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31 May 2008 : Kirk Denies Desire To Move
Andy Kirk has denied that he instigated any move away from Huish Park.

On Thursday Morecambe manager Sammy McIlroy was quoted as saying: "Andy Kirk, unfortunately didn't come - the forward from Yeovil. He's a player I worked with in the under-21's but I couldn't do a deal there. But there's other irons in the fire," (see Ciderspace 29th May). However Kirk states he has not talked to his ex-boss from the Northern Ireland U21s :

It is nothing to do with me. I don't have any interest in moving. I signed in January and I have been trying to impress people and play well, but when I came in the team was on a bit of a downer. It was a bit hard for me to show what I can do. But I have just moved into the Yeovil area and brought my wife and two kids down and we are trying to find them schools. Sammy McIlroy was the manager when I was with the Under-21s and he gave me my first cap, but I haven't spoken to him.

Since it seems unlikely McIlroy just plucked Kirk's name out of thin air presumably the Shrimps manager was having talks with someone about the prospect of the striker moving to Lancashire. In the murky world of player transfers, whether those enquiries were made officially through Huish Park or to Kirk's 'connections' is likely to remain unresolved unless Yeovil Town decides it is in its interest to post a 'hands off' warning by declaring it rejected an approach and does not welcome any others. The club has done so on occasion in the past, for example when it was of the opinion that Chester City owner Stephen Vaughan was deliberately trying to unsettle Phil Jevons, but as McIlroy has stated he's moving his interest in a striker on elsewhere this is probably the last we'll hear of it.


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30 May 2008 : Club Closed This Afternoon
A warning that Yeovil Town Football Club will be as good as closed this afternoon, as there is maintenance work being carried out at the club with respect to the electricity supply.

As a result, the Ticket Office and Club Shop will close at 1.00pm today, and although the club haven't been explicit, we suspect that most other staff will start their weekend early as a result.

For those looking to renew season tickets, the Ticket Office will open tomorrow (Saturday) morning from 9.00a.m. and 12.00 noon.


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30 May 2008 : Behcet Released
We've finally found what appears to be confirmation that Reserve goalkeeper Darren Behcet has been released by the club.

This morning's Western Daily Press carries the news of his departure, stating that the club will only look to recruit a successor to Behcet once they know of senior keeper Steve Mildenhall's plans.

Behcet's name was omitted from the list of seven players released by the club at the start of May but he now leaves the club after two years at Huish Park in which he was a Reserve Team regular, but did not manage to make a first team appearance.


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29 May 2008 : Mildy Still Keeping Door Open
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall is still hoping that something can be sorted out at Huish Park that will allow him to remain between the sticks for next season. Earlier today, we reported that Mildy had yet to receive a second offer from the club. Today's Western Daily Press expands upon that, with the Swindon-born player pointing out that matters had not reached a deadlock yet, even though he had other options on the table:

"I am still in negotiations with the club having just got back from holiday. I have had other offers. It wouldn't be right to disclose those sort of negotiations but I have had offers, but at the moment I'm hoping something gets done with this club."

Mildy added that it was a question of balancing his personal quality of life against his career ambitions, suggesting that the Glovers did not necessarily have to beat any rival offers he might have received, but to at least move towards those deals:

"I'm happy in the area and so is my wife. We are West Country people, so fingers crossed we can agree something. I have not had another offer from the club, but as far as I know my agent is still in contact with the gaffer and the club. I'm not trying to hold the club to ransom but I'm turning 30 and hopefully coming into my prime. That next contract needs to be right and has to be at a place that has ambition. I know the gaffer has ambition and drive in abundance, so hopefully we can sort something out."

The WDP painted a gloomy picture over the future of striker Marcus Stewart and defender/midfielder Matthew Rose. In terms of public reports, Rose has yet to even receive an initial offer from the club, whilst suggestions are that Stewart has yet to hear back from the club after he turned down their initial contract offer. The WDP states that "the lack of progress suggests they will not be returning to Yeovil in July". If true, then manager Russell Slade's hunt to add gifted players to his squad for next season will become that little bit more difficult.


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29 May 2008 : Season Ticket Discount Period Extended To Monday
The club has announced that the deadline for renewing season tickets at the early-bird discount price has been extended from 12.00 noon on Saturday 31st May to 6.00 p.m. on Monday 2nd June.

For callers renewing in person, the Ticket Office will be open:

Friday : 9.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.
Saturday : 9.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon
Monday : 9.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.

Renewals by telephone and postal applications will also be accepted up until the Monday 6.00 p.m. deadline, but note that the on-line option will close at 12.00 midnight on Saturday 31st May.


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29 May 2008 : Skivo Agrees Terms
Yeovil Town captain Terry Skiverton, who was out of contract at the end of this season, has agreed a one year extension, the club has announced today. The new contract will be signed next Tuesday.

Skivo has become something of a symbol of Yeovil's rise through the ranks from Non-league to League Two and on to League One, holding aloft an F.A. Trophy and two Champions trophies on the way.

Joining the club in the summer of 1999, he was made captain in 2000 and has retained that position under five different managers. His new contract will take him to the decade mark at Huish Park.

353 First Team appearances and 41 goals to date, and now still counting........ keep them coming, Skivo.


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29 May 2008 : Kirk Available For Transfer?
With League Two Morecambe manager Sammy McIlroy going public today on his failure to sign Andy Kirk there is natural speculation that the Yeovil Town striker will be on the move just months after his arrival at Huish Park.

The Shrimps boss stated :

Andy Kirk, unfortunately didn't come - the forward from Yeovil. He's a player I worked with in the under-21's [Northern Ireland] but I couldn't do a deal there. But there's other irons in the fire.

As McIlroy is being so up front on the matter one may presume the Glovers are open to offers for Kirk, who was signed from Northampton Town in the January 2008 Transfer Window on a two and a half year contract, taking him through to the end of the 2009-10 season.

The other possibility is that the Morecambe manager was flying a kite, and his approach was knocked back by the club as Kirk is not available, but it has to be said that particular scenario is not the impression that comes across from the wording.


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29 May 2008 : Balls To League One Clubs
Club branded match balls are set to reach League One next season. Introduced by the Football League to the Championship last term, the deal with Mitre has been extended to League One from 2008-09.

Each club will receive a set of match balls in club colours and carrying the club crest, which are scheduled to arrive in time for pre-season.

League Two clubs remain outside this deal and will continue to use the standard designated Football League balls.


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29 May 2008 : Mildy Still Waiting For Second Offer
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall has yet to receive a second contract offer from the club, according to BBC Somerset, despite the goalkeeper publicly stating that he had turned down the clubs initial offer over two weeks ago (see May 13th News).

Mildy has admitted that he has got offers from other League One clubs as well as at least one club in Scotland, although the report stopped short of naming Crewe Alexandra as one of those clubs. However, the suggestion that Crewe is one of those clubs certainly can't be discounted.


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28 May 2008 : Errea May Have Some Explaining To Do?
Should Torquay United reach the Semi-Final stage of the Southwest Challenge Cup Tournament 2008 being held in North Devon from 22nd - 27th July, which they ought to given their draw - the Gulls will split their squad, sending half back to Plainmoor as they have a friendly arranged versus a Chelsea XI on Saturday 26th July.

Given the seeding, Torquay and Yeovil Town are reasonably likely to meet at the Semi-Final stage, always acknowledging the unpredictability of a Cup competition, no easy games, etc., etc.

Meanwhile Crystal Palace see the tournament as a set of Reserve and Youth fixtures. In an item put up on their Official Site today they state:

The first team........ pre-season preparations in Cornwall will see the Eagles take on Tavistock on the 21st July, Bodmin on Wednesday 23rd and Truro on Friday 25th...........

The reserves however will not have their first game until the Saturday 19th July at Dartford's Princes Park Stadium, Bideford on Tuesday 22nd and again in action on the 24th and 26th July with the opponents yet to be confirmed...............

Dagenham and Redbridge will also host our youth team on Friday 18th July and then the youth side will be in action in the Errea Cup which is scheduled to take place on Thursday 24th and Saturday 26th July.


Errea and Palace clearly need to talk urgently, as the announced draw has the Eagles playing Eastleigh on Wednesday 23rd and then playing Bideford on Friday 25th. Errea should also seriously consider their publicity and press releases on this tournament, as there has been no mention of clubs putting out reserve and youth sides.


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28 May 2008 : Bristol City Friendly Arranged
Yeovil Town have arranged a home pre-season friendly against Bristol City. Some bloke called Gary Johnson will be bringing his Championship division side down, including doubtless a few other familiar faces, on Monday 21st July, kick-off time t.b.a.


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28 May 2008 : Mildy Linked With Crewe Move
With little coming out of our own club at present with respect to contract negotiations, it is probably little surprise that the rumourmill is king, and the latest to gain circulation involves Yeovil Town goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall.

No, it's not a repeat of the long-running Southampton rumour - fellow League One side Crewe Alexandra are in desperate need of a new goalkeeper, with both keepers Ben Williams and Owain fon Williams having turned down contracts at Gresty Road. The latter is still in negotiations with the Cheshire side, although the club expect him to walk.

Manager Steve Holland has admitted he is already hunting for a successor, and in doing so he has given away enough clues about his number one target for Crewe fans and journalists to play detective and whittle it down - and Mildenhall's profile fits the bill. Holland has told the Crewe official site:

"We hope to open talks with a goalkeeper this week. We are actively seeking a new number one goalkeeper because there has been no change with Owain (fon) Williams. We are hoping to speak to a possible replacement this week and he would become our new number one if we was to accept. There is no real movement on that and we'll just have to see what happens and if he is interested."

All of this would appear to be circumstantial evidence, rather than hard-hitting sources with inside information, although the Yeovil Express reports that Crewe's media have made contact this week with their Yeovil counterparts looking for leads on the subject. With everything still very much low key at Huish Park at present, attention will doubtless focus on the Alexandra websites to see what develops.


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27 May 2008 : 1,097 Season Tickets Sold
The club has announced today that 1,097 season tickets have been sold so far ahead of the 2008-09 season. Despite putting an optimistic spin on things, as is their job, by stating this is ahead of the first three weeks of sales last season, this figure must be causing serious concerns at Huish Park with the early-bird renewal deadline only four days away. Last term people's minds were far more taken up with the play-offs during May, and the deadline wasn't until 30th June.

With around 3,000 people in line for renewal, for only a third to have done so to date should be ringing major alarm bells at the club. One hopes there will a late rush before Saturday, but this site always felt the terms on offer for Season Ticket renewal were less than exciting or generous given the financial climate and the club's performance on the pitch in the last campaign. Married to the deadline being mistakenly, in our opinion, set before the fixtures come out and before the likelihood of many signings being made - both of which get people focused on the coming campaign - we can't say we are surprised that sales are er, sticky.


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27 May 2008 : Knights Signs For Kiddy
And hot on the heels of Mark Lynch signing for the Millers (below), Darryl Knights is to sign a two-year contract for Kidderminster Harriers, also having been released by Yeovil Town at the end of the 2007-08 season.

This move comes as no surprise, with Harriers boss Mark Yates previously stating as the season finished that he wished to turn Knights' stay at Aggborough into a permanent one if the right terms could be agreed.

Knights arrived at Huish Park from Ipswich Town on loan in February 2007, and was then given a one year contract for 2007-08. He never made a First Team start, though did clock up nine appearances from the bench. A horrific hit-and-run that left his brother fighting for his life saw other priorities than football come to the fore, and Knights returned to Ipswich for several months to be with his family.

On his return he went on loan to Conference Premier Kidderminster, and made a good impression scoring four goals in 13 starts.

We wish Darryl all the best at Kiddy, and for his future career.

Whilst mentioning his brother Kyle, we are pleased to hear that he finally left hospital last week, having been deemed well enough to return to the family home he has not seen since last August. After spending three months in a coma, Kyle took his first steps out of bed early this year, after spending half of 2007 recovering from severe head injuries, a broken leg, two broken ribs, a broken collar bone and a bruised lung.

Kyle has been moved between various units around Cambridge, Ipswich and Norwich as he has continued his rehabilitation and still faces two more operations that will bring him back to hopefully full health. He will now face an out-patient rehab programme in Stowmarket, but seems to be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Their mother Maria Knights has in the last week given her public thanks to the scores of people who have helped her family over the past nine months, and on a footballing note thanked the Cambridge, Kidderminster and Yeovil management who had looked after Darryl during his time away from home:

"With Darryl being so far away from home - not knowing exactly what was happening - it was very difficult. However the clubs he has been at and the managers he has played for have been very supportive."

The driver of the vehicle involved in the accident, Stephen Barwick of Ipswich, has been jailed for 16 months for dangerous driving, driving without a licence and driving without insurance. The judge at Ipswich Crown Court also disqualified him from driving for two years and ordered that his car be destroyed.


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27 May 2008 : Miller Time
BBC Radio Sheffield is reporting that Mark Lynch has signed for Rotherham United.

Injury hampered Lynch's attempt to secure a regular First Team spot at Huish Park, and he was released at the end of the campaign just gone after 37 appearances across two seasons.

We wish Mark luck in League Two. With the Millers quite possibly starting on -15 points next season for not exiting administration within Football League rules he may need it.


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27 May 2008 : South West Challenge Cup 2008 Final Price
Following up yesterday's item, the price of tickets for the Final of the South West Challenge Cup 2008 Tournament, to be played on Sunday 27th of July at The Sports Ground, Bideford, kick-off 3.00 p.m., has now been set, and will be 5.00.

Ticketing for the Semi-Finals is still under discussion.


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27 May 2008 : Get Well Cliff
One of the classiest and best loved players ever to pull on the green and white, Cliff Myers, is set to have a heart by-pass operation.

Cliff was one of the mainstays of that great Glovers team in the late Sixties and early Seventies fondly remembered by older supporters. He came to Huish from Brentford, where he had played as a winger. Initially he moved inside to a more central mid-field role, and then into the back four as a central defender. A personal highlight in Cliff's time at Huish was the inevitable winning goal in the 2-1 defeat of his former club Brentford when they met Yeovil Town in the F.A. Cup First Round in 1972.

Cliff played 328 times for the Glovers between 1968 and 1973, scoring 84 goals, before being sold to Torquay United for 6,600.

These days Cliff owns and runs the Sunburnt Arms bar in Lindos, Rhodes, with his wife and his daughter Natalie. We have received an e-mail from Natalie saying that Cliff was visiting the specialist again last night and expecting to have a date set for his operation, which will take place in Athens.

Those wishing to pass on messages to Cliff and family can send them to Greenroom user Thevoiceofreason who will print them off and pass them to friends of the Myers who are going out on a visit in mid-June, or can be mailed to Hugh Gleave (HHH) who'll forward them to Natalie Myers. However Natalie will be accompanying her father to Athens, so may not be picking up her mails during that period.

Wishing you all the best, Cliff, and our thoughts will be with you.


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27 May 2008 : Bookies Predict Difficult Season
Early prices for League One betting in the 2008-09 season are becoming available now all 24 teams are known, and the set of odds is a predictable one, with Leeds United and Leicester City established as favourites, whilst Yeovil Town are predicted to be on the edge or in the relegation slots.

The bookies predict that the Glovers will be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Crewe Alexandra, Cheltenham Town, Walsall and League Two play-off winners Stockport County with two sets of odds quoted on Northampton and Walsall sites both placing Yeovil amongst the bottom-placed sides.

The only consolation to this is that the bookies did this at the start of the 2006-07 season - putting Yeovil as red hot relegation favourites along with Cheltenham Town. Nine months and one trip to Wembley Stadium later ...

The full odds quoted on the two sites (which don't list the bookmaker(s) involved) are as follows:

Leeds 4/1 Leicester 5/1 Colchester 12/1 Carlisle 12/1 Peterborough 12/1 Scunthorpe 14/1 Milton Keynes Dons 14/1 Tranmere 16/1 Southend 16/1 Brighton 20/1 Huddersfield 20/1 Oldham 20/1 Bristol Rovers 25/1 Northampton 25/1 Swindon 25/1 Hereford 33/1 Millwall 33/1 Hartlepool 33/1 Leyton Orient 33/1 Crewe 40/1 Yeovil Town 40/1 Walsall 50/1 Cheltenham 66/1 Stockport 66/1

Leeds Utd 9/2 Leicester City 4/1 Carlisle Utd 10/1 Colchester 11/1 Scunthorpe Utd 12/1 Southend Utd 12/1 Peterboro 14/1 Brighton & Hove 16/1 MK Dons 16/1 Tranmere Rovers 16/1 Oldham Athletic 20/1 Huddersfield Town 28/1 Northampton 28/1 Leyton Orient 33/1 Millwall 33/1 Swindon Town 33/1 Walsall 33/1 Bristol Rovers 40/1 Hartlepool Utd 40/1 Yeovil Town 40/1 Hereford Utd 40/1 Crewe Alexandra 40/1 Cheltenham Town 66/1 (Stockport not listed).


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27 May 2008 : Season Ticket Deadline Looms
A reminder that the deadline for 'early bird discounts' is coming soon for prospective Season Ticket Holders, with the discount only holding good until Saturday May 31st, with the Ticket Office closing that day at 12.00 noon. The same deadline also applies to those renewing season tickets in the two seated stands, who want to be able to guarantee the same seat for next season.

Note that Family Season Tickets do not have an early bird discount and so your only dilemma there is if you are in a seated area and want to guarantee your seat reservation.

Ticket Office opening times are as follows:

Tuesday - Thursday : 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Friday : 9.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.
Saturday : 9.00 a.m. - 12.00 noon.

If you can't get down to the Ticket Office, either post your application down to Huish Park, or give the Ticket Office a ring on 01935-847888. You can also renew online, subject to a surcharge, via the club's YTFC Tickets website. For the online version, applications can be submitted up until midnight on the Saturday.

Link: 2008-09 Huish Park Ticket Prices.

Link: Yeovil Town Official Ticketing Website.


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26 May 2008 : League One Line-up Complete
With Stockport County winning 3-2 over Rochdale at Wembley this afternoon the list of the Glovers opponents in League One next season is now complete.

Out have gone Swansea City, Nottingham Forest and Doncaster Rovers upwards; and AFC Bournemouth, Gillingham, Port Vale and Luton Town depart through the trapdoor. In League One for 2008-09 will be :

Brighton & Hove Albion, Withdean Stadium, 140 miles
Bristol Rovers, Whaddon Road ground share, 85 miles
Carlisle United, Brunton Park, 316 miles
Cheltenham Town, Whaddon Road, 85 miles
Colchester United (relegated), Community Stadium, 204 miles (approx) - first visit to new stadium
Crewe Alexandra, The Alexandra Stadium (Gresty Road), 178 miles
Hartlepool United, Victoria Park, 314 miles
Hereford United (promoted), Edgar Street, 105 miles - first league meeting in the FL
Huddersfield Town, The Galpharm Stadium, 238 miles
Leeds United, Elland Road, 248 miles
Leicester City (relegated), The Walkers Stadium, 185 miles - first visit
Leyton Orient, Matchroom Stadium (Brisbane Road), 137 miles
Millwall, The Den, 134 miles
Milton Keynes Dons (promoted), Stadium:mk, 156 miles - first visit to new stadium
Northampton Town, Sixfields Stadium, 152 miles
Oldham Athletic, Boundary Park, 215 miles
Peterborough United (promoted), London Road, 195 miles - first visit since FAC in 1946
Scunthorpe United (relegated), Glanford Park, 245 miles
Southend United, Roots Hall, 184 miles
Stockport County (promoted), Edgeley Park, 202 miles - first visit
Swindon Town, County Ground, 77 miles
Tranmere Rovers, Prenton Park, 237 miles
Walsall, Banks's Stadium, 133 miles

(Note: all distances given are for the shortest road route from Huish Park, not necessarily the most practical route or the quickest.)

Swindon Town becomes our closest derby for 2008-09 at 77 miles, Carlisle United remains the longest away trip at 316 miles. Total round trip distance for all 23 away fixtures is 8,312 miles.


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26 May 2008 : South West Challenge Cup 2008 Tournament Draw
The draw for the South West Challenge Cup 2008 Tournament was made at the Royal Hotel, Bideford, last night at 10.30 p.m., conducted by Paul Morrison, Chief Executive of Devon F.A., and Geoffry Cox, M.P. for Torridge and West Devon.

The eight participating teams were seeded and split into two groups:

Group 1 - Crystal Palace, Torquay United, Eastleigh, Bideford AFC

Group 2 - YEOVIL TOWN, Kidderminster Harriers, Chertsey Town, Barnstaple Town

Eleven matches are scheduled over six days. Despite earlier publicity that only the Final on Sunday 27th would be separately priced outside the 15.00 voucher - which can be purchased on-line here or through the Huish Park Ticket Office - it would appear, from examining said voucher, that the Semi-Finals are also not included either. Confirmation on this when we have it.

Match schedule (games A-H accessed by voucher):

Game A - Bideford AFC v Torquay United, Tuesday 22nd July at The Sports Ground, Bideford, 7.00 p.m.

Game B - Chertsey Town v Barnstaple Town, Tuesday 22nd July, Mill Road, Barnstaple, 8.00 p.m.

Game C - Eastleigh v Crystal Palace, Wednesday 23rd July, Churchill Way, Appledore, 6.00 p.m.

Game D - Kidderminster Harriers v YEOVIL TOWN, Wednesday 23rd July, The Sports Ground, Bideford, 8.00 p.m.

Game E - YEOVIL TOWN v Chertsey Town, Thursday 24th July, Churchill Way, Appledore, 6.00 p.m.

Game F - Torquay United v Eastleigh Thursday 24th July, The Sports Ground, Bideford, 8.00 p.m.

Game G - Crystal Palace v Bideford AFC, Friday 25th July, Churchill Way, Appledore, 6.00 p.m.

Game H - Barnstaple Town v Kidderminster Harriers, Friday 25th July, Mill Road, Barnstaple, 8.00 p.m.

Semi-Final No. 1 - Winner Group 1 v Runner up Group 2, Saturday 26th July, The Sports Ground, Bideford, 3.00 p.m.

Semi-Final No. 2 - Winner Group 2 v Runner up Group 1, Saturday 26th July, Mill Road, Barnstaple, 8.00 p.m.

Final - Winner Semi-Final No. 1 v Winner Semi-Final No. 2, Sunday 27th July, The Sports Ground, Bideford, 3.00 p.m.


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26 May 2008 : Morris Not Giving Up Yet
Former Yeovil Town striker Lee Morris has given intent that he is not quite ready to jack his football career in yet. Lee is back living in the Derby area, and came to watch the Glovers play their final match of the 2007-08 season against Nottingham Forest.

Despite leaving Huish Park due to a cruciate ligament injury that has threatened to end his football career, it looks like he is going to try and break back into football with the help of Conference National side Burton Albion. Boss Nigel Clough told the Burton Mail that he didn't know whether Lee would end up playing for Burton or what his future might hold, but said that he was happy to let him join the Burton squad on an informal basis:

"It's too early to be talking in terms of us signing Lee because it's something that's not even been discussed with him. He's moved back into the area and has asked us if he can do pre-season with us. We're happy to accommodate him in that respect, but I'm not sure what his intentions are with regards to next season. He might be thinking in terms of getting fit and getting back into the Football League, but it's nice to think we might have a chance of signing someone of his quality. Lee has had a bad time of it with injuries and has twice undergone major surgery, but potentially he still has a lot football in front of him. He's had a small operation recently to tidy his knee up and he's optimistic that he will be fit enough to join us for pre-season training at the end of next month."

The very best of luck to Lee; there will be many Glovers fans hoping that he succeeds at Burton.


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25 May 2008 : Ciderspace 2007-08 End Of Season Survey
With the close season producing a little bit of a lull, that will probably continue for the next few weeks, Ciderspace has produced another survey for you to get your teeth into.

Our feeling is that the club is at a bit of a crossroads at the moment where it could go in a number of different directions, and that in such circumstances it is even more important that supporters voices are heard, detailing what is good and what is bad about the club as it stands today.

Questions 1-7 in the survey ask you to detail your habits during the season just gone and your likely habits for the following season. That is then followed by Questions 8 - 32 which give a list of positive statements about the club that we want you to either agree or disagree with. That is then followed by two questions asking about away matches and if you do miss any games next season what the fundamental reason is likely to be.

Finally, we end with four empty text boxes for you to write as much or as little as you like to detail anything else you want to get off your chest. If you are being critical in these areas, we'd encourage you to be as constructive as possible. If you want to say something is "rubbish", try and detail what you'd like to see done to make it "not rubbish" in the future!

To make things crystal clear, although we ask for your name and email address, these will not under any circumstances be passed outside Ciderspace - your entry will be entirely anonymous. We only ask for the details to establish uniqueness or in case we need to contact you about your submission. We will be making sure the club see the summarised results and the text comments, but all names and email addresses will be stripped off before the results are published.

Any questions or problems with the survey, please email us at webmaster@ciderspace.co.uk - otherwise fire ahead and make your views known.

Link: Ciderspace 2007-08 End Of Season Survey.

P.S. The eagle-eyed amongst you will note that we still need to publish the voting results from the Supporters Bar survey we ran! We will attempt to get that up on the site over the bank holiday weekend which will hopefully also give you an idea of how we'll use the results of this survey!


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23 May 2008 : League Announce New Overseas Rights Deal
The Football League have today announced a new broadcasting deal that they hope will increase their worldwide profile, as well as bringing in an extra 24 million pounds across the three year deal - a threefold increase on their existing deal.

The new broadcasting rights start as part of the 2009-10 season, meaning that the existing deal will run for another year. Whilst the current deal was with a single exclusive partner, the new package will see the worldwide rights carved up between six overseas partners as follows:

* IMG - Worldwide (excluding Africa and Middle-East)
* Pitch International - Middle-East
* Hi TV - Nigeria (part)
* Supersport - South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa (part), Nigeria (part)
* GTV - Sub-Saharan Africa (part)
* PerformLive - Online rights for betting websites

The deal is on top of the 264 million pound rights deal for the domestic rights that will be owned by Sky Sports and BBC Sport. Of course the devil is in the detail - the Football League have not revealed how such rights will be split, and therefore how much money will be held by those higher up the food chain.


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23 May 2008 : Pre-Season Tournament Tickets Arrive At Huish Park
Advance 'group' tickets for July's Errea South West Challenge Cup are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. They had previously only been available online. Each participating club has been allocated 150 tickets in the first instance.

The tickets cost 15.00 and will admit one adult and up to two juniors to any (or all) of the knockout stages of the pre-season tournament. The final is not included in the ticket price.

The matches will be played at Bideford, Barnstaple and Appledore between July 21st and 27th, with the exact schedule to be drawn on Sunday in Bideford.

Note that the Ticket Office closes at 4.00pm today and will not re-open until 9.00am on Tuesday morning. Contact them on 01935-847888.

Link: Errea South West Challenge Cup Mini-Site - Including Online Booking.


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22 May 2008 : Bradfords Build Another Extension
Yeovil Town have extended their sponsorship deal with Bradfords Building Supplies for another year. The builders merchants now go into their eighth season at the club, having first become involved with the Glovers during the summer of 2001.


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22 May 2008 : Swansea Claim Way Interest
The South Wales Evening Post are claiming that Yeovil Town have shown an interest in bringing midfielder Darren Way back to Huish Park. This is not the greatest of scoops given that Glovers boss Russell Slade has gone on the record saying that he would love Way to return to the club where he spent five years plus a loan spell during last season, but perhaps significantly it is the first time that the South Wales press have suggested it as a possibility.

The paper also claims that League One side Bristol Rovers are also keen on signing Way. Rovers could have signed the midfielder on a free transfer nine years ago, but rejected him following a trial, and Way moved down the A37 to join the Glovers instead.

Swansea Chairman Huw Jenkins prefers to play things cagily, claiming that even though Swansea have moved up to Championship level that they have no wish to sell their players:

"We are focused on strengthening our squad and making it competitive for the Championship. We don't want to sell any of our players. Roberto (Martinez) has spoken to everyone in the squad and told them if they feel it would benefit their career by seeking first-team football somewhere else then that is up to them. A couple of clubs have shown interest in our players but there is nothing official in it. It is in the players' hands. If they want to stay here and fight for their place then that is great for us."

We suspect the reality to be somewhat different. Needing to strengthen his squad in a higher division, Swansea boss Roberto Martinez will inevitably want to make room by clearing out some of his fringe players, and given that Way played only 39 minutes of League One football last season for Swansea, there is little doubt that he would be one of the players they would be happy to see off their wage bill. Given that the Glovers are owed money for Way, following Swansea's promotion to the Championship, they will need to cough up more money soon, unless they are prepared to sort out a deal that would offset such costs.

The paper also connects Bristol Rovers and Yeovil with striker Darryl Duffy. Duffy is a former Glasgow Rangers youth player, who has also played for Falkirk, Hull City and Hartlepool United, but despite impressing in a loan spell at the Liberty Stadium during the 2006-07 season, a permanent switch from Hull wasn't so fruitful and he has scored just two goals this season. The paper is a little more vague on this front, suggesting that they are less sure of their position here.


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22 May 2008 : Glovers Still Keen On May
Yeovil Town are still interested in Dartford striker Jay May, according to East London paper News Shopper. May played in Yeovil's final Reserve Team match of the 2007-08 season against Swindon Town scoring Yeovil's equalising goal.

Dartford boss Tony Burman is hopeful that the 20 year old, who has also played for Tonbridge Angels, will sign a new deal at the club, but says that he expects May to be invited back down to Huish Park sometime during next season:

"Yeovil want to have a further look at him at some stage later in the year and have said they will keep an eye on his situation. As far as we are concerned, I'm talking to him about a new contract and he hasn't indicated he wants to leave. The contract is there waiting for him and Jay is perfectly entitled to go away and think about it."


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22 May 2008 : County Cup First Round Draw
Yeovil Town Reserves have already got their first fixture of the 2008-09 season pencilled in. The Somerset County Gazette reports that the Glovers will be playing host to Toolstation League Division One Champions Wellington in the First Round of the Somerset Premier Cup.

The match will take place at Huish Park on Wednesday 8th October. Tangerines boss Leigh Robinson believes that the draw will be of massive benefit to his club, saying that he believed it could help him boost his squad by using the trip to Huish Park as a carrot:

"I'm thrilled to bits with the draw. It gives everyone a massive incentive in pre-season and will create great competition for places, because everyone will want to play at Huish Park. Hopefully, it will also help attract new players to the club."

The winners of the First Round tie will face a trip to either Radstock Town or Welton Rovers in the Second Round. The full draw is as follows:

First Round: (week beginning Oct 6th): Radstock Town v Welton Rovers; Street v Bath City; Frome Town v Odd Down; Clevedon Town v Portishead; Bridgwater Town v Team Bath; Chard Town v Bristol Manor Farm; Yeovil Town Reserves v Wellington; Weston-super-Mare v Taunton Town; Minehead* v Shepton Mallet.

Byes: Bishop Sutton, Bitton, Keynsham Town, Brislington, Clevedon United, Paulton Rovers, Larkhall Athletic.

(* Minehead's entry is conditional on floodlight improvements being completed by 01/08/2008.)

Second Round: (week beginning Nov 17): Bridgwater Town or Team Bath v Minehead or Shepton Mallet; Bitton v Chard Town or Bristol Manor Farm; Weston-s-M or Taunton Town v Brislington; Frome Town or Odd Down v Street or Bath City; Keynsham Town v Clevedon Town or Portishead; Radstock Town or Welton Rovers v Yeovil Town Reserves or Wellington; Clevedon United v Bishop Sutton; Paulton Rovers v Larkhall Athletic.

The Third Round has been scheduled for the week beginning 23rd February 2009, and the Semi-finals for the week beginning 16th March 2009. No date for the Final has yet been set.


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21 May 2008 : Downes Agrees Two Year Deal
Former Everton academy striker Aidan Downes has agreed to sign a contract with Yeovil Town on July 1st that will keep him at Huish Park until the end of the 2009-2010 season.

Downes finished the 2007-08 season on loan at Yeovil, making five appearances and scoring one goal at Swansea City's Liberty Stadium. So far the Glovers have generally used him as a winger - playing him on both flanks during his matches so far.

He joined Everton from Irish side Tolka Rovers for 90,000 in 2005. He has represented the Republic of Ireland at Under 19 and Under 21 level, scoring on his debut for the Under 21s in October 2007. He was born on July 24th 1988 and is therefore currently 19 years old.

Downes arrives on a free transfer, although manager Russell Slade said at the tail end of April that there would be a sell-on clause built into the deal with the Premier League side. Whether that position has changed or not given that Everton named him on their released list over the weekend, isn't clear.


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20 May 2008 : Club Bring In Army Support
Yeovil Town have already put in place a plan that they hope will give them that extra edge when they step out for the start of the 2008-09 season. Before the players departed on their summer holidays, they met Army fitness coach Lee Southernwood, who has provided the players with individual training plans to try and bring them back in improved shape when they return to Huish Park on July 1st.

Lee, who is based at the Army Physical Training Corps at Warminster, arrived at the club during the season just gone, working with the players on matchdays and on one training day per week since last autumn and today's Western Daily Press have caught up with him where he has explained to them how he left things with the players before they left for the summer:

"The players were tested on weights and body mass before they left for eight weeks off. They have to have a break. You can't just keep training. They have been told not to do too much for the first four weeks apart from maybe some swimming, tennis or golf, but they have all been given a four week programme because if you had eight weeks off we would have to spend the six weeks of pre-season just getting their bodies right again. We feel there is a need for a more scientific approach and we want to be as individual as possible. There is no reason why we can't be the fittest team in the league."

Perhaps what is impressive in terms of Lee's dedication towards the cause is that when he gets his two weeks leave from the Army in July, he plans to spend it at Huish Park - the first time he will have worked full time with the players since he teamed up with manager Russell Slade and assistant Steve Thompson. Whilst that will enable him to do things he has been unable to try out up until now, he admits that there could be other issues for him to deal with:

"It's easier when you don't go in every day because they are more responsive to what you are trying to do when you do work with them. I work with soldiers as well and soldiers are more disciplined. With footballers you have to convince them that what they are doing will benefit their football."

Lee has also told the WDP that he has a number of ideas up his sleeve, one of which involves teaching the players how to get involved in the sport of boxing - hopefully not for use on the playing field! Lee hopes to use it as a means for coping with some of the physical parts of League One football:

"We will be toughening them up a bit. I think they might have done some of that in the past and we will be bringing it back."

Lee also hopes to pay particular attention to those players who had poor injury records last season, with the aim of giving them specifically tailored fitness programmes that will reduce the chances of the club suffering a repeat of the 2007-08 season, which saw almost every senior player land on the treatment table. Whilst no coach can help prevent some of the broken limbs the Glovers suffered or the multitude of viruses that went round the camp, Lee sees an opportunity for trying to lower the risk of some of the other problems footballers can experience:

"You will be well aware of the amount of injuries we had last season, so we will be working on specific programmes and the high risk players, who we could all name, will be spending extra time with me."


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19 May 2008 : South West Challenge Cup 2008 Tickets On Sale
Tickets are now available for the South West Challenge Cup 2008 Tournament, though not according to the result of a phone call to the Huish Park Ticket Office, which was unaware that sale had been brought forward a week, through the club as yet.

The voucher that allows entry to all the matches leading up to, but not including, the Final can be purchased direct on-line HERE. The price is 15.00 which allows entry for one adult and up to two children. There is no additional handling or postage cost.

A third venue appears to have been added since our last item on 15th May, with Mill Road, home of Barnstaple Town, also hosting matches along with The Sports Ground (Bideford AFC) and Churchill Way (Appledore FC). There also seems to have been a change in the line up, with Clevedon Town no longer listed, having been replaced by Chertsey.

The current list of teams participating reads: Crystal Palace, Yeovil Town, Torquay United, Kidderminster Harriers, Eastleigh, Chertsey, Bideford AFC and Barnstaple Town.


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19 May 2008 : Hillingdon Borough Friendly Confirmed
As previously mentioned on this site (May 11th) Yeovil Town will be playing a pre-season friendly against Hillingdon Borough as a gesture of thanks for the capture of their central defender Rob Fitzgerald, who signed a deal to stay at Huish Park until the end of the 2008-09 season.

Although never officially declared at the time it was always suspected that the deal for Fitzgerald involved the Glovers offering a pre-season friendly. An so it seems to have transpired. Yeovil Town will visit the London club on Wednesday 30th July, with the kick-off at 7.45 p.m.

Much has changed at Hillingdon Borough since the days when older fans will remember them as serious rivals in the Southern League Premier Division, and mostly for the worse.

Even older fans will recall they used to be Yiewsley, but they changed their name in 1964. In 1968-69 Boro were runners-up in the SLPD, the year Cambridge United won the title and were elected to the Football League. In the Seventies they were losing finalists in both the F.A. Trophy and the Southern League Cup. However the Eighties saw them hit the rocks - terminally. The club sold the Leas Stadium, but a merger and ground sharing only kept it going for two more campaigns, and in 1987 the club name disappeared.

Hillingdon was gone for four years until a new club was formed in 1990. They took over the Ruislip F.C. ground at Breakspear Road initially, whilst purchasing a 12 acre site nearby on which they intended to build a new stadium. It was to be 14 years before they managed to get their new permanent home to a state to move into. And that's where they now reside: Middlesex Stadium.

Last week the F.A. Leagues Committee moved Hillingdon Borough from the Southern League Division One South & West, in which they had just finished 13th, to the Isthmian North Division One for 2008-09.

The full list of pre-season friendlies we have so far are as follows:

18/07/08: Weymouth vs Yeovil Town : kick-off time t.b.a.
21/07/08 - 27/07/08: Errea South West Challenge Cup tournament - schedule t.b.a.
29/07/08: Yeovil Town vs Plymouth Argyle : kick-off time t.b.a.
30/07/08: Hillingdon Borough vs Yeovil Town : kick-off 7.45p.m.
04/08/08: Tiverton Town vs Yeovil Town : kick-off 7.45p.m.

Potters Bar vs Yeovil Town : date and time t.b.a.
Dorchester Town vs Yeovil Town : date and time t.b.a.


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18 May 2008 : Downes On Everton Released List
Everton winger/striker Aidan Downes has been formally placed on his club's released list. Downes was one of nine players who will not be offered a new contract at Goodison Park. Their full list is as follows:

Jamie Jones, Bjarni Vidarsson, Patrick Boyle, Shaun Densmore, Steven Morrison, James Hall, Ryan Harpur, Stephen Connor, Aidan Downes.

At present there is still no confirmation that the Glovers have tied up a permanent deal with Downes - the current move leaves him free to talk to other clubs as well as Yeovil.


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15 May 2008 : Contract Progress Unlikely Until Next Week
This morning's Western Daily Press is stating that the Glovers are now not expecting any further significant progress on their contract negotiations until next week.

The latest delay is blamed on Yeovil's main three out of contract players - Terry Skiverton, Marcus Stewart and Steve Mildenhall being unavailable. The first two players are on a coaching course in Cheltenham along with team-mates Scott Guyett and Nathan Jones. Meanwhile Mildy is currently on holiday.

There is no mention as yet of defender/midfielder Matthew Rose, who is also out of contract but has yet to receive an initial contract offer.

The WDP suggests that the club may move for Portsmouth keeper Asmir Begovic if Mildy does not sign, although it's not clear whether that would be as a loan or as a permanent transfer or indeed whether Portsmouth would entertain such thoughts. Our initial reaction is that the Bosnian/Canadian may be able to attract higher profile clubs, despite the fact that he has yet to play a first team match for the Premier League side.


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15 May 2008 : Pre-Season Tournament Update
Further to this morning's news, the club's agreement to take part in a pre-season tournament has now been officially confirmed.

The official press release provided by sponsors Errea gives a slightly different set of clubs, with our friends Hereford United in the list of participating sides, whilst the club official site omits them, suggesting that the Glovers have muscled in at Hereford's expense. The teams quoted by the official site are now confirmed as follows:

Crystal Palace, Yeovil Town, Torquay United, Clevedon Town, Eastleigh, Kidderminster Harriers, Bideford and Barnstaple Town.

Presumably this means that Appledore will merely be acting as hosts rather than as participants, with them hosting three matches whilst Bideford host six matches. That said, the Errea press releases do imply a certain amount of discussion still ongoing within the tournament organisers, with some information suggesting that 10 teams could be involved. Hence it is wise not to assume that this is the final list!

Games will take place between July 22nd and July 27th, with the final being held on the Sunday at the Sports Ground, Bideford. The earlier matches will be on a knockout basis.

Admission to the tournament will be 15.00 which entitles one adult and up to two children to gain admission to any of the eight knockout matches, with the final ticket being sold separately. Tickets will be printed for distribution from Tuesday 27th May once all participants are finally confirmed. The draw will take place at the Royal Hotel, Bideford on Sunday 25th May. A programme will be produced for the tournament.

Errea are hosting their press releases via the link below as well as the ability to order tickets online - although note that they will not be printing tickets for another 10 days or so. Note also that their website is yet to mention Yeovil Town in their list of participating sides.

Link: Errea South West Challenge Cup Tournament 2008 : Press Releases And Tickets.


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15 May 2008 : Internet Player Of The Season
The final act of the 2007-08 season with respect to Man of the Match voting is to cast the Player Of The Season, calculated by the accumulation of votes across the full season.

This season has been one where pretty much every player has landed on the treatment table at some point in time, and so for many players their chances will have been thwarted by their time spent away from the pitch. That said, the high squad turnover did mean that it was possible for players like James Walker and Nathan Smith to sneak into the top ten, despite neither playing the full season for the club.

Overall though, there was one comfortable winner and that was the man who picked up the lion's share of the awards given out by the supporters groups at the end of this season. Step forward Marcus Stewart, who had captured 16 percent of all of the votes throughout the whole season. The full results are as follows:

1 Marcus Stewart
2 Scott Guyett
3 James Walker
4 Lloyd Owusu
5 Anthony Barry
6 Paul Warne
7 Terry Skiverton
8 Nathan Smith
9 Craig Alcock
10 Steve Mildenhall

Many thanks to everyone who entered throughout the season, and especially to Sarah, who did a rather magnificent job behind the scenes in totting up all the scores and understanding Paul's spreadsheets!

Marcus now joins the honours list of previous winners which read as follows:

1998-99 Warren Patmore
1999-00 Jamie Pitman
2000-01 Nick Crittenden
2001-02 Adam Stansfield
2002-03 Darren Way/Michael McIndoe (joint)
2003-04 Gavin Williams
2004-05 Darren Way
2005-06 Chris Cohen
2006-07 Terrell Forbes


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15 May 2008 : Pre-Season Tournament Confirmed
As suggested earlier this week, Yeovil Town will be playing in a tournament as part of their pre-season friendly schedule.

This morning's Western Daily Press states that there will be a tournament taking place in North Devon between July 22nd and July 27th that will involve the Glovers.

The other significant teams are Crystal Palace, Hereford United and Kidderminster Harriers, whilst the hosts will be Toolstation League side Bideford and Carlsberg South Western League side Appledore.

The tournament will see the winners receive the Errea South West Challenge Cup and it is planned that there will be six games played at Bideford, with three taking place at Appledore. There will be eventually eight teams included in the competition, with other interested sides believed to include Torquay United, Eastleigh and Clevedon Town.

It's not entirely clear at this stage whether Bideford and Appledore are merely hosting the event or whether they are planning to participate in it. The final set of teams are planned to be announced on May 25th, including the order of play.


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14 May 2008 : Forest Man Of The Match Result
Our final Man of the Match voting for the 2007-08 season has now closed, with the Player Of The Season due to be announced shortly.

The last game took the club back to the City Ground to play Nottingham Forest where a spirited Yeovil performance wasn't quite enough to deny Forest automatic promotion. Out of that game came one clear winner with Jaime Peters not only scoring his first goal for the club but also taking almost maximum points in the poll - only two other players were given top marks by those who voted.

The full results, with outright votes shown in brackets, are as follows:

1 Jaime Peters 170 (17)
2 Nathan Smith 80 (3)
3 Terry Skiverton 38 (0)
4 Marcus Stewart 28 (0)
5 Anthony Barry 16 (1)
6 Aidan Downes 10 (0)
7 Nathan Jones 6 (0)
7 Terrell Forbes 6 (0)
7 Lee Peltier 6 (0)
10 Steve Mildenhall 2 (0)
10 Marvin Williams 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.57

Performance: 6.95
Entertainment: 8.19


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13 May 2008 : Rovers Deny Stewart Link
League One side Bristol Rovers have denied they are making a move for Yeovil Town's Marcus Stewart. The suggestion had been made on the rumourmill that Rovers were looking to take Marcus on as a player-coach and a caller on one of the BBC Bristol phone-ins had put forward this as a rumour, thus putting it firmly into the public domain. The rumour has also got as far as the Sunday papers.

However Director of Football Lennie Lawrence has firmly denied that Rovers have any interest in the 35 year old, telling the Western Daily Press:

"It is absolutely, totally without foundation. We aren't considering making any changes to our coaching set-up."

Stewart is currently in Cheltenham on a Level Three coaching course along with team-mates Terry Skiverton, Scott Guyett and Nathan Jones.


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13 May 2008 : Mildenhall Turns Down Offer
This morning's BBC Somerset sports bulletin reveals that goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall has turned down the club's first offer of a contract. The Western Daily Press are also carrying this news.

Steve is currently on holiday and the club are currently in dialogue with Steve's agent about whether to improve the terms offered in the initial deal. Speaking to the WDP, Steve explained:

"I am on holiday abroad at the moment. I turned down the first offer they put to me but negotiations are still ongoing."

The news echoes that of striker Marcus Stewart, who also turned down his initial contract offer at Huish Park. The WDP believes the stumbling block is that Stewart has been offered a 'pay as you play' style contract, heavily weighted on appearances, which we believe is the sort of deal that Lloyd Owusu, Marc Bircham and Paul Warne were operating under during the season just gone.

As yet there is still no news on whether Matthew Rose has been offered a new deal, whilst progress on Terry Skiverton's new deal appears to have gone deathly quiet. There was a board meeting last night where no doubt such matters will have been on the agenda, although as Monday nights are often the night for regular board meet-ups, the timing of the meeting may not be too significant.


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12 May 2008 : April 2008 Player Of The Month
With the Man of the Match voting for the 2007-08 season drawing to a close shortly, the final Player Of The Month has been cast, with April 2008 seeing one of the new boys take top billing.

Whilst an old-timer in the form of striker Marcus Stewart ran him close with over a quarter of the month's votes, it was left-back Nathan Smith who came on top as your player of the month after he firmly established himself in the left-back slot after arriving from Potters Bar.

The full results, with the percentage votes cast in April shown alongside, are as follows:

Nathan Smith 36.5
Marcus Stewart 27.8
Terry Skiverton 9.7
Jaime Peters 4.9
Lee Peltier 4.3
Steve Mildenhall 3.5
Marvin Williams 3.2
Aidan Downes 2.2
Scott Guyett 1.9
Lloyd Owusu 1.7
Marc Bircham 1.2
Terrell Forbes 1.0
Stephen Maher 0.8
Asmir Begovic 0.7
Andy Kirk 0.4
Anthony Barry 0.4


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11 May 2008 : Fitzgerald Back At Hillingdon........
........ for one night only.

Defender Rob Fitzgerald, plucked from the Southern League Division One South & West by the Glovers back at the beginning of April on a 14 month contract after trials with Plymouth Argyle and at Huish Park, was back in the Borough on Saturday, but for one night only. Hillingdon Borough had invited the nineteen-year-old, whose day job was as a window cleaner in Hayes until signing professional forms with Yeovil Town, back for the evening to present their Youth Awards for the 2007-08 season.

It could be Fitzgerald will be returning again, pre-season. Though there has been no announcement from either club so far, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that a similar deal as to that with Potters Bar Town for Nathan Smith was done, which included a pre-season friendly.


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10 May 2008 : Contract Latest
Latest news on the contract front suggests that matters are moving slowly in terms of trying to tie up numerous Yeovil Town players on new deals. Top of the list of concerns is striker Marcus Stewart, who publicly said this week that he had turned down a contract offer with the club.

Today Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has responded in the Western Daily Press and was not able to commit either way as to what the club's likely next step would be. Speaking of Stewart's rejection he explained:

"We are looking at that, I have been in conversations with his representatives this week. They have told us where they are and I will be discussing it with colleagues to see where we are going with it."

It has also transpired that the club have yet to make any offer to defender/midfielder Matthew Rose, with the matter having not gone beyond preliminary talks. However goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall is now in receipt of his first offer:

"We have made an offer to Steve Mildenhall. I haven't made an offer to Matthew Rose but I know Russell (Slade) has been talking to his agent."

The situation regarding club captain Terry Skiverton is not reported as having changed with the defender still in receipt of an offer, whilst winger/striker Aidan Downes is expected to conclude his talks sometime next week:

"We are pretty confident we will get Aidan done. Those discussions have been going on through the week and we are hopeful of tying that up next week."

We are still awaiting for any mention of midfielder James Brown, who still remains an enigma in terms of his position at the club, whilst goalkeeper Darren Behcet has still yet to get a mention in terms of his future at the club.


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10 May 2008 : Leeds Man Of The Match Result
The penultimate match of the 2007-08 season saw a capacity crowd as Leeds United came to town for their first visit to Huish Park. The match ended up in a 0-1 home defeat, but there was little argument in terms of who got the nod for the Man Of The Match vote. Those polled accepted the view of the Match Sponsor who also voted for Nathan Smith by a significant margin.

The full results, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets, are as follows:

1 Nathan Smith 496 (44)
2 Marcus Stewart 154 (3)
3 Terry Skiverton 148 (6)
4 Marvin Williams 66 (2)
5 Lee Peltier 56 (1)
6 Jaime Peters 48 (1)
7 Steve Mildenhall 42 (1)
8 Aidan Downes 18 (0)
9 Marc Bircham 14 (0)
10 Anthony Barry 10 (1)
11 Terrell Forbes 8 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.17

Performance: 7.25
Entertainment: 7.08

VOTES RECEIVED: 59


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10 May 2008 : Another Pre-season Friendly Arranged
Yeovil Town will be making the relatively short journey to the Wessex Stadium to teach Conference minnows Weymouth a footballing lesson on Friday 18th July. Kick-off time has yet to be confirmed.

The pre-season list is gradually starting to take shape. Here's a reminder from recent news items and other sources as to what we know so far:

18/07/08: Weymouth vs Yeovil Town : kick-off time t.b.a.
29/07/08: Yeovil Town vs Plymouth Argyle : kick-off time t.b.a.
04/08/08: Tiverton Town vs Yeovil Town : kick-off 7.45p.m.

Potters Bar vs Yeovil Town : date and time t.b.a.
Dorchester Town vs Yeovil Town : date and time t.b.a.

There are also provisional plans for a domestic mini-tour, but plans to visit Ireland in pre-season have been shelved.


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9 May 2008 : Leeds Programme Wanted
If anyone has a spare or unwanted programme from the recent home match against Leeds United then a former Glovers player is after a copy.

Tony Pounder Snr (not to be confused with his son who also played for the Glovers) was interviewed for the match day programme and the intention had been for him to receive a copy of the programme as a 'thank you' for his contribution.

Unfortunately no programme was put aside for Tony and the print run sold out before kick-off. Mark Kelly, who interviewed Tony, would like to get hold of a copy that he can pass to him, so if you can oblige, please drop Mark an email at mark@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk and let him know how you can help.


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8 May 2008 : Fixtures Release June 16th
The Football League has confirmed a break from tradition that normally sees the fixtures for the forthcoming season released on a Thursday, and those for the 2008-09 season will be published on Monday 16th June. The release time is expected to remain the usual 10.00 a.m.

Apart from the usual facility for clubs to pre-designate a number of alternative kick-off dates for clashes with long-standing events in their area, there's then a seven day period of grace for applications for further alterations, with final confirmation of each club's fixture list required to be lodged with the Football League by Monday 23rd June.

On a League One note, Cheltenham Town has confirmed that, although the ground share deal to host Bristol Rovers is still subject to contract, the Football League has already agreed to schedule the home matches of the respective clubs on alternate weeks.


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8 May 2008 : Club Issue Second Leeds Statement
Yesterday, presumably after completing their talks with Somerset and Avon Police and their stadium safety staff, Yeovil Town issued a second statement relating to crowd disturbances caused by Leeds United fans being in the home ends of Huish Park.

Shortly after the event, Ciderspace wrote a lengthy article giving our observations on the evening and as part of that we invited a reply to any interested parties.

Given the timing of the club statement, we have collated the various replies we got from Yeovil supporters along with that statement and have also included two additional comments made by the police that were not replies to our article, but as they were in the public domain seem reasonable to provide views from the "other side of the fence".

All of the views, including the club statement itself are captured in a new article and can be read via the link below.

Link: Huish Park Crowd Disturbances - Reader Responses and Police/Club Statements.


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8 May 2008 : Stewart Turns Down Contract Offer
This morning's BBC Somerset sports bulletin brings the news that striker Marcus Stewart has turned down an initial contract offer from the club, stating that the terms offered were insufficient. The BBC quotes Stewart (presumably via the WDP) as saying:

"What the club have offered me is disappointing and is not what I'm after."

The sports bulletin does describe it as a "first" contract offer. Whether Yeovil Town are prepared to negotiate any of the terms Stewart is unhappy with isn't stated either way.


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7 May 2008 : No Messing For Ishmael
Fresh from being released from his contract today, former Glovers left-winger Ishmael Welsh has signed a year's contract with Conference National side Grays Athletic, returning him close to his former East London roots.


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7 May 2008 : Leeds Hit With Arbitration Costs
The Football League today have issued a further statement on the Leeds United arbitration case today on the back of comments that have continued to be made by Leeds Chairman Ken Bates since the Yorkshire side had their appeal thrown out. Of particular note is that the tribunal have told Leeds that they must pay all arbitration costs, including those costs incurred by the Football League, after they failed in their attempts to have their 15 points reinstated.

In a letter written to all Football League clubs, League Chairman Lord Mawhinney has outlined certain aspects of the case and responded to criticism surrounding the situation, mainly from Bates himself, who came up with some worryingly xenophobic comments about Mawhinney after the case closed:

"I think the least they can do is the directors of the Football League Board should consider their position and Lord Mawhinney should resign and go back to Northern Ireland."

Mawhinney has since made it clear that he will not be resigning - hardly likely given the arbitration panel ratified the League's position - and he points out in today's letter that in accepting the 15 point deduction, Leeds were actually accepting the lesser of three evils. The other two options open to the League were demotion to League Two or cessation of membership entirely. In effect, Leeds got the lightest of the three available options.

Mawhinney has also hit back at claims that the Football League were responsible for the delay in the arbitration proceedings, pointing out that when Leeds had their appeal heard on August 9th 2007 that the legal document they signed in theory prevented them from mounting any other challenge and so as far as the Football League was concerned the matter was closed. The League have stated that the next contact they had with Bates was on February 4th 2008 - six months later - when Leeds gave notice of intent to commence High Court action. Even then, when the FA stepped in and pointed out to Leeds that they were bound by FA rules to resolve the dispute by arbitration proceedings rather than through the courtroom, Leeds took until Match 19th to instigate that process - another delay of five more weeks. The Football League therefore have drawn attention to their members the view of the arbitration panel that Leeds had been responsible for the succession of delays.

As regards to the future direction the Football League plan to take, Mawhinney admitted that with respect to the constitutional rule of allowing member clubs to vote on such an appeal that there would be likely to be changes saying "the Football League Board will take note of that point when it debates the judgment" - an independent tribunal is the solution recommended by the arbitration panel.

Meanwhile in terms of the problems clubs are having with HMRC, who have a policy to vote against Football Club CVAs at present due to the favourable terms for football creditors, Mahwinney said that HMRC's stance was "regrettable" but that the basic message to member clubs was to not get themselves into such a poor position in the first place:

"In most (if not all) cases the majority of the debts due to HMRC relate to PAYE and NIC and a substantial proportion of that will relate to player wages. Clubs which do not pay PAYE and NIC relating to their players are, in effect, spending more than they can afford on players. As a result, those Clubs that live within their means are at a competitive disadvantage. Whilst discussions with HMRC will continue, our focus should be on ensuring that all Clubs meet their obligations to HMRC as and when they fall due."


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7 May 2008 : Schofield Signing Confirmed
Yeovil Town have officially confirmed that the widely expected signing of Huddersfield Town winger Danny Schofield will take place on July 1st when his contract at the Galpharm Stadium runs out.

Doncaster-born Schofield has been with the Terriers for 10 years, having joined them from non-league side Brodsworth Welfare. He is 28 years old (born 10th April 1980) and can operate as a left-winger, right-winger or as a supporting/deeper striker, with manager Russell Slade likening him to Arron Davies in the options he will give the side.

Despite making his intentions to leave the Galpharm clear at the start of this year, Schofield has continued to be a regular in Huddersfield's line-up this season and received a standing ovation on his final home appearance against Walsall just over a week ago when he capped his Huddersfield career by scoring the opening goal of the game. He then made his final bow a week later in their 1-0 away win over Luton Town.

Slade tried to sign Schofield back in August 2007, but was knocked back by former boss Andy Ritchie. Now with Schofield out of contract, he will join the club on a free transfer for the start of next season in what is expected (though not confirmed) to be a two year contract.

Welcome to Huish Park Danny!


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7 May 2008 : Seven To Be Released
It's by no means official yet, but the first signs of a likely 'released list' are coming out now. This morning's BBC Somerset sports bulletin suggests that seven players were told yesterday that their services were no longer required.

The two biggest names are midfielder Anthony Barry and right-back Mark Lynch, whilst wingers Jerahl Hughes and Ishmael Welsh, strikers Wilfried Domoroud and Darryl Knights and midfielder Stephen Maher have all been shown the door.

There is no news regarding the other out of contract players yet, with talks in progress for the quartet of captain Terry Skiverton, striker Marcus Stewart, goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall and defender/midfielder Matthew Rose. However, the BBC report that right-back Craig Alcock has been offered another year's contract by the club and so will be added to the growing list for Chief Executive Martyn Starnes to deal with.

Update: This morning's WDP gives the same list - the paper suggests that Knights may head to Kidderminster Harriers where he has been on loan during the second half of this season. As an aside we suspect that this list is probably not exhaustive - there are two names we'd be surprised not to see released this summer.

Update: 10.30am: The club have now officially confirmed the above list of seven released players as accurate.


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6 May 2008 : Women's League Cup Final Reminder
A reminder for those wanting to stretch out the end of the 2007-08 season that little bit longer - the South West Combination Women's League Cup Final takes place at Huish Park tonight between AFC Bournemouth and Plymouth Argyle, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

Admission is as follows: 3.00: adults, 1.00: children (10-15), whilst children under 10 can get in for free.


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6 May 2008 : BBC Audio Interview From The Forest Game
For those that like to hear the audio versions of the BBC post-match interviews that are transcribed on this site, the BBC Sport website is now carrying Drew Savage's post-match interview with manager Russell Slade, conducted after the 3-2 defeat at the hands of Nottingham Forest.

Link: BBC Sport Website : Russell Slade Post-Match Interview From The Forest Game.


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6 May 2008 : Welcome To The Rumourmill
With the 2007-08 season now truly over, we are of course at the start of the official Silly Season - the point at which every good supporter knows of a mate who has talked to a bloke in a pub who swears blind that he has heard from a very reliable source that Jason Scotland, Freddy Eastwood and Jermaine Beckford were all seen this afternoon in ASDA in Yeovil. Don't ask us why impending signings always go to ASDA and not Tesco - they just do, OK? Estate agents are also popular at this time of the year, we hear.

The coming week is expected to see Yeovil Town's list of released players to be made public as manager Russell Slade attempts to trim down his squad and make room for changes. Whilst many of the players listed are obvious ones, there is usually a Nick Crittenden or an Andy Lindegaard to cause a ripple of surprise - a player that has featured heavily in the season's games, but suddenly finds his time is up. In a season where there have been clear flaws in the make-up of the squad, we'd certainly expect this summer to be no different, with the outgoings likely to be fairly brutal.

Local journalist Chris Spittles has written a column for Monday's Western Morning News in which he predicts that Mark Lynch, Darren Behcet, Darryl Knights and Stephen Maher will head up that list, although we'd expect that to be the tip of the iceberg with no sign that Ishmael Welsh, Anthony Barry or Wilfried Domoraud are likely to be offered new deals at the club. Tuesday morning's BBC Somerset sports bulletin names Barry as expecting to be on that list as well.

Of slightly more concern is that central defender Terry Skiverton, striker Marcus Stewart and goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall have yet to sign deals, and the WMN article suggests that other parties may now be sniffing around the trio that represent probably Yeovil's greatest playing assets. It is suggested that a number of unspecified Championship clubs may be looking to secure Skivo's services, whilst Cheltenham Town are specifically named as an interested party in taking Marcus away from Huish Park. Meanwhile the article cites again the long running rumourmill connection between Mildy and Southampton, although in this instance we'd wonder how long such a rumour can be given credence, particularly given the multitude of managerial and boardroom changes that have swept through St Mary's over the past 12 months. Hence of the three links referred to within the article, this is the one we are the most skeptical about. Perhaps a case of the rumourmill producing a perpetual cycle?

On the plus side the WMN reference Aidan Downes and Danny Schofield as two players that they are confident will be arriving at Huish Park over the next month or two. You don't have to be the golfing buddy of Yeovil's chief scout to suggest that these two will not be the only arrivals.

What is inevitable is that the next three months will produce plenty of rumour and counter-rumour, and we'll do our best to sift through it all on Ciderspace. Don't rely on everything you hear or read as being true - the rumourmill is not a perfect beast and that bloke down the pub you've just talked to may not really have a brother who works as a football agent who's best mates with Russell Slade.


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5 May 2008 : 2007-08 First Team Statistics Completed
The full set of first team statistics for the 2007-08 season have been finalised on the site database, following the completion of matches this weekend. Access all of the relevant pages via the links below, or find them at any stage in the future via the Statistics section of the site.

Link: 2007-08 First Team Results, Attendances and Scorers.

Link: 2007-08 First Team Goalscorers.

Link: 2007-08 First Team Appearances.

Link: 2007-08 First Team Bookings.

Link: 2007-08 First Team Final League One Table.

We'll hopefully provide similar final statistics for the Reserve and Youth sides in the next week or so.


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4 May 2008 : Downes Deal Done With Toffees
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has this weekend revealed that he has agreed terms with Everton football club to take teenage striker Aidan Downes south to Huish Park.

Personal terms and a contract have yet to be agreed with the player, however Russell has confirmed that the Toffees will not be asking for a transfer fee for their academy player, provided a sell-on clause is built into the agreement.

Russell has also stated that he will continue to show an interest and monitor the progress of Ipswich Town winger Jaime Peters as he prepares to return to Portman Road. Peters scored in his final appearance for the club, and Russell indicated that if he could bring him back to Huish Park in some capacity then he would try and do so.

However, Russell said much depended upon Tractor Boys boss Jim Magilton and of course Peters himself, and what plans Magilton was likely to have for the player. Peters is under contract at Portman Road until 2010, hence the most likely option for Slade is to hope for another loan deal to be done for the start of next season.

Just to tidy up one loose end - Friday's Western Daily Press indicated that Livingston striker Steven Craig is unlikely to be coming to Huish Park. Despite news in the Scottish Press, including local station Key 107FM, the WDP describes such reports as "wide of the mark", presumably after consulting with Huish Park representatives although they aren't specific as to why they go against the Scottish media's version.


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4 May 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Forest Game
Following yesterday's 3-2 defeat at the City Ground against Nottingham Forest, manager Russell Slade gave his usual post-match views to BBC reporter Drew Savage.

The full transcript of that interview can be found via the link below.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Forest Game.


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4 May 2008 : Forest Man Of The Match Voting
For those who went to the City Ground, remember to cast your Man of the Match vote for the game against Nottingham Forest. The game may have finished with a 3-2 defeat, but there were plenty of good individual performances to go round, so get those votes in.

This is the last vote of the season, so we'll keep the voting open until next Friday night and then hopefully round up the voting, including the player of the season, sometime over next weekend.

Link: Nottingham Forest vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Voting.


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4 May 2008 : Ups'n'Downs
With the main Football League season now complete as of this afternoon, and the play-offs about to begin, the League One set-up for the 2008-09 season is becoming clearer.

We definitely say goodbye to Swansea City and Nottingham Forest who have gained automatic promotion to the Championship. Meanwhile at the other end, Luton Town, Port Vale, AFC Bournemouth and Gillingham have disappeared into League Two after being relegated.

Coming down from the Championship after the last matches in the second tier were completed today are the rather familiar sights of Scunthorpe United and Colchester United, along with the slightly less familiar Leicester City, who join the third tier of English football for the first time in their club's history.

Coming up from League Two are MK Dons, Peterborough United and our friends from the Welsh borders Hereford United.

The League One play-offs mean that we will lose one of Doncaster Rovers, Carlisle United, Leeds United and Southend United. The semi-finals will be played on the 9th, 12th, 15th and 16th of May with the final on Sunday 25th May.

Meanwhile the League Two play-offs will see one of Stockport, Rochdale, Darlington or Wycombe Wanderers join us in League One. The first legs will be played on May 10th and 11th, with both second leg matches being played the following weekend on May 17th. The League Two play-off final will be on Monday 26th May.

For those who enjoy going to new stadiums, obviously Leicester City's Walkers Stadium will represent a highlight in the fixture list. However, both MK Dons and Colchester United have got themselves shiny new stadiums since we last played them, with the latter due to open their new ground for the start of next season. Peterborough United's London Road ground is an old-style stadium, but one that we assume most Yeovil fans have never been to for a Glovers match - our last visit was an FA Cup replay in 1946, so if anyone is planning their second visit next season, we're seriously impressed! Meanwhile you'll need to cheer on Stockport County in the League Two play-offs - the only potential new club out of the quartet taking part in the knock-out stages.

On a trivia note, whilst the Glovers mathematically retained their League One status against Swansea City two weeks ago, it was the point gained against Bristol Rovers on March 29th that ultimately gave them the points they needed to keep above fourth from bottom AFC Bournemouth. The Glovers finished 18th on 52 points in their third season of League One football.


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4 May 2008 : A Happy Ending For Forest
Yeovil Town lost their final match of the 2007-08 season, but they made sure they played their part in a thrilling end-to-end contest against Nottingham Forest. Forest were able to make up for their woes from 12 months previously when the Glovers dumped them out of the League One Play-Offs - this time they were the ones celebrating on the final whistle when a 3-2 victory guaranteed them automatic promotion - albeit with the Glovers having caused a few jangled nerves in the sell-out crowd.

It's ironic that just as the season ends, that the injury list has cleared up and that manager Russell Slade has actually had the luxury of being able to field a settled side. For the third match running the same starting line-up was chosen, and once again the bench was formed from the same players. There's little doubt that ability to put out the same eleven has coincided with some improved performances, even if the opening half hour at the City Ground was to produce a mixture of refereeing ineptness, kamikaze defending and the odd deflection and ricochet that was able to put Forest in the driving seat at 3-1 up after just half an hour.

The Forest opener came with Marvin Williams lying on the deck, after he appeared to be the victim of a foul challenge from James Perch, who was able to take advantage of the additional space on the deck to square the ball to Julian Bennett, whose shot appeared to take a deflection into the corner of the net to put Forest 1-0 up and to induce a huge roar of relief from the City Ground.

The Forest fans were put into dreamland six minutes later as the Glovers sought to gift them a goal. Booting the ball out of defence as far as you can is often not pretty but it is sometimes the only way to go. Lee Peltier's crossfield pass to Terry Skiverton was short and suicidal, and when it bounced off the Yeovil captain's shins, Kris Commons took advantage of the charitable donation and clinically fired home to set the City Ground rocking.

That delight in the home ends lasted barely 60 seconds though, with the Glovers reminding Forest that they know a thing about City Ground comebacks. Almost straight from the kick-off, Marcus Stewart fashioned a low diagonal throughball that carved the Forest defence in two and put Jaime Peters in behind the Forest defence. He finished his shot cooly by striking a left-footed shot into the far corner to bring the scores back to 2-1.

The game was flowing from end-to-end, with the Glovers showing little fear or worries, but Forest determined to keep on the front foot. The home side's two goal advantage was restored just before the half hour mark with another point of controversy from referee Fred Graham. Terry Skiverton's header out of defence looked to be a perfect demonstration of a central defender winning a header, but presumably Graham felt Skivo had gone through his Forest marker to reach the ball and awarded a free kick. Up stepped Lewis McGugan, one of Forest's young rising stars, and he curled the ball over the wall to make it 3-1, and with Doncaster Rovers mucking things up against Cheltenham Town, to restore the volume at the City Ground.

The second half saw Forest play somewhat deeper, presumably with the goal of protecting what they had, rather than risk Yeovil catching them on the break. Perhaps a risky tactic given what happened to Forest the last time they did that against Yeovil, but initially at least it seemed to be working, with the pace of the game slowing down, and the play getting crowded out in midfield.

However, the introduction of substitutes gave the Glovers fresh legs and ideas, and when Jaime Peters played a quick short corner to Marc Bircham, the midfielder planted a cross straight onto the head of one of those new faces - Andy Kirk - who glanced the ball into the back of the net with 15 minutes to go. With news coming through of a Doncaster equaliser and Forest's lead a slender 3-2, the City Ground was completely silenced. Totally. Tense? Nervous? For once it was nice to be a Glovers fan and not particularly care - the same could not be said for the now nail-biting Forest players, as the Glovers hunted for the equaliser and left holes at the back, restoring the game back to its end-to-end state.

The Forest fans light at the end of the tunnel came not at the City Ground, but from Whaddon Road, where Cheltenham retook the lead against Doncaster, provoking a sea of celebration from the home parts of the ground. With the pressure somewhat lifted, the Forest players relaxed somewhat, even if they weren't quite over the finish line. Perhaps respectful of the Glovers intent, the home side ran the ball into the corner flag during injury time rather than take a long corner, and that prevented Yeovil from launching any last minute drama.

The final whistle saw a mass pitch invasion at the City Ground that sadly prevented all bar a couple of Yeovil players from being able to reach the travelling Yeovil army in the far corner of the ground. Forest were guaranteed automatic promotion when news came in from Whaddon Road that Cheltenham Town had held onto their lead again Doncaster Rovers. Instead the Glovers fans stayed and applauded their Forest counterparts in a far more sporting show of respect than the Leeds fans were able to offer on the previous weekend.

For the Glovers, the season may have ended in defeat, but this was a spirited entertaining match that once again showed some promising signs from some of the newer players within the Glovers ranks suggesting that if the right contract signings can be made over the summer, next season could be a bright and lively one.

Final Score: Nottingham Forest 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Julian Bennett (12 mins, 1-0), Kris Commons (18 mins, 2-0), Jaime Peters (20 mins, 2-1), Lewis McGugan (28 mins, 3-1), Andy Kirk (75 mins, 3-2).

Nottingham Forest:
1. Paul Smith
2. Kelvin Wilson 4. Luke Chambers 5. Wes Morgan 29. Julian Bennett
7. James Perch 17. Lewis McGugan 15. Chris Cohen 8. Kris Commons
18. Brett Ormerod 9. Nathan Tyson

Subs: 6. Ian Breckin (72 mins for Luke Chambers) 12. Garath McCleary 14. Arron Davies (86 mins for Brett Ormerod) 23. Junior Agogo (65 mins for James Perch) 26. Matt Thornhill

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
1. Steve Mildenhall
27. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
32. Marvin Williams 8. Anthony Barry 20. Marc Bircham 33. Aidan Downes
16. Jaime Peters
10. Marcus Stewart

Subs: 3. Nathan Jones (84 mins for Aidan Downes) 5. Scott Guyett 9. Lloyd Owusu 12. Matty Rose (78 mins for Anthony Barry) 24. Andy Kirk (67 mins for Marvin Williams)

Forest Bookings: Lewis McGugan (90 mins, timewasting).
Yeovil Bookings: Marvin Williams (30 mins, dissent).

Referee: Fred Graham (Essex). Assistants: Andrew Newbold (Leicestershire) and Guy Stretton (Leicestershire). Fourth Official: Pat Miller (Bedfordshire).

Attendance: 28,520 (including 591 Yeovil fans)


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3 May 2008 : Swansea Man Of The Match Result
The Man of the Match vote for the away trip at Swansea City was won by someone other than Marcus Stewart! The striker still won a large proportion of votes on the day, but was pipped by both Terry Skiverton, who scored the opening goal, and left-back Nathan Smith, who has been highly impressive since his arrival from Potters Bar.

The full results from the game that guaranteed League One football, are as follows:

1 Nathan Smith 144 (11)
2 Terry Skiverton 98 (4)
3 Marcus Stewart 80 (6)
4 Aidan Downes 42 (1)
5 Marvin Williams 22 (1)
6 Jaime Peters 20 (0)
7 Lee Peltier 18 (1)
8 Marc Bircham 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 8.76

Performance: 8.88
Entertainment: 8.64

VOTES RECEIVED: 24


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3 May 2008 : Crewe Man of the Match Result
The home match against Crewe Alexandra certainly won't go down as a highlight of the season. Despite being in the game during the first 60 minutes, the last half hour saw the Glovers fall apart and lose out by a 0-3 scoreline.

Out of the darkness came two shining lights. Left-back Nathan Smith picked up a large share of the votes but he was pipped by Marcus Stewart, who started off playing in midfield, but moved up front towards the end of the match. The full results with outright MOTM votes in brackets, are as follows:

1 Marcus Stewart 460 (38)
2 Nathan Smith 336 (19)
3 Jaime Peters 58 (3)
4 Steve Mildenhall 56 (0)
5 Lloyd Owusu 46 (2)
6 Scott Guyett 36 (0)
7 Lee Peltier 26 (1)
8 Terry Skiverton 22 (1)
8 Stephen Maher 22 (1)
10 Andy Kirk 10 (0)
11 Terrell Forbes 8 (0)
11 Marc Bircham 8 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING: 3.57

Performance: 3.31
Entertainment: 3.82

VOTES RECEIVED: 65


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3 May 2008 : Carlisle Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's opening match in April was the long trip to Carlisle United that saw the Glovers horrendously unlucky not to come back with something from their travels. It looked like Marcus Stewart was going to be the hero on the day as he scored the opening goal, but despite the Glovers going down by a 2-1 scoreline, those who went to the game still recognised him as the player of the day. Full results with outright votes in brackets are as follows:

1 Marcus Stewart 78 (6)
2 Nathan Smith 36 (1)
3 Asmir Begovic 20 (1)
4 Lee Peltier 18 (1)
5 Scott Guyett 16 (0)
6 Terrell Forbes 12 (1)
7 Jaime Peters 10 (1)
8 Marc Bircham 6 (0)
9 Andy Kirk 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING: 7.45

Performance: 7.45
Entertainment: 7.45

VOTES RECEIVED: 11


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2 May 2008 : Ciderspace Guide To Forest
The last of the 2007-08 Ciderspace opposition guides has been produced for this season and it is an update to the Nottingham Forest guide, which can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Nottingham Forest.


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2 May 2008 : Another Pre-season Friendly
The Glovers will play their now traditional final pre-season warm up at Ladysmead. Monday 4th August at 7.45 p.m. sees Tiverton Town v Yeovil Town.


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2 May 2008 : Nottingham Forest vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town return to the scene of possibly their finest hour - or 120 minutes - when they travel to the City Ground tomorrow for a League One match against Nottingham Forest. Almost exactly one year ago, both sides met in a Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg match at the same venue, with the result being a pulsating 5-2 win over the former European Champions.

Whilst the scenario this year for the Glovers is far more low key - it is merely the final game of the 2007-08 season - the match is just as vital for Forest as it was 12 months ago. Forest need to beat Yeovil to stand any realistic chance of automatic promotion, and hope that Doncaster Rovers don't do the same as them at Cheltenham Town. Meanwhile they have Carlisle United breathing down their neck, meaning that any of three sides could find themselves celebrating promotion to the Championship, whilst the other two are consigned to the nightmare lottery of the play-offs - something that Forest would dearly love to avoid.

The Glovers go into the match with just one player missing from their squad, with Paul Warne's foot still in plaster - although he hopes to have that removed next week. The only other problem this week was striker Marcus Stewart, who missed two days of training earlier in the week, although his return to the training ground on Thursday should mean that he starts.

With Zoltan Stieber and Liam Bridcutt having returned to their parent clubs, the squad is now cut down to a smaller size, and with manager Russell Slade happy with the way his side performed in the last two matches it would be no surprise if he kept the same sixteen players for the final match of the season, particularly as no doubt his tactic will be to unnerve Forest and to hit them on the break, with Forest's players and management admitting that recent booing and heckling of their team has put Forest under pressure.

Forest have a slight doubt over midfielder Sammy Clingan who has been out with a virus, but otherwise they also present a fully fit squad, with Junior Agogo (calf) and Julian Bennett (groin) returning to training following injuries, whilst Brett Ormerod's knee injury sustained last week is not expected to cause manager Colin Calderwood any concern.

Forest go into the match having won their last three matches, all without conceding a goal, against Hartlepool United, Luton Town and Tranmere Rovers. That ought to put them in confident mood, even if the fact that two of those matches have been 1-0 scorelines suggests that they are having to battle their way through to secure the points. The Glovers form has been somewhat erratic, although their 2-1 win over Swansea City in their last away match shows exactly what they are capable of, given the moment.

The match kicks off at 3.00pm at the City Ground and is an ALL TICKET match - no sales will be made on the day of the game. The home end is sold out anyway, meaning that Forest are likely to grab their best home crowd of the season. Their current high is the 28,487 who watched the March game against Carlisle United. If you are not going then BBC Somerset will be covering the game live on 95.5FM throughout the afternoon.

The Ciderspace guide to Forest is already online and can be found in the Opposition section, but will receive some small updates sometime after 6.00pm tonight. We'll provide an update when the new version is available.


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2 May 2008 : First Pre-Season Friendly Arranged!
Like the first daffodil in spring, the first pre-season friendly is always a welcome sign. Just before the current season closes, the first friendly of the 2008-09 season is now available.

The Glovers will play host to Championship side Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday 29th July at Huish Park according to the Western Morning News, and confirmed on the Argyle Official Site. The kick-off time has not been specified but is presumably 7.45pm.


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2 May 2008 : Forest Home Ends Sold Out
Once again, Yeovil Town will play in front of a near capacity crowd tomorrow. That was confirmed when Nottingham Forest sold the last remaining home ticket for the match at the City Ground that will be the Glovers final game of the 2007-08 season.

If you haven't got your ticket yet, you need to sort one out mighty quickly with the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 as this is an ALL TICKET match and the ticket office shuts today at 4.00pm.


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2 May 2008 : League One Play-Off Dates
Of fairly academic interest to Glovers fans, though no doubt many will choose to watch on Sky Sports, the full fixtures for League One's play-offs have been published. These are as follows:

Friday, 09 May 2008 : 6th Place v 3rd Place, Play-Offs Semi-Final, L1, 19:45
Monday, 12 May 2008 : 5th Place v 4th Place, Play-Offs Semi-Final, L1, 19:45
Thursday, 15 May 2008 : 3rd Place v 6th Place, Play-Offs Semi-Final, L1, 19:45
Friday, 16 May 2008 : 4th Place v 5th Place, Play-Offs Semi-Final, L1, 19:45

Sunday, 25 May 2008 : League One Play-Off Final, 15:00

The Football League have claimed that fixtures will only be confirmed once the final rounds of matches are played, presumably to allow for the possibility of any objections from police authorities, however, both the BBC and Sky Sports consider this to be the published list.


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2 May 2008 : Forest Tickets Final Reminder
A final reminder that tomorrow's match against Nottingham Forest is an ALL TICKET match. Contrary to initial information released, tickets will now NOT be sold on the day of the game and MUST be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

This is the final match of the 2007-08 season. The match takes place at the City Ground on Saturday 3rd May 2008 with a 3.00pm kick-off.

Ticket prices are as follows: Adults: 22.00; Over 60s: 16.00; Full Time Students: 10.00; Under 18s: 10.00; Under 12s: 5.00.

The Huish Park Ticket Office can be reached on 01935-847888.

At the Forest end they are predicting this match will be a near sell-out, with Forest having squeezed down the Glovers allocation. They are now allocating spaces to Forest fans in the Bridgeford Stand Lower Tier - presumably the blocks to the left of the away allocation - suggesting that they are running out of space in the City Ground.

Forest still have a chance of automatic promotion and need to better the Doncaster Rovers result at Cheltenham Town in order to squeeze into the automatic spots. However Carlisle United, who are home to AFC Bournemouth are also capable of doing the same. With Cheltenham and Bournemouth also involved in the scrap for the final two relegation places, it is likely to be an engrossing afternoon. Thankfully the Glovers will travel merely as interested spectators and attemptive party-poopers rather than having a serious interest in the final result.


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2 May 2008 : Stewart Talks Commence
This morning's BBC Somerset sports report states that Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has claimed that he has now commenced talks with Marcus Stewart's agent, with regards to a new contract at Huish Park, and hopes that there will be something on the table for the 35 year old relatively soon.


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1 May 2008 : Bridcutt And Stieber Return
Loan pair Liam Bridcutt and Zoltan Stieber have returned to their parent clubs Chelsea and Aston Villa respectively.

Glovers assistant manager Steve Thompson confirmed the situation today, saying that both players had chosen to return after they were given an option to do so. Other loan players Aidan Downes, Jaime Peters and Simon Church remain at Huish Park for the time being.


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1 May 2008 : Leeds Appeal Fails
Leeds United have lost their arbitration hearing today in their attempts to claw back the 15 point penalty imposed by the Football League after the Yorkshire side broke league insolvency laws in failing to set up a CVA when exiting administration.

The arbitration panel upheld the Football League's decision-making and as part of its summing up went on to heavily criticise the League One side for failing to invoke a request for arbitration and also for trying to take the Football League to court - a breach of a contract signed at the time that the penalty was imposed. As a result the League One table remains as it is, with Swansea City now rightful League One Champions and Leeds consigned to the play-offs.

In summing up the case, the three people forming the arbitration committee - Sir Philip Otton, Peter Leaver QC and Peter Cadman explained as part of an 18 page report that as Leeds had signed a legal document agreeing to the 15 point deduction and that the signature was made by a qualified solicitor that Leeds had no legal right to their case:

"We are satisfied that ... Leeds NewCo agreed to the imposition of the 15 points and to release the League from the claims which have now been advanced and to waive any rights to do so. Leeds NewCo specifically covenanted not to bring the claims it has now sought to assert and there is no basis to allow it not to honour that covenant."

The three-man panel heavily criticised the situation that had resulted in the claims being brought towards the tail end of the 2007-08 season, and pointed the finger directly at Leeds United - directly going against claims by their chairman Ken Bates that the Football League had been dragging its heels. The panel held the strong view that the Yorkshire side were at fault here, accusing them even of delays after they commenced the proceedings:

"We are satisfied that there has been unreasonable and inexcusable delay on the part of Leeds NewCo. It is plain that Leeds NewCo was in the same position in August as it was in March when it finally got around to commencing these Arbitral Proceedings."

Leeds had contested that the Football League's board did not have the power within its constitution or rules to invoke a 15 point penalty, but the panel again disagreed, saying:

"The Board had all the requisite authority to exercise its powers and discretion to impose a Condition of a 15 point deduction. Moreover, the Insolvency Policy ... did not prevent the Board imposing the Condition. The assertion that the Board lacked the power to impose the Condition is unsustainable."

The key surprise in the proceedings was that League Two side Rotherham United had belatedly joined the proceedings as a claimant. Rotherham are currently in administration and have suggested that they plan also to exit administation without setting up a CVA. League One side Luton Town has already done so, and AFC Bournemouth are also seeking to go down a similar route, and it appeared that Rotherham were hoping to immediately piggy-back upon the Leeds decision. With Leeds losing the arbitration case, Rotherham's hopes were already in tatters, although the arbitration panel chose to throw their case out anyway - citing the point that as the Football League had not imposed a penalty upon the Millers, it was going to be rather difficult for them to appeal against the punishment!

Leeds have claimed that they have accepted the outcome of the arbitration, although have done so via a rather bitter-sounding statement on their official site. What is likely though, with the arbitration report speculating that there are around 40 clubs sat on the edge of administration or serious financial concerns, that this summer's Football League AGM will serve to tighen up on the Insolvency Laws further, and also the grounds upon which a club can appeal against such decisions.

The full adjudication can be read here.


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1 May 2008 : Skivo Happy, Marcus Not So Happy
With Yeovil Town's League One safety having been secured just under two weeks ago, the club's most senior two players have given a mixed response to this morning's Western Daily Press regarding progress on their contract talks.

Club captain Terry Skiverton is happy about the way matters are proceeding with Chief Executive Martyn Starnes, but striker Marcus Stewart is rather less pleased, stating that he is still waiting for the club to start the ball rolling, despite manager Russell Slade making it clear in February that he wanted Stewart to be one of four players to be given priority in any contract negotiations.

Skivo has also told the paper that he feels that Starnes is also taking a different approach to the process than he experienced with Chairman John Fry who was until this year responsible for such dealings:

"I have had a good meeting with Martyn and it is the start of a process to find the best way of moving forward. Martyn has said he will get back to me in the next week. It is all something quite new to me because I have normally gone in and seen the chairman (John Fry) and we have done something straight away. But with the professionalism of Martyn Starnes it is a negotiation. But it has all been positive and as I can't imagine myself being anywhere else. It's just a case of watch this space and hopefully there will be some good news soon."

Not quite so much sweetness and light with Stewart, who has previously spoken out about the speed that the club were reacting to the situation. All he would add today was that the situation had still not changed:

"I haven't had a meeting with anyone. The ball is in the club's court now but I have gone past worrying about it."

There is no word either way on goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall or Matthew Rose, who Russell indicated would get new offers, or any of the other squad members yet. However, our understanding is that an initial released and retained list has been passed over by the Yeovil boss to the CEO, with decisions having already been made privately about most players. We'd therefore expect the formal list to follow during the week after the Forest game.

As for Skivo and Marcus, they will be together for at least one more week after the season ends - both are taking an eight day coaching course in Cheltenham after the Bank Holiday weekend with the aim of getting their Level Three coaching badges. Skivo has admitted to the WDP:

"It really makes you appreciate what a big job managers and assistants have."


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