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31 July 2006 : Late Late Clarke Goal Seals Final Friendly Win
A 92nd minute goal from Tom Clarke gave Yeovil Town a 1-0 win in their final pre-season friendly against Tiverton Town at Ladysmead tonight. The Glovers dropped the majority of their first team squad for the game, selecting instead a mixture of fringe and youth players. There was one new face in the side - Danny Brook who played in midfield. Brook was a former YTS at Exeter City.

The team selection saw Daniel Webb captain the side and take up an unusual centre-back position, whilst trialist Lee Morris got his first start in a Yeovil shirt.

The game was played in driving rain, and although the pitch at Ladysmead held up well, this was not a game with many shots on goal. Tiverton came the closest during the first half - striking the woodwork twice. Yeovil's best chances tended to come from the wings, with Ishmael Welsh and Gavin McCallum getting into good positions. Welsh managed to create Yeovil's best chance of the half - a good ball into the centre that found Lee Morris, but the striker dragged his shot wide.

Morris managed to last 70 minutes on the night - the longest he has managed so far and a suggestion that he is starting to win his fitness battle, having spent most of pre-season on the treatment table. He was replaced by youth teamer Phil Ormrod. Two minutes later, there was a welcome return for goalkeeper Danny Barker, who last season broke both of his wrists, prompting concerns that his promising career as an England Schoolboys keeper could be in danger. Danny took over from Darren Behcet between the sticks, thus giving him a welcome boost in his efforts to secure a comeback.

The game looked as though it was destined for stalemate, with the weather dominating proceedings and the young Yeovil team holding on at times against their more physical and experienced opponents. But on 92 minutes with almost the last kick of the game, Tom Clarke shot on the edge of the box, from a slight angle, and the final pre-season friendly was won.

Line-Up: (4-4-2) Darren Behcet; Jake Smeeton, Gary Bowles, Daniel Webb, Craig Alcock; Ishmael Welsh, Stephen Maher, Danny Brook, Gavin McCallum; Tom Clarke, Lee Morris. Subs: Phil Ormrod (70 mins for Lee Morris), Danny Barker (72 mins for Darren Behcet), Matt Concliffe (for Stephen Maher), Oliver Wake (for Danny Brook).

Attendance: 518.


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31 July 2006 : B***** Dermot Again
The opening day of Yeovil Town's latest league campaign will see us renew acquaintance with Dermot Gallagher (Oxfordshire), a picky, fussy martinet of a referee with an attitude problem who thinks he's the bee's knees but unerringly gets significant decisions wrong. Apart from that we like him. He will be assisted at The Den by Stephen Artis (Norfolk) and Martin Yerby (Kent) waving flags at random moments, and Nick Kinseley (Essex) trying to demonstrate that holding a board up in the air is a proper job.

Things look brighter for the first home league match of the season against A.F.C. Bournemouth on Tuesday 8th August, when Jarnail Singh (Middlesex) will be the whistle blower. Mr Singh and Yeovil Town have pretty much advanced in unison, and we've had him officiating many times over the years. He generally gets more of the important decisions right than he gets wrong, and although is a little less relaxed and prepared to risk playing to the spirit of the game than he was in Conference days (doubtless a necessity to get promoted) he remains one of the more popular referees with most Yeovil fans. Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Simon Snartt (Gloucestershire) will be the assistants making an understandable pig's ear of the ludicrous active/passive, first/second/third/however many more you want phases that have turned the offside law into a shambles, whilst Guy Beale (Somerset) can while away his evening pressing a few buttons on an electronic board.


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31 July 2006 : But Not At Huish Park..........?
Football League press release :

[Start of copy]

Big Kick-Off Sees Clubs Reach Out To New Audience

Clubs across The Football League are taking advantage of their two week head start to the new season by giving young fans the chance to see their opening League fixture for free or at significantly discounted rates.

In total, more than half of League clubs are offering free admission to youngsters with others offering cheaper admission, kid-a-quid promotions and family fun-days.

Football League Chairman Lord Mawhinney said:

"With The League enjoying the spotlight for the first fortnight of the new season, clubs are making a special effort to give new fans a taste of what League football has to offer. Even if they follow a Premiership team, we want to see them down at their local Football League club watching some exciting football."

Across the season as a whole, 38 League clubs will be offering 'Kids Go Free' schemes at every home match as part of The League's 'Fans of the Future' initiative, which aims to get the next generation of supporters watching their local League club. Consequently, there will be free entry to youngsters at more than 800 League matches during the 2006/07 season. In all, 60 of The League's 72 member clubs have committed themselves, so far, to participating in the second year of 'Fans of the Future'.

League Chairman Lord Mawhinney continued:

"In its first season 'Fans of the Future' schemes gave more than 200,000 young fans the opportunity to see live football. This season, Football League clubs are continuing to make a genuinely impressive contribution to getting the next generation of football supporters into their grounds. I would be very happy to see hundreds of thousands of young fans taking them up on their offer."

[End of copy]

It has been a regular gripe of many Yeovil Town fans that in this sort of area of promotions, offers and schemes to generate interest in, and consolidate and further increase support of, the club, it has shown little initiative or inventiveness over the years. If anyone knows what 'special effort' YTFC is making for Fans of the Future please let us know, as we would enthusiastically promote it here, if indeed it transpired there was anything to promote.


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31 July 2006 : 'Real Football Roar' Award
The Football League is launching a competition to supposedly find the club with the loudest fans. For the first two weeks of the season measurements at each ground will be taken from the centre-circle as the teams emerge by a representative of PA Sport. They will be using sound meters provided by Cirrus Research, a leading developer and producer of noise measurement instrumentation.

Football League chairman Lord Mawhinney said :

The start of the new season is an exciting time for all supporters and the atmosphere they generate is vital to the spectacle of League football. The 'Real Football Roar' award is something that all fans will want to win for their club and I encourage everyone to make themselves heard as the big kick-off approaches.

We wait to see whether anything much happens in practice. Two years ago the Football League launched 'Fans League' (see Ciderspace 22nd July 2004) in a great fanfare and .........precisely nothing, zero, zilch was ever mentioned about it again. Completely sank without trace never to resurface.


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31 July 2006 : FA Women's Cup Draw
The draw for the initial stages of the F.A. Women's Cup has been made covering the Preliminary Round, and the First and Second Qualifying Rounds.

Yeovil Town Ladies find themselves at home to Gloucester City in the Preliminary Round. The tie will be played on Sunday 10th September 2006, kick-off 2.00 p.m. If successful the Glovers will again be at home in Qualifying Round One, to Launceston. This round is due to be played on Sunday 24th September 2006, kick-off 2.00 p.m.

Win through again and it's a third home tie on the trot, with this time either St Ives Town, Team Bath or Bath City the opponents. The Second Qualifying Round is scheduled for Sunday 8th October 2006, kick-off 2.00 p.m.

As we reported on 23rd July (below) Yeovil Town Ladies will be playing their home fixtures at Lufton Way this season, using the Top Pitch at Huish Park.

There are no replays in the F.A. Women's Cup. If a match is level at the end of 90 minutes, extra time of 15 minutes each way will be played. If the scores are still level at the end of extra time it's the dreaded penalties.


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31 July 2006 : Morris To Be Given Chance At Tivvy
Former Derby County winger/striker Lee Morris is expected to be given a major part in tonight's match at Tiverton Town. Lee finally got into his stride after some hamstring problems in pre-season when he played 25 minutes at non-league Weymouth on Saturday and although he didn't land on the scoresheet, those who were at the game have praised some outstanding passing from the former Sheffield United academy player.

Manager Russell Slade plans to use tonight's game as a means to see how far Morris can safely go, whilst resting 14 of his first team squad for the match.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, Russell said of Lee's situation and tonight's game:

"It's been a difficult couple of years for him. He's a quality, quality player. You saw that on Saturday and he was only 60 or 70 percent then. We'll hope that he can play a little bit more football again tonight at Tiverton. We've taken a Yeovil eleven. I'm protecting about 14 of them tonight because I don't want any injuries at this stage. But Lee may well play some football tonight and we can try and build on the 20 or 25 minutes worth he had on Saturday. If he comes through tonight then I think we are in a position to perhaps offer him a part time contract, a month-to-month, or something like that."


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31 July 2006 : Slade Sees Diamond Performance Sparkle
Yeovil Town boss Russell Slade has praised his side's performance against non-league Weymouth on Saturday that saw his side come out as comfortable 3-0 winners. The Glovers used an experimental diamond formation in midfield and that allowed them to control the lion's share of the possession.

In speaking to today's Western Morning News Russell certainly gave it the thumbs up: "It worked well with excellent movement, particularly from the midfield. What I am trying to do is work to the players' strengths as best I possibly can. It doesn't necessarily mean we're going to go that way against Millwall. I would like to keep them guessing still. But in terms of creating chances, it was good. We looked nice and solid and they didn't really cause us an awful lot of problems. I think their best chance came in the 89th minute when they had a late corner."

After being critical of his front pairing last week when they failed to create chances against Championship side Plymouth Argyle though, Russell was quick to praise hat-trick hero Matt Harrold and his partner Wayne Gray who supplied two of the goals. Slade added: "I'm delighted for him (Harrold) and I would also like to praise his partner up there. He created two of the goals."


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31 July 2006 : Tivvy Tonight
The last pre-season friendly ahead of Saturday's kick off in the league takes place at Ladysmead this evening with a 7.45 start.

From Yeovil the simplest route to Tiverton is along the A303 and the A358 to the M5 at Junction 25. Leave the motorway at Junction 27 and Tiverton is about 7 miles down the A361.

As you approach Tiverton do NOT follow the first sign for the town (the A396) but keep going along the A361 for another mile until you reach the end of the dual-carriageway at a roundabout. Take the first exit (A3126) signed Town Centre and Castle. This is Bolham Road. Continue along this road for about 400 yards crossing a new roundabout and passing East Devon College and Tiverton Rugby Club on your right. At a mini roundabout go straight across (you'll now be able to see Ladysmead on your right) and a couple of hundred yards further on turn right by the petrol station.

Don't be fooled by the fact that there is a station bearing the name 'Tiverton'. It is Tiverton Parkway, and as the second part of the name hints is nowhere near Tiverton. It is actually located at Sampford Peverell, seven miles away from the town. There is one bus an hour leaving for Tiverton at 44 minutes past. The journey into Tiverton takes 38 minutes. Alternatively there are usually taxis at the station. The return buses leave Tiverton Bus Station at 15 minutes past the hour.

The town centre is only a few minutes walk away from the ground with a number of reasonable to good pubs. However Tiverton Town's clubhouse is excellent. Large, spacious, with three bars and a wide range of drinks including a variety of real ales on previous visits, some larger clubs - say in League One for example - are put to shame.

Tiverton's well constructed Official Site can be found here.

Prices are : adults (classified as 16 years and over) £5.00, seniors £3.00, juniors (under 16 years) free.


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31 July 2006 : Morris To Be Offered Some Sort Of Contract
The Yeovil Town Official Site is reporting that striker Lee Morris will be offered some sort of deal this week that will keep him on at Huish Park where he's been trialing for some time, and make him available for the opening league fixture against Millwall this coming Saturday. This morning's local press is suggesting that Russell Slade sees a month-to-month offer as the most likely, with the manager saying in the Western Daily Press :

Morris is going nowhere. Maybe we will all sit down for a chat, and it could be we might offer a monthly deal. But take it from me, he is going nowhere at the moment.

Slade conceded Morris was still a long way from fitness, classifying him at about 60-70% at present. He had this to say to the Western Morning News :

I have to describe Lee at the minute as being 60-70 per cent fit. His body has been under a lot of stress over the last few years, but, in terms of movement and taking up positions, he is different and he is a threat. I think we have seen glimpses of what he could be and we have just got to be patient and keep working with him because, if we can get him right, then we will have an excellent player.


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31 July 2006 : New Bid For Roberts?
After letting the situation lie since Accrington Stanley knocked back several bids for winger Gary Roberts (see Ciderspace 4th July and earlier items), the Glovers are expected to renew their interest now the sale of Kevin Amankwaah to Swansea City has altered the situation at Huish Park somewhat, not least in the amount of money in the transfer kitty.

According to the Accy end Yeovil Town went up to £50,000 in that earlier attempt to secure Roberts. This was a long way short of Accrington's supposed valuation, but since that was a ludicrous sum of unrealistic proportions most felt the Livingstone Road chairman Eric Whalley was simply flying a kite to try and stimulate an auction. With no word that anyone else has jumped in with an interest for Roberts in the meantime it looks like Huish Park is his only option if he wishes to be playing League One football next term. As a diminishing asset with a year left on his contract, and still refusing to sign any extension as far as we know, Whalley will be on the spot again to either take the cash on offer or watch his asset whither in value and walk for little or nothing at a later date.

Yeovil Town have of course signed Ishmael Welsh in the meantime, but manager Russell Slade has on several occasions stated he sees him more as an investment for future development. However any signing of Roberts would almost certainly move him further away from the First Team in the short term.


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30 July 2006 : Millwall Guide
For those making the trip to The Den next Saturday for the opening league fixture of the season our take on Millwall can be found here.


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30 July 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Weymouth vs Yeovil
The Ciderspace Match Report for Saturday's 3-0 win over non-league Weymouth has been penned by Taff who gives his words of wisdom here.


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30 July 2006 : Interview With Russell Slade
Glovers manager Russell Slade was interviewed by BBC Radio Bristol's Mike Kaye prior to yesterday's 3-0 win over non-league Weymouth at the Wessex Stadium. Russell talked about the current state of pre-season, the sale of defender Kevin Amankwaah to League One rivals Swansea City and his hopes to bring in further signings over the next few weeks.

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


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30 July 2006 : Thommo Bemoans Rivals Money
Glovers assistant manager Steve Thompson sounded rueful yesterday when discussing the situation that had led to right-back Kevin Amankwaah leaving the club for Swansea City. Thommo blamed the high wages and extraordinary transfer fees that the Welsh club were able to offer for Kevin's decision to leave the club.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press Thommo explained: "Kevin Amankwaah has done well for the club and I wish him all the best at Swansea - but we made him a very good offer to stay. Unfortunately, we are competing against teams with more money to spend on both wages and transfer fees. I would rather he had gone to a team who are not in our division, but you can't do anything about it. It's all about whoever is willing to pay the money and, in this case, Swansea were willing to pay the money. They came up with the wages Kevin was looking for. I am sad to see him go, but life goes on and we have to cope without him."


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29 July 2006 : Bragging Rights Firmly In Place
What a beautiful day! Yeovil Town showed the firm gulf in class between their Coca Cola League One side and a certain set of Nationwide Conference newbies in the form of Weymouth.

In a one-sided match watched by 1,367 spectators, including almost half of that number from Yeovil, Matt Harrold ran the seasiders ragged by scoring all the goals in a 3-0 win. In more good news Lee Morris also got a run-out as a substitute for the final 25 minutes, looking impressive in the eyes of those who were at the game.

More reaction from the game will be online tomorrow.

Line-Up: Steve Mildenhall, Andy Lindegaard, Terry Skiverton, Terrell Forbes, Nathan Jones, Arron Davies, Chris Cohen, Paul Terry, Anthony Barry, Matt Harrold, Wayne Gray.

Subs: Darren Behcet, Scott Guyett, Jean-Paul Kalala, David Poole, Daniel Webb, Gavin McCallum, Lee Morris, Ishmael Welsh


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28 July 2006 : Weymouth Prices Reminder
A reminder for all you lucky people heading down to the Wessex Stadium tomorrow, that our hosts Weymouth see us as the big club rolling into town as the star attraction and therefore have raised their friendly prices to be as follows:

Adults : £10.00
Concessions : £5.00

Kick-off is 3.00 p.m.


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28 July 2006 : Amankwaah Signs For Swansea
Right-back Kevin Amankwaah has completed a move to fellow League One side Swansea City for an undisclosed fee, according to the Swansea City Official Site. Of course that in itself carries a massive caveat - the Welsh club are no strangers to jumping the gun on such announcements but barring another Liberty Stadium gaffe, Kevin will line-up in their pre-season friendly against Exeter City tomorrow afternoon.

Amankwaah will officially be a 'guest' of Swansea - the actual Football League paperwork is unlikely to be completed today. He has signed along with Hartlepool United winger Thomas Butler today. With a bid of £200,000 for Amankwaah being turned down earlier in the week, it is certain that a fee in excess of that value will change hands between the two clubs.

Swansea Chairman Huw Jenkins has said: "We've been working hard on these signings and I'm pleased to say Swansea City now has two more quality players in its squad. Butler is a player with great attacking potential who is determined to kick-start his career again after losing his way a bit since leaving Sunderland. And in Amankwaah we have a strong, committed player who can not only defend well but also loves to go forward. (Swansea manager) Kenny (Jackett) is delighted with the signings and feels both players will prove huge assets to the club."

Kevin joined Yeovil on loan from Bristol City in February 2005, making the move to Huish Park on March 24th 2005 during the same season for a fee that was at the time reported to be an extraordinarily bargain figure of around £10,000. Kevin made 59 appearances for the Glovers, going down in the history books by scoring the club's first ever League One goal at the start of last season in the home match against Blackpool - a strike that was to be his only goal for the club. His superb pace and athleticism will be sorely missed by the Glovers, and manager Russell Slade will have to dip quickly into the transfer market to strengthen the squad in that area.

The very best of luck to Kevin in his future career, and a thank you from Ciderspace for playing such a strong part in the club's rise up into League One football.


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28 July 2006 : Amankwaah Future Looking Cloudy
There is currently a big question mark hanging over Kevin Amankwaah's future at Yeovil Town as the club attempt to hold off interest from Swansea City. Yesterday (see story below) manager Russell Slade claimed that Kevin had told him that he wanted to stay at Huish Park saying "We have told Kevin about the interest and Kevin has indicated that he would like to stay here."

However, today matters appear to have taken an about turn, with news on the official site that Kevin has refused to listen to negotiations towards a new contract with the Glovers, with the clear implication that all talks are off.

Chairman John Fry explained: "We have been in negotiation with Kevin and his agent and offered him an attractive new contract. We are bitterly disappointed that Kevin unfortunately has decided that he doesn't want to extend his contract with the club, so we must now look at the situation carefully."

The Glovers have turned down an offer from Swansea, believed to be around £200,000, but if they are prepared to publicly admit that the defender is refusing outright to negotiate a new deal, it does have the air of a club that is preparing the ground for the sale of one of their prized assets.

Amankwaah has just 12 months left on his current deal and so in terms of transfer dealings, the Glovers are looking at rapidly diminishing returns. However, with little cover in the full-back positions at present the club have to tread carefully and ensure that they do not affect the quality of the playing squad at what is currently a crucial time.


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28 July 2006 : Pen Mill Warning
Yeovil Town supporters planning to use the railways to get down to Weymouth for tomorrow's pre-season friendly should note that Yeovil Pen Mill station is holding it's 150th Anniversary celebrations tomorrow between 10.00am and 6.00pm.

A normal service is scheduled to run from the station, but it is expected to be very crowded, and to our knowledge there are no plans for the local rail operator to put on any additional carriages or services. However, the event is large enough to demand it's own 'Park and Ride' scheme, so allow extra time for getting your way through to your chosen train.

More information on the event is here. Ivel FM are also planning to broadcast from the event and their page is here.


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28 July 2006 : Weymouth Radio Coverage
For those not travelling down to the Wessex Stadium tomorrow, BBC Radio Bristol are planning live commentary of the match on 1566MW. We would assume this also extends to the BBC Somerset Sound online web-stream broadcast as well.

On the show they are planning to broadcast interviews with new siginng Ishmael Welsh and manager Russell Slade, with the possibility of others to be decided on the day of the game.

The Saturday Sport programme starts at 1.00pm on Saturday.


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27 July 2006 : The Hunt Goes On
With just over a week to go before the 2006-07 campaign kicks off for real the Glovers are still pursuing a couple more cogs to fit in the engine. Speaking in this week's Western Gazette General Manager - Football John Milton said :

There are still things spinning around and if one falls into place then I reckon a couple of others will as well but we will just have to be patient. There are places available in the squad which we want to fill without a shadow of a doubt, and the sooner we can do that the better. The season is creeping up on us now but we will just have to see how it goes.

Meanwhile Youth Team Manager Stuart Housley expressed satisfaction with his squad's first friendly fixture, a 2-0 victory over Sherborne Town (see 25th July, below) :

It was a good run-out and I was very pleased with the boys. Gary Bowles was outstanding and Danny O'Brien also impressed with his pace which caused them a lot of problems. Tom Clarke could have scored three goals and also did very well.



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27 July 2006 : Weather-vane Returns
Older supporters' hearts may skip a little beat next season - if their dimming eyesight can spot it! Huish weather-vane, topped by green and white footballers, has been retrieved from the top of Tesco and now takes its place at Huish Park.

The excellent on-line tribute to the former ground from Tim Lancaster (I'll just about forgive you the "THE" in its name Tim - er, JUST about) shows where it had been living for many years : Tesco Clock Tower.

Huish weather-vane
Huish weather-vane on the Copse Road End
Photo © 2006 Adrian Gleave & Ciderspace


One hopes this rather unimpressive siting is a temporary measure. On top of the talked-about shiny brand new ground would be nice. Alternatively there must be some way of getting someone up a ladder and fixing it on one of the current roofs?


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27 July 2006 : Ishmael Signs
As heavily trailed for some time Ishmael Welsh today has put pen to paper to seal the verbal agreement reached a couple of days ago (25th July, below). Initially offered a one-year deal negotiations have been fairly protracted but very amicable according to both sides, and a two-year package has ultimately been thrashed out.

As previously stated Welsh has come through the West Ham United academy system, a year behind two other summer signings from the Hammers, Chris Cohen and Darren Behcet. He has said that their presence at, and positive reports of, the set up at Huish Park influenced his interest in moving down to Somerset.

According to the manager, Russell Slade, Welsh can play on either flank, but it is presumably for the left that the club has particular hopes. Slade has intimated on several occasions that he sees Welsh as one to develop for the future, and as an impact player for the present, so providing things are going well in the team overall we can expect to see him used sparingly initially rather than thrown straight in the deep end.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, Russell explained: "It's another young addition to the squad. He's shown a lot of potential in the few games in the few games he has been here. Moreover he's performed very well in training in the three or four weeks that he has been here. He's definitely one for the future. It would be unfair on Ishmael to expect him to come in and be starting right from the off - I think he has got a lot to learn. But in terms of coming on (as a substitute) and making an impact, I think that would suit his needs and our needs right now."

Welcome to HP, Ishmael.


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27 July 2006 : Southampton All-Ticket
The Yeovil Town Official Site has stated that the Carling Cup Round One tie against Southampton on Wednesday 23rd August, kick-off 7.45 p.m., is ALL-TICKET for Glovers fans. No need to panic though. With the away section at St Mary's Stadium taking a minimum 3,200, and expandable to 4,750 if necessary, we are somewhat surprised at the decision in the first place, and certainly wouldn't expect demand to exceed supply.

Tickets are now on sale at the Huish Park Ticket Office. As reported below (22nd July) Saints have reduced prices for this fixture and, in our opinion, are something of a bargain :

adult £10.00, over 65 and 'teens' £5.00, under 13 £1.00.

As a small footnote : that's our interpretation of the pricing stucture based on our reading of Southampton's overall ticketing policy. The YTFC Official Site says on its ticketing page that the £1.00 is for Under 12. If your children fall into the 12 to 12 and 364 day category you may wish to double check with the ticket office before purchasing, as children of that age are not in their teens.

Update : the ticket office is holding to its interpretation of the Under12/Under13 question. Ah well, we tried.


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27 July 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Plymouth vs Yeovil
Tim Lancaster's view of Tuesday night's 2-0 defeat against Plymouth Argyle can be found here.


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27 July 2006 : Swansea In Amankwaah Chase
BBC Radio Bristol are reporting this morning that Yeovil Town right-back Kevin Amankwaah is the subject of interest from League One side Swansea City. The club are currently looking to negotiate a new contract with Kevin as a means of seeing off Swansea's bid and rewarding a player that has 12 months left on his current contract. For the moment, a bid believed to be in the region of £200,000 has been turned down.

Glovers' boss Russell Slade confirmed the interest but made it clear his sights are firmly set on holding on to the player :

We want to keep Kevin here. We are fully committed to that and in fact we are in negotiations to extend his contract. We have told Kevin about the interest and Kevin has indicated that he would like to stay here. As far as I am concerned, he will start the season in the green and white hoops of Yeovil Town.

Swansea are currently desperate to sign new players after a series of high profile bids fell through during the summer - most notably their failure to sign Fulham defender Dean Leacock for the sum of £375,000 due to concerns about the player's fitness - this after having unveiled him as a Swansea player. They also lost out on the signature of Wycombe Wanderers player Roger Johnson to rivals Cardiff City and so are clearly after a defensively minded player.

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins said :

We haven't signed Butler [Thomas Butler of Hartlepool United] or Amankwaah but are hopeful something will develop in the next week.

The biggest surprise is that Jenkins is not claiming a "done deal" and wheeling in the photographers already. Something he has a track record for, with more than one supposed signing turning out to be a figment of his imagination.


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26 July 2006 : Cowlin Confirmed
As mentioned on this site yesterday, the Huish Park East Stand (once known as the Bartlett Stand) is now officially recognised as the Cowlin Stand. The name will be in place for five years after the construction company signed a sponsorship deal with the club.

Cowlin have offices in Yeovil and have previously sponsored matches at the club. There is no mention of the income that the sponsorship will give Yeovil Town, nor any hints as to whether this could form part of a wider relationship with the football club in terms of some of the off the field construction plans.


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26 July 2006 : Kelly Let Go
After watching ex-Arsenal academy player Sean Kelly trial for an hour last night at Home Park manager Russell Slade has decided to end his current interest. After the match Russell said :

It's a now situation for us so we would need a player like Sean Kelly to go straight into our side. But I do not think at this stage that he improves us dramatically, if at all. So we may well keep an eye on him, but there will be no contract on the table for him right now.

With the opening of the season proper now looming large Yeovil's recruitment drive has rather stalled in the last couple of weeks. Lots of spinning plates for a left winger all fell to earth. Though the signing of Ishmael Welsh on a two year contract is imminent there's little doubt he wasn't Slade's ideal choice, with the manager going out of his way to stress he sees him more as a signing for the future. The need for an additional striker has been complicated by the lack of fitness of Lee Morris, with the club hanging on for a fortnight to try and see him in some proper action after his abortive seven minutes against Bodmin Town.


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26 July 2006 : Glovers Stall At Argyle
Championship side Plymouth Argyle successfully snuffed out a Yeovil Town side in a pre-season friendly at Home Park last night, restricting them to a minimum of clear-cut chances. Although Argyle themselves only threatened significantly over two spells at the start and end of the game, they still did enough to score goals that gave them a 2-0 win.

The first goal came as a result of some sleepy defending on a 10th minute free kick. Bojan Djordjic took a quick one, chipping the ball into the path of Barry Hayles who scored for the Pilgrims on his home debut. Argyle dominated the first half although did not add to their tally.

The second period was even up until the last 10 minutes when the succession of substitutions seemed to upset Yeovil far more than Argyle, allowing the home side to have their second strong spell of the game. With five minutes remaining, substitute Reuben Reid put a ball into the path of Nick Chadwick who fired a low shot past Darren Behcet.

Argyle (4-4-2): 23 Luke McCormick; 22 Paul Connolly (28 Scott Laird 76), 13 Mathias Kouo-Doumbe, 6 Hasney Aljofree (18 Gary Sawyer 76), 14 Tony Capaldi (25 Ryan Dickson 58); 7 David Norris, 4 Lilian Nalis (27 Reuben Reid 58), 20 Lee Hodges (Luke Summerfield 58), 32 Bojan Djordjic (2 Anthony Barness 46); 9 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (11 Nick Chadwick 46), 10 Barry Hayles (A Trialist 46). Substitute (not used): 24 Josh Clapham.

Yeovil Town (4-4-2): 13 Darren Behcet; 2 Kevin Amankwaah, 27 Sean Kelly (5 Scott Guyett 63), 4 Terry Skiverton (17 Bradley Thomas 89), 16 Andy Lindegaard; 15 David Poole (19 Gavin McCallum 76), 8 Anthony Barry (14 Jean-Paul Kalala 63), 11 Chris Cohen (7 Paul Terry 66), 9 Arron Davies; 10 Wayne Gray (18 Daniel Webb 81), 12 Matt Harrold (27 Ishmael Welsh 63). Substitutes (not used): 3 Nathan Jones, 6 Terrell Forbes.


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25 July 2006 : The Bartlett Is No More
If the club don't want people stealing their thunder they really need to be more careful. Sticking up an official YTFC notice on the Ticket Office with the new name mentioned in it is not the best way of keeping things under wraps. Having now checked it out to confirm a posting on the Green Room we can go with the news that the Bartlett Stand is indeed becoming the Cowlin Stand. The formal announcement of a new sponsorship deal with South-West building firm Cowlin Construction Ltd is expected later this week.

With Cowlin having a close and long-term sponsorship relationship with League Two club Bristol Rovers we're hoping this implies that the new connection with Yeovil Town is not just a name on a stand, but part of a wider commercial deal for the much talked about development of parts of Huish Park. We may find out more when the sponsorship is officially announced.


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25 July 2006 : Delay On Away Shirts?
We hear that the hoped for date for the arrival of the new replica away shirts has slipped. The kit is being manufactured abroad and both production and shipping issues appear to be the problem. Latest predictions are sometime around the end of August, with maybe even into September being mentioned.

It is hoped that at least the team will get a set at an earlier date.


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25 July 2006 : Millwall Tickets On Sale
Tickets for the opening league fixture of the campaign arrived from Millwall today and will be on sale at Huish Park Ticket Office from 9.00 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) morning.

Prices are : adult £19.00, over 65 £12.00, under 16 £10.00

The Ticket Office at Huish Park is open from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. on weekdays.

You will also be able to buy on the day at The Den, cash only at the turnstiles.


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25 July 2006 : Second Youth Friendly Arranged
Stuart Housley's Under 18s side will play a second pre-season friendly on Saturday 29th July with a 11.00am kick-off. The match will be played against Westland Sports and although no venue is stated, we assume that the Bunford Lane pitch will be used.


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25 July 2006 : Interview With Russell Slade
Glovers boss Russell Slade caught up with BBC Radio Bristol reporter Alistair Durden prior to Friday night's home match against Portsmouth for a much longer than usual chat about the pre-season at Huish Park. Russell talked about his side's pre-season campaign, some of the players he is looking at in the current set of friendlies and his attempts to settle into the area.

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


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25 July 2006 : The League Paper Relaunch
Following the collapse of The Non-League Paper (for a second time) and its sister publication The League Paper (see Ciderspace 26th June) a rescue package has been put together and the latter is due to be relaunched on 6th August 2006.

However all is not sweetness and light. Many freelance journalists remain unpaid. Colin Mafham, who has written on Yeovil Town quite regularly in the past, said :

I'm extremely disappointed with the manner in which the paper has been run. To go into administration once is unfortunate, to go into it twice is downright unforgivable.

I was foolish enough to allow the bill for my services to run up to more than £7,000, bearing in mind the previous fiasco there, but the message must be there for any young hopefuls not to try making their fortune with this particular regime.


Although several persons on the management team of the publications have already resigned Mafham went on to state that he would not work for the paper again if unnamed others remained in place.


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25 July 2006 : Mandatory Two Year Bans Introduced
The Football Association has fallen in to line with many other sporting bodies and today signed up to the UK Sport's National Governing Body agreement, which ties them to the UK national anti-doping policy and in turn the World code.

Up until now each drug offence has been handled independently, with rather random and often very different sanctions applied to those footballers in the English game found guilty. Whilst natural justice would suggest each case should be dealt with on its merits it has produced complaints that the system was too unclear and punishments varied too much, with some feeling hard done by and others presumably secretly relieved they'd escaped lightly.

The agreement brings the FA into line with FIFA, and the worldwide code states a mandatory two-year ban will be imposed on sportspersons found to have been taking performance enhancing drugs. How this will affect those caught taking illegal recreational drugs will have to await clarification from the FA. Some sporting bodies impose the same mandatory two-year ban, others don't.


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25 July 2006 : Ishmael Agrees Verbal Deal
Left-winger Ishmael Welsh has verbally agreed a two year contract at Yeovil Town, according to today's Western Daily Press. The 18 year old former West Ham United player has been on trial at the club during pre-season and initially had been offered a one year deal, but it appears that negotiations have doubled the length of that deal. Manager Russell Slade hopes they can put pen to paper on Thursday.

Speaking to the WDP Slade explained: "He is very young and so far I have used him in a way that he has come off the bench and had an impact on the game. That is how I see him in the short term. But he is getting stronger and fitter all the time as he trains regularly with a first-team squad, which he has not done before. There is no fee because he was released by West Ham. We noticed him at the Premiership exit trials where there was a lot of interest in him."


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25 July 2006 : Directions To Home Park
A reminder that Yeovil Town take on Championship side Plymouth Argyle at Home Park tonight in what will be the Devon side's one and only home pre-season friendly. Argyle are, like the Glovers, under new management with Ian Holloway in charge at Home Park.

To get to the ground, head either via the A303 and/or M5 so that you get onto the A38 westbound at the foot of the M5. On the outskirts of Plymouth, travel on the A38 Devon Expressway until the junction with the A386, signposted "Home Park", City Centre, Ferry Port, and Tavistock. At the roundabout as you come off the A38 take the second exit A386, signposted "Plymouth Argyle Home Park" and Ferry Port.Stay on this road for approximately a mile; the stadium is on your left, with a large free car park on the A386.

Prices are for the game are : adults £10.00; all concessions £5.00.

Kick-off at Home Park is 7.45 p.m.


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25 July 2006 : Young Glovers Beat Sherborne
Sherborne Town (0) 0 Yeovil Town XI (0) 2
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Monday 25th July 2006
Attendance 212

In a game that was divided into three periods a very youthful looking Yeovil Town XI came out on top against Toolstation Western League division one newcomers Sherborne Town at Raleigh Grove in front of a crowd of 212.

In an even opening period both sides had 'goals' ruled out, with the hosts the unlucky side on the first occasion. Yeovil Town scored their opening goal in the second of the three periods when Phil Ormerod got behind the 'Sherb' defence to net from eight yards with a clinical finish after fifty minutes. Sherborne boss Martyn Starnes has a side that should hold their own in The Western League this term, and for the Yeovil youngsters this was to prove a notable victory on a very hard pitch.

Yeovil added a second goal when Irishman Stephen Maher picked up a clearance on the edge of the penalty box and rifled a shot high into the corner of the net with ten minutes remaining. Sherborne Town almost reduced the deficit when a last gasp header flashed wide of an upright.

Other players featuring in tonight's game were Oliver Wake, Gary Bowles, Harry Sherwood (new player and son of former Glovers defender Jeff Sherwood), Jake Smeeton, Craig Alcock, Dan O'Brien, Tom Clarke. There were a large number of new faces, including seven trialists who appeared during the final period of the game.

[Article by Tim Lancaster]


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24 July 2006 : Youth Fixtures Released
The fixtures for the Football League Youth Alliance League have been published, including Yeovil Town's involvement in the Wales and West Division. The competition is now sponsored by Puma and so will become known as the Puma Youth Alliance for the season.

The League Cup Group stages have been expanded by an extra match or two against last season and that will see the Glovers make a series of three away trips to the South-East during the autumn, as well as three home cup matches.

The season proper starts on August 12th at Swindon Town and the full list can be found here.


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24 July 2006 : Sherborne Friendly Reminder
A reminder of Friday's news that a Yeovil Town XI will be playing Sherborne Town at Raleigh Grove tonight in a pre-season friendly.

The official site has described this game as a Youth Team match, with Stuart Housley in charge, and so it seems likely that the only full-timers that will play may be some of last season's Youth Team side that have recently graduated onto full time contracts.

As a word of warning, the YTFC OS claims a kick-off time of 7.30pm whilst the Sherborne OS claims the game starts at 7.45pm. For the sake of 15 minutes, we'd recommend you turn up before 7.30pm and if the latter is correct, then at least you have time to explore some of the recent ground improvements the Dorset club have made as a result of their entry into the Western League.

For full directions and photos of the ground, see Friday's news item.


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24 July 2006 : Reserves Fixtures Released
The 2006-07 Season fixtures for the Pontins Holiday Combination have now been released. This season's league has seen AFC Bournemouth drop out of the Wales and West Division, whilst non-leaguers Exeter City and Weymouth have joined the division.

The bad news for most supporters is that all Yeovil Town's Reserve Team home matches will now kick-off at 2.00pm at Huish Park instead of last season's regular 7.00pm slot. The club have blamed this decision on the cost of maintaining the pitch and also on the cost of floodlighting. Despite this, Season Ticket Holders will now get free admission to all 2.00pm games - provided they are not working at that time of course!

The full Reserve Team fixture list can be found here.


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23 July 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth
A view from James Francis following Friday night's 0-2 home defeat against Premiership side Portsmouth can be found here.


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23 July 2006 : Yeovil Town Ladies Come Home
Updating part of our item on 1st July (see below) Yeovil Town Ladies are now coming back to Huish Park for the 2006-07 season after several years of playing at Tintinhull Sports Field. Matches are played on Sundays, with any mid-weekers on Wednesdays, and will take place on the Top Pitch. The team will be in the Green & White (hoops one hopes), with a change strip of yellow and green.

After a 'nearly' season - runners-up in the league and beaten finalists in the League Cup - last term the ladies will be hoping to kick on and get their hands on silverware this coming season. They will also be competing in the F.A. Women's Challenge Cup once again. We'll carry news of the fixture list once it is released.

Yeovil Town Ladies used to have an excellent web site, but it vanished a year or two ago. A new url has appeared carrying their name. There's nothing there yet, but we'll keep an eye on it as the campaign unfolds.


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22 July 2006 : Slade Family Settling In
Glovers boss Russell Slade has said that he is starting to feel at home in Somerset, even though he has yet to find somewhere permanent to live. His family have settled in temporary accommodation just outside Yeovil, thus allowing them to search for a more permanent place at their leisure.

Russell spoke to BBC Radio Bristol during the week and told them: "We've settled now. We've settled down in a little village around five or six miles from the club. We've moved down here really quickly and I think it's really important to do so. So it's been busy domestically. Lisa, my other half, has been organising the house and searching for a permanent residence as well. We're getting there. It's been a big move for us, but we're enjoying life so far. I really like it. It's a nice place to live and I am really pleased that I have made the move. I hope things will continue to improve and also that things will get even better for the football club now."


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22 July 2006 : Interview With Scott Guyett
Scott Guyett admitted to George Murray and Martin Baker that he has much preferred pre-season this year with Russell Slade and Steve Thompson.

Speaking after the Portsmouth match last night the stand-in captain for Terry Skiverton said, "Pre-season has been good; I have enjoyed this preseason. It has not been run, run, run every day. It has been mixed up and we have had some fun and a laugh. We went to Cornwall last week which was great really as we had two weeks in Yeovil and then a week in Cornwall which was really good to get away and to do some other things. It has been very enjoyable."

Read Ciderspaceís full and exclusive interview with the Australian (transcript by George Murray) by heading here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.


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22 July 2006 : Interview With Jean-Paul Kalala
Jean-Paul Kalala told Ciderspace and the Official Site last night after the defeat against a strong Portsmouth side that despite Steve Thompson moving to assistant manager he continues to have a large and positive impact in the team.

The former Grimsby midfielder said: "He has a big influence on the team. Sometimes he takes the training session. He is well respected by the players and everyone listens to him like he was the manager; there is no difference."

Read the full interview with Jean-Paul Kalala (transcript by George Murray) by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.


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22 July 2006 : Russell's Verdict On the Portsmouth Game
Glovers manager Russell Slade spoke to the press after Friday night's 0-2 home defeat, declaring himself as up-beat despite losing to Premiership side Portsmouth. Russell believed that his side had hit a new level when competing against the South Coast side, particularly during the opening period of the second half.

"We had six shots during that period and played some really good football at a good tempo," he explained. "I was really pleased with that. That's the sort of standard that I am looking for. That is the sort of play that I want my team to be involved in."

Read the full interview of Russell's post-match chat by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.


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22 July 2006 : 2006-07 Squad Numbers
The 2006-07 squad numbers look to have been finalised - barring any future signings that may be made between now and August 5th. As usual, priority appears to have been generally given to the existing squad members to retain their existing shirts although with so many players having left over the summer, there are a large number of changes. The full list is as follows:

1 - Steve Mildenhall
2 - Kevin Amankwaah
3 - Nathan Jones
4 - Terry Skiverton
5 - Scott Guyett
6 - Terrell Forbes
7 - Paul Terry
8 - Anthony Barry
9 - Arron Davies
10- Wayne Gray
11- Chris Cohen
12- Matt Harrold
13- Darren Behcet
14- Jean-Paul Kalala
15- David Poole
16- Andy Lindegaard
17- Bradley Thomas
18- Daniel Webb
19- Gavin McCallum
20- Craig Alcock
21- Jake Smeeton
22- Tom Clarke
23- Danny Barker
26- Stephen Maher

Last night, trialists Ishmael Welsh and Michele Di Piedi were wearing No. 27 and No. 25 respectively. Shirt No. 24 is currently unallocated, and so could well be one pencilled in for fellow trialist Lee Morris, who is currently recovering from a hamstring strain.


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22 July 2006 : Saints Ticketing
Southampton have announced the prices for the Round One Carling Cup tie at St Mary's Stadium on Wednesday 23rd August, kick-off 7.45.

Adult : £10.00
Senior Citizen and 13-18 Year-old : £5.00
Juniors (Under 13) : £1.00

Anyone wanting an executive box for the night, there are some still available starting at £30.00 per head (based on a party of ten). E-mail Kevin Smith or call 023 8072 7739

For disabled supporters Sarah Wallace is the Disabled Co-ordinator at St Mary's. She can be contacted with enquiries on 023 8072 7777 or via e-mail. For away fans St Mary's has 9 Upper Tier wheelchair/enabler places, 14 Lower Tier wheelchair/enabler places, 6 seats for ambulant disabled, and 14 seats for the visually impaired, all situated in the Northam Stand.


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21 July 2006 : Sherborne Friendly Arranged
A Yeovil Town XI will play at Sherborne Town's Raleigh Grove ground on Monday 24th July, kick-off 7.45pm in a pre-season friendly.
The Main Stand at Raleigh Grove
The Main Stand at Raleigh Grove
Photo © 2006 Tim Lancaster/Ciderspace

Given that this game will be played 24 hours before the trip to Plymouth Argyle, we are expecting this game to be mainly contested by a mixture of some of the contracted ex-Youth Team players, some of the current Youth Team squad and the odd other first team squad member (or possibly a trialist or two) thrown in for good measure. The club have played Sherborne in recent seasons and it has usually been used as an opportunity for some of the more inexperienced members of the squad to get 90 minutes under their belt.

Sherborne have been recently admitted to the Western League Division One for the first time in their history and have also installed floodlights at their ground, along with a 140 seater stand, plus additional covered accommodation for around 30 more spectators.

To get there, get onto the A30 from Yeovil to Sherborne. At the end of the dual carriageway, turn right at the traffic lights on to the Dorchester road. Travel straight on for 3/4 of a mile until you reach a T-junction - turn right at this junction. Then take the 2nd left (a narrow lane) up to the car park. The ground is situated in Raleigh Grove. A location map can be found here.
Covered terracing at Raleigh Grove
Covered terracing at Raleigh Grove
Photo © 2006 Tim Lancaster/Ciderspace



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21 July 2006 : Yeovil Town 0 Portsmouth 2
The Glovers went down 0-2 at Huish Park tonight to a Portsmouth side that started at fairly full strength and wasn't weakened until into the second half. Scott Guyett was awarded the captain's armband after Terry Skiverton picked up a knock late on in this morning's training session.

Pompey took an early lead when a Lomana LuaLua cross was met at the near post by Ivica Mornar in the first few minutes, leaving Steve Mildenhall little chance in the Yeovil goal. The Glovers were unfortunate not to have equalised in the first period when Matt Harrold saw his decent strike smack the post.

The Glovers immediately began to threaten the Portsmouth defence in the second half with Scott Guyett forcing substitute goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown to tip the stand-in captain's header over the bar before Wayne Gray and Chris Cohen came close to equalising. But Portsmouth doubled their lead somewhat against the run of play as some non-existent marking allowed Richard Hughes to convert a free kick with an unchallenged header.

In the dying moments a shove in the back on Daniel Webb saw the home side awarded a penalty, but the spot kick from Chris Cohen was saved by Jamie Ashdown.

Attendance : 3,732

Line-ups -

Yeovil Town : 1. Steve Mildenhall, 2. Kevin Amankwaah, 3. Nathan Jones (Andy Lindegaard 71), 5. Scott Guyett (captain), 6. Terrell Forbes (Bradley Thomas 80), 7. Paul Terry (Ishmael Welsh 65), 9. Arron Davies (Gavin McCallum 85), 10. Wayne Gray (Daniel Webb 75), 11. Chris Cohen, 12. Matt Harrold (Michele Di Piedi 71), 14. Jean-Paul Kalala

Portsmouth : Dean Kiely (Jamie Ashdown 45), Glen Johnson (Richard Duffy 67), Matthew Taylor, Dejan Stefanovic (Linvoy Primus 45), Noe Pamarot (Andy O'Brien 45), Miguel Pedro Mendes (Marc Wilson 65), Andy Griffin (Franck Songo'o 67), Ivica Mornar (trialist - Jaouad Zairi? - 67), Richard Hughes, Svetoslav Todorov, Lomana LuaLua (trialist 75)

A match report from James Francis can be read here.


[Article by HG/GM]


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21 July 2006 : Plymouth Argyle v Real Yeovil
Fresh from their battle in Austria with Real Madrid, lost by the single goal, Plymouth Argyle return to the U.K. for their only home friendly of this pre-season, against the Glovers on Tuesday 25th July.

Prices are : adults £10.00; all concessions £5.00.

Kick-off at Home Park is 7.45 p.m.


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21 July 2006 : 'Matchday' Tickets From 24th
The ticketing system that allows home supporters to buy ahead for any league match through the forthcoming season from Huish Park Ticket Office will be loaded up and running from Monday 24th July 2006.

As in previous seasons we'd advise supporters who are not Season Ticket Holders to buy ahead where possible, particularly for ties when high demand can already be predicted like derbies and the last home game. Every year we hear a few fans panicking late in the day that they haven't got a ticket for match X. Of course not everyone can plan in advance, and circumstances do change at the last minute, but don't expect an awful lot of sympathy having had nine months to purchase, if on the 27th April you decide that being at the promotion party (well, we can all dream) against Doncaster Rovers on the 28th is a must, and there seems to be a bit of a ticket shortage.


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21 July 2006 : Pompey Look To Provide A Different Test
Glovers boss Russell Slade expects to see a different side to Yeovil's game tonight - how they cope when they don't have possession. The four pre-season friendlies so far against lower league opposition have been mainly about the Glovers holding the ball, but they will face a very different proposition tonight when Premiership side Portsmouth come to town, with the South Coast side likely to have the edge when it comes to retaining the ball.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, Russell said of tonight's game: "That's going to be our biggest test so far. We'll certainly learn a little bit more about character and resillience and how people perform when the ball is lost. We'll find out a lot more about that side of our game then. But at the moment I can't ask for any more from our game right now and I'm sure we will be up for that task on Friday."

The game kicks off at 7.45pm and tickets can be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office before kick-off. For pricing information see our article from earlier today.


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21 July 2006 : Ishmael Negotiations Still Ongoing
This morning's Western Daily Press reports that negotiations between left-winger Ishmael Welsh and the football club are still ongoing as they look to tie him up on a one year deal at Huish Park. Manager Russell Slade had hoped to finalise the deal yesterday but admits that there are still some issues to resolve.

Speaking to the paper he explained: "It certainly hasn't been tied up yet but we will see if we can push proceedings on over the next 24 hours or so. We would like to sign him and we're fairly confident we can sort something out. He seems happy here and wants to play for this football club, which is important. He can play on both wings, he has that little bit of pace and he is quite direct. Hopefully things will work out for both the player and the club. I think he is one for the future or perhaps one who comes on and makes an impact. If he can do that, then that will be fantastic."


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21 July 2006 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 17 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have been in touch to report the following end of week results for the Glovers Gold Bond.

Glovers Gold Bond
Yeovil Town F.C. (01935) 423662 (Ext 291)
Week 17 : 21st July 2006

£100 Winners
Monday A4387 Miss Ritchell Cromwell Road, Yeovil
Tuesday D4186 Mr Massey Cornwall Road, Shepton Mallet
Wednesday E2672 Miss S Parks Cedar Court, Martock
Thursday E7017 Miss P Brunt Moorlands Park, Martock
Friday A1603 Mrs Farrell Beech Avenue, Shepton Mallet

£10 Consolation Prizes
B4387 Pat Stone Abbey Road, Yeovil
C4387 Mr Lukowski Romsey Road, Yeovil
D4387 Mrs J Ostler St Andrews Drive, Axminster
A4186 Mrs S Smith Stonehill, Stoke
B4186 Mary Stevens Dangells Barn Farm, Maiden Bradley
A2672 Mrs L Ward Rosebery Avenue, Yeovil
B2672 Mr J Morgan Century Park, Yeovil
C2672 Mr M Burrows St Andrews Road, Yeovil
D2672 Mr R Barlow Foxglove Way, Houndstone
A7017 Mrs S Dandris Riversmead, Sturminster Newton
C7017 Mr Hunt St Aldhelms Road, Sherborne
C1603 Mr D White Jeanneau Close, Shaftesbury
D1603 Mr T Tatler Elliotts Drive, Yeovil
E1603 Mr A Pipe Hillcrest Road, Yeovil


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21 July 2006 : Di Piedi Doubtful
Former Sheffield Wednesday striker Michele Di Piedi is unlikely to play any further part in Yeovil Town's pre-season campaign, due to problems in obtaining international clearance for the Italian. He played in Serie C last season in Italy and the club can not play him in tonight's friendly against Portsmouth unless they can get the paperwork back in time.

In truth, manager Russell Slade sounds less than enthusiastic about what the striker has achieved so far, and has stated that they will tell him to find another club if he fails to make tonight's side.

Speaking to this week's Western Gazette Russell explained: "If we cannot get (international) clearance by Thursday, it is probably best he goes back. He has not set the world alight and needs to do more if he is to earn himself a contract."

His assistant Steve Thompson will no doubt have told him of some of the tales of woe that the Glovers have had in recent seasons in trying to get clearance for overseas players to play for the club and bureacracy that involves. It took Yeovil over three weeks last year to get the paperwork for Pablo Bastianini through and doubtless the club are not prepared to allow the situation with Di Piedi to drag on any longer.

Speaking to the Western Morning News, Thommo explained: "International clearance for friendlies is a real bugbear and has been for a couple of years. Without it you can't play him - it's as simple as that."


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21 July 2006 : Portsmouth Ticketing Reminder
A reminder that tickets for tonight's game against Portsmouth will be on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off. However, be warned that for Tuesday night's game against Exeter City, long queues delayed kick-off and so you are advised to get to the ground a little earlier if you have not already purchased a ticket.

Prices are 10 pounds for adults, 5 pounds for seniors and 2 pounds for Under 16s. The Huish Park Ticket Office is open from 9.00am today until kick-off.


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21 July 2006 : Exeter Game Showed A Step-Up
Glovers manager Russell Slade believes his players were able to step up a gear as part of Tuesday night's match against Exeter City. The Glovers won 2-0 but only after they managed to improve their performance after the half time interval.

Talking about the game to the Western Gazette Russell explained: "Exeter was the step up that we wanted and, if I am honest, they shaded it in the first half. Apart from the first five minutes, I thought we were not passing the ball with enough purpose. I was a little bit disappointed with that."

Russell also gave an insight as to what he had said during the half-time interval to ensure that the Glovers got on top of their Nationwide Conference opponents.

"For the second period I asked the players to be a little more pro-active, not to worry about mistakes and try to make things happen a little bit more with movement, he explained. "That is what they did and, to be fair, we looked a far better side in the second half. Bearing in mind it was our first game at home, I was reasonably pleased."

Overall though, Russell said he was fairly satisfied with the progress made so far: "We are going the right way. It is the balance and chemistry that you are searching for at this time and building those developing relationships between the likes of (Matt) Harrold and (Wayne) Gray, and (Paul) Terry and (Chris) Cohen."


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20 July 2006 : Ishmael Has Earned His Chance
Further to yesterday's article, both the Western Daily Press and the online edition of the Western Gazette have expanded on the news that left-winger Ishmael Welsh has been offered a one year deal at Huish Park.

General manager John Milton has told both papers of the club's decision to offer him the chance to be part of the first team squad for the forthcoming season.

Milton explained: "He has earned it. He has put his head down, fully deserved the contract and is a good chap to have with the squad. We are speaking with his agent later today and everything should be agreed by tomorrow."

With that day (Thursday) having already been and largely gone, it looks as though Milton's preduction was a touch optimistic although Ishmael himself has made it clear over the past few weeks that he is comfortable with being in South Somerset, particularly given his friendships with former West Ham United players Chris Cohen, Darren Behcet and Terrell Forbes.

Ishmael explained: "I have got used to being here in the past few weeks. The lads have made it really easy for me to settle in which has enabled me to get on with what I want to do here. It has been good. Yeovil is nice place to be at and the staff have been great with me. Knowing Chris Cohen and Darren Bechet helps. They were with me at West Ham and are really close mates off the field. When you have people around like that, it can only help you settle into a new club."

Ishmael added that he still wanted to learn plenty of new skills to add to those already on display in the pre-season friendlies so far: "There is always room to improve whenever I play. If you have a good game, you want to have another good game and build on that. You have to have that consistency. I hope I will keep doing what I am doing and see what happens."


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20 July 2006 : Glovers Say No To Stewart
Tuesday's Exeter Express and Echo carried the surprising claim as part of their preview of that night's friendly that Yeovil Town were trying to lure Bristol City's sidelined striker Marcus Stewart to Huish Park. The former Sunderland marksman was brought down to Bristol in a huge fanfare this time last year but flopped badly at Ashton Gate and is now so out of favour that manager Gary Johnson left him at home rather than take him on the club's tour of Latvia.

Glovers General manager John Milton has admitted that there was an enquiry made about the player, but they were scared off by financial terms on offer. Stewart is believed to be City's highest earner by a long chalk and Milton told today's Western Daily Press: "City ran it past us and he would not fit into our budget."


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20 July 2006 : Slade Warms To Huish Park Crowd
Glovers manager Russell Slade has given his appreciation to the Huish Park crowd, following his first experience of a home game as manager in Somerset. Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol he admitted that he didn't see Tuesday's performance against Exeter City as perfect, but hoped that supporters could see the positives.

Russell explained: "There was a lovely crowd at the game of 2,000 and hopefully they've gone home perhaps not completely convinced, but at least satisfied that we are going in the right direction. Tonight we had to grind it a little bit and in the end we got what we deserved."

Russell added that it was up to him to forge a strong relationship with supporters at Huish Park, but believed that was not something that could be instantly realised.

"That will come as time goes by," he added. "Hopefully my teams will play with a real passion and urgency and a will to win. Hopefully the crowd will see that. To be fair to the crowd whenever anything positive was happening they were shouting and clapping and getting behind the team. That was pleasing because there were one or two good moves. There were one or two good moves from Exeter as well, especially in the first half, but it was good that the crowd appreciated the moments that were a little bit better."


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19 July 2006 : Welsh Looking At Contract Deal
Former West Ham United left-winger Ishmael Welsh looks as though he is going to get his chance during the forthcoming season. This week's Western Gazette is reporting that he is going to be offered a one year contract with the club after a series of impressive performances in the first four pre-season friendlies.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol after Tuesday's game, manager Russell Slade did implicitly state that a positive decision was about to be reached: "Ishamael Welsh came on and looked quite lively didn't he for a young lad. He played with a lot of confidence and caused them a few problems when he came on as well. Decisions have got to be made on him, but he's not done himself any harm."


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19 July 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil vs Exeter City
There are two views on last night's 2-0 win over Exeter City now available. Firstly James Francis gives his thoughts on the match, and this is followed by the Ciderspace account of the win at Huish Park. Both can be found here.


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18 July 2006 : Cohen Lights Up Yeovil
Yeovil Town had to work hard tonight to get a 2-0 win over Nationwide Conference side Exeter City at Huish Park in the club's fourth pre-season friendly match. A frustrating first half saw the visitors chase and close down a strong Glovers line-up and it was only in the second period when more spaces began to open up that Yeovil finally assumed control of the game.

They began the match playing a strong line-up that again had all the air of manager Russell Slade trying out a candidate League One line-up against former Glover Paul Tisdale's side. The starting formation was as follows:

Steve Mildenhall
Kevin Amankwaah, Terry Skiverton, Terrell Forbes, Nathan Jones
Arron Davies, Paul Terry, Chris Cohen, David Poole
Wayne Gray, Matt Harrold.

After a first half that was full of midfield battles and players closing each other down and cancelling each other out, Huish Park became more and more gloomy-looking as the second period commenced. No - this wasn't a comment on the football itself - more that a wide-area power cut had left the ground devoid of light, tannoy and scoreboard and there was a real possibility the match might not finish.

A great move down the left flank saw the ball find Matt Harrold, who knocked the ball into the path of Chris COHEN, who fired home from a narrow angle to give Yeovil the lead five minutes into the second period. As if by Biblical means, power at the ground was restored, the lights came on and from there on, Yeovil had the upper hand on their non-league counterparts.

The usual myriad of substitutions occurred mid-way through the second period and once the eight had been completed, only Kevin Amankwaah, David Poole and Chris Cohen stayed on the field and the formation looked like this:

Darren Behcet
Kevin Amankwaah, Bradley Thomas, Scott Guyett, Andy Lindegaard
David Poole, J-P Kalala, Chris Cohen, Ishmael Welsh
Daniel Webb, Gavin McCallum.

Yeovil finished the game far stronger than the Grecians and the second goal that their second half performance deserved came on the final kick of the game when Gavin McCALLUM got the ball with his back to goal, turned and struck a fine ball into the left hand corner from the edge of the box. Play barely restarted before the final whistle blew.

Attendance: 1,932.


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18 July 2006 : AGM Reveals Small Profit
Yeovil Town Football Club held their Shareholders' AGM last night to report back financial figures released for the 2004-05 season. The overall news can be looked at from the perspective of having a half-full or a half-empty glass.

On the plus side, the Glovers are still one of the few profitable, debt-free, overdraft-free clubs in the country, having reported a £12,017 profit for the season's accounts which covers the period from July 1st 2004 through to June 30th 2005.

The 'half-empty' perspective though is that this was achieved in a season when the League Two title was won and the club reached the FA Cup Fourth Round, travelling to The Valley and playing Premiership side Charlton Athletic. The financial period also saw midfielder Gavin Williams sold to West Ham United for £250,000, although only £150,000 was paid up front. So if a 12K profit is only possible in a successful season, what does that mean for a more run-of-the-mill season (comparatively speaking!) such as the 2005-06 campaign that has just completed?

Speaking to the Western Daily Press, Chairman and Chief Executive, and more recently Club Owner John Fry said of the season: "It was a hell of a year, but as you can see, the finances are just not there in football. This shows the challenges that face all of us. We need a stadium that is suitable for the Championship because there is no reason why we should not get there. There needs to be a blueprint and investors but people will not invest into a football club unless there is security. There are clubs at the same sort of level as us who have overdrafts of £10million, but we have no overdraft and no debts, although we live on the verge of it."

Two other directors offered 'half empty' and 'half full' perspectives of the figures. Finance director Paul Sargent felt there was a stark truth behind the figures: "I would argue this was the most successful season we have ever had and yet we only just covered our costs. That is the main point arising from this."

Meanwhile fellow director Stephen Allinson saw the positives in the fact that the Glovers were bucking a trend in terms of football clubs' finances across the country: "I always read the annual Deloitte Touche report into club finances and I can say that we are the exception rather than the rule. I am pleased to say that because the club is going to be around a lot longer than any of us."

The WDP also have reported some interesting snippets from the evening's meeting. John Fry has given heavy hints that he would consider a relocation of the ground if his plans to redevelop the existing Huish Park structure proved to be unrealistic. The club are currently trying to negotiate themselves through a mass of restrictions on the use of the land - generally referred to as 'covenants' - that were put in place as part of the planning permission granted to build Huish Park and were drawn up between 1987 and 1990.

Finally it transpires that the transfer of winger Adrian Caceres from Australian side Perth Glory to Yeovil Town was a little more expensive than first thought, with it generally having been assumed that he had arrived in Somerset on a free transfer in July 2004.

It now transpires that the Glovers paid Perth Glory the sum of £20,000 to avoid the issue having to go before a transfer tribunal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Zurich. But it could have been worse - the Australian side had been demanding the sum of £50,000 as 'training compensation' due to the winger - who in the main was a flop at Huish Park - being aged Under 24 at the time of transfer.

The sums being bandied around for Caceres though will pale in to significance this time next year when the thorny subject of Argentinian Pablo Bastianini comes to the fore in the next AGM. In interviews around the striker's departure, Chairman Fry put the cost of his time at Huish Park at around £250,000 and that is probably the major reason why it would be a surprise if these pages were reporting a profit for the Glovers this time next year.


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18 July 2006 : Yeovil Town vs Exeter City Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Nationwide Conference side Exeter City at Huish Park tonight, with a 7.45pm kick-off. Tickets for the match are available on the night and are priced 5 pounds for adults, 3 pounds for Seniors and one pound for Under 16s.

Midfielder/striker Arron Davies has recovered from a thigh strain that kept him out of Friday's game at St Blazey and is expected to play some part in the match. Not so Lee Morris who is still suffering with his hamstrings. Anthony Barry is another doubt for tonight - he has not been training this week due to illness.

The Glovers won't be fielding right-winger Mazin Ahmad (referred to previously as 'Maz' and 'Maz Mohammed') as they have decided not to follow up their interest in him. He has headed to Brighton and Hove Albion for a trial according to this morning's Western Daily Press and is not expected to return.

The club have also cooled their interest in Italian striker Michele Di Piedi, who played in both Cornish tour matches but without finding the net. It may not be the end of his chances at Yeovil, but with the Glovers needing international clearance for him to feature in tonight's game they may call it a day if it does not come through in time.

Manager Russell Slade explained: "We would like to have one more look at him but we'd need international clearance to play him in this game with Exeter, and if we cannot get it then we will not be pursuing it any further. He has done okay, although he has not been pulling up trees. He's certainly not showed me that he's better than what we already have."

Instead attention appears to be more focussed upon left-winger Ishmael Welsh who has been one of the more promising trialists on show in pre-season. But Slade wants to see him step up a gear and perform against higher level opposition.

The Yeovil boss explained: "Ishmael is a young lad who has a real bundle of potential. He is not the finished article yet but it will be good to see him play some football against opposition from a higher level."

Tonight's substitutions are expected to be a little more selective and random, rather than the 60/30 split employed for the two Cornish tour games where pretty much all players were replaced on the hour mark on both occasions.

Slade added: "The idea down there (in Cornwall) was to ensure that everyone who went got 90 minutes in total. We will be a little bit more selective from here on in. It will certainly be a first-choice squad but we all know that the likelihood of the team not changing between now and the start of the season, for one reason or another, is very remote."

Yeovil Town will welcome back midfielder Paul Tisdale to Huish Park for the first time since his departure from the club when the club converted from being a part time club to a full-time set up during the spring of 2000. Paul is the newly appointed manager of the Grecians, having spent several years as manager of Team Bath.

Slade is expecting the opposition to pose a stiff challenge and he told the Western Morning News: "It will be a tough game. Exeter are one of the biggest sides in the Conference, they're obviously no mugs. They'll come up here wanting to prove a point."

So far though, the Yeovil boss is pleased with what he's seen: "The pleasing thing, above anything, has been the attitude, and secondly, the energy that they've shown on the pitch. We've still got the best part of three and a half weeks before the season kicks in, so there's a long way to go yet, a lot of work to do."


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17 July 2006 : Away Travel For The Forthcoming Season
Some of the personnel who used to be part of the YTISA association are planning to run some coaches to some of the early fixtures during the 2006-07 season.

Prices and approximate times for first 3 trips are:

Millwall Sat 5th August : £15 each. Depart 09.30hrs
Southampton Wed 23rd August : £7 each. Depart 17.00hrs
Swansea City Fri 1st Sept : £15 each. Depart 14.30hrs

Please note NO alcohol is permitted on the transport and smoking is not allowed on the coaches at any times.

If you would like to book please phone the hotline number on 07960687075 and speak to Roger.

Any excess funds generated as part of the travel will put into a pool which will be used to benefit Russell Slade's first team squad. During the time that the YTISA was active, they purchased items such as training equipment and televisions for the club to watch games on and it is thought that any money that is left over from the trips will be used for similar purposes.


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14 July 2006 : Glovers Thrash St Blazey ... Eventually!
Yeovil Town completed their tour of Cornwall with an emphatic 6-1 win over St Blazey to come home having scored 11 goals in 48 hours. However they were made to work hard for their goals by a home side that only caved in around the hour mark when Yeovil's second half side ran riot over their hosts.

The change in the balance of the game happened over a stunning 15 minute period. With 57 minutes gone, St Blazey were drawing 1-1 at Blaise Park - a quarter of an hour later the scoreline was a rather different looking 6-1, with the Cornishmen unable to cope with the introduction of what must surely be now Russell Slade's candidate first XI side.

The game started with the Glovers trying out the eleven players who did not feature so heavily against Bodmin Town on Wednesday. The line-up for the start of the match was as follows:

Darren Behcet
Andy Lindegaard, Bradley Thomas, Scott Guyett, Gavin McCallum
Maz Mohammed, JP Kalala, Anthony Barry, Ishmael Welsh
Michele Di Piedi, Daniel Webb.

Daniel Webb scored the opener with half an hour gone, but five minutes into the second half Scott Guyett gave away a penalty and St Blazey equalised. Just as Russell Slade was organising his 'other' team to come on at the hour mark, Daniel Webb netted his 6th goal of pre-season to put Yeovil 2-1 up and that was the last he and most of the players saw of the game with only Darren Behcet and Ishmael Welsh staying on the pitch - the latter because Arron Davies had taken a slight knock. That produced the following second half formation:

Darren Behcet
Kevin Amankwaah, Terrell Forbes, Terry Skiverton, Nathan Jones
David Poole, Paul Terry, Chris Cohen, Ishmael Welsh
Matt Harrold, Wayne Gray.

They proceeded to run riot. Wayne Gray (63 mins) netted after a quickly taken free kick found him unmarked in the central part of the penalty box. Two minutes later Matt Harrold made it 4-1 when he picked up a loose ball. Another four minutes and Wayne Gray got his second of the night after a through pass deflected over the top of the St Blazey defence and into his path. Then on 72 minutes, Nathan Jones completed the 6-1 rout by latching onto the end of a multi-team move and firing home from the edge of the box.

The Glovers could have got even more than that were it not for some slightly iffy finishing from Michele Di Piedi, Terry Skiverton and Paul Terry along with some rather charitable refereeing when Wayne Gray was wrestled to the floor late on. But in the end Yeovil Town came home from Cornwall with two impressive wins, even if one slight irk Russell Slade will have had will be that it needed his first choice XI side to see off the South Western League side. All the same, it is good to see so many players - particularly the strikers - with their shooting boots on, and there's little doubt that Messrs Slade, Thompson and Milton will see the positive side of their four days down in Cornwall.


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14 July 2006 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 16 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have been in contact to detail the latest results from their Gold Bond scheme. To claim your prize, or to participate in the scheme, call the Commercial Department on 01935-423662 Ext 291.
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14 July 2006 : St Blazey vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town play the second of their two Cornish tour matches tonight as they take on St Blazey in a friendly at Blaise Park, kick-off 7.30pm. Admission can be gained to the match for three pounds for Adults and two pounds for children and OAPs. To get to the ground, see our article from Tuesday's news. Be aware that this is Friday night holiday traffic in the middle of July and there may be the odd caravan on the road down to Cornwall!

The team is expected to change slightly from the one that turned out against Bodmin Town on Wednesday, with manager Russell Slade having said that he will tend to lean towards those players who played less of the Wednesday match, potentially inverting the starters and the substitutes.

His main restrictions to doing this are a couple of knocks. Striker Lee Morris still has tight hamstrings and after his abortive attempt to play on Wednesday is unlikely to feature tonight.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press, Russell explained: "Lee's hamstring was very tight, so he is unlikely to play a part. But he has performed very well in training and luckily we still have quite a few friendlies before the start of the season."

Meanwhile keeper Darren Behcet has a slight instep injury that prevented him from playing at Bodmin that may keep him inactive in tonight's game if Slade decides he is not quite 100 percent fit.

Russell said of his likely team selection: "Those that did not play such a big part at Bodmin will probably find themselves playing a bit more at St Blazey. There will be wholesale changes again, though not at 60 minutes this time."

Two players likely to feature more prominently are trialist Michele Di Piedi and midfielder Anthony Barry. Both were second half substitutes and Slade wants to see more of what they can do.

Di Piedi missed a proverbial sitter in the Bodmin friendly after rounding the home keeper and Slade admitted: "He should have got himself a goal to be honest. We'll have another look at him at St Blazey."

Meanwhile Wednesday marked the welcome return of Anthony Barry - just four months after he dislocated his knee in a horror incident at Chesterfield in a League One match. He completed 30 minutes without a reaction to his injury and Slade added: "Anthony was well up for it and we are looking forward to seeing more of him."


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14 July 2006 : Three Signings Still A Target
Yeovil Town's General Manager John Milton has said that the club are still looking to make three new permanent signings before the season kicks off. The Glovers have taken four trialists on their mini-tour of Cornwall this week.

Speaking to this week's Western Gazette, Milton explained: "We are looking for a left-winger, a striker and one other which I do not want to mention at the moment."

There are two strikers out on the tour - former Sheffield Wednesday player Michele Di Piedi and ex-Derby County forward Lee Morris. West Ham United academy graduate Ishmael Welsh is a prime candidate for the left-wing vacancy, whilst the fourth trialist 'Maz' could be of interest if he is capable of playing on the left as well as the right flank he occupied on Wednesday night.

Milton said of the two newest trialists: "Michele is Italian and has played in the Premiership for Sheffield Wednesday. He was only young at that time and since leaving there to return back home he has had a kid and settled down. That is why we feel now is the right moment to take another look at him. A winger called Maz has also come with us on tour."

Milton has also given heavy hints to the paper that the club are prepared to either sell or loan out striker Daniel Webb. Webb has barely featured for the Glovers since he was controversially brought into the club in January during the brief period when his father David Webb owned the club.

Webb has scored four times during pre-season, albeit against lower league opposition, and Milton said of his performance at Eastleigh: "There were several scouts at the match and I think they would have been impressed with Daniel Webb and how he took his goals which were two cracking efforts."


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14 July 2006 : Friendlies Ticketing Reminder
A reminder that it is still possible to purchase advance tickets for next week's friendlies against Exeter City and Portsmouth. Although it will be possible to pay on the day for the same prices, buying in advance of the match may help reduce the amount of queuing you have to do on the night.

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

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

Tickets are on sale now from the Huish Park Ticket Office.


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14 July 2006 : Rankin Chooses Inverness
Any interest Yeovil Town still held in left-winger John Rankin has been ended by the news that he has finally signed for Scottish Premier League side Inverness Caledonian Thistle. The 22 year old has moved from Ross County, signing a three year deal with a sum believed to be around £65,000 changing hands between the two clubs.

Of the list of left-wingers circulated by the club in the past, only Cardiff City's Paul Parry remains unaccounted for, although the trail has gone dead there in the past week with the club admitting they had yet to make a bid for the former Hereford United player. Unless the club have other unnamed players up their sleeves, that would then tend to imply that former West Ham United player Ishmael Welsh would be one of the front runners in the club's aim to bring in a wide man before the season starts. Trialist 'Maz' who played for the club against Bodmin Town would be another possibility although he played on the opposite flank on Wednesday night.


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13 July 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Bodmin vs Yeovil
A short match report on yesterday's 5-0 win over Bodmin Town can be found here on Ciderspace.


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13 July 2006 : Groundhog Day As McIndoe Moves On Again
Former Glovers left winger Michael McIndoe has been signed up by League One playoff winners Barnsley after falling out with another one of his clubs. McIndoe ended up in dispute with Doncaster Rovers after manager Dave Penney put him on the substitutes bench during last season resulting in the player slapping in a transfer request. Doncaster's actions were to ship him out of Belle Vue on loan to Derby County, with the winger never to play for Donny again, mirroring his sudden departure from Huish Park.

The fee being talked about on the internet is £125,000. Officially both clubs have refused to reveal the transfer fee, although this would seem to be a realistic valuation. It it however a far cry from the rather laughable one million pound price tag that Donny Chairman John Ryan once put on the player's head. As before at Yeovil, numerous bigger clubs such as Celtic, Sheffield United and Crystal Palace were continually bandied around, no doubt 'leaked' by an agent or two, but as before there was no firm interest from those clubs ever revealed.

As with his exit from Huish Park, McIndoe hasn't gone quietly or diplomatically. Back in December 2005, despite having two years left on his contract with Donny he made his intentions clear to their local press that he wanted out: "I am open to anything - Scotland, The Premiership or a big club in The Championship, that is not being big-headed I'm just confident I could do it. I'd like to think the exposure I got because Sky showed our matches (in the Carling Cup) will help me get a move. We don't get too much publicity in League One but we got plenty from our cup run. I've got two years left on my contract but the chairman and manager know I want to move on if I can."

As with Yeovil, the much trumpeted 'big moves' never came in. McIndoe was forced to sit and wait - a loan move to Derby County was the only one that landed on the table. At the time of his loan move to Pride Park, the Scotsman made various caustic remarks about Doncaster Rovers to the local press that got the hackles up of both the club and its supporters. Now on joining Barnsley he has made more dismissive comments relating to his time at Belle Vue that are sure to guarantee him a hot reception if he ever returns to Donny.

There is some good news for the Glovers though. At the time of McIndoe's exit from Huish Park, manager Gary Johnson admitted that the £50,000 transfer deal did include a sell-on clause should McIndoe ever move on. That clause will have now been triggered and so there should be a small cheque winding its way down to South Somerset shortly. As for the rest of this sorry tale, let's hope for Barnsley's sake that Ciderspace isn't writing another similar news article in a couple of years time ...


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13 July 2006 : Inverness Still Optimistic On Rankin
Inverness Caledonian Thistle are still optimistic that they can complete the transfer of left-winger John Rankin by the end of this week, despite director of football Graeme Bennett claiming that they would pull out of the deal by the end of the week unless the player's agent Tom Callaghan dropped his demands.

Inverness have had a £65,000 bid for Rankin accepted by his current club Ross County but over a week later have still been unable to agree terms with the player. Manager Charlie Christie though still insists that the deal will go through.

Speaking to the Press and Journal in Aberdeen, Christie explained: "The John Rankin thing is still ongoing. I was in close contact with our directors from our training camp in Italy. It hasn't been as easy as we had hoped, but transfer negotiations can sometimes be protracted. Things have progressed very well in the last 48 hours and I am very hopeful that something can be done in the next 48 hours."

At present all has gone quiet publicly in terms of the Glovers own interest in persuading the former Manchester United trainee to move south, although sources late last week suggested that their interest in the player still held strong. However, with former West Ham United winger Ishmael Welsh impressing during pre-season friendlies and another trialist winger materialising last night under the cryptic name of 'Maz', the club are clearly looking at other avenues as well.


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13 July 2006 : Lottery Collection Agents Required
Yeovil Town FC's lottery department requires collection agents in the following areas:-

Yeovil
St Georges Avenue
Chelston Avenue
Melrose Road
Crofton Park
Kenmore Drive
Roping Road
Beer Street
West Hendford
Legion Road
Willow Road

Other Areas
Sherborne - St Aldhelms, Harbour Road
Montacute - all
Tintinhull - all
Ilchester - all
Odcombe - all
Wincanton - Mundays Mead, Eastfield, Penn View
Chard - Holcombe, Bonfire, Brutton
Bridport - Bradpole
Frome - Leaze Road, Nunney Road, Cranmore View
Meare (nr Street)

Anybody interesting in collecting around these areas should contact the lottery office on 01935 423662 x291 or e-mail ssmall@ytfc.net.


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13 July 2006 : Agent Fees Fall For Glovers And League
Yeovil Town's use of payments to football agents has dropped radically in the past six months, suggesting that the huge payment of £53,000 made during the July-December 2005 reporting period may have been a one-off. The club have never officially confirmed it, but the bulk of that figure has been widely attributed to the Pablo Bastianini transfer.

The latest payment figures of £6,200 made during the January-June 2006 period could easily relate to the severance deal that had to be brokered when Bastianini's contract was paid up. Yeovil Town only made four new signings during this period - Anthony Barry, Daniel Webb, Bradley Thomas and Jamie Vincent - and with three of those players coming from non-league clubs and the fourth being a free agent, it would be a surprise if any agents fees were paid by the club for their services.

During the reporting period the Glovers updated three contracts and cancelled five contracts whilst executing a massive 13 loan transactions. The large number is probably in part due to the loans of players like Marc Wilson, Sam Alsop, Chris Cohen and Craig Rocastle being extended.

Overall the Football League are claiming a £157,825 drop in payments to agents by football clubs across the 2005-06 season in comparison with the previous 12 months. This sounds like a lot but when it is put against the total payments by Football League clubs of £7,660,028 it's actually a 2 percent drop, which is not really significant enough to be called a trend.

At League One level, in fact, the payment of agent fees has mushroomed, going up by 60 percent over the past 12 months. Blackpool, Colchester United, Gillingham, Hartlepool United, Huddersfield Town, Port Vale, Scunthorpe United and Walsall were the good boys having not paid a penny to football agents during the previous 12 months.

The bulk of the increase in League One spending can be attributed to just four clubs, with Nottingham Forest (£237,950), Swansea City (£123,334), Bristol City (£116,925) and Doncaster Rovers (£102,400) according for 61 percent of League One's spending. In total, £955,059 has been paid out over the last 12 months by League One clubs, with £406,299 coming in the last six months.

Football League Chairman Lord Mawhinney seemed happy with the overall figures though and has said: "It is encouraging that clubs spent £150,000 less on payments to agents than was the case last year. I hope the regular, half-yearly publication of these fees has helped. Publication certainly has been a catalyst for a wider debate about the role of agents in football. In turn, this has paved the way for The League to introduce new regulations governing how agents' operate."

He claimed that changes within the Football League rules had led to the decrease in figures adding: "I applaud clubs for their willingness to enter into this debate and for making changes that will deliver greater levels of transparency and integrity to transfer negotiations. Two of these changes, in particular, are likely to lead to a reduction in what clubs pay to agents. First, there will be no 'dual representation' - an agent will have to represent either the club or the player. Secondly, agents will no longer be able to pass on to clubs the costs of representing a player."


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12 July 2006 : Glovers Breeze Past Bodmin
Yeovil Town saw off Bodmin Town by a 5-0 scoreline tonight at Priory Park with their strikeforce netting all five goals. Matt Harrold weighed in with two early goals, thanks to assists from Chris Cohen and Kevin Amankwaah. Harrold then turned provider when he set up Wayne Gray for the third goal.

The second half saw a mass of substitutions disrupt the flow of the game with the whole outfield team being replaced around the hour mark. Trialist Lee Morris only lasted 7 minutes though - he has been carrying a back strain during this week and decided he wasn't ready within minutes of coming onto the pitch. Daniel Webb was his replacement and the striker bagged the last two goals, with Ishmael Welsh and an unidentified trialists referred to simply as 'Maz' feeding the passes for Webb's goals.

Scorers: Matt Harrold (11 mins, 0-1), Matt Harrold (21 mins, 0-2), Wayne Gray (31 mins, 0-3), Daniel Webb (87 mins, 0-4), Daniel Webb (90 mins, 0-5)

First Half: (4-4-2)

Steve Mildenhall
Kevin Amankwaah, Terrell Forbes, Terry Skiverton, Nathan Jones
David Poole, Paul Terry, Chris Cohen, Arron Davies
Wayne Gray, Matt Harrold

Substitutions:

Andy Lindegaard (59 mins for Amankwaah),
Bradley Thomas (60 mins for Forbes),
Scott Guyett (60 mins for Skiverton),
Gavin McCallum (60 mins for Jones),
Lee Morris (60 mins for Gray),
JP Kalala (60 mins for Cohen),
Anthony Barry (60 mins for Terry),
Ishmael Welsh (60 mins for Davies),
Michele Di Piedi (60 mins for Harrold),
Maz (60 mins for Poole),
Daniel Webb (66 mins for Lee Morris)

Second Half: (4-4-2, following all substitutions)

Steve Mildenhall
Andy Lindegaard, Bradley Thomas, Scott Guyett, Gavin McCallum
Maz, Jean-Paul Kalala, Anthony Barry, Ishmael Welsh
Michele Di Piedi, Daniel Webb.

More detail on the match will follow tomorrow.


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12 July 2006 : Pride At Stake As Cornish Tour Begins
Yeovil Town assistant manager Steve Thompson believes that trying to win games like tonight's match at Bodmin Town is all about 'personal pride' and having pride in the club. The Glovers play the first of two matches against Cornish opposition at 7.30pm this evening when they play at Priory Park against the play against the South Western League Champions.

Speaking to the Western Morning News, Steve explained the importance of the match: "Whenever they play a game of football, they want to win. It is about fitness and performance. But obviously a good result always helps - you want to win every game you play. There are no points at stake, but you want to win for your own personal pride and for the pride of the club."

The Glovers are expected to play at least two trialists tonight. Striker Michele Di Piedi should play and Thommo said of the tall striker: "He's a big 6ft 3in Italian lad who's played quite a few games for Sheffield Wednesday. He's been playing in Italy recently and we've taken the opportunity to have a look at him. We'll look at him in these two games and in the training sessions we do and see how it goes. You don't get a lot of target men, we've got Matt Harrold here, and we're looking at Michele now."

Thommo praised let-winger Ishmael Welsh after his performance at Eastleigh and says he'll be looking for consistency from the player in this week's games: "Welsh played well. He's only a young lad, so it's a good opportunity for him to show in the games that it wasn't one game out of the blue."

Finally, Glovers fans may miss out on seeing striker Lee Morris once again. Although he has travelled with the 22 man squad to Cornwall he may not make tonight's game because of a back strain: "Morris has been training with us, he's got a good pedigree with Sheffield United and Derby. He's had a few injuries in the last two years but if we can get him injury free and playing then we're sure we've got a good player here."


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12 July 2006 : Millwall Ticketing
The opening game of the season sees Yeovil Town on the road to Millwall. Away supporters at The Den - the New bit was dropped a while back - get the North Stand which provides a behind-the-goal view. Generally the upper tier only, which holds 2,300, is open. An additional 1,500 can be accommodated in the lower tier, but this isn't going to be necessary on August 5th. Both tiers are all seated.

Prices are :

Adult £19.00, Over 65 £12.00, Under 16 £10.00.

Tickets for this game will be on sale in advance at Huish Park ticket office from a date yet to be fixed. Purchase can also be made on the day - on the turnstiles, cash only - at The Den. As far as we can tell Millwall has no early-purchase / matchday surcharge scheme in place, so the prices above are what you pay, whenever.

The usual Ciderspace away guides will be on-line again this season. That for Millwall will be appearing in the next week, subsequent games as and when.


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12 July 2006 : Premium Priced Matches
The club has declared that the following home games will attract the premium price additional charge :

AFC Bournemouth, Tuesday, 8th August, 2006

Nottingham Forest, Saturday, 9th September, 2006

Bristol City, Saturday, 4th November, 2006

Millwall, Saturday, 3rd February, 2006

Swansea City, Saturday, 24th February, 2006

The five matches will be ALL-TICKET.

Yeovil College Stand : Adult £21.00, Concessions £18.00, Disabled £18.00, Under 16 £6.00 (no change), Junior Glovers £3.00 (no change)

Bartlett Stand : Adult £20.00, Concessions £16.00, Disabled £16.00 Under 16 £6.00 (no change), Junior Glovers £3.00 (no change)

Westland Stand : Adult £20.00, Concessions £15.00, Under 16 £6.00 (no change), Junior Glovers £3.00 (no change)


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11 July 2006 : Scoreboard Messages At Huish Park
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have the following opportunities available relating to the use of the Scoreboard at the Copse Road end of the stadium:

Corporate

Would you like your name up in lights? Then Yeovil Town Football Club has the answer for you. Situated on the Copse Road Stand of the Stadium we have an electronic scoreboard that can deliver a sharp and precise message to thousands of spectators every game.

Your company name on the top line (15 Characters max) with a message scrolling underneath. An opportunity not to be missed.

Special Occasion

If you would like a birthday, celebration or any similar message displayed on our scoreboard before the match and during the half time interval then please contact Dave Linney on 01935 847872. The cost is £20 per message on a first come, first served basis. Your message will be displayed prior to the game and at half time.

For further details on all Advertising/Sponsorship requirements contact Dave Linney on 01935 847872.


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11 July 2006 : Kit Sponsors At Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town still have a number of Kit Sponsorships available. Changes have been made to the package for season 2006-2007. The club will be offering both home and away kits for Sponsorship either separately or as a great package deal. You will get:-

∑ Acknowledgement of individual or business in every match programme along side your chosen player
∑ Signed Shirt at the end of the Season from your sponsored player

The cost will be £300 for the home kit, £150 for the away kit and a bargain £400 for the two. The retail value of each shirt is £39.00 making this a great deal for any supporter. For further information on availability please call the Commercial Department on 01935 847872.


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11 July 2006 : Sponsorship Opportunities At Huish Park
Yeovil Town FCís Commercial Department would like to announce that they have sponsorship opportunities remaining for the Carlisle and Port Vale matches.

Programme Sponsor

∑ Exclusive use of the Montacute Hospitality Suite for 15 guests
∑ Two course hot fork buffet
∑ Reserved car parking with 3 spaces
∑ Complementary Match Programmes
∑ Complementary Team Sheets
∑ Complementary Tea/Coffee
∑ Memento of the occasion presented on the pitch at half time
∑ Half page advert in the programme
∑ Acknowledgement on the scoreboard and over the PA system
∑ Editorial acknowledgement in the Match Programme

Executive Box

The Commercial Department also have an Executive Box for ten people available for these games. For further information and prices, please contact Dave Linney on 01935 847872.


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11 July 2006 : Skivo Hungry For Football To Begin
On the eve of the football club's second pre-season friendly, club captain Terry Skiverton has given his views on the new training regime so far and what he hopes he will get out of the short Cornish tour planned for the rest of the week. Skivo was one of 22 players that set off for Cornwall this morning and he spoke to the Western Morning News regarding the week ahead.

"We are down there to work, play a couple of games, train, and get to know each other better," Skivo explained. "I am sure there will be some time for relaxation, but another big bonus is the opportunity for us to continue our team bonding. The trialists have fitted in well, everyone's getting on really well. Everyone's been included. We've all run the same yards - together."

Skivo has also given an insight as to how the pre-season training has gone so far under the new manager and believes it is being judged very well in terms ofthe balance between work and play.

"So far training has been very professional, really enjoyable," he added. "There has been a great mixture of working hard, playing hard, but not being worked so hard that the next day you cannot get your legs working again. I am sure we are going to enjoy it in Cornwall. The new manager has brought in new ideas and they've gone down really well. He always has something up his sleeve so as well as the hard work I'm sure there's going to be a bit of a fun element as well. The first few days back in, for example, he gave prizes for the most skilful team. It's hard work, it's done well, it's still competitive but it's never excessive. It's all football-related. Even down to the running. It's all done on a football pitch, it has a purpose."

Manager Russell Slade made the unusual step of excluding most of the established Football League players from the first pre-season friendly, meaning that tomorrow's game against Bodmin Town will be the first proper match for most of his squad - a far cry from recent seasons. This time last year, the players had already competed in three pre-season fixtures out of a programme of 12 friendies. Skivo said the reduced fixtures were no necessarily a bad thing.

"We've done quite a bit of technical work already, plus work with a ball," he explained. "It's been a nice mixture. Now we want to put some of it into practice. I think the plan is to play larger chunks of these friendly games, and this season we have not got so many - he (Slade) wants to keep us hungry. That's a good thing."


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11 July 2006 : Directions To St Blazey
The second match in the Cornish mini-tour this week is against St Blazey on Friday night, with a 7.30pm kick-off. On the assumption that some supporters may be spending a day or two down in Cornwall rather than coming back in between, information on St Blazey is being provided earlier than normal.
Blaise Park, home of St Blazey
Blaise Park, home of St Blazey
Photo © 2006 Linda Taylor/Ciderspace

St Blazey play at Blaise Park in Station Road, St Blazey. Turn left off the A390 Liskeard to St Austell Road at the traffic lights in St Blazey village into Station Road (A3082). The ground is 100 yards down on the left. Click here for map.

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

If you're wondering what to do between Wednesday night and Friday night, a good bet would be to visit the Eden Project which is situated two miles from St Blazey's ground. Their website can be found here.


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11 July 2006 : Directions To Bodmin
Tomorrow night sees Yeovil Town play the first of two matches against Cornish opposition, with Bodmin Town the opposition. The 'Black and Ambers' (no prizes for guessing what their club colours are here!) are the current Carlsberg South Western League Champions and South Western League Cup winners and so will provide deceptively strong opposition.
Priory Park, home of Bodmin Town
Priory Park, home of Bodmin Town
Photo © 2006 Tim Lancaster/Ciderspace

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

The best way to reach the ground is to come off the A30, then take the A389 into the town centre. On approaching the town the ground is visible on the left. Follow the blue 'P' signs from the main car park adjacent to the ground.


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11 July 2006 : Trialist Trio Let Go
Further to this morning's news that former Rushden and Diamonds midfielder Gary Mills has been shown the door following his short trial at Huish Park, three more trialists have also been let go.

Midfielders Adrian Harper, Andrew Ottley and Mario Harrison have all been asked to find other clubs after they played in the 3-1 win at Eastleigh.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press, manager Russell Slade said of the decision to release Mills: "Gary is a good player and I think he will pick up a club, but I feel we have enough cover in that area now" - a school of thinking that will have presumably not helped the causes of the other three players.

Russell has also given a bit of background behind his decision to take on striker Michele Di Piedi (see earlier story) for the mini-tour of Cornwall, which saw a squad of 22 depart this morning.

"He is a centre-forward, a 6' 3" tall targetman, who played in the Championship with Sheffield Wednesday," Russell explained. "He is very leggy and is also quite a strong runner for his size. I am told he had to play in Serie C last season because he missed the deadline for Serie B. But I am not really bothered about that. What matters is how he does when he is with us - whether he is good enough or not."

Central defender Sean Kelly has not gone on the club's tour of Cornwall, but has been invited back to the club when they return to Somerset when he will play in at least one more pre-season friendly.


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11 July 2006 : Premium Tickets Clarified
As mentioned yesterday, Yeovil Town are this season introducing a Premium Ticket system for the 2006-07 season, much in the same way that many Football League clubs have Category A and Category B matches, where different pricing tariffs apply depending on who the opposition is.

The pricing for all non-Premium games can be found here on Ciderspace.

The first Premium Ticket game for the 2006-07 season will be the home match against AFC Bournemouth on Tuesday 8th August 2006. This will be an ALL TICKET match for all sections of the ground.

There are a number of other games - probably four - that are expected to also be categorised as Premium Ticket games. At present the club have not decided which games those will be, but Ciderspace expects them to be the more obviously popular matches - the likes of Bristol City, Nottingham Forest, Swansea City, Millwall and possibly Brighton and Hove Albion are clear candidates. The club hope to officially announce which fixtures - other than Bournemouth - are Premium Ticket games in the next 24/48 hours.

For a Premium Ticket match, take the existing set of match day ticket prices and add on four pounds, with the exception of Under 16s and Junior Glovers, whose prices remain as per standard match day admission prices. All Premium Ticket matches are expected to also be ALL TICKET games as well.

Obviously those who are Season Ticket Holders or plan to apply for a Season Ticket will not be affected by the Premium Ticket pricing - normal Season Ticket prices apply.

At present it is not possible to buy any match day tickets until the club have loaded all season ticket holders onto their computers. They have a current target of Monday 24th July as the day on which they expect match day tickets to become available for purchase. This will therefore be the first date on which tickets for the AFC Bournemouth match will be available for purchase.

Those who have purchased season tickets should find that the club have started to post out the first batch of Season Ticket Cards in the post today. That will be an ongoing process up until the end of next week so please be patient if some supporters receive their cards and you have not. Those who asked for personal collection, or did not provide an SAE with their application are advised to collect their Season Ticket Cards from Tuesday 18th July 2006.

[With thanks to Sue Parsons at the Huish Park Ticket Office for help in answering our long list of questions!]


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11 July 2006 : Trialists Latest: One In, One Out
Yeovil Town have taken Michele Di Piedi on trial for their mini-Cornish tour which starts tomorrow with a trip to Bodmin Town. Michele is a 6'6" tall striker who was born in Palermo in Italy on December 4th 1978. He spent three seasons with Sheffield Wednesday between 2000 and 2003, scoring 7 times in 44 games and also had a loan spell with Bristol Rovers during the tail end of that period. He has more recently been playing for Gela in Serie C in Italy. At the start of last season he had a trial for AFC Bournemouth but that trial was scuppered when he injured himself attempting an overhead kick in training.

BBC Radio Bristol also report that midfielder Gary Mills has been released by the club following his trial with the Glovers with manager Russell Slade deciding that he had sufficient cover in that area. However, Slade has confirmed that striker Lee Morris and left-winger Ishmael Welsh have been invited to join the main squad for the Cornish tour.


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10 July 2006 : Visit Of Bournemouth All Ticket And Premium Priced?
Not that we've seen anything from our end as yet, but AFC Bournemouth are reporting that the fixture at Huish Park on Tuesday 8th August will be ALL-TICKET. It is possible that it is only all-ticket for away fans, but seems more logical if all-ticket across the board is meant. We'll confirm as soon as we can.

Looking at the prices quoted for our visitors it seems this match, unsurprisingly, is one of the ties to be chosen for Premium Pricing. By a process of deduction, because as far as we know the club has never bothered to announce what away pricing in the Copse Road Stand will be this season, nor officially confirmed what the premium surcharge structure actually is in detail, we are reckoning add on £4.00 to normal pre-purchase prices for adults, seniors and students, and nothing for Under-16s. Again we'll confirm when the club gets some clear information into the public domain.

A reminder that what Ciderspace believes to be all the information currently released on Huish Park ticketing for 2006-07 can be found here.


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10 July 2006 : Ishmael Looks To Solve Problem Position
One of the highlights of Yeovil Town's 3-1 win down at Eastleigh on Friday night was the impressive performance of trialist Ishmael Welsh who was on the books of West Ham United last season before being released by the Premiership club. Ishmael looks to be at first sight, one of the good old-fashioned wingers that attack full-backs and put in crosses from the byline - something that the Glovers have only had fleetingly since their entry into the Football League

Assistant manager Steve Thompson certainly liked what he saw of Ishmael and said of his performance on the night: "He did very well and that left wing area is always a problem position. It's a very rare position, and from in the past when we had Michael McIndoe there, it proved very hard to replace McIndoe. If you are looking at someone like Ishmael, you are looking to see can he do that and he certainly did enough tonight to make you think that he could."

Ishmael scored Yeovil's third goal on the night - a narrow angled drive after he had exchanged passes with Youth Team graduate Tom Clarke, but also had a hand in the opening two goals, with the build-up on both occasions coming in from the left flank. Not too surprisingly Ishmael had enjoyed the experience.

"I really did enjoy it," Ishmael admitted. "It's the first time I've played a proper game for a while, so it's been nice to get out there, especially as I scored. It was a great ball in by Tom (Clarke) that put me into the box and luckily the keeper dived as I hit it and it looked a great goal so I'm happy with that. The manager said to me to get out and do what I do best. So every time I got the ball I tried to have a go at their full-back. Most of our chances came down both flanks, with Gavin (McCallum) down the other side and I felt that we kept getting at them from both sides. I felt it was a good all-round performance from everyone."

Ishmael was understandably cautious as to what the future held for him, having been left as a free agent over the summer, but he had no doubt that if manager Russell Slade wanted to take him on then he would consider it seriously. He also explained that he had already been invited on the club's mini-tour of Cornwall that takes place this week.

Ishmael added: "I like it here and the lads are great. If I was to sign up here, it would be a great move for me. Training has been good and all the staff have been great to me. I'm hoping that we can go from here. I've already been invited to Cornwall, so I'm going to be a part of the squad and I am looking forward to that as well."

The 18 year old was of course part of the same West Ham United academy set-up that Glovers midfielder Chris Cohen and goalkeeper Darren Behcet have graduated from and although he is a year younger, he knows both well, having often played in the same team. He also revealed that Chris and Darren were not the only people he knew from his time in East London. Ishmael said he was grateful for their presence as he adjusts to life in South Somerset.

"It helps a lot," he agreed. "I've been staying with them. I've also been with them around Yeovil, so that helps a lot. If I do end up here then it would help me a lot to be able to settle down. Terrell Forbes is another player from round my way in West Ham and it helps to have familiar faces. Although I just want to play football. I just really want to get my head down and start playing. Having Chris and Darren about helps a lot because if things are going bad then I can talk to guys like that. Obviously I'll get to know the other guys as well, including a few of the older guys who I've already been meeting in training. It's been good."

Ishmael's agent was present at Friday night's game and found time to talk to the Yeovil management about his client's prospects. The East Londoner though preferred to stay clear of trying to guess what they had been talking about, adding: "I don't know what they need to sort out. I do all of my stuff on the pitch and I let my agent sort out what's going on off the pitch."

But the signs are promising. Manager Russell Slade has made it clear that he is after a left-winger, having already publicly admitted to four possible targets around England, Wales and Scotland, showing just how far he is prepared to cast his net to try and land his man. So Ishmael knows that there is a clear vacancy within the Glovers side.

"That's why I'm here," he agreed. "I want to try and break into that team. He has stated that he is looking for a left-winger because I don't think they have got an out-and-out left-winger at the moment. So yes, that has to be a good chance for me."


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9 July 2006 : Thommo Praises Young Side's Performance
Assistant manager Steve Thompson has said that Friday night's performance at Eastleigh that saw the Glovers win 3-1 in Hampshire was a 'good performance' from what was a very young and inexperienced Yeovil Town side that featured just one player with League One experience.

Speaking immediately after the game, Steve explained: "It was a good performance because Eastleigh are going for it this year. We had a young team out and I thought they played very well. They got a bit sloppy during the first 15 minutes of the second half when Eastleigh scored their goal, but overall I am very pleased with their attitude and their performance."

Striker Daniel Webb scored twice during the first 20 minutes and Steve said that was his best period of the game: "I thought he had a very good first half. He was great and played very well. He tired a bit in the second half but overall it was a very good performance, as it was from a few others as well."

One of the pleasing aspects of the performance was the maturity shown by Youth Team fullbacks Jake Smeeton and Craig Alcock, who have been given full time contracts this summer. They played a full 90 minutes and were joined during the second half by substitute Tom Clarke who also got a similar deal on the back of the Youth Team's excellent Championship-winning season.

Steve said of the trio: "We've taken three players from the Youth Team on and that's good because it pleases everyone. We hope they do really well. They certainly did well enough tonight. Both starters had good games and Tom Clarke did very well when he came on and set up a goal and had three more shots. So when we were just losing a little bit of impetus, we put a 17 year old on and he gave us a bit of impetus. I thought he did brilliantly in his 20 minutes as well."

Steve added that they would need to take in a lot on the training ground this season: "You have to see them learning. This is their first week as a professional footballer. So it would be asking a lot to put them straight in. But it is nice to know that you have got good youngsters who might be able to do a job if you get injuries. Obviously they are going to progress a lot throughout the season. Certainly tonight I thought all three of them did really well and I think they have got every chance of making it as good pros. They don't look fazed at all. Obviously it's a big step up from playing Eastleigh to playing, say, Nottingham Forest. It's a big step up and they know that, but they all did well tonight and I was pleased with all three of them."

Former Rushden and Diamonds midfielder Gary Mills was one of three trialists who played 90 minutes down at Eastleigh, but Steve felt that Gary would have to work hard to earn a contract at Huish Park because of the number of players the Glovers have on their books in central midfield now.

Steve explained: "I thought Gary did very well. The problem Gary has got is that we have got four central midfielders signed up, so that will be his biggest problem, although he can certainly play."

More on Steve's thoughts on the performance of left-winger Ishmael Welsh and thoughts from the player himself will follow tomorrow.


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9 July 2006 : Photos From Eastleigh
Whilst a proper action photo gallery from Eastleigh is being prepared, those attending any of the future friendlies may find it useful to view a short gallery containing one picture of each of the players who featured in Friday night's game. Most are not action shots as such - more aimed at getting head-and-shoulders shots of each player who turned out on the night.

The relevant photo gallery can be found here.


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8 July 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Eastleigh vs Yeovil
The Ciderspace match report for last night's 3-1 win over Eastleigh can be found here.


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8 July 2006 : Rankin Given Deadline
Inverness Caledonian Thistle have issued their own ultimatum to Ross County winger John Rankin, after their attempts to sign the 23 year old continued to stay on hold. They claim that unless Rankin is able to accept terms within the next 24 hours that they will drop their interest and move onto other targets.

Inverness director of football Graeme Bennett is blaming agent Tom Callaghan for setting demands too high, and believes that the deal could now fall through, despite both clubs having agreed a fee of £65,000 for the former Manchester United trainee.

Bennett explained to Aberdeen paper, The Press And Journal: "There is no movement and we seem to be in stalemate just now. The agent is not letting things go through because he does not think it is right for the player. He seems to think the terms we are offering are not good enough but whether John is saying that is another matter. If the situation is not sorted in the next 24 hours we will have to start looking at alternatives."

News of the possible fall-through may interest Glovers boss Russell Slade and General Manager John Milton. Both have stated their interest in bringing Rankin to Somerset, and despite the two Scottish sides having agreed a fee, they were not prepared to throw in the towel just yet.


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8 July 2006 : Ravenhill Once A Target?
Doncaster Rovers' Vital Football website is claiming that Yeovil Town are one of a number of clubs to have missed out on signing their former midfielder Ricky Ravenhill. He has signed a two year deal at the Deva Stadium.

The Donny website claims that Grimsby Town, Boston United, Yeovil Town, Rotherham United and Lincoln City were all also trying to capture his signature. Certainly the first that Ciderspace have heard of this, and with five central midfielders already contracted for the coming season, and former Rushden player Gary Mills at Huish Park on trial along with former Sheffield United midfielder Adrian Harper, it would be a surprise if bringing in more midfielders was on manager Russell Slade's mind.


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8 July 2006 : MOTM Voting For Eastleigh
Although the Man Of The Match Voting does not commence in earnest until the League One season begins, Ciderspace is doing some tweaking behind the scenes for the MOTM Voting Form, and so it would be appreciated if votes could be supplied as normal for last night's 3-1 win at Eastleigh.

In particular, we would like to publish views on the large number of unfamiliar faces that played in last night's game, so that Yeovil supporters can get a grip on how the multitude of new signings, trialists and former Youth Team players are performing. Use the usual comments box to record this and we will try and compile everyone's comments into a single page in a few days time.

Access the MOTM Voting Form here and place your votes now.


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7 July 2006 : Webb Sets Up First Friendly Win
Striker Daniel Webb scored two first half goals at Eastleigh tonight as a Yeovil Town side mainly made up of fringe players and trialists proved good enough to see off their Conference South opposition. The Glovers eventually won the match in front of 401 spectators by a 3-1 scoreline, with former West Ham United winger Ishmael Welsh grabbing the third during the second half that sealed the game after Eastleigh had pulled a goal back.

There were two new names on show tonight, although one was making his return to the club. Andrew Ottley is a right-sided midfielder who played for Yeovil Town Reserves back in April against Bristol Rovers Reserves and he came on as a second half substitute. Andrew is a Fulham Academy graduate who had made his way up the ranks as far as their Reserve side. Shortly after turning out for Yeovil's Reserve side, he also played for Woking's Reserve side. He played in the same England Under 16s side that Ishmael Welsh featured in and so obviously has a connection there.

Mario Harrison started the match and lasted around an hour before he ran out of steam. He is a Jamaican Under 20 international who has previously trialled for Bristol City. He is a 21 year old midfielder who has previously been on the books of Reno FC in Jamaica.

Line-Up: (4-4-2)
Darren Behcet
Craig Alcock, Bradley Thomas, Sean Kelly, Jake Smeeton
Gavin McCallum, Gary Mills, Adrian Harper, Ishmael Welsh
Danny Webb, Mario Harrison

Subs: Tom Clarke, Stephen Maher, Andrew Ottley, Gary Bowles.


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7 July 2006 : Swansea Claim No Glovers Bid
Fellow League One side Swansea City are claiming that they have yet to receive a formal bid for winger Kevin McLeod, despite the Glovers making it clear that they are interested in the player. McLeod had been on Swansea's transfer list up following a breach of club discipline, but they have recently taken him off the list and are now claiming that they are not interested in letting him go.

Chairman Huw Jenkins told the South Wales Evening Post: "We have received interest in a number of our players, but we are not looking to leave anyone go. Our objection is to strengthen. We are retaining all the players we think will be key to our plans this season."

Specifically on the subject of McLeod he also claimed that Yeovil were not one of those parties: "There has been no official enquiry from Yeovil. It's pure speculation. All this transfer talk surrounding our players is welcomed. It means we must be doing something right. We are not used to it because Swansea haven't had good enough players in the past. But now we have attracted interest for a number of players. However, our attitude remains the same. We fell just short last season, so with a couple of players on top of last season's squad we hope to be up there again."


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7 July 2006 : Accy Claim Roberts Back In Fold
League Two newcomers Accrington Stanley are looking to draw a veil over their much publicised thoughts on Yeovil Town's attempts to sign their left-winger Gary Roberts. Accy Chairman Eric Whalley was highly outspoken about the player, claiming that he was greedy in wanting to play at a higher level.

The Glovers have now dropped their interest in Roberts after Accy turned down a multitude of bids from Huish Park, and Accrington have now brought him back into first team training in an attempt to focus on the forthcoming season. Accy captain Peter Cavanagh has said that he sees no problems with the player's attitude.

Speaking to the Accrington Observer, Cavanagh explained: "Gary has come back and shown a good attitude and worked hard. He is still a top player and will still give his all and I donít think you can blame anyone for wanting to better themselves and play in the league above. Gary has got his head down and worked hard and all the lads are glad to see him back, they donít want him to leave."

Stanley Chairman Eric Whalley added: "Gary is still under contract and nothing has changed. If he wants to get away, then he has got to perform well and it is up to him."


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7 July 2006 : Eastleigh vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town's pre-season campaign kicks off tonight in Hampshire where they take on Conference South side Eastleigh. The match was agreed as part of the deal that took central defender Bradley Thomas to Huish Park in January.

The line-up is expected to be made up mainly of 'fringe' players and trialists, giving manager Russell Slade the chance to look at some of the players who did not feature so regularly in last season's League One matches. Former Arsenal defender Sean Kelly, Rushden and Diamonds midfielder Gary Mills, West Ham United winger Ishmael Welsh and Sheffield United midfielder Adrian Harper are expected to be the four trialists selected. Former Leicester City striker Lee Morris is also on trial at the club but due to his injuries last season, the club are planning to give him more time on the training ground before unleashing him.

Other players believed to be in tonight's side are new signing Darren Behcet who will start in goal, along with Gavin McCallum and Tom Clarke, who have been given full time contracts by the club following their success last season in the Youth Team. Jake Smeeton and Craig Alcock would be two other former Youth-teamers who may travel.

Slade explained: "The big yard-stick for all those players will be Eastleigh and I do not think they would want to be judged in any other way. Sean Kelly has looked strong and very fit in training and I would like to see him in a match situation. Adrian trained today (Thursday) but it is too early to say anything. Gary Mills has also been with us and has done very, very well. We go to Cornwall next week, and players who want to come with us will have a chance to catch my eye at Eastleigh. This game will help me make my mind up who will be in the travelling party."

Slade also gave his thinking on why he is unlikely to play Morris: "Lee has also trained particularly well and has a great pedigree. I think it's too early and that he probably won't play at Eastleigh. He's not played an awful lot of football because of his injury so he may not play. Lee has trained hard and done a lot of hard work over the past few days and, to be honest, his hamstrings have tightened up."

The Yeovil boss also explained that he expected his players to be putting in maximim effort and stated that many may get a full 90 minutes: "The idea of this game is to give people a game, not just 10 or 15 minutes, but a chance to impress over 90 minutes. It's an opportunity that the players should relish because they have a full match to show me what they have got."

For directions and ground information, including food available in the Eastleigh clubhouse, scroll down to our article from July 2nd.

[Quotes sourced from the Western Daily Press, Western Gazette and Western Morning News.]


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7 July 2006 : Caledonian Bid For Rankin Stalls
Inverness Caledonian Thistle's bid for Ross County winger John Rankin has run to ground temporarily, with Inverness citing issues over personal terms at the heart of the matter. The two clubs have agreed a fee - believed to be around £65,000 - for the former Manchester United trainee, but demands from Rankin's agent Tom Callaghan are causing problems in their attempts to complete the deal.

Inverness director of football Graeme Bennett said: "The clubs have done their business very amicably but John's agent is making demands from us which mean the deal has stalled. They also have a financial issue with County so unless there is a change of mind our hopes of a quick signing will be dashed."

Glovers general manager John Milton claimed today that Glovers boss Russell Slade still has an interest in the 23 year old and so may be able to use the delay to their advantage.


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7 July 2006 : New Season - New Badges!
Glovers supporter Tim Lancaster is currently preparing for the 2006-07 season and reports that the first two enamel lapel badges of the season will be for the games at Millwall on August 5th and at Southampton on August 23rd. Designs will be in two colour schemes; each badge will cost £3.00.

All badges will be on sale at the individual fixtures - Tim regrets that there will be no mail orders for these two games only.


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7 July 2006 : Another Spinning Plate Smashes
In a week that has seen Yeovil Town end their interest in Accrington Stanley winger Gary Roberts, and seen their interest in Ross County player John Rankin significantly threatened by Inverness Caledonian Thistle's plans to agree terms with him today, the club have also withdrawn their interest in Leyton Orient winger Daryl McMahon.

First Team Manager Russell Slade believes it is a matter of being patient and waiting for the right opportunity to come along. Speaking to the Western Gazette, he explained: "We still have a lot of spinning plates at the moment but we are hopeful of the right response from one of our targets. It is just a case of sitting tight and waiting."

General Manager John Milton is another man who likes juggling household crockery and he confirmed to the Western Daily Press that any interest in McMahon had been ended, but did state that an unknown player, recently released from a Championship side could fit the bill. Former West Ham United winger Ishmael Welsh is also continuing to impress in training as his trial with the club continues.

Milton explained: "We were already spinning plates on three or four and another one came into the fold today. I cannot name him but it is a quite significant one. He is somebody who has been released from a Championship club. On Parry, we have not spoken to Cardiff yet about money - we have just spun the plate on that one. John Rankin is one who we would be certainly looking at, but McMahon is no longer part of that group. We made an inquiry but we have decided not to follow that up. Ishmael Welsh has been doing very well and we are pleased. Now we just need to see him some more."


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7 July 2006 : Summer Soccer School Places Still Available
Yeovil Town's community officer John Flatters has assured that there are still spaces available on the club's Summer Soccer Schools and has made it clear that those who apply will not be turned away.

Speaking to the Western Gazette, Flatters explained: "Application forms have been steadily coming in but we always have room for more. No one will be turned away. There will also be players of the day awards and players of the week trophies, and the opportunity to meet some of the members of Yeovil's first-team squad."

The event takes place across two separate week sessions between July 31st 2006 and August 4th 2006 and then and August 7th 2006 and August 11th. The cost is £50 per week and all participants will receive a football T-shirt, a certificate plus other gifts. All children aged between 6 years old and 15 years old are welcome to attend.

Application forms are available from the club in Huish Park Reception. Alternatively contact John Flatters on 01935 423 662 Ext 230 or Sandra Robinson on 07767-201042 for more information. Alternatively visit their website at www.footballinthecommunity.net


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7 July 2006 : Weale Gives Reasons For Departure
Former Glovers goalkeeper Chris Weale has given his thoughts on why he chose to leave Yeovil Town, despite having been at the club for the whole of his professional career. Chris admitted it was a decision that had sown it's seeds not long after former manager Gary Johnson left the club for neighbours Bristol City. The 24 year old felt that Gary's departure was a major factor in his thinking at the time.

Speaking to the Western Gazette Chris explained: "Gary has that winning mentality and that aura flows straight through whatever club he is at. When he left Yeovil, I kind of missed that. I also think a few people came off the gas a bit when he went and that is why I felt it was time to move on. One of the other reasons behind my decision was that I felt I had achieved everything I had wanted to achieve with Yeovil. I now want to show people what I can do on a bigger stage and in my opinion I will be able to do that at Ashton Gate."

Chris added though, that he didn't make his decision without some regrets: "It was obviously upsetting to leave Yeovil because of the number of years I spent at the club. I have supported them since I was a little lad and I can still remember going to the old ground for my first game with my uncle and my brother. I have a lot of good memories of my time there and just being part of the club's history for evermore is a great feeling. Another aspect I will always remember was the great team spirit and work ethic we had during my time at the club. The likes of Lee Johnson and Darren Way worked so hard and that rubbed off on to everyone else. It really has been a pleasure to play for Yeovil and I want to thank the fans and the chairman, and wish the players all the best for the coming season."


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6 July 2006 : Rankin Set For Local Move
Ross County winger John Rankin looks set to move to neighbours Inverness Caledonian Thistle after the two clubs agreed a transfer fee. Inverness have been trying to land Rankin since the January transfer window, when they had a £40,000 bid turned down by County. However, now an increased bid has been accepted, and Inverness have been given permission to speak to the player and his agent.

Inverness director of football Graeme Bennett has said of the situation: "I will be speaking to Rankin and all being well the deal should be completed on Friday. I've already begun discussions with John's agent, Tom Callaghan. We first moved for John in January so we're delighted to have agreed a fee."

Manager Charlie Christie told the Inverness Courier: "Before trying to bring any new players in, I wanted to make sure we kept the current squad together and the good news is we haven't lost anyone, so that's a plus. Having watched John, I believe he's a player who could add something to our team, not just next season, but for seasons to come."

Although this doesn't stop Yeovil Town putting in their own counter-bid to try and up the stakes in the chase for Rankin, the news does suggest that they could be having to cross another name off their list of wanted left-wingers within the next 24 hours, unless there is a significant development.


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6 July 2006 : Glovers Take Harper On Trial
Yeovil Town are giving a trial to former Sheffield United midfielder Adrian Harper, according to this morning's Western Daily Press. The Irishman could play a part in tomorrow night's trip to Eastleigh when the Glovers will open up their pre-season campaign.

Harper was born on May 4th 1985 in Dublin and had two seasons as a professional at Bramhall Lane. He was captain of Sheffield's U19 side when they reached the FA Premier Academy League play-offs during the 2004-05 season.

At the start of last season, he spent a month on loan at Nationwide Conference side Scarborough where he made four appearances. In February 2006, he also had a loan spell with Irish side Waterford United. Adrian has also represented his country at youth international level. He is described as an energetic terrier-like midfielder who makes up for his 5'9" height with a great deal of energy.


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5 July 2006 : Glovers Drop Interest In Roberts
Further to yesterday's story concerning Accrington Stanley's Gary Roberts, the club have today confirmed that they are unlikely to continue their pursuit of the player for the time being. Accrington had been holding out for what appeared to have been some fairly serious sums of money for some time now, and despite Roberts only having 12 months left on his current deal, Accy look to be determined to hold onto the 22 year old.

The club's interest in Paul Parry (Cardiff), Kevin McLeod (Swansea) and John Rankin (Ross County) remains ongoing. The club have also confirmed Saturday's news (see July 1st) that they have made enquiries about Leyton Orient's Daryl McMahon, but acknowledge that there are several clubs chasing his services.


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5 July 2006 : Terry Looking For Longer Stay
Glovers midfielder Paul Terry has revealed that he had to back down on his attempts to secure a long deal with Yeovil Town in order to end speculation about his future at Huish Park. PT already had a year offer on the table from the club, but had hoped to commit himself to a longer period at the club. In the end he has settled for a 12 month extension to his existing contract to ensure he could move on and focus on the 2006-07 season.

Paul spoke to today's Western Daily Press and admitted: "I'm pleased to get it finally sorted out. It's done and dusted now and I can focus on the season ahead. It did drag on a bit because I wanted a longer deal and the club would only offer me a year. But I've always said that I wanted to stay at the club and that's why I've signed, because I love it here. Now I've got to make sure I have a good season and then hopefully I'll be rewarded with another year's contract and get the two years that I wanted anyway."

PT did admit though that the competition could be tougher than it was during last season when he and Chris Cohen had a near monopoly on the midfield places once Lee Johnson and Darren Way had left the club.

Paul explained: "First of all I've got to get into the team and I know it will be hard. If the new manager plays 4-4-2 there will only be two central midfield spots - and four players going for them. Everyone knows how good Chris Cohen and Anthony Barry are - and JP (Kalala) has looked good in training. But it's good to have competition; it's good for the team and I'll be battling to earn my place in the side."


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5 July 2006 : Glovers Triumph In Cricket Again
Yeovil Town's cricket team showed they knew which way to hold the bat up last night when they comfortably saw off their North Perrott counterparts. The Yeovil Town XI in fact became a Yeovil Town X as both sides took to the field playing ten-a-side.

North Perrott went into bat first, making 121 runs with Paul Terry (3), Nathan Jones (2), Bradley Thomas, Matt Harrold, David Poole and Chris Cohen grabbing the Yeovil wickets.

Matt Harrold opened with Craig Alcock but was out without scoring. Alcock and Jones then piled on the runs before being caught behind. Chris Cohen went for a brief but effective innings of big hits, until Paul Terry came in to replace him. With Jones somewhat hogging the batting, PT decided to call for a comedy suicide run to get rid of his partner and grab the limelight, and with captain Andy Lindegaard now at the other end, PT had the cheek to score the winning runs to surpass the 121 total with time to spare.

Line-Up: Andy Lindegaard (Capt), Craig Alcock (Wicket), Anthony Barry, David Poole, Chris Cohen, Paul Terry, Bradley Thomas, Nathan Jones, Scott Guyett, Matt Harrold.

[With thanks to Newps for supplying much of the detail on the game]


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4 July 2006 : Interview With Chris Cohen
Midfielder Chris Cohen spoke to BBC Radio Bristol on the day that he signed a permanent deal at Huish Park, having spent most of last season on loan from West Ham United. Chris comes to Yeovil feeling confident that his new side can improve upon last season's performance.

"Obviously we definitely donít want a relegation battle," he explained. "And I think with the new signings I donít think we will have one at all. As long as we start well, and start the season off in the right form I think weíll be fine, and we want to push towards the play-offs really. Thatís got to be the aim of any club."

Read the full interview with Chris Cohen (transcript by Chris Medland) by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.


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4 July 2006 : Stanley Stall On Roberts Deal
Football League newcomers Accrington Stanley are still refusing to budge on Yeovil Town's bid to acquire left-winger Gary Roberts from the Lancashire club. Stanley claim that the Glovers have bid £50,000 for the 22 year old, but they still regard that as unacceptable. With Glovers boss Russell Slade describing his last submission to the Fraser Eagle Stadium as his 'final offer', it would seem likely that the League Two side will have to take back a player they slammed as greedy last week, claiming that Roberts did not want to play for the club again.

Club Chairman Eric Whalley has said of the latest situation: ""They made us an offer and then another one but it is not what we wanted. We wonít budge on it and itís up to them. The ball is in their court and we will wait for them to come back to us. If it is not a realistic bid we will not get shut of him just for the sake of it. He will be playing with us."

This is a slight u-turn from a Chairman who said last week that he would rather the left-winger sat out the remaining 12 months of his contract - certainly a strong suggestion that they are realising now that their attempt to drum up an auction for the player hasn't worked.

Manager John Coleman has allowed Roberts a few days leave as his current side return to pre-season training, but he now also admits that he is going to have to try and get his player refocussed on playing League Two football in Lancashire.

Coleman explained: "Itís still a bit up in the air and itís just unsettled the lad. Heís a nice lad whoís got a lot going for him but heís had his head turned a bit with the money and itís difficult to get re-focussed. Until we get an acceptable offer he will be staying with us. Heís coming in and we will look at the situation. If someone wants to double your money itís hard to accept why you shouldnít go. But Yeovil have to do it properly and get somewhere near our valuation. We are not asking for an exhorbitant amount and I understand that the lad wants to play at a higher level for higher wages. But as it stands, I have got three wingers in Andy Todd, Sean Doherty and Gary Roberts."


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4 July 2006 : Terry Agrees One Year Extension
Yeovil Town midfielder Paul Terry has agreed a one-year extension to his current contract that will tie him to Huish Park until the end of June 2007. Paul joined the Glovers three years ago from Dagenham and Redbridge and is now one of the club's most experienced players with 131 appearances at the club.

Speaking to the official site, manager Russell Slade was mindful of this fact: "I wanted to make sure that we had enough strength in midfield, and Paul Terry's experienced, knows the club inside out, and I'm delighted that he's decided his foreseeable future is with Yeovil Town. He's signed a one year extension. That's good enough for me.That's sorted it out and we can crack on now and get down to business."


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4 July 2006 : It's Just Not Cricket!
A Yeovil Town XI will swap one sport for another tonight, when they take on a North Perrott XI in a 20-overs game of cricket. The match is taking place at North Perrott Cricket Club, which is situated between Crewkerne and Yeovil. Action starts at 6.30pm and admission is free. A bar will also be open.

The ground is situated in Willis Lane in North Perrott. Take the A30 westbound out of Yeovil, then at the turn-off for Haselbury Plucknett, take the A3066. Go through Haselbury Plucknett. When you reach North Perrott, turn right into Willis Lane which is situated opposite the North Perrott Fruit Farm shop. The cricket ground is on the left hand side. If you get as far as Perrot Hill School then you've gone too far, so turn around. Parking is available at the cricket club.


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4 July 2006 : Mills Comes In On Trial
Rushden and Diamonds midfielder Gary Mills is currently on trial at Yeovil Town, according to BBC Radio Bristol. The 25 year old was released from his contract by mutual consent at the end of last season and is a free agent.

Mills was born in Sheppey on May 20th 1981 and Diamonds are his only club, having worked his way through their Youth Team. He signed a professional contract with them in August 1999 and went on to make 124 league appearances plus 19 other appearances. He is a defensively-minded central midfielder who missed much of last season through long term injuries and thus made only 14 appearances all sandwiched between November and February.

Mills had only just come back from an injury that had kept him out of the game for 15 months after he suffered a broken left fibula and dislocated ankle in September 2004 in a match against Oxford United. Up until that moment, he had been fairly highly rated as a player in the lower leagues and doubtless the Glovers will be keen to see how he copes with pre-season training.


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3 July 2006 : Rocastle Joins Latics
With the ink barely dried on his contract severance deal from former club Sheffield Wednesday (see yesterday), former Glovers midfield loan player Craig Rocastle has signed a two year contract with League One side Oldham Althetic. Craig played eight times for the Glovers during the tail end of the 2005-06 season and of course will now face Yeovil Town twice during the coming season with the first sight likely to be on October 21st 2006 when the Latics are due to visit Huish Park.


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3 July 2006 : Football League Magazine Announced
Three Football League magazines are to be published on July 24th focussing on each of the three Divisions within the league. They will act as preview magazines for the 2006-07 season.

The League's press release claims that "each publication will give supporters a unique guide to the forthcoming season and will be packed with articles featuring the clubs and key personalities in each division".

Football League Head of Communications John Nagle says of the issues: "For the first time ever supporters of League clubs will have an official pre-season preview magazine solely dedicated to the division they watch week-in and week-out. At three pounds for 100 pages they will be something that fans will want to buy and then refer to again and again throughout the season ahead."

The magazines will be stocked by the individual clubs from July 24th, and therefore will presumably be available from the Huish Park Club Shop. They can also be ordered online from the same date, direct from the publishers ProgrammeMaster at www.programmemaster.com - although as most clubs get commission on such sales, we would recommend the Huish Park Club Shop as your source of purchase.


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2 July 2006 : Kelly Leaves Arsenal
Arsenal defender Sean Kelly has been formally released from the Premiership club, leaving him as a free agent. Kelly is currently training with the Glovers during pre-season, having played for Yeovil Town Reserves at the tail end of the 2005-06 season.

Sean joined the Gunners as a scholar in 2004 and enjoyed a productive first season in the Arsenal Academy, making more appearances for the Under-18s than any other player. Last season, the Republic of Ireland youth international made 15 appearances for the reserves and 17 for the Under-18s.

He now teams up with the Glovers first team squad, knowing that following the departure of Colin Miles to Port Vale there is a gap in the Glovers squad for him to try and earn a contract.


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2 July 2006 : Rocastle Leaves Wednesday
Former Glovers midfield loanee Craig Rocastle has left Championship Sheffield Wednesday. The 24 year old still had a year of his contract left to run, but both parties have agreed to terminate the deal by mutual consent. There has been ongoing speculation that Rocastle will be joining League One side Oldham Athletic but this has yet to materialise into anything official. Yeovil Town have indicated that they would not be looking to get Rocastle on a more permanent deal at Huish Park, despite him clocking up eight appearances at the tail end of the 2005-06 season.


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2 July 2006 : First Friendly This Coming Week
The pre-season friendlies start this coming week with the trip to Eastleigh on Friday 7th July, kick-off 7.45 p.m. Prices are adults £10.00, concessions £5.00.

Eastleigh play at Silverlake Stadium, Ten Acres, Stoneham Lane. Click here for map.

By Road

From the M3 :
Exit Junction 13 and turn right into Leigh Road. Continue to crossroads and turn right at the traffic lights into Passfield Avenue. Go past Flemming Park Sports Centre on the right and at the first roundabout take the second exit. At the next roundabout take the first exit. Then take the first turning right into Stoneham Lane. The ground is 100 yards along on the left hand side.

From M27 Eastbound :
Exit Junction 5. At the roundabout take first exit into Stoneham Lane. You will be passing the rear of ground on left hand side. Continue to the end of the road and at the roundabout take 3rd exit and come back past the Concorde Club. Take the next right turn. The ground is 100 yards along on the left hand side.

From M27 Westbound :
Exit Junction 5. At the roundabout take third exit, then follow as for M27 Eastbound (above).

Parking

The ground has around 500 parking spaces.

By Train

Eastleigh has a railway station. There is also Southampton Airport Parkway. Both are about a twenty minute walk from the stadium.

By Bus
The No.2 service passes by the ground.

Directions taken from Eastleigh's website Eastleigh FC.

The ground has a clubhouse, and a posting on the Green Room forum from an Eastleigh supporter provided the following information -

As a result of your long journey, Eastleigh is putting on some food for you travelling supporters in our clubhouse. There will be three main dishes:

Breast of chicken in gravy, with veg and potatoes
Fish & chips
Chilli and rice

Feel free to enjoy yourselves on arrival. The main reason for this is so that you don't have to stop off at various places on your way and you can settle and enjoy a meal, with a pint, in our clubhouse. Around the ground there will also be burger vans.



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1 July 2006 : MIB For 2006-07
The National List of referees for 2006-07 has been published. Plenty of familar faces - for good and ill :

Paul ARMSTRONG - Berkshire
Martin ATKINSON - Yorkshire
Tony BATES - Staffordshire
Richard BEEBY - Northamptonshire
Steve BENNETT - Kent
Russell BOOTH - Nottinghamshire
Carl BOYESON - Yorkshire
Steve BRATT - West Midlands
Mark CLATTENBURG - Tyne & Wear
Mark COWBURN - Lancashire
Phil CROSSLEY - Kent
Darren DEADMAN - Cambridgeshire
Mike DEAN - Wirral
Bob DESMOND - Wiltshire
Steve DORR - Worcestershire
Phil DOWD - Staffordshire
Darren DRYSDALE - Lincolnshire
Andy D'URSO - Essex
David FOSTER - Tyne & Wear
Chris FOY - Merseyside
Kevin FRIEND - Leicestershire
Dermot GALLAGHER - Oxfordshire
Fred GRAHAM - Essex
Andy HALL - West Midlands
Mark HALSEY - Lancashire
Mark HAYWOOD - Yorkshire
Grant HEGLEY - Hertfordshire
Keith HILL - Hertfordshire
Eddie ILDERTON - Tyne & Wear
Michael JONES - Cheshire
Phil JOSLIN - Nottinghamshire
Trevor KETTLE - Rutland
Barry KNIGHT - Kent
Graham LAWS - Tyne & Wear
Ray LEE - Essex
Rob LEWIS - Shropshire
Danny McDERMID - London
Andre MARRINER - West Midlands
Lee MASON - Lancashire
Scott MATHIESON - Cheshire
Paul MELlN - Surrey
Nigel MILLER - County Durham
Pat MILLER - Bedfordshire
Jon MOSS - Yorkshire
Clive OLIVER - Northumberland
Ray OLIVIER - West Midlands
Trevor PARKES - West Midlands
Andy PENN - West Midlands
Clive PENTON - Sussex
Mike PIKE - Cumbria
Graham POLL - Hertfordshire
Lee PROBERT - Gloucestershire
Phil PROSSER - Yorkshire
Uriah RENNIE - Yorkshire
Mike RILEY - Yorkshire
Paul ROBINSON - Yorkshire
Mike RUSSELL - Hertfordshire
Graham SALISBURY - Lancashire
Rob SHOEBRIDGE - Derbyshire
Jarnail SINGH - Middlesex
Keith STROUD - Hampshire
Rob STYLES - Hampshire
Gary SUTTON - Lincolnshire
Neil SWARBRICK - Lancashire
Steve TANNER - Somerset
Anthony TAYLOR - Cheshire
Paul TAYLOR - Hertfordshire
Mike THORPE - Norfolk
Peter WALTON - Northamptonshire
Howard WEBB - Yorkshire
Colin WEBSTER - Tyne & Wear
Dean WHITESTONE - Northamptonshire
Alan WILEY - Staffordshire
Iain WILLIAMSON - Berkshire
Andy WOOLMER - Northamptonshire
Kevin WRIGHT - Cambridgeshire


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1 July 2006 : Third Hammers Man On Trial
Yeovil Town have taken on trial West Ham United winger Ishmael Welsh-Elliott (also referred to as Ishmael Welsh) with a view to winning a contract at the club. Ishmael can play on the left or right, although most reports indicate he features more heavily as a left-sided player.

He was born on 4th September 1987 and went to school in Deptford Green in East London whilst training with the Hammers. He has played in the same Hammers Reserve and Youth sides as Yeovil pair Chris Cohen and Darren Behcet and so knows both well. Ishmael has also played for England Under 16s in the past, and a few Hammers fans on the internet have raised a few eyebrows at his release.

According to this morning's Western Daily Press, Ishmael is already training with the Glovers, and has done enough to impress manager Russell Slade such that he is expected to feature in a number of the pre-season friendlies.

It's quite clear that Slade is keen to sign a left-winger before the season starts, with the club openly admitting that they are chasing Gary Roberts (Accrington Stanley), Paul Parry (Cardiff), Kevin McLeod (Swansea), John Rankin (Ross County).

The WDP do throw one more name into the ring and it is another former West Ham player. Daryl McMahon was born on October 10th 1982 and left the Hammers in 2004, briefly turned out for Port Vale before signing for Leyton Orient in November 2004. He has also had a brief loan spell with Torquay United. There is currently no word from the club to indicate how strong their interest in the midfielder is.


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1 July 2006 : Yeovil Town Ladies
After finishing runners-up by a single point last season Yeovil Town will be hoping to go one better in the South West Regional League Premier Division in 2006-07.

The Premier Division will have one more club in the coming campaign, expanding from eight to nine. Poole Town were relegated, but Cheltenham Town escaped the drop as no team came down from the South West Combination because of reorganisations further up the pyramid. Swindon Spitfires and Bristol University are the two new entries into the Premier Division for 2006-07.

The full list of teams is :

Bath City
Cheltenham Town
Exeter City
Gloucester City
Penzance
Swindon Spitfires
Team Bath
University of Bristol
Yeovil Town

The Glovers will continue to play at Tintinhull Sports Field in the coming campaign, with most fixtures on Sundays and any mid-week homes on Wednesdays. We are not aware of whether Yeovil Town are actively looking for new players, but registration opens from today (July 1st).

E-mail contact is via ytfcladies@ytfc.net.


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