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30 June 2005 : More Merchandise From YTISA
Yeovil Town League One mug
Yeovil Town Football Club League One mug from YTISA
Photo © 2005 YTISA

Go on, you know you want one. £3.00, through Mark Kelly or your usual YTISA source.

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30 June 2005 : Hartlepool Kick-off Brought Forward
With England playing their World Cup Qualifier against Wales on Saturday 3rd September the game between Hartlepool United and Yeovil Town at Victoria Park has been brought forward to a 12.00 noon kick-off. That means getting up EARLY boys and girls...... or staying overnight on the Friday.

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30 June 2005 : Live On Sky We Ain't : Part Three
And still they come. More Football League live games on Sky Sports were added to the list today. With three League One matches announced earlier (see June 29th) another three have been scheduled :

Sunday 9th October, Southend United v Nottingham Forest, kick-off 4.00 p.m.

Friday 11th November, Swindon Town v Bristol City, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

Sunday 13th November, Blackpool v Scunthorpe United, kick-off 4.00 p.m.

A single League Two match has now appeared, also on Sunday 13th November :

Stockport County v Barnet, kick-off 1.30 p.m.

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30 June 2005 : Peter Takes On Chief Scout Role
Further to our story earlier today, the club have now clarified that Peter Johnson's role within the club will be that of Chief Scout, taking over from Frank Leworthy, who will remain at the club in a slightly different role.

Peter will remain London-based and will have responsibility for scouting both within the UK and across Europe, whilst Frank will take over more of an 'office' role, responsible for collating together reports on players and teams from his Huish Park base from both Peter and any other scouting reports that may be received.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson said of the appointment: "I'm delighted Peter has come on board. He is a great judge of a player and I feel, due to our new Coca Cola League One status, that we need this very important role. Frank Leworthy will remain at the club to liase with and collate all the current scouting information from our present network. He will also continue to help on the player front. Frank's network of scouts had a huge impact on our season and I am sure will continue to do so next season."

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30 June 2005 : Peter Johnson Joins Yeovil
Nationwide Conference side Woking have announced that their backroom coach Peter Johnson - brother of Sir Gary - is to join Yeovil Town, presumably to bolster the Glovers own backroom staff as the club prepares for League One football.

The official club statement on Woking's Official Site states:

"It is with regret that Woking FC announce that Peter Johnson has left the club. Peter leaves his role of Head of Youth Development and Reserve Team Coach to join his brother Gary Johnson at Yeovil Town.

The club would like to thank Peter for his services to Woking FC and wishes him all the best for the future."

As yet there is no indication as to whether Peter will have special duties at Huish Park or whether he will fit in as a generic member of the coaching staff.

Peter has worked under Gary before, as the Latvian U21s manager. He has come up against Yeovil Town before whilst he was Molesey manager with the Glovers travelling to the South-East for a pre-season friendly in August 2002. Peter also worked as a first team coach at Chertsey Town under brother Steve. Whilst Molesey manager, Peter also unwittingly caused the downfall of a fellow Johnson, knocking Steve's Chertsey Town out of the FA Cup - a result that saw Steve lose his job, doubtless causing some interesting conversations within the Johnson family!

The move is the latest in a long line of Woking-Yeovil migrations, with central-defender Luke Oliver also moving down the A303 this summer.

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30 June 2005 : Directions For Leverkusen and Ahlen Matches
Jurgen who supplied some rather useful information for next Wednesday's match against Preussen Münster yesterday, has been in touch with the YTISA again, detailing what information he has been able to obtain for our other two tour games from the German club websites of Bayer Leverkusen and LR Ahlen. Jurgen writes:

Bayer Leverkusen

According to Bayer Leverkusen's homepage, your game will be against their Reserve / Under 21 side on Friday, 8 July 2005, kick-off 6:30 PM local time. The game will be held at the Ulrich-Haberland-Stadium, which is just behind the main stand of the BayArena (that's the ground where the Bundesliga games are being played).

Leverkusen is just north of Cologne.

Direction by car: Leave the A3 motorway at junction 24 (Leverkusen) and follow signs for the BayArena. Nearest railway station is Leverkusen-Mitte on the Düsseldorf to Cologne line. Only local trains stop there. If you are coming on a train from Düsseldorf, you'll see the BayArena on the left hand side. Get off the train at Leverkusen-Mitte and walk back along the railway line. It will take you about 15 Minutes.

Bayer's Reserve / Under 21 team just got promoted back to the 3rd Division (Regionalliga, same League as Preussen Münster) after a spell of two seasons in the 4th Division (Oberliga). The Regionalliga is divided into a north and south section.

Germany hasn't got a separate League pyramid for Reserve teams. Reserve sides (or as they used to be called 'Amateur Teams') play in the ordinary league pyramid up to level 3 (Regionalliga).

Bayer's Reserve / Under 21 team usually stages their home games at the Ulrich-Haberland-Stadium. Only 'high risk' games are being played at the BayArena. The ground has got small uncovered terraces on three sides. The covered Stand is nicknamed by away supporters 'Bus Stop', because it has about 10 seats, for officials only.

LR Arlen

Your third game will be against LR Ahlen on Sunday, 10 July. Neither the kick-off time nor the ground where the match is being played, is mentioned on their homepage. But the game is mentioned on it.

LR Ahlen play in the 2nd Bundesliga. Their Wersestadium, which helds about 10,000, has got a covered Main Stand, a small covered terrace opposite and two small uncovered ends. If you want to watch the match from the away supporter section, keep in mind that you have to watch it through a high fence, severely obstructing the view. Their average home attendance is the worst in the 2nd Division. The club is a merger of two former Non-League clubs. They went up the league pyramid through the money of a sponsor. By 'pure coincidence' LR also stands for the name of the sponsor's company.

Ahlen is about 25 Miles south-east of Münster.

Direction by car: Leave the A1 motorway at junction 79 (Ascheberg) or the A2 motorway at junction 19 (Hamm-Uentrop) and follow signs for Ahlen. The ground is well signpost in town.

The nearest railway station is Ahlen on the Hamm to Bielefeld line. Only local trains stop there. The ground is about a 15 Minutes walk from the station, unfortunately not signposted from the station.

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29 June 2005 : Love The Town He Does
Sir Gary has been talking further in the Western Gazette of his holiday and the Derby Affair. And whilst one can never say "never", he comes as close to pledging his future to Yeovil Town as is practically possible. If Derby County can't seduce him it's hard to see anything other than a Premier League club, or maybe another international post, luring him away.

I am feeling refreshed after my holiday despite everything that went on. Because we were on a ship I really was away from everything. There was no newspapers or anything so I was able to have a fairly comfortable holiday and it was a break.

There were things to discuss with the Derby situation, which could have been a big move. When these things come up you really do have to take the time to look into them. But people know me - everything would have to be absolutely right for me to move on from Yeovil. I enjoy it here, and things are going well here, so it would have to be one hell of a total package for me to move on to pastures new.

I half knew what was going on but I was not reading it or anything, so when I stepped back into the country I straight away knew that it was not fair for me to leave my decision any longer. It was right for me not to say anything at first because there were points when I did not even know what was totally going on.

I knew of the interest, and that I had to make a decision, and that is what I did. So I gave myself a time-frame and that was it.

The greatest thing this has once again shown is that all of us at Yeovil trust each other. We all trust that everybody will make the right decisions for the right reasons. When you have that I think everyone understands, and that is why we all just wait for whoever has to make the decisions to make it.

It was nice coming back to all the support, and all I can say is that it was very humbling again. The response since I made the decision has been fantastic.

Of the coming campaign Johnson said :

We are probably going to have twenty-two players for the start of the season and we need to have them all up to maximum sharpness, so the busy schedule we have from July to August is going to be very important.

If that figure is reasonably firm then it looks as if the squad that will take us into the new campaign is close to complete. Ciderspace would like to see another first choice out and out forward on the books. Not long to wait before the friendlies begin, and we find out what the man who matters may be thinking by the sort of trialists on show.

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29 June 2005 : Ticket Office Open Late
With Thursday the last day for existing Season Ticket Holders to guarantee retention of their seats should they so wish there will be extended opening hours at the Ticket Office.

Thursday 30th June: 9.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.

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29 June 2005 : Harrold Heading For Glovers
Yeovil Town have agreed terms with tall striker Matt Harrold from fellow League One side Brentford with a "small undisclosed fee" being paid to Brentford to bring the player to Huish Park. The club don't make it clear whether Harrold has actually signed yet - the press release mixes between "agreed terms" and "signed" but when he does put pen to paper it will be a two year deal.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson said of the deal: "I see a huge potential in him and I am expecting him to show his worth during our pre-season tour to put himself in the frame for our starting XI. I think he could be the striker I have been looking for a while now."

Harrold was born in Leyton on July 25th 1984 and started his career with Harlow Town before moving onto Brentford on a free transfer in July 2003. He made 39 appearances for The Bees scoring 5 times although only 15 of those were starts. A loan spell at Dagenham and Redbridge followed over Christmas 2004, where he made two starts and two from the bench scoring one goal. That was followed up by a month's loan at the tail end of last season at Grimsby Town. Despite the loan periods, Matt finished the 2004-05 season as a Brentford regular starting their final game of the season.

Matt bears more than a passing resemblance to a certain member of the Royal Family and in an attempt to rival Matt's former manager Martin 'Mad Dog' Allen for prized quotes, Gary 'I threw them a carrot' Johnson quipped: "If he fails at football we will be able to get our money back by hiring him out as a Prince Harry look-alike!"

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29 June 2005 : Live On Sky We Ain't : Part Two
Sky Sports have released a second batch of matches that are scheduled to be shown live over the coming season in the Football League. Just the one addition to the League One list from earlier in the week, namely Brentford's trip to Port Vale which has been put back two days as follows:

Monday 15th August, Port Vale v Brentford, kick-off 8.00 p.m.

The other two League One matches that were confirmed earlier are:

Saturday 3rd September, Bristol City v Colchester United, kick-off 12.05 p.m.
Monday 10th October, Bradford City v Huddersfield Town, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

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29 June 2005 : Travel Info For Preussen Münster Match
The YTISA have sent through some information kindly given by Jurgen, a Preussen Münster fan, on the first tour match that will take place next week. Jurgen, who speaks rather good English for a German native, has supplied the following information:

"Anyone who will come over for next Wednesday's pre-season friendly away to Preussen Münster should note that this game will be held at the Non-League ground of Drensteinfurt. Kick-off will be at 7:00 PM local time.

Drensteinfurt is about 20 Miles south of Münster.

Direction by car: Leave the A1 motorway at junction 79 (Ascheberg) and follow signs for Ahlen. You'll pass Drensteinfurt after about 5 Miles. Nearest train station is Drensteinfurt on the Münster to Hamm line. Keep in mind that only local trains stop there.

Preussen Münster are German vice-champion of 1951 and founder member of the Bundesliga. Unfortunately we got relegated after our first season and never came back. For the last 20 years we have mainly played in the 3rd Division (Regionalliga), only interrupted by a short spell in the 2nd Bundesliga (1989-1991). We finished 11th in the table last season.

The team is back in training since Monday. This will be our 2nd pre-season friendly. Our current manager is Colin Bell, who played for Leicester City."

No information is forthcoming as yet on the venues for the other games against LR Ahlen or Bayer Leverkusen, nor on the possibility of a 4th match that is hoped to be pencilled in for 11th July.

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29 June 2005 : Andy Lindegaard's Review Of The Season
BBC Radio Bristol's John Bennett has contacted us with news of a second Yeovil Town Review of the season this coming Saturday that will feature Yeovil-born utility player Andy Lindegaard. The BBC Bristol Press Release reads as follows:

"This Saturday on BBC Radio Bristol there's another chance for Yeovil fans to relive the League Two Championship winning season, this time with the popular full-back Andy Lindegaard. Highlights of the four-part interview include Andy revealing what really happened in the tunnel against Bristol Rovers, the insight into what it was like to mark Danny Murphy in the FA Cup tie against Charlton and his thoughts on how the four-day break near the end of the season helped Yeovil to regain their form and win the title.

The Yeovil Town Review of the season with Andy Lindegaard is on Saturday Sport this weekend from 1pm on BBC Radio Bristol and Somerset Sound (95.5 FM or 1566 MW)."

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28 June 2005 : German Tour Badges
Badge collectors will know the standard Tim Lancaster comes up with - excellent designs and top quality production. His latest output is three badges related to the forthcoming pre-season tour. The following are available :

Preussen Munster, July 6th 2005
Bayer Leverkusen, July 8th 2005
L.R.Ahlen, 10th July 2005

Bayer Leverkusen badge
Bayer Leverkusen (July 8th 2005)
Photo © 2005 Tim Lancaster

Preussen Munster and L.R.Ahlen badges
Preussen Munster (July 6th) and L.R.Ahlen (10th July)
Photo © 2005 Tim Lancaster

£3.50 each on the tour, or available by post from :

Tim Lancaster, 45, Goytre Road, Goytre, Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, SA13 2YN. Please add 50p to include P&P.

Orders or any questions can also be e-mailed to Tim.

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28 June 2005 : Live On Sky We Ain't
Well we've probably had more than our fair share recently. The Coca-Cola Football League this afternoon announced the first tranche of matches to be broadcast live by Sky Sports. Amidst the usual gaggle of Championship games there are two from our League :

Saturday 3rd September, Bristol City v Colchester United, kick-off 12.05 p.m.
Monday 10th October, Bradford City v Huddersfield Town, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

The match chosen from the Carling Cup Round One is unsurprisingly :

Southend United v Southampton

The tie will now be played on Monday 22nd August, kick-off at 8:00 p.m.

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28 June 2005 : Yeovil Make A Supreme Signing
Yeovil Town have signed former Brighton and Hove Albion left-back Nathan Jones on a two year contract after the 32 year old was released by the Championship side at the end of the 2004-05 season.

Jones, who can also play as a left-winger, turned down offers from Colchester United, Bristol City, Swansea City and Luton Town to sign for the Glovers, giving an indication as to how highly rated he is around the middle division of the Football League.

But Jones told the Brighton Official Site that his decision to choose South Somerset over a couple of more lofty-positioned clubs came down to Yeovil Town's style of football.

"It was a football decision. Yeovil like to play football the way I like to play football," he explained. "In all honesty I think we could do the same as Brighton and go straight through. Yeovil are a fit young and talented group who like to work hard and give it a go. They also have one of the best managers outside the Premiership as recent events have shown. I was gutted to leave Brighton but I have been stale for a few months. By the end of the season, I had already decided to leave for the sake of my own career. If it wasn't for the club, the fans and the place I would have left earlier. I stuck it out because I didn't want to leave and I wanted to help the club, but in the end I needed to leave."

Nathan also gave a personal message to the club he was leaving behind adding: "I would like to thank the fans, who were magnificent to me during my time at Brighton. I'd also like to thank the backroom staff; all those on the administration side of the club, such as Derek Allan, Sally Townsend and Pat Gregory; and the chairman, who has been very supportive."

Nathan's early footballing career saw him play for Spanish side Nomincia before he signed up for Southend United in August 1997 where he spent three seasons, interrupted by a short loan spell at Scarborough. Transferring to Brighton in July 2000, he clocked up 128 appearances for the Seagulls scoring eight goals along the way. Nathan will already know Lee Johnson as the Yeovil midfielder's spell on the South Coast was during Nathan's first season.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press Gary Johnson explained: "There aren't many left footers around and Nathan brings experience of League One to our squad, which I think is vital. I've known him for a while because he played with Lee at Brighton and he's a good character to have in the squad. He can play anywhere on the left side which is a bonus and I think he will fit in very well here. He's played at places like Nottingham Forest and Bristol City before and won't be fazed by any of the big matches we've got next season. I'm very pleased to have signed him."

Those that may be struggling to remember where they've seen Nathan before may have their memories jogged by Sky Sports Soccer AM programme. Nathan featured regularly as they highlighted his habit of doing stepovers to confuse the opposition defences on his forward runs and Johnson added: "He's a very skilful player and I'm sure he'll be a fans' favourite. He won't be doing any 'showboating' here though!"

Welcome Nathan to the club and good luck during your time at Huish Park! Oh and just be careful that no-one in the club accidentally puts you in the press box for the first game of the season. The prospect of Western Daily Press reporter Nathan Jones taking to the field on the left flank is not one that bears thinking about!

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28 June 2005 : Get On Yer Tractors For The Tractor Boys
It's Ipswich Town away in the Carling Cup. A nice little round trip of 444 miles to Portman Road.

The last time Ipswich Town and then Yeovil and Petters United met competitively was in the Southern League in the 1937-38 season. Yeovil lost 2-3 away and it was a 1-1 draw at Huish. Ipswich were elected to the Football League at the end of that season. Although their Reserves remained in the Southern League for one more season we think a friendly fixture in 1973 is the only subsequent meeting after that.

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson had tongue in cheek as he quipped :

It's lucky that it's regionalised, that's all I can say!

It's a terrific draw. It's a lovely football pitch and a lovely football ground and it's a terrific game for us to enjoy once we get there.

First Round ties are scheduled to be played on Tuesday 23rd or Wednesday 24th of August.

The full First Round draw is as follows:

Preston v Barnsley
Chesterfield v Huddersfield
Blackpool v Hull
Mansfield v Stoke
Rotherham v Port Vale
Nottingham Forest v Macclesfield
Sheffield United v Boston
Derby v Grimsby
Leeds v Oldham
Wrexham v Doncaster
Scunthorpe v Tranmere
Stockport v Sheffield Wednesday
Bury v Leicester
Rochdale v Bradford
Hartlepool v Darlington
Wolves v Chester
Lincoln v Crewe
Burnley v Carlisle
Reading v Swansea
Gillingham v Oxford
MK Dons v Norwich
Plymouth v Peterborough
Shewsbury v Brighton
Cheltenham v Brentford
Northampton v QPR
Millwall v Bristol Rovers
Watford v Notts County
Rushden & Diamonds v Coventry
Bristol City v Barnet
Colchester v Cardiff
Torquay v Bournemouth
Ipswich Town v YEOVIL TOWN
Southend v Southampton
Crystal Palace v Walsall
Swindon v Wycombe
Leyton Orient v Luton

Clubs with byes to the Second Round: Aston Villa, Birmingham, Blackburn, Charlton, Fulham, Manchester City, Portsmouth, Sunderland, Tottenham, West Brom, West Ham, Wigan.

Clubs with byes to the Third Round: Arsenal, Bolton, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Newcastle.

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27 June 2005 : Nine Interviews Archived
A large selection of player interviews have been added to the site in the last fortnight, catching up on some of those that have not been published by this site so far, mainly in the form of Match Day Programme interviews from the 2004-05 season.

The full list added recently are as follows:

01/05/2001 : Chris Weale and Andy Lindegaard : At the end of the 2000-01 season.
05/03/2002 : Chris Weale : After Yeovil's 2-1 win over Canvey Island.
29/10/2002 : Chris Weale : After Yeovil's FA Cup defeat at Hayes.
26/07/2004 : Stuart Housley : After the Youth Team friendly win at Gillingham
31/07/2004 : Adrian Caceres : After the 4-2 pre-season win at Torquay United.
21/08/2004 : Paul Terry : After he scored the equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Notts County.
21/09/2004 : Sam Allardyce : The Bolton manager after his side had won 2-0 in the Carling Cup.
15/12/2004 : Stuart Housley : After his Youth Team had beaten Luton Town 2-0 in the FA Youth Cup.
16/04/2005 : Arron Davies : After the 1-1 draw at Kidderminster Harriers.

Alternatively head to the Main Interview Index and start browsing the full list there.

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27 June 2005 : Action Photos From Yeovil Town vs Notts County
This is not one for those who find horror films scary! Catching up on a few old photo galleries that were missing from the 2004/05 season, the Tuesday night match against Notts County at Huish Park in March 2005 is now available in pictures.

A total of 57 pictures are now on-line and the full horror of the 1-3 home defeat can be viewed here. Alternatively head to the Photo Gallery Index for some more palatable pictures.

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27 June 2005 : Conference Clubs In The LDV
No contention this year - presuming Cambridge United survive. The twelve Conference National teams to compete in the LDV Vans Trophy in 2005-06 are:

Cambridge United and Kidderminster Harriers as the two clubs relegated from Football League Two;

Hereford United, Aldershot Town, Stevenage Borough, Exeter City, Morecambe, Woking, Halifax Town, Accrington Stanley, Dagenham & Redbridge and Crawley Town as the ten highest placed clubs who weren't promoted.

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27 June 2005 : Hayes In Tapping Up Row
Paul Hayes, one of Gary Johnson's prime targets who reportedly came to have a look around Huish Park with his family, but as expected signed for League One rivals Barnsley, has become the centre of tapping up accusations.

His former club, Scunthorpe United, has written to the Football League asking that they investigate the circumstances in which he moved to Oakwell. It is understood that The Iron have additionally requested that the Football League look into the signing of another of their players, Richard Kell, also by Barnsley.

There is already real acrimony between the clubs over the compensation due for Hayes, who is under 24. With harsh words exchanged, and a yawning chasm between the two club's valuations, that has already been referred to a transfer tribunal.

The fixture computer may have a sense of humour: Scunthorpe's first home game of the 2005-06 season on August 9th is against Barnsley.

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27 June 2005 : A Title Remembered
League Two Champions 2004-05
League Two Champions 2004-05
Champions 2004-05
Photos © 2005 YTISA

Still celebrating that title win? Y.T.I.S.A. have further items available - two enamel badge designs at £2.50 each, and a tea-towel featuring the results of the 2004-05 season that produced the Championship at £3.00.

For the season ahead in League One there's a range of three scarves, two home one away shown below. Price: £6.00 each.

YTISA League One home and away scarves
YTISA League One home and away scarves
Photo © 2005 YTISA

YTISA alternatively designed League One home scarf
YTISA alternatively designed League One home scarf
Photo © 2005 YTISA

All items through YTISA. There's a small P&P charge if you want items sent. Contact Mark Kelly for further details and to place an order by e-mail.

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25 June 2005 : Oliver compensation deal agreed
Yeovil Town have agreed a 5-figure compensation deal with Conference side Woking for the services of defender Luke Oliver. There is also a sell-on clause. The full amount paid by the Glovers has not been disclosed, but Glovers boss Gary Johnson was pleased with the final deal.

"I think it is a very fair figure for a player who was out of contract, and both sides should be happy," Johnson told the Western Daily Press, adding: "Now it is up to Luke to push on and give it a real go here. I know he is looking forward to training with us."

Another player who'll definitely be lining up in the first official training session on July 1st is Adam Lockwood. The Yorkshireman's last season at the club was wrecked by near constant injury problems, but the defender is now fit again and has accepted a short-term contract offer in order to prove his injury problems are behind him. "Locky has been working hard over the summer," Johnson confirmed yesterday. "We'll see how pre-season goes and then review his situation."

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23 June 2005 : Third Tour Match Arranged
A third tour match has been arranged for this season's pre-season European trip and German side Bayer Leverkusen will be providing the illustrious opponents. The match is unlikely to be against a full Leverkusen first team but will still represent an impressive test for the Glovers against a side that reached the last sixteen of the Champions League during the season just gone, and defeated Real Madrid 3-0 during the group stages.

The Leverkusen official site can be found in an English edition here whilst the club can be contacted on +49 (0) 2148660-0 or faxed on +49 (0) 2148660-292.

The match will be played on Friday 8th July with a 6.30pm kick-off, which we assume is European time. The Glovers already have matches arranged against Preussen Münster and LR Ahlen. The club are still hoping for a fourth tour match, currently pencilled in for Monday 11th July.

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23 June 2005 : Carling Cup Structure
As last year the Carling Cup will be seeded, as well as divided on a South / North basis. The draw for the First Round will be announced on Radio 1 and Sky Sports on Tuesday, June 28th at 7.00 a.m.

Yeovil Town are of course in the southern half of the draw, and unseeded. Our opponents will therefore come from the list of eighteen South Seeded Teams. Southampton would be nice.........

South Seeded Teams :
1 Crystal Palace
2 Norwich City
3 Southampton
4 Ipswich Town
5 Reading
6 Millwall
7 Queens Park Rangers
8 Cardiff City
9 Plymouth Argyle
10 Watford
11 Coventry City
12 Brighton & Hove Albion
13 Luton Town
14 Gillingham
15 Brentford
16 Bristol City
17 AFC Bournemouth
18 Swindon Town

South Unseeded Teams
19 Walsall
20 Colchester United
21 Milton Keynes Dons
23 Swansea City
24 Southend United
25 Torquay United
26 Peterborough United
27 Northampton Town
28 Wycombe Wanderers
29 Leyton Orient
30 Bristol Rovers
31 Cheltenham Town
32 Oxford United
33 Notts County
34 Shrewsbury Town
35 Rushden & Diamonds
36 Barnet

North Seeded Teams
1 Derby County
2 Preston North End
3 Sheffield United
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers
5 Stoke City
6 Burnley
7 Leeds United
8 Leicester City
9 Crewe Alexandra
10 Hull City
11 Sheffield Wednedsay
12 Nottingham Forest
13 Rotherham United
14 Tranmere Rovers
15 Hartlepool United
16 Huddersfield Town
17 Doncaster Rovers
18 Bradford City

North Unseeded Teams
19 Barnsley
20 Blackpool
21 Chesterfield
22 Port Vale
23 Oldham Athletic
24 Scunthorpe United
25 Wrexham
26 Stockport County
27 Macclesfield Town
28 Lincoln City
29 Darlington
30 Rochdale
31 Mansfield Town
32 Boston United
33 Bury
34 Grimsby Town
35 Chester City
36 Carlisle United

Round Two will see the winners of Round One joined by the twelve Premier League clubs not participating in Europe: Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Charlton Athletic, Birmingham City, Fulham, Blackburn Rovers, Portsmouth, West Bromwich Albion, Sunderland, Wigan Athletic, West Ham United.

The eight Premier League clubs participating in various European competitions will enter at Round Three: Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Everton, Liverpool, Bolton Wanderers, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United.

The full list of round dates can be found further down this page under 19th June.

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23 June 2005 : League One fixtures released
Rochdale, Bury, and now Oldham! As now seems traditional for the opening day of the new season, Yeovil Town will make another long journey oop north for their 6th August first day fixture as they face Ronnie Moore's side at Boundary Park. By coincidence Moore's former side Rotherham - who Glovers fans will remember fondly from the FA Cup last season! - are the first visitors to Huish Park the following Tuesday (9th August), with Blackpool - another fairly recent FA Cup scalp - making the journey to Somerset four days later (13th August).

Stand-out fixtures are everywhere. What is little Yeovil Town doing in this company?! The first local-ish derby is at Swindon's County Ground on Saturday 27th August, while Swansea City will doubtless sell out the away end at Huish Park on the 8th of October. Nottingham Forest are the visitors on Saturday the 22nd October, and I think I'll repeat that: Nottingham Forest are the visitors on Saturday the 22nd October!

No doubt there'll be plenty of Glovers fans making their way along the M4 to the return match at Swansea's new stadium on Saturday 19th November, and fixtures come thick and fast over the Christmas period: We welcome Bournemouth to Huish Park on Boxing Day, with a long trip to Tranmere for an evening kick-off two days later (28th December). Bristol City are the visitors on New Year's Eve and three days later the Glovers are on their way oop north again to play old rivals (well they seem like old rivals by now) Doncaster Rovers.

Bradford City make their first visit to Huish Park on the 21st January, with Swindon the visitors on Saturday 11th March. The Glovers make the short trip to Bournemouth on Saturday 18th March and follow that up with the return fixture at Ashton Gate against Bristol City on April 1st.

The Glovers welcome Doncaster Rovers back to Huish Park on Saturday 8th April and make the journey to Nottingham Forest's City Ground on Easter Monday (17th April). The season ends with Gillingham the visitors on Saturday 22nd April, a tough trip to Huddersfield the following weekend (29th April) and a home match to finish versus Colchester United (Saturday 6th May). Phew!

The full fixture list is online here. Roll on August the 6th!

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22 June 2005 : Gary Returns To England ...... And Yeovil!
Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson returned from his Mediterranean holiday today bringing back the best holiday present possible - the news that he will NOT be joining Championship side Derby County. The Glovers boss moved quickly upon learning the huge amount of speculation that had gathered in his absence, and immediately issued a statement putting an end to two weeks worth of tabloid talk on the subject.

Gary told the Glovers official site: "I am very appreciative that Derby County showed an interest in me. I am also very grateful to the Yeovil Town board of directors for granting me permission to speak to Derby. But after a lot of thought and deliberation I have decided not to take the situation any further. Out of respect to the Yeovil Town board of directors, the fans, players and my staff I felt this decision needed to be taken now to alleviate any further disruption to our pre-season plans."

The past fortnight has brought some fantastic claims, mainly from the national newspapers, over Gary's future in Somerset, and Ciderspace would like to in particular nominate The Mirror ("Derby will name Gary Johnson as their new manager" - June 16th) and The Sun (John Fry discussing "six figure compensation" - June 17th) for their outstanding contribution to British Fiction in 2005.

It seems all the more likely that Johnson's discussions regarding the vacancy at Pride Park barely got beyond the point of acknowledgement of their approach and that Gary has - to his word - merely been a man enjoying his summer holiday. Nothing more and nothing less.

Once again the man himself has shown outstanding loyalty towards the club, and tonight he has made 7,000 people in Somerset very happy indeed. Now where's that 2005-06 fixture list? Yeovil Town have got a season to plan for!

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22 June 2005 : The Return of the King
Glovers boss Gary Johnson returns from his Mediterranean cruise today to face the media storm of speculation surrounding his possible link with Derby County. It may be that Gary has had very little idea of quite how much interest and concern regarding his immediate future there has been in and around both Somerset and Derbyshire whilst he's been ensconsed in well-deserved luxury on his cruise ship, but as soon as he's back that will doubtless change.

Today's Daily Mirror claims that Bolton assistant manager Phil Brown will be named as the new Derby boss today, and hopefully this time they'll be right. The Mirror's track record at naming new manager's for Derby isn't too impressive however, the paper having previously assured its readers that both Gary Johnson and Walter Zenga were certainties for the job. Probably more reliable is the Derby Evening Telegraph which today carries extensive quotes from 'a source close to Johnson.'

According to the DET and their mysterious source, talks have taken place between the Rams board and Gary's representatives, but no face-to-face talks have occured and none are at present planned. The unmamed source said: "Things haven't really moved on since the weekend. Gary has been enjoying his holiday and when he gets back it will be business as usual. There's no meeting planned with Derby and Gary himself hasn't spoken to them. At the moment the silence is deafening although, of course, that could change when he gets back."

The DET also reports on the Phil Brown link to the vacant position, stating, "the Derby board remained as tight-lipped as ever on how close they were to announcing an appointment, let alone whether there were any other candidates in the frame other than Brown and Johnson."

More news as it becomes available.

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21 June 2005 : Action Photos From County Cup Final
A large selection of action photos from the end of season Somerset Premier Cup Final have now been added to the Action Photos Gallery Section of the site.

A total of 94 action photos from the 5-0 win against Odd Down are now on the site and can be found here. Some of the post-match presentations that were made were previously on the news page but the full selection can now be viewed here. Finally, they've already been publicised, but the End Of Season awards were also made on the same night and those can be viewed here.

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21 June 2005 : Some News From Oop North
The Bolton Evening News has just added its update on the Derby Manager Saga. So far the local press have been rather more on the ball than the national media, so we are keeping our fingers crossed that the BEN has got this right, as it looks hopeful from our point of view.

They claim that Phil Brown, current Number 2 at Bolton Wanderers is now the clear favourite for the post having been called to a second interview / round of talks after impressing the Derby County Board at the first meeting. Wanderers boss, Sam Allardyce, and chairman, Phil Gartside, are believed to have given Brown impressive references. However neither Bolton nor Derby would make any official comment to the paper.

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21 June 2005 : Ssssh ...... It's Oh So Quiet!
The local and national media appear to have run out of steam in their coverage of the long-running Derby County managerial saga. Press in the West Country appear to have given up attempting to come up with any further news, whilst even the Derby Evening Telegraph sound a little fed up with a position that has now been vacant for over two weeks.

The Derby press and the BBC continue to pin their flags to Bolton Wanderers assistant manager Phil Brown and our very own Gary Johnson. The BBC claim that Brown has held talks with the Derby board over the position, although they have also claimed that Sir Gary has met for the same, despite his position in the Mediterranean. Hence, without any official confirmation from the Reebok Stadium, matters continue to be very vague indeed, leaving even the most creative of journalists floundering for copy to file on the subject. Does anyone out there really know what is going on?

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20 June 2005 : Do I Not Like That!
All remains very quiet today in terms of news over who will succeed George Burley as Derby County manager at Pride Park, although today's Derby Evening Telegraph expects us to be put out of our misery some time this week as the Rams appoint what the paper describes as "their fifth manager in as many years".

Gary Johnson's former boss Graham Taylor has stepped into the frame - not as a candidate for the job - but to sing the praises of the Yeovil boss, who worked as Academy Director at Watford under Taylor. Although Taylor's views will be welcomed by Yeovil fans about as gladly as a Weymouth fan in the middle of the Westland Stand, Taylor does express his surprise that Gary would show interest in such a position, given how recently he signed his contract at Huish Park.

The former England manager explained: "I certainly think he's up to the task. He's served an apprenticeship both in the UK and abroad and I would put both hands up for Gary Johnson any time. If I were at Derby County, or any other club in the Championship, I would certainly have Gary on my list. I think Gary's learnt a great deal through his experiences over the past few years but to do it the way he has is no easy thing. I was surprised when I saw his name linked with the job because I knew he'd only recently signed a new contract at Yeovil. But he has to decide whether this is the right time for him to move on and whether Derby County is the right move for him."

The Derby paper also claims that Johnson was interviewed for the job over the weekend. Whether that is sheer guesswork on their behalf, or a genuine informed knowledge of the situation is debatable. Last week's Western Daily Press quoted an unnamed friend of Gary's as saying that there would be no contact considered until the Yeovil boss returned from his Mediterranean holiday. Gary is expected back in England later this week.

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19 June 2005 : YTISA Merchandise At Car Boot Sale
YTISA merchandise will be on sale at a stall at the Yeovil Showground Car Boot Sale (up Hendford Hill and just off the A37) today between 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. All profits from YTISA merchandising directly benefit Yeovil Town, usually in the form of equipment or facilities purchased for the club.

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19 June 2005 : Brown Favourite For Derby Position Claim BBC
The BBC have joined in with the various media outlets predicting who will be the next Derby County manager, and they are claiming that Bolton Wanderers assistant manager Phil Brown now tops the wanted list at Pride Park. BBC Radio Derby claim that the Derby board were putting in a formal approach to Wanderers this weekend with general opinion being that Bolton would not stand in the way of their assistant.

It's becoming easier now to name the managers who won't be applying for the position. Tranmere Rovers boss Brian Little and Doncaster Rovers manager Dave Penney have both ruled themselves out of the running after the rumourmill connected them with the position.

A couple of articles found on the internet give an insight as to perhaps why managers are not falling all over themselves to become the man in the Pride Park hotseat and are well worth reading, particularly if you are one of those prospective managers! (Hint hint Gary!)

The Derby Evening Telegraph have produced an article describing how the current Derby board came into place and that article can be found here. Meanwhile the Derby County fans site Ramzone has given its own thoughts on the likely expectations the Derby board will have for their new manager and that article can be found here. Quite certain you still want that job Gary?

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19 June 2005 : FA Youth Cup
A total of 408 entries have been accepted for the 2005-06 Football Association Youth Challenge Cup. A full list can be seen here.

Forty-four clubs from the Premiership and Championship are exempt to the Third Round Proper. Forty-six clubs (Peterborough United and Torquay United have not entered) from League One and League Two, including Yeovil Town, are exempt to the First Round Proper.

The dates are as follows :

Preliminary Round - Monday 12th September 2005
First Round Qualifying - Monday 26th September 2005
Second Round Qualifying - Monday 10th October 2005
Third Round Qualifying - Monday 24th October 2005

In the competition Proper ties to be played by :

First Round Proper - Saturday 12th November 2005
Second Round Proper - Saturday 26th November 2005
Third Round Proper - Saturday 17th December 2005
Fourth Round Proper - Saturday 21st January 2006
Fifth Round Proper - Saturday 4th February 2006
Sixth Round Proper - Saturday 18th February 2006
Semi-Finals First Leg - Saturday 11th March 2006
Semi-Finals Second Leg - Saturday 25th March 2006
Final First Leg - to be confirmed
Final Second Leg - to be confirmed

In 2004-05 Yeovil Town Youths achieved the best performance in their history, knocking out three teams from a higher division without conceding a goal, before eventually succumbing to Everton in the Fourth Round.

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19 June 2005 : Coca-Cola Football League One Play-Off Dates
With Sky repeating the 2004-05 experiment of broadcasting all the play-off matches live dates for the Semi-Finals are subject to fitting into its schedules, but provisionally the League One dates are as follows :

Semi-Final First Leg - Saturday 13th or Sunday 14th May 2006
Semi-Final Second Leg - Tuesday 16th or Wednesday 17th May 2006

Final - Sunday 28th May 2006

All the Play-Off Finals will be at Wembley Stadium, presuming it's finished on time.

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19 June 2005 : Carling Cup Dates
We now have the complete dates for the Carling Cup (see item on 15th June).

First Round - Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th August 2005
Second Round - Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st September 2005
Third Round - Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th October 2005
Fourth Round - Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th November 2005
Fifth Round - Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st December 2005
Semi-Final First Leg - Tuesday 10th or Wednesday 11th January 2006
Semi-Final Second Leg - Tuesday 24th or Wednesday 25th January 2006
Final - Sunday 26th February 2006

The Final will be played at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

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19 June 2005 : LDV Vans Dates
Not the most riveting competition - but news is slow.......

The dates of the LDV Vans Trophy are as follows :

First Round - Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th October 2005
Second Round - Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd November 2005
Third Round - Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th December 2005
Regional Semi-Finals - Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th January 2006
Regional Final First Leg - Tuesday 14th or Wednesday 15th February 2006
Regional Final Second Leg - Tuesday 21st or Wednesday 22nd February 2006
Final - Sunday April 2nd 2006

The Final will be played at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

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17 June 2005 : F.A. Cup 2005-06
The number of teams entering the F.A. Cup for the coming season will be 674. A full list can be found here.

The exemption system remains unchanged from the previous competition. Yeovil Town will enter in the First Round Proper.

The round dates are as follows :

Extra Preliminary - Saturday 20th August 2005
Preliminary - Saturday 27th August 2005
First Round Qualifying - Saturday 10th September 2005
Second Round Qualifying - Saturday 24th September 2005
Third Round Qualifying - Saturday 8th October 2005
Fourth Round Qualifying - Saturday 22nd October 2005
First Round Proper - Saturday 5th November 2005
Second Round Proper - Saturday 3rd December 2005
Third Round Proper - Saturday 7th January 2006
Fourth Round Proper - Saturday 28th January 2006
Fifth Round Proper - Saturday 18th February 2006
Sixth Round Proper - Monday 20th, Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd or Thursday 23rd March 2006
Semi-Finals - Saturday 22nd April 2006
Final - Saturday 13th May 2006

The Final will be played at Wembley Stadium, builders permitting.

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17 June 2005 : Gary Leaves Derby All At Sea
Glovers boss Gary Johnson will not be making any serious contact with Derby County until he returns from his holiday next week, according to today's Western Daily Press. Reports vary as to exactly when that is - yesterday's WDP quoted Chairman John Fry as saying that Johnson was not due back for another 10 days, although other reports suggest that he will arrive in England next Wednesday.

The WDP have tracked down an unnamed source who is believed to have made contact with Johnson and he told the paper: "He's having a break to get away from it all and is determined to enjoy his holiday. If the Derby job is still vacant when he gets back next week - and they still want to interview Gary - then he will have a decision to make. But until he returns nothing can be done - he's in the middle of the ocean at the moment!"

Preston manager Billy Davies is now definitely out of contention, having signed a new deal in Lancashire yesterday. However, former Italy goalkeeper Walter Zenga, former Derby player Steve Round and Bolton Wanderers assistant Phil Brown are also being mentioned by various local and national press.

The nationals though are still firmly putting their hat on Johnson with today's The Sun claiming that Johnson was already in the hotseat at Pride Park and that Yeovil were currently discussing a six-figure compensation deal. However, our friends at The Mirror - after putting their money on Davies on Monday and Johnson on Wednesday, now say on Friday that Zenga "appears to be in pole position following his meeting with the club". Who will they pick tomorrow? Tune in and find out ...

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16 June 2005 : Life On The Ocean Wave
The future position of Glovers boss Gary Johnson is still about about as clear as it was this time 24 hours earlier, despite a myriad of newspaper reports all claiming to have inside knowledge on the situation. Johnson is widely expected to be still on his Mediterranean cruise liner until the middle of next week and so any hope that Derby County might have of contacting him would rest on their ability to make contact with his ship, or for the ship to come within the range of a mobile phone mast. As this morning's Western Morning News went to press, Glovers Chairman John Fry had been unable to get hold of his prized manager to get his opinion on the subject.

This small fact hasn't stopped the national press putting forward their own views on the subject. Today's Mirror newspaper boasts the claim that Derby "will name Gary Johnson as their new manager by the end of next week". The Daily Express claims they have been told the same news by "friends of Gary Johnson". We are presumably meant to quietly ignore the small fact that the Mirror had pinned their flag to Preston's Billy Davies only days earlier promising their readership that he would be the new Pride Park boss.

Of course, more credible readings are to be found at local level. Today's WMN quotes Fry as explaining: "All that has happened to date is that my directors have agreed that Derby can talk to Gary. There have been no meetings with Derby and Gary that I'm aware of, he is somewhere in the Mediterranean and is likely to be away for another ten days. If there are any further developments, then we will make a statement about them. We have done what we consider to be the right thing, and Derby County's chairman has done the right thing in approaching us in a formal way and formal approval has been given. It is factual that Gary signed a new contract for a further three years and he is very happy at this football club. We want to keep our manager, and we feel this is the best approach to keeping our manager. He is very much in demand. He is a very successful person in football and, as far as we are concerned, Gary Johnson is under contract with us and is our manager until it has been stated otherwise."

The Derby Evening Telegraph is equally cautious in its assessment of the situation, although they are now seeing the involvement of Preston boss Billy Davies as being all the more unlikely. His agent Mick McGuire told the paper that Derby had yet to approach Preston and indicated that the most likely scenario would be that his man would be signing a new deal in Lancashire. McGuire explained: "The meeting with the Preston chairman was very positive. Preston have made Billy an outstanding offer and the ball is in his court. He's very flattered with the interest from other clubs, particularly from Derby, but there has been no direct contact with Billy from Derby and I'm now waiting for Billy to advise me as to what to do next."

Derby Chief Executive Jeremy Keith told the same paper that he would not discuss specific applicants for the position: ""We think it's inappropriate to discuss individuals. We realise we need to make an appointment as quickly as possible but we have to make sure it's the right one. We're pursuing our recruitment process and any clearances we need before speaking to candidates will be obtained in the proper manner. We've a number of candidates on the shortlist and we are in the process of making the decision about which of those we would like to appoint. The decision will be made soon and then we will be discussing terms. There have been a number of very strong candidates and although a number of names have been linked with the role of Derby County manager we feel it would be inappropriate to discuss individuals."

Of course there is no guarantee that even if Derby want Johnson, that Johnson would want Derby. Gary may want to consider the current boardroom stability at Pride Park versus that at Huish Park whilst toying up the pros and cons of such a move. Derby fans have been livid at the actions that led to the resignation of former manager George Burley ten days ago, with claims of bust-ups with Director of Football Murdo MacKay, a player being sold behind the manager's back (Tom Huddlestone) and various potentially libellous innuendoes being levelled at the board as being responsible for Burley's shock exit.

The Rams Trust website had this broadside at the state of affairs at the Championship club: "Given that the three Musketeers [on the Derby board] promised to stabilise the Rams by applying their knowledge of business practices, you have to wonder where they learned their business skills? Antagonising and then losing your excellent team manager by appointing a Director of Football doesn’t seem to be that good a practice! When you then learn of the litany of failed businesses behind them, you start to wonder why the Cooperative Bank foisted these guys on us?"

If the worst does come to the worst though - and there are no factual signs that this is about to happen - the Glovers will be entitled to compensation to reflect Gary's three year contract, only signed two months ago that was designed to keep him at Huish Park until 2008. Speaking to the Western Daily Press Fry added: "Gary signed a three-year deal towards the end of last season. Of course when negotiations took place we talked about every eventuality. And in business if any contract is severed or ended early then it is the subject of compensation."

Somewhere on board a ship in the Mediterranean, a middle-aged man is probably sipping cocktails with his wife, relaxing, and totally oblivious to the amount of column inches that are being written about him right now and the number of messages that are being left on his mobile phone's voicemail service. Until either Yeovil or Derby get in contact with him, Gary Johnson is going nowhere further than the ship's bar.

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15 June 2005 : Carling Cup First Round
As in 2004-05 the Carling Cup will begin in the third week of the season rather than the first, with Round One ties due to be played on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th of August. We would expect the seeding system introduced for the first time last season to be retained, but this has not yet been confirmed. Premiership clubs are exempt until Round Two, clubs involved in European competitions are exempt until Round Three.

The date of the Carling Cup Final has been set for Sunday February 26th 2006, and will be played at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

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15 June 2005 : No Change For Reserves
Although there has been major restructuring in the Pontin's Holidays League and elsewhere in the Pontin's Holidays Combination, the Combination's Wales & West Division, which includes Yeovil Town, remains unaltered for 2005-06.

The following clubs will compete in the coming season :

A.F.C. Bournemouth
Bristol City
Bristol Rovers
Cardiff City
Cheltenham Town
Plymouth Argyle
Swansea City
Swindon Town

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15 June 2005 : Derby Approach Johnson For Manager's Job
Championship side Derby County have officially approached Yeovil Town for permission to talk to Glovers boss Gary Johnson about their vacant manager's position. Chairman John Fry has admitted that he has granted The Rams permission to speak to Johnson, although the puzzling implication of his words and actions are that he has yet to gauge Johnson's own views on the subject.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press, Fry said: ""We have had an approach from Derby and have given them permission to talk to Gary. He is on holiday and Derby contacted us after he went away. But they are free to try to contact him. I will now wait to hear from Gary and expect to hear from him when he comes back."

Derby's summer plans were thrown into chaos when former manager George Burley resigned from his position on the back of rumours claiming a major bust-up with Derby's Director of Football Murdo MacKay. MacKay had tendered his resignation just before Burley walked, but when the offer was either refused or withdrawn, Burley chose to depart.

The Rams have been courting Preston North End boss Billy Davies - believed to be a friend of MacKay's - for some time but Preston remain confident that Davies will be signing a new deal with them, and this latest move implies that The Rams are now switching attention to their No.2 choice, Gary Johnson.

What isn't clear in all of this is what Johnson's reaction will be to such an approach. Having officially turned down Coventry City and becoming increasingly irritated by near-weekly press claims linking him with any club from Watford through to Hearts, Sir Gary's reaction may well be to dish out another "thanks but no thanks" response to Derby's courting.

Despite now residing in a new stadium at Pride Park and having a 5 million pound training complex, the club are believed to be as much as 40 million pounds in debt and Burley's replacement would be their sixth manager since October 2001. Johnson has only just signed a three year contract at Huish Park, meaning that the Derby board would have to negotiate a hefty pay-out if they were to persuade all parties that a deal was in their interests - something that the debt-ridden club may not be able to afford.

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14 June 2005 : Thursday night is 'Soccer Night'
HTV West have confirmed that their regional football highlights show, 'Soccer Night', will return next season in its now familiar Thursday evening slot, after a controversial switch from its previous Sunday lunchtime showing - a move that has paid off in raw viewing figures alone. The programme features brief highlights of matches involving all 4 clubs in the HTV West region, namely Bristol City, Swindon Town, Yeovil Town and Bristol Rovers; along with interviews, analysis and humour.

"We're looking to continue with Soccer Night late on Thursday nights," HTV West spokesman Richard Lister confirmed. "Naturally people don't like to see their viewing habits changing and some weren't keen about the loss of the Sunday show. But we simply didn't have a slot available to us. Yet we found double the amount of viewers were watching on a Thursday night - around 100,000 people on average - compared to the Sunday lunchtime show. The new programme has also attracted the biggest audience share of any ITV regional soccer show at 13 per cent, compared to the ITV average of 11 per cent."

HTV West will continue to broadcast one-off Cup 'specials' - for example extended highlights of the Glovers Carling Cup games versus both Plymouth and Bolton were shown on the same evening the matches were played last season; and will also show brief goal highlights of matches played in local news bulletins. One assumes that the Carlton Westcountry TV version of 'Soccer Night', presented by Martin Tyler, will also be staying with the Thursday evening format, though this has not yet been confirmed.

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13 June 2005 : Money Matters
A further minor addition to the new TV deal between the Football League and Sky / ITV (see News Page, June 10th) is word that 80% of the money will go to the Championship, 12% to League One and the remaining 8% to League Two. How this will be divided between the clubs themselves has not yet been clarified. Simple equal shares would give a Championship club £1,222,222 a year, a League One club £183,333 a year and a League Two club £122,222 per annum for the three year duration of the deal. However with the likelihood of some weighting each time a club is actually shown live, a possible pool, administrative costs, the Football League retaining some monies etc., etc., the actual figures received will almost certainly vary from those.

Again on money, though this time of no concern to Yeovil Town, last week's Football League AGM decided to use the same ratio as above to divide up anything obtained through the case against the FL's ex-lawyers, who are being sued over their advice in the ITV On-Digital debacle. It was also decided that the position of each club at the time of the collapse would be the determining factor as to what each would get, ignoring subsequent promotions and relegations. So, for example, Grimsby Town would get the money due a Championship club though now in League Two, whilst Hull City would get the sum due a League Two club though now in the Championship. However our completely non-legal opinion is they shouldn't get too excited as we've always suspected the Football League is wasting its time (and our money) pursuing this case.

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13 June 2005 : FA Fiddles While Lord Burns
Lord Burns, the man charged with reviewing the structure of English football and the Football Association in particular, has released his interim findings and thoughts in an Open Letter ahead of his full report, which is expected towards to the end of July.

This site covered the submission by the Football League on May 4th. Copies of this and submissions from other stakeholder organisations can be read here. John Moules must have spent hours several minutes putting together the response on behalf of the The Football Conference Limited, with limited being the key word. At least publishing on-line hides the use of crayon. Submissions from individuals can be read here, with one of the more interesting being from Graham Bean. Longer term readers of this site will recall Bean from the Boston United cheating case when he was F.A. Compliance Officer. A man who was far too diligent, competent and efficient for the F.A. - so he had to go.

The full - rather lengthy at fifteen pages - open letter from Lord Burns is available here in .pdf format. In summary the lines Burns is thinking along are as follows :

I am clear that the present structures of The FA are in need of substantial reform. The lack of clarity of responsibility, the difficulty in reaching decisions, and the substantial frustration and tension that exists as a consequence, together undermine the authority and effectiveness of the organisation. This inhibits its ability to achieve its objectives in the modern football world.

The specific areas that Burns feels need reform are :

• a new FA Board of Directors, properly constituted, to take full strategic responsibility for all FA matters and to lead a newly-structured FA with simpler and cleaner organisational divisions;

• a more focused Council which would be seen as the ‘Parliament’ of football and to which the Board would be accountable;

• a new structure for governing the national game, which I have called the “Community Football Alliance”, constituted as a discrete and self-contained body to provide a single focus for monitoring, supporting, and disseminating best practice across the National Game;

• a single, semi-autonomous “Regulation and Compliance Unit” within The FA;

• a fixed funding formula to allocate the surplus of The FA between the relevant organisations;

• a clear set of arrangements for handling the relationship and interaction between The FA and the principal delivery organisations of English football, the FA Premier League and the Football League, as the professional side of the game, and the proposed “Community Football Alliance”.

Sadly, in our opinion, one thing he doesn't address is whether the current personnel at the FA are actually capable of making a better fist of things whatever the structure. But probably wisely the FA didn't include this aspect in his remit, although he can't resist one small side-swipe : "average age is high".

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13 June 2005 : Fixture Lists Produce Christmas Double Header
An early leak of the 2005-06 Football League fixture lists suggests that all League One and League Two clubs will be bracing themselves for a very busy Christmas and New Year period. Early indications are that all teams in the two lower divisions will be asked to play two games in 24 hours, with one of those matches likely to be spent on the road.

Due to Christmas Day this year falling on a Sunday, both December 26th and 27th are bank holidays and the Football League has pencilled in a full programme of fixtures for both days. It is not clear whether there will be regionalisation of the two adjacent fixtures to ensure that - for example - Yeovil do not have to travel to Hartlepool United with a home fixture on the day before/after! It is also not clear whether the Football League will sanction clubs moving fixtures into the midweek period to spread the load.

The New Year period will be just as congested. A full fixture programme has been set aside for New Years Eve, which falls on a Saturday, with another programme in place for Monday 2nd January 2006 - another Bank Holiday. This means that all clubs will be asked to complete a total of four games in eight days. The only saving grace will be that supporters will get a lie-in on New Years Day, though will those travelling even get home in time to get down the pub?

Full Christmas Fixture Schedule:

Mon 26th December 2005
Tue 27th December 2005
Sat 31st December 2005
Mon 2nd January 2006.

Other Relevant Dates:

Thu 23rd June 2005 : Full Fixture Lists Published
Sat 6th August 2005 : League One Season Starts
Sat 6th May 2006 : League One Season Ends (with the exception of playoff matches)

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11 June 2005 : Thommo signs new 2-year deal
Glovers assistant manager Steve Thompson has signed a new contract to remain at Huish Park until 2007. The long-serving former Wycombe and Woking midfielder said: "I am delighted to have signed to stay here with Gary [Johnson] for another two years. These are the most exciting times ever for Yeovil. Since he has been here the club hasn't looked back, and nor have I. I have been here for seven years now and have learned a lot from the four managers I have worked with but, without hesitation, I can say I have learned the most from Gary.

"I really enjoy working with him and can't wait for the new season to start, to be honest. If you cannot get worked up about Yeovil playing in the highest division we have been in, then there's no point in being in the game. We've achieved a lot and now we have got another big challenge ahead of us and we are all looking forward to it - the players, the management, all the staff, the board and supporters - these are really good times."

"I love being involved at a club like this. I love coaching and I love match-days, getting the players prepared and ready to play both physically and mentally. The back-room team all have their part to play and I really enjoy being part of it. Like I said, I am really looking forward to next season now - I think we all are."

There's been further reaction from local football league clubs to the news of the increased tv deal the league signed with Sky TV and ITV yesterday (see news story below). Glovers chairman John Fry commented: "It was a pleasant surprise but no more than what the clubs in this league deserve. The League has become a very exciting and high quality competition. Coming out of the Conference we have seen the standards in the League are very high and they are always improving. We cannot really gauge what we will actually get for Yeovil Town yet, but we hope to see the live television cameras down at Huish Park at some point."

Bristol City chairman Steve Lansdown agreed. "I was delighted to hear about this. It is very, very good news," he said. "I was surprised as everyone was expecting things to be tough for a few more years, so it's full marks to the people at the Football League for negotiating this. The increase will not be big numbers in terms of what we spend overall, but it's a nice little extra earner. A lot of the money will go to the Championship clubs but that just makes it more attractive for us to get promoted! If we can make that step up, which is what we are aiming for, we know what we can expect to get and what it will mean for us."

As mentioned yesterday, it remains to be seen exactly what percentage of the tv money will trickle down as far as League One, but it's known that Championship clubs will receive proportionally more than their League One/Two counterparts.

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10 June 2005 : Football League Tightens Up On Ticketing And Ground Moves
As reported on this site yesterday, an item on the Football League Annual General Meeting agenda concerned the fair pricing of tickets for away fans. We are pleased to say that the motion, proposed by Huddersfield Town, has been passed.

Clubs will be required to submit a pricing plan to the Football League showing ticket prices for all areas of their ground. The League will ensure this plan does not allow the club to charge visiting supporters higher prices for accommodation in comparable zones to that for home supporters. If visiting supporters have use of the only standing area in the ground they should be charged 10% less than the cheapest covered seat. Visiting supporters may be charged more if they occupy accommodation that is of a higher standard than home supporters, provided the added charge is no more than 10%. The pricing plan will be circulated to all clubs in the relevant division, and no changes will be allowed to the plan unless the consent of the visiting club is given.

On to ground moves. The regulations have been tightened up, and it is clear that in part the new provisions are intended to prevent another 'Milton Keynes Dons' situation arising.

In future the Football League must be satisfied that the granting of permission :

a) would be consistent with the objects of The League as set out in the Memorandum of Association;
b) would be appropriate having in mind the relationship (if any) between the locality with which by its name or otherwise the applicant Club is traditionally associated and that in which such Club proposes to establish its ground;
c) would not adversely affect such Club's Officials, players, supporters, shareholders, sponsors and others having an interest in its activities;
d) would not have an adverse effect on visiting Clubs;
e) would not adversely affect Clubs having their registered grounds in the immediate vicinity of the proposed location;
and f) would enhance the reputation of The League and promote the game of association football generally.

A minor ammendment has been made to ground sharing regulations to ensure that football fixtures must always take priority over any other use associated with the other party in the agreement - presumably directed at the increasing number of clubs sharing their stadia with Rugby Union and Rugby League teams.

All these new rules will come into force for the 2005-06 season.

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10 June 2005 : European tour enamel lapel badges
Tim Lancaster writes:

"I am producing 100 enamel lapel badges for each of the four fixtures on the tour of Germany during July 2005.

"Each badge will feature the home clubs crest and the Yeovil Town crest as well as the match details.


"SC Preuben Munster vs Yeovil Town - Wednesday 6th July - £3.50

"Leichtathletik Rasensport Ahlen vs Yeovil Town - Sunday 10th July - £3.50

"I am awaiting details of the final two games, however the badges will be produced as soon as details are announced.

"These badges will be on sale from myself on the tour. Regulars may reserve their badges by sending a cheque for £4.00 to 45, Goytre Road, Goytre, Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, Wales, SA13 2YN."

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10 June 2005 : Football League agrees new tv deal
The Football League have agreed a new deal with Sky TV and their partners ITV to show live football and highlights of matches until the end of the 2008/09 season. The agreement begins when the present one runs out, at the start of the 2006/07 season.

Sky will show 70 live Football League matches per season, including 55 from the Championship, leaving 15 live games per season to be shared between Leagues One and Two, though whether there's a set number of games from each division to be shown has not been revealed.

Sky will also show all play-off matches including the finals scheduled for the new Wembley Stadium; 15 live ties from the Carling Cup (fans will doubtless recall that the Glovers 2nd round defeat at home to Bolton was shown live last season); and last and probably least, the final of the LDV Vans Trophy will also be shown live.

ITV will continue to show their highlights show 'The Championship', as well as continuing with their regional highlights programmes, last season scheduled on Thursday evenings. They will also show highlights from Carling Cup matches.

The new deal is thought to be worth in the region of £110 million pounds to the Football League over the 3-year period of the deal - an increase of around 40% on the current deal which is worth approximately £100 million over 4 years. It's not known however how much of that trickles down as far as League One clubs, so although the Glovers should see some increase in the income they receive from tv deals, it's too soon as yet to say how much that will be.

"We are delivering on the promise we made to increase our clubs' commercial revenues," Football League chairman Sir Brian Mawhinney said. "The new agreement with Sky Sports is recognition of the outstanding entertainment our clubs provide their viewers week in, week out, throughout the season. I am delighted ITV have agreed to extend our partnership as this ensures supporters have the opportunity to see their clubs on free-to-air television."

Vic Wakeling, managing director of Sky Sports, said: "The Football League continues to go from strength to strength and attendances are at their highest in 45 years - reflecting the huge interest in the game at all levels and emphasising the League's importance in the sporting fabric of this country. In Sky's comparatively brief history, we have covered every one of the 72 Football League clubs live, home or away, in cup or league. We look forward to continuing this in-depth coverage over the next four years."

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9 June 2005 : Football League AGM
The Annual General Meeting of the Football League is taking place at Carden Park in Chester today and tomorrow. One of the first items on the agenda will be the formal acknowledgement of promotion and relegation issues - so we should now be able to count ourselves a League One club officially.

We understand the contentious issue of transfer windows and loans will be one of the major items up for discussion. For details of the likely direction of debate see the Ciderspace News Page for May 29th 2005.

Another bone of contention is sneaky differential ticket pricing for home and away fans. Huddersfield Town has tabled a motion that all fans should be offered the same price deals on admission to matches.

Terriers chief executive Andrew Watson said :

Last season we had a situation where Walsall were offering a £2.00 discount to fans ringing a premium-rate phone line before matchday and paying a booking fee for their tickets. In effect, they were making back the money with a booking fee and expensive phone line and they wouldn't let us sell their tickets at our office. We don't think that's fair, so we are putting a proposal whereby all fans have to be offered the same deal and it will be voted on by all 72 Coca-Cola League clubs.

The fairness of pricing for away fans is an issue close to the heart of this site, and one we have repeatedly brought to the fore over the years. We wish Huddersfield every success in their proposal, and trust our representative will be supporting it.

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9 June 2005 : Poole looking to make big splash
New Glovers signing David Poole, a regular in Manchester United's quadruple trophy-winning side last season before being released by the Old Trafford club recently, has been explaining how he wants to emulate last season's League Two top-scorer Phil Jevons in re-building his career in the lower leagues after being released by a Premiership club.

"I can't look at leaving United as a negative, I've got to take the positives," Poole told the Western Daily Press. "I want to play first-team football now and progress my career. Phil Jevons left Everton when he was quite young and he was the top scorer in League Two last season. He's a good example for players like me."

"Yeovil are very ambitious and want to keep pushing on," he added. "And I know from my time here at the end of last season that they play good football. I'm not the biggest of players so it's important to be in a team that plays the ball on the ground."

Meanwhile Glovers boss Gary Johnson has indicated that the door may not quite be as firmly shut behind striker Bartosz Tarachulski as it seemed last week. Both he and Andrejs Stolcers may yet get the opportunity to earn a new contract should they not get signed up elsewhere. Speaking to the Western Gazette Johnson said: "Several players have got the option to call me if they are not fixed up and it will be at that point I will make the decision whether there is any room in the squad for them - that includes Stolcers and Bartosz."

The Glovers boss went on to say that he would be taking "three or four" potential new strikers on trial on the upcoming European tour, details below. "I would never put myself under pressure to find anyone," the Gaffer told the Gazette. "You make mistakes when you do that so you have to wait and see what comes along and I have got three or four strikers who are coming on tour with us. Everyone knows me - I like to get to know people before taking them on so there is no panic at all."

"The household names who are centre-forwards are impossible to get which means I have got to search for a clever one that is a clever spot by me. I have got a few friends and whether the player we want comes from abroad or from home we will have to wait and see but I have got some irons in the fire. I do not need any more wide players so I am alright in that department but I am keeping an eye on everyone and every situation."

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8 June 2005 : European Tour Details Announced
Yeovil Town have announced preliminary details of their Summer 2005 European Tour. The team will travel across the channel on Tuesday 5th July and will return to England during the early hours of Tuesday 12th July.

Key dates and fixtures are as follows:

Wed 6th July : 7.00pm : Preussen Münster
Fri 8th July : Second Tour Match : Details To Be Announced
Sun 10th July : 3.00pm : Leichtathletik Rasensport Ahlen
Mon 11th July : Fourth Tour Match : Details To Be Announced

Precise venues have yet to be determined. The team will be basing themselves in a training camp in Holland for the duration of the tour and will spend their 'rest days' at the camp.

Preussen Münster play in Bundesliga 3 (Northern Division) and are managed by former Manchester City star Colin Bell. LR Ahlen play in Bundesliga 2.

Websites and contact details for the two confirmed clubs are as follows:

Leichtathletik Rasensport Ahlen:

Address: Postfach 2537, 59212 Ahlen. Tel: (02382) 96889011. Fax: (02382) 96889019.

Preussen Münster:

Address: Siemensstrasse 56, 48153 Münster. Tel: (0251) 987270. Fax: (0251) 9872740.

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7 June 2005 : Poole and Oliver Sign Up
Right winger David Poole and central defender Luke Oliver have finally put pen to paper today for Yeovil Town as the club's first two signings of the summer. The duo had already agreed terms with the club but are now officially registered players at Huish Park.

Poole, who was released earlier this month from Manchester United, has been a regular name on these news pages since he made his debut for the Glovers Reserves against Bristol City Reserves on April 13th. He has signed a two year deal at Huish Park. He is principally a right-winger, although can play in other positions if called upon. As Manchester United released Poole, he joins the club on a free transfer.

Oliver's name first came to our attention on May 13th, when Conference National side Woking confirmed that Yeovil had showed an interest in signing their out of contract central defender. Due to Oliver's age, an undisclosed fee has been agreed between Yeovil and the Surrey club. No contract duration has been disclosed by the club, and so it is expected that this will be a one year deal.

Speaking to the Glovers Official Site, boss Gary Johnson said of Oliver: "We have recognised what we feel is good potential in Luke Oliver. Luke is a big lad at 6ft 7" and he has a bit of quality at his feet and is quick. I have been watching him for a little while and I believe I can work with him and hopefully we can bring him on to our level very quickly."

Speaking of Poole, Gary added: "David Poole is first of all a great capture for our club. To bring in a Manchester United youngster here is a real coup as normally Manchester United youngsters don't come this far south because teams up north know about these youngsters first. We invited David down to Yeovil and we were pleased that he accepted the invitation. From day one he became a Yeovil Town player and he really enjoyed being with us. He was here for three weeks solid during our end of season march and he was really happy to be involved. We wanted him as a player and he wanted to be a player with us as well. Manchester United obviously thought he could be a Premier League player so he has great potential and hopefully he can prove that at Yeovil Town."

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7 June 2005 : Action Photos From Yeovil Town vs Lincoln City
Action photos from the final League Two against Lincoln City are now available in our Action Photo Gallery section. The Glovers won 3-0 at Huish Park in the match that gave them the League Two title and you can find 111 photos from the game by going here.

The gallery does not feature any of the post-match celebrations - those were given their own separare viewings and you can find the post-match celebrations here whilst the companion gallery of the League Two title presentations can be found here. Photos of the Monday buss tour are still here.

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4 June 2005 : Johnson confirms Holt bid
Glovers boss Gary Johnson has today confirmed that Yeovil Town have made a bid for Rochdale striker Grant Holt but that with the bid being rejected by the Lancashire club is now looking at other players.

"We did make an offer, a substantial offer, which was rejected," said Johnson. "Unless Rochdale reconsider that offer we will turn our sights to other targets."

Holt, who has a year left on his contract at Spotlands, scored 24 times for Dale last season and was the subject of a £75,000 offer from Swansea City in February, a bid that Rochdale also rejected despite them being at the time in a solid mid-table position and looking unlikely to feature in either the relegation or play-off shake-up, though in the event the Lancashire club finished in 9th place, 6 points short of the play-offs.

Meanwhile Bristol Rovers boss Ian Atkins has denied having an interest in outgoing Glovers striker Bartosz Taruchulski. Atkins has been told by Rovers chairman Geoff Dunford that he has to reduce Rovers bloated wage bill before bringing any more players in. "We may be able to do one or two things in the transfer market," said Dunford, "but Ian is aware that he needs to move people out first. That has always been the case."

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3 June 2005 : Bye Bye Bartosz
Polish striker Bartosz Tarachulski has played his last game for Yeovil Town, manager has Gary Johnson admitted. The 6'2" target man's contract runs out at the end of the month and will not be renewed, Johnson told the Western Daily Press in an interview printed today.

"I felt that Bartosz represented value for money last season and did very well for us," Johnson explained, adding: "Unfortunately, I don't believe it would be value for money if we signed him for next season. I gave him the opportunity to find a new club and told him I would look for another striker. He's not in my plans but I wish him well for the future and hope he finds another club. I need a big striker, but one who is a bit more mobile because we have moved up a level."

Tarachulski's representatives have held talks with League Two outfit Bristol Rovers according to the WDP, though surely there will be no shortage of offers from other clubs for the Pole's services. Bartosz came to Huish Park from Polonia Warsaw last summer and soon made himself a crowd favourite with his whole-hearted style and his excellent hold-up play. He made a total of 50 league and cup appearances for the Glovers, 16 as substitute and scored a total of 10 goals, including the last-minute equaliser in the FA Cup match at Darlington that earned the Glovers a 3-3 draw and eventually led to the 4th round match at Charlton that gave the club so much positive publicity. His achilles heel was his injury problems and his propensity for finding his way into referee's notebooks, but none of that seemed to matter to the Huish Park crowd who collectively adored the big Pole. Ciderspace has no hesitation in wishing Bartosz the best of luck wherever he ends up - even if it is at the Memorial Stadium!

Life goes on anyway, and in the meantime the Glovers boss is said to be closing in on a new striker to replace Tarachulski. One possible replacement, former Scunthorpe frontman Paul Hayes has now signed for L1 rivals Barnsley (see news story below); while according to the Rochdale Observer the Glovers have also made an offer, dismissed as 'derisory', for Rochdale striker Grant Holt, though this has not been confirmed by Yeovil.

One player the Glovers boss has admitted to talking to is 32-year-old former Torquay midfielder Alex Russell, who signed for League One rivals Bristol City this week. "Alex Russell was one of many players I have spoken to this summer," Johnson told the WDP. "I decided not to take it any further because we are strong in central midfield with Darren [Way], Lee [Johnson] and Paul Terry. I felt we had enough quality and enough experience in that position. I'm looking for a young central midfielder who can develop with us, possibly a player from a Premiership club."

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2 June 2005 : Richardson Leaves For Deva
Out of contract striker Marcus Richardson has now formally departed from Huish Park with Chester City his destination. The former Lincoln man, brought in on a short term deal during the closing stages of the 2004-05 season, was not offered a new deal by Gary Johnson, but was instead given the offer to prove himself during pre-season training.

Not too surprisingly when new Chester manager Keith Curle offered Richardson the security of a one year contract with the League Two side, Marcus accepted the offer and so leaves Somerset after completing two starts and two substitute appearances for the Glovers. Ciderspace naturally wishes the very best of luck to Marcus in his new club.

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2 June 2005 : Hayes Signs For Tykes
Scunthorpe United striker Paul Hayes has signed a two year deal at League One side Barnsley, ending speculation that he might pen a similar deal at Huish Park. The Iron's top scorer was out of contract in Lincolnshire and will stay in that neck of the woods having signed on the dotted line today alongside Richard Kell - also from Scunthorpe - and Swindon's Brian Howard.

The chances of tempting Hayes to Somerset were always fading after he was reported visiting Oakwell (see our story earlier this week) and Glovers boss Gary Johnson seemed resigned to that fate when he spoke to the Western Gazette saying: "Barnsley will take Hayes now. That is his local area and his girlfriend is just about to give birth and I think they are not ready to move south."

Another door has also closed today with the news that Hereford United club captain Tony James has penned a new one year deal at Edgar Street. That deal though always seemed dead in the water following an ankle injury sustained by James during the height of Yeovil's interest in the player and the subsequent arrival of Efe Sodje at Huish Park.

Johnson however, still remains calm about his other targets, although he admits that Polish striker Bartosz Tarachulski may not be there when the squad reports back for training in July adding: "My agreement with Bartosz has left it open for him to find another club and for me to find another player. He was asking for over and above what we were willing to pay so it is all still in the air but I am looking for other strikers. There is not a lot of news at the moment but we do not need many more. I have identified the ones that look okay and negotiations are well under way with them. We perhaps need one main position now and maybe one other so I am quite happy."

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1 June 2005 : Sir Gary's Review Of The Season On-Line
For those who missed it, and those who would like to hear it again, Radio Bristol have put last Saturday's broadcast of Gary Johnson's review of Yeovil Town's championship winning 2004-05 season on-line. Go here to find 47 minutes of the great man's words.

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1 June 2005 : No Payment For Gavin
Today's Western Daily Press has revealed that Yeovil Town will not be receiving an additional payment from newly promoted West Ham United for former midfielder Gavin Williams because he has not played enough first team games for the Hammers.

It had been rumoured that Yeovil could be due a six figure sum thanks to a clause in the transfer deal that would be invoked when the Hammers got into the Premiership. However, that clause required Williams to have played in a sufficient number of games for West Ham in the Championship, and due to an ankle injury that unspecified number was never reached.

The Glovers do have another target for Super Gav to aim at though - if he plays 50 percent or more of West Ham's Premiership games next season then that will trigger another unspecified clause.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson played down any suggestion of Williams returning to Huish Park on loan at present adding: "Of course we would love to see Gavin Williams in a Yeovil Town shirt again. But he's a West Ham player now. They paid a good fee for him and put him on a four-year contract. They obviously rate him highly and I'm sure he will be in their plans for next season."

The WDP also quashes one rumour before it even started! Yan Klukowski, who is currently playing for park league minnows Bath City is apparently not on Johnson's summer targets list.

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