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30 June 2007 : Supporters Bar Survey Reminder
On June 19th, we launched a survey concerning the club's latest plans that have been submitted to the County planning offices for a new Club Bar. Originally the club submitted plans for a corner Clubhouse between the Westland Stand and Cowlin Stand. This has since been replaced by the set of plans described in yesterday's news for a Concourse Bar bolted onto the Westland Stand.

As usual we've had a great response to the survey so far, but plan to close off the survey and publish the results as soon as possible afterwards. Hence we'd ask anyone who has not filled in the survey but wants to have their say, to do so by midnight on Monday 2nd July 2007.

As a reminder, just to give a bit of guidance in completing the survey, in Questions 1-6 we are trying to find out a bit about your current habits. We then move on to what you would like to see in a Club Bar in Questions 7-18.

In Questions 19 and 20, which talk about which style of bar you would like to see the club build, we'd suggest that you don't get too drawn into any more minor criticisms you may have of the actual plans. All we're looking for here is a general opinion of what style of Club Bar would be more attractive to yourself.

In Question 21, we've left this as a freeform answer for anything else you want to say about the Club Bar and facilities in this area. Here you can comment on either the overall theme, or on any finer detail of the plans that might concern you. Note that we will be publishing the comments made, but that your name and email address will not be published as part of the results.

Link: June 2007 : Ciderspace Supporters Bar Survey.


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30 June 2007 : Franchise FC In From The Cold
As a group football fans have a strong sense of tradition and history. The franchising of Wimbledon to Milton Keynes produced a lot of disapproval, and for the years since their move in 2004 Franchise FC has found it difficult to set up friendlies, as supporters put pressure on their own clubs not to play them voluntarily.

Another issue that stuck in many fans craws was seeing MK Dons, as they soon became, still credited with Wimbledon's historical statistics and honours, and keeping hold of the trophies, medals and other memorabilia.

A series of negotiations between MK Dons and A.F.C. Wimbledon, held through the auspices of the Football Supporters' Federation, has agreed that all the Wimbledon cups, trophies, medals and other club related material will be returned to be held by the Borough of Merton, the community in which they were won.

Additionally, with immediate effect, all parties to the negotiations have agreed to request that all media only reference MK Dons existence from 7th August 2004, the date of their first competitive match, against Barnsley. Yes, that's right, a team called MK Dons did not win the F.A. Cup in 1988 as some sources would have people believe.

With agreement reached, all parties have requested that those football supporters still campaigning against and boycotting MK Dons end their action.

O.K., Franchise F.C. MK Dons it is.


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30 June 2007 : Rose Agrees One Year Deal
Defender Matthew Rose has verbally agreed a one year deal that will keep him at Huish Park for another year. The paperwork has been held up due to Matthew being out of the country, but with him now back from his holiday, Russell told BBC Somerset Sound he expects him to put pen to paper just as soon as he arrives back in Yeovil:

"Matthew Rose is going to sign. I've had a chat with his representative. Matty has just now got back in the country and he is excited about extending his term here by another year."

Russell also feels very positive about the chances of re-signing defender Scott Guyett, but less so about striker Lee Morris, who has spent the summer living back at his home in the Midlands, prompting speculation that he may not return:

"I think we're very very close with Scotty now. We're waiting to hear back from Lee Morris. I think they both have one or two days left now before they have to respond."

Russell also expanded upon what he felt he would get out of former Oldham Athletic striker Paul Warne:

"Experience, cleverness and enthusiasm. He loves the game and he loves playing the game. He is not finished yet. He is a very fit boy. I know he is going to fit in with us very well and more importantly he'll add to us on the field of play. He can play anywhere along that front four, whether it is left wing, right wing, centre-forward, or even in a three. I've seen him play exceptionally well in a three when Rotherham were very successful in their two promotions."

The Yeovil boss stated though that the signings of Warne and former Aberdeen midfielder Gary Dempsey may not be the end of his moves into the transfer market but made it clear he wasn't to be hurried:

"We're still looking to improve the squad somewhat. But even now if we were to play a competitive game tomorrow then we have got a competitive squad that I'm sure could do well, so things are looking good."


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30 June 2007 : Knights To Sign
Russell Slade has confirmed that, as expected, Darryl Knights will be joining Yeovil Town. The promising ex-Ipswich Town youngster, who made five appearances from the bench last season while on loan with the Glovers, is scheduled to sign a one year deal early next week.

Slade said :

We are delighted he is going to be with us next season. He has to become more consistent but that will come with experience. In terms of his movement and what he has to offer, we can work with him and help him become the finished article. He has had a taste of it and his next step is to try to claim a starting spot, and that's why pre-season is a very good time for players to make an impression. If they can start in one or two pre-season games that might make it difficult for me to turn them down when the league programme begins.

Knight's stats so far for Yeovil Town can be viewed here.

Another new arrival, Gary Dempsey, said his reason for turning down the new contract Aberdeen had offered was he was getting "a little bit bored in Scotland". We can sympathise with that.

"Because I signed a pre-contract a few months ago I had the chance to look for a house and we have moved in just over the road from the ground. We managed to get the last house in the new development, so it is great," he told the Western Daily Press.


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29 June 2007 : Dempsey Agrees To Sign Up
Former Aberdeen midfielder Gary Dempsey has agreed to put pen to paper on a two year deal at Huish Park today after the long-running bid to secure his services finally ended in success. Like most 'Bosman' deals, the actual signature will doubtless be made on July 1st after his old contract expires on Saturday.

There can't have been too many Yeovil Town signings that have taken at least 4.5 months to conclude, but the first signs of Dempsey's interest in joining Yeovil Town can be traced back as far as February 15th when the Scottish press suggested that they were about to lose one of their first-teamers to a team south of the border. Dempsey subsequently signed a pre-contract agreement with the Glovers and after successfully completing a medical yesterday, terms have been finalised and he will form part of the 2007-08 squad.

Dempsey was born in Wexford in Ireland on January 15th 1981 and started his career as an Everton trainee where he would have almost certainly rubbed shoulders with Yeovil Town Chief Scout Frank Leworthy who previously worked at Goodison Park when Dempsey was coming through the ranks.

Dempsey has been north of the border since 2001 when he signed for Dunfermline, staying there for four years, making 98 appearances and scoring eight goals. In April 2005, he signed for Aberdeen, and has played 61 matches there, scoring two goals - statistics that would have been added to if he had not been dropped from the side from mid-March onwards once news of his leaving Aberdeen leaked out in the Scottish Press.

Dempsey almost signed for League One side Doncaster Rovers during the 2005-06 season after losing his place in the Scottish Premier League side, but was persuaded to change his mind at the last moment. But now he has turned down the opportunity to play UEFA Cup football at Pittodrie and joins Yeovil Town on a free transfer. It is believed that Dempsey has moved to try and secure a more regular starting slot in the Glovers side, with Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood having mixed and matched his midfield somewhat over the past 12 months with Dempsey often the unlucky player.

A big welcome to Gary and the best of luck to him over the next two years at Huish Park.


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29 June 2007 : Glovers Flying Start To Pre-Season
With the players back in from next Tuesday, 3rd July, but no scheduled friendly match until Portsmouth visit Huish Park on Saturday 14th July, the squad are off for a spell at RAF Honington.

Ex-RAF Steve Thompson has presumably called up a few contacts, and the team will be using the facilities of the Strike Command base in Suffolk. The base has extensive sports facilities, with a Fitness Suite, swimming pool, Sports Hall, squash courts, sauna and bouldering wall, as well as an all weather Astroturf pitch, tennis courts, football and rugby pitches.

Given the usual banter between the Services, doubtless those Army and Navy types with plenty to say amongst our fanbase will be considering whether these facilities will be getting use for the first time upon the arrival of Yeovil Town.


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29 June 2007 : Fry Cautious As Ever
It can be frustrating. As football fans we all want our club to be going places yesterday, today, and tomorrow. But looking round the game the number of clubs that have been destroyed, or at the least badly damaged, by idiot chairmen with over-inflated ambitions and lack of patience is frightening. Our chairman and chief executive, John Fry, has faults, as have we all, and sometimes has supporters groaning at his caution and the apparent slowness of certain developments, but his chairmanship has covered the period of the club's greatest success in its entire history.

Speaking in today's Western Daily Press about the coming season Fry played down expectations after the club's highest ever finish, first experience of play-offs and first trip to Wembley :

If we can consolidate from last year and show a bit of continuity that would be a big thing for us. It is going to be a very hard year on the back of the trip to Wembley and what was a successful season. It is hard to follow that sort of success, but if we can make a few good signings I think we will be O.K.

Long term Fry watchers will not be surprised that money was foremost in his thoughts. And as the man who will take the flak if it all goes tits-up that's understandable, though supporters might be a little concerned that he almost appears to be fishing for buyers for players :

The trip to Wembley made a huge difference from a financial point of view and what we need next season is another big occasion. We always need a big game, whether that is in the JPT Trophy, the FA Cup or the play-offs again. It also helps if you have a few gold nuggets on the playing staff that we could cash in on, if they were to express a desire to leave.

Off the pitch there has been no major infrastructure development for some years, since the roofing of the Westland Stand and the laying of the new playing surface, despite lots of talk. Fry again suggested things were on the move, but to be honest we have heard that rather a lot so will wait for something concrete to emerge before getting too excited. Pointing to last season's good campaign, he continued :

It has made an awful lot of difference to the enthusiasm and we are desperate to push on with our plans to improve the stadium. We need to get a change of use order from the council - but I am pretty convinced we will get that. We have drawn up a plan that will be put in front of the board over the next few weeks. We also need to keep our eye on the first-team squad, because without a team to perform on the pitch the club will go backwards.

Only a fool would suggest being a chairman of a football club is an easy job, and plenty of fools have demonstrated how easy it is to make a mess of it. Thankfully John Fry's no fool, even if he does annoy the hell out of us on the odd occasion........... and doubtless we supporters annoy it out of him at times too!


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29 June 2007 : Marcus Laughs Off Pools Rumour
Marcus Stewart has refuted claims in the Hartlepool Mail that he is signing for the North-East club. Speaking to the Western Daily Press he said :

That's the first I have heard of it. It is flattering that people still think you can do a job but I expect to stay at Yeovil. I am happy and I have got another year left on my deal. I will probably sit down with the chairman and the manager at Christmas time and see what I want to do if I steer clear of injuries. I might want to play on or finish at the end of the season.


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29 June 2007 : Last Full Day For Early-Bird Season Tickets
A reminder that this is the last full day to take advantage of the club's discount on season tickets. The Ticket Office will be open tomorrow (Saturday) from 9.00 a.m. until 12.00 noon, but only to those visiting in person - no phone applications accepted on the 30th.

So, if you can't get to Huish Park, phone today on 01935 847888. The Ticket Office will be open from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Details of the ticketing prices for 2007-08 can be viewed here.

The club has listened to fans and restored the benefit of purchasing season tickets early. Make the most of it if you are intending to get one but haven't made that purchase yet. Also note the Family Season Ticket deals if a particular combination would be advantageous to your circumstances.


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28 June 2007 : JPT Dates
The dates of the 2007-08 Football League Trophy, in its second year of sponsorship by Johnstone's Paint, have been released :

Round One - week commencing 3rd September 2007
Round Two - week commencing 8th October 2007
Area Quarter-Finals - week commencing 12th November 2007
Area Semi-Finals - week commencing 7th January 2008
Area Final First Leg - week commencing 18th February 2008
Area Final Second Leg - week commencing 25th February 2008
Final - Sunday 30th March 2008


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28 June 2007 : PFA Hall of Fame
As part of its centenary celebrations the Professional Footballers' Association is creating a Hall of Fame which will be populated by one player from "each of the 100 professional clubs to have played in the Football League throughout the last 100 years". Leaving aside the fact that there has been far more than 100 professional clubs to have played in the Football League over the last century (so we're not entirely sure on what principle some will have been excluded) each club, together with the PFA and and a panel of sports journalists, has been asked to nominate a list of ten players from which the winner will go forward to the Hall of Fame.

The list created is :

Len Harris, Alan Herrity, Warren Patmore, Dick Plumb, Terry Skiverton, Mickey Spencer, Alec Stock, Dave Taylor, Ken Thompson, Darren Way.

Everyone will have their own views on who should have made the list, and indeed ours would be about 50% different, but that's the one we have so go here to vote.

To provide a bit of context for those who didn't see some of these players on the pitch :

Len Harris - appearance record holder with 691 games for the Glovers between 1958 and 1972. An immense centre back / left back who was, and is, a total gentleman off the pitch. Still lives in the area with his family. An appreciation of Len can be read here.

Alan Herrity - second highest appearances for the club with 523. Pretty much the automatic right-back first choice from 1961-1973 when his football career was ended by injury. Sadly Alan died recently back in his home town of Newport. It's slightly ironic that the club did nothing to recognise the passing of a man it now nominates as a legend.

Warren Patmore - Wazza! 1995-01, 290 appearances, 140 goals. Pace of a tortoise, 'belly's gonna get ya', great bloke. A feature after Warren hit his hundredth goal can be found here.

Dick Plumb - two spells, 1968-70 and 1974-78, with time at Charlton Athletic and Exeter City in between. Big traditional centre forward who scored 150 goals for the Glovers in 337 appearances.

Terry Skiverton - current Mr Yeovil Town. Club captain who has lead the team on the field through its greatest days by example. 320 appearances. 1999 - present.

Mickey Spencer - club's first full-time professional and scored the first ever competitive goal at Huish Park. Bit of a rarity, a Yeovil striker with pace. 104 goals between 1989 and 1995.

Alec Stock - acknowledged by those who knew him as one of the nicest men in football. Player-manager from 1946-49. Plotted the tactics, and contributed a goal, in the famous win against Sunderland. The Ciderspace obituary can be read here.

Dave Taylor - most prolific post-war goal scorer with 285, including a staggering 60 in the 1960-61 season. 436 appearances from 1960-69. Thankfully recovered from serious illness a couple of years ago.

Ken Thompson - cultured left-sided midfielder who played 517 times for the Glovers between 1967 and 1977 and scored 66 goals.

Darren Way - Weasel. Five foot and not much else, but could out jump six footers. Perpetual midfield motion. 2000-2006, 247 appearances, 33 goals.


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28 June 2007 : BBC Radio Bristol YTFC Review Of The Season
The following has been received from BBC Radio Bristol with respect to their Saturday Sport programme this coming Saturday:

Radio Bristol's annual Yeovil Town review of the season will air tomorrow on their Saturday Sport programme from 2pm.

Glovers boss Russell Slade is questioned on all aspects of the campaign, from last summer's player recruitment to the Wembley play-off final disappointment.

Split into four parts, the review comprehensively rounds up an momentous season when Yeovil finished in the highest league position in their history.

With Saturday Sport also featuring an in-depth interview with new Yeovil signing Paul Warne, it is a must-listen for all Glovers fans.

The programme is on Radio Bristol's frequencies of 95.5FM, 94.9FM, 103.6FM and 1548AM. It is also on Somerset Sound on 1566AM.



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28 June 2007 : J-P Signs For Latics
And right on the back of our item below saying Russell Slade was resigned to losing Jean-Paul Kalala, news breaks through the Oldham Athletic Official Site that he has signed for our League One rivals.

Slade brought J-P with him from Grimsby Town when he arrived as manager at Huish Park. He was, perhaps surprisingly, one of the few arrivals that summer not to get a two-year deal, only being contracted for a single season. Whether Russell privately now regrets that decision we won't know, though he has been attempting to get Kalala to sign a further contract, an attempt that has ultimately failed.

Kalala made forty-two appearances in the last campaign, including thirty-six starts. Primarily a holding midfielder he scored one goal, away against Gillingham in the final game of the normal season.

At least one Yeovil fan we know now has the lengthy task of unpicking 'JEAN-PAUL KAMUDIMBA KALALA' from the back of his replica shirt.

Farewell to The Frenchman.


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28 June 2007 : Dempsey Deal Nearly Done
The very public, for Yeovil Town, and long-running process of acquiring Gary Dempsey appears to be reaching its conclusion if reports in the Western Daily Press are correct that he had his medical yesterday at Huish Park. The paper suggests the formal signing will take place on Friday. It also keeps the rumours going that Dempsey's former Aberdeen team-mate Dan Smith (Ciderspace, 22nd June) is a possible acquisition.

Other team news is that Russell Slade expects Scott Guyett and Matthew Rose to sign new one-year-deals, is uncertain about the plans of Lee Morris who has yet to respond to the offer put to him, and seems pretty much resigned to the departure of Jean-Paul Kalala. Slade also conceded that there had been a few enquiries made by other clubs about some members of the current squad.


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28 June 2007 : Owusu Still In The Frame?
Speculation that Lloyd Owusu is set to sign for Yeovil Town has been rumbling on for some weeks - see Ciderspace 12th June.

Today's Mirror - though as a word of warning this particular national red-top has a spectacularly bad record for accuracy with the occasional Yeovil related items it dishes up - stokes the flames a little more by claiming that talks between club and player (and doubtless agent) are now at the personal terms stage.


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28 June 2007 : Bulls Date And Prices
Although everyone had been assuming when the First Round Carling Cup tie against Hereford United would be neither club had officially confirmed it, until now. The Bulls have today announced Tuesday 14th August, with a 7.45 p.m. kick-off at Edgar Street. The match is not all-ticket.

Ticket prices have been set at :

Terrace

adult £13.00, concession £9.00, children £6.00

Stand

adult £15.00, concession £12.00, children £7.00

Concessions are those over 65, children are those under 16. Note that for league matches Hereford's policy is to charge concessions and children who are not Club Members an additional £1.00 surcharge for pay-on-the-day. It is not stated whether this policy will apply for the Carling Cup tie, but be prepared.

The normal area allocated to away supporters is situated in the Floors-2-Go Stand, which runs parallel to Edgar Street (A49). The stand, which gives a side-on view of the pitch is a canteliver design, and accommodates both covered seating (higher tier) and covered terracing (directly beneath), and is split between home and visiting fans. The away part is situated towards the Blackfriars Street End, with the seating available in Block 'E'. Block 'F' is usually kept clear as a 'no man's land' between home and away supporters.


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27 June 2007 : Hartlepool Press Claim Stewart 'Signing'
Today's Hartlepool Mail is claiming that Yeovil Town striker Marcus Stewart is about to sign for League One newcomers Hartlepool.

Before anyone gets too concerned, it should be noted that this is another of this summer's articles written in the sports pages with absolutely no quotes or sources, with everything built around circumstantial evidence.

Just as the Rotherham Advertiser told its readership that former Oldham Athletic winger/striker Paul Warne was going to sign for their local side on Monday on the basis that he owns a house in the town, so the Hartlepool press appear to pin their hopes on the suggestion that Stewart still has a home in the North-East, presumably from his days in Sunderland.

The paper claims that manager Danny Wilson is going to unveil three players this week, with midfielder Jason Kennedy having been born in nearby Stockton, and striker Ross McCormack seemingly having been singled out because he scored against Hartlepool whilst on loan at Doncaster Rovers last season from Glasgow Rangers. Stewart is the third player they predict.

So will the Hartlepool Mail be performing an "as exclusively revealed by" later this week? Or will they be doing a 'Rotherham Advertiser' and hoping their readers have got the memory of a goldfish? We'll just have to wait and see ...


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27 June 2007 : Paul Warne To Sign
A fairly well heralded, despite slight diversionary tactics from the Rotherham and Bradford press, signing has been announced at Huish Park today. Paul Warne has agreed to a one year deal and will join the rest of the squad when training resumes on 3rd July, though he hasn't put pen to paper yet.

Warne was a constant presence in fellow League One club Oldham Athletic's first team last season, playing in 54 matches, scoring eleven goals and picking up five yellow cards. At the end of season awards he was Overall Player of the Season, Awards Dinner Player of the Season, Trust Oldham Player of the Season and Oldham Athletic Supporters' Association Player of the Season. Although there were already rumours that he was on his way out it was still a surprise when manager John Sheridan announced Warne was being released a couple of days after the club's season finished with defeat to Blackpool in the play-off semis. He therefore joins the Glovers as a free agent.

Warne, born in Norwich and now 34, spent two years at Boundary Park, and prior to that was six years at Millmoor, for most of which time they were a Division One (Championship) club. He was a late arrival in to full-time football, bought by Wigan Athletic when they were a Division Two (League One) club for £25,000 on the back of his 27 goals that took Wroxham to the Eastern Counties League title in 1996-97.

Paul describes himself as "not the most technically gifted player, but I try to make sure the effort is there and that I do my bit for the team." He's an all action 90 minute runner and tackler who will play in a range of positions but can be expected to mostly slot in on the right.

Welcome to Huish Park, Paul.

The usual range of generally reasonably accurate player stats provided by Soccerbase can be found here on Warne.


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27 June 2007 : F.A. Youth Cup Details
Various details on the 2007-08 F.A. Youth Cup have now been released. Ties on this competition are not played on specific dates, with individual clubs allowed to negotiate on a slot in "weeks commencing" in the qualifying rounds and "by" in the competition Proper :

Preliminary Round - week commencing 10th September 2007
First Round Qualifying - week commencing 24th September 2007
Second Round Qualifying - week commencing 8th October 2007
Third Round Qualifying - week commencing 22nd October 2007

First Round Proper - by Saturday 10th November 2007
Second Round Proper - by Saturday 24th November 2007
Third Round Proper - by Saturday 15th December 2007
Fourth Round Proper - by Saturday 19th January 2008
Fifth Round Proper - by Saturday 2nd February 2008
Sixth Round Proper - by Saturday 16th February 2008
Semi-Final First Leg - by Saturday 8th March 2008
Semi-Final Second Leg - by Saturday 22nd March 2008

The dates of the two-legged Final remain to be confirmed.

Four hundred and forty-four entries have been accepted, though Scarborough FC, who submitted a team, has subsequently been removed. The full list can be read here.

The exemptions are detailed here. Forty-four teams are exempt until the Third Round Proper, forty-five teams including Yeovil Town until the First Round Proper.


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27 June 2007 : Bristol City Set Friendly Price
Bristol City has announced prices for the friendly against Yeovil Town on Saturday 28th July. For visiting fans the costs will be :

adult - £12.00
senior citizen / student - £10.00
under 16 - £1.00

The match at Ashton Gate kicks off at 3.00 p.m.


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26 June 2007 : Club Get Season Ticket Boost
Unlike last season, where there seemed to be some reluctance to put hard figures on season ticket sales, Yeovil Town have provided detail on the ongoing sales for the 2007-08 season and the good news is that sales so far are up.

According to today's Western Daily Press, so far the club have sold 1,800 season tickets compared to a figure of 1,500 sales at this time last year. That is obviously a positive development given that last year's sales suffered a significant drop on the 2005-06 high that saw in the region of 3,600 season tickets sold by the time all applications had been processed.

Commercial Manager Dave Linney welcomed the news from the Ticket Office:

"Season tickets are selling well and we are a few hundred up on the number we sold at the same time last year. We are on target for the numbers we expected and are hoping we will sell a few more before the early bird deadline on Saturday."

One marked difference the club should notice in the next few days is the result of the financial incentive for all supporters to renew or buy new season tickets by June 30th 2007. That 'early bird discount' did not exist last year and was believed to be a strong factor in many supporters' decisions not to renew or to delay their application. This season though, the incentive to make purchases by the Saturday's deadline should give the club a further boost on top of the 300 additional sales they have got so far.

A reminder that as of close of business on Saturday 30th June, prices will revert to the 'standard' price-list and so purchases or arrangements agreed with the Huish Park Ticket Office must be in place by 12.00 noon on the Saturday.

The Ticket Office will be open from 9.00am until 5.00pm between today and Friday as usual but will also open on Saturday from 9.00am until 12.00 noon to process Season Ticket Applications only.

Prices are available here. For all other enquiries, phone the Ticket Office on 01935-847888.


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26 June 2007 : Double TV Slot Nets Windfall
Further to yesterday's news concerning the switching of two fixtures to fit in with the Sky Sports live football schedules, today's Western Daily Press states that the matches against Swindon Town (away) and Gillingham (home) will be collectively worth an additional 40,000 pounds to the club as a broadcast fee.

Not too surprisingly, the WDP report the happiest man in the house as being Glovers Chairman John Fry who said of the news:

"We don't get too many live games in this part of the world and all these little things are a real bonus for us. The money comes in handy and we welcome any opportunity for a bit of exposure. We had some attractive games on television last season and to have two in the first four months is fantastic. Having the cameras at Huish Park doesn't really impact on our attendances and we are grateful to the Football League and Sky."


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25 June 2007 : Premium Pricing Is Back
Completely ignoring last year's shambles, that saw :

gates down on the equivalent matches from the season before that;
late badly publicised changes to pay-on-the-day in three out of five of the supposedly all-ticket matches when advance sales were poorer than expected;
one premium pricing, versus Millwall, completely scrapped;
and a lot of discontent from fans..........

.......the club has decided to go with premium pricing again.

For the 2007-08 season six matches have been so designated :

Nottingham Forest, Saturday 29th September
Swansea City, Saturday 27th October
AFC Bournemouth, Tuesday 4th December
Swindon Town, Wednesday (Boxing Day) 26th December
Bristol Rovers, Saturday 29th March
Leeds United, Saturday 26th April

What the club hasn't yet revealed is how much the surcharge will be. We hope they have learnt something and don't go for a £4.00 additional charge this time.


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25 June 2007 : F.A. Cup Entries
Several weeks later than usual, the F.A. has published the entries for the 2007-08 F.A. Cup. It's possible behind the scenes confusion has delayed matters, with uncertainty as to the survival of several clubs. Scarborough appears on the list, but now has "removed" next to its name. Despite much speculation that Boston United had not been allowed entry that club is presently listed. In all 731 teams will set off on the road to Wembley.

The full list of entries can be found here, with exemptions detailed here.

The round dates can be seen on the Ciderspace News page of 9th June.

Prize money remains unaltered from the 2006-07 season, and can be viewed here. Broadcast fees do not yet appear to have been announced, and nor do the draw dates and times.


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25 June 2007 : Live On Sky ... Twice!
As often happens when you get a small amount of exposure on TV as a club ... as you enter the heads of the TV producers, so they decide to come back for more. Whilst the League One Play-Off Final against Blackpool may not have been Yeovil Town's finest moment on Sky Sports TV, their stunning 5-2 win over Nottingham Forest in the Semi-Finals was a broadcaster's dream, and we suspect that is part of the reason why they have opted for two Yeovil Town matches to be shown live during the first half of this season.

First up is the West Country derby match against Swindon Town at the County Ground. That will now take place on Sunday 9th September with a 4.00pm kick-off. This is an 'international fixture' weekend meaning that Sky have a Football League double-header that day instead of the usual Premiership fodder.

Secondly, Yeovil's home match against Gillingham has been switched to Sunday 18th November with a 1.30pm kick-off. Again there are no Premiership fixtures that weekend meaning that Carlisle United vs Nottingham Forest is their 4.00pm choice that day.

Considering that there are just five live matches in League One currently planned, the Glovers have come out of it rather well. The other two fixtures involving League One clubs involve Doncaster Rovers vs Huddersfield Town (Sunday 14th October, 4.00pm) and Luton Town vs Northampton Town (Monday 15th October, 7.45pm).

There are currently 24 live games scheduled in the Football League, with the majority taken from matches involving Championship sides. More live matches will follow with Sky contracted to take 70 matches from the three divisions, plus all the Play-Off matches.


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24 June 2007 : Season Ticket Discount Nears Deadline
A reminder that this week is the final week to take advantage of the 'early bird' discounts for Season Tickets for the 2007-08 season at Huish Park.

As of close of business on Saturday 30th June, prices will revert to the 'standard' price-list and so purchases or arrangements agreed with the Huish Park Ticket Office must be in place by 12.00 noon on the Saturday.

The Ticket Office will be open from 9.00am until 5.00pm between Monday and Friday as usual but will also open on Saturday from 9.00am until 12.00 noon to process Season Ticket Applications only.

Prices are available here. For all other enquiries, phone the Ticket Office on 01935-847888.

Link: 2007-08 Season Ticket and Match Day Admission Prices.


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24 June 2007 : Huish Park Club Shop Opening Hours
The Huish Park Club Shop has got slightly amended opening hours this week in preparation for an annual stock audit.

From tomorrow (Monday 25th June) until Friday (29th June), the Club Shop will be opening from 10.00am until 4.00pm. In addition, on Monday 2nd July, the shop will be closed entirely as staff undertake the full stock audit.

The Club Shop will re-open on Tuesday 3rd July and will then revert back to the standard opening hours of 9.00am until 5.00pm.


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24 June 2007 : Banning Orders Quashed
Ciderspace has never had any truck with violence and poor behaviour and has said so when necessary, thankfully infrequently with Yeovil Town fans having a generally excellent record for many years. However we are pleased by the Criminal Appeal Court decision on Friday which saw Lord Justice Pill, Mr Justice Calvert-Smith and Mr Justice Lloyd Jones overturned six year banning orders imposed on three football fans who follow Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Government policy has increasingly tried to associate more and more illegal activity with football, in our opinion because it's an easy target for Middle-England outrage - whereas for example the activities of moronic rugby fans are usually more treated as high jinks.

In this case a group of fans were returning home through London more than three hours after the match they attended had ended. A drunken stag party abused one of the female members of the group, and a fight broke out. Three fans made no bones about their part in the ensuing fracas, pleaded guilty, and received sentences ranging from seven to sixteen months. And we have no quibble with that at all. However they later also received six year banning orders from all football.

The Appeal Court decided there had been no football related element to the brawl. No chants were used, no colours worn and there was nothing verbal or physical to identify them as football fans. Although their presence in the West End of London had been football related, in the sense that they were travelling home from a match, their involvement in the trouble was not and the banning orders were therefore unfair.

Football does not want hooligans, and anyone involved in football related hooliganism and violence deserves to be banned. However there is a difference between banning football supporters engaging in violence as football supporters, and banning anyone caught up in violence who just happens also to be a football supporter.

Under the British Crime Survey (BCS) statistics, which are considered more reliable as they don't alter criteria from year to year as the police may, 2,420,000 violent offences were recorded in England and Wales in 2005-06, though 49% of what were classified as violent offences did not involve any form of injury. The recorded number of football related incidents for the same period was 3,462. That's 0.14%. One incident is one too many, but that does not reflect the image the authorities and the media love to attach to football. You are far far more likely to come across violence along almost any High Street on any Friday or Saturday night, in your own home in the form of domestic violence, at work, or even at school, than you are around football.


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23 June 2007 : FL Plan For Reserve Football Collapses
Whether the Football League told their current sponsors, Pontin's Holidays, that their Reserve set up was rubbish is not known. Or perhaps Pontin's remained in their plans? However it now matters naught, as the scheme the Football League had to restructure completely the Reserve set up has fallen apart for the usual reason: the clubs simply couldn't agree what they wanted.

With more and more Championship clubs publicly moaning about the standard of football in the Pontin's Holidays League and Pontin's Holidays Combination (see the withdrawal of Cardiff City, 22nd June, below), with teams like Ipswich Town and Norwich City to the forefront, Football League officials proposed to set up an exclusive Championship Reserve League. However, when it came to it, not enough clubs were prepared to back the idea. While some wanted the supposed benefit of an improvement in the standard of opposition, others weren't prepared to countenance the extra travelling involved. Therefore the previous structure of three regional divisions covering the North/Midlands in the Pontin's League, and three covering the South/Wales in the Pontin's Combination, remains for at least another season.

The fixtures for the Combination, including the Wales & West Division that contains Yeovil Town, are scheduled to be released early in July, with the opening matches taking place in the week beginning 20th August.


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23 June 2007 : More Rumours On Warne
As is always the case this time of year newspapers are full of speculation. Following up on our item about Paul Warne (21st June) a quick browse of the Rotherham Advertiser reveals he will be signing a one year deal with the Millers, while today's Western Morning News has him house hunting round the Yeovil area.

The only concrete piece of information is that Russell Slade has confirmed he has talked to Warne's agent. But whether those talks were fruitful or not, and as he is probably chatting on the phone to half a dozen agents a day during this period of the close season, one can read whatever one wants into that.


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23 June 2007 : Knights Released?
Although not confirmed by Ipswich Town officially yet, reports from East Anglia say that, as expected, Darryl Knights has been released by the Tractor Boys.

Yeovil Town have previously confirmed there is a deal on the table for the nineteen-year-old striker who had a 93 day loan spell at Huish Park last season during which he made five appearances. His present contract at Portman Road will expire on 30th June so we'd expect a signing early in July.


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22 June 2007 : Pontin's Combination Changes
Yeovil Town Reserves face an altered Pontin's Combination Wales & West Division for 2007-08. Cardiff City have withdrawn, citing the poor quality of some of the competition. And our friends from the coast, Weymouth, who finished bottom, have been removed after a single season. The two events are not unconnected. AFC Bournemouth have been shifted across from the Central Division.

The full line up will be :

AFC Bournemouth
Bristol City
Bristol Rovers
Cheltenham Town
Exeter City
Plymouth Argyle
Swansea City
Swindon Town
Yeovil Town


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22 June 2007 : Both Donny Fixtures Moved
Both matches between Yeovil Town and Doncaster Rovers have been rearranged.

The fixture at the Keep Moat originally scheduled for Saturday 15th December, will now be played on Sunday 16th December at 3.00 p.m. to avoid a clash with a meeting at Doncaster Racecourse.

The fixture at Huish Park was originally scheduled for Saturday 22nd March. The game has now been moved to Friday 21st March at 3.00 p.m., which is Good Friday.

As an additional aside, the sloppy fixtures release on PTV sites that saw all games not on a Saturday automatically given a 7.45 p.m. kick-off has at last been corrected. As was to be expected the away matches against Luton Town on New Year's Day and Hartlepool United on Easter Bank Holiday Monday are indeed 3.00 p.m. kick-offs.


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22 June 2007 : Dempsey Already Selling The Club's Name
Former Aberdeen midfielder Gary Dempsey has admitted that he has been trying to persuade one of his team mates to join Yeovil Town, even before he has put pen to paper himself! Dempsey, who is expected to formally sign a deal at Huish Park next week, has told the Western Daily Press that there is definitely a chance of defender Dan Smith (see yesterday's news) joining him in Somerset:

"Dan is a young lad, and would be a very good acquisition. I spoke to the manager (Russell Slade) and I have also spoken to Dan about it and he's very keen to come. Dan has got Premiership experience with Sunderland and has represented England at youth level. He has plenty of ability and it shows the club is going in the right direction if it can attract that sort of player. He can play anywhere down the left-hand side, but his best position is left-back."

The fact that Smith is capable of also playing as a left-winger will fit in well with manager Russell Slade's need for versatile players, having lost the services of Andy Lindegaard, Anthony Tonkin and Paul Terry over the summer. The first two losses mean that the Glovers have little cover on the left side of the pitch, and Slade told the paper that is one of his target areas:

"I am in the market for a left-sided player and Dan is on my list of possibilities. The list isn't that big and I know he can also operate as a left-back or at left midfield. Dan is a definite possibility but I have just returned from holiday, so things should start to liven up now."


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22 June 2007 : Russell Expecting A Busy Week Ahead
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has told BBC Somerset Sound that he is expecting next week to liven up with plenty of decisions being made regarding the future of players in his current squad as well as those who he would like to bring in for next season.

Much has been made of central defender Terrell Forbes and his future at Huish Park, with the Western Gazette continuing to claim that he has handed in a transfer request despite Slade and Chairman John Fry denying that to be the case. However, Slade did say to the BBC that he would be sitting down with Forbes next week and thrashing out any issues that existed between the former Oldham player and the club:

"Forbes is at this football club and he has got another year left on his contract in any case. We would like to extend that to two years and we'll sit down and see if that is possible and that will take place next week."

Of defenders Scott Guyett and Matthew Rose, Russell told the BBC the same would apply. Both are out of contract and have yet to agree terms for new deals being offered:

"I am hoping to sort things out once and for all with those two and so we'll know exactly where we are going."

Russell seemed more sure of the future regarding former Ipswich Town striker Darryl Knights, believing that he will be a Yeovil Town player next season, having spent the tail end of last season at Huish Park as part of a loan spell:

"As players come back off their holidays and we are able to sit down and finalise things and I expect Darryl Knights to be here."

The Yeovil boss said that next week would be a useful opportunity to get back into the swing of things, with most of the players now returning from their summer holidays in preparation for pre-season training which starts at Huish Park on July 3rd:

"I think that we will be talking about a lot of things. Everyone has had a break now and more importantly the players have had a break, and we should be able nail a few things down. So things are starting to get busy."

The future regarding striker Lee Morris and midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala is less certain. Morris has, for the time being at least, moved his belongings back to his Midlands home after the lease on a rented property in Yeovil ran out, leaving a question mark over his future at the club. Morris though was tight-lipped on the situation, preferring to talk to Slade first before giving out any direct hints about his future and pointing out that if it lies at Yeovil then his next step will be to buy property in Somerset.

As for Kalala, although Slade has not heard back from him regarding a contract offer, he admits to the Gazette that he is expecting the answer to be in the negative:

"I have always had a feeling he would go. He would do okay for someone either in this country or in France."

Meanwhile the paper claims that Southampton pair Leon Best and Martin Cranie are not expected to be at Huish Park next season. Slade has told the Gazette he expects Cranie to sign for a Championship club, whilst Lee Morris believes that Leon will also be looking to sign for a club at a similar level.


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21 June 2007 : A Warne-In For Yeovil?
There are strong signs this evening that the mystery player that manager Russell Slade referred to in yesterday's news is former Oldham Athletic winger/striker Paul Warne. Slade indicated that he was on the verge of tying up a deal with a player that had substantial League One experience and the Norwich-born 34 year old certainly fits the bill.

Tonight's BBC Somerset Sound sports bulletin names the player as Warne, albeit without any quotes or confirmation from Slade himself. That said, Warne's name has already been on the rumourmill in the past couple of days and his ability to play as a right-winger fits one of the key positions the Yeovil boss is looking to fill.

Warne, who was born on May 5th 1973, started his career with non-league side Wroxham before being discovered by Wigan Athletic 10 years ago, moving for 25,000 pounds. He spent two seasons there, making 62 appearances and scoring five goals, plus a loan spell with Kettering Town, before he moved onto Rotherham United where he spent six years during which time the Millers climbed up to Championship level football.

A total of 268 appearances and 30 goals later, plus a loan spell at Mansfield Town, Warne moved onto Boundary Park where he has been a near ever present during his two seasons there, starting 49 times in 53 appearances in the season just gone. All in all he has played 109 times for Oldham scoring 21 goals, including three against the Glovers during the 2005-06 season.

Rather bafflingly, Oldham boss John Sheridan has released him from the club, despite Warne managing a near clean sweep of the club's end of season awards. Warne picked up the 'Trust Oldham Player of the Season' award from Oldham's Supporters' Trust as well as the 'Player of the Season', 'OASA Player of the Season' and the 'Awards Dinner Player of the Season', meaning that he only missed out on one of the myriad of awards given to senior players on the night.

The Glovers do face competition from League Two side Bradford City but speaking to their Telegraph and Argus paper Warne told them that Bradford's relegation could count against them:

"I didn't really want to be looking for a new job but these things happen and thankfully I've got a few options. I like to think I could still play in League One for another season, maybe two, although there are other things to consider. At the moment I'm just spending some time with my family and mulling over the possibilities."

New Bradford boss Stuart McCall did admit that Warne was a player he was interested in but wasn't willing to show his hand too much:

"Warne is one of an absolutely numerous list of players as you can imagine that have been offered to us. But he is one of interest."

The BBC also state that Russell Slade has confirmed that Aberdeen defender Dan Smith is one of his targets (see our story from earlier today), but they don't state how advanced talks have gone.


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21 June 2007 : Glovers To Get Duo From Dons?
Today's Scottish Daily Record newspaper is claiming that Aberdeen midfielder Gary Dempsey will be joined at Huish Park by teammate Dan Smith for next season.

Smith is a 20 year old defender, who was born in Sunderland on October 5th 1986. Starting off as a trainee for his home town club, he had a loan spell with Huddersfield Town during 2006 before returning to the Black Cats.

His career at Sunderland was slightly one to forget, managing to get sent off on his debut for two yellow cards in a League Cup match against Cheltenham Town and then being involved in the tackle that broke Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby's leg at the tail end of the 2005-06 season. However, Sunderland thought enough of him to give the defender a four year contract over that summer, only for Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen to step in and offer him a three year deal.

Dan, who usually plays as a left-back, has only made eight appearances for the Dons, although part of has been caused by injury. The Daily Record don't elaborate as to where their information has come from and at what stage matters are at - if anything else transpires to substantiate or refute this story we'll provide an update.


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20 June 2007 : Russell Lines Up A Pair
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade is hoping to unveil two new signings sometime next week as he begins to set up his squad for the 2007-08 season. Whilst one player is more or less known to be former Aberdeen midfielder Gary Dempsey, speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, Russell revealed that his second capture is likely to be another experienced player who has good knowledge of League One football:

"I'm expecting the possibility of another signing and again it is an experienced player who has played at this level and understands it. He has great enthusiasm and would be great for this football club in my opinion if we manage to finally tie it up. So we're looking forward to announcing that one. But again (like Dempsey) probably that will be next week. It's important that we move forward now as a football club again and bring in the right type of players that will enhance our chances of us all being successful again."


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19 June 2007 : Supporters Bar Survey
Following yesterday's article concerning the club's plans that have been submitted to the County planning offices for a new Club Bar, we've set up a survey to gauge supporters feelings on what they would like to see out of a new bar. Originally the club submitted plans for a corner Clubhouse between the Westland Stand and Cowlin Stand. This has since been replaced by the set of plans described in yesterday's news for a Concourse Bar bolted onto the Westland Stand.

Just to give a bit of guidance in completing the survey, in Questions 1-6 we are trying to find out a bit about your current habits. We then move on to what you would like to see in a Club Bar in Questions 7-18.

In Questions 19 and 20, which talk about which style of bar you would like to see the club build, we'd suggest that you don't get too drawn into any more minor criticisms you may have of the actual plans. All we're looking for here is a general opinion of what style of Club Bar would be more attractive to yourself.

In Question 21, we've left this as a freeform answer for anything else you want to say about the Club Bar and facilities in this area. Here you can comment on either the overall theme, or on any finer detail of the plans that might concern you. Note that we will be publishing the comments made, but that your name and email address will not be published as part of the results.

Link: June 2007 : Ciderspace Supporters Bar Survey.


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18 June 2007 : Clubhouse Out, Concourse In
YTFC has finally abandoned the long running saga of plans for a proper Supporters' Clubhouse. Not that it's deemed fit to inform the fans of this yet.

In a covering letter concerning the new planning application to South Somerset Distict Council dated 19th March 2007, the club write :

The proposed concourse bar will remove the need for the existing Marquee that on completion of the development will cease its function as a bar. The concourse bar will be a permanent addition to Huish Park and will therefore be much more efficient to run while still providing similar capacity to the marquee (approx 300).

........... This bar will also remove the need for the supporters bar/club house which has already been granted planning permission.


The new structure is to go at the back of the Westland Stand and is described as a "lean-to type construction". There are no plans to open the facility on a nightly basis as a bar/night club. The food/bar area would be available to home supporters before and after matches, opening at 12.00 noon and closing at 7.00 p.m. No reference is made to evening fixtures but presumably there would be equivalent sessions.

The documentation presented to the District Council can be viewed here, with the more interesting items being the architect's plans and the full text of the covering letter.


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17 June 2007 : Leeds Shambles Rumbles On
Everyone knows that the Ken Bates machinations at Leeds United which saw two anonymously controlled offshore companies, Astor Investment Holdings, registered in the British Virgin Islands, and Krato, registered in Nevis, effectively control the administration process stank to high heaven. The questions are whether: 1) anyone in authority is prepared to do anything about it; 2) whether anyone can find sufficient evidence to prove collusion took place?

Local Liberal Democrat M.P. for Harrogate and Knaresborough Phil Willis, who is also a Leeds United fan, raised the matter in the House of Commons last week, calling on the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) to investigate. The Early Day Motion stated a need for the authorities "to investigate whether criminal activity including money laundering has taken place". Mr Willis, who is protected by Parliamentary Privilege for anything said in the precincts of the Palace of Westminster, stated :

What puzzles me is that within 24 hours what was an unsaleable portfolio became a potentially highly profitable portfolio. I think that requires some examination. It's not unreasonable for fans and certainly creditors to know who are the people who are writing off these large sums of money and on what basis.

Bates responded in his usual style by calling Mr Willis "stupid". Later a rather more formal club statement was issued saying :

We challenge him to repeat his allegations outside the House of Commons and we will see him in court if he does.

The transfer of ownership of Chelsea from Bates to Roman Abramovich was investigated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA), but they couldn't reach a conclusive view as to whether Mr Bates had any degree of control over the offshore companies involved.

Yesterday a close long-term associate of Bates, Mark Taylor, launched a further attack on Mr Willis in a letter sent to the M.P. Much of the letter was taken up with personal attacks on Mr Willis, claiming him to be "naive", "absurd" and to have made "cowardly smears". However in the meantime two other local M.P.s, George Mudie (Leeds East) and Colin Burgon (Elmet), have joined with Mr Willis and arranged a meeting with Treasury Minister Ed Balls next week to press for action over the club's financial dealings.


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16 June 2007 : Officials For 2007-08
The following have been made permanent promotions to the National List of Referees for the coming season :

Stuart Atwell (Warwickshire)
Steven Cook (Surrey)
Roger East (Wiltshire)
Karl Evans (Greater Manchester)
Andy Haines (Tyne & Wear)
Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire)
Gary Lewis (Cambridgeshire)
Michael Oliver (Northumberland)
Gavin Ward (Surrey)

The full list of referees for 2007-08 can be found here, and the new list of Assistant Referees here.


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15 June 2007 : Dempsey Expected To Sign Next Week
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has told BBC Sport that he expects former Aberdeen midfielder Gary Dempsey to put pen to paper around the latter part of next week when he arrives in South Somerset. Dempsey, who started his career at Everton, has already signed a pre-contract agreement and Russell expects the formalities to be tied up soon:

"We expect him to arrive late next week and he will be our first pre-season signing."

Russell adds that obviously Dempsey will not be the last of the summer signings, with the club having released seven players at the end of last month and having seen Paul Terry leave the club yesterday:

"There's a lot of work to be done still obviously, one in the transfer market and two getting the players physically and mentally fit for the new season."


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15 June 2007 : Terry Sold By Orient Effort
Outgoing midfielder Paul Terry believes that his decision to leave Huish Park was down to negotiations on a new contract coming to a "standstill" rather than any particular wish to leave Somerset. Paul signed a one year deal with League One rivals Leyton Orient yesterday, but has told BBC Sport that he didn't want to leave the Glovers, but that Orient's enthusiasm to grab his signature sold the deal to him:

"I'm truly disappointed that I'm not going to be a Yeovil player next season. It all came about quite suddenly really. I've been in negotiations with Yeovil for quite a while now and it just seemed to come to a standstill. It just wasn't finalised. Leyton Orient showed a real keen interest in me, and when someone shows that much interest in you and makes a real big effort, it's hard not to have a look and see what they have to say."


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15 June 2007 : Fry Slams Forbes Agent
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has angrily reacted to yesterday's Western Gazette story concerning central defender Terrell Forbes including claims by the paper that he had handed in a transfer request at the club.

The motive behind the claims came on the back of an apparent contract offer made by the club but this morning's Western Daily Press says that Forbes has not even been given a written offer of a contract extension to accept or reject and Fry believes that the quotes from Forbes, who is currently on holiday in Turkey, were penned by his agent and not by the player himself.

Speaking to the WDP, Fry added that himself and manager Russell Slade had plans to table an improved offer upon Terrell's return to England next week:

"As far as the club is concerned there has been no request for a transfer. From what we understand, the player's agent is responsible for putting the message out. If the player has got a complaint or is not in agreement with the club he should be talking to the manager and not the press. As we understand it there may be a problem with his current contract in terms of money. We are not aware of that because no one has approached Russell or myself about that. We don't want to fall out with the player, but we think the agent is bang out of order and the way that he has gone about this is unacceptable procedure."

Football Agents. Don't you just love them?


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14 June 2007 : Slade Playing It Cool
Whatever, if any, wheeling and dealing is currently going on behind the scenes, on the surface Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade seems determined to play it cool in public.

He again insisted that there had been no enquiries of any sort for under contract players at Huish Park :

There has been speculation about Arron [Davies], Chris [Cohen] and Steve Mildenhall, but there is absolutely nothing at all to talk about. There has not even been the slightest enquiry and I am relaxed about that because they are under contract anyway.

He echoed the chairman (see below earlier today) on Martin Cranie being at least in the club's thoughts, saying :

Cranie is one to keep an eye on. He would be a fantastic acquisition, but he might be out of our price bracket.

And then went on to drop in the name of Leon Best, but again leaving it very opaque as to whether this was an indication the club was pursuing an interest, or whether he was carefully playing down any possibility of signing the striker :

Leon Best is being chased by a lot of Championship clubs and I would think Southampton, even though he is out of contract, will be looking for a lot of money.

Slade's comments on Lloyd Owusu, who has been strongly linked with a move to Somerset in the last week or so, were also open to different interpretations. One possibility is he is interested, but wouldn't want the player, and definitely not any agents, to think they therefore had a strong hand and start upping their demands :

He is just putting himself about with three or four agents to get publicity. He is out of contract and a target type but would be an interesting one for us. An attacking and wide player are our main targets. I am confident that we can bring in the players, but you just want the right one that improves you.

There is always a player around the corner if you work hard enough at it. There will be a lot of water under the bridge between now and the start of the season in terms of players coming and going.


Slade is still waiting on a number of last season's squad who have been offered renewed deals : Scott Guyett, Jean-Paul Kalala, Lee Morris and Matthew Rose.

Meanwhile chairman John Fry was also doing his own version of cool about the trip away to Welsh-borders club Hereford United in the first round of the Carling Cup, and what sort of team the Glovers might put out :

Southampton was a big draw last season, a great experience and a real learning curve. It helped us get known by the bigger clubs. But we are only a small club and I will need to talk to Russell about what our priorities are going to be.


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14 June 2007 : Slade Denies Forbes Transfer Request
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has this afternoon denied claims made on the Western Gazette website that central defender Terrell Forbes had handed in a transfer request.

Glovers Chairman John Fry had already denied any knowledge of such an event having taken place, and now Slade has spoken to BBC Somerset Sound to give his views on the subject. Reporter Richard Hoskin asked Russell if Forbes had handed in a transfer request and Russell replied:

"Not to my knowledge at all. Terrell Forbes is in Turkey so I don't know where that has come from. It could be an absolute load of rubbish."

The quotes from Terrell can be read in our story from earlier today and also on the Gazette website. However, as per our earlier news item, it is worth stressing that it is only the paper that claims a transfer request has been handed in - Forbes himself makes no such mention of any event having taken place, nor of such a request being planned. Given the player is out of the country and that Slade and Fry have only just returned themselves from holiday, it would appear to be an unlikely event.


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14 June 2007 : Fry Doesn't Deny Cranie Speculation
With news from Southampton yesterday that Martin Cranie has definitely turned down the contract the Saints had put on the table it was inevitable that the press would be speculating where he might end up, and looking for their follow-up story.

The Western Daily Press zeroed in on Yeovil Town chairman John Fry to query whether Cranie was on his way to Huish Park, thereby turning his previous loan into something more permanent. Fry's response was circumspect, but not designed to end the speculation :

We quite clearly need new players to bolster the squad. And there is no doubt Russell [Slade] would be interested in any player with the quality of Martin Cranie. The fact the player is from Yeovil helps as well.


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14 June 2007 : PT Go Home
Yeovil Town midfielder Paul Terry has turned down the offer of a one year contract with Yeovil Town to sign a similar length deal with Leyton Orient. The former Dagenham and Redbridge player had fallen out of contract following a cruciate ligament injury sustained at the away match against Rotherham United last December - a match that transpired to be his final game for the club.

Making good use of his brother John Terry's influence within the Chelsea camp, Paul was able to live up in London from that point onwards, getting his physio and rehabilitation work direct from the Stamford Bridge medical team. The rumourmill suggests that PT wanted to take his family back to London and he has now signed a one year deal at Brisbane Road. Speaking to their official site, boss Martin Ling explained:

"I'm delighted that Paul has decided to join us. He has played for two years at this level with Yeovil so he knows what League One football is all about. He was offered a new deal at Yeovil, but he was keen to move back to London and he has now signed a one-year contract with us. He has played most of his football at central midfield, but he spent a whole season for Yeovil at right back so he strengthens the squad in more than one area. Paul suffered a bad injury in December, but he is ready to make his return and I'm sure he will have a big impact here. He received all his treatement at Chelsea, so he's had the best medical treatment in the world and he came through the medical with flying colours."

Paul arrived at Huish Park in the summer that saw Yeovil Town promoted to the Football League. There was little doubt that Paul's best position was as a holding midfielder, but he also played spells on the right wing, and most notably half a season as a stand-in right-back during the League Two promotion season when a defensive injury crisis saw the team go short in various positions. He went on to make 154 appearances for the club and scored 12 goals.

The very best of luck to Paul in his new club, and a big thank you for making Yeovil's first four seasons in the Football League such memorable ones.

As an aside there is a fair bit of squad building going on in East London. In addition to PT, Orient have so far signed Tamika Mkandawire (Hereford United), Stephen Purches (Bournemouth) and John Melligan (Cheltenham).


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14 June 2007 : Forbes Puts In Transfer Request?
The Western Gazette are claiming that central defender Terrell Forbes has put in a transfer request after turning down an offer to extend his stay at Huish Park for a further two years. Forbes still has a year to run on his current deal, but the club have stated they wish to extend that by a year. Forbes has suggested that the new contract offer is no better than the deal he is currently on and so has turned it down. Speaking to the paper he explained:

"I have been offered a new contract, but it is for about the same money and I am not happy with the terms. Russell (Slade) and I do get on, but I feel I have done a lot for the club and am not getting treated right. I love the fans because they have been good to me. I do not want to cause any tension and do not want them to feel like I am being greedy because I am not like that. I just want something that I deserve and I feel like I am not getting that at the moment. If I get what I want I will kick on with my football again and work extra hard for Yeovil next season."

One word of caution is that Forbes himself does not suggest this has led to him handing in a transfer request, although the Gazette are firm in the way they have reported it. Forbes does state though that he doesn't regard the current situation as irretrievable:

"I would love to meet with Russell to sit down and talk about it. I definitely hope we can get it sorted out and that we can meet at a point where we agree. I want to play for this team because Yeovil Town is a club which is moving forward."

Chairman John Fry has told the paper he knows nothing about the situation:

"It is news to me but until I have spoken to the manager, I have got nothing else to say."


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14 June 2007 : League One Matches Published
The Glovers start their 2007-08 season at the Galpharm Stadium against Huddersfield Town and end with another trip to the City Ground and Nottingham Forest. The full list of league matches have been published today and mean that once again Yeovil Town start their season on the road. This is the fifth consecutive season that the Glovers have opened up their campaign away from home with Rochdale, Bury, Oldham Athletic and Millwall the previous openers.

For those who like visiting new grounds, the October 6th trip to Leeds United will be a crucial one to put in the diary, whilst two weeks after that Yeovil travel to the Memorial Stadium where they will face Bristol Rovers.

The two Christmas Bank Holiday fixtures have thrown up Swindon Town at home on Boxing Day and Luton Town away on New Year's Day, with a home match against Brighton and Hove Albion in between. The kick-off time for the Luton match is listed as 7.45pm on the PTV sites - we're hoping that is an error given this is a public holiday and that it should be a 3.00pm fixture.

Capital Glovers who enjoyed the pre-Christmas session in the Birbeck Tavern will be delighted to know that there will be more sampling of Christmas Ales on December 22nd when we travel to play Leyton Orient.

Easter sees a home match against Doncaster Rovers on the Saturday, whilst our thoughts about the person who made the Easter Monday trip to Hartlepool United a 7.45pm kick-off are somewhat unprintable! We're rather hoping that this is a mistake and should be a 3.00pm kick-off.

The season ends with three matches against sides that are bound to be high up in the Bookies odds, with a trip to Swansea City, a home match against Leeds United and then a trip to Nottingham Forest.

Link: 2007-08 Yeovil Town Results Page.


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13 June 2007 : Glovers Get Bullish Tie
We will be facing a trip to our old friends Hereford United in the first round of the Carling Cup, in the draw that was made at 10.00am this morning. The Bulls finished 16th in League Two last season on 55 points.

The trip to Edgar Street, which we last did in January 2003, will take place in the week commencing August 13th, and will almost certainly be Tuesday 14th August with a 7.45pm kick-off.

The last meeting between the two sides was the 4-0 win at Huish Park in March 2003 that saw Adam Lockwood, Kevin Gall, Kirk Jackson and Michael McIndoe all score in a thrashing that also saw Hereford end the game with nine men on the field of play. Earlier in January, the Glovers had knocked Hereford out of the FA Trophy by a 2-1 scoreline with Colin Miles and Adam Lockwood ensuring the game was almost over after just four minutes. A 0-0 draw at Edgar Street during the previous September represented the other league meeting that season.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Bradford City
Grimsby Town v Burnley
Rochdale v Stoke City
Scunthorpe United v Hartlepool United
Port Vale v Wrexham
Crewe Alexandra v Hull City
Chester City v Nottingham Forest
Sheffield United v Chesterfield
Rotherham United v Sheffield Wednesday
Barnsley v Darlington
Bury v Carlisle United
Doncaster Rovers v Lincoln City
Preston North End v Morecambe
Stockport County v Tranmere Rovers
Accrington Stanley v Leicester City
Macclesfield Town v Leeds United
Oldham Athletic v Mansfield Town
Blackpool v Huddersfield Town
Watford v Gillingham
Swindon Town v Charlton Athletic
Milton Keynes Dons v Ipswich Town
Southend United v Cheltenham Town
Norwich City v Barnet
Shrewsbury Town v Colchester United
Cardiff City v Brighton & Hove Albion
Swansea City v Walsall
Brentford v Bristol City
Bristol Rovers v Crystal Palace
West Bromwich Albion v AFC Bournemouth
Peterborough United v Southampton
Hereford United v Yeovil Town
Queens Park Rangers v Leyton Orient
Northampton Town v Millwall
Dagenham & Redbridge v Luton Town
Plymouth Argyle v Wycombe Wanderers
Coventry City v Notts County


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12 June 2007 : Carling Cup Draw
A reminder that the draw for the First Round of the Carling Cup will take place at 10.00 a.m. tomorrow.

The draw is both seeded and regionalised. For the first time Yeovil Town are a seeded club. We are obviously in the Southern Section of the draw. With these two things taken into account we will face a club from the following list:

Northampton Town, Gillingham, Cheltenham Town, Brighton & Hove Albion, AFC Bournemouth, Leyton Orient, Walsall, Swindon Town, Bristol Rovers, Brentford, Milton Keynes Dons, Shrewsbury Town, Peterborough United, Wycombe Wanderers, Notts County, Barnet, Dagenham & Redbridge, Hereford United.


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12 June 2007 : No Bids Received
BBC Somerset Sound have tonight confirmed that whilst manager Russell Slade has been on holiday in St Lucia, he has returned yesterday to find that there have been no enquiries relating to any of his contracted players during his time away.

That means that reports this week linking Arron Davies and Chris Cohen with moves to Nottingham Forest appear to be somewhat wide of the mark, and the same could be said for talk of Davies moving to Cardiff City. No news is in this case extremely good news.

Reporter Chris Spittles has said that Russell's only incoming phone calls related to enquiries about some of the seven players that were released from the club at the end of last month, with clubs looking to make contact with some of the players concerned.

The BBC also repeated the news concerning Russell's move for former Brentford striker Lloyd Owusu but say that Russell believes Yeovil Town are not the only club in competition for his services.


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12 June 2007 : Owusu Move For Glovers
Today's Western Daily Press adds to the growing speculation that Yeovil Town are about to make a move for former Brentford striker Lloyd Owusu. The Ghanaian target man is currently out of contract after being released by the Bees, having gone through a fairly miserable injury-riddled season at Griffin Park.

There are no firm quotes from the paper concerning the link between Owusu and the Glovers, although his name has been circulating on the rumourmill for the past week or so. The WDP state that both manager Russell Slade and Chairman John Fry are back from their summer holidays and held a meeting yesterday to determine who Russell wants on his summer signings hitlist.

Owusu's name will be a familiar one to long-term Glovers fans - he started his career at Wexham Park where he played for his home club Slough Town in the Conference, breaking into the side as a regular during the 1997-98 season, then securing a move to Brentford at the end of that season.

A prolific four year spell at Griffin Park saw him knock up 65 goals in 166 appearances before joining Sheffield Wednesday in 2002 where he scored on his debut with his first touch against local rivals Sheffield United, making him an instant crowd favourite! A loan spell to Reading in 2003 was made permanent a year later, before he was re-signed by Brentford in the summer of 2005.

Whilst his first season back at Griffin Park was promising as he netted 12 goals, it ended on a sour note as a groin injury in April 2006 sustained during an international match between Ghana and VfB Stuttgart put him out of the 2006 World Cup. Even worse was to follow with a secondary groin operation required and so Owusu did not play football for 11 months, eventually making his comeback for Brentford in March 2007. That comeback was short-lived though and Owusu was released by the club at the end of last season.

The WDP also mention the possibility of the Glovers making a move for Southampton striker Leon Best, who is currently stalling on signing a new deal at St Mary's. There is no doubt that if Leon seeks to move from the South Coast that Russell will be on the phone to Saints manager George Burley, but the fly in the ointment comes with the news that there are other clubs chasing his services.

The WDP name Leicester City and Nottingham Forest whilst Coventry City also get a strong mention on the internet. Given the likely spending budgets of those three teams compared to the Glovers, Russell will need to hope that Leon's wish to play regular football in a club where he is already a hero will be more of a priority than any cash slapped on the table in front of him.


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11 June 2007 : Trip To Worcester Arranged
Another pre-season friendly has been arranged, with former Gola League rivals Worcester City the opponents. The Glovers will travel to Worcester's St Georges Lane ground on Tuesday 24th July, with a 7.45pm kick-off.

The two clubs last met in a league competition in December 1984, when both were destined to be relegated from what is now the Conference National level. With Yeovil choosing the Isthmian League route and Worcester going back into the Southern League, the two clubs were destined to not occupy the same division again. We have played Worcester four times since then, all in cup competitions, with the last coming ten years ago in an FA Cup Second Qualifying Round match in Worcestershire that was won by an Owen Pickard goal and a Graham Kemp long-ranger.

A full list of the other pre-season friendlies are displayed on the Ciderspace Home Page under the Forthcoming Events list.

Link: Past Meetings Between Yeovil Town and Worcester City.

Link: Worcester City Official Site.


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9 June 2007 : 2007-08 F.A. Cup Dates
The actual date of individual matches will of course be subject to the demands of television, but the official round dates are as follows :

Saturday 18th August 2007 - Extra-Preliminary Round
Saturday 1st September 2007 - Preliminary Round
Saturday 15th September 2007 - First Qualifying Round
Saturday 29th September 2007 - Second Qualifying Round
Saturday 13th October 2007 - Third Qualifying Round
Saturday 27th October 2007 - Fourth Qualifying Round
Saturday 10th November 2007 - First Round Proper
Saturday 1st December 2007 - Second Round Proper
Saturday 5th January 2008 - Third Round Proper
Saturday 26th January 2008 - Fourth Round Proper
Saturday 16th February 2008 - Fifth Round Proper
Saturday 8th March 2008 - Sixth Round Proper
Saturday/Sunday 5th/6th April 2008 - Semi Finals
Saturday 17th May 2008 - FINAL

League One and League Two teams, including Yeovil Town, will as usual enter at the First Round Proper stage.


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9 June 2007 : Revenge Is A Dish Best Eaten Cold
When Boston United began cheating they were at level six in the pyramid, in the Northern Premier League. There's been restructuring in the subsequent decade, but it is to level six they have been returned today, into the Blue Square (Conference as was) North.

The Blue Square (Conference) Annual General Meeting at the Highcliff Marriott Hotel, Bournemouth, decided to demote the disgraced club, relegated from the Football League whilst twisting and squirming to the end as they scuttled into administration in the last minute of the last game of the season when failing to win at Wrexham, a further level. Word is that the Football League and the Football Association were consulted and in agreement that as the club was not in a position to clear its football related debts it should suffer the penalty of dropping another level. The Cheats will not appeal.

So in the end, what goes around comes around. Dagenham & Redbridge, the club who suffered most directly from the Lincolnshire outfit's corruption, will be visiting Valley Parade, Meadow Lane and the 96.6 TFM Arena next term, while Boston United have the joys of Holker Street, Hilton Park and Vauxhall Sports Ground. Justice, at last, has been done.


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9 June 2007 : Forest In For Arron?
OK, it is the silly season, when local hacks have column inches to fill with nothing actually happening on the pitch, and the easiest route is to throw out some transfer speculation. So Arron Davies is on the back pages again, this time in the Nottingham Evening Post.

Following rumours of interest from Cardiff City and Swansea City (see Ciderspace 5th June) the Post is claiming Nottingham Forest are set to move for Davies, with a sum of around £300,000 being plucked out of the air.

It should be noted that there are no actual quotes from the Forest camp to back up any of the paper's claims. In fact the only quote at all in the article is a general one concerning Davies from the Yeovil Town chairman John Fry which looks remarkably like it's been lifted from this site.

The line of argument the article follows is that Colin Calderwood had a plan to raid whichever club out of Blackpool and Yeovil lost the Wembley play-off final. Wes Hoolahan would have been their man if the Seasiders had failed to win promotion, but now his attention is on Davies. The item also throws the name of Chris Cohen into the pot, saying that he, along with Arron, tops Forest's lists of targets.


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8 June 2007 : Bike Ride Reaches Successful Conclusion
We are pleased to report that Yeovil Town Community Officer John Flatters and Andy Cowie from the RAF have successfully completed their sponsored cycle ride from Lands End to Huish Park this afternoon. The pair cycled a total of 185 miles to complete the journey over five days that will hopefully raise money for the Yeovil Town Community Trust.

Congratulations to John and Andy, and hopefully a bath and a sofa to lie on for the weekend will be awaiting them when they reach their homes.

For further information on their fund-raising attempts, see Wednesday's news.


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8 June 2007 : Football League Closes Administration Sanction Loophole
Rather than the back slapping self congratulation evident from Portugal, chairman Lord Mawhinney should have been cringing with embarrassment that the Football League made such a complete hash of its first attempt to impose sanctions on clubs scattering their debts to the winds by leaping into administration at the most convenient moment. However long after the equestrian cavalcade had packed a hamper, made a flask of tea, and ambled leisurely out of the stable for a picnic in the sun, the authorities have at last done something about the coach and horses slipping through a gap merely wide enough for the QEII to negotiate sideways.

In an amendment to the Sporting Sanctions regulations a cut-off date has been introduced - the fourth Thursday in March. Clubs going into administration prior to that date will suffer a ten point deduction from the season in progress. After that date a club going into administration will have the ten point deduction withheld until it is known whether there will be a material effect. If the club is ultimately relegated, without the intervention of a ten point deduction, then the sporting sanction will imposed for the following season, with the club beginning the new campaign on minus ten points. However, if the club is not demoted on the strength of its self acquired points tally it will suffer the deduction in the season in progress, whether or not this then triggers a relegation.

Mawhinney said : I am delighted that clubs have backed their Board so strongly on this issue. The changes we have made today enable the League's Sporting Sanctions regulations to remain true to their original aim. Clubs should suffer a sporting penalty as a consequence of going into administration, as this acts as a spur to better financial management.

Meanwhile the club chairmen usefully sat through a day on the Algarve of penetrative analysis from a series of guest speakers on just how absolutely fabulous, wonderful and completely brilliant the Football League is. A few selective quotes of just how absolutely fabulous, wonderful and completely brilliant the Football League is can be found on the Football League Official Site. Everyone was then able to head for the bar feeling remarkably self satisfied.


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7 June 2007 : Congratulations Thommo
Steve Thompson has today been awarded his League Managers Association Certificate in Applied Management. The year long course is run on behalf of the LMA by Warwick Business School, which is part of Warwick University.

It's the fourth year the course, specifically geared to the management of football clubs, has been running. Those passing from the 2006-07 intake were :

Paul Hart (Portsmouth), Lee Richardson (Chesterfield), Darren Ferguson (Peterbrough United), Steve Thompson (Yeovil Town), David Oldfield (Stafford Rangers), Alan Irvine (Everton), Stuart McCall (Bradford City), Chris Ramsey( Tottenham Hotspur), Andy Preece (Worcester City), Joe Joyce (Newcastle United), Chris Beech (Bury), Paul Davis (PFA), Ian Woan, Barry Hunter, Jason Withe, Peter Shirtliff, Steve Hodge and Les Ferdinand.

Our congratulations to Thommo, and all the other successful participants.


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7 June 2007 : Lindy Receives Farewell Gift
Andy Lindegaard receives his decanter from the Away Travel Club
Andy Lindegaard receives his decanter from the Away Travel Club.
Photos © 2007 Away Travel Club

Former Yeovil Town right-back Andy Lindegaard today received a gift from the Away Travel Club to thank him for his eight years as a professional at the football club. Andy was released by the club at the end of the season just gone, following a long association with the club that went right back to him attending Soccer Schools as a child, standing on the terraces in his teens and his movement through the ranks that saw him make 191 appearances for the first team.

Andy picked up his deserved award today, giving him "thanks for your hard work and dedication" - amen to that!
Lindy's engraved decanter, as presented to him today by the Away Travel Club.
Lindy's engraved decanter, as presented to him today by the Away Travel Club.
Photos © 2007 Away Travel Club



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7 June 2007 : Lands End Bike Ride Day Four
We're told that John Flatters and Andy Cowie had successfully called in on the Travelodge building at Exeter Services around 4.00pm today. They have just one day left of their sponsored bike ride that will hopefully see them arrive back at Huish Park at 4.45pm tomorrow. For further details see yesterday's news.


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6 June 2007 : On Yer Bike!
Some supporters may be aware that Yeovil Town Community Officer John Flatters is currently midway through a cycle ride that is taking him from Lands End to Huish Park over a period of five days.

John has been joined by Andy Cowie who is in the RAF and also by Nick Dolan who is driving a support vehicle. They are looking to raise money towards the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust and we're told that specifically they are looking to raise money to refurbish the astroturf pitch at Huish Park. The schedule they have been operating to is as follows:

Monday 4th June Lands End to Penzance
Tuesday 5th June Penzance to St Austell
Wednesday 7th June St Austell to Saltash
Thursday 8th June Plymouth to Exeter
Friday 8th June Exeter to Huish Park

They arrived at their Wednesday target of Saltash at around 2.00pm today having found the third leg to be somewhat easier than the more hilly stretches of the west and mid stretches of Cornwall. They will continue on to Exeter tomorrow.

John and Andy expect to arrive back at Huish Park at around 4.45pm on Friday. The usual Green Machine will be taking place that night, and naturally they would appreciate anyone who wants to turn up and welcome them back.

John's Football In The Community website says that "John hopes to raise money for the Childrens activities as they are the future of the club." This will hopefully benefit the Green Machine and also the club's Soccer Schools. It's worth remembering that these schools were once attended by a very young Andy Lindegaard and so there's always the hope that the club will directly benefit through any improvements that can be made to the facilities.

If you wish to donate to their efforts please send your donations to John Flatters at the Football Club (once he gets back there!) or contact Sandra Robinson on 07970-219003.


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6 June 2007 : Blackpool Play-Off Final Badges Part Three
Away Travel Club organiser Mark Kelly has 100 Yeovil Town v Blackpool badges available very soon. These are one-off badges to commemorate our play-off final at Wembley. They are described as high quality enamel badges, perfect for collectors or those wanting a memento of the day. These are available on a first come first served basis and are expected to sell out fast. The cost of the badge is £3 each if you want one please email me on markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk. If you want Mark to post one, the cost will be £1 and it will be sent in a jiffy bag. This badge will be done in two designs.


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6 June 2007 : Blackpool Play-Off Final Badges Part Two
Glovers fan Tim Lancaster will be producing an enamel lapel badge to mark the Blackpool vs Yeovil Town League One play-off final at Wembley Stadium.

The badge will be available in July and will be on sale at the pre-season friendlies, retailing at £3.50 it will feature the date, the result, the attendance and the venue. Two variations will be produced incorporating different colour schemes.

Postal requests to 3, Westville, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 4JE or e-mail Tim at timlancaster06@btinternet.com. Badges sent by post will cost £4.00 to inlude postage and packing.


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6 June 2007 : Blackpool Play-Off Final Badges Part One
John Cross of The Blackpool Football Club Collectors Club has passed via Glovers fan Tim Lancaster details of four badges he has on sale at £2 each. He can be contacted at johndcross@tinyworld.co.uk.

Note that of the three sets of badges we are publicising tonight, this is the one set that does not originate from Glovers fans.
Blackpool Football Club Collectors Club Badges On Sale Now
Blackpool Football Club Collectors Club Badges On Sale Now.



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6 June 2007 : Prices For Home Friendlies
Portsmouth, Saturday 14th July, kick-off 3.00 p.m.

adult £10.00, senior/student £5.00, junior £1.00

Plymouth Argyle, Tuesday 17th July, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

adult £8.00, senior/student £4.00, junior £1.00

Cardiff City, Saturday 21st July, kick-off 3.00 p.m.

adult £8.00, senior/student £4.00, junior £1.00


Tickets go on sale from Friday 8th June. Ticket office hours are 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. on weekdays. Call in person or phone 01935 847888.


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5 June 2007 : Fry Cagey On Davies Future
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has today talked on BBC local radio about the current future of Welsh international Arron Davies. The situation has been somewhat questionable since a national newspaper mentioned Arron in connection with a move to Cardiff City. Tonight, the BBC also added Swansea City into the melting pot.

Arron responded by stating that he was happy to see out his remaining year on his contract (28th May 2007) and the Yeovil Chairman told BBC Somerset Sound that being chased by bigger clubs was merely a fact of life for a talented player:

"People go headhunting for people that do a good job and an exceptional job and Arron Davies is an exceptional player. He is a very quiet lad, and a lovely lad. He wants to stay here. He loves this football club. We took him from Southampton and took him to another level. He is quietly a very ambitious lad. He wants Ryan Giggs' slot (in the Welsh national side). But the lad is a talented player and he knows that he could do comfortably and do well at a higher level. That is the situation."

However, Fry added that he would potentially be looking to persuade Arron to sign another contract, and said that much of the player's future would depend upon the way that panned out:

"Arron is on a contract with us for another year. We have to review that and talk to the player and talk to his agent. But there is no great mystery in that. It is the manager's choice first of all, and secondly it is about discussions with the player and it is about marrying those two things together to get a satisfactory outcome."

Reporter Chris Spittles also put a couple of additional questions to Mr Fry, asking "if a good offer came in that was good for the club and it was good for Arron Davies, you would have to consider it?" - the Yeovil Chairman replied:

"In every case, yes. In every case you get to that situation. In many cases we persuade the player that it is in his best interests and the club's best interests to give it another year. It depends on the current state of play and the development of the player."

The BBC also sought confirmation that there had been at least some degree of interest in the Welshman, asking "without naming names, you can confirm that you have had enquiries as to Arron Davies' situation?" - they got the following reply:

"We've had a number of bits of interest from different parties for different players, one of which is Arron Davies. But we would expect that because Arron put in a tremendous performance at Nottingham. Even before we went to Wembley, people were raving about Arron Davies and I'm not ashamed about that - I'm very proud about that. So basically there will be interest and there has been interest."


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5 June 2007 : Carling Cup Draw
The draw for the First Round of the 2007-08 Carling Cup will take place on Wednesday 13th June at 10.00 a.m.

Presuming the same format of the last couple of years is retained Yeovil Town will be one of the seeded clubs.

The round dates can be found here (24th April).


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5 June 2007 : F.A. Reform
Following up from 29th May, for those interested in such things a fuller exposition from the Football Association about the organisation's new structure can be found here on TheFA.com.


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5 June 2007 : Gas To Ground Share At Whaddon Road
With the release of the 2007-08 fixtures list on 14th June rapidly closing, the pressure was on for newly promoted Bristol Rovers to sort out their ground share while they pursue their plans to turn the Memorial Stadium into a 18,500 all-seater ground.

With Twerton Park a distance away from Football League standard, and Bristol City having already knocked back the approach of their city neighbours, the County Ground, Swindon, and Whaddon Road, Cheltenham, were the diminishing options available. Despite the Bristol Rovers Official Site assertion of how receptive and welcoming Swindon were to the idea, it was only the cash strapped board showing even a modicum of enthusiasm. And with a head of steam opposing the plan building up from the supporters, residents, council and police the Swindon board's public statements have rapidly cooled over the last week or so. So Whaddon Road became their last obvious option.

The Gas are expecting to move out of the Memorial Stadium towards the end of December 2007. The ground share should therefore begin in January 2008. The redevelopment of the Mem is scheduled to take around eighteen months.


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4 June 2007 : And It's A Big Huish Park Welcome To..........
....... Ken Bates. Doubtless he'll be just about as pleased to see us as we shall be to see him.

Today's recount (see below, Leeds Future Still Unclear, 2nd July) came up with 27,178,255 votes in favour of the Bates group retaking control of Leeds United and 8,965,174 against. The 75.20% was exactly the same as in the first count, meeting the required total for a CVA by 0.2%.

The statement from administrators KPMG read :

Following the Leeds United creditors meetings that have taken place on Friday, June 1 and Monday, June 4, the administrators of Leeds United AFC can confirm the result of the vote on the company voluntary arrangement (CVA) proposal to sell the club to a newly-formed company, Leeds United Football Club Ltd.

Creditors have approved the CVA proposal, which means, subject to Football League and Football Association approval, the business and assets, including players, of the club will transfer to Leeds United Football Club Ltd, the directors of which are Ken Bates, Shaun Harvey and Mark Taylor. The CVA proposal was approved by 75.20% of the creditors who voted, by value.


The Football League issued a very tight lipped statement of its own :

The Football League has noted the decision of creditors of Leeds United Football Club to approve a proposed Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA). For legal reasons it will now take a further 28 days for the CVA to be formalised. During that period The League can make no further comment.

The League has also confirmed to the administrator the conditions that must be satisfied before The League Board can consider transferring the club's share in The Football League to the new company. These conditions include the need for all 'football debts' to be settled in full.


A number of potential issues remain before Bates can definitely break out the champagne and congratulate himself on making £35,000,000 of other people's money disappear. The Football League AGM convenes this week in Portugal, but although there's little doubt they will transfer the membership share to the new Leeds United company eventually there's also little doubt there's a fair amount of disquiet at the actions of the owners of Leeds (and those of Boston United) at the end of last season, and it may well be that the League won't fall over itself to rush the matter through. There is also the possibility of court action from disgruntled creditors, though in practice probably only HM Revenue and Customs, owed about £7,000,000, have the wherewithal to risk the costs of legal action.

Bates got his own threats in early, saying :

If they choose to go to the courts, we will issue a counter-writ for damages because they will be damaging Leeds United. They would be preventing the business from trading.

One of the other five bidders to take over the club was Simon Morris, who is also the man behind Standing Alone who are supposedly in negotiations to take over another shambles, Boston. He announced that he would not be instigating a legal challenge despite offering 20p in the pound, plus an additional 20p in the pound on certain conditons, for Leeds, unlike Bates and his 1p in the pound. However he still claims to be interested in taking over the club, saying :

Yes I will meet Ken Bates. Everyone knows we are solid bidders. We would like to talk to him about taking over his business at Leeds.

Bates and his associates could sell on the now debt free club and pocket their profits in six months, if so minded.


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4 June 2007 : Four More Friendlies Added In
Following the announcements of pre-season friendlies versus Tiverton Town, Portsmouth and Bristol City there's been a flurry today, with four more matches, two home two away, having now been scheduled:

Plymouth Argyle, Tuesday 17th July, Huish Park, 7.45 p.m.

Cardiff City, Saturday 21st July, Huish Park, 3.00 p.m.

Dorchester Town, Tuesday 31st July, Avenue Stadium, 7.45 p.m.

Torquay United, Friday 3rd August, Plainmoor, 7.45 p.m.

The full list as it currently stands can be viewed under Forthcoming Events on the Home page.


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3 June 2007 : Latest Wembley Play-Off Final Photos
We've been getting a steady stream of photos through from readers concerning last Sunday's League One Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium against Blackpool. Whilst those are still being sifted through, the number of photos in the gallery have risen up to 65, with more to come in the coming week. A big thank you to those who have sent their snaps through - we are still processing some of the photos that have been sent so don't panic just yet if your photos haven't made it into the gallery yet - there's a lot of them!

Link: Ciderspace Wembley Stadium and Play-Off Final Photo Gallery.

Note: If you looked at the gallery when we published it during the week - i.e. the initial 30 photos, then we'd recommend that you start at Page 4 to view the new submissions.


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3 June 2007 : Final 2006-07 First Team Statistics
The final statistics covering First Team appearances for the 2006-07 season are now completed. Covering appearances, goals and bookings, these are updated throughout each season, but are now formally completed as we look to move on to the start of the 2007-08 season. Once the new season statistics pages are launched, the 2006-07 pages will continue to be accessible from the Statistics section of the site.

Link: 2006-07 Season First Team Goalscorers.

Link: 2006-07 First Team Appearances.

Link: 2006-07 First Team Bookings.

Link: 2006-07 First Team Results and Match Reports.


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2 June 2007 : Internet Player Of The Season
Each year all the results of the voting for the individual matches over the season are collated to produce the Player of the Season.

Paul Chesterman writes :

I've always thought that this little competition was a bit special, in that it was made up from the votes of people who were actually at the games.
The comments too have often livened up the mailing list and promoted debate.

This will be my last season as Internet MOTM adjudicator. I've done it for eight years now, after taking over from Hoagy
[David Stevenson]. It would be nice to see it continue, on another forum maybe or in another format perhaps, any takers?

Thanks to you all for taking part.


For the 2006-07 season it is Terrell Forbes who has emerged at the top of the pile :

TERRELL FORBES 524
Chris Cohen 492
Steve Mildenhall 420
Terry Skiverton 394
Arron Davies 345
Nathan Jones 331
Wayne Gray 330
Jean-Paul Kalala 308
Marcus Stewart 296
Scott Guyett 278
Lee Morris 266
Paul Terry 236
Anthony Barry 228
Mark Lynch 153
Andy Lindegaard 147

Terrell joins an illustrious list of winners in the nine years that this poll has been running :

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

Our sincere thanks go to Paul for the time, effort and enthusiasm he has put into running this Internet poll for eight years. As is often the way of these things he only intially took over on a "temporary basis"! Eight years later........

With Paul's retirement from the fray it's a good time to look at the poll and whether it should continue, if so in what format, and how it should be hosted. It was very much a creature of the world of the Mailing List initially, and that legacy is still there. However the day of the mailing list has pretty much come and gone, in the arena of football at least, and vibrant active ones are now rare beasts indeed.

Any suggestions, or indeed volunteers, are welcomed by Ciderspace : ytfcciderspace@yahoo.com.


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2 June 2007 : Last Two Internet MOTM Votes Of The Season
Aologies for the delay: e-mail problems.

Unsurprisingly Arron Davies took first place in the stunning away performance Yeovil Town achieved at the City Ground in the second leg of the play-off semi final against Nottingham Forest. Tim Lancaster ended that match report by asking: "The greatest Yeovil Town match of all time?" Certainly it would seem so, at least since Internet polling began, in the opinion of the voters. The administrator, Paul Chesterman, records it is the first time a game has achieved the perfect 10/10 for performance and entertainment.

1: ARRON DAVIES
2: Lee Morris
3: Scott Guyett

Performance: 10
Entertainment: 10
Overall match rating: 10

The last match of the season saw Yeovil Town at Wembley. A great day (photo gallery), but a disappointing performance (match report). Terrell Forbes was deemed the best Glover on the day.

1: TERRELL FORBES
2: Scott Guyett
3: Anthony Barry
4: Arron Davies
5: Wayne Gray
6: Steve Mildenhall
7: Marcus Stewart

Performance: 4.8
Entertainment: 6.0
Overall match rating: 5.4


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2 June 2007 : Exiles Database Back On-Line
A few people visiting Ciderspace have pointed out in recent weeks that the Exiles Database had stopped working. That has now been rectified - apologies and thanks to those who informed us about the problems. Hopefully all is well now.

For the uninitiated, the purpose of the Exiles Database is to allow Yeovil Town supporters the ability to create a brief profile of themselves and allow other supporters the ability to make contact with them in a controlled manner. This is particularly geared towards those supporters who want to meet up with others for car sharing or pub meet-ups, but is not exclusively limited to that - someone living on Abbey Manor Estate is welcome to sign up just as much as someone living in Australia.

The Exiles Database has been running for over four years now and we're also conscious of the fact that many people may have changed circumstances since they last logged their details. We are looking into ways of allowing people direct access to their own profile, but in the meantime as it is the summer and it is quiet, you may want to check your own profile out and make sure it is still accurate. If it is not, then either fill out a new profile and put a note in the "Private Comments" box to tell us it is to replace an existing profile, or drop an email to ytfcciderspace@yahoo.com and tell us what needs amending. Consider also if you've changed your email address recently - if you're not sure then send yourself a message and see if it gets there!

Hopefully there will be one or two enhancements in this area over the summer - when they are ready we'll provide another announcement. If anyone finds any further problems with the Exiles Database, please drop us another email.

Link: Ciderspace Exiles Database.


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2 June 2007 : Leeds Future Still Unclear
It was a dramatic day on Friday in the battle for the future of League One club Leeds United. At the end of a tense and sometimes very heated six hour meeting of creditors the administrator declared that the vote was so close that everyone should come back on Monday to try again.

The group headed by Ken Bates, who had previously owned the club before plunging it into administration and then trying to bounce through a buy-back at one penny in the pound to creditors, achieved 75.2% of the vote, just over the required 75%. However the margin was so small the administrator, Richard Fleming, felt a recount was necessary. Doubtless some major arm twisting of minor creditors will be going on over the weekend from all sides.

There were warnings at the meeting that some of the larger creditors, infuriated by the 1p in the £ offer, were likely to challenge any outcome in favour of the Bates group in the courts. Any such legal action would inevitably delay the club's re-emergence from administration as the case went through the courts, and leave Leeds in the position of being unable to buy or sell players or prepare for the coming season until resolved.

Mr Fleming, previously under fire for his seeming indecent haste in recommending the Bates offer just hours after the club was taken into administration, claimed at the meeting that Mr Bates' offer to pay creditors just 1p for every pound owed was effectively the only acceptable deal on the table because it was the only one the largest creditor – an anonymously owned offshore company – had said it would support. He informed the meeting that Astor Investment Holdings, registered in the British Virgin Islands, had the controlling hand because with more than 25% of the debt owed it could block any other agreement. Consequently, despite at least five other offers on the table to buy the club with a better deal for the creditors, the club could be forced into liquidation if Astor Investment Holdings rejected all the other bids. Thus, he argued, Mr Bates' deal was the only realistic one on offer.

It was a position that many creditors at the meeting found unacceptable, and questions and accusations flew about possible links between Astor Investment Holdings and Mr Bates. It was argued that if there was a link Astor's vote should be discounted on the grounds of potential prejudicial interest.

Mr Fleming told the meeting that as administrator he had been unable to find any link despite intensive investigation, and had accepted sworn statements from Mr Bates and his co-director, Mark Taylor, plus a letter from Astor Investment Holdings, that they were unconnected. However opposing creditors then put this position under severe pressure when they revealed that Leeds United's last company accounts included a direct reference to Astor Investment Holdings having "an interest in Forward Sports Fund", the club's owners and the company Mr Bates represents, as of June 30th last year.

The administrator admitted he had been unaware of this link - just how intensive were his investigations if he hadn't even looked at Leeds United's published accounts? Mr Taylor then stepped forward to tell the meeting that the association between Astor Investment Holdings had been subsequently severed.

A former Leeds United chairman, Gerald Krasner, an insolvency practitioner representing a number of creditors at the meeting, was forthright in his assessment of how the Bates deal had been arrived at :

The creditors are going to get shafted by the way this whole thing has been drawn up.

He forced an amendment to the vote, which would have made Mr Bates unable to sell the club on for five years without paying a penalty to creditors, but Astor Investment Holdings used its 25%+ to block the move, meaning Mr Bates and his group can cash in after six months.

Things began to get ugly as some creditors openly expressed a view that the administrator had done a deal with Mr Bates, and questioned how the £500,000 in upfront funding from Bates that Mr Fleming had found an acceptable offer didn't marry with the administrator's demand that other parties interested in taking over Leeds United show proof of funding of amounts up to £10,000,000.

As the deal the Bates group had presumably thought was something of a formality came under increasing pressure and challenge Mr Taylor suddenly announced out of the blue that Mr Bates' deal would now include a further £5,000,000 for creditors if Leeds returned to the Premiership in the next five years. This potential extra payment was included in the final deal put to the vote of the 1,300 plus creditors. The CVA was passed by the required margin, but at this point Mr Fleming threw the whole process into confusion by adjourning matters until Monday.


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2 June 2007 : Third Friendly
The third pre-season friendly to be arranged will be against former League One rivals Bristol City, who under ex-Glover manager Gary Johnson secured promotion to the Championship as runners-up to Scunthorpe United.

Rather unusually the fixture will see the team lower in the pyramid visiting the one higher on Saturday 28th July, after The Robins return from their tour of Latvia. The match at Ashton Gate has been arranged as a part of the deal that brought Marcus Stewart to Huish Park on a permanent basis in the January transfer window.

We haven't seen confirmation of the kick-off time yet, though would presume it'll be 3.00 p.m.


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1 June 2007 : Fry Looks To The Future
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has laid out his thoughts on the immediate future of the club as they begin to lay down their plans for the 2007-08 season in the aftermath of Sunday's League One Play-Off Final defeat.

Speaking in today's Western Daily Press the paper states, presumably from the mouth of the Chairman himself, that the two semi-finals and the final at Wembley have been worth around 300,000 pounds to the club in total which will no doubt give the club a little bit of breathing space on the back of the disappointing crowds at turned up at Huish Park during the 2006-07 season proper.

Fry also reveals that the club are expecting to release a new set of financial accounts which will presumably be that covering the 12 month period leading up to 30th June 2006. In these accounts he expects the club to continue to report a profit of some degree, thus continuing the stable financial platform upon which the club currently sits.

Although no Chairman worth his salt will freely advertise exactly what is going to be available in the playing budget next season he does point out to the paper that this season's playing budget was exceeded:

"It is all about the future now. Wembley is behind us and we have to start planning for next season. To get to Wembley has exceeded the budget slightly and we can only put that right with the money we have to spare. We do things properly at this club and are about to release another set of accounts that are in the black. I have had a chat with Russell and he has laid his plans out in front of me and we will back him to the hilt. It is a question of building a team to challenge for honours next season and if Russell needs money to do that we will do what we can."

On the back of the trip to Wembley, Fry adds that he hopes that some of the new faces amongst the 30,000 support will want to pay a visit to Huish Park next season and also maintains that the long-running negotiations to improve facilities at the ground are continuing:

"We took 30,000 people and we hope some of those people will be coming through the turnstiles on a regular basis. We need to start putting in place the requirements we would need for the Championship, because that is our aim. We are currently discussing the development of the Huish Park site with the district council and the traffic people as we look forward."

The Yeovil Chairman has also added his own tribute to right-back Andy Lindegaard, who was surprisingly released by the club this week despite starting in Sunday's Wembley final:

"Andy has been a great servant and I hope he finds a decent club that will give him the opportunity to play regular football. It is sad to see a local lad that has come through our youth system depart, but that is how it goes sometimes. Russell needs to build a squad going forward and we trust his judgement."


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