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30 April 2003 : Internet Player Of The Season
This season 1,700 votes were cast by fans. Voting took place over more than 50 eligible matches.

To work out the overall player of the season as fairly as possible the following formula is applied:

After every match each 1-2-3 choice scores players 10, 6 or 2 points respectively. The player's scores for a particular match are added together, and divided by the number of voters for that match. Added to these scores are appearance points, and this total goes to make up the player's total score for all matches during the season. This is then divided by the number of games he has played. So each player's total score is an average of points per voter per match.

After nine months, and all that mathematics, the final result is....... a TIE!

The Internet Players of the Season for 2002-03 are:

Michael McIndoe and Darren Way

with 480 points each.

Congratulations to both. As is usual the trophy will be presented at one of the pre-season fixtures....... or if we have as much trouble prizing it from the grasp of current holder Adam Stansfield as we did from the previous winner - maybe after the start of the next campaign!

The full list of previous winners is:
Warren Patmore (1998-1999)
Jamie Pitman (1999-2000)
Nick Crittenden (2000-2001)
Adam Stansfield (2001-2002)

Our grateful thanks goes to Paul Chesterman, who continues to run the poll and deal with all the post match comments submitted by voters with much patience and good humour. We can think of no better person to continue next year - hint, hint!

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30 April 2003 : Internet Player Of The Month For April
Kevin Gall continued his storming performances through April to head the voting in the match by match poll. In the season long battle to stay on top of the leader board Michael McIndoe clawed points back on Darren Way.

Kevin Gall 369

Lee Johnson 319

Kirk Jackson 226

Michael McIndoe 208

Roy O'Brien 163

Gavin Williams 145

Chris Weale 130

Darren Way 117

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30 April 2003 : Taunton Defeat Brings Little Value For Money
It has been rare for Yeovil Town to taste disappointment this season, but they completed their competitive season with more or a whimper than a bang last night as Dr Martens League side Taunton Town claimed the Somerset Premier Cup, defeating a Glovers 'squad' side by a 2-1 scoreline.

Boss Gary Johnson found it a poor way to bow out of the season and said: "I'm always disappointed when we lose. I'm even more disappointed when we let the fans down. I'm disappointed when we don't give our fans value for money. I thought that team would be good enough to win it, and they should have been good enough to win. Unfortunately, they proved not to be good enough on the day."

Only two players who started Saturday's game against Chester City also started against the Peacocks and Johnson said of the Tuesday night side: "We know the strengths and weaknesses of that team. Unfortunately the weaknesses all came out today. I'm just disappointed with the ability and the quality of people. With all due respect to Taunton, who have done very well and competed very well, some of our boys should be able to prove that they are above that level. We weren't just unlucky; we didn't have a lot of chances or a lot of possession. Two or three of our boys have done well, and they have proved that they will make the grade in the Third Division and be a strong part of our squad. But some have proved that they wouldn't make the grade."

Johnson revealed that several of those out there would not be at Huish Park next season and he added: "On the day it meant more to Taunton than it did to some of us. They wanted it more and they were flying in with tackles. But it's always difficult when you are talking at the end of the season to people who might not be with you. Some players will be moving on and they already know that. But I thought that some might have done a little more on their way out but that wasn't to be the case and Taunton got their result."

"Our quality was poor and it doesn't matter what sort of a pitch it is or what sort of a night it is, at the end of the day a pass is a pass," added Johnson. "We just didn't show enough quality and we didn't have enough chances. It was a miserable night all round and I apologise to the fans. Thank God I've won the Championship because otherwise I would have been very low tonight! The fans have come and hour up the road, and so have I and I want to see my team play decent football. There were several factors, but the only one I'm going to mention is my team not playing football."

The four exiting Huish Park, as revealed in yesterday's story, are Kim Grant, Neil Mustoe, Jon Sheffield and Jimmy Aggrey.

Gary also explained why he had yet to make up his mind over central defender Tom White saying: "I've got to see the medical report and talk to Tom. As far as Tom is concerned there is nothing on the table one way or the other just yet. We've got to let him get over his knee injury first. He will be rehabilitating throughout the summer as his contract goes until June 30th. That way he has got May and June to work on his rehabilitation whilst he is under contract."

Striker Kevin Gall was one of four players to sign on the dotted line before the trip up to Clevedon, with Abdelhalim El Kholti, Stephen Reed and Roy O'Brien all tying up one year deals.

Johnson said of Gall's signature: "I think that's been a major thing that's happened today. Kevin Gall has secured his contract for the 2003-2004 season, which is terrific and he comes in line with all of the other boys who have already signed up. He has always pledged his allegiance to us. There has been interest from other clubs in him, but he has shown great loyalty and wants to stay with this group of successful people."

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29 April 2003 : Contract news: Four out, four in and four pending
The end of the Conference season has seen Glovers boss Gary Johnson finalise his plans for next term as far as this season's squad of players are concerned.

Four players have been released. They are forward Kim Grant, defender Jimmy Aggrey, midfielder Neil Mustoe and goalkeeper Jon Sheffield. The very best of luck in the future to all four wherever their future careers take them from us all at Ciderspace, they are assured of a warm welcome whenever they return to Huish Park.

Four players have signed new contracts: Striker Kevin Gall, midfielder Abdelhalim El Kholti and defenders Roy O'Brien and Steven Reed have all put pen to paper, more details on the contracts themselves to come later. Excellent news all round!

Three other players have been offered new deals and are expected to sign shortly: Forwards Adam Stansfield, Andy Lindegaard and Chris Giles have reportedly verbally agreed terms but have yet to formally sign. Last but not least, defender Tom White, currently recovering from a knee injury and now coming out of contract has been offered a rehabilitation programme at Huish Park to take him over the summer and into pre-season training when his situation will be re-assessed.

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29 April 2003 : Threedom Of Yeovil
At the Civic Reception at Westland Sports and Social Club last night the owner, Jon Goddard-Watts, chairman, John Fry, and manager Gary Johnson were all awarded the Freedom of the Borough of Yeovil for their roles in taking Yeovil Town into the Nationwide Football League.

At Hand Stadium, Clevedon this evening Yeovil Town were presented a special commemorative award by Somerset F.A., in recognition of the club's achievement in becoming the county's first ever representative in the Football League.

However the bigger prize on the night went to Taunton Town, who won the Somerset Premier Cup for the first time, on their ninth Final appearance, 2-1.
Gary Johnson rewarded the squad, reserve and youth team players who had taken Yeovil this far in the competition by sticking with them for the Final. Two goals by Gary Fisher on 45 and 77 minutes had pretty much settled matters by the time Jimmy Aggrey, in possibly his last game for Yeovil Town, pulled one back six minutes before the end. A crowd of 914 watched the game.

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28 April 2003 : Congratulations.... and commiserations
Amidst all the euphoria of winning the Conference title by a record points margin, other issues were also decided last weekend on the final full Saturday of the season:

Congratulations go to the four teams to qualify for the play-offs: In the first legs of the play-off semi-finals this Thursday 1st May Doncaster entertain Chester at Belle Vue live on Sky TV, while Morecambe travel to Dagenham & Redbridge, the second legs taking place on Monday 5th May; with the final at Stoke City's Britannia Stadium on Saturday 10th May - good luck to all [except Chester! -ed] and may the best team win!

Congratulations also go to Burton, Gravesend, Leigh and Woking for surviving the relegation battle. Burton and Gravesend, last season's promoted clubs, found their first season in the Conference something of a struggle but will be pleased to have finished 16th and 17th respectively and will now hope to go on and consolidate their positions next season. Leigh RMI deserve huge credit for surviving another season on comparitively tiny gates and subsequent lack of income; and Woking pulled yet another final day rabbit out of the hat by finishing one place off the relegation spots for the second year running - surely a club the size of the Cards will finally start punching their Conference weight next season?

Congratulations as well to the three promoted clubs: Accrington Stanley from the Northern League, Tamworth United from the Southern League and, last but not least, Aldershot from the Isthmian League - good luck to all three sides next season.

Finally commiserations to the relegated clubs: Kettering return to the Southern League after one season in the Conference and Nuneaton will join the Poppies there after flirting with the bottom three for a great part of the season. The real surprise is the demise of Southport, who after a great start to the season just faded away gradually until they entered the relegation zone for the first time this season at the final whistle on Saturday - bad timing to say the least. The best of luck to all the relegated clubs - hope you bounce back soon.

Final Conference Table 2002-03.

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27 April 2003 : Chester draw fails to spoil the party atmosphere
Yeovil Town confirmed their place in history yesterday by winning the Conference Championship title with a best-ever total of 95 points after their 1-1 draw with Chester City, beating the previous record of 94 points. Kevin Gall's 8th minute strike ensured the Glovers attained the 100 league goals target set by the players themselves, and the 17 point gap between the top spot and 2nd-placed Morecambe is a new Conference record, beating the existing 15 point margin set by Wycombe in the '92-'93 season. By avoiding defeat yesterday the club also set a new record by only losing 3 matches throughout the season, beating the previous best of 4 defeats held by Colchester; and the Glovers goal difference of +63 is again a new record, beating the previous best of +58, again set by Colchester.

The fans themselves created new records: Yesterday's crowd of 8,111 was the highest throughout the league this season and ensured that the Glovers average attendance of 4,741 beat the previous highest average attendance of 4,602 set by Wycombe during the 92-93 season; a total attendance throughout the season of 99,561 - and that when the first 5 matches were played 20-odd miles away in Dorchester!

But it's not just about breaking records - yesterday was a day of celebration, the day when the Glovers finally became a Football League club in all but name. Credit to Chester - resting several key players ahead of the forthcoming play-offs (and how pleased are we at Ciderspace that we are not involved in them?!), they took the game to their hosts after Gall's 8th minute opener and despite the 69th minute red card for elbowing for Jon Brady, thoroughly deserved their 85th minute equaliser from Kevin McIntyre, the 1-1 scoreline being a fair reflection of the 90 minutes.

Final score: Yeovil Town 1 Chester City 1.

Speaking after the game Glovers boss Gary Johnson praised the visitors, saying: "There were a few big tackles early on and Gavin Williams rode three of them for the first goal! They wanted to close us down and stop us playing football and to be fair to them they did just that. They stopped us playing our best football - on the day we needed that second goal so you have to give them credit. They’ve come here and not just joined our party, they’ve made sure they were going to give us a good game and I suppose that’s the professionalism of them and the professionalism of us - we were still competing in all those challenges and it made it a good game, but I'd still like to have won it."

The scenes at the end of the match when the Championship Trophy was presented to club captain Terry Skiverton will live on in the memory for years to come. "Great celebrations," Gary agreed. "I said to the boys in the tunnel - it wasn’t about today, it's about what they’ve done all season, and that’s why they’ve deserved what happened at the end of the game. I had to pick them up in the tunnel as you know they don’t like not winning and for Chester to get the goal to make it a draw disappointed all of us really. But we knew we had to go back out that tunnel with smiles and obviously the crowd started cheering us and we got presented with the Trophy, and then the realism suddenly came upon us and we realised what we’d done and celebrated accordingly!"

Asked to comment on Kirk Jackson coming second in the overall Conference goal-scoring stakes to Doncaster's Paul Barnes Gary said: "I was disappointed for Kirk but as far as I'm concerned he’s been the top goal scorer in the league for me because he’s only played half a season for us and still got 19 goals. He wont mind, he’s our Golden Boot man and thank god we found somebody like him to come into our squad and get the goals that were so important at that time. He is a good player and I'm very pleased to have him on board."

Darren Way swept the board in the various player of the season awards and was described as "a little terrier" in the press conference after the match. Gary agreed, saying: "And he finished the season like it as well didn’t he? But we say well done to him and I say well done to everyone in the squad. They all have ability and they all have certain strengths and the way they marry it together with their commitment and their passion is why you have a championship winning football team. They’ve done that all season and I'm proud of them all."

"We have the Somerset Cup on Tuesday which is the next game we all have to look forward to, and we're here until May 11th - that’s our official function and up until then the boys will want to train. Five of our boys have been selected for the non-league international tournament at the end of May so credit to them and they will need to keep training and keep fit, so their seasons by no means over, but this group of boys just want to go on playing."

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27 April 2003 : Five Alive For England
Yeovil Town have had five of their squad selected for this summer's Four Nation International Tournament.

The matches will take place between the 20th - 24th May 2003, as revealed in our April 17th news report and will represent the last chance for Yeovil Town's players to turn out for the National Game XI, formerly known as the England Semi-Professional side.

All five have received England caps before, although striker Kirk Jackson will hopefully receive his first cap as a Yeovil Town player. The other four selected are goalkeeper Chris Weale, midfielders Lee Johnson and Darren Way along with central defender Terry Skiverton.

The games will be played at Carmarthen Town, Methyr Tydfil and Haverfordwest County. See our April 17th article for the full schedule. Admission prices for all games will be £4.00 for adults and £2.00 for concessions.

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25 April 2003 : Glovers Post 400K Loss At AGM
Yeovil Town Football Club's Annual Shareholders Meeting, held on Wednesday evening, reported an operating loss of £404,271 for the 2001/02 season, according to this week's Yeovil Express.

The published accounts, which contained figures up to June 30th 2002, showed an income of around £1.2 million, but expenditure of £1.6 million. The majority of the expenditure fell under the category of salaries and wages and accounted for £1.1 million.

Much of Yeovil Town's 400K loss can be attributed to the costs of laying down a brand new state-of-the-art pitch, which local press reports have put at around 200K. Although part of that would have been off-set by FA Trophy gate receipts, the club fell at the first hurdle in the FA Cup during the 2001/02 season, and this would have also have contributed to the situation.

The Shareholders Report paid tribute to former director George Smith who died earlier this year. The report also recognised the huge contribution that club owner Jon Goddard-Watts had made in providing the necessary investment for the club to succeed.

Whilst the club's second successive six figure loss may raise a few eyebrows amongst supporters, there can be little doubt that the club's gamble at investing for success has paid off this month with promotion to the Football League.

As a comparison with other Conference clubs, the Glovers have managed their finances quite astutely. Woking could be relegated from the Conference by 5.00pm tomorrow, yet they have recorded losses of £230,617 (July 2001) and £475,314 (May 2002) and predict another £500,000 loss in what could be a relegation season. At Woking's AGM, Chairman Chris Ingram claimed that Doncaster Rovers are losing £750,000 a season which makes Yeovil Town's impending Nationwide Conference Championship shield seem a positive bargain by comparison!

The financial input of Jon Goddard-Watts should also not be under-estimated. Woking's local press claim that Ingram has pumped in over one million pounds of his own personal money during his short stay at Kingfield, whilst Chester City Chairman Stephen Vaughan boasted last week that he had put £1.5 million pounds into the Cheshire club.

Whilst Goddard-Watts tends to keep a low profile at Huish Park, and Chairman John Fry keeps his cards close to his chest, speculation about the size of Goddard-Watts' financial input into the club is an impossible task. However, the values touted against Ingram and Vaughan certainly give an indication of the level of gratitude Yeovil Town fans may owe Jon Goddard-Watts. Just how much, we may never know.

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25 April 2003 : New Contract For Gilesy
The Bristol Evening Post is reporting that Chris Giles, striker and more recently centre-back, will be offered a new contract at Yeovil Town.

A three month loan spell at Gravesend & Northfleet, where he was getting regular starts under his belt, really seems to have brought Giles' game on, and he has been very impressive in his appearances since his return to Huish Park. Manager Gary Johnson has clearly decided his future remains with Yeovil Town.

Conference rules (Yeovil technically remains a Conference club until June 5th) say that all players out of contract must be offered terms of re-engagment by the end of the season, or they become free agents 28 days later. It is expected that Kevin Gall, Roy O'Brien, Andy Lindegaard and Abdelhalim El Kholti will have new contracts by the weekend. We presume the newspaper simply forgot about Adam Stansfield, whose contract is also up at the end of this season.

Which, if any, of the remaining players currently on the books - Jimmy Aggrey, Kim Grant, Neil Mustoe, Stephen Reed, Jon Sheffield, and Tom White - Johnson will be offering new contracts to is still under consideration.

Ciderspace offers its congratulations to Chris, and any other players whose names are confirmed over the next day or so, and our thanks and best wishes for the future to those whose careers are moving on to pastures new.

Postscript: The Official Site has confirmed the above names, including Adam Stansfield and also thrown in the name of Stephen Reed, the Glovers latest Youth Team graduate who made his Conference debut at the age of 17, on Monday.

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24 April 2003 : The Good, The Indifferent, And The Ugly
As reported recently on this page the Nationwide League chairman were engaged in a full meeting at Leicester today. Three major new 'reforms' have emerged. Numbers 2 and 3 detailed below will go before the AGM on June 5th for ratification or rejection, and number 1 to an EGM at an unspecified date. Why the difference? Not a clue.

1) The Good.
Clubs that go into administration could receive a sliding scale of penalties on the field as a deterent - a 6 point deduction, a 12 point deduction, automatic relegation if the administration lasts a whole season, and expulsion from the league for two administrations inside three years.

Whilst uncertain that in practice these sort of sanctions wouldn't prove so draconian that they'd never be enforced - at least on big clubs with muscle! - Ciderspace certain applauds any move that tries to stop clubs gaining an unfair advantage over their more prudent rivals by blowing huge sums on new facilities and playing squads, and then simply writing off the majority of their debts by diving for the protection from their creditors administration affords.

2) The Indifferent.
A new format for play-offs. As we detailed in an item on April 17 the proposals are that the number of clubs in each division involved in the play-offs increases from four to six. The clubs finishing 5th and 8th, and 6th and 7th, would play each other in one-off games, with the team finishing higher having home advantage. The winners then go forward to play at the grounds of the 3rd and 4th placed teams. The winners of those two matches then progress to a Final at a neutral ground. (In Division Three all placings drop one, as three clubs are promoted automatically.)

In our opinion this change probably has slightly more advantages than disadvantages. Play-offs, by their nature, undermine the basic principle of a league system, and so a structure that rewards, or at least disadvantages less, those that finish higher in the regular season has our approval. However pushing play-off entry as low as ninth (in Division 3) does seem to be over-rewarding what can only be termed mediocrity. Won't be complaining if we are in 9th place next season mind!

3) The Ugly.
Wage caps to be introduced, starting with Division 3 next season (so they can see what a total mess it creates, but only screw up smaller clubs, so why worry!) and extending to Divisions 1 and 2 in 2004-05 (unless it hasn't worked of course, in which case it can be rapidly abandoned before it damages anybody really important). The cap will be based on a percentage of annual turnover.
As far as we know the voting structure in the the Nationwide League means this reform could be pushed through whatever the opinions of the Division 3 clubs it immediately effects.

One of those ideas that seems so full of good intentions and a good thing - until one actually starts to think about it. What we at Ciderspace call A Wallace.
First - what is "turnover"? Gate money? Gate money plus commercial activities? If so, which commercial activities - how wide is that net spread? Broadcasting money? Are the gifts and donations of supporters' clubs included? Loans or gifts from directors?
Next - when is the "turnover" calculated. As with all businesses accounts run well behind the current situation. For example would Yeovil Town have to operate in Division 3 next season under a cap based on turnover whilst it was in the Conference - because where else are they going to get any figures from?
And - how is each player's wage to be calculated against this salary cap? Does it include his sign-on fees, various bonuses, club or sponsored car, any subsidised housing, promotion/cup win bonuses?
And - what if a club's circumstances change during a season? Someone comes in and takes their excellent young striker off to the Premiership for a few million quid. But they can't use that money to bring in better players, because better players demand higher wages, and they are already right at the top of their wage cap, and their wage cap is based on turnover from one or even two seasons before.
And........ the list goes on. We could fill pages.

What wage caps boil down to is 'bigger' clubs gaining yet another advantage over 'smaller' clubs, as if they didn't have advantage enough already. It should be up to clubs to decide what they want to spend, and on what. They may or may not use that freedom wisely, many haven't, but a set of rules that say for example Macclesfield Town can only offer a quarter the wages that Hull City is allowed to spend just makes the playing field even more unlevel. It may be that financial reality means Macclesfield already pay their players a quarter of what they could earn at Hull, but that is their decision, and so it should remain.

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24 April 2003 : Tickets And Tours
The club have confirmed that there are still tickets available in the Copse Road End for this Saturday's final home match of the season against Chester City, kick-off 17.35. The ticket office will be open from 10.00-16.00 today and tomorrow, and again Saturday between 12.00 and 14.00. All tickets must be purchased in advance; there is no pay-on-the-gate facility for this match.

Gates open at 16.00, and there will be awards and presentations made prior to kick-off. After the game the Nationwide Conference Championship Trophy will be formally presented to Yeovil Town Football Club.

Details of the Open Top Bus Tour around Yeovil on Monday 28th April are as follows:

The bus will leave Huish Park at 10.10, before visiting several local schools. (For obvious reasons members of the general public are not allowed on school property without prior permission of the school concerned.)

The bus will then head for Park Road, arriving at approximately 12.50, before making its way down Princes Street and into The Borough, where the road will be closed for the duration of the visit.

The players and officials will be met by the Mayor, Julian Freke, and civic dignatories, before moving off at approximately 13.50 to visit more schools. Arrival back at Huish Park is expected around 15.00.

The bus will also be taking the players to a Civic Reception at Westland Sports and Social Club, leaving Huish Park at 18.20. The team will travel around Copse Road, down Western Avenue, into and down Preston Road and Preston Grove and into Westland Sports and Social Club for the Civic Reception at 19.00.

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24 April 2003 : Dagenham Show True Sporting Colours
Easter Monday's 4-0 win at Victoria Road was preceeded by two great shows of sportsmanship by the Glovers' hosts Dagenham and Redbridge.

Daggers manager Garry Hill and his players formed a 'guard of honour' to welcome the Nationwide Conference Champions onto the pitch, shaking each Yeovil player by the hand as they entered the field of play.

Meanwhile, Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry was presented with a commemorative plaque by Dagenham Chairman David Andrews to recognise the match as being Yeovil Town's final away league match before promotion to the Football League - a fine gesture from a club that deserved to be in the Football League 12 months before the Glovers own ascension. Dagenham still have their own chance to join Yeovil though; they are one of a quartet of clubs competing in next week's playoff semi-finals.

Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry receives a memento from Daggers Chairman David Andrews
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry receives a memento from Daggers Chairman David Andrews
Photo © 2003 Ciderspace

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23 April 2003 : Glovers make a friendly gesture
Conference champions Yeovil Town have agreed to provide the opposition in a testimonial match for old rivals Weymouth striker David Laws at the Wessex Stadium on Wednesday 7th May, 7.45 kick off.

"We approached a few sides looking for a fixture," Laws told the Dorset Echo, "but Yeovil were the ones I really wanted. Not only are they Weymouth's biggest rivals, they are probably the biggest team in the region right now. They've done fantastically well to win promotion to the Football League and they're going to be one of the best supported sides in Division Three next season."

"I'm sure they'll bring a good following down with them on the night and I'm very grateful to their manager Gary Johnson for agreeing to help me out and to our boss Geoff Butler for sorting it in the first place."

The Glovers will be doing their bit to create harmony and understanding in a rough old world by taking their Conference championship trophy with them to show off to trophy-starved Terras fans on the night.

"They've got a big celebration do in Yeovil a few days later," said Laws, "and so this will be a bit of a dress rehearsal for them. I know it will be hard for Terras fans to see the enemy bathed in all that glory, but there's no reason why it can't be Weymouth in a few years time." At Ciderspace we think we can see the odd few dozen reasons why it most emphatically won't be Weymouth in a few years time, but let us not be uncharitable: There but for the grace of god.......

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23 April 2003 : Jacko Sets Up Golden Boot Finale
Yeovil Town striker Kirk Jackson nearly didn't get to Dagenham on Monday for the Glovers' 4-0 win at Victoria Road. Having limped off before half time during the Saturday 6-1 win over Burton Albion, Jackson had been more or less ruled out for the rest of the season. But for the second time this season, Jacko defied the odds, slotting home a hat-trick of goals against the Nationwide Conference playoff participants. Jacko explained his recovery to BBC Radio Bristol's Phil Tottle.

"I took a knock against Burton and I got a little twist and the inside of my knee swelled straight away," explained Jackson. "So I thought it was best to just come off. It's a team game and I didn't want to let the boys down, so we got a fresh pair of legs on."

"Over the last 48 hours, I've had constant compression and ice on it," he added. "This morning at 8.00am, I had a little fitness test just to ensure that the outside of my knee was strong enough to cope with jumping, twisting and turning. It was fine and Tony Farmer has done wonders for me."

With Jackson's second comeback having taken place over the Easter break, it was inevitable that his team-mates would lampoon his recovery. Jackson admitted: "I got a bit of stick on the bus. They were calling me Jesus Jackson and then JJ. But we've got goals in us, and fortunately I've got three of them today."

Jackson's partnership with Kevin Gall has seen the deadly duo net 22 goals between them during March and April, and Jackson paid tribute to Gall's unselfishness on the day: "If you look at mine and Gally's record whilst we've been playing together, it is second to none. He does want me to get this Golden Boot; all of the lads want me to and they keep telling me I'm going to get it. I'm level now, so it's going to be interesting going into the last game. I'm just keeping my feet on the floor and I will see how it goes. We've got one game to go and hopefully I can get it."

"But credit to Kevin Gall and I hope I can do the same for him in the same situation," added Jackson. "When you've got the electric pace that he has got, it is very easy to play with him. Anything you touch on, you know that he is going to be there or thereabouts."

Four goals at Dagenham left Yeovil just one league goal short of the magical 100 target and Jackson said: "The boys are going for that, and that's what they want. They've set targets in their head. Michael McIndoe has got his own targets that he wants to achieve, and Macca is the one who keeps telling us about all these records that we want to break. He drives us on for these successes."

That final game takes place next week at what is likely to be a capacity Huish Park and Jacko said of the game: "The boys will be really up for a win next week because it's been an unbelievable record that we've got so far. We don't really want to spoil things. We know that it's not going to be an easy game against Chester, but the way that we are playing at the moment, I don't think anyone would fancy playing us, especially at our place."

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23 April 2003 : Weale Meet Again
To hear fans on the terrace at Victoria Road one expected Yeovil Town's young star goalkeeper Chris Weale to come out for the warm-up with all-sports already emblazoned across his chest, such was the conviction in the rumours that he was on his way to Premiership Charlton Athletic. The fact that Steve Collis made his first league start of the season only added to speculation.

Manager Gary Johnson has moved to dampen down the rumour mill, in a statement very similar to that issued over Michael McIndoe much earlier in the season, when many supporters became convinced his departure to Southampton was imminent. Johnson insisted the Glovers have not yet been contacted by anyone associated with the South London club.

All the players here know that I will inform them if a club from a higher level come in for them. That has not happened with Chris Weale, although it is possible that clubs have been watching him and a number of our players because we have been successful this season.

Given Yeovil's huge success and remarkable form this season it would indeed be extraordinary if a multitude of scouts had not been giving the club's players the once over. However one scout, or even 92, does not a summer transfer make.

Johnson added that Weale will return against Chester at Huish Park on Saturday.

Steve hadn't played a Conference game this season and I felt he deserved a chance. But is was already decided that Chris would play in the Chester game.

The absence of Gavin Williams against Dagenham & Redbridge was down to an ankle injury, but it is hoped he will have recovered to make the team next Saturday. Colin Pluck was not started because of his bookings situation.

The rumour concerning Weale's departure seemed to be tied in with suggestions that former Glover Tony Pennock might be making a return to Huish Park next season. The Swansea-based player is out of contract at the end of the season, and could leave cash-strapped Farnborough Town over the summer. However, sources close to Pennock maintained that the player had received no contact from Huish Park personnel.

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22 April 2003 : Quartet Rewarded For Italian Job
Prior to Easter Saturday's 4-0 win over Burton Albion, Yeovil Town's a quartet of their young stars were presented with England caps for their role in the National Game XI's game against Italy in November 2002.

Presenting the caps to the players was former club Chairman Bryan Moore, representing the National Game XI committee as part of his role with the Football Association. Until that match, Yeovil Town had never had four players featuring in the same England game, and receiving their caps were goalkeeper Chris Weale, midfielders Lee Johnson (who captained the side) and Darren Way and defender Adam Lockwood.

Yeovil's National Game XI Quartet receive their England caps
Yeovil's National Game XI Quartet receive their England caps
Photo © 2003 Ciderspace

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22 April 2003 : Competition Time (Or How To Get A Free Site Redesign!)
Calling all budding web-site designers! With Yeovil Town's promotion to the Nationwide Football League now secure, the main downside for us at Ciderspace is that we will have to do, at minimum, some tweaks to the site to bring it up to scratch for the 2003/04 season.

With us having about the same amount of creative ambition as a Barnet side visiting Huish Park, we feel it far more appropriate to hand the task over to the experts.

At the very least, we'd be interested in hearing from anyone who fancies producing a new top page banner to replace the current one containing the Nationwide Conference banner. However, it is likely that we will be replacing the buttons and background image around the same time, and so if your artistic enthusiasm (and spare time) extends that far then we would be more than interested to hear from you. But it is the top page banner that we are really laying down the gauntlet for people to produce their own design for. Access to our photographic library will of course be available. We would ideally want any draft designs to be available by May 31st to give us adequate time to get the revised design up and running before the pre-season friendlies kick in.

Finally, as always we are keen to hear from people who are interested in getting involved in the site on an occasional or regular basis. Whether it's writing one-off articles, or whether it's writing fully-fledged HTML or ASP scripts, we'd love to hear from you.

All interested parties should email us at where we can supply more information.

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22 April 2003 : Ninety-Nine Not Out
Yeovil manager Gary Johnson saluted his players following Monday's 4-0 win over Dagenham and Redbridge. Speaking immediately after the game, Gary said: "To come here and demoralise a team who are in a good play-off position and who had that run of 11 games undefeated is a fantastic effort and it shows you how far we have come. It's nice to get a result and an absolutely resounding victory."

"We've got 14 wins now in 2003 and two draws," he added. "That's a fantastic achievement because you can be unlucky on a couple of occasions and lose a couple. They've just gone on this wave of quality play and just kept it going and that's very pleasing for a manager and his staff."

Johnson started at Dagenham with only seven of the players who had started against Burton Albion on Saturday but he said that the changes were not forced.

"There were no injuries; these were just changes," he explained. "Everyone wants to be involved and I am trying to get everybody involved as best as I can, as that's important, I think for next year. Plus everyone would like to go to our end of season party having been involved. Steve Collis had a super game considering that was his first Conference start this year. He's got that under his belt, and so I'm pleased for him."

Stephen Reed became the latest Glovers player to rise through the Youth ranks, when the 17 year old came on as a 64th minute substitute and Johnson believed Reed's selection to be justified.

"I don't do anything for sympathy," he explained. "You come unstuck if you do anything for sympathy. Stephen Reed has earnt his place this year. He has been an ever-present in the second team and he has played well and he has been one of our top two or three players in every Reserve game. So he has deserved that chance and I certainly wouldn't have put anything at risk just because he's young and it would have given him a bit of experience. I did it because I knew he could do a job and he's done a job against a very experienced player there. I know Tarkan Mustapha because I brought him out of Sunday football and took him to Kettering. Steve did a great job and I knew he would."

Kirk Jackson became the second Yeovil player over the course of the weekend to take home the match ball after he scored his first hat-trick for the Glovers. Not bad for a striker who has been written off for the rest of the reason twice with injuries.

Johnson said of Jackson and his partner Kevin Gall who grabbed the other goal: "That's a great partnership isn't it? Jacko has made Kevin a couple of goals recently. Yes, they are both clinical, but if somebody else is in a better spot then they will find them because they are footballers. It's not only that; they work hard to get the ball back. We've got two strikers who are flying at the moment. I'm very pleased that they are but you've also got to have nine other players behind them, who are finding them or making runs. From our defensive play, our midfield play to our forward play, we are far far above this level of football now."

"Gilesy played well on Saturday and he was unlucky today really because right up until this morning Gilesy would have played," explained Johnson. "But Lazarus, as they call him; Kirk Jackson, who has come from the dead twice has managed to make it again!"

Those four goals took Yeovil to 99 league goals for the season and Johnson admitted: "I didn't realise that until Thommo mentioned it. That's nice because it sets the Chester game up nicely for that next goal. We played some great football. People weren't greedy and they were setting up goals for other people and that's the sign of a great team. You know they are actually playing for the team. They could shoot themselves but instead they are creating easy goals for other people. It shows you the movement that we've got."

"We never thought we'd get to 100 goals," he added. "It looked like a far cry about a month ago, but we've been getting the fours and sixes and suddenly it's upon us. We have now got a chance, but I'm sure that Chester aren't going to be turning up to watch us score goals. They've got the best defensive record in the league, including ourselves because we are second. But it would be nice to break them down a couple of times."

The four goal cushion allowed Yeovil the chance to use all three substitutes, and Johnson said of the changes: "Getting Plucky on was a bonus, as I've left him out because I didn't want him to get booked. So I left it as late as possible so that I could give him his little bit of glory. He deserves to be out there really, given the way he has played this year. Critts hasn't played very many 90 minute games recently, and he was only 10 minutes off a 90 minute game and had played very well. So that's another one we've got buzzing, which is nice."

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22 April 2003 : The Records They Come A'Tumblin'
Yesterday's 4-0 win at Victoria Road ensured that Gary Johnson's Yeovil Town side will have their place in the record books come the end of the season, as they swept aside play-off participants Dagenham and Redbridge with extraordinary ease.

The match ensured that the Glovers would win the Conference by the highest ever points difference. With Doncaster Rovers and Morecambe sharing out a 1-1 draw, Yeovil stretched their lead at the top to a staggering 19 points. Even if the Glovers lose to Chester City next Saturday, they will keep a 16 point margin - one more than the 15 point margin set by Wycombe Wanderers in the 1992/93 season.

Yeovil's win yesterday was their seventh consecutive Conference league win, and this is a club record.

Johnson's side have also guaranteed that they will at least equal Colchester United's record for the fewest defeats in a Conference season. The Essex side lost four games during the 1991-92 Season and if the Glovers avoid defeat on Saturday, they will take that record.

Avoiding defeat on Saturday will also give the Glovers the all-time Conference points record - held jointly by Colchester United and Wycombe Wanderers - again during the 1991-92 Season. The same season also saw Colchester establish the greatest winning goal difference of 58 goals. As Yeovil have a current goal difference of 63, only a five goal defeat against Chester City could see Colchester's record stand firm.

One goal on Saturday will give Yeovil a staggering 100 goals in Conference football, with the Glovers sat currently on a tantalising 99 goals. A somewhat harder target would be to overhaul Barnet's 103 goals during the 1990-91 Season, which stands as the current goals record. The Glovers have so far scored 120 goals in all competitions this season, with one league game and one County Cup final remaining.

Kirk Jackson will also be gunning for a goal or two on Saturday. His hat-trick yesterday took him to 24 Conference goals this season, tying him with Doncaster Rovers' Paul Barnes for the Conference Golden Boot. Jackson's record is made all the more remarkable by the fact that 19 of his goals have come during the 22 Conference appearances he has made for Yeovil Town - the striker had only five goals for struggling Stevenage Borough when he signed for the Glovers at the end of November.

Yeovil Town's supporters are also likely to take another record. 91,450 spectators have gone through the turnstiles at home games this season, and this means that a crowd of just 5,189 spectators are needed at Saturday's home game against Chester City to beat Wycombe Wanderers' 1992-93 Attendance Record. Reports from the club suggest that record is already guaranteed, through pre-match ticket sales. Another possible target could be a crowd of 8,550 which would take the Glovers through the 100,000 mark for the season - remarkable for a season that saw the Glovers first five home games take place at the Avenue Stadium, Dorchester.

Finally, Gary Johnson still stands a great chance of picking up a second consecutive manager of the month award. Provided the Glovers match or better the results of Morecambe and Scarborough next week, Johnson will receive the award for the third time this season.

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20 April 2003 : Four More For Gall
Yeovil Town striker Kevin Gall was the main force behind the Glovers' 6-1 thrashing of Burton Albion on Easter Saturday, and he gave his views on the game as he spoke to BBC Radio Bristol's Phil Tottle straight after the game. So had Kevin scored four goals in a single match before?

"Not in the league, no," Kevin admitted. "That's the most I've scored. It's unbelievable - it's been another good day again and that just shows the commitment of the boys. Even though we've won the league we've still scored ten goals in two games. I probably should have scored a few more. I had two good chances right the beginning when I was offside and I had two more after that. But I got four, so I'm happy!"

"Burton are not a bad side," he added. "They've got Nigel Clough in there who is a legend in football. To be fair, they did try, particularly in the 20 minutes when they got the goal back but once we got our passing and movement going they couldn't really handle us."

Fellow striker Kirk Jackson missed out on the goalfeast as he limped out just before half-time with a knee injury, and Kevin sympathised: "Jacko has been unlucky today as he could have been on the end of a hatful of goals, and then Barnes has gone and scored again."

Kevin felt that Yeovil's clinching of the title had given the team more freedom to play with style: "I think the pressure came off right at the start of the Doncaster game. Chester only got a draw, and as it's shown on Sky we went out there and totally annihiliated Doncaster."

And he explained that much of the team's motivation at present centred on claiming Conference league records. But it was not just the record points target of 95 that was in their sights: "We want to get 100 goals as well, and I think we've got 95 now. That means we've got to get two and three, and I know that sounds hard but I feel we can do it, as we've shown today."

Finally, Kevin was asked if he wanted to be part of the Glovers assault on the Third Division next season: "Definitely. I've spoken to the gaffer and I'm just waiting for him to come back now. I've told him I'm going to sign and he wants me to sign, so I hope I'll be here next year."

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20 April 2003 : Reminder: Daggers Is Pay-On-The-Day
Owing to printing deadlines Saturday's programme still had tomorrow's game against Dagenham & Redbridge at Victoria Road billed as all ticket for Yeovil fans. This is no longer the case, as reported on this page on April 17th, and Yeovil fans can pay-on-the-day.

It is reported that Yeovil has sold around 700 tickets, so plenty of space is still available in the Pondfield End, which has a capacity of 1,200. Those making a late decision to attend the match can buy tickets at gates 9, 10 and 11.

The game is fully segregated, and only the Pondfield End is available to visiting fans.

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20 April 2003 : Telford Video Now On Sale
The Telford 3-0 video - available on both DVD and VHS
The Telford 3-0 video - available on both DVD and VHS
Yeovil Town supporters can get themselves a copy of this month's 3-0 win over Telford United on either VHS video format or DVD format.

The full length recording of the match is available from the Club Shop priced £15.00 on DVD or £12.00 on VHS format.

Also available in recent weeks is a double-feature containing the 4-0 win over Kettering Town combined with the 2-1 FA Trophy win over Northwich Victoria. These recordings are available on VHS format, priced £12.00.

All previous video releases, or those that are out of stock, can be back-ordered at the Club Shop or by calling Commercial Manager Dave Linney on 01935-423662. Stocks in the shop are going like hot cakes, so you are advised to get your orders in quickly.

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20 April 2003 : Flag Appeal
Yeovil Town Football Club are asking for the temporary return of their Nationwide Conference Champions flag.

The flag was thrown into the Westland Stand at the end of the celebrations against Burton Albion and a lucky supporter managed to grab it as a souvenir.

However, the club are asking it to be loaned back for next Saturday's match and the following Monday's open top bus tour. The current owner of the flag WILL be able to keep the flag following it's tour round the town next weekend.

If you are the proud owner of that flag, or if you know the person who is holding it, can you please get in touch with either Adrian Hopper (aka Fat Harry) on 07768 174005 or by e mail to or Martin Baker (aka Badger) at before next Saturday's game against Chester City.

The club will sincerely appreciate any help in getting the flag back for the duration of next weekend's celebrations.

Have you seen this flag? If so please contact us!
Have you seen this flag? If so please contact us!
Photo © 2003 Ciderspace

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20 April 2003 : It Was Frank Wot Dun It
Somewhat understandably Yeovil chairman and chief executive John Fry, usually a man bearing the demeanour of General George Custer on 25th June 1876, has been like a cat sitting next to a particularly large bowl of extra thick double cream the last few weeks. Face wreathed in constant smiles, he was even seen performing something remarkably like a little jig on the terrace at Crabble as the second from Kirk Jackson hit the back of the net.

And it is manager Gary Johnson who has brought so much sunshine into John's life:
Gary is the best investment I have ever made in this club........... the best choice of manager I could have made.

So how did Mr Fry, a chairman not timid at bringing in new faces to the Yeovil Town managerial hot-seat, arrive at Gary Johnson, a man one suspects he'd scarcely heard of two years ago. The story starts with the departure of Colin Addison :

It was a difficult decision that had to be made because Colin had done a good job here. But Colin knew from the start that there was going to be no future position or new contract for him if we didn't win the championship that year, so he decided to resign.

We had a number of applications on the table when my chief scout, Frank Leworthy, gave me this video of Gary's work in Latvia to watch. I said to Frank, "It's not another one of those video salemen is it?" but he persuaded me to view it, saying "He's your perfect manager, chairman." So that night, when my wife went off to bed early to read a book, I put the video on, and realised straight away why Gary had made himself a hero in Latvia. And when we first met a few days later, I realised just how much he wanted the job and that our philosophy on how the game should be played was the same. I feel very fortunate that, after 108 years of history, I found the right manager to take us into the Football League and now I feel Yeovil Town has a vast future ahead of it.

We've had some good managers in my time, but signing Gary was a masterstroke - a first-class choice because his ambitions were the same as mine. Everything was in place for the right manager, and Gary, who is the consummate professional, fitted in perfectly to what was needed to take Yeovil own from the Conference to the Third Division.

There is a feeling in the town that he is already a legend. He's not quite there yet, but I know the fans love him.

I can see Gary being here for at least the next three years, and he has already indicated to me what he wants. With Mr Goddard-Watts' backing we have the perfect partnership to take this club beyond the Third Division. With careful investment and stage by stage development, we can take Yeovil Town into the First Division of the Nationwide League.

[Extracts from an interview conducted with Graham Nickless.]

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20 April 2003 : Six-y football
Conference champions Yeovil Town stay 17 points ahead of 2nd placed Morecambe with 2 games left to play after a stunning 6-1 win over struggling Burton Albion at Huish Park yesterday afternoon. Already on a total of 91 points at the top of the table, the Glovers are still on track to beat Wycombe Wanderer's and Colchester United's record total of 94 points from the 1992/93 season; and having scored 95 goals are also optimistically still aiming at beating Barnet's total of 103 goals scored during the 1990/91 season.

This was an outstanding team display by the Glovers against an admittedly depleted Burton outfit, manager Nigel Clough happy to rest key players for Monday's crucial relegation batle against Kettering and fielding a relatively inexperienced team. Striker Kevin Gall came away with the match ball after knocking 4 past Burton keeper Matt Duke; Gavin Williams and Chris Giles were Town's other goalscorers.

Match report: Yeovil Town 6 Burton Albion 1.

Yeovil boss Gary Johnson was delighted by the way his team approached the game: "None of these games are cakewalks are they," he said after the match. "You have to make them easy if you like by working hard and showing your ability as I said before the game and credit to the boys - they 100% showed their ability and their passion and that their seasons not over. I said that before the game - they are showing me that passion in training and in team meetings and to you in games. To score six goals, we did say in all due respect to Burton you're looking to leave these teams behind now and try and go up the gears, up a level and what we’ve got here is a lot of ability about the side, certainly a lot of pace and fitness which they showed again today."

"We’ve been playing well under pressure and I think that’s very good and that’s been a trait of our football team and they can play to the best of their ability under pressure. Yes it's nice when they can play without the pressure but with all due respect you wouldn’t be able to put that performance on out there without the pressure either. You have to have the ability and they have shown that week in week out whether there's pressure or not."

"I don’t know if you heard me on the touchline but I'd like to have gone have gone for 7 or 8 but the boys have set themselves a target of 100-odd goals and a target of 94 points to beat. You cant ask for anymore than to get six goals against a team that are mid table in the conference and who still need a point or so to stay up, which I hope they do because Nigel [Clough] plays it the right way or tries to play it the right way - but today we were on another level."

Speaking about Kevin Gall's outstanding contribution to the game, Johnson said: "Fantastic finishing! Again we’ve scored 95 goals this year and without good finishers you aren’t going to score those goals. Fantastic today and he’s dangerous. Kevin's not just a goal scorer, he and Kirk Jackson work very hard to win the ball back themselves so they are every manager's dream if you like - people that can put the ball in the back of the net and also win the ball back for you, and we have a team like that at the moment."

"Kirk came off because of a knee problem. The lad's studs went in to his knee and maybe put it out of line slightly and is quite heavily bruised at the moment. We'll let it have some ice and let it settle down and then we will know the extent of it. Sad really, one of our other records is for him to get the Golden Boot but maybe Gally will get it now!"

Johnson finished his remarks by saying: "We're in training again tomorrow [Easter Sunday] - there’s no Easter for us, we're not resting on our laurels. We will do a few stretches, touch up on a few of our free-kicks and corners and things, and prepare for Dagenham. It could be we go up with Dagenham or with Chester and you just want to win the games to have a bit of oneupmanship ready for next season."

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20 April 2003 : Players Shirts Up For Auction
Yeovil Town fans can get their hands on signed Yeovil Town players shirts, as worn by the Glovers throughout the 2002/03 season.

The shirts are being put up for auction by Commercial Manager Dave Linney at the end of the season, and he said of the auction: "All 24 are on offer. I'm hoping to get about £500 for Michael McIndoe's."

All shirts are named and numbered and will be signed by the individual player. To place your bid, send it in a sealed envelope, including your name, address and daytime contact telephone number, to Dave Linney, Commercial Manager, Yeovil Town Football Club, Huish Park, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8YE.

All bids must be received at Huish Park by May 31st 2003.

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20 April 2003 : Cheap At Half The Price
The Non-League Footy web site reports that Yeovil Town's promotion to the Football League has cost the club £5,000.

The sum of money is going to Hereford United as part of the deal that saw Michael McIndoe sign for Yeovil in March 2001. The deal, brokered by former manager Colin Addison, meant that the Glovers had to fork out the additional transfer fee if McIndoe was ever part of any promotion-winning Glovers side.

As McIndoe is currently the Glovers' second top goalscorer for the current season, Ciderspace rather suspects that Chairman John Fry will consider the £5,000 to be money well spent!

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18 April 2003 : More Good News For Tom
Following the joy brought into the lives of Tom White and his partner Louise last weekend with the birth of a son, now named Zachary, Tom has received good news on his future footballing career too.

Tom has only managed two starts for Yeovil Town this season, and had an operation on his knee back in the autumn. A loan spell at Woking in the New Year, to try and help him back to match fitness, lasted only two games and ended prematurely when he broke down again. A second operation followed.

Tom feared his career, certainly in full-time football, was in the balance. However a meeting with a specialist this week has given the 27-year-old hope that he will make a full recovery.

I've been given the go-ahead to do light exercises and the specialist is confident that the knee is alright now. He hasn't put a timescale on my comeback, but I'm aiming to be back for pre-season. I was worried about it after having two operations, but this time they seem to have sorted it out.

Tom's current contract with Yeovil expires at the end of this season, and he will be waiting to see if he features in Gary Johnson's long term plans.

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17 April 2003 : It Wouldn't Be The Same Without Play-Offs In The News
Ciderspace seems to have been reporting on play-offs and promotion issues continuously for about the last four years, as the Conference battled and initially failed to get fairer treatment, cocked up its first play-off scheme dramatically, and finally secured two up / two down.
We thought, with Yeovil Town moving up to Division Three, we might be able to have a rest from all that for a while. But no. The very first issue that is brought to our attention in the Nationwide League Bulletin is........ play-offs.

Next Thursday, April 24th, all 72 Nationwide League clubs gather at Leicester for their final meeting of the 2002-03 season ahead of June's AGM. And top of the agenda is the proposal from Crystal Palace Chief Executive Phil Alexander to shake up the play-off system.

Already heavily trailed in the media, the proposals are that the number of clubs in each division involved in the play-offs increases from four to six. The clubs finishing 5th and 8th, and 6th and 7th, would play each other in one-off games, with the team finishing higher having home advantage. The winners then go forward to play at the grounds of the 3rd and 4th placed teams. The winners of those two matches then progress to a Final at a neutral ground. (In Division Three all placings drop one, as three clubs are promoted automatically.)

If the reaction to these proposals is favourable on the 24th then a formal motion will be tabled for the League to alter its constitution at the AGM in June.

However, prior to that motion being discussed, the first item on the agenda on June 5th will be that of formally ending the membership of the League of the two relegated clubs from Division Three, and the admission of the play-off winners from the Conference, and the Champions - Yeovil Town.

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17 April 2003 : No Billy Big-Time But Plenty Of Sheep
Success mean interviews, planning for the future, and more interviews. Yeovil manager Gary Johnson has been doing plenty of both this week.

With Yeovil clinching the Championship Gary began to lay out his thoughts in an interview with Tony Incenzo.

I feel like a Third Division manager right now! And we feel like a Third Division football team! I have just shaken hands with a Third Division chairman, a Third Division secretary and Third Division staff. So everyone here is buzzing at the moment. It has been a lovely day to wake up to.

We had a three year plan to get into the League when I first took over. Sometimes you need three years to bring in the players you want, move out the players who were on existing contracts and then look for the jigsaw pieces that fit your puzzle. It looks like we have fitted the pieces a lot earlier than we had planned, which is nice. It gives me a year in credit if you like.

The FA Trophy Final success last year made us winners. It set us on a bit of a roll with that positive mental feeling that we were winners. We have carried it on into this season. Certainly since Christmas, we have not lost any Conference games - winning 12 and drawing two. So we've had a mental toughness where if any other team put a run of wins together then we were also on a similar run. We repelled all challengers really.

When asked about media speculation that bigger clubs might be looking at him, Gary will have brought relieved smiles to all Yeovil Town fans:

I've still got another year left on my contract. The board have been great here and I am not going to be moving anywhere. This is where I want to be. So long as the club's ambitions are the same as mine, then we can get those ambitions together and Yeovil Town can go as far as we all want it to go. We will be sitting down soon to work out a new two to three year plan for the club and included in that will be the next step of my own future here.

I am sure we can do well in the Third Division. But we won't get complacent and become 'Billy Big-Time'. It is the next division up and there will be a lot more closely contested games. So we will once again keep our feet on the ground. But we will also have the confidence to realise that there is not a lot of difference between the top teams in the Conference and the leading sides in Division Three.

I have been watching a lot of Third Division games over the past month or so and I plan to watch plenty more before the end of the season. From what I have seen so far, I feel our boys will fare very admirably.

You can't go too mad and look too far ahead because you will wish your life away! We can only take it one step at a time. The next step moving on to the Second Division. Hopefully that won't take another 108 years, because it if does I am probably not going to be around! But it is nice for the club that everyone is ambitious. And the next ambition is obviously to get to the next level in Division Two.

The crowds have been tremendous and the supporters get as much publicity as we do on the pitch. And rightly so. Everything we have achieved has been for them. The football club is here for the supporters. Our fans deserve the title win and we are very proud to have them as part of our set-up. We look forward to them roaring us on in the Third Division next season.

Elsewhere Gary commented again on some of the same themes:

I am ambitious, but I can fulfil all my ambitions here. I'm flattered by talk of big clubs but there is no reason for me to leave. I want to see how far I can take these players. My goal for next year is the same as everybody else's - promotion. Yeovil fans don't want to hear their manager saying we are going to consolidate for another 108 years.

We knew at the start of the year that these players could compete in the Third Division. There's no need for wholesale changes, but one or two players may come in.

I am happy here, and would be happy to sign a new deal. I have been told I have the 'Freedom of the Town', which probably means I can walk sheep down the road or something.

It's been wonderful here this year. The Doncaster game was the pinnacle in what has been our best ever season.

Correct - best ever season...... and absolutely bl**dy WONDERFUL! Thanks, Gary.

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17 April 2003 : 22 Into 24 Won't Go
We'll probably never know whether it was yet another of Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace's ill thought out schemes, or whether he was just the mouthpiece. Whatever. The bizarre notion that it would be perfectly all right to alter the rules everyone had been playing under for the other three-quarters of the season, and only relegate one club, seems to have been firmly kicked into touch.

The Football Association issued the following press statement today:

The FA's Sanctions and Registrations committee (formerly League Sanctions Committee) met this week on the 14th April and rejected the Nationwide Conference's request to expand their membership from 22 clubs to 24 clubs for season 2003/04.

The Nationwide Conference's request was referred to The FA's Sanctions and Registrations committee who sought the views of the 3 Feeder Leagues - The Ryman Isthmian League, The Dr Martens Southern League and UniBond Northern Premier League.

Following written submissions to The Football Association from the 3 Feeder Leagues, the Nationwide Conference's request was this week debated at the FA Sanctions and Registrations committee, and the decision of the committee was to reject the Nationwide Conference's request to expand their membership for season 2003/04.

The decision of The FA Sanctions and Registrations committee is subject to ratification by The FA Council on 21st June 2003.

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17 April 2003 : Football League Welcome The Glovers
The Nationwide Football League have issued a formal welcome to Nationwide Conference Champions Yeovil Town today. Although the Glovers will not formally become members of the Football League until the League AGM in June, Yeovil's championship win - the first side in English national football to clinch promotion - has already been acknowledged by the League's officials.

John Nagle, Head of Communications at the Football League said of Yeovil's success: "Yeovil Town have been a Football League club in the making for many years and to have now secured promotion is a great achievement by the club. Their membership of the League will bring Football League action to a quite considerable new catchment area. I am certain that Yeovil will be highly competitive next season and extremely well supported."

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17 April 2003 : Further Chester Ticket Allocation Released
With tickets for the three 'home' portions of Huish Park having sold out inside four days for the final Nationwide Conference match against Chester City, the club have been able to reallocate the Copse Road terrace for home supporters.

Tickets for what is normally the 'away' terrace will go on sale from Saturday at 11.00am on a first come, first served basis. Prices are £9.00 for adults and £5.00 for concessions.

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17 April 2003 : Four Nations International Tournament
The following press release has been issued by the Welsh FA:

The Football Association of Wales will host this season's Four Nation International Tournament.

The matches will take place between the 20th - 24th May 2003.

The countries comprise Wales, England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

Wales will be defending the title, won last year with wins over Scotland and Ireland as well as a draw with England.

The match schedule will be as follows:

Tuesday 20th May 2003.
Wales v Scotland at Carmarthen Town. 19.30hrs.
England v Rep.Ireland at Merthyr Tydfil. 19.30hrs.

Thursday 22nd May 2003.
Wales v England at Merthyr Tydfil. 19.30hrs.
Rep.Ireland v Scotland at Haverfordwest County. 19.30hrs.

Saturday 24th May 2003.
Scotland v England at Carmarthen Town. 13.00hrs.
Wales v Rep.Ireland at Haverfordwest County. 15.30hrs.

The tournament represents probably the last time that Yeovil Town players will appear for their countries at non-league level. Last season Gavin Williams was a member of the victorious Wales squad, and Kevin Gall may also find himself in contention after being a regular in the Wales under-21 side this season; whilst Chris Weale, Adam Lockwood, Darren Way, Lee Johnson and Terry Skiverton have all been picked for the England National Game squad this season.

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17 April 2003 : Daggers Tickets Available On The Day
Yeovil Town fans who have not yet purchased their tickets for the trip to Dagenham and Redbridge on Easter Monday may still do so on the day of the match, subject to availability.

Any unsold tickets following Saturday's game against Burton Albion will be returned to Victoria Road and will be available from the turnstiles. However, you are still advised to purchase your ticket in advance if at all possible, as this will reduce queuing time, as well as guaranteeing a place in the ground.

Yeovil Town supporters must enter the ground using Turnstiles 9 - 14 at Victoria Road.

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16 April 2003 : County Cup Final Venue Switched
Yeovil Town's match against Taunton Town in the Somerset Premier Cup Final has been switched to an alternative venue.

The match was originally scheduled to take place at Bridgwater Town's ground, but fears over capacity issues have forced the game to be switched to Clevedon Town's Hand Stadium.

The Glovers should find the venue a familiar one, having already defeated Clevedon Town 4-0 at the same venue at the Semi-Final stage. The game will be played on Tuesday 29th April.

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16 April 2003 : Latest From The Ticket Office
Ticket sales at Huish Park for the last three remaining Nationwide Conference league games are still going at a brisk pace, with supporters strongly advised to make their claim for tickets now, to avoid disappointment.

As suspected yesterday, tickets for the Chester City game are nearly sold out, with the Westland Stand now completely full, whilst only small pockets of seats are left for the Bartlett Stand and the Main Stand. There is no guarantee of any additional tickets being made available, and so this fixture is expected to sell out shortly.

Tickets for this Saturday's match against Burton Albion are still available in all three 'home' portions of the ground, although these are also selling very well.

Tickets for the Easter monday trip to Dagenham and Redbridge are also still available.

The Huish Park Ticket Office is open between 9.00am and 5.00pm today (Wednesday) and tomorrow (Thursday). However, it will be CLOSED on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. Hence supporters requiring tickets for the Burton Albion and Dagenham games are strongly advised to collect them by Thursday 5.00pm.

The ticket office will be open from 11.00am until kick-off on Saturday prior to the game against Burton Albion, and tickets for all three games will (subject to availability) be on sale. Hence it will be possible to buy a ticket for the Burton Albion game on the day. However, with tickets running out fast, and the ticket office likely to be extremely busy, you are strongly advised to turn up early to avoid excessive queuing or the possibility of being locked out.

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15 April 2003 : Chester Game Nearing Sell-Out
Tickets for the Westland Stand for the forthcoming Nationwide Conference match against Chester City are now believed to have sold out. Furthermore, spaces for the Bartlett Stand and the Main Stand are now down to small pockets of ones and twos with those expected to sell out in the next few days.

The club are believed to be attempting to secure the away terrace for home supporters, but this will be dependent on them being able to move the Chester City supporters who have purchased tickets for the away terrace, and also gain the agreement of local safety experts. A response is not expected from the relevant parties until the Thursday night.

Tickets for Saturday's all-ticket match against Burton Albion continue to be available in all three home portions of the ground.

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15 April 2003 : Glovers Go On The Bus Again
Yeovil Town's first team squad will be making another open top bus tour to celebrate their position as Nationwide Conference Champions.

According to reports on BBC Television, the Glovers will be doing a tour on Monday 28th April; two days after their final league fixture of the season.

Last season saw them parade the FA Trophy through the town centre, visiting local schools and colleges to put the silverware on display, and saw Yeovil town centre brought to a complete stand-still over the lunchtime period. The day was completed with a Civic Reception at the Town Hall.

Currently there is no set timetable for the bus tour, but more details will doubtless be announced over the next week or two.

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14 April 2003 : Players Give Their Verdict On Historic Day
Saturday, it could be argued, will go down as the most famous day in Yeovil Town’s 108 year history. How beautiful it was that the day Yeovil Town won promotion to the Football League was captured live on national television, and that the team then went on to pulverise their main title contenders, Doncaster Rovers, in a thrilling 4-0 win.

Goalkeeper Chris Weale said of the day: “For me personally, for the whole team and for the whole crowd it's been a great day. Everything has gone perfectly, nothing has gone wrong and it's just been a great day for all of us. When you know so many of the crowd, it's really good to see them all so happy and the buzz around town has been brilliant.

We had a job to do and we did the job,” he added. “That's been our focus throughout the whole year - to get promotion. Now we're focussed on Division Three. We know we've got a big job to do but hopefully today we've proved that we can do a job. Doncaster could do well in Division Three if they went up."

Wealey seems to hold back his big saves for national television, and in addition to two stunning second half saves, he kept out a 90th minute Paul Barnes penalty. Team-mate Andy Lindegaard explained: “I was on the bench at the time, and Jon Sheffield said that Chris has never saved a penalty - he's not saved a penalty all season, then bang, Wealey goes and saves it. The whole bench were cheering, Wealey was giving us the thumbs up and that's the whole team spirit amongst the side. It was a great save.

To come away to Doncaster, who were second in the league, and to beat them 4-0 is great,” said Lindy. “We wanted to do it the right way and today we've done it in style. I've supported the club all my life. To go into Division Three has been our aim ever since the manager came here. Chris, Gilesy and myself have been here three seasons now. We've come the highest position the club has got to in every year. Today we've topped it off by getting promoted. That's a dream come true.

Midfielder Lee Johnson was the Skysports man of the match and he added: “We set our stall out at the start of the season to win the league and I think we've done it in style. All credit to everyone involved in the club. They've worked tirelessly, day-in, day-out. Everyone has lived right, prepared right and entered into a commitment and it's come up trumps and I think we've fully deserved our place in the Third Division.

Some might have expected Yeovil to take the foot off the gas a little, having won the title, but if anything, the players’ celebration party started on the pitch and lasted the whole 90 minutes.

I think that proves just how much this bunch of lads want to win,” Lee explained. “We've nearly all been released from league clubs and we're all desperate to get back to where we've once been. We had a little taste and we wanted to make sure we got back there. We've now taken the first step on the ladder, we've got into that Third Division and our next step will be the Second Division. And who says we can't? We're looking at the next three games to be preparation for next year. We're going to come up against teams that are full time, like we did today. We're going to make sure we keep grinding out results and wins and get good workrate from the lads.

Lee also had praise for the large travelling green army that had made the trip up to Yorkshire: “They were class today. It was a big day for us because we wanted to win. We didn't want to go out having lost 2-0 and ending up looking over-confident or cocky. We got right into them early on and the fans got right behind us as they have done all season. They've been great and I think we've given them a little show to be proud of today.

Lee put the team’s success down to their terrific team spirit: “We're all good mates. If I was going to get married, I wouldn't know which one of them to choose as my best man! We all go out for meals off our own backs and that just shows the camaraderie is there and I think that wins you championships, when you are willing to back up your mate whatever happens.

Finally, he paid tribute to his father Gary adding: “It was a hard job for him to come into. Yeovil had 108 years and never won the league, but he's taken the challenge and he's come through and he's done a good job. He's got the right blend of players and the right attitude and full credit to him that he's done the job that he was asked to do. I'm sure we will have a little celebration tonight. I'm not sure how heavy. But we definitely want to celebrate because times like this don't happen often in your career. It's been a great day and I don't think I can describe the feeling inside. When you are in it and you've worked hard all season, the feeling inside is just brilliant.

Gavin Williams was asked if his reasons for leaving Hereford were influenced by Yeovil’s title ambitions and he said: “Obviously that’s why I came to the club. I knew what kind of a squad we had and knew that we would be challenging. We had a bad start in the first two games but I know the quality of the side would come through. When we had that bad start nobody panicked. We just knew that we'd come through in the end. I couldn't wish for anything better than to come in on my first season and win the league. It's been a great first season for me.

Gavin was also asked what factors influenced Yeovil’s success: “It's all sorts of things. It's the togetherness, it's the fitness of the lads, the team spirit and the quality we have got on the ball. Today we knew that we'd already won the league beforehand but such was the lads’ determination that we wanted to win the game anyway. Now we want to go on and win the league by as many points as we can. That's how focussed the lads are - we just had to wait 90 minutes and celebrate later. I think that in the first half we absolutely battered them! We eased off a bit in the second half but it was all over by then. We're starting now for next season, and I think we've started well! It will be an unknown to a lot of the players but hopefully we can go in there and do well.

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14 April 2003 : New Deal For Gary
Not surprisingly given the dramatic success Gary Johnson has brought to Yeovil Town, a F.A. Trophy now surpassed by a Championship, both are keen to maintain the relationship. Gary had made it clear he would leave any negotiations until after the title was clinched. With that taking place on Saturday the Western Daily Press is reporting that the manager is set to sign a new two year deal.
The board have made it clear for several weeks now that they are happy to talk about a new contract, but it was agreed everything should be put on hold until we got promotion. I know the club's ambitions are the same as mine, said Johnson.
Gary has one year to run on his current contract.

The paper also claims that there is a possibility the Somerset Premier Cup Final could be moved to Huish Park. Officials are concerned about possible safety issues should The Glovers bring a large travelling contingent. The final is currently scheduled for Fairfax Park, Bridgwater, which has only 150 seats, and a capacity of 2,500. The opponents on April 29th are Taunton Town.

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12 April 2003 : Champions put Donny to the sword
Yeovil Town are CHAMPIONS!
Yeovil Town are CHAMPIONS!
Photo © 2003 Ciderspace

Yeovil Town went into this evening's televised fixture at Doncaster Rovers already knowing that they were this season's Conference champions, and proceeded to put in a champagne performance in beating this morning's 2nd-placed club 4-0 at a packed Belle Vue Stadium.

The Glovers tore their hosts apart with a superb display of passing football and showed the nationwide TV audience exactly why they are so far ahead of the pack at the top of the table. Darren Way got the faintest of touches on a Kevin Gall through ball to open the scoring with his first goal of the season on 23 minutes, and Michael McIndoe made it 2-0 from the penalty spot 10 minutes later after Gavin Williams had been brought down in the box. It was 3-0 just before the break when a smart bit of opportunistic thinking from Gall taking a quick free-kick while the Donny defence dithered left Lee Johnson to tap into an empty net from 2 yards. The Glovers wrapped it up after the break with the move of the match, a long passing sequence culminating in McIndoe's through ball being drilled past Rovers keeper Mark Warrington by Kevin Gall. The icing on the cake came in the dying minutes of the match when Yeovil keeper Chris Weale saved an attempted Paul Barnes penalty.

Match report: Doncaster Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 4.

The win takes the Glovers up to 88 points at the top of the table, 17 points ahead of 2nd-placed Morecambe on 71 points and uncatchable by any other side with 3 games left to play. The play-off teams were also decided today - Morecambe, Doncaster, Dagenham and Chester will contest the final promotion spot at the end of the season.

Yeovil now entertain 14th-placed Burton Albion next Saturday in an all-ticket match. Tickets will be on sale at the Huish Park Ticket Office from Sunday 13th April between 10.00am and 1.00pm and thereafter during normal office hours.

Ticket prices will be £10.00 in the Main Stand (£8.00 concessions), £9.00 for the Bartlett Stand (£6.00 concessions) and £9.00 for the Westland Stand (£5.00 concessions).

Tickets can be ordered by post by sending a cheque made payable to "Yeovil Town Football Club" to Huish Park Ticket Office, Yeovil Town Football Club, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8YF. Please enclose a Stamped Addressed Envelope. Season Ticket holders and Greenfly Ticket holders should only apply if they require additional tickets for either match.

Cheers Gary! You deserve a small drink!
Cheers Gary! You deserve a small drink!
Photo © 2003 Ciderspace

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12 April 2003 : Champions!!!
It doesn't get any better than this. Yeovil Town became the 2003 Conference Champions this afternoon following Chester's 2-2 draw at home to Woking, the Blues scoring twice in the last 3 minutes to come back from the brink of defeat against the relegation-threatened Cards. The point gained wasn't enough for Chester however - The Glovers are now uncatchable at the top of the table and are automatically promoted to Division Three of the Football League next season.

Congratulations to all concerned at Yeovil Town Football Club from us all at Ciderspace. This is a proud, proud day to be a Yeovil supporter. Achieve by unity!

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12 April 2003 : It's a boy!
YTFC supporters have another good reason to get the champagne out: Tom White's partner Louise last night gave birth to a 9lb 6oz baby boy, as yet unnamed. Both mother and son are said to be doing well - many congratulations to the proud parents from all of us at Ciderspace!

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11 April 2003 : Chester Sign Up Iraqi Information Minister
Rumours have reached Ciderspace that Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf has signed for Chester City until the end of the season to act as the Information Minister at the Deva Stadium.

With the minister not having been seen in Iraq since the day of the fall of Baghdad, English intelligence sources are at a loss as to his current location, but Ciderspace have tracked him down to the Deva Stadium, where he has already been fine-tuning press output from Chester employees.

Only this week, Chester manager Mark Wright proudly announced to journalists: "We've got the best goal difference in the Conference by a mile and that's a credit to everyone in the squad." - a statistic that Yeovil Town and Morecambe supporters may have an alternative opinion of.

Chester chairman Stephen Vaughan built on Wright's statement - describing Yeovil's 15 point advantage over the Cheshire side to be "lucky", expressing belief that his side could still catch the Glovers.

The chairman, famed for his "catch us if you can" newspaper headline last September explained: "Yeovil are just lucky to have the points in the bag, but if they lose on Saturday at Doncaster in front of a bumper gate they may start to panic."

To overhaul the Glovers, Chester need to win all their remaining games, whilst hoping that Gary Johnson's side lose all of theirs. Even then, the Cheshire side need to overhaul a 21 goal difference advantage, currently held by Yeovil. A source close to the Deva Information Minister told Ciderspace that "the Yeovil infidels are quaking in their boots".

Chester City play Woking tomorrow at 3.00pm, meaning that if the Cards can obtain a result, then Yeovil Town would become champions before their televised game against Doncaster Rovers even kicks off. Former Glovers striker Warren Patmore could be the one to steal the headlines in such circumstances although the 140-goal hero is currently occupying a central-defensive position.

"It could be an unbelievable situation because we could find out we've won the league title in the warm-up!" Gary Johnson told the Yeovil Express. "But the players are focussed and relaxed and want to win the game. The lads have been very professional about it all and they know they can't celebrate just yet and they won't be getting any medals or trophies just yet. But one win or a draw will see us home. The exuberance and excitement is still on ice."

Both Yeovil and Doncaster are expected to go into the game with no new injury worries. Adam Stansfield and Tom White are of course absent for the Glovers, whilst Doncaster will be without former Rushden striker Justin Jackson and former Farnborough defender Barry Miller, who are both out for the rest of the season. However Doncaster are expected to add to their squad new signings Greg Blundell and Tyrone Thompson both of whom signed up just prior to the transfer deadline.

Johnson said of the team selection: ""We came through the Telford game and the midweek Somerset Cup semi-final win over Clevedon unscathed, which is good news. Everyone is available and fit and I will be taking the full squad up to Doncaster."

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11 April 2003 : County Cup Final Date Set
The Somerset Premier Cup Final between Yeovil Town and Taunton Town will be played at Bridgwater Town Football Club on Tuesday 29th April, according to the Official Site.

The fixture will give the Glovers one more 'encore' performance following their final Nationwide Conference league fixture of the season. The Glovers last won the competition during the 1997/98 season when they defeated Clevedon Town 1-0 in a game held at Twerton Park, Bath.

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11 April 2003 : Chester Game Live On Sky
Yeovil Town's final Nationwide Conference game of the season, and quite possibly the last game in their non-league history, will be shown live on Sky Sports TV. Their match against Chester City, scheduled for Saturday 26th April, will now kick-off at 5.30pm, according to the Official Site.

Yeovil Town's game against Doncaster Rovers tomorrow is also live on Sky Sports TV, with a 5.35pm kickoff. Supporters not travelling to tomorrow's game can watch it in the Huish Park Executive Lounge with the bar opening at 4.30pm. All supporters are welcome.

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10 April 2003 : Chester Get Away Terrace
Chester City have surprisingly been given the away terrace for the final league game of the season, according to tonight's Chester Evening Leader. They report that the play-off contenders, technically the only side who can deny Yeovil of the Nationwide Conference title, have been given terrace tickets, but no stand tickets for the game taking place on Saturday 26th April.

However, it seems that Chester will still get seats in the stands, because the paper states that "Yeovil will try to accommodate City fans who can’t stand with seat tickets alongside Yeovil supporters."

This gives Chester City an overly generous allocation of 1,850 terrace tickets along with any additionally requested stand tickets.

Based on the capacity quoted recently in the local press for the match against Telford United of 9,120, this implies that just 7,270 Yeovil supporters will be able to obtain tickets for what is likely to see - barring disasters of huge proportions - Yeovil Town receive their Nationwide Conference silverware. Given that 7,558 supporters (including around 50 Telford fans) watched last Saturday's match, a sell-out crowd - at the Yeovil end at least - seems a near certainty.

Tickets go on sale for the Yeovil Town parts of the ground on Sunday 13th April.

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10 April 2003 : YTISA Player of the Season
A reminder to all YTFC supporters that the Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association are now seeking votes for their Player of the Season Award, won last year by Michael McIndoe.

The voting is open to all Yeovil Town supporters, you do not have to be a member of the YTISA to take part. Send the names of your first and second choice of players to chairman Mark Kelly at to arrive no later than Saturday 19th April (the day of the home match v Burton Albion).

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10 April 2003 : Johnson: No change at Huish Park
In the wake of rumours that Yeovil players have been targeted by Football League clubs, Glovers boss Gary Johnson has gone public to reassure fans that if he has anything to do with it then neither he nor any of his players will be leaving Huish Park at the end of the most succesful season in Yeovil Town's history. "Any player would be stupid to walk away from this group of people at the moment and I'm sure they know where their future and enjoyment lies," Johnson said. "You cannot stop someone going into the first division or to a Premier League club but I am not too sure whether there is a lot of difference between us and any other third or second division club."

"Sixteen of the boys have signed new contracts and there are two or three who we are discussing new contracts with at the moment. However I have altready told them that they are part of my plans for next year so there is not a need for any rush on that. Everybody knows near enough what the situation is."

Speaking specifically about Kevin Gall, who is out of contract at the end of the season, Johnson said: "Because Kevin has only been with us a couple of months we both agreed that we would see this season out, get promoted then talk again. But I would be disappointed if anybody would not want to stay here because we are on a good thing at the moment and everybody is enjoying it."

Johnson himself is coming to the end of the second year of a three-year contract and will be holding talks with the board at the end of the season. "I have got another year to go on my contract," he confirmed. "It was a three-year deal when I took over and a lot of clubs do not like leaving talks until the last year because anything could happen in that time. But it is also right that discussions are not necessarily made before you achieve what you have been paid to achieve in your current contract. We have said that when we get promotion, the board and I will sit down and discuss things. Once we know for sure that we are up we will talk about next year and the future just like we did two years ago - we have achieved everything that came from that meeting and a little bit more. We have just got to talk about the board's next aim and that is obviously the second division. The main thing is that it has got to be a whole picture - you cannot have the manager on a long-term contract when the board or the players are only short-term because that leads to fragmentation."

Yeovil travel to Doncaster on Saturday looking for the point they need to clinch the Conference championship with a full squad to choose from, long-term absentees Tom White and Adam Stansfield excepted. Their hosts will definitely be without record signing Justin Jackson who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a groin injury. The match kicks-off at 5.35pm and is being shown live on Sky Sports 1.

In other news, Halifax boss Chris Wilder has been has been banned from the touchline for three games and fined £250 following remarks made to the referee after the Glovers 3-2 win at The Shay last month. Quite remarkably, current Stevenage boss Graham Westley has still to come before an FA disciplinary panel after he was initially sent to the stands from the touchline and then ejected from the ground by police following a scuffle with stewards during Yeovil's 2-0 win over Farnborough way back in September, when Westley was still boss at Cherrywood Road. One rule for one...... Finally, supporters are reminded that tickets go on sale for the final home games of the season against Burton and Chester from 10am Sunday - both matches are all-ticket, though obviously existing season-ticket and Greenfly ticket holders need not apply.

[Quotes sourced from the Western Gazette]

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10 April 2003 : First come first served at Donny
A statement on the Doncaster Rovers official website has confirmed that only a limited number of spaces will be available for Yeovil supporters at Saturday's match at Belle Vue - the game that could confirm the Glovers as Conference champions.

The statement reads:

Yeovil Town Game
This is not an all ticket game. Prices are Standing £9 Adult £6 Conc £3 Under 16. Seating £11 Adult £7 Conc £6 Under 16. Please arrive early at the ground because a large crowd is expected especially with many travelling from Yeovil. Yeovil fans will only be allowed in the Rossington End of the ground and A Block of the Main Stand.

We understand the Rossington End terrace holds approximately 1,200 supporters with the A Block of the Main Stand catering for another 200 fans. Doncaster are obviously confident that given that the match is being televised live on Sky Sports, added to the sheer distance Donny is from Somerset will be enough to keep the numbers of Yeovil supporters attending down below the 1,400 mark. Against that is the fact that Yeovil supporters do turn out in force for big games and aren't put off by long distances as the numbers at grounds like Blackpool, Bolton and Northwich amongst others in recent years testify - and games do not come any bigger than the match which could confirm the Glovers elevation to the Football League after so many years of trying. Our advice is if you're going, then get there early. Let's hope Doncaster are right and the numbers travelling from Somerset are limited. It would be a disgrace if any Glovers fans were refused entry to Belle Vue simply because the home club couldn't apply a little forethought and issue advance tickets to what was always going to be a very important game.

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9 April 2003 : Critts Double Puts Glovers In County Final
Two early goals by Nick Crittenden ensured that Yeovil Town had an easy ride last night at the Hand Stadium in the Somerset Premier Cup Semi-Final match against Dr Martens League side Clevedon Town.

Critts struck in the 11th and 14th minute and Chris Giles added a near post diving header in the 26th minute. Kim Grant completed the route with a 59th minute tap-in as 283 people saw the Glovers run out 4-0 victors.

The Glovers will face Taunton Town in the final of the competition, as they defeated a young Bristol City side 2-1 at Ashton Gate last night.

Line-up: Stephen Collis, Ian Linney, Jimmy Aggrey, Stephen Reed, Steve Thompson, Adam Lockwood (Capt), Nick Crittenden, Neil Mustoe, Chris Giles, Kim Grant, Abdelhalim El Kholti.

Subs: James Turner (for Ian Linney, 24 mins), Tom Jacobs (for Adam Lockwood, 46 mins), Ian Patchett (for Steve Thompson, 67 mins), Nick Jacobs (not used).

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7 April 2003 : Johnson Proud Of His 24 Sons
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson got a taste of things to come when he gave his usual post-match verdict to the press. This time, surrounded by two television crews and over 20 journalists, he started of in the April sunshine, still lapping up the atmosphere on the Huish Park pitch.

"We scored three goals of absolute quality that would be fantastic in any division, including the Premiership," said Johnson. "It was a great performance. Players were very bold in getting on the ball. They were trying to pick out runners well. Sometimes you give the ball away in trying to pick out that hard ball, but sometimes you make it. We've just got players like that who are very brave on the ball. When you've got a support like ours now, the boys feel comfortable that mistakes now are not going to be shouted at. They've proved themselves and I think everyone can see what kind of quality players they are."

"We know we've got to go to Doncaster and still get a point, but the boys will be relaxed," he added. "I think that they showed today how they can be relaxed and still play good football and score some wonderful goals. It could have been better with Chester not scoring, but that's the way it is. But they have got more than a mountain to climb to overtake us. We know heart-of-hearts that we are there. And we've got a group of very focussed lads who will want to go now and win every game between now and the end of the season. There has never been a situation in sport yet where somebody in our position has not achieved what were trying to achieve. But I'm not drinking champagne yet!"

"We know how to celebrate without taking alcohol in," he added. "We are more than 'almost there' now - we've cracked it. It would take something really stupid now not to do it. That's why it was so important to get the result today, just to make sure."

Left-winger Michael McIndoe scored two out of the Glovers three goals and perhaps surprise of the day was that one of them was scored with his right foot!

"Don't tell him that, he will get upset," joked Johnson. "To be fair he works quite a lot on his right foot, he has been doing quite a lot over the past few weeks so good luck to him. Macca has been fantastic and he has scored two great goals and he has been a good player all season. He is very passionate and he is a major part of our group of people and our philosophy. He is a good player and they all have that focus, passion and best of all they all have that bit of quality."

Macca's two goals were overshadowed though by a stunning team goal, polished off by a Kirk Jackson bullet header - not bad for a striker that had been more or less ruled out for the rest of the season just a week previously!

"He is a big part of our jigsaw," said Johnson. "Today he was fantastic, he has basically been a mobile target man which all teams need. I'm pleased we have got him fit because he was part-time before but he has his 21 goals and has done a fantastic job as they all have in their own way. That's the type of players weve got, they dont want to be out the side, when I brought the three subs on they were champing at the bit to get on. The lads don't like coming off and I'm trying to keep everyone happy but if your man management is OK then people accept you're doing what your doing because it's being done for the right reasons. Some of the boys may have been dissapointed that Jacko did come back because a couple might have earnt their place. Having said that there is such a good spirit in there. Everyone wants everyone else to do well, so they don't only want success for themselves but for everyone around them."

Sponsor's man of the match though, was Lee Johnson who provided two assists for the three goals. His father Gary admitted: "Lee had a very good game. The lads that are local know that I don't tend to pick out individuals unless people ask me about it but they are all my sons and I've said it before that I treat them all exactly the same and certainly on days like today you're proud to be the dad of 24 of your squad players."

Yeovil now go on play their three former rivals for the title and Johnson added: "We have some great games left, and we were hoping that the next game would be the start of our pre-season but it wasnt quite the case and we still had to do a job and win and we did it magnificently. We wanted to enjoy today, because we knew it was going to be a big day and now we want to enjoy the next ones. We tend not to think too far ahead, although people are talking about records. But the boys enjoy playing football so much, they can't wait for the next one to come round."

Johnson also had good words for the Telford United supporters who had paraded a flag at half time around the ground wishing Yeovil good luck in Division Three. Johnson's reaction was: "Brilliant! That was very nice, and these are the sort of nice things that can happen on those occasions. Sorry we beat their team but it was very nice of them to think about that."

He was also impressed with the 7,500 Glovers fans that turned out for the match adding: "That was very humbling out there again - a fantastic support. It was wonderful to see all the national papers coming down. We've all had a great day. Unfortunately it wasn't the 100 percent perfect day that we wanted but it was 95 percent.

Gary was asked if he thought that the squad would need changing in order to compete in Division Three and he replied: "Time will tell. There will always be additions naturally. It will be fine tuning or adding to the squad. We've got a fine squad, and we haven't got any 35 year olds at end of their careers. They are all young lads who are self-motivated and they work very hard every day. I love coming in and working with these boys every day because their concentration level and focus is miraculous."

"You're proud of the people around you," he added. "I'm proud of the Board of Directors who took a chance by bringing me here. I'm proud of my decision making in terms of which players we've brought in here and I'm proud of the players because they've performed and that allows me to back my judgement."

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7 April 2003 : Thommo Sets Yeovil's Targets
Yeovil Town assistant manager Steve Thompson has still insisted that the players have plenty to play for over the next four games, despite the Nationwide Conference title having been all but wrapped up for the Glovers as part of this weekend's 3-0 win over Telford United.

Speaking immediately after Saturday's win, Thommo said: "The number of points we've got this year is magnificent, and we've still got things to go for. We'd like to beat the points record, and perhaps have a go at the points difference record although I think that will be harder. But there are still things to go for and of course officially we haven't won it yet. That said, it feels like we've won it today."

Thommo will know all about the Conference points record. He was in the Wycombe Wanderers side that tied on 94 points with Colchester United at the end of the 1991-92 Season, with Wanderers losing out on the title on goal difference. Fortunately the following season saw him pick up a Conference championship medal, putting him in a good position to judge what promotion can mean to a football club.

"This is what we have been striving for, certainly in the five years that I have been here," he explained. "This is the ultimate. It's nice to win a cup, but this is real progress for the club in every sort of manner. It's terrific for us all. We've got the best team I've seen in the Conference during the five years I have been here. Also Gary is a superb manager and the combination of those two things has resulted in us winning the league, and quite comfortably as well. We're not going up to then struggle. We see ourselves as a team that want to be challenging for promotion or a play-off spot."

Winger Michael McIndoe echoed Thommo's thoughts adding: "We want to be the team that scores the most goals in English football this season, and we want to establish a record for the most points in the Conference. We can still get 97 points."

"I think you know how high a standard we've reached by the game today," he added. "There was a 20 minute spell in the second half when we took our foot off the gas a little bit. A few of the lads geed us up a bit and we pushed on to get the third goal. But we were 2-0 up at home, we had 8,000 fans out there who knew we'd already won the league, yet they still wanted us to go out there and play football properly. I think the fans out there wanted us to keep playing. But it was hot out there and it was hard to keep the tempo going at that rate for the whole time. The crowd got a little bit impatient because they want to see us scoring seven or eight goals in every game! But that's how high our standards are, and if we take that into next year I am sure we will do well."

McIndoe's double goal strike on Saturday won the Glovers the game, and he scotsman said of the goals: "I'm more than happy, especially with the second one being a right-footer. I think that's the first right-footed goal I've scored in 18 months. I was just pleased with how easily we did it today. We were in total control of the game throughout the whole 95 minutes."

Macca also revealed that the players were already looking at how to tackle their new task of competing at Third Division level.

"We plan ahead," Macca explained. "The players plan ahead and the coaching team plan ahead. We've got some things fixed for next season already. What we want to do is to take the next four games and learn off them, because we're playing three of the league's best teams over the next four games. To play them over the next four weeks will be good, purely because we can take those games into next season and we can test ourselves against the better teams in this league, who are the teams that I believe could do quite well in the Third Division."

Macca added: "We're looking to go straight up again - no doubt about that. We're realistic, but we're very confident and we're looking forward to taking on Division Three teams."

Club captain Terry Skiverton paid tribute to manager Gary Johnson and his backroom coaching staff, and said they should take the credit for the club's success.

"He's a very clever manager and he's very good at man-management," said Skiverton. "He is very good at motivation, and along with Steve Thompson and Mark Layder, they have done fantastic for the players in getting the best out of us without having to do it military-style. You hear about managers out there who run people from Monday to Friday. Our manager is a bit more clever than that. He's not someone who comes in and screams and shouts. He knows what individuals need to do and how to get the best out of people. I respect him for that, because I have had managers in the past who have done it military-style and in those circumstances you get half the team on your side, but you end up with the rest of the team not wanting to be there. The players who have come into this set-up can't believe the togetherness of the squad. Everyone wants to win it and you haven't got anyone looking to get away, because everyone wants to be part of a winning team when there is such a good atmosphere around the training camp."

Technically speaking, the Glovers still need a solitary point from their remaining games to guarantee the title, and they could achieve that next weekend when they visit Belle Vue, home of Doncaster Rovers in a match that is live on Skysports TV.

"It would be good to do it in front of the cameras," admitted Skiverton. "We've always performed well in front of the cameras. We've got nothing to worry about now. We know now we only have to pick up one point. If it is at Doncaster then so be it, but it might even be against Burton. We know we've still got a job to do and we've got points to gain. We've got things like win bonuses which do help! And whether it's over or not, the players in our team won't want to let our standards slip."

Spare a thought though for goalkeeper Chris Weale. The Yeovil born and bred youth team graduate used to stand on the terraces at Huish Park. In the last two matches, Weale could have been forgiven if he had decided to join the supporters in the Westland Stand, with the keeper only having to make one save in the last two matches. Weale said: "I know a lot of the fans personally and it's so nice to see the buzz around the town."

"A lot of the time at home I've not had much to do but then I've had to make the odd save or two," he explained. "It's a totally different game from being busy all the time. Sometimes it's nice to be busy, but you just have to remain focussed and keep talking out loud to help your players. Paul Edwards had loads to do. The keepers who have come here have been pulling off some great saves and yet we've still been scoring. But that's because we create so many chances."

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6 April 2003 : Gary Johnson Receives Manager of the Month Award
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson received his Nationwide Conference Manager of the Month award for March 2003 prior to Saturday's match against Telford United.

A representative from the Nationwide Building Society presented Gary with the award, and they are pictured with the backroom coaching staff.

Gary Johnson is presented with the March 2003 Manager of the Month award
Gary Johnson is presented with the March 2003 Manager of the Month award
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6 April 2003 : Kevin Gall Receives International Cap
Yeovil Town striker Kevin Gall received his Wales Under-20 international cap for his game against Azerbaijan prior to Saturday's game against Telford United.

Presenting the cap was fellow compatriot and newly appointed director Jean Cotton.
Kevin Gall receives his Welsh Under-20 Cap from Joint Company Secretary Jean Cotton
Kevin Gall receives his Welsh Under-20 Cap from Joint Company Secretary Jean Cotton
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6 April 2003 : YTISA Championship Shirts On Sale
The back of the new YTISA T-shirt.
The back of the new YTISA T-shirt.
The Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association have produced the first of their 2003 Nationwide Conference champions merchandise. With only a major landslide likely to deny the Glovers of promotion to the Football League, the YTISA have produced a T-shirt for supporters to wear at future matches.

Priced at £7.00, early prints of the shirt have already gone like the proverbial hot-cakes, so place your orders now! Just email your details to YTISA Chairman Mark Kelly at stating the number required and shirt size.

Non-members are welcome to apply. YTISA profits are used to provide new facilities and equipment for Yeovil Town Football Club, and thus by buying a shirt, you are not only getting a great souvenir item, but are also benefiting the football club.

This badge appears on the front of the t-shirt
This badge appears on the front of the t-shirt
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6 April 2003 : Almost There
Yeovil Town closed to within a point of securing the Conference title in a convincing 3-0 win over Telford United on Saturday.
There were no signs of nerves as Yeovil controlled the game from start to finish. Two excellent goals from Michael McIndoe and Kirk Jackson in the first half allowed Yeovil to pretty much stroll through the Spring sunshine in the second, before McIndoe added his second and the team's third close to the end.
Yeovil are now on 85 points with four matches to play. Only Chester City can still reach that total. Yeovil's goal difference is so superior that the Championship is as good as won, but one point is needed to clinch it mathematically.
Yeovil now go to Belle Vue next Saturday, hoping to take the title live on Sky TV. However with the game against Doncaster Rovers not kicking off until 5.35 pm Chester must beat Woking at home in the afternoon to keep the race theoretically alive.

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4 April 2003 : Burton and Chester games Ticketed
Yeovil Town have announced that their last two home games of the season will be ticketed. Tickets for the Easter Saturday game against Burton Albion and the April 26th game against Chester City - widely expected to be the moment the Glovers will receive any silverware owed to them - will go on general sale to all supporters in a weeks time.

Tickets will be available from Sunday 13th April between 10.00am and 1.00pm from the Huish Park ticket office, and thereafter during normal office hours.

Tickets will cost £10.00 in the Main Stand (£8.00 concessions), £9.00 for the Bartlett Stand (£6.00 concessions) and £9.00 for the Westland Stand (£5.00 concessions).

To order tickets by post, send a cheque payable to "Yeovil Town Football Club" to Huish Park Ticket Office, Yeovil Town Football Club, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8YF. Please enclose a Stamped Addressed Envelope to aid a speedy dispatch of your tickets.

Season Ticket holders and Greenfly Ticket holders obviously should not apply, unless they require additional tickets for the day.

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4 April 2003 : YTISA Player of the Season
A reminder to all YTFC supporters that the Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association are now seeking votes for their Player of the Season Award, won last year by Michael McIndoe.

The voting is open to all Yeovil Town supporters, you do not have to be a member of the YTISA to take part. Send the names of your first and second choice of players to chairman Mark Kelly at to arrive no later than Saturday 19th April (the day of the home match v Burton Albion).

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3 April 2003 : Gall Clearance Gives Glovers Weekend Boost
Yeovil Town striker Kevin Gall has been given a major boost today with the news that his sending off in last Friday's match against Scarborough has been rescinded.

Referee Mike Mullarkey of Exeter has reviewed the Carlton TV footage of the incident, where it was claimed that Gall had struck Scarborough striker Bimbo Fatokun, and as a result of the viewing has revised his report of the game. Gall will now no longer serve a ban.

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson said: "This is wonderful news for Kevin. We'd like to thank Mike Mullarkey for offering to review the video and for recognising that the situation had been misinterpreted."

Johnson has also received another boost, with fellow striker Kirk Jackson declaring himself fit for selection. Jackson had been feared to be out for the rest of the season, but has offered himself up to Johnson to play in Saturday's crunch match against Telford United.

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3 April 2003 : Johnson calls for 'professionalism'
With Yeovil Town on the brink of promotion to the Football League for the first time in their illustrious 108-year history, Glovers boss Gary Johnson has called for his players to be "ultra-professional" in the home match v Telford United this Saturday.

Attacking midfielder Gavin Williams returns to the squad following a 2-match ban, and striker Kirk Jackson may also be fit to play, despite suffering a hairline fracture of the cheekbone. "Jacko's been training this week but he hasn't been heading the ball, which will come in a matter of days, not weeks," Johnson said. "It's a possibility that he may make Saturday's game but there is no doubt that he will feature at some stage in the run in. We are happy that we have not lost him for the rest of the season."

Speaking about Saturday's game Johnson said: "This match is the biggest game in the club's history. People do not want to miss it because it is more than possible if we win on Saturday we will be crowned champions depending on how Chester get on at Gravesend. This is it, this could be the match that gets us into the League. If people want to be a part of the history then they need to be here. We are expecting a bumper crowd."

"If Chester win then we will not win the league on Saturday because of goal difference but would have got the required number of points to do so, so it is a very big occasion. We are now at the stage that we have to lose everything and Chester have to win everything."

"We have to be ultra-professional now. All the players are all still very disciplined and realise the fact that we still have not won the league yet. Saying that we all know how close we are to winning it - and who knows, we might have already done it because it is a tall order for the sides below us to get 82 points."

Finally Johnson appealed for supporters to behave with restraint on Saturday should the championship be won and in particular to stay off the Huish Park pitch: "The one thing the club is asking on Saturday, if we do win the league, is that people stay off the pitch because we will need it for next year. A lot of money has been spent on it and 8,000 people walking on it may put as back another year. Whatever happens we will be out there for as long as the fans want us to be but we would appreciate it if they could stay off our billiard table."

Fans are urged to arrive early at Huish Park on Saturday as a very large crowd is expected. The away terrace will again be opened to home supporters and turnstiles throughout the ground will open at 1.30pm ahead of the 3pm kick-off. Season-ticket and Greenfly ticket holders are asked to use gates 2, 5 and 12 in the Main, Westland and Bartlett Stands respectively; and the club advising that if you can get to the ground without taking your car then you would be sensible to do so - traffic congestion is expected to be pretty horrendous on Saturday.

[Quotes sourced from the Western Gazette]

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2 April 2003 : Donny Defeat Leaves Glovers On The Brink
What a difference a few days can make! Last Friday, Scarborough subjected Yeovil Town fans to one of the most boring, negative, ten-men-behind-the-ball tactics that Huish Park has witnessed this season. Had Yeovil Town fans been at Belle Vue, home of Doncaster Rovers last night, they would have probably described Scarborough's performance as gritty and determined, as Scarborough's rearguard tactics this time brought them a 1-0 win over Yeovil's title rivals drawing the Glovers ever closer to a Nationwide Conference league title.

The difference between last Friday's match at Huish Park and last night's match at Belle Vue was that Scarborough actually managed a shot on target. Just the one mind, but that was enough to make Mohammed Sillah - the player who caused Kirk Jackson's injury on Friday - turn from villain to hero in the eyes of Glovers fans as his 53rd minute goal sealed the Seadogs 1-0 win.

Scarborough's win simplifies matters in terms of the League Table. It means that Yeovil go into this Saturday's game against Telford United knowing that victory will as good as hand them the title. If all three points were claimed, then the only side who could catch them would be Chester City, who travel to Gravesend and Northfleet - and even Yeovil's massive goal difference advantage would make that task extremely unlikely. If Chester drop points, then a Yeovil win would absolutely guarantee an outbreak of mass delirium in South Somerset.

What that should tell even the most casual Yeovil supporter is that a full house at Huish Park could be very much on the cards. Only Season Ticket holders and Greenfly Ticket holders will have a place reserved in the ground and so the message to all is very much a case of "turn up early to avoid disappointment". As more details on the Saturday game become clear, they will of course appear here later in the week.

Meanwhile last night saw a Yeovil Town Reserve XI lose 2-0 at Huish Park to a Torquay United XI. Scorers for the Gulls were David Graham and Jimmy Benefield in the 50th and 60th minutes respectively.

Finally, what was your opinion on yesterday's new Yeovil Town shirts? Did you check yesterday's date before you burst a blood vessel over the outlandish design? Did you then feel a little foolish? Do let us know, although try not to get too shirty with us!

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1 April 2003 : YTISA Player of the Season
It's that time of year again: Members of the Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association are being asked to vote for their top two YTFC players of the season, an honour won last season by Michael McIndoe with Colin Pluck as runner-up (see picture).

Send your votes via email to YTISA chairman Mark Kelly at to arrive no later than Saturday 19th April (the day of the home match v Burton Albion).

Michael McIndoe and Colin Pluck - photo courtesy Stew Bratherton
Michael McIndoe (left) and Colin Pluck (right) with YTISA stalwarts Mark Kelly and Sara Brimble.

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1 April 2003 : Jacko On The Mend
Yeovil Town striker Kirk Jackson is still hoping to play a part in the remainder of the Glovers season. Despite leaving the field after Friday's game against Scarborough with a badly bruised eye, the target man has only suffered a minor fracture, and could be back as soon as the trip to Belle Vue, when Yeovil will play Doncaster Rovers.

Manager Gary Johnson told the Western Daily Press: "It's not as bad as we thought. There is a fracture, but it is only tiny. The final decision will be down to Kirk, but he should certainly be able to play again before the end of the season. It's good news for us and also means Kirk should be back to try to claim the Conference golden boot."

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1 April 2003 : Having The Gall To Appeal
Yeovil Town have confirmed that they will be appealing against the sending off of Kevin Gall during the final minutes of the Nationwide Conference match against Scarborough.

They have sent a video of the incident through the appeals process, and referee Mike Mullarkey of Exeter has indicated that he is prepared to review a decision that was made in consultation with his linesman.

It seems likely that the match referee did not see the whole incident, that surely should have seen Scarborough striker Bimbo Fatokun walk down the tunnel instead of Gall, in an incident started when Fatokun accused Kirk Jackson - who was later taken to hospital in an ambulance - of playacting.

Gall told the Western Daily Press: "Their lad pushed me in the face, so I pushed his hand away. The linesman then told the referee that I hit him round the head. It's very frustrating because I've not done anything wrong."

Glovers boss Gary Johnson has watched both a club video and local television coverage of the incident and added: "Kevin definitely didn't hit Fatokun and I don't think the referee saw what happened. When he sees the video I think he's got to quash it."

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1 April 2003 : Johnson Wins Manager of the Month
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has been named as the Nationwide Conference manager of the month for March.

The Glovers picked up five wins and one draw in the league over the course of the month, with their only blip being their FA Trophy exit at the hands of Burscough. Johnson's side are unbeaten in the league since Boxing Day.

His nearest challenger for the honour was Mark Wright of Chester City whose side had picked up four wins and one defeat during the same period.

It is the second time this season that Johnson has picked up such an award - another unbeaten run during September 2002 also secured him an award, and with his side currently 14 points clear at the top of the Nationwide Conference, he stands a great chance of picking up the seasonal award.

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1 April 2003 : New League, New Image
As Yeovil Town prepare for a new stage in the history of the football club, with the Nationwide League beckoning, a brand new image is on the horizon. Although the proposed changes to the club crest were not greeted with enthusiasm by fans, and have been dropped, it's felt by the club that some rebranding is necessary to mark the transition to the League.
A club spokesperson told Ciderspace:
A vibrant future awaits us. Vibrant colours should reflect that. We have looked at research on how colour makes a statement, and also drives sales. Some traditionalists might not be happy to begin with, but these days no one can afford to fly in the face of commercial realities. The shirt design symbolises Yeovil's drive through sunshine along the road to success.

Like the Club Crest issue, supporters are likely to have a range of opinions on the subject of the new club shirt. Ciderspace will not, at present, comment on the new design but will instead offer up another survey in the next day or so, in an effort to gauge supporters' early reaction to the new direction from the club.

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