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31 May 2003 : Ticketing Details For 2003-04
Since they have fallen well down the page, and some matters have now been clarified, here are the latest details on ticketing next season from the club.

From Jean Cotton, Football and Match Secretary:

The seats in the stadium will obviously be at a premium this year and already there has been a huge demand, however existing season ticket holders will benefit as their present reserved seats will be secure until the 30th June. After this date the seat will go on general sale. There will be a discount for existing season ticket holders whose applications are received by 13th June.

Greenfly ticket holders from last season, although classed as new season ticket holders, will have their existing seat held until 30th June.

Due to the increased volume of supporters it has becoame impractical to control the sale of multiple tickets so this season we have decided not to issue Family tickets but to reduce the price of under 16's to £4 anywhere in the stadium (other than the VP area). There will also be a discounted Junior Glover Match Day Pass of £2 for the under 11's. All Junior Glovers will be able to purchase a Season Ticket at the under 16's rate of £83. You can join their club by either contacting the Green & Whites Supporters Club or by picking up a membership form from the ticket office.

As in the past it will be much much easier for our staff if you can either post your form with a photo and remittance along with a stamped addressed envelope or deliver it to the office and then let us post the season ticket to you as quickly as possible.

The pre season friendlies and those in season will be excluded from the price of the ticket, as will all cup games, but your seat will be reserved for you providing you purchase the match ticket. The deadline for this will be published in the media nearer the time. Most of our friendlies are "shared gate" so we will fixing prices depending on the opposition and details of these will be given on the web site and in the local press and media.

In the new season we are hoping to embark upon a new concept of season tickets. This comprises of an admittance card which will include a photograph of yourself. These cards will admit you into the stadium quickly through special designated gates. When sending your application form please include a passport size photograph or if calling into the office in person we can a photograph of you ourselves. The card is the same size as a normal credit card so can easily be carried in a wallet or purse, but remember, as always, season tickets are non-transferable.

If there is anything further you need to know do not hesitate to contact me and I look forward to welcoming you back to Huish park in the new season.

Application for concession prices will require proof of identity and eligibility i.e. passport, pension book, birth certificate etc.

Student concessions will be allowed if registered for a student pass. Proof from College or University will be required.

Juniors must be under 16 as at 1st August 2003.
Disabled supporters should be registered disabled with the local authority.


Season Ticket & Admission Prices 2003/2004:

Main Stand: purchases made on or before June 13th by current season ticket holders are £235 for adults, £195 for senior citizens/students and £78 for Under 16's.

Purchases made after June 13th and by all non-season ticket holders will be £250 for adults, £207 for senior citizens/students and £83 for Under 16's.

Day admission will be £12 for adults, £10 for senior citizens/students and £4 for Under 16's.

Bartlett Stand: purchases made on or before June 13th by current season ticket holders are £215 for adults, £155 for senior citizens/students and £78 for Under 16's.

Purchases made after June 13th and by all non-season ticket holders will be £227 for adults, £165 for senior citizens/students and £83 for Under 16's.

Day admission will be £11 for adults, £8 for senior citizens/students and £4 for Under 16's.

Westland Stand (Terrace): purchases made on or before June 13th by current season ticket holders are £215 for adults, £137 for senior citizens/students and £78 for Under 16's.

Purchases made after June 13th and by all non-season ticket holders will be £227 for adults, £145 for senior citizens/students and £83 for Under 16's.

Day admission will be £11 for adults, £7 for senior citizens/students and £4 for Under 16's.

The above prices are not applicable to Vice Presidents who have their own tariffs. For information on Vice Presidents' packages please contact Sue Parsons on (01935) 423662 extension 200.

Smoking Policy:

There will be a non-smoking policy within all buildings and certain designated areas of the stadium.
The areas which will be designated smoking zones are: blocks AA and GG at the ends of the Main Stand; blocks HH and PP at the ends of the Bartlett Stand; the Westland Terrace; the Copse Road Terrace.

The above information supercedes any previous details released.




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31 May 2003 : Glovers to sign radio deal with Beeb
Yeovil Town are set to sign a deal with BBC Bristol and BBC Somerset Sound for radio commentary rights for their first season in Division Three, according to the BBC's own Ceefax news service.

BBC Director-General Greg Dyke is to visit Huish Park next Friday to sign the deal with club. After the official signing, manager Gary Johnson will show Dyke around the club.

The BBC also report that Glovers groundsman Rod Pippard has been nominated in the national section of the FA Groundsmen of the Year Awards, and very well-deserved the nomination is too. The winners will be announced in Spetember.


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29 May 2003 : How To Pass Those Slow Summer Months

Those wondering how to get through the month of June with no footballing matters to occupy themselves need fear no more. Saturday sees the release of a new book entitled Yeovil ’til I die! A Ciderspace Odyssey.

Behind the book is supporter Brendon Owen, who although not part of the Ciderspace team (yet!) is a regular visitor to the site and it's Forum.

Priced at £7.99, the book is being launched at Ottaker's in Yeovil this coming Saturday 31st May at 11.00am. The club shop at Huish Park and W.H.Smiths will also have copies on sale.

The book is a 176 page paperback edition acting as an informal diary of the 2002/03 season which of course brought Yeovil Town promotion to the Football League.

Brendon says: "Friends and colleagues often ask why I support Yeovil. Why bother with them when it is far easier to sit in front of Sky TV and watch the Premiership games live? Cheaper too. Fancy paying £10 to watch non-League. Those who ask have no understanding of the game. TV is fine. I enjoy sitting with a can of beer and watching the prima donnas strut their stuff, but I want the total package."

Brendon describes the total package as "The feel, the sound, the smell, the mud, frozen feet, icy rain in the face, the sense of belonging to a big extended family who share the same hopes and desires. The wafting smell of coffee and hot-dogs at half time, especially when you haven’t brought the money for any. Bumpy old coach trips to God-forsaken places for a 0-0 draw. I want to sing and shout, scream and swear. I want to let myself go. I need the adrenaline rush of the goals. To jump and bounce in total ecstasy, going light-headed and in danger of tumbling over the row of seats in front. To stand up because I love Yeovil when people behind are shouting sit down. To wear my shirt with pride as I walk to the ground. To shiver all the way back again. Live football is wonderful. Non-league football is wonderful, and sometimes everything comes together, and watching Yeovil Town can be one of life’s greatest pleasures."

Can't argue with that! Particularly the bit that talks about trips to "God-forsaken places for a 0-0 draw." When was Yeovil Town's last 0-0 away draw? Once you work that one out you'll know why Ciderspace would back Brendon's prose all the way!

If you can't make it into Ottaker's on Saturday morning, then drop into the Huish Park club shop, or contact Yeovil Town Commercial Manager to reserve your copy.


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25 May 2003 : More End Of Season Awards
Last week's Yeovil Express has rounded up the annual awards that were presented at the club's Annual Dinner and Dance.

Left-back Stephen Reed picked up the Bobby Hamilton Trophy for the Young Player of the Season Award. Ian Hamilton, who is the son of the late Bobby Hamilton, who played for the Glovers in the famous 2-1 FA Cup victory over Sunderland in 1949, presented the award.

Youth team manager Stuart Housley told the Express: "It has been great to watch the massive improvement in 17-year-old Steve Reed. Gary Johnson trusted our judgement and under his guidance and training methods Steve has developed into one hell of a prospect. I am sure Steve has got a great future ahead of him if he continues to learn and listen."

Mike Stone presented the Andy Stone Memorial Trophy for top goalscorer to Kirk Jackson, while Norman Margerson presented Ian Linney with the Youth Team Player of the Year Award, and also gave the Youth Team Players' Player of the Year Award to Sam Vine.


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25 May 2003 : Lane Chooses Shrimps
Southport defender Chris Lane has turned down the chance to play Nationwide League Third Division Football, in favour of staying in the Nationwide Conference.

The full-back, who can also play as a central defender, had featured in the 5-1 friendly win over Weymouth, and manager Gary Johnson had given strong signals that he would be prepared to offer Lane a contract in July.

However, the former Everton trainee has now - according to the Official Morecambe Website - decided to sign for the Lancashire side for the 2003/04 season.


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25 May 2003 : England Win Four Nations Tournament
Yeovil's famous five hold the Four Nations trophy
Yeovil's famous five hold the Four Nations trophy
Photo © 2003 Ciderspace


England's National Game XI side yesterday clinched the 2003 Four Nations Tournament at Camarthen Town's Bridge Meadow ground, but could only manage a lack-lustre 1-1 draw against Scotland, thus denying Paul Fairclough's side of a clean sweep in the tournament.

Fairclough chose to rest four out of the five Yeovil Town stars who had contributed so heavily to the side's success against Republic of Ireland (4-0) and Wales (2-0) leaving only Lee Johnson in the starting line-up for the final match. Whilst Terry Skiverton and Darren Way were carrying slight knocks, Kirk Jackson and Chris Weale were frustratingly dropped, and the result was a disjointed erratic performance from England.

In reality, Weale should have been on the field of play as early as 15 minutes into the match. Chester City's Scott Guyett was caught napping in defence, and when Scotland's Ian Murray robbed him of the ball, Hereford keeper Matt Baker sent Murray sprawling in the box for a cast iron penalty. Only an extremely charitable match referee saved the Hereford player from a red card, but Murray still made Baker pay, by slotting home the spot kick.

England equalised in the 59th minute, after completing a rare flowing move. Junior Agogo fed Rosco D'Sane and the Aldershot striker produced a strong low drive into the corner of the net.

Yeovil's Kirk Jackson finally was let loose with 20 minutes to go, and he almost played a part in winning the game for England, when his excellent cross was met by the head of Doncaster's Tristan Whitman who put the glacing header wide from six yards. That would have been rough justice though on the Scots, who almost grabbed their own winner in injury time, only for keeper Baker to partially redeem himself with a good blocking save.

The result meant that England did not have to wait for the result of the Wales versus Republic of Ireland match, and so lifted the Four Nations trophy. As it happens, they didn't need to worry - Wales fell to a shock defeat against wooden-spoonists Ireland, with Cork striker Jamie Nolan grabbing both goals in a 2-0 win.

The results left England as clear winners of the tournament, with Scotland taking the runners-up spot. Wales just about pipped the Republic of Ireland by virtue of their better goal difference.


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23 May 2003 : SPC Draw
The first announcement of fixtures for next season has been made..... in the mighty Somerset Premier Cup. Yeovil Town has been drawn at home for the first two rounds - in Round 1 against Bristol City; and, if victorious, in Round 2 against the winners of Taunton Town v Paulton Rovers.

Round 1 ties are scheduled for the week of 6th October, and Round 2 ties for the week of 17th November.



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23 May 2003 : Way Puts England In Control
England's National Game XI side last night put themselves on the bring of winning the 2003 Four Nations Tournament when they defeated holders Wales at Merthyr Tydfil in front of 711 supporters.

Glovers midfielder Darren Way ensured that they got off to a flying start, when he struck home a 20-yarder with barely more than 15 minutes on the clock. Aldershot's Rosco D'Sane got the second when he converted a penalty after a foul in the box.

Once again, the Glovers had all five of their contigent in the starting line-up and Chris Weale, Lee Johnson and Kirk Jackson completed a full 90 minutes.

Three second half changes saw two Yeovil players withdrawn with Chester's Wayne Hatswell replacing Terry Skiverton on the hour mark, whilst Dagenham's Mark Janney replaced Darren Way on 75 mins. Lee Elam was also replaced by Doncaster's Tristan Whitman.

The England party now travel to the home of Camarthen Town, where on Saturday they will take on Scotland (kick-off 1.00pm) who defeated Ireland 4-3 last night. England need a draw to secure a win in the mini-competition. However, thanks to their superior goal difference, even a defeat could see them win the competition, unless one of Scotland or Wales - who meet the Republic of Ireland at Haverford West - go goal crazy in the final matches.


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22 May 2003 : Fry counts the cost of success
Yeovil chairman John Fry has been explaining the rationale behind the club's decision to raise ticket prices for the club's first season in Division Three by an average of around £2 per seat.

"We have done the ticket prices before we know what the full cost of the safety requirements is going to be because of a delay in the criteria for the stadium," the chairman explained to the Western Gazette. "From a revenue point of view we have worked out a ticket price which we think is acceptable to the fans. We think it is a reasonable set of proposals and I think it will surprise some people that we have not increased the prices further. What it amounts to is that on average every seat around the place has had its price increased by £2."

"We need to work out, on a longer-term basis, what is required on the site with regards to the fans. That includes car-parking, traffic, ticketing and the general safety within the stadium. Another big problem is that we are required by the Football League to comply with certain criteria which includes us handing them a percentage of our gate receipts. That means we have to be spot on with the recording of people coming in and out of the stadium."

Mr Fry confirmed rumours that a new plastic season-ticket bearing the holder's photo will come into use for next season. "The tickets are going to be run on a credit card-type system from now on," he said. "It is a non-transferable and fool-proof system that will get people through the turnstiles quickly. We will be able to record on a computer exactly who is coming into the stadium and that will provide a more accurate system as regards the filling up of seats. We are going to have a new booking-office manager and a new ticket office which will help in getting people in and out quickly."

"There are lots of things that have to be taken into account and when we looked at the ticket prices I was looking for extra revenue not just for the football side, which will go up anyway, but also extra revenue to pay for the policing and safety side of things. We want to provide extra services for the fans and there will be some casualties because there are certain things that we cannot now do because we are in the Football League. We are hoping that people can just bear with us for now. I have got to close the deficit which has been incurred due to going full-time and therefore we have to look to provide these extra services in order to make us close that gap. Our theory is to get the seats filled - we want to get the full utilisation of the stadium rather than increase the price of the seats too far. We are looking to get a certain number of season-ticket holders and a certain number of cash payers in order to get bums on seats for the full 23 home games."

The chairman also confirmed that maintenance work on the pitch was now taking place after a short delay due to the poor weather. "The final work on the perimeter of the pitch and the reseeding has been concluded and I understand it is doing well," he said. "It is a week behind at the moment due to the cold but it will be ready for the first of the pre-season friendlies. We are a week ahead of schedule in terms of its construction but a week behind as regards it growing."


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22 May 2003 : Fairclough Names Unchanged Team
The FA report that National Game XI (the England Semi Pro side) manager Paul Fairclough has named an unchanged side for tonight's match against Wales at Merthyr Tydfil, kickoff 7.30pm.

The news means that all five Yeovil Town representatives will start tonight's match once again, in a match that sees Tuesday night's victors go head-to-head.

England: 1 Weale (Yeovil Town), 2 Kennedy (Canvey Island), 3 Guyett (Chester City), 4 Skiverton (Yeovil Town), 7 Rose (Hereford Utd), 9 Johnson (Yeovil Town), 10 Way (Yeovil Town), 11 Drummond (Morecambe), 14 Elam (Halifax Town), 15 Jackson (Yeovil Town) and 16 D'Sane (Aldershot Town)


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20 May 2003 : Jacko Grabs England Hat-Trick
Yeovil Town striker Kirk Jackson personally bulldozed a Republic of Ireland side in tonight's opening Four Nations Tournament match at Merthyr Tydfil.

The England National Game XI, featuring five Yeovil Town players in the starting line-up, raced to a 4-0 lead in the first 49 minutes with Jackson almost single-handedly stealing the show. Although Aldershot's Rosco D'Sane was credited with the 19th minute opener, many in the ground felt that Jackson's eight yard drive was already over the line when D'Sane poked the ball home whilst standing right under the crossbar.

But ten minutes later, there was little doubt about Jackson's conversion of a Darren Way cross. Jackson made it 3-0 when he picked up a ball through the centre, then four minutes after the break he grabbed his hat-trick from eight yards out.

The 322 supporters at the game, including around 30 Yeovil supporters, saw Chris Weale and Darren Way clock up 90 minutes worth of football, whilst Kirk Jackson (65 mins), Lee Johnson (70 minutes) and Terry Skiverton (75 minutes) were all substituted as England gave the rest of their squad a run-out during the second half.

In the other match tonight, defending champions Wales beat Scotland by a 2-1 scoreline. England will take on Wales on Thursday night, whilst tonight's two losers will look to pick up points when they play each other on the same night.

ENGLAND: Chris Weale (Yeovil) John Kennedy (Canvey), Scott Guyett (Chester City), Terry Skiverton (Yeovil), Michael Rose (Hereford United), Stewart Drummond (Morcambe), Darren Way (Yeovil), Lee Johnson (Yeovil), Lee Elam (Halifax), Kirk Jackson (Yeovil), Roscoe D'Sane (Aldershot)

IRELAND: Mark McNulty (Cork City), Stephen Murtagh (Shelbourne), Gerard Downey (Derry City), Ben Savage (UCD), John Andrews (Cork City), Mark O?Brien (Shamrock Rovers), Alan Martin (Shamrock Rovers), Alan Mulcahy (Dublin City), Dermot Fitzpatrick (Bray Wanderers), Alan Kinsella (Shelbourne), Martin Cramer (Shamrock Rovers)


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20 May 2003 : Commemorative Medals Now On Sale
A limited edition of 250 commemorative medals are now available for purchase by supporters, to celebrate promotion to the Nationwide Football League.

The medals are housed in a leather-bound box and measure approximately 7cm in diameter.

Cost is 20 pounds each on a first come, first served basis. All interested parties should contact Dave Linney in the Commercial Department at Huish Park on 01935-423662.



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20 May 2003 : Cary Glovers race night
Cary Glovers have informed us that they are holding a fund raising race night on Saturday 31st May at the Castle Cary Constitutional Club.

Doors open at 7.30pm with first race at 8.00pm. Tickets are £2.50 to include a ploughmans style supper. Please telephone Brian White on 01963 240478 for more infomation.

Next Cary Glovers meeting is tonight, Tuesday 20th may 8.00pm at Castle Cary Constitutional Club. All welcome.



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20 May 2003 : For Evans sake
The final chapter in the tawdry story that was Boston United's tainted promotion to the Football League was played out yesterday when former manager Steve Evans appeal against his 20-month suspension and £8,000 fine for allegedly impeding and misleading the FA's inquiry into financial irregularities at Boston during their promotion season was finally rejected.

The FA's statement reads:

On 19 May 2003, an Appeal Board convened by The Football Association sat to hear appeals against both conviction and sentence in the case of Steve Evans...

As to the appeals against conviction, these were dismissed in their entirety.

As to the appeal against penalties, the decisions were as follows: the total
period of suspension imposed, which was 20 months, was not reduced at all
but the date from which it was to commence was put back from 3 March 2003
to 4 July 2002, the date upon which Mr Evans was suspended by Boston United
Football Club; the appeal against the fines imposed was dismissed.

Additionally, Mr Evans was ordered to pay a proportion of the Appeal Board's costs.


Boston themselves were were fined £100,000 and deducted four points for contract irregularities last July, but crucially the points deduction was enforced from the following season and not the season when the offences were committed, thus depriving 2nd-placed club Dagenham and Redbridge from taking what should have been their rightful place in Division 3. Evans himself will now be free to resume his management career in 2004 when his suspension has been served.



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19 May 2003 : The Magnificent Seven
As Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Brad Dexter, Robert Vaughn, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Horst Buchholz burst onto our screens.........

Oh well, in fact we had to put up with Mark Kelly, Nick Burton, Roger Brimble, Steve Sowden, Stewart Bratherton, Andy Blackmore and Damian Brooks, but you could hardly tell the difference as shots hit their target with deadly accuracy.......... Iron Curtain 0 Magnificent Seven 7.


The final shoot-out
The Magnificent Seven take the stand
Hoops it is!
Thumbs up for the new Yeovil Town kit from Helen Chamberlain and Chris Kamara.


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19 May 2003 : The silence of the Lambs
The Glovers finally handed back the FA Trophy for good yesterday, but green and white ribbons remained the order of the day after Unibond League side Burscough defeated overwhelming pre-match favourites Tamworth 2-1 at Villa Park, former Telford and Notts County striker Gary Martindale scoring both of the Linnets goals. Mark Cooper notched the Lambs consolation.

Burscough of course were the team that knocked Yeovil out of this season's competition at the quarter-final stage, and manager Shaun Teale used that upset as a motivational tool in the final. "I told my players that if they did not win today, they would have wasted a fantastic result at Yeovil," he said.

Many congratulations to Burscough - as 100/1 outsiders at the start of the competition they've certainly done it the hard way. And for those nostalgics amongst you, click here for a reminder of last season's great day out when the Glovers finally brought the Trophy back to Somerset.



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16 May 2003 : Season Ticket Prices For 2003/04
Yeovil Town Football Club have announced Season Ticket prices for their first ever season in Nationwide League Division Three for 2003/04.

Prices are as usual offered against a discount for those renewing early, and the closure date for discounted applications is Friday 13th June.

Prices are as follows:

Main Stand: (purchases made on or before June 13th) are £235 for adults, £195 for senior citizens and £78 for Under 16s.

Purchases made after June 13th will be £250 for adults, £207 for senior citizens and £83 for Under 16s.

Day admission will be £12 for adults, £10 for senior citizens and £4 for Under 16s.

Bartlett Stand: (purchases made on or before June 13th) are £215 for adults, £155 for senior citizens and £78 for Under 16s.

Purchases made after June 13th will be £227 for adults, £165 for senior citizens and £83 for Under 16s.

Day admission will be £11 for adults, £8 for senior citizens and £4 for Under 16s.

Westland Stand (terrace): (purchases made on or before June 13th) are £215 for adults, £137 for senior citizens and £78 for Under 16s.

Purchases made after June 13th will be £227 for adults, £145 for senior citizens and £83 for Under 16s.

Day admission will be £11 for adults, £7 for senior citizens and £4 for Under 16s.


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14 May 2003 : Critts Out Of England Squad
Winger Nick Crittenden has withdrawn from the National Game XI squad according to the FA, for unspecified reasons.

England National Game XI Manager Paul Fairclough has seen a total of three players withdraw with Chester City's Wayne Brown and Danny Collins also withdrawing from the squad.

Goalkeeper Matt Baker of Hereford United, and central defender Jason Goodliffe of Stevenage Borough represent two of the replacements, whilst the replacement for Crittenden is expected to be announced later this week.

Meanwhile, Republic of Ireland manager Tony Cousins has announced a squad composed entirely of players from the eircom Under 21 League. The squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Jonathan Douglas (Bohemians), Mark McNulty (Cork City).

Defenders: Derek Dunne (Shelbourne), Gerard Downey (Derry City), Alan Martin (Shamrock Rovers), Alan Kane (Mervue United), John Andrews (Cork City), Paddy Hickey (Bray Wanderers).

Midfielders: Jimmy Fullam (Shamrock Rovers), Martin Cramer (Shamrock Rovers), Paul Caffrey (Shamrock Rovers), Philip Byrne (Shelbourne), Alan Kinsella (Shelbourne) Pat McWalter (UCD)

Forwards: Gerard Rowe (Shelbourne), Liam George (St Patrick’s Athletic) Dave Smith (Bray Wanderers).

Selection for the Four Nations Tournament is completed by the Scotland squad, managed by Jim Sinclair and Tommy Wilson. Their side is exclusively selected from the Highland League and the East of Scotland League and reads as follows:

Goalkeepers: Scott Cantley (Whitehill Welfare) EAST OF SCOTLAND, Andy Shearer (Keith) HIGHLAND

Defenders: Ross Archibald (Whitehill Welfare) EAST OF SCOTLAND, Scott Anderson (Deveronvale) HIGHLAND, Steve Dolan (Deveronvale) HIGHLAND, Trevor Fleming (Fraserburgh) HIGHLAND, Derek Milne (Fraserburgh) HIGHLAND, Paul McGinley (Threave Rovers) EAST OF SCOTLAND

Midfielders: Mark Smith (Cove Rangers) HIGHLAND, Darren Still (Keith) HIGHLAND, Mike Stephen (Fraserburgh) HIGHLAND, Phil Johnson (Spartans) EAST OF SCOTLAND, Bobby John Fairhurst (Wigtown & Bladnoch) SOUTH OF SCOTLAND

Forwards: Phil O'Neill (Lothian Thistle) EAST OF SCOTLAND, Mike McKenzie (Deveronvale) HIGHLAND, Steven Main (Fraserburgh) HIGHLAND, Ian Murray (Deveronvale) HIGHLAND, Shawn Scott (Lossiemouth) HIGHLAND


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14 May 2003 : Hoops Get The Vote
Yeovil Town have announced that they have chosen the shirt that will be worn by the players during the 2003/04 Season. The shirt chosen has been the 'hooped' design as worn by Kirk Jackson.

The club have collected data from three different sources, through Ciderspace, the Official Site and the Yeovil Express and whilst one survey showed those worn by Kirk Jackson and Colin Pluck to be standing at almost dead level pegging, the other two have shown a swing towards the hooped design. Hence with the players, management and staff at Yeovil Town also favouring the hooped design, it has been decided to push ahead with that as the favoured design.

Full results of our poll on Ciderspace will hopefully appear in the next couple of days. Whilst the new designs certainly provoked some strong opinions in all directions, hopefully with the decision being announced quickly, all supporters will be able to look to the future and support the new design.


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14 May 2003 : Sky Get Their Soccer Seven
As revealed last Saturday, seven Yeovil Town supporters will be appearing on the Skysports programme Soccer am next Saturday, and selection of those who will appear on the show has now been confirmed.

The result will be some familiar names and faces on your screen. Nick Burton, who many will recognise from the Supporters Bar, organised the proceedings, and he will be joined by YTISA committee members Mark Kelly, Stewart Bratherton and Roger Brimble. Completing the illustrious star-studded cast will be Yeovil Express Sports Editor Steve Sowden supported by long-serving fans Damian Brooks and Andy "Choppy" Blackmore.

Coverage of the programme is from 10.00am until 1.00pm and is on the Skysports One channel.


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14 May 2003 : Commemorative Medals Coming Soon
A limited edition of 250 commemorative medals will be made available by Yeovil Town Football Club within the next couple of weeks to celebrate promotion to the Nationwide Football League.

The medals will be housed in a leather-bound box and will measure approximately 7cm in diameter.

Cost will be 20 pounds each on a first come, first served basis. All interested parties should contact Dave Linney in the Commercial Department at Huish Park on 01935-423662.

Meanwhile, it appears you have to move fast round these parts! Our earlier news item describing framed teamsheets was taken up faster than the proverbial hot-cakes. All 20 have now been sold, and Dave Linney thanks all those who took such a keen interest in the limited souvenirs.


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14 May 2003 : Pre-season friendlies announced
Yeovil Town's initial list of pre-season friendlies have been finalised. The highlights include visits to Huish Park from Division One play-off contenders Wolverhampton Wanderers and fellow Division One outfit Preston North End; along with Division Two sides Brighton and Brentford. As usual the Glovers will also play selected local sides in the run up to the start of the Football League season on August 9th, and were reported in the Non League Paper last weekend to be considering undertaking a short overseas tour either to Holland or Belgium, though this has yet to be confirmed by the club.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press, Glovers boss Gary Johnson commented: "It's a terrific programme of pre-season friendlies. I've got a good relationship with Dave Jones (Wolves manager) and I hope they get promoted to the Premiership. The games with Preston, Brentford and Brighton will give us the opportunity to show if we can cope with teams from that level."

Those friendly dates so far confirmed:

Mon July 14 - Chippenham Town (away).
Wed July 16 - Chard Town (away).
Sat July 19 - Brentford (home).
Tue July 22 - Preston (home).
Thu July 24 - Dorchester (away).
Tue July 29 - Wolves (home).
Fri August 1 - Brighton (home).
Mon August 4 - Tiverton (away).
Sat August 9 - Start of Football League season.

Update: 15/05/03 The club have pointed out that four of the above eight pre-season fixtures have yet to be rubber-stamped. The fixtures against Tiverton, Dorchester, Brighton and Wolves are at present just provisional dates and exact details may vary at some point in the future.


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14 May 2003 : Collectors Teamsheets On Sale
A souvenir from Yeovil Town's last ever Nationwide Conference league game against Chester City is now on sale from the club.

Twenty final-day teamsheets were embossed, signed by the full first team and framed to mark the end of an era in Yeovil Town's history and these are now available to supporters.

Of those twenty, eleven have already been sold, leaving just nine available for those who want a souvenir of the landmark game. The framed items are priced at 50 pounds, and for further enquiries or to make your purchase, contact Dave Linney at Yeovil Town on 01935-423662.

Meanwhile, don't forget that there is still time to make a bid on any of the 24 Yeovil Town home shirts as worn by the players during the 2002/03 season.

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

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


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13 May 2003 : Somerset boys best in the West
The Somerset FA under 18's side, featuring 5 Yeovil Town youth team players, have won the South West Counties under 18 Trophy after beating The Army 4-2 in the final, held at Aldershot last Saturday. Many thanks to Bob Buckingham, who sent us the following report:

South West Counties under 18 Final

Army FA 2 V Somerset FA 4

Saturday 10th May 2003
Military Stadium - Aldershot

Somerset FA under 18’s secured their first outright win in this competition for 20 years with an exhilarating performance at the home of Army football in Aldershot.

Facing a team drawn from regiments across the country, the Army started as favourites but were soon under extreme pressure from fast starting Somerset. As early as the second minute a sweeping Somerset attack started from the back by the Somerset Captain, Ben Murray ( Clevedon Town) and carried on by Nick Trevett (Yeovil Town) and Danny Boys ( Radstock Town) caused mayhem in the Army defence and James Lee (NailseaUtd) smashed the ball home from 15 yards.

After this early shock the Army midfield began to gain some control and a long ball into the box was misjudged by the Somerset central defence giving the lively Army striker, Junior Brown the chance to level the scores after only 6 minutes. 1-1.

Despite this setback, Somerset were quickly back on the attack, with the strong running Dean Ritchie (Yeovil Town) and Liam Fussell (Bishops Sutton) causing the Army defenders into a number of desperate clearances. It came as no surprise when, from an excellent ball by Andy Gooding ( Clevedon Town), Fussell beat two defenders and slammed the ball past the ‘keeper to restore Somerset’s lead after 12 minutes.

Somerset were now well on top and looking to add to their lead and after good work by Paul Henbest (Yeovil Town) Ian Linney (Yeovil Town) and Jamie Vincent (Portishead) several more chances were created but the Army defence just held out.

Somerset continued to dominate midfield and it came as no surprise when, after 23 minutes Lee collected his second and Somerset’s third.

At this point it started look a question of how many Somerset would score, but with strong encouragement from their coaching team, the Army began to come back into the game. After 30 minutes with little to do, Luke Buckingham (Yeovil Town ) was called into action making 3 excellent saves in quick succession to deny the increasingly confident Army strikers and to ensure that the Somerset lead was maintained through to half time.

With the elements in their favour, the Army were clearly determined to get back into the game and the Somerset defence came under heavy pressure from many long balls into their box. Despite all the pressure the Somerset defence of Buckingham, Linney, Vincent, Henbest and the outstanding Murray held firm.

Somerset chances were much fewer now, but after missing a couple of half chances, and with 70 minutes gone, Dean Ritchie made no mistake with a sharp header from 8 yards.

At 4-1 Somerset now looked secure but the Army strikers continued to press and were unfortunate when a snap shot hit the crossbar and was cleared off the line in some desperation.

With time running out, a through ball to the edge of the box found O’Neill who, despite appearing to foul the Somerset ‘keeper slotted the ball home.
Protests were waved away by the referee and after, lengthy treatment, Buckingham was able to continue.

At 4-2, the Army clearly believed that they could get back into the game and continued to press hard for goals. Fresh legs were needed and Alex Davies (Clevedon Town) replaced the injured Andy Gooding and Sam Jarman (Yeovil Town) came on for Danny Boys. Jarman’s speed soon started to cause panic in the Army defence and though 7 additional minutes were added by the referee, they were unable to make further inroads into the Somerset lead.

This was a comprehensive and well deserved victory for a talented and well organised Somerset side who ended their season unbeaten and champions of the South West.

Somerset :

1.Luke Buckingham (Yeovil Town)
2.Ian Linney (Yeovil Town)

5.Ben Murray Capt ( Clevedon Town)
4.Paul Henbest (Yeovil Town)
3.Jamie Vincent (Portishead)
7.Liam Fussell (Bishops Sutton)
6.Nick Trevett ( Yeovil Town)
11.Danny Boys ( Radstock Town)
10.James Lee ( Nailsea Utd)
9.Dean Ritchie ( Yeovil Town)

Subs: used
Sam Jarman (Yeovil Town) ( for Boys)85mins
Alex Davies (Clevedon Town) (for Gooding) 75mins



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10 May 2003 : Glovers To Appear On Soccer AM
Skysports Saturday morning programme Soccer AM have put out a call for seven Yeovil Town supporters to volunteer to appear on next Saturday's Soccer AM show.

The lucky seven participants will sit in the Luther Blissett Stand (capacity eight!) on next Saturday's show, which is screened live from London.

Interested individuals or groups should send an email to socceram@bskyb.com to stake their claim.


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10 May 2003 : Donny Go Up With The Glovers
Doncaster Rovers have become the first Nationwide Conference side to be promoted to the Football League via the playoffs.

They won a thrilling Playoff final over Dagenham and Redbridge this afternoon by a 3-2 scoreline with Francis Tierney going into Doncaster folklore as he scored the winning 'golden goal' in Extra Time.

In front of 13,092 supporters, Rovers went two goals up through Paul Green and David Morley only for Mark Stein and Tarkan Mustafa to pull two second half goals back for Daggers. Then came Tierney's 110th minute goal that stopped the game, ensuring Doncaster's passage back into the Football League after a five year hiatus.

Spare a thought though for Dagenham, who for the second year running will have to pick themselves up and begin another season in the Nationwide Conference once again.

Doncaster are the 21st club to confirm their membership of Nationwide League Division Three next season. The other clubs are Boston United, Bristol Rovers, Cambridge United, Carlisle United, Cheltenham Town, Darlington, Huddersfield Town, Hull City, Kidderminster Harriers, Leyton Orient, Macclesfield Town, Mansfield Town, Northampton Town, Oxford United, Rochdale, Southend United, Swansea City, Torquay United, York City and of course Yeovil Town!

In the Third Division playoffs, Bury had to settle for a 0-0 draw with AFC Bournemouth at Gigg Lane, whilst at Sincil Bank, Lincoln City beat Scunthorpe United 5-3. The second legs of the ties take place on Tuesday May 13th and Wednesday May 14th respectively. The final will be played on Saturday May 24th at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.


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9 May 2003 : On The Move
With the 2002/03 Season now slipping quickly over the horizon, it comes as no surprise that a number of ex-Yeovil players are heading for pastures new or hanging up their boots.

Yeovil came up against former striker Guy Whittingham on Tuesday night when they defeated Weymouth 5-1 at the Wessex Stadium. Whittingham has recently been turning out for Newport IOW but has taken up the management position at Wessex League side AFC Newbury.

Whittingham, 38, will double up the part-time Newbury job with his role as south-west of England regional coach for the Professional Footballers' Association. His impressive list of coaching badges includes a UEFA 'A' Licence and a Coach Educator's Certificate.

Whittingham said: "This is a nice job to get my teeth into. Newbury seem very organised and ambitious off the pitch and it's up to me to match that on the park."

If Glovers fans thought they were going to come up against two former players next season, they may be disappointed. Barrington Belgrave, who netted the Glovers £40,000 in September 2001 when he transferred to Southend United now finds himself a free agent after just under two seasons at Roots Hall. New boss Steve Wignall has released Belgrave at the end of his contract.

Full-back Simon Betts appears to also be on his way from Darlington after turning down a contract offer there. Betts claims that the Quakers have offered him a 33 percent pay-cut against his current contract - a move that automatically makes Betts a free agent.

The 30 year old defender said of the offer: "Apart from being a big disappointment I don't think the offer the chairman made me was fair. If I was earning big money and he asked me to take a cut then that would make it a bit more easier to take but I'm not. I have done my job to the best of my ability, played in just as many games as anyone else in the last two seasons and the club turns around and offers me less. Where is the sense in that?"

French midfielder Olivier Brassart will also be on the look-out for a new job this summer. The 25 year old, who joined Scarborough last August is on his way after just one season at the McCain Stadium.

Former loan signing Joe Broad could be out of Home Park for the coming season, although that could be only on a temporary basis. Plymouth Argyle manager Paul Sturrock is offering Broad up on a season length loan to any interested Nationwide League Division Three clubs.

Sturrock explained the unusual move to Plymouth's Official Website: "Joe's a special case. I feel that Plymouth Argyle could be to the detriment of Joe Broad. It would be very easy for me to sign Joe and finish him off by keeping him as a reserve player. I've offered the Joe the opportunity, if he can find, with our help, a loan club in the third division for next season. If he can find that club, we would give him a two-year deal. Then, he would be stepping up from reserve team football to third division football, which is an easier step than reserve team football to second division football. If we can't find that, our budget will not allow somebody to play reserve football on a regular occurrence. We have to have players that are going to be real squad players. I'm very hopeful Joe can find that club."

Finally, former central defender Mark Shail is hanging up his boots and turning his luck to journalism, joining the Western Daily Press as a sports tipster.

The 36 year old had returned to Worcester City in January 2002 after dropping out of League football after spending over seven years with Bristol City, where he once captained the side, along with an 18 month spell at Kidderminster Harriers. He had made 206 appearances for the Glovers between 1989 and 1993 before being sold to the Robins for £45,000.

Shail said of his new appointment: "I have been playing non-league football but I have decided to concentrate on my journalism. And I'm really looking forward to writing for the Daily Press."


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9 May 2003 : Express Souvenir Magazine On Sale
The Yeovil Express have produced a 20 page souvenir magazine summarising Yeovil Town's most successful ever league season.

The magazine, entitled Glovers Glory contains colour photographs from the 2002-03 campaign and is available in local newsagents and the Express offices at 46 Princes Street, Yeovil. The magazine is priced at just one pound for those who pick the magazine up from Yeovil outlets.

Yeovil Exiles within the United Kingdom wanting to get their hands on a copy should write to the Yeovil Express, 46 Princes Street, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 1EQ and enclose a cheque for £1.50 made payable to Newsquest.


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9 May 2003 : Put Your Shirt On Yeovil!
If you have not yet voted in our Ciderspace survey to give your opinion on which of the shirt designs you like the best, there is still time to do so. Our survey will close at 11.00pm on Wednesday night, with results hopefully revealed shortly afterwards.

Speaking to the Yeovil Express, manager Gary Johnson said of the radical 'hoops' design: "When we were talking with the supplier about kits we asked if they had anything different so when they said about the hoops we asked if we could look at it. And I must admit I quite like it and so do the players, but we want to know what the supporters think."

Johnson added: "The kit is important because players have to feel comfortable wearing it. It is all about confidence and if they like the kit they'll feel better and hopefully perform better."

To make your vote count, enter our survey here. A statistical summarisation of the voting will be passed to the club on Thursday morning.


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8 May 2003 : English and Welsh squads announced for 4 Nations
The English and Welsh squads have been announced for the forthcoming Four Nations non-league tournament, due to take place in Wales later this month. As previously stated, England manager Paul Fairclough has picked six Yeovil players for his squad, by far the largest representation from any one side.

England Squad:

1 - Wayne Brown (GK) - Chester City
2 - John Kennedy - Canvey Island
3 - Scott Guyett - Chester City
4 - Terry Skiverton - Yeovil Town
5 - Danny Collins - Chester City
6 - Wayne Hatswell - Chester City
7 - Michael Rose - Hereford United
8 - Nick Crittenden - Yeovil Town
9 - Lee Johnson - Yeovil Town
10 - Darren Way - Yeovil Town

11 - Stewart Drummond - Morecambe
12 - Paul Terry - Dagenham & Redbridge
13 - Chris Weale (GK) - Yeovil Town
14 - Lee Elam - Morecambe
15 - Kirk Jackson - Yeovil Town
16 - Roscoe d' Sane - Aldershot
17 - Junior Agogo - Barnet
18 - Scott Rickards - Tamworth

Wales boss Tommi Morgan has also announced his squad but has been forced to do without the Glovers Welsh duo Gavin Williams and Kevin Gall, both of whom are recovering from minor operations and will miss the tournament. There is still a Yeovil connection in the squad however, with former Glovers keeper Tony Pennock being included in the 18.

Wales squad:

Tony Pennock (GK) - Farnborough T
Tony Roberts (GK) - Dagenham & Redbridge
Lee Jarman - Barry T
Gary Lloyd - Barry T
Kevin Evans - Merthyr Tydfil
Ben Davies - Chester C
Lee Woodyatt - Chester C
Nathan Davies - Newport Co
Gary Shephard - Newport Co
Andrew Thomas - Newport Co
Simon Davies - Bangor C
Ricky Evans - Bangor C
Graham Evans - Caersws
Steve Evans - TNS
Tony James - Hereford Utd
Paul Parry - Hereford Utd
Peter Smith - Telford Utd
Mark Dodds - Port Talbot T


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8 May 2003 : Oh we do like to be beside the seaside
Yeovil Town signed off the season in style at old rivals Weymouth's Wessex Stadium last night, beating a Weymouth XI 5-1 in Terras striker David Laws testimonial match. A crowd of 1,248 watched the game, the highest gate of the season at the Wessex.

The Glovers dominated proceedings against a side that featured current Millwall striker Steve Claridge and former Glover frontman Guy Whittingham, as well as ex-Southampton and Wales international midfielder David Hughes. Goals from Nick Crittenden, Michael McIndoe and Lee Johnson put the visitors 3-0 up at half-time, Steve Thompson and Adam Stansfield - making a succesful return from the broken leg injury which ruined his season - finishing the rout off in the second half. David Laws himself - surprise surprise! - scored Weymouth's consolation.

Match report: Weymouth XI 1 Yeovil Town 5.

Two triallists featured in the Glovers line-up: 23 year-old former Everton, Hereford and Southport wing-back Chris Lane, a free agent, played the full 90 minutes; and Molesey winger Mazin Ahmad, an 18-year-old Iraqi, came on as a second half substitute.

"I am going to talk to Chris Lane and I'm looking at him to possibly join us," Glovers boss Gary Johnson said afterwards. "But he has only trained with us for two days so far. He has a good pedigree with Everton and he has shown himself to be a fit boy even though Southport are only part-time.". Johnson also confirmed that winger Ahmad would be invited back to Huish Park for pre-season training after the summer break.

Johnson was delighted with the contribution striker Adam Stansfield made to the game after coming on as a second half substitute in his first appearance since breaking his leg in the opening game of the season against Gravesend. "That was fantastic!" Johnson enthused. "He had a good half hour and hit the crossbar and scored a good goal - that will take him through the summer now."



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7 May 2003 : More congratulations..... and commiserations
More promotion/relegation issues affecting the Glovers next season were decided following the final Saturday of the Football League programme last weekend.

In Division Three, congratulations to our friends from Ru$hden who were crowned champions, with Hartlepool 2nd and Wrexham in 3rd spot. All 3 teams are automatically promoted; Bournemouth, Scunthorpe, Lincoln and Bury contest the 4th promotion spot via the play-offs, beginning this coming weekend.

Shrewsbury and Exeter City finished 24th and 23rd respectively and are both relegated to the Conference. Commiserations to them, and also to Cheltenham, who along with Huddersfield, Northampton and Mansfield have been relegated from the Second Division to Division Three.

In the semi-finals of the Conference play-offs on Monday, Doncaster Rovers and Dagenham & Redbridge went through to next Saturday's final, beating Chester City and Morecambe respectively. Neither team won through easily, both relying on the lottery of penalty shoot-outs to win the chance to join the Glovers in Division 3 next season after their respective legs finished level on aggregate. The play-off final is to be held at Stoke City's Britannia Stadium this Saturday 10th May, 2.30pm kick-off; and is being shown live on Sky TV. Commiserations to Morecambe and Chester, who stay in the Conference - and particular sympathy to Blues striker Daryl Clare, who went to Chester City and won [that'll do! -ed].


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7 May 2003 : New Shirt Designs Launched By Club
Yeovil Town's Official Site has published pictures of three possible shirt designs for the start of the 2003/04 season. The three candidate designs are being circulated by the club in order to gauge reaction to the proposed designs.

To help this along, Ciderspace has launched another survey to allow supporters to easily vote on the three designs. So head here to take part in the survey and cast your vote. Voting will close in a weeks time on May 14th 2003 and a summary of the votes will be published and made available to the football club.


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7 May 2003 : Stars Turn Out For Laws Testimonial
Yeovil Town travel to the Wessex Stadium tonight (kick-off 7.45pm) where they will taken on a Weymouth XI that will only partially resemble the Dr Martens League's usual side.

The match is a testimonial for long-serving Terra David Laws who has recently returned to the Wessex Stadium, but was still owed a testimonial from his first spell at the seaside. Laws has netted 209 times in 361 Weymouth appearances.

The Dorset Echo reports that the Laws Select XI will include sprinter and Olympic silver medallist Darren Campbell, ex-Portsmouth player-boss and former Terra Steve Claridge and former Southampton and Wales international David Hughes.

Also expected to play in the side is former Glovers striker Guy Whittingham, who went on to play for Portsmouth and Aston Villa.

Aside from the more traditional looking Weymouth first team squad, former Terras such as Andy Mason, Darren Powell, Steve Tate and Paul Myers are also expected to make appearances.

Laws told the Dorset Echo: "There's some top names there and the only one missing will be Matt Le Tissier who is away on business. I'd like to thank all those lads and Yeovil Town for giving up their time to come and help me celebrate."

Glovers boss Gary Johnson, said of the fixture: "When Geoff Butler asked us if we'd provide the opposition, I was delighted to say yes. David Laws is one of the best and most loyal strikers I've come across in the non-League game and he deserves every success tonight. I'll be bringing my full first team squad plus a couple of players I want to have a look at before next season and we're all looking forward to. The Conference trophy will also be on the bus and if David wants us to parade it, we'll do so."


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7 May 2003 : Critts Gives England Six Appeal
Right-winger Nick Crittenden has become the latest Yeovil Town player to be given the call-up for the National Game XI squad for the forthcoming Home Nations Tournament in Wales.

The Official Site reports that Critts has joined team-mates Chris Weale, Lee Johnson, Darren Way, Terry Skiverton and Kirk Jackson for the tournament that will take place in late May.

Transport for the game against Scotland on Saturday May 24th is being organised. For further details, see our story below or email Tim Lancaster for further information.


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6 May 2003 : Better Late Than Never For Stansfield
Striker Adam Stansfield could be back playing football just as the 2002/03 season draws to a close. The former Elmore striker played just the first 20 minutes of this season, before a horrific leg-break saw him stretchered off against Gravesend and Northfleet.

Now it seems he could be in line to play the last 20 minutes of this season on Tuesday night, when the Glovers travel to Weymouth to take part in a testimonial match for David Laws at the Wessex Stadium.

According to the Western Daily Press, manager Gary Johnson just needs to rubber-stamp Stansfield's selection with the experts, explaining: "There is a good chance Adam will appear against Weymouth. He has trained well and I will check with our medical staff, but he should get a run out."

Johnson also hopes to put two new players on show for tomorrow night's match. Two unnamed trialists have been invited to play in the match, with Johnson on the lookout for new talent following the release of four of his squad late last month.


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5 May 2003 : England V Scotland
A message from Tim Lancaster:

Anyone interested in travelling to support the five Yeovil Town players and The England team (v Scotland) in The Four Nations Tournament at Carmarthen Town on Saturday May 24th please contact Tim Lancaster at tim.daff@btopenworld.com or telephone 01935 873221. Kick off at Carmarthen Town is 1.00pm.

Having been to the ground in the summer when on holiday I can inform supporters that there are excellent social facilities at the town centre ground, home of League of Wales outfit Carmarthen Town. The ground is up to UEFA standards as the club entered The Inter-Toto Cup in 2001, losing to A.I.K Stockholm. If enough support is forthcoming I hope to run a mini-bus to the game.





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3 May 2003 : Some Dates For The Diary
Has anyone mentioned we'll be a League club next season?!

Nationwide League and Premiership fixtures will be released on THURSDAY 19th JUNE.

The 2003-2004 Nationwide League season kicks off on SATURDAY 9th AUGUST.

The League Cup First Round will be in the week commencing 11th AUGUST, and the Second Round in the week commencing 22nd SEPTEMBER.

The LDV Vans First Round is in the week commencing 13th OCTOBER.

FA Cup cups dates are: First Round (proper) - weekend of 8th/9th NOVEMBER; Second Round - weekend of 6th/7th DECEMBER; Third Round - weekend of 3rd/4th JANUARY.

The order of the Play-off Finals will be reversed next season, with Division 1 played on Sat 29th May, Division 2 on Sunday 30th May and Division 3 on MONDAY 31st MAY.



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2 May 2003 : Now Gilesy Signs Up
Youth team graduate Chris Giles has become the latest player to sign on the dotted line for the Glovers according to today's Western Daily Press.

Giles becomes the fifth player to put pen to paper this week, and the 16th overall. Andy Lindegaard is reported by the paper as being expected to add to that list today.

The same paper also claims that a 17th - Adam Stansfield - signed up earlier this week. However, there is some confusion over this, with the Yeovil Express claiming that the former Elmore striker's contract situation had been deferred, pending medical reports.

Meanwhile striker Kevin Gall has been awarded the Nationwide Conference Goalscorer of the Month award - just a month after teammate Kirk Jackson got the same. Gall scored six goals during April, including four in one match against Burton Albion.


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1 May 2003 : Johnson Shares Manager of the Month
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has won the Nationwide Conference Manager of the Month award for the third time this season. The award for April 2003 has been shared with Jim Harvey of second placed Morecambe after both sides clocked up identical records during April.

The Glovers actually edged out the Shrimps by increasing their goal difference by 16 during the month, whilst Morecambe increased theirs by nine. However, the Nationwide Conference made the decision to make the award to both managers, with both sides having managed four wins and one draw in a month that saw both sides go unbeaten.

Gary Johnson's other awards came in September 2002 and March 2003, and he seems likely to pick up the annual award, after the Glovers won the Nationwide Conference by a margin of 17 points; a Conference league record.


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