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30 April 2004 : Yet Another Huish Park Sell-Out
Yeovil Town's third complete sell-out of the season was confirmed late yesterday as the Huish Park Ticket Office ran out of tickets for tomorrow's final home match of the Nationwide League Third Division season against second placed Hull City.

No further ticket allocation will be made available, hence please do not travel to the ground on Saturday expecting to get hold of a ticket.


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29 April 2004 : Reserves clip Swans second-string's wings
Yeovil Town reserves won their penultimate Pontins Holidays Combination League game of the season at the Vetch Field yesterday, beating Swansea City reserves 2-1. Glovers skipper Steve Reed scored both Yeovil goals, with Chad Bond replying for the home side.

The Glovers side comprised a mixture of youth team players, first team squad members and three triallists - Neil Sharpe, a central defender currently on Woking's books; central midfielder Sam Swonnell of Watford; and another Watford player, striker Elliott Godfrey. All three evidently impressed enough to be invited for further trials in the pre-season.

The Glovers second-string play their final match of the season in the Pontins Holidays Combination League on Tueday 4th May at Whaddon Road v Cheltenham Town reserves, 2pm kick-off.

Final score: Swansea City reserves 1 - 2 Yeovil Town reserves.


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29 April 2004 : Another Reminder For Main Stand Sponsorship
Applications for the draw to sponsor the Main Stand for next season must be received by Glovers Commercial Manager Dave Linney by 5.00pm on Friday 7th May (eight days time).

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

The winner will receive :

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

Every entry will receive :

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

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

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

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


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28 April 2004 : 2004-05 season ticket prices announced
Yeovil Town Football Club have announced the new season ticket prices for 2004-05. With the club’s destination for next season still undecided two price structures have been announced for both Division Three and Division Two. In another departure from the norm it will be cheaper in future to buy tickets in advance, rather than on matchdays. Prices are as follows:

Third Division Prices

Main Stand
Match Day Prices
Adult -£16, Concession - £13, Under 16 -£7, U11 Junior Glover - £5

Pre-Match Day Prices
Adult -£14, Concession - £11, Under 16 -£5, U11 Junior Glover - £3

Season Ticket Existing Pre 30/6
Adult -£270, Concession - £215, Under 16 - £100, U11 Junior Glover - £60

Season Ticket Existing Post 30/6
Adult -£290, Concession - £230, Under 16 - £105, U11 Junior Glover - £65

Bartlett Stand
Match Day Prices
Adult -£15, Concession - £11, Under 16 -£7, U11 Junior Glover - £5

Pre-Match Day Prices
Adult -£13, Concession - £9, Under 16 - £5, U11 Junior Glover - £3

Season Ticket Existing Pre 30/6
Adult -£255, Concession - £175, Under 16 - £100, U11 Junior Glover - £60

Season Ticket Existing Post 30/6
Adult -£270, Concession - £185, Under 16 - £105, U11 Junior Glover - £65

Westland Terrace
Match Day Prices
Adult -£15, Concession - £10, Under 16 -£7, U11 Junior Glover - £5

Pre-Match Day Prices
Adult -£13, Concession - £8, Under 16 - £5, U11 Junior Glover - £3

Season Ticket Existing Pre 30/6
Adult -£255, Concession - £155, Under 16 - £100, U11 Junior Glover - £60

Season Ticket Existing Post 30/6
Adult -£270, Concession - £165, Under 16 - £105, U11 Junior Glover - £65

Away/Uncovered End
Match Day Prices
Adult -£14, Concession - £9

Pre-Match Day Prices
Adult -£12, Concession - £7



Second Division Prices

Main Stand
Match Day Prices
Adult -£17, Concession - £14, Under 16 -£8, U11 Junior Glover - £6

Pre-Match Day Prices
Adult -£15, Concession - £12, Under 16 -£6, U11 Junior Glover - £4

Season Ticket Existing Pre 30/6
Adult -£295, Concession - £235, Under 16 - £115, U11 Junior Glover - £75

Season Ticket Existing Post 30/6
Adult -£315, Concession - £250, Under 16 - £125, U11 Junior Glover - £80

Bartlett Stand
Match Day Prices
Adult -£16, Concession - £12, Under 16 -£8, U11 Junior Glover - £6

Pre-Match Day Prices
Adult -£14, Concession - £10, Under 16 -£6, U11 Junior Glover - £4

Season Ticket Existing Pre 30/6
Adult -£270, Concession - £195, Under 16 - £115, U11 Junior Glover - £75

Season Ticket Existing Post 30/6
Adult -£290, Concession - £205, Under 16 - £125, U11 Junior Glover - £80

Westland Terrace
Match Day Prices
Adult -£16, Concession - £11, Under 16 -£8, U11 Junior Glover - £6

Pre-Match Day Prices
Adult -£14, Concession - £9, Under 16 - £6, U11 Junior Glover - £4

Season Ticket Existing Pre 30/6
Adult -£270, Concession - £175, Under 16 - £115, U11 Junior Glover - £75

Season Ticket Existing Post 30/6
Adult -£290, Concession - £185, Under 16 - £125, U11 Junior Glover - £80

Away/Uncovered End
Match Day Prices
Adult -£15, Concession - £10

Pre-Match Day Prices
Adult -£13, Concession - £8


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28 April 2004 : YTFC supporters v Hull City supporters friendly match
A reminder that the YTFC supporters team are playing playing their Hull counterparts this Saturday morning, prior to the main event, the division 3 match between the Glovers and Hull City at Huish Park on Saturday afternoon.

The supporters match takes place on the Astroturf at Huish Park, 10.30am kick off. All are welcome to go and watch and the Yeovil team are still looking for a few players - if you're over 18 and interested turn up at the Astroturf with your kit at 10am, or email Tony Elbourn for more information.


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27 April 2004 : Saturday Close To Sell Out
The ticket office reports that all the available seating at Huish Park for Saturday's crucial clash with Hull City has now SOLD OUT.

There is limited availability remaining in the Westland Terrace, but supporters are advised that this is disappearing fast.

As a final reminder : this game is All Ticket - no sales on the day.


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27 April 2004 : Some Dates For Next Season
The schedules for 2004-05 are already being jotted into those diaries before this one has even reached its climax.

The Coca-Cola Football League season will run from Saturday August 7th 2004 to Saturday 7th May 2005.

The Play-off dates are :

Semi-finals 1st leg, Saturday 14th May;
Semi-finals 2nd leg, week of 16th May;
League Division Three Final, Saturday 28th May;
League Division Two Final, Sunday 29th May;
League Division One Final, Monday 30th May.

The Carling League Cup :

Round 1, week of 23rd August;
Round 2, week of 20th September;
Round 3, week of 25th October;
Round 4, week of 8th November;
Quarter-finals, week of 29th November;
Semi-finals 1st leg, week of 10th January;
Semi-finals 2nd leg, week of 24th January;
Final, Sunday 27th February.

The LDV Vans Trophy :

Round 1, week of 18th October;
Round 2, week of 1st November;
Area Quarter-finals, week of 6th December;
Area Semi-finals, week of 24th January;
Area Finals 1st leg, week of 14th February;
Area Finals 2nd leg, week of 7th March;
Final, Sunday 10th April.

The F.A. Cup :

1st Round Proper, Saturday 13th November;
2nd Round Proper, Saturday 4th December;
3rd Round Proper, Saturday 8th January;
4th Round Proper, Saturday 29th January;
5th Round Proper, Saturday 19th February;
6th Round Proper, Saturday 12th March;
Semi-finals, Saturday 16th April;
Final, Saturday 21st May.

For those interested in the earlier rounds the dates are :

Extra Preliminary Round, Saturday 28th August;
Preliminary Round, Saturday 4th September;
1st Qualifying Round, Saturday 18th September;
2nd Qualifying Round, Saturday 2nd October;
3rd Qualifying Round, Saturday 16th October;
4th Qualifying Round, Saturday 30th October.


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26 April 2004 : P.F.A. Division 3 Divisional Award Winners, 2004
The Professional Footballers' Association official site givemefootball has details of all its awards handed out at the annual ceremony held on Sunday evening. The higher profile gongs went to Thierry Henry as Players' Player of the Year, the first time ever anyone has won that accolade two years in succession, and Scott Parker as Young Player of the Year. Paul Terry's brother John Terry made the short-list in this category.

In Division Three the players recognised were :

Peter Beagrie (Scunthorpe): Veteran winger who has proved he is still a major threat and while his crosses have been a big help to free-scoring striker Steve MacLean, the ex-Everton man has also reached double figures in goals himself this term.

Liam Lawrence (Mansfield): Midfielder with an eye for goal and rated one of the brightest prospects outside the Premiership. Played a huge part in knocking Wycombe out of the FA Cup with a hat-trick in the Stags’ 3-2 second round win.

Michael McIndoe (Doncaster): A key member of Doncaster’s second successive promotion campaign after joining from Yeovil last summer and received a call-up to the Scotland Future squad. Tricky winger who can terrorise defences.

Alex Russell (Torquay): Experienced midfielder who retains his place in this XI having also been selected last season. Influential former Rochdale and Cambridge player who skippers his side and is popular with the Plainmoor fans.

David Graham (Torquay): Scottish striker who began his career at Rangers and also played for Dunfermline and Inverness Caledonian Thistle before joining Torquay. Continues to improve and is enjoying his most successful season so far.

Lee Trundle (Swansea): Made a name for himself by scoring in each round of the FA Cup, including a late winner against Preston, before Swansea bowed out at Tranmere in the fifth round. A flamboyant forward with great touch and skill.

Chris Weale
Chris Weale in 2001, smiling as always. Whatever became of him.........?
Photo © 2001 Ciderspace


Chris Weale (Yeovil): Young goalkeeper who has impressed many observers this season and caught the eye of clubs in higher divisions. Has plenty of confidence and potential and looks set for a bright future in the game.

Nathan Stanton (Scunthorpe): Widely considered one of the best full-backs in the division, the 22-year-old already has a wealth of experience under his belt since making his league debut in 1998 and is a former England schoolboy player.

Andy Crosby (Oxford): Tall, commanding central defender with excellent organisational skills who played for Doncaster, Darlington, Chester and Brighton before being appointed Oxford captain when signed in December 2001.

Efe Sodje (Huddersfield): Nigerian centre-back who has become a firm fans’ favourite after impressing since his free transfer from Crewe last summer. His powerful defensive displays have been a key feature of Huddersfield’s promotion push.

Andy Dawson (Hull): Eldest of three footballing brothers with Kevin at Chesterfield and Michael, who is displaying a great deal of promise with Nottingham Forest. A fine attacking left-back who can take a very good free kick.

Congratulations to all, but especially our own Chris Weale. We hope to see you back fit soon, and fighting to regain your place from Steve Collis. That won't be easy.........


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25 April 2004 : Gary Enjoys His Trip To The Seaside
Glovers manager Gary Johnson praised his side's all-round performance yesterday after the Glovers had breezed to a comfortable 2-0 victory over mid-table Southend United at Roots Hall yesterday. Speaking to the press after the game, Gary answered the following questions:

Gary, another three points for your team and a good solid performance from them as well.

It was a real solid performance. We knew we wanted to start brightly. We didn't want to give them anything to play for. We knew that they were just playing for a bit of pride. But when we went a goal or two up, we demoralised them with our running and to be fair I thought we worked that quite well. We had two great goals from Dani again. They were two fantastic goals but the work-rate of the team, including the goalkeeper and the back four just dealt with anything that was powered in there. Everyone played their part and it was a terrific three points. I felt this was going to be a really difficult game. I know Southend have got some good players and if they get their tails up they are going to get runs and attacks. But we were good enough to keep them at bay.

That was the key to the victory - you looked so comfortable at the back that you were never really under any threat.

That's right. We felt that they were a good team going forward because they get numbers forward but we also felt that they leave holes around the place and we might be able to exploit them so long as we were moving in the penalty area. Dani is a 'fox in the box' and he got on the end of a couple of chances, which was lovely.

It's not just his goals that Dani has brought to the club. Is it a fresh impetus or something like that?

Well that's not really fair to say something like that when the others have played 40-odd games, but it's certainly given us another strength, personality and quality to our squad. I don't care if he's doing an overhead kick from 20 yards or tapping it in at the far post. For me they are all strikers goals and to be fair that's what we've needed for most of the season. He's got in there, Gally has found a little niche for himself on the right hand side and he's making goals. I'm just really pleased. It's not over but it's there for us with two games to go and it's still in our hands. That's all we can ask for in this moment in time.

You're flying again at the moment. The confidence is really high in the side and you can see that when they get out on the pitch.

I think so. Winning breeds confidence but we've still got to go and win those games. We've won three on the trot. I have been saying for a long time now that we are capable of winning three, four or five on the trot. I'm just pleased that it's come at this time and not at the start of next year instead. I've heard that Northampton won, but Mansfield lost and Oxford drew so we're the in form team at the moment and what a cracking game that gives us for Saturday!

What was it like for you on the touchline. Yeovil were in charge for the vast majority of the game, so was it more relaxing for you today?

You can't be serious! It's never relaxing and you sometimes wish your life away sometimes when you are 2-0 up. But to be fair we looked strong and I didn't feel that they were going to get two goals against us. I didn't want them to get the first one and then suddenly pummel the ball into the penalty area, and so we had to make sure they didn't get the first one that would lift their tails up. But we kept breaking on them and Darren Way had a great chance and we had a couple of other little chances. All in all it was a great professional performance at this stage of the season.

You've got two games left. Do you think you've got to win all of them now?

It's hard to tell. I gave them five games ago a little bit of insurance, saying that I thought we needed to win four out of five. Obviously I wanted them to win five out of five, but giving them that little bit of insurance just might have helped them to relax a little bit, so that they were not under pressure to win absolutely everyone of their games. But now they've won three out of three, we obviously want to get two wins to make sure. If we get two wins, we're definitely in the playoffs. I think Northampton have got a couple of difficult games coming up, but so have we. But we're still in the driving seat, and that's where we wanted to be after today.

And it will be a big day at Huish Park next Saturday.

It will be another big day at Huish Park - let's remember that! Our supporters deserve it as well. They came down in their numbers, they kept behind the lads and we didn't have four defenders there, we had 2,004 because they were keeping it out and I appreciate that.

Was Darren's substitution just match fitness?

Yes, you could see that it was match fitness. Daz will go to the bitter end so sometimes you have to make the decision for him. They were just starting to get people in the box and so I needed another one with legs in there. Darren hasn't played for a little while.

So there's no reaction to his ankle?

No, no reaction at all. He did very well as they all did. They worked so hard and that's what you've got to do to get into a playoff spot.
Dani Rodrigues celebrates his second goal
Dani Rodrigues celebrates his second goal.
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace



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24 April 2004 : Rodrigues brace boosts Glovers play-off hopes
Yeovil Town gave their play-off chances a huge boost in at Roots Hall this afternoon, beating in-form Southend United 2-0 to consolidate their 7th place in the table.

The Glovers were in control from the off in the Essex sunshine, Dani Rodrigues adding to his growing reputation amongst the Glovers faithful by putting the visitors 1-0 up on 21 minutes with a close range shot on the turn from inside the Shrimpers penalty area. Rodrigues the striker (as opposed to his somewhat taller compatriat Rodrigues the defender, who deputised for the injured Skiverton today) added his and Yeovil's 2nd 10 minutes later by getting on the end of a Lee Johnson effort at the back post and diverting it past Southend keeper Daryl Flahavan. And that was it, all over bar the shouting save a thoroughly professional second-half performance from the whole team to make it 3 wins in a row, the perfect time to be building momentum towards those all-important play-offs.

Final score: Southend United 0 - 2 Yeovil Town.

With 2 games left to play for all teams the win today consolidates the Glovers hold on 7th and the final play-off place in the league table. Oxford struggled to a 2-2 home draw with lowly Cambridge today to drop to 9th on 68 points. Northampton are 8th on 69 points following their 2-0 win at Swansea, with the Glovers 7th on 71 points. Mansfield lost 2-3 at home to relegation-threatened Carlisle to remain 6th on 72 points, while Lincoln could only draw 1-1 with Darlington to stay in 5th place, on 74 points.

Fourth-placed Torquay won 3-1 at Cheltenham and will still be harbouring hopes of gaining automatic promotion on 77 points, 3 behind 3rd-placed Huddersfield on 80 points, who drew 0-0 with 2nd-placed Hull City, on 82 points. Already promoted Doncaster have 88 points and are odds-on favourites to win the title after their 3-1 win at Belle Vue today condemmed bottom club York City to the Conference in all but name. Carlisle's excellent win at Mansfield means that the Cumbrians still have a chance of avoiding the drop, but must win both of their final games and are relying on one of Macclesfield, Rochdale or Scunthorpe to lose both of their final matches.

Wycombe Wanderers and Notts County will be plying their trade in division three next season following their relegation today; and congratulations are due to Plymouth Argyle, promoted as division two champions today after beating QPR 2-0 at Home Park. Let's hope that another West Country team wearing green are celebrating promotion on May 31st!
The travelling support celebrate Yeovil's opening goal
The travelling support celebrate Yeovil's opening goal.
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22 April 2004 : Invitation From Southend
Y.T.I.S.A. has asked us to publicise the following communication it has received from Southend United :

I'm contacting you [Stewart Bratherton] as you seem to be the only contact e-mail that I can find on the YTISA website.

During the close season, Southend United offered us the opportunity of taking control of the New Shrimpers Bar at Southend United which, it turns out, was only available to home fans. As part of our negotiations, they have changed the licence to allow away fans to take advantage of our facilities.

The Shrimpers Trust would like to invite the Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association and its members to the Shrimpers Bar at Roots Hall this coming Saturday. We invite the members of every visiting Supporters Club/Trust to visit us before a game. We have had over 300 people signed in which doesn't account for Shrimpers Trust members who don't have to sign in. When we invited the Huddersfield Survival Trust, 130 of them turned up! We are proud to think that we are doing our bit to foster good relations between ourselves and the other Supporters groups and Trusts in our division.

Each adult will have to sign the visitors book and it would be very helpful if a member of your committee who is visiting could have a copy of this e-mail as proof of invitation. Our Committee have taken a decision to charge a £1 entry for each adult away fan for which they will get a ticket to our End of Season Draw where the first prize is £500.

I would be very grateful if you could spread the word to your members travelling to the game that the Shrimpers Bar is open to Glovers fans and especially families. Hot and cold food, crisps, sweets etc., will be on sale plus hot and cold drinks including Courage best bitter on handpump.

We have a wide screen television and other televisions in the bar showing Sky TV to keep our interest going up to kick-off.

We are situated beneath the main stand near the entrance to the East Greens turnstiles. If you hear stewards say that only home fans are allowed in, please ignore them and come anyway. We still find that not all the stewards have got the message! The Shrimpers Trust have a stand (manned by Committee members) in the Shrimpers Bar where we take memberships and coach bookings and show a few items of our Trust merchandise so if any of your Committee members want to come and have a chat about progress or best practice, we would be pleased to meet them.

Finally as we are now turning the bar into a Shrimpers Trust Bar rather than a club bar, we are busy trying to brighten up the place by displaying pennants, scarves, shirts on the walls. We have a current Yeovil Town pennant on our walls and I would be grateful if someone could bring something else to put on our wall to add to the display.

I look forward to seeing you this Saturday and if there is the slightest problem that may prevent you visiting us, please let me know. Could you please let me know if you have received this e-mail.

best wishes

Terry
Secretary
Shrimpers Trust
01268 523974



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21 April 2004 : Emergency Ward 10 Fills Up
Both Abdelhalim El Kholti and Chris Weale will be having operations tomorrow. More cases of Gilmore's Groin, which is becoming a condition familiar to Yeovil fans. El Kholti had a similar operation last summer. Weale is presumably having his visit to the surgeon fitted in whilst he is still recovering from his broken hand and unavailable anyway. Recovery should be in time for pre-season.

Roy O'Brien, out since the autumn, will also be having another operation, this time on his ankle. This is unconnected to his original injury. Terry Skiverton suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury and had to depart the game at York last night in the second half. He will need surgery this summer, but should be available to play through the remainder of the season.

As a piece of good news, Gary Johnson is hopeful that back injury victim Lee Matthews will be available for selection for Saturday's game at Southend United.


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21 April 2004 : Lincoln City Match Ticket Information
Yeovil Town's final Nationwide League Division Three fixture of the season has been made all-ticket for Yeovil Town fans. The match takes place on the 8th of May and involves a trip to Sincil Bank, home of Lincoln City, who have yet to make mathematically sure of their own playoff position.

Glovers fans are situated in a seated, covered area of the ground and prices are £14 for Adults, £10 for the Over 60s and students in full time education, whilst Under 16s can get in for £5.

Full Season Ticket Holders can obtain their tickets from tomorrow (Thursday) with the ticket office open as follows:

Thursday 22nd April: 9am - 5 pm
Friday 23rd April: 9am - 5pm
Sunday 25th April: 10am - 1pm
Monday 26th April: 9am - 5pm

Half-Season Ticket Holders can start making applications from Tuesay 27th, with the ticket office open as follows:

Tuesday 27th April: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 28th April: 9am - 5pm
Thursday 29th April: 9am - 5pm
Friday 30th April: 9am - 5pm

Any remaining tickets will go on General Sale from Saturday 1st May (when the Glovers are hosting the all-ticket match against Hull City) with opening times as follows:

Saturday 1st May: 9am - 3pm
Tuesday 4th May: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 5th May: 9am - 5pm
Thursday 6th May: 9am - 5pm
Friday 7th May: 9am - 12 noon

Exact ticket numbers have yet to be specified, however, the standard allocation for away supporters is usually in Blocks 1-3 of the Co-op Community Stand, capacity 1,943, all seated. On a number of recent games though, most notably their match against Hull City, Lincoln reduced that allocation down to 1,100 due to demand from home supporters. Hopefully if Lincoln's playoff place is secured, that reduction would not be needed. Sincil Bank holds 10,430 spectators overall and their highest attendance so far this season was 7,114 for their February clash against Boston United.


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21 April 2004 : Glovers Back In The Driving Seat
Glovers manager Gary Johnson was dancing with delight at the final whistle of last night's priceless 2-1 victory over relegation-threatened York City. His little jig across the pitch took an extra leap when the tannoy announcer told him that his team were back in the play-offs after rivals Northampton Town lost at home to Huddersfield Town, who are now inches away from automatic promotion.

Johnson said of the victory: "It was a great victory and a very important one. At least we now know that having won at York our fate is still in our own hands and in fact we could be favourites for the final play-off place come next Tuesday. Having gone 1-0 down early on we came back well to level through Paul Terry just after half time. It was a perfect start to the half. You can imagine how we all felt when Andy Lindegaard put away our winner. It was a priceless goal. At this stage of the season you are always looking at other teams results and obviously Huddersfield beating Northampton tonight did us a favour. There are no easy games in this league and tonight we had to make sure we got a result. We did and we're still very much in the hunt."

Speaking to the Western Daily Press Johnson added: "We're back into seventh spot and we've got to fight hard to stay there now. We have got to fight like champions. The result tonight means everything to me and the lads because we've all got ambition. We're close and we want to get there. We hope it's a great end to the season. We still need at least another couple of wins and we've got two difficult games. But we're in the driving seat now."


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20 April 2004 : Glovers take matters back into their own hands
Yeovil Town came from behind for the second game in succession to force an absolutely vital 2-1 win at struggling York City at Bootham Crescent this evening. And with other results going their way, the Glovers are now back in the play-off zone after their prospects of finishing in the top 7 looked grim only a few short days ago.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson made 2 changes to the team that beat Bury 2-1 on Saturday, Gavin Williams returning after suspension in place of Nick Crittenden, who dropped to the bench; and Dani Rodrigues starting a match for the first time, Adam Stansfield the unlucky player to miss out. The hosts made the perfect start to the game, a 20-yard Darren Dunning free-kick taking a deflection off the wall to give keeper Steve Collis no chance. York had gone 16 games without a win before the start however and the Glovers gradually took control of the game before eventually equalising just after the break, Paul Terry the scorer on 46 minutes. Andy Lindegaard rifled home what would turn out to be the winner on 70 minutes. York put the Glovers goal under heavy pressure towards the end, but the defence - minus skipper Terry Skiverton who was substituted with an unspecified leg injury - held out without too many alarms, and indeed had a good shout for a hand ball when an attempt from Dani Rodrigues was blocked with a few minutes to go.

Final score: York City 1 - 2 Yeovil Town.

The result, combined with Huddersfield's 1-0 win at Northampton, meant the Glovers jumped up 2 spots into 7th place in the league table, and back into the play-off zone. Northampton drop back to 9th on 66 points, Oxford are 8th on 67 points and Yeovil move up to 7th on 68 points. There's a 4-point gap then to 6th-placed Mansfield on 72 points, Lincoln are 5th on 73 points and Torquay 4th with 74 points. The automatic promotion places look more or less settled now, with Huddersfield in 3rd place on 79 points, Hull City 2nd on 81 points and Doncaster top with 85 points. All teams have 3 games left to play, the Glovers visit mid-table Southend this coming Saturday.

It's been a good few days for Yeovil, with Gary Johnson's men in charge of their own destiny for the rest of the season once more. Spare a thought for York and their fans tonight though, 17 games without a win tells it's own story and with the Minstermen 3 points away from safety it's looking bleak for the Bootham Crescent outfit.


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19 April 2004 : Super Gav returns for crunch York match
Play-off chasing Yeovil Town will be boosted by the return of influential midfielder Gavin Williams for their trip to face struggling York City on Tuesday evening. York suffered a 2-0 defeat to Cheltenham last weekend which dented their chance of survival and are currently second from bottom in the league table (writes George Murray).

The Welshman returns after a one-match suspension served in the Glovers 2-1 win over Bury after new hero Danni Rodrigues struck twice inside four minutes to wrap-up all three points. The Portuguese star is expected to remain on the bench due to his lack of fitness but should be involved sometime in the match.

Darren Way (ankle) remains a doubt along with full-back Abdou El Kholti (groin).

York will be without player-manager Chris Brass after sustaining a hip injury at the weekend but welcome back ex-Luton striker Liam George after recovering from a lengthy lay-off.

York are priced at 7/4 with Skybet with the draw at 12/5 while favourites Yeovil are at 6/5.


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19 April 2004 : YTISA news: Kelly to stay
The Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association chairman Mark Kelly has had a change of mind on his decision to step down from the chairmanship of the group (see 23rd March news item). A press release since issued by the YTISA reads as follows:

MARK TO CONTINUE AS CHAIRMAN

OVERWHELMING support for Mark Kelly has seen him make a U-turn on his decision to step down as chairman of the Yeovil Town Independent Supporters’ Association.

Mark announced a couple of weeks ago that he would be standing down as chairman, a post he has held since the YTISA was formed in 1999, at the end of the season.

But Mark said he had been ‘touched’ by the messages of support from not only members but even Yeovil Town chairman and chief executive John Fry and that he had decided to carry on.

“I initially wanted to step down and let somebody else with fresh ideas to take over which I thought would have been good for the association,” he said. “But I have been truly touched by the wonderful support of the group’s members and the enthusiastic encouragement of Mr Fry that I’ve decided to continue in the role.”

And he joked: “I didn’t realise I was so popular and well-liked!”

Mark made the announcement at a YTISA committee meeting held at Huish Park on Thursday (April 8) night.

YTISA press officer Steve Sowden said Mark’s decision had come as a welcome surprise.

“Mark seemed adamant that he would step down at the end of the season,” he said. “But I think Mark has been so moved by the support and backing he has received from members and the club itself that he had no alternative other than to carry on.

“I think his decision has been warmly welcomed by the committee and I’m sure will be by the membership as a whole. Mark has been the lifeblood of the YTISA and with him still at the helm the group will continue to go from strength to strength.”


Other items on the agenda were the replacement for Tony Elbourn who recently resigned from the committee as secretary due to increased work commitments. It was agreed that YTISA treasurer Stewart Bratherton would take on the secretarial duties until a successor had been found.

It was agreed that new committee members had to be sought and they were open to suggestions from the membership.

Anyone who would like to get more involved with the YTISA should phone chairman Mark Kelly on 01935-412236.


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19 April 2004 : DSA travel to Southend this Saturday
A reminder that following the Disabled Supporters Association's successful trips to Kidderminster and Torquay, and thanks to a generous offer of sponsorship from the Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association amongst others, the DSA has booked the Jumbulance again for the away trip to Southend United on Saturday 24th April, 3pm kick-off.



Set for Torquay, 2004
Yeovil Town DSA supporters set off for Plainmoor
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace


Travel details are as follows: Meet at Huish Park 8.30am for 9am departure. Fish & chip suppers can be pre-booked at Southend and permission has been granted to eat on board the Jumbulance on the return journey. OAP's are welcome to join us providing space/seats are available after DSA members have booked their places. Price per place will be £12.00 per head. To reserve your place please contact DLO Irvin Morris ASAP on 01458-250897 or by e-mail at Irvincb1@btinternet.com.


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18 April 2004 : Rodrigues pays tribute to Glovers
New Glovers hero, Dani Rodrigues thanked Yeovil for resurrecting his career after he scored twice inside four minutes of the second half to earn his side a priceless 2-1 win against Bury on Saturday (writes George Murray).

Four minutes after his arrival Rodrigues scored a spectacular equaliser. His audacious bicycle kick from the penalty spot, left Bury keeper Glen Garner startled and the Yeovil faithful delighted. The new Portuguese star made it two after getting the final touch in a goal mouth scramble to give Yeovil all three points.

"Playing today was magnificent especially after the two goals I scored", described Rodrigues after the match. "The first goal was one that comes once in a lifetime. I would like to thank the fans who have been great since I got here."

The Portuguese forward, whose career looked to be over after he twice broke a leg in a six-month spell, paid special tribute to the Yeovil boss adding: "I would also like to say thank you to Gary Johnson because I have been seven months without playing and he believed in my potential quality."


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18 April 2004 : Cotton Revives The Glory Years
In a tightly fought match Yeovil grabbed a late winner to defeat Bury 4-3 in the supporters' game played ahead of the main event. The Hoops went 3-0 up, with goals from Rob Burt, Bev Horley, and Steve Hall. However Bury came back strongly to level the game, until Scott Quayle popped up with the winner close to the end.


Quite whether the Bury team realised that Yeovil had sneaked in a ringer with 415 First Team appearances to his name between 1971 and 1980 we don't know. Sshhhh........!


Yeovil Supporters v Bury Supporters, 17/04/04
The Yeovil and Bury Supporters' teams all smiles before battle commences.
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace/Stewart Bratherton



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18 April 2004 : Gary Pleased With A Bit Of Quality
Glovers manager Gary Johnson found it difficult to hide his delight after witnessing a wonder goal at Huish Park yesterday in Yeovil's 2-1 win over an improving Bury side. Speaking to the press after the game, Gary answered the following questions:

Gary in your wildest dreams did you imagine that Dani Rodrigues when he came on would do something like that?

“Well what we had to do was to change our team a little bit and get some quality on the pitch. We hadn't played with any quality in the first half and certainly Dani gave us that bit of quality. When he got the ball he got us a foul or got his pass away and certainly scored one absolutely magnificent Roy of the Rovers goal. You wouldn't expect that, but then he got the bread and butter goal where he was 'Johnny on the spot'. So two great goals from our point of view but we needed to get some people on that started passing to people not just kicking it in someones direction. We were a poor team in the first half but in the second half we turned it round and thank god we did.”

Because he hasn't played for a long time, what's his fitness like?

“Well his fitness looked OK there for 45 minutes, but we've been working very hard on him and every reserve game hes been getting better and better and he will still get better and better. It's great for our club that we've got someone who is wanting to earn a contract here. But I couldn't use him earlier and he'd be the first to say that. He hadn't played for 8 or 9 months and that leaves you a long way behind everybody but there's no substitute for quality and he's certainly got quality.”

Did you think it was going to be one of those days when Bury scored completely against the run of play?

“You always hope that somebody is going to pull something out of the bag but it needed a major shake up in the dressing room. Whether it was me, whether it was the lads, whether it was my staff, whether it was the subs, they all chipped in a little bit at half time. The boys needed to go out there and turn it round with that little bit of quality and once they started passing three good passes out of four instead of only one good pass in four we then started showing that we could play.”

Did the change of formation have a bearing on it?

“Well we didn't particularly change the formation, I just changed the personnel. I only changed the formation in the last 10 seconds, to waste a bit of time and to have an extra one at the back just for the last minute or so. But generally we played with that three pronged attack. I thought Kevin Gall worked his socks off and did very well, I thought Jake in the second half worked hard getting on the end of things and our midfield dictated. We kept them down to some corners and crosses but that was it.”

Results seem to have gone your way this afternoon its amazing how things can change in a day?

“Well Stuart Housley is the person who comes in with the good news if we need him. I leave him outside and if I can't pick them up in talking to them about the game, sometimes we can come in with a couple of results that have gone our way. We've used that over the last few weeks and I think it perked everyone up when he said one team were losing and Northampton were drawing. I think we said this will be the start of our season boys if you can turn this round and they did credit to them.”

One down four to go now

“Yeah, three out of four sounds better than four out of five, but you've got to keep going. At least our journey to York will be a happy one. We needed a win. We haven't won in a while and we'd forgotten how to win. Now that we've got that we know that we've got to go and win at York and then you've got two out of three.”


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17 April 2004 : Oh Dani boy, the goals, the goals are calling...
Yeovil Town came back from one down to take all three points against Bury this afternoon. The Glovers fans left Huish Park with a new hero - Dani Rodrigues, who spectacularly scored twice inside four minutes of the second half to give Yeovil all 3 points (writes George Murray).

The Glovers dominated the first half-hour of the game and it took 27 minutes for Bury to register an effort on goal. The woodwork denied Paul Terry in the first minute while five minutes later Adam Lockwood shot wide from close range. Against the run of play, Bury took the lead. Colin Pluck tackled Gareth Seddon and the ball fell to David Nugent
who broke the deadlock.

Gary Johnson’s early second half substitutes proved to be the turning point in the game with Dani Rodrigues making immediate impact. Five minutes after his arrival, Rodrigues equalised for the Glovers with an audacious bicycle kick from the penalty spot. The new Portuguese star made it two after getting the final touch in a goal mouth scramble to place the Glovers ahead. Yeovil went in search for a third. Jake Edwards’ shot sailed over the bar from close range while Paul Terry’s header tested keeper Glyn Garner. Bury could have equalised from a corner through a John Caltledge header but a goal would have been undeserved despite Yeovil not creating too many clear-cut chances.

Debutant and double goalscorer Rodrigues was overjoyed after the match: "It was a dream to come on and score twice," he said. "My first goal was one of those once-in-a-lifetime things."

"There is no substitute for quality and Dani provided it," Glovers boss Gary Johnson affirmed after the game. "In the first half, we were very disappointing. We were hitting balls at people rather than to them. It was much better after the break when we started passing the ball properly three times out of four."

Final score: Yeovil Town 2 - 1 Bury.

The result leaves the Glovers still in with a shout of reaching the play-offs, though there is no margin for any further error. Yeovil are 9th in the league table on 65 points from 42 games played. Eighth-placed Northampton slipped up at home today, drawing 2-2 with Southend to stay in 8th position on 66 points from 42 games. Oxford continue to free-fall after losing 2-0 at Darlington and appear eminently catchable in 7th place on 67 points from 43 games played. With a gap of 5 points between Oxford and 6th-placed Mansfield on 72 points, it would appear at present that Yeovil, Northampton and Oxford are all competing for the final play-off spot. Doubtless the position will become clearer on Tuesday night when the Glovers visit struggling York City and Northampton entertain 3rd-placed Huddersfield to play their respective games in hand.

Congratulations are due to Chester City, whose 1-0 win at home to Scarborough today was enough to ensure the Conference title went to the Deva Stadium and with it automatic promotion to division three next season. Commiserations to our, er, friends at Hereford, whose late run of 10 straight wins brought them so near, and yet so far, to the title. It's the lottery of the play-offs for them now and the possibilty of an unusual claim to fame - if Hereford do come through the play-offs they will be the first club to twice gain promotion to the football league without winning anything at all....


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17 April 2004 : Matthews, Northmore and Gosling extend loan periods
Today's edition of the Western Daily Press reports that Bristol City striker Lee Matthews and Woking keeper Ryan Northmore have extended their loan periods with the Glovers until the end of the season - though it's reported that Matthews loan period will be ended if the striker suffers further injury problems. Glovers midfielder Jamie Gosling's loan spell at Aldershot has also been extended to the end of the season, though Jamie can be recalled at any time should Yeovil require his services.

"Lee wants the chance to be part of our final push, Bristol City are happy for him to be here and we are happy to have him around so it is a deal that suits all parties," Glovers boss Gary Johnson confirmed to the WDP. Speaking about keeper Northmore, Johnson added: "He will be with us for the rest of the season. I have been very happy with him - he's a good number two to a good number one while Chris Weale gets his hand back to normality."

Broken hand victim Chris Weale is not now expected to play any more part in the regular season, but could be in contention for a first team place should Yeovil qualify for the play-offs.


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16 April 2004 : YTISA Travel Details
The Yeovil Town Independent Supporters' Association will be running coaches to Yeovil Town's forthcoming fixtures at Southend United on April 24th and at Lincoln City on May 8th.

Details as follows -

Southend United : Prices are £10 for members and £12 for non-members.
Coaches will be leaving Huish Park at 7.30 a.m.

Lincoln City : Prices are £15 for members and £17 for non-members.
Coaches will be leaving Huish Park at a time to be confirmed.

For all travel enquiries phone the YTISA hotline on 07800 837810.


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15 April 2004 : Pots of POTS
Yep, more Player of the Season voting opportunites coming your way.

The Yeovil Express is so keen to canvass opinions that it is offering a prize. Everyone who enters will have their names put into a draw to win a programme from Yeovil Towns last scheduled home game of the season against Hull City on May 1st signed by all the players.

Send us your first and second player-of-the-season selections with your name, address and daytime telephone number to :

Steve Sowden

Alternatively write your selections and details on a postcard and send it to : Yeovil Express, 46 Princes Street, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 1EQ.

Glovers News is offering no prizes (cheapskates), but votes for your 'Player of the Year' can be mailed to :

Fat Harry

Only one player will receive a trophy so just provide a single choice. Closing date is April 30th.


Voting for the Y.T.I.S.A. Player of the Season has now closed.


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15 April 2004 : Entertainment At Huish Park
After last Saturday we're hoping for more on the pitch, but as well as that the club has an event coming up.

Yeovil Town FC will be playing host to a Sixties & Seventies Night at Huish Park on Saturday, April 17th, featuring live music from Chill Out Dad. Tickets priced £5, to include food, and are available from the Yeovil Town ticket office. The evening starts at 8.00 p.m.


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15 April 2004 : Reserves share points with Swindon
Yeovil Town Reserves drew 3-3 with their Swindon Town counterparts in an entertaining penultimate Combination League game of the season at Huish Park last night.

A healthy crowd of 581 turned up on a sunny but cool evening to lend their support to the Yeovil side, as usual comprising a mix of first team squad players and youth team members. Swindon took the lead on 3 minutes, Ben Martin heading home a right wing cross. The Glovers were back on level terms a minute later after good work by Kevin Gall, the frontman drawing the Swindon keeper out wide before crossing to youth team midfielder Shaun Smith, whose deflected shot found the back of the net. The visitors re-took the lead on 20 minutes, triallist Nathan Talbott - who otherwise had a promising game - making a hash of an attempted clearance, giving Jon Stevenson an easy chance from inside the box. The Glovers were level on 38 minutes, Kirk Jackson firing home from 12 yards after a spot of head-tennis in the Swindon penalty area. 2-2 at half-time.

The Glovers second-string came out of the blocks quickest after the break, youth team defender Sam Croft heading home from a corner on 53 minutes to put the home team into the lead. Swindon equalised with goal of the game on 77 minutes, Luke Garrard firing home an unstoppable swerving shot from 25 yards - keeper Ryan Northmore did well to get fingertips to the effort but couldn't quite push it around the post. A thoroughly entertaining evening came to an end with both sides going for the win, but having to settle for a point apiece.

Final score: Yeovil Town Reserves 3 - 3 Swindon Town Reserves.


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15 April 2004 : Supporters Groups Meeting
On Wednesday evening another meeting of the 'umbrella' group established some months ago at the invitation of club Chairman John Fry, to improve communication between Yeovil Town F.C. and its supporters, took place. Along with Mr. Fry and other club officials, representatives from Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association, the Vice Presidents, Cary Glovers, the Disabled Supporters Association and the Green & White Supporters Club were in attendance.

The meeting was wide ranging and covered a number of issues important to supporters. Our thanks to Stewart Bratherton, Treasurer and Acting-Secretary of Y.T.I.S.A., for supplying us with information on the discussions.

The Customer Charter

The club chairman informed the meeting that the Customer Charter had been submitted to and approved by the Football League. He requested that people take the opportunity to look at it again to see whether there are areas that should be amended before resubmission next season. It was suggested that the text of the charter be placed on the Official Site, so that supporters are aware of its content. Any suggestions for amendments will be submitted to the next meeting. [We'd suggest supporters feed their opinions through their own organisations if members, or alternatively use the vehicle of the Club Press Officer or this site.] Printed copies of the charter are available from the football club.

D.S.A.

John Fry informed the meeting that Irvin Morris (Disabled Liaison Officer), is to relocate from the area, and therefore the club would be looking for a volunteer to take over from him for next season. If anyone is interested in offering their services please contact D.S.A. Chairman Jon Morgan. This post is an important role, and is a very active one on match days.

The meeting was also informed that the 5 Year Disabled Plan had been submitted to the Board of Directors.

Player of the Season Presentations

The meeting was informed that Player of the Season presentations would take place, either before or after the game against Hull City, dependent on whether the club was still involved in the play-off shake up. The meeting was also informed that manager Gary Johnson wanted only the winners presented with their awards on the pitch itself.

19th Annual Dinner Dance

Commercial Manager Dave Linney announced that this event will take place on Sunday 9th May. Though this may not be the ideal day, it was a date identified by the manager as one that would not interfere with necessary preparations if the team is still involved in the play-offs, nor the players possible holidays plans.

Tickets are £35 per head, and those wishing to attend this always popular occasion should contact the Commercial Office on 01935 423662 ext. 202.

Close Season

The next Football League season starts on Saturday 7th August. Pre-season friendlies have been pencilled in, but are still awaiting confirmation.

The Supporters' Groups were encouraged to use the club facilities during the close season for events. They were also informed that a brewery would be having promotional evenings during the Euro 04 Finals. Once dates are confirmed they will be placed on the Official Site, and we shall publicise them on Ciderspace.

Any supporter can hire the marquee or bars, though if you wish to use the marquee the club will need 2 weeks notice to obtain a licence.

One of the ideas that has been put forward is a five-a-side tournament, and the brewery are willing to put up a trophy. Y.T.I.S.A. intend in the forthcoming months to run various activities to raise funds. These activities could include Quiz Nights, a Horse Racing night, and barbecue.

2004-05 Ticket Prices

The proposed fees for season tickets and match-day tickets have been presented to the directors and the pricing will be released to the press on 28th April. John Fry stated that the club had looked carefully into the pricing policies at other Football League grounds, and Yeovil's prices will increase to reflect the average price charged in Division Three. The chairman was keen to point out that as the ticket pricing would be based on the average price elsewhere for this season it should still be cheaper than average to see football at Huish Park when other clubs increase their ticket costs for 2004-05.

In line with many other clubs it is likely that a price differential will be brought in to encourage supporters to purchase match-day tickets in advance. There are considerable logistical advantages and cost benefits to the club if fewer people leave their purchase of tickets until the day of the game.

There will be a finance scheme established to allow supporters to spread their payment for season tickets over 10 months, should they so wish. There will be a charge for this as the finance scheme will be done through a third party.

The club would like to hear supporters' views [do they know what they are letting themselves in for?!], on how the allocation of tickets for bigger games should be structured. Again the channels itemised above are available to get your ideas across.

Policing and Parking

The cost of policing and stewarding during this season has been £150,000. To ease the burden on supporters getting away from the ground on match-days the club feel there is maybe a need to pay the police to control the exits from Huish Park. However this will not be cheap, and a way of generating the revenue would be to introduce a charge for parking at Huish Park. Figures of £0.50p and £1.00 were suggested at the meeting. In light of what many clubs charge - £3.00 is not uncommon, and some rake in £4.00 - this seems a bargain to me, providing the trade off is a swifter exit........but then I'm not a driver!

Social Club / Supporters Bar

John Fry confirmed that the cost of running the Marquee (hire, security, bar staff) was very expensive. The Board are concerned that it is money being wasted that the club could better utilise elsewhere and, providing the capital funding can be found, that a new single storey Supporters Bar should be built adjoining the Bartlett Stand. It needs to be adjoining for a number of logistical and planning reasons, and would be designed with the facility to be developed further into a two storey building if required in future years.

A licence is due to be applied for, and the plans have been submitted to the council. The bar will have 2,000 square feet of customer space not including the bar itself. As a comparison the Marquee is 1,750 square feet in total, including the bar. The new bar will also have a skittle alley for use during the week.

Due to the location building work will not have a significant effect on the running of the club, and therefore could commence at any time and doesn't need to be confined to the close season. Before we all start getting too excited it is worth repeating that the plans are conditional on the necessary funding being found. However the chairman did assure the meeting that the Marquee will remain in place until the Supporters Bar is open. Once the Marquee is removed the club intend to use that space as a disabled car parking area.

An additional note for supporters : after the Marquee bar closes at 6.00 p.m. on match-days everyone is welcome to continue drinking in the right hand bar upstairs in the Main Stand.

Catering & Snack Bars

The club directors are still considering whether these facilities will be taken over and directly run by the club next season, or once again put out to franchise. The Stadium Manager has been asked to look at the feasibility of putting catering wagons in the Westland Stand, where there is only one tea bar at present.

A.O.B.

John Fry confirmed that groundsman Rod Pippard had resigned and moved to another (better paid) post.

Stadium Manager James Hillier was asked about the rather scruffy and untidy state Huish Park was getting into as it aged. He informed the meeting that he would be putting a proposed clean up plan together for the close season, at which time he would be asking for volunteers to help the club out.

The next meeting of the Supporters Groups and the club will be in six to eight weeks.


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14 April 2004 : YTFC supporters v Bury supporters friendly match
A reminder that the YTFC supporters team are playing playing their Bury counterparts this Saturday morning, prior to the main event, the division 3 match between the Glovers and Bury at Huish Park on Saturday afternoon.

The supporters match takes place on the Astroturf at Huish Park, 10.30am kick off. All are welcome to go and watch and the Yeovil team are still looking for a few players - if you're interested turn up at the Astroturf with your kit at 10am, or email Tony Elbourn for more information.


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13 April 2004 : Gary Mulls Gut-Wrenching Defeat
Despite losing 3-2 on Easter Monday against Boston United, Glovers manager Gary Johnson had mixed emotions when he met the press following the match. Gary said of the game:

"We didn't play particularly well in the first half but in the second half we deserved a lot more but once again we got done by a couple of major decisions. The boys got themselves back with 30 minutes still left to play, and we were nearly 3-2 up and we could have gone on from there but the men in black have beaten us again."

As you say a lot of the decisions went against you. What was happening on the first substitution when Darren Way was trying to come off?

"That has to be the worst decision that a referee has ever made. The reason why is because he told Darren Way to get up. Darren Way was injured and he told him to get up and get off. If Darren Way stays down and has his treatment then we can make our substitution anyway. Nick was ready anyway. But he told him to get up and get off and then wouldn't allow us to bring Nick Crittenden on. Obviously the goal came during that 30 seconds. We thought that was really poor and we also thought that the handling of the penalty was really poor. Gavin waited for ages to take that penalty and when he put it in, the referee said that he didn't blow his whistle, and then he changed his mind later and told them that one of them was encroaching. I'm disappointed with that side of the game, but the lads still turned it around and that's what I've got to take away from today. The passion and the football came back and we could have had four or five goals in the second half. Unfortunately Hugo, who had a very good game, made one misjudgement at the end where he stepped up to play an offside and you can't do that with some of the linesmen and referees we have nowadays and their fellow got in and did a good finish."

How is Darren Way?

"Well he got a whack on the ankle and he wanted five minutes which we gave him but then he wanted to come off and that was when it all happened."

The goalscorer looked like he had a lot of advantage

"Yes, I don't know what it was. I feel down about it, the players feel down about it. But it's not all over until it's over. I'm not going to be the first one to give up; I'll be the last one. I said to the players that we'd wait and see how the other results went but at least we got our football back today, especially in the second half. The first half was poor and was a continuation of Saturday really. But in the second half we got to where we are trying to achieve and we'll just have to see how we get along now in the next five games."

In the first half you couldn't quite get to grips with it but in the second half you looked a lot more compact in midfield

"There's a lot said about systems but at the end of the day it's all about players. If Gavin Williams picks the ball up on the left hand side, beats three players and shoots, there is no system. It's a simple game and someone has to cover him. What we did in the second half was to just stick another one down the middle really. It was just to get someone else into goalscoring positions. We had a great start and a fantastic goal that was tailor-made for someone like Simon Weatherstone on the day. But we got done by a couple of decisions rather than getting done by Boston. But credit to them because their little lad got himself in a dangerous position right at the end when we were trying to go for the win. We needed the win more than they did. They would have accepted a draw I think, which is why they all jumped up in the air like it was a cup final when they got the last minute winner."

You would have been disappointed with a point but all of a sudden you've got nothing

"That's right and that's gut-wrenching."

Are your players going to get a rest now?

"Yes, they need a day's rest. They worked very hard in that second half to get it back and they deserve to have a day off and come back fresh. Now we've got to win probably four out of our next five."

There's a couple at home in there.

"Yes, there's a couple at home but there are some big games in there and we've still got to do it. It's still mathematically possible, and I think a couple of the results today went for us., which is unbelievable. If we play like we did in the second half then we've got every chance of putting in a run of wins from there."

You've got a long time to dwell on this on the way home.

"Yes, it's a long old trip but I'll try and dwell on some on the positives on the way home. Of course we're running out of games. Five games left and I think we need four wins. Three wins is asking a bit too much to expect the other teams to start losing. I think we can play like we did in the second half and we're going to go for it. We've got to go for it. If we had played like we did in the first half during the second half I would have said no way, it's over. But I think the lads showed a lot of spirit and passion there to keep going."


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12 April 2004 : Boston steal it at the death
Yeovil Town's play-off hopes took a severe dent at York Street this afternoon, Boston United scoring an injury-time winner to take all 3 points in a game that the Glovers will kick themselves for not having won.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson rang the changes after the disappointing 0-0 draw with Cheltenham on Saturday, Paul Terry, Hugo Rodriguez, Adam Stansfield and Simon Weatherstone all starting the match. The Glovers got off to a great start, Simon Weatherstone scoring against his old club after 4 minutes, but Boston had equalised with a controversial goal after quarter of an hour. Darren Way was forced to leave the field by referee Eddie Ilderton following an injury, the official unaccountably not allowing substitute Nick Crittenden to immediately replace the midfielder and while Yeovil were down to 10 men the Pilgrims scored, Kevan Hurst exploiting the space left by the absent Way to break clear and fire past keeper Steve Collis.

Boston took the lead with a minute to go in the half, a disputed free kick from wide on the left floated into the box by David Noble and somehow missed by everyone including the keeper, the ball curling into the net much to Boston's delight. Yeovil came out all guns blazing in the second half, Adam Stansfield putting the scores level on 51 minutes. Two minutes later and the Glovers were awarded a penalty after Gavin Williams was brought down in the box. The Welshman scored from the initial spot-kick, but again Mr Ilderton intervened, insisting firstly that he hadn't blown his whistle before Gav took the kick and then claiming that a Yeovil player had been encroaching. Whatever, the kick was ordered to be retaken and almost inevitably Williams' second effort was saved by Boston keeper Paul Bastock. Yeovil dominated the rest of the game with Stansfield, Skiverton, Johnson and Lockwood all missing very presentable chances; and they were made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal in the very last minute of injury time when Boston substitute Lee Thompson, looking a mile offside, showed the Glovers how to finish of one-on-one's by beating Steve Collis to give the Pilgrims all three points.

Final score: Boston United 3 - 2 Yeovil Town.

The result leaves the Glovers in 9th position in the league table on 62 points, still 5 points away from the final play-off place. But with only 5 games left to play in the season Gary Johnson's men are now relying on other teams to slip up if they are to play on after the regular season ends on May 8th.

Congratulations are due to last season's Conference play-off winners Doncaster Rovers, who clinched promotion to division two today with a 2-0 win over Cambridge United in front of 9,636 at Belle Vue, Donny's biggest crowd for over 20 years. Well done the northern pub team!


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11 April 2004 : Chief Cheat wastes his trip
Glovers boss Gary Johnson answered the following questions from the press after the 0-0 draw v Cheltenham at Huish Park yesterday afternoon.

Well Gary, you said before the game that you would probably have to be quite patient and get a lot of men behind the ball, today it wasnt necessarily patience that was the trouble - more the accuracy of the final pass?

GJ: “Well it was a bit of everything wasn't it? A very, very poor performance by us and we have to hold our hands up sometimes and admit that, because somehow we have to find this inner strength in 48 hours to try and turn it round by Monday. How we got a point I dont know. They obviously set out for a point, but because we kept giving it away they nearly earned 3 points. They had more open chances than we did but it was a poor performance. I've got a decent squad, but on the day not too many came out with flying colours.”

Is it the fact that you have to win that accounts for a performance like that sometimes? Because you really didn't seem to get the ball down and play in the normal way.

GJ: “We never got going at all. They had their game plan of the 4-5-1, their one up front kept our back three occupied and kept holding it up and I just couldn't hang my hat on any player today. Maybe Collis, Skivo and Hugo when he came on, but outside of that it was very difficult to find someone who performed and when you've got that you're in trouble. I couldn't see us scoring although we did go for it at the end of course and threw caution to the wind a bit but they would look dangerous on the break. On the day what do you say as a manager? We've just got to get this inner strength and move on to Monday - if we get a result Monday and if we get a result next Saturday then two wins and a draw would look okay, but we've got to get those of course. I'm not slashing my wrists just yet though because the boys need management now and because we need to turn it around quick.”

You made a couple of substitutions, Adam Lockwood came off early and Colin Pluck - were those both injuries?

GJ: “No, Locky was because we wanted to change the shape and Colin Pluck was because he was injured. I would have brought on Lee Matthews probably a little bit quicker up front, but the third sub you have to wait in case you get another injury after you've used your last sub, so your last sub has to come on with 20 minutes to go so you don't leave yourself in danger of having 10 men on the pitch for too long. But I could have taken 8 people off and I've just said to them in there that its a terrible Saturday afternoon when I'm looking round wondering how I can change it, what I can do, who can I bring off, who do I leave on, just one of those days really. Very difficult to make decisions when it's like that, but maybe those decisions kept us in the game and maybe that one point might be effective - but I've been saying that for the last three games.”

They looked a bit tired as well Gary?

GJ: “Yes, I think you're right but I think Cheltenham did well with their game plan and you have to work a little bit harder, but you've got to have a little bit of quality as well and when the quality comes out then the legs come back. I thought our body language was really poor and at half-time my body language showed them exactly what I felt about their body language! “

Now you've got Boston on Monday, a long trip and not an easy place to go and get three points?

GJ: “Yes, I know. Steve Evans was in the stands today and the greatest thing about it is he will have learnt absolutely nothing about us today so he's wasted his trip.”

Obviously you're still looking for that playoff place - are you beginning to get a little bit worried with the way the results have gone in the past few weeks?

GJ: “Well yes of course, we knew Northampton were on a bit of a run, and it looks like with Swansea getting beaten today that it really is 9 for 7 places. Oxford are in freefall, Mansfield are not picking up results either and we've still got to play Lincoln, so I wont slash my wrists yet and we dont want to see you floating down the river either!”

Club captain Terry Skiverton also answered questions from the press after the game:

With 5 games left you've got to win 4 of those?

TS: "Yes, I'm not thinking like that at the minute because you've got to think about your own performance and how you're going to come out of it, and its not worth us thinking 4 out of 5 to win it now because it seems a long way off at the moment. If we're not winning any games we're not going to win 5 out of 5 or 1 out of 5 - we've got to go into this Boston game now and try and get something from the game. Thinking long term ahead is no good for us at the minute because we were all sitting there today thinking the results went for us, when they don't go for you its not worth looking long term and at playoff's if your not producing.”

What is the mood in the camp at the moment? Obviously disappointment and players looking at themselves as to the level of performance?

TS: “Yes, we've been doing well, we've got into a good position in the league but we've not quite found that little something extra to push us up there in to the playoffs. The gaffer spoke to us and said people have to get their own house in order, me being one of them as well. It's a case of us going home and assessing what we've been doing and putting in extra effort - not just as in bottle as in tackles and headers, but bottle as in getting on the ball and in finding some bits of quality, because that's what we're not doing at the moment. We've got to get ourselves goals and keep them out the other end, so this Boston game will be timed just right for us now because we've gone two draws and draws aren't good enough for us.”

I suppose the only comfort is you didn't lose the game and you easily could have?

TS: “Yes, but one point doesnt make much difference to us at the moment, we've got to win games. We're picking up single points at a time now and that's no good, we've got to concentrate on putting our own house in order and making sure we put a performance in because I felt we let the fans down today.”

Transcription: Richard Gibson


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10 April 2004 : Johnson not suicidal just yet after bore-draw fails to please
A soporific 0-0 draw with visitors Cheltenham at Huish Park this afternoon left Yeovil Town with an uphill battle to steal a play-off place with chances to score few and far between.

Promotion-chasing Yeovil were boosted by the return of defender Adam Lockwood while Andy Lindegaard and Kevin Gall were recalled to the starting XI.

Cheltenham began the brighter with Grant McCann twice firing wide. The Glovers best chance of the half came in the twenty-third minute. Andy Lindegaard found unmarked Nick Crittenden but Shane Higgs comfortably saved his close range shot. Three minutes later it was Yeovil’s keeper who was drawn into action and Steve Collis bravely denied Martin Devaney in a one-on-one situation.

The second half picked up where the first half left off with Yeovil unable to exert any dominance. The Glovers attacking threat looked disjointed and subdued and a Yeovil winner look increasingly unlikely until two minutes before final whistle. A Lee Matthews flick-on fell to Nick Crittenden but he failed to get the crucial final touch. But a Yeovil winner wouldn’t have done the game justice as the visitors looked the most threatening with Grant McCann twice threatening Yeovil’s goal and twice man-of-the-match Steve Collis denying Cheltenham the chance of a breakthrough.

Match precis: George Murray

Final score: Yeovil Town 0 - 0 Cheltenham Town.

"I will not be cutting my wrist just yet but it was a very poor performance," Glovers boss Gary Johnson said after the match. "We have not had many games here like that this season. Even when we have lost we have usually played quite well but I like to be entertained and today I wasn't."

The result leaves the Glovers in 9th position in the league table on 62 points from 40 games played. Northampton are 8th on 64 points from 40 games played, with Oxford in 7th spot and in the final play-off place, on 67 points from 41 games played. Monday's opponents Boston drew 0-0 at the Kassam Stadium today to got to 11th in the table on 51 points.


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9 April 2004 : The Price Of A Championship
Yeovil Town Football Club have published their accounts from the 2002-03 season to Shareholders in advance of the Shareholders AGM, due to be held at Huish Park on April 27th.

The figures show a hefty loss of £297,370 for the the 2002-03 season, with the books being balanced against a period end date of 30 June 2003. The total wage bill, including match-day and office staff, was £1,297,979. This compares with a £404,271 loss for the 2001-02 season that saw a 1.1 million pound wage bill recorded.

The exact nature of the reason for the losses will hopefully be revealed in due course, but this financial period will have included rent to Dorchester Town for five home matches whilst the Glovers were having their pitch relaid. The expenditure may also include any stage payments required for the refurbishment of the Huish Park pitch as well as numerous ground improvements the club made over the summer of 2003 to prepare the club for life in the Football League.

Without sight of the balance sheet though, it is difficult to tell how much of this outlay may fall into the 2003-04 accounting period. More information will inevitably follow in due course.


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9 April 2004 : Matthews Doubt For Cheltenham Clash
Glovers striker Lee Matthews remains the main doubt for tomorrow's home match against Cheltenham Town tomorrow at Huish Park. The Western Daily Press reported yesterday that the on-loan striker had returned to his parent club Bristol City for treatment on a back injury sustained by a blow to the back during last week's match at Torquay.

Glovers manager Gary Johnson plans to leave his team selection as late as possible, presumably to potentially accommodate Matthews, with Kevin Gall waiting in the wings if he fails a fitness test. However, Johnson implies that there are others that could miss the fixture explaining: "We are waiting on a couple of slight knocks so I can’t announce any team line ups until Saturday morning."

One player that should be back in the sixteen is Adam Lockwood, who dropped out due to illness last weekend.


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8 April 2004 : Credit Where Credit Is Due
In this day and age one contacts a business presuming, nay expecting, the hour on hold listening to piped music; the shuttle from department to department with no one taking responsibility; the fob off with warm words but no resolution; promises to call back that are not fulfilled; letters going unanswered; it's the supplier says the manufacturer; it's the manufacturer says the supplier. And of all businesses it is football that has one of the worst reputations for treating its consumers as if they were a piece of dog turd inconveniently attached to a shoe. Maybe it was ever thus.

As an antidote to this world of prevarication and obfuscation laughingly called Customer Services can we at Ciderspace bring you Torquay United and its chairman Mike Bateson.

Last Saturday a number of Yeovil fans with tickets for the Sparkworld Away Terrace found themselves directed into an area known colloquially as The Paddock, but officially as The Enclosure it seems, being told that the Sparkworld was already full. One of those fans was an administrator of this site. I wrote to Mr. Bateson on Monday complaining of the poor view and poor conditions in that area of the ground compared to the provision attached to the ticket I had paid for. And this morning have received a reply.

In his letter Mr. Bateson apologises for some fans ending up in the wrong area, and says that on investigating the problem has discovered that the error was made at the turnstile end of things, with operators not differentiating between those with tickets for the Sparkworld and those with tickets for the Enclosure. Once the Sparkworld was full everyone else had to be directed to the Enclosure, whichever ticket they held.

An investigation of a complaint and an apology within four days - a good start. But also contained within the reply was a refund to the tune of £10.00. So thank you very much Mr. Bateson and Torquay United. A shining and all too rare example of how to respond to a customer speedily and efficiently.

So now back to my battle with ntl, a company that has admitted mistakenly wiping my landline account from their database, allocating the telephone number I've had for over a decade to someone else, and more than three weeks on has still made absolutely no progress towards restoring my service. Should Mr. Bateson ever go into the telecommunications business he is assured of my custom.........


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7 April 2004 : Bluebirds stiffs stuffed
Yeovil Town Reserves beat their Cardiff City counterparts by 4-2 at a windswept Ninian Park yesterday afternoon to consolidate their 3rd place position in the Pontins Holidays Combination League table.

Stuart Fleetwood put the hosts 1-0 up after 15 minutes and with the benefit of the conditions in their favour the Welshmen put the Glovers goal under severe pressure for the rest of the half, on-loan keeper Ryan Northmore impressing with several excellent saves. The Glovers equaliser came on 55 minutes, Steven Reed scoring with a wind-assisted 45-yard effort. Yeovil dominated the second half, two goals in a minute from Simon Weatherstone and Reed with his second underlining their superiority. Yet another inexplicable penalty against Yeovil provided Cardiff with an opportunity to get back into the game which Fleetwood duly converted for his and City's second goal, but Kirk Jackson made the game safe for the Glovers second-string with a minute left to play, his shot finding the net from an acute angle.

Final score: Cardiff City Reserves 2 - 4 Yeovil Town Reserves.


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5 April 2004 : Tigers sell out for May Day clash
Hull City's official website has today reported that the Tigers entire allocation of 1600 tickets for the May 1st match at Huish Park have been sold, no more tickets are available for Hull fans.

With the game currently being the penultimate match of the season and both teams still chasing promotion, Yeovil fans without a ticket are strongly advised to purchase their tickets NOW - or risk missing out. Tickets are available for all home league games in advance from the ticket office which is open from 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday, and from 9am to 3pm on Saturdays - though bear in mind that this is the Bank Holiday weekend coming up. Alternatively Yeovil supporters can order tickets over the phone by ringing the 01935 423662 via the club's main switchboard or by direct line to the ticket office on 01935 847888.


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4 April 2004 : Great Game For The Neutral But Not For Gary
Glovers manager Gary Johnson could not content himself with merely a point at in-form Torquay United after the Glovers drew 2-2 at Plainmoor yesterday in the West Country battle between the two playoff hopefuls. Gary answered the following questions from the press after the game:

Gary it's difficult to know where to start but what was your reaction to that result?

We'll start at the beginning where we had a super first 25 minutes where we got the goals that we were looking to get. There was a strong wind and tactically we had to use that. We did that and we used it to good effect. In the second 20 minutes we gave the ball away a little bit too often and let them get back into the game. I would have thought it was a great game for the neutral but unfortunately there weren't too many neutrals here. I think that both teams will have seen it as two points lost.

Was it that goal just before half time that set you back a bit?

Yes, you could do without that just before half time. I'm not too sure that it was a free kick. But when it is a free kick you've got to make sure that you throw everything including the kitchen sink to stop the shot. The ball just beat Paul Terry on the end of the wall and went in. That gave Torquay the impetus to come out for the second half. With the wind it was always going to be dangerous

Going back to the start of the match you must have been delighted with the performance, particularly in terms of taking their chances.

Yes I was, particularly with us away from home. But it was important for us to win the game. If this had been at the start of the season, or in mid-season you would have said that it was a very good point. But we wanted to win it, to keep us in touch with Torquay and bring them into our equation. It was a better result for them in the end than it was for us.

Looking at the penalty in the second half that changed the game, none of us really saw it very well. Could you see from where you were in the dugout what happened there?

I just think that there were three or four people there. The ball was bouncing, swirling. From my own point of view and I was as near as anyone, no way was it a penalty. You tell me what it was for, because I don't know why he's given it. We were disappointed with the penalty.

Gavin Williams got sent off and what do you make of that decision?

He has got booked for pulling somebody's shirt and then he has got booked for a high tackle and I was disappointed with him at that point. He is too good a player and he doesn't need to do those things.

It was a fantastic game and a really good atmosphere as well

Yes it was a great atmosphere but our away support always makes it a great atmosphere. So we're obviously very proud of them and I would have liked to have got all three points. But we'll have to just wait and see. We're still just outside those playoff places, we've got seven games and we've got to put a run of wins together. We can't make up for not getting draws earlier in the season by getting draws now. We need to get a couple of wins from somewhere.

Is it that time of year when you come back in and you're straight onto Teletext?

You've got to concentrate on your own performances but when you get a draw you've got to rely on other performances as well. I don't know whether this is a point gained or two points lost but we'll see after seven more games.

Looking at some of the individual performance I though Steve Collis did really well this week

We had some good individual performances but we had one or two that didn't quite come out of their shell. We need most of our players coming out of their shell and performing on the big occasion. I felt their front two looked very active and dangerous. I thought they looked a good pairing and they gave us a lot to think about as we did with them in the first half.


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3 April 2004 : Points shared in the West Country derby
Yeovil Town drew 2-2 in a pulsating West Country derby at a packed Plainmoor this afternoon, but Gary Johnson's men will regard it as two points dropped rather than one point gained after a 2-0 lead was whittled back by opponents Torquay United.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson rang the changes before the game, Lee Matthews and Jake Edwards up front replacing Kevin Gall who was on the bench, and Kirk Jackson who dropped out of the match-day squad altogether. Nick Crittenden made his first start since February, replacing Simon Weatherstone; and Paul Terry came in for the ill Adam Lockwood.

The Glovers made a sensational start to the game. Darren Way put the visitors ahead on 17 minutes, knocking in the rebound after an Abdel El Kholti shot hit the post. Ten minutes later and Jake Edwards showed exactly what Yeovil have been missing in the past few months, being in the perfect position to make it 2-0 after good work by Gavin Williams. The Gulls made two substitutions on the half-hour mark and put the away team under heavy pressure for the rest of the half, Craig Taylor pulling a goal back a minute before the break with a free-kick from just outside the box.

The Gulls equalised in controversial circumstances 10 minutes into the second half, Ek Kholti being judged to have brought down Torquay striker David Graham by referee Rob Styles, a decision that bemused the Yeovil side and incensed the Glovers supporters behind the goal. Steve Woods eventually got the goal, but Glovers keeper Steve Collis can consider himself very unlucky having saved the initial penalty kick, only for Woods to convert the rebound from his save. Both teams had chances to win the game in the remaining time, but both in the end had to be content with a point apiece.

"Both teams will see it as two points lost," Glovers boss Johnson admitted afterwards. "It was a better result for them than it was for us, because we needed to win to pull Torquay back towards us. There was no way it was a penalty for the equaliser. I still don't know what the referee gave it for."

Torquay manager Leroy Rosenior said: "From where we were in the first half I'm delighted with the result. The changes brought us to life after giving two goals away. The game was a great advert for football in the West Country and it was probably a fair result in the end."

Final score: Torquay United 2 - 2 Yeovil Town.

The result leaves the Glovers 4 points off the play-off places with 7 games left to play. Northampton are 9th on 61 points from 39 games played and Yeovil are 8th, also on 61 points from 39 games, but with a superior goal difference to the Cobblers. No, it's true! Mansfield are 7th on 65 points from 39 games; Oxford are 6th on 66 points from 39 games; and Lincoln are 5th, on 66 points from 40 games. Torquay stay 4th, on 68 points from 40 games. The Glovers next opponents, Cheltenham, lost 1-2 at home to Bristol Rovers today to drop to 16th position in the table, on 47 points from 40 games played.


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2 April 2004 : Club Respond To U12s Cup Final Claims
Yeovil Town Football Club have issued a statement on their Official Site in response to claims made by the Western Gazette relating to the staging of the High Holborne Shield Final - a cup competition organised by the Yeovil U12 League.

The final has traditionally been staged at both Huish and Huish Park for a number of years but the club report that a decision has yet to be made as to whether that will be possible for this year's competition. The Gazette yesterday described the decision as a fait accompli and that has moved the club to issue a rebuttal to that claim and to clarify their reasons for needing to give their decision some thought.

The issues seem to centre around the club's new pitch, laid in the summer of 2002. The club point out that "we have a contract with our stadium pitch contractors regarding the maximum number of games, at whatever level, to be played on the pitch. Should the club break its contract then we could potentially be liable for major costs."

What this appears to be is a manufacturers warranty. Our assumption is that provided the club keep within the terms of the warranty, any defects with the pitch are repaired by the pitch manufacturer. However, if the club break the terms of that warranty, then they risk being left out in the cold and having to fend for themselves. The pitch was laid at an estimated cost of 150-200K and so this is not a decision to be taken lightly.

The club point out that they anticipated such a problem and say that "the club informed an official of the (Yeovil U12) league in writing in March 2003 that there could be problems hosting the final in the future and asked specifically not to advertise to the children that the final would be played at Huish Park." That advice does not appear to have been heeded.

Discussions are said to still be ongoing and the club will communicate their decision to the league when all the available options are weighed up.


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2 April 2004 : Super Gav is Internet Player of the Month for March
Gavin Williams is March's Internet Player of the Month, the second month in succession that the Welsh wizard has won the accolade. Super Gav won the outright vote for Man of the Match against Huddersfield at the start of the month and featured heavily in all the other matches played in March, coming second in the match vote for the game against Bristol Rovers. Two players previously on the fringes of the first team squad this season came second and third in the voting, Abdel El Kholti and Andy Lindegaard both enjoying a good month in the eyes of the Glovers internet supporters.

Gavin Williams celebrates winning the Internet POTM Award for March with his team-mates
Gavin Williams (far right) celebrates winning the Internet POTM Award for March with his team-mates
Photo © 2003 Ciderspace


The full results for Internet Player of the Month for March are as follows:

1. 381 points - Gavin Williams
2. 303 points - Abdelhalim El Kholti
3. 291 points - Andy Lindegaard
4. 285 points - Terry Skiverton
5. 226 points - Stephen Collis
6. 167 points - Lee Johnson
7. 152 points - Darren Way
8. 125 points - Adam Lockwood

As well as being Internet Player of the Month for the last two months, Gavin Williams heads the leaderboard for the Internet Player of the Season, as he has done since January. Last season's IPOTS winner Darren Way, who was this term's leader up to December, slips to third place with Lee Johnson moving up to second place. Kevin Gall has attracted consistent voting, maintaining fourth spot.

The current leaderboard is as follows:

1: Gavin Williams
2: Lee Johnson
3: Darren Way
4: Kevin Gall

Thanks for your participation in the voting. A reminder that a voting form is available after every match accessible via a link on the top right hand corner of the Ciderspace home page or via the match report of the game in question.


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2 April 2004 : Name The Main Stand Reminder
A reminder (original article March 9th) that Yeovil Town Football Club Commercial Department is offering a chance to name the Main Stand for the season 2004-2005.

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

The winner will receive :

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

Every entry will receive :

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

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

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

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


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1 April 2004 : YTISA Secretary Resigns
Ciderspace has received the following press release from the Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association:

YTISA secretary Tony Elbourn has announced that he is to stand down from the role due to other commitments.

Tony has said that he has decided to resign from the YTISA committee because of extra work commitments, but he will still be heavily involved in Yeovil Town FC.

“I want to help the newly-formed Disabled Supporters’ Association get more established and with my extra work commitments I just cannot give as much time as I would have wished to the YTISA,” he said.

“It is a shame because the YTISA has the potential to become a truly great supporters’ organisation and I wish the group all the best.”

Tony added that he would continue to look at establishing better links with Green Brotherhood clubs – sides who play in green – and revealed he had only just received an invitation to visit a team in Holland.

“I will also be looking to try and organise more discount deals for supporters with local shops and businesses in the area,” he said.

The news of Tony’s resignation comes as a blow to the association with group chairman and founder, Mark Kelly, only recently announcing he is to step down from the role at the end of the season.

YTISA press officer Steve Sowden said: “Tony’s resignation is a blow, but we’d like to thank him for all his efforts.

“With Mark and Tony both going, now is the time that the YTISA can move forward and go from strength to strength and show that the organisation is bigger than any one or two individuals.”

Tony is also organising supporters’ football matches and the first one will be on April 17 at 10.30am when Yeovil fans take on visiting followers from Bury at Huish Park. Anyone interested in playing should email Tony at Telbourn7@aol.com.

Remaining YTISA committee members will be meeting next week to discuss the way ahead for the group.


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1 April 2004 : CANTONA COUP!!
Dramatic news is breaking tonight that Yeovil manager Gary Johnson may be about to pull off the football coup of the decade. Johnson flew to Mustique with Yeovil Town chairman John Fry this morning to meet with legend Eric Cantona. Ciderspace has learnt from sources within the club that Abdul El Kholti shares the same agent who used to represent Cantona, and that there have been informal discussions going on for some weeks about the Frenchman making some sort of return to the game. The club decided to press the issue with a face to face get together, and the agent, Chris Adedeji, contacted Cantona and set up the meet on the West Indian island where Eric is currently holidaying.



Gary Johnson and Eric Cantona by the pool in Mustique
Gary and Eric meet


As yet there is no firm news as to the direction or progress of the negotiations but Cantona's preparedness to be caught on John Fry's mobile phonecam in our green and white hoops may hold promise. If nothing else it will be a photo Gary can show his grandchildren in years to come..........


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