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31 July 2005 : Luciano Gets The Message Across
Glovers boss Gary Johnson explained yesterday that Argentinian striker and Huish Park trialist Luciano Alvares is providing a crucial role in allowing his countryman Pablo Bastianini to settle in at Huish Park. Whilst Pablo currently speaks little English, Luciano is fluent in the language and Gary is ensuring that he uses that to his full advantage.

Gary explained after the match: "He's acting as an interpreter, who is helping me with Pablo, which is very important at the moment for Pablo to understand what we are doing. In the meantime we'll be looking at his training and his play to see if he is good enough for us. His English is almost perfect which is fantastic, and he's not a bad player as well. We'll have to wait and see how he goes. I'm not really saying too much about him at the moment because he's injured anyway and I don't think he'll play on Monday."


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31 July 2005 : Gary's Verdict on the Cheltenham Game
Glovers boss Gary Johnson was very pleased with yesterday's performance at Cheltenham Town despite a late equaliser that meant the game ended in a 1-1 draw at Whaddon Road. Speaking immediately after the game, Gary answered the following questions:

Qu: The journey was a bit of a nightmare. Was there ever a point in which you thought you might have to turn round?

GJ: Well there was when we'd gone two hours and hadn't moved and we were still stuck at Junction 23 (of the M5). We knew we still had a couple of hours to go! But we were getting the reports on the radio that there was a coach on fire and that we were quite near it. So we thought the road would reopen any minute. We probably wouldn't have even been here now if we'd tried to go off the motorway and find another way. We got there in the end, and I would have said that was a problem for us if we hadn't started so well. But I thought we started very well.

Qu: I know it was only a pre-season friendly, but are you happy with that result?

GJ: I was happy with the way that we played. Of course you are never happy with a draw. I thought we dictated the play for three-quarters of the game but to be fair to Cheltenham they took the onus for around 20 minutes of the second half and got some crosses in. Then they got their chance and their goal right at the end. But it's not about the result or points at the moment. It's about your team getting near their fitness. To be fair I was very pleased with my team's fitness and their mentality.

Qu: The players came through the game unscaved?

GJ: I think that's the big thing. You are going into the first game of the season with nearly all your players fit. We only had David Poole and Nathan Jones who hadn't had games, so they were a little bit rusty, but they came through almost 90 minutes and we go up to Oldham with almost a full bill of health.

Qu: Bastianini and Jevons look good up front for Yeovil. What can we expect from Jevo in League One?

GJ: Hopefully the same as we got out of him in League Two! He is a good goalscorer like he showed today. He creates chances for himself and he creates chances for other people. Pablo is going to give him a great foil up front because they are both clever. Matty Harrold - our Prince Harry - who came on in the second half also shows that he has got ability so he will be there or thereabouts. Then we've got Arron Davies, David Poole and Kevin Gall who can all play as quick strikers, so we've got enough options for strikers at the moment.

Qu: Is your defence a bit of a cause for concern?

GJ: No, it's not. It never has been. We finished strong in our defending last year. It looked a little bit all over the place at the end there because normally when you are 1-0 up away from home you wouldn't be making those sort of chances. But I wanted to keep making players feel that they are still involved and giving them a carrot, because I have not picked the full team for Oldham yet. It gives training an extra bit of spice when they are not quite sure.

Qu: So were Nathan Jones and David Poole mainly in there to boost their fitness?

GJ: Yes, I thought they both did very well. Nathan shows his experience and Pooley was unlucky a couple of times - he's a real old-fashioned dribbler. I was pleased with him for his first 80-odd minutes. There's more to come from Pooley definitely and we know all about Nathan.

Qu: There looked to be some clues as to your first team for next week. Is it just a couple of places now that you are thinking over.

GJ: Yes, that said I could almost write my team on the coach now. The others have got to be part of pushing that first team as far as they can. They have got to come in behind them and when they get that chance they have got to be ready. We have got a great squad as far as mentality is concerned. They all want each other to do well. None of them are wishing any ill on the players that are ahead of them. They know they have just got to get up there with them.

Qu: Is Efe all right?

GJ: Yes, he's just had a heavy fall. You don't need to leave someone out there. He would have stayed out there and Skivo would have stayed out there had it been a league game, but we don't need to push somebody during the last five or ten minutes.

Qu: You could toss a coin on the keepers.

GJ: Yes, you can do because they've both done very well. Maybe that's what I'll have to do!

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31 July 2005 : Bastianini Signature Imminent
Glovers boss Gary Johnson is hopeful of being able to finalise the deal with Argentinian striker Pablo Bastianini before the Glovers travel to Oldham Athletic. It is possible that things could be tied up by Monday provided Pablo's current club Quilmes can provide faxed confirmation of their side of the deal.

Speaking after yesterday's game, Gary said: "He hasn't signed yet although it's imminent. I wouldn't have put him in the team photoshoot if I didn't think it was certain. It has not happened yet. We've got to wait until after the weekend because we are just waiting for confirmation on the agreement between the two clubs. It has been agreed, but we are waiting for the fax to come back which might be Monday now."

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31 July 2005 : Youths Draw At Shaftesbury
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side got back on the right track on Friday night with a good 2-2 draw against Shaftesbury Town. It took them a while to get into their stride with the home side grabbing two early goals giving Stuart Housley's side an uphill battle.

However, Gavin McCallum gave them hope with a deflected goal and they managed to turn the match around when Jack Adams scored with an overhead kick for a deserved equaliser.

Boss Stuart Housley had special praise for McCallum, who had played as a striker on Friday night rather than his accustomed left-wing position explaining: "I put quite a younger side out, so that was quite good. Gavin McCallum was outstanding and he was head and shoulders above everybody. Even Shaftesbury's players were coming up to him afterwards and telling him he was going to be a good player."

The Under 18s next pre-season match is against Clyst Rovers on Tuesday night, with a 6.30pm kick-off.


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31 July 2005 : Glovers Mad(s) about Timm?
Today's Sunday People newspaper is claiming that the Glovers are eyeing Manchester United midfielder/striker Mads Timm with a view for a possible move for the 20-year-old Norwegian. Timm joined United from Odense in 2001 but hasn't made a first-team breakthrough at Old Trafford and since returning from a loan spell at Viking Stavanger has spent time at a young offenders' institute following a conviction for dangerous driving, and since his release has been under a curfew during nighttime hours.

It appears that United will be sticking by the player however: "From what has been a disaster Mads will probably get ultimate focus now and it is a fresh start for the lad," Academy director Les Kershaw told the Manchester Evening News. "Mads is a very bright lad and he wants to get his career going again. His probation officer from Trafford Borough Council has been very pleased with him and she says that Mads' `head and knee caps are heading in the same direction!' which I thought was a brilliant classic way of saying he is going the right way."


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31 July 2005 : Cheltenham Match Report
The full match report from yesterday's 1-1 draw at Cheltenham Town is now available and can be found here.


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30 July 2005 : Interview With Lee Johnson
Lee Johnson talks exclusively to Ciderspace about the prospect of partnering Paul Terry at the centre of midfield for the forthcoming season at Press Day last Thursday at Huish Park.

The indispensable 24-year-old said: "I think PT is an important player in the team so it is important that he is in the team wherever it may be."

Lee's thoughts on the coming season can be found here or alternatively head to the main Ciderspace Interviews Section. In addition, a profile of Lee can be found here.


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30 July 2005 : Last gasp goal rescues Robins
An injury-time header from Ashley Vincent was enough to cancel out Phil Jevons 26th minute opener to give hosts Cheltenham a somewhat fortunate 1-1 draw with Yeovil Town at Whaddon Road this afternoon.

The Glovers coach was caught up in a long queue on the M5 following a serious accident near Bridgwater and their subsequent late arrival at Cheltenham meant the kick-off was put back half-an-hour to 3.30pm. The visitors dominated the majority of the first half. Pablo Bastianini hit the bar from the halfway line after he noticed Robins keeper Scott Brown off his line, and Phil Jevons should perhaps have done better than slide the ball past the wrong side of the post when one-on-one with Brown. However last season's League Two top scorer made no mistake on 26 minutes when he converted Nathan Jones's left wing cross to put the Glovers 1-0 up. David Poole was unlucky not to make it 2-0 before the break, but his goalbound shot was deflected onto the post. The second half was more even but with no real chances being created amidst the usual rash of substitutions it looked like both sides had settled for the half-time scoreline when, deep into stoppage time, former Glovers trialist Sosthene Yao crossed to find Ashley Vincent, whose close range header beat Steve Collis in the Yeovil goal to give the hosts a somewhat fortunate draw.

Final score: Cheltenham Town 1 - 1 Yeovil Town.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson confirmed after the match that no new injury problems had occured. When asked about the Pablo Bastianini situation he replied that the club were now waiting for the relevant paperwork from Quilmes, Pablo's old club, and that when that was received the transfer would proceed. He was hopeful that the formalities would be completed early in the week.


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30 July 2005 : Bastianini deal "90-10 in favour" to go ahead
If you've been wondering why the club have not yet announced the signing of Argentinean striker Pablo Bastianini it's because the deal has yet to be concluded - and indeed was in danger of collapse on Thursday through the sheer weight of all the red tape surrounding the move, according to today's edition of the Western Morning News. It seems that there has been significant movement since then however, with manager Gary Johnson now "90-10 confident" that the deal will be concluded.

"We are very close with Pablo, it got to about 90-10 against yesterday; but we are about 90-10 for now, so we hope it will all be sorted soon," Johnson said to the Western Morning News yesterday. "There have been a lot of Ts to cross and Is to dot, I can tell you! But we look like we have cracked it, Pablo wants to be here - that's the main thing - and he is looking forward to starting a career in England with Yeovil Town.

"The workings of a transfer when you deal with a different continent is difficult. They do things differently in South America and use different words, and of course the monetary terms are different, so there have been a lot of hold-ups. But he looks like he's going to come, we have agreed terms with him and a fee with his club [Quilmes] so we hope it will be done soon. Obviously, if this one doesn't come off then I will still be looking, but I'm always looking. Having said that, if the transfer window shut tomorrow, then I am more than happy with my squad."



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29 July 2005 : Interview With Stuart Housley
An interview with Youth Team manager Stuart Housley is now available. Stuart talked about the Under 18s pre-season experience so far, even though he probably wouldn't have wanted to have to reflect on Monday's 6-1 defeat at the hands of Westland Sports. The Under 18s were trailing by a single goal with only 30 minutes left, but collapsed near the end with only Phil Ormerod giving them some pride for the evening.

Stuart's thoughts on that and the coming season can be found here or alternatively head to the main Ciderspace Interviews Section.


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29 July 2005 : Cheltenham friendly
Yeovil Town play their penultimate pre-season friendly tomorrow (Saturday) away to League 2 side Cheltenham Town. The match kicks off at Whaddon Road at 3pm and tickets will cost £10 adults, £4 concessions.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson has signalled that the team he picks for the Robins friendly will provide a very big pointer to the team that starts the new league season at Oldham on August 6th, with new signings Nathan Jones and David Poole expected to feature in the squad. Quoted on the Teamtalk website, the Gaffer said: "With Oldham a week away then there's bound to be some big clues in there. It's all geared towards Oldham and the start of the league a week on Saturday, although we've still got a friendly at Tiverton on Monday. At Cheltenham it will be what we class as our first team on the day with Jones and Poole coming into the reckoning as they are now fit again."

Directions to the ground are as follows: Assuming you are travelling to Whaddon Road from the Yeovil area, you need to get onto the M5 Northbound at either the Taunton or Bridgwater junction, so that you pass Bristol and the M5/M4 interchange. Leave the M5 at Junction 11 then take the third exit at the roundabout onto the A40 (signposted Cheltenham). Continue along the A40, straight over the next roundabout (Cheltenham). At next roundabout, take the second exit into Gloucester Road (signposted town centre). After approximately one mile, turn left at the traffic lights to stay on Gloucester Road (signposted for the station).

Stay on Gloucester Road, going straight over the roundabout (first exit) and straight ahead at the next two traffic lights. At the following traffic lights (by Tesco), turn right into the High Street (signposted Evesham). Follow the road as it bends left (becoming Poole Way) then right, going through two more traffic lights (towards Evesham). Go straight ahead at the next three traffic lights (now St Margarets Road). At the next traffic lights (Cotswold Inn opposite), turn left into Portland Street (towards Evesham). Go straight over the traffic lights into Evesham Road then head right at the next traffic lights into Wellington Road. Take the second exit at the next roundabout into Prestbury Road, then take the first right into Whaddon Road.

If all of this sounds complicated and you end up getting lost, as a basic rule of thumb, head to the town centre, and then follow any signs you might see for Evesham, Broadway or the race course. The ground is in the Prestbury area of the town and you should pick up signposts eventually.

Unfortunately, parking at the ground is reserved for match officials and car park season ticket holders, so you will need to use either local street parking or head towards the town centre car parks and walk up. Those coming to the ground by rail travel should be aware that the station is about 2.5 miles from Whaddon Road. Your best bet is to take one of the busses that travel from the station to the town centre every ten minutes and walk up from there. In the evenings, the busses drop down to one every 30 minutes, so plan your journey back with that in mind.

Cheltenham still has a social club bar, that is usually available to away supporters for a small admittance charge, though check in advance if you are relying on this. Itís situated in the old Main Stand. The Fox and Hounds is the nearest pub to the ground and is situated in Prestbury Road. Unsurprisingly youíll find it packed out with home fans. The Hewlett Arms is a little further away between Whaddon Road and the Racecourse in Harp Hill. Food is available, although expect a long wait when itís busy.

The best of a larger selection of pubs are situated in the town centre. The Mitreís Freehouse in Sandford Street is convenient for rail travellers and specialises in obscure real ales along with pizza and pasta dishes for anyone who is hungry. More orthodox is the Moon Under Water in Bath Road Ė a Wetherspoons pub.

Finally for those who would prefer an out of town experience, the Seven Springs Inn is on the junction of the A436 and A435 a few miles south of Cheltenham. This is a Hungry Horse chain pub so those that visit The Bell in Preston Road, Yeovil will know what to expect in terms of food and beer.


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29 July 2005 : YTISA donation aids training
Gary Johnson thanks YTISA Chairman Mark Kelly for the training equipment provided by YTISA funds. (Kelly is the short balding one on the right)
Gary Johnson thanks YTISA Chairman Mark Kelly for the training equipment provided by YTISA funds. (Kelly is the short balding one on the right ;-))
Photo © 2005 YTISA


The Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association have presented the club with a new batch of training equipment at a cost of almost £1000 to help Manager Gary Johnson and his staff to get the whole squad up to full match fitness in time for the new season.

YTISA Chairman Mark Kelly is seen handing over the equipment to Gary Johnson earlier in the week with members of the squad in the background.


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28 July 2005 : Oldham and Swindon Ticket Updates
Further to yesterday's news item regarding tickets for the forthcoming matches at Oldham Athletic and Swindon Town the following information is now available.

Tickets for the opening League One match at Oldham Athletic on August 6th went on sale on Tuesday and are immediately available on general sale. Away supporters are housed in the Rochdale Road End.

Prices for the game are with one small exception as per yesterday's prices and are Adults £21.00, Seniors Over 65 £10.00, Juniors 12-16 £11.00, Under 12's are charged £3.00, however puchases must be made at the Oldham Ticket Office on the day of the match. Note that for all other tariffs, prices increase by one pound on match days.

The Ciderspace guide to Oldham is here.

Tickets for the August 27th trip to Swindon Town go on sale to season ticket holders ONLY next Monday 1st August. Priority sales will be available up until close of business on Friday 5th August. On Monday 8th August, 9.00am, the remaining Swindon tickets will go on general sale.

Tickets for the game can be purchased for two different areas of the ground. The Arkells (North) Stand is £21.00 Adults, £13.00 Senior Citizens and Students, whilst those aged 15 and Under gain admittance for £7.00. On match days there is a two pound increase on tickets with no student concessions available. This is a covered stand with a single pillar that may partially obscure certain views, and holds 1,200 supporters. Wheelchair users plus one assistant gain admission at £10.00.

The uncovered Stratton Bank is also seating but due to the possible risk of inclement weather, prices are somewhat reduced. This area holds up to 2,100 supporters. Prices are £15.00 Adults, Senior Citizens and Students £12.00 whilst those aged 15 and Under gain admittance for £9.00. Note that this pricing structure means that those aged 15 and Under may find the Arkells Stand better value unless they want to sit with family and friends.

There are no student concessions on match days. Students must be in possession of a valid NUS (or equivalent) card at the game.

The Ciderspace guide to Swindon is here.

The ticket office will be opening late on Wednesday 3rd August until 7.00pm. The club announced at the Southampton game that there would also be a late night session on Thursday 4th August, however a news item on the official site only mentions the Wednesday opening, hence do not rely on the second late night until we have clarification of this.


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28 July 2005 : Yeovil Town First Team Squad : 2005-06 Season
Yeovil Town First Team Squad : 2005-06
Yeovil Town First Team Squad : 2005-06 :
Back Row (L-R): Peter Johnson (Joint Chief Scout), Richard Cullingford, Matt Harrold, Chris Weale, Danny Barker, Steve Collis, Scott Guyett, Pablo Bastianini, Glenn Schmidt (Physio).
Middle Row (L-R): Maurice O'Donnell (Reserve Team Manager), Tony Trott (Kit Manager), David Poole, Michael Rose, Colin Miles, Paul Terry, Luke Oliver, Adam Lockwood, Terry Skiverton, Stephen Reed, Efe Sodje, Stuart Housley (Youth Team Manager), Mark Shepherd (Kit Manager).
Front Row (L-R): Kevin Gall, Arron Davies, Andy Lindegaard, Lee Johnson, Steve Thompson (Assistant Manager), Gary Johnson (First Team Manager), Darren Way, Phil Jevons, Nathan Jones, Kevin Amankwaah.
Photo © 2005 Ciderspace

Yeovil Town's First Team Squad took part this afternoon in the club's official photocall for the 2005-06 season. Just one squad member was unable to attend today's session - Dale Williams - who is currently on International duty with the Wales Under 19s side. Perhaps of most significance is that trialist Pablo Bastianini was pictured with the squad - hopefully a good sign that the Argentian will be plying his trade at Huish Park during the coming season.

A selection of individual photos, plus several interviews were conducted on the day. These will appear on Ciderspace in the fullness of time.


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28 July 2005 : Locky set to stay
Glovers defender Adam Lockwood - a mainstay of the Yeovil team since signing from Reading in our Conference days - is winning his battle to get a new contract following his injury disrupted season last term. The Yorkshireman is currently on a month-to-month deal after being asked to prove his fitness, but Glovers boss Gary Johnson has been very encouraged by Lockwood's progress so far in the pre-season.

"He has come back very strongly and I am pleased with his progress," the Gaffer told the Western Daily Press, adding: "I will be sitting down with him to talk about his future. If he wants to be here, he is here because he has been a major part of our rise through the leagues and I would like to keep him."

Wakefield-born Lockwood made his Yeovil debut in the 2-0 win at Hereford on 18th September 2001. He's made 150 first team appearances since, scoring 10 goals.


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27 July 2005 : Decent win on the Cards
Yeovil Town beat Conference side Woking 0-2 at Kingfield tonight, both goals coming in the first half and scored by trialist Luciano Alvares and David Poole.

The Glovers team was as follows: 1. Chris Weale 2. Adam Lockwood 3. Michael Rose 4. Scott Guyett 5. Luke Oliver 6. Andy Lindegaard 7. David Poole 8. Steve Reed 9. Matt Harrold 10. Luciano Alvares 11. Arron Davies.

Subs: 12. Pablo Bastianini (56, for Alvares) 14. Gavin McCallum (49, for Reed) 13. Danny Barker 15. Steve Thompson (73, for Poole)

Luciano Alvares opened the scoring after good work by David Poole set the striker up from 6 yards; and Poole made it 2-0 with a fine individual effort 10 minutes before half-time. Yeovil controlled the majority of the match to the extent that the first save Chris Weale had to make came during the 75th minute. The hosts finished the match strongly however, with Weale making a series of good saves and Michael Rose clearing off the line to keep the Glovers goal intact.

Final score: Woking 0 - 2 Yeovil Town.


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27 July 2005 : Gary's verdict on the Southampton game
Glovers boss Gary Johnson answered the following questions from the press following last night's 1-3 loss to Southampton:

Qu: How did you rate your teamís performance against an opposition who were playing in the Premiership last season?

GJ: "They have done alright. There was a twenty-minute spell where we were all over the place. We were getting done on counter attacks through good pace and quality. The last goal was unfortunate when Colin Miles made a mistake and didnít quite get to the header. The boys went out and won the second half 1-0 which is a positive if you like. I think we have given Southampton a game where they had to concentrate because we had some good moves, but unfortunately not enough moves turned into goals and that might be credit to the opposition."

Qu: Would you say that 3-0 at half-time was a fair score?

GJ: "I think it was unfair because for the twenty minutes there was nothing in it. We had created some great final third opportunities with some great crosses and a couple of decent shots but we couldnít quite put one in the back of the net. Their bit of quality was when they were getting forward and putting the ball into the back of the net. We found ourselves 3-0 down at half time and were devastated. The boys have all got a good character and didnít want to get slaughtered."

Qu: How is the squad looking with just under two weeks until the new campaign kicks-off?

GJ: "That is a difficult question when you have just got beaten 3-1 against anybody! We are getting there but we wonít know until we get ourselves up to Oldham. No one knows quite who the first eleven is yet; seven or eight might have won their places but there is still four or five that can still win a place. I have got to make sure that I get our fitness right and I have got to make sure that we have got the belief that we can do well in League One."

Qu: How pleased were you with David Pooleís and Pablo Bastianiniís home debuts?

GJ: "David looked bright but I donít think Pablo did today although it still is pre-season, so we still had to do a little bit of training this morning so maybe he was a bit tired. I didnít think he looked as sharp as we know he can be."

Qu: How close are you to signing Pablo Bastianini?

GJ: "Pablo has decided that he wants to be here which is the main thing. The clubs have agreed and we have agreed with the player and all we have got to agree now is the agency side as to who actually owns him!"

Transcription by George Murray. It would be appreciated if other websites or publications copying this article verbatim would acknowledge Ciderspace as the original source of their articles.


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27 July 2005 : In case you've forgotten, Woking directions...
The Glovers travel to leafy Surrey this evening to take on old friends and former Conference rivals Woking in yet another pre-season friendly. The match has been designated as a benefit match for former Glovers/Cards boss Colin Lippiatt so is well worth making the effort to attend. Presumably those squad members who didn't start in last night's defeat to Southampton will make up the bulk of the teamsheet, but at the time of writing there's been no official confirmation of the Glovers squad for the game.

To get to Woking, head up the A303 towards London until it merges in with the M3 going London-bound. Take M3 Junction 3 into Woking Town Centre using the A3046 then follow the main road that loops around Woking town centre. Kingfield, home of Woking F.C. is situated opposite the main Woking Leisure Centre, which is about one mile south of Woking Town Centre. From the town centre, the Leisure Centre is well signposted with a brown icon on each junction. If you follow signs for the Leisure Centre then you will land opposite the Football Ground. It is possible to park in the Leisure Centre.

Wokingís club bar is situated inside the home turnstiles and it is situated to the right of the Kingfield Road End (KRE) and behind the Old Main Stand. Alternatively a favourite local has always been the Litten Tree pub which you will pass just as you turn off the main road on your way towards the Leisure Centre.

The match kicks off at 7.45pm and costs a pricey £10 adults, £5 concessions - but think of what Big Col did for us, put your hand in your pocket and smile!


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27 July 2005 : Tickets For Oldham and Swindon
Tickets for the opening League One match at Oldham Athletic on August 6th went on sale yesterday and are immediately available on general sale. Away supporters are housed in the Rochdale Road End.

The club haven't confirmed ticket prices yet, but these are expected to be Adults £22.00, OAP's and Juniors 12-16 £12.00, Under 12's £3.00. With the exception of the Under 12s tariff, supporters will save one pound if they pre-purchase their tickets from the Huish Park Ticket Office in advance of the fixture.

The Ciderspace guide to Oldham is here.

Tickets for the August 27th trip to Swindon Town go on sale to season ticket holders ONLY next Monday 1st August. Priority sales will be available up until close of business on Friday 5th August. On Monday 8th August, 9.00am, the remaining Swindon tickets will go on general sale. Again there is no word yet on pricing and this will vary depending on the exact allocation. The precise compexities of the situation are detailed in our guide to Swindon.

The Ciderspace guide to Swindon is here.

The ticket office will be opening late on Wednesday 3rd August and Thursday 4th August until 7.00pm. Once we have confirmation of the pricing for both matches, we'll provide full details.


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26 July 2005 : Saints too strong for under-par Glovers
Yeovil Town were brought back down to earth at a damp Huish Park this evening, visitors Southampton winning comfortably by a 1-3 scoreline and giving the Glovers a little bit of a footballing lesson in the process.

The Glovers started the game well and for the first 20 minutes were a match for the former Premiership side, creating chances and coming close with efforts from Phil Jevons and Terry Skiverton. However the Saints opened the scoring on 23 minutes and - perhaps fittingly - it was Gary Johnson's Latvian discovery Marian Pahars who put the visitors 1-0 up with a close range effort. Yeovil tried to press forward in response but were being hounded and harried at every turn by an extremely fit-looking Southampton side and were being pressurised into the long ball game which was meat and drink to the visitors central defence. With the Saints looking more and more dangerous when counter-attacking it was no real surprise when they added 2 quick goals before half-time, Matt Oakley the scorer on both occasions, to make it 3-0 at the break. Hand on heart, no Yeovil fan could say the lead was undeserved. The game somewhat petered out after the break amidst the usual flurry of substitutions from both sides, but the Glovers had the final few words with a Lee Johnson free-kick thumping against the post on the hour, before Darren Way somehow headed the ball in from an acute angle on 80 minutes.

Final score: Yeovil Town 1 - 3 Southampton.

Some talking points emerged after the game. Firstly Glovers boss Gary Johnson confirmed to the press present that a fee has now been agreed between Pablo Bastianini's current club Quilmes and Yeovil Town for the striker. The stumbling block at present appears to be that there is a dispute between agents over who is representing Pablo, and until that dispute is resolved then negotiations over personal terms cannot begin. It seems that the player himself is happy to be at Yeovil and keen to sign a contract should personal terms be agreed, and everyone is hoping that the situation can be sorted out sooner rather than later.

"Like lots of players, agents suddenly come out of the woodwork like jacks in boxes. But we think we are dealing with the correct agency now," Glovers boss Gary Johnson said after the match. "He (Bastianini) wants to be here and his club have agreed, we have agreed with the player and all we have to do now is agree the agency side of things."

As far as injuries are concerned David Poole's hip problem has eased over the last few days enabling him to play this evening, albeit only for 20-odd minutes; but Nathan Jones is still struggling with an ankle injury sustained in the friendly against Portsmouth. He may be fit to play in tomorrow night's friendly at Woking, but is possibly more likely to feature in the Glovers penultimate friendly at Cheltenham this Saturday.


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26 July 2005 : Southampton Friendly
A reminder that tonight's match against Southampton kicks off at the slightly earlier time of 7.30pm. Tickets for the match can still be purchased from Huish Park's Ticket Office, priced 10 pounds for adults, 5 pounds for Over 65s and two pounds for Under 16s.

The Glovers are expected to treat tonight's match as a dress rehearsal for the coming season inasmuch that the majority of players picked for tonight's team will stay on the pitch for the full 90 minutes, instead of the mass substitutions seen in previous pre-season friendlies. "We are looking forward to it," Glovers boss Gary Johnson told the Western Morning News today. "It's another top game against top opposition and a side who have a lot of Premiership qualities still. I thought we were superb on Saturday against West Ham, we played some really excellent stuff, it was a good crowd and a good atmosphere and you can't ask for much more than that in pre-season. I was especially pleased that we created some great openings, our passing and movement was also very good and we did it against a Premiership team as well. In the end, then only got the draw with an offside goal, so I was pleased with how we acquitted ourselves against Premiership opposition."

Argentinean trailist Pablo Bastianini is expected to play tonight and Johnson has confirmed that the Glovers are actively pursuing his signature on a contract - though the club face competition from abroad. "All I can say is that we are in talks with his representatives at the moment," Johnson told the WMN. "I have to give great credit to my football club because he does have other options in Germany and in Portugal, but he wants to try his luck in England and he wants to stay at Yeovil. It is a lower standard than he was probably expecting, or than he is probably used to, but he's been impressed with us, he likes the place and now we have to reach an agreement."

Southampton's Official Site quote that the following players are likely to travel to the game: Niemi, Smith, Delap, Lundekvam, Hajto, Higginbotham, Prutton, Wise, Oakley, Pahars, Ormerod, Jones, Folly, Kenton, Surman, Walcott, Critchell, Dyer.

Another famous face expected to feature tonight is failed Lions boss (and former rugby World Cup winner) Sir Clive Woodward, who takes up his rather curious role with the Saints from today onwards. Watching how he interacts with Saints manager Harry Redknapp could be as interesting as watching the football!


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25 July 2005 : Blaha Leaves Yeovil
Czech Republic striker Lubomir Blaha has left Huish Park after failing to do enough to win a contract with Yeovil Town.

Today's Western Daily Press quotes boss Gary Johnson as saying: "He has a good footballing brain and a great understanding of the game. But he didn't seem to enjoy his time here and didn't have the enthusiasm that I want to see in my players."


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24 July 2005 : Youths Draw At Portland
Yeovil Town's Under 18s team drew 1-1 at Portland on Friday night, despite being behind for the majority of the match. An unfortunate own goal from Luke Dovey looked to be giving a win to Portland but Jamie Barber rescued Yeovil right at the death with an equaliser.

Manager Stuart Housley said of the match: "It wasn't as good a performance as when we played Westlands. It was a bit scrappy. It wasn't too bad in the first half but in the second half when I changed the side around it got very scrappy and Portland scored a goal. It was an own goal after a shot hit the post and then hit Luke Dovey and went in, and that made it 1-0. We equalised with the last kick of the game with Jamie Barber bundling the ball home after it rebounded off the keeper. Hopefully we will get better and we've got a couple more games where we can do that."

Stuart said of the current set of friendlies: "I've got about 20 players and I've got to try and whittle them down by about three or four. One of the Portland lads was quite good and I was quite impressed with him. I've invited him down for a game on Monday but whether he will choose to come down I don't know yet. He looks a promising kid."

The next match up for the Under 18s takes place tomorrow night in a second pre-season friendly against Westland Sports. Kick-off is at 6.30pm and all are welcome. Note though that unlike last week's match, it will not be played at Bunford Lane and will instead be at a new venue in Alvington Lane which is just off Bunford Lane close to the Brewsters pub.

If anyone is going and would like to write some words for the site - even if you are an incredibly biased parent we'd love to hear your views on the game.


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24 July 2005 : Action Photos From Burgess Hill vs Yeovil Town
The photographic account of last Sunday's 4-0 win over Burgess Hill Town is now completed. The 97 photos from the rather summery day can be found here. Alternatively head to the Main Photo Gallery Index.


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24 July 2005 : West Ham Match Report
The full match report from yesterday's 2-2 draw with West Ham United is now available and can be found here.


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24 July 2005 : Super Gav's verdict on the Yeovil game
West Ham United midfielder Gavin Williams answered the following questions from the press after his side's 2-2 draw against Yeovil yesterday:

What did you make of it all then Gavin?

"It was nice to be back, but I thought first-half Yeovil played some great football which obviously I knew they could. They made us work hard and Iím sure our lads are knackered."

Nice reception from the fans for you as well?

"Yes it was nice. Obviously I had two good seasons here and I really enjoyed it here so it was nice to get a good reception when I come back."

And the bonus of getting a medal before the game as well?

"I wasnít expecting that at all, but it was nice. I was disappointed in the way we performed really but all credit to Yeovil I thought they were terrific first half."

Did you know you were going to get the medal before the game?

"Someone did mention it but I didnít know before I came down. I only found out today so itís nice to get a medal."

It's recognising your part in last season's success.

"Yes, it was only a small part! They really pushed on when I left so it was a good season and Iím sure the way they performed today they will do well this year as well."

Your injury marred the end of last season but you're fully fit now?

"Yes, Iím fully fit now."

Will it be hard for you getting in to the Premiership team?

"Yes, itís going to be difficult for me. Obviously at my age now Iím going to have to think if Iím not playing first team football - obviously Iím going to have to think about my future too."

You havenít been given any indication as to what will happen?

"No, obviously Iíve got another 3 years on my contract so Iíve got at least another 3 years there, but like I say I want to be playing first team football as Iím 25 now so hopefully Iíll get a chance."

Whatís it like playing against so many of the lads you know so well?

"It was difficult really! When I first ran out to see the Green & White I was nearly, well I did pass to them a couple of times, but as I say in the first half I thought Yeovil battered us and they kept the ball so well. It was hard work I can tell you!

Your Gaffer left out some of your other players so youíve obviously got players to bring in?

"Yes, heís left 8 or 9 players back at West Ham so obviously they will strengthen the squad when they come in."

You obviously hope to be a part of it, do you hope to be able to push on and be performing well enough to get into the side?

"Yes of course, fingers crossed, hopefully I can get a chance and stay injury free this season."

Welsh honours as well hopefully?

"Yes, hopefully! I think Wales have a game in August so it would be nice to be involved in that and get my first cap under my belt."

Transcription by Richard Gibson


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24 July 2005 : Gary's verdict on the West Ham game
Glovers boss Gary Johnson answered the following questions from the press following yesterday's 2-2 draw with West Ham United:

What did you think of that?

"Well, to be honest with you I thought the first 15 minutes especially was unbelievable football against Premier league opposition. Thereís no way you can carry on like that for 90 minutes although thatís what youíre aiming for.

"I thought that for 60 minutes we were in good control. I enjoyed that, I really enjoyed it. We got on the ball, we played our part and we looked like we had Premiership movement, passes, chances and I was really pleased with that. Obviously when you change it, it takes the other boys a little while to get into it. Steve Collis saved a penalty but weíve come out 2-2 rather than 2-1 so even in a pre-season friendly were still disappointed we havenít won the game.

"It was a great day, a great crowd and a fantastic bit of business for our club. We didnít want to see Gavin go but not only did we get financial figures for him, we also got a good pre-season friendly out of it to prove to ourselves that if we're on form we're a match for anyone."

The trialists?

"Theyíve done alright, we will keep them on for the moment and we will make our mind up as and when we need to and obviously you fellas will be the first to know!"

Pablo scored a goal?

"He showed good movement and made the second goal as well, but the whole team showed good movement and ability and hopefully you were seeing what I was seeing; that our pace, movement and control was Premier League on the day."

Were you glad Gav didnít take the penalty?

"Well Iím surprised he didnít to be honest but Steve Collis is a good penalty stopper, he tends to save them. I think he asked Chris Weale which way he should go and he goes the other way and he saves it! Unfortunately we let them get the equaliser which upset us, but a good day all round really."

Youíve got a few nice headaches now in terms of positions?

"Youíve got to have that. Thereís some people pushing closer than others and I have to get the others pushing a bit harder and a bit closer because at this stage youíve probably got 7 or 8 pencilled in but Iíd rather have 5 or 6 and think what am I going to do with the other ones, because I need them up to scratch quickly for when they have to come on and perform and keep a 2-1 result or go and get a result in the league. So Iíve just told them there they have to be ready for when they get the chance. The only way they will stay in is when they get the chance to do well and to be part of the opening pace of the game."

Youíve got Southampton and Cheltenham to come but is it mainly fine tuning now?

"I think so. We showed a good fitness for an hour, come Southampton and Cheltenham we will start looking at how the boys go for 90 minutes. The lads are doing well, you canít expect the new lads to come into a club thatís had 2 promotions and an FA Trophy and go straight into the side unless theyíve previously played at a higher level - which one of our trialists has as you know in Pablo. I thought he and Jevvo looked more than adequate."

Transcription by Richard Gibson


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23 July 2005 : Bastianini impresses as Glovers hold Premiership new boys to a draw
Yeovil Town drew 2-2 with West Ham United today, a bumper crowd of over 8,000 giving former Glovers star Gavin Williams a genuinely warm welcome back to Huish Park alongside his Premiership teammates. But it was the performance of Argentinean trialist Pablo Bastianini ('Paul Bastin' as reported earlier in the week) which provided the main talking point for the home fans, the majority of whom will be hoping that the former Independiente and Quilmes striker will be seen wearing the green and white hoops next season after the 22-year-old impressed in his first appearance at Huish Park.

The Glovers opened the scoring after 4 minutes, Pablo Bastianini shooting home from an acute angle following a short corner. Kevin Gall had an effort cleared off the line shortly afterwards and the Glovers enjoyed the majority of possession and chances for the rest of the first period, before, against the run of play, trialist Petr Mikolanda equalised for the Hammers on 38 minutes. The Glovers poured forward to try to regain the lead and were rewarded with a minute to go in the half when a Bastianini pass found Kevin Gall in space in the West Ham box, the Welshman beating Bywater in the visitors goal at the second attempt. As flagged beforehand, Glovers boss Gary Johnson made wholesale changes to his side on the hour mark, but it was to the substitutes credit that Yeovil continued to compete strongly with their Premiership opponents after all the changes were made. A mis-timed Luke Oliver tackle gave West Ham a penalty with 20 minutes left and despite the Westland Stand chanting for Super Gav to take the kick, Bobby Zamora instead took responsibilty, though doubtless the former Bristol Rovers striker wished he had left it to Gav after his weak kick was comfortably saved by Steve Collis in the Yeovil goal. Zamora was to have the last laugh however, with 4 minutes left on the clock his close-range shot was well-saved by Collis, however the keeper was left helpless when the saved shot rebounded kindly to Zamora who steered home.

Final score: Yeovil Town 2 - 2 West Ham United

The Glovers only have one injury concern following today's match: New signing David Poole has an inflamed hip and is only "75% fit" according to Gary Johnson. The former Manchester United winger will now be rested until his injury has completely healed.


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22 July 2005 : West Ham Announce Squad For Huish Park
West Ham United manager Alan Pardew has named the squad for the trip to Huish Park this coming Saturday. Supporters can expect to see a mixture of first-teamers and young hopefuls.

Former Glovers star Gavin Williams is among those travelling to Somerset, as is Czech trialist Petr Mikolanda, who will get another chance to impress after scoring twice in the Hammers final game of their Sweden tour against Vastra Frolunda.

There are eleven players from the trip to Sweden in the squad, including Christian Dailly who has been impressing in his new role as a central midfielder, and Shaun Newton who has been experimenting as a left-back from his more accustomed role on the right.

Six players who missed the trip to Sweden will travel. Goalkeeper Matt Reed is part of the squad after playing in the Reserve friendly at Sudbury Town, while Steve Lomas, Trent McClenahan, Hogan Ephraim, Darren Blewitt and Youssef Sofiane are also likely to play some part.

The full list of players to face Yeovil Town is :

Bywater, Reed, McClenahan, Mackay, Collins, Ward, Newton, Chadwick, Williams, Fletcher, Dailly, Zamora, Mikolanda, Lomas, Ephraim, Blewitt, Sofiane.

A final reminder that kick-off is the slightly unusual time of 5.00 p.m.


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21 July 2005 : Youth Team Start With A Win
Yeovil Town's new-look Under 18s side got off to a strong start with a 6-3 win over Westland Sports in a friendly held at Bunford Lane on Monday. Goals came from a Ben Wood header and a strong shot from Richard Cullingford. Two more came from Danny Thompson - son of Steve - whilst the final two strikes came from Matt Concliffe and Phil Ormerod. The majority of the squad have been drafted in for the start of the 2005-06 season as new arrivals as the majority of the side that proved so successful in the past two seasons are now over-age for the competition.

Manager Stuart Housley said of the evening: "It was a good first run-out for the new Youth Team. We've got lots of new faces playing. It was a very good workout against an experimental Westlands team. We've got Portland on Friday (tomorrow) but then we face Westlands again on Monday where we are expecting to face a stronger team."

Stuart said of the new-look squad and his plans for the new season: "In this league I can play four over-age players. So maybe the likes of Danny Barker, Richard Cullingford or Jamie Underwood could be three of them."


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21 July 2005 : Staines Match Report
The full match report for last night's 3-1 win against Staines Town is now available and can be found here.


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21 July 2005 : Super Gav looking forward to Huish Park return
Gavin Williams returns to Yeovil on Saturday with his West Ham United teammates and the former Glovers star is looking forward to running out onto the Huish Park turf again - assuming the Welshman is picked for the Hammers squad of course, though he did feature extensively in his club's recent tour of Sweden.

"It's been really good to get back playing regularly," Gav said to the West Ham official website, adding: "I didn't get a lot of football towards the end of last season, and it was disappointing to miss out on the play-off games. It was tremendous to see the Club win promotion in my first season here, but this is a new season now and it's all about doing your best in these pre-season games and making sure you do enough to impress the manager. I think I did pretty well in the three games in Sweden. It was good to get some match practice in more than anything, but everytime you play you always want to do well."

"It'll be great to go back to Yeovil," Gav said. "I had some great times there and I've still got a lot of friends at the club. Hopefully I'll get a run out because it would be nice to play in front of their fans again. It'll be the first time I've played against them since leaving, so it'll probably feel a bit strange. But I've been with West Ham United for quite a while now and I'm really settled at the Club. We'll just be concentrating on putting in another good performance and hopefully continuing the form we have shown over in Sweden."

The Glovers will once again be pursuing the policy of making sure everyone in the squad gets time on the pitch for Saturday's match, including trialist Lubo Blaha, though as yet it's not known if 'Paul Bastin', who made such a positive impression in last night's 1-3 win over Staines, will play.

"People will not be starting their 90-minute games until the Southampton match but we have certainly got to start to get down to working out a starting XI in preparation for the start of the season," Glovers boss Gary Johnson said to the Western Gazette today. "The West Ham United game will be a big game for us but everyone will be involved in some form. The Saints and Cheltenham Town friendlies will be where things get more serious."


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21 July 2005 : Agent Fees On The Rise Again
The latest six-monthly Football League report on transactions involving the movement of players and payments within the game has been released.

Between January and June 2005 there were 1,362 player transactions registered by the Football League, of which 111 involved payment to agents. The money paid to agents rose from £1.4 million for the same period in 2004 to £2.3 million. Payments to agents across the whole 2004-05 season reached £7.8 million.

In League 2 across the whole season there were 1,008 player transactions as opposed to 463 the previous campaign, with 64 involving the use of agents, compared to 11 in 2003-04. Clubs committed to spend a total of £325,020 on agents' fees during this period, a sixfold increase from the £57,310 in 2003-04. Seven clubs did not pay for the services of a licensed agent: Bury, Cheltenham Town, Kidderminster Harriers, Lincoln City, Rochdale, Rushden & Diamonds and Scunthorpe United.

For the last six month period in question Yeovil Town spent:

£15,000 on transfers and new registrations (10th= in League Two)
£13,000 on updated contracts (1st in League Two)
£9,000 on cancelled contracts (11th= in League Two)
£12,000 on loans (10th= in League Two)
£11,500 on agent fees (12th in League Two)


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21 July 2005 : West Ham Tickets
This coming Saturday's match against West Ham United is now a sell-out at the away end, and therefore any travelling Hammers fans should be aware of this if they have not already purchased a ticket.

Unconfirmed reports from home supporters purchasing seated tickets for the game are that the two stands are filling up fast, hence if you are a home supporter looking for a seat in the ground, then move fast and get in contact with the Huish Park Ticket Office. Tickets for the Westland terrace still remain available for the match which will kick-off at 5.00pm and will hopefully see Gavin Williams turning out against his old club.


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21 July 2005 : Glovers Clean Up Staines
Yeovil Town recorded their third consecutive pre-season victory with a more than comfortable 3-1 win over Ryman League Premier side Staines Town last night. The 3-1 scoreline could have been far greater were it not for some fine goalkeeping by the home side, but despite that Yeovil still managed to breach the home side's defences three times over.

The Glovers fielded two new trialists. The first went under the name of Paul Bastin and started the match up front with Phil Jevons, whilst the second merely appeared on the teamsheet as Nuno and was a second half substitute. Sadly the end result for the latter player was not so good. Turning up to the game wearing a heavy knee bandage, he managed about four minutes of the second half before deciding his knee wasn't up to the job and limped off.

Bastin's role in the game though was somewhat more effective. It was his parried shot that saw Paul Terry open the scoring with just 10 minutes gone and then six minutes later Bastin got a goal himself after he was fed by Darren Way. A total avalanche of chances fell Yeovil's way thereafter in the half, with Jevons and Bastin usually involved either in the build-up or in the eventual shot on goal, although Andy Lindegaard and Terry again could have increased Yeovil's lead with long rangers.

It was therefore somewhat surprising when a minute into the second half, Staines pulled a goal back through a penalty from Tariq Nabil, although his swan-like dive over Terry Skiverton to win the spot-kick fooled few bar the man in black. This was Yeovil's most disjointed part of the game - in part because of Nuno's hasty exit forcing Adam Lockwood to play in midfield, but also because by the hour mark, Chris Weale was the only player left on the field who had started the match.

Yeovil's third goal of the night came from a corner by Arron Davies. Terry Skiverton headed the ball back across the face of goal from the back stick, and Matt Harrold was able to polish off the move with a header planted across the Staines keeper.

Czech striker Lubomir Blaha made a third appearance for the Glovers during the second half, although there was no place for Dutch striker Paul Weerman who apparently has been shown the door after a single match. Another piece of good news from the second half was that Kevin Amankwaah was able to play 40 minutes as a substitute for Nuno, just 24 hours after limping off at Dorchester.

A full match report will appear on this site later today.


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20 July 2005 : Amankwaah worry for Glovers
Glovers defender Kevin Amankwaah is set to have a scan on his ankle today after being carried off during last night's 1-3 win against a physically robust Dorchester side.

"Kevin will have a scan tomorrow and we will know the extent of the injury then," Glovers boss Gary Johnson told the Western Daily Press. "He hurt his ankle in a block tackle. At first we thought it was his knee, which could have been a real problem, but, thankfully, it's his ankle. These things can happen in friendlies and we certainly seem to be having some intense pre-season games. It's a real shame for Kevin as he has been playing very well but we'll just have to wait and see how bad the injury is."

The Glovers travel to Staines Town tonight with trialist strikers Lubo Blaha and Dutchman Paul Weerman - who played the last 20 minutes at The Avenue last night - expected to feature. Not much is known at present about Weerman other than he's around 28 years old, is approximately 6 feet 5 inches tall and has played for BV Veendam in the Dutch second tier for the last couple of seasons. He scored 4 goals from 24 starts last term.

One trialist not expected to feature is former Cardiff midfielder Michael Parkins. He's been released by the Glovers, according to today's Western Daily Press.


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19 July 2005 : Directions To Staines Town
Yeovil Town's opponents for tomorrow's pre-season friendly are Staines Town who play in the Ryman Premier League. Like the Burgess Hill match, head up the A303/M3 to London but this time take the M25 clockwise towards Heathrow.

Leave the M25 at Junction 13 and turn east onto the London bound A30. At 'The Crooked Billett' roundabout, exit for Staines town centre. Go right through the town, passing the Elmsleigh Centre car parks, next bear left at the junction opposite the Thames Lodge hotel and into Laleham Road. Go under the iron railway bridge next to the river and follow the road for about 2/3 of a mile, turning right by the bollards and into Wheatsheaf Lane. The ground is on the left and sign posted Staines Town FC / The Thames club (map).

Staines by rail is on the main Windsor & Eton / Reading line to Waterloo. The stadium is a 3/4 mile walk, exit onto Gresham Road (same platform side if coming from Waterloo) and turn left at the T-junction into Laleham Road. Wheatsheaf Lane is about 1/2 mile on the right.

For those training it there's an above averge Wetherspoon, The George, a couple of hundred yards from the railway station in Staines High Street. Alternatively go direct to the stadium and chance whatever is stocked in the club bar.

Although Wheatsheaf Park is on the same site as the ground we travelled to in the FA Cup in the late 1980s, the ground itself has changed radically and was rebuilt in 2001 at a cost of 6.5 million, with the club finally returning after many years of groundsharing, playing their first match at the new ground in February 2003.

For prices on the night see news item for July 12th.


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19 July 2005 : Comfortable Win For Glovers
In the first stage of two games in two days Yeovil Town came away from The Avenue 3-1 victors. Goals from Kevin Gall (2 mins), Phil Jevons (38 mins) and Matt Harrold (65 mins) saw only a lone response from Dorchester Town.

Trialist Lubomir Blaha, first seen for 45 minutes on Sunday against Burgess Hill Town, put in around an hour on this occasion, with early reports rather more impressed. Around the 60 minute mark Gary Johnson made nine changes, one of whom was another trialist of the big forward variety: Paul Weerman, of Dutch First Division (second level) club BV Veendam.

Tomorrow evening The Glovers will be at Wheatsheaf Park to play Staines Town (see earlier news items for details).

Final score: Dorchester Town 1 Yeovil Town 3

Ciderspace match report


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19 July 2005 : Reserves Fixtures
The fixtures for the Pontins Holidays Combination South West Division were made available today and can be found here on Ciderspace.

As we detailed on June 15th there has been no change from last season in the clubs competing in our Division.

The fixtures for the mini-league stage of the Pontins Holidays Combination League Cup are still to be released.


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19 July 2005 : Let's be Avenue! But at those prices?
After a whole 24 hours without a match the Glovers now go on to play 2 friendlies in 2 days. They start tonight on familiar territory at The Avenue, hosts Dorchester Town providing the opposition; and tomorrow if it's Wednesday it must be Surrey, with Staines Town the opponents.

The Glovers will have all the first team squad on show at both games with boss Gary Johnson taking a mix-n-match approach to team selection. "All players will be involved at Dorchester and Staines. Some will play 60 minutes and 30 minutes and some will play 30 and 60 minutes," the Gaffer told the official site.

"This is our last group of games where they will not be playing 90 minutes and it is the last time we are playing all the pro's together rather than a first team and a second team," he added. "There will be different combinations, for instance it could be Skivo and Locky or Sodje and Miles. We are running the rule over a few trialists this week, some will come and go, some will go before you supporters see them and some you may see in a Yeovil shirt. All the time I am assessing them, all the time I have got players that are waiting for my call to come over and in time we will choose the right player for our football club."

"I think everyone is looking forward to our games against West Ham and Southampton and by the time we play them we will be further down the road towards what I want. Thank you for your support against Portsmouth, it was a great atmosphere. My ears are still ringing from the bell, at least our trumpeter plays the songs with a tune!"

Prices for tonight's match at Dorchester are as follows:

Grandstand Adult £10.00
Grandstand O.A.P £6.50
Grandstand Kids £1.00

Terrace Adult £9.00
Terrace O.A.P £5.50
Terrace Kids £1.00

'Kids' are presumably u-16's, but there's no clarification on the Dorchester website. A reasonable price for them, but £10 or £9 at the cheapest for adults? So as far as Yeovil fans are concerned that's Portsmouth, West Ham, Southampton and, er, Dorchester all costing more-or-less the same, but you've also got to drive 20-odd miles to The Avenue. Hmmmm....


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18 July 2005 : Directions To Dorchester Town
Yeovil Town's next pre-season friendly takes place tomorrow night at the Abbey Stadium where they take on Dorchester Town with a kick-off at 7.45pm. Gary Johnson is expecting to split the squad between the match against the Magpies and the following night's trip to Staines Town, so like last weekend if you watch both matches, you should see the whole squad playing, as well as the potential of a couple of trialists.

To get to the Abbey Stadium, get onto the A37 southbound from Yeovil. When you reach Dorchester, donít go into the town centre, but instead follow signposts for Weymouth, which will take you onto the A35 eastbound, running you along the south side of the town. The ground is adjacent to the A35 at the intersection with the A354 to Weymouth Ė when you see the floodlights in front of you at the roundabout, turn left towards the town and the main ground entrance is on the right hand side.


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17 July 2005 : Gary's Verdict on the Burgess Hill Game
Glovers boss Gary Johnson was pleased with the day's work as Sunday's 'other team' had beaten Burgess Hill Town 4-0 at Leylands Park today. But speaking immediately after the game, Gary said it was important to pick the opposition in friendlies carefully to ensure they provided a suitable test for his players, explaining:

GJ: The important thing is that you don't go somewhere and absolutely trounce anyone. We didn't score most of our goals until very late and Steve's boys were very committed and I thought they had some decent players there. The whole game was worth the run-out. That's the important thing. Burgess Hill have got a good spirit and the one thing you must start with is a good spirit. They've got that and I'm sure that with a bit of quality at their level they will be dangerous.

Qu: The last 20 to 25 minutes saw quite alot of changes made during the game, and that perhaps tipped the balance.

GJ: Of course. Steve has got to look at a few people. No-one ever plays their full first team all the way through in a friendly, and so you are looking at the first hour where it was 1-0 or 2-0. But it was good for us because we had to concentrate. Sometimes you can go to a non-league ground and not enjoy it and not get enough out of it, but our boys did.

Qu: The lad who scored the first goal for you was a trialist wasn't he? They announced it as Parkins

GJ: No, the first goal was Stephen Reed and he's not a trialist. He did that to Steve's (Johnson) team last year early on as well. He played well today and his shot was blinding.

Qu: Four different goalscorers again and I guess that's helping with the spirit in that everything is being shared around?

GJ: Exactly. With all due respect I need Luke Oliver to put in some running and it is better that I put him in up front to do some running because in that position he can do some running himself, whereas when you are a centre-back you only run when the centre-forward runs. He's got his goal and he scored quite a few goals for Woking with his feet, as he's got good feet for a big lad and he's got a good turn. We'll wait and see but maybe he'll be the next Peter Crouch! The important thing is that everyone got in a game over the weekend and some of them have got 90 minutes in which is great. You have still got to concentrate and you've still got to work hard even if you are keeping possession. With all due respect it is a non-league pitch out there and so you've got to work hard to keep the ball off the pitch, so you play the ball a bit longer than you normally would. Overall though it's been a good weekend for us.

Qu: Any thoughts on the two trialists?

GJ: Yes I think they did enough for us to invite them back for training for next week. Michael has only just come back from a double hernia he got when he was at Cardiff so he looks like he's got a bit of training to do. The big boy I'd rather keep out of the limelight at the moment. There's a couple of other clubs interested but he did enough today for me to tell him to come in for the week and I'll probably play him at Dorchester. But I have got three big strikers coming in this week from all over the world, so we've got the Big Strikers Convention being held in Yeovil this week. But I'll only take the big ones if I think they can play a little bit.

Qu: Those two we saw today both played yesterday at Hereford and Reading, so you've made allowances for that?

GJ: Exactly, that's why I took both of them off. The heat was unbelievable out there. But we got out of it what we came in here for.

Qu: What are you likely to do for Dorchester and Staines? Against Portsmouth we saw in general a more experienced, stronger team whilst today we saw a lot of the Youth Team graduates. Will Tuesday and Wednesday be a bit more of a mix'n'match?

GJ: It might be. I don't know yet which two teams I am going to send out for Dorchester and Staines. It won't be the same two teams you've seen this weekend. There will be some subtle changes.

Qu: But presumably whoever we don't see on Tuesday, we'll be seeing them on Wednesday?

GJ: Yes, exactly. I am going to try and give as many of them as I can a full 90 minutes. You are better off doing that against non-league opposition than you are against Portsmouth. Even Portsmouth were changing their side at half time. But against this sort of opposition you've got a chance to give some of them 90 minutes and not affect them.


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17 July 2005 : Yeovil Make Hay
We might as well have, but two men must have gone to mow the Burgess Hill Town pitch yesterday. Straw coloured, undulating, the ball ricocheting around squash court like, and dust rising at every foot step, Leylands Park will presumably be featuring on Horizon as a case study in the consequences of global warming.

On a hot afternoon that got hotter a rather random collection of Yeovil Town players plus two trialists in midfielder Michael Parkins and forward Lubo Blaha got off to a flying start. Well most would consider a goal after 34 seconds a flying start, as Stephen Reed lashed one in from distance as many of the 340 crowd were still wandering towards pitchside, 0-1.

After an initial fairly bright ten to fifteen minutes the blazing sun and stubble field soon told, and the next half hour was pretty forgettable. The Glovers were always in comfortable control but the frequent yells of "Shoot, SHOOT!!" from team mates might have been more heeded as their fellows tried to walk the ball into the net.

The somewhat anonymous Blaha was replaced up front by Luke Oliver at the start of the second half, though post match Gary Johnson did say he would continue to have a further look at the trialist over the next few days. Perhaps he was mindful Blaha had been trialing for Reading only yesterday.

As fitness began to tell the Hillians were pushed further and further back. All three second half additions to the scoreline had similarities: Burgess Hill failing to clear their lines and Yeovil players pouncing on a ball bobbling about fairly close in. David Poole, Luke Oliver and Scott Guyett, in that order, were the men to bother an increasingly resigned tannoy announcer.

All in all a relaxed day in the sunshine for the spectators, with a predictable outcome. What the melting players made of football in the Sahara is probably unprintable. The full Ciderspace match report can be found here.

Final score: Burgess Hill Town 0 Yeovil Town 4


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17 July 2005 : Trialists to feature at Burgess Hill?
From the Premiership to the Ryman League, such is the pre-season. After yesterday's 2-4 defeat against Portsmouth the Glovers travel to Sussex this afternoon to play Burgess Hill Town, managed by former Seaside Scummer boss (and brother of Sir Gary!) Steve Johnson. According to the YTFC official site the following players will feature in today's squad:

Danny Barker, Andy Lindegaard, Adam Lockwood, Scott Guyet, Steve Reed, Dale Williams, Michael Rose, David Poole, Luke Oliver, Matt Harrold, Danny Cullingford, Gavin McCallum and two trialists - an as yet un-named Hungarian striker and Michael Parkins, a 20-year-old midfielder. Parkins was a regular in Cardiff City's title-winning reserve side last year, scoring twice during the season, but never got a chance for the first team and was released by former City boss Lennie Lawrence in May.

The match kicks off at Leylands Park at 3.00 pm this afternoon, see news item July 14th for directions and a mini pub guide. Though if you haven't left by the time you read this you'll probably be too late.


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17 July 2005 : Pictures Of New Home Kit
The first team wore an early version of the new 2005-06 home kit yesterday and it is a slight modication on the "hoops" design that has proved so distinctive since Yeovil Town entered the Football League. The green hoops have been given a slight multi-tone effect to vary between light and dark green, whilst the green bands have also been given a black border. In addition, the shirt has changed from a collar design to a roundneck. Two photos show Phil Jevons modelling the new kit during the Portsmouth match. The players names have yet to be added to the shirts, but this will no doubt happen soon.
Phil Jevons models the new kit at the Portsmouth game Phil Jevons models the new kit at the Portsmouth game
Phil Jevons models the new kit at the Portsmouth game
Photo © 2005 Martyn Lucas / Ciderspace



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17 July 2005 : Portsmouth Feast On Scraps As Glovers Go Down
Yeovil Town lost their first domestic pre-season friendly yesterday as Premiership Portsmouth - featuring their whole first team squad - won 4-2 in an entertaining match at Huish Park. Both teams played two teams during the match, although the Glovers waited until the hour mark before making the bulk of their changes, but it was the Portsmouth first half team that won the match for the Hampshire side - seizing onto a number of loose balls after initial attempts on goal had been blocked or saved.

Lvica Mornar, Lomana Lua Lua, Gary O'Neil and Svetoslav Todorov were the four Portsmouth scorers with the bulk of the goals being scored early on as Pompey raced into a 3-1 half time lead. However the best goal of the day was scored by Paul Terry, who rifled a 20 yard shot into the top corner which at the time pulled the score back to 2-1, giving the majority of the 4,417 crowd something to shout about. Darren Way then gave Yeovil hope of a result when he headed home a superb Kevin Gall cross to the back stick, but in a half of far fewer chances, Todorov sealed the game when he converted Portsmouth's fourth with just six minutes remaining.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Portsmouth 4.


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17 July 2005 : Squad Numbers for 2005-06 Season
All highly provisional, but assuming yesterday's squad numbers are the permanent numbers to be used throughout the whole of the forthcoming season, the full set are as follows:

1. Chris Weale,
2. Adam Lockwood,
3. Michael Rose,
4. Terry Skiverton,
5. Colin Miles,
6. Darren Way,
7. Paul Terry,
8. Lee Johnson,
9. Kevin Gall,
10. Phil Jevons,
11. Nathan Jones,
12. Kevin Amankwaah,
13. Steve Collis,
14. Andy Lindegaard,
15. Stephen Reed,
16. Efe Sodje,
17. Scott Guyett,
18. David Poole,
19. Arron Davies,
20. Matt Harrold,
21. Luke Oliver,
22. Richard Cullingford,
23. Danny Barker,
??. Dale Williams.

The only two elements of doubt are that Arron Davies was listed in the programme as No.25 but actually wore a No.19 shirt yesterday. Similarly Dale Williams was allocated No.19 in the programme but wore an unnumbered shirt, however on the basis of the above numbering, it would seem likely that Dale would take either the No.24 or No.25 shirt.


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16 July 2005 : Gary's Verdict on the Portsmouth Game
Glovers boss Gary Johnson had mixed feelings about today's 4-2 defeat against Premiership side Portsmouth, considering that his team had taken too long to get a high enough tempo going during the match, but that once his team did, the results were good. Gary answered the following questions after the match:

Qu: Gary you say in the programme that you learn from your defeats.

GJ: Yes, you do. That was a good defeat! What I mean by that is that nobody likes losing, but I thought we were part of a good football match. I think most people here really enjoyed it. We scored two great goals against Premiership opposition. When we play our game, we can be very effective and the two goals had parts of our game in it - not just because they were our goals though. That shows the lads that they need to do that kind of thing a little bit more often. We were trying to be Premiership players in the first 45 minutes and we were trying to play a slow-paced game. That doesn't work for us. Portsmouth would all of a sudden quicken the game up and we were not ready for it. So the first half team had to quicken it up. I gave them another 15 minutes to show me that and to be fair they did. That 15 minutes saw us being very strong. Then the second half team came on and admirably put them under a bit of pressure, created a couple of chances and again were a bit unlucky with the goal. So 4-2 against Premiership opposition - we will have learnt from the goals against of course but we will also learn from the goals we got.

Qu: A couple of the goals against at least were somewhat gifted perhaps?

GJ: Well all goals are gifted in some way because someone has made a mistake somewhere. It's not always good play on the other team's part. But sometimes you have to hold your hands up, and in that first 45 minutes Lomana Lua Lua caused us problems with his pace and that's why he's one of the best strikers in the English League. We weren't quite ready for him during the first half hour because he did cause us quite a bit of a problem. But once we sorted things out a little bit and stopped them getting in behind us, then Portsmouth were a little bit less effective.

Qu: The new lad Nathan Jones limped off.

GJ: Yes, he did. He took a heavy tackle. There were a couple of tackles that went in behind people and Nathan took one on the achilles. Glenn Schmidt, our physio, tells me that he will be OK and that with a few days rest he will be all right.

Qu: And from the Premiership you go to Burgess Hill tomorrow.

GJ: Yes, really what we are after is to make sure that everybody gets games and that nobody misses out. It's a great opportunity for some of our new lads to play and some of them will play 90 minutes tomorrow. We just want to get them into our way of thinking and our pattern. I thought they did all right. They went out there and I think they showed people, so that they can see why they are here, and see that player may have something about him. Luke Oliver is a centre-back but I didn't have any room to put him in as a centre-back, but I also think he's a bit of a Peter Crouch up front. He's quite quick and he closes people down and he is very good in the air which he is entitled to be! But we will keep an eye on that one. In the end it was a good pre-season game and I'm quite pleased that the Huish Park crowd got a good pre-season game.

Qu: And within the friendlies there is a good mix of different levels, isn't there?

GJ: Yes, I suppose there is. At home though we have West Ham in the Premiership and Southampton coming down from the Premiership so those two are going to be equally as difficult. We will see how much we have learnt when we come up against West Ham next week.

Qu: It was a keenly contested game wasn't it?

GJ: Yes, that was good. All our games seem to be like that. I don't like us tip-tapping about. It's not me and it's not us. I sort of gave them a bit of a rollicking at half time because I felt we were playing it as a pre-season game, and I don't want to be doing that. Once we upped it we started to see our extra bits of quality. That's what we are doing. We train at match pace and we certainly want to play the game at match pace.

Qu: Both goalkeepers made a few fantastic saves there. Is it still difficult to separate those two?

GJ: Not at the moment because there's plenty of time. You take each game as it comes. Portsmouth's keeper made a couple of good saves as well, and so it was an entertaining game wasn't it?


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16 July 2005 : F.A. Women's Cup
The draw has been made for the first three rounds of the F.A. Women's Cup. Yeovil Town avoid the Preliminary Round and enter at the First Round Qualifying stage.

First Round Qualifying : Worcester City v Yeovil Town

Second Round Qualifying : Reading or Chinner Youth Ladies v Worcester City or Yeovil Town

First Round matches are scheduled for Sunday 11th September 2005, kick-off 2.00 p.m. Second Round ties for Sunday 25th September 2005, kick-off 2.00 p.m.

There are no replays in The F.A. Womenís Cup. If a match is level at full-time 30 minutes of extra time is played. If the scores are still level at the end of extra time ties are decided on penalties.


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16 July 2005 : Westcarr Sent East
Craig Westcarr, brought in on a week's trial (see news item July 15th) from rivals (oh how we like saying that!) Nottingham Forest, appears to have lasted about a day. The Western Daily Press reports that Gary Johnson has sent him back home to get fit.

Paul Scott, a defender from Burnley, has also gone - almost before anyone knew he had arrived.


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15 July 2005 : Photos From The European Tour
A dozen photos from the recent European tour have been sent to Ciderspace by Tim Lancaster. Tim took in the games against Bayer Leverkusen and LR Ahlen and so two photo galleries have been opened up to cover the games.

The Leverkusen gallery has two photos currently and can be found here. The Ahlen gallery has ten photos currently and can be found here.

Alternatively head to the Main Photo Gallery Index for all other matches.

If any supporters went on the tour and want to send any photos through for addition to the gallery then send them through and we'll add a selection to these galleries.


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15 July 2005 : Action Photos From Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient
Another one of the missing photo galleries from the 2004-05 season has been completed. The March 2005 match at Huish Park against Leyton Orient now is shown in pictures with 96 photos covering the 1-0 win that was secured thanks to an early Phil Jevons penalty. View the gallery of the day's events here or head to the Main Photo Gallery Index for all other matches.


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15 July 2005 : Westcarr Joins On Trial
Former Nottingham Forest striker Craig Westcarr has joined Yeovil Town on a week's trial. The move for the 20 year old is one of a number of attempts Glovers boss Gary Johnson is believed to be making to recruit in a new striker before the start of the coming season.

Craig holds the Forest record as their youngest ever first team player when he made his debut for the club on 13th October 2001, aged just 16 years and 257 days, coming on as a substitute in a 1-0 win over Burnley. Craig was a regular scorer for Forest's Reserve and Youth sides although his 26 appearances for his home city came mainly from the bench.

During last season, he took in a one month loan spell at Lincoln City and a two month session for Milton Keynes Dons but was released from the City Ground at the end of the 2004/05 season. His one goal for Forest's first team was scored against Rotherham on the last day of the 2002-03 season.

Craig was born on 29th January 1985 in Nottingham and joined rose through Forest's Youth Academy. He has also represented England at U15, U16, U18 and U19 level. He is described as a pacey confident striker who was prolific for Forest at the more junior levels with only Forest's tendency to buy in strikers from outside stopping Craig from gaining more exposure to their first team. His cause was probably not helped by missing three months of the 2004/05 season with a knee ligament injury sustained in training.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson has implied that there will be new faces in tomorrow's match against Portsmouth but told the Western Daily Press: "It's too early to say whether Craig will be involved on Saturday."


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14 July 2005 : Youth Team Friendlies Announced
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side have had seven pre-season friendlies arranged over the four weeks. These are all away matches and are as follows:

Mon 18th July : 6.30pm : Westland Sports
Fri 22nd July : 7.30pm : Portland
Mon 25th July : 6.30pm : Westland Sports
Fri 29th July : 7.30pm : Shaftesbury
Tue 2nd August : 6.30pm : Clyst Rovers
Fri 5th August : 7.30pm : Sherborne Town
Mon 9th August : 6.30pm : Gillingham Town

The first friendly will be played on the Bunford Lane pitch in Yeovil

The season proper kicks off on Saturday 13th August with a home match against Oxford United. A reminder that the full Youth Team fixture list can be found here.

If anyone is going to these matches and would like to write some words for the site either as a news item or as a full blown match report, then please do drop us a line.


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14 July 2005 : All About Burgess Hill
Leylands Park, home of Burgess Hill Town FC
Leylands Park, home of Burgess Hill Town FC
Photo © 2005 Tim Lancaster / Ciderspace

On Sunday, Yeovil Town plays its first away domestic friendly when they travel to Sussex to play Burgess Hill Town. The Sussex club plays in Ryman League Division One and their manager is Steve Johnson Ė Garyís brother Ė who was appointed at the club on Thursday 19th May 2005 following his brief spell as Weymouth manager.

Those travelling are likely to be : Danny Barker, Andy Lindegaard, Adam Lockwood, Scott Guyett, Stephen Reed, Dale Williams, Michael Rose, David Poole, Luke Oliver, Matt Harrold, Richard Cullingford, Gavin McCallum and a couple of trialists.

Burgess Hill play at Leylands Park which is situated in Maple Drive. To get there by car, take the A303 towards London until it merges into the London-bound M3. At the junction with the M25, take the anti-clockwise route towards Gatwick Airport. At Junction 7 of the M25, take the M23 south towards Gatwick Airport and Crawley. When you reach the end of the M23 (at Junction 11) take the A23 southbound towards Brighton.

The ground is situated on the north-east side of Burgess Hill in an area called Wivelsfield. Leave the A23 at the junction of A2300 north of Hickstead show ground. Follow the signs to Burgess Hill and Wivelsfield Railway Station. Go over 1st roundabout, left at the second roundabout (past Triangle Leisure centre), left at the next roundabout then right at the next. Drive up the hill for 300 yards then take the first left into Maple Drive. The ground is about 3/4 mile down this road on the left hand side.

The nearest Mainline station is Wivelsfield Station which is located on the main Victoria to Brighton line and also serves trains from the Lewes line. When you come out of Wivelsfield Station turn left and follow Leylands Road for 400 yards The first road on the Right hand side is Leylands Park and the ground is located 300 yards into this estate.

There are two pubs of note within walking distance of the ground, and both lie in Leylands Road and come recommended by the local CAMRA association.

The Watermill (Tel: 01444 235517) is the more highly rated and is situated at No.1 Leylands Road. It is open from 12 noon until 10.30pm on Sunday and serves up Shepherd Neame Spitfire; Youngís Bitter, Special Bitter. They also serve food.

Alternatively the Windmill (Tel: 01444 235537) is situated at No.134 Leylands Road, serving Tetley Bitter and is open on Sunday between 12 noon and 3pm and 7.00pm-10:30pm. Obviously the latter rules it out for any post-match pints.

Burgess Hill has its own social club and we presume this will be open before and after the game. Eddie Benson, the chairman of Burgess Hill Town has written and says:

Prices for Sunday are as follows: Adults £5.00, OAP's £3.00 and Under 16's £1.00. Also a family ticket for £10.00 is available. We are offering free coaching for 7 - 14 year olds from 12.00 noon - 2.00 p.m. and a BBQ will be available all afternoon. Hope you can make it.

Burgess Hill's Official Website can be found here (where we borrowed the directions from!)

Just 24 hours before that game, Yeovil Town play host to Portsmouth at Huish Park, and therefore logic would assume that the side that takes on the Premiership club will be the stronger of the two, whilst the Sunday match in Sussex will no doubt feature all those players who did not make the starting line-up at Huish Park. Prices for tickets for the Portsmouth match are 10 pounds for adults, 5 pounds for Over 65s and 2 pounds for Under 16s.


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14 July 2005 : Joint chief scouts will be prepared for new season
As reported last month (see news story 30th June) the Glovers have appointed Peter Johnson, brother of Sir Gary and former youth and reserve-team coach at Woking as the club's new chief scout. So where did that leave Frank Leworthy, the former chief scout who has done such a sterling job over the last few seasons and who was still at the club, fans wondered?

The partial answer at the time was that Peter would remain London-based and would have responsibility for scouting both within the UK and across Europe, whilst Frank would take over more of an 'office' role, responsible for collating together reports on players and teams from his Huish Park base from both Peter and any other scouting reports that may be received. According to this week's edition of the Western Gazette this would appear to remain the case with the subtle difference that both men will be regarded as joint chief scouts, rather than one having seniority over the other.

Interviewed in the Gazette, Glovers boss Gary Johnson had this to say: "Peter has done well with players. He has found good signings for every club he has been involved with but nothing has changed from Yeovil's point of view. Frank Leworthy's duties will remain the same. He does a fantastic job collating all the match assessments as well as recommending players but what we need is someone to go and watch all the academy games, go out to Europe and just follow up all the leads we get. I trust Peter's judgement and there is no doubt that the future of the game will revolve around value-for-money players. Peter will put together a good compilation of players and have it ready so when any one of those comes available we would have seen him and know all about him. The step up we have now made is one of the reasons for this role but I also need someone to follow players for a little while. We all know the Wayne Rooneys of this world but we need to find Wayne Rooney before he hits the big time."

For his part Peter Johnson insists that he has no regrets in leaving the coaching side of his career behind at Woking and says that he has already begun travelling around Europe in his new role of joint chief scout. "I am looking forward to getting started," he told the Gazette. "I have done a similar sort of job for Gary in the past and we certainly have a good understanding. I worked with him and I have been out on my own doing several things but this is League One and it is big time and it is great to be involved. Frank Leworthy will continue to do all the stuff that he has always done and that will be a great help while I am out flying around. After our tour of Germany I went straight over to Ireland for a game so I am certainly getting about a bit."

"In football at the moment most clubs have to be a bit clever and look to find players and bring them through because it would cost a fortune otherwise. So you have to look a bit further afield or even be lucky with a real young one. The only thing with that is sometimes you do not have enough time to wait for that potential to come out - and that is when you have to find the ones who just need a little bit of tweaking. I enjoy coaching and will miss it but coming to Yeovil and moving into scouting was not a dif≠ficult decision. I am looking forward to going out and seeing players and I hope I will be able to help add a few good ones to the squad so we can get into the Championship. Going on the [German] tour was excellent because I really know everyone now and I feel a part of the whole team which is nice. It has been fun."


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14 July 2005 : Fans can help sell the club to trialists - Johnson
Glovers boss Gary Johnson is looking forward to Saturday afternoon's first home friendly of the pre-season and the visit of Premiership side Portsmouth and is hoping that the Huish Park crowd will help him 'sell' the club to any triallists present, whether the triallists are playing or watching and taking in the atmosphere at the ground.

"I am expecting Portsmouth to field a very strong side and with it being our opening home friendly it is important particularly for the new lads who will experience Huish Park for the first time," Johnson told the Western Gazette today. "If we can build that special atmosphere early, then if we do want one of these trialists then they will have a good feeling for the club but I am sure there will be a big crowd and it will be a great oc≠casion."

"We have got a busy sched≠ule coming up but not every player will travel to all of the games," the Gaffer explained, adding: "What we do have to do with a 24-man squad is make sure that they all get games. I have got some trialists coming down and the friendlies will give the fans a chance to see a few players that they have not seen yet. But people will have to wait and see because I am not advertising anything yet."

The Yeovil boss also gave the Gazette his response to the vexed question of the Boxing Day fixture at home to Bournemouth, now switched to an evening kick-off on Friday 23rd December, to the dismay of the majority of fans from both clubs it seems.

"It suits us in a way because we have a long trip to Tranmere Rovers on 28 December," he admitted. "I do not know the politics surrounding the issue but the club always does what is best for the club. You cannot please everyone and sometimes there are circumstances which mean these fixtures have to be changed. When the police costs outweigh the cost of the game then that is the only solution."


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13 July 2005 : Dale Williams picked for Welsh u-19 squad
Dale Williams has been picked in an 18 man squad for Wales forthcoming u-19 friendly international matches v Turkey. Dale was originally picked for the 26-strong u-19's training camp in May (See Ciderspace news page 19th April 2005) and obviously impressed the Welsh management enough to make the final squad.

The two games will take place on Tuesday 26th July at Haverfordwest County FC and on Thursday 28th July at Llanelli FC. No information as yet on kick-off times, but presumably they will be evening games.

Full Welsh squad:

Wayne Hennessy - Wolverhampton Wanderers
Owain Fon Williams - Crewe Alexandra
Mitchell Booth - Derby County
Adam Davies - Cambridge United
Darcy Blake - Cardiff City
Rhys Wiggins - Crystal Palace
Mathew Holt - Everton
Lewin Nyatanga - Derby County
Kyle Critchell - Southampton
Robert Davies - West Bromwich Albion
Mark Bradley - Walsall
Lloyd James - Southampton
Shaun McDonald - Swansea City
Jamie Price - Birmingham City
Curtis McDonald - Cardiff City
Jamal Easter - Cardiff City
Scott McCoubrey - Cardiff City
Dale Williams - Yeovil Town

Congratulations to Dale on this well deserved honour.


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13 July 2005 : More triallists could be on show this Saturday
The Glovers have held their first training session since returning from their short German tour with all current squad members taking a full part in proceedings. "Everyone was involved and it's great to have no injuries at the moment," manager Gary Johnson told the Western Daily Press. "That's why we pulled the players who had slight niggles out of the last game of the tour," he added.

The Glovers boss is expecting more European triallists to arrive at the club over the next few days, hopefully in time for Saturday's first home pre-season friendly against Premiership side Portsmouth, kick-off 3pm at Huish Park.

"We're hoping to get three or four players over, players who have been recommended to me," Johnson said. "If they are here in time, then it's possible that they could feature against Portsmouth."


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12 July 2005 : Action Photos From Yeovil Town vs Bristol Rovers
Another set of old photos from the 2004-05 season have been loaded up onto the site. This set of 120 photos concentrates on the 4-2 win over Bristol Rovers at Huish Park in February 2005. The full selection can be found here or browse other galleries via the Main Photo Gallery Index.


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12 July 2005 : Travel To Oldham
Y.T.I.S.A. have contacted us with details of their transport to Oldham on August 6th. The pick up point will be from the away end at Huish Park. Departure is 7.00 a.m.

Prices are £15.00 for members and £17.00 for non-members.

We are in the process of checking that the booking procedures remain the same as last season.


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12 July 2005 : More Friendly Prices
Two more clubs have announced ticket prices for the visit of Yeovil Town in pre-season friendlies (see 7th July for Whaddon Road).

Admission for Staines Town, on Wednesday 20th July, will be Adults £6.00 and all Concessions £3.00. Kick-off is at 7.30 p.m.

For those who recall playing Staines as we closed in on the Isthmian League Championship in 1996-97, don't go to the ground you remember from that fixture. They were ground sharing with Chertsey Town at that time. The Swans are now again at their long-term home Wheatsheaf Park after two more periods of ground sharing. Slightly older supporters will recall it from a F.A. Cup Fourth Qualifying Round victory in 1989.

For the last friendly before the League Two season kicks off, at Ladysmead, Tiverton Town have set prices at Adults £5.00, Concessions £3.00, and 'Kids' (qualifying age unspecified) £1.00. This match starts at 7.30 p.m. on Monday 1st August.


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11 July 2005 : Youth Fixtures And New Cup
Following consultation with clubs, the Football League Youth Alliance has been restructured for 2005-06. The new format sees the abolition of the end of season Merit Divisions, a reorganisation of the regional conferences and a new League Cup format.

The South West Conference has been expanded by three clubs and comprises :

A.F.C. Bournemouth
Bristol Rovers
Cheltenham Town
Cirencester (new)
Exeter City
Hereford United (new)
Newport County
Oxford United (new)
Plymouth Argyle
Swansea City
Swindon Town
YEOVIL TOWN

Each will play the others home and away, giving twenty-two fixtures.

For the League Cup teams from the South East and South West Conferences are split into four groups. South Group Two comprises :

Brentford
Bristol Rovers
Leyton Orient
Portsmouth
Queens Park Rangers
YEOVIL TOWN

Each team plays all the other teams in their group once, and the four group winners go forward to contest Semi-Finals and a Final to establish the South winner. In the North, the 30 clubs have chosen to contest a straight knock-out cup competition, and that winner will play the South winner in the overall Final.

The Yeovil Town Under 18 fixture list can be found here on Ciderspace.


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11 July 2005 : Obinna Let Go
Despite scoring a couple of goals on Yeovil Town's mini Continental tour it has been decided that Eric Obinna is not quite what The Glovers are looking for. He has therefore been let go and will not be accompanying the touring party back to England.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press manager Gary Johnson said :

We've had a good look at Eric on tour and decided that he's not quite at our level. He's not what I'm looking for so I'll keep searching. I've got a couple of irons in the fire.

With Matt Harrold lacking experience most would agree that the Glovers still need a replacement for the departed Bartosz Tarachulski to lead the line. With quite a few managers around the League bemoaning their inability to find big centre forwards at the right price this may be easier said than done.

Keeper Steve Collis, David Poole and captain Terry Skiverton all return from the tour with minor injuries, but are expected to be available for selection for the next friendly, against Premiership Portsmouth on Saturday July 16th, kick-off 3.00 p.m. at Huish Park.


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10 July 2005 : Splat! Glovers Get Thrashed By Ahlen
Yeovil Town's touring party were firmly brought down to earth today in Sedenhorst as they were soundly thrashed 7-1 against a full LR Ahlen first team in front of around 1,200 spectators. Ahlen play in the Bundesliga 2 and so this was always likely to be the toughest test of the three fixtures on the tour, but Gary Johnson's side would have been shell-shocked to have gone in at half time 5-0 down, after a speculative shot and four well-worked team goals had torn apart the Glovers, with three of the home side's goals having come straight through the centre of the park.

Some changes were necessary at half time and Yeovil responded well by netting a consolation goal through Eric Obinna, but two more Ahlen goals made the end result a rout, giving the returning Glovers plenty of food for thought on their return to England.

There will be no fourth tour match, despite hopes that another game might be squeezed in tomorrow. Also no sight is to be expected from the Hungarian winger mentioned last week on the official site - apparently he did not join the players on tour and is not expected to feature in any future matches.

First Half Starting Line-Up: Chris Weale; Kevin Amankwaah, Luke Oliver, Efe Sodje, Colin Miles; Kevin Gall, Lee Johnson, Darren Way, Arron Davies; Phil Jevons, Matt Harrold.

Second Half Starting Line-Up: Chris Weale; Andy Lindegaard, Scott Guyett, Adam Lockwood, Michael Rose; Kevin Gall, Paul Terry, Nathan Jones, Stephen Reed; Phil Jevons, Matt Harrold.


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10 July 2005 : Fourth Side At Fitness First
Local rivals AFC Bournemouth, somewhat in our thoughts this week as the other club suffering from the pathetic sequence of decision making that sees both sets of supporters denied their Boxing Day fixture, have announced that at long last there will be spectators on all four sides of The Fitness First Stadium (a.k.a. Dean Court). One end of the ground has been a pile of earth and rubble since the new stadium was opened in 2001.

Speaking to the Bournemouth Daily Echo chairman Peter Phillips said that a 1,100 seat temporary stand had been ordered, which he hoped would be in place in time for the Cherries second home League One fixture on August 13th against Bristol City. He added :

It allows us to be flexible. For big games we can hand it over to the away supporters and home fans can fill the rest of the stadium; but we can make those decisions depending on the game.

Yeovil Town aren't scheduled to travel to Dean Court until Saturday March 18th 2006, kick-off 3.00 p.m. - unless the fixture is rearranged to 4 o'clock on a Monday morning on police advice. The Ciderspace profile on AFC Bournemouth is available here for those who plan that far ahead!


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


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10 July 2005 : Directions To Sendenhorst
Jurgen, our ever-helpful Preussen MŁnster supporter has been in touch to confirm that WDR's Teletext service backs up the advice given yesterday for supporters to head for Sendenhorst for today's game against LR Ahlen and not the main Ahlen stadium.

Jurgen writes: "Sendenhorst is halfway between Ahlen and MŁnster. This village hasn't got a train station. Anyone relying on public transport should either go to Neu-Beckum or MŁnster and take a bus from there. There's a service between these two towns, but it isn't frequent. Supporters traveling by car should go to Drensteinfurt and follow signs for Sendenhorst from there."


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9 July 2005 : Gary's Verdict on the Leverkusen Game
Glovers boss Gary Johnson praised his side's workrate following yesterday's 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen, but believes that their third tour match tomorrow will be the toughest match of the trio of games currently scheduled over the club's tour of Germany.

Speaking to the official site Gary said: "I thought the lads worked their socks off in the game. Now we must prepare for what will be the most difficult game of the tour against LR Ahlen. They are a Bundesliga 2 side and will be fielding their first team so we will have a game on our hands. There are a few knocks but none are serious and Glen Schmidt will be working on them today. It was great to see our fans turn up at Leverkusen again. They really do make us feel at home!"

Of the knocks, the early indications are that winger David Poole is not expected to be risked for tomorrow's game against LR Ahlen as he has a slight hamstring strain. Also goalkeeper Chris Weale is currently undergoing treatment for a slight knock which caused him to miss the game against Leverkusen.

There is still no word from Yeovil Town regarding the location for tomorrow's game, however Ciderspace forum regulars believe the LR Ahlen website (see article below) to be the correct source of information as this was the location they were told to head for during Friday's game.


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9 July 2005 : Boston United vs Yeovil Town Photo Gallery
Yet another of the missing 2004-05 Action Photo Galleries have been added to the site. This latest gallery features the Easter Saturday win at York Street, where Yeovil Town won 2-1 against Boston United. All 89 photos from the game can be found here or alternatively head to the Main Photo Gallery Index for a selection from other matches.


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9 July 2005 : Change Of Time and Venue For Ahlen Game
Yeovil Town's tour match against Leichathletik Rasensport Ahlen tomorrow has undergone a change of kick-off time, and most likely a change of venue as well. The match will now kick-off at 6.30pm local time (5.30pm UK time).

It seems that there is also a change of venue as well, however there is a difference of opinion as to whether this is the case or not. LR Ahlen's Official Site is reporting that the game will now be played in Sendenhorst, however the Yeovil Town Official Site is claiming that the match will be played in Ahlen!

Those on the tour are tending to favour the view of the locals and if this is correct then the match will be played at:

Sportplatz "Westtor", Westtor 30, 48324 Sendenhorst.

For reference, the Yeovil Town Official Site is reporting that the match will be played at August-Kirchner-Strasse 14, Ahlen.

If we are able to absolutely confirm the correct location of the match and clear up this confusion, we will post another news item.


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8 July 2005 : Second Win Sees Off German Giants
Yeovil Town secured their second win in Germany tonight as they won 2-1 against a Bayer Leverkusen XI, although admittedly not the side they usually field in the Champions League!

Yeovil once again fielded two different line-ups for two different halves and the first half team went 1-0 up through Adam Lockwood. Yeovil's second half team did concede, although they won the match through a Lee Johnson penalty after new signing Matt Harrold was pushed in the back by a Leverkusen defender.

First Half: (4-4-2) Stephen Collis; Adam Lockwood, Efe Sodje, Scott Guyett, Colin Miles; Andy Lindegaard, Darren Way, Arron Davies, Stephen Reed; Eric Obinna, Phil Jevons.

Second Half: (4-4-2) Stephen Collis; Kevin Amankwaah, Luke Oliver, Terry Skiverton, Michael Rose; Kevin Gall, Paul Terry, Lee Johnson, Nathan Jones; Matt Harrold, Dale Williams.

There was no place for David Poole tonight, as he had a slight hamstring strain.

Attention now turns to Leichathletik Rasensport Ahlen, who the Glovers face on Sunday afternoon, with a 3.00pm kick-off (local time). The match is due to be played at LR Ahlen's main stadium.


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8 July 2005 : Bournemouth Game Switched Due To Operational Costs
Yeovil Town have issued a statement regarding the decision to take the traditional Boxing Day fixture out of the 2005-06 fixture list and to move it to the Friday night before Christmas - December 23rd, 7.45pm - a time when many people will be involved in office parties, visits to relatives and preparations for Christmas Day itself.

The club have made the decision to move the fixture due to the high costs of staging the game against AFC Bournemouth on Boxing Day. Their statement reads as follows:

"Following questions as to why the Yeovil Town home match against Bournemouth, scheduled for Boxing Day, has been changed to Friday 23rd December the club have explained their reason for the change. Local derbies and past history mean this match has always been deemed necessary to be policed. Due to the difficulty of getting staff over the Christmas period and the resultant overtime payments, police and club labour costs have risen to over £35,000 for the match. Like most football clubs, finance plays a vital part to the running of this club and an increase to that sort of figure was difficult to justify. With this in mind it was decided, after consultation with Bournemouth, The Football League and the police, that a change of date was the most effective way forward."

Unfortunately the running costs for the December 23rd match are not available for comparison, to see how much money the switch of fixture will save. Of course that is the important measurement as it is the only means of examining whether the likely drop-off in attendance in what would have surely been a full capacity at Huish Park would cancel out the saving in the operational costs. If Huish Park still sells out on December 23rd then the decision would be apparently financially sound, however if the game does not attract spectators in numbers because of it's timing, then that decision will be somewhat more subjective.


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7 July 2005 : Prices For Cheltenham Friendly
Details for the friendly fixture at Whaddon Road between Cheltenham Town and Yeovil Town on Saturday 30th July are as follows :

All sections of the ground will be open and the match is a pay on the gate game. Tickets will be £10.00 for adults and £4.00 for all concessions.

Kick-off is 3.00 p.m.


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7 July 2005 : Gary's Verdict On The Preussen MŁnster Game
Glovers boss Gary Johnson has declared himself more than satisfied with the opening 2-1 win over Preussen MŁnster yesterday. Speaking to the official site Gary said the following about the game (with the liberty of a slight tidy-up on the first sentence!):

"I was pleased with the overall game and [with it] being their first game with [the] new team it's nice to win. They [Preussen] were a decent side playing at a decent level and I thought we came through it very well. We created a few chances and we looked solid. Some looked more ready than others but we have got plenty of time to get the rest up to their peak. It was good to see the new lads perform and I felt they took to it very quickly and very well. There's still a lot to do but I'm really pleased that we won our first game. It was also nice to see our supporters here and hopefully they have enjoyed the game. Thommo and I will now have a look at things and change things that need changing but we will be giving everybody the chance to prove themselves."


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7 July 2005 : Sveiki Andrejs
The time of Latvian international Andrejs Stolcers at Huish Park is now formally over. He has signed for FK Baku in Azerbaijan according to Sky Sports.

His former international and club manager Gary Johnson said :

We wish Andrejs well. I am still looking at players all the time and there are people coming back to me every day so we will just have to wait and see what happens. There are one or two spots that could be filled in the squad and if everything is right then I might bring someone in but it is not vital that I do that.

Eric
[Obinna] is with us at the moment. He is relatively young and inexperienced but he has pace and is a strong lad. He saw off all the other trialists that we had and for that reason was invited on tour where I will now get the chance to have a better look at him within games. He came highly recommended. He wants a return to England and we were fortunate to hear about him first.

We also have a Hungarian left-winger. I will not tell people his name because I do not want to alert other teams about what we are trying to do but he has a very good pedigree and lots of experience.


Stolcers, who once cost Fulham £2,000,000 from Spartak Moscow, made 29 starts and 14 appearances as substitute for Yeovil Town in the 2004-05 season, scoring 7 goals.

We wish him all the best for the future. Liels paldies, Andrejs.


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7 July 2005 : Carling Cup Tie Is On TUESDAY
Ipswich Town have moved the Carling Cup First Round tie at Portman Road from Wednesday 24th to Tuesday 23rd, August. Kick-off remains 7.45 p.m.

A statement from Ipswich Town reads :

The game was scheduled to be played on Wednesday, August 24 but Colchester play Cardiff at Layer Road on that night so the Club has decided to move the game forward.



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6 July 2005 : Glovers Edge Out MŁnster In First Friendly
Yeovil Town got off to the perfect start to their tour of Germany with a 2-1 win over Preussen MŁnster tonight. Fielding two separate teams across the two halves, triallist Eric Obinna ensured he impressed boss Gary Johnson with a first half goal, although the Glovers had to settle for a 1-1 scoreline at half time. In the second period, the other Yeovil eleven won their half 1-0 with Phil Jevons netting from the penalty spot to win the game for Yeovil.

First Half Line-Up: Stephen Collis, Adam Lockwood, Scott Guyett, Terry Skiverton, Nathan Jones, David Poole, Lee Johnson, Darren Way, Arron Davies, Matt Harrold, Eric Obinna.

Second Half Line-Up: Chris Weale, Michael Rose, Colin Miles, Efe Sodje, Luke Oliver, Paul Terry, Stephen Reed, Andy Lindegaard, Kevin Amankwaah, Kevin Gall, Phil Jevons.


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6 July 2005 : Fair Play Award For Glovers
Yet another plaudit comes the way of the Coca-Cola Football League Two Champions.

Yeovil Town are joint winners with Cheltenham Town of the Coca-Cola League Two Fair Play Award. Both ended the season on the same number of disciplinary points. The £10,000 prize is shared equally between the two clubs.

The other award winners were :

Arsenal - Premier League
Crewe Alexandra - Football League Championship
AFC Bournemouth - Football League One

Congratulations to all for playing the beautiful game in the spirit intended.


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6 July 2005 : And A Further Fixture Change - But Firstly.........
.......there is confusion concerning the date of the Carling Cup tie at Portman Road (see news item for 5th July). The Ipswich Town Official Site has announced that it is on Wednesday 24th, and the Yeovil Town Official Site fixtures list agrees with this. However the Yeovil OS News page has announced Tuesday 23rd as the date. More when the two sort themselves out.

Meanwhile :

the Boxing Day match at Huish Park against AFC Bournemouth - won't be on Boxing Day. The game has been moved to Friday 23rd December with a 7.45 p.m. kick-off.

The Bournemouth end are claiming that the instigation for this alteration was from Yeovil Town, accepting police pressure to move the game. Although some fans may be pleased because of a better fit with their holiday arrangements we don't expect the majority to be too thrilled. Boxing Day fixtures are one of the most popular dates on the football calendar, and a long standing tradition.


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5 July 2005 : Yet Another Fixture Change
The Coca-Cola Football League One match against Scunthorpe United at Huish Park has been brought forward from Saturday 15th April 2006 to Good Friday 14th April 2006. Kick-off will be at 7.45 p.m.

This is of course Ciderspace unofficial, unless you live in Scunthorpe where it has been official for five days.


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5 July 2005 : Wednesday 24th For Portman Road
The Carling Cup First Round tie between Ipswich Town and Yeovil Town at Portman Road will take place on Wednesday 24th August, with kick-off at 7.45 p.m.

Whether this has been publicly confirmed by the Football League, the Yeovil OS, Fat Harry's dog or the Pope yet we don't know. Don't think we'll wait though.

The Ciderspace guide to all things Ipswich can be found here.

We'll bring you the ticket prices when they have been agreed by the two clubs.


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5 July 2005 : Glovers leave today for Euro tour
The Yeovil Town squad - plus triallists - leave for their Dutch training base today ahead of their 3 match German tour, which kicks off with a game against Preussen MŁnster tomorrow evening (Wednesday), starting 7pm local time.

One triallist has been named and he is striker Eric Obinna, according to today's Western Daily Press. 24 year-old Obinna, born in Nigeria, was spotted playing for his hometown club Owerri by Brazilian side Vitoria Bahia where he spent a season before coming to England and signing a five-year deal with Arsenal in the 1998-99 season. However work permit problems meant Obinna was unable to play in this country at the time and the youngster was loaned out to French sides St Etienne and Rouen before being released by the Gunners. Obinna spent last season with German club Kaiserslauten, playing for their reserve side. "He's not the finished product but he's quick and strong and he will get a chance," Glovers boss Gary Johnson told the WDP. Other sources indicate that Obinna now has a French passport, alleviating the previous work permit problem.

It's not yet known how many other triallists Johnson is taking with the squad to the continent, though the WDP reports that an 'un-named Hungarian winger' is amongst the party. New signing David Poole has now joined up with club after returning from holiday and keeper Steve Collis will definitely travel after recovering from illness; but striker Bartosz Tarachulski, who arrived at Huish Park last week for pre-season training has been told that he has no future at the club. "The situation with Bartosz has not changed," said Johnson. "There is no contract for him here and he has to find pastures new." Reliable sources have also indicated that Latvian international Andrejs Stolcers has stated his desire to return to Huish Park but has been told that the club do not regard his presence as necessary on tour and that his situation will be re-addressed when the tour is finished, unless Stolcers finds a club in the meantime.


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4 July 2005 : Annual Cricket Match Arranged
The annual cricket friendly between North Perrott Cricket Club and Yeovil Town will be played on Thursday 14th July at the North Perrott ground. The match will be a 20 overs affair that will start at around 6.30pm. A bar and barbeque will be available throughout the match.


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4 July 2005 : Gary Johnson Interview
If you missed BBC Bristol's interview with Gary Johnson on Saturday, or wish to review what he had to say at greater leisure, a transcript from Ciderspace is available here.


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4 July 2005 : Derby Moved On Police Advice
The New Year's Eve Coca-Cola League One derby between Yeovil Town and Bristol City has been brought forward from 3.00 p.m. to a 12.00 noon kick-off on police advice.

Whatever the start time, this first ever league meeting between the two clubs will be a guaranteed sell out.


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2 July 2005 : Seven Interviews Added To Archives
Another batch of interviews conducted during the 2004-05 season have been added to the site this week by George Murray following the first batch published on June 27th. Most of the interviews were originally published in the Match Day Programmes.

The latest batch added are as follows:

30/08/2004 : Terry Skiverton : After he scored in a 4-1 defeat at Mansfield Town.
11/09/2004 : Roy O'Brien After the 1-1 draw at Cheltenham Town.
11/09/2004 : Darren Way : After he scored in the 1-1 draw at Cheltenham Town.
26/10/2004 : Scott Guyett : A couple of days after the 1-0 defeat at Scunthorpe United.
08/12/2004 : Arron Davies : After he scored on his debut in the 3-2 win at Leyton Orient.
12/03/2005 : Darren Way : After he scored in the 2-1 defeat at Darlington.
19/03/2005 : Adam Lockwood : After he came on as a substitute against Bury, marking his comeback from injury.

Alternatively head to the Main Interview Index and browse the full selection here.


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2 July 2005 : Action Photos From Northampton Town vs Yeovil Town
Another gap has been filled in the 2004-05 Photo Galleries. This selection of 56 photos is taken from the March 2005 1-1 draw at Sixfields when a rearguard second half saw Yeovil almost take all three points against Northampton Town. To view the photo gallery from the night game head here or head to the Main Photo Gallery Index.


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2 July 2005 : Action Photos From Yeovil Town vs Mansfield
Another one of the missing photo galleries from the 2004-05 season has been loaded onto the site for viewing. A total of 105 photos from the April home match against Mansfield is now available where the Glovers won 5-2 at Huish Park. The gallery itself can be viewed here or alternatively view the Main Photo Gallery Index for the full selection.


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2 July 2005 : Advance Notification Of More Badges
Ciderspace has received advanced notification of two more badges to be produced by Tim Lancaster. We shall carry the designs here when they become available. Tim writes :

To update collectors, two more badges are planned for the early part of the season following on from the three issued so far for the German Tour games [see news item June 28th].

Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town, 1st League game in Football League One - £3.00

Also on September 10th 2005 Yeovil Town will play their 100th game as a Football League club when Walsall provide the opposition at Huish Park. This badge will cost £3.00.


For further queries or to place an order contact Tim here.


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1 July 2005 : Bartosz Back In Training
Polish striker Bartosz Tarachulski has accepted Gary Johnson's offer to return to pre-season training with the club today, although there is no indication of whether he has signed a new deal with the club or whether there is even an offer still on the table for him. At this stage it would seem more likely that Bartosz will have to line up with the other trialists on show at Huish Park for the foreseeable future.

Around 30 players turned up for training today - the first official contracted day of training - with two players excused from the early action. Goalkeeper Steve Collis is recovering from an illness, whilst David Poole has been allowed to remain in Manchester for an additional day. For the time being Andrejs Stolcers is not returning to the club although the door is not entirely closed there. No trialists have been named yet, although the Western Morning News claimed that amongst them would be Australians, Portuguese and Germans. There are believed to be about ten players competing for what is likely to be little more than one or two contracts.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson said after today's session: "It was a very competitive session and I was pleased with the boys fitness, they know they have to come back fit because the nature of our pre season. The new players looked to have settled in nicely and the more they train with us the more comfortable they will be. We will continue to train all weekend to build up for our pre season tour which starts on Tuesday."


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1 July 2005 : Harrold Has Potential But Needs Confidence
Glovers boss Gary Johnson believes new signing Matt Harrold is by no means the finished article, but he believes he has the potential to fit into the role of a potential striking partner for Phil Jevons during the 2005-06 season. The 20 year old, who has agreed a two year deal at Huish Park, arrived at the club yesterday from Brentford for a nominal fee and Johnson believes he can mould him into the sort of striker he wants.

Speaking to the Western Morning News, Gary explained: "He has all the attributes and looks the part, but he doesn't quite have that confidence yet and I like to sign players with potential. He played on loan at Grimsby last season and did very well there - I think he won five out of six man of the match awards - and my contacts in Grimsby said he did very well. My uncle also recommended him to me - he was on the coaching staff at Brentford - and we agreed a nominal fee with Brentford for him, so we will see what he's like."

Gary also gave the Western Daily Press some additional views on the new signing adding: "I've got a good feeling about the lad and at 20 he's still got a lot of potential. He's not the finished article at the moment but I think he can be in a short space of time. He came into the professional game late and he's still improving. But he's a very good finisher and that's what I liked about Phil Jevons before I signed him."


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1 July 2005 : Ten Yard Rule Scrapped
English Referees chief Keith Hackett has revealed that the ten yard rule brought in by FIFA to combat dissent within the game has been scrapped. The rather bizarre rational given by FIFA is that those countries who do not have a prominent rugby set-up - where the rule is a standard means of deterrent - were unable to understand such a simple rule.

Hackett explained: "It is a disappointing decision because while the law was not used a lot, it did have an impact on the behaviour of players. The referees over here found it acted as a deterrent. The problem, as I understand it, is the countries who do not have any familiarity with the concept couldn't get their heads around the process."

The rule of course significantly benefitted Yeovil Town last season when Bartosz Tarachulski scored a last minute FA Cup equaliser against Darlington after one of the host's players had been booked for dissent.


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1 July 2005 : Another Fixture Brought Forward
As well as the alteration to the kick-off time for the match against Hartlepool United on Saturday 3rd of September at Victoria Park as reported on this site yesterday, we can also announce a further change.

The match with Swansea City at Huish Park on October 8th will now kick off at 12.30 p.m. to avoid the England v Austria and Wales v Northern Ireland World Cup Qualifying matches.


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