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31 May 2007 : Legends Captured On Film
Yeovil Legends Scarf as used by John Clancy! On sale now priced six pounds.
Yeovil Legends Scarf as used by John Clancy! On sale now priced six pounds.
Photos © 2007 Away Travel Club

The Away Travel Club launched their Yeovil Town Legends scarf a few months ago and in the lead-up to Wembley like most of Yeovil's merchandising outlets, they sold out of most of them.

Thankfully more stock is on its way for the scarves which cost six pounds. In the meantime, the ATC appear to be calling in on unsuspecting victims heroes and surprising them with a scarf with their own name on it, and armed with a camera, they have captured two of Yeovil Town's greatest players, John Clancy and George Muir.
Yeovil Legends Scarf as used by George Muir! On sale now priced six pounds.
Yeovil Legends Scarf as used by George Muir! On sale now priced six pounds.
Photos © 2007 Away Travel Club



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31 May 2007 : Farewell Lindy
Who reading, amongst the males anyway, as a child hasn't dreamt of playing for the club they support? And who hasn't dreamt of walking out onto the pitch at Wembley Stadium? Some of us probably still wake from such dreams even as increasingly long-in-the-tooth adults. It falls to few to turn that dream into reality. For most a simple lack of ability precludes the chance, but also the vagaries of professional football means that these days it's increasingly rare to find players who've moved from fan to team at their club.

Andy Lindegaard was one who made the journey, standing on the terraces of Huish Park as a kid, playing as a youth, breaking into the First Team, and then moving up the divisions with Yeovil Town from Non-league to the Football League, League One. On that journey he appeared and collected a winners medal in the F.A. Trophy Final at Villa Park, won a Nationwide Conference Champions medal, a League Two Champions medal, and on Sunday 27th May 2007 walked out at the National Stadium to play for his team.

With his release yesterday from the club he's been associated with for most of his life in one way or another, Andy may at the moment be finding it hard to keep the good times to the forefront of his mind. His whole professional existence has revolved around Yeovil Town. However he is a professional footballer, and as such knows the score. He'll move on and find another berth at which to ply his trade, and when that career comes to an end will be able to look back with great pride at the contribution he made in the history of the club he supported as a boy.

Andy Lindegaard
Andy Lindegaard
Photo © 2005 Ciderspace


First Team debut : 16th February 2000 versus Taunton Town, Somerset Premier Cup
First Team appearances : 191
First Team goals : 12

Reserve Team appearances : 50
Reserve Team goals : 14

The full record for Andy Lindegaard can be viewed here.

We express our thanks to Andy for the way he has served the club loyally and to the very best of his ability throughout the years, and wish him every success in the future. One of our own, who achieved the dream.


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31 May 2007 : Slade Looking For Trio To Sign
Glovers boss Russell Slade has said that following yesterday's release of seven players off the Huish Park payroll that he has three immediate aims in terms of what he wants to spend his money on during the summer.

One player is already known about and Russell confirmed to BBC Somerset Sound that the signing of Aberdeen midfielder Gary Dempsey is still going ahead as planned, as soon as his contract runs out in Scotland. Dempsey has already signed a pre-contract agreement with the club.

In addition to that, Russell says his primary targets are for an unnamed right-winger and an unnamed striker. Russell has targets in mind, and explained the latest situation:

"I can tell you obviously that Gary Dempsey will be joining us from Aberdeen. That will be my first signing. He's a midfield player, he's a passer and he's got a very good brain on him. He sees a pass and will link things up very well indeed. I just think he will be very good for the football club. We had a look at him for two or three days and I think all the players were impressed by him. Of the others, I want to bring a forward in for sure and I want to bring a wide-right player in and I've got targets in mind, obviously in those two positions."


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30 May 2007 : Eight New Contracts On Offer
Manager Russell Slade, speaking on BBC Somerset Sound, revealed that eight new contracts had been offered to players at Huish Park.

In a rather complex situation there appear to be various scenarios.

Youngsters Craig Alcock and Tom Clarke have been offered extensions on their previous one year deals, and have presumably verbally accepted though Russell did not specify that as the case.

Scott Guyett has been offered a new deal, and again the implication was that he was about to sign:

"He's had a fantastic end to the season and we'd like to keep Scotty. He has done remarkably well and again a fantastic professional."

As reported on this site last month Paul Terry and Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala have had offers on the table for some time. Slade reported that neither has yet signed and they have until 20th June to make up their minds, though he was hoping Terry and his agent would get back to him this week:

"We're still waiting to hear back. I think the Frenchman has until about the 20th of June and that's when most of them have got to let us know by. There are a few more who fit into that category. Craig Alcock and Tom Clarke and one or two others have been given offers."

Darryl Knights, previously on loan from Ipswich Town, has been offered a permanent contract for one year. Martin Brittain has not been offered anything, and will need to find another club as Ipswich has already released him from their books:

"We've made Darryl an offer as well. We're hoping that he'll take that on board and that we'll sort something out over the coming weeks. Martin Brittain has returned as his loan spell has finished. He has gone back to Ipswich, but I don't think his contact there is being renewed either, so Britts will be searching for a club."

Negotiations with Lee Morris continue, so Russell looks to have decided to retain him if the terms are mutually right:

"We are trying to sort out a deal for Lee. He has done terrifically well, considering the last three seasons that he has had in football, so we are trying to put something together."

Matthew Rose has a clause in his current contract that allows the present deal to be extended. From what Slade said it looks as if he wishes to trigger that and keep Rose for next season, but that Rose will consider his options - one of which is the possibility of playing abroad - and make a decision when he returns from holiday:

"There is an option in it that works both ways really. So Matty is going to take some time. He has got the possibility of playing abroad which is a similar situation to how he arrived at the football club. So he will weigh that one up and have a look at the situation. He's going to let me know as soon as he's finshed his holiday. So Matty could be with us next year, but if he is not, then we'll move on and find somebody else."


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30 May 2007 : Seven Released
Manager Russell Slade has today announced the release list from Yeovil Town at the end of the 2006-07 season. In a move that basically sees the Glovers boss clearing the decks of fringe members of the squad long-term servant Andy Lindegaard can probably consider himself unlucky, and was the one Slade had special words for when speaking on BBC Somerset Sound, praising his attitude and contribution to the club over the years and saying what a hard decision it had been.

The full release list is :

Danny Barker
Andy Lindegaard
Gavin McCallum
Jake Smeeton
Bradley Thomas
Anthony Tonkin
Daniel Webb

Speaking about Lindy, Russell explained his surprise decision:

"Maybe from Lindy's point of view, a fresh challenge will be a good thing for him. He's been a model professional at the football club. He is a lovely man and a gentleman. He has been a great servant to the club and he is one of those that really upsets you when they leave because of the type of person that he is. But a fresh challenge after being at the club for eight years will be good for him."

Speaking of the rest, Russell said he felt that none of them were getting as much football as they needed to get for the good of their careers:

"They are players like Anthony Tonkin, Bradley Thomas and Danny Webb that really need first team football in their careers now so we've allowed them to move on as well. Hopefully they will be successful wherever they find themselves."

Our thanks to all for their contributions, and best wishes for the future.
We'll have a fuller consideration of Lindy's time at Huish Park later.


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30 May 2007 : Second Friendly Booked : Pompey
Intermittent friendly opponents Portsmouth, last at Huish Park pre-season in 2006, will be visiting on Saturday 14th July 2007 before the Premier League outfit sets off on a Far Eastern Tour. Kick-off is 3.00 p.m.

Yeovil's pre-season is now up to two, with the announcement of what is usually the Glovers final warm up before the season proper kicks off against Tiverton Town here. With the play-offs out of the way, and Russell Slade soon off on a well deserved holiday, a flurry of further dates can be expected to appear shortly.


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30 May 2007 : SPC Draw
The draws for the first two rounds of the Somerset Premier Cup have been made. Yeovil Town Reserves will be home to Backwell Town in Round One (week commencing 1st October), and should they get through that away to the winners of Radstock Town versus Bitton in Round Two (week commencing 12th November). The full draws are :

Round One

Chard Town v Shepton Mallet
Clevedon Town v Bishop Sutton
Clevedon United v Keynsham Town
Larkhall Athletic v Odd Down
Radstock Town v Bitton
Team Bath v Bath City
Wellington v Bristol Manor Farm
Weston super Mare v Paulton Rovers
Yeovil Town Reserves v Backwell United

Byes : Bridgwater Town, Brislington, Frome Town, Minehead, Street, Taunton Town, Welton Rovers.

Round Two

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


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29 May 2007 : Blackpool vs Yeovil Town Match Report
The Ciderspace full match report from Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Wembley Stadium can be found on-line now.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Blackpool 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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29 May 2007 : Swindon Supporters Trust Says No To Gas
The Swindon Town Supporters Trust has issued a statement on behalf of its members urging the club's board to reject the stadium sharing proposal from Bristol Rovers.

With the release of the 2007-08 fixture list just over two weeks away it is a matter of some urgency that the Gas tie up a deal somewhere, but the Robins fans don't want it to be at the County Ground. Both clubs were promoted to League One at the end of the 2006-07 campaign, Swindon from third spot, Rovers through the play-offs.

With local residents and councillors already opposed the supporters organisation has added its weight against the share which is expected to last around eighteen months:

Trust chairman Paul Davis said :

Our own poll of Town fans and a similar poll conducted by the Swindon Advertiser both showed overwhelming opposition to the move. There are understandable concerns about the likelihood of crowd trouble, and Rovers promotion to League One through the play-offs raises the absurd possibility of Swindon playing at the County Ground as the away team.

We have nothing against Rovers, or the vast majority of their supporters, but it would simply be irresponsible to ignore the trouble that has occurred on three occasions recently involving sections of both clubs support.


Trust communications officer Andy Ratcliffe added :

Clearly the additional income is attractive given the clubs ongoing financial plight, but the long term implications could cost the club much more if the move delays, or even scuppers completely the redevelopment of the County Ground. The plain fact is that the club's financial problems are too deep rooted to be solved by grasping at every offer of short term cash regardless of any other considerations. To properly solve the clubs problems requires more fundamental changes along with substantial fresh investment which is precisely why we launched the Fans Consortium in September of last year.


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29 May 2007 : F.A. Votes To Reform
The Football Association AGM today voted in favour of a reformed structure for the organisation. In a meeting held at Wembley Stadium, the representatives from the component interest groups voted by 718 to 197 to implement change. This represented 78.5% of the total votes cast, passing the necessary 75% threshold for constitutional change.

As usual the F.A. has meandered along at its standard snail like speed since Lord Burns presented his report almost two years ago. It's not entirely clear from the brief summary issued by the F.A. (link) exactly how much of Lord Burns at times subtly scathing report has been adopted.

The new Board, Council and Committees structures will come into being for 1st July 2007. The process for recruiting the Independent Chairman will start in the summer, with the new chairman to take office in summer 2008.


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28 May 2007 : Photo Gallery From Play-Off Final
We've currently got a "work in progress" in our Photo Galleries section, displaying many of the photos we've received from yesterday's day out at Wembley against Blackpool. At present we're still receiving and processing photos so expect this gallery to grow. It currently stands at 30 photos strong.

If anyone would like to send us their own, please email them to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com although please try and choose photos that are as different from what we've already posted - for example we've probably got enough of the Bobby Moore statue and the helium blimp inside the stadium! However, more photos showing other aspects of the day out are very much welcomed. If you're not an expert at photo-editing, don't worry - send them through "as is" and we'll try and work with them.

In addition, as you will have seen in the lead-up to Wembley, we published a large number of On To Victory articles, of which many centred on the Second Leg match against Nottingham Forest. If anyone wants to write something about their day out at Wembley, from either a general perspective, or on a specific point that you want to get off your chest, then send it through to the same email address, as we obviously want to keep a record of a day that once the disappointment has died down will be seen as a landmark moment in the club's history.

The currently growing Photo Gallery can be found here. When we have further significant updates we'll make a further announcement concerning the gallery.


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28 May 2007 : Arron To Stay, Knights To Arrive?
Speaking in the Western Morning News after the defeat at Wembley in the League One Play-off Final Arron Davies said he saw his future being at Huish Park next season.

After Arron's performances in both legs of the semi-final versus Nottingham Forest there has been much speculation that Cardiff City will make a move for the Welsh international. However Davies said:

I've still got a week of my season left because I've got a game for Wales and I've got to get myself up for that now.

I've got a contract for next season, although obviously I'm aware of the speculation in Wales and a story in one of the newspapers. It's good to be linked with teams like that, but I've got a contract at Yeovil and I will honour it unless the chairman or the gaffer tells me otherwise. It's just paper talk at the moment.


He continued :

I think we can count this as a successful season, hard as it is to say that after losing at Wembley. We were one of the favourites to go down and we've reached the play-off final and given the fans a great day out. It's ended in disappointment but we've got to remember the successes we've had throughout the season and it's not been too bad.

We've now got to look to kick on and I'm sure the gaffer will be looking to bring in some players to strengthen the squad because we need to be ready for next year.


Davies is in the squad for the Euro 2008 qualifying fixture against the Czech Republic which kicks off at 3.00 p.m. in the Millennium Stadium on Saturday 2nd June.

Meanwhile there's strong speculation from the Ipswich Town end that Darryl Knights has been offered a permanent deal by the Glovers, and that Tractor Boys manager Jim Magilton will let him go when Knights returns to Portman Road for talks about his future this week.


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28 May 2007 : Russell's Verdict On the Blackpool Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade wants to use yesterday's appearance at Wembley Stadium as a platform to better things, despite defeat against Blackpool yesterday. Russell felt that once the initial disappointment had died down, they would realise how good a season they had and would prepare for next season as a stronger club.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the first leg match, Russell explained: "We'll get time to reflect as the weeks go by and we will realise that we have achieved quite a lot even if we have not achieved as much as we wanted to in the end of course. But that will make us stronger. It will make me tougher as a manager and make the players tougher as players, because you don't want to be in a situation where you're unsuccessful where it matters - in the last 90 minutes of the season."

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

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.


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28 May 2007 : BBC Local Radio Play-Off Final Pictures and Interviews
The BBC Somerset Sound website has been updated following yesterday's Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium.

There is a small photo gallery from the final, plus interviews with Russell Slade, Steve Thompson, Terry Skiverton, Scott Guyett and Marcus Stewart following the 2-0 defeat against Blackpool.

At present they aren't loaded onto the usual Interview Archive page - instead follow the link below and use the links on the top right hand side of the page to access each interview.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound : Wembley Play-Off Final In Pictures (Plus Interviews).


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27 May 2007 : Cohen In For Groin Operation
Yeovil Town midfielder Chris Cohen will enter hospital on Tuesday to have an operation to cure the groin injury that has been troubling him over the tail end of the 2006-07 season.

The decision was taken prior to today's match, with Cohen being given a pain-killing injection this morning in an effort to try and get him through the game. Sadly, Chris was only able to last 40 minutes of the Play-Off Final against Blackpool at Wembley.

The very best of luck to Chris on Tuesday, and hopefully the timing of the operation will allow him to return more or less in line with pre-season training for the 2007-08 season.


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27 May 2007 : Glovers Dream Washed Away In Wembley Rain
Yeovil Town made history today with their first ever appearance at Wembley Stadium, but they couldn't stop a Blackpool side from also making their own bit of history, as the Seasiders set a new club record of 10 consecutive wins and in doing so ensured their place in next season's Championship. For the Glovers, a third season in League One beckons, and even though the end result was hugely disappointing, it shouldn't be forgotten that today came about as part of Yeovil's most successful season in the club's history.

The Seasiders dominated the first half, but were unable to find the target with chances from Wes Hoolahan and Adrian Forbes being blocked or dragged wide of the target. However, two minutes from the break, a moment of controversy from referee Andy D'Urso gifted Blackpool a free kick after Keigan Parker had fallen to the deck under seemingly no pressure from Terrell Forbes. Up stepped Robbie Williams and he curled past Steve Mildenhall with the Yeovil keeper looking to be unsighted by his own defensive wall. 1-0 and although the award of the free kick looked somewhat suspect, it was probably deserved on the balance of play.

Arron Davies forced Blackpool keeper Paul Rachubka to brilliantly tip a free kick over his bar in first half injury time as the Glovers tried to force an equaliser. However they were having to do it without midfielder Chris Cohen, who lasted 40 minutes before limping off with his continuing groin problem.

The second half saw Yeovil get far more possession without truly worrying Rachubka. The moves up until the final third were good, but beyond that they seemed unable to deliver the killer ball.

But seven minutes into the the second half, the Seasiders delivered their own killer blow. Keigan Parker was given a little too much space on the left flank, but there were few in the stadium that could have anticipated the end product - a sublime effort that curled viciously from 20 yards out giving Steve Mildenhall no chance and landing a goal worthy of winning a cup final. 2-0 and Yeovil needed their second May miracle.

They almost got a lifeline. Wayne Gray's right wing cross was a peach for Marcus Stewart but the striker's diving downward header somehow hit the sodden Wembley turf and lifted over the bar. That was as close as it got and for all of the possession, territory and balls into the box Yeovil got in the final 15 minutes, it was mainly powder-puff stuff, and towards the end some of Yeovil's players seemed to have trouble trying to keep their tired legs from buckling, let alone pull the rabbit out of the hat for the second time in a week. This time there was to be no twist to the tale.

Final Score : Blackpool 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Bitter disappointment at the end result shouldn't totally overshadow what has been a stupendous season for the Glovers. Getting to Wembley was a feat in itself and so our thanks are most certainly due to Russell, Thommo and the playing squad for a wonderful experience. Such a shame that the final 90 minutes proved to be a bridge too far.

Vote for your Man of the Match here.


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27 May 2007 : WEMBLEY!
Safe journeys to all today, those in green and white and those in tangerine.

Ciderspace wishes all Glovers, the management, players, staff and supporters, a great day out. But we're sure no one has forgotten : we're there to win a football match, and take YEOVIL TOWN F.C. into the Football League Championship.

Thirty thousand voices, and many many more around the World wishing they were there, screaming "THEY'VE......... ONLY GONE AND DONE IT!" around 4.45 p.m. (or a bit later if needs be) and the great day will be complete.

BELIEVE!


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26 May 2007 : On To Victory Wembley Edition Part 18 : The Countdown To Our Big Day Out
In this final (we think - articles keep popping up all over the place!) set of On To Victory articles surrounding the play-offs, Mac from Oz looks forward to the Big Day Out, and wonders what it could bring.

Link: On To Victory Wembley Edition : Wembley - So Near And Yet So Far.


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26 May 2007 : On To Victory Wembley Edition Part 17 : Wembley - So Near And Yet So Far
Our visit to Wembley Stadium on Sunday will help push away a 35 year old shadow that has been hanging over many of our older Yeovil Town supporters. The truth of the matter is that we nearly got to Wembley before. Not just once, but twice! Cider Jaaarn relives the bitterest pill he ever had to swallow, and why Sunday's match against Blackpool will be so special to him.

Link: On To Victory Wembley Edition : Wembley - So Near And Yet So Far.


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26 May 2007 : On To Victory Wembley Edition Part 16 : What do you call a group of City fans??????
This is clean, honest! The answer contains not a swearword in sight! Barnes Green finds words in the Oxford English Dictionary that do not have "profanity" against them to describe all of our League One rivals.

Link: On To Victory Wembley Edition : What do you call a group of City fans??????.


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26 May 2007 : On To Victory Wembley Edition Part 15 : The 1095
OK, so this one is short, but sweet. The Glovers, carefully positioned in the corner of the away end of the City Ground get likened to a Greek army by Steve Whale. Except the Greeks lost. But apart from that ...

Link: On To Victory Wembley Edition : The 1095.


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26 May 2007 : On To Victory Wembley Edition Part 14 : From Bodmin To Wembley
Remember the club's Cornish Tour last July? Doesn't that seem a world away? Trying to piece together a team that could turn up on the opening day of the season after a summer that had seen half of the squad drift away from Huish Park, with most having fallen out of contract.

The bookies had us as second favourites for relegation, and as Brian Taylor drove down to Cornwall to take in that pre-season tour, he wasn't sure what to expect. This is his view of the season, as considered from those early says in Bodmin and St Blazey.

Link: On To Victory Wembley Edition : From Bodmin To Wembley.


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26 May 2007 : On To Victory Wembley Edition Part 13 : Soundtrack to a Semi-Final Play-Off
Picture the situation. In the years to come, someone is bound to make a musical of Yeovil Town's 5-2 victory over Nottingham Forest that took the Glovers to the League One Play-Off Final. It will be a lavish production that will rock the West End. Sir Elton John will combine his love of football and music, and be Executive Producer.

And as the production is put on in front of a packed theatre, so the soundtrack to an incredible 120 minutes is played out. Steve Whale has cunningly stolen the production notes from Andrew Lloyd-Webber's back pocket and has leaked the results to the On To Victory team.

Sit yourself down and indulge yourself to League One Play-Offs : The Musical!.

Link: On To Victory Wembley Edition : Soundtrack to a Semi-Final Play-Off.

NB: OK so mentioning Barry Manilow on this site was decidedly dodgy. But the Nolan Sisters? Have we no shame? Probably.


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26 May 2007 : On To Victory Wembley Edition Part 12 : The New Wembley ... Again!
For those of you who think you will suffer from insomnia tonight, we have an article for you on the "Direct Debits Annual Payment Conference 2007" to read. No, really!

Robin Evans went to it last month and found it so exciting that he wanted to tell you all about it! What's that I hear you say? "Zzzzzzzzzzzzz!" No wait, there is something slightly interesting about the article, and you'll soon find out why going to Wembley tomorrow is just another boring run-of-the-mill thing that Robin has done before ...

Link: On To Victory Wembley Edition : The New Wembley ... Again!.


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26 May 2007 : On To Victory Wembley Edition Part 11 : Frank Sinatra Was A Glover?
Ole' Blue Eyes really had eyes for the greens? No, it's true! Steve Whale gives the truth behind Frank Sinatra's secret love of Somerset along with 15 other artists that surely had Yeovil Town on their minds when they wrote some of their landmark tunes.

Link: On To Victory Wembley Edition : Frank Sinatra Was A Glover?.

NB: This will hopefully be the first time, and the last time that this site will make reference to a Barry Manilow song. Promise!


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26 May 2007 : Sky Sports Play-Off Final Coverage
With tomorrow's game being broadcast live on Sky Sports, once again we've provided a few tips for programming your relevant recording machine as well as the digital box before you head out the door tomorrow.

The main match coverage starts at 2.30pm on Sky Sports Two. This is scheduled to be a three hour programme, although like the Forest Second Leg match, we'd recommend you factor in a little extra to allow for Extra Time and Penalties. Given a normal 90 minute game finishes around 4.50pm, Sky haven't left an awful lot of contingency should the match go the full distance.

Thereafter, Sky then provide a series of repeat showings that are somewhat disappointingly cut down to just 60 minutes worth of coverage, rather than the usual 90 minute repeat programme. Hence getting that main broadcast taped is rather highly recommended.

All of the following are also available on Sky's HD channels - the following indicates the basic channel coverage:

27/05/07 : 14:30hrs : Sky Sports Two (full three hour coverage)
27/05/07 : 19:00hrs : Sky Sports One
27/05/07 : 23:00hrs : Sky Sports One
28/05/07 : 02:00hrs : Sky Sports One
28/05/07 : 06:00hrs : Sky Sports One
28/05/07 : 09:00hrs : Sky Sports One


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26 May 2007 : On To Victory Wembley Edition Part 10 : Believed
One particular banner at the City Ground just over a week ago became a little iconic. Simple in what it stated, but it became everything associated with that day out in Nottingham.

On the day before the game, a thread appeared on the Green Room forum. At 2-0 down after the first leg, and with a daunting away match to come, you could have forgiven supporters if they had gone into the second leg expecting it to just be a "day out". Yet as the game in Nottingham got closer, we began to "BELIEVE" - and the Green Room thread gradually filled up with numerous replies from supporters, convinced that the tie was not over and that we could turn the two goal deficit around.

Henry May writes another article about that night, and the way it felt for him at the City Ground. Yes, there's been several articles written about last Friday night's game, but you're never going to grow tired of this one, are you?

Link: On To Victory Wembley Edition : Believed.


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26 May 2007 : League One Play-Off Final Match Preview
Does this game honestly need a match preview? Normally we provide match previews to provide publicity for matches, to tempt people to go, to give them an angle on the game they haven't necessarily read before, or to provide information relating to the match itself.

If you are unaware that Yeovil Town are playing Blackpool tomorrow afternoon at the new Wembley Stadium tomorrow afternoon, then may we respectfully suggest that you may have just come back from your holidays on Planet Jupiter. Since the final whistle blew up at the City Ground, the "W" word has hardly been off the lips of anyone connected with the football club, and tomorrow that dream will become a reality.

With this being the first season that the new Wembley Stadium is in use, it seems everyone wants to be a part of it, and rather amazingly it appears that both clubs are likely to report a clean bill of health for the match itself. Even Glovers midfielder Paul Terry who has been out with a cruciate ligament injury since the start of December is suddenly skipping around like a lamb trying to persuade manager Russell Slade that he should be back in the team. Club captain Terry Skiverton's groin injury has cleared up, whilst the only possible doubts of Chris Cohen (groin) and Anthony Barry (abdomen muscle) are believed to be more likely to be fit than not at this stage.

For Blackpool it is a similar story. Midfielder Keith Southern, who scored in the Seasiders one of the semi-final matches against Oldham Athletic has recovered from a knock, whilst Chris Brandon also returns following a suspension. Blackpool took a 22 man squad down to London on Friday and have taken their players to Wembley Stadium to watch the League Two final today. Meanwhile the Glovers preferred not to hang around the stadium for too long with Slade believing that time dragged for his Grimsby Town side when they spent several days in a hotel prior to their League Two Play-Off Final this time last season. Instead the Glovers left this afternoon, preferring to keep matters as close as possible the normal League One routine.

Not that this is a normal match. Something in the region of 30,000 Yeovil Town fans will be watching tomorrow afternoon's game. Blackpool seem to have gone a bit quiet in terms of how many tickets they have sold, but it is probably safe to say that they will run Yeovil close in terms of support, and therefore there are expected to be over 60,000 present at the new stadium. That will be the biggest crowd a Yeovil side have played in front of since the FA Cup Fifth Round match at Maine Road in 1949.

Talking of records, Blackpool are aiming to break a club record set between November 1936 and January 1937. Back then they set up nine victories in a row and their two semi-final victories equalled that feat. That they have managed to do so is remarkable for a side that spent most of the first dozen games of this season stuck in the relegation zone. Bought out by multi-millionaire Latvian banker Valery Belokon, there was even a question mark over manager Simon Grayson's head due to the Seasiders' slow start to the season until they gradually turned it around, coming within a whisker of automatic promotion.

That rise up through the division will no doubt make Blackpool strong favourites to win promotion, but as Nottingham Forest found out, Yeovil quite like being the underdogs. Tipped for relegation at the start of the season, the Glovers have been the surprise package of League One, occupying a top six slot for most of the season and in the end comfortably obtaining a playoff slot. Grayson watched the semi-final win over Forest and has a lot of respect for Yeovil's style of play:

"I thought over the two legs Yeovil were outstanding. We knew they would be a threat at Forest. People thought it was all over and done with but I didn't. Yeovil are a really good team, they've got some good energy, good pace and play some good football. It's no coincidence they've got to the final. They thoroughly deserve it and we know we're in for a really difficult game. They'll be looking at us and our good run of form and hopefully on the day it's a cracking game, a few goals and us that has the good fortune to win it. But we know it's going to be really difficult."

Based on the two matches between the two sides this season, again Blackpool have the edge. At Bloomfield Road, a 1-1 draw came as a result of a second half Scott Vernon strike being cancelled out by a late Marcus Stewart equaliser. But at Huish Park in March, a 0-1 home defeat saw the only goal of the game scored by Andrew Morrell. Shaun Barker's dismissal for two yellow cards made the final half hour a bit edgy, but in the end Blackpool were good value for their three points. But as was proven when Yeovil played Forest after having drawn a blank three times in a row, past performance is not necessarily a guide to future growth.

As with all of the play-off finals, if the match is level after 90 minutes, extra time and penalties will settle the affair. There are no golden goals or anything daft like that. By around 5.30pm at the latest, the fate of both clubs will be known. Whatever the result, be proud of what your club has achieved on the field this season, and above all enjoy the day. There won't be too many like it again, and there certainly hasn't been anything like it before!

COME ON YOU GLOVERS!


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26 May 2007 : On To Victory Wembley Edition Part 9 : Football Bloody Hell
Poor old Simon Robertson has been left a nervous wreck. We dread to think what tomorrow at Wembley will do to him. If the second leg against Nottingham Forest left him in need of a lie down, then we suspect that 90 - or 120 minutes - at Wembley may result in the men in the white coats coming to get him.

Read Simon's account of THAT night, in yet another article from the online On To Victory Wembley Edition. Hopefully if anyone is having a sleepless night tonight, this will persuade you that somewhere in Leeds someone else will also be a bag of nerves.

Link: On To Victory Wembley Edition : Football Bloody Hell.


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26 May 2007 : Away Travel Club Wembley Scarves
The Away Travel Club have produced three new Wembley scarves in the nick of time that they will have on sale prior to Sunday's trip up to London to play Blackpool in the League One Playoff Final.

They will be on sale as the coaches depart from Huish Park tomorrow morning, from Away Travel Club representatives, so make sure you arrive at Huish Park with a bit of extra spare time on your hands so you can make your purchase.

They will also have all their other usual merchandise on sale at Huish Park before the coaches depart, and doubtless those who are on their coaches will be able to purchase en route. Look out for them at Fleet Services and also in the Wembley Coach Park - assuming there is any stock left by then!

With the Huish Park Club Shop now closed, this is the only recommended outlet for your Yeovil Town merchandise until you enter the stadium where there will be a limited amount of merchandise available from the OFFICIAL Wembley Merchandising shops INSIDE the stadium.

Once again, please do NOT be tempted to buy merchandise from the traders you are likely to meet at Fleet Services or around the Wembley town and outside the stadium. They will be pocketing all the profits themselves. The Away Travel Club, however, give all their profits back to the club. The street traders will claim "we are from Wembley" or "we are giving a percentage to the club" but they will be telling great big porkie pies, so steer clear of them and tell others to boycott them. Use the Away Travel Club and the official Wembley Stadium outlets inside the stadium only.

New Wembley scarf. On sale now priced six pounds.
New Wembley scarf. On sale now priced six pounds.
New Wembley scarf. On sale now priced six pounds.
New Wembley scarves. On sale now priced six pounds.
Photos © 2007 Away Travel Club



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26 May 2007 : On To Victory Wembley Edition Part 8 : Text Commentary - Don't You Just Love It?
Cast your mind back to the Second Leg match against Nottingham Forest just eight days ago. Arguably one of the most important games in the club's history. You're not at the game. You're not even in the country. Hell, you're not even in the right time zone. Not even close!

These are the trials and tribulations of Mac from Oz - a legendary Glovers Exile, who often gets up during the small hours in Australia to watch a screen full of text on the BBC's website that refreshes every sixty seconds giving ever-helpful commentary on Yeovil Town matches on a minute-by-minute such as:

12:07 mins : Defending throw-in by Nathan Jones (Yeovil).
11:40 mins : Defending throw-in by Nathan Jones (Yeovil).
11:19 mins : Attacking throw-in by John Curtis (Nottm Forest).
11:02 mins : Goal kick taken long by Paul Smith (Nottm Forest).


Find out what it was like reading 120 minutes worth of that, as Mac from Oz relives that fateful night. And remember, this is all taking place at three o'clock in the morning!

Link: On To Victory Wembley Edition : Text Commentary - Don't You Just Love It?.


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26 May 2007 : Skivo Puts Blackpool Legends To One Side
Yeovil Town club captain Terry Skiverton has said that he will be reminding his team-mates that tomorrow's opponents Blackpool are just another League One side when they step out at Wembley tomorrow. The Seasiders are another side that are steeped in tradition, having won one of Wembley's most famous finals - a 4-3 victory over Bolton Wanderers in 1953, inspired by Sir Stanley Matthews so much that it is often known as 'The Matthews Final'.

Despite Blackpool's fine history, Skivo is keen to stress that, like semi-final opponents Nottingham Forest, it is what the two respective clubs are doing today that matters and not the legends they have had in their sides over the course of time. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, the Yeovil captain explained:

"We deserve the right to play in this league. We are not playing against Sir Stanley Matthews when he was playing in the top flight. We are playing against another League One team that we have competed well against. People tell us that we are playing against history and all that kind of thing? No, we are playing against eleven men that are in your league for a reason. We've both had a good season and we'll both be looking to put a good performance on."

Skivo missed both semi-final matches through injury, although he was sat in the stands for both games. He is now hoping that having got back into full training following a groin injury, that he will be ready to step up to the plate:

"I'm travelling up on Sunday but I don't know in what capacity yet. I've trained today (Thursday) and fingers crossed I will train well tomorrow. Then I will make myself available and it will then be up to the manager to either put me on the bench or whatever he wants to do. Going from last week and thinking that I wasn't going to be involved in anything to being involved in some capacity for the final has absolutely made my week."


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26 May 2007 : Sage Seth and the Seeds Of Hope
Those who have followed Ciderspace since it started will hopefully be delighted to note that Sage Seth is back! First seen as long back as September 2000, the Sage did a slight disappearing act in January 2004. Thankfully Jon Seal has been back to rummaging in his attic again, and following a feature in today's The Times newspaper, we can now state that the Sage is known within the hearts of the nation!

It may be many years ago, but find out what Sage Seth had to say about the last time the club got close to Wembley Stadium.

Link: Sage Seth and the Seeds Of Hope.

Link: Ciderspace Sage Seth Archives.

Link: The Times : Yeovil Yearning For Poetic Justice In Defiance Of Sage Predictions.


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26 May 2007 : On To Victory Wembley Edition Part 7 : I Wasn't There!
We're quite confident that in the years to come, the numbers who claim to have been present at the Second Leg against Nottingham Forest just over a week ago will swell way beyond the 1,095 who actually witnessed a real live footballing miracle occur at the City Ground. By the time we reach the year 2012 (by which time Yeovil will of course be in a Champions League Final against AC Milan) those boasting of "being there" on that Friday night will have swelled beyond the 10,000 mark.

However, Harry Mason is willing to put on the record that he most certainly was not present. Not even at either leg! In fact he spent his two Friday nights engaged in some serious bragging rights with his cousin Paul, who happens to be a rather ardent Forest supporter. Read his account of the two legs, and wonder why Paul's mobile appeared to "run out of battery juice" just at the vital moment. Yeah, it's funny how these things happen, isn't it?

Link: On To Victory Wembley Edition : I Wasn't There!.


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26 May 2007 : On To Victory Wembley Edition Part 6 : Yeovil Town Ladies Update
Yeovil Town Ladies team have had an extraordinary season, battling on several fronts for honours and eventually triumphing with the majority of their league and cup competitions.

Robin Evans has been present at several of their key games as their season reached its conclusion and he provided this report for the On To Victory fanzine.

Link: On To Victory Wembley Edition : Yeovil Town Ladies Update.


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25 May 2007 : Minibus Travel From Yeovil To Wembley
For those who have yet to sort out their travel plans for Wembley, this email received from Thomas Freke may be of interest if you live in the Yeovil area:

"I have 6 spaces left on a minibus leaving Yeovil around 8am on Sunday, if anyone is interested, with parking arranged 500 yards from the ground. If interested please contact Thomas at Thomas@tsfdesign.co.uk."

As of 6.45pm tonight, the Shepton Mallet coach mentioned earlier today still had its three spaces going as well.


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25 May 2007 : Ticket Office Now Closed
The Huish Park Ticket Office is now closed and will not be selling any more Wembley tickets. We've not seen an official figure released by the club yet, but it is expected to be in the region of 30,000 although in the final few days of sales there appeared to be a few conflicting figures coming out of Huish Park in this respect.

The Ticket Office do have a number of tickets that have been paid for but not collected. If you are one of those people, you must call into the Huish Park Club Shop which will be open from 10.00am until 1.00pm on Saturday morning. If you haven't picked up your ticket by then, you're in trouble!

For those still sat on "While You Were Out" cards remember to visit your local Sorting Office tomorrow. The Yeovil Sorting Office opens at 7.30am tomorrow morning and anyone living in the BA20, BA21 or BA22 area should collect from this office.


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25 May 2007 : On To Victory Wembley Edition Part 5 : Ban All Western Gazette Cheap Holidays!
Ever booked a holiday and not paid as much attention to the Football Fixture lists as you wish you had? Judging from a few stories we've heard of this month, we'd say that supporter Paul Morgan is not as alone in the world as he might think he was when he failed to realise the potential importance of a fixture last month.

Read his account of a weekend away in the fifth of this weekend's On To Victory Wembley Edition articles which are appearing on this site.

Link: On To Victory Wembley Edition : Ban All Western Gazette Cheap Holidays!.


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25 May 2007 : On To Victory Wembley Edition Part 4 : The Green Room End Of Season Awards
Ah, the Green Room. Full of the biggest bunch of hoodies seen since we last saw the plastic shelter outside Staines Bus Station? Or the wit of Oscar Wilde combined with the wisdom of Socrates?

Green Room regular Barnes Green is in fact not from Barnes. He used to be in a previous life but now allegedly works in the Far East. He took time off from making the lives of Korean children a misery and pondered the best and the worst of the Green Room over the past 12 months.

Read on, in the fourth of our online On To Victory Wembley Edition pieces.

Link: On To Victory Wembley Edition : The Green Room End Of Season Awards.


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25 May 2007 : Club Shop Opening Times
The Huish Park Club Shop will be remaining open until 7.00pm tonight in an effort to allow supporters additional time to pick up last minute Wembley merchandise. They will also be open tomorrow (Saturday) from 10.00am until 1.00pm.

Official Yeovil Town/Wembley Stadium merchandise will be on Sale INSIDE Wembley stadium at the OFFICIAL Wembley merchandise outlets.

Hence when you arrive in Wembley, with the possible exception of the Away Travel Club merchandising, there will be no "accredited" Yeovil Town merchandise on sale outside the Wembley Stadium. Hence if you see any street sellers upon your arrival at Wembley, as per our news item below please do NOT buy from anyone outside the ground.

For Away Travel Club merchandising, we hope to provide a bit more detail tomorrow.


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25 May 2007 : BBC Somerset Sound Pictures And Interviews
The BBC Somerset Sound website has been updated with an absolute shedload of pictures and interviews ahead of Sunday's League One Play-Off Final against Blackpool.

If you start yourself off at the following page:

Link: BBC Somerset Sound : Nottingham Forest vs Yeovil Town Photo Gallery.

then you'll find a whole load of pictures from the Second Leg tie. From Photo No. 16 onwards in the gallery, you'll also find pictures that were taken when the BBC were invited to the Wembley Stadium and given a guided tour. There are pictures of the approach to Wembley, views inside the ground and inside the dressing rooms and tunnel etc, plus an audio tour that went out on BBC Somerset Sound's breakfast programme last Monday and on the Friday before the second leg against Forest. All of the links to the audio Wembley tour are on that page on the top right-hand side.

On top of that, the BBC were present at yesterday's press day and reporter Drew Savage has lined up interviews with Russell Slade, Terry Skiverton, Marcus Stewart, Andy Lindegaard, Martin Cranie and Paul Terry. Those can be accessed from that page, or via the usual BBC Somerset Sound Interview Archive page:

Link: BBC Somerset Sound: Yeovil Town Interview Archive Page.

Finally (as if that wasn't enough) you can also watch from their pages a video article by David Passmore that was produced for BBC Points West that we linked to yesterday:

Link: BBC Points West : Yeovil Town Wembley Preview.

As advance warning, those travelling up to the game on the supporters coaches will find that the BBC will be present at Fleet Services, presenting features on Yeovil Town whilst you have your mid-morning cuppa. Look out for the BBC Somerset Broadcast bus as the coaches come through if you want to have a chat with the crew or listen to their broadcast.


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25 May 2007 : Travel To Wembley From Shepton Mallet
Anyone living in the Shepton Mallet area still looking for transport up to Wembley? Derek Marvin is running a coach from the town and writes:

"I am running a 51 seater coach from Shepton Mallet to Wembley leaving at 8 am on Sunday, I have 3 spare seats, if you know anyone from the area (or whatever) who would like them they are £18 each. I will need the money today as I have to pay for the coach later. My telephone number is 07860733644."


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25 May 2007 : On To Victory Wembley Edition Part 3 : A Tribute To Lindy
OK, so there may have been an element of a tongue being inserted in cheek for the Danny Webb tribute below! But Andy Lindegaard is arguably the club's longest serving player given that he was turning out for the Reserve Team long before that 'new kid on the block' Skivo turned up at Huish Park.

Glovers fan Tufty looks at the man who has played almost every position on the park and last Friday was still going strong, putting in the assist that took the game against Nottingham Forest into extra time as well as being involved in the build-up to the final winning goal.

Link: On To Victory Wembley Edition : A Tribute To Lindy.


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25 May 2007 : On To Victory Wembley Edition Part 2 : League One Haircuts
Yeovil Town striker Danny Webb is Colin Shore's hero. Surprised? Find out why Danny rules in the second of many On To Victory articles being published on this site in advance of the trip to Wembley.

Link: On To Victory Wembley Edition : League One Haircuts.


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25 May 2007 : Unofficial Yeovil Town Merchandising
We're probably preaching to the converted here, but over the next 72 hours, please don't be tempted to buy Yeovil Town merchanside from unofficial street sellers.

There are already reports of such sellers turning up in the Town Centre today. There will doubtless be more of them positioned at both Fleet Services and around Wembley Stadium. Please do not be tempted to buy from these people. For starters, the merchandise may be of inferior quality and if there are any defects then you will not be able to later get your money back. Secondly, the money these traders raise will go straight into their back pockets and will not benefit the Football Club we support.

There are three possible outlets that we would recommend that you buy your merchandising from. The Huish Park Club Shop and the Green and Whites Programme Shop stock plenty of Yeovil Town merchandising and the Club Shop has got plenty of stock relating to Wembley itself. In addition, the Away Travel Club expect to have some new scarves in tomorrow morning on top of their usual stock.

On the day of the game itself, our understanding is that the club will have its own stall at Wembley Stadium, whilst the Away Travel Club will be selling stock at Huish Park prior to the coaches departing as well as anywhere along route that proves to be convenient. We will try and provide as much detail we can regarding both sources of green'n'white gear. If you are trying to get hold of Away Travel Club gear then try Roger on 07960-687075 or if you don't get through, then try Rich on 07950-776900 or Stew on 07956-596091 although remember that they won't have stock inside the stadium itself. For the Club Shop try 01935-423662. If further details over location and availability materialises we will publish details here.

To reiterate again - buy from the organisations that benefit the Football Club - please avoid all the bootleg traders. Here endeth the sermon.


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25 May 2007 : On To Victory Wembley Edition
Alas! The planned On To Victory special Wembley Edition couldn't hit the printers in time. Editor Seb White has explained that Final Fever has got the better of him:

"Okay Wembley Fever just might have grabbed us well and truly by the 'balls' and as a result sitting still for 5 minutes and concentrating on anything other than Yeovil Town going to Wembley is nigh on impossible. As a result we haven't quite managed to put together an all singing all dancing PDF of an issue. Still we didn't want the heroic efforts of various contributors (I can only apologise for not giving your obivous talents a better stage!) to go to waste so here in very simple 'text format' are a few articles to help while away what will probably be a long Friday afternoon as we count down the hours to Wembley."

Seb has therefore supplied us with all of the submitted articles so that they don't go to waste and we'll be putting them onto Ciderspace over the next 24 hours for those who want something to read during any sleepless nights leading up to Sunday.

As a starter for 10, here is an article concerning Yeovil Town's recent trip to Gillingham, errr Jillingham:

Link: Away Day in Jillingham – A Biased Account by Bill Biss.

More of the OTV Wembley articles will follow very soon.


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25 May 2007 : Midfield Headache For Glovers
Yeovil Town are still sweating on the fitness of midfield duo Chris Cohen and Anthony Barry ahead of Sunday's Play-Off Final match against Blackpool. Whilst Cohen's groin injury sustained against Nottingham Forest is well known, Barry's problem is an abdominal muscle that has put him out of training during this week. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, manager Russell Slade explained:

"He (Cohen) is 50:50 and so is Anthony Barry. Neither of them have trained so far this week. There is a possibility that they may train tomorrow (Friday). It's too early to predict and a decision will probably be left as late as Saturday evening. It would be nice with us not having an abundance of players to come into that area of the field to at least have one of those two available. It would be terrific if it is both of them. If we felt that they had a realistic chance of making it then we would leave it as long as possible."

Should both Cohen and Barry not make it, then there could be an incredible return for midfielder Paul Terry into the squad. Paul has not played since December 2nd when he exited the field at Rotherham United with a cruciate ligament injury. Originally ruled out until the start of next season, Paul is now back in full training and Russell added that PT is champing at the bit to make his comeback at Wembley:

"He's been telling us that he is ready for at least a month! We'll have to look at that situation, but to start the game would be a big ask as he hasn't not played any football for the best part of six months."

Not too surprisingly, Paul himself admits that he has been trying to persuade his boss that he is ready for a comeback and if he was asked to play a part at Wembley that he would take it:

"I've been in training for about three weeks now. I feel ready and I've been telling the management that I feel ready. The problem is that I've been out a long time and so it's not easy for them to just slip me back in, especially with the lads doing so well. I would like to have had a few Reserve games, but it was not meant to be. I am desperate to be involved but if I am not then I will still be there supporting the lads on 100 percent."

The other promising news is that club captain Terry Skiverton is back in full training following a groin injury. Whether Skivo goes straight back into the side though is another matter.


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25 May 2007 : Tomorrow's Western Daily Press
Tomorrow's Western Daily Press newspaper will be carrying an eight-page special feature on Yeovil Town's Play-off Final at Wembley against Blackpool. This will contain interviews and featured sourced mainly from yesterday's press conference at the club.


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24 May 2007 : Guide To Wembley
The Ciderspace Guide to Wembley can be found HERE, or off the site home page.

With around 30,000 Yeovil fans heading for Wembley on Sunday 27th May we've tried to avoid getting bogged down with the multitude of changing scenarios and details - those are being well covered by the news pages and forums of the various Yeovil related sites - and concentrated on the more basic things: the pubs adjacent to the stadium, plans of the stadium so people know where they are going, links to useful information sites.

Yeovil Town is on its way to Wembley. Here's to enjoying the build up, the match and the outcome.

BELIEVE!


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24 May 2007 : Train Travel Update
Further to yesterday's news item concerning additional transport facilities being provided by South-West Trains, the even better news that follows today is that they have now put on an additional service.

There will now be an 8.32am service from Yeovil Junction to London Waterloo that will have nine carriages.

This is in addition to the existing 7.32am service from Yeovil Junction to London Waterloo and the 8.46am train from Honiton to London Waterloo (which passes through Yeovil Junction at 9.25am).

All three of these services will have additional carriages with the two previously scheduled services having three additional carriages added at Salisbury.

As mentioned yesterday, the 6.15pm, 7.15pm, 8.15pm and 9.15pm trains going back from London Waterloo are the four recommended trains to take back.

On the Taunton to London Paddington line there is one additional service to that normally timetabled. This is the 9.53am service from Taunton which reaches Paddington at 12.57pm. If you're taking this service, or indeed any Paddington service, be aware of our warning concerning the Bakerloo Line yesterday.


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24 May 2007 : BBC Video Clip On Wembley Build-Up
Today the club let the cameras into Huish Park to allow them to build up footage relating to Sunday's play-off final and to allow interviews to be held. The BBC have posted a short video news clip on their website containing some of their footage - a direct link is provided below.

Link: BBC Local News : Yeovil Town Wembley Build-Up Video Clip.


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24 May 2007 : Quedam Shopping Centre Carpark
The Quedam Shopping Centre have contacted us to warn that the multi-storey car park in the town has restricted opening hours on a Sunday and that you should not use it to park your car before going up to Wembley. They write:

"The Quedam Centre wants all Glovers fans to have a great day on Sunday so is reminding all fans who may be travelling from the Town Centre that the Quedam car park is shut at 5pm on Sundays and although out of hours release from the car park is always possible, a £50 fee applies for this. The fee covers the costs of the Centre's contractors attending out of hours and is payable directly to the contractors when they attend any call out requests."

As a general rule, whether it's Yeovil or North-West London, we'd advise supporters to pay careful attention to all car park lock-up times and fares, and remember to factor in extra time, penalties and queues coming out of the stadium into your thinking when making your car parking plans for the day. In particular around Wembley Stadium, there are Residents Only schemes on matchdays so don't assume that because it is a Sunday that it is free street parking - check the signage carefully as they take a pretty hard line on illegally parked vehicles - including instant towaways.


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24 May 2007 : Pre-Season Friendly
Not foremost in people's minds at the moment one suspects, but Tiverton Town has announced that what has now become the traditional final warm up match for Yeovil Town ahead of a new season will take place at Ladysmead on Monday 6th August. Kick-off is 7.30 p.m.

Whether in the Football League Championship or League One the Glovers 2007-08 campaign begins on Saturday 11th August.


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23 May 2007 : Travel News For Wembley
A few snippets brought together for those who are travelling to Wembley Stadium on Sunday:

London Underground : Bakerloo Line

On Saturday 26, Sunday 27 and Bank Holiday Monday 28 May, the Bakerloo Line is suspended between Paddington and Queens Park due to planned engineering works. Replacement buses operate.

In practice we think this will hit Yeovil Town supporters coming into London Paddington mainline station the hardest. Either stomach the replacement bus service, or take one of the multitude of underground lines to Baker Street then catch the Metropolitan Line up to Wembley Park instead of Wembley Central. Alternatively if you don't mind a walk, Marylebone Station is not far away and trains will take you into Wembley Stadium station.

Those coming into London Waterloo station should be able to easily avoid this as your route will involve the Jubilee Line (with optionally a change onto the faster Metropolitan Line at Baker Street).

South West Trains : Services To Waterloo

Tim Lancaster reports that South-West Trains have finally succumbed to the idea that there may be a few extra people travelling on Sunday and so have now agreed to provide extra carriages on the following services:

Outgoing: 7.32am service from Yeovil Junction to London Waterloo and the 8.46am trains from Honiton to London Waterloo.

Return: The 6.15pm, 7.15pm, 8.15pm and 9.15pm trains going back from London Waterloo.


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23 May 2007 : Crewkerne Local Sorting Office Opening Hours
Further to yesterday's news concerning extended opening hours for those living in Yeovil, wishing to collect their Playoff Final Tickets that have been sent by Special Delivery through the Royal Mail, the Royal Mail Sorting Office in Crewkerne have also been in touch with news that they will be opening between 6.00pm and 7.00pm this week to allow supporters an easier way of picking up their tickets. Nick, who works at the Crewkerne Sorting Office writes:

"I am the Delivery Office Manager at Royal Mail Crewkerne and cover the TA16 - TA18 postcode sectors. We have today started to receive the Ticketmaster tickets. As you have stated on the Ciderspace news page, they require a signature on delivery, and if you aren't in, then you will get a 'While you were out card' instructing you to collect from the local delivery office.

The Office in Crewkerne normally closes at 1pm Mon - Fri, and 12 noon Saturday. However, I am willing to offer to open the callers office from 6pm - 7pm from this evening if people who have received a card and would like to come and pick them up. This is obviously only specific to the TA16 - TA17 - TA18 postcode areas. If people do wish to come and pick the items up, they MUST bring the card with them, plus some form of identification.

I will not be able to help out anyone who hasn't received a 'While you were out card' or anyone who just wants to know where their tickets are.

If anyone still cannot make those times, then they can email me at crewkerne.do@royalmail.com, and try to arrange delivery with them.
"

Incidentally, as an aside, if you booked through Ticketmaster via the Internet, you can track your delivery using the logon/password that you created at the time of booking. Orders aren't necessarily being dispatched in the order that they were placed, so don't be confused if someone who ordered tickets on a Sunday received theirs before someone who placed an order on Saturday.

Our thanks to the two sets of posties at Yeovil and Crewkerne who are going to these extra lengths to help supporters get hold of their tickets smoothly in advance of Sunday's match. For Yeovil Sorting Office opening hours, which covers the BA20-BA22 districts, see yesterday's news.


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23 May 2007 : Ticketing Update - Bookings Over The Phone
Contrary to news issued yesterday by Yeovil Town's media manager Adrian Hopper, who suggested on BBC Somerset Sound that "there's no point in ringing up trying to get [tickets]" we now find that the Huish Park Ticket Office are willing to accept ticket orders for Sunday's League One Playoff Final. The club's official site states with respect to this:

"Supporters will be able to purchase tickets over the telephone from 9.00am - 7.00pm Wednesday and Thursday.

PLEASE NOTE: Supporters who have purchased tickets over the telephone will only be able to COLLECT Tickets from the Ticket Office as from tomorrow as NO TICKETS WILL BE POSTED.
"

The ticket office is open between 9.00am and 7.00pm tonight and Thursday, whilst on Friday it is open from 9.00am until 5.00pm. It would therefore appear that on Friday, they will be taking sales only in person, although watch this space for further developments.


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22 May 2007 : Playoff Tickets Put On General Sale
Yeovil Town have had a substantial change in policy concerning tickets for the League One Playoff Final as of tomorrow morning at 9.00am. In an interview conducted with club Media Manager Adrian Hopper on BBC Somerset Sound, it was stated that the club have now sold 25,000 tickets of their 35,000 allocation.

However, as of tomorrow and contrary to that previously stated by the club, the Huish Park Ticket Office will now be handling tickets on "general sale" on a "first come first served" basis, but with telephone sales not being taken.

BBC presenter Elise Rayner asked "will the club be selling tickets on general sale tomorrow" and was told:

"They will indeed, yes. The situation is that because of the doubts about the post, we won't be doing any postal applications whatsoever, so there's no point in ringing up trying to get them because we won't post them, basically. So, if they come and queue up at the ground, we have got all denominations available. Obviously they are in various parts of the ground, but it's first come, first served and the quicker you get here, the quicker your chance of getting some tickets."

The Ticket Office is scheduled to open at 9.00am tomorrow and remain open until 7.00pm on both Wednesday and Thursday. Ticket prices are described in articles earlier in the week.


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22 May 2007 : Limited Edition Shirts Now In
The special edition home shirts bearing the legend "League One Play-off Final Wembley 2007" have now arrived and are on sale through the Huish Park club shop - see 20th May for details.

The club is only advertising adult shirts at £40.00. Sizes aren't mentioned, and nor is a child version at £30.00 promoted in a Glovers Grapevine sent to subscribers. Our information is that there are four sizes available from Small through to XL.


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22 May 2007 : Blackpool Ticketing News
The Blackpool official site is reporting that the Seasiders had sold a total of 7,044 tickets for Sunday's playoff final as of yesterday at 4.00pm. That compares rather differently with Yeovil Town's figure of 24,000 that was reported on the local television news at 6.00pm last night by Chairman John Fry.

Blackpool's Chairman Karl Oyston has come under fire for the reasons believed to be behind Blackpool's slow ticket take-up. Whilst the Glovers have used national ticket agency Ticketmaster to handle any transactions relating to non-season ticket holders who did not get to the Semi-Final First Leg match, Blackpool have taken the option of handling all ticketing arrangements in-house and that has seen spectacular queues at Bloomfield Road, with some supporters claiming that it took them six hours to get hold of their tickets yesterday.

Oyston has told the Blackpool Gazette though, that it is Yeovil that have made the wrong decision, because his club are saving his supporters money, arguing that the handling fee that Ticketmaster charge was unacceptable:

"We could have made same decision as Yeovil and used an internet company to put tickets on line. But that would have effectively allowed the ticket company to take a seven and half per cent commission from the supporters. So in the case of Yeovil, Ticketmaster have so far had £100,000 from their supporters. We took the view that it was better to deal with the ticket sales ourselves. And even if we had gone with the ticket company, all they would have done is take the order and pass it to club to process because the club has the tickets. Rightly or wrongly, that was the decision we made as a board in the interests, we think, of the supporters."

Oyston presumably hadn't expected queues for tickets to be quite so slow to disperse. The Chairman has even had a three hour stint selling tickets personally to supporters and has also managed to get volunteers from Blackpool's Supporters Association to help out:

"We will continue to do everything humanly possible to sell tickets efficiently and reduce queuing times. I would also add that we tried throughout yesterday to persuade supporters to fill in a form, which we would then process, rather than having to queue. I would also stress that there are plenty of tickets to go around and we have four further days to sell them. BSA have kindly offered to provide assistance to the club, which is very good of them. I will take this opportunity to apologise to any supporters who feel we have taken the wrong course of action, but I would remind them that we made a decision based solely on their finances, not the club's, as we are aware that this an extremely expensive occasion for many people."

Despite the slow uptake caused by Blackpool's ticket office bottleneck, Oyston still remains bullish that Blackpool will eventually catch up with Yeovil's take-up in tickets:

"I have absolutely no idea whether we will sell out. I will not make any predictions at all but the demand so far has been incredible. I hope we sell all 26,000 and then take another 5,000 on top of that as well. There would be nothing better for the club than to go to Wembley with more than 30,000 supporters. We're also making sure that we are inviting all the relevant local dignitaries to attend. I want to make it an occasion for the whole town and we want to have as many people as possible there."

Is Oyston right in his club's policy or did Yeovil Town make the best decision of the two clubs? Whilst some supporters will want to keep their Wembley budget as low as possible, we rather suspect that for the sake of six hours queuing that most supporters would rather stomach an agency's fee and spend the rest of their day with their feet up relaxing. Even with the policy that Yeovil Town have adopted, there has been a lot of pressure upon Ticket Office staff at the club and we suspect to add to that would be wrong - both for supporters and staff at the club. In the end the club has offered a choice to supporters who attended the Semi-Final First Leg match at Huish Park (or who are Season Ticket Holders) and perhaps the measure is in how many of those still chose the Ticketmaster route when they could have queued up at Huish Park in person.

Update: Having thought about it, we're not sure where Mr Oyston has conjured up this figure of 100,000 pounds having been gained by Ticketmaster as part of these arrangements. Our understanding is that most adults are paying roughly a 3.30 handling fee per ticket with concessions at around half of that. For Ticketmaster to have gained to the tune of 100K, they would have had to have sold around 30,000 adult tickets - clearly not possible given the above figure of 25,000 in total, of which roughly half would have been processed by the Huish Park Ticket Office. We would guess that Mr Oyston's figure should really be around 30K, which is not so impressive when trying to pacify Blackpool fans! As of 6.00pm tonight, Blackpool's share had grown to 13,000 tickets sold, with around 2,000 application forms filled in by those who didn't wish to continue to queue, which the club have yet to process.


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22 May 2007 : Ticketmaster Orders For Wembley
Those who have ordered League One Playoff Cup Final tickets from Ticketmaster are being advised that their tickets are only expected to start to arrive from Wednesday onwards and could take right up to the Saturday to turn up. As these are being sent using Royal Mail Special Delivery, someone will have to be in to sign for delivery of the item. If no-one is in, then a "While You Were Out" card will be left by the Royal Mail and you will need to visit your local sorting office which will be printed on the card.

In expectation that a large proportion of these cards will be left at Yeovil addresses, the Royal Mail Sorting Office at Yeovil will be staying open until 6.00pm this week in an effort to help those would would find it difficult to get there during standard opening hours.

A reminder that if you are going to purchase your tickets through Ticketmaster, you are strongly advised to do so by Tuesday at midnight as this is the latest date that Ticketmaster can guarantee that tickets will be posted out.

Meanwhile at the club, the general reports we are getting is that the massive queues that were experienced on Sunday and Monday at the Huish Park Ticket Office have thankfully subsided somewhat, with normality being restored, to a certain extent. You'll probably still see queues at peak times, but hopefully not on the scale that has been experienced over the past couple of days.


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22 May 2007 : BBC Radio Five Live Interview With Russell Slade
Last night, Glovers manager Russell Slade talked to BBC Radio Five Live about Yeovil Town reaching the League One Playoff Final Final. Russell talked about the win over Nottingham Forest, his techniques for keeping pre-match nerves from the players, and finished off by admitting that he'd like to have a shot at proving that Yeovil Town could keep themselves afloat at Championship level.

Speaking to BBC Radio Five Live last night, Russell said: "It just goes to show how football in Somerset is alive. It is a lovely little football club. It is very well run, we've not fizzled out yet and I think there is still a hope for us to go further in the future. People might say we would not cope in the Championship but it would be nice to have the opportunity."

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

Link: Russell Slade's Radio Five Live Interview Transcript.


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21 May 2007 : Ticketing Update
We're not ones for promoting ticket panics, but our calculations suggest that if you are relying on the Ticketmaster On-line (or phone 0870 534 4444) route to obtain your tickets you should get your skates on.

This evening the club reiterated its decision that the 20,000 tickets it holds at Huish Park will only be sold to Season Ticket Holders and Play-off Stub Holders. So as it currently stands unless you are one, or know one who will get your ticket for you, Ticketmaster is your only option.

The club statement reads :

Yeovil Town would like to advise non-season ticket holders and supporters who do not have ticket stubs from the play-off semi final at Huish Park and who are purchasing tickets for the play-off final at Wembley through 'Ticket Master' to make their purchase by midnight on Tuesday.

This is to ensure that safe postal delivery can be made by 'Ticket Master'.

Given time constraints, the club will NOT be handling the general sale of Wembley tickets other than for season ticket holders and to 'play-off' stub holders.


In our opinion it won't be Tuesday midnight that is the important deadline, but when the 15,000 tickets allocated through Ticketmaster run out earlier than that.

Club chairman John Fry is reported as saying 24,000 tickets in total had now been sold.


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21 May 2007 : Playoff Final Officials
Forgive us if we winced slightly at the news that Sunday's referee at Wembley will be Andy D'Urso (Essex). We've had an uncomfortable relationship with Mr D'Urso over the years and on the whole results haven't favoured us when he has taken charge.

He has already looked after two Yeovil Town matches during 2007 - the away match at the City Ground against Nottingham Forest, which was followed a month later in the February 2007 home match against Tranmere Rovers.

The interesting thing is that we've always tended to find him playing the showman and pampering to the home crowd - i.e. what is known in the trade as a 'homer'. Quite what he will do when landing on neutral territory is anyone's guess. Perhaps we'll just have to be louder than the Blackpool fans in persuading him that it is us that hold the home turf.

Mr D'Urso will be assisted by Simon Beck (Essex) and John Stokes (Cheshire). The fourth official will be your friend and mine, Mr Trevor Kettle (Rutland). In an act of paranoia, the Football League have also appointed a fifth official who is described as the Reserve Assistant Referee, and he is Trevor Massey (Cheshire).


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21 May 2007 : Yorkshire Glovers At Wembley
We've received a message from Nathan, a Glovers exile living in Yorkshire, who is looking for more Yorkshire-based Yeovil supporters who may be going to Sunday's final. Nathan says:

"Three of the exiled Yorkshire Glovers - known as Yorkshire Glover, Wes Cokey and G&W_Jester on the Green Room site - will be heading down to Wembley from Leeds on Sunday to cheer Yeovil on to victory. With this in mind, the group are keen to see if any fellow Green & White based in 'God's own county' want to share transport. Interested individuals should e-mail nathanfossey@gmail.com for more details."

This may of course turn into a bit of a running theme this week! If you have any coach or minibus travel, meet-up plans or anything that involves getting fellow Glovers together for Sunday's trip to Wembley then let us know. If it gets too silly we may set up a separate page for it all!


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21 May 2007 : Ticket Stampede!
Ticket Office manager Sue Parsons has been on BBC local radio this morning to report that the club have sold almost 15,000 tickets for Sunday's playoff final inside the first two days of ticket sales.

Sue estimates that during a single day of trading at the Huish Park Ticket Office, the club sold around 5,500 tickets whilst the Ticketmaster agency has shifted over 9,000 during the two days they have been selling tickets.

Yesterday, we're told that supporters queued at the Ticket Office for up to two hours to purchase tickets with the club eventually having to turn people away on the day because of the approaching 4.00pm closing time. In addition the Huish Park Club Shop was stacked out with people buying merchandising.

All of this does create pressure and we'd ask those trying to get through on the phones or in person to buy tickets to remain as patient as possible and recognise the remarkable job that those in the Ticket Office and the Club Shop are doing.

A reminder that if you can't get through to the club, then Ticketmaster represents another alternative with booking possible online.

Ticketmaster can be reached on 020-7403-3331 or 020-7316-3550 or on 0870-1696815. Their online page is here.

All of the ticketing details, plus Ticket Office and Club Shop opening times are detailed in Saturday's and Sunday's news items. The club will be open from 9.00am until 7.00pm from Monday until Thursday.


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20 May 2007 : The Yeovil Express Needs YOU
Chief Sports Reporter of the Yeovil Express, Steve Sowden, writes :

Still can't quite believe it is true, although in true KEEP THE FAITH fashion I just knew we would do it!

I would like to hear from all Yeovil Town fans with their stories of Friday night and their emotions and feelings etc etc for inclusion in this week's Yeovil Express.

Also please send me your good luck messages to the Glovers for Sunday for inclusion in this week's paper. But please send me pics of you and your family/friends in your Yeovil attire along with your good luck messages.

And, if you took any photos of Friday night's celebrations please email them to me at
stephen.sowden@yeovilexpress.co.uk


And as an aside......

I put a similar request up on the Yeovil Express website at www.yeovilexpress.co.uk on Friday morning.

Very kindly a couple of Nottingham Forest fans must have looked at it and sent me on Friday afternoon some photos taken at Huish Park on the first leg with them celebrating in front of the scoreboard saying Yeovil Town 0, Nottingham Forest 2! Hahahaha. I replied to them yesterday morning, thanked them for their photos, and asked if they could give me directions for Wembley Stadium.....!!!!!

KEEP THE FAITH BROTHERS (and sisters!)

Steve Sowden
A very happy and proud Chief Reporter
Yeovil Express


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20 May 2007 : Shutting The Stable Door
The Football League have today issued a statement concerning changes to rules that are planned to be made at next month's Football League AGM. That they need to make such a rule change is nothing short of astonishing.

The rule concerns a modification to the automatic 10 point penalty that clubs receive for going into administration during the season. Previously thought to be there to be there to punish clubs for their financial misdemeanours, Leeds United and Lincolnshire cheats Boston United have gone as far as to drive a coach and horses through the ruling by both taking the penalty after it was clear that they would be relegated anyway, regardless of any points deduction. Boston took the ruling to an extreme - timing their entry into a CVA so that it commenced during the 90th minute of their last match of the season. The end result is that neither club were punished for entering a CVA.

The League Board has now recommended that its member clubs vote on a deadline date such that points penalties for "clubs going into administration after this date will be deferred until the following season in cases where the club is subsequently relegated". League Chairman Lord Mawhinney says of the recommendation:

"The League Board has made the right decision. The original intention of 'Sporting Sanctions' was that clubs should suffer a penalty by going into administration, as a spur to better financial management. None of our clubs have done anything wrong but we need to take steps to make these sanctions meaningful."

The most obvious reaction is to question why those in charge of the game were unable to block off such an obvious loophole when the ruling was first drawn up, and why the authorities failed to notice the clear way the 'Sporting Sanction' could be abused when Cambridge United and Rotherham United deliberately timed the entering of their companies into CVAs to suit their needs on the pitch and to avoid the penalty being meaningful. League officials are employed to look after the good of the game and there are clearly some who need to take a good look at themselves the next time they charge someone with "bringing the game into disrepute".


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20 May 2007 : Nottingham Forest vs Yeovil Town Second Leg Match Report
The thoughts of Tim Lancaster, following Friday night's stunning 5-2 win over Nottingham Forest can be found online now.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report: Nottingham Forest 2 Yeovil Town 5.


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20 May 2007 : Update Re Update On Ticket Sales
Not sure why the Official site was so opaque (see item 'Early Ticketing Arrangements For Wembley' below - 19th May) but we have now been informed that each Season Ticket Holder is allowed to buy up to a maximum of nine Wembley tickets, the same as the maximum number allowed through Ticketmaster.


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20 May 2007 : Special Edition Replica Shirts
Yeovil Town will be producing a special edition replica shirt for the Play-off Final. We have been asked by the club to stress that the order for this shirt could only be confirmed with the manufacturers yesterday and they are NOT yet available.

The shirt will be the new home shirt with 'Play-off Final - Wembley' added on the left above the heart. They will retail at £30.00 for the child size and £40.00 for the adult and are available in four sizes from small through to XL.

On his experience of the turn-around time of similar things before, the club's Commercial Manager Dave Linney expects the shirts to be on sale from Tuesday 22nd May, with an outside chance they may not come in until Wednesday.

The club will also be selling a range of green T-shirts and sweatshirts bearing the same legend.

Shop opening times for the forthcoming week are :

Sunday 20th May: 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
Monday 21st May: 9.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.
Tuesday 22nd May: 9.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.
Wednesday 23rd May: 9.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.
Thursday 24th – 9.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.
Friday 25th – 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

We'd hope the club will manage to persuade the wonderful sterling crew that staff the club shop to put in yet a few more hours early on Sunday morning, if they haven't collapsed from exhaustion by then, while the coaches are picking up at Huish Park before everyone - including the shop staff - clamber aboard for Wembley, but have no definite information on that yet.


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19 May 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Forest Second Leg Match
Glovers boss Russell Slade has praised his side's positive attitude in the way they went about their match at the City Ground on Friday night. Russell believed that taking the game to Forest in an effort to turn around a two goal first leg deficit was crucial in what turned out to be a memorable night with Yeovil Town beating Nottingham Forest by a 5-2 scoreline, triumphing 5-4 on aggregate.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the first leg match, Russell explained: "There were a lot of great performances out there tonight and a lot of belief in what we were doing and what we were about. Perhaps that was with us because we had no alternative other than to go at Forest right from the start. That is exactly what we did. We were very positive and we never went on the back foot throughout the whole game. I was just so thrilled and so delighted for them."

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

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.


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19 May 2007 : Away Travel Club Travel To Wembley
The Away Travel Club will be taking coaches to Wembley next Sunday 27th May for the League One Playoff Final against Blackpool.

Coaches will be leaving Huish Park at 7.30am and the cost of travel will be 14 pounds per person. Call Roger on 07960-687075 to place your booking. Alternatively if you don't get through, then try Rich on 07950-776900 or Stew on 07956-596091.

If you get their answer service please leave a message and they will call you back. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Early prices quoted to people who have called through to the Away Travel Club suggested a slightly lower travelling costs. Regretfully they've had to tag the costs at 14 pounds mainly due to the rather excessive costs that Wembley Stadium are charging to park coaches within the complex. They pass on their apologies if anyone has been quoted a lower price - the costs of parking only materialised today.


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19 May 2007 : Tangerines Set Up Wembley Date
Yeovil Town's opponents in the League One Playoff Final will be Blackpool, after the Lancashire side saw off Oldham Athletic at Bloomfield Road with a 3-1 victory, giving them a comfortable 5-2 aggregate win.

When Keith Southern's low 28th minute strike into the bottom corner was somewhat flapped at by Oldham keeper Alan Blayney, it calmed the home side's nerves and although Oldham didn't give up, the Tangerines always looked the superior outfit.

Oldham striker Andy Liddell thought he had got the second leg back on level terms when he netted at the far post, only to find an offside flag deny him. But then with time running out Andrew Morrell made the game as good as save when he dinked the ball over Blayney as the two tried to seize possession from a through ball.

Oldham did salvage some pride through substitute Matt Wolfenden's late strike and matters could have got extremely interesting had Oldham not had a second goal ruled out for offside shortly afterwards. But any nerves about what that might lead to were extinguished by Keigan Parker's last minute curling strike to deservedly see the Seasiders through to the Wembley final for next Sunday.


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19 May 2007 : Early Ticketing Arrangements For Wembley
Prior to last night's Second Leg match against Nottingham Forest, the club issued instructions concerning the allocation of tickets that would take effect if the club got to Wembley. Now with that place secured, arrangements are as follows:

Season Ticket Holders:

From Sunday, 20th May, 2007 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Either by ringing 01935 847888 or calling into the ticket office in person. A maximum of 2 tickets per person (1).

First Leg Stub Holders:

As from Monday, 21st May, 2007 until Thursday, 24th May, 2007 (9a.m. - 7 p.m.) and Friday, 25th May, 2007 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. One ticket allocated per person (2).

Postal Cutoff Date:

All applications for tickets to be posted out need to be made by Wednesday 23rd May. After that date tickets can only be collected in person from Yeovil Town Football Club.

General Sale:

Tickets can be bought via Ticketmaster on 0870-1696815. Payment is accepted via credit or debit card only. Given time constraints, the club will not be handling the general sale of Wembley tickets other than to Season Ticket Holders and to First Leg Stub Holders. You must therefore go through Ticketmaster. Tickets are on sale now!

Tickets can also be ordered online here.

Prices:

Prices vary according to location and are priced as follows:

Adults: £28.00, £38,00, £48.00 and £58.00 pounds.
Concessions: (Juniors and Senior Citizens) £14.00, £19.00, £24.00 and £29.00.

Our assumption is that the four price bandings match up between Adults and Concessions - i.e. if you have adults buying tickets priced 38.00 pounds then the relevant price for concessions in the same area would be 19.00 pounds.

Early indications are that the lowest price band is not currently available for sale by Ticketmaster even though they provide it in their price listings. We'd assume that they are holding back on certain blocks for the time being. If we can find out why we'll provide an update. It may be that some blocks are being held by the Huish Park Ticket Office rather than allocated to Ticketmaster.

Yeovil Town have been allocated the East Stand at Wembley with relevant adjacent blocks in the North Stand and South Stand. The top banding appears to be only available in the North and South Stands.

Naturally we will be providing more details on Wembley during the week and as further information becomes available.

UPDATE (Saturday PM) : a few alterations have appeared as published on the Official Site since the club printed its initial information on the Wembley Ticketing Arrangements carried above.

(1) The maximum number of tickets is no longer specified. It now states : Restrictions on the number of tickets available to each season ticket holder (as set down by Wembley) may apply. What that means in practice isn't clear.

(2) This has now been changed to four tickets per person.


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19 May 2007 : BBC Radio Interview From Second Leg Forest Match
Four BBC Local Radio interviews, plus clips from interviews with Yeovil Town fans that were conducted around last night's 5-2 win against Nottingham Forest have been published on the BBC Somerset Sound website.

BBC's Richard Hoskin talks to manager Russell Slade, goalscorers Marcus Stewart and Arron Davies and right-back Andy Lindegaard who put in the cross for the winning goal, whilst Drew Savage supplies the interviews with the Yeovil Town supporters. We gather that the rather officious Forest stewards wouldn't let Drew back into the press box after he conducted some mid-match interviews with supporters and so he ended up experiencing the whole extra time drama from the centre of the Yeovil Town away end!

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.


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18 May 2007 : Oh Yesssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!
Blimey where do we start? A night of drama at the City Ground tonight saw Yeovil Town grab a place at the new Wembley Stadium entirely against the odds in a pulsating match that saw seven goals and a sending off before Russell Slade's side emerged victorious after 120 minutes worth of five star football.

What the Glovers needed was an early goal to bring the tie back under their control following their 2-0 first leg deficit. And they got that at the midpoint of the first half when Arron Davies went on a weaving run, firing home a low drive from 25 yards out to put his side 1-0 up on the night and give just a glimmer of hope.

Despite dominating the first period though, it seemed as though Yeovil would be playing for pride when Forest equalised two minutes into the second half, with Scott Dobie heading home from a Lewis McGugan corner. The two goal advantage had been restored, and this was game over, surely?

Even though Yeovil were continuing to supply most of the pressure, in particular with Wayne Gray having a shot blocked on the line, it still looked as though Forest were going to progress through to the final at a canter and the Forest fans taunted the 1,095 Yeovil supporters with chants of "We're going to Wembley, you're not!"

Eight minutes from time though, Forest's over-the-top confidence, which had seen street-sellers advertising Wembley scarves and flags before the game, began to rapidly implode. Jean-Paul Kalala's long-range piledriver cannoned off the upright and the rebound fell straight into the path of a surprised Alan Wright, who succeeded only in heading the rebound into his own net. 2-1 on the night to Yeovil, but still they trailed 2-3 on aggregate.

But with three minutes to go, the corner of the Bridgford Stand Lower Tier was sent into delirium when an Andy Lindegaard right-wing cross was headed home by Marcus Stewart, to force extra time and to totally silence 26,000 Forest supporters.

Forest's demise continued at their own hand right on 90 minutes, when substitute David Prutton was given his second yellow card for a rash challenge on Nathan Jones. Unfortunately for him, referee Graham Poll was not likely to repeat his World Cup gaffe and Prutton was off.

Playing with 10 men for the whole of extra time, it looked like 'game over' for Forest just two minutes into the additional 30 minutes, when substitute Wes Morgan gifted Lee Morris the ball with a woeful backpass and a one-on-one and after rounding keeper Paul Smith, Morris put Yeovil 4-1 up on the night and gave them the lead in the tie for the first time. Incredibly several hundred Forest fans chose that moment to leave their seats and walk out of the stadium.

There was another twist in the tail though. Just a minute later, a knockdown by Grant Holt fell neatly into the path of Gary Holt and Forest incredibly put the tie back on level terms - 4-2 on the night and 4-4 overall.

But in the 109th minute of a pulsating game, the final nail on Forest's coffin was delivered. Yeovil had dominated proceedings throughout, and Arron Davies was their tormentor-in-chief, with his mazey runs proving impossible for the Forest back line to cope with. It was therefore appropriate that after he exchanged passes with Lee Morris, Davies calmly controlled the ball inside the box and fired past Smith to end the game and there was nothing that a stunned Forest side could do in the final 11 minutes to come back from that.

Final Score: Nottingham Forest 2 Yeovil Town 5 : Yeovil win 5-4 on aggregate.

The result of course means that the Glovers will extend their season by one more game - a trip to the new Wembley Stadium! That match will take place on Sunday 27th May, kick-off 3.00pm against the winners of the Blackpool versus Oldham Athletic tie which is live on Sky Sports on Saturday lunchtime at Bloomfield Road.

Our congratulations to Russell Slade and his players for pulling yet another rabbit out of the hat and for once again continuing to defy the odds. Now they have created club history - for the first time ever in Yeovil Town's long history, Wembley Stadium will host a match involving the Glovers. Can't wait!


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17 May 2007 : Little Comfort In Statistics But More In Positive Action
Despite challenges to the contrary that the evidence did not support their position, the club, at least in public, has pretty much stuck to its theme all season that the fall in gates at Huish Park was simply part of a wider downturn in football attendance nationwide.

Of course statistics can be used to 'prove' many things, and the Football League has its own axe to grind in casting as favourable light as it can on those produced today to show everything in the garden is rosy. However it will be of little comfort to a Huish Park that saw a drop of 13.5% for league matches from 6,668 in 2005-06 to 5,765 in 2006-07, that the fall for the division as a whole was down only 1.1%, from an average of 7,576 to 7,492.

Even a line that these figures may have been skewed by promotions and relegations between divisions and thus like isn't being compared with like doesn't really hold water, as the wider pattern saw a small increase across the Football League as a whole from 16,216,672 to 16,473,930, up 1.6%.

The good news is that, whatever the club trots out in public to explain the 13.5% fall, it appears that the situation has shaken up those that run Yeovil Town and some positive steps have been taken. Not only has the club done some serious thinking about ticketing for next season, and in our opinion worked diligently to come up with more attractive packages and prices to try to boost gates, but after years of presuming fans would just turn up it has also realised it has to market the product. The envelopes that dropped on thousands of potential supporters - Season Ticket Holders, ex-Season Ticket Holders, regular matchday purchasers, irregular matchday buyers - doormats this morning displayed a proactive response, with contents of a far higher, more professional and more appealing nature than in seasons gone by, and targetted at a wide audience. The proof of the pudding will be in the eating, but credit where it is due: in our view the club is trying hard in this area and deserves to be congratulated for its efforts. We hope the club is indeed starting to pitch it right and will reap the rewards.


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17 May 2007 : Sky Broadcast Schedules For Second Leg
As usual the Sky Sports coverage tomorrow will be repeated on a couple of occasions following the match itself. The matter is complicated by the fact that Sky originally planned for the League One second leg matches to be both played on the Saturday, so pay careful attention to your TV guides if you are relying on taping the match at any particular time.

To our best knowledge (and do double-check if your Digibox gives you a different schedule) this is the schedule for the TV coverage. Many TV guides that went to press before the match schedules were changed suggest a League Two game is being screened on the main channel - don't panic!

Remember that the full three hour live programme will factor in the possibility of extra time and penalties, so if you are recording the live broadcast, keep it in mind that often games that go that far are still going at 22:30hrs!

18/05/07 : Sky Sports One : 19:30hrs (full three hour programme)
19/05/07 : Sky Sports One : 00:30hrs (90 mins)
19/05/07 : Sky Sports Two : 04:00hrs (90 mins)

We would also expect the equivalent HD channels to be showing the game at the same time, should you have a compatible box. Be aware that the MK Dons vs Shrewsbury Town League Two playoff match is also being shown on Sky Sports One at 19:30hrs, but this coverage is only via the 'red button'.


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17 May 2007 : Russell Looking For Repeat Performance
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has told today's Western Daily Press that he wants his side to repeat last week's First Leg performance against Nottingham Forest when they travel to the City Ground tomorrow.

With the obvious exception of which end the two penalties went in, Slade considered that it was the best 90 minutes he had seen of his players across the whole season:

"It was probably the best performance of the season in terms of quality. We created plenty of chances and if we can perform like that again and add the goals then we will be fine. If we can show the same passion and move the ball quickly like we did last time then it will be a very interesting night."

Slade also added that knowing there would be so many Yeovil fans present in the away end gave him great heart:

"We know exactly what we have to do and with all our fans behind us we are looking forward to it. The encouragement the fans have given us has been great - even though we lost the first game. They are all still very positive because you wouldn't travel all that way if you don't think your side is capable of doing the job. We expect around 1,500 fans to follow us up there and we want to put a smile on their faces."


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17 May 2007 : Nottingham Forest vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Tomorrow night, Yeovil Town travel to the City Ground to play their Second Leg match against Nottingham Forest to decide who goes into the League One Playoff Final. Forest lead 2-0 from a first leg match that saw them score two penalties with their only on target shots of the whole 90 minutes.

The match itself will turn out to be one of two things. It will either be Yeovil Town's final match of the 2006-07 season, in which case you'll want to be there to thank the players for an extraordinary season on the pitch. Or alternatively, it will be one of the most amazing nights in Yeovil Town's history, in which case you'll definitely want to be there!

With the home side holding a two goal advantage, then realistically the first goal is key. If Forest get it, then the remainder of the match will probably be about pride and dignity, however if the Glovers score first then it is "game on" and a definite test of whether Forest can hold their nerve. Manager Russell Slade told BBC Somerset Sound that he considers that first goal to be crucial:

"There's no good hiding behind the fact that we need first goal at the City Ground and that is absolutely crucial. If we get the first goal then Forest will feel as if they are losing and 28,000 will feel as if they are losing. Then that might give us a window of opportunity to push on. If they get the first goal, then to all intents and purposes the tie is probably over."

But Slade has been keeping an eye on the other playoff matches this week and noted that Southampton came from two goals down at Pride Park against Derby County on Tuesday night to eventually draw 4-4 on aggregate and send the match to penalties, despite being 3-1 down early on in the second leg:

"I've taken heart over the fact that Southampton actually won that game over 90 minutes and at one stage during that game they were two goals behind. When Derby scored they were trailing (on aggregate) but two goals. So they managed to turn that around and that gives you encouragement."

Further encouragement comes in that Matthew Rose, Bradley Thomas and Anthony Tonkin are all back in training after missing last week's match with knocks and that means that only long term absentee Paul Terry and groin injury victim Terry Skiverton are ruled out of the equation. With Slade pleased in the main with his side's first leg performance, there probably won't be many changes to the squad with the exception of Rose's experience and versatility perhaps earning him a place on the bench.

Forest will also add three players to tomorrow's squad. Striker Grant Holt (groin), midfielder David Prutton (illness) and defender John Curtis (thigh) are all now fit, although striking pair Nathan Tyson and Junior Agogo will not feature.

The game kicks off at 7.45pm at the City Ground and is of course live on Sky Sports TV. The Huish Park Ticket Office will be selling tickets for the match until 11.00am on Friday morning and staying open for ticket collections until 1.00pm when we suspect those in the Ticket Office will be making their own way up to Nottinghamshire.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Nottingham Forest.


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16 May 2007 : Slade Delight At LMA Award
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has told today's Western Daily Press that it is a 'fantastic honour' to be named as the League Managers Association Manager Of The Year for League One.

Russell picked up the award on Monday night (see yesterday's news) in an event in Nottingham, and told the paper that the award was all the more special given that he was up against several other deserving managers:

"It is a fantastic honour, because so many of the other managers in the division have had terrific seasons. For others to recognise the job we have done at Yeovil is obviously credit to everyone at the football club. It has been a real big team effort and it just shows we are going in the right direction and are making good progress."

Yesterday, several sites, including our own, suggested that the LMA had also recognised Manchester United's Alex Ferguson at Premiership level. In fact his award was the more standard one presented by competition sponsors Barclays. In fact the LMA Manager Of The Year for the Premiership went to Reading's Steve Coppell, rather suggesting that the LMA are now looking to shrug off the 'lazy' tag where in the past the manager of the title winning side in each division could almost guarantee that he would also pick up the corresponding award from the LMA.

The LMA also dished out a Special Achievement Award to Crewe Alexandra's Dario Gradi, who is semi-retiring 'upstairs' at Gresty Road after a mere 24 years in the not-so-hotseat.

Sadly, we can find no evidence of an award for Boston United's Steve Evans, who declared most modestly that he was more deserving of an LMA award than the likes of Ferguson and Chelsea's Jose Mourinho. Inexplicably, the LMA appear to have overlooked him. We can't think why ...


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15 May 2007 : Second Leg Tickets Now On General Sale
A reminder that tickets for the League One Play-off Semi-Final Second Leg against Nottingham Forest on Friday 18th May, kick-off 7.45 p.m. have now gone on general sale as of this morning.

Prices are as carried on this site on 6th and 9th May (see below):

adult £20.00; senior citizen £15.00; under 18 £10.00; under 12 £5.00.

Yeovil Town fans have been allocated the Bridgford Stand Lower Tier. This has a capacity of up to 4,750 seats, and at present there's no indication it will be split, although such a decision may be taken if respective ticket sales from both sides warrant it.

The Ticket Office number is 01935 847888 and applications can be made in person or over the phone between the following times:

Tuesday, 15th May, 9.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.
Wednesday, 16th May, 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Thursday, 17th May, 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

Additionally sales have also been extended into Friday 18th May, up until 11.00 a.m.

The away guide to Nottingham Forest can be found here.


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15 May 2007 : Russell Wins Manager Of The Season
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has been named as League One's Manager Of The Season by the League Managers Association for the 2006-07 season.

The award was announced, as part of an awards ceremony held in Nottingham last night. Russell was joined by some illustrious names with Alex Ferguson of Manchester United and Roy Keane of Sunderland picking up the Premiership and Championship awards respectively.

The annual awards have a reputation for being a touch on the lazy side, with generally those who have won their respective divisional titles picking up the awards, rather than those managers who may have worked well with a small budget, or unexpectedly saved a minnow from relegation.

It is therefore all the more pleasing that the LMA have recognised Russell Slade, who guided Yeovil Town to 5th place in the League One table, thus getting them into the play-offs during a season when the bookies had universally tipped the Glovers for relegation.

The LMA have also bucked the trend in League Two - selecting Hartlepool manager Danny Wilson for the award, despite his side finishing 2nd, missing out on the divisional title on the final day of the season.

The overall Manager of the Year Award went to Steve Coppell of Reading, while the least surprising award since Bob Geldof won Worst Dressed Man of the Year was that for Special Achievement presented to Crewe Alexandra's Dario Gradi.

Our congratulations to the above six managers, but in particular to Russell himself, who has managed a remarkable first season on the field of play at Huish Park.


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14 May 2007 : Second Leg Screened At Huish Park
For those not heading to the City Ground on Friday night for the Second Leg match against Nottingham Forest, the Glovers Lounge at Huish Park (aka the upstairs Executive/VP Lounge) will be open from 7.00pm until 11.00pm with their big screen showing the match. The bar will be open and there will be filled rolls on sale.


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14 May 2007 : BBC Local Radio Russell Slade Interview
For those who missed the audio version of manager Russell Slade's post-match interview following the match against Nottingham Forest, then fear not as the BBC Somerset Sound website has now uploaded the interview in RealAudio format.

As mentioned on Saturday, in addition, the BBC's Alistair Durden talks to goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall, striker Marcus Stewart and also various Yeovil Town supporters following the First Leg defeat.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.

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


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14 May 2007 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town vs Nottingham Forest
For those who haven't already spotted, the full Ciderspace match report is online, following Friday's 0-2 home defeat against Nottingham Forest.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 0 Nottingham Forest 2.


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13 May 2007 : Russell's Verdict On the Forest Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade admits that getting through the League One playoffs will be a difficult task, but he is determined not to give up, despite Nottingham Forest holding a 2-0 first leg lead. Russell hopes that grabbing the first goal at the City Ground can upset matters and give his side a route back into the tie.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the first leg match, Russell explained: "It's a mountain to climb. It's not going to be easy. If someone asked me what game plan should I pick, what more can I do to be more positive than we were tonight? I think we'll go there and the first goal will be massive and will be crucial. If we can get it then it will be game on."

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

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.


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13 May 2007 : Best And Worst - and Yeovil Town
It's a marathon not a sprint, the league table doesn't lie, blah, blah........

At the end of 46 matches of the 2006-07 season - the play-offs excepted - some bests and worsts.

Best were Scunthorpe United, Champions by six points on 91; worst Brentford, 37 points. Yeovil Town finished 5th on 79 points, the highest ever position in the club's history.

Home form : best Scunthorpe United; worst Brighton & Hove Albion. Yeovil Town 4th.

Away form : best Blackpool; worst Brentford. Yeovil Town 5th.

Total goals for : best Blackpool 76; worst Brentford 40. Yeovil Town 15th with 55.

Total goals against : best Scunthorpe United 35; worst Brentford 79. Yeovil Town 2nd= (with Bristol City) 39.

Home goals for : best Blackpool and Scunthorpe United 40; worst Yeovil Town 22.

Home goals against : best Yeovil Town 12; worst Brentford 41.

Away goals for : best Blackpool 36; worst Brentford and Chesterfield 16. Yeovil Town 33, 2nd= (with Oldham Athletic, Scunthorpe United and Swansea City).

Away goals against : best Scunthorpe United 18; worst Gillingham 53. Yeovil Town 27, 8th.

Shoot on sight v shot shy : best Blackpool 545; worst Yeovil Town 328.

Clean sheet : best Scunthorpe United, 23; worst Brentford and Rotherham United, 6. Yeovil Town 4th= (with Bristol City and Carlisle United), 18.

Failed to score : best Scunthorpe United 3; worst Chesterfield 21. Yeovil Town 15, 17th= (with AFC Bournemouth, Brighton & Hove Albion and Northampton Town).

Sequence of wins: best 7, for Blackpool and Scunthorpe United; worst 2, for Chesterfield and Northampton Town. Yeovil Town 4.

Sequence without a defeat : best Scunthorpe United 19; worst Chesterfield, Crewe Alexandra, Gillingham, Millwall, Port Vale 4. Yeovil Town 6.

Points gained when losing : best Huddersfield Town 22; worst AFC Bournemouth 4. Yeovil Town 10, 14th= (with Swansea City).

Points lost when winning : best Yeovil Town 2; worst Gillingham 29.

Against top-half opposition : best Scunthorpe United 42 points; worst Brentford 15 points. Yeovil Town 25 points.

Against bottom-half opposition : best Yeovil Town 54 points; worst Brentford 22 points.

Discipline : best Crewe Alexandra, 31 yellow, 1 red; worst Huddersfield Town 80 yellow, 8 red. Yeovil Town 49 yellow, 1 red.

Attendance : best 474,193 at an average of 20,617 Nottingham Forest; worst Chesterfield, 97,399 at an average of 4,235. Yeovil Town 132,584 at an average of 5,765, 15th.


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12 May 2007 : 2006-07 End Of Season Awards
All of the 2006-07 End Of Season awards were presented following Friday night's match against Nottingham Forest. Unlike previous seasons that have seen radical clean sweeps for single players, this season was pleasingly more spread around, although the names of goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall and defender Terrell Forbes dominated proceedings. The full list of awards were:

Andy Stone Memorial Trophy (Top Goal Scorer) : Wayne Gray.

Western Gazette:
1st Chris Cohen
2nd Steve Mildenhall
3rd Terry Skiverton.

Green and White Supporters Club:
1st Steve Mildenhall
2nd Terrell Forbes.

Bradfords (Main Sponsors): Terrell Forbes.

Away Travel Club (Green Room):
1st Steve Mildenhall
2nd Terrell Forbes.

Cary Glovers: Steve Mildenhall.

Bobby Hamilton Young Player Award: Chris Cohen.

Youth Team Players' Player Award: Oliver Wake.

Youth Team Manager's Player Award: Harry Sherwood.

Our congratulations to all of the above and all of those who came close to the reckoning for what has been a great season on the pitch.


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12 May 2007 : Jenkins On Bowles And McCallum
Dorchester Town manager Mick Jenkins has been commenting on the future of two Yeovil Town youngsters who were on loan with the Magpies. Speaking to the Dorset Echo Jenkins stated how impressed he had been with Gary Bowles and Gavin McCallum since they first arrived at The Avenue, but that unfortunately from his point of view he wasn't holding out much hope of them being there next August.

We have a good relationship with Yeovil and their assistant manager Steve Thompson, but I expect that Gavin will be looking for something full-time next season. He goes off to play in the Under-21s [Under-20, see below] World Cup for Canada soon and he has said he will consider his future when he gets back when I will definitely get in contact with him. As for Gary Bowles, I expect him to be committed to Yeovil next season so possibly neither of them will be able to be part of my plans.


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12 May 2007 : McCallum In Canadian U20 Squad
Gavin McCallum was in the squad for yesterday's U20 Friendly International between Canada and Argentina in a match that marked the official opening of the National Soccer Stadium, Toronto. FIFA president Sepp Blatter honoured the occasion with his presence.

Gavin wasn't in the starting eleven and didn't make it on from the bench for this one. Canada lost 1-2.

This was the third game in a Canadian U20 tour of the country. So far there has been a 3-1 victory over Scotland in Coquitlam and a 1-2 loss in Victoria to the same country. Canada U20's now go on to face the United States for a pair of games on 3rd June in Ottawa and 6th June in Kingston, and finally one against the Czech Republic on 18th June in Edmonton. The tour visits all six venues which will host the FIFA U20 World Cup Canada 2007 which starts on 1st July.


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12 May 2007 : BBC Local Radio Interviews From First Leg Match
Three BBC Local Radio interviews that were conducted around last night's 2-0 defeat against Nottingham Forest have been published on the BBC Somerset Sound website.

BBC's Alistair Durden talks to goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall, striker Marcus Stewart and also various Yeovil Town supporters following the First Leg defeat.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.


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11 May 2007 : Forest Steal Lead For The Second Leg
What can one say? An absolute sickener. Out played, and in fact battered for much of the second half in particular, Nottingham Forest could only manage two shots on target the entire game, and both of them came from the penalty spot.

Yeovil Town were bright throughout, and if there was a flaw to their game it was the same as it has been for much of the season - an inability to convert pressure into goals. As early as the 6th minute Arron Davies, later deservedly voted Man of the Match by the sponsors, broke at pace and seemed to have done everything right until Forest keeper Paul Smith stuck out a despairing foot and just turned the shot wide.

Forest took the lead on 21 minutes when one of their rare forays forward saw James Perch burst into the box. There was little contact from Nathan Jones, but any contact with the ball looked even more minimal and it was one of those referees sometimes give, sometimes don't. On this occasion the decision of Mr Miller went the visitors' way. Steve Mildenhall went early and Kris Commons rolled the ball into the other corner: 0-1.

Half chances came and went for the Glovers during the remainder of the first period, then after the break they turned the heat up even further and put Forest under some tremendous pressure. The visitors were buckling and resorted to a series of fouls to break the game up, collecting three bookings in less than ten minutes. In the midst of this Yeovil came their closest to scoring when Marcus Stewart headed against the post with Smith beaten.

Town might have had a penalty themselves when an extremely fat er, large looking Wes Morgan, who had come on to replace Scott Dobie, made a clumsy challenge in the penalty box that involved him kicking Lee Morris rather than tackling him. However, unlike the sprawling Perch in the first half, Morris stayed on his feet and gave Mr Miller the chance to bottle making a decision in the Glovers favour.

As the match drew to a close the 0-1 scoreline was certainly not what Yeovil wanted, but there was still hope for a turn around up at the City Ground. However with just a few minutes left further disaster struck. Terrell Forbes, who has scarcely put a foot wrong all season, slid in with both feet in a totally mistimed tackle on Jack Lester. If the first penalty had some element of doubt this one had absolutely none. With Commons off the field Perch stepped up to smash it home in front of the jubilant away supporters. 87 minutes, 0-2. The Glovers now face a huge mountain to climb in a week's time.

Final score: Yeovil Town 0 Nottingham Forest 2

Attendance: 8,935.

Vote for your Man of the Match here.


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11 May 2007 : Fry Looking To Prove People Wrong Again
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has expanded upon his thoughts concerning the club's ability to compete in the Championship should they gain promotion this season or in the near future. In today's Western Daily Press Fry believes that the current questions being asked are the same that many were questioning of the club when they got into the Football League, and states that on that occasion they proved people wrong in the club's ability to cope with their new surroundings:

"We were told by a lot of people that we would struggle to meet the demands of the Football League when we were promoted from the Conference. We have proved a few people wrong since then, and whatever level we manage to get to we believe we can develop the resources to compete. I accept there is a lot that needs to be done, but we are ready for the challenge."

Fry recognised that if the club are to expand beyond their current 5,765 average gates - a worrying drop of 11.5 percent on last season despite the success on the pitch - that they will need to tap into other towns to persuade them to come to Huish Park. The Yeovil chief has stated that he wants to see an average gate of 12,000 at Championship level inside a 14,000 capacity stadium by 2012 and that will obviously require a lot of investment, planning and marketing:

"We need to get people from across Somerset through the turnstiles every week, because the population in Yeovil will not be enough to sustain a Championship club. We live in a very big county and we need people from places like Taunton and Bridgwater interested in the club. We are confident that we will get the average gates of 12,000 we will need to compete in the Championship. We will need to improve the ground and increase the capacity. That is something we have been working on for the last six months and I am confident that we will get the financial infrastructure in place to achieve that."

Speaking briefly about the team's progress into the League One playoffs, Fry added:

"It is great to extend the league programme, get the chance to earn a bit of money and further our achievements on the pitch."


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11 May 2007 : Yeovil Town vs Nottingham Forest Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Nottingham Forest tonight at Huish Park in the First Leg of their League One Playoff Semi-Finals in what has been dubbed by many as the biggest game in the club's history. With the second leg being played at the City Ground next Friday night, the two matches will decide who goes through to the playoff final which will be held at Wembley on Sunday May 27th.

The Glovers go into the match having re-established their home form over the latter part of the League One season, having won their last four matches at Huish Park whilst only conceding one goal in the process. They will therefore hope to continue that form in an effort to establish an early lead which could be crucial in going to the City Ground in seven days time.

If the national media are anything to go by, Yeovil are merely turning up to make up the numbers, with most tipping a Forest vs Blackpool final, particularly as Forest did the double over the Glovers this season, but it shouldn't be forgotten that those six points needed a last minute Grant Holt goal at Huish Park, and probably Steve Mildenhall's only mistake of the whole season at the City Ground that allowed Holt again to snatch the winner. Hopefully it will be the Glovers that get the rub of the green tonight.

Manager Russell Slade will definitely go into the game without the services of long term injury Paul Terry and club captain Terry Skiverton who has a groin strain. However, there are also other concerns in defence, with right-back Matthew Rose borderline with a calf injury, Bradley Thomas out with a hamstring strain and Anthony Tonkin still recovering from a knock he picked up whilst on loan at Grays Athletic. Darryl Knights is also borderline with an ankle injury. Fortunately none of these are likely to delay Russell's starting line-up selection, with those who face late fitness tests mostly competing for a place on the bench.

Certainly Slade feels that being labelled as the smallest of the clubs in the playoffs will help his side, and he told the Western Daily Press that he expects there to be immense pressure on Forest to live up to their historical reputation:

"Some people may be suggesting that we represent the easiest tie of the four teams involved in the play-offs. That is fine by me because I have used that as a motivational tool. I have told the players to go out there and show everyone that we are not just here to make up the numbers. Forest will come into the game after beating us twice probably expecting a third victory is a formality. Colin Calderwood has promised his fans promotion and he will be doing everything in his power to achieve that - but I don't think we should be dismissed. Expectancy at Forest is massive because less than 10 years ago they were in the Premier League. They are striving to get back there and therefore those in charge will have to deliver sooner or later. They will be desperately disappointed if they don't get promotion this season."

For Forest they have few injury concerns with central defender Wes Morgan making his comeback tonight after an ankle injury. Boss Colin Calderwood told their official site:

"Wes is back in the fold. He has been able to train this week and the only thing he is lacking is match action. He has looked after himself really well while he has been out and he looks refreshed. Maybe the rest will have done him the world of good and I'm sure he will figure in our play-off campaign."

Calderwood has taken a 19 man squad down to Somerset that also includes striker Spencer Weir-Daley who has just completed a loan spell with Bradford City. Otherwise their squad is expected to be the same that featured in their final League One home match against Crewe Alexandra last weekend.

The game kicks off at 7.45pm and is of course live on Sky Sports with television coverage starting at 7.30pm. At present tickets are still available in all three home parts of the ground, although are becoming increasingly limited in seated areas. They may be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office, although you are strongly advised to allow additional time if you are purchasing or picking up tickets close to kick-off tonight.


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11 May 2007 : Sky Broadcast Schedules
For those needing to program Video/DVD Recorders or similar such boxes, there are as usual numerous chances to capture tonight's game for the memories aside from the main live showing.

The live match itself is scheduled to be a 2.5 hour broadcast on Sky Sports One (and also on Sky Sports HD) commencing at 7.30pm tonight and therefore finishing at 10.00pm tonight.

Should you get home tonight and find that you've suffered from a touch of clumsy thumbs in setting the timer, Sky are also showing three repeats of condensed highlights of 90 minutes, which are basically the full match with some of the stoppages and pre/post-match discussions sliced out. These will be shown at the following times:

Sat 12th May : 00:00hrs : Sky Sports One / Sky Sports HD
Sat 12th May : 03:00hrs : Sky Sports Two / Sky Sports HD2
Sat 12th May : 06:30hrs : Sky Sports One / Sky Sports HD


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11 May 2007 : Mildy Hoping For Second Time Lucky
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall is hoping for better fortunes than he experienced 12 months ago when his experience of the playoffs ended up in disappointment.

The former Swindon Town man was an ever-present in a Grimsby Town side that lost 1-0 to Cheltenham Town in last year's League Two playoff final, but he has told BBC Somerset Sound that it is a great experience to have a second bite of the cherry at League One level, and hopes that the experience of what he went through last year can be used to good effect:

"It's great for me to be involved in it for a second year. Hopefully I can pass on some knowledge to the other lads who haven't been in the playoffs before. But I think as everyone knows when it gets to these playoff games, it does turn into a bit of a lottery and it turns into cup football and the luck on the day and the rub of the green. Hopefully we can top that this year by playing at Wembley I think every football player wants to do. They class Wembley as the home of football and it would be very nice to get there and to walk on that hallowed turf and to this year actually win the final and to play in the Championship next year."


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11 May 2007 : Fry Says Club Ready For Championship Football
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry believes that the Glovers are ready for Championship football should they find themselves playing there next season. The Glovers have only been in the Football League for four seasons, and there has been much debate about how well the club could cope with playing at the second tier of English football, particularly in terms of their off the field facilities and organisation.

However, Fry believes that the club can compete in both respects and has told BBC Somerset Sound that the club are in talks with local council officials to try and move forward plans for stadium development that will become necessary if the club succeed in their dream of promotion:

"We are ready to compete at that level. It is our ambition to get into the Championship. We are ready off the field and on the field. We are in talks this week with the local district council to do with the stadium developments and the local Sports Village. That will move us ahead as far as the stadium plans are concerned. Yes, you always wish you had a bit more time and a bit more money. But it is a club that is going places. It is important that we don't look back. Too often I'd say that we used to be in the ICIS League. We are now in League One, we're in the playoffs, and that is a magnificent achievement."


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11 May 2007 : Skivo Points To Sky Record
Yeovil Town skipper Terry Skiverton has highlighted the club's excellent record on television as a sign that his teammates can handle the spotlight when they come up against Nottingham Forest in the League One Playoff Semi-Final First Leg match at Huish Park tonight.

The Glovers have a great record when the cameras come to South Somerset, and bar the Premiership trio of Arsenal, Liverpool and Bolton Wanderers, most sides visiting Huish Park have come home empty handed. Most recent of those was the January visit of Huddersfield Town, where the Yorkshire side's hopes were dashed within the first half as the Glovers put on arguably their best 45 minutes of the whole season, eventually winning the match 3-1. Speaking to TalkSPORT this week, Skivo believes that will be in the players minds when they step out tonight:

"We know what to expect. There is no pressure on us. We will go into it knowing that the last time we played on the TV, we played against Huddersfield at home and we put on a really really good performance. Fingers crossed, every time the cameras do come down to a live game at Yeovil they get treated to a very good performance from a Yeovil team."

Skivo added that most people around the club view the playoffs as a genuine bonus, after the bookies tipped Yeovil for relegation this season, and felt because of that the players would go into the game feeling relaxed:

"We've been training really hard this week. The lads are really relaxed. They've got a massive team in Nottingham Forest with all their European experience, coming down to play little old Yeovil who are sort of a town team. We've got great support and it will be a sell-out. Our supporters this year have been absolutely magnificent this year. They will be right behind us all the way. They didn't expect us to get this far. This is a real bonus for them and they are really going to get behind us."

The TalkSPORT presenters drew attention to Skivo's self-mocking description of 'little old Yeovil' and put it to the Yeovil captain that this was something that would be used to Yeovil's advantage. Skivo agreed:

"That's something that we really do thrive on. Teams come down to Yeovil and see that we've got a great playing surface and a nice little stadium that's been there all the way coming up through the Conference. But it is a little stadium. When you see teams like Bradford coming down and teams like Nottingham Forest they look around and say this is nice, we'll come and play here and play nice football and have a tippy-tappy game. But we really do get stuck in, and we play good football, we do our job and we work really hard for each other."

If Yeovil are to progress to the playoff final, then they will have to do it without Skivo, who is currently sidelined with a groin injury. But he said that wouldn't stop him looking to get involved in tonight's affair trying to help his team along:

"I'm unfortunate in that I won't be playing in this. I've torn my groin, but I will be there shouting on the terraces with the fans, hoping that we do get to the final. We've been promoted twice, but we haven't actually gone through the playoffs yet, so this is a new experience for Yeovil Town players. But we've got a few old heads like Marcus Stewart and Nathan Jones who have both been promoted through the playoffs. Their experience so far in the games leading up to the playoffs has been vital for us. We're really looking forward to it. There's no pressure on our heads. We're just going to go out and enjoy it, and really get stuck in and see what they've got."

The Yeovil captain has been at Huish Park since he was brought in by Colin Lippiatt in the summer of 1999, and his view is that what has made the team so successful is that the players genuinely get to know each other as friends, on and off the field of play, meaning that they stick together at all times:

"When you're playing for Yeovil, the whole squad has to move within the area. You're not playing with acquaintances that live up in Birmingham or up north and come in after having travelled for two or three hours every day. Everyone lives in the area so we socialise a lot. The night before games, almost all the squad go out to a local Italian restaurant. We really have got that togetherness. There's one adage that I do know is that you fight a lot harder for a friend than you would for an acquaintance that just comes down for a couple of hours a day and you don't socialise or do anything with them. It's that team spirit and Gary Johnson was the one to really start that and Russell Slade has kept that going on as well. That really does help us. We really stick together and every challenge that we do face we face them together."


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10 May 2007 : Brittain Released From Tractor Boys
Martin Brittain was today released by Ipswich Town. Manager Jim Magilton said of Brittain and a couple of others he was letting go :

James [Krause], Martin and Scott [Barron] are great lads but they are at an age now when they need to be playing regularly at first-team level. I was in the same situation myself at Liverpool when I was told I could move on but I was determined to go out and make a name for myself somewhere else and I'm sure these lads will show the same desire and I wish them all the success in the world.

If, like us, you found it difficult to kept track of the merry-go-round of loanees coming, going, and sometimes coming back again at Huish Park this season, Brittain was the one who did a couple of months from the end of October to the beginning of January, then disappeared back to Ipswich even though we wanted to keep him, only to reappear on the very last day of the transfer window for the remainder of the season. He has made 16 appearances for the Glovers over the two spells.

Magilton also had mention for Darryl Knights, saying he had spoken to every player on the club's books about their futures except Darryl, but gave no real hints as to what the tone of the discussions would be :

Darryl is away with Yeovil, who have the play-offs to concentrate on, and I will talk to him when that situation resolves itself.


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10 May 2007 : Nathan Hoping For Dressing Room Edge
Yeovil Town left-back Nathan Jones, who will almost certainly captain the team when they play Nottingham Forest in tomorrow night's League One playoff semi-final, is hoping that the team spirit and togetherness amongst the playing squad will influence matters when it comes down to who gets through the two legged knockout match to decided who reaches Wembley for the final at the end of this month.

Nathan told BBC Somerset Sound that he expects the players to be relatively relaxed despite the size of tomorrow's match, and expects there to be little change in the way they approach the game:

"We have a really good dressing room and there's a lot of good characters in the dressing room. With people like Terrell Forbes, nothing seems to faze him. He'll be in the changing room tomorrow and he'll be listening to music and stuff like that. I just think that with no special effort we'll be our usual selves in the dressing room. That is what has got us here. We've got no stars, we've got no real outspoken characters. We've got a lot of good hard-working individuals. We've got a lot of people who want to work and want to do well and we're going to need every one of them tomorrow."

Nathan has already experienced promotion via the playoffs with Brighton and Hove Albion and he added that such matches were undoubtedly the reason why he has enjoyed such a long career in football:

"These are the games that you want to play in. We've prepared across the last 46 games to try and finish in the top six because these are the games that you want to play in - in front of a full house. I'm sure that Forest will have almost 30,000 there. You're there to test yourself against good players. It will be a fanastic occasion for everyone here at the club. Not just the players, but the staff, everyone behind the scenes and the people who work here and also the fans. It's just a good time and we are looking forward to it and it will be a good challenge."


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10 May 2007 : Home Leg Ticketing Update
The latest word earlier today from the Ticket Office is that few seats remain in the College and Cowlin Stands but space remains on the Westland Terrace.

Those supporters planning to pick up pre-ordered tickets on the day are reminded to leave themselves plenty of time as queues are likely to be lengthy.

The Huish Park Ticket Office will be open from 9.00 a.m. until 7.45 p.m. tomorrow (Friday), with tickets for the away leg also going on sale - to Season Ticket Holders only - up to 6.45 p.m. and again, for an unspecified period, after the match.


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9 May 2007 : Media Interest
Yeovil Town captain Terry Skiverton, set to miss the play-off semi-finals through injury, is a guest on TalkSPORT's 'Ford Wednesday Night Football' show. He's expected to be slotted in just after 9.00 p.m. TalkSPORT broadcasts on 1089/1053 AM, unless in Nottingham where it's 1071 AM, or Newcastle on 1107 AM. Or go here and click on the 'LISTEN LIVE' button to stream over the Net.

Meanwhile, as his captain broadcasts to the nation, manager Russell Slade has drawn the short straw and will be a guest on Thursday's 'Soccer Night' on both Westcountry and ITV West. The programme will be broadcast at 11.00 p.m.


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9 May 2007 : Home Leg Ticketing Update
Read into it what you will, but the Huish Park Ticket Office has announced there is "limited availability" left in all three home areas for the Play-off First Leg tie versus Nottingham Forest on Friday 11th May, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

Although noticing the sale of Second Leg tickets (see below) on Friday is only up to 6.45 p.m., presumably as the Ticket Office wants to leave the last hour before the kick-off of the First Leg free in case there are tickets left on the night and for supporters to pick up pre-ordered purchases, you could be taking a risk leaving it that late. Unless you have good reason to leave the decision to the last minute we'd advise those wishing to attend who have still not got a ticket to do so tomorrow to be on the safe side. The Ticket Office will be open from 9.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m. on Thursday.


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9 May 2007 : Ticketing For Away Leg
Ticketing details have been announced for the League One Play-off Semi-Final Second Leg against Nottingham Forest on Friday 18th May, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

Prices will be as carried on this site on 6th May (see below):

adult £20.00; senior citizen £15.00; under 18 £10.00; under 12 £5.00.

Yeovil Town fans have been allocated the Bridgford Stand Lower Tier. This has a capacity of up to 4,750 seats, and at present there's no indication it will be split.

The following schedule for ticket sales has been set :

Season Ticket Holders only :

Friday, 11th May, 9.00 a.m. - 6.45 p.m. (The Ticket Office will also be opened after Friday's First Leg for an unspecified period.)
Sunday, 13th May, 10.00 a.m. - 3.00 p.m.

Season Ticket Holders, 12 Token Holders, and Final Countdown Holders with additional tokens :

Monday, 14th May, 9.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.

General Sale :

Tuesday, 15th May, 9.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.
Wednesday, 16th May, 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Thursday, 17th May, 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

Where relevant for sales, i.e. not those involving tokens etc., the Ticket Office number is 01935 847888.

N.B. The Ticket Office is CLOSED all day on Saturday 12th May.

Updated again, the away guide to Nottingham Forest can be found here.


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9 May 2007 : Forest Take Up Slow
The Nottingham Forest Official Site has admitted that take up of the away allocation for Friday night's fixture at Huish Park has been "surprisingly slow". As a result they are putting tickets on General Sale a day early, from 9.00 a.m. Thursday.

Whether this lack of enthusiasm is a result of Forest supporters thinking the result is a foregone stroll in the park for them, the stupid anti-social scheduling that means many travelling supporters would need to take a day off work, arrange child care where relevant etc., etc., the horrors of Friday night traffic, or simply because the comfort of watching from the sofa or pub rather than an open terrace is more appealing, is open to discussion. Probably a mixture of all of that.

It's easy to blame Sky, and overall football gets a lot of promotion and an awful lot of money from that organisation that it should be thankful for. However the game should also be mindful that its bread and butter comes from fans who make the effort to go and support their team. Making such support difficult for them is not a good idea in our opinion.


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9 May 2007 : Fry Hoping For Playoff Attendance Boost
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry is hopeful that the excitement of the League One playoffs can help boost season ticket sales and overall matchday attendances for next season as the club hope to take advantage of the increased profile the televised matches will give them. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound yesterday, John admitted that this season's crowds had not been what he had hoped they would be:

"It's been a bit of a disappointment down here throughout the whole season with the gates being lower than expected. But we've done extremely well and my belief is that we should worry about it when we get there at the end of the season. We are trying to address it with a revised ticketing policy and by freezing prices for next season. The playoffs will help us to boost season ticket sales. It is a big occasion for the players and the staff here and everybody else who has worked so hard here this season."

Pointing to the two semi-final matches against Nottingham Forest on the next two Friday nights, John added that people shouldn't underestimate the size of the games:

"They are two of the biggest games in the club's history. There are no excuses not to turn up from the fans point of view. It is very exciting. With Nottingham Forest, it is a superb draw from our point of view. Tickets are flying out the door and they are going on general sale now."

The manager who has masterminded Yeovil's 5th-placed finish is Russell Slade, and despite the former Grimsby Town manager having yet to pick up any trophies at Huish Park, John believes that as a manager, he ranks him in the same way as former manager Gary Johnson:

"He's up with Gary Johnson as far as quality is concerned. He is sound. He has the ability to go on to a bigger club and take a club up to a higher level, as was Gary Johnson. Plus he has done it with a minimal amount of resources at a time when the club was a little bit disorganised from the point of view of how many people had left."

John was asked by the BBC if he feared losing Russell in the same way as he lost Johnson to Bristol City, but the Yeovil Chairman considered that to be merely a fact of life when considering the sort of philosophies Yeovil Town had on career progression:

"It's the danger of being in a club like Yeovil Town! My philosophy is that the people that join us are on the way up as far as their careers are concerned. If they do themselves proud and the club proud then they will move on. If we can hold onto them then that's great. I think that if you have got that sort of a philosophy with people they be motivated, they will do their best for the club or the company that they work for."

John added that if Russell is successful in the playoffs, he expects his manager's market value and interest to mushroom, particularly given that he guided Grimsby Town to a League Two playoff final only 12 months ago:

"I hope we keep Russell Slade for another 10 years. Russell is getting the club prepared for Nottingham Forest at the weekend. That is all he is focussed on and hopefully we will move on to Wembley. He is probably then open to offers there if he has done it for the second year running, in getting a club into the playoff positions, or perhaps even the final."


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8 May 2007 : Sweeney Arrested
Swiftly following his departure back to Stoke City from his loan spell at Huish Park the Potters' Official Site reports that Peter Sweeney has been arrested on a drink-driving charge.

Sweeney was arrested in London over the weekend, and with police enquiries on-going Stoke state they wish to make no further comment at this time other than confirming the arrest.

Sweeney made five starts and three appearances from the bench during his loan with Yeovil Town.


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8 May 2007 : Play-off Semi-Final Officials
The Football League has announced the two sets of officials for the two legs of the play-off semi-final between Yeovil Town and Nottingham Forest.

At Huish Park the man with the whistle will be Nigel Miller (County Durham). Given his location it's no surprise this will be his first visit to HP as far as we know. We have seen him on a couple of trips oop North, the last being the 1-1 draw at Blackpool earlier this season.

HP regular Ron Ganfield (Somerset) and Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire) will be the assistants running the lines, Kevin Friend (Leicestershire) the fourth official.

At the City Ground for the return leg Graham Poll (Hertfordshire) will be seeing if he can count accurately past two. We haven't had Mr Poll officiating since he made the list in 1995. Those with better memories than us may or may not recall whether we ever had the pleasure back in Non-league before that.

Darren Cann (Norfolk) and Martin Yerby (Kent) are the assistant referees, Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear) the fourth official.


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8 May 2007 : Away Travel Club Merchandise
As with recent matches, the Away Travel Club will be selling merchandise behind the Westland Stand prior to Friday night's match against Nottingham Forest.

On sale will be Chris Cohen shirts, Andy Wallace Shirts and Skivo Shirts, all at £5 each. In addition there will be green and white hooters, flags, scarves, Tooper Hats, wigs, Skivo scarves and the new legends scarf.

Throughout the course of the two (or hopefully three!) playoff matches you are likely to encounter various rogue traders along the way, looking to cash in on the club's success by selling unofficial merchandise. Please don't buy anything from people you don't recogise because the money made might not be going to the club.

Make sure that if you buy anything that you get it from one of the Away Travel Club, the Huish Park Club Shop or the GWSC Programme Shop. The Huish Park Club Shop will be open from 9.00am until 7.00pm all this week, plus until 7.45pm kickoff on Friday night, therefore there is plenty of opportunity for supporters to buy their merchandise from these three club-friendly outlets, to ensure any profits stay in the club.


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8 May 2007 : Final Call For Priority Playoff Home Tickets
A final reminder to all supporters who hold either Season Tickets, Final Countdown Tickets or 12 Tokens from different home matches this season that you have until 7.00pm tonight to make your final claim for a priority ticket for Friday night's League One Semi-Final First Leg match against Nottingham Forest before tickets go on general sale.

As of 9.00am tomorrow, tickets will be available to all supporters from the Huish Park Ticket Office either in person or by calling 01935-847888. The ticket office will be open from 9.00am until 7.00pm every day this week, including Friday, where subject to ticket availability the Ticket Office will remain open until kick-off time at 7.45pm. The Huish Park Club Shop is also matching these opening hours. Ticket prices are displayed below.

Ticket Type Full Price Disabled OAP's/Students Under 16s Junior Glovers
Yeovil College Stand £19.00 £16.00 £16.00 £6.00 £3.00
Cowlin Stand £18.00 £14.00 £14.00 £6.00 £3.00
Westland Terrace £18.00 n/a £13.00 £6.00 £3.00


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8 May 2007 : Barry In Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town midfielder Anthony Barry has been chosen for the Football League's Team Of The Week for the final weekend of the season proper. Anthony played a full 90 minutes at Gillingham and executed the superb pass that gave Wayne Gray his second half goal that wrapped up the points. The full team is as follows:

Joe Murphy (Scunthorpe)
Rhys Weston (Port Vale), Stephen Foster (Scunthorpe), Liam Dolman (Northampton), Billy Jones (Crewe)
Cleveland Taylor (Scunthorpe), John Finnigan (Cheltenham), Anthony Barry (Yeovil Town), Ben Rix (Crewe)
Andrew Morrell (Blackpool), Craig Curran (Tranmere)


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7 May 2007 : Away Travel Club Transport To Forest
The Away Travel Club will be running Transport to the League One Semi-final Second Leg match against Nottingham Forest on Friday 18th May.

They will be leaving the ground at 1.30pm. The cost of travel will be £18 per person. To book your seat phone Roger or Stew on 07960-687075.


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7 May 2007 : BBC Radio Interviews From Gillingham Match
The BBC Local Radio interviews that were conducted immediately after the 2-0 win over Gillingham have been published on the BBC Somerset Sound website.

In addition to the usual post-match analysis from manager Russell Slade, midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala talks about his first ever goal for the club, whilst defender Scott Guyett considers another clean sheet.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.

Link: Russell Slade's Interview Transcript.


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7 May 2007 : Ciderspace Match Report : Gillingham vs Yeovil Town
The full Ciderspace match report for Saturday's 2-0 win over Gillingham is now available online.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Gillingham 0 Yeovil Town 2.


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7 May 2007 : Slade Calls For A Full House
Speaking to the Western Daily Press, Russell Slade has called on the town of Yeovil to back the club with a sell-out at Huish Park as the Glovers enter a play-off for the first time in their history.

I think there's something wrong if Friday's game at Huish Park isn't a sell-out, something severely wrong. I think our fans will come out, and I don't think you have to be a football fan to know how big it is and how good it is for the town. To have the possibility of playing in the Championship and the recognition the town would get for that, and also with the play-off games on live television, it's great news.

It's not my first experience of the play-offs, and that's important. It's important that I've been involved with two or three clubs and I'll prepare us in the best possible manner.

Hopefully we are good enough to deserve to go through. We've worked exceptionally hard all season. I'm sure Colin Calderwood and Forest have also worked very hard, but things are a lot tighter at our club than they are there. What we've achieved with our budget, and in terms of attitude and spirit has been commendable. We'll take those qualities and throw them all at Forest on Friday. I wouldn't want to do it the easy way - so let's play against the biggest.

Forest were my team, the first team I watched as a kid. I can remember watching Forest against Manchester United and Bobby Charlton and George Best playing. I used to stand on an orange box in the corner under the floodlight - you can see I remember it quite well. But because there were two clubs in Nottingham, I went to watch both, and of course I ended up at Notts County for the best part of 11 years. So this tie is a massive one for me, and I hope me and my team do ourselves justice on the day.


Elsewhere, as carried on Glovers World, Slade's comments from the post-match press conference are even more pointed :

I think there's something wrong if Friday's game at Huish Park isn't a sell-out, something severely wrong - either with the marketing or with the fans. But I think our fans will come out, and I don't think you have to be a football fan to know how big it is. You just need to live in Yeovil to know how important it is and how good it is for the town to have the chance of playing in the Championship and the recognition that the town would get and to be on Sky again is great news for the football club.

Kick-off for the League One Play-off Semi-Final First Leg against Nottingham Forest is 7.45 p.m. on Friday 11th May.

A reminder that ticket prices are :

Yeovil College Stand - adult £19.00; senior (over 65), disabled, and full time student £16.00; under 16 £6.00; Junior Glovers £3.00.

Cowlin Stand - adult £18.00; senior (over 65), disabled, and full time student £14.00; under 16 £6.00; Junior Glovers £3.00.

Westland Terrace - adult £18.00; senior (over 65) and full time student £13.00; under 16 £6.00; Junior Glovers £3.00.

and remaining selling days and times are as follows :

Monday 7th May: 10.00am - 3.00pm: Season Ticket Holders and 12 Token Holders;
Tuesday 8th May: 9.00am - 7.00pm: Final Countdown Ticket Holders;
Wednesday 9th May: 9.00am - 7.00pm: General Public Sales;
Thursday 10th May: 9.00am - 7.00pm: General Public Sales;
Friday 11th May: 9.00am - 7.45pm: General Public Sales.


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6 May 2007 : Rooney Returns To Stoke
Today's Sunday Independent newspaper is stating that on loan striker Adam Rooney has returned to Stoke City just before the weekend, after failing seriously to break into the Yeovil Town starting line-up whilst at Huish Park. Rooney has also been selected for the Republic of Ireland U19 squad, and with a series of three UEFA U19 Championship Qualifiers coming up, against Bulgaria (14th May), Germany (16th May), and Hungary (19th May), his availability during the play-off period would be problematic.

Somewhat ironically, Rooney's one and only start for the club was in his final appearance against Rotherham United. Other than that he had managed just two substitute appearances, and so follows his clubmate Peter Sweeney back to the Potteries and will not feature in the play-offs.

The club have this week seen Anthony Tonkin return from Grays Athletic and Daniel Webb come back from a loan spell at Woking and so they will balance out the numbers in manager Russell Slade's squad. Tonks was considered for selection at Gillingham yesterday, but had to pull out due to a minor knock, whilst Webb made his first appearance since February following a seven game spell at Kingfield.


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6 May 2007 : Russell's Verdict On the Gillingham Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade said that he was pleased that his decision to field a significantly weakened side at Gillingham later paid off as he saw his side win 2-0 with goals from Jean-Paul Kalala and Wayne Gray. Russell put five players in his squad who had yet to make a Football League appearance, and saw three of those make their first team debuts.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell explained: "I'm really pleased that it has come off for us really, and the fact that I was able to get so many inexperienced players in the side. It was a good day for them. that is what it was about for me today. I was able to rest six key players and protected Wayne Gray as well towards the end of the game."

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

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.


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6 May 2007 : City Ground Pricing
Nottingham Forest has announced the pricing for the League One Play-off Semi-Final Second Leg at the City Ground on Friday 18th May, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

Apart from the Family Area they have gone for a flat rate in the rest of the stadium, and League rules should mean that these prices will also apply to away fans :

adult £20.00; senior citizen £15.00; under 18 £10.00; under 12 £5.00.

Our calculations are that Yeovil Town will be entitled to 4,500 tickets for this match, though it is possible for a club to agree to a reduced allocation if they believe they can't fill their limit and the home side has flexible enough segregation to provide a smaller secure area.

Although Family Areas at grounds are theoretically open to supporters of the away as well as the home team it's unlikely that tickets will in practice be available to visiting fans. The City Ground Family Area often sells out in normal times, and with General Sale not cutting in until May 12th we'd be surprised if many if any Family Area seats reach that point. However, for the record :

Family Stand : adult £15.00; senior citizen £10.00; under 18 £8.00; under 12 £5.00. (Each adult ticket must be accompanied by a junior to purchase tickets in the Family Stand.)

Yeovil Town has not yet announced when tickets for the away leg will go on sale at Huish Park, nor the prioritisation of sale.


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6 May 2007 : Ex-Yeovil XI In Charity Fixture
Looking for a football fix on Bank Holiday Monday? An ex-Yeovil Town XI will be taking on an ex-Southampton XI at The Avenue Stadium, Dorchester, on 7th May. Kick-off is 3.00 p.m. as part of a Family Football Fun Day raising money on behalf of the Wessex Autistic Society. Tickets for the football match are £2.00 adults, children free.

Players mentioned as likely to make some appearance for the Glovers are Bob Russell, Terry Cotton, Dave Coles, Paul Thorpe, Tony Pounder, Steve Thompson, Mickey Spencer, Guy Whittingham, Steve Rutter, Stuart Housley, Trevor Finnigan, Gary Borthwick, Gerry Pearson, Adrian Foster, Peter Copeland, Eric Carville. For the Saints Jimmy Case, Ian Baird, Rodney Wallace, Nick Holmes, Bill Beaney, Greg Lewellyn, Ian Juryeff, Forbes Phillipson Masters, Steve Baker, Tommy Widdrington, Leroy Whale and George Prost are amongst the names expected to appear.

The entertainment and activities around the stadium are free and start from 12.00 noon.


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5 May 2007 : Football League Playoff Dates
With today's matches concluding the Football League fixtures with the exception of tomorrow's final games in the Championship, the Football League have now finalised all of the playoff semi-final dates. These are as follows:

Championship

1st Leg
Southampton v Derby County - Sat 12th May - 12.00
Wolverhampton Wanderers v West Bromwich Albion - Sun 13th May - 12.00

2nd Leg
Derby County v Southampton - Tue 15th May - 7.45
West Bromwich Albion v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Wed 16th May - 7.45

League 1

1st Leg
Yeovil Town v Nottingham Forest - Fri 11th May, 7.45
Oldham Athletic v Blackpool - Sun 13th May, 5.30

2nd Leg
Nottingham Forest v Yeovil Town - Fri 18th May, 7.45
Blackpool v Oldham Athletic - Sat 19th May, 12.00

League 2

1st Leg
Bristol Rovers v Lincoln City - Sat 12th May, 5.15
Shrewsbury Town v Milton Keynes Dons - Mon 14th May, 7.45

2nd Leg
Lincoln City v Bristol Rovers - Thurs 17th May, 7.45
Milton Keynes Dons v Shrewsbury Town - Fri 18th May, 7.45

Play Off Finals Dates

Monday May 28 - Championship Final
Sunday May 27 - League 1 Final
Saturday May 26 - League 2 Final

All of the above matches will be shown live on Sky Sports, thus meaning that the Glovers should get at least two more televised fixtures before the absolute end of the season.

[Updated 06/05/07 with identity of Championship playoff sides.]


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5 May 2007 : All's Well That Ends Well
Yeovil Town completed their second League One season today by accumulating a further three points to their impressive tally, finishing on 79 points and in 5th place as they defeated Gillingham 2-0 at Priestfield.

A goal each from Jean-Paul Kalala and Wayne Gray midway through the second period ensured a comfortable victory, despite manager Russell Slade's decision to field a weakened side that included five players in the sixteen who had yet to make a first team appearance for the club.

A fairly inert first half suggested that both sides were seeing this match as a post-season friendly. Gillingham were the busier of the two sides in terms of chances, but only really troubled Steve Mildenhall seriously on one occasion. Terrell Forbes, who captained the side, was in sparkling form with Scott Guyett as the pair ensured that most of Gillingham's attempts on goal were blocked off at source.

The second half was far more impressive for Yeovil from an attacking point of view, and Jean-Paul Kalala got his first ever goal for the club when he accepted a layback from Wayne Gray, following a sustained period of pressure from the Glovers. Kalala's shot from the edge of the box was sweetly struck into the bottom right hand corner and from there onwards, Yeovil never looked back.

Five minutes later, Anthony Barry's wonderful pass down the middle split the Gills defence in two and Wayne Gray was as cool as he could possibly be when he ran through and lifted the ball over the advancing Simon Royce, who could do little to stop the ball slowly nestling into the far corner.

The Glovers could have easily extended their lead further, but with the game passing by without any obvious injury concerns, another positive from the day was the chance to see Tom Clarke, Gavin McCallum and Craig Alcock all make their Football League debuts, whilst Mark Lynch's 90 minutes following his comeback from a knee injury combined with rare starts for Martin Brittain and Ishmael Welsh ensured that manager Russell Slade got the best use out of his squad possible ahead of next Friday's Playoff Semi-Final First Leg match against Nottingham Forest.

Final Score: Gillingham 0 Yeovil Town 2.

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5 May 2007 : A Little Bit Of Self Indulgence
Time is relative. Five years is but a micro-second in the history of our planet, but would seem an age if a toddler had to wait that long for Christmas.

Five years ago Boston United cheated their way into the Football League. Despite subsequent convictions from the Football Association and the courts for the club and various individuals the fundamental point was never resolved: that Boston United should not be in the Football League, and their presence through cheating demeaned all concepts of fair play and sporting honesty. Finally today the wrong was righted, when the Cheats were relegated back to where they should have been for the last half decade.

This site makes no apology, although recognising it may have become something of an obsession, for the years that it has banged on about this injustice. We're not naive enough to believe that Corinthianism is realistic in a professional sport in this day and age, but if sport is to maintain its appeal cheats can not prosper. Not only does it undermine the principles of the game, but it devalues the genuine achievements of others. Yeovil Town and Boston United both gained admission to the Football League, and the rewards and kudos that follow. But for one club those rewards and kudos were the result of hard work and achievement, for the other the undeserved product of cheating and dishonesty. Self indulgent it may seem, but we take enormous satisfaction in the relegation of Boston United. Should they, at some time in the future, return having won promotion fairly and squarely, then welcome.


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4 May 2007 : Gillingham vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town play their final match of the League One season tomorrow when they travel to Gillingham's Priestfield ground in Kent. The match is on the surface of it a meaningless affair. Gillingham have long since been consigned to midtable, whilst the Glovers guaranteed themselves a 5th placed finish and a playoff position last weekend. However, the Glovers will see this as a useful exercise to maintain their momentum going into the knockout stages as well as allowing the chance for various players to have a rest ahead of next Friday's match.

Whilst manager Russell Slade hasn't revealed which players will be rested and which players will come into the side, the likes of BBC Somerset Sound and the Western Daily Press have done their own deductions on who is most likely to be putting their feet up on Saturday and name Marcus Stewart, Lee Morris, Nathan Jones and Chris Cohen to be the most likely candidates to be joining Skivo in the stands. They will be joined by Terry Skiverton (groin) and Paul Terry (knee).

Likely to benefit from this are Mark Lynch, Martin Brittain, Ishmael Welsh, Adam Rooney and Darryl Knights although the latter has an ankle injury and may not be risked. Russell will not reveal whether their deductions are correct until just before kick-off, but he was willing to reveal one player who will be stretching his legs tomorrow:

"We shan't be taking any chances on Saturday. Quite a few of the players who have played in the majority of the games will be sidelined and rested. There will be players that need football, even at this stage of the season. It will be a return for Mark Lynch, I can tell you that. Obviously one or two others will get their opportunity."

Not too surprisingly, Gillingham manager Ronnie Jepson is trying to talk up the need for his players to perform on the day, despite his side resting safely in midtable. Speaking to the Kent Messenger he explained:

"We would just like to finish it off on a high for the supporters and the players. Hopefully, we can do that against a good side. It’s always nice to say thanks to the supporters and, given the opportunity, we would like to go round and applaud them at the end of the game. But there would be no better way of saying thanks than getting a win."

Striker Gary Mulligan may be left out of the home side tomorrow due to a groin injury, whilst Duncan Jupp is definitely out with the same problem. Simon Royce and Ben Chorley will play their last games before they return to their parent clubs following loan spells at Priestfield.

The Ciderspace guide to Gillingham can be found online here. Tickets are available on the day of the match but beware of a fairly hefty matchday surcharge that is operated at the Kent club.


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4 May 2007 : Slade Expecting Cohen Summer Interest
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has told BBC Sport that he would not be surprised if he received bids for star midfielder Chris Cohen over the summer. Since the January transfer window closed, all has gone quiet in terms of any interest in Yeovil Town's players, but he expecting that to change once Yeovil's interest in the playoffs ends:

"It's not suprising Chris is attracting the interest of other football clubs. We had an offer for him in the January window when Nottingham Forest were very keen. He is arguably one of our best players and he won't be going cheaply."

Slade does add though that any club looking to move for the former West Ham United academy player will have to make an 'incredible offer' for the club to be tempted. Despite having only just come out of his teens, Chris has already made 78 appearances for the club and made a near clean sweep of the end of season trophies at the end of last season. However, although Russell expects bids to be made, he isn't expecting Nottingham Forest to make a second return:

"Forest's interest has dwindled as they've pushed on to promotion, as we have done. It depends if anyone comes in with an incredible offer. He's still got another year on his contract. He has a super season for someone who has only just turned 20. In his first full season in league football he has been terrific."


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4 May 2007 : Russell Predicts Blackpool Semi-Final
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade is expecting few surprises on the final game of the League One season and is predicting that his side will face Blackpool in the Playoff Semi-Final First Leg.

The team that finishes fourth will be the visitors to Huish Park next Friday night, and although that could be Bristol City or Nottingham Forest, Russell has told BBC Somerset Sound that he expects matters to remain as they currently are:

"I don't think the Top Six will change. I think it will be as it is. Putting my neck out, I think Bristol City will go up automatically and Forest will finish third and Blackpool will finish fourth. Then I think Oldham will do enough to hang on to their six placed slot. So I don't think there will be any change."


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4 May 2007 : Mildy Looking To Relax
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall has said he is looking forward to tomorrow's match against Gillingham purely because it gives him a chance to relax and enjoy a match fully without the usual pressure of needing to pick up points. Although a win for the Glovers would help them gain momentum going into the playoffs, it is not the primary concern at Priestfield and Mildy told BBC Somerset Sound yesterday that it was also important that some fringe players got a chance to stretch their legs:

"I am looking forward to it. Probably for the first time this year, people can go out there feeling properly relaxed. There is nothing hanging on the game and it doesn't matter if we win or lose. We want to win the game and I want to keep a clean sheet. I think some players will be playing instead of the usual lads which will give them a chance to play and a chance to sample some first team football and give them a chance to have a run-out because obviously we are going to need the whole squad for these playoff games. They are two important games and it has been a long hard season. We have battled well and we are going to need everybody."


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4 May 2007 : Club Shop Match Ticket Office Opening Hours
Yeovil Town supporters calling in to buy League One Playoff Semi-Final First Leg tickets over the coming week will also be able to visit the Huish Park Club Shop at the same time.

Tickets for the home leg of the League One playoffs go on sale on Sunday to Season Ticket Holders and those who hold 12 match ticket tokens. The opposition will be one of Bristol City, Nottingham Forest or Blackpool depending upon who finishes fourth in the final League One table.

The opening times for the Huish Park Club Shop now match that of the Ticket Office and so anyone calling into the club will be able to pick up their 2007-08 season replica shirts or other souvenirs at the same time.

Opening times for both over the Bank Holiday weekend is 10.00am - 3.00pm on both Sunday and Monday.

For full ticketing allocation and pricing, see our stories from yesterday and earlier in the week.


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4 May 2007 : League One Weekend Preview
Whilst clubs up and down the country will be sweating it during their final matches of the season, the Glovers will thankfully be basking in the Kent sunshine this weekend, knowing that their only strong objective of the weekend is to ensure that their side come out of tomorrow's game against Gillingham free of any injuries or suspensions.

That is not quite the case with five of League One's sides who have to deal with the final day nerves and the prospects of either elation or bitter disappointment to deal with. Three of those sides will fight for the final automatic slot whilst there are two teams competing for the final playoff slot.

Game of the day surely has to be Swansea City's home match against Blackpool. Although both teams still have everything to play for, it is almost impossible for both clubs to be celebrating on the final whistle. Blackpool can still grab the final automatic spot after an amazing run of six wins that has seen them race up the table at just the right time. They are probably the least likely of a trio of clubs to get automatic promotion but a win at the Liberty Stadium and draws or defeats for both Bristol City and Nottingham Forest could see them promoted.

Swansea meanwhile need to rely on Oldham Athletic slipping up at home to relegated Chesterfield, or for them to beat Blackpool by three more goals than Oldham beat Chesterfield. Thus despite the Jacks being on the same number of points as Oldham, the odds are rather stacked against them.

Bristol City's home match against Rotherham United sees them clear favourites to disappoint Blackpool and Forest. A win at Ashton Gate would guarantee them automatic promotion - something that would give manager Gary Johnson his third promotion in five years. However, if they fail to win, then matters get very sweaty indeed as Nottingham Forest's home game against Crewe Alexandra ought to result in a home win. It is only if both slip up that Blackpool sneak in through the side door.

If everything goes by the book, the top six places should remain as they are and Bristol City should join Scunthorpe United in the Championship next season, whilst Oldham Athletic should be the final team in the playoffs. That would leave both Blackpool and Swansea going home from the Liberty Stadium disappointed. However, with nerves jangling, the chances are that one team will fold under the pressure. With the Latics having won just three out of their last 14 league matches could they let Swansea in via the back door?


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3 May 2007 : Skivo Hopes Fading
Yeovil Town club captain Terry Skiverton is now not expected to take part in either of the League One playoff semi-finals now, according to BBC Somerset Sound. The central defender has been for a scan and although he will not require an operation, the expectation is that the earliest he will return will be the weekend of the playoff finals. Manager Russell Slade explains:

"There's no surgery required at all or anything like that but it is going to take a little bit of time to repair. It's a wait and see situation really. It may be that he could get himself in contention for a playoff final if we were to get that far. So we'll have to just wait and see and let nature take its course and see whether he can come through."

Scott Guyett will be the man who will hopefully fill the gap during the two semi-finals, with the Australian having deputised on both occasions when Skivo has left the field in recent matches.


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3 May 2007 : Capital Glovers Playoff Semi-Final Meet-Up
Whatever happened to 3:00 kick offs on a Saturday? With the 1st leg of the Playoffs scheduled for a Friday night, 7:45 kick off, the Capital Glovers have arranged a meet up for any Yeovil fans who are unable to make their way down to Huish Park. We shall be returning to the 'Cos Bar', where 40 Glovers celebrated the night away watching us beat Huddersfield Town in January, much to the bemusement of onlooking suits. As before we have reserved the mezzanine but should there be a few of us no doubt we'll commandeer the stairs and balcony as last time. Further details of the nearest tubes and all that are here

Link: Fancy A Pint Website : The Cos Bar, London, EC4V 4BY.

If you're going to Huish Park give them a shout for us, if not come and shout with us. Any other questions email info@capitalglovers.com

[Article by Seb White, Capital Glovers.]


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3 May 2007 : Playoff Semi Final First Leg Ticket Prices
The admission prices for Yeovil Town's Playoff Semi-Final Semi-Final First Leg haven been set. The match will be played on Friday 11th May at Huish Park with a 7.45pm kick-off.

The prices set will mean a two pound increase for most spectators against normal pre-matchday prices. The prices are those charged on match days at Huish Park, with the exception of Under 16s and Junior Glovers which are pegged at the pre-matchday prices.

For ticket allocation details, see our stories from earlier in the week.

Ticket Type Full Price Disabled OAP's/Students Under 16s Junior Glovers
Yeovil College Stand £19.00 £16.00 £16.00 £6.00 £3.00
Cowlin Stand £18.00 £14.00 £14.00 £6.00 £3.00
Westland Terrace £18.00 n/a £13.00 £6.00 £3.00


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2 May 2007 : Arron Selected For Wales
Arron Davies has again been selected for Wales in the squad for their next two internationals. The first fixture is a friendly against New Zealand at The Racecourse, Wrexham, on Saturday 26th May 2007. Obviously Yeovil Town fans will be hoping that Arron will need to be released from that one, for a decidedly 'not just a friendly' affair on the Sunday.

The New Zealand game is in preparation for the Euro 2008 Qualifying match with the Czech Republic at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, a week later on Saturday 2nd June 2007.

The full squad is :

Danny Coyne - Burnley
Wayne Hennessey - Wolverhampton Wanderers
Lewis Price - Ipswich Town
Gareth Bale - Southampton
Danny Collins - Sunderland
James Collins - West Ham United
Neal Eardley - Oldham Athletic
Steve Evans - Wrexham
Danny Gabbidon - West Ham United
Chris Gunter - Cardiff City
Craig Morgan - Peterborough United
Lewin Nyatanga - Derby County
Sam Ricketts - Hull City
Andrew Crofts - Gillingham
ARRON DAVIES - Yeovil Town
Simon Davies - Fulham
Carl Fletcher - Crystal Palace
Jason Koumas - West Bromwich Albion
Joe Ledley - Cardiff City
Carl Robinson - Toronto
Craig Bellamy - Liverpool
Robert Earnshaw - Norwich City
Freddy Eastwood - Southend United
Ryan Giggs - Manchester United
Daniel Nardiello - Barnsley


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1 May 2007 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town vs Doncaster Rovers
The full match report for Saturday's match against Doncaster Rovers is now available online.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 1 Doncaster Rovers 0.


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1 May 2007 : Skivo Doubtful For Playoff Semi-Finals
Yeovil Town club captain Terry Skiverton is rated as "exceptionally doubtful" for the forthcoming playoff semi-finals.

Manager Russell Slade has stated today that the central defender has a groin injury that will keep him out for two weeks, guaranteeing that he will miss Saturday's trip to Gillingham but also jeopardising his chances of getting involved in the home leg of the playoff semi-finals.

Skivo was replaced by Scott Guyett in Saturday's match against Doncaster Rovers and the Australian is expected to hold the fort in the club captain's absence, whilst left-back Nathan Jones will take over the captaincy.


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1 May 2007 : Ciderspace Needs You!
With the summer fast approaching, Ciderspace is currently considering plans for the 2007-08 season and what sort of direction we'd like to take the site in. As part of that review, we would like to consider whether there are supporters out there who would like to have some kind of involvement on an occasional or regular basis.

For those shying away and thinking "well I'd like to, but I have no idea how to maintain a website" the good news is that much of Ciderspace is now built upon easy to use screens that control the site, rather than the handcoded HTML that it started as. Thus, we'd suggest that a good grasp of the English language is far more important as a requirement for getting involved than understanding how ASP integrates with back-end server databases. Of course, if you are good at both, consider yourself hired!

If getting involved as a contributor or potentially a co-editor of Ciderspace appeals, then we would interested in hearing from you. Drop us an email at ytfcciderspace@yahoo.com and let us know your thoughts.

Involvement in the site could be on a variety of levels. Ideas could range from the writing of match reports, keeping a regular blog/diary on the subject of away day trips, opinions on what is going on at the club all the way through to writing player profiles, historical articles on seasons, eras or events in the club's past, transcribing interviews, writing news articles or in fact anything else that you've always wanted to do for a website - we are open to ideas and suggestions. The level of commitment and how much you would like to be involved is up to you.

Usually over the summer Ciderspace reviews the site content and site direction on an annual basis, so this is a perfect chance to shape the site going forward. Even if you know nothing about how to maintain a website, the chances are that you don't need to know! All you need to do is to enjoy writing about Yeovil Town. Send an email to ytfcciderspace@yahoo.com and we can talk about what is possible for the summer and of course for next season.


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1 May 2007 : Officials For Priestfield
Our second experience of Andy Penn (West Midlands) this season, the first being an undistinguished effort in the match at home to Scunthorpe United back on 25th November 2006. Par for the course really. We've never been particularly impressed by Mr Penn over the years. Not the worst on the circuit by any means, but distinctly mediocre, dating all the way back to his performance in a Glovers fixture at Whaddon Road in 1999.

John Hopkins (Essex) and Tony Mason (Kent) are the assistants, Irvine Woodward (Sussex) the fourth official.


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1 May 2007 : Playoff Semi-Final First Leg Ticketing Arrangements
Further to Sunday's news item, the following arrangements are in place for the sale of tickets for the Playoff Semi-Final First Leg only. They are more or less as per Sunday's news but now have opening times available as well:

Sunday 6th May: 10.00am - 3.00pm: Season Ticket Holders and 12 Token Holders.
Monday 7th May: 10.00am - 3.00pm: Season Ticket Holders and 12 Token Holders.
Tuesday 8th May: 9.00am - 7.00pm: Final Countdown Ticket Holders.
Wednesday 9th May: 9.00am - 7.00pm: General Public Sales.
Thursday 10th May: 9.00am - 7.00pm: General Public Sales.
Friday 11th May: 9.00am - 7.45pm: General Public Sales.

NOTES:

a) The Final Countdown Ticket counts as five tokens, so if you have seven tokens plus a Final Countdown Ticket, you can obtain your ticket on the Sunday or Monday. Officially, tokens must be from different matches or you risk having your application refused.

b) Telephone sales on 01935-847888 are allowed with the exception of those using tokens, who may post a cheque with all tokens in an envelope if they can't get to the Ticket Office over the weekend.

c) There will be no internet-based sales at all.

d) Prices have yet to be set so don't post off any cheques just yet.

e) Season Ticket Holders wishing to claim their usual seat must apply by 3.00pm on Monday 7th May. Thereafter their seats will be released for sale.

f) Procedures for the Second Leg ticket sales will presumably not be announced until after Saturday evening as arrangements are dependent upon the date and opposition.


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1 May 2007 : Playoff Dates Latest Update
The dates for the League One playoffs are now starting to become clear although once again there are more changes - doubtless to fit in with the Football League having to bow down to whatever Sky Sports tell them to do.

Yeovil Town's First Leg match at Huish Park will be played on Friday 11th May 2007 with a 7.45pm kick-off. The other First Leg match between the 6th placed club and the 3rd placed club will be played on Sunday 13th May, kick-off time to be determined.

Yeovil Town's Second Leg match which will be an away game has yet to have a firm date pencilled in. If the Glovers end up playing Blackpool, then the match will be held on Saturday 19th May 2007 with a 12.00 noon kick-off.

If the opponents are Nottingham Forest or Bristol City, then the game will kick-off at 7.45pm on Friday 18th May.

Certainly none of these days and times are exactly favourable to the average football supporter and are a far cry from the originally circulated fixture dates and times. Travelling to a match on a Friday night can develop into a horror show for Glovers fans and their playoff opponents, whilst the Saturday lunchtime kickoff for a potential second leg against Blackpool will leave most Yeovil supporters having to leave their houses by 5.00am. Hopefully the authorities will not be too disappointed if they find that their prestige fixtures are not blessed by sell-out crowds.


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1 May 2007 : Ciderspace Guide To Gillingham
Anyone wanting 90 minutes worth of relaxation, enjoyment and casual listening to the radio to hear the Bristol City, Blackpool and Nottingham Forest results come in, all out in the May sunshine, should note that the Ciderspace guide to Gillingham is now available.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Gillingham.


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