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31 August 2003 : Johnson : Action Must Be Taken
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson believes that firm action must now be taken to stop the Glovers short run of three consecutive defeats becoming anything more serious.

Contrary to that claimed in the Nationwide Match Report, Johnson said more than eleven words and he certainly did not storm back to the dressing room following the 4-1 defeat at Macclesfield Town. Instead Johnson gave a brief and concise view on the way of the world and followed it up with an informal 'off the record' chat, listening to journalists views of the game.

Gary said of the game: "It was a very very disappointing defeat wasn't it? But the fewer words I say today, the better really. It's three defeats on the trot now and people don't want to hear words now. It was the typical type of game where we needed people to go and show their prowess and show their quality, but we were a little bit short in certain areas."

"I don't want anyone to take this the wrong way, but I think that the less number of words that I say, the better," he added. "When you've lost three on the trot, the talking has got to stop and some action and some work has to be done. I feel like I've got to take some action now, and not necessarily do the talking."

Gary Johnson has always stated that he would give his players ten games to settle into the Third Division. However, whether the action he takes is exclusive to the training ground is debatable. Patterns are emerging from the last three defeats, and it may be that Gary will give his scouting team a number of transfer targets to look at in the areas where the team is not wholly functioning at present. In the meantime, Ciderspace believes that now is the time for supporters to noisily back the squad we have, to give the team the best of chances of getting out of the mini-rut that has suddenly materialised.


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31 August 2003 : No-one said it was going to be easy ...
Yeovil Town suffered their third loss in as many games yesterday, going down 4-1 against Macclesfield at Moss Rose, the first time since September 2001 that three league games have been lost in a row by the Glovers.

Once again an early goal left the Glovers on the back foot and chasing the game after Martin Carruthers put the Silkmen in the lead on 8 minutes, his shot taking a wicked deflection and leaving keeper Chris Weale with no chance. Danny Whitaker made it 2-0 on 21 minutes, but an Adam Lockwood header handed the Glovers a lifeline when a quickly taken Lee Johnson free-kick found the defender unmarked in the Macc penalty area on 63 minutes. The Glovers pressed for an equaliser but it was the home side who finished the stronger with Carruthers and Whitaker both adding second goals to their and the Silkmen's tally.

Final score: Macclesfield Town 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Silkmen boss David Moss was a happy man after the game: "Of course its nice to get our first win and all three points," Moss told the Macclesfield official website. "Everyone around the Moss Rose has been a bit nervous leading up to this one but we got the result we needed. I thought three of our four goals had a touch of quality about them. Both of Danny's [Whitaker] strikes were excellent and Martin's [Carruthers] second was a real striker's goal. We were silly and a little unprofessional to gift them their goal and put them back in the game but we responded really well to the challenge and closed it out well."

Glovers boss Gary Johnson was rather less forthcoming in public after the match, though off the record he was happy to discuss where things were going wrong and how he was going to attempt to change things. Gary's public thoughts are detailed in a separate news report (above).

The result leaves the Glovers in 18th position in the early league table, 2 points away from a play-off place for those who prefer their glass half full, or 5 points away from the bottom of the table for those who consider their glass half empty. Next week's opponents Swansea City go back to the top of the table following their 4-1 home win over Mansfield, the game featuring a quality 20-man brawl with not a handbag in sight as is more usually the norm on these occasions. Yesterday's league leaders Oxford United could only draw 1-1 at Kidderminster and bottom club Carlisle picked up their first point of the season with a 0-0 stalemate at home to Cambridge following the sacking of manager Roddy Collins yesterday - the first Division Three manager to lose his job this season.


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29 August 2003 : Yeovil Ladies Exempt
Yeovil Town Ladies F.C. are one of forty-five clubs who have received exemption until the First Round Proper in this season's F.A. Women's Cup.

The full schedule of the competion is:

First Round Qualifying 7 September 2003
Second Round Qualifying 28 September 2003
First Round Proper 26 October 2003
Second Round Proper 9 November 2003
Third Round Proper 7 December 2003
Fourth Round Proper 4 January 2004
Fifth Round Proper 25 January 2004
Sixth Round Proper 8 February 2004
Semi Final 14 March 2004
Final 3 May 2004


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29 August 2003 : Macclesfield Town vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make their first trip to Moss Rose, home of Macclesfield Town for nine years, when they take on the Silkmen in a Nationwide League Division Three fixture tomorrow (Saturday, kick-off 3.00pm).

The match is a pay-on-the-gate with plenty of capacity for visiting supporters. There are 1,350 spaces on an uncovered away terrace priced at 11 pounds for adults with concessions available at six pounds. Alternatively, 403 covered seats are available in the new McAlpine Stand are available priced £15 for adults with concessions costing £10.

The Glovers are likely to make the journey without winger Nick Crittenden and manager Gary Johnson explained: "I think Nick will be rested again. We want him to return to the side fully fit and I don't want to run the risk of him making the injury worse by rushing him back in."

Crittenden will be joined by two long term injury victims and Johnson added: "Terry Skiverton and Chris Giles are still three or four weeks away."

Johnson hinted that there could be changes to the Yeovil starting line-up. Despite losing 3-1 at Swindon Town in a mid-week Reserve fixture, Johnson said: "Three or four of them came out with credit in terms of pushing for a first team place."

Macclesfield just have one absentee from their squad in the form of defender Matt Haddrell. Macc boss David Moss explained: "Matt picked up a nasty virus and it really knocked him back, and it's going to be another couple of weeks before he's ready. It's going to be a tough game for us, because they are coming here on the back of two straight defeats, but I think it will be a tough game for them too."

Further information on Macclesfield Town can be found in the Ciderspace guide here.


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28 August 2003 : Cobblers Take The Battle Of The Penalty Boxes
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson gave his thoughts on the 2-0 defeat at the hands of Northampton Town just after the match, but revealed that he was not too down about the result: "It was frustrating because I didn't think the performance was bad. I didn't think our performance was great against Orient, but I thought today's performance was worthy of something out of the game. But you have to win the game in both penalty areas. They took their chances and we didn't seem to be able to finish ours."

"There were a lot of chances," Gary admitted. "There were half chances that I didn't mind people squandering, but we had three or four good chances that we should have scored from. Everyone knows that every level up you have to take your chances when they come. Someone said we had 19 shots to their four. What more can you do other than getting the ball in the back of the net?"

Gary said he believed the game had been a tough test against a side hoping to make an early return to Division Two: "I said before the game to some people that Northampton will be there or there abouts. Northampton have paid out second division wages and second division transfer fees so they should be there or there abouts, but they still have the same points as us. They have some quality players. But especially in the second half they had one chance, but we were capable of keeping the ball for 45 minutes. That shows me that the boys kept their heads up. We kept to our principles and played football. All we needed was for someone to put that ball in the back of the net."

The Glovers got off to the worst possible start when they conceded after just five minutes and Gary explained: "When the corner came across, we won the first ball but the ball ricocheted and fell to their guy who took it quite well. The other one was a break. Josh Low, who they paid £165,000 for and a couple of grand a week, took it nicely and at 2-0 we had to break them down but they didn't let us. I thought we played quite well but you've got to create the chances. We did, but we didn't finish them."

The Glovers had to make do without winger Nick Crittenden and Gary explained: "Critts has a slight quad muscle strain. So it would have been difficult for him to play Saturday and Monday. We pulled him out as a precaution because we haven't got a big squad and I don't want to be losing anyone."

And they were not helped either by a controversial decision by referee Steve Tomlin that led to Gavin Williams being booked for a dive and Northampton going up the other end to score their second. Gary said: "It was definitely a foul, although the referee said he would look at the video about the booking. Of course he's not going to dive there because he was almost through on goal. It was a mistake and I think the referee will see the video and realise it was a mistake. That said one decision doesn't normally influence the whole game."

Gary said that he was not too hard on the team following the game explaining: "I said I would like to come in screaming and shouting but I didn't because we need to go to Macclesfield, then Swansea and York and pick up some points. The way we played today we just needed that finish. It has been a long time since we haven't scored in two games on the trot. I won't panic. Ten percent of the crowd might panic but most of them won't. They know we are in the Third Division for the first time and that ten games is our target to see where we are then. We have won two lost two, so we are a mid table team now so we need a couple of wins fairly quickly. We're still getting ourselves settled in our new division."


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28 August 2003 : Critts Crocked
Winger Nick Crittenden could be missing for Saturday's trip to Macclesfield Town according to the Bristol Evening Post. Critts missed Monday's 2-0 defeat against Northampton Town with what was described as a quad muscle strain.

The midfielder had been struggling to get through recent matches and manager Gary Johnson told the Bristol paper: "We feel he needs a week to ten days to settle it down. We could push him but there's no need to."

Crittenden's absence means that the two winger positions are likely to be contested by Andy Lindegaard, Abdelhalim El Kholti and Gavin Williams.

The Ciderspace guide to Macclesfield is here.


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28 August 2003 : On To Victory New Issue Delayed
The next issue of the On To Victory Fanzine has been delayed due to computer virus problems that have slowed down production.

The next issue was intended to be distributed at Saturday's match against Macclesfield Town, but has now been provisionally pushed back a week.

OTV Editor Seb White will not be at the following week's match against Swansea City next week, so if you can help him distribute the fanzine at the Swansea game, drop him an email at ontovictoryfanzine@yahoo.co.uk to discuss possibilities.


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27 August 2003 : Reserves Go Down At Swindon
Yeovil Town's Reserve Team lost 3-1 at Swindon Town this afternoon in the Pontins Holiday Combination League.

Despite Paul Terry cancelling out an early Swindon goal, another early strike, plus a third in the dying minutes condemned Yeovil to their second defeat in the competition.

Robin Evans gives his view of the game here, whilst full Reserve fixtures and results can be found here. Statistics for the Reserve Team are also available in our Statistics Section.

There are two new action photo galleries on the site. Relive the Bank Holiday weekend action by checking out pictures from the Leyton Orient and Northampton Town games.


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27 August 2003 : Youth Team Draw At Cirencester
Yeovil Town's Under 17 side twice came back from a goal down against Cirencester Town Under 17's in an entertaining game in Gloucestershire on Saturday.

After falling a goal behind, the Glovers equalised through Richard Cullingford when he shot home from flick-on by Jamie Underwood.

A bad mistake handed Cirencester a second half lead, and it looked as though the home side were going to collect maximum points after Dale Williams failed to convert a number of chances.

But the striker redeemed himself with just five minutes to go by scoring the equaliser after good work by Andy Holmes.

Match statistics for the game can be found here whilst this season's results and fixtures are here. Team statistics for the Under 17 side can be found in our Statistics Section.


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27 August 2003 : LDV Vans Trophy Details
Stay awake at the back there.......

The Football League has confirmed draw details, round dates, prize money and the names of the participating Conference teams for this seasonís LDV Vans Trophy.

The final of the LDV Vans Trophy will once again take place at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. The competition, which was won last year by Bristol City, will be contested by a total of 60 sides, including twelve from the Nationwide Conference.

56 of the 60 teams from Divisions Two, Three and the selected Conference sides will go into the draw for the first round of the competition, which is scheduled for the week commencing Monday 13th October. The draw for the first round will go ahead live on Sky Sportsí Soccer AM on Saturday 13th September at approximately 10.30.

The other four teams, from either Division Two or Division Three, with two from the north and two from the south, will receive byes through to the second round in a special draw, which will take place on an as yet unconfirmed date in the near future. The tournament will continue to operate on a regional basis, with a Southern area and a Northern area right the way through to the competition final next March.

The draws for all subsequent rounds will also take place live on Soccer AM, on the Saturdays immediately after each previous round.

The second round of the competition will take place during the week commencing Monday 3rd November, with the area quarter-finals and area semi-finals going ahead during the weeks commencing Monday 8th December and Monday 19th January respectively. The area finals then take place over two legs during the weeks commencing Monday 9th February and Monday 23rd February. The date for the Final is currently under discussion, although will shortly be confirmed as either Sunday 21st or Sunday 28th March, and the venue will remain as Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

The prize fund for the competition remains unchanged from last season, and payments will be made to clubs at the conclusion of the tournament. The competition winners will receive £50,000, the runners-up £25,000, and the area final losers £20,000 each. The area semi-final losers will pocket £15,000 each, the area quarter-final losers £8,000 each while round two and round one losers will net £4,000 and £2,000 respectively each.

The twelve competing Conference sides are as follows:

Barnet, Chester City, Dagenham & Redbridge, Exeter City, Forest Green Rovers, Halifax Town, Hereford United, Morecambe, Scarborough, Shrewsbury Town, Stevenage Borough and Telford United.


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26 August 2003 : Match Officials For The Macclesfield Game
This Saturday sees Eddie Ilderton (Tyne and Wear) act as the match referee for Macclesfield Town's game against the Glovers. Mr Ilderton will be assisted by Peter Grove (West Midlands) and David Mort (Lancashire). To our knowledge, Mr Ilderton has not refereed a Yeovil Town match before.

A reminder that the Ciderspace guide to Macclesfield can be found here.


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26 August 2003 : Swansea Ticketing Arrangements
Ticketing details for the match against Swansea City on Saturday 6th September, kick-off 1.00pm, have been finalised. The match will be ALL-TICKET and tickets are available now.

Normal Nationwide Football League prices apply as per the Ticket Prices page. The Huish Park Ticket Office will be open at the following times:

Tues 26th Aug: 9am - 5pm
Wed 27th Aug: 9am - 5pm
Thurs 28th Aug: 9am - 8pm
Fri 29th Aug: 9am - 5pm
Sat 30th Aug: 9am - 12noon
Mon 1st Sept: 9am - 5pm
Tues 2nd Sept: 9am - 8pm
Wed 3rd Sept: 9am - 5pm
Thurs 4th Sept: 9am - 8pm
Fri 5th Sept: 9am - 5pm

Swansea City supporters have been allocated approximately 1,700 tickets at the open-terraced Copse Road End and all travelling Swansea fans should contact their football club for precise details of ticket allocations. There will be no seating available to away supporters. Any disabled or infirmed Swansea supporters should apply direct to Yeovil Town Football Club for special dispensation.

Yeovil Town supporters who live a distance from Huish Park may apply for tickets either by post or by credit card. Postal Applications must be sent to Yeovil Town Football Club, Huish Park Ticket Office, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8YF. Please enclose a Stamped Addressed Envelope along with a cheque for the correct amount.

Alternatively, tickets may be purchased over the phone using a credit or debit card (Switch cards now accepted, but Solo/Electron cards are not) by dialing 01935-423662 Ext 200. Note that a small surcharge (usually 45 pence) will be applied against all credit/debit card applications.

Tickets for the match against York City (Saturday 13th September) will probably go on sale from Monday 8th September. The York match is not currently expected to be all-ticket; advance sales are being invited in order to allow supporters to reserve seats and also to ease congestion on the day.


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26 August 2003 : Coach travel to Macclesfield
The Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association are running coaches to the Glovers next match at Macclesfield this coming Saturday 30th August 2003.

The coaches are leaving from the Football Club at 8.30 am PROMPT.

The price is £12 for YTISA members and £14 for non-members.

Please can everyone be aware that in future all coaches are strictly no smoking and no alcohol.

To book a place on the coach, phone Mark or Sara on 01935 412236


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26 August 2003 : Cobblers! No, it's true ...
Welcome to the Football League! After going top of the league following the first two games of the season the Glovers were brought back down to earth with a bump this bank holiday weekend after suffering successive 2-0 losses. The first loss, at Leyton Orient on Saturday is detailed below, and yesterday the Glovers entertained big-spending Northampton Town at Huish Park. Despite dominating possession, territory and creating 24 goal scoring opportunities to the Cobblers 6, Yeovil still ended up on the wrong end of another 2-0 scoreline, their first home league defeat for over a year.

The game got off to a bad start from the home team's point of view when after 5 minutes Northampton's big money signing from Glasgow Rangers, Paul Reid put the away team in the lead following a corner. Yeovil pinned the visitors back for most of the rest of the game and created plenty of half-chances, without, it must be said, ever really looking totally convincing in front of goal. A lack of concentration at the back just before half-time again proved costly when Josh Low found himself one-on-one with Chris Weale in the Yeovil goal to make it 2-0. The Glovers laid siege to the visitors goal in the second half without success. A disappointing weekend all-in-all then, but Yeovil supporters should take heart from the performance against Northampton if not the actual result.

Final score: Yeovil Town 0 Northampton Town 2.

Northampton boss Martin Wilkinson was a very happy man after the game. Speaking to the Cobblers official website Wilkinson said: "This is a great result for us. The early goal helped us but what has really pleased me is that we done better against a 5 man midfield. We did a lot better here than at York and I was delighted with that. I'm pleased that we adjusted and did well. Against Torquay and York we carved out chances but did not score. Yeovil created a number of chances but we defended well and the physical and mental strength we showed pleased me. Josh Low could have made it three at the end but he did take his first chance well. They put us under pressure in the second half and I don't think Yeovil will lose many games at home. This a great 3 points for us and I am delighted for everyone."

Glovers boss Gary Johnson was disappointed but philosophical after the match, saying: "It's a long time since we went two matches without scoring but we are creating the chances and when I went into the dressing room I said to the lads, 'I can't throw things around because you did everything right except score'." More of Gary's post-match comments will be online later today.

The result leaves the Glovers in a respectable 8th place in the early league table. Saturday's league leaders Swansea City's reign at the top lasted barely 2 days, the Jacks going down 3-0 at new leaders Oxford United. Next Saturday's opponents Macclesfield drew 2-2 at Bristol Rovers.


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25 August 2003 : Swansea City Game All-Ticket
Yeovil Town's forthcoming home match with Swansea City has been designated as an ALL-TICKET match. The game kicks off at 1.00pm on Saturday 6th September. Details of Ticket Office opening hours for the game will be on this site as soon as possible.

At present, the game against York City on Saturday 13th September will not be an all ticket game. The club are however, advising that tickets for the game should be purchased in advance to ease congestion on the day itself. Exact details of advance ticket sales will again be publicised as soon as they are known.

Next Saturday's match at Macclesfield Town is a pay-on-the-gate game. Uncovered terracing is available at 11 pounds for Adults (OAPs and Under 16s are charged six pounds). Alternatively covered seating is available at 15 pounds for Adults (OAPs and Under 16s are charged 10 pounds). The Ciderspace guide to Macclesfield can be found here.


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24 August 2003 : Yeovil Town vs Northampton Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town return to Huish Park to take on big-spending Northampton Town tomorrow (Monday) at 3.00pm. The match is an ALL-TICKET match, with no cash sales available on the turnstiles. Supporters without tickets are strongly advised not to travel before contacting the club on 01935-423662.

Gary Johnson's only injury worry is Roy O'Brien, who is being checked out for a suspected broken nose. If he is deemed unfit then Hugo Rodrigues will be the obvious replacement, with Andy Lindegaard the most likely candidate to be drafted back into the sixteen. Otherwise the only changes are likely to be within the squad if Johnson chooses to shake his side up following their 2-0 defeat on Saturday.

Northampton Town have their own concerns following their 1-0 win over Darlington on Friday. Chris Willmott (leg), Martin Reeves (back) and Luke Chambers (knee) will all undergo fitness tests prior to the game, whilst long term absentees Ashley Westwood (knee) and Steve Morison (knee) are not expected to travel with the squad.


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24 August 2003 : Johnson Rues Lack Of Opportunties
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson was a disappointed man following yesterday's 2-0 reversal at the hands of Leyton Orient. Johnson cited the low number of chances that the Glovers created as being primarily responsible for the visitors' demise.

Johnson explained: "We normally create a lot more opportunities with our work rate and with our quality and we didn't do that today. We let a team shut us down quickly without rising above it. Normally we create a lot more chances but today we created just two or three and didn't take any of them. I can't remember the last time we didn't score a goal, so that's disappointing as well."

"We had a couple of moments before they scored but generally on the day Leyton Orient deserved their result," he added. "They competed well and my boys didn't reach the potential that they have been reaching. At this level, what we do know is that if you don't reach the dizzy heights that you know you can, then you'll lose your chance and you'll get beaten. That's what happened today."

"I just felt we had to create more openings and opportunities and that is what we didn't do on the day," said Johnson. "You make all kinds of decisions in your head for bringing on players, and I decided that I wanted more runners from the midfield. I needed to keep Jacko on, who could have come off for Adam Stansfield, because I needed another big one out there as I didn't want to go three goals down because of a set piece. So I decided to get Paul Terry on and get him and Darren moving further forward, which they did and then Gavin got more into the game, but it was too little too late."

"On the day, Leyton Orient seemed to want it that little bit more, but I can understand that," Gary explained. "They couldn't afford to have us going on to nine points whilst they were still on one point. I'd still say that the league is going to be close. I don't think there's going to be a lot of difference between the top and the bottom, and sometimes it's that little bit of luck in getting the early goal. They got the early goal when it should have been us."

Not everyone in the team was considered to be below Gary's standards and he said of his goalkeeper: "Chris Weale made a couple of great saves and looked very solid. We had one or two we could rely on today, but we have been having ten or eleven we could rely on. Today we only had one or two and Chris Weale was one of those who came out with flying colours."

Johnson admitted that the team passing was not up to it's usual standard explaining: "It wasn't crisp and I just said to the boys that I didn't think we played our game in the first half and in fact we didn't really play our game until late on in the second half when it was a bit too late."

Yeovil take on Northampton Town at Huish Park tomorrow and Johnson said: "We've got to pick ourselves up very quickly, which we will do. We're not used to losing and we don't want to get used to it, so it's all a matter of how we bounce back. We've got six points and Leyton Orient have got four, and so they are still two points behind us. We've got to get three points against Northampton back on our home patch. I don't want to talk about wake-up calls, because I don't think that had anything to do with it. I just think that on the day Leyton Orient were better than us in all departments. But I'd say 'on the day' as the operative phrase."

Gary may have to do without Roy O'Brien tomorrow, after the defender received an elbow in the face during the early part of the game, and Gary was asked if Roy would play in the game: "We don't know yet until he has an x-ray, but he obviously got a whack on the nose. I wouldn't have thought so, but we'll wait and see. He's in discomfort and he's got a headache as well now. I thought Hugo came in and did well."

Finally Gary said that his main ofcus was to get the team fired up for Monday: "We've said a few harsh words in there. Even our captain Terry Skiverton, who wasn't on the field of play, said some home truths along with Steve Thompson and myself. We've hit them straight between the eyes and they've got to come out fighting on Monday."


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24 August 2003 : O dear, never mind
Nearly 1,000 Glovers fans travelled in hope to the East End of London yesterday but ultimately came away disappointed as Yeovil Town went down to a 2-0 defeat to an up for it Leyton Orient side at Brisbane Road yesterday.

The O's were determined to put a shaky start to the season behind them and it showed as they ran at and harried the Glovers from start to finish. Yeovil were never able to get their passing game really going and even though good chances were created at times the team had an off-day with their finishing. Gavin Williams should have put the Glovers ahead after 3 minutes but shot straight at O's keeper Glenn Morris when it seemed easier to score, and 30 seconds later Lee Thorpe punished the miss by scoring himself after being given far too much room to shoot in the Yeovil penalty area.

Chris Weale kept the away side in it with several excellent saves and in the second half Kevin Gall fluffed a chance to equalise when one-on-one with the O's keeper - a shock to see that the Welsh wizard is truly human after all! Again the O's made the Glovers pay for the missed opportunity when within a minute they went 2-0 up, Matt Brazier scoring with a shot from the edge of the area to make the game completely safe for the home side.

Final score: Leyton Orient 2 Yeovil Town 0

ďIt was a very difficult game for us. We were never comfortable. They (Yeovil) are a good side overall, and we had to battle until the last seconds," O's manager Paul Brush said after the match. ďWe invited trouble early on and Glenn [Morris] made an early save and then another important one at 1-0 Ė they were two major saves. We had to keep playing in the second half. I thought we were excellent in the first 15 or 20 minutes in the second half. We weren't getting a lot of joy with our corners so we varied them and it's come out to Matthew Brazier and the keeper got nowhere near his shot."

Gary Johnson's after match comments will be online later today. Roy O'Brien had to be substituted after 14 minutes - it seems that he has a broken nose and will not be available for Monday's home match v Northampton.

The result leaves the Glovers in 7th place in the early league table, 3 points behind new leaders Swansea City, who beat Boston 3-0 on Friday night; and 2nd-placed York City, who enjoyed an excellent 1-0 win at fancied Huddersfield. Monday's opponents Northampton earned their first points of the season on Friday evening, beating struggling Darlington 1-0 at Sixfields.


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23 August 2003 : Ankle knock ko's Jermaine
Bolton Wanderers winger Jermaine Johnson's loan spell at Yeovil has come to an end before it really got off the ground, with the Jamaican international returning to the Reebok Stadium to recover from an ankle injury. The player was evidently suffering from the knock when he arrived at Huish Park this week, which would help explain his somewhat lacklustre performance in the reserve team fixture v Cardiff City on Wednesday evening.

"Jermaine's gone back for the time being," Glovers boss Gary Johnson told the Bristol Evening Post. "He had the injury before he came to us and he hasn't been able to shake it off.It was highlighted in training and then in the reserve game on Wednesday that he wasn't firing on all cylinders. I've spoken to Sam Allardyce (Bolton manager) and he understands the situation."

It's also emerged that Yeovil could be without top-scorer Kevin Gall for the crunch game against Swansea City on Saturday 6th September. Gall has been a regular for the Wales U-21 squad, who have a European Championship qualification game in Italy 24 hours before the Swansea match.

"Gally could miss the Swansea game and it's something we could do without," Gary Johnson admitted. "We'll have to wait and see what happens but you don't want to lose players at any time."

Wales U-21 boss Jimmy Shoulder will be asked to release Gall for the Swansea fixture and may be prepared to do so as - unlike the senior Welsh squad - his side have no chance of qualifying for the European Championships. Last season he released Gall in similar circumstances for a match v Scarborough and Yeovil will be hoping that he's prepared to do the same thing again next month.

Finally, former Glovers triallist Andy Taylor has joined non-league minnows Bath City on a non-contract basis, after unsuccessful trials with Bristol Rovers and Oldham.


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22 August 2003 : Carlisle souvenir badges for sale
Tim Lancaster writes:

Although they were not quite ready for Saturday I will soon have a Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United (First Football League game at Huish Park) enamel lapel badge for sale. The design once again features the two crests and
date but the badge is in a rectangular style.

Very few done compared to the Rochdale one as I lost the selling factor by not having them on the day - so e-mail me for reservations. Cost £3.00.



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22 August 2003 : Denos strikes again
Former Glovers full-back Anthony Tonkin is expected to sign for First Division Crewe Alexandra today after current club Stockport County accepted a revised £175,000 offer from the Gresty Road club, following the rejection of an initial £125,000 bid. Tonkin left Yeovil for Stockport last September for a reported £50,000 fee - it's not known whether the Glovers had a sell-on clause incorporated into the deal.

A statement on Stockport's official website accuses Tonkin's agent - the infamous Steve Denos - of attempting to 'manufacture' the transfer of the player. Ironic that Stockport should be complaining given that it was they who took advantage of a similar situation this time last season when Denos unsettled the player in County's favour - obviously it's one rule for Stockport manager Carlton Palmer and another for everyone else.

In the meantime, having played a mere 27 games for County, Tonkin moves on to his third club in two years leaving behind yet another disgruntled manager and yet another set of fans less than happy in the manner in which he left. He may be developing as a footballer but one wonders about his development as a human being - a new agent may just assist in that.


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21 August 2003 : Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Brisbane Road to take on East Londoners Leyton Orient on Saturday in their third match of their Nationwide League campaign.

The Glovers are expected to go into the game at near full strength, with the exception of captain Terry Skiverton and striker Chris Giles. Giles played 30 minutes in a Reserve Team match on Wednesday night but looked to be a fair distance short of being ready for First Team football.

There will be at least one addition to last week's squad that faced Carlisle United, with new signing Paul Terry travelling to the game. The Glovers will have to wait for a late decision on winger Jermaine Johnson as his work permit is believed to be still pending.

Yeovil's hosts have different problems to contend with. Orient are expected to be without Ciaran Toner (ankle ligaments), Dave McGhee (ankle) and Jabo Ibehre (knee) are all expected to miss the match, whilst Simon Downer is suspended. Striker Chris Tate (ankle) is expected to play despite needing an ankle operation soon. However, they were boosted when Greg Heald, Lee Thorpe and Lee Harrison all came through a midweek match against Charlton Athletic and so are expected to be in contention.

The Ciderspace guide to Leyton Orient can be found here. Note that Yeovil Town supporters have now been allocated the ground's North Terrace for the game. The good news is that this is four pounds cheaper than the usual 16 pounds that Orient fleece away supporters.

Yeovil Town supporters are welcome in Leyton Orient's Supporters Club bar, but they must bring their own supporters club membership cards to gain admission, so pack your YTISA membership card now! Otherwise use our pub guide within the Orient profile page.


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21 August 2003 : Orient and Northampton Match Officials
Match Officials for Yeovil Town's next two matches have been announced.

For Saturday's trip to East London to play Leyton Orient, Brian Curson (Leicestershire) will be the match referee and he will be assisted by Steve Tincknell (Hertfordshire) and Keith Yeo (Essex).

On Monday, when Yeovil play host to Northampton Town, Steve Tomlin (East Sussex) will be the man in black, whilst Roger East (Wiltshire) and Roger Ganfield (Somerset) will be in charge of the flags.

A reminder that Monday's match is ALL-TICKET and no tickets will be sold on the day of the game. The Ticket Office is open until 8.00pm tonight, and from 9am until 5pm tomorrow. The last chance to purchase tickets for the game will be on Saturday morning when the ticket office will open from 9am until 1pm. Credit card bookings are available (at a 45p surcharge) by calling the Ticket Office on 01935-423662 Ext 200.


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21 August 2003 : Terry Signs Up For Glovers
Dagenham and Redbridge midfielder Paul Terry formally signed up for Yeovil Town yesterday afternoon. The 24 year old had spent five years at Victoria Road and before that spells at Charlton Athletic and Bromley.

Upon signing, Paul went straight into last night's Reserve Team match against Cardiff City Reserves and had an impressive 80-minute debut. He was joined by Bolton Wanderers winger Jermaine Johnson who was also making his debut for the club. It is believed that Johnson's work permit has still yet to come through, but that competition rules allowed him to play last night.

In the match itself, two goals from £1 million signing Peter Thorne saw Yeovil fall behind twice, but they showed their character by twice equalising, with two excellent solo goals from Adam Stansfield and Andy Lindegaard. Just when it looked as though Yeovil would grab a deserved point, in stole Anthony Taylor to give Cardiff a last minute winner.

Final score: Yeovil Town Reserves 2 Cardiff City Reserves 3.


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19 August 2003 : YTISA Travel To Macclesfield
The YTISA will be running coaches to Macclesfield Town on Saturday 30th August.

The price will be £12 for members and £14 for non members. The first coach will include a toilet and a video. The coaches will depart Huish Park at 8.30am. To book your place, phone Mark or Sara on 01935 412236.

A reminder also that the YTISA are also running coaches to Leyton Orient on Saturday 23rd August.

The maximum price will be £10 for members and £12 for non members. The coaches will be leaving Huish Park at 10.00am. Again, phone Mark or Sara to book your place.

The organisation, which uses all profits to benefit the club, has been able to make good use of an excess accrued as part of their travel to Rochdale.

When manager Gary Johnson mentioned that the quality of the television the coaching and playing staff use was not up to scratch, the YTISA were able to help out instantly. On the same day the YTISA presented Gary with a brand new TV and video set that the first team squad will use for studying videos of Glovers matches, as part of their training.

The YTISA have also stepped in to help with the costs of the set-up of the new Marquee Bar. The initial set-up lacked any furniture, but the YTISA have purchased 50 new chairs that will be used within the bar at future home games. The organisation are also looking at various options for the purchase of tables for the Marquee Bar.

To join YTISA, head to their Membership Form page or use the contact details at the foot of the same page.

Finally the YTISA also have a new selection of polo tops for sale. The polo tops are available in black, reference "Nationwide League Division Three 2003/04" on the design, and will cost 12 pounds. Pictures of the new top will be available on the site soon.


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19 August 2003 : Glovers Turn Out At England Game
At least five Yeovil Town players will be on the pitch during England's full international against Croatia at Portman Road, Ipswich tomorrow night. Their appearance during the friendly international is unfortunately not as part of Sven's squad (not yet anyway!) but to receive their England caps earnt during May's Four Nations Tournament as part of the National Game XI.

Step forward Chris Weale, Terry Skiverton, Darren Way, Lee Johnson and Kirk Jackson who are all confirmed as appearing during the half-time interval when former England manager Sir Bobby Robson will present them with their caps. By Wednesday evening, a sixth Glovers player could be Paul Terry, who earnt his caps as a Dagenham and Redbridge player but seems likely to join the Glovers this week.

National Game XI manager Paul Fairclough said of the awards: "Such experience can only help to develop players, who all want to be involved, and it will be fantastic recognition for the squad to meet Sir Bobby Robson on Wednesday, whose enthusiasm for the game is still as strong as ever, and who has achieved so much."

Another Yeovil Town player will also be involved in International action tonight as Kevin Gall gains another International cap as part of the Wales Under-21 squad. Kevin will come up against Serbia & Montenegro at FK Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia.


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19 August 2003 : Glovers Open Up Reserve Campaign
Yeovil Town play their first Reserve Team game for over 15 months on Wednesday (tomorrow) night when they take on Cardiff City Reserves in the Pontins Holiday Combination Wales & West Division.

The game, which kicks off at 7.45pm, is open to the public and also represents a useful chance for supporters to pick up their tickets for next Monday's all-ticket match against Northampton Town.

Ticket prices for the game are 2 pounds for adult season ticket holders whilst U14s can get in for free when accompanied by an adult season ticket holders. Senior Citizen Season Ticket Holders can also get in for free.

Non-season ticket holder prices are three pound for adults and two pounds for Senior Citizens. U14s can get in for one pound if accompanied by an adult, whilst prices are two pounds for U14s who are unaccompanied.

The Official Site reports that a number of First Team players will be taking part in the fixture, including Hugo Rodrigues, Andy Lindegaard, Adam Stansfield, Abdelhalim El Kholti, Steve Reed, Steve Collis and Jake Edwards. Other possibilities include Chris Giles if he is passed fit in time for the game, along with Jermaine Johnson and Paul Terry if their expected signings are tied up in time for the game. However, Terry may miss out on the fixture, as he is likely to be up at Portman Road, Ipswich collecting his England caps as part of his involvement in the National Game XI.


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18 August 2003 : Tom White Back On The Physio's Bench
Spare a thought for poor old Tom White. The popular central defender spent most of last season battling with a series of knee injuries that restricted his appearances with the Glovers down to just two appearances.

Now out of contract, Tom has spent much of the summer at Huish Park on an intensive fitness programme. On Saturday, he played 87 minutes for Dr Martens League side Tiverton Town and by all accounts looked in fine form for the Devon side.

Unfortunately, a strong tackle on White in the closing minutes of the game saw him substituted with more medial knee ligament trouble, and he is expected to be out for three to four weeks. A similar fate fell White on his last loan outing when he played two games for Woking in February 2003, and the latest injury must further reduce his chances of convincing Glovers manager Gary Johnson that he is worth a new contract.


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18 August 2003 : Roddy Gives Glovers The Thumbs Up
Carlisle United manager Roddy Collins has had no complaints about his side's 3-0 defeat at Huish Park on Saturday.

Speaking after the game, Collins said of his opponents: "They are a very good side, work hard and finish well. They are obviously playing with confidence, although there will be some rocky times ahead. But they should do well. When we had the ball against Yeovil, we didn't keep it well enough. When the ball went into the box, we never looked like scoring. We conceded so early against York and we worked on it during the week to try to eliminate it, but obviously we didn't pay attention to it. Yeovil are a good side and the last thing you want to do is concede early and chase the game."


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18 August 2003 : Jermaine Looks Forward To Somerset Stay
Bolton Wanderers midfielder Jermaine Johnson is relishing the chance to play first team football with Yeovil Town, as soon as his work permit is renewed for the start of his one-month loan period with the Glovers.

Speaking to the Bolton Wanderers Official Site, Johnson said: "I'm not worried about leaving Bolton to play in the third division because I need first team football to get my place back and Yeovil can help me do that. I am excited about playing for them because they are a good team who pass the ball about a lot."

Johnson will have an early chance to make his mark against Cardiff City Reserves on Wednesday if his permit comes through in time. Dagenham and Redbridge midfielder Paul Terry could also make his debut as the former Charlton trainee is currently talking over his plans with his family before formally giving Glovers boss Gary Johnson the nod over a probable move to Somerset.


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18 August 2003 : Youth Team Go Down In Swansea Opener
Yeovil Town's new Under 17 side went down 1-0 at home in their opening Umbro Isotonic Youth Alliance League match against Swansea City. Stuart Housley's side succumbed to a second half strike and could not force an equaliser out of the game.

Tony Elbourn's view of the game can be found here. The Under 17's match against Wootton Bassett has also been recorded in pictures here, via the camera of Tim Lancaster.

Results and forthcoming fixtures for the Under 17 side can be found here.


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18 August 2003 : Restricted Views At Huish Park
Two issues have reached us at Ciderspace concerning the view supporters have of the games from the Bartlett Stand. Both issues are recorded in a special photo gallery here.

The first three selections show the view from the Bartlett Stand as a result of a camera gantry that was installed to help the growing interest from television companies wanting to film the Glovers. Fortunately, we hear that the club are already looking at re-siting this platform so that it is next to the Press Box, but it is still worth recording the view.

The final five photos feature the view that disabled supporters often have to face in the Bartlett Stand bays when other supporters hover in front of their view. This occurs before games, just before half time, and also just before the final whistle resulting in a heavily restricted view for those supporters. Whilst supporters should be able to police themselves here, it would help if the stewards could ensure that supporters do not stand in what are intended to be walkways.

Opinions would be welcomed on both subjects on either our Mailing List or the Fans Forum.


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18 August 2003 : Ticketing Details For Northampton Game
Ticketing details for the match against Northampton Town have been finalised. The match will be ALL-TICKET and tickets are available now.

Current season ticket holders who carry one of the new-style 'credit card' season tickets DO NOT have to apply for tickets; your 'credit card' will gain you admission through the turnstiles. There is no need to contact the football club if you already have received your 'credit card' season ticket.

Normal Nationwide Football League prices apply as per the Ticket Prices page. The Huish Park Ticket Office will be open at the following times:

Mon 18th Aug: 9am - 5pm
Tues 19th Aug: 9am - 8pm
Wed 20th Aug: 9am - 7.45pm (prior to Reserve Game)
Thurs 21st Aug: 9am - 8pm
Fri 22nd Aug: 9am - 5pm
Sat 23rd Aug: 9am - 1pm

Northampton Town supporters have been allocated approximately 1,700 tickets at the open-terraced Copse Road End and all travelling Northampton fans should contact their football club for precise details of ticket allocations. There will be no seating available to away supporters. Any disabled or infirmed Northampton supporters should apply direct to Yeovil Town Football Club for special dispensation.

Yeovil Town supporters who live a distance from Huish Park may apply for tickets either by post or by credit card. Postal Applications must be sent to Yeovil Town Football Club, Huish Park Ticket Office, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8YF. Please enclose a Stamped Addressed Envelope along with a cheque for the correct amount.

Alternatively, tickets may be purchased over the phone using a credit or debit card (Switch cards now accepted, but Solo/Electron cards are not) by dialing 01935-423662 Ext 200. Note that a small surcharge (usually 45 pence) will be applied against all credit/debit card applications.


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17 August 2003 : Gary Stores Up Some Happy Memories
Yeovil Town went top of the Third Division on Saturday - albeit with 44 games left to play! - after a 3-0 win over Carlisle United.

Manager Gary Johnson said of the game: "It was a great 3 points. There was pressure on that game not, because it was Carlisle but the fact that it was our first league game at Huish Park. I didnít want to be the one in the history books that brought Yeovil in to the league and then lost its first home game. I want happy memories of doing it so when Iím 90yrs old with the grandkids living in Yeovil, Iíll have a happy memory of our first home game and our first away game. We've scored six goals in two games, weíve got six points from two games already so you can only be very happy with that. The boys have coped with the pressure fantastically, it really could have been five or six in the first half and we're disappointed it wasnít. It wasnít like they were half chances they were good chances but we didnít let them back in it, and we defended solidly against a very big, aggressive team that wasnít going to outplay us."

"They picked a team that could try and out jump us and I think our defenders, midfielders and our forwards competed greatly in our penalty area," added Johnson. "There was no free header there, a couple of headers, a couple had to go over the bar because there were good challenges and one hit the cross bar but for the number of balls they put in there I thought we defended fantastically."

"It was a great afternoon, we tried to calm the pressure down and I think you could see that some of the things we did were a little bit nervy, and even though we won the game unfortunately we could have had 6 goals in the first half," Gary explained. "We created some great opportunities, I was pleased we got two but the other team are always in it at 2, so after all the changes we made we needed to block up a few things and get Lindy flying on one side and El Kholti on the left and we got the goal pretty quickly that killed the game for Carlisle so 3-0 was a great result under this pressure of being the first league game at Huish Park."

After scoring Yeovil's first ever goal in the Football League last week, Kevin Gall needed just four minutes to score Yeovil's first ever Football League goal at Huish Park and Johnson explained: "The early goal was a great goal to get and there he is again in the history books, and he scored a great goal for us right at the right time. The second one came just after that which was nice as well and there he was on his way with two goals which meant it was an uphill struggle then for the rest of the time for Carlisle."

Gary admitted he did not want Carlisle to get any chance of getting back into the game and said in the half-time team-talk that he expected Carlisle to come out fighting: "I didnít want us to lose our concentration. I knew that Roddy Collins is that type of fellow, and as we walked past we could hear smashing and tea pots flying, and if it wasnít him I apologise but it sounded like him. So we knew that for 20-25 minutes at least they would come out and try and make a fight of it. I thought we kept the ball during that time quite well and there only real danger was Simpson putting in some good left hand side crosses. Heís a quality player that can pass the ball, unfortunately heís not the youthful athlete he used to be that would have caused us even more problems."

"There was a couple of lapses in concentration, only a couple, added Johnson. "When youíve won 3-0 at home and you get on the ball and create the chances we did I donít care if we win 10-2 and 3-0 is a great result. Iím pleased Kirk scored the goal today because heíd had two great chances, I got on to him a little bit to keep getting there and to maybe hit it harder. The third one was a great move, via Lindy, Gally, and Jacko and Iím pleased because once Jacko scores one he goes on and has a bit of a run."

Adam Stansfield played his first piece of competitive football at Huish Park since prior to the FA Trophy Final win, and Gary said of the striker: "The whole of Yeovil would have been standing up and clapping if theyíd have seen how hard Adam has worked over the last year. Once again I had a little lump in my throat and tears in my eyes when he came on to the pitch, because Iíve seen him everyday and I know what a long struggle that was for him, but heís worked hard and is back now and the two boys up front know theyíve got competition."


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17 August 2003 : Gary Waits On Jermaine Work Permit
Glovers manager Gary Johnson has explained why he has gone after Bolton Wanderers midfielder Jermaine Johnson. The player will be signed up on a one month loan as soon as his work permit has been approved.

Gary explained: "The work permit has to be sent off on Monday, an unusual situation that someone who has got a work permit needs to re-apply to go on loan. But itís a coup for us because he is a super player and he gives us another quality player to add to our squad. The option could be there to keep him for longer than a month. We will take the month first and see whether the boy likes it, whether we like him, whether he enjoys living in Yeovil. We have the right reggae music for him and if he likes it then there is a possibility."

Jermaine was used as a right-winger at Bolton, but Gary added: "He can play left sided as well. Critts is playing well on the left; Iíve not brought anyone in to take the place of anyone; its not quite the same. You're not going to find another Macca necessarily; there might be one out there but at the moment Iím happy with my squad and all I need is good players training everyday. But if I get a couple of injuries or suspensions, Iím going to need all the good players I can get."


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17 August 2003 : Paul Terry Expected To Join Glovers
Dagenham and Redbridge midfielder Paul Terry is expected to join Yeovil Town this week. Garry Hill has accepted an offer for Terry, with the deal now being just subject to a medical and personal terms. The unofficial Dagenham site diggerdagger.com claims that the deal is worth 20K.

Terry was born in London on April 3rd 1979 and started his career with Charlton Athletic before moving on to Bromley. He has spent the last five years at Dagenham, making 211 appearances for Dagenham and scoring 27 goals. Terry also was selected for the England National Game XI last season. Paul is the brother of Chelsea defender John Terry. Paul did not play in Dagenham's game against Barnet yesterday and instead sat the game out in the stands.

Speaking to BBC Radio Essex the Dagenham manager said: "The figure is right. We've agreed a transfer fee with Yeovil Town Football Club and now it's down to Paul to sort his own personal deal out. Paul is a local lad and didn't want to leave the club. But when a very good Football League club comes in that did the Conference proud last season and I'm sure will do well in the Third Division, I've always said that when players leave Dagenham there's only one way to go and that's the Football League. Paul Terry has hopefully got his wish. I'll be sorry to see him go. When I first came to the club Paul was playing in the Reserves and I saw him play one night and I could see a good player out on the park. We've worked with Paul and he's done superbly at the club. He's not only become a very good player at Dagenham and Redbridge, he's become an England player. Hopefully everything will go well with his personal terms, which I can't see a problem with, and we'll go from there."

Speaking to Yeovil Town's Official Site, Glovers manager Gary Johnson hopes to get the deal tied up tomorrow (Monday) and adds: "I'm delighted to be able to bring Paul to Huish Park for although we have a strong squad in quality we are a little short on the numbers necessary to play in Division Three. Paul is a quality midfield player who has represented England in the England National Game XI and will be a great addition to our squad."



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17 August 2003 : Changes made to fixtures, travel arrangements etc
Yeovil Town travel to the East End of London for their next fixture against Leyton Orient. Because of the numbers of Glovers fans expected to travel to Brisbane Road, the O's have allocated the 3,000 capacity uncovered North Terrace to Yeovil supporters, instead of the more usual section of the Main Stand. The match will not be ticketed in advance.

The YTISA are providing coaches to the game. The maximum price will be £10 for members and £12 for non members. The coaches will be leaving Huish Park at 10.00am.

To book, phone Mark or Sara on 01935 412236.

The home match v Northampton Town on Bank Holiday Monday, 25th August, 3pm kick-off, has been made all-ticket by the club. Details of the times of opening hours of the ticket office will be online here when made available by the club.

Finally, the time of kick-off of the home fixture v Swansea City on Saturday 6th September has been brought forward 2 hours to 1pm, on police advice.


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17 August 2003 : Glovers go Gall crazy
Another first at Huish Park yesterday - this time Yeovil Town's home debut as a Football League club. Carlisle United were the visitors, but the Cumbrians made the long journey home to the Border country on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline.

Yet again it was that man Kevin Gall making the headlines, scoring a brace and setting up the third. Gall began the scoring in the 4th minute, inadvertently blocking a goal-bound Roy O'Brien effort before recovering to blast home from close range. The former Bristol Rovers striker made it 2-0 on 18 minutes with a volley from the edge of the area, and the Welshman had a hand in the third and decisive goal when his 79th minute run and cross found striking partner Kirk Jackson in the box, the former Darlington and Stevenage striker sidefooting home from close range to make the game safe.

Final score: Yeovil Town 3 Carlisle United 0

The result leaves the Glovers top of the (very) early league table on maximum points from two games played, ahead of 2nd-placed Doncaster.


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15 August 2003 : You can't have too many Johnson's
The club's official website has announced that Bolton Wanderers midfielder Jermaine Johnson is set to join the Glovers on loan, although the player cannot make his debut for the club until his work permit has been renewed.

The 23-year-old is described by the club as a "right-sided midfielder" and has two full Jamaican caps as well as 17 Premiership appearances for Bolton to add to his cv. He joined the Trotters from previous club Tivoli Gardens in 2001.

Speaking to the official site, Glovers boss Johnson said this about his namesake: "It's a bit of a coup to get a player with Premiership experience and we are looking forward to playing Jermaine when his work permit comes through. I am lucky to have gained so many useful contacts from my international days with Latvia and it was one of them that helped us to get Jermaine to Huish Park"


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15 August 2003 : Park And Ride Scheme Launched
This week's Yeovil Express details the final arrangements for a Park and Ride scheme to try and ease congestion around Huish Park on Saturdays. Commencing at tomorrow's game against Carlisle United, the First Travel Group will use a double decker bus to transport fans to and from the ground. The service will run on home match days until Christmas when they will review the situation.

The bus will leave Yeovil Bus Station and then make numerous stops before arriving at the council offices in Brympton Way which will be used as a free car park for supporters who can then make the journey to Huish Park by bus. The fare will be £1.50 return or 85 pence for a single journey.

The football special bus service route is as follows:

Outward journey: Yeovil Bus Station 1.50pm, Monmouth Hall 2pm, top of Chelston Avenue 2.05pm, Kingston 2.10pm, top of Forrest Hill 2.15pm, council offices at Brympton Way 2.20pm, Huish Park main entrance 2.30pm.

Return journey: Huish Park main entrance 5.05pm, council offices at Brympton Way 5.15pm, top of Forrest Hill 5.20pm, Kingston 5.25pm, top of Chelston Avenue 5.30pm, Monmouth Hall 5.35pm, Yeovil Bus Station 5.45.

For further information contact the First Travel Shop on 01935-476233 on
Mondays to Fridays from between 9.30am and 4.30pm.


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15 August 2003 : Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Carlisle United at Huish Park tomorrow (Saturday) in their first ever Nationwide League home fixture. The game is likely to be a near sell-out in the home sections of the ground, and as a result no tickets will be available for sale on the Saturday. The Huish Park Ticket Office closes at 5.00pm today.

"It's going to be a great occasion," said manager Gary Johnson. "We've been looking forward to this since the end of last season. We have to respect Carlisle, but this is Huish Park in the Football League at last which is what it's all about."

Gary has been boosted by defender Colin Pluck being declared fit after missing the mid-week Carling Cup defeat at Luton Town. The Yeovil manager told the Western Daily Press: "Colin is fine and has been throwing himself about in training. He has now recovered and we have the same squad available that went up to Rochdale. If I do make changes it won't be because of the mistakes on Tuesday night. If Plucky comes back into the side it will be because of how well he did for us throughout last season."

Carlisle United manager Roddy Collins looks to have a selection conundrum to deal with prior to the match. Brendan McGill is close to recovering from a rib injury but he will still be without Des Byrne due to an ankle ligament injury. Mark Summerbell is added to the squad after competing a suspension. The Carlisle manager's main headache though will be whether to keep faith with the mixed side that impressed in their midweek Carling Cup defeat at Walsall or to recall his missing first team regulars.


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14 August 2003 : Rochdale Programme Reprints
Rochdale Football Club are reprinting the match day programme from their historic match against Yeovil Town from August 9th 2003. It is believed that the majority of the 2,000 programmes printed were snapped up by 2.00pm on the day of the match resulting in the publications becoming an instant collectors item.

Now you can get hold of a programme by applying direct to Rochdale Football Club. These are avaliable at £3 each (inc postage and packing within the UK).

Send a cheque or postal order payable to "Rochdale AFC" to:

The Club Shop
Rochdale AFC
Spotland Stadium
Willbutts LAne
Rochdale
OL11 5DS


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14 August 2003 : Marquee Bar Opens Up
Yeovil Town's Marquee Bar will now definitely open in time for the first Nationwide League home match of the season. The club have successfully obtained a temporary licence, in advance of a more permanent licence being applied for.

The new bar will be open this Saturday and has been given a safety capacity of around 250-300 people. There will be a big TV in there, however initially there will be no tables or chairs whilst the club look into possible options for furniture. There will be no entry charge, however admission will be for home fans only. Entrance will be strictly by production of a match day ticket for the three home sections of the ground.

Unfortunately, one of the conditions of the temporary licence is that the bar will be open to Over 18s only. There will also be a No Smoking policy within the bar area and smoking areas will be allocated close to the marquee. The club are hoping that the 'age' ruling will be changed if the application for a permanent licence is successful.

The bar will be open from 12 noon on Saturday until kick-off, and will also open after the game.


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14 August 2003 : Glovers on TV again tonight
Yet more welcome coverage for the Glovers on national TV tonight: Jonathan Pearce's Football Night returns for the new season and includes a feature on the club and their first season in Division Three.

The programme is on Channel Five and begins at 23.55 (five to midnight for those who prefer their clocks to be of the 12 hour variety). Jonathan Pierce won't actually be presenting the show tonight, so don't switch off if you're missing his smiling face. An unnamed guest presenter is due to step in instead.


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14 August 2003 : Lack Of Concentration Costs At Luton
Yeovil manager Gary Johnson cited a couple of defensive errors as the main reason why the Glovers failed to progress against Luton Town on Tuesday night in the Carling Cup.

The Glovers lost 4-1 but Gary was asked whether he thought that was a fair reflection of the game.

"I don't think so," answered Johnson. "I think that our little lack of concentration a couple of times in the penalty area led to a couple of their goals just when we were looking quite good with about an hour gone. We'd got the equaliser, Darren Way had got in behind them, and we were looking OK. I don't want to make excuses, but I thought that one goal was a bit lucky as it got hit into the ground, we had poor defending from the free kick and then poor defending for the next one. So in our own penalty area, we didn't concentrate hard enough. You will get caught at this level, which is what they've learnt and picked up today."

"I thought that generally the lads tried to play their football without really creating a lot of chances," he explained. "We needed to create more on our play. We respect Luton, but they didn't have an easy game. It might look easy at 4-1 but I think they had to do some work to get back into that game at 1-1. To be fair to them they picked us off through our mistakes. The second goal was the turning point. Although the boys didn't stop and I'm pleased they didn't lay down and die. We went right to the end and had a good chance with Abdou's shot and a couple of bits of good play on the edge of the area, and also corners and free kicks."

At half time, Johnson chose to switch to a 4-4-2 formation, and he explained: "They were getting out on the right hand side a bit too much. Their captain Nicholls was playing a good role and it put us on the back foot. We were 1-0 down and we needed to get out there and get straight at them, which we did and for 15 or 20 minutes it worked a treat but unfortunately we let those goals in at the other end."

The crucial goal came whilst the Glovers were tied at 1-1, but the ball bounced off the shins of Hugo Rodrigues and Johnson explained: "Poor old Hugo today had a couple of mistakes that cost us goals. He's gutted but it's part of his learning curve. He's got to quickly adjust to our level. He's been doing that well in pre-season. When midfielders and forwards make mistakes it doesn't show but when a centre-half or a goalkeeper does, then it will show."

"I've got to pick them up because they haven't lost for a long time," he added. "It was nice to have a wake-up call and not lose any points. We have aspirations for the Second Division and if we want to get to the Second Division we have to learn from games like today. But I didn't think there was a lot of difference between the two teams and I was proud of the boys."

Johnson denied that the midweek defeat would dampen the build-up to Saturday's first ever Nationwide League home game against Carlisle United: "There's no gloss taken off it and we've got to be proud of the boys and what they've achieved in the last few months. One dodgy result like today might just help us concentrate that little bit more when we get back into the league. I've asked them to keep their heads up in there because we play Carlisle on Saturday and we want to go on a little run in the league. Yes, we're out of this competition which is a shame because I would have liked to have gone on. But all we can do now is wish Luton the best of luck and we can concentrate on the league as the saying goes."

It was only the Glovers second defeat in recognisable first team competitions since Boxing Day 2002, and Johnson rued: "Both in cup competitions as well, so we're not used to it. But, it was Luton away - a second division side. They did well on Saturday, and they are a decent side. Whether they need a bigger squad or not remains to be seen but certainly their first eleven or twelve are very good players."

Looking ahead to Saturday's game, Gary said: "I think it's going to be a fantastic day and as long as we get the same group of people who were cheering us on to the end, I'm sure it will be a great atmosphere and I'll be disappointed if it is not a full house."

And he should be boosted by the return of Central Defender Colin Pluck: "He was close but not close enough. We were really thinking about Saturday as well."


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14 August 2003 : Final Call For Carlisle Tickets
The club have issued a final warning that Saturday's match against Carlisle United is an ALL TICKET game. At present tickets are NOT expected to be available for purchase on Saturday.

Current season ticket holders who carry one of the new-style 'credit card' season tickets DO NOT have to apply for tickets; your 'credit card' will gain you admission through the turnstiles. There is no need to contact the football club if you already have received your 'credit card' season ticket.

Normal Nationwide Football League prices apply as per the Ticket Prices page.

The Huish Park Ticket Office is open until 8.00pm tonight, and then 10.00am until 5.00pm tomorrow. Supporters who are likely to have difficulty in getting to Huish Park before Saturday are advised to ring the Ticket Office on 01935-423662 and have a credit card available. Note that a surcharge of 45 pence is charged per credit/debit card transaction. All major cards are accepted with the exception of Electron and Solo.

For full details see our news article from August 6th.

P.S. According to this morning's Western Daily Press, over 6,900 tickets had been sold as they went to press, meaning that only 500-600 tickets will have been left for home supporters. The capacity of the three home sides this season has been set at around 7,500 and home supporters will not be allowed to stand at the Copse Road End. The 1,800 capacity terrace will be exclusively for away supporters this season. Those that have not purchased their tickets for the Carlisle game are therefore advised to get in there quick!


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13 August 2003 : Youth Leagues Get New Sponsors
Yeovil Town's Under 17 side will compete this season in a newly sponsored league. Umbro Isotonic, the Official Sports Drink of The Football League, has become the first title sponsor of The Football League Youth Alliance.

The sports drink, produced under license by Calypso Soft Drinks, will lend its name and support to competitions for Under 19 and Under 17 footballers in a move that will add further impetus to the game at youth level.

Teams belonging to clubs from the Nationwide Football League, FA Premier League and Nationwide Football Conference will compete for the Umbro Isotonic Youth Alliance title in their respective conferences this season, plus The Umbro Isotonic Youth Alliance Cup, which is currently held by Tranmere Rovers.

Football League Communications Executive Ian Christon said: ďThe agreement with Umbro Isotonic is a great boost to the Youth Alliance competition. The Football League has been organising competitive football for Under 19 and Under 17 footballers since 1998 and it has proved to be the breeding ground for the stars of tomorrow. In recent seasons Cardiff City striker Robert Earnshaw and Sheffield United midfielder Michael Tonge are examples of players who have come through the youth ranks to become established stars for club and country


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13 August 2003 : YTISA Travel To Leyton Orient
The YTISA will be running coaches to Leyton Orient on Saturday 23rd August.

The maximum price will be £10 for members and £12 for non members. The coaches will be leaving Huish Park at 10.00am.

To book, phone Mark or Sara on 01935 412236.


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13 August 2003 : Glovers first ever Carling Cup match doesn't quite go to plan
Yeovil Town's first outing in the League Cup, or Carling Cup as it's known these days, didn't go quite as well as most were hoping at Kenilworth Road last night, with the Glovers being beaten 4-1 by 2nd Division outfit Luton Town.

While there was no doubt that the Hatters were good value for their win, there is equally no doubt that the margin of victory flattered the 2nd Division side somewhat with the Glovers being praised for their contribution to an entertaining game. Kevin Foley opened the scoring for the home side on 27 minutes, and although Yeovil more or less held their own during the first period, Glovers keeper Chris Weale had to make an outstanding double-save in the closing minutes of the first half to ensure there was only one goal in it at the break.

A switch to 4-4-2 made the away side more competitive in the final third of the pitch, and Yeovil took the game to their hosts after the break, equalising through an Emmerson Boyce own goal on 47 minutes. An unhappy 15-minute period of individual errors in defence proved the Glovers undoing however, and the home side wrapped up the scoring with goals from Tony Thorpe (56 mins) Courtney Pitt (64 mins) and Steven Howard (68 mins).

The first defeat for Yeovil then in a senior competitive game since the 0-2 loss against Burscough in the FA Trophy 6th Round match last March (we don't count the Somerset Senior Cup Final as a proper first-team fixture, sorry Taunton fans!). When you're on a learning curve such setbacks are only to be expected, and this excellent young side is most definitely on a steep learning curve this season. Any fans who had begun to believe the press hype about how good the Glovers are supposed to be will have had their feet brought back down to earth by this result, and that might not be an entirely bad thing in the long run.

Final score: Luton Town 4 Yeovil Town 1.


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13 August 2003 : Car Flags On Sale
The Official Club Shop at Huish Park has got new Car Flags for sale. The flags cost five pounds each. The shop is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday and also on matchdays from 10.00am - 2.45pm Saturdays, and from 6.00pm for evening fixtures. The shop stays open for 1 hour after all first team matches.

For further enquiries, contact Dave Linney in the Commercial Department on 01935-423662.


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11 August 2003 : Carlisle Match Officials Announced
Match Officials for Saturday's match against Carlisle United have been announced. Mick Thorpe of Suffolk is the match referee whilst his assistants are Danny McDermid (Hampshire) and Richard Palmer (Somerset).

A reminder that Saturday's match is an ALL TICKET game. Current season ticket holders who carry one of the new-style 'credit card' season tickets DO NOT have to apply for tickets; your 'credit card' will gain you admission through the turnstiles. There is no need to contact the football club if you already have received your 'credit card' season ticket.

Normal Nationwide Football League prices apply as per the Ticket Prices page. The Huish Park Ticket Office will be open at the following times:

Tues 12th Aug: 10am - 5pm
Wed 13th Aug: 10am - 5pm
Thurs 14th Aug: 10am - 8pm
Fri 15th Aug: 10am - 5pm

For full details see our news article from August 6th.


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11 August 2003 : Luton Town vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town play their first ever Carling Cup (aka Football League Cup) match tomorrow (Tuesday) night at Kenilworth Road when they will taken on Nationwide Second Division side Luton Town.

Glovers manager Gary Johnson said of the tie: "We'd like to do well in a cup competition. We're playing a Second Division side that have got some very good players. But we're going there to win the game, as we always do."

Luton have had a difficult summer off the pitch yet kicked off their season on Saturday with a 3-1 win over Rushden and Diamonds, and Johnson admitted: "They've obviously got the mentality of players that can cope with adversity."

In terms of the travelling squad, Johnson added: "Colin Pluck is only 50:50 after getting a knee in his back, but other than we've got a clean bill of health and we'll be taking the same squad up as the one we took to Rochdale."

Tickets for Tuesday night's game are pay on the day only and unreserved seating. The prices are £10 adults, £5 concessions, and £1 for children under 12 accompanied by an adult.

The officials appointed for the game are:

Referee - Lee Cable (Surrey).
Assistant Referees - Matthew Knight (Sussex); Mark Scholes (Buckinghamshire).

If the game is drawn at 90 minutes, extra time will be played, with penalties to follow if the game can still not be decided.

Should Yeovil progress in the competition, the Second Round draw will be held live on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday at 5.30pm on this coming Saturday (16th August). At the second round state, the 12 Premiership clubs not involved in European Competitions will be added to the draw to join the First Round winners.

Supporters travelling to Kenilworth Road should enter the ground at the Oak Road End which holds 2,000. Parking at the ground is very limited. For directions and parking options see our Luton Town Club Profile.


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11 August 2003 : County Cup Tie Scheduled
Yeovil Town's Somerset Premier Cup First Round clash against Bristol City has now been scheduled. The match will take place at Huish Park on Tuesday 7th October with a 7.45pm kick-off.

If the Glovers get past their Second Division opponents, then they will play host to the winners of the Taunton Town v Paulton Rovers tie in the following round. The Second Round is currently scheduled to take place during the week commencing November 17th.


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10 August 2003 : Johnson Sees Squad's Reputation Enhanced
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson said he was a proud man after seeing the Glovers open up their Football League account with a 3-1 win at Rochdale on Saturday.

Striker Kevin Gall went into the record books as Yeovil Town's first ever scorer in the Football League and Johnson said that the goal was "A fantastic finish. If we were all allowed to have a bet, we would have had a bet on him getting the first goal. It was a quality finish and a quality move. It was great to go 1-0 up because for a long time now, when we've gone 1-0 up we haven't been beaten in a game. We had three good goals and we were unlucky with a number of other chances, but to get three goals away from home in our team's league debut is a wonderful achievement."

Speaking about Lee Johnson's quick free-kick that put Yeovil 2-1 up, Johnson Snr said: "He does that quite well. He doesn't always score; sometimes he puts somebody else in. It's nice to see someone who is that bright - a chip off the old block! - and score a goal like that because that was really important. They did have a quick word with the referee and he said yes, so they took it. We learnt from that two years ago with Jon Sheffield when he got beaten like that. We've now scored more now [in that manner] than we have against us. That second goal killed them a bit because we were ready and they weren't ready."

Lee gave his own view of the strike adding: "Jacko did well to win a free kick and I put the ball down and I could see the keeper still lining the wall up, so I just asked the ref if I could take it quick and he said go ahead. I just put it in the bottom corner."

Kevin Gall made it 3-1 after good work from Kirk Jackson, and Johnson Snr said: "The third goal really won the game, especially because we know we are fit and are going to go right until the end. In this heat, I was very proud of the boys, because we finished strong. We said at half time that we had to trust our training and trust our judgement that we would finish the stronger. OK, they scored just before half time, but let's not worry about it and believe that the game will get easier as the game gets longer. He [Kirk Jackson] did well. He was bright and sharp, and he left the ball in a great area for Gally to get a tap-in."

As usual Johnson refused ot pick out any of his players for special praise or attention adding: "You can't pick anyone out because they were all magnificent. I can only be proud of them all. The win gives us confidence, and it allows us to carry on from last year. We're still winning at the moment, and your first game is always a massive game. This wasn't just a game, it was an event and we had to deal with the media and the cameras and we've come up trumps. It doesn't mean that much as we've still got 45 games to go. It's three points that we've got that they haven't got, but there's a long long way to go. We're pleased for our supporters, but we know that we've still got 45 hard games to go and that we've won the first one. Our reputation has gone ahead of us today, and we've only enhanced that reputation. I don't think we'll be shocking anyone because they know that we've got a young fit squad that are committed and this will just enhance that situation."

The Glovers cruised through the final 20 minutes of the game and Johnson put that down to superior fitness and also the quality of his substitutes explaining: "We've got some athletes who were sitting on the bench and who were desperate to come on. The last thing that tired legs want to see is fresh legs running at them. People like El Kholti and Lindy are not players you want to have running at you in the last 15 minutes, so our squad won the game today and probably our preparation. I said before the game I wanted everyone to remember their league debuts in a positive way, and I also wanted everybody to affect the game. I didn't wany anyone going home on the coach having not affected the game. I thought all 14 players we used affected the game."

Lee Johnson said of his debut: "It's been brilliant. There's so many of us making our league debuts today. I know we won the Conference by a long way last year but we've all still got a lot to prove. We're just going to work hard and battle for it."

Rochdale's official away attendance has been judged to be 1,651 although the forthcoming set of Ciderspace photos certainly make the 3,644 capacity stand look well over the 45 percent claimed by those figures. Johnson Snr said that it was "Magnificent support; we always show our appreciation and we genuinely mean it. It was great for them because it was a long way to come. It will be a short journey back though! I'm always pleased to give them what they pay their money for; the entertainment and a result."

Colin Pluck was the only injury and Johnson said: "He got a whack on the back. He stiffened up and had a bit of a spasm, and when you've got a bench like we've got, you don't leave any chances. I would have thought he would be in contention for Tuesday."


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10 August 2003 : It's a Gall! All systems go for Glovers on League debut
Approximately 2,000 Glovers made the long journey to Lancashire yesterday to watch Yeovil Town make a winning start to life in the Football League with a 3-1 away win at Rochdale.

The match was played in extreme conditions as the temperature pitchside touched 100 degrees farenheit at times. After a tentative start in which the hosts had most of the game, the Glovers took the lead on 25 minutes when Kevin Gall half-volleyed home after good work from Gavin Williams. Rochdale drew level in first half injury time through Paul Conner.

The Glovers proceeded to take control in the second half. Lee Johnson made it 1-2 on 55 minutes with a typical piece of opportunism: Yeovil were awarded a free-kick just outside the Dale box. Johnno asked referee Mark Warren if he could take a quick free-kick and was given permission. As the defence and keeper were still occupied by organising a wall, Johnson curled the ball into the empty net - 1-2 to the Glovers. Kevin Gall added his second and Yeovil's third on 67 minutes with a tap-in to an empty net after excellent work from Kirk Jackson.

Final score: Rochdale 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Rochdale boss Alan Buckley commented: "I'm very disappointed with the result obviously, you want to win your first game in charge but sadly it didn't happen. We feel a bit like patsy's in a way feeling everything was loaded in their favour. I thought we deserved our equaliser in the first half, we played some good football and looked quite threatening. I think the second goal killed us off really. I spoke for years about watching out for quick freekicks and we didn't do that, the players never listened and were punished for it, they won't do it again."

Buckley went on to praise the Yeovil players: "They played with a lot of togetherness, a lot of understanding and took full advantage of our inadequacies, which defensively were very poor," he admitted.

"They showed good understanding and looked like a team and they are on a roll after the promotion season. They had a good following and with everything else you just had the feeling it was going to be their day. Once they got the third goal and the confidence it gave them, I think I could have played for them. We just have to get the team gelling, but some of the players didn't quite do it today and that didn't help us."

Gary Johnson's post match comments will be added to this page later today. Defender Colin Pluck was taken off just before half-time with a back injury, he's expected to be "in contention" for a place in the squad for this Tuesday's trip to Luton in the Carling Cup.

[Quotes sourced from Rochdale official site]


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8 August 2003 : Glovers Go Under Media Spotlight
With just 24 hours before the BIG day arrives in Yeovil Town's history, National Press, Television and Radio have all been lining up to get their own views on life in Somerset.

Yesterday, both Sky Sports News and Sky Sports One carried footage of the Glovers, and they were joined by an article from the Daily Telegraph.

Today, that coverage continues with two excellent articles from The Times and The Independent.

Tomorrow the coverage continues, with BBC Radio Five Live doing a feature on Saturday morning, which is expected to go out sometime after 10.30am. Brendon Owen, author of Yeovil 'Til I Die, will be on the airwaves, explaining why he won't be at Spotland tomorrow! Those that have read his book will appreciate that his excuse isn't a bad one. Mark Kelly and Stew Bratherton from YTISA are expected to follow Brendon about an hour later as they tell Five Live what the mood is like on the YTISA Supporters Coaches.

Next up it's BBC One's Football Focus programme which is expected to feature Gary Johnson live from Spotland as he gets his team ready for the game. If that wasn't enough, the Glovers will also feature in HTV West's Soccer Sunday programme the following day at 1.15pm, where HTV cameras will have travelled up on the team bus to experience the pre-match atmosphere. HTV West will also cover Yeovil's Carling Cup match against Luton Town on Wednesday at 11.50pm. Naturally, with the Glovers now in Division Three, they will also get 'goals' highlights as part of Sky Sports standard Nationwide League round-up programmes. It's a whole new world out there!

Last, but certainly not least, those who can't get to Rochdale but live within the BBC Radio Bristol and Somerset Sound broadcasting areas should be aware of their plans to broadcast commentary from Yeovil away games this season. Tomorrow's commentary will be provided on 1566MW.


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7 August 2003 : Friendly Match At Cheddar
Last minute news of a pre-season friendly at Somerset County League side Cheddar has reached Ciderspace.

The Cheddar Football Club website reports that they will take on Yeovil Town on August 7 (tonight), kick off 7pm. The club are expecting a large crowd for this special occasion, so fans are urged to get there early. Gates open at 6pm and admission is only £1 for adults and 50p for children (under 15).

Although the website is not explicit, it is likely that the match will represent an opportunity for Stuart Housley's Under 17 side to play against another senior side. If anyone gets to the game, send Ciderspace an email and let us know what happened.


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7 August 2003 : Rochdale vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town will finally reach the moment they have been waiting for on Saturday 9th August when they take on Rochdale at Spotland in their first ever Nationwide Football League fixture in their 108 year history.

Manager Gary Johnson has no new injury worries, with only Terry Skiverton and Chris Giles unfit for the journey to Lancashire. Gavin Williams will have no problems, despite a slight cut to the shin during Monday night's final pre-season friendly.

"We're all OK other than the long term ones," said Johnson. "We have a squad of twenty players who we know are fit and are ready to go. We know there will be a lot of supporters up there and for them it will be an event as well as a game."

Between 1,500 and 2,000 Glovers fans are expected to make the journey. Johnson added that he would be patient with his players as they went through a new learning curve in their new division: "I think you've got to give the players who have got us this far a fair amount of time. They deserve that as they are the players who won us a place in the league. You don't panic too early if we lose games, just as you don't get excited too early if we win all our early games."

Whilst the Glovers have made only two summer signings so far in the form of Jamie Gosling and Hugo Rodrigues, their opponents have made a large number of changes over the summer bringing in Michael Simpkins, Sean McClare, Leo Bertos, Daryl Burgess, Craig Strachan and Robert Betts. Manchester City midfielder Chris Shuker has become manager Alan Buckley's seventh summer recruit this week as he arrives at Spotland on a one month loan.

Whilst this may mean that Rochdale may need time to gel properly, Johnson expects an entertaining game, saying of his opponents: "They're a good football team; Alan Buckley always has good footballing teams."

The Ciderspace guide to Rochdale, including directions to the ground, club background and advice for a pub or two can be found here.


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7 August 2003 : Third Division salary cap - more details emerge
The Football League have announced more details on their official website concerning the salary cap for Third Division clubs this season (see yesterday's news story).

As reported yesterday, Third Division clubs, including Yeovil, have agreed to be bound to keeping the costs of players salaries to a total of 60% of club turnover and total staff salaries to a maximum of 75% of club turnover. The limits apply to aggregate player and staff wages and not individual salaries.

As to the question "What is turnover?", the League describes it thus: Income counting towards turnover will include central payments from The League (TV and sponsorship money), gate receipts and financial donations from benefactors or equity funding. Loans made by benefactors will not be included.

Clubs will be asked to deliver budget forecasts to the Football League during August, and then further reports every four months. In the current experimental stage there will be no competition sanctions for offenders who break the salary cap, offending clubs will instead be liable to repay grant money worth £33,000, part of a £20 million funding package from the Football Foundation. If the scheme is extended to all 72 Football League clubs in the future, as the League hopes it will be, then points penalties and fines may well be introduced. League Director of Operations Andy Williamson said: "All the clubs will decide between them on the penalties for not achieving the 60% and 75% marks. They will decide whether there are fines or even points deductions in due course. Whatever they decide upon, the scheme will have to have teeth."

"We chose Division Three to start with because they have more players on one year contracts," Williamson explained. "We've researched club accounts and assessed what clubs need to do in order to operate in the black. Division Three sides have embraced this scheme. We hope to convince all 72 clubs of the merit of the scheme and extend it as quickly as possible."


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7 August 2003 : Parry to make it a hat-trick for Glovers?
There is much speculation in today's press that highly-rated Hereford left-winger Paul Parry could be being lined up for a move to Huish Park in the near future. Both local papers, the Western Gazette and the Yeovil Express, name the winger as a target for the Glovers, the Gazette claiming that the price would be around the £25,000 mark; while the Western Daily Press features an article on Parry's career to date and claims that Yeovil are on the verge of making an offer for him. If the player was to make the switch he would become the third high profile player to move from the Conference club to Somerset in recent seasons, following the previous transfers of Michael McIndoe, who Parry would directly replace now the Scot has moved to Doncaster, and Gavin Williams.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson has refused to comment specifically on the Parry link, but speaking in general terms said this week: "The board have not told me how much I have got and how much I have not got to spend because they know I will be sensible. Saying that, if I need a particular person to add to our squad and it needs money then I am sure they will back me."

Hereford manager Graham Turner has gone on the record earlier in the pre-season as saying that Parry was an important member of the Hereford squad and that, unlike in previous seasons, he [Turner] was under no pressure to sell players for financial reasons. However, it's been noticeable that Turner has avoided all mention of Parry in his latest interviews on Hereford's official website, despite him talking up other members of his squad and their importance to his club for the coming season. Coincidence? Time will tell.

In other news Gary Johnson has had what he hopes will be his final word on the transfer of Michael McIndoe to Doncaster, as well as the news of former Glover Anthony Tonkin's shock transfer request at current club Stockport. Both players share the 'services' of controversial agent Steve Denos. Johnson told the Gazette: "We have totally forgotten the McIndoe situation now because there are more important things that we have got to look forward to. It was a sideshow for a little while and it took up a little bit of our time but fortunately not too much. Now only time will tell. Football always has a habit of coming back round and the only comment I want to make is that Tonkin and McIndoe, as I told them both at the time, are maybe listening to the wrong people."


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6 August 2003 : Edwards Offered Short Term Deal
Striker Jake Edwards has been offered a short-term one-month contract with the Glovers as he seeks to impress manager Gary Johnson at Huish Park.

Born on 11th May 1976 in Manchester, Edwards was playing for Charleston Battery in the USA and stands at 6'1" tall. Johnson is hoping that he will act as cover for Kirk Jackson but wants to be sure about his fitness. The slower paced game in America has meant that Edwards has had to adjust his game quite radically and Johnson has said on the Official Site: "Jake is getting there but I still feel he needs to push his fitness levels up before I decide on the future. The month will also give Jake the chance to discuss the idea of a move with his wife who is in the United States at present."

Edwards has also played for Blackpool and Wrexham, whom he turned out for prior to a move to Telford United playing on several occasions against the Glovers. He departed these shores a year ago to play in the USA.

Two other former trialists have now found new clubs. Goalkeeper James Bittner and defender Alex Jeannin have both moved down the road to join Nationwide Conference side Exeter City and both players have agreed 12 month deals at St James Park.


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6 August 2003 : Third Division clubs agree a salary cap - of sorts
After much speculation throughout the summer it has finally been reported that there will be a wage-capping system in place in the Third Division this season. Clubs will be limited to spending no more than 60% of turnover on players wages and a total of 75% of turnover on all staff wages.

The scheme is an experimental one limited to the Third Division initially and will be run on an entirely voluntary basis, with no sanction applied to offenders other than the possible disallowance of entitlement to emergency grants. If the scheme is a success then it will be extended to the entire Football League and made compulsory, but there's a lot of water to flow under the bridge before that happens. The scheme is being introduced in an effort to reduce the amount of clubs in money trouble and going into administration.

In other news Glovers striker Kevin Gall has been picked for the Wales u-21 squad to face Serbia & Montenegro on Tuesday 19th August at FK Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia. Congratulations to Kevin, and for the benefit of concerned supporters the Glovers aren't scheduled to play that midweek, so as far as we're aware he shouldn't miss any Yeovil matches.


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6 August 2003 : Ticketing Details For Carlisle Game
Ticketing details for the match against Carlisle United have been finalised. The match will be ALL-TICKET and tickets are expected to go on sale from tomorrow.

Current season ticket holders who carry one of the new-style 'credit card' season tickets DO NOT have to apply for tickets; your 'credit card' will gain you admission through the turnstiles. There is no need to contact the football club if you already have received your 'credit card' season ticket.

Normal Nationwide Football League prices apply as per the Ticket Prices page. The Huish Park Ticket Office will be open at the following times:

Thurs 7th Aug: 5pm - 8pm
Fri 8th Aug: 10am - 5pm
Sat 9th Aug: CLOSED
Sun 10th Aug: CLOSED
Mon 11th Aug: 10am - 8pm
Tues 12th Aug: 10am - 5pm
Wed 13th Aug: 10am - 5pm
Thurs 14th Aug: 10am - 8pm
Fri 15th Aug: 10am - 5pm

Carlisle United supporters have been allocated approximately 1,700 tickets at the open-terraced Copse Road End and all travelling Carlisle fans should contact their football club for precise details of ticket allocations. There will be no seating available to away supporters. Any disabled or infirmed Carlisle supporters should apply direct to Yeovil Town Football Club for special dispensation.

Yeovil Town supporters who live a distance from Huish Park may apply for tickets either by post or by credit card. Postal Applications must be sent to Yeovil Town Football Club, Huish Park Ticket Office, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8YF. Please enclose a Stamped Addressed Envelope along with a cheque for the correct amount.

Alternatively, tickets may be purchased over the phone using a credit or debit card (Switch cards now accepted, but Solo cards are not) by dialing 01935-423662 Ext 200. Note that a small surcharge (usually 45 pence) will be applied against all credit/debit card applications.


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5 August 2003 : A Clean Bill Of Health For Saturday
Gary Johnson's side came out of Monday night's 2-0 win over Tiverton Town reporting a clean bill of health following the game. The only scare was when Gavin Williams left the field after just three minutes, but Johnson said there was nothing to worry about.

"We've got to make sure that he's right," explained Johnson. "I wasn't going to put him on, but I saw him sitting there like a baby without a dummy, so I thought I'd put him on for 10 minutes. But I think he got all excited, made a stupid tackle and started limping. So I'd rather make sure that he gets right for Saturday, but I wanted to give him ten minutes because I know how much he likes playing football. It was precautionary and he's alright. It wasn't even his ankle, it was a little cut on his shin and that was why he was limping."

Two Andy Lindegaard goals in the first half sealed the game and Gary added: "They were two decent goals from Lindy. Two great strikes and Lindy has had a good pre-season. We played some good stuff at times. Tiverton did well and they kept going right until the end, which was a good test for us. We managed to give a few players 90 minutes like Reedy and Patch. It all worked out quite well, and you're just touching wood that you don't get any more injuries. That's the important thing on the Monday before your league debut."

"Tiverton always give you a good test and that's why we like coming here, because the pitch is always nice," said Johnson. "I needed to mix and match today because I couldn't really afford to have six or seven of the starting line-up for Rochdale out there. People like Plucky needed their 90 minutes so they played, but it was a good evening for us mainly because there were no injuries. The pre-season couldn't have gone better. What we need to do now is to learn from last year because our pre-season went well last season. But I think they are a bit more experienced now and hopefully we can go into the Rochdale game full of confidence without being complacent."

Just one trialist remains at Huish Park; ex-Telford and Wrexham striker Jake Edwards and Johnson explained: "We've got to make a decision on him. I'll sit down with Thommo and other staff and we'll talk about it and we'll talk to him, and in the next couple of days we will have to make some sort of a decision."

Gary gave Youth Team graduate Ian Patchett a complete 90 minutes at Tiverton and he said of the midfielder: "Patch is at college, or rather waiting to go back to college. Patch will train with us. He's only young and he's a bit like Reedy was when he first came in. He can play, he's a decent player and he'll be handy to have in and around the Reserves for a year or so whilst he's at college and we'll see if he develops as well has Reedy has. Reedy is a solid First Team player now and I'd have no hesitation in playing Reedy. Reedy will definitely get games this season, I've got no doubt about that. I'm not looking for a left-back because if I want a left-back in a 4-4-2, I've got one."

Johnson also introduced two more youngsters as substitutes; central defender Sam Croft and striker Glen Hobbs: "One is from Plymouth [Glen Hobbs] and he played in a trial for our Youth Team, but it turned out he was two weeks too old. It's the first time I've seen him today, but he'll be training with us for a week. He looks like a strong and confident lad. The other lad [Sam Croft] will play for the Youth team and Stuart [Housley] said he had done very well, and after we lost Roy we needed another centre-back."

One notable absentee from Tiverton was Roy O'Brien but again Johnson said this was no cause for concern: "Roy's glands are up a bit. Again, you don't take any chances. It's a little changing room here, and if he came in we'd all have it. We just told him to rest and relax. It's no big deal. Roy has played in most of the games, so he won't lose any fitness."

Next stop for Yeovil is Lancashire this Saturday where they will take on Rochdale in their first ever Nationwide Football League match. The Ciderspace guide to Rochdale can be found here. Ticket prices are set at £14 for adults with concessions priced at £8. Away fans are housed in the brand new Perfit Windows Stand, capacity 3,644 and this is a pay-on-the-day game.


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5 August 2003 : Rogers Happy Despite Tivvy Defeat
Tiverton Town manager Martyn Rogers was more than happy with his side's performance yesterday, despite going down to a 0-2 home defeat at the hands of Gary Johnson's Yeovil Town side. The highly successful manager labelled the Glovers as the best team that they had played in pre-season; high praise given that Tivvy's opponents have included Plymouth Argyle, Cardiff City and Torquay United.

Rogers explained: "I said before the game that Yeovil were going to give us a stern test and that is just how it turned out. They are the best team we have
played pre-season and I'm quite pleased at the way the lads dealt with it. We had a few opportunities ourselves and held them at bay for most of the game. They didn't really penetrate our defence and it took a couple of excellent strikes to win them the game, both from long range. I think they will start the campaign as one of the fittest sides in the Football League, certainly in the Third Division. Under those circumstances my lads did well to contain them. There were a number of positives to be gained from the match so I'm in no way down about the result
."

The Glovers now get a chance to put their feet up for a few days before the real battles start up at Spotland on Saturday when they will take on Rochdale. The Ciderspace guide to all things Rochdale can be found here.


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4 August 2003 : Lindegaard double ends pre-season with a win
Yeovil Town brought their pre-season games to an end at Ladysmead tonight with a 2-0 win over hosts Tiverton Town. A mix-and match Glovers side consisting of a mixture of first-teamers, squad players, some youths and a triallist (Jake Edwards) were too strong in the final third of the field for an enthusiastic Tivvy side who look well capable of mounting a challenge for promotion to the Conference this season.

Andy Lindegaard opened the scoring on 31 minutes with an opportunistic strike following a free-kick, and the Yeovil-born youngster made it 0-2 on 40 minutes with a 30-yard screamer. The second-half performance got a bit lost under the weight of a flurry of substitutions, but the game was an excellent work-out for both sides ahead of the start of the season proper this Saturday. The only slight cause for concern for Glovers fans was the brief appearance of Gavin Williams in the second half who lasted a grand total of three minutes before being taken off again, but Ciderspace learned after the match that Super Gav's substitution was purely precautionary after he sustained a slight cut following a tackle - all of those who played tonight are expected to be fit for Saturday's opener at Rochdale.

Final score: Tiverton Town 0 Yeovil Town 2.


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4 August 2003 : Commemorative Enamel Badges Now On Sale
Yeovil supporter Tim Lancaster has produced two types of high quality enamel lapel badges that will be on sale at Spotland on Saturday commemorating Yeovil Town's first ever Football League fixture against Rochdale. The badges, costing £3.00 each, will feature the two club crests and the date and details of the fixture. E-mail Tim at tim.daff@btopenworld.com or phone 01935 873221 to reserve a badge.


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4 August 2003 : Glovers Pass Their Strongest Test
A delighted Gary Johnson has once again praised his side for their performance against Football League opposition as part of their 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday night.

Speaking immediately after the game, Johnson said: "I said to boys before the game that this would be their strongest test, because I know the mentality of the Brighton team. I knew that if they were down, they would come back. The majority of that team have been together for three years, where they went from the Second Division to the First. They were unlucky to come back down, but I know the spirit of them, and I knew that in the second half they wouldn't let us play and they wouldn't just lie down and die. I knew that they would up their tempo. I thought this would be our stiffest test and I thought it would be the closest to the sort of game that we would get in the Third Division. We had to keep our tempo good. We had a fantastic first half. We went to sleep a little bit for 20 minutes but then we came back at the end, and it was another part of our very good pre-season build-up."

Johnson admitted he was perhaps guilty of over-celebrating Adam Stansfield's winning goal but explained: "To be honest I'd jumped up and thrown my arms up in the air. I went to apologise to Steve Coppell and explained that I knew it was only a pre-season game. I wasn't celebrating us winning; I was celebrating him scoring his goal. He took it really well and he took it in real Stansfield style. I spoke to Adam Stansfield today and said I hoped he understood why he wasn't starting. He's 20 percent short of where he needs to be; not in his bravery, or in his running or pace. It's just that extra little quality touch he needs now. In every game he is getting better at that. The timing of bringing him through is going to be perfect because he's not that short of being ready now. Not just because of the goal but in other little touches he is doing. In the first game played, everything was coming off his knee, his shoulder and his shin."

The Yeovil manager stressed that the substitution of goalkeeper Chris Weale had nothing to do with Brighton's 62nd minute equaliser and was preplanned, adding: "Chris has held his hand up, and said he could have done better. A couple of others have said they could have defended better. They all knew Steve Collis was coming on after an hour. In fact I didn't do it straight away; I did it a couple of minutes after, because I didn't want people to think that was why I did the substitution."

Johnson warned that he was prepared to keep Colin Pluck and Terry Skiverton out of the starting eleven if the current trio of Hugo Rodrigues, Adam Lockwood and Roy O'Brien continued to deliver: "They boys that come on have got to push their way into the team. I'm playing what is basically my first team right now, but the others that are coming into that are doing a very good job. But the ones that have the shirt keep the shirt and it's up to those coming on to work their way into it. Every game Hugo plays he looks that bit better. We've got five super defenders there. Hugo doesn't misplace a pass. You think he's a bit casual, but five games later he hasn't given the ball away, and you start to think that he can't be that lucky."

On the summer's other new signing he said: "Jamie Gosling is looking more comfortable on the ball. He gives us another dimension. All of them have got qualities, and if you put together their team spirit, their commitment and their own individualism, then we've got a decent team, because they can all do something."

Despite the loss of Michael McIndoe, the Glovers are still looking comfortable down the left flank, and Johnson said of the squad's youngest member: "I said to Stephen Reed before the Wolves game that he had now put in my mind that he is now a First Team player, and not just someone that we are blooding. He's just got to wait for his chance and if he gets it, then he'll stay there. People turn from being kids into blokes and wherever he went this summer, he turned from a kid into a bloke. He's come on leaps and bounds and he is going to be a great player."

Much of the current limelight is falling on the remarkable strike rate of Kevin Gall, but Johnson says he is unfazed by the current form of his striking partner Kirk Jackson: "Jacko is not quite firing on all cylinders. We've got to get him going. But I know Jacko and I know the nature of the beast. It took him a little time last season to warm up and get going. Sometimes all it needs it a bit of confidence through a goal. He was unlucky with the header. But Gally works so hard that you find yourself being a decoy for him all the time. You make a run and Gally's already there! So he has to keep adjusting for Gally. I've got to get Jacko to be more potent in the box. He is that big fellow at the far post, and if we give him the quality, then he will score the goals."

Finally, Gary explained the current situation with one player who has yet to kick a ball this season: "Tom White is not in competitive training yet. The month is up and Tom is not in contract at the moment. I think the PFA are helping him, which is the right thing to do, and I'm happy for Tom to be around for as long as he needs to get fit. Whatever happens he can't go anywhere without being fit anyway."

The Glovers play their final pre-season match tonight at Ladymead where they will take on Tiverton Town in a match that kicks off at 7.30pm. Abdehalim El Kholti (hamstring) and Colin Pluck (thigh) are expected to have recovered sufficiently to take part in the game against the Dr Martens Premier league side.


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3 August 2003 : Brighton Appreciate Their Wake-Up Call
Brighton & Hove Albion assistant manager Bob Booker has become the latest manager to visit Huish Park and come away praising the performance of the Glovers in their pre-season friendlies.

The Seagulls assistant said of Friday night's match: "I thought we played a very good team, especially in the first half. We were caught very short at the beginning, which put us on the back foot, and it took a while for us to get into the pace of the game."

Referring to Adam Stansfield's 89th minute winner, he added: "We did that as the game went on and started to press a lot better. The one time we did not close down in the second half we got caught again and ended with a defeat. They are a good outfit and if they start like that they are going to cause a lot of problems. It was a nice little wake-up call for us at this stage of pre-season."

Booker denied that the Seagulls had been caught out by surprise, and was well aware of the Glovers performances against other Football League sides, adding: "The manager (Steve Coppell) made that point before the game. It was a good, tough test for us and the lads had to be on their toes."

The final pre-season match takes place tomorrow (Monday) night at Tiverton Town's Ladymead ground, kick-off 7.30pm.


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2 August 2003 : Denos At Centre Of Player Row ... Again!
The antics of Players Agent Steven Denos are starting to resemble the plot of the film Groundhog Day. With the ink on Michael McIndoe's contract at Doncaster Rovers barely dry, another player-club-agent row has broken out with Denos at the thick of things once again.

Rather ironically, the player concerned is former Yeovil left-back Anthony Tonkin who left Yeovil in controversial circumstances just ten months ago to team up with Stockport County. Tonkin walked out on the club following advice from Denos, but the tables have now turned, with Crewe Alexandra the new club at the centre of a new row. Once again, Tonkin's agent is being blamed for the situation that has developed, and once again the player concerned has been removed from the playing squad by his First Team manager.

Stockport County manager Carlton Palmer told their Official Website: "I've reluctantly accepted a transfer request from Tonks. I'm not particularly happy about it and that's why he's not here and involved today. I've said to the players that I have no problem with any of them wanting to go on and better themselves. But if an agent tries to engineer a move, which is the situation at Crewe, it isn't right and I won't have it. Tonks now finds himself out of the magic circle and he's got to hope now that Crewe come up with the money that I'm asking for because he won't leave for the money they've offered."

The irony of Palmer's comments can't be overlooked. It seems extraordinary that the Stockport manager was willing to take on a player whose move was 'engineered' just ten months ago from Huish Park. Palmer was more than happy to deal with the underhand tactics of Denos when he stood to gain from the deal. Yet when Palmer finds himself on the receiving end of a similar scenario, suddenly he finds it an unacceptable situation. The chickens are certainly coming home to roost for Palmer this weekend. As for Denos, how long before English football decides they have had enough of his wheeling and dealing?


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2 August 2003 : YTISA Travel Details For Rochdale
The Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association have finalised details of their coach travel to the first ever Nationwide League match against Rochdale on Saturday 9th August.

Those travelling are asked to arrive at Huish Park from around 7.15am, to enable the coaches to depart at 7.30am promptly. Supporters should allow the 15 minutes to settle into their coaches, ready for departure. Note that currently the Football Club is the only currently scheduled departure point. The bus station pick-up point is not being used for this journey.

Supporters are also reminded to bring their membership cards with them, if they wish to take advantage of the members discounted travel. Those who are non-members may take advantage of YTISA's £5 lifetime membership rates and join on the day. YTISA reserves the right to charge travellers the non-membership rate if they do not take their membership cards.

The cost of the travel will be £14 for members and £16 for non-members. For further information or to check on availability of seats, phone Chairman Mark Kelly on 01935-412236 or Treasurer Stew Bratherton on 01935-472717.


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2 August 2003 : Player Sponsorship Sells Out
Yeovil Town have now got a full book against their player sponsorship for the 2003/04 season. All currently contracted players have a sponsor attached to their name as of yesterday.

The club still have a number of match and match ball sponsorship opportunities for the coming season, whilst persons or organisations can still provide goal sponsorship, which provides a payment to the club for each goal scored in first team fixtures.

The club also have vacancies for supporters who wish to sell Glovers Gold Bond tickets. Interested parties should contact Dave Linney at Yeovil Town on 01935-423662 ext 202. There are certain areas of Yeovil the club would like to target to attract more members to the successful draw, and ticket sellers can earn money as part of their ticket sales.


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2 August 2003 : Carlisle Game 'All-Ticket'
Yesterday's half-time tannoy announcements included the news that Yeovil Town's first ever Nationwide Football League home fixture, against Carlisle United on Saturday 16th August, will be an all-ticket game.

Currently the nature of the ticketing arrangements have not been announced, but will almost certainly involve non-season ticket holders being required to purchase a match ticket prior to the day of the match. It is not clear at present whether this will include travelling Carlisle fans, or indeed what portion of the ground they will be allocated. Full details will hopefully follow soon.


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2 August 2003 : Reserves Games Open To Public
Yeovil Town's Reserve Team games for the forthcoming season in the Pontins Holiday Combination Wales & West Division will be open to the public. Unlike many clubs in the Football Combination League, the Glovers have chosen a 7.45pm kick-off time for all of their home fixtures, to allow more supporters the chance to attend fixtures.

The games are expected to feature a blend of First Team fringe players and the previous Saturday's substitutes, combined with the cream of the up-and-coming Youth Team players. Although admission prices have yet to be rubberstamped by the club, Ciderspace understands that the proposed admission prices are currently £3.00 for adults, £2.00 for season ticket holders, with OAPs and Under 14s admitted free. The actual prices should be finalised shortly.

The full fixture list for the Reserves can be found here on Ciderspace. Youth Team fixture lists are also available and can be found here.


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2 August 2003 : Macca : The End Is Nigh
Doncaster Rovers report via their Official Site, that left-winger Michael McIndoe has agreed terms with the Yorkshire side and is expected to put pen to paper prior to tonight's pre-season friendly against Rotherham United.

The move brings to an end nearly three weeks worth of stalement between McIndoe and Yeovil Town, but is a huge comedown from the initial claims that he was leaving Yeovil to play at First Division level.

McIndoe, who was advised by Football Agent Steven Denos, believed that a big club was waiting in the wings, but the advice of his agent has backfired on the Scotsman and he finds himself instead leaving for a side that finished 17 points below the Glovers last season instead of the dream move he thought he was capable of getting.

McIndoe played 110 times for the Glovers, scoring 25 goals in the process. Manager Gary Johnson has yet to decide whether he needs to move into the transfer market to seek a replacement, but the current pre-season performances of 18 year-old left-back Stephen Reed and the re-emergence of Nick Crittenden in the left wing-back slot must be making Johnson wonder whether the answer lies within.


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1 August 2003 : Glovers clip Seagull's wings
Yeovil Town beat division two outfit Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 at Huish Park this evening to bring their run of pre-season games against fellow Football League sides to an unbeaten end - only Tiverton to come on Monday now before the league season proper begins at Spotland v Rochdale a week on Saturday.

The Glovers will be full of confidence after another slick passing performance against a higher positioned club. They opened the scoring after a mere 25 seconds when a Gavin Williams pass found Kevin Gall in space. Gall rounded Brighton keeper Kuipers and shot, the ball hit the post and rebounded off a defender and into the back of the net. Brighton equalised on 63 minutes, on-loan Chelsea star Leon Knight taking advantage of a mistake in the Glovers penalty box; but Yeovil grabbed a deserved win with a minute to go when the lively Adam Stansfield made no mistake when one-on-one with the keeper to score his first goal of the pre-season.

Final score: Yeovil Town 2 Brighton & Hove Albion 1


McIndoe Update:
The club's official website have confirmed that Yeovil have accepted Doncaster's undisclosed offer for winger Michael McIndoe. The player will travel to Yorkshire tomorrow to hold talks with Donny boss Dave Penney and it will be a major surprise if he does not agree a contract with last season's 3rd placed Conference side, in the absence of any offers from any first or second division clubs.


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1 August 2003 : Macca gets an offer at last
....But it's not from one of the "five or six" first division club's his agent promised him. Fellow third division rivals Doncaster Rovers have faxed a "substantial" offer to Yeovil and wantaway winger Michael McIndoe this morning, according to an article on Donny's official website.

Donny have also made an offer to Morecambe midfielder Adriano Rigoglioso. "These are two of the top players in the Conference last season," chairman John Ryan asserted, "and their clubs will be sorry to lose them. We are determined to make an impact this season and this shows our commitment to bring the best players." Doncaster finished seventeen points behind Yeovil in third place in last season's Conference championship race.

Meanwhile Yeovil have confirmed that McIndoe has begun training at Huish Park again - but in the afternoons and away from the first team squad. Speaking to the Western Daily Press manager Gary Johnson said: "I'm doing the professional thing and ensuring Macca keeps fit so he's ready when a club comes in for him. He's not training with the rest of the squad because he does not want to be at the club. But he's no good to anyone if he loses his fitness level, which at the moment is very high."

The Glovers entertain second division Brighton at Huish Park tonight in their penultimate pre-season friendly before the big kick-off at Rochdale a week on Saturday. Defender Colin Pluck will definitely miss the game with a thigh problem picked up in the 4-4 draw with Preston North End last week, but triallist Jake Edwards is expected to play a part in the game as he bids to win a contract at Huish Park.


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