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30 June 2006 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 14 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have been in contact to detail the latest results from their Gold Bond scheme. To claim your prize, or to participate in the scheme, call the Commercial Department on 01935-423662 Ext 291.
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30 June 2006 : Two More Fixture Changes
Further to yesterday's fixture news concerning Good Friday's trip to Scunthorpe United, moved to allow extra recovery time during the busy Easter weekend, the club have announced two more fixture changes. The latest two have been altered to avoid clashes with England international matches.

The trip to Swansea City's Liberty Stadium will, like last season, be played on a Friday night with the match now set for Friday 1st September 2006 with a 7.45pm kick-off.

Meanwhile the home match against Cheltenham Town will also kick-off on a Friday night, with a date of October 6th 2006 being set for the match at Huish Park. Again kick-off is 7.45pm.


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29 June 2006 : The F.A. Cup Again
With the dates already announced (see below, 6th June) further details are now available.

Six hundred and eighty-seven entries have been accepted for the 2006-07 F.A. Cup sponsored by E.ON, from Abbey Hey to Yorkshire Amateur, with twenty-seven of them appearing in the competition for the first time, including Sherborne Town who start in the Extra Preliminary Round on 19th August. A full list can be found here.

112 clubs are exempt until the Preliminary Round, 66 until the First, Qualifying Round, 44 until the Second Qualifying Round, 24 (including our seaside friends) until the Fourth Qualifying Round, Yeovil Town and 47 others until the First Round Proper, and 44 until the Third Round Proper.

Prize money remains unchanged from last season for winning each round :

Extra Preliminary Round - £500
Preliminary Round - £1,000
First Round Qualifying - £2,250
Second Round Qualifying - £3,750
Third Round Qualifying - £5,000
Fourth Round Qualifying - £10,000
First Round Proper - £16,000
Second Round Proper - £24,000
Third Round Proper - £40,000
Fourth Round Proper - £60,000
Fifth Round Proper - £120,000
Sixth Round Proper - £300,000
Semi-Final - £900,000
Final - £1,000,000


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29 June 2006 : Season Ticket Holder Deadline
A reminder that tomorrow is the final day for those who held Season Tickets in the Yeovil College Stand or Bartlett Stand during the 2005-06 season to guarantee renewing their Season Ticket against the same seat for the 2006-07 season.

As of 5.00pm Friday, any seats not claimed for the forthcoming season will go back into the general 'pool' and therefore it will not be possible for the Huish Park Ticket Office to guarantee the seat you held last season. Hence if reclaiming your seat is important to you and you do not wish to be moved from your usual spot, you are advised to visit the Ticket Office tomorrow, or give them a call on 01935-847888.

Season Ticket prices for the 2006-07 season can be found here.


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29 June 2006 : Fry In Optimistic Mood
John Fry has been talking again about the Invest in Yeovil project, this time to the Western Gazette.

On this site we have a stadium that is now to League One standard but we do not want to hang about. We want to go further and develop the football and stadium alongside each other to enable us to achieve the bigger vision of Championship football.

We want our plans to be seen by the worldwide market and that is why we have developed an 'Invest in Yeovil' document which will also be supported by a website www.investinyeovil.com.

We need big investment and there will be further developments in bringing investors into the Huish Park Stadium Partnership and the club. This is a multi-million pound vision and even in the last few weeks we have had interest of a partner who will help bring more income streams into this football club and may be possible further developments on the site. As soon as we sign the document we will probably be able to release that information.

We feel that we are in the driving seat for the club to become a very important one in football in the West Country. We feel we have the expertise, the will, the history and the position in the League to strike out and achieve even more success.

The 'Invest in Yeovil' document will be sent out to the 15 to 20 investors who have already made inquiries about the club and they will all be dealt with in the correct way.


Fry was bullish on the thorny question of covenants that has dogged previous plans for the club :

It is a difficult one because of the covenants on the site but we will get those moved. In my opinion the vision of Yeovil will move them. The people of Yeovil will want to develop the stadium and the club which could one day become a Premiership outfit. Who knows, we might do a Wigan Athletic.

When asked about the timescale for the club's new vision, the chairman said :

I have not got the time to wait another 20 years for the next piece of development to take place here, but we have got to do it with the usual caution. A lot depends on how quick people respond to this 'Invest in Yeovil' and it will be up to that partnership to move things forward. Realistically you are talking in the next ten years, but the launch is underway and people will come forward.


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29 June 2006 : Glovers Keep Options Open Over Roberts
Yeovil Town are still considering their options over Accrington Stanley winger Gary Roberts. The Glovers put in what was believed to be their 'final offer' yesterday, and whilst matters are still under negotiation, the Glovers are also targetting three other players, one of which has been confirmed as Cardiff City winger Paul Parry (see our story below). Cardiff's Sleeping Giant website is claiming that a fee of around £40,000 should meet Cardiff's valuation of a player that once cost the Bluebirds £75,000 from Hereford United.

A second target is Swansea City's Kevin McLeod. He is a 25 year old former Everton trainee, who was born in Liverpool on 12th September 1980 and made one start and six sub appearances for the Toffees before moving on in 2003 for a £250,000 transfer to Queen's Park Rangers, following initially two loan spells in West London.

Kevin spent a further 18 months playing for QPR, but then moved to Swansea in February 2005 for an undisclosed fee. He started last season like a steam train, knocking in seven goals by mid-September, but failed to find the back of the net during the rest of the season. Kevin still clocked up 46 appearances for the Jacks across the season, even if he was tending to drift towards their substitutes bench towards the end of their failed playoffs challenge.

The third target is Ross County winger John Rankin. The former Manchester United trainee is 22 years old and was recently named the Bell's player of the year in the Scottish Football League, having already picked the corresponding award from the PFA for the Scottish First Division, along with two further Bell's monthly awards. He was born in Bellshill on 27th June 1983 and has had three seasons playing in Scotland, following his transfer from Old Trafford. This season he was their top scorer with 13 goals, as County finished 4th in the Scottish First Division.

The situation with Roberts himself appears to have advanced somewhat, with the Glovers now openly working with the player's agent, presumably having been given permission to do so by the League Two side. This either means a transfer fee has been agreed, or Accrington have resigned themselves to losing the player and wish to see the deal accelerated. Presumably this is the "significant development" that General Manager John Milton has today referred to.

Speaking to the official site, Milton explained: "We've spent tremendous hours on this. His agent has been brilliant. There's been faxes going to and fro. It's been hard work agreeing things and trying to tie things up. We take things out, we put things back in etc. There's an another fax which we're waiting to come at this moment which should make things clearer."

Milton identified the three alternative targets above as further options for filling a vacant slot on the wings adding: "If it becomes that the deal is coming too big then we have three other targets at this time. So its not as if we're sticking all our eggs in one basket with Accrington. We have got others that we can move on to. So as it stands at the moment we're at a bit of a stalemate, but there have been some significant movements this morning."


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29 June 2006 : Fixture Change
Scunthorpe United v Yeovil Town, originally scheduled for Saturday 7th April, has been moved to Good Friday (6th April). Kick-off at Glanford Park will be at 7.30 p.m.


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29 June 2006 : Last Ditch Attempt To Keep Miles Fails
Turns out Port Vale manager Martin Foyle was a little premature with his announcement that Colin Miles would be signing for the Valiants yesterday (see below, 28th June). In fact Milesy was still at Huish Park on Wednesday in discussions until late in the day, discussions that produced a two-year offer rather than the one-year deal that had originally been on the table, after the management had gone back to the board. The new offer wasn't made until 10.00 p.m., and Miles asked to be able to think about it overnight. At 8.00 a.m. today he was back in the club as promised, but his decision was to take the offer from Vale Park.

By the afternoon Milesy was up in Burslem and putting pen to paper for his new club. Speaking to the Port Vale Official Site he said :

It wasn't an easy decision for me, I have been at Yeovil a long time and I have enjoyed my time there, but I am looking forward to playing for Port Vale.

What helped make my mind up was the welcome I received at Vale Park. I met the manager last week and all the staff and had a look round the place and that is what made my mind up. I feel Vale are going places or I wouldn't have signed otherwise. I like ambitious clubs - I first signed for Yeovil when they were going places, and I get that feeling here.


Miles has been given the number 18 shirt by Vale.


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29 June 2006 : Parry A Target?
When manager Russell Slade was discussing the nature of the response - or, in fact, lack of sensible response - from Accrington Stanley to the club's bids to sign winger Gary Roberts he stated that there were other options available, referencing a Championship League player who he did not name (see below, 28th June). 2+2 may be equalling 5, but if so it's a huge coincidence, as Yeovil Town are today connected with Paul Parry of Cardiff City.

The Glovers were interested in Parry when he was at our nursery club Hereford United, but couldn't compete with the Bluebirds when they offered £75,000 for him two years ago. Parry is still within contract, but has been told by City manager Dave Jones that he can find another team if he wishes after injuries and a decline in form have seen him slip from contention at the Championship League club. It would seem Cardiff would be looking for a fee. Reports suggest Yeovil have made an inquiry, but it's not clear whether things have progressed beyond that - probably not unless Accy have already rejected the final bid from the Glovers for Roberts.


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29 June 2006 : Club Shop Stocktake OFF
Tomorrow's planned stocktake for the Huish Park Club Shop has been postponed until a later date. The club shop will therefore be open at the usual time of 9.00am - 5.00pm.


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28 June 2006 : Kelly Trialling For Glovers
Arsenal defender Sean Kelly is currently training with Yeovil Town during pre-season, being one of two trialists to arrive at Huish Park for the first day of pre-season training. He was joined by former Sheffield United and Derby County winger Lee Morris, who Slade had previously invited down to see if he can regain fitness following a series of injuries whilst playing for Leicester City and earn himself a contract.

Sean is a defender/midfielder who spent last season on the books of Arsenal, having joined them in August 2004. He hails from County Kerry in the Republic of Ireland and was born on July 9th 1987. He is versatile in that at 6'1" he can perform at right-back, centre-half and midfield and frequently turned out for Arsenal's Reserve side during the 2005-06 season after many of the normal Reservists had been promoted to the first team and recently partnered England's Sol Campbell in defence whilst the more experienced pro was making his comeback to first team level. He has represented Ireland at various Youth levels rising up to turning out for the Under 19s during the 2005-06 season. He has also captained Arsenal's Under 18s side. Sean played for Yeovil Town Reserves at the tail end of last season against Swansea City, having been spotted by Steve Thompson during Premiership Exit Trials.

Also present at pre-season training was midfielder Paul Terry. Paul still hasn't agreed a new deal with the club, but is still in negotiations with the club, with an offer currenty awaiting ratification by the Huish Park board. In the meantime, Paul seems more than content to stay fit with the club. A decision will have to be made by Friday - Paul runs out of contract on June 30th.


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28 June 2006 : Glovers Take Advantage Of Saints Divide
Yeovil Town's capture of new physio Jim Joyce (see story earlier today) appears to have been a case of the Glovers taking advantage of the misfortunes of others. Joyce was dismissed from St Mary's Stadium amidst a boardroom struggle for power concerning current Chairman Rupert Lowe. One of Lowe's key appointments Sir Clive Woodward is believed to have been behind the decision to relieve Joyce of his duties, with the former rugby coach restructuring the Championship club's whole medical and fitness coaching set-up. With Lowe's position in doubt due to an impending Shareholders' EGM at St Mary's early next month, some of Lowe's critics have slammed the timing of Joyce's forced exit from the club.

A spokesman for Saints major shareholder Michael Wilde, who is leading the revolt to have the Saints Chief ousted has said of the decision: "It is completely inappropriate to be making decisions about senior members of the staff in the period leading up to the EGM."

Jim was born in Lanark on November 10 1956 and joined Southampton as their first team physio from Port Vale in December 1994. Previously he had worked as Physiotherapist in Charge the Sports Injury Clinic at Crewe and Alsager College and as a physio for the Tayside Health Board. His first footballing appointment was with East Fife

He also had two years as physio for Dundee United, during which time the club reach the UEFA Cup Final, and worked as a physio at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. He is a keen runner, taking part in club athletics, regularly competing in track, cross country and road events. The latter saw him take a place as a prominent member of the Team Southampton athletics club.

Southampton's official site described him on his exit as "totally dedicated and a real character behind the scenes, he worked incredibly long hours, rarely taking time off and on call virtually 24/7 if a player went sick. He also filled in many minor additional and almost unseen roles at the club helping organise away trips and the club wish him well for the future."

During his time on the South Coast, Jim became a cult hero with the Saints fans, with them cheering his swift runs onto the pitch, to the extent that much to his surprise he found them chanting his name as he walked round the pitch during the club's penultimate home match against Millwall. Unbeknown to the Saints fans and the physio himself, Joyce was a dead man walking and the wave he gave back was a farewell to them.

Jim told the Saints official site: "I'm used to them singing for the players and the manager but it felt strange hearing them sing my name. I'm glad I did it now because as it turned out that was my wave goodbye to them."

Speaking to today's Western Daily Press he added: "It's all happened very quickly. It's all been a bit hectic, but I was just keen to get back to work. I only left Southampton about three weeks ago and I knew I wanted to stay in football, so I'm delighted to be at Yeovil. I've been down here with Southampton for friendlies and I know a couple of the players, especially Arron Davies who I worked with at Southampton. I also spoke to David Coles, who was a goalkeeper here and was at Saints with me, and he told me I had to come down here! I hadn't enjoyed the last few months at Southampton but now I'm just looking forward to starting a new season with Yeovil."


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28 June 2006 : Cohen: No Bitterness In West Ham Split
New signing Chris Cohen has told BBC Radio Bristol that the decision to leave West Ham United after seven years in East London was a joint one taken between him and manager Alan Pardew after Chris told him that he wanted regular first team football.

The 19 year old explained: "I spoke to Alan Pardew at the end of last season and although I'd still got a year left on my contract, we decided the best thing for me to do was to try and get a move somewhere, where I could play regular first team football, which is what I need. I wouldn't have got that at West Ham. So it was a decision that was made by everyone. There was no bitterness between me and the club or anything like that. We all decided it was the best decision for everyone. I am just looking forward to helping Yeovil now."

Chris also admitted that Steve Thompson's presence at Huish Park was a major factor in his decision to join Yeovil on a permanent basis. Steve brought Chris in on loan during November 2005 and gave him a regular first team place for the first time in his career.

Chris explained: "Steve Thompson staying is an added bonus for me. Obviously he was the one who brought me in here last year, so it is nice that he is still going to be around. He'll be able to show the new manager around and he will help us out a lot with the training. I've been in to see him today and he seems very happy with things so far. So it was good to see the old manager and see that the new manager is very confident with the team we have got and is confident that we are going to do well this year."


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28 June 2006 : The Deed Is Done
As long expected and heavily trailed Chris Weale has signed for Bristol City this afternoon, reuniting with ex-Glovers boss Gary Johnson. Weale, not available to play until around Christmas as he recovers from a major operation, has signed a one-year deal.

The City Official Site announced the signing thus :

Chris Weale has become City's fifth summer signing after agreeing a one-year contract at Ashton Gate this afternoon. The goalkeeper's Yeovil Town contract will expire on Friday, after which he will officially become a City player.

The 24-year-old will continue his rehabilitation from cruciate knee ligament injury at Ashton Gate, ironically with Glen Schmidt, who has also swapped Yeovil for City.

"He's a top keeper," City boss Gary Johnson told bcfc.co.uk. "He's already got an abundance of experience having played nearly 200 times for Yeovil. I know his character and personality and he will be a big asset for this football club. It will be great to be able to work with him again."


Johnson went on to thank his chairman and the City Board for backing his judgement in signing an injured player :

As Chris is injured at the moment, they could have blocked the deal, but instead they have backed my judgement. I am very grateful for that. You need to be extra careful in this situation, but I'm convinced Chris will make a full recovery by November.

When he does we will have a Premier League goalkeeper in the making. I worked with Chris for a long time at Yeovil and he is a super player. Every keeper makes mistakes, but Chris makes less than most. When you need a save at a crucial stage of a game he is likely to make it for you. He has very good technique and is a super lad.

Yeovil wanted to keep him and I'm sure that, but for his injury, we would have faced a lot of competition for his signature. It's time he moved away from his home territory and Bristol City is a very good move for him at this stage of his career.


Chris was a very popular player with the vast majority of fans in his years at Huish Park. One of those clichťs in football, a local lad who as a boy supported from the terraces the team he went on to play for, Wealey came into the youth system in 1999 and got his first team debut under Colin Addison in a Somerset Premier Cup match in 2000.

After the departure of Tony Pennock at the end of the 2000-01 season Chris stepped up and, still a teenager, pretty much made the goalkeeper's jersey his own after wrestling it away from the man who had been brought in as the new number one, Jon Sheffield. Eventually making 38 starts that season he left his greatest moment of the season until the last game, a world class save in the opening minutes of the F.A. Trophy Final against Stevenage Borough from which the Glovers never looked back as they went on to secure the silverware at Villa Park.

Although manager Johnson claimed he couldn't put a cigarette paper between his two keepers, the other being Steve Collis , there was never much doubt which he preferred, and Weale dominated the jersey for the next three seasons. Other clubs were becoming aware of him as he got England Semi-Pro honours whilst Yeovil were still a Non-League club, and voted into the Football League Two Team of the Year when the Glovers made it into the League. At one point it looked odds on he would move to West Ham United, but in the end it didn't quite happen for him.

Last season Weale had been more in and out of the side, through suspension, some loss of form, and because he was carrying an injury. That was aggravated in the 0-3 victory away at Chesterfield at the beginning of March and he was out again. But as Yeovil's struggle to retain League One status reached its climax Weale was brought back in, perhaps earlier than he should have been. After keeping a clean sheet in the 3-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers the knee that had been troubling him gave way completely on the hour mark in the following game against Scunthorpe United on 14th April as he went to push off to collect a cross. It was rapidly clear that this was no minor damage, and he was soon up in London for a career saving operation.

In total Weale made exactly 200 starts and 4 substitute appearances for the Yeovil Town first team.

Wealey has been a great servant to Yeovil Town, and we at Ciderspace wish him every good fortune in his continued rehabilitation. Still a young player, we sincerely hope he makes a full recovery and gets his career back on track. He could still go far, and some believe has the potential to reach the top. Thanks Chris, and good luck.


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28 June 2006 : Milesy Back At Huish Park..........
........... for one day only.

Colin Miles, a cult figure in his five years with the Glovers, will be returning to Huish Park next season, but only on 26th August. He will sign today for League One rivals Port Vale, and the Valiants are our third home league match this coming season.

Vale manager Martin Foyle has revealed that Miles, along with midfielder Danny Whitaker from Macclesfield Town, will be signing two-year contracts, and says the duo will complete his squad for the new season.

Miles was offered a one-year contract extension by Yeovil Town but rejected it, looking for the greater security of a longer deal and perhaps desiring a fresh challenge. Foyle said :

Colin has a sweet left foot, is a big strong lad and has that ability to play in different positions. Physically, he is similar to Craig James and I went for Colin because I felt it wasn't enough to start the season with six defenders in the squad.

I want a strong back four and I believe we have a good group of defenders with Colin, George Pilkington, Michael Walsh, Richard Walker, Mark McGregor, George Abbey and Jason Talbot.


We're sure Milesy will get a good welcome on his return to Huish Park.... well until one of our new favourites sails six foot into the air.


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28 June 2006 : Cornish Tour Confirmed
The Official Site has now confirmed the itinerary for Yeovil Town's short tour in Cornwall as outlined by Ciderspace on 24th and 27th June.

The squad will depart on Tuesday 11th July, playing the first of two matches on the Wednesday, with the opponents being Bodmin Town. Kick-off is 7.30 p.m. Thursday will be spent training, and the second fixture against St Blazey takes place at 7.30 p.m. on the Friday, the squad then travelling home that night.

Bodmin Town play at Priory Park which is part of a sport and leisure complex in the centre of Bodmin behind the main town car park. The ground is an open one, with a single small stand on one side. Click here for map. Bodmin Town does have a clubhouse, with darts, pool and skittles, and the Priory Bar opens from 6.30 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. on weekdays.

Details of how to get to Blaise Park, home of St Blazey, are below (27th June).


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28 June 2006 : Glovers Up Roberts Bid To £50K?
The third and final offer from Yeovil Town to newly promoted Accrington Stanley for left-winger Gary Roberts is thought to be around the £50,000 mark.

However manager Russell Slade appears to be close to having had enough of Accy's prevarications, and has made it clear that if the League Two club still won't allow discussions to progress he'll pursue other options, with an unnamed left-winger at a Championship League club in his sights.

We've made a final offer but we've not been given permission to talk to the player yet. We can only go so far and we think we've made a fair, sensible bid. Hopefully Accrington will regard it as a fair offer. If they don't then we'll move on to other targets.


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28 June 2006 : Club Appoint Physio
Yeovil Town has appointed a new physio following the departure of Glen Schmidt to Bristol City.

Jim Joyce, most recently at Southampton, has joined the backroom staff at Huish Park. Manager Russell Slade commented :

Getting Jim on board was very important. He's a great physio with terrific experience who has worked at this level with Port Vale and in the Premiership with Southampton.

Saying farewell to Saints on their Official Site Joyce said :

I put talks on hold last week because I had to go up to Scotland for a funeral. When I got back I flicked on the TV to see who Yeovil had got in the Carling Cup and could not believe it!

After so long here, it will seem very weird coming back and being in the away dressing room. I will have to make sure I don't jump up and run on the pitch out of habit if a Southampton player goes down hurt. But it will be good to see certain people again and to say goodbye to the fans so it is a great draw for me. I am delighted to be back in football and to have got this job which means I don't need to move house as I can commute.


Ciderspace welcomes Jim to Huish Park.


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27 June 2006 : Seaside Scummers Set Prices
Weymouth have published the ticket prices for the pre-season friendly at the Wessex Stadium against Yeovil Town on Saturday 29th July. Excited at the thought of seeing a decent team, whilst AFC Bournemouth, Southampton and Franchise FC (yep, the Scummers have stepped in late to offer the pariahs a friendly after a whole series of decent clubs pulled out or turned them down) will only cost their deluded supporters £8.00, they'll have to part with a tenner to see the Mighty Glovers. Come to watch Yeovil, you've only come to watch Yeovil...........

Adults : £10.00
Concessions : £5.00

Kick-off is 3.00 p.m.


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27 June 2006 : Further Details Of The Cornish Tour
Following up our news (see below, 24th June) of the short tour of Cornwall being arranged by Yeovil Town, we can now add in details of the proposed match against St Blazey AFC, which will open the pre-season for the Cornish club. The fixture has been set for Friday, 14th July with a 7.30 p.m. kick-off.

For those considering attending (it's two miles from the Eden Project and you could make a day of it) St Blazey play at Blaise Park in Station Road, St Blazey. Turn left off the A390 Liskeard to St Austell Road at the traffic lights in St Blazey village into Station Road (A3082). The ground is 100 yards down on the left. Click here for map.

The stadium holds 3,000 - should be enough! - and has floodlights. There is a good clubhouse with a bar, pool, darts, satellite TV and gaming machines, and the attraction of a couple of full sized snooker tables upstairs.


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27 June 2006 : Cohen Praises Gaffer's Organisation
New signing Chris Cohen believes matters are looking very well organised for the coming season, after having penned a permanent deal at Huish Park this afternoon. Chris is glad to be back at a club where he spent six months on loan last season, scooping the majority of the end of season player awards.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, Chris said of meeting up with new manager Russell Slade: "He seems very confident in the team's ability. He seems to have planned everything very well. From what I can see the training ground looks very good this season. Hopefully it's going to be a really enjoyable year and we can really try and push on this season. The fans were really nice last season and it would be good to try and repay them along with all the other people who were so good to me in the last season."

There is some difference of opinion on the length of the contract Chris has signed. The official site states it is a two year deal, whilst BBC Bristol believe it to be a three year deal. Hopefully all will become clear soon.


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27 June 2006 : Pre-Season Begins Tomorrow
Players have been drifting back to Huish Park already this week, but all those contracted should be back for Wednesday 28th June when pre-season training officially starts.


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27 June 2006 : Further L1 Games Live On Sky
Sky Sports has followed up yesterday's announcement (see below) with three further League One matches to be shown live in the early part of the season :

Northampton Town v Bristol City - Tuesday 29th August, 7.45 p.m.
Crewe Alexandra v Huddersfield Town - Saturday 2nd September, 12.15 p.m.
Port Vale v Doncaster Rovers - Sunday 3rd September, 4.00 p.m.

For those interested in pub-team football Sky has chosen one League Two match to screen :

Grimsby Town v Hereford United - Sunday 8th October, 4.00 p.m.


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27 June 2006 : Third Bid For Roberts?
The Western Daily Press reports that Yeovil Town has tabled a third bid, described as the 'final offer', for Accrington Stanley winger Gary Roberts. The ball is now firmly in Accy's court as to whether they allow the process to move to the next stage of letting the Glovers talk personal terms with the want-away player, or close off any potential deal with another rejection.


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27 June 2006 : Chris Cohen Has Signed!
West Ham United midfielder Chris Cohen has signed for Yeovil Town today on so far undisclosed terms in a two-year deal.

In an audio interview on the club's Official Site manager Russell Slade confirmed that the player he termed his 'number one target' had now been landed. He said the negotiations had been tricky, and praised General Manager - Football John Milton for his work with getting the Hammers to agree to sell.

Slade emphasised his delight, given Cohen's performances for the Glovers when on loan last season, the fact that he sees him as a terrific prospect with even more to come than we've seen already, and that there was competition for him from other clubs, including some higher up the pyramid.

The manager also stated that Paul Terry was in at the club today, and that he'd been having discussions with him. He said that Terry wished to remain at Huish Park. However reading between the lines there still seems to be a gap between what the player wants and the offer currently on the table, with Slade saying he would need to got back to the chairman and Board to see if there was room to pursue the matter further. He expects the situation to be resolved, one way or the other, in the next 24 hours.

There may well be further signings this week, with talks with more players on going. Gary Roberts (see our story yesterday) was the only player Slade mentioned by name, confirming that the Glovers are still chasing him, but saying that the price had to be right.


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27 June 2006 : Rocastle Set For Oldham Switch
Former Glovers loan star Craig Rocastle looks set to be lining up against Yeovil Town next season, with the midfielder expected to complete a switch to Oldham Athletic. Manager John Sheridan is expecting to line up a move for the player who is available on a free transfer from Sheffield Wednesday after they transfer-listed him earlier this year. Yeovil Town are not expected to make any attempt to sign Rocastle on a permanent basis, despite the player featuring fairly heavily during a two month loan spell.


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27 June 2006 : D-Day For Terry And Cohen
Developments are expected later today concerning the future of midfielders Paul Terry and Chris Cohen, with both having contract offers on the table at Huish Park.

For West Ham United midfielder Chris Cohen, the expectation is that he will put pen to paper on a two year contract with the Glovers, having already agreed terms whilst he was on holiday last week. At the time, Glovers boss Russell Slade expected everything to be formalised today and judging by this morning's Western Daily Press not much has changed there, with Slade telling the paper: " "I'm very hopeful of sorting everything out with Chris Cohen."

For Paul Terry the situation is a little more unclear. He has been offered a contract at Huish Park, but holiday plans have delayed the outcome of that. However Slade hopes to meet his agent today adding: "I've spoken to Paul Terry's representative and he's coming to the ground tomorrow (Tuesday)."


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26 June 2006 : Live On Sky We're Not
Following up their choice of Accrington Stanley v Nottingham Forest (see below, 23rd June) Sky Sports has now selected its second fixture from Round One of the Carling Cup for live broadcast: Leyton Orient v West Bromwich Albion. The game at Matchroom Stadium will take place on Thursday 24th August with a 7.45 p.m. kick-off.

The first tranche of Football League matches to be broadcast live has also been announced. Amidst the usual plethora of Championship League games there are two from League One :

Nottingham Forest v Scunthorpe United - Saturday 7th October, 12.15 p.m.
Brighton & Hove Albion v Blackpool - Sunday 8th October, 1.30 p.m.

For League One fixtures chosen for broadcast home teams will receive £30,000, away teams £10,000.


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26 June 2006 : Kalala Relishing League One Experience
New signing Jean-Paul Kalala has restated that his desire to play at League One level swayed him into leaving Blundell Park, when saying his farewells to the Grimsby Town fans. Kalala left the Mariners a season after arriving there from French side Nice, and like his fellow club-mate Steve Mildenhall, it was Grimsby's failure to secure promotion that influenced his departure. But he also turned down the advances of another League One club as well as two clubs on the continent.

Speaking to the Grimsby Telegraph JP explained: "I am happy to sign a deal with Yeovil though a little sad to leave Grimsby. I wanted to play higher and I have always said that. Yeovil offered me that and I am delighted with the move to League One. There was another League One club interested who I won't name out of respect for them. There was also a team in Germany and one in France but I wanted to stay in England - that was my priority. I have only been in England for a year but have enjoyed it a lot."

JP added that he was grateful to Grimsby for giving him his break in English football: "I was delighted that I was given the chance in English football by Grimsby and will never forget that. I will always look out for their results. I hope Grez (Graham Rodger - new manager) does well - I am really pleased the club have given him a chance. He is a great man and deserves success."

JP also gave his thanks to the Grimsby supporters adding: "I take with me a lot of good memories from Grimsby - especially the fans. They are the most incredible in the league - I have never seen fans like it. Everywhere we went around the country they followed us in big numbers. The support was fantastic. They were great with me and supported me and I thank them for that. They deserve to be in a higher league and I really hope the club get promoted for the Town fans. It is just a shame we couldn't do it for them in Cardiff."


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26 June 2006 : Glovers Closing In On Roberts
As hinted by manager Russell Slade on 23rd June (below), Yeovil Town are still pursuing their interest in Accrington Stanley left-winger Gary Roberts, with BBC Radio Lancashire reporting that a further bid has been tabled after the opening gambit of £20K was rejected.

Stanley's chairman Eric Whalley continues his huffing and puffing (see below, also 23rd June), but as the person who brought Yeovil's initial bid, which was made in the proper manner, into the public domain in the first place with his comments to the press of 'insulting offers' , quite how he thinks trying to stir up a slanging match will help him hold on to the player is a bit of a mystery.

They've made another offer and we're considering it. We're still in negotiations, but we think the lad's worth a lot more than they've offered. If the offer comes right we'll let the club speak to him. We're a little bit disappointed because I think this is basically down to one thing - and that's money. I think Gary is going to move on because of the offer that Yeovil have made him. He's on contract with us so I think Yeovil are out of order. They are working through an agent and they get away with murder. It's got to be right for the club. I would prefer to make him sit on his backside for a year because he has 12 months left on his contract, Whalley told Radio Lancashire.

Quite what is supposedly "out of order" about the Glovers making an approach through the proper channels, the club, to buy a player, other than our valuation being different from Whalley's, isn't clear.

Despite Whalley's chunterings things look like they may be moving Town's way, with the Accy chairman revealing that Roberts himself is keen to move on, and his final few sentences suggesting he wants to stick in his two-penneth before accepting the inevitable :

Gary has made it quite clear he wants to move on and if the offer is right we'll let him. We improved his offer this season like everyone elses. It's entirely up to him - if he wants to move on and its purely financial it doesn't say much, does it, for the lad himself? One of his friends (Anthony Barry) moved from Accrington to Yeovil last season and the connection is there. I've been led to believe what Yeovil are paying and it's up to them if they think they can afford it. They just escaped relegation to League Two and we could have been playing them. But the wages that they are paying compared to us is absolutely ludicrous. We offered him new terms and that is still there and it doesn't start until July 1st, but it looks like he will now stop on what he is on now. But it's up to him - he wants to move on. He's a good player Gary but we won't miss him all that much. I'm sure we can find a suitable replacement.

As Whalley states, Roberts has another year to run on his contract with Accrington, but has already turned down the offer of an extension. Despite the chairman's assertion that he'd cut off his nose to spite his face and let Roberts sit out his contract as a depreciating asset, the reality of the situation means that the player is as good as gone, be it to Yeovil, or to someone else, alerted now Whalley has gone so public - which may have been part of his agendum all along.


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26 June 2006 : The Player Who Never Was
One of the stranger signings over the years at Huish Park was that of full back Jamie Vincent. Signed in the last hours of the January transfer window from Derby County he appeared in two Yeovil Town Reserves fixtures before disappearing out on loan to then Championship League club Millwall. There he started three matches, made a final appearance as a substitute in which he was then in turn substituted, and never appeared for the Lions again. However he didn't turn up back at Huish Park either.

Technically still a Yeovil player, Vincent has today signed a one year contract with relegated Swindon Town, to commence from 1st July.


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26 June 2006 : Millennium Disappointment Made Up Mildenhall's Mind
Talking to the local press back in Grimsby new Yeovil Town goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall reveals that it was the failure of the Mariners to gain promotion at the Millennium Stadium that made his mind up to move on.

It was so disappointing to end the season with Grimsby going so close to promotion twice. That didn't happen and that's when I looked at the other options available. After that, I took some time out while on holiday to clear my head and consider things.

I wanted to play in League One and get back up there and I spoke to Grez
[Graham Rodger, the new manager of Grimsby Town] and he tried virtually everything to get me to stay - he couldn't have done any more. I appreciate that effort, but ultimately the draw of League One was too much.

The first few days I was away, my agent called and said there were 13 clubs who wanted to speak to me - three of those in League One. But the fact I knew the gaffer
[Russell Slade] and how he worked swung it for me.

Another factor in selecting the Glovers was the proximity to Steve's, and his partner Karen's, home town of Swindon.

I settled in well in Grimsby and made some good friends off the field as well - including our neighbours in New Waltham. It was never an issue about disliking Grimsby as has been rumoured. To suggest that either me or my fiancee didn't like it is way off the mark.

I won't deny that we are both close to our families back home in Swindon and the four-hour drive home was a drawback. That came into things when I was offered a deal back in that part of the world. It isn't too far from my family and that was a big plus with marriage on the horizon. The off-field plus points coupled with League One football were key. But I would have had no qualms with staying had we gone up.


Mildenhall also revealed that Grimsby Town's local rivals Scunthorpe United were interested in him, but will have done his welcome should he ever drop in on the Mariners for a visit in the future no harm by claiming he never seriously considered moving to the hated Iron :

I did have an offer to go to Scunthorpe earlier in the season and Brian Laws even got in touch and met up with me. But I turned that down straight away. I wasn't going to move to our rivals - I wanted to get promoted with Grimsby.

There's no reason why Grimsby can't be up there challenging again and we'll see what happens - maybe we will be playing each other in the next few years. Obviously I have high hopes of promotion with Yeovil but, who knows, we may still play Grimsby and that would be nice.



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26 June 2006 : Football Papers Into Admin
Those who still take The Non-League Paper, or perhaps more likely these days its younger sister The League Paper, may be struggling to find copies for a while. Publication of The League Paper has been suspended, with no decision as to whether it will recommence. The Non-League Paper is expected to continue appearing, with owner Chris Ingram, chairman of Conference club Woking, having refinanced the paper to keep it going in the short term.

The papers have gone into administration, for the second time, following the discovery of "financial irregularities". In 2002 The Non-league Paper needed the protection of administration after £272,000 was found to be missing from the company finances.

Of this second occasion founding editor David Emery said :

We were in the process of doing a management buyout involving myself when we discovered these problems. We are trying to discover where the money has gone and how.

This is a problem for lots of small companies who rely on financial experts to handle their accounts. Personally it is a horror that people who you trust in a small company can betray you so badly that it puts the business in jeopardy.


The exact size of the hole in the accounts has not yet been revealed, but financial director Jonathan Stobart and account manager Dave Swinton have already left the company, and Emery intimated he expected it to become a police matter.

The papers employ seven full-time journalists, but the bulk of the output relies on hundreds of freelance reporters, many of whom haven't been paid for their work for months and are owed four figure sums. Other content is provided by the agency Sportsbeat, and they are expected to be a major creditor.

As a number of journalists read this site, if you have sums owed for any work done for either paper you are advised by the company to contact the administrators, Vantis, on 020 7467 4000 as soon as possible.

The Non-League Paper is reported to make a small profit, but the more recent launch of the The League Paper has driven the company into the red. If a buyer can be found to salvage the enterprise it is thought unlikely that the latter paper will be resurrected.


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26 June 2006 : Some More Dates
Following up from the schedule for the 2006-07 F.A. Cup (see below, 6th June), and F.A. Youth and Women's Cups (below, 16th June), various other dates in the forthcoming football season have now been released.

Carling Cup

Round One - week beginning 21st August 2006
Round Two - week beginning 18th September 2006
Round Three - week beginning 23rd October 2006
Round Four - week beginning 6th November 2006
Round Five - week beginning 18th December 2006
Semi-Finals First Leg - week beginning 8th January 2007
Semi-Finals Second Leg - week beginning 22nd January 2007
Final - Sunday 25th February 2007


Johnstone's Paint Trophy

Round One - week beginning 16th October 2006
Round Two - week beginning 30th October 2006
Round Three - week beginning 27th November 2006
Round Four - week beginning 8th January 2007
Area Finals First Leg - week beginning 29th January 2007
Area Finals Second Leg - week beginning 12th February 2007
Final - Sunday 18th March 2007


Football League Play-Off Finals

League Two Play-Off Final - Saturday 26th May 2007
League One Play-Off Final - Sunday 27th May 2007
Championship Play-Off Final - Monday 28th May 2007


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26 June 2006 : No More Mendes Confusion
Further to our article on Saturday, any suggestion that the club had resurrected an interest in Huddersfield Town winger Junior Mendes has now been firmly wiped out by the club. Manager Russell Slade had already denied having any interest in the player on Thursday, but the waters were muddied by Notts County manager Steve Thompson (the other one!) claiming on Saturday that the Glovers were chasing him.

Today Glovers General Manager John Milton has told the official site: "I can state that we have no interest in signing Junior Mendes, either now or in the future. He is not a player that we looking to sign."

That is hopefully the end of that.


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25 June 2006 : Interview With Russell Slade
Yeovil manager Russell Slade was interviewed by BBC Radio Bristol's Alistair Durden on Friday in an interview that was broadcast in full on yesterday's Saturday Sport programme.

Russell talked about many of his new signings such as Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala and Terrell Forbes as well as various irons he has in the fire such as trialist Lee Morris, last season's loan star Chris Cohen and Accrington Stanley winger Gary Roberts.

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


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24 June 2006 : Changes At The Top
There were expectations of a radical shake-up in the Football League Board this time around. The end result on Friday was some change, but not quite as predicted by those supposedly in the know.

Of the eight man board six are elected from the three divisions that constitute the Football League, three from the Championship League, two from League One, and one from League Two.

Having served for three years the rules compelled David Sheepshanks of Ipswich Town to stand for re-election. It was felt that Sheepshanks' star might have waned with his fellow chairman, with some believing he is too cosy to Premiership interests, but in the event he was elected for another term. The other two representatives of the Championship were no longer eligible for that role, with Terry Robinson having departed to the Premier League along with his club Sheffield United, and Theo Paphitis and Millwall moving in the other direction. They have been replaced by Norwich City chief executive Neil Doncaster and Hull City chairman Adam Pearson.

Colchester United chairman Peter Heard, who was an influential member of the upper echelons through his chairmanship of the important Football League Commercial Committee and also as a Football Association Board member, had been expected to move seamlessly from representing League One to representing the Championship, but he could not get enough support from his new electorate. Perhaps the very public row with his manager and Hull City came at the wrong moment, or perhaps his excellent record of championing the interests of the smaller clubs didn't play so well in the higher division.

Karl Oyston, the chairman of Blackpool, remains as a League One representative, whilst Nottingham Forest chief executive Mark Arthur replaces the departing Heard.

From League Two the failure of Wycombe Wanderers to gain promotion ensured no change, with chairman Ivor Beeks remaining in situ.

The Football League Board has two places on the Football Association Board in its gift. Traditionally one comes from the highest division, and one from the lower two divisions. As the Championship representation is currently held by Sheepshanks he can be expected to retain it. However with the removal of Heard from the scene the other position is now up for grabs.


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24 June 2006 : Mendes Confusion
The Notts County manager Steve Thompson (no not ours!) is claiming via his club's official site that Yeovil Town are chasing former Huddersfield Town winger Junior Mendes - despite reports earlier in the week that the Glovers had withdrawn their interest in the player. On Thursday, the Western Daily Press reported that any previous interest in Mendes had been withdrawn, but either Glovers boss Russell Slade has done a u-turn within the last 48 hours, or Notts County are relying on out of date information.

Speaking to their official site, Thompson claimed: "We have been talking to Junior Mendes. He can play centre forward or right wing. He is very quick and has some good experience; he played a part in taking Grimsby to the Playoffs last season. We know a few other clubs are talking to him as well - I know Bristol Rovers and Yeovil are interested but we are hoping the fact he has ties in Nottingham that he will choose to come here."


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24 June 2006 : England vs Ecuador In The Huish Park Marquee
Tomorrow afternoon's match between England and Ecuador in the Second Round knock-out stages of the World Cup is being shown in the Huish Park Marquee Bar on a 42" plasma screen that has been installed in the bar.

The Marquee will be open from 3.00pm where alcohol will be on sale as well as a selection of hot pies.


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24 June 2006 : Kalala Jumps To The Higher Level
New signing Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala has this week stated that he was swayed into moving from Grimsby Town to Yeovil Town because of the chance to play at League One level. The midfielder signed for the club on Thursday on a one year contract and hopes to be able to make the step up.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press he explained the reasons for his move: "I wanted to play at a higher level and I know the boss very well, so I think this will be a good move for me. I'm looking forward to the step up in standard from League Two and to the new season now, as well as meeting the new players."

JP also gave his views on what sort of a midfielder the supporters can expect to see out there: "As a player, I am a competitor, I always look to be as good as I can be. I will work hard and try to play as many games as I can. I think the fans can expect better than last year and I hope the players will be up to this challenge to have a better season."

JP has six full international caps through his home country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, having played during the 2004 African Nations Cup whilst travelling with the squad for the same 2006 competition. He hopes that experience can be used to his and Yeovil's benefit.

"When you have international experience it's good for yourself, and I am hoping to bring this to the team," he explained. "I am delighted to have joined Yeovil Town."

JP also stated what many have found - that it matters little in terms of which way you look at the forthcoming League One fixtures he will hopefully play in. Whilst no side is unbeatable, equally there were no 'whipping boys' in last season's division.

JP said of the season ahead: "I've just seen the season's fixtures, and that's a tough start. But I am sure we will be up for that. Every game will be difficult, and there will be no easy fixture in this league."


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24 June 2006 : Cornish Tour Being Arranged
Yeovil Town is close to completing the arrangements for a short tour of Cornwall, scheduled to fit in between the first pre-season friendly away at Eastleigh on Friday 7th July, and the first home friendly versus Exeter City on Tuesday 18th July.

Currently a fixture has been provisionally booked to take on last season's Carlsberg South Western League champions Bodmin Town at Priory Park on Wednesday 12th July. A second match against St. Blazey, who play at Blaise Park and are also in the South Western League, is being negotiated, and there's the possibility of a third game to complete the agenda for the tour.


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24 June 2006 : Attention Now Turns To Midfield
After signing four new players during this week, Yeovil manager Russell Slade and General Manager John Milton are turning their attentions to negotiations with midfielders with two players currently being targetted.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press, Miton explained: "We are talking to two quality midfielders and we should have some news next week. We've had a very positive few days with the new players coming in and the whole club is on a high. There's a real feelgood factor around the place and season ticket sales have rocketed this week."

Presumably Milton is referring to two players that are not clearly in the public eye. Talks with Chris Cohen have now reached a happy conclusion with the West Ham United player expected to sign on Tuesday, whilst progress with Accrington Stanley's Gary Roberts have not reached the stage of being able to talk to the player. The WDP reports that Accrington have actually turned down two bids for Roberts - it isn't stated which of the two related to the £20,000 offer stated within the Accrington local press.

Talking of midfielders, Paul Terry is due back from his holiday this weekend, and the club hope to conclude talks with him over his contract offer, one way or another, during the early part of next week.


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24 June 2006 : A Bit Of Something Different
Yeovil manager Russell Slade believes that the arrival of former Oldham Athletic defender Terrell Forbes will give him increased options when it comes to selecting his back four. Terrell can play as a central defender, right-back, right wing-back or even in midfield, but it is his pace that is the most likely reason for his inclusion in Russell Slade's squad.

Since losing both Liam Fontaine and Efetobore Sodje at the turn of the year, the Glovers back line has had a bit of speed taken out of it, and with players like Nottingham Forest's Nathan Tyson to contend with this season, additional pace at the back will undoubtedly be useful.

Russell spoke to the Western Morning News and said of Terrell's prospects: "He will give us pace across the backline. He has played in the Championship at QPR, he defends well and reads the game well at the back. We have got Skiverton and Guyett, but I felt we needed something a bit different."

Russell has also admitted to having an interest in former Arsenal defender Sean Kelly, who played for Yeovil Town Reserves at the end of last season. He explained: "He is a prospect and we are monitoring his situation."


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24 June 2006 : The Four Million Pound Trialist!
Yeovil manager Russell Slade has high hopes that former Derby County winger Lee Morris can regain his fitness after a series of injuries saw his career at Leicester City cut short. Slade knows exactly what a fully fit Morris is capable of, having helped kick-start the players career at Sheffield United where Slade was one of his coaches. Lee will be training with Yeovil during pre-season and will almost certainly play a strong part in the pre-season friendlies.

Russell said of Lee's injuries: "He's been a very very unfortunate, very unlucky boy. He's still only 25 years old. He's had foot injuries where he has broken bones and a severe knee injury and that has cost him. He's had a career in the Championship and even the Premiership when he signed for Derby County in a package worth £4 million from Sheffield United. He has great talent and if he can get a good pre-season under his belt and recover from these knocks that he has had, then he could be a real asset and a real find."

Russell also showed amusement at the fact that strictly speaking Lee was trialling for the club during pre-season: "I don't want him to be a trialist. I mean, a £4 million trialist! That's a new one for Yeovil isn't it! He has been so unlucky with injuries and I want to make sure he is OK. He wants to make sure he is OK and if he does, then there is a player there, that is a certainty. Lee is comfortable with me and if he does well I'm sure he will be wanting to put pen to paper."

[Quotes sourced from BBC Radio Bristol and the Western Morning News.]


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24 June 2006 : Invest In Yeovil Website Launched
Yeovil Town Football Club have launched their own 'Invest In Yeovil' website aimed at attracting new investors to the club for their off the field developments.

The website can be found at http://www.investinyeovil.com - if you are a potential investor and require further information, either telephone the club on the usual telephone number of 01935-423662 or by email at chairmanfry@hotmail.co.uk


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23 June 2006 : Accy Grumble At 'Derisory' Bid
Football League new boys Accrington Stanley have gone public in Yeovil Town's bid for their 22 year old winger Gary Roberts with club Chairman Eric Whalley claiming the Glovers £20,000 bid was 'derisory' and suggesting they needed to bid 10 times that amount for Accy to be interested.

Speaking to the Accrington Observer, a rather gruff sounding Chairman, egged on by an even more partisan journalist, said of Yeovil's offer: "We had an offer which I think is derisory. I sent a fax back asking them where the missing nought was. Unless that was there I wouldnít even speak to them about it."

Whalley did though state that he was willing to listen to offers, rather suggesting that his decision to go to the press was not about wanting to grumble about 'derisory' offers, but more about attempting to drum up more interest in a player and as a consequence, his asking price.

Whalley told the paper: "I donít want him to go, but I have a good relationship with my players. If they can better themselves and itís a good deal for the club I would pat them on the back and let them go. But I donít think this would be bettering himself."

Whilst we don't quite share Mr Whalley's suggestion that a player who was playing Conference football last season wouldn't be bettering himself by playing League One football this season, it is clear that Roberts would be allowed to leave if Yeovil can put a suitable package together. Whether they get a significantly better price through publicising the offer to other potential suitors remains to be seen.


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23 June 2006 : Slade Hoping For Kalala Consistency
Yeovil manager Russell Slade has been giving his views on yesterday's signing Jean-Paul Kalala after the midfielder signed a one year deal at Huish Park, having played at Grimsby Town last season. Russell is hopeful he can recapture the form he showed during the first half of last season during which he scored the winning goal that knocked Tottenham Hotspur out of the Carling Cup.

One of the questions being asked was what sort of midfielder JP would be for the club and therefore how he would fit into a typical Yeovil line-up.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press, Russell explained: "Jean-Paul's an international footballer, who has come with good pedigree, having played for Nice. He will be a very valuable member of the squad. He's a sitting midfielder, who likes to get on the ball and spray it about. He's a tough tackler as well, so it's not all about when he has the ball."

Some Grimsby fans have expressed surprise at Slade's decision to take Kalala with him to Yeovil given that he didn't always select him for Grimsby's side during the second half of the season, but Russell believed an injury sustained just after he had a month away playing in the African Nations Cup disrupted JP's season somewhat.

Speaking to the Western Morning News, the Yeovil boss explained: "I lost him for a month last year because he was in the African Nations Cup. He was very influential in the first part of the season, scored five or six times and got that great goal against Spurs. He is good on the ball and can dig a bit. He's not just a Frenchie that wants to be on it, he can win it back for you as well. He played 20-something games and we lost him for a month and that affected him. He was unavailable for about eight games and he had a slight injury as well that put him out for a bit. In the meantime I signed Curtis Woodhouse from Hull City, so he was a little bit unfortunate."

With the African Nations Cup taking place every two seasons, the next competition is due in 2008, so hopefully a less disruptive season can clear the decks for JP to build up some consistent performances at Huish Park. Ciderspace naturally wishes him the best of luck in achieving this.


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23 June 2006 : Glovers Consider Second Roberts Bid
Earlier today, we covered reports that Yeovil Town had been turned down in a bid to sign Accrington Stanley winger Gary Roberts. The 22 year old had been the subject of interest from the Glovers back in January when they picked up Anthony Barry from the same club, and have now turned their attentions to another star from the ranks of the newly promoted Nationwide Conference Champions.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, Russell admitted the reports were true: "Yes, that's absolutely spot on. He is a left winger with a lot of talent and has scored a lot of goals in the Conference last season. I've been tracking his progress, that's for sure. We put in a bid for him and that has been turned down. We've got to look at that situation again and we'll see what happens. Everything comes down to brass tacks! It might mean that we've got to tweak the conditions a little bit, but I've got the backing of the Chairman and the Board and hopefully we can do it. If it becomes ridiculous then we will move on and find another target."


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23 June 2006 : Cohen Expected To Sign On Tuesday
Further to our story from earlier today, BBC Radio Bristol are reporting that they expect West Ham United midfielder to sign a contract with Yeovil Town on Tuesday, when he returns from his holiday. Both a transfer fee and personal terms have been agreed for the player, and so barring any unforeseen hitches, Chris will become a Yeovil Town player early next week.

Speaking to the radio station, manager Russell Slade explained: "We have agreed personal terms. Chris is away with his girlfriend now and will be coming back, soon after the weekend. We are hoping to bring him down and tie him up during the early part of next week - probably Tuesday. We are obviously extremely hopeful now that it is going to be completed. We are there - we've agreed. Chris is happy with everything, his representatives are happy and West Ham are happy, so it's great news all round."


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23 June 2006 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 13 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have been in contact to detail the latest results from their Gold Bond scheme. To claim your prize, or to participate in the scheme, call the Commercial Department on 01935-423662 Ext 291.
Glovers Gold Bond Week 12 Results Glovers Gold Bond Member Benefits
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23 June 2006 : Accy vs Forest On Sky
Not too surprisingly, Accrington Stanley's attractive looking Carling Cup First Round tie against Nottingham Forest has been chosen for live coverage on Sky Sports. The game will be be broadcast live from The Fraser Eagle Stadium on Monday 21st August 2006 kick-off 7.45pm.


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23 June 2006 : M'Learned Friends 1 Football Clubs 0
Nearly two years on from our original report the Football League have won their claim for damages for negligence against Edge Ellison (now Hammonds) - their legal advisors in the contract negotiations with OnDigital (later ITV Digital) during the 1999-2000 season. However, it's only m'learned friends who will be laughing all the way to the bank after the judge awarded a nominal £4 against the law firm, just a little short of the £150,000,000 the Football League was claiming. The judge found them not to be responsible for the greater ills that affected the Football League and the financial welfare of its members. The Football League had rather optimistically hoped to sue for the full losses incurred by clubs during the period before ITV Digital folded.

The judge ruled that Edge Ellison were negligent on two counts:

a) They failed to read the bid document from OnDigital (which suggested parent company guarantees were available) before negotiating, and then allowing The League to enter into a binding short form agreement based upon that bid document without such guarantees.

b) Despite then having read the bid document, as part of their preparations for the negotiation of the long form contract, they did not take instructions on the issue of guarantees.

Despite negligence being proved, the judge however, refused to consider sizeable damages because at the time it was felt that OnDigital's parent companies would not have given such guarantees.

Football League Chairman Lord Mawhinney has said of the outcome: "We are obviously disappointed by this verdict. Subject to considering possible grounds for appeal The League will draw a line under this matter and move on. The collapse of ITV Digital marked a watershed for The Football League and its clubs.In the years since, The League has re-branded and delivered a programme of good governance reforms designed to deliver financial stability and long-term sustainability to its clubs. This will continue."

This is the second costly court case the Football League has undertaken concerning the collapse of the ITV Digital company. In 2002 they unsuccessfully sued parent companies Carlton and Granada for breach of contract, but the case was lost when the judge determined that no such guarantees had been made by the parent companies to cover any losses made by ITV Digital. Now the Football League have won their case for negligence against their advisors, but it will be a very hollow victory indeed, with the law teams the only victors in this long running saga. The Football League has been ordered to meet 90% of the legal costs of both sides, a sum reported to be around £5,000,000.


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23 June 2006 : Friend Becomes Foe When Season Begins
Glovers manager Russell Slade probably had a wry smile on his face when the fixture lists drew out former Championship club Millwall for the first game of the season - Lions boss Nigel Spackman was his boss at Sheffield United during the 1990s.

There were even strong rumours circulating at the time that Slade was shortlisted for the Yeovil position that Spackman was trying to lure him to London to become his assistant at the New Den. But now both men will find their first task of the 2006-07 season will be to try and outwit each other as the Glovers travel to London on August 5th.

Speaking to today's Western Morning News, Russell explained: "It was a tough one in the Cup against a former Premier League side (Southampton in the Carling Cup) and now a former Championship team in Millwall. I'll be up against my old mate Spackers who I worked with at Sheffield United and it couldn't be a more difficult start. It's a tough game, but it's one to look forward to. The first game of the season always is, I can't wait and I hope the players can't wait for it either."


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23 June 2006 : Adrian Forbes Heads For Blackpool
Former Swansea City winger Adrian Forbes, who has been linked with a move to Huish Park throughout June, has signed a two year contract with League One side Blackpool. There was never any official acknowledgement of Russell Slade's interest - if any - in the 27 year old, although the Yeovil boss has suggested he is looking to bring in a right-winger. Forbes can now be crossed firmly off any lists that may exist.


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23 June 2006 : Huish Park Atmosphere Made Terrell Want To Join
Yesterday's new signing Terrell Forbes says that he was influenced into signing for Yeovil because of the atmosphere around the ground when he visited Huish Park in a 0-2 home defeat for the Glovers last season.

Speaking to today's Western Daily Press he explained: "I played here at Yeovil last season for Oldham and the atmosphere was unbelievable - green and white shirts were everywhere. I like what I see here and I'm looking forward to it."

Strangely enough, Terrell actually found Huish Park in a far more muted state on that rather miserable November afternoon that saw not too much to get the home crowd exciting. If he enjoyed the atmosphere on that day, Ciderspace wonders what he will make of the crowd when they are in full optimistic voice!

Terrell has also stated that he is prepared to be flexible when playing for Yeovil Town. Used mainly as a right-back for Grimsby Town, he played as a centre-back for Oldham Athletic against Yeovil and revealed that he has other strings to his bow.

"Wherever I play I want to work hard for the team and hope to impress the fans," he explained. "I like playing in the centre of defence but last season at Oldham I played right back, right wing-back and also as a midfielder. I'm quite versatile."


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23 June 2006 : Cohen Deal Expected Next Week
Today's Western Morning News is carrying the welcome claims that Yeovil Town have now as good as tied up personal terms with West Ham United midfielder Chris Cohen, having already agreed a transfer fee with his current club. However, they do not expect the deal to go through before the weekend as the 19 year old is currently on holiday.

Speaking to the paper, manager Russell Slade explained: "We are very close. He is away on holiday, but we would like to think Chris will sign for us early next week."


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23 June 2006 : BBC Bristol Review Of The Season Tomorrow
A reminder from last Sunday's news, that BBC Radio Bristol will be broadcasting a Review Of The Season programme this weekend featuring Yeovil Town. Glovers assistant manager Steve Thompson, who was in charge for the majority of the 2005-06 season, will be the man in the studio discussing the ups and downs of the year.

The broadcast starts at 1.00pm on Saturday, and the review of the season is usually split into three or four 15-20 minute segments throughout the afternoon.

You can reach the show by tuning into 95.5FM, 94.9FM or via DAB Digital Radio. The station is also available on-line here. If you're planning to listen online, you may also want to consider the Somerset Sound stream. In recent weeks BBC Bristol have still been filtering out broadcasts online from Saturday 3.00pm which is normally only necessary during the football season. They are hopefully fixing that, but just in case the transmission is halted at 3.00pm, the Somerset Sound broadcast has not suffered this problem.


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23 June 2006 : Roberts Bid Rejected
The BBC Sport website is claiming that Yeovil Town have had a bid for Accrington Stanley's Gary Roberts rejected. The 22 year old winger is believed to be the player the Glovers originally had an interest in when they later signed up fellow midfielder Anthony Barry. The bid is believed to have been £20,000.

Roberts has been at Accrington for 13 months, having joined them from Welshpool, and he scored 13 times last season as the Lancashire side won the Football Conference title. He is also a non-league international.


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22 June 2006 : Fry's Ambitions For Yeovil Town
Hot on the heels of taking over ownership of the club (see yesterday's story, below) John Fry has revealed some of his hopes and ambitions for Yeovil Town.

Fry will be looking to attract significant new investment into the club over the coming months, investment connected to major development of the twenty-six acre site in which Huish Park sits, and that could involve more movement of the shareholding.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press Fry said :

We have 26 acres, which is mostly freehold - although there are some convenants on the land, which will need to be lifted. We are looking at both commercial and residential developments around the ground, because at the moment the stadium is only used for two percent of the year.

There has been a lot of interest in Dave Webb's shareholding and the club has made massive strides in recent years. We have to make sure it keeps moving forward and make sure it is not torn apart by internal wranglings and unrest. I consider my staff to be at the forefront of my vision for the club. Their future is the club's future.


According to the paper a hotel and a retail, sports and leisure complex are amongst the commercial developments being considered. There are residential elements to the plans as well. These would involve accommodation for key workers from the public sector, and students. Fry also hopes to raise income from the club's car parking space, which could be rented out directly or used as a park and ride scheme, presumably in conjunction with the council.

The club has produced a brochure, Invest in Yeovil, as part of its bid to pull in new money. It sets out ambitious aims :

We see the opportunity to enhance this part of town by providing exciting new facilities.

Leisure and fitness will be key to this area. There is room for a new swimming pool/spa suite with gym and training facilities. The area is ideal for the development of a centre offering hotels, shops, cafes and more.

An extensive range of outlets would fill the versatile design of Huish Park Place. Shopping choices, food choices and activity choices would all be there. And at the end of the day a comfortable night's rest would be waiting, with a choice of rooms.


Of course it doesn't take a genius to work out that this is all a non-starter unless the relevant local authorities are on board. There have been indications that the club has been working in this area over the last months, though with what success remains to be seen. It's certainly long past time that the council moved further than paying its customary cheap lip-service to the benefits Yeovil Town FC brings the area, and started working proactively in tandem with the Glovers to the mutual good of the town and the club.

Another issue is the various covenants on the site, once more mentioned by Mr Fry. It's no secret that the club has been pushing hard on these in recent times, but again it remains to be seen with what success.

Although well aware that revenue generation is crucial in allowing ambitions to reach fruition, fans are generally more directly interested in what those ambitions on the footballing side actually are. In Fry's view :

We want to be in the Championship and that would mean a stadium which could hold between 16,000 and 20,000. We've got a big catchment area and we have a strong brand. It's the football which creates the interest in the club and stadium.

So is it worth getting excited just yet? Perhaps some words of caution are in order. Ciderspace well recalls the last major scheme, perhaps unwisely named The Dream Stadium, promoted by the club. Chairman John Fry then stated :

A 15,000 all seater covered stadium incorporating a multi-purpose sports and leisure complex including our own football academy remains our medium term plan for the development of the 26 acre Huish Park site at Lufton. We will continue to work closely with the South Somerset District Council and with the people of Yeovil. We would like to develop partnerships with other sports and business organisations in order for our 'dream' plans to be achieved.

And the date? 1998. There may be need for further patience.


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22 June 2006 : Forbes Signing Confirmed
Further to our article earlier today, Oldham Athletic right-back Terrell Forbes has now been confirmed as the club's fourth signing of the summer. Terrell has signed a two year deal at Huish Park after working under manager Russell Slade during the 2004-05 season at Grimsby Town and now follows him to Huish Park. He still had a year left on his contract at Boundary Park, but the Latics agreed to waive the final year on his contract, despite him having been a near ever-present for the Lancashire club.

The official site has confirmed the deal and got this reaction from manager Russell Slade: "He is a little bit versatile, but the big factor with Terrell is that he's got terrific pace. He's very quick and is certainly one of the fastest defenders in the league, and that's important. He's a strong boy as well.He's probably not quite 6 foot, about 5ft 11, but has a decent leap as well, and I'm delighted that he's come here. I had him on loan for a spell for my first season at Grimsby before he went on to play Division One football, so I think that he's pleased about coming back and working with me, and I'm delighted that he come back as well."

Terrell himself said of the deal: "I want to get into pre-season and get back to my sharpness, and I am going to be working hard. Looking at the new faces that are coming in, especially myself, we have to work together and do well for the fans. As I said though, I'm really looking forward to getting going with the new season."

The very best of luck to Terrell over the next two years, and welcome to what is now becoming a fairly crowded looking Huish Park. For a full profile on Terrell Forbes, see our article from earlier today.


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22 June 2006 : Morris Hoping For Glovers Restart
This morning's Western Daily Press has stated that Yeovil Town are allowing former Derby County winger Lee Morris the chance to train with the Glovers in pre-season, presumably with a view to the player trying to earn a contract at Huish Park.

Morris is another player who is no stranger to manager Russell Slade's ways of working. He started his career at Sheffield United as a trainee, whilst Russell was at Bramhall Lane, meaning that the Yeovil boss oversaw his development through the Youth and Reserve ranks. After completing 33 appearances he made a three million pound move to Derby County where he spent three seasons, clocking up 101 appearances and 18 goals, mainly as a winger, in both the Premiership and the Championship. He also had a brief loan spell during this time at Huddersfield Town.

In February 2004, he was transferred to Leicester City, but a succession of injuries made for a torrid time and after clocking up just 8 appearances in over two years, he was released from his contract. Lee is now obviously looking to restart his career and hopes that Russell Slade can be the spark to get him started again.


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22 June 2006 : Glovers Continue To Chase Targets
Yeovil Town are continuing to chase further signings as they attempt to build up their squad in time for the pre-season training schedule. Today's Western Daily Press reports that the Glovers are still being strongly linked with midfielder Chris Cohen and right-back Terrell Forbes (see stories below) but that they have withdrawn their interest in Huddersfield Town winger Junior Mendes, who had been on loan at Grimsby Town last season. The paper states that Slade is also chasing an unnamed right-winger and another striker.

One name that has re-emerged is that of Arsenal defender Sean Kelly. Sean played for Yeovil Town in their final Reserve Team match of the 2005-06 season, scoring in a 7-1 thrashing of Swansea City Reserves after Steve Thompson spotted him in exit trials and brought him down to Huish Park. He is now being linked with the Glovers again under Russell Slade, presumably after Thommo recommended him. There is no firm move as yet, but the WDP report that Slade has taken an interest in the player.

Sean is a midfielder who spent last season on the books of Arsenal, having joined them in August 2004. He hails from County Kerry in the Republic of Ireland and was born on July 9th 1987. He is versatile in that at 6'1" he can perform at right-back, centre-half and midfield and frequently turned out for Arsenal's Reserve side during the 2005-06 season after many of the normal Reservists had been promoted to the first team and recently partnered England's Sol Campbell in defence whilst the more experienced pro was making his comeback to first team level. He has represented Ireland at various Youth levels rising up to turning out for the Under 19s during the 2005-06 season. He has also captained Arsenal's Under 18s side.


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22 June 2006 : Saints Confirm Carling Cup Date
Southampton's official site has stated that the Carling Cup First Round match against Yeovil Town will take place at St Mary's on Wednesday 23rd August, and not on the Tuesday date circulated on various sites, including Teamtalk yesterday. Kick-off is presumably still 7.45pm.


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22 June 2006 : Slade Hails Massive Draw
Russell Slade has expressed his delight at a 'massive draw' following yesterday's Carling Cup First Round draw that has paired Yeovil up with a trip to Southampton and their impressive St Mary's Stadium.

Speaking to today's Western Morning News, the Yeovil boss exclaimed: "I'm really, really pleased with the draw. It's a big club, a lovely club and it is a great incentive for me and my players to go there and get a result. It will be nice for the players to play at a ground like St Mary's. Southampton are a big club, make no mistake about it. They spent so many years in the Premier League and they will be looking to bounce back this season, so it is a massive draw for us."

Slade is no stranger to success in the Carling Cup, having produced two giantkillings whilst Grimsby Town manager last season, seeing off Championship side Derby County and then producing arguably the shock of the season as his side dumped out a Tottenham Hotspur side containing 10 internationals in a 1-0 win at Blundell Park. The Mariners finally went out to Newcastle United but Slade is hoping for an action replay in this season's competition.

Russell told the paper: "We beat Derby and we beat Spurs and then we lost to Newcastle in three great games when I was at Grimsby. Hopefully we can do the same at Yeovil this season at least."


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22 June 2006 : Congo International Signs Up
Yeovil manager Russell Slade has made his third signing of the season, bringing Democratic Republic of the Congo International Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala to Huish Park on a one year deal. The player with the legendary and unfeasibly long name, is more popularly known as 'JP' and is Yeovil's second raid from Russell's former club Grimsby Town. He has been brought in as a defensive midfielder and has signed a one year contract.

JP was born in Lubumbashi, when the country was called Zaire, on 16th February 1982 but started his career with French side Nice. He had forced his way into their first team but lost his place in their side after going to the African Nations Cup and playing for his national side in the tournament during 2004.

He signed for Grimsby in July 2005, and his name reached national headlines in September 2005 when his goal knocked Tottenham Hotspur out of the Carling Cup. Again he was selected for the 2006 African Nations Cup but failed to get onto the pitch during that tournament. Overall he has been capped six times for his country.

Speaking to the official site, JP said of the news: "I've always wanted to play at a higher level. I'm delighted that I have the opportunity to do it now, and I think that I will step up my game as I always do, and I hope that I do well."

Ciderspace welcomes JP to South Somerset, and hopes that perhaps lightning can strike twice in the Carling Cup this season as well.


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22 June 2006 : Forbes Set For Yeovil Move
Grimsby Town's official site believes that Yeovil Town have signed up their former defender Terrell Forbes. As mentioned on these pages on June 8th and June 17th, Forbes has been linked with the Glovers since Slade's arrival, having played under him during the 2004-05 season. He is a pacey defender who can play at both right-back and central defence, and would therefore be seen as a direct replacement for Adam Lockwood.

Terrell is a former Queen's Park Rangers defender who originally started his career at West Ham United. Born in Southwark on 17th August 1981, he had a brief loan spell with AFC Bournemouth in 1999 before moving on to QPR going on to make 127 appearances for the West London side. Moving onto Grimsby for the majority of the 2004-05 season and playing 34 times, he then played for Oldham Athletic during last season, clocking up 44 appearances. Forbes was released from his contract last weekend, with the Lancashire club stating that he had agreed terms with an unnamed League One club. Now Grimsby's official site are claiming that he is planning to team up with Russell Slade once again.

Neither Oldham, nor Yeovil Town, have made any public comment on the possibility of Forbes signing for the Glovers. If there is official confirmation or denial, we will as usual provide an update.


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22 June 2006 : Lindy's Versatility Is Key
Utility player Andy Lindegaard's versatility makes him a key member of Yeovil Town's squad, according to manager Russell Slade. The Yeovil-born player usually plays as a wide-right player in defence or midfield, but has played in every position in the Glovers first team apart from centre-back and goalkeeper! Lindy signed a new one year extension this week, and Russell believes that is important when working against a limited budget.

Speaking to the Western Morning News, the Yeovil boss explained: "Lindy has agreed a one-year extension, which we are pleased about. When you have a small squad of 21-22, having someone like Lindy who is so versatile is very helpful."


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22 June 2006 : Slade's Delight At Gray Capture
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has revealed his delight in capturing striker Wayne Gray from League One Champions Southend United. Wayne signed a two year deal with the Glovers on Tuesday, and the Yeovil boss had to fend off some competition from other clubs to do it.

Speaking to the Western Morning News, Slade explained: "We are delighted to agree terms. We held talks before I went away and I said that they had gone well and I am delighted he has agreed to join us. It appears that it has been very competitive for Wayne's signature. I know that he had been to Tranmere and Oldham for talks."

Slade also told the paper the sort of attributes to expect of his new signing: "He is strong, quick, powerful and he scores goals, so he is not the sort that will come into areas and be particularly clever on the ball. He is clearly direct and I feel he will be a fans' favourite, I really do."

Russell is also hopeful that he can tie up another signing before the end of the week, adding: "I'm still looking for more players. We are looking at it closely and we are hoping to make another signing or two later this week. We have put a lot of hard work into making these deals happen. One or two are dropping now and we are hoping that by the end of the week, there will be one or two more."


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22 June 2006 : Fixture Lists Released
The 2006-07 season fixture lists have been released. Yeovil Town start their season with a trip to Millwall on the first day of the season and end the campaign with another South-East away trip at Gillingham. The first home match is against AFC Bournemouth on Tuesday 8th August.

Boxing Day sees a trip to the seaside (anyone going swimming?) and Brighton and Hove Albion, whilst New Years Day gives a home match against Northampton Town. The trip to Ashton Gate is four games before the end of the season when Yeovil play Bristol City on Saturday 14th April. The corresponding game at Huish Park takes place on Saturday 4th November.

The full fixture list for the coming season can be found here or from the usual menu options at the top of the page under the Matches section.

Note that there is currently a difference of opinion between the BBC and PTV sites over Yeovil's Christmas fixtures. The BBC have got both the Boxing Day and New Years Day matches as 3.00pm kick-off, whilst PTV have given them a 7.45pm kick-off. As a 7.45pm kick-off is unusual to say the least, it is assumed that the BBC are correct, but we will try and get full confirmation.


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21 June 2006 : Saints League Cup Date
The Teamtalk website is reporting that the Carling Cup First Round match against Southampton at St Mary's will be played on Tuesday August 22nd, with a 7.45pm kick-off. There's been no confirmation from either club yet, so some caution should be exercised when inking this one into your diary - however it would fit with Southampton's normal midweek schedule.


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21 June 2006 : An Introduction To Wayne's World
New Yeovil Town signing Wayne Gray has introduced himself to the press over the past couple of days, speaking to both BBC Radio Bristol and the Western Daily Press in interviews, and he started off by introducing himself and giving a little bit of background as to his footballing career so far.

"I'm a South-Londoner, born and bred," Wayne explained. "I obviously played for Wimbledon for a number of years and I enjoyed my time down there. I managed to make my Premiership debut at the age of 18. I've also played in the Championship, League One and League Two over the past few years, so I've built up quite a bit of experience around the leagues. I feel that Yeovil appear to be an up-and-coming club. I've played against them in the last two seasons, both in League Two and in League One and I feel that they are a good footballing side and I feel that with the new manager coming in he is recruiting in the right sort of players and with the good players that are already here, I do feel that they can go places. I do feel that if you don't try, you don't know. It is an opportunity for me for me to hopefully play and be successful."

Wayne had two great years at Southend United, winning promotion two years running, including scoring the winning goal that gave the Essex side the League One title at the first time of asking. Now he hopes that run of good fortune can continue with Yeovil Town.

Wayne explained: "Fingers crossed that I can have similar success here to what I had at Southend. I want to be in the Championship. I want to get Yeovil into the Championship, that's where I want to be and I know that's where the club wants to be. I don't really set myself targets, but obviously as a striker you want to score at least 20 goals a season, minimum. That's what I've been brought in to do and I think I can do it next season, especially if I stay injury free and stay in the team."

"I try not to set myself too many targets as I see myself as an all-round centre-forward, he added. "I do provide goals as well and I'm not very selfish. I'm told I should be more selfish sometimes, but I do like to try and bring my team-mates into the game as well. As a striker you do want to score 20 goals or more for your own personal recognition but I am just going to try and work very hard in every single game. If I get a goal, then I get a goal. If I don't then I'll try and get one in the next game and it is as simple as that. Obviously we all aim for 20 and if I get that then I'll be over the moon."

"I want to work hard, score lots of goals and get Yeovil at the top of the division," Wayne explained. "I'm not a lazy player and I'll compete for every ball. The defenders won't get a minute's rest. I want to establish myself in the team here. As a footballer you never want to be on the bench, you never want to be left out. As long as I work hard and take my opportunities I should be able to keep my place in the team."

The 25 year old also gave an in-sight as to why he left Southend, despite being offered a new deal at Roots Hall: "I had a couple of injuries last season at Southend and when I got fit Freddy Eastwood and Shaun Goater were in the team and playing well. They were scoring goals and the manager quite rightly kept them in the team. But I still played a part in most games and contributed to them going up. They offered me a contract and tried to keep me, but if I'm honest I don't think they were too bothered. At the same time, I think they lost a good player and I hope their loss is Yeovil's gain."

Wayne turned down offers from Tranmere Rovers and Oldham Athletic to come to Huish Park, and the WDP have stated that he has asked the club for the No.10 shirt - a statement of intent given that it was previously worn by Phil Jevons - Yeovil's top goalscorer in the past two seasons. He explained why he chose Yeovil over the two North-West clubs.

"I've played against Yeovil a few times, over the last couple of seasons," Wayne said. "They are always difficult to play against and play good football. But one of the biggest reasons for coming here was the manager. He believed in me and made me feel wanted. I also think Yeovil are an up-and-coming club and I know the manager is bringing in some good players to take the club forward."

[Interviews merged from various sources within the Western Daily Press and BBC Radio Bristol.]


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21 June 2006 : Doesn't Stay Long Does He.........
Short-term consultant, short-term manager, short-term chief executive, and now short-term owner: David Webb has left the building.

Yeovil Town Football Club today announced that Mr Webb has sold his 92% holding in the club to chairman and chief executive John Fry for an undisclosed sum.

Clutching an array of Invest in Yeovil brochures presumably connected to the 'investment partnership' that has been spoken of in recent weeks, Mr Fry said :

My directors would like to publicly thank David for his contribution towards the progress of the club. At such an important stage in Yeovil's vision plans, the acquisition of Mr Webb's shareholding will enable the Huish Park Stadium Partnership to develop. With the new manager in place and new player signings, it is now all systems go for Yeovil Town, which should give our supporters and sponsors a real boost in confidence for next season.

This site has always had confidence that John Fry's heart is in the right place when it comes to Yeovil Town, though we've not always agreed with some of his statements and ways of expressing them. Naturally we wait to find out the detail in this holding company, Huish Park Stadium Partnership, but our immediate reaction is to welcome the news that control of the ownership of the club has passed from Mr Webb, whose affiliation to Yeovil Town we found hard to fathom, to Mr Fry.


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21 June 2006 : Stocktaking In Club Shop
Yeovil Town's Huish Park Club Shop will be closed for stocktaking on Friday 30th June 2006. The Club Shop staff wish to apologise for any inconvenience caused.


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21 June 2006 : Mildenhall Reveals Championship Ambition
New signing Steve Mildenhall has said that is optimistic in terms of the quality of the prospective signings being circulated around Huish Park and the local press as possibly joining Yeovil Town. The goalkeeper is hopeful that the quality of the signings can increase Yeovil's chances of mounting a challenge at the top half of the table.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, the goalkeeper explained: "Obviously with the speculation that I have seen, it looks as though the club is in a good position at the moment and that they are talking to a few people. If everything goes to plan, and the players that have been reported in the press have actually been spoken to, then you would hope that the squad would be getting stronger and stronger."

Steve also added that his ambitions went higher than just League One 'survival': "I am not coming here - and I don't think the gaffer himself would have come here - unless we felt that there was an opportunity for us to push on and try and get promotion to the Championship. I haven't come here to sit around for two years and be content with League One football. I have come here with the intention to be successful with the club and to be successful with the manager again, and that has to be of course getting into the Championship."


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21 June 2006 : Glovers Get St Mary's Trip
Yeovil Town have been drawn away to Championship side Southampton in the Carling Cup First Round. All ties will be played on the week commencing August 21st.

The full draw is as follows:

Southern Draw

Cardiff City v Barnet
Milton Keynes Dons v Colchester United
Swindon Town v Brentford
Crystal Palace v Notts County
Hereford United v Coventry City
Swansea City v Wycombe Wanderers
Peterborough United v Ipswich Town
AFC Bournemouth v Southend United
Brighton & Hove Albion v Boston United
Cheltenham Town v Bristol City
Millwall v Gillingham
Southampton v Yeovil Town
Birmingham City v Shrewsbury Town
Plymouth Argyle v Walsall
Bristol Rovers v Luton Town
Queens Park Rangers v Northampton Town
Torquay United v Norwich City
Leyton Orient v West Bromwich Albion

Northern Draw

Chesterfield v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Stoke City v Darlington
Port Vale v Preston North End
Burnley v Hartlepool
Sheffield Wednesday v Wrexham
Bury v Sunderland
Hull City v Tranmere Rovers
Blackpool v Barnsley
Huddersfield Town v Mansfield Town
Carlisle United v Bradford City
Rotherham United v Oldham Athletic
Scunthorpe United v Lincoln City
Accrington Stanley v Nottingham Forest
Grimsby Town v Crewe Alexandra
Leeds United v Chester City
Doncaster Rovers v Rochdale
Stockport County v Derby County
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21 June 2006 : Glovers Close In On Cohen Deal
Yeovil Town's attempts to capture last season's player of the season, Chris Cohen, have taken a forward step with the news that the club have agreed an undisclosed fee with West Ham United for his services. However, the club now have to finalise personal terms with the midfielder.

Speaking to this morning's Western Daily Press, manager Russell Slade said: "I would like to strengthen our midfield and everyone knows about our interest in Chris Cohen. I think were getting closer on that one. We've agreed the mechanics of the deal."

Slade also told BBC Radio Bristol that part of the delay had been the ongoing problems of players being away: "He is again another player who has been on holiday recently. We have been in dialog with him and his representatives and we are very keen to bring Chris here. Again without saying anything out of line, we are very hopeful that he will come."


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21 June 2006 : Slade Still Hopeful Of More Deals
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade is hopeful that this weeks signings of goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall and striker Wayne Gray will not be his last of the week. He has also not ruled out the idea of bringing in a second striker at some stage, but is also mindful of other priorities.

Russell was asked about the chances of grabbing a second striker when speaking to BBC Radio Bristol and replied: "Possibly, but there are one or two other positions that we have got to look at. We've not stopped there and hopefully this week we will make one or two more signings. We are hoping that by Thursday that we will bring in at least one more signing to the football club, if not two."


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21 June 2006 : Slade Looks For The Spine Of The Team
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has given his views on signing goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall to the Western Morning News. Russell spoke to them prior to yesterday's signature of Southend United striker Wayne Gray, and from the manager's tone, he certainly expects Mildenhall to take the upper hand in any battles for the No.1 shirt with fellow keeper Darren Behcet.

The Yeovil boss told the paper: "It was important for us to get a goalkeeper, you can't go into a new campaign with no experienced goalkeeper and that is what Mildy will bring us. He was very influential in the season that Grimsby had. When you check his record, he has something like 20-odd clean sheets over the course of the season, including the Cups."

"He has good presence as a 'keeper, which you would expect as he is 6ft 5in, so he is very commanding and I think that helps your back four as well when you have that," Slade added. "It helped that he wanted to come back to the Westcountry and I think he will settle in very quickly because of that. You can't leave your 'keeper to chance can you? He has to be solid and to build any team, the spine has to be strong and that starts with your goalkeeper. He was always my first choice, sometimes you don't always get the one you want, but I have got Steve and he will be a great signing for us."

Slade also recognised that it had taken a long time for any senior summer signings to be made and gave a hint that Mildenhall and Gray would not be the last.

"Apologies to the fans that the signing is a bit belated," he explained. "I know we have signed one or two younger players, but there was good competition for Mildy. It's like a bus isn't it? Sometimes you wait forever for one and then three come at once. I think it is like that with the transfer market in football and hopefully we will have another one tomorrow (since revealed as Wayne Gray) and another one by the end of the week."


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20 June 2006 : Mildenhall Glad To Set Up Slade Reunion
New goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall has today explained that the chance to play under Russell Slade again - previously Mildenhall's manager at Grimsby Town, was too difficult to resist. Speaking to today's Western Daily Press, the 6'5" goalkeeper based much of his decision upon his experiences in Lincolnshire.

"The gaffer was the main reason I came here," Steve explained. "I've got a lot of time for him and a lot of respect for him. He treats you right and last year at Grimsby he brought the best out of players because of that. I know how he works and I know how successful he wants to be. He's told me some of the players he's trying to bring here and if it all comes off it's going to be exciting times at Yeovil. Huish Park is a lovely ground and if we do well and we're at the right end of the division there is no reason why the club can't keep growing."

Steve also looked forward to playing back in League One although he did rue the fact that he would not be facing his hometown, Swindon, whose side were relegated at the end of last season.

"I'm looking forward to a lot of the games next season," he added. "The derbies with Bristol City will be great, as will playing against Nottingham Forest. It's a bit disappointing that Swindon, my hometown team, got relegated because it would have been nice to go back there. But that's the way it goes and I'd rather be in League One with Yeovil than be at a League Two club playing Swindon."

Steve told the paper that he was bombarded with phone calls from clubs wanting him to sign, with as many as 13 clubs interested in attracting his services, once it was known he was out of contract. Even after he had made the decision to join Yeovil Town, the phone calls still came, with a couple of clubs trying to persuade him to change his mind on his drive down to South Somerset!

""I've even had calls from clubs on my way down to Yeovil, but I gave him (Slade) my word and I'm looking forward to working under him again," explained Mildenhall. "I've just been away on holiday, but I must admit that I didn't get too much time to myself. The phone didn't stop ringing and it was flattering to have so many clubs interested in me. The gaffer did a great job at Grimsby on a tight budget and hopefully he can do well here. I spoke to him at length over the phone and he told me about his plans for the club. It is the right move for me. I wanted to get back into League One and I wanted to be nearer to my family in Swindon. And once I knew that the gaffer wanted to bring me here, I'd made up my mind. It was a no-brainer and I gave him an answer straightaway. There were other League One clubs interested in signing me but I gave the gaffer my word that I would sign for him and nothing has swayed me from that."


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20 June 2006 : Parkinson Heads For Nottingham
Grimsby Town winger Andy Parkinson has today signed for League Two side Notts County. The 27 year old had been strongly linked with a move to Huish Park, although without any firm confirmation from any official parties, but on this occasion this rumour will not reach fruition.


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20 June 2006 : Miles Set To Leave
Colin Miles is set to leave Huish Park, according to his agent Wayne Elsey.

Colin is reported as having been offered a one-year deal, but Elsey said:

Colin has turned down the offer. He is now looking at his options, of which there are a few and he will decide where his future is best served.

Agents wouldn't be agents without er, letting slip a name here or there, and those of League One Port Vale and League Two Lincoln City pop up in the story - unattributed, naturally.

Colin, who was signed by Gary Johnson as Pluck in 2001, but later changed his name to Miles for family reasons, was a cult figure amongst fans at Huish Park. Cult footballers are not always the best, or the most talented - in fact usually they are not these things - but are players who for whatever reason capture the fans imagination.

With Colin it wasn't hard to discover why. Charming, quiet and almost reserved off the pitch, one rarely had long to wait for his er 'special song' to ring out from the terrace when he was on it. "Colin Miles is a f***ing mentalist!" didn't leave anything to the imagination about his style of play: wholehearted and sometimes rugged, he added steel in a side that could be too cultured for its own good on occasion. Although all too frequently playing through the pain barrier, and rarely in recent times capable of 90 minutes, he was a player both Johnson and Steve Thompson would turn to in the really crucial games when they wanted someone they could rely on to stand up and be counted and give his absolute all. That's what makes a cult player for many fans, and Milesy never let anyone down when he was on the pitch, even if he sometimes left it early through injury or the occasional red card.

In total Colin made 153 starts and 20 substitute first team appearances for the Glovers over five seasons, scoring 13 goals. A breadown of his stats can be seen here.

At Ciderspace we wish Colin all the best wherever he ends up. Some players pass as ships in the night, but we are confident supporters will still be mentioning his name for many years to come: 'Remember Milesy? Now he was one hard b******.........'


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20 June 2006 : Lindy Stays Another Year
Yeovil Town right-back/utility player Andy Lindegaard has extended his stay at Huish Park by another year by extending his existing contract by another season.

Andy has been involved with the club for eight years now having worked his way up through the Reserve Team ranks where he was part of the Les Phillips Cup winning side of 1998-99.

He was brought into the first team for the first time in February 2000 in a County Cup game under Steve Thompson, but his full league debut during the following month created headlines when Chairman John Fry had to beg the Yeovil branch of Marks and Spencers to give him the day off from Lindy's Saturday job for a trip to Doncaster Rovers! Lindy was given his first ever football contract in May 2000 by David Webb and the problems of getting Saturdays off work suddenly went away.

Six years later and Lindy has never looked back, collecting winners medals for the FA Trophy, Nationwide Conference and League Two titles, and in doing so has clocked up 174 appearances, scoring 12 goals. For a club on a small budget he is invaluable - the player that can play in almost any position on the pitch and still not look out of place.

Speaking to the official site, Andy said of the contract extension: "I am delighted to have agreed a deal with the club. I am, as you all know, a Yeovil lad and it is great playing for my home town club. We have a new manager in Russell Slade and I am looking forward to meeting him and getting back to pre-season training after my holiday."

The news leaves just two existing senior players - Paul Terry and Colin Miles - needing to respond to the club concerning the contracts that are out on offer to the pair.


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20 June 2006 : Gray Wanted Security
New signing Wayne Gray has blamed his departure from Southend United on his lack of job security at Roots Hall. The Shrimpers offered Gray a year extension on his current deal, on the same terms as when he arrived at the club and Gray considered that was not enough to justify staying at the Essex club.

Speaking to the South Essex Echo, Gray explained: ""It not the money that's an issue. It's just that at 25 years of age I wanted a bit more security than just another year and I don't feel wanted or appreciated either. Southend offered me the same terms as they did when I joined them in League Two and I thought I deserved a bit of a reward for what I had done with them. I wasn't asking for a big rise but I got some vital goals at some vital stages and would like to think I contributed to the two promotions we had as well.That's why I thought I should have had a bit of an increase."


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20 June 2006 : Gray Signs For Glovers
As predicted earlier today, Southend United striker Wayne Gray has signed for the Glovers today on a two year contract. Gray has been a member of the Shrimpers side that has won promotion twice in the past two seasons, but has turned down a contract extension at Roots Hall to sign for Yeovil Town.

Wayne was born in Camberwell on 7th November 1980 and started his career with the pre-Franchise Wimbledon side, spending 13 years with the South London side, working his way up through their academy sides. He made his debut for the Dons during the 1999-2000 season, although also gained some worthwhile experience with Swindon Town as part of a loan spell during the same campaign.

Subsequent seasons saw him loaned out at Port Vale, Leyton Orient and Brighton and Hove Albion. When he left South London he had clocked up 85 appearances for the Dons, scoring 7 goals in the process. The four loan spells saw an accumulation of 36 appearances and 9 goals.

Whilst his younger years had been a 'bits and pieces' sort of career as he learnt his trade, his switch to Roots Hall saw him turn into a first team regular for the Shrimpers, clocking up 90 appearances and scoring 20 goals in the process.

In the season just gone, Wayne found grabbing a starting place a little harder after the club signed the experienced Shaun Goater to partner starlet Freddy Eastwood and that meant that just under half of his 41 appearances came from the bench.

Despite that, he still managed to bag some vital goals for Southend on their way to the League One title, including the second in a 4-1 win over the Glovers in September 2005 at Roots Hall. He is a pacey muscular striker, standing at 5'10" tall, but certainly strong with it.

Ciderspace sends out a big welcome to Wayne, and we hope that his two year stay at Yeovil Town will prove very fruitful indeed.


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20 June 2006 : Carling Cup Draw Tomorrow
The First Round of the Carling Cup will be drawn tomorrow at 12.00 noon, with Yeovil Town hoping that they get lucky through the seeding system that is maintained from last season. The Glovers are unsurprisingly in the Southern half of the draw, and are in the unseeded half of the pot. The draw will pair off a seeded side against an unseeded side, thus giving Yeovil a strong chance of drawing a Championship level club.

Yeovil Town will therefore play one of the following 18 clubs:

Southern Seeds: 1 Birmingham City, 2 West Bromwich Albion, 3 Crystal Palace, 4 Coventry City, 5 Norwich City, 6 Luton Town, 7 Cardiff City, 8 Southampton, 9 Plymouth Argyle, 10 Ipswich Town, 11 Queens Park Rangers, 12 Southend United, 13 Colchester United, 14 Millwall, 15 Brighton & Hove Albion, 16 Brentford, 17 Swansea City, 18 Bristol City.

The clubs who are unseeded in the Southern Half of the draw are as follows:

Southern Unseeded: 19 Gillingham, 20 Yeovil Town, 21 AFC Bournemouth, 22 Northampton Town, 23 Leyton Orient, 24 Cheltenham Town, 25 Milton Keynes Dons, 26 Swindon Town, 27 Walsall, 28 Wycombe Wanderers, 29 Peterborough United, 30 Shrewsbury Town, 31 Boston United, 32 Bristol Rovers, 33 Barnet, 34 Torquay United, 35 Notts County, 36 Hereford United.

The Northern clubs involved in the competition are as follows:

Northern Seeded: Sunderland, Preston North End, Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Stoke City, Leicester City, Burnley, Hull City, Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County, Barnsley, Crewe Alexandra, Huddersfield Town, Nottingham Forest, Doncaster Rovers, Oldham Athletic, Bradford City, Scunthorpe United.

Northern Unseeded: Port Vale, Chesterfield, Tranmere Rovers, Blackpool, Rotherham United, Carlisle United, Hartlepool United, Grimsby Town, Lincoln City, Darlington, Wrexham, Rochdale, Chester City, Mansfield Town, Macclesfield Town, Bury, Stockport County, Accrington Stanley.

Clubs given a bye at the First Round stage are as follows:

Exempt Until Second Round: Aston Villa, Bolton Wanderers, Charlton Athletic, Everton, Fulham, Manchester City, Middlesbrough, Portsmouth, Reading, Sheffield United, Watford, Wigan Athletic.

Exempt Until Third Round: Arsenal, Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United.


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20 June 2006 : Radio Bristol Review Of The Season Update
Further to Sunday's news that BBC Radio Bristol will be broadcasting a Review Of The Season programme this weekend featuring Yeovil Town, the format has been changed slightly in that Glovers assistant manager Steve Thompson, who was in charge for the majority of the 2005-06 season, will be the man in the studio discussing the ups and downs of the year. Steve will replace Chairman John Fry who was originally scheduled to appear on the programme.

The broadcast starts at 1.00pm on Saturday, and the review of the season is usually split into three or four 15-20 minute segments throughout the afternoon.


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20 June 2006 : Club Signings Expected Soon
Yeovil Town are believed to be close to unveiling a series of signings this week, with several names now appearing on the rumourmill as being connected with moves to Huish Park.

Russell Slade has been linked with several players since he was announced as manager earlier this month and after capturing goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall today, more announcements are expected between today and the end of the week. Today's Western Daily Press states that a striker could be the first to be unveiled.

Slade told the paper that the club concerned are currently in the Championship and added: "Things are progressing well but I don't want to say anything until the player has signed his name on the contract."

The main name on the rumourmill at present is Southend United striker Wayne Gray. The 25 year old has spent two seasons in Essex after coming up through the pre-Franchise Wimbledon's academy structure.

Not too surprisingly, the Western Daily Press also speculates on a couple of out of contract Grimsby Town players, with winger Andy Parkinson and left-back/winger Tom Newey named as two strong possibilities. They also repeat two of their earlier suggestions, with Swansea City winger Adrian Forbes and former Oldham Athletic right-back Terrell Forbes both mentioned. Of course, the club have already stated their interest in bringing West Ham United midfielder Chris Cohen to Huish Park.

The numbers signed up will obviously not only depend upon Russell Slade's ability to agree terms with any of the players he is chasing, but also upon the decisions made by Paul Terry, Andy Lindegaard and Colin Miles in terms of whether they accept the deals on offer to them that are expected to expire at the end of today.


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20 June 2006 : More On Chris Weale's Exit
Further to the news from early this morning, Bristol City Chairman Steve Lansdown has confirmed in this morning's Western Daily Press that they have agreed personal terms with Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Weale. The goalkeeper is currently out until Christmas with a cruciate ligament injury and unconfirmed reports suggest that part of the terms of his contract involve being able to prove his fitness at the end of the year.

Lansdown told the paper: "Everything is sorted out and Chris Weale should sign for us on July 1" thus confirming Ashton Gate's fifth signing of the summer.

Chris Weale was a Yeovil Town supporter's dream come true. As a child, he recalls filling his bedroom window with Yeovil Town souvenirs on the morning of the 1980s match against Queen's Park Rangers FA Cup tie at the old Huish ground and in later years travelling to matches like Merthyr Tydfil in the FA Cup. He was once a ballboy at the club and was even a mascot for a game during the early 1990s at Huish Park.

Chris was spotted by Youth Team manager Stuart Housley whilst playing for Gillingham Town (the Dorset variety) in August 1999 and he was soon drafted into Yeovil Town's Youth side, being their Number One keeper as they won the 1999-00 South-West Counties Under 18s Championship.

Chris was given a professional contract at the end of that season and after a year of playing understudy to Tony Pennock and grabbing the odd first team appearance under Colin Addison, it was Gary Johnson who gave Weale his break, gradually edging him into the No.1 position ahead of the more experienced Jon Sheffield, who ironically became his goalkeeper coach after Weale ousted him.

Chris also kept close friend Steve Collis at bay for most of his time at Huish Park, clocking up a total of 204 first team appearances and putting in the sort of performances that alerted West Ham United into giving him a trial at Upton Park. Injury though got in the way of what could have been a big money move for Chris as he broke his hand in a training ground accident and the interest from the Hammers waned.

Despite suffering a serious cruciate ligament injury during the March 2006 match at Chesterfield that has sidelined him until Christmas, there has still been plenty of interest in the 24 year old, and it was no surprise to find that City boss Gary Johnson was one of those chasing the highly-rated keeper. Johnson is taking a slight gamble on Weale making a full recovery, but knows that if he does, he will have one of League One's best keepers on his books.

Ciderspace wishes all the best to Chris in his new career at Ashton Gate, and hope he makes a full recovery from his injury. In particular, a big thank you, as with all of the outgoing 'old guard' for being part of so much of the success that the club have had over the past five years. Maybe one day, in 10-15 years time, Wealey will be able to make his return to the terraces once again.


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20 June 2006 : Deadline Day For Trio
Three Yeovil Town players will have to make firm decisions about their futures today. Midfielder Paul Terry, right-back/utility player Andy Lindegaard and defender Colin Miles were all given contract offers by the club just after the 2005-06 season ended and under Football League rules, the offers had a deadline for the players to respond by June 20th 2006.

If they have not responded by tonight, the club have the right to withdraw the offers and move on to fresh targets. The club can still keep their options open with the trio, but with the offers having been open since mid-May, it would be surprising if the club would tolerate any further delays without good reason.

Two of the three players are known to have agreed personal terms with the club, but have presumably delayed their decisions with the club for as long as possible to exercise their right to do some window shopping around other clubs. Their responses could be significant as they will affect how many players new manager Russell Slade needs to target in order to bring his squad size up to around the traditional 20-22 size.


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20 June 2006 : Mildenhall: All It Took Was One Phone Call
Former Grimsby Town goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall has said that it did not take too much persuasion to convince him that he should be joining Yeovil Town. As soon as the 28 year old spoke to current manager Russell Slade, he knew where he would be playing next season, despite having 13 clubs chasing him this summer, including Bristol Rovers, Swindon Town, Shrewsbury Town and of course the Mariners themselves.

Mildenhall worked under Slade last season and speaking to BBC Radio Bristol he explained: "As soon as I knew that the gaffer was interested and wanted to bring me there, we had a long conversation and he explained to me everything about the club and it wasn't too hard a decision to make. I said to him there and then on the phone that I give you my word that I'll join you. Obviously I was talking to a few other clubs and I had to let a few other people down. I know what the gaffer is like. I have worked with him and he did well last year and I was more than happy to follow him."

Steve explained that numerous factors affected his decision to leave Grimsby - the arrival of Russell Slade at Huish Park was one, but also the lure of League One football and the ability to get closer to his home town of Swindon were also important factors. Steve also cited the progress the Glovers have made over the past five years.

"I wanted to get back into League One," Steve explained. "That was a big pull. I wanted to get back up a division. Last year was the first year that I had played in League Two. I wanted to get closer to home as well. I am getting married next year and wanted to start a family. Myself and my other half had discussed the situation and because we live in Swindon and we'd been away for nearly six years, we decided that we wanted to move to somewhere closer. It is a four hour drive from Grimsby. And so that, coupled with how well Yeovil have done in the past few years - it's a club going forward that is now in League One - it was an easy decision for me to make once I knew that the gaffer was interested."

Steve also admitted that Bristol Rovers were one of those chasing him to sign a contract: "Yes, they were. I had spoken to them. Obviously as well, it was an ideal situation because it was right on my doorstep. But after going through it all, I decided that the best club for me to go to was Yeovil Town."

With Steve Collis having departed for Southend United and Chris Weale likely to move to Bristol City, Steve's main competition will come from new arrival Darren Behcet, who was signed from West Ham United. But despite Steve having the upper hand in terms of age and experience, he is not going to take for granted a first team place.

"No, I have been given no guarantees," he explained. "I know what the gaffer is like. He's not the sort of person to come in and say that you are definitely going to play in every game no-one can guarantee anybody anything like that. You don't know how people are going to play and you don't know how your form is going to go. I wouldn't ask that of him anyway. All I know is that I'm coming here with other keepers who are at the club and my aim is just to work hard, add competition for places, but to do everything that I possibly can to make sure that I am in the first team."


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20 June 2006 : Weale Move Gathers Momentum
Goalkeeper Chris Weale's move to Bristol City appears to be on, according to today's Western Daily Press. The newspaper quotes City chairman Steve Lansdown as saying that Weale has agreed personal terms at the club, and therefore it seems likely that Chris will be ending a stay of around eight years with the club. More on this later.


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19 June 2006 : Mildenhall Signs On The Dotted Line
As reported on these pages 48 hours ago, Grimsby Town goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall has now officially signed for Yeovil Town. The Swindon-born keeper has penned a two year contract that will commence on July 1st.

The 6'5" tall keeper signed his contract this morning and in doing so spoke to the official site: "I am very excited about joining Yeovil. I am hoping to come to Yeovil and help the club move forward. I am really looking forward to meeting the new players and getting stuck into the pre season training."

For Steve's full career profile, see the two news items below for Saturday 17th June. A big welcome to Steve to South Somerset, and we hope the next two years are successful for him.


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19 June 2006 : Schmidt Arrives At Bristol City
Yeovil Town physio Glen Schmidt has now formally left Yeovil Town, having seen out his one month notice period at Huish Park. Glen has been appointed by Bristol City as their new club physio, and he will also take on other duties as a fitness coach at the club.

Speaking to the City official site manager Gary Johnson said: "Glen will ensure our squad is even fitter by the start to next season. He will work with our current medical team and is an extremely able fitness coach. The players do a lot of work in the gym and Glen will ensure they get the most out of it. He was one of my best signings for Yeovil and I'm sure he will prove the same for Bristol City."

The situation now leaves the club with no physio on their books - a matter that may hamper the rehabilitation of midfielder Anthony Barry and goalkeeper Chris Weale, although the latter is strongly rumoured to be heading up the road to Ashton Gate anyway. The club have advertised in this weekend's Non-League Paper for a replacement, suggesting that it may take some time before a new man is found.


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18 June 2006 : Action Photos From Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town
Another mammoth action photo gallery for the March 2006 League One match at Saltergate that saw a 3-0 away win against Chesterfield has been completed and is now on-line. The match saw Tommy Doherty and Anthony Barry suffer serious injuries, but it all ended in smiles as an Arron Davies hat-trick won the game. Access all 110 photos by heading here or by accessing the main Photo Gallery Index page.


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18 June 2006 : Radio Bristol Review Of The Season
Early warning that BBC Radio Bristol's next weekend Review of the Season will be with Yeovil Town Chairman and Chief Executive John Fry, who will be giving his views on the 2005-06 season on Saturday 24th June. The interview will be broadcast on Radio Bristol as part of their Saturday Sports programme, from 1.00pm. The usual format is for the interview to be divided into three or four segments throughout the programme, so based on experience from previous programmes expect the first part to be broadcast around 1.30pm.


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17 June 2006 : Grimsby Confirm Mildenhall Switch
Further to our article earlier today, Grimsby Town Chairman John Fenty has confirmed that goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall's agent has told him that the shotstopper will be signing for Yeovil Town, citing the lure of League One football as being key to his decision.

Speaking to Grimsby's official site, Fenty explained: "Steve Mildenhall's agent rang me late on Friday and I am disappointed to say that he has made a decision to leave Grimsby Town and join Yeovil. Ultimately, Steve wanted to play at a higher level and that has been a factor for him in making his decision. I think that Yeovil were the only club offering that prospect though a few other League Two clubs were apparently interested."

Fenty said of the goalkeeper's departure from Grimsby: "I understand from his agent that Steve is grateful for the opportunity he was given by Grimsby and all we can do is wish him the best for next season. We thank him for what he did for Grimsby Town last season - irrespective of everything that happened with not winning promotion, he did well for us. We recognised that and wanted him to stay. We made Steve what I believe was a very good offer to stay and the main disappointment for us is that we weren't given a chance to discuss that offer further with him. We hoped he would consider Grimsby Town's offer very seriously."

Mildenhall is expected to sign for the Glovers early next week as the club line up a batch of new signings. Oldham Athletic's Terrell Forbes, who has just been released from his contract at Boundary Park having being given an offer by an unnamed League One club, and West Ham United midfielder Chris Cohen are two other names being linked with moves to Huish Park at present.


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17 June 2006 : Mildenhall Turns Down Grimsby Contract
Grimsby Town goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall is now officially out of Blundell Park after turning down what was believed to be a two year contract with the Mariners. The former Swindon Town keeper was out of contract having spent 12 months in Lincolnshire, but Grimsby have been unable to tempt him to stay.

Rumours at the Grimsby end suggested his partner had failed to settle on the East Coast and that with both hailing from Swindon that they would seek a return to the West Country. Grimsby's official site believe that to now be the case, specifically stating that Mildenhall will be teaming up with his former boss Russell Slade next week.

Mildenhall started his career at Swindon, having been born in the town on 13th May 1978. He spent five seasons there was a professional, including loan spells at Salisbury City and Gloucester City, but failed to grab a regular place at the County Ground and was sold to Notts County in the summer of 2001 for 150,000 pounds. After three years in Nottingham, he moved again on a free transfer to Oldham Athletic where he spent a single year before moving on to Grimsby, where he was their first choice keeper.

Steve has made 188 appearances at Football League level and at 6'5" has the height to be able to command his area. He also is a member of the goalkeeping elite - one of the few to score a goal from open play during his career. His 34th minute strike in a League Cup match at Mansfield Town on 21st August 2001 whilst playing for Notts County is certainly one of the more unusual things to have happened during his career so far.

The club are expecting to make a series of announcements around Tuesday or Wednesday in what is expected to be an extremely busy week of signings along with a potential announcement concerning investment in the club. All, including the expected future of Mildenhall himself, should be known by the end of the forthcoming week.


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16 June 2006 : More Reserves News
Further to our item on June 10th (below), a couple of other items from the agenda of the Pontin's Holidays Combination AGM have emerged.

The League Cup competition has been scrapped and will no longer take place from 2006-07. Meanwhile the Reserve league campaign officially begins from August 7th, with the fixture list due to be published in the first week of July. Of course clubs tend to adapt their Reserves fixture lists to suit wider club interests, so whatever is published will be a potentially very movable feast.


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16 June 2006 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 12 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have been in contact to detail the latest results from their Gold Bond scheme. To claim your prize, or to participate in the scheme, call the Commercial Department on 01935-423662 Ext 291.
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16 June 2006 : FA Women's Cup Dates
The F.A. Women's Cup 2006-07 will be played on the following dates :

Preliminary Round - Sunday 10th September 2006
First Round Qualifying - Sunday 24th September 2006
Second Round Qualifying - Sunday 8th October 2006
First Round Proper - Sunday 29th October 2006
Second Round Proper - Sunday 12th November 2006
Third Round Proper - Sunday 3rd December 2006
Fourth Round Proper - Sunday 7th January 2007
Fifth Round Proper - Sunday 28th January 2007
Sixth Round Proper - Sunday 11th February 2007
Semi-Final - Sunday 11th March 2007

The date of the Final has not yet been set.

The Women's F.A. Cup has its own exemption structure that doesn't relate to the status of the male team whose name may be shared, so we don't as yet know at which point Yeovil Town Ladies will enter the competition.


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16 June 2006 : FA Youth Cup Dates
Following up from the F.A. Cup dates for 2006-07 (see below, June 6th), the schedule for the F.A. Youth Cup has now been released.

Ties for the following rounds must be played in the week commencing :

Preliminary Round - Monday 11th September 2006
First Round Qualifying - Monday 25th September 2006
Second Round Qualifying - Monday 9th October 2006
Third Round Qualifying - Monday 23rd October 2006

Ties for the following rounds must be played by the date shown :

First Round Proper - Saturday 11th November 2006
Second Round Proper - Saturday 25th November 2006
Third Round Proper - Saturday 16th December 2006
Fourth Round Proper - Saturday 20th January 2007
Fifth Round Proper - Saturday 3rd February 2007
Sixth Round Proper - Saturday 17th February 2007
Semi-Final First Leg - Saturday 10th March 2007
Semi-Final Second Leg -Saturday 24th March 2007

Dates for the two-legged Final have not yet been set.

Exemptions for League clubs work in the same way as for the F.A. Cup, so Yeovil Town Under 18s will enter the competition in the First Round Proper.


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16 June 2006 : Pick Of The Youth
Following the practice of the previous few seasons a number of last year's youth squad have been moved on to one year contracts with the club. We would expect these to be of the kind a previous manager used to refer to as 'learning' contracts. This term it's the trio of Craig Alcock, Tom Clarke and Jake Smeeton who make the step up.

Alcock has generally played either at right-back or centre-back whilst Smeeton is a left-back and Clarke can play either up front or out wide. Follow the links for each player's stats in the title winning Under-18 side and in the Reserves for 2005-06. Additional statistics can be found here on Craig, here on Tom, and here on Jake.


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16 June 2006 : Guyett Signs Up
Central defender Scott Guyett has penned a one year extension to his existing deal with Yeovil Town, taking him through to the end of June 2007. Scott is the third Yeovil Town player to commit to the club following signatures from Terry Skiverton and Arron Davies since the season ended.

Scott has been with the club for two seasons now, but suffered two bad knee injuries during his first season at the club that saw him restricted to just 23 appearances. When Scott was put out on loan at Nationwide Conference side Aldershot at the start of the 2005-06 season, it looked as though the Australian's time at Huish Park might be up. But he grabbed his chance under Steve Thompson and finished playing a key role in Yeovil Town's survival in League One, clocking up another 21 appearances.

Speaking to the official site, Scott said: "It was always my intention to stay at Yeovil. Since coming to Yeovil I have enjoyed myself immensely although my first season was rather hampered by injury. We have made some great friends in Yeovil. I am looking forward to the new season and working with the new manager Russell Slade."

The club's General Manager-Football John Milton said of the deal: "Scott has been a terrific club man since he joined and both Russell and I are delighted that he agreed to stay at the club."

The news leaves just Chris Weale, Andy Lindegaard, Paul Terry and Colin Miles of the senior players, yet to decide their futures for the 2006-07 season. As mentioned yesterday, they have until Tuesday to make up their minds.


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16 June 2006 : Investment Announcement Still Due
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has said this week that an announcement concerning investment within the club is still on the cards. John first suggested such a development would take place on May 25th as part of the appointment of what transpired to be Russell Slade as new First Team Manager. Details of what that entailed weren't produced on the day of the press conference and look now to be announced next week.

Speaking to this week's Western Gazette, the Yeovil Chairman said: "I will make an announcement on that (the investment plan) on Monday or Wednesday."

Before anyone asks, we're not too sure why Tuesday is an unsuitable day! What remains to be seen is whether the investment plan is a more generic 'blueprint' for the development of Huish Park, or whether the club have got a named person or consortium willing to invest in the club. If it is the latter, then the inevitable question will be whether the parties concerned are merely looking for a return on a specific investment (such as a brewery hoping to reap profits from a successfully run social club) or whether the wider question of club ownership is at stake here.


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15 June 2006 : Five Face Contract Deadline
Yeovil Town's General Manager of Football John Milton has today warned the five players still mulling over contracts that they have until next Tuesday to respond to the club's offers.

Under Football League rules, Chris Weale, Paul Terry, Scott Guyett, Colin Miles and Andy Lindegaard have until Tuesday 20th June to accept the contracts on offer, or risk them being withdrawn.

At the moment none of the five have accepted the deals, despite Chairman John Fry saying on May 26th that two of the five had agreed personal terms, pending the announcement of the new manager.

Goalkeeper Chris Weale continues to be linked with a deal with Bristol City but Milton said of the five pending deals: ""Their options are open until Tuesday."

At that point if any of the five have not put pen to paper, the club can continue to keep the offers open indefinitely if they so wish, but would also gain the right to withdraw the contract offers, if they felt that they were able to get in replacements. All five are out of contract after June 30th.


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15 June 2006 : Rose Joins Stockport
Former Yeovil Town left-back Michael Rose has signed a two year deal with League Two side Stockport. Rose was released by the Glovers at the end of the 2005-06 season and will now play at Edgley Park until June 2008.

Michael was a near ever-present in Yeovil's 2004-05 season, and was featured in the League Two team of the season as the Glovers won the title. However he was limited to just one substitute appearance for Yeovil Town during the 2005-06, spending the second half of the season on loan at fellow League One side Scunthorpe United, having been forced out of the side by new arrival Nathan Jones.

Speaking to Stockport's official site Michael said: "I met up with the Gaffer (Jim Gannon) and he told me his plans for the future. We had a chat and I liked the way he went about things. I was happy to sign for County. There were a couple of clubs I was talking to but I think at the end of the day County made me the best offer. I think at this time it's the right club for me to join and I'm happy to sign here. I know County used to be up in the Championship and hopefully the club is aiming in the right direction to get back up there. I think it's a big enough club to do that and I'm just looking forward to the start of the season."

The very best of luck to Michael in his new club, and again a big thank you for being such a big part of the side that won the League Two title in 2004-05.


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15 June 2006 : Early Closing At Huish Park
Due to this afternoon's World Cup match between England and Trinidad and Tobago, the Huish Park Ticket Office and Huish Park Club Shop will close at 4.30pm today. Normal opening hours will recommence tomorrow.


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14 June 2006 : Spinning Plates Return To Huish Park
As was being generally assumed since the appointment of new manager Russell Slade, football scout John Milton has been given a formal title and employment within Huish Park, following a period of working for the Glovers on a freelance basis.

Milton has been given the rather cumbersome job title of General Manager-Football which the official site states as comprising "the controlling of the football budget with manager Russell Slade, Chairman and Chief Executive John Fry and the Football Club Board, player contract negotiations, scouting activities and the development of young players within a workable Youth system at the club". This appears to be not a million miles away from a Director of Football's role, with the exception that Milton is presumably working for Slade rather than the other way around.

Speaking to the official site, Milton appears to be taking a heavy role in the current transfer discussions: "We have got something like 10 plates in the air at the moment but Russell and I will not be pushed into buying the wrong sort of player for this club. We want the best and I think the supporters will be pleased when we have completed the team building operation. One of the biggest problems at present is that 80% of players available are on holiday or in Germany watching the World Cup and this has hampered our plans slightly."

Slade had, on the day of the press conference, suggested that he may be able to bring in two players into Huish Park within 24 hours of his announcement as Yeovil Town's new manager, but it would appear that such holidays have put a spanner in the works of various deals and so it could well be that names do not start appearing for a while yet.

Ciderspace explained how Milton and Slade first met up six years ago in our June 9th article and Milton says that he is enjoying renewing that relationship as well as working at Huish Park: "It has been like a breath of fresh air for me to join such a smashing club as Yeovil Town and one can't help noticing the 'Feel Good Factor' that seems to be coursing through everybody's veins at the club."


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13 June 2006 : Johnson After Weale
Bristol City manager Gary Johnson has admitted he has a strong interest in taking Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Weale to Ashton Gate, despite knowing that he won't be able to play him until Christmas. Weale is currently out with a cruciate ligament injury, and is mulling over a new contract offer from the Glovers. However, it looks likely that Bristol City are also going to take a chance on the keeper who once trialled for West Ham United.

Gary was interviewed on BBC Radio Bristol this morning and admitted his interest in taking the keeper and he has also made similar comments in this morning's Western Daily Press: "Of course Chris Weale has got to be in my thoughts and has been ever since I left Yeovil because he is a top class goalkeeper. He has got a pretty hefty injury and I do get weekly information on it, but I would have to have someone like Chris Weale in my thoughts. I will take a week or so to work out exactly what I want to do because I may have to take in a loan player until Chris is ready. I think Yeovil know there is going to be interest from myself because I have always been a big fan of Wealie. His next stop might be here but the one after could be anywhere. He has just got to recover from this injury."


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13 June 2006 : Grimsby Hopeful On Mildenhall Talks
League Two side Grimsby Town are sounding bullish about their chances of holding onto out of contract goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall. The 28 year old has been widely touted as being new Glovers manager Russell Slade's primary target, having worked under Slade at Blundell Park.

Mildenhall is currently on holiday but Mariners Chairman John Fenty is hoping that he can persuade the keeper to sign what is believed to be a two year deal to keep him in Lincolnshire.

Speaking to the Grimsby Telegraph, Fenty explained: "We are waiting for a decision from Steve and hopefully that will be this week. We made him a good offer because we want him to stay at the club - we see him as a big part of our squad. The club has asked Steve and his advisors how much he wants to stay at Grimsby and believe we can match his ambition. When we talked to Steve's agent, I think he thought we wouldn't be able to compete with what may be offered elsewhere. But we told him that we could - we are willing to do all we can to keep Steve at Blundell Park and are hoping for a positive answer."

The paper claims that apart from the Glovers, League Two sides Shrewsbury Town and Bristol Rovers have also put in bids. Mildenhall's former club Swindon Town have been connected with a move for the player, but sources in Wiltshire suggest no bid has been made for him. Mildenhall turned down a new contract earlier in the season, but Grimsby claim the revised offer put to him is an improved deal. The Grimsby Telegraph claims a decision by the keeper could be expected today.


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12 June 2006 : Fontaine Joins Bristol City
Former on-loan Yeovil Town defender Liam Fontaine has agreed to sign for Bristol City on July 1st after agreeing personal terms at Ashton Gate. Liam has only got to complete a medical, and thereafter it will be up to both clubs to agree a fee for the 20 year old, or to take the matter to a transfer tribunal. Liam is currently out of contract but Fulham held onto his registration by offering him a new deal at Craven Cottage. However, the player that proved such a hit twice at Huish Park will now move to Ashton Gate permanently. He will sign a two year deal in Bristol, having turned down interest from fellow League One side Crewe Alexandra, who had also put in an offer to Fulham.


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12 June 2006 : Glovers Bid For Henry Rejected
Newspaper reports today claim that a bid has been made by the Glovers for Stoke-on-Trent midfielder Karl Henry, but that the Midlands club have turned down the offer that has been put on the table. They are not alone in finding Stoke hard to come by - the Stoke Sentinel newspaper also names Queen's Park Rangers as a second club trying to persuade Henry to leave the Britannia Stadium.

The problem is in Stoke's own valuation of their player, who has been on their books for 12 years, despite being 23 years old. He is out of contract but does not qualify for a Bosman transfer until he reaches his 24th birthday in November. However, he has made it quite clear he wants to leave Stoke.

Stoke Chief executive Tony Scholes explained: "Karl hasn't accepted the offer we made to him at the end of 2005. We confirmed the offer again in the last month, but Karl has decided his future lies elsewhere. We have received interest from other clubs, including two offers, but neither matches our valuation of the player. We do have some security because of his age, and certainly won't be letting him go for nothing."

Henry has made 75 starts along with 61 substitute appearances for Stoke, which shows all the signs of a player who has stuttered his way though at Championship level and so may prefer to drop down a level to gain a more permanent place in another club. So far his only time away from Staffordshire was a three month loan spell at Cheltenham Town on the back end of the 2003-04 season. So whilst a new experience would be good for Henry, there is little doubt that Stoke would be drawing attention to their 12 years worth of player development that would be taken into account if any valuation of the player had to be made by a transfer tribunal. That may be enough to put off any incoming clubs coming Henry's way.


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11 June 2006 : Action Photos From Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town
A rather mammoth action photo gallery for the April 2006 League One match at the Galpharm Stadium that saw a 2-1 away win against Huddersfield Town has been completed and is now on-line. The match was of particular significance as it guaranteed Yeovil Town's membership of League One for the forthcoming 2006-07 season. Access all 145 photos by heading here or by accessing the main Photo Gallery Index page.


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10 June 2006 : Changes To Reserve League For 2006-07
Ten clubs will compete in next season's Pontin's Holidays Combination West & Wales Division. Eight of last term's nine teams remain: Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Cardiff City, Cheltenham Town, Plymouth Argyle, Swansea City, Swindon Town and Yeovil Town. AFC Bournemouth has withdrawn, but two new clubs have been admitted: Exeter City and Weymouth.

At the Pontin's Combination AGM last Thursday it was agreed that new guidelines giving clubs more flexibility over playing international trialists would be issued for the 2006-07 season.


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9 June 2006 : Talks Going Well For New Blood
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade believes that his talks with a player yesterday went well and he is hopeful that he will be able to announce a new signing soon. However, nothing is likely to happen before next week now.

A few media sources have used quotes from the Western Daily Press and inferred the unnamed player is a striker, however there is no absolute confirmation that is the case, with the only possible connection being the WDP's assertion that Slade's top priority is to replace Phil Jevons. However they stop short of firmly suggesting that the mystery player is necessarily a striker.

Slade told the paper: "I think the talks went well and I will continue to talk to the player's agent over the weekend. I'm hopeful of sorting something out and we should get an answer next week."

Russell has also indicated that Scott Guyett's agent has been in touch asking for a meeting. The Yeovil boss added: "Scott's agent left a message for me and he's someone I know well and have dealt with in the past."

Russell has also stated that he has had a lengthy conversation with his assistant manager Steve Thompson, who he should get to meet in person next week when Steve returns from his LMA coaching course at Warwick University.


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9 June 2006 : Slade Explains Milton Role
Manager Russell Slade has explained why he has taken on football scout John Milton onto his staff after the latter had been used by the club in a freelance capacity during the period when the club were between managers. The two first got to know each other six years ago and today's Western Morning News asked Slade how that happened.

Slade explained: "I first met John at Northampton after I left Sheffield United and went down to help Kevin Wilson and we got promoted to Division One. He was doing a little bit of work in and around for us at Northampton and I have kept in contact with him ever since."

When Slade moved onto Grimsby Town, he recruited Milton in to work for him: "He did a lot of work for me at Grimsby and his reports are really detailed and I am really big on preparation. I like to know a team's weakness, his networks are good, and he will be working on the scouting to see if we can pluck 18 or 19 year-olds from various places for us. He is an Exeter lad and he has always known John Fry and the board really well."

This also opens up another chapter in Russell Slade's managerial career that had been unmentioned up until this point. Between his spells with Sheffield United and Scarborough, Slade made the move to Northampton Town, initially as their Youth Team manager, working under Kevin Wilson, arriving in February 2000. He was soon promoted as Wilson's assistant, and Northampton gained promotion to League One level (then titled Division Two), finishing 3rd during that season. As has often been the case in their history, the Cobblers struggled at that level and after a full season in Division Two, both Wilson and Slade were shown the door in September 2001, with the move to Scarborough ultimately not far away.


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9 June 2006 : Interview With Stephen Allinson
Ciderspace's regular interviewer George Murray caught up with Yeovil Town director Stephen Allinson after the press conference on Wednesday that was to announce the arrival of new manager Russell Slade.

There had been suggestions that the club would also use the press conference to make an announcement regarding future investment within the club, but Stephen explained the reasons why that had yet to happen.

"Today is Russell's day and we don't want to take anything away from that," Allinson explained. "But I think in the next month we will be outlining how we are going to produce our plans for development and investment and how we can take our off the field plan to the next stage."

Read the full transcript of the interview with Stephen Allinson by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.


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9 June 2006 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 11 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have been in contact to detail the latest results from their Gold Bond scheme. To claim your prize, or to participate in the scheme, call the Commercial Department on 01935-423662 Ext 291.
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9 June 2006 : Thommo Looks To The Future
Yeovil Town assistant manager Steve Thompson wants to look forward, not backward, after reversing back to his Assistant Manager/First Team Coach role at Huish Park. Thommo has admitted in the past to his displeasure at being taken out of last year's managerial position, but has told the Western Daily Press that he wants Russell Slade's arrival as manager to represent the drawing of a line over the past.

Thommo was not present at the Press Conference on Wednesday, but the WDP caught up with him whilst he was undertaking a League Managers Association coaching course at Warwick University.

Thommo said of the new appointment: "Obviously it's important that we hit the ground running and I will be doing everything I can to help Russell. I said what I said at the time (when reverted back to assistant manager) and there is no need for me to go into that again. We will look to the future now, not the past."

Steve was mindful of the poor start that the Glovers had last season which in the end condemned them to a year of hovering a few points above the relegation zone: "It is important that we get a good start because we know from last season just how competitive this division is. Russell is an experienced manager and I have spoken to him quite a few times before. I do not know him well, but obviously I will get to know him well over the next few weeks. He is a very strong-willed character who very nearly got Grimsby promoted last season. He's obviously got a good track record and it's important that we bring our experience and qualities together for the good of Yeovil Town."

Steve also told the paper of the targets he expected to set for the coming season: "We want to take the club forward and that means stabilising and then looking to progress into play-off and promotion contention. We have come a long way in the last few years and that must not stop now. We have to look to improve - we finished 15th in League One last year and we have to do better next season."

Both this week's Western Gazette and the WDP have speculated that both Thommo and his former assistant Kevin Hodges may be lined up for the Exeter City job after Alex Ingelthorpe announced that he was stepping down, having secured himself two job offers - the First Team Manager's job at Franchise FC and also the Youth Team job at Tottenham Hotspur.

But Thommo was not too interested in waxing lyrical about the vacancy at St James Park: "As far as I am concerned, I have a job to do at Yeovil and that's all I'm thinking about."


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8 June 2006 : Supporter Liaison On Holiday
A warning that Yeovil Town's Supporters Liaison Representative Sara Bradley is on holiday as of today until June 26th and therefore will not be in a position to answer emails or progress issues raised under the club's Customer Charter.

Sara will work through any emails received upon her return to the offices, but in the meantime if you require a more urgent response to an issue, we would recommend you telephone the club direct on 01935-423662 and detail the assistance you require.


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8 June 2006 : Who Is This Russell Slade Bloke Anyway?
Whilst Ciderspace managed to uncover the vast majority of new manager Russell Slade's management career prior to his appointment to the Huish Park job, trying to uncover Russell's background in football and life in general prior to his first management job at Notts County in the mid-1990s proved a bit more problematic.

Thankfully today's Western Daily Press has filled in a lot of gaps around that period when they interviewed the Yeovil boss after yesterday's press conference.

Early life shows that Russell was born in Wokingham in Berkshire but was brought up in Nottingham, which in effect became his home city and the place that gave him his first move into football coaching and management in the form of Notts County.

Russell did have a chance of going into County as a player but instead chose an academic path as a teenager, believing that he was too small to be a footballer.

Russell told the paper: "I was very small at 16, about 5ft 4ins, and all my mates at the time, people like Trevor Morley, were getting signed up by clubs. I'd had a couple of trials but I went on to take my A-Levels and then at 18 I was asked to sign for Notts County. But I said, 'No, I've got my A-Levels now', so I actually decided to go off to (Lancaster) University and get my degree in Sports Science."

That degree allowed Russell the chance to form a career as a PE teacher: "When I came back (to Nottingham) I taught for a couple of years. But then I went to Notts County as a coach as then I was playing for them as well, although I became a full-time coach very quickly. I did everything at Notts in an 11-year spell - I was the tea boy, youth coach, reserve team manager, manager, then back to assistant manager under Howard Kendall."

Russell believes that being a jack-of-all-trades in his earlier years helped him have a good understanding of football management: "I think all that helps you in the long term. When you get to 45 you have done all that and you know whether something is the right or wrong thing to do at your football club. Sometimes you have to ask yourself what you have done to prepare yourself for football management, and I think I have done all that."

The rest of Russell's management path through Sheffield United, Scarborough and Grimsby Town is documented in yesterday's news on Ciderspace. He is married with two children and his family consists of his wife, Lisa, and two children - Bryce, aged four, and Millie, aged one. The latter two are currently staying with grandparents whilst mum and dad go househunting in the Yeovil area.

Russell comes to Yeovil with a reputation for playing 'long ball football' but as mentioned in the BBC Somerset Sound interview earlier today (see below) he believes he is "adaptable" in terms of the style of football he plays.

Russell explained: "People will probably say I'm a little bit more direct, but I think that depends on the personnel in your team. You need to be adaptable, that's the main thing. I'd love to play a close, tight passing game - 33 passes and then put the ball in the back of the net. But it's all about winning matches and if we go away to Chesterfield on a cold November night and start playing football around our own 18-yard box, we are likely to get caned for it. So, you also need players who can roll their sleeves up and fight. I like to think my teams play with energy, pace and, hopefully, we can bring the power in as well. But of course, you need your skill factor as well."

Russell is careful not to set too many unrealistic targets for the season, with a big rebuilding job needed over the next month or two: "Let's get a bit of stability first, because the club has just had a bit of a topsy-turvy season. But at the same time let's try and get ourselves into a challenging position and then see what we can do from there. If that means we have to bring in a couple of new faces when it matters, to push on for a top seven slot, then I'll be knocking the door down."


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8 June 2006 : (Another) Interview With Russell Slade
We presume he won't be doing this every day! New manager Russell Slade got out of bed early this morning and proceeded to give the BBC a second interview since his appointment to the Huish Park hotseat.

Russell spoke to BBC Somerset Sound's breakfast programme and gave his views on suggestions that he was a 'long-ball' manager. The 45 year old was asked what sort of football Yeovil Town fans would be able to look forward to.

Russell replied: "Hopefully one that is attractive and entertaining and exciting and one in which the fans enjoy. People may say that sometimes I am a little direct. I like to think that I am adaptable, because sometimes on a cold night in Chesterfield, you need to roll your sleeves up and play a little more direct in order to get a result, because at the end of the day it is all about winning football matches."

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


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8 June 2006 : Prices Set For Pre-Season Friendlies
Prices have been set for the two home pre-season friendlies against Exeter City and Portsmouth, according to the official site.

On Tuesday July 18th (kick-off 7.45pm) the Glovers play host to Exeter City with Adults admitted for 5 pounds, Seniors 3 pounds and Under 16s at one pound.

On the following Friday, 21st July, Portsmouth are the visitors and here prices are 10 pounds for adults, 5 pounds for seniors and 2 pounds for Under 16s.

There is no reason why you can't pay on the day for the same prices, however those wishing to reserve seats early can purchase tickets from Monday 12th June from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

At present just six pre-season friendlies have been arranged and the full list is on the Ciderspace Home Page.


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8 June 2006 : Slade Steps Up The Player Hunt
New Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade will begin his first incoming player talks at 12.00 noon today. Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol this morning, Slade said that he was meeting up with a player for contract talks as he commences the lengthy task of rebuilding the Glovers paper-thin first team squad. Slade said he had two players lined up for talks, but his first appointment would be this lunchtime.

Today's Western Daily Press suggests that Slade's immediate targets are a central midfielder and a striker. No names are mentioned, although Slade has revealed that - probably prior to his appointment - the club have put in a formal offer to West Ham United for central midfielder Chris Cohen, who had a stunning loan spell for the Glovers last season.

Speaking to the WDP, Slade admitted: "We understand that West Ham may be willing to sell Chris Cohen and we have made an offer. We are now waiting to see if that offer is accepted and if it is we will then speak to Chris about personal terms."

Elsewhere the paper throws a few names into the melting pot, speculating as to who Slade may be turning his attentions to. The most likely would be out of contract Grimsby Town keeper Steve Mildenhall. The WDP believe that current No.1 keeper Chris Weale has been given an offer by Bristol City to head up the A37, despite not being fit to play until Christmas 2006. If that happens, then Slade will need a new permanent keeper with some experience and Mildenhall fits the bill, particularly as Slade will also know him from their days at Notts County.

Three other names are mentioned in the paper as possible targets. Grimsby's Andy Parkinson is an obvious one - the winger impressed against the Glovers two seasons ago and is another out of contract player. Swansea City's Adrian Forbes is another winger mentioned. Finally Oldham Athletic's Terrell Forbes is another one mentioned, with the right-back having worked under Slade during the 2004-05 season.


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7 June 2006 : Slade On Air
After the obligatory scarf above the head photo shoot :

Russell Slade
Even Ciderspace can't resist the hackneyed scarf in the air shot......
Photo © 2006 Ciderspace


....... newly appointed Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade was interviewed by Somerset Sound later in the day. An audio version of the interview can be found here. Richard Hoskin was asking the questions.

Qu: Tell us about the process that brought you to Huish Park.

Well obviously my season was prolonged at Grimsby in that we went into a play-off situation and went all the way through to the play-off Final. Yeovil moved very quickly after that, with my contract which expired about a week ago. It's been quite manic in that week, and a lot of speculation as to where I might go or not go. But the moment Yeovil came in for me the carrot of being in Division One, where I was disappointed I didn't get up with Grimsby, was too good to turn down.

Qu: I imagine having led Grimsby to the play-off Final you were a man in demand? You've obviously met John Fry. You got on well with him I take it for negotiations to go so quickly and so well?

Yes. Very dry sense of humour has John Fry, but I got used to that pretty quickly. But as I said earlier in the press conference there was a real openness between myself, the chairman and the board members. There were a lot of things in common on both sides, and we both had a vision of wanting to take the club forward.

Qu: I imagine from your Scarborough days you've been to Huish Park before, and you know Yeovil? What else do you know about the club and going into next season?

Yes obviously, I came with Scarborough, and Grimsby as it happens, so I've been here a few times, but the only place I've really been is the away changing room. Results have not always gone my way here, but by the same token I've always done pretty well when Yeovil have been on their travels.

Qu: Successive promotions under Gary Johnson, and he's left a legacy for you and Steve Thompson to work on?

I think the club has made tremendous strides in the last three or four years. Gary Johnson and Steve have done a terrific job and the club's got itself in a situation where it needs to take stock, analyse, and look to the situation it needs to move. One or two players have gone who have been at the club for a good number of years. One or two are still here, one or two important characters like the skipper. So we need to build them in with the new faces that come in. We need to build a nice balance and a nice chemistry to the squad that can take us forward.

Qu: A three year contract suggests that it might take time for you to stamp your authority on the team. Next season, just stay in the League, is that your main priority?

The main priority at any club is to have a certain degree of stability. We'll try to make sure we have that, and don't get into any dogfight at the bottom of the league, for sure. And then from there see if we can establish ourselves into a challenging position and try and push on for one of those play-off slots.

Qu: It's not the biggest squad in League One is it, so I imagine your job begins immediately in trying to bring new players to the club?

Absolutely. When I started at Grimsby I think there were four senior professionals, so it was a bir enough job in the first place getting a squad for the start of the season. In the end we improved that squad in the second pre-season and we were able to move on. Obviously in League One and League Two the squads are small anyway. We need to bring in one or two new faces for sure in the short term, and make sure we have a capable squad of 20-22 players.

Qu: There could be news on that in the next few days I gather?

Well I hope so. I mean we are working exceptionally hard to bring in a few new faces and we are having talks with one or two players tomorrow.

Qu: Are you looking at any areas of the team you'd like to strengthen? Obviously Chris Weale is out injured at the moment.

I have someone in mind - er, one or two in mind - for that position already. We may not be able to do something in the short term there, but hopefully in the next week or two that should be solved. Perhaps bring in another defender, have a look at the midfield and a couple of positions there, and certainly up front as well. So there's a few areas to address to be honest. And that starts tomorrow.

Qu: Sounds like hard work, but you're up for it?

Absolutely. I can't wait to get started. It's a new period in my career. It's a new challenge and one that I will relish.

Qu: Everyone was waxing lyrical about Chris Cohen last season. Would you like to bring him to Huish Park if possible?

Absolutely. That's one of the first missions we are undertaking, and that process has been ongoing as you well know now, and we are hopeful that we can get his signature because he's a tremendous talent for such a young age.

Qu: Just a word on Steve Thompson. It was one of the rules, if you like, of being manager. You had to have him as your assistant for next season. Is that a problem, or are you looking forward to working with him?

Really looking forward to it. I had Graham Rodger at Grimsby. I inherited Graham and we had a tremendous professional relationship and we became best of friends. I'm delighted he's got the job at Grimsby and I wish him all the best. I'm hopeful Steve and I can develop the same sort of relationship. For sure I'm going to need him and rely on him in the first few weeks for a lot of reasons.

Qu: He knows the club inside out. Not just as manager but as assistant under Gary Johnson.

Yes Richard, I don't even know where to live right now. That's the first problem because we're going to need to move down of course, and Steve will have to help me as much as he possibly can in that area as well. So, on and off the field, it's important to have someone who has been here, knows the running of the club inside out, and he'll be a big asset for me.


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7 June 2006 : Russell Slade Press Conference Transcript
The full transcript of today's press conference that introduced Russell Slade as the new Yeovil Town manager can be found here on Ciderspace.

Russell Slade
Russell Slade is introduced by Stephen Allinson
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Additional commentary, interviews and news associated with the press conference will follow in the fullness of time.


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7 June 2006 : Slade Hoping To Give Yeovil Step Forward
New Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade says he hopes to bring stability to Huish Park and then to take the Glovers forward in their plans to challenge for a playoff spot in League One.

Russell was interviewed by BBC Radio Bristol's Richard Hoskin at today's press conference and explained: "The club has made tremendous strides in the last three or four years, and has got itself in a situation where it needs to take stock. One or two players have gone but some important characters are still here, so we need to build a nice balance to take us forward. We need to bring in some new faces, and we're working exceptionally hard."

The new Yeovil boss added: "The main priority is have a certain degree of stability and we must make sure we're not involved in any dogfight at the bottom. From there we can see if we can establish ourselves to challenge for a play-off spot."


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7 June 2006 : Official Confirmation: Slade Is New Manager!
Former Grimsby Town manager Russell Slade is officially the new manager of Yeovil Town Football Club. Slade was unveiled as the club's successor to Steve Thompson - who will become his assistant - at a Press Conference at Huish Park this lunchtime. He has signed a three year contract with the club.
Russell Slade - New manager at Yeovil Town FC
Russell Slade - New manager at Yeovil Town FC
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Slade is 45 years old and a former PE teacher, who got into the professional game as a Youth Team coach at Notts County during the early 1990s. Subsequent promotion to assistant manager saw him given his first top management job with County during the 1994/95 season. Unfortunately County were in a perilous financial situation and on the start of a slide through the divisions and Russell's position did not last the season with County getting through four managers in a single season.

Slade joined Sheffield United as a first team coach, and on two occasions briefly took over the managerial reins as caretaker in 1998 and 1999 and worked under a succession of managers at Bramhall Lane including Nigel Spackman (now at Millwall, who tried to lure Slade there as his assistant), Steve Thompson (the other one!), Steve Bruce, Adrian Heath and Neil Warnock.

In November 2001, Slade moved back into front line management, taking over at Nationwide Conference side Scarborough whilst they were bottom of the league. However, a rapid turnaround for the Yorkshire side saw them take 39 points from their final 19 games and the end result was a highly respectable 12th position at the end of the campaign.

The 2002-03 season saw Slade's side briefly tuck themselves in behind a Yeovil Town side that was on its way towards the Nationwide Conference title, rising as high as 4th just before the Christmas period, including a win over the Glovers during December that broke their 3.5 month unbeaten run.

However, that was as good as it got. The following month Scarborough announced they were going into administration and Slade tendered his resignation two days later. A fans' petition persuaded him to do a U-turn, but in their new financial position Scarborough's form drifted and they finished 7th in the table. The following season saw matters degrade further for Scarborough both on and off the field, although they did get a financial lifeline in the form of an FA Cup glamour tie, taking on Chelsea at the McCain Stadium, losing only 1-0.

At the end of that season, Slade took over the vacancy at Blundell Park, taking over a Grimsby Town side that had been in freefall, having suffered two consecutive relegations and financially crippled by overspending during the ITV Digital era. Inheriting a side with only four contracted players - ironically Phil Jevons had jumped ship to Yeovil Town just before his arrival - Slade rebuilt the club getting a steady 18th placed finish in the process. In the following season though, the picture was somewhat different, with Slade taking Grimsby into a promotion race, beating Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup, whilst keeping his side near the top of the table for most of the season. A 4th placed finish though, condemned Grimsby to the playoffs and they lost 1-0 to Cheltenham Town in the playoff final at the Millennium Stadium.

Now out of contract, having delayed signing a new deal for the past three months, Slade's exit from Blundell Park came as little surprise with disagreements over playing budgets believed to be at the heart of his decision to leave Lincolnshire. At the same time he became linked with the vacancy at Huish Park, and his appointment today has come as no surprise.

In analysing Slade's career so far, on the plus side he has a good eye for a player, and has brought valued players to Grimsby, including striker Michael Reddy, who was the subject of a 300K bid from Bristol City during the January 2006 transfer window. At both Scarborough and Grimsby, he worked with clubs that were financially on a knife-edge, yet was still able to attract players to the club. He also has over 12 years of experience of managing and coaching at Football League and Conference level.

On the minus side, some of his footballing style has a reputation for being robust to say the least, with many who have viewed Scarborough and Grimsby's sides putting Slade firmly into the 'long ball' camp. Whether Slade prefers that style unconditionally, or whether it was used as a means to achieve results from limited resources as Gary Johnson admitted he once did at Cambridge United remains to be seen.

He comes with a reputation as being a tough disciplinarian and puts particular emphasis on fitness training. At the start of last season he enrolled his Grimsby side into an army training camp in Cambridgeshire on June 23rd - long before most teams return to pre-season training - and had them up at 5.00am on the first day for some shock treatment, ultimately going on to complete a weeks worth of assault courses and challenges designed to build up team bonding and fitness. His new assistant Steve Thompson has used such methods himself and so it would be no surprise if both men see eye to eye over such methods.

He is also not afraid to choose unorthodox methods to achieve his aims. At half time during a match against Lincoln City, his side were getting badly beaten. Slade's response was to refuse his team entry to the dressing room and to issue them a half time dressing down out on the pitch in front of the watching crowd!

Congratulations to Russell Slade on his appointment to the hotseat at Huish Park, and the very best of luck to him in bringing success to Yeovil Town Football Club.


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7 June 2006 : The Wait Is Almost Over
Yeovil Town will unveil their new manager at a press conference this afternoon at Huish Park. The announcement is due to be made at 12.30pm and it would be the shock of the century if former Grimsby Town manager Russell Slade was not appointed as the Glovers new manager.

Having been one of the names on the rumourmill right from the start of the search to replace Steve Thompson, Slade's position as the front runner became clear as long as ten days ago. By the time he resigned his position as Grimsby manager on May 31st - the same day that Yeovil Chairman John Fry said he had got his man - there only seemed to be one name left in the frame. In the past 24 hours HTV and the Western Daily Press have gone as far as to stick their necks on the block and proclaim that Slade "is" the new Yeovil boss, despite official confirmation only being due at lunchtime.

As soon as the name is officially confirmed, a news item will be posted on these pages.


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6 June 2006 : 2006-07 F.A. Cup Dates
19th August 2006 : Extra Preliminary Round
2nd September 2006 : Preliminary Round
16th September 2006 : First Qualifying Round
30th September 2006 : Second Qualifying Round
14th October 2006 : Third Qualifying Round
28th October 2006 : Fourth Qualifying Round
11th November 2006 : First Round
2nd December 2006 : Second Round
6th January 2007 : Third Round
27th January 2007 : Fourth Round
17th February 2007 : Fifth Round
10th March 2007 : Sixth Round
14th April 2007 : Semi-Final Round
19th May 2007 : Final

Yeovil Town will be one of the 48 clubs from Leagues One and Two exempt until the First Round Proper.


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6 June 2006 : Skivo Optimistic
Yeovil Town captain Terry Skiverton has been in a positive frame of mind whilst talking to today's Western Daily Press.

I think that as soon as the new manager comes in things will settle down. He will bring in a few people and that's when the supporters, and anyone who has been a little bit down will start perking up. Whoever comes in will be fired up for a new challenge and I think it will be a good time.

There has been a little bit of doom and gloom around but as soon the season starts that will all be forgotten and we will all be fighting for the club again. As soon as the manager is announced there will be a sigh of relief from everybody and then all the stuff that went on before will be forgotten.


It is widely expected that Russell Slade, ex of Grimsby Town, will be unveiled at tomorrow's 12.30 p.m. press conference, which will be conducted by Joint Company Secretary and club director Stephen Allinson, with chairman John Fry away at the Football League AGM in Portugal.

On his further contract extension - signed last week (see 31st May below) - Skivo said :

I wanted to extend my contract for a little bit of extra security, with the way things are going at the club. We are going to have a new manager and it is going to be like signing for a new team. It is going to be an exciting time and a great new challenge, and I thought it would be best for all parties if I extended my stay here.

Looking further ahead Skiverton is hoping to be playing at Huish Park for a few more years, and then that his career with Yeovil Town might extend beyond his days on the pitch.

That is something I would like to do. I'd like to show the supporters and the club that kind of loyalty, because they have been very loyal to me. This new two-year contract typifies that. A few years ago when a player reached thirty they were nearly finished, but the way people look after themselves these days, you can go on playing a for a couple more years, and that's the road I'm hoping to go down. I felt I had a good campaign last season and I still feel I have a couple of good years left in me. But I'm going to have to prove myself to the new manager - it's going to be like starting from scratch. Everybody is going to be fighting for their place, and I'm no different.

I want to get as many coaching qualifications as I can and then, if the situation does arrive at Yeovil, then great. But I am looking to play for as long as I can and coaching is something that is three or four years away for me. The idea is that if an opportunity came up in five or 10 years time, I would be qualified to take up a job in coaching or even maybe management one day. But there are thousands of other people thinking the same and you can see that it is not the most secure of businesses.



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6 June 2006 : Irish Youth Midfielder Signs Up
Yeovil Town have announced that they have signed up 18 year old midfielder Stephen Maher on a two year contract. The player was previously with Dublin City where he played for their Under 21 side.

Stephen has been in football from a young age, playing in academy sides for Home Farm and Cherry Orchard in the Republic of Ireland. At 16 years old he moved on to the more established name of Shelbourne and then on to Dublin City.

Stephen made his debut for the Republic of Ireland Under 18s side as a substitute on April 5th 2006 against Hungary in a 1-0 win. In the same month he also played and scored for an Eircom League Youth representative side against an AUL Youth side.

The very best of luck to Stephen in settling into England and his stay in Somerset over the next two years.


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5 June 2006 : Behcet Signs Up To Fill Keeper Void
Former West Ham United goalkeeper Darren Behcet has become Yeovil Town's first signing of the summer after having trialled for the Glovers during April 2006.

Former first team manager Steve Thompson brought Behcet down after the Hammers told him he was going to be released and he played in two Reserve Team games against Bristol Rovers (4-2 win) and Plymouth Argyle (1-0 win).

Darren was born on 18th October 1986 and stands at 6'0" tall and is a product of West Ham's Youth System. The 19 year old was loaned out to Nationwide Conference side Cambridge United at the start of the 2005-06 season with the Hammers looking to give him a season-long 'work experience' loan spell. Darren made seven appearances at Conference level for Cambridge during that period, prior to turning out for the Glovers at the tail end of the season.

His contract will start on July 1st 2006 and he is committed to the club for the next two seasons. Given his current level of experience, it would seem likely that Darren is intended to act as back-up to a more experienced keeper in the coming season, with the club's decision making very much dependent upon whether injured keepers Chris Weale and Danny Barker can prove their fitness and sign the contracts currently on offer to them. One possible option to the club is to look at a four-month loan whilst Weale is regaining his fitness.

The very best of luck to Darren over the coming two years, and a big welcome to Huish Park.


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5 June 2006 : Ipswich Also Promote From Within
Championship side Ipswich Town have announced the successor to Joe Royle as long serving player Jim Magilton. The 37 year old has just retired from a seven year playing spell at Portman Road and now takes over the managerial reins, signing a two year contract.

Magilton beat off a 40-strong list of candidates that were believed to have included Ian Holloway and Mick McCarthy - both of whom have been linked in the past with the vacancy at Yeovil Town.


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5 June 2006 : Grimsby Appoint From Within
League Two side Grimsby Town have appointed Graham Rodger as their new manager as the successor to Russell Slade, who resigned from Blundell Park last week. Rodger has been appointed on a two year deal, with a further two year option available.

Rodger has promised Grimsby fans more attacking and entertaining football in the press conference: "Though the way we played was fairly successful, I do feel that we need to be a bit more adventurous - especially at home. We will be looking to win games and it is important that we entertain our fans along the way."

The relevance to Yeovil Town is that it confirms that if Slade is appointed to the Huish Park job on Wednesday, that he will not be bringing his assistant with him in any capacity. Initial rumours were that Slade wanted to bring Rodger down to Somerset, which could have proved a sticking point with Glovers Chairman John Fry, but this theoretical obstacle would appear to no longer be relevant.


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3 June 2006 : Collis Not Planning On Warming Benches
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Steve Collis has said he is not going to Southend United with the plan of merely acting as back-up to current first choice keeper Darryl Flahavan. Collis hopes to act out the friendly rivalry he enjoyed with Chris Weale at Yeovil and has hopes of playing in the Championship for his new side.

Steve spoke to Southend's official site after signing and explained: "When I was at Yeovil Chris Weale and I had a battle throughout our time together. I think that's good when you have competition because it keeps both players on their toes. I'm not just signing to sit on the bench, I want to play games, and that sort of healthy competition will benefit both of us as well as the Football Club."

Steve has also said that he took the advice of former Glover Efetobore Sodje before signing for the Shrimpers adding: "I spoke to Sodje earlier this week about the Club and which direction they were going in and he spoke very well of things. He's someone I get on with and he has been enjoying his time here. Having spoken with Steve Tilson earlier today I was very impressed with everything he had to say. Last year what Southend achieved was remarkable and they were by far the best side Yeovil played, both home and away, I'm delighted to be apart of this excellent team."


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3 June 2006 : Thommo Confirms Huish Park Stay
Former Glovers manager Steve Thompson has confirmed that he has signed the contract offered to him at the club to confirm his stay at Huish Park as Assistant Manager/First Team Coach. As of yesterday he was merely waiting for the contract to be counter-signed by the club before being cast in stone.

Today's Western Daily Press reports that Thommo is again not willing to reveal the length and terms of the contract he has signed, but it does confirm that the incoming manager - due to be announced on Wednesday - is willing to work with the long-serving player/coach.

Thommo spoke to the paper yesterday and told them: "The contract has been drawn up and is being signed today. I have signed it and am waiting for them to sign it, but is a formality. I have reverted to my former position and my title will be assistant manager/first team coach. Obviously I was disappointed at what happened but now I have to look ahead. This is a very important year for Yeovil Town - we need to stabilise and then to look to go forward. The next three months are very important. My family are very settled in the area and that also came into the equation."

Thommo is also convinced that the situation regarding his former assistant Kevin Hodges is not cut and dried yet, despite Kevin being put on six months notice to terminate his contract as of Thursday. Thommo believes the club need to look at other League One sides such as Bristol City where they have a larger back room set-up. With Maurice O'Donnell retiring at the end of the season just gone, the Glovers are a man down in that area.

Steve explained: "I'm not sure about Kevin's situation. I look at clubs like Bristol City and they have far more staff than us, but we are trying to compete on level terms with them. I do not think it's done and dusted with Kevin yet, from my conversations with him and John Fry. But everything comes down to the budget."

Congratulations to Steve on his new contract, and it goes without saying that given the events of the past month or two, this is a fantastic display of loyalty by Thommo towards the club, with the former midfielder now coming up to his 9th year of service at Huish Park. Ciderspace hopes that Steve can establish as strong a working relationship with the incoming manager as he managed with Colin Lippiatt, David Webb, Colin Addison and Gary Johnson.


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2 June 2006 : Gall's Big Mistake
Former Yeovil Town winger/striker Kevin Gall believes he made a 'big mistake' in not moving to Carlisle United last September when they came in with the first of their many attempts to prize the attacking Welshman out of Somerset. Gally arrived in Cumbria earlier this week, but believes that with hindsight it was a journey he should have made much earlier.

Speaking to the Carlisle press he explained: "Carlisle have been interested for a while but I decided to stay at Yeovil last September because I was told I would be in the team and I wanted to play at a higher level. But a couple of weeks later I wasnít playing and I realised I should have come to Carlisle and that I had made a big mistake. When the chance came again in January, Yeovil turned down their offer and wouldnít let me speak to them. I had decided by then I would leave Yeovil, so it was a case of waiting until the end of the season. My agent kept in touch with them and said the chance was still there."

Gall has repeated his claims that he was never given a proper run-out in the Glovers side last season, despite featuring in over 40 games during the campaign: "ďI felt last season I needed a run in the side to prove myself but I didnít get it so I knew it was time to move on. Itís great for me to come here and add to what theyíve got. I donít expect to walk straight into the team as I know I have to prove myself like everyone else, but Iím hungry to play. There were six or seven clubs offering contracts but when I came to Carlisle, it was them I was most impressed with because of what they are doing. I wanted to show respect to Paul Simpson after all his interest in me . Itís nice to have everything sorted out at last and Iím looking forward to the new season already."

The Welshman has also stated that Carlisle were his top choice, despite his agent claiming that there were 12 clubs chasing his services: "Iíve been back and forward to different clubs because I felt I needed to do that so I made the right decision. But it was always Paul and Carlisle who were the first choice and other clubs knew that. Carlisle are showing a lot of ambition. After the bad run they had, theyíve had two great years and the support they get with crowds of over 10,000 is incredible. They also came through the floods and theyíre spending a lot of money to get the pitch right. I havenít come here to warm the bench."

Gally added: "I donít expect to walk straight into the team as I know I have to prove myself like everyone else, but Iím hungry to play. Iíll train hard and prove to the manager that Iím good enough to be in the starting 11. I need to prove to him that he canít leave me out and thatís what I intend to do. Itís great for me to come in and add to what Carlisle have already got because Iíve heard all about Michael Bridges and Karl Hawley. I havenít played a lot of first team football recently and it has been difficult, but now Iím dying to get on the pitch."

Carlisle assistant manager Dennis Booth greeted Gall on his arrival at the club, with manager Paul Simpson on business elsewhere, and he gave his own views on Gall's arrival: "He has scored goals at a higher standard and he has pace. Heís played at a good level and he will give us plenty of options. You need competition for places and there will be injuries and suspensions over the season. All the players are under pressure to perform. Weíre delighted to have got him as heís someone weíve been trying to get for a long while."

[Press sources: Cumberland News and Cumbria News and Star.]


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2 June 2006 : Collis Leaves For Southend
Goalkeeper Steve Collis has become the ninth person to leave Huish Park this summer after he signed a two year deal with newly promoted Southend United tonight. As reported on this site yesterday, the League One Champions had made enquiries about the shotstopper after Yeovil Town failed to offer him a contract at the end of the 2005-06 season. Left in limbo and effectively released from his contract, Steve has now made the decision to move to Essex.

Steve had been at the club for five seasons, but only managed to clock up 54 first team appearances with the Glovers, mainly due to his close friend Chris Weale keeping him out of the side on a persistent basis. In fact it took until Steve's third season with the club before he was able to clock up more than one league appearance.
Steve Collis in action at his former club Nottingham Forest, in April 2006
Steve Collis in action at his former club Nottingham Forest, in April 2006
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Ironically last season was his most prolific, making 24 appearances for the club as firstly a suspension, then an injury kept Weale out of the side. With Wealey's injury having sidelined him until Christmas 2006, all was looking certain for Steve to keep up his run in the side, but that was scuppered at the end of the season when the board rejected Steve Thompson's recommendations to award Steve a new contract, thus leaving him waiting to see if Thommo's replacement would overturn that decision.

In the end, playing for a side in the Championship, albeit with first choice keeper Darryl Flahavan in competition, has proved too tempting for Steve, and so he becomes the latest of the 'old guard' to depart Somerset.

Ciderspace naturally wishes Steve the best of luck at Roots Hall and would like to thank him for his fantastic patience and loyalty and for being part of the set-up that took the club from the Nationwide Conference to League One. Steve may have been in the main back-up to Chris Weale, but there can't be too many clubs in the bottom two divisions of the Football League with such a useful keeper in reserve. Good luck Steve.


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2 June 2006 : New Club Shop Leisurewear In Stock
Yeovil Town's Club Shop at Huish Park have let us know of the following goodies that will come in handy for the summer months. The designs can be seen below. To place your order, either pop into the Club Shop during office hours, telephone them on 01935-423662 Ext 206, or go online shopping at http://shop.ytfc.net - happy shopping!
Leisurewear for the summer months from the Huish Park Club Shop
Leisurewear for the summer months from the Huish Park Club Shop
Design © 2006 Huish Park Club Shop



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2 June 2006 : Barry Sees Light At The End Of The Tunnel
Yeovil Town midfielder Anthony Barry is finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel after experiencing extreme highs and severe lows during 2006. After making his Football League debut for the Glovers in February, Anthony suffered a horror injury up at Chesterfield, dislocating his knee on an icy pitch and finding his Football League breakthrough ripped away from him as suddenly as it arrived. Now Anthony is getting involved in some light running this week under the supervision of outgoing physio Glen Schmidt and still hopes to be back in contention for the coming season.
Anthony Barry experiences the bad side of football as he is stretchered off at Chesterfield
Anthony Barry experiences the bad side of football as he is stretchered off at Chesterfield
Photo © 2006 Ciderspace

Speaking to this week's Western Gazette, Anthony explained: "Things are going well. I am taking everything slowly because it is important not to rush things but I will be working hard throughout the summer to make sure that I am back for pre-season. I am working hard in the gym to try to get some stability back into my leg and I am doing lots of weights to try to build up the muscle. I am also doing lots of balance and stretching work because I have lost a bit of movement in it. I hope to be fit for the start of pre-season but it will be touch and go. As long as I am back training with the lads there or thereabouts I will be happy. For the first few weeks of pre-season I expect I will be training on my own."

Anthony had high praise for Schmidt and also for players such as Terry Skiverton, Paul Terry and Phil Jevons who had helped him get through the bad times: "Glen Schmidt has been with me through it all and has been fantastic to me. He has even helped me buy a house and get a mortgage which is something I did not have a clue about. The players have also been great. They have all stayed in touch and every time we had a game I would get five or six texts saying that they wished I was there and things like that which was fantastic. The club are fortunate to have such a great set of lads. Terry Skiverton and Paul Terry have been especially good to me; so was Phil Jevons. I had never had an injury before this one, not even a small one, so it was very disappointing when it happened. It was especially a killer because of the situation the team were in at that time. All I wanted to do was be out there doing my bit so it was really frustrating. Having to just sit there on the couch on a Saturday thinking we could go down was terrible. I can remember watching the results come in and if we were losing I would feel like killing myself. It was a really hard time."
A much happier Anthony Barry joins in with the post-match celebrations at Huddersfield
A much happier Anthony Barry joins in with the post-match celebrations at Huddersfield
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Not surprisingly, Anthony has expressed frustration at having to start over again in establishing his reputation at Yeovil Town, particularly in the light of Steve Thompson - the man who brought him into the club - since being demoted.

Anthony explained that having made such an impact in the first team it was going to be even harder to do the same second time around: "In terms of the timing of the injury it was a huge blow for me because no-one thought I would come in and play straight away. They thought I was just a kid from Accrington so once I got a start and got the nerves out the way, I was really hoping to make a big impact. I think I did that in the short spell I had before the injury but it will now be twice as hard with a new manager coming in. Steve Thompson was the one who took a bit of a shine to me so the fact that he is staying as first-team head coach is a good thing. He and David Webb brought me to Yeovil so it was a blow when I heard Steve was not carrying on as boss next season but I hope he will still be around to fight my corner."


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2 June 2006 : Slade On Holiday In Spain
This morning's Western Daily Press, like most of the local media, is continuing to pin their colours to former Grimsby Town manager Russell Slade to be appointed as Yeovil Town's new manager next season.

They've added another piece to the jigsaw however, in revealing that Slade is currently on holiday in Spain, which would explain the lengthy gap between Chairman John Fry choosing his final candidate and making the actual announcement public. Assuming his choice is Slade, then clearly he would only be able to attend a press conference following his return to the UK. The WDP believe the additional couple of days gap is to allow him to tie up loose ends with his former club.

Slade's assistant Graham Rodger may not follow his boss to Huish Park. The Glovers Chairman has previously stated that any incoming manager must work with Steve Thompson as his assistant. However, Rodger is believed to be one of the candidates to succeed Slade at Blundell Park and so that may become an irrelevant factor.


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2 June 2006 : Johnson Free To Leave Hearts
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Lee Johnson has been told by Scottish Premier League side Hearts that he is free to find another club. The news is not totally unexpected - Lee has made just two starts in Scotland plus three from the bench, and has been totally out of favour since the dismissal of Graham Rix - the manager who took him up to Scotland.

Temporary Head Coach Valdas Ivanauskas has admitted that he can see no future for Johnson, or for former Oxford United midfielder Chris Hackett - another Rix signing who has fallen out of favour under the new regime. Both players are now available for loan or permanent transfer.

Speaking to The Scotsman, Ivanauskas explained: "Lee has done well but we must find a solution to his situation. We have so many players so for him it would be better to find a new club. There won't be many chances for Lee to play. He wants to play and he is a good professional but there is a big momentum of confidence in our squad. My view is he would be better looking for another club. Maybe he could even go on loan at first but, if he wants to stay, it is no problem. Chris Hackett is in the same situation. In his position, on the right side, we have many players so I think it would be better for him to look elsewhere too."

Coach John McGlynn has also given similar views to the Hearts official site: "They are entitled to stay and fight for their position, but given the lack of games they played towards the end of the season, and with the football club looking to take another step forward and bring in yet more quality players in the summer, I can understand where Valdas is coming from. It's not as if they are young lads who are just breaking through. They are experienced first-team players who played regular first-team football at their previous clubs. When you get to your mid-20s that's where you want to be, so even for the players themselves I'm sure they'd rather be playing first-team football somewhere rather than reserve football here."

McGlynn added that he would be doing his best to help the pair find a new club: "Both lads have got a phenomenal attitude and from that point if view it is a shame that they might have to leave. I would think they'll have no problems finding another club, and I would certainly recommend them to anyone who comes and talks to me. They ended up training most of the time with myself in the second half of the season and I can't speak highly enough of them with their overall attitude. With the greatest respect, it's probably a case of natural progression, a natural process that's developing at the club. Players themselves will start to recognise that things are moving on and some of them will come to the point where they might say: 'there's not much point in my being here because I'm not going to play.' But it will be up to Valdas to make the final decision."


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1 June 2006 : Southend Target Collis Transfer
Newly promoted Championship side Southend United have admitted that they have held talks with Yeovil Town's out of contract keeper Steve Collis with a view to him possibly moving to Roots Hall. Collis is currently without any sort of a deal on the table from the Glovers and as such is a free agent, despite the former Nottingham Forest keeper making it clear that he wanted to remain in Somerset.

Southend's assistant manager Paul Brush told his club's official site of their interest in the player and explained it was provoked by current Reserve keeper Bart Griemink's decision to retire from football this summer.

Brush explained: "It's important that we bring in another goalkeeper to strengthen our squad and Steve is someone we have spoken to. That's as far as it has gone at the moment. But with Bart Griemink retiring, making sure we bring in another keeper is quite high up in our list of priorities."

If Steve does move to Roots Hall, he will compete with Southend's No.1 keeper Darryl Flahavan, who once trialled for Yeovil Town. However, wherher Steve would prefer to wait and hear the views of Yeovil's incoming manager to see whether he is prepared to perform a U-turn against the Yeovil board's decision not to award Collis a contract, remains to be seen.


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1 June 2006 : Lansdown Gives Views On Schmidt
Following on from our earlier story where it was confirmed that Yeovil Town physio Glen Schmidt will be joining Bristol City next season, City Chairman Steve Lansdown has been explaining why Johnson was so keen for his physio to join him up at Ashton Gate. City manager Gary Johnson described Schmidt as his 'best ever signing' at Huish Park during his review of the season on BBC Radio Bristol last summer and so it was no surprise to find that he had been interested in taking him up the A37 since he left Huish Park.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, Lansdown explained: "Gary has been keen to bring him in since he came up here, but Glen wanted to make sure he supported Steve Thompson down there. He's joining us at the beginning of the season and it's good news because it's important to have the right team off the pitch as well as on it."

Phil Jevons has also told the radio station why he turned down interest from two Championship clubs to sign for former manager Gary Johnson at Bristol City. Jevons will move to Ashton Gate on a free transfer when his contract at Yeovil expires at the end of June.

Jevo admitted there were other interested parties: "There were a couple in the Championship but once I started speaking to Gary Johnson it all came flooding back to me the way he was at Yeovil. I felt it could be like it was at Yeovil but on a bigger scale and it was too good an opportunity to turn down."

Former Glovers boss Gary Johnson is also expected to give his views on his move for Schmidt later this afternoon as part of the BBC Radio Bristol sports bulletins (roughly 25 minutes past the hour) whilst Phil Jevons will also be expanding on his reasons for leaving Yeovil on BBC Somerset Sound tomorrow morning (sports bulletins roughly 35 minutes past the hour).


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1 June 2006 : Schmidt Joins Bristol City
Yeovil Town physio Glen Schmidt will, as expected, head to Bristol City when his one month's notice to quit Huish Park is seen through. Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol this morning City chairman Steve Lansdown explained that manager Gary Johnson had wanted to take Schmidt with him when he left the Glovers for the job in Bristol, but explained that Glen had wanted to remain loyal to Steve Thompson. Although Lansdown did not say it, the inference is that Thommo's demotion from manager to First Team Coach has swayed Schmidt's decision to leave for Ashton Gate. He will team up with Johnson at the start of next season.


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