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31 August 2004 : The Mem To Be ALL TICKET
Bristol Rovers have today announced that the fixture at the Memorial Stadium on Tuesday 19th October (kick-off 7.45) against Yeovil Town will be ALL TICKET.

The corresponding game last season was all ticket for away fans, but not for home fans. This produced a large number of Yeovil fans in the 'wrong' areas as the allocation for visiting supporters was well short of demand. The Rovers Official Site states this will be the first all ticket game for ALL fans at the Mem for over four years. The last occasion was for the League Cup 2-1 defeat against then Premiership Sunderland in October 2000, when a record gate of 11,433 was established. Capacity for the coming fixture has been set at 11,772, taking into account segregation zones, and club officials are expecting a new record attendance. You'd hardly credit it would you? So many Gasheads keen to see their massive club play a pub side? The last League match to be all ticket was when 10,805 saw Rovers meet Bristol City in April 2000.

Home fans with preferential rights have seven days to secure their tickets from Wednesday 1st September until Tuesday 7th September. Tickets will then go on general sale from 8th September on a strictly first-come first-served basis.

Yeovil fans will have details of how our allocation of tickets will be distributed via the usual Huish Park channels later. Some supporters may be doing their own calculations already.......

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31 August 2004 : Way Admits Glovers Fatigue
Yeovil Town’s ever-present central midfielder this season, Darren Way admitted that fatigue was a key factor in the Glovers slightly below par second half performance on Saturday. Although the 24-year-old’s comments came after Saturday's Rushden and Diamonds 3-1 at Huish Park they could have been applied to Monday's match against Mansfield Town when again the Glovers ran out of steam.

Way explained: “Our mentality was not to take our foot off the gas as we always like to put the pressure on our opposition and we want to put on a show for our supporters. It was not our usual performance in the second half as fitness caught up with us as we played 120 minutes last Tuesday (against Plymouth Argyle in the League Cup). It was disappointing.

To read the full transcription of the interview with Darren Way, head here.

Four other interviews have recently been added to the site, featuring Lee Johnson and Phil Jevons who have both provided two each. Lee's views following the Darlington game can be found here whilst his mood changes radically after scoring a hat-trick against Plymouth Argyle here. Phil's great scoring start to the season is analysed with his views on the Boston United game captured here whilst his winning goal against Notts County is covered here.

[Article by George Murray]

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30 August 2004 : Three In Four Destroys Glovers
Phil Jevons tries in vain to launch a Yeovil Town comeback.
Phil Jevons tries in vain to launch a Yeovil Town comeback
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A physically and mentally tired looking Yeovil Town found a third match in six days too much, and went down at Field Mill to a Mansfield Town team seeking to bounce back from a defeat by Grimsby Town on Saturday.

The only change in the starting line-up from Saturday was the introduction of Roy O'Brien for the injured Adam Lockwood. Beginning with a 3-4-3 formation, that had served the Glovers well when used for periods in recent games, the team was trying to do the usual things, but weren't crisp or purposeful enough, and couldn't impose their own pattern on the game. Mansfield took an early lead on 8 minutes through Derek Asamoah. The Stags striker was allowed to get in far too close without an effective challenge, and then it would probably not be unfair to say that Yeovil keeper Chris Weale might have done better. 1-0.

In a swirling and unpredictable wind Yeovil fought back to level the score on 24 minutes, when Terry Skiverton headed home a raking cross delivered by O'Brien. 1-1, and that score stood until half-time, when Yeovil could go in feeling they hadn't played particularly well but were still in the game.

Maybe a sign of the concerns about the side's physical state was displayed at half-time when they were back out after just a few minutes trying to loosen and limber up the muscles, with manager Gary Johnson seemingly still conducting the team talk out on the pitch.

Mansfield seemed to have sensed they had Yeovil on the ropes and stepped up the pace further. The pressure grew and grew with the home side dominating possession and territory. A goal seemed almost inevitable, and Johnson looked to shore up the holes that were appearing by swapping Liam Fontaine for Adrian Caceres and switching to a flat back four. The manager has a good track record on inspired changes, but not on this occasion. Mansfield scored on 67 minutes, again on 69 as Johnson changed a tiring Bartosz Tarachulski for Simon Weatherstone, and again on 71 minutes. Three goals in four minutes - devastating, and there was no way back from that.

However the team Johnson has built doesn't lie down and feel sorry for itself, and as Mansfield relaxed a little and looked to play out time on their comfortable lead Yeovil kept trying. Colin Miles was brought on for Paul Terry, captain Skiverton was pushed up front for much of the time, and the last fifteen minutes saw considerable pressure from the visitors, with at least three good chances created. But sometimes it is not going to be, and none were converted to give the scoreline a more respectable look. Final score : 4-1.

A full match report will follow later.

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30 August 2004 : Cheltenham ALL TICKET
The game versus Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road on Saturday 11th September has been designated ALL TICKET for away fans.

Tickets will be on sale for Season Ticket Holders ONLY from Tuesday 31st August - Saturday 4th September inclusive. Normal office hours, with additional late opening until 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday 1st September, and until 5.30 p.m. after the Swansea City game.

General sale begins on Monday 6th September through to 12.00 noon on Friday 10th September. Normal office hours, with late opening until 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday 7th September.

Prices are :

standing terrace - adults £13.00, over 65 and student concessions £9.00, under 16s £5.00.

seating - adults £15.00, over 65 and student concessions £12.00, under 16s £7.00.

Tickets can also be ordered by phone on 01935 847888, or by snail-mail (inclusion of a S.A.E. is appreciated), for collection or posting. Same time frame as above, with Season Ticket Holders quoting their membership number. Again, general sale from 6th September.

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29 August 2004 : Gary's Verdict on the Rushden Game
Bartosz Tarachulski celebrate putting Yeovil 2-0 up.
Bartosz Tarachulski celebrate putting Yeovil 2-0 up
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Glovers manager Gary Johnson was in a realistic mood after the Glovers 3-1 win over Rushden and Diamonds. Despite a fairly low-key second half performance, Gary was upbeat in answering the following questions from the press:

Qu:“Gary congratulations, another fine performance and 3 more points?”

Yes, three more points definitely and it was a fine first half performance. Apologies for the second half but after the lads put themselves out on Tuesday night with extra time, knowing they’ve got a game coming up Monday unfortunately we took our foot off the gas. But it was only human nature really and as much as I was trying to get them going I also understood that they would be a bit leggy. Eight of them played 120 minutes on Tuesday and so it was difficult in the second half. We certainly gave our moneys worth in the first half but we owe our crowd a second half and we will pay them back another time.

Qu: “The crowd seemed fairly understanding. It is hard and it must have been a relief to get those three goals up before half-time especially the two in the last couple of minutes. It meant you could just have a little bit of a rest in the 2nd half."

GJ: Yeah we had a great spell didn’t we? We were knocking the ball about and we had a lot of possession. When you are tired you don’t always need a lot of possession because of the way we play we pass and move. We didn’t get a chance just to sit back, although they did in the second half. Anyway the boys played some great football. Even our crowd were tired from Tuesday night because sometimes they were a bit subdued, but once we got the two goals towards the end of the half the game was dead. I don’t think teams are going to get four goals against us this year.

We needed the win. We all wanted to stay up there, we all wanted to beat Rushden and Diamonds that was important to us. I wasn’t here when you last played them but I’ve got into the spirit of it of course. It was a great win and we demoralised them in the first half and just gave them one or two chances in the second half. It was fairly comfortable and now we have to go to Mansfield and try and get another result.

Qu: “Another goal from Lee Johnson and he really had to battle to get the ball away from Darren Way. They seemed to be fighting each other to turn the ball home”

GJ: Well that’s the nature of the two beasts isn’t it? They both wanted to get in there and Lee and his goal scoring run just got there first. It was great they had a shot because we have been talking about getting rebounds in training this week and those two boys were ready for the rebound. I’m not too sure we didn’t have another one or two coming in on the rebound as well. Three quality goals, not just for the finishes but for the work that went on before. Each goal was credit to some of the others. The goal scorer gets the accolade but there was a lot of work that went into those three goals and I was very pleased to go in at half-time 3-0 up. The boys are outside now having a good stretch because they feel a bit leggy. So we've got to get them ready for Monday.

Qu: Darren Way was involved in Phil Jevons goal, doing what he normally does - nicking the ball in the centre circle and feeding the ball forward, and it was a fantastic strike from Phil from the edge of the box.

GJ: Yes, he's a terrific finisher and he's up there with the top goalscorers at the moment. He's got four goals now in five games and that's all you can ask for. It's what I brought him in for. Bartosz has got a couple and he is showing his strengths. His hold-up play is helping us get runners in. At the moment I'm very pleased. We're five games in and we've got ten points which is where I always say we need to be, as far as two points per game is concerned. But we've still got another five games for us to go for me to really assess it.

Qu: Last time I spoke to you was against Boston and I think you felt you'd turned the corner there. Today in the first half the old Yeovil seemed to be back again. The confidence was high, the passing was spot on and the movement was good as well.

GJ: It was - all those things were very good. That's why we went 3-0 up and Rushden and Diamonds didn't look like they were going to get into the game. Although Rushden certainly didn't lay down and die. They threw a couple of men further forward and got a few more runners in and tried harder and they went right to the end. We needed that fourth goal really. But our lads legs held out until the end and we'll be ready for the next one.

Qu: You took the two goalscorers off - Jevons and Tarachulski - was that for tactical reasons or just to give them a rest?

GJ: I think they needed a rest. Those two looked like they were struggling a little bit. I felt they worked very hard the other night (against Plymouth) and I just felt that we needed to get a couple of pairs of fresh legs on just to put themselves about and that's why I made the substitutions.

Qu: A tough trip to Mansfield coming up. It must be good to go there with three points under your belt?

GJ: Yes, very nice. We've had some nice times over the last couple of weeks. We've had three wins in the league and one win in the Carling Cup and a nice draw in the LDV. We've become world famous for a certain incident that happened so all-in-all it's been a good week's work.

Qu: You changed the formation for this game - you started this game as you had ended the second half in the Plymouth game.

GJ: Yes we did. I felt I needed to bring Paul Terry into the team because he's done well when he's come on. With Paul Terry coming in, it meant I had to leave somebody else out. That meant I had to leave a left-winger out which was Adrian Caceres so that I could go 3-4-3 and it worked very well in the first half. Then I reverted back - I went the other way this time - went to 4-4-2 just to block a few holes up in the second half.

Qu: You've had a great couple of weeks. How well do you think this team is performing to their potential?

GJ: We haven't reached it yet. We're reaching it in little bits. In the Boston game, the Plymouth game and this game, everyone has seen it in little bits but this is still a new team and we hope that the more we get together, the more we will gell and the more we will play our football. But if you watch that game in the first half and watch the football that was played and the amount of times we passed and moved, there was some great play there, and I was very pleased with them.

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29 August 2004 : Mansfield Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town will be aiming to consolidate on their recent run of form and capitalise on Mansfield Town’s defeat to Grimsby on the weekend. However Mansfield have the upper hand fatigue wise, having played the normal one match a week due to a postponed mid-week Carling Cup fixture. The Glovers, on the other hand, have had to play three games in the space of just seven days which fitness will be a concern for boss Gary Johnson (writes George Murray).

Yeovil are without defender Adam Lockwood who limped off, after just 19 minutes, in the Glovers 3-1 win over Rushden and Diamonds yesterday at Huish Park.

"I think Adam has nipped a cartilage, but we have got to get that confirmed with a scan, which requires a slight operation and he should be out for about three weeks," said Johnson in the press conference yesterday. Roy O’Brien is expected to cover for the injured Lockwood having come on as a substitute for the defender.

Other than the replacement for the injured Lockwood, Johnson is expected to name an unchanged squad from the win last Saturday. However, this all depends on how each player, fitness wise, came out after the light training session today.

Mansfield's Adam Eaton is expected to return to the starting line-up after struggling with an on-going groin injury. Meanwhile Stags boss Keith Curle, who will be looking for a positive response from his team after defeat at Grimsby, has no other fresh suspension or injury worries following the loss at Blundell Park.

Mansfield’s recent form: LLLWL
Yeovil’s recent form: DWWWW

Despite Yeovil’s recent run of form and Mansfield’s defeat at the weekend against Grimsby, Mansfield are favourites with SkyBet at 13/8 with the draw at 11/5 while Yeovil are priced at 11/8.

Mansfield (expected): Pilkington, Eaton, Baptiste, Artell, Williamson, Murray, MacKenzie, Curtis, Larkin, O'Neill, Asamoah.

Yeovil (expected): Weale, Terry, O'Brien, Skiverton, Fontaine, Rose, Gall, Way, Johnson, Jevons, Tarachulski

Weather forecast : Clear skies

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29 August 2004 : LDV Guaranteed Until 2006-07
The Football League has signed a new sponsorship extension with LDV that will carry the LDV Vans Trophy forward through to the 2006-07 season. It has also been agreed that the Final will be played at Wembley when the stadium opens in 2006.

Richard Masters, the Football League's Commercial Director said :

This agreement underlines the progress that this competition continues to make. Each season its stature grows, as do crowds - by more than thirty per cent during last season alone. As a competition it gives clubs from the lower divisions of domestic professional football the opportunity to play in a cup competition they can realistically win, leading to financial rewards for clubs and a chance for supporters to experience Cup glory. I am delighted that LDV share our faith in this competition and I would like to thank them for their continued support. I look forward to the next three seasons of our partnership.

Allan Amey, Chief Executive of LDV added :

The LDV Vans Trophy is a superb platform for smaller clubs to compete for national silverware and gives the teams and their supporters the chance of a showpiece final. There's a fantastic spirit about the LDV Vans Trophy and we're pleased to be supporting clubs who play an important role in football, the community and the development of players of the future.

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29 August 2004 : Tokens NOT Applicable To Bolton Tie
The club has stressed in an announcement on the Official Site that the big match token scheme will NOT be in force for the Carling Cup Second Round tie versus Bolton Wanderers.

Details of ticketing arrangements can be seen on this page under August 28th.

A token will be attached to tickets for the Bolton fixture, and this should be retained and will afford some priority (after Season Ticket Holders presumably) for the next home game in the competition this season should Yeovil Town progress.

Supporters are also again reminded to retain any tokens collected from league and early F.A. Cup games as these could become necessary to secure a priority should the club be involved in major F.A.Cup ties or Play-off games as the season unfolds.

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29 August 2004 : Johnson For FIFA Fair Play Award?
A head of steam is building up for Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson to be nominated for a FIFA Fair Play Award.

His instant decision to allow Plymouth Argyle to equalise in the Carling Cup Round One tie on Tuesday night, after they had gone behind to an accidental goal by Gary's son Lee Johnson, has really caught the media's imagination this week. And not just usual football slots. Whilst one might expect it to get a mention on Soccer AM and the FL Review show the story has also featured on breakfast news shows, during the live draw for Round Two of the Carling Cup, in the official on-line magazine of UEFA, and throughout the national press. We hear it even appeared on German television.

Football Association director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking said:

Yeovil Town should be congratulated for showing outstanding fair play in allowing Plymouth to equalise. Their gesture really is a fine example to players at all levels of the game.

Patrick Barclay writing in the Sunday Telegraph says:

Gary Johnson is something of a hero in Latvia, where he is credited with having begun the process that culminated in qualification for the European Championship and, since Yeovil finally achieved Football League status some 16 months ago, Somerset too. Yet his name deserves the still wider recognition it was accorded last week.

As you may have heard, the Yeovil manager made a swift and honourable decision to give Plymouth an equaliser after his son, Lee, had scored for the home side at Huish Park in the Carling Cup; Lee had been endeavouring to return the ball to Plymouth's goalkeeper, Luke McCormick, following an injury to Graham Coughlan, but McCormick was out of position. Johnson immediately instructed his players to let Plymouth draw level and Steve Crawford duly walked the ball into the net. Yeovil went on to win 3-2 - Bolton will travel to meet them in the next round - but this excellent result was slightly overshadowed by Johnson's act of sportsmanship, to which everyone warmed. I hope FIFA will now consider Johnson for one of their annual fair play awards. Not least because it is rare in professional sport these days for anyone to do anything pure and simple.

Naturally, the episode has evoked fond memories of Arsenal's offer to replay an FA Cup tie a few years back which they had won with the aid of a goal scored by Marc Overmars after Kanu had failed to realise he had an obligation to give the ball back to Sheffield United at Highbury. The Yorkshire club gratefully accepted, only to lose a second time, again at Highbury. Although Arsene Wenger's gesture was sincere and rightly applauded, I thought Johnson's action a neater, swifter and a generally more effective way of righting a wrong.

No one is likely to accuse us of objectivity on this site, but we can but agree. If there's a better case for someone to get a fair play award we're struggling to think what it might be.

Update : Yeovil Town Official Site has now confirmed that the Football League has informed the club that manager Gary Johnson and the team are to be nominated to receive a F.I.F.A. Fair Play Award following their actions during the Carling Cup Tie with Plymouth Argyle. League spokesman John Nagle said:

We are delighted to nominate this act of sportmanship.

The FIFA awards are announced at the end of November.

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28 August 2004 : Bolton ticket news
Yeovil Town have announced on the official site that tickets for the Carling Cup Round Two match v Bolton Wanderers will go on sale from Tuesday 31st August from the club's ticket office.

The game has NOT been designated as an 'all-ticket' match and prices will remain the same as for normal League Two matches. Season Ticket holders will have 10 days from Tuesday 31st August to claim their tickets, after that time their tickets will be released for general sale. Otherwise tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis with no restrictions on the number of tickets one can buy.

Ticket office opening times are as follows:

Tuesday 31st August 9 – 5
Wednesday 1st September 9 – 7.30
Thursday 2nd September 9 – 5
Friday 3rd September 9 – 5
Saturday 4th September (Swansea Match) 9 – 2 and after the match 4.45 – 5.30
Monday 6th September 9 – 5
Tuesday 7th September (Reserve match) 9 – 7.30
Wednesday 8th September 9 – 5
Thursday 9th September 9 – 5
Friday 10th September 9 – 5 Last day for season ticket holders to claim their seat
Monday 13th September 9 - 5
Tuesday 14th September 9 – 5
Wednesday 15th September 9 – 7.30
Thursday 16th September 9 – 5
Friday 17th September 9 – 5
Saturday 18th September (Oxford Match) 9 – 2 and after the match 4.45 – 5.30
Monday 20th September 9 – 7.30
Tuesday 21st September (Bolton Match) 9 – 7.45

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28 August 2004 : Diamonds aren't forever
Goal! Lee Johnson puts Yeovil 1-0 up from close range.
Goal! Lee Johnson puts Yeovil 1-0 up from close range
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace

Three first half goals killed off what little threat Rushden & Diamonds offered this afternoon in their return to Huish Park. Glovers boss Gary Johnson abandoning the usual 4-4-2 formation in favour of a more flexible 3-5-2 which often switched to a 3-4-3 - confused? So were Rushden.

Lee Johnson started where he left off on Tuesday night by opening the scoring on 18 minutes, following up Phil Jevons header which rebounded off ever-popular Rushden keeper Billy Turley. Yeovil were good value for their lead at the time but rather took their collective eye off the ball for a while, allowing the visitors back into the game. Rushden were neat and tidy in their passing but looked comparatively toothless up front and when the Glovers began to show a little more urgency just before the break the home side were able to crack open the visitors defence with relative ease. Bartosz Tarachulski's header made it 2-0 a minute before the break, and Phil Jevons made the game safe in first half injury time with a fine run and shot from outside the box. 3-0 to the Glovers at half-time.

After last Tuesday's extra-time exertions and the prospect of a long trip up north with a game against Mansfield to follow on Monday, it was no surprise that the second half was something of a non-event. Yeovil were rightly content to conserve energy, shut up shop and invite Rushden to try to break down the Glovers defense. It took a while, but the visitors finally got the consolation they more or less deserved, a Gary Mills header looping over Chris Weale in the 83rd minute.

Final score: Yeovil Town 3 - 1 Rushden & Diamonds.

The result moves the Glovers up 1 place to 4th in the early league table, 3 points behind leaders Bristol Rovers. The only slight cloud on the horizon comes with the news that Adam Lockwood, who limped off during the first half, may have some ligament damage and could be out for 2-3 weeks, though this has still to be confirmed. He definitely misses Monday's game at Mansfield.

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28 August 2004 : LDV Vans Trophy Round One Draw
Yeovil Town have been drawn away to West Country rivals Torquay United in the first round of this season's LDV Vans Trophy, the tie to be played the week commencing 27 September.

The full draw is as follows:

Southern Section

Colchester United v Southend United
Cheltenham Town v Dagenham & Redbridge
Boston United v Cambridge United
Walsall v Rushden & Diamonds
Oxford United v Exeter City
Bristol Rovers v Kidderminster Harriers
Bristol City v Peterborough United
Woking v Leyton Orient
Brentford v Milton Keynes Dons
Swansea City v Luton Town
Barnet v Stevenage Borough
Aldershot Town v Wycombe Wanderers
Shrewsbury Town v Bournemouth
Torquay United v YEOVIL TOWN

Byes to round two: Swindon & Northampton

Northern Section

Bradford City v Accrington Stanley
Port Vale v Barnsley
York City v Blackpool
Mansfield Town v Darlington
Macclesfield Town v Chesterfield
Sheffield Wednesday v Chester City
Stockport County v Bury
Rochdale v Scarborough
Lincoln City v Doncaster Rovers
Hereford United v Scunthorpe United
Hartlepool United v Hull City
Huddersfield Town v Morecambe
Notts County v Wrexham
Carlisle United v Grimsby Town

Byes to round two: Oldham & Tranmere Rovers

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27 August 2004 : YTISA Present Skivo Award
The Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association presented club captain Terry Skiverton with a special award before Tuesday's match against Plymouth Argyle. Skivo recently made his 200th appearance for the club, on the 5th anniversary of his debut for the club, and the YTISA committee were on hand to present him with a set of crystal glasses and decanter that were specially engraved to mark the occasion.

Skivo receives a set of crystal glasses from the YTISA committee to commemorate his recent 200th appearance.
Skivo receives a set of crystal glasses from the YTISA committee to commemorate his recent 200th appearance.
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace

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27 August 2004 : LDV Vans Trophy Byes
The four clubs to receive byes through to the Second Round of the LDV Vans Trophy were drawn yesterday. Conference clubs are not eligible for a bye. The clubs selected were :

Northampton Town, Oldham Athletic, Swindon Town and Tranmere Rovers.

Yeovil Town are in the Southern Section and will face one of the following clubs :

AFC Bournemouth, Aldershot Town, Barnet, Boston United, Brentford , Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Cambridge United, Cheltenham Town, Colchester United, Dagenham & Redbridge, Exeter City, Kidderminster Harriers, Leyton Orient, Luton Town, Milton Keynes Dons, Oxford United, Peterborough United, Rushden & Diamonds, Shrewsbury Town, Southend United, Stevenage Borough, Swansea City, Torquay United, Walsall, Woking, Wycombe Wanderers.

The draw will take place on Saturday morning, live on Sky Sports, and First Round ties are scheduled for Tuesday 28th or Wednesday 29th of September.

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26 August 2004 : Johnson: Forget the bizarre goals, fitness and commitment beat Argyle
Glovers boss Gary Johnson made the following comments to the press following Tuesday evening's 3-2 Carling Cup win over Plymouth Argyle.

"Gary, where do you start?”

I don’t know! I’m obviously very proud of the boys for the finish we gave. We knew Plymouth were going to come at us early, we knew that they are top of the Championship because of their work rate and their ability to get numbers in and around the box and at set plays, we knew they are great athletes and I just wanted to see how far on our boys were as far as fitness and commitment was concerned and I think we’ve proved ourselves at least on a par with a side that’s two leagues ahead.

“A few things to clear up this evening isn’t there, lets just start with the first goal.”

We’ve just been talking about it in the changing room. Lee put his head down to kick it to the goalkeeper, who was in front of his goal the last time he looked. As he went to strike it the goalkeeper ran off to his left to stop the free-kick and then we all looked up in horror... I wasn’t sure whether to celebrate or not, but then I saw Bobby Williamson’s [Plymouth manager] face and thought we’d better give them a goal instead! Unfortunately we didn’t defend it very well and the fella waltzed through and I’m going to have to have a word with a few of them! But seriously, it was right to do that, I didn’t want it to go to the FA or anything. I thought let's sort it out today and both lads have got a goal that shouldn’t really be goals but Lee’s come up with two other crackers so I think we can accept it was a mistake.

“A great PR move for the sportsmanship of the club because if you hadn’t you would have been the bad boys then everywhere you went.”

Well we don’t want to fall out with anyone and we certainly don’t want to fall out with our neighbours. When it was a mishap then you have to hold your hands up and say fair enough, we will give it to you back - and when the referee gave Bobby a penalty I thought he’d give me a penalty at the other end but he didn’t do that! I couldn’t really see it from where I was but thank god we got ourselves back in the game and finished very strong.

“And the little man's done you proud tonight?”

Yeah, he’s done terrific and the last time he scored three was in my back garden when he was about 4!

“And the equalizer was a great goal at 2-2 wasn’t it?”

Yes, it was a great goal worthy of winning any game really. It was a cracking strike, and at that point we were playing well anyway. Everybody was playing with a bit of confidence, we changed our shape and that helped us a little bit. We got a bit more running going, we got a few more tackles in and a few more challenges which we had to do. At half time I said at the moment Plymouth have got us in their pockets, we’re competing alright but we’re not moving them and we’re not chasing, tackling or getting ourselves through, but we did that in the second half.

“We spoke before the game and the last thing you wanted was extra time with a busy weekend coming up”

Well that’s right but as you say when your 1-0 down if we go to extra time then I want to win it. I didn’t want to go to extra time and everybody with tired legs going into the Rushden game Saturday if we’d lost, but when you’ve won a game like that and the lads did finish strong they know that their fitness is at the level I require.

“Thank god the cameras were here to capture that winner because you will be watching that a few times”

Yes, I think the story will be the three goals and how strange things happen, but the real talking point is that we’ve just gone and beaten a Championship side at their game and we’ve managed to get our own game going for the second half and extra time.

“Were you mulling through your 5 for the penalty shootout in your mind?”

No, to be honest I didn’t even think of that. I’ve done that before and come unstuck so I purposely tried to put it out of my mind. At that point I felt we’d had a couple of great chances and we were getting in behind them - there were a few very close offside situations and I just felt we had the legs in us to get in behind them.

“And Yeovil + Cup Competitions = Tradition”

We are the famous Yeovil as they say and its because of our cup exploits and today we’ve enhanced our reputation by beating another great side. There’s no doubt that Plymouth are going to do well, they're definitely not up there by fluke and they're going to do well in the Championship just for the way they play and credit to them for that, but today’s our day.

“You will have some tired legs before building up to Saturday wont you?”

Well we will, but I did say to them just before extra time that if we win I will let you off extra training but if we don’t win I will have them in running, so it was better to work hard in extra time!

“It was a great cup tie atmosphere, a big crowd and bit of rain as well.”

Well, it was a fantastic night wasn’t it? It was one of those nights never to be forgotten - until we play Rushden & Diamonds on Saturday!

[Transcription by Richard Gibson]

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26 August 2004 : Live On Sky
The Carling Cup Round Two tie between Yeovil Town and Bolton Wanderers has been selected for live coverage on Sky. The match will be played on Tuesday 21st September, kick-off 7.45pm.

The Football League has confirmed that facilities fees (the payments made to clubs for TV coverage of games) for a live Carling Cup match in Round Two is £100,000 per club.

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25 August 2004 : Carling Cup Round Two Draw
Ian Rush pulled Bolton Wanderers out of the bag to face Yeovil Town at Huish Park in the Second Round of the Carling Cup.

The only time the two sides have previously met was in January 2001 in the F.A. Cup Third Round at the Reebok Stadium. Bolton were then in Division One and Yeovil in the Conference, so with both now one step higher up the football ladder the relative gap remains the same.

In that match Yeovil Town took the lead in the first half with a brilliant strike from Warren Patmore, but Bolton equalised through a rather contentious John O'Kane effort virtually on the stroke of half-time. The Glovers came agonisingly close to bringing Bolton back to Huish Park for a replay, a Michael Ricketts strike in time added on giving the home side a narrow 2-1 victory. Bolton were knocked out of the F.A.Cup in a Fifth Round replay against Blackburn Rovers but went on to secure the greater prize of promotion to the Premier League at the end of the season. Four seasons on and The Trotters manager Sam Allardyce gets the trip to Somerset he so narrowly avoided last time. Bolton Wanderers were last season's losing finalists in the Carling Cup.

The full draw is :

Aston Villa v Queens Park Rangers
Birmingham City v Lincoln City
Blackburn Rovers v AFC Bournemouth
Boston United or Luton Town v Fulham
Bristol City v Everton
Burnley v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Colchester United v West Bromwich Albion
Coventry City v Sheffield Wednesday
Crewe Alexandra v Sunderland
Crystal Palace v Hartlepool United
Doncaster Rovers v Ipswich Town
Grimsby Town v Charlton Athletic
Leeds United v Swindon Town
Leicester City v Mansfield Town or Preston North End
Manchester City v Barnsley
Milton Keynes Dons v Cardiff City
Northampton Town v Southampton
Norwich City v Bristol Rovers
Nottingham Forest v Rotherham United
Oldham Athletic v Tottenham Hotspur
Reading v Watford
Tranmere Rovers v Portsmouth
West Ham United v Notts County
Wrexham v Sheffield United
Yeovil Town v Bolton Wanderers

Fixtures to be played in the week of September 20th. Second Round ties will be decided on the night, with extra-time and penalties if necessary.

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25 August 2004 : New Away Scarf
Yeovil Town Independent Supporters' Association have released a picture of their new away scarf to match the red and black striped away shirt.

YTISA away scarf 2004
The new YTISA away scarf
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace/YTISA

Priced at £6.00, with Mark Kelly the man to contact by e-mail at or by phone on 01935 412236.

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25 August 2004 : Carling Cup Round Two
The Football League has confirmed that Round Two of the Carling Cup will follow the pattern of Round One and be 'seeded'.

There will be twenty-five seeded sides and twenty-five non-seeded teams, with Yeovil Town in the latter category. Seeded sides can only be drawn against non-seeds. Twenty-two of the seeded teams have been confirmed. The final three places could be determined after the matches at Coventry, Nottingham Forest and Oxford United have been completed. However herein lies a serious problem which it looks like no one in authority thought about. The full seeding can only be determined when the results of all the relevant games in Round One are known. Should Coventry, Nottingham Forest and Reading (at the Kassam) win their matches tonight they will automatically be handed the last three seeded spots, based on their performance in the Coca-Cola Championship (then Division One) last season. However if one of the above teams loses then Preston North End would be eligible for a seeded place. But it appears their game against Mansfield Town will not now be played until September. Watford would be the next club in line for a seeded place should Preston fail, having gone through to Round Two last night. If two of the first mentioned sides lose then Rotherham United enter the equation, and if three then Crewe Alexandra acquire an interest. All in all a right potential mess. The Football League must be praying Coventry, Nottingham Forest and Reading all go through.

As far as Yeovil is concerned the list of definite possible opponents at this stage, ahead of tonight's fixtures, is :

Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace, Everton, Fulham, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Leicester City, Manchester City, Norwich City, Portsmouth, Sheffield United, Southampton, Sunderland, Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Other possible opponents (dependent on results) are : Coventry City, Crewe Alexandra, Nottingham Forest, Preston North End, Reading, Rotherham United, Watford.

The draw is scheduled for around 10.30 tonight. Second Round ties are due to be played in the week of September 20th.

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25 August 2004 : Johnson Triple Whacks
Different competition, but last night saw another stunning cup display from The Glovers. Famed for its exploits in the F.A. Cup Yeovil Town battled and fought high-flying Championship side Plymouth Argyle to a standstill in Round One of the Football League Carling Cup before clinching the tie in extra time.

Plymouth looked the part of a side near the top of what most still think of as Division One in the first half, moving the ball around well if lacking the incisive final thrust on goal.

However it was the home side who took the lead in bizarre circumstances. Although their player was still on his feet the ball was deliberately put out of play by Plymouth around the halfway line so the trainer could get on to dispense some treatment. On the restart Yeovil threw the ball to Lee Johnson who wacked it up field to return it to Argyle. Quite what keeper Luke McCormick thought he was doing wasn't clear, as he moved wider towards the touchline as the ball curled in towards the goal. By the time he began to back track the ball had hit the deck, spun further away from him, and bounced into the goal. Players from both sides stood around in some confusion and disbelief, and the referee Clive Penton seemed somewhat undecided what he should do, though of course there was only one possible outcome within the laws of the game - a goal had to be awarded.

Quickest thinking man in the ground was Yeovil Town's manager Gary Johnson who, after the briefest word with his assistant Steve Thompson, sent in the instruction to the team that they were to let Plymouth equalise from the restart.

It was within five seconds. Bobby [Williamson] was just about to have a rant and I said 'Bobby, don't worry.' We sent word out and, to be fair, the boys were on the same wavelength. They don't want to get a goal like that, either. I was a bit worried about a couple of the foreigners not understanding. I had visions of Bartosz [Tarachulski] making a last-ditch tackle, but he's a football person, so he understood.

Plymouth kicked off and Stevie Crawford was allowed to trot from the halfway line and pass the ball into the net. Half an hour gone and 1-1.

Shortly before half-time a seemingly nothing situation in the Yeovil box saw the referee award a penalty out of the blue. Paul Wotton calmly converted past a rather static Chris Weale and Argyle went in 2-1 up, with most in the ground feeling that it was going to be a long way back for Yeovil after the break.

The second period saw the pattern of the game turned around as Yeovil dominated proceedings from first to last, Weale a virtual spectator. Perhaps Plymouth thought they could hold what they had, but they were never at the races again. Yeovil upped the pace, harried, chased and closed down. On each side of the hour mark Johnson made two substitutions, Paul Terry on for Adam Lockwood and then Roy O'Brien for Adrian Caceres, and the formation was changed to a 3-5-2. Within minutes Lee Johnson had sent a screamer into the top corner from 25 yards out, and Yeovil were deservedly level. Plymouth retreated further into their shells, desperately holding out for extra time. Just before the end of normal time Bartosz Tarachulski, who had done the hard thankless graft up front all night magnificently, was absolutely shot and replaced by Simon Weatherstone.

The 6,217 got their bonus thirty minutes, and in the first period of extra time Johnson did it again, same distance, same top corner: 3-2. The rooves almost came off Huish Park. Down at the open away end Plymouth spirits were as damp as the visiting fans themselves.

The second period of extra time saw Argyle try to gather themselves and put up a battle for the first time in an hour, but there was no way Yeovil were going to be denied. The team ran themselves into the ground to close out a great victory. Cheered to the echo as the final whistle blew they thoroughly deserved the standing ovation that followed.

Yeovil Town 3 Plymouth Argyle 2 (a.e.t)

The draw for Round Two will be made at around ten-thirty tonight on Sky Sports.

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23 August 2004 : Yeovil Town Vs Plymouth Argyle Match Preview
Confidence is high amongst the ranks at both Yeovil Town and Plymouth Argyle after successful wins last Saturday and promising league positions. Plymouth currently lie in second spot after a 2-1 victory at home to Sunderland in The Championship, whilst the Glovers climbed up the table into 5th position in League Two after their 2-1 away win over newly-relegated Notts County (writes George Murray).

Although fifty places separate the two sides, Plymouth boss Bobby Williamson is expected to field a strong side which is likely to be unchanged from Saturday's home victory. Williamson has a relatively injury free squad. Although midfielder David Norris (thigh) is back in training he is unlikely to feature, while central defender Hasney Aljofree (knee) continues his rehabilitation.

Plymouth Argyle skipper Paul Wotton is fully aware that Tuesday's Carling Cup Round One trip to Huish Park will be testing.

We're not under any illusions at all; we know it's not going to be an easy game. Yeovil are a very good footballing side. I fully expect them to be at the top of League Two and challenging for promotion. They've got some good players and a very shrewd manager. We know it's going to be a tough game. We'll go up there and do our normal job, we'll work hard and hopefully the football will take care of itself.

Yeovil are without right full-back Andy Lindegaard after the 24-year-old suffered a hamstring strain in the victory last Saturday. Adam Lockwood should replace Lindegaard on the right of defence. Johnson's in-form side are boosted by the return of Colin Miles from injury who will most likely start on the bench. On-loan Fulham defender Liam Fontaine is not cup-tied and should partner Terry Skiverton in defence. Only time will tell who will start in goal for the hosts. Johnson may be tempted to field the first choice keeper for the coming home League fixture against Rushden and Diamonds for match practice purposes, or the Yeovil boss could decide to rest the first choice keeper ahead of Saturday's game.

Yeovil go into tomorrow night's game as underdogs at 2/1 with SkyBet with the draw at 9/4 (after 90 minutes presumably as the tie has to be decided on the night), while favourites Plymouth are priced at 11/10.

Yeovil Town (expected): Weale/Collis, Rose, Skiverton, Fontaine, Lockwood, Cacares, Way, Johnson, Gall, Jevons, Tarachulski.

Plymouth Argyle (expected): McCormick, Worrell, Gilbert, Coughlan, Wotton, Hodges, Adams, Lasley, Capaldi, Evans, Crawford.

Weather forecast: showery, max 19°C.

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22 August 2004 : Gary's Verdict on the Notts County Game
Glovers manager Gary Johnson couldn't hide his delight at getting all three points at Notts County on Saturday when he spoke to the press on Saturday. Gary answered the following questions after the game:

Qu: Gary your reaction at the end of the game said it all. You went over to the Yeovil fans and punched the air. What were you expressing there, relief or joy?

GJ: Yes it was relief. Relief and joy I suppose. We took a peppering in the first half and Notts County are going to be a formidable side at the way they play. They get the ball forward very early, the two boys up front are very lively and they have two quick boys wide, and we didn't quite cope with them for 30-old minutes and really we could have been a couple down. We rode our luck there. I had to change it because I couldn't afford to let them have another ten chances in the game. So we blocked it up a little bit and put in an extra defender. Unfortunately Adrian Caceres had to come off, not for the way that he was playing but because I wanted to block it up in the box a little bit more.

The three boys did better and it is very difficult to defend what must have been 50 throw-ins. People say about corners and Notts County did well on the number of corners they got as well but there were 50 throw-ins we had to defend where their boy was throwing it onto the penalty spot and that takes alot of concentration and a lot of luck. You've got to win your first ball. In the second half, I thought we did that other than the goal.

Also we didn't give up did we? We kept our shape, we kept our workrate up and it was a fantastic goal. We have to change our mentality when we are 1-0 down and Paul Terry did fantastic to ghost in at the back post with a marvellous header and that put us back in the game. Notts County were a bit down and we felt that we could get the game. Jevo got in the box and got control and if anyone touches him and fouls him it's going to be a penalty. It took him two goes to put the penalty in, and all the lads are in there saying he's off penalties now! He is still claiming that he's on them, but he was in there and sharp enough to stick the goal in and then we just had to defend like billyo.

Qu: What a move to lead to that equaliser - Kevin Gall was running through and Michael Rose crossed it in. Was that the best move Yeovil have produced all season?

GJ: I don't know about all season. We've produced some good moves, but they are the moves that produce goals. Up until then, their back line looked
totally solid, they were winning headers, they were strong and they were quick and very experienced. So with just that little bit of extra movement, somebody that they hadn't spotted before, Paul Terry did what John Terry does sometimes and ghosted in. It was a fantastic header because he still had an awful lot to do. It was a good move, a great ball in from Rosey and a great goal in front of our fans.

Qu: What's it like to be a manager when you see a penalty save like that. There must have been a couple of seconds when you had your heart in your mouth?

GJ: Yes, it was but I had every faith in Jevo to get the rebound! Actually that was the first time we'd got a rebound as far as the game was concerned. All over the pitch, especially in the first half, we were a little bit second best. We changed the shape and that suddenly gave them something different to think about and gave my team something to go for.

Qu: How important is it to get your first away win so early on in the season?

GJ: Yes, that's true but they are all important. I think the most important thing is to get a win at a place like Meadow Lane. I'm telling you that they won't lose many games here. I can see how they've been unlucky in the last few games. They've only got a couple of points, but they did create quite a few chances early on. We rode our luck and other teams are not going to ride their luck and I can see them beating a number of teams 2-0 or 3-0.

Qu: Do you think Chris Weale saved you a few times, particularly with that backpass?

GJ: Yes, I would have liked him to have been stronger on the goal, but that's probably terrible of me to say that because he was under immense pressure as we all were all the time. But that was a world class save to keep your team in it. Paul Terry nearly won it and lost it. I could see the headlines - hero and villain. Wealey came out and at 6'3" and as athletic as he is, it's probably only him around at our level that would have reached to get hold of that ball. It was a fantastic save. You can pull saves out of the top corner every now and again, but what us lot can't do is that save that he made down there - it won us the game.

Qu: There was also another fantastic double save in the first half.

GJ: Yes there was. But we're in that sort of league now. Notts County are not going to just watch us and let us play. We have got to go and compete and we have got to cope with the things that they do. We lasted 90 minutes and in that final three minutes we kept them in that final third very nicely and we looked very professional in the way we kept it up that end. We were getting it out for corners, free kicks and throw-ins and the last three minutes went by with us in that far corner there. It was a professional performance even though we were not at our best. Having said that, we did have to compete and we certainly competed in the second half.

Qu: Andy Lindegaard clearly came off with a problem.

GJ: He's pulled his hamstring so he'll be out for three or four weeks which is very unfortunate for him because he's been playing very well for us. There is nothing we can do. Locky and Roy O'Brien are back now. I don't want to lose Lindy but we have got people who can play in that position. I feel sorry for Lindy because he can never get a good enough run in the team. He always does well, but he needs to get consistent and the only way he can get that is to keep playing. He would have kept playing because he's been playing well there, but unfortunately he'll not play for the next three or four weeks.

Qu: Do you think you've got more resilient as time has gone on?

GJ: Who knows? Talk to me in 25 games time and I'll tell you if we've got more resilient. Certainly we were today, but maybe we were mainly lucky today. We haven't been lucky in the past but today we rode our luck a little bit early on.

Qu: The substitutions worked out well for you today. Although Lindy was forced to go off, Paul Terry is a very strong defender.

GJ: Yes, I thought they were great substitutions - thanks mate! I've been waiting for someone to say that! No, things come off sometimes. We had to make that substitution, but when they come off it is very nice.

Qu: You were having to shout encouragement at Bartosz today - he's had to run his legs off today.

GJ: Yes, he ran his legs off and in the last 15 minutes he was on his own up front. He was up against some big lads at the back there and they were uncompromising. They didn't just head the ball, they threw themselves at everything and he had to be strong and brave. He did his job and it was a difficult job that he had to do today. I was really pleased with him.

Qu: Going back to Chris Weale, have you got a really tough decision to make now - you said they'd both play two games each.

GJ: Yes, I've always got a tough decision to make with those two. I'll make it at the right time. Obviously I can't make it now - I want to talk to both goalkeepers. They are both brilliant lads and they've both got a fantastic future. I'll just make the right decision at the right time.

Qu: They've both played well and it's not as if one of them has had a howler.

GJ: They don't have howlers - touchwood - but even if they did they are both well in credit. We've got two quality keepers as you well know.

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22 August 2004 : Pull Yer Boots On
Swansea City supporters are keen to take on Yeovil Town in a Fans Match ahead of the teams meeting on Saturday 4th September at Huish Park. Yeovil's occasional fans outfit had several stroll arounds run outs last season, and perhaps surprisingly studying the squad list managed quite a good record.

If interested in upholding the honour of the South-West and the Mighty Glovers against the Welsh and the Swans contact Mark Kelly by e-mail with your name, age and any other details you consider relevant - such as Premiership experience, waistline measurement, or how many minutes you feel capable of moving at a faster pace than a walk these days. Mark will get back to you with further details.

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21 August 2004 : Who ate all the 'Pies?
Yeovil Town continued their improvement from a somewhat dodgy start to the season with an excellent 2-1 win at Notts County this afternoon.

Approximately 800 Glovers fans made the trip to Meadow Lane to see Gary Johnson name an unchanged team after last Saturday's 2-0 win over Boston. The Glovers rode their luck during the first half of the match however, with the home team dominating in terms of possession and chances, Gavin Gordon in particular proving a handful for the Yeovil defence. The Glovers boss was concerned enough to make a tactical substitution before half-time, Adam Lockwood making his first start of the season following his 3-match suspension, at the expense of Adrian Caceres.

It was all Yeovil immediately after the break, but the home side took the lead somewhat against the run of play on 56 minutes, Gavin Gordon tapping in after a long throw caught the Glovers defence napping. The longer the game wore on however the better the visitors looked and it was no more than they deserved when 2nd half substitute Paul Terry finished off a superb counter-attacking move on 68 minutes to make it 1-1. The winner came with 9 minutes left, Phil Jevons following up his saved penalty to score and make it 3 goals in 3 games for the former Everton and Grimsby striker.

Final score: Notts County 1 - 2 Yeovil Town.

Two wins in a row for the Glovers then which pushes them up to 5th place in the early league table. The only piece of bad news for Yeovil today was the injury to Andy Lindegaard which forced him off during the second half - the Yeovil-born player has damaged a hamstring and is expected to be out for at least 4 weeks.

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20 August 2004 : Notts County Match Preview
Yeovil venture up to Notts County this Saturday aiming to continue the form that saw the Glovers pick up their first three points of the season against Boston United last weekend.

Adam Lockwood is expected to return to the squad having served a three match suspension after being sent off on the pre-season tour. The 23-year-old successfully came through a 90-minute run-out with the reserves in midweek and Gary Johnson has confirmed that the full-back "comes into contention". Colin Miles (bruising) and Roy O'Brien (hamstring) are both back for selection but are expected to feature on the bench.

Liam Fontaine, on-loan from Fulham, is expected to keep his place in the starting in the centre of defence having impressed during his debut in the 2-0 win at Huish Park last week.

Notts County are without their captain Mike Whitlows, who is sidelined with a knee injury, along with Stefan Oakes (groin), Chris Palmer (ankle) and Steve Scoffham, who is out until November.

The return of Tony Scully has given Gary Mills a formation headache. Scully was handed a free role at Bristol Rovers last weekend, when he made his first start since returning from an ankle injury. The County boss is confident ahead of Saturday’s clash with Yeovil. “Defensively, even with Mike Whitlow out injured, we've not looked like we would concede many goals. That is not just down to the defence and the goalkeeper, but the whole team.

Notts County are 6/5 favorites with SkyBet with the draw at 11/5 while the Somerset outfit are at 15/8.

Notts County (expected): Henderson, Edwards, Baudet, Richardson, Pipe, Ullathorn, Bolland, Gill, Scully, Gordon, Hurst

Yeovil Town (expected): Weale, Rose, Skiverton, Fontaine, Lockwood, Cacares, Way, Johnson, Gall, Jevons, Tarachulski

Weather: Sunny, max 19°C

[Article by George Murray]

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20 August 2004 : LDV Vans Trophy South and North
Of course the LDV Vans Trophy regional division is only news for the Midlands clubs, who may appear in one or the other. Yeovil Town are not going to move from the South unless it becomes a European competition. However for the record :

Southern Section -

AFC Bournemouth
Boston United
Bristol City
Bristol Rovers
Cambridge United
Cheltenham Town
Colchester United
Kidderminster Harriers
Leyton Orient
Luton Town
Milton Keynes Dons
Northampton Town
Oxford United
Peterborough United
Rushden & Diamonds
Shrewsbury Town
Southend United
Swansea City
Swindon Town
Torquay United
Wycombe Wanderers
Yeovil Town

Aldershot Town
Dagenham & Redbridge
Exeter City
Stevenage Borough

Northern Section -

Bradford City
Chester City
Doncaster Rovers
Grimsby Town
Hartlepool United
Huddersfield Town
Hull City
Lincoln City
Macclesfield Town
Mansfield Town
Notts County
Oldham Athletic
Port Vale
Scunthorpe United
Sheffield Wednesday
Stockport County
Tranmere Rovers

Accrington Stanley
Carlisle United
Hereford United
York City

As in previous years two clubs from the Southern and Northern Sections will receive byes through to Round Two. The draw to see who gets byes will be made by the Football League shortly before the live draw on Sky Sports on Saturday 28th August. By the rules of the competition only Football League clubs are eligible for byes.

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19 August 2004 : Robins Flying
Maybe it was an unhappy Cheltenham Town manager John Ward saying there were First Team places up for grabs (see News page August 17th), but the Robins Reserves racked up a conclusive 4-1 scoreline against Yeovil Town Reserves in the opening match of the Pontin's Holidays Combination Wales & West Division season at Huish Park last night.

Despite Colin Miles warming up prior to the match it was decided his hamstring pull had not sufficiently recovered and he did not take the field. So new boy Paul Jones made his debut.

Yeovil Town: Steve Collis, Adam Lockwood, Stephen Reed, Roy O'Brien, Paul Jones, Nicolas Mirza, Paul Terry, Simon Weatherstone, Kezie Ibe, Yemi Odubade, Dale Williams.
Substitutes: Danny Barker, Charlie Welch, Sam Croft, Steve Thompson.

Cheltenham got an ideal start after only four minutes when Ashley Vincent made a break down the left and delivered a low cross for Luke Corbett, unmarked in the centre, to side-foot the ball home. Just after the quarter-hour mark Nicolas Mirza replied for Yeovil when Cheltenham keeper Scott Brown could only beat out a shot and Mirza picked up the rebound.

Vincent broke to score Cheltenham's second, and then five minutes before half time the Robins were awarded a dubious penalty. Cheltenham can't get the story straight themselves, with one match report claiming a shirt pull, and another a handball by Dale Williams. Yeovil fans were thoroughly unimpressed, and suffice it to say that referee Simon Hollick received a barracking and boos at the end of the match for what was at best an eccentric performance all night. Vincent stepped up and Steven Collis saved. However Collis was judged to have moved off his line and Vincent converted from the second opportunity. Half-time 1-3.

In the second half neither side could gain an advantage until shortly before the final whistle when Brian Wilson curled a free-kick around the wall into the top corner from the edge of the area in stoppage time.

Final score : Yeovil Town Reserves 1 Cheltenham Town Reserves 4.

Cheltenham Town Youth Team coach Bob Bloomer was in charge on the night and said :

A good solid workout with all the players showing up well. Ashley Vincent caught the eye with his pace and attacking play, but overall it was a good team effort. We got off to a great start in the first half. Yeovil made some changes and tightened up for the second half but we kept asking them questions and topped it off with another good goal at the end.

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19 August 2004 : Cup Draw Dates
Carling Cup Round 2 - Wednesday 25th August at 10.00 p.m. on Sky Sports News. Ties to be played in the week commencing September 20th.

Yeovil Town play Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park the previous evening in Round 1, kick-off 7.45 p.m. The tie has to be decided on the night, with extra time and then penalties if necessary.

LDV VansTrophy Round 1 - Saturday 28th August at 10.00 a.m. on Soccer AM (Sky). Ties to be played in the week commencing September 27th.

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18 August 2004 : Skivo Now Proud Father
Congratulations are due to club captain Terry Skiverton and his partner Anna after the latter gave birth to a 7lb 11oz baby boy called Finlay James - their first child. The birth took place two weeks ahead of schedule, but all parties are believed to be well and very happy with Skivo himself proclaiming the event as "the best day of my life".

Speaking to the official site manager Gary Johnson said of the news: "I heard it was Skivo’s 200th game for Yeovil Town this week so what better way for Terry to celebrate than for Anna to give birth to a bouncing baby son for him. We congratulate him on his 200th appearance and congratulate the happy couple on their new addition. One disappointment is that they didn’t call it Gary! I have done enough for him after all! He did have a smile when he said it was the best day of his life, so I asked him if it was better than the trophy final at Villa Park and he said yes!"

Ah but what about the Nationwide Conference league title, Skivo?!?

Ciderspace naturally extends congratulations to Skivo and Anna and suggests they consult Polish striker Bartosz Tarachulski for how to deal with those early sleepless nights. Bartosz has a six week old child called David, who attended his first game on Saturday.

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18 August 2004 : Player In Name Change
The official site has formally announced that central defender Colin Pluck has undergone a name change. Colin's new name - Colin Miles - was used at tonight's Reserve Team game against Cheltenham Town.

The club statement says that: "with immediate effect Colin Pluck will now be known as Colin Miles. Colin has changed his name by deed poll for personal reasons and would be grateful if press and supporters would respect his privacy."

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17 August 2004 : Coming Soon To A Website Near You
Advance notice that the World's favourite Yeovil Town Website will be launching its own badge shortly due to the clamour of popular demand - well Mr Bratherton suggested it, and as he was prepared to do all the hard work we thought: what a good idea.

The must have item of the year will be a give-away at £3.00. Gold lettering on a green background, and hand made by highly skilled pixies (under Fair Trade conditions), delivery is expected at the beginning of September when more information and a picture will be made available on the site.

Ciderspace will be using all profits to benefit the club in some way. Yep, as you spotted, that's vague. That's because we haven't actually decided what the money raised should go towards. So if anyone has any ideas what a few hundred pounds could be usefully spent on to the advantage of Yeovil Town FC - which rather excludes commissioning a new social club to be built by Christmas - let us know via the forum, mailing list, or e-mail us direct at Ciderspace.

Advance orders can be placed with Stew Bratherton at :

91, Combe Park, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 3BE (cheques payable to 'S M BRATHERTON'). For delivery by post add 50p.

Reservations can also be made by e-mail to Stewart Bratherton.

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17 August 2004 : Reserve Season Nearly Ready To Kick Off
Ahead of tomorrow's first Pontin's Holidays Combination Wales & West Division fixture of the season against Cheltenham Town manager Gary Johnson has revealed most of his likely line-up on the club's Official Site.

Yemi Odubade and Kezie Ibe will start up front together for the first time. Nicolas Mirza, Paul Terry and Simon Weatherstone will take mid-field places. Adam Lockwood, back after suspension, and Stephen Reed will be at left and right back. Johnson said he still had not decided on what the centre-back pairing would be. There was also no comment on who would be in goal, Steve Collis presumably as the keeper who did not play on Saturday, or the final mid-field spot.

Cheltenham manager John Ward has been less than happy with the Robins start to the season and is seeing the Reserve fixture as a chance to hot up competition for places in the First Team :

After two first team defeats the players need to show desire. The younger players need to say to me: 'if you're not happy with the first team then pick me instead'. We have done a lot of work on the training ground since Saturday, both on what we do in order to get the ball back from the opposition and on using the ball better when we get it. The management and players were all bitterly disappointed with the performance on Saturday. We were all responsible for it so now we are responsible for putting it right.

First team defender Brian Wilson, who missed much of pre-season training with a knee injury, is named at right-back and summer signing Scott Brown will play in goal. Other summer recruits Graham Ward (midfield), Gavin Caines (central defence), Ashley Vincent (forward) and Chris Murphy (midfield) have also been named. Third year scholarship players Danny Thompson, Michael Wylde and Adam Connolly will start, with second and third year scholars on the bench.

Cheltenham Town Reserves (from): Brown, Wilson, Thompson, Ward, Caines, Wylde, Gallinagh, Connolly, Vincent, Corbett, Murphy, Bridges, Lewis, Cook, Crotty, Waters.

Kick-off is 7.00 p.m. at Huish Park.

Ticket prices are a flat rate £2.00 for those holding any sort of season ticket, and £3.00 for non-season ticket holders.

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16 August 2004 : Fixture Change
Rochdale AFC Official Site has announced a change to the Coca-cola League Two fixture v Yeovil Town at Spotland. Originally a 3.00 p.m. kick-off on Saturday 9th Ocober this match will now take place on Friday 8th October, kick-off 7.45 p.m.. The reason given is to avoid any clash with the England v Wales World Cup Qualifier taking place on the Saturday.

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16 August 2004 : TV Show Comes To Huish Park
On Wednesday 25th August Westcountry will be recording their new football magazine show Westcountry Soccer Night at Huish Park. The show will be broadcast on Thursday 26th, starting at 11.30 p.m.

Gary Johnson and a number of the team will be appearing, and the programme producers are looking for around 25 to 30 supporters to be present. Recording will take place in the Vice Presidents' Bar. A spokesperson for the club has informed us that it is aware that this will tend to preclude disabled supporters, but that the venue was at the request of the TV company.

Supporters will be asked to give their views on current footballing topics of the day and generally interact with the show.

If this is you, e-mail Press Officer Adrian Hopper a.k.a. Fat Harry with some details on a first come first served basis.

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15 August 2004 : Gary's Verdict on the Boston Game
Bartosz Tarachulski celebrates scoring the second goal of the game
Bartosz Tarachulski celebrates scoring the second goal of the game
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Glovers manager Gary Johnson was a very contented man when he talked to the press following Saturday's 2-0 win over Boston United. Gary answered the following questions from the press:

Qu: “Well Gary, that was a little bit more like it wasn’t it?”

GJ: Well to be fair it was, and that’s what we are trying to achieve. That’s why a manager can get very frustrated, when he knows the players can play like that but on occasions they don’t. What was more upsetting last week was that we looked a bit mentally tired, we weren’t moving the ball, we weren’t moving ourselves and so we’ve had a hard week. Really they shouldn’t be running like they did today because I have let them know all week that they are great athletes by running them. They proved it again today - not just running but running and then getting on the end of the ball, crosses, and running to get crosses in and running to chase back. To be fair we out ran them and we outplayed them on the day. Boston have given us a tough time in the past but today we outplayed them and probably could have got two more goals.

Qu: “They are a physical side aren’t they? They made it very difficult in the first half and you could have been 3 or 4 up by half-time couldn’t you?”

GJ: Well people say about our team sometimes that we have to be physical as well when we are going up against physical teams and we mustn’t doubt that we have got players out there who can compete physically with the most physical of teams. We’ve proved that today as well as playing our football so that was an all round performance. It's only three games - we’ve gone nowhere yet other than a little way up the league and we’ll keep working, but your first win normally gives your players a bit of confidence especially the way we won it. Now we’ve got a week to train hard but train with a smile on our face.

Qu: “What were you saying at half-time was it just a case of saying carry on playing as you are, the goals will come?”

GJ: Yes it was, we’d done enough. I just said I don’t care if we score, all I want to see is more action in the box and that’s what we kept getting and once you get that action in the box things fall for you later on. They happened to fall for us quite early on which was nice and a 2-0 result was most worthy as well.

Qu: “Phil Jevons got the first of course and reacted well to a defensive mistake and kept his head to slot home very calmly didn’t he?”

GJ: He did and if you want someone in that position it's Jevo. He slipped it in nicely. The keeper was saving everything all day so I wondered if he was going to save that as well but it was a great time to get it and were all very pleased he did stick it away.

Qu: “And your man Tarachulski with a cracking header, lovely corner and a big smile on his face after he’d scored.”

GJ: Well his wife has just come over and this was her first game in England. His baby who’s only a month old was here and it’s certainly his first game in England, which is why he did the baby bit [the goal celebration] out there. I’m pleased for him because the sooner they settle in the better. Now he’s got his family and apartment, it does make it a lot more comfortable. If he’d have scored that goal after his long run they’d have been talking about it for years. He should have hit it with his right foot but he didn’t have one more stride in him so he was a bit late getting his shot away.

Qu: “He’s a fantastic man, he’s got great feet for a tall man and what about the lad at the back Fontaine who came in Thursday night, he was a rock for you wasn’t he?”

GJ: He was a quiet quality wasn’t he? Everything he did had a bit of quality about it and I can understand why he’s been playing Under 17’s for England and obviously Fulham rate him very highly and it was a major coup for us to get him at this time and at late notice. I’m sure he’s enjoyed it. His family are here and I know they’ve enjoyed it, so all’s well that ends well.

Qu: “What’s he like off the pitch? He seems fairly confident on it, I noticed he was giving Terry Skiverton a couple of orders, he's a brave man to do that isn’t he?"

GJ: Well they created a decent partnership didn’t they, and they both respected each other within 10 minutes I should think. He’s quiet but he’s effective - the boy Fontaine - not Terry he’s loud and effective! They did very well today because you wont come up against two bigger challenges than Carruthers and Lee in the air.

Qu: “Onwards and upwards from here Gary?”

GJ: Well let's hope so but I said it when we hadn’t won a game, lets not get too excited. I will say it again today, let’s not get too excited, but we can train with a smile on our face.

Qu: “On a side note I couldn’t recall Boston winning a ball inside our penalty area”

GJ: That’s because we worked a lot on picking up seconds. But I did say that we’ve got to work on winning the first one, and not thinking about winning the second one. We just had competition and competing all over the pitch. Even our little ones competed, all over the field and credit to them.

Qu: “It’s difficult to keep that kind of dominance over 90 minutes”

GJ: Yeah it is, very much so, especially against some players out there with a lot of experience, top league experience. We always have a tough time against them [Boston] - it was an exciting time last year, 3-2 and upset that we got beaten at the end. It’s nice to put one over on Boston but we’ve got to go there yet.

Qu: “Were you tempted to take Darren Way off at any time? He seemed really fired up.”

GJ: Well I know Darren, I was hoping he would listen to my words of wisdom - both him and Lee - but at the end of the day their professionalism got the game back. They also competed, yes they got a Yellow Card each, but their lad got sent off in pulling Lee down. I just wanted them to play their game. I felt they would have tackles against them just because of the nature of their buzzing about. If you’ve already had a Yellow Card you’ve had a Yellow Card. Steve Evans might feel that Lee came back a bit which is why Lee got a card but the lad committed the foul in the first place.

Qu: “I thought they could have been down to 10 men before they were, what did you see of the Jason Lee incident?”

GJ: Well I know Jason well and he’s a lovely fellow, but he is a big lad and he’s very difficult to play against. He is all arms and legs and obviously that’s part of his game. I didn’t see it - I’m doing an Arsene Wenger, but it was over the other side. I felt at the time he’s probably going to go, but I will wait to see the video and make my mind up. But in the end it didn’t matter.

Qu: “How important do you think it was getting that goal straight after half-time?”

GJ: Well the way the game went, it was very important because we needed to get a goal. We didn’t want to leave it until the last 5 minutes because then it's all panic stations trying to get a goal and you leave yourselves open. So the goal was great, just to settle us down so we could play our football, keep competing and then hope another one comes. It was the second one that was the big one because we’ve scored first in both our games but we hadn’t got the second one, so at the second one I felt the game was nearly won.

Qu: “What did you think of the officials? They had a tough time especially in the first half, when things were going on all over the place.”

GJ: Well they had a tough time. Let’s be honest me and Steve Evans on the line always make it quite active as well. He was a bit more active but that’s the nature of the game, there’s a lot of passion out there and that’s what happens.

Qu: “Are you going to keep a spare corner flag out there in future? The corner flag was bandaged wasn’t it?”

GJ: I’m not too sure he didn’t give it mouth to mouth resuscitation as well!

[Transcription by Richard Gibson]

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15 August 2004 : Gazza Notes Performance
Phil Jevons scores the opening goal of the game
Phil Jevons scores the opening goal of the game
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Yeovil Town 2 Boston United 0

Yeovil Town comfortably picked up their first three points of the season, against Steve Evans’ Boston United, having dominated the match from the start. Two second half goals from Phil Jevons and Bartosz Tarachulski sealed the win for the Glovers home at Huish Park (writes George Murray).

Adrian Caceres would have been disappointed not been able to finish any of his three decent early chances. Michael Rose came close to scoring in the thirtieth minute, however the visiting keeper parried his powerful free kick to safety. Playing on the right wing, Kevin Gall came near to breaking his goal drought with a 25-yard shot which was finger-tipped over the bar for a corner.

It only took four minutes after Gary Johnson’s half time teamtalk before the stalemate was finally broken. Phil Jevons capitalised on poor defending from Boston which resulted in Jevons in on goal with just the keeper to beat. Boston’s first and only chance of the game came on the hour mark from a Martin Carruthers shot from outside the box which failed to hit the target and test Chris Weale. Phil Jevons nearly doubled the Glovers lead after yet another defensive error. This time however he drove his shot inches past the post. Bartosz Tarachulski made the already unlikely comeback impossible, heading home Lee Johnson’s corner midway through the second half.

After the game Paul Gascoigne said :

It was unfortunate that we didn’t play well, as we know that we could of done better and the lads are disappointed to have got beaten today.

It’s difficult to know how far Yeovil will go after their 2-0 win but obviously their spirits are high. It was a good finish by Phil Jevons and I have said that to him. I wish Yeovil luck in getting promoted as they played some very attractive football and they passed the ball around well.

George Murray

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15 August 2004 : That's More Like It
Phil Jevons celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game
Phil Jevons celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game
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Football is a maddening game. When your hopes are high it can send you flat on your face. When you expect nothing you somtimes go home walking on air.

With two to say the least dodgy performances behind us, and a spate of injuries to contend with, most Yeovil fans were probably approaching Saturday's encounter against Boston United with some trepidation. What materialised from 3.03 p.m. when referee Paul Armstrong eventually got the game started, was a tour de force of movement and passing that produced one of the most one-sided matches in all but the scoreline seen at Huish Park for some time.

Boston were never in the game, without a single shot on target or even a corner, all afternoon. Yeovil Town, who had looked so out of sorts against Bury and Darlington, started well at a high tempo, and simply grew in stature and confidence from there. By the last quarter, with Boston down to ten men with the dismissal of Mark Greaves, the Pilgrims were being completely run ragged, and only an increasing foul count from the visitors and slightly profligate finishing from the home team kept the score respectable.

Captain Terry Skiverton was back to his commanding best in his 200th appearance for the Glovers. At the other end of the service scale Bartosz Tarachulski opened his account in competitive games for Yeovil's second, after Phil Jevons had hit the first goal of the game on 49 minutes. Liam Fontaine, only drafted in on loan on Friday, was calm, confident, classy and assured on his Yeovil debut. And Kezie Ibe was given his first taste of League football when he came on as a substitute in the dying minutes.

Gary Johnson was a much happier man at 5.00 p.m. than he had been on Tuesday night :

In our previous two matches we have scored first but we didn't get a second goal. This time we did and the lads showed what they can do. I wasn't happy with our midweek performance against Darlington and I have had them in twice a day every day in the past week for some hard running. Now they know what they are capable of and we will expect that sort of performance on a regular basis.

Boston manager Steve Evans had less to say for once :

We were lucky they didn't score more than two.

A full match report from Robin Evans can be found on Ciderspace through the link below :

Yeovil Town 2 Boston United 0

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13 August 2004 : When It's So Lucrative To Cheat
Thou shalt not steal; an empty feat,
When it's so lucrative to cheat.

(Arthur Clough, poet, 1819-1861)

Tomorrow sees the return of Steve Evans to Huish Park for the first time since his twenty month ban from the game of football and £8,000 fine, for cheating. As Evans said this week "they (Yeovil fans) do not like me very much", and in that he is absolutely correct.

As detailed in the item below Gary Johnson faces some real headaches in team selection, with a whole series of injuries of varying severity, players just coming back from injury but of dubious match fitness, and a couple of untried recruits. A few things are certain. Chris Weale will start his first game of the regular season as Johnson proceeds with his policy of alternating his keepers in two match spells. And tomorrow, five years to the day since his debut on 14th August 1999 away at Scarborough, club captain Terry Skiverton will make his 200th appearance for Yeovil Town. He and we as a club have come a long way since then. Certainly one hopes for a better result than the 5-0 defeat on that day.

We'd expect, given the number of forced changes, Johnson to keep other alterations to a minimum. So Michael Rose to play with his stitches, Liam Fontaine to replace Colin Pluck unless Roy O'Brien recovers sufficiently, and either Andy Lindegard or Paul Terry, if he came through the friendly against Bristol City on Wednesday without a reaction, to join Skiverton at the back. In the centre Lee Johnson and Darren Way, with Adrian Caceres left and (our choice) Kevin Gall or Simon Weatherstone right. Up front Bartosz Tarachulski with Phil Jevons again.

Boston United hope to have completed the loan signing of Norwich striker Zema Abbey in time for tomorrow's game. Abbey, brother of Pilgrims goalkeeper Nathan Abbey, was supposed to arrive at York Street last week, but a slight groin strain meant the move could not be completed. Evans said :

I have been in contact with Norwich about Zema and he seems to be fine. He is a big, quick striker and will be a real asset.

Abbey started his career at Hitchin Town, before he signed for Cambridge United in February 2000. He made 26 appearances and scored five goals in eight months. A loan move back to Hitchin followed, but in December 2000 Norwich splashed out £350,000 for his services. He has since made 63 appearances and scored eight goals at Carrow Road.

New forward acquisition Andy Kirk (groin), Danny Thomas (hamstring) and Paul Ellender (suspended) are all unavailable.

Finally if you are planning on rushing to Huish Park for the first time and handing over your entrance fee in the hope of seeing some vaguely famous bloke who's name escapes us........ we're sure Yeovil Town FC will be very pleased to receive your money. You never know, you might get to sit next to him in the stand. Oh, and do come again.

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13 August 2004 : Loan Signing To Fill The Breach
Not how Yeovil Town and manager Gary Johnson would have wished to begin the 2004-05 campaign. On the back of a stuttering start on the pitch, that has seen a loss and a draw, the injury situation has meant Johnson has had to dip into the loan market with the the season hardly started.

Johnson has always maintained that he doesn't like loans, unless they are the prelude to a possible permanent signing, but in this case needs must. With centre back Scott Guyett expected to be out for another three weeks, and Adam Lockwood still with one match of his three game suspension to go, news that Colin Pluck has a hamstring problem and Roy O'Brien is recovering after a kick on the knee had the manager facing a severe shortage of available central defenders.

In come eighteen-year-old Liam Fontaine, on the books at Fulham and previously a regular England Under 17 international, and Paul Jones from Arundel. Fontaine has been signed on a short-term loan whilst Jones, who we believe was already with the club and may have been one of those trialists in the friendly v Bristol City on Wednesday, has been registered but is on non-contract terms.

Speaking to the Official Site Johnson said :

The curse of the centre backs at Huish Park seems to have struck again. Scott Guyett was first to be hit with a cartilage problem. That’s now been operated on and Scott is into his rehabilitation period. Adam Lockwood got his suspension which as you know I wasn’t very happy about but thankfully he’s only got one more match to serve of that. Roy O’Brien got a kick on the knee which has only caused severe bruising I am pleased to say.

Colin Pluck pulled a hamstring on Tuesday against Darlington and hasn’t been able to train. So I had to move as quickly as possible to bring in some cover. I rang a few friends to see if anybody was available and Fontaine was recommended and after a call to Fulham they were pleased to help us out.

They said Liam could definitely perform at that level and they were happy for him to gain experience with us. Paul Jones was in the right place at the right time and will continue a trial with us for a while and be on the bench against Boston although he has only signed on a non-contract basis.

In an update on the shock news on Wednesday that Gavin Williams had suffered a broken finger Gary was putting on a brave face (not much else to be done really) :

Gavin’s injury was a major shock to us and I had no idea he was even injured until well after the game on Tuesday. It was a pretty hefty spiral break which has come as big blow to us. So other players will to accept the responsibility that Gavin shoulders, that’s why we have a squad.

We are estimating that Gavin will be out for six weeks as that’s how long it generally takes for bones to heal. With a hand injury sometimes you can put a light cast on it but Gavin has had wires and pins put on the injury and they go in and out so it looks like six weeks. Anything before that will be a bonus but the good thing is that he will be able to keep fit so when he is ready he will be able to bounce straight back into the team.

If we didn’t do it like this he would have had problems for the rest of his life and we didn’t want that sort of a legacy. Through adversity though we will triumph of that I am sure.

Finally a bit of good news. Paul Terry and Steve Reed are both now available for selection having recovered from their injuries.

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13 August 2004 : WE Are A Grandfather
Echoing his heroine Margaret Thatcher Ciderspace stalwart Jon Morgan (aged 67), the foremost man of his generation never to lead the National Assembly for Wales (Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru), welcomed the birth of his first grandchild with the words :

We are a grandfather.*

Jon Morgan, 12/08/04
Jon Morgan (aged 67) looks forward to the birth of his first grandchild.

Speaking exclusively to Ciderspace Mr Morgan said :

The birth of little Leonie is a proud moment. I'm over the moon. The girl done good, but I like to think it was a team effort in which I played my part - if so long ago I can hardly remember. The drinks are on me.........

Jon Morgan, 13/08/04
Jon Morgan (aged 67) speaking after the birth of his first grandchild.

All at Ciderspace offer their sincere (despite appearances) congratulations to all the family, and especially congratulate Leonie on being born in England.

(* What Mr Morgan actually used was his favourite phrase of 'Oh, for f***'s sake......', but in the interests of historical posterity we've established what he meant to say.)

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12 August 2004 : Action Photos From Yeovil vs Darlington
Tuesday night's match against Darlington now has it's own photo gallery, with 44 photos having been added in to cover the 1-1 draw at Huish Park. To view the photo gallery for this game, click here.

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11 August 2004 : Fans Panel
As posted by BBC Somerset Sound and Radio Bristol Sport to the Ciderspace Forum :

Hello. Hope you are enjoying the new season... it's certainly great to have footy back I'm sure you'll agree!

Here at BBC Somerset Sound and Radio Bristol we are launching a new feature this season - the Fans Panel.

In essence we are looking for a pool of supporters from which we can grab 2 or 3 after every home game in order to give their reaction to the match. You would need to come to our commentary point at the back of the Bartlett stand directly after the final whistle.

All we ask is that you have plenty to say and are reasonably articulate. We would contact the three people we have picked for each game in the week before to make arrangements.

If you are interested please email me at: Ben Orr.

Please ensure you include a phone number. We are looking for as diverse a range of people as possible so please don't be shy!

One more thing... can you please make sure I receive the email by the close of business on this coming Friday (13th August).

Enjoy the season...

Ben Orr

BBC Somerset Sound and Radio Bristol Sport.

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11 August 2004 : Token Scheme, Token Publicity
Well let's be honest about it, no publicity at all. Seen anything in the programme about this? On the Official Site? In the press? Because we haven't.

It would appear that the club took on board one of the issues of last season, how to distribute tickets for possible sell-out games. One of the suggestions that many fans seemed to support was the collection of tokens during the season, so that regular attenders who don't happen to be Season Ticket Holders could get some priority over glory-hunters only interested in the odd big game. Whatever one's opinion of token collecting schemes at least the club seems to have been listening, and has made an attempt to introduce something in response.

However did you know you were supposed to be collecting ticket stubs? Has it started? Will tokens be issued for all games? Some games? What sort of number will you need to collect?

For a token scheme to have any chance of working there has to be PUBLICITY. People have to know that firstly they are supposed to be collecting them, leaving aside the issue that details of how the scheme will be operated would be useful as well.

We heard initially as a bit of gossip from a turnstile operator! The appearance of a "TOKEN" tear-off on the tickets for the Carling Cup game v Plymouth Argyle game seemed to confirm that a scheme was in place. So the club was phoned. Unfortunately it wasn't really the area of responsibility of the person who was got hold of. The right people were out. But it was confirmed that a token scheme would be operating, but they had no concrete details, and that the concerns expressed that most fans were completely in the dark about this would be passed on to the appropriate quarters.

This is simply not good enough. A token scheme is launched but the very people who HAVE to know about it for it to work, the fans, don't.

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11 August 2004 : Johnson: Hard work will provide the cure
Glovers boss Gary Johnson answered the following questions in a press conference following last night's 1-1 home draw with Darlington.

Gary, your observations on tonight?

This could take a long time! We did what we needed to do, we were at home and started off well. We gradually got less effective and Darlington probably got more effective and began to turn it round. Fortunately we didn’t lose the game so we’ve got that one point on the board, but the boys have just taken a bit of a lashing from me to be fair which is why I’m hot and sweaty! I felt there was more running to be done during the game - our success was built on unselfish running and decoy running and making space for other people and at the moment we don’t seem to be doing that. Some of the players are a little bit playing their own game and we haven’t yet got our team pattern going in the league when it matters. In pre-season when there's no points at stake and everyone gets on the ball then no-one minds if they lose possession, but when it really matters in league games that’s when you have to see the mental toughness. We haven’t lost the game but the lads have taken a lashing and that’s probably the best way to do it.

So you’re saying there's probably room for improvement?

Of course - we’ve got one point from two games so there’s plenty of room for improvement. There’s some players there that need some forceful direction and some of them will prove themselves and some of them wont but we're going to be working hard as we do when these things happen. I’ve given them a couple of games to get it right but it hasn’t quite worked so we will be on the training ground morning and afternoon for the next two weeks.

It’s always concerning when you’ve gone in front as you have in both games and you’ve come out with one point from both games?

Yes, it’s good to be in front isn’t it? That’s the main thing but unfortunately we let Darlington back in the game today with a diabolical bit of misjudgement from our skipper and goalkeeper. Steve Collis probably should have screamed for the ball - he said he said something, but there was a misunderstanding so Terry’s put it off for a corner and then Bartosz has lost his man from the corner. But they’d had three of four corners before that and were causing us too many problems in the second half.

You're still missing a couple of players obviously, Lockwood suspended and Paul Terry hasn’t played yet.

Well it would be easy to say that, it would be easy for me to say 'when I get my best team out you watch us go', but that’s not the way it happens. We’ve got a good squad and we’ve got to make sure that our squad pulls through and that when Paul Terry and Locky get fit they’ve got to make sure they don’t fall into the same trap that some of the others have fallen into. But this is football, we’ve all seen it before, we're all experienced in this room and we know that it can quickly turn around with a good result. We’ve got some good players in that dressing room that are a bit wayward at the moment."

Glad to be at home on Saturday against Boston, at least another opportunity to get three points?

You said that before this game, of course it is, every games an opportunity to get three points and I suppose is the only saving grace is that we’ve got a point on the board at this moment. Yes we’d love to have had six but we're going to have to scrap, battle and bite for every point at this moment in time because we're not quite firing on all cylinders.

What was the problem with Michael Rose?

He had a few stitches in his lip. I could have waited 5 minutes, however with the new law of blood on your shirt he’d have been coming off and on and we’ve only got one spare shirt so if he’d have come off a couple of times we’d have been in trouble. I couldn’t wait that long to be fair, and we’ve got a good debutant in Roy and Roy did a decent job on that left hand side so we took him off.

A question of hard work will cure it then?

Hard work, that’s what it is and it’s the only thing that will get you back. We might be a bit leggy against Boston because we will be in 24 hours a day the next two or three days to make sure we get it right for them.

Is there a problem with Plucky?

There's not a problem with him, no. I felt that the ball had gone behind him a few times. In the first half him and Terry were very dominant. No-one got behind them and they won all their headers and there was no real danger. In the second half they seemed to get in behind us rather a lot and we ended up a little deeper. Plucky unfortunately missed a little bit of pre-season - about three weeks - so he's not got 90 minutes in him at the moment. Unfortunately we've got a couple like that.

Did you feel we were too narrow at times? There seemed to be times when we had 30 yards space on one or the other wings.

Yes. The problem when you come across teams that play five across the middle is that they've always got that spare one in the middle. So sometimes your wide man has to come in. Gav normally does that role but then Caceres is supposed to give us the width and although he did OK on a number of occasions he needs to do more. I've just explained to a few of them that they do need to do more. They need to make more unselfish runs and more decoy runs. Instead of making 20 runs in a game they need to make 40. When players were running through the middle with the ball, there was no movement other than the bloke running with the ball. There wasn't enough criss-cross movement and not enough decoy runs taking people away and then someone running into that gap. We didn't have that today and we didn't have that on Saturday either. That's what we're going to be working on.

Have the players themselves been able to say why things aren't ticking?

Yes, I gave them an opportunity to say something at the end. Most of what was said stays in the dressing room of course. But I think that after a bit of a lashing it would have been very unusual for someone to have come back with a reason because I think they all agree that nobody goes out there not to play well. Nobody goes out there not to try hard. We've got a fantastic group of players that want to do well for this club. Sometimes that is the problem, because they are trying too hard. What happens is that in trying too hard, you work less funnily enough, because you don't want to make a mistake. I've got to get the flair out of them and get the fear away from their heads. The fear of failure - the new players coming in don't want to let the side down. They know the team had a good reputation from last year. They want to be a part of that, and it's the fear factor that is probably our problem at the moment. A good win will get you through that. In both games we needed that second goal.

Teams seem to set out their stall to play like that against you.

That's right. Both managers - Graham Barrow and Dave Hodgson - I know very well. Both have said that when they play Yeovil they have to try and stop Yeovil from playing. But we have to be better than that. We need to have more running and tell them that if you want play like that, we want to play like this. But none of us have got a divine right to beat those teams. We've just got to see how we go and keep trying to pick up points as we go along. We're playing league teams with a league mentality and every point we get is going to be a big boost. Last season we were on a crest of a wave and we won our first three games and then we had a blip but hopefully we can get all our learning done now.

[Transcript by Richard Gibson and Martin Baker.]

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11 August 2004 : The fickle finger of fate
There's good injury news and bad injury news for Yeovil Town fans today. The good news is that Michael Rose, substituted before half-time in last night's 1-1 draw with Darlington, has suffered nothing more serious than some stitches in a cut lip and will be fit again for Saturday's home match v Boston. The other good news is that Paul Terry is back in light training after his recent knee injury, however he's still rated as doubtful for Saturday. If we're stretching a point then more good news comes in that Scott Guyett is recovering well from his recent knee operation and is expected back in around 3 weeks!

The bad news is that it has emerged that Gavin Williams has broken a finger in last night's game and could be out of action for as much as 6 weeks, according to a statement on the YTFC official site. Manager Gary Johnson said: "Gavin caught his finger in a Darlington players shirt and when he broke away his finger was pulled right back. It is a bad break around where the finger joins the knuckle and he has gone for another scan this morning. It is a blow for us but these things happen in football and we just have to press on."

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11 August 2004 : Misfiring Glovers struggle to make their point
Yeovil Town are still searching for their first win of the season after last night's 1-1 home draw with Darlington. Matt Clarke’s headed goal brought the scores level shortly after the break, after Phil Jevons broke the deadlock for his debut home goal (writes George Murray).

Yeovil got off to a flying start and within six minutes the Glovers were ahead. Gavin Williams’ pass, deflected off a Darlington defender, was picked up by Phil Jevons and slotted in the bottom corner. Matt Clarke wasted two great chances for the visitors as the Yeovil’s defence came under pressure. Michael Rose’s defensive error nearly proved costly, allowing Clarke to shoot from close range but fortunately for the Glovers Steve Collis blocked the strike. Moments later Clarke, in the action again, fired a one-on-one effort wide of the post.

Eight minutes after the break, Matt Clarke’s near post header levelled the scoreline and his goal eventually proved to be decisive as Yeovil dropped two important points. Minutes later Jonathan Hutchinson so nearly added to the scoreline, his close-range shot blasting into the side netting from an acute angle. The Glovers showed they hadn’t given up yet. Lee Johnson fed teammate Phil Jevons but his shot lacked critical power. At the death a great chance went begging, Simon Weatherstone unable to convert Bartosz Tarachulski’s flick on into an open goal.

Final score: Yeovil Town 1 - 1 Darlington.

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10 August 2004 : Action Photos From Torquay vs Yeovil
Another 58 photos have been added to our Action Photo Galleries, covering the pre-season friendly at Torquay United. Head here to view all of the photos from that rather sunny day where Yeovil triumphed 4-2 winners.

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10 August 2004 : Adrian Caceres Interview
An interview with new winger Adrian Caceres is now on-line. Adrian talked to the press immediately after Saturday's defeat at Bury and the transcript can be found in the Interview Section or by heading directly here.

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10 August 2004 : Not Quaking In Their Boots
The fixture computer comes up with another of its bizarre decisions as Darlington are made to make their longest trip of the season for an evening kick-off.

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is rarely noted for panic or mass changes after a defeat and, despite the poor result at Gigg Lane on Saturday, will select from the same sixteen.

I will select from the same 16 players that were involved in the game at Bury. But there may be tweaks within that 16 for tactical reasons.

As a team we did not impose our game on Bury. The players have got to produce their best form and show why they are in the team. It's important to recover from a poor performance and we've now got two home games in which to do that.

Paul Terry and Scott Guyett remain unavailable through injury and Adam Lockwood reaches the second game of his three match ban.

Darlington, many people's tip as one of the sides to be struggling near the foot this season, began their campaign with a victory at home to Grimsby Town. Buoyed by this they will be looking to make some early amends for their dismal away form last season, which didn't see them win on the road until February.

Despite the 1-0 victory over Grimsby Assistant Manager Mark Proctor was still concerned about the Quaker's defence :

But that was possibly due to a bit of rustiness on our part, or maybe because Curtis Fleming was missing - or even a bit of both.

Yeovil are quite well-fancied this year so we can't take them lightly just because they lost at Bury on Saturday. We've watched a video of that game, so we found out a bit more about them. As one of the favourites they're obviously a good side and just missed out on the play-offs last season so we're going to have another tough game because Grimsby were a good side too.

Darlington travelled down yesterday and Curtis Fleming, who is suffering from an ankle knock, will undergo a fitness test this afternoon. If he suffers no reaction then he would be expected to make his debut, with Brian Close moving back to midfield. Ian Clark, goalscorer from off the bench on Saturday, may force his way into the starting eleven. Defender Matt Clarke is expected to feature despite suffering from tonsilitis.

Last season honours were even, with both sides winning at home.

Tonight's referee is Kevin Friend.

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9 August 2004 : Action Photos From Bury vs Yeovil
A large number of photos - 67 to be precise - have been added to our Action Photo Galleries. To see Saturday's match at Bury in pictures, including the debut goal from Adrian Caceres, head here.

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8 August 2004 : Gary's Verdict on the Bury Game
Adrian Caceres on his way to the opening goal of the game
Adrian Caceres on his way to the opening goal of the game
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Glovers manager Gary Johnson gave his views on yesterday's 3-1 defeat at Bury when he asked the following questions levelled by the press:

Qu: Gary I don't think you can believe the turn around in that match can you?

GJ: You can, because it happened didn't it? For an hour we looked quite comfortable and were going alright and looking a strong side. We had a bit of bad marking from a set play, probably had a few too many people in the wall and not enough people picking up. It was a bad goal from our point of view, although obviously a good goal from their point of view. Even then we thought we were playing well enough but then another mistake from a cross where their lad has done well and put in a great header, and took his chance. At 2-1, you still think that you have got to get something out of the game if you can but poor old Nicolas came on and with his first touch made a bad mistake and we were 3-1 down. That kills you with about 10 or 15 minutes to go. We won our first game last year but we didn't even make the playoffs, so we must not feel too upset right at this moment. We've got a bit of work to do in the next couple of days and then we've got to do well in our home games. After ten games lets see where we are then.

Qu: You mentioned Nicolas - have you managed to have a word with him - he must be totally dejected.

GJ: Yes, of course he's disappointed. You talk about substitutes coming onto the field of play and getting straight into it. But he's still only 19 and unfortunately it was his mistake today that cost us the third goal. Having said that, he had no part in the first or second goals so he's not lost us the game on his own. I'm going to take some of the positives from the game. The first hour was good and we scored a fantastic goal but we ended up losing the game. It's not a very good place for us here is it? We always go 1-0 up but end up losing the game - 2-1 last year and 3-1 today. That happened last year and we still ended up ahead of Bury.

Qu: One other positive from the day was Adrian Caceres - a really good goal by him.

GJ: It was a great goal - a terrific goal - and they are the sort of goals that we know he can score. He probably needed to be a bit more active in the second half and that's what he's got to learn to do - use his ability for longer in the game. But that was the same of all of them today. Not enough of our lads were on the ball for long enough. Sometimes that's credit to the opposition and Bury have gone away as winners because of it.

Qu: You must be pleased that there is a game on Tuesday because you can pick them up quickly.

GJ: No, I'd like about three weeks to sort out this! No, I know what you mean, you're right in that it means that you can put it right on Tuesday. But it will take a little bit of talking and a little bit of geeing up. I've said to them that there are 45 games still to go, and I said to them even before the game that after 10 games I want us to be in the top three. Let's see if we can do that. At the moment we're somewhere near the bottom of the table, but we've got nine games to go in our heads.

Qu: Do you think there will be any changes on Tuesday night?

GJ: I don't know yet to be fair. I'll have a good look at the video. I wouldn't have said that the subs came on and set the world alight. Having said that, I am still confident in our squad. I've got big confidence in our club and one bad result early on doesn't sway me from my thoughts. All you've got to do is to get the lads believing in what they can do. It was the first league game for many of them at this level, such as Rosey and Bartosz. It's all new to them but they have to learn quickly.

Qu: Why do you think the game plan went wrong today? Was there one specific incident that stood out?

GJ: No, not really. Obviously what you don't want is for the minute you make a substitution for you to go a goal down due to a lack of organisation. That's something we're going to have to address. In fact the second goal came from a substitution so I could blame myself and say two substitutions and two goals against. But I felt at that point I made the substitutions for the right reasons, but unfortunately they got their goals at that time. In fact it was probably more mistakes than lack of organisation. Everybody said that they all had their men but the bloke who was the most dangerous was right in the middle of the goal. So one of them needed to leave their man and pick the most dangerous one. They can't be waiting for someone else to go and pick up - you've got to go and pick up the danger man.

Qu: It must have been frustrating in that they got three goals in 17 minutes but before that you'd had a number of chances.

GJ: Yes, but they had a chance early on. I wouldn't have said that either side deserved to win, lose or draw. The fact is that Bury got the points because we made three poor mistakes. We did create some but I wouldn't have said that we created great opportunities where we had open goals, and I needed to see a few more easy goals made. Jevo had his shot and we had a couple of other bits and pieces but not enough for my liking. I thought we should have had more shots in - we were playing with an extra pass instead of somebody opening up and having a shot. So there is a bit of work for us to do.

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8 August 2004 : Can You Insure Against Dismal Yeovil Performances?
Message from Mark Kelly, Chairman of Yeovil Town Independent Supporters' Association :

Livingstones Warman, insurance brokers of 5, Coronation Avenue, Yeovil, are please to offer all YTISA members (on production of their membership cards) PREFERENTIAL insurance rates on all forms of general and life insurance, as follows -

car and van insurance,
bike insurance,
home buildings and contents insurance,
travel insurance,
public liability insurance,
all forms of business insurance,
life insurance,
mortgage protection,
savings and investments.

Insurance is rated differently for everybody. What we can offer is "preferential rates".

Also a reminder:

travel detail for our away trip to Notts County (August 21st). Members £15, non-members £17. Leaving Huish Park at 7.30 a.m. prompt.

Phone the YTISA booking hotline on 07800 837810 NOW TODAY, YES TODAY, to avoid disappointment.

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7 August 2004 : Defensive Errors Bury Glovers
Ah, and the day started so well! Adrian Caceres and Michael Rose (along with 800+ supporters) celebrate the opening goal
Ah, and the day started so well! Adrian Caceres and Michael Rose (along with 800+ supporters) celebrate the opening goal
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace

There's nothing quite like that first game of the season optimism! Everything is shiny and new, the players look fit and enthusiastic, spectators are smart in their new replica tops and a general feeling of well-being and bonhomie pervades the late summer air.... And then the season kicks off and reality comes crashing in!

Yeovil Town and over 800 fans travelled in hope up to Lancashire this weekend but it was hosts Bury who won the points with a 3-1 home win. Adrian Caceres put the visitors ahead on 39 minutes with an excellent individual goal, but that was as good as it got for the Glovers as defensive frailties cost Gary Johnson's men dear. Dave Nugent twice took advantage of bad marking with a brace of almost identical headed goals on 65 and 77 minutes respectively and with Yeovil then chasing the game a breakaway goal from Graeme Jones made the game safe for the Shakers on 81 minutes. Yeovil had their chances to score more than the one they managed during the game, but the game was lost in their own penalty box rather than their opponents.

Final score: Bury 3 - 1 Yeovil Town.

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7 August 2004 : Problem with Ciderspace Forum
We're sorry, but the Ciderspace forum is temporarily unavailable due to a problem at our service provider. Our hosts have been informed of the problem and hopefully will get the forum back online as soon as possible. In the meantime, if the forum isn't back online in time for this afternoon's game at Bury, updates from the match will carry on as normal on our mailing list.

UPDATE - 8/8/04 - The forum is now back online. Apologies for the inconvenience.

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6 August 2004 : Here We Go, Here We Go, Here We Go.........
How long since that day at Sincil Bank? Seems an age, though it's only three months. But now the wait is over, and the 2004-05 season begins at Gigg Lane.

For Bury manager Graham Barrow is expected to give debuts to all five of his summer signings. Brian Barry-Murphy, Dave Challinor, Graeme Jones, Dwayne Mattis and Jon Newby should all put in an appearance, whether as starters or via the bench. Centre-back Challinor, the new captain for the coming season, was a doubt with a strained abductor muscle but has been back in training. He said :

I've trained for the last week though the gaffer didn't want to risk me in our last pre-season game against Stalybridge. I'm probably not totally match fit but at this stage not too many players are.

Danny Swailes is the only definite absentee, ruled out by a thigh injury.

For Yeovil Scott Guyett is on the injured list, Andy Lindegaard just off it at best, and Adam Lockwood begins the first of his three matches under suspension. With Phil Jevons only recently on the comeback trail we would expect Kevin Gall and Bartosz Tarachulski to start up front, with Adrian Caceres, Lee Johnson, Darren Way and Gavin Williams across the middle, and Michael Rose, Colin Pluck and Terry Skiverton at the back. The only area of real speculation is whether Paul Terry or Roy O'Brien will occupy the right-back slot. Manager Gary Johnson has already announced that Steve Collis will start in goal.

For Rose, amongst others, this should be his Football League debut, and will be extra special with his family living only twenty minutes from Bury. His parents and his brother Stephen Rose, who plays for Altrincham, will be in the crowd tomorrow. Michael said :

If I had a choice I would have wanted my League debut to be a home game. But this is the next best thing. When I played at Bury a few years ago [with a Manchester United reserve side] the pitch wasn't very good because they also played rugby there. But hopefully as it's the start of the season it will be in good condition and we'll be able to get the ball down and play our passing game.

So roll on three o'clock Saturday and....................


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6 August 2004 : Williams May Prove To Be Johnson's Best Signing
George Murray looks at some of the new signings for the season and considers that the best signing of the lot is a rather familiar face ...

Despite a number of influential signings during pre-season, Yeovil boss Gary Johnson had the ambitious plans and the ability to persuade player-of-the-year Gavin Williams to sign a two-year extension to his current deal. This deal may prove to be the Glovers greatest signing of all. Not taking anything away from the quality of Johnson’s signings, but in Williams, Yeovil have a proven goal scoring midfielder with flair in abundance (writes George Murray).

A number of clubs were reported to have been interested in the 24 year-old and Williams admitted that he was tempted by a move away from Yeovil but he stressed that he is now focused on achieving promotion at Huish Park.

I love it at Yeovil and I enjoy playing my football here. Obviously when you are linked to a massive club like Hull you are interested. I would like to stay at Yeovil and achieve promotion here.

Yeovil boss Gary Johnson has built a squad around Williams and other key players who were influential in the club achieving league status just over a year ago and the new additions to the squad will provide his side with more competition for first team places.

Gavin has committed his future to us and we are trying to build our club around players like him and not lose them.’

Like many players in the ranks at Yeovil, the Welshman expects nothing less than promotion this time round and believes that a good early run of form is vital.

Hopefully we will get promoted through automatic promotion but we will need to focus on the early games and come Christmas hopefully we will be in with a shout.

Williams is delighted by the new signings especially left back Michael Rose - who like Williams made the decision to leave Edgar Street to further his career.

Michael is a good player. He had two good seasons at Hereford. I was glad that we signed him, as he is a very good signing for the club.

Williams is among a number of indispensable players at Huish Park who have recently signed an extension to their current deals, showing that the Yeovil management is determined to continue their recent progression and ensure that an even brighter future lies ahead.

The club have proved to me that they are ready to progress, and that was another major factor in my decision to re-sign.’ said Williams

Re-signing Williams has enabled the attraction of highly rated players such as Polish striker Bartosz Tarachulski and French midfielder Nicolas Mirza who both may have been put off joining the Glovers had they seen players of Williams’ calibre leaving Huish Park.

The Polish press where astonished that a player of Tarachulski’s quality was heading to Yeovil to join what they would call the English 4th Division. Tarachulski took this opportunity to join the likes of Gavin Williams at Huish Park with full enthusiasm.

I am joining a very good side. The stadium is as good as many in the top division in Poland. I know I will enjoy it here.

On unveiling the two players in a press conference, Johnson described the signing of Nicolas Mirza as a ‘first division player’.

Gary Johnson certainly has a stronger squad from last year, which is built around the existing nucleus of Chris Weale, Terry Skiverton, Lee Johnson, Darren Way and Gavin Williams and they are now capable of setting League Two alight. Yeovil have now found themselves able to attract players of higher league reputation, most notably, ex-Grimsby striker Phil Jevons who signed a two year deal in June.

Footnote: George has also conducted four interviews from the Press Day held on July 26th. The transcripts from those interviews are now on-line. Use the links to read George's interviews with Terry Skiverton, Chris Weale, Gary Johnson and Gavin Williams.

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5 August 2004 : On To Victory
The latest edition (No.12 we think) of that excellent fanzine On To Victory will be available on Saturday at Bury.

Co-Editor Seb White has this message for his eager readership :

Lads and Lasses

The new issue of OTV will be on sale at Bury this Saturday. I am not going to divulge on this occasion how many pages it will be (maybe a debate could be encouraged on the likely number of pages!) but its full of excellent articles including:

A full review of events on but mainly off the pitch on the Pre-season tour.
Mac from Oz tells all about Waltzing Caceres time in Australia.
The debut appearance of correspondant Cuthbert Pickard.
Mad Mal works out just how many miles he travelled watching the Glovers last season.
Will Ranner's review of his trip to Euro 2004.
Chris Sweet pays tribute to those recently departed.
A review by 'Up the Glovers' play man Nick White of the first night.
Exclusive (oh no it's not just seen it on Ciderspace!) review of the new Brendon Owen book.

All this plus a 12 page Season Preview in which fans of every single Division 3 club tell all about their new signings, hopes and expectations and their thoughts on our very own Yeovil.

All this for just one pound. OTV spent the Summer adding up how much we have given to the Club and its fans since we started and it's well over the thousand pound mark - so it's not just a bloody good read but it's also a little contribution to the good of the club and its fans.

Looking forward to seeing you all up this way Saturday.


A reminder that the OTV team has also branched out into cyberspace and have their own website too.

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5 August 2004 : Youths Lose Out To Fulham
Yeovil Town's Under 18 side lost out in a pre-season friendly against a Fulham Youth Academy side yesterday afternoon. The match was switched to Sherborne Boys School at short notice after the Bunford Lane pitch was deemed unplayable. The Premiership club ran out 3-1 winners, with Dale Williams grabbing the Glovers only goal of the game from the penalty spot.

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5 August 2004 : Plymouth Carling Cup match is all-ticket
The Carling Cup 1st round tie between Yeovil Town and Plymouth Argyle, to be played at Huish Park on Tuesday 24th August has been made an all-ticket affair, with no tickets on sale on the day of the game.

All supporters - season-ticket holders and non-season-ticket holders alike - can purchase tickets from now, but season-ticket holders seats will be reserved for them until 16th August. After that date they will be sold to all-comers.

Prices are as per League matches :

Yeovil College Stand: Adult £14; DSA Members (disabled) £12; Concessions £11; Under-16 £5; Under-11 Junior Glovers £5.

Bartlett Stand: Adult £13; DSA Members (disabled) £11; Concessions £9; Under-16 £5; Under-11 Junior Glovers £3.

Westland Terrace: Adults £13; DSA Members (Disabled) £10; Concessions £8; Under-16 £5; Under-11 Junior Glovers £3.

For more details contact the Huish Park ticket hotline on 01935-847888.

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5 August 2004 : Away Kit Chosen For Bury
According to today's Yeovil Express, Glovers fans journeying to Bury on Saturday would be best travelling in their new red-and-black striped away kit. The players are looking to wear their new away kit at more matches this season than has historically been the norm, and the aim will be for supporters to match the players attire on their travels. Hence it is hoped that advance notification of which kit is being worn will be publicised one or two days before each away match.

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4 August 2004 : Johnson & Johnson
The Johnsons, father and son, have been speaking to the Western Daily Press. Manager Gary Johnson has provided his thumbnail views on the new faces at Huish Park :

Adrian Caceres
Position: left-winger. Age: 22. Former clubs: Perth Glory, Southampton, Brentford, Hull City.

Adrian has got great ability and we have to get the best out of him more often. He knows that and he is willing to take on board what we are after. I am sure he will be a star in our division.

Scott Guyett
Position: centre-back. Age: 28. Former clubs: Southport, Oxford United, Chester City.

Scott Guyett is the big defender who takes the place of Hugo Rodrigues. Every team needs a 6ft 3ins player and Scott gives us that, but he has also got that little bit of quality. He is a good defender but he can also pick players out with his passes.

Phil Jevons
Position: striker. Age: 25. Former clubs: Everton, Grimsby Town.

Phil Jevons scored 14 goals from Christmas onwards last season. Grimsby hadn't played him before that as they had a dispute with Everton, where Phil came from, because they had to pay more money if he played more games. He is a very good footballer who can play up front or wide in midfield.

Kezie Ibe
Position: striker. Age: 21. Former clubs: Arsenal, Aylesbury United, Staines Town.

Kezie is potential. He scored 30-odd goals for Staines last year. He was recommended to me and came down here and did very well. He came on our tour and showed he has got something. When he is in and around the box he is very, very clever.

Nicolas Mirza
Position: midfield. Age: 19. Former club: Paris St Germain.

Nicolas is only 19 and he still has a lot to learn about the English game. We are trying to make a Patrick Vieira out of him. But Patrick Vieira works a bit harder than Nicolas at the moment and we are just trying to up his workrate a bit. There is no doubt about his ability on the ball but we may not see the best of him for a month or two until he gets the pace and our way of thinking.

Yemi Odubade
Position: striker. Age: 20. Former club: Eastbourne Town.

Yemi Odubade is another one with potential. Both Kezie and Yemi have been signed for the future. Yemi scored 40 goals for Eastbourne Town at a very low level, so he has to step up. I think he has gained about seven leagues with this move but he has got pace and power and hopefully, at 20, we can make something out of him. He reminds me a little bit of Adam Stansfield.

Michael Rose
Position: left-back. Age: 22. Former clubs: Manchester United, Chester City, Hereford United.

Michael Rose is a quality left-back - I have been after him for some time, as everyone knows. He is the left-back I have always wanted and couldn't get but I think he has proved already in pre-season that he is going to be a great acquisition for us, and he can weigh in with at least 10 goals.

Bartosz Tarachulski
Position: striker. Age: 29. Former club: Polonia Warsaw.

Bartosz has played at a very high level for some time. He is 29 and he has got to get to the pace of the English game - he will get that soon. He has got a decent touch, he will score goals for us and he is a very good player in the air.

Player Lee Johnson has been viewing the signings coming in over the summer, and is upbeat (well dare he be anything other?).

It's a new season and we always start with high hopes, but we seem to have a squad now that is capable of making a serious challenge. Obviously there are 46 games and it will be very tough, but I think we can do it. It is certainly the strongest squad we have had in my three seasons here. We have got strength in depth this year which means no one is secure of their place. That breeds competition, which can only be good for the club as a whole.

We are going to have to work hard in every game and take nothing for granted because it is never easy to win anything. When you step up a level and you haven't got a massive budget to bring in superstars, you have to blend and mould the squad - keep the ones that are at that level and get rid of the ones that aren't. We have brought in some quality players and we are going to be stronger.

Johnson has been almost ever present, deservedly so, but how does he feel about the increased competition in his area of the field with the arrival of Nicolas Mirza?

It's good news. Whoever is out there will do the best for the team, and if you win you will stay in the team. Hopefully, from my point of view, I will continue from where I left off last season and try to keep playing well. We [Johnson and Darren Way] have got a good partnership going but there are all sorts of different options. We could play three in midfield, or one of us could get injured. Last year, I played something like 52 games, so there is bound to be an injury to one of us somewhere down the line. Everyone will get their chance and it's up to them to take it.

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4 August 2004 : In, out, in, out, shake it all about...
So what do you do when you're Gary Johnson, the young(ish) successful manager of an upwardly mobile football club and you've got two of the best young goalkeeper's in the country in Chris Weale and Steve Collis, both of more or less equal ability and both competing with each other for a place in his team?

You play them both, that's what! Speaking to the official site Johnson explained: “They have both been absolutely fantastic. Wealey because he has had to come back from injury and Collis has finally had the chance to prove he is a first choice keeper.

“So after discussions with Jon Sheffield
[goakeeping coach], all my management team, the two keepers and the rest of the squad I have decided to pick Steve for two matches and Chris for two matches and I will review the situation after the fourth match.

“I don’t want to lose either of them in their heads by picking one in front of the other and I hope that by knowing they will be playing two games each they can enjoy the excitement of these early weeks of the season.

“I didn’t want to pick one in front of the other and find that the one who misses out will be thinking he won’t get another chance to get in the team for two years!

“I just didn’t want to make that decision. Everybody agrees we have got two fantastic goalkeepers and at the moment I want to keep them both flying and keeping their enthusiasm at this level.

"It’s just a decision I do not want to make at present because at the moment there is not even a fag paper between them.”

It's an unorthodox decision, but since when has Gary ever done anything by the book? Steve Collis will accordingly start at Bury this Saturday and at home v Darlington next Tuesday, with Chris Weale taking over between the sticks for the visit of Boston and the trip to Notts County. Good luck to both players!

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4 August 2004 : Model Professional
Quiet, unflamboyant, simply getting on with their job. Not usually the stuff stars are made of, but day-in day-out football fans appreciate those who work hard, serving their club loyally and to the utmost.

Roy O'Brien fits that category exactly. Often hardly noticed when he's there we suddenly miss him when he isn't. It reminds us what is easy to take for granted: just how good he is. And Roy's appalling luck with injuries has meant he hasn't been there a lot recently.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press O'Brien expressed his delight that the long hard road to recovery seems to be coming to a happy conclusion:

I never thought I wouldn't get back. I have had some good specialists and some good physiotherapy, so there was never a doubt that I was going to come back to playing again. It was just the length of time I was going to be out. But I am very pleased with how things are going. It's just so nice to be back. As soon as you get back on the pitch playing with the lads you forget about all the bad times. It's a lovely feeling to get back kicking balls free of pain again.

Probably the biggest cheer pre-season at Huish Park was in the 63rd minute against AFC Bournemouth. A thirty yard screamer? A wonder save? Trevor Kettle falling over? Nope, none of those. It was O'Brien trotting on to the pitch for his first game in nine months.

There was a lot of running. And it was hard because a lot of the lads were away on holiday, so it was often just me and the physio out there. I just aimed for the start of pre-season and once it was there I was so happy to be back. There was a lot of running around Yeovil - back roads, country lanes, down the gym - but it was all worth it. The fans have always been supportive to me and there was a nice cheer when I came on against Bournemouth. It was nice to know that they still supported me. Whenever I saw people they were always wishing me the best of luck.

Joking, Roy hoped a three at the back might get him into the team more quickly.

There are quite a few central defenders at the club at the moment and they are all pretty good. So it would help if we played 3-5-2 because there would be one more place for a centre-half. But I had a long lay-off so I am not really going to be banging on the manager's door saying I want to play. If he sees fit for me to play then I will play. It's going to be a long season with 46 league games, so you are going to get a chance at some stage. Hopefully I will play a lot more than last season.

As reported here yesterday O'Brien has signed a contract for the month of August. We hope there are plenty more months when Roy will be going about his quiet efficient business at Huish Park. Amongst a series of promising signings over the summer it could be one of Gary's best of the season.

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3 August 2004 : Fat Harry's Speeling Is Catching.......
Even Yeovil Town's Press Officer, famed for his er, individualistic spelling of the names of players, might deny that it was anything to do with him. The trialist in last night's friendly at Ladysmead billed as "Allan Jones" is, according to reports Alain Wohlfahrt, a young Belgian goalkeeper. Well the second letter is the same in both cases, so we can absolve FH of responsibility - a bit too close to accuracy for him.

It is also thought that "Greg Tyler", a French striker also on trial who scored yesterday evening, may actually boast some slight, or more than slight, variation on that name when his real nomenclature comes to light.

In other news Scott Guyett goes for a scan on a knee today. The club's internal prognostication is that it's not expected to be too serious, but better safe than sorry so Scott is off to the hospital.

Better news is that Roy O'Brien continues to make progress after his long injury lay-off and has signed a contract for the month of August. As well as being an indication the club believes he is moving towards a full recovery he will provide useful cover for the three games it has been confirmed Adam Lockwood will miss through suspension. Locky was sent off in the pre-season friendly against Dutch side Den Haag last month, for alleged violent conduct. Yeovil protested the suspension, but unsuccessfully. Manager Gary Johnson stated :

The [English] F.A. have told us there is nothing we can do about it - it's the law of their land - which is unfortunate for Locky.

Finally ex-Yeovil Jamie Gosling has moved on from his trial at York Street and is now trying to impress at Edgar Street. First The Cheats, now The Bullshitters.......what is the boy thinking of?!

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2 August 2004 : Final Friendly Sees Four Goal Haul
Yeovil Town saw off Southern League Premier side Tiverton Town in comfortable style at Ladysmead in their final friendly of the 2004-05 season. Showing the depth of their squad, the Glovers fielded a 'second XI' from that which turned out against Torquay United yet still managed to wrap the game up within half an hour.

The Glovers fielded two trialists within the squad - Greg Tyler, who played as a striker, and Allan Jones, who played as a goalkeeper in the final half hour. Whether these are the players real names or not remains to be seen!

Simon Weatherstone got the scoreboard rolling when he got on the end of good link-up play between Kezie Ibe and Yemi Odubade - the former Oxford United player shooting from the edge of the area and into the corner with just 10 minutes gone.

Trialist Greg Tyler got a freakish goal on 27 minutes when he charged down a clearance from the Tiverton goalkeeper and the ball rebounded off him and into the net. Eight minutes later it was 3-0 when Yemi Odubade linked up superbly with Nicolas Mirza, before rifling a real belter of a shot from 15 yards and in off the inside of the woodwork.

A steady stream of substitutions from both sides saw the goal feast slow down and Tivvy rallied with one goal to each side scored in the second half. Phil Jevons pushed for a place in Saturday's squad at Bury when he drove the ball home from the edge of the area, 11 minutes into the second half. Then with 12 minutes left Kevin Wills pulled one back after he slotted home a loose ball when Jamie Mudge's shot was parried by trialist keeper Allan Jones.

The only apparent concern of the night was that left-back Stephen Reed limped off just before half time though that may have been precautionary. But now at least the waiting is over and Gary Johnson's team can go into the new season on the back of two emphatic victories in Devon. Saturday can't come soon enough!

Starting Line-Up: Stephen Collis;
Paul Terry, Adam Lockwood, Sam Croft, Stephen Reed;
Yemi Odubade, Simon Weatherstone, Nicolas Mirza, Phil Jevons;
Greg Tyler, Kezie Ibe.

Substitutes: Charlie Welch (44 mins for Reed), Andy Lindegaard (46 mins for Terry), Allan Jones (61 mins for Collis), Steve Thompson (75 mins for Jevons).

Goals: Simon Weatherstone (10 mins, 1-0), Greg Tyler (27 mins, 2-0), Yemi Odubade (35 mins, 3-0), Phil Jevons (56 mins, 4-0), Kevin Wills (78 mins, 4-1).

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2 August 2004 : Mystic Gary
Gary Johnson has been looking ahead to the new season and telling the B.B.C. of the teams he believes are the ones to watch.

Firstly on Yeovil Town :

We believe we've bought in players that improve us slightly, and improve our squad. But that doesn't necessarily mean we're going to do better than last year because there's some good teams in our division and you need that little bit of lady luck. We've just got to try to progress. We don't make any major predictions about what we're going to do, we just want to improve every year. Along with Northampton, we're one of the favourites, but I don't think it makes much difference - there's always a few teams that come out of the pack. This year the division will be even tighter, for the simple reason that last year you could put your house on Hull and Huddersfield going up, and they did.

You need to get to the top of the League pretty early. That gives everyone confidence - your players, supporters - and obviously your board members. Some teams get dragged down quite early on and then it's a different battle for the rest of the season - fighting in the relegation group. It will be very tight at the top so we're going to have to pick up as many points as we can nice and early. After 10 games or so you get a general idea of who is going to be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.

On the favourites, Northampton Town :

Northampton should have done [gone up], but had a bad start - they will challenge from the off this time.

On the promoted teams Chester City and Shrewsbury Town :

A couple of good teams have come up too in Chester and Shrewsbury. If you win any League and move up a division, generally you can hold your own in the next League up. There's a gulf between the top of the Championship and the Premiership but at our level it's all very much tighter.

Of the relegated clubs, Johnson feels Notts County and Wycombe Wanderers are most likely to make an immediate return :

Tony Adams will be looking to bounce straight back and Wycombe will be a dangerous team. They're in a good location, just outside London. So there's a lot of chimney pots around and a lot of players like to stay near their roots. Due to their location they have an easier time trying to attract players than we do for instance.

On Boston United and Paul Gascoigne :

I wouldn't have thought Boston would have taken him on if he didn't have anything to offer. It would be a big risk bringing him in if he's not going to do anything more than put bums on seats. But it would be fantastic if we end up playing against him when we face Boston at our place three games into the season. There would be fantastic interest in that. I hope he does well enough for them to keep him, and for them to put him in their side against us.

So Gary's ones to watch according to the B.B.C.'s version of his predictions are :

Boston United
Chester City
Northampton Town
Shrewsbury Town
Wycombe Wanderers

Shrewsbury, Gary? We don't think so!

Just to compare (or completely forget about if it looks too embarrassing) at season's end, Ciderspace's ones to watch are :

Bristol Rovers
Lincoln City
Mansfield Town
Northampton Town
Notts County

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2 August 2004 : Fangs For The Memory
Reedy gets told 'this won't hurt ... much!' Is this the only way known to man to stop Reedy talking?
Is this the only way known to man to stop Reedy talking?
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace/Richard Gibson

Kevin Gall shows those pearly whites ... though is he really meant to drink that stuff?
Kevin Gall shows those pearly whites ... though is he really meant to drink that stuff?
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace/Richard Gibson

Yeovil Town's players got through their most gruelling pre-season test on Friday when they were subjected to a session on the reclining chair with club dentist Hannibal Lector Don Gibson.

Sending in the whole squad for a pre-season inspection, Glovers manager Gary Johnson said of the players ordeal: "Teeth are a very important part of the body and need to be looked after on a regular basis. Toothache or infection can seriously effect a players performance and we take our players teeth very seriously."

Pictured going under the laughing gas are Stephen Reed and Kevin Gall. Rumours that the players asked for Reedy's jaw to be numbed up for the full weekend could not be confirmed as Ciderspace went to press ...

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2 August 2004 : Match Report To Follow........
........ha, ha. Fat chance. Repeated requests have failed to produce a report from Mr Badger on his heroic exploits in the table football. Grumpy complaints about being "let down by his defence" is all that's been elicited so far.

Therefore if anyone has any photographs of the Great One showing Chris Weale and Steve Collis how it should be done please send a copy to Ciderspace and we'll publish. Particularly appreciated would be 'The Cat' picking the ball out of the net; shouldn't have been a difficult shot to obtain - there were ten different opportunities in a single game we hear.

Meanwhile :

Familiar faces on the table football
First time on a football field Weasel has been taller than someone.
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace/Stewart Bratherton

The Final of the Inflatable Table Football Cup was won by Jacob's Seven, who beat YTISA A. The youngsters came back from 5-2 down to earn a draw in normal time, and took the honours on the golden goal rule in extra time. Congratulations.

Table football, the er beautiful game........
GOAL! How can that be? It's not Badger keeping........
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace/Stewart Bratherton

Now, about those photos of Mr B .........

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1 August 2004 : Gary's Verdict on the Torquay Game
Michael Rose goes on the run that won the free kick for the 2nd goal
Michael Rose goes on the run that won the free kick for the 2nd goal
Photo © 2004 Ciderspace

Glovers manager Gary Johnson was a happy man after the Glovers achieved an impressive 4-2 win over Divvy Two League One side Torquay United down at Plainmoor. Gary answered the following questions from the press:

Qu: Gary a very pleasing afternoon for you and perhaps the first 20 minutes apart a really good performance from your team.

GJ: Well we've been trying to get the boys to take on a bit more responsibility to save me having a heart attack every week. In the first 20 minutes I could have had a heart attack if I'd started screaming and shouting everything I was thinking. But at some stage you've got to give the responsibility back to the players and to be fair to them they turned it around before half time. They did it just in time otherwise I would have been having a heart attack at half time! They played some great football and that includes both squads. We ended up with just Adrian Caceres and the goalkeeper (Chris Weale) playing the whole game and all of them showed that they can affect the game. That's what I want - I want a squad that can go and affect the game. I was very pleased with the players that did just that.

Qu: You must have been very pleased with the way that the players came on and carried on the fight. They didn't just come on and hide.

GJ: That's right. We did the same against Cardiff didn't we? We've got a team that can come back in games, so if we do go a goal down, we've got enough ability and enough quality to be able to get the game back. They've got a bit more confidence in the way that we play and in our training and we can get goals. I didn't need to, in this kind of heat, play everyone for 90 minutes. Most of them have already played a couple of 90 minutes anyway. Caceres got in his second 90 minutes and he's now shown that he's a 90 minute player. Right at the end there, he scored the goal and I was pleased with that. Subconsciously it makes him think he's a 90 minute player as well. All in all it was a very nice result and a very nice game for us.

Qu: We have to mention the big man, Bartosz Tarachulski. There was a hat-trick for him and they were all well-taken goals weren't they?

GJ: Yes, they were well-taken goals. We know what he's like and we tried very hard to get him here. The club as a whole worked very hard to get him here and he'll be a big plus for us. He's a big lad and as you can see he takes all of the knocks and whacks on the head and doesn't go down often unless he's really hurt. He took a whack on the head from me when he came off and I'd forgotten that he'd already had a head injury! But I was so pleased for him. He's a great lad - he's 29 years of age but he plays and trains like a 17 year old, but with a 29 year old's experience. They were three good goals and that puts him into the season feeling nice and confident.

Qu: Is it something you're going to have to adjust to now that you've got a big man in there, by maybe making a few more runs down the wings?

GJ: To be fair I felt we did put crosses in the box. If your centre-forward scores three then it doesn't matter how they go in. And if you score four goals away from home to a team that's in the next league up from you then you've got to be happy with it. I thought we looked a threat from several areas after the first 20 minutes and there was a big threat on the bench as well.

Qu: Michael Rose slots in well in that left full-back position and Adrian Caceres made a couple of devestating runs, especially the one to set up Bartosz's second goal.

GJ: Yes that's what we brought them here for. But you can't do all those things in five minutes. The club has to build and build and eventually you get the opportunity to compete for those kind of players. But credit to the club, the board of directors and the supporters because the players at that kind of level want to come to us now and we are competing for them now which is nice. We've still got the league to come but it was a nice end to the pre-season to beat Torquay 4-2.

Qu: I suppose the one problem that you've got now from this afternoon is that you've got a real selection headache when you look towards the first league game.

GJ: Yes, I suppose so, although I tend not to worry too much about that sort of thing now. The lads know that I do the right thing for the right reasons. Some are a little bit ahead of others. A few might need a sharpener on Monday and seven or eight might need a rest in prepartion for Saturday. So I know that I've got seven or eight that will be fit against Bury because they are fit now and I've just got three or four places where I'm looking at now. They've all got a chance and the lads on the bench have got a chance. They've proved themselves as well. People like Nicolas, Yemi and Kezie are learning all the time and showing good aggression and they are getting into our mentality very quickly so you can only be pleased with all of that.

Qu: It was great to see Phil Jevons.

GJ: Yes, it was great to see him on. I told him to take it a bit easy but he was volleying from out here! He is another great player. He'll excite people. He's a good striker of the ball and he's very dangerous. He is that fox in the box as well and it's great to have three or four strikers flying at the moment. Jevons will probably have a game on the Monday and I'll see how that goes, just to see if he's fully ready.

Qu: I guess there's that chance that the game might be a few days too early for him to start?

GJ: It could be. But it's nice to know that we can go into our season knowing that our other two strikers are in form. I think Gally is in form - not necessarily in scoring but as far as the fact that he's dangerous and he's opening things up for people. He's a threat in behind, that's for sure. We can wait until he [Phil Jevons] is ready.

Qu: Gally has got his tail up a lot more now hasn't he?

GJ: He has since the start of this season. People were assuming that with Jevons coming in and that Gally would lose his place. But at the end of the day he's kept his place. If they are in there and doing well then as a manager you keep them going.

Qu: How close are Paul Terry and Lindy?

GJ: Paul Terry probably could have played today. Lindy maybe could have played today, but they are not close enough right now. Not only that but originally I only wanted to change five or six players today, but with the heat and a few knocks I ended up changing a few more. They are not far away and I'd like to think that they would both be involved on Monday.

Qu: Simon Weatherstone seems to be very much at home in that central midfield area.

GJ: Yes, Simon is at home anywhere. What Simon just needs is a bit of confidence. He's gradually getting that confidence. The fact that he tried to chip a seven foot goalkeeper shows he's getting that confidence. But he's very much a part of our squad and when he's out there and when he's needed I brought him here to do the job that he's doing at the moment.

Qu: It's encouraging because everyone who is coming on, is fitting in.

GJ: Exactly. It's nice to go into a season with a squad that's confident in each other. That is a massive thing.

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1 August 2004 : Youth team friendly added
Yeovil Town's under-18 side have added another friendly to their pre-season programme - the youths' entertain the Academy side of Premiership outfit Fulham this coming Wednesday 4th August, 4pm kick-off. The match will take place at Bunford Lane.

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