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30 June 2004 : On The Dotted Line..............
Phil Jevons and Adrian Caceres have both formally signed for Yeovil Town today. Jevons is on a two-year deal, and Caceres one.

Speaking to the Official Site Jevons said :

Now that Iíve come down and signed the contract and everything is done and dusted Iím really looking forward to getting to know the lads and getting on this journey that we are all looking to take into League 1.

My first impressions of Yeovil are great and having only seen the stadium on the television it is really impressive when you get here. The pitch is great and I am really looking forward to playing some good football and scoring plenty of goals.

Caceres stated :

Iím really pleased to be at Yeovil, and I feel sure under the guidance of Gary Johnson I can improve my game. Iíd love to think that I can help in the continued success story at Huish Park.

And amen to all of that. Ciderspace welcomes Phil and Adrian to our club and hopes the relationship proves successful for all parties.

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30 June 2004 : So It's Goodbye From Him........And It's Goodbye From Him
Not the most unexpected news. Both Hugo Rodrigues and Abdelhalim El Kholti have now officially left Yeovil Town.

Hugo Rodrigues has decided to return to Portugal. On his arrival, making his debut in the club's first ever Football League match at Rochdale on August 9th 2003 when Colin Pluck departed the pitch with a back injury on 41 minutes, Hugo said he had come to England for a year to play football and improve his English. When that year was coming to an end it appeared as if Hugo had so enjoyed his time at Yeovil that he was truly torn on whether to stick to his intitial plan. There were negotiations with the club on the possibility of an extension, but in the end the pull of the family back in Portugal won out. In what seems eventually to have been an amicable parting of the ways Gary Johnson was invited to lunch at Hugo's parents' home in Porto, and the vibes were clear as to what they hoped their son would decide.

Announcing the departure today Johnson said :

Naturally Iím sorry to see Hugo go, but having made him an offer I couldnít afford to wait any longer for his decision; and after a meeting during my time in Portugal for Euro 2004 the decision for Hugo to stay in Portugal was made. Everybody at the club wish him well in the future and Iím sure our paths will cross again in football.

So the Football League has lost its tallest participant at 6'8", and The Glovers a well loved player. In the short space of year Hugo may not have convinced every Yeovil fan as to his footballing qualities, but whatever their opinion of his talents on the pitch there is no doubting the affection in which he was held.

Rodrigues made 38 First Team appearances in total. This broke down as 23 starts in the league, two in the F.A. Cup, and two in other cups. There were 11 appearances as substitute, all in the league. He also played seven times for the Reserves.

Two very contrasting moments stand out above all others. They will long be remembered by Yeovil fans, and one suspects by Hugo till the end of his days. The first was playing in the F.A. Cup Third Round against Premiership club Liverpool FC. Over 9,000 in Huish Park (minus a Mr. Neale Barry) and millions watching on the B.B.C. saw a certain £5 million cheat called Harry Kewell feel it necessary to throw himself to the ground and fake a penalty. No doubt in the war of words that was to follow where the truth lay.

Hugo Rodrigues scores his one and only competitive goal for the Glovers against Hull
Hugo Rodrigues scores and the roof goes into orbit
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace

On a happier personal note the second was Hugo's one and only goal for Yeovil. As the campaign drew nearer its end the supporters were willing the big man to get on the score sheet. He left it late - last home game of the season. On May 1st at around 4.20 p.m. Lee Johnson floated a ball in and Hugo rose, thumping in a header off the underside of the bar. Important in the context of the match as the goal was at that moment, bringing the score v. Hull City to 1-1, that was not the sole reason the roof came off. The outburst of emotion from the fans was almost tangible, and it's hard to recall a more popular goal at Huish Park.

Abdelhalim El Kholti, a.k.a. Abdooooooo, a.k.a. Gareeeeeee, made his first appearance for Yeovil Town on 28th September 2002 at Hilton Park. The timing of the substitution that brought him on may be open to doubt, as the tannoy man took several minutes and a number of aborted attempts to announce his presence. The 120 of us in green and white amongst the 415 there that day had hardly finished laughing before El Kholti discovered Mr. Kettle and his pocket full of cards. Welcome to English football.

In that Championship season Abdel was a significant contributor if never quite a 'First Teamer', with a total of 36 appearances in various competitions, of which 15 were starts in the one that mattered, the league. He chipped in with three goals. The fez became a popular item of headgear amongst the fans. He did enough to get his contract renewed, but as the Football League campaign unfolded the following season it became clear that the manager was becoming unconvinced he could cope at the new level. By November El Kholti was on the transfer list, and may well only have been saved by the luck of the draw which brought Liverpool out of the hat, at which point Gary Johnson decided to pull the whole squad back together at Huish Park. The lowest point was probably at Brunton Park when he was brought on as a sub just after half-time - and taken off again on 74 after a frankly awful 28 minutes.

Then, just as one thought his time was up, he had something of a rennaisance as injuries throughout the team took their toll and he was drafted in as a defender. In a 4-1 win over Cambridge United at the end of February it was El Kholti who swept the MOTM awards. His one goal of the season came in the home 4-0 demolition of Bristol Rovers.

Abdou El Kholti in action at Cambridge in October 2003
Abdou El Kholti in action at Cambridge in October 2003
Photo © 2003-04 Ciderspace

It was not quite enough. As the season ended the announcement was made that he would not be offered a new contract, but could choose to return for training in July and compete with the trialists for a place. That option is not to be, and today it was revealed that he has gone for trials with Cambridge United.

Full record : league games 34(16); F.A. Cup 1(1); F.A. Trophy 3(1); other cups 4(2); total 42(20).

Players come, players go. In the greater scheme of things neither Hugo nor Abdel will enter the pantheon of Yeovil greats, reserved for the elite, but each in their own way has added a small but significant contribution to the history of our club. We shall remember them fondly and wish them every success for the future. Good luck.

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28 June 2004 : Last Call
A final reminder to existing Season Ticket Holders that they have until close of business on Wednesday (June 30th) to renew at the discounted rate. Full details of all ticketing arrangements and pricing for the 2004-05 season can be viewed here on Ciderspace.

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25 June 2004 : New Logo
The Football League has released its new logos ahead of the 2004-05 season. This is what we League Two folk can get excited about :

League Two Logo
New sponsor, new branding, new logo.......same Division Three
© 2004 The Coca-Cola Football League

No comment.........

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24 June 2004 : New season's fixture list announced
The new season's fixtures have been released by the Football League and the Glovers will begin their second campaign in League Two Division Three on Saturday 7th August with a long trip north to Gigg Lane, home of Bury. Yeovil's first home game of the new season follows three days later when in a triumph of planning and forward thinking Darlington's supporters are asked to make their longest trip of the season on the Tuesday evening of the 10th of August - will the Quakers fans get home before it gets light the following morning? Possibly not, but who cares about the fans? Answers on a postcard to the Football League.

Boston manager Steve Evans will undoubtedly receive an, er, warm welcome when he brings his club to deepest Somerset on Saturday 14th August and Yeovil's first ever trip to one of the Football League's oldest clubs, Notts County takes place early on in the season on Saturday 21st August; with the return of Rushden and Diamonds (or The Club Formerly Known As Ru$hden, as we prefer to call them) to Huish Park a week later on Saturday 28th August.

The visit of Swansea City on Saturday 4th September could easily see the first full house of the season at Huish Park and the first local-ish derby of the new term takes place a week later on Saturday 11th September when the Glovers travel to Whaddon Road, home of Cheltenham. The proper local derby takes place on Tuesday 19th October at the Memorial Stadium, Bristol Rovers entertaining the Glovers that evening; with the reciprocal fixture at Huish Park on Saturday 12th February.

The Christmas fixtures see Yeovil entertaining Cheltenham at home on Boxing day (Sun 26th December) and then travelling to Cambridge United on Tuesday 28th December. The return fixture at Swansea City takes place on New Years Day. The first round of the Carling Cup takes place on the week beginning Monday 23rd August, and the 1st round of the FA Cup begins on the weekend of Saturday 13th November.

The entire fixture list is online here.

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23 June 2004 : Book Signing So Near
So Near... a pictorial record of Yeovil Town's 2003-04 season is now on sale in the club shop at Huish Park and also at Ottakers, W.H.Smith and Tesco in the town. The book is priced at £9.99.

The 108 page volume, printed on high gloss paper in full colour, contains over 150 photographs of Yeovil's historic first campaign in the Football League.

On Friday 25th June there will be signing sessions at the following venues :

Tesco, 11.30 to 13.15;
W.H.Smith, 13.30 to 15.00;
Ottakers, 15.00 to 16.30.

Players currently listed as being in attendance are club captain Terry Skiverton, Simon Weatherstone and new boy Michael Rose.

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23 June 2004 : More Trialists Than You Could Shake A Stick At
Yeovil manager Gary Johnson is scheduled to return from Portugal at the end of this week, and already has five foreign players lined up for trials at Huish Park next week. Amongst the five are an Australian and a Brazilian, though Gary was revealing no names. There have been a number of rumours linking Yeovil with Chester's out of contract Aussie centre-back Scott Guyett, but whether 2 + 2 makes 4 or 5 remains to be seen.

Then on Tuesday June 29th another seven or eight trialists are expected, with Johnson saying on the Official Site :

I will be able to cherry pick them before the rest of the lads return to work. They want to be with us and I have identified them as good players.

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22 June 2004 : Behind The Green Door
The sequel to Yeovil 'til I die! from the pen of Brendon Owen is to be published on Monday July 5th. Titled Behind The Green Door, Brendon chronicles the first season of Yeovil Town as a Football League club. Yeovil 'til I die! was a huge success with fans, brilliantly capturing as it did the very essence of that 2002-03 Championship season. We await to see if Brendon has done it again for 2003-04.

Orders can be placed with the publisher and it will be mailed next week post free. Contacts :

By snail-mail - First Stone Publishing, PO Box 8, Lydney, Glos. GL15 6YD.

By telephone - 01594 560600.

By e-mail -

The price is £9.99.

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21 June 2004 : Caceres Tells It His Way
New Yeovil Town wide man Adrian Caceres has a column on, and his latest missive describes how he came to sign up at Huish Park.

I know Johnson will boost my game

By Adrian Caceres - June 19, 2004

It's all change for me this year. I'm writing to you after taking a break from packing suitcases and taking phone calls from friends congratulating me on my move to Yeovil Town and wishing me all the best.

It's been a nice time back in Perth after spending almost a month in Europe training and trialling with clubs. It's been great to catch up with friends and family I didn't get the chance to after winning the NSL championship with Perth Glory and then nicking off to Europe.

I'm very excited about joining Yeovil. The manager, Gary Johnson, is someone I'm certain I'll learn a lot from. It's funny how things work out, as I actually started my jaunt around in Europe in Belgium - and we're actually going there for preseason. I'll have a few people to prove wrong when the Glovers pop over there.

Before signing for Yeovil, I was trialling for Excelsior Mouscron for a couple of weeks. My agent, Lou Sticca, had fixed up the chance for me and after a difficult start, I actually did very well in a practice match and the manager there, George Leekens, said he wanted to sign me.

The problem was that the Mouscron board, with a UEFA Cup campaign penciled in for next season, were only interested in providing money for new signings with European experience. But it was a boost knowing that Leekens rated me. Little did I know at the time that he was about to join Ghent - and just a couple of weeks after I had been working with him!

After Mouscron, I had a trial at Cercle Bruges and again did very well. I actually took the form from my final game with Mouscron to Cercle and impressed the coaching staff there. They gave me positive feedback and again wanted to sign me - but as we were still a couple of games from the end of the season, their board just weren't prepared to put up the money to offer me a deal at the time.

I resigned myself to going back to both Mouscron and Cercle for preseason and figured I'd go to England to see my girlfriend and some of my old pals from Southampton and Brentford. Well, news travels fast and only a few days back in England I was invited down to do some training with Graham Rix at Oxford United. Graham quickly took me aside and said he wanted to sign me. I was delighted - but had also received an approach from Yeovil Town and out of courtesy to Gary Johnson agreed to travel there to talk with them. Well, I was bowled over by what Gary had planned for the club and the confidence he had in me.

Yeovil immediately told me they wanted to sign me and I must admit I was a little taken aback at how quickly it had all come about. But nothing had been put on paper from either Oxford or Yeovil and after seeing what happened in Belgium I was still expecting to be asked to do a preseason trial. But Gary actually faxed Lou my contract while he was on holiday in Sardinia and after discussing it with Lou decided I had to take the deal - we just didn't know whether Oxford would be making me a concrete offer.

I was absolutely delighted to put pen to paper with the Glovers. I know I'm one of the first players out of Australia's NSL to get a contract since the competition disbanded at the end of last season. It's a very difficult time for all Australia-based players, so I'm very grateful to get this contract.

I know I'll be working for one of the best managers in the country in Gary. While us players are off sunning ourselves in the off-season, Gary was working with England in Sardinia before joining up with the Latvia squad for the Euros. I know he's done wonders for Latvian guys like Marian Pahars and Maris Verpakovskis and while I wouldn't be big-headed enough to compare myself with them, I play in the same style and hope to develop my game under Gary.

I'll be starting preseason full of confidence. I can't tell you how tall I felt after Graham Rix had told me I was a First Division player, only then for Gary to tell me what he had planned for me at Yeovil. I've been floating since getting back to Perth.

I'm off to Yeovil next week. I'm looking forward to meeting my new teammates and also the great Yeovil supporters. I know Gary is building a team to challenge for the new League Two championship, so Glovers fans can look forward to an exciting season ahead.

Should Adrian wish to move his column to Ciderspace next season he'll be very welcome. However we should tell him that our payment rates are non-existent. Perhaps though he'd be better keeping these literary skills under wraps around the club, or they'll have him running the Official Site by August......

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21 June 2004 : Hu-go This Way Dan-i Go That Way
The future of out of contract Portuguese duo Hugo Rodrigues and Dani Rodrigues still looks to be far from clear as both continue to stall on deals offered by Yeovil Town.

Whilst visibility of striker Dani seems to have slipped right off Gary Johnson's radar, he is at least still in touch with defender Hugo and Gary told the Official Site:

"I had lunch with Hugo Rodrigues and his family whilst in his home town of Porto. They showed me their cork factory. They have a fabulous house in Porto but I think Hugo's parents are anxious for him to continue his football in Portugal now so whether he will accept our offer of a contract remains to be seen. We shall have to wait and see but I have other irons in the fire and Hugo knows this so the ball is in his court now."

The News of the World claims to have the only lead in terms of the future of Dani. They claim that he is in talks with AFC Bournemouth, although given that they describe him as a "right-winger" on Southampton's books perhaps this is not the most informed of sources. A few other websites are also claiming the Bournemouth link, although don't make it clear if they have taken their news from the same source. Other recent whispers have connected Dani with a link to a Turkish club and with Phil Jevons having agreed terms at Huish Park, and other strikers believed to be in the pipeline, the door back to Huish Park is rapidly closing on him.

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21 June 2004 : Do They Really Believe People Are That Stupid?
Yep, they probably do......... so up their own backsides they think any drivel will be swallowed by the public provided they wrap it in an anodyne parcel tied up with a silly logo.

The Football League has released the following announcement :

The Football League and Premium TV, Europeís largest broadband sports publisher, have renegotiated the terms of their ĎFLPTVí joint venture.

FLPTV was set up in 2000 and has developed into a successful partnership hosting 65 Football League club sites, seven Premier League club sites and four Football Conference club sites. The Football League has now acquired Premium TVís stake in FLPTV and agreed a three-year deal that sees Premium TV become a service provider. Premium TV will continue to provide all 76 clubs with the same cutting-edge websites that deliver fans live audio match commentary, video news bulletins, player interviews, exclusive online goal highlights direct from the clubs, as well as subscriber generation and management for its ďWorldĒ broadband subscription product, which is used across all 76 official club sites, plus mobile, betting and e-commerce services.

Richard Masters, Commercial Director of The Football League, said: ďThis is a sensible way forward for everyone involved. The League and its clubs will have greater commercial flexibility and the deal secures the long term future of the hugely popular club websites and the revenue potential they bring for our member clubs.Ē

Rod Henwood, Premium TV chief executive, said: ďThis agreement represents a new deal for fans, a secure future for official club websites, and guaranteed revenue for clubs. It further reinforces the Football Leagueís commitment to the internet, and highlights the thriving relationship between football and Premium TV. Itís a win-win for both parties.

No matey, it's spin-spin, not win-win. Do you really think anyone is going to swallow that garbage? If your enterprise was the licence to print money you'd have us believe why would you be off-loading your interest and basically becoming a sub-contractor simply delivering the service for a fee? Registered non-profit making charity are you? Nah, didn't think so. In fact the reality is that Premium TV has been bailed out of a huge hole with other people's money.

And Mr Masters - just a couple of quick questions. How much of your member clubs' money is being spent on bailing out PTV? That doesn't seem to be mentioned in the press release - surprise, surprise. And seven member clubs of the Football League are not signed up, including Yeovil Town, so exactly what benefits do we obtain from this use of Football League funds?

All in all the typical weasel bollox we've come to expect from the sort of shower that brought you football's part in the ONdigital fiasco.........

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21 June 2004 : Carling Cup Round One Format
The Football League has released some details on the format of Round One of this season's Carling Cup :

The 2004-2005 competition will have 70 clubs taking part in Round 1. This will be made up from -

22 clubs from the Coca-Cola Championship Division 1;

24 clubs from Coca-Cola League One Division 2;

24 clubs from Coca-Cola League Two Division 3.

All ties to be one-legged, settled on the day with no replays.

Millwall will receive exemption from Rounds One and Two because of UEFA Cup commitments. Leicester City have been awarded the bye to Round Two necessary to even the numbers up, on the grounds that they finished 18th in the Premiership last season. Yep, that's fair.......

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18 June 2004 : Phil Jevons agrees terms
Former Everton and Grimsby striker Phil Jevons has agreed terms with Yeovil Town and will be joining the club on a Bosman free transfer on July 1st signing a 2-year contract.

The 25-year-old scouser began his career at Goodison Park as a trainee in 1996, going on to make a total of 9 first team appearances for Everton before former Grimsby boss Lennie Lawrence took him to Blundell Park for £250,000 in the summer of 2001. In his first season with the Mariners Jevons notched 8 goals playing in a side struggling in Division One (aka The Championship, or whatever the idiotic name the Football League and Coca Cola have decided Div One should be called in future actually is), a record not to be carped at.

Phil Jevons at Grimsby
Phil Jevons in his Grimsby days
Photo © FootyMad

The following season was a bit fishy, the player spending time on loan at Hull City following a pay dispute with Grimsby and scoring 3 times from 13 starts for the Tigers. He went back to Grimsby last season and eventually returned to the first team in November, going on to batter 13 goals in a relegated team and earning the supporters Player of the Year trophy in the process - a piece of (fish) cake! In his time at Blundell Park Jevons made a total of 70 first team appearances scoring 21 goals - a decent return for a young striker in a generally struggling team.

Speaking to the official site, Jevons commented: "Iím delighted and Iím really excited about joining Yeovil Town. The potential of the club is huge and Iím really impressed with what Gary Johnson and the Chairman are trying to do down there. I am going to move down with my girlfriend as soon as possible. We will try and get everything sorted up here before we do move and then Iím going away for a week to Portugal to watch the football. I might meet up with Gary Johnson while I am over there.Ē

ďPhil was my first target and Iím pleased to say that we have agreed terms and Phil will be joining us on a two year contract," Glovers boss Gary Johnson told the official site today from his base in Portugal. ďThere was no transfer fee involved, he was a Bosman from Grimsby Town. He was a young superstar at Everton and he broke into in the Premier League side. He then moved to Grimsby for £250,000 but was in dispute with the club in the early part of last season, but in the second half of the season he scored a few goals and got voted player of the year. Phil is a clever goal scorer, a guy that runs with the ball. I am very happy to have acquired his services. He is an exciting player for our fans and we shall be seeing Phil at Huish Park on 1st July.Ē

Ciderspace wishes Phil the very best of luck for his future career at Huish Park and we hope his stay in Somerset is a long and fruitful one. The club were promising quality signings for the new season - so far, with the arrival of Michael Rose, Adrian Caceres and now Phil Jevons, there can be no complaints that they are not keeping to their word.

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17 June 2004 : Goals Video On Sale
A highlights video of the 2003/04 season is now on sale from the club shop at Huish Park. The video is also available from W.H.Smith, Tesco and Asda Supermarkets. Entitled "So Near" the club say that "the video covers most of Yeovil's Division Three games last year plus all their F.A.Cup games with some additional footage of interviews etc".

The Video is priced at £15 whilst the DVD is priced at £20. The club have indicated that a number of players have volunteered to take part in a signing session at some point in the future that will be used to promote the video. The exact date has yet to be set.

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17 June 2004 : Glovers Looking For A Triple Strike
Latest news on the summer transfer front is that Glovers manager Gary Johnson could now be looking to bring in as many as three strikers for the forthcoming season.

The past six weeks has seen on-loan Lee Matthews sign a permanent deal with Port Vale, Kirk Jackson and Jake Edwards released and Adam Stansfield head for non-league minnows Hereford United. Add to that the likelihood that Dani Rodrigues is not planning to get back in contact with the club following their contract offer, and this leaves Johnson with Kevin Gall as the club's only full-blown striker on it's books, even if the likes of Gavin Williams, Simon Weatherstone and Andy Lindegaard have been known to ply their trade in that area.

Assistant manager Steve Thompson has told yesterday's Western Daily Press "We definitely need to bring in at least two strikers and probably three. We're well aware of the situation and would look to start the season with four forwards competing for the two places up front. Gary is in reasonably advanced talks with one striker from another League club - hopefully that will be sorted out soon. And at the moment I'm watching a video of another we could be interested in."

Supporters listening to BBC Radio Bristol heard an interview with John Fry on the same day, the Glovers Chairman has indicated that they are close to deals on two or three players.

Johnson himself was a little more cautious as he spoke from his base in the Latvian Euro 2004 camp, but has said to the Glovers Official Site that "There is an imminent signing ... I am hoping to get something sown up in the next few days or so." Johnson also told BBC Somerset Sound: "I've been spinning plates and some have been knocked down. But I am still left with the one or two that I've been chasing from the very beginning. Hopefully if we can get the two, which we are close to getting, it can be a very exciting season for us."

If Gary can sign up two strikers, then a third could follow during the pre-season training schedule. Winchester City Director of Football David Malone has expanded upon his club's decision to allow prolific striker Andy Forbes to train with the Glovers (see Monday's story). Forbes has been watched by Yeovil for over four years now, with assistant manager Steve Thompson, then former manager David Webb both casting their eye over the player when he was at Andover.

Malone said of the arrangements: "I don't want him playing full-scale competitive matches in case he gets injured and I wouldn't let him go anywhere for a six-week trial, but I'm willing to let him go to Yeovil for three or four days. If there's a league club involved I want to try and help Forbesy as much as I can. Of course I'd rather they just wrote out a cheque and that was the deal done and dusted, but from what I understand, Gary Johnson has never seen him kick a football and, for Forbesy's sake, I wouldn't want them to make a mistake."

The Glovers will inevitably face competition though, according to local Hampshire press. Second Division AFC Bournemouth and Nationwide Conference side Farnborough Town have both expressed an interest, inviting the player in for talks. However, it is believed that Forbes is currently in a well-paid day-time job and so it won't just be the transfer fee that could be the stumbling block for any prospective bidders.

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14 June 2004 : Symptoms of Loneliness & Heartache
Well there must be some reason to go to the Bulls******s?

The Official Hereford United FC Website has announced the signing of Adam Stansfield.

Adam, sometimes known as Lisa or alternatively Stanno, was signed by Gary Johnson on November 8th, 2001. Easy to forget with all the glory since that Johnson's managership was going through a bit of a rocky patch. There was even something ominously like a "vote of confidence" issued by the chairman to try and quell the grumbles. The arrival of a striker that few Glovers had ever heard of from Western League side Elmore left most distinctly underwhelmed at the time if they are honest.

Stansfield made his debut the next night, a Friday away trip to Southport. Yeovil lost 3-0. And it would be fair to say that the player took a while to make the step up to Conference football. There was a debut goal away at Northwich Victoria at the beginning of December, but not another until January. The jury was still out amongst the Yeovil Town faithful.

Then came the F.A. Trophy and a golden period for young Adam. The campaign opened against Tiverton Town, the other side of the town from Elmore, and it's no secret that Stansfield's family and friends in his home town were confident he'd score against the local enemy. So confident that the local bookies took an absolute caning when he put away not one but two in a 3-1 win. The flood gates were opened and he hit another six in the competition, scoring in every round except the semi-final. The one no Yeovil fan will forget was the second at Villa Park which clinched the Trophy itself.

Adam Stansfield scores the goal that made him a hero in the FA Trophy Final at Villa Park
Adam Stansfield scores the goal that made him a hero in the FA Trophy Final at Villa Park
Photo © 2002-04 Ciderspace

We won't forget his interview live on Sky after the game either. What was that Anglo-Saxon word you used again, Adam?

And nor will we forget the next time we saw him on the pitch for a competitive game. Seventeen minutes into the opening fixture of the 2002-03 season versus Gravesend & Northfleet, played at The Avenue, Stansfield went for a fifty-fifty ball with keeper Paul Wilkerson. Absolutely no blame on Wilkerson, last seen picking Stansfield's Villa Park effort out of the net for Stevenage Borough, but as the seconds stretched into minutes it was clear the results of the clash were serious. Adam was carried off, and the news was the worst. A compound fracture of the leg was to put him out for a year.

By the time he returned Yeovil were a Football League side. Some will argue he never got enough of a chance to prove himself at the new level; others that he wasn't quite the same player after his broken leg; and others that he just wasn't quite good enough for Division Three. All a matter of opinion. What we can confidently say is we don't recall anyone who had a bad word to say about him as a person. A thoroughly nice bloke, who will always be a favourite son at Huish Park. We'll say no more of the team he has gone to.............

Record : 38 starts; 30 appearances as substitute; total 68. Goals : 22.

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14 June 2004 : Forbes the latest on Johnson's hit-list?
Prolific Winchester City striker Andrew Forbes has been invited to join the Glovers for pre-season training, according to a report in today's Western Daily Press.

Forbes, who scored an impressive 76 goals in all competitions last season for the Wessex League champions, not to mention the 141 goals he notched for Andover the previous 3 years; has been linked with various football league and conference clubs previously, but has up until now resisted moving up the leagues. It may be that he's now ready to test himself at a higher level however: Glovers boss Gary Johnson met with the player on Saturday before flying out to Portugal to assist with the Latvia squad.

"I spoke to the lad and he came over well," Johnson told the WDP. "We wanted to find out his aims and ambitions and he has the right mentality. I appreciate Winchester allowing us to speak to him and he's been invited to join us for training."

Winchester will require a fee of around £30,000 for the striker - a lot of money for someone unproven at a higher level.

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12 June 2004 : Royal Antwerp Venue Set
The third of Yeovil Town's overseas matches this summer has had it's venue and kick-off time set. Royal Antwerp's Official Site is reporting that their match against the Glovers on July 14th will be played at VC Wijnegem's ground, and kick off is 19:00 local time. VC Wijnegem's ground is the venue that was used for last summer's match against Geminal Beerschot.

As part of the tour, the Glovers will also face Den Haag of Holland on Saturday 10th July at the ADO Den Haag Youth Complex, kickoff 2.30 p.m. (local time) whilst they will also play KFC Uerdingen 05 of Germany on Sunday 11th July with kick-off time and venue to be confirmed.

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11 June 2004 : Super Gav Signs Extension
The future of Player of the Season Gavin Williams, subject to intense speculation for weeks, was settled this afternoon when he signed an extension to his contract, taking him to 2006 at Huish Park.

Gavin Williams scores the only goal of the match against Rochdale in January
Gavin Williams scores the only goal of the match against Rochdale in January
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace

Williams stated how pleased he was to have sorted out his future for the next couple of years :

Iím delighted that itís all done and dusted and I can now concentrate on the new season. There has been a lot of speculation about me but as I say I am delighted to be able to put a stop to it all now. Itís been very unsettling and to be honest itís been doing my head, but now itís done letís get on with the new season and hopefully promotion to Coca-Cola Football League One. The club have proved to me that they are ready to progress, and that was another major factor in my decision to re-sign. Hopefully there will be a couple of other new signings that will help us push for that promotion place.

Gary Johnson was equally pleased to have secured Gavin's signature :

Obviously Iím also delighted as the manager of the football club that Gavin has re-signed until 2006. He has committed his future to us and we are trying to build our club around players like Gavin and not lose them. We have been in contact throughout all the speculation and we were having conversations during that time, and Iím really pleased that he has decided to stay at Yeovil. Itís good news for our management team, itís good news for the players at the club, and itís good news for all the supporters. I for one see this as one of our major signings and itís proof that we are looking to progress at this club and I think people now believe that is what we are trying to do. Gavin was also looking to settle down, and for the next two years now that can be here at Yeovil.

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11 June 2004 : Fit And Proper Persons
What fans have always known, that a minority of chairmen / directors of football clubs are scumbags of the first order, has at last received some official recognition. Tempted though we are to list, and quite a lengthy list it would be, some of the charlatans and criminals who have disgraced our game over the years and were decidedly unfit and improper persons to have in charge of a tiddlywinks team let alone a football club, our lawyers suggest this might be rather too risky.

The Football League has been discussing a "Fit and Proper Persons" rule for some time, and the AGM at Chester has unanimously passed such a 'test'.

The new rules will make it a breach of Football League regulations for any of the following to be a director or hold a majority interest in a Football League club :

Anyone subject to a ban from a Sports Governing Body relating to the administration of that sport.

Anyone with an unspent conviction relating to fraud or dishonesty.

Anyone who is disqualified from acting as a director of a UK registered company.

Anyone currently subject to a Bankruptcy Order.

Anyone who has been a Director of a club that has been in administration twice during a five-year period or a Director of two different clubs that have each gone into administration in a five-year period.

Of course what is utterly amazing is that for over a century it's been entirely open for people falling into these categories to get their hands on clubs.

Current directors / majority interest holders have until July 31st 2004 to provide The League with a written declaration that they pass the test, and as such are a fit and proper person to hold office at a League club. All new directors / majority interest holders will have to sign a similar declaration on appointment.

Football League Chairman Sir Brian Mawhinney stated :

In the last twelve months The Football League has made considerable progress in terms of bringing new standards of corporate governance to football. I believe this is perhaps the most progressive and important step taken to date. Too many times in recent history we have seen the good work of the vast majority of club directors being tarnished by a handful of rogue individuals. This has negative consequences for The League as a whole and it is not acceptable. I am delighted that club Chairmen have taken this brave decision and that The Football League continues to take the lead in these vital football areas.

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11 June 2004 : New friendly announced, ticket prices for friendlies
The club have announced the addition of another pre-season friendly in July, the Glovers travelling to Southern League outfit Bath City on Tuesday 20th July, 7.45pm kick-off. The club is scheduled to play another friendly at Conference South side Dorchester on Wed 21st July, the evening after the Bath friendly.

Meanwhile, ticket prices have been announced for Yeovil's home friendlies against fellow football league sides Bournemouth (17th July), Bristol City (24th July), and Cardiff City (27th July). Tickets are available from Weds 16th June from the Huish Park ticket office and are priced as follows:

Adults - £8
Concessions - £5
Juniors U.16 - £3
Disabled - £6

Telephone bookings are highly recommended - 01935 847888

Finally, Glovers fans are reminded that from tomorrow the Euro 2004 Championship will be shown live at Huish Park on the club's brand new 61" plasma screen tv. Carlsberg have provided some promotional goodies to give away, food will be available and the bar is open from 5.00 p.m. Admission is free.

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10 June 2004 : The Latest State Of Play
Manager Gary Johnson has been giving some indications on the rebuilding process for next season to the Official Site.

The goal is to create a squad capable not just of getting to Division Two (er, League One), but competing there. As a part of that Johnson makes it clear that Yeovil will not be a selling club, disposing of its best assets, though there are of course some offers one can't turn down :

There has been speculation about some of our players but nobody will be leaving unless we get offers that we canít refuse. We are trying to build a Second Division team, and it is only when clubs come up with offers that you canít refuse that the situation will change. There doesnít seem to be enough money out there to take away two or three of our players who are creating interest.

Specifically on Gavin Williams Johnson confirmed there had been a bid from Hull City, as reported here from May 21st. He and Peter Taylor have been in contact but the Tiger's offer has been rejected. Williams currently remains under contract to Yeovil Town until June 2005.

The Rodrigues question appears to have just about run its course, with Gary appearing somewhat frustrated and disappointed with the duo :

Hugo and Dani were made offers, which I wasnít willing to improve because at the time it was what they were worth. I would have liked to keep them at the club, but my deadline has come and gone and obviously they are listening to their advisor. I canít wait forever, so I have made other plans. So unless I hear from the players, and not their agent, that they want to be with us, then those two players will not be a part of my squad.

But the door is still ajar, just :

They were given the first chance to take it [a contract] so if they came back right now there might be a chance because I havenít signed anybody else yet. I was disappointed in both of them. We took Dani from the wilderness and got him fit and in the team. Hugo learnt his trade in our first team. Both of them did well for us. They have forgotten how they have got to where they are. I think they have probably been given the wrong advice.

As seems to be Johnson's preferred method for his signings we can expect a host of trialists come pre-season :

No one should worry about lack of signings. I promise people we will have a stronger squad than last year. Sometimes you have to wait to see the players you have invited down. I have at least ten new players coming in to join us and I will definitely take two or three of them. They are a strong group. I have got foreign lads who are very interested in joining us, so people shouldnít panic. I have seen a few headlines, like Ďa signing at lastí, but we donít need to panic. I have just got to make sure the players I sign are going to make the squad stronger.

Meanwhile the chairman has been talking to the Western Gazette. Probably of most concern to fans is the playing budget. And John Fry, with a reputation as being rather more er, prudent than Scrooge - and rightly so given Yeovil Town's flirtations with financial disaster under some previous administrations - has pledged to loosen the purse strings somewhat :

We have got a lot of work to do over the summer period and a lot of planning. We carried out a lot of major improvements last year and we have looked at the football budget, and we will be spending more. We will be giving Gary Johnson more money this year in order for him to look at the squad and to enable him to get a bit of manoeuvrability within his department. That is the main priority this summer because any developments we are hoping to make can only take place if Gary and his team keep on being successful. Gary has got a massive job to do over the summer to make sure that the people he chooses for next term do the same job - if not better - than the previous squad did. We are going into another level now and it is important we keep on improving both on and off the field.

Off the field the club is looking to learn lessons from its first campaign in League football in particular, and also in relation to the large increase in support that has been generated over the past few seasons :

We have set up a Customer Service Charter which allows all the supporters' groups to communicate with us and we are now looking at improvements in disabled facilities and our ticketing system. The thing we learned last season when we had big matches was that fairness was a big issue when dishing out tickets to priority fans, and that comfort was important to people coming to the stadium. One of the promises we have made is managed by the Football League, and that is to improve our facilities especially in terms of equality, whether it is for families, disabled groups or the Kick Racism Out of Sport campaign. We have to ensure that people feel more accommodated.

We are looking at improved traffic and parking arrangements at the stadium. We have to meet with the Customer Supporters' Group to look at the possibility of charging car-parking fees for next season on site to improve the traffic at the ground and the surrounding areas. There is pressure on us to ensure that the supporters do not inconvenience residents locally and that is why we hope to have more wardens on duty along with police conducting the traffic. We are also looking into developing more designated parking for the disabled. New traffic kiosks are being put into place to stop the traffic coming in as well as a new footpath which will provide an easy walking link between the Yeovil College Stand and the Bartlett Stand. The only way of getting across to the Bartlett Stand last season was through the designated away end but next season the footpath will be behind the fence, allowing fans better access around the ground.

We have re-organised our operations so that we have now got a retail-sales manager approach to it within our existing staff. Dave Linney is responsible for our commercial sales and he will be examining that and focusing on bringing in more money on that side of the business. With regards to sales executives we have already taken a new person on. She has been here for two to three months and she will continue to work with Dave on sales activity. They will look at tickets, new ideas and conferences which is all fairly big revenue for the business. Our turnover has gone up from £1.3 million to about £3.8 million this year and we are hoping to improve on that next term. Season tickets are selling well and we expect to be exceeding last season's targets. There is a lot of interest and we hope we can get the same level of franchise sales by developing new products. But the main thing is that we need to be more available to the customer when the customer needs us. So we are looking at a three-shift system day for six days a week so that the telephone lines are also open in the evenings as well as the daytimes. That would mean we would be able to deal with ticket enquiries and other questions during most of the day. We have reviewed all our staff and the structure and we will be utilising their services in a much more efficient way. We have gone a long way in 12 months and what used to be part-time jobs are now full-time jobs and more training is needed in certain areas.

We need a membership base. A lot of clubs run official supporters' clubs and we need to look at that with the specific supporters' groups that we have got and discuss with them how we go about doing that legally in order to make things simple. At the moment it is all over the place. We need a supporters/customers database whether it is for junior members, senior members or all members because that would help when it comes to ticket priorities and benefits. To do that we need to know people are members of the football club and not just members of a particular supporters' group. That sort of database would be the most efficient way of communicating with all our different supporters. We are also looking into a bonus/loyalty system with a database so we can offer our supporters special discounts on things. Some people are big spenders here and we should be rewarding them.

Improving the programme is another thing we would like to do. I have been talking to Adrian Hopper [Press Officer] and I have told him we need to be able show fans that we can improve and change things. There is too much old format. If supporters have a complaint there is no point in closing your ears and jumping up and down about it - you have to listen to them and make the changes.

There will also be a new away shirt for next season and details about that will be announced over the next few weeks. Over £500,000 worth of shirts and kit went out of the shop last year so if we can also improve the services there then I hope we can add even more revenue to that figure next year.

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10 June 2004 : Coke Is Real........ taking the p***, that is. As part of the new three-year sponsorship deal replacing Nationwide for next season the three Divisions of The Coca-Cola Football League will become known as :

Division One - The Coca-Cola Football League Championship
Division Two - Coca-Cola Football League One
Division Three - Coca-Cola Football League Two

Rebranding, eh? What a good idea. Let's have a meaningless load of utter bollox shoved down our throats. It matches the liquid peddled by some American company. In the real world, that's the one where Coke is just another amalgamation of chemicals and not trying to teach the World to sing, It, Life, Real, or any other banal slogan paraded as deeply meaningful, there are football leagues, and if necessary because of the number of members, those leagues are split into divisions. A simple numbering system tells anyone and everyone where a club finds itself in that hierarchy.

No longer good enough it seems. Who wants to be deemed No.2 or even - urghh - No.3? So first we were lumbered with "The Premiership". And now we have "The Championship". But why stop there? There's still 24 clubs demeaned by the designation "League TWO".

So this site will be campaigning forthwith for a new nomenclature. The Premiership will be renamed The Paramountcy. The Football League Championship will be renamed The Supremacy. League One will be renamed The Predominancy. And League Two will be renamed er, Triple A1+++++++++++++++.

We REALly can't be arsed to reproduce the waffle spouted by Coca-Cola (Sublimity) Football League chair(Chippendale naturally)man Sir Archduke Brian Mawhinney. Those who wish to avail themselves can read it here on what is still called The Football League Official Site, but will doubtless soon sport some ludicrous pretension.

Brought to you by Ciderdeity, the site formerly known as Ciderspace.

('Coca-Cola' and 'Coke' are registered trade marks of a fizzy drinks company - WHOO.)

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8 June 2004 : Report on latest Supporters Groups Meeting
YTISA treasurer Stewart Bratherton (Blue Stew to those of you who visit the Ciderspace Forum) writes:

Last night Steve Sowden and myself represented YTISA at the latest Supporters Group Meeting, along with representatives from the G&WSC, VPís, Cary Glovers, DSA and the newly appointed Kick Racism out of Football rep. The main points discussed were:


The club had decided that after receiving criticism from the local community, local business and its own supporters and with also concern from the local council that they had to do something to ease the parking around Huish Park on match days. It was obvious that the club were coping when there was a big fixture and big crowds and a police presence controlling traffic, but not when it was a lower profile fixture with comparatively smaller crowds and no police present, this was mainly due to the club paying the police to control the traffic flow away from Huish Park.

To enable the club to raise revenue to pay for a permanent police presence to control the traffic, and rather than using part of the budget for the playing staff or running the club, a fee of £2 per car would be introduced from the new season for parking at the club in all car parks except the VPís (who purchase a parking season ticket). It has not been decided how much to charge away coaches at this moment in time. The club informed the meeting that they
need to raise a figure of around £1300 per match to offset the cost of police, car park attendants and local traffic wardens as well as the purchase and placing of cones on match days.

The meeting was also informed that businesses in the local area were also thinking of charging supporters to park on their premises, with all monies raised being donated to a local charity.

We were also told that the club believed that the trial park and ride had not been successful, and therefore they believed that this was the best way forward. Everyone present agreed, and though some felt that we could charge more we all believe it is a fair charge especially as we have been charged much more when travelling away following Yeovil.


As yet the club had not had any volunteers for the post of DLO, the position that was vacated with the relocation of Irvin Morris. Club chairman John Fry and DSA chairman Jon Morgan both informed the meeting that this needed to be someone that would be pro-active on match days, they would also be paid the Steward Rate of pay. The DSA will now be actively involved in recruiting the new DLO, more details will be available shortly.

John Fry also informed the meeting that the Board of Directors had approved the 3 year disabled stadium improvement plan, drawn up in consultation with the DSA.

The club finance officer informed the meeting that it had been decided that all DSA members (not just wheelchair supporters) would be entitled to entrance to the stadium at the concession rate. This was met with general approval, however the DSA representatives present were disappointed to be informed that carers/personal assistants were also to be charged entrance at a concessionary rate - it was decided that this point would be discussed further with the club outside the meeting.


Those present were informed that the club had taken over the running of the catering facilities within the ground, though they did emphasise that supporters should not expect changes overnight. They are fully aware of the supporters concerns and will endeavour to ensure that the supporterís needs are met. They stated that they hoped to place a Burger Van in both the home and away terraces as well as one outside the stadium, though it was emphasised that this would need planning permission.

The club would be taking this over for the forthcoming season, and they have said that they will review it again next season.


The chairman informed that meeting that the Club had been approached to recognise former Chairman Gerry Lock, with the Main Stand now being called the Yeovil College Stand (as they won the prize draw), Gerry Lock's widow had requested recognition of what her husband had done for YTFC.

John Fry suggested that the main entrance road into the stadium be renamed Gerry Lock Avenue and this was agreed overwhelmingly by the meeting. The VPís were asked whether they would like to purchase 2 suitable road signs to be placed at the entrance to the stadium. Rod Hallett (Chairman VPís) asked the club to furnish him with the cost of the proposed signs and he would take it to his members.

The one thing that we all agreed is that we should never forget where we came from, Gerry Lock is one of the main reasons Yeovil Town Football Club is where it is today, and this recognition would be an education to those who will follow behind us as supporters.


Plans have know been drawn up for a Supporters Social Club, to be built attached to the Bartlett Stand close to the Westland Stand. The club would be able to host 500 supporters, with catering facilities one of the criteriaís for the admittance of children. JF said that if everything went to plan and there werenít any objections the club could be built by Jan 2005. The club had approached a brewery, which had given a positive response of the funding to help build the club, though they would not be funding the whole project.

Stewart Bratherton asked that if the project was given the green light whether a committee would be set up to pull together all the ideas for the social club, this was confirmed by the chairman. The chairman also emphasised that it was vital that the club was used 7 days a week. He also confirmed that it would have a skittle alley.

The meeting was informed that entrance for away supporters into the Club Bar/Marquee was still not possible due to objections from the Avon and Somerset Police, the meeting was informed the meeting without the agreement of the Police the club would not be granted a licence.

All present agreed that they felt that by refusing away supporters admission into the club bar the local Police Constabulary were not taking the same line as other Police Forces in the country. Those present agreed that opposing teams may well not be so hospitable to travelling Yeovil fans next season if they know that we could not offer the same hospitality in return. JF informed the meeting that he would invite the Police Liaison Officer to the next meeting to hear our views.

All agreed that though we would like to host away supporters it should not be at the expense of not obtaining a licence for the new Supporters Bar. Priority one would be to build the bar, then we will fight to allow access to opposing fans into the bar.

JF stated that everything was depended on agreement from all the local departments (Planners, Magistrates, Police). Even if the Jan 05 date could not be met, building could commence at anytime once agreement and funding was available.


All supporters are encouraged to attend the open day on the Sunday 1 August, it was hoped that Gary would encourage some of the players to be there, as well as hopefully launch the new away strip. There would also be other activities including, providing it can be organised and enough teams entered, a five-a-side tournament. The club also informed the supporters groups that they would be welcome to have stalls to promote their organisations as well as raise funds and sell merchandise.


Thanks to the kind donation of a 61Ē Plasma Screen from the VPís the club was planning on showing all Euro 2004 games live, though this would be dependent on how popular it was with supporters, though it was expected that all England games would be shown. All supporters were encouraged to use this facility.

The licensee informed the meeting that there were numerous promotional events happening during the tournament.


The portakbins at the end of the Yeovil College Stand/Westland Stand would be removed and new ones placed that would be used as classrooms for local community groups, hopefully bringing the local groups closer to the club.

John Flatters and Stuart Housley would be starting a Soccer Skills School, between 1500-1900 daily, this would again promote the club in the community.

The club had decided that they would continue with the Womenís team for another year when it would be looked at again.

JF informed the meeting that Gary had been doing a lot of work in the close season; he stated that Gary wanted a squad of 22 of which 18 would be first team and the other four being developed. He stated that the board were fully behind Gary and has the same ambitions though they would not be silly and put the club into debt.

The question of Gav Williams was raised, JF stated that they had not received a formal approach through offers, and it was emphasised that they wanted to keep Gav, and that he has a market value which is higher than those figures being bandied about on the rumour mill. JF did say that the player has shown that he wants to stay at Yeovil, something we all wanted to hear.

Stewart Bratherton asked about whether the club had thought of introducing a supporterís loyalty scheme. He explained to the meeting that he had had feedback from fans who were willing to pay a figure (to be decided), to enable them to be given a better chance of receiving tickets for big games both home and away, though obviously Season Ticket Holders would have first priority.

He went on to explain that this would not be expensive to administer, but would bring income to the club and would enable supporters to be given the chance to obtain tickets ahead of those that would not normally attend the games. Stewart indicated that some fans had stated they would be willing to pay £20 a season for this facility. He also informed the meeting that most other clubs have this facility, and one individual present stated that he pays in excess of £25 a season for a similar facility at a Premier League Club.

The Chairman agreed that he would look at this proposal and report back to the next meeting. The meeting ended at this point.

These meeting are becoming a good opportunity to get the views of the ordinary supporter across. If you wish us to put your views forward then feel free to
e-mail me, I am more than happy to put your views/points/concerns across even if you are not a member of YTISA.

Stewart Bratherton

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4 June 2004 : Thommo Looks Forward, And Back
Assistant manager and coach Steve Thompson has been speaking to the Western Gazette, giving his views on the season past and some hopes for the next campaign.

This league has always been tough and next season will be no different. You could say that some of the stronger teams have gone but you could also say that some big clubs have come down. For example, Notts County are in their lowest Football League position for many years. Wycombe have also been one of the longest-serving Division Two clubs in recent times so it is going to be tough. I am looking forward to the Wycombe games. Since I left there I have been back a couple of times but never in a competitive fixture. I would like that to be the first game of the season. That would be perfect.

We have to learn from the mistakes that we made last year. There are several things you can point at but when you do not have a forward who has scored more than ten goals in the League you are always going to find it very hard to be successful. There was also a slight inconsistency with us. We would win a few games and then lose a few games but it was many of the players' first season in the Football League so it was always going to be a learning curve for them - and for the management team, because we are the ones dealing with those players. Some would say that giving the same players who won the Conference the chance to gain promotion from Division Three was too much of a test, but in the end roughly the same squad very nearly produced a play-off position. We had a good season but now we must continue the momentum. Some clubs in Division Three are happy to stay there and maintain standards but our aim is to get into Division Two.

We have achieved what we have done over the last three years on a lower budget than many of the other clubs that we have been competing against in the Conference and in Division Three. We have a good nucleus of players here who are now a year more experienced and that should count for a lot next season.

There has not been many summers that have not been tough. I can remember one year in May we had only six players signed on so if you compare that to now things are not too bad at all. We have just finished eighth in Division Three and we have 15 players signed on. I think with the local press Yeovil Town have always been a massive club - but the national Press have certainly covered us more over the past couple of years. That is because we are now a Football League club but I do think the speculation that surrounds Yeovil is bigger than at any other club I have been at. This time of year is always difficult when it comes to trying to bring in players but I think what you find is that many players' demands drop when July gets closer, especially if they have not been signed on by a club and they see that the season is fast approaching. There is always a certain amount of uncertainty at this stage, but that is football.

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4 June 2004 : Player Updates
In what looks like a carefully worded statement to dampen down speculation over the future of Player of the Year Gavin Williams at Yeovil Town and warn off hopeful clubs, chairman John Fry has told the Western Daily Press :

There are a lot of people interested and Gary (Johnson - manager) is discussing with people who have shown an interest. But we haven't had any official approach to the club through the proper procedures. Until that (interest) is put in writing, the player is under contract and will remain so. Gavin Williams was a player we specifically targeted for our style of play and he has been very successful here. Hopefully he will continue to be so.

Fry made it clear he wants Williams to stay at Huish Park and fulfil the remaining year on his contract. He said that to his knowledge Williams had not told the club he wanted to leave.

In other news Nick Crittenden has signed for Aldershot Town, who will become full-time this summer, on a two-year deal. An offer from Boston United was rejected as Crittenden did not wish to move north, and discussions at Barnet came to nothing. Crittenden will join ex-Glover Chris Giles at the Recreation Ground. Chris became one of the first players to sign up to a full-time contract there, which runs until the end of the 2004-05 season. However Jamie Gosling, who finished the last campaign on loan at the Shots, has not been offered a contract and becomes a free agent. Manager Terry Brown said:

Jamie is not going to be offered a contract, not because he is not good enough, I just feel that I have other players of a similar ilk, like Jon Challinor and Adam Miller. I need to find a midfielder with a more passing game and a bit of a battler.

Yeovil loanee Lee Matthews has been released by Bristol City, but there is no indication Yeovil are continuing to pursue an interest in him. Port Vale may make an offer according to reports.

Meanwhile an old face will be returning to Huish Park next season, with Ben Smith leaving play-off failures Hereford United and signing for play-off winners and newly promoted Shrewsbury Town.

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2 June 2004 : Glovers Pip U's
For those wondering (as we were!) at Gary Johnson signing a player he hadn't seen - he has. It emerges that Adrian Caceres was visiting his partner in England towards the end of last season when he was invited to train at Oxford United. Manager Graham Rix was impressed enough to express an interest in keeping him on. However Yeovil Town also got wind, and Johnson asked Caceres down to Huish Park to train with the squad for a couple of days - one of those mysterious trialists around late April whose name was never revealed presumably. While Oxford are reported as keen to sign Caceres, it was Yeovil which was first up with a contract offer.

An item on Tribalfootball claims the deal is for a year. Caceres is quoted :

I'm delighted to be coming back to England. It's gone really well for me since I arrived. I was bowled over by how Yeovil treated me. The facilities are excellent and the manager has the same ideas about football as I do. I'm very excited about next season. I was very lucky, with both Graham Rix and Gary Johnson wanting to sign me. They've both done brilliant things in the game. I was delighted that Yeovil were prepared to sign me, I know I'll learn a hell of a lot from Gary Johnson.

Agent Lou Sticca said :

Graham Rix is convinced Adrian is a First Division player, but just needs that 12 months to get his sharpness back. Both Oxford and Yeovil were excellent with us and it was just a matter of who was ready to make the first contract offer. Gary Johnson was actually on his summer holiday when he got the contract over to us. They were very keen to sign Adrian and knew they couldn't risk waiting for preseason and then losing him to another club.

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1 June 2004 : Second New Signing Of The Summer
Yeovil Town have agreed terms with Adrian Caceres. Primarily a left winger Caceres has most recently been playing with Perth Glory, Australia's Championship and Grand Final winners last season.

Adrian Caceres
Yeovil's new signing, Adrian Caceres
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Born in Buenos Aires on 10th January 1982 Caceres has been in England before, playing a handful of games for Southampton (there at the same time as Dani Rodrigues), Hull City and Brentford. 180 cm tall and weighing 78 kg (what's that in imperial?) he is described on a Perth Glory site as having "electric pace and great skills" and being a "major contributor last season", after an uncertain start with the club.

You can read Adrian's own account of the Grand Final here.

Gary Johnson, speaking to the club's Official Site said :

We have managed to agree terms with Adrian and his agent. We are very happy to secure his services. Adrian has been to England before when he was at Southampton as a young player. He played one game against Charlton in the Premiership when he was aged 19. He has had a very good scoring record at Youth and Reserve team levels at Southampton. He left Southampton when a change of manager made him decide to go back to Australia to try his luck over there. England is somewhere where he has always wanted to play football and he was very keen to join Yeovil. He is quick and has typical Argentinian skills, and he will add extra pace and power to our squad.

Caceres will join the rest of the squad at the start of pre-season, which begins on July 1st. Ciderspace welcomes him to the fold.

Gary also revealed that several other possible signings were progressing :

At this present time we have a relatively small squad signed on. I have given myself every opportunity to bring in new players because of the space I have made. We have one or two priorities in certain positions and I have been speaking to hundreds of players and agents over the last two or three weeks. I have made offers to two or three players, and I have had some positive responses from players who will be very happy to be at the club.

You will understand that I canít release any names at this present time, and I canít give you names of everyone I have spoken to, but when things become firm and the player wants to put pen to paper I will announce who they are. Negotiations are going well and I am looking to add to our very good squad that has been retained at our club. I am pleased with the quality of players that are interested in talking to us here at Yeovil. Our reputation has gone ahead of us which has helped in negotiations.

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