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31 May 2005 : Badges From YTISA
Two new lines in badges are available from the Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association. £2.50 a time, though we're still puzzling as to what the one on the left is about....... looks more like the French than the British (or should that be Scottish?) shade of blue, or should that be bleu? Vive le tricoleur!

New badges from YTISA
New badges from our friends in YTISA
Photo © 2005 YTISA


Contact YTISA here.


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31 May 2005 : Glovers On Tour
Summer Tournament!

Would anyone be interested in representing Yeovil Town FC in a summer Fans Tournament taking place in Cardiff on July 24th? YTISA have been invited to enter a team into the tournament, with the following teams confirmed to be taking part :

Cardiff Rivals Forum
Swansea Rivals Forum
Bristol City Official Forum
Bristol City Non Official Forum (subcider)
Bristol Rovers Official Forum
Swindon Fans
Cardiff Valley Rams Fans Forum

YTISA has been asked to recruit the 8th team to round off this tournament of local teams, which last year also included a BBQ and cost each player about £10.

YTISA are interested in entering a team. If you are interested in playing simply drop Mark Kelly an e-mail with your details.


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31 May 2005 : Club Shop Closed Tomorrow
The Club Shop at Huish Park will be closed all day on Wednesday June 1st for stocktaking.


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31 May 2005 : Customer Charter Meeting Cancelled
The Customer Charter Meeting between Yeovil Town F.C. and the various supporter representative groups scheduled for tonight has been cancelled by the club. We are currently unaware of the reason for the cancellation or of a rearranged date.


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31 May 2005 : Silent Auction Final Day
A final reminder that all Silent Auction bids for Yeovil Town players shirts must reach Dave Linney by the end of today. To place your bid for one or more of these shirts - many of which have been signed - see the news article from May 28th for full details.


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30 May 2005 : Lovely Jubbly
Our congratulations to Gavin Williams (and also to another ex-Glover, Hammers manager Alan Pardew), who became a Premiership player today as West Ham United beat Preston North End 1-0 in the Championship Play-off Final. Our interest in the result of this match was not just sentimental, as part of the transfer deal that saw SuperGav move to The Boleyn Ground, a.k.a. Upton Park, was a clause for an additional payment to Yeovil Town should West Ham gain promotion to the Premier League. Although this figure was not disclosed the rumour mill suggests it will be in six figures.


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30 May 2005 : Victoria Park Not Hillsborough
For a team travelling to the likes of The Lawn and Hilton Park just a couple of years ago maybe it's a bit of a cheek to feel disappointed that it will only be Victoria Park and not the 40,000 all-seater Hillsborough next season, but such are the high sights of the Yeovil Town faithful these days.

The 4-2 extra time victory of Sheffield Wednesday over Hartlepool United at the League One Play-off Final settled the last opponents for The Glovers in the 2005-06 campaign. The full list, with early odds, for League One is :

AFC Bournemouth 20/1
Barnsley 14/1
Blackpool 28/1
Bradford City 22/1
Brentford 20/1
Bristol City 9/1
Chesterfield 50/1
Colchester United 33/1
Doncaster Rovers 22/1
Gillingham 12/1
Hartlepool United 10/1
Huddersfield Town 14/1
Milton Keynes Dons 25/1
Nottingham Forest 9/2
Oldham Athletic 16/1
Port Vale 33/1
Rotherham United 16/1
Scunthorpe United 40/1
Southend United 50/1
Swansea City 33/1
Swindon Town 25/1
Tranmere Rovers 13/2
Walsall 12/1
Yeovil Town 20/1


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29 May 2005 : Transfer Windows - Confused? You Will Be
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is not the only one confused by the situation on transfer windows, and the knock-on effect on the current loan system. Speaking to the Western Gazette this week he said :

The transfer windows are a concern because the rules still have not come out yet. None of us knows what it is all going to entail and in my opinion it is a real bad state of affairs because us clubs are supposed to be preparing for next year and no-one has told us what level it is going down to or whether we can have loans or not.

We were told that it would be the same rules as in the Premiership, but now it appears that there may be special dispensation for clubs to be able to loan players in and it is just all up in the air. The people who decide these rules are taking liberties with clubs reallyand no-one is out there fighting to see what is going on, so it is a tough period.

We are trying to make decisions when we do not know what the rules are. We could do everything completely right and spend out a lot of money getting 24 players in. I could then go on holiday and come back to find there is suddenly special dispensation for things and we cannot get caught out like that and that is why I am waiting.


Ciderspace doesn't know whether the following is a more recent up-date to what Gary is currently aware of, but the latest information we can find is below. It raises all sorts of issues about how things will work in practice, but not least is the issue of whether F.I.F.A. will wear aspects of the Football League proposals that are clearly designed to circumvent some of the intentions of the transfer window system in the first place.

This site has always argued against the transfer window system. We see it as a sledgehammer to crack a nut, and inappropriate to smaller clubs who can not afford to carry huge squads. As usual it is less damaging to the 'big boys', and skews that playing field (never level in the first place) even further. However at least with the system as it stood one knew where one was. What will understandably worry clubs is whether all these Football League 'interpretations' will actually hold up, or whether if clubs take them at face value they will suddenly find the rug pulled from under their feet if a few months down the line higher powers in the game refuse to countenance them.

The proposals as they currently stand after discussions between the Football League and the Football Association are :

1. Transfer Windows shall apply to:
Premier League (which they already do)
Football League
Football Conference National (but not South and North)

Clubs below these levels shall not be subject to Transfer Windows.

2. Clubs will be able to use additional players in certain exceptional circumstances during the closed periods, i.e :
a. replacement for injured or otherwise unavailable goalkeepers.
b. clubs in administration. The Football League will need to determine whether to allow clubs to register players sold by a club in administration, and whether such players could play for the buying club before the next transfer window opens.
c. short-term loans. These may continue largely as currently provided for in Football League rules. However, in order not to ignore the principles of FIFA regulations, there would be a justification gap between a short-term temporary loan that begins outside a Transfer Window and the opening of the next Transfer Window. There would always be a gap between the end of the loan and a permanent transfer which, in any event, could only be concluded when the window reopened.

In order to ensure that a loan always lapsed before the opening of a Transfer Window, the loan period would be restricted depending on when it was initiated, e.g. three months maximum would apply during August and September, two months for loans registered in October, one month for those registered in November, and no loans to be registered in December. The deadlines for any loan period will be 28th December, so that the clubs play at least one match without any loan players, ensuring there was a meaningful gap before the window reopens.

Short-term loans may take place between divisions and, subject to agreement of the Leagues concerned, between Leagues.

Neither long-term or short-term loans may be converted to permanent transfers outside a Transfer Window.

3. Players out of contract. A player whose contract has ended in any way, e.g. mutual consent, terminated etc. before a Transfer Window closed shall be entitled to register for a club during a closed window period.

4. Amateur players (i.e. a player who has never held status of a professional player) shall be entitled to register for a club on his first professional contract during a closed Transfer Window.

So there you are. Clear as mud day. Can't see what Gary's worried about.......


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28 May 2005 : Champions T-shirt
Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association has commissioned a T-shirt to commemorate the club's 2004-05 Championship in League Two. Available in white with black printing or black with white printing, £6.00 will secure one.

2004-05 Champions T-shirt
The 2004-05 Champions T-shirt from YTISA
Photo © 2005 YTISA


E-mail YTISA chairman Mark Kelly markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk with your order. Orders can be posted at a small additional charge. The shirts, together with other YTISA merchandise, will also be available on a stall at the Yeovil Showground Car Boot Sale (up Hendford Hill and just off the A37) this coming Sunday 29th May, 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.


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28 May 2005 : It's Roots Hall Again
Quite where the love affair between Yeovil Town and Southend United fans has come from is anyone's guess. Perhaps it is easier to explain from The Glovers side. Four victories over the Essex side in the league, with ten goals scored and only one conceded, is not going to damage their popularity with the Yeovil faithful. And two days out in glorious weather at the seaside resort won't have harmed our perception of them either. However they seem to like us too. The reaction of Southend supporters after the titanic struggle at a sell out Roots Hall at the end of April, where the Yeovil victory might have turned all their hopes for the season to ashes, was simply splendid : a set of fans who knew how to act with dignity and grace in a moment of despair.

As such there was little doubt where the sympathies of most Glovers lay for the League Two Play-Off Final at the Millennium Stadium this afternoon. And after two defeats there in LDV Vans Finals it was third time lucky for The Shrimpers. Goals from Freddy Eastwood and Duncan Jupp in extra time saw Southend into League One and Lincoln City condemned to another season in League Two.

So our congratulations to Southend United. Fingers crossed the fixture computer places one of our favourite trips at the warm sunny time of the season again.

The last of Yeovil's twenty-three league opponents will be decided tomorrow when Hartlepool United meet Sheffield Wednesday.


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28 May 2005 : Where Are They Now?
In 1927 Yeovil & Petters United made its first bid for election to Football League status. It garnered the grand total of one vote. As Yeovil & Petters and then Yeovil Town a record total of 28 attempts were made to enter the Promised Land, with the Glovers coming closest in 1976 when they fell a mere 3 votes short despite the support for a new entrant being split across nine different Non-League clubs. As a result agreement was reached for the following year that only one representative from the Southern League and one from the Northern League would put their names forward.

In 1979-80 the Alliance Premier League (later passing through an incarnation as the Gola League before becoming the Conference) was formed. Part of its raison d'être was to improve the chances of Non-League clubs moving across the barrier into the Football League, with only the leading eligible Alliance team allowed to put its name forward each season. It was therefore rather ironic that no clubs were elected at all between 1980 and 1986, which finally saw the end of the electoral system. Unfortunately Yeovil Town was in the doldrums during this period from 1977 when, at least theoretically, the chances of election had been improved.

So what of all those clubs who passed by The Glovers, one of the bigger and certainly the most famous of all Non-League outfits, and did get themselves elected? Did the Football League chairmen choose wisely, or pick a flock of turkeys? Where are they now?

In that year of 1927 when Yeovil first put its name forward it was Torquay United who got elected. They have spent almost their entire subsequent history in the basement division, with two brief forays to the next level up. Next season will see them starting in League Two.

The successful applicants of 1928, Carlisle United have done better - and worse. In 1974-75 they reached Division One for a single season. In 2004 they were relegated back to Non-League. Coming up through the Conference National play-offs they will be in League Two next term.

1929 saw York City join the Football League. Conference National again for them next season. Thames Association got the nod in 1930. Two years later they resigned, and no longer exist.

Two clubs were voted in for 1931. Chester (City from 1983) and Mansfield Town will both be in League Two for 2005-06, Chester City for a second having spent four seasons back in Non-League. 1932 also saw two new teams, Newport County and Aldershot, enter the Football League. By rather spooky coincidence both these clubs would fold within a few years of each other: Newport County mid-campaign the season after they were relegated to the Conference; and Aldershot in 1992. Although legally not the same entities Newport County will start August 2005 in Conference South, Aldershot Town in Conference National.

After all this flurry of activity it was 1938 before the next club to have a go at the Football League appeared. Ipswich Town might justifiably claim their election to have been an unqualified success, consistently in the top two divisions since 1957. 2005-06 sees them in the Championship again after another of their all too regular play-off failures.

After the Second World War there was no movement in until 1950. Gillingham (voted out in 1938 to be replaced by the aforementioned Ipswich Town), Colchester United, Shrewsbury Town and Scunthorpe and Lindsey United all benefitting from a small expansion of Division Three South and Division Three North. Gillingham and (the now named) Scunthorpe United have maintained their status without a break and will begin the next campaign in League One, the former because of relegation, the latter through promotion. Colchester United and Shrewsbury Town have both had brief spells back outside the Football League. The U's will be in League One and the Shrews in League Two after the summer break.

The following year Workington were elected, their status lasting from 1951 to 1977 when a fourth consecutive necessity to be re-elected proved one too many. After a contentious season of appeals, and a disgraceful imposition from the Football Association, Workington have secured promotion through the play-offs from the Northern Premier League into the Conference North for next season.

The Sixties saw only Peterborough United (1960) and Oxford United (1962) elected. Both will be in League Two. In 1970 Cambridge United made the step up. In the season just gone they became another elected club to return from whence they came and will be in the Conference National. On to 1972, and the only election of a club in this list on the strength of a goal on Match of the Day - Hereford United. To add insult to injury later saved by the re-election process, The Bulls finally returned to whence they should never have left in 1997. Conference National once again next season for the play-off bottlers.

Rather more deserving of election were Wimbledon in 1977 and Wigan Athletic in 1978. Where Wimbledon are now is complicated by whether you regard Milton Keynes Dons Franchise FC or AFC Wimbledon as the true inheritors of The Dons legacy. Milton Keynes Dons will be in League One, AFC Wimbledon after yet another promotion in the Isthmian Premier Division. No such issues with Wigan Athletic. They will be in the Premiership, and congratulations to them for that achievement.

So a very mixed 'Where are they now?' for the process of election. Of the clubs entering the Football League by that route since our first attempt in 1927 : two will be playing in a higher division than Yeovil Town, four (counting in Milton Keynes Dons) in the same division, thirteen at a lower level, and one no longer exists in any shape or form. And what does all this prove? Absolutely nothing of course. But it does provide some small sense of satisfaction for someone old enough to recall the later years of soul destroying disappointment each occasion of rejection engendered. If only more of those Football League chairman were still alive to see us now.

Just to be 'complete-ist' what of the right way to move up the ladder? Where will the clubs to go up ahead of Yeovil Town's record breaking promotion campaign in 2002-03 be?

Winning promotion -
1987 - Scarborough : Conference National
1988 - Lincoln City (back after one season in Conference) : League Two
1989 - Maidstone United (reformed 1992) : Kent League
1990 - Darlington (back after one season in Conference) : League Two
1991 (and 2005) - Barnet : League Two
1992 - Colchester United (again, see above - back after two seasons in Conference) : League One
1993 - Wycombe Wanderers : League Two
1997 - Macclesfield Town : League Two
1998 - Halifax Town (back after five seasons in Conference) : Conference National
1999 - Cheltenham Town : League Two
2000 - Kidderminster Harriers : Conference National
2001 - Rushden & Diamonds : League Two
2002 - Boston United (by cheating) : League Two
2003 - Doncaster Rovers (back after five seasons in Conference, promoted behind Yeovil through play-offs) : League One

All but two overtaken. Now to prove we have what it takes and can make it in League One. COME ON YOU GLOVERS!


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28 May 2005 : Signed Shirt Up For Grabs
An additional signed Yeovil Town shirt is available for a separate auction now. Morchard Bishop Football Club have put up a shirt for auction during June 2005 and all Yeovil Town supporters are welcomed to bid. The shirt has been signed by the majority of the 2004-05 squad, and is currently being held at Huish Park on the basis that the winning bidder may find it easier to collect from the club.

Morchard Bishop are a Devon based club playing in a local county league and their connection with Huish Park comes in the form of former Glover Warren Patmore who is helping his now local side with coaching. The money from the auction will go towards a fundraising campaign by the Devon club.

To place your bid, email ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com stating your bid amount. The highest current bid amount will be publicised from time to time, to give you the option of upping your bid. The closing date for the auction will be midnight on June 30th 2005. The winning bidder will then be contacted and arrangements made.

As a reminder, the Silent Auction arranged by Yeovil Town Football Club for players shirts from the 2004-05 season is drawing to a close next Tuesday night.

Representing the shirts allocated to the players during the season, most of the shirts are also signed by the individual player. 50 percent of the profits will go towards the fund-raising for the new social club. The closing date for bids will be Tuesday 31st May 2005.

Please send in your bids to:

Dave Linney
Yeovil Town Football Club
Huish Park
Lufton Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA22 8YF

Or alternatively there is an entry form on Ciderspace that will allow you to submit entries directly to Dave Linney at the Football Club.

To access the entry form head here.

All the shirts are Home Shirts, long sleeved and signed UNLESS STATED:

1 Chris Weale (Red Shirt)
2 Adam Lockwood
3 Michael Rose
4 Terry Skiverton
5 Colin Miles
6 Darren Way
7 Paul Terry
8 Lee Johnson
9 Kevin Gall
10 Marcus Richardson (Short Sleeved & Not Signed)
12 Kevin Amankwaah
13 Steve Collis (Red Shirt)
14 Efe Sodje
15 Steve Reed
16 Andy Lindegaard
17 Scott Guyett
18 Bartosz Tarachulski
19 Dale Williams
21 Steve Thompson
23 Nicolas Mirza
25 Aaron Davies
26 David Woozley (Short Sleeve & Not Signed)
27 Andrejs Stolcers
28 Marvin Brown
10 Adrian Caceres (Short Sleeved & Not Signed)
10 Rory Fallon (Short Sleeved & Not Signed)
24 Yemi Odubade (Short Sleeved & Not Signed)
22 Kezie Ibe (Not Signed)
14 Roy O’Brien (Not Signed)
20 Gavin Williams (Away Shirt)
25 Liam Fontaine (Not Signed)


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27 May 2005 : Next Customer Charter Meeting
The next meeting between the various Supporters' Groups and Yeovil Town F.C. is scheduled for Tuesday May 31st 2005. Members who have issues or ideas they would like brought to the attention of the club should contact their respective group representatives ahead of Tuesday. Supporters who don't happen to be members of any organization are also welcome to contact one of the groups, who will be more than happy to present your point. Alternatively, if you don't know who to contact, you can e-mail Ciderspace and we'll forward it to the right quarter.


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27 May 2005 : Poole Now Released
Manchester United formally released David Poole today, one amongst eight players to exit Old Trafford. There would appear to be a verbal understanding between Poole and Yeovil Town dating back to April, and it is to be hoped that now his contract at the trophyless American owned outfit has been paid up that verbal agreement can be turned into a paper based commitment to Huish Park.


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27 May 2005 : Yeovil Target Looking At Oakwell
One of Yeovil's main transfer targets, striker Paul Hayes was reportedly at Huish Park earlier in the week, being shown around with his family by Gary Johnson. Hayes seems to have definitely decided to move on from Scunthorpe United, where he was top scorer in their promotion success, having turned down a series of offers from the Lincolnshire club.

However Barnsley has also been in the frame for his signature, and yesterday Hayes was looking around Oakwell Stadium with his family and agent according to local Barnsley paper The Star.

The Glovers have come a long way in a short time. A few years ago the idea of being in competition with The Tykes for a player would have been laughable. That said the smart money must be on Hayes turning his visit to Oakwell into a longer stay.


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26 May 2005 : Three More Friendlies Arranged
Three more pre-season friendlies have been arranged for the 2005-06 season, with all three matches taking them on the road.

On 17th July, Yeovil play Burgess Hill Town (Isthmian Division One) at Leylands Park, kick-off 3.00 p.m. The Sussex club are managed by Gary's brother Steve Johnson.

Two days later Yeovil make the familiar trip into Dorset to play Dorchester Town (Conference South) on July 19th, with a 7.45 p.m. kick- off at Avenue Stadium.

A day later, Yeovil travel to Staines Town (Isthmian Premier Division) on July 20th for a match that kicks off at Wheatsheaf Stadium at 7.30 p.m.

All other friendlies are as previously publicised on Ciderspace, including matches against Portsmouth, West Ham United, Southampton, Woking, Cheltenham Town and Tiverton Town. A full current list can be found on the Ciderspace Homepage.

The only remaining dates that look likely to be filled are the club's planned trip to Europe where they will play three or four games against either Belgian, Dutch or German opposition sometime between July 4th/5th and July 11th/12th. Full details will be announced shortly.

The shell of the 2005-06 season fixture lists will be put up on Ciderspace very shortly to maintain a list of the pre-season friendlies and also in preparation for the League One fixtures which are expected to be available from June 23rd, with the season proper starting on August 6th.


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25 May 2005 : Friendly Ticket Prices Slashed
We like businesses in general that listen to their customers. We like football clubs that listen to their supporters. We like it even more when it's our club, and they then do something about it.

The feedback from fans concerning the announced prices for the visit of West Ham United on Saturday 23rd July of £15.00 for adults, £10.00 for Over 65's and £5.00 for Under 16's had not been favourable - in fact downright critical would be a fairer summation. And with two other major clubs also visiting Huish Park a prospective total cost of £45.00 for an adult wishing to go to all three had many threatening to vote with their feet and boycott the matches.

Whatever the reason, and we at Ciderspace would like to think it was because the club had its ear to the ground, Yeovil Town has issued a change in pricing structure. Adults will now pay £10.00, Over 65's £5.00 and Under 16's £2.00. These prices will also apply to Portsmouth on Saturday 16th July and Southampton on Tuesday July 26th.

Anyone who has bought a ticket at the previously announced rate should contact the Ticket Office on 01935 847888 and arrange a refund, which will be given on presentation of the relevant ticket(s).


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24 May 2005 : Gary's on the telly/ radio again!
Let's hope Gary Johnson's mum is out shopping this coming weekend because if she is bored with seeing her offspring on her tv screen, as the great man himself claimed a few days ago, she'll be even more fed up this Saturday afternoon: Not only is Sir Gary the guest summariser at the League Two play-off final between Southend and Lincoln City at the Millennium Stadium from 2pm onwards on Sky TV, he'll also feature in an extensive interview conducted by BBC Radio Bristol from 1pm onwards in a review of the Glovers championship-winning season.

BBC Bristol's press release reads as follows:

This Saturday on BBC Radio Bristol and Somerset Sound there’s a chance to relive Yeovil’s League Two championship winning season, with the man that made it happen: Gary Johnson.

There’ll be a three-part review of 2004/2005 with the Glovers manager on “Saturday Sport” covering an unbelievable ten months.

PART 1:
The focus is on the action-packed start to the season, including Yeovil’s amazing fair-play in the Carling Cup game against Plymouth, the fiery local derby against Bristol Rovers and the controversial defeat to Scunthorpe. Gary also reveals more about the rivalry between keepers Chris Weale and Steve Collis.

PART 2:
Gary looks back on another successful FA cup-run, including the win at Rotherham when Ronnie Moore showed “a lack of respect” to the Glovers and the exciting game against Charlton at the Valley. The Yeovil boss also talks about the nine-match winning run and the uncomplimentary letters he received from fans after defeats against the likes of Rushden and Notts County.

PART 3:
The Yeovil manager remembers the tense race for the League Two championship: The comeback against Mansfield, the “cup-final” versus Southend and the 3-0 victory against Lincoln that sealed the title. Gary also reveals why he’s pledging his future to the Glovers despite interest from other clubs.

That’s the Yeovil Town review of the season with Gary Johnson (speaking to John Bennett) from 1pm on Saturday Sport.

BBC RADIO BRISTOL 94.9FM & 95.5FM
BBC SOMERSET SOUND 1566 MW



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23 May 2005 : Pompey Set For Huish Park Visit
Premiership side Portsmouth have been confirmed as a third high profile friendly for Yeovil Town to get their teeth into during the 2005-06 set of pre-season friendlies. The Hampshire side will visit Huish Park on Saturday 16th July with a 3.00pm kick-off.

The Glovers will be hosting West Ham United just seven days later, with Portsmouth's rivals Southampton also visiting on 26th July. Other opponents during the pre-season include Cheltenham Town, Tiverton Town and Woking.


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22 May 2005 : Bus Tour Town Centre Pictures
A full gallery of pictures from the Football Club's Tour Of Honour through the town borough are now online. The gallery concentrates on the time the team spent in the town centre over the Monday lunchtime on May 9th - a gallery of some of the schools visits will be online soon.

To view the 49 pictures head here or visit the Ciderspace Photo Gallery Index.


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21 May 2005 : White back in the pink
It's very pleasant to report that former Glovers defender and crowd favourite Tom White has at last been able to resume playing after an horrendous run of injuries. Tom's problems with a dodgy knee have been well chronicled and forced him to effectively retire from the professional game following an operation where his kneecap was realigned in Feb 2004, but he has now signed semi-pro terms with Southern League side Mangotsfield United.

"I suffered a knee injury with Yeovil and, after getting fit, I played one game for Tiverton on loan during which I injured the same knee which led to my decision to have the major operation to cure the injury," White said.

"I have been playing five-a-side on Astroturf at the Grange School for six months and have suffered no problems with the knee," White told the Western Daily Press. "It was always my intention to start playing again this season and I met manager Martyn Grimshaw and his assistant, Nigel Webb, at Mangotsfield recently to discuss things. I know a number of the lads at Mangotsfield, like Drew Shore, Michael Meaker and James Zabek, from my time at Bristol Rovers. I am now working for Connell's Estate Agents at Kingswood and looking forward to playing again, although I need to lose some weight during pre-season training."

We will manfully resist the temptation to say 'what's new?' regarding Tom's final comment. Seriously, it's great to see him back playing again, the very best of luck to Tom at his new club from us all at Ciderspace.


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21 May 2005 : Oliver aiming to prove Adams wrong
New Glovers defender Luke Oliver, a recent Bosman signing from conference side Woking, has spoken of his determination to prove his old boss, Tony Adams at Wycombe wrong. Adams released the central defender during his spell in charge at Adams Park, Oliver ending up at Woking where he impressed in his first full season, winning the supporters player of the year award as well as earning a cap for the National Game XI and coming to the notice of Glovers boss Gary Johnson.

"At the time I thought that was it," Oliver told the Bucks Free Press yesterday. "There are lots of young players who get released and never find a way back. I didn't have an agent or many contacts in the game and I thought I might never get another chance. It's nice to prove a point. In his [Adams] opinion I wasn't good enough. I've got nothing against that but I'm very happy that someone else thinks I am good enough. It is a great opportunity for me. When I was told I wasn't good enough it made me strive to improve."

Woking director Phil Ledger has no doubt that Oliver will go on to make his mark at Huish Park. "We are sorry that Luke has gone," he admitted in the week. "We got him from Wycombe Wanderers, he has been with us for a couple of years and has showed a lot of promise. We did offer him terms for the coming season but under the Bosman ruling we are seeking compensation. Luke has played for the England semi-pro side. He is a tall lad and a very pleasant chap. He is a great professional who trains well and I think he will be a very good signing for Yeovil. He played against them in a behind-closed-doors friendly a few years ago and scored three with his head. We wish him well."


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19 May 2005 : Exiles Database Updates
A new batch of submissions for our Exiled Supporters database is now online. The database generally allows supporters living away from Yeovil to link up and swap messages and share lifts to games (though even Abbey Manor residents are welcome to register!)

The database has now grown to 329 members and 17 new entries from April and early May can be viewed here. New entries are of course welcomed.


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19 May 2005 : Ticket prices for West Ham friendly
Ticket prices for the pre-season friendly at home to West Ham United on Saturday 23rd July have been announced:

Adults: £15
Over 65's: £10
Under 16's: £5

Telephone bookings are highly recommended - phone the ticket office on 01935 847888

Note that the kick-off time has been announced as 5pm in the afternoon, not the more usual 3pm.


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18 May 2005 : League Two Title Celebrations
A second photo gallery detailing some of the League Two title celebrations is now available. Whilst yesterday's gallery concentrated on the presentation of the trophy itself and the associated group photos, this galley concentrates more on the team's lap of honour around the pitch along with pictures of the crowd celebrations.

A total of 56 photos can be found here whilst the companion gallery can be found here.


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18 May 2005 : The Defence Of The Cup Starts Here
The draw for the first two rounds of the Somerset Premier Cup 2005-06 has been made, and holders Yeovil Town Reserves begin their defence at home to Shepton Mallet Town, who finished bottom of Screwfix Western Division One. Victory will see The Glovers at home again, to Weston-super-Mare of Nationwide Football Conference South.

The full draws are :

Round One :

Bishop Sutton v Backwell United
Bridgwater Town v Team Bath
Chard Town vs Brislington
Frome Town v Welton Rovers
Minehead Town v Street
Paulton Rovers v Bath City
Radstock Town v Odd Down
Taunton Town v Larkhall Athletic
YEOVIL TOWN RESERVES v Shepton Mallet Town

Ties to be played in the week commencing October 3rd.

Round Two :

Bishop Sutton or Backwell United v Paulton Rovers or Bath City
Bridgwater Town or Team Bath v Radstock Town or Odd Down
Clevedon Town v Chard Town or Brislington
Clevedon United v Wellington Town
Mangotsfield United v Frome Town or Welton Rovers
Minehead Town or Street v Keynsham Town
Taunton Town or Larkhall Athletic v Bristol Manor Farm
YEOVIL TOWN RESERVES or Shepton Mallet Town v Weston-super-Mare

Ties to be played in the week commencing November 14th.


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18 May 2005 : Lennie's in Wonderland
Cardiff City manager Lennie Lawrence has again stated his interest in Glovers striker Phil Jevons - but has admitted that he can't afford to buy League Two's top scorer and is likely to look at a free transfer signing like Wrexham's former Dorchester striker Juan Ugarte instead.

Speaking to the Western Mail, Lawrence said: "Jevons is a talented boy. I gave him his first major move when I took him to Grimsby from Everton four years ago. He did very well in League Two last season and he's going to cost money. Yeovil will want £200,000-£250,000 for him. But we know [Juan] Ugarte has done it in the next division up and he's not going to cost money.

"We have an interest in Ugarte," Lawrence added. "He's different to what we've already got at the club. He's 24, he's a goalscorer and, most importantly, he's a free. I think there will be a lot of interest in him."

Lawrence was present at Huish Park for the Glovers last game of the season, a 3-0 win against Lincoln, when Jevons scored his 27th league goal of the season to win the Golden Boot outright. As much as the Bluebirds boss may admire Jevo the financial reality is that with a £30 million+ debt Cardiff are on the verge of administration if not worse and the idea of them paying any kind of transfer fee, never mind the sort of 6-figure fee the Glovers will want for the leading scorer in League Two, is a fantasy.


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18 May 2005 : Two More Friendlies Announced
Two more friendlies have been announced to add to those against West Ham United, Cheltenham Town and Tiverton Town already detailed on this site. Woking and relegated Southampton are the new opponents. However there is currently some confusion, with the Woking Official Site placing the fixture on July 26th, whilst the Yeovil Town Official Site has the visit to Kingfield Stadium on the 27th, and Southampton supposed to be at Huish Park on the 26th. The Yeovil OS also claims that the kick-off against West Ham on Saturday July 23rd will be at 5.00 p.m. We'll update when things are clarified.


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17 May 2005 : League Two Title Presentations
Relive the moment that Yeovil Town became Coca Cola League Two Champions following their 3-0 win on the final day of the season against Lincoln City. A photo gallery, containing 45 photos concentrating specifically on the presentation of the trophy and the team celebrations that followed can be found here. A further companion gallery containing more individual shots and pictures of the crowd celebrations will be on-line shortly.


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17 May 2005 : Woozley Thanked By Johnson
Yeovil boss Gary Johnson has thanked on-loan Oxford defender David Woozley for his contribution towards the Glovers success this season after clinching the title and promotion to League One (writes George Murray). Despite only playing in one competitive match in his six-week stay at Huish Park, Johnson was quick to praise the 25-year-old for his assistance in the latter part of this season.

Johnson said: "David Woozley is a great lad. He's gone back to Oxford but he came in and did a job when we needed him and although he only had the one run-out, he was great to have around as cover and in training. He did as much as he could without playing." (Teamtalk)

Read the interview with David Woozley after his only game in a Yeovil shirt after helping his side bag three vital points against Boston last Match (transcript by George Murray) by heading here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.


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16 May 2005 : Fry Praises Benefactor's Move
Further to Saturday's news concerning the major share issue for Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Limited, the registered company associated with Yeovil Town Football Club, Chairman John Fry has expressed his pleasure at the news that the club will become debt free as a result of the decision made at the last Shareholders AGM.

Speaking to the Western Morning News, Fry said: "I know that the only thing the average fan is concerned about is what happens on the field, but this is terrific news. It means that we no longer have to operate with the possibility that at some stage we would be called on to repay a huge loan. We can now make our plans accordingly. It doesn't mean that we suddenly have a lot of money to spend. But it does give us security and enable us to plan."

Fry has also indicated that the club are looking at the options available for splitting the current away end by use of segregation gates to allow an overflow of home supporters to use the away terrace in games where home sections are sold out but away sections are not filled.

Fry explained: "We realise that Bristol City, Swindon and Bournemouth will probably fill the away end, but there are some clubs who travel with only 200-300 away fans. We are looking into the possibilities of using available space and I shall be meeting with the safety people to discuss this."

One of the logistical issues the club will face is dealing with the availability of toilet facilities and food outlets under circumstances when such a segregation gate is in use.


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15 May 2005 : Shirts Silent Auction Entry Form
Further to Friday's news concerning a silent auction to win various players shirts from the 2004-05 season, there is now an entry form on Ciderspace that will allow you to submit entries directly to Dave Linney at the Football Club.

To access the entry form head here.


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14 May 2005 : Share Issue To Protect Club's Future?
Whilst this site is not privy to the inner workings of the Board's mind we welcome the information that Yeovil Football & Athletic Club Limited has launched a major share issue, should our interpretation of what is going on prove to be correct.

On April 20th 2005 at the Annual General Meeting of the company the resolution was passed to issue additional £1.00 Ordinary Shares at a proportion of two new shares to each existing £1.00 Ordinary Share already held.

With no disrespect to the minor shareholders, who one hopes will avail themselves of their privileged position of being able to invest a little more in the club, the key to what is going on in our opinion is the position of Jon Goddard-Watts. Whilst holding no official position within Yeovil Town F.C. Mr. Goddard-Watts is in practice the club's 'owner', and it is his money that has allowed the club to invest in a manager, players and improved infrastructure that has seen us advance so spectacularly since his arrival.

Whilst no Max Griggs, the thrower of ridiculous sums of money at Rushden & Diamonds, and subsidising that outfit to the tune of £2,000,000 every season, Mr. Goddard-Watts has put around £1.1 million into The Glovers over the last five years. The share issue will allow Mr. Goddard-Watts to convert £1,046,586 of his loans to the club into shares, leaving a loan residue of £55,033 - in practice this minor residual sum makes the club virtually debt free.

If all the other minor shareholders were to take up their options (or the Board exercises its right under the formulation of the issue to allocate elsewhere those not taken up), a further working capitalisation of £202,274 will be raised. Current shareholders have until 3.00 p.m. on June 3rd 2005 to exercise said options. As Ciderspace recalls the chairman of the club, John Fry, holds around half of these minor shareholdings which total around 100,000 shares, the rest being made up of several hundred individuals currently holding anything from 1 to 5,000 shares. If as a shareholder you have not already received written notification of this share issue from the club for any reason - such as a change of address, or the club is unaware you have inherited said shares - please contact the club in writing immediately, and take appropriate action before June 3rd, or your option will fall.

Whilst an additional £200K of working money is a bonus, in our view this is not the main import of this move by the club and Mr. Goddard-Watts. Treading cautiously into as sensitive areas as retirement and mortality, the transfer of the loans from Jon Goddard-Watts into shares will mean that when his withdrawal from the scene does occur the future of his holding will be a known event that he will be free to allocate as he sees fit. Shares are a tangible asset that can be moved on in a pre-organised way. A million pound debt would have been an unknown quantity, and a potential loose cannon hanging over the club.

If this interpretation is close to the reality of what is happening, Ciderspace congratulates the Board and Mr. Goddard-Watts on their planning ahead and helping to secure the future of Yeovil Town F.C.


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13 May 2005 : Oliver signing on the Cards?
According to Woking's official website, defender Luke Oliver is set to sign for the Glovers.

Twenty-year-old Oliver, a product of Wycombe's youth programme, signed for conference side Woking in March 2004 and quickly made himself a regular in the Cards defence. The 6' 7" central defender was voted as the club's Player of the Season recently and also made his debut for the England National Game XI last February, following in the footsteps of more than a few current members of the Glovers squad. Luke is also capable of playing as a striker, scoring a hat-trick in a behind-closed-doors friendly Woking played at Huish Park midway through last season.

Oliver's partner in the Woking defence,Jon Boardman, is also leaving Surrey to join League 2 side Rochdale. Woking manager Glen Cockerill commented to the club's official site: "I am naturally very sorry to lose Jon's and Luke's services but I fully understand their desire to play League football. It reflects well on the Club that both have been able to further their careers while playing for Woking. We offered Jon a new contract several months ago but, understandably, he wished to keep his options open. He has played consistently well in over 160 games for the Club and has been virtually an ever-present. Luke has made enormous progress this season, winning all the 'player of the year' awards, and, as I predicted, he has rapidly attracted the attention of League clubs. The Club and I would like to thank them warmly for their services and to wish them the very best for the future."

The Woking official site goes on to claim that discussions are taking place with Yeovil about a fee for Oliver. If agreement can't be reached, any fee would be decided by an FA tribunal.

Update 6:00pm: The Yeovil Official Site has now confirmed the news with boss Gary Johnson adding: "I've agreed a deal with Luke, but as he is out of contract with Woking the two clubs will have to agree a compensation fee before the deal can be completed. I'm pleased he has decided to join us as he will give us a new dimension at the back being 6'7" tall. Luke has terrific potential and I will be looking forward to working with him and bring him through at our level. He has been at Woking for only one season and been voted their Player of the Year and been picked for the England Non-League XI. These last few days have been very busy and it will continue that way for a while as I get literally hundreds of calls from agents and I make quite a few myself. I have identified several players that interest me and am in negotiations with them so watch this space."


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13 May 2005 : Cheltenham Trip For Friendly Match
Yeovil Town will travel to the familiar surroundings of Whaddon Road for what is likely to be their penultimate pre-season friendly of the 2005-06 season. Last year Glovers boss Gary Johnson chose Torquay United as a dress rehersal for the season proper on the basis that they would represent a similarly matched side and this season Cheltenham Town have been chosen doubtless for the same reasons.

Cheltenham boss John Ward told their official site: "This is an excellent fixure for us and I am very pleased with all of the friendlies we have arranged," said Robins manager John Ward. "We will be playing some good teams and hopefully the matches will entice people along to have a look at us. Yeovil are an attractive team as we saw last season. The fact that the match will take place only a week before the start of the regular season will also provide added interest for both sets of supporters."


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13 May 2005 : Silent Auction Of Yeovil Shirts
Yeovil Town Football Club are holding a Silent Auction for players shirts from the 2004-05 season. Representing the shirts the players have actually worn during the season, most of the shirts are also signed by the individual player.
50 percent of the profits will go towards the fund-raising for the new social club. The closing date for bids will be Tuesday 31st May 2005.

Please send in your bids to:

Dave Linney
Yeovil Town Football Club
Huish Park
Lufton Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA22 8YF

Or alternatively there will be a form on Ciderspace in the next day or so that will allow you to place electronic bids via email for the shirts. Watch the news page over the weekend for full details.

All the shirts are Home Shirts, long sleeved and signed UNLESS STATED:

1 Chris Weale (Red Shirt)
2 Adam Lockwood
3 Michael Rose
4 Terry Skiverton
5 Colin Miles
6 Darren Way
7 Paul Terry
8 Lee Johnson
9 Kevin Gall
10 Marcus Richardson (Short Sleeved & Not Signed)
12 Kevin Amankwaah
13 Steve Collis (Red Shirt)
14 Efe Sodje
15 Steve Reed
16 Andy Lindegaard
17 Scott Guyett
18 Bartosz Tarachulski
19 Dale Williams
21 Steve Thompson
23 Nicolas Mirza
25 Aaron Davies
26 David Woozley (Short Sleeve & Not Signed)
27 Andrejs Stolcers
28 Marvin Brown
10 Adrian Caceres (Short Sleeved & Not Signed)
10 Rory Fallon (Short Sleeved & Not Signed)
24 Yemi Odubade (Short Sleeved & Not Signed)
22 Kezie Ibe (Not Signed)
14 Roy O’Brien (Not Signed)
20 Gavin Williams (Away Shirt)
25 Liam Fontaine (Not Signed)


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12 May 2005 : Tivvy Trip Lined Up
A second pre-season friendly has now been confirmed, according to Tiverton Town's website. Yeovil Town will make the trip to Ladysmead on Monday August 1st for what is likely to be their final pre-season friendly before their Coca Cola League One season starts. Kick-off for the match will be 7.30pm.


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12 May 2005 : Yeovil Players Get Hammered
No, not a statement of the players social activities during the past four days or so, but confirmation yesterday's news that West Ham United will be visiting Huish Park on July 23rd for a pre-season friendly. This is the first confirmed pre-season friendly of the 2005-06 season.

The deal was struck as part of the transfer of Gavin Williams to the Championship playoff contenders and no doubt the Glovers will be hoping that by the time the 2005-06 pre-season starts that the Hammers will be visiting as a Premiership side.


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11 May 2005 : Miles Has The Yeovil Spirit
Glovers boss Gary Johnson has explained his decision to award central defender Colin Miles another year at Huish Park despite his season of niggling injuries. Miles has verbally agreed terms with the club and is expected to sign a deal shortly.

Gary said of the deal: "He's signing for a year. He's been injured quite alot this year but he is still very much part of our philosophy, so we want him on board. Plucky epitomises our spirit sometimes - he's just been unfortunate with injuries. He can play left-back, he can play on the left side of three defenders and play as a left-sided centre back as well. He's been a great servant for us and I'd like to take him into the next division."

Gary also gave the precise details of his agreement with Bartosz Tarachulski, Marvin Brown, Andrejs Stolcers and Marcus Richardson who have all been invited to join the club for pre-season training if they have not got themselves set up with other clubs in the meantime.

The Yeovil boss said of the quartet: "Those boys are on a contract anyway until June 30th. If they are not fixed up at that point because they can't find somewhere that they like, then I am happy to take them on from the 1st of July and they can take their chance with whoever else I've brought in. So they are free to find somewhere and I am free to find someone. If at the end of the day, because I'm close with all of them and I want them all to do well, if they are about and I need that type of player then we have the choice to come together again."

In the case of Bartosz, the situation is slightly different in that there is a contract on the table that he can choose to sign before his old one runs out: "He's been made an offer, so he is going to think about that offer and come back to us," Gary added.

Adam Lockwood will not know for certain if his future lies with Yeovil Town until he returns to pre-season training with the right-back being asked to prove his fitness during the early weeks following a season's worth of knee problems. Gary explained: "Locky has had an unbelievable time. He is contracted up until June anyway but he has been offered a month to month deal. As soon as he comes back fit and strong we'll talk again. He needs to have a good summer, rest his knee, come in and go on a month-to-month. If he does well then he won't even see out his first month, he'll get a new contract. It's just a matter of making sure that his knee is strong."

The addition of wide-man Richard Cullingford and goalkeeper Danny Barker as graduates from the Youth Team were seen by Gary as his first steps towards building the squad for next season.

He explained: "We're going to need a squad of 22 to 24 players next season. They all deserve a chance, and we need the squad because of the transfer window. I've got two or three other players that I'm talking to at the moment who I hope will come and join us at the beginning of the season and I am looking to bring them in to add strength to the squad. It will probably be 22 players plus Danny and Richard. If you have too many more than that you can't keep everybody happy."

Another Youth-teamer Gary will be having a look at in pre-season is Canadian Gavin McCallum. Gary said of the winger: "Somebody asked us to have a look at him. He came in and initially we didn't think he was good enough, but he said could we look at him for a bit longer so we did. The Youth Team started doing well in the FA Youth Cup, and he did well, so we said OK you can stay here until the FA Youth Cup is finished. Of course they got all the way through and so he stayed here and in the end we might as well have given him a year's small contract. So he is joining us in pre-season."

Pre-season of course means the possibility of another pre-season tour and aside from one confirmed friendly against West Ham United at Huish Park (July 23rd), sealed as part of the deal that took Gavin Williams to East London, Gary was once again looking at taking the team away for a week in July.

Gary explained: "I'm discussing that with Thommo at the moment. We've got a chance to go to Holland again. I'm hoping to have a chance to possibly go to Latvia, or we may stay in England and do a South Coast trip or a South-West Coast trip. So we have got four options."


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11 May 2005 : Odd Down County Cup Match Report
The Ciderspace report on last night's 5-0 win over Odd Down in the final of the Somerset Premier Cup can be found here.


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11 May 2005 : It's The Gary Johnson Show
Worried you won't be seeing the great man for a while? Fear not. Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson will hardly be off our screens over the next few weeks - well if your screen provides access to Sky Sports.

Sir Gary has been booked as the pundit for the first leg play-off match between Lincoln City and Macclesfield Town at Sincil Bank on Saturday May 14th., kick-off 5.15 p.m.

League Two winner Johnson will also be a guest on the following day's Goals On Sunday on Sky Sports 1.

After that he'll then be with the Sky team for the League Two Play-off Final at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday May 28th., kick-off 3.00 p.m.



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11 May 2005 : Internet Player of the Season
Well first the result for April/May :

PLAYER - POINTS

Efetobore Sodje - 610
Kevin Amankwaah - 354
Stephen Collis - 195
Terry Skiverton - 181
Darren Way - 170
Kevin Gall - 162
Arron Davies - 131
Lee Johnson - 126
Phil Jevons - 114

In respect of the Annual Award Paul Chesterman writes :

Darren Way, for the second time (joint winner in 2002-2003 with Michael McIndoe) is the Internet Player of the Season. The result was never in doubt, with Darren leading from day one. Tight below that though. Thanks everyone for taking part.

Darren 'Weasel' Way
Got some boots need lacing here. Where you hiding Macca?
Photo © 2005 Ciderspace


1st : Darren Way
2nd : Bartosz Tarachulski
3rd : Lee Johnson
4th : Kevin Gall
5th : Phil Jevons
6th : Terry Skiverton
7th : Paul Terry
8th : Chris Weale
9th : Arron Davies
10th: Roy O'Brien
11th: Liam Fontaine
12th: Gavin Williams
13th: Michael Rose
14th: Andy Lindegaard
15th: Scott Guyett
16th: Andrejs Stolcers
17th: Colin Miles


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11 May 2005 : 2005-06 Ticket Prices Announced
Ticket prices for the 2005-06 season at Huish Park have been released.

For Matchday Tickets adult prices are up £2.00 on last season -

Yeovil College Stand : £18.00 (£16.00 if bought pre-matchday on the Early Bird)
Bartlett Stand : £17.00 (£15.00 Early Bird)
Westland Terrace : £17.00 (£15.00 Early Bird)

Concessions have also risen £2.00 -

Yeovil College Stand : £15.00 (£13.00 Early Bird)
Bartlett Stand : £13.00 (£11.00 Early Bird)
Westland Terrace : £12.00 (£10.00 Early Bird)

Under 16's are £8.00 throughout the stadium (£6.00 Early Bird), up £1.00 from last season, and prices for Junior Glovers Members are frozen at £5.00 (£3.00 Early Bird).

Season Ticket prices.

The club has ended the discount for early purchasers and there is a single set of prices for the next campaign -

Yeovil College Stand :
Adult - £320.00
Seniors Over 65 - £260.00
Full-time Students - £260.00
Juniors Under 16 - £120.00
Junior Glovers - £60.00

Bartlett Stand :
Adult - £300.00
Seniors Over 65 - £220.00
Full-time Students - £220.00
Juniors Under 16 - £120.00
Junior Glovers - £60.00

Westland Terrace :
Adult - £300.00
Seniors Over 65 - £200.00
Full-time Students - £200.00
Juniors Under 16 - £120.00
Junior Glovers - £60.00

Existing season ticket holders need do nothing as they will automatically be receiving details of how renew through the post in the next few days.

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

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

Juniors must be under 16 as at 1st August 2005.

Disabled supporters should be registered with the Disabled Supporters Association. Apologies, but as yet we don't have the information on disabled rates.

There will be the usual full page feature provided on Ciderspace in the next few days when we have all the details. Go here to compare prices with those for last season.


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11 May 2005 : Dale Williams Injury Less Than Feared
Some reasonably good news this morning is that striker/winger Dale Williams has come back from hospital with x-rays showing that his leg is still in one piece following a dreadful tackle by Odd Down keeper Ray Johnston that saw him stretchered off nine minutes into the game with his leg in a protective support and the visitor's keeper somehow escaping with only a yellow card.

News this morning indicates that Dale has only suffered heavy bruising on his leg, with the only other issue being whether the tackle has caused any ligament damage. Our best wishes to Dale and hope that the injury does not spoil his summer too much.


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11 May 2005 : League One Line-Up
With the dust now settling on the weekend's events, Glovers fans are now getting a grip on Yeovil's opponents for the 2005-06 season. Aside from the obvious highlight of former European Cup winners Nottingham Forest, Yeovil will also come up against a number of sides who have recently served time in the Premiership.

The full line-up for next season's League One has yet to be finalised and will not be until all playoff positions are resolved at the end of this month. However, the current provisional line-up is as follows:

Relegated from the Championship: Gillingham, Nottingham Forest and Rotherham United.

League One Playoff Contenders: Tranmere Rovers, Brentford, Sheffield Wednesday and Hartlepool United. The Glovers will play the three sides that lose out in the playoffs.

League One Members Confirmed For Next Season: Bristol City, AFC Bournemouth, Huddersfield Town, Doncaster Rovers, Bradford City, Swindon Town, Barnsley, Walsall, Colchester United, Blackpool, Chesterfield, Port Vale, Oldham Athletic, Milton Keynes Dons.

League Two Promoted Sides: Yeovil Town (of course!), Scunthorpe United and Swansea City.

League Two Playoff Contenders: Southend United, Macclesfield Town, Lincoln City and Northampton Town. The Glovers will play the winners of these playoffs whilst the three losers will drop out of the equation.


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11 May 2005 : End Of Season Awards 2004-05
During the half time break at yesterday's match against Odd Down, the annual player presentations took place allowing supporters to give awards to recognise the players who had contributed the most to the season. As with the past two seasons, one player dominated the awards. Having been denied most of them last season by Gavin Williams, Darren Way added to the collection of trophies he received two seasons ago by scooping all bar one of the 'winners' accolades.

The awards were as follows:

GWSC: 1st: Darren Way. 2nd: Phil Jevons
YTISA: 1st: Darren Way. 2nd: Phil Jevons
Cary Glovers: 1st: Darren Way.
Glovers News: 1st: Darren Way.
Andy Stone Memorial Trophy: Phil Jevons (for his goalscoring achievements).
Western Gazette: 1st: Chris Weale. Joint 2nd: Darren Way and Lee Johnson.
Western Gazette: Terry Skiverton (special presentation for his leadership).

A full photo gallery of the awards can be found here.


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10 May 2005 : Reserves Romp To Somerset Premier Cup
In a one sided contest, completely dominated by Yeovil Town Reserves, the Somerset Premier Cup returned to the Huish Park trophy cabinet tonight for the first time since 1998.

Goals from Andy Lindegaard (28 mins), Richard Cullingford (33 mins), Stephen Reed (66 mins), Andrejs Stolcers (68 mins), and an own goal from Tony Quoi (79 mins) wrapped up a comprehensive victory. Odd Down were never in the match, and were fortunate to escape a real thrashing.

The one black spot of the evening from the point of view of the hosts was an absolutely diabolical tackle on Dale Williams by the Odd Down goalkeeper at the nine minute mark. He should have seen two red cards: one for violent conduct and one for the professional foul as last man. Referee Mr Buller opened a poor performance of bizarre decision making that continued all night by merely issuing a yellow. The game was held up for some minutes as Dale was stretchered off and then rushed to hospital. It was feared he had had his leg broken, but the latest update is less pessimistic.

Final score : Yeovil Town Reserves 5-0 Odd Down

Attendance : 2,164
The County Cup winning squad celebrate their win
The County Cup winning squad celebrate their win
Photo © 2005 Ciderspace



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10 May 2005 : Miles Agrees Terms
Cult figure Colin Miles was offered and has verbally agreed new terms tonight that will keep him at Huish Park for next season. Fellow defender Adam Lockwood has been offered a month to month deal from June 30th when his current contract expires. Manager Gary Johnson was keen to stress this was purely because of Lockwood's injury problems this season, and that his longer term future at Yeovil would be secure providing he could prove his fitness.

At the other end of the pitch Andrejs Stolcers and Marcus Richardson have been informed that they are free to look for other clubs over the summer, but are guaranteed an invite back to pre-season training to compete for a contract against any other trialists Johnson may be bringing in.

Bartosz Tarachulski has been offered a deal by Yeovil Town, but it was intimated that there was a rival offer on the table that the club could not hope to compete with either in terms of amount or duration. Opinion seemed to be that the fact that the big man was still debating the issue in his own mind was a credit to his affection for the Glovers. However the offer from elsewhere is so good the odds must be that, with a young family to consider and just about to turn thirty, we have seen the last of Tarachulski in the green and white hoops.

Along with Stephen Reed, Dale Williams has been given a new one year deal. Richard Cullingford and goalkeeper Danny Barker are advanced from the Youth Team onto full-time deals for a year. Gavin McCullum has been invited to join pre-season training with the first team squad.

There is confidence in the camp that David Poole will be signing for the Glovers when his contract with Manchester United runs out at the end of June.


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10 May 2005 : Five Up On Contract Talks
Five of Yeovil Town's first team squad will sit down with Glovers boss Gary Johnson for contract talks today according to today's Western Daily Press.

The implication - although it is not explicitly stated - is that these could be the only 'unsigned' players in Johnson's first team squad and the paper names them as Adam Lockwood, Colin Miles, Andrejs Stolcers, Bartosz Tarachulski and Marcus Richardson.

The first two players have suffered from injuries this season that have kept them out of the team for the bulk of the season and this is no doubt the main reason why contract talks have yet to seriously take place. In the case of the latter trio, given all three are strikers, Gary will no doubt be pushing them for decisions in case he has to go out shopping over the summer for replacements.

The paper also reveals that David Woozley has returned to Oxford United after his brief loan spell, whilst Nicolas Mirza is being released, despite having a year on his contract to run. Stephen Reed has been retained whilst Marvin Brown has been invited to return for pre-season training. There is no explicit news on other members of the first team squad although Gary said on Saturday that "nearly every lad involved today (against Lincoln) has signed a new deal."


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10 May 2005 : County Cup Final Preview
Yeovil Town play their final competitive match of the 2004-05 season tonight when they take on Odd Down in the Somerset Premier Cup Final. The match is being played at Huish Park with a 7.45pm kick-off after the original match at Weston Super Mare was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Former Glovers Youth Team keeper Luke Buckingham, who can consider himself unlucky to have been stuck behind Chris Weale and Steve Collis in the pecking order at Huish Park, is now between the sticks at Odd Down and with first choice keeper Ray Johnston currently suffering from a dead leg, Buckingham is likely to play in familiar surroundings.

Odd Down manager Chris Mountford told the Bath Chronicle: "It's a big chance for Luke, who was unlucky to lose his place in the team in the first place. He'll relish the chance to play against his old club and, like everybody else in our squad, he will want to show Yeovil's supporters what he can do."

Mountfield, whose side have lost just once in their final 17 games of the season added: "Every amateur player dreams of the chance to play against professional players and this is the only chance many of our lads might get. I expect Gary Johnson to field a strong side because he's too professional to do anything else other than pick a side to win the game. But the Yeovil players will give us time and room to show what we can do and we have players like Danny Guibarra, Paul Keen and Tony Quoi, who's quite useful in dead-ball situations, who will make the most of that. Our back four is settled and if they concentrate hard for the 90 minutes, we will come out of a marvellous way to end the season with our heads up."

Yeovil Town are expected to field a 'squad' side with players like Chris Weale, Andrejs Stolcers, Michael Rose and Marvin Brown expected to be involved.

Kick-off is 7.45pm and the club are provisionally opening the Yeovil College Stand and Westland Stand for the match. Admission prices are 4 pound for adults, 2 pounds for concessions with Under 16s admitted for just one pound. The match will also see all of the Player of the Season awards presented at half time on the pitch, so this is a great opportunity for supporters to give another 'thank you' to the first team squad.


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9 May 2005 : Glovers Are The Toast Of The Town
Yeovil Town Football Club paraded the Coca Cola League Two champions trophy throughout the town today as they continued their long weekend of celebrations following Saturday's clinching of the title. For once the team were blessed with sunny weather following the FA Trophy and Conference tours that were carried out in constant drizzle.

As far as we could see, David Woozley and Kezie Ibe were the only absentees from a first team squad that included Bartosz Tarachulski, Marcus Richardson, Marvin Brown, Dale Williams and Gavin McCallum.

Starting off at Huish Park at 9.00am the open top busses visited Preston School, Westfield School, Bucklers Mead School and Fairmead School before a special visit to club sponsors Bradfords Building Supplies for lunch. The team then travelled on into the Town Borough where they were met by a huge crowd and a rousing reception.

Having spent an hour in the town centre, the busses moved on again to visit Yeovil College and Stanchester School, before enjoying a three hour break. Following that the team returned to Huish Park for a second time before heading back out to Westlands Sports and Social Club for their Civic Reception by the Town Council.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson admitted the tour was almost becoming an annual tradition explaining: "It feels normal now. We've had them for three out of the past four years although we are always very excited when we come into the town and see all our fans there. We are as excited as they are about days like today and we are proud of them. We always get a fantastic reception. We almost know them all personally now! It's nice to see them and we seem to see them here every other year if not more often!"

A small selection of photos from the day are shown below - a full gallery will appear on this site within the coming week.

The squad line-up at the start of the day at Huish Park
The squad line-up at the start of the day at Huish Park
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Paul Terry signs an autograph at Preston School
Paul Terry signs an autograph at Preston School
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A huge crowd greets the players in the town centre
A huge crowd greets the players in the town centre
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Gary Johnson speaks to the crowd from the top of the bus
Gary Johnson speaks to the crowd from the top of the bus
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Terry Skiverton signs autographs in the town centre
Terry Skiverton signs autographs in the town centre
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Bartosz Tarachulski signs for one of the younger supporters
Bartosz Tarachulski signs for one of the younger supporters
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9 May 2005 : Fry Sees League One As A Natural Home
Yeovil Town chairman John Fry was an understandably happy man on Saturday. In fact he's been an understandably happy man for the last few years, as the club has left the dark days of bucket collections behind and entered the sunlit uplands of the Football League and financial solvency.

The people of Yeovil and the fans of the football club have been dreaming about this for years. We didn't only want to get out of the Conference, we also want to progress up the Football League. People are now looking higher still and we've got to give League One our best shot next season.

We've got to develop the stadium and develop the team. We've played against League One sides already in cup competitions and not let ourselves down. Whether it's been Bournemouth, Wrexham or Colchester, we've done extremely well. Playing in League One next season will be a bit different to going to places like Enfield, Carshalton and Sutton. I also remember losing in the cup at Walto and Hersham - that was a dark day and the fans lost their temper.

What a difference now. Everyone seems to be in harmony and the fans are loving every minute. If we can keep this team together and keep Gary Johnson and his backroom staff then we could have an incredible future. Gary Johnson is an absolute credit to this club, and if people saw how hard he works and how committed he is, it's unbelievable. And he's got a great team of people around him who are capable of taking this club to a higher level.


Fry went on to praise club benefactor Jon Goddard-Watts. Winston Churchill's 'blood, toil, tears and sweat' are doubtless crucial, but he also said 'give us the tools and we will finish the job', and tools cost money.

Jon Goddard-Watts has put a lot of money into this club. He joined us five years ago after he retired and he didn't need to get involved. But he's stuck with us and follows the team, he's a big supporter. We've got to be extremely grateful to him. He backs us all the way and is up for a challenge. He really wants us to succeed. He's done a magnificent job.

This is the reward our fans and town deserves. We've got a fantastic team of hard-working, devoted people and I am determined to ensure there's a lot more to look forward to. The community in Yeovil is very passionate about the club and it will be a major lift for the area. Most of our staff live in the town and many were even born around here. We have a recipe that can breed success.


Looking forward to next season Fry stated :

We are comfortable with League One, that's our natural home and, if we can develop from there, then fine, let's see how it goes. Right now, I feel like a League Two champion. It's been the perfect day for us. The crowd was nearly 9,000, we got the result against Southend last week that set everything up, and it couldn't have been better than to do it here at Huish Park. It's great for the town. The fans here deserve this achievement.

We will do all right in League One, we will be OK. We have got the players, we have got the manager and we are looking forward to it. It will be a big occasion for us, and we are already looking forward to the first match of next season.


On longer term issues, like the development of Huish Park, the chairman said :

We will keep it [the stadium] that way because it is better to have it full to capacity than half empty; but obviously, longer term, who knows. At the moment, we are in League One, we hope we can settle there and stay up in League One and then move on from there.

I'll probably get told off by Gary Johnson if I said we have to consolidate. We have never consolidated ever since I came here. We have always progressed and gone forward, and I can see the club still progressing. There is a lot of investment to be made, but that's up to all the directors to decide, not me.

For now we will celebrate and probably, by the end of next week, when we have done all the celebrating, we will start thinking about next season.



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9 May 2005 : Arron Gets Full Welsh Call Up
Arron Davies has been rewarded for his excellent showing in the Wales Under 21 team with a call up to the full Wales squad. Manager John Toshack is taking twenty-two players to training camp at San Sebastian, Spain from 17th to 23rd of May. With a number of names, including that of ex-Glover Gavin Williams, missing through injury or club commitments several young prospects, including Davies, have been fast tracked into the squad.

The full list is :

Danny Coyne - Burnley
Wayne Hennessey - Wolverhampton Wanderers
Paul Jones - Wolverhampton Wanderers
Danny Collins - Sunderland
James Collins - Cardiff City
Mark Delaney - Aston Villa
Richard Duffy - Portsmouth
Rob Edwards - Wolverhampton Wanderers
Danny Gabbidon - Cardiff City
Peter Gilbert - Plymouth Argyle
Craig Morgan - Wrexham
Robert Page - Coventry City
Sam Ricketts - Swansea City
Ben Thatcher - Manchester City
ARRON DAVIES - Yeovil Town
Jason Koumas - West Bromwich Albion
John Oster - Burnley
Paul Parry - Cardiff City
Carl Robinson - Sunderland
David Vaughan - Crewe Alexandra
Craig Davies - Oxford United
Robert Earnshaw - West Bromwich Albion

Congratulations to Arron on another step forward in his career.


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9 May 2005 : Interview With Lee Johnson
Midfielder Lee Johnson spoke to the press following Saturday's 3-0 win against Lincoln City that clinched the League Two title. He admitted as to being proud of the part that he had played in the team's success explaining: "I set a few targets at the start of the year, one was 10 goals, one was to be in team of the year and one was to win the championship and I’ve matched all three of them."

Read the interview with Lee by heading here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.


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9 May 2005 : Interview With Chris Weale
Chris Weale talked exclusively to Ciderspace after Yeovil Town clinched promotion to League One as Champions of League Two. The 23-year-old who played in forty-five games for the club this campaign, thanked the Huish Park faithful for sticking by him and supporting him throughout the season.

Wealey explained: "I had one bad game against Notts County and I know why I didn’t play as good as I should have done. It would be even worse if the crowd was having a go at you but they were so supportive because everyone goes through a period like that."

Read George Murray’s exclusive interview with Chris Weale by heading here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.


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8 May 2005 : Open Top Bus Tour Details
Expect more celebrations like this from Glovers fans in the town and schools tomorrow
Expect more celebrations like this from Glovers fans in the town and schools tomorrow
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As expected, Yeovil Town's players and management will take part in an open top bus tour of the town tomorrow. Details of the tour are as usual subject to change but is expected to be roughly along the lines of:

9.00am - 11.30am : Various local schools
11.30am : Special visit to club sponsors Bradford Building Supplies
12.50pm : Scheduled arrival into the town centre area.

The players will get a break during the afternoon but are expected to make their return to Huish Park from 6.00pm onwards where they will be preparing for their formal reception at Westland Sports and Social Club. The bus will therefore make it's final trip from Huish Park to Westland sometime around the 6.30pm - 7.00pm mark.

Supporters are recommended to join the support for the players either during the 12.50pm journey into the town centre, or upon their 6.00pm arrival at Huish Park.


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8 May 2005 : Western Daily Press Special Edition
Relive Saturday's celebrations in tomorrow's WDP and also on the BBC website
Relive Saturday's celebrations in tomorrow's WDP and also on the BBC website
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Tomorrow's Western Daily Press will be carrying an eight-page special on Yeovil Town's promotion from Coca Cola League Two. The newspaper will be carrying photos and reaction from the big day against Lincoln City. In addition to that, those who purchase their copies from sellers in the town Borough over the lunchtime bus tour will find that the paper will come in a special wraparound poster edition.

On top of that, you can find a whole load of stuff on Saturday's match, including audio interviews done by BBC Bristol reporter Ben Orr, on the BBC Somerset Sound website. Ben's interviews can be found here on the BBC along with a report on the match.


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8 May 2005 : Interview With Terry Skiverton
Club captain Terry Skiverton celebrates with Gary Johnson and Phil Jevons
Club captain Terry Skiverton celebrates with Gary Johnson and Phil Jevons
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Skipper Terry Skiverton naturally spoke of his delight having seen off Lincoln City at Huish Park to secure the title coupled with promotion to League One but admitted that none can be assured of first team action next season and that includes likes of himself.

The 29-year-old explained: "I am going to have to come back at pre-season and prove myself all over again, which I have got to do every year. I better make sure that I am fit and ready to go or I might be on the bench. I have signed one-year contracts since I have joined the club so the gaffer keeps me on my toes."

Read the full interview with Terry Skiverton (transcript by George Murray) by heading here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Also available is an interview with Lee Johnson, who talked to the press following last week's 1-0 win over Southend United. Lee's interview, which was originally published in yesterday's programme, can be found here.


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8 May 2005 : Gary's Verdict on the Lincoln Game
A rather proud looking Glovers manager Gary Johnson met the press after yesterday's 3-0 win over playoff contenders Lincoln City at Huish Park yesterday. Gary answered the following questions after the game:
Glovers boss Gary Johnson - a proud man after the game
Glovers boss Gary Johnson - a proud man after the game
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Qu: Gary, a new suit which probably means that you've had a bit of a soaking in the dressing room but I bet it's all worth it.

GJ: What it means is that I've had experience of success before and I know what happens to your first suit!

Qu: So was that the cheap one first?

GJ: Yes, that was the cheap one and this is the more expensive one! No, it's nice to be showered in champagne and also water and it shows that although we still live right, we can still enjoy the success. I am so proud of the boys because they've put in a lot of effort and made a lot of sacrifices over the months. We got to a point where we needed to show our mental toughness but in the last five games we won three and drew two with nearly all of them against teams who had something to play for and the boys came through once again and credit to them and credit to the football club for hanging on in there.

Qu: This club has had many great days in the FA Cup but is this the biggest achievement for Yeovil Town?

GJ: Well of course it is because it is progress. Each bit of success you get further up the ladder is more important and more hard-fought. We are where we are because of the spirit of the football club. Not just the team and not just the supporters but the spirit of the whole football club. I have always said that and it is one of the reasons why I signed a new contract. The club has got that spirit and it has got that commitment to the cause and it has got that ambition. If you have got all those things then you just need half a decent manager to see it through!

Qu: You have revolutionised this place in four years - an FA Trophy, two promotions and two titles, how much further can you take them now?

GJ: I don't know. I am going to lie on a deck on a cruise ship and not worry about that yet! Most of the boys have re-signed anyway. I do that at Christmas time and we don't make a big thing about that publicly but nearly every lad involved today has signed a new deal. Some signed later than others because they were injured but most of them signed at Christmas time. I do that because I want them to know that they are part of this football club and they pay you back in the long run. On days like today they want to be champions because they know their future is at this football club.

Qu: Do you think you'll have to change much for League One?

GJ: Well we might have to fine-tune. But most of these boys deserve a chance. We've got to add to our squad anyway because of the transfer window so I have already been looking at that. So we've got four or five boys that would like to join us and they will add to this very very good footballing squad.

Qu: And today how important was it that you could finish it here and finish it in style in front of these supporters?

GJ: If this was a story on Footballers Wives none of us would believe it! But the story was written and if you believe in what was going to happen at the end then you just keep on going. When it happens it is always a fairy tale, but we always knew that we were going to be there or thereabouts.

Qu: When did you relax?

GJ: When I got this new suit on and the boys had no more beer and champagne left!

Qu: We thought you might end the day wearing one of Efe's bandannas.

GJ: I was wearing those bandannas before he got here if you remember the pictures in a couple of the papers. But I have been ribbing him all week about the fact that he hasn't scored for me and saying that if he is going to run 90 yards up a field then he has to get on the end of something. He has come up trumps which is why he came over when he scored both of the goals. I do set seeds but you have to have boys that are motivated enough to have that in their minds and really mean it. When he went up he really meant it and he was going for those goals.
Efe Sodje with fellow goalscorer Phil Jevons
Efe Sodje with fellow goalscorer Phil Jevons
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Qu: And now you enjoy the party for a few days?

GJ: The party will probably go on for a week or so if not longer than that. This whole summer we can all have a smile on our faces because the whole football club has managed a magnificent major achievement.

Qu: Thommo and the rest of the backroom lads have played their part as well.

GJ: Yes, of course they have. You don't get anywhere without having the backroom staff that I've got. Thommo, Maurice, Stuart Housley, Glen Schmidt, Mark Layder, the two lads in the kit room - Tony Trott and Mark - they all work very hard. There's a chap behind you who is our dentist who makes sure I've got my Hollywood smile for every time I meet you people. We've got doctors, I've got my own family and there really are too many I want to thank. I've tried to do it in the programme but I had to lump them all into groups. You have got to have good staff around you and the beauty of this club is that I have got fantastic staff around me.
Winning the title was so important to the players
Winning the title was so important to the players
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Qu: How much emphasis do you put on winning the title today? Was promotion the main aim or were you out to win the title?

GJ: The championship was so important to us today. The boys watched Hull get their second place trophy and they didn't think that was very good. They thought that it was a damp squib. We have been top of the league since Christmas and we didn't want to drop off that spot. We wanted to be the best team in the league. Everyone kept on telling us that we were but we had to keep proving it. We did, and we proved that we had the mental toughness to stay there right to the very end.

Qu: There have been dips and peaks during the season. How much has that told you about the character of your squad?

GJ: It has told us everything - what more do you want to know? We had a couple of dodgy results but we had only two on the trot all season and that was twice. We had to have the character to come back from a defeat. No team goes through the season undefeated and it is all about what your character is when you come back. We came back strong and we always come back strong just at the right time. That shows you the spirit and the character of the side.

Qu: Are you looking forward to the open top bus tour?

GJ: Yes, we are looking forward to everything. Whatever comes our way now, we know that we can look forward to it knowing everything is as we planned it.
That's it! The Westland Stand celebrate the final whistle
That's it! The Westland Stand celebrate the final whistle
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Qu: Have you got a message for the fans?

GJ: Just thanks very much. They are a major part of this football club. All of the green and white that were there today showed that we have got a fantastic team on the field and a fantastic team off the field. That comes from the heart.

Qu: You've still got a lot of the squad around that were there during your Conference days. Is that one of your strengths?

GJ: Yes, that's one of our strengths. It is what I do. If the boys get you that bit of success and are the ones that get you promotion then you have got to give them the opportunity. But you have got to make sure initially when you bring them in that they are quality footballers, quality people and that they have got that character and spirit.

Qu: People like Skivo and Darren Way help when new players come in?

GJ: Yes, of course. The new players that come in know exactly what our dressing room is like. I have to vet all our new players because anyone who doesn't show enough passion or character does not survive our dressing room. Everyone has got to know where our dressing room wants to be, and know that it wants to keep progressing. We don't allow anything to stop us.
Yeovil's bedrock has been built on their stars of their Conference days such as Kevin Gall
Yeovil's bedrock has been built on their stars of their Conference days such as Kevin Gall
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Qu: The fact that you've still got a lot of the old guard in your team and that they are still all doing superbly well, what does that say about the standard of the Conference and the league above?

GJ: I'd say it says more about the judgement of our management team. We have got a group of lads that we thought we could take one or two leagues on and then just fine-tune and that's what we did. We have done it with the philosophy that I had when we started when I first came to this football club. The board of directors have backed me, the supporters have backed me and the players have backed me and that's why we are all having the fun that we are having.

Qu: A lot of people said that you wouldn't be able to play that sort of football in the league.

GJ: Well they said that we wouldn't be able to play like that in the Conference, they said that to us in the Football League, so maybe they'll now start to look for little players for their teams! But it's probably also right to say good luck to Lincoln. They've been a strong side and this is their third time in the playoffs but thank God it is not me.

Qu: Were you ever worried a few weeks ago?

GJ: Yes, of course you get worried. But you know that you have to keep doing the job and you have to keep being professional. I knew how the boys were training. But we didn't leave anything to chance. Last week we did not celebrate anything other than the win. We knew how important that result was, particularly as Southend are out of it now. All you can do is to win 3-0 at home in front of your fans to win the championship. What more can you do?

Qu: I sense you've already started thinking about next season?

GJ: Definitely - you have to. We have made made a few plans but we are making plans to add to this group. Nearly all of these boys have re-signed. I wanted all these boys to know that if we got success then they would be a part of it and that they were going to be part of our future. That is why they can celebrate because they know that they are part of our future. When I come back from holiday I will start thinking about it a little bit more, but now is a time to celebrate!


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7 May 2005 : Simply the best! Glovers take the League Two title
Yeovil Town have won the League Two title following their 3-0 win over Lincoln City at Huish Park today. The Glovers needed a draw from today's match to be sure of automatic promotion with all 3 points guaranteeing the Glovers a second title win in three years under Gary Johnson - not a bad record by anybody's standards!

The crowd of 8,885 saw the Glovers dominate today's match. Efe Sodje made it 1-0 with his first goal for the club on the stroke of half-time, turning in a Darren Way cross from close range after a sustained period of pressure. Way was brought down in the box by Lincoln's Lee Beevors on 53 minutes, Phil Jevons converting the subsequent penalty for his 27th league goal of the season - the top tally in League Two this season, though this has yet to be officially confirmed. You wait for one Efe Sodje goal and the next thing you know a couple turn up at once - the former Nigerian international made the game safe at 3-0 with a header from a Lee Johnson corner with around 10 minutes left on the clock. Yeovil played out time comfortably until the final whistle sparked scenes of jubilation amongst players and fans alike.
Yeovil Town FC : Coca Cola League Two Champions 2004-05!
Yeovil Town FC : Coca Cola League Two Champions 2004-05!
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Final score: Yeovil Town 3 - 0 Lincoln City.

Yeovil are promoted to League One as champions, on 83 points. Scunthorpe's 0-0 draw at Shrewsbury was enough to clinch 2nd place for the Iron on 80 points; with Swansea City winning 0-1 at Bury to finish in the final automatic promotion spot, also on 80 points. Southend drew 1-1 at Grimsby to slip into the play-offs, the Shrimpers being joined by Macclesfield, Lincoln and Northampton in the race to the Millennium Stadium. 8th-placed Darlington miss out, despite beating Cheltenham 3-1 at home.

Stockport, Peterborough, Wrexham and Torquay are relegated to League Two from League One, with champions Luton and runners-up Hull City promoted to the Championship, or division one in old money. Into the play-off's go Tranmere, Brentford, Sheffield Wednesday and Hartlepool. Relegated from the Championship are Rotherham and Nottingham Forest with one of Crewe, Gillingham and Brighton to join them.

At present then, League One next season will be comprised of the following clubs: Yeovil Town, Scunthorpe United, Swansea City, Nottingham Forest, Rotherham, Bristol City, Bournemouth, Huddersfield, Doncaster, Bradford City, Swindon Town, Barnsley, Walsall, Colchester, Blackpool, Chesterfield, Port Vale, Oldham, Milton Keynes Dons.

Congratulations from us all at Ciderspace to everyone at Yeovil Town FC, players, management, board and backroom staff. Winning a second title in three years is a wonderful achievement, beyond our wildest dreams. The scenes of jubilation and celebration at Huish Park today will stay with us for years to come and we are all very proud to be Yeovil Town supporters this evening. Actually we're ALWAYS very proud to be Yeovil Town supporters, but especially so today. Thank you lads, thank you Sir Gary. Pass the champagne!


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6 May 2005 : Action Photos From Southend United vs Yeovil Town
Action photos from the last away match against Southend United are now available in our Action Photo Gallery section. The Glovers won 1-0 at Roots Hall in what was a massive win for Yeovil, and you can find 100 photos from the game by going here.


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6 May 2005 : Gally Chooses Ilchester
A number of Ciderspace regulars will recall doing their bit to support Kevin Gall as Player of the Round in the poll for the F.A. Cup Fourth Round. As well as being a guest at the Millennium Stadium for the Final there was £1,000 of UMBRO sports kit and equipment for a deserving cause of Gally's choice on offer. Kevin chose local club Ilchester F.C.. The F.A. Cup itself was on view as the presentation was made.


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6 May 2005 : Glovers Lose Out At Argyle
Yeovil Town's Reserve side - made up almost exclusively of Youth Teamers - narrowly lost 1-0 to Plymouth Argyle's Reserve side at Home Park last night. With such an important match being played at Huish Park against Lincoln City tomorrow, the line-up in Devon contained no-one likely to feature in the League Two squad tomorrow, and looked more like a line-up for an Under 18s side.

Despite that, the only difference between the two sides was a goal from Keith Lasley, scored midway through the first half when he ran onto a through-ball to get in behind the Glovers defence. Argyle had a number of first half chances to increase their lead but Glovers keeper Danny Barker was the main reason why they never succeeded in doing so.

The second half fizzled out although Yeovil did come back into the match somewhat, matching their hosts in a half that had few chances. The line-up included Dan Bulley who has played in the Youth and Reserve teams of both sides and also Charlie Welch, making a welcome return having spent most of the second half of this season at non-league minnows Weymouth.

Plymouth: Larrieu; Drew, Routledge, Laird, McKeever; Gudjonsson, Lasley, Summerfield, Capaldi; Zebroski, Reski. Subs: Kendall, Bond, Mason.

Yeovil: Danny Barker, James Ansell, Nicolas Mirza, Sam Croft, Dale Williams, Gavin McCallum, Richard Cullingford, Ben Wood, Sean Smith, Dan Bulley, Andy Martin. Subs: Charlie Welch, Bradley Bryant.


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5 May 2005 : League 2 trophy will be at Huish Park on Saturday
The Football League have announced that the League Two championship trophy will be brought to Huish Park this Saturday ahead of the final game of the season against Lincoln City. Spokesman John Nagle told the Western Daily Press today: "We won't have the trophy in a helicopter ready to send it to the winning venue because that just wouldn't be practical. Our policy is to take the trophy to the team in the leading position so the trophy will be at Yeovil on Saturday."

The equation for the Glovers is quite simple: Win against Lincoln and the championship is theirs, no matter what else may happen elsewhere. A draw will ensure automatic promotion, a loss and then reliance on others failing to win becomes a factor. The final games for the automatic promotion contenders are as follows:

Bury v Swansea,
Grimsby v Southend,
Shrewsbury v Scunthorpe,
Yeovil v Lincoln City,

The Glovers will definitely be without striker Bartosz Tarachulski on Saturday, ruled out with a broken toe. However fellow striker and former Imp Marcus Richardson may stand a chance of being fit after all after seemingly being ruled out earlier in the week. "Bartosz definitely won't play," Glovers boss Gary Johnson said. "He's got no chance of playing because he has broken his toe, while Marcus has got a very slim chance of making it. His injury is not as bad as first thought, it's not a complete tear or anything, and we are assessing it as the days go on and upping his training a little bit and see how he comes out of it. You just have to look at it and see what you need on the day, but we will be relying on the medical team to tell you whether he's fit or not."

As reported yesterday midfielder Darren Way will definitely be back in the squad. "Darren is very much back in training. The rest has probably done him good anyway and I am really pleased with the way he has come back and he is available for selection, for sure," Johnson said. "He has played in pretty much every match for us this season and he will be looking forward to it. He'll be as fresh as a daisy. It was a massive disappointment for Darren to miss the Southend game because that's the way he is. But he knew he couldn't do - we all know when we are that ill we can't do anything - so he just had to get on with it. Hopefully he will forget all about that on Saturday."

Meanwhile Lincoln manager Keith Alexander has ridiculed reports that he is thinking of resting players for the upcoming play-offs on Saturday, which his side has almost certainly qualified for for the third successive season. "The simple fact of the matter is I can't rest players because I haven't got enough bodies to allow me to do that," he told the Lincolnshire Echo today. "But we want to go down there and finish the season as well as we can," he added. "I want us going into the play-offs with some momentum behind us. If we can get a better result than Macclesfield, we'll finish fifth and, for the first time in three seasons, will play the second leg of the semi-final at home.I can't say if it's an advantage or not, but it worked for Liverpool in the Champions League this week against Chelsea. They knew exactly what they had to do in the second leg, when the crowd was behind them. After losing out in the play-offs for the last two years, I'm willing to try anything different if it means we go up this time."


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4 May 2005 : Way Back In Training
Midfielder Darren Way is back in training following the bout of food poisoning that kept him out of last Saturday's top of the table clash with Southend United. For all you medical students, Darren's condition was caused by campylobacter.

Darren chose not to travel to Essex over the weekend, to help him get over his illness but he still suffered in other ways. Whilst we have heard of supporters being forced to drive over the Mendips in an attempt to receive the dodgy radio signals from BBC Bristol and Somerset Sound, this is possibly the first case of a player being forced to take up extreme action to get to hear the live broadcasts! Darren was forced to abandon his house and use his car stereo to get coverage of the game.

Darren told the Western Daily Press: "I turned the radio in the car up quite loud and ended up standing in my hallway to listen to it. It must have been quite a sight and a few of my neighbours came out to see what was going on. It was a nightmare not being able to be at the game and certainly makes me glad that I am playing most weeks. With the game being so tight and the winning goal coming so late it just got worse. But it was great when the goal went it. My dog jumped and went mad and I celebrated with one of my neighbours."

Darren indicated that he was touch and go as to whether he travelled with the squad to Southend, adding: "If the match had been two days later I think I could have played. I'll definitely be all right for Saturday. The lads got a great result at Southend and I can't expect to walk straight back in. But I'll be ready if called upon. Missing out on Saturday made me realise how lucky I am to be playing every week."

Way added that the Glovers would be going out to win the title against Lincoln City and that they would not take a draw in case second placed Scunthorpe United pipped them at the death. He explained: "We want to win the title without a doubt. I've seen the pictures from the weekend of Hull picking up their trophy for finishing second in League One and it's not the same. We won't be happy with a draw on Saturday, we want to make sure Terry Skiverton lifts the championship trophy. We've been top of the table for most of the season and want to finish the season there."


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4 May 2005 : Football League Stoke Burns Report
The Football League has made its submission to Lord Burns, the man charged by the Football Association with producing a Structural Review of the game in England.

Football League Chairman Sir Brian Mawhinney announced :

We think our input to the overall structure of football should be more enhanced than it is at the moment. English football is in good shape and is watched and admired by millions around the globe. We welcome, though, this opportunity to review the structure of the Football Association and will play an active part in considering the Burns Report once it has been published.

This review is a great opportunity to clarify and strengthen the administrative and management structures that support football in this country - so that they can be as effective as possible in dealing with the pressures of the modern game.

In our view the future structure of the Football Association should offer an equitable balance between all the constituent parts of English football. This would allow the game to move forward together, at all levels, with the crucial support of the fans.

The Premier League and The Football League have their own separate entities, their own separate organisations, their own separate management. The National Game is diffuse, in that it does not have that separate identity. We believe that it would be to the advantage of the National Game and to the relationships between the National Game and the other main stakeholder bodies if they were constituted as a separate entity in the way the other two bodies are. That would bring a lot of clarity to relationships. It would disaggregate a lot of National Game and FA structures which overlap and are inter-connected. At present it's hard to know where responsibility lies and if it's hard to know where responsibility lies it's hard to make decisions.

We believe Lord Burns should produce a report that embraces the concept of devolution as far as is possible. Operating responsibility should be delegated to those who actually do the operating as far as that can be achieved. There are a lot of things which we can shape in a way that would be beneficial to our clubs if we had the ability to do so. There is sometimes a view that one size fits all, but there is a huge difference between Manchester United and Yaxley Town, which is a small club in my former constituency. The idea that they are one entity in the sense that they both play football is right, but in many respects their needs and aspirations are very different. We feel it would be very helpful if the FA Board retained the responsibilities that rightly belong to it, but that it should embrace the philosophy of devolved administration.

In pursuing our good governance agenda we wanted to have a Fit and Proper Person Test. We told the FA we wanted it, but they felt it was their responsibility and they were still looking into it. But we wanted one in place and one which met the needs of our clubs. The FA agreed we could do it. We now have the most comprehensive Fit and Proper Person Test in British football. That power was delegated to us and the principles were accepted by the FA. We negotiated that delegated power and exercised it. But ultimately our use of the power will be held to account by the FA.

The FA Board should be the main operating arm for the FA, but the Council should be retained as the ultimate legal entity to offer advice and reflection to the Board.

We think it would make a lot of sense for the FA Board to take the FA income and allocate proportions of it to each of the stakeholders. There would be a total budget for the FA out of their income, i.e. the England team, FA Cup, commercial partners and media money, and that money should be divided four ways for each of the stakeholders. Each of the stakeholders should then take the money and divide it into two budgets - one for running the organisation and the other for providing services to their own stakeholders. That element of clarity would be a reassurance to fans if they could see how much money was going to support the game. We believe financial transactions should be open, transparent and accountable.


A fifteen point summary of the recommendations put forward by the Football League can be accessed here.


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3 May 2005 : No Twinkling For Bart's Toe
X-rays have confirmed that Bartosz Tarachulski has broken a toe in Saturday's 1-0 victory away at Southend United, bringing his season to a premature end when he limped off on the half-hour mark. Gary Johnson reported :

We picked him up from the hospital on the way home from Southend and the break is very clear. It's disappointing for Bartosz because he had only just recovered from chicken pox and has had problems with injuries this season.

His replacement Marcus Richardson only lasted fifteen minutes before tearing a hamstring, and neither is likely to be available for the final league game of the season against Lincoln City.

Meanwhile Darren Way, laid low by food poisoning and unable even to travel to Southend, is on the mend, with Johnson saying there are hopes he will have recovered by Saturday. Long term injury Scott Guyett had his first run out for several months in today's reserve game against Cheltenham Town.


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3 May 2005 : Johnson Hopes Of Netting Poole
Manager Gary Johnson is normally (and wisely) closed-mouthed about possible signings and transfers, so his preparedness openly to discuss David Poole suggests that the arrival of the young Manchester United forward at Huish Park is close to a certainty.

As well as trialing with the Reserves Poole was invited up to the boardroom the Saturday before last, presumably not just to discuss the weather, and also travelled with the team to Roots Hall for the titanic top of the table clash with Southend United at the weekend. He then returned to Manchester to join the Reserves side who beat Sheffield Wednesday 4-1 in the Pontin's Holidays League Cup Final at Old Trafford yesterday.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press Johnson said :

There is a fair chance that he'll be joining us. We are in negotiations at the moment. He had to go back to United to play in their cup final but he's been with us for two weeks and will be joining up with us again.

I wanted to make sure that he had the right personality, the right mentality and wanted to move down here. He's impressed on all of those and I think he enjoyed being involved with us at Southend on Saturday. I wanted him to sample the atmosphere and it was also important for him to see what I'm like in the dressing room. The other lads have made him welcome, and so did the supporters when he sat with them at Roots Hall.

Most of their kids go on to make it in the game, and I think it would be a good move for David to join us. He's had the chance to join other clubs in the Premiership but if he did he could be 25 before he gets a first-team chance. I think at this stage of his career he needs to experience crowds like we had at Southend on Saturday, not be playing in front of a few hundred at a reserve game.


Poole is twenty, and generally plays up front or on the right, though supporters who have seen him in the Reserves have been impressed by his two-footedness.


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3 May 2005 : Guyett returns as Reserves lose at Cheltenham
Yeovil Town Reserves lost 0-1 at Whaddon Road this afternoon, playing a Cheltenham side that included former Glovers triallist Sosthene Yao, the West Ham winger taking an opportunity to trial for the Robins. Cheltenham striker Ashley Vincent scored the 2nd half winner, with Gavin McCallum and Ben Wood coming close for the Glovers. The game was notable for Scott Guyett making a return from the knee injury that forced him out of the final run in.

Yeovil Reserves: Weale, Lockwood, Rose, Guyett (Wood 46), Woozley, Mirza (Cullingford 29), Adams (Condliffe 74), Stolcers, Reed, M.Brown, McAllum. Sub not used: Barker


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3 May 2005 : Cheltenham v Reserves fixture today
The time of kick-off of today's reserve team fixture at Cheltenham's Whaddon Road ground has been changed from 7pm this evening to 2pm this afternoon. In fact it's always been due to kick-off at 2pm, we had the kick-off time wrong on our front page - apologies for the error.

The Glovers are expected to field their usual mixture of squad members who didn't play in the first team match on Saturday and youth team players against the Robins second-string. The reserves then go on to play their final game of the season on Thursday away to Plymouth Argyle, kick-off 7pm. It's not yet known what sort of team will be picked for the Argyle game, but given the closeness to Saturday's hugely important home match with Lincoln it would be no surprise to see a largely youthful side make their way down the M5 on Thursday! More news if we get it.


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3 May 2005 : Action Photos From Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Action photos from the last home match against Wycombe Wanderers are now available in our Action Photo Gallery section. The Glovers drew 1-1 at Huish Park, and you can find 72 photos from the game by going here.


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2 May 2005 : Interview With Phil Jevons
Phil Jevons spoke to the press having chalked up his 28th goal of this campaign after scoring the only goal in his side's all-important top-of-the-table clash at Roots Hall. The scores were level until the 25-year-old struck a priceless goal seven minutes from time meaning that the prospect of League One football against the likes of Nottingham Forest next season is now ever closer. The former Everton striker naturally spoke of his delight having capitalised on his goal scoring opportunity.

Jevons said: "It was a great feeling when the goal went in today. I was just waiting for my chance really. It was great to score that goal because looking at it after the match it meant so much. It was too good to be true in someways. It was an unbelievable feeling."

Read the full interview with Phil Jevons (transcript by George Murray) by heading here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.


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1 May 2005 : Gary's Verdict on the Southend Game
Glovers boss Gary Johnson refused to claim that promotion was won at the end of a day that saw his side get a priceless 1-0 win over Southend United at Roots Hall. Gary said he was happy to celebrate the result, but that the champagne would remain on ice for another week as all the League Two promotion issues go into the final game. Gary answered the following questions after the game:

Qu: Congratulations. There were celebrations at the end as if you'd won promotion. Are there any warning signs for you as you go into your last game against Lincoln?

GJ: No, we celebrated at the end because of this result. We didn't celebrate promotion because we are not there yet. That's why I pulled a few off for diving on the floor. We've still got to be professional all week. We're in an A1 position and we are the favourites now, but we've still got another week to go and it's not all over. We're prepared for all the dramas and we are not going to leave any stone unturned. I am certainly not going to do that. But we certainly took a major step forward today - that's for sure.

Qu: You said before the game that a win would almost guarantee promotion - do you still feel that is the case?

GJ: We had to look at Swansea's result. But Swansea did get a result and Scunthorpe got a result. A decent result was Lincoln's draw because it means that they can't get into an automatic promotion position but they are assured of a playoff position. So maybe when they come to us they could put out their Youth Team for us, but somehow I doubt it! But it puts us into a good position - just not one where it is 100 percent - 90 percent maybe.

Qu: Psychologically Southend were on their knees at the end as if they'd lost a playoff final. What does it do for your team psychologically?

GJ: That really was like a playoff final for both teams. The team that lost today was maybe going to drop out of the top three. So that was how important that goal was. But when you've got a striker like Jevo he really does take his fair share of chances. He had one chance and one goal and that is why he's got 26 for the season.

Qu: You haven't drawn a game 0-0 all season. Were you thinking it might finish 0-0 at any stage? What were you thinking just before Phil Jevons scored that goal?

GJ: You don't think that way. We always make chances in the last 10 minutes and the lads have got the legs and they are very fit. I thought we defended magnificently today and credit to Southend because they put us under pressure. It was on their patch but we defended solidly and all we had to do was to make sure we got one or two chances at the other end. A 1-0 is just a magnificent away performance.

Qu: Before the goal in your mind were you thinking it would be 0-0?

GJ: Well maybe, but when you are there if you could hear me shouting I wasn't shouting for a 0-0. I'm not shouting at them to get back behind the ball. I just wanted the lads to play the right ball at the right time and to know when to run forward and know when to create space, when to run at the full-back. We haven't had a 0-0 for 51 games. It looked a little bit on but certainly Jevo has come up trumps. Not once did I want or would I have accepted a 0-0, because look now and see what has happened since we got that goal. The whole complexion of that league has now changed.

Qu: Perhaps comparisons with that New Years Day game at Swansea?

GJ: Yes, it was and you are dead right there because we did speak about that in the dressing room. We said that this had got to be a Swansea-type performance.

Qu: Phil Jevons produced a typical strike and if you wanted a ball like that to fall to anyone, it was him.

GJ: Yes, Arron had the first shot and it was deflected. But we were getting up there at that point. Stolc was getting in there a little bit and Gally had got in there a couple of times and we just felt like we needed that little bit of luck. To be fair to Southend they defended very well. Neither of us had many opportunities and I didn't see it as a game that was going to end up as four-each. There was too much at stake for both teams.

Qu: You lost Darren Way before the game and had to make two more substitutions before half time - that makes this game and the win all the more incredible.

GJ: Yes, I think you are right. The unbelievable thing about that was losing Darren Way has played 43 league games for us this year. Part of this win was for him. We mentioned his name as we ran out because he deserves this as well. Bartosz has broken his toe. He told me he had broken his finger but he was pointing at his toe! So I thought either way he has got to come off! Then Marcus Richardson had a couple of runs but then pulled his hamstring so at that point we were thinking oh no! But we have all been in football for long enough to know now that in the depths of despair that sometimes you can come good.

Qu: Darren's was food poisoning wasn't it?

GJ: Yes, it was food poisoning. Someone suggested it was Paul Terry poisoning him before such a big game! He had a piece of food last Monday where he knew straight away that it was wrong and we knew from Monday that he was struggling. He's had all the tests but he's going to need another three or four days in his home on his own.

Qu: Has Darren way been in touch during the day?

GJ: No, Darren said that he didn't need that to happen although a couple of the subs said they'd probably keep him in touch. But I think he will be listening into one of the local stations but as I've said this is for him as well because he's been a major part of what we've been doing. But I thought the lads out there today worked very hard because they had me in their ear and in their face at half time and they came through it. That keeps us in good stead if we do progress.

Qu: Are you unlikely to have Bartosz and Marcus for next week?

GJ: Yes we are very unlikely. The next big striker is about 5'7" so he will have to play!

Qu: And against Lincoln that is probably not what you want!

GJ: Yes, it just means that our big players that are there are going to have to do a big job.

Qu: It could have been an easier one. Lincoln are capable of upsetting the best of sides.

GJ: Yes, we have got to be right on our mettle. Keith Alexander does not go into matches not wanting to win games. I know their game. It's a percentage game so they do get people putting the ball forward. Not bashing it necessarily as I don't want to be disrespectful as they have done very well playing their sort of game. We have got to deal with them next week. But we are in the position that we wanted to be in for next week. We could only come and win this game and see what happened to the others afterwards.

Qu: It was a big game for Colin Miles to come back into.

GJ: He did fantastic to last an hour and a bit. We just felt we needed his little bit of experience and has big left foot sometimes. He played his part. He got on the end of a few headers and things. They are a good side here at Roots Hall and they have got some tricky players that like to go past people. But we kept them down to a bare minimum.

Qu: You must have felt like you had 12 men out there today with all the fans behind you. They stayed behind and even now they are still here.

GJ: Yes they were magnificent and I'm sure a couple of them headed the ball out at the end! Someone would get their head to it and I couldn't see who it was so it could have been any of the 1,600 of them at the back there! Skivo and Sodje were there for most of them and I'm proud of them because it was good defending and you've got to throw yourself in front of things at places like this in front of 12,000 people. We are in a very good position now.

Qu: So if there is any champagne around it's most definitely on ice.

GJ: It's defintely only on ice. But I am just starting to get a taste for it.

Qu: Isn't it remarkable that you were top of the table this morning, you've beaten the second placed team on their own ground with one more game left to go and you're still not promoted!

GJ: It is, but as our local lads will tell you, I have been saying for the past two months that there would be dramas. I've been involved in four or five other promotions and they've all been the same. Not all with me as manager but some with me as an assistant or a coach. So it's not all been my fault that we've had these dramas! But I know that they do happen and look at the drama that Southend have now got to go through.

Qu: And no doubt you want the title as well.

GJ: Yes that's the big thing - we would like to get the title as well. That's good because it keeps us in a good frame of mind for next week. We know that we still want to go and win the game to try and win the championship. But I don't want to go too far over the top now. Obviously I am excited because we have just scored a goal and won a big game. But this week we will just settle down and we will prepare for next week's game.

Qu: Have you looked at the permutations yet Gary? A draw and you are up, isn't it?

GJ: Yes, I think so but again it is about what other teams do. We might have enough already but it just depends on what other teams do. But we are at Huish Park, we're top of the league and our fans are going to turn up. We could have a 9,500 full house and we want to finish off on a good note for them. They have followed us through thick and thin, far and wide. Our away support deserved that result today and our home support are going to deserve one on Saturday.

Qu: Are you thinking about next season yet?

GJ: No!


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