.

"It will not be the first time we have played against a Gary Johnson team," Thommo said to the official site yesterday. "It is a very important game for both teams, Bristol City will see a win as virtually ensuring their safety for another season and a win for us would also be a massive confidence boost for the remaining six games of the season. There are a number of side issues like Gary managing against Yeovil, me going back to where I started my professional career, Kevin going back to City. They all add a little bit more spice to the match. Would I see a draw as a good result or a bad one for Yeovil? Well if you offer me a draw now I wouldn't take it, but if we come away with a draw then it is another point towards safety. The fans though can play a big part as they did at Walsall and I am hoping they can be our 12th man."

Selected betting odds: Bristol City - 4/5; draw - 23/10; Yeovil win - 3/1. Our recommendation: Need you ask? Fiver on the Yeovil win. Record so far this season: +£8.67


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31 March 2006 : Club Mail Server Down
Yeovil Town's email server is currently down and is expected to be unavailable until next Tuesday lunchtime at 1.00pm. In the meantime, any email communication with the club - regardless of department - should be sent to the temporary address of ytfcmedia@googlemail.com

Note that this also affects orders for the on-line club shop. Orders placed will be processed as normal, but the club shop will not be able to retrieve orders until the system is back up and running. Hence allow an extra couple of days for your order, or if it is urgent, give the Club Shop or Commercial Department a ring on 01935-423662.


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31 March 2006 : No Norman Conquest
Former Yeovil Town director and major shareholder Norman Hayward will not be returning to Huish Park as a director. The club have now issued an explicit statement following several recent suggestions that Hayward could be lined up for a return to the Huish Park board. Norman was at one point the club's biggest shareholder before selling his allocation to Jon Goddard-Watts but is now involved with AFC Bournemouth's Supporters Trust. Glovers Chairman John Fry has in the past reportedly sidestepped any questions regarding Norman's future association with the club but last night made a firm statement regarding his position.

Speaking to the club's official site, John explained: "Norman Hayward will not be returning to this football club as a director. Comments attributed to me regarding Norman returning to the board are not correct. Norman Hayward is still a supporter of this football club and still a sponsor and we have a great rapport with him both as a friend and a sponsor but he is involved with AFC Bournemouth and will not be returning to our board."

Speaking to today's Western Daily Press Fry also ruled out any other appointments of directors adding: "We have six directors on the board now and we are very satisfied with that."

However, Fry would not rule out Hayward's - or indeed anyone else's - involvement in future investment in the club adding: "We are looking at forming a stadium partnership and anyone who wants to become a partner in that venture will be considered. I am not ruling any individual or organisation out of being an investor or sponsor of the club. There are a lot of people who are showing an interest."

The club have also denied that the suggestions of the formation of a "Sports Village" in Yeovil would ever be built on land at Huish Park. Fry has in recent interviews talked about the need to provide improved sports facilities in Yeovil that would benefit both the football club and the town's community but claims that any such developments would not result in the Huish Park training pitches being used as a base.

Fry explained: "Although we have been involved in discussions on the project with the District Council it was never ever intended to be at Huish Park. We are glad to be involved in these discussions and to be a sports partner with SSDC but we have wider commercial plans for the future of Huish Park."


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31 March 2006 : Bristol City Tickets - Final Day Of Sale
A reminder that supporters have until 5.00pm today to purchase their tickets for the match against Bristol City from the Huish Park Ticket Office. If you have not done so, please phone 01935-847888 to book your tickets. There will be no tickets available on the day of the game to away fans, although pre-purchased tickets can be picked up from Ashton Gate's Ticket Office if getting to Huish Park is going to be a problem for you today. Phone the above number to discuss arrangements.

Prices are detailed in our article on Wednesday 29th March. The full Ciderspace guide to Bristol City can be found here.


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30 March 2006 : Do As I Say .... Not As I Do!
"I Have been disturbed this term by the criticism levelled at the Yeovil Town team, management and chairman John Fry. Fans are branding the campaign a failure - but they need to be realistic and ask themselves what they expected the side to achieve during 2005-6" - Western Gazette Sports Editor Richard Briggs in last week's (23rd March) sports editorial.

It therefore comes as a slight surprise to find that the same author has come up with some highly critical opinions on the Bristol City Supporters Trust website, mainly aimed at Yeovil Town manager Steve Thompson. Indeed it is hard to imagine that both last week's Western Gazette editorial and this week's interview came from the same source.

Last week we read that "Yeovil being a member of Coca-Cola League One this season was a success in itself. I would not have been bothered if they had lost every game" - this week matters have become so grave that "If they go down this season, the wheels could really fall off and relegation back to non-League football would be a possibility".

Last week we read that "Had the club retained the services of Gary Johnson, Lee Johnson and Darren Way, I doubt they would have gained many more wins than they have under Steve Thompson". This week we find that "I have seen it all before. This is his (Thompson's) second spell as manager and in each one he started superbly and then lost his way. I really do not think he is suited to the cut-throat world of management."

Confused? You will be when you read both articles linked here: Last Week's Gazette Editorial and also This Week's Bristol City Supporters Trust article. Briggs writes in the latter article "I think Steve's big problem is coping with the Press" - after reading both articles, you can probably see why!


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30 March 2006 : Annual Dinner & Dance
The club's annual end-of-season bash (the eighteenth Dinner & Dance if our calculations are correct) will be held on the evening of Friday 12th May 2006. As usual the venue will be the Westlands Sports & Social Club. Roll on the day Huish Park has the facilities to hold its own function.

More details when we get them.


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30 March 2006 : Chris Cohen is Player of the Month for March
Midfielder Chris Cohen is Player of the Month for March, as voted for by Ciderspace and mailing list users. In a month where the Glovers have won 2 games, drawn 2 and lost 2, Chris has been voted as Man of the Match 3 times and has featured heavily in the voting in all the other games. Arron Davies, with 4 goals in March was his nearest challenger with the ever-reliable Scott Guyett in third place.

Chris Cohen - floating like a butterfly, stinging like a bee.
Chris Cohen - floating like a butterfly, stinging like a bee.
Photo © 2005 Martin Baker / Ciderspace


Full results are as follows:

Chris Cohen - 513 points
Arron Davies - 421
Scott Guyett - 217
Matt Harrold - 196
Terry Skiverton - 149
Adam Lockwood - 134
Paul Terry - 112
Kevin Amankwaah - 111
Stephen Collis - 87
Nathan Jones - 79
David Poole - 63
Andy Lindegaard - 56


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30 March 2006 : Tranmere MOTM result
Matt Harrold was voted as YTFC Man of the Match by Ciderspace and mailing list users for his performance in the 2-2 draw with Tranmere last Saturday.

Full results can be found at the foot of the match report.


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30 March 2006 : Latics Chase Chopra
Oldham Athletic manager Ronnie Moore is lining up a summer bid for Newcastle United's Michael Chopra according to the Manchester Evening News. The paper claims that Moore tried to sign the former England Under-21 striker, who is out of contract this summer, on loan before last week's transfer deadline. Chopra was one of a number of players that Glovers boss Steve Thompson also chased in the run-up to the loan transfer deadline.


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30 March 2006 : Forest Pair Grab Manager Of The Month
Nottingham Forest caretaker duo Frank Barlow and Ian McPharland have been jointly given the March 2006 Manager of the Month award for League One. Forest were the only side to avoid defeat during March making them always the more likely to fend off the competition from the other nominations of Oldham Athletic's Ronnie Moore, Rotherham United's Alan Knill and Southend United's Steve Tilson.

Other divisional winners were Leicester City's Rob Kelly (Championship) and Carlisle United's Paul Simpson (League Two).


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30 March 2006 : Pitcher Gets Second Rovers Trial
Clevedon Town striker Jack Pitcher is to get a second trial match with Bristol Rovers. The 22 year old, who has also trialled and trained at Huish Park scored a 58th minute goal in Rovers 6-2 win at Swansea City last night in the Pontins Holiday Combination Reserves league, playing 90 minutes of the match. Swansea played a near Youth Team side with many of their squad involved in a FAW Premier Cup competition against Wrexham.

Pitcher will now play for Rovers a second time in their Reserve Team match against Cardiff City and speaking to the Bristol Rovers official site Director of Football Lennie Lawrence said: "Jack Pitcher showed some nice bits, he took his goal very well and showed good feet, and we'll have another look at him on Monday. We can see how they get on against sterner reserve opposition."

Speaking to the Western Daily Press Pitcher said: "It was a great feeling to score and I really enjoyed myself." Matters have gone quiet at Huish Park concerning the Glovers interest in the striker, suggesting that Rovers have now got the upper hand should they wish to offer the striker a contract.


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30 March 2006 : Bromfield's points to ponder, part 2
Regular readers will undoubtedly remember the news page's precis (see 23rd March news story) of local businessman Michael Bromfield's article in last Thursday's Western Gazette, in which Mr Bromfield made 5 points in reply to club chairman and chief executive John Fry's question: "We are financially secure compared to most other clubs in our position and have a big future ahead of us - so what is the problem?"

The Gazette has today printed part 2 of Mr Bromfields article, in which he adds another 5 items to his agenda for improvement. They are:

6. Alternative revenue streams
Bromfield begins by congratulating the board on their sensible financial stewardship in recent years but says more needs to be done and should have been done to date. He accuses the club of playing 'lip service' to the idea of raising alternative revenue streams but beyond the expansion of the club shop and the expected sponsorship of local business says he does not see much evidence of accomplishment. He suggests looking at such things as having a casino on the premises, summer football camps and schools marketed overseas, and having a travel division to sell sports tours and holidays to the club's fanbase.

7. The club's official website
Bromfield criticises the official site for not being user-friendly and for not being updated promptly enough. Modesty naturally forbids us from mentioning the name of the unofficial site he says fans do go to to get their club news. He adds: "I have no idea of the nature of the agreement with our website supplier (PTV) but I suspect a little bit of work here could pay huge dividends".

8. Still a Conference mindset?
"When I look at Yeovil I see a structure, organisation and mindset that is virtually unchanged from our Conference days 3 years ago," Bromfield says. He goes on to suggest that as a Football League set up the Glovers are average at best and more probably behind the norm, and evidences the programme ('still short on content') and the official website as examples of this 'Conference mindset'. "These are minor issues but they represent the face of the club - and not particularly well," he says, going on to ask: "Where are the new initiatives, where is the internet selling, where are the targeted marketing campaigns, where is the fresh thinking?" He cites former manager Gary Johnson's departure as being partly due to a 'lack of ambition at board level' and says the new challenge for the club is "to be solvent and succesful at a higher level. And that requires a fresh approach."

9. Non-executive directors
Bromfield welcomes the appointment of 2 non-executive directors (see news story below) with the following caveat: "This will however be a significant development only if they (the 2 new appointees) ask for and are given assurances that their role is to be fully independent so they can act on behalf of the company and all shareholders and not just endorse the wishes of the majority shareholder. The role of a non-executive director is not to bring on board expertise on the cheap but to review and challenge decisions made by the executive management. If not a problem, the appointment of new non-executive directors is certainly a significant challenge for the board to ensure that appropriate appoinments are made."

10. Complacency
"I was horrified to read John's 'What is the problem?' comment in the Western Gazette because it implies he thinks everything is fine and the present set-up and structure are quite satisfactory," Bromfield writes. He goes on to say that prevention of problems in the first instance is better than curing them and that the club should be identifying and preparing for future problems. He finishes by saying: " It is perhaps because John is undoubtedly and justifiably proud of what he has achieved to date that he does not appreciate that there are some problems that need to be addressed today."


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30 March 2006 : Kevin Anxious For Ashton Gate Start
Yeovil Town defender Kevin Amankwaah is desperate to prove himself as ready to play against his former club Bristol City on Saturday. Kevin was due to return to training this morning following a leg injury and he knows that with club captain Terry Skiverton almost certainly out of Saturday's local derby, there is one place up for grabs in the back line.

Speaking to yesterday's Western Daily Press the defender explained: "It will be the first time I've played at Ashton Gate since I left City and it was the first fixture I looked for when they were released last summer. I desperately want to play and I'm doing all I can to get fit. I'm sure Scott Murray (Bristol City winger) feels the same."

Kevin spent a year on the sidelines after breaking his neck in a car crash and he believes that contributed to his eventual exit to South Somerset: "The City fans definitely didn't see the best of me while I was there and I want to show them what I can do on Saturday. I had some nasty injuries when I was at City and I think the club were a bit hasty in getting rid of me. When I did finally get fit I played one game; and then I was left out again. I don't think the manager at the time, Brian Tinnion, had enough faith in me."

Kevin recognised the importance of the match between the two sides. Just three points separate the West Country clubs and neither are safe from relegation: "I know City are three points ahead of us and are nearly safe. But if we beat them on Saturday, the two teams are level on points. The game is vital for both teams and if City lose then they are still in the group of teams fighting relegation."


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30 March 2006 : Jevo Enters Contract Talks
Yeovil Town's top scorer and last season's League Two golden boot winner Phil Jevons has stated that he is finally in negotiations for a new contract. The striker is one of many players at Huish Park who is out of contract and states that although matters are progressing well, he is awaiting the outcome of a couple of issues before making any decisions for next season.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol he stated: "We are in negotiation and that's the case with most of the players. The club are doing the best they can. The players are doing what's necessary and we are just waiting to finalise a few things - that's the case with everyone, not just me."

Phil was asked if negotiations were difficult when the club did not know which division they were going to be in next season: "That's more of a problem for the people upstairs and what they can offer and stuff like one. That's a bit of a sticky one - you'd have to speak to the people upstairs about that. We're just doing what we can at the moment and we'll see what happens."


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30 March 2006 : New Directors Appointed
Today's Western Daily Press reveals that Yeovil Town's two new directors are former YTFC and Bournemouth director Brian Willis and former league referee Ron Budden.

Willis was a director in the late 1990's and was involved in the Westland Stand redevelopment. He was appointed as Stadium Development Director in January 2000, but left his position when the boardroom was downsized. At the time of his appointment in 2000, Glovers chairman John Fry expanded upon the decision to appoint him describing him as "an architect and surveyor to use his expertise in the development of the stadium", and it seems he will have a similar role now. He has an engineering consultancy business in Bournemouth. Budden has an Exeter based insurance business and has been a friend of John Fry's for 30 years. His area of expertise is 'assisting on the football side, with youth development, and in commercial aspects'. Both men will not bring any investment of their own to the club but will be involved in raising investment from outside.

Speaking to the WDP, Mr Fry said: "We have formally taken on two new directors to strengthen the team at Huish Park, mostly to do with the development of the stadium. Brian Willis is a previous director of Yeovil Town and he is a good friend of (majority shareholder) David Webb, and has been working on his plans for a little while.

"The other person is Ron Budden. He has been involved in football all his life and was a referee at League level. I have known him for over 30 years and he's a very good businessman and passionate about football - in fact he introduced me to football.

"The key to all of this is building the right team to plan ahead for progressing the club into the Championship. We are still a Conference club in a certain sense and we have to find the investment to correct that."


The club have plans to redevelop the entire Huish Park site, Fry revealed. They want to construct a Sports Village - in partnership with the local council, college, health authorities and local businesses - on the current training pitches and expand the capacity of the stadium to 15-16,000, with Championship football the ultimate goal. A meeting was being held with interested parties at Huish Park last night with around 120 people expected to attend.


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30 March 2006 : It's Thommo vs Gary!
Glovers boss Steve Thompson and his former senior Gary Johnson will go head-to-head on tonight's ITV Soccer Night programme according to the Bristol City Official Site.

The pair are due to meet on Saturday at Ashton Gate but will face each other on a broadcast on ITV West in the studio at 11.30pm tonight. Anyone wanting to send in questions for the pair should email rowz@itv.com


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29 March 2006 : Pitcher Trials For Bristol Rovers
Clevedon Town striker Jack Pitcher has accepted an invitation from League Two side Bristol Rovers to trial for them. The striker has had trial spells at Huish Park including a Reserve Team match but has now been invited to play in a Pontins Holiday Combination match at Swansea City tonight. Despite no firm bid for the striker, Rovers have released pictures of him posing in their home kit today.


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29 March 2006 : Amankwaah Nears Return
Yeovil Town right-back Kevin Amankwaah looks to be winning his race to be fit to play against his former club Bristol City on Saturday. Kevin sustained a knock against Walsall in the 2-0 win at the Bescot Stadium, thanks to a poor tackle from Ishmel Demontagnac who received his marching orders later in the game.

Glovers boss Steve Thompson said of the situation: "Kevin has not yet trained with the team but he's been working hard with the physio. Hopefully he will come back into training with the rest of the team on Thursday."


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29 March 2006 : City Expect Record Pre-Match Sales
Yeovil Town's first ever League visit to Ashton Gate is proving popular with fans of Bristol City with non-season ticket holders already having purchased more than 2,700 tickets for Saturday's match - on target for a 2005-06 seasonal record. Bristol City are anticipating a crowd of around 15,000 to 16,000 to give Ashton Gate their biggest league crowd of the season. The target is the 15,481 that saw City open up their 2005-06 campaign against Doncaster Rovers.

This match is ALL TICKET for Yeovil Town supporters who are housed in the Wedlock Blackthorn Stand. Tickets for the game must be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office by Friday 5.00pm with no tickets available on the day of the game to the away parts of the ground. A reminder that prices for unreserved covered seating are Adults £17.00, Over 65s and Students £13.00 and Under 16s £6.00. Disabled supporters should contact Bristol City directly on 0117 963 0607 and ask for Helen Mills or email at helen.mills@bcfc.co.uk

Current sales to Yeovil Town supporters are in excess of 2,400. Although the overall stand capacity is 5,500, it is often subdivided with away allocations usually capped at 2,800. Hence if you have not bought your ticket you are strongly advised to do so. The Huish Park Ticket Office is contactable on 01935-847888.

Bristol City have regularly published all of their Ashton Gate away crowd figures for the past five seasons and the likely turn-out will give Glovers fans some interesting targets to beat when the final figures are confirmed, with the following representing the best followings to have travelled to Bristol in the past five years:

Southampton (Cup) 2003/04 - 3,445
Reading 2001/02 - 3,183
Bristol Rovers (Cup) 2001/02 - 3,048
Sheffield Wednesday 2003/04 - 2,830
Cardiff City 2001/02 - 2,785
Plymouth Argyle 2002/03 - 2,471
Swindon Town 2003/04 - 2,368

The Ciderspace guide to Bristol City is now available and can be found here.


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29 March 2006 : Brentford Win Puts Dons In Deep Trouble
West London side Brentford did their automatic promotion hopes a power of good last night, whilst plunging their hosts Milton Keynes Dons into deep trouble at the foot of League One. The Bees won 1-0 at the National Hockey Stadium thanks to an 8th minute Lloyd Owusu goal as Franchise FC used up one of their two games in hand that could have given them a lifeline in their fight against relegation.

Last night's result leaves Franchise FC six points away from the safety line, and in reality seven points when their inferior goal difference is factored in. They lie nine points off Yeovil Town with a game in hand, and realistically need to hit "promotion form" for the remainder of the season to avoid the drop.

The latest league table can be found here.


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29 March 2006 : Thommo Dreaming Of City Clash
Yeovil Town manager Steve Thompson admits that the idea of playing Bristol City on level terms four years ago would have been unthinkable. During the 2002-03 season, City were battling with Wigan Athletic for promotion from what is now League One, ultimately losing out in the playoff final to Cardiff City whilst the Glovers opened their season against Gravesend and Northfleet. Yet now they meet for the second time this season on level terms with just three points separating the two clubs.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol Steve explained: "Yes, I don't think you would have dreamed about it three or four years ago would you? It's great that we are playing Bristol City and it's great that we are competing with them. We're in a similar position, although I'd rather have 49 points than 46! But there is the incentive to win the game and get into the same number of points as them."

Despite Steve being close friends with City manager Gary Johnson, he admitted that he was keeping things close to his chest and hadn't been in too much regular contact with him lately: "I haven't spoken to him for five or six days, so I'm not sure whether to ring him! I think I might give him a call in the next couple of days and not leave it too late. I don't want to call him for a chin-wag about nothing. If I call him it will be for a reason. Gary is obviously a great friend of mine and someone who was a massive part of what Yeovil Town achieved."

One matter that Steve certainly seems evasive on is the fitness of club captain Terry Skiverton. The prognosis in this area has been variable to say the least with estimates ranging from "at least two weeks" (official site), three weeks (BBC Radio Bristol, Tuesday morning) to "a minimum of three weeks" (Tuesday's WDP).

Now he has hinted that the skipper himself has not given hope of surprising everyone, although Thommo feels he is fighting a losing battle: "I don't think he is going to be fit, although he is the eternal optimist. He'll be involved - he is a massive part of Yeovil Town and so he will be very much involved on the day. His is a motivator so I will have him along side me. Terry will be there - playing or not playing!"


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29 March 2006 : No Favours From Gary ... Until After Saturday
Former Glovers manager Gary Johnson is unsurprisingly offering his club no favours ahead of Saturday's clash between his current club Bristol City and his former club at Ashton Gate. Over 2,400 tickets are believed to have been sold for the away end ahead of the ALL TICKET local derby and Gary knows it will be an important occasion.

Speaking to yesterday's Western Daily Press the City boss explained: "It's a very important game and I've got a job to do for Bristol City. It's an important game all round. Yeovil have waited for this game for a long, long time. I was part of the club looking to be in the same division as Bristol City and competing with them. But I'm there to get Bristol City three points on Saturday. Then after that I want Yeovil to win every other game."

Gary was quick to deny that he would be caught in two minds on the day: "People may think it's a difficult situation for me, but it's not because I'll be putting 100 per cent into Bristol City. I don't think the Yeovil supporters would expect anything else. I had a great time at Yeovil and a great relationship with the fans. I wish them all the best. But I'm also enjoying my relationship now with the Bristol City fans and the club is everything I thought it would be."

Gary surprised a few people at Huish Park, keeping mainly to the dressing room area in the lead-up to the New Years Eve match almost up to the match kicked off and he says he intends to keep a similar low profile on Saturday: "I won't be around before the game on Saturday. People won't be hearing or seeing me. I did that at Yeovil as well. I've got to prepare all the lads."

Clearly Gary won't have needed to have collected many scouting reports on the Glovers. Not only did many of the squad play under him, he has also been a guest at Huish Park on numerous occasions as a co-commentator for BBC Radio Bristol since leaving the club: "I know most of the Yeovil lads, although they've got one or two new faces. Whether they'll play the formation (3-5-2) that they've played in the last couple of games or switch back to 4-4-2 we'll have to wait and see."

The City boss also gave a nod to his close friend and former assistant Steve Thompson who took over on Johnson's exit: "I want Thommo to do well. We worked hard to build up the support at Yeovil from 1,500 to more than 7,000. I would hate to see that go the other way."


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29 March 2006 : Glovers Feel The Impact
Glovers boss Steve Thompson does not believe that his side's perpetual injury list has been caused by any training ground methods or warm-up routines. The Yeovil boss has brushed off any suggestion that his squad may have the sort of problems that former Newcastle United manager Graham Souness had, who blamed his club's training ground for a succession of hamstring strains and pulled muscles. Thommo believes the majority relate to 'impact' injuries.

Speaking to yesterday's Western Daily Press, Steve said: "I think it's important to point that out. Because virtually all the injuries we've had have not been preventable. Me and my coaching staff (Kevin Hodges and Glenn Schmidt) always make sure the players warm up properly. That's made sure that the lads haven't suffered muscle strains and things like that. But Terry (Skiverton) hurt his knee in a challenge and Kevin Amankwaah hurt his leg at Walsall in the same way. When Anthony Barry dislocated his knee at Chesterfield it was when he slipped on the icy surface, so we're not having much luck."

Amankwaah is hoping to resume training tomorrow in advance of the trip to his old club Bristol City, although it would be a major surprise if club captain Terry Skiverton played any role outside the dugouts and dressing room this weekend.


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28 March 2006 : Little Change On The Contract Front
Glovers boss Steve Thompson is still reporting little change in the set of out of contract players at the end of this season at Yeovil Town. There have been recent suggestions on March 13th and March 17th that the club were looking to restart contract talks, but thus far little visible progress is forthcoming.

Speaking to today's Western Daily Press Steve explained: "I will sit down with the players concerned as soon as possible. I also need to speak to the board of directors but it's important that it's sorted out."

The WDP suggest that much of the delay in recent weeks has been down to Steve concentrating his efforts on getting new blood in at Huish Park for the remaining games of this season and that now the loan transfer window has closed that more time can be devoted to such matters.


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28 March 2006 : Salisbury In West Country Derby
Graham Salisbury from Lancashire has been given Saturday's derby clash at Ashton Gate between Bristol City and Yeovil Town. The last time we recall him refereeing a Glovers game was the 1-1 at Sixfields last season.

Salisbury rarely officiates in the South, and by the looks of it hasn't been selected for this match for his laissez-faire attitude, having dished out 92 yellow and 9 red cards in his thirty-one games to date this season.

The assistant referees are Simon Barrow (Staffordshire) and Alan Sheffield (West Midlands). The fourth official is Ray Lee from Essex.


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28 March 2006 : LDV RIP
Further to our article on February 24th 2006, the Football League have now officially confirmed that the LDV Vans Trophy is now dead in its current form. On Sunday 2nd April, the final contested between Carlisle United and Swansea City will be a sponsorless Football League Trophy Final at the Millennium Stadium, after officials agreed to strip the sponsors name from the trophy.

After falling into administration, LDV now have new owners but they are said to be unhappy with the idea of forking out money for sponsorship of the competition and so for the time being it will revert to the original unsponsored name. The 2006-07 competition is also being earmarked to be run under the Football League Trophy guise unless sponsors can be found by the start of next season.

LDV's collapse is believed to have cost the eventual winners of this year's competition around 75,000 pounds in prize money. The official prize money allocated to last season's winners winners Wrexham was 50,000 pounds plus a share of the receipts from the 36,216 strong gate.


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28 March 2006 : Skivo Can Still Play Crucial Role
Club captain Terry Skiverton may be out for Saturday's match against Bristol City, but first team manager Steve Thompson will still ensure he lands on the team bus and in the dressing room for the trip to Ashton Gate. The defender is ruled out through medial knee ligament damage (see story below) but will still play his part on the day.

Steve explained: "He's definitely out of Saturday's game but he'll travel with us because he's a good character to have in the dressing room. Even when Terry was injured earlier in the season he travelled with us to most games because he's important to have around."

An MRI scan on Skiverton's knee has revealed no structural damage and therefore no need for an operation. Skivo will therefore undertake an intensive treatment programme with club physio Glen Schmidt to try and get him back to full fitness ahead of time.


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28 March 2006 : Conning Exits Tivvy
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Peter Conning has left Southern League Premier Division side Tiverton Town after a series of cost-cutting measures saw his position as assistant manager become excess to requirements.

Conning, who won the FA Vase with Tivvy, played for the Glovers between 1988 and 1992, returning for a second phase with the club during the 1994/95 season. He clocked up 179 appearances for the Glovers.

Speaking to the Exeter Express and Echo, his former boss Martyn Rogers said of the decision to release Conning: "Pete is a smashing fellow and it was a difficult thing to do. But the club has to come first and it was the right decision. Unfortunately it's part and parcel of football. I remember having to release my cousin Pete as a player and it's something you have to do. It's not a nice thing, but it's the way forward for the club."


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28 March 2006 : Reserves vs Plymouth is OFF
Tonight's Reserve Team fixture against Plymouth Argyle Reserves has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Ladysmead, Tiverton. Ironically the game had been switched from Home Park to give the main Plymouth pitch a rest. No new date has been set for this game as yet.


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28 March 2006 : Skivo Out For Three Weeks
Yeovil Town club captain Terry Skiverton has been confirmed as being out for three weeks according to BBC Radio Bristol. The skipper damaged medial knee ligaments in the 2-2 draw against Tranmere Rovers and thus begins his third spell of the season sat on the sidelines.

There is better news on Kevin Amankwaah, who is expected to resume training on Thursday following his ankle injury sustained during the 2-0 win at Walsall.

In the Bristol City camp, they have better news. Winger Scott Murray sat out training yesterday but hopes to get back on the training field later in the week, whilst Louis Carey's dead leg is not expected to keep him out of Saturday's game against the Glovers.


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27 March 2006 : City Gear Up For Yeovil Clash
Bristol City's local boy Carl Skuse admits he is already looking forward to Saturday's Ashton Gate clash against Yeovil Town. It will be the first League meeting in Bristol between the two clubs and the Yate-born player claims it will be seen as a serious local derby by those in the South-West portion of Bristol.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press, Skuse explained: "It is going to be a massive game and every Bristolian is going to want to win that one. The fans are going to be right behind us. We'll give it a real go and hopefully we'll get a good result. The manager said he is expecting a big crowd and Yeovil will bring a few because they are only down the road and we will be desperate to win." Skuse scored for the second game running at Millmoor but his late effort was scant consolation for him and City as Rotherham ran out deserved winners.

Former Glovers boss Gary Johnson knows what to expect more than anyone, but says that he will have to look at his side's injury list before making too many decisions. Scott Murray (knee) and Louis Carey (dead leg) picked up weekend injuries and Johnson explained: "The game is one I am looking forward to but we have to have a look at the walking wounded first and see what team we can put out."


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27 March 2006 : Murray Not So Mint
Bristol City winger Scott Murray faces a race against time to be fit for Saturday's local derby at Ashton Gate. Murray was one of the most impressive players in City's side in the New Year's Eve clash at Huish Park and would be missed by manager Gary Johnson if he does not recover from knee ligament damage sustained in Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Rotherham.

Speaking to the City official site Murray explained: "I'll be gutted if I miss, not only because it is a vital match for both teams, but because my nan, auntie and uncle, who have never seen me play, had arranged to come down for the game. It seems I have done something to a lateral ligament. At the time I thought it was worse than that so there is some good news. I clashed knees with Paul Shaw after picking up a clearance from Adriano Basso and setting off on a run. It was very painful at the time and after the match. I didn't get much sleep Saturday night and went to the swimming pool yesterday. Now, although there is still some swelling, it has settled down. I'm not sure yet how bad it is at the moment."

The Glovers are currently awaiting firm news on one of their own injury concerns. Club captain Terry Skiverton sustained medial knee ligament damage in the Glovers 2-2 draw against Tranmere Rovers and early indications were that Skivo would be looking at a minimum of two weeks out with 3-4 weeks the more likely outcome.


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27 March 2006 : Reserves vs Plymouth Argyle
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves take on their Plymouth Argyle counterparts in a double-header match tomorrow (Tuesday) evening, kick-off 7.00pm.

For those who think Plymouth is a long way, fear not because the match is being played at Ladysmead, Tiverton, roughly halfway between the two clubs.

The match is a double-header game as the result on the night will be added to both the Pontins Holiday Combination league table as well as the Pontins Holiday Cup Group Stage table. If cup game rules require any additional play beyond the 90 minutes, then the result at the 90 minutes stage will be applied to the Pontins Holiday Combination league table, with the end result applied to the Cup Group table. Confused? You will be!

As usual, we expect the side selected to be formed from those who warmed the bench on Saturday, along with various other first team squad members such as David Poole, Sam Alsop, Stephen Reed, Dale Williams and Richard Cullingford. The remainder will doubtless be formed from the Youth Team.


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27 March 2006 : Brian Little's Verdict On The Tranmere Game
Tranmere Rovers manager Brian Little was more than happy to come home with a 2-2 draw following Saturday's match. Little, whose side are two points ahead of Yeovil, believed his side were hanging on at the end of the match and considered his side lucky to get anything out of the game.

Speaking to the press after the game, Little explained: "We were lucky to get a point. To come from behind twice and to look at the table and see we are still five points off the bottom four is a bit of relief. We haven't had too many through the season where we have been hanging on a bit, and I felt we were hanging on today. We were nervous, and I think whenever I have seen Yeovil they have played a bit more than they did today. It was one of those games neither of us wanted to lose."

Little also believed that if the foul on Matt Harrold for the free kick that led to Yeovil's goal was the correct decision that it should have been a penalty: "There had been several occasions when we have drawn and I hadn't been happy with one point, but this time I was. We gave two bad goals away again. The second from a free-kick on the edge of the box was debatable and if it was a free-kick the lad actually came down inside the box."

The Tranmere boss also cited that pressure and nerves were coming into both sides play as the season reached its conclusion: "We are still five points off the bottom four so it is quite a relief. We have not had too many games this season where we were hanging on but that's what we were doing. We have played a lot better on a lot of occasions. Losing games like this can put a lot of pressure on teams, so it is often more about not losing rather than trying to get out there and win. Yeovil were a little bit more up to it to try and win than we were, but you could see with both teams playing three centre-backs, everyone is just a little bit cagey. It's about nerves. I have been in the game along time and Steve Thompson is new to management in the league but neither of us enjoyed the game too much."

Speaking about the goals Tranmere conceded, Little explained: "In fairness I thought the backpass was not the greatest. Jacko wasn't under pressure and there was no need to pass back. Ian Goodison was put under pressure by the pass but he normally dribbles himself out of situations. No-one was really relaxed today and we could not get Jason McAteer into the game. Matt was a bit nervous, and he was disappointed with the second goal. He got down for the free-kick and it slipped underneath him, but overall he did well and I think he will do better in each game he plays for us."

With his side just two points above Yeovil Little said there was still plenty to play for pointing out that even Chesterfield, who until recently were challengers for the playoffs are not safe from relegation due to an atrocious run of results. Little believes around 53 or 54 points will probably be enough to survive: "We would have 51 if we beat Port Vale next Friday but I doubt whether that will be enough. Even Chesterfield, who are already on 51, must be saying 'We need at least one more win'."


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26 March 2006 : Interview With Matt Harrold
Striker Matt Harrold spoke of his delight having scored his third goal in just four days. Harrold, who until Tuesday's game against Walsall hadn't found the net since mid-December said: "I went a pretty long time without scoring. As a forward you are always wanting to score goals and by helping out the team that way. The goals have come at a nice time for me and the team."

Read the full interview with Matt Harrold (transcript by George Murray) by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.


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26 March 2006 : Thommo's Verdict On the Tranmere Game
Glovers boss Steve Thompson said his side would be working on defending set pieces after disappointing defending from two Tranmere Rovers dead-ball situations resulted in the visitors coming back from a goal down twice to grab a 2-2 draw at Huish Park on Saturday. Steve answered the following questions after the game:

Qu: Steve what is your reaction to that point gained at Huish Park here this afternoon?

ST: Disappointed that at 2-1 that we didn't go on and get the 2-1 win. There wasn't a lot of good football played but when we got into that lead, I didn't feel that Tranmere were going to score in free play and to give away an unnecessary free kick was disappointing to say the least.

Qu: Individual errors and defensive errors at both ends contributed to all four goals didn't they?

ST: Yes, well we conceded from two set pieces and we hadn't done that too much this season. We did it at Blackpool and we did it today. We'll have to stop that and tighten up on that.

Qu: Let's talk about the positives. There were two goals from Matt Harrold this afternoon and another good all-round performance from him.

ST: Yes, I thought he played well and obviously to get his two goals to add to his one at Walsall was great for Matt and great for us because it has got us a draw in the end.

Qu: And good work from Craig Rocastle to set him up for the first one and it was just good pressure on their back four to force them into the mistake.

ST: Yes, he was up with play and like you say he forced the mistake and Matty took advantage of it.

Qu: What did you make of Craig's debut this afternoon?

ST: I thought he had a good debut. He tired a little bit at the end, but he's not played an awful lot. He had a slight operation in January on his cartilege and he's not played an awful lot of football since then - probably only two or three games back in Sheffield Wednesday's side. So I thought he did well.

Qu: The first goal for Tranmere and the first equaliser came from Steve Collis dropping that cross that went out for a corner and the goal came from it. He must be disappointed in there with this afternoon.

ST: Yes, we have made mistakes for the goals. There was that mistake and then there was another mistake because they got two headers in - the flick and then the header at the far post and that's a mistake. Then it was a mistake to give away the foul in an unnecessary position and no doubt when I look at the video, probably another mistake as the ball comes in - I'm not sure but it would seem to have been rebounding about in there. I don't know what happened there when it was in the box.

Qu: If you take the last two games as a whole - Walsall and Tranmere - where you've picked up four points would you have been happy with that before the two games?

ST: Before the two games, probably yes. After the two games, no.

Qu: For what it's worth I thought it was harsh on your side this afternoon and that must be frustrating for you.

ST: Yes, it is frustrating. There are too many games that we have not won when we have been the better team. There has been quite a few of them. So that is something where you have to look at why. Why can't we just see the game out. It has been just goals that has cost us in previous games but today we did - we scored two goals and that should have been enough.

Qu: A blow with Terry Skiverton coming off with an injury. What's happened to Terry Skiverton this time?

ST: He has damaged his medial knee ligaments and that is not good. We will have to see exactly what that means.

Qu: Are there positives to take from the game such as Craig Rocastle's debut and Matt Harrold again?

ST: Yes, there are positives. Craig's debut, Matt Harrold's two goals and Phil Jevons getting back into the swing of things. And also it was another point, I suppose, towards safety. I am just disappointed that it wasn't three.

Qu: And a week now to build up to yet another big game this time next week.

ST: Yes, a week until Bristol City and obviously another important game, but they all are now aren't they - that's for sure. I'm sure the wait for next Saturday will fly by and we will be there playing in another very important game and trying to get three points at Bristol City.

Qu: Steve do you have a points total in mind?

ST: No - no points total. I want to stay above the line and win the next game. That's my motto!

Qu: Paul Terry was very unlucky at the end. I thought he had a very good game and deserved a goal.

ST: I thought he was very good today and played very well up at Walsall.

Qu: It was a lovely move that led to what was almost the third goal.

ST: Yes, it was a fantastic move.

Qu: Kevin Amankwaah?

ST: I hope for him to be fit for Saturday. I am very hopeful that he will be fit for Saturday.

Qu: Chris Weale?

ST: I am also hopeful he will be fit for Saturday. I don't know, but I am a little bit more sure that Kevin Amankwaah will be fit for Saturday than Chris Weale.

Qu: David Poole?

ST: David Poole is fit and available. He was injured on Tuesday (at Walsall) and wasn't available. But he was available for today's game and he will be available for Bristol City.


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26 March 2006 : Huddersfield Ticketing
The match at the Galpharm Stadium against Huddersfield Town on Saturday 29th April will be pay-on-the-day through the turnstiles*.

Adult : £16.00
Wheelchair user : £10.00 (Carer free of charge)
Over 60 : £8.00
Under 16 : £5.00

* Students and Ambulant Disabled must purchase from the ticket office with relevant proof of status.

Student : £12.00
Ambulant disabled : £10.00

Away supporters are allocated the South Stand at one end of the ground. Capacity is 4,000, all-seated. There is a bar at the back of the stand as well as the usual kiosks selling food, hot and cold soft drinks etc.


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26 March 2006 : Youth Team Thrash Hereford
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side clocked up their eighth win in a row as they thrashed bottom side Hereford United 4-1 on the Huish Park Top Pitch. In truth, this was a far from easy game with Stuart Housley's side making heavy work of the game until the final 30 minutes were reached when they finally found top gear and cruised home.

Tom Clarke gave the home side an excellent start - bundling the ball home from close range as a pair of Hereford defenders tried in vain to stop the ball from running down the slope towards the car park end. Before the break though, the visitors were level, with a Yeovil player scoring again, this time in the wrong end with Matt Pitcher's attempt at a last ditch sliding tackle off a Hereford forward succeeding only in lobbing Jamie Jenkins in the Yeovil Town goal.

The first half had also been disrupted with the loss of Phil Ormrod who had to leave the field and head for hospital with a suspected broken nose after he was caught by a high boot. Dan Thompson took over up front and once he got into the game he was to have a great influence upon it.

The second half was a much improved performance, and finally the Hereford resolve was broken when Dale Williams beat the offside trap, poking the ball home after he ended up one-on-one with the visitors keeper. With Yeovil finally back in front, gaps started to appear in the Hereford defence, and Dan Thompson took advantage after a great challenge by fellow substitute Dan O'Brien broke up play, with the first team manager's son curling a great strike into the far corner. Thommo Jr also provided the inspiration for the home side's fourth goal - making an excellent right wing run, completing it with a delivery into the box that Richard Cullingford firmly slammed home into the back of the net from eight yards out.

The win keeps up Yeovil's late late charge at the South West Conference title, with recent results having turned the two horse race between Swindon Town and Plymouth Argyle into a four horse race with Bristol Rovers joining the Glovers as the league's dark horses. Newport County gained a shock 1-0 win over the morning's leaders Swindon, whilst the results from Bristol Rovers vs Oxford United and AFC Bournemouth vs Plymouth Argyle are currently unknown.


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25 March 2006 : Harrold brace not quite enough
Matt Harrold twice put Yeovil Town into the lead against fellow relegation battlers Tranmere Rovers but his side could only manage a point at Huish Park this afternoon.

The Glovers were ahead after only six minutes on the clock when Matt Harrold capitalised on woeful defending by Tranmere. Chris Greenacre thought he had equalised for the visitors after a fine save from Steve Collis fell to the striker but he was ruled offside. Seconds later Collis blotted his copybook by fluffing a standard catch - albeit in a gusty wind - to give the visitors a corner from which Ian Goodison nodded in the equaliser.

Yeovil regained their lead on seventy minutes after Matt Harrold scored his eighth league goal of this campaign from a freekick just outside the box. The lead only lasted seven minutes with Chris Greenacre slipping the ball into the net from close range following a dangerous Jason McAteer freekick. Yeovil nearly took the lead for the third time in the match before the end but Paul Terry’s header was cleared off the line and rebounded off the post into open play minutes before fulltime.

[Match precis by George Murray]

Final score: Yeovil Town 2 - 2 Tranmere Rovers.

Injury news: Terry Skiverton limped off after 62 minutes and the news isn't good. The skipper has knee ligament damage and is expected to be out for 3-4 weeks. Better news about Kevin Amankwaah, he was 50/50 to play today but in the end it was decided not to risk him. He is expected to be fully fit for the 6-pointer at Ashton Gate next weekend.

Today's results left the bottom half of the table as tight as ever. Franchise FC lost 3-0 at Nottingham Forest and are stuck in last place on 37 points. Two Jamie Cureton goals were enough for Swindon to beat Chesterfield at the County Ground, the Robins are 23rd on 42 points. The Spireites have now lost 7 out of the last 8 matches played and are stuck on 51 points in 10th place. Walsall could only draw 2-2 with Bradford City despite taking a 2-goal lead in the match; the Saddlers are 22nd on 43 points, City 12th on 49. Hartlepool lost 3-0 at league leaders Southend to drop to 21st place, also on 43 points.

Rotherham celebrated the news of their proposed new takeover with a 3-1 win over TBCUTR and for the first time in a long time are out of the relegation zone in 20th position, on 44 points. Gary Johnson's men are not yet out of the relegation woods in 13th place on 49 points. Blackpool are 19th on 44 points after losing 3-1 at play-off chasing Oldham and Yeovil drop a place to 18th on 46 points following today's draw. Bournemouth will be pleased with a point from a 0-0 draw at Barnsley, the Cherries are 17th, also on 46 points. Who would have expected Gillingham to get much out of their games against Brentford and Swansea this week? Not us, but a 3-1 win over the Bees on Tuesday plus a 1-0 win over the Jacks today meant 6 points in four days which has pushed the Gills up to 16th place and 47 points. Today's opponents Tranmere have 48 points and are up to 14th in the table.

At the top Southend have now amassed 73 points, 8 clear of 2nd-placed Huddersfield on 65, who drew 1-1 at Port Vale. Brentford stay 3rd, despite losing 1-0 at home to Doncaster. Colchester move back up to 4th with Swansea dropping to 5th. Barnsley are currently in the final play-off place in 6th, with only 7th-placed Oldham of the rest of the league looking likely to challenge the sides above them for the play-offs.


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25 March 2006 : Walsall MOTM result
Chris Cohen was voted as YTFC Man of the Match by Ciderspace and mailing list users for his peformance against Walsall on Tuesday night - the second game in a row that Chris has been voted as the man of the match.

Full results are at the foot of the match report.

To vote for your YTFC MOTM following today's game at home to Tranmere, click here.


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24 March 2006 : Twentyman Talks Back On Playback
If you missed tonight's Twentyman Talks Back programme that featured Glovers manager Steve Thompson tonight, the BBC site now has it in their 'Listen Again' section that can be found here.


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24 March 2006 : Customer Charter Meeting Minutes
Yeovil Town's latest Customer Charter Meeting was held on Wednesday prior to the mid-week Reserve Team game. With thanks to Sara Bradley at YTFC, full and detailed minutes are now available on-line here.


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24 March 2006 : Proposal For Ticket Prices In 2006-07
May we stress these are proposals, and the club is seeking feedback from the fans as to their reactions.

We have added in the prices from 2005-06 for comparison, with the percentage change.

Season Ticket Prices -

Yeovil College (Main) Stand :
Adult £360 (£320; +12.5%), Disabled £280 (£280; no change), OAP £280 (£260; +7.7%), Student £280 (£260; +7.7%), Junior £140 (£120; +16.7%), Junior Glovers £60 (£60; no change).

Bartlett Stand
Adult £340 (£300; +13.3%), Disabled £260, (£240; -7.7%), OAP £240 (£220; +9.1%), Student £240 (£220; +9.1%), Junior £140 (£120; +16.7%), Junior Glover £60 (£60; no change).

Westland Terrace
Adult £340 (£300; +13.3%), OAP £220 (£200; +10.0%), Student £220 (£200; +10.0%), Junior £140 (£120; +16.7%), Junior Glover £60 (£60; no change).

A reduction roughly equivalent to £1.00 per game would be conceded in the event of relegation - in other words knock £20.00 off the above prices in most cases we presume.

The Early Bird discount for renewals, abandoned for this season, would be reintroduced. The proposal was 5% off for season tickets bought before 31st May we believe.

Pre-Match Day Prices -

Yeovil College (Main) Stand :
Adult £18 (£16; +12.5%), Disabled £14 (£14; no change), OAP £14 (£13; +7.7%), Student £14 (£13; +7.7%), Junior £7 (£6; +16.7%), Junior Glovers £3 (£3; no change).

Bartlett Stand :

Adult £17 (£15; +18.2%), Disabled £12 (£13; -7.7%), OAP £12 (£11; +9.1%), Student £12 (£11; +9.1%), Junior £7 (£6; +16.7%), Junior Glovers £3 (£3; no change).

Westland Terrace :

Adult £17 (£15; +18.2%), OAP £11 (£10; +10.0%), Student £11 (£10; +10.0%), Junior £7 (£6; +16.7%), Junior Glovers £3 (£3; no change).

Match Day Prices -

Yeovil College (Main) Stand :
Adult £20 (£18; +11.1%), Disabled £16 (£16; no change), OAP £16 (£15; +6.7%), Student £16 (£15; +6.7%), Junior £9 (£8; +12.5%), Junior Glovers £5 (£5; no change).

Bartlett Stand :
Adult £19 (£17; +11.8%), Disabled £14 (£15; -6.7%), OAP £14 (£13; +7.7%), Student £14 (£13; +7.7%), Junior £9 (£8; +12.5%), Junior Glovers £5 (£5; no change).

Bartlett Stand :
Adult £19 (£17; +11.8%), OAP £13 (£12; +8.3%), Student £13 (£12; +8.3%), Junior £9 (£8; +12.5%), Junior Glovers £5 (£5; no change).

Again we hear that if relegation is suffered certain match day prices will rise by £1.00 rather than £2.00.

As Ciderspace only received a copy of these price proposals at 16.55 today the request that feedback be submitted by today seems a little ridiculous. However anything fed back to us via e-mail at ytfcciderspace@yahoo.com will be forwarded to the club regardless of supposed deadlines. Alternatively there is a thread on the Green Room that is for feedback here.


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24 March 2006 : Thompson happy with loan captures
Glovers boss Steve Thompson has been speaking of his relief and delight in finally being able to bolster his squad for the end of season run-in. In the last month Thommo has signed midfielder Marc Wilson on loan from Portsmouth and yesterday captured fellow midfielders Craig Rocastle and Sam Alsop from Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham City respectively.

Speaking of the transfer of Rocastle, Thommo denied that he had 'gazumped' Swindon's bid for the player. Swindon had agreed a loan move for Rocastle earlier in the week, only for parent club Sheffield Wednesday to pull the plug on the deal after it had emerged that the Robins still owed Wednesday money from a previous loan deal earlier in the season. The money owed was evidently paid to the Owls later on the Wednesday, but by then Thommo had approached the Yorkshire club with his offer which was accepted.

"It was not a gazumping as such, because I heard that the Swindon deal was off and Craig had gone back to Sheffield," Thompson confirmed. "He was there when I phoned on Wednesday morning and it was only later in the day that Swindon came back into the hunt. As soon as we heard that Craig was available we agreed to go for him. We just felt it was too good an opportunity to turn down. He is powerful but he is also comfortable and skilful on the ball. He is an experienced player who I want to come straight in to do a job, and I'm sure he can. We've been short of goals in midfield and hopefully Craig can help in that area too."

"It's a good signing for us. Craig is very experienced at League One level and helped Wednesday gain promotion last season - that says a lot. We are very pleased to have him at the club. It's a specialist position and now we have got four players - Craig, Chris Cohen, Marc Wilson and Paul Terry - who can operate in that position. We haven't had that for a while.

"I really think it's one of the positions where you need to have players that know what they are doing in there. Sometimes you can get away with moving people to wing-back or full-back but in central midfield it's coming at you from all over, so you need to know what you are doing."


"Sam Alsop can play either midfield or full-back or wing-back and it is very important to have versatile players in case we get any more injuries. He impressed us playing for the reserves and he has also done well in training. I have liked what I have seen and now I have a good six weeks to look at him further, and for him to look at us. If someone does well on loan there is always the possibility of something longer term being agreed. Birmingham have been very generous on the wages side of things and we are grateful for that .

"We have added two more to the squad and with the injured players coming back soon - Phil Jevons will be available on Saturday - we are looking stronger."


Steve Thompson was speaking to the Western Daily Press and the Western Morning News.


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24 March 2006 : Thommo on the radio this evening
Yeovil Town manager Steve Thompson will be the studio guest for tonight's Twentyman Talks Back programme on BBC Radio Bristol.

It'll be Steve's first appearances on the football phone in show since taking over from Gary Johnson earlier this season.

Fans will have the chance to ask Steve a question by calling 0845 900 59 55 when the lines open just before 7pm tonight.

Twentyman Talks Back is on every Friday night on 95.5FM across the west country starting at 7.05 pm.


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24 March 2006 : Yeovil Town v Tranmere Rovers match preview
"In our recent home form I don't think we have won in six games so we do need to put that right if we can on Saturday. I think that sometimes when the pressure is on, and the pressure is on not just us but on a number of clubs, it can be a little easier to play away from home with the pressure situation than it is at home. It is very important when you are at home that your supporters get right behind you. The supporters tonight were absolutely magnificent. I hope they come in numbers and support us on Saturday even if it is tight, even if it is tense, even if it is not the prettiest game on Saturday. If they are anything like the bunch of supporters who came here tonight then we will have magnificent support on Saturday." - Steve Thompson speaking after the 2-0 win at Walsall on Tuesday night. 'Nuff said.

The Glovers entertain Tranmere Rovers tomorrow in a League One fixture. Rovers are currently 2 points ahead of Yeovil in 14th position in League 1 on 47 points. Yep, it's yet another 6-pointer relegation scrap... The sides have only met once before in their history, Tranmere winning 4-1 in the corresponding fixture at Prenton Park in December, a result that flattered the home side somewhat and one that the Glovers will be keen to avenge. The only consistent thing about Tranmere's season to date has been their inconsistency, with every step forward in the form of a win generally followed immediately by dropped points, though their form in general has improved slightly since the turn of the year. However a record of W2 D1 and L3 in their last 6 games illustrates the problems respected manager Brian Little has had all season in getting some sort of consistency into his side's results.

Tranmere have little to worry about in terms of injury problems with only first choice keeper John Achterberg definitely out of tomorrow's game. They've signed a more than adequate replacement on loan however in the form of Wolves stopper Matt Murphy, a player who was being talked about as a possible future England international 18 months ago before an horrendous run of injuries which has kept him out of the Wolves first team for an astonishing 14 months. "I'll play Matt without a doubt," Rovers boss Little told his club's official site yesterday. "That was the reason we got him here, to play in the first team. It is his next step in his recovery. He's a massive talent and potentially a great goalkeeper. He is a solid worker and someone who wants to do well in the game. He has been cruising through reserve games and I'm more than willing to give him an opportunity to play for us."

"Yeovil have done well lately,"
Little added. "They had a great result at Walsall on Tuesday night and played a certain way to make it difficult for Walsall. In these games it is a massive boost to score the first goal. If you go a goal behind it really gets you against the wall. We had a setback on Friday [Tranmere lost 1-2 at home to, wait for it... Walsall!] but we can't let it knock us back so far. The most important thing is to be positive. We've turned a big corner since December. It might not look it, but there are only a few teams who have done better than us since then."

The Glovers go into tomorrow's game with manager Steve Thompson facing that rare thing this season, at least since after Christmas - a selection dilemma. With a massive 4 - count 'em! - central midfielders to choose from, including new loan signings Craig Rocastle and Sam Alsop. It will be interesting to see who eventually does get the nod, and also what formation the gaffer decides to play. Will he stick with the 3-5-2 that worked so well at Walsall on Tuesday evening, or will he revert to the more usual 4-4-2? Time - and possibly availability of key players after injury - will tell.

Of those injured it's thought that Chris Weale (knee) and Kevin Amankwaah (shin) are doubtful for tomorrow's game, but Colin Miles (groin) should be fit, as should leading scorer Phil Jevons, an unused substitute at the Bescot. "Both teams will consider themselves still in a relegation battle and need the points," Thommo told the official site this morning, adding: "But just as importantly we will be looking to avenge that 4-1 defeat at Prenton Park last year and put together back to back wins. I feel that would really give us the confidence to go on and finish the season well."

Selected betting odds: Yeovil win - 7/5; draw - 9/4; Tranmere win - 15/8. Our fiver's going on the home win. Record so far this season: +£13.67p. Good luck boys!


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23 March 2006 : Williams Stays At Huish Park
Despite assertions on another web site and in the local press that Dale Williams has gone out on loan to Shrewsbury Town Ciderspace doesn't think this is the case. The Shrews could well be interested in keeping tabs on Dale, and may offer him another trial match in their Reserves, but it seems the deadline went by with no offer of a loan deal on the table at this stage.

Speaking after the Reserves game against Hull City Shrews manager Gary Peters said :

Dale did all right but is actually a left winger but likes to play up front as well. When I asked him to come down for a game I asked him to come along as a left-winger but by the time he could make it Richard Evans was back and Steve Leslie was playing and Dale was happy to play upfront. He did all right and maybe next week if we can have him back he can play on the left wing.

Our understanding is that trialists are allowed to play in two reserve games for a club.


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23 March 2006 : Officials For Yeovil v Tranmere
Mick Fletcher (Worcestershire), last seen refereeing a Yeovil Town match at Priestfield Stadium in October, is the man in charge this Saturday. Ron Ganfield (Somerset) and David Phillips (Sussex) will be the assistants, with Stephen Tomlinson (Hampshire) the fourth official.


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23 March 2006 : You Wait For Ages, Then Two Come Along At Once.......
........although not surprising on loan deadline day.

After the earlier announcement of the loan deal for Craig Rocastle (see below) Yeovil Town have signed their second player of the day. Sam Alsop of Birmingham City, who trialed and scored in last night's Reserves victory over Cardiff City, will be at Huish Park on loan until the end of the season.

The Glovers just beat today's 5.00 p.m. loan deadline to sign up the 21-year-old, who has been a regular in Birmingham's reserve side this season but has failed to breakthough into the first team. Alsop's professional contract at St. Andrew's expires at the end of this season. Reading between the lines Birmingham look unlikely to extend his contract so he should be looking to impress during his time in the West Country. Welcome to Yeovil, Sam.

Two other targets were missed, with both preferring the option of staying at their current level and switching to other Championship clubs. Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Leon Clarke goes to Plymouth Argyle. The deal is until the end of the season, though Wolves have retained a 24 hour recall option after 28 days. Burnley striker Gifton Noel-Williams has joined Brighton and Hove Albion for the remainder of the campaign.


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23 March 2006 : Rocastle signs on loan
Yeovil Town's official site has this morning confirmed that Sheffield Wednesday central midfielder Craig Rocastle has signed for the Glovers until the end of the season - and according to Owls boss Paul Sturrock the 24 year old, who has a year left on his contract at Hillsborough, will be allowed to sign a permanent deal if he impresses sufficiently.

As reported below, Rocastle was due to sign a loan deal with League 1 rivals Swindon earlier in the week, but the deal fell through for reasons that are not yet clear. Credit to Glovers boss Steve Thompson then for being so quick off the mark to nip in ahead of any other club to sign such a proven League 1 player. His current manager Paul Sturrock explained to the Owls official site: "There were a few things that didn't work out with the Swindon deal so Yeovil came in at the eleventh hour and moved the goalposts."

Sturrock went on to praise Rocastle for his contribution to Wednesday's promotion to the Championship last season while admitting that he's struggled to get a regular starting place in the higher league this term. "Rocky and me had a conversation - he likes football to be played a wee bit differently from the way I like it. I don't mind that - he was big enough to tell me what he thought about the style of play he wanted to play. Once we had that conversation I think he was appreciative he would have to move on. You have to remember he was signed thinking we might have another season in the league below us (L1). I think his game would have progressed with us but he's had to learn on the run and he's struggled a wee bit in this league (Championship).

"He could have been our best player in the play-off final and did very well against Brentford in the two semis," said Sturrock. "I'm thankful he is going to start getting games before the end of the season. If he does well then Yeovil might do a deal for next season or, if he does really well, maybe other teams will take notice."

The best of luck to Craig for his time at Huish Park from us all at Ciderspace, we're looking forward to seeing him play. He goes straight into the squad for Saturday's vital match at home to Tranmere Rovers.


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23 March 2006 : Bromfield's points to ponder
Michael Bromfield, the local businessman who has offered to buy majority shareholder David Webb's holdings in Yeovil Town and who is currently demanding a retraction over certain comments made by club chairman and chief executive John Fry (see 22nd March news story below) has been given space in this week's edition of the Western Gazette to reply to Mr Fry's statement aired in a previous edition of the Gazette when the chairman stated: "We are financially secure compared to most other clubs in our position and have a big future ahead of us - so what is the problem?"

Mr Bromfield gives detailed answers to this question. He identifies 5 main areas of concern where he feels change needs to come:

1. Communication with fans
Not rocket science this. Bromfield says: "Unless one's head is buried in the sand no-one can deny the club have been found seriously wanting in this regard in recent months." He goes on to praise former manager Gary Johnson for his 'deft touch' with the media and fans and praises John Fry for being similarly approachable, but warns that Mr Fry has alienated fans with recent 'shoot-from-the-hip' comments. He advises: "Do not get wound up by comments and criticisms on the web forums John. The internet is here to stay and fans have a right to state their opinions. In truth the Yeovil forums are a model of restraint. The more you criticise them the more you are seen as being anti-fans." Bromfield goes on to suggest that the club hosts a weekly local radio slot to answer fans questions and a monthly open evening for supporters with the chairman and a different senior management figure available. He advises that there needs to be "a new and fresh focus on communicating with fans and the local community."

2. Clarifying David Webb's role
Mr Bromfield claims that Mr Webb's role at the club is ambiguous and needs clarifying. He points out that as a result of Mr Webb standing down from his role as chief executive and refusing to take a position on the board that fans would assume that the board is running the club while at the same time having to take account of Mr Webb's wishes as majority shareholder. Bromfield suggests that the sensible option for Webb to take would be to join the board as a director, to be part of the formal decision-making process rather than the informal way things appear to being done now. Bromfield says: "He (Webb) is asking the fans to support his company with their funds and the fans are entitled to ask how the company is being run and who is making the key decisions. Given his pedigree it is hardly surprising if fans suspect that David is active behind the scenes. The club have other shareholders and they are entitled to clarification on this key management issue."

3. Corporate governance
In what is really an extension of point 2 above, Mr Bromfield asks who is really in charge of key decision-making at Huish Park? Is it Mr Fry in his role as chairman/chief executive, or is it the board handing down policy to the chief executive, or is it the majority shareholder? Bromfield says: "A majority shareholder not represented on the board but with a record of active involvement with other football clubs, a full time chief executive/chairman and all the other directors as non-execs is hardly an ideal or sensible model for the future."

4. Board representation for a fans' consortium
Mr Bromfield suggests that there could be no better way for the majority shareholder to build bridges with supporters by selling a percentage of his shareholding to a 'properly-structured' fans consortium. He points out that over 100 Supporters Trusts exist in the UK, 61 have equity in their club, 31 have representation in the boadroom and 4 clubs - including Mr Webb's old club Brentford - are directly controlled by supporters. Bromfield says: To me, fan involvement at board level is a win-win situation. It provides an ideal vehicle for both communication and involvement - and will thus mute a lot of potential criticism in the future. Partial ownership of clubs by a trust or a consortium is an increasing trend very much at variance with our one-owner model." Bromfield goes on to state his hope that a 'properly-structured' fans consortium will appear over time and that it will be given an opportunity to buy shares in the club.

5. John Fry
Mr Bromfield praises Mr Fry for his work guiding the club from the Conference to League One and acknowledges that Mr Fry 'still has a lot to offer' to the club but says: "We are no longer a Conference club and in some areas we need a new approach. I certainly think combining the role of chairman and chief executive is not viable any longer - nor is it in the club's best interests. How can the chairman review seriously and question objectively whether the chief executive is executing the board's strategy when they are the same person? John is in effect answerable to himself. In my opinion the board should not endorse John's request to stay on for 2 more years in both positions but either apppoint a full-time chief executive if John continues as chairman, or a strong and independent non-executive chairman if John is to continue as chief executive. A strong and independent board can do either if they think it is in the club's best interests, with or without the majority shareholder's approval."

The Gazette is promising more of Mr Bromfield's thoughts on how the running of the club could be improved in next week's edition of the paper.


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23 March 2006 : Chairman Thanks Travelling Glovers
Yeovil Town Chairman and Chief Executive John Fry has passed on his thanks to those who travelled to the Bescot Stadium on Tuesday night to witness the 2-0 away win against Walsall.

Speaking to the Glovers official site, Fry said: "I must take the time to thank our fans for their fantastic support last night at The Bescot. Their chanting and encouragement went on for a solid 90 minutes and was undoubtedly a great source of inspiration to the team. To travel up to Walsall on a cold Tuesday evening shows great dedication and they must have been hoarse after all that chanting. It's people like these who are our real supporters and we thank you for helping the lads to this important win."


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23 March 2006 : Glovers Make Chase For Rocastle
Yeovil Town are making a late bid for Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Craig Rocastle according to this morning's Western Daily Press. The claims come as Wednesday manager Paul Sturrock confirmed that Swindon Town had not signed the player on loan as reported in various locations earlier in the week.

But it now looks as though Swindon have been a little too keen to announce the loan deal with the Yorkshire club denying that their player had joined Swindon on loan. On the Owls official site Sturrock explained: "The deal is not done yet. Some people have jumped the gun. But they have been in negotiations with us and it would be a deal until the end of the season."

Rocastle joined Wednesday from Chelsea in February 2005 and was a key boost to the side that won promotion from the League One playoffs. Whilst at Chelsea he also had loan periods at Barnsley, Lincoln City and Hibernian. He started his career at non-league Kingstonian. He has made 48 Football League appearances scoring one goal.

The transfer deadline for loans is 5.00pm today and Glovers boss Steve Thompson stated on Tuesday night that due to lack of numbers, he would value the signature of a central midfielder ahead of the much talked about striker position. Speaking to today's Western Daily Press Thommo said he was close to completing deals with two Championship players: "One is a central midfielder and the other has played up front and wide midfield - and even as a fullback," he said. More news on this story as it becomes available.


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23 March 2006 : Reserves See Off Cardiff
Yeovil Town Reserves beat their Cardiff City Reserves counterparts 3-1 at Huish Park tonight. The Glovers took an early lead through Youth Team left-back Jake Smeeton and that was followed up with a Daniel Webb effort midway through the half. Cardiff pulled a goal back but Birmingham City trialist Sam Alsop grabbed another goal before the half time break. The second half was a quieter affair and failed to provide any additional goals, and so the Glovers ran out as comfortable 3-1 winners.

Yeovil (Starting Line-Up): Michael Jordan, Richard Cullingford, Jake Smeeton, Sam Alsop, Gary Bowles, Bradley Thomas, Tom Clarke, Daniel Webb, Kevin Gall, Dale Williams, Gavin McCallum.

Subs: Scott Vine, Dan O'Brien, Ben Wood, Phil Ormrod, Darren Watts.


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23 March 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Walsall vs Yeovil
Tuesday night's match report following the 2-0 win over Walsall is here.


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22 March 2006 : Bromfield demands retraction from club
Local businessman Michael Bromfield has written to Yeovil Town FC asking them to retract what he regards as 'inaccuracies' in comments made by club chairman and chief executive John Fry in regard to Bromfield's offer to buy majority shareholder David Webb's holding in the club. The comments Mr Bromfield refers to were originally published in the Western Gazette - see the March 9th news item for the details, plus Ciderspace's own response to Mr Fry's comments at the time.

Michael Bromfield's latest press statement, as published this evening on the green room forum, reads as follows:

[start]

STATEMENT FROM MICHAEL BROMFIELD

I noticed with interest John Fry’s comments reported in the Western Gazette of March 9 in regard to my approach to the Club. John’s comments contain three inaccuracies that I have subsequently privately asked the Club to correct. These were as follows:

i) Contrary to John’s statement to the Gazette he had not at any time prior to March 9 advised me that David Webb’s shares were not for sale. Like other fans I only learnt of this position regarding David Webb’s shares from the club’s statement to this effect on March 7. John confirmed to me by text on March 11 that I had not had a reply contrary to his statement to the Gazette! I finally received a reply from the club this week confirming that none of David Webb’s shares were available for sale ‘to you’.

ii) I have not been involved in any ‘fabrication’ and resent the implication that I have in any way acted either improperly or in any way other than professionally.

iii) I did not allow Ciderspace to publish my letter to John Fry.

My request was made by telephone and by email via the Club Joint Secretary Stephen Allinson. I was hopeful that the Club would acknowledge these errors once I brought them to their attention, as I believe they gave a misleading impression and cast doubts on both the integrity of my approach and my personal reputation.

As I have had no reply to my request for a public clarification and correction regarding these three points I am instructing my solicitor to contact the Club to enquire whether a public correction will be forthcoming or whether it will be necessary to proceed with legal action to establish the truth of my position.

I have advised the Club that I am taking this course of action with great regret as this is an issue that could and should have been simply resolved and indeed I have already given the club 10 days to resolve this matter amicably. However my reputation for honesty is important to me and if it appears I have no alternative than to resort to legal action to establish the truth then I will certainly not hesitate to take such steps.

I refuse to be ignored or brushed aside when false statements have been made publicly about me. Indeed I am only encouraged to comment if appropriate, when I believe there are important issues at the club which need to be addressed, as it appears that honest communication is sadly not a priority at the Club at present and certainly not concerning myself.

Michael Bromfield
March 22 2006

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UPDATE 23-3-06
Today's edition of the Western Gazette carries the following response from chairman and chief executive John Fry, made, the paper says, on Tuesday of this week: "I have already replied to Mr Bromfield and that states the situation the board is in, so I am not in a position to make any further comments," Mr Fry is quoted as saying.


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22 March 2006 : Yeovil Reserves vs Cardiff Reserves
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves take on Cardiff City Reserves at Huish Park tonight in a Pontins Holiday Combination League match. Kick-off is 7.00pm and admission is through the Yeovil College Stand turnstiles only. Supporters should pay through the turnstiles with prices set for season ticket holders as two pounds for adults, with concessions admitted free of charge. Non-season ticket holders can gain admission for three pounds for adults, with concessions priced at two pounds.

If we pick up on any team news in advance of the game, it will be recorded here. The Yeovil line-up will include Birmingham City midfielder Sam Alsop with the remainder of the line-up likely to be selected from those who didn't start last night's match against Walsall.


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21 March 2006 : Thommo's Verdict On The Walsall Game
Glovers boss Steve Thompson set aside special praise for the travelling supporters who made their way to the Bescot Stadium tonight to witness a 2-0 win over relegation rivals Walsall. Steve described the 250 travellers as a "12th man" as his side found the inspiration to gain three priceless points. Speaking immediately after the game, Steve answered the following questions from the press:

Qu: Steve what was the difference tonight from what has been happening in the last couple of weeks?

ST: We played very well tonight. We changed the system and went to the three (at the back) and it worked very well tonight. The boys were magnificent. We had 12 players tonight actually - the crowd were absolutely tremendous. They were chanting practically all the way through the whole game. On a freezing cold night quite a few have travelled up and they were like a 12th man for us tonight. I am very pleased with the lads performances. Everyone did their jobs. We scored two very good goals and it could have been more in fairness in the second half. We had quite a few chances so I am very pleased with the result.

Qu: In previous weeks we've talked about how you've had chances but haven't put them away. In the first half you had two good ones and two chances taken. Was that a question of people's attitudes, or finally getting a bit of luck?

ST: Well you could call the goals luck but there is skill involved in it as well. It's obviously important to get a goal. Once you get that first goal it tends to relax you a little bit. We haven't scored a lot of goals lately but I've seen promising things. If you look at the last five games I think we have turned in three very good performances. The wins against Chesterfield and Walsall were 3-0 and 2-0 away and the home defeat against Brentford I still thought we played very well. So that's three of the last five games where I thought we played well. Unfortunately in two of the other games we didn't play too well. But that's probably why we are sitting around the lower end of the table. But tonight's win is a magnificent boost and it will obviously help us to go on and hopefully gain some more wins and get clear of the relegation area.

Qu: Arron Davies scored and may well have had a couple more. There was one incident late in the second half where the goalkeeper completely missed his kick and Arron was almost clean through but just didn't anticipate it.

ST: Yes, he needs to learn a lesson to not to take your eye off the ball. He just took his eye off the ball. If he had kept his eye on the ball he would have had a second goal. But he was very good again tonight. Against Chesterfield he got the hat-trick, he looked to get in behind against Brentford and the keeper made great saves and today again he has scored and looked dangerous. I am very pleased with the way that Arron has performed since I started playing him up front five games ago. He has got four goals for me in those five games and they have been a vital four goals. I also thought Matty Harrold led the line very well today. He has been at a loss for a little bit of form lately but I have stuck by him and I thought he led the line very well and got a goal as well, so that's pleasing. But the whole team were tremendous tonight and did their jobs very well.

Qu: Would you expect the fact that he has now scored given that it's been a long while since his last goal to make a difference to his overall game now?

ST: Yes, that will ease the pressure on Matty. He needs to keep working hard, as does everyone. We know we are not clear of the relegation area yet. There are still points to be won and matches to win. We have got a big game against Tranmere on Saturday now.

Qu: Consistency is what it is all about. If you get two or three wins in a row you can find yourself clear of it.

ST: Yes, I think that is important if you can do that and get a few wins. Like I've said, in the past five games I have seen three very good performances. I'd like that to be four or five, but three is better than some are managing. Also we have kept three clean sheets in the past five so that is another positive to take forward into the remaining games.

Qu: What about that match against Tranmere on Saturday. I appreciate that it's early to be thinking about it but it does set you up with a good chance to go home and look at that kind of game and realise that if you turn in another good one at home you will almost be there on 48 points.

ST: Yes it is a very important game and it would be nice to get a win at home. We haven't had a win at home for a while. So it will obviously be a very important game. We want to get that win at home to get is going on our home form again. Like I've said we need to take the positives out of the last five games and there have been a lot. There have been more positives than negatives and we'll take that hopefully into the Tranmere game.

Qu: The two recent wins have been away. Has the home form been good?

ST: Not particularly no. In our recent home form I don't think we have won in six games so we do need to put that right if we can on Saturday. I think that sometimes when the pressure is on, and I the pressure is on not just us but on a number of clubs, it can be a little easier to play away from home with the pressure situation than it is at home. It is very important when you are at home that your supporters get right behind you. The supporters tonight were absolutely magnificent. I hope they come in numbers and support us on Saturday even if it is tight, even if it is tense, even if it is not the prettiest game on Saturday. If they are anything like the bunch of supporters who came here tonight then we will have magnificent support on Saturday.

Qu: Marc Wilson made his debut. What are your thoughts on his start?

ST: I thought it was a very good debut, because he did his job and he did a good job. He hasn't been totally outstanding or set the world alight but it was a very mature performance. He knew his job and had that job explained to him by me and Kevin (Hodges) and carried out that job exactly how we wanted him to do it. So I am very pleased with Marc Wilson's debut.

Qu: And Kevin Amankwaah's injury?

ST: With Kevin's injury we will know more about that tomorrow. He is in for treatment. The good thing is that it is just a whack rather than a twist and they tend to heal up a little quicker than twists. Hopefully with a bit of luck he might be available for Saturday.

Qu: The back three tonight let very little through tonight, especially in the second half.

ST: Magnificent. It was a magnificent performance by the whole team, the back three included. How many shots did Steve Collis have to save? I think there was maybe one at the end which was a volley that went straight into his hands, and maybe one that he punched away. So as a team we defended very well and protected Steve Collis very well. He was on his toes though and did his job very well. I am very pleased with everyone who performed tonight.

Qu: The performance tonight will lift everyone around you and increase morale won't it?

ST: Yes, it was obviously a very important game with both teams on the same points. Yes, it is important now to take the positives from tonight into the Tranmere game and try and put our home form right which has been a little disappointing of late.

Qu: How confident do you feel that you can get through this run-in and stay up?

ST: Yes, I'm confident and tonight's performance has given me more confidence that we can achieve that.

Qu: How is the search for new players?

ST: Tough! We've had a couple that have fallen through. But we've had a couple that have come to light this afternoon which I will be pursuing either on the way home from the game now, or if I can't get hold of anyone because it's a bit late, then early tomorrow morning. We've got two days now to do anything. But I've got five strikers. Everyone is talking about strikers but I've got five at the club. Arron Davies has scored four goals in his last five games and any striker would be proud of that ratio. Matt Harrold has got off the mark to end his goal drought. Phil Jevons is just coming back from injury so it is not all doom and gloom on the striker front even if we do not manage to bring someone in. I have got five strikers here and Kevin Gall scored against Milton Keynes about five or six games ago. Of course you look, and you look hard for the next two days and you consider whether a player might do a job because you know that after Thursday you can't bring anyone in. You could have a scenario where you have two players get injured in the same game as happened to Anthony Barry and Tommy Doherty. So you do have to think about safety precautions in case something like that does happen. So maybe I will get another one in.

Qu: Is midfield more of a priority than strikers?

ST: Well if you look on numbers it probably is. We have three central midfielders. Imagine if two more got done in one game again. It would be very difficult to cope with that. So it is just as important if not more important.


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21 March 2006 : Crisis? What crisis?
Two first half strikes from Matt Harrold and Arron Davies gave Yeovil Town 3 priceless points at fellow strugglers Walsall this evening to ease the growing pressure on manager Steve Thompson and to move the Glovers 3 places up the league table to 45 points and 17th position. The only point of concern ater the match was another injury to Kevin Amankwaah, who was substituted after 20 minutes following a knock to the ankle.

More details on injuries and the game itself to follow tomorrow, including a full match report. Final score: Walsall 0 - 2 Yeovil Town.

The 3 points gained this evening push the Glovers up to the dizzy heights of 17th in the league table and 45 points. Walsall drop a couple of places to 21st, still on 42 points but with a game in hand on Yeovil. Elsewhere in League One this evening Gillingham fell foul of our old friend Trevor Kettle by having 2 men red carded but will still have been delighted to have bounced back from Saturday's 6-0 thrashing at TBCUTR to beat promotion chasing Brentford 3-2 at Priestfield, despite playing much of the second half with just the 9 men. The Gills move up to 19th, on 44 points, 1 place behind Blackpool on goal difference; the Seasiders losing to a solitary 90th minute goal at Bradford City to drop behind Yeovil again in 18th place.


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21 March 2006 : Bournemouth MOTM result
Chris Cohen has been voted as YTFC Man of the Match by Ciderspace and mailing list users following the 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth last Saturday.

Full results are at the foot of the match report.

To vote for your YTFC Man of the Match following this evening's game at Walsall click here.


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21 March 2006 : Clare Turns Down Yeovil For Family Life
Crawley Town striker Daryl Clare has today confirmed what was widely expected - that he is not willing to move to Somerset and away from his home in Lincolnshire. Clare has called manager Steve Thompson and told him of his intentions, leaving Cambridge United and Stevenage Borough as more likely destinations for the striker.


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21 March 2006 : Club Skipper Issues Rallying Call
Yeovil Town club captain Terry Skiverton has issued a rallying call ahead of tonight's crunch match with Walsall at the Bescot Stadium. Skivo wants his team-mates to redouble their efforts to succeed on the playing field to pay back the faith that boss Steve Thompson and his assistant Kevin Hodges have put in the side.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Skivo said: "The gaffer and Kevin have been really positive, trying to get the best out of us and letting us express ourselves. But we've just not been doing it for them at the moment. We really do need to pull our fingers out and try even harder for the gaffer and Kevin and the supporters."

Reflecting upon the weekend performance at AFC Bournemouth, the skipper said: "It was very disappointing as we only created one clear-cut chance. It's not going for us at the moment, but these games are here to test us. Teams like Bournemouth aren't going to roll over for us. We didn't get out of the traps and didn't play as well as we can, but we've got to put it behind us as we've got Walsall on Tuesday - we've got to get stuck into them now."

Skivo said that the team needed to get their noses in front in games, rather than trying to fight back from a goal down: "We've got to start creating opportunities and taking them, and not make silly mistakes at the back. It's easier to defend when you're still in the game than when you're chasing it at 1-0 down. That's something we've found in this league - when teams go 1-0 up they can shut up shop, and it's been difficult for us to peg them back."

The club captain said that there needed to be some perspective to the Glovers situation, pointing out that there were currently four clubs in bigger trouble than his own: "We're not bottom of the league and 10 points adrift, so we've still got everything to play for. We're not negative about the way the season's gone - everybody at the club's fighting to stay in this league, and that's something we're focusing on. When you're in a battle like this, it's a lot harder to play the free-flowing football we've been known for - but sometimes that's what you've got to do to get out of these situations. You've got to make sure you get results."

Skivo also considered that they had to focus on reaching a target of points with most pundits believing around 52 or 53 points would be enough to keep a League One side up at the end of the season. The Glovers are currently on 42 points: "The quicker we pick up points the better, but if it goes down to the last couple of games then so be it, as long as we stay up. You've just got to focus on what you're doing - the other teams aren't there to help us, and when you start relying on other teams to dig you out, you are struggling. We've got to make our own luck and get ourselves to 52 or 53 points, which will hopefully be enough. But it's no good looking too far ahead. It'll be a great opportunity for us at Walsall, but also for them with the run we've been on, so it'll be another difficult game."


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21 March 2006 : Lincoln Pull Out Of Clare Bid
Lincoln City manager Keith Alexander has pulled out of the race to sign Crawley Town striker Daryl Clare citing the player's wage demands as being too high to justify making a move.

Speaking to the Lincolnshire Echo Alexander explained: ""I spoke to Daryl, but we could not meet his wages. There are a few clubs after him and I'm not surprised. He's a goalscorer at the end of the day and his record in the Conference is excellent. I was certainly interested in bringing him to Sincil Bank, but only for the right price. That hasn't happened, but I'm not too disappointed I have missed out. I'm not one for signing players for the sake of it - neither will I waste the club's money."

Reports on the Teamtalk website also claim that Peterborough United have withdrawn their interest in the striker for unspecified reasons. Peterborough are close to Clare's Lincolnshire home and this is likely to be a factor when the former Boston United player makes his decision. Posh manager Steve Bleasdale was the assistant boss whilst Clare was at Chester City so it is surprising that he has not followed up his interest although again wages could be an issue there.

The West Country interest in Clare has been joined by Conference South minnows Weymouth who the Lincolnshire Echo have also made a bid for his services. However, the hot money would still be on the player signing for a club close to his home which would open the door for Conference National sides Cambridge United and Stevenage Borough to make their moves - provided they can afford his wage demands.


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21 March 2006 : Walsall v Yeovil Town match preview
Nine games to go to save Yeovil Town's League One status - nine games to make or break our season. Forget all the back-biting, the politics, who owns the club, who doesn't own it; forget who the manager is if that is an issue for you, forget the players we've lost, the players we've tried and failed to sign; forget everything other than the need now, at this utterly critical stage of the season, to get behind the 11 players on the pitch representing Yeovil Town FC. Take a lesson from the magnificent support Swindon fans gave their team at Huish Park 10 days ago and GET BEHIND THE LADS in all nine games left in the season. Let no-one say the supporters at the matches didn't give their all to help keep the club in League One.

Tonight's opponents Walsall are a place above the Glovers in the league table but with the same number of points and the same goal difference. The Saddlers also have a game in hand over Yeovil so for the umpteenth time this season we face yet another 6-pointer. The sides have met twice already this season, the Glovers coming out on top 2-1 at Huish Park in the league fixture in September, and Walsall winning 2-0 at the Bescot in a 2nd round FA Cup tie last December. Kevin Broadhurst - familiar to Glovers fans as Ian Atkins sparring partner at Bristol Rovers last season - has taken over from former manager Paul Merson and Broadhurst's arrival has led to an upturn in fortunes - his 3 games in charge so far, all away from the Bescot Stadium, have led to creditable draws at Southend and Swansea plus a 2-1 win at Tranmere last time out.

"The task now is for us to build on the last three away results on home soil," Broadhurst told his club's official site. "In many ways it is easier to play away because we have the luxury of being able to sit back a bit more as the onus is on the home side to come out and attack. With seven of our remaining ten games at home, our destiny this season is going to be decided by our home form. Tonight we play host to a Yeovil Town side who are just as desperate for the points as ourselves, so we can expect a tough test."

Walsall will be without midfielders Simon Osborn and Pablo Mills, both suspended. Defender Daniel Fox is available after recovering from a recent injury but midfielder Dean Keates is considered doubtful with a hamstring problem.

As for the Glovers, top scorer Phil Jevons is 'doubtful' for tonight's match according to manager Steve Thompson: "I am very much hoping Phil will be fit for Saturday but I must say he is a big doubt for today," Thommo told Radio Bristol. "I think we would be willing to take a risk but I think it's a question of whether he is at that point where he is able to take a risk. We will have to see on that. He's champing at at the bit to get back in the side, it will be great to have him back in the squad."

Speaking about tonight's game itself, Thommo said: "Walsall are on the same points as us so it is a very similar scenario to the Bournemouth game on Saturday. So they will be saying the same things; about how important a win is to them and it is now up to the respective managements and players to do the business. It is a very important game and one in which I don't want to even think about losing. It is a massive game for both clubs."

Defender Colin Miles is expected to be available after recovering from the groin problem that led him to drop out of the 16 that were picked for the Bournemouth match on Saturday. Arron Davies is also fit after a knock to an ankle, but Chris Weale is still sidelined with a knee injury.

Selected betting odds: Walsall win - evens; draw - 11/5; Yeovil win - 12/5. Our recommendation: The head says 12/5 are awful odds considering our recent form and lack of goals; the heart says 'lump on boys!' Our fiver's going on the Yeovil win, as always. So not so much a recommendation, more an early Xmas present to the bookies. Prove the doubters wrong, boys! Record so far this season: +£1.67

For those bravehearts travelling to the Bescot for the second time this season, the Ciderspace guide to all things Walsall is here. Good luck tonight!


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21 March 2006 : Arron Shakes Off Ankle Injury
Glovers midfielder/striker Arron Davies has shaken off an ankle injury that could have ruled him out of tonight's trip to Walsall. The Welshman took a kick on the ankle that resulted in him having it wrapped in ice after the game to contain any swelling.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol Arron explained: "It's fine. I've just been icing it for the last couple of days. Glen (Schmidt, physio) has looked at it and has said that we just need to strap it up and it will be fine."

Arron admitted with him personally having hit a run of good form he did not want to miss matches at such a crucial stage of the season: "It's an important time, and obviously I have been playing up front in the past couple of weeks and I got the hat-trick at Chesterfield which I was happy with and I was a bit unlucky not to get a goal against Brentford. But I will keep plugging away and hopefully get a few more chances and put them away."

The Glovers created very few chances against AFC Bournemouth on Saturday, but Arron probably had the best one, just before half time: "It was a good ball from a clearance by Locky and I got on the end of it and cut inside. I hit it, but the keeper saved it with his legs which is a bit unfortunate. I just need to keep getting in there and believe that if I get the chances that I will convert them."


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21 March 2006 : Kevin Wants Training Moves Put Into Practice
Glovers right-back Kevin Amankwaah wants himself and his team-mates to take what they have been producing on the training ground and put it into practice in tonight's match against Walsall. The right-back made his return to the side on Saturday after injury and he believes the quality of crossing and shooting displayed in training needs to come out in the remaining matches.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, Kevin explained: "We're having trouble scoring as you know. The performances have usually been there. We just can't seem to get that goal. If we don't score two, then we seem to be losing games 2-1. If we don't score one, then we lose 1-0. It's something we are going to have to address quickly. In training we have been doing shooting sessions, crossing sessions and we do it with quality. But when it doesn't come out on the Saturdays you're thinking where has it all gone? That's what we were lacking on Saturday against Bournemouth. We only created about two chances throughout the whole game and that's not enough."


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20 March 2006 : Officials At The Bescot
The last time we met up with Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire) in the middle was at Victoria Park for Yeovil Town's first ever victory at League One level on September 3rd. A lucky omen? Clutching at straws no doubt, but anything will do at present. Prior to that it was at Blundell Park in February 2005, with the Ciderspace match report fulminating over his craven bottling of a big decision late in the game.

Martin Dexter (Leicestershire) and Michael Murphy (West Midlands) are the assistants, with Neil Hancox (West Midlands) the fourth official.


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20 March 2006 : One In One Out On Trial
The Official Site reports that Sam Alsop of Birmingham City has been training with the Glovers today and will play in the Pontins League fixture against Cardiff City Reserves on Wednesday evening (kick-off 7.00 p.m., Huish Park). Birmingham manager Steve Bruce has given permission for Alsop to trial with Yeovil Town until Thursday.

Alsop came up through the ranks of City's Academy, and at the end of his three year scholarship was handed a two year professional contract in the summer of 2004. As a midfielder (he can also play in defence) Alsop looked impressive for the reserves during the 2003-04 campaign but the following season was hampered by injury. He was awarded a squad number of 35 this season, though has yet to make a First Team debut for the Blues. However he has been captaining the Reserves.

Alsop is 20 years old and 5' 11".

Meanwhile Dale Williams has gone to Gay Meadow today where he played on trial in this afternoon's Reserve game for League Two Shrewsbury Town against Hull City. The Shrews won 2-0, with Dale opening the scoring on thirty minutes with what was described as a lovely glancing header. The trial is with a view to a loan deal and Dale's goal can surely have done his chances no harm.


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20 March 2006 : Bournemouth Match (Loosely Described As Such) Report
It's not often Ciderspace can't find at least the odd positive to glean from the debris of a Yeovil Town cock-up of whatever description, but for Saturday's dire effort against AFC Bournemouth we've struggled to find anything.

For those that can bear to relive the misery the match report is here.


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19 March 2006 : Youth Team Topple Swindon
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side managed a magnificent result yesterday, defeating top of the table Swindon Town by a 3-1 scoreline in Wiltshire as they clocked up their seventh win in a row. Saturday's goalscorers were Dale Williams with two goals, and Dan O'Brien.

The Under 18s next fixture is this coming Saturday when they will take on Hereford United on the Huish Park Top Pitch at 11.00am.


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19 March 2006 : Reserves vs Cardiff City
Yeovil Town Reserves have had their Pontins Holiday Combination League game against Cardiff City brought forward to this coming Wednesday 22nd March. The last known date for this game had been April 27th but this has now been moved. The Pontins Cup game on Tuesday 11th April against the same opposition is unchanged. Both matches kick-off at 7.00pm at Huish Park.


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19 March 2006 : Interview With Nathan Jones
Nathan Jones spoke to the press after a crucial 1-0 defeat away to fellow relation strugglers Bournemouth. The former Brighton player, who in his last season at that club survived a relegation battle, called on the fans to stay positive and upbeat despite recent results.

Jones said: "They (the fans) have had a lot of success lately and a lot of good things to cheer about but we need the fans to stay positive because, at the end of the day, we are going to need the fans and everyone pulling together. I know it is frustrating sometimes when they don’t see the performances they want to see but I can assure you that we are working hard everyday in training."

Read the full interview with Nathan Jones (transcript by George Murray) by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.


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19 March 2006 : Forest Tickets Now On Sale
Tickets for the match vs Nottingham Forest at The City Ground on Monday 17th April, kick-off 3.00 p.m., are now available for purchase from Huish Park Ticket Office. Those wishing to order by phone should ring 01935 847888.

In summary prices are as follows :

Adults - £21.00 (£23.00 on matchday)

Over 65 - £16.00 (£18.00 on matchday)

Students and Under 18 - £10.00

Under 16 - £1.00

Scroll down to March 12th for fuller details, and information on how to book tickets for disabled fans and those wishing to use the Family Stand direct from Nottingham Forest.


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19 March 2006 : Thommo's Verdict on the Bournemouth Game
Glovers boss Steve Thompson said his side's lack of creativity was to blame for yesterday's 1-0 defeat at AFC Bournemouth. Speaking immediately after the game, Steve answered the following questions from the press:

Qu: Today was obviously a very disappointing result. What did you make of the performance of your team today?

ST: We didn't create enough throughout the game. I had to change it at half time. Bournemouth were getting too much possession in the centre of midfield. It was very hard to change it within the game because it was quite a big change, as we had to make a total formation change for it. I felt then that we then got enough possession in the second half but what was disappointing was that we still didn't create anything. I think we only created one real chance, maybe two, with that possession. I'm obviously very disappointed to lose the game. We're in a battle and we knew that before but we know it even more now.

Qu: In the first half was it a problem with the formation? They'd gone 3-5-2 and you had gone 4-4-2. Is that why they were a bit more on top?

ST: Yes, the problem stemmed from that central midfield area. They had more people in there and our two wide midfielders were not quite adapting to that. So we had to change it at half time so that we had wing-backs and so that we also had extra strength in the middle.

Qu: That almost worked didn't it?

ST: Well it worked in terms of the possession. But obviously it didn't work in terms of chances. You still need a little bit of cleverness and dynamic play to score a goal and that's what we lacked and that's what I am very disappointed about. We've gone through the game and created only three chances really. Arron Davies had a great shot saved with the keeper's feet, Danny Webb had the header at the end when he was put in at the far post and then I think the only other chance was probably Paul Terry's shot from the edge of the box. We are just not creating enough.

Qu: There was always going to be very little in it. Are you disappointed in the way that the goal went in as well? It was a cross down the right hand side.

ST: Yes, they got far too much space down that right hand side. Fletcher obviously stole a yard on one of the central defenders to score. On the whole we defended well as a defensive unit. But if you are only going to create two or three chances it is going to be hard to win a game. That is what proved to be today.

Qu: It must be very difficult to know what to say as a manager after a performance like that.

ST: No, I didn't find it hard to know what to say. I knew exactly what to say and a lot was said! Sometimes we have two-way discussions in there but this time it was me telling them exactly what the situation is and what was required, and to some people where exactly they are falling down.

Qu: You've got a fantastic leader out there in Terry Skiverton, but do you feel that you have got other players who can gee up the players on the pitch?

ST: I think Scott Guyett leads well, and Adam Lockwood leads by example. But you would like to have a whole team of people who are leaders and you would like everyone to be a good leader. So yes, it may be a valid point that we have not got enough leaders out there.

Qu: A quick word about Chris Cohen. He is one of the youngest players you've got on the pitch but one of the best players you had on the pitch today.

ST: Chris Cohen has been magnificent since he came to the club. He's had to bear a heavy burden with the departure of Lee Johnson and Darren Way and the injuries to Anthony Barry and Tommy Doherty. It would have been ideal to have not utilised him for 90 minutes of every game. He is only just 19, but I have had to do it. You can't think of taking him off the pitch can you? It's an unthinkable thought at the moment.

Qu: How do you see the situation now? I think you've dropped a couple of places. Although it was always going to be tight whatever happened today.

ST: Whether we won or lost today, we were in a relegation battle. Losing is obviously massively disappointing to me because it means that we are still very deep in a relegation battle. I am certainly going to be working as hard as I can in the next three days to get players in and get a result on Tuesday, and then over the next five days to try and add to the squad.

Qu: Talking about getting possible loan players in, I know this week you were trying to get three players in. What is the latest on them?

ST: At one stage on Friday I was very hopeful that I would get at least one of those three in. But one was dependent on someone coming into their club and that didn't happen for them. The other two haven't fallen through wholly but they've hit hitches and not in terms of negotiations but in terms of being fit to play. It would be no good signing a player that wasn't fit to go straight out today and play. If I had signed a player and then left him in the stand, it wouldn't have been very good today.

Qu: You're working very hard to get in those players. How frustrating is it that you're hitting those brick walls?

ST: Very frustrating. You keep working as hard as you can and you keep making as many phone calls as you can and think of as many avenues as you can to go down. I've no doubt that there will be people having a go at me and I expect that. But my response will be to carry on working as hard as I can, and if I can I will work harder. We've got a fight on our hands - not just me and the players but the whole club - to stay where we want to be.

Qu: The fans are still on your side. How important is that to still have them behind you?

ST: Very important. It's very important to have the fans behind you and I hope they are. Probably some aren't but I hope the majority are. I can make no guarantees, but all I can tell them is that I am going to work my socks off to try and get us a result on Tuesday and to bring much needed quality in.

Qu: Of the efforts to bring somebody in, is there anything that you think is close enough to materialise before Tuesday's game?

ST: I've got into these conversations in the past. How close is close? They are either in or they are out. I've got that sort of attitude now. Until I actually see them signing. I hope so, and I hope very much that the phone calls that I have tonight or tomorrow morning will be very productive.

Qu: Are you finding it typical across the league. You are obviously talking to other managers. Are they having similar sort of problems?

ST: Yes some managers that I have spoken to have had those sort of problems. You also have a scenario in football where if you look at Manchester United players, they tend to all go to clubs like Preston and there is a link-up between clubs there. Sometimes that thwarts you. Also locality is a factor. If we had a player on loan and wanted to watch him, it's far easier to loan him to someone close. We had that situation with Sheffield United and Rotherham with a couple of players I enquired about. That sometimes is a problem. But that is no excuse because you've got to try and overcome it.

Qu: The geography of Yeovil is a bit of a problem, but Tommy Doherty was a big name to bring in and there was the Bristol link there.

ST: Yes, obviously that appealed to him a lot, with him being from Bristol. If you have got a player who plays for Sheffield United for example, because I've mentioned them already, and Rotherham come in for him on loan and we come in for him on loan, the player if he lives at home or if he has a family or is married, is going to have to consider where does he prefer. Generally the club will go with where the player prefers, particularly if it is a lot easier for them to monitor his progress from eight miles down the road instead of 250. So that is a problem that we have, but we've had lots of problems this season haven't we?

Qu: The Blackpool lad David Fox did the same didn't he?

ST: Yes, we were on the point of signing David Fox and he went to Blackpool. His dad is a coach at Blackpool - the goalkeeping coach. Maybe we have not got that many clubs close to us.

Qu: Is one or two midfielders part of your target?

ST: Yes, for sure. Chris Cohen has had to bear a heavy duty workload. When I brought him in, I had no idea that he would be playing 90 minutes in every game. Yes, you are spot on, I need to look at midfield as well. But I have been looking at midfield already. That's why I brought Anthony Barry in and that's why I brought Tommy Doherty in. Unfortunately we have lost those two and now I have to bring others in.

Qu: The good thing about football is that you've got another game on Tuesday where you've got the chance to put some things right.

ST: Yes, the fight goes on. We have got a difficult game at Walsall on Tuesday. I have got to make sure that we are as physically and as mentally strong as we can be for that game.

Qu: How likely is it that Phil Jevons will be ready for that game?

ST: I think it's very doubtful. The prognosis is probably Saturday but I am ever hopeful.

Qu: How is Colin Miles. Has he got an injury?

ST: Yes, he got an injury in the warm-up. I don't really know. I am hoping he will be fit for Tuesday but I can't ask Colin to go and play up front or in midfield! He is a solid pro and a very good person. It's a groin injury.

Qu: As you've said the defence is solid, so if you have someone who is capable of getting those goals that would help.

ST: We lacked creativity and obviously goals today. That has been a problem for us and one that I have got to try and put right somehow.


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19 March 2006 : Ralph Davis Remembered
Ciderspace remembers Ralph Davis, Yeovil Town player from 1946-1953 and fan throughout his life.

The funeral will be held tomorrow, Monday 20th March, at Yeovil Crematorium at 11.00 a.m. All are welcome at the service for a celebration of his life, and after at Yeovil Town Football Club, Huish Park, to remember Ralph.

Our sincere condolences to his family and friends. Ralph was an absolute gentleman and will be much missed by all who knew him.


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19 March 2006 : Thommo On Twentyman Talks Back
In their usual round of rotating the first team managers of the senior teams in the Somerset and Bristol area, Yeovil Town manager Steve Thompson will be the guest of Geoff Twentyman on the Twentyman Talks Back Friday night radio phone-in on Friday 24th March. The show generally runs between 7.00pm and 8.00pm.


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19 March 2006 : Yeovil Move For Daryl Clare
Yeovil Town are leading a chase to sign Crawley Town striker Daryl Clare. The former Boston United and Chester City striker is out of contract tomorrow unless his current club can sort out a contractual dispute involving most of their first team squad. The club are attempting to cut their players wages in half following a financial crisis. Clare has served 14 days notice on his club for breach of contract and unless the Sussex club responds, the striker will be entitled to walk out on the club.

As a result, a whole host of clubs are chasing him and the Glovers will compete with Lincoln City, Peterborough United, Stevenage Borough and Cambridge United.

Where this quartet of clubs may gain an advantage over the Glovers is that Clare has tended to sign for clubs along the M1 corridor, with Northampton Town and Grimsby Town being two of his other clubs. Clare is 26 years old, and a former Republic Of Ireland Under 21 international.

Speaking to today's League Paper, Thommo explained: "I have spoken to Daryl and his agent and it's in his hands as much as it is in mine. I think Daryl has got a few clubs interested in him and it's up to him to make a decision. He is a very good goalscorer and he might get the chance to prove himself again at League level."


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19 March 2006 : It's The Hope That Hurts........
As Yeovil Town slipped further down the table to 20th with a miserable display and 1-0 defeat at the Fitness First Stadium (Dean Court) other results weren't all bad for the Glovers.

The weekend didn't start well with Walsall getting a 1-2 away win at Tranmere Rovers on Friday night to pull level with Town on 42 points. In the clash at the other end of the table Swansea City kick started their season again after a series of draws with a 2-1 win over Brentford.

Yesterday TBCUTR did Gary Johnson's former club a favour as they hammered six past Gillingham. The Gills were down to ten men shortly before half-time when Leon Johnson was sent off, the resulting penalty putting City three up. That tally was doubled in the second half as City ran riot. Gillingham stay in 21st on 41 points. Other non-movers below the Glovers were Rotherham United who lost at Huddersfield Town, Swindon Town who lost at Colchester United, and Milton Keynes Dons, who unexpectedly came back to win 2-1 at home against top-of-the-table Southend United. The Dons stay in 24th, but the gap has closed.

The Millers took the lead at The Galpharm Stadium but were undone by an Andy Booth hat-trick, with a final goal from Gary Taylor-Fletcher making it a conclusive 4-1 defeat for the visitors. Swindon would have had some hopes visiting the U's. Although in a play-off spot Colchester hadn't won in eight matches, but an early penalty converted by Chris Iwelumo on 14 minutes was enough to send the Robins home empty handed. Both Rotherham and Swindon have played one game more than the Glovers.

Blackpool took advantage of Yeovil's defeat by AFC Bournemouth, a 1-0 defeat of Port Vale enough to send them up above the Glovers - to 17th on 44 points. Bradford City were beaten 1-4 at home by Oldham Athletic and remain in trouble on 45 points, but another win for Scunthorpe United, 1-2 away at Chesterfield, sees them closing in on safety with 50 points. Hartlepool United eeked out another point in a 1-1 draw against Barnsley and are now on 43 points in 18th.

Starting the day in 9th and 10th Doncaster Rovers and Nottingham Forest should be in the confort zone at this stage of the season. However the table is so incredibly tight they went into this match feeling reasonably safe but not 100% certain. Rovers could only manage a late consolation penalty as Forest leapfrogged over them with a 1-2 victory. On 52 points, but nine points adrift of a play-off spot, Forest are one of just a couple of clubs who can now presume they will be planning for another League One campaign next season. Donny on 50 points still have just a little more to do.

A full table can be found here.

There are four League One matches coming up on Tuesday night. Yeovil Town travel to the Bescot Stadium for the re-arranged fixture against Walsall. In 20th and 19th, on the same points and goal difference, this is another six pointer. The Ciderspace guide can be found here. Yeovil fans will also be keeping their eyes on the results from Valley Parade, where the Bantams take on Blackpool, and Priestfield Stadium, where the Gills host Brentford. The other fixture is of less concern, Doncaster Rovers at home to Colchester United.


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18 March 2006 : Swindon MOTM result
Chris Cohen was voted as YTFC Man of the Match by Ciderspace and mailing list users for his display in the 0-0 draw with Swindon last Saturday.

Full results can be found at the foot of the match report.

To vote for your YTFC Man of the Match after today's game at Bournemouth, please click here.


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18 March 2006 : We Have So Much In Common!
Glovers boss Steve Thompson has said there are a lot of parallels between his side and the AFC Bournemouth side they travel to face later today at the Fitness First Stadium (aka Dean Court). Both sides are on the same number of points, having played the same number of games, and both sides have struggled to recapture the form they displayed during the first half of the season.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol Steve explained: "There are so many teams in close proximity. I know Bournemouth lost arguably their best player during the transfer window - Brian Stock - who went to Preston. That was a blow to them as was us losing Darren Way and Lee Johnson. Both clubs have found that situation hard to recover from. I know Sean and I know how hard Sean works. Every time I got to a game Sean is there and he is probably at more as well. I'm sure it is going to be a very tough game."

Bournemouth have not won in nine games and Steve was asked if that meant it was a good time to play them: "It will be a good time to play them if we win but Sean might be saying something similar! He might be saying that we've only won one in our last seven or eight. It's what we do on the day that matters on Saturday, not what we've both done in the last two or three weeks."

Steve also welcomed the return of Terry Skiverton and Kevin Amankwaah who have been recovering from injuries: "Terry didn't actually miss a game because he came off in the middle of a game. But it's certainly good to have him fit and available for Saturday and also good to have Kevin back. I'd like have Anthony Barry, Chris Weale, Phil Jevons and Tommy Doherty all back and available. However two are definitely out and two more are almost definitely out."


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17 March 2006 : Make Mine A Triple!
Yeovil Town manager Steve Thompson has indicated to today's press that he is hoping to bring in as many as three players before next Thursday's loan transfer deadline. Thommo does concede that not all of his targets may be successful, but hopes to again at least one new face in the next few days.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press Thommo explained: "There are a few things that are happening, but nothing has happened yet. There could be something happening tomorrow, or it could be Monday. Things are in motion and we are a little bit closer to bringing someone in than we were earlier this week. Central midfield and up front are the two areas I am looking at - that's been well-documented. There are three players - two are experienced and one is young. Two of them are from Championship clubs. I would not rule out getting all three in but I would be surprised if that happened, considering all the obstacles you have to overcome."

Thommo has already indicated that one such obstacle is that a particular player will only be loaned to the Glovers if his parent club can loan in their own replacement for the outgoing player. One other obstacle appears to be that at least one of the trio is only interested in moving if he can sort out a permanent deal at Huish Park - something that would clearly need boardroom clearance.


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17 March 2006 : Tomorrow's Youth Match At Swindon
Tomorrow's Youth Team match takes place at the Zurich Life Training Ground near Swindon against Swindon Town Under 18s. There is no precise guarantee of location, but it looks as though this is Swindon Town's first team training ground which is near Wanborough, seven miles south-east of Swindon.

Guessing slightly again, it looks as though the location is probably the Zurich owned venue called King Edward's Place which is detailed here. At the very least, heading there should put you in touch with people who should be able to direct you to the training ground.


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17 March 2006 : Collis Wants To Stay
Goalkeeper Steve Collis has gone on the public record that he wants to stay at Huish Park beyond the end of his current contract and reveals that contract talks are starting at last, at least in his case :

I have had talks with the gaffer but it's not something I've given a great deal of thought to, what with all that has been going on. I have mainly been concentrating on the football - all of the lads are just focusing on performing well on Saturdays. But I would be happy to stay at Yeovil and I have no intentions of leaving. I really enjoy going into work every day and I really like the club. I see no reason for me to leave and I'm hoping things can be sorted out as soon as possible. But first and foremost we must concentrate on the job in hand, which is winning football matches.

With Chris Weale still not fully fit Collis will take the gloves at Fitness First tomorrow. Looking forward to the game, he said :

Every game from now on is very big, but the fact this is a derby puts a bit more emphasis on it. I think we're in good spirits for it. Our confidence never went down, even when the results weren't going for us. Our performances were quite good even when we couldn't win and our worst recent performance was probably against Swindon last Saturday. But we still managed to get a point out of that, which is something we haven't been able to do so often this season.

Manager Steve Thompson admitted he would like to keep both his keepers next season.

I've always said I'm very pleased with the two goalkeepers I've got here. They are both proven and it's nice to know that if one gets injured you've got the other one. Not everyone is in such a strong position. I hope that position continues, but whether it will, we will have to wait and see.

We are hoping to be able to offer contracts to quite a few people very soon, but contracts are a two-way thing. I can wish all I like, but players have got to want to sign as well. We have already seen this season that contracts can be offered but not accepted.


Both men were speaking to the Western Daily Press.


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17 March 2006 : AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
A "must win" game says Glovers manager Steve Thompson. A "must win" game says AFC Bournemouth manager Sean O'Driscoll. Much as though such claims fall into the realms of footballing cliches, there can be no doubt that both managers understand the importance of tomorrow's six-pointer (ooops, another cliche) at the Fitness First Stadium.

Both teams are level on 42 points, and with the Cherries having only picked up three points from their last nine games, the Glovers can actually describe themselves as the form team - particularly with most of their recent points having been won on the road.

O'Driscoll does have one thing over Steve Thompson - a fully fit squad. Whilst Thommo will be without Anthony Barry (knee), Chris Weale (knee), Tommy Doherty (ankle) and almost certainly Phil Jevons (ankle), the Bournemouth manager's only concern is whether targetman Steve Fletcher is quite ready to return after only coming back into training on Thursday following a hamstring injury. Defenders Neil Young and Aaron Brown definitely return after completing one-match suspensions.

Speaking to the Bournemouth Evening Echo O'Driscoll explained: "For the first time in a long time, we've probably got our strongest squad available. We've actually got competition for places and there are going to be people I'm going to have to leave on the bench who have been part and parcel of the squad for the past eight or nine weeks. It's going to be disappointing for one or two of them, but, looking at the bigger picture, it's fantastic that we're as strong as we can be at this crucial part of the season."

The good news for Thommo is that Kevin Amankwaah has been given the green light after his ankle problems, whilst Terry Skiverton's hip injury was only serious enough to keep him out for a couple of days worth of traning. Phil Jevons is "very doubtful" and with a Tuesday trip to Walsall coming up, it would be a surprise if he is risked.

Speaking to the Glovers official site, Thommo said of the game: "We will have a good support down at Bournemouth and that's just what we need for such an important match. Our traveling supporters always manage to create a good atmosphere and this does definitely help the lads. It's a match we are desperate to win as are AFC Bournemouth. We have to try and pick up points against the teams that are on or near the same points total as ourselves. Bournemouth are one of those teams which makes this game a must win match."

O'Driscoll's view was understandably similar: "Although it's two teams who are not in the best of form, everybody is looking forward to it. It's a big game for both teams so there is going to be a little bit of apprehension as well as excitement. We're expecting a big crowd and our supporters have been fantastic all season. Derby games are usually passionate affairs and this will be no different with the added spice that if ever there is a must-win game in football then this is one of them. This division is going to go down to the wire. Our run-in is quite difficult compared with a lot of other teams but most teams will say they play better against the better sides and we're no exception."

The Bournemouth boss also had some wise words for his club's present position that could be well applied to the Glovers own situation: "I've said it before - you have to have that mentality that says we're a small club with small resources and we have to be spot-on with everything we do. It's going to take everybody - players, coaches, directors and supporters - to pull in the same direction if we're going to be successful. I've been here as manager for five seasons and there have been times when we wonder whether we're going to get through the next week, let alone the next season and we're still here so I think that bodes well for everybody. That's the sort of spirit we need, and, by and large, we've had that and when you go through difficult times, that's when you need those characteristics and I think we've got them so support us and we'll do the best we can."

Something between 1,800 and 2,000 Glovers supporters are expected to make the trip down to the Dorset south coast, and those travelling can find a full guide to Bournemouth online here.

Taff's Tips: On hold until later on when hopefully he will have stopped swearing at his ISP and able to do his usual pin the tail on the donkey careful analysis of the betting situation.


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17 March 2006 : Bournemouth Ticketing Reminder
A reminder that tomorrow's match against AFC Bournemouth is an ALL TICKET game for away supporters and no sales will be available tomorrow. At present at least 1,800 ticket sales have been made and Yeovil's allocation is therefore closing to a sell-out. However, you must make your purchase by 5.00pm today. If you are going and haven't bought a ticket then we strongly recommend you head to the Huish Park Ticket Office now, or phone them before 5.00pm on 01935-847888. There will be no admission to the away section of the ground without a ticket on the day of the game.


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17 March 2006 : Interview With Warren Patmore
The PFA Website - the on-line resource representing the Professional Footballers Association - have this week published an interview with former scoring legend Warren Patmore. As it happens, the interview is conducted by another Glovers playing legend, Mark Shail although they missed each other on the playing field by a couple of years.

Warren is now running an Estate Agents in Watford, whilst living in Devon where he coaches a club in the Devon and Exeter Senior League. He is still an occasional visitor to Huish Park. Read what he has to say for himself here on the PFA Website.


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17 March 2006 : Thommo Close To Loan Deal
Steve Thompson has agreed a loan deal in principle with an unnamed Championship club for an unnamed player, according to BBC Radio Bristol this morning. The snag is the parent club are waiting on completion of another loan deal they are negotiating, which will allow them to bring in fresh blood to balance the numbers and allow their outgoing player to join Yeovil Town on loan.

Steve told the radio station: "It is a possibility. The club who we've asked to loan a player have agreed to it in principle. But they are just trying to get one in themselves to allow us to loan their one and that is where the hitch is at the moment. I'm not going to divulge what position he plays but he is with a Championship club."

This morning's Western Daily Press also gives its own view on the current situation, claiming that Thommo is currently tracking three players. There is no clue as to which one matches up with the player referenced by BBC Radio Bristol but Steve has indicated that two have experience whilst one is a youngster. Two are from Championship clubs and the three are a mix of central midfielders and strikers. Steve does not expect to sign all three players. More on this later today.


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16 March 2006 : Banging Your Head Against A Brick Wall
Glovers boss Steve Thompson has said that he is having to do a lot of hard work to bolster his paper-thin squad before the loan transfer deadline. Steve's squad has been in need of new blood from early January since when outgoing transfers and a succession of bad injuries have meant that his days have been spent permanently player hunting, in particular for a striker who can turn some of the Glovers chances into goals. As revealed by Ciderspace yesterday, that has involved speaking to more or less every manager in the Premiership.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press Steve explained: "I must have enquired about 20-25 strikers in the last four or five days. Either the manager is not willing to loan them or they want a permanent transfer at the end of it. I wouldn't say getting someone in for Saturday is an impossibility but I'm hitting a brick wall at times."

The only two leads officially given as to the identity of Steve's targets have been an unnamed West Bromwich Albion striker and Newcastle's Michael Chopra who spent the whole of last season on loan at fellow League One side Barnsley. Steve explained: "I made an enquiry about Michael Chopra but then so have a lot of other teams. I spoke to Glenn Roeder but Chopra is part of his first-team plans. I have also looked at another striker from a Premiership club who has been on loan to two clubs this season but both those clubs came back to me and said he hadn't done that well."

Steve stressed though that he wouldn't be bringing in players for the sale of it, reinterating that they had to be players that could improve his current squad: "It's not a case of getting numbers in at the moment because I have four fit strikers in Matt Harrold, Arron Davies, Kevin Gall and Danny Webb and hopefully Phil Jevons will be back soon. I am hitting brick walls but I will keep trying."


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16 March 2006 : Amankwaah Back For Yeovil
Yeovil Town right-back Kevin Amankwaah has won his battle for fitness after coming through a training session today. Kevin was fouled out of the Tuesday night game against Brentford nine days ago, but has returned much ahead of schedule and is now expected to be fit for Saturday.

The bad news is that striker Phil Jevons is not quite ready, even though he is back in solitary training. Goalkeeper Chris Weale is also not expected to be risked for this weekend's match against AFC Bournemouth.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, Thommo explained: "Kevin Amankwaah has come through training and should be fit for Saturday. Phil Jevons is very doubtful. He's back training but not with the team. I'd love to have him available but you've got to go on the medical advice. Speaking to Phil as well it might just come too soon for him. I'm hopeful for Tuesday (against Walsall) maybe but that's obviously only three days after Saturday. However, I think it is very doubtful that he will be fit for Saturday."


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16 March 2006 : Thommo Wary Of South American Experience
Glovers boss Steve Thompson today admitted that he would be wary of going into another deal with a South American footballer. The club have had their fingers burned three times this season with Gary Johnson's signings Luciano Alvarez, Alejandro Gabriel Meloño and Pablo Bastianini all failing to make the grade at Huish Park and all seeing their contracts severed early.

The latest to go was Pablo yesterday, and speaking to the Western Daily Press Thommo said of the situation: "Things haven't really worked out. It's not the first time a South American has not done well in England. They have been notorious over the years for not doing well but we could only go on what we saw in the West Ham and Staines friendlies in preseason that he played in. He looked very, very good but maybe where we were slightly fooled was that sometimes friendlies haven't got the same tempo as the league games have in Britain. He struggled to pick up the tempo of the game and, no matter how much myself and Gary coached him, he was stuck in his South American ways of playing the game. He had his moments of brilliance but they were few and far between."

Steve explained that his views did not necessarily extend to Western European players where their country's style of football is closer to the English leagues: "It certainly would make me think about South Americans in future because the game is played in a different way over there. But players from Sweden or Germany or the north European countries tend to do much better over here. We have had our share of foreigners and Bartosz Tarachulski was a relative success last season and even Abdoulai Demba, who was from Belgium, did well for six months before he got home-sick. But with foreigners you have the whole package and they do need a lot of attention. Put it this way: If I was offered a foreign player and a British player who were basically the same I would sign the British one."


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16 March 2006 : USA Scholarship For Underwood
Congratulations to Jamie Underwood, who has secured a three year sports scholarship at a New York college. Jamie, who won the Youth Team Player of the Year award last season, will leave for the USA in August to start pre-season training.

Underwood has recently had several call ups to the England Colleges Under 18 side. In January he played against Australia at Marston Road, home to Stafford Rangers. And has since been involved in a tournament in Rome, where England Colleges met teams from Slovenia, Ivory Coast and Romania.

Speaking to the Western Gazette Yeovil Town Youth Team coach Stuart Housley said :

Jamie has received a three-year scholarship and it is a fantastic achievement. It is something that he has always wanted and we are really proud of him.

Jamie was one of the lads I recommended that Yeovil Town should take on. But Gary Johnson could only take so many at the time so Jamie turned out to be one of the unlucky ones. He is still playing for our youth side and the fact that he has also been playing for the England Colleges Under 18 side is also a great achievement.

It is not like playing for the full F.A. youth side, but there are lots of very good players in the England Colleges team so you have got to be very useful to get picked.



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15 March 2006 : 1,800 Glovers On The Road
AFC Bournemouth are suggesting that Saturday's visitors to Fitness First Stadium (Dean Court) have sold 1,800 tickets to date. We seem to be doing our bit, but their early hope of a record attendance since the redevelopment of the ground is starting to look optimistic, with The Cherries having shifted a rather disappointing 5,700 to home fans so far.


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15 March 2006 : Mid-Week Injury News
Glovers boss Steve Thompson is still unsure as to whether he will be able to remove any of his players from the injury list by the time his team travel to play AFC Bournemouth this coming Saturday.

There is a slight variation between sources as to which players are looking the closest out of Phil Jevons, Kevin Amankwaah and Chris Weale to returning to the side.

Speaking to the Teamtalk website, Thommo explained: "Phil and Kevin have both suffered ankle ligament damage and are 50-50, you cannot push these sort of injuries. I will know more on Thursday when we train again. Chris has had a knee injury and he'll be another I know more about on Thursday."

Today's Western Daily Press are slightly more specific claiming that Amankwaah is the most likely of the three to make a comeback, with the right-back already having returned to light training and hoping to make a full training session tomorrow. Jevo's chances are rated as "slim" whilst Wealey still looks to be "very doubtful" and with keeper Michael Jordan on loan from Arsenal it is unlikely that the club would rush Wealey back anyway.

Club captain Terry Skiverton, who came off in Saturday's match with a hip problem is expected to train fully for the first time this week tomorrow, whilst minor knocks to Chris Cohen (ankle) and Adam Lockwood (eye socket) have not kept them out of any training sessions this week.


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15 March 2006 : Officials At Bournemouth
Any one like Andy D'Urso (Essex)? Not this writer's favourite referee. And even less so after his last piece of officiating in a Yeovil Town match when he ignored a cast iron penalty for handball in the Brentford box, and later red carded Chris Weale, in the 3-2 defeat away at Griffin Park on 6th December 2005.

Mike Mullarkey (Devon) is far too familiar already to the Glovers faithful. An official we've seen a lot of over the years making random decisions. He'll be vaguely waving a flag about at moments that are clear only in his own mind as one of the assistant referees. Kevin Pike (Dorset) will be holding the other flag.

The fourth official is Paul Melin (Surrey) who refereed that match against Southend United in April 2005.


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15 March 2006 : Webb In Possible Return
Yeovil Town Chairman and Chief Executive John Fry has today hinted that club owner David Webb may still take up a position within the club in the future.

The Board of Directors held a meeting last night according to today's Western Daily Press to discuss "the overall situation within the club" which the paper have said includes the proposed appointment of two new directors, stadium redevelopment, plans for next season and the position of Webb himself. A series of announcements are expected to follow these meetings.

What Webb's future position will be is still undecided with Fry only indicating: "David still wants to be involved in some aspect of the club - how he does that will be discussed."

Webb has stated in the past that he has no interest in returning to playing management, meaning that any such return would be likely to relate to some kind of backroom or boardroom position.


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15 March 2006 : Wanted to stay closer to home....
........ or perhaps not.

It has seemed like quite a while since we heard anything about Glovers target Jermaine Beckford. Yeovil were the only club in with a concrete offer for the player according to Wealdstone, but the Wealdstone striker appeared to want to stay closer to home.

And today Beckford's move was finalised, with the player moving to...er.... Leeds United. Yep, Yorkshire. Leeds have had an undisclosed bid accepted by Wealdstone, and Beckford has put paid to the belief he would move to a London club.

22-year-old Beckford has scored 35 times this season in just 40 games for the Ryman Premier League side, and was linked with many clubs, trialing at Chelsea and Crystal Palace. While rumours of a 200k bid from Championship side Watford were dismissed, the Glovers' bid was confirmed as the only bid on the table a few weeks back.

Leeds manager Kevin Blackwell told the Leeds United Official Site :

It's nearly done and we are delighted to have signed Jermaine. The chairman thinks there are one or two nuggets in the lower leagues and he wants us to try to tap into that resource as much as possible.

Yeovil's search for a striker goes on........

[Article by Chris Medland]


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15 March 2006 : Doherty Ruled Out Of Thommo's Plans
On loan midfielder Tommy Doherty will fall into Glovers history as a player with one of the shortest playing records Yeovil Town have ever seen. The Queen's Park Rangers player clocked up just nine minutes of football in the 3-0 win over Chesterfield with his substitution recorded on the 11th minute after he limped off with a leg injury.

Now Yeovil manager Steve Thompson has ruled out any chance of using the player during the remainder of his month's loan. Speaking to today's Western Daily Press, he explained: "Tommy has been put in a special medical boot and there I think there is practically no chance that he will play any part for us in his month loan. I'm not sure what the full situation is because I was only particularly concerned with this month, but it wouldn't surprise me if Tommy's season is finished now."

The Glovers have looked into the small print of Doherty's loan contract to determine the financial liability for what looked to have been a repeat of Doherty's ongoing fibula problems relating to bruising of the bone. However, QPR's doctor is claiming that Doherty has suffered a fresh ankle injury and so it looks as though Yeovil will have to cough up for the full month's wages, with Thommo admitting: "Yes, that is the situation as it stands at the moment."

Chairman John Fry added his opinion of the contractual situation: "You get circumstances like this that arrive, and you hope for some common sense. But if it's a written contract, it's a written contract, and you have to take the rough with the smooth."


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15 March 2006 : Bastianini Shipped Back Home
Given the huge hopes, and not inconsiderable amounts of money, invested in the arrival of Pablo Bastianini, not to mention the lengthy circus act that finally brought him to Huish Park, the nature of his departure sums up the let down of his time with The Glovers. A low key announcement on the Official Site does little more than record his leaving by mutual consent, with a token 'all the best in his future career'.

With the club desperately short of forwards, and goals as rare as virgins in a brothel, the fact that Bastianini has still hardly featured for weeks, added to a named criticism of him from the chairman in last week's Western Gazette, means the parting of the ways comes as little surprise. His performance in last night's defeat in the Somerset Premier Cup against Clevedon Town could have been the final straw, with the management thought to be deeply unimpressed.

Mutual consent will mean a proportion of his remaining contract until the summer of 2007 will have been paid up. As one of the highest, if not the highest, earners at the club, and around 15 months left on his contract, the pay off is likely to have been hefty. However at least it should free up some space against the wage cap.

Bastianini made twenty starts and six appearances as a substitute in the first team and scored three goals.

With only three, in many people's opinion, out and out strikers left on the books - Phil Jevons struggling for fitness, Matt Harrold who looks as if he's played too much and hit the wall, and Daniel Webb from the Conference South - there's little doubt Yeovil Town are staring at something of a crisis. Unofficially we've heard manager Steve Thompson has now worked his way through every Premiership club and come up blank. In calls to a number of Championship clubs there has been little more success so far. Burnley have a striker they are reportedly keen to move on, but with one year left on his contract and on high wages, are more enthusiastic about a loan deal with a club that's likely to offer a permanent move in the summer. And let's be fair, the words high wages means that doesn't sound much like Yeovil Town.


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14 March 2006 : Glovers Crash Out Of County Cup
Yeovil Town's Reserve side went out of the Somerset Premier Cup to Clevedon Town as two defensive errors gifted the visitors the tie at Huish Park tonight. On loan Arsenal keeper Michael Jordan had a night to forget as two basic errors led to the goals that set Phil Bater's side on their way.

Despite otherwise having an impressive game, Jordon dropped a deep looping cross for Clevedon's first half opener allowing Richard French to open up the scoring from close range. The Glovers should have equalised by half time with Gavin McCallum putting a great chance wide of the post after he was fed by Kevin Gall on a left-wing run, with the ball falling to McCallum's weaker foot. Pablo Bastianini also went close with a long range effort.

The second period was not an overly impressive affair, but the Glovers did get back on level terms with Bradley Thomas heading home from a McCallum corner. But the Glovers gifted Clevedon their winner when a Colin Miles backpass was sliced by Jordan towards his own goal and despite recovering well enough to scoop the ball away from his own goal-line and push the ball out for a corner under pressure from Mitchell Page, from the resultant corner, Scott Hendy got the winner.

Main positives on the night were that on loan midfielder Marc Wilson got 90 minutes under his belt, whilst Bradley Thomas also had an impressive game, along with Dale Williams. In addition, Glovers boss Steve Thompson was able to see Clevedon's Jack Pitcher for around 70 minutes before he was replaced midway through the second half.

Yeovil: Michael Jordan, Gary Bowles, Jake Smeeton, Marc Wilson, Bradley Thomas, Colin Miles, Dale Williams, Pablo Bastianini, Kevin Gall, Daniel Webb, Gavin McCallum, Subs: Richard Cullingford, Tom Clarke, Phil Ormrod, Matt Concliffe, Scott Vine.

Clevedon Town: Ray Johnston, Kris Whitcombe, Rob Scott, Steve Lester, Scott Hendy, Billy Clark, Richard French, Kye Holly, Jack Pitcher, Tom Jacobs, Craig Loxton. Subs: Leon Hapgood, Darren Montecute, Oliver Wake, Mitchell Page.

Officials: Paul Brown, Damon McEllin, Richard Hulme.


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14 March 2006 : The Good And The Bad
Tonight's League One matches saw both good news and bad news develop out of the eventual results. On the plus side, Hartlepool United, on level points with the Glovers, used up their game in hand with a 2-0 defeat at Scunthorpe United with the slight downside that the Lincolnshire side move five points clear of Yeovil having played a game more, rising up into 12th place.

Much less desirable though was Rotherham United's shock 2-0 win over Oldham Athletic, which lifted them two places into 21st position. This leaves the Yorkshire side two points behind the Glovers having played a game more.

The end result is that the Glovers remain in 18th position in the league table, although matters have once again become a little tighter. The revised League Table can be found by clicking here.


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14 March 2006 : Vincent Wanted More Games
Yeovil Town left-back Jamie Vincent has stated today that he has left the club for Championship side Millwall in the hope of getting more first team games. The former Derby County defender failed to get a single minute of first team football at Huish Park but his move to South-East London looks likely to result in an immediate chance with the Lions caught short due to a sending off at the weekend (see yesterday's story).

Speaking to the Western Daily Press Vincent explained his decision to join Millwall: "I joined Yeovil in the hope of getting some first-team games, but obviously that has not happened. I needed to get myself to a certain level of fitness before I could be in contention for the matchday squad. I got to that level but the manager (Steve Thompson) said he was happy with his defence. I could either have stayed at Yeovil, training and playing for the reserves, or look elsewhere, and at my age I need to be playing first-team football. When the chance to go back to Millwall came up I jumped at it because my family is in that area. So it is probably a beneficial move all around - I was on the pay-roll at Yeovil but not really doing anything."

Although Vincent's loan period will expire before Yeovil's season ends, he does not expect to play for Yeovil when he returns, with only a home match against Colchester United to be played thereafter. The left-back explained: "As it stands, it looks unlikely. The manager is happy with his current defence and that is fair enough, so I cannot argue with that. But I really don't know what will happen in the future and I'm certainly not going to burn any bridges."

The 30 year old does feel confident though that the Glovers will be playing League One football next season, adding: "There's definitely enough quality to avoid the drop and they should not really be in the position they are in. They just need to finish more of their chances and become more consistent in front of goal."


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14 March 2006 : EWBAATRDOAOUMBNET* Leaves The Building
Our old friend and sparring partner Brian Talbot returns to the dole office tomorrow morning after being sacked by League Two side Oxford United. Talbot, who was the manager of Rushden and Diamonds during the Glovers titanic battle with them for promotion to the Football League, was fired after his side slumped to 22nd in League Two, having not won a game since January 2nd.

Being given his P45 is becoming a bit of a pattern for Talbot - it comes barely a year after he was sacked from League One side Oldham Athletic. Giving out P45s is also becoming a habit for Chairman Firoz Kassam (or should that be Fire 'em Kassam?).

Since 1998, the list of Oxford managers include: Brian Talbot, David Oldfield, Ramon Diaz, Darren Patterson, Graham Rix, Ian Atkins, Mark Wright, Mike Ford, David Kemp, Denis Smith, Maurice Evans, Micky Lewis and Malcolm Shotton. Oxford's 14th manager inside eight years therefore becomes Youth Team manager Darren Patterson.

*EWBAATRDOAOUMBNET = Ex-West Bromwich Albion, Aldershot Town, Rushden and Diamonds, Oldham Althetic and Oxford United manager Brian "No Excuses" Talbot. Wonder who will get him next?


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14 March 2006 : Walsall Duo Out For Glovers Visit
Walsall defender Pablo Mills, on loan from Derby County and midfielder Simon Osborn have both knocked up two match suspensions after gaining their 10th yellow cards of the season in Walsall's 1-1 draw at Swansea on Sunday. Their bans will kick in on the day that Yeovil Town visit the Bescot Stadium (March 21st), and will continue for their home match against Bradford City that Saturday.

New Walsall manager Kevan Broadhurst said of the situation: "Both Pablo and Ozzy picked up their 10th bookings and they will both be big players to replace. But Ian Roper will be available next week and hopefully Dean Keates and Daniel Fox will be back as well. I was also very pleased with the way Chris Westwood came back from his injury (against Swansea). I thought he was absolutely enormous when he went on. I was disappointed for the two lads who got booked because in both cases I thought it was down to poor defending. On both occasions poor defending from other players forced Pablo and Ozzy to make the tackles that got them booked."


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14 March 2006 : Ralph Davis RIP
Yeovil Town Football Club have announced this afternoon that Ralph Davis, one of the popular members of the legendary 1949-50 side that established the Glovers as THE FA Cup Giantkillers, died aged 84, last night.

Our sincere condolences to Ralph's family and all those who knew Ralph as a friend, including the many people who knew him at Huish Park, where he still regularly attended Yeovil Town matches. A more lengthy tribute to Ralph's life will appear on this site soon.


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14 March 2006 : And The Winners Will Play ......
The winners of tonight's Somerset Premier Cup tie between Yeovil Town and Clevedon Town will face the winners of the other quarter-final match between Taunton Town and Clevedon United. The match is due to be played in the week commencing Monday 3rd April.

In the other semi-final, Mangotsfield United will travel to play Street.


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14 March 2006 : Somerset Premier Cup Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Clevedon Town in the Somerset Premier Cup Third Round tonight as they continue their attempts to retain the trophy they won at the end of last season. As usual the team line-up has a 'Reserves' feel about it, with none of those featuring having started against Swindon Town on Saturday. This match will be the first chance for supporters to see Portsmouth midfielder Marc Wilson and Arsenal goalkeeper Michael Jordan in a competitive fixture.

The official site have announced the line-up for tonight as: Michael Jordan, Gary Bowles, Jake Smeeton, Marc Wilson, Bradley Thomas, Colin Miles, Dale Williams, Pablo Bastianini, Kevin Gall, Daniel Webb, Gavin McCallum. Although it is not specific, it looks like the final five names of Richard Cullingford, Tom Clarke, Jamie Underwoood, Matt Concliffe and Scott Vine will make up the bench for the evening.

Clevedon may be without striker Jack Pitcher after he got a cut head in their Saturday match with Rushall Olympic. Glovers boss Steve Thompson will actually be hoping he plays - Pitcher has had training sessions with the Glovers and Thommo will be wanting to see him in a competitive fixture against his own players. Today's Bristol Evening Post indicates that the League Two side have also shown an interest in taking the striker on trial.

Clevedon will be definitely without the cup-tied Pete Sheppard and Mike Trought as well as former Glovers striker Jason Eaton. Midfielder Danny Haines will also be absent with a hamstring problem. Former Glover Leon Hapgood is expected to captain the visitors.

The Western Daily Press expect Clevedon's side to be selected from: Johnston, Whitcombe, Scott, Hendy, Clark, Lester, Hapgood, Holly, Pitcher, Jacobs, Loxton, French with much depending on Pitcher's availability.

Speaking to the Glovers official site yesterday, Thommo said of the fixture: "Obviously we want to win all games we play in especially the competition that we won last year. It's always nice to retain any trophy and we want to win [the] game. Marc Wilson will definitely play. It's a good chance for me to see him in a match environment and so I'm looking forward to that."

Kick-off is at 7.45pm tonight and admission prices are show in yesterday's news item.


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14 March 2006 : Terry Looks At Defensive Positives
Yeovil Town midfielder Paul Terry has praised his side's defending in the 0-0 draw against Swindon Town on Saturday, even if the overall performance may have been rather lacking on the day.

Speaking to yesterday's Western Daily Press, the midfielder explained: "We were disappointed with the level of performance we put in, but it is another point towards survival this season. Swindon went for it a bit in the second half and put us under a bit of pressure, but we showed good resilience. Our centre-halves played really well and Steve Collis made two good saves, so maybe it was a point gained rather than two lost. Losing Terry Skiverton was a blow because he is a big, big player for us, and hopefully he will be back soon. But Adam Lockwood and Scott Guyett stood firm in the second half and they deserve big credit for that. Lee Peacock and Jamie Cureton are very good players who have been about and know the Football League very well. We have kept two clean sheets in our last three games and we have to look at positives such as that."

Paul also provided Yeovil's best scoring chance during the first half when a flicked header looked to be heading for the net and he gave his view on that moment adding: "It was a great cross from Arron Davies. I got into the box late and I really thought it was going to go in off the post. But it hit the post, came out and did not fall to one of our players to knock it in - that's been the story of our season really. But we didn't have enough of those kind of moments - that was probably a one-off - and we really need to create more opportunities."


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13 March 2006 : Thommo Gets Contract Talks Back On The Table
Yeovil Town manager Steve Thompson has given the first public signs since January that the club are recommencing contract negotiations with players for next season. As yet, only club captain Terry Skiverton has signed a new deal and with the club's policy tending to be to award rolling one year deals to their players that has left a lot of players out of contract in the summer.

Speaking to today's Western Morning News, Thommo explained: "I have commenced talks with a couple of players. I think this group of players is a good group, I know we are lying towards the bottom of League One, but I think with different circumstances and a bit more luck this year, we could be well above half way. I want to get those players that I think are good for us and that can play League One football signed up as soon as possible. It's in the realm of 13 or 14 I would have thought that are out of contract this summer."


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13 March 2006 : Swindon's Iffy Happy With Point
Swindon Town manager Iffy Onuora claimed he was relatively happy to have come home from Saturday's 0-0 draw at Huish Park with a point for his side. Both sides could have won, but the Wiltshire side's boss claimed that breaking his side's run of three defeats was the main positive he could take from the game.

Speaking to the Swindon Advertiser Onuora explained: "My instinct is that it's not a bad point. Time will tell. In the context of three defeats before this, it's a relief to come away with a clean sheet and I thought we were the better side. Yeovil started both halves better than we did but once we settled into it, I thought we had the better of it. It's certainly a platform to build on and it's game on! We go to Colchester in reasonable spirits on the back of that. I said we were at the start of a 10 game mini season before this game. If you get a point away and win your home games then you're on course for a reasonable total."

Onuora also believed it was important for his side to grab a point to give his side some belief back, as they attempt to claw their way out of relegation trouble. The Swindon boss added: "Defeat drains people. Strikers think they're not going to get any chances because the team's on the back foot straight away and defenders' confidence suffers a little bit as well. But this clean sheet is a reflection of all the hard work throughout the side. The two lads up front worked exceptionally hard and they set the tone for us. We had a sequence around the box and you're hoping and praying it drops for you but it wasn't to be. It's a foot hold and I'm certainly feeling better than I felt last week and the week before. We looked a team out there, a good unit. Now it's on to Colchester. They've lost so maybe it's not a bad time to be going there?"


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13 March 2006 : Thommo Battles Against Sea Of Change
Glovers boss Steve Thompson believes that one of the factors that has held Yeovil Town back this season has been the constant change going on around the club. Nearly every month this season has seen a major change on or off the field, with situations such as Gary Johnson's departure, Jon Goddard-Watts's sale of the club, David Webb's arrival and resignation as Chief Executive, and the sale of three major players during the January transfer window merely a selection of what has happened to the club this season.

Speaking to Saturday's Western Morning News, Thommo cited these factors as an unwanted distraction to the club's forward plans, explaining: "When you look at what has happened at the club this year, we have had a change of manager, a change of owner, we have had numerous injuries, the departures of three key players... there has been a hell of a lot going on at the club this year. It has made things more difficult and this battle to stay up is every bit as important as the ones over the last few years to get promoted."

Despite those issues taking much of the focus, Thommo praised his players for trying to stay focussed on their jobs, adding: "A lot has happened and the players have responded to that. OK, results have not been quite as I would have liked, but if you ask all the teams we have played against, they will all tell you that we have been competitive in this league."


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13 March 2006 : Terry Stands Firm As Others Fall
Yeovil Town midfielder Paul Terry is finding it hard to believe how much change is happening around him as he continues to be one of the mainstays of the Glovers line-up this season. Currently it is within central midfield that Yeovil have suffered the most, losing Lee Johnson and Darren Way during the transfer window, then watching replacements Tommy Doherty and Anthony Barry get badly injured up at Chesterfield.

Speaking to Saturday's Western Daily Press, Paul said of the situation: "It's unbelievable really. Tommy needed games and we needed his experience, and then he gets injured 10 minutes into his debut. And Anthony made the step up from the Conference to League One and was playing like he'd been at this level all his life. It has been a big blow but we have to get on with it, and it gives me another chance to play in my preferred position."

Despite the Glovers precarious position, Paul says he is still wanting to set targets for next season with the clear confidence that his side will still be in League One. The midfielder explained: "This year we were optimistic enough to say we'd like to make the play-offs but it looks too late for that now. We have to build on what we have learned and next year we should be aiming for the play-offs at least. There are still 10 games to go and I don't think that one result now is going to either condemn us or get us out of it for good."

Paul has also played down his recent show of dissent in getting substituted at Blackpool when shrugged off his manager's attempts to explain his withdrawl. Paul explained: "It was nothing personal. I was frustrated because - like any player - I wanted to stay on and help out. It was all sorted straight away with Thommo. Nobody can question our togetherness; there is a great spirit."


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13 March 2006 : Vincent Leaves For Millwall
Yeovil Town left-back Jamie Vincent has departed Huish Park on loan to Championship side Millwall after failing to break into the Glovers first team. Signed on January 31st, the former Derby defender had been expected to challenge for a first team place, but instead has failed to even make the sixteen and therefore could only clock up a couple of appearances in the Reserves.

Millwall, who Vincent played for earlier this season against Yeovil Town in the Carling Cup, have signed Vincent up because of one of the weekend's more bizarre incidents. Millwall left-back Tony Craig was red carded by referee Brian Curson after being the last man in a game of 'pass the parcel' as the Lions timewasted by their dugouts. Craig was the last man holding the ball for a split second, but Curson showed him a second yellow card, when perhaps his team-mates were more deserving of landing in the notebook.

That means Craig is suspended for two matches, leaving the door open to go straight into Millwall's first team. Lions boss Dave Tuttle said of the incident: "It was very hard on Tony because he was the innocent party. When Zak Whitbread picked the ball up I noticed that it left us two v. two at the back if we had lost possession, and having just equalised I didn't want to risk losing a point. Consequently I told Zak to leave the throw to Tony who had to come from an advanced position to collect it. Zak then threw the ball to me, the fourth official also got involved and when Tony arrived to take the throw the ref decided to book him. If the referee thought we were wasting time, it certainly wasn't Tony Craig's fault. In the absence of Tony, however, I'm pleased that Jamie has agreed to re-join us because he will provide us with excellent cover on the left side."

There is a slight difference of opinion on the loan length. Millwall's official site claim that Vincent is with them until the end of the season. Yeovil's official site claim that the loan deal runs out at the end of April. Either way it certainly looks unlikely that Vincent will ever play a first team game for the Glovers, with his deal running out at the end of the season.


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13 March 2006 : Somerset Premier Cup Admission Prices
A reminder that Yeovil Town take on Clevedon Town in the Third Round of the Somerset Premier Cup tomorrow at Huish Park, kick-off 7.45pm. Admission to the match is by cash on the turnstiles and only the Yeovil College Stand will be open for the evening. Ticket prices are 5 pounds for adults, with concessions available at 3 pounds.


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12 March 2006 : Thommo's Verdict On The Swindon Game
Glovers boss Steve Thompson admitted after yesterday's 0-0 draw against Swindon Town that his side hadn't played well, citing a lack of creativity amongst his midfielders and strikers as his main concern about the performance. Speaking immediately after the game, Steve answered the following questions from the press:

Qu: Steve, a well contested game there. Are you pleased with a point in the end?

ST: I think pleased in the respect that a point was gained in a game in which we did not play well today. I freely admit that not enough of our players had good games today. But as I've said to the players in there, think of the number of games this season in which we've played well or reasonably well and come away with nothing. Today we haven't played well and we've come away with something.

Qu: It could have gone either way with chances for both teams.

ST: Chances for both teams yes. Swindon probably had the best one in the second half when they hit the bar, but yes it could have gone either way. But overall I am disappointed with our performance, even if I am pleased that having played badly we did pick up something.

Qu: What disappointed you the most about the performance?

ST: The lack of creativity in the team today. That's not been a problem in the previous two or three games. Even in the Blackpool game when we got beaten 2-0 we created six or seven chances. In the Chesterfield game we had 11 shots on target during that game and I think that only Watford beat us that day in terms of any team in the whole Football League through shots on target. Against Brentford again we had six or seven very good chances. So we have been creating chances, but we didn't create enough today. A few players looked tired today but I'm not going to use the midfield game as an excuse. It was a very high tempo game against Brentford and probably the quickest of the season but then again Swindon had a game in midweek as well. There are various reasons and obviously we have to think about that and what we do in our training and everything around that.

Qu: Swindon have got a very good attacking line. Are you pleased with the way your defenders stood up to them today?

ST: I'm pleased with the clean sheet. You've got to try and find positives out of what was not a particularly good performance from us today. So I'm pleased with a second clean sheet in three games. I'm therefore pleased with some players performances who were involved in that.

Qu: You must have been cursing your luck again with Terry Skiverton going off. Is that a serious injury?

ST: I hope not. I've been so wrapped up in the game and the post-match summary with the players that I haven't had a chance to ask. I generally go through the injuries when I have a quiet moment with the physio. So I won't really know until I've spoken to him how bad or how good it may be.

Qu: were you worried when Locky went down, given what had happened to Skivo?

ST: I'm worried when anyone goes down now! I thought Locky had a terrific game as did both central defenders and we needed that today.

Qu: How is Chris Cohen as he took a little knock.

ST: Yes, he twisted his ankle a little bit but he carried on he may miss Monday or Tuesday in training, but knowing Chris he will be fit and raring to go on Monday.

Qu: You were certainly going for it at the end and there were a few chances. Was there a penalty denied at the end for Danny Webb?

ST: It didn't look one to me, although I'll look at it on the video. We're not going to get it now though are we? Certainly from where I was it didn't look a penalty although it could well have been. But like I've said - it doesn't matter - it's gone now. There is nothing we can do about that decision. Someone did say it was his hip but I'm not sure.

Qu: Was there more pressure on Swindon today to get the result because they were three points behind?

ST: I hope there wasn't more pressure on him than on me! I think there is pressure on all of the teams in the bottom 12 or 13 at the moment. There's no difference whether it's me or Iffy - the pressure is there. That's what you have to live with as a manager and certainly a manager involved in this sort of a battle to stay up. There are about 12 or 13 of us involved in that, and that's a lot of pressure.

Qu: Were you tempted to put Marc Wilson on?

ST: Yes, I was. I was tempted to bring him on. However, I wasn't sure that it was the right sort of game to bring him on into. I felt we needed Colin Miles to come on to bring a bit more defensive stability because they had just started to get down that side at us. So I bolstered up that side. I felt Pooley tired a little bit in the second half and that was instrumental in that decision.

Qu: So you've got another busy 10 or 12 days before the transfer deadline.

ST: Yes there is the loan transfer deadline. But there's also the fact that getting some injured players back will feel like getting in new players as well. Having Jevons, Amankwaah and Weale back will feel like getting new players back in the side.

Qu: Are they reasonably close?

ST: I hope so. I have spoken (to Glen Schmidt, physio) and there is possibilities of both (Jevons and Amankwaah) for next Saturday but it would be very hard for me to say whether it's 50:50 or whatever at this stage.

Qu: You mentioned 'both' but you named three players!

ST: Yes, Wealey is very hard to tell. The scans revealed no structural damage to his knee but he has got a very swollen knee and we just need that swelling to come down. I wouldn't rule out Weale because we haven't found any problem from the scans yet, so we're hoping the swelling will come down a lot each day but at the moment he has still got quite a swollen knee.

Qu: Is it fair to say you are missing Jevons' goals. I know Arron Davies did very well last week, but he is someone who gets goals out of nothing.

ST: Yes, Jevo is a great finisher. We know that and it would have been great to have had him available today.

Qu: Is he back jogging and stuff like that yet?

ST: He's not trained with the team yet. But I haven't ruled him out for being available for Saturday. I'll probably know a lot more by Wednesday as to whether that is going to be possible. He is going to have to come through a few little tests before I know anything. But as far as the loan deadline goes, of course we are always looking. We will all be looking as will other teams.

Qu: The lads you are looking for goals from - David Poole, Matt Harrold and Arron Davies - are all quite inexperienced aren't they? Is it asking an awful lot to ask them to do that week-in, week-out?

ST: I don't know - Michael Owen was scoring goals as freely when he was 17 or 18 as when he was at 25. So being experienced doesn't necessarily mean you are going to score more goals, although experience in the penalty box is an asset. I certainly wouldn't rule out getting an experienced striker on loan. But lets not blame it all on the strikers today. I thought we defended well at times, but creatively, and I mean both strikers and midfielders, we didn't create enough today. So that is not just the strikers.


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12 March 2006 : Nottingham Forest Ticket Prices
Yep, let's remember amidst all the current gloom and doom that we are indeed off to The City Ground on Monday 17th April, and not as plucky minnows courtesy of a random draw in the Cup. Visitors are normally accommodated in the Lower Tier of the Bridgford Stand, though there has been the occasional switch this season. The theoretical capacity is 4,750 but this is usually reduced to about 3,000.

Disabled facilities at the City Ground are good and there are spaces allocated in the Bridgford Lower so disabled away fans can be with their fellow supporters. Disabled fans will be admitted for the concessionary price of £16.00, but helpers go free. The Nottingham Forest Official Site advises bookings be made fourteen days in advance. Phone The City Ground on 0871 226 1980. Providing places remain it is possible to pay-on-the-day, but the £2.00 surcharge then applies.

Tickets are not on sale as yet, but prices will be as follows, with Forest operating a £2.00 surcharge for matchday purchase, and the final Kids For A Quid offer of the season at the City Ground falling to the benefit of Yeovil fans :

Adults - £21.00 (£23.00 on matchday)

Over 65 - £16.00 (£18.00 on matchday)

Students and Under 18 - £10.00

Under 16 - £1.00

The Nottingham Forest Official Site also advertises the Family Stand as open to away supporters - as it should be, take note Bradford City!

Prices here are :

Adults - £14.00 (£16.00 on matchday)
Seniors - £11.00 (£13.00 on matchday)
Under 18 - £8.00
Under 16 - £1.00

We would presume that Forest will not supply Family Stand tickets to Huish Park for sale, so those wishing to avail themselves of this facilty are likely to need to buy direct from The City Ground. This can be done on-line, though note that you will need to register. Please also note that for online purchases there is a £1.00 charge per ticket plus a £1.00 handling charge per transaction. The Ticket Office can also be contacted on 0871 226 1980, Monday - Thursday 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. Forest are putting tickets on General Sale from Monday 3rd April.


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12 March 2006 : Interview With Scott Guyett
Scott Guyett spoke to the media after helping his side keep a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw at home to Swindon Town yesterday afternoon at Huish Park. The Aussie admitted that the Glovers should be pleased with just a point considering the way that they played.

Guyett said: "The way we played, yes, a point was a good point. As a defender your first goal every match is to try and keep a clean sheet. It is a second one in three games so that is a positive. I thought that we dealt well with their front-two and it is probably the only positive out of the game."

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


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12 March 2006 : Ciderspace Guide To Bournemouth
An early reminder that next weekend's trip to AFC Bournemouth is covered in our opposition guide here.


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11 March 2006 : Youth Match At Oxford Postponed
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side had their trip to Oxford United postponed today due to a waterlogged pitch in Oxfordshire this morning. A new date for this fixture is yet to be arranged.


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11 March 2006 : Swindon Stalemate Leaves Matters Unchanged
The relegation clash between Yeovil Town and Swindon Town ended in stalemate with neither side able to find the net this afternoon at Huish Park. Jamie Cureton wasted the best chance of the game but the striker amazingly found the woodwork from close range.

The Glovers found the crossbar themselves when Paul Terry saw his header rebound of the frame of the goal and cleared off the line after just twelve minutes in what proved to be their best chance of the match. Jamie Cureton should have put his side a goal up a minute prior to the break but shot inches wide of Steve Collis' goal from just outside the box.

Swindon put the Yeovil defence under immense pressure in the 57th minute and a decent block from Steve Collis kept the scores level. Arron Davies did find the net on the hour-mark only to be ruled offside before Cureton smacked the post and the bar with a powerful shot with eight minutes left on the clock.

Final score: Yeovil Town 0-0 Swindon Town.

Club captain Terry Skiverton returned to the treatment table today when he had to be replaced during the first half due to a hip injury. Fellow defender Scott Guyett said after the game that he believed Skivo's injury was not serious though and that he would only lose a couple of days in training.

There was also better news from the treatment table with Steve Thompson reporting possibilities of Kevin Amankwaah, Phil Jevons and Chris Weale all expected to be close to completing their recuperation by next weekend. Thommo believed he couldn't judge at this stage which of the trio, if any, would be available for next week's trip to AFC Bournemouth, but clearly having any of the three in contention for that match or the following Tuesday's trip to Walsall would be positive news indeed. Fingers crossed!

Around the league there was little damage caused by today's home draw with all of the teams below the Glovers in the league table either drawing or losing. The draw between Blackpool (19th) and Rotherham (23rd) was a perfect result whilst Gillingham (20th) also drew against Nottingham Forest. MK Dons (24th) lost at home to TBCUTR on Friday night leaving Gary Johnson with a touch of nosebleed in 13th. Next week's opponents AFC Bournemouth are on a slippery downward slope with their 9th game without a win, thanks to a 0-1 home defeat against Bradford City. Swindon Town remain in 21st, whilst Walsall (22nd) travel to play The Manchester United Of League OneAlan Tate) tomorrow afternoon. Come on you Jacks!

At the other end of the table, Southend United are now six points clear at the top thanks to their 3-0 win over Scunthorpe United on Friday night. Brentford keep the pace with a 3-1 win over 4th placed Barnsley in the game of the day, whilst third placed Huddersfield Town made a mess of their trip to Hartlepool United, losing 3-1 in the one truly bad result affecting the Glovers this weekend, meaning that Yeovil ended the Saturday one position lower than they were in midweek, occupying 18th place.

In mid-table, Doncaster Rovers and Port Vale shared the points with a 1-1 draw, whilst Colchester United continued to show that FA Cup runs can mess up your season badly as they slumped 1-0 at Oldham Athletic. Top of the table at the start of February, they now haven't scored a league goal in nearly 500 minutes and now occupy the last of the playoff places.

[Match summary by George Murray. Injury and League Round-Up by Martin Baker.]


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11 March 2006 : Thommo Wants Crowd Backing
Glovers boss Steve Thompson is hoping for a great atmosphere at Huish Park this afternoon as the Glovers take on Swindon Town in a match that not only can be classed as a local derby, but also comes into the category of being a six-pointer with the visitors just three points behind Yeovil and in the relegation zone. A large crowd is expected, and Steve wants them to play their part on the day.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, Steve explained: "The message to the Yeovil fans is to get right behind us. This is a battle that is every bit as exciting as a promotion or a playoff battle and every bit as important. It is up to the fans to get behind us, but it is also up to us to give them something to shout about. I feel that we've done that in recent games. It's very important for us, and obviously the players really appreciate the backing that we get from the fans."


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10 March 2006 : Jevo Relishes Challenges Ahead
Yeovil Town striker Phil Jevons believes the Glovers can still approach the final 11 games of the season in a positive light, despite being just three points above the relegation zone. The Glovers have had five years worth of almost unparallelled success, meaning that most of their squad have never had to experience a fight at the wrong end of the table.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol the experienced striker explained: "It's a new experience for the lads, but we'll learn as we go along. Even the older ones can never stop learning. We're looking forward to it. It's high pressure, but that's what you look forward to in football and we're going into it with positive thoughts in our mind. We're willing to believe that we can stay up this season and that in itself is an achievement."


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10 March 2006 : Thommo Wants To Concentrate On Results
Glovers boss Steve Thompson believes his side have done well considering the amount of change and upheaval that has taken place at Huish Park this season. The loss of former manager Gary Johnson, the change of club ownership, and the sale of key players such as Lee Johnson, Darren Way and Efetobore Sodje have all had an effect upon the season to one extent or another, but Thommo believes that despite that the team are coping with the change going on around them. Despite this, he wants to see his side concentrate on grinding out results for the final 11 games of the season.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, the Yeovil manager explained: "Things are happening every minute of every day, and then you get things like injuries and contract situations. People have left the club and we've had other things happening behind the scenes. As I've said to the players, there's been a hell of a lot going on this season and I think that our performances throughout the season have been on the whole pretty consistent. But we haven't picked up the results that I feel, and other people that I've spoken to feel that we have deserved. But it's all about results and we need to start picking up a few more results."


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10 March 2006 : Yeovil Town v Swindon Town match preview
The Glovers entertain Swindon Town at Huish Park tomorrow in the latest of a series of 6-pointers. How many 6-pointers have we been involved in already this season? Probably rather too many for comfort, but with the business end of the season now upon us and only 11 games left to play, every single point gained and every single goal scored assumes massive proportions. It's this time of year that the going gets tough and the tough get going and it's during the next two months that we'll find out how tough Yeovil Town Football Club and its fans are. We've enjoyed nothing but unbroken success over the last few years and this season has been something of a culture shock to many of our newer fans in particular, but now is the time for every one of us involved in Yeovil Town FC - board, management, players and fans - to stand up to be counted. Achieve by unity!

Swindon have sold around 1,000 tickets in advance of tomorrow's game so the away terrace will be well-populated, though it's perhaps a little surprising that not all the Robins allocation has been sold given the importance of the game and the relative proximity of the towns. Though perhaps it's not so surprising when you look at Swindon's away record this season - 1 win, 8 draws and 9 defeats tells its own story. Whatever, those fans that are making the journey from Wiltshire have designated tomorrow as a 'Loud and Proud Day' - which means they're going to do their best to outshout the home support. Defender Charlie Comyn-Platt is fit again after recovering from a foot injury but Jerel Ifil is banned and the experienced midfielder Paul Smith, signed from Gillingham recently, is out with an ankle injury.

As for the Glovers, the squad's injury problems have been well documented. Keeper Chris Weale is out, but Steve Collis is fit and will replace him. Loan signing Michael Jordan and Francisco Ramos are available to deputise and manager Steve Thompson will decide who'll be in the matchday 16 later today. "I have to admit I have only seen Michael play once and so myself and Len Bond (goalkeeping coach) will assess the two of them in training to decide who is on the bench," the gaffer told the Western Daily Press today.

In the midfield Anthony Barry is of course out for the rest of the season and Tommy Doherty is also unavailable for at least the next fortnight and has returned to parent club Queens Park Rangers for treatment - it's not clear as yet if he will be returning to Huish Park at any stage. New loan signing Marc Wilson is fit to play, but it's likely that Thommo will start with the Paul Terry/Chris Cohen partnership that played against Brentford on Tuesday night. Damaged ankle ligaments keep Phil Jevons and Kevin Amankwaah sidelined for a further fortnight and 3 weeks respectively, so again Thommo is likely to stick with the Matt Harrold/Arron Davies combination up front and will choose between Andy Lindegaard and Adam Lockwood to take Amankwaah's place at right-back.

Speaking to the club's official site Thommo admitted that tomorrow's game was huge for both teams: "We will be approaching the game knowing that a win would give us a massive boost and be a big blow to Swindon who are probably thinking the same thing," he said. "We have a chance tomorrow to put some daylight between us and Swindon and that's what we will be looking to do. I feel if we play as well as have done in our last two games we have every chance of winning the game. That to me is the challenge tomorrow - to get the team to play as well tomorrow as they have done in the last two games."

Selected betting odds: Yeovil win - 11/10; draw - 11/5; Swindon win - 11/5. Our recommendation: No if's, but's, or maybe's this weekend; a Glovers win will put a big gap (big in the context of how tight this league is) between ourselves and the Robins and that's what our fiver is going on. Record so far this season: £+6.67p. We'll never get rich at this rate.


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9 March 2006 : Thommo Cools On Beckford Chase
Glovers boss Steve Thompson admits that he is expecting Wealdstone striker to either stay at his current club or move to another London area club. The Glovers put in an unspecified bid during January, but despite having the offer accepted by the North-West London side, have not had a definitive answer from the player, leaving Thommo to assume that Beckford will not be turning up.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Steve explained: "I have been looking for a striker for three or four weeks, so that's not stopped. Jermaine Beckford has interested us, but I think Jermaine has been going to a lot of the London clubs and trying out. He was certainly at Crystal Palace and Charlton and I think Watford have made a bid for Jermaine. It looks like he's set his sights on a club closer to his home at Harrow."

One thing to note for Thommo's interest - Wealdstone later denied that Watford had made a bid, stating that the Glovers were still the only club who had put their money where their mouth was. See our March 2nd story for more details.


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9 March 2006 : Officials For Saturday
For yet another crucial six pointer, with the added tension of a local(ish) derby, Paul Taylor of Hertfordshire will be the official in the middle for the fixture against Swindon Town. Mr Taylor was last in charge at Huish Park on 29th August 2005. No fault of the referee that The Glovers were well beaten 1-3 by Chesterfield that day. Prior to that it was as long ago as October 2003 that he trod the hallowed turf, controlling a 2-1 victory over Huddersfield Town.

The assistant referees are Eric Mackrell (Hampshire) - we've exhausted the fishy jokes on his previous visits - and Malcolm (if only he were called 'John') West (Cornwall).

The fourth official is Phil Gibbs (West Midlands).


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9 March 2006 : Jevo On The Mend
Yeovil Town striker Phil Jevons is undergoing a rehabilitation programme this week following the ankle injury he sustained at Blackpool and is hoping to be back and available for selection in two weeks time.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol Yeovil's top scorer admitted things could have been worse: "It's not as bad as we first feared. The scans and things proved that. So it's just a case of rehab now and getting it right before I come back. There's always a lot of hard work to be done both on and off the pitch and it is a frustrating time. But there's not a lot that I can do about that. I've got to keep my head right, keep the morale up in the changing room and make sure everything is just right for when I come back."

Phil is now going through a structured programme to regain his fitness with club physio Glen Schmidt and he added: "Hopefully (I will be back) in the next two weeks. The rehab is going well - I've just started rehab in the last couple of days. So I am working hard with Glen in the gym. Hopefully before long I'll be jogging, then kicking a ball, then doing my fitness work, and then I'll be back in training, hopefully sooner rather than later."

The striker also agreed that the club were unfortunate to have so many current injuries but said he hoped that some of his team-mates would return before the end of the season adding: "It's an important time of the season as well. We are going into the last ten games with everything to play for. It's a bit of a relegation battle, and so every play is vital and every player needs to play their part. So it's important that when they do come back that they are ready to come back and do well for the team, rather than be rushed back. We've got a good physio here and I'm sure he will do his best."


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9 March 2006 : Yeovil Players Guest On ITV
Three Yeovil Town players are spread across the two versions of Soccer Night tonight, which is broadcast on regional ITV. The West Country (Plymouth) region features Terry Skiverton and Nathan Jones on the programme, whilst Scott Guyett will be appearing on the Bristol-based ITV West version, joined by former Torquay United manager Leroy Rosenior. Take your pick of the pair at 11.30pm tonight.


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9 March 2006 : Thommo signs two more on loan
Glovers boss Steve Thompson has signed up 2 more players on loan to counteract the effect of injury on his rapidly diminishing squad. As flagged beforehand (see March 8th news item), 18 year old Portsmouth midfielder Marc Wilson has now signed on loan for a month and will be available for selection for Saturday's 6-pointer v Swindon at Huish Park.

Thommo has also moved to provide cover in the goalkeeper's position, bringing in another 18 year old on a month's loan, this time from Arsenal. Michael Jordan is a promising keeper who has signed professional terms at Highbury after coming through the youth system there. He's made 3 appearances for the reserve side and been named in the full Arsenal squad once, for a League cup tie v Everton.

Good luck to both Marc and Michael in their time at Huish Park.


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9 March 2006 : Gulls appoint saviour
Poor Torquay United fans! Bottom of League 2, no money, and rapidly running out of hope of avoiding relegation to the Conference. Highly regarded former manager Leroy Rosenior left in January, former Exeter boss John Cornforth was appointed in his place on the back of a couple of decent results as temporary caretaker manager but reality has set in since and with the Gulls on a run of 5 games without a win chairman Mike Bateson has stepped in to steady the sinking ship - by bringing in former Bristol Rovers boss Ian Atkins as Football Advisor, with responsibilty for picking the team.

"We're clearly in a serious situation, one that John (Cornforth) isn't familiar with, and I'm not awfully familiar with, and it needs specialist help," Bateson told BBC Radio Devon today. Ciderspace concurs, Mr Atkins has extensive experience in relegating teams and we can think of no-one better to take on the task of preparing the Gulls for life in the Conference. At least they'll have a proper local derby to look forward to next season.

Footnote: Before we get too carried away laughing at Torquay let's bear in mind that this time last season the Gulls were more or less in the same position that the Glovers currently occupy in League One: Hovering just above the relegation zone. The serious point to be made is that relegation should be avoided at all costs as one never knows what it might lead to. Here endeth today's lesson.


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9 March 2006 : Bromfield dismayed by 'discourteous' club but is told 'no shares for sale'
Michael Bromfield, the local businessman who has offered to purchase all or part of Glovers owner David Webb's shareholding in Yeovil Town FC (see 5th March news item) has attacked club chairman and chief executive John Fry in this week's edition of the Western Gazette over what Mr Bromfield evidently regards as 'a lack of courtesy' in failing to reply to his initial letter to Mr Fry.

"I have been advised my letter was 'a breath of fresh air' by John Fry but have received not even the courtesy of a reply to either my proposals or invitation to meet with David Webb as my guest (in Thailand)," Bromfield told the Gazette. "Clearly there is a problem regard­ing communication with the club and sadly it appears to emanate from the top downwards. Despite repeated calls and text messages to John Fry and even a message sent via the Western Gaz­ette, who I knew were due to talk to him, I have been unable to ascertain if my letter has been passed on by John Fry for his fellow directors and David Webb to read. I have passed on copies of all exchanges to the Western Gaz­ette to verify this statement.

"Although I approached this is­sue with an open mind it appears to me that supporters and the local community have not been given either a clear or accurate picture of David Webb's role at the club. Like many others it was my understanding that David was not joining the board of directors and as a result it would be the board of directors, excluding David, who have a statutory obligation to con­sider all proposals and ap­proaches on behalf of the com­pany and all shareholders, and make recommendations that shareholders may or may not act upon. I have no doubts that a prop­erly-structured board would give my proposals a proper consid­eration and an appropriate reply whether positive, negative or sug­gesting exploratory talks.

"My letter to the club clearly demonstrated I only had the club's best interests at heart. I very much appreciate the multitude of mes­sages of support sent to me dir­ectly and posted on the various web forums. I do not intend to get actively involved in any of the many proposals I have heard re­garding the formation of a fans' consortium other than to state I support such a move in principal and would be happy to attend any meetings and offer advice if asked when I am in the country.

"I can confirm that my interest in acquiring David Webb's share­holding has not diminished one iota, nor will it, as I have no problem in taking a long-term view in regard to this matter. I, of course, accept his right to ignore my approach although I am disappointed at the club's lack of courtesy towards me.

"I have no intention of mount­ing a campaign of carping cri­ticism against either David Webb, who I wish well, nor the club or any of the management team. But like any fan I reserve the right to comment regarding matters of concern and, in particular as far as Yeovil Town is concerned, with the issue of corporate governance."


It seems that Mr Bromfield may well have to take a long-term view if he is ever to acquire ownership of the club - and he may have been a little quick off the mark with his complaint of discourtesy. Club chairman John Fry is quoted in today's paper as saying: "I have sent a message to Mr Bromfield and told him there are no shares on offer to him. I have also put out a press release (see 7th March news item) to end any speculation. The directors who run the club are quite happy with that statement."

Fry went on to say: "There appears to have been some fabrication with the issues that have been discussed over the past couple of weeks and it is causing unwanted distractions. I was out of the office from last Wednesday and if Mr Bromfield had waited until Monday instead of allowing his letter to appear on the internet, we would have replied to him. I am not disrespecting the guy and his proposal. He can come and see me and we can speak about his proposal.

"Under the current regime we have won four trophies, we are financially secure compared to most other clubs in our position and we have a big future ahead of us - so what is the problem? The future of the club is in hand."


One factual inaccuracy in Mr Fry's statement above needs to be cleared up. Mr Bromfield did not "allow" his letter to appear on the internet, he was informed by Ciderspace as a matter of courtesy that we were intending to publish it once it had come into our hands. His permission was not sought nor offered - we published it as a matter of interest and concern for all YTFC supporters.


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9 March 2006 : Ciderpace Match Report : Yeovil Town vs Brentford
The Ciderspace Match Report for Tuesday night's game against Brentford that saw the Glovers lose 2-1 can be found here. The report also features a special statistical spotlight on Terry Skiverton.


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8 March 2006 : Chesterfield MOTM result
Surprise surprise, hat-trick hero Arron Davies was voted as YTFC Man of the Match against Chesterfield by Ciderspace and mailing list users.

Full results can be found at the foot of the match report.

To vote for your YTFC Man of the Match in last night's 2-1 loss against Brentford, click here.


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8 March 2006 : Got an itch... Can't sit still
Now then, does anyone remember the 'bigger club' that a certain Mr Michael McIndoe headed off to in the summer of 2003? McIndoe went north to Doncaster Rovers after handing in a transfer request at Huish Park - apparently he couldn't stay anywhere for more than two seasons without becoming too big for the club.

Well, lets give the Scottish B man a round of applause, this time round he made it 3 seasons at a club!! 3 whole seasons, and then it all became a bit too much. McIndoe today handed in ANOTHER transfer request, citing that "after three years at Rovers he can no longer give his best and needs a new challenge".

A Doncaster statement read: "Obviously Michael wants to play at a higher level and feels this is an opportunity for him to put himself in the shop window. The club is disappointed with these events and had hoped that Michael would play at a higher level with us."

Donny, like the Glovers before them, have wasted no time in removing the negative feeling at the club. McIndoe has been packed off to Championship side Derby County on loan. With a year left on his contract he'll doubtless be sold on in the summer, if a permanent buyer can be found - and Yeovil do have a sell-on clause in place we understand. In the meantime, as soon as his head doesn't fit through the doors at Pride Park, we'll let you know.


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8 March 2006 : Interview With Steve Collis
Steve Collis spoke exclusively George Murray and Martin Baker after returning to first team following the injury sustained to Chris Weale in the impressive 3-0 win at Chesterfield. Collis himself picked up a knock during the 2-1 defeat to high-flying Brentford but should be fit for Saturday’s all-important match at Huish Park against Swindon Town.

The 24-year-old keeper said: "I think as I caught the ball I got a little knock and my calf just cramped up. I was in quite a bit of pain so we will have to see how that goes in the next couple of days. Hopefully I will be fine - it just needs ice and a bit of rest. Hopefully I will be back to training on Thursday. I have got a rest day tomorrow."

Read the full interview with Steve Collis by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.


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8 March 2006 : Reserve Game Postponed
This afternoon's Reserve Team match against Swansea City was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at St Helen's Stadium. No new date for this game has been set.


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8 March 2006 : Rhodes returns to haunt Glovers
There was more frustration for the Glovers and fans at Huish Park last night with promotion-seeking Brentford taking all 3 points in a 2-1 win. To add insult to injury Kevin Amankwaah was added to the ever-growing list of walking wounded when he was stretchered off in the first half with ankle ligament damage and is now expected to be out for around 3 weeks.

In a match that was a microcosm of our season to date the Glovers battled well against the high-flying Bees but were stung (sorry!) by a soft opening goal and then failed to take some very presentable chances themselves. Brentford's opener came from an innocuous-appearing freekick awarded just inside the visitor's half after 10 minutes - a long hopeful punt forward, 2 headers won by attacking players and the ball was in Steve Collis's net from an Isaiah Rankin effort with the defence asking each other who was supposed to be marking who. Yeovil recovered well from that early setback and began pushing forward, Kevin Amankwaah in particular linking up well with Andy Lindegaard down the right, and it was from one of Amankwaah's galloping runs that the equaliser eventually came. The former BCUTR defender was fouled on the very edge of the Brentford penalty box after breaking clear with the ball - a foul which was to lead to Amankwaah being stretchered off a few minutes later. Nathan Jones's cross was met by Glovers captain Terry Skiverton who nodded in his 5th goal of the season to make it 1-1.

After ending the first half very much on top the Glovers lost the initiative at the start of the second half and for the first 20 minutes were bombarded by a succession of corners, free-kicks and crosses from a rampant Bees attack. A goal looked inevitable and it was no surprise to anyone in the ground when subsitute and former Yeovil target Alex Rhodes made it 2-1 from one of those corners on 58 minutes. To Yeovil's credit they refused to lie down and came right back at the Bees, exerting some good pressure themselves towards the end and creating several excellent chances for Arron Davies, only to be denied by some outstanding goalkeeping, Stuart Nelson the Brentford custodian. The Glovers deserved to get something from this game from their overall play but as so often this season a combination of slightly wayward finishing and a lapse or two in defence meant that the opposition took all 3 points on offer.

Final score Yeovil Town 1 - 2 Brentford. A full match report will be online later.

Injury news: As reported above Kevin Amankwaah has damaged ankle ligaments and will be out for at least 3 weeks. Steve Collis gave everyone a scare late in the second half when he received treatment for a leg injury but it turned out to be nothing more than cramp and he will be fit for Saturday's crunch match with Swindon; which is just as well as Chris Weale is a real doubt with a badly bruised knee. Francisco Ramos will again provide back-up if necessary. Good-ish news for Anthony Barry: His dislocated kneecap has now been assessed and it appears he's been fortunate in having little ligament damage. He's still expected to be out for the rest of the season, but it could have been a lot worse by all accounts.

In the other game taking place in League One last night fellow strugglers Swindon lost 2-1 at home in their 6-pointer against Tranmere at the County Ground. Tranmere go up to the dizzy heights of 12th in the league table, 3 points ahead of the Glovers who remain 17th, on 41 points. Swindon stay in 22nd place, on 38 points. Brentford move up to 2nd place on goal difference, 6 points behind leaders Southend but with 2 games in hand on the Shrimpers.


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8 March 2006 : Ramos Stays On Standby
Substitute goalkeeper Francisco Ramos will remain on stand-by for Saturday's match against Swindon Town as doubts remain about Chris Weale's knee bruising that he sustained at Chesterfield on Saturday. The Portuguese player has been training at Huish Park since last season whilst doubling up playing for Bridgwater Town but Thommo is happy to use him if he needs him again in the coming weekend game.

Steve explained: "He (Ramos) trains with the club, and obviously (Youth Team keeper) Danny Barker's injury has made it a bit difficult. We have got two very good goalkeepers but one (Chris Weale) is injured and I'm not sure how long that is going to be for. I'll see the situation before deciding whether we need to bring anyone else in. Steve Collis again showed some good saves tonight (Tuesday against Brentford) and he is a very good keeper. Ramos was available tonight if required and I thought he was going to be needed when Steve went down after 70 minutes, but obviously Steve was able to continue."


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8 March 2006 : Wilson Set To Sign On Loan
Glovers boss Steve Thompson says he hopes to land Portsmouth midfielder Marc Wilson on loan today if he completes 90 minutes in a Reserve Team match being played at St Helens Rugby and Cricket Stadium today (kick-off 1.30pm) against Swansea City. Steve said that he had already made up his mind on the player when speaking after last night's game.

The Yeovil manager explained: "He is playing tomorrow (Wednesday versus Swansea) and I would think we are going to sign him on loan. We were going to do it today but I couldn't get hold of Harry Redknapp. But he will come along, play tomorrow and I think we will probably do it straight after. He's only eighteen-and-a-half, but he's got an old head on young shoulders. Let's not rule an eighteen-and-a-half year old out because I thought Chris Cohen was absolutely awesome tonight. He had an awesome performance and Chris has only just turned nineteen."


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8 March 2006 : Thommo's Verdict On The Brentford Game
Glovers boss Steve Thompson preferred to look at the positives after seeing his side beaten 2-1 at home to promotion-chasing Brentford at Huish Park last night. The result moved the Bees up to second place in the table and Steve believed that bar one period of the game during which Brentford scored their winner, that the Glovers more than matched them. Steve answered the following questions after the game:

Qu: Steve during the last 15 minutes you came very close to gaining an equaliser. Do you think you came close to gaining a point there?

ST: I think you're not doing us a favour there - I'd say the last 25 minutes. We were under the cosh during the first 15 minutes of the second half but the way we responded was magnificent. We created five or six great chances. I've just had a long chat with the lads and I'm proud of the players. It's hard to be proud when you lose a game but my players gave me everything tonight and I thought we deserved something from the game - if not the win. I felt we had the clearer cut chances. But that game is gone now and I have to look forward to the next one now.

Qu: Your bad luck started early when Kevin Amankwaah had to go off. Is that quite a serious injury?

ST: Yes, it's ankle ligament damage and I would have thought it would be a minimum of three weeks out. That's par for the course at the moment, but it's no use me bleating about it.

Qu: They are stacking up for you which makes it very testing for your squad.

ST: You just said it! There are a lot of injuries at the moment.

Qu: Do you think that Brentford won the game during that spell just after half time when they seemed to have about 16 corners.

ST: Well it did - they won the game because they scored during that spell. But we should have scored in our spell. You always win the game somewhere if you win the game. They might not have scored in that spell, but instead nicked one at the end. You can win games in lots of different ways. Sorry if I am making that question sound like it's an irrelevant question. If you win a game or you lose a game you look at the reasons. And in the first 15 minutes of the second half it was certainly a hard time for us where they put us under the cosh and I suppose concentration is harder to keep up on the sixth or seventh corner and they eventually found the opening. It's not good to be under that amount of pressure.

Qu: Arron Davies will probably be a bit disappointed won't he, because he had the pick of the chances.

ST: Yes, he did. I thought he played very well again. He has played fantastically for two games. But the keeper saved the chances tonight. I don't think he missed the target. All three were on target including the one he had right at the end with the volley. All three were on target and all three were well saved by the keeper.

Qu: So there were some positives, the crowd gave an ovation at the end and Brentford are obviously a team in form yet you kept up with them particularly in the first half and at the end of the second half.

ST: Yes there are a lot of positives. Like I've said, we arguably deserved to win the game. If you look through the chances, I thought we had more clear-cut chances than them. That's not to say Brentford didn't have a few. They are a good team and they showed that tonight.

Qu: Every match is vital but the match on Saturday against Swindon is huge now isn't it?

ST: Yes, they are all huge though aren't they. I hate using cliches but the next one is the most important one and that's Swindon at home. If we play like we did tonight, we've got every chance of winning the game.

Qu: Martin Allen says he doesn't look at the table. Do you look at the table or tell your players to keep away from the table?

ST: I don't tell my players to not look at the table. I tend not to look at it too much. I spend all my time looking at the reports we get on the teams and thinking about my training sessions - not looking at league tables.


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7 March 2006 : Thommo Hopes For Wilson Stay
Glovers boss Steve Thompson has said he is hoping to gain permission from Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp to use central midfielder Marc Wilson in a Reserve Team match against Swansea City tomorrow afternoon (see two stories from earlier today).

Thommo urgently needs replacements for the injured duo of Anthony Barry and Tommy Doherty who both failed to finish Saturday's match at Chesterfield.

Speaking to today's Western Daily Press, Steve explained: "Marc did reasonably well today and I'm going to ask Harry if I can play him in Wednesday's reserve game at Swansea. If he does well in that game I would certainly look to bring him in for Saturday's match with Swindon. Centre-midfield is a position where I definitely need to bring someone in - definitely one and possibly two."

Anyone looking for any clues as to where a second player might come from should be aware that Steve was in the West Midlands last night watching a Premiership Reserve match between West Bromwich Albion and Bolton Wanderers.

Latest news on the injured duo is that Tommy Doherty is awaiting the results of a scan on his leg, but is bracing himself for three or four weeks out which will effectively terminate his loan period with the Glovers. Meanwhile Anthony Barry is seeing club surgeon Graham Smibert shortly, who is to advise him of the severity of his injury and how the recuperation of his joint can begin to take place. General unofficial opinion though is that Barry is not expected to play again this season.


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7 March 2006 : Yeovil Town v Brentford match preview
The Glovers entertain high-flying Brentford at Huish Park this evening in a league fixture rearranged after the original was postponed from the 18th of February because of the Bees involvement in the FA Cup. The teams have already met once this season, Brentford being somewhat fortunate to come out on top with a 3-2 win at Griffin Park in December.

Brentford arrive at Huish Park needing a win this evening to maintain their charge for automatic promotion. They are currently 6th in the league table, 9 points behind leaders Southend, but have 3 games in hand over those teams around them, including the Shrimpers. Three wins will put them joint top then and they will undoubtedly be seeing tonight's game as an opportunity to add to their points tally. Their away record overall is excellent having won 7, drawn 5 and lost just the 3 on the road. However after selling Dudley Campbell to Birmingham in the transfer window goals haven't been quite so easy to come by for the Bees and they've failed to score in their last 2 league games. Players to look out for include defender and former Yeovil triallist Sam Sodje, Efe's brother, who is said to be a target for several Premiershp clubs in the summer. One that got away! Look out too for pacy winger Alex Rhodes - another former Glovers triallist who got away - fit again after 4 months out with knee ligament damage. Brentford will come into tonight's game with no injury problems and relatively fresh after their fixture with Gillingham was one of those postponed last Saturday; but for those of you who like omens, because of that postponment this is the Bees first game since it was announced that boss Martin Allen was February's League One Manager of the Month - and we all know what happens to teams after their manager wins that accolade!

Yeovil's injury problems are, in contrast to tonight's visitors, well-documented. Midfielders Tommy Doherty and Anthony Barry are of course out, and goalkeeper Chris Weale also misses out because of a badly bruised knee - Wealey could miss Saturday's derby v Swindon as well. Leading scorer Phil Jevons is still at least a fortnight away from a recall with ankle ligament damage. On the plus side defender Kevin Amankwaah and midfielder Paul Terry are fit to play after recovering from knocks sustained in Saturday's 3-0 win at Chesterfield and winger/strikerKevin Gall has recovered from the groin injury that kept him out of the win at Saltergate.

"If we can play as well as we did on Saturday we will have a decent chance," Glovers boss Steve Thompson told the club's official site today. "Obviously I will have to make three changes but the spirit in the dressing room is brilliant no matter who comes into the team. We have twelve matches left but seven of those are at home and we must build on Saturday's win at Chesterfield with another good performance tonight. The support our supporters give us at home is always like a twelfth man to the lads and I know it will be no different tonight."

Selected betting odds: Yeovil win - 13/8; draw - 9/4; Brentford win - 11/8. Our recommendation: It's no surprise to see the visitors installed as favourites tonight given their away record but after the sheer guts and balls shown by the lads in adversity at Chesterfield on Saturday then how could our fiver go anywhere but on a home win this evening? Record so far this season: £+11.67p. Back in the black!


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7 March 2006 : Fry Praises Chesterfield Win
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has praised those who played their part in Saturday's excellent 3-0 win at Saltergate against Chesterfield. Fry gave his backing to manager Steve Thompson and assistant Kevin Hodges to secure the 10-12 points that the club theoretically needs to ensure League One football is played at Huish Park next season.

Speaking to the official site, Fry explained: "The effort and commitment was an inspiration to everybody and I feel sure that this group of players and our management team will secure our future in this division."


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7 March 2006 : Chairman Fry Plans To Lengthen Stay
Yeovil Town club chairman John Fry has put forward a proposal for him to lengthen his 13 year stay at Huish Park by two more years as both Chairman and Chief Executive. The proposals are to be heard by the full Board of Directors later in the month.

Speaking to the official site Fry explained: "I am committed to the Directors and the majority shareholder's vision for this club. Yeovil Town must continue its progress towards Championship football at Huish Park. The plans to develop the football and the 26 acre site at Huish Park have been outlined to me and will provide an exciting future. After 13 years of success as Chairman and Chief Executive at Huish Park I would like to be a part of this challenge and will be offering my services as Chairman/Chief Executive for the next two years. I hope this will be approved by the Directors later this month."

Fry has also indicated that the board is likely to be expanded in the near future with two additional directors being appointed to the board. Ciderspace's expectation is that these will either be non-shareholding or minor shareholding directors at the club, with club owner David Webb unlikely to be amongst their numbers, although it is quite possible the appointments may be selected or vetted by him. Given the direction the club plans to take with off-the-field developments, it would be no surprise if Fry's targets were for personnel with specific experience in the management of such projects.

Fry explained: "We already have four supporter directors John Fry, David Cox, Stephen Allinson and Paul Sargent who are doing an exceptional job. However, I feel we need further expertise to assist me with the new developments and I shall be recommending to my colleagues two additional non-executive directors. The plans outlined are as exciting and committed as the team's performance at Chesterfield on Saturday. This club has a big future in the Coca Cola League and under the right stewardship is more than capable, with skill and determination, to herald in another sustained period of success at Yeovil Town Football Club."

Ciderspace has recently been critical of some of the statements coming out of the club over the last weeks, believing them to be detrimental to the relationship between the club and its supporters. However, we strongly welcome the club getting back on track towards more positive newscasts and look forward to Mr Fry putting more 'meat on the bones' towards the club's development plans in the future. Any plans that allow the club to expand its business long term whilst also safeguarding its current position as a League One club will be welcomed if they can reach fruition.


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7 March 2006 : Onwards And Upwards Says Skivo
Yeovil Town club captain Terry Skiverton believes the club should be looking upwards towards midtable safety rather than worrying about relegation. He believes the club are still in a position where they could achieve an impressive finish in the club's first ever season at League One level.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol today, the central defender said: "Make no bones about it, we've still got a great chance of getting ourselves to a good position in the league. We are not looking over our shoulders and worrying about things. We want to go out and get some points now rather than having to wait until the end of the season and start falling away from everyone else. We're still in a good position. If we were at the bottom and maybe eight points from safety then we would start to worry but it is so tight. We need to get ourselves a few results and if we do, we can really kick on from there."


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7 March 2006 : Reserves At Swansea Tomorrow
Yeovil Town's Reserve Team are playing at Swansea City tomorrow, according to today's Western Daily Press.

The match has been brought forward from Tuesday 14th March, due to the club's Somerset Premier Cup match against Clevedon Town on the same night. It will take place at the St Helen's Rugby and Cricket stadium in Mumbles Road in Swansea, kick-off 1.30pm.

Update: Details above now confirmed by YTFC. Note the slightly earlier kick-off time.


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7 March 2006 : Pompey Midfielder Revealed
The mystery midfielder training at Huish Park yesterday has been revealed by this morning's Western Daily Press to be Portsmouth central midfielder Marc Wilson.

Wilson was born on 17th August 1987 and has represented various Northern Ireland sides at junior level, but has recently switched to south of the border and has become a member of the Republic Of Ireland Under 18s squad. He plays regularly for Portsmouth's Reserve side.

Early indications are positive that Thommo can persuade the 18 year old and his boss Harry Redknapp to stay in South Somerset for the next 48 hours so the club can continue to take a close look at him.

More on this later in the day.


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6 March 2006 : 1,700 Tickets Sold, And Counting
With just under two weeks to go Yeovil Town has sold out the East Stand allocation of 1,400 at the Fitness First Stadium (Dean Court), and sales have now moved on to the South Stand, with 300 more going there so far. The South Stand is another of those temporary structures that travelling Yeovil fans are getting more and more used to in League One. It has finally given the stadium a fourth side, and holds 1,100.

Tickets are on open sale, but must be bought from Huish Park ahead of match day - this is an ALL TICKET game. For those yet to purchase a reminder of prices :

AFC Bournemouth : Adults £17.00, Concessions (Over 65 and Students) £9.00, Juniors (Under 16) £7.00.

Disabled fans get into The Fitness First Stadium (Dean Court) for free. One helper / carer per disabled fan is also entitled to free entry. E-mail The Cherries on tickets@afcb.co.uk or phone their Ticket Office on 01202 726303. You can have the tickets posted out, or arrange to pick them up on the day from the dedicated 'Special Needs' steward Phillip Tyrell.

Although home tickets are selling pretty well AFC Bournemouth are reluctant to predict a sell out, but are confident of breaking the current record at the redeveloped stadium of 9,222 (versus Nottingham Forest), and hopeful of breaking the 10,000 barrier.

Currently only a point apart in the table, The Cherries and The Glovers face each other on Saturday 18th March, kick-off 3.00 p.m.

The Ciderspace guide to AFC Bournemouth can be found here.


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6 March 2006 : Arron In Team Of The Week
Even if there had been a full schedule of matches those that saw it would have been rooting for the performance of Arron Davies to make the League One Team of the Week. Apart from the small matter of scoring his first senior hat-trick Arron was on fire throughout the game. In our opinion Arron's best ever game to date in a Yeovil shirt. The full line-up is :

Jan Budtz - Doncaster Rovers
Louis Carey - Bristol City
Neil Austin - Barnsley
Nathan Clarke - Huddersfield Town
Dave Mulligan - Doncaster Rovers
Arron Davies - Yeovil Town
Kevin Maher - Southend United
Andy Robinson - Swansea City
Leon Britton - Swansea City
Freddy Eastwood - Southend United
Ross McCormack - Doncaster Rovers


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6 March 2006 : Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town Match Report
Better late than never, the Ciderspace match report on the much needed victory at Saltergate can be read here.

Those wishing to vote for the MOTM - without giving too many secrets away one Arron Davies is currently leading by more than a slight margin - are reminded that, with the next match versus Brentford being on Tuesday evening, the poll for Saturday's game will be closing sooner than usual : late tonight or early tomorrow morning in fact. Vote via the match report link, or directly here.


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6 March 2006 : Pompey Midfielder In For Training
Glovers boss Steve Thompson is having a look at an unnamed Portsmouth midfielder this afternoon according to the Glovers official site. What isn't clear is whether this is in addition to, or instead of Thommo's plans to watch a Premiership Reserve game today.

Tonight's Premiership Reserve League fixtures include WBA vs Bolton, Arsenal vs Fulham, Chelsea vs Coventry and Tottenham vs West Ham. If Thommo was referring to the Reserve League itself rather than the teams involved, then Leicester City vs Norwich and Watford vs Southampton are also of relevance tonight.


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6 March 2006 : McFarland At A Loss To Explain
Chesterfield boss Roy McFarland vented his fury on his side after they lost 3-0 to Yeovil Town on Saturday, and ordered them in for training on Sunday morning. The Chesterfield side had been sunning themselves in the Costa Del Sol, but McFarland was unimpressed by the way his players repaid him for the four days off training.

"I apologise to the supporters because we deserved all the criticism we got, during and after the game," McFarland admitted. "In a match you usually get one or two or perhaps three players not quite up to their normal game - we probably had ten players who were off the pace. I've never seen so many players off like that before. We were poor all over the pitch and it's not acceptable. Since I've been here, that's the worst performance we've had by far. We didn't turn up. Yeovil deserved the points without a doubt. We were poor all over the pitch. What was disappointing was that we gave them chances. I've never seen us so poor in terms of our defending, not only for the goals we gave away but for other chances we gave them. If Carl Muggleton hasn't been there it might have been a rout."

McFarland added: "A lot of our problems were self-inflicted. All I can do is apologise. I can't explain it. We were very, very poor, totally off the pace and gave them two goals at the end. Goalkeeper) Carl Muggleton is the only one who emerges from this with any credit - the rest were very poor. It's obvious the trip to the Costa del Sol has not worked. The crowd were very disappointed and I apologise to them."


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6 March 2006 : Inaugural Football League Awards
Last night saw the inaugural Football League Awards ceremony held at The London Hilton, though as a Yeovil fan you wouldn't have known it. The Glovers received.....no nominations, and therefore won.....nothing. Though they did make an appearance being on the wrong end of the Goal of the Year award - Stefan Oakes' strike for Notts County from the halfway line at Huish Park in March last year picking up the accolade.

The League 1 Player of the Year Award went to Swansea's Lee Trundle, while the Best Ground - voted for by away fans - went to Hull City's Kingston Communications Stadium, a result that many Yeovil fans would agree with following our trip to the Humber in November 2003.

The Player of the Year Awards went to the highest ranked players from each division in FourFourTwo's Top 50 League Players. While the Young Player of the Year Award went to the highest ranked under-21.

The full list of award winners are as follows:

The Championship Player of the Year: Phil Jagielka (Sheffield United)

League 1 Player of the Year: Lee Trundle (Swansea City)

League 2 Player of the Year: Karl Hawley (Carlisle United)

Young Player of the Year: David Nugent (Preston North End)

Young Apprentice award for the Championship: Lewin Nyatanga (Derby
County)

Top League 1 Apprentice: Scott Golbourne (Bristol City - now Reading)

Top League 2 Apprentice: Ikechi Anya (Wycombe Wanderers)

Goal of the Year: Stefan Oakes for Notts County v Yeovil Town (now Wycombe Wanderers)

Most Admired League Club: Crewe Alexandra

Industry Awards:

Community Club of the Year: Brentford

Fan of the Year: Jeff Hall (Chesterfield)

Best Club Sponsorship: Norwich City

Best Club Marketing Campaign: Preston North End

Best Kit Design: Leyton Orient

Programme of the Year: Crystal Palace

Best Club Website: Nottingham Forest

Contribution to Football Award: Gerry Murphy (Huddersfield Town)

Best Ground: Hull City (Kingston Communications Stadium)

Good Sport Award: Lee Bullen (Sheffield Wednesday)


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6 March 2006 : Interview With Arron Davies And Paul Terry
Arron Davies and Paul Terry both spoke to the press immediately after the 3-0 away win at Saltergate. Davies, who scored his first hat-trick for the Glovers on Saturday, pointed out just how important the win was to help kick-start the final quarter of the season’s fixtures.

The former Southampton player said: "It is a kick start. We felt in recent weeks that we have been playing well but haven’t been getting the results that we deserve but we can’t keep saying it. Hopefully we can kick on. It is a big game on Tuesday and on Saturday at home."

Read the full interview with Arron Davies and Paul Terry by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.


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5 March 2006 : Medics Corner : Dislocated Knees
For those wondering what happens when you dislocate a knee, as midfielder Anthony Barry did at yesterday's 3-0 win against Chesterfield, outline details from an online medical encyclopedia are shown below. Obviously situations can vary according to individual cases and Anthony's situation will no doubt become more clear in the next few days.

If you are particularly squeamish, we do not recommend you read further! Generic details for a dislocated knee are as follows:

What is a dislocated knee?

In a dislocation of the knee, the bones in the knee are displaced. When they are displaced they do not fit together correctly. For this to occur, many ligaments must be torn. Ligament are strong bands of tissue that connect one bone to another.

How does it occur?

Your knee can be dislocated from:
a) twisting the body while the feet are fixed
b) hitting the knee (front, back, or side) very hard
c) hyperextending the leg (hyperextension is increasing the angle of the knee joint past its normal range of motion).

Immediate Treatment

The doctor will try to manipulate the knee joint back into its correct position. This is done more easily soon after injury. If there has been a delay in getting medical attention, the doctor may give you anesthesia before moving your knee back in place because of pain and muscle spasms.

In some cases emergency surgery is necessary. The doctor will perform surgery under these conditions:

a) You have no pulse at the ankle.
b) The artery at the back of the knee joint is injured.
c) The bones cannot be moved back into correct position.
d) The skin is cut and the bone is exposed.

The doctor will usually put your knee in a splint for the first few weeks. Then, depending on your injury, the doctor may choose to begin early range-of-motion exercises or may choose to put the knee back in a splint for a few more weeks. You may have to do exercises for your quadriceps (thigh muscles above the knee) to prevent losing strength in your leg.

Often there is damage to the ligaments and cartilage of the knee after a dislocation. You may need surgery to repair or reconstruct the ligaments.

How long will the effects last?

The effects vary from person to person. Recovery depends on the extent of the injury, particularly on how many ligaments are torn and whether there has been nerve or artery damage.


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5 March 2006 : Thommo's Verdict On The Chesterfield Game
Glovers boss Steve Thompson said he was "very proud" after an "absolutely magnificent" performance against Chesterfield yesterday that saw his side gain a 3-0 win at Saltergate. Speaking immediately after the game, Steve answered the following questions. It should be noted that a more up to date injury report on Anthony Barry and Tommy Doherty can be found earlier today:

Qu: Steve, what a difference a week makes! You took your chances today, got three points and it was a good performance all-round.

ST: I thought the players were absolutely magnificent. I can't state how absolutely magnificent I thought they were today. We've had two nasty injuries there in the first half, and that is the character that they have shown all week. On Tuesday we went down to Lympstone (Royal Marine Commando Training Centre) and I looked at these players and thought they will do for me! They were doing things that you would have to see to believe. Today I thought they were just as magnificent as they were on Tuesday. I'm so pleased for everyone because we have worked hard. It's been coming. I'm sure that if you asked the Blackpool, Port Vale and Bradford managers that they would say that we were very unlucky not to win those games. I've been saying that whilst we've been losing and it makes it easier for me to say that now that we've won a game 3-0. I know that's not the be-all and end-all, or that we're safe or anything like that. But we should have won other games and it's been a combination of poor luck and poor finishing. Other little things have contrived to stop us from doing that. But first it's fantastic to get a win, secondly it's fantastic to keep a clean sheet and thirdly and most importantly of all, it's fantastic to see character like that from the players all week.

Qu: It was an unfamiliar pairing of Harrold and Davies but it certainly paid dividends with a great hat-trick for Arron Davies.

ST: Fantastic - I'm so pleased for Arron. We've played him up front a couple of times before such as at Swansea and he did alright at Swansea. Arron can play up front. He's got pace, and he strikes the ball as well as anyone at the club as you saw from that second goal there today. I'm really pleased for him. He's not only a very good player, he's a great lad as well. I hope now that if Arron only gains one thing from today's game, I hope it is that he believes in himself more, because we believe in him and I think that he needs to believe in himself more.

Qu: A word for Matt Harrold as well, because he's only just come back from injury and I thought he was outstanding.

ST: Magnificent. He played a great target man role for us. The pair of them were great as were all eleven players, in fact the thirteen that played today were all absolutely magnificent.

Qu: When Tommy Doherty went down today injured after just nine minutes you must have been thinking what have I done to deserve this sort of luck? What sort of injury has he picked up?

ST: Well it looks like it is a repeat of his fibula injury. Obviously we fear the worst. I am obviously devastated for Anthony Barry who has been an absolute credit to the club both on and off the field since he came here. For a 19 year old lad he has shown such maturity in the way that he has mixed with the players and in the way that he has gone about his job on the pitch and to get a dislocated knee is terrible. I'm more emotional today partly because it's the first win in a while but also partly because of Anthony's injury. I know how much the players have deserved that win. It's probably the most emotional that I have been and I am totally devastated for Anthony. I just want him to get the best medical treatment possible to get him back because it is a nasty injury.

Qu: But you're a proud man tonight - I can see it in your eyes.

ST: I am very proud of the players. I am upset for Anthony and Doc, but proud of the players.

Qu: A word for the fans as well - it's a long way to come on a cold afternoon and you could forgive them given some of the disappointment of the last few weeks for deciding not to make the trip but they came in numbers again and they were fantastic throughout weren't they?

ST: They were fantastic. The regular away fans have shared with us the agonies at Port Vale and Blackpool. I've had some nice letters from them and words of encouragement saying that we should have won both games. They share in the emotion of the moment as well - of course they do. They could also see how emotional all the players were at the end as well. This win has been a while in coming and in all honesty it should have come sooner. Why it hasn't, I won't go into that, because we've documented all of that before. But now we need to use that as a stepping stone. That isn't the job done. It was a magnificent job done today in difficult circumstances but we need to move on now from there.

Qu: The defence was solid as well - apart from a header in the first half I don't think Chesterfield had a clear sight on goal.

ST: All thirteen players were absolutely magnificent and that includes the Doc who was only on the field for about 10 minutes. Even he did very well during that ten minutes. I can't ask for any more - not at all.

Qu: How much of a boost was it having Terry Skiverton back there again organising things?

ST: A massive boost. He is a top player and a top character as well and that rubs off on people. From staff, to players, to fans, that rubs off on everyone.

Qu: And up front, Phil Jevons might have a job getting back in the side when he is fit again now!

ST: I want Phil Jevons fit as soon as possible. Phil Jevons is a great finisher and I want him fit as soon as possible. But I can tell you now that he is out for a minimum of three weeks with the injury he has got. Obviously the two midfielders are out now for a long time now. So there is work to be done straight away on the coach on the way back now. It may need phone calls and things like that. Obviously we need to go on now and maybe search for a central midfielder because I get the feeling that these two are out for a long time. I know Anthony is out for a long time and I have a feeling that Tommy Doherty may be out for a while as well.

Qu: Are you still looking for another striker, or have Davies and Harrold eased that a little bit?

ST: It certainly makes me not want to get on the phone at half-past-five and do that. But Jevo is out. Gally is back on Tuesday. The reason why Gally wasn't involved today was that he hasn't trained all week. He came into training yesterday and I watched him in training at Derby County yesterday afternoon and he didn't look quite as sharp and chirpy as he usually is, so I've got him to come back in and I've also got Danny Webb and Pablo. But that is not to say that if I find a striker who becomes available that I think can help us that I won't do that. But all the plaudits today should go to the team and if we are talking about strikers then Matty and Arron are the ones. I'm really proud of them and there's not much more I can say about them than that! I am really proud of the whole set-up today - the fans, the players - it's been a long time coming and now we've got that win we have to move on from it.

Qu: What was Gall's problem specifically?

ST: He injured himself when he came off at Blackpool! He was so disappointed at missing the three chances at Blackpool that he kicked the dugout as he came off and he injured himself! Talk about bad luck - he kicked the dug-out and injured his groin as well. It's something that we've kept quiet but it shows you just how disappointed he was at missing those chances last week. But it will be good to have him available again. The lads have put in a lot of effort today and an unbelievable amount of effort and to have Kevin Gall's athleticism available to me on Tuesday will be very important.

Qu: You've been under a lot of pressure in the past few weeks, as have the players - and there a lot of emotional release at the end of the game wasn't there?

ST: Yes, it's pressure. What makes it even worse is when it's games that you should have won. When you get beaten by a team and you think 'Wow! They were better than us!' then you can think 'I've done my job there - they were just a better team than us'. At least you can then say that you tried to win. But I haven't felt like that. In the Blackpool, Port Vale and Bradford games I haven't felt like that. Even in the MK Dons game when I felt terrible at the end after that 93rd minute goal. Probably the only game in which I've come off feeling that we deservedly got beat in recent weeks was Southend. I find that easier to accept than having to accept defeats when you shouldn't have been defeated.

Qu: I think you raised a few eyebrows when you decided to take the players off to a Royal Marines training camp at this stage of the season but it's obviously paid off. How big an impact do you think it had?

ST: I think it had an impact. I think the players put themselves so much through the mill on Tuesday. You had to be there to see what they went through. They went through training that the Marines don't usually go through until 20 weeks into training. They had a whole day of that. On Wednesday they were completely and utterly drained. I took them down to the lowest ebb you could have in terms of energy and I've had to be very careful with what we've done this week so that their fuel bottles have gone up and up and up. It paid off, but I am not saying it was a masterstroke or anything because that had been arranged four weeks ago. It wasn't something that I arranged just after the Blackpool game but I think it had an impact. I think they saw what they were capable of and I think they proved what they were capable of today.

Qu: Meanwhile Chesterfield were off in the sun in Spain, so different approaches had different effects. It was cheaper as well!

ST: Yes, it was cheaper but that's not to say I wouldn't like to go off to sun myself in Spain sometime! But we'll just enjoy the win today, nurse our injuries and see what we've got available now for Tuesday. We had the walking wounded at the end and three were injured when they were coming off the field. So there's a lot of work to be done by Glen Schmidt the physio and a lot of work to be done by me and Kevin and a lot of rest to be done tomorrow by the players. We've got a very tough game on Tuesday - we've got Brentford, so there is a lot of work to be done tomorrow and Monday before Tuesday's game.

Qu: Who were the three injuries?

ST: Chris Weale, Paul Terry and Kevin Amankwaah. I'm not sure yet what they are, because I haven't had time to talk about them yet.


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5 March 2006 : Thommo's Reaction To Saltergate Injuries
Glovers manager Steve Thompson has had the journey back from Chesterfield to worry about and digest the two injuries sustained to midfielders Anthony Barry and Tommy Doherty.

Barry’s knee problem is obviously of the most concern, a dislocation can result in months out while the muscle around the joint is rebuilt and strengthened. Doherty’s injury is not confirmed yet, but as Thommo points out, even if it isn’t a recurrence of a fibula injury sustained earlier in the season, the on loan midfielder is set for a spell on the sidelines.

The Yeovil manager said: "I’m absolutely gutted for the lads. Anthony’s was a bad injury and is a real blow after he had settled into the side so well. We don’t know the full extent of Tommy’s leg injury yet but even if it is bruising he will be out for at least three or four weeks."

Thommo has been trying to assess the whole situation and looking at his depleted midfield he will be out scouting for more loans to shore up the gap immediately:

"Kevin Hodges and I will have to step up the hunt for some loan players as we cannot possibly get by with only two centre midfield players. We will be starting with a Premiership Reserve match on Monday. It’s going to be a busy time."


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5 March 2006 : Youth Team Thrash Cirencester
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side clocked up their sixth win on the trot with a 4-0 thrashing of Cirencester in Gloucestershire yesterday. Stuart Housley's side have won every game since the end of November and have scored 24 goals in those last six games. There are no details on scorers at present - hopefully more detail will follow in the next day or two.


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5 March 2006 : EXCLUSIVE : Bromfield's Bid To Buy The Club
A single mistaken letter in an e-mail address can lead to unexpected consequences.

When an automobile parts company in Derbyshire received a communication proposing the purchase of a football club they were doubtless somewhat bemused. The most likely outcome was a quick click on the delete button. However someone took the time and trouble to search for what they thought would be a more interested party to forward said communication to - and so it arrived with Ciderspace.

The copy, which dropped into Ciderspace's in-box on Friday, is of course of huge interest to anyone who follows and supports Yeovil Town. Our immediate opinion, after initial discussions amongst the administrators of the site, was that we wanted to publish. We were mindful that its release may have consequences for good or ill. However those consequences are entirely unpredictable : publication may enhance or it may hinder the prospects of a further change of ownership of the club. That will depend on the reaction of the current owner.

We felt it right, out of courtesy, to forewarn the author, Michael Bromfield, that we had possession of this letter and intended to place it in the public domain. This we have done.

The full text of the letter from Michael Bromfield to the club can be read here.


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4 March 2006 : Davies hat-trick eases relegation worries
An Arron Davies hat-trick gave Yeovil Town a priceless 3 points in a game that the Glovers dominated against Chesterfield at Saltergate this afternoon - but the win came at a heavy price with midfielders Tommy Doherty and Anthony Barry both suffering serious injuries in the first half of the match.

Chesterfield sweated blood to ensure the game went ahead after snow and a severe overnight frost meant that games all around the country were postponed, but they must have been wondering why they bothered after this comprehensive defeat, for which Yeovil were full value. The Glovers had to do it the hard way with recent first-choice strikers Kevin Gall and Phil Jevons both missing through injury and being replaced by Matt Harrold, fit again after a couple of weeks out with an ankle injury, and Arron Davies pressed into action as an emergency centre-forward - and what a inspired choice he was! It got worse before it got better for the Glovers however, losing new loan signing Tommy Doherty on 11 minutes with what appears to be a recurrence of the shin injury that has ruined the Northern Ireland international's season at QPR. Arron Davies gave the visitors a deserved lead on 37 minutes before the Glovers suffered another cruel blow on the stroke of half-time with impressive new signing Anthony Barry being stretchered off with a dislocated kneecap after an awkward-looking fall.

More on the injuries below, but the way the rest of the team responded to the setbacks speaks volumnes about the team spirit manager Steve Thompson has engendered in the side. Yeovil continued to take the game to the home side and finally got the reward their efforts deserved with Davies adding another 2 goals in second half injury-time to put the icing on the cake and ensure that all 3 points were on their way back with the team to Somerset this evening.

Final score: Chesterfield 0 - 3 Yeovil Town. A full match report will be online later.

As reported above, both new signing Anthony Barry and loanee Tommy Doherty suffered serious injuries today. It's a particularly cruel blow to lose Barry with a dislocated kneecap, the 19 year old midfielder has impressed everyone with his performances since his arrival at Huish Park from Accrington in January. It's not known how long he'll be out for as yet and no-one would want to sound unduly gloomy before the facts are known, but a dislocated kneecap is a serious injury and it must be unlikely that he'll return to fitness before the end of the season, but more will be known on this after the weekend. Loan signing Tommy Doherty has evidently suffered a recurrence of the shin injury that has plagued his season up until now, again he will be assessed on Monday and a decision made as to whether his loan period should be brought to an end or not. However long both players are out for Ciderspace wishes them a full recovery as soon as possible - get well soon lads.

Theirs weren't the only misfortunes suffered by Yeovil players today. Chris Weale received extensive treatment for a leg injury during the second half and both Kevin Amankwaah and Paul Terry both received knocks for which they'll receive treatment before Tuesday's important home match v Brentford - it's hoped that all 3 players will be fit for the game. Kevin Gall missed today's game with a groin injury but he too is expected to have recovered in time for the Brentford match. Just to round off what's been a bad day injury-wise, leading scorer Phil Jevons ankle ligament trouble has been diagnosed as severe enough to keep him out for a further 3 weeks. Back on the phone for more loans on Monday, Thommo!

It may have been a bad day for injuries for the Glovers, but results could barely have gone better for us. In fact postponements due to the bad weather meant that our match at Chesterfield was one of only 2 matches involving teams in the bottom half of the table to survive the conditions; the other being the match at Ashton Gate where TBCUTR drew 1-1 with Nottingham Forest. Yeovil move up 4 places to 17th on 41 points, a massive (massive in the context of this extraordinarily tight league table) 3 points away from the relegation zone. All those teams below shuffle down a place with Walsall, Swindon, Rotherham and Franchise FC in the relegation zone. TCBUTR are 13th on 43 points, a mere 2 points ahead of the Glovers but having played 2 games more.

At the top, Southend opened up a 6 point gap on 2nd-placed Huddersfield with an hugely impressive 3-0 win at 5th-placed Colchester, whose own form is slumping badly recently. The Terriers were held at home to a 2-2 draw by improving Doncaster. Barnsley and Swansea cancelled each other out at Oakwell in another 2-2 draw to remain 3rd and 4th respectively.


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4 March 2006 : Morning Report From Saltergate
By phone from a club spokesman as of 09.15 :

Ground staff are currently removing the covers. There's also a blanket of snow on top which they are hopeful provided added insolation. Yesterday the pitch would have been playable by 3.00 p.m., and the forecast is for similar weather today. Of most concern is a thin strip at The Kop end which doesn't get the sun.

Without the new covers the game would definitely have been off, but on the one previous occasion they have used them this season their game went ahead whilst others around were postponed. Whilst the final decision will obviously rest with the referee they are cautiously optimistic the game will go ahead.


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4 March 2006 : Nathan : Chesterfield Will Be A Test Of Character
Glovers left-back Nathan Jones believes today's match against Chesterfield will be a test of character for the team. Saltergate is one of the less fashionable grounds in League One, and like Colchester United today's hosts are not spending too much money on the ground. This is because the Spireites have provisional plans to move to a new stadium meaning that little of their finances are being pushed in the direction of the existing Saltergate ground. As a result, facilities are more at the lower end of the scale for League One football.

Nathan believes that the Glovers will have to work hard to ensure that the surroundings do not influence their performance: "One of the games I looked at during the start of the season was what I believed to be the hardest game of the season. When you go to places like the top teams and places like Swansea, you automatically get lifted for those games because of the stadium and because of the occasion. But Chesterfield is not the nicest place to go in the world. The conditions will not be conducive to any kind of football match. I've been there five times and no matter what time of year you are there, they never are. This was a game that I looked at during the start of the season that I felt would test our character and tell us where we are and it will. It comes at a time where things could go both ways for us really. I've said all that to the players and I believe we are up for it."


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4 March 2006 : The Doctor Is In
Yeovil Town loan signing Tommy Doherty is widely expected to go straight into the starting line-up at Saltergate today to try and give Yeovil Town's side some bite as they try and come back with some points from today's trip to Chesterfield.

'Doc' as he is known throughout the game, signed on loan for 31 days from Thursday, with a view to that period being extended if things work out. Speaking to the Western Daily Press he revealed that he had wasted no time in fitting in: "I've already had a training session with Yeovil and they have some good players from what I can tell. The main thing for me is to get playing football regularly again and start getting some sharpness back, something that is hard to do when you're playing reserve football."

Doherty was signed for his parent club QPR by former Bristol Rovers manager Ian Holloway who has since been fired and he said of his current situation in West London where he has just returned from an injury relating to a bruised shin: "It's been disappointing to see what's happened with Ian because he was the one who took me on. I've got two years after this one on my contract at QPR and the new gaffer (Gary Waddock) has told me I'm in his plans; it's just a case of getting games behind me. I've been back for three or four weeks now from the injury but the manager needs results fast and he's said he can't wait on my fitness just now, which is fair enough. We only decided last week I could go out on loan somewhere and my agent called me just before last weekend to tell me of Yeovil's interest and it's gone from there. I'm really looking forward to getting involved again and it's a convenient place for me too as I've continued to live in Bristol!"

The midfielder's last scheduled game will be against the club he started his career with and being resident in Bedminster he still has a strong affinity with Bristol City. But the realisation that he would be playing against his hometown club hadn't sunk in: "It didn't enter my head that I would be going back there until a mate text me on Wednesday night to say, 'Guess where you're going on April Fool's Day'! I knew straight away what he was hinting at and it's perhaps not an ideal game for me for sentimental reasons. But I'm not going to think about it now; that era's gone. I never wanted to leave City in the first place and everyone knows it; that was Brian Tinnion's decision. That's not to say I won't be giving my best, though, because I will in that game and over the next month."


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3 March 2006 : Youth Keeper Gets Second Regional Call-Up
Yeovil Town Youth Team keeper Jamie Jenkins has been given a second call-up for a Somerset Youth representative side tomorrow (Saturday) in a match against an Army side that will take place at the Military Stadium in Aldershot at 2.00pm. Joining him once again is former team-mate Jack Adams who currently plays for Bishop Lydeard.

The full squad, from this week's Western Gazette is as follows: Jack Adams (Bishops Lydeard), James Marshall (Weston St Johns), Ben Curtis, Tom Whadcock (both Odd Down), James Clough, Tim Legg, Shaun Locke (all Taunton Tn), Dan Fowler, Ben Thompson (both Portishead), Lee Wajtknecht (Radstock Tn), James Bisgrove, Ben Treloar (both Street), Jamie Jenkins (Yeovil Town), Ashley Barnes, Ross Presley (both Paulton Rovers).


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3 March 2006 : Gally : I Could Have Got A Hat-Trick
Yeovil Town striker/winger Kevin Gall has given an honest appraisal of his failure to find the net at last weekend's match at Blackpool. Gally is strongly rumoured to be doubtful for tomorrow's match with a groin problem, and has admitted that he was frustrated not to have landed on the scoresheet at Bloomfield Road.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol the Welshman said: "I don't need other people to tell me that I should have scored. I'd be the first person to hold my hand up and say that I missed three good chances. On another day I could have got a hat-trick and we could have been 2-0 up at half time and the game could have been won. Obviously people are going to have opinions on myself and other centre-forwards and other people in the team. In the game before (against MK Dons) I scored and everything was fine, but of course then I missed those chances. But at the end of the day I am always going to give 150 percent just like I always do and at least I am getting into those positions to have those chances. If I can just take those chances it will help the side go forward."


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3 March 2006 : Flurry Of Postponements Already In League One
Four of tomorrow's matches have already been called off because of adverse weather conditions. Those between :

Bradford City v Blackpool
Port Vale v Milton Keynes Dons
Rotherham United v Oldham Athletic
Swindon Town v Tranmere Rovers

have been postponed.

There will be pitch inspections at 10.00 a.m. Saturday in regards to the games between :

Scunthorpe United v Hartlepool United
Walsall v Bournemouth

At the time of writing Chesterfield remain optimistic the match at Saltergate will go ahead.


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3 March 2006 : Does Huish Park Know What 'PR' Stands For?
Here we are, staring down the barrels of possible relegation, and the club just can't seem to let an issue it has manufactured in our view out of all proportion, lie.

Tomorrow fans will be getting up early for the haul to Chesterfield to support their team. As they look - if they still bother - on the Official Site of Yeovil Town F.C. for the latest news on the team, the opposition, our prospects, maybe a few encouraging words, they find......... none of that. Rely on the OS news page and you wouldn't know there was a game on.

'PR', it seems, does not stand for 'Public Relations' at Huish Park at the moment, but 'Public Reply'.

Remember being told to write to the club? Don't be an Internet Hoody. Write to the club with your name and you'll get a positive, well thought out, constructive reply. Wasn't that the message? Our mistake again, it seems. Write to the club with your name and they'll use your letter to pour more petrol on the flames. How did we misread that?

[Text]

Chairman's Public Reply to upset Internet user and supporter

Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry today received a letter from a Yeovil Town supporter and ex army officer objecting to his recent comments regarding Internet Forums.

Mr.Fry's reaction to the letter, was he felt, worth revealing to the general public, and the letter only went to further enhance his views on Internet Forums.

The supporter concerned was upset and hurt that Mr.Fry should pass comments about the small minority who do abuse the forum system with vitriolic comments posted under anonymous names.

As Mr.Fry put it "He feels upset, but perhaps this supporter now knows how I have felt for the last thirteen years as Chairman, and how David Webb felt during his brief time as Chief Executive.

"We are constantly upset by comments on these forums and all we are asking is for transparency, just as we have tried to give at the club.

"Give your real name and if your complaints are valid we will not only talk to you about them but also try to remedy your complaint.

"If the proposed new forum to be run by the Green and White Supporters Club does go ahead, I hope the Code of Practice we envisage will provide the transparency I feel should be in place, not only on this proposed new site, but also on the other ones in existence.

"The time is now right to draw a line under this whole issue and instead of all this bickering I feel the supporters should concentrate all their efforts on supporting Steve Thompson and the players to ensure the club retains its place in Coca Cola League One."

[End]

Amen to the last paragraph. But allow us to insert another section to that worthy hope : the supporters, owner, chairman/CE, Media and Communications Department, and everyone else should concentrate all their efforts on supporting Steve Thompson and the players to ensure the club retains its place in Coca Cola League One.

Sauce for the goose, John...........


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3 March 2006 : Blackpool MOTM result
Managed to put last week's disappointing 2-0 loss at Blackpool out of your head? Well cast your mind back briefly anyway to acknowledge defender Adam Lockwood, who has won the Ciderspace and mailing list users vote as YTFC Man of the Match v Blackpool for his towering (sorry) performance in the match.

Full results are at the foot of the match report.


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3 March 2006 : Chesterfield v Yeovil Town match preview
Back to to the football at last after all the nonsense off the pitch over the last few days and a chance for everyone to show exactly why it is we bother supporting this grand old club of ours. I use the word 'ours' advisedly - players, managers, directors, chairmen, even dare I say majority shareholders come and go over the years, but one thing is constant, and that's us, the fans. It's OUR club, no matter whose name is on the door. Doubtless there'll be the usual few hundreds making the trip up the M5 to Derbyshire tomorrow, despite the freezing temperatures and the chance of snow and doubtless they'll be giving the team their usual solid backing.

Yeovil have only played at Saltergate once before in their history - in January 1950 in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. The Glovers lost 3-1 on that day, hopefully history won't repeat itself tomorrow. Having said that the score was also 3-1 to Chesterfield when the sides met at Huish Park last August - surely lightning won't strike again for the 3rd time?

The Spireite's come into tomorrow's match in 8th position in League One and needing the points in their push for the final play-off place. Last time out they thrashed crisis club Rotherham 4-0 at Millmoor but their home record is not as good as one might expect for a club in 8th place, particularly their recent home record, with only 1 win from their last 6 matches played at Saltergate. Players to look out for include the evergreen Wayne Allison up front, 11 goals already this season and top scorer Paul Hall with 12. Chesterfield will be without defender Ruben Hazell (broken foot) and keeper Barry Roche (thigh) but welcome back defender Janos Kovacs after a ban. They've been on a 4-day break in sunny Spain this week, so lets hope there's been plenty of sun, sea, sand and er, sangria for the Spireite's squad and their heads are still in España.

Glovers manager Steve Thompson welcomes loan signing Tommy Doherty into the squad for the first time and it seems certain that the Northern Ireland international will make his Yeovil debut tomorrow. "I looked at the next month and we have seven or eight games, but I only have three central midfielders at the club," Thommo said today, adding: "Tommy is a very strong character who can help us in the fight we are in. He was out for seven weeks with a shin injury but he's played two reserve games for QPR and he could potentially start on Saturday."

Top scorer Phil Jevons is definitely out tomorrow with ankle ligament damage but fellow striker Matt Harrold is expected to be fit after recovering from his own ankle injury. "Matt is back in training and is fit for selection and that is good news for us," Thommo enthused. "He was marvellous in November, December and the start of January, but he then had a couple of games where he was less effective. But he has been a real success for us this year and maybe this rest from playing in the first team will have done him the world of good." Club captain Terry Skiverton is also available for the first time since his double hernia operation in January.

Selected betting odds: Chesterfield win - 8/11; draw - 12/5; Yeovil win - 10/3. Our recommendation: Don't gamble, only the bookies win. Having said that our fiver will be going on a Glovers win, again. Well, we might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb. Record so far this season: £-5.80p. How did it come to this?

The weather forecast tomorrow is for it to remain very cold, overnight frost and the possibility of snow oop north. Chesterfield have taken steps to protect their pitch with a specialised covering and, according to their official site the game is currently expected to go ahead. For all those internet hoodies travelling, the Ciderspace guide to Chesterfield and their crooked spire is online here.


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3 March 2006 : Reedy Becomes A Gull
Yeovil Town left-back Stephen Reed has joined Torquay United on a month's loan. The best Reedy has managed since returning from consecutive loan spells at Woking and Aldershot during the early part of this season has been one first team match as an unused substitute at Port Vale after Colin Miles fell ill at the overnight hotel.

Stephen is now heading for South Devon, and speaking to Teletext, manager John Cornforth explained: "We need a left back and Stephen fits the bill. I've seen him play and been impressed by what I have seen plus it's another new face to brighten the place up."


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3 March 2006 : Gally Welcomes Doherty In
Yeovil Town winger/striker Kevin Gall has welcomed the arrival of midfielder Tommy Doherty to the Glovers camp. Doherty who arrived on loan yesterday (see story below) used to play for Bristol City meaning that Gally - who used to play for the other Bristol club - is well aware of what he can achieve at Huish Park.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, Kevin explained: "I didn't expect to see Tommy Doherty playing for Yeovil. He's been playing for QPR and he is a fantastic player. Every time I have played against Tommy Doherty he has always stood out as being a good player and he is a great addition to the good squad that we have already got. I am really pleased to see him. It has to be good news. If you bring good players into the team it can only help the team and the squad as a whole. He is a great player and I think he will bring a little bit of the Darren Way fight back to the team."


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2 March 2006 : Action Photos From Blackpool vs Yeovil Town
The action photo gallery for last weekend's League One match at Bloomfield Road that saw a 0-2 away defeat against Blackpool has been completed and is now on-line. Access all 80 photos by heading here or by accessing the main Photo Gallery Index page.


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2 March 2006 : Glovers in pole position in Beckford chase, or the race does not always go to the swift
Jermaine Beckford, remember him? Striker, scores loads, plays for Wealdstone, regarded as the hottest prospect playing in the non-league game? Readers with memories longer than your average elephant may recall that the Glovers made an offer for the 22 year old in February, widely reported at £50,000, though Yeovil boss Steve Thompson poured scorn on the idea that we would pay as much as that for anyone, never mind on an unproven non-league striker (see Feb 15th news item). Beckford himself was due to have a look around Huish Park at some point after that, though it was never made public if he actually did; and then, with Crystal Palace and Sunderland sniffing around, when Chelsea reportedly offered him a trial it was assumed that that was that....

.....Right up until this afternoon when Beckford's manager at Wealdstone, Gordon Bartlett, made public that for all the interest expressed in the player, including a rumoured £200,000 offer this week from Watford, the Glovers initial and undisclosed bid was the only one actually on the table.

"I would definitely rule (the Watford bid) out." Bartlett told the Croydon Guardian this week. "I don't know where that has come from. Watford have not come to us and we've not come to them."

The Wealdstone boss confirmed that the Glovers bid is still the only concrete offer to have been made at the moment and added: "All of these clubs are taking their time because they don't want to take a gamble. But if someone doesn't take a gamble they will live to regret it." He didn't complete the sentence by saying: "And then we might have to accept the Glovers ridiculously low offer otherwise we'll get nothing!", but you know that's exactly what he meant.


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2 March 2006 : Thommo : Doherty Has That Winning Mentality
Glovers boss Steve Thompson is hoping that new signing Tommy Doherty has got the "winning mentality" that he needs to try and spark his side back into picking up the points they need to claw their way out of the relegation zone. Tommy was signed this afternoon (see story below) from QPR and Steve said part of his thinking was the run of games coming up that will see the club play two midweekers alongside the regular Saturday games.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol Steve Thompson said: "I'm pleased to get another midfielder in, because we've got a lot of games coming up in the next month. I have got two young lads who are 19 years old - Anthony Barry and Chris Cohen - who have both done tremendously well. But we have got seven or eight games coming up in the next month."

Steve admitted that it had been hard to find the such a player in that position adding: "Not many players seem to play centre midfield, it seems to be a bit of a dying art. Everyone wants to be a full-back, a wing-back or a striker. We were looking at the rest of our squad and we were wondering if we did get any injuries in our squad exactly who else could play it. Obviously Tommy has played it all his life at Bristol City and at QPR recently."

The Glovers have in some recent games lacked a bit of mental steel and Steve said he hoped Tommy would make his mark on the side on that side of the game: "He brings a wealth of experience and he's a winner. He's got that winning mentality. You do need some strong characters in your squad and we've got some strong characters but another strong character is great. He's got that bit of devil in him. The type of player that I have always liked and admired is someone who is quiet and modest off the pitch, but on the pitch turns into a bit of a different person. He strikes me as like that."

Doherty has not played for QPR since mid-November, thus opening up the way for the Glovers to move in and Thommo explained why: "He had a badly bruised shin at QPR. That doesn't sound bad but it was quite a bad injury and it's kept him out for three or four months but he's been back training for five weeks and was available. So we have gone in and got him."


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2 March 2006 : It's a loan deal!
Yeovil Town today secured the services of Queens Park Rangers midfielder Tommy Doherty on a month's loan, according to the club's official site.

Doherty was at Bristol City, where he started his footballing career, until last summer when he moved east to Loftus Road for an undisclosed fee.

The Northern Irish international has played 9 times for his country and 'will add valuable experience to the Yeovil Town midfield'. A fair statement given the tender years of Chris Cohen and Anthony Barry in the heart of the Glovers midfield.

The 26 year old will hope to feature in this weekends game at Chesterfield, though may be a little short on match practice having only appeared 14 times for QPR this season, 1 as sub, picking up 2 bookings and a sending off without finding the net. The midfielder became a fans favourite at Loftus Road thanks to his never say die spirit - just the sort of player we need for the difficult end of season run-in. Welcome to Huish Park Tommy!


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2 March 2006 : Bromfield offers to buy Webb's shares
Local millionaire businessman, part-time author and Glovers fan Michael Bromfield has formally written to Yeovil chairman John Fry asking if the club would be willing to open discussions over Mr Bromfield acquiring all or part of majority shareholder David Webb's holdings in Yeovil Town Football Club - and he says he would welcome a supporters consortium to assist him as minority shareholders with a supporters representative being elected to the club's board after a successful takeover.

"I spoke to John Fry on the telephone asking to be advised if David Webb is planning to be a long-term investor," the travel company boss told the Western Gazette this week. "I was advised that I'd be kept in touch but I have now formally written to John Fry and the board at length asking if it is possible to open discussions to acquire all or part of David Webb's shareholding. I would have no problems with a properly-run fans' consortium having a minority shareholding in the club - 20 or 25% - and for it to have a representative on the board."

Bromfield, the author of the book Around The World With Yeovil Town, went on to tell the Gazette that he should not be seen as a "sugar daddy" but that he could offer extensive business expertise and passion for the club.

Club chairman John Fry said: "Mr Webb's shares are not up for sale. I am not in a position to make any comment on it. He is the majority shareholder and is likely to remain as such. If there is a change, the club will make that announcement."


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2 March 2006 : Another own goal
Another edition of the Western Gazette hits the stands - and another own goal by the football club hits the back of the net, with chairman John Fry continuing his attack on online fans forums and those who use them.

In today's installment of the soap opera - or is it farce? - that Yeovil Town FC rapidly appears to be turning into, the chairman berates the administrators of the 2 main independent online forums that Glovers fans use - the green room and YTFC Forum - for failing to attend Tuesday night's Customer Charter Meeting.

"We invited these forums to discuss the issues," Fry told the Gazette, adding: "Regrettably they did not turn up which we were extremely disappointed with." What Fry didn't say, and what the Gazette unfortunately did not pick him up on, was that the administrator of the 'YTFC Forum' claims to have received no invitation to the meeting whatsoever; whilst the 'green room' moderators say they received only 24 hours notice of the meeting and had prior commitments which they could not break. What kind of organisation is it that expects working people to drop what they are doing at only 24 hours notice (if they receive any notice at all) to attend a meeting at another party's instigation, and then has the arrogance to criticise that non-attendance in the press?

Fry went on: "It was a very useful meeting and explained the groundswell of opinion behind what has been said and reported on. We want people to give criticism and there was on Tuesday. We all agreed at that meeting that we need to communicate from the top - my door is open every day of the week. People have accused the club of bad PR but that is a load of nonsense because we have a full-time press officer (Adrian Hopper) and communicate much better than most other football clubs."

If Mr Fry seriously thinks that the PR coming from the club at present is good then Ciderspace would suggest that he takes a long hard look at local rivals such as Bristol Rovers and Bristol City and the PR generated by those clubs. From the sheer amount of articles consistently found in the regional press when compared to articles about the Glovers, to the various official club websites, by way of the programmes produced for matchdays; it's an unfortunate fact that Yeovil Town is second-best to its local rivals in all facets of public relations. Yeovil's official website in particular is widely regarded as uninformative, poorly maintained and barely literate at the best of times (a spelling mistake has been on the main page all week uncorrected - hint for the club, it's 'disbanded' not 'dispanded') and the shortcomings of the programme, although marginally improved this season from the last, has already been highlighted this week (see news story 26th February). And in terms of general PR, what could be more damaging than the constant and ill-informed attacks on fans who use the internet from the club during the last week or so? The same supporters whose money the club relies on? There's an old saying about not biting the hand that feeds you that the club appears to have completely forgotten at present.

Ciderspace takes no pleasure in highlighting these shortcomings. We are Yeovil Town FC supporters and want the best for the club. We, like thousands of other ordinary fans of football clubs throughout the country, spend our money and are entitled to comment either negatively or positively in the good times and the bad, whether that is in the pub, on the terraces or on internet forums. It is not the club's role to censor that comment, though of course the club is perfectly entitled in law to seek redress if they feel they have been libelled. Elsewhere in today's Western Gazette Glovers manager Steve Thompson makes a somewhat plaintive plea for fans to get behind the team ahead of Saturday's important match against Chesterfield. "If we do not have everyone pulling together in one direction it makes things more difficult," Thommo said. "If we do then we have a chance. Yeovil supporters need to support this battle against relegation as if it were a battle for promotion." Pull together, achieve by unity - we could not agree more. Will someone please tell those in power at the club the same thing?


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1 March 2006 : February 2005 Customer Charter Meeting
Yeovil Town Football Club held a special Customer Charter Meeting at Huish Park last night. The meeting was called following a series of attacks on supporters who use the internet (see last story on February 26th) by various representatives of the club since the resignation of former Chief Executive David Webb.

The usual invitations to the GWSC and DSA were made and there were also supporters formerly associated with the now disbanded YTISA present. There is no mention of the VPs being present, so it is assumed that they were unable to attend at such short notice.

The club also claim they invited representatives of the two forums - the Green Room and the YTFC Forum. Ciderspace understands that the representatives of these forums see things in a different light, with the former only being approached on the afternoon of the meeting and the latter claiming they were never approached. As such neither party were able to send a representative to the meeting.

Whilst the clear pre-meeting agenda was for those present to discuss the current problems the club has with those that use the internet, the main focus of the meeting only kicked in part-way through. Initially the meeting talked about Webb himself, although there is little information available that hasn't been circulated before, save for Chairman John Fry's revelation that Webb is still scouting for the club and recruiting players.

The meeting also surprisingly discussed manager Steve Thompson with various opinions on the current state of play being offered but not divulged outside the meeting. Ciderspace wonders if this is the sort of direction and agenda that a Customer Charter Meeting should be taking.

The meeting eventually moved into its primary focus, although there has been no output explaining why the club accused the two forums of carrying "libellous" information, nor why it was suggested on Sunday that an "official forum" had been shut down by the club. At present there is a big gap between supporters and the club on these and other related issues, but at present there has been no indication as to whether these issues were discussed, addressed or whether any further communication will be issued on the subject to try and mend fences.

The club have instead made the decision to set up their own official forum - puzzling given that on Sunday they claimed that such a forum had been shut down! This official forum will be hosted by the GWSC under what the club describe as an "agreed code of practice" with "no anonymity" allowed. Exactly how such a mechanism can be implemented is a matter of debate, with free email accounts available from a multitude of service providers and commercial websites that can be set up within five minutes. Regardless of that, whether such a forum would address the more deep-rooted issues remains to be seen.

There is no mention of whether formal minutes will be produced for the meeting. There is another meeting scheduled for later in March 2006 as part of the more general schedule of Customer Charter Meetings.


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1 March 2006 : Arron Can't Halt Irish
Yeovil Town midfielder Arron Davies completed another 90 minutes with the Welsh Under 21s side in Llanelli last night, but was unable to stop their Northern Ireland equivalents from claiming victory thanks to a first half goal from Hibernian striker Sammy Morrow, who is currently on loan at Livingston.

Arron created the best chance for the Welsh to level the scores - he produced the cross that saw Verona striker Craig Davies have a shot cleared off the line in the 38th minute, but that was as good as it got and the visitors comfortably snuffed out the Welsh attack during the second half.

Wales Under 21s: Sam Pearce, Alex Lawless (Marc Williams 82), Rhoys Wiggins (Joe Jacobson 87), Levi Mackin (Rob Davies 56), Adam Davies (capt), Mike Williams, Arron Davies, Dylan Hughes (Jamal Easter 46), Craig Davies (Mark Pritchard 73), Ramon Calliste, Shaun MacDonald (Lloyd James 56).


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1 March 2006 : They Looked In The Cupboard, But The Cupboard Was Bare ......
They have a 20,000 all-seater stadium, the second highest crowds in League One, a playing budget that allowed them to spend half a million pounds during the January transfer window, and a team currently challenging for automatic promotion out of League One. Yet even all that can not currently bring Yeovil's long-running rivals Swansea City a new player.

Jacks boss Kenny Jackett says he is facing the same problems as Glovers boss Steve Thompson in finding new blood for his team, claiming that higher league clubs are holding on to their more experienced players and only making their youngsters available for loan. Thommo had another knock-back today with fellow League One side Barnsley refusing to loan him out-of-favour striker Daniel Nardiello (see story below) despite the fact that neither side are currently in competition with each other in the table.

Jackett has been on the look-out for a defender (see the story on Keith Lowe below) but admits that like Thommo he is being forced to look at youngsters to bridge the gap. Speaking to the South Wales Evening Post the Swansea boss explained: "I've made a lot of enquiries over the last 10 days without finding anyone of any note or any experience. Sometimes you can get away with a youngster up front but, in my book, centre-half and goalkeeper are the positions where you need experience. Between the phone calls we make and the games we watch this week, hopefully we will be able to find someone."

If a club in Swansea's position and available resources are struggling for players, then Yeovil Town, currently fourth from bottom of League One, are likely to find the players on offer even more thin on the ground. One theory is that with the transfer window closed for permanent transfers, clubs are finding releasing players to be too much of a risk to bear, particularly when most are going into a crucial part of the season where many squads are stretched. Steve had until March 23rd, 5.00pm to complete his search for new blood - three weeks from tomorrow - before the loan transfer window also closes shut for all Football League clubs. The search, inevitably, must go on.


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1 March 2006 : Lowe On The Go
Wolverhampton Wanderers central defender Keith Lowe is being chased by League One promotion chasers Swansea City. The South Wales side is looking for defensive cover after losing Kevin Austin, Steve Watt and Izzy Iriekpen to injury.

Lowe was a target for Glovers boss Steve Thompson during the January transfer window, but the deal collapsed at the last minute even after being reported on the Glovers official site, with the defender switching to Queens Park Rangers instead. Not that the deal at Loftus Road lasted long - manager Ian Holloway's suspension saw Lowe make an early return to Molineux.

Thommo admitted he would still keep tabs on the player after the month in West London was curtailed, bearing no grudges for the hasty change of mind from the player and his parent club. However if the Yeovil boss still considers Lowe a target, he would face competition from their League One rivals, though in fairness Steve has this week said his priorities lie in midfield and up front.

Jackett explained his reasons for moving for Lowe to the South Wales Evening Post: "I'm trying very hard to see if we can take a defender on loan this week, and I'm waiting for Wolves to come back to me regarding Keith Lowe. I can put a back-four together with what we've got but would like to get someone in because of the number of games we've got coming up, plus the fact that Sam Ricketts and Tom Williams are both on four bookings. The loan window is open until March 23, but it would be good to get someone in this week."

One possible outcome is that neither club gets his man. Wolves manager Glenn Hoddle is holding off another day or two as he has Gabor Gyepes and Jody Craddock out injured whilst Rob Edwards is on international duty with Wales tonight.

Hoddle explained: "Swansea have been on the phone but I would prefer to have a few centre-halves fit before we let Keith go. We might have to put that one on the backburner to see how Jody and Gabor are and to see if Rob comes back fit from Wales."


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1 March 2006 : Frost Covers Brought In
With forecasters predicting very low temperatures and possible snowfall in the Derbyshire area before the weekend Saltergate groundstaff are working to avoid adverse weather conditions postponing the meeting of Chesterfield and Yeovil Town this Saturday. New frost covers were rolled out this afternoon to give the pitch every chance of being fit for the game.

Meanwhile Chesterfield players are avoiding the inclement weather with a four day break in Spain. They return to England on Thursday.


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1 March 2006 : Skivo could return at Saltergate
Club captain Terry Skiverton, out since the 1-1 draw at Franchise FC in January after surgery for a double hernia, could be available for selection this weekend when the Glovers play Chesterfield.

"We hope Terry will be available for the weekend. He's been getting his sharpness back after five weeks out, but we will wait until tomorrow or Friday to make a decision," Glovers boss Steve Thompson told the Western Daily Press today. "It has definitely been a boost to have Terry back with us - he's a big character and he's been having a very good season on the pitch. However, the others have acquitted themselves well in his absence and, as we all know, the problem has been scoring goals at the other end."

In Skiverton's absence the Glovers have played 5 League One games, losing 4 and drawing 1; and in that time have conceded 7 goals, scoring themselves just the once. It would obviously be ludicrous to attribute all that to Skivo's absence as there are always many other factors involved but nevertheless the return of such a strong character and inspirational leader to the squad at such an important time can only be good news.


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1 March 2006 : Thommo's troops endure testing time
The Glovers travelled to the Royal Marines base in Lympstone, Devon, yesterday for a team-bonding session with those players not currently injured tackling the Marines endurance and assault courses - including the infamous Sheep Dip water tunnel.

"It was a very good day - it was great for team bonding and the lads really enjoyed themselves," manager Steve Thompson said. "We did a lot of things you do not normally get the chance to do and it was nice to get away from the training ground for a change. They are all very tired now because it was a very hard day physically, but it has been good for them, both as people and as players."

Ciderspace is hoping to receive some photos of the event in the next couple of days from a well-known supporter who doubles up as a Royal Marine in between playing golf in America at the taxpayers expense and watching the Glovers. According to our internet hoodie mole at Lympstone, who for security reasons can only be referred to by his codename DNB, the team spirit and camaraderie displayed by the players is "excellent" and left him very optimistic of our chances of pulling away from the relegation zone. As Ciderspace's editors' idea of a tough endurance and assault course is the distance between Huish Park and The Bell on a rainy Saturday afternoon and the difficulties involved in crossing a traffic-clogged Preston Road, we can only express our admiration for all concerned. Our respect, gentlemen.


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1 March 2006 : Is Nardiello Thommo's target?
Today's edition of the Western Daily Press is claiming that Barnsley striker Daniel Nardiello is being pursued by Yeovil boss Steve Thompson as a possible loan signing before Saturday's important League One match at Chesterfield.

Nardiello, a former Manchester United trainee, has been with Barnsley permanently since leaving Old Trafford last summer. He doesn't quite fit the profile of those players the WDP said that Thommo was looking at previously - teenagers from higher league clubs - but is the type of slightly more experienced proven striker that Thommo was thought to prefer. The 23 year-old has made a total of 25 league appearances this season scoring 3 times - but 19 of those appearances entailed coming off the substitutes bench, so he's been finding a starting spot at Oakwell hard to come by. In previous loan spells at Barnsley he's scored 14 times, so he knows where the goal is and clearly has talent, perhaps needing regular first team football to bring that talent out on a regular basis. If indeed Thommo does want him, the question for the player is: Would he prefer to play a starting role for a team currently struggling at the wrong end of the table or a bit-part role in his current side's promotion battle? Time will tell.

UPDATE - 3pm, 1/3/06
In the end Nardiello's preferences weren't even a consideration. Barnsley's official site has this afternoon confirmed that an approach was made by the Glovers for the striker but has been rejected by Tykes manager Andy Ritchie - a graphic illustration of the problems Glovers boss Steve Thompson has had in acquiring players of real quality for the end of season run-in.

"I had a phone call earlier today from Yeovil about Daniel and whether we would be willing to let him out but he is not going anywhere. We need him here for the run in.," Ritchie confirmed to his club's official site. "Daniel is not going anywhere. To be honest Gudjon (Thordarson) has been trying to get him to Notts County for the last three weeks and the answer was the same".

Bad luck Thommo - back to the drawing board.


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