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30 April 2007 : City Ground Best Pitch
As the Awards Season unfolds the Nottingham Forest groundsman Ewan Hunter has picked up the accolade for the best pitch in League One. Runners-up were AFC Bournemouth and Carlisle United.


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30 April 2007 : Play-off Update
The Football League is gradually refining the play-off schedule (presumably after due consultation with Sky Sports) and has confirmed that one of the League One semi-final first legs will now definitely be played on Friday 11th May, 7.45 p.m. kick-off, with the other on Sunday 13th May. However the time of the Sunday fixture has still not been fixed, and neither has which way round the 3rd v 6th and 4th v 5th matches will be scheduled.

The latter will not be decided until after the identity and finishing positions of the other three play-off contenders has been decided. Why do we suspect this is all about what happens to Nottingham Forest?


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30 April 2007 : Forbes In TOWT
Terrell Forbes makes the latest Football League Team of the Week for League One for his performance in the play-off clinching victory against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.

Full team :

Barry Roche - Chesterfield
Shaun Barker - Blackpool
Ian Goodison - Tranmere Rovers
TERRELL FORBES - Yeovil Town
Alan Tate - Swansea City
John Melligan - Cheltenham Town
David Brammer - Millwall
Kris Commons - Nottingham Forest
Craig Stone - Gillingham
Jack Lester - Nottingham Forest
Leon Constantine - Port Vale

Congratulations to Terrell, who has in our opinion had a superb season.


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30 April 2007 : BBC Local Radio Interviews From Doncaster Match
The BBC Local Radio interviews that were conducted immediately after the 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers have been published on the BBC Somerset Sound website.

In addition to the usual post-match analysis from manager Russell Slade, goalscorer Wayne Gray also chips in with his views on the game.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.

Link: Russell Slade's Interview Transcript.


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29 April 2007 : Another Trophy For Ladies
After their triumph in the league Yeovil Town Ladies secured their second piece of silverware of the season by winning the Pat Sowden Trophy this afternoon.

On a hot sunny afternoon at Kimberley Stadium, Saltash, the Glovers eventually took the honours after a hard fought match with Cullompton Rangers that went to extra time. Rangers had the better of the early exchanges and came close to taking the lead only to be denied by the woodwork. Chances came and went in an end to end affair, and the first half finished with a flurry of activity and two goals in two minutes. The first went to Yeovil who were awarded a hotly disputed penalty. Although a clear foul argument raged as to whether it was in the box or not. The referee was unmoved, and the spot kick duly despatched. The Yeovil penalty taker was then booked for a celebration involving the removal of her shirt. If anyone has any pictures we'll happily rustle up a photo gallery. However Cullompton responded immediately, scoring direct from a corner, and the teams went in level at 1-1 at the break.

The second half was more cautious as the pace dropped, and chances were fewer and further between. With no more scoring the final went to extra time, and more drama with two red cards. First the Glovers had a player sent off for a second cautionable offence, but with five minutes remaining and penalties looking likely, ten woman Yeovil broke and a through ball left a one-on-one with the keeper which was clinically converted. The ensuing celebrations were rather close to the sidelines and members of the Rangers bench were upset enough to get involved, the referee eventually dishing out a red card to one of the Cullompton players who had earlier been substituted.

Rangers threw everything at the Glovers in the last few minutes, including their keeper playing up front for the dying seconds, but Town held on for a tremendous victory.

Final score: Yeovil Town 2 Cullompton Rangers 1

Congratulations to the ladies for their Double, and the best of luck for next season as they move up to the South West Combination.


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29 April 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Doncaster Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade praised his side's patience after they saw off Doncaster Rovers by a 1-0 scoreline. It took until 18 minutes before the end of the game before Wayne Gray secured the points with a chipped shot, but Russell said he was pleased that his side stuck to their tasks throughout the game.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell explained: "It was in our own hands and we took it into our own hands and I thought we focussed very well. I thought Doncaster set up to be very tight and make life very difficult for us. They even shuffled about in the second period to make life even more frustrating for us at times. But I thought we kept going and I thought we kept at it. We managed to get the vital goal ourselves and it is no shock to see us win 1-0 at home."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.


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29 April 2007 : Football League Saturday Round-Up
It comes as no surprise to find that this weekend's results almost tie matters up in League One ahead of the final day of the League One season. Only a few matters have yet to be sorted now, and thankfully Yeovil Town's fate is not one of them. The Glovers will finish 5th in their second ever League One season - an incredible achievement, particularly given that the club were second favourites for relegation at the start of the season behind Cheltenham Town.

Scunthorpe United will never have a happier 3-1 away defeat than they had yesterday. Blackpool may have put a slight dampener on the party by winning at Bloomfield Road, but Scunny's result did not matter in the end and they are crowned League One champions.

All of that is because Bristol City slipped up at Millwall in what was meant to be their promotion party. A 1-0 defeat in South-East London means that Gary Johnson's side have to sweat it out in the final game of the season, even if it would be a major surprise if they slipped up in a home match against Rotherham United. Blackpool's win kept up the pressure on them with the Tangerines taking fourth, whilst Nottingham Forest gained a 3-1 win at Leyton Orient to stay third. All three of these clubs can still gain automatic promotion, whilst all three of them could be Yeovil's opponents in the playoff semi-finals. Someone is certainly going to be disappointed come 5.00pm next week.

With Oldham Althletic and Swansea City both winning their games, Carlisle United's interest in the playoff spots has now ended. Oldham and Swansea are tied on 72 points for the final playoff spot, with the Lancashire side having a two goal advantage at present.

Everyone else in League One has nothing to play for as all four relegation spots were decided over the weekend. Chesterfield relegated opponents Bradford City when they notched up a 3-0 win at Saltergate, but they found that win was in vain when Cheltenham Town's 4-2 win over Rotherham United finalised the relegation spots.

LEAGUE ONE
Promoted and Champions: Scunthorpe United.
Automatic Promotion: One team from Bristol City, Nottingham Forest or Blackpool.
Playoffs: Yeovil Town, plus two teams from Bristol City, Nottingham Forest or Blackpool, plus one team from Oldham Athletic or Swansea City.
Relegated: Chesterfield, Bradford City, Rotherham United, Brentford.

In the Championship, Southend United return to League One after a 12 month stay at the second tier. Leeds United will formally join them next weekend after they were all but relegated by a late Ipswich Town equaliser in their match at Elland Road. The match finished even later after a pitch invasion held up proceedings for half an hour and now only a mammoth turnaround in goal difference of nine goals could see Leeds survive and Hull City be relegated. Leeds and Southend will be joined by Luton Town who are already down.

CHAMPIONSHIP
Relegated: Southend United, Luton Town and (realistically speaking) Leeds United.

In League Two, Swindon Town's defeat at Bristol Rovers has caused ripples at the top. Not only did it delay the Wiltshire side's automatic promotion another week, it also propelled Rovers into the playoff places at the sort of time that can be hugely psychological for any team competing in the knockout stages. Not that Rovers will have it easy - they need to pick up points at Hartlepool next week who will be gunning for the League Two title with Walsall. Meanwhile Swindon must pick up a point in their final game to guarantee promotion, or ensure MK Dons do not overturn a goal difference that currently hangs in Swindon's favour to the tune of four. The loser out of the pair is guaranteed a playoff place.

The remaining three playoff places will be filled by the quartet Lincoln City, Shrewsbury Town, Bristol Rovers or Stockport County, none of whom are guaranteed a place yet.

At the bottom, the fact that Wrexham meet Boston United on the final day of the season makes a congested area of the table a little easier to understand. Realistically the Lincolnshire cheats can only escape if they win at the Racecourse Ground. A defeat guarantees them relegation, whilst a draw would also put them down provided Macclesfield Town do not suffer a five goal defeat. A win for the visitors at the Racecourse ground would guarantee them survival, leaving one of Wrexham or Macclesfield to join Torquay United in the Conference.

LEAGUE TWO:
Automatic Promotion: Walsall and Hartlepool (with one of these also Champions).
Possible Automatic Promotion: Swindon Town or MK Dons (with the losers going into the playoffs.
Playoffs: In addition to the above, three clubs from Lincoln City, Shrewsbury Town, Bristol Rovers or Stockport County.
Relegated: Torquay United, plus one of Boston United, Macclesfield Town or Wrexham.


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29 April 2007 : Provisional Playoff Ticketing Details
The Huish Park Ticket Office have published provisional details of the timetable they expect to establish for the ticketing of the League One playoff semi-finals.

With a fifth place finish guaranteed, the Glovers will play their First Leg match at Huish Park. Original thinking was that the first legs would be played on Sunday 13th May at either 12.15pm or 6.15pm. However, the club additionally list Friday 11th May as a third possibility, although the Sky Sports website do not acknowledge this - presumably this is a fallback position if there is a conflict between the wishes of Sky and that of the various local constabularies. The Oldham Althletic official site tend to back this up, suggesting a Friday night 7.45pm kickoff time is possible and also suggest that the Sunday evening match could kickoff at the precise time of 5.39pm. In short, we'd recommend keeping both May 11th and May 13th clear in your diaries at present.

The second leg will be played on Saturday 19th May at either 12.00 noon or 6.05pm. The opponents will be one of Bristol City, Nottingham Forest or Blackpool and will be the team that finishes 4th in the final League One table.

The provisional timetable for the club to sell tickets for the playoff semi-finals is shown below. Presumably the timetable may vary slightly if they are unable to get tickets for the away second leg down to Huish Park in time:

Sunday 6th May : Season Ticket Holders and 12 Token Holders
Monday 7th May : Season Ticket Holders and 12 Token Holders
Tuesday 8th May : Final Countdown Ticket Holders
Wednesday 9th May : General Sale

For the home leg, season ticket holders in the two seated stands have until the end of Monday 7th May to claim their usual seat - thereafter it will be released.

The 12 token holders can include those who are Final Countdown Ticket Holders and have 7 or more paper tokens - i.e. the Final Countdown Ticket will count as five tokens. Those wanting to get a priority on tickets using tokens will need to apply in person so the club can verify the number of tokens held. In all other cases, the Huish Park Ticket Office will accept telephone bookings on 01935-847888.

The above information may vary or be clarified over the forthcoming week. If there is any additional information we will publish it on this news page.


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28 April 2007 : Playoffs Secured By Gray Strike
Yeovil Town secured a League One playoff spot this afternoon at Huish Park. A Wayne Gray strike just 18 minutes from time was enough to secure the necessary win to guarantee them a stab in the end of season knockouts that could still see them playing Championship football next season.

A tight game was shaped by Doncaster Rovers tending to sit back and look to thwart the Glovers, with the Yorkshire side having nothing to play for. The best chance of the half came from Lee Morris, who accepted an Arron Davies pass and shot from a narrow angle, seeing his attempt rebound off the back post and out to safety.

Having suffered a first half blow with skipper Terry Skiverton stretchered off after falling awkwardly, the Glovers were frustrated further by Doncaster switching to a more defensive formation, packing the midfield and leaving just one player up front for the final 45 minutes.

But with time ticking down, Yeovil got the goal they needed almost out of nothing. Doncaster had cleared their lines and were looking to break up field when Terrell Forbes charged in to try and win a 50:50 ball. His tackle looped up and through the advancing Donny back line, and the first player to react was Wayne Gray, who instantly flicked the ball over the advancing keeper to produce probably the biggest cheer around Huish Park during 2007.

Despite the remaining 18 minutes plus the five extra added on for injuries and substitutions seeing the odd bit of frayed nerves around the ground, the Glovers saw out the rest of the second half fairly comfortably and in doing so guaranteed themselves a 5th placed finish, and a place in the League One playoffs next month where they will play one of Bristol City, Nottingham Forest or Blackpool in the semi-finals.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Doncaster Rovers 0.


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28 April 2007 : Youth Team Bow Out With Win
Yeovil Town's Under 18s completed their Youth Alliance league season with a 2-0 win over Plymouth Argyle this morning.

More details on the win will follow on this site in the next few days.


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27 April 2007 : Youth Team At Plymouth
Yeovil Town's final Youth Team match of the 2006-07 season will involve a trip to play Plymouth Argyle. The match is being played at Plymouth Parkway's Bolitho Park ground which is situated within the Manadon Football Development Centre.

The full address of the ground is below and a local map is here. The ground is very close to the junction of the A38 Parkway dual carriageway and the A386 that runs north out to Tavistock and Derriford Hospital out on the north side of the City.

Manadon Football Development Centre
St Peters Road
Manadon
Plymouth
PL5 3JG


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27 April 2007 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 5 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have announced the following results in Week 5 of their Glovers Gold Bond scheme:

Glovers Gold Bond : Week 5 : 27th April 2007
01935 423662 (Ext 291)


£1000 Monthly Jackpot
D1131 Mr S Jeffery, Eastfield, Bruton
£50 Agents Bonus - 094

£100 Winners
Monday C4920 Miss G Nardiello, Welbeck Road, Yeovil
Tuesday C8304 Mrs Pullen, Prankerds Road, Milborne Port
Wednesday E1404 Mrs Meek, Guinevere Close, Yeovil
Thursday A0733 Mrs L A Carrick, Coronation Road, Frome
Friday C6680 Mrs J Moffat, Larkspur Crescent, Yeovil

£10 Consolations
B4920 Mr A Mcfeeters, Laurel Close, Bridport
D4920 Mrs Lane, Hitchen, Merriott
E4920 Mr P Edwards, Paul Street, Corsham
A8304 Mr J Margetts, Tewkesbury, Yeovil
B8304 Mrs Taylor, St Catherines Crescent, Sherborne
D8304 Mr S Moorse, Runnymede Road, Yeovil
A1404 Mrs M Hann, Cedar Grove, Yeovil
B1404 Mr F Worner, The Broadway, Bower Hinton
B0733 Mr R Mills, Little Marston Road, Marston Magna
D0733 Mr P Ridout, Green Close, Sturminster Newton
E0733 Mrs P Price, Great Orchard, Ilchester
A6680 Mrs M Gadsby, Preston Grove, Yeovil
D6680 Mr L Edwards, Green Close, Sparkford
E6680 Mr L Thomson, Chilton Grove, Yeovil


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27 April 2007 : League One Weekend Preview
With two games left of the League One season, the situation and the associated mathematics are starting to become very clear in terms of what each team needs to achieve in order to achieve either promotion or a playoff place in the final eight days of the league campaign.

For the Glovers, the situation is very simple. If they beat Doncaster Rovers at Huish Park tomorrow, they are guaranteed a playoff place. But there are other result combinations that could also give them a playoff position prior to their final match of the season. If a win is not obtained tomorrow, then immediate attention at 5.00pm would turn to the fortunes of the three chasing clubs, namely Oldham Althletic (6th, 4 points behind), Swansea City (7th, 4 points behind) and Carlisle United (8th, 5 points behind). For the Glovers to miss out on the playoffs, two of these clubs must leapfrog over Russell Slade's side before the season is over.

Tomorrow, the key game is Carlisle United's home match against Swansea City. This means that one or both of these sides will be dropping points. Regardless of Yeovil's result against Doncaster, if there is a positive result in this fixture, then the losers can not catch Yeovil. Similarly if this match ends in a draw, then Carlisle can not catch the Glovers. Thus even before a ball is kicked the worst position that Yeovil can finish in is 7th.

This then means that Oldham Althletic's trip to Brighton and Hove Albion takes on significant interest. If the Glovers match or better Oldham's result at the Withdean Stadium, then this will guarantee Yeovil a playoff position. No other results will matter.

If results don't go Yeovil's way on Saturday, then they will have a second bite of the cherry at Gillingham the following Saturday. On the final day of the season, there are two matches of huge significance. Carlisle United face a daunting trip to champions-elect Scunthorpe United, whilst Swansea City will be home to Blackpool. Of course it could be that Scunthorpe's and Blackpool's destinies are settled by this time perhaps allowing both sides to put their feet up, but certainly on paper neither side have an easy fixture. If Swansea or Carlisle pick up six points in their last two games then they will undoubtedly deserve a place in the playoffs. The other match of consequence is Oldham Athletic's home match against Chesterfield, who will hope to be still able to perform a houdini act in their efforts to avoid relegation.

Elsewhere in League One, Scunthorpe United will be crowned champions if they pick up a point at Blackpool tomorrow, whilst Bristol City will be promoted if they can win at Millwall. Nottingham Forest are four points behind and must win at Leyton Orient if they want to keep up the pressure on the Robins.

At the wrong end, Chesterfield and Bradford City will join Brentford and Rotherham United in League Two next season if they lose their matches. Given that they face each other at Saltergate on Saturday it is impossible for both clubs to survive the drop, and so this is a six-pointer, cup-final and must-win game all rolled into one for both clubs! Cheltenham Town, Leyton Orient and AFC Bournemouth probably need a point or two from their remaining two games to eliminate any lingering worries that they may have, but if the Saltergate showdown ends in a draw, then a point for Cheltenham at relegated Rotherham United would make Saltergate the most miserable place to be in England this weekend, with that combination sinking both clubs simultaneously.

Link: 2006-07 Latest League One Table.


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27 April 2007 : Let's Stay Focussed!
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade wants his players to remain 100 percent focussed during the final two games of the League One season as the Glovers look to guarantee themselves a playoff position. A win against Doncaster Rovers would secure such a finish, and Russell wants that to be the sole focus. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound the Yeovil boss said he didn't want any thoughts turning to what the players or their friends might be doing in June for their summer holidays just yet:

"My message, once I thought about all of the things that need to be said or perhaps don't need to be said, is that the one word is 'focus'. I think we need a real focus, because there will be teams, or even team-mates that are half thinking about the summer and we have still got an awful lot of football left to play and that is important to us. So it is important that we settle down and that we focus on the job in hand. The job in hand now is Doncaster at home."

Tomorrow's game takes place at Huish Park, with a 3.00pm kick-off with tickets for the match available on the day from the Huish Park Ticket Office.


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27 April 2007 : Fresh Start For Club Communications
Further to the news coming out of the April 2007 Customer Charter Meeting where club Chairman John Fry outlined to those present some reorganisation that was taking place at the club, some more changes have now been confirmed by the club.

The responsibilities for the club's Official Website and the Customer Charter, which were originally housed under the Media Department, have now been formally separated out and are now entirely looked after by a newly formed Communications Department. The Media Department will no longer deal with these aspects of the club.

In practice this has been unofficially the case for some time now, with Ali King having taken over the Official Site, whilst Sara Bradley took on a 'Supporter Liaison' role at the start of this season in addition to manning the Huish Park Reception.

Those two roles have now been given a formal structure within the club to operate under, whilst the Communications Department have also been given responsibility for the club's new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) database.

Ciderspace's view is that the club is definitely heading in the right direction by putting these two areas of the club, which have been frequently criticised in the past, into new enthusiastic hands under a fresh structure. The formalisation of their roles will hopefully help turnaround and improve the club's relationship with its supporters.

Aside from giving Ali and Sara the dedicated responsibility, not too much changes for the immediate future. The club's recommended route for raising supporter-related issues remains the Supporter.link@ytfc.net email address, whilst Sara remains contactable on Extension 200 at the club on 01935-423662. As before, the club's Customer Charter remains in place to cover supporter-related issues.

Link: Yeovil Town Customer Charter Document.

Link: Customer Charter Meeting : April 2007 Minutes.


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27 April 2007 : Minute's Applause For World Cup Winner
Tomorrow's match against Doncaster Rovers will be preceded just before 3.00pm by a tribute to England World Cup winner Alan Ball, who died earlier this week.

The Football League have asked all of their member clubs to participate on Saturday in tribute to the former Everton, Arsenal, Southampton and Blackpool midfielder, who suffered a heart attack at the age of 61 at his Hampshire home. Football League Chief Operating Officer Andy Williamson said of the news and the plans for Saturday:

"This is very sad news for everyone in the game. Alan made an enormous contribution to League football as a player and a manager and his part in English football's proudest day will live long in the memory. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family and friends. Having a minute's applause at every match this weekend will give supporters the opportunity to pay their own tribute."

Ball made 743 appearances in the Football League, scoring 169 goals. He also appeared 72 times for his country, and became a World Cup winner in 1966 at the age of just 21 years old.


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27 April 2007 : Yeovil Town vs Doncaster Rovers Match Preview
Yeovil Town play their final League One home match of the 2006-07 season at Huish Park tomorrow, knowing that a win for the Glovers would guarantee them a place in the playoffs next month. They face tricky opposition in a Doncaster Rovers side that recently won the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at the Millennium Stadium and who would probably be a little closer to the playoffs themselves had their league form not gone on the slide around the time of their appearance in Cardiff.

The Glovers go into the match in relatively good shape as far as the treatment room is concerned with only two definite absentees. Midfielder Paul Terry is of course still absent as he recovers from his knee option, but manager Russell Slade told BBC Somerset Sound that right-back Matthew Rose's injury last week has turned out to be a calf muscle problem that will put him out for Saturday. There is however better news on club captain Terry Skiverton and right-back Mark Lynch:

"We've had a scan and he has pulled a few fibres so he is going to be out for Saturday's game for sure. We would hope that we would have a chance on the following Saturday at Gillingham. So he is our biggest worry. Terry Skiverton has trained today (Thursday) and he looks as though he has come through that OK. Again we'll see how that settles down overnight and hopefully Terry will train again tomorrow (Friday). Mark Lynch has recovered from his virus so we are pleased with that."

For the visitors the situation is far more complicated. Keeper Neil Sullivan has returned to Leeds United after his loan spell expired and Jan Budtz is expected to be between the sticks. However, Budtz has a slight groin strain and so Donny hope to field Barry Richardson on the bench as cover - provided Richardson makes it as far as South Somerset! Like winger James Coppinger he is on the brink of fatherhood and both will be excused if their partners go into labour.

They also have doubts over Paul Green who is suffering from a multitude of knocks, whilst striker Bruce Dyer lasted just eight minutes of a midweek Reserve game before coming off with a back injury. Winger Craig Nelthorpe will be absent as he is serving a suspension. That means manager Sean O'Driscoll will hope that Sean McDaid comes through training this week after making his return from injury along with Sean Thornton who missed last week's match due to a virus.

The last match between the two sides was actually only at the tail end of February when a 0-0 draw at their new Keepmoat Stadium was perhaps not the most entertaining of spectacles, but did give the Glovers a useful point that in turn significantly dented Doncaster's chances of joining them in the playoff positions.

The match kicks off at 3.00pm at Huish Park, and tickets are available right up until kick-off from the Huish Park Ticket Office, subject to the usual match-day pricing structure.


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26 April 2007 : Next Season's Admission Prices Published
Following yesterday's news concerning ticketing policy, the full set of Season Ticket prices and individual match prices for the 2007-08 season are now available. Note that they are produced on the assumption that the club will be playing League One football next season and so may be changed if the club are promoted to the Championship.

There are a few odds'n'ends regarding the exact conditions of some of the ticketing - as more information becomes available over the next two months, we will update this page which will be found within the Huish Park section of the site, under the Features menu option. Once the 2006-07 season is over, it will also be linked in from the front page of this site.

Link: 2007-08 Season Ticket and Match Admission Prices.


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26 April 2007 : Sweeney Returns To Stoke
Left winger Peter Sweeney has left Yeovil Town to return to Stoke City after failing to hold down a place in the Glovers first team. Sweeney made eight appearances for the club, including three as a substitute, but has not made it onto the field of play since March 24th when he came on as a late substitute against Chesterfield.

Glovers boss Russell Slade has told BBC Somerset Sound that he was happy to allow the former Millwall trainee to return to the Brittania Stadium partly because he has also been able to recall Ishmael Welsh from non-league minnows Weymouth who is able to slot into a similar position:

"Peter has gone to Stoke now because he wasn't really getting in the sixteen. So it was just as well for him to go back there. We've covered ourselves because Ishmael Welsh has come back from his loan spell at Weymouth, so we are well covered in those sort of areas."


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25 April 2007 : Club Looking For Proactive Action On Attendances
Yeovil Town Commercial Manager Dave Linney has told the Western Daily Press today that the club are looking to be proactive in their pricing policy for next season. Dave has told the paper that the club have found the current situation to be 'frustrating' in that this season's crowds have currently dropped by 11.8 percent, despite the club having spent most of the season in a League One playoff position. Dave told the paper:

"It is a bit frustrating that we are fifth in the league and that the average attendance is lower than last year when we were struggling. I understand that there are economic reasons for the fall in crowds, but Russell has brought in some class players and we want to encourage people back to Huish Park. Every day you pick up a paper and the situation is the same all over the country. Clubs are wondering where the fans are and why they are not coming to watch anymore. You have to do something to address the problem. We are being pro-active and making sure we get our pricing policy right for next year and bringing back a few things that have been successful in the past."

As described below in our article on the club's pricing policy, if the club go up to the Championship, the club will have to revisit their plans to ensure that they are in keeping with the demands that will be made upon the club at Championship level. Dave adds his views on this sort of issue:

"With success you have to find extra income to support higher wages. We are confident that we could get the backing commercially if we were promoted and I would also hope that there would be an increase in numbers through the turnstiles. We are hoping for a bumper crowd against Doncaster to help push us over the line and make sure we get in the play-offs."

The ethics and policies that the club have described today are on the whole positive and are undoubtedly a step in the right direction. The one small caveat that we would add is that coming up with the policies is only half of the effort needed. During this season there have been some impressive ideas regarding ticket pricing and promotions that have been let down by inadequate publicity. The club must now take the good groundwork they have created in today's policy-setting and ensure it reaches the missing 11.8 percent that chose not to turn up to Huish Park this season if they are to stand their best chance of winning them back. That must be a proactive effort in the way that it is publicised, especially in the local media. This is, however, a positive start to where the club needs to be heading.


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25 April 2007 : Club U-Turn On Season Ticket Prices
Yeovil Town have today decided on a change of policy relating to next season's Season Ticket prices. At this month's Customer Charter Meeting (April 17th) the club had planned to reintroduce the 'Early Bird Discount' for season ticket purchases, but only for the Westland Stand. This caused a fairly concerned response from supporters at the meeting as well as this site, but we are pleased to note that the 'Early Bird' discount will now be extended to all season ticket applications paid for before June 30th 2007.

The club have stated that their pricing policies has been based upon three fundamental principles:

"1. To Attract Bigger Crowds To Huish Park
2. To Encourage The Family Atmosphere.
3. To Offer a Fair Deal to Fans"


Picking apart the news, the other things that the Board of Directors have agreed on the back of these principles provided the club remain in League One are as follows:

a) There will be no increase in any prices next season - in fact in certain scenarios there will be a reduction in prices.

b) Westland Stand Season Ticket prices will be reduced so that there is a new differential between standing and seated parts of the ground. Historically the Home Terrace and the East Stand were given the same pricing structure when Huish Park opened in 1990 so as to not penalise supporters who wished to move to a covered area of the ground during bad weather. With the home terrace now covered, the reasons for this were no longer valid, but have only now been revisited.

c) There will be an 'Early Bird' discount for all Season Tickets paid in full before June 30th as described above. Contrary to the CCM minutes, this will now apply to all three home sections of the ground.

d) There will be an Installment Plan available for supporters who wish to pay for their Season Ticket in stages

e) There will be the reintroduction of the Family Season Ticket that existed until around 2003. Similarly there will be a Family Day Ticket available for singular games. There will also be a Glovers Family Membership Scheme - as yet we're not sure what that entails.

f) The club are looking to expand the Junior Glovers scheme and to provide 'Kids for a Quid' offers on selective games.

g) 'Categorised Games' (aka Premium Pricing) will continue into next season, but the number of fixtures and the choice of these games will only be determined once the 2007-08 fixture list is published. The Premium Pricing policy will not affect those who purchase season tickets.

The pricing and the pricing structure assume that the club remain in League One for the 2007-08 season. If the club are promoted to the Championship, then the above, including the actual pricing will be revisited.


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25 April 2007 : Replica Shirt Launched Tomorrow
The club's replica kit for the 2007-08 season goes on sale at the Huish Park Club Shop tomorrow. Designed by Vandanel, the kit is due to be worn by the players against Doncaster Rovers on the final home match of the League One season this coming Saturday.

You can order your own replica kit by telephoning the club shop on 01935-847877 or by using the official club shop at

http://shop.yeoviltownfc.net

Prices are as follows:

ADULTS: Shirt: £39.00. Shorts: £15.00. Socks: £7.00.
CHILDREN: Shirt: £29.00. Shorts: £12.00. Socks: £7.00.

The kit will go on sale tomorrow at 9.00am when the Club Shop will be until 7.00pm. During the final two hours, a number of players will be in attendance to meet and greet those who arrive in the shop and to sign autographs.

For further enquiries, phone the Huish Park Club Shop on 01935-847877.


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24 April 2007 : Carling Cup Dates
The schedule for next season's Carling Cup has been released by the Football League.

Round One: week commencing 13th August.
Round Two: week commencing 27th August.
Round Three: week commencing 24th September.
Round Four: week commencing 29th October.
Round Five: week commencing 3rd December.
Semi-Final, 1st Leg: week commencing 7th January 2008.
Semi-Final, 2nd Leg: week commencing 21st January 2008.
Final: Sunday 24th February 2008.


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24 April 2007 : Officials For Doncaster Rovers
When the Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield sang the song "What Have I Done To Deserve This?" they probably weren't waxing lyrical about the choice of League One referees. But we'd like to think that they could have been.

Barely a month after he took charge of our home match against Blackpool, Yeovil Town's home match against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday will be Paul Armstrong of Berkshire. Mr Armstrong has significant 'history' with the Glovers having been the referee who took charge of THAT match against Torquay United in the LDV Vans Trophy - that led to both managers fuming about the official's performance. He was also the man in the middle for the December 2005 FA Cup match against Walsall as well as a bad-tempered match against Boston United in August 2004. He's become a bit of a regular at Huish Park over the years and on the whole the experience hasn't been good.

The one saving grace? That we were able to cut and paste all of this from our mid-March news item when he got pulled out of the hat last time. Let's just say that his performance against Blackpool last month didn't change our opinion of him too much.

Mr Armstrong will be assisted by Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Brendan Malone (Wiltshire). The fourth official will be Lee Swabey (Devon).


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23 April 2007 : Gillingham Tickets On General Sale
Tickets for Yeovil Town's final match of the League One season are now on general sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office, having previously only been sold to season ticket holders. The match is the trip to Gillingham's Priestfield Stadium on Saturday 5th May. The prices are as follows:

Adults: £15, Over 65s: £12, 16-19 years: £9, 7-15 years: £7, Under 7s: £5.

The expectation is that there are around 1,400 tickets available in the Brian Moore Stand which is behind one of the goals. This is an all-seater 'temporary' uncovered stand so bear that in mind when you buy your ticket.

The Gills operate a massive four pound pay-on-the-day surcharge for adult tickets with other surcharges in place for some of the other ticket types, so even if there are still tickets available come the day of the match, you will probably want to do your best to make your purchase from the Huish Park Ticket Office rather than from Priestfield.


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23 April 2007 : Bristol Rovers vs Youth Team Match Details
Further to Saturday's news concerning the Youth Team's penultimate match of the season against Bristol Rovers, further details are now available. This was a match in which the Glovers should have really been a couple of goals up inside the opening 20 minutes, but faded badly thereafter when Rovers scored against the run of play after Matt Groves got in behind the Glovers defence, lifting the ball over the advancing Peter Burridge.

Despite the bright opening, Stuart Housley's side never found the back of the net and Rovers almost doubled their lead when Jason Burt struck the upright midway through the half. Until then, Rovers keeper Luke Owen had been the busiest man on the pitch, but Yeovil never kept up the tempo and gradually the home side took control of the match.

They sealed the game on the hour mark when substitute Sahr Kaba threaded the ball through to Matt Groves who finished into the bottom corner, and that was the end of the Glovers, both in terms of the scoreline and also in terms of their pressurisation of the Rovers goal.

The Under 18s have one more match before their season ends - an away match against Plymouth Argyle on this coming Saturday April 28th, kick-off 11.00am.

Yeovil: 1. Peter Buridge 2. Oliver Wake 3. Tom Parsons 4. Harry Sherwood 5. Lee Bailey 6. Ren Turnock 7. Matt Concliffe 8. Omar Simpson 9. Phil Ormrod 10. Tom Clarke 11. James Hatcher.

Subs: GK. John Steele, 14. Greg Taafe (68 mins for Ren Turnock), 15. Jamie Morgan (46 mins for Tom Parsons), 16. Dan O'Brien.

Rovers: Luke Owen, Jon Cox, Theo Tonkin, Alex Kite, Lukas Stiklakis, Jason Burt, Charles Reece, Charlie Clough, Matt Groves, Adam Mahdi, Jonathan Gill.

Subs: Ben Swallow (15 mins for Adam Mahdi), Ryan Paddock (46 mins for Alex Kite), Sahr Kaba (48 mins for Charles Reece), Scott Armstrong, Rob Deakin.

Goals: Matt Groves (1-0, 10 mins), Matt Groves (2-0, 59 mins).


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23 April 2007 : BBC Local Radio Interview From Rotherham Game
The BBC local radio interview with Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade that was conducted after the 1-0 win against Rotherham United has been loaded up onto the BBC Somerset Sound website. You will need a free copy of Real Player to be able to listen to the clip. The transcript of the interview is also available on Ciderspace.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Interview Transcript.


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22 April 2007 : Skivs In PFA Team of the Year
Captain Terry Skiverton has been selected in the Professional Footballers' Association League One Team of the Year. At the PFA's 34th annual dinner at London's Grosvenor House Hotel tonight the full eleven were named as :

Joe Murphy - Scunthorpe United
Jon Otsemobor - Crewe Alexandra
Matthew Lockwood - Leyton Orient
TERRY SKIVERTON - Yeovil Town
Ian Breckin - Nottingham Forest
Wesley Hoolahan - Blackpool
Richard Wellens - Oldham Athletic
Matthew Jarvis - Gillingham
Chris Shuker - Tranmere Rovers
Luke Varney - Crewe Alexandra
Billy Sharp - Scunthorpe United

Terry's citation reads :

Skiverton has been a tower of strength since joining the club from Welling back in 1999. The Yeovil skipper has been an integral member of the team that has won promotion from the Conference to League One in recent years. Commanding and committed at the heart of the Glovers' defence, Skiverton has also scored a number of important goals for the Somerset outfit this term.

Ciderspace is sure all Glovers will join us in congratulating Skivs for this fully deserved award and recognition of his tremendous service to the club.


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22 April 2007 : Russell's Verdict On the Rotherham Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade felt that his side should have wrapped up the match against Rotherham United long before the end of what became a tense match at Huish Park on Saturday. Despite the Glovers dominating the game in the first half and going in at the break 1-0 up thanks to a Marcus Stewart header, they couldn't add to that tally and instead had to deal with one or two nervous moments near the end that Russell felt could have been avoided.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell explained: "In the second period I thought we were a bit patchy and then inevitably perhaps a bit edgy in the last 10 minutes. Really it shouldn't have been like that. We shouldn't have been on the back foot in the last 10 minutes - we should have been comfortable and home and dry."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.


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22 April 2007 : Ladies Defeated In Final
Yeovil Town Ladies lost by three goals to nil against Keynsham Town in this afternoon's Somerset County Cup Final.

Yeovil Town Ladies go on to another chance of silverware next Sunday when they face Cullompton Rangers in the Final of the Pat Sowden Tophy on 29th April. The tie takes place at Kimberley Stadium, home of Saltash United.


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21 April 2007 : Saturday Round-Up
This afternoon's results mean that Yeovil Town need just one win from their final two fixtures to guarantee a place in the League One playoffs. Their 1-0 win over Rotherham United gave them a four point cushion on their rivals and with just two games remaining, another win would make them uncatchable.

They were helped by defeats for Oldham Athletic and Carlisle United this afternoon. Oldham's demise is putting them in severe danger of missing out on the playoffs altogether, despite being the last side to top the table in mid-January before Scunthorpe United took over the reins at the top. The Latics went down 2-1 at Crewe Alexandra to leave them only in the playoffs on goal difference.

Carlisle's five game winning streak was ended today when they lost 3-1 at home to Bristol City. For once the Glovers wanted Gary Johnson's side to secure all three points and despite falling a goal behind, an equaliser right on the stroke of time by Jamie McCombe was followed up by two more second half goals. The win doesn't quite guarantee City promotion - wins for Nottingham Forest and Blackpool mean they can still be caught - but it does mean that three points at Millwall next week will see them join Scunthorpe United. Scunny are as good as Champions now after they won 2-0 and can only now be caught if they suffer monumentally heavy defeats in their final two games.

Swansea City kept their playoff chances alive with a 2-1 win after they came from a goal down against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Liberty Stadium. They are kept out of the playoffs on goal difference by Oldham and are four points behind the Glovers. With Carlisle five points behind these are the only three clubs who can deny Yeovil a playoff place - and two of those three will have to leapfrog Russell Slade's side to knock them out of the top six.

At the other end of the table, there were no new decisions made in terms of who would join relegated Rotherham United and Brentford. But defeat for Chesterfield means they can now only escape on goal difference and by hoping Cheltenham Town lose both of their games. Bradford City aren't in much better shape - they lie four points from safety and it now looks likely that they will be playing League Two football next year.

In League Two, Swindon Town have almost joined Hartlepool and Walsall as promoted to League One - just 12 months after the trio were relegated. Swindon can only be caught by MK Dons on goal difference, and it now looks as though the franchise club will have to complete in the playoffs with Lincoln City, Shrewsbury Town and Stockport County the most likely to contest the other places. Only Bristol Rovers with a game in hand have an outside chance of breaking the four point gap that quartet have now established.

At the other end, both Boston United and Wrexham won as both attempt to avoid joining Torquay United in the Football Conference. Unless Wrexham win their game in hand against Shrewsbury Town, it would seem almost certain now that their meeting against the Lincolnshire Cheats on the final game of the season will act as a relegation playoff with both sides currently matching each other point-for-point - provided of course that Boston don't get locked out of York Street and shut down before that happens.

In the Championship, Luton Town were relegated on Friday night when they lost at Derby County, whilst Southend United need to win their last two games to realistically stand a chance of making their stay in the Championship a short one with the Essex side four points short of safety and with an inferior goal difference. Unless the Roots Hall side pull off a miracle, Leeds United and Hull City will fight over the remaining slot, with the Yorkshire club currently a point adrift.

Oh and whisper it quietly, but the long forgotten Bath City will be gracing the Conference South division next season after they won the Southern League title today. Remember when we used to be in the same division as them? Well next season, the Twerton Park side could be as little as four divisions apart.


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21 April 2007 : Youth Team Go Down At Rovers
Yeovil Town's Youth Team lost 2-0 at Bristol Rovers this morning in a Football League Youth Alliance match held at Clifton Rugby Club. The result will also count towards the Reserve Team's Football Combination results, in view of this week's Reserve Team fixture being turned into this morning's 'double header'.

More details on this game will follow in due course.


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21 April 2007 : April 2007 Customer Charter Meeting Minutes
The club have today published the official meeting minutes from the April 2007 Customer Charter Meeting minutes. They are also now archived on Ciderspace along with copies of minutes from previous meetings.

Link: April 2007 Customer Charter Meeting Minutes.

Link: Yeovil Town Customer Charter.


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21 April 2007 : Stewart Puts Glovers In The Driving Seat
A Marcus Stewart header right on the stroke of half time was enough to give Yeovil yet another 1-0 win at Huish Park against Rotherham United to put them on the verge of the League One playoffs.

Boss Russell Slade took the game to Rotherham by employing four forward-thinking players on the pitch with Adam Rooney making his full debut for the club and Arron Davies occupying the other wide position. After a nervy start, they went on to dominate the half and were unlucky not to take the lead when Marcus Stewart headed a Chris Cohen free kick against the foot of the post.

Despite losing Matthew Rose to injury before the break, the same partnership of Chris Cohen and Marcus Stewart struck gold just before the break. Stewart was needlessly fouled by Rotherham's Ian Sharps on the right side of the Millers' box and Cohen repeated his earlier set piece and this time Stewart's header struck the back of the net.

The second half was far more reserved and the longer the game went on, the more nervy the Glovers appeared to get, almost inviting Rotherham on to attack them. Despite that, the Millers failed to get a second half shot on target, although a last ditch tackle by Terrell Forbes on Delroy Facey after the striker got put through was no doubt in the match sponsor's mind when they gave out their man of the match for the day.

Not even three minutes of injury time were able to dislodge the 1-0 lead, and the three points put the Glovers right on the edge of guaranteeing a playoff position with a four point gap between them and the edge of the top six positions.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Rotherham United 0.

Link: 2006-07 Latest League One Table.

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


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21 April 2007 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 4 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have announced the following results in Week 4 of their Glovers Gold Bond scheme:

Glovers Gold Bond : Week 4 : 20th April 2007
01935 423662 (Ext 291)


£100 Winners
Monday B2631 Mrs Williamson Mullins Way, Ansford, Castle Cary
Tuesday B4263 Mr G Mapletoft Thurlocks, Tintinhull
Wednesday E0747 Mrs H White Trinity Walk, Frome
Thursday A7633 Mr A Penny Wingfield Road, Sherborne
Friday E1475 Mrs V Allen Monks Dale, Yeovil

£10 Consolations
C2631 Miss Clarke, Simons Road, Sherborne
E2631 Mr I W Evans, Buckle Place, Yeovil
A4263 Mrs J Williams, Court Lane, Stoford
E4263 Alison Hale, Vernalls Road, Sherborne
B0747 Mrs B M Day, Highfield, West Chinnock
C0747 Mrs Smith, Fielding Road, Yeovil
D0747 Mrs D Barter, Grosvenor Road, Stalbridge
A1475 Kim Floyd, c/o John Hall Finances, Yeovil
B1475 Mrs J Hallett, Westminster, Yeovil
C1475 Mr P Swinnerton, Sherlands, Merriott
D1475 Mrs D L Greatwood, Algar Court, Portway, Wells


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20 April 2007 : Ladies At Shepton Mallet
Yeovil Town Ladies, champions of the South West Premier League, will be running out at The Playing Fields, Shepton Mallet, on Sunday 22nd April in the Somerset Womens County Cup Final against Keynsham Town Ladies. It's to be hoped someone remembers to take an away kit as both teams play in green and white hoops.

Keynsham are in the Premier League South Division, at level two of women's football, three levels above the Glovers, and currently sit fifth in the table. The two teams met once earlier in the season, in a friendly in January, with Keynsham emerging 0-2 winners.

The match kicks-off at 2.30 p.m. Click here for the location of the ground. There is a clubhouse.

The Playing Fields,
Old Wells Road,
West Shepton,
Shepton Mallet,
Somerset,
BA4 5XN.


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20 April 2007 : Yeovil Town vs Rotherham United Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Rotherham United tomorrow at Huish Park knowing that they really need maximum points to see off a trio of clubs currently breathing down their necks at the edge of the playoff positions. The Glovers lie in 5th place, but with Oldham Athletic and Carlisle United less than three points behind and Swansea City still not out of playoff contention yet, anything other than a win could easily find the Glovers sliding out of the top six.

On the surface of things, a match against 23rd placed Rotherham ought to be a home banker, particularly given that the Yorkshire club were mathematically relegated last week and have been on the slide ever since the January transfer window saw a couple of their more gifted players depart the cash-strapped club. However, Glovers boss Russell Slade feels that Rotherham's relegation may give them a new-found freedom in that they no longer have pressure on them and for that reason he told BBC Somerset Sound that he expects an open game:

"I think in more recent weeks they will have been frightened to make a mistake or do anything wrong. I think Rotherham will come here on Saturday and it won't matter if they make a mistake because they know their fate, and I think they will play with a nice freedom. At the same time that will hopefully allow it to be an open game and if we are in control of it and we're on top form, then it will make life easier in that we'll be able to create hopefully a few more chances than sometimes happens at home."

The Glovers go into the game with only midfielder Paul Terry definitely ruled out. Last week's injuries to club captain Terry Skiverton and midfielder Chris Cohen have made both players extremely doubtful to play tomorrow. However, the situation appears to be changing on a daily basis and Russell explained that he hadn't given up hope on either making it through, although he conceded that Cohen had the better chance of the two:

"With both of them we are working exceptionally hard at the moment to give themselves a chance of even this Saturday of being available. The nearest one is probably going to be Chris Cohen. I think Terry is almost certainly going to miss out this Saturday and Chris can only really be judged as being 50:50. We are desperately trying hard to get them fit. But if they are not fit for Saturday then certainly the should be available for the Doncaster game."

Rotherham have few injury concerns with only long term absentee Gregor Robertson definitely out with a calf problem. They do have three players though coming back from injuries that may or may not be risked tomorrow. Physio Denis Circuit explained:

"Ryan Taylor and Paul Hurst both came through reserve team games (this week) but Gregor's (Robertson) season is over. He had a long standing problem which culminated with some tissue being trimmed within the joint and advice is to give him as much rest from training as possible. He is able to do all kinds of running but is unable to join in with full training. Colin Murdock has been training today aswell, he has had an horrendous season with four serious injuries so we hope this is the end of it for him. Everyone who played last week is available for the trip to Yeovil at the weekend."

Manager Mark Robins has told his club's official site that he hopes that his players will still feel that they have plenty to play for despite being already guaranteed League Two football next season:

"The players have their own personal pride to play for while many of them will also be trying to earn a new contract. But we also have to make sure we do our best for all the other clubs around us and even though our relegation has already been confirmed, we would like to finish the season on a high note as we look to prepare for League Two football next season. What's more if we can reach 41 or 42 points we would also be able to say the we probably wouldn't have been relegated but for the ten points deduction. So we will be going all out to record a victory although we know it will be a difficult task in front of a big home crowd."

A reminder that the club have two discounts available to supporters for tomorrow's match at Huish Park, which kicks off at 3.00pm. Firstly any paying adult (which includes season ticket holding adults) can take an unlimited number of Under 16s to tomorrow's game for free provided they pick up a voucher for each child from the Huish Park Ticket Office when purchasing their ticket. Secondly, the club will not be exercising their two pound "on the day" surcharge for tomorrow's game. Supporters will pay "pre-matchday" prices even if they buy their tickets tomorrow. For those reasons we'd advise you allow a little extra time if you are visiting the Ticket Office tomorrow - it is likely that there will be a few extra people making purchases before the game.


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19 April 2007 : Scott Speaks Of Worst Moment In Football
Yeovil Town defender Scott Guyett has spoken for the first time since his red card against Bristol City on Saturday. The Australian was dismissed at Ashton Gate for a supposed foul on Enoch Showumni by Premiership referee Mike Dean - a decision that was overturned by an FA appeals panel 72 hours after the match.

Scott will now be available for Saturday's game against Rotherham United after his red card was withdrawn by the authorities, but he told BBC Somerset Sound that it was probably the worst moment of his career so far:

"If I'm honest it's probably the most disappointed I've ever been through playing football. I couldn't believe that it had happened twice against the same club with both times coming on as a substitute. So I was really relieved on Tuesday afternoon to find out that it had been rescinded. I didn't even bother arguing with the referee. I think it was more shock than anything. I knew straight away there was no changing his mind. I could have pleaded all I wanted but he was never going to turn it down. So it was a case of getting back in the dressing room as quick as possible really."


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19 April 2007 : Notes From The April CCM
Ahead of the distribution of the full minutes, various snippets of information have begun to appear concerning what was discussed at the April 2007 Customer Charter Meeting on Tuesday night. Around 15 supporters attended the meeting along with employees from Yeovil Town, including Chairman John Fry, Ticket Office manager Sue Parsons and Commercial manager Dave Linney.

Ticketing

The most significant thing to have been discussed at the meeting is the club's plans for Season Tickets next season. If the club remain in League One next season, then all season tickets will remain as per this season's prices. If the club are promoted to the Championship, then there will be a 20 pound rise in the cost of a season ticket.

There will also be an "early bird" reduction to all Westland Stand season tickets purchased before June 30th 2007 that will bring the cost of a season ticket down to the equivalent of £13.00 a match. Whilst this is great news for those in the Westland Stand, it is tempered by the fact that there will be no "early bird" discount for those in the two seated stands. Those who attended the meeting have suggested that this is an unfair policy and could be counterproductive. Ciderspace would agree and would recommend that the club have a rethink on this policy.

The good news though is that the much-missed Family Ticket option is coming back, whilst they plan to allow all under-fives to enter the ground free of charge. This is definitely positive stuff, given that when family finances get stretched the tendency is that if one member of the family can't afford to go that they will all stay at home. Making admission prices for whole families more affordable, particularly for youngsters will undoubtedly help this situation.

The frequently controversial Premium Pricing is being reviewed and the surcharge for the "bigger" games is likely to be two pounds next season. There was unfortunately no feedback on the club's proposals to introduce Friday night games to the fixture calendar that was talked about at the last meeting. Given that our on-line survey gave it the thumbs down, the club do need to clarify the situation here and whether they are still going ahead with it as it will undoubtedly have an impact upon ticket sales.

Club Structure

The club is being split into three separate operating units, namely Football, Stadium and Site and a Community Sports Trust. What this means to the average fan at the moment is not clear, but hopefully the full minutes will help clarify the club's thinking here.

Miscellaneous Stuff

Hopefully more information will become available when the full minutes are published, but there were also discussions surrounding the club's new CRM system which they plan to use as a marketing tool, plus how the club plan to improve communication with supporters.

There were plenty of "questions from the floor" that were submitted relating to more openness needed from the Boardroom to the fans, the appointment of a general and/or marketing manager to oversee the club's strategy in this area plus other comments on the tea bars, traffic management, the supporters bar, the official website and doubtless many many more. When the full minutes are available we will provide further analysis and commentary on these issues.


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18 April 2007 : Ciderspace Match Report : Bristol City vs Yeovil Town
The (hopelessly late) Ciderspace account of Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Ashton Gate against Bristol City on Saturday is now finally available online, if you can bear to relive the game.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Bristol City 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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18 April 2007 : Cohen And Skivo Out
Despite Monday's news revealing that the injuries to club captain Terry Skiverton and midfielder Chris Cohen are not as severe as was first feared, manager Russell Slade has told today's Western Daily Press that he does not expect either player to be available for Saturday's match against Rotherham United.

Skivo suffered a groin strain, whilst Chris has a badly bruised ankle, with both injuries being sustained during the 2-0 defeat against Bristol City at Ashton Gate. Russell explained that although the news is good, he will still have to do without them on Saturday:

"Terry and Chris are both struggling and won't play Saturday. We would hope, though, that they would both be in with a chance for the match against Doncaster the following week."


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18 April 2007 : New OTV Out On Saturday
The new issue of the On To Victory fanzine is now in the hands of the excellent guys at Pegasus Print (01935 478387) and will be ready for sale at the Rotherham game on Saturday.

OTV has been scoffing on 'Percy Pigs' of late and has increased dramatically in size from the last time out. Just £1 will buy your 42 pages crammed full of articles such as...

A Play-Off Celebration/Despair Playlist
Chard Town featured in 'Great Stadia of the West Country'
BBC Somerset Sound's Drew Savage tells us what it's like covering Yeovil Town
Peter Male asks 'Who are our Local Rivals?'
Capital Glovers new 5-a-side boss Phil Inkelaar tells all
Will Ranner looks at the fortunes of the ICIS League sides from 10 years ago.
Tim Lancaster tells us his 'Away Days from Hell'
Paul Morgan goes 'Around Huish Park in 3 matches'
Another poem from Billy Hogg
Another superb front cover based on programmes of yesteryear.

and much much more and all for just £1.

As ever we could do with a couple of sellers to help out if anyone is interested then it would be much appreciated - email us at info@ontovictory.net. At the least there will be 2 of us trying to sell around the ground before and after the match. Providing we don't sell out again we should have a few copies at the Doncaster game as well. There will be some in the Programme shop as well so have a look in there.

Any foreign based Yeovil fans are also asked to send their details to info@ontovictory.net and we can send a PDF to you - warning for any freeloaders out there, you might have to prove your foreign credentials!

We're keeping our fingers and pretty much everything else crossed that this won't be the last issue of the season as hopefully we'll have to bash out a 'Play-Off Final' special. If not keep checking the website www.ontovictory.net over the summer as we'll finally have some time to do something to it!

[Article by Seb White, On To Victory Fanzine.]


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18 April 2007 : Reserve And Youth Matches Merged
Yeovil Town's final Football Combination match against Bristol Rovers has been merged in with Saturday's Youth Team match against the same side. Due to fixture congestion, Rovers have asked for next Wednesday's Football Combination match that was due to be held at Huish Park to be pulled. As the Under 18s also meet each other this coming Saturday 21st April in Bristol, it has been agreed that the result of Saturday's Youth Team match will be applied to both the Youth Alliance league table and the Football Combination league table. The Reserve match at Huish Park will therefore not be rescheduled.

Saturday's match will be played at the complex more locally known as Clifton Rugby Club but has the sponsored name of the AXA Sunlife Sports and Social Club. Kick-off is 11.00am.

The complex is situated just off the Cribbs Causeway dual carriageway (A4018) that runs from M5 Junction 17 into the City Centre. If you are coming in from the M5 then be aware that you will need to go past the rugby club then double-back upon yourself at the next roundabout.

From the M5, take the A4018 (Bristol West). Travel down the dual carriageway (Cribbs Causeway) to the Crow Lane roundabout (Old Crow Public House). Do a 180 degree turn at this roundabout back towards the M5. As you approach next roundabout, turn left into lane just before the roundabout (marked by a brown sign – Clifton RFC). The entrance into the 'AXA Sports Ground' is opposite the end of the lane.

If you are coming from Bristol City Centre, then go straight over the Crow Lane roundabout towards the M5 then use the same directions as before.


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17 April 2007 : New Home Replica Shirt Ready To Order
The Yeovil Town Club Shop are now taking orders for next season's home replica kit. Designed by Vandanel, the kit is due to be worn by the players against Doncaster Rovers on the final home match of the League One season on April 28th 2007.

You can order your own replica kit by telephoning the club shop on 01935-847877 or by using the official club shop at

http://shop.yeoviltownfc.net

Prices are as follows:

ADULTS: Shirt: £39.00. Shorts: £15.00. Socks: £7.00.
CHILDREN: Shirt: £29.00. Shorts: £12.00. Socks: £7.00.

The kit will go on sale on Thursday 26th April when the Club Shop will be open from 9.00am until 7.00pm. During the final two hours, the club are hoping that a number of players will be in attendance to meet and greet those who arrive in the shop.

For further enquiries, phone the Huish Park Club Shop on 01935-847877.


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17 April 2007 : Great Scott! Guyett Not Guilty!
The Football Association have ruled that referee Mike Dean was wrong to award Bristol City a penalty at Ashton Gate on Saturday, and to subsequently red card Yeovil Town defender Scott Guyett.

The FA appeals tribunal sat today to review the video footage and have returned the following verdict:

"Result: Claim for wrongful dismissal upheld - 2 match suspension withdrawn."

The result of the appeal means that Scott will be free to play in the forthcoming matches against Rotherham United and Doncaster Rovers.

Sadly the verdict from the appeal will not overturn the 2-0 scoreline. The erroneous penalty award saw City score their second goal through Bradley Orr and meant that Yeovil Town had to play out the final 20 minutes with just 10 men - fundamentally ending the match as a contest.


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17 April 2007 : Officials For Saturday
Iain Williamson (Berkshire) has been appointed to referee the visit of Rotherham United to Huish Park on Saturday 21st April. Mr Williamson is one of the more enthusiastic on the circuit when it comes to card brandishing, totalling 123 yellows and 8 reds so far this campaign.

The last time we had the pleasure of his company was away at Barnsley (August, 2005). Prior to that his last appearance at Huish Park was the 3-0 victory over Lincoln City in the final game of the 2004-05 season.

Andrew Sainsbury (Wiltshire) and Roger Vaughan (Somerset) will be running the lines, Roger East (Wiltshire) the fourth official.


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16 April 2007 : Interview With Terry Skiverton
Yeovil Town club captain Terry Skiverton has said today on BBC local radio that he does not consider the injury he sustained on Saturday against Bristol City to be as serious as first feared. Skivo expects to be out for a period of one or two weeks, and hasn't yet ruled out the chances of playing on the weekend. Skivo also had good news about Chris Cohen's chances of making Saturday's match against Rotherham United.

Speaking to BBC Radio Somerset earlier today, Skivo explained: "I'm not ruling myself out of anything yet. I'm in Jim, the physio's hands at the moment. I'm just taking it a day at a time. It feels a lot better today than it did yesterday. It felt terrible yesterday but today it felt a lot better. So we're going to carry on doing the treatment."

Read the full interview with Terry Skiverton by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Terry Skiverton's BBC Somerset Sound Interview.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.


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16 April 2007 : Guyett Appeal Lodged
Yeovil Town has now submitted its appeal over the dismissal of Scott Guyett in Saturday's derby fixture against Bristol City.

Claim for wrongful dismissal received

Scott Guyett, Yeovil Town FC
Bristol City FC v Yeovil Town FC
Football League One, 14 April 2007
Dismissed for ‘denial of an obvious goal scoring opportunity – physical’


The Disciplinary Commission will hear the case and deliver its verdict tomorrow (Tuesday, 17th April).


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16 April 2007 : Rooney Loan Extended
The club has announced that the loan spell of Adam Rooney, which began back on March 16th, has now been extended through to May 27th, making him available for the final three matches of the run-in and then any play-off games the Glovers might be involved in.

When the loan was first set up Stoke City manager Tony Pulis said :

He needed the opportunity to play some regular football and with the competition for places at the moment he may not have got that here.

It has to be admitted he hasn't had regular football at Huish Park either, with two first team appearances from the bench the rather meagre total clocked up so far. However it appears Pulis, since he has agreed to the extension, is rather less concerned about this than say Neil Warnock, who pulled Nicky Law back to Sheffield United days after agreeing an extension when Law wasn't selected for a match. Mr Pulis is of course a close friend of someone who may or may not currently have a significant interest in Yeovil Town.


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16 April 2007 : BBC Local Radio Interview From Bristol City
The BBC local radio interview with Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade that was conducted after the 2-0 defeat against Bristol City has been loaded up onto the BBC Somerset Sound website. You will need a free copy of Real Player to be able to listen to the clip. The transcript of the interview is also available on Ciderspace.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Interview Transcript.


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15 April 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Bristol City Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade said that he felt referee Mike Dean's decision to award a second half penalty to Bristol City on Saturday proved to be the turning point of the game at Ashton Gate. In a match that Yeovil Town lost 2-0, Dean's view that Enoch Showumni had been fouled by Scott Guyett - which looks dubious to say the least on the match video - saw Guyett red carded and allowed Bradley Orr to score the second decisive goal from the spot.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell explained: "I thought that we were gradually gradually working our way into the game. But as a contest, the game was over the moment that they went 2-0 up and we went down to 10 men. At 1-0, I thought that because we had got back into it, the game was still evenly poised."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.


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15 April 2007 : It's Rangers In The Final
Yeovil Town Ladies will face Cullompton Rangers in the Final of the Pat Sowden Tophy on Sunday 29th April. Yeovil have been waiting to discover their opponents for several weeks after a couple of postponements of the other semi-final. The tie was eventually resolved with Cullompton defeating Gloucester City 2-1 this afternoon.

The final will take place at Kimberley Stadium, home of Saltash United, with the Glovers hoping to secure a double, having already won the South West Premier Division title. Yeovil return to the South West Combination next season, at level 4 in the women's game, three years after having been relegated to level 5.


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14 April 2007 : Derby Despair Sees Groundhog Day For Guyett
Yeovil Town went down 2-0 at Ashton Gate this afternoon after a goal from former Glover Lee Johnson and a controversial penalty from Bradley Orr erased any lingering hopes the Glovers may have had of gaining promotion via the automatic route.

After a fairly end-to-end start to the match, it was the City midfield that began to boss proceedings with David Noble and Johnson Jr particularly impressive as they packed and over-ran the centre of the park. Just as the Glovers appeared to be getting the measure of City's style of play, they suffered a blow with club captain Terry Skiverton limping off injured. City grabbed back the upper hand again and deservedly took the lead when Lee Johnson fired into the bottom left corner from the edge of the box two minutes before the break.

The Robins could have had a second before half time, but Jamie McCombe's effort was rightfully ruled out after he fouled Glovers keeper Steve Mildenhall.

The second period saw Yeovil have their best spell of the match as they took the game to City with Arron Davies, Marcus Stewart and substitute Andy Lindegaard all seeing attempts saved by home keeper Adriano Basso. But at the other end, City still proved they were dangerous when Louis Carey headed home from a corner, only to find referee Mike Dean step in and blow up for a foul.

Dean's involvement in City's second goal and the subsequent pattern of the match was crucial. Scott Guyett slid in to challenge City striker Enoch Showumni just 19 minutes from time, and after what seemed an excessive wait, the match official pointed to the penalty spot and drew out a red card for Guyett - his second dismissal of the season with the first having happened against the same club last November. Bradley Orr's penalty squirmed under Steve Mildenhall's body, and with it went Yeovil's realistic chances of salvaging anything from the game.

Final Score: Bristol City 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Vote for your Man of the Match here.

Thankfully, the Glovers remain 5th, after Oldham Athletic came unstuck against Cheltenham Town as John Ward's side produced the shock of the day, collecting a 2-0 win at Boundary Park. Bristol City's win was echoed by the other top four sides with Scunthorpe United, Nottingham Forest and Blackpool all winning their matches. Scunny's 2-0 victory over Huddersfield Town guarantees them Championship level football next season and realistically means they need one win to pick up the League One title as well.

The main concern of today's results is that Carlisle United are now making a late charge for the play-offs, having now won five in a row, including today's 1-0 win at Rotherham United, a result which incidentally relegates next Saturday's opponents. The Cumbrians lie now just two points behind the Glovers and one behind Oldham, and on their current form must now be seen as serious contenders. Swansea City's 2-2 draw with AFC Bournemouth keeps them in contention in 8th place and three points behind Oldham.

At the other end, Chesterfield's 0-1 home defeat leaves them four points adrift of safety and looking as though they will join Brentford and Rotherham United in League Two next season. The fourth position would appear to be between Leyton Orient and Bradford City. Bradford's 1-0 win today gives them hope, whilst a point for Leyton meant they have a two point cushion between them and the Bantams.

In League Two, Hartlepool and Walsall secured promotion today, whilst Torquay United will be joining the Football Conference next season after their relegation was confirmed.


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14 April 2007 : Glovers Appealing Guyett Red
Glovers assistant manager Steve Thompson has confirmed that Yeovil Town will be appealing against Scott Guyett's red card against Bristol City today. Referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot and red carded Guyett for an alleged foul on City striker Enoch Showumni but Thommo believes the challenge was a fair one and that the match video shows Guyett making contact with the ball before Showumni goes over his outstretched leg.

The decision was made by the Premiership official after he produced a delayed response to appeals from the City crowd, and Bradley Orr scored from the spot to put City 2-0 up. Guyett's dismissal more or less ended Yeovil's involvement in the game.

As it stands, Guyett will miss the home matches against Rotherham United and Doncaster Rovers, but the club's appeal will hope to overturn that ban.

That appeal now becomes crucial, with club captain Terry Skiverton having left the field early today. The belief is that Skivo has either a groin or a hernia problem and his condition will be properly assessed tomorrow.

In addition, Chris Cohen came out of the game with damaged ankle ligaments and so he will report to the physio room tomorrow. Manager Russell Slade admitted after the game that there was a strong chance of both Skivo and Chris missing the remainder of the season if their conditions are found to be serious.


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13 April 2007 : No Matchday £2.00 For Rotherham Fixture
As well as the Kids Go Free offer (see below, 12th April), the club has decided to waive the usual £2.00 additional charge for matchday purchased tickets for the game against Rotherham United on Saturday 21st April. Home and away fans will be able to purchase at the Early Bird price right up to kick-off.

Ciderspace applauds these moves by the football club. Fairly or unfairly, we suspect a mood had been growing amongst supporters that the club was too concerned with squeezing every penny it could from them. Of course any club wants to maximise income to pay for the best team it can afford, but sometimes that is best done by keeping as many fans as possible 'on-side', and positive gestures like these can work wonders. Well done Yeovil Town.


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13 April 2007 : Bristol City vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make their shortest journey of the season tomorrow when they head up to Ashton Gate to take on second placed Bristol City. The size of the match can be measured by the fact that this is almost a 19,000 capacity sell-out, with the Glovers having long since sold out their 3,000 away allocation, whilst City are believed to be down to three-figure availability.

All of this is unsurprising as the match is vital to both sides. City go into the game just three points ahead of third placed Nottingham Forest whilst the Glovers are in 5th place and six points behind the Bristolians. A win for City would undoubtedly end any lingering hopes Yeovil might have of sneaking an automatic spot, whilst a win for the Glovers would risk letting Forest into the automatic spots come the end of the season as well as giving Russell Slade's side something to aim at. For that reason Slade believes the pressure is more on City than it is on his own side:

"We go to Bristol City for free. We got three points on Monday and if we come away with even a point on Saturday it will be a massive bonus for us. Derbies are unpredictable, but we have got the points from the game against City earlier in the season. The pressure is on Bristol City a little bit to deliver something for their fans in what is an important game. I expect the game to be tight and tense with mistakes being made because there is a lot at stake."

City have a number of injury concerns to deal with ahead of the game. Winger Scott Murray is definitely out after he suffered a setback during the week in his attempts to recover from a fractured bone in his foot. Meanwhile striker Steve Brooker may not play for Gary Johnson's side this season after he suffered a hamstring strain. Meanwhile goalkeeper and former Glover Chris Weale has suffered the season from hell and is back on the treatment table yet again and will not be involved. Midfielder Jamie McAllister is also ruled out with a groin injury.

City's borderline cases involve former Glover Liam Fontaine and midfielder David Noble. Fontaine is hoping to recover from a twisted ankle, whilst Noble is suffering discomfort and problems breathing following a shoulder injury.

For the Glovers, only midfielder Paul Terry is a definite absentee, although defender Matthew Rose and midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala are new doubts as manager Russell Slade explained to the Western Daily Press:

"Matthew Rose has a sore ankle and is a bit of a concern. JP Kalala has also missed training over the last couple of days with a virus. Fingers crossed they will come through and everybody will be available for selection."

The Glovers already have taken three points off Bristol City this season, thanks to a 2-1 win at Huish Park last November. Goals from Arron Davies and Wayne Gray saw them home before an injury time Phil Jevons penalty made the last few seconds a bit interesting. The game did have a traditional local derby flashpoint with City captain Louis Carey red-carded for taking a swing at Scott Guyett whilst the Yeovil defender also walked for retaliation.

The game of course is not only important for the fortune of both sides and their attempts to gain promotion. There are the bragging rights at stage at two levels. Whilst a local derby always carries such stakes, the presence of former Glovers boss Gary Johnson in the City dugout as well as a host of other people around Ashton Gate including midfielder Lee Johnson, defender Liam Fontaine and striker Phil Jevons. Then on the flipside, Yeovil striker Marcus Stewart makes his first trip back to Ashton Gate since his transfer to Huish Park during the January transfer window. It offers up a local media writer's dream for possible headlines and angles to cover. And at 5.00pm on Saturday, who knows what the League One table could look like for both clubs?

NOTE: This is an ALL TICKET game. If you've not got a ticket for the match, don't bother travelling up to the match as you will not be able to get into Ashton Gate.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bristol City.

Link: November 2006 : Yeovil Town 2 Bristol City 1.


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12 April 2007 : Customer Charter Meeting Agenda Released
The club have released the Agenda for the next Customer Charter Meeting which will take place in the Glovers Lounge at Huish Park on Tuesday 17th of April 2007, starting at 5.30pm. The full agenda is as follows:

1) Apologies
2) Approval of minutes from previous CCM
3) Ticket Pricing Policy 2007/2008
4) Organisation Structure
5) Supporters Questions/Queries/Problems
6) Any Other Business

The meeting will be open to all supporters provided they register in advance. You can register through Sara Bradley, the club's Supporters Liaison Contact. Note that you must register your interest by the morning of the meeting so Sara can organise the meeting itself.

Our understanding is that agenda item (5) has been set aside to allow supporters to raise questions and issues and that the above agenda has been deliberately kept brief to allow a degree of an "open floor" meeting whilst a large number of additional supporters are present.

Sara can be contacted either on email at supporter.link@ytfc.net or by phoning the club on 01935-423662 Ext 200.


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12 April 2007 : Rotherham Match : Kids Go Free
Yeovil Town are using the match against Rotherham United as an opportunity for children to watch the Glovers for free.

Any boy or girl under the age of sixteen can watch the match on Saturday 21st April free of charge provided they are accompanied by an adult paying normal prices for the match.

Season ticket holding adults can obtain free tickets for children provided they can produce their Season Ticket card.

There is no limit to the number of children who can accompany the adult.

To apply for tickets, go to the Huish Park Ticket Office either in person or call them on 01935-847888.

NB: There is a slight bit of confusion as to exactly when this offer closes. The club's official site says supporters must "phone the Yeovil Town Ticket Office before 5.00pm on Friday ..." - we are guessing they mean next Friday 20th April, but have contacted the club to confirm.


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12 April 2007 : Merchandising On Saturday
Supporters travelling to Ashton Gate should take note that there is a fair chance that they will encounter some rogue merchandise sellers either around Huish Park or around Ashton Gate itself.

These sellers do not benefit the club in any way - their profits go into their own pockets and you will not be covered for any defects that may be found in the merchandising you purchase. For both reasons we would strongly recommend that you do not buy from them.

The Huish Park Club Shop will be open today and tomorrow from 9.00am until 5.00pm where you can buy scarves, shirts and other merchandise direct from the club. Give them a ring on 01935-423662 if you need to check to see if something is in stock.

In addition to this Away Travel Club organiser Mark Kelly will be selling a large amount of merchandise at Huish Park on Saturday morning around the times that the coaches leave for Ashton Gate. Examples include Chris Cohen shirts, Andy Wallace Shirts and Skivo Shirts all priced at £5 each. Mark is also selling green and white hooters, flags, scarves, Tooper Hats, wigs and Skivo scarves.

Any profit made by the Away Travel Club goes directly back into the club in the form of donations or gifts such as the training equipment and TV/DVD player bought this season.

So please ensure that you buy either from the official Club Shop or from the Away Travel Club and don't let a penny go outside the club.


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11 April 2007 : Gillingham Tickets On Sale
Tickets for Yeovil Town's final match of the League One season are now available to season ticket holders only. The match is the trip to Gillingham's Priestfield Stadium on Saturday 5th May. The prices are as follows:

Adults: £15, Over 65s: £12, 16-19 years: £9, 7-15 years: £7, Under 7s: £5.

The tickets go on general sale from Monday 23rd April at 9.00am.

The expectation is that there are around 1,400 tickets available in the Brian Moore Stand which is behind one of the goals. This is an all-seater 'temporary' uncovered stand so bear that in mind when you buy your ticket.

The Gills operate a massive four pound pay-on-the-day surcharge for adult tickets with other surcharges in place for some of the other ticket types, so even if there are still tickets available come the day of the match, you will probably want to do your best to make your purchase from the Huish Park Ticket Office rather than from Priestfield.


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11 April 2007 : Youth Team Game Final Rearrangement
The final Youth Team game of the 2006-07 season has been scheduled to take place against Plymouth Argyle on Saturday 28th April in Plymouth.

Stuart Housley's side still have one other fixture to complete - an away match against Bristol Rovers on Saturday 21st April.


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10 April 2007 : Reserves In Six Goal Thriller
Yeovil Town Reserves drew 3-3 with Bristol City Reserves at Clevedon's Hand Stadium on Tuesday night in a Football Combination match. The game was a topsy-turvy affair with the Glovers fighting back from two goals down and scoring three goals in seven minutes before a late City equaliser made matters even again.

City took the lead 25 minutes in when James Wilson hit a first time shot on the near post from Danny Wring's free kick. Then in the second period Frankie Artus went for the spectacular when he was allowed to run from inside his own half, finishing off from 20 yards out to give City a 2-0 lead with 25 minutes remaining.

The tables were turned quickly over a seven minute period. Scott Guyett's header from a corner took a slight deflection as he got Yeovil a goal back. Then trialist Jerahl Hughes followed up on a fierce Phil Ormrod attempt that City keeper Sean Thomas could only parry.

Yeovil gained the lead by outdoing the early goal from Artus, with Bradley Thomas hit a 30-yard bullet that flew in off the inside of a post to complete a marvellous comeback. But Frankie Artus had the last say when he equalised, beating the Glovers' offside trap to give a final 3-3 scoreline.

The positive news coming out of this match is that full-backs Mark Lynch and Andy Lindegaard completed another 90 minutes worth of football without any obvious ill-effects, which should push both closer to the possibility of reclaiming their first team places in the coming weeks.

Final Score: Bristol City Reserves 3 Yeovil Town Reserves 3.

Goals: James Wilson (1-0, 25 mins), Frankie Artus (2-0, 65 mins), Scott Guyett (2-1, 71 mins), Jerahl Hughes (2-2, 75 mins), Bradley Thomas (2-3, 78 mins), Frankie Artus (3-3, 82 mins).

Bristol City Reserves: Thomas; Walker, Ribeiro, Wilson, Slocombe; Grubb, Artus, Wring (Gardner 81), Parker (Carr 81); Plummer, Ledgister (Towler 81).

Yeovil Town Reserves: 1. Darren Behcet 2. Andy Lindegaard 3. Jake Smeeton 4. Mark Lynch 5. Scott Guyett 6. Bradley Thomas 7. Jerahl Hughes 8. Martin Brittain 9. Lloyd Opara 10. Tom Clarke 11. Ishmael Welsh. Subs: 12. Tom Parsons (76 mins for Jake Smeeton), 14. Phil Ormrod (41 mins for Lloyd Opara). 15. Steve Thompson (not used).


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10 April 2007 : City Game Nearing A Sell-Out
Bristol City are reporting that they have under 1,000 tickets left for Saturday's match at Ashton Gate against Yeovil Town.

Yeovil Town's away allocation of 3,000 tickets sold out on April 4th and City are now reporting that the Upper Dolman Stand has completely sold out and that the City section of the Wedlock Stand is almost filled.

They are predicting that tickets will sell out before their ticket office closes on Friday, which will guarantee a crowd of in excess of 19,000. City's record crowd this season is the 19,249 that turned up to watch their match againt Nottingham Forest on the last day of March.

There will be no tickets available on the day of the match, and there will be no further allocation of tickets available for the Yeovil Town section of the ground.


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10 April 2007 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient
The full Ciderspace match report for yesterday's 2-1 win over Leyton Orient is now available.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 2 Leyton Orient 1.


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10 April 2007 : April 2007 Customer Charter Meeting
The next Customer Charter Meeting will take place in the Glovers Lounge at Huish Park on Tuesday 17th of April 2007, starting at 5.30pm.

Rather unusually, the club have decided that the meeting will be open to all supporters provided they register in advance. You can register through Sara Bradley, the club's Supporters Liaison Contact. Note that you must register your interest by the morning of the meeting so Sara can organise the meeting itself.

Sara can be contacted either on email at supporter.link@ytfc.net or by phoning the club on 01935-423662 Ext 200.


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10 April 2007 : Playoff Dates Confirmed
Further to Friday's news item concerning the likely dates for this season's League One Playoffs, the Bristol City Official Site are now reporting that the Football League have now confirmed a set of dates that match that reported on Ciderspace on Friday. Those dates are as follows:

Sunday 13th May - 12:15pm - League One Play-Off Semi Leg 1
Sunday 13th May - 6:15pm - League One Play-Off Semi Leg 1
Saturday 19th May - 12:00pm - League One Play-Off Semi Leg 2
Saturday 19th May - 6.05pm - League One Play-Off Semi Leg 2

The final will be played on Sunday 27th May, with a kick-off time yet to be set. Assuming these dates now hold, it would seem almost certain that all five games will be shown live on Sky Sports.


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10 April 2007 : Last Away Travel Places For Bristol City
There are just four places left on coaches being run by the Away Travel Club up to Bristol City on April the 14th 2007. The cost will be £10 per person, with the coaches leaving Huish Park at 10.30am, and a stop will be made along the way.

If you would like to book a seat for the trip please phone Roger on 07960-687075.


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10 April 2007 : Player Of The Season Voting
It's that time of year again! Yeovil Town supporters have the chance to vote for their Player Of The Season. The winning player will have a trophy presented to them at the end of the season, and anyone is welcome to vote.

The trophy that will be presented is the one that was purchased by the now disbanded YTISA association, but you do not have to have been a YTISA member in the past to vote. The Green Room forum have set up an online poll at the following location:

Link: 2006-07 Player Of The Season Voting Form.

Alternatively you can email your vote directly to Mark Kelly at markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk and let him know who you want to vote for.

This vote is separate from the Internet Man Of The Match voting which is done on a match-by-match basis. A reminder that you can still vote for your Man Of The Match for yesterday's 2-1 win over Leyton Orient by using the form below.

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


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10 April 2007 : Officials For Bristol City
This Saturday's match at Ashton Gate between Bristol City and Yeovil Town will be looked after by Premiership referee Michael Dean (Wirral). Not too surprisingly, we've not had Mr Dean for a Yeovil match before, but as is often the case with local derbies, the authorities tend to cherry pick from their "elite" list.

Michael (usually known as Mike) started refereeing in 1985 before making The Football League assistant referee list in 1995 and the referees list in 1997. He joined the Premiership list in 2000 and then made the FIFA referees list in 2003. Michael has refereed many major games in his career including the FA Trophy in 2004 and the Community Shield in the same year. He was also Fourth Official at the 2003 FA Cup Final. He almost refereed the 2006 FA Cup final but was withdrawn at the last minute due to his local side Liverpool getting to the final.

Mr Dean will be assisted by John Flynn (Wiltshire) and Martin Yerby (Kent). Fourth Official will be Guy Stretton (Leicestershire).


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10 April 2007 : Reserves vs Bristol City Tonight
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves travel to Clevedon tonight to take on Bristol City Reserves in a Football Combination fixture.

Despite the match taking place in the week leading up to the match at Ashton Gate, the Glovers are taking a fairly strong squad to the Hand Stadium. City though have opted to field mainly an Academy side for tonight's game, with no real 'names' in their line-up.

The Glovers feature two trialists in their line-up, both of which are already known about with Peterborough United striker Lloyd Opara and Crystal Palace winger Jerahl Hughes both set to feature.

Admission to the Hand Stadium is £3 (adults) or £1 (concessions). Kick-off is 7.00pm. To get to the ground, take the following route:

From M5 Junction 20: Take the Clevedon exit and turn left at the first roundabout (Central Way). At the next roundabout, turn left (towards Kenn & signposted Hand Stadium), go over the river and take your first left into Davis Lane. The stadium is situated on the right hand side after approx half a mile.

Address: Hand Stadium, Davis Lane , Clevedon, North Somerset BS21 6TG.

Yeovil Town Reserves: Darren Behcet, Mark Lynch, Andy Lindegaard, Scott Guyett, Bradley Thomas, Tom Clarke, Ishmael Welsh, Jerahl Hughes, Martin Brittain, Peter Sweeney, Lloyd Opara, Phil Ormrod, Jake Smeeton, Gary Bowles.

Bristol City Reserves: Thomas; Walker, Ribeiro, Wilson, Slocombe; Grubb, Parker, Artus, Wring, Ledgister; Plummer. Subs: Gardener, Towler, Carr, Hamilton, Ballard.


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10 April 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade said there were no raised voices in the dressing room yesterday at half time, despite coming in at the break a goal down to Leyton Orient. The Glovers came back to win 2-1 with a Wayne Gray penalty and an Arron Davies strike that deflected off Orient's John Mackie, but Russell said that most of his half time team talk involved setting tactics for the second period.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell explained: "Well sometimes there is a time for giving your players a rollicking. I didn't think that today's half time was a time for that to be honest. I thought it was a time to be calm and not to panic, but also to put your foot down and make changes and that is what I did."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.


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9 April 2007 : League One Easter Monday Round-Up
Monday's matches proved that final matters are far from decided on a curious afternoon of football that saw Yeovil Town and Blackpool become the only two sides in the whole of the top six to collect maximum points. As was noted after Saturday's games, this is a strong indication as to how much pressure is playing its part in proceedings and a sign that the club that keeps the least pressure on its players may be the one that succeeds.

Yeovil Town's 2-1 win over Leyton Orient is recorded in an earlier news item. Blackpool's was an impressive 2-0 away win over Huddersfield Town at the Galpharm Stadium, with Claus Jorgensen and Robbie Williams the scorers, lifting them into the heady heights of 4th, whilst the Glovers rise to 5th.

Both sides benefitted from Oldham Athletic's slip up at Bradford City and even then the Latics can count themselves as fortunate - needing an 87th minute goal from new loan signing Luigi Glombard after Bradford had gone in front through Moses Ashikodi. Bradford were reduced to 10 men with around quarter of an hour remaining and Oldham were able to benefit from the man advantage to claw back a point but that wasn't enough to stop them dropping to 6th in the table.

Nottingham Forest 1-1 draw against Rotherham United has to rank as shock of the day, particularly as it came at the City Ground in front of League One's highest attendance of the season, with 28,875 packing the ground. Rotherham even had the cheek to take the lead but Grant Holt's penalty was all Forest were able to come up with.

Colin Calderwood's side will have been left kicking themselves when they heard the final scores, given that both Bristol City and Scunthorpe United lost their Monday matches. City crashed 1-0 at Gillingham with Dean McDonald ensuring that City will continue to be kept on edge in their second placed position.

With all the teams around them seemingly falling apart, had Scunthorpe United beaten Northampton Town at Sixfields then they would have been celebrating promotion, but they went down to a Bradley Johnson goal right at the end of a 2-1 home win meaning that Scunny have finally had their 3.5 month unbeaten run broken.

Whilst the top six sides seemed to have an attack of the jitters, the late charge of Swansea City and Carlisle United continues. The Jacks won 3-0 at home to Port Vale, whilst Carlisle inflicted a 3-1 defeat upon AFC Bournemouth. Both results ensure that they gained two points on Oldham to close the gap between them and the playoff positions down to four points, whilst both are still five points away from the Glovers with four games left. It doesn't bear thinking about what the table might have looked like if Leyton Orient had grabbed all three points at Huish Park today.

At the other end of the table, we bid farewell to Brentford, who become the first side confirmed for relegation today. Last season the Bees were in the playoffs, but next season they will turn out in League Two, giving an idea of how narrow the gap is between success and failure at this level.

The other three sides in the relegation zone are as you were, with pretty much everyone drawing. Rotherham need to win all their remaining games to stay up as they are now nine points adrift with four games left. Bradford City, Chesterfield and Cheltenham Town all drew, meaning that Leyton Orient's defeat draws them a point closer to the relegation line. These five clubs will almost certainly claim the three relegation spots, with AFC Bournemouth probably only needing a point or two now to guarantee themselves League One football next season.

Link: 2006-07 Latest League One Table.

Link: 2006-07 League One Highest Attendances.


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9 April 2007 : Late Late Show Keeps Glovers On Track
Yeovil Town remarkably bounced back from a woeful first half performance, which saw the Somerset side trailing by a goal at half time, to beat struggling Leyton Orient 2-1 pushing Russell Slade's men back up to fifth in League One.

After a pitiful first half display, the introduction of Anthony Barry and Darryl Knights immediately sparked a revived second half performance for the home side. Yeovil looked more lively in their pursuit for the equaliser as Wayne Gray saw his effort rebound off the post on 70 minutes.

A moment of brilliance by Nathan Jones swung the momentum of the game in Yeovil’s favour. The Welshman picked up the ball on the edge of the box, dummied a shot, and surged through the Orient defence before being brought down in the box by last defender Adam Tann. Up stepped Wayne Gray who kept his nerve, coolly sending the ‘keeper the wrong way to level matters from the penalty spot, scoring his tenth goal of the season.

Six minutes later Arron Davies, who had been menacing all afternoon on the right flank, grabbed the crucial winner for Yeovil Town after a shot deflected off the boot of Orient captain John Mackie and nestled into the far corner of the Leyton Orient goal.

Final score: Yeovil Town 2-1 Leyton Orient.

[Article by George Murray.]


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8 April 2007 : Ladies Crowned League Champions
Yeovil Town Ladies have been crowned as Champions of the South West Women's Football League today after they won their final match of the league season. Jemma Tewkesbury scored twice and Kayleigh Nardiello struck another as they saw off main title rivals Penzance by a 3-0 scoreline.

The result means that Penzance now lie 11 points behind and with only three games left they can't catch the Glovers who complete their fixtures having won 12, drawn 2 and lost 2 games, scoring 60 goals and conceding just 11, for a total of 38 points.

The Glovers do still have one definite matter outstanding with the Pat Sowden Trophy final still to be played. Cullompton Rangers play Gloucester City next weekend whilst Yeovil Town put their feet up until Sunday 29th April when they will face the winners in the final which will be played at the Kimberley Stadium, Saltash United. Cornwall.

As already reported, the Premier Division Cup has already been cancelled despite Yeovil reaching the final, due to bad weather resulting in a huge backlog of fixtures in the other side of the draw. This final will not be played.

Congratulations to the Ladies Team and we hope they enjoy their celebrations in winning the title.


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8 April 2007 : Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient Match Preview
Yeovil Town play host to Leyton Orient tomorrow afternoon at Huish Park for an Easter Monday match that once again means plenty to both sides. Orient currently lie just four points off the drop zone, having lost 0-2 at home to Northampton Town on Saturday afternoon.

Orient have gone on a bit of a wobble in their last few matches, having not won in four games but prior to that had managed some fairly steady form to haul their way out of a dreadful start to their first season in League One that had left them bottom of the league until early December. Had they won a couple of their more recent matches then they would probably be coming down to Somerset relaxed and looking forward to a second season at League One level, but the loss to the Cobblers and last week's six-pointer against Cheltenham Town that went The Robins way have got them looking over their shoulders again.

The East London side will be without influential full-back Matt Lockwood - one of the best of his kind in the lower levels. Lockwood has an ankle injury and is not expected to recover. However, they do welcome back central defender John Mackie after he served the last of a two match ban on Saturday. Mackie is not the cleanest of defenders around and fits very much into the Colin Miles style of defender. Justin Miller will travel but is expected to be on the bench due to a recent illness, whilst Adam Chambers picked up an ankle gash on Saturday but is still expected to play.

Boss Martin Ling admits the recent two defeats have added to the pressure on his side, but he told his club's official site that Yeovil were in the same sort of situation:

"All of our games will bring pressure now because we're in a scrap. Yeovil will be looking at the game as a chance to concrete their position in the play-offs, but I went to watch them at Scunthorpe on Friday and they looked nervy. We will look to take advantage of that, but we need big hearts and big characters after our last two results. We needed the same at the end of last season and we went eight unbeaten - so we need a similar response now."

Yeovil Town are expected to have the same group of players available for Monday's match, with no new injuries reported following Friday night's defeat against Scunthorpe United. That means that only right-back Mark Lynch and midfielder Paul Terry are definitely out of contention. However, with manager Russell Slade sounding fairly pleased with his side's performance at Glanford Park on Friday, it would seem likely that his only changes will be if he feels any players are tired from the long journey and frenetic match up in Lincolnshire.

Tickets are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office up until kick-off tomorrow subject to the usual two pound surcharge on the day of the game. The match kicks off at 3.00pm.


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8 April 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Scunthorpe Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade was surprisingly happy despite seeing his side lose 1-0 against league leaders Scunthorpe United on Friday night. The Glovers found an own goal from Nathan Jones proving to be the only difference between the two sides, but despite coming home empty-handed, Russell insisted that there was plenty to be positive about.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell admitted: "Tonight, I am upbeat because I saw some positive things tonight and that was us somewhere near our best, but without scoring. There have been a few occasions where sometimes we don't perform in a particular half. But tonight other than a 15 minute spell, as the away side we have performed well."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.


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7 April 2007 : Scunthorpe United Man Of The Match Voting Reminder
A reminder that with Monday's game against Leyton Orient coming up, the Man Of The Match voting for the match against Scunthorpe United will only be held open until Monday at 3.00pm.

Hence if you went to Glanford Park on Friday night, get your votes in quickly to ensure they count.

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


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7 April 2007 : Good Things Come To Those Who Wait
Congratulations are due to Dagenham and Redbridge football club today after they gained promotion to the Football League with a 2-1 victory over Aldershot at Victoria Road in front of 4,044 spectators.

Paul Benson and David Rainford were both on target as the Daggers, now 16 points clear, clinched the Nationwide Conference title, with second placed Oxford United's defeat at Northwich Victoria ending their rapidly fading chances.

For the Daggers, it ends a five year battle for promotion after they were unjustly denied promotion to the Football League at the end of the 2001-02 season. Boston United pipped them on goal difference that year, but were later found guilty of falsifying players contracts and VAT returns as well as attempting to impede the subsequent FA enquiry into the affair. Yet despite cheating their way to the title, the authorities deferred the deduction of four points to the following season, meaning that the East London side were denied their rightful place in the Football League.

Now five years on, they have been finally been rewarded and the only missing piece of the jigsaw remains the fate of the side who took their place. Boston currently lie second from bottom of League Two, lurching from crisis to crisis on a daily basis and with their players not having been paid yet for the month of March and another court appearance on the cards for the club due to non-payment of seven months ground rent.

They lost 2-0 today at Notts County, and with wins for Macclesfield Town and Accrington Stanley today and Torquay United cast seven points adrift of safety and almost certainly relegated, the last relegation position would appear to come down to the Lincolnshire Cheats and Wrexham, who are currently tied on the same number of points but with the Welsh side having a game in hand and a better goal difference.

The final match of the season sees both sides meet at the Racecourse Ground in a match that will almost certainly act as a final decider for who stays in the Football League. Could natural justice be coming Dagenham's and Boston's way five years after the football authorities failed to act?


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7 April 2007 : Glovers Drop To Sixth
This afternoon's League One matches have seen Yeovil Town drop a place to 6th in the latest league table after Blackpool leapt over them following a 3-2 win over Tranmere Rovers.

Despite Blackpool's win, the result can also be seen as a blessing in disguise - it meant that Tranmere more or less ended their hopes of gaining a playoff place with the Wirral side now lying eight points behind the Glovers with just five games remaining. To make matters worse for them, they had John Mullin and Jason McAteer dismissed early in the second half in a stormy 60 seconds after Mullins had been penalised for a foul.

The new threat to Yeovil's chances of keeping their playoff position is Carlisle United. The Cumbrian side have quietly plugged away just outside the top six for most of the season and they now lie just five points off the playoffs after a 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in Withdean today. They are level on points with Swansea City who drew 0-0 at Ashton Gate also meaning that Bristol City have lost ground on Scunthorpe United over the weekend. Scunny now hold a six point gap on Gary Johnson's side.

Scunny are now more or less guaranteed promotion after Nottingham Forest slipped up, losing 1-0 at Millwall. With an 11 point gap on Forest, the league leaders could theoretically secure promotion on Monday if they win and Forest fail to get maximum points. Fourth placed Oldham Athletic didn't have a particularly good day either, being held to a 1-1 draw against Huddersfield Town, meaning that of this morning's top eight sides, only one club, Blackpool, were able to gain maximum points - certainly evidence that pressure is playing its part amongst the teams around the top.

Monday's visitors Leyton Orient lie just four points above the relegation zone after away day specialists Northampton Town won 2-0 at Brisbane Road. The bottom four clubs are still Chesterfield, Bradford City, Rotherham United and Brentford with the latter not helped by Cheltenham Town's 2-0 win at Griffin Park, which gives The Robins a three point cushion in 20th place. If Brentford lose on Monday, then a point or more for John Ward's side will see the West London side become the first club to be relegated from League One this season.

Link: 2006-07 Latest League One Table.


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7 April 2007 : Ciderspace Match Report : Scunthorpe United vs Yeovil Town
The Ciderspace match report for last night's 1-0 defeat at Glanford Park against Scunthorpe United is now online.

Link: Scunthorpe United 1 Yeovil Town 0.


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6 April 2007 : Iron Bar Glovers Progress
The seemingly unstoppable machine that is Scunthorpe United continued their charge towards Championship football tonight, despite needing an own goal to beat Yeovil Town tonight at Glanford Park.

In an end-to-end match, only an unfortunate Nathan Jones header into his own net late in the first half provided the difference between the two sides. Jones turned the ball into his own net after Cleveland Taylor put him under pressure from a Kevan Hurst cross six minutes before the break.

That saw Scunthorpe take a deserved half time lead after they had recovered from the surprise of being put onto the back foot by a Glovers side that started the game in a positive mood. But Scunthorpe are not top at this stage of the season by fluke, and they gradually forced the flow of the game in the other direction, even if they found shots on target difficult to come by, but the law of averages always suggested that one of their balls across the face of the box would turn out to be dangerous, as Hurst proved with his cross that led to the goal.

The second period was slightly less frenetic, with Scunthorpe gradually retreating as they sought to defend their slender lead. Jean-Paul Kalala's cross almost turned into a shot as it bounced on top of the crossbar. Then Wayne Gray should have done better when he received Chris Cohen's cross, but couldn't keep his header on target. But the Glovers are in general probably not creating or converting enough chances in recent weeks, and the home side were able to gradually close the game out.

With this the only match being played tonight, Yeovil's 5th place in the table is still maintained, with all other 22 clubs playing tomorrow afternoon. With Blackpool (6th) at home to Tranmere Rovers (8th) and Bristol City (2nd) at home to Swansea City (7th), some of Yeovil's rivals will definitely be picking up points before Monday's home match against Leyton Orient.

Link: 2006-07 Latest League One Table.


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6 April 2007 : Provisional Dates For Your Diary
If Yeovil Town reach the League One playoffs at the end of this season, the official line from the Football League is that dates for the semi-finals will only be determined once the make-up of the teams from the three divisions are known. The only dates that the Football League will admit to is that all semi-finals will take place between May 9th and May 20th.

The Sky Sports TV schedules though are starting to be pencilled in, and with the wishes of the broadcaster likely to be heavily influential in what eventually officially confirmed, it is worth noting that their website currently has the following three dates and times in their forthcoming programmes listings:

Sunday 13th May - 12:15pm - League One Play-Off Semi Leg 1
Sunday 13th May - 6:15pm - League One Play-Off Semi Leg 1
Saturday 19th May - 12:00pm - League One Play-Off Semi Leg 2

Unfortunately, what looks to be a series of mistakes (they have four Second Leg matches for League Two!) the website does not currently reveal Sky's preferred date/time for the other League One Second Leg match. However, as one of the four (!) League Two Second Leg matches apparently takes place on the evening of the other League One match, it would seem likely that what they meant to say was:

Saturday 19th May - 6.05pm - League One Play-Off Semi Leg 2

Note that these dates and times will be provisional and subject to change, particularly if there are geographical clashes that would stretch police resources in a particular part of the country. However, given that the officially confirmed dates and times are only likely to be known after the final game of the season, it is probably worth at least lightly pencilling in the above dates into your diary, assuming of course that the Glovers are one of the four teams involved in those playoffs!


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6 April 2007 : Scunthorpe United vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to play League One leaders Scunthorpe United tonight at Glanford Park as they begin a weekend of football that will go a long way towards deciding the fortunes of those involved in and around the current promotion positions. Scunthorpe are currently hot favourites for automatic promotion and have been top of League One since mid-January. Moreover they are unbeaten in the league since mid-December which gives a strong indication as to how tough a task the Glovers have on their hands.

The main injury concern for Scunthorpe this weekend is experienced defender Steve Foster. The 32-year-old player limped off with a hamstring problem during the first half of last Saturday's 2-0 home win against Bradford and is currently a major doubt for both games this weekend, although Scunny's management haven't given up all hope of him being involved in one or both of the Easter fixtures. If he fails to make it, then Andy Butler will deputise for him.

Otherwise, Scunthorpe's only problem is the absence of midfielder Matthew Sparrow who is partway through a four match suspension. Full-back Dave Mulligan is however available after returning to the club this week after appearing for New Zealand in a friendly international in Venezuela last week.

Assistant manager Ian Baraclough believes he can see automatic promotion being almost guaranteed for Scunthorpe if they win tonight's game. With rivals Bristol City and Nottingham Forest not playing until tomorrow, Baraclough feels that three points would leave third placed Forest with too much ground to make up:

"Yeovil is a great game for us. We like Friday matches and enjoy the atmopshere. Last Saturday's victory means it won't take any effort to get the lads up for the next match and Yeovil is always a good ding-dong game that normally produces a few goals. It's important we play first and getting a result really puts the pressure on everyone playing on Saturday. If we can go out and get three points then all of a sudden Forest are 11 points behind with only six games to play. I don't care who you are, it's going to take some clawing back to overhaul that."

For the Glovers, they have no new injury concerns, and will actually add a couple of faces to the squad that has travelled up to Lincolnshire. Manager Russell Slade told BBC Somerset Sound who they were:

"The team news is pretty good. Mark Lynch and Andy Lindegaard are making good progress and so I've added Lindegaard to a 20 man squad that will go to Scunthorpe. I've also added Ishmael Welsh to that squad. I think Lynch is maybe a game away and so he will play in the Reserves against Bristol City on Tuesday and then hopefully he will be another body that we can add to the main squad."

Despite the Glovers facing what is probably their hardest match of the season tonight, Russell added that he certainly relished the position that his side were in:

"These are the challenges and these matches are why you want to be in football. This is why you want to be a football manager because these are the situations that we all want to be part of. We don't want to be part of a relegation battle or have a season where nothing is going to happen. We're having a season at the moment where it could be quite exciting for us if we can reach the playoffs."

The sides last met in November 2006 when two Billy Sharp goals saw the Glovers go down by a 0-2 scoreline. Since then Scunny have lost his strike partner Andy Keogh, who joined Wolves in the January transfer window, however his replacement Jermaine Beckford, who is on loan from Leeds United, has slotted in perfectly and will be just as much of a threat having scored some spectacular goals since his arrival, making many wonder why Leeds - who could swap places with the Iron in the summer - had allowed them to get him in the first place.

Yeovil's long-running battles with Scunthorpe since they entered the league have also seen two of the most entertaining matches over the past four years. The two 4-3 wins for Yeovil during 2005 - one at Huish Park and one at Glanford Park - were more like cup ties in the way they unfolded. Tonight will no doubt be a far tighter affair, and any positive result the Glovers can come with will be seen as a great achievement against a side that will surely be playing Championship football next season.

NOTE: Tonight's game kicks off at 7.30pm - i.e. 15 minutes earlier than most clubs schedule their evening games for.


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5 April 2007 : Club Shop Easter Opening Hours (Revised!)
Further to yesterday's news concerning Easter opening hours, the Huish Park Club Shop have now decided that they will open tomorrow (Good Friday) morning. This is to bring the opening hours in line with the Huish Park Ticket Office and allow supporters the chance to make purchases from the shop whilst they are getting matchday tickets.

They will therefore be open tomorrow between 9.00am and 1.00pm for anyone wanting to make purchases prior to leaving for the match against Scunthorpe United, or for any last minute Easter presents supporters may wish to purchase.

The Club Shop opening hours are therefore now as follows:

Thursday : 9am - 5pm
Friday : 9am - 1pm
Saturday : Closed
Sunday : Closed
Monday : 10am - 5.30pm (excluding during the match itself)

The Huish Park Ticket Office opening hours are as follows:

Thursday : 9am - 5pm
Friday : 9am - 1pm
Saturday : Closed
Sunday : Closed
Monday : 9am - 3pm and after the match.


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5 April 2007 : Knights Escapes First Team Ban
On-loan Ipswich Town striker Darryl Knights will not face a ban from first team football, despite receiving a red card in Monday night's 1-0 defeat against Team Bath in the Somerset Premier Cup.

As suggested on this site on Monday, Knights will serve his one match suspension in a forthcoming Reserve Team fixture, but will be free to play in all forthcoming first team fixtures. Speaking to this morning's Western Daily Press manager Russell Slade confirms:

"Darryl got a second yellow card for dissent and he was frustrated at not getting a penalty decision. Fortunately the suspension won't apply to first-team games."


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4 April 2007 : Glovers Downed By Bluebirds Double
Yeovil Town Reserves lost their second match in three days this afternoon with Cardiff City Reserves coming out 2-0 winners at Huish Park. James Upcott did the damage, scoring both goals with one in each half.

This was a much changed side from the more experienced side that took to the field against Team Bath on Monday night, with five trialists and one player who last turned out for the Youth Team around the turn of the year and has returned to allow a second session at Huish Park.

Upcott's first goal came eight minutes from the break when he took advantage of a loose ball when Cardiff saw a free kick blocked and half-cleared. The second was a header from a right-wing cross, with Upcott not letting his lack of height be a barrier to winning the ball in the box.

The Glovers saw their best chance fall to Lloyd Opara, who struck the crossbar in the second period, and the Peterborough United striker saw a number of other chances saved or put wide, after he gradually got himself into the game following a slow start.

Goals: James Upcott (0-1, 37 mins), James Upcott (0-2, 71 mins)

Yeovil: 1. Darren Behcet, 2. Oliver Wake, 3. Jake Smeeton, 4. Gary Bowles, 5. Sheku Kamara, 6. Anthony Straker, 7. Omar Simpson, 8. Ian Carr, 9. Lloyd Opara, 10.Tom Clarke, 11. Jerahl Hughes.

Substitutes: 12. Matthew Concliffe (80 mins for Gary Bowles), 13. Phillip Ormrod (56 mins for Ian Carr), 14. Tom Parsons (67 mins for Oliver Wake).

Cardiff: 1. Mark Howard, 2. Mika Chunuonsee, 3. Curtis MacDonald, 4. Gregg Coombes, 5. Anthony Acheanpong, 6. Adam Buswell, 7. Anthony Cook, 8. Aaron Ramsey, 9. James Upcott, 10. Andrea Ferretti, 11. Jon Brown.

Substitutes: 12. Jack Carlisle, 13. Josh Herring, 14. Scott McCoubrey, 15. Bradley Middleton, 16. Sam Wade.


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4 April 2007 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 1 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have announced the following results in Week 1 of a new year in the Glovers Gold Bond scheme:

Glovers Gold Bond : Week 1 : 30th March 2007
01935 423662 (Ext 291)


£1000 Monthly Jackpot
A2688 Mr Goddard, St Aldhelms Road, Sherborne
£50 Agent Bonus - 044

£100 Winners
Monday B3907 Mrs Lockey Beech Avenue, Shepton Mallet
Tuesday C0812 Mr G Cabell Wheathill Way, Milborne Port
Wednesday E3271 Mr D Brigham Thorndon Park Drive, Chard
Thursday A9165 F W Purdy Water Street, Lopen,South Petherton
Friday A2770 Mr D J Evans Lime Tree Avenue, Yeovil

£10 Consolations
A3907 Mrs T Carter,The Dairy House,Haydon
C3907 Mrs S Lewis,Hertford Road, Yeovil
D3907 Mr A Jenkins, RomseyRoad, Yeovil
A0812 Mr D Ponsford, Greenwood Road, Yeovil
D0812 Mrs M E Pompey,Bovemoor Close, Street
E0812 Mrs Coleman, Canons Gate, Ilchester
A3271 Carolyn Tratt, Blackdown View, Ilminster
B3271 Roger Wells, Broadway,Frome
B9165 Mrs B Hill, West Street, Templecombe
B2770 Mr E Edwards, Percy Road, Yeovil
C2770 Mrs Bowes, Matthews Road, Yeovil


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4 April 2007 : Ticket Office Easter Opening Hours
The Huish Park Ticket Office will be open on Good Friday morning between 9.00am and 1.00pm despite it being a Bank Holiday. We've asked for confirmation of the opening hours on other weekend days, however assuming they are otherwise closed over the Easter period, if you want to avoid the usual two pound matchday surcharge for home matches, you'll need to purchase your tickets for Monday's match against Leyton Orient by 1.00pm on Friday.


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4 April 2007 : Bristol City Match Sold Out
The Bristol City Official Site is reporting that Yeovil Town have sold their full allocation of 3,000 tickets for the forthcoming match at Ashton Gate against Bristol City on April 14th.


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4 April 2007 : Club Shop Easter Opening Hours
The Huish Park Club Shop will have slightly modified opening hours over the forthcoming Easter weekend as follows:

Thursday : 9am - 5pm
Friday : Closed
Saturday : Closed
Sunday : Closed
Monday : 10am - 5.30 pm (excluding during the match itself)


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4 April 2007 : Line Ups For Reserve Fixture
Yeovil Town:

1. Darren Behcet, 2. Oliver Wake, 3. Jake Smeeton, 4. Gary Bowles, 5. Sheku Kamara, 6. Anthony Straker, 7. Omar Simpson, 8. Ian Carr, 9. Lloyd Opara, 10.Tom Clarke, 11. Jerahl Hughes.
Substitutes - 12. Matthew Concliffe, 13. Phillip Ormrod, 14. Tom Parsons.

Cardiff City:

1. Mark Howard, 2. Mika Chunuonsee, 3. Curtis MacDonald, 4. Gregg Coombes, 5. Anthony Acheanpong, 6. Adam Buswell, 7. Anthony Cook, 8. Aaron Ramsey, 9. James Upcott, 10. Andrea Ferretti, 11. Jon Brown.

Substitutes - 12. Jack Carlisle, 13. Josh Herring, 14. Scott McCoubrey, 15. Bradley Middleton, 16. Sam Wade.

Lloyd Opara is currently on the books at Peterborough United. Most recently he's been on loan at Burton Albion. Prior to Posh he knocked around a lot of clubs on permanent or loan deals, making hardly any appearances for any of them. He's a twenty-three year old striker, as the No.9 shirt suggests, in the bustling big centre-forward mould.


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4 April 2007 : Leon Set For New Saints Deal
Former Yeovil Town loan striker Leon Best looks set to be offered a new contract with Southampton on the back of him impressing manager George Burley following his return to St Mary's.

Leon scored his first ever league goal for the Saints last weekend, in the starting eleven against a Wolverhampton Wanderers side that got thrashed 6-0 at Molineux. And on the back of that performance and a few cameo roles as a substitute since returning from Huish Park, Burley has told the Southern Daily Echo that he expects Leon to remain a Saint for next season:

"We've been talking to Leon for the last couple of months and we're not a million miles away from agreeing a deal, but that will probably wait until the end of the season. I've spoken to Leon, he wants to stay at Southampton. It's just a case of getting the right deal for both parties."

There have been numerous claims in the media that Leon is off elsewhere at the end of the season with Oldham Athletic, Bristol City, Swindon Town, Nottingham Forest, Coventry City and Leicester City all being mentioned by various papers. However, the latest news would suggest that he is more likely to remain on the south coast for the start of next season.


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4 April 2007 : Johnson Offers His Best Wishes
Conditional of course, as his present club, Bristol City, are rivals for promotion to the Championship, but ex-Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson said that he would love to see both sides going up. Speaking to Sky Sports Gary said :

Obviously my prime concern is making sure Bristol City get over that line, but it's great to see Yeovil doing so well, and I'd dearly love to see them promoted with us at the end of the season.

They've kept the backbone of a good and honest side down there, and with the guidance of Steve Thompson, Russell Slade has performed miracles. For a small club they have done fantastically well, and I hope they can carry that on until the end of the season.

There are some very passionate people down there - both inside and outside the club - and the longer this season has gone on the more people have speculated that both sides could end up in the Championship, and it's becoming more real.


With the latest derby clash looming, and closing in on a sell out - see Ciderspace 1st April - Johnson conceded rivalry would take precedence in the short term but hoped the season would end happily for both sides :

As much as I hope Yeovil make it there will be no love lost on 14th April when they visit Ashton Gate. They beat us earlier on this season and we now must stay focused to the end. But I've got a lot of friends down there and I'd love them to achieve all they want this season.

With that date on the 14th close some will search for ulterior motives, but the only fault this site finds with Mr Johnson is his current choice of employer, so we'll accept it at face value.


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4 April 2007 : Easter Bunnies
The Good Friday trip to Glanford Park to meet league leaders Scunthorpe United sees Lee Mason (Lancashire) in charge in the middle. We've not seen Mr Mason since the final fixture of the 2003-04 season when he had a good match in the ultimately heartbreaking 2-3 win at Sincil Bank.

Nigel Bannister (Yorkshire) and Roy Burton (Staffordshire) are the assistant referees, Gary Sutton (Lincolnshire) the fourth official.

Kick-off is 7.30 p.m.

Back at Huish Park on Bank Holiday Monday Keith Stroud (Hampshire) takes the whistle for the visit of Leyton Orient. Relatively locally based, Stroud has been a regular official at Yeovil matches dating back to our Non-league days. He did two matches last season but this is his first involving the Glovers this term.

Other HP regulars Andrew Rodda (Devon) and Simon Snartt (Gloucestershire) will be running the lines, Adrian Matthews (Wiltshire) is the fourth official.

Kick-off is 3.00 p.m.


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4 April 2007 : Reserves vs Cardiff City
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves take on Cardiff City Reserves in a Pontin's Holidays Combination Wales & West Division match at Huish Park this afternoon, kickoff 2.00pm.

Admission for the match is 2 pounds for adults, one pound for concessions with season ticket holders admitted free of charge.

If we get any early indication of team news we will post details here.


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3 April 2007 : Ciderspace Match Report : Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town
The (slightly belated) match report for Saturday's game against Oldham Athletic is now online.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Oldham Athletic 1 Yeovil Town 0.


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3 April 2007 : Ishmael Return Confirmed
The return of left-winger Ishmael Welsh to Huish Park has been confirmed by this morning's Dorset Echo. Ishmael has just completed a month's loan with non-league minnows** Weymouth.

Ishmael played in last night's County Cup defeat at Twerton Park, and the paper has stated this morning that "his loan spell ended on Saturday. Talks to extend the winger's deal have failed".

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2 April 2007 : Glovers Out Of County Cup
Yeovil Town Reserves crashed out of the Somerset Premier Cup tonight to Team Bath at Twerton Park - never a happy hunting ground for the Glovers in recent years. The University side took the Glovers to a goalless 90 minutes, then sneaked the tie inside the final five minutes of extra time when a left-wing cross wasn't cut out, allowing a Team Bath substitute (No.12) to convert in free space.

To make matters worse, striker Darryl Knights was red carded in the final minute of extra time for disputing a decision when the match referee failed to award the Glovers a last gasp spot kick. Knights had already been booked and was dismissed for dissent. Our unofficial interpretation is that Knights will only be suspended for a single Reserve Team match with the suspension kicking in after 14 days.

Line-Up: (to be properly confirmed) Darren Behcet ; Mark Lynch, Scott Guyett, Sheku Kamara, Andy Lindegaard ; Martin Brittain, Anthony Straker, Peter Sweeney, Ishmael Welsh ; Tom Clarke, Darryl Knights.

Subs: (also to be confirmed) Jerahl Hughes (for Ishmael Welsh), Phil Ormrod (for Tom Clarke).


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2 April 2007 : County Cup Directions And Prices
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves play their Somerset Premier Cup Semi-Final match against Team Bath tonight in a match that will be played at Bath City's Twerton Park tonight, kick-off 7.45pm.

Admission for the game against Team Bath will be 6 pounds for adults and 2 pounds for concessions (senior citizens, students and children).

Take the A37 towards Bristol, then a couple of miles north of Shepton Mallet take the A367 towards Bath. Follow the A367 into the centre of Bath until you reach a huge sausage-shaped roundabout with railway arches in front of you. At this roundabout take the Lower Bristol Road (A36). After one mile head under a Railway bridge (signposted Bath City FC) into Twerton High Street and the ground is on your left hand side.

Any coach drivers should note that the above-mentioned railway bridge has a significant height restriction on it - you may need to plan an alternative route. Parking for cars at Twerton Park is normally fairly limited, but given the expectations on the crowd tonight, if you arrive early enough they should be able to fit you into their main car park.

Link: Multimap.com : Twerton Park, Bath.


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2 April 2007 : BBC Local Radio Interview From Oldham Game
The BBC local radio post-match interview with manager Russell Slade is now available on the BBC Somerset Sound website. Russell gives his post-match view via the link below. You will need a free copy of RealAudio to be able to listen to the clip.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Oldham Interview Transcript.


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1 April 2007 : Ladies One Win Away
Yeovil Town Ladies are within touching distance of the South West Premier League championship after a 0-4 win at Gloucester City this afternoon. Penzance kept the race alive, also winning away, in their case 1-4 against Swindon Spitfires. The Glovers meet Penzance next Sunday, and a victory will bring the title to Huish Park. Any other result will see Yeovil having to sweat it out and wait to see if the Cornish side drop enough points from their three games in hand.

Cullompton Rangers could equal the Glovers current points total if they win all their remaining four matches, but would also need a huge swing in goal difference. Today they finally got through their much postponed Third Round tie in the Pat Sowden Trophy, defeating Bristol Academy 'A' 3-1. Rangers are now at home to Gloucester City in the second semi-final. Yeovil Town await the victors, with the Final scheduled for Sunday 29th April at Kimberley Stadium, home of Saltash United.


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1 April 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Oldham Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade blamed a poor first half for his side's 1-0 defeat at Oldham Athletic on Saturday. Russell believed that once his team had gone a goal down during the latter stages of the first period, they gave themselves a mountain to climb and against a team of Oldham's class, it was always likely that the Latics would be able to hang onto their lead.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell admitted: "When you have started as badly as that in such an important clash, to then try and reorganise and adjust in the second period away from home sometimes gives you too much to climb. And it was certainly too much for us to climb today against a side who are strong at home. They have proved that over the season and they are one of our competitors in that they are also in the top six and so they are simply not going to give a lead away so simply. It just doesn't happen."

Read the full interview with Russell Slade by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.


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1 April 2007 : Ashton Gate Closing In On Sell Out
The local media are reporting that Ashton Gate is likely to sell out for the forthcoming clash between Bristol City and Yeovil Town on Saturday 14th April.

With over 10,000 tickets already sold on top of City's Season Ticket Holder base, the ground's capacity of around 20,000 with the space lost for segregation is under threat.

This match has been all-ticket for Yeovil fans from the off. At the time of writing we believe some tickets are still available for the away section of the Micra Wedlock Stand, but we wouldn't advise waiting too long.

Prices are :

adults £18.00; concessions £14.00; under 16s £6.00. Phone Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935 847888.

Wheelchair users £14.00; carers free of charge. Contact Bristol City direct on 0870 1121897.


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1 April 2007 : League Goes Into The Red (And White)
As part of the extended sponsorship deal with Coca-Cola the Football League will continue to develop and enhance its branding, says chairman, failed politician and rugby union fan, Lord Mawhinney.

It was announced several weeks ago that sponsorship, due to run out at the end of this season, would be going through to 2009-10 with the signing of another three-year deal.

Mawhinney said :

Coca-Cola has been investing in football in this country at all levels for over 30 years - from grassroots to the UEFA European Championships and FIFA World Cup. The Football League is proud to have such a close association with a worldwide brand leader. As part of the deal we at the Football League will be developing that brand image. Over the summer all Football League club stadiums will be painted red and white. Our Official Home Improvement Partner, Wickes, will supply Johnstone's Paint for the project. And the latest grass dying technology will see red pitches introduced. We expect the Football League chairmen will agree at this year's Annual General Meeting in Portugal to the proposal that all clubs append Coca-Cola into their names.

We are still talking to some of our other partners in delivering real football to the people, but early discussions with police forces around the country suggest that they would not be against redesigned traffic cones in the shape of Coca-Cola bottles becoming a feature around grounds on matchdays. But the deal with our Official Technical Partner, Puma, is already agreed. Puma will be producing an exclusive line in red and white boots to be worn by all players in the Football League from next season.

It's initiatives like this which will see the Football League grow from strength to strength. The future's bright, it's red and white,
quipped Mawhinney.


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