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31 May 2006 : Slade's Grimsby Exit Sees Pendulum Swing
Grimsby Town Football Club and Russell Slade have issued a brief joint statement confirming that the two have parted company, on the day that the Grimsby manager's contract expired. The situation at Blundell Park has been gradually deteriorating and his exit from the east coast club has left him as hot favourite to move down to the West Country and sign for Yeovil Town.

The statement on Grimsby's official site says:

"It is with regret that the football club has failed to reach a contractual agreement with Russell Slade to be reappointed as the manager of GTFC. The board would like to put on record that Russell leaves the football club in an excellent position. In particular we have had an excellent season and Russell will be remembered for those good times."

The joint statement states that no further comment will be made on the situation at this stage, which suggests that both parties have at least a gentleman's agreement not to speak out about the breakdown in contractual talks.

The case for Slade to become Yeovil Town's next manager was strengthened today by the Western Daily Press's revelation that football scout John Milton has already been working for the Glovers on a freelance basis. Milton is known to be a close friend of Slade's and Fry admitted to the paper that there was a working relationship already in place: "John Milton deals with players and agents and has been working for us on a freelance basis."

On the minus side, Slade has also been linked with a coaching position at Millwall, who appointed Nigel Spackman this week. Slade is also believed to want to bring his assistant Graham Rodger with him to any future job and that directly conflicts with John Fry's assertion that the new man must be prepared to work with former manager Steve Thompson. However, did today's decision to put Thommo's former assistant Kevin Hodges on six month's notice perhaps allow room on the payroll for Slade's sidekick to be shuffled in?

The WDP have also introduced a new name into the rumourmill, with Darlington manager David Hodgson listed as a possibility. The new man will be given a two year contract at Huish Park, and the paper reveals that two of Fry's five on his shortlist are names that have yet to hit the regional papers in any shape or form.

Meanwhile on the subject of other candidates, today's Western Morning News believe that Ian Holloway is being courted by Plymouth Argyle, despite the fact that the Devon club are not strictly speaking searching for a manager yet! Current manager Tony Pulis was the subject of an approach by Stoke City this week that was revoked but the Pilgrims are rumoured to be lining up Holloway as a quick fix if Stoke come back with an offer they find impossible to refuse.


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31 May 2006 : Press Conference In A Week's Time
Yeovil Town have announced that there will be a press conference to reveal the name of the new manager on Wednesday 7th June at 12.30pm.

Given the length of advance notice, it is probably safe to assume that the club have chosen their new man and have reached agreement with him over contractual terms, but that the man himself is currently unavailable to formally join the club - either due to holidays or current contractual obligations. It would be no surprise though if the new man was to spend the next seven days laying down plans for the future.


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31 May 2006 : Captain Marvel Extends Contract
Yeovil Town club captain Terry Skiverton has signed a contract that will tie him to Huish Park until the summer of 2008. It is a one year extension to the deal he signed with the Glovers in January and puts him back on a level footing with the two year deals that appear to be being offered to other senior players within the first team squad.

It's been a good 24 hours for the Skiverton family. Last night he celebrated the birth of his second child Aidan George who weighed in at 8lbs 10oz - surely a likely build for a future centre-back in 18 years time? Both Aidan and his mother are said to be doing well.

Congratulations to Terry, his partner Anna and all of the Skiverton family on the news, and well done to Terry in particular for extending his stay at Huish Park for yet another year.


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31 May 2006 : Hodges On The Way Out
Today's Western Daily Press is reporting that former assistant manager Kevin Hodges has been given six months notice of termination of contract with effect from tomorrow.

This is presumably part of Kevin's contractual terms with the club and strongly implies that the club's forthcoming manager - rumoured to be announced tomorrow - has no plans for Kevin to be utilised in any capacity. Yeovil Chairman John Fry had at various times said that an offer was on the table for him in the area of Youth Development and Scouting, but the latest news suggests that those plans are now off the agenda.

Unless the club perform a U-turn, it would mean that Hodges would depart the club on November 30th 2006 - just over a year after his arrival at Huish Park. It is not clear whether Kevin will be given any temporary role during this period or whether he will be placed on 'gardening leave' during this period.


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30 May 2006 : Davies Says Decision Never In Doubt
Yeovil Town striker Arron Davies says it was an easy decision to extend his stay at Huish Park, despite rumours connecting him with a move away from Huish Park. Davies has signed a new two year contract, just days after making his debut for the full Welsh international side against Trinidad and Tobago.

"All along I knew I wanted to stay and I was very happy with what the board of directors had to say, so decided to sign," Davies told BBC Radio Bristol's Alistair Durden.

"I've enjoyed every minute here and I like the fans and the town so there was never any doubt. I let my agent deal with all of that because obviously I've been away, but I just wanted to concentrate on Yeovil and what they were offering and what they had to say.

Phil Jevons and Adam Lockwood have moved to Bristol City and Doncaster respectively, but Davies thinks most of the squad will agree new deals soon.

Arron explained: "I've spoken to the other lads and they're looking to get their deals sorted. These things don’t happen overnight, but I think a lot will end up signing when they get back from holidays."

Arron also gave his thoughts on the imminent managerial announcement: "I'm pleased Steve Thompson is staying as coach because he's a very good coach and I'm sure the new manager will be right for the job. I've got an inkling (of who the new manager is) but I'm not totally sure. Obviously the board know the man they want and I'm sure he'll be the right man for the job and I'm looking forward to it being announced."


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30 May 2006 : Gally Agrees Carlisle Deal
Former Yeovil Town winger/striker Kevin Gall will sign a deal with newly promoted League One side Carlisle United tomorrow after being released by the Glovers at the end of the 2005-06 season. Carlisle have been courting his services since the January transfer window and initially Gall himself rebuffed a deal after Yeovil Town had agreed a transfer fee with the Cumbrian club. He now moves on a free transfer and will sign on the dotted line tomorrow.

Speaking to the Sky Sports website, his agent Wayne Elsey broke the news: "He turned down better offers from Darlington and Bristol Rovers because he was impressed with the place and has high hopes for the future with the League Two champions. It's a good move for Kevin to see if he can resurrect his career at Carlisle. He wasn't given a chance at Yeovil. Hopefully he will get more opportunities, going to a club that won the League Two championship last season."

Despite Elsey claiming Gall wasn't given a chance, the Welshman actually made 42 appearances for the Glovers last season, albeit with 28 of those coming from the bench. Overall he made 159 appearances for the Glovers, scoring 30 goals. A final reminder of Gally's profile can be found on Ciderspace here.


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30 May 2006 : Eastleigh Friendly Moved
Yeovil Town's pre-season trip to Conference South side Eastleigh has been moved forward by a day. It will now be played on Friday 7th July with a 7.45pm kick-off. The friendly is as a result of the deal that saw Bradley Thomas move from the Hampshire club to Huish Park.


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30 May 2006 : Arron Signs New Deal
The club has announced the welcome news that Arron Davies has this morning put pen to a new two-year deal that keeps him at Huish Park.

Arron has recently returned from winning his first cap for the senior Welsh international team in Austria on Saturday (see below, 27th May), and fitted in signing the deal before heading off on holiday tomorrow.

Speaking through his agency - Stellar Group Limited - Arron said :

I sat down with the Chairman and listened to what his thoughts were on the club and the direction he wanted to go in. Obviously with my contract being up I could have spoken to other clubs and there was a bit of interest in me. But it was only right that I gave Yeovil the chance to talk to me first and once I had heard that the board remained as ambitious as ever, I was happy to sign a new deal.

I have really enjoyed playing my football here over the last couple of years and want to repay the faith the club showed in me when they brought me to the South West.


At Ciderspace we are seriously pleased by the news, along with, we are sure, most if not all other Glovers. Arron began his Yeovil Town career back at the end on 2004 with a bang, and although he subsequently rather lost his way for a while he came good again in the latter part of the 2005-06 season when then manager Steve Thompson took what might have been seen as something of a gamble and stuck him up front. Since then he hasn't looked back, and as the icing on the cake his career with Wales has also blossomed.


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30 May 2006 : Fry Insists Thursday Is D Day
Yeovil Town chairman John Fry has stated that this coming Thursday will be 'Decision Day' in the Glovers hunt for a new manager and, speaking to the Western Daily Press, confirmed that one of his short-listed candidates had accepted a post elsewhere :

We want a manager who really wants to come here and they need to prove their commitment. If some of the candidates are waiting on other clubs then we will press them for an answer.

We have already seen one of the names on our shortlist agree to join another club in the last week. But we remain on target and I intend to make a decision by Thursday. We are making progress.


The paper then runs through the now rather familiar list of names, claiming Ian Holloway remains a contender, and that Keith Alexander was on the 'possibles' list (he or Leroy Rosenior will be announced as the new man at Peterborough United at noon today, with most money on it being Alexander).

With Northampton Town likely to be looking for a new manager, with the strong rumours Colin Calderwood will accept the offer from Nottingham Forest, two other names much touted for the Huish Park job may look to the Cobblers. Both Russell Slade, who has stalled on agreeing a deal to remain at Grimsby Town, and Danny Wilson, would find a post in the Midlands more convenient domestically. Managerless Notts County and Lincoln City could also appeal to both men.

Another name, connected by Sky to the Glovers during their broadcast of the League Two play-off Final, that of John Ward, looks like a non-starter, with Ward reported as already being in initial negotiations with Cheltenham Town for an extension after taking then to promotion. Ward has a year to run on his current contract, but although he flies out to Australia for a holiday tomorrow Robin's chairman Paul Baker has already spoken about a longer deal :

I have already had some brief conversations with John about extending that [remaining year]. He is off to Australia this week but when he gets back I'm sure we'll sit down and talk about his aspirations for next season. We would like to agree an extension with him before the start of the new season.

I think all the players and the management team love working for this club and have had great success here. But all players and managers want to work at the highest possible level, and I would be surprised if the phone didn't ring from other clubs asking to speak to John Ward or some of the players. But given our financial situation at the moment, we don't need to sell players to survive, so we will try to resist such moves.


Baker confirmed the Cheltenham had made between £150K and £200K from their appearances in the play-offs.

Meanwile the part of the managerial merry-go-round that is Ipswich Town looks like it may no longer concern Yeovil, with reports that Holloway is no longer under consideration there, if he ever was, and that Mick McCarthy's name hasn't been taken forward into a second round of interviews. With Calderwood looking as if he'll choose the City Ground over Portman Road things are up in the air again at Ipswich, but it seems unlikely they are now hunting any names that might be of interest to Yeovil Town.


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30 May 2006 : Football League AGM
This year's Football League Annual General Meeting is set for Tuesday June 6th. As usual the agenda is treated like a state secret, rather than the FL taking the opportunity for some more transparency and an opportunity to let supporters know the directions in which it and its clubs' chairmen are thinking.

One item that will be up for discussion, again, is salary capping. This has been in place, though as a 'voluntary' scheme and not legally binding, in Leagues One and Two for two years. When last discussed the Championship League (then Division One) refused to participate. It is felt that opinion in the top division of the Football League may have shifted in the meantime and the League's chairman Sir Brian Mawhinney, who is enthusiastic about the scheme, will be pushing the larger clubs to accept it this time.

However it will be harder to sell at the higher level. Clubs there are more likely to be competing on a worldwide basis for players and will be concerned that clubs in other countries will not be under the same constraints. Also, with the lure of the financial jack-pot of promotion to the Premiership League, clubs with rich owners may be reluctant to lose their advantage over rivals. Wigan Athletic under Dave Whelan chose to spend more than 100% of income for a number of seasons, a decision that worked for them; and other clubs with wealthy men at the top may oppose closing off the option of that route to success.

The current salary cap sets rates of 75% of income on all wages within a club, and 60% on playing wages. However even if the Championship League chairman agree to it next Tuesday it will be too late to introduce it into that division for next season, with 2007-08 the earliest it would be enacted.


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29 May 2006 : Slade Nearing End At Grimsby
Grimsby Town manager Russell Slade looks to be on his way out of Blundell Park. The manager of the losing side in the League Two playoff finals appears to have refused to sign a new deal at the club and now his Chairman John Fenty has gone public over the affair, suggesting that matters are close to a total breakdown.

After the final whistle of Sunday's final Slade's position didn't seem to be in a lot of doubt with him telling the press: "My contract actually expires on Wednesday. I'm going on holiday tomorrow for a much-needed rest though. It's time to draw breath and we'll probably have talks fairly quickly, perhaps even before I go away to conclude things with the (Grimsby) chairman. It things are right and we can thrash things out, I'll stay. There is only one small detail that needs addressing."

Fast forward to today and the thoughts of Chairman Fenty and it looks as though that "small detail" was the playing budget, and as far as Fenty is concerned he considers matters to be at a deadlock: "We've failed to agree terms with Russell so we're left in a situation where that contract is null and void. We've asked Russell put forward what does he want. We want him to tell us so we can make a decision about who is going to be the new manager. We only have one cake that we can cut. We can only go so far in terms of budgets for different departments and we are not prepared to break the basis that we've been building the club on."

The significance of Slade's contract ending on Wednesday should not be lost. Late last week, Yeovil Town announced that the earliest a new manager could be appointed would be Thursday 1st June - a clear suggestion that they could be chasing a candidate whose circumstances change on the turn of the month. Clearly Slade, as a long-standing candidate on the rumourmill would fit that criteria.

Another rumoured candidate Danny Wilson appears to be in no hurry to rush out and grab another job, preferring any interested club to come to him rather than the other way round. Speaking about Hartlepool United's interest in him, Wilson has said: "Obviously if Hartlepool contacted me, it would be a job I would have to consider. I would give a lot of thought. It is always nice to hear your name linked with good jobs but at the moment there is not a lot I can say because I haven't heard anything."

Meanwhile if the Glovers are waiting on the outcome of Ipswich Town's interest in either Ian Holloway or Mick McCarthy then they may have to wait some more. Ipswich haven't officially confirmed these two are candidates yet, despite their names being widely linked with the position, but have named Northampton Town's Colin Calderwood and WBA assistant Nigel Pearson as being on their list. However, their Chairman David Sheepshanks has warned that he will not be rushed into making his decision.

Sheepshanks told their official site: "We have conducted extensive interviews with a number of high calibre candidates and have now narrowed our search down and expect to narrow it further over the coming week. Some of the candidates who have been interviewed have been told it will not be taken any further while others have ruled themselves out of the job but that has not thrown us off track. The appointment of a new manager is the single most important job that a football club Chairman and the Board of Directors can undertake. It is of paramount importance to us all that we make the right selection and to that extent I am comfortable with the fact that we are taking our time."


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29 May 2006 : Boston In Match Fixing Allegations
Following yesterday's news that the Football Association has launched an investigation into a possible case of match fixing in League Two, today's Daily Mirror asserts that the match in question was the one between Carlisle United and Boston United played on March 25th.

The authorities have been alerted by suspicious patterns in the Asian betting market. A series of six figure sums were placed in a very short space of time on Carlisle winning by two clear goals. Trailing 3-2, Boston United, a decidedly mid-table side with apparently little to play for at that stage of the season, sent their goalkeeper up for a corner in the dying minutes of the match. Carlisle broke away from the corner to score into an empty goal: result 4-2.

Boston United are of course the club who received a four point deduction and £100,000 fine in 2002 after cheating on their way to the Conference title on goal difference over Dagenhan & Redbridge - penalties only imposed on the following season, in a complete dereliction of duty to protect the game from cheats by the Conference and F.A. Their ex-chairman Pat Malkinson (twelve months), and then and current manager, Steve Evans (twenty months), received bans from the game. Evans, Malkinson, and three other past and present Boston officials, are also defendants in a current court case, charged with fraud (3rd February, 2006).


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28 May 2006 : Glovers Waiting On The Tractor Boys?
The Northampton Chronicle & Echo reports that Ipswich Town have now narrowed their field of candidates to three, two of whom have been linked with the post at Huish Park over the last week or so.

Colin Calderwood, who has just taken Northampton Town to promotion from League Two, has flown back from the middle of a holiday in Dubai to be interviewed at Portman Road. Earlier reports that linked Calderwood to the post revealed that, although the Cobblers were reluctant to let their manager talk to Ipswich they had no choice as the Portman Road outfit were high enough up the pyramid to trigger a clause in Calderwood's contract. However the situation is not entirely one sided, as another clause would mean Northampton could demand £250,000 in compensation.

Money is tight at Portman Road these days, which may be to the advantage of the other two candidates if chairman David Sheepshanks baulks at finding such a sum, in both of whom Yeovil Town have an alleged interest. The names of Mick McCarthy and, more persistantly, Ian Holloway, have been connected to the vacant position at Huish Park despite, in the latter case, chairman John Fry and Holloway himself distancing themselves from such speculation.

Meanwhile Kevin Gall has spoken to the Chronicle & Echo and given the impression that the Cobblers are showing an interest in signing him.

There has been quite a bit of interest in me. In the next couple of weeks, I'm going to speak to the different clubs who would like to sign me. Then I will sit down and decide where I will play next season.

Given the length of the list of clubs the paper prints which are also supposedly interested in Gall - Bristol Rovers, Carlisle United, Cheltenham Town, Darlington, Doncaster Rovers, Grimsby Town, Huddersfield Town, Leyton Orient, Lincoln City, Southend United and Swindon Town - one suspects his agent might have had a word too, to puff up his client.


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28 May 2006 : League One Line-Up Complete
Barring some unexpected turn up at the Football League AGM next season's list of League One clubs has now been settled with the defeat of Grimsby Town by Cheltenham Town in this afternoon's League Two play-off final at the Millennium Stadium. In a match rather low on quality the Robins won through a single goal from Steve Guinan, though they also had a spot kicked saved, that if converted would have saved them a nervous final twenty minutes.

Football League One 2006-07 :

AFC Bournemouth
Blackpool
Bradford City
Brentford
Brighton & Hove Albion (relegated)
Bristol City
Carlisle United (promoted)
Cheltenham Town (promoted)
Chesterfield
Crewe Alexandra (relegated)
Doncaster Rovers
Gillingham
Huddersfield Town
Leyton Orient (promoted)
Millwall (relegated)
Northampton Town (promoted)
Nottingham Forest
Oldham Athletic
Port Vale
Scunthorpe United
Swansea City
Tranmere Rovers
Yeovil Town
Rotherham United (-10)

Welcome to the seven new boys, and farewell for a season at least to Southend United, Colchester United and Barnsley (all promoted) and Hartlepool United, Milton Keynes Dons, Swindon Town and Walsall (all relegated).


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28 May 2006 : A Tale Of Two Managers
Curiouser and curiouser. Whilst this afternoon's League Two playoff final between Cheltenham Town and Grimsby Town was well-known as featuring one of the managers believed to have been on the Glovers' managerial target list, it comes as a surprise to find both managers now being linked with the vacancy at Huish Park.

The name of Grimsby's Russell Slade has been mentioned in despatches for a week or two as a possible candidate for the job, having not put pen to paper on a new deal at Blundell Park despite the repeated attempts of his Chairman to get him to do so. However, on Sky Sports yesterday, commentators claimed that regardless of today's Playoff Final result, that Slade and his men were off on holiday - something that would make an appointment for Slade in Somerset somewhat tricky unless their holiday involves a trip to the West Country of course!

Today though, Sky Sports have out of the blue dropped the name of Cheltenham manager John Ward into the hat, citing that Ward would be concentrating fully on his task today despite the "speculation" linking him with the Huish Park post. What speculation, we hear you all say? Whatever, it looks like it is speculation now!

Ward has been manager at Whaddon Road for three years now, having previously held positions at Bristol City and Bristol Rovers and has on the whole achieved positive results at all three clubs. He kicked off his managerial career at York City and also briefly held a caretaker position at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Assuming both managers are genuinely connected with the position, this now opens up a curious conundrum. Does their interest in the vacancy depend upon the result in today's Playoff Final? Or are they looking to jump ship regardless of how things go at the Millennium Stadium today?


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27 May 2006 : Swans Drown In Own Arrogance
'The Manchester United of League One' (© Alan Tate) will be gracing us with their presence in League One again next season, partially courtesy of 'The Hereford United Youth Team of Penalty Takers' - Alan Tate.

In an exciting play-off final at the Millennium Stadium 'We Are Bigger [than Cardiff City] Full Stop' (© Kevin McLeod) saw Barnsley take the lead through Paul Hayes only to peg the Tykes back with goals from Rory Fallon and Andy Robinson before half-time.

In the second half Daniel Nardiello got Barnsley back on to level terms, and with the sides locked at 2-2 the match went into extra time and then penalties. Adebayo Akinfenwa and the aforementioned Tate were the men to fail from the spot for the Swans.

So congratulations to Barnsley who are promoted to the Championship League, and a suitably large slice of humble pie to the League One side that Swansea City remain.


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27 May 2006 : Congratulations Arron
Arron Davies won his first full cap for Wales this evening as he was brought into the fray - if a rather lacklustre game could be so described - on 79 minutes. The score at that time was 1-1, with an opener by Stern John for Trinidad & Tobago on 32 minutes having been pulled back by Robert Earnshaw four minutes later. A late second from Earnshaw on 87 minutes sealed the win for the Welsh.


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27 May 2006 : Will Arron Get First Full Cap?
At the time of writing Wales manager John Toshack has not formally announced his line-up for this evening's match at Liebherr GAK Stadium in Graz, Austria, against England's World Cup opponents on 15th June, Trinidad & Tobago, but it looks as if Glover Arron Davies will start on the bench.

The match is being broadcast live on BBC2, with coverage starting at 5.00 p.m.


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27 May 2006 : Glovers Still In Cohen's Thoughts
2005-06 Player of the Season Chris Cohen has been speaking to the Western Daily Press about his future next season. Whilst everything is still up in the air, with West Ham United having made no decisions on their young prospect who still has a year to run on his contract at Upton Park, Cohen appears still to be keeping Yeovil Town to the forefront of his mind as a possible option :

I have not really spoken to West Ham about my future yet - I'm waiting to hear back from the manager [ex-Yeovil player Alan Pardew]. But I'm pretty sure I'll either be going on loan somewhere or leaving. Although that is not definite, the manager seems to think that is the most likely thing.

West Ham are in Europe next season and I think they will use that extra money to bring in some more big-name players, making it harder for the likes of me to get into the side. But nothing is definite yet, so I just have to wait and see what comes out over the next few weeks. Obviously, the manager was busy with the FA Cup final over the last few weeks!

I have to ask what is better for me personally - to go to a good Championship team and play half the games, if that, or go to a League One side and play all the games. I have to be patient and speak to a few people, like my agent, and hear what they think is best for me.

I definitely would not rule that
[a return to Huish Park] out. They have been in contact and they're waiting as well. I had a brilliant time down there so it is definitely a possibility. Obviously I am interested to see who will be appointed, but I was also disappointed for Thommo, because he did such a good job last season. It's good the club have given him a role for next season and that just shows how good a job he did and how much he is respected down there.

Who the manager is always has a part to play when you're deciding which club to join, but the good thing is that I already know the club as a whole. I know what it's like down there so I don't think that would be too much of a factor in my decision, but obviously the new manager would have to want me. He might have different opinions so I just have to see how it all works out.



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27 May 2006 : Cross Stimson Off The List
One of the strongly rumoured applicants for the manager's job at Yeovil Town can now be removed from the list of candidates. Mark Stimson, who resigned from Grays Athletic two days after their victory in the F.A. Trophy Final saying he wished to take a chance on finding a position at a Football League club, has signed a three year deal at Stevenage Borough. That's his FL ambitions on hold for a while then.......


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26 May 2006 : Seven More Days To Wait
Yeovil Town have announced today that they are not expecting to make any announcement concerning the identity of the new First Team Manager until next Thursday at the earliest, but that it is likely to be seven days before anything is known.

On Monday, it will be one month since the side led by Steve Thompson secured their League One safety, but at present there is no firm indication as to who his replacement will be. The delay would open up suggestions that either one of the club's main targets has rebuffed them, or that their main target is temporarily unavailable due to other footballing commitments or events.

Chairman John Fry has said to the official site today: "It could take another seven days to conclude the process of finding the right person. I have received a significant number of enquiries for this key appointment, which is very encouraging."


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26 May 2006 : Rowe To Trial For Glovers
AFC Bournemouth midfielder James Rowe has been invited to train with Yeovil Town in pre-season in a bid to earn a contract at Huish Park. The Cherries trainee was spotted by Glovers scouts at Football League exit trials held at Nene Park, home of Rushden and Diamonds, who ironically were exiting the Football League at the time.

Cherries manager Sean O'Driscoll has explained Rowe's current situation: "James said he would like to go so we got him a place and he did very well. Yeovil rang us to ask about him and they have offered him pre-season there on the back of his performance at the trials, so that is pleasing for him."

Rowe was born on March 10th 1987 and has made just three substitute appearances for the Cherries, with only one of them coming during the season just gone.

The Bournemouth manager added: "Injury has hampered his progress and it has reached a point in his career where he needs to go out and play. He's done really well at Lymington and Bashley, so for him to progress that would probably be the best sort of move for him. You can then play regularly and get back into football from there."

James is a graduate from the Dorset club's Youth Team and signed professional terms with the club at the age of 17 during 2004. In addition to playing anywhere across the midfield, he has also appeared as a full-back for Bournemouth Reserves.


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26 May 2006 : The Curious Mystery Of The Agreed Contracts
Today's Western Daily Press has clarified yesterday's position (see news below) concerning Chairman John Fry's revelation that he had hoped to finalise deals with two players. It transpires that they are existing players. Fry chooses not to name them but has confirmed that the duo have finalised their financial negotiations subject to knowing who the new manager is and feeling they can work with him.

Although they haven't been named, that hasn't deterred journalist Sam 'Sherlock' Green who has used all the clues available to narrow it down to three possibilities. Midfielder Arron Davies is ruled out as he is currently on a mission to play for any team with the name 'Wales' attached to it at present - currently over in Austria awaiting tomorrow's full international with Trinidad and Tobago.

Defender Scott Guyett is ruled out because he had already spoken to the our man in the Deerstalker hat and said he hadn't reached agreement yet for his own contract: "I have been offered a new deal but I have not actually signed it or agreed to stay yet. It's pretty much the fact that the manager has not been appointed yet. A lot of the players want to wait and see who it will be - I very much doubt anybody is holding out for other clubs. I want to stay at Yeovil - I love the club and I love living in the area."

Meanwhile another clue. In a dastardly slip of the tongue, Chairman Fry stated they were outfield players, so in a move that Miss Marple would have been proud of, Chris Weale and Danny Barker were eliminated from the WDP's line of enquiry.

Hence three suspects remain - just one needs to be eliminated and the WDP have their men, with Paul Terry, Andy Lindegaard and Colin Miles being the trio to be put under the WDP's 60 watt bulb. Now all Sam has to do is to find PT's phone number and the case could be solved within lightning time! Elementary, my dear Spittles!

Speaking from Huish Park, Chief Inspector Chairman Fry said: "We have agreed personal terms with two players but the players want to know who the new manager is first. It is possible they will have played for him before and even fallen out with him - you never know."

So let's hope Ian Atkins isn't on that shortlist of yours, Mr Fry.

John Fry has also told the paper that the door is not totally shut on out of contract goalkeeper Steve Collis who has not been offered a deal by the Glovers. Although Collis is now a free agent, Fry has said that the incoming manager would be within his rights to reverse that decision, assuming of course that the goalkeeper is still without a club to go to.


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26 May 2006 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 9 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have been in contact to detail the latest results from their Gold Bond scheme. To claim your prize, or to participate in the scheme, call the Commercial Department on 01935-423662 Ext 202.
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26 May 2006 : Shirt Auction Deadline Today
Today is your last chance to get a bid in as part of the Yeovil Town Commercial Department's Silent Auction for the players shirts used during the 2005-06 season. Most of them are signed by the relevant player, so to get your hands on a collectable item, use our bidding form which can be found here. Last votes for the action must be placed by midnight tonight.


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25 May 2006 : Fry On Dale's Departure
To be quite frank what John Fry has to say doesn't really hang together in our opinion if it's meant to be a justification for why Dale Williams was allowed to walk off to Shrewsbury Town.

The opening line almost seems to be the chairman distancing himself from a decision made by "the board". And since other players have been offered new contracts with no consideration as to the thoughts of the new manager, quite why Dale couldn't fall into the same category, with any new offer moving him out of the youth budget............ well puzzle it out for yourselves :

Steve Thompson made a sensible recommendation to the board about a new contract for Dale Williams but the board rejected it. What people do not see is how the budget is worked out. As Harold Wilson said, one person's pay increase is someone else's job.

We had to put out a retained list last weekend. Steve and I are not in a position to sign players so we had to say to Dale Williams that he could either hang around until a new manager was in place and take a chance, or move on. Once you put someone on the retained list you have to offer them the minimum of a 12-month contract on the same terms - and that is the problem.

The amount of the budget used on youth players - and he was in that category - is £150,000 and we have got to manage that in the right way.


Just for the record, Harold Wilson actually said : "One man's wage rise is another man's price increase."


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25 May 2006 : Rocastle Not Returning; Collis Leaving
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has told today's Western Daily Press that he does not expect Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Craig Rocastle to be given an offer by the club for the forthcoming season. The player, who was on loan at the tail end of the 2005-06 season is currently on the transfer list at Hillsborough but that is unlikely to tempt the Glovers into moving for him.

The paper says Fry "hopes to tie up two deals later today" although it is not clear whether these are new players being signed up in the absence of a manager being appointed, or existing players that could be re-signing for next season.

The paper names Paul Terry, Andy Lindegaard, Scott Guyett, Chris Weale, Colin Miles and Arron Davies as the six still yet to make a decision on their offers and confirm last week's news (May 19th) that Steve Collis is free to find himself another club. Yesterday's Western Morning News reported that Youth Team keeper Danny Barker has been offered a month-to-month contract meaning that the Glovers are at present without a fit goalkeeper on a firm deal.


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25 May 2006 : Managerial Vacancy Latest
Today's Western Daily Press reports matters concerning the managerial vacancy at Huish Park to be pretty much "as you were" with Chairman John Fry telling the paper that an appointment during the middle of next week is still the club's latest expectation.

However he has told the paper that this could be bundled in with some news concerning possible investor(s) in the club. Whether these unnamed parties are influencing the selection criteria, coming in tandem with a possible candidate, or merely coincidental as to the timing remains to be seen.

Fry told the paper: "There has been some progress on the managerial front and I've been speaking to agents today (Thursday). There is still a lot of work to do and we've got to make sure we get the right man, so we'll take our time. But I would hope to have someone in place by the middle of next week and I should also have some news about new investment in the club."

The WDP also as good as confirm our earlier news that Glen Schmidt looks likely to be heading to Ashton Gate, having given a month's notice to quit his position as physio at Huish Park.

The WDP's current tips for the job named in today's edition include two names not previously seriously connected with the position - ex-Hearts and Oxford United manager Graham Rix, who although he is thought to be a friend of club owner David Webb surely fits mainly into the "coaching" camp than the "manager" that Fry has specified. Another name mentioned is Mick Harford , although his unsuccessful spell at Rotherham United that led to him being fired after they slipped into the bottom four would surely count against him. Their other three tips of Ian Holloway, Russell Slade and Danny Wilson are of course well known on the rumourmill and much closer to the "profile" that the Yeovil Chairman has previously specified.

Today's Western Gazette come up with a similar list of candidates although they spread their net wider, naming Ian Holloway, Danny Wilson, Russell Slade, ex-Grays Athletic manager Mark Stimson, AFC Bournemouth manager Sean O'Driscoll, Graham Rix, former Torquay United boss Leroy Rosenior, Exeter City's Alex Inglethorpe and Joe Royle. They view Slade, Stimson and Inglethorpe as outsiders - the latter two due to their lack of experience, whilst they believe Slade falls short as he is involved in a play-off final this weekend thus delaying any appointment process.

The Gazette seem a touch confused as to how many candidates are now left on the shortlist with one headline describing it as a "quartet" whilst another article stated there were "five" on the list.

Chairman Fry, talking to the paper, appears to be going for the latter: "We have a shortlist of five. If we can get either of the two leading candidates then I will be very pleased. I hope we can get things further down the line by the end of this week so we can make an announcement next week. Most of the candidates are negotiating with other teams and at the moment we are talking terms. Both of the leading candidates have said they are happy to work alongside Steve Thompson and are pleased we have that continuity in place. As well as news about the manager, we will be putting forward an investment plan shortly."

Yesterday's Western Morning News pinned their colours to Danny Wilson, Ian Holloway, former Swindon and Reading manager Jimmy Quinn and Russell Slade. The Yeovil Express plumps for Danny Wilson, Ian Holloway and Graham Rix as their three leading candidates.


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25 May 2006 : Shirt Auction Deadline Tomorrow
A reminder that tomorrow (Friday 26th May) represents your final opportunity to join in the silent bidding for a player's shirt from the 2005-06 season. Bidding will be accepted up until midnight on Friday. To place a bid and to find out what is available head here.


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25 May 2006 : Club Physio Resigns?
Unconfirmed reports suggest that Yeovil Town physio Glen Schmidt has resigned his post at Huish Park for what are as yet unspecified reasons. He has given one month's notice to quit his job. Glen joined the club from non-league Molesey after a recommendation from Gary Johnson's brother Peter Johnson. With Steve Thompson now taken out of the managerial role, the obvious prediction to make is that Glen will head up the A37 to Bristol City where both Gary and Peter are currently employed.

We will try and confirm this news as soon as we can.


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24 May 2006 : Davies Duo Ensure Estonian Rout
Welsh Under 21 striker Craig Davies grabbed a hat-trick tonight for his country as they thrashed Estonia 5-1 but it was also a very good night for Arron Davies as he struck two goals as well as setting his namesake up for his hat-trick.

Craig had already netted twice before a fine volley from Arron saw Wales go 3-0 up with just 43 minutes gone, and when Arron turned provider to give Craig his hat-trick just a minute later, the tie was all over with the Welsh 6-0 up on aggregate.

Under 21s captain Andrew Crofts and Craig Davies were both substituted towards the end of the match, doubtless with their call-up to the full national squad for this weekend's match against Trinidad and Tobago in mind. Estonia grabbed a consolation goal, but it was left to Arron to have the final word, netting his second of the night and his fourth goal at this level in his 12th game for the Under 21s. Arron scored direct from a 20 yard free kick. The end result was the biggest win for Wales at this level for 11 years.

Not too surprisingly manager Brian Flynn was more than happy after the match, having kept in touch with national manager John Toshack throughout the game, who requested some of the early substitutions to keep the more senior players fresh.

Flynn explained: "It was the reward for 18 months of hard work. We have looked at so many young players, something like 60 players have been involved in the under-21s since I took over. That shows that we will look at anyone if you are qualified for Wales. It proves we are still searching, we never rule anyone out. The opportunity is now arising for some of these young players to step up to the plate. Half a dozen will be joining up with the seniors at the weekend and some will play. That is the carrot for them all. They must take the opportunity when it comes along.

"It was our best result for 11 years, we have won three on the trot and only let in one goal. My success is driven by players going into the senior squad. How many will be in the first team in two years, that's what I'm aiming for. We have brought through a lot very quickly, a real crash course and you can see several now on the brink and some will certainly play on Saturday against Trinidad.

"Tosh
[senior manager John Toshack] has been on the phone to say 'well done' and he is obviously pleased with what has been going on at this level. Next season we will now be playing in the UEFA competition and that will only help players progress further. A lot of people maybe thought it was impossible to force through so many youngsters at once, but nothing is impossible in this game with a bit of desire, and that's what those lads have shown."

Five of tonight's squad will immediately catch a plane out to Austria to team up with the full national squad who saw Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy withdraw from Saturday's game against Trinidad and Tobago today. Craig Davies, Gareth Bale, Andrew Crofts, Arron Davies and Rhoys Wiggins will all be hoping that the vacancies created by Giggs and Bellamy will open the door for them to continue their advancement through the Welsh ranks.

Line-Up: Lewis Price, Simon Spender, Rhoys Wiggins, Craig Morgan, Mike Williams, Arron Davies, Andrew Crofts (Capt), David Edwards, Shaun MacDonald, Craig Davies, Ramon Calliste.

Subs: Sam Pearce, Chris Gunter, Gareth Bale, Lloyd James, Rob Davies, Dale Williams, Curtis McDonald.

Goals: Craig Davies (3,27,44). Arron Davies (43, 73). Estonia : Vladislav Gossev (60).


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24 May 2006 : Another Friendly
Rather expected, as it has long been rumoured part of the deal for Bradley Thomas involved the arrangement of a friendly, but Eastleigh have now announced a date. The earliest pre-season friendly this summer so far confirmed for Yeovil Town, the match will take pace on Saturday 8th July, with a 3.00 p.m. kick-off at Ten Acres. Prices will be £10.00 for adults, £5.00 concessions.


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24 May 2006 : Short List Of Five
Yeovil Town has drawn up a short list of five candidates for the vacant post of manager according to chairman John Fry. Two of the applicants are some way ahead of the rest of the field at this stage and Fry is hoping that it is one of those who can eventually be landed. Both have been engaged in direct talks with the club already, and have stated their preparedness to work with Steve Thompson, a condition that Fry outlined in his interview with Radio Bristol on 17th May.

Some of the candidates have applications in with other clubs, but the club is hoping to get more of the selection process completed by the end of this week and be in a position to make an announcement next week.


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24 May 2006 : Davies Looks Forward To Austrian Trip
Glovers midfielder Arron Davies has said today that he is enjoying the experience of playing competitive international games for his country, just before he went out to score two more goals for the Welsh Under 21 side that thrashed Estonia 5-1 tonight. He is also appreciating the interest that national manager John Toshack is taking in the Under 21s, that has led to him getting the nod to join the full national squad in Austria this weekend for a match against Trinidad and Tobago.

Talking about the Estonian tie, Arron explained: "John Toshack has drummed it into us that this tie has to be won for the future, so we have meaningful games to help us develop rather than a few friendlies. There is more of an edge and more of an importance for us. It was good to see John Toshack in Tallinn to watch us, it gives everyone a buzz and it shows he is very aware of what we are doing and who we are. He watches us training, he comes to games, and it gives us the incentive to do well and try to force ourselves into the senior side."

Arron also hopes that this week will represent the start of his graduation from Under 21 to full international level and he added: "A few of the lads have already stepped up and done well, and hopefully there will be more. That has been my aim, I have been around this side now for a while and have got 11 caps. I want to make that step up, so I'm delighted with the call to go to Austria."

Arron was speaking prior to tonight's game and had these reflections upon last week's match against Cyprus and on tonight's match against the Estonians: "We did not play that well against Cyprus in a friendly last week, there was a lot of running and I was shattered at the end. But we ground out a result and that is what we will have to do at Wrexham. I was also pleased to be captain for the first time against Cyprus, although Andy Crofts will take over against Estonia. It was still a tremendous honour and I enjoyed the occasion."

Although Arron will be too old to represent his country at Under 21 level by the time next season's Championships come round, he is keen enough to ensure that they get there, and believed that part of the recent success of the side was down to the stability a settled squad brings: "We have done better because we have been together for a while, and the young lads coming through from the Under-19s have also made an impact. The Estonia game is massive for me individually and for Wales. It's crucial for the future of Wales football as a whole. If we do not qualify for next season's European competition it will be a major blow."

Thankfully for Arron and Wales, they need not have worried - tonight's result ensures Under 21 competitive fixtures against Turkey (home) and Israel (away) in Group 13 of the main qualifying phase during August and September 2006 to look forward to, even if by that stage, Arron will hope that the full international calendar could be the one he is referring to by then.


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24 May 2006 : Wales Coast Through As Arron Nets Brace
The Welsh Under 21s are comfortably through their UEFA Under 21 Championship Preliminary Round Second Leg playoff match against Estonia with a 5-1 scoreline in Wrexham tonight. That gave the Welsh a 7-1 aggregate win overall. Striker Craig Davies was the hero with a hat-trick, whilst Yeovil Town's Arron Davies also did his fair share, grabbing a pair in the 43rd and 73rd minutes.

More on the details of this match later tonight.


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24 May 2006 : The Ups And Downs Of A Football Manager
One minute you are planning for a new season, wheeling and dealing to form your squad, the next you are unemployed.

Keith Alexander had hardly finished waxing lyrical about his chase for the signature of released Glover Kevin Gall than he had departed from Lincoln City.

Alexander said :

I've spoken to his people and told them I am interested in him. He's a very quick and skilful player and is certainly someone I would love to bring in.

Kevin's a very talented player and I'm aware that there are a lot of clubs looking to sign him. That doesn't surprise me, and it's no shock that there are some big clubs who are keen as well. But we are ambitious and we need to bring in quality if we are to go up and he is someone who fits the bill.

My only concern is that his wages might become a sticking point, but until I get the opportunity to sit down with him, I don't know if that is the case.


So any coming together of Keith and Kevin will no longer be at Sincil Bank. Alexander is hotly tipped to be in the frame for the Peterborough United job. Straight up the A1(M), Gally.

Meanwhile - just bearing in mind it's football's silly season for rumours - the Southend United VitalFootball site is claiming the promoted Shrimpers are interested in Matt Harrold. There may be nothing more to it than his name has popped into someone's head because he is a local boy, having attended SEEVIC Sixth Form College in Benfleet, just outside Southend. Although we can't recall confirmation from Yeovil Town on the length contract after the delay when Matt's move from Brentford went to tribunal, the calculations based on the known number of Yeovil players out of contract should mean he is not one of them.


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24 May 2006 : Wales In Command
The Welsh Under 21s side are romping through their UEFA Under 21 Championship preliminary round match at Wrexham this evening with the youngsters 4-0 up at half time against Estonia. Yeovil Town player Arron Davies has scored for the second time in the two legged tie, netting the third for Wales. The home side are now 6-0 up on aggregate and so are coasting through to the next stage with just 45 minutes to go.


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23 May 2006 : Jevons Looks Back and Forward
Looking back on his time at Yeovil Town forward Phil Jevons had this to say to the Western Morning News :

It is sad to leave Yeovil because I had some great times with the club and some successful times as well. I really enjoyed my time there, really enjoyed my football, and it is a great little club. I just hope that they do well and all the up-in-the-air things that are happening at the club get sorted out. I wish them well in the future.

There were some really good performances and some great goals. Then there was winning the league and the elation of staying up, I feel that I have been a major part of that and will look back on it with fond memories.

Winning the league was fantastic, I scored a few hat-tricks that season as well, which is great. Then the win at Huddersfield to confirm that we were safe was great as well, especially as I scored the two late goals. They are things that you will remember throughout your career no matter what happens.

Being the leading goalscorer in the league was also a fantastic achievement, with all the ups and downs that go with a league campaign. That may have been my best goalscoring season, but hopefully I can reproduce something close to that with Bristol City now.

Yeovil did offer me a new contract and I was very pleased to get that offer. It was an improved offer and I was very grateful. I think I have handled myself with dignity, I haven't shouted from the rooftops that I am leaving or shown a bad attitude, I have always given my all and I thank the then manager Steve Thompson and the board and the chairman for offering me that, but I felt it was time to move on and that was the decision I made.

I made my decision before anything became clear with the manager's situation. I have nothing against Steve Thompson or Yeovil or anyone connected with the club, I had great times there and I wish them well.



Looking forward to his new home at Ashton Gate he said :

I'm absolutely delighted with the move, it's not completed yet as it is subject to a medical, but there is nothing wrong with me, so I will be all right with that.

I am delighted to have agreed terms and move up the road. I felt this was the right move at the right time in my career and it was too good to turn down with the chance to link up with Gary Johnson again. That was a major factor and it was the move that I hoped for since the season ended and I made my decision to move on.

I had a lot of interest from clubs in this league, and I thought teaming up with Gary Johnson would have been great for my career, especially after what he did when I first signed for Yeovil. That, doubled with the fact that I am coming into the prime years of my career, plus the potential for success, was too good to turn down. They are sleeping giants.


Doubtless some fans will pick holes and begrudge Jevo his move. We prefer to thank him for his time at Huish Park and wish him personally well for the future, though we can't be expected to wish well on the club he's chosen. And, on a personal note of my own : thanks for the three week holiday last year my careful investment trip to the bookmakers mostly paid for, Jevs.


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23 May 2006 : Thommo Ready To Sign New Deal
Outgoing manager Steve Thompson has said today that he has verbally agreed terms on a new contract with Yeovil Town as a First Team Coach. Provided the ink is actually put to paper, this will guarantee Thommo a position working for his successor at Huish Park, which is now only expected to be announced during the middle of next week (see story below). There is no details currently as to the length of the contract.

Speaking to today's Western Daily Press, Thommo explained: "Verbally I have agreed it (the contract) but I haven't signed anything yet. I have had a meeting with John Fry and there is a lot of work to be done at the club. I think John is actively searching for a new manager and in the meantime we have to prepare for the new season."

The WDP also confirm that talks are still ongoing with Thommo's former assistant Kevin Hodges although they pitch the job on offer now as "a scouting role" rather than the Youth Development role being talked about by John Fry on BBC Radio Bristol last week. However Thommo believes that there is some flexibility based on what Kevin gets offered based on what the new manager is after.

Thommo explained: "Kevin has been offered a role at Yeovil Town but it is difficult to get a job description before the new manager comes in."


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23 May 2006 : Arron Starts
The line-up for tomorrow's Preliminary Round second leg play-off for a place in the UEFA Under 21 Championship between Wales and Estonia has been announced, and Arron Davies will start :

Lewis Price, Simon Spender, Rhoys Wiggins, Craig Morgan, Mike Williams, Arron Davies, Andrew Crofts (captain), David Edwards, Shaun MacDonald, Craig Davies, Ramon Calliste.

Substitutes : Sam Pearce, Chris Gunter, Gareth Bale, Lloyd James, Rob Davies, Dale Williams, Curtis McDonald.

Kick-off is 5.30 p.m. at the Racecourse Ground (Wrexham), with prices £3.00 for adults and £1.00 concessions. Wales lead 2-0 from the first leg, with Arron getting the second goal in Tallinn.


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23 May 2006 : Managerial Hunt Slows Down
Today's Western Daily Press is claiming that the search for a new manager to replace Steve Thompson is likely to be carried into next week - with Wednesday earmarked as the new date. The Glovers board had hoped to appoint a new man this week, but it now looks as though the process is taking longer than expected.

Speaking to the paper, Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry explained: "We have had a large number of applications and a lot of those can be ruled out immediately. But we are putting together a list of the candidates we are interested in and we will be working hard this week to contact them and establish whether they meet our criteria."

The context that the paper presents Fry's words is that it still opens the door for the club to approach parties for the job that they have yet to make contact with - including the much mentioned Ian Holloway. However, the date would also allow the club the chance to approach managers who have still got active involvement in the 2005-06 season, such as Grimsby Town's Russell Slade, whose side play Cheltenham Town in the League Two playoff final this weekend. Slade's name has been mentioned in passing on the rumourmill as well as the WDP, although he has yet to manage a club south of the Midlands, with Notts County, Sheffield United and Scarborough representing his managerial pedigree.


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23 May 2006 : Holloway Denies Yeovil Approach
In limbo manager Ian Holloway has denied today that he has had any contact with the Yeovil Town board of directors over the managerial vacancy at Huish Park. Glovers Chairman John Fry has also twice denied that Holloway is in the frame although perhaps the fuel has been added to the fire that is the rumourmill by Fry's admission on BBC Radio Bristol that Holloway is the sort of manager that would appeal to him. Despite this, both parties are denying any contact.

Holloway has spoken to today's Western Daily Press about the rumours and responded: ""It's very flattering that the Yeovil chairman has said such nice things about me, but it's also quite confusing. People know that if they want to speak to me they have to ask QPR for permission and that hasn't happened. If they are serious about it, they'll then have to speak to my agent."

Holloway is on gardening leave at Queen's Park Rangers following allegations that he was attempting to leave Loftus Road for Leicester City during the season just gone. He remains under contract at the West London club until June 2008. The former Bristol Rovers manager has today lost out on the chance to manage League One side Millwall with Nigel Spackman being appointed to the position. Holloway had gone on the record admitting he had applied for the job. Holloway is also an early front runner for a position that is not even vacant yet - Stoke City are rumoured to be lining up a raid for former manager Tony Pulis and if that happens, the word on the street is that his current club Plymouth Argyle would make a move for Holloway.


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22 May 2006 : CCM Tomorrow
A Customer Charter Meeting has been called for Tuesday 23rd May. As far as we can tell first public notification of this appeared late tonight (Monday). No time is given for the meeting. "All the major supporters associations" have been invited the announcement says. We presume this means the Green & White Supporters Club, the Vice Presidents, the Disabled Supporters Association and perhaps some individuals who used to be part of the now defunct Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association - but nothing is actually specified.

The timing of the announcement of this meeting wouldn't appear to be designed to encourage questions.


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22 May 2006 : Long Promised Lift
The long promised lift that will allow disabled supporters to access facilities on the first floor of the Main Stand complex is to be installed at last, with the club's Official Site predicting it will be in place by 20th August 2006. The lift will be one component of wider upgrades in this area of the stadium that are billed as improving the restaurant facilities. Exactly what this entails is so far unspecified.


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22 May 2006 : Team To Train Away From Huish Park
A move has been under discussion for some time, and the club has now announced that its training pitches will be based at Kingsbury Episcopi, about seven miles from Huish Park, from next season. Work has been going on for the past few months to bring them up to the required standard.


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22 May 2006 : Gall For Brunton Park?
Carlisle United appear to be retaining their interest in the recently released Kevin Gall, with manager Paul Simpson saying he's planning a third attempt to sign the now ex-Glover.

Simpson revealed that he will make an approach to Gall, although he expects there to be competition for his signature.

He is someone who I think could be a good player for us. But it would have to be on the right terms for our football club. He is a player who I will look at and talk to, and see where it goes. But there is nothing concrete in place. It will be a case of him seeing what other offers he gets – and I’m quite sure he will get some – before anything could happen.

He hasn’t played a lot of games
[in League One], and when he has played, he has been out on the right. We have kept our eye on the situation as we have been going along.

Carlisle had a five-figure bid for Gall accepted by former Yeovil manager Gary Johnson last year, but the player opted to stay and fight for his place at Huish Park. Later a second bid was turned down by Steve Thompson.

Should Gall arrive at Brunton Park he will be facing his old club in League One next season, with Carlisle United having been promoted as League Two Champions.


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22 May 2006 : Thommo Wanted A Contract For Dale
Outgoing Glovers manager Steve Thompson has said today that he wanted to offer Shrewsbury-bound Dale Williams a contract at the club, but admits that he will have to see whether the board's decision to over-rule him will be a good or a bad decision.

Dale signed a contract with the League Two side on Saturday (see story below) and Steve told the Western Morning News that he definitely wanted to keep him on for next season.

Thommo explained: "I wish Dale all the best. He was one of the ones that I thought we should take a chance on and sign on another contract, but that was not agreed and he became a free agent. Only time will tell whether that is the right decision or not. He has had a good year and got better as the season went on. It all culminated with him coming on for ten minutes at the end of the last league game and I felt he was worth keeping on in case he did break through. He is in a position where we are not blessed with wide players, but it wasn't to be."

Steve also felt that Dale's progress this season had shown plenty of promise for next year: "The call up for Wales was a big boost for him and I think he was a bit disappointed because he had two big boosts with his debut and then Wales Under 21. He felt quite confident he would get a contract for another year, but that's the way it has been. We had a slight disagreement over players, Dale was one of them, and time will tell who is right."

Goalkeeper Steve Collis is believed to be the other player currently in limbo, although like Dale his lack of a contract offer also makes him a free agent by Football League rules.


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22 May 2006 : Photos From Welsh U21s vs Cyprus
Arron Davies and Dale Williams turned out for the Welsh Under 21 side last week, playing in a 1-0 win over their Cyprus counterparts. Tim Lancaster has supplied some photos of the game, and they can be found here.

Arron and Dale - the latter of whom signed for Shrewsbury Town over the weekend (see story below) will feature at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham on Wednesday when the Welsh U21 side play the second leg of their UEFA Under 21 Championship Preliminary Round Play-Off match against Estonia, kick-off 5.30pm.


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22 May 2006 : Jevo Departs To Bristol City
Yeovil Town striker Phil Jevons has become the latest player to leave Huish Park this summer, with the Glovers top scorer for the past two seasons leaving on a Bosman transfer for League One rivals Bristol City. Jevo will now team up with former manager Gary Johnson - his first permanent signing from his former club. Jevo has signed a two year contract at Ashton Gate that will take effect on July 1st.

Speaking to the BCFC official site, Gary explained: "We are delighted to confirm Phil Jevons has agreed to join us on July 1st. We beat off competition from clubs in our division and the Championship to secure his signature and he will be a great asset to us. He's the evil I know. From the day I took him to Yeovil from Grimsby he was a magnificent goalscorer and he will fit in to our set-up here perfectly."

Jevons scored 45 goals in 95 appearances for Yeovil Town, grabbing the League Two golden boot award during the 2004/05 season with 29 goals. Despite a couple of injuries restricting his appearances this season, He still managed to finish as Yeovil's top goalscorer with 16 goals, including two priceless strikes at Huddersfield Town that kept Yeovil Town in League One for next season.

Jevons will be a very difficult player for Yeovil Town to replace unless they are prepared to stage some serious money on his successor. The best of luck to Jevo with his new club, even if it may be another player departing for one of Yeovil's League One rivals. Without him, we probably would not have got to League One, let alone have stayed in it this season, and that is something that the Glovers will have to bear very strongly in mind for the coming season.


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21 May 2006 : Fry Consults For Glovers Next Move
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has suggested to this weekend's Western Daily Press that he is willing to listen to the opinion of those around him as to what sort of manager should replace Steve Thompson at the helm at Huish Park.

The Yeovil board are believed to be targetting an appointment towards the middle/latter period of the coming week and already the rumourmill has gone into overdrive on the subject. Fry claims though that he is open to influence still.

The Yeovil Chairman explained: "I have been talking to Terry Skiverton about the situation because I believe it is always vital to consult your key personnel. He has not been suggesting names to me but we have discussed the sort of manager we want to bring in. Terry is a fantastic person and a loyal servant of Yeovil Town and has a key role to play here."

The rumourmill and local media have produced their usual catalogue of 'lists' with one or two looking strangely familiar to those who have seen the rumoured list of applicants for previous Yeovil vacancies.

Ciderspace puts no emphasis or reliability upon the following list, nor should any indication be taken in terms of the ordering of the following names. However the set of names currently doing the rounds is as follows: Danny Wilson, Mick McCarthy, Gary Megson, Russell Osman, Jimmy Quinn, Chris Turner, Steve Wigley, Dave Watson, John Gregory, Andy King, Joe Kinnear, Brian Little, Brian Talbot, Ian Holloway, Joe Royle and Russell Slade. Almost certainly a proportion of these are duff rumours. The ones that persist the most are those of former QPR manager Ian Holloway and Danny Wilson who was the manager of MK Dons this season, but has good track records with Bristol City and Barnsley.


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21 May 2006 : Interview With John Fry
On May 17th, Yeovil Chairman John Fry was interviewed on BBC Radio Bristol to explain his decision to revert Steve Thompson back to the role of First Team Coach and to advertise for a new manager. In that interview Fry also outlined his opinion of what he wanted applicants for the job to have on their CV.

Speaking to reporter Alistair Durden, John explained: "He has to have League experience and he has to have the experience of developing young players and has to have had a period of success or recent success and the profile to go with him. He has to be a superb coach, but I am looking for management talents more than coaching talents because we've got a talented coach anyway."

Read the full transcript of that interview with John Fry by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.


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20 May 2006 : Dale Signs For Shrews
Dale Williams, one of the players the Yeovil Town board refused to take the advice of the ex-manager Steve Thompson on and offer a new contract according to the Western Daily Press (19th May, below), has signed a two-year deal with Shrewsbury Town.

One might think Dale, who had worked his way up through the Youth Team, and captained them to the Football League Youth Alliance South West Conference title this term, become a regular in the Reserves, and made his First Team debut against Colchester United on 6th May 2006, was just the sort of prospect the chairman has been banging on about with his oft repeated mantra about how a club like Yeovil Town needs to bring through players from its youth system. Apparently not. Wales might see Dale as a talent, calling him up for the Under-21 squad (see May 16th and May 17th, below), but what do they know?

Shrews manager Gary Peters said :

Dale came and played for us in the reserves earlier in the season and played up front but he's a left-winger. He's an out and out left winger but we played him up front and he is quite happy to play up front.

He's six foot, quick and has a lovely left foot and gives us that out and out left footed left winger option which will add to our game. Dale is a player who I want to make sure learns the out and out left-winger role and I feel that is his best position.

He's been playing in the Welsh U21 squad with Dave Edwards and played as an out and out winger in that game, and is in the squad for their game next Wednesday. I'm excited to have got Dale to come to the club and he will be signing a two year contract.

We are able to sign Dale due to situation Yeovil are in and that has meant Dale's free to go. Steve Thompson has recommended to the Yeovil board that they offer Dale Williams another contract but because Steve is stepping down from manager to first team coach the board have insisted on waiting until the new manager comes in before putting anything in writing for Dale. Because of this as of today Dale becomes a free transfer as he hasn't received that written offer. We're going to take advantage of this and it will be our gain as he's a player with a lot of potential.


The complete statistics for Dale Williams in his time with Yeovil Town can be seen here.

Ciderspace wishes Dale all the best in his future career.

Shrewsbury also signed Ben Davies from Chester City today, thus ending the Glovers interest in him which goes back to the January transfer window (see 10th May, below).


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20 May 2006 : Players Waiting For New Manager
Well hardly surprising really: unlikely players would be falling over themselves to sign with the managerial situation at Huish Park still up in the air. However Paul Terry has confirmed what was pretty obvious. Speaking in the Western Daily Press he said :

With the gaffer stepping down you have to think about the situation and give it a lot of consideration. I will have to wait and see who is appointed before I make a decision. That could be the case for the other lads as well. Hopefully the decision will be made soon so we can plan for the future.

He had warm words for the efforts of the managerial team of Steve Thompson and Kevin Hodges to keep Yeovil Town in League One :

I feel sympathy for Thommo. He and Kevin Hodges have done a great job. They kept getting kicked in the teeth with everyone saying Yeovil might not survive. But they just shielded everything away from the players. I thought that was very good management and we finished strongly towards the end of the season.

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[Thompson] is a very good coach and he did a lot of the coaching sessions even when Gary Johnson was here. They split it about 50-50 between themselves and he has done most of them since he took over, so I am very pleased he has the chance to stay.

Terry's own situation doesn't seem to have changed since we reported on it a week ago (May 13th, below) :

Hopefully we can negotiate on the contract that has been offered. I want to stay and I am hoping that we can still come to an agreement on that. We are not a million miles away. There has been a little bit of interest in me from other clubs but I haven't agreed anything with anyone because I want to know the situation at Yeovil. I have a family and obviously I have to consider all options.


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19 May 2006 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 8 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have been in contact to detail the latest results from their Gold Bond scheme. To claim your prize, or to participate in the scheme, call the Commercial Department on 01935-423662 Ext 202.
Glovers Gold Bond Week 8 Results Glovers Gold Bond Member Benefits
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19 May 2006 : Thommo Looks Likely To Stay
Outgoing manager Steve Thompson has given some of his views on the current situation at Huish Park and has stated that in principle he will be staying on the coaching staff after discussions with Chairman John Fry.

In today's Western Daily Press he has said that he does currently see his future with the Glovers: "I have told the board that in principle I am agreeable to reverting to a coaching role. But we haven't agreed the terms of that, so there is still a lot of work to do."

Remarkably, Fry has stated today that he would not rule out Thommo one day taking over the management reins for a third period in charge in the future with the Yeovil Chairman explaining: "I see him back in charge in the long term when he has gained the experience for the role."

The main talk from Thommo though comes in an excellent article in today's Western Morning News who provide their own commentary on the season's events as well as their own thoughts on the decisions that have taken place this week. Steve told the paper that his replacement would come in and face a mountain of work.

"Whoever comes in will have a mega job on their hands because of the situation that has been allowed to develop with contracts," he explained. "It's been a very difficult year and the main reason for that was the contractual situation, without doubt. Even with the change of ownership and change of manager - I think Gary would have had many of these problems because I don't think the club would have been able to pay the likes of Lee Johnson and Darren Way the money that they were looking for. I don't think Gary would have kept Doncaster away from Adam Lockwood as he and his wife are from Yorkshire and wanted to go back there. I must say that the offer made to Darren Way was the best offer Yeovil Town have ever offered a player, so it is hard to say what more anyone could have done in that respect."

Steve added that he felt the club needed to gain greater stability by offering longer term deals than the one-year extensions existing players at Huish Park generally receive: "I am a strong believer in getting any assets you have at the club tied down to long-term contracts. I don't think that is the policy we have here. If you believe a player a manager or a coach is an asset, you should have them on longer contracts otherwise this sort of thing will happen. In my first board meeting, I suggested we handed out two-and-a-half year contracts if we were negotiating at Christmas, but it didn't materialise because it had already gone too far. People were already six months from being out of contract and knowing they could legally talk to other clubs."

Steve has told the paper that the welfare of his family was at the heart of his decision to stay on the Huish Park Payroll adding: "Things will have to be drawn up, but yes, in principle, I have agreed to stay on as number two. It's difficult, but I have sampled this type of thing before. Not quite to this extent, where I have been in charge for so long at such a level, though. I have to think of my family as well, that comes into the equation. I have a wife and three children and I have to think of them and, at the moment, that is what we are trying to negotiate, but, at the moment, I stand on my manager's contract still."

He has made that decision though, without having the slightest clue as to who his future boss will be: "I don't have any idea who is coming in. I have heard the rumours, but I don't know anything. I have asked directly who the new man is six or seven times, but I'm not sure that there is one in place yet. I don't know if they have a list or not. I know a lot of people in football and they weren't aware of the situation, so it might just be that now the hunt really starts. The longer that takes, the harder it is because those are decisions that really need to be made now."

Despite a perception that not everyone within the Huish Park hierarchy was fully behind Thommo, he said that he had less doubts as to where the fans stood on the subject: "The fans have on the whole been right behind me. It has been hard for them this year because they had got used to winning games in the last four years and being either promoted or in the race to be promoted. It has been a different sort of battle for them. We won some very important games, but the Huddersfield game was the highlight for me because we had been embroiled in a relegation fight all season, and to culminate eight months of hard work with achieving the aim of staying up at Huddersfield was fantastic. It was a massive relief. I am very proud that me, Kevin (Hodges) and the players kept us up this year because I think that is vital. Just going to your Forests, Huddersfields, Bristol Citys and your Bournemouths - it's just so much better. I am just delighted that we made it possible for Yeovil to enjoy League One football again next season."

The Western Morning News have provided the first real editorial-style comment on the removal of Thompson, with all the other local papers so far having adopted a highly neutral position on the subject matter. The Plymouth paper though doesn't sit on the fence and provides strong views on the current situation:

"Thompson's time was a tenure too short. The Yeovil hot-seat has been vacated by a man who has not been given a chance to finish what he had hardly even started. Nor has he been given adequate support from his chairman and board of directors, so you have to admire Thompson for biting his tongue and remaining with the club when he has been treated with utter disdain ... For all the lack of support he received from behind the scenes, though, it wasn't replicated on the terraces. Thompson shares a special bond with the Glovers' supporters and to them he is eternally grateful for the backing he received during a troubled time ... The only shame is that the right man will not be at the helm when the season kicks off in August. Thankfully, and fortunately for Yeovil, he will still be around to see it."

The whole article in it's original glory can be found on-line here.


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19 May 2006 : One Week Left For Shirt Bids
There is now precisely one week left to get in your bids in for players shirts from the 2005-06 season. To place your bid, use our bid submission form. The deadline for bidding is 26th May 2006 at 5.00pm.


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19 May 2006 : Exeter Friendly Arranged
Yeovil Town have arranged their fifth pre-season friendly of the 2006-07 season with a home match against Exeter City. The game will take place on Tuesday 18th July with a 7.45pm kick-off at Huish Park.

At present it is the earliest friendly arranged, although it is likely that several more will be lined up during the early weeks in July. The growing list of friendlies can be found in the Forthcoming Events section of the Ciderspace Home Page.


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19 May 2006 : Fry Denies Holloway Link
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has for the second time this week denied making any contact with former Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway. Fry made the same remarks to BBC Radio Bristol earlier this week claiming that he had not spoken to the 43 year old in around two years.

Some of Fry's quotes were reused on the BBC Sport website implying that the Glovers were singling him out to become their new manager, but the Yeovil Chairman has told the Western Daily Press that those quotes were taken out of context - something that the full radio transcript confirms.

Fry told the paper today: "He is the sort of person we want - a battler and a winner. But we have not had contact with him. We are looking for someone with pedigree - a Championship or League One manager rather than League Two or the Conference. But we can't rule anyone out."


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19 May 2006 : Glovers Duo In Limbo
Today's Western Daily Press has revealed that the two Yeovil Town players who have yet to have a decision made on their futures are goalkeeper Steve Collis and Youth Team captain Dale Williams. On May 12th, Thommo indicated to the same paper that he had two players he wanted to offer contracts to, but indicated that the board was "unsure" as to whether to grant that request.

Both players have now been named and it appears that they are still short of offers on the table. Both, it has to be said, come as a huge surprise. Collis is the club's only fit keeper after injuries sidelined Chris Weale until Christmas whilst Danny Barker's fractured wrists have kept him out of the Youth Team for most of this season. Should Collis be released then unless Barker can prove his fitness the club would be looking for a full set of goalkeepers.

For Williams, again this is a surprising situation. The 19 year old broke into the Welsh Under 21 squad this week and has impressed enough as a substitute to receive a second call-up for the game against Estonia later this month. Dale captained the Youth Team to a Championship win this season and made his League One debut as a substitute on the final game of this season against Colchester United. All the signs point to a player that is almost ready to become a true First Team squad player at League One level for next season, and so it would be a major surprise if he did not get a new deal offered.

If Ciderspace understands Football League rules correctly, both Steve and Dale are now free to talk to other clubs and negotiate new deals with those parties. Football League players who do not receive offers seven days after the season ends are deemed to have been "released" by default.


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19 May 2006 : Football League Crowds Drop Slightly
Crowds in the Football League dropped slightly for the 2005-06 season but with the previous season representing a record-breaking one, today's press release from the Football League was still able to boast that they were the second highest crowds in 46 years.

A total of 16,216,672 passes through the turnstiles were recorded this season, in comparison with the 2004-05 figure of 16,364,419. This is much improved though from the historical low of 7.5 million attained during the 1985-86 season.

Football League Chairman Lord Mawhinney has said of the released figures: "Once again, supporters have made an enormous commitment to their clubs and the game generally.On behalf of our clubs, I would like to offer my appreciation to all those that have attended matches this season. These figures reflect the quality of footballing entertainment being provided in The Football League, as well as the imaginative efforts clubs are making to attract new supporters."

Reflecting on the first season of The League's 'Fans of the Future' initiative, which aims to encourage the next generation of supporters to watch live football at their local League club, Lord Mawhinney said: "Encouraging more fans, particularly young fans, to live matches is a key priority of The Football League and in its first season 'Fans of the Future' has given more the 200,000 young supporters the chance to see League football at first hand. For many youngsters this will have been their first experience of watching live football.Giving them this opportunity will, I'm sure, have a positive impact on League crowds for many years to come."

The average attendance for League One matches was 7,576. Those ranged from the 20,257 average at Nottingham Forest to the 3,969 at Colchester United.

The Glovers saw their best crowd of the season for the New Years Eve visit of Bristol City with 9,178 attending that match. They were the division's 11th best supported club with an average of 6,511 spectators. Away from home, the Glovers also took part in the biggest League One attendance of the season - the 28,193 that watched the Easter Monday game at Nottingham Forest. The Glovers also were present at the biggest crowd of the season that didn't involve Forest - the 19,288 that saw the November Friday night match against Swansea City.

The highest League One crowds can be found here whilst the lowest can be found here.


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18 May 2006 : Maurice Receives Retirement Gift
Maurice O'Donnell with his decanter set
Maurice O'Donnell with his decanter set
Photo © 2006 Mark Kelly/Ciderspace

Former first team coach Maurice O'Donnell got a surprise visit today from some Yeovil Town supporters today including former YTISA Chairman Mark Kelly who was there to present Maurice with a specially engraved decanter set to thank him for his three spells at Yeovil Town that stretched across 48 years and included roles as First Team Caretaker manager on up to seven occasions, Reserve Team Manager, Youth Team Manager, First Team Coach and a player for both the First Team and the Reserves.

Maurice decided to take retirement (see our May 7th story) at the end of the season and Mark today presented the set to him for what is estimated to be over 35 years worth of accumulated service.

Maurice has expressed his extreme thanks to all Yeovil supporters who indirectly contributed to this gift. He assures everyone that he will be back at Huish Park next season as a spectator on a regular basis.
A close-up of the engraved decanter set
A close-up of the engraved decanter set
Photo © 2006 Mark Kelly/Ciderspace



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18 May 2006 : East Stand Sponsors Required
Sponsorship of Huish Park's East Stand, commonly known as the Bartlett Stand, has finally gone up for grabs - sixteen years after the construction company gained a pseudo-sponsorship of the stand as the main construction company behind the building of Huish Park.

Glovers Commercial Manager Dave Linney is now offering up the sponsorship of the East Stand to any interested company. For further information, contact him on 01935-423662 Ext. 202.


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18 May 2006 : Glovers Lose Out On Evans Chase
Yeovil Town have lost out on the chance to sign Plymouth Argyle striker Mickey Evans. Steve Thompson had admitted that he wanted to sign Evans for his forward line, with the experienced striker knowing both Thompson and assistant Kevin Hodges well from their days in Plymouth, but in the wake of the managerial changes at Huish Park, Evans has opted to sign for League Two side Torquay United.

Speaking to the Gulls official site, Ian Atkins, who has also signed up Lee Thorpe following a loan spell from Swansea City said: "Originally it was going to be a choice between Mickey and Thorpey but the Chairman has pushed the boat out big time. We have signed probably two of the most sought-after forwards on the market and it's all coming together quicker and better than I first thought."

Evans added: "I'm pleased to have signed, I'm a Devon lad and I've always had a soft spot for Torquay United. I can't wait for next season to start and I'm looking forward to working with some of my old mates. The squad is already looking very good. Roll on July!"


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18 May 2006 : Fry: New Man Will Have To Work With Thommo
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has gone one step further than in yesterday's BBC Radio Bristol interview and stated that the new incoming manager will be told that working with someone other than Steve Thompson will not be an option. In today's Western Daily Press they have said that the club were contractually obliged to offer Thommo the first team coaching role if they relieved him of his managerial duties and that therefore the new man will have Thommo as his assistant.

Fry explained: "We are looking for someone who can manage the total resources of the club - we already have a very strong coaching set-up. Anyone who comes in for an interview will be made aware of the situation and if they do not accept it, they will not get the job."

Fry also again defended his decision to remove Thommo from his position: "There is nothing wrong with Steve Thompson, we just wanted to free him from the other managerial duties and have him back in the role where he had a great deal of success over the last eight years. We consider these people (Thompson and Kevin Hodges) to be quality people and they will be part of a quality team."

The paper adds that Kevin Hodges has been offered a position in "youth development and scouting".


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18 May 2006 : Thommo Left Devastated
Deposed manager Steve Thompson has today said that both himself and assistant Kevin Hodges are "devastated" at the news that they will not head up next season's management team at Huish Park next season. Chairman John Fry admitted yesterday on BBC Radio Bristol that Thommo had still wanted to remain as manager, and speaking to today's Western Daily Press Steve has agreed and added that the future of the pair was still far from decided in his eyes.

Steve explained: "Myself and Kevin were devastated when we were told the club was looking for a new manager. We feel that given the circumstances this season, we have done a very good job. As for our future circumstances, talks between myself, Kevin and John Fry are on-going."


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18 May 2006 : Gally Linked With Everyone ...... Again!
Former Yeovil Town striker Kevin Gall is being linked with half the country's football clubs, or so it seems. Gally claimed in a recent interview with the Western Daily Press that he had numerous clubs chasing his services and that he would not need to drop down to League Two level to continue his career.

Today's Bristol Evening Post links him predominantly with a return to Bristol Rovers which would be ironic given the number of arguments Glovers fans have had with their Rovers counterparts over the worthiness of the player's ability to play at Football League level. Gally left Rovers in February 2003 for the Glovers after a two year spell there, and the paper claims that he has spoken to first-team coach Paul Trollope and director of football Lennie Lawrence.

Gally presumably hasn't read those arguments on the message boards as he said that his main problem had been with former Rovers manager Ray Graydon who released him to allow him to head to Huish Park: "Bristol Rovers were very good to me when I was there before. The only problem was that I did not have a good time with Ray Graydon but the fans were good to me. I would not be worried about going back there."

The only problem for Gally will be trying to sift through the actual interest him him as opposed to the theoretical interest in the speed merchant which always seems to have the name of his agent Wayne Elsey attached to it. Today's article is no different, and in addition to the Bristol side, the names of Carlisle, Grimsby, Cheltenham Town, Swindon, Darlington, Leyton Orient, Northampton, Southend, Doncaster Rovers and Huddersfield Town are all named as holding an interest in the player.

The Western Daily Press says that Gally has spoken to "two or three" of the above clubs and quotes the player as saying: "I have had a quite a bit of interest and I'm going to speak to the different clubs and then see what the situation is for next season."


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18 May 2006 : Jevo Linked With City ...... Again!
Today's Western Daily Press and Bristol Evening Post papers repeat their claims from 10 days ago that Yeovil Town striker Phil Jevons will be joining Bristol City shortly. Not much more has been added since their May 8th story, with Grimsby Town striker Michael Reddy also being mentioned although surely the 300-450K asking price for the striker's services won't be entertained seriously by City manager Gary Johnson.

It is not clear why what is more or less the same news as before has made the headlines for a second time this month - unless the Bristol press are predicting that now his close friend Steve Thompson has been moved sideways in the Huish Park set-up, Gary feels he can morally justify a move for the player he brought in from Grimsby two seasons ago? Whatever, it would be a big surprise if Jevo was still wearing a green and white shirt next season.


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17 May 2006 : Somerset Premier Cup Draw
The draw for the first two rounds of the Somerset Premier Cup was made at Winterfield Road, home to Paulton Rovers, last night.

Round One, scheduled to be played in the week of 2nd October 2006, is as follows :

Paulton Rovers v Larkhall Athletic
YEOVIL TOWN RESERVES v Welton Rovers
Chard Town v Team Bath
Mangotsfield United v Bishop Sutton
Bitton v Radstock Town
Minehead Town v Wellington Town
Clevedon Town v Clevedon United
Bridgwater Town v Street
Bristol Manor Farm v Shepton Mallet
Keynsham Town v Backwell United

Round Two, scheduled to be played between the 13th and 27th of November 2006, is as follows :

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

Round Three has been scheduled for the week commencing 5th March 2007, the semi-finals in the week commencing 2nd April 2007, with the Final being played on Tuesday 24th April 2007.


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17 May 2006 : Chairman Gives Views On Managerial Changeover
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry was interviewed on BBC Radio Bristol this afternoon giving some of his views on the decision to take Steve Thompson out of the current management position and to look to appoint a successor over the summer. Ciderspace will aim to publish a full transcript of that interview soon, but in the meantime, the following represents the rough theme of the interview.

Fry claimed that when Steve was appointed that there were concerns over his ability to cover the whole job role given his lack of management experience but he stressed that Steve Thompson wanted the job. He said that Steve had done an excellent job and said that made the decision to remove him a harder one to make. Fry stated that Steve still wanted to carry on in the job, but that they had concerns about "the wheels coming off" midway through next season. He said that he had given Steve the chance to consider the situation but that Steve had indicated to him that he wanted to carry on working at Huish Park.

Fry has said that Steve has yet to have a new contract drawn up and implied that this would not happen until the new manager was in place. Although he did not state this, it could be assumed that the club are leaving open the possibility that the new manager may not want Steve there if he brings his own coaching staff with him. However he did later state that "Steve Thompson's future is secure".

Fry indicated that the reason for the change is that Steve was lacking time for his own personal development after going into the "front line". Fry said that Steve would be taking a Management Training Course this summer to "improve the formal education of his football management". He said that Steve was not given that but was dropped into the deep end.

Fry denied that Steve's role change was a demotion claiming that a demotion would be Steve going to a smaller club and that in staying at Yeovil it was not a demotion. He said that people had been expecting Thommo to perform miracles against the time he had got and the money that he was being paid.

The position of Kevin Hodges was still in the "melting pot". He said he still wanted to strength the coaching side. He said he was establishing a "Yeovil Football Partnership" for young player development and stated that Kevin was an ideal person to look at that, although said that there were other options there. He said he also wanted to see club captain Terry Skiverton develop his coaching skills with a longer term aim of being groomed as a manager within the game.

Fry indicated that he had not interviewed any candidates for the manager's job and said that he had looked at 120-150 names made available from the League Managers Association. He said that some names on the rumourmill were "way off the beam" referring to managers on "gardening leave". Radio Bristol picked up on this and referred to Ian Holloway but whilst Fry said he would not rule out such a profile, he expected Holloway would want a Championship level club and stated that he had not spoken to him with respect to the position. He said he had not spoken to Holloway for around two years.

He stated that there would be a rapid decision made and that he was looking for "management talent" rather than "coaching talent" to fill the position. He said that he wanted a manager who was not "sat up there" like a Director of Football but someone who would be a "hands on" person, describing management as a "separate function". He wanted someone who could manage the whole scouting system, deal with contracts, manage the loaning of players and transfer windows and he claimed that these were the areas where things had gone wrong during the 2005-06 season.

The interview did not mention the future position of owner David Webb nor any rumours suggesting that Norman Hayward may be returning that persist despite denials made by the club in the past.

Fry told the radio station: "Steve is back in the line he's very very good at, and this management business needs special skills and experience. Steve was dropped into the deep end, and to give him his due he didn't sink, he swam."

He also explained the way forward: "In the next few days, we'll be getting interviews arranged and there will be people enquiring about the job. They have to have league experience, and a period of success. We're looking for management talent, more than coaching talent, because we've got a talented coach."


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17 May 2006 : Locky Says His Goodbyes
Adam Lockwood has revealed it was hard saying goodbye to Yeovil Town after being part of five amazing years in the club's history, but that he felt it was the right time for him to move on to pastures new.

It has been a very hard decision for me to make because the five years I have had at Yeovil have been brilliant. But I just felt it was the right time for me personally to face a new challenge. My decision was nothing against Yeovil Town because the club have been fantastic to me. This season has been great - a lot of people were writing us off but it has probably been the biggest achievement in the club's history.

The fans have been brilliant to me since day one and I want to thank them and everyone connected with the club for making me feel so welcome. That is why it has been such a hard decision for me to make. All I can do now is wish Yeovil all the very best for the future.


With Locky moving to League One rivals Doncaster Rovers he will of course be back at Huish Park next season, and admitted it would be an odd feeling :

It will be very strange and quite difficult, but it's part and parcel of moving on. You come up against your friends and it will be hard, but you just have to be professional about it.


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17 May 2006 : Arron Full International Call-Up Confirmed
As mentioned earlier today, the rumours of Arron Davies receiving his first full international call-up have been confirmed this afternoon, with the twist that it is the Trinidad and Tobago match that he has been selected for. It is Arron's first ever call-up to full international level.

The game is to be played in the Liebherr GAK Stadium in Graz, Austria on Saturday 27th May 2006 and will be screened live on BBC2 Wales.

Manager John Toshack initially selected a 23 man squad but as mentioned earlier has lost three players - two due to Swansea City's involvement in the League One playoff final, whilst Jason Koumas has withdrawn due to unspecified personal reasons. That has allowed Arron the chance to join the full international squad for their game - three days after he will play against Estonia at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground.

The remaining members of Toshack's original squad are as follows:

Goalkeepers: Jason Brown, Glyn Garner, Paul Jones, Lewis Price

Defenders: James Collins, Richard Duffy, Danny Gabbidon, Lewin Nyatanga, David Partridge

Midfielders: Andrew Crofts, Simon Davies, Carl Fletcher, Joe Ledley, Paul Parry, Carl Robinson, David Vaughan

Forwards: Craig Bellamy, David Cotterill, Robert Earnshaw, Ryan Giggs.

The four players called up as replacements to the original squad are all Under 21 squad members and are as follows: Craig Davies, Craig Morgan, Gareth Bale and Arron Davies.


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17 May 2006 : Weymouth Friendly Arranged
The fourth pre-season friendly for the 2006/07 season has been confirmed with the Glovers making a trip to play the Seaside Scummers Weymouth on Saturday 29th July with a 3.00pm kick-off.


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17 May 2006 : Thommo Taken Out Of Management Job Again
Long serving player, assistant manager and manager Steve Thompson has for the second time during his eight year career at Yeovil Town had his managerial responsibilities taking from him. The move has been announced today following weeks of speculation suggesting that the Glovers were about to make yet another change to the Huish Park hotseat. Thommo has been offered a new role at the club as "first team coach" but will lose his title as First Team Manager shortly when the club choose a new man as his successor.

The club's statement says that "following lengthy discussions, the Board of Directors of Yeovil Town Football Club have now confirmed, that subject to further talks, Steve Thompson has agreed to continue his role as first team coach, but to relinquish his football management duties in the near future."

Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry gave the following view on the situation to the official site: "Steve Thompson has made a fantastic contribution towards the success of this club during his eight years of service as a player, coach and manager. He is an essential part of future plans in developing a team for Championship football at Huish Park. It is the right time to make the necessary changes for the challenge of keeping the club in Coca Cola League One next season and the important task of appointing the next manager of Yeovil Town Football Club which will need to be completed by the end of this month. In the meantime negotiations will continue with out of contract players."

This is the second time the club have taken Thommo out of the management position after appointing him to the hotseat. Back in the 1999-2000 season, Steve spent six months as manager before being demoted back to assistant manager with David Webb - ironically now the club's owner - replacing him.

Rumours that all was not well between Thommo and certain sections of the Huish Park hierarchy have been circulating since as early as March, despite the former player guiding the Glovers to a highly respectable 15th place finish in League One this season - the highest in the club's history.

The club claim that there will be a replacement for Thommo by the end of the month. The rumourmill is currently pointing to former Queen's Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway who is currently on gardening leave and is believed to still own a home in north Somerset following his management spell with Bristol Rovers.

The rumourmill also persistently continues to suggest further changes could be afoot, with former director Norman Hayward's name having been on many people's lips since the day David Webb took over as owner of the club. Chairman John Fry has in the past denied that Hayward was returning to the club, although stranger things have happened.

There is no word on where this latest news leaves assistant manager Kevin Hodges, given that Thommo will effectively take up his position as soon as a new man is appointed.

Ciderspace would like to thank Steve for his fantastic, hard work throughout the 2005-06 season and of course for the seven preceding loyal years that he has put in at Huish Park. We hope he is able to still form part of the future of Yeovil Town, however, our thoughts are with him in what must be some very difficult news to stomach after keeping Yeovil Town in League One this season.


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17 May 2006 : Arron and Dale Called Up Again
One bit of Welsh international news we can confirm is that Arron Davies and Dale Williams have been called up to the squad that will play Estonia on Wednesday 24th May at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham. Kick off for the match is at 5.30pm. Wales hold a 2-0 advantage on the first leg of the UEFA Under 21 Championship, Preliminary Round Play-off match.

Congratulations to Arron once again, but in particular to Dale, for whom this is his first call-up for a competitive fixture at this level, having come on as a substitute at Under 21 level yesterday against Cyprus.

Squad: Lewis Price (Ipswich Town), Sam Pearce (Bristol City), Chris Gunter (Cardiff City), Simon Spender (Wrexham), Craig Morgan (MK Dons), Rhoys Wiggins (Crystal Palace), Mike Williams (Wrexham), Gareth Bale (Southampton), Shaun McDonald (Swansea City), Arron Davies (Yeovil Town), Lloyd James (Southampton), David Edwards (Shrewsbury Town), Andrew Crofts (Gillingham), Rob Davies (WBA), Curtis McDonald (Cardiff City), Dale Williams (Yeovil Town), Ramon Calliste (Liverpool), Craig Davies (Hellas Verona).

Of course squad selection may be affected for this game if the Welsh authorities feel it is asking too much for their players to play in both the full international against a Basque XI on Sunday as well as the Wednesday night match in Wrexham. Craig Davies, Craig Morgan and Gareth Bale have already been called up for the Sunday full international, and so it remains to be seen as to whether this will have a knock-on effect for Wednesday's U21 international.


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17 May 2006 : Full Welsh Call-Up Imminent?
The rumourmill is currently predicting that Arron Davies is about to or has already received a full Welsh international call-up. Currently three players have pulled out of Sunday's full Welsh international friendly against a Basque XI in Spain, with Jason Koumas (personal reasons), Sam Ricketts (play-off match) and Owain Tudur Jones (play-off match) all unavailable. If we get any news either way, we will of course confirm it.


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17 May 2006 : Club Statement Later Today
BBC Radio Bristol are reporting that there will be a statement issued by Yeovil Town later today concerning the future of manager Steve Thompson and his assistant Kevin Hodges. No exact time is forthcoming. The statement will hopefully clarify their positions (or lack of) at Huish Park for the forthcoming 2006/07 Season.


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17 May 2006 : Argyle Friendly Arranged
Yeovil Town will be travelling to Home Park for a pre-season friendly on Tuesday 25th July with a 7.45pm kick-off. Rather unusually Championship side Plymouth Argyle will be the home side, with the usual pre-season friendly tradition of having the 'junior' side at home broken on this occasion.


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16 May 2006 : Thommo Talks Still Ongoing
BBC Radio Bristol have reported that talks with manager Steve Thompson and his assistant Kevin Hodges over their future at the club were still ongoing on Tuesday evening and that the talks were expected to roll into Wednesday. There were no further details given, or any indication as to when they were likely to complete.


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16 May 2006 : Arron Captains Wales To Victory
Wales Under 21's (1) 1 Cyprus Under 21's (0) 0
Williams (M) (45)

Friendly International
At Port Talbot Town F.C.
Kick Off 2.00pm
Attendance 251
By Tim Lancaster

Yeovil Town's Arron Davies captained the Welsh Under 21 side to a 1-0 victory against Cyprus this afternoon at The Remax Stadium, Port Talbot. Arron played the full ninety minutes of a contest that saw two gifted sides pass the ball around well on an excellent surface.

It was from Arron Davies' forty fifth minute corner that Wales scored the goal that won the game, the kick to the far post returned into the net by Mike Williams (Wrexham). Yeovil Town's Dale Williams came on in the 77th minute for Craig Davies and had a good game winning several headers - in fact he almost scored with his first touch, a header from a Davies corner seconds after taking to the field.

The game was a warm up to next week's Under 21 European Championship qualifier second leg fixture with Estonia at Wrexham, Davies scoring one of the goals that gave the Welsh a 2-0 victory in the first leg.

Speaking after the match, Wales U21 manager Brian Flynn said: "It was a pretty good goal from Mike, he controlled it well and then dispatched it perfectly with his left foot, a good goal at just the right time before the break. But I felt that he and Morgan were outstanding at the back. We had a lot of changes in our side and it needed some experience and cool heads in there, and that's what Mike and Craig produced. They protected goalkeeper Sam Pearce and helped a lot of the younger players through the game. Dave Edwards showed a lot of courage and directness from the middle. His strength is being able to surge forward into the box and I was very pleased with his performance, as I was with Bale and Gunter."

Wales U21: (1-21) Sam Pearce (Bristol City), Chris Gunter (Cardiff City), Rhoys Wiggins (Crystal Palace), Matthew Crowell (Wrexham), Craig Morgan (MK Dons), Mike Williams (Wrexham), Simon Spender (Wrexham), David Edwards (Shrewsbury Town), Craig Davies (Hellas Verona), Arron Davies (Capt) (Yeovil Town), Gareth Bale (Southampton)

Substitutes: Kyle Critchell (Southampton), Rob Davies (WBA), Lloyd James (Southampton), Curtis McDonald (Cardiff City), Dale Williams (Yeovil Town), Ramon Calliste (Liverpool), Kyle Letheren (Unattached)

Manager: Brian Flynn

Cyprus: 12 Demetris Stylianou (AEL), 7 Loucas Stylianou (Olympiakos), 4 Georgos Merkis (Apollon), 5 Paraskevas Christou (AEK), 6 Giorgos Panagi (NEA Salamina), 17 Georgios Georgiades (Olympiakos), 9 Michales Ionas (Thoi), 10 Constantinos Samaras (Anorthosis), 20 Georgios Eleftheriou (Apoel), 8 Athos Solomou (Apollon). 13 Costas Konstantinou (Olympiakos)

Substitutes: 3 George Stylianou (APEP), 11 Elpidoforos Elia (Ethnicos Achnas), 19 Michales Dimitriou (Apollon), 1 Georgios Kakoulis (Digenis), 14 Evangelos Christodoulou (Olympiakos), 2 Georgios Kamarlingos (Omomia), 16 Aggelos Efthimiou (AEP)

Coach - Antros Kouloumbris


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16 May 2006 : Pimp My Bedroom - YTFC Style
The Huish Park Club Shop have been in contact with details of how to turn one of your bedrooms (or perhaps all of them?) into a Yeovil Town-themed environment. They have rugs, curtains, duvet covers, wallpaper borderings all on sale in the shop now. Pop into the shop during normal office hours, or phone on the number below, or use their online shop to order them from the comfort of your own home!
Get yer club shop goodies here!
You always wanted to give your room that total YTFC makeover didn't you?
Design © 2006 Huish Park Club Shop



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16 May 2006 : Supporter Liaison Contact Details
As mentioned on this site on May 13th, the club have changed their Supporter Liaison Representative with Sara Bradley taking over the role.

Sara can be contacted via the following e-mail address: supporter.link@ytfc.net - the contact details are also held on our copy of the Customer Charter which has been updated here and is always in the Supporters section of Ciderspace.


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16 May 2006 : Welsh U21s Beat Cyprus
The Welsh U21s beat Cyprus 1-0 this afternoon in Port Talbot thanks to a Mike Williams goal from an Arron Davies corner. Arron played the whole 90 minutes as captain, whilst Yeovil team-mate Dale Williams played the last 13 minutes of the match, coming on as a striker for his debut at U21 level.

More details on this will follow soon.


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16 May 2006 : Welsh U21 Half Time
An Arron Davies corner just before the half time break has helped put Wales 1-0 up against Cyprus at Port Talbot FC this afternoon. Wrexham's Mike Williams was the lucky recipient of the inswinger, applying the final touch. As mentioned earlier, Arron is captaining the side, wearing No.10 on the right side of midfield, whilst Dale Williams is wearing No.17 and is currently on the bench.

Update: 15:35hrs Dale Williams has come on as a second half substitute, thus making his debut at Welsh U21 level.


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16 May 2006 : Huddersfield Crash Out As Home Team Curse Continues
They used to call it 'home advantage'. But this season's playoffs have that claim well and truly debunked with virtually all of the Football League matches being won by the visiting sides, including three out of four at League One level.

That trend continued last night with Huddersfield Town being dumped out of the playoffs by a 1-3 scoreline at the Galpharm Stadium as Barnsley over-turned their own home deficit having lost 0-1 in the first leg. The combined result meant that Andy Ritchie's side went through 3-2 on aggregate.

Two former Glovers targets did the damage in the second half. Paul Hayes, who was once chased by Gary Johnson netted from the penalty spot, however it still looked as though the Terriers would go through when Jonathan Worthington equalised on the night. However goals from Paul Reid, and Daniel Nardiello - who Steve Thompson tried to sign on loan earlier this season - put the Tykes through to the final.

Barnsley now face Swansea City in the final on May 27th, kick-off 3.00pm in a match that will be played at the Millennium Stadium.


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16 May 2006 : Free Admission For Welsh U21s Match
Today's Welsh U21s match against Cyprus which is being played at the Remax Stadium, Port Talbot will offer free admission to all spectators. Kick Off is at 2pm. Included in the squad for the game is Yeovil Town pair Arron Davies and Dale Williams. Arron has been made captain for the match - his first game in which he has been given such an honour. See our story from May 12th for full details of this match.


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16 May 2006 : Lockwood Leaves For Donny
Yeovil Town defender Adam Lockwood has become the second of Yeovil's out of contract players to sign for a new club. Locky has agreed to a deal with Doncaster Rovers when his contract at Huish Park expires on July 1st.

This is not the greatest of surprises - both Lockwood and his partner hail originally from Yorkshire, and there had been suggestions on and off that they were looking to return closer to Lockwood's Wakefield roots at some point in the future. With the current situation at Huish Park far from clear, it looks as though Locky has decided the time is right to return home.

Doncaster manager David Penney told their official site: "This is a good signing that will add strength to our backline and he is a Yorkshire lad from Wakefield, so will settle well here. We have worked hard to bring the lad here, which has paid off."

Locky made 171 appearances after arriving at Huish Park on loan from Reading in September 2001 and is yet another of the 'old guard' to have departed the Glovers during 2006. He scored 10 goals during that period and of course was part of the side that won the FA Trophy, Nationwide Conference title and League Two title.

Much as though it comes as a disappointment that Locky has moved to a rival League One club, his five years of service for the Glovers have been memorable and committed right up to the final game. Ciderspace would therefore like to wish Adam and his family the best of luck in their move back 'home' and in his future career - well, for 44 games worth of it anyway!


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15 May 2006 : And Another Friendly
Yeovil Town will be travelling to Ladysmead to play Tiverton Town on Monday 31st July. Kick-off is 7.45 p.m. This will presumably be our last warm-up before the season starts, something that has become traditional since we joined the Football League, with Tivvy also providing the final friendly opposition in the previous three seasons.


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15 May 2006 : Pre-Season Friendly Announced
The Portsmouth Official Site has announced that Pompey will be visiting Huish Park for a pre-season friendly on Friday 21st July. Kick-off is scheduled for 7.45 p.m.


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15 May 2006 : Johnson Calls For Glovers Stability
Yeovil Town have not for the first time since the end of the season been urged to consider the need for continuity and stability over the summer. But unusually this time the calls have come from former manager Gary Johnson who has in the past said he would hate to see any of the achievements his management team and players made go to waste at any stage in the future.

Currently the Glovers have ten players out of contract on top of the four players released at the end of the season and the future of manager Steve Thompson and assistant Kevin Hodges is far from certain since they kept Yeovil Town in League One over two weeks ago. In addition there remains continuing speculation over the off-the-field plans, ownership and investment within the club for the forthcoming season.

Gary believes the club should be reminding themselves of what brought them success in the past. Speaking to the Bristol Evening Post the Bristol City boss explained: "Yeovil have had a lot of success in recent years and that has all been based on stability, both on and off the field. I think they should recognise that and recognise what a great job Steve Thompson did last season. Things weren't settled off the pitch with the change in ownership of the club, and he also lost some important players in January. But Steve steadied the ship, brought in some good players, both permanently and on loan, and got the results to keep Yeovil in League One."

Like most managers, Johnson is currently considering his summer spending plans but he has also praised his former assistant for some of the players that he has brought into Huish Park since Johnson's departure: "I know that quite a few clubs are after the same players, and me and my scouts keep bumping into familiar faces. People like Steve Thompson seem to be out scouting all the time and I know he's got a good eye for a player. He showed that last season when he brought in players like Chris Cohen, Anthony Barry and Craig Rocastle."

The Evening Post also repeat the news from two weeks ago that League Two side Torquay United are chasing former Plymouth Argyle striker Mickey Evans - a player that Thommo has declared a strong interest in. The difficulty that Thommo will face though is that until his own position and the overall direction of the club is clarified, it will be difficult to recruit in new faces into Huish Park over the summer.


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15 May 2006 : Football League Trophy Gets A Re-Paint
The Football League Official Site have announced that the Football League Trophy (what was the LDV Vans Trophy until LDV stopped paying the sponsorship money) will be titled the Johnstone's Paint Trophy for the next three seasons.

The Football League have described it was their "biggest financial investment" for the competition in what will bring in a "seven-figure" sum over the next three seasons.

Football League Chairman Lord Mawhinney put the following gloss on the news: "This is excellent news and provides a real end of season boost for League clubs. All supporters want to see their club competing for silverware and the Johnstone's Paint Trophy gives clubs from Leagues 1 and 2 a cup competition that realistically they can win. The financial rewards of this competition can also be considerable. This season, for instance, Swansea City and Carlisle United each earned more than £250,000 from their appearance in the final."

Interestingly there is no mention of the inclusion of Nationwide Conference clubs within the Football League's press release - an oversight? A deliberate exclusion from future participation within the competition? Or a case of the Football League preferring to look after their own?

Not too surprisingly, Johnstone's are planning their own marketing relaunch on the back of the deal. For those whose knowledge of paint doesn't go beyond Dulux to add a touch of colour, Johnstone's have been making paint since 1890 and are part of the SigmaKalon Group, whoever they are.

Johnstone's Marketing Manager Angus Blundell painted the following story: "This is one of the most important and exciting days in our company's history. With 165 decorator centres throughout the UK, Johnstone's works in partnership with decorators and specifiers from every region and we're pleased to be putting something back into their communities."

The competition looks set to run along roughly the same timescales as last season's competition, with the First Round set to start in October and the final to be held in March, hopefully at the new Wembley Stadium if they've managed to add in their own touches of paint to the development by then.


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15 May 2006 : Horlock Makes Donny Switch Permanent
Former Ipswich Town midfielder Kevin Horlock has turned his loan spell at Doncaster Rovers into a permanent switch, after being released by the Championship club at the end of this season. Horlock had been a target for Glovers boss Steve Thompson until an injury stopped him playing in an Ipswich Reserves match. Donny pressed the gamble button, signing him up on loan and have now given the 33 year old a two year contract to extend his stay at Belle Vue.

It looks like it will be a busy summer for Donny manager Dave Penney - he released six players at the end of the season with Leo Fortune-West, Alun Armstrong, Mark Albrighton, Jermaine McSporran, Simon Marples and Richard Offiong all departing.


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15 May 2006 : Brentford Make It An Unwanted Six
Brentford became the first of the League One playoff hopefuls to fall at the first hurdle yesterday, when they lost 0-2 at home (1-3 on aggregate) to Swansea City. The tie was decided within the first 15 minutes of play - two cracking finishes from striker Leon Knight were enough to give the Jacks their second trip to the Millennium Stadium this season. For Brentford, they will have to face up to their sixth playoff failure - the second worst record (to Preston North End's seven defeats) since the system was introduced 20 years ago. This fact is made all the more ironic given that a former Brentford Chairman Martin Lange is generally credited as the man who introduced the concept to English football.

Swansea will find out their opponents tonight when Huddersfield Town take on Barnsley at the Galpharm Stadium (kick-off 7.45pm). The home side hold a one goal advantage through a late Gary Taylor-Fletcher goal, although with away sides dominating in this season's playoffs, it is unlikely that the Terriers will consider that their job has been done just yet.

The League One play-off final takes place at the Millennium Stadium on 27th May, kick-off 3.00pm.


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14 May 2006 : Internet 2005-06 Player Of The Season
Paul Chesterman has done all the maths, calculated all the voting over 52 First Team matches, and come up with the final result across the whole season :

CHRIS COHEN - 519
Terry Skiverton - 443
Kevin Amankwaah - 429
Phil Jevons - 385
Lee Johnson - 343
Matt Harrold - 341
Nathan Jones - 305
Arron Davies - 296
Kevin Gall - 258
Chris Weale - 254
Paul Terry - 247
Colin Miles - 244
David Poole - 211
Stephen Collis - 167

Chris Cohen
Chris Cohen running off after scoring against Gillingham. Catch me if you can......
Photo © 2006 Ciderspace

Although only with us for thirty matches Chris Cohen had a huge impact, catching the notice and votes of the fans from the off. Our congratulations to Chris, and our heartfelt thanks for his tremendous efforts during his loan spell with Yeovil Town.

Once again our thanks go to Paul for all his number crunching over yet another season.


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14 May 2006 : April Internet Player of the Month
Better late than never! And it's our fault, not that of the estimable Mr Chesterman who produced the results on time as ever.

Six first team matches were played in April, with three wins and three losses, and there were five different winners of the Player of the Match. However with Chris Cohen top of the pile twice, and only failing to make the top three on one occasion, he takes the plaudits for April.

CHRIS COHEN - 473
Terry Skiverton - 375
Phil Jevons - 270
Scott Guyett - 244
Arron Davies - 202
Craig Rocastle - 143
Andy Lindegaard - 128
David Poole - 118
Paul Terry - 105
Adam Lockwood - 96
Stephen Collis - 62
Nathan Jones - 50
Colin Miles - 40
Matt Harrold - 29


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14 May 2006 : Colchester Man of the Match
The results of the Internet Man of the Match voting for the final game of the season against Colchester United have now been added to the foot of the match report, which can be found here.


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13 May 2006 : Major Overhaul For HP Pitch
Working on the pitch, May 2006
Work underway stripping the pitch
Photo © 2006 Ciderspace


The Huish Park pitch, a thing of joy since the new one was laid in 2002, is having its first really major overhaul since then. The entire top surface to a depth of 12mm is being removed and will be replaced by a mix of soil and sand. Once reseeded it is expected to be ready in time for the pre-season friendlies in July.

Working on the pitch, May 2006
The pitch stripped bare
Photo © 2006 Ciderspace



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13 May 2006 : Terry Offered One-Year Deal
Paul Terry has revealed that the deal on the table for him to remain at Yeovil Town is an extension for one year.

The midfielder was one of the few players on the books who had previously put his cards on the table and openly confirmed before the end of the season that it was his ambition to stay at Huish Park (see Ciderspace News page 16th February). However it seems clear the deal offered is not fully to his liking as he's now not falling over himself to sign.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press Terry said :

I have been offered a new deal and now I have to discuss it with my family and make a decision. Hopefully I can make my decision as quickly as possible. I do not think it will be a hard decision but I have to include my family - it is not the kind of decision that you make on your own.

I had some discussions with the club in December but have had to wait until now to take the negotiations further. Hopefully the contract is negotiable and we can discuss it further. I'll talk to my wife and then go back to the manager and either say 'yes' or ask if there's anything we can move on. But it's difficult to know what to say right now because I don't want to give anyone false impressions.

I do not want to say that I will or will not sign because I really do not know what I will do at the moment. I have said before that I would love to stay at the club and that is still the case. I am hoping we can get something sorted that both parties will be happy with so I can stay next year.


Despite Terry obviously hoping there might be a little movement forthcoming on what he has been offered we would remind him of the old saying : a bird in the hand...... If we were being brutal we would query whether there will be many offers from other clubs appearing if he wishes to remain playing at this level of football. Of course that's not to say he might not find a better financial deal lower down the pyramid. Paul himself admits that alternatives are at best vague at present :

There has been a little bit of interest but no actual offers from other clubs at this moment in time.


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13 May 2006 : Radio Bristol Chris Cohen Interview
BBC Radio Bristol are broadcasting a 10 minute interview with midfielder Chris Cohen during their Saturday Sport programme this afternoon. They are expecting to put it on air sometime after 3.00pm. Tune into 95.5FM or via their Internet Site to hear the interview.


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13 May 2006 : Reed Signs For Torquay
Former Yeovil Town left-back Stephen Reed has become the first of the Glovers out of contract players to sign for another club. Reed was one of four players released by Glovers boss Steve Thompson on Thursday and he has wasted no time in signing for the League Two side, following a loan spell at the end of the season just gone down at Plainmoor.

Reed has already played 11 times for the Devon side and has become a regular under new manager Ian Atkins. He has now penned a one year deal with the club for the 2006-07 season.


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13 May 2006 : New Supporter Liaison Representative at HP
The club has announced that a new post of Supporter Liaison Representative has been created. Previously this was part of the responsibilities of the Media & Communications Manager.

Sara Bradley, who many fans will know from the Huish Park Reception area, is now the point of contact for supporters with suggestions, queries, observations or complaints. We've always found Sara to be helpful, efficient and dedicated. After a period of less than perfect communication between supporters and the club Ciderspace congratulates the chairman on seeing the importance of reforming this area.

Sara can be contacted on 01935 423662 Ext 200.

We hope the club will also provide a new dedicated e-mail address, and we'll publicise that if and when it happens. Until then all we can advise supporters is to continue to use the former address for your communications of media@ytfc.net, and trust they get passed on.


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12 May 2006 : Players Shirts : Silent Auction Bid Form
As mentioned earlier, we now have a web form that will allow you to send through bids to the Commercial Department for the Silent Auction for the 2005/06 season players shirts (see below for more details). You'll also get a confirmation email of your bid to act as a record.

The emails are formatted to hopefully help the Commercial Department sift through the eventual bidders following the deadline, so would be a good method of getting your bid through to them.

Head here to place your bids: Silent Auction Bid Form.


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12 May 2006 : Millers Deducted Ten Points From Next Season
The Football League have made their expected announcement: that Rotherham United will start the 2006-07 season in League One with a ten point deduction.

Football League Head of Communications John Nagle said :

Having agreed a CVA enabling it to reduce its debts to creditors Rotherham United have been served with a Sporting Sanction of ten points to take effect from the beginning of the 2006-07 season. The club has seven days to lodge an appeal with The League.

The only grounds on which clubs may appeal against Sporting Sanctions is force majeure, specifically that the reasons behind a club's use of insolvency procedures was "unforeseeable and unavoidable". Cue more pathetic snivelling about the ITV Digital fiasco. Oh come on, it was only four years ago. Football club chairmen will be quoting that one to explain their incompetence until 2032 at least.


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12 May 2006 : Arron And Dale Called Up To Welsh Squad
Yeovil Town have had two players called up for next Tuesday's Under-21 Friendly International between Wales and Cyprus. The match is to be played at the Remax Stadium, Port Talbot Town FC on Tuesday, 16th May 2006 with a kick-off of 2.00pm.

The selection of Arron Davies comes as no surprise having scored the second goal in Estonia earlier this week (see our story below) but as we predicted Youth Team captain Dale Williams has got his first ever call up at Under 21 level.

Dale's selection is doubtless with the second leg of the Estonia game in mind, given that the match at the Racecourse ground takes place between two full Welsh internationals, putting a strain on resources. However, with several players, including Arron, approaching the age limit for U21 internationals, manager Brian Flynn must also have one eye on the future.

The full squad of players for the match at Port Talbot is as follows:

Sam PEARCE Bristol City, Kyle LETHERAN, Simon SPENDER Wrexham, Rhoys WIGGINS Crystal Palace, Gareth BALE Southampton, Craig MORGAN MK Dons, David EDWARDS Shrewsbury Town, Arron DAVIES Yeovil Town, Ramon CALLISTE Liverpool, Curtis McDONALD Cardiff City, Craig DAVIES Hellas Verona, Dale WILLIAMS Yeovil Town, Michael WILLIAMS Wrexham, Chris GUNTER Cardiff City, Lloyd JAMES Southampton, Matt CROWELL Wrexham, Rob DAVIES West Bromwich Albion, Kyle CRITCHELL Southampton.

Our congratulations to both players, and in particular to Dale for his first inclusion in a Welsh Under 21 squad, having previously only made it as far as the stand-by list.


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12 May 2006 : Thommo Talks Roll Into Third Week
The decisions surrounding the future of manager Steve Thompson and his assistant Kevin Hodges will now not be known until at least next Monday. The continuing attempts to resolve the future of the club's 14 out of contract players has delayed talks until Monday according to today's Western Daily Press when it is hoped that discussions will be resumed.

The paper restates yesterday's news that eight players are considering new contract offers but that the club are undecided about another two. What is a new development is that they claim that Thommo wants the two players concerned to have new deals but the board is "unsure" as to whether to grant that request.

Thommo has also stated that he expects to lose at least two of the players that he has offered new contracts to. Speaking to the Western Morning News he explained: "Two players have indicated to me that they will be looking to leave the club, but I don't want to say who they are."

Steve has also indicated that it could be up to a month before he knows whether the players will accept the offers that are on the table, pointing out that if will affect his plans for next season if any of them do ultimately turn down the offers.

The Yeovil boss explained: "When you offer contracts as late as this, players have a month to decide whether to take up the offer of that contract. Obviously that makes planning and budgeting very difficult."


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12 May 2006 : Gall Plans To Haunt Yeovil
Outgoing winger/striker Kevin Gall has today vowed to prove that Yeovil Town are making a mistake in offloading him as part of what could be a substantial summer clear-out. Gall was one of four players released from the club yesterday and with 10 more out of contract, it could be a busy summer at Huish Park.

Gall now has to find alternative employment and he told the Western Daily Press: "It is very disappointing but I am big and strong enough to take it and I will not struggle to find another club. I have had a lot of interest already. People might think I will have to go down a division but I can assure you I will not. I have already told Yeovil I will come back to haunt them next year. I have not got anything against Steve Thompson but I have not been given a chance. I thought I was good enough for Yeovil Town but football is about opinions."

Gall has also told the paper that six to ten clubs have shown an interest in acquiring his services, ranging between the Championship and League Two. It remains to be seen how many of those clubs will put in concrete offers - Kevin's agent Wayne Elsey has repeatedly suggested that there are a host of clubs interested in the Welshman but in the past Glovers boss Steve Thompson has said that only Carlisle United have put their money where their mouth is with a firm bid.


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12 May 2006 : YTFC Shirt Silent Auction
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have announced their annual Silent Auction is now under way with bids being accepted up until 26th May 2006. As before, the highest bidder will be informed after the closing date.

Entries can be accepted by using an on-line bid placement form or by post:

Silent Shirt Auction
Yeovil Town Football Club
Huish Park Stadium
Lufton Way
Yeovil
Somerset
BA22 8YF

Ciderspace will be setting up a web form that will submit your bids through to the Commercial Department sometime tonight, but if you can't wait that long, please remember to include the following in your bid:

Full Name, Bid Amount, Player Name, Daytime Contact Telephone Number.

The full list of players shirts are as follows:

1 Chris Weale (long sleeve, signed)
2 Adam Lockwood (short sleeve, signed)
3 Michael Rose (long sleeve, signed)
4 Terry Skiverton (long sleeve, signed)
5 Colin Miles (long sleeve, signed)
6 Darren Way (short sleeve, unsigned)
7 Paul Terry (short sleeve, unsigned)
8 Lee Johnson (long sleeve, unsigned)
8 Anthony Barry (long sleeve, signed)
9 Kevin Gall (short sleeve, signed)
10 Phil Jevons (long sleeve, signed)
11 Nathan Jones (long sleeve, unsigned)
12 Kevin Amankwaah (long sleeve, signed)
13 Steve Collis (long sleeve, signed)
14 Andy Lindegaard (long sleeve, signed)
15 Steve Reed (long sleeve, signed)
16 Tommy Doherty (short sleeve, unsigned)
16 Efe Sodje (short sleeve, unsigned)
17 Scott Guyett (long sleeve, signed)
18 David Poole (long sleeve, signed)
19 Dale Williams (short sleeve, signed)
20 Matt Harrold (short sleeve, signed)
22 Craig Rocastle (long sleeve, signed)
25 Arron Davies (long sleeve, signed)
27 Daniel Webb (long sleeve, signed)
27 Liam Fontaine (short sleeve, unsigned)
29 Chris Cohen (short sleeve, signed)

To place your bids, please use the linked bid form here.


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12 May 2006 : Away Sides Gain The Upper Hand
The two away sides in the League One playoffs came out of last night's First Leg matches slightly the happier with Huddersfield and Brentford now marginal favourites to progress to the Play-Off Final.

Huddersfield gained their advantage five minutes before the end of the match against Barnsley, after taking advantage of a mix-up between Paul Heckingbottom and goalkeeper Nick Colgan. Heckingbottom got in the way of his goalkeeper following a cross from Andy Booth, with Gary Taylor-Fletcher getting the last touch for the only goal. Both sides were denied by the woodwork in the tight match at Oakwell.

In the other semi-final first leg, Sam Ricketts saw his late equaliser give Swansea City a lifeline after they had trailed Brentford for most of the game at the Liberty Stadium. Jay Tabb's 29th-minute goal opened the scoring but the tide turned when Bees goalkeeper Stuart Nelson was sent off in the 51st minute. However it took until three minutes before the end for Ricketts to level the scores with a shot from outside the box.

The second legs are both live on Sky Sports with the following schedule:

Sunday, 14th May 2006
Brentford v Swansea City, 12.15pm.

Monday, 15th May 2006
Huddersfield v Barnsley, 7.45pm.

The final is on Saturday, 27th May 2006 at the Millennium Stadium, kick-off 3.00pm.


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12 May 2006 : Danby Heads For Deva
Kidderminster Harriers goalkeeper John Danby has signed a two year contract with Chester City according to the BBC. The 22 year old played for Yeovil Town Reserves against Swansea City Reserves earlier this month, but has chosen to head to the Deva Stadium where a firm offer for his services was on the table.


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11 May 2006 : Contract Discussions For 14, Not 12!
On May 3rd (Let The Hard Work Commence Now) this site pondered whether the current out of contract figure of 12 that had been widely circulated amongst the media was in fact accurate - we counted 14 players! However, it seemed so widely accepted that at the time it seemed unlikely that it could be wrong.

Tonight it has transpired that two more players have been offered contracts for next season, bringing the total offers issued up to eight. However, with the two pending still outstanding, and four players released today, this actually brings the total number of players who were out of contract at the end of this season to a total of 14!

No list has been publicised officially but it seems likely that the full list of players of relevance are: Phil Jevons, Paul Terry, Arron Davies, Chris Weale, Steve Collis, Andy Lindegaard, Scott Guyett, Colin Miles, Dale Williams and Danny Barker.

Kevin Gall, Stephen Reed, Michael Rose and Richard Cullingford were released by the club earlier today.

There are a lot of theories as to why the contracts concerning two players are still under discussion - one rational explanation would be that goalkeepers Chris Weale and Danny Barker are both injured, which would be a reasonable explanation as to why the futures of two players are being resolved a little later than others.


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11 May 2006 : Quartet Depart Huish Park
Striker Kevin Gall, left-backs Stephen Reed and Michael Rose, plus youth teamer Richard Cullingford have all been told by the club that they will not be offered new contracts for next season. The four were out of contract at the end of this season and so become free agents, able to find alternative clubs.

The club however have given contract offers to six other players, with two more unnamed players still yet to have firm decisions made against their name. There is currently no public response to those offers, although the rumourmill is particularly frantic today in this respect. The future positions of Glovers boss Steve Thompson and his assistant Kevin Hodges remain unaddressed.

Speaking to the official site Thommo explained: "It's always sad when players leave a club but we felt that in the case of Michael Rose that he has not managed to get many chances this season and we are well covered on the left hand side of defence. Kevin Gall has been a loyal servant to this club since he arrived when we were in the Conference, but I feel he has found it difficult to make the step up from League Two to League One. I am sure though he will find another club for next season. The club would also like to wish Stephen Reed and Richard Cullingford all the best in their future careers."

Chairman John Fry added: "This club finished in the highest position in its history, but now we have to move on. Change is inevitable but Yeovil Town have one focus and that is to build a squad that is capable of taking this club into The Championship."
Gally on his way to scoring Yeovil Town's first ever Football League goal
Gally on his way to scoring Yeovil Town's first ever Football League goal
Photo © 2003-2006 Ciderspace

Of the players released, Welshman Kevin Gall is undoubtedly the biggest name on the list, and the one that will bring a tear to most fans eyes. Gally's goals were undoubtedly a huge factor in Yeovil Town's ascent into the Football League. He will also go down forever in the history books as the first player to score a goal for Yeovil Town as a Football League club, netting the opening strike in the 3-1 win up at Rochdale in August 2003. Overall, he made 159 appearances for the first team scoring 30 goals.
Gally makes just a few people rather happy at Rochdale!
Gally makes just a few people rather happy at Rochdale!
Photo © 2003-2006 Ciderspace

Left-back Michael Rose effectively played one full season for the Glovers and was a key part of the squad that won promotion from League Two last season, with the Salford-born player featuring in the PFA League Two Team of the Season. He made 49 appearances for the Glovers scoring one goal, but only one of those appearances took place this season, with Nathan Jones's arrival seeing Rose firmly sidelined. A loan spell at Scunthorpe United in January showed the writing was on the cards.

Stephen Reed made 16 appearances for the first team, but had actually been with the club for five seasons, rising up through the Youth and Reserve Teams. The rapid progress of the first team up through the football pyramid always seemed to put first team football just out of his reach and in the majority of recent seasons he became a bit of a nomad, being farmed out to numerous Conference and League Two sides, ultimately finishing this season at Torquay United.

Richard Cullingford was another Youth Team graduate who failed to break into the first team. He was a strong part of this season's Youth side that won the Football League Youth Alliance, but in his one full season as a professional, he was unable to force himself into first team contention.

The very best of luck to all four in finding a new club, but in particular to Kevin Gall and Michael Rose - a very special thank you for being part of our promotion through the leagues into Coca Cola League One. For Gally in particular, that moment up at Rochdale will NEVER be forgotten!


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11 May 2006 : Bastianini Mistake Blamed For Club Caution
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has today claimed that the errors of judgement in the signing of Pablo Bastianini robbed the club of over a quarter of its playing budget and have resulted in a more cautious approach for the forthcoming 2006/07 season. Fry claims that this accounts for some of the speed in making decisions during May concerning the current crop of players and the future of manager Steve Thompson and his assistant Kevin Hodges.

Fry has pitched the losses incurred as in the region of £250,000 - representing 27 percent of the playing budget - which shows the Glovers playing budget for the 2005/06 season was in the region of £926,000. That figure of 250K also apparently includes the amount spent upon fellow South Americans Luciano Alvarez and Alejandro Gabriel Meloño, who like Pablo also had their contracts severed early.

Speaking to today's Western Gazette Fry explained: "Everything surrounding the Bastianini signing represented 27 per cent of our budget and had we not made that mistake we would have an extra £250,000 in the pot. I have to say we were foolish in regards to that whole situation. I am not blaming anyone in particular but if I had made a mistake like that in any other business I would have been fired. Pablo hardly gave us any service and with the associated players who came with him, the transfer and agents' fees, that figure I have stated is the direct cost. Thankfully we have come through that error and now we must learn from it."

Fry also explained some of the decision making that he and his board were undertaking to avoid a repeat of the season just gone adding: "That is why we do not want to make knee-jerk decisions at the present time. Some fans and people within the club are finding it hard to understand that but this is a vital time. Are we able to recruit players and have we got the right scouting system? Are we taking on the right people in the first team and behind the scenes? Are we making the best of our limited finances? These are all questions that we have been asking ourselves. I am not messing around. I know that I have got a job to do for my customers and supporters, and that is why it is crucial we get things right."

Fry added his latest thoughts concerning manager Steve Thompson although gave no hints as to whether he or his assistant Kevin Hodges formed part of the club's future plans: "Steve Thompson deserves a lot of credit for what he has done as manager but this next stage is going to be our greatest commitment to the club and we need to make sure we get the right requirements to develop. There is a lot of support for Steve and his assistant Kevin Hodges because they have both been courageous. There are lots of people who will have a role in the future but we have got to weigh everything up along with the opinions of our supporters."

What is slightly confusing is why the failings of a new player coming into the squad last season should make the board show caution concerning players who are already firmly established at Huish Park. "Better the Devil you know" as the saying goes - whilst some of the current crop of players have weaknesses, we know what is good about them, and we know what is bad about them. If those players depart then new ones will inevitably have to replace them, and these are the 'devils' we do not know. If the club want to show a cautious and safe approach to the coming season, then keeping changes down to a minimal level would surely be the path that carries the least risk?


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11 May 2006 : Thommo Confirms Jevo Offer
Glovers boss Steve Thompson has confirmed that striker Phil Jevons is sat on a contract offer from the club which he has told the Western Daily Press was made two or three weeks ago. However, current thinking on the rumourmill today is that Jevo is not too likely to accept the deal.

Thommo hasn't given up hope though, explaining: "The club made an offer to Phil in December and we have made another very good offer two or three weeks ago. Now it is up to Phil and his agent to chose because there is undoubtedly interest from lots of different clubs."

Of the unresolved "10 percent" referred to earlier today (see story below) the paper reports that Chairman John Fry and Thommo were due to meet at 8.00am to thrash out the remaining issues thus allowing him to give either good or bad news to the players today.

Thommo echoed his thoughts to the Gazette (see below) in stating that he suspected that there were unspecified people at the club who weren't willing to back his judgement: "Kevin and I think we have done a good job and a lot of people who I respect in football also think we have done a good job. Unfortunately not everyone at the club feels that way. My feeling is that some people at the club are still unsure about what to do. At the moment the players and the management are feeling very uncertain about the situation."

The general vibes coming from this and other recent statements do not give cause for optimism here. It seems that not only could the club be spending the summer looking for new players to replace those who do not sign the contracts on offer, but they could also looking to shuffle the man in charge of replacing those players out of the door at the same time. It seems that "interesting times" are ahead.


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11 May 2006 : Thommo Hoping To Hold Player Talks Today
Glovers boss Steve Thompson plans to hold individual meetings with all of his out of contract players today, according to the Western Gazette. Steve has only been able to offer his players terms following the Tuesday night board meeting, but admits that he still may have problems determining the future of "10 percent" of his players.

Thommo explained: "I do not want to say too much but what I will say is that I have got all of the out of contract players in (today) when I hope to be in a position where there are no doubts."

Steve however stated that he had yet to reach an agreement with the board over a number of his players, implying that either the board were over-ruling Thommo's wish to offer them new contracts, or were baulking at the terms he wished to offer them.

Steve also cast a great shadow of doubt over his own future at the club given that he has yet to receive his own offer of employment, suggesting that there were people at the club who did not regard this season as a success. When Thommo was appointed as manager, the club's press release described a "rolling contract" as being the terms that he was working under. The Gazette suggest this is not the case, claiming his contract expires on June 30th.

Thommo explained: "I am waiting for them (the board) at the moment. They agree with 90 percent (of the contract offers) but where does that leave me with the other 10 percent? The other thing I would like to add is that I think myself, Kevin Hodges and the players have done well, considering everything that has happened this season. It seems that other people do not think that."


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11 May 2006 : Argyle Deny Jevons Link
Plymouth Argyle manager Tony Pulis has denied he has any interest in signing Yeovil Town striker Phil Jevons. Pulis has widely admitted he needs to sign at least one new striker to bolster his shot-shy Championship attack for next season and when he was a guest at the Glovers final match of the season against Colchester United, many pundits put two and two together, convincing themselves that Pulis was about to bid for the Liverpudlian's services.

Those claims are now working their way out onto some of the 'chain' websites such as Vital Football. However, Pulis has denied having any interest in the striker and has pointed out that he was merely getting an early look-in on future Championship side Colchester United, who achieved promotion at that match.

Speaking to the Plymouth Official Site, Pulis explained: "I went to watch Yeovil and Colchester on the weekend because I thought there would be a good chance that we'll be playing Colchester next season. I saw Colchester earlier in the season but not since, so I was interested to see what they were doing and the players they have in their team. I wanted to have a look at their formation, shape and get a better understanding of another team that will be in our league. I'm not interested in Phil Jevons."


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10 May 2006 : Davies Gives Wales The Upper Hand
Yeovil Town striker Arron Davies scored a crucial goal for the Welsh U21 side in Estonia tonight as Wales took a 2-0 lead back home in their Uefa Championship qualifier playoff match in a match played at the A Le Coq Arena in Tallinn.

The two legged affair got off to the best possible start in the 28th minute when striker Craig Davies was brough down in the penalty box and Bristol City's David Cotterill fired home the spot kick.

Wales were somewhat under the cosh during the second period with defenders Richard Duffy and Craig Morgan and keeper Lewis Price being forced to bail their side out on a number of occasions. But with 15 minutes left, Arron Davies doubled the Welsh lead to give them a two goal cushion for the second leg.

U21s manager Brian Flynn said after the game: "This was an excellent performance, we were under the cosh for a long time in the second half against a very strong Estonia side. But we held on and I am delighted to have finally won an away game under my management. We knew this would be a hard march so it justified our decision to use players who were already in the senior squad. It is crucial for the future of Welsh football that we get into the Uefa tournament next season. If we fail in this tie we will end up without competitive matches for a couple of seasons, and that would be a disaster."

If Wales win this two leg play-off they will proceed to Group 13 of the main phase to face Turkey (Home) and Israel (Away) in August and September 2006. The winners of this group progress to a two-legged play off match (opponents yet to be drawn) where the winners will make it to the finals in the Netherlands in 2007. However if they fail to qualify, then the next competitive matches for the U21s only follow the Netherlands finals.

Line-Up: Lewis Price (Ipswich Town), Richard Duffy (Portsmouth) (Capt), Rhoys Wiggins (Crystal Palace), Joe Ledley (Cardiff City), Craig Morgan (MK Dons), Lewin Nyatanga (Derby County), Andrew Crofts (Gillingham), Arron Davies (Yeovil Town), Craig Davies (Hellas Verona), David Cotterill (Bristol City), Curtis McDonald (Cardiff City).

Subs: Sam Pearce (Bristol City), Simon Spender (Wrexham), Mike Williams (Wrexham), Chris Gunter (Cardiff City), Lloyd James (Southampton), Ramon Calliste (Liverpool), Gareth Bale (Southampton).

The second leg of the playoff takes place at Wrexham's Racecourse ground on 24 May. Kick-off in Wrexham is 5.30pm with admission prices as follows: £3.00 adults, £1.00 juveniles (under age of 16) and OAPs.

In the meantime, there is a Welsh U21 friendly fixture taking place next Tuesday on May 16, 2006 at the REMAX Stadium, Port Talbot Town FC, with a kick Off: 2.00pm. There is free Admission to all spectators. The squad for this game has yet to be chosen, but of course could include Arron, or even Youth Team captain Dale Williams, who has been on the U21 stand-by list in the past.

The Welsh U21 side for the second leg will depend much upon the policy of those choosing the full Welsh squad sides for their fixtures against a Basque XI (21 May) and Trinidad and Tobago (27 May). Several of tonight's U21 side often feature in the Welsh full squad and so a delicate balancing act has to be maintained between the various parties.


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10 May 2006 : Gavin Called Up To Face Brazil
Gavin McCallum has been called up to the Canada Under-20 squad again following his trip to the 24th Porto International Tournament in April when he featured in all three matches - see Ciderspace News page 6th April and 15th April.

Canada’s Under-20 Head Coach, Dale Mitchell, has chosen what he states is his strongest possible squad against probably the World’s best youth team at the moment, Brazil, in a three match series across three different cities.

Canada will host the Brazilians at :

The Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, 19th May

The Centennial Stadium, Victoria, 22nd May

The Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, 25th May

Mitchell said :

The Brazil series comes at a time when almost all of our players are available, which doesn't happen too often. It will give us a chance to gauge ourselves against the top nation in world soccer in front of pro-Canadian crowds. There will be some countries possibly as good as Brazil next year but very few, if any, that will be better. Obviously for us, players that can show well in this environment take a big step towards being involved in 2007.

Once again the best of luck to Gavin.


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10 May 2006 : Interview With Terry Skiverton
Club captain Terry Skiverton thanked outgoing coach Maurice O’Donnell for his dedicated service to Yeovil Town after the final match of the 2005/06 season against Colchester United.

Speaking after the match, Skiverton said, "He is brilliant, Mo. He is good for morale. He has a laugh and a joke. He is always there in training and always has the good answers. He will be sorely missed because he was a valued member of our squad."

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


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10 May 2006 : Future Of Davies (Ben) Unclear
Chester City have released five players and made new offers to two others, one of whom is midfielder Ben Davies. Back in the January transfer window the Glovers put in a bid for Davies, a bid then manager Keith Curle described as "derisory" and rejected. However he also conceded that his attempts to persuade Davies to sign an extension on his contract at Chester had got nowhere. Since then Curle has been moved on and replaced by our old acquaintance Mark Wright.

However the rumours up in Cheshire suggest Wright is having no more success in convincing Davies to stay, and that the player is eyeing up a League One club for his next move. Whether that club is Yeovil Town is another matter - Bristol City and newly promoted Northampton Town are also sniffing around.

Speaking to the Chester Evening Leader City Chairman Stephen Vaughan admitted: "I’m not going to stand in Ben’s way if he wants to further his career at a League One club. Ben has apparently had offers from Yeovil, Northampton and Bristol City. We would love to see Ben sign on for another two years with us, but in this age of freedom of contract, it looks like he will move on."


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10 May 2006 : Indecision Or Careful Planning?
Difficult to know what is going on at Huish Park at present. After repeated signals over the last six months or so that the chairman wanted some sort of 'Director of Football' in place - and the aborted attempt to install David Webb in that type of role - John Fry now appears to have changed his mind. Speaking to the Western Daily Press he is quoted as saying :

I had a full and frank discussion with Steve and put his opinions to the board [on Tuesday]. And 90 per cent of what Steve has put to us has been agreed. The rest will be discussed in the morning.

We have come through some troubled waters this year and both of them
[Steve Thompson and Kevin Hodges] have done very well, but there is more talking to do. We will deal with the players first and then move on to those discussions.

However, we are not looking for a director of football. That is way off the mark. We feel it is better to look at the coaching set-up as a whole. Both Steve and Kevin are young people who have come in at a high level. There's a question here of developing people and having some continuity. That breeds loyalty and when you have loyalty, people will run through brick walls for you.


So what does this actually mean in practice? Your guesses are as good as ours at this stage, though there does seem to be some putting of carts before horses here, when the more usual order of events is to sort out your managerial situation first, then progress on to the players. One suspects the club feels it is running out of time to sort out contracts for those players it would like to try and keep, with the seven day from the end of the season rule looming in which to get offers on the table. This does beg the question why the club didn't start moving as soon as the result at Huddersfield had been secured and the club knew it would be in League One once again. Some might feel a week was wasted.

Steve Thompson's take to the same paper was :

I have given my recommendations in terms of players and contracts to the board and am waiting for a response. I want the club to react as quickly as possible. I am waiting to hear if I can act on my recommendations.

As of yet I have been unable to discuss my own personal situation with the board. As far as I am concerned I remain in place on my rolling contract, which has not come to an end.



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10 May 2006 : No Latics For Jevs
Ronnie Moore, manager at Oldham Athletic, has revealed that his attempt to sign Yeovil Town's soon to be out of contract Phil Jevons has come to naught.

Moore said :

I spoke to his agent because Jevons is a talented lad with a proven record. He can play down the right as well as through the middle. Unfortunately the amounts mentioned were too high for us so we'll have to forget it and look elsewhere.

Another fellow League One club, Doncaster Rovers, are reputed to have Jevons on their shopping list. Rumours that a certain 'big' club up the road will also make a move for Yeovil's top striker over the last two seasons continue unabated.


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10 May 2006 : Huddersfield Man of the Match Result
Striker Phil Jevons won the Man of the Match result for the 2-1 win against Huddersfield Town. Jevo scored two goals to help Yeovil win the match and you can find the full outcome of the voting by heading to the foot of the match report.


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9 May 2006 : 2005/06 First Team Statistics Completed
The Ciderspace statistics covering the 2005/06 season for the First Team have now been fully completed.

The relevant pages of note are as follows:

a) 2005/06 First Team Results.
b) 2005/06 First Team Goalscorers.
c) 2005/06 First Team Appearances.
d) 2005/06 First Team Disciplinary Records.
e) 2005/06 Final Coca Cola League One Table.

As usual, links to these pages will eventually be archived in the Statistics Section on the site.


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9 May 2006 : Summer Soccer Schools Get Cash Boost
Yeovil Town's Summer Soccer Schools funds were given a boost before Saturday's game against Colchester United when Ray Edwards from Battens Charitable Trust presented Glovers Chairman John Fry with a cheque for £1,000 to help with the running costs of the events.

The Summer Soccer School is about to celebrate its 10th anniversary of running and there are two weeks planned this summer as follows:

Monday 31st July - Friday 4th August 2006
Monday 7th August - Friday 11th August 2006

For further information on the Soccer Schools, either pick up a leaflet from Huish Park Reception or ask to speak to John Flatters who is the club's Football In The Community representative.
Ray Edwards from Battens Charitable Trust presents Chairman John Fry with a cheque for £1,000 for the Summer Soccer Schools
Ray Edwards from Battens Charitable Trust presents Chairman John Fry with a cheque for £1,000 for the Summer Soccer Schools
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9 May 2006 : Ballboys and Ballgirls Presentation
Another presentation made prior to Saturday's match against Colchester United was made to Yeovil Town supporter Pat Custard to thank her for all her hard work in organising and kitting out Yeovil Town's ballboys and ballgirls who help keep the games flowing at Huish Park. Pat was presented with some flowers and a framed, signed shirt by Chairman John Fry prior to Saturday's match.
Pat Custard, John Fry and the Huish Park ballboys and ballgirls
Pat Custard, John Fry and the Huish Park ballboys and ballgirls
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9 May 2006 : Children's Hospice Receive Donation
One of two pre-match cheque presentations made before Saturday's match against Colchester United was for the charity called The Children's Hospice. One of Yeovil Town's sponsors Cowlin Construction raised £2,058 for the Hospice and presenting Chief Executive Eddie Farwell with a cheque were representatives from Cowlin along with Glovers Chairman John Fry.
The Children's Hospice benefit to the tune of £2,058 pounds before the Colchester match
The Children's Hospice benefit to the tune of £2,058 pounds before the Colchester match
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9 May 2006 : More England/Yeovil Combo Club Shop Goodies
The Yeovil Town Commercial Department have been in touch with more details of merchandising that they have ordered in for the 2006 World Cup. All items shown below feature a combination of St George and YTFC logos to help you get through the summer whilst supporting both club and country. See also the Club and Country shirt advertised last week.

Articles on sale are as follows:
a) Dashboard Springers : £3.95
b) Badge : £2.50
c) YTFC/England Mug : £5.00
d) YTFC/England Flag : £8.00
e) YTFC/England Playing Cards : £3.95
f) Car Pennant : £3.50
g) YTFC/England Scarf : £7.00

All are available in the Huish Park Club Shop now, or order direct at the Yeovil Town Club Shop website.

New club shop goodies to fit in with the World Cup!
New club shop goodies to fit in with the World Cup! Visit http://shop.ytfc.net or drop in at the Huish Park Club Shop.
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9 May 2006 : Millers Enter Administration
As expected Rotherham United have gone into administration today and a Company Voluntary Arrangement has been agreed. The holders of 79% of the £3.7 million debts the club owes voted in favour, thus passing the required 75% threshold. In terms of numbers of creditors, around 50 voted in favour and 150 against, but voting is weighted on the amount each is owed. All creditors will now receive 1p in the pound.

As part of the statement issued by XL Business Solutions Limited, who were party to negotiating the CVA, Jeremy Blizzard said :

Under the terms a new company is formed and they will purchase the assets of the old company. They will then go to the Football League and the Football Association and, subject to passing around 16 points, they will then have the shares transferred from the old company to the new one.

At that time the new company can trade, but under the terms of the proposal the old company will continue to trade for around six to eight weeks until the share is transferred from the F.A. and Football League.


One of those 16 points will presumably be the necessary evidence that Rotherham meet the Football League requirement of a minimum ten year ground security, and the Millers have already sold their stadium. Blizzard continued :

The rules state that you have to have security of tenure for ten years but we are hopeful we will get more than that.

David Hinchliffe from corporate lawyers Walker Morris commented :

Under Football League rules normal trade creditors try to save the club and this has happened here, but the club faces a ten points deduction next season although they are considering an appeal against that.

The new company is called Changing Finish, although that might well be changed. I have dealt with about ten clubs in this situation in the past.


Rotherham United chairman Denis Coleman said :

I would like to put it on record to thank everyone who has helped the club through this difficult period, especially the supporters and creditors from local businesses who have been very patient.

Without the help of Walker Morris we wouldn't have known which road to go down, it's been hard but we have got there. We were confident we would be able to secure today's decision, it's the only way Rotherham United have a future, the alternative was liquidation. We have traded recently on the good will of people and hopefully we might get some of that business back.

Now we look forward to the continued future of Rotherham United although there is still a lot of hard work to be done. We were losing a lot of money so we have to tighten the purse strings while looking at other streams of income. We have some good business plans and now we need the backing of the supporters as every penny counts.



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9 May 2006 : Police Praise Glovers Fans
The Yeovil division of the Avon and Somerset Constabulary have been in contact this afternoon to praise Yeovil Town supporters both in Huish Park and up and down the country throughout the 2005/06 season. Glovers fans have this week also been praised by the Chief Executive of Colchester United for their sportsmanship following the Essex side's promotion this season and so it is with great pleasure that we report that the local constabulary wish to echo these views. The message reads as follows:

On behalf of the Avon and Somerset Constabulary, I would like to express my gratitude to the supporters of Yeovil Town Football Club yet again for their continued exemplary behaviour both at home and away during the 2005 - 2006 season. The constabulary has received good reports from other forces and clubs complimenting the standard set by you. You are welcomed throughout country and visiting supporters enjoy the hospitality offered at Huish Park. This reflects well on the club and on the area as a whole. We enjoy an excellent working relationship with the club and hope to further develop our partnership with Yeovil Town again next season. Please pass on my gratitude to all those who have helped to establish Yeovil's Town enviable reputation.

Mike Edwards
Yeovil Sector Inspector
and Football Commander

To echo Mike's comments, Ciderspace would like to say well done lads and lasses. As many other football clubs would testify, it is far easier to establish a bad reputation in football than it is to establish a good one. The continuing praise from the Police and opposition clubs can only be beneficial to the future reputation of Yeovil Town Football Club.


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9 May 2006 : Rotherham Ten Point Deduction Imminent
Rotherham United manager Alan Knill has admitted that his club's decision to delay their CVA meeting by five days was a deliberate ploy to avoid relegation this season. Millers chairman Denis Coleman had originally claimed that "the process of preparing the CVA has taken longer than expected" but Knill has now admitted it was to give the Yorkshire side a chance to avoid relegation this season. The CVA meeting will now take place tonight, and if the outcome is for the club to go into Administration then they will commence the 2006/07 season in League One on minus 10 points.

Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield Knill explained: "It was either start 10 points down or go down a division and with effort that the players had put in, we all thought that it wasn't worth that. So we'll start 10 points down but we know that we could have easily picked up 10 points somewhere along the line this year. When I mentioned it to the players, I thought it was a good challenge for us, because the team to be fair has been through a lot of challenges and come out the other side and I thought yes, it was a good challenge for me and the players and they were suprisingly they were pretty positive about it all."


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9 May 2006 : Thommo Clarifies Loan Positions
Glovers boss Steve Thompson has explained some of his thinking concerning the players that have been on loan at the club during the latter part of this season. In particular Steve makes it clear that he will be making moves to try and bring back Chris Cohen to Huish Park next season. He also says that there has yet to be a decision make over fellow midfielder Marc Wilson - a club statement early yesterday claimed Wilson had been released although this was later withdrawn. As mentioned in Saturday's press conference, Michael Jordan and Sam Alsop though have definitely returned. Today's Western Daily Press names all three players as being released with BBC Radio Bristol last night echoing the same, so this is one area that is far from clear.

Speaking to the Western Morning News Steve explained: "We want to sort out the situation with the out of contract players at the club. It is no secret that we are trying to get Chris Cohen, Marc Wilson has done reasonably well and we have a decision to make with him. Sam Alsop and Michael Jordan have both returned to their clubs as we have decided not to offer them contracts at the moment."

Speaking specifically of Cohen, Thommo explained: "We would like to keep Chris whichever way possible. Whether that is a long loan or - preferably - bring him to the club, I don't know. He is contracted to West Ham and he would like to be a part of West Ham, so there is a lot of talking to be done between me, Chris and West Ham. West Ham want all their players back after Saturday for the FA Cup final, which is a big event in West Ham's history. There could well be some interest from other clubs, but Chris has really enjoyed his time with Yeovil. I think we allow players to express themselves and Chris is very comfortable in the team and in the area. I hope we can do something if West Ham allow that to happen and Chris wants it as well."

Steve has also repeated his desire to bring back former left-back Anthony Tonkin after the Cornishman was released by Crewe Alexandra: "I have spoken to Anthony and expressed an interest. He has told me he would like to stay at Championship level if he possibly can, but we would come into the equation if it is possible. He did well for us after coming through the youth system here with Stuart Housley."


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8 May 2006 : Youth Team Title Presentations
Stuart Housley's Under 18s side won the Football League Youth Alliance South West Conference title for the 2005-06 season a few weeks ago and at half time during the Colchester United match, the players were formally presented with the trophy by David Davies who was representing the FA at the match. He was joined by Youth Team Sponsor David Jones to make the presentations to Stuart and the players.

Ten photos from the half time presentations can be found here.


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8 May 2006 : Veterans Squad Adjustments
A reminder that Yeovil Town Veterans take on the Yeovil Police & Ambulance Service at Westland Sports FC in Alvington tomorrow night, kick-off 6.30pm.

There have been a couple of late adjustments to the squad. Goalkeeper Len Bond has had to pull out and so Andy Buse, who played for the Glovers under Graham Roberts, takes his place. Also added to the squad is striker Adrian Foster, who played under Colin Lippiatt.

The team is expected to be formed from the following people: Andy Buse, Stuart Housley, Rob Cousins, Paul Thorpe, Tony Pounder, Kevin Hodges, Steve Thompson, Dean Birkby, Gerry Pearson, Terry Cotton, Micky Spencer, Paul Charles, Bob Russell, Kevin Leigh, Adrian Foster, Dick Plumb.

It has been estimated that the above squad have over 2,000 Yeovil Town appearances between them, and so this is an excellent opportunity to go and see some old faces put on the Green'n'White once again.


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8 May 2006 : Action Photos From Swansea vs Yeovil Town Reserves
Four action photos taken by Tim Lancaster have been added to the Swansea City Reserves match report. The Glovers won 7-1 at Port Talbot FC and Tim has supplied photos that have been attached to the match report which can be found here.


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8 May 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil vs Colchester
The Ciderspace view of Saturday's 0-0 draw with Colchester United that completed the 2005/06 season is here.


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8 May 2006 : Wilson U-Turn
An earlier announcement made by the club on the official site suggested that Marc Wilson had been released by the club along with Sam Alsop and Michael Jordan. The article has at some point this evening been amended to just include the names of Alsop and Jordan. There is no clarification provided as to Wilson's future, which implies that he is still at Huish Park, for the time being at least.


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8 May 2006 : Plug Pulled On Play-off Broadcast
Following up from this site's 'End of Season Round-Up' (below) where we stated Sky Sports would be broadcasting all the League One play-offs live........ well this was still supposed to be the case when we wrote it yesterday.

Since then things have changed, with Sky deciding it won't cover both the Swansea City v Brentford and Barnsley v Huddersfield Town ties now they clash on Thursday May 11th. Originally Barnsley v Huddersfield was scheduled for Friday 12th, but the police refused to allow that (you tell us!). Then it was suggested that tie was moved to Thursday and the match at the Liberty Stadium went to Friday. The police weren't having that either (you tell us!). We may be being dim, but why there's a supposed significant health and safety difference between playing these ties on Thursday or Friday is beyond us. In fact in Swansea's case they've moved a number of matches at the Liberty Stadium to Friday night already this season, presumably with full police agreement. So both have ended up on the Thursday, and Sky has decided to show Barnsley v Huddersfield on Sky Sports One, but not to alter its schedules on other channels, so Swansea v Brentford will not be covered live.


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8 May 2006 : Trio Return (Or Is That Duo?)
Loan trio Michael Jordan, Sam Alsop and Marc Wilson have now formally returned to their parent clubs after Glovers boss Steve Thompson told them that they would not be offered any deals at Huish Park, according to the official site.

This is not the greatest of surprises. Portsmouth midfielder Wilson was the only one of the trio who made a first team appearance - a full 90 minutes against Walsall followed by a substitute appearance four days later against Tranmere Rovers.

Thommo had already revealed on Saturday that keeper Michael Jordan had returned to Arsenal. Aside from a spot of bench warming as a substitute keeper, Jordan did not threaten Steve Collis's position and his cause was not helped by three significant errors during Reserve Team matches.

Birmingham City midfielder Sam Alsop failed to make the first team squad and had already disappeared out of the Reserve Team squad last week and so his departure had already been expected even prior to the weekend.

The best of luck to all three in securing positions within their parent clubs or with other clubs next season. Perhaps significant, is that the future of Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Craig Rocastle who was in the main responsible for keeping Wilson and Alsop out of the side, has yet to be announced.

Update: 19:00hrs The club have since amended their press release to omit Wilson's name without explanation. See other article above for more details.


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8 May 2006 : Jevo Linked With City Move
Out of contract striker Phil Jevons is being courted by fellow League One side Bristol City according to today's Western Daily Press. The claims that former manager Gary Johnson is looking to lure him to Ashton Gate come two weeks after Jevons himself rubbished rumours that he had agreed a deal with Johnson to move up the A37.

There is no actual source identified alongside the paper's story and it should be recognised that their sister paper, the Bristol Evening Post predicted that Jevons would move to City in the January transfer window. However with the Glovers believed to have yet to present Jevons or any of the other out of contract players with deals to sign, it would almost be a surprise if Johnson did not show an interest in a player who has been Yeovil's top scorer for the past two seasons. At present under the Bosman ruling, Jevons would be free to leave Huish Park on a free transfer and the longer the Glovers have left it to offer him a deal, the more likely an exit has seemed likely.

City boss Gary Johnson would not state who his targets are, but did admit that there had been some preliminary contact made with prospective players: "The work started a few weeks ago and we know what we've got to do. We think we've put ourselves ahead of the game and we'll add a bit of extra quality to a squad which already has plenty of quality. I think I need to get four or five players in to make sure we've got a strong enough squad. The chairman is as ambitious as I am and if we come up with the right package for the right player then the chairman will back it."

Grimsby Town striker Michael Reddy, who Johnson bid for during the transfer window, is another party named by the paper. However, Grimsby have Reddy under contract for next season and so would demand a hefty fee.

Glovers boss Steve Thompson though has stated that leaving the decision late was always the intention of the striker. Speaking on the Teamtalk website, Steve explained: "Phil Jevons has always said he will make his decision after the season has finished. He said that in January when we first approached him about a new contract. He's already had an improved offer to stay. We all want Jevo to stay but it's up to the player."


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8 May 2006 : Colchester Chief Thanks Glovers For Sportsmanship
Colchester United Football Club have placed on the record their thanks for the sportsmanship and hospitality offered by Yeovil Town's officials and supporters for helping them celebrate their promotion to the Coca Cola Championship.

Colchester fans have been visiting Yeovil message boards over the weekend to thank Glovers fans for creating a sporting environment after the game that allowed them to celebrate around Huish Park and in the town's pubs. Now their Chief Executive Marie Partner has given her backing to the Glovers for what their official site has described as "playing a huge part in making it a very special afternoon".

Marie explained: "From the boardroom to the fans to the stewards, I would like to give Yeovil the highest accolade possible for their hospitality on Saturday. They allowed us to celebrate in a manner that we would have done on our own ground and I would say that it went a long way to prove to me that there is still genuine sportsmanship in the game. On behalf of everyone at Colchester United, I can't thank them enough for making it a real afternoon to remember."


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8 May 2006 : Thommo Throws Out Future Hint
Further to our story on May 5th (Thommo's Conditions May Prove A Sticking Point) Glovers boss Steve Thompson has thrown out a possible hint that would appear to back up theories that he has been offered a different role for next season.

On Friday Chairman John Fry indicated that there was a need for a "review in terms of the conditions ... Those conditions could prove to be a sticking point". Fry also referred to wanting to "bring forward our managagement, coaching and young player development plans in order to get the most out of our over-stretched resources". That all pointed to the potential of a new person being appointed around the area of Thommo's current responsibilities.

The board meeting that Steve has asked for to resolve the future is now being called for tomorrow (Tuesday) night and Steve's current thoughts on the situation in advance of that meeting appear to point to a change being on the cards.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press Steve explained: "My role is manager and that's what I want to be doing next season. On Tuesday night we will see if everyone is on the same wavelength."

Again if not too much is being read into the quotes from Thommo, it points to him being offered a different role within the club - possibly that of Head Coach within a Director of Football structure, or a demotion back to Assistant Manager. Either scenario could have a knock-on effect for his assistant Kevin Hodges, although whether Thommo himself would accept such a change following his success in guaranteeing Yeovil Town League One football for next season would be debatable. Whatever the actual discussions that are being held, it appears that all should be hopefully revealed by Wednesday morning.


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7 May 2006 : Interview With Chris Cohen
Chris Cohen spoke of his delight having scooped four out of a possible five player-of-the-season awards before yesterday’s match. Speaking to George Murray and Martin Baker after the final game of the 2005/06 season, Cohen said, "It is brilliant. I am on loan so I wasn’t really expecting anything. To get any of the awards was brilliant and to have got four of the awards was brilliant for me. But the most important thing was that we stayed up, anything else is just added bonuses."

Cohen thanked the fans for their superb support throughout his loan spell and revealed how much it helped him settle at Huish Park, "I am a big confidence player and the fans definitely helped me all through this year. It was just nice to give them some of the applause back because they have been so brilliant for us all throughout the year. They have been brilliant to me ever since I have been here."

Read the full interview with Chris Cohen (transcript by George Murray) by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.
Chris Cohen playing his final game of his loan spell
Chris Cohen playing his final game of his loan spell
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7 May 2006 : Thommo Congratulates Colchester On Promotion
Steve Thompson admitted after Saturday's game that his final day opponents Colchester United's promotion to the Coca Cola Championship was a "marvellous achievement" as the Essex side gained the point that they needed to guarantee one of the automatic spots. The U's are currently defying gravity even at League One level yet finished second in the division to secure promotion to the English second tier for the first time in the club's history.

Steve explained: "I'd like to give my congratulations to (manager) Phil Parkinson and everyone at Colchester. When we went to play them in October or November (at Layer Road) they were just below mid-table. So they have had a great run. Colchester are not the biggest club financially or crowd-wise so it is a marvellous achievement by Phil and the people behind Colchester along with their players."


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7 May 2006 : Thommo Pays Tribute To Loyal Maurice
Glovers boss Steve Thompson has praised outgoing coach Maurice O'Donnell for his loyalty to Yeovil Town after his retirement was announced prior to yesterday's game following three spells with the club that date back to 1958 (see story below).

Speaking immediately after the game, Steve explained that the decision had come as a surprise to him: "Maurice only told me yesterday so we obviously got round quickly to arranging things. He has been at the club for ages. He got a nice send-off there and to get a nice send-off in front of nearly 9,000 people is lovely for Maurice because Maurice will remember the times when there were 1,200 people here. So that's nice for Maurice."

Steve also praised Maurice's loyalty adding that he was one of many people associated with Yeovil Town that had clocked up many years of service: "This club has got a lot of loyal hardworking people and Maurice is one of them that has been there a long time. There are people like Maurice, Stuart Housley and Jean Cotton. John Fry must have been here for 10 or 11 years if not more now. I have been here for eight years now and Terry Skiverton and some of the players have been here for a while now. There are a lot of loyal hard working people here at this club."


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7 May 2006 : Thommo's Verdict On The Colchester Game
Glovers boss Steve Thompson was satisfied with the conclusion to the 2005/06 season although he admitted to a little disappointent that his side had not finished with a win over Colchester United as the two sides ended up locked in a 0-0 draw at Huish Park yesterday. Speaking immediately after the game, Steve answered the following questions:

Qu: Steve in many respects a 0-0 was a winner for both sides wasn't it?

ST: It was certainly a winner for Colchester. We really wanted to win the game so I am a little disappointed that we didn't win that game. As it happens they would have gone up even if we had won it but of course people don't know that at the time. I thought it was a very even game and probably 0-0 or a draw was a fair result.

Qu: There were two quality chances for Yeovil to score.

ST: Yes, Phil Jevons did very well with his chance and hit the woodwork. David (Poole) should have done a bit better with his and he put his past the post. But Steve (Collis) didn't have a lot of saves to make. Whenever you play Colchester you know that they are a very big team and you know they are going to get a lot of balls into the box. Unfortunately we gave away a few too many corners and that happens sometimes but we did defend those corners and free kicks very well.

Qu: Nice to see Dale Williams make his league debut?

ST: Yes. I had to use five outfield players on the bench. We are not taking Michael Jordan on a contract and so he decided he wanted to return to London. Dale had his opportunity and I thought at the time that we needed a little bit more width out there and so I brought Dale on. It was going to be for 10 minutes actually but the ball didn't go out of play for five minutes!

Qu: You lost the multiball system at half time didn't you?

ST: Yes the referee did that before half-time. The referee wasn't happy because four or five times there were two balls on the field of play. But he called it off after about 25 minutes. I've got no complaints about that if he sees fit to do that.

Qu: A strange scenario knowing that a point for them was good enough. It was almost like a cat and mouse game at stages.

ST: Well no we went out to win. For Colchester you would have to ask Phil (Parkinson) how he approached it and whether he was a little less positive than normal. To me it seems that they played their normal game and tried to get the ball into the box as early as possible and got lots of set pieces to try and score from. I felt we did OK. I would like to have seen us get a little more impetus up at times. But when you think that in the last three games we've beaten Gillingham who had six wins on the trot, then we've beaten Huddersfield who are in the playoffs and then drawn, and deservedly so, with Colchester who have won promotion. So it's been a good finish to the season.

Qu: You were craving for the three straight wins really weren't you?

ST: Yes, I would have liked that but I've not got them. We've moved up a place in the table. We moved above Chesterfield with that draw. We've finished 15th and that's our highest league position in 110 years of history. So the players, the club and the fans and everyone should be proud of themselves that we have finished in our highest league position in 110 years of history.

Qu: That good run towards the end is something to take into next season isn't it?

ST: Yes it is. It's always good to finish a season with a good run and we've picked up seven points out of the last nine. We have also played in front of nearly a full house at Yeovil and that was nice as well. There is a lot of work to be done now obviously. We have to try and improve so that we finish higher next season.

Qu: I guess the work starts on Monday. You need to bring the majority of your squad together to have contracts and things sorted out.

ST: Yes, there is a lot of work to be done on the contracts front. There is work to be done on trying to get players in.

Qu: It's never ending for a manager isn't it?

ST: Yes, that's right. What you can't do as a manager is to switch off at any time. Although sometimes you have to. Managers do go on holidays. I hope to get one week and I very much feel I need one week and my family need one week as well!

Qu: And obviously it would be nice to get your future sorted out with the board.

ST: Yes it would. There's no point in hanging on. We need to sit down this week and sort things out and know exactly where everyone stands.

Qu: It's got to be positive though Steve, surely?

ST: I feel we have had a lot of things happen this year and you have never been quite sure what the end result is going to be. When I first took over we had a fairly good start and we climbed the table and I think we got as high as 9th or 10th at one spot. We lost a bit of impetus when we lost the players in January. Darren Way and Lee Johnson have been a focal part of these team for five years so to lose them was going to have an effect and it did. Sodje as well had done very well during the year that he was here so we lost three very good players. We knew we were in a battle, but credit to the players as they have had the guts and the bottle for that battle.

Qu: That baptism in League One though has put you in fine stead for next season?

ST: Yes, you do now know what to expect. There have been some marvellous moments. Although we lost the game at Forest, playing in front of 28,000 fans - what an atmosphere there was there! There was the 3-0 win over Forest, the win up at Huddersfield when they needed to win to give them a chance of automatic promotion. We have had some good moments. We've had things like the MK Dons equaliser in the 94th minute, but that's a football season: full of the highs and lows. The important thing was to remain a League One club this year and we've done that. Me and my staff have worked extremely hard for that to happen and I know the players have worked extremely hard to make that happen. I know that for a fact.


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7 May 2006 : Norman Hayward Resigns From Bournemouth
Ex-Yeovil Town director Norman Hayward has resigned his position on the Community Mutual Board of AFC Bournemouth.

Hayward, who was a major shareholder and chairman of the Cherries in the early Nineties, was co-opted onto the fans trust by a unanimous vote last year. We are led to believe that at a previous Community Mutual meeting, one at which Hayward was not in attendance, the board discussed ways of removing Hayward from the trust. There is currently no explanation as to why some present wished to vote him off. These discussions were minuted and duly circulated to all board members, including Hayward himself. The presumption is therefore that Mr Hayward has jumped before he was pushed.

Despite Yeovil chairman John Fry insisting several times in recent months that there are no plans for Hayward to return to Huish Park rumours persist that the close friend of owner David Webb is on his way back.


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7 May 2006 : Mo Goes
Maurice "Mo" O'Donnell, one of the great servants of Yeovil Town F.C., has decided the time has come to retire.

Maurice O'Donnell
Maurice O'Donnell
Photo © 2006 Ciderspace


Mo first came to Yeovil Town in 1958 as a player, having previously had a career with Stockport County in the Football League. He was more a Reserve Team performer by that stage, for which unfortunately the appearance records are not complete, but made 26 First Team appearances across three seasons. A hard working player in the engine room we can find just the solitary goal, at St James Park against Exeter City Reserves, then playing in the Southern League.

By the time his playing days at Huish had ended Mo had fallen in love with the area and never returned to Scotland. He was working in Westlands, as so many connected to the club did at that time, and played around the Western League for a while until Mike Hughes asked him to come back and work with the Youths in 1968, and then take over as trainer shortly after, a post he held until 1984.

In the summer of 1984 new manager Ian McFarlane sacked Mo, but was soon gone himself as Yeovil started the season with five consecutive defeats in the Gola League (as what is now the Conference was called at the time, for younger readers). Later managers Gerry Gow and Brian Hall invited him back but Mo declined, using his spare time to help run Sherborne Town.

It was chairman John Fry who finally persuaded Mo to return in the mid-Nineties, and he has been an important part of the backroom staff at the club ever since. With his retirement he will not extend a Yeovil Town record that is unlikely ever to be broken. Mo himself has lost count, but he has stepped up as caretaker manager on six, or maybe it's seven, occasions.

Our best wishes to Mo on his retirement. We'd like to think we'll be seeing him around Huish Park for many more years, but now as a relaxed spectator...... if spectators can ever feel relaxed watching the Glovers.

Maurice O'Donnell
Maurice O'Donnell waves his goodbyes at the Colchester match
Photo © 2006 Ciderspace



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7 May 2006 : End Of Season Round-Up
So another season for Yeovil Town concludes, and we'd like to thank all those connected to the club - officials, management, players, staff, volunteers and supporters - for their contributions big and small to what has been a difficult but ultimately successful season for the club. At Ciderspace we believe the final position of 15th in our first ever season at this level is a creditable performance - one we'd have happily taken at the beginning of the campaign, and certainly one we are more than pleased to see when compared to the worrying possibilities of the last few months.

As it happened, after all the speculation on the highest points total ever in League One possibly being needed to stay up, it turned out that fifty-one would have been enough. Hartlepool United and Milton Keynes Dons couldn't do enough to save themselves at the last, and it was the Franchise's 0-0 draw at Millmoor that determined matters, with Rotherham United surviving. The Millers will start next season in League One, though it is expected that they will begin their campaign on a ten point deduction, whilst Pools and Franchise join Swindon Town and Walsall in League Two.

At the other end of the table Colchester United got the point they needed against the Glovers to secure automatic promotion to the second tier of English football for the first time in their history. That point would not have been enough for the title anyway, but Southend United put all concerns about the result from Huish Park to bed when a late goal at Roots Hall saw them defeat Bristol City and confirmed them as Champions. Our congratulations to both the Shrimpers and the U's.

The result at Huish Park would have consigned Brentford to the play-offs regardless of the result at Dean Court, but a last minute equaliser for 2-2 from the Cherries meant the Bees had to accept third spot. A 0-0 draw for Huddersfield Town against Swindon and a 1-2 win for Barnsley at Bescot Stadium kept those clubs in fourth and fifth place respectively. Swansea City, who have been stumbling badly as the finishing line approached, refound their form at the death and hammered Chesterfield 0-4, including a hat-trick from Leon Knight. Already with a better goal difference that should have been enough to clinch the last play-off spot, but as Nottingham Forest could only draw 1-1 away at Bradford City it definitely was.

The final League One 2005-06 table can be seen here.

The League One play-off schedule is thus :

Thursday, 11th May 2006
Barnsley v Huddersfield Town, 7.45 p.m.
Swansea City v Brentford, 7.45 p.m.

Sunday, 14th May 2006
Brentford v Swansea City, 12.15 p.m.

Monday, 15th May 2006
Huddersfield Town v Barnsley, 7.45 p.m.

Play-off Final : Saturday, 27th May 2006 at the Millennium Stadium, kick-off 3.00 p.m.

All matches will be shown live on Sky Sports.

The new arrivals into League One from the Football League Championship, Brighton & Hove Albion, Crewe Alexandra and Millwall have been known for a while, and Carlisle United and Northampton Town were already up from League Two. The third automatic promotion place was grabbed by Leyton Orient, their 2-3 victory over Oxford United also consigning the home side to relegation. Since election into the Football League in 1962 when the place of Accrington Stanley became available when that club folded, Oxford have reached the top flight in the mid-eighties when they played in the First Division for three seasons, and won the Football League Cup. They now return to Non-league football after forty-four years, with, as many have pointed out, the coincidence of a club named Accrington Stanley coming up to replace them.

The League Two play-offs will see Grimsby Town, Cheltenham Town, Wycombe Wanderers and Lincoln City battling for promotion.

Saturday 13th May
Lincoln City v Grimsby Town, 12.05 p.m.
Wycombe Wanderers v Cheltenham Town, 6.05 p.m.

Tuesday 16th May
Grimsby Town v Lincoln City, 7.45 p.m.

Thursday 18th May
Cheltenham Town v Wycombe Wanderers 7.45 p.m.

Play-off Final : Sunday, 28th May 2006 at the Millennium Stadium, kick-off 3.00 p.m.

All matches will be shown live on Sky Sports.


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7 May 2006 : Man Of The Match Voting vs Colchester
Don't forget that you can vote for your Man of the Match for yesterday's match against Colchester United. The voting form is, as always, to be found here.


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7 May 2006 : 2005-06 End Of Season Player Awards
The usual end of season awards took place at Huish Park yesterday and they were dominated by two players - midfielder Chris Cohen and club captain Terry Skiverton. Chris took the lion's share, scooping four first placed awards, whilst Skivo won another, finishing runner up to Chris in three others. Scott Guyett and Phil Jevons were also recognised for their performances this season.

The full list of honours were as follows:

GWSC Awards: 1st: Chris Cohen. 2nd: Terry Skiverton.
YTISA Awards: 1st: Chris Cohen. 2nd: Terry Skiverton.
Bradford Building Supplies: 1st: Terry Skiverton
Western Gazette: 1st: Chris Cohen. 2nd: Terry Skiverton. 3rd: Scott Guyett.
Cary Glovers: 1st: Chris Cohen.
Andy Stone Memorial Trophy: 1st: Phil Jevons.

A full gallery of the ten awards can be found by heading here.


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6 May 2006 : Colchester Draw Ensures Best Finish In Glovers History
Yeovil Town finished their season in fifteenth position in League One, their highest league position in their history, after securing a point against Colchester United, who sealed promotion to the Championship after the 0-0 draw at Huish Park this afternoon.

Given the dramatic changes that have happened at Huish Park this season, not least the departures of their two most influential players, Lee Johnson and Darren Way, securing League One status next term was more than a magnificent achievement.

"We have finished fifteenth and that is our highest league position in our 110-year history; the players, the club, and the fans should be proud of themselves. It is always good to finish a season with a good run and we have picked up seven points out of the last nine," said Yeovil boss, Steve Thompson.

"There is a lot of work to be done and we have to try and improve so we finish higher next season. The important thing this year was to remain a League One club and we have done that. My staff and my players have worked extremely hard to make that happen," added Thompson.

Phil Jevons' effort was the closest Yeovil Town came to finishing the season with three consecutive wins but his effort on 18 minutes smacked the frame of the goal after Colchester's 'keeper Dean Gerken got a vital touch to the Jevons shot.

George Murray.


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6 May 2006 : No Tinkering With The Squad Today
Glovers boss Steve Thompson is bracing himself for the possibility that with 12 players out of contract at the end of the season that he may lose one or two along the way.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol he explained: "There are certain players that I very definitely want at the club that are not uder contract yet. And although I might lose one or two I would like to think that the other ones that I do want I would be able to get."

Steve also stressed that today was a day for the players to enjoy themselves: "There are a lot of things going on behind the scenes but certainly for the players, they can go out and enjoy playing football without that added pressure now. That is important because they deserve that after the effort that they have put in throughout the season."

Steve also revealed that he was unlikely to tinker with his side on the final day explaining: "Playing football in front of 9,000 on the last game of the season is a big event. It is a marvellous event and I thank the people of Yeovil for turning out in such force and also Colchester fans to witness this game. You want the players who have been doing the job for you week-in, week-out this season to enjoy that occasion and so that very much comes into my mind. The people who have been there and have been doing it and have seen us through this difficult season deserve that."


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5 May 2006 : Surprise, Surprise!
Rotherham United today postponed the creditors meeting to discuss a Company Voluntary Arrangement. The meeting will now take place on Tuesday 9th May.

Millers chairman Denis Coleman said:

The process of preparing the CVA has taken longer than expected and therefore we have had to postpone the meeting until Tuesday.

Those present noted the lengthening of Mr Coleman's nose as he spoke.

The CVA, if approved by creditors, will under Football League rules trigger a ten point penalty. Presuming Rotherham United stay up this season they will start in League One next season on minus ten points if the penalty is not reduced on appeal. Of course should the Millers be relegated tomorrow their attempts to manipulate the system could come back to bite them, though the club appears to believe that if they then don't appeal the points would be deducted from this season. If so the rules as drawn up by the Football League are a shambles, simply inviting this squalid charade of deliberately timing administration to a particular day.

Forgotten in all this are the creditors, rumoured to be facing a 1% payment, amongst whom, if the Darlington mess is any guide, will be many small local firms and self-employed people whose businesses will go to the wall, charities like St Johns........ as well as the tax man for whom it is all too easy not to feel sympathy. And doubtless sometime in the next months Rotherham will open their brand new stand to great fanfare and self congratulation.

Ciderspace has nothing against the Millers as such, but we are heartily fed up with football clubs being run by incompetent morons who then just walk away from the trail of destruction left in their wake. Not only are many innocents around them caught up in the devastation, but they are 'cheating' other clubs who are doing their best to operate properly. If Rotherham stay up we have every sympathy for fans of the club who goes down instead should they wonder just what they might have done if they'd spent some of the money belonging to other people on better players than they could otherwise afford?


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5 May 2006 : 2006-07 Ticket Prices Released
The club has today released details of prices for next season. Although a few issues have not yet been addressed the information currently available can be found here.

As happened last season the club has chosen not to offer a discount for early purchase of season tickets. However all season ticket holders now get entry to home Reserve matches as part of the deal; previously this extended only to Senior Season Ticket Holders. The originally proposed increase of £40.00 for adults has been reduced to £20.00. All 2005-06 Season Ticket Holders will automatically have a renewal application form sent to them.

The former discrepancies between prices for disabled supporters and Seniors/Students have been ironed out. The club has also listened to concerns from fans about what would have been a major hike for Under 16s - see Ciderspace News page for 24th March for a full analysis of the original proposals - and all children's prices have been held at 2005-06 rates. Other prices have risen by £1.00 rather than the £2.00 mooted back in March.

The price difference between 'early bird' and match day ticket purchases remains at £2.00.

A new departure will be the introduction of premium rated games. No details have been given so far other than mention in a statement from club chairman John Fry that this will apply to a number of games (minimum five) where demand is expected to be high.

The club has also announced that an on-line purchase system will be put in place.


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5 May 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Swansea City Reserves vs Yeovil Town Reserves
Our Welsh correspondant Tim Lancaster has supplied his views on last night's 7-1 win at Port Talbot FC that saw Yeovil Town Reserves complete their season with a rout over Swansea City Reserves.

Tim's thoughts on the match can be found here.


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5 May 2006 : Against All Odds
Glovers boss Steve Thompson wants to prove that his side can compete with the best teams in League One tomorrow by making it a trio of victories to end the 2005/06 season. Yeovil Town play host to Colchester United tomorrow afternoon and despite the Glovers having nothing table-wise to play for, Thommo still wants to use it as a test to measure how close his side are to being able to match such sides next season.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol Steve explained: "We've sort of defied the odds in the last two games. We beat Gillingham when they had six wins on the trot and Huddersfield away is never an easy game, especially with the position that they are in at the moment. I would like to defy the odds again. I very much want to win this game. The players all want to win this game. We had a constructive meeting this morning before we trained where I stressed just how important I feel this game is. I wanted to convey that to the players and I would like to convey that to all the fans. It is a big game. We want to prove that we can compete with and beat these teams that are near the top of the league."


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5 May 2006 : Yeovil Town vs Colchester United Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Colchester United at Huish Park tomorrow afternoon for the final game of the 2005/06 season with the pressure firmly off their shoulders and onto their promotion-chasing visitors. Colchester come to Somerset needing a point to secure automatic promotion, but also know that if they beat the Glovers and leaders Southend United fail to beat Bristol City at Roots Hall, then the Essex side will be Champions.

Not too surprisingly that has meant that the A303 Westbound carriageway will be a busy place on Saturday morning with the Copse End Terrace at Huish Park sold out and U's fans planning to lead an organised convoy from Fleet Services to travel down to Somerset.

They will have to do the job without left-winger Mark Yeates. As mentioned earlier in the week the on-loan Spurs winger damaged his shoulder in a goal celebration last weekend and it has now been confirmed that his season at Layer Road is over after the need for an operation on the shoulder was confirmed. One of Billy Clarke or Jamal Campbell-Ryce are expected to deputise on the left side. Goalkeeper Aidan Davison has returned to the squad after a week out with food poisoning that saw him lose over a stone in weight.

Colchester have announced that the following 19 players left for Somerset this morning: Dean Gerken, Aidan Davison, Mark Cousins, Karl Duguid, John White, George Elokobi, Garry Richards, Wayne Brown, Liam Chilvers, Pat Baldwin. Greg Halford, Kevin Watson, Neil Danns, Kemal Izzet, Jamal Campbell-Ryce, Billy Clarke, Scott Vernon, Chris Iwelumo, Tony Thorpe.

Colchester come to Huish Park with the best defensive record in League One. However they also know they are facing a side that breached their defence twice at Layer Road in October, needing a last minute Chris Iwelumo goal to divide the two sides in a match Yeovil lost 3-2.

For the Glovers, right-back Kevin Amankwaah is finally back in contention after his succession of ankle, achilles and thigh injuries, although whether Thommo risks him for a game that has only pride hanging on it remains to be seen. Striker Daniel Webb suffered a reoccurrence of his ankle injury in training whilst attempting to make his comeback, whilst Anthony Barry (knee) and Chris Weale (knee) are long term absentees.

With Huish Park likely to be close to or at full capacity tomorrow afternoon, supporters are strongly advised to allow plenty of extra time for getting into the ground. The entertainment starts at 2.25pm - see yesterday's news for the planned programme of events.


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5 May 2006 : Dario Explains Cochrane Exit
Crewe Alexandra boss Dario Gradi has explained that midfielder Justin Cochrane's exit from Gresty Road was initiated by the player himself, after he put in a transfer request having dropped down the pecking order at the relegated Championship club.

Cochrane is one of five players who trialled for the Glovers yesterday in the 7-1 win against Swansea City yesterday evening and he personally requested a move from the Cheshire club that now seems set to see him leave for pastures new. Earlier this month Cochrane trialled for Luton Town, scoring for their Reserve side and so is still highly rated at that level.

Speaking to the Crewe Official Site Gradi explained: "He asked if he could go and I don't think he is going to get into my team. It's difficult to break into that midfield and then we have the likes of Lee Bell, Tony Grant and Michael O'Connor who are all probably ahead of him."

Gradi also hinted that consistency was Cochrane's problem adding: "I think Justin's best game for us was his first game in the friendly against Everton (three years ago). He hasn't quite managed to reproduce that form since and I can't afford to put him into the team to see if he can reproduce it. So perhaps it's time for Justin to go and see if he can reproduce that form at another club. I know the fans like him and I am not biased against him in any way. He is a super lad, a model professional and a model player."


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5 May 2006 : Fry: Thommo's 'Conditions' May Prove A Sticking Point
Glovers Chairman and Chief Executive John Fry has hinted that despite First Team manager Steve Thompson having made a "tremendous achievement" in keeping the side in League One this season, that his future position within the club may depend upon changes in working "conditions" that may affect the way Steve works. Speaking to today's Western Daily Press, John has hinted that there may be changes afoot, but does not make any suggestions as to where they may lie.

The Yeovil Chairman explained: "We are looking first to review and assess the situation. We will be meeting as a group and asking if people want to take up positions in what will be a greater challenge. But we look to consult rather than make knee-jerk decisions. I have already had meetings with Steve Thompson and we both recognise there is a lot to talk about and review in terms of the conditions as to how we are going to improve. Those conditions could prove to be a sticking point."

It is of course impossible to firmly predict what such "sticking points" could be. However, it is possible to speculate that these changes could relate to the scope of Steve Thompson's responsibilities or the people he works with or reports to. For example Fry has often in the past spoken of a Director of Football position and so this is one such proposal that Thommo could see landed on the table. In such a hypothetical scenario, much then would depend upon whether Steve was able to work within such a structure.

Fry adds: "We are now in a consultation phase and have been in discussions with the directors and Steve Thompson this week. We are hoping we can conclude this fairly soon but it can be sensitive because we are still in the season. We know what we want to do and we have to explain to people where we are coming from and going to."

The outcome of those discussions may not be known for the next week or two and Fry has called for patience from those waiting the outcome: "We are grateful to the fans for their magnificent support this season and we need a bit of patience as we deal with what needs to be dealt with over the next week or so."

The Chairman has made clear though, that the club's objectives for the 2005/06 season were met by the management team when he added: "Staying up is a tremendous achievement that is on a par with most things we have achieved in recent years. Credit is due to everyone for sticking to their guns and steering us through some dodgy waters."

The main concern for Yeovil Town supporters will be if such replanning is of such a fundamental nature that it prevents player contracts being landed on the table for those who have been critical to the club's success. It is not clear at this stage as to whether the discussions between Fry and Thompson are a dependency on the issuing of players contracts, or whether this is simply fine-tuning that can proceed in parallel with getting a squad together for the 2006/07 season.


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5 May 2006 : Veterans Squad Announced
The Yeovil Town Veterans squad for next Tuesday's match against Yeovil Police & Ambulance Service has been announced by Terry Cotton. It is hoped that the following players will be on display at Westland Sports FC in Alvington:

Len Bond, Stuart Housley, Rob Cousins, Paul Thorpe, Tony Pounder, Kevin Hodges, Steve Thompson, Dean Birkby, Gerry Pearson, Terry Cotton, Micky Spencer, Paul Charles, Bob Russell, Kevin Leigh.

Dick Plumb is also hoping to make a brief appearance - or is it that he is hoping that his appearance will be a brief one? He is currently hunting for a pair of boots to wear for the occasion.

Given that four of the current Glovers coaching staff - manager Steve Thompson, assistant Kevin Hodges, Youth team boss Stuart Housley and goalkeeping coach Len Bond - are planning to turn out for the side, it would no doubt be good to see some Yeovil Town fans out there to heckle support the side for the evening. Kick-off is 6.30pm.


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5 May 2006 : Thommo Makes Contact With Tonks
Further to our story on Wednesday (3rd May) Glovers boss Steve Thompson has confirmed he has managed to get hold of former Crewe Alexandra left-back Anthony Tonkin following his release from the Gresty Road side at the end of this season. However it appears that Tonks wishes to see what offers may be forthcoming from Championship clubs for his services before declaring any firm interest in returning to Huish Park nearly four years after leaving the club for Stockport County.

Speaking to Sky Sports Thommo explained :

I have spoken to Anthony and he knows I would be interested in him. He did very well for us when he was here, before he joined Stockport. I think he would like to stay in The Championship but then, if not, we would be very near the top of his list.

Tonkin is reported in the Stoke Sentinel as saying :

I was made aware of Yeovil's interest, but I've just finished the season and I'm waiting to see what offers I might have now. Then I will treat each one on its own merit.


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4 May 2006 : Tim Lancaster's Yer Man
Last game of the season, and 'Badge King' Tim Lancaster will have some stock clearance offers on Saturday.

There are some lapel badges from Nottingham Forest vs Yeovil Town still left. These are £3.00. Tim will also have with him back issue badges from Charlton Athletic vs Yeovil Town at £1.50, and the Yeovil Town tour of Germany 2005-06 badges for £1.00. Not that we here at Ciderspace are badge collectors, though Tim often manages to sell us a few with his convincing charm, but those for the Germany tour were some of the best he's ever produced in our amateur opinion.

Tim will also have with him some copies of this glossy A5 montage of Huish Park :

Huish Park
Photo montage of Huish Park
Photo © 2006 Mike Floate


The standard version shown is available through Tim on a first come first served basis for £2.95. Tim will make a donation to the club for each one sold on the day. For those who would like to replace the wording in the centre with any wording of their own choice the creator of this montage, Mike Floate, offers this service for a total package price of £5.95 post free. You can contact Mike by e-mail with your wording and order.



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4 May 2006 : Reserves In Seventh Heaven
Yeovil Town Reserves completed their season with an impressive 7-1 thrashing of Swansea City Reserves in a match played at Port Talbot FC tonight. The home side were never in the game as a Glovers side containing five trialists ran riot right from the start.

Bradley Thomas started proceedings when he converted an Eddie Anaclet cross from close range. Then Chelsea striker Jack Watkins grabbed a second before Dale Williams was upended in the box, allowing Bradley Thomas to convert from the spot. Three minutes before the break Dale Williams made it 4-0 after he chipped the Swansea keeper, having been put through by Marc Wilson.

In the second half Youth-teamer Tom Clarke made it 5-0, and he also set up Yeovil's 6th as he exchanged passes with Arsenal's Sean Kelly who completed the move. Then a seventh was added by substitute Ben Wood 72 minutes into the match after he had replaced Richard Cullingford.

Eddie Anaclet picked up a minor knock with 14 minutes left and the Glovers continued with 10 men rather than introduce a substitute. That saw Yeovil ease off somewhat and Swansea grabbed a late consolation through Mark Pitchard.

Yeovil Town: 1. John Danby, 2. Sean Kelly, 3. Eddie Anaclet, 4. Marc Wilson, 5. Bradley Thomas (Capt), 6. Craig Alcock, 7. Richard Cullingford, 8. Justin Cochrane, 9. Tom Clarke, 10 Jack Watkins, 11. Dale Williams. Subs: 12. Steve Thompson, 14. Ben Wood (62 mins for Cullingford), 15. Phil Ormrod.

Goals: Bradley Thomas (14, 1-0), Jack Watkins (20, 2-0), Bradley Thomas (30, pen, 3-0), Dale Williams (42, 4-0), Tom Clarke (53, 5-0), Sean Kelly (62, 6-0), Ben Wood (72, 7-0), Mark Pritchard (79, 7-1).


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4 May 2006 : Chairman Backs Thommo
Yeovil Town chairman John Fry has come out with warm words of praise for his manager Steve Thompson after the Glovers successfully retained their League One status for next season. And although he doesn't categorically state Thompson will continue in charge at Huish Park it would be hard to read anything other into Fry's statements than that the voice of the chairman will be raised in his favour when the board meets to decide who leads Yeovil into the next campaign.

I will be consulting the board of directors and other people involved at the club about Steve but the staff here were right behind him when he took over and I am sure they still are now.

Steve deserves a lot of credit because he has not wavered or faltered as far as his toughness is concerned. He took over at a most difficult time in the club's development and has had to deal with a change of owner, the loss of a great manager, losing key players and a pile of injuries which has been one of the biggest I can recall.

To come through that like he has done and keep us up is a remarkable achievement. Yes, it has been a learning curve for him as it has for all of us. But he is determined and he believes in himself.


John is looking at the medium term for the club to progress further, believing that three years will be needed for the club to consolidate and build towards another step up :

What we need is a period of calm in a short space of time so we can make the right decisions. We are at a crossroads at this particular stage, especially as a lot of the players are out of contract as well.

What I will say, and I do not mind going on record with this, is that it will take three years to build a team to challenge for the Championship, and to me that is logical. We already have players who are capable of helping us do that and there has not been one player in the current squad who has let us down. Most of them have shown they are capable of playing at this level and that has been proved by the way we have competed with the likes of Nottingham Forest and all the other big clubs in the division.


Like the chairman Ciderspace will go 'on the record', and state that we agree with and support Mr Fry's sentiments here. The club came a long way under Gary Johnson and, in a season of adversity, can be proud that it has held on to those gains. Only a minority of clubs promoted into the Football League and advancing up to the next tier have managed to retain that status of Division Two / League One. Our hopes initially would be to see Yeovil Town become a fixture in League One, gradually strengthening and improving the team so that survival at this level becomes comfortable. At that point, as the club gradually develops off the pitch as well, thoughts can turn to the next step up.


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4 May 2006 : O2V Back Issues
Got gaps in your collection? On To Victory has some back issues still available :

Nos. 7,9,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18 can be obtained by e-mailing ontovictoryfanzine@yahoo.co.uk to reserve a copy. First come first served whilst stocks last.

O2V had their best ever day of sales when the latest edition, No.19, went on sale at the Gillingham game. Only limited numbers remain, and the sales team will be out on Saturday ahead of the Colchester United fixture.


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4 May 2006 : Veterans Match On Tuesday
A Yeovil Town Veterans side will be taking on Yeovil Police & Ambulance Service on Tuesday 9th May. Kick-off is 6.30 p.m. at Westland Sports FC, Alvington.

If we get any news on which old-timers will be trying to roll back the years we'll publicise it here - though we could guess at one or two names who are still convinced they are spring chickens.....


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4 May 2006 : Saturday Not The End Of Football At HP This Season
Can't bear to stay away from Huish Park for three months come 5.00 p.m. on Saturday? Well you don't have to. There's football to see on............. Sunday.

Lyde Lizards meet Cary Rangers in the twentieth final of the High Holborne Shield. Rangers and the Lizards are the leading clubs in the Yeovil & District Youth League Under-12s, finishing first and second respectively in Division One.

Lyde spokesman Greg Watts said :

The fact that Yeovil Town Football Club have allowed the final to be played there once again this year is very much appreciated by the players and everybody involved with both teams.

Now that everything is nearly sorted, we are all looking forward to the day. It will be made even better if we get a large crowd there to generate an atmosphere and I hope that will happen.

Entry will be via the programmes which are now available and can also be bought on the day. The cost of the programme is £2.00 and we hope lots of people will turn out to support their local youth football.


Kick-off is at 2.00 p.m.


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4 May 2006 : Squad For Tonight
The following players are in the squad for tonight's game at Port Talbot FC for the match against Swansea City Reserves. The latter trio are presumably substitutes for the evening. For details on the five trialists, see the more detailed story below:

John Danby (Kidderminster Harriers, keeper), Sean Kelly (Arsenal, defender/midfield), Eddie Anaclet (Southampton, midfield), Marc Wilson, Bradley Thomas, Gary Bowles, Richard Cullingford, Justin Cochrane (Crewe Alexandra, winger), Tom Clarke, Jack Watkins (Chelsea, striker), Dale Williams. Craig Alcock, Ben Wood, Phil Ormrod.


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4 May 2006 : Five Trialists For Tonight
Glovers boss Steve Thompson is taking five trialists across the Severn Bridge to play in tonight's Reserve Team match against Swansea City Reserves at Port Talbot FC, kick-off 7.00pm. Details of the five players are as follows:

John Danby (Goalkeeper)

Goalkeeper currently on the books of Conference National side Kidderminster Harriers. Born in Stoke-on-Trent on 20/09/1983, John started his career in the West Bromwich Albion academy sides before being released. Since then the 6'2" keeper has worked his way up through the Harriers Youth and Reserve ranks combined with the odd loan spell at local non-league sides before breaking into the first team during the 2003/04 season. He has played 27 times for Harriers this season, making 80 appearances overall for the club. He is out of contract at the end of this season.

Sean Kelly (Midfield/Centre-Back)

Sean is a midfielder who is currently on the books of Arsenal, having joined them in August 2004. He hails from County Kerry in the Republic of Ireland and was born on July 9th 1987. He is versatile in that at 6'1" he can perform at right-back, centre-half and midfield and has frequently turned out for Arsenal's Reserve side this season after many of the normal Reservists had been promoted to the first team and recently partnered England's Sol Campbell in defence whilst the more experienced pro was making his comeback to first team level. He has represented Ireland at various Youth levels rising up to turning out for the Under 19s this seasson. He has also captained Arsenal's Under 18s side.

Eddie Anaclet (Winger)

Eddie is a midfielder currently on the books of Southampton. He was born on 03 August 1985 in Arusha, Tanzania. Eddie had a five month layoff from football in December 2004 after he broke his leg, but despite such a bad injury he still managed to make his way back into the Southampton Reserves side by the end of the season. He has had loan spells with Chester City and Tamworth, where he was part of the side that performed so well in the FA Cup this season. He was previously on the books of Oxford United before joining the Saints in July 2002. He is also capable of playing as a striker.

Justin Cochrane (Midfield)

Justin is a midfielder on the books of Crewe Alexandra who started his career as a trainee with Queens Park Rangers. Following a free transfer to non-league Hayes, Justin had his career restarted when he was picked up by Crewe in July 2003 for £75,000 where he went on to play 77 times, picking up the club's 'Best Newcomer Award' during his first season. This season he has also had a loan spell at League One side Gillingham although the February stay in Kent did not coincide with either of the matches against the Glovers. He was born in Hackney on 26th January 1982 and stands at 5'11".

Jack Watkins (Striker)

Jack is a striker currently on the books of Chelsea. He was born on 2nd September 1987 in Westminster, London and is currently a second year scholar on their books. He is also an England Youth International. Jack has played in 26 out of Chelsea's 27 Youth Team matches so far this season.


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4 May 2006 : No Seats Left For Colchester
The club have advised that further to yesterday's articles there are now zero seats available for Saturday's game against Colchester United. With the away terrace at full capacity, it is only now possible to purchase tickets for the Westland Terrace end. Only around 800 spaces are available so phone 01935-847888 to avoid disappointment.


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4 May 2006 : Presentations On Saturday
Yeovil Town Commercial Manager Dave Linney has kindly supplied the following 'order of service' for Saturday's match against Colchester United. Supporters wishing to see any of the following may wish to work their day around the provisional (and subject to change!) timetable below:

2.25pm First check on the teams
2.30pm Charity cheque presentation.

2.35/2.40pm First Team Presentations to include:
Green & Whites POTS
Sponsors (Bradfords) POTS
Western Gazette POTS
Cary Glovers POTS
YITSA POTS
Andy Stone Memorial Trophy (Top Goal scorer)

Half Time:

Golden gamble & Private Members Draw.
Shirt & Ball Presentations.
Sponsors Gift Presentations.

Youth Team Presentation of cup & Medals/lap of recognition.

After Match:

Players lap of appreciation to supporters.


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4 May 2006 : Directions To Port Talbot FC
Yeovil supporter Tim Lancaster has supplied details of how to get to today's Reserve Team fixture against Swansea City Reserves. The match is being played at Port Talbot FC with a 7.00pm kick-off.

Exit M4 Junction 40, take 1st exit at roundabout as you leave the motorway. Follow road straight on until T-Junction. Turn right into Talbot Road, proceed over flyover. Take first exit at roundabout, and then turn into Afan Way (Signposted beach). Go over the bridge - through a set of traffic lights and the ground is on the left hand side.
Port Talbot FC. Photo by Tim Lancaster.
Port Talbot FC. Photo by Tim Lancaster.



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4 May 2006 : New Club and Country T-Shirts In Stock
The Huish Park club shop has got in a new set of shirts for the summer months. The Club and Country t-shirts have a "YTFC" monicker across a St George's flag along with the club crest displayed proudly on the shirt sleeve. The perfect fashion accessory for all those summer World Cup matches.

The Club & Country T-Shirts are priced £15.00 and are available in sizes S,M,L,XL,XXL with immediate effect.

New Club and Country Shirts - available in the Huish Park Club Shop now!
New Club and Country Shirts - available in the Huish Park Club Shop now!



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4 May 2006 : Yeates Looks Doubtful For Colchester
Saturday's visitors Colchester United look likely to have to do without influential left-winger Mark Yeates on Saturday after the on-loan Tottenham Hotspur player suffered a freak injury during a goal celebration last weekend.

Yeates was a perpetual menace for Yeovil's right side at Layer Road, keeping Kevin Amankwaah extremely busy and ultimately setting up the final goal in a 3-2 defeat for the Glovers. And he has shown that is no one-off by scoring six and setting up a further 13 goals for the U's this season.

The latest goal came during their 2-0 win over Rotherham United on Saturday that put the Essex side within a point of automatic promotion, but the celebrations were marred when Yeates celebrated with an extravagant 'Klinsmann' dive towards the corner flag, landing heavily on his shoulder in the process.

Speaking to the East Anglian Daily Times, Colchester manager Phil Parkinson explained: "Mark is struggling with his shoulder. We'll have to wait and see later in the week before making a decision. We do have plenty of other options, with attacking players and wide players."

Those wide players likely to replace him include two loan players - Ipswich Town's Billy Clarke and Rotherham United's Jamal Campbell-Ryce, who played against the Glovers in the FA Cup for Rotherham last season.

Speaking to the Colchester Official Site, club physio Stuart Ayles has said of Yeates: "We are awaiting the results of the scan, but it has to be said that he is a big doubt for Saturday's match at Yeovil. We don't think that it is dislocated but it looks like it is subluxed, which means that it could be dangerous to play him at the weekend. If he was to fall on it again it would probably cause more damage and that would mean a much longer recovery."


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3 May 2006 : Arron In Welsh U-21 Squad
No surprise that Arron Davies makes the latest Wales Under-21 squad for the European Championship qualifier against Estonia in Tallinn on Wednesday 10th May. The match will be played at Le Coq Arena, kicking off at 6.45 p.m. (local time). Davies has performed well in his previous internationals, having now reached nine caps, and has found similar form for the Glovers recently, being on fire with seven goals in the last two months.

The second leg against Estonia will be played at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground on Wednesday 24th May. Kick-off is at 5.30 p.m., with admission set at £3.00 for Adults and £1.00 for those Under-16 and OAP's.

Wales must beat Estonia over two legs in this Preliminary Round to qualify for the group stages of the 2006-07 UEFA Under-21 competition, so manager Brian Flynn has named his strongest possible squad :

Wayne Hennessey (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Lewis Price (Ipswich Town), Gareth Bale (Southampton), Richard Duffy (Coventry City), Simon Spender (Wrexham), Craig Morgan (Milton Keynes Dons), Lewin Nyatanga (Derby County), Rhoys Wiggins (Crystal Palace), Mike Williams (Wrexham), Andrew Crofts (Gillingham), Arron Davies (Yeovil Town), Mark Jones (Wrexham), Owain Tudur Jones (Swansea City), Joe Ledley (Cardiff City), Ramon Calliste (Liverpool), David Cotterill (Bristol City), Craig Davies (Verona), Curtis McDonald (Cardiff City).

Congratulations and the best of luck to all those selected, but especially to Arron.


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3 May 2006 : Nottingham Forest MOTM Result
The Man of the Match vote for the recent 1-2 away defeat at the City Ground against Nottingham Forest saw Scott Guyett win by a short margin from Terry Skiverton.

See the full result of the vote at the foot of the match report.


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3 May 2006 : Late Change Of Venue For Reserves
A change of venue has been announced today for the final reserve match of the season against Swansea City on Thursday. The fixture will no longer take place at St Helens but has been moved to Port Talbot Town F.C., Victoria Road, Port Talbot. Kick-off remains at 7.00 p.m.


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3 May 2006 : Officials For Last Match Of Season
Not often Ciderspace gives an unequivocal welcome to a referee, but in Andre Marriner (West Midlands) we are getting, in our opinion, one of the best up-and-coming officials on the Football League circuit. Marriner was promoted to the Football League at the same time as Yeovil Town and has refereed many games involving the Glovers both in Non-league and League days.

This season he has mostly been officiating in the Championship, and increasingly in the Premier League in recent months, so perhaps the authorities have also spotted he's a way above average referee. And after all this praise he'll doubtless have a mare on Saturday and get booed off the park.

Marriner was in the middle in one of our favourite games of all time: the fight back from 3-0 down to win 4-5 in the F.A. Trophy Fourth Round replay at Belle Vue. A victory that in retrospect was one of the defining moments in the club's recent history, as we went on from there to take the Trophy; and that developed the winning mentality that has taken us to heights we'd only dreamt about.

The assistant referees are named as : John Holbrook (Worcestershire) and Guy Beale (Somerset). The fourth official is Danny McDermid (Hampshire).


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3 May 2006 : Thommo To Contact Tonks
Manager Steve Thompson has confirmed he intends to get in contact with Anthony Tonkin, who was released by relegated Crewe Alexandra yesterday.

Tonkin made his debut on December 1st 1998 for Yeovil Town. He only made two appearances that season, and thirteen the next, but by 2000-01 was a regular in the side. He clocked up 109 games before being sold by Gary Johnson for £50,000 to Stockport County in 2002. Tonkin's departure from Huish Park was somewhat acrimonious, with at one point the chairman threatening to bring in lawyers to sort the situation out (see Ciderspace News page September 2002), though this was more credited to the tw*tish behaviour of Tonkin's agent than the player himself.

After one season at County he moved to Crewe for £150,000. Tonks made 93 appearances for the Gresty Road outfit, but has fallen behind youngster Billy Jones in the pecking order in recent months.

Thompson has been swift to express an interest, saying :

I noticed Anthony had been released and people will talk about it because he has been here in the past. That is a situation me and Kevin [Hodges] are aware of, but nothing has happened yet.

He may interest me - I thought he did very well when he was here, although we have to remember that was in the Conference and we have since moved up two divisions. But I think I will try and get hold of him and see what his situation is and what he is trying to do.



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3 May 2006 : Let The Hard Work Commence Now!
Further to our editorial article on Sunday (30th April), Glovers boss Steve Thompson has echoed the need to resolve issues surrounding his future at the club as well as that of his players as quickly as possible to ensure that the waters are not allowed to become muddied over the next few weeks and so the club can make the best use of the "feel good factor" that has come out following the club's League One survival on Saturday.

With a place in League One guaranteed a week earlier than expected, Steve has asked for a board meeting to be brought forward from next week in order to accelerate some of the more fundamental questions he needs answering such as the size of his playing budget for next season.

Speaking to today's Western Daily Press Thommo explained: "I don't want players going away with uncertainty about whether they are staying or going. I am still waiting for clarification from the board on the whole situation. There is a board meeting set for next week but I have asked for it to be brought forward. The budget needs to be clarified. There are too many uncertainties at the moment and I need to get those uncertainties turned into certainties. There are 12 players out of contract and I want a fair proportion of them to be here next season. So we have to get on with things. And I cannot really decide who I want to bring in until I know which of those players here I am keeping."

Of course Steve's own position is just as uncertain with not much publicly known as to the exact terms of his contract. Described as a "rolling year" deal at the time of his appointment, what isn't clear is whether the contract perpetually rolls over 365 days, or whether it is renewed at the end of each season for another year on a fixed day on a rolling basis.

Steve said of his position and that of assistant Kevin Hodges: "The situation has only been discussed between me and Kevin. But the situation of the club is important to us as well. At the moment there is so much to be done on so many fronts that it is imperative that work gets under way right away."

The paper claims that nine of the players out of contract are Phil Jevons, Paul Terry, Arron Davies, Chris Weale, Steve Collis, Andy Lindegaard, Scott Guyett, Kevin Gall and Colin Miles. The others not mentioned are likely to include Stephen Reed, Michael Rose and Dale Williams. Youth Teamers Danny Barker and Richard Cullingford are also on contracts but these are presumably covered separately from the main first team group. Or is the actual number out of contract perhaps 14?


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3 May 2006 : Colchester Ticketing Update
12:00 noon: No sooner do we mention something and the situation changes. The Huish Park Ticket Office is currently reporting just 10-12 singular seats left now in both stands for Saturday's game against Colchester United. There is a fair chance that by the time you read this, that they will be gone!

The Westland Stand currently has approximately 1,000 tickets left, however with the Ticket Office extremely busy today and seats as good as sold out, these remaining tickets are expected to fly out extremely quickly. If you want to go to the game and you haven't bought a ticket, you are strongly recommended to make your purchase as soon as possible. Call in directly to the Huish Park Ticket Office or give them a call on 01935-847888.


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3 May 2006 : Colchester Seats Becoming Scarce
9:30am: Reports from supporters booking their tickets for Saturday's match against Colchester United are that the club is running out of seats in the Yeovil College Stand and the Bartlett Stand. Anyone wanting to purchase more than one ticket for adjacent seats should move fast to avoid disappointment as the Ticket Office are currently believed to be down to the point where seating groups together is becoming difficult.

There are still plenty of tickets available for the Westland Stand, although you are still strongly advised to book your tickets now - either with the Huish Park Ticket Office in person, or by calling them on 01935-847888. Tickets will be available on the day of the game - this is not an all-ticket match - but only subject to availability. The last two final games of the season that were played at Huish Park - against Lincoln City in 2004/05 and against Chester City in 2002/03 - were complete sell-outs in the home ends. Colchester have already completely sold their allocation, and so a capacity crowd is theoretically possible on Saturday. You have been warned!


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2 May 2006 : Colchester Wanting Final Win
Second placed Colchester United have insisted that their aim is to collect three points at Huish Park this coming Saturday, despite the fact that a draw would guarantee them automatic promotion. The U's are Yeovil's final opponents of the season and for once the pressure will be on the visitors to succeed with the Glovers already safe for another season in League One.

Colchester goalkeeper Dean Gerken is mindful of the dangers of playing for a draw and said to the East Anglian Daily Times: "We're going to Yeovil to win the match. There's no point in us playing for a draw. We know that a win or draw will be enough for us to get promoted, but it's too dangerous for us just to play for a draw. We mustn't slip up. It would be very difficult to just play for a point. Other teams in the top four have slipped up in recent weeks but we haven't, and we don't want that to change now. Huddersfield dropped out of the promotion race on Saturday, and Brentford also dropped vital points. Southend are now promoted, but even they went through a bad patch."

Gerken is Colchester's reserve goalkeeper but is expected to be between the sticks after his senior and goalkeeper coach Aidan Davison went down with food poisoning over the weekend, ruling him out of their 2-0 win over Rotherham United.

Colchester also have another incentive to play for the win - if they were to beat the Glovers and leaders Southend United slip up against Bristol City, manager Phil Parkinson could still claim the League One title. As a consequence, the U's have already sold out the Copse End of the ground, meaning that a large crowd is guaranteed for the final game of the season at Huish Park.


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2 May 2006 : Gillingham Man Of The Match Result
The Man of the Match result for the 4-3 win over Gillingham was won by Chris Cohen by a massive margin.

Find the full results at the foot of the Gillingham match report by heading here.


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2 May 2006 : Final Reserve Game At Swansea
Yeovil Town Reserves play their final game of the season this coming Thursday 4th May against Swansea City Reserves at the St Helens ground in Mumbles Road, Swansea with a 7.00pm kick off.


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2 May 2006 : Interview With Paul Terry
Midfielder Paul Terry hopes that Yeovil Town's achievement of earning a second season at League One level will be the dividing line between losing key players and keeping them. Relegated Swindon Town have put the cost of dropping to League Two at around 150-200K in terms of lost gate income and sponsorship deals and presumably the Glovers own survival also had a similar sum of money riding on it. Now Paul hopes that additional money will be the difference between keeping players like striker Phil Jevons and losing them.

Speaking after Saturday's game Paul explained: "There are a lot of people who are out of contract and hopefully this gives them a bit more money to keep the bigger players as I'd call them - people like Jevo and players like that - who are worth their wages. However, all the people at the back today and Wealey all earn their money as well, so it is about everyone now. Hopefully now we can sit down with the people who are out of contract now and get something sorted for everyone."

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


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1 May 2006 : Wealey Under the Knife Tomorrow
Chris Weale should be having his operation on Tuesday. Top surgeon Adrian Fairbank is due to repair the goalkeeper's knee after Wealey was diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

When up in London last week for the pre-operation examination Weale had a chance to question Fairbank on the procedure, and was encouraged by what he heard :

He has done 671 ACL operations in his life, including 140 this year, and he answered all my questions excellently. He was very impressed with how fit I am and how good my knee is considering the injury, and he said that can only help.

It was obviously hugely disappointing because of all the possibilities on my list, an ACL injury was the worst. But now I just have to accept it and get on with it. In fact, I'm excited about it and looking forward to the challenge of it. I have to look at it like that and I am determined to get through it and come back a better player.

Maybe 10 years ago this was a career-threatening injury but now the surgeon says I should be back within nine months - and I will be looking to get back even sooner.


Best of luck, Chris.


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1 May 2006 : Interview With Phil Jevons
Yeovil Town striker Phil Jevons has given his thanks to those who had been part of the 2005-06 season after scoring two goals in the 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town that cemented the Glovers position at League One level for next season.

Speaking after the game, Yeovil's top scorer explained: "I'd just like to thank all the fans who kept faith in us. Throughout the season they have stuck by us through thick and thin and they have gone to places where other fans may not have fancied travelling to, where people maybe didn't fancy us getting a result like here today. Seeing the scenes of celebration after the final whistle was fantastic."

Read the full interview with Phil Jevons by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.


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1 May 2006 : Glovers Keep Tabs On Plymouth Hero
Yeovil Town manager Steve Thompson admits he is keeping a careful eye on Plymouth Argyle striker Mickey Evans who completed his final match with the Pilgrims having served 11 years with them across two spells.

Evans turned down a one year deal at Home Park to open up his options to pastures new and scored in his final appearance for the club - appropriately the winning goal in a 2-1 win over Ipswich Town that resulted in all eleven Argyle players, including goalkeeper Romain Larrieu, joining in with the celebrations.

The 33 year old striker will now move to another club during the summer, and his strong West Country roots make it all the more likely that he will choose another club in the South-West to continue his career, particularly as his wife is expecting a child shortly. Torquay United and Yeovil Town are the two clubs being connected with his services and whilst the Gulls would be more convenient for commuting from his Plymouth home, Evans may be tempted by Yeovil's League One position and his friendship with boss Steve Thompson.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press Thommo explained: "Mickey Evans is a friend of mine; I knew him when he was training with Plymouth. I have spoken to him and asked him about his situation, but that is as far as it has gone. Mickey's wife is expecting a baby next week and I've arranged to speak to him again after the baby is born. But I also need to sit down with my board of directors and finalise the playing budget for next season."

Sandwiched between his two spells with Argyle, Evans has also had spells with Blackburn Rovers, Southampton, West Bromwich Albion and Bristol Rovers in a career that has seen him clock up over 500 Football League appearances and over 100 goals in all competitions. Although his age would be a slight deviation from the Glovers overall policy of trying to cultivate talented young players, the odd bit of extra experience to Thommo's side for next season would not go amiss.


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