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31 July 2004 : Bartosz hat-trick helps Glovers clip Gulls wings
Celebrations following Bartosz's third goal of the afternoon
Celebrations following Bartosz's third goal of the afternoon
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Yeovil Town beat West Country rivals Torquay United 2-4 at Plainmoor this afternoon in their penultimate pre-season friendly before the real thing starts up again next Saturday.

The League One side had the better of the first half-an-hour with former Doncaster striker Adebayo Akinfenwa opening the scoring with a well-taken individual effort on 20 minutes. The visitors gradually took control of the game towards the end of the first half however, new signing Bartosz Tarachulski scoring twice in a 5 minute period to put the Glovers 2-1 in front at the break.

The giant Pole completed his hat-trick on 55 minutes, getting on the end of a Gavin Williams through ball. Amidst the usual flurry of substitutions the Gulls Tony Bedeau pulled a goal back for the home side on 69 minutes to make it 3-2. Striker Phil Jevons made his UK Yeovil debut halfway the second period and although understandably tentative at first, rewarded the travelling contingent of approximately 150 Glovers fans with an increasingly assured display with several good efforts on goal. Another new signing, Adrian Caceres, notched his 2nd goal in 2 games on 84 minutes to complete the scoring and give the Glovers a well-deserved and confidence-boosting win.

Final score: Torquay United 2 - 4 Yeovil Town.

Two of the first team squad who were absent with injuries today, Andy Lindegaard and Paul Terry, are expected to begin their comebacks in the final pre-season friendly at Tiverton on Monday. Phil Jevons is also expected to play some part in Monday's game as he builds up fitness, but the start of the league season proper at Bury next Saturday may come about a little too quickly for the former Grimsby and Everton striker.

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29 July 2004 : Jevons targets Bury game
Glovers striker Phil Jevons has admitted being frustrated at being sidelined by a medial knee ligament injury since the team returned from the brief European tour at the beginning of July and his inability to play any part in the pre-season friendly games since, but has asked Town fans to remain patient until he is fully fit. "If I broke down I would be straight back to square one," he said to the Yeovil Express. "I can't go flat out just yet and there is the element of doubt mentally. I'm about 80 per cent fit at the moment, so I might as well wait until I'm 100 per cent. I am confident I will be ready for the first game of the season (away at Bury on August 7). I have got my fingers crossed."

"I've been impressed with everything here and I have settled in very well," Jevons said. "I like the quality of players we've got here and the competition for places will be good as it will keep you on your toes. There was never any doubt in me signing."

Defender Adam Lockwood has been suspended for 3 games following his dismissal for 'violent conduct' in the Glovers 3-2 tour match win against Den Haag earlier this month. The Dutch referee reported the matter to the Dutch Football Association who in turn informed the English FA who in their wisdom have banned Locky for 3 games, despite the Dutch player sent off in the same incident receiving a one game 'friendly' ban! In another bizarre decision, fellow defender Terry Skiverton has been banned from 3 reserve team games following his own dismissal in the same match. Yeovil have lodged an appeal with the FA.

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28 July 2004 : Gaffer pleased with team's response
Yeovil boss Gary Johnson answered questions from the press following last night's pre-season friendly 3-3 draw against Cardiff City

That was much better than Saturday tonight then Gary?

Yes it was, I was really pleased with the response from the other night. If Iíve got a group of people that are responding then we know that weíve got a good squad, and I thought everybody played a part tonight. We were a bit disappointed with all the goals against us really, there was a case for none of them to be counted - two maybe offside and the last one was a dodgy free-kick against Rose, but to be fair weíve played a very good side in Cardiff, probably what they would start the season with right now if Earnshaw goes. Obviously you look at your own team and I was just really pleased with how we coped with a very good side, and created a lot of opportunities and had a lot of good possession.

Would you say that the work in the final third was a lot better?

Yes that was better, but also against Bristol City we didnít have a good strong shape, our shape was a bit all over the place. We wanted to win 5-0 and found ourselves all over the place so we have been working over the past few days on keeping a better shape and a more solid shape and working from that. I thought we kept Cardiff down to just a couple of chances until the last 15 minutes when they were throwing people forward, so we're pleased with that.

Earnshaw looked a handful when he came on?

Heís a good player, he is a great player and itís why is he probably going to be on his way, if he is. He was a handful but to be fair so was Gally and Bartosz. Even Kezie and Yemi were a handful and if ever we see this bloke here (points to Phil Jevons) heís a handful as well but at the moment heís only a handful to the physio. I think all the squad looked confident and I was pleased with that, people came on and did a job.

Is Paul Terry ok?

We nearly pulled him out at the start of the game but he wanted to see how it would go and he knew he just felt a twinge so we had to take him off. His problem is a little thigh strain, and you may or may not know that with Adam Lockwood we are appealing to the FA at the moment because a Dutch referee sent him off in the first tour game and decided to put it in to his Association who decided (and donít normally) to give it to our Association who has decided to give Adam Lockwood 3 games at the start of the season. Their player had to miss the next pre-season game and thatís what the referee said would happen so thatís why Iíve not been able to play Locky in that position. I have put in an appeal to the FA.

I would also like to say that the supporters had a 5-10 minute spell where they were singing heartily, and in my opinion it isnít a fluke that we then go and get a goal back straight away and get ourselves in the lead. Itís not fluke I am telling you, the lads get confident and suddenly they think ďtheir not down so we arenít downĒ - the crowd will get us 12 points this year.

Have you been worried by the goals youíve been conceding?

Sometimes, but then weíve played Bristol City and weíve played Cardiff, now we didnít cope with Bristol City but weíve coped well with Cardiff today. Had that been a league game you would have said that for 70minutes we were probably the better team and I donít think Iím being biased. So if we can do that we're getting closer. People havenít seen Bartosz yet, theyíve seen a good game from him today. The same with Caceres, it was a good game from him. Weíve got some ability in the squad and it will come out when they start getting our fitness.

[Transcription by Richard Gibson]

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28 July 2004 : It Was Steve Wot Dun It
Gary's brother Steve Johnson has been speaking to the Eastbourne News about his role as an unofficial unpaid scout for big (ahem) brother.

Arundel manager Steve is a close friend of Kenny McCreadie, who was the trainer at Eastbourne Town before moving to manage Hailsham Town, and it was McCreadie who passed word to Steve Johnson that Eastbourne had a potential future prospect on their books in Yemi Odubade. Steve took a look and then contacted Gary. The rest, as they say, is history, with Odubade signing a one year contract with The Glovers yesterday.

Johnson (Steve) says :

There was no question of nepotism involved. I had seen something in Yemi and the fact is the boy has done well. He owes a great debt of gratitude to Kenny McCreadie and the manager and coaches at Eastbourne Town. He had to be fit for his trial with Yeovil and Kenny personally prepared him for that. If he had gone there unfit he wouldn't have survived.

Apart from his natural ability, he has a good attitude and a good manner. He always has a smile on his face and my brother likes that. He is able to mix in well with the others and that is important in any club. If there is a player there to work with, my brother will give him a chance. He will get the best out of him at Yeovil. It is a massive leap, but now it is up to him.

McCreadie said :

At the end of the season I put him through his paces for a month, and it obviously paid off. But at the end of the day, the boy has gone for a trial and done brilliantly. Everything seems to have gone well. He was originally on contract with [Eastbourne] Town, but that has run out and he was a free agent which obviously helped him.

Odubade had two years at Eastbourne, netting thirty-six goals in his first season and scoring thirty-four times last, despite missing the final six games through injury.

Yeovil's second signing of yesterday is Kezie Ibe, playing for Staines Town last season, who also received a one year contract.

Gary Johnson says of him :

He is potentially a very good player. He scored 30-odd goals for Staines last year and he was recommended to me and came on our tour and did very well. When he is in and around the box he is very clever - he river-dances with the ball at his feet. He hasn't had the opportunity to show that yet, but when he gets more confident he will.

Ibe, who is from north London, joined Arsenal as a boy but was not offered professional forms. Speaking to the Western Daily Press Ibe said :

I was with Arsenal when I was young for about four years from 11 to 15 and after that I stopped playing for a while. Every youngster in north London has a dream of playing for Arsenal, but once you get older you realise that it's not so easy. Once you are at a club when you are young it doesn't mean you are going to become a professional there. I was disillusioned, but that didn't stop me from trying to get back.

Non-league is a good standard but it is going to be a big jump to play in the Third Division. But the manager believes I can do it, so I have just got to work hard. I started playing again with Hampton and Richmond and then Aylesbury and then to Staines where I was last season.

I was recommended to the manager, I went on tour and I did OK in Holland and I have earned a contract. I played against Den Haag and that was a big confidence booster because I came on as a sub and scored. If I hadn't have scored maybe I wouldn't have done well and got this move.

Welcome to Huish Park both.

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27 July 2004 : Glovers Star In Six Goal Thriller
Yeovil Town 3 Cardiff City 3. Attendance 2,438.

On paper this may look a poor result for the Glovers, going a goal down early on and then leading twice during the game and only managing a 3-3 draw at home to Cardiff City. But in fairness Yeovil looked the better side throughout the game and could have easily have taken a home win.

The Glovers would have been disappointed to have conceded early on from a Richard Langley tap-in from close range. Gavin Williams levelled the score-line with a low drive into the bottom corner from just outside the box. From a similar position to where Williams was, Bartosz Tarachulski put the Somerset outfit ahead with a superb volley. Andy Campbell drew the scores level with a one-on-one, although the striker appeared to have been clearly off-side, much to the frustration of about 2,300 home fans. A minute before half-time Adrian Caceres restored the home lead after a build up of good passes.

Celebrations follow Super Gav's first half strike
Celebrations follow Super Gav's first half strike
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace/Michael Morris

Yeovilís best chance of the second half was when Simon Weatherstone saw his 35-yard volley sail narrowly over the bar with the Cardiff keeper firmly beaten. Minutes later Yemi Odubade nearly scored his first. But the Glovers were denied a deserved win when a last minute goal from James Collins from a controversial free kick drew the sides level.

Scorers: Gavin Williams 10, Bartosz Tarachulski 15, Adrian Caceres 44

Final score: Yeovil Town 3 - 3 Cardiff City.

[Match Summary by George Murray]

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27 July 2004 : FA Issue New Discipline Code
The Football Association have finally responded to the much heralded insistance from F.I.F.A. that diciplinary sanctions be imposed more quickly. Whilst agreeing in principle some months ago there has been delay in actually detailing how the new system would work in practice. Today those details were released, and will apply in season 2004-05 to the Premier League, the Football League and the Conference National. There will be a review at the end of the season, when it could be extended further down the football pyramid.

Incidents seen and dealt with by the referee

Players will be immediately suspended for offences seen and dealt with by the referee unless an appeal for wrongful dismissal or mistaken identity is lodged. The FA must receive notice of an intention to appeal by 12 noon on the next working day and the appeal documents must be received by 12 noon on the following day.

The FA Commission will consider the case and make a decision within four or five working days of the fixture. Further penalties can be levied for frivolous appeals. Furthermore, attempts to obstruct the procedures could be classified as misconduct, and sanctioned accordingly. These would include failing to provide a video; frivolous mistaken identity or wrongful dismissal claims; frivolous denials of charges; abuse of process.

Incidents missed by the referee

Where a perceived red-card offence is caught on video but not seen by the referee, the FA will decide within two working days of the match whether there is a case to answer and issue a charge and the proposed penalty - which will be a ban not a fine.

If the player denies the charge his case will be heard by a Disciplinary Commission within a week, who will review documentary or video evidence and make a judgement. Any suspension will start immediately after the hearing, though player has the right of appeal (see Appeals below).

Incidents outside the referee's jurisdiction

Where an incident occurs which breaches FA rules but is not within the referee's jurisdiction - failure to leave the field after a red card for example - the FA have two working days to issue a charge if they feel there is a case to answer.

Requests for a personal hearing, specifying whether the charge is accepted or denied, must be lodged the following working day. A personal hearing will be held on the next available date. The Commission must provide written reasons for their verdict within one working day if requested.


For offences not seen by the match officials, appeals will only be permitted if the ban exceeds three matches, and the appeal can only relate to the part of the sanction that exceeds three matches (ie the fourth match of a four-match ban).

For incidents outside the referee's jurisdiction, appeals can be made against the decision and the punishment imposed. The FA must be notified of the intention to appeal by 12 noon on the first working day following the hearing, or the first working day following receipt of written reasons.

Appeal documents must be sent within one working day of notice of appeal. The FA have two days to consider appeal documentation: the defence has one day to consider FA response. Appeals will be heard at the first available date. This procedure only applies in the case of players.

Other key points

In cases involving non-players and for more complex cases (tunnel incidents, doping etc) the Disciplinary Commissions will control the speed of the process.

Match bans for accumulation of yellow cards will begin with seven days of last card. Under the old code, it was 14 days.

A layperson can be co-opted to serve on the Disciplinary Commission where appropriate. The composition of the layperson pool is: Robbie Earle, Alan Jones, Gary Mabbutt, Gordon McKeag, David Rose, Graham Taylor. Members were nominated by the Premier League, the Football League, the Football Conference and approved by the FA Disciplinary Committee.

Appeal boards will be chaired by a legally-qualified independent chairman (selected by the Sports Dispute Resolution Panel), an FA Council member and a layperson from the pool.

The new system will apply to players of Premier League, Football League and Football Conference National teams when playing in league and cup competitions. [Hmm - so two players from opposing teams get sent off for identical offences but in a replay one is suspended and the other is not. It'll happen.......]

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27 July 2004 : Soccer Night To Replace Soccer Sunday
ITV West has announced the restructuring of its local football coverage for the coming season :

"A brand new regional football programme is being launched by ITV West to coincide with the start of a new league season.

SOCCER NIGHT, which will be presented by Jed Pitman, replaces SOCCER SUNDAY, which ran in recent seasons on Sunday afternoons. Instead of just comprising film reports of the previous dayís exploits by the regionís football league teams, Swindon Town, Yeovil [Town], Bristol City and Bristol Rovers, the new programme will preview the coming weekendís action as well. It will also include news of transfers and other topical talking points, as well as featuring interviews with managers, referees, pundits and fans.

The studio-based show has the blessing of the Football League, with which ITV plc has concluded a new rights agreement.

In the first show, Jed will report on the seasonís first games, involving Bristol City and Torquay United at Ashton Gate, Swindonís trip to Wrexham, Yeovilís game at Bury and Bristol Roversí away fixture in Mansfield.

James Garrett, Head of Features & Current Affairs at ITV West and executive producer of the new programme, said :

With the switch to SOCCER NIGHT comes an important promise to the Westís football fans Ė unlike SOCCER SUNDAY, the programme will have a fixed slot and will no longer be at the mercy of the Grand Prix schedule. As a result we will be showing three more programmes on Thursdays before Christmas than we would have done had the programme stayed on Sunday afternoons.

The new format allows us to be more flexible, reacting to events off the pitch while still providing the best place to watch all the goals and other match action.

[Our thanks to Cheeky Monkey for bringing this to our attention on the Ciderspace Forum.]

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27 July 2004 : Ticket Delay
For those who prefer to buy their tickets individually the club apologises for the delay in them going on sale. It had been hoped that they would already be available for purchase, but the printers have been dragging their feet. The latest promised deadline would see the club gearing the ticket office to begin sales on the Fun Day on Sunday August 1st. Whether that comes to fruition........

Once delivery has been made and the tickets are available supporters will be able, as last season, to purchase as far ahead as they want. So if you wish to secure a place at the derby v Bristol Rovers in February or at that last regular game of the season v Lincoln City the facility is there.

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27 July 2004 : Squad Numbers 2004-05
The squad numbers for the coming season are now available for publication, though they could have been pretty much worked out anyway given the vast majority were provided in the home programmes to date.

1 - Chris Weale

2 - Adam Lockwood

3 - Michael Rose

4 - Terry Skiverton

5 - Colin Pluck

6 - Darren Way

7 - Paul Terry

8 - Lee Johnson

9 - Kevin Gall

10 - Adrian Caceres

11 - Phil Jevons

12 - Simon Weatherstone

13 - Stephen Collis

14 - Roy O'Brien

15 - Stephen Reed

16 - Andy Lindegaard

17 - Scott Guyett

18 - Bartosz Tarachulski

19 - Dale Williams

20 - Gavin Williams

21 - Steve Thompson

22 - Kezie Ibe

23 - Nicolas Mirza

24 - Yemi Odubade

Although their signing had been heavily trailed Kezie Ibe and Yemi Odubade actually put pen to paper today. It has been confirmed on the Official Site that both have accepted one year contracts.

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27 July 2004 : It's A Small World ...
When Kevin Gall's brother John Gall travelled to Chicago to watch Manchester United play Bayern Munich in a pre-season friendly, the last thing he expected to happen was to bump into a Yeovil Town supporter.

However, Yeovil Town fans get everywhere, and Chicago has it's own Glovers representation in the form of exiled supporter Ian Stevens, who was also attending the game, wearing a Yeovil shirt purchased on one of his previous visits to Huish Park. John couldn't miss Ian amongst all the red shirts and thereafter the only question was who was the more surprised ...

Ian Stevens and John Gall
Ian Stevens and John Gall
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace/John Gall

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26 July 2004 : 2004/05 Yeovil Town First Team Squad
Yeovil Town's First Team Squad reported for their photo call today, with the region's press descending upon Huish Park for the official squad photo along with opportunities for interviews and individual photographs.

The only player missing from the squad was utility player Andy Lindegaard who is up in Lilleshall today. The squad included Kezie Ibe and Yemi Odubade who are both expected to sign one year deals with the club shortly.
2004/05 Yeovil Town First Team Squad
2004/05 Yeovil Town First Team Squad
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace

Back Row (L-R): Charlie Welch, Phil Jevons, Scott Guyett, Chris Weale, Steve Collis, Bartosz Tarachulski, Kezie Ibe, Simon Weatherstone.
Middle Row (L-R): Maurice O'Donnell (Reserve Team Manager), Glen Schmidt (Physio), Dale Williams, Roy O'Brien, Michael Rose, Colin Pluck, Paul Terry, Nicolas Mirza, Adam Lockwood, Terry Skiverton, Gavin Williams, Stuart Housley (Under 18s Manager), Tony Trott (Kit Manager).
Front Row (L-R): Kevin Gall, Yemi Odubade, Lee Johnson, Steve Thompson (Assistant Manager), Gary Johnson (First Team Manager), Darren Way, Adrian Caceres, Stephen Reed.

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25 July 2004 : Gary's Verdict on the Bristol City Game
The press conference was delayed as Yeovil manager Gary Johnson had the team out on the pitch doing laps and sprints.

Q: Well Gary, your body language and the thoughts afterwards, perhaps a little bit detrimental to the way your team played this afternoon?

A: Yeah I think you're right, and thatís why weíve done a little bit extra just there. I didnít want them going home believing thatís enough. I donít care what opposition we play and what level, our body language was poor and it didnít look like we were really looking forward to getting the goals back the Yeovil way. If we go 1-0 down we work very hard and get the goal back very quickly, but we were lackadaisical today and we were poor. And Iíve proved to them and some of the new lads very early that they had more in their legs. Thatís why I took them out there and ran them into the ground. It was an early lesson for some of them, if they donít give me everything then they will be doing extra.

Q: People will look to the old clichťs of gelling together and new players?

A: We're ok. Iíve got no problems with any of the boys and I know that deep down they're fantastic people and very good players, but it doesnít stop me as a manager reminding them that we want to win this league. We want to do very well and these are the teams that weíve got to match if were going to be doing well in this league. It was an early lesson and didnít cost us three points.

Q: And a cut above a friendly? I mean some of the challenges were strong above friendly sorts of situations?

A: I wouldnít say so, I just didnít feel that we were strong enough in our challenges, our tackles, our runs and our movement. Normally we're decent in the sun. Youíve got to give credit to Bristol City of course. You know they're a good side but Iím worried about my team and I want them competing with whoever is playing.

Q: Any positives? There must be some?

A: Er, no there isnít any actually. I mean Iíd have to work hard to find some. The only positive I suppose is I hope theyíve just learned a bit of a lesson.

Q: Two or three to go now before the kick-off?

A: Yeah, thatís plenty of time. Itís better to have a bad game in pre-season but Iím sure Bristol City will do very well next year. They are a good football team with a good shape and they are going to cause problems but we need to get to that sort of level to be where we want to be.

Q: Can you tell us about the new two, Yemi and Kezie?

A: Yeah, weíve agreed contracts with them. They will probably sign their learning contracts - that goes along with the salary as well. So we will just see how they develop. You know they arenít coming in to be first team players right now, but theyíve both got something and they are both learning very quickly. They havenít signed their contracts just yet but they will do come Monday - it's been agreed.

Q: Kezie had a chance to come on.

A: Yeah, but substitutes have got to come on and make more of an impact - not just him but also the others. I thought maybe Rose was the only positive from today, he did very well and worked hard. Unfortunately he had to come out and take the same punishment as all the others, but thatís the way it goes.

Q: With the new faces, people are just getting used to them really?

A: Yeah, and they have to get used to me. Iím not just their nice uncle that they can talk to when they are going through a rough patch. You know I need to get into them and they need quickly to know what my attitude is if they are not quite up to it, or they are not quite putting in the effort. It's not an easy time in the league, you have to work very hard and everything you get you earn, starting from today.

Q: Another big chance coming up against Cardiff and again they are no pushover?

A: No, terrific, it would be better if it was tomorrow but Iíve got to sit at home and wait till Tuesday now. The boys will train hard and Iím not having the excuse of pre-season, tired legs - no-one at their age and ability has tired bodies. It's their minds and their mentality and thatís what weíve got to turn round. I think Iíve done a little bit of that today by just giving them that bit extra there to prove to them they have more in their legs.

[Article by Richard Gibson]

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25 July 2004 : A Giant Of A Play
Glovers manager Gary Johnson has delivered his critique of Friday night's theatre premier of Becoming Giants, shown at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil.

Gary and many of the players were present at the play's performance, which is centred around the highs and lows of the 2003/04 season and he said of the play: "I enjoyed it very much. I found myself cowering under my seat a couple of times when they were singing my song from the stage. I thought they were terrific and the cast of four - they were brilliant. To remember that many words is a feat in itself and the dialogue was spot on. It touched our heartstrings, it was funny on occasions and it was tragic on occasions. You went through all the emotions in 90 minutes but certainly it was fantastically produced and well acted. I for one really enjoyed it and I know the players enjoyed it."

"I think all of us could relate to it, it was very much exactly what happens," Gary added. "The feelings of the supporters, management, players, and as I say the highs and lows of a season. A season always starts very enthusiastically and at times peters out like a damp squid when you least want it to. But to be fair it probably wasnít as tragic last year as the play made out. But at the same time it was very well written and credit to everybody involved."

[Article by Richard Gibson]

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24 July 2004 : Least said soonest mended
The less said about Yeovil Town's curiously passion-less performance against Bristol City today the better. One of the Glovers worst displays under manager Gary Johnson was treated with the disdain it deserved by a City side who gave the Glovers a footballing lesson at Huish Park. Just under 3,500 fans turned up to officially welcome new signings Nicolas Mirza and Bartosz Tarachulski to Somerset, but it was the 800-strong following from Bristol who went home happy after a brace from Paul Heffernan either side of half-time followed by Christian Roberts' 57th minute effort to give the Robins a rather too comfortable 3-0 win. The Gaffer's feelings on his side's performance could probably be guaged by the fact that half-an-hour after the final whistle the entire squad were to be seen doing running exercises on the Huish Park pitch.

Final score: Yeovil Town 0 - 3 Bristol City

Striker Phil Jevons again missed today's game with strained knee ligaments but is expected to be fit for either Tuesday's home friendly v Cardiff City or next Saturday's game v Torquay at the latest. Yemi Odubabe has a muscle strain and is expected to be fit to play very shortly. One bright spot about today: The return of Darren Way from injury, though Andy Lindegaard is still out with a thigh strain.

In other news it's been confirmed that triallists Keize Ibe and Yemi Odubabe are set to sign one year contracts early next week after agreeing terms with the club. The news of Ibe's contract offer - 27 goals last season for Isthmian division one side Staines Town - was leaked by his former club earlier in the week. Former Eastbourne Town striker Odubade, who scored 70 goals in two seasons for the Sussex County League club and was recommended to Yeovil by the Gaffer's brother Steve Johnson, manager of Arundel, who also play in the Sussex County League, told the Eastbourne Herald that he was "delighted" with the move. "Gary told me he wanted me for a year yesterday and I was delighted," he said. To sign professional forms is a dream come true."

Gary Johnson said: "He (Odubade) has a professional contract now and this is a great opportunity for him. He is not a ready-made pro right now but he has shown us he has the raw talent we can work with and he is very much part of my first-team group of players. He is a great lad and a credit to Dave Winterton (Eastbourne Town manager) and my brother Steve who spotted his talent. He has pace and power but we need to bring up his fitness to our standard. He is obviously very pleased and has jumped at the chance. We are giving him the opportunity and it is up to him now to make the most of it. We don't just take anyone, they have to fit in with us and he has shown he has the right mentality for Yeovil." The best of luck to both players in their stay at Huish Park from all at Ciderspace.

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23 July 2004 : New boys have their say
New signings Nicolas Mirza and Bartosz Tarachulski have been talking to the press about the reasons they have signed for the Glovers, and in Tarachulski's case it seems that Yeovil's televised performance against Liverpool in the 3rd round of the FA Cup last season was a factor in his decision to sign a one year contract with Yeovil, despite his former club Polonia Warsawa offering him more money to remain in Poland.

"Yeovil were on top for 70 minutes," Tarachulski told the Western Daily Press. "They were the better team until Heskey scored. I have watched a lot of videos of Yeovil and seen all their goals from last season. I am joining a very good side. The stadium is as good as many in the top division in Poland. I know I will enjoy it here."

Nineteen-year-old French midfielder Nicolas Mirza has signed a 2 year contract at Huish Park. He originally came to Gary Johnson's attention after his agent asked the Glovers boss to take a look at the player to see if he was capable of playing in division one, something the Gaffer was happy to confirm before persuading the former Paris Saint Germain youth to try his luck in division three instead.

Glovers fans who have seen Mirza play in the friendly matches against Bournemouth, Bath and Dorchester are already comparing him to another famous Frenchman - Patrick Viera of Arsenal. "Vieira is one of my idols," Mirza told the Western Daily Press. "The other one is Zinedine Zidane."

Whist at PSG, Mirza was teammates with some household names, including current Barcelona star Ronaldinho. "He was amazing, he has a special talent," said Mirza. "There really is only one Ronaldinho. I trained with him and his skills were unbelievable. Hopefully I also learned from him."

New £6.9 million Manchester United signing Gabriel Heinze was another contemporary: "I played against Heinze in training and he was always very difficult to get past," said Mirza. "He's probably the best one-on-one defender I know and he is very tough."

All very well, but wait until he comes across Colin Pluck in training! Seriously, Ciderspace wishes both Bartosz and Nicolas the very best of luck for their stay at Huish Park. We're delighted they're here!

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23 July 2004 : Manager's Press Conference Thoughts
Gary Johnson at the press conference :

Most people out there knew who we were trying to sign and I am pleased it's all done now. Both Nicolas [Mirza] and Bartosz [Tarachulski] signed before yesterday's game. The press conference will be a strange one because there are no interpreters here. Both the lads speak quite good English but they are both a bit shy in talking English.

Bartosz on his own talks very good English. Nicolas understands and speaks more than he lets on. He speaks decent English. For me they are two great signings. Nicolas came on the scene late, and you have all seen how he plays. Bartosz is the big striker we were looking for, but we couldnít find one in England so we had to look abroad. They both have played at a very good level. Bartosz has played in the highest league in Poland.

Polonia Warszawa were desperate to keep him so we had a little fight for him. The big thing with Bartosz was when he saw the club and he saw the ambition, he wanted to be part of that. The press in Poland couldnít believe he was coming to play for Yeovil, because from a Polish First Division to what they would call our Fourth Division is a big jump. Bartosz saw the players and saw the club and wanted to join straight away. His enthusiasm made me want to get him.

Nicolas was introduced to me by a friend of mine. He came and did very well in training. Now we are applying for international clearance for them both. These two signings are great for the club, and it sorts me out with my squad.

The Board has backed me all the way along. We have had to go a little bit further into the market as far as finance is concerned. We are now into the next level of players. As a manager I have to say well done to the Board. I can find the players easily enough but the club has to finance it and make the players want to stay at the club.

Bartosz has mainly played in Poland but he has also played in Belgium and Israel. He is a left winger as well, but we have signed him as a striker. I see him as a striker and not a midfielder.

Nicolas has been at Paris St Germain since he was 16. He had an ankle injury for two months.

With all due respect to the both of them they just need to be a little fitter. They are a couple of weeks behind our boys at the moment. I just loved both of their enthusiasm to be here. It is great that our club is exciting players such as these and Phil Jevons.

Bartosz has signed for one year, but to be fair to him he did come and have a look round and then he said he would like to stay two years, but everything was already done so we will review that when the time comes. Nicolas has signed a two year contract. Bartosz has a wife and a 27 day old child called David. The reason why his wife hasnít come over immediately was that they are trying to get a passport for the baby, and then they will come over and set up a new life in England.

The jigsaw is never complete. We have had great backing from the board and I am happy to go into the season with this group of players. It shows our intentions. There was a lot of speculation before about me not making a signing, and me being in Portugal. You donít just decide you want someone, there are a lot of things to sort out. The players have agents, the agents have agents. There is a lot of talking that has to be done.

I became aware because of my contacts. I have a contact that looks after the European end for me. We would not have got Bartosz if he was happy in Poland. A friend who works for us in Europe recommended them both to me. Nicolas was out of contract because of his injury and Paris Saint Germain had enough players so there was no room for him. We got him over to Holland and he came back with us on the ferry which we missed, but that is another story, so he must have wondered what he was getting himself into!

I saw a video of Bartosz. In fact Bartosz was very embarrassed because I showed his video on the coach going to one of the games. He scored some great goals and Iím sure he can do that for us. With Nicolas my friend just said you have to see him. In fact I was looking at him because they asked me if he could be a First Division player and they wanted my assessment of him. I said yes he could be, but with us! I pulled a few strings really. But any player has to like it here, and he sees this as a good opportunity for him.

I donít think they would have signed if they didnít feel that technically the other boys werenít very good players. They are very happy with the standard of players in this club.

Every team at the moment thinks they are going to win the league. There are a lot of players that move about at the same level. We seem to have just gone outside of that.

Probably if they tried hard and they didnít like this club they could have gone a league up. Because of the way the club is run, and the supporters, we have managed to get a group of great players. We donít know where they are going to take us. And Iím certainly not going to be bold and say we are going to win the league. At this stage I am just going into the league with a great bunch of players. You know my thoughts, I want to be entertained every week. We have players here that can entertain.

We have proved against higher opposition that we can beat them. I think the players, management, and board of directors are confident that going into the season we have a good chance.......... if you have the luck.

I think we have a better squad this year. It is stronger. There were certain players last year that we had to rely on week in week out. There are a lot of games to play. Bartosz in Poland would only play 20 -30 games a year, and certainly wouldn't get into the 50ís. Pires went to Arsenal and it took him a while to adjust to the tempo.

The lads are calling Nicolas 'Patrick Vieira'. He does give the impression, and if he gets anywhere near that standard we are laughing.

We have got a couple of weeks until the start of the season, so we still have a little time to work on things. I donít want to go into the season with any injuries. These two have to do a little more extra training. They have both come here to compete with the first team.

There are two more boys here, Kazie [Ibe] and Yemi [Odudabe]. They are on learning salaries. They have great potential, and I like to work with players with great potential because you end up getting something for nothing.

If every one is fit it poses a nice problem for me. You canít sit on the bench waiting for your chance. I want competition, but we all want each other to do well.

I asked how many players were happy with the amount of game they have played. Every one of the players was happy with the amount of games they played. With only 20 players all the players will get 20 or so games at least. Itís the nature of the game. You have to have competition. The subs play a big part in our games, because at any point they could be in the game, and I want them to be positive not negative. I will never play a rotation system, you need some consistency.

We have been working on our shape.

We have set ourselves a standard, as a club. When we go to hotels people respect us, because they know the lads are good lads, and we need to get our new lads into that and enhance our club's reputation.

All in all we have signed two quality player and I am happy we have acquired their services.

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22 July 2004 : Fans League
As a continuation of its wildly successful rebranding exercise the Football League has announced the introduction of a Fans League. Independent adjudicators at matches will award points "to encourage vocal participation at games".

The Fans League will see the set of supporters who provide the best encouragement to their team awarded points in traditional League format (3 points for a win etc.), with the result being determined by an independent adjudicator. The teams at the top of each league at the end of each season will gain a cash reward which will be used to benefit the supporters.

The criteria have not been set out but Ciderspace, ever supportive of such exciting new initiatives, suggests that winners be determined by totting up the following during the contest :

1 mark for every "You dirty Northern/Southern/Eastern/Western (delete as appropriate) B*st*rds!!"

2 marks for every "Who's the b*st*rd in the black?!", but only 1 mark awarded in any game Trevor Kettle is refereeing as that's too easy a target.

1 mark for each reference to wife beating when playing the likes of Chester or Boston (if Gazza should become coach).

-1 mark for every "Bl**dy rubbish XXXXXXX" if directed at a member of your own team.

5 marks for singing in tune with a musical instrument.

10 marks if the musical instrument is also in tune.

1 mark for every minute over five for which a manager's "Green/Red/Blue etc. and White Army" chant is maintained.

-1 mark for singing things in Welsh.

1 mark for each encouraging phrase containing the words numpty, muppet, t*ss*r or w*nk*r.

5 marks for one stand getting another stand to join in.

-5 marks for one home area directing derogatory remarks at another home area.

1 mark for each person sitting who sings anything at all.

5 marks for "You could have come in a taxi!", unless it's true, in which case the visiting fans get 10 marks for turning up.

100 bonus marks for any crowd that sings "Abide with me" and actually knows all the words (this will never be awarded).

1,000,000 bonus marks for any reference to the Seaside Scummers Weymouth - no one said it was a fair competition - thus Yeovil Town wins the Fans League by Christmas.

double marks if any of the above are achieved on an open terrace.

triple marks if any of the above are achieved on an open terrace mid-week.

quadruple marks if any of the above are achieved on an open terrace mid-week in the rain.

Great idea Football League - can hardly wait.

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22 July 2004 : Mirza And Tarachulski Sign
At a press conference this afternoon Yeovil Town revealed the two latest signings to join Gary Johnson's squad. Centre forward 6' 4" Bartosz Tarachulski is set to fill a hole that has been problematic in the team for some time.

Tarachulski has signed a one year deal but is open minded to the idea of staying here beyond that point. His family will be moving over to England in approximately three weeks time. The slight delay has been occasioned by the fact they have a 27 day old baby (belated congratulations) with no passport. This has to be sorted before the family can arrive - but Bartosz will move separately. He will take up English lessons whilst he is over here to improve his grasp of the language.

Although welcome this signing was expected. There was undoubtedly more tension from fans waiting to hear the results of the press conference concerning Nicolas 'Myers', who is Nicolas Mirza. His real name had been kept strictly under wraps by the Yeovil management, and his time on the pitch revealed why, as he oozed class and had many supporters drooling. Mirza began as a youth with Red Star and then went to Paris Saint Germain. As a very young future prospect at that level injury then saw him slip from sight as far as the PSG management were concerned, and he is looking to kick start his career again. He is nineteen and has signed a two year deal.

Gary Johnson was keen to praise the Board for backing him in what he regarded as being two ambitious deals.
Nicolas Mirza, Bartosz Tarachulski and Gary Johnson
Nicolas Mirza, Bartosz Tarachulski and Gary Johnson
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace/Richard Gibson

In further recruitment news the Yeovil Express is reporting that Kezie Ibe and Yemi Odudabe will be starting the new season at Huish Park. Gary Johnson is quoted as saying :

They will both be here come the start of the new season. They are not on contracts, but will be on what I would call learning salaries. Kezie and Yemi are both still potential at the moment and we will have to work on them very hard. But I like to work with these sorts of players. They have a lot to learn but they are willing to learn and I am willing to teach them. They have loads of raw talent and it is something I would like to nurture.

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22 July 2004 : From Huish Park to the Memorial Stadium
Yeovil Express chief reporter and soccer writer Steve Sowden will be putting on his walking boots later this year when he tackles a sponsored walk in aid of the Express' very own Paws for a Pound Appeal in support of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

Steve, 33, is planning to walk the 47-miles from Yeovil Town FC's Huish Park ground to Bristol Rovers' Memorial Stadium to coincide with the Glovers' Football League match at Rovers on October 19.

He will be joined on the two-day walk by his brother and fellow Yeovil fan James Wootten, 28, who suggested the idea.

Both Steve and James were involved in the Express' charity walk two years ago when they made the 24-mile trek from Huish Park to Dorchester Town's Avenue Stadium in aid of the FAST (Fund A Scanner Today) Appeal which was in support of Yeovil District Hospital's bone density unit.

But now the pair are planning the much more arduous challenge to Bristol and although the 47-mile walk will be like completing nearly two marathons in two days, they are looking forward to it.

The Express is trying to raise £35,000 which will help to fund the life of a working guide dog which becomes the eyes for a blind or partially-sighted person.

The appeal has so far topped the £5,000 barrier - meaning that there is still a long way to go before the magic target is reached.

But Steve, who has been heavily involved in the Paws for a Pound Appeal since it was launched in the Express in February, firmly believes that the £35,000 goal will be achieved.

"The response so far has been great, but I thought it was about time I actually raised some money for the appeal and a sponsored walk seems a good idea," he said. "Whether it seems like a good idea once we get started I wait to see!

"My brother came up with the idea of walking from Huish Park to Bristol Rovers and my first reaction was - you are joking! But the more I think about it the more of a challenge it will be and one I'm looking forward to.

"The prospect of walking 47 miles is quite intimidating. I can remember the walk to Dorchester two years ago and that was painful come the end. This new venture will be like walking to Dorchester and then back to Yeovil - now that does make me wince!"

James, who works for Shepton Beauchamp firm Bakery Computing, added: "It's going to be hard, it's going to be tough, but we are determined to do it and hopefully we'll raise a lot of money for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association which is a very worthy cause.

"I think the hardest part will be trying to avoid the front door of all the village pubs on the route. Some of those beer gardens will start to look quite inviting by lunchtime on the second day!"

Anyone who would like to sponsor Steve and James should contact the Yeovil Express on 01935-479811 or write to or visit the Express offices at 46 Princes Street, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 1EQ. Alternatively you can fax the Express on 01935-432251 or via e-mail at

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21 July 2004 : Gally On The Double
Striker Kevin Gall got a second confidence boost inside 24 hours when he scored the opening goal in a 2-0 victory over Conference South side Dorchester Town this evening. Gall, who had scored the previous evening at Bath City, netted midway through the second half after a weaving Nicholas 'Myers' run had ultimately split the Magpies defence.

The Glovers had been frustrated by a goalless first half in which Dorchester provided far sterner opposition than Bath had managed, with both sides defences well on top. Even after Gall's second successful one-on-one of the week had given Yeovil the advantage, Dorchester clung in there, and it wasn't until the last minute when the scoreline increased.

Two last minute substitutions provided the second goal. One was a new face that appeared to be via the Dorchester tannoy announced as Gary Fordham (although others have suggested Danny Gordon!) who is almost certainly a new addition to the Under 18 squad. With his first touch, he headed down the right wing and put in a low cross for Dan Bulley to finish from five yards with his first touch.

The Glovers now get a few days rest, with Gary Johnson hoping to use that time to tie up the contract signatures of a few of his successful trialists. Bristol City provide the next opposition, and supporters are reminded that the turnstiles will be operating on a cashless basis - all tickets must be purchased from the ticket office before heading into the ground. Tickets are on sale now.

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21 July 2004 : Kezie Ibe signs.......according to Staines
Staines Town are reporting that trialist Kezie Ibe has signed a contract with Yeovil Town.

Ibe was at Aylesbury United from 2001-03, then moved to Staines Town last season, where he was Player of the Year. Twenty-three year old Ibe scored 27 goals in league and cup as the Swans gained promotion.

Ibe featured on the European tour and has started in both friendlies played so far back on English soil.

Confirmation is still awaited from Huish Park.

Update : as of this evening Yeovil Town has denied that any contract has been signed at the moment.

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20 July 2004 : Glovers Show Old Foes Gap
Yeovil Town comfortably strolled their way through to a three goal victory at Twerton Park tonight, as a different team in each half made light work of former league rivals Bath City, who start the coming season now three leagues apart from the Glovers.

Somewhat ironically, it was three of Yeovil's Conference squad that grabbed the goals. Gavin Williams scored from the penalty spot after Keize Ibe was fouled by home keeper Paul Evans. Colin Pluck doubled the lead a few minutes later to put the Glovers 2-0 up at half time, and Kevin Gall scored his first senior goal of 2004 when he netted midway through the second half.

At the other end of the park, Chris Weale was a near spectator, but did have once piece of work to do as he saved a first half penalty. Yeovil introduced one more new trialist to the fold with Hussein Yazdani playing the whole of the second half in midfield.

Hussein Yazdani is a former Coventry City midfielder, released from the club this summer. He also has a number of Eire U19 international caps gained during the 2003/04 season.

The Ciderspace match report can be found here, courtesy of Tim Lancaster and Alan Hayes.

The team now travel to Dorchester Town (Wednesday night, kick-off 7.45pm) who are playing in the newly formed Conference South league this coming season.

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20 July 2004 : Pigs Might Fly
YTISA committee member Stew Bratherton (aka Blue Stew) is calling for sponsors for the pig races that will be held at the club's Open Day on Sunday August 1st. Stew writes:

"I am looking for either 6 businesses or individuals to sponsors the 6 Pig Races, that will be held at the Open day on the 1st August. The cost will be £30 per race, and for this we will name the race after your business or yourself, and you can pick the names of the 6 pigs.

"Your details along with the names of your pigs will be on the race card, which everyone who attends will get a copy of, so if you are interested please e-mail me at

"If I have more that 6 businesses or individuals interested I will do it on a first come first serve basis. The money raised will be used to purchase the prizes for the Speed Cage and Penalty Shoot competition on the day.

"So come on, I am sure their is a Dentist, Financial Advisor or Estate Agent who visit this site who would be interested, what about a race names after our beloved Ciderspace, I am sure we can find the names of 6 pigs from with the Ciderspace empire

Contact Stew directly for further information or to put your money where it matters. For further information on the club's Open Day, see our news item from July 2nd.

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20 July 2004 : Bath Prices and Directions
Yeovil Town travel to Dr Martens League side Bath City tonight for their second domestic friendly. Manager Gary Johnson has revealed little in terms of what his team tonight will look like, with the exception of saying that those who don't start tonight are expected to get a start on Wednesday at Dorchester, injuries permitting.

Admission to Twerton Park is six pounds for adults and three pounds for concessions. To get to Twerton, take the A37 north from Yeovil towards Bristol, then take the A367 into Bath city centre. Then take the A36 Lower Bristol Road westbound for two or three miles until you reach Twerton. Fork left under the railway bridge into Twerton High Street and the ground is the second turning on the left. Limited parking for 150 vehicles is available, or alternatively there are plenty of spots to be found on the nearby side streets.

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19 July 2004 : Book Signings
Yeovil Town chronicler Brendon Owen has posted the following on the Ciderspace Forum. We reproduce it here to extend its longevity :

I just wanted to say how sorry I am to anyone who may have turned up at W.H.Smith on Saturday morning expecting to see my ugly mug and getting a book signed. The only thing I can say in my defence is that when I agreed the date I had a stinking cold and in my befuddled state wrote the engagement on the wrong date in my diary.

For anyone who wants to come and boo and hiss at me I shall be at W.H.Smith this coming Saturday, 24th July between 10.30am - 11.30am. I shall be bringing along my minder - Gary Johnson.

There are a couple of other opportunities to hit me around the head with a book (mine preferably). I shall be in the foyer of the Octagon Theatre this Friday 23rd July from about 6.30pm. This is on the occasion of the World Premiere of 'BECOMING GIANTS'. I think the play is going to be great fun. If you haven't got a ticket come on down and make it a great evening. Gary Johnson, Steve Thompson and some of the lads are going to be there.

On Thursday 29th July, Ottaker's in Middle Street are holding a book signing from 3.00pm - 4.00pm. Once again Gary Johnson and some of the players will be there to sign their autographs.

Finally (thank God for that I hear you say) I shall be on duty at the Fun Day at Huish Park on Sunday 1st August from 12.00 noon.

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19 July 2004 : Caceres pleased with start to Glovers career
New Glovers winger Adrian Caceres has updated his column on the Tribal Football website:

I've surprised myself with early season form

By Adrian Caceres - July 19, 2004

Adrian Caceres is delighted with his preseason form after success against Den Haag and Royal Antwerp.

I must say, preseason with the Glovers has exceeded all expectations.

Originally, I was hoping to bed in quietly here. The tour of the continent included games against top-flight clubs and my plan was to just settle in and get some game time into my legs.

Instead, we came back from matches against Den Haag, Uerdingen and Royal Antwerp with two wins and a draw and on a personal point, I was delighted with how my form stacked up against these top teams.

My best game was probably against Antwerp - which is actually a feeder club for Manchester United. I knew there were a few people there looking at me after my trials with Mouscron and Cercle Brugges at the end of last season - and I had a point to prove to them.

Saturday was our first defeat of preseason against Bournemouth, which are a division above us. The boss was still pleased with how we played - in fact, I think we were pretty unlucky not to get something from it. Personally, again I was happy with how I coped against a higher grade of opposition. I must admit I'm surprising myself at how well I've done and I know the boss is pleased with the form I've shown.

I'm still only about 80 per cent fit. I could walk into the NSL back in Australia at this point, no problem, but playing League Two football takes a hell of a lot more.

I have been gasping a bit late in games. But the aim is to continue to build my fitness, so I can have a go at the opposition with the same energy in the final minutes as I have been able to do so far in the opening hour.

I'm working well together with Michael Rose, who's establishing himself as the manager's choice at left-back.

Like myself with Southampton, Michael began his career in the Premiership with Manchester United - as did another of our star recruits in Phil Jevons, who was at Everton.

We all have something to prove, which is why I think Gary Johnson has signed us. All the new lads have shown they can compete at a high level - as we did against Den Haag and Antwerp - and now its a matter of working on things together so we can improve our consistency.

We also have another Aussie in the team with Scott Guyett joining from Chester City. While I'm from Perth, Scott's actually a Queenslander who's been playing over here for several years. I didn't know too much about him, but the lads who have been with Yeovil rate Scott very highly - he's actually played for England's non-league rep team so he's another great addition.

I was delighted the boss gave me the No10 jersey for the new season. It's the one I wanted as Diego Maradona is a hero of mine. It's funny, when I was trialling at Mouscron Diego had his heart scare and because of my Argentine background all of a sudden I was fielding questions from journalists about what I thought of it all!

There's plenty of friendlies ahead for us - six, in fact. There's an exciting one against Cardiff City, while all the lads are delighted to see us drawn against Championship club Plymouth Argyle in the League Cup.

Mr Johnson is still looking at several trialists here. We could have had a third Aussie - and another Queenslander - in Anthony Roche here at the Glovers. But unfortunately an injury wrecked his chances. We still have a number of lads trialling with us chasing a contract.

The squad is coming together nicely - the results speak for themselves - and though there's still plenty of work to do before the League Two opener against Bury, I think we can go into the new season confident of our chances.

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19 July 2004 : Tarachulski to sign?
Polish striker Bartosz Tarachulski looks set to become the next piece in Gary Johnson's Huish Park jigsaw with the Glovers boss confirming to the Western Daily Press today that the Polish striker has been offered a contract by Yeovil. "It's almost certain he'll be joining us," said Johnson. "He will give me the big, experienced 29-year-old striker we need."

Asked by the paper whether he regretted the departure of Dani Rodrigues following the Bournemouth striker's two goals against his old club in Saturday's pre-season friendly, Johnson said: "He is 'Johnny on the Spot', but if I'd taken Dani I wouldn't have had Phil Jevons, so I've won on that one. I'm happy with what I've got now, so Dani Rodrigues is history. We will take more chances than we miss with those two [Jevons and Tarachulski]. We've brought in some quality - you've seen that and you will see even more when you see Jevons on the field. The club has allowed me to push on and bring in players of that experience. It's moved us up a level - definitely."

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18 July 2004 : Transport From YTISA
Details of YTISA transport for the first two away fixtures of the season are as follows :

Bury - leaving Huish Park at 7.30 a.m.

Members £15

Non Members £17

Notts County - leaving Huish Park at 7.30 a.m.

Members £15

Non Members £17

Phone the YTISA booking hotline on 07800 837810

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18 July 2004 : Gary's Verdict on the Bournemouth Game
Gary Johnson gave his views on Saturday's 1-2 home defeat at the hands of AFC Bournemouth when he spoke to the press after the game:

Gary, a good performance?

"Yeah, it was. We needed to get the second goal didnít we? It was a good pre-season work out for us and Iíve learnt things I needed to learn today. I thought our new players created a good first impression which is nice. Scott Guyett looked strong, Caceres is the left winger we never had and Rose looks a solid defender and a solid player. I was pleased with all of them and some of them got 90 minutes which is good early on and we just need to take our chances. I felt they didnít really cause us that many problems and we created some decent opportunities. It was a good game of football."

Any injuries?

Not any main injuries. Jevons had a slight knee injury so I couldnít risk him, Darrenís had a slight ankle injury and needs a few days rest, Pluckyís had a slight ankle injury and needs a few days rest, Lee had a throat infection which knocked him out so heís not injured heís getting over a throat infection. Andy Lindegaard has had a slight thigh strain, but none of them are serious and all of them will be back pretty soon.

What about Dan Bulley?

Bulleyís a young lad from Plymouth - his dad does a bit of scouting for us. Bulley was here before but Plymouth offered him a YTS but they didnít sign him as a pro and he asked if he could come here and train with us and try and prove himself for a couple of weeks.

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17 July 2004 : Dani happy returns
It was inevitable! In the first home pre-season friendly of the season Yeovil were 1-0 up from a 45th minute Simon Weatherstone goal and cruising. Visitors Bournemouth rang the changes halfway through the second half, introducing former Glover Dani Rodrigues, who proceeded to firstly equalise on 69 minutes despite being well offside, and then to snatch an undeserved winner for the Cherries on the stroke of full-time.

Final score: Yeovil Town 1 - 2 AFC Bournemouth.

The Glovers will nevertheless be pleased with their overall performance in the game. New boys Adrian Caceres, Scott Guyett and Michael Rose made their home debuts, all doing enough to impress the 2,601 crowd; triallist Kaize Ibe was on from the start and midfielder Nicholas 'Myers' had the Huish Park faithful drooling with his second half performance.

Of those missing, strikers Phil Jevons and Bartosz Tarachulski suffered slight knocks in the win over Royal Antwerp but are expected to be fit again for the coming week's friendlies. Lee Johnson has a virus and triallist Yemi Odubade was at a wedding. Dutch triallist Macia Ryper has been released. Darren Way and Andy Lindegaard are still recovering from the injuries that forced them to miss the pre-season European tour.

The Glovers now go on to play Bath City (remember them?) at Twerton Park this coming Tuesday evening and Dorchester Town at the Avenue Stadium on Wednesday, both games kicking off at 7.45pm. Glovers boss Gary Johnson does not intend to treat either game as a 'reserve' fixture as such - the team for the Tuesday night game will be composed of a mixture of first teamers, squad members, and trialists; with those who could do with an extra 24 hours rest starting the match on Wednesday.

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16 July 2004 : Reserve Fixtures Announced
Yeovil Town's Reserve team fixtures have been published with the Glovers once again taking part in the Pontins Holiday Football Combination League. Fixtures commence on August 18th at Huish Park with Cheltenham Town the visitors.

The full fixture list is published here. Kick-off times are very provisional as it has been assumed that all Huish Park fixtures will kick-off at the 7.00pm time used last season, with most opponent clubs choosing an afternoon 2.00pm kick-off. Check for confirmation nearer the time.

The fixture list does not include Reserve fixtures with Conference 2 minnows Weymouth - the Dorset scummers club will compete against all clubs in Yeovil's division this season, but they will be classed as friendly fixtures as The Terribles Terras have not been given formal admittance to the league for this season.

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15 July 2004 : Johnson to decide on triallists next week
Glovers boss Gary Johnson will be making a decision early next week about which of the four triallists who have impressed on the club's European tour he would like to keep at Huish Park next season. The four - Eastbourne Town forward Yemi Odubade, Dutch striker Macia Ryper, former Northampton and Bournemouth player Kaize Ibe, and Polish striker Bartos Tarnchuski - all came in for praise from the Gaffer. Speaking to the Western Gazette, Johnson said: "All the trialists have done well and it is hard because we cannot take them all, yet they are all still fighting for their lives which is terrific. "How many of them we do take is something that I will have to negotiate with the board when I have to make the decision which probably will not be until early next week."

Meanwhile, the Glovers have returned to the UK following the final game of their highly successful European tour to prepare for this Saturday's first home friendly of the season against West Country rivals AFC Bournemouth. The match has been designated as a 'charity match', with a proportion of the net proceeds going to The Occular Eye Research Charity, chosen by the family of former Glovers director George Smith who died last year. There will be a half-time bucket collection and it's intended that the charity match will become an annual event. Current director Stephen Allinson, speaking to the Yeovil Express, commented: "It is good for football clubs to be seen supporting charity work and we hope our supporters will join us in raising money in this way. It is also fitting that our first such charity is chosen by George Smith`s family as he is still remembered very fondly by so many people at the club."

The presence of former Glovers striker Dani Rodrigues in Bournemouth's squad will add a little spice to Saturday's game. The Portugese frontman spoke this week about the reasons why he turned his back on Yeovil after his career was rescued from the scrapheap by Gary Johnson and - surprise surprise - it all comes down to money in the end. "I left Yeovil without a word and people do not know why I left," Rodrigues admitted to the Western Gazette. "It is nothing personal but I just had to look after myself in my professional life. It will be hard to go there because I have very good memories of playing there. The Yeovil fans took care of me very well and that meant a lot to me. But I wanted to look forward in my life. What they were offering me at Yeovil I just could not take and Bournemouth offered me a better way to live." Rodrigues has now signed a one-year contract at Dean Court. The final word on the saga goes to the man who resurrected Dani's career... Gary Johnson commented: "I felt we had done a lot for him but footballers make decisions for their own reasons, although it is very dangerous to burn your bridges sometimes."

Looking forward to Saturday's match, Johnson said: "The games we have played on our tour have been good so far so we are looking forward to Saturday. The lads have all shown their fitness is good and I have been really impressed with our new signings. But Bournemouth will be a different game again. It is always a test against them and with us winning the LDV Vans game against them at the start of last season they will be out to prove their status above ours."

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14 July 2004 : Glovers Return Home Undefeated
Yeovil Town beat Belgian top-flight side Royal Antwerp tonight by a 2-1 scoreline as they ensured that they returned home with two wins and a draw from a highly successful European tour.

Having had a three day break, Gary Johnson selected a strong looking eleven, with Bartos Tarnchuski the only trialist to start the match. Like Sunday's game though, they started slowly and went a goal behind when Steve Collis was beaten.

The game saw Dale Williams and Stuart Housley act as linesmen after the two match officials failed to show.

The Glovers got their equaliser on 32 minutes when a Lee Johnson free-kick rebounded off the Antwerp defensive wall, and Phil Jevons smashed home from 20 yards out for his third goal in three games.

Paul Terry replacing Adam Lockwood was the only change that was made at half time, although Chris Weale replaced Steve Collis in goal shortly afterwards.

Stuart Housley didn't exactly make friends in the Yeovil dressing room when he raised his flag on Kevin Gall as he ran in on goal. Gally slotted the ball home but long after Stu had ensured that the strike would not count.

Fifteen minutes into the half, the Glovers took the lead through a slight stroke of luck. Adrian Caceres whipped the ball into the box, and Antwerp's captain turned the ball in past his own keeper.

Antwerp missed an easy chance to level the scores but in a sea of second half changes, the Glovers stayed the more organised team to knock up a highly impressive 2-1 victory. The only downside was Phil Jevons limping off a couple of minutes before the end of the game - hopefully that was precautionary.

No time was wasted at the end of the game - the team departed Antwerp barely 15 minutes after the match ended, heading off on their coach to make their way back to England on an overnighter.

Line-Up: Stephen Collis; Adam Lockwood, Terry Skiverton Scott Guyett, Michael Rose; Kevin Gall, Lee Johnson, Gavin Williams, Adrian Caceres, Bartos Tarnchuski; Phil Jevons, Adrian Caceres.

Subs Used: Paul Terry (46 mins for Lockwood), Chris Weale (50 mins for Collis), Marcio Ryper (63 mins for Kevin Gall), Roy O'Brien (63 mins for Scott Guyett), Kazey Ibe (70 mins for Adrian Caceres)

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14 July 2004 : Youth Team Fixtures Issued
Yeovil Town's Under 18 side have had their fixture list for the 2004-05 season issued. Carrying on from last year's successful season that saw them finish third at an Under 17 level, the Youth Team now graduate to a restructured Under 18's level and kick off their season at Swindon Town on August 14th. The full fixture list can be found here.

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14 July 2004 : Pontin's Holidays Combination
Yeovil Town Reserves will again be playing in the Pontin's Holidays Combination Wales & West Division this coming season.

As last term the Division has ten entrants, though the line-up has altered slightly with Oxford United having moved to the Central & East Division. Their replacements are our friends from Weymouth, plucky minnows swimming with the big fish for the first time.

The full list of teams is :

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

Updated 15/07/04 :

The above information was that released by the Football League. However the Weymouth Official Site has a different view on the status of that club in the Pontin's Holidays Combination :

Weymouth Reserves have been denied entry to the Pontins Wales and West Division.

The Terras had hoped to enter their second string in the competition which includes Plymouth Argyle, Bristol City and Yeovil Town. But the Wessex Stadium club left disappointed after South Eastern members of the Pontins Combination League voted en masse to reject their application.

However, the Terras will still be facing Coca Cola League reserve sides next term after league officials agreed for them to become associate members of the set-up. That means Weymouth will play all the Wales and Western teams home and away in friendly matches.

Terras chairman Ian Ridley explained: "We had hoped our reserves would be voted into the Wales and West division at the annual meeting but unfortunately it was not to be. Although the other clubs in the Wales and West section were supportive of our application, it seems some other clubs had reservations because our first team do not play in the Conference National. Once the decision was made we sat down with Pontins League officials, who have been very helpful, and they agreed that the door should not be closed on us.

The upshot of those discussions has been that we've been allowed into the league as an associate member for a season, meaning we will play all the Wales and West clubs but will not be part of the league table. Obviously it is not an ideal situation but it is one we can cope with for 12 months when we hope to be accepted as a full member.

We're pleased our reserves will be facing good quality opposition - this decision means our fans will still get the opportunity to see a number of league clubs and players at the Wessex Stadium over the course of the season."

Our thanks to Steven Neish for bringing this article to our attention.

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14 July 2004 : Johnson pleased with new signings
Glovers boss Gary Johnson has been singing the praises of his four new signings as they show what they can do in the club's tour of the continent.

Striker Phil Jevons has now scored twice in as many games for his new club. "I'm very pleased with him," Johnson told the Western Daily Press. "He's a good finisher and he has taken his goals well and that's why I brought him to the club. He's a technical player who has a lot of ambition and personality and he has settled in with the lads. He's definitely one of us."

Of the other three new signings, Johnson said: "I'm also happy with [Adrian] Caceres. He had a very good game in Germany. He had to do a bit more after the first game and I told him that and he did it.

"Scott Guyett isn't quite fit enough yet, but he will get stronger. Michael Rose has done well in the left-back position as well."

As reported below Johnson has been pleased with the standard shown by all four triallists on the tour, forward players Yemi Odubade*, Marcia Ryper*, Bartos Tarnchuski* and Kaize Ibe* all showing up well. However Johnson wants to run the rule over two unnamed strikers not on tour when he returns home before any decision about who to retain is made: "There are another couple of strikers I would like to look at including one who is injured at the moment," he said.

The Glovers play their final match of the tour tonight against Royal Antwerp, the match being played at VC Wijnegem's Stadium, 7.00pm kick-off (local time).

* - All spellings subject to change!

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13 July 2004 : Matchday Changes At Huish Park
As reported on Ciderspace on June 8th via the Supporters Groups Forum charging will be introduced for the Huish Park car parks for the 2004-05 season. The charge has been set at £2.00 per car, and will come into force from the friendlies onwards.

Surrounding residential areas will be coned off, and supporters arriving by car will either need to use the parking facilities at the ground or face the walk occasioned by using on-street space outside the restricted zone.

Exiting after matches will be left turn only out of the Yeovil College (Main) Stand side, and right turn only out of the Bartlett Stand side.

No tickets will be available at the turnstiles for home fans. Last season those in the seated areas could only buy tickets on the day from the office; this has now been extended to the Westland Stand. Club advice is to buy wherever possible ahead of matchday to avoid queuing at the ticket office.

As yet we are unclear as to whether away fans will still be able to buy at the turnstiles for their areas. On a related note for visiting supporters, the club is looking at moving the seated section for away fans from the Bartlett Stand to the Yeovil College Stand. We'll update when we hear more.

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13 July 2004 : Amsterdam Diaries part one
The On To Victory crew have gone on tour to the continent with the team - with many thanks to Seb White, here's the first part of their tour diaries:

"Things started very early 4:00 Friday morning, and no sooner had myself, Jon B, Chris R arrived at Leeds airport the first pint was supped and a precedent was sent. We were soon in Amsterdam and our hotel room which is bloody massive, 6 bunk beds one for each of us. After a few more beers the early start came into effect so a power nap was needed. Si from Amsterdam joined us and ever since has been a superb tour guide. The other tourists soon joined us - Jon H and Dan B and no sooner had Mr Hartley arrived he became confused that we were on a rugby tour and tried to implment stupid drinking games - one thing you dont need in Amsterdam is an excuse to drink! When in Rome and all that, we managed to fit in all the delights of the Dam in one evening leading to a casualty of war (identity shall remain nameless!) being carried back by the less inebriated of us - the toilet became his bed for the rest of the night.

"No sooner had we gone to sleep the alarm woke us up to get the train to Den Haag. We joined up with Rob Lane and Si at the Amsterdam Central and with miltary precision we navigated the short trip on the double decker train to Den Haag. A quick drink in the city centre and also a bit of Mullet Hunting ensued, but we had to get to the match. It was a similar set up to Huish with the pitch next to the ground - although the players we spoke to after the game complained about the hard bobbly surface. In brief the game was everything a pre-season usually isnt - exciting, goals, sending off's. Highlights were the performances of Rose, Jevons and Ibi who scored a cracker. The Mullet Hunters t-shirt proved popular, even managed to sell one with bird shit on it for 10e! Despite taking directions off a drunk we did eventually get back to the station and soon enough we were back in the Dam. The previous nights excesses and the long day in the Dutch sun meant it was a slightly more relaxed night.

"Sunday was soon upon us, and a long trip to KFC Urdingen in Germany awaited. With five of us wedged into the supermini kindly arranged by Si and the
remaining two members of the group travelling with Dangerous Dave Wetherspoon and Rob we were welcomed into Germany by rain that did keep stopping! Communication breakdown led to the group being unable to meet for a pre-match drink, with both parties finding different pubs despite being given the 'same'
directions. However, the few in the hire car clearly found the correct pub, with a round costing only 5e! The rain stopped promptly for the start of the game, with KFC unfortunately taking the lead. A dour first half saw little flair and creativity, but substitutions ensured a much improved second period.
Roy O'Brien impressed, winning anything that came even vaguely near him, with Super Gav proving why he's Gary's best signing of the pre-season so far, and the *big Pole* looked good leading the front line. Mullets, on the whole, were a huge disappointment, apart from the KFC number zwei pleasing the Yeovil
contingent with a barnet straight from the Def Leppard era! Once again, the days travelling and continental beer had sapped us of energy, so after venturing out for a dodgy kebab that would even put Yeovil's finest to shame we returned to the hotel to reminisce upon the day's activities.

"With no game on the Monday, circumstances saw the creation of two factions within the newly named Petters Anti-racist Pacifist Mullet-hunting Inter-City
jibbing Casuals. Appreciating the delights and heritage within the city, Seb and Sweeter decided to sample the shops of Amsterdam whilst Jon B, Jon H,
Chris and Dan turned into culture vultures. You'd assume being a culture vulture would lead to visiting museums, galleries and places of interest. However, the queue for Anne Frank's house was too long and the Heineken Brewery was shut, so the only places of interest visited by the vultures were local ale houses and bars! Meanwhile, Seb and Sweeter were having a thoroughly fulfilling afternoon, spening lots of money on very little and hob-nobbing in flash designer shops with ex-international footballers and current time-wasters. Being yards away from Europe's finest bench-warmer, Winston Bogarde easily beats the pink tailed dog spotted by the vultures.

The evening's entertainment proved far more surreal and legendary than expected, with an unwell Si Amsterdam, as ever, coming up trumps in finding a karaoke bar for us budding eighties rockers! Unfortunately, language proved yet another barrier, as the distinctly oriental establishment posed the occasional problem. The club was more likely to provide the Far East's finest rather than songs to satisfy the desires of fans of The Skids and Opus! However, an English book saved the day, and the Petters Anti-racist Pacifist Mullet-hunting Inter-City jibbing Karaoke-loving Casuals soon transformed the conduct of the locals, introducing the Stars in Their Eyes clap after the first few lines of the song, and performing air guitar and air drums during Jon H's rousing rendition of Guns n Roses hit Knock-Knock-Knockin' on Heaven's Door. So by the end of the night, having accumulated a bar tab in excess of 100 quid, the locals cheered us out, and a little karaoke bar in Amsterdam will forever remember the crazy English who clapped and sung along to songs we didn't have a clue what were about!"

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12 July 2004 : Youths In New Structure
As first announced several months ago a major restructuring of Youth Football comes into place for season 2004-05.

The introduction of the Modern Apprenticeship for Sporting Excellence brings a change from the old three-year scholarship to a two-year programme. Therefore instead of Under 19 and Under 17 competitions a new Under 18 competition has been developed.

The Under 18 divisions kick off on Saturday August 14th, and in this first season clubs are allowed to field up to five overage players (one goalkeeper plus four outfield players). This will gradually be reduced to zero over the next three seasons.

The competition will have a new sponsorship following the end of the agreement with Umbro Isotonic, and an announcement is expected shortly.

The Under 18 competition is split into six Conferences, with Yeovil Town in the South-West Conference. There will be nine clubs this season :

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

The changes from last year have seen Cardiff City move up to the F.A. Premier Academy League, Torquay United disband their youth set-up, and Cirencester move into the South-Central Conference. New boys in the South-West Conference will be Newport County.

The fixture list is set for release on Wednesday, July 14th.

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12 July 2004 : Trialist Quartet Looking Good
Glovers manager Gary Johnson appears to be happy with the progress his quartet of trialists are making as he looks to decide who to put on a contract for the forthcoming season.

Should that happen, one only hopes that by then the various permutations of how the names of the four trialists should be spelt can be sorted out once and for all!

Eastbourne Town player Yemi Odubade fortunately seems to only have one way of spelling his name, although perhaps of interest is that the Western Daily Press describe him as a winger - the position he occupied during at least one of the weekend games. Eastbourne have tended to play him in an orthodox striking position.

Macia Ryper (called Marcio Riaper on this site over the weekend and as Marcio Ryper on the official site) is according to the WDP a Dutch trialist from Heerenveen. It's not clear what position he normally plays but he was used as a striker on Sunday.

Kaize Ibe (known as Casey Ibe as a Northampton Town and AFC Bournemouth player, and as Kazey Ibe on the official site) has apparently also operated as a striker for Staines Town.

Finally Bartos Tarnchuski (referred to as Bartoz Tarachuski on this site and the official site) is a Polish striker who was once on the books of Polonia Warsaw.

Clearly Johnson is not going to sign up four strikers with Kevin Gall and Phil Jevons already on the books, but he had this to say on the subject when talking to the official site: "I was very pleased with Bartoz Tarachuski and Adrian Caceres showed us what he can do as well. You have to remember the standard of the teams we were playing against they were the equivalent of our Coca Cola Championship league (Div1). In fact I was pleased with all the trialists- Yemi Odubade and Kazey Ibe also looked good as did Marcio Ryper and it will be a difficult job when I come to choose who to sign on."

Johnson has in the past intimated that there are two more trialists that were left in England for unspecified reasons that will turn up at the Huish Park camp when the team return to England. Before that though, the Glovers will head to Royal Antwerp on Wednesday for the final leg of their tour with the team having being given a day off in Amsterdam today, returning to training tomorrow.

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11 July 2004 : Glovers Pay The Penalty Against Germans
A late penalty denied Yeovil Town a second tour win, as they shared the points with German side KFC Uerdingen 05. Like Saturday, it was some of the new boys that got their names on the scoresheet, with Phil Jevons getting his second goal of the tour, whilst Polish trialist striker Bartoz Tarachuski netted the other.

The Glovers lined up with a radically different team compared to the previous day's match as follows: Chris Weale; Stephen Reed, Roy O'Brien, Scott Guyett, Adam Lockwood; Adrian Caceres, Simon Weatherstone, Paul Terry, Yemi Odubade; Marcio Riaper (who the official site spell as Marceo Ryper) and Bartoz Tarachuski.

The Glovers went in at half time a goal down after conceding early on and there were a few changes made at half time with the following line-up taking to the field: Chris Weale; Michael Rose, Roy O'Brien, Scott Guyett, Colin Pluck; Adrian Caceres, Lee Johnson, Paul Terry, Gavin Williams; Marcio Riaper and Bartoz Tarachuski.

The Glovers equalised when Tarachuski headed home a Lee Johnson free kick not long after Johnson himself had struck the German club's woodwork from another set-piece. Phil Jevons seemed to have given Yeovil the win when he put the touring side into the lead. But with a few minutes left, a penalty described as dubious by those on the tour, gave KFC Uerdingen 05 a draw after Colin Pluck was judged to have fouled inside the box.

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10 July 2004 : Glovers Triumph Against Dutch
Yeovil Town won their first pre-season European tour match with a last minute penalty from Stephen Reed as they inched past Dutch side Den Haag by a 3-2 scoreline.

The win was made all the more commendable with the Glovers having been reduced to nine men following red cards for Terry Skiverton and Adam Lockwood. Skiverton was dismissed for committing a professional foul that led to one of the Dutch side's goals, with Steve Collis being beaten from the subsequent penalty kick. Lockwood's dismissal appeared to be for an off the ball incident and will presumably be recorded as violent conduct.

It's not clear currently what rules are enforced for dismissals in overseas friendlies and what suspension, if any, would have to be served by the duo. Den Haag also had Alberto Saavedra dismissed by match official K Blom who combined the three dismissals with two penalties.

The Glovers had already netted through Phil Jevons and trialist Casey Ibe (who looks to be a former Northampton Town and AFC Bournemouth Youth Team player) until Reed netted from the penalty spot for the winner. The team unveiled their new away kit, described as being not unlike AC Milan's red and black stripes, although this kit has a different shade of red. Over 50 Glovers travelled to watch the match.

The Glovers opening line-up was a 4-4-2 as follows: Stephen Collis; Adam Lockwood, Terry Skiverton, Colin Pluck, Michael Rose; Gavin Williams, Lee Johnson, Simon Weatherstone, Adrian Caceres; Kevin Gall Phil Jevons.

Substitutes used during the game included Scott Guyett, Casey Ibe, Eastbourne striker Yemi Odubade, Paul Terry, Roy O'Brien, Stephen Reed, Dale Williams, another trialist going (roughly) by the name of Marcio Riaper and Chris Weale.

ADO Den Haag's line-up was: Dorus de Vries (Jimmy van Fessem, sub 45 mins), DaniŽl Rijaard (Stefan Huisman, sub 68 mins), Alberto Saavedra, Jan-Paul Saeijs, Youssef el Akchaoui (Wesley Zandstra, sub 80 mins), Ferrie Bodde, Gill Swerts, Tommie van der Leegte (Marcel Pronk, sub 80 mins), Cedric Moukouri, Roy Stroeve, Sjaak Polak.

Scorers: 1-0 Polak (52 mins, pen), 1-1 Jevons (60 mins), 1-2 Ibe (66 mins), 2-2 Pronk (85 mins), 2-3 Reed (90 mins, pen)

Attendance: 750 (including over 50 Glovers)

Further details will be added to this news item as we get more information from the travelling party, particularly on the background of the two new (provisional) names.

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8 July 2004 : David Hawker RIP
Former Yeovil Town chairman David Hawker has died after a long illness. Mr Hawker was chairman of the club from 1974 until 1982, when the late Gerry Lock took over the reins. An estate agent, Mr Hawker was a passionate and commited lifelong Glovers fan who despite his illness was a regular attendee at Huish Park, enjoying the team's recent successes.

Another former chairman, Bryan Moore, paid tribute to Mr Hawker. Speaking to the Yeovil Express Mr Moore said, "I had known David for years, not just through football, but our families had been friends for many years. We grew up together on the board of directors at Yeovil and there were some difficult times, but David did an excellent job for the club. Although he stepped down from his role as chairman, he always kept an association with the club. He will be sadly missed in the vice-president's lounge at Huish Park. You could always find him there surrounded by people chatting to him about football.

"David was a super guy. You will find lots of people say lots of great things about him and you will be hard pushed to find anyone to say anything bad about him."

A YTFC spokesman said: "This is very sad news for all concerned with Yeovil Town FC and we would like to send our condolences to Mr Hawker's family at this difficult time."

The funeral service for Mr Hawker will take place at Yeovil Crematorium tomorrow (Friday) at 11am. It will be followed by a reception at Huish Park. Sincere commiserations to Mr Hawker's family and friends.

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8 July 2004 : Carling Cup round one draw - Plymouth, home
The Glovers have drawn Championship division one side Plymouth Argyle for a West Country derby in the first round of the Carling Cup. The full draw is as follows:

Lincoln City v Derby County
Sunderland v Chester City
Darlington v Barnsley
Hull City v Wrexham
Nottingham Forest v Scunthorpe United
Rochdale v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Bradford City v Notts County
Bury v Burnley
Tranmere Rovers v Shrewsbury Town
Crewe Alexandra v Blackpool
Mansfield Town v Preston North End
Sheffield Wednesday v Walsall
Sheffield United v Stockport County
Hartlepool United v Macclesfield Town
Doncaster Rovers v Port Vale
Oldham v Stoke City
Grimsby Town v Wigan Athletic
Rotherham United v Chesterfield
Leeds United v Huddersfield Town
Colchester United v Cheltenham Town
Peterborough United v Milton Keynes Dons Franchise FC
Gillingham v Northampton Town
Brighton & Hove Albion v Bristol Rovers
Leyton Orient v AFC Bournemouth
Wycombe Wanderers v Bristol City
Boston United v Luton Town
Watford v Cambridge United
Queens Park Rangers v Swansea City
Kidderminster Harriers v Cardiff City
West Ham United v Southend United
Ipswich Town v Brentford
Rushden & Diamonds v Swindon Town
Oxford United v Reading
YEOVIL TOWN v Plymouth Argyle
Coventry City v Torquay United

Ties to take place during the week beginning 23rd August. Yeovil v Plymouth will take place at Huish Park on Tuesday 24th August, 7.45pm.

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7 July 2004 : Housley pleased with youth team progress
After the superb first team displays by Chris Weale and Andy Lindegaard and the promise shown by Steve Reed last season, I ventured to Hardingís Lane, the home of Gillingham Town FC to assess the prospects of the latest young talent aiming at catching the eye of Gary Johnson (writes George Murray)

It may have only been a friendly, but youth team manager Stuart Housley was delighted with the performance from his side, who beat their hosts 4-2 (see report below). ĎI think we played really well, considering we have only had three training seasons together. To play in a game as early as this, and to produce a performance like that was very pleasing. We play Gillingham every year and it is a tough game and to beat them 4-2 is a credit to the boys.í

The youth team leagues have been restructured this year to just one U18ís league, enabling a couple of players to continue playing in the youth side. Housley said, ĎWe are in a tough league with the Cardiffís, Swindonís and the Bristol Roversí. We finished third last year so I will be happy if we finish first or second. I just want an improvement from last year.í

A couple of players have been on trial in an attempt to strengthen the squad, one of which includes former Yeovil youth team player Danny Bulley from Plymouth Argyle. ĎHe did very well,í said Housley, Ďand looked a threat every time he got the ball. He played well and read the line today.í

Dale Williams is the only youth team player to have signed a full professional contract with the club and he produced yet another solid performance last night. ĎDale is a class player as you saw tonight.í said Housley, ĎI have got high hopes of him. He has been training very well and he is a very promising kid.í One of the reasons for the first team's success last year is the fitness of the squad. When asked if Williamsí fitness is of first team standard, Housley replied, ĎDaleís certainly fit enough. He is probably one of the fittest kids you will ever meet. He used to be the Welsh 800m champion and he showed his fitness and prowess tonight.í

Dale Williams has already proven to Gary Johnson and Steve Thompson that he is worthy of a contract but Sam Croft, Charlie Welch and Sean Smith are still training with the first team and are attempting to win Gary Johnsonís confidence. Housley admitted that this year will be make or break for the three lads. ĎThere is still a bit to do but the promise is there, and this year we will find out if they are going to make it or not.í

Stuart Housley sang Gary Johnsonís praises last night and described how every player has the opportunity to prove to Johnson that they are worthy of the step up to the first team. ĎGary knows what he is doing and knows a good player when he sees one and he will give a promising player every opportunity to make the grade. Gary comes and watches when he can and takes a big interest in the youth team. Sometimes before a first team game he comes down to watch the youth team play and encourages them and even gets involved in the team-talk. When we play in the FA youth cup Gary always has a big input into that.í

Steve Reed made his Conference debut in the 4-0 victory against Dagenham at the end of the Conference season but last season he was unable to hold down a regular first team place. ĎSteve is looking very sharp in training and has come back fit and strong which is what is required.í said Housley, ĎI will be surprised if he doesnít become a regular player in the first team sometime this season.í

Not every promising youth team player progresses in the required manner and represents the first team in the future and Housley said that ĎYou are lucky to get one or two coming through annually so if Gary keeps signing one or two every year I will be delighted.í

It remains to be seen what contribution Dale Williams will make in the first team next season. From what I have seen tonight and from other youth team games, Williams is a hot prospect and has the talent and the fitness to represent Yeovil in League Two. What is certain is that Gary Johnson has another exciting new addition to the squad.

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7 July 2004 : O'Brien earns monthly deal
Popular centre-half/midfielder Roy O'Brien, who missed the greater part of last season with knee and ankle problems and was out-of-contract at the end of June, has done enough in the pre-season so far to be put on a rolling month-to-month contract as he bids for a permanent deal at Huish Park.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson, speaking to the Western Daily Press, said: "Roy is on a month-to-month now and he's got to prove himself to himself, not just us. He has had some real bad luck over his career but he's got a chance now and hopefully things will go well."

"Roy has trained with us for the last three days and done well and you can never have enough good players at a club. Centre halves are a funny breed and they sometimes get suspended early in the season plus Plucky and Skivo had a season where they missed out for a bit of the time last year."

With the signing of Scott Guyett earlier in the week Johnson now has 5 players capable of playing centre-half, the 5 being Guyett, O'Brien, club captain Terry Skiverton, Colin Pluck and Adam Lockwood. The club leave for their pre-season European tour on Friday with Johnson looking to make at least one more signing before the season begins in August, a target-man striker believed to be his priority.

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7 July 2004 : 'Behind The Green Door' Discount
From Yeovil Town Independent Supporters' Association :

As you will all be aware, Brendon Owen has again published a book about his experiences following Yeovil Town in their first season as a Football League

As a member of YTISA Brendon has kindly agreed to offer a discount to the members of YTISA at a discounted rate of £9.50 including P&P in the U.K. (for postage rates outside UK please contact me) and £9.00 without P&P.

He has also offered to donate £1 of this fee to the Association, which in the end will benefit either the supporters or the club. On top of that the book will also be signed by Brendon.

If you wish to take advantage of this offer you are requested to e-mail me (so I can get the books ordered) as well as sending a cheque payable to "YTISA" to:

Stewart Bratherton
C/O 91 Combe Park
BA21 3BE

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6 July 2004 : The Football Finally Starts Again!
Yeovil Town U18ís comfortably beat Gillingham 4-2 in an annual friendly at Hardingís Lane, Gillingham (writes George Murray).

Dale Williams, who has just signed a full professional contract with the club, fed Andrew Holmes who broke the deadlock with a volley from close range. The lead was short lived after Gillingham equalised just before half-time with a shot from close range.

Shortly after the break Richard Cullingford put the visitors in the lead before Andrew Holmes made it 3-1 five minutes later. Gillingham pulled one back from a corner which surprisingly found the back of the net from the corner-flag while Andrew Holmes bagged his third of the evening after capitalising on poor defending by the hosts.

Under 18's manager Stuart Housley's star performers of the evening were Danny Bulley, back at the club on trial after spending last season with Plymouth Argyle, and Richard Cullingford.

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6 July 2004 : Carling Cup draw takes place Thursday
The draw for the 1st round of the Carling Cup takes place this Thursday 8th July, at 9.15am.

The draw has been split into southern and northern sections with seeded and unseeded teams to be drawn against each other - naturally Yeovil have been placed in the southern section as an unseeded team, and will therefore be drawn against one of the following seeded teams:

1. West Ham United
2. Ipswich Town
3. Reading
4. Coventry City
5. Cardiff City
6. Watford
7. Gillingham
8. Milton Keynes Dons Franchise FC
9. Plymouth Argyle
10. Queens Park Rangers
11. Brighton
12. Bristol City
13. Swindon Town
14. AFC Bournemouth
15. Luton Town
16. Colchester United

The 1st round matches take place on the week beginning 25th August.

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5 July 2004 : Diary Change
The League Two home game versus Notts County has been moved from the Easter Bank Holiday Monday (March 28th) to the next day - Tuesday March 29th, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

A rather more immediate fixture : the Under 18's will be playing their first friendly tomorrow. The opponents are Gillingham Town, at Gillingham. July 6th 2004, kick-off 6.30 p.m.

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5 July 2004 : Great Scott, It's Guyett
Scott Guyett is the latest addition to the Yeovil Town squad for the forthcoming campaign.

Ciderspace speculated back on June 23rd that Guyett might be the unnamed Australian mentioned by Gary Johnson at that time. It was known that the long association with Mark Wright that had seen Guyett play under the controversial manager at three different clubs appeared to be cooling, and that Guyett seemed reluctant to sign a contract extension with Chester City.

Scott Guyett
Scott Guyett in Chester days
Photo © 2004 Trinity Mirror Plc

A 6' 3" centre-back, Guyett was born in Ascot. When he came to England from Australia he had a very short spell at Gresley Rovers before signing for Southport, then a Conference club, in 1997. He made his First Team debut at the start of the 1998-99 season. In 2001 he followed Wright to Oxford United, moving on again when Wright was speedily shipped out by the U's after an alleged racist incident. Both Wright and he ended up at Chester. There he was Player of the Season in 2002-03.

He had won one England Semi-Pro cap when at Southport, and returned again, this time as captain, for the 2003 Four Nations, skippering England to the title. There he met a number of Yeovil players :

I know a few of the lads from the England X1. I roomed with Chris Weale while away with England. Itís good to come down and know some of the lads.

Guyett said it was ambition and expectations that Yeovil is seriously driving for League One that convinced him to make the move :

I had been at Chester for two years and had a great time, but when the opportunity came up to come down here I felt the time was right for a new challenge. I enjoyed my time at Chester and last season was great, but I needed a new challenge and thatís the main reason why I have joined Yeovil. Yeovil are a great footballing side. Hopefully they will improve on last year. There is no point with being content with the League 2, we want to go up.

After the end of the season, my agent gave me a call and said he had spoken to Gary Johnson. I never got a chance to come down before I went on holiday but I spoke to Gary over the phone when I knew of his interest in me.

Speaking of his newest recruit Johnson said :

I have always kept an eye on Scott, since I first saw him play up at Chester. He is strong. Chester always had a mean defence with Scott playing. I grew to like him even more when I saw him Captain the English National Game X1. I felt personality wise and footballing wise he would fit into our regime. However he wasnít available at that time, he was on contract at Chester. Like many players who reach the age of 24, they become Bosman agents and people move around.

Guyett's contract is for two years.

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3 July 2004 : El Kholti Set For Huish Return
Abdelhalim El Kholti is set for a return to Huish Park in the coming season........ but not in the green and white. After a short pre-season trial, and a medical on Friday, he has signed a one year contract with league rivals Cambridge United.

The Glovers are scheduled to visit Abbey Stadium in the last game of 2004 on December 28th, whilst the U's come to Huish Park less than a month later on January 22nd.

(See News page June 30th below for a brief appreciation of Gareeeee's time as a Glover.)

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3 July 2004 : Good vibrations....
Following the example set by fellow new boys Michael Rose and Adrian Caceres (see news item below), Glovers striker Phil Jevons has been talking to the Western Daily Press about why he decided to make the switch from Blundell Park to Huish Park.

"There were a lot of things that happened since I moved to Grimsby, but I'd rather just put that in the past now," the striker admitted. "Even as they were happening I was trying to put them in the past, so there's no point in thinking about them now. It has been a frustrating couple of years but I got a lot of confidence from the end of last season when I scored a lot of goals, and I hope to carry that on into this season.

"The vibe I got straight away from the manager [Gary Johnson] was that this club would be pushing at the top of the table again - and that's one of the reasons I joined. That's the kind of club I want to be at because I want to play at a higher level, and the potential here is huge.

"Everyone at Yeovil is looking to get out of this division and that's what I want. I've seen the players here on the television a few times and I'm looking
forward to playing with them as there's a lot of talent here. I know I'm not the quickest player in the world but speed of thought counts for a lot - especially at this level. I'm sure we can blend together because football is one language. These are exciting times here and I'm sure as the team gets to know each other we will do well."

The former Everton player was originally a Liverpool fan and had a childhood dream come true when he scored the winning goal at Anfield in a professional match, though he was playing for Grimsby at the time!

"It was very nice because as a youngster I used to stand on the Kop with my mates and I was at Liverpool when I was very young. I was about 13 when I moved to Everton and I was there until I was about 21 - so I had to switch allegiance to Everton!

"So to go back to Anfield with Grimsby was amazing, but to end up scoring the decisive goal was just fantastic. My family is split down the middle but my girlfriend supports Liverpool, so we had a bit of banter about that. It will always stick in my memory but you can't look back - I'd rather look forward to what's going to be an exciting season."

And so say all of us.....

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3 July 2004 : Conference In The LDV
According to reports Gravesend & Northfleet and Burton Albion have been denied entry to this season's LDV Vans Trophy.

The two clubs relegated to the Nationwide Conference plus the clubs in the ten highest places who did not gain promotion to the Football League, either as Champions or through the play-offs, can lay claim to the twelve places on offer.

This would have produced a line up of York City and Carlisle United as the relegated clubs, Hereford United (2nd), Barnet (4th), Aldershot Town (5th), Exeter City (6th), Morecambe (7th), Stevenage Borough (8th), Woking (9th), Accrington Stanley (10th), Gravesend & Northfleet (11th) and Telford United (12th).

With Telford United going into liquidation at the end of the season Dagenham & Redbridge (13th) took their place. Now with Gravesend's ground Stonebridge Road having been declared unsuitable their place would have passed to Burton Albion (14th). However it would seem that Eton Park has also failed, to the benefit of Scarborough (15th).

The final line-up of Conference clubs is therefore :

Accrington Stanley
Aldershot Town
Carlisle United
Dagenham & Redbridge
Exeter City
Hereford United
Stevenage Borough
York City

The draw for the First Round will be made late August / early September according to the Football League Official Site.

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2 July 2004 : Open Day At Huish Park
Ciderspace is pleased to bring you the first details of the Open Day at Huish Park on Sunday August 1st, 12 noon to 9.00 p.m.

Features include -

Meet the Players : at a time to be confirmed your chance to meet the players.

Supporters' Group Stalls : from the G&WSC, YTISA, VPs and DSA.

Stocks : for a small fee throw a wet sponge at whoever has been placed in them. Nominations for victims are open, with Fat Harry expected to be a strong favourite in some quarters.

Skittles : prizes for the highest score.

Draws and raffles : numerous draws and raffles, by both the club and the supporters' groups.

Childrenís Balloon Release : for £1 children under 16 will be able to release a balloon with a return label on it. The label that is returned to the club from the furthest distance by 7th August will receive a Season Ticket.

Pig Racing : in the marquee from 6.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. A chance to have a flutter and at the same time raise money.

Human Table Football : we are seeking 20 teams to play in the event. The cost will be £20 per team. The teams will be split into 4 groups of 5 with a round robin format played in each group. The winners of each group will go into the semi-final and then the final. Prizes for the winners, runners-up and the two losing semi-finalists.

To see what you're letting yourself in for go here at

So round up some friends and get a team together. Each team should consist of seven players. To enter a team call 01935 423662. First come first served so book early.

Inflatable Penalty Shoot-out : prize for the highest score. Go here for a preview.

Speed Cage : prizes for the individual who can strike the ball the fastest in the following age groups -
up to 12 years
16 and over
See speed cage here.

Food and Refreshments : the Marquee and Bars will be open all day for alcohol and refreshments. There will also be a range of hot food available.

Club Shop : will be open to purchase that essential Official Yeovil Town merchandise ahead of August 7th.

IVEL FM : will be broadcasting one of their shows from the event on the day.


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2 July 2004 : F.A. Youth Cup
The 2004-05 competition sees 385 entrants, with 67 clubs appearing for the first time, including our friends from Weymouth.

Round dates will be as follows :

Preliminary Round Week of 13 September 2004
First Round Qualifying Week of 27 September 2004
Second Round Qualifying Week of 11 October 2004
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 25 October 2004
First Round Proper Saturday 13 October 2004
Second Round Proper Saturday 27 November 2004
Third Round Proper Saturday 18 December 2004
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 22 January 2005
Fifth Round Proper Saturday 19 February 2005
Sixth Round Proper Saturday 19 March 2005
Semi Final First leg Saturday 9 April 2005
Semi Final Second leg Saturday 23 April 2005
Final First leg - to be confirmed
Final Second leg - to be confirmed

Exemptions will continue to follow the format of previous seasons, so Yeovil Town will enter at the First Round Proper stage.

The draw for the first two rounds was made today and can be found here on

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2 July 2004 : F.A. Cup
The 2004-05 competition sees 661 entrants, with 37 clubs appearing for the first time.

Round dates will be as follows :

Extra Preliminary Saturday 28 August 2004
Preliminary Saturday 4 September 2004
First Round Qualifying Saturday 18 September 2004
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 2 October 2004
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 16 October 2004
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 30 October 2004
First Round Proper Saturday 13 November 2004
Second Round Proper Saturday 4 December 2004
Third Round Proper Saturday 8 January 2005
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 29 January 2005
Fifth Round Proper Saturday 19 February 2005
Sixth Round Proper Saturday 12 March 2005
Semi-Finals Sunday 16 April 2005
Final Saturday 21 May 2005

Exemptions will continue to follow the format that has been standard practice since 1998-99, so Yeovil Town will enter at the First Round Proper stage.

The draw for the first three rounds was made today and can be found here on

Prize money up to the Second Round Proper has been announced :

Extra Preliminary Round winners - £500
Preliminary Round winners - £1,000
First Round Qualifying winners - £2,250
Second Round Qualifying winners - £3,750
Third Round Qualifying winners - £5,000
Fourth Round Qualifying winners - £10,000
First Round Proper winners - £12,500
Second Round Proper winners - £18,000

The only change from last season is for the Second Round Proper which has risen £3,000 from £15,000.

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2 July 2004 : New Boys Look Forward
Two of the new signings have been looking forward to the 2004-05 season in the Western Daily Press.

Michael Rose, fortunate escapee from a Welsh-borders club, talks a good game. The proof of the pudding........

I do like to get forward and have a shot. The lads will tell you that my shooting has been poor in training so far, but obviously everyone is a bit rusty after the summer break. Give me a couple of weeks and hopefully if I have a shot it'll fly in. I'll try to get on the free-kicks as well. I think Lee Johnson normally takes them, but I'm sure the gaffer will want the option of a left-footer. Hopefully he'll pick me to provide that option.

I know a lot of the lads from playing against them. And I've kept in touch with the ones I played with for the England semi-pro side, like Lee Johnson. I spoke to Lee quite a bit and made contact with the gaffer [Gary Johnson] through him.

Adrian Caceres feels he could bring some foreign flair to Huish Park, though the ground hasn't been short of the exotic in recent seasons.

I was born in Argentina, but moved out to Australia when I was very young and lived most of my life there. So I would consider myself Australian, but of course I have a lot of pride in my Argentinian roots. I have family there and have been back, and when the World Cup comes around I'm an Argentinian!

Obviously my background has been a big influence on the way I play - I think my style of play is South American blended with an Australian style. My main feature is that I like to get the ball at my feet and attack and dribble and hopefully set up some chances. I'm a left-sided midfielder and can also play as a left-sided attacker or in the middle.

Soccer is getting bigger in Australia and Perth had a very good support, but it's hard to compare to England because here it's the national sport and everyone is crazy about it. In Australia it's not quite there yet - because you have Aussie Rules, then cricket and rugby and then soccer, so it's a bit down the line. But I've been here before, so it's not a shock and I'm very happy to be back.

I went to Southampton when I was 18-years-old and the club was under the management of Glenn Hoddle. That was a great chance to learn things from him and hopefully I can bring some of those things here. He is a bit of a character but I wouldn't judge him as a person, just as a manager, and he was great with me. I learned a lot from him and have a great deal of respect for him.

My first impressions of the club are very good - everybody has been very nice and made me feel very welcome. Now I'm looking forward to the start of the season. I think there's a very strong squad here and this year we can achieve promotion.

And on that positive note......

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2 July 2004 : Roy Close To Fitness
Yeovil defender / midfielder Roy O'Brien has shown more stomach than some in his determination to stay a Glover. Whilst several players were offered the chance to prove they deserved a new contract through pre-season, Roy is the only one to take up the challenge.

O'Brien was one of those from the Championship winning side who appeared to seamlessly step up to Division Three football. However his 2003-04 season was cut horrendously short after a serious knee injury picked up at the Kassam Stadium last October, and he has had several operations since. What is hoped will be a final session with his specialist last week provided the clearance to join pre-season training.

Speaking to the Western Gazette Roy said :

I am not feeling too bad to be fair but it has been a long haul for me. To be a regular part of the first-team for the first few games of last season and then be told that I was not going to be able to play again for the rest of the campaign was very disappointing.

When you get a bad injury like that it is so frustrating because no matter how hard you train you know you cannot be involved and that is very difficult to come to terms with. It is not until a few weeks later that you then realise that all you can do is bide your time and just keep supporting the lads and that is what I did. I had to go through a lot of tests and I had to keep going back and forth to the specialist who told me what sort of things I had to do and to be fair it was a big ordeal. As you can imagine I have been down the gym a lot in the past few months doing exercises and now I am back running which is good but it has been a long time. I am hoping it is all worth it and that everything comes together for pre-season.

It is really hard because most of the work you have to do is on your own, and when you are used to having lads training with you that is difficult to get used to, but the lads have been very supportive. It is important when you do suffer a bad injury that you have people around you because they can help keep you going.

I have had my fair share since I have been here and all I hope is that now that is coming to an end. The thing is if you look at the down side of it then you will never get through it. You have to look forward and realise that there is still something at the end of to tunnel to work for. You have to take each week as it comes and keep going back to the specialist who you hope will be impressed with you and, as time goes by, you find the more encouragement you get the easier it becomes. At the end of the day the injury happened and there was nothing I could do about it except work hard and keep looking at everything positively.

So, I will go back with the rest of the squad on the 1st July and basically just train and see how everything goes. Hopefully I will impress the gaffer and get a new contract. I am running well and I saw the specialist for the last time last week who said he never wanted to see me again so hopefully I am now through it.

There have been days where it has been hard to get out of bed but inside you know you have to do it. With most of the lads having gone away on holiday it has been difficult but the chance of winning a new contract is all the motivation I have needed to keep going.

Now the next stage is to get back in training and prove that I can still play and get back tackling and things like that. Hopefully I will be involved in a few of the pre-season friendlies as well and then I will just have to wait and see what happens. If everything goes well it is a bonus, if it does not then I will have to sit back and think about things. But fingers crossed I think it will be all right.

Talking of the last campaign, seen mostly from the sidelines, Roy opined :

We were still in the hunt for an automatic promotion spot at Christmas, but then we lost two games before losing to Liverpool in the F.A. Cup and I think that took a bit out of us. We did get a few results together again after that, and I think it was a good season for us but it is right to say that had we been a bit more clinical then we would have gone up. I think being one more year experienced will help the team next season but the higher the level the more clinical you have to be and it is as simple as that - you saw that in the England game against Portugal last week.

Footballers overpaid prima donnas happy to pick up their wages? Not all of them. The O'Brien's of this World are proof that many love the game and their clubs, and will fight through the pain barrier. Best of luck, and hope you make it, Roy.

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2 July 2004 : Bits & Pieces
A number of the trialists at Huish Park this week are now known.

Yemi Odubade, a small quick striker with Eastbourne Town of the Sussex County League. Odubade has scored 77 goals in the last two seasons. Eastbourne manager Dave Winterton said :

If he gets a chance at Yeovil then good luck to him; I will be wishing him all the best. But we will just have to see how he gets on. If he gets the chance to better himself, he would be a fool not to take it.

Defender Ben Martin, formerly of Swindon Town. He made just one appearance for Swindon, in an LDV game. He has had loan spells at Lincoln City and Farnborough Town.

As previously mentioned : midfielder Ben Kirk of Bridgwater Town.

Meanwhile news of a few more of the departed. Ex-Yeovil Town Jake Edwards is on trial at Exeter City, whilst Dani Rodrigues has turned up at AFC Bournemouth. Manager Sean OíDriscoll said :

With the departure of Warren to Stockport there is an obvious need for a replacement, if funds are available. Alan Connellís return to fitness will come as timely boost for us but Steve Fletcherís on-going knee injury is yet to be resolved so is still a worry for us. We were aware of Daniís availability whilst he was playing his football in Greece last season and could have approached him on transfer deadline in March. But as ever finance was an issue and Dani joined Yeovil Town where he proved to be very successful. Dani has been invited in for pre-season and hopefully can prove to be a valuable addition to our squad.

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2 July 2004 : OTV goes mullet hunting
Those very nice lads from On To Victory have asked us to put the following message up:

OTV Mullet Hunter T-shirt front
OTV Mullet Hunter T-shirt front
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace

If you're going on the pre-season tour, and even if you're not but are a fan of the mullet get yourself an ON TO VICTORY 'Mullet Hunter' T-shirt! They only cost a tenner and anyone wanting one please get in touch with us at They are dark green and come in L or XL, we have only had 25 done so get in quick to avoid disappointment. This is the first of many t-shirts that we are planning to do this season so look out for the new designs in the next issue of OTV on sale at Bury (A). You will also be able to check them out on the website but not quite yet - we are getting the mullets, beer, football, more mullets, more beer and more football out the way before we start on a much needed redevelopment.


Seb White

PS Everyone that does buy make sure you wear it to the home of the Mullet, Germany on the 11th!

OTV Mullet Hunter T-shirt back
OTV Mullet Hunter T-shirt back
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace

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1 July 2004 : Rebranding Goes From Strength To Strength
In a knicker-wetting press release the Coca-Cola (registered trade mark) Football League (registered trade mark), in conjunction with Sky Sports (registered trade mark), has revealed the package that will launch the newly rebranded Coca-Cola (registered trade mark) Football League (registered trade mark) on a thrilled public. True to their word they intend to give the maximum publicity to the 72 clubs, and ".....ensure that the next generation of football supporters......... grow up identifying with their local clubs. League football at all levels is a much-cherished part of this countryís sporting heritage. It is our aim to ensure that young supporters grow up believing that football is a game they should go to watch and be able to afford regularly. They must not be allowed to think that it can be seen only on television played by footballers with a totally different lifestyle to their own." Lip-smacking, thirst quenching...........oops, wrong registered trademark.

And here we go (edge of your seat yet?) :

Sat Aug 7th, 12.15 p.m., Leeds United (failed Premiership 2004) v Derby County (failed Premiership 2002);

Sat Aug 7th, 5.35 p.m., Coventry City (failed Premiership 2001) v Sunderland (failed Premiership 2003);

Sun Aug 8th, ttba, Stoke City (how did they sneak in?) v Wolverhampton Wanderers (ah, all is explained, failed Premiership 2004);

Mon Aug 9th, 7.45 p.m., Watford (failed Premiership 2000) v Queens Park Rangers (failed Premiership 1996);

Tues Aug 10th, 8.00 p.m., West Ham (failed Premiership 2003) v Reading.

So there we have it. The rebranded Coca-Cola (registered trade mark) Football League (registered trade mark) in conjunction with Sky Sports (registered trade mark),, trotting out a tired old bunch of Premiership has beens. That'll ensure that the next generation of football supporters blah blah blah, blah blah blah........

Spot on Coca-Cola (registered trade mark) Football League (registered trade mark) in conjunction with Sky Sports (registered trade mark). The future's safe in your hands.

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1 July 2004 : Mascot Positions Going Fast
Availability of match day mascots for the 2004/05 season are going fast with nine of the forthcoming seasons matches being fully booked already.

The matches against Rushden and Diamonds, Swansea City, Oxford United, Northampton Town, Macclesfield Town, Cheltenham Town, Bristol Rovers, Wycombe Wanderers and Lincoln City are all now fully booked up. Only four home fixtures have yet to have a mascot booking against them.

Yeovil Town Football Club will accept up to three mascots to be booked per match, subject to availability, and so to stake your claim, call in at the Commercial Office at Huish Park or phone Dave Linney or Shaun Small on 01935-423662.

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1 July 2004 : Squad starts to take shape
As pre-season training began in earnest at Huish Park today - though most of the squad were in fact back at work at the beginning of the week - Glovers boss Gary Johnson was running the rule over five triallists hoping to catch his eye and earn a contract for next season. "Thursday is our first official day back for pre-season training," Johnson said to the Yeovil Express, "but the majority of the players were back on Tuesday. I'm hoping to have my squad finalised by the end of this week. I know it in my head, but there are still a few of the plates that are still spinning." Only one of the five - who include a Brazilian, a Dutchman and an Australian - has been named, Bridgwater Town midfielder Ben Kirk, who scored 12 goals for the Screwfix Western League club last season.

The 19-year-old, who also has a trial forthcoming at Chippenham, was voted Player of the Year at Bridgwater last season. "Ben is still happy with us," manager Trevor Senior commented, "but he wants to try to test himself at a higher standard. We won't stand in his way. He is on contract, which means that the club will require compensation if he does join anyone else."

One player who Gary Johnson does appear to be keen on as a direct replacement for the now departed Hugo Rodrigues is 6' 4" Chester central defender Scott Guyett. "I have had discussions with him as I have with quite a few people." Johnson told the Western Daily Press when asked about the Australian-born defender, who is out-of-contract at the Deva Stadium.

Free-scoring Winchester striker Andrew Forbes will now not be coming to Huish Park for training, manager Gary Johnson telling the Yeovil Express that the player had decided to "go elsewhere". Another striker definitely not returning is Dani Rodrigues. The Portugese hitman scored 4 times in 4 games at the tail end of last season for the Glovers after being rescued from obscurity by Gary Johnson and was offered a long-term contract at Huish Park but has turned it down, preferring to try his luck elsewhere. So much for the gratitude the striker expressed to the Glovers boss for getting his career back on track after a considerable time in the doldrums. The grass ain't always greener, for Dani's sake we hope he's made the right decision.

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