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31 July 2008 : Thanks Cobber
It's now official, League Two AFC Bournemouth has announced the signing of Scott Guyett tomorrow on a two year deal.

The thirty-two year old Australian (although born in Ascot, Berkshire) had one year remaining on his Yeovil Town contract, but the deal has been terminated by mutual consent so he signs for the Cherries as a free agent.

Scott is one of the most popular players to pull on the green and white shirt. Laid back Aussie style to his fingertips, he's consistently charming and friendly to all off the pitch, and been dedicated and committed on it.

Since arriving from Chester City on a free in 2004 Scott's been a model professional. Rarely a first choice, Scott has uncomplainingly been ready to step in when injuries or suspensions have provided an opportunity. And then equally uncomplainingly accepted being dropped again. A true club man, there have been no tantrums or back-biting, just a recognition that he'll do any job asked of him to the best of his ability when called upon.

Scott Guyett
Not playing again, but Scott shows his unalloyed joy as the title is virtually secured at Roots Hall
Photo © 2005 Ciderspace


The statistics - 86 starts and 16 substitute appearances, and two goals, for the first team over four seasons - don't do Scott justice or reveal just what an important contribution to Yeovil Town's progress he has made.

The high point of his time with the Glovers was probably when the Guyett family flew across from Australia to see their Scott walk out at Wembley.

In an age of cynicism mixed with platitudes we can honestly say Scott will be sorely missed at Huish Park. A genuine man who walked tall, and leaves with our thanks for all he did.


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31 July 2008 : Kirk In Exit Talks
Yeovil Town striker Andy Kirk was one of two contracted players left out of today's annual first team squad photo. Whilst the first absentee, Scott Guyett, can be explained easily by today's earlier news, the absence of Kirk may have surprised a few of the arriving journalists and photographers.

This evening's BBC Somerset sports bulletin reports that Kirk is in talks with an unnamed club, with a view to leaving Huish Park. The rumourmill suggests that club is Dunfermline, who play in the Scottish First Division.

Kirk is no stranger to the Scottish leagues, having spent over five years with Edinburgh club Hearts, who were his first significant club, having commenced his career as a trainee with Northern Ireland side Glentoran. He will therefore doubtless be willing to listen to what the Pars have to say. With Kirk having slipped down the pecking order in recent months, he may decide it is time for him to bring to a close his six month stay in South Somerset.


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31 July 2008 : Best Of Luck To Matty Rose
According to the Western Daily Press the departed Matthew Rose may need an ankle operation if he is to stay in the game. The paper's report is rather gloomy, suggesting that his future in football is in doubt as he awaits an appointment with a specialist to see if further surgery is on the cards.

Rose joined Yeovil Town in February 2007, having been released by Queens Park Rangers, with a history of injuries that had hampered his career. A versatile defensive player, he made 41 appearances for the Glovers in a number of positions, scoring once, though many felt his best games were when sat in front of the back four.

We wish him good fortune and hope any operation required proves successful.


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31 July 2008 : Weymouth Prices
You might be forgiven for thinking you were buying the town, but Weymouth feel the chance for their few fans to see a proper football team for once should be marked by the price Charlton Athletic consider suitable for our League Cup tie at The Valley.

Thus £10.00 will secure adults entrance to The Wessex Stadium, and it's £5.00 concessions (over 65s and students) and £1.00 for those under 16.

The minnows by the sea need little introduction, despite meetings being restricted to friendlies these days. A shambolic ruin, made funnier by the fact it's rusted to its present state in a mere twenty years, awaits at DT4 9XJ.

Manager John Hollins has been complaining about the lack of support for pre-season friendlies at the Wessex, saying after Tuesday night's fixture against Exeter City :

The crowd was a bit disappointing tonight but hopefully our fans will turn out on Saturday and give the lads a good send off ahead of the start of the season. We are trying to play exciting football and we are not far off where we want to be. Now it would be nice to see more people turning out to come and see us so they can form their own opinion rather than just finding out through others.

We can cheer him with the information that visitors Yeovil Town are a club which actually has some supporters.

Gone are the days when a trip down for a friendly would see half a team of Yeovil rejects stumble out in the terracotta and blue. Stephen Reed, he of the huge backside and rather smaller talent, a recent signing from Cambridge United who were turning cartwheels at the pleasure of getting rid of him, is the only familiar face likely to be on view. A trialist, Anthony Mason, was not available for the match against the Grecians - staying in for more important things than turning out for the Terras, like washing his hair, perchance - but Hollins is hoping to give him a run on Saturday :

Anthony had something else he had to do. I would like to see him again against Yeovil.

The match on Saturday 2nd August kicks off at 3.00 p.m.

One can read (from a few years back) how our histories used to be intertwined and why we like the Scummers Weymouth so much here.

For anyone who might want to visit (unlikely), this is the Weymouth F.C. Official Site*.

[* Government Health Warning: the colour scheme of this website may induce nausea and vomiting.]


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31 July 2008 : Guyett Linked With Cherries Move
Yeovil Town defender Scott Guyett is being chased by League Two side AFC Bournemouth. The Bournemouth Daily Echo reports that manager Kevin Bond has spoken to the 32 year old about a possible transfer, however they stop short of suggesting that the Australian has agreed to move.

The rumourmill also suggests that Conference National side Cambridge United have offered Scott a deal. With both deals coming to light together, it would suggest that one of the offers has been accepted by either the club or the player but that other offers have been invited as a result.


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31 July 2008 : ABUFP Final Reminder
A final reminder that those who wish to put themselves forward for a Committee position for the Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership have until 5.00pm on Friday (tomorrow) to do so. The deadline for nominations was extended slightly to allow more nominations to be put forward.

For full details see our News Item from July 16th.


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31 July 2008 : Krumah Expected To Become A Canary
This morning's Western Daily Press reports that if the Glovers held any interest in Gambian international Omar Krumah then it is likely to be made academic shortly. This morning's Western Daily Press and yesterday's Norwich Evening News are suggesting that Norwich City are being earmarked as the most likely side to take on the 18 year old.

Manager Russell Slade has never made it clear if he held any interest in the player, although the rumourmill seemed strong enough for the WDP and the Western Gazette to carry the story last week, mainly based upon speculation as to Slade's scouting at a recent Pompey fixture. However, this never appeared to have a strong chance of success with Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp saying at the time:

"I have already had half a dozen clubs wanting to play him this season, most of them are from the Championship"

suggesting that if the Glovers did hold any interest then they would be a long way down the pecking order. As expected, it would appear that one of those Championship sides are likely to win the race to loan the player, provided they can sort all of the paperwork out.


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30 July 2008 : Cole Takes Over Physio Reins
Centre of Excellence and Youth Team physio Phil Cole will temporarily take over from outgoing club physio Jim Joyce who leaves the club tomorrow (Thursday).

Joyce made his final public appearance for the club tonight at Hillingdon, before heading for League Two side Aldershot where he will start his position on Friday.

Whilst the club interview for a permanent replacement, Cole will take over first team responsibilities as well, having worked with Joyce during his notice period. The club are believed to have a shortlist drawn up, but an appointment is not expected prior to Saturday, meaning that Cole will take over matchday duties for Saturday's match at Weymouth as well as presumably the multitude of fringe games that will take place during the first week in August.


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30 July 2008 : Glovers See Off Hillingdon
Yeovil Town beat Hillingdon Borough 3-0 tonight at the Middlesex Stadium as three quickfire strikes in the lead-up to the half time break were enough for a group of trialists and youth players to triumph comfortably.

As with Potters Bar, the lack of any stadium announcements or teamsheets meant that much of the early period, this was 11 anonymous green-and-white players running around the stadium in North-West London. However, spotted out there on the night were goalkeeper Corrin Brooks-Meade, Albert Jarrett, Troy Hewitt, Ren Turnock, Silvinho Comivarins and of course Rob Fitzgerald, who was returning to his former club and was made captain on the night. Assistant manager Steve Thompson took charge for the night, with the club arriving in the Youth Team minibus for the fixture, rather than a normal team bus.

If the fans were trying to figure out which player was which during the first half hour, we suspect that the players were in the same sort of position. An opening period of generalised chaos, balls being knocked up in the air, and very little in the way of quality made for a muddled experience until the game began to really settle down and the Glovers took control of the situation.

Trialist Silvinho had been involved significantly in that build-up of pressure, but he fluffed his first major chance to put the Glovers a goal up - perhaps having a bit too much time when he received an inviting crossfield ball in behind the Hillingdon defence, only to scoop his attempt straight into the keeper's grateful arms. The next time round though, Hillingdon were not quite so lucky, with Silvinho Comivarins able to start his run with the ball from a deeper position after he was fed by Ren Turnock, and as the home keeper was drawn off his line, the ball was slotted into the corner of the net.

Just three minutes later that lead was doubled by another inviting diagonal ball that caught the Hillingdon defence flat-footed. The recipient was Glovers trialist Leandro Resida - like Silvinho a product of the Ajax Amsterdam youth system, and his first flick of the boot took the ball past the advancing keeper, which allowed him the chance to run on through and nod the ball into an empty net for a quick piece of thinking.

A minute before the break, Hillingdon were looking a bit shellshocked as a third goal arrived, with Albert Jarrett the creator from the left wing. A byline cross evaded the Hillingdon keeper and that was perfect for Silvinho Comivarins to finish from inches out to make the half time score 3-0.

The second period was a fair bit less eventful, with Hillingdon giving a better account of themselves and Yeovil trying to counter-attack but without significant success. A few more anonymous substitutions of players didn't help the flow or the identification of players at all. However a few players did their chances no harm at all, including former youth teamer Ren Turnock who is on a three month deal at the club at present. First sight of Silvinho (by this scribe) though paints him as a bit of a curate's egg. Two goals obviously will do his chances no harm, but he probably should have had at least two more on the night.

Final Score: Hillingdon Borough 0 Yeovil Town 3.

Scorers: Silvinho Comivarins (0-1, 37 mins), Leandro Resida (0-2, 40 mins), Silvinho Comivarins (0-3, 44 mins).

Yeovil Town: 1. Corrin Brooks-Meade 2. Jamie Lovegrove 3. Owen Irish 4. Rob Fitzgerald 5. Gilvan Bergonsi 6. Leandro Resida 7. Silvinho Comivarins 8. Ren Turnock 9. Troy Hewitt 10. Josh Robinson 11. Albert Jarrett

Subs: 14. Harry Nodwell 15. Adam Wakely 16. Jason Mason 17. Dave Hall 19. Everton Da Rosa Engracio


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30 July 2008 : Referees In Conference
The Referees' Association celebrated its Centenary with a conference (and Gala Dinner) on 27th July with around 500 members in attendance. Why should we care? Well we don't, as such, but it's at such events that the officials who control matches set out for those who bother to take note the direction their thinking is going and likely priorities for the coming season.

The three workshops chosen for this year's conference were :
Tackles that Injure; Illegal use of the Hands and Arms; and Managing Free Kicks and Penalties.

In Tackles that Injure the theme was the legal 'duty of care' placed on referees, so expect further clamping down on anything that could be deemed a dangerous tackle. Challenges which "endangered the safety of an opponent" must be sanctioned as serious foul play, i.e. a mandatory red card. Referees were advised that :

when judging foul challenges skill levels should not be considered;
playing the ball then the opponent is an offence;
a two-footed challenge which makes no contact with an opponent should still be penalised;
they should take account of the speed of players’ approaches and also trailing legs;
they should be alert to the more subtle foul challenges seen at Euro 2008 where players deliberately step onto an opponent’s foot to cause injuries.

Illegal use of the Hands and Arms focused on four areas: holding; penalty area offences; strong, unfair physical contact with the elbows; and handball.

On holding in general, referees were advised it should always be penalised, and if blatant or preventing a promising attack a yellow card to be issued. Delaying the whistle to see if advantage accrues was warned against on the grounds that the player being held might lash out in frustration, thus escalating the situation.

On holding in the penalty box in deadball situations the advice was to intervene before the kick is taken with a warning to the players. If that was not heeded and the defending team was deemed to be persisting, a penalty to be awarded.

On arms and elbows referees were advised to consider whether they were being used as a 'tool' or a 'weapon', with the player’s intent decided by whether he is looking more at the ball or more at the opponent. If judged as a 'tool' then a yellow card to be issued, if a 'weapon' then a red card.

For handball, ‘ball to hand or hand to ball?' still rules. Referees should also take account of the distance of travel and the speed of the ball and whether the arm was in a 'natural' position when contact occurred.

Managing Free Kicks and Penalties. This was mainly technical stuff about what the officials should be doing and how they should be positioned, but it was confirmed that 'hesitation' (however that might be interpreted) in the run-up by a penalty taker was acceptable. On free kicks referees were advised to focus on certain aspects: it being taken from the correct position; the ‘runner’ who encroaches when the whistle is blown but before the ball is kicked; the shuffling ‘penguin walk' by players in walls creeping forward before the kick is taken. It was recommended that all attacking free kicks around the penalty box should be played on the whistle.

In more informal sessions there were positive noises about 'Sin Bins', negative noises about 'Video Replays', and some confusion about the situation with 'Goal Line Technology' (see item on decisions of the International Football Association Board). The proposed experiment of two additional officials would involve them being placed to cover each goal line. This, it was suggested, would prove to be too complicated.


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30 July 2008 : Warne Aims To Keep Striking Role
Yeovil Town striker Paul Warne has admitted that he is enjoying his pre-season with the Glovers, where he has been given the rare luxury of a front-line striker role. Although Warne came to the club having played as both a striker and a right-winger for Oldham Athletic, but last season he was used almost exclusively in the latter position, even sometimes popping up on the left-wing. Speaking to the Western Daily Press, he said that he preferred the striker's role, but would take whatever he was given:

"When the gaffer (Russell Slade) signed me he said he would play me on the wing and I don't have a problem with that, but I don't think I am very good there if I am honest. I think up front I am a pest – the lads call me a poor man's Paul Dickov. I enjoy playing up front, I will do that, but if the gaffer wants me to play left-back I will play there as well."

Warne added that he was expecting competition for the front line positions to increase by the time the season started, with an additional striker widely believed to be top of manager Russell Slade's priorities. But he said that if that happened then he would be realistic about the situation:

"I appreciate the gaffer is going to sign other forwards – I am not stupid. But in the meantime I will enjoy playing and that is what it is all about. By no stretch of the imagination did I think I had a good season last year, but hopefully this year I will do better and the fans can see what I have got to offer. It certainly won't be for a lack of effort, if nothing else. We haven't got a massive squad. If you can't play in your position you have to push other people to get in their positions. At the moment the way we play we have a lot of attacking options. If I don't start hopefully I can come on and help out."

With 15 departures from Huish Park so far this summer, Paul also had the right to leave Huish Park over the summer, but said that his decision to sign a one year option to extend his stay in Somerset was never in question:

"I made no bones about the fact I enjoyed the time here and I am not one of those players who pick up a move and then move on. If things aren't going well I am happy to dig in and make things happen."


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30 July 2008 : Glovers Won't Be Popular With Argyle Players
With Plymouth Argyle having two friendlies in two days - they face Truro City this evening - manager Paul Sturrock had intended to give his players a break from training today. However such was his unhappiness at the way Yeovil Town dominated and controlled last night's match at Huish Park he has changed those plans. It was the first game the Pilgrims have lost this pre-season.

In his post-match comments Sturrock stated :

We didn't come out of the traps in any form, and we let them dictate the pace of the game. There were certain people there who, when we had the ball, didn't do the right things, and there were certain people there who, when they had the ball, definitely didn't do the right things. It was just a recipe for disaster, but there are no excuses.

It would be very easy for me to say we were late back from Austria at four o'clock on Sunday morning. Or that we had worked hard in the last two days and, all of a sudden, people were not feeling right. But, in the end, it was a pre-season game where you should push yourself, and I don't think too many of them really got to the pace. I was going to give them the day off, but they are going to be in now.


Meanwhile Russell Slade could be far more upbeat as he heads off to Ruislip in the build-up towards August 9th. The Glovers will continue their look at fringe players and trialists this evening against Hillingdon Borough. Kick-off at the Middlesex Stadium is 7.45 p.m. See here for details.


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29 July 2008 : Tomlin Strike Sinks Pilgrims
Yeovil Town clocked up an impressive 1-0 victory over Championship side Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park tonight. Gavin Tomlin scored the only goal of the game less than a minute after the restart, as the Glovers dominated the majority of the game against a strong Argyle side.

As expected, the Glovers fielded a relatively strong side themselves, although Aaron Brown was given a start, allowing captain Terry Skiverton to be rested from his weekend groin strain. Otherwise the formation and personnel was roughly that which has defined Yeovil Town so far in pre-season and certainly those who continue to remain on the bench by now must know they will have a battle to get into the starting line-up for the first League One game in 12 days time.

Based on tonight's performance by that starting eleven, the substitutes will find that task even harder. The Glovers dominated possession during the first half with Aidan Downes particularly impressive on the night, which could be considered to be a major plus given how much play has gone through the opposite flank and Danny Schofield in other recent friendlies. This time it was Downes who was to shine on the night, at one point being cynically upended by an Argyle defender acting as last man as Downes bore down on goal. Fortunately for the Pilgrims, referee Mr Haines remembered the game was a friendly and chose not to produce the inevitable red card.

Referee Haines though wasn't entirely with it five minutes into the first half when Lee Peltier got a giant shove in the back from an Argyle defender as he leapt for the ball. A penalty by anyone's definition, but it seems that even a new season can't buy Yeovil Town a penalty. Not that results are the be-all and end-all of pre-season friendlies - the first 45 minutes were pleasing on the eye, and aside from Downes, Gavin Tomlin was also causing the visiting defence a significant spot of bother.

That was made apparent less than a minute into the second period. Tomlin picked up the ball from the deeper position he has generally occupied since arriving at Huish Park, and ran at the Argyle defence. Weaving inside then outside, he unleashed a superb shot into the back of the net to open up the scoring.

Argyle found it difficult to respond to this, much in the same way that they had struggled to test keeper Josh Wagenaar throughout the night. Their only major outlets appeared to come from the odd bit of miscommunication or bad communication from the Canadian, one of which caused a first half mix up that allowed an Argyle forward to round the keeper, but had been dragged wide enough such that when the ball was put back into the danger zone and above Wagenaar's head, Aaron Brown was on hand to head the ball away.

Mid-half substitutions broke up play somewhat, but still the Glovers looked the more likely team to score, now operating an orthodox 4-4-2 formation with Owusu and Fisher Athletic striker Andre McCollin spearheading the attack. Both had opportunities to extend the lead, but were unable to get a second past former Glovers loan player Romain Larrieu. McCollin was joined by Albert Jarrett who slotted in as a left-winger, and late on by an unknown trialist going merely by the name of Silvanho (or Silvano depending on where you read) who played out on the right flank. Perhaps these three will be seen up at Hillingdon as well tomorrow.

Overall though this was a good positive workout by the majority of the team, with few concerns amongst the players used on the night. There is still work to be done before the season starts, such as the finalisation of the goalkeeper position, and the continuing question mark over what part Lloyd Owusu and Andy Kirk will play this season, and whether a better front pairing can be found. But those concerns can be temporarily set aside by the fact that the Glovers have got a solid looking base to build on and that this base is gelling that little bit more each time those players get together.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Plymouth Argyle 0.

Scorer: Gavin Tomlin (1-0, 46 mins).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
1. Josh Wagenaar
2. Lee Peltier 4. Aaron Brown 6. Terrell Forbes 15. Nathan Smith
17. Aidan Downes 7. Marc Bircham 8. Darren Way 11. Danny Schofield
10. Gavin Tomlin
14. Paul Warne

Subs:
3. Nathan Jones (64 for Nathan Smith)
5. Scott Guyett (82 for Aaron Brown)
13. Corrin Brooks-Meade (not used)
18. Kieran Murtagh (64 for Darren Way)
16. Andy Kirk (not used)
9. Lloyd Owusu (72 for Gavin Tomlin)
21. Albert Jarrett (64 for Danny Schofield)
22. Andre McCollin (64 for Paul Warne)
12. Craig Alcock (72 for Marc Bircham)
19. Silvanho (82 for Aidan Downes)

Plymouth Argyle (4-3-3): 1 Romain Larrieu (gk), 16 David McNamee, 19, Marcel Seip, 5 Krisztian Timar (capt), 3 Jim Paterson (8 Yoann Folly 62), 6 Chris Clark, 2 Karl Duguid (13 Matt Doumbe 73), 6 Chris Clark (10 Jermaine Easter 45), 7 Jason Puncheon, 9 Steve MacLean (14 Rory Fallon 68), 25 Jamie Mackie. (Subs not used): 1 Graham Stack (gk), 30 Dan Smith.

Referee: Andy Haines.

Attendance: 1,834


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29 July 2008 : Programme Price Rise
Not unexpectedly, as the club did well to keep the price down to 2.50 pounds last season when the vast majority of League One clubs were already charging 3.00 pounds, the price of the Yeovil Town programme is set to rise for the 2008-09 campaign.

However before the increase to £3.00 comes into effect, for the opening match of the league season at Huish Park on 9th August against Walsall the first issue will be on sale at the reduced price of £1.50, with the hope that fans will take the opportunity to look at what the club is billing as a "new and improved match day programme".


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29 July 2008 : F.A. Women's Cup Prize Money
Three hundred and six teams have been accepted for the F.A. Women's Cup, and the draws for the first four rounds have been made today, and can be seen on TheFA.com. They do not yet concern Yeovil Town Ladies, who are exempt until the First Round Proper (exemptions list). The schedule for the 2008-09 competition can be found here (18th June).

The F.A. has also issued details of this year's prize money - just a little less than for the men's competition (13th July) :

Preliminary Round winners - £75
First Round Qualifying winners - £100
Second Round Qualifying winners - £150
Third Round Qualifying winners - £200
First Round Proper winners - £250
Second Round Proper winners - £350
Third Round Proper winners - £500
Fourth Round Proper winners - £600
Fifth Round Proper winners - £750
Sixth Round Proper winners - £1,250
Semi-Final winners - £2,500
Final runner-up - £1,000
Final winner - £5,000


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29 July 2008 : Irish Slan?
As a follow-up to 19th June, Chard are reporting that their attempt to retain Lloyd Irish for the 2008-09 season has come to naught, with the goalkeeper moving home to the Southampton area. Presumably this implies that any ties with Yeovil Town have also been severed.

Meanwhile the links of brother Owen Irish with Huish Park have been growing stronger, with the defender having made a number of appearances so far in pre-season and been part of the squad taken to North Devon for the South West Challenge Cup tournament.


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29 July 2008 : Magpies To Stand By Bowles
Dorchester Town will stand by Gary Bowles according to manager Shaun Brooks, speaking to the Dorset Echo. Bowles was convicted last week at Taunton Crown Court of grievous bodily harm, and received 51 weeks youth custody suspended for two years, 250 hours unpaid community work, and has to pay £1,000 costs. The offence was committed in Yeovil on 22nd June 2007, whilst Bowles was on the books at Yeovil Town.

Brooks said :

No way do we condone what he did, he's held his hands up and hopefully we can help give him a career in football. He's been fantastic around the club and I've not seen the other side to him, I want to help bring out his best side. It's a serious charge and he's had to pay the price but we want to stick by him.

The Magpies have been hanging fire on offering Bowles a permanent contract - he was playing on non-contract terms last season at £125 per match - presumably while awaiting the outcome of the trial. He started at right back on Saturday in place of the long-term injured Mark Jermyn, in Dorchester's friendly versus Sherborne Town at Raleigh Grove. Brooks stated pre-match he saw the line-up as pretty much his first eleven, though the 1-0 defeat against the newly promoted Western League Premier Division side may have given him pause for further thought. Bowles was taken off as a precaution after a knock to the head, but given the line Brooks has taken above the offer of a deal looks likely.


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29 July 2008 : London Pair Arrive On Trial
Two more trialists have arrived at Huish Park this week. The first and higher profile is midfielder Albert Jarrett. He is a 6'1" 23 year old who has turned out for a scattering of clubs without really breaking into a side as a regular. Probably his most regular first team spell so far was the 23 games he clocked up for Brighton between 2004 and 2006, but otherwise he has struggled to get regular first team football, not helped by four of his clubs being loan spells. He is a free agent, having been released by Watford this summer.

He started his career as an Arsenal academy player before moving onto Wimbledon (just before they changed their name to reflect their franchise position). A spell with Brighton and Hove Albion saw him loaned out to Stevenage Borough and Swindon Town and this was followed perhaps surprisingly by Watford signing him up. Further loan spells with Boston United and a second spell with the now franchised MK Dons followed, until his release by Watford this summer. He is a Sierra Leone international, who made his debut in 2006.

The second trialist is Andre McCollin, who is a striker playing for Fisher Athletic, and therefore will know Glovers new pair Kieran Murtagh and Gavin Tomlin. He signed for Fisher from Corinthian Casuals, having netted 19 times for them despite being part of a relegated side. He has also played for Chessington United.

Given the timing of the release of this information, we'd guess that the pair will feature either in tonight's match against Plymouth Argyle or against Hillingdon Borough tomorrow night.


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29 July 2008 : Strong Argyle Team Expected
Plymouth Argyle manager Paul Sturrock, who went public yesterday that he is suffering from a mild form of Parkinson's disease, says that with the Devon team playing back to back friendlies on Tuesday and Wednesday versus Yeovil Town and Truro City he expects to put a strong team out at Huish Park and a more fringe one out the following evening at Treyew Road.

Sturrock is still seeking players, having recently missed out on several targets including Crystal Palace midfielder Carl Fletcher, but feels he needs to be firming up his starting eleven at this stage of pre-season, so trialists are not expected to feature tonight :

To be fair, we have no time now to be experimenting. If we are going to bring players in, they have got to be ones who are going to fit right into our squad.

He admitted that the squad was carrying a number of niggles from the training pitch which might influence his team selection against the Glovers :

We picked up a couple of wee niggling knocks yesterday because it is pretty hard out there. Touch wood, they will be okay.

A face familiar at Huish Park, that of Rory Fallon, is expected to take to the pitch as he returns from a groin strain injury picked up on Argyle's Austrian tour.


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29 July 2008 : Begovic Arrival Delayed
The arrival of Portsmouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has been delayed slightly due to a family bereavement. BBC Somerset report that Asmir's grandfather has died, and so the club have allowed him some additional time off before he arrives at Huish Park. He is now expected to arrive ahead of Saturday's trip to Weymouth.


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28 July 2008 : Striker Search Ongoing
Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has said today that the club are still hoping to make at least one new signing before the season starts. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Martyn was fairly cagey about what the club were looking at and where it might lead, but certainly did not rule out that a striker was likely to be one of the club's primary targets:

"We are always looking at players and a striker is no exception. We will continue to cast our net and see if we can bring in another striker before the season starts. We'll see what happens over the next few days."

Martyn also confirmed the arrival of Portsmouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who will play in the Tuesday night game against Plymouth Argyle as a guest/trialist, but is still widely expected to agree some sort of a loan deal at the club before the start of the season:

"Asmir Begovic will arrive at the club tomorrow and I'd expect him to play on Saturday as well. We'll see how things develop from there."


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28 July 2008 : Argyle Admission Prices
A reminder that Yeovil Town play host to Championship side Plymouth Argyle tomorrow night at Huish Park. Kick-off is 7.45p.m. Admission prices for the match are as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Concessions: £5.00; Juniors: £1.00.

All tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office and can be bought on the day of the game for the same price.


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28 July 2008 : Directions To Hillingdon Borough
Wednesday night will see Yeovil Town travel to play Hillingdon Borough in a pre-season friendly at the Middlesex Stadium. For those going to the 7.45p.m. kick-off, the following should help you get there.

Address: Middlesex Stadium, Breakspear Rd, Ruislip, HA4 7SB.
Tel: 01895 639544

Link: Multimap.com Website : Middlesex Stadium Map.

Directions: The ground is situated in Ruislip Common, just north of the main Ruislip town centre.

If you're coming from outside London (i.e. from the west) from the M25 take the M40/A40 towards central London. Just after it becomes the A40, take the B467 towards Ickenham and Ruislip, passing through Ickenham and continuing towards Ruislip on the B466. Upon reaching Ruislip town centre, take the A4180 northbound towards Rickmansworth.

At the edge of Ruislip town, take a left turn into Breakspear Road, towards the Breakspear Crematorium. If you pass the Fire Station then you have gone slightly too far. The Middlesex Stadium is just beyond the crematorium on the right hand side.

If you're coming from Central London, then take the A40 out of London until you reach the Polish War Memorial roundabout just short of RAF Northolt. Take the A4180 all the way up through Ruislip and then follow the same directions as those above when coming out of Ruislip town centre.

Public Transport: By public transport this is slightly more problematic. The nearest stations are West Ruislip and Ruislip, both of which are just over a mile away. From West Ruislip walk into Ruislip town centre (unless you're prepared to take a couple of minor road short cuts) and from Ruislip town centre (and therefore that tube stop) again it's a northbound route up the A4180. The Bus 331 runs towards Uxbridge / Belmont Road and may save your legs a bit. If you choose to walk the full distance then you're looking at a 30-35 minute walk.

Pubs: Ruislip is what one expects of London suburbia when it comes to pubs - decidedly grim. That said, two of what may be the more adequate ones are relatively close to the ground. The first in fact, The Woodman (HA4 7SE), is right on the doorstep. Open all day, does lunch but no food in the evening, and has some standard real ale.
At the far (west) end of Breakspear Road and around ten minutes walk from the stadium, is The Breakspear Arms (UB9 6LT). This is an ex-Hungry Horse pub (it was bought by the former landlords of The Woodman), and - certainly up to the last comments we've found on it - retains the ties with Greene King beers and the same sort of menu. Open all day, food available in the evening, and has a large beer garden.

General Info: The Middlesex Stadium has a capacity of 3,587. Hillingdon play in Isthmian League Division One North, having just transferred from the Southern League Division One South & West division. One of their new opponents for the forthcoming season will be Potters Bar Town who Yeovil played as their opening friendly.


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28 July 2008 : Home Tickets Now On Sale
A reminder that home tickets for the 2008-09 season went on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office this morning. In line with recent seasons, supporters can make advance purchases for any forthcoming League One match, right up to the Colchester United match in May 2009. Tickets can also be purchased online on this basis, subject to any handling charges.

There are three matches where restrictions on purchases currently apply - Leeds United, Leicester City and Hereford United. Full details of the restrictions are in our July 24th News Item.

The ticket office can be reached on 01935-847888.

Link: 2008-09 Huish Park Admission Prices.


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28 July 2008 : Bircham Injury Not Serious
Early diagnosis suggests that the knee injury sustained by midfielder Marc Bircham in Saturday's match is not of serious concern. Bircham limped off in the 7th minute of Saturday's match against Torquay United, but it is believed to be tendinitis of the knee - a possible consequence of the hefty training and pre-season schedule the club have undertaken.

Today's Western Daily Press also report that Terry Skiverton's second half withdrawl was caused by a groin strain, but that again this was precautionary. However, it would not be a great surprise if both players are rested for tomorrow night's match against Plymouth Argyle.


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28 July 2008 : ABUFP Nominations Deadline Extended
Those trying to decide whether to put themselves forward as a potential committee member for the Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership, should be aware that the deadline has been extended.

You now have until Friday at 5.00p.m. (August 1st) to get your nomination in.

For full details see our News Item from July 16th.


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28 July 2008 : Begovic To Play Tomorrow
Portsmouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic will be the man between the sticks for tomorrow's pre-season friendly against Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park. The Glovers are still yet to agree a loan deal with the Premier League side, with BBC Somerset reporting that the deal is dependent upon Portsmouth signing an additional young keeper to help protect them against any possible injury problems.

Begovic played two matches for Yeovil last season but his stay in Somerset was cut short when he was recalled to sit on the bench for Portsmouth. The Glovers are looking to take the Canadian-Bosnian on a season long loan with no recall possible, and clearly Portsmouth are wanting to make sure that does not expose them to any problems within their own first team squad.


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27 July 2008 : Ciderspace RSS Newsfeed Launched
For those of you who use News Reader software, such as My Yahoo, iGoogle Reader, Firefox Live Bookmarks or dedicated client software like Newsgator, we're now able to offer up an RSS/Atom feed for Ciderspace.

It's had a short trial amongst some of our readers, and so we're now offering it up to a wider audience. Simply copy the link below into your News Reader and hopefully you'll find it another useful way of keeping in touch with what is being published on the Ciderspace News Page.

If there are any questions or bugs found, then drop an email to ytfcbadger@ntlworld.com and the problem will hopefully get sorted.

Link: Ciderspace RSS/Atom Feed.


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27 July 2008 : Ladies Friendly
Yeovil Town Ladies have a friendly this Sunday (27th July) afternoon against Winchester City as they warm up for their season, which opens on 24th August. The game against the visiting Womens County - Hampshire F.A. Division 1 side kicks off at Somerton Sports Ground, Gassons Lane, TA11 6HS at 2.00 p.m.


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26 July 2008 : Glovers Go Down On Penalties
Yeovil Town lost their Errea South-West Challenge Cup semi-final match 5-3 on penalties tonight after they drew 1-1 with Torquay United after 90 minutes in Barnstaple. Danny Schofield was Yeovil's late scorer that took the game to spot kicks but they lost the dead ball shoot-out, meaning that the Gulls go into tomorrow's final.

The Glovers fielded what was close to a full strength side, save for the absence of defender Terrell Forbes. They started well against the Gulls, passing fluently and creating chances, with Danny Schofield providing one decent pick midway through the first half when he shot narrowly across the face of goal.

There were concerns when Marc Bircham had to retire early on, with an icepack strapped to his knee, being replaced by Kieran Murtagh, although it's not clear at this stage whether that was precautionary or if it is a serious injury. As a comparison, striker Lloyd Owusu left the field in the previous fixture against Chertsey yet he was deemed fit enough to make the subs bench. Clearly any sort of tweak in this competition is being treated with kid gloves.

Having run slightly out of steam towards the end of the first period, the Glovers built up the pressure again at the start of the second half, but were rocked back when they conceded yet another pre-season penalty, and again it wasn't clear what they had done to deserve it, with suggestions that Scott Guyett was the guilty party somewhere along the line. Gulls player Elliot Benyon struck home from 12 yards, and although keeper Josh Wagenaar managed to get a hand on it he couldn't stop it from going in.

The Glovers problem was that despite their pressure, the final ball was not finding forwards Paul Warne or Gavin Tomlin, and in fact the latter was often the creator of such chances. Manager Russell Slade changed matters by bringing in Lloyd Owusu and Andy Kirk to give two orthodox forwards, but it was a great bit of solo work from Danny Schofield that brought them back into the game. With just seven minutes remaining, he cut in from the right, giving himself room as he beat his marker and firing home off the inside of the post.

That was enough to bring the match to a penalty shoot-out, but sadly Schofield the hero of the 90 minutes became Schofield the 'villain' as his spot kick was saved by Torquay keeper Rice, and with the Gulls netting all five of their kicks, they won through to tomorrow's final. What today may tell manager Russell Slade is that he is still somewhat short of reliable firepower. There wasn't too much wrong with tonight's performance, but it is goals that win games and either the likes of Owusu, Warne and Kirk need to establish themselves as poachers to Schofield and Tomlin's trickery, or Slade will need to somehow pull a rabbit out of the hat and find a better League One standard striker within his current restrictive budget.

Final Score: Torquay United 1 Yeovil Town 1. (Torquay win 5-3 on penalties).

Scorers: Elliot Benyon (69 mins, 1-0), Danny Schofield (83 mins, 1-1)

Yeovil Town (4-4-1-1):
Josh Wagenaar
Lee Peltier Terry Skiverton Scott Guyett Nathan Smith
Danny Schofield Darren Way Marc Bircham Orlando Smeekes
Gavin Tomlin
Paul Warne

Subs:
Kieran Murtagh (7 mins for Marc Bircham)
Nathan Jones (46 mins for Nathan Smith)
Aaron Brown (50 mins for Terry Skiverton)
Aidan Downes (55 mins for Orlando Smeekes)
Andy Kirk (60 mins for Paul Warne)
Craig Alcock (60 mins for Scott Guyett)
Lloyd Owusu (63 mins for Gavin Tomlin)


Torquay United: (4-4-2) Rice; Kelly, Robertson, Ellis, Nicholson, Adams, Woods (c), Carayol, Benyon, Dsane, Yeoman.

Torquay Penalty Takers: Dsane, Adams, Nicholson, Robertson and Rice (all scored)
Yeovil Penalty Takers: Murtagh, Schofield (saved), Owusu, Wagenaar.


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26 July 2008 : Eastleigh Through To Final
In this afternoon's first semi-final of the South-West Challenge Cup, Eastleigh beat Chertsey Town 1-0 at Bideford, meaning that the Hampshire side will face the winners of tonight's tournament match between Yeovil Town and Torquay United that is being played at Mill Road, Barnstaple. Kick-off for tonight's game is 8.00p.m.


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26 July 2008 : Admission Prices For Westbury
Admission prices for Yeovil Town's pre-season friendly against Westbury United have now been set. The match takes place on Friday August 1st with a 7.30p.m. kick-off at their Meadow Lane ground.

Westbury are using the match to unveil their new first team kit, which will be presented by their main club sponsor prior to kick-off. Admission is £5 for adults and £3 for concessions. Children who are accompanied by a full paying adult will be admitted free.

Our understanding is that this game will be in the main an Under 18s fixture, so bear that in mind when picking and choosing what is a hefty looking early August pre-season fixture schedule.


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26 July 2008 : Cheltenham Tracking Owusu
Cheltenham Town are lining up a move for Glovers striker Lloyd Owusu, according to today's Western Daily Press. They believe that the League One side have been watching the target man in Yeovil's four pre-season friendlies, where he has been in the main used as a substitute, but has scored twice during those matches. A £50,000 fee is thought to represent Yeovil's valuation of the player, who has recently penned a one year contract extension at Huish Park.

Cheltenham have openly admitted that they have an interest in the player, but also have their sights on former Plymouth Argyle striker Nick Chadwick and the rather familiar name of Kevin Gall, currently on the transfer list at Carlisle United. Manager Keith Downing told the paper:

"Players like Chadwick and Owusu have been spoken about and those are the types of players we are interested in. I am very careful that we only get the right type of player and I won't panic just because we have only got Alex Russell in this summer. We will be talking to Kevin Gall and there will hopefully be discussions with others in the next week or two."

The paper believes that no official bid has been tabled at present. Whether Owusu would hold an interest in moving, given his desire to move closer to his London roots, is of course another factor to consider, but there seems little doubt from comments made by the club over the summer that they would listen to offers for the target man.

The WDP offer up the name of Omar Krumah as a potential Glovers target, who is expected to formally sign for Premiership side Portsmouth before the season starts. The 18 year old Gambian will be offered up for loan if Pompey tie up a deal with him, but even then the Glovers may be standing deep back in a very long queue of mainly Championship clubs wanting to take him on. Manager Harry Redknapp has said in the last couple of days:

"I have already had half a dozen clubs wanting to play him this season, most of them are from the Championship. He's not ready for the Premier League but he's still young so his time can come. The lad was recommended to me so we had him over for the last couple of weeks and he's been tremendous. He's quick and has got a lot of everything. The kid wants to do well, he's willing to learn and hopefully he can do well here."


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25 July 2008 : South West Challenge Cup Group Results
Just for the record, the full set of results from the group stages of the South West Challenge Cup were:

Group 1
Bideford AFC 0 - 2 Torquay United
Eastleigh 2 - 1 Crystal Palace XI
Torquay United 0 - 0 Eastleigh (Eastleigh win 3-2 on penalties)
Crystal Palace XI 4 - 2 Bideford AFC

Group 2
Chertsey Town 2 - 0 Barnstaple Town
Kidderminster Harriers 0 - 2 Yeovil Town XI
Yeovil Town XI 4 - 1 Chertsey Town
Barnstaple Town 1 - 3 Kidderminster Harriers


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25 July 2008 : South West Challenge Cup Semi-Finals
Although the result of the last group game, between Barnstaple Town and Kidderminster Harriers, isn't in yet, it's a dead match, with the semi-final line-ups already decided after a Crystal Palace XI of youth players beat Bideford AFC 4-2 earlier this evening, but then claimed they had too many injuries to continue in the competition. After a meeting between Gulls manager Paul Buckle and the tournament organisers it was decided that it should be Torquay United who progress into the last four. There is a friendly versus a Chelsea XI kicking off at 3.00 p.m. at Plainmoor tomorrow, but Buckle insists Torquay will do justice to both fixtures.

Both semis will be played tomorrow, Saturday 26th July :

Eastleigh v Chertsey Town, The Sports Ground, Bideford, 3.00 p.m.

YEOVIL TOWN XI v Torquay United, Mill Road, Barnstaple, 8.00 p.m.


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25 July 2008 : Yet More Minor Friendlies
The club has arranged two more pre-season friendlies, meaning Yeovil Town fans could see a Glovers side playing on every date except two, Sunday 3rd and Wednesday 6th, over the opening nine days of August.

Both fixtures are versus Westland Sports of the Dorset Premier League. On Tuesday 5th August the Glovers are expected to field a Youth Team, whilst - cutting it rather fine with the Football League season kicking off the next day - the side is billed as likely to include some fringe First Teamers and even some more trialists on Friday 8th August, according to Alan Lamont, Westland Sports' secretary.

The two matches will take place at Alvington, both with 6.30 p.m. kick-offs. Entry is free of charge but a collection will be made.


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25 July 2008 : Club Name Change
A minor update on the line-up (18th June) in the South West Combination Women's League: Team Weston has amalgamated with another local ladies club, Weston St.Johns, and will play under the latter name from the forthcoming 2008-09 season.


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25 July 2008 : Committee Nominations For ABUFP Reminder
A reminder that those who wish to put themselves forward for a Committee position for the Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership have until 5.00p.m. on Monday to do so. Hence if you're planning to, then you may wish to set aside some time over the weekend to put forward your submission.

For full details see our News Item from July 16th.


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24 July 2008 : Ticketing For 2008-09
The ticket system that has been in place for several seasons continues for 2008-09. From 9.00 a.m. Monday 28th July tickets go on sale in advance for league matches at Huish Park.

However for the coming campaign it should be noted that for three home games the option of purchasing tickets on-line is excluded. The fixtures in question are :

v Leeds United, Saturday 23rd August, 1.00 p.m.
v Leicester City, Saturday 17th January, 3.00 p.m.
v Hereford United, Tuesday 3rd March, 7.45 p.m.

The options for purchase for these three matches are restricted to in person from the Ticket Office or on the 01935 847888 Ticket Hotline.

Unsurprisingly, given what happened on the previous visit of Leeds United, there are a whole raft of additional restrictions on ticket purchase for that particular game :

1. The Leeds fixture will be an all-ticket match.

2. No tickets will be sold on-line.

3. Tickets will be sold in the home areas to supporters that are already registered on the club's ticket office database as their records can demonstrate regular attendance at Huish Park. Persons who are not on the database may also be eligible for tickets in the home areas provided they reside in specified postcode districts. Such purchasers may apply for two tickets for the Leeds United game provided they buy at least one ticket for two further home games of their choice.

4. The following postcodes will accepted - DT, BA, BH, SP, EX, TA, BS. Where considered necessary a postcode restriction covering a smaller regional area may be enforced.

5. Tickets will be limited in number, 4 adults and up to 4 children, at any single address.

6. No ticket upgrades at a later date will be allowed.


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24 July 2008 : Glovers Breeze Through To Semi-Final Stage
Yeovil Town breezed into the semi-final of the Errea South-West Challenge Cup after a Chertsey Town side managed to keep them at bay for the whole of the first half, only to implode in the space of 10 goal-filled controversial minutes. Goals from Andy Kirk and Nathan Jones, plus two from former Youth-Teamer Ren Turnock swept the Surrey side away, but the non-leaguers will have been left wondering about the performance of the match referee who intervened at a crucial moment of the game to chalk off a Chertsey 'goal' twice.

For the first time in pre-season the Glovers adopted a 4-4-2 formation, starting mostly with those who had warmed the bench on the previous evening. Andy Kirk and Lloyd Owusu finally got a chance to see what they could do at the start of a match as Tomlin and Warne made way.

On a much better pitch than yesterday, apart from a slope that made the old Huish ground look like a snooker table, the Glovers passed the ball around well, forcing the Chertsey keeper - believed to actually have been borrowed from Bideford Reserves for the night! - into several strong saves. However, as the half wore on, chances thinned out, and a few individuals seemed to be trying just that little bit too hard to impress the manager, trying to take the ball and the shots on their own, when a bit of simple passing would not have gone amiss. As a result, Chertsey managed to survive until the break, where the Glovers made a double substitution, introducing Aaron Brown and Owen Irish to the team.

The Glovers took the lead eight minutes into the 40 minute second half, when Marc Bircham laid the ball off for Nathan Jones on the left flank, and the full-back's cross was met from close range by Andy Kirk to put his side a goal up. At last with the deadlock broken, there was the chance for Yeovil to enjoy their football that little bit more.

They were though given a helping hand by the man in the middle. Having won a free kick a few yards outside the box, Chertsey 'scored' not once, but twice! Curling it perfectly over the defensive wall they landed the ball in the net only for the referee to disallow the strike due to the whistle not having been blown. Just 30 seconds later, with the wall lined up again, the match official disallowed a second superb free kick for the same offence! When Chertsey's third attempt was tipped over the bar, one of the comments aimed at the match official saw him reach for his notebook. Even Yeovil fans were feeling sorry for the Chertsey players by this stage.

No such mercy shown though by the Yeovil players. Amidst a series of three substitutions, including the loss of Lloyd Owusu to what looked to be a groin strain, they took advantage in clinical fashion. Nathan Jones was fed by Kieran Murtagh out on the left flank, and the Welshman changed his footing twice to give himself room on the corner of the area before powering home to put the Glovers 2-0 up.

Next Ren Turnock was put away by Gavin Tomlin and the youth team graduate netted with his first touch on the park, only to net again a minute later. Murtagh put away Troy Hewitt and the young striker drew out the beleagured Chertsey keeper in a one-on-one. Hewitt's shot was saved but straight into the path of the incoming Turnock who grabbed his second and Yeovil's fourth of the night.

From there-on Chertsey barely threatened, although to their credit they did get the goal their efforts deserved, with the last kick of the game - literally. Lee Peltier stuck a boot out on the box and brought down a Chertsey striker, and they were able to net from the spot to at least give them some joy out of the evening.

The Glovers now go into the semi-final of the competition, where they will play the runner-up in Group 1 at 8.00pm on Saturday night at Mill Road, Barnstaple. Their opponents will only be known by the end of tomorrow evening.

Final Score: Chertsey Town 1 Yeovil Town 4.

Scorers: Andy Kirk (48 mins, 0-1), Nathan Jones (56 mins, 0-2), Ren Turnock (58 mins, 0-3), Ren Turnock (59 mins, 0-4), Chertsey Goal (80 mins, penalty, 1-4).

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Corrin Brooks-Meade
12. Craig Alcock 5. Scott Guyett 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
17. Aidan Downes 4. Lee Peltier 7. Marc Bircham 2. Nathan Smith
9. Lloyd Owusu 16. Andy Kirk

Subs:
Aaron Brown (46 mins for Scott Guyett)
Owen Irish (46 mins for Craig Alcock)
Kieran murtagh (55 mins for Terrell Forbes)
Ren Turnock (55 mins for Aidan Downes)
Troy Hewitt (55 mins for Andy Kirk)
Gavin Tomlin (58 mins for Lloyd Owusu)

Bookings: Marc Bircham (foul), Lee Peltier (foul)


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24 July 2008 : There For The Taking
Despite plenty of huff and puff, and then plenty of silence, from the tournament organisers, Crystal Palace last night revealed exactly what interest they have in the South West Challenge Cup - none whatsoever. While their Official Website gave plenty of coverage to Wednesday evening's fixture against Bodmin Town it never even acknowledged that there was a match at Appledore against Eastleigh, still having it listed as something taking place against unidentified opponents today.

Whatever team Palace did put out - they have the non-existent Thursday match as a Youth Team fixture - it was not good enough to deal with Eastleigh of the Conference South, who won 2-1.

Yeovil Town move on from the defeat of Kidderminster Harriers last night to face Chertsey Town this evening. The match is at Churchill Way, Appledore, with a 6.00 p.m. kick-off. Anything other than a defeat will see the Glovers progress into the Semi-Finals on Saturday, and with the Eagles not apparently bothering and Torquay United withdrawing much of their squad for the latter stages because of a friendly scheduled against a Chelsea XI, the tournament really ought to be there for the taking.

Tonight's other match sees Torquay United facing Eastleigh at The Sports Ground, Bideford, kick-off 8.00 p.m.


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24 July 2008 : Slade Hoping For Midfield Dominance
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade is hopeful that his side's defence will be more watertight this coming season. The Glovers conceded 59 league goals last season - an increase of 20 goals on the previous campaign, but Russell told the Western Daily Press that he didn't believe that the defence were necessarily at fault for that statistic:

"To be fair to our back four I thought that too many times last year they were exposed by what was in front of them. We have now got a fitter Marc Bircham and Darren Way back and Danny Schofield, who doesn't mind back-tracking. The improvement across the midfield was evident in the win over Barnsley and that gives the back four more confidence."

Yeovil Town's best spell of last season came whilst Darren Way was on loan at Huish Park, and now he has returned to Somerset as a permanent signing he is hopeful that the dominance of the midfield can be restored. Russell is understandably cautious about bigging up Way's most senior midfield partner, Marc Bircham, but believes that that pre-season could be the most important period of Bircham's season:

"Darren came to us at Christmas (on loan) not 100 per cent fit, but with a pre-season behind him now I think he will go on from strength to strength. He has been immaculate so far in training and in the games. His influence and attitude just epitomises what you want from your midfield. Birch has come back in reasonable shape, so we will have to see how he progresses. He joined us on the army camp last summer and looked fine then. We will just have to watch it and hope he comes through. Pre-season will give him a real base to work from, which he didn't have last season. It became a bit of a vicious circle for him. 'Is he fit to play or do you play to get fit?"


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23 July 2008 : Harriers Downed By Strong Glovers Side
Yeovil Town gained a 2-0 victory over Conference National side Kidderminster Harriers this evening in Bideford in their first tournament match in Devon. Dutch trialist Orlando Smeekes scored the opener for the Glovers, whilst the game was wrapped up late on by substitute Lloyd Owusu.

The Glovers fielded a fairly strong looking line-up for the game, continuing with the same rough shape that they have adopted so far in pre-season. It was a slow and slightly scrappy start to the game, with the Glovers not liking the somewhat bumpy Bideford pitch, with also had a few unusual contours that took a bit of getting used to. Kidderminster were hitting the ball long though, and creating some of the better chances early on in the game.

Kidderminster thought they had a penalty kick when trialist keeper Josh Wagenaar brought down a Harriers striker as he bore down on goal. Thankfully it was just outside the box, and the referee rather leniently avoided handing out a red card as well. Gradually though Yeovil adjusted, and left-back Nathan Smith set up a golden opportunity when he beat his marker and cut in towards the box only to find his dangerous low drive evading the touch it needed to be pushed into the net.

Five minutes before the end of the 40 minute first half though, the Glovers ascendancy grabbed them a goal with some brilliant interplay. Kick-started by Gavin Tomlin, the former Fisher player drove his way into the Kidderminster box, riding a tackle and then pushed the ball to the back post where Orlando Smeekes was coming in like a steam train to finish and put Yeovil 1-0 up.

By the time half time had arrived, Darren Way had also put the ball in the back of the net on the back of another flowing move but a linesman's flag denied Yeovil a second goal. All the time, they had been building up a head of steam nicely and had finished the half well.

The second half saw the usual flurry of substitutions, with Yeovil making two half time changes and a couple of tweaks of the formation. Kidderminster did the same midway through the second period, bringing on numerous younger players but who lacked the ability to break down a solid looking Yeovil back four.

However, in the final minute of the 80 minute game, the result was sealed by a clever set piece. Nathan Jones, who played much of the second half in a midfield role, looked primed to have a pot at goal from a free kick, but Kidderminster's defence switched off when Jones instead fed a short pass to Lloyd Owusu, who had space to slot the ball into the net from inside the box for a clever but ultimately simple winning goal.

Final Score: Kidderminster Harriers 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Orlando Smeekes (0-1, 35 mins), Lloyd Owusu (0-2, 80 mins).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
1. Josh Wagenaar
12. Craig Alcock 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 2. Nathan Smith
22. Orlando Smeekes 18. Kieran Murtagh 8. Darren Way 11. Danny Schofield
10. Gavin Tomlin
14. Paul Warne

Subs:
3. Nathan Jones (for Darren Way, 61 mins)
9. Lloyd Owusu (for Paul Warne, 55 mins)
5. Aaron Brown (for Terry Skiverton, 75 mins)
16. Andy Kirk (for Gavin Tomlin, 46 mins)
17. Aidan Downes (for Danny Schofield, 46 mins)
20. Owen Irish (for Kieran Murtagh, 76 mins)
7. Troy Hewitt (for Danny Schofield, 77 mins)


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23 July 2008 : Reserve Fixtures Published
Further to Tuesday's news article, this season's Pontins Holiday Football Combination fixtures are now available in full, via the link below.

They are also available permanently by selecting the "Matches" menu and selecting the "Reserve Team" drop down option. The Youth Team and First Team matches are also available by similar means. Last seasons results are archived in the "Statistics" section of the site.

Link: 2008-09 Yeovil Town Reserve Team Fixtures and Results.


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23 July 2008 : Tournament Squad
Manager Russell Slade has announced the Yeovil Town squad that will be in North Devon for the South West Challenge Cup tournament.

Making the trip, which might last until Thursday or Saturday or Sunday depending on how far the Glovers progress, will be :

Craig Alcock, Marc Bircham, Corrin Brooks-Meade, Aaron Brown, Aidan Downes, Terrell Forbes, Scott Guyett, Nathan Jones, Andy Kirk, Kieran Murtagh, Lloyd Owusu, Lee Peltier, Terry Skiverton, Danny Schofield, Orlando Smeekes, Nathan Smith, Gavin Tomlin, Joshua Wagenaar, Paul Warne and Darren Way.

Yesterday's results saw Torquay United beat Bideford AFC 2-0 and Chertsey Town defeat Barnstaple Town by the same score. Tonight's pair of matches has Eastleigh meeting a Crystal Palace XI at Churchill Way, Appledore, at 6.00 p.m., and Yeovil Town against Kidderminster Harriers at The Sports Ground, Bideford, kick-off 8.00 p.m.

The Harriers have been training in Devon for the last couple of days. The only recorded injury concerns are defenders Luke Jones and club captain Mark Creighton. Jones has got over a knock and is expected to be fit for tonight, but Creighton is unlikely to feature before Kiddy's match with Barnstaple on Friday evening.


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23 July 2008 : Youth Friendly Result
Reports on the Green Room are that the Yeovil Town U18 side played a friendly against Wincanton Town of the Dorset Premier League last night. Ex-Glover Mike Cooper has taken over as manager for the coming season, with his dad, Garry Cooper as the new chairman.

It seems the final score was 2-2. If we get more information we'll publish it, but given we're not aware the club made any attempt to publicise this fixture we're not holding our breath for details to be provided on the match from that source.


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23 July 2008 : Boro Teetering On Brink Again
The Glovers' friendly opponents on Wednesday 30th July, Hillingdon Borough (1990) - the 1990 being the result of the last time they folded - are struggling to survive. Manager of seven years, Steve Ringrose, resigned on 30th June citing fundamental problems at the club :

There is a complete difference in direction between the owners and the directors and a lack of harmony at the club. The finances were always going to be tight but I wanted to see some sort of stability and progress. I asked for assurances but I cannot say I have got any. I didn't believe I could see any light at the end of the tunnel. It is a very hollow feeling and nobody wants it to happen but I had to look after myself.

On 3rd of July the position was handed to P.E. teacher Rob Burton who was the Reserve Team manager last season. He conceded that the club had severe financial problems. Within a week all but four players had departed, and Burton acknowledged that the height of the club's ambition was to complete the 2008-09 season and remain in Isthmian Division One North.

Hillingdon have been unable to obtain a sponsor, and Burton revealed he'd had to take the team's kit home to wash after their first friendly outing. The Hillingdon Borough Official Website has now been locked.


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22 July 2008 : Tournament Up And Running
The South West Challenge Cup tournament got underway tonight with Torquay United defeating one of the joint hosts, Bideford AFC, 2-0 in Group 1.

After a goalless first period the Conference Premier side took the lead immediately after the break through Mustapha Carayol. The victory was wrapped up on 75 minutes when Tyrone Thompson slotted into an empty net. Attendance 670.

We haven't as yet got the result of the later kick-off in Group 2 between Chertsey Town and Barnstaple Town.

The Glovers' tournament campaign starts tomorrow when they face Kidderminster Harriers at The Sports Ground, Bideford, with an 8.00 p.m. kick-off.

The Harriers are unbeaten so far in pre-season, having recorded a 2-2 draw against Plymouth Argyle and a 1-0 win over Hereford United (hurrah!), both matches played at Aggborough.


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22 July 2008 : Hughes Signs For Dover
Former Yeovil Town winger Jerahl Hughes has become the latest of this summer's outgoing players to find a new club. He has signed a two year deal with Ryman Premier League side Dover Athletic, who have just been promoted back up to that level following several lean years.

Whites assistant boss Darren Hare used to know Hughes when both were at Crystal Palace and admitted he tried to get him just before he signed for the Glovers:

"Jerahl's a pacey lad. We've been impressed with his fitness and ability on the ball. I knew him from Palace, where he played in the youth team with Fishy (Matt Fish). We contacted him last year but he decided to sign a one-year deal at Yeovil. We're delighted to get him now, especially as he lives in Brighton. It shows great commitment."


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22 July 2008 : Hewitt Praised By Thommo
Yeovil Town assistant boss Steve Thompson praised substitute striker Troy Hewitt after he impressed in his second appearance in pre-season for the Glovers. Troy was also a substitute at Potters Bar, netting two goals late on in the match to secure Yeovil a late win in Hertfordshire, and Thommo told the Western Daily Press that he liked what he saw on the second occasion, against Bristol City last night:

"He looked dangerous in his 20 minutes. He is raw but he has got a bit of ability there. He has a knack of getting into the box and taking chances as he did when he scored twice the other night (at Potters Bar). Someone who is very wise and knowledgeable in this game said believe what you see and I have seen the lad score two goals. I have seen him have a goalbound shot blocked tonight and he banged one in during training this morning and that made me think he has something. He did quite well in his 20 minutes but he still has a lot to learn. Nathan Smith came from Potters Bar and he has done very well since he has been here and Troy has been playing at a similar level."

Thommo has not revealed too much about Hewitt's career so far, but unless there are two such footballers going by the same name, he is a former Southend United youth team player, who more recently has been playing for Finchfield FC, who are based in Wolverhampton and appear to concentrate purely on youth football.

Hewitt seems certain to travel to Devon tomorrow and he will be joined by new trialist goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar along with his younger counterpart Corrin Brooks-Meade. Thommo said of the more experienced Canadian:

The lad (Wagenaar) has done nothing wrong in his 120 minutes for us. He has impressed me with his distribution."


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22 July 2008 : Football Ombudsman From August 1st
The F.A. has created an Independent Football Ombudsman post, which will commence on 1st August 2008 and has the remit to receive and adjudicate on complaints from football supporters and participants which have not been resolved by the football authorities. The Ombudsman's Office will be the final arbiter of football complaints relating to the Football Association, the Premier League and the Football League.

The new post replaces the Independent Football Commission, which has operated since 2001. In the announcement the F.A. commends itself and the League governing bodies, citing that with only 26 cases ever referred to the IFC this demonstrates the highest standards of internal self-regulation. Some might think it more demonstrates the virtually invisible nature of the IFC - who knew who they were or how to contact them?

The IFC itself seems to be something of a similar mind. In its last set of recommendations, before its disbandment, to the F.A. it rather waspishly suggests that :

The FA and the Premier League provide a clear link on their website to allow fans swift access to contact details rather than having to search for them. The longer a complainant has to search the more exasperated they are likely to become.

and that :

all clubs in both the Premier League and Football League place an article in their match-day programme throughout the season to inform fans on how they can complain if they are dissatisfied. Obviously, with the IFC ceasing to operate in spring 2008, the details should refer to the newly formed Independent Football Ombudsman service.

Our practical experience over ten years of contacting football authorities is restricted to the Football Association, the Football League and the Conference, never having had occasion to contact the Premier League. We've generally found the Football League excellent, swift to reply and trying to be helpful. The Conference was the shambles one might expect, and the F.A. never bothers to respond. As for the IFC - to be honest, until this point of its dissolution, we'd never heard of it.


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21 July 2008 : Adebola Double Downs Glovers
Yeovil Town went down to their first defeat in pre-season, as a strong Bristol City side got the rub of the green from some odd refereeing decisions to come away with a 3-0 win that on the balance of play flattered them a touch. The Glovers went into the game missing a number of players with Nathan Smith, Scott Guyett, Andy Kirk and Terrell Forbes all missing, but with the same formation and close to the same line-up that had defeated Barnsley.

Based upon tonight's showing, City and Barnsley should be at different ends of the table this coming season - tonight's visitors putting up a far stronger test than Saturday's opponents. The Robins held the balance of play and the greater possession, but the Glovers still carved open the better chances - that was until Dele Adebola was left unmarked in the box from a cross, allowing City to go a goal up midway through the first half. The Glovers defence had been less than stable with Craig Alcock only starting to look comfortable when he moved out wide, surprisingly replacing Lee Peltier, who trotted off the pitch fairly easily, but presumably has picked up a knock of some kind.

Before that Paul Warne had a shot saved superbly by former Glover Chris Weale, whilst the dangerous looking Gavin Tomlin had got on the end of two half chances. Yeovil's endeavour was not being helped by referee Roger East, who was enhancing his already significant Huish Park reputation with some controversial decisions, including yellow cards for Nathan Jones and Marc Bircham but a lack of consistency towards similar City infringements.

That magnified itself early in the second period when City were awarded a penalty, supposedly for a push on Adebola in the box, and up stepped everyone's villain Michael McIndoe to score from the spot. City got more luck out of the officials later in the half when a ricochet put Adebola in a clear offside position, but the Cowlin Stand linesman was way off the pace and failed to stick the flag up, allowing the visitors to score their final goal of the evening.

The Glovers pitted themselves well though against their more wealthy opponents, and it was only when the expected second half substitutions came that Yeovil's impressive first 60 minutes play began to fizzle out into nothingness. The latter period of the game continued to see them create chances, but poor finishing such as a near post effort from Lloyd Owusu, failed to give them the goal that their efforts deserved.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Bristol City 3.

Scorers: Dele Adebola (22 mins, 0-1), Michael McIndoe (55 mins, pen, 0-2), Dele Adebola (75 mins, 0-3)

Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
1. Joshua Wagenaar
2. Lee Peltier 12. Craig Alcock 4. Terry Skiverton 3. Nathan Jones
22. Stéphane Robinet 8. Darren Way 7. Marc Bircham 11. Danny Schofield
10. Gavin Tomlin
14. Paul Warne

Subs:
5. Aaron Brown (for Lee Peltier, 20 mins)
9. Lloyd Owusu (for Paul Warne, 46 mins)
18. Kieran Murtagh (for Marc Bircham, 46 mins)
23. Owen Irish (for Terry Skiverton, 62 mins)
21. Conrad Smith (for Stephane Robinet, 62 mins)
17. Aidan Downes (for Danny Schofield, 62 mins)
13. Corrin Brooks-Meade (for Joshua Wagenaar, 62 mins)
20. Hayden Tinto (for Darren Way, 67 mins)
24. Troy Hewitt (for Gavin Tomlin, 73 mins)
25. Jordan Street (for Nathan Jones, 81 mins)
26. Ren Turnock (for Craig Alcock, 81 mins)

Bookings: Nathan Jones (foul), Marc Bircham (dissent).

Referee: Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)

Attendance: 2,527


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21 July 2008 : Reserves Fixtures Released
The fixtures for the Combination Wales & West Division have been released.

Bearing in mind that Reserve games tend to suffer more rearrangements than Premier League matches for Sky Sports, the stiffs are currently set to kick off their campaign at 2.00 p.m. at home against newcomers Salisbury City, replacements for Bristol Rovers who have disbanded their Reserves, on Wednesday 20th August 2008, and finish against the same club away on Tuesday 21st April 2009, kick-off 7.30 p.m.

Ciderspace is still short of a few dates, but the 2008-09 Reserve Team page will be updated as soon as we've filled in the gaps.


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21 July 2008 : North Devon Tournament Directions
With the Errea South West Challenge Cup pre-season tournament due to start tomorrow, we're aware that many Glovers fans will be using it as a good excuse to go and spend a few days in North Devon, with some choosing to take in the whole tournament.

With that in mind, we've provided some basic information on the three grounds, including links to Multimap pages for the grounds.


Appledore FC

Address: Appledore FC, Marshford, Churchill Way, Appledore, Bideford, Devon, EX39 1PA.
Tel: 01237 478613.

Directions: The club's ground is at Marshford, on the way into Appledore from Bideford along the A386 road. The pitch is railed off on three sides, there is a clubhouse with a covered standing area attached, and a small car parking area.

Area Map: Multimap.com : Appledore FC.


Bideford FC

Address: Bideford FC, The Sports Ground, Kingsley Road, Bideford, Devon, EX39 1JA.
Tel: 01237 474974

Directions: Situated on the B3235 on the north side of the town centre. There is a licenced clubhouse.

Area Map: Multimap.com : Bideford FC.


Barnstaple Town FC

Address: Barnstaple Town FC, Mill Road, Barnstaple, EX31 1JQ.
Tel: 01271 343469

Directions: Barnstaple Town play their home games at Mill Road, a ground a few minutes walk from Barnstaple town centre. A361 towards Barnstaple follow A361 Ilfracombe signs, second left after crossing small bridge is Mill Road. There is a fully licenced clubhouse.

Area Map: Multimap.com : Barnstaple Town FC.


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21 July 2008 : South West Combination Fixtures Out
The fixtures of the Women's Combination South West have been released. The league season will begin on Sunday 24th August, and the opening game for Yeovil Town Ladies sees them hosting newly promoted Penzance, who will be playing their first ever match at this level. On the following Sunday (31st August) the Glovers first away fixture of the 2008-09 campaign is against Reading Royals.

See 18th June for details of the South West Combination.


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21 July 2008 : Tomlin Agrees Terms
The club has announced this afternoon that, subject to a successful completion of a medical, Gavin Tomlin has formally agreed to join Yeovil Town on a two year deal.


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21 July 2008 : Yeovil Town vs Bristol City Match Preview
Yeovil Town continue their pre-season programme tonight at Huish Park, with their second match in three days against Championship opposition. The familiar sight of Bristol City provide the opposition, which of course means a whole load of former Huish Park heroes turning up at their former club.

Sadly there will be no sight of defender Liam Fontaine and winger Gavin Williams, who are both suffering from injuries and so are not expected to feature. However, Glovers fans should get sight of manager Gary Johnson, goalkeeper Chris Weale, midfielder Lee Johnson and left-winger Michael McIndoe at some stage during tonight's game. Cheer, boo, applaud or generally ignore your former hero/villain as you see fit.

For the Glovers, there are question marks over Terrell Forbes (dead leg), Nathan Smith (knee), Scott Guyett (ligaments) and Rob Fitzgerald (thigh). None are considered to be serious issues, but doubtless if any are less than 100 percent fit they will not be risked. Otherwise given the strength of the opposition we'd expect this to be a first choice team with trialists and fringe players making up the substitutes bench.

Prices throughout the ground will be Adults: £10.00, Concessions: £5.00, Under 16s: £1.00 and for tonight's game all four sides of the ground will be open.


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21 July 2008 : Tomlin Talks Ahead Of Signing
Gavin Tomlin has been talking to the Western Daily Press ahead of his joining Yeovil Town, which is expected to happen imminently.

Although he had previously played for the Glovers, in a behind-closed-doors match versus Dorchester Town in which he scored twice, Saturday's friendly against Barnsley was his first run out in public.

The ex-Fisher Athletic forward said of his 67 minutes against the Tykes, during which he scored :

I didn't think I was anywhere near 100 per cent. I think I can get a lot fitter and quicker and sharper. Hopefully over the next coming games I will push up my work-rate and play longer. I hope I can continue scoring them in the league. It is nice to score in friendlies but league games are the important ones.

Tomlin is aware that, at 25, time is running out for him to make the transition to a full-time professional football, having been previously rejected by Brentford and Gillingham :

This is my third chance and I have to go at it with both hands and make sure I take it this time.

Manager Russell Slade commented on what he believes he'll be getting when Tomlin signs what is expected to be a two year deal :

I think Gavin is a little bit like James Walker. He likes to come short for the ball and get on it. I have got him playing in a slightly deeper role, but he is not afraid to get hold of it. Technically, both of them are sound players. We know he can score and he has got off to a flying start. I am impressed enough to hope to sign him in the next day or two.

You sometimes find yourself looking for weaknesses but really, other than him not being the best defender in the world – and he isn't a defender – he has done exceptionally well. He is very creative, he looks like he can get a goal and his feet are exceptionally good. We are pleased with what he has contributed.



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20 July 2008 : Russell's Verdict On The Barnsley Game
Following yesterday's 2-0 win over Barnsley, Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade talked to local journalist Chris Spittles about the pre-season win. The full BBC Somerset interview transcript is now available.

Link: Russell's Verdict On The Barnsley Game.


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20 July 2008 : Lwanga Heading For Gaol Term
Ali Lwanga, a midfielder who clocked up two appearances, scoring a brace of goals against Bristol City, for the Reserves, and five appearances for the Youth Team, during the 2007-08 season playing for the Glovers is facing a lengthy custodial sentence.

Lwanga has been convicted of three counts of conspiracy to rob at Wood Green Crown Court, North London. He was behind the recruitment of four youths, aged between 13 and 15 at the time of the offences, who operated wearing school uniforms to allay suspicion and, according to police, committed at least nine robberies over a period of two months, netting in excess of £100,000. The youths, who can't be named because of their ages, all pleaded guilty.

The gang's speciality was rushing security guards and wrestling cash boxes from them as they carried them from shops to the vans. Lwanga, of Baron Walk, Canning Town, would pay the juveniles less than £100 a time for stealing the cash boxes.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Donnison from the Met's Flying Squad stated :

Lwanga was a very dangerous, ruthless Fagin-type character, employing young men to carry out the thefts on his behalf. He was looking to recruit young boys whom he paid a pittance for committing these crimes. They would go out, commit the crimes, take the money back to him and he would take the greatest share. They were wearing school uniform under their hoodies.

On 18th January 2008, Flying Squad officers carrying out surveillance on Lwanga watched the group looking for a van to rob. They settled on a Loomis, the cash-handling arm of Securitas, vehicle in Enfield, North London. Police said three of the youths were in a stolen Renault Megane, while Lwanga directed operations from a Vauxhall Astra. The fourth boy was in another car nearby. Two of the youths overpowered a security guard, stealing a box containing £3,640. The boys were arrested at the scene, and Lwanga was tracked down and arrested just over three weeks later on 12th February.

All the defendants are due to be sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court after pre-sentence reports.


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20 July 2008 : Russell Confirms Tomlin Signing Planned
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has confirmed yesterday's news that the Glovers intend to sign Fisher Athletic striker Gavin Tomlin on a two year contract. Tomlin will be the second Fisher player to arrive at Huish Park, following this summer's signature of midfielder Kieran Murtagh.

The early noises from the Glovers were that they saw Tomlin as a midfielder, although Fisher played him as a striker, and manager Russell Slade admitted to BBC Somerset that he knew the player had an eye for goal:

"He got 24 goals I think last season, he's technically sound and creative and he's got off to a flyer. We hope to sign him in the next day or two. We've been pleased with him."

In yesterday's match, Tomlin played in the hole between the midfield and striker Paul Warne and Slade felt that sort of role may suit him:

"We had a little game against Dorchester and you're looking for weaknesses and really other than him being not the best defender, he's done exceptionally well. One of the things I like about him is that if the ball goes astray he's still hungry and always wants it, and when he's on the ball things might happen. He has a confidence about him, and that's what you need. You can't go hiding in that position."


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20 July 2008 : Keeper Chase Continues
The pursuit of a goalkeeper for the coming season hots up. With Rhys Evans and Pierre Martini now been and gone the hunt goes on with Joshua Wagenaar and Corrin Brooks-Meade the new names in the frame.

Joshua Wagenaar was the first new face between the sticks at yesterday's friendy versus Championship Barnsley. He has a multi-national background, born 26th February 1985 in Grimsby, Ontario, to an American mother and a British father. He has played for Canada at Under 19, Under 20 and Under 23 levels and also has made one Senior appearance, debuting against Hungary in November 2006. His most recent club was Second Division Dutch team ADO Den Haag. Wagenaar's arrival on trial at Huish Park may not be coincidental to that fact that he and Asmir Begovic know each other, having been in the Under 19 and Under 20 squads together, so it's not entirely unlikely that the Bosnian-Canadian put his former team mate and the Glovers in touch.

Corrin Brooks-Meade, born 19th November 1988, who took over the gloves in the second half against the Tykes, was on the books of Premier League Fulham as a trainee from 2007 until released on 28th May 2008. He went out on three loan spells, to Lewes, Darlington and AFC Wimbledon. At the League Two club he sat on the bench for the month of his loan; at the Dons he suffered a medial ligament injury to his knee on his debut at Tonbridge Angels and returned to Craven Cottage.


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20 July 2008 : Matchday Prices For South West Challenge Cup Tournament?
Well, with the tournament set to kick off on Tuesday 22nd July we wish we could say for certain, but organisers Errea haven't seen fit to publish this information yet - anywhere we can find. Bideford F.C. has issued the matchday price for its fixture against what is being stoutly maintained at the Devon end as "a very strong squad" from Crystal Palace, despite Palace having a fixture against Truro F.C. on the same evening that is billed as a First Team event. It should be noted that, six weeks on from our bringing the confusion to Errea's attention, the Crystal Palace Official Site is still insisting it is playing a Youth Team in the tournament on a different night to the one listed by the organisers (OS:12th July), so it seems not many Eagles fans will be clued in as to when this match is taking place.

The prices set for this tie are £4.00 for adults and £2.50 for children (with no indication as to what age classifies as 'children'). However it is not clear if these will be the matchday prices for all the tournament matches leading up to the Final, or whether each will be individually priced.

At least prices for the Final, on Sunday 27th July at The Sports Ground, Bideford, kick-off 3.00 p.m., have now been set. Entry for everyone will be £5.00, except children under twelve who can get in for £2.00.

A reminder that the two Group 2 matches involving Yeovil Town are :

Kidderminster Harriers v YEOVIL TOWN, Wednesday 23rd July, The Sports Ground, Bideford, 8.00 p.m.

YEOVIL TOWN v Chertsey Town, Thursday 24th July, Churchill Way, Appledore, 6.00 p.m.


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19 July 2008 : Martini Gets Stirred
Trialist goalkeeper Pierre Martini is no longer at Huish Park. The Frenchman departed after playing in Thursday night's friendly at Potters Bar and therefore will not be offered a contract at the club.


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19 July 2008 : Strong Glovers Performance Downs Barnsley
Yeovil Town gained an impressive 2-0 win over Championship side Barnsley this afternoon at Huish Park, despite visiting manager Simon Davey bringing down a strong looking side to Somerset. The Glovers went into the match without Scott Guyett (ligaments) and Rob Fitzgerald (thigh) and with Nathan Smith being rested after picking up a minor knock on Thursday night.

A slow start saw little in the way of goalmouth activity from either side during the opening 20 minutes, but the Glovers grew into the game more than the visitors did - carving open the large majority of the first half chances. The game began to open out, with firstly Danny Schofield cutting inside the Barnsley right-back and squaring for Gavin Tomlin but a sliding challenge by a Barnsley defender cut the ball out at the last second. Then Schofield received a ball from a poor Barnsley clearance - shot left-footed but the attempt was wide of the target.

However, five minutes before the break, the Glovers got a deserved reward for the efforts. A Paul Warne run down the right was crossed into the box, and with Danny Schofield's first time volley being only parried by Letheren, allowing Gavin Tomlin the chance to mark his debut with the opening goal of the game, reacting first to the rebound.

Barnsley created probably their first chance of the half just before half time but in reality they had been fully outplayed more and more as the half had gone on, and it was little surprise to find Davey introducing the experience of Brian Howard and Jon Macken to their second half line-up.

The Glovers stayed unchanged, both in terms of personnel and in terms of game pattern. Midway through the second half a mass of substitutions saw nine new players take to the field, including trialist goalkeeper Corrin Brooks-Meade who was replacing Josh Wagenaar. The revised line-up for the next phase of the game in a 4-4-2 formation read as follows:

Corrin Brooks-Meade
Craig Alcock Aaron Brown Terrell Forbes Nathan Jones
Hayden Tinto Kieran Murtagh Stéphane Robinet Conrad Smith
Andy Kirk Lloyd Owusu

Barnsley had their best chance of the match when Brian Howard struck the crossbar from a free kick, but they couldn't break the Glovers down in open play, even with the mix of trialists and late youth team substitutions that made for an entirely new team.

Instead it was the Glovers who sealed the game, when Trinidad international Hayden Tinto broke up the right wing and planted a ball into the path of Lloyd Owusu, who chested the ball down and planted the ball into the net and in off the post for a 2-0 scoreline.

Owusu could have made it 3-0 in the dying minutes but he failed to get full control on the ball as he bore down on goal, whilst Andy Kirk nearly got in on the act but skied his chance. However, this was an impressive performance by the Glovers, showing that whilst there may be justifiable concerns about the size of the Yeovil Town squad for this season, the basic shell that has been set up so far isn't too shabby.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Barnsley 0.

Yeovil Town: (4-2-1-3/4-4-1-1)
1. Josh Wagenaar
2. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
7. Marc Bircham 8. Darren Way
10. Gavin Tomlin
17. Aidan Downes 14. Paul Warne 11. Danny Schofield

Subs:
5. Aaron Brown (66 mins for Terry Skiverton)
9. Lloyd Owusu (66 mins for Paul Warne)
12. Craig Alcock (66 mins for for Lee Peltier)
16. Andy Kirk (66 mins for for Gavin Tomlin)
18. Kieran Murtagh (66 mins for for Mark Bircham)
19. Jordan Street (84 mins for Terrell Forbes)
13. Corrin Brooks-Meade (goalkeeper) (68 mins for Josh Wagenaar)
20. Hayden Tinto (66 mins for Aidan Downes)
21. Conrad Smith (66 mins for Danny Schofield)
22. Stéphane Robinet (66 mins for Darren Way)
23. Owen Irish (84 mins for Nathan Jones)

Barnsley: Letheren, Hassell, El Mounir, Foster, Moore (Howard 45), Souza (Butterfield 67), Colace, Leon (Smith 52), Campbell-Ryce, Hume (Macken 45), Odejayi.

Attendance: 1,501.


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19 July 2008 : This Afternoon's Line-Up
This afternoon's line-up for the home match against Barnsley is as follows:

Yeovil Town: 4-2-1-3/4-4-1-1
1. Corin Brown
2. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
7. Marc Bircham 8. Darren Way
10. Gavin Tomlin
17. Aidan Downes 14. Paul Warne 11. Danny Schofield

Subs: 5. Aaron Brown 9. Lloyd Owusu 12. Craig Alcock 16. Andy Kirk 18. Kieran Murtagh 19. Jordan Street


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19 July 2008 : Tomlin To Sign Up
This afternoon's BBC Bristol match preview for the home friendly against Barnsley states that midfielder Gavin Tomlin has agreed a two year contract with Yeovil Town and will sign the deal on Monday.


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18 July 2008 : Yeovil Town vs Barnsley Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Championship side Barnsley tomorrow in a pre-season friendly at Huish Park, kick-off 3.00p.m. The match is the first of three home friendlies during pre-season and the first of two matches in three days.

The visitors are going into the match with three key players missing. As mentioned earlier this week, winger Martin Devaney continues his habit of failing to make it to Huish Park - this time through injury. Full-back Marciano Van Homoet has a knee injury and will not travel, whilst goalkeeper Luke Steele has a neck injury, meaning that replacement Kyle Letheren will be guaranteed 90 minutes of football tomorrow.

Not much is known about the Glovers team likely to be on display tomorrow. However, whilst last night's match at Potters Bar was all about fringe players and trialists, tomorrow's and Monday's matches are far more likely to involve first choice elevens, albeit with trialist Pierre Martini likely to be the default keeper for the foreseeable future.

Dutch winger Orlando Smeekes will not be involved, being sidelined with a hamstring strain, whilst there are doubts over Scott Guyett and Rob Fitzgerald, who have sat out some of the recent training sessions with minor knocks and so may not be risked. One player who is likely to feature is trialist Gavin Tomlin. The Fisher Athletic midfielder was held back from playing in last night's match suggesting that manager Russell Slade is planning to throw him in the deep end tomorrow.

Otherwise, the "first eleven" will pretty much select itself, given that the likes of Craig Alcock and Jordan Street played in Thursday night's match and so are unlikely to start in Saturday's match.

The match kicks off at 3.00p.m. at Huish Park and tickets will be available on the day of the game - Adults: £8.00; Concessions: £4.00; Juniors: £1.00. Supporters should note that there will be no access to the Cowlin Stand tomorrow - the stand is closed for this fixture only, presumably because of the rather modest crowd that is expected for the game.


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18 July 2008 : Slade Keen On Tomlin
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has admitted that one of the many trialists that he has had down at Huish Park over the past two weeks has definitely caught his eye.

Midfielder Gavin Tomlin is 25 years old, and has certainly done the rounds amongst Home Counties clubs, having been on the books of Staines Town, Gillingham, Windsor and Eton, Aylesbury United, St Albans, Tooting & Mitcham United, Ashford Town and Brentford. He is currently playing for Fisher Athletic where of course he knew Glovers new signing Kieran Murtagh. Gavin was born on January 13th, 1983 in Gillingham, Kent.

Slade believes that so far, the player is the pick of the crop of trialists. Speaking to the Western Daily Press he even hinted that there could be a contract in the offing for him:

"We have had our share of trialists, just like every other club has, and some have done OK and some have not done so well. The one that has impressed us most is Gavin Tomlin from Fisher Athletic. He has had some League experience at Brentford, but it didn't work out for him. There could be a possibility of us pursuing that further because he has impressed us."

Gavin can also play as a left-winger, right-winger or as a striker. Whilst the Glovers are describing Gavin as a midfielder, Fisher saw him as a striker with plenty of pace, suggesting that he is another versatile player that could come in useful within the restrictions of a small squad.


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18 July 2008 : Home Friendlies Pricing Reminder
With the Glovers due to go into two home friendlies over the next three days, including tomorrow's match against Barnsley, a reminder that the admission prices for the home friendlies are as follows:

19/07/08, 3.00p.m.: Barnsley : Adults: £8.00; Concessions: £4.00; Juniors: £1.00.
21/07/08, 7.45p.m.: Bristol City : Adults: £10.00; Concessions: £5.00; Juniors: £1.00.
29/07/08, 7.45p.m.: Plymouth Argyle : Adults: £10.00; Concessions: £5.00; Juniors: £1.00.

All tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office and can be bought on the day of the game for the same price.


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17 July 2008 : Glovers Open Up With Potters Bar Win
Yeovil Town opened up their 2008-09 pre-season schedule with a 3-2 win over Potters Bar Town tonight, in a scoreline that somewhat flattered what the mixture of youngsters and trialists had achieved during the first 85 minutes of the game.

Trying to pick out 'good' and 'bad' out of this game, from a spectator's point of view, was made particularly hard by no line-ups being announced over the tannoy and only a small number of fringe players easily recognisable, such as former Potters Bar full-back Nathan Smith who was making his return to the club. Elsewhere it was harder to work out who was who, and so much of the conversation on the terrace reverted to the use of shirt numbers, rather than names.

Potters Bar took the lead five minutes before half time when Pierre Martini was a little too eager to rush off his line, bringing down a home player for a fairly clear penalty. Unlike his two games for Tiverton Town, Martini couldn't save this one and the Isthmian Leaguers were 1-0 up.

Up until the final five minutes of the match, it was difficult to work out what manager Russell Slade and assistant Steve Thompson could draw out of this match. Both sat on opposite sides of the stadium, doubtless to get a different perspective, but both will have seen the same thing - that bar the odd flash from Trinidad pair Hayden Tinto and Conrad Smith, with the former looking the pick of the two out on the right-wing, and the odd bit of tidy rather than spectacular defending, it was hard to see the positives in what was a scrappy disjointed performance, and 1-0 looked a pretty inevitable outcome.

However, a late flurry of substitutes appeared to benefit the Glovers, and in the final five minutes, three moments of skill changed the match in Yeovil's favour, with all three goals coming from substitutions. The first was a right-wing cross that was headed in at the back post by A Trialist (No. 17). A couple of minutes later youth team substitute Rich Davey thumped home a loose ball from the edge of the box after Potters Bar failed to clear their lines. Then A Trialist (No. 17) doubled his tally and probably guaranteed a second look at him on the training ground, by heading home a looping attempt over the poor old home keeper, who in truth had watched 85 minutes worth of footballs being peppered anywhere and everywhere bar his goalframe, with Tooting and Mitcham striker Paul Vines certainly missing a few spectacularly easy attempts. We suspect in his case, Thommo and Russell won't have needed to do too much deliberating over his future at the club.

Potters Bar grabbed a last minute goal back to produce a far more respectable scoreline, before the final whistle went. We suspect that tonight will have been more about telling the management team who of the trialists won't have made the grade, leaving them with a list of players that could be worth a second look. On reflection, List A could well be slightly bigger than List B.

Final Score: Potters Bar Town 2 Yeovil Town XI 3.

NB: The identity of the No. 17 player was 'officially' claimed to be Haiti international Abel Thermeus and this is the name also carried by the BBC and WDP. However, it seems almost certain that Thermeus was not wearing the No. 17 shirt and that the scorer was in fact another player - identity currently unknown although the obscure name of Troy Hewitt, a former Southend United youth striker, was on the rumourmill after the game.


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17 July 2008 : Hereford Tickets On Sale
The football club have released details of ticketing for the opening away match against Hereford United that will take place on Saturday 16th August at 3.00p.m. at Edgar Street.

The away section at Edgar Street is a two-tiered side stand, known as the Cargill Stand, which is situated parallel to the A49 main road. The lower tier is terracing whilst the upper tier is seating. The stand is split into two parts with away supporters occupying the end closest to the Meadow End Terrace.

Pricing for the match is as follows:

Terrace: Adults £14.00; Concessions £10.00.
Stand: Adults £16.00; Concessions £13.00.

Under 10s can gain admission to either section for just £3.00 when accompanied by a full paying adult. Unaccompanied juniors pay the concessionary price. Note though that this offer is only available for advance sales - any day sales will revert to the concessionary prices.

As far as we can tell, other than the Under 10s offer, all of the above ticket prices are also available on the day of the game.

To buy tickets for this match, call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 or buy in person next time you visit Huish Park.


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17 July 2008 : Charlton Tickets On Sale
Following on from our articles from July 4th and June 13th, tickets for the Carling Cup First Round match against Charlton Athletic are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

Prices have been set at a very reasonable £10.00 for adults and £5.00 for those under 21 or over 60. The fixture is set to kick off at 7.45 p.m. on Tuesday August 12th.

The Ticket Office can be reached on 01935-847888.


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17 July 2008 : Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Minutes No. 5
Following last week's Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership meeting, the minutes of the meeting have been supplied by Supporters Liaison Officer Sara Bradley.

Those minutes are now on-line and can be found via the link below.

Link: Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Minutes No. 5.


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17 July 2008 : Evans Moves On
This morning's Western Daily Press reveals that former Millwall and Swindon Town goalkeeper Rhys Evans has now left the club. The Swindon-born shot-stopper had been on trial at Huish Park during pre-season but will now look for another club to impress.


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16 July 2008 : Multi-ball
We are not sure if this is a new thing formalising the process of a club adopting the use of the multi-ball system, or that it has been in place in previous seasons, but certainly for 2008-09 clubs must apply for a licence from the Football League.

Yeovil Town supporters are very familiar with the system as it has been used more often than not at Huish Park over a number of seasons. Former manager Gary Johnson particularly favoured the way, when operated effectively, it speeded up and increased the pace of the game. Some referees are not so keen, and appear to seek excuses to order that use of the system be discontinued during a match, as is within their powers.

The indications are the Football League is imposing a 'two strikes and you're out' policy. Two referee reports of multi-ball being withdrawn mid-match during the season and the authorities have the option of withdrawing the licence and imposing a fixed £4,500 fine. As the usual reason for abandoning multi-ball is more than one ball on the pitch at the same time it is imperative that the crowd remembers to deliver the ball back to one of the ball boys/girls every time should the Glovers be going with the system again - something the home support at Huish Park has generally become pretty good at.


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16 July 2008 : Handshake Mandatory
Starting from the opening fixture of the forthcoming season the Football League is adopting the pre-match ritual handshake between teams.

Under the plans, the two teams will line up either side of the half-way line ahead of the game before exchanging handshakes with each other and the match officials. All Football League clubs must ensure compliance. The list of rules as to exactly how things are to proceed runs to such infinitesimal detail and precision only a Regimental Sergeant Major planning out a Trooping the Colour would be interested.

The Football League's chief operating officer, Andy Williamson, said :

This initiative will seek to improve behaviour both on and around the pitch, and, in particular, demonstrate a commitment towards greater respect for match officials. It is being supported by all agencies in the game, including ourselves, the Premier League, the Football Conference, the P.F.A. and the L.M.A.


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16 July 2008 : Devaney Fails To Turn Up At HP - Again
Football supporters have long memories for some things : dives from the opposition (hello Mr Kewell), Neanderthal visiting fans (hello Bulls******s) and idiotic officiating (hello far too many to mention) will see the boos and catcalls still ringing out years later upon any return. Players who are perceived to have slighted a club in some way are also popular targets, as Mr McIndoe will doubtless attest at many more grounds than just Huish Park.

It is therefore perhaps fortunate for Martin Devaney that he is injured and will not make the journey South for Saturday's friendly between Yeovil Town and Barnsley, according to the Yorkshire club's Official Site. The winger's transfer to Huish Park for £10,000 in March 2005 had been worked out with Cheltenham Town, and personal terms agreed, when he pulled out on transfer deadline day itself, leaving the club in the lurch with no time to find an alternative and then manager Gary Johnson fuming.

Kayode Odejayi and Jamal Campbell-Ryce have both joined Barnsley's pre-season a week late, having been away with the Nigerian and Jamaican national sides respectively. They will travel, and Assistant Manager Ryan Kidd said :

Kayode and Jamal will come down with us to Yeovil this weekend after a good week of training. They will both play some part in the game.

Saturday's friendly against the Tykes kicks off at 3.00 p.m. with prices set at : Adults £8.00, Concessions £4.00 and Juniors £1.00.


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16 July 2008 : F.A. Youth Cup Draw
The draws for the first four rounds of the F.A. Youth Cup 2008-09 have now been made. For those that like complexity one can find that, for example, our young friends from Weymouth could eventually face Sherborne Town in the Third Round Qualifying :

Christchurch or Weymouth or Bournemouth or Moneyfields v VT or Sherborne Town or Havant & Waterlooville or Bashley or Hamworthy United

Thankfully all this has to be out of way by the end of the week beginning Monday 20th October, in time for the entry of the likes of Yeovil Town in the First Round Proper. The full schedule for the competition can be found at 18th June.

As usual, there are no replays in the F.A. Youth Cup, with ties level after 90 minutes being settled by extra time of 15 minutes each way, and then if necessary on penalties.

The full set of draws are here in pdf format on TheFA.com.


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16 July 2008 : ABUFP Committee Nominations Required
The Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership committee is about to be reformed as part of an annual election process. Supporters Liaison officer Sara Bradley is looking for a new committee to be nominated (or for existing committee members to put themselves forward again).

Anyone who would like to put themselves forward for nomination must do so by Monday 28th July Friday 1st August, 5.00p.m. (deadline now extended) - the full details of what is required are detailed below. Identical instructions are also on the club's official site, so if you've already read that article then don't feel you have to read any further:

"If you think you can represent your fellow supporters, convey ideas, participate in discussions and attend regular meetings then you are just the person we are looking for!

For the 2008/09 Season Yeovil Town Football Club are looking for 7 Supporters Representatives from a cross section of fans to join the Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership.

After many discussions with both supporters and supporter representatives it was felt that supporters should be able to vote for their chosen representatives. Therefore for next season we will be operating both an online and offline voting system to promote fairness.

The Club are asking for Supporters nominations as from 5.00p.m this evening (16/07/08) and the nomination period will close at 5.00p.m. on Friday 1st August.

Supporters wishing to nominate themselves must do so before 5.00p.m on Friday 1st August via e-mail, telephone, letter, fax or in person.

Along with the nomination must be a short (max 100 word) article describing

"Why you think you should become a supporters representative".

This will then be included on the voting slip, however we may have to shorten this as space on the voting slip may be limited (depending on numbers of nominations received.)

Supporters will be able to vote via the following methods shortly after the nomination period is closed. Each supporter who votes must vote for 7 Representatives.

Ciderspace

E-mailing Supporter.link@ytfc.net or Sbradley@ytfc.net

Collecting a voting slip from Reception, The Club Shop, Programme Shop, Marquee or Programme Huts and placing them in the boxes provided

Phoning your vote through to Sara Bradley on 01935 423662 ext 200

Posting your slip to Sara Bradley at Yeovil Town Football Club

The voting period will close at 5.00p.m on Monday 1st of September. Once all votes have been collected an independent person will be asked to count and verify the votes that have been received. However this person must not be employed by the Club, or be one of the supporters nominated for election.

If a situation arises whereby we either don't receive a maximum of 7 nominations or we receive 8 or 9 nominations the following terms will apply

Under 7
The Supporters who have nominated themselves will become part of the committee with the final number of representatives required being made up from either the G&WSC, Vice Presidents or the DSA.

8 or 9 Nominations

If we have 8-9 nominations we will co-opt a larger committee for the 2008/09 Season.

10+ nominations

The voting procedure will apply.

Terms and Conditions

Supporters are asked to only vote once via their preferred method (Online/Offline)

Each supporter who votes must vote for 7 Representatives

Duplicate votes will not be counted

All nominations must be received by 5.00p.m on Friday 1st August.

All Votes must be received by 5.00p.m on Monday 1st September

Voters will be asked to provide their name and address to avoid multiple voting. Failure to do so will result in their vote becoming null and void

Once the voting period has closed an independent person will be asked to count and verify the votes that have been received. This person must not be employed by the Club or be one of the supporters nominated for election.

For more information please contact Sara Bradley on 01935 423662 ext 200 or e-mail her at Supporter.link@ytfc.net or sbradley@ytfc.net"


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16 July 2008 : Tivvy Stirred By Martini
Martyn Rogers, manager of British Gas Business Southern League Premier Division club Tiverton Town, says he's definitely interested in seeing more of Pierre Martini if the opportunity arises.

The French goalkeeper is on trial at Huish Park, but was allowed by the Glovers to head to Ladysmead when Tivvy were short of someone between the sticks for their friendly against Torquay United last Saturday and another versus Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday evening.

Martini saved a penalty in the 1-0 win over the Gulls, and Rogers said :

He could have a future here - a lot depends on Russell Slade and Yeovil. He's very positive in what he's doing and he made a terrific penalty save. His kicking was a bit awry but when you come in and don't know anyone it can be a little difficult. I thought he acquitted himself well.

Although the fixture against Argyle resulted in a 1-0 defeat for the hosts, Martini saved another penalty during the course of this match.


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16 July 2008 : Squad For Potters Bar
Yeovil Town have confirmed details of the squad that they will be taking up to Potters Bar Town for tomorrow evening's pre-season friendly. A fair number of first-teamers look likely to be held back through a mixture of injuries and doubtless saving them for Saturday's match against Barnsley.

The squad that will travel are as follows:

Pierre Martini, Craig Alcock, Jordan Street, Nathan Smith, Paul Vines, Arron Brown, Nicholas Plumain, Ren Turnock, Rich Davey, Owen Irish, Hayden Tinto, Conrad Smith, Stéphane Robinet, Abel Thermeus.

Hayden Tinto and Conrad Smith are the two Trinidad and Tobago internationals mentioned yesterday. Tinto is a 22 year old midfielder (born August 31st 1985) whilst Smith is a 26 year old midfielder (born April 12th 1982). Both are Caledonia AIA players who have recently trialled for USA MLS side San Jose Earthquakes.

Meanwhile amongst the other unfamiliar names, Nicholas Plumain is a 20 year old French-born full-back playing for Fisher Athletic who spent three years at Dulwich Hamlet, and who has also turned out for Beckenham Town. He has been with Fisher for a year.

Abel Thermeus is a 25 year old (born January 19th 1983) Haitian striker who was born in Montreuil-sous-Bois, France. He has been capped three times for Haiti and has also played for Levante B, Créteil and Motherwell, having started his career with Monaco.

Paul Vines is a 24 year old Tooting and Mitcham United striker who scored 26 goals last season despite having missed part of the season through injury. During the previous campaign he netted over 40 goals for the South Londoners.

Stéphane Robinet is a 25 year old striker (born May 29th 1983) who was born in Paris, France. He is 6'0" tall and most recently was turning out for AS Cherbourg.


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16 July 2008 : FA Continues Agent Crackdown
With the Appeal Board yesterday rejecting the appeal of Luton Town against a ten point deduction and £50,000 fine for a series of breaches of rules over payments to agents, the Football Association has moved speedily to use the case as a warning to other clubs.

All clubs from the Premier League down to the Conference will receive written warning from the F.A. before the end of the month stating the rules and potential penalties attached to dealing with unlicensed agents. The Professional Footballers' Association will also be included, with the presumption that it will contact and inform all its members.

Along with the general warning the F.A. intends to circulate a list naming individuals who have operated in cases which have been decided, and also those who the F.A. believes have been involved in transfer activity without a licence, even if no case has yet been brought. The clear intention is to freeze such individuals out of the game, whether there is sufficient evidence to bring formal cases against them or not. We think it unlikely there will be a groundswell of sympathy and supportive campaigning for the 'rights' of such individuals from many people with an interest in football.

An F.A. spokesman said :

We are taking this proactive step to help clubs and players ensure that they always use authorised agents. Using unlicensed agents can leave clubs and players vulnerable, not only to F.A. disciplinary action, but to dealing with individuals whose standards of professional conduct are not regulated.


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16 July 2008 : No Change On Transfer Target Policy
Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes believes that the club's transfer targets remain the same as before, despite this week's departure of striker Marcus Stewart to Exeter City. Stewart's departure leaves just Andy Kirk and Lloyd Owusu at the club as senior strikers with both players having been connected with moves away from Huish Park during the summer.

However, despite the thinness of the squad in many key areas, Starnes told BBC Somerset that it was business as usual in the hunt for new blood to bolster the playing squad:

"I think that the targets that we have got there remain the same ones. Those that are still available and Russell is working on. Of course a lot of the clubs in League One and League Two have been keeping their cards close to their chest as we have, because you don't want to invite a lot of competition for the same players. That's where we are. We're quietly doing the work away in the background. We're not giving too much away because we want to make sure that we secure the players rather than somebody else."

Of course the primary target of them all is the goalkeeping position, and whilst the Glovers initially made the name of Portsmouth's Asmir Begovic their public prime target, as time as moved on little has happened and Starnes appeared to be softening his position on that front somewhat:

"Yes of course we are monitoring that situation but he is not the only option that we have and we have to see which one falls in our favour. Obviously the goalkeeping position is the same as other positions that we want to fill. We have our targets and our preferences and we wait on the decisions of other clubs and we wait on decisions of players and we'll have to see what drops. One thing is for sure, and that is that we are very confident of getting in a very capable gloveman."


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15 July 2008 : Player Hunt Continues As Trinidad Duo Arrive
Yeovil Town's attempt to bolster their tiny squad have continued this week with the arrival of two unnamed players from Trinidad and Tobago. The duo played in a practice match at Bath University yesterday and are training with the Glovers this week.

Also arriving at the club on trial is former Reading centre-back Aaron Brown. He is a 25 year old player who started his career at Tamworth and played for Stafford Rangers before being snapped up by the Berkshire side. Aaron had loan spells with AFC Bournemouth and Walsall before being released this summer.

Brown could well feature against Potters Bar Town on Thursday night as the Glovers have injuries to Rob Fitzgerald (thigh strain) and Scott Guyett (knee), leaving central defensive options down to Terry Skiverton, Terrell Forbes and youth teamer Jordan Street. Another one out injured at present is trialist winger Orlando Smeekes who has a hamstring strain and is not expected to play in the first two friendlies.

Another player who won't feature is midfielder Patrick Noubissie, who is the first of the trialists to be shown the door that we're aware of. However Fisher Athletic's Gavin Tomlin is still on trial and so he is another unfamiliar face likely to feature in the opening friendly of the season.

Aside from those who are actually at Huish Park at present, manager Russell Slade is currently chasing two strikers at Championship clubs in his efforts to replace Marcus Stewart. With only two senior strikers at the club, clearly the need for extra bodies at that end of the park is essential, although it is not clear whether these targets are for loan deals or permanent deals or how far down the line things are.


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15 July 2008 : Stewart Claims Contract U-Turn
Former Glovers striker Marcus Stewart has become the second outgoing player to lash out at the club after leaving Huish Park. Stewart signed a one year contract with League Two side Exeter City and so severed a two year association with the Glovers.

But like former keeper Steve Mildenhall, Stewart chose not to exit quietly, suggesting that he had been offered a 40 percent wage cut for the coming season, but also claiming that he told the club he would sign the deal, only to have it taken away from him.

Speaking to the Western Morning News, Stewart admitted that he initially turned down the contract offer, but having reflected on the deal, he was willing to sign for the Glovers:

"I turned down their offer and felt quite insulted by it to be honest with you, especially after getting player of the year as well. They offered me a 40 per cent wage cut, but I calmed down and realised it wasn't such a bad deal with the way the economy is going, I came back from holiday and spoke to them and agreed terms on a new contract. Then I went training and within the space of ten minutes of me agreeing terms, it was taken away from me, so I don't know what happened there. There was talk of a coaching role, but like I say, I don't know what happened. Something was said - not to me - but you'll have to ask Yeovil about that."

Despite some clear annoyance over the way his contract was handled with the club, Stewart explained why he was still willing to work for the Glovers in a coaching capacity as part of the Centre of Excellence scheme:

"There is no coaching whatsoever at Exeter. I've said that I am here as a player, but if the manager ever needs me as a coach then I am here, but as it stands, I am a player. That is what we have agreed, I will still do some coaching at Yeovil and help the kids out coaching the Under 13s - I did them as Under 12s last year."

The implication of Stewart's comments suggest that Yeovil have probably only got him on a temporary basis. Should Exeter create a coaching position for him at any given time, then he will sever his final tie with the Glovers at that point.


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15 July 2008 : Jim Joyce Leaves For Aldershot
Yeovil Town physio Jim Joyce has become the 15th person to depart Huish Park over this summer. The former Southampton man has resigned his position to take up a post with League Two side Aldershot, having been with the club for two seasons.

Jim endured a torrid time last season having to treat almost the entire first team squad for a series of injuries and illnesses as the Glovers frequently struggled to put out a team at times.

The club have claimed that the move is to "give him more time to spend with his family" although there have been rumours that some of the safeguards Jim wanted put in place to prevent a repeat of last season's series of viruses have not been implemented.

Jim will be involved in the interview process to select his successor, implying that he may be around for a little longer, but with the club two days away from commencing what is a fairly intense series of pre-season friendlies with up 14 matches arranged, this is not the best time to lose such a gifted physio. Once again, we wish Jim the very best of luck in his new position.


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15 July 2008 : Potters Bar Pre-Season Friendly Mini-Guide
With the first pre-season friendly for the 2008-09 season only two days away, the bare basics for those travelling to the Parkfield Stadium for the match against Potters Bar Town are now available.

The friendly is being arranged to thank Potters Bar and manager Steve Browne for their involvement in the transfer of left-back Nathan Smith, who made his first team debut for the club in March 2008.

Potters Bar Town vs Yeovil Town. Thursday 17th July, kick-off 7.45p.m.

Club Address: Parkfield Stadium, Watkins Rise (off The Walk), Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, EN6 1QB.

Telephone: 020-8364-4058 or 01707-654-833.

Map Link: Multimap Website: Potters Bar Football Club.

Club Info: Potters Bar play in Isthmian League Division One North. Up until 1984 they had been known as Mount Grace Old Scholars following their fomation in 1960, and then from 1984 until 1991 simply as Mount Grace. In 1991 they changed their name to Potters Bar Town. Their Parkfield Stadium holds 2,000 spectators with room for 100 to be seated. There is a covered area behind one goal. The ground is often used by Arsenal Ladies for County Cup ties.

Directions By Car: Head up the A303 and M3 towards London. Head onto the M25 in a clockwise direction (towards Heathrow and Watford). From the M25, exit Junction 24. Enter Potters Bar along Southgate Road A111. Turn right at first traffic lights into High Street A1000. After petrol station on left and pedestrian crossing, take first left into The Walk and then after 300 metres, first right into Watkins Rise, which leads to the ground.

Parking: DO NOT park in the Mayfair Lodge Home car park opposite the ground or you will be clamped. If the Potters Bar FC car park is full, park in Watkins Rise, or out in The Walk.

Rail Travel: Regular overground rail services head to Potters Bar direct from both London King's Cross and Moorgate BR stations. The preferable options run from Kings Cross with a journey time varying from a mere 15 minutes to a leisurely 21 minutes, with trains leaving twice an hour. Further services depart from Moorgate but have a slightly longer journey time of approximately 30-35 minutes.

Directions From The Rail Station: Potters Bar is the nearest mainline station. Directly opposite the main station entrance is a road called The Walk. Proceed up the hill along this road, past two mini roundabouts and Watkins Rise is on the left.

Drink: Potters Bar's Social Club will be open from 6.00p.m. on the night of the match. Glovers fans are welcome to use their facilities.

Food: Potters Bar will also have a tea bar open on the night that will be serving teas, coffees, hot dogs and burgers.

Admission Prices: Entry for the game at Parkfield will cost £8 which will include their programme for the match. However, any Under 16s accompanied by an adult will be admitted free of charge.

Capital Glovers: As this is a 'home' fixture for our Capital Glovers, they will be making plans for the day. They plan to meet at 2.30p.m. at the Wenlock Arms in Old Street, London before meandering their way towards the mainline stations. Anyone wanting to meet up with them early on, or on route should drop a mail to info@capitalglovers.com

Trivia Fact: When you enter the Parkfield Stadium you are in fact visiting Wembley Stadium! Really! No, trust us. When the old Wembley Stadium was demolished, Potters Bar bought four of the turnstiles and so as you push through the gate to enter the ground, remember that you have your hands on a bit of footballing history.


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15 July 2008 : Official Stand Names For 2008-09
Just to clear up yesterday's article concerning the changes in sponsorship involving Blackthorn at Huish Park, the official stand names for the 2008-09 season will be as follows:

Main Stand = AgustaWestland Community Stand (no change).
East Stand = Cowlin Stand (no change).
Home Terrace = Blackthorn Stand (new name).
Away Terrace = Copse End/Away Terrace (i.e. now unsponsored).


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15 July 2008 : Youth Team Fixtures Available
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side have now had their fixture list for the 2008-09 season finalised. For the full set of fixtures follow the link below.

Link: 2008-09 Yeovil Town Under 18s Fixtures and Results Page.


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15 July 2008 : Martini Shaken But Not Stirred
French goalkeeper Pierre Antoine Martini appeared between the sticks for Tiverton Town on the weekend - but still remains on trial at Huish Park. The 20 year old was drafted into Tivvy's side as a favour, with their first choice keeper Ray Johnston deemed not fit enough to play in the friendly against Torquay United.

After a nervy start, the former Nice keeper went on to have a strong game, keeping a clean sheet against the Gulls. Martini saved a penalty attempt from Torquay's Lawrence Yima early in the second half, and could even claim an assist for the only goal of the game. His long kick up field was met by Tom Knighton, who immediately offloaded the ball into the path of Mark Saunders who netted Tivvy a 1-0 victory just before the half time break.


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15 July 2008 : Stewart To Continue Coaching Role
Despite leaving Yeovil Town as a player this summer, former striker Marcus Stewart is to continue his informal role in the club's Centre of Excellence - provided it does not interfere with his responsibilities as an Exeter City player.

Stewart has been coaching Yeovil Town's Under 13s side during the past season, and has continued to meet with them over the summer, despite no longer being under contract. Having now severed his playing ties at Huish Park, the implication was that the Glovers would also lose Stewart's time as a coach, but he told the Exeter Express and Echo that this would not necessarily be the case:

"I had a chat with (Exeter City manager) Paul (Tisdale) and he is happy for me to carry on training the under-13s at Yeovil. But obviously Exeter comes first and my aim is to try and help them be successful this season."


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14 July 2008 : Starnes Reacts To Stewart Loss
Yeovil Town Chief Executive Martyn Starnes has given his reaction to yesterday's departure of striker Marcus Stewart to League Two side Exeter City. Starnes spoke to BBC Somerset this afternoon and acknowledged that the club was losing a popular figure:

"Obviously we would have liked to have come to some kind of an agreement with Marcus. He was very popular with the fans and very popular with the other players and all the staff. But football is like that, I'm afraid. It is a game of change and we all have to move on. We were discussing things with his agent right through from some months ago. Various things were discussed but we weren't able to do something that was mutually agreeable."

Martyn did admit that there had been negotiations relating to the possibility of Marcus becoming player-coach at the club, but said that the various parties had been unable to reach agreement on the subject:

"I would say that there had been discussions around about that, and explorations around that, but nothing was concluded."

In terms of replacements, Martyn was asked if there was a direct replacement being lined up for Marcus, however he suggested that the bringing in of new players was an ongoing activity that was not specific to one player:

"We are looking at the structure of the squad the whole time. Russell has had his targets ever since the season finished last year. We will get some of those targets and we won't get others. It's one of those things. We've got lots of plates spinning at the moment and we'll just have to wait and see which ones fall in our favour. We're quietly doing the work in the background. We're not giving too much away because we want to make sure we secure them rather than someone else."


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14 July 2008 : Stand Sponsorship Changes
The home terrace at Huish Park is changing sponsorship with Carlsberg ending their short involvement with Yeovil Town. Rather confusingly, the home terrace is to be sponsored by Blackthorn, who up until last season were also sponsoring the away terrace!

The club haven't stated what the precise title of both terraces will be for the 2008-09 season. The implication would be that Blackthorn will have ended their sponsorship of the away terrace, although this is not stated.

The home stand sponsorship will be for a two year period.


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14 July 2008 : Stewart Contract Length Revealed
This morning's Exeter Express and Echo report that Marcus Stewart's contract offer with the Grecians is for a one year period. The former Yeovil Town striker will put pen to paper today at St James Park after turning down a similar length contract with the Glovers.

Stewart has confirmed to the paper that he is on his way today:

"I will be coming down today to hopefully sign and then I am off to Cornwall with the squad. I am delighted to be signing for Exeter City and looking forward to a new challenge in my career. I can't wait to get started."


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13 July 2008 : Stewart Signs For Exeter
League Two newcomers Exeter City have signed former Glovers striker Marcus Stewart today, after he passed a medical at St James Park. The Bristolian departs Huish Park after nearly two years association with the Glovers, having failed to agree a contract at the club.

Exeter have on two occasions denied that they had any sort of bid lined up for Stewart. Today they have acknowledged that in fact they did have one lined up all along, claiming that Grecians manager Paul Tisdale's links with his former club Team Bath were responsible for allowing Stewart to train with the Conference South club, and that therefore despite Exeter's denials, a deal had been in the offing.

No contract length has been specified, nor the exact nature of the role, but Stewart will be signing for Exeter tomorrow and is planned to make his debut for them on Wednesday. Grecians boss Paul Tisdale said of the deal:

"I am obviously delighted to get a played of Marcus's quality, he will bring another dimension to our play. It is a real coup to sign a player of his experience and shows just how far Exeter City as a club has come."

Stewart played 74 times for the Glovers, scoring 15 goals, most notably the equalising goal at the City Ground just over a year ago that put Yeovil Town back in the play-off match against Nottingham Forest, taking the game into extra time. However, in the season just gone, playing in a more withdrawn role in midfield, at times he appeared to more or less hold the side together, picking up the majority of the end of season awards, and there is little doubt that manager Russell Slade will have his work cut out to replace such a gifted player on such a restrictive playing budget. The fact that Exeter were able to trump Yeovil's offer to Stewart is to say the least concerning.

To Marcus, we naturally say thank you for being such a big part of the club over the past two years. The very best of luck to him at Exeter for the coming season.


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13 July 2008 : More Than Time For A Cup Run
After going out of the F.A. Cup at the first time of asking for the last two seasons, to Non-Leaguers Rushden & Diamonds in 2006 and Torquay United in 2007, fans, players, manager and of course particularly the chairman, will be hoping for a rather more impressive cup run in 2008........ maybe one that stretches into 2009.

After several years where the prize money has not gone up, the 2008-09 competition sees increases at all stages.

Extra-Preliminary Round: from £500 to £750
Preliminary Round: from £1,000 to £1,500
First Qualifying Round: from £2,250 to £3,000
Second Qualifying Round: from £3,750 to £4,500
Third Qualifying Round: from £5,000 to £7,500
Fourth Qualifying Round: from £10,000 to £12,500
First Round Proper: from £16,000 to £20,000
Second Round Proper: from £24,000 to £30,000
Third Round Proper: from £40,000 to £75,000
Fourth Round Proper: from £60,000 to £100,000
Fifth Round Proper: from £120,000 to £200,000
Sixth Round Proper: from £300,000 to £400,000
Losing Semi-Finalists: from nothing to £500,000
Winning Semi-Finalists: from £900,000 to £1,000,000
Losing Finalist: from nothing to £1,000,000
Winning Finalist: from £1,000,000 to £2,000,000

Yeovil Town will begin, and it's to be hoped not end, the F.A. Cup campaign on 8th November 2008. Oh, and a note to whoever's drawing out the balls: a home tie would be nice. We've not had one since 2003-04. Thanks in advance.


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12 July 2008 : Tisdale Cagey Over Stewart Link
Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale is preferring to keep his cards close to his chest over whether he is likely to make any sort of move for Yeovil Town striker Marcus Stewart. Tisdale's boss Julian Tagg denied that any bid was taking place on July 11th but the former Yeovil midfielder is a touch more guarded in what he is prepared to let on in his future intentions towards the player.

Whilst the silence continues from Huish Park over the striker's future, it is inevitable that other clubs will begin to circle around and try and take their chances on the 35 year old's availability. Tisdale refutes any suggestion that his club have made an offer for Stewart's services, but refuses to rule out the possibility that he might want to move for him before the season starts. Speaking to the Exeter Express and Echo he explained that he had a general need for additional strikers due to his club's tendency to operate a 4-3-3 formation:

"We will look at any player of note who is available in the same way I have probably looked at 10 to 15 players in the last week. Marcus is out of contract and I would be lying if I said he wasn't a player I have thought about. I spoke to him two years ago when I first came to the club and he decided to sign for Yeovil. At the moment he is out of contract, but there are other players I am looking at and the picture changes from day to day."

Tisdale has also denied suggestions that he is personal friends with Stewart. The two did briefly cross paths whilst Stewart was playing for Huddersfield Town and Tisdale had a loan spell there, but the Exeter boss maintains that their friendship does not go much beyond that:

"I am aware that he is available. I am not friendly with Marcus but I do know him from a long time ago and he is someone I have spoken to from time to time. Nothing has progressed as yet. I know he is available and I also know what a good player he is, but again there a number of good players I am looking at. We have been playing 4-3-3 so there is some sort of arithmetic there that suggests you need a certain amount of players there to support that style of play," he said. And having a conversation about it is premature as it is nowhere near that level yet. And I am looking at players in every position because you have to have options lined up should you lose someone to injury or if you end up selling a player. I am looking at goalkeepers, centre-halves, full-backs, midfielders and strikers constantly and I guess the old adage that you are always seeking to add quality to your squad rings true. But that should not suggest that I am looking to bring players in for the sake of it. Continuity and harmony in the squad is very important."

Tisdale's carefully chosen words would suggest that he is holding some kind of 'sounding out' sessions, quite possibly with Stewart's agent. Whether the Glovers are still doing the same or not at their end isn't clear at all.


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12 July 2008 : Further Friendly
Another friendly, presumably of the Reserves/Youth variety, has been arranged for Tuesday 5th August against Street.

The Western League Premier Division club play at The Tannery Field, Middlebrooks, Street, BA16 0TA. Kick-off is 7.30 p.m.

The website of Street FC can be found here.


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12 July 2008 : The 'Not Too Distant Future' Announcement
As the old saying goes, two things in life are inevitable: death and taxes. Perhaps a third should be added? Announcements of pending announcements, that never then materialise, on the redevelopment of Huish Park seemingly have the same inevitability, appear even more regularly than tax demands, and leaving the feeling death will in fact arrive before anything actually happens.

Martyn Starnes has taken over the task, so frequently performed by our chairman, of making the latest announcement predicting an announcement, although instead of the time honoured John Fry timescales of "imminently" and / or "the next few weeks" we have the rather more judicious and very movable feast of "the not too distant future".

Speaking to the Western Daily Press on the development project, Starnes announced :

We are very optimistic that it will get done. It's important to the club. Because Yeovil is a small town, we can't expect attendances to increase dramatically. Therefore we need to generate more off-field revenue to support the football team.

To do that we need to develop the ground. John Fry has a personal hand in that project and hopefully in the not too distant future we'll be able to make some announcements.

John will be dealing with the project almost exclusively now, which shows how important it is. It's been well publicised that there are covenants on the land and there are planning issues. We are negotiating at the moment and are confident of achieving a successful outcome. And of course we have the freehold to this site, which is a big plus in our favour compared to other clubs looking to redevelop.


The CEO went on to indicate yet again the importance to Yeovil Town of a development of the site to generate income streams to support the club's ambitions :

It's a difficult balancing act and last season we increased the budget. We'd been able to sell Chris Cohen and Arron Davies and some of that money went into the playing budget. Clearly if we don't have a repeat of those transfers then we can't keep the money in the budget. The manager understands that and if the board have the opportunity to put more money into the budget later, we will.


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11 July 2008 : Yeovil Town vs Luton Town Badges Reminder
Whilst on the subject of badges, last season, supporter Mark Kelly produced some badges to commemorate the first league meeting between Yeovil Town and Luton Town. The different designs are shown below. These are fairly close to being sold out but can still be ordered if you move fast enough.

They are available in three different designs. The badges cost £3 each plus £1 p+p. To secure your order please send your cheques to Mark Kelly, 39, Mudford Road, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 4AE.

For any other enquiries, contact Mark direct at mark@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk
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11 July 2008 : Yeovil Town vs Leicester City Badges
In preparation for the start of the 2008-09 season, supporter Mark Kelly has produced four different Yeovil Town v Leicester City badges, to commemorate the forthcoming first match between the two clubs. The four different designs are shown below.

They are available in four different designs. The badges cost £3 each or you can buy all four for a special offer of £10 plus £1 p+p. To secure your order please send your cheques to Mark Kelly, 39, Mudford Road, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 4AE.

For any other enquiries, contact Mark direct at mark@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk
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11 July 2008 : Exeter Deny Stewart Link
Newly promoted League Two side Exeter City have denied that they are lining up a deal to take Glovers out of contract striker Marcus Stewart to St James Park.

The rumourmill on the Exeter message board has for the past day or two claimed that Stewart was about to sign for the Grecians, but Sporting Director Julian Tagg has told the Exeter Express and Echo that if it is happening then no-one has told him anything about it:

"He is somebody that (manager) Paul (Tisdale) knows, so who knows what is going on. But I certainly don't know anything about it."

At present all has gone silent at the Huish Park end in terms of Stewart's contract status. He is still believed to be training at Bath University with Team Bath, although has continued his involvement in coaching sessions as part of Yeovil Town's Community Trust programme.


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10 July 2008 : Some Life Outside The Championship On Sky
Not that there are many, but Sky Sports has selected a small number of games from Leagues One and Two to show live during the first four months of the season, with its initial list of Football League match broadcasts up to the end of November now published.

Saturday 6th September, League One, Peterborough United v Bristol Rovers, 12.15 p.m.
Saturday 11th October, League One, Milton Keynes Dons v Carlisle United, 12.15 p.m.
Monday 13th October, League Two, Notts County v Brentford, 7.45 p.m.
Monday 20th October, League Two, Darlington v Bradford City, 7.45 p.m.

Twenty-two Championship fixtures have been confirmed for broadcast over the same period.

The ties selected from the First Round of the League Cup are :

Tuesday 12th August, Chester City v Leeds United, 7.45 p.m.
Wednesday 13th August, Wycombe Wanderers v Birmingham City, 7.45 p.m.


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10 July 2008 : Football League Getting Serious
Recent noises coming from the Football League, and the legacy of the Leeds United affair, has indicated it has had more than enough of member clubs basically taking the proverbial. Today's meeting of the FL Board had three cases to consider, those of AFC Bournemouth, Luton Town and Rotherham United.

In the case of Luton Town, the Board considered an application from a new company, Luton Town 2020, to join League Two in place of the existing club, which is currently in administration. Despite the Hatters having failed to set up a Company Voluntary Arrangement with their creditors, thus not meeting the conditions of the League's insolvency policy for exiting administration, the Board decided it was prepared to exercise its absolute discretion under the 'exceptional circumstances' provisions and pass over the 'Golden Share' which bestows Football League membership. This is exactly the same decision as was taken with Leeds United a year ago, which the Yorkshire club later tried to renege on. In return for such special dispensation the Board will require Luton's agreement to the following conditions :

the new company (Luton Town 2020) to pay the unsecured creditors the amount offered at the time of the CVA hearing (16 pence in the pound).

a 20 point deduction to apply in the 2008-09 season.

An explanation was added that the 20 penalty, as opposed to the 15 point penalty imposed on Leeds, took into account the fact that this was the club's third insolvency event in ten years.

Luton connections will doubtless scream blue murder about how unfair it all is, but for what it's worth our advice is that they swallow it. We can't see the Football League accepting going through another year of the sort of rubbish Leeds served up, and which eventually saw an independent tribunal finding in the FL's favour on every pertinent point. So if Luton doesn't accept this offer and tries to challenge it we suspect the Football League will simply refuse them the Golden Share and consign them to oblivion.

Luton Town has an appeal pending, to be heard on 15th July, over the earlier 10 point sanction imposed by the Football Association for breaching regulations on agents fees, but if that fails the club will start the 2008-09 season in League Two on a massive -30 points.

Despite Rotherham United spinning a whole load of positives over the last few weeks about their situation, the Board was clearly very unimpressed. The recent Millers tale bears little relation to how the Football League appears to view what's been going on.

The Board stated :

the new company taking over Rotherham United had not yet submitted a properly completed application to join the Football League;

although it had indicated that it would wish to play the club's matches at the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield, it had not confirmed an application to play elsewhere on a temporary basis;

a reminder that a club is ordinarily required to play its matches in its existing town and that clubs can be permitted to play in other locations on a temporary basis only while a new ground is being built or developed;

a reminder to the new company that all football creditors must be paid in full and that in Rotherham's case this includes an outstanding debt to the Football Stadia Improvement Fund;

the company needed to determine its proposed course of action before the start of the coming season.

As an interim decision the Board ruled that before granting any permission to play at Don Valley Stadium the club would be required to give an absolute undertaking to return to Rotherham within a period of four years, and also to lodge an irrevocable bond of £750,000 with the Football League. Also, that in the event of the Board receiving a complete application from the new company to take up a place in the League the right to impose further conditions was reserved.

Finally to the case of AFC Bournemouth. Discussion was deferred until the club submits all the relevant paperwork.

Football League Chairman, Lord Mawhinney, declared :

The Board's primary responsibility is to protect the integrity of its competitions. This often means making difficult decisions which require balancing the interests of fans, the club's creditors and the other teams in The League. We will continue to take that responsibility very seriously.

It had to happen eventually. In some ways unfortunate on these three that they are the wrong clubs in the wrong place at the wrong time, but it appears the Football League has decided it is serious about clubs cleaning up their acts and running themselves properly, and examples will be made. And not, in this site's opinion, before time.


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10 July 2008 : Potters Bar Admission Prices
With Yeovil Town's first pre-season friendly just a week away, opponents and hosts Potters Bar Town have announced admission prices for the game.

Entry for the game at Parkfield will cost £8 which will include their programme for the match. However, any Under 15s accompanied by an adult will be admitted free of charge. Kick-off will be 7.45p.m. on Thursday 17th July.

Potters Bar plan to open their social club from 6.00p.m. onwards, however if there is a significant group of people who plan to arrive earlier, they are willing to listen to offers - contact Potters Bar directly. They will also have a tea bar open on the night that will be serving teas, coffees, hot dogs and burgers.

The friendly is being arranged to thank Potters Bar and manager Steve Browne for their involvement in the transfer of left-back Nathan Smith, who made his first team debut for the club in March 2008 and has shown all the signs of having a promising future at Huish Park. Hence the more Glovers fans who can turn up and help support Potters Bar (and the Glovers!) on the night, the better.

Directions and ground information will be provided early next week.


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10 July 2008 : Alliance Youth Cup Group And Schedule
The schedule for the Youth Alliance Cup has been set. The opening stage for teams from the Southern Conferences is conducted through a group format, with the four or five ties (depending on group size) to be played in September and October.

Last season three groups were drawn randomly from teams across the South East and South West Conferences with the idea of providing varied competition from the normal league programme. The Glovers found themselves in a seriously difficult group of eight and ended up finishing bottom, recording six losses and a draw. The groups have been regionalised into four this year, and Yeovil Town U18 will feature in the South West Group of :

Bristol Rovers
Exeter City
Plymouth Argyle
Swansea City
Torquay United
YEOVIL TOWN

The opening fixture is away to Torquay United on Saturday 13th September. On paper this group should provide a more realistic chance of Yeovil progressing. Presuming a similar format for the competition is retained, the top four teams from each group will proceed to the knock-out stages, with Round Two scheduled for Saturday 22nd November 2008, Round Three on Saturday 24th January 2009, and the Semi-Finals on Saturday 28th February 2009.

The date for the Southern Area Final has not yet been set. There is then a further overall Final between the victors of the Cup competitions for the Northern and Southern Conferences, last season won by Hull City who defeated Colchester United 3-0.


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9 July 2008 : Slade Still Hopeful Of Outfield Additions
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has said this week that he hopes that the signing of midfielder Darren Way will not be his last outfield capture before the transfer window shuts. Way was Yeovil's fourth signing of the summer, but against a background where so far 13 players have left Huish Park. However, Russell has told BBC Somerset that it could take right up to the transfer window deadline to achieve everything that he hopes to:

"Obviously I've got targets and I've set those lists out. I'm not going to disclose those, but of course there are others that I want to bring in. There is going to have to be a bit of wheeling and dealing done between now and the 31st of August to do so, but things are going OK. We are very very close to a goalkeeper which of course is slightly important to us! There are other targets as well but we'll get there in the end. I think we'll be OK, come the 31st of August."


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9 July 2008 : Changes On The Football League Board
There have been a couple of changes to the Football League Board, with the election results ratified at the 2008 AGM in Portugal last month.

With the promotion of Nottingham Forest to the Championship Mark Arthur was required to resign his position as a League One representative. He has been replaced by Peter Powell, a director at Colchester United. The other change saw Tony Kleanthous, chairman of Barnet, replace Ivor Beek of Wycombe Wanderers who had completed his three year term.

The full Board of Directors of the Football League is :

Lord Brian Mawhinney (Chairman)
Ian Ritchie (Independent)
Neil Doncaster (Championship Representative) - Norwich City
Terry Robinson (Championship Representative) - Sheffield United
David Sheepshanks (Championship Representative) - Ipswich Town
Peter Powell (League One Representative) - Colchester United
Lorraine Rogers (League One Representative) - Tranmere Rovers
Tony Kleanthous (League Two Representative) - Barnet


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9 July 2008 : Mawhinney Resigns From FA Board
Lord Mawhinney has resigned his position on the twelve man (they'll probably all be men) Main Board of the Football Association to concentrate on his role as Football League Chairman and the planned reforms for 2009 (see 8th July).

The Main Board comprises the non-executive directors of the F.A., with five representatives from the National Game, three from the Premier League and two from the Football League joining the F.A. Chairman, Lord Triesman, and Chief Executive, Brian Barwick. Mawhinney will be replaced by Norwich City Chief Executive Neil Doncaster, who joins David Sheepshanks of Ipswich Town to represent the Football League.


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9 July 2008 : Morris Making Progress
Following up our item Morris Not Giving Up Yet (26th May 2008), the news on Lee Morris from Pirelli Stadium seems promising so far for the ex-Glover, when his time in the game looked over for good on his departure from Huish Park.

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough stated :

Lee did a bit more than he hoped he would in the first week of training. It was always intended that he would do things at his own pace but, without us pushing him, he's joined in everything so far. We step up the intesity a bit this week with a bit more (physical) contact stuff, but so far Lee is doing fine.

It is hoped that if Lee manages to prove his fitness at that level a contract will be on offer from the Conference Premier outfit.


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9 July 2008 : Begovic Signs Three Year Pompey Deal
Yeovil Town loan target Asmir Begovic has signed a three year contract with Premier League side Portsmouth that will keep him at Fratton Park until 2011.

Begovic is so far the only name the club has mentioned in connection with a first choice goalkeeping replacement for Steve Mildenhall, although the club do have former Nice keeper Pierre Antoine Martini training at Huish Park.

Other names on the rumourmill include ex-Millwall and Swindon Town keeper Rhys Evans and Crystal Palace and former Glovers loan player Scott Flinders, although the club have not made any comment regarding these two players.

Speaking to the Pompey official site about his contract signing, Begovic also had positive words about former Glovers keeper David Coles, who is the Premier League side's goalkeeping coach:

"That’s one of the best things about being here – you get good training. David Coles, our goalkeeping coach, has probably been one of the biggest factors in helping me to develop and progress. He’s been huge. It’s a gradual thing, I started here with the youth team, then I was training with the first team and now I need to become established and go out and play and keep pushing up. That’s what I want to keep trying to do."

Begovic also spoke of the problems he faced in trying to compete with England keeper David James and admitted that a loan deal could be an option for him this forthcoming season:

"Competing for a place in the team is one of the most difficult things about being a keeper. If you’re an outfield player, there are always chances for you to play even if you don’t play every week, with formation changes, injuries and suspensions. But with goalkeepers, it’s always the one guy. There are usually two or three in the squad and that’s why if you don’t play, you like to go out on loan so that you can get experience and keep yourself sharp. But being patient is just a thing that goalkeepers have to be. It’s hard with someone as good as David James in front of you, but it’s good to see what he does, to learn from him. He’s England’s number one. He works hard, has different ways of doing things and you pick things up from him. We have a good relationship."

Begovic's contract signing shouldn't be seen as a negative to the Glovers acquiring him on loan for the season, although the length of the deal gives an indication as to how highly Harry Redknapp rates the Bosnian-born Canadian. In fact the Glovers much trailed plan of going into the 2008-09 season relying on a loan goalkeeper possibly takes a step nearer completion. With Begovic's future at Pompey now settled and out of the way it should be that Yeovil's negotiations for a season long loan can now make progress.


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8 July 2008 : Slade: Darren Will Be Yeovil's Heartbeat
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade expressed his delight today at finally capturing the signature of midfield dynamo Darren Way. Today ended a three month negotiating period where the two clubs had tried to do a deal that would release Darren from his Liberty Stadium contract, with Russell openly admitting back in April that it was a deal he wanted to tie up.

With the deal in the bag, Russell told BBC Somerset that he regarded Darren's signing as a major coup for the club:

"I do think that it is one of the most important signings in the club's history, particularly right now. I think we needed that boost. We needed to address the midfield and to address it with Darren Way is fantastic for the football club. He brings a real heartbeat to the middle of the park. Your midfield will always be in the game and it will always be in the game, and if things aren't functioning then he will always be working exceptionally hard to turn things around for you. It's those sort of characters that turn draws into wins and turn losses into draws. He has got that kind of quality about him because he has got that 'never say die' attitude."


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8 July 2008 : Football League To Produce New Financial Rules For 2009
Football League Chairman Lord Brian Mawhinney has received a mandate from this summer's AGM in Portugal to conduct a root and branch review and reform of the League's insolvency practices and financial rules.

It has been clear for some time that the current situation is a complete shambles. In 2004 Mawhinney made the classic error of complacently declaring that the 'Good Governance' package had established and would ensure long-term financial stability from the member clubs. Since then it has been one long procession of chaotic administrations, with the Boston United and Leeds United cases eventually setting new lows of shabby rule twisting and moral turpitude. Currently three clubs in League Two look set to start the 2008-09 season on points deductions. Mawhinney has appeared a mixture of increasingly embarrassed and increasingly annoyed at the image being presented to the public of badly run football clubs caring naught for the trail of bad debts left behind.

Although the AGM produced no formal resolution it is understood that the Chairman and his executive has been given virtual carte blanche to address a wide range of areas as they see fit. The football creditors' rule, the current 'salary cap' rules, the 'fit and proper persons' rules, the monitoring system of clubs' debts to HM Revenue & Customs (as introduced into the Conference for next season), and the current system of sanctions are all up for examination.

Whatever package the Football League comes up with will be placed before the 2009 AGM - and then will come the real proof of the pudding. With the expectation that the new policies will be far more rigorous, and with word already being leaked that the Football League is minded to make the sanctions for breaking said rules more severe, will the club chairmen bring themselves to swallow whatever is put before them and vote it through? History suggests otherwise, but perhaps, just for once, they will be able to see the wood for the trees and realise the game badly needs to set its house in order.


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8 July 2008 : Darren Glad To Be Back 'Home'
New Yeovil Town midfielder Darren Way has described today's transfer from Swansea City as like "coming back home". Although the 28 year old is originally from Plymouth, the six years he spent in Somerset were obviously close to his heart when he made his decision of whether to return to Huish Park for a third spell with the Glovers.

However, speaking to BBC Somerset, Darren also said that it was the need to play regular football that had persuaded him to up sticks from South Wales:

"It feels like I'm coming back home. But I have come here to play my football and be successful and that is what I am going to focus on doing. Sometimes things are made up for you. There wasn't any point in staying at a football club where it was always going to be difficult for me to break into the first team. I need to be playing football on a weekly basis and I need to make sure that I come here, work hard, and hopefully I'll get a chance to do that. Yeovil is a lovely place to live. I'll bring my two children up in Yeovil and I'm more than pleased to do that because it's a fantastic place to live. I'm well pleased that I'm back here."


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8 July 2008 : Change To Youth Alliance South West Conference
The number of teams in the Youth Alliance South West Conference has increased by one for the 2008-09 season. Torquay United, who had scrapped their Youth side at the end of the 2003-04 season in a cost cutting measure, are back.

The full line up of Under 18 teams is :

AFC Bournemouth
Bristol Rovers
Cheltenham Town
Exeter City
Hereford United
Oxford United
Plymouth Argyle
Swansea City
Swindon Town
Torquay United
YEOVIL TOWN


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8 July 2008 : The Way Back Home
Further to this morning's news, Yeovil Town have now officially completed the re-signing of midfield dynamo Darren Way from Championship Swansea City. The 28 year old has signed a two year contract at Huish Park after the two clubs agreed a transfer fee "worth up to £50,000" - almost certainly the conditional waiver of money the Glovers were owed by Swansea after the Welsh club secured promotion to the Championship at the end of last season.

Darren has had two previous spells with the club, and originally joined the club all the way back in July 2000, just after the club had made the decision to go full time. Darren had previously started his professional career with Norwich City in 1998, having previously been part of their academy set-up, before his ability was rewarded with a selection to play for the England U16 side, which included Liverpool trainee Michael Owen. He captained the Norwich Reserves during his two year stay at the Carrow Road.

Brought down to Huish Park by assistant manager Steve Thompson after Darren had an unsuccessful trial with Bristol Rovers, he stayed with the club for almost six years, being a part of the side that won the FA Trophy, the Conference title and the League Two title. In addition Darren gained England honours again through the England Semi-Professional side, and picked up numerous honours in end of season awards, particularly during 2003 and 2005.

The Plymouth-born midfielder was transferred to Swansea in January 2006 for £150,000 but a shin injury ironically diagnosed after Darren's final match for Yeovil at the Liberty Stadium, had not properly healed and he had a plagued time in South Wales, having a succession of operations to try and cure his shin problems. As a result, he only made 21 appearances in 2.5 years at Swansea, including only six league starts.

Darren was brought back to Yeovil last season as part of a loan spell in November 2007 and added eight appearances and one goal to his grand total of 255 appearances and 34 goals for the Glovers. This six week spell saw him make more league starts for Yeovil than he had done in his entire career at Swansea. However despite Way's presence having made a dramatic difference to the Glovers league form, Yeovil were unable to agree a loan extension beyond the start of the January transfer window and so Darren returned to South Wales where he was in the main unable to force his way into what was undoubtedly League One's strongest team.

Manager Russell Slade made it quite clear back in April that he would be looking to bring Way back to Huish Park for a third spell saying at the time:

"You know what I'm like about Darren Way - I'd love to bring him back to the football club and I'll make no bones about that one. I'd love to do that."

And so today, Russell has done exactly that. Welcome home Darren - it's been a long time.


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8 July 2008 : Darren To Sign Today
Midfielder Darren Way will sign a permanent contract with Yeovil Town later today. The 28 year old is set to leave Swansea City and rejoin the Glovers for a third spell with the club according to BBC Somerset.

A press conference has been arranged for later today where the exact detail of Darren's contract will hopefully be unveiled. The term is expected to be two years.


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7 July 2008 : South West Challenge Cup Update
Errea, organisers of the South West Challenge Cup Tournament scheduled to run from Tuesday 22nd to Sunday 27th July, has now confirmed that the competition has received the necessary sanction from the Football Association.

It has also been announced that a 36 page programme will be printed to cover the tournament, which should be available from Friday 18th July.

One point that was not entirely clear from the wording of different press releases, or from the way the tournament voucher has been printed with only eight matches itemised, has now been definitively clarified. The £15.00 ticket will cover all ten games up to and including the Semi-Finals. The Advance Ticket can be purchased through the Huish Park Ticket Office. Each allows entry for one adult and up to two children. Only the Final on Sunday 27th July will be separately priced. Tickets for that match will be on sale from outlets yet to be announced from Monday 21st July.

However another aspect relating to the tournament has still not been addressed. On 11th June a statement was released on issues surrounding the participation of Crystal Palace, promising a decision by Monday 16th June. Since then no such information of any sort appears to have been forthcoming.

The full schedule of matches, subject to any late changes, can be found on 26th May. We think it only fair to point out that until Errea gets its act together and produces a proper statement, the situation as far as it has been announced on the Crystal Palace Official Site is that they will be sending a Reserve XI to their first fixture, and a Youth Team to their second. There is an implication that the Youth Team will fulfil later fixtures should Palace advance in the tournament. Torquay United has also announced on its Official Site that it will be withdrawing much of its squad from the later stages, ahead of a fixture against a Chelsea XI at Plainmoor on Saturday 26th July.


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7 July 2008 : Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Meeting No. 5 Agenda
Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership Meeting No. 5 Agenda
9th July 2008, Alec Stock Lounge, 5.45p.m.


AGENDA

1. Apologies
2. Approval of Minutes
3. Action Points from previous meeting (03/04/08)
4. Leeds United Match ( 25/04/08 & 23/08/08)
5. Membership Scheme
6. Supporters Questions
7. AOB


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7 July 2008 : Smeekes Arrives On Trial
Yeovil Town have taken on trial Netherlands striker Orlando Smeekes. The 26 year old was last season on the books of Go Ahead Eagles, but has also had spells with Helmond Sport, TOP Oss, FC Volendam and Stormvogels Telstar as well as Junior clubs SC Heerenveen and Flevo Boys. He has also represented Netherlands Antilles islands at International level. Orlando was born on December 28th, 1981 in Amsterdam.


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7 July 2008 : Town Target Another Trialist
Local sources in Hertfordshire have informed Ciderspace that James Archer has been invited for trials with Yeovil Town in a week or two's time.

James, born 25th January 1989, is on the books of Conference South outfit St Albans City. Having come up through the Youth Development set up at Oaklands College he signed forms with the Saints in August last season, making his debut from the bench on 22/09/2007 away at Bath City. There were five more appearances as a substitute, with his full starting debut made against Maidenhead United on 2nd February 2008, which ended in a 3-0 defeat.

Archer still seems to be at the stage of his career where he pops up in a number of roles, but we're told sees himself as a midfielder. It seems the area is a fertile hunting ground for young prospects for the Glovers at present, with Nathan Smith and Robert Fitzgerald already signed at the back end of last season from Potters Bar Town and Hillingdon Borough respectively. Yeovil Town has already had one look at Archer, with the player turning out for the Reserves in the 0-2 defeat by Bath City in the Somerset Premier Cup Semi-Final on 1st April 2008.


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7 July 2008 : Fans Partnership Agenda Deadline
A reminder that the next Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership meeting has been set for Wednesday 9th July at 5.45p.m. This will be a committee-only meeting.

Anyone wanting to get something on the agenda should either drop a mail to their Supporters Representative or email Sara at the club at supporter.link@ytfc.net by 5.00p.m. today if they want to get it included as part of Wednesday's meeting.


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6 July 2008 : Schofield Hopeful Of A Fresh Start
New Yeovil Town signing Danny Schofield is hopeful that he can use his time at Huish Park to make a fresh start in his football career. The 28 year old joined Huddersfield Town from non-league side Brodsworth in 1998 and went on to score 46 times in 289 appearances. However, at the start of this year, Schofield told Huddersfield that he needed a change of scenery. Danny explained to BBC Somerset some of his thinking around the move:

"I was at Huddersfield for nine years and I enjoyed every minute of it. It absolutely flew by and it felt like two weeks rather than nine years. But having spent so much time at one club, I think the time was right for me to move on and Yeovil have given me that opportunity. It is a big change both football club and life wise really. It is totally different to where I'm from but it is a challenge that I'm looking forward to. When I was driving down in the car with my missus it just all felt right. Coming down she said she fancied moving away and I fancied moving away, and so it is just a fresh start really. We came down, looked at the ground and talked to the gaffer and he really sold it to me, and that was that."

Danny used to play alongside striker Marcus Stewart when both players were at Huddersfield, and so he already knows what he can achieve on the pitch. The Doncaster-born winger believed the club would benefit from keeping the out of contract striker for another year:

"The club would benefit from keeping him. I had a couple of years with Stewie, he has got bags of ability and experience. He played in the Premier League and was successful. It's a decision for the club and we will see what happens."


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5 July 2008 : Time To Decide
The end of the week is now here, and as Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade (politely) intimated on Thursday it's time the Board at Huish Park made its decision over the future of Darren Way.

Ciderspace believes, from sources close to Darren, that as far as the player is concerned all personal terms and conditions have been agreed, and that he is getting increasingly frustrated as time slips by and the deal is not signed and sealed.

From the Swansea City end manager Roberto Martinez states :

We have had a lot of interest in Darren. He is a high-profile player in League One and there are a few clubs who have been asking about him. The one we have got closest with is Yeovil, but as yet nothing has been concluded.

The Swans are set to fly out for pre-season training camp tomorrow (Sunday), the week long trip to Sweden including a friendly versus Ostersund. Although Way has not been given a squad number for next season yet by Swansea, the South Wales Evening Post indicates that he will be on the plane if a deal is not concluded ahead of the flight. Time to decide, Yeovil Town.


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4 July 2008 : Charlton Tickets Arriving Soon?
Tickets for the League Cup Round One tie between Charlton Athletic of the Championship and Yeovil Town went on sale yesterday at The Valley to home fans, so we'd expect those for away fans to be available through Huish Park Ticket Office shortly. The Addicks will be opening the Lower West, Lower North and East Stands to their own supporters. They haven't confirmed the provision for the Glovers as yet, but we would presume the usual allocation to visitors of the Jimmy Seed Stand, which holds up to three thousand, will be made available. This stand is behind the goal at the southern end of the stadium and provides a fairly good view though it does have some pillars.

As previously carried - 13th June - prices have been set at a very reasonable £10.00 for adults and £5.00 for those under 21 or over 60. The fixture is set to kick off at 7.45 p.m. on Tuesday August 12th.

A reminder of events on our previous visit to The Valley, in the F.A. Cup Fourth Round in 2005, can be read here.


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4 July 2008 : Jones Signs For Hartlepool
Former Glovers loan player Ritchie Jones has signed a permanent deal with League One side Hartlepool United.

Jones was released by Manchester United last month, and Swindon Town had hoped to bring him down on trial during pre-season. There were even claims that Jones had a medical with Scottish side Hearts, although the Edinburgh club never commented on the newspaper stories.

However, he has now signed a deal with Danny Wilson's side and so will face the Glovers twice during the forthcoming season.


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4 July 2008 : Stewart Talks Still Ongoing
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has confirmed that talks with out of contract striker Marcus Stewart are still continuing, despite the player having not joined the squad for pre-season training.

The club are trying to negotiate a player-coach role for the Bristolian, but Slade has admitted to BBC Somerset that increased constraints on his playing budget have slowed down the progress on that and other deals:

"Marcus Stewart at this moment in time is in dialogue with the football club but as yet nothing has materialised. As you know, the football club have readjusted the budgets, so that changes things to a certain extent. I'm looking at things and obviously I am having to prioritise things at this moment in time in terms of players that can come in. Things are very tight, but we run a tight ship here. We don't want to get into difficulties off the field. That is the situation that we are in, and that is why things have been slow. But I think that it has been slow at most football clubs, if I'm honest."

Russell added that so far, including Stewart, that the club had lost 13 players from last season, gaining just three incoming signings. To quantify Russell's list, particularly for anyone who has been on their summer holidays, the full summer outgoings and incomings, not including last year's loan players, is as follows:

Outgoing: Darren Behcet, Stephen Maher, Mark Lynch, Jerahl Hughes, Anthony Barry, Ishmael Welsh, Wilfried Domoraud, Darryl Knights, James Brown (all released by the club), Marvin Williams (sold), Steve Mildenhall, Matthew Rose (rejected contract offers), Marcus Stewart (out of contract and not training with the club at present).

Incoming: Danny Schofield (free transfer, Huddersfield), Keiran Murtagh (undisclosed fee, Fisher Athletic), Aidan Downes (free transfer, Everton).

On a minor note, right-back Craig Alcock has yet to sign his one year contract, although Russell does not consider this to be an immediate problem.


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3 July 2008 : Russell Confirms Way Deal In Progress
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has confirmed reports from earlier in the week that the Glovers were now in formal talks with Swansea City over the future of Darren Way. Speaking to BBC Somerset today, Russell said that it was not quite a done deal yet, but that matters were at a very advanced stage:

"We are in dialogue with Swansea. The two Chairmen are working very hard to try and construct a deal. We feel that we are reasonably close on that score. But as you know these things can be done or not done. They can be dead within minutes or within hours. But I'm hopeful that by the end of the week that we'll have a conclusion to the situation, because it has gone on long enough now."

As mentioned earlier this week, Swansea have not allocated Darren with a first team squad number, suggesting that they are fairly convinced that he will be leaving the club before the season starts. However, it still appears that there are some loose ends that need tidying up to allow this deal to go through.


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3 July 2008 : Pennock Rejoins Swansea
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Tony Pennock has been appointed as Swansea city's head of Youth Development. The 37 year old has resigned his multiple other roles within the Welsh community, with him giving up the Wales Semi-Pro Management job, his Football Development Officer role with Swansea Council and another FAW Trust role to take up the position.

Pennock was until recently Swansea's goalkeeping coach, and so is well known at the Liberty Stadium. Chairman Huw Jenkins has given the keeper a wide scope to his new job:

"The role is not just about developing young players, it's also about forging strong links with the local clubs and communities throughout South Wales. Tony has all the right connections and experience locally to build those links. It's vital that the whole community feels part of Swansea City Football Club. Our youth structure has come a long way in the last few seasons, but it's important we keep moving forward. Tony ticks all the right boxes to help us do that."

Pennock himself gave the site his own views on how he expected the job to pan out:

"I know I've got a big job ahead of me, but it's an exciting job. The aim over the next few years is to start producing more local player that are good enough to step into the first team, while also strengthening our community links. With Championship football about to kick off at the Liberty Stadium, the club is growing - and the youth structure needs to grow with it."


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2 July 2008 : Di Matteo Is The Don
As has been on the rumour mill all week, Roberto Di Matteo has become the new manager at Milton Keynes Dons following the departure of Paul Ince to Premier League Blackburn Rovers.

The appointment to the club newly promoted to League One was confirmed on the MK Dons Official Website late this evening, though the formal press conference will not take place until 11.00 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday, 3rd July).


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2 July 2008 : F.A. Youth Cup Entries 2008-09
Four hundred and seventy-six entries have been accepted for the F.A. Youth Cup for the 2008-09 season. The full list can be seen here*.

Forty-four teams are exempt until the Third Round Proper; forty-seven teams, including Yeovil Town U18, to the First Round Proper. The exemptions details can be viewed here*.

The draws for the Preliminary Round, First Round Qualifying, Second Round Qualifying and Third Round Qualifying have been made and can be found on TheFA.com site.

To see the schedule of rounds for the competition click here (Ciderspace, 18th June).

(* pdf reader required)


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2 July 2008 : Swansea Claim Way Deal Imminent
The South Wales Evening Post report that Swansea City midfielder Darren Way is set to leave the Liberty Stadium and rejoin Yeovil Town for his third spell with the Glovers.

Way has not been allocated a squad number by the newly promoted Championship side, suggesting that they expect him to leave by the time the season starts, and Glovers boss Russell Slade openly stated back in April (Ciderspace News, April 27th) that he wanted Way to return to the club.

Progress since then has been slow, but the paper claims that "a small fee" has been agreed with the Glovers. Given that Swansea's promotion to the Championship kicked in a clause entitling Yeovil to a further payment under the terms of Way's move to South Wales back in January 2006, it would not be surprising if the "small fee" was in fact a write-off of the money owed to the Glovers and therefore in effect a free transfer.

Swansea Chairman Huw Jenkins told the paper of the current situation, referring also to Darryl Duffy's £100,000 move to Bristol Rovers:

"Neither deal is concluded quite yet, but things could happen in the next few days."

Our understanding is that Darren's personal terms and the transfer 'fee' have been fully agreed between all parties. The last step appears to be getting the deal rubberstamped by the Yeovil Town board and presumably this may also need to wait for Martyn Starnes to return to Huish Park.


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1 July 2008 : Stewart Training With Team Bath
Out of contract striker Marcus Stewart is currently training at Conference South side Team Bath's complex at Bath University. The Bristol-based player is without a club at present, having run out of contract at Huish Park, and has been invited to train at the University complex by former Bristol Rovers teammates Andy Tillson and Brian Parkin.

Stewart has not yet severed ties with the Glovers. He is still believed to be in touch with the club about a possible player-coach role according to BBC Somerset (and also mentioned on this site on June 23rd and June 24th), where he will put his efforts into helping the club's Community Trust programme. However, talks have stalled due to Glovers Chief Executive Martyn Starnes being on holiday, and they will only recommence upon his return.

Meanwhile defender/midfielder Matthew Rose is reported to have more or less left the club. It's not clear whether there is still a contract offer on the table for Rose, but the BBC believe he is now hunting for another club, suggesting that any discussions involving Rose have now reached a conclusion.


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1 July 2008 : Schofield Puts Pen To Paper
Yeovil Town winger Danny Schofield has finally put pen to paper today, after his contract with former club Huddersfield Town ran out yesterday. He joins the club on a free transfer, in what is believed to be a two year contract (although this has yet to be officially confirmed).

Doncaster-born Schofield had previously been with the Terriers for 10 years, having joined them from non-league side Brodsworth Welfare. He is 28 years old (born 10th April 1980) and can operate as a left-winger, right-winger or as a supporting/deeper striker, with manager Russell Slade likening him to Arron Davies in the options he will give the side.

Despite making his intentions to leave the Galpharm clear at the start of 2008, Schofield continued to be a regular in Huddersfield's line-up during the remainder of the 2007-08 season and received a standing ovation on his final home appearance against Walsall, when he capped his Huddersfield career by scoring the opening goal of the game. He then made his final bow a week later in their 1-0 away win over Luton Town.

Slade tried to sign Schofield back in August 2007, but was knocked back by former boss Andy Ritchie. Hence today marks almost a 12 month wait to get Danny to sign on the dotted line.

Welcome to Huish Park, Danny, and here's to a successful and long stay in Somerset.


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1 July 2008 : Collis Signs For Crewe
With the month of July now upon us, transfer dealings are now expected to heavily kick in around League One as clubs are now able to formally sign up players out of contract on Bosman transfers. One of those putting pen to paper today is former Glovers keeper Steve Collis, who has signed a two year deal with Crewe Alexandra.

Crewe have been very busy of late, netting Calvin Zola from Tranmere Rovers for £200,000, Joel Grant from Aldershot for £130,000, plus goalkeeper Adam Legzdins from Birmingham City. Their mini spendathon suggests that the Cheshire side are anxious to invest in their squad to avoid a repeat of last season's relegation battle.


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1 July 2008 : Club Shop Closed Tomorrow
For those who may be heading to the club tomorrow (Wednesday), be warned that the Huish Park Club Shop will be closed all day for stocktaking on Wednesday 2nd July.


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