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31 August 2005 : More Loans - Out
Luke Oliver is going out on loan to Woking, where he will meet up with Stephen Reed who is already there. Oliver was signed from Woking over the summer so they know what to expect, instigated the loan deal, and presumably would therefore only want him if they felt he had an active role to play. Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson said :

Luke is progressing very well with us but we are not quite ready to put him in the first team yet. We always felt we would have to wait for a while before picking him for the first team but we need him to get regular games as well.

He will continue to train with us but play at Woking for the next month. Woking contacted us to see if there was any possibility so we agreed to let him go back for a month. I'm very positive about the move. He has done very well and we are very pleased with him, but for a month he needs the games and he is progressing nicely.

The second loan is of Dale Williams who goes to Ladysmead, also for a month. There have been a good number of loan deals with Tiverton Town over the last few seasons, particularly of younger players. It is presumably felt they are at the right level in the pyramid, but also perhaps more importantly Tivvy have a reputation for playing football the right way. Johnson said :

Dale Williams is going to Tiverton after playing in our Youth team. Tiverton manager Martin Rogers rang to enquire about Dale and we feel it is a good starting point for Dale and I'm sure he will do well at that level.

That should be it for a week as with the closure of the transfer window it seems there also comes a suspension of loan dealing - up until Thursday September 8th. At that point it would appear loan deals can then be instigated again as Gary stated :

Today is not the deadline for loan deals so I might have some movement on that front after September 8th.

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31 August 2005 : Fontaine Joins Glovers On Loan
Fulham defender Liam Fontaine has joined Yeovil Town on loan until January. This will be Liam's second loan spell with Yeovil following a three month loan this time last season. Liam will be joining Yeovil up until January 2006 according to the Official Fulham site.

Update 18.00 The Yeovil Town Official Site has now confirmed the loan deal from our end, but is saying "until the end of December." A question of semantics between the two perhaps, or still a little uncertainty even at club level as to what exactly the new rules on loans entail?

Glovers boss Gary Johnson has added: "Liam did fantastically well for us last season and I'm sure that everybody remembers him. He had a couple of other clubs interested in him but chose to come back to Yeovil and we are very pleased with that."

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31 August 2005 : Johnson looking to add to squad
Glovers boss Gary Johnson is hoping to bring in up to four players on loan deals before the closure of the transfer window today. Hard and fast information about the transfer window is ridiculously difficult to come by, but the most authoritative source Ciderspace has been able to find is an article on Oldham's official site which states that the window closes on all deals - permanent and loans - at 5pm today with further 'emergency' loan deals possible inside another window from the 8th of September until the 28th of November. What consitutes an 'emergency' is not made clear, but presumably being bottom of the league and without a win has as good a chance as any of falling inside that definition!

"I've got irons in the fire and if everything comes off I could get three or four players in," the Gaffer told the Western Daily Press today. "The trouble is that everyone leaves it to the last minute when you've got a transfer window. I've been making calls for the last couple of weeks but for every 100 calls you might get one that comes back with a positive answer. And I've got to make sure that whoever I bring in is better than what I've already got. Some of the players are going through a tough time, but they could turn it around, they proved that at Ipswich."

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31 August 2005 : LDV Vans Sections
Following up from our feature on the ever interesting LDV Vans Trophy on August 19th the Southern Section of the competition will be as follows :

Football League Clubs

AFC Bournemouth
Bristol City
Bristol Rovers
Cheltenham Town
Colchester United
Leyton Orient
Milton Keynes Dons
Northampton Town
Nottingham Forest
Notts County
Oxford United
Peterborough United
Rushden & Diamonds
Shrewsbury Town
Southend United
Swansea City
Swindon Town
Torquay United
Wycombe Wanderers

Conference National Clubs

Aldershot Town
Crawley Town
Dagenham & Redbridge
Exeter City
Stevenage Borough

For the record those in the DNB Northern Section are :

Football League Clubs

Boston United
Bradford City
Carlisle United
Chester City
Doncaster Rovers
Grimsby Town
Hartlepool United
Huddersfield Town
Lincoln City
Macclesfield Town
Mansfield Town
Oldham Athletic
Port Vale
Rotherham United
Scunthorpe United
Stockport County
Tranmere Rovers

Conference National Clubs

Accrington Stanley
Cambridge United
Halifax Town
Hereford United
Kidderminster Harriers

As previously stated the draw for the First Round will be on Saturday September 17th on Sky Sports Soccer AM. Still no news on the four clubs getting byes. In previous years when they have been necessary only Football League clubs have been eligible and we presume that will remain the case.

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31 August 2005 : Carling Cup Round Two Date And Ticketing
The Carling Cup Second Round tie between Yeovil Town and Championship club Millwall will take place on Tuesday September 20th with a 7.45 p.m. kick-off.

Prices have been set as follows :

Yeovil College Stand - Adults £14.00, Concessions £11.00, Juniors £6.00.
Bartlett Stand - Adults £13.00, Concessions £9.00, Juniors £6.00.
Westland Terrace - Adults £13.00, Concessions £8.00, Juniors £6.00.

Tickets go on general sale as of today, Wednesday August 31st. Season Ticket Holders' seats will be retained until Thursday September 8th, after which those unclaimed will also go on general sale.

As well as its normal opening hours the Ticket Office will be open until 7.00 p.m. on Wednesday September 7th.

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30 August 2005 : Gary Johnson Man-To-Man
The Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has revealed on the Official Site his thinking behind seeing each player individually after yesterday's disappointing result against Chesterfield :

After the game I did have a man-to-man talk with all the players individually and gave everyone a progress report. Some of them know that they are in my plans and some of them know they might not be, or that they are not.

However he was not naming names publicly as to who is in the latter category, though it is clearly in the plural. This site has become aware of one name on that 'list', but intends to respect the manager's preference and treat it as off-the-record information. As Johnson says : I am not going to mention any names, because if nobody comes in for them, then we may need to use them.

In the case of Andy Lindegaard, who was substituted at half-time, however the manager has, unusually, openly expressed his disappointment in an individual's performance on the day. Lindegaard will be sent out on loan if any club comes in for him.

Coming the other way the manager stated that there was unlikely to be any permanent signings in the immediate future, but that one or two loans were a strong possibility.

We have a couple of loan signings in mind and further information will be given as and when it comes off.

I have four of my scouts out at games tonight making assessments of players that may or may not be available. We feel we may need to freshen things a little with one or two players and we are trying to do that.

Finally Gary seemed to be pouring further cold water on speculation that Lee Johnson's tour of the stadium applauding the fans post-match was a farewell.

I was pleased with the Bank Holiday crowd and their support for us. That was why the players went round and clapped the fans; because they were appreciative of their support, and not because all of them were leaving for other clubs in the morning.

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30 August 2005 : Player Sponsorship Available
Two members of Yeovil Town's first team squad can still be sponsored through Yeovil Town's Commercial Department. Striker Luciano Alvarez and midfielder Richard Cullingford are the two players that are currently unsponsored and so to get your name or your company's name in the club programme for the season, give Dave Linney or Shaun Small a call on 01935-423662 to stake your claim.

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30 August 2005 : Reserve Match Postponed
Tomorrow night's Pontins Holidays Cup Group Match between Yeovil Town Reserves and Cardiff City Reserves that was due to take place at Huish Park has been postponed. No new date for this fixture has been set.

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30 August 2005 : Thommo Plays Down Lee's Lap
Assistant boss Steve Thompson played down suggestions that midfielder Lee Johnson might have said goodbye to the supporters at Huish Park following yesterday's 3-1 defeat at the hands of Chesterfield. Lee was the last player off the field after yesterday's game, and his circle of the ground led many to assume this was a 'lap of honour' to say goodbye to the supporters as transfer deadline day approaches.

However, Thommo said after the game that although he couldn't speak for Lee's actions, he had assumed he was merely thanking the supporters for their support in the game itself.

Speaking at the press conference Thommo explained: "I haven't spoken to Lee since the end of the game but I think that Lee was probably thanking the supporters for their support today because I thought they were great and didn't get on anyone's back. They were fabulous and so I think that although I haven't spoken to Lee that's the reason why he has gone round and made that point. A few other players did as well - it wasn't just Lee."

Steve added with respect to last week's turned-down bid from Swansea City: "There are no further developments on that since what you heard last Wednesday."

Swansea signed Fulham midfielder Darren Pratley on loan until December 31st over the Bank Holiday weekend, and although Jackett has claimed over the weekend that he still holds an interest in Johnson as well as former Glover Gavin Williams, it would be unusual for one team to sign up three midfielders in such a short space of time, particularly given the Welsh side's impressive start to the season.

Thommo refused to absolutely rule out the chances of any other comings and goings amongst other players before tomorrow's 5.00pm deadline adding: "No I wouldn't rule it out but it's going to have to be sharpish to do that because obviously it's only two days. I would imagine there would be a bit of talk on the phone in the next two days but at the moment he's talking to the players (in the current squad)."

Steve also explained yesterday's omission of midfielder Arron Davies from the sixteen saying: "Arron Davies was not injured. He's out for the Hartlepool game as he's playing for Wales and that obviously came into play with team selection."

Update 19:00hrs: Swansea Chairman Huw Jenkins appears to have jumped the gun on Fulham midfielder Darren Pratley who has now headed to Brentford. This is not the first time Mr Jenkins has over-exaggerated the current state of a transfer deal.

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30 August 2005 : Advance Notice Of All-Ticket Status
The following games at Huish Park will be all-ticket :

v Swansea City, Saturday 8th October (which as a reminder has the early kick-off time of 12.30 p.m.)

v Nottingham Forest, Saturday 22nd October, 3.00 p.m.

v AFC Bournemouth, Friday 23rd December (don't start us off again on that piece of lunacy), 7.45 p.m.

v Bristol City, Saturday 31st December, (which as a reminder has the early kick-off time of 12.00 noon).

Home fans can purchase tickets for any league games in advance, so tickets for these matches are available now.

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30 August 2005 : Steve's Verdict on the Chesterfield Game
Following yesterday's 3-1 defeat at the hands of Chesterfield at Huish Park, boss Gary Johnson felt the need to spend the post-match period lining up time on an individual basis for every member of his squad to run through some of the better and worse aspects of their play so far this season. Hence assistant manager Steve Thompson was sent out to meet the press and he answered the following questions after the game:

Qu: Steve, obviously another very disappointing afternoon for yourself, for Gary and the team. What did you make of the sides performance today?

ST: We were obviously disappointed with the result to start off with and we were a little bit disappointed with the score at half-time and with the first-half performance. With the second-half we created 10 good clear cut chances - not half chances - and obviously we didn't put one of them in which is disappointing in the fact we havenít finished them but gives us hope because we are creating them.

However two of the goals weíve conceded are both a problem in so far as they are both goals we shouldnít have conceded. One from our corner and the other from a clearance. You can't clear the ball 10 yards. It needs to go a lot further than that and weíve been punished. We seem to be getting punished for everything at the moment but thatís the way football goes.

You have little runs where things go for you and things go against you, at the moment itís going against us. Two missed penalties, missed chances and conceding goals. But weíve said to the lads itís very important for us all to stick together, itís important for me and Gary to look at areas where we can improve. Some very soon will find that they arenít up to this level and thatís for me, Gary and the staff to decide.

At the moment we are so disappointed that we couldnít put our chances away. I thought the crowd were fantastic, they stuck with us throughout the game and were very good at the end. I heard very few moans and groans, so I would like to thank them for that, the players noted it and we all noted it.

We are not used to being in this position but whether it's in this position or whether youíre at the top itís about winning football matches and showing character. Itís more about showing character with the position were in now and that will be very important for everyone to show that.

Qu: I guess the goals conceded today were another example of how mistakes at this level are punished, whereas as in League Two and the Conference you can get away with them a bit more?

ST: Yes, as you go up you get punished more and thatís been shown in the last two games. It was a little different earlier in the season when we werenít making the mistakes at the back but we werenít creating enough chances. Thatís certainly changed in respect to Ipswich, Swindon and today. Weíve created a lot of chances in all three games. We were on a run where we were not scoring but not conceding but then we started scoring and we started conceding. Itís obviously worrying to lose games and I will make no bones about the fact we are worried but we would be a lot more worried if we hadnít created a 10-12 clear cut chances in todayís game.

Qu: Were the players tired today? Two games in three days is a big ask, especially as it was quite hot today.

ST: It was quite hot. I thought at times both teams looked a little bit leggy. But I donít think we look anymore more tired than Chesterfield, who at the end when we were going strong trying to get the game back had a few players who looked tired. Players are going to be tired who have played two games in three days in hot conditions. Weíve roughly used the same players apart from a couple of exceptions so you will tire, thatís the nature of football. Itís a very athletic game nowadays and maybe more so than 10-15 years ago but no excuses, Chesterfield have come here and won. We had the chances to win the game and havenít taken them and itís disappointing.

Qu: The half-time substitution was Andy Lindegaard, was that tactical or did he get a knock?

ST: He didnít get a knock. We just felt he wasnít getting into the game enough from that position, which was hard for him because that position is a little bit new to him but it was something we wanted to try and do. It didnít really come off in that respect. But we went in at 1-1 at half-time and we wanted to freshen it up for the second-half. Like I said before, we created so many chances that we should have won the game but we didnít so no excuses.

Qu: You said at the beginning of the interview that some players may find themselves surplus to requirements, is that why Gary isnít here to talk to us now? Is he wheeling and dealing at the moment, trying to get some players in some players out?

ST: I wouldnít say heís wheeling and dealing. I think he wants to talk to the players because he realises itís an important moment. He feels the players need to know exactly whatís required and maybe some talk will go on about where futures lie but itís certainly not a case of wheeling and dealing today. Me and Gary will analyse the video as we always do. We donít need to with respect to chances but we do for other problem areas.

[Transcript by Richard Gibson. Websites and other media publications reusing material within this article must ensure that appropriate credit is given.]

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29 August 2005 : Self-inflicted wounds cost Glovers dear, part 2
Yeovil Town left Huish Park empty handed while searching for their first win of this campaign against Chesterfield this afternoon despite taking the lead from Luciano Alvares. This time it wasnít lack of goal scoring opportunities which cost Gary Johnsonís men three points but poor defensive errors proved costly (writes George Murray).

A great surging run by Kevin Amankwaah coupled with a testing cross was met by the Argentine who drove the ball into the back of the net for his first goal in a Yeovil shirt. Chesterfield leveled a minute before half time when the home side failed to clear the ball from the corner and Paul Hall capitalized to bring the scores level at the break.

Substitute Adam Smith then gave the visitors the lead shortly after half time after a good counter attack, chipping the ball over the stranded Chris Weale in the Yeovil goal. Pablo Bastianini then twice failed to direct two headers on goal before Smith doubled his goal tally while giving the Glovers little hope of a comeback. Keeper Barry Roche proved to be Chesterfieldís hero of the afternoon following numerous cracking saves to deny a Yeovil comeback. Pablo Bastianini was denied from the spot when Roche made a fantastic save low to his left before the keeper went on to deny Kevin Amankwaah and at the death Kevin Gall any hope of revival.

Match precis - George Murray

Final score: Yeovil Town 1 - 3 Chesterfield.

Another curate's egg of a performance by the Glovers then - good in parts but poor in others and one thing we are all learning is that any mistakes in either penalty box are seized upon by the opposition in this league and punished, often severely. The result leaves Yeovil stuck on 2 points at the bottom of the league, 3 behind Doncaster, Colchester, Franchise FC and Bristol City, all on 5 points. Next Saturday's opponents Hartlepool drew 3-3 at home to Scunthorpe today to go to 17th position, on 6 points.

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28 August 2005 : Interview With Lee Johnson
Lee Johnson talks to the media for the first time after the 4-2 away defeat at Swindon about a possible move across the border to Swansea. Lee didnít rule out the possibility of speaking to the Welsh side but it seems that he is very happy to remain at Huish Park.

The indispensable, dynamic and creative midfielder admitted, "I am happy at Yeovil and if the club want to sell me then I will have a decision to make but I havenít had a decision to make. I have just been trying to get on with my football."

Read the full interview with Lee Johnson (transcript by George Murray) head here or alternatively head to the main Ciderspace Interviews Section.

[Note: Media organisations and other websites should provide appropriate credit when reusing this and other content from Ciderspace.]

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28 August 2005 : Ciderspace Swindon Match Report
The full match report for the 4-2 defeat against Swindon Town can be found here.

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28 August 2005 : Gary's Verdict on the Swindon Game
Glovers boss Gary Johnson blamed players making "wrong decisions" on the day against Swindon Town as one of the factors in the Glovers 4-2 defeat at the County Ground. Speaking immediately after the game, Gary answered the following questions:

Qu: That game was what derby matches are all about wasn't it?

GJ: Yes, we were OK for the first minute, but to be fair Swindon got the game back pretty quickly and early enough for them to get their tails up a little bit. That's what they did and they took their chances when they came along.

Qu: And Yeovil didn't?

GJ: No we didn't. Their keeper made a couple of decent saves. But if I start dissecting this game it will drive me crazy at the moment, especially with a game on Monday. The boys didn't really compete individually. Individually they didn't really show their strengths today and that's why we got beaten. There are one or two players that were OK. I thought Pablo led the line really well and he was a bright spark that came out of the game. But unfortunately the others were poor on the day.

Qu: Was it the service to the two strikers, perhaps?

GJ: No it was more than that. It was a lot more than just service, and it was probably a little bit of everything. We are still adapting at this level and the boys need to be pretty sharpish at adapting from now on.

Qu: You went 3-1 down but there were chances to get back and you could have gone away with a 3-3.

GJ: Yes there was. But Sodje's sending off was a stupid sending off and obviously I've had to tell him that and of course he will be fined. It was an unprofessional thing to do just at that point. That is the last thing that you want. But that was how the game went. People were making the wrong decisions every now and again, and too many wrong decisions cost us the game.

Qu: You obviously saw the Sodje incident.

GJ: Sodje says that Rory spat at him, but whether he did or didn't it was a totally unprofessional thing to get involved in at that point. You have to wipe your face, get on with it, and wait for another day.

Qu: You had just won a corner and he was just coming up for that corner.

GJ: Yes and we scored from that corner.

Qu: And with him on the pitch you've got a far better chance.

GJ: With ten minutes to go you want eleven men on the pitch. It is very unprofessional. I told him at the start of the game as well to be careful as they might like to wind him up. It's not right to spit in somebody's face - allegedly - but Sodje's reaction was unprofessional.

Qu: You lose him on Monday now.

GJ: Yes, that's no problem because we've got Locky on the bench. He's been playing well and he's been waiting for his opportunity and he is ready to take it.

Qu: And Lee Johnson shouldered the responsibility for the penalty.

GJ: Yes, exactly and you wanted him to score out there with ten minutes to go. But he didn't. We changed him pretty soon after, but he'll be as disappointed as everyone else of course because that was a good opportunity for us to get back into the game.

Qu: You kept the Yeovil spirit and you really had a go at it until the end of the game.

GJ: Yes, but the spirit doesn't get you results sometimes. It helps you get results but you have got to have a bit of quality as well and on the day I don't think we had the bit of quality that we needed. Swindon's front two played our back three very very well.

Qu: Yes, your central defenders were always involved in the match.

GJ: Yes, Swindon play a game where they get the ball forward very quickly. Rory Fallon was having a terrific day today and winning everything and when that happens it is going to cause you problems.

Qu: Because it was a derby, was that the kind of affair that you expected?

GJ: Not necessarily because it was a derby, but because it was that kind of game. Both teams needed to win, and now, more than ever, it's a big cup final for us on Monday.

Qu: Are you glad to be at home?

GJ: I'm glad there's another game quickly coming up. I don't want to spend a whole week thinking about this game. I will be talking to them all individually and letting them know what I expect of them and that's all I can do. I am a bit calmer now I'm out here. We're all as disappointed as our supporters and our directors. But this is the sort of situation that will sort the men from the boys.

Qu: Watching you from the back of the stand you seemed to be watching in disbelief at the edge of your technical area.

GJ: Well you do when you're getting beaten, especially after you have had such a good start. Our pattern of play was not quite getting there and there were things not quite working for us and you end up standing there showing a bit of frustration.

Qu: Luciano started brightly but faded. Was it a lack of match fitness?

GJ: Yes, maybe a lack of match fitness. He was unlucky a couple of times. He was there or thereabouts but Pablo was the shining light on the day.

Qu: With the goals, I think almost all of them were preventable. Defensively were you disappointed with the way Swindon were winning?

GJ: Yes, I was really disappointed with our display. I thought that Rory Fallon totally dominated our centre-backs on the day.

Qu: Even allowing Smith to run as far as he did and get into his stride and do things like that.

GJ: Yes, well if Rory holds it up well, gets his flicks and gets the runners in then he makes it a dangerous game. I know how to play that game because I played it for seven years at Cambridge. We know it can be very potent if your centre-forwards are on song, which Rory was on the day.

Qu: Gary what's the situation with Kevin Gall and Carlisle?

GJ: The situation with Kevin Gall is that as with every player when I get an enquiry, where someone is willing to put money up with their enquiry then you have to give the player the option to say whether he wants to stay or go and if so we carry on with negotiations. That's what we've always done and Kevin decided he wanted to stay.

Qu: What's the situation with Lee. Are Swansea coming back?

GJ: I don't know. I am only hearing what you are hearing. Everything that Swansea are saying at the moment is public and not to us. We had a situation where a club's chairman has said that he was going to make an offer. He made that offer. Obviously when a player is 24 and is going to be out of contract then the club has to ask what is your offer and that is normal for the simple reason that you don't know what the offer is until it comes up. I think this is where some of the supporters got the idea maybe that Lee instigated the move. Of course it wasn't - it was Swansea that instigated the interest.

Qu: You obviously brought him off. was that half to do with the penalty?

GJ: Yes, I think so. Sometimes it affects people and I just felt that at the time he wasn't being effective and we needed to change things.

Qu: How close are Phil Jevons and David Poole?

GJ: Very close, we hope. It's down to a little bit of fitness with them. Once you are injured you can't always do the full training. We'll see. I'll assess it and I'll see what sort of team we can put out on Monday. It's a cup final now and the next two or three games are like cup finals because you can't get adrift too far.

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27 August 2005 : Self-inflicted errors cost Glovers dear
Yeovil Town are still looking for their first league win of the season tonight after Swindon Town came back from an early Pablo Bastianini goal to win by 4-2 at the end of 90 minutes. The Glovers cause wasn't helped by the sending off of Efe Sodje late in the second half and a penalty miss by Lee Johnson.

Gary Johnson made one change from the team that beat Ipswich 2-0 at Portman Road on Tuesday, Luciano Alvares making his league debut at the the expense of the unlucky Matt Harrold. The Glovers made the best possible start with Pablo Bastianini putting them ahead in under a minute and it was another Yeovil player who added the 2nd goal in an entertaining first half, but unfortunately in the wrong net, Terry Skiverton the unlucky man. 1-1 at half-time. The home side came out strongly after the interval and Rory Fallon netted with a header after Jack Smith's shot rebounded off the bar to make it 2-1 to the Robins. The Glovers pressed Swindon back, but a misplaced pass from substitute Paul Terry let in Colin Heath who made it 3-1 on the break. The Glovers missed a chance to give themselves a lifeline with a quarter of an hour left, Lee Johnson's penalty being saved by Swindon keeper Tom Heaton. The Glovers continued to try to get something out of the game but Efe Sodje was red carded for violent conduct after putting his hands up to Rory Fallon's face with 5 minutes left. Sodje claimed afterwards that he was reacting to being spat at by Fallon. Ironically it was as Sodje was trotting off that the Glovers did manage to drag themselves back into the game, Terry Skiverton this time scoring in the correct net from a corner to give a glimmer of hope at 3-2. However with Yeovil throwing men forward at the death a breakaway set up Christian Roberts who made the game safe for the home side in injury time.

Final score: Swindon Town 4 - 2 Yeovil Town.

Both Phil Jevons and David Poole have now recovered from the knocks that have kept them out of the last 2 matches but weren't involved today because of a lack of match fitness - it's not yet known whether they'll be included in the squad for Monday's home match v Chesterfield. The result leaves the Glovers still bottom of the early league table on 2 points from 5 games played. Monday's opponents Chesterfield lost 0-2 at home to Tranmere today, the Spireites are 2 places ahead of the Glovers in 22nd spot and on 3 points from 5 games played. It's far too early to be talking about possible six-pointers, nevertheless a home win on Monday at Huish Park would do the power of good to both team and fans alike and on the bright side it does appear that the team has rediscovered how to score goals again with 4 in the last 2 games. Cut out the self-inflicted errors and we'll be on our way....

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27 August 2005 : League Cup 2nd round draw
The Glovers have been drawn at home to Championship outfit Millwall in the 2nd round of the League Cup. It will be the first time the two sides have met since the 1975-76 season, when it took 2 replays for the Londoners to knock Yeovil out of the FA Cup competition.

The full draw is:

Watford v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wycombe Wanderers v Aston Villa
Wigan Athletic v AFC Bournemouth
Charlton v Hartlepool United
Fulham v Lincoln City
Yeovil Town v Millwall
Doncaster Rovers v Manchester City
Blackburn Rovers v Huddersfield Town
Leicester City v Blackpool
Rotherham United v Leeds United
Norwich City v Northampton Town
Scunthorpe United v Birmingham City
Sheffield Wednesday v West Ham United
Burnley v Barnsley
Grimsby Town v Tottenham Hotspur
Cardiff City v Macclesfield Town
Mansfield Town v Southampton
West Bromwich Albion v Bradford City
Gillingham v Portsmouth
Crystal Palace v Coventry City
Barnet v Plymouth Argyle
Shrewsbury Town v Sheffield United
Sunderland v Cheltenham Town
Reading v Luton Town

Ties to be played on 19th/20th/21st September

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26 August 2005 : Gally Rejects Carlisle Bid
Kevin Gall has rejected a move to Carlisle United ahead of transfer deadline day. A statement from Brunton Park states that an unspecified fee had been agreed between the two clubs but that Gall has decided against the move. Carlisle manager Paul Simpson said :

I had hoped to bring Kevin in by the deadline, and I have been in talks with him over the latter part of this week to try to do that. His agent has just been on the phone a few minutes ago to say that Kevin has decided to stay at Yeovil and fight for his place there.

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson was in the middle of a live phone-in on Radio Bristol when the news of the rejection broke, and was caught slightly on the hop when questioned about it via e-mail by a supporter. In his reply he did reveal that there had been a number of enquiries about Yeovil players in recent days, not just Kevin Gall and Lee Johnson.

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26 August 2005 : Swindon Town v Yeovil Town match preview
The Glovers make the short journey to deepest Wiltshire tomorrow for their first ever league match againsts hosts Swindon Town. The sides have met three times before in competitive games, all in the FA Cup, with the Robins coming out on top on all 3 occasions, so hopefully a case of fourth time lucky for the Glovers at the County Ground tomorrow.

Swindon have some injury problems. Highly rated defender Alan Reeves broke his leg in midweek so will be out for some considerable time and equally well thought of goalkeeper Rhys Evans will also miss the match. In his case he is resting a persistent knee problem which may require surgery, on-loan Manchester United youngster Tom Heaton deputises. There are doubts about both Steve Jenkins and Stefani Miglioranzi (a dodgy ankle apiece) but on-loan defender Patrick Collins is available after missing the midweek 3-1 home defeat to Wycombe. Town manager Andy King has a plethora of strikers at his disposable in the shapes of Tony Thorpe, Jamie Cureton, Christian Roberts and former Glovers loanee Rory Fallon, though it's likely to be a case of 'who partners Fallon?' in the end.

New Zealander Fallon spent a month with Yeovil at the tail end of the 2004-05 season, scoring once but never really looking completely convincing in his time at Huish Park, although he undoubtedly had talent. He credits Glovers boss Gary Johnson as being a big influence in getting his career back on track after being stuck in something of a rut at the County Ground previously. "I owe Gary Johnson a lot," Fallon admitted today. "He gave me a lot of confidence when I was down. He picked me back up, as did the lads there, and I've some really good memories. I still keep in touch with some of them. Gary gave me some pointers and taught me some things that I needed to sort out in my game. The time away gave me the time to do it and the change helped. You need that when you're stuck in a rut, even though I wasn't happy about leaving (Swindon) at the time. But I went and I'm glad I did it. He (Johnson) wanted me to play the night he spoke to me, pressured me really, I did it and scored in the game. It was a great month."

"Yeovil are a good team though, not a bottom of the league side, and they'll be confident having beaten Ipswich in the Carling Cup in the week," Fallon added. "They're going to die for the points and we have to be the same. Phil Jevons is a good goalscorer, Kevin Gall is a tricky winger and there's some strong lads at the back. It's going to be a bit of a battle. I just have to do what I've been doing. I'm certainly up for it. We need to make sure we start well."

As for Yeovil, manager Gary Johnson could well have a full-strength squad to choose from if Phil Jevons and David Poole have recovered from the slight knocks that kept them out of the 2-0 win at Ipswich on Tuesday evening. Argentinian forward Luciano Alvares is available for the first time with the arrival of his international clearance and midfielder Lee Johnson will undoubtedly get an enthusiastic reception from the travelling fans after a somewhat fraught week for the Glovers playmaker. The question's are, will the Gaffer change a winning team and formation after the Glovers reverted to the Conference-winning 3-5-2 to put away Championship outfit Ipswich in midweek, or will he return to the 4-4-2 that's generally served the Glovers so well in the football league. Answers on a postcard to one W Phillips esq, c/o the Western Gazette, we will find out for sure tomorrow.

The Ciderspace guide to all things Swindon is online here. Selected odds for tomorrow's game: Swindon win - evens; draw - 9/4; Yeovil win - 12/5.

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26 August 2005 : Gary on the radio this evening
A reminder that Gary Johnson will be the guest on tonight's edition of BBC Radio Bristol phone-in "Twentyman Talks Rubbish Back". The Yeovil boss will be live on air from 5 past 7 this evening to take calls from Yeovil supporters. Gary is the second of the region's managers to appear on TTB, following Bristol Rovers manager Ian Atkins' appearance last Friday. The phone lines will be open from about 6.50 this evening and the number to call is 0845 900 5 95 5. BBC Radio Bristol can be received across the west country on 95.5 FM. Alternatively you can listen in over the internet by clicking here.

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26 August 2005 : Bid Amount For Lee Revealed
Swansea City manager Kenny Jackett has gone public with details of the bid his club made for Yeovil midfielder Lee Johnson in an article in Welsh local paper the Western Mail.

The paper explains that the amount offered for Johnson was only 100,000 pounds and that the South Wales side wanted to pay for the midfielder in installments, a strategy that would have left boss Gary Johnson with little opportunity to spend the money on a replacement. Unsurprisingly this package has been rejected by Yeovil Town.

Jackett explained: "We have made a bid for Lee Johnson, but it has been rejected. We'll have to see where we go from here. We have to decide whether we improve our offer or whether we try and talk to Yeovil again. This is something we have to think about. I'll speak to the chairman (Huw Jenkins) and then we can make a decision."

Jackett really ought to do his research on players more carefully though. He seems to have got Lee mixed up with Darren Way, who did a clean sweep of the Player of the Season awards. The Jacks manager added: "Lee has got a year left on his contract at Yeovil, but he was voted their player of the year last season so I'm surprised he is available. He scored 11 goals last season and Yeovil won League Two but these things happen."

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26 August 2005 : Swansea Go Silent On Lee
Yeovil Town are reporting this morning that as far as they are concerned, all is very quiet on the Lee Johnson front, with Swansea City having stopped answering phone calls regarding their attempts to sign up the Yeovil Town midfielder.

Speaking to the Yeovil official site this morning, boss Gary Johnson explained: "The situation is that a few days ago the Swansea Chairman contacted our Chairman to discuss a possible bid for Lee. Numbers were mentioned but were quite rightly turned down. Since that phone conversation the Swansea Chairman has chosen to go public with the story which has obviously alerted everybody including Lee."

Gary added that as far as he was concerned, since that initial bid, all had gone quiet: "Since then there have been no further discussions despite our Chairman John Fry leaving messages for the Swansea Chairman to contact him to clarify the situation. We therefore have to presume that Lee is still very much a Yeovil Town player and his professionalism will not let the situation in any way effect his commitment to Yeovil Town Football Club. This whole situation was not instigated by Lee and he will be happy to turn out for Yeovil this Saturday against Swindon showing his normal total commitment to the game and the club."

Gary indicated to this morning's Western Daily Press that he was not entirely happy with Swansea's conduct adding: "So far there has been a lot of talk and no action and that's very disappointing. It's been a few days since the initial contact now and I think it's wrong to leave a player dangling like that. Of course Lee is a good professional and this situation is not of his making. At the moment he's in our squad for Saturday's game at Swindon. He will only be allowed to speak to Swansea if they make an acceptable offer. At the moment we haven't got past first base."

It is believed that Lee was made aware of Swansea's interest prior to the match against Ipswich Town but that Gary had no hesitation in selecting him for the match, with Lee providing an assist for Yeovil's opening goal in the 2-0 win.

With Lee now almost certainly staying as a Yeovil Town player throughout the Bank Holiday weekend, it would certainly be a good time for all Glovers fans travelling to Swindon Town tomorrow to give a special welcome for Lee, to remind him that despite a tiny minority of people still believing in tales of nepotism, that the very large majority of supporters would still like him to be part of the club's future.

As for Swansea, "put up or shut up" would appear to be the appropriate message to send across the Severn Bridge!

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25 August 2005 : Swansea Bid Turned Down?
Unconfirmed rumours from Swansea City fans tonight suggest that Jacks manager Kenny Jackett has told a Supporters Trust meeting tonight that his initial bid for Yeovil midfielder Lee Johnson has been turned down. Jackett has not made it clear yet whether he would consider raising his bid, which was believed to be in the region of 125-150K. Any revived interest from Swansea will have to be agreed before the transfer deadline on August 31st, and with a Bank Holiday weekend looming and two matches to play, that will inevitably slow down any possible future proceedings.

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25 August 2005 : Luciano Gets His Clearance
Argentinian striker and occasional left winger Luciano Alvares has obtained his international clearance from the Spanish FA after a week's delay. The clearance has come in time for Luciano to join the first team squad that will travel to Swindon Town on Saturday. The 26 year old, who has played in Argentina, Finland and Spain, signed a four month deal with the Glovers last week.

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25 August 2005 : Gary's Verdict on the Ipswich Game (Part Two)
Further to this morning's article, reviewing part of what Glovers boss Gary Johnson talked about following Tuesday night's 2-0 win against Ipswich Town at Portman Road, the full set of questions and answers Gary gave at the press conference reads as follows:

Qu:What did you make of press reports surrounding Ipswich Town's potential starting line-up?

GJ: We knew that we weren't coming here to play Ipswich's youth team. There were a few things said that they were going to field a young side, but any young player is a decent player and the two up front would have played anyway because of the injuries. Joe brought on the cavalry for the second half, and thank goodness we coped with that as well and got another goal. We coped with everything they threw at us, and I was very pleased with our tactics.

Qu: How do you explain your poor league start after a performance like that?

GJ: Well, to be fair we've had a couple of decent games, and our local press will confirm that. We haven't panicked at all because we've been playing some good football. Unfortunately we didn't get any luck at Barnsley, and there was the possibility that we could have nicked it one nil.

We played Blackpool and played them off the park, but we couldn't get a goal, so I'm very pleased that we've got our goal scoring prowess back at a top Championship club. That will take us into the next league game hopefully full of confidence, but every game is different.

Qu: Both goals were well crafted, weren't they? They weren't exactly tap-ins?

GJ: Yes, they were super goals. Kevin Gall came on for that reason. We moved things to a 4-5-1, we knew there was ten minutes to go and Gally is a fantastic 'one' up front because he's got that endurance.

If you do leave him alone, he's quick enough to get around the back and score the kind of goal that he has. We were very pleased with that goal, because it was definitely the winner and Ipswich weren't coming back from that. The first goal was the result of practice all week on our set plays and corners because we felt we were slightly bigger than Ipswich, which is quite unusual for our side!

The two littlest blokes on the pitch combined, with Lee Johnson taking the corner and Darren Way heading the goal. I think Joe [Royle] was thinking about our big ones, but forgot our little ones!

Qu: What kind of effect will this victory have on the team?

GJ: It's going to lift the whole team for Saturday, that's for sure. I thought that in the first half we played some very good football. During the second half we knew they were going to throw things at us, with Naylor going up front.

However, in the first half we played our normal game and we opened them up a couple of times. So the side will now be more confident with each other, because it's a relatively new team with three or four new players and hopefully they'll now be more used to each other and respect each other.

Qu: Are you happy with the two goals?

GJ: Yes, the two goals were great, because we haven't scored goals. We knew we had to have a little more conviction in both penalty areas and I felt we did that today."

Qu: The system worked well, didn't it?

GJ: Yes, the system worked well for us. Obviously we started with a 3-5-2 today and sometimes the five across the middle offers us a few more angles. We knew Ipswich would be wanting to play a passing game, so we didn't want to give them time on the ball which they like. So to do that, we had to keep the ball and more natural passing angles were created with five across the middle.

Qu: You've played a 4-4-2 system in the league for a long time now. Will you now consider changing to a 3-5-2?

GJ: Yes, it's something to talk about with Thommo, I'll have a word with him in the hotel. We haven't really had wide players that have been causing people problems, so if you don't have those dangerous players you don't play the widemen. But, in the league, Jones and Amankwaah have been getting forward and getting crosses in, so we decided to play the 3-5-2 today and it clearly worked. We could have come unstuck, but we've worked hard with different systems so that the guys know what to do.

Qu: We know that Yeovil have had many big results, but is this one of the biggest under your management?

GJ: It is one of the biggest, yes, because we were beaten by Liverpool, we were beaten by Bolton and we were beaten by Charlton. We played really well in those fixtures, but we were at risk of losing our giant-killing tag, so hopefully we've regained it a little bit tonight. There's no doubt about, Ipswich is a big club.

Qu: So would you say that this was the biggest win at your time at Yeovil?

GJ: I wouldn't say it was the biggest, as you've got to consider the result that got us into the Football League. It's like asking, 'what was the biggest day of your life?' There's a few of them, but this will be up with there in the top five, that's for sure.

Qu: What's the situation with Phil Jevons? Will be ready for Saturday?

GJ: I don't know, he's still got a few days, he's been playing with a little bit of a groin strain, so we decided to rest him today.

[Original transcript by YTFC Official Site.]

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25 August 2005 : Gary Wants Swansea Decision
Glovers boss Gary Johnson has today said that he wants to see a resolution to Swansea City's attempts to sign midfielder Lee Johnson by the weekend. Gary is mindful of next Wednesday's transfer deadline and wants the time to consider whether a replacement for Yeovil's main playmaker should the deal be completed.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol today, Gary explained: "The whole situation obviously has to be completed by Wednesday. But I've just spoken to our Chairman (John Fry) and I said we need to agree the figures before the weekend really if you are ever going to agree it. Firstly Lee will need time to talk to them if he wants to, and if he does want to, that will still give us a few days to make other provisions. That would then allow us to perhaps bring someone else in or just look at the situation and decide what we are going to do if he does go."

Gary added that all Football League clubs were having to go through a midset change because of the introduction of transfer windows this season, meaning that all permanent transfers must be completed by August 31st.

"It's a very difficult one and all clubs are going through this at the moment," Gary admitted. "Because of the transfer system you do have to make decisions very early. Of course the player then comes into it. It could be that Swansea are offering him more than we could offer him and it could be that Lee just feels that it's time for a change. We don't know that yet, because I haven't really discussed it with him."

Gary echoed the views of the vast majority of Yeovil supporters when he commented: "I am hoping of course that he doesn't want to leave and that he stays at our club because he will be difficult to replace."

As of Thursday evening, the two clubs had yet to agree a fee, meaning that Lee has yet to hold any form of talks with Swansea. Whilst things remain uncertain, Gary will face a dilemma in deciding whether to base his Bank Holiday Weekend team selection with or without the services of one of his prized midfielders.

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25 August 2005 : Carling Cup Second Round
With the final places in Round Two of the Carling Cup decided last night it's time to consider the opposition that might be faced by Yeovil Town, 0-2 victors over Ipswich Town on Tuesday evening.

The draw for the Second Round will take place live on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday at approximately 12.10 p.m. on Saturday, August 27th. The competition is no longer regionalised at this stage but the seeding system remains. Under this system The Glovers are guaranteed either one of the twelve Premier League clubs that enter at this point, or one of the Championship clubs listed below.

Clubs that will be seeded :

Manchester City
Tottenham Hotspur
Aston Villa
Charlton Athletic
Birmingham City
Blackburn Rovers
West Bromwich Albion
Wigan Athletic
West Ham United

Crystal Palace
Norwich City
Sheffield United
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Leeds United
Leicester City
Cardiff City
Plymouth Argyle

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25 August 2005 : New O2V Hits The Streets

© O2V

The latest excellent (it must be, I'm in it) edition of premier Yeovil Town Fanzine On To Victory is coming your way. Editors Jer & James write :

Edition 16 of the famous On To Victory fanzine is available at the County Ground, Swindon, before during and after the game on the 27th August. Sellers are also at Huish Park for the Bank Holiday Monday fixture versus Chesterfield. The bumper packed edition features an interview with our Skipper, an account from a die hard Glover on the German pre-season tour, plus lots more from our band of contributors old and new.

So pick up an issue for just £1.00 at the two games or contact us via E-mail:
Or give us a call on 0771 7001309 if you miss us.

Big thanks to our contributors. We hope you enjoyed contributing as much as we enjoy getting it up together!

Jer & James.

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25 August 2005 : Arron called up by Wales u-21's again
Glovers midfielder Arron Davies has, as expected, been named in the Wales u-21 squad to face England at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground on September 2nd, and the away fixture against Poland on September 6th. Arron will now of course miss the Glovers league fixture away to Hartlepool on Saturday 3rd September.

Full u-21 squad:

Lee Worgan - Unattached
Wayne Hennessey - Wolverhampton Wanderers
Lee Beevers - Lincoln City
Peter Gilbert - Leicester City
Byron Anthony - Cardiff City
Adam Davies - Cambridge United
Lewin Nyatanga - Derby County
Dan Martin - Notts County
Andrew Crofts - Gillingham
Joseph Ledley - Cardiff City
Arron Davies - Yeovil Town
Owain Tudur Jones - Swansea City
Mark Jones - Wrexham
Curtis Mcdonald - Cardiff City
Anthony Pulis - Stoke City
Adam Birchall - Mansfield Town
David Cotterill - Bristol City
Stuart Fleetwood - Cardiff City
Craig Davies - Oxford United
Mark Pritchard - Swansea City

Stand by players:
Owain Fon Williams - Crewe Alexandra
Joe Jacobson - Cardiff City
Gareth Bale - Southampton
Simon Spender - Wrexham
Matthew Collins - Fulham
Matthew Crowell - Wrexham
Lloyd James - Southampton
Ramon Calliste - Unattached

Congratulations once again to Arron on his selection to the squad, and at least one-third of the Ciderspace editorial team hopes he goes on to add to his tally of goals for the Welsh u-21's, particularly on September 2nd!

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25 August 2005 : Robins Settle On Rose
Cheltenham Town have taken defender Michael Rose on a month's loan starting from today. As with the other current loans, of Scott Guyett (to Aldershot) and Stephen Reed (to Woking), manager Gary Johnson went out of his way to stress this was all part of the process of developing the player and keeping him match fit, not a prelude to a departure :

With competition for places so intense at Huish Park at the moment we felt it was a good move for Michael to be able to get some competitive football under his belt. I trust John Ward and his staff at Cheltenham and I knew it would be a good place for Michael to go to. We consider all our loan moves as positive for both player and club and we feel sure Michael will return all the better for his month at Cheltenham.

Talking to the Official Site Johnson (Senior) also produced some clarification of the Lee Johnson situation which has stirred up a small amount of interest with fans over the last twenty-four hours :

We have a procedure that we undertake at this club when any offer is made for a player. First it goes to the Chief Executive and board, and if they find the financial arrangements acceptable then the player is brought into the discussions. When that happens it might still be that the player is not interested or finds the terms on offer unacceptable.

In Lee's case it has not even got past the Chief Executive yet, and if it does then Lee has still to talk to any club involved. When and if that happens we will let everyone know, but at present nothing has changed since yesterday.

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25 August 2005 : Officials For Swindon and Chesterfield
Saturday's trip to Swindon Town will be controlled by referee Peter Walton of Northamptonshire. He will be assisted by Roger East (Wiltshire) and Andy Williams (Herefordshire). Fourth official will be Mick Fletcher (Worcestershire).

For Monday's home match against Chesterfield, Paul Taylor (Hertfordshire) will take charge, whilst Simon Snartt (Gloucestershire) and Graham Scott (Oxfordshire) will assist. James Linington (Isle of Wight) will be the Fourth Official.

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25 August 2005 : Gary's Verdict on the Ipswich Game
Glovers boss Gary Johnson hailed Tuesday night's 2-0 win at Portman Road as one of the best he had seen since he joined Yeovil four years ago.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press after the game Gary said: "That's probably the biggest giant-killing we had during my time here. We were in danger of losing our reputation because we've lost to Liverpool, Bolton and Charlton in recent years. But Ipswich are a big club and we knew it would be tough here so I'm pleased we have added to the Yeovil tradition of cup shocks. I hope we'll take confidence from this and it should lift the lads this week as we prepare for Saturday's game."

Despite sometimes having to defend in numbers, Gary said the performance against Championship side Ipswich Town was a good one adding: "We played well here to get a result, especially in the first half when we moved the ball around very well. To get the goals was great too, because we haven't been scoring. I felt we had to have more conviction in both penalty areas and we had that tonight."

Gary also gave himself a pat on the back for his own match tactics adding: "We knew we had to do well tactically. We respect Ipswich as a great football team and a great club. We didn't want Ipswich to see as much of the ball as they would wish. Once we were 1-0 ahead we looked at our tactics and I think the little changes made us stronger. We defended well outside the box and managed to create a couple of chances even after Ipswich brought on the cavalry in the second half. I was very pleased with our tactics and we went 4-5-1 with 10 minutes to go. Kevin Gall is quick enough to get behind defenders when left alone up front as he showed tonight."

Before Kevin Gall sealed the points, midfielder Darren Way had cheekily scored direct from a corner with a bullet header, ghosting in where Ipswich didn't expect him to be and Gary explained: "We have practised corners all week, but our smallest player headed the ball in and maybe Joe Royle was thinking about our big 'uns rather than our little 'uns."

Gary also explained that the injuries to Phil Jevons (groin strain) and David Poole (foot) would not be severe enough to keep them out of Saturday's trip to Swindon Town but that they may not make the team even if they are passed fit telling the WDP: "Whether they will be involved or not we'll have to wait and see. I don't normally like changing a winning team too much."

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25 August 2005 : Youth Team Win At Hereford
Yeovil Town's Youth Team continued their winning start to the season on Saturday, as they collected maximum points against Hereford United. The Under 18s won their match 3-1. Scorers are currently not known.

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25 August 2005 : Gary on Radio Bristol
Yeovil boss Gary Johnson will be the guest in the studio for BBC Radio Bristol's Twentyman Talks Back programme tomorrow night. The show starts at 7.00pm and provisionally lasts an hour. You can listen to the programme on 95.5FM (or 94.9FM in certain areas around Bristol). Alternatively, you can listen to the show on the internet here.

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24 August 2005 : New Date For Reserves
The Reserves match against Bristol City, originally pencilled in for today, has been rearranged with a date of Tuesday 13th September, with a 2.00pm kickoff at Ashton Gate.

Today's match against Plymouth Argyle, according to a forum poster, finished with a 3-2 win for the Glovers in a game that was played behind closed doors and was believed to contain a number of trialists.

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24 August 2005 : Ipswich Match Report
The full match report for last night's 2-0 win over Ipswich Town is now available and can be found here.

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24 August 2005 : Royle Flushed
You don't need to be Non-league to 'kill giants'.

Credit to Yeovil but they didn't have to play that well to win and we were poor, said Ipswich Town manager Joe Royle post-match. Maybe a slightly weakened Ipswich side were poor, but a bit more credit to the visitors would not come amiss. Yeovil Town did play well, matching and exceeding Ipswich's similar passing game for significant periods, and also in the rather less familiar guise of stifling the opposition and defending doggedly at times. Eventually the home side was forced into resorting to long balls and shots from distance. Yeovil shut up shop, left one up front, and it was that one, Kevin Gall, who finally killed the tie off using his pace on the break for the second goal, after Darren Way had provided the lead just before the break.

In a third full Portman Road Yeovil fans were crammed into a remote corner of the ground, with some thousands of seats that would have provided a better view designated as totally unnecessary no-man's land.

After a brisk start by Ipswich the Glovers, both on and off the pitch, began to get into their stride. The play from both teams was quite pretty in the first half, with plenty of movement and the ball being shifted around well. However both keepers had a relatively quiet time, with not too much end product in either box. Just as it appeared the sides would be going in level at the break Lee Johnson whipped in one of his better corners with pace and it was the giant Darren Way who attacked the ball and headed home.

On the resumption Ipswich made three changes and again came out in a very lively fashion, and it looked as if it might be a long 45 minutes for the Glovers. However about quarter of an hour of excellent defending blunted the home team's pressure and thereafter Yeovil looked increasingly comfortable.

In a series of substitutions between 69 and 78 minutes Gary Johnson refashioned the side in a clear hold-what-we-have move, but Gall's strike on 87 minutes ensured there were to be no late nerves in the six minutes including time added on that remained.

An excellent evening for the Glovers. Joe Royle can concentrate on the league for a while. Gary Johnson can tune in around noon this coming Saturday to discover who Yeovil Town have in Round Two.

Final score : Ipswich Town 0 Yeovil Town 2.

A full match report will appear here.

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24 August 2005 : Swans Make Approach For Lee
League One rivals Swansea City have made an approach to sign midfielder Lee Johnson. Speaking to the South Wales Evening Post Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins said :

It's all happened very quickly. We never really considered it because we thought he was very secure at Yeovil, but things have changed. Lee would like to progress his career elsewhere as soon as he can and we are reasonably hopeful that a deal can be done. I have had discussions with the Yeovil chairman and we are in the process of trying to agree a fee.

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has confirmed the approach.

Lee has been virtually an ever-present in the Yeovil team throughout an F.A. Trophy and two promotions since his signing four years ago. He has scored twenty-five goals. He recently clocked up his two hundredth appearance for the club. Despite this a small minority of Glovers fans have remained on his back throughout - seemingly for the heinous crime of being "the manager's son".

On the brighter side Mr Jenkins is rather well known for getting over excited about possible deals which frequently then come to naught. However the fact that the approach seems not to have been turned down flat by Yeovil Town suggests this one might have legs......

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23 August 2005 : Reserves Fixture Switched
Tomorrow's (Wednesday) Pontins Football Combination fixture against Bristol City originally due to be played at Ashton Gate has been postponed, with no new date set.

The match has been replaced by a home match against Plymouth Argyle which will take place behind closed doors with a 3.00pm kick-off.

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23 August 2005 : Efe's frustration at ref's error
Efe Sodje spoke of his frustration after being adjudged to have brought down Barnsleyís Neil Austin in the box which ended up costing Yeovil three valuable points in the table while dropping his side to the bottom of League One.

The 32-year-old said: "I hope the referee can go and look at it again and then see what he thinks of it. He was falling down before I made the tackle. I looked at the referee and just shook my head."

To read the full interview with Efe Sodje (transcript by George Murray), click here.

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23 August 2005 : Ipswich Town v Yeovil Town preview
The tractor boys v the cider boys is upon us then, and a welcome break from league football tonight's Carling Cup 1st round tie is as well, after the travails of the early part of the season . It's not that the Glovers have been performing badly, just that the goals have dried up, so perhaps with the pressure off in a game against a higher league club that they're not expected to beat perhaps tonight the Yeovil side can relax, enjoy themselves and re-discover their goalscoring form.

Ipswich boss Joe Royle has made wholesale changes to his squad tonight, bringing in a large proportion of his youth team and reserves, and resting senior players such as Jim Magilton, Fabio Wilnis and Darren Currie. Also missing will be 1st-choice keeper Lewis Price and big money strikers Sam Parkin and Nicky Forster, all injured. That's the good news, the bad news - as Southend found out while losing 3-0 at home to Southampton last night - is that the larger Championship clubs like the Saints and Ipswich all have huge strength in depth with squads of talented youngsters/reservists all bursting to make their mark when they get the chance - and in Ipswich's case even more so as it was their youth team that won the FA Youth Cup last season, seeing off the youth sides of the Premiership giants in the process. And it's that same youth team who'll provide 5 of tonight's probable starting line-up, with two players - centre half Aidan Collins and midfielder Jimmy Juan - making their debut for the Tractor Boys first team.

Probable Ipswich side: Supple; Sito, Naylor, Collins , Richards; Peters, Juan, Horlock, Westlake; Bowditch, McDonald.

As for the Glovers, Gary Johnson finds himself in the familiar position of waiting to see if international clearance papers arrive in time to see if new signing Luciano Alvares can play or not - at the time of writing nothing had been heard so we'll all have to wait and see on that. Otherwise it's a case of whether David Poole has recovered from the knock that kept him out of Saturday's defeat at Barnsley - other than him it's believed everyone is fit.

Glovers squad: Weale, Amankwaah, Sodje, Skiverton, Jones, Davies, Johnson, Terry, Way, Bastianini, Jevons, Collis, Miles, Poole, Gall, Harrold, Oliver, Lockwood, Lindegaard, Alvares (?).

The outcome of the tie will be decided tonight. If the scores are level at full-time then 30 minutes extra-time will be played followed by a penalty shoot-out should the scores still be level. Selected match odds are: Ipswich win - 4/9 on; draw - 11/4; Yeovil win - 11/2 (though you could have got 13/2 last night!). The draw for the next round takes place live on Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports One at around 12.10pm this weekend.

The Ciderspace guide to all things Ipswich is online here.

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22 August 2005 : F.A. Cup Prize Money
Oh well, as things aren't going so good in the league there's always the F.A. Cup to look forward to. After two seasons of competing in that competition as a Football League club we still await the inevitable Giant Killers Slain headlines as we in turn go out to a Non-league club. It's bound to happen one day, but hopefully not quite yet.

Anyway on to the item : F.A. Cup prize monies. A couple of increases for this season, and potentially relevant to us. The winners in each round will receive :

Extra Preliminary Round - £500
Preliminary Round - £1,000
First Round Qualifying - £2,250
Second Round Qualifying - £3,750
Third Round Qualifying - £5,000
Fourth Round Qualifying - £10,000
First Round Proper - £16,000 (up from £12,500)
Second Round Proper - £24,000 (up from £18,000)
Third Round Proper - £40,000
Fourth Round Proper - £60,000
Fifth Round Proper - £120,000
Sixth Round Proper - £300,000
Semi-Final - £900,000
Final - £1,000,000

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22 August 2005 : Honest Ritchie Owns Up
As mentioned yesterday, in Gary Johnson's views on Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Oakwell, even Barnsley manager Andy Ritchie believes referee Ian Williamson was wrong to award the penalty that led to the only goal of the game on Saturday. Glovers central defender Efe Sodje only appeared to make contact with Barnsley's Neil Austin after the player had gone to ground, and Ritchie admitted that was the way it looked to him as well.

Speaking on the Western Daily Press website he explained: "We could count ourselves to be lucky to be given the penalty. In my eyes it wasn`t one and I said that to their manager. I am very pleased with the three points, I would have loved to have played better football but it's all about getting the three points and we've done that."

Talking about the rest of the game, Ritchie added: "I am very pleased with the grit and determination of the players. They worked their socks off. We cannot play attractive football every week. Yeovil had a good spell for 10 or 15 minutes then they seemed to crumble and then we were back in it. After last week I was looking for men to stand up and be counted. They showed a bit of character. It was looking a little bit of a stalemate and their keeper made one or two good saves."

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21 August 2005 : Gary's Verdict on the Barnsley Game
Glovers boss Gary Johnson blamed a mix of poor refereeing decisions, and inefficient play by the Glovers inside the penalty box for his side's 1-0 defeat against Barnsley. Gary answered the following questions after the game:

Qu: We've just sat in (Barnsley manager) Andy Ritchie's press conference and he was quite open that it wasn't a penalty. So you must feel very hard done by Gary?

GJ: Obviously we feel hard done by. We probably deserved at least a draw. We had a great spell for 15 or 20 minutes in the second half where we felt that the Jevons trip was a penalty. He's not going to fall over when he is just about to shoot for goal. The referee actually said yes he did clip the man's foot but it was unintentional. Then you know something is going to happen at the other end. Experience tells us that someone will go down at the other end and that's how things go sometimes. But we must not feel too sorry for ourselves. We've got to pick out the good points. We are not getting enough going for us at the moment but then again we are making the opposition goalkeeper make enough saves. We had a lot of play. Chris Weale has had to make two or three good saves. I thought possession-wise we were fine. Once again that part of our game went well, but unfortunately the goals are not flowing.

Qu: What upset you most? The fact that they got their penalty, or the fact that you didn't get one when Phil Jevons went down?

GJ: Both were equal I suppose and there was only five or six minutes in between them. If we got the penalty then we would have been 1-0 up away from home and maybe we could have shut up shop a bit. We are having to work hard for goals at the moment and we needed a referee to make a right decision.

Qu: Do you take some positives from Pablo's debut? He showed signs of brilliance didn't he?

GJ: Yes he did. He looks strong, although he's still got to get his real match sharpness. He is going to be a threat, that's for sure. But I've got to get everyone else being strong and committed and we need to take more of our chances when we get them. We got into that penalty area. We got into their penalty area so many times with our corners and free kicks, ordinary play and headers that got put back in there and you start to wonder that you can't be that unlucky. We worked very hard last week to try and get us into positive areas but unfortunately it didn't fall for us.

Qu: Do you look to Pablo and Phil to get the goals or is it a team effort?

GJ: No, it's a team effort. It's got to be a team effort as midfielders have got to be able to come up with shots, wide men have got to come up with crosses that allow goals. One man or two men can't do it on their own. But those two men have also got to be clinical and be in dangerous areas when the opportunity arises.

Qu: You said beforehand that you'd be surprised if Pablo lasted the 90 minutes, but he stayed on.

GJ: Well he was the one who was creating a couple of openings for us. His legs were going but we put on Gally to give some legs around him. At the point when they got the penalty though, they went forward very quickly, kept it in the corners and got their own corners and free kicks down that end and they kept the ball by the corner flag and we couldn't get a head of steam going. Although we still saw enough of the ball going into their box that I thought someone might have got on the end of something but they didn't.

Qu: Darren Way had a great shot.

GJ: Yes, he hit the crossbar didn't he? Even there, we didn't make the keeper make a save, although that one was a great shot. But we'll keep going. We know we are not a million miles away. We've got to have something go for us, or have a bit of luck.

Qu: Is it about reaction times in the box? They weren't quite reacting to the situations.

GJ: Well we had enough people in there. Our reaction wasn't quite there. There's no real reasons. Sometimes it's something that just happens and sometimes it's a matter of drumming it into players to be on the move when the ball does come into the box. We are at levels now where you have got to be a lot more clever as defenders take up the dangerous positions and you've got to move them by out-thinking them and out-playing them or out-running them. If you stand still then they will have their experienced centre-backs right in the danger areas.

Qu: It's a strange situation as for the past three years you've almost been able to score goals for fun and you've never had a problem have you?

GJ: Well we don't know if we will have a problem yet. We're only four games in. I presume we're bottom of the league at the moment and we've only scored the one goal. But we are looking strong enough to build on what we are doing - that's for sure. I don't want to say too much because people who weren't at the game get upset because they see we've lost again. But I know I can build on something and of course we will do that.

Qu: In the Carling Cup on Tuesday night, which is a very long trip, what selection policy will you have for that?

GJ: I don't know yet. I've dropped them all in the dressing room today! But that's another game. It's the Carling Cup and we're looking forward to going to Ipswich. We'll be in training tomorrow (Sunday) and we're in on Monday and we'll be travelling in Tuesday and staying overnight after the game, which is something different. We're then away again at Swindon. So we're trying to cut down on the long travelling on a particular day. We've done it the other way around this time, for Ipswich, so that we travel on the day and then stay afterwards. So we'll see whether that works. We've got to try everything at the moment, although I think you can see we are not a million miles away.

Qu: Hopefully you will have Alvares available on Tuesday?

GJ: He might be. We're hoping that the Spanish FA are a little bit quicker than the Argentine FA, but we'll have to wait and see.

Qu: Is it realistic to expect him to be involved on Tuesday?

GJ: It's realistic for him to be there or thereabouts. He's fit enough and strong enough for that.

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21 August 2005 : Yeovil Tyke Home Nothing Thanks To Williamson
Football games should be won, lost or drawn on the sweat, endeavour and skill of the two sides involved, not the poor decision making of officials. On the evidence of Saturday's interesting encounter at Oakwell a neutral spectator may well have opined that a point apiece was the right result from all that sweat, endeavour and skill on view. Unfortunately Mr. Williamson, a referee out of the I-want-to-be-involved-every-few-seconds school, chose on 79 minutes to make one of his all too frequent interventions and award a penalty that had the visiting manager spitting blood and even the home one bemused and believing a mistake had been made. So on one puff of the whistle 90 minutes of generally good football was put to naught and the match outcome decided.

It was a quiet 8,153 crowd that saw the game kick off in lovely sunshine. Barnsley fans will have their own agenda, and it presumably involves some unhappiness with their club as they were in a sullen mood all afternoon. Yeovil Town supporters are increasingly wary each time they cross the Trent. That said it was a game which deserved a better atmosphere, but only the 300+ visitors found some voice as the match unfolded.

In a technical rather than blood-and-thunder encounter both sides showed passages of quality play, but defences were usually in control. Barnsley were the more direct, though certainly no long-ball team, but on the few occasions they broke the back line found Chris Weale in confident form. Yeovil are finding their passing game harder to maintain at this level, and whilst some half and quarter chances came and went did not create enough opportunities to really work Nick Colgan hard in the Barnsley goal, though the woodwork did come to his aid. The most likely route to a breakthrough came on the occasions when Yeovil players ran direct at the Barnsley defence. Unfortunately on the day, whilst creating some panic, the final reward wasn't forthcoming.

Pablo Bastianini can be pleased with his League One debut in the hoops after his week of flying round the World. Barnsley found him difficult to handle all afternoon, and he also displayed some delightful touches of skill, even though he was frequently looking to the bench from the hour mark seeking some release from the pain. Don't know what the word is in Spanish, Pablo, but here we call it "knackered".

And so back to Mr Williamson and his decision to determine the destination of three points. Thereafter Barnsley wore out the grass in the bottom left hand corner of the stadium, and then it was just left to Gary Johnson to vent his spleen as the referee cowered in the middle of the pitch surrounded by stewards, delaying the walk back down the tunnel by the away section hoping the Yeovil fans would go away. We didn't.

With Bristol City beating Port Vale 4-2 Yeovil now occupy a table position only seen in recent years for alphabetical reasons pre-season.

A full match report will be found here.

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19 August 2005 : Cup Fever On Its Way
We haven't had much to say about that thrilling competition the LDV Vans Trophy since June 19th with the round dates. In fact nothing at all. However we can now reveal to an expectant World that there has been some subsequent minor tinkering with those dates and, should you be able to bear the tension, the draw dates are now available too.

The draws for the first two rounds will definitely be on Sky Sport's Soccer AM, with an implication the later rounds will be too - well who could tire of seeing those cards turned over, eh?

Forty-eight League One and League Two clubs will be "putting out a strong side" whilst twelve Conference clubs will pretend they have a strong side to put out. The plucky Non-leaguers are: Accrington Stanley, Aldershot Town, Cambridge United, Crawley Town, Dagenham & Redbridge, Exeter City, Halifax Town, Bottlers Bulls******* Hereford United, Kidderminster Harriers, Morecambe, Farnborough Town's Arsenal Windfall Stevenage Borough and Woking.

As usual there will be a North and South regional divide, which because of the need to balance those in the different divisions (if we may still use such old fashioned terminology) will doubtless produce a number of clubs in the Southern Section who are geographically north of a number of clubs in the Northern Section. Two (lucky?) clubs from each area will be given byes through to the second round. As yet neither the sections nor the byes has been published by the Football League. Keeping us on the edge of our seats no doubt and building up the tension.......

The Round One draw takes place on Saturday 17th September, with matches scheduled to take place during the week commencing Monday 17th October. As luck would have it we'll be travelling up to Valley Parade for the Bradford City match that morning - oh damn and blast. If someone could text through updates of the card turning....... The draw for Round Two then takes place on Saturday 22nd October. As luck would have it we'll be travelling down to Huish Park for the Nottingham Forest match that morning - oh damn and blast. If someone could text through updates of the card turning.......

Round 1 17th September
Round 2 22nd October
Area Quarter-Finals 26th November
Area Semi-Finals 24th December

Round 1 w/c 17th October
Round 2 w/c 21st November
Area Quarter-Finals w/c 19th December
Area Semi-Finals w/c 23rd January
Area Final Leg 1 w/c 20th February
Area Final Leg 2 w/c 6th March

The final Final will be played on Sunday April 2nd at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, by the two clubs who have not lost - the will to live.

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19 August 2005 : Barnsley v Yeovil Town preview
The Glovers make the long journey to Yorkshire today in preparation for tomorrow's game at Barnsley, another former Premiership giant wondering how they found themselves playing the likes of little Yeovil Town in a football league fixture.

The Tykes, like the Glovers, haven't had the best of starts to the season, the optimism of a 2-0 opening day home win over Swindon soon being deflated by successive losses on the road at Scunthorpe and Colchester. Manager Andy Ritchie has three players unavailable injured in Bobby Hassell, Richard Kell and Brian Howard and is waiting on the results of a Saturday morning fitness test on striker Daniel Nardiello, who has a sore hamstring. If fit Nardiello will partner former Scunthorpe striker Paul Hayes, who Glovers boss Gary Johnson tried to sign in the summer; but if not Barry Conlon is expected to play alongside Hayes up front. Otherwise the hosts are expected to be unchanged from the team that lost 1-0 at Layer Road on Tuesday evening.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson takes a 20-man squad to the dark, satanic mills oop north and his only injury doubt is winger David Poole, who took an unspecified knock in the 1-1 draw with Blackpool last weekend, at least according to the Western Daily Press he did. Poole will also have a fitness test in the morning, says the paper. Pablo Bastianini will almost certainly make his competitive debut, though whether that will be from the start or from the bench remains to be seen, the Argentinian striker endured two long flights to his homeland and back this week to sort out his international clearance papers, and the journeys may have taken their toll - time will tell on that. Pablo's compatriot Luciano Alvarez will not play because he is currently not eligible, but Johnson is hoping his international clearance will arrive in time for him to be considered for next Tuesday's League Cup match at Ipswich.

The match at Oakwell kicks off at 3pm tomorrow and tickets for Yeovil fans are only available on the day at the stadium, price £17 adults, £10 OAP's and under 16's. The Ciderspace guide to all things Barnsley is online here.

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19 August 2005 : Non-League Directories For Sale
The YTISA have been donated 13 issues of the Non-league directory, one for all years from 88-00. These have been kindly donated by Ian Beaton from Gloucester. Ian has asked that the books that were his late father's collection should be sold with all proceeds given to the YTISA. The YTISA would like to thank both Ian, Ralph his father and his mother Ann who represented Yeovil Ladies in the 1930's, for their kind donation.

The books are in superb condition, (though most have a message to Ralph on the inside page) and can be purchased by any supporter who wishes to make a donation for any of them, by contacting Treasurer Stewart Bratherton on Yeovil 472717, or e-mail They will be sold on a first come first served basis, providing the donation is generous enough.

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18 August 2005 : After Ricardo and Ossie .... It's Pablo and Luciano!
Those Yeovil Town fans who can recall Spurs manager Keith Burkinshaw signing up Argentine internationals Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricardo Villa in 1978 would probably have laughed their socks off at prospect of the Glovers having their own South American pair in their First Team squad for 2005-06.

Yet that is today what has happened with Luciano Alvares (or is it Alvarez?) signing a four month deal at Huish Park today, joining countryman Pablo Bastianini at the club. Luciano arrived at the club shortly after Pablo but was not match fit and so has been spending much of the pre-season in training whilst making occasional appearances in some of the lower key friendlies that have been arranged. He has also been helping Pablo settle in by dealing with some of the language barriers involved - unlike Pablo, Luciano is fluent in English.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson, speaking via the official site, said of the deal: "Luciano has been progressing well with us and I am pleased with his progress. He is strong and committed and will provide good competition for our forwards. Unlike with Pablo we hope to have his International clearance through fairly quickly as it is currently held in Spain and in fact Luciano has a Spanish passport."

Luciano's connection with Pablo comes via Independiente before he made his break overseas to play for Italian club Savoia. Last season he played Finnish top flight football for Inter Turku and most recently has been playing for Spanish club Linares, who play at the third level in the Spanish pyramid.

He usually plays as a striker although can also turn out in the left-wing position. Early indications put him in the Andrejs Stolcers mould - a player with a good footballing brain and great positional sense who seems to ghost into the right place at the right time.

Luciano is not expected to be in the squad for Barnsley which will depart tomorrow as this is likely to be too soon for international clearance to be obtained. However, Johnson is hopeful that clearance will be received in time for next week's midweek trip to Ipswich Town.

For Pablo, the situation is more optimistic, with the striker having resumed training at Huish Park this morning. The only question will be whether any jet-lag or stiffness from having spent a total of 28 hours in an aircraft over the past week will prevent him playing a major part in Saturday's match in Yorkshire.

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18 August 2005 : Gav gets capped, Arron's looking to follow in his shoes
Former Glover Gavin Williams - transferred to West Ham United last November - was awarded his first international cap last night when he came on as a 60th minute substitute for Wales in their 0-0 draw with Slovenia at Swansea's New Stadium. Hopefully the first of many caps for Gav, congraulations to him from us all at Ciderspace!

There have of course been other Yeovil players who have played for their country. In recent years Kim Grant was capped by Ghana, Abdoluai Demba played for Mali and of the current side Efe Sodje is of course a former Nigerian international. However we think we are right in saying that no Yeovil player has ever represented their country at the same time as being a first-team regular at the club, but that may be about to change in the near future following Arron Davies's match-winning and goal-scoring display for Wales u-21's in their 3-1 win over Malta on Tuesday night (see news story below), though his first target is a place in the u-21 squad to play their England counterparts on September 2nd and then against Poland on September 6th. Unfortunately this will mean he will miss the Glovers away game at Hartlepool on September 3rd, something Arron has mixed feelings about.

"The squad for those games is announced on Friday and I am hoping to be involved," said Davies to the Western Daily Press. "You always want to play for your country but it's not ideal to miss [club] games because someone could come into your position and do well. So, hopefully, I will get the chance to play for Wales and the lads [at Yeovil] can do well and get a result."

Quoted on, Davies commented on how his move from Southampton to Huish Park has helped his career: "Hopefully deciding to move on from Southampton has helped me," he said. "I have stepped down a bit I know to join Yeovil, but I am playing regularly in the first team and it has given me the boost I need to improve myself. I'd been at Southampton for five years, but I was just sitting in the reserves. I'd been there too long. One season I kicked on and I got into the first-team squad and was on the bench a few times, but it wasn't happening so I had to move on to get my career started. There was no point staying at what was then a Premiership club and not getting matches. But Yeovil have given me that chance and now I have played 30 or so League games and things have started to go well for me. I have now got into the Under-21 team too, and that is certainly really pleasing. Things have started for me on both fronts, all I want to do is play as many games as possible at a senior level. And we are all being told that if we do well the door is open to the senior Wales side, that is the incentive and I aim to take the chance with both hands and hope I can impress John Toshack."

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18 August 2005 : Glovers second-string savage sorry Swans
Yeovil Town Reserves beat their Swansea City counterparts 5-1 in a very one-sided affair at Huish Park last night, only the generosity of a linesman with his own idiosyncratic interpretation of the offside laws preventing the Glovers second-string from running up a real cricket score against what was on paper a strong Swansea outfit. Both clubs purportedly fielded strong sides, but on this display at least Yeovil would appear to have rather more strength in depth than their League One rivals.

Yeovil started with two players who began in last Saturday's 1-1 draw with Blackpool - Kevin Gall and Paul Terry - but otherwise were represented by members of the first team squad who largely haven't featured in the league campaign as yet as well as a smattering of youth team members, and every single player used last night will have given watching manager Gary Johnson food for thought as they put together a scintillating team performance that was far too good for the opposition - who included former Glovers target Paul Conner up front. The first half front pairing of Kevin Gall and triallist Jack Adams gelled right from the start, but all round the pitch Yeovil players were first to everything and playing the high-tempo passing game we have become used to under Gary Johnson. Adam Lockwood with a brace, Kevin Gall, Dale Williams and Paul Terry got the goals, with a solitary Dale Otten effort scant consolation for the visitors. 5-1 at the end, but it could and perhaps should have been double that. Great entertainment for the watching crowd of approximately 400.

Glovers reserves: (4-4-2)
13. Steve Collis
14. Andy Lindegaard, 2. Adam Lockwood, 20. Luke Oliver, 5. Colin Miles
6. Richard Cullingford, 7. Paul Terry, 3. Michael Rose, 19. Dale Williams
8. Kevin Gall, 11. Jack Adams
Subs used:
12 Gavin McCallum (46 mins for Jack Adams)
16 Jamie Underwood (62 mins for Paul Terry)
17 Jack Smeeton (62 mins for Colin Miles)

Match report: Yeovil Town Reserves 5 - 1 Swansea City Reserves.

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17 August 2005 : Bastianini's a go-go!
Glovers manager Gary Johnson has announced that striker Pablo Bastianini's international clearance has finally been received by the club from the Argentinian FA, enabling the 22-year-old to play competitive matches at last.

As has been detailed on these pages the story of the Glovers attempts to obtain international clearance for the striker has been a tale of delay and frustration added to obfuscation and not a little mystery, but it now seems that we have a happy ending at last, largely due to the efforts of the player himself and agent Chris Adedeji, who took it upon themselves to fly to Argentina in order to make certain the correct paperwork was being processed. Pablo and Chris are now expected to arrive back in Britain this afternoon and the player should be available for Saturday's League One match at Barnsley.

Speaking to the club's official site, the Gaffer said: "Great news - we have at last received the international clearance for Pablo Bastianini from the Argentinian F.A. Pablo and his advisors promised us that they would get it sorted out if they travelled back to Argentina and to be fair to them that is exactly what they have done. As we speak at 10.30 a.m. on Wednesday morning he is in the air travelling back to the U.K. and hopes to be landing sometime this afternoon. It's obviously a great bonus for us going into this run of 4 games in 8 or 9 nine days including the Carling Cup game at Ipswich. It's a timely return and a great addition to our squad of course.

"There have been times when I have been very frustrated by the situation with Pablo missing three games, so now he has to get himself back into the routine very quickly and show us what we know he can do. I must give credit to Pablo and Chris though, for taking charge of the whole thing and making things happen. I think it shows Pablo's and Chris's commitment to the club and the deal and they have both come out of it with flying colours. But one man doesn't win a game for you of course and the team needs to be pulling out all the stops as well, but to have an experienced goal scorer around the team is a great bonus.

"There is still competition in the squad and I have been pleased with Matt Harrold's performances up front. He has been showing us that he can play at this level and we have learnt something from Pablo's absence and Matty has shown he is competing for that spot. We also have Phil Jevons and Arron Davies who can play in the strikers role as can Kevin Gall and David Poole if needed."

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17 August 2005 : Ladies Keeper Takes Glovers Name To America
Yeovil Town ladies keeper Jade Tregale has been spreading the Glovers name across to the other side of the pond recently. The 15 year old has recently had trials in the University of Central Florida Soccer Academy. The magazine Fair Play - which covers ladies football in England - has published a diary of Jade's experiences and you can read her account here.

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17 August 2005 : Scott Scores For Shots
Arron Davies was not the only Yeovil Town player scoring a goal last night - central defender Scott Guyett managed the same trick himself, although he will have come home less happy after he saw two late strikes wipe out the goal he scored for Aldershot in the Nationwide Conference, with Canvey Island grabbing all three points in a 2-1 win in Essex. Scott is currently into his second loan game with the Hampshire side and he chalked up 90 minutes worth of football last night, with his goal arriving 20 minutes into the match with a header from a corner.

A third Yeovil player - Stephen Reed - also got in 90 minutes of football last night as he completed his first loan match for Woking as they beat Stevenage Borough 3-2 in the Nationwide Conference.

The remainder of Yeovil Town's "squad" players will take part in a Reserve Team fixture against Swansea City tonight in the Pontins Holiday Combination League. Kick-off is at 7.00pm, with admittance via the Main Stand only.

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17 August 2005 : Arron Cites Yeovil Move For International Success
Glovers midfielder Arron Davies believes that his decision to leave Southampton and gain first team football with Yeovil Town has enhanced his chances of being successful at international level with Wales. Since leaving the Saints, who he only got a look-in at Reserve and Youth level, Arron has put in some excellent first team performances at Huish Park and believes this is the main reason why he has improved his game at international level.

Arron, who scored for Wales U21s last night told "The game went very well for me, I have settled into the midfield role now and scoring my first goal for Wales just topped it off. Hopefully deciding to move on from Southampton has helped me. I have stepped down a bit I know to join Yeovil, but I am playing regularly in the first team and it has given me the boost I need to improve myself. I'd been at Southampton for five years, but I was just sitting in the reserves. I had been there too long. One season I kicked on and got into the first-team squad and was on the bench a few times, but it wasn't happening so I had to move on to get my career started."

Arron said that his chances of success were far greater since he made the move to Somerset adding: "There was no point staying at what was then a Premiership club and not getting matches. But Yeovil have given me that chance and now I have played 30 or so league games and things have started to go well for me. I have now got into the Under-21 team too, and that is certainly really pleasing. Things have started for me on both fronts, all I want to do is play as many games as possible at a senior level. And we are all being told that if we do well the door is open to the senior Wales side, that is the incentive and I aim to take the chance with both hands and hope I can impress John Toshack."

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17 August 2005 : Arron Nets For Wales
Yeovil Town midfielder Arron Davies scored a goal that capped an excellent performance last night for Wales U21 as they defeated Malta's U21 side 3-1 at Stebonheath Park, Llanelli.

Davies, who described in their match report as The Welshmen's "improving midfield architect" netted in the 74th minute to put Wales 3-0 up and although Malta grabbed a late consolation goal the earlier strikes from Andrew Crofts (Gillingham) and Mark Pritchard (Swansea City) along with the third from Davies had already won the game. Arron also provided the assist for the opening goal from Crofts, having delivered the corner that opened the scoring.

Sporting Life put in a glowing report of Arron's contribution to the match saying of the goal: "Arron Davies, who had orchestrated midfield well throughout, got the goal his industry deserved on 74 minutes when he cruised onto a Stuart Fleetwood (Cardiff City) pass before confidently beating Paris with a low shot into the bottom corner."

The next stop for the Wales U21 side is the UEFA U-21 qualifier against England on September 2nd, and with Arron having played a full 90 minutes last night, it seems inevitable that he will be involved again.

Wales U21: Hennessey (Worgan 46), Beevers (Martin 46), Gilbert (Adam Davies 46), Anthony (Jacobson 70), Pulis, Nyatanga, Crofts, Arron Davies, Cotterill, Pritchard (Fleetwood 56), Birchall (Tudor-Jones 66).

Subs Not Used: McDonald.

Goals: Crofts 12, Pritchard 52, Arron Davies 74.

Malta U21: Calleja (Paris 46), Muscat, Failla, Mintoff (Cilia 86), Mufsud, Sciberras, Frendo (Zammit 80), Agius, Schembri (Baldachino 73), Shaun Bajada (Roderick Bajada 70), Cassar (Fenech 63).

Subs Not Used: Scerri.

Goals: Roderick Bajada 81.

Att: 1,157

Ref: Mark Halsey (England).

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16 August 2005 : Crowd Figures At Huish Park
At Saturday's press conference, Glovers boss Gary Johnson pointed out that the club needed crowds of 7,500 if their progress in recent years was to be sustained at League One level. Both of the opening crowds have come in at under 6,000 at Huish Park which Gary admitted was a point of concern.

As part of a weekly column in the Western Daily Press, Ciderspace co-editor Martin Baker has been caught doing a spot of moonlighting, and his thoughts on Gary's comments can be found here on the WDP's website.

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16 August 2005 : Gary Hopes For Pablo Clearance
Yeovil Town are hoping to hear later today whether Argentine striker Pablo Bastianini has been successful in his attempts to personally break through the wall of bureaucracy at the Argentine FA as he tries to obtain his international clearance papers.

In the last couple of days, Pablo has been scuppered by first the strikes at Heathrow Airport, then a Public Holiday in Argentina. Today, however, he should be able to gain access to his country's FA headquarters and find it why it has taken them over two weeks to provide clearance for him.

Speaking yesterday to the Western Daily Press, boss Gary Johnson said: "The tales of the unexpected carry on because today's a Bank Holiday Monday in Argentina so everything is shut. But we have heard from his advisors that he will be back in England on Wednesday with his clearance. I'm past the frustration stage now and if it happens, it happens. He's training out there and his advisors are making sure he is staying fit which is good for us."

The 14 hour flight and possible jet-lag would probably rule Pablo out of the Wednesday evening Pontins Holiday Combination Reserve fixture against Swansea City which kicks off at 7.00pm, unless he can find his way out of his country with his papers by the Tuesday evening. Given the twists in the tail that have occurred so far, it would be wise not to hold your breath!

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16 August 2005 : Amankwaah Makes Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town's right-back Kevin Amankwaah has been named in the Football League's Team of the Week for League One. The former Bristol City player made it into the eleven, following his goal against Blackpool over the weekend. The list is compiled from nominations submitted by Press Association representatives at the games. Their choice also includes former Glovers loan striker Rory Fallon. The full eleven is as follows:

D Konstantopoulos (Hartlepool)
Neill Collins (Hartlepool), Duncan Jupp (Southend), Shaun Maher (Bournemouth), Kevin Amankwaah (Yeovil Town)
Neil Danns (Colchester), Danny Schofield (Huddersfield) Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Rotherham), Ben Muirhead (Bradford)
Rory Fallon (Swindon), Kevin Maher (Southend)

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15 August 2005 : Reedy Dealt Loan Cards
Stephen Reed becomes the second Yeovil Town player to be put out on loan this season as manager Gary Johnson seeks matches for some of his fringe players. With Scott Guyett already at Aldershot it's Kingfield, just down the road, which will become Reedy's home for a month. Yeovil and Woking had close ties a few seasons ago, with both clubs acquiring numerous personnel from each other. Connections have been maintained since through the Johnson family and when the clubs met in a pre-season friendly last month.

Update 19.00hrs: Gary Johnson has now confirmed the news via the Official Site adding: "Stephen Reed is going to spend the next month on loan at Woking. Once again we want Stephen to gain more experience as he has been very unlucky because he was too young to play in the Conference and has been too inexperienced at every level that we went up to. He is a quality player and has a great future, and we need to get him games. Woking asked if we could loan them a left back and Reedy has agreed to go there for a month. He knows the Conference and Woking are full time so it will give him some good experience and more importantly regular competitive games."

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14 August 2005 : Interview With Kevin Amankwaah
Goal! Kevin Amankwaah puts himself into the history books as Yeovil's first ever League One scorer
Goal! Kevin Amankwaah puts himself into the history books as Yeovil's first ever League One scorer.
Photo © 2005 Martin Baker / Ciderspace

Right back Kevin Amankwaah talked to George Murray, Ben Orr and Nathan Jones having scored Yeovilís only goal in the 1-1 draw at home to Blackpool yesterday. Amankwaah naturally spoke of his frustration after failing to take all three points in a game which his side dominated for large spells of the possession.

The young 23-year-old said: "We would have liked to have got that first win of the season today but it wasnít to be. We thought that we had dominated the game and really we should have won today. There was only one mistake and one goal."

Read the full interview with Kevin Amankwaah (transcript by George Murray) head here or alternatively head to the main Ciderspace Interviews Section.

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14 August 2005 : Youth Team Win Against Oxford
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side got off to a flying start to their league campaign on Saturday, defeating Oxford United 2-1 at Bunford Lane on Saturday. Stuart Housley's side won thanks to an early Gavin McCallum long range strike and a late breakaway goal by Matt Concliffe.

Robin Evans has supplied a report on the game and his views can be read here.

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14 August 2005 : Gary's Verdict on the Blackpool Game
Glovers boss Gary Johnson praised his side's work-rate but believes his players need to be a bit more clever inside the penalty box to unlock team's defences to turn what has been two consecutive draws at home into the wins that the open play deserved. Gary answered the following questions after the 1-1 draw against Blackpool:

Qu: Well Gary do you feel unlucky not to have won that game this afternoon? It was a great performance from your team.

GJ: Well we totally dictated the play and it's two points lost thatís for sure. I was proud of our first point and Iím pleased weíve got our first goal but now we are still looking for our first win.

We absolutely dominated the game in our play but we didnít quite have the quality or guile to finish off our good play and possession. We worked hard and were very solid but we couldnít get that clever goal. There wasnít anybody free in the box or a clever little header.

In the first half we had four headers that were one on one with the goalkeeper and you can expect one of your centre forwards to put them in. So on the day it's two points lost because we couldnít score the goals despite our domination.
Terry Skiverton - unfortunate slip for Blackpool's goal against the run of play
Terry Skiverton - unfortunate slip for Blackpool's goal against the run of play.
Photo © 2005 Martin Baker / Ciderspace

Qu: Letís go through their goal first, Terry Skiverton unfortunate in a way to slip on the edge of the box but it goes to show mistakes at this level are going to be punished.

GJ: Of course they are, thatís exactly it. The higher you go up the more you are punished but you need centre forwards with that instinct to score goals. Iím sure their centre forward was thinking he might fall over here and when he did he was ready for it. Unfortunately our team are waiting for things to happen and at that point itís a second too late.

Qu: You made the double substitution on 31 minutes. I presume they were both tactical and it almost paid fully for you. You got the equaliser and you could have got the winner in the second half.

GJ: Well it did pay off. When you work on things all week and players look like they understand it and all of a sudden the game isnít going to plan then you have look at a couple that arenít quite playing to plan. Iíve got some good players on the bench and players arenít going to get the opportunity to show me that if give them a bit of time that they will be ok, because we havenít got that time.

Obviously Poole came on and did very well for the goal and Kevin Amankwaah did very well for the goal but they didnít then commit themselves in the same way as they did for the first goal. They needed to keep it going because it was one of our strengths and a weakness for them. We need more players getting involved in the game and affecting it more.

QU: A good goal for you though by Amankwaah, the first of the season and it was a lovely piece of football.

GJ: It was a fantastic piece of football as you say, just after the substitutions. That was what we needed to do, run at them, commit them. Up until then they were having a comfortable time defending and we werenít creating any holes with our movement but the first bit of movement we created we got a goal and we felt that was the way to beat Blackpool. We did it once but not enough later on.

Qu: Another affect of the substitution was to move Darren Way inside to partner Lee in the middle of the park. What did you think about that, are you more confident with Darren in the middle?

GJ: I think you just have to leave that to me. I canít really talk about individuals and why I play people in certain positions. Sometimes youíre asking people to do a job because we are learning about this league. You want to be nice and solid and you want some players on the pitch. I make substitutions and pick teams with winning the game in mind so if I pick a team itís because I think at that time itís the team and shape to win a particular game. We havenít done too badly in our general play itís just scoring goals at the moment which wasnít our problem last year.

Qu: Down the left Nathan Jones had his best game of the season so far and heís also starting to get instructions across to others and get involved in that side of the game.

GJ: Heís a good player and he will show that experience and quality. We probably needed a little bit more from other people on the pitch because there was only really three or four showing their effectiveness. They were all working hard, I cant fault them for their work rate which is why we kept Blackpool out of our penalty area for most of the game. But at this point we need a sniffer and clever striker who is going to stick one in the back of the net, or a midfielder who gets in the box, or a wide player or even a set play. Just something with a bit of quality behind it to win these games three or four one.

Qu: All the talk about the striker you need up front begs the question about Bastinanini - whatís the latest?

GJ: Well Iíve been saying striker but Iím talking about the whole team and yes of course strikers get more options and opportunities because they are in the area more often. We will have to wait and see if ever he comes back, if heís the one were looking for. Jevons was that one last year and he doesnít seem to be quite getting his shots on target and free-kicks over the bar. But itís the whole team who needs the mentality to score a goal. We didnít quite have the mentality or quality to get the goals we required today.

Qu: You say if he comes back is there a danger he wonít?

GJ: Well, not really, not in his mind but who knows? He says he will be back, his advisors say he will be back so we will wait and see.

Qu: Are you considering other options?

GJ: Youíre always considering other options but at the moment these boys have still got a chance to prove themselves. Three games into it they have a few games left before I wheel the axe but we will see. Take the goals away and it wasnít a bad performance from our boys. I think you can all see that as far as most of the pitch is concerned we can handle it but at this level we also need that top striker or person who is going to score that goal when youíve been under pressure and you win 1-0 on one chance.

Qu: Finally a word to the fans, you appealed to them after the game on Tuesday to stay behind at the end and stay behind the side all the way and I noticed a few less people leaving today.

GJ: I didnít mean to make people embarrassed by that - just to let them know how important it is - when itís level like it was today to stay behind. The lads and the people who do stay are fantastic support, but what people have got to realise I think - and it's not the fault of the people who are already here, but 5600 people is not enough for us to sustain what we want to sustain. I donít know if they are all on holiday but somebody needs to be honest about that and Iím going to be honest - you need the 7,500 for us to keep progressing like we have done and if we havenít got the capacity to do that then its going to be difficult.

[Transcript by Richard Gibson. Please remember to provide appropriate credit if reusing all or part of this article within your own media publication or website.]

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14 August 2005 : Lee Celebrates A Double-Ton Of Appearances
YTISA Chairman Mark Kelly presents Lee Johnson with his award on his 200th appearance
YTISA Chairman Mark Kelly presents Lee Johnson with his award on his 200th appearance.
Photo © 2005 Martin Baker / Ciderspace

Midfielder Lee Johnson made his 200th appearance for Yeovil Town at yesterday's 1-1 draw against Blackpool. Lee is now entering his 5th season at the club and has been a near ever-present since he joined the club after being released by Brighton and Hove Albion.

Aside from all the team silverware Lee has picked up, he has also picked up many more accolades including selection in the England Semi-Professional side, numerous Sky Sports Man of the Match awards, the Sky Sports League Two Player of the Month award, and selection in the 2004-05 League Two team of the year. On top of that Lee also made the headlines last autumn when he scored a hat-trick of long-range goals against Plymouth Argyle including the now legendary 'mistake' from the half-way line.

Lee was presented with a crystal decanter and glasses by Yeovil Town Independent Supporters Association Chairman Mark Kelly to mark reaching 200 appearances. Lee is now the third member of the current squad to pass the 200 mark, with Terry Skiverton and Darren Way already having achieved that landmark. Next up is most likely to be goalkeeper Chris Weale. Despite being only 23 years old, the former Youth Team keeper is now just 25 appearances short of 200 appearances.

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14 August 2005 : Blackpool Match Report
The Ciderspace match report for the 1-1 draw against Blackpool can be found here.
Slip Sliding Away - Lee Johnson gets stuck in during Saturday's game
Slip Sliding Away - Lee Johnson gets stuck in during Saturday's game.
Photo © 2005 Martin Baker / Ciderspace

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14 August 2005 : Kettle fails to boil over as Blackpool ride their luck
Yeovil Town gained their second league point of the season from a 1-1 draw with Blackpool at Huish Park yesterday, but the Glovers will be frustrated at not taking all 3 points from a game they dominated.

Gary Johnson started the match with the same team that played well in the midweek 0-0 draw at home to Rotherham and the Glovers could have been 2-0 up after 10 minutes, a Lee Johnson free-kick being cleared off the line by a Blackpool defender and an unmarked Phil Jevons header being comfortably saved by 'Pool keeper Lee Jones - who was substituted on 20 minutes after injuring an hip. Before then however his team were 1-0 up against the run of play, a slip by the Glovers defence allowing John Murphy to score from close range on 15 minutes. The Yeovil defense were nigh-on flawless for the rest of the match but as we are finding out, in this league it only takes one mistake to make you pay.

Whatever Glovers boss Johnson was looking for from his players he evidently wasn't getting it, as on the half-hour mark he made two tactical substitutions, taking off Paul Terry and Kevin Gall and replacing them with Arron Davies and David Poole. This enabled Darren Way to take the central midfield role alongside Lee Johnson and with Davies and Poole on the left and right respectively meant the midfield looked far better balanced, to this writer's eyes at any rate. The Glovers finally got the reward their domination of possession deserved in first half injury time when David Poole found Kevin Amankwaah on the overlap after a sweeping move, the former Bristol City fullback shooting home from a narrow angle for the Glovers first goal in League One.
Goalscorer Kevin Amankwaah and goalmaker David Poole celebrate Yeovil's first ever League One goal
Goalscorer Kevin Amankwaah and goalmaker David Poole celebrate Yeovil's first ever League One goal.
Photo © 2005 Martin Baker / Ciderspace

The home team dominated possession and chances throughout the second period, but the decisive goal just wouldn't come, and as in the Rotherham match it must be said that the opposition keeper, substitute Lewis Edge, wasn't tested as much as he should have been, with too many shots and efforts on goal going over the top of the bar or wide. Still, this was overall a good performance from the Glovers and on another day the result could have been very different. On the evidence of the first three games Yeovil are adapting well to life in the higher league, but with two tough away games now to come patience will be needed by both players and fans. It's still very early days....

Refwatch: It was our old friend Trevor Kettle in charge this afternoon and with only four bookings and no red cards it was a quiet afternoon for our Trev. In fact, whisper it quietly, but Mr Kettle let the game flow nicely on the whole, only failing to play advantage a couple of times and not being afraid to blow the whistle when it was merited. If he carries on like this he might even turn into a decent ref, and that's not something any of us thought we'd ever say. Keep it up Trevor!

Final score: Yeovil Town 1 - Blackpool.

No injury problems were reported after the match and no news on Pablo Bastianini either, who has now returned to Argentina to try to sort out his international clearance. The result leaves the Glovers in 23rd place on 2 points from 3 games in the very early league table, 1 point and 1 place ahead of Bristol City, for anyone who needs a silver lining at this very early stage of the season - the first time the Glovers have ever been ahead of the Robins in the football pyramid! Next Saturday's opponents Barnsley lost 1-0 at Colchester yesterday to remain 1 point ahead of the Town in 15th position.

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12 August 2005 : YTISA Merchandise At Huish Park
Those who want to purchase Yeovil Town merchandising tomorrow should be aware that there will be a new YTISA stall open in the area behind the Westland Stand before the game. The stall will be open from 1.00pm tomorrow and will be selling hats, scarves, shirts and doubtless all kinds of other stuff!

YTISA put all their profits back into Yeovil Town Football Club - recently the organisation purchased new training equipment for the First Team squad as a result of profits from last season's merchandising.

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12 August 2005 : Yeovil vs Blackpool Team News
Pablo Bastianini is expected to be the only absentee from the Yeovil Town squad as they taken on Blackpool tomorrow at Huish Park, kick-off 3.00pm. The Argentinian suffered a further delay in his plans to obtain international clearance when he ran into a strike at Heathrow Airport that resulted in Pablo sleeping at the airport and only catching his flight to South America this morning. That and a 14 hour flight each way is guaranteed to rule him out of action for the weekend match, and is likely to mean he will not return to England until early next week.

With the exception of Pablo, the seven players that were undergoing treatment are all expected to recover. Boss Gary Johnson told the Western Daily Press today: "None of the injuries should be serious enough to keep them out. We'll have to give a couple of them until Saturday morning, but I think they'll be fit. It's what happens when you play three games in a week."

Blackpool, who are managed by former Scottish international Colin Hendry have taken a 20 man squad down to Somerset, however with Hendry more than happy with his side's performances so far, he is expected to name an unchanged squad for the third game running. Gareth Evans (knee) and Tony Butler (thigh) are ruled out of the game with ongoing injuries.

Kick-off is at 3.00pm and as usual, the general advice is to arrive early with a crowd of over 6,000 expected to be at the match.

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12 August 2005 : Reserves Cup Fixtures Announced
Further to our news items on 15th June and 19th July, Yeovil Town's Pontins Holiday Cup Group matches have now been pencilled in.

The Glovers will play Cardiff City and Bristol City at home, whilst there are also trips to Cheltenham Town and Plymouth Argyle. The first Group fixture is on Wednesday 31st August. If successful in the Group stages, the Cup Final will be staged on Wednesday 26th April 2006.

The fixtures for the Pontins Holidays Combination South West Division along with the Group games are on Ciderspace can be found here.

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12 August 2005 : Interview With Matt Harrold
Striker Matt Harrold spoke exclusively to Ciderspace immediately after the goalless draw on Tuesday night against Rotherham United and has high hopes for success this season for the Somerset-outfit.

The 21-year-old said: "We have got the ability to be right up there but all we need to do is adapt to the new league. But I definitely think we will do well."

To read the full interview (transcript by George Murray) head here or alternatively head to the main Ciderspace Interviews Section.

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11 August 2005 : Pablo Heads To Argentina
Just as you thought there couldn't be another twist in the saga to resolve the international clearance for striker Pablo Bastianini, another dent in the plans to get him out there on the Huish Park turf comes round. Pablo and his agent are heading out from Heathrow Airport this afternoon and returning to Argentina to visit the Argentine FA in person in an attempt to resolve the long running saga, this almost certainly putting him out of the running for Saturday's match against Blackpool

Gary Johnson explained to the Glovers official site: "The news as of 3.30pm on Thursday afternoon is that Pablo Bastianini and his representative are in the departure lounge of Heathrow waiting for a flight to Argentina. He believes that the only way to get his clearance is too personally go back and direct operations, which is what he is doing and credit to him for doing that. I am getting very frustrated and if I could I might well have pulled out of the deal by now. The boy is very eager and keen, he said he will be back by Saturday but I'm sure he will be in not fit state to play though."

Gary explained he had been left with little alternative adding: "Our FA have told us we have to allow him to do what he has to do out there. All the forms are valid for 30 days so even if I wanted to stop it now, I probably couldn't. Anyone who takes 30 days to send a fax back isn't doing something right so I'm sure Pablo will be able to expedite things! There are other things too though and we tried giving his mother some forms to deliver on his behalf, but in the end we decided the best way forward is for him to go back and sort it out personally. Rest assured I will let the fans know as soon as we know anything definite."

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11 August 2005 : Youth Team Lose Final Friendly
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side lost their final pre-season friendly match against Gillingham Town 3-1 on Tuesday night. Stuart Housley's side went in at half time drawing 1-1 with Richard Cullingford having scored their goal, however two quick goals in the second half took the match Gillingham's way.

Saturday's match against Oxford United will be their first league match of the season and will kick-off at 11.00am. The Bunford Lane pitch will be used for the match. All are welcome to attend.

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11 August 2005 : Officials For Blackpool Game
Saturday's match against Blackpool will welcome (?) referee Trevor Kettle back to Huish Park for his first game of the season. The Maidenhead-based official (although the Football League appear to have moved him to Rutland) will be assisted by Kevin Barnes (Wiltshire) and Steve Creighton (Berkshire). Fourth official will be Martin Cassidy of Somerset.

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11 August 2005 : Pablo Clearance Drags On and On
Today's Western Daily Press is reporting that Yeovil Town are still waiting on international clearance for striker Pablo Bastianini from the FA in Argentina.

Yeovil boss Gary Johnson has told the paper: "We are getting lots of promises, but nothing is quite coming back to us. It is dragging on and you do start to wonder if there is some skullduggery going on at their end."

The latest delay must put Pablo's presence in the squad to face Blackpool this weekend in some doubt. That will cause some headaches for Johnson as will the news that physio Glen Schmidt is currently treating seven first team players for knocks inflicted by a physical Rotherham United side on Tuesday, with captain Terry Skiverton one of those suffering from some of the challenges that were made.

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11 August 2005 : Latest Customer Charter Meeting Minutes

Those Present:

John Fry Chairman YTFC
Adrian Hopper Press Office and Chairman of the Customer Charter Group
Sara Bradley YTFC
James Hillier Huish Park Stadium Manager
Rich Rendell G&WSC
Tony Strettin G&WSC
Hazel Ford DSA
Stewart Bratherton YTISA


Rod Hallett VPís


John Fry opened the meeting by welcoming all present and informing the meeting that he had received an apology from Rod Hallett who was unable to attend due to work commitments. The meeting reviewed the minutes of the previous meeting; the following outstanding matters were discussed:

It was agreed by all groups that the credibility of these meetings were dependent on them taking place with those invited to attend putting the points and concerns of the supporters to the football club. It was emphasised that meetings should not be cancelled, just because the football club had nothing to report back to the meeting. At the same time if was felt that we should publish these dates well in advance therefore enabling Supporters Groups reps the chance to canvas any topics that they wished to be raised. It was felt that meetings should be held in Aug, Oct, Dec, Mar, and Jun. Adrian was asked to look at exact dates and publish them to the respective supporters groups.

Action: Adrian to publish exact dates.

John informed those present that the club were still in discussion with the police and local licensing authority on the granting of a 6 day licence, as without this it was felt it was pointless building a new social club. He went on to say that the club had a meeting with the authority on Friday and that he would let us all know the outcome at the next meeting.

Once again there was concern from those present that we were being treated differently than other football and sports clubs in the area. In the last few weeks we have been told that we can not have furniture in the Marquee unless it is screwed to the floor, this includes the TVís. Once again it was asked why Ms King was not in attendance as has been requested for the last 2 or 3 meetings, having her present would enable the supporters to ask the reason behind the hard line stance that they all believe she is taking. The Licensing Authority work to GUIDELINES and are not law.

James was asked once again to invite Ms Jackie King to the next Customer Charter Meeting.

Action: James to formally invite Ms King.

Adrian informed the meeting that it was hoped that PTV World would be available by Saturday, therefore enabling those that wanted to listen to Yeovil games the opportunity to subscribe to it. However he did give the caveat that this is being run by PTV World and if there was any hitches that it was not due down to the club.

John stated that the club had submitted and received approval to open a betting shop on match days, this would in the interim be located in the foyer to the upper floor. Stewart asked whether those that do not use the upper floor would be allowed access, to the facility if they wished to place a bet. John replied by saying that they would and it was also envisaged that those running the facility would visit the marquee prior to games.

The club had decided that due to the lack of time and anyone dedicated to run a fun day that the club would not be running one this year.

James informed the meeting that the club had taken on extra car park stewards this year, and during the pre-season they didnít seem to be any problems. Stewart asked if it would be possible for the gate to the Bartlett Stand Car Park could be opened at 1230 rather than 1pm, this was needed to stop traffic forming a queue and blocking the roads, he also went onto say that Yeovil Supporters were getting the impression that we seem to be accommodating the away supporters by having their car park open and neglecting our own fans. James agreed with the proposal and will ensure that it is passed to the stewards. Stewart also asked that the car park opening times be promulgated on the official website.

Action: James to ensure that Bartlett Stand Car Park is open from 1230pm on Match Days.

Action: Adrian to publish Car Park opening times on the Official Website.

John stated that the club had discussed the proposal for a membership scheme, but felt it was too late introduce it for this season, and asked that this be carried forward, with a deadline date of the 1Jan 06 being set for further discussions on this topic.

Action: Stood over, John to report back to the meeting by 1 Jan 06 with any proposals.

John informed the meeting that the Alec Stock Bronze Bust had now been paid for at a cost of £650 and is currently on display in the boardroom. He went onto say that he had approached the VPís about the possibility of them paying the £650 with the bust being placed within the VP Lounge. This proposal met with great disapproval from those present, as it was felt that only VPís would have chance to see the bust. It was proposed that the cost incurred be split between the 3 supporters groups and the bust placed in a suitable location that all supporters would get the chance to view it.

Action: The 3 supporters groups are approached with regard to covering the cost of the Bust evenly between them, and a suitable location are found to have the bust on show.

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John said that until the club had the meeting with the licensing authority they were unable to go forward with the proposed new social club, he emphasised that if necessary the club would relocate else where, in his opinion there is enough room on the current 26 acre site to redevelop the ground as the club moves up the football pyramid, however this could only be done providing that the local infrastructure could sustain a successful football club, and the club could obtain planning applications to expand the current stadium. He stated that if the club did win promotion to the Championship then they would have 3 years to ensure that the ground met the appropriate standards and the club had a capacity what they believed would be a stadium of 15,000 all-seater to enable the support to continue. The board believe that this can still be done on the current site, by redeveloping the 4 corners and Copse Road End. John explained that the previous landlord still holds the covenant on the site and this is one of the stumbling blocks with regard to the building of a new supporters bar, however this was not the only stumbling block.

John believes that the current 9,500 capacity is more then adequate for the club whilst in League 1; however he does have concerns about the facilities. He went on to say that during the close season they had refurbished the snack bars, though he accepts this will not either speed up or reduce the queuing time. He also stated that the club are looking at putting hot dog stands in the corner of the Bartlett and Main Stands, as well as portaloos in both the Away and Westland Terrace compounds to enable those supporters to use the facilities and reduce the length of the time supporters have to queue to use them.

James informed the meeting that during the close season that they had carried out a lot of safety work, as well as put in some new turnstiles and a new turnstile monitoring system. He also stated that they had done a lot of PA work in the Westland Stand; Stewart asked whether it was possible therefore to turn the music down, as he had been approached by a number of fans asking whether this could be brought up at the meeting. Adrian also said that he had been approached by supporters in the Bartlett Stand about the possibility of the music being turned down. James informed the meeting that he would have it turned down.

Action: James to arrange for the music to be turned down in both the Bartlett and Westland Stands.

James finished by saying that the CCTV within the stadium was now in place.

John informed the meeting that since the last meeting the club had purchased a Marquee and the current one would be removed in the next few weeks, with the new one replacing it. Obviously this would mean that the club is no longer liable for rent fees. John reiterated that the long term plan was that once the New Social Club was built providing the club get both a licence and planning authority they would put the Marquee would be relocated into the away compound and therefore offering opposition supporters a facility.

John asked that providing that the club are given the 6 day licence and when the new marquee is erected he would wish the facility to be used as much as possible, and asked that the supporters groups organise events within the facility to raise the funds that will be needed to build the new Supporters Bar, he confirmed that a portacabin could be placed within the compound and used as a office for those that are run with the promoting and organising of the functions within the marquee.


Hazel asked when the new shirt launch would be taking place, Adrian said that the shirt had been launched but not with all the razzmatazz that would normally happen. Those present also asked why it had taken so long to get the new shirts in stock; it was felt by all that the club had lost a large amount of possible shirt sale revenue as they were not available during the recent pre-season friendlies, especially as 2 of them had bumper crowds in attendance.

John replied by saying he did not know the answers especially as the shirt was decided back in May and stated that this is the responsibility of the commercial department. Hazel expressed her concerns that the Commercial department were not present at the Customer Charter Meetings, something that all agreed was necessary.

Action: Commercial Manager to be present at all customer Charter Meetings.

John stated that building regulations had been submitted to enable the club to extend the club shop, something that all present believed was necessary as the club became more and more successful. He also informed those present that the shop would be open Saturday mornings even when the club was playing away from home, also that supporters would be able to purchase a ticket from in the shop, which will mean supporters do not have to queue to purchase merchandise and then join another queue to purchase a ticket, which obviously reduced the number of transaction the club may have to complete.


Tony asked whether the Bartlett Stand Car Park would be refurbished as he believed that all monies that were collected for car parking would be used for this project. John stated that he had had a quote of 1.5M to tarmac both car parks, and stated that all the gate revenue was being used to pay for the newly formed transport team. James informed the meeting that the club raised 25.5K for car parking fees last season, however once attendants had been paid the club was the left with a figure of about 5k, which was redirected into other projects around the stadium.

Stewart informed John that he had received a lot of correspondence from supporters who were upset at the removal of the season ticket discount loyalty scheme. John explained that if we had higher match day prices then you could offer a better deal for season ticket prices, however the board decided that they would keep the match day prices as low as possible which therefore doesnít allow for a cheaper or discount season ticket. Though those present accepted this, they all felt that the club were not rewarding those that had been season ticket holders the previous season, and felt that the club had wasted the chance to have more revenue in the club with the discount loyalty scheme. John accepted the concerns of all and said that this would be taken into consideration for next season.

Stewart asked whether it was possible to find out how many supporters did not renew their season tickets due to the fact that their was either no loyalty scheme or no opportunity to pay by direct debit. John said that currently the club had received 3500 season ticket applications of which 300 were new applications. Stewart asked that the appreciation of a lot of supporters be passed onto the ticket office for all their hard work they have had to put in to ensure a smooth turn around from application to issue of season tickets.

Stewart asked why the procession through the town centre is always planned for a Monday. Doing this means that those that do not live local or have to work are unable to join in and celebrate with the team, the same team that they have followed all season. Those present all agreed that the team should continue to visit the schools on the Monday but felt that the procession should be on the Sunday. Adrian said that he would put the proposal to Gary Johnson in the event that we win something this season.

Action: Adrian to discuss with Gary Johnson.

Stewart had been asked by a fellow supporter to put forward the proposal that if we replace our away kit next season that consideration be given to it being made in the design of the Old Petters United Colours, which he believes are Black and Orange. Adrian said that he would mention it to Gary.

Action: Adrian to discuss with Gary Johnson.

Stewart finished by asking for clarification on how the club would be awarding the man of the match this season. Adrian informed the meeting that he would be going to visit Oxford United the following day to see how they do it. He hopes that it will be done by SMS however this may not be done straight away, but hopefully in the near future.

[Thanks, as always, to Stu Bratherton of the YTISA for supplying the minutes of the Customer Charter Meeting]

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10 August 2005 : Gary's Verdict on the Rotherham Game
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson said that despite not coming out with all three points against Rotherham United he was a proud man after the Glovers picked up their first ever League One point. Gary answered the following questions from the press:

Qu: I donít know what you thought of the performance because I havenít asked you yet however I thought it was an improvement over Saturday at least.

GJ: Well Iím pleased you thought that was an improvement. I thought it was a great performance and I thought we needed to get a point on the board in League One so that was a big point. Thatís the starting block for us and we didnít let any goals in. OK so weíve drawn a game 0-0. The supporters were fantastic throughout and weíve proved that we can compete with at least one team at this level.

We needed to get a couple of goals from our chances again but our boys showed a lot of courage and a lot of athleticism and a lot of fitness. At the end there, we must have had 10 or 12 corners and lots of set plays, putting the ball in the box and putting them under pressure for quite some time.

Iím very proud of the boys and our club's first point at this level and so should you be.

Qu: Best period of the game being after half-time, that 20 minute period perhaps?Ē

GJ: The game is 90 minutes isnít it? You have to work hard and Iíve just said to the boys in there, we are not in the Conference anymore and you cant just come and expect three points every week. You have to fight for everything and you have to keep working hard and thatís what we are going to do.

People must not expect too much so early. We have to get into it and thatís why that point was a fantastic first point because the boys played well and I hope that everybody has seen that.

I think that what weíve got to learn and I know our car parks might be difficult to get out of but thereís five minutes to go and half of the supporters have left the ground! I can't work that out when we are going to score goals in the last two or three minutes. So do us a favour, stay in the ground and lets have however many people started the game cheering at the death. Alright, some people might have to get home early but lets make it ones and twos not hundreds.

Qu: Matt Harrold started for you up front today, his debut, what did you make of his performance?

GJ: I thought it was fantastic performance. He has been taking a bit of stick from me over the last two or three weeks and even I didnít think he was as ready as he played today. He ran his socks off, probably could have won it with the chance when he could have headed the ball in the back of the net when he chested it - he was thinking of someone else! He had a fantastic target man performance, the last performance I saw like that was from somebody like their manager (Mick Harford). He was a big, strong, target man and I thought Harrold led the line fantastically today.

Qu: Disappointing in a way though to end the game without a goal?

GJ: Yes, thatís the only disappointing part but on the positive side we havenít let a goal in. Thereís a couple of teams at this moment in time letting in 4 and 5. We just have to be solid, we have to start solid and OK one point out of six doesnít sound solid but that was a solid game and that will stand us in good stead for our next game.

Qu: Chris Weale came into the goal to replace Steve Collis and he did well, that double save in the second half was top drawer stuff.

GJ: That was the only real save heís had to make but as you say heís had to do his job and heís done it - the same as Matt Harold at the other end and the same as our midfielders, full-backs and wide players. They all did their job and I was proud of the boys and short of winning 1-0 they did a good job and I think the club has to be aware of that.

Qu: What is the situation with the goalkeepers now do you have a number one in mind?

GJ: No I donít, Collis wasnít really dropped. This year I havenít really said whatís in my mind and what Iím going to do. Last year it was "two and two", this year I havenít said anything but I know what Iíve got in my mind and I will get on with it and you will have to suss it out as we go along.

Qu: Looking forward to Saturday now, another chance to play in front of the home crowd and I suppose you will be looking for three points if you can manage it?

GJ: They were fantastic today. For 85 minutes the whole ground was buzzing. Its just that last five minutes and if we are going to win games in the last five we need the same people in the ground that started. It's very demoralising when you see people all around the ground getting up and walking out. Some have got to get away early I know that and we will excuse them but not 200 or 300 people.

[Transcript by Richard Gibson. If you plan to reuse any proportion of this article in your own website or media publication, then please ensure that you reference Ciderspace as the original source of the article.]

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10 August 2005 : Reserves Triumph At Fulham
A Yeovil Town XI, made up of players who did not start against Rotherham United yesterday, saw off a Fulham side 2-0 at Motspur Park today in a friendly match played behind closed doors.

Goalscorers for the Glovers were Luciano Alvares (55 mins) and David Poole (65 mins) and boss Gary Johnson told the official site: "It was a great performance from our lads against a strong Fulham side in a very competitive game."

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10 August 2005 : Locky Signs One Year Deal
Right-back and central-defender Adam Lockwood has been rewarded for his hard work over the summer with a one year contract after proving his fitness to Glovers boss Gary Johnson. This news page reported on July 28th that Gary had made up his mind about the Wakefield-born player during the pre-season friendlies and was offering him a deal. That deal has now been signed.

Wakefield-born Lockwood made his Yeovil debut nearly four years ago in the 2-0 win at Hereford on 18th September 2001. He's made 150 first team appearances since, scoring 10 goals. The difficulty has been that only 11 of those appearances were clocked up last year after two serious knee injuries, but Locky returned at the tail end of last season, and instantly looked like he had lost none of his former class and strength.

Speaking to the official site, Gary explained: "Adam has worked hard over the pre-season and during the Summer break and deserves his new deal. He is now totally free of injury and looking strong again. I am really pleased for Adam and the club."

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10 August 2005 : Super Gav, Arron get Welsh call-up
Yeovil forward Arron Davies and former Glover Gavin Williams have been called up for international duty by Wales next week. West Ham midfielder Williams joins the senior squad who play Slovenia in Swansea; while Arron has been called up to play for the U-21's, who face Malta in Llanelli next Tuesday 16th August.

Senior squad:
Coyne (Burnley), Jones (Wolves), Price (Ipswich), Collins (West Ham), Delaney (Aston Villa), Duffy (Coventry), Edwards (Wolves), Gabbidon (West Ham), Page (Coventry), Partridge (Bristol City), Ricketts (Swansea), Roberts (Tranmere), Thatcher (Man City), Davies (Everton), Fletcher (West Ham), Koumas (Cardiff), Robinson (Sunderland), Vaughan (Crewe), Gavin Williams (West Ham), Bellamy (Blackburn), Earnshaw (West Brom), Giggs (Man Utd), Hartson (Celtic).

U-21 squad:
Hennessey (Wolves), Worgan (unattached), Anthony (Cardiff), Beevers (Lincoln), Adam Davies (Cambridge), Gilbert (Leicester), Martin (Notts County), Nyatanga (Derby), Critchell (Southampton), Crofts (Gillingham), Crowell (Wrexham), Arron Davies (Yeovil), Jones (Wrexham), Ledley (Cardiff), Pulis (Torquay), Birchall (Mansfield), Fleetwood (Cardiff), Cotterill (Bristol City), C Davies (Oxford), Pritchard (Swansea).

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10 August 2005 : Luciano Gets Close To Readiness
Glovers boss Gary Johnson believes that Argentinian striker/winger Luciano Alvares is getting closer to full fitness and closer to what he would hope to get out of him if he is to consider adding him to his squad for the 2005-06 season.

Luciano has been helping Gary as an interpreter for his countryman Pablo Bastianini but Gary said he is now proving his worth in other areas now, explaining: "Luciano Alvares has been fantastic as far as being around. But he's also a good player in his own right. He will prove himself when he gets a bit of fitness, which he is. His situation is a lot less complicated but he needs to get fit so he can show us what he is doing. He'll be playing at Fulham and he'll be playing against Swansea (Reserves match on August 17th) in midweek. He is close now - Luciano Alvares - remember that name!"

Part of the reason why Luciano's situation may be less complicated is that his last reported club was Inter Turku who play in the First Division in Finland and the player appears to be a free agent. Thus should Gary decide to sign the Argentine striker, he would be swapping paperwork with the Finnish FA and would therefore not have to deal with the complexities of the Argentine legal system.

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10 August 2005 : Goalless, but the signs are encouraging
Yeovil Town and Rotherham United battled away for a goalless draw at Huish Park last night, both sides cancelling each other out in a fast-paced, absorbing contest. This was the Glovers first home game in League One and the vociferous crowd of 5,856 made the most of the occasion, giving the home team some excellent backing.

Gary Johnson made three changes to the team which lost 2-0 at Oldham on Saturday; Chris Weale coming in for Steve Collis in goal, Matt Harrold making his competitive debut up front in place of Arron Davies, and Kevin Gall replacing David Poole on the right side of midfield; the three replaced dropping to the bench.

If there was a big step up in class between the Conference and League Two then the differences between Leagues Two and One may be even more pronounced, at least on the evidence of this game. The visitors were quick, strong and sharp in the tackle, leaving the Yeovil players no time on the ball at all - a very different proposition from the team that we beat so relatively comfortably in the FA Cup at Millmoor last January. A little too often in the first half it was the Millers who were winning their headers and the 50/50 balls with Yeovil a slight second-best in all departments. On the plus side the Glovers defense looked strong, the only real alarms coming from some long-range shots which Weale dealt with well and a near self-inflicted wound when the Yeovil keeper carelessly lost the ball to former Reading striker Martin Butler near the corner flag - fortunately the Millers frontman shot hit the side-netting from a narrow angle. 0-0 at half-time, but the Glovers were coming under more and more pressure and it was looking slightly ominous.

The second half was a different story. Yeovil came out buzzing, found the tempo of the match from the off and raised it a notch. This time it was our lads winning their headers, our lads putting their bodies on the line for the 50/50 balls and our lads putting the visitors under pressure. The only criticism that could be made was that too often the final ball was simply not of the quality required, whether from set-pieces or from open play, but that is something that can and doubtless will be worked on in training. The important point was that we looked liked we belonged out there with a decent League One side and that there was plenty of improvement still to come. Not that it was all plain sailing in the second half - a terrific Chris Weale double-save kept the Glovers in the match late on in the game - but, what more do you want? A gorgeous summer evening, a clean sheet and our first point in this division with the promise of an home game against Blackpool to come on Saturday - it doesn't get much better than this, and it's never been a better time to be a Yeovil Town supporter. Carpe diem baby!

Match report: Yeovil Town 0 - 0 Rotherham United.

Club captain Terry Skiverton was forced off with a hip injury late in the second half last night, but it's hoped he'll be fit for Saturday. "His hip is very sore," Gary Johnson told the after-match press conference last night, adding: "But people have got to put their bodies on the line at this level. If we are going to keep progressing that is what we have to do. That is why you've got to be proud of the boys who put their bodies on the line today."

Last night's point means the Glovers are off the bottom of the early league table and have reached the dizzy heights of 22nd - 2 places below Saturday's opponents Blackpool, who gained their first point of the season last night with a creditable 2-2 draw at fancied Tranmere. Early pace-setters in the division with 2 wins out of 2 are Oldham - who of course beat us 2-0 at Boundary Park on Saturday - Walsall and old friends, well, 2 seasons-old friends, Swansea City, who have made a superb start to life in the higher league, beating Tranmere at the New Stadium and then Colchester away last night. Very, very early days as yet however....

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10 August 2005 : Today's Fulham Friendly
Today's friendly match against Premiership side Fulham will be played at Motspur Park, Fulham's training ground, and not at Huish Park. As such it will be played "behind closed doors".

The Glovers are taking up all of the players who missed out on a start during yesterday's match and will be also taking an unnamed trialist to the match.

Today's squad will be selected from: Stephen Collis, Andy Lindegaard, Luke Oliver, Adam Lockwood, Colin Miles, Michael Rose, Stephen Reed, David Poole, Pablo Bastianini, Luciano Alvares, Dale Williams, Gavin McCallum, Danny Barker, Richard Cullingford, Steve Thompson and the aforementioned trialist.

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10 August 2005 : Pablo Soap Opera Close To Conclusion?
Glovers boss Gary Johnson said last night that he was hopeful of finally resolving the long-running saga of obtaining international clearance for new signing Pablo Bastianini today. The process has been tied up in red tape for the last week, and Gary revealed the main problem was down to Argentine contract law that required the paperwork to be signed in ink, with photocopies or faxes of contracts being unacceptable as a form of contract. The solution has involved giving Pablo's mother Power of Attorney over the striker's affairs - a means of allowing her the right to sign contracts and declarations on his behalf. But still the fun didn't end there, with even the Power of Attorney paperwork having to be couriered from England to Argentina, via Heathrow Airport, Paris and Youth Team manager Stuart Housley's motorbike!

Gary explained late last night: "The latest on Pablo is that we're almost certainly going to get it in the morning (Wednesday). We had a solicitor up there who had to write out some information for the Argentines. Pablo had to give his mother the Power of Attorney in Argentina. We had Stuart Housley ready with a motorbike and helmet ready to get the Power of Attorney down to Heathrow to someone who was catching a flight to Argentina and then meeting Pablo's mum to sign the document, which would then go to the Argentine FA, to then take to their PFA. Unfortunately it didn't arrive on time (for the Rotherham game). The document has gone all around the world but hasn't landed in Argentina yet. But they reckon it will arrive today. It had to be the original contract rather than a copy."

Gary added that even once they had agreed how to resolve the problem there were further complications: "He (the courier) has had to go via Paris to get to Argentina which is unbelievable. I'm fed up with it to be honest! It's only because Pablo is such a fantastic fellow and is so keen to play that I haven't cancelled the whole thing! The Argentine FA have got their own rules and regulations. They wanted Pablo back in Argentina. But we decided to keep him here and go through the other route, but obviously it's been a bit slower than expected."

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9 August 2005 : Bastianini a no-no or a go-go?
Yeovil Town entertain Rotherham United at Huish Park tonight for the Glovers first home match in League One. It's the first time the teams have met since that sensational 3-0 FA Cup win at Millmoor last January, so you can be sure that the Millers will be thirsting for revenge after what must have been an humiliating defeat to a team who at the time were 2 divisions below them.

Rotherham, now managed by Mick Harford, are another club who have gone through big changes of personnel over the summer, though with rather more players leaving than being brought in, such is the difficult state of the club's finances. The Millers lost to a last-minute goal at home to Walsall on Saturday, but the only change to the team that boss Harford is contemplating is in the goalkeeping position where he will decide between new signing Neil Cutler and the incumbent Gary Montgomery.

The big question on the Glovers side is whether international clearance papers will arrive in time (the deadline is 5pm this afternoon) to allow striker Pablo Bastianini to play, but Glovers boss Gary Johnson didn't sound too optimistic when interviewed by the Western Morning News yesterday. "No, we haven't got his clearance yet," he told the WMN, adding: "It's a web of intrigue, unfortunately, but the boy is getting very frustrated and we are getting very frustrated. There are certain things that the Football Association and the Argentinians think have to be sorted out. We haven't got his clearance yet, and it's highly unlikely that he will play tomorrow."

Johnson has a full squad to pick from tonight and in the absence of Bastianini has alternatives in the shape of Matt Harrold or Luke Oliver to call on if he decides not to persist with playing Arron Davies up front alongside Phil Jevons. Alternatively the Yeovil boss could decide to revert to playing 3 forwards up front as he did towards the end of last season with Jevons taking the spearhead role and two forwards playing off him. There are question marks as to who Gary picks in midfield as well - will he persist in playing Darren Way in the left midfield spot, will there be three in central midfield or two, will he stay with the flat back four that has proved it's worth over the last 2 seasons or will he revert to the three at the back with wing-backs that was so succesful when we won the Conference? Questions, questions, and the man best qualified to provide the answers is keeping his cards close to his chest at the moment.

"Rotherham will be tough," Gary admitted to the WMN. "Last season, when we played them, we were two leagues away and we won 3-0. They will have six or seven players that played against us last year, and I'm sure they will be looking to get one back on us and erase the memory of when they played us last year. We have to be ready for that."

Supporters are urged to give themselves extra-time when coming to Huish Park tonight as a big crowd is expected. The match kicks off at 7.45pm

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9 August 2005 : Guyett set for Shots
Glovers boss Gary Johnson has agreed to let defender Scott Guyett join Conference side Aldershot on a month's loan.

Speaking to the Western Morning News Johnson said: "We need Scott fit because he missed three quarters of the season last year, and we need him playing competitive games. I don't want him travelling to away games on the bus and having his 6ft 4in frame all bent up for eight hours."

The 29-year-old Australian is set to link up with the Shots later today.

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9 August 2005 : Oldham badges for sale
Small objects of desire
Small objects of desire
Photo © 2005 YTISA

Enamel badges commemorating Yeovil's first ever League One game will be on sale from Tim Lancaster at Huish Park tonight, ahead of the match against Rotherham. The cost is £3 per badge.

Add an extra 50p for postal requests: Tim Lancaster, 45, Goytre Road, Goytre, Port Talbot, West Glamorgan, SA13 2YN.

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9 August 2005 : Ipswich Tickets On Sale
Tickets for the forthcoming Carling Cup First Round match against Ipswich Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

Away fans are housed at the Portman Road side of the Stadium at the south end of the Cobbold Stand (Upper Tier, Blocks V1 and V2). Prices are Adults: £15.00, Over 65s: £8.00, Under 16s: £1.00. Disabled supporters are advised to telephone 01473-404861 for additional information.

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7 August 2005 : Ciderspace Oldham Match Report
The match report from yesterday's 2-0 defeat at Oldham Athletic has been supplied by Jeremy Gear and can be found here.

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7 August 2005 : Gary's Verdict on the Oldham Game
Glovers boss Gary Johnson told his players they would all need to be more effective within games if they were to keep their places in Yeovil Town's new League One side. Speaking after yesterday's 2-0 defeat against Oldham Athletic, Gary answered the following questions:

Qu: Gary it was a hard start today in League One. What did you make of your team's performance this afternoon?

GJ: I was disappointed in the first half. We allowed them to take the onus, didn't we? Oldham had a few opportunities and they looked like they were quicker than us, stronger than us and cleverer than us. So it could get any worse. But to be fair, during Oldham's chances during the first half we weren't particularly playing well but we did have a couple of chances. So we were able to hang in there with that for a little bit. The second half was exactly the game, although we didn't allow Oldham the ability to dictate the game as much as they did in the first half. We did get some opportunities but I was really disappointed with a number of the comfortable opportunities that came our way because we didn't take them. Normally that's not our problem.

Qu: The defending for the two goals looked a bit messy and disorganised from where I was in the stands, but then two goals in a minute is always hard to take.

GJ: Exactly, they were two mistakes. Steve Collis has got to collect that, because a throw has gone right into his penalty area and then Lee's mistake has let their fellow roll him on the line, but then people weren't picking up markers either, so we were a little bit all over the place during those moments. But when goals are scored that always happens, and Oldham were a bit all over the place when we had our four or five chances in the second half. That's how the game is.

Qu: Are you disappointed with the standard of finishing, with shots flying over the bar and that sort of thing?

GJ: Yes I was, because I thought there were a couple of decent chances. I thought Jevo had a couple, Paul Terry had a couple and Skivo had a couple. So if you take one of those, even if you're not playing well, your lads grow in confidence and they can possibly get the game back. However, everyone who loses today will say that they have got 45 games left. We lost the first game of our season last year.

Qu: Skivo's chance at the end probably summed your afternoon up with it flying over the bar.

GJ: Yes it did and I thought he had a chance just before that as well which he would normally tuck away. Maybe we just need to get this first game out of the way and then see how we go. We've got two home games and you can pick up points in a short space of time.

Qu: Talking about the new boys, David Poole did well for you down the right hand side but came off in the second half, was that just tiredness that forced that substitution?

GJ: A little bit of that, a little bit of ineffectiveness. We had two or three players, or maybe more than that that weren't as effective as they should have been. But we are at a new level now and they've got to be more effective at this level. If they want to prove themselves at this level then they have got to play the game that I have got them in the team for. There is no use in hiding and hoping that I will remember how well they could play. They have got to play well and they have got to effect the game and that is what will get them games every week.

Qu: And Nathan Jones - how did he do down the left hand side for you?

GJ: He did alright. There were too many that did just alright. I wouldn't say we had too many Roy of the Rovers out there. Some of them need to liven themselves up to be average. One or two were probably just above average.

Qu: You're now looking forward to your home game on Tuesday night. How do you prepare for that one after a defeat. Is it a case of picking the players up?

GJ: Yes of course you have to pick them up. They have got to pick themselves up. They are professionals and they have got two home games. We are not devestated. I have obviously told them what I think and at this moment in time they are obviously not smiling. But I did say that they have got to go away and think about Tuesday and Saturday because there are six points there and two home games. You know we always take it after 10 games and today's game is the reason why we say we look at it after 10 games.

Qu: It will be a big crowd on Tuesday night for the first home game in League One and the occasion will lift them if nothing else.

GJ: Of course and the Huish Park crowd are always an extra man for us when we are there. These people who have travelled all this way for us should be an extra man because they have spent hard-earned money to get to these places and they give us support for the 90 minutes whether we are winning or losing. They deserve the success we have had and we will do all we can to be a bit more successful.

Qu: Are you thinking about changes for Tuesday or is it too close after the game to be making those decisions?

GJ: It's too close to the game. I'll get home, I'll watch the video and see what I can see. If someone was totally ineffective then obviously you have to give somebody else a chance. But we certainly don't panic at our football club and we will keep going, keep playing our style and keep playing our way. It created six or seven chances today even though we lost the game 2-0.

Qu: A bit of finishing practice perhaps?

GJ: I don't know. We do finishing practice all the time. Some of them are fantastic in training, it's just that sometimes on the day it just doesn't go for you and today was one of those days.

Qu: Both of the full-backs got forward well but sometimes the quality of the ball in wasn't right.

GJ: Yes, that's right. To be fair when you have got a couple of little ones up there the ball in has got to be absolutely perfect and you can't just throw it in there. We were obviously hoping to play Pablo Bastianini as one of the strikers and he would have given us that 6'2" presence up front, which somebody in Argentina took away from us. But we have to get him back and available.

Qu: Jevo does thrive when playing off the big men.

GJ: Yes, he does. Sometimes Jevo and Arron hit it off as they did at the end of last year and sometimes they don't. They are certainly a better pairing at home than they are away.

Qu: What are the chances of having Bastianini available for Tuesday?

GJ: I don't know. There are a lot of T's to be crossed and a lot of I's to be dotted at the moment, so we don't know.

Qu: It would be a major boost if he was available for the first home game.

GJ: Yes of course it would. He is a quality player and that's why we've worked hard to get him here.

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7 August 2005 : Shot's loan spell for Guyett?
Yeovil centre-back Scott Guyett was missing from the Glovers 3-0 friendly win at Sherborne yesterday - because he played for Aldershot in their 1-1 friendly draw with AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow yesterday afternoon instead.

According to the Glovers official website Scott will discuss the possibility of spending a month on loan with Conference side Aldershot with Glovers boss Gary Johnson on Monday.

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6 August 2005 : No one said it was going to be easy...
Welcome to League One! The Glovers entered the brave new world of higher division football with big expectations and high hopes and were swiftly brought down to earth by a professional and hard-working Oldham Athletic side, the Latics two first half goals enough to give them a fairly comfortable 2-0 win at Boundary Park this afternoon.

Pablo Bastianini's international clearance hadn't come through in time, so Arron Davies took the Argentinian's place up front alongside Phil Jevons. The other main talking point before the match centred around who Gary Johnson would put in goal, would it be Collis or would it be Weale? In the event Steve Collis got the nod.

Yeovil started the game slowly and throughout the first half looked a little overawed by the surroundings and the situation they found themselves in. Oldham had most of the early chances and a crazy two minute spell of rank bad defending from the Glovers allowed the hosts into a 2-0 lead. On 24 minutes a long throw simply wasn't dealt with as it should have been and Chris Porter took advantage with a header from 5 yards. Two minutes later and more dithering at the back allowed a Richie Wellens cross to find Paul Warne in space in the box who beat Collis with a first time shot from 8 yards out. The Glovers gradually found their way into the game, particularly after the break with half-chances coming the way of Phil Jevons Paul Terry and Terry Skiverton but too often Latics keeper Chris Day wasn't forced into making a save and although the Glovers enjoyed a lot of possession and passed the ball around in their usual style actual incisive moves that created real chances were few and far between. In the end it was a more comfortable win for the home side than anyone in the Yeovil camp would have liked.

Final score: Oldham Athletic 2 - 0 Yeovil Town.

Yeovil now entertain Rotherham United, who lost 2-1 at home to Walsall today. The match, this coming Tuesday at Huish Park, kicks off at 7.45pm. With no injury problems arising from today's game the Glovers will be hoping that Pablo Bastianini will be permitted by the authorities to make his competitive debut against the Millers.

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6 August 2005 : Glovers XI beat Sherborne
A Glovers XI beat Sherborne Town 3-0 this afternoon, the goals scored by Dale Williams and a brace from Luciano Alvares. Ciderspace forum regular Shmoggie saw the match and sent us this report:

Although I am a LS and an ST [eh? - Ciderspace ed.], I opted for a 10 minute cycle rather than a 5 hour coach journey and arrived just before kick-off. I prefer to arrive much earlier, but made the mistake of taking a sudoku puzzle to the bathroom mid-morning and I took a long time to work out a number 2. The pedal up plum pud hill must have taken its toll, as I was dismayed to be only charged as a concession!

The surroundings were idyllic Dorset, but I dare say quite a contrast to the adrenaline rush of Oldham or Huish Park. The well-scrubbed-up young ladies who usually make their ďhello boysĒ parade around the pitch were replaced by 2 blue-haired old ladies who had possibly mis-interpreted directions from coach to tea shop. Was it really a training workout for some 1st team players or a lesson in humility for some who splash out their early contract cash on a pair of flash boots? For those who have not been to The Terraces, you can wander all the way round the pitch, with progress only impeded by those curious about my homemade ďaccess all areasĒ badge.

Lockwood, Rose, Harrold, Reed, Williams, Baker and Cullingford all started, with Alvares who seemed keen to impress. Rose in midfield was sporadic, Gavin McCallum showed good composure, but it was Reed who impressed with his vision and telling through balls, Lockwood who was very solid and dependable at the back and Harrold who continues to improve, who looked the only contenders for a 1st team chance. The half was really a midfield battle with little fluidity and the shots from long range enabled the Sherborne keeper to display his ability. Alvares looked a little lightweight. Credit to Sherborne for defending well and they could have gone in front with a shot into the side netting.

Second half was again a midfield contest until Dale Williams ran on to a good through ball and confidently slotted past the keeper after 70 mins. On 75 mins a good cross form the left wing by Gavin McCallum was neatly headed in by Luciano Alvares for 0-2 and this led to a peppering of the Sherborne goal. The 3rd goal was the best, with Williams dribbling into the box from the right wing before laying off to Alvares who scored his 2nd. Alvares was more in the game now and showing relatively good pace and fitness. Good work by him, linking up with sub No.14 brought an excellent save by the Sherborne keeper, who will have enjoyed his day, in spite of losing 0-3.

Man of the match: Steven Reed, showing vision, pace, good through balls, accurate passing and composure to put up with numerous niggling ďtacklesĒ when many would have lost it.

Crowd: about 80

Team: Danny Barker, Stephen Reed, Matty Pitcher, Jake Smeeton, Adam Lockwood, Richie Cullingford, Gavin McCullum, Michael Rose, Dale Williams, Luciano Alvares, Matt Harrold.

Subs used: Tom Warren for Matty Pitcher (59 mins), Jamie Barber for Richie Cullingford (76 mins), Bradley Bryant (81 mins).

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5 August 2005 : Interview With Gary Johnson
Glovers boss Gary Johnson was interviewed about the forthcoming season as part of the club's Press Day just over a week ago.

Relaxing in the Huish Park dugouts, Gary refused to accept the idea that the club were merely in League One to make up the numbers. The Yeovil boss explained: "Nobody wants to hear consolidation. I don't want to hear that, but the main thing is that my players don't want to hear that. They are still ambitious. They are not here to pick up their money and then go home. They are here because they want to improve themselves, they want to improve their careers, and we want to improve as a football club."

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

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5 August 2005 : Oldham Athletic v Yeovil Town preview
The Glovers make the long journey oop north for the opening fixture in their first season in the dizzy heights of League One, the salubrious surroundings of Boundary Park the setting for their match against Oldham Athletic. If we needed reminding as to how far we've come over the last few seasons then this match supplies ample confirmation - it wasn't that long ago that the Latics were a Premiership club, one of a clutch of ex-Premiership clubs in this division. Only ten years ago we began the season with opening fixtures against Aylesbury United, Grays Athletic and Walton & Hersham in the Isthmian League - now we face Oldham, Rotherham United and Blackpool. Times have changed.

Boundary Park has the reputation of being an inhospitable place to watch football, and no, that's not a slur on the locals, it's recognition of the fact that it's one of the highest grounds in the country above sea level and is generally pretty cold and windy there - so to visit in the first week in August is proably the ideal time to play the hosts. Oldham were managed last season by the man Yeovil fans loved to hate - former Rushden manager Brian Talbot, or EWBAMBNET as he became more familiarly known on these pages - but after a fairly disastrous time in charge he was replaced by ex-Rotherham boss Ronnie Moore towards the end of the season. Moore, who knows all about getting clubs promoted from L1, has made big changes in the Latics squad over the close season releasing 6 - including Jermaine Johnson, who trialed for us briefly a couple of years ago - and signing up another 12 in their place.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Moore warned: "We won't be a soft touch like last season. We have brought in some tough lads who won't be frightened if sides come to rough us up. We have players who can play and defend, who can fight, and I don't mean with their fists. The lads have worked hard for this moment and their commitment has been second to none. We will be one of the fittest sides in the league."

Refering to tomorrow's opener Moore said, "They [Yeovil] are a good footballing side and they will be coming to win. There is no way they will sit back. They don't put men behind the ball and defend, they can pass the ball and it will be end-to-end stuff. Our job will be to make it difficult for them to settle on the ball. The pressure will be on us to set the tempo. It is important to get off to a good start and every manager in the country will be saying they want to go up. If we don't finish in the top 10, the season will be a failure. It won't be easy and, although I would love to finish in the top two, we must have a realistic chance of the play-offs. To do that it is vital we win our home games, starting tomorrow."

Oldham will give late fitness tests to New Zealand international striker Chris Killen (calf) and centre back Will Haining (hamstring). A big loss to Moore is proven loan striker Luke Beckett, out for several months with cruciate knee ligament damage.

As for the Glovers, boss Gary Johnson has named a squad of 17 for tomorrows match, as follows: Weale, Collis, Amankwaah, Lindegaard, Sodje, Skiverton, Oliver, Miles, Jones, Poole, Gall, Johnson, Terry, Way, Davies, Bastianini, Jevons.

Argentinian striker Pablo Bastianini will only play if his international clearance comes through in time and there is, as yet, still no clue as to who the gaffer will prefer in goal, though Johnson insists that whoever out of Chris Weale or Steve Collis is chosen, the other will play a full part in the season. "It is something that is very close between the pair of them," Johnson told the Western Daily Press yesterday. "They will certainly get plenty of games each during the season. There is no doubt about that. I will go on the form of each keeper at the time. The one who is left out will be disappointed but it will only be for a while because he will get his chance."

As reported below the remainder of the squad will stay in Yeovil and play in a friendly against Sherborne Town on Saturday, kick-off 12 noon. "Players like Locky [Adam Lockwood] and Scott Guyett need games," Johnson explained. "They are better off playing at Sherborne than travelling for hours on a coach and then not featuring at Oldham. The same goes for Matt Harrold and I think the game at Sherborne will be good for him. In the case of Michael Rose, I've got cover for the left-sided positions in the squad going to Oldham and it's better for him to get a game under his belt. All of the players in my squad remain a part of my plans and will be needed during the season. I've arranged another friendly against Fulham on Wednesday so I can keep all the squad in top condition."

The match kicks-off at 3pm tomorrow. The Ciderspace guide to all things Oldham can be found by clicking here.

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5 August 2005 : All Bets Are On!
On the eve of the new 2005-06 season, the bookies have Yeovil Town as joint 10th favourites for the League One title at odds of 21/1. Unsurprisingly the big trio of Nottingham Forest, Bristol City and Tranmere Rovers are most highly rated clubs, according to Bet365, who host the Official Site's "Glovers Bet" feature.

They rate Yeovil as 21/1 for the title, giving odds of 6/1 on promotion, whilst they also offer odds of 6/1 for relegation! The bookies are also offering odds on individual players for the golden boot. Phil Jevons, who won the League Two award last season, is joint 6th favourite to scoop the League One top spot at 17/1, whilst new signing Pablo Bastianini is rated at 34/1. Neither rank quite so generous as the 80/1 one particular Ciderspace co-editor managed to get on Jevo this time last season! Bristol City's Marcus Stewart is the hot favourite whilst Huddersfield's Pawel Abbott is rated second.

Champions Odds: Nottm Forest 5/1, Bristol City 7/1, Tranmere 11/1, Huddersfield 13/1, Gillingham 15/1, Oldham 17/1, Doncaster 17/1, Brentford 17/1, Hartlepool 19/1, Barnsley 19/1, Walsall 21/1, Yeovil Town 21/1, Bradford 23/1, Rotherham 26/1, Swindon 26/1, Bournemouth 34/1, Swansea 34/1, Blackpool 41/1, Milton Keynes Dons 41/1, Scunthorpe 51/1, Colchester 51/1, Port Vale 51/1, Southend 51/1, Chesterfield 81/1.

Promotion Odds: Nottm Forest 11/8, Bristol City 7/4, Tranmere 5/2, Huddersfield 7/2, Gillingham 4/1, Barnsley 4/1, Hartlepool 5/1, Oldham 5/1, Doncaster 5/1, Walsall 6/1, Brentford 6/1, Yeovil Town 6/1, Bradford 7/1, Rotherham 8/1, Swindon 8/1, Bournemouth 10/1, Swansea 10/1, Blackpool 12/1, Milton Keynes Dons 12/1, Scunthorpe 16/1, Colchester 16/1, Port Vale 16/1, Southend 16/1, Chesterfield 20/1.

Bottom Four (Relegated): Chesterfield 5/4, Port Vale 15/8, Southend 15/8, Colchester 15/8, Scunthorpe 15/8, Milton Keynes Dons 5/2, Blackpool 5/2, Swansea 4/1, Bournemouth 4/1, Swindon 5/1, Rotherham 5/1, Bradford 11/2, Yeovil Town 6/1, Brentford 6/1, Walsall 6/1, Doncaster 13/2, Oldham 13/2, Hartlepool 13/2, Barnsley 10/1, Gillingham 10/1, Huddersfield 12/1, Tranmere 16/1, Bristol City 20/1, Nottm Forest 25/1.

Golden Boot: Marcus Stewart (Bristol City) 8/1, Pawel Abbott (Huddersfield) 11/1, Luke Beckett (Oldham) 13/1, Adam Boyd (Hartlepool) 13/1, David Johnson (Nottm Forest) 13/1, Freddy Eastwood (Southend) 17/1, Phil Jevons (Yeovil Town) 17/1, Christopher Killen (Oldham) 17/1, Dean Windass (Bradford) 17/1, Michael Bridges (Bristol City) 17/1, Paul Heffernan (Doncaster) 21/1, Stephen Brooker (Bristol City) 21/1, Lee Trundle (Swansea) 21/1, Tony Thorpe (Swindon) 21/1, Chris Dagnall (Tranmere) 21/1, Paul Hayes (Barnsley) 21/1, Izale McLeod (Milton Keynes Dons) 21/1, Eugene Dadi (Tranmere) 21/1, Chris Greenacre (Tranmere) 21/1, Jack Lester (Nottm Forest) 21/1, Scott Dobie (Nottm Forest) 21/1, Darren Byfield (Gillingham) 26/1, Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Huddersfield) 26/1, Matt Fryatt (Walsall) 26/1, Darius Henderson (Gillingham) 26/1, Danny Cadamarteri (Bradford) 26/1, Daniel Nardiello (Barnsley) 26/1, Shaun Goater (Southend) 26/1, Martin Butler (Rotherham) 29/1, Aaron Wilbraham (Milton Keynes Dons) 29/1, Lloyd Owusu (Brentford) 29/1, Jamie Cureton (Swindon) 29/1, Iain Hume (Tranmere) 34/1, DJ Campbell (Brentford) 34/1, Joel Porter (Hartlepool) 34/1, James Hayter (Bournemouth) 34/1, Deon Burton (Rotherham) 34/1, John Murphy (Blackpool) 34/1, Pablo Bastianini (Yeovil Town) 34/1, Keigan Parker (Blackpool) 41/1, Billy Paynter (Port Vale) 41/1, Nathan Lowndes (Port Vale) 41/1, Marino Keith (Colchester) 41/1.

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4 August 2005 : Sherborne Friendly Team News
Glovers boss Gary Johnson has announced which first team players will be featuring in Saturday's friendly match against Sherborne Town, kick-off 12.00 noon, and in doing so has also more or less revealed the squad that he will be taking to Oldham Athletic.

The club's official site has listed Michael Rose, Adam Lockwood, Matt Harrold, Stephen Reed, Dale Williams and Luciano Alvares although presumably it is possible to add first year professionals Danny Barker and Richard Cullingford to that squad of players who will make the shorter journey into Dorset. The remaining players will be almost certainly made up from Stuart Housley's Youth Team.

Gary explained: "Players and supporters should not see this as a negative move. I beleive it is far more beneficial for these players to be playing in a match than being stuck on a bus for two 5 hours stints. They will be able to see the pattern of play we adopt from the video on Monday. During the season we are going to need all our squad and this outing will help improve their fitness levels. I know they will play their part during the forthcoming season."

Supporters are welcome to attend the match in Sherborne and should note that tomorrow (Friday) evening's Youth Team friendly in Sherborne has now been replaced by this Saturday noon fixture. If anyone is going to the game at Sherborne and would like to submit some words for the site please do get in touch or leave a message on the forum.

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4 August 2005 : Gary Hints At Pablo Fee
Glovers boss Gary Johnson has played down suggestions that new signing Pablo Bastianini might have cost the club a six figure sum. Gary has to all intents and purposes classed the transfer as a five figure deal - confirming that the deal broke the club record of 25,000 pounds set when Gavin Williams moved from Hereford United to Yeovil in May 2002.

In this week's Western Gazette Gary explained: "We have signed him for a club record fee but that will remain undisclosed. All I can say is that it is not six figures which some people are presuming. He has signed a two-year contract and we also have a sell-on."

Gary also repeated his appreciation of the people who had made the deal possible adding: "I am very grateful to the board for backing me on this and I must thank Chris Adedeji, for bringing him to my attention, and our secretary Jean Cotton. The fans also deserve credit. If people keep turning up in their numbers then we will be able to make more of these type of signings in the future. However, the great thing was that from the start Pablo wanted to come to us and if he had not been so strong with his advisors then he could well have ended up elsewhere."

As the Gazette went to press on Wednesday lunchtime, the club were still waiting for confirmation of Pablo's international clearance. Gary explained: "We have sent it all off to the FA and they are pretty good so I hope it will get done by Friday which is deadline day."

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3 August 2005 : Cartgate Rides Again!
This week's Western Gazette's sports pages centre on the surprise news that Glovers Chairman John Fry has for the first time formally entertained the idea of leaving Huish Park for a new stadium. Although the current ground is only 15 years old, Fry is looking at the prospect of the club climbing higher than it's League One position, where the prospect of building an all-seater stadium would have to be addressed in order to comply with Coca Cola Championship ground regulations.

Early days yet, and perhaps a long way to go before such problems would become a reality, but thinking to the future, Fry told the paper: "Question marks are quite clearly being raised over the long term future of the stadium by the council and the development agencies in the town, regarding the fact that we have been so successful and the fact that they want a flagship building or stadium to represent the town. The stadium is 15 years old now, not that there is anything wrong with it, but you have to ask questions like 'If we progress again, can we get the capacities and the best value for money on the present site?' Promotion again would mean we would need more seats and it would be a whole new vision for us to plan for."

The article also reveals that the club have taken on a 22 year old qualified trainee groundsman from Blackpool. In addition the club are looking to get the licencing changed on the Marquee Bar to six days a week. This would be the inevitable pre-cursor to making the building of a purpose-built social club viable.

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3 August 2005 : Youth Team Knocked Down At Clyst
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side lost 3-1 at Screwfix League side Clyst Rovers on Tuesday night despite another goal from Danny Thompson giving them some cheer. The Under 18s found it tough going against a physical Rovers side but despite that still could have won the game.

Youth Team boss Stuart Housley explained: "We had five one on ones but we couldn't put the ball away. We had enough chances to have won the game."

Stuart has also confirmed that his side's Friday night match against Sherborne Town has definitely been replaced by the Saturday 12.00 noon match announced today. Anyone not going to Oldham is encouraged to attend as it will still be possible to watch this game and get home in time to listen to the Glovers on the various local radio stations. Stuart reports that when he knows which first team players have not travelled to Boundary Park, he will supplement that squad with a number of the Under 18s side.

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3 August 2005 : Sherborne Friendly On Saturday
Yeovil Town have arranged a friendly match with Sherborne Town this coming Saturday with a 12.00 noon kickoff. The match will feature those first-teamers who do not travel to Oldham Athletic as well as presumably some Youth-Teamers.

What isn't clear from the article on the official site, is whether this fixture replaces the previously announced Youth Team fixture against Sherborne that was previously announced by the club as taking place on Friday night at 7.30pm. It would seem likely that this is the one and the same fixture, but will try and clarify as soon as possible.

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3 August 2005 : Oldham Blame London Bombings For Increased Security
Opening day opponents Oldham Athletic's Official Site has announced that they are apparently stepping up ground security in the wake of the recent London bombings, although admit that this is not in response to any known or perceived threat. The club have even gone as far as to ask supporters not to carry bags into the stadium, although this would seem an unreasonable request to ask of any supporter travelling long distances by public transport or bringing a young family with them. Oldham have warned that as a result, supporters may experience delays upon entering the stadium as personal searches are carried out on supporters.

Latics Chief Executive Alan Hardy told Oldham's official site: "Police have no specific intelligence to say that football is a target for terrorist but we have to be on our guard. We will continue to carry out individual searches on supporters entering the stadium and to assist in this operation we would ask that supporters do not bring bags to the stadium. Our search operation may mean that fans could be delayed in getting into the stadium and we would ask them for their patience and possibly to arrive earlier than normal in order not to be held up by the operation of additional security measures. We ask for fans to be patient but trust that they fully understand the measures we are taking."

Latics Safety Officer Peter Davis added: "There is nothing for fans to get alarmed about. We are introducing additional measures for their safeguard and I must add that there is no known specific terrorist threat to football. Supporters are encouraged to remain vigilant at all times and report anything suspicious to the nearest steward."

Inspector Graham Marshall of Oldham Police said: "I can only reiterate that there is no specific threat to the Football Club but ask that all fans support Latics' efforts to improve security."

Oldham's official site claims they are in "constant contact with the police who have provided the club with valuable advice and assistance". Based on that advice we learn there is "no specific threat".

Only today Home Office minister Hazel Blears (in denial to alleged 'stop and search' tactics against Muslims) said: "The counter-terrorism powers are not targeting any community in particular, but are targeting terrorists. That is why they have got to be intelligence-led and used proportionally, fairly, and in a non-discriminatory way."

The question would have to be asked why Oldham Police are targetting the football community in such a discriminatory way, given the Home Office's guidance on the subject. Or is this another excuse to erode the civil liberties of football fans under the apparent guise of 'National Security'? Not even passengers on the London Underground are being advised not to carry bags on their travels.

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2 August 2005 : Pablo Signs For The Glovers
Argentinian striker Pablo Bastianini has signed up for Yeovil Town for the forthcoming season. The 22 year old has now completed his transfer from Quilmes and put pen to paper, after a complicated and protacted transfer process. The only step remaining is for the club to obtain international clearance for him to play in Saturday's match against Oldham Athletic.

Glovers boss Gary Johnson paid tribute to the hard work that has been carried out in order to bring Pablo to England, singling out Company Secretary Jean Cotton and the club's European Agent Chris Adedeji who has in the past brought players like Abdoulai Demba to the club. He also had high praise for Pablo himself, for sticking to his guns and signing for the club, despite heavy pressure from agents.

Speaking to the official site, Gary said: "I am delighted to have eventually signed Pablo Bastianini. I must tell you if it wasn't for the 100% commitment from Pablo to stay at this football club this transfer would have never happened. There were agents upon agents wanting him to go to different countries. Not many of them knew about Yeovil but when Pablo met the boys and had his first training session he wanted to stay here."

Gary explained just how complicated the negotiations had been: "Our club secretary Jean Cotton, with the aid of a phone, currency exchange rate calculator and a Spanish to English dictionary worked hours to make this deal happen as well and I'd like to thank her for all her efforts. Pablo had to argue with his representatives to stay here and that is a real plus for us. Eventually we found out who we were dealing with from Argentina, it proved to be a different system out there. Fortunately he had our own European agent in Chris Adedeji to help and meet these people and make sure everything was ok."

Looking to the future Gary added: "Eventually all parties are happy with the agreement. As a player Pablo has terrific ability, he came here half fit and we have worked hard with him and he has taken it on board but there is still a little bit to come from him. He will be a great asset to the club."

There is no word from the club as to Pablo's contract length, though given the circumstances it would seem likely that it would be a minimum two year deal. Prior to his former club Quilmes, Pablo started his career at Argentinian side Independiente. In addition he also trialled for Hertha Berlin in May.

If he maintains the early form and technique he has shown in pre-season friendly matches, and improves his match fitness, then Gary Johnson could well have a fantastic signing on their hands. Congratulations to Gary, Jean and Chris for concluding the signing, and the very best of luck to Pablo with his stay in Somerset.

Update 03/08/05: The Western Daily Press are confirming today that Pablo has signed a two year deal.

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2 August 2005 : Bart Heads For Scotland
Polish striker Bartosz Tarachulski has finally resurfaced, a month after leaving Huish Park. Scottish Premier League side Dunfermline Athletic are expecting to snap him up as a free agent subject to a medical at East End Park.

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1 August 2005 : Glovers Get A Triple At Tivvy
Yeovil Town completed their pre-season friendlies tonight with a 3-0 win over Southern League Premier Division side Tiverton Town. As predicted this morning, the game featured in the main players who are likely to challenge for the bench rather than the starting line-up at Oldham on Saturday, but despite that and a slightly erratic performance at times, Yeovil's 'second XI' were still too strong for the Devon side to deal with.

The Glovers took their time in taking advantage, with the first half marginally shaded by the home side, with Yeovil only really showing the sign of things to come in the final ten minutes of the first half when Arron Davies stuck the top of the crossbar from long distance.

Although the second half was still not a classic in terms of Yeovil's play, it was an improvement and it did bring three goals to talk about. Scott Guyett took advantage of a free kick that was only half cleared and fired home the loose ball from inside the area, nine minutes into the half to finally break the deadlock.

With just 17 minutes left, Yeovil began to show the superior fitness levels and when Matt Harrold intercepted some dithering in the Tiverton defence, eventually rounding the keeper, his pull-back from a narrow angle was tapped into an empty net by Luke Oliver.

Goal of the night though was saved for Stephen Reed. With four minutes remaining, a set-piece was only half cleared to Reedy and he fired a 25 yard drive into the corner of the net to finish the scoring at 3-0.

Argentinian trialist Luciano Alvares managed another 45 minutes for the club as a substitute following his recovery from a minor knock, whilst there was also a welcome return for Dale Williams who managed a similar time on the field of play after he returned from international duty having played in two Wales Under 19 matches.

Yeovil: 1 Stephen Collis (Chris Weale 46 mins), 2 Adam Lockwood, 3 Michael Rose, 4 Scott Guyett, 5 Luke Oliver, 6 Stephen Reed, 7 Andy Lindegaard, 8 Dale Williams (Luciano Alvares 46 mins), 9 Kevin Gall (Colin Miles 46 mins), 10 Matt Harrold, 11 Arron Davies.

Attendance: 785 (with approx 300 Yeovil fans).

Final score: Tiverton Town 0 - 3 Yeovil Town.

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1 August 2005 : Officials For Oldham and Rotherham
Officials for the opening two matches of the 2005-06 League One season have been announced by the Football League.

Saturday's trip to Oldham Athletic on August 6th sees Uriah Rennie (S Yorkshire) take charge. He will be assisted by Nigel Bannister (E Yorkshire) and Andy Garratt (W Midlands). Fourth Official will be Paul Varley (W Yorkshire).

On the following Tuesday night, the Rotherham United match at Huish Park will be officiated by Paul Melin (Surrey). He will be assisted by Simon Snartt (Gloucestershire) and Steve Tomlinson (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Malcolm West (Cornwall).

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1 August 2005 : Mads Runs Out Of Timm(e)
Today's Western Daily Press is reporting that the Sunday People article (see yesterday's news) concerning Manchester United midfielder/striker Mads Timm is a little behind the times. It transpires that Glovers boss Gary Johnson did once have an interest in the player, but those thoughts ended with the acquisition of Argentinian Pablo Bastianini.

Gary told the WDP: "It all happened a little while ago. He was one of a number of players I looked at before we got Pablo."

The paper is also planning daily spreads this week previewing the 2005-06 season for each of the region's clubs. Their special edition feature on Yeovil Town is currently scheduled to be published on Wednesday.

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1 August 2005 : Directions For Tiverton Town
Yeovil Town complete their final pre-season friendly tonight for the 2005-06 season when they travel to Ladysmead to play Southern League Premier Division side Tiverton Town. Kick-off is 7.30pm and admission prices are Adults £5.00 Concessions £3.00 Kids £1.00.

From Yeovil the simplest route to get to Tiverton is along the A303 westbound and then the A358 to the M5 at Junction 25. Leave the motorway at Junction 27 and Tiverton is about 7 miles down the A361. As you approach Tiverton do NOT follow the first sign for the town (the A396) but keep going along the A361 for another mile until you reach the end of the dual-carriageway at a round-about.

Take the first exit (A3126) signed Town Centre and Castle. This is Bolham Road. Continue along this road for about 400 yards crossing a new roundabout and passing East Devon College and Tiverton Rugby Club on your right. At a mini round-about go straight across (you'll now be able to see Ladysmead on your right) and a couple of hundred yards further on turn right by the petrol station.

The line-up expected to travel to Devon will be those who did not start Saturday's match at Cheltenham Town with trialist Luciano Alvares and Dale Williams (injured on Welsh Under 19s international duty) the only possible doubts.

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