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31 August 2006 : Harrold Sold To Southend
News broke with just over an hour left on transfer deadline day that striker Matt Harrold has been sold to Championship League Southend United.

There have been rumours connecting Harrold with the newly promoted seasiders going back some months, but nothing came of them, and most thought they were just triggered by the fact the player came from the area and had once been in the club's School of Excellence as a youth. It was David Webb in fact who released him at that time.

Matt Harrold
Harrold in pre-season at Staines, where he scored a goal that night
Photo © 2005 Ciderspace

It was from Brentford that Yeovil Town signed Harrold in June 2005 for a "small undisclosed fee" on a two year deal. Then manager Gary Johnson said he saw "huge potential" in the forward. Harrold made his debut on 9th August 2005, and went on to make 54 appearance, 33 as starts. He scored 10 goals in that time. This season he'd appeared to have slipped down the pecking order up front at Huish Park.

We wish Matt all the best on his transfer and new three year deal at a higher level, though to be honest we'd have been less surprised if the move had been to a rather different newly promoted seaside club.

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31 August 2006 : Lynch Signs Up On Permanent Deal
Right-back Mark Lynch has signed a permanent deal at Huish Park according to Hull City's official site. Mark had been signed earlier this month on a one month loan deal but it was clear from the offset that he had impressed manager Russell Slade - sticking him straight into the side and playing him for a full 90 minutes against Southampton and Port Vale. Mark has joined the club from Hull City on a free transfer, with the contract length yet to be announced.

Mark was born in Manchester on September 2nd 1981 and is a former Manchester United trainee who spent 20 games on loan to Scottish side St Johnstone during the 2001-02 season. Rather strangely, his one and only appearance for United was in the Champions League in March 2003, playing 90 minutes against Deportivo in March 2003.

A move to Sunderland followed where he made 13 appearances for the North-East side during the 2004-05 season. He then moved on to the KC Stadium where he played 17 games for Championship side Hull City last season, before injury and the arrival of former Swansea City defender Sam Ricketts forced him out of contention. Thereafter he was unable to dislodge the Welsh international and so having disappeared down Hull's pecking order, the opportunity to make a fresh start was doubtless hard to resist.

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31 August 2006 : Another Port Vale Match Report
With thanks to James Francis there is now a second alternative view to Saturday's 1-0 win over Port Vale available. James's thoughts on the game have been appended to the main match report.

Link: Yeovil Town 1 Port Vale 0 : Match Report.

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31 August 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town Res vs Plymouth Argyle Res
Taff's view of yesterday's Reserve Team game that saw Plymouth Argyle run out 3-2 winners at Huish Park can be found here.

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31 August 2006 : Milton On Departure
John Milton, who departed Huish Park this week from his position as General Manager - Football, explained the ill-health reason announced by the club a little further when speaking to the Western Gazette :

I had a stroke last year and lost my sight for a while so I knew when I took the role at Yeovil it would only be short-term. We got what we had to get done, but now I do not want the pressure and to go down that road of ill-health again.

I wish Yeovil every success and Russell is an integral part of that. I think people are beginning to see just how good he is. He organises and he gets it right.

Milton went on to say that he would still be in close contact with the manager, providing his expertise on a less official basis :

Although I have left, I will still be working closely with Russell Slade. I think the signings we have made - players like Terrell Forbes, Steve Mildenhall and Wayne Gray - have been brilliant. We also managed to sign Chris Cohen on a two-year deal, which I think was a great thing because I believe he will go for a big sum of money one day.

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31 August 2006 : Youths Win 'Secret' Friendly
One presumes it wasn't really meant to be a state secret, but with no announcement of this fixture that we saw it might as well have been.

With a blank Saturday on their fixture list Yeovil Town U18 played a third friendly of the season against Westland Sports. After a 3-2 and a 3-0 in the previous encounters this was an even more emphatic win, the Glovers romping home 7-0, though we have been informed that on this occasion it was the Sports U18 side providing the opposition. Matt Concliffe, Phil Ormrod and Oliver Wake scored one apiece, the other four being divided equally between two as yet unidentified trialists.

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31 August 2006 : Stewart Felt 'Insulted' At City
Rather unusally for a footballer Marcus Stewart wasn't too wary about burning his bridges with Bristol City as he signed on a three month loan with Yeovil Town. He clearly seemed of the opinion there weren't actually any bridges left to burn :

I'm quite sure that I'll never play for Bristol City again while that manager is there. I knew within a month of Gary coming I suppose that I wouldn't be playing and eventually I'd be pushed out. But you'd have to ask Gary why I wasn't playing.

It was made more difficult for me to take because I'm a City fan and I felt insulted by the players he played in front of me last season as well. I know I can do a job in this division and I could play at the level above as well - I know I can. I still feel I've got a lot to offer - the day when I feel I can't get about the pitch and can't score goals and I haven't got the enthusiasm is the day I'll pack it all in.

It's been very frustrating playing in the reserves, especially because City haven't had the best start to the season. I think I'm ready to play. I've played in every reserve game this season and scored in most of them. I've been doing extra running after training and I've been preparing for the Bristol half-marathon because I needed to give myself a goal to work towards. It's been frustrating only playing reserve team football and I had to give myself a target.

Speaking in the Bristol Evening Post, he continued :

I want to play football and I want to get this club into the play-offs. That should be the aim and I think it's a realistic target. At the moment Yeovil are in the highest position in the history of the club - eighth in League One. This manager has already shown that he can take the club further.

I think that with the players he's signed and with the squad we've got here if we can keep clear of injuries we've got to be looking at the play-offs. We've got to be looking up, and we've got to go to Swansea on Friday and not be scared, and expect to get a result.

'This' manager, Russell Slade, said of his new acquisition :

I am delighted that Marcus has joined us. He will bring experience, know-how and has a goalscoring record that is second to none. I know that will benefit the team and his fellow strikers. His enthusiasm for the game has been evident in the discussions we've had and I'm looking forward to working with him. He will be a marvellous signing for the football club and demonstrates our ambition as a football club to move forward when the opportunity arises. I'm sure the fans will enjoy watching Marcus during his stay and I'm convinced he will be a success here.

Obviously it would have been near-impossible for us to sustain Marcus' full wage so we've done a deal with Bristol City. They've kindly agreed to it and we've done a deal that is more sensible for our football club.

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31 August 2006 : Zebroski Likely To Sign For Millwall
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has admitted he did have an interest in former Plymouth Argyle striker Chris Zebroski. The player had been linked with a move to Huish Park, but the Glovers faced competition from five different clubs and suggestions are that the 19 year old was primarily looking for a club in the London area.

With that in mind it is no surprise to find out that fellow League One side Millwall - who he trialled for this week including playing in a Reserve game - are favourites for his signature. In talking to BBC Radio Bristol Slade certainly believed that to be the case:

"I think Zebroski is likely to sign for Millwall - so my sources tell me. So that being the case, he won't be coming this way. He was one I was looking at, but I am delighted to get the two that I have signed."

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31 August 2006 : Russell Makes A Call On Stewart
Glovers manager Russell Slade has given an indication of why he made his move for Bristol City striker Marcus Stewart - signing him on a 91 day loan yesterday. Slade is hoping that Stewart can pass off some of his experience to his younger team-mates and improve their game just as much as adding his own ability to future Glovers matches. Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol Slade explained:

"He'll bring a wealth of experience to the football club - never mind his goalscoring ability, which is obviously second to none. He will give us a bit of know-how. He's a very clever player - we know that. He can find space - he's likely to lose you in a telephone box!"

Aside from moving around in phone booths, Marcus also has plans to keep himself busy next month. He is going to be competing in the Bristol Half Marathon - a decision he made earlier in the summer in an effort to keep his fitness levels high and to give himself a target to aim at whilst he was out of the reckoning at Ashton Gate.

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31 August 2006 : Tonks Regrets 'Messy' Exit
Left-back Anthony Tonkin who signed up for his second spell with the club yesterday admits that he regrets the "messy" way that he left the club the first time round in September 2002.

Tonks was given advice by his agent Steve Denos not to turn up for a Nationwide Conference match against Halifax Town after the agent informed him of a bid being made by Stockport County and the end result was that the Cornwall-born player left somewhat under a cloud. Since that time, Tonkin has parted company with his agent and wants to make a fresh start at the club for his second spell. Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol he explained:

"I didn't leave on the best of terms and it was a bit messy. I didn't receive the best of advice. But I am an adult and I chose to take the advice. I didn't leave as I would have liked but hopefully I can put that right now."

At the time Anthony left the club, his move to Stockport looked an attractive one in career terms who were at that time playing at two levels above the Glovers. Yet since then, Yeovil Town have been promoted twice and with Anthony's former club Crewe Alexandra coming down to Yeovil's level, both parties find themselves back at the same level again. Tonks said of the changes:

"We've gone our separate ways but now we've come back together. Yeovil have progressed a lot. You can see that in the playing staff as there has been a big turnover, but it still has the same values. They are a good run club and a family club."

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30 August 2006 : Pilgrims Narrowly Progress
Yeovil Town Reserves narrowly missed out on grabbing a point from Plymouth Argyle Reserves at Huish Park this afternoon in a match that took a while to get going from the home side's point of view, but when it did it provided some great entertainment for the small crowd of around 200 spectators.

The Glovers included Anthony Tonkin in their starting line-up, fresh from having penned a one year deal at Huish Park. He was joined by former Blackpool striker Gareth Williams who was having a second go at trying to earn a contract with the Glovers, having turned out for the Reserves earlier this month. Argyle picked a strong side that featured two French trialists Sofiene Zaaboub and Oumar Bakari.

A slow start condemned Yeovil to a two goal deficit with just 19 minutes on the clock. Firstly Sylvan Ebanks-Blake converted a right-wing 3rd minute cross from close range. Then he turned provider allowing Reuben Reid to grab a similar goal with the cross coming from the opposite side.

The Glovers only really started playing after going 2-0 down, but they got a goal back quickly in stunning fashion. Daniel Webb caught Argyle keeper Josh Clapham somewhat off his line and executed a superb looping shot that comfortably cleared the keeper with just 24 minutes gone.

The half finished with Yeovil getting back into the match somewhat. Daniel Webb put a header wide, whilst Stephen Maher produced a long range piledriver that Clapham did well to save.

The second half saw David Poole and Craig Alcock having to perform defensive duties well - both clearing Argyle attacks off the line, whilst at the other end of a fiercely competitive game, a lengthy goalmouth scramble couldn't result in a Yeovil boot landing on it at the right moment.

The game seemed to be fizzling out slightly amidst the second half substitutions until an excellent crossfield ball was nodded down by David Poole and into the path of Tom Clarke who shot home to level the scores at 2-2.

That scoreline only lasted for 60 seconds though before Argyle grabbed what proved to be the winner. Reuben Reid grabbed his second of the afternoon with a solo move that saw him round Glovers keeper Darren Behcet and slot home Argyle's third goal.

Both sides could have grabbed a late goal each, with Stephen Maher again going close for Yeovil but firing a shot over the bar with the goal gaping. However, as a competitive match, both managers will no doubt see the positives in what was a good and entertaining workout for both sides.

Yeovil: Darren Behcet, Craig Alcock, Anthony Tonkin, Jake Smeeton, Scott Guyett, Stephen Maher, David Poole, Anthony Barry, Daniel Webb, Gareth Williams, Tom Clarke.

Subs: Danny Barker, Phil Ormrod (75 mins for Smeeton), Gary Bowles (66 mins for Williams), Oliver Wake (84 mins for Alcock).

Plymouth Josh Clapham, Scott Laird, Sofiene Zaaboub, Gary Sawyer, Oumar Bakari, Luke Summerfield, Akos Buzsaky, Dan Gosling, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Reuben Reid, Ryan Dickson

Subs: Cherno Samba (46 mins for Dickson), Bobby Hopkinson, Ben Adelsbury

Goals: Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (0-1, 3 mins), Ryan Dickson (0-2, 19 mins), Daniel Webb (1-2, 24 mins), Tom Clarke (2-2, 78 mins), Reuben Reid (2-3, 79 mins).

Link: Yeovil Town Res vs Plymouth Argyle Res : Full Match Report.

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30 August 2006 : Tonks Is Back
Anthony Tonkin, who has been training off and on with the Glovers for the last few weeks, today signed a deal that will keep him at Huish Park until the end of this season in the first instance.

Tonkin's first spell for Yeovil Town finished with a 0-0 away at our old er, friends Hereford United on 17th September 2002. Then all hell broke out, with the club stating that he'd refused to make himself available for selection for the next match at home (well The Avenue, Dorchester) to Halifax Town, it was presumed on the advice of his agent. Stockport County, at that time in Division Two as was, and managed (very loosely speaking) by the man with no new kitchen, Carlton Palmer, had come in with a bid of £50,000. Oddly the player's agent at that time, one Steve Denos, and County seemed to be privy to rather a lot of information in common between the two of them - not that we'd suggest any impropriety or illegal collusion was going on of course. Eventually, after a week of increasingly public rowing that stretched as far as Gordon Taylor at the Professional Footballers' Association, on 26th September it was announced that the move had gone through. The fee wasn't disclosed, though presumably not unadjacent to the original £50K, and there was thought to be a sell on.

For a player who had come up through the ranks at Huish Park it was a disappointing way to effect a departure. In happier times he had made a total of 119 appearances for Yeovil following his debut in 1998, scoring two goals. He was voted Young Player of the Season 1999-2000, and also was capped for the England National Game XI in a match against a U.S.A. Representative XI at Broadhall Way.

Anthony Tonkin at Rockingham Road, 31/08/2002
Tonks makes one of his then trademark forward surges against Kettering Town
Photo © 2002 Ciderspace

Tonkin made 27 appearances for County, but just under a year later, a couple of weeks into the 2003-04 season, it was Stockport's turn to be shafted, with their Official Site bleating about Denos "manufacturing" a move for his client. Those who live by the sword....... Tonkin went to Crewe Alexandra for either £150,000 or £175,000 depending on the source preferred.

In three seasons with the Gresty Road outfit Tonkin made 84 starts and 9 substitute appearances. However around last season's January transfer window he began to drop out of the side, and made his last appearance for the Railwaymen on 25th February at home to Brighton & Hove Albion. At the conclusion of the campaign, which ended with Crewe's relegation, Dario Gradi released him.

Tonkin's previous departure is water under the bridge now, and we welcome him back to Huish Park. At his best we remember him as a dynamic attacking left wing-back with good pace. In a country not over-blessed with natural left sided players you find them where you can. And if, perchance, he has changed his agent in the meantime - so much the better.

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30 August 2006 : Stewart's Former Partners Give Backing
Two of Marcus Stewart's former team-mates have given him their backing that he can be a hit at Huish Park during his three month loan spell with the club. Both David Mehew and Gareth Taylor played with Stewart for Bristol Rovers during the early 1990s and BBC Radio Bristol caught up with the pair this morning, prior to the formal announcement of Stewart's arrival in Yeovil today.

Mehew is currently assistant manager at Gloucester City, having had a long career that took in clubs such as Leeds United, Walsall, Rushden and Diamonds, Farnborough Town and Forest Green - many of which caused him to come up against the Glovers and he admitted surprise that Marcus had not gone to Championship side Plymouth, where former Rovers boss Ian Holloway has just taken up the managerial reins:

"There were a few rumours about Plymouth but that they couldn't sort a deal out. But at the end of the day you don't become a bad player overnight. Marcus was one of the best two players I played with as a Bristolian - him and (Gary) Penrice. I saw him a few months ago and said to him 'don't finish your career playing in the Reserves'. I think he will go down there (to Huish Park) and he won't have a point to prove to Bristol City or Gary Johnson - he'll just want to prove it to himself."

Mehew played down any suggestion that Stewart would see joining Yeovil as a chance for revenge on former Glovers manager Gary Johnson:

"At the end of the day, Gary Johnson has made that decision. Marcus knows that happens in football. There haven't been any slanging matches in the paper. He's had to bide his time and he has sussed it out that it is not going to happen and it is a shame but it is time to move on. I know he is keen to stay in the area, and I wish him all the best. I'm sure you will see him on the goalsheet quite a few times down there."

Gareth Taylor also knows the standard of football that Stewart will be playing at. He was in the Nottingham Forest side that were beaten 3-0 at Huish Park last season and has since joined Tranmere Rovers, playing in this month's match at Prenton Park. He said of his time with Stewart:

"Marcus is a great player. I think it was about 12 years ago when we played together. I honestly thought that with Ollie (Ian Holloway) getting the job at Plymouth, that might have been an opening for him given that he wasn't playing at Bristol. But I think this is a good move for him. It gets him back playing. I know Russell Slade from my time at Sheffield United and he is a good manager. We played Yeovil recently at our place in Tranmere and they are a decent outfit. Marcus is an intelligent player, he's a clever player and he's a good link-up player between the striker and the midfield and I think he will go down there and do really well."

Taylor said he was not fully up to speed with rumours that Stewart has fallen out with Johnson, but felt that the striker had handled the matter in a professional manner:

"I'm up in Manchester so I've not seen too much of it in the papers, but my family are still down that way. My dad has kept me up to date. But that's Marcus - he is going to handle himself well. He has played at the top level and he is going to be a top professional. I don't think he has got anything to prove by going down there (to Yeovil). His record is there for all to see. It just depends on how the team can do around Marcus, but if he is presented with opportunities then there is nobody better than Marcus at sticking them away."

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30 August 2006 : Stewart Formally Unveiled As Loan Capture
Further to this morning's story (see below), Yeovil Town have now officially announced that Bristol City striker Marcus Stewart has joined the club. Marcus has joined the club on a three month loan deal that will tie him to the Glovers until the end of November.

Marcus was born in Bristol on 7th November 1972, and thus will celebrate his 34th birthday towards the end of his loan spell at Huish Park.

This is Stewart's third West-Country club, having started his career with Bristol Rovers in 1991 as a trainee. He scored 79 goals across five seasons before a 1.2 million pound move saw him go to Huddersfield Town where a further 68 goals followed across four seasons.

The second of his big money moves though took place when Ipswich Town, who were heading to the Premiership, bought him for 2.5 million pounds in February 2000. During the remainder of that season, he scored 5 goals in 13 appearances including one of the four goals that took Ipswich into top-flight football via the Playoff Finals.

The 2000-01 season was even more successful. Playing his first season in the Premiership, he scored 21 goals as the Tractor Boys managed a shock 5th placed finish and a place in Europe. Marcus was by this time being tipped for England honours, although Sven-Goran Eriksson never selected him. The following season, both Ipswich and Marcus struggled and they were relegated back to second tier football.

Stewart though made an instant return to the Premiership. Within a few weeks of the 2002-03 season starting, Sunderland had come in with a 3.25 million pound bid and this saw him experience relegation for a second season running before the following two seasons brought a Championship Play-Off Final losers medal followed by the Championship title at the end of the 2004-05 season. All in all he netted 39 times in just under three seasons.

Having netted 17 times during his final season with Sunderland, it seemed likely that he would make a third journey into Premiership football, but he surprised many by opting to sign for Bristol City on a free transfer, a move that had all the air of the prodigal son returning home - Stewart had supported City as a kid despite defecting to the blue side of Bristol during his teens.

Sadly for him, the hype and expectations never materialised into reality. With City in freefall under Brian Tinnion, the manager who brought him back to Bristol was sacked, and his replacement - former Glover Gary Johnson - very quickly began to filter him out of his plans. Rumours of a personal bust-up between the two were always denied in public by Johnson but his last appearance in a City shirt happened in March of last season and Marcus spent the final two months on loan at Championship side Preston North End. When Johnson omitted him from a pre-season tour of Latvia in July, Marcus didn't need to be a rocket scientist to work out where his future stood at Ashton Gate.

When Ian Holloway took over at Plymouth Argyle and needed a striker at the start of this season, it had been thought that Stewart would head to Devon, but that move never materialised, and with time running out, City have been forced to cut their losses and agree to pay a large proportion of Stewart's wages in return for getting at least a proportion of City's top-earning player off their wage bill.

All in all, Marcus has made 613 appearances for Football League and Premiership clubs, knocking up 228 goals in the process. He has a reputation for being a forward in the 'Phil Jevons' sort of mould - not the quickest thing on two legs, but with a hard-working attitude that often sees him looking to link up with the midfield and bring others into play. With Lee Morris also on the Glovers books, manager Russell Slade now has an unusual amount of experience in his forward line, and with Stewart not playing in today's Reserve Team game, that strongly implies that he will be in Friday's squad that will travel to Swansea City.

The very best of luck to Marcus in his stay at Huish Park, and hopefully he can bring his experience to the young Glovers front line, whilst restarting his own footballing career, which for the past 12 months has been somewhat put on hold.

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30 August 2006 : Lansdown Confirms Stewart Move
Bristol City Chairman Steve Lansdown has told BBC Radio Bristol this morning that the loan move that will take striker Marcus Stewart to Huish Park has been completed. As predicted below, the deal will run for three months and the Glovers will only be paying a proportion of Stewart's wages, with City picking up the remainder. Lansdown told the radio station:

"Marcus has gone to Yeovil for three months. He is not allowed to play against Bristol City, either in the league or if we get drawn against Yeovil in any of the cup competitions. I think it is a sensible move both for Bristol City and for Marcus at this stage. Marcus is not first in line to be in the first team. All players need to play and this gives him an opportunity for him to go out and do it and show what he can do."

Speaking about the financial arrangements, Lansdown added:

"Unfortunately we haven't been able to recover all of his wages but we knew that was going to be the situation with somebody like Marcus because he is one of our highly paid players. Obviously the terms are secret but at the end of the day it gives us some revenue back in for the time that he is out and most importantly really, it gets him playing."

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30 August 2006 : Swansea Pre-Match Drinking Options
Goytre United Football Club have stated that any travelling Yeovil Town supporters heading for Swansea City on Friday are most welcome to use the their social club for pre-match drinks should they wish to do so. Goytre is situated just north of Port Talbot, five junctions short of the turn-off for Swansea's Liberty Stadium.

The offer extends to all supporters groups travelling to the game - the club are looking to put on hot food for travelling fans.

The bar will be open from 5.30pm, the ground is situated 1 mile from the motorway.

Glenhafod Park Stadium
Port Talbot
West Glamorgan
SA13 2YP


Depart M4 Junction 40
Take 3rd exit (Going underneath the motorway)
Proceed straight over mini roundabout
At T-Junction turn left and travel up the hill and through the village for 1 mile.
The club is on your left at the very far end of the village, see signs for L&A Riding School

For any other information or coach parking contact Lyndon Suhanski (Secretary) 01639 894805

The Ciderspace guide to Swansea City can be found here.

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30 August 2006 : City Confirm Stewart Loan
Bristol City manager Gary Johnson has confirmed that striker Marcus Stewart is set to complete a loan move to Huish Park later today. Speaking to his club's official site he said:

"It looks like it will be for three months initially and he won't be able to play against us."

The Glovers play host to City on November 4th which would fall across the three month period. If confirmed today then Stewart would be a Yeovil player up until the end of November. An announcement is expected by Glovers boss Russell Slade at Huish Park at 12.30pm today to confirm the news.

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29 August 2006 : Player(s) To Be Unveiled Tomorrow
A press conference will take place at Huish Park tomorrow lunchtime according to BBC Radio Bristol with the event due to start at 12.30pm.

The radio station suggests that it is more or less an "open secret" that it will be to announce the loan signing of Bristol City striker Marcus Stewart. They also state the possibility that Stewart may not be the only player unveiled over the lunchtime session, with the possibility of "one or two" other faces.

One possibility is left back Anthony Tonkin. At least one supporter claims to have witnessed him training at Huish Park this morning, with his trial at Colchester United seemingly not having produced any contract offer.

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29 August 2006 : Zebroski Trialing At The Den
If Chris Zebroski was the young Championship striker Russell Slade has been pursuing for some while (see 'Glovers Confirm Stewart Interest' below), then the hopes Yeovil Town may have had a knock with news that he has turned up at fellow League One club Millwall on trial.

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29 August 2006 : Officials For Friday Night
Paul Melin (Surrey) has been appointed as referee for our next game, against Swansea City, on Friday 1st September. Kick-off is 7.45 p.m. at the Liberty Stadium.

Melin was the man in the middle at what remains the Glovers biggest victory in the Football League to date, the 6-1 against Oxford United in 2004, and again for that game against Southend United in 2005.

The assistant referees will be Phil Gibbs (West Midlands) and Andrew Sainsbury (Wiltshire), with Graham Scott (Oxfordshire) the fourth official.

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29 August 2006 : Chris Cohen In Team Of The Week
Following Yeovil Town being the first team to take any points off Port Vale this season one might expect a nod in our direction from the Football League Team of the Week selectors, and indeed it is Chris Cohen who appears in the line-up for League One.

Kieren Westwood - Carlisle United
Alan Tate - Swansea City
Will Haining - Oldham Athletic
Danny Cullip - Nottingham Forest
Ian Goodison - Tranmere Rovers
Wesley Hoolahan - Blackpool
Steven Foley - AFC Bournemouth
CHRIS COHEN - Yeovil Town
Marc Bridge-Wilkinson - Bradford City
Nicky Maynard - Crewe Alexandra
Andrew Keogh - Scunthorpe United

This is the third time Chris has been listed, with two selections last season when he was on loan from West Ham United. Congratulations once again.

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29 August 2006 : Glovers Confirm Stewart Interest
Yeovil Town have confirmed they are considering taking Bristol City striker Marcus Stewart on loan, following a weekend's worth of speculation on the internet message boards at both the Yeovil and City ends. This morning's Western Daily Press has confirmed there is some truth behind the rumours in speaking to Glovers Chairman John Fry who stated the move was a possibility:

"We have been speaking to Bristol City about Marcus Stewart. We are certainly interested and are hopeful that we can move it to a conclusion, but it is also important that any player we sign must want to come to us. The discussions have been with Gary Johnson and the chairman (Steve Lansdown) and it is for them to reach an agreement with the player. I think they have to decide on their own future with Marcus Stewart. There are a number of players there (at City) who could interest us, so we are monitoring the situation."

Stewart is believed to be City's top earner at Ashton Gate, but it seems clear that he is no longer in manager Gary Johnson's plans - even to the point of the former Sunderland man being left behind on the club's pre-season tour of Latvia. There were rumours last season of a dressing room argument between Stewart and Johnson which the former Yeovil boss has tried to side-step questions on, but for whatever reasons, Stewart's future does not lie in Bristol.

Messages around the internet over the weekend appear to support the theory that Yeovil are looking for a three month loan for the striker, with the belief that the Glovers are prepared to stump up around 25% of Stewart's current wages, with the remainder to be funded from the Ashton Gate coffers. Earlier in the summer, Yeovil Town had made a bid for the striker's services but appeared to have baulked sharply at the kind of offer on the table at the time. It seems likely then, that the demands from Ashton Gate have been lowered as they try and get at least some money off their wage bill from a player who is currently unable to do little more than twiddle his thumbs at present.

The paper also references former Plymouth Argyle striker Chris Zebroski who hit the headlines in pre-season for all the wrong reasons on July 22nd after getting into a fight in a restaurant on a pre-season tour with his club captain Paul Wotton whilst Argyle were on tour in Austria. The 19 year old was dismissed by the club for "gross misconduct" and is therefore a free agent. He could well be the "Championship striker" that Slade has referred to in recent days - prior to the incident Zebroski had made five substitute appearances for the Devon side following a move from Cirencester Town.

Coincidentally - or otherwise - two unnamed players are due to be unveiled by the club "tomorrow" according to the paper. There are currently no further outgoings anticipated by the club at present ahead of Thursday's transfer deadline.

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29 August 2006 : Interview With Lee Morris
Glovers striker Lee Morris spoke to BBC Radio Bristol following Saturday's 1-0 win over Port Vale. The former Leicester City player was pleased to get his first competitive start for the Glovers and believes he will improve his fitness levels given time.

Lee explained: "Obviously it is still early days for me and my fitness is not as good as I would like it to be. But that will only come with games. Including friendlies, I think that's my second start this season. So I'm quite happy but I know that there is hopefully more to come."

Read the full interview with Lee Morris by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Port Vale Match Report.

Link: Lee Morris Interview.

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28 August 2006 : No One is Going To Kick Sand In Our Faces
Paul Terry believes that Saturday's victory over then table-topping Port Vale will have sent out a message to the rest of League One. Speaking in the Western Daily Press he stated :

I think there's been a rumour going around that teams can come here and beat us up. The perception has been that we're not a very physical team. But against Port Vale we showed that we can deal with that side of the game.

It's not how we want to play but if teams want to try it on with us we've shown that we can match them and still play our football as well. We let ourselves down on Wednesday at Southampton but we want to make Huish Park a bit of a fortress this season. We don't want teams to like coming to play here.

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28 August 2006 : Lambs Shorn
Gavin McCallum and Bradley Thomas played their second loan game in three days as Tamworth went down to a 1-0 defeat to St Albans City at Clarence Park.

Gavin McCallum and Bradley Thomas
McCallum and Thomas prepare to defend a free kick in the first half
Photo © 2006 Ciderspace

It is easy to forget how far we've come. Just ten years ago (19/10/1996) we were visiting Clarence Park. Apart from a few trees having disappeared it didn't seem to have changed one jot. Nor had the standard of football much.

After Tamworth's unexpected victory over Exeter City they changed as little as possible, so Thomas started again on the left of a back three, and outside him McCallum was a left wing-back. The Lambs had the ball in the net early from a McCallum cross, but it was ruled out for something or other. What, who knows? Another thing it is easy to forget as one lambasts officiating in the Football League is just how much worse it is lower down. Mr Simon Beck was notable for two things : a suntan almost the colour of mahogany; and his utter ineptness.

On 32 minutes Tamworth got into a mess just inside their own half, lost possession, and as their keeper dithered on whether to come or stay and in the end did nothing useful, Paul Hakim ran in on goal and slotted home easily.

As the second half progressed, and the visitors searched for an equaliser, McCallum was pushed up further and became more of an out and out winger, initially on the left, and then for a ten minute or so spell popping up on the right, and finally back on the left again. He did produce a couple of potentially good crosses that no attacker managed to get on the end of, but in truth it wasn't one of his best matches, and he didn't really get into the game consistently or make enough impact. Thomas on the other hand looked calm, assured and always seemed to have time. He did pick up a yellow card, but by that time no one had a clue what Mr Beck was doing, or why - including himself.

Bradley Thomas
Thomas trots off for further treatment in the second half after coming off second best
in a challenge in the box with Paul "Brown Envelope" Bastock
Photo © 2006 Ciderspace

Final score : St Albans City 1-0 Tamworth

Attendance : 1,184

The Tamworth fans, 170 of them, were a good bunch. Noisy, and with that gallows humour football fans often come up with when things aren't promising and they foresee a long hard season ahead of them, the word on their terrace was that manager Mark Cooper was already considering if Yeovil Town would be interested in longer loans for the Glovers pair.

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28 August 2006 : Milton Steps Down Due To 'Ill Health'
Yeovil Town General Manager John Milton has stepped down from his position at Huish Park with immediate effect. In a statement issued by the club today, there is an air of "by mutual consent" about it with the club stating that the decision "is in both parties interest".

Glovers Chairman John Fry states:

"We are grateful to John Milton for the help given to Russell Slade and Yeovil Town during the close season but sadly due to health problems he has found it increasing[ly] difficult to carry out his duties at Huish Park whilst continuing with his own business interests."

Milton arrived at the club at the tail end of the 2005-06 season in a freelance capacity to help the club with scouting and contract negotiations. However, on June 14th he was finally given the rather unwieldy title of "General Manager-Football" and frequently became a spokesman for manager Russell Slade's transfer dealings.

The club have not stated whether the vacant position will be filled internally, advertised externally or made redundant from within.

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27 August 2006 : Swansea Guide
The Ciderspace guide for our next game, away to Swansea City on Friday 1st September, kick-off 7.45, can be found here.

And another reminder : this game is ALL-TICKET for Yeovil fans. Tickets can be obtained by calling in person at the Huish Park Ticket Office or by ringing them on 01935 847888. The ticket office is open from 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. on weekdays, though presumably not tomorrow as it's a Bank Holiday.

The new on-line ticket purchasing system doesn't appear to have the facility to sell tickets for away games, or if it does it is not being used to do so at the moment. One of a number of its limitations unfortunately.

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27 August 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town vs Port Vale
The Ciderspace match report for yesterday's 1-0 win over Port Vale is now available and can be found here.

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27 August 2006 : Russell's Verdict On The Port Vale Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade praised his side's battling qualities in earning a 1-0 win over League One's pre-weekend leaders Port Vale yesterday at Huish Park.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell explained: "I thought we played some enterprising football in the first period. There was some good link-up play and we looked useful on the counterattack. OK, so there were a couple of half chances in the last ten minutes, but I was pleased with the battling qualities. That's my sort of side that will dig in and dig out a result in the final ten minutes, so I am delighted."

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

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: BBC Bristol's Audio Archive.

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27 August 2006 : Slade And Foyle Post-Match
Speaking after his side had inflicted the first defeat of the season on visitors Port Vale, and thinking back to the footballing lesson Yeovil Town had received on Wednesday at the hands of Championship club Southampton, Glovers boss Russell Slade stated :

I have made a habit of this. Last season there was only one occasion at Grimsby when we failed to follow a defeat with a victory. We knew we had to defend well and we did. They have two of the top strikers at the moment [Leon Constantine and Akpo Sodje] but we held them well and we had some excellent performances from my lads.

Chris Cohen had another excellent game and I was delighted to get an hour out of Lee Morris after all the injury problems he has had. He adds something different and at times shows the qualities that made him a multi-million pound player a few years ago.

Valiant manager Martin Foyle wasn't as contented with the result as Russell obviously, but preferred to look to the wider campaign rather than concentrate on a single battle just lost :

Defeat had to come some time and it's too early to say whether we can stay at the top of the table or thereabouts. The real test comes in the next month when we play four of the big money teams like Blackpool, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City.

I felt we had five or six good chances as we dominated the second half but we didn't take them and I thought Yeovil defended well. Their skipper Terry Skiverton was outstanding.

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26 August 2006 : Glovers Produce A Valiant Victory
Yeovil Town became the first team to stop Port Vale picking up maximum points this season when they secured a 1-0 home win over their Staffordshire visitors.

A spectacular Paul Terry goal just five minutes into the match set things up when he took advantage of a gap in midfield that allowed him to power straight through and rifle a wonderful strike into the corner of the net.

Both sides managed much in the way of threatening build-up play, but far less in the way of anything to bother either goalkeeper too much. The Glovers looked more dangerous in the first half, with Lee Morris making his first ever start for the Glovers - showing some intelligent off the ball running to keep the Vale defence busy.

Inevitably the morning's league leaders pushed men forward during the second half and former Macclesfield Town midfielder Danny Whitaker and striker Akpo Sodje both wasted free headers, putting them wide. Save of the day though came when Glovers keeper Steve Mildenhall tipped over a strike from Jeff Smith as matters got somewhat edgy with the clock ticking down, but not even some rather protracted second half injury time could allow the visitors an equaliser. In fact Kevin James should have sealed it in injury time - breaking the offside track but blasting wide of the target.

A generous welcome for former Glovers defender Colin Miles was granted by the Huish Park crowd and even some of the booing he attracted appeared to have more of a 'pantomine' nature behind it than anything with true malice. The excellent applause he received when completing his warm-down after being subbed was reciprocated by the defender. Even his rather robust upending of Kevin James that earned him a booking was greeted with a degree of amusement as the obligatory yellow card was produced.

The only downside was that once again the Huish Park crowd was on the low side with just 4,827 turning up for the Bank Holiday weekend, bolstered by 394 travelling from Staffordshire. Despite the Glovers now being in their highest ever league position - 8th in League One - that fact has yet to truly filter through to the Somerset public.

A full match report will appear on this site tomorrow.

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26 August 2006 : No Lamb Kebabs For Grecians
Both Gavin McCallum and Bradley Thomas made their loan debuts for Tamworth today. With the Lambs having picked up no points so far this season, and leaking goals like a punctured rubber ring in a force ten gale, it was no surprise that manager Mark Cooper made six changes from last week's demolition by Dagenham & Redbridge and threw his two borrowed Glovers straight into the fray for the visit of Exeter City.

The formation was 3-5-2 with Thomas slotting in as the left end of the back three, and McCallum playing wide left. Both players get positive write-ups in the Tamworth match report, the full version of which can be read here. Gavin will probably be used to having his name spelt incorrectly on official sites, after all he is a Yeovil Town player :

McAllum showed some great touches down the left wing and a rejuvenated Lambs side started to threaten towards the end of the first half. And it was McAllum who was set up by Atieno on 44 but blasted the free ball over the bar from the edge of the area........

The second half started at a relative walking pace although The Lambs looked the more lively of the two sides, especially with the threat of McAllum on the left wing.........

On 62 Bradley Thomas pulled off a superb tackle to stop substitute Lee Phillips from shooting..........

Good news for Yeovil that the lads appear to have made a very good initial impression and done well. Both played the full ninety minutes. As for the Lambs, they will be even more pleased that the efforts of McCallum and Thomas - and others - got them three rather unexpected points against a Grecian side which had started the season almost as well as they had badly.

Tamworth's next match is away at St Albans City, managed by ex-Glover boss Colin Lippiatt, on Bank Holiday Monday, 28th August. Kick-off at Clarence Park is 3.00 p.m. for any Glovers in the area looking for a match on a blank day for League One. That'll probably just be me then! Visitors get the Hatfield Road Terrace directly opposite the railway station, or can sit in the Main Stand in sections A and B.

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26 August 2006 : League One Review
A somewhat reduced programme in League One - with six clubs playing either tomorrow or Tuesday - saw Yeovil Town defeat this morning's leaders 1-0 at Huish Park. The frequently maligned Paul Terry got what was to prove the only goal in the fifth minute when he went on a run and let fly from distance, and with their noses in front the Glovers were determined to be hard to beat.

In what would be better described as a tactical tussle rather than a scintillating game of football Yeovil generally held their advantage with relative comfort, with the Valiants strike force, much vaunted pre-match, getting increasingly frustrated.

Just after the hour Lee Morris was tiring after his first start of the season and was replaced by Kevin James. Morris had put in a busy useful performance. At the same time as the substitution manager Russell Slade chose to switch to a more rigid one up front. Although it worked in that Yeovil retained the three points it did invite increasing pressure from the visitors in the final half-hour.

Referee Clive Penton had a rather random match, but even he couldn't fail to spot a card was in order when probably the most predictable event of the afternoon finally occurred at the 64th minute point. A certain Colin Miles did his famed impression of an Exocet and took out James. Penton's choice of a yellow was probably just about right, but it wasn't a surprise when Martin Foyle decided discretion was the sensible option and removed Miles from the fray a few minutes later.

The home side survived some late pressure and the win takes them on to eight points and into eighth place, our highest ever place in the pyramid - though not worth getting too excited about at this stage of the season. The gate was again rather disappointing at 4,827. Nottingham Forest's 1-1 draw at Huddersfield Town earlier in the afternoon combined with Vale's loss meant the early leaders swopped places, with Forest taking over top spot.

Somewhat further away from first place than their more mouthy fans would have believed possible when the season kicked off, the Glovers next opponents, Swansea City, made use of playing only ten men when Leyton Orient's Justin Miller was sent off with a straight red after only 34 minutes. Leon Knight took advantage with what was the winning goal on 54 minutes. However only eleven minutes later it was his turn to head for the showers early for a second yellow card offence. With Lee Trundle missing this match with a tweaked hamstring picked up in training on Thursday which is predicted to keep him out for a second game, and now Knight suspended*, this can only be good news for the Glovers. Not that the Swans are short of alternative forwards. The win for the Swans edged them in to the top half of the table.

Match of the day in League One was at Whaddon Road. It was already 1-1 when Trevor Kettle sent off Millwall's goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley for deliberate handball on 36 minutes. Despite that the visitors still took the lead, until goals by Kayode Odejayi and J.J. Melligan on 67 and 82 minutes put all the points the way of Cheltenham Town. The Robins in 6th and the Lions in 19th - you wouldn't have got inviting odds if you'd wanted to put money on it being the other way round before the season kicked off.

Elsewhere it was mainly 1-1 draws, Blackpool v Gillingham, Bradford City v Rotherham United, Doncaster Rovers v AFC Bournemouth and Scunthorpe United v Brentford all ending in that result. The Cherries had the closest squeak, needing a penalty converted by James Hayter in the 93rd minute to grab a point. Tranmere Rovers followed up their victory in the league over the Glovers last week with a first victory on the road this term, defeating Chesterfield by two goals to nil. Like the Glovers they rose four places, and now sit fourth. Bradford lie in third spot, and at the other end of the table the Millers have got their deficit down to -3 points.

The voting form for your MOTM v Port Vale can be found here.

* Well maybe, depending on whether the FAW repeats its seeming habit of simply throwing away cards picked up by Welsh teams playing English ones.

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25 August 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Southampton vs Yeovil
The Ciderpace match report for Wednesday night's 5-2 defeat at St Mary's Stadium against Southampton in the Carling Cup can be found here.

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25 August 2006 : Yeovil Town v Port Vale Preview
Tomorrow's opponents Port Vale arrive at Huish Park having made their best start in the league since 1929. With four straight wins they sit top of the table. Striker Leon Constantine is the top scorer in the Football League so far this term with five goals, whilst partner Akpo Sodje has four. However manager Martin Foyle reserved his greatest praise for midfielders Paul Harsley and Danny Whitaker, both lured away on frees from League Two Macclesfield Town :

Danny Whitaker hasn't had the credit he deserves, and it is the same with Paul Harsley. We feel Paul is very much like Andy Porter. He snaps and bites in with tackles, breaks things up and plays it simple. They have both slotted in well without scoring, but Paul was unlucky against Preston, while Danny brought a good save from their keeper. But I like workers because, if we are going to be a team, we have to work.

We travel to Yeovil first thing Friday morning and then do some light training in the afternoon once we are down there. It might be a tight game on Saturday, but as long as we defend and are solid and hard to beat, then we give ourselves a chance again.

It will be a hard game and we have got to be spot on again. It is important we rest up because the lads looked a bit tired late on in the game on Wednesday.

Colin Miles has a bruised foot. I know he is desperate to play against his old club, but if it means he needs another week then that's what will happen. After this game we have got a free week, and that is what we need right now.

I thought we dominated when we played down at Yeovil last season. They broke away and with the last kick of the game
[not quite, Martin, 85 minutes] scored when they were down to ten men. I am not taking anything for granted because they are a decent footballing side and I want to make sure we rest up and make sure we are ready for it.

George Abbey and Michael Walsh face late fitness tests which they are expected to pass. Ex-Huish Park favourite Colin Miles has travelled and also faces a fitness test. He's thought to be more like 50/50, but midfielder Robin Hulbert definitely is out after breaking his foot last Friday, as is Nathan Lowndes with an ankle injury.

For Yeovil Town defender Andy Lindegaard remains unavailable, but there are no reports of any new injuries from the mid-week Carling Cup tie at St Mary's. Lindy's on loan replacement Mark Lynch is expected to make his league debut for the Glovers after a solid first match against Southampton. David Poole should be recovered from the throat infection that kept him out of the sixteen on Wednesday.

Speaking on BBC Radio Bristol today manager Russell Slade looked forward to the game :

I think that Martin Foyle now has had a little bit of time to get his team together. He's probably been in the job there for perhaps three years now, and I would have thought that he would be looking to try and mount a challenge this season. Even thought he might be surprised or the fans might be a bit surprised that they are top at the momnt, I would think that they would expect to be up there in that top seven for most of the season.

They've had a terrific start haven't they? That's five games they've won. That is a fantastic start to the season for them. They will be coming here in a very confident mood. It will be a massive test for us as they are top of the league. I think that is a great starting point for us - to be playing the team top of the league. I wouldn't want it any other way. If we are to bounce back, then why not against the best team in the league right now?

Slade should indeed know how long Foyle has been in charge of the Valiants. It was his victory at Vale Park three years ago in the F.A. Cup when manager at Scarborough that was the final nail in the coffin of Brian Horton's tenure, and subsequently saw Foyle moving into the manager's office.

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25 August 2006 : Kids Go For Free Tomorrow?
Unofficial reports have reached us this evening that the football club are doing a 'kids go free' offer for tomorrow's match against Port Vale. Several supporters who have spoken to the Huish Park Ticket Office today have been given the offer whilst buying their matchday tickets.

The exact details of the offer can't be 100 percent confirmed but appear to be along the lines of one child being able to gain admission free when accompanied by one adult. That is unfortunately about as much information as is currently on offer at present.

Our advice if you are yet to buy tickets and are planning on taking children to tomorrow's game is to phone the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 or drop in sometime after 9.00am tomorrow.

Ciderspace is a big fan of such initiatives - if the club are to grow in size, they need schemes like these to get young people hooked on watching Yeovil Town rather than Sky Sports and the Premiership. However, such schemes need marketing and publicity to truly reap the benefits, and the Football Club do need to be more proactive in selling such schemes to the untapped market within the town and the surrounding areas. Relying on word of mouth makes for a missed opportunity.

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25 August 2006 : Striker Hunt Hots Up
Glovers boss Russell Slade has stated that he has made a firm offer for a striker currently playing at a Championship club. The name is not disclosed, although BBC Radio Bristol are reporting that the player is available on a free transfer. Slade has until next Thursday before the transfer window shuts for permanent deals and with firepower being the most obvious concern during early matches, it would appear that this would be the Yeovil manager's top priority. He explained to the radio station:

"I've made an offer to a player from a Championship side and hopefully we'll know by early next week and certainly by the deadline whether we have been successful or not. I want competition for places up front and I want competition everywhere to be honest. I am trying to create a little more competition up front by hopefully bringing in a new player or two."

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25 August 2006 : Did Anyone See Cyd?
Yeovil Town boss Russell Slade has announced this afternoon that Trinidad and Tobago international defender Cyd Gray has been released from the club following a week's trial at Huish Park.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, Russell explained: "I've let Cyd go as it happens. He came for the week. He's a lovely boy and he worked hard. But I was very pleased with the performance of Mark Lynch who made his debut on Wednesday and I don't feel as though we have got a problem in that area right now to bring in some additional cover."

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25 August 2006 : Planning Permission For Clubhouse At Last
Eighteen months after submission Yeovil Town Football Club's application for planning permission to build a clubhouse was finally granted yesterday. The plans as released on the South Somerset District Council web site appear basically unchanged since those we published on 25th March 2005. We can't be absolutely sure there have been no changes as several relevant files won't download from the council's site because of an internal server error at their end. Anyway, with the proviso there may have been some minor alterations in the meantime, this is what our new clubhouse should look like :

Huish Park development plans
Plans for the new social club and toilet facilities.
© 2005-06 YTFC/Ciderspace

Designed to slot into the corner between the Bartlett Stand and the Westland Terrace the new social club will be two storeys, with a lift providing access to the upper level.

Social Club ground floor
Details of the ground floor of the Social Club.
© 2005-06 YTFC/Ciderspace

Social Club first floor
Details of the first floor of the Social Club.
© 2005-06 YTFC/Ciderspace

Externally the Social Club will have the same facing as the current buildings.

Exterior of Social Club
External views of the new Social Club.
© 2005-06 YTFC/Ciderspace

The conditions attached to the granting of planning permission are as follows :

1. The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the expiration of five years from the date of this permission.

2. The development hereby permitted shall not be carried out otherwise than in complete accordance and solely for the use outlined within the submitted plans/specifications and supporting information received 21st March 2005, 2nd August 2005 and 19th January 2006.

3. The development hereby permitted shall not be commenced unless particulars (including colour and finish) of the materials (including the provision of samples where appropriate) to be used for external walls, roofs, windows and doors have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.

4. No works shall be carried out unless a sound insulation scheme is submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority and completed to its reasonable satisfaction. The approved scheme following its installation shall thereafter be permanently retained and maintained.

5. Prior to the first occupation of the development hereby permitted the security fence and gates shown on the approved site plan adjoining the development shall be realigned and suitably affixed (during operation of the development) to ensure access to the development hereby approved is only available via the west of the Main Stand and south of the South Terrace. Parking for the development hereby approved shall be provided within the Main Car Park and not in the Bartlett Car Park.

6. The following structures; namely the marquee supporters bar, and associated cellar, toilet block and disabled toilet shall be removed from the area outlined in blue on the approved plan and the land restored to its former condition before the first occupation of the development hereby approved in accordance with a scheme of work to be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority prior to any other works commencing.

7. The building shall not be used outside of the hours of 11.00 to 23.00 Monday to Sunday.

8. This permission shall not be exercised in addition to any permission already granted (viz Application No. 04/02181/FUL) and shall be treated as an alternative so that the developer may have the option of carrying out development in accordance with the present permission or the permission already granted, but not both. In the event of the development referred to in the permission already granted being substantially carried out, this permission shall forthwith lapse and be of no effect.

Condition 8 is in reference to the marquee. Also yesterday, permission was given for an extension on use of the marquee currently in situ, with removal before or by 18th August 2008. Additional riders strongly imply no further extensions will be granted past 1st September 2008. The club therefore has two years, if it needs that amount of time, to get its act together and have the clubhouse built and open.

That's the good news. We do however have one caveat we believe to be significant, even though at first glance it appears quite a minor thing. In a letter submitted by the club as part of the application process the following details were outlined :

on match-days the bar will close fifteen minutes prior to kick-off;
the whole building will be air conditioned and have under floor heating;
a lift to provide access for disabled customers to the first floor will be installed;
the building will be sound proofed;
it will be no-smoking throughout at all times - (predictable in this day and age);
the ground floor will serve food and soft drinks and include new toilet facilities which would all be available for supporters, but also double as facilities for players and other staff during the week;
will be run by "the supporters and their friends" - (not sure what that means in practice);
the first floor will be the social club, with a fitted bar, large screen television, two portable skittle alleys and an entertainment system;
all furniture will be fitted;
alcohol will be served in plastic glasses at all times, and no bottles over the bar.

Whoa there! Firstly we object to being treated like potentially violent chavs. In over thirty years of using clubhouses at other grounds this author being given a plastic 'glass' is a rare exception rather than the rule, and that would be on matchdays only, and usually because they had simply run out of proper glasses. Whilst plastic might be tolerable in concourse bars and things of that ilk, on an evening out with friends - and this is meant to be a seven day a week social club - being expected to sup out of plastic receptacles is just not acceptable. A quick survey amongst those associated with this site revealed none of us would be likely to use it under that condition outside of match days, and would be pretty resentful on them. Whether others have the same opinion we wouldn't hazard, but to our mind it sets entirely the wrong tone. Treat people like infants who can't be trusted, with plastic 'glasses' and furniture scewed to the floor, setting up a swill-joint atmosphere, and you are more likely to get a self-fulfilling prophesy of the very issues you were hoping to avoid. Not directed particularly at YTFC, but we are heartily sick of the attitude that sees football supporters as mindless yobs who should be treated worse than cattle because we won't appreciate anything better.

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25 August 2006 : Officials For Port Vale
Tomorrow's match against Port Vale will see referee Clive Penton take centre stage at Huish Park. Clive, who hails from Sussex last appeared at Huish Park in February for the 0-2 home defeat against Southend United.

Clive was the referee who took charge in the incredible 3-2 win over Plymouth Argyle two years ago, but was also the man who sent off Jake Edwards in Yeovil Town's first ever league trip to Bristol Rovers that ended up with a 1-0 win for the Glovers.

Clive will be assisted by Huish Park regular Ron Ganfield (Somerset) and Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). The fourth official will be James Linington (Isle Of Wight).

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25 August 2006 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 22 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have announced the winners of Week 22 of the Glovers Gold Bond scheme as follows:

Glovers Gold Bond
Yeovil Town F.C. (01935) 423662 (Ext 291)
Week 22 : 25th August 2006

£1000 Monthly Jackpot Winner
Mrs F Dunbar, Wickham Way, Shepton Mallet
Agents Bonus - Agent: 010

Monday C3845 Mrs Mullings South View Road, Milborne Port
Tuesday C3968 Mrs Drayton Redwood Road, Yeovil
Wednesday B3757 Mr John Hall c/o John Hall Financial Services, Yeovil
Thursday A6840 Mr D Lloyd West End, Marston Magna
Friday B9238 Mrs Doel Hillcrest Road, Yeovil

A3845 Mrs L Manning St Johns Road, Yeovil
B3845 Mr G Ford Thornton Road, Yeovil
D3845 Mrs J Miller Storridge Lane, Axminster
E3845 Miss I Bryant Balsam Fields, Wincanton
B3968 Mrs B Nott Abbey Road, Yeovil
D3968 Mr C Harrow Row Lane, Keinton Mandeville
E3968 Les Hook Bowleaze, Yeovil
A3757 Mr P Hillier The Meadows, Gillingham
C3757 Anita Shakeshaft Whedan Farm, Gillingham
D3757 Mr & Mrs R M Waters Alpha Omega', Chilthorne Domer
E3757 Mr B Hinder Ilchester Road, Yeovil
C6840 Mr King Addison Terrace, Gillingham
D6840 Mr Shaw Laburnum Way, Yeovil
E6840 Mr P Rose Great Orchard, Ilchester
A9238 R J Brimley Lavers Oak, Martock
C9238 Mrs Gage Alun Rees Way, Chard

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24 August 2006 : Tonkin Departs
Manager Russell Slade has confirmed the departure of Anthony Tonkin from Huish Park where he's been training for the last week or so. Whether he's gone for good remains to be seen, with Slade seemingly leaving the door ajar whilst proffering a slight side swipe at the full-back's chances of returning to the Championship League :

As for Anthony, he trained with us last week but has now gone to Colchester. He wants to get fixed up in the Championship but if that does not happen then he may end up coming here cap in hand. I would still like to add a couple of extra bodies to the squad but we shall have to see what happens.

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24 August 2006 : Pace And Power Was Big Difference
Glovers boss Russell Slade believes his side could have made last night's 5-2 defeat at St Mary's Stadium a lot closer were it not for a number of missed chances. However, he recognised that there was a big difference in class between the respective clubs when it came to their strike forces. Speaking after the game, Russell admitted:

"I thought we missed four or five good chances tonight which if they'd have gone in would have made for a different result. Wayne Gray missed an easy chance but made up with it with a fine finish for his goal. I am trying to be philosophical about the defeat but there are a lot of positives I can take out of the game. We worked hard as a team but could not cope with their pace and power up front. That was the one big difference between the two sides."

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24 August 2006 : Arron Gets Another Welsh Call-Up
Yeovil Town's midfielder/striker Arron Davies has once again been called up to the Welsh Under 21 squad. He will play in a UEFA Under 21 Qualifier Play-Off match against Turkey that the Welsh must win to stand any chance of qualifying for the main tournament.

Arron stands a chance of being named as captain due to the suspension of Wolves striker Craig Davies and Wrexham's Marc Williams and the call-up of regular captain Andrew Crofts to the senior squad. Bristol City striker David Cotterill is another candidate for the honour, having dropped from the senior squad into the Under 21 squad. Former Glovers striker Dale Williams, now playing at Shrewsbury, does not feature.

The Saturday match means that Arron will now miss Yeovil Town's trip to Swansea City on the evening before. There doesn't look to be any case for the match being postponed - Swansea's only call-up across the two squads is Shaun MacDonald meaning that the match at the Liberty Stadium on September 1st will go ahead as planned.

Wales Under 21 Squad to face Turkey in Cardiff (2 September): Lewis Price (Ipswich Town), Ashley Morris (Merthyr Tydfil), Gareth Bale (Southampton), Kyle Critchell (Southampton), Lloyd James (Southampton), Adam Davies (Cambridge United), Neal Eardley (Oldham Athletic), Joe Jacobson (Cardiff City), Simon Spender (Wrexham), Mike Williams (Wrexham), Craig Morgan (MK Dons), Arron Davies (Yeovil Town), Matthew Collins (Fulham), David Edwards (Shrewsbury Town), Mark Jones (Wrexham), Shaun MacDonald (Swansea City), Jamal Easter (Cardiff City), David Cotterill (Bristol City).

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24 August 2006 : Glovers Get A Bit Of A Spanking
No point sugar coating the pill. When five are conceded you've been well done over and may as well hold your hand up. The gap in class was wide as Southampton ran out 5-2 victors in the Carling Cup Round One tie at St Mary's Stadium last night.

With the home club having been expressing concerns about the gate for days, for once poor weather may have assisted. With the cricket at the Rose Bowl a victim to a day of rain an additional 7,025 fans turned up to buy on the night, taking the crowd to an impressive 20,653. If they had 'only come to watch Yeovil' they hid it well, as just under 2,000 away supporters - stuck into a corner as seems to be the policy of (ex-) Premiership clubs - were drowned out for much of the night. In fact Saints fans seemed unclear who they were playing, with most of their singing directed at a current Premiership club a few miles along the coast.

As he'd signalled in advance manager George Burley didn't put out his strongest side, resting the likes of Grzegorz Rasiak and Jermaine Wright and giving a debut to Adam Lallana and a first start to Chris Makin. However there was a surprise inclusion for Gareth Bale after his knock on Saturday which had seen him substituted. Somewhat weakened or not, Burley had called it right, with Southampton full of pace, precise passing and clinical finishing. Yeovil Town worked hard at their own game and were never completely over run, though at times it came close as the likes of Terry Skiverton, Chris Cohen and Nathan Jones all put their bodies on the line with heroic last ditch blocks.

It was one of these, from Cohen, that saw Saints take the lead on 25 minutes as the ball subsequently ricocheted about in the six yard box, came off J-P Kalala and then hit Cohen again for an own-goal. The goal itself was unlucky, but it couldn't be denied it had been coming for a while.

Four minutes later though the Glovers were back on level terms, scoring somewhat out of the blue, as a mix up in the Southampton defence saw Wayne Gray break free and finish well, drilling the ball into the bottom left hand corner: 1-1. The visitors hopes were raised, but only very briefly. After just another two minutes the home side retook the lead as Rudolf Skacel thumped a free kick in off the post. And before half-time the score became 3-1 when Bradley Wright-Phillips showed his class and turned the Yeovil defence inside out.

Burley could afford to start making substitutions from early in the second half, and as another two goals went in, from Nathan Dyer on 69 minutes and Kenwyne Jones on 78 minutes it looked as if there might be a cricket score on the night in Southampton after all. However Town dug deep, heads stayed up, and four minutes into time added on, with the last move of the match the Glovers got a second, Matt Harrold nodding home after debutant Mark Lynch laid the ball back for Kevin James to put in the cross. Yeovil had been well beaten, but 5-2 made it feel more respectable and gave the travelling support some consolation at the end.

Our beloved Trevor Kettle thankfully had virtually no decisions of consequence to make all night, and so could appear nearly competent. The well worn Kettle cards were almost absent, only Kalala being flashed a yellow - the first card of either colour for a Yeovil player so far this season.

Southampton 5-2 Yeovil Town

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24 August 2006 : MOTM Voting For Southampton
A reminder that you can vote for your Man Of The Match for last night's match against Southampton in the Carling Cup by using the on-line voting form.

Yeovil Town lost the match 5-2 with the Saints goals coming from Rudi Skacel, Bradley Wright-Phillips, Nathan Dyer and Kenwyne Jones, with a fifth credited as an own goal against Chris Cohen.

The Glovers goals were a Wayne Gray equaliser which had tied the scores at 1-1, and a late consolation from Matt Harrold.

Link: MOTM Voting Form.

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22 August 2006 : Southampton v Yeovil Town Preview
Reports suggest there will be a small crowd by St Mary's standards for tomorrow's Carling Cup Round One tie, with Southampton having sold 13,000 tickets and Yeovil Town around 1,500. Whether the all time low at St Mary's Stadium of 15,908 is broken is likely to depend on how many home fans buy on the night.

George Burley has been playing up the importance of Southampton's next match against Preston North End, and stressing a number of "minor knocks": always a sure sign a manager is intending to play a somewhat weakened team but doesn't actually want to say so.

Chris Makin is set to make his first start for Saints, with Burley confirming he'll be in the side after his impressive showing as a second-half substitute at Barnsley. Kenwyne Jones could be given his first start of the campaign up front, and last season's leading goalscorer Ricardo Fuller is also back in contention as he attempts to regain match fitness after a hamstring strain.

Other contenders for a place on the bench at least include Kevin Miller, Martin Cranie and young attacking prospect Adam Lallana who was an unused substitute on Saturday. One player Glovers fans are unlikely to get a chance to see in the flesh is latest St Mary's sensation Gareth Bale, who will almost certainly be protected after being forced off with an ankle knock at the weekend.

Burley commented :

I will have to look at it carefully because we can't afford any more injuries. The squad is not big enough. On Saturday we had 18 fit players and we will have the same again tomorrow - possibly with Ricardo Fuller making 19. He is progressing well and joined in training yesterday so he has a chance, but the squad is stretched to the maximum and we can't afford any more knocks because Preston is a big game for us. We want to do as well as we can in the Cups but they are a bonus. The league is the priority.

There are a few we need to look at and a few who have been pushing for a game and need match practice. Chris Makin will start tomorrow and Kenwyne Jones has done very well when he has come off the bench and he will come into the equation.

The Southampton sixteen is expected to come from :

Davis, Ostlund, Baird, Pele, Makin, Dyer, Skacel, Wright, Viafara, Surman, Wright-Phillips, Jones, Rasiak, Lallana, Fuller, Sarmiento, Cranie, McGoldrick, Miller.

Meanwhile Yeovil Town have been preparing with the aid of their not particularly secret weapon : physio Jim Joyce. Jim was given two scouting missions ahead of tomorrow's clash, and will also pump his contacts gained in ten years with the Saints for any snippets leading up to the match.

I went to watch their game with Coventry for Russell, which was actually the first time I've been back to the stadium since I left. It was a bit strange, going there as a scout, and I didn't really have the chance to meet up with any of the people I know there. I also watched Southampton's game against Derby, which was on television, and I made notes for Russell on both matches.

Hopefully the information I've given him will be of some use to us tomorrow and I'll try to find out some details on their squad today. The people I know at the club are too professional to let anything slip but I know a few of the journalists down there who might help me out.

They are very strong from set-pieces and of course everyone knows about the young lad Gareth Bale now, who is brilliant from free-kicks. Bale went off injured at half-time on Saturday so we'll have to see if he's involved - I doubt he will be because they're unlikely to risk him in the Carling Cup. But they will be a danger from corners and free-kicks anyway - they've scored goals and won penalties from those situations this season.

We'll also have to watch Bradley Wright-Phillips, who is a real threat with the ball at his feet, although he hasn't had the best service in the games I've seen. And Grzegorz Rasiak is one of the best strikers in the Championship so our defenders will have their hands full with him.

The Glovers definitely have Andy Lindegaard out with a strained groin that is likely to take around three weeks to recover. Today's loan signing Mark Lynch could well be thrown in as a straight replacement at right back if the manager decides to disrupt the defensive line as little as possible. Elsewhere there are no definite injuries, though Lee Morris had a slight back strain that kept him out of contention for the 2-1 defeat by Tranmere Rovers on Saturday. The situation with Kevin James was uncertain as of this afternoon, though even if Nottingham Forest were refusing to let him become cup-tied when the intial loan terms were thrashed out that situation no longer pertains after their defeat by Accrington Stanley last night.

With the match having to be decided on the night gaffer Russell Slade has been talking about taking a positive approach, with perhaps a more attacking philosophy than he felt could be afforded in the league. He revealed nothing about his preferred line-up but conceded Arron Davies would be up for a chance to play against his former club. Like most managers he was cagey about whether Yeovil had been practicing penalties, but said that, whilst it can never be sure they will all be on the pitch after 120 minutes, he did have five candidates in his mind should it come to that.

The Ciderspace guide to Southampton can be found here.

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22 August 2006 : Lynch 'Desperate' To Play Football
Glovers boss Russell Slade has now officially welcomed in new loan signing Mark Lynch who joined on a one month loan deal from Championship side Hull City (see two stories below). Russell has already seen him complete a full day's training at Huish Park and he likes what he has seen so far.

Russell spoke to BBC Radio Bristol this afternoon and said of the benefits Lynch would bring to the club:

"He has great pedigree. He is desperate to start playing football. He had quite a serious injury on the first day of the (2005-06) season with Hull City against Queens Park Rangers which impeded his progress. But now he has an opportunity to start playing some games again. I think he played 15 games or something in that region in the Championship last season. As I say, he has got good pedigree because he has played at Manchester United and Sunderland. He has trained with us this morning and he is very quick. He's got a good build, looks athletic. He might be a little bit rusty but we will soon shake that off him and I am sure he will do a good job for us."

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22 August 2006 : Two Out On Loan
Centre-back Bradley Thomas and wide man Gavin McCallum will start month long loan deals. Both have gone to Conference National club Tamworth.

The Lambs have made a dreadful start to the season, and would be bottom if Crawley Town hadn't begun the campaign on a ten point deduction, losing all three matches to date with two goals for and eleven against. Manager Mark Cooper has moved early to address the problem, circulating the names of a number of his squad for transfer whilst bringing in new faces, amongst whom are Thomas and McCallum.

With Cooper so openly displeased with some of the current members of his team it seems very likely the Yeovil pair will be immediately thrown in at the deep end. Tamworth's next fixture is against Exeter City who visit The Lamb Ground this coming Saturday. The Grecians have made a good start to the season, lying fourth in the very early table with two wins and a draw, and should provide stern opposition.

Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade spoke of the need for the young duo to get competitive football and more experience.

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22 August 2006 : Lynch Loan Confirmed
The Hull City Official Site has confirmed the loan of defender Mark Lynch for a month initially at Huish Park.

Tigers manager Phil Parkinson said :

Mark is a little way down the pecking order at the moment and this move will give him a chance to get some first team football under his belt. Going there for a month also gives Yeovil a chance to take a look at him should they wish to take things further at a later date.

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22 August 2006 : Millwall Police Praise Glovers
Avon and Somerset Police have contacted us to make us aware of a letter they have received from the Police who covered this month's match at Millwall at The Den. The letter, penned by Millwall's local Police, reads as follows:

"I wanted to write to you so you could pass our thoughts onto the Club and its supporters.

In the years I have worked at Millwall, I can safely say I have never met a nicer group of football supporters than those from Yeovil Town who came to get behind their team at The Den on 5th August. Furthermore, I am a regular at football matches and have rarely seen such well behaved, well mannered and good natured supporters.

Our commander on the day commented on how impressed he was with how the Yeovil supporters refused to be goaded by a minority of Millwall supporters but in fact preferred to continue to watch and get behind their team. That is a mark of how much he thought of them, as he is a true 'Rugger' supporter and normally hates all things football.

I would be very grateful if you could pass on our very best for the rest of the season to both Yeovil Town Football Club and their supporters and thank them for being a pleasure to work with. It would be our pleasure to welcome them back at anytime

Once again Ciderspace says well done lads'n'lasses. This is not the first time that Yeovil Town's supporters have been praised for their behaviour on away trips since the Glovers entered the Football League. The fact that letters like the above keep rolling in can only be a positive thing for the club's current and future reputation.

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22 August 2006 : Slade Lynches A Right-Back
Glovers boss Russell Slade is moving quickly to plug the right-back gap left by the sale of Kevin Amankwaah to Swansea City, and this weekend's injury to Andy Lindegaard. According to this morning's Western Daily Press he is expecting to capture Hull City right-back Mark Lynch on a month's loan with a view to a permanent deal if things go well.

Lynch was born in Manchester on September 2nd 1981 and is a former Manchester United trainee who spent 20 games on loan to Scottish side St Johnstone during the 2001-02 season. Rather strangely, his one and only appearance for United was in the Champions League in March 2003, playing 90 minutes against Deportivo in March 2003.

A move to Sunderland followed where he made 13 appearances for the North-East side during the 2004-05 season. He then moved on to the KC Stadium where he played 17 games for Championship side Hull City last season, before injury and the arrival of former Swansea City defender Sam Ricketts forced him out of contention. Since then he has been unable to dislodge the Welsh international and having not featured for Hull since January 2006, he appears to be out of favour in Humberside.

Slade has yet to fully tie up the deal at present, but hopes to do so later today. Hull have already stated that they have no issue with Lynch playing in tomorrow's Carling Cup tie at Southampton.

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21 August 2006 : Youth Team Against Swansea Match Details
Match statistics for Saturday's 0-4 home reversal for the Youth Team are now available. Despite getting a head wound during the previous week's Reserve Team match, Gary Bowles was able to prove his fitness to captain the Under 18s against Swansea City. Defensive partner Harry Sherwood also made his competitive debut following an injury.

Despite that, Stuart Housley's side lost out heavily by four goals on the Huish Park Top Pitch. They now take a sizeable break from League football, with their next Youth Alliance match on September 30th. In the meantime, the next game they will take part in will be a League Cup match against Portsmouth on September 9th.

Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Peter Burridge, 2. Oliver Wake, 3. Mike McCormick, 4. Harry Sherwood, 5. Gary Bowles (captain), 7. Aaron Mead, 8. Phil Ormrod, 9. Tom Clarke, 10. Matt Concliffe, 11. Jamie Morgan, 12. Darren Watts

Subs: 13. Ben Cochran, 15. Ben Turnock, 16. Tom Hastie, 17. Jason Sims, Nick Medlin.

Substitutes Used: Ben Turnock for Aaron Mead (46 mins), Nick Medlin for Jamie Morgan (46 mins), Jason Sims for Harry Sherwood (60 mins)

Link: 2006-07 Puma Youth Alliance South West Conference League Table.

Link: 2006-07 Puma Youth Alliance South West Conference Results.

Link: 2006-07 Youth Team Goalscorers.

Link: 2006-07 Youth Team Appearances.

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21 August 2006 : If You See Cyd................. Follow Up
Manager Russell Slade has confirmed the item reported on Ciderspace (see below, 18th August) that Cyd Gray of Trinidad & Tobago is expected on trial this week.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press he said :

We've spoken to his agent and he may be coming over this week for us to have a look at him. We'll have to wait and see. He can play at full-back or in central defence and played in the World Cup for Trinidad & Tobago.

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21 August 2006 : Interview With Chris Cohen
Glovers midfielder Chris Cohen spoke to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Tranmere Rovers on Saturday and said that he felt the change to a 4-5-1 formation had produced some positives, even if the end result had not been what he wanted.

Chris explained: "It worked very well, especially in the first half. We felt like when we went 1-0 down that it was a bit of an injustice really. We put the ball about well in midfield and Tranmere struggled a bit to start with. So we can take positives from the game, but if we give away sloppy goals like we did today, we know that we are going to struggle to get points."

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

Link: Tranmere Match Report.

Link: Chris Cohen Interview.

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21 August 2006 : 'Our Trev' At St Mary's
One referee has almost cult (at least we think that is the spelling) status with Glovers fans. Trevor Kettle officiated his first Yeovil Town match on Bank Holiday Monday, 28th August 2000 against Hednesford Town. The HHH Conference Reviews of those days rarely mentioned referees, but even on that first view Trev got two opening paragraphs all to himself :

This column only rarely mentions the man (or woman) in black - or occasional alternative hues these days. We leave it up to the Annies, DCB and others to explain how their understanding and interpretation of the laws of football is so much more accurate, and less subjective naturally, than that of any referee or assistant referee. How any set-back is purely the result of incompetent decision making by officials and has nothing to do with their team's deficiencies or the superiority of the opposition. That the major outbursts of invective invariably coincide with defeat is seen as confirmation that the officiating was at fault, not that the outraged one venting his or her spleen is about as objective concerning the fortunes of their club as a Jehovah's Witness discussing atheism.

It's therefore with more than the usual pleasure that I can report Yeovil Town's comfortable victory on Monday. Hednesfraud came playing for a draw and once this game plan was holed in four minutes by a Nick Crittenden goal, his first for the club, had no substitute one. It was one of those 4-2 scorelines where there was never any doubt who the victors were going to be. Thus the extraordinary and eccentric performance of the referee can be commented on without the danger of accusations that this is just the usual example of losers whinging and whining about officials. Pots and kettles need not apply. And talking of kettles brings us to Mr T. Kettle of Maidenhead. His application of the laws of football was quite bizarre; in fact as we moved into the second half his confusion reached delirium and he simply made up new ones as he went along. Did you know that in a one on one situation when a defender already on a yellow pulls a striker through on goal down the striker can be booked for "persistence"? According to Mr Kettle you can. Or that having allowed a player to take quick free kicks all through game you then suddenly book the same player for........ taking a quick free kick. Mr Kettle does. A red card mandatory for keepers handling goal bound shots outside the area? Not in Mr Kettle's cut and paste "The Idiots Guide to Refereeing". If Hednesfraud's first penalty was a penalty then it had to be a tackle from behind. No longer a bookable offence according to Mr Kettle. Over fifty free kicks were awarded, forty-one of them for alleged fouls - in an increasingly arbitrary and random way - in a match everyone saw as clean. Except Mr Kettle. Which way the free kick actually went was a total lottery. When Mr North was promoted this season to the League we at Huish Park, who seemed to get him more than most, breathed a sigh of relief as we knew the only joke bigger than this step up was the man's refereeing. However let me be the first in the queue to say: "Come back North, all is forgiven." No prizes for what the "T" in Mr T Kettle stands for.

Meanwhile, at other grounds something more resembling serious football matches were being allowed to progress by officials less reminiscent of 1960's one hit wonder Whistling Jack Smith............

We subsequently saw a lot of Mr Kettle. He did improve - sort of - but has always had that demeanor that gets fans backs up: whistle and card happy, officious and liking to be the centre of attention, thus making any errors more conspicuous. Kettle became a legend amongst the Yeovil faithful as we seemed to get him two or three times a season home or away. And then he was all but gone. A forces transfer, he's RAF, to Rutland meant we've seen little of the great man in the flesh in recent seasons, though an appearance live on Sky in an F.A. Cup replay at Park Lane between Canvey Island and Southend United had us rolling in the aisles as he mistakenly tried to send off one of the few players he hadn't previously booked for a "second" yellow.

However 'Our Trev' is back. Wednesday's Carling Cup tie versus Southampton sees the Whistling Kettle in the middle. To be fair his last piece of officiating at a Yeovil game, the 1-1 draw with Blackpool passed with little incident.

Attempting to support his efforts will be assistant referees Tony Mason (Kent), David Phillips (Sussex) and fourth official John Farries (Oxfordshire).

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21 August 2006 : Glovers Gold Bond Week 21 Results
Yeovil Town's Commercial Department have announced the Week 21 Glovers Gold Bond results as follows:

Glovers Gold Bond
Yeovil Town F.C. (01935) 423662 (Ext 291)
Week 21 : 18th August 2006

Monday D8802 Mrs Jefferies The Grove, Frome
Tuesday B9168 Mrs H Cornelius Hitchen, Merriott
Wednesday D1069 Mr B Hoskins Tintagel Road, Yeovil
Thursday B4840 Mrs S I Gosney Thurlocks, Tintinhull
Friday A0289 Mr R Burke Larkspur Crescent, Yeovil

A8802 Mr D Brooks Bracey Road, Martock
B8802 Cheryl Keen c/o John Hall Financial Services, Yeovil
C8802 Mrs L Frapple Ancastle Avenue, Ansford
E8802 Mr S Small Sunnyside Road, Weymouth
A9168 Mr R Clarke Chelston Avenue, Yeovil
C9168 Mr & Mrs Pope Springfield Road, Yeovil
E9168 Mrs K Norris Cavalier Way, Yeovil
A1069 Mrs E J Wilson Thornton Road, Yeovil
B1069 Mrs S Glover Long Run, Higher Odcombe
C1069 Mrs D Dunn Tintagel Road, Yeovil
E1069 Mr Bird Bonfire Close, Chard
E4840 Mrs S Feltham Hermes Place, Ilchester
B0289 Mrs Sweet Montacute Road, Tintinhull
C0289 Mrs S Reed Eastfield, Martock

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20 August 2006 : Reserve Team 2006-07 Statistics Pages
The statistics pages for this season's Reserve Team matches have been set up for this season. Links for each page are as follows, and will be made accessible from the site's Statistics Section.

Link: 2006-07 Pontins Holiday Combination League Table.

Link: 2006-07 Pontins Holiday Combination Results.

Link: 2006-07 Reserve Team Goalscorers.

Link: 2006-07 Reserve Team Appearances.

As usual, these pages will be updated throughout the coming season.

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20 August 2006 : Russell's Verdict On the Tranmere Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade felt that two sloppy goals were to blame for his side's 2-1 defeat against Tranmere Rovers yesterday at Prenton Park.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell explained: "I think it was the manner of the two goals that upset us a little bit, because we felt that we dominated large parts of the first half and played probably some of our best football so far this season. In the second half I didn't think we did quite as well."

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

Link: Tranmere Rovers Match Report.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: BBC Bristol's Audio Archive.

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20 August 2006 : League One Saturday Review
Next weekend's match against Port Vale will rather surprisingly be a match against League One's top side. Most punters predicted Vale to be in the lower half of the table, some even had them on their relegation shortlist, but the Potteries side are currently on maximum points and will no doubt be hoping that they can be this season's Colchester United.

Vale's fine start can be pretty much attributed to one man - striker Leon Constantine - who has netted five of their eight goals and grabbed the winner in a topsy-turvey 3-2 win over a previously undefeated Chesterfield side.

Nottingham Forest are the only other side who are on maximum points. Two Grant Holt goals saw them come from behind to win against Brighton and Hove Albion - another side to lose their unbeaten record yesterday.

Bradford City have got off to a rather tasty looking start, winning 3-0 away from home. Eddie Johnson did the damage - scoring two and doing the traditional "former player up against his old club" routine as he sank Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road. Their hosts have now sunk to 23rd in the table and have yet to win.

Former Glovers striker Kevin Gall is making a bit of a name for himself at Carlisle United, who got back to winning form after last week's defeat at Huish Park by seeing off Leyton Orient 3-1. Gall grabbed the first and third, whilst setting up Karl Hawley for the second. He could have had the match ball, but had a penalty saved.

Things are not so rosey at Ashton Gate, with Yeovil Reserves Bristol City being embarrassed by a Blackpool side that had failed to score, let alone grab a point up until yesterday. A 4-2 away win for the Tangerines lifted them above City into 18th, leaving the home side stuck in 20th place - not quite what their fans were expecting, who responded with a chorus of boos and some rather angry phone-calls into BBC Radio Bristol's Saturday Sport post-match phone-in.

Some happier faces over the Severn Bridge this weekend though. Two very late Lee Trundle goals saw Swansea City triumph 2-0 over Doncaster Rovers. Meanwhile Millwall fans found out what a League One win looks like, when a 1-0 win saw them leapfrog Oldham Athletic.

Rotherham United can see some vague light at the end of the tunnel as they try and claw back their 10 point penalty for going into administration over the summer. After losing their first two games, they've won the last two, including a 2-1 win yesterday over Scunthorpe United. Eugen Bopp and Pablo Mills were their scorers.

It was the late, late show in West London as Brentford took on Huddersfield Town. With 70 minutes gone, the game was goalless when two goals in three minutes were shared out. Former Torquay United striker Jo Kuffour had surely got the winner a minute from time, but once again the "one for you, one for me" philosophy saw Luke Beckett grab a last minute strike for the Terriers.

Finally, Steve Fletcher and Lee Best helped AFC Bournemouth win 2-1 against Cheltenham Town, whilst a single Andy Kirk goal for Northampton Town leapfrog Gillingham at Priestfield.

The latest League One table is here. The Glovers defeat at Tranmere Rovers sees them drop two places to 12th.

Attention now turns to the Carling Cup, with all League One sides involved during midweek, with the Glovers travelling to the St Mary's Stadium, where they will take on Southampton in a match that is ALL TICKET for Yeovil Town supporters. The Ciderspace away guide is here.

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19 August 2006 : Glovers Lose First Game Of Season
Yeovil Town went down to their first defeat of the 2006-07 season today at Prenton Park when they lost 2-1 against Tranmere Rovers today. A 4-5-1 formation was designed to nullify a big physical Rovers side and in the first half that object was achieved fairly confidently.

Tranmere took the lead through a fairly sloppy bit of defensive play with Kevin Ellison accepting a Chris Greenacre pass and slotting the ball past Steve Mildenhall to put the home side 1-0 up after 35 minutes.

That was somewhat harsh on the Glovers who had contained their hosts well over the opening period, and so when Yeovil equalised a minute before the break it was a well deserved effort. Wayne Gray did well to keep the ball in play, Kevin James put in a right wing cross and Chris Cohen scored his second goal of the season by firing home from 12 yards out.

The experience of Jason McAteer was introduced early in the second half and the home side went on to dominate the opening period. John Mullin netted after a neat one-two in the 54th minute to put Tranmere 2-1 up leaving the Glovers needing to come back a second time.

They almost managed it when Wayne Gray struck the foot of the post, but when Andy Lindegaard suffered a groin injury in the final 10 minutes with all three substitutes used, the Glovers finished the game with 10 men and with the game stretched Chris Greenacre also hit the woodwork during second half injury time.

Final Score: Tranmere Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 1.

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19 August 2006 : MOTM Voting For Tranmere
Don't forget that if you travelled to today's match against Tranmere Rovers you can vote for your Man of the Match by heading to the online voting form here. Yeovil Town lost 2-1 with Tranmere grabbing goals from Kevin Ellison and John Mullin. Midfielder Chris Cohen equalised just before the half-time break.

Link: Tranmere Man Of The Match Voting Form.

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19 August 2006 : Youth Team Get Mauled By Swansea
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side lost 0-4 at home today to their Swansea City counterparts, to represent their second defeat of the season.

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19 August 2006 : Slade Wary Of Tranmere Physical Battle
Glovers boss Russell Slade believes his side are in for a physical battle at Prenton Park this afternoon with hosts Tranmere Rovers being a club that have filled out their starting eleven with tall, well-built players that the slighter, pacier Glovers have often struggled against. But in talking to BBC Radio Bristol, Russell believes he has a gameplan that can neutralise that factor:

"We know we have got a very difficult task ahead of us at Tranmere. They are a big physical side with eight players over six foot, so that's a story in itself. So we know that it will be a difficult game, but hopefully again I have come up with a game plan that will return home with something. They will be a threat from set plays. They have that little bit of experience and a bit of know-how in their side with the likes of Ellison and Gareth Taylor. In Taylor, they've taken a big centre forward that I came across in my time at Sheffield United. So it will be nice to see him, and then there's Mullin in midfield. They are just very strong throughout and resilient and if you look at the games I think they have won 1-0, lost 1-0 and drawn 0-0, so every game has been tight. Hopefully it will be tight again on Saturday."

The Yeovil boss has also given an indication of some of the imperfections his side have worked on since last weekend's 2-1 victory over Carlisle United. Speaking to the Western Morning News he gave his views on where he wanted to see improvements today:

"We need to work on second balls, the turnover of the ball is important and when we win the ball back, we have to keep it. We also need to be a little bit more aggressive and resilient when we lose the ball. There were one or two worrying signs where Carlisle got into areas where they could have hurt us. We have to address that a little bit more but at the same time, we don't want to take away the creation that appeared to come into the side on Saturday where we created numerous chances ourselves and on another day, we could have scored more."

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19 August 2006 : Skivo's Praise For Forbes Partnership
Club captain Terry Skiverton has said this week that he is pleased with the way that his partnership with new signing Terrell Forbes is developing in the centre of Yeovil's defence. Terrell arrived from Oldham Athletic on a free transfer and has immediately gained a place in the starting line-up. The Glovers have conceded just two goals in their first three games, although that record will be heavily tested when they come up against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park this afternoon. Skivo spoke to BBC Radio Bristol this week and said of his new partner:

"Forbes is quick over the ground and is a very good man marker. He complements me well because it allows me to go and attack the ball whilst he sweeps up everything around. He's been an excellent signing for the club and he has had a couple of great games so far and I think he deserved the man of the match award he got out here for the Bournemouth game. He played really well and I am really enjoying playing with him alongside Nathan (Jones) and Lindy who has also been given his chance and has thoroughly taken it."

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18 August 2006 : Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town make the long journey up to the Wirral this weekend where they will take on Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park for their fourth League One fixture of the 2006-07 season. The team set off at 9.30am this morning, with an 18 man squad travelling and their hosts generously allowing the Glovers the chance to train on the main pitch upon their arrival.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, manager Russell Slade said he only had one injury issue to contend with prior to the match:

"We're OK. The goalkeeper (Darren) Behcet injured his thumb and his ankle, but he is going to travel with us in the 18 man squad anyway. So we're OK other than that. We are just waiting for Arron Davies to return from international duty where I believe they (Welsh U21s) got beaten 3-2 and had two players sent off but Arron wasn't one of them fortunately."

With Darren Behcet named as one of the travelling party, it would seem likely that the travelling party would include the 16 players who were part of last weekend's 2-1 success over Carlisle United, with midfielder Anthony Barry the most likely identity of the 18th man.

Tranmere have two significant injury doubts, with former Doncaster Rovers defender Ian Goodison the most major concern to boss Ronnie Moore, who has previously faced Yeovil as Rotherham United and Oldham Athletic manager. Goodison has a hamstring strain and has not trained all week.

Moore said of Jamaican: "Ian Goodison is a massive doubt for us and if he makes it, it will be a big one for us. All the strikers have been working hard all week. We've been looking at crossing, shooting and positional play so hopefully we'll soon be banging a few goals in."

Midfielder Danny Harrison is definitely out - he suffered ankle ligament damage in training this week and is not expected to feature for the next two months.

Moore seems to have a high opinion of his side, despite a fairly average start to their season that sees them currently in 13th place with one win, one draw and one defeat. Rovers did win their one and only home game though, and so far have yet to feature in a match with more than one goal being scored. Speaking to the press, he gave his views on tomorrow's game:

"Yeovil have not lost in three games so we know it is going to be difficult. But we are at home. It's our job to bombard them with crosses and shots, make the most of the opportunities when they come our way while at the same time keeping on our toes at the back. Yeovil will sit and try to hit us on the break and use the pace of Wayne Gray and Kevin James. But they should be worrying about us. I do believe that if we play to the top of our ability then not too many sides at this level will beat us."

Moore said of his side's lack of goals that has so far brought just one successful strike across the three games:

"We had to play two difficult away games last week (at Cheltenham and Doncaster) and we've not been ruthless enough when we get into the attacking third of the field. We have plenty of attack-minded players but the moment we are not creating enough clear-cut chances. We are having opportunities to create something and not taking responsibility. Scoring goals is like a raffle. If you don't buy a ticket you don't win the prize. If you don't shoot you don't score. We worked on that this week and hopefully in the near future we will start hitting the back of the net on a regular basis. I feel that when all the pieces of the jigsaw fit together and we are firing on all cylinders, someone is going to get a good hiding from us."

Last season's match at Prenton Park certainly did turn into a hiding. A Phil Jevons goal put Yeovil 1-0 up at half time, but a hat-trick for Chris Greenacre, who will lead their attack with former Nottingham Forest target man Gareth Taylor, destroyed the Glovers during the second half to leave them on the back of a miserable 4-1 defeat. Hopefully matters at Prenton Park will be a little tighter tomorrow.

For those travelling to the North-West tomorrow, a reminder that the Ciderspace guide to Tranmere can be found here.

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18 August 2006 : Youth Team vs Swansea
A reminder to any supporters who are not travelling to the first team match at Tranmere Rovers, that the Youth Team play host to Swansea City tomorrow morning at 11.00am. The match will be played on the Huish Park Top Pitch and admission is free.

If anyone is going and would like to write a short (or lengthy!) piece on the game, then drop an email to the usual address.

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18 August 2006 : Skivo Happy With Positive Start
Yeovil Town club captain Terry Skiverton has said that he is happy with the start the Glovers have made to the 2006-07 season, particularly given the slow start they have been notorious for in the past few seasons. Despite gaining just a win and two draws in their first three games, it is a start that still outstrips most of what Skiverton can remember during his previous seven seasons at Huish Park.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol this week, Skivo explained:

"I think if you go back to the first few seasons under Gary Johnson, I can't really remember us winning. Rochdale was the only time I can remember us winning our first game. I remember us drawing against Gravesend at Dorchester, which was a really bad result and getting smashed at Oldham last year, where we really did get beaten there. So yes, we're happy with our start, but it is only a start. We've got to carry it on. The gaffer has been on top of us this week trying to make sure that we do go up there (to Tranmere) well-organised and disciplined and with all of us doing our jobs."

Skivo's memory serves him right. The last time Yeovil Town got more points out of their first three games was their first season in the Football League when wins over Rochdale and Carlisle United got them off to a positive start with six points out of the opening two games. That is the only time in the past five seasons when the Glovers have surpassed their current five point tally. It may be extremely early days, but at least the Glovers have a few more points than they usually do at this stage of the season!

Link: 2003-04 Nationwide League Division Three Results Page.

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18 August 2006 : Slade Looking For 'Impatient' Players!
Glovers boss Russell Slade is keeping his ear to the ground for any players that have failed to settle into their current club's starting line-up during the early season period, so he can consider whether they would enhance his current squad. Presumably his targets are players in the Championship, or amongst the larger League One clubs who have not grabbed a place in the starting line-up and have in his words become 'impatient' at their lack of footballing opportunities so far this season.

Russell spoke to BBC Radio Bristol yesterday and said that even though only three games had been played, he was already starting to pick up vibes of unhappy players at other clubs:

"I think it's got to the stage already actually, where after just three games of the season where players are looking at the fact of whether they have made the first team, and have they made an impact? If they haven't made an impact, are they going to? If they are not going to, do they see their futures elsewhere? You'll get one or two players now that are maybe getting a bit impatient and want to move on and perhaps they are players that can benefit your own football club. Obviously I've got targets in mind, but to talk to you about them wouldn't be wise, so I'll keep them close to my chest. There are one or two about that are quite interesting in all different areas of the football field, from defenders to front lads."

Russell also told today's Western Morning News that there could be some movement in the opposite direction:

"Those that are not getting football at the club, it could be a chance for them to get some football elsewhere as well. You have to look at both sides, so we would be prepared to let certain players go out on loan."

The most likely contenders for a loan out to other clubs would include striker Daniel Webb who has yet to figure in Slade's plans despite scoring several goals in pre-season, and Youth Team graduates Craig Alcock, Jake Smeeton who along with Irishman Stephen Maher have been denied Saturday football thanks to a change in rules in the Youth Alliance League this season. Winger Gavin McCallum and defender Bradley Thomas are other possibilities as Slade looks to keep his whole squad match-fit, although the latter is currently recovering from burns following a domestic accident.

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18 August 2006 : Further Delay On Replica Kit
When Ciderspace reported on 25th July, the word was that delivery of the new replica away shirts had been delayed until late August or early September. Manufacturers Paulas Benara has now admitted that delivery has slipped even further, with the shirts not expected until some time in October. The excuse from the firm this time is that : "the delay has been caused by the rejection at the quality control stage of the fabric to be used for the new kit."

Purchasers of the first hooped home kit, produced for 2003-04, can only be surprised, and pleased, Paulas Benara are doing something about it this time. The material used in the first runs of that shirt was decidedly poor, thin and prone to snagging and bobbling, and the Bradford's logo bled to a faint pink after a few washes.

The club is understandably unhappy with the delays, with Commercial Manager Dave Linney considering other options as to future suppliers of team and replica kit after this season.

That said the new away kit looks very good, and has elicited only positives so far from those supporters that have commented on-line on what they've seen. Just a pity only the team will be wearing it at Prenton Park on Saturday.

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18 August 2006 : If You See Cyd.........
The Western Morning News speculates that Trinidad & Tobago international Cyd Gray could be arriving for a trial at Huish Park next week. The paper doesn't explain how it arrived at Gray's name given their more than vague quote from Russell Slade :

We are hoping to get another one in next week. We are leaving for Tranmere at 9.30 a.m. tomorrow, so it would be next week now if we are to do anything. He is a defender, but I can't confirm anything right now.

 As unlicenced by the Trinidad & Tobago F.L. - go on, make a phone call, Hopper.
Cyd Gray

Gray was one of only two Soca Warriors at this summer's World Cup still based on the islands, most recently playing for San Juan Jabloteh in the Trinidad & Tobago Professional Football League. He began his football career as a striker when he joined Joe Public in 1997, but was converted to a right back. He can also play centre-half. Gray got his first international cap in 2001 and has been a regular in the national side ever since.

Now 32, since the World Cup he has been looking to move into European football, with clubs in England, Scotland and Sweden showing interest - well supposedly, though we all have a good idea where such football gossip usually originates: hello agents.

Whilst on the subject of trialists: Colchester United today signed Chris Barker from Cardiff City on loan until the end of 2006. Barker happens to be a left back, thus casting major doubts on how interested the U's remain in Anthony Tonkin. Not another case of someone trying to talk up the alleged demand for their client? Since Tonkin trialed for Colchester back in mid-July there has been no public sign from the club that they are pursuing him.

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18 August 2006 : Tonkin Heading For Colchester Trial?
This morning's local press paint two very different opinions on where the future of left-back Anthony Tonkin lies. The former Glovers player has been training at Huish Park this week and played 90 minutes in a Reserve Team match at Swindon Town on Wednesday, but whether his future lies within manager Russell Slade's control remains to be seen.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press Slade believed that Tonkin was still in his plans explaining:

"Anthony Tonkin is still training with us, which is fine because he is local. He's had injury problems in pre-season so we've given him the use of our facilities. At the same time it allows me to have a look at him."

The Western Morning News however got a very different view, with it seeming likely that Championship side Colchester United are likely to offer him a second trial. Slade told them:

"Anthony Tonkin has proposed to go to Colchester for a trial and they are in the Championship, so that will appeal to him. We will monitor things and see how they go with regards to that situation."

The most likely explanation for the apparent contradiction is that the Yeovil boss has spoken to the WMN much later in the day and that since then matters have moved slightly out of his control.

The WMN also suggested that the door was not entirely shut on this week's other two trialists - striker Gareth Williams and full-back Michael Briscoe - despite Slade saying on BBC Radio Bristol yesterday (see story below) that they had been released. Even the WMN seem doubtful on this situation, but quote Slade as saying that both may be invited back for a second Reserve match at a later date:

"The other lads (Williams and Briscoe) have not trained, what we will probably do is offer them another game. I have seen them for a week and seen what I need, but I need to see them in games."

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17 August 2006 : Ladies Romp To Friendly Victory
Yeovil Town Ladies demolished Ilminster Town 5-1 in their first pre-season friendly as they tune up for the forthcoming campaign which opens in earnest away at Penzance on 3rd September (see 11th August, below).

However the club's Official Site reports that the team is still looking to recruit a goalkeeper. If you are over sixteen, willing to commit for at least a season and, of course, female, contact Yeovil Town Football Club on 01935 847888 asking for Dot Smith. You could also try e-mailing

The club is also still recruiting players for the Under 15 and Under 13 girls youth teams.

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17 August 2006 : Briscoe And Williams Let Go
Speaking on BBC Radio Bristol this afternoon manager Russell Slade confirmed that trialists Michael Briscoe and Gareth Williams (see below, 15th August, for details on these players) had been allowed to leave the club.

Both played ninety minutes in the reserve fixture with Swindon Town on Tuesday night, and though Slade politely said they are done well and 'showed qualities' they were clearly not what he was looking for. However the third trialist, former Glover Anthony Tonkin, remains training at Huish Park, though the gaffer wouldn't be drawn on what the future held, preferring to stay with the line that at present it's just an opportunity for Tonkin to get back to fitness from the blisters he's been suffering on his heels.

Slade confirmed that other possibilities for new blood were being pursued at present, which ties in with the report in the Western Gazette that the General Manager - Football, John Milton, was elsewhere on Tuesday watching what was described as a "Championship outfit's young midfielder".

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17 August 2006 : Carling Cup Update
Yeovil Town asked for 2,400 tickets to be forwarded by Southampton for the Round One tie at St Mary's Stadium on 23rd August. Earlier this week around 800 had been sold, and unofficial reports say this figure is now up to about the thousand mark.

Southampton have been heavily pushing for sales on their Official Site, usually a sign that tickets aren't rushing out the door, but Saints fans do have the option of buying on the day, unlike Yeovil supporters who must purchase in advance from Huish Park Ticket Office.

The all-time low at St Mary's is the 15,908 who watched last January's 4-3 F.A. Cup win over Milton Keynes Dons. On that day Southampton charged £15.00 for adults. Prior to that it had been the 16,603 who saw Saints thrash Town's next opponents Tranmere Rovers 6-1 in the League Cup in October 2002. Prices then were £12.00 for adults. Ticket prices for next week's fixture are £10.00 for adults, with teenagers and seniors paying £5.00 and juniors just £1.00.

The Ciderspace guide to all things Southampton can be found here.

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17 August 2006 : Johnstone's Paint Trophy Draw Dates
The draws for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy will take place on the following dates :

Round One - Saturday 23rd September 2006
Round Two - Wednesday or Thursday 18-19th October 2006
Area Quarter Finals Saturday - 4th November 2006
Area Semi Finals - Saturday 2nd December 2006
Area Finals - Wednesday or Thursday 10-11th January 2007

Saturday draws will take place live on Sky Sports' Soccer AM programme, mid-week draws at the Football League headquarters.

A new trophy has been commissioned from Links of London to go along with the new sponsorship for the competition all fans want their team to win ~ maybe. It will be unveiled to public gaze for the first time at the Round One draw on Sky Sports.

The round dates for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy can be found at 26th June on the Ciderspace News page.

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17 August 2006 : Fry's Expectations Drop To 5,600
In an article in this week's Western Gazette that rather raises more questions than it answers, Yeovil Town chairman John Fry has suggested the Board was looking again at budgeting issues.

We have done the budget and have now dropped the average gate we expect to attend this season from 6,000 to 5,600. We are performing far better then we did last year and picking up more points. If we had fewer points I could understand the drop. But we are never complacent. We know there are difficulties and we are looking at alternatives, such as how we can make it cheaper to buy tickets with regard to on-line sales and at the ticket office. We have not had a lot of criticism about prices directly here, apart from what we read in the Press.

Given Fry's statement earlier in the week in the Western Daily Press that "We have increased the budget for the playing side of things and that will not change," (see Ciderspace 15th August, below) a budget now based on lower gates would imply either more cut backs than envisaged will have to be made elsewhere, or someone will have to be prepared to pick up a considerable loss at the end of the season - or a mixture of the two.

On the question of Premium Price fixtures Fry reiterated the policing issue, though this only appeared as an explanation recently, and wasn't mentioned when Premium pricing was introduced :

The categorised matches came about because we needed to cover bringing in extra stewards and police. But the police pulled out of covering the Bournemouth game at a late stage and if we have non-police matches, we consider whether we need to put the levy on those matches.

Supporters are not privy to whatever discussions went on when the charging policy was decided, but many were pretty confident they knew the reasons for the £4.00 surcharge: revenue raising pure and simple. And nothing wrong with that, providing the club judges its figures correctly. However there were early mutterings from some supporters that a £4.00 increase was too much, with something like £2.00 seen as more acceptable. Although not comparing like with like as the home match against AFC Bournemouth was at a different time last season, though also an evening kick-off and prone to the 'pre-Christmas effect', a drop in attendance of 1,727 is hard to explain away just through some being on holiday.

The chairman was looking for wider explanations :

We have been in contact with other clubs comparing their drop-off and it is not just a Yeovil Town problem. You also have to look at the factors such as we started early, people have X amount of money for entertainment and there was the World Cup, but we are now at League One level and wish to continue there.

There may be something in all of this - though Ciderspace's quick look at attendances around the leagues at this early stage of the season suggests that the picture is very variable, with as many or more clubs up as down on their early fixtures last season - but we would suggest that the board also needs to look closer to home.

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17 August 2006 : Reserve Match Details For Swindon
Further to Tuesday night's brief match details (see August 15th and 16th articles) of the 2-2 draw against Swindon Town in the Pontins Holiday Combination match played at Hunts Copse, the line-up from that game is now available and is as follows:

Line-Up: 13. Darren Behcet 2. Michael Briscoe 3. Anthony Tonkin 4. Gary Bowles 5. Scott Guyett 6. Jean-Paul Kalala 7. Craig Alcock 8. Anthony Barry 9. Gareth Williams 10. Daniel Webb 11. Gavin McCallum.

Subs: 12. Stephen Maher (12 mins for Bowles), 14. Tom Clarke (46 mins for Alcock), 15. Jake Smeeton (75 mins for Kalala), 1. Danny Barker (not used).

Goals: Daniel Webb (51 mins and 56 mins).

Attendance: 170.

Referee: Simon Snartt. Assistant: A. Coggins, A. Gillett.

NB: The previously unmentioned early withdrawl of Gary Bowles from the side was caused by the central-defender sustaining a facial injury.

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16 August 2006 : Welsh Go Down In Stormy Encounter
The Welsh U21s side went down 3-2 tonight against Israel in their UEFA U21 Qualifier in a stormy encounter that was played at a neutral venue in Waalwijk, Holland due to the recent Israeli-Hezbollah conflict. But that didn't make things much calmer on the field of play as the Welsh had two players sent off amidst accusations from the Welsh camp of spitting by their opponents.

Yeovil Town's Arron Davies played from the start and fortunately was not one of those dismissed during the latter stages of the game. Wrexham's Marc Williams and Wolves' Craig Davies were both sent off for retaliation at the tail end of the match with Israel already 3-2 up.

In terms of the on the field stuff, the game swung back and forth. Israel took a 26th-minute lead through Toto Tamuz, before Marc Williams levelled on 60 minutes. Idan Srur put Israel 2-1 up on 64 minutes only for Williams to level a minute later. A 78th-minute penalty from Lior Refaelov then won Israel the game as the match finished in controversy.

The Welsh must win their final Group playoff game against Turkey on Saturday 2nd September - a match that means that Arron will almost certainly miss Yeovil's trip to Swansea City. Ironically he will be only a few dozen miles away at Ninian Park the next day.

Welsh manager Brian Flynn said of the end of match situation: "Both dismissals were when the ball was out of play, they were for retaliation - and the lads have said they were punched. I didn't have a clear view of what happened, but we will look at both incidents when we have all the evidence and have seen the referee's report, before deciding whether we will appeal or take the situation further. But it's fair to say that retaliation gets you nowhere. When you play at this level you must have international level self discipline, you have to maintain those standards whatever happens to you. I would expect Turkey to be too good for Israel, but then we will have to beat them, and that will be tough. But we can produce a top-level performance when Turkey come to Ninian Park, and it could all go down to goal difference."

An FAW official had stronger accusations to make of the conduct of the Israeli players: "We have had reports of people being spat at, and two players were dismissed after being struck."

Wales Under-21: Lewis Price (Ipswich), Neal Eardley (Oldham), Joe Jacobson (Cardiff), Kyle Critchell (Southampton), Craig Morgan (MK Dons), Mike Williams (Wrexham), Darcy Blake (Cardiff), Andrew Crofts (capt, Gillingham), Craig Davies (Wolves), Dave Edwards (Shrewsbury), Arron Davies (Yeovil Town).
Subs: Chris Gunter (Cardiff), Adam Davies (Cambridge), Grant Basey (Charlton Ath), Lloyd James (Southampton), Matthew Collins (Fulham), Marc Williams (Wrexham), Wayne Hennessey (Wolves).

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16 August 2006 : Away Travel Club Formalised
The organisation formerly known as YTISA, has decided to formalise some of the informal travel arrangements that have been continuing to run to away matches since they disbanded last season. Organiser Mark Kelly writes:

"It has been decided to form an Away Travel Club by the former members of YTISA, this will enable when the demand exists for those that used to travel with the group, to once again travel to away fixtures, whether this be by Coach or Minibus.

This is not YTISA reforming but just those that helped run the organisation continuing to offer away travel. We have already spoken to Russell Slade and any excess monies generated by the travel over the season will be used to purchase items that he may require.

Travel will not be to all fixtures and usually to those that are popular, obviously providing that we have someone to help run the coach. All fixtures where the Away Travel Club (ATC) will run, will be advertised before hand by whatever methods are available.

They will be running a coach to the forthcoming fixtures at both Southampton and Swansea.

All bookings can be done by calling Roger on 07960 687075, or in the tent before any fixture

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16 August 2006 : Youth Team 2006-07 Statistics Pages
The statistics pages for this season's Youth Team matches have been set up for this season. Links for each page are as follows, and will be made accessible from the site's Statistics Section.

Link: 2006-07 Puma Youth Alliance South West Conference League Table.

Link: 2006-07 Puma Youth Alliance South West Conference Results.

Link: 2006-07 Youth Team Goalscorers.

Link: 2006-07 Youth Team Appearances.

With the new season having only just begun, we are well aware of the perils of spelling new players' names wrongly, particularly amongst the Youth Teamers. Hence if you are that player or a relative/friend, drop us an email and we will correct the data.

As usual, these pages will be updated throughout the coming season.

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16 August 2006 : KitAid Launches Second Collection
KitAid Collectors at the Carlisle match last weekend
The Green Room Forum have contacted us in response to last Saturday's KitAid collection they organised prior to last weekend's match against Carlisle United. The collection was such a success that it is to be repeated prior to the next home match against Port Vale on August 26th. The Green Room moderators write:

"Thank you from everyone at the green room for the great response to the collection for KitAid that took place prior to the Carlisle game. The response was so good that we have decided to hold another collection before the Port Vale game on the 26th August. So please check all your drawers and wardrobes for any more spare kit that you might have hidden away.

KitAid is a Charity which specialises in collecting all unwanted footie kit and sending them to the developing nations of the world.

BIG or SMALL, OLD or NEW; It can be match worn or replica shirts, shorts or socks of Premiership Champions, from FA Cup winners or no hopers like Man United...It can be Foreign League, Football League, Non League or a Village Pub League, it makes no difference...we'll take 'em!

All KitAid ask is the kit is in reasonable condition - NO tears, NO rips and preferably washed since the last time it was worn!

There will be 2 collection points at Huish Park on Saturday 26th August between 1.00pm - 2.50pm. We'll be located between The Away End & Main Stand, also the Cowlin Stand and Westland Terrace. Bring the kit along - we'll be waiting and very grateful for your donation.

Thanks a million on behalf of KitAid.

What is KitAid?

KitAid is a charity that sends unwanted football kit to children and adults across Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

It started in 1998 when Derrick Williams, Three Valleys Water employee, visited Tanzania with the charity WaterAid. Derrick, who is passionate about football, realised that the young children in villages in Tanzania shared the same love of football.

When he returned home, Derrick spoke to work colleagues and friends and shortly afterwards the first box of donated football kit was on its way to the children he'd met in Tanzania.

The willingness of people around him, led Derrick on to set up KitAid and the appeal has grown year on year with a total of around 10,000 children receiving shirts, kit and footballs in Tanzania, Ghana, Mali, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Eastern Europe.

Once again thank you for your support.

Link: KitAid Website.

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16 August 2006 : Tranmere On Saturday
A reminder for those travelling to the Wirral for Saturday's fixture against Tranmere Rovers that the Ciderspace Away Guide can be found here or via the usual site links.

The club has repeated its warning of travel chaos in the Birmingham area :

"Notice To Travelling Yeovil Town Supporters

We have been advised that major road works are being undertaken by the Highways Agency on the M6 in and around Birmingham. The key areas are:

M6 between Junctions 6 and 9 - there will be no access from the M6 northbound onto the A38(M) Aston Expressway/Salford Circus from July until early December 2006. Traffic will be diverted via Junction 5 and the Tyburn Road/Spine Road or Junction 7, A34, Walsall.

There will be no access from the A38(M) Aston Expressway out of Birmingham or from Salford Circus onto the M6 Southbound from July until early September 2006.

Resurfacing will be taking place from July until the end of October 2006 on the M6 northbound between Junction 8, M5 and Junction 9, A461, Walsall, and from July until early December 2006 southbound between Junction 6 (Spaghetti Junction) and Junction 5 on the southbound carriageway. Contra-flow systems will be in place.

In addition, at Junction 9, A461, Walsall, the slip road onto the M6 southbound will be closed for approximately 14 months to allow strengthening work on the M5/M6 link at Junction 8.

As a result the major routes in and around Birmingham will be busier than usual and we urge you to consider this when planning your journeys."


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16 August 2006 : Latest Badges From Tim Lancaster
To recognise the first competitive meeting between Yeovil Town and Southampton and the Glovers first visit to St Mary's Stadium, two badges are on sale from Tim Lancaster.

Southampton v Yeovil Town, 2006-7 Southampton v Yeovil Town, 2006-7
Southampton v Yeovil Town, League Cup 2006-7
Photo © 2006 Tim Lancaster

Tim writes :

'Enamel lapel badges for Southampton vs Yeovil Town in the Carling Cup First Round will be available from Tim Lancaster on the night of the game. The cost is £3.00. Anyone who cannot make the game can order a badge(s) by sending a cheque for £3.50 made payable to Tim Lancaster to the following address:

Dragons Cottage, Burton Street, Marnhull, Dorset, DT10 1JJ.

Supporters can also purchase these badges from The Green & White Supporters Club Shop, where each badge purchased will make 50p for Yeovil Town Football Club. A small number of badges from Millwall are also still on sale in the Supporters Club Shop or from Tim.'

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16 August 2006 : Slade Looking For Decisions Before Saturday
Manager Russell Slade watched all three trialists (see Ciderspace 15th August, below) complete ninety minutes in last night's reserve fixture versus Swindon Town. He said he was hoping to reach his decisions and tie up any deals that might materialise ahead of Saturday and Yeovil Town's next fixture against Tranmere Rovers.

It was a good work-out for everybody and a good opportunity for me to look at the three new boys. You can see all the training in the world but watching them in a game situation is what it's all about. None of them have done themselves any harm. They've all done quite well.

We obviously can't take all three and if we are going to do anything with any of them, we hope to sort it out before Saturday. I'll have to have a chat with the players and their representatives and see how the land lies. But I've got other irons in the fire as well. With the transfer window approaching, it's got to the stage where a bit of wheeling and dealing to keep us going is appropriate.

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15 August 2006 : Reserves Come Back For A Point
The Reserves came back from a two goal deficit to take a point away at Swindon Town tonight.

With the Robins' Official Site recording that the hosts put out a strong side for the season's opening fixture in the Pontin's Holidays Combination, Swindon dominated the first half and threatened to run away with the game. They had the ball in the net early, but it was ruled the ball had been cut back from just the wrong side of the line. However the home team were not long denied. A clearance by the Yeovil defence didn't get enough distance, and when the ball was looped back in Fola Onibuje raced through to slide the ball home from 12 yards. Twenty-two minutes, 1-0.

More chances came - and went - as Swindon continued to press for the remainder of the half. Eventually the pressure told. In the final move before the break a corner found the head of Royce Brownlie. Yeovil 'keeper Darren Behcet pulled off a good block but unfortunately the ball bounced out to Fola Onibuje who drove it into the roof of the net. Forty-five minutes, 2-0.

The second half saw a reversal of fortunes, and after Onibuje's earlier brace it was Danny Webb who stepped forward with two strikes for the Glovers. On fifty-two minutes a volley inside the box made the score 2-1, and almost immediately Webb struck again as he slid the ball under the advancing goalkeeper for 2-2.

Final score : Swindon Town Reserves 2-2 Yeovil Town Reserves

Attendance 170

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15 August 2006 : Youth Team At Swindon Match Details
Further to Saturday's news (August 12th) of the Youth Team's 4-2 defeat against Swindon Town, the club have released some further details on the match.

Six of the pre-season squad were unavailable for Saturday's game and three of them will be permanently unavailable. Right-back Craig Alcock, left-back Jake Smeeton and midfielder Stephen Maher, all of whom were Under 18 last season, have been informed they will be inelligible for this season's Football League Youth Alliance competition because they have been given professional contracts by the club.

Yet other clubs like their opponents Swindon Town are allowed to play over-age players! The Wiltshire side gets past the restriction because they have a formal 'Academy' structure, whilst the Glovers use only a single Under 18 side - a clear imbalance in the rules that the Football League should be looking at.

To make matters worse, goalkeeper John Stack, right-winger Dan O'Brien and central defender Harry Sherwood are all carrying injuries and none were able to travel to Swindon. As a result seven of Yeovil's travelling squad were aged 16 years old.

Swindon took the lead through Mustapha Carayol who knocked the ball in on the far post after the Glovers defence failed to clear 13 minutes in. Jake Hyde doubled Swindon's lead ten minutes later when he followed up on a rebound after goalkeeper Peter Burridge had parried the ball.

The Glovers pulled a goal back through Tom Clarke after he was upended inside the penalty box and dusted himself off to take his own spot kick, to pull things back to 2-1.

A Chris Allen free kick deceived Burridge for Swindon's third before Jake Hyde scored another close range goal. But then Tom Clarke pulled one back as defensive indecision allowed him to break through the middle and put the scores back to 4-2, with just 38 minutes gone!

A more even second half saw neither side extend the scoreline further, with both goalkeepers denying efforts. Swindon will doubtless be one of the stronger challengers for the title this season - the question is whether the Glovers can hang onto the title they won last season given the large inconsistency in the rules over the use of over-aged players.

Yeovil Town: 1. Peter Burridge 2. Ollie Wake 3. Mike McCormick 4. Darren Watts 5. Gary Bowles (capt) 12. Tom Clarke 7. Jamie Morgan 8. Phil Ormrod 9. Matt Concliffe 10. Ben Turnoch 11. Joe Hustie. Subs: 13. Ben Cochrane 15. Aaron Mead (60 mins for Hustie) 16. Jason Sims (58 mins for Watts) 17. Nick Medlin (62 mins for Turnoch).

Swindon Town: Jon Stewart, Andy Westall, Scott Doe, Tom Evans, Alex Rigley, Mustapha Carayol, Chris Allen, Sam Morris, Andy Caton, Jake Hyde, Tom Ahmed.

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15 August 2006 : New Format For Customer Charter Meetings
The club has published on its Official Site a change to the way the Customer Charter Meetings will be constituted over the next twelve months in the first instance.

As well as the usual representation from what are termed, but not specified, "the official organisations", six other supporters will attend the meetings.

Those supporters interested in these positions should put their names forward, giving their reason(s) why they think they would be a suitable and beneficial addition to the CCM. Once nominated and accepted the six will become permanent members of the committee for the coming year.

E-mail your nomination to Sara Bradley at

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15 August 2006 : Fry Takes Attendance Issue Calmly
Chairman and owner John Fry has become well known amongst Yeovil Town fans over the years for his periodic gloomy prognostications scattered amongst his more optimistic announcements. The bets were on that the relatively poor gates for the first two league games at Huish Park this term would see some doom-laden quotes in the local press. Not so. John can still surprise us.

Mr Fry was looking towards a pro-active response when speaking to the Western Daily Press, rather than a wailing and gnashing of teeth. He asserted his determination to protect the playing budget and, if it becomes necessary, look for savings elsewhere :

We have increased the budget for the playing side of things this season and that will not change. We will have to look at making savings in other areas if the current trend with attendances continues but that will not be on the football side of the business.

Of course if the crowds drop then savings will be made anyway, as we will need fewer stewards and things like that. But I have had a meeting with Russell today and he is still looking to set up more deals for players, both in and out of the football club.

We all know that it is the football on the pitch and the players involved that bring the crowds in, so if we can strengthen the squad then we will.

He continued that he felt it was football itself rather than just Yeovil Town which was suffering a slow start to the season :

It's not just us, it's all across the leagues. I think people are tightening their belts and the entertainment and leisure industry is suffering. With us, we had an exceptional year last year, which was our first season in League One, and perhaps the novelty has worn off. But it's early days, we've got a new-look team and hopefully the crowds will come back. We've had a good start to the season and that can only help.

We have sent a letter from the manager to season-ticket holders who have not renewed, asking them why. It's important to know the reasons and then we can work on trying to tempt them back.

'Sent' or 'sending'? Readers of the Green Room will recall a lot of interesting discussion and ideas on the fall in attendances, and actions the club could take, over the last couple of days. Have a quick glance at those postmarks if a letter drops on your doormat. Hoodies may have their uses after all.

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15 August 2006 : Three Trialists Tonight?
Russell Slade is hoping to field three trialists in tonight's reserve fixture against Swindon Town.

Former Glover Anthony Tonkin, who needs no introduction, was training at Huish Park yesterday. Slade commented :

Anthony Tonkin's family still live in the area and he is training with us at the moment to maintain his fitness. He may play at Swindon tomorrow [Tuesday].

Forward Gareth Williams, South African born but qualified for Wales, was a trainee at Crystal Palace. He went out on loan spells to AFC Bournemouth, Cambridge United and twice to Colchester United, before the U's decided to make it a permanent deal by swapping another forward, Wayne Andrews, for him. In almost two years at Layer Road after signing permanently Williams made twenty-six starts and thirty-five appearances from the bench, but only scored seven goals. Towards the end of last season he went out on loan to Blackpool.

The third name is that of Michael Briscoe, right-back / central defender. A spell for a year as a trainee at Coventry City was followed by a free transfer to Macclesfield Town. He made twenty-seven starts and nine substitute appearances in his two years at Moss Rose. Briscoe finished last season on loan at Burton Albion, and was subsequently released by the Silkmen.

Details on tonight's fixture and how to get to the Hunts Copse venue are below (14th August).

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15 August 2006 : Southampton Ticketing Reminder
Further to our news item dated July 27th, a reminder that the Carling Cup Round One tie against Southampton on Wednesday 23rd August, kick-off 7.45 p.m., is ALL-TICKET for Glovers fans. No need to panic though. With the away section at St Mary's Stadium taking a minimum 3,200, and expandable to 4,750 if necessary, we are somewhat surprised at the decision in the first place, and certainly wouldn't expect demand to exceed supply.

Tickets are now on sale at the Huish Park Ticket Office. As reported below (22nd and 27th July) Saints have reduced prices for this fixture and, in our opinion, are something of a bargain :

Adults £10.00, over 65 and 'teens' £5.00, under 12 £1.00.

NB: There is a small discrepancy between the YTFC Ticket Office and the Southampton Official Site in terms of what happens if you are aged between 12 years and 12 years and 364 days. The above prices reflect how we believe the tickets are being sold from Huish Park for the game.

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15 August 2006 : Officials For Prenton Park
Russell Booth (Nottinghamshire) will be the referee for the meeting of Tranmere Rovers and Yeovil Town this coming Saturday. We think it may be a couple of years since we've seen Mr Booth: the opening match of the 2004-05 season, a 3-1 loss at Gigg Lane.

Paul Graham (Greater Manchester) and Kevin Mattocks (Lancashire) are the assistants, Danny Roberts (Greater Manchester) the fourth official.

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14 August 2006 : Interview With Lee Morris
Glovers striker Lee Morris spoke to BBC Radio Bristol late last week as he savoured the moment against Bournemouth that had marked the end of 20 months on the treatment table. Lee had a miserable time at Championship side Leicester City that ended with him parting company by mutual consent over the summer, thus allowing him to link up with Russell Slade who had coached him as a youngster at Sheffield United.

Lee told the radio station what went wrong at Leicester: "I went there on deadline day and I tore my thigh on the next day in training and since then it has just been one thing after another. I did my cruciate, my medial, I had some problems with the cartilege in my knee, so I did one thing and it never ended really."

Read the full interview with Lee Morris by clicking here or head to the Ciderspace Interviews Section.

Link: Bournemouth Match Report.

Link: Lee Morris Interview.

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14 August 2006 : Stiffs Begin Campaign Tomorrow
The first Reserve match of the season in the Pontin's Holidays Combination Wales & West Division kicks off on Wednesday 15th August at 7.00 p.m.

Yeovil Town Reserves will be travelling to play Swindon Town Reserves. The Robins play their reserve fixtures at Hunts Copse this season, home to Swindon Supermarine who play in the British Gas Business Southern League Division One South & West.

The Hunts Copse ground is adjoining the South Marston Industrial Estate, about six miles from the centre of Swindon. You need Junction 15 off the M4 on to the A419 going north, which takes you round the eastern edge of Swindon. After about five miles (dual carriageway throughout) leave the A419 and take the A361 towards Highworth. The turning for the stadium is a mile up this road. Click here for map.

Address : Hunts Copse, South Marston, Swindon, SN3 4SY.

The stadium has a 3,000 capacity with 300 covered seats. There is a clubhouse, though we haven't found any indication whether it will be open or not on the night. Their web site can be found here.

Swindon Town have already announced their squad for tomorrow's game :

Phil Smith, Jon Stewart, Scott Doe, Tom Evans, Charlie Comyn-Platt, David Stroud, Ben Wells, Royce Brownlie, Andy Gurney, Ashan Holgate, Aaron Brown, Fola Onibuje, Lukas Jutkiewicz, Chris Allen, Mustapha Carayol, Alex Rigley.

News on the Yeovil team when we get it.

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14 August 2006 : Teamsheets And DVDs
Keep persevering and you never can tell.

The club has now produced some DVDs of the opening game of the season against Millwall and Saturday's victory over Carlisle United. Buy, or place your order, in the Club Shop. The Media & Communications Department states that it will fulfil orders for other games, again if ordered through the shop. Yeah, yeah, we know we've heard it all before, and people have abandoned hope on orders placed last season (and even the season before that!), but don't give up, maintain the pressure, and who knows........ Prices are £12.50 per copy.

The club has also responded to the suggestion that some fans, particularly collectors of programmes and club ephemera, would like teamsheets to be made available. As a trial to see if the demand is there an intitial 25 will be put on sale at 20p each to cover costs and time. The club will try to get them into the shop pre-match, but obviously time is tight between submission of the teamsheet and kick-off, and they are unlikely to appear more than ten minutes ahead of a match starting. They will be available for purchase when the club shop re-opens post-match. If there is a demand the numbers printed can easily be increased in the future. If there isn't sufficient interest the service will not continue, which is fair enough.

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14 August 2006 : Slade Still On The Look-Out
Glovers manager Russell Slade states that he is still on the look-out for new blood ahead of the August 31st deadline. Although there has been much talk about strikers, he has told today's Western Daily Press that may not be the only area he is looking at. However, he believed there had to be a degree of patience with many clubs higher up the pyramid still shaping their squads.

Russell explained: "There are still one or two opportunities but we might have to be a little bit patient in order to get the right one. There is one I like in the Championship but I don't know whether it's going to be possible. I might have to be patient for another week. Championship clubs are starting to know what they're going to go with now, so there may be unhappy players who can do a good job at this level."

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13 August 2006 : Russell's Verdict On the Carlisle Game
Glovers boss Russell Slade considered that there was still room for improvement in his side's performance despite him being fairly content with a week that had seen Yeovil Town grab a win and a draw out of their two home games. The Glovers won 2-1 against Carlisle United to clock up their first win of the season yesterday.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol immediately after the game, Russell explained: "Things haven't been perfect by any means, but if you had asked me would you be happy with four points from six I would have said yes. So I am really pleased with the points. I have got lots of things to work on and lots of things that I am not completely happy with. We need to get better and I think we can get better as a side, that's for sure."

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

Link: Carlisle United Match Report.

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.

Link: BBC Bristol's Audio Archive.

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13 August 2006 : Yeovil Town Average Attendances
With some debate taking place amongst Yeovil Town supporters concerning attendances at Huish Park this weekend (see below) Ciderspace has prepared a self-maintaining page that will show all First Team average attendances at the club since the 1979-1980 season. The statistics for the current 2006-07 season will automatically update as the season goes on.

Link: Yeovil Town Average Attendances Page.

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12 August 2006 : Fans Fail To Get Inspired By Carlisle Visit
Today's visit of Carlisle United to Huish Park represented the club's second worst attendance since entering the Football League just over three seasons ago, despite the Cumbrians bringing down an impressive travelling support in the region of 400-500 fans.

The crowd of 4,709 would have been the club's worst ever Football League crowd were it not for the 4,639 who showed for a midweek December fixture against Kidderminster Harriers during 2004 that represents the current low-point.

This time last season, the two corresponding fixtures against Rotherham United and Blackpool caused the then manager Gary Johnson to express concern about the lack of numbers going through the turnstiles. Given those two games saw 5,856 and 5,698 spectators respectively watch those matches, one wonders what Johnson would have made of today's crowd.

Whilst attendances during August are always variable due to the large numbers still on holiday, the Glovers are 1,000 spectators down on the corresponding fixture last year (5,698 on August 13th 2005 vs Blackpool) and that will be a concern to those counting the pennies. The crowd for the local derby on Tuesday night against AFC Bournemouth was 1,700 down on the same match last season (8,178 on December 23rd 2005) and whichever way the figures are looked at it implies a heavy drop-off in those looking to attend Huish Park this season.

Some fans have cited the club's decision to introduce the Premium Pricing scheme that came into effect for the midweek Bournemouth match, whilst others have cited the overall increased costs of admission and the lack of student discounts. The club have never revealed figures, but there is a perception that season ticket sales have dropped this season from last season's 3,600 high. Based on the early evidence, the club certainly do need to look at why so many fans have chosen to give the opening two fixtures a miss this time around.

Link: 2005-06 Results and Attendances.

Link: Huish Park Top Attendances.

Link: Carlisle United Match Report.

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12 August 2006 : McDonald On Defeat At Huish Park
Speaking on BBC Radio Cumbria after this afternoon's match at Huish Park the Carlisle United manager Neil McDonald gave his opinions on the northerners first defeat of the season :

It was definitely a bitter pill to swallow. We’ve conceded two poorish goals I suppose. The first one was a little bit of indecision and then the lad has knocked it in, and then the second one has taken a bit of a deflection. We’ve created fifteen chances, but at the end of the day if you don’t stick them in the back of the net then you don’t win games, and if you give two easy goals away then you get beat.

I think we tested their keeper on a couple of occasions, maybe half-chances and stuff like that, but even our goal I thought was the best move of the whole of the game. That really put us back in to where we should have been from the start, because I think we dominated possession, we kept the ball well, we moved it on well and that is probably the best we’ve played this season attacking-wise, creating a fair amount of chances.

Then in the second-half it’s an uphill battle straight away and it doesn’t matter who you are playing, teams are going to hang on if they are winning 2-1. I said to the players at half-time, do exactly what you have just done in the first-half, create the same chances but put the ball in the back of the net. At the same time though we were slightly deep in the first-half which I think has cost us the two goals. We’ve put that right but we just couldn’t get the ball past the goalkeeper.

That’s three games this week we’ve had, and a lot of travelling as well, but that’s not making any excuses because the boys were ready for it. I think they showed today, again, that they’ve given 110% effort. We just need to be a little bit more clever though, but we’ll learn as it goes along. We have lots of positives from the game but at the same time we’ve conceded two goals and lost a game that really we shouldn’t have.

I think Karl Hawley was the best he’s been all season. I thought he was fantastic today: he’s held the ball up, he’s inter-linked; and that’s probably the best Michael Bridges has played. So, out of the three forwards, Kevin Gall probably had the least of the ball and yet he scored our goal. Sometimes it works like that.

I said to them at the end of the game that if you concede two sloppy goals then you get beat. So I can pat them on the back and say well done for some excellent football going forward and making lots of lots chances. Without being too boring though I’d prefer to play like we did against Chesterfield, where we come off the pitch with at least a point.

There are lots of positives to take out of it though. It’s certainly not time to say backs against the wall type thing, or we’re struggling. If we’re not creating chances then we’re struggling. Defensively we’ve been quite solid in the three games, although the first goal was a little bit of indecision and then the second one has taken a deflection. You got those though, and hopefully they will even themselves out towards the end of the season.

The supporters have come a long way, and they got behind the team which is excellent. As I keep on saying, I hope they can see what we are trying to do. Even when we were 2-1 down we’ve made a substitution where it’s positive, so we’ve put a midfield player in a forward position and then we’ve gone, not gung-ho, but four forwards up front because we were totally on top in the game. We were going to get counter-attacked of course, you are when you are trying to get the second, but if we stay in the game towards the end, if we don’t score the second goal then we’re going to take a few chances and get the ball forward. We still passed it though, we still didn’t go long, we still tried to pass it through and get behind, just the end product wasn’t there.

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12 August 2006 : League One Saturday Review
With three matches now completed in the 2006-07 season, only this evening's leaders Port Vale and pre-season favourites Nottingham Forest still stand on maximum points, implying that another tight division is on the cards.

Vale, who travel to Huish Park in two weeks time, scored a single goal at Whaddon Road ten minutes into the second half to defeat Cheltenham Town with Leon Constantine the match winner. A single goal away from home for Forest was also enough as they saw off Northampton Town at Sixfields. Cobblers defender Chris Doig probably didn't appreciate coming up against his former club - he conceded a penalty during the game that Jack Lester missed, but also unwittingly scored the winning goal into his own net to give his former club the points. Whoops!

There were more red faces up at Chesterfield where former Championship side Millwall got well and truly spanked 5-1 with Paul Hall and Wayne Allison grabbing two each. Millwall's goal was a late consolation with the home side already five goals to the good.

Brighton and Brentford shared a 2-2 draw, as did Crewe Alexandra and Scunthorpe United. Doncaster Rovers and Tranmere Rovers also drew but both failed to score.

Former Glover Lee Johnson made a name for himself by getting Huddersfield Town manager Peter Jackson sent off after the latter grabbed Johnson by the throat in an argument over a throw-in. Johnson's new club Bristol City thought they were going home with the points when Phil Jevons found the Galpharm Stadium to his liking for the second season running, but Luke Beckett and a last minute Pawel Abbott winner saw TBCUTR go home pointless.

Life is also not too rosey for big-spenders Swansea City. They lost 1-0 at Oldham Athletic to leave them with just one point from their opening games. They could have snatched a point though. Media darling Lee Trundle failed from the penalty spot with nine minutes of the game remaining.

Two sides came from behind to win on the day - Bradford City got a 4-2 home win over Gillingham, whilst Leyton Orient grabbed a last minute 3-2 winner through Lee Steele to give AFC Bournemouth a miserable journey home.

Finally if it is possible to have a relegation six-pointer three games into the season, Rotherham United came out the happier, with a Will Hoskins goal sealing a 1-0 win over Blackpool whose much-trumpeted Latvian bankrolling has yet to show any fruition - the Tangerines are at present the only League One club yet to register a point, even if that still puts them seven points better off than their visitors.

The Glovers rise five places up to 10th on the back of today's 2-1 win over Carlisle United, in what is a satisfactory start for a very new looking Yeovil side. Next week's hosts Tranmere Rovers lie three places below and a point behind after their draw today.

Link: 2006-07 League One Table.

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12 August 2006 : Ishmael Wins Battle Of The Pace Kings
Yeovil Town winger Ishmael Welsh was the hero today at Huish Park as he completed a dream Football League debut, scoring the winning goal in a 2-1 win over Carlisle United. The 18 year old scored with a powerful 42nd minute drive from the edge of the box after he had exchanged passes with Nathan Jones on the left flank.

Jones was also responsible for setting up Yeovil's first goal in 16 minutes. The left-back drilled in a free kick that was met by a stooped header from Chris Cohen for his first goal of the 2006-07 season that put Yeovil 1-0 up.

Sandwiched between those two strikes though, the inevitable happened. Former Glovers hero Kevin Gall was making his first trip back to Huish Park since being released at the end of last season and he latched onto a Michael Bridges through ball, slotting home first time for an equalising goal.

Gall got a generous welcome from the Huish Park crowd when he came onto the field of play, though perhaps the appreciation for the Welshman was a little more muted after he levelled the scores. His natural successor Ishmael Welsh - who gave Carlisle plenty to think about, particularly during the first half with his pace and trickery, was to grab the headlines for the Glovers though, with a stunning strike.

Yeovil rode out the second half, despite chances materialising at both ends, with Carlisle's Karl Hawley guilty of not converting several chances that came his way, but in the end the chances thinned out and the first win of the 2006-07 season was in the bag, lifting the Glovers up to 10th in the table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Carlisle United 1.

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12 August 2006 : Carlisle Man Of The Match Voting
A reminder that you can vote for the Man Of The Match from today's game against Carlisle United today by heading to our voting form here. The Glovers won the game 2-1 with goals from Chris Cohen and Ishmael Welsh, sandwiched by an equaliser from former Glover Kevin Gall.

Link: Man Of The Match Voting Form.

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12 August 2006 : Swindon Town U18 4 -2 Yeovil Town U18
Defending Champions Yeovil Town faced a tough first fixture in the Puma Youth Alliance South West Conference. Swindon traditionally have a strong well established Youth set up and provide difficult opposition.

The first half was a goal-fest, with Swindon two up in 23 minutes. The visitors then came back with a penalty before the Robins got another brace before the break. The Glovers got a consolation second to make the final score 4-2.

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12 August 2006 : Jones Wary Of Gall Threat
Yeovil Town left-back Nathan Jones knows only too well what sort of a threat he could be facing this afternoon as newly promoted Carlisle United come to town. Jones could well be up against former team-mate Kevin Gall who makes his return to Huish Park today for the first time since being released by the club in the summer.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, Jones explained: "I've played against him before because you play against him in training and so you know each other well. But it is always hard when you play against old players and players who come back against their old clubs because sods law they always end up doing well and scoring. We have to make sure that doesn't happen on Saturday. It will be nice to see Kev. He is a good friend and a nice lad and I am glad he has found a new club and that he is doing well up there."

Gall himself told the Western Daily Press this week that he was looking forward to coming back to Somerset: "It will be nice to go back and say thanks to the fans and to see all the lads again. I never had the chance to say goodbye because I did not get on in the last game of the season. But I don't want to make too big a thing out of it. It's not about Kevin Gall going back to Yeovil, it's about Carlisle trying to get another three points."

Gall caused some controversy on his departure from Huish Park by saying that he wanted to come back and haunt Yeovil for their decision to release him from his contract, claiming that he didn't get a proper chance to succeed. As a result he is not certain whether he will get a good reception when he enters the field of play.

The Welshman explained: "I'm not sure what type of reception I will get. I cannot tell people what to think or how to react, but I think I was a good servant to the club and I certainly gave my all whenever I played. Circumstances changed and I had to move on, but I do not see why people would want to boo me."

Speaking specifically of the comments he made at the time of leaving the Glovers he added: "I just wanted to say that I would prove people wrong. They thought I was not good enough for another contract and I thought I was. It's not just a case of going back to Huish Park and proving people there wrong, but generally to show I can do it in League One. I would like to see both Carlisle and Yeovil do well. I have a lot of friends at Yeovil and I'd never want them to do badly. I'm a Carlisle player now, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't care about Yeovil."

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12 August 2006 : Slade Still On The Look-Out
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has said that he hasn't ruled out bringing in fresh blood before the end of month transfer deadline, but is only prepared to do it if it clearly enhances his squad. In the past the Slade and general manager John Milton have suggested they were still targetting three positions, with a striker and a left-winger almost certainly representing two of those areas. Since then, the loss of right-back Kevin Amankwaah to Swansea City could well reveal another priority area.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol Slade explained: "You need to always be looking to strengthen your football team. If we can do that before the end of August then we will do, but I think that it is important to bring the right one into Yeovil - the right type of player. You don't want to get into a situation where you are perhaps bringing in another squad player that doesn't improve us. I think that the player that comes in has got to be better than what we have got here. It would be easy to bring a player in but it is bringing in the right type that is going to benefit us in the long run as well as the short term."

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11 August 2006 : Welsh U21 Switched To Holland
As reported here on 8th August (below) the UEFA U21 Championship match between Israel and Wales has been switched from the Herzliya Municipal Stadium Tel Aviv. The new venue has now been announced as Mandemakers Stadium, the home of RKC Waalwijk in The Netherlands.

The match is set for Wednesday 16th August, with the kick-off confirmed as 3.00 p.m. local time. The squad is due to meet up on Saturday but Arron Davies' commitments to Yeovil Town will not be affected by the mid-week match.

The revised squad is :

Lewis Price, Wayne Hennessey, Ashley Morris, Neal Eardley, Joe Jacobson, Gareth Bale, Craig Morgan, Mike Williams, Adam Davies, Andrew Crofts, Lloyd James, David Edwards, Arron Davies, Mark Jones, Darcy Blake, Craig Davies, Marc Williams, Dale Williams, Chris Gunter.

On stand by are : Sam Pearce, Owain Fon Williams, James Wilson.

However the next Welsh U21 fixture, versus Turkey, is scheduled for Saturday 2nd September at Ninian Park, Cardiff, with a 3.00 p.m. kick off, and this would impact on the Glovers should Arron be selected as we play Swansea City on the Friday night.

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11 August 2006 : Yeovil Town V Carlisle United Preview
Yeovil Town come to this fixture on the back of two draws of very differing quality. Meanwhile Carlisle United have opened their campaign with a 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers at Brunton Park and a 0-0 away at Chesterfield.

After the disappointing performance against AFC Bournemouth last Tuesday manager Russell Slade may be minded to make some changes for Saturday. The diamond formation, which had worked well away at Millwall, was not a success, and was abandoned during the first half with the team switching to 4-4-2. Matt Harrold and Anthony Barry were taken off at the break and replaced by David Poole and loan signing Kevin James.

With everyone in the squad fit and available Slade has plenty of options, however he was clear that he saw no reason for panic measures after one bad match :

You could have said at stages of the game on Tuesday that there was quite a lot of surgery required in certain positions. But they don't become bad players overnight and you've got to show some faith, and hopefully those that do get the second opportunity prove themselves.

Speaking on BBC Radio Bristol about the need for goals he said :

Obviously we've got Matty [Harrold], we've got Wayne Gray, we've got young Kevin James on loan and also Arron Davies. Perhaps we didn't function as well as we ought to have done on Tuesday evening, which made me respond in such a manner that I changed things at half time in that area, and if we don't see further improvement then perhaps that is one I ought to address.

One of the few bright points was the form of Terrell Forbes, who after an excellent debut at The Den took the Man of the Match award against the Cherries. Speaking to the Western Daily Press he looked forward to the tussle to keep a second clean sheet, and his developing partnership with club captain Terry Skiverton in the heart of the Yeovil defence :

I'm enjoying playing in central defence. I last played there when I was with Russell two seasons ago. At Grimsby I played in a three-man central defence and I like playing there. It suits my game as I like to go man-to-man with a striker. When I went to Oldham I ended up playing right-back, wing-back and even in midfield and it was very frustrating.

Before I came to Yeovil I spoke to Russell and he told me that he wanted me to play as a centre-back and that's one of the reasons I joined. I think I play my best football in that position and I think I've made a good start to my career here.

We kept a clean sheet on Tuesday and we've got to defend like that against Carlisle as well. Then if we can nick a goal at the other end we can pick up three points.

It's great playing alongside Skivo and he's a top-class player. He's very experienced, you know what you get from him and he talks to me all through the game. We are doing well together so far and his presence in the side is so important. The fans love him as well and he gives the crowd a real lift.

Forbes can expect another stern test, as picking up Carlisle's highly-rated striker Karl Hawley is likely to be his responsibilty, with Skiverton handling the more experienced Michael Bridges.

Slade is well aware of the potential threat of the pairing :

Carlisle are a hard-working side. They are very organised and make life very difficult for you. They are well capable of scoring goals, too. Karl Hawley got 20-odd goals for them last season and is a threat. He's quick, plays off the shoulder of the last defender, and is a good goalscorer. They've also got Bridges and he's a very clever player who can finish. They've got a good combination.

Carlisle United captain Kevin Gray faces a late fitness test on a hamstring tweak, but is expected to make the starting line-up. David Raven (dead leg) and Paul Murray (knee) both came through the match at Saltergate with no reaction and should keep their places in a side that is expected to remain unchanged. Midfielder Adam Murray will again be left out in the cold after handing in a transfer request.

Kick-off at Huish Park is 3.00 p.m.

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11 August 2006 : Morris Glad To Be Back
Yeovil Town striker Lee Morris has admitted that he is glad to have finally broken an 18 month duck on Tuesday night when he came on as a second half substitute against AFC Bournemouth. Lee was making his first Football League appearance since December 28th 2004 when he was playing for Leicester City in the Championship.

Since that time, Lee has been out of football with a succession of injuries and has been gently feeling his way back into the game thanks to a month-to-month deal at Huish Park. But Lee is careful to admit that he is still a long way off being ready for 90 minutes worth of football.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol Lee admitted: "I'm glad it is out of the way really because I've been looking forward to it for so long. It was building up in my head really, so it is nice to get the last 10 minutes or so. I need a few more days off than everybody else from time to time at the moment just to get me through things. I'm still not up to full speed as such or at least at the level that I know I can play at and the manager knows I can play at. But it's coming and training every day is helping me and it is a gradual process."

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11 August 2006 : Yeovil Town Ladies Cup Draws
The Yeovil Town Ladies will begin their pre-season this Sunday, 13th August, with a friendly against Ilminster. Kick-off is 12.00 noon on the Top Pitch at Huish Park.

The season proper begins on Sunday 3rd September. Yeovil's opening fixture in the South West Women's Football League Premier Division is away at Penzance. Penzance Ladies play all their home games at Penlee Park, home to Penzance AFC. Kick-off is 2.00 p.m.

Yeovil's draw for the opening three rounds of the F.A. Women's Cup can be found here, (Ciderspace, 31st July). The competition begins on Sunday 10th September, with Town at home to Gloucester City in the Preliminary Round, kick-off 2.00 p.m.

The Pat Sowden Trophy has Yeovil Town with exemption until Round Two. The second round draw has produced a home tie against Poole Town. This fixture is scheduled for Sunday 26th November.

In the South West Women's Football League Premier Division Cup Yeovil Town, beaten finalists last season to Team Bath, have a bye in Round One. The Round Two draw sees them playing Penzance at home on Sunday 11th February 2007.

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11 August 2006 : BBC Bristol Bournemouth Match Interviews
BBC Radio Bristol have added two Real Audio recordings of interviews with manager Russell Slade and defender Terrell Forbes to their audio archive. The interviews were conducted on Tuesday night. You can listen to both interviews here.

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10 August 2006 : Fry Identifies Three Potential Investors
Chairman and owner John Fry has revealed that his quest for new financial input to realise the Invest In Yeovil dream is inching forward. Speaking to this morning's Western Daily Press he said he had now identified three possibilities. Although no names are mentioned we might hazard a guess one is Cowlin Construction Ltd. (see 25th July).

I've spent my time trying to find investors. And I've identified three, one of which is a big company that is prepared to help us develop the site at Huish Park and help us with the infrastructure. We have had offers to help us with construction and designs for the development of Huish Park.

It is as important to develop the stadium as it is to develop the football team. It's important the team stays up but if we want a long-term future at this level, or higher, we need to identify what needs to be done to the stadium.

The chairman went on to repeat his vision for Yeovil Town, and how he sees progress being achieved :

We don't want to invest in the team, build the squad up and then find we haven't got the stadium to support any success we may have. The ambition is to get into the Championship and we need the stadium capacity to go with that. We won't be able to run on 9,500 crowds. We need to have a 16,000 capacity ground at least and average gates of 12,000.

We need bigger crowds. There is no point fooling ourselves. We need to earn more money through the gates. I'm confident that we can get 12,000 to 16,000 people here every week from across Somerset.

Although we'd love a state-of-the-art new ground - who wouldn't - in that delicate balancing act of 'team then stadium' or 'stadium then team' the history of football shows that the former is the safer, and in the end more productive, route to go. No club wants the accolade of: Best Ground In Non-League. All Glovers will hope the chairman and board get the decisions right as they look to progress the club.

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9 August 2006 : Johnno Junior Joins Dad Again
As widely predicted over the last few days former Yeovil Town midfield general Lee Johnson has joined League One rivals Bristol City. Subject to pending international clearance he has signed a two year deal.

Johnson moved from Huish Park to Scottish Premier League Heart of Midlothian in the 2006 January transfer window. The deal infuriated many Yeovil fans at the time, not so much through Johnson trying to further his career, but because of the piffling fee the club accepted. The move to Hearts proved a failure, with the man who had taken him there, Graham Rix, shown the door as manager within weeks, and Johnson only clocking up two starts and three appearances from the bench.

No fee has yet been revealed, but with Johnson told some time ago he could look for another club it seems unlikely that if any is being paid by City it'll be much more than nominal, so any sell-on clauses held by Yeovil Town are unlikely to be triggered.

Lee will find plenty of familiar faces in Bristol when he arrives - manager Gary Johnson, chief scout Pete Johnson, goalkeeper Chris Weale, striker Phil Jevons, defender Liam Fontaine, physio Glen Schmidt and confidence coach Mark Layder were all employed by Yeovil Town last season, bringing the number of ex-Glovers at Ashton Gate to eight.

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9 August 2006 : Officials for Saturday
Saturday's home fixture versus Carlisle United, kick-off 3.00 p.m., will see Phil Crossley (Kent) as the man in the middle.

Crossley was the referee in the infamous 2004 fixture at the Memorial Stadium that saw both Dave Savage and Steve Elliott of Bristol Rovers sent off for violent conduct, and then manager Ian Atkins later pleading guilty to a whole series of F.A. charges: match report.

Eamonn Smith (Surrey) and Malcolm West (Cornwall) are the assistant referees, Keith Stroud (Hampshire) the fourth official.

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9 August 2006 : Swansea All-Ticket
The visit to Liberty Stadium on Friday 1st September, kick-off 7.45 p.m., has been declared ALL-TICKET for Yeovil Town fans.

Tickets will be on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office from Thursday 10th August with prices set at :

adult £15.00; over 65 and student £10.00; under 16 £7.00; wheelchair users full adult price of £15.00 (12 spaces available in North Stand), with one carer per wheelchair free of charge.

This is an increase of £2.00 for adults on last season, though other prices have been held. Away supporters are accommodated in the North Stand, with up to 3,500 seats available.

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8 August 2006 : Cherries Fail To Pick Off Yeovil
Yeovil Town grabbed a slightly fortuitous home point tonight at Huish Park against AFC Bournemouth as the visitors racked up the main bulk of the chances on goal but couldn't find a way past Glovers keeper Steve Mildenhall.

Manager Russell Slade kept faith with the sixteen players that travelled to Millwall on Saturday but by half time was probably wishing that he hadn't. Bournemouth dominated up until the break and really should have done better with numerous shots going wide of the target. The Glovers found chances hard to come by with just a couple of Wayne Gray efforts to show by the break.

With the Glovers mainly on the back foot, it wasn't surprising to see half time changes. The abandoning of the diamond formation - replaced by an orthodox 4-4-2 - evened out the second half to an extent with on loan Kevin James and winger David Poole also introduced at the break.

But the best chance of the night still went to Bournemouth, with Danny Hollands striking the post, and the resulting melee seeing strong penalty appeals waved away by referee Jarnail Singh. The late introduction of Lee Morris couldn't cure Yeovil's inability to turn possession into chances, and it will probably be the Cherries going home tonight wondering why they only came home with a point.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 AFC Bournemouth 0.

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8 August 2006 : MOTM Voting For Bournemouth
Don't forget to cast your Man of the Match Votes following tonight's 0-0 draw with AFC Bournemouth. The voting form can - as always - be accessed here.

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8 August 2006 : League One Tuesday Review
Tonight's 0-0 draw at Huish Park against AFC Bournemouth represented the only goal-less action in a near full League One programme. The Glovers saw Bournemouth pile on the pressure in the first half before a slightly more even second period saw Yeovil clock up their second point of the season. The Glovers drop slightly to 15th based on tonight's results.

Five of the League One clubs playing tonight have ended the evening on maximum points in the early League Table. Whilst Nottingham Forest, Brighton and Hove Albion and Brentford will raise no eyebrows, a slight doff of the cap is due to Port Vale and newly promoted Cheltenham Town who have both got off to slightly unexpected fliers. Vale lead the table on goal difference, for what it's worth at this stage.

Millwall's Tony Craig managed to redefine the term 'early bath' when he got dismissed for a 4th minute foul on Leyton Orient's Shane Tudor tonight. Craig didn't make it to the half-time break on Saturday against the Glovers either and has clearly decided he likes soap bubbles at The Den. Orient unsurprisingly ran out 2-0 winners.

Our favourite children's party entertainer though Adriano Basso, delighted once again tonight with another moment to remember. The Bristol City keeper had been remonstrating with defender Louis Carey after Bradford City scored their equaliser, only to fail to spot an advancing David Graham who had intercepted the ball on kick-off. One cheeky lob later, perhaps Mr Carey was able to suggest to Mr Basso that he might want to look at his own positioning first before criticising others! Bradford's two goals in 30 seconds won the game 2-1. We expect Gary Johnson's voice to be a little hoarse on the way home tonight given that both goals occurred right before the half time break.

For statisticians everywhere, treasure the name of Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Sky Sports almost blew a fuse in their excitment tonight when his 79th minute strike saw him net goal No.500,000 in the history of English professional football. The Terriers won 3-0 leaving Rotherham United still stuck on minus 10 points for the season. Of the sides above them, only Oldham Athletic and Latvian bankrolled Blackpool have failed to register a point so far.

There is one match tomorrow night - Chesterfield's home match against Carlisle with both sides looking to stay on maximum points having both won on Saturday.

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8 August 2006 : Millwall MOTM Result
With Town playing again tonight the first Internet Man of the Match voting of the season was concluded earlier today.

Whilst Terrell Forbes took most first places it was Chris Cohen who just pipped him for top spot with more consistent scoring amongst the voters.

Chris Cohen - 12 - 477
Terrell Forbes - 14 - 473
Terry Skiverton - 6 - 327
Anthony Barry - 6 - 218
Wayne Gray - 2 - 105
Steve Mildenhall - 1 - 64
Arron Davies - 1 - 45
Andy Lindegaard - 1 - 45
Nathan Jones - 1 - 41

The overall match rating was 7.5, with performance at 7.4 and entertainment 7.6.

Forty-four people submitted votes.

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8 August 2006 : YTFC Enters 21st Century
As promised for some time Yeovil Town has now launched an on-line ticketing service. It can be accessed here.

The options currently available could be bettered with a little expansion - we'd particularly like to see the facility of posting tickets out being introduced - but Ciderspace most certainly welcomes this step in the right direction.

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8 August 2006 : BBC Somerset Sound Post-Match Interviews
BBC Somerset Sound have added three post-match audio interviews from the match against Millwall to their website in the Real Audio format. All three can be accessed by going here.

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8 August 2006 : No Tel Aviv For Arron
Arron Davies, called up to the Welsh Under 21 squad again (see below, 2nd August) will now be travelling to an as yet unspecified mystery destination.

Because of the troubles in the Middle East UEFA has announced that the U21 Championship fixture between Wales and Israel on Wednesday 16th August will be switched from Tel Aviv to a neutral venue.

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8 August 2006 : Half- Millionth Goal
This week one player should enter the record books as scoring the 500,000th goal in the Football League (and Premier League).

With the total currently standing at 499,937 (485,405 in the Football League and 14,532 in the Premier League) since the World's oldest league started in 1888 the 63rd goal from tonight (or running over into Wednesday night, Friday night, or Saturday if it takes that long) will be the half-millionth goal.

The goal total has been disputed by football statisticians for a number of years because of disagreement over seven results from the pre-First World War era. However more recent consensus on the issue between stattos means the above totals are now generally accepted.

The Football League plans to make a special award to the scorer of the landmark goal.

Football League Head of Communications John Nagle announced :

The scoring of half a million goals is a genuine milestone for league football in this country, one that has taken more than 170,000 matches and 107 full seasons. We will be recognising this achievement by making a special award to the scorer of the goal, which is most likely to be scored towards the end of Tuesday night's fixture programme. This will give every player in the Football League an opportunity to earn himself a permanent place in the game's history books.

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8 August 2006 : Yeovil Town v AFC Bournemouth Preview
Match two of the season, and already a derby is upon us. AFC Bournemouth are the visitors tonight at Huish Park, kick-off 7.45 p.m.

The two clubs had differing fortunes on the opening Saturday, Yeovil Town taking a good point in a 1-1 at Millwall, the Cherries going down 0-3 at home to Chesterfield. Manager Sean O'Driscoll was understandably unhappy with the start to the season, describing the performance as: "as poor as we'd played here for as long as I can remember". Undoubtedly the team will arrive at HP having had a rocket inserted in some appropriate place and looking to make amends. Speaking to The Daily Echo ahead of the coming trip to Yeovil he said :

We've watched the video and it confirmed what we already thought so we know we've got some work to do. We'll watch parts of the video today and then go from there. We'll look at certain incidents and we can only ask the 'why?' question. If the players are honest, then we'll move forward and if they hide behind excuses, then we've got no chance. Tonight will be the start of our season because we didn't turn up on Saturday.

For Bournemouth right back/central defender Neil Young is definitely out, off to see a specialist tomorrow, whilst midfielder Marcus Browning is very doubtful having pulled a calf muscle seven minutes into Saturday's game.

There were no reported injuries in the Yeovil squad from Saturday's game, and the expectation is that the Glovers will field an unchanged starting eleven.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol on Monday afternoon, manager Russell Slade stated :

The boys have come in this morning and they've been nice and bright which is a good thing. That's not always the case after a difficult away fixture. We need to get our legs back quickly of course because we entertain Bournemouth on Tuesday, so we're looking forward to that now and looking nice and bright again. The important thing is that we came through Millwall with no injuries.

I just think that Bournemouth now will be doubly trying to make amends for Saturday's defeat. It's a local derby and I think that is a great pick-me-up for them. Going into a local derby game after a defeat is just the sort of recipe you want really. They will come here and we have got to be workmanlike in our approach again and disciplined on the field to make sure that not only do we go in front again, but that this time we hang on to it.

Following up in this morning's Western Daily Press Slade said :

I think it will be an entertaining game as Bournemouth like to pass the ball and so do we and hopefully it will be as entertaining as Saturday's game at Millwall. If it is as good as Saturday then the fans are in for a treat because for an opening day game I thought it was excellent. Both sides went for the win and it was very open.

The fans at Millwall would have seen what a tremendous game it was and would have come home enthused about the performance. Hopefully they will come out in their numbers and support over these next two games at home to Bournemouth and Carlisle.

It's important for us to get a win because we haven't won yet and we were disappointed that we drew at Millwall, which shows how far we've come.

A final reminder that tonight's game is no longer all-ticket for home fans, and purchases can be made up to kick-off. Bournemouth are reporting this morning that they only have 200 tickets of their allocation remaining unsold, with the deadline for purchase for their fans being at noon.

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7 August 2006 : Badges On Sale Tomorrow
Glovers fan Tim Lancaster will be selling more of his special edition Millwall badges at tomorrow's match against AFC Bournemouth. They can be purchased directly from Tim or from the Green and White Supporters Club shop. Tim writes:

"For the benefit of the many people who I did not see at Millwall on Saturday enamel lapel badges from that game will be on sale tomorrow night either from myself or from The Green and White Supporters Club shop. Each badge sold here will carry a 50p donation to Yeovil Town Football Club."

The badge designs can be seen by scrolling down to the August 4th article.

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7 August 2006 : Skipper in Team of the Week
Captain Terry Skiverton has been selected for the opening Football League Team of the Week. Chosen by the Press Association, the Teams of the Week feature the eleven top performing players from each division.

League One :

Clark Masters (Brentford)
Ian Goodison (Tranmere Rovers)
Andy Crosby (Scunthorpe United)
Eddie Howe (AFC Bournemouth)
Derek Niven (Chesterfield)
Michael Flynn (Gillingham)
Richard Carpenter (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Ryan Lowe (Crewe Alexandra)
Grant Holt (Nottingham Forest)
Leon Constantine (Port Vale)

Congratulations to Skivs, leading by example as ever.

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7 August 2006 : Bournemouth No Longer All Ticket
Tomorrow night's match against AFC Bournemouth is no longer an all-ticket match for home supporters. Although the restrictions remain for travelling fans, the club have today announced that tickets for the game WILL be available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off. For details of pricing, please see yesterday's article.

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6 August 2006 : AFC Bournemouth Ticketing Reminder
A reminder that tomorrow (Monday) is the last day in which you can purchase tickets for the ALL TICKET match between Yeovil Town and AFC Bournemouth which takes place at Huish Park on Tuesday 8th August, kick-off 7.45pm. Present information is that you will NOT be able to purchase a ticket on matchdays, so if you can't get down to Huish Park tomorrow, telephone the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 and have your credit card ready.

Prices are set at the Premium Rate and are as follows:

Yeovil College Stand : Adult £21.00, Concessions £18.00, Disabled £18.00, Under 16 £6.00, Junior Glovers £3.00.

Cowlin Stand : Adult £20.00, Concessions £16.00, Disabled £16.00 Under 16 £6.00, Junior Glovers £3.00

Westland Stand : Adult £20.00, Concessions £15.00, Under 16 £6.00, Junior Glovers £3.00

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6 August 2006 : KitAid Shirt Collection
Green Room administrator Jack Adams has contacted us regarding a planned KitAid Shirt Collection that will take place on the day of the Yeovil Town v Carlisle United match next Saturday 12th August. The following information has been supplied from KitAid in conjunction with the Green Room:

"Here is an opportunity to get rid of those no longer wanted football shirts, shorts & socks that shall we say are a slightly snugger fit than they used to be!

KitAid is a Charity which specialises in collecting all unwanted footie kit and sending them to the developing nations of the world.

BIG or SMALL, OLD or NEW; It can be match worn or replica shirts, shorts or socks of Premiership Champions, from FA Cup winners or no hopers like Man United ... It can be Foreign League, Football League, Non League or a Village Pub League, it makes no difference...we'll take 'em!

All KitAid ask is the kit is in reasonable condition - NO tears, NO rips and preferably washed since the last time it was worn!

There will be a collection point at Huish Park on Saturday, 12th August between 12.30 & 2.45pm. There will be 2 collection points, one should be between The Away End & Main Stand, and one between the Cowlin Stand and Westland Terrace. Bring the kit along - we'll be waiting and very grateful for your donation.

Thanks a million on behalf of KitAid: KitAid Website."

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6 August 2006 : Supporters Team Matches Arranged
Forum poster ComedyJock has been busy this summer organising a couple of Supporters' matches against other League One supporters. Dave reports:

"The first match is now confirmed as against Port Vale on 26th August. The game will probably be played on one of the top pitches at Huish Park with an 11 o'clock kick off. I am hoping to put on pies and drinks after the game at the club but am still investigating that at the moment.

Anybody who wants to play either e-mail me at or call 07814 038663. Also if there are any referees who don't mind giving up their Saturday morning (or just somebody willing to blow a whistle) contact me. A small reminder you need to be over 16 to play.

There is a second fixture now also arranged against Nottingham Forest on 9th September

Contact ComedyJock direct for further information on the game.

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6 August 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Millwall vs Yeovil
The Ciderspace Match Report for yesterday's 1-1 draw against Millwall is now online and can be found here.

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6 August 2006 : Youth Team Win Final Friendly
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side won their final pre-season friendly of the season by a 3-0 scoreline on Thursday night against Westland Sports.

Full-timer Tom Clarke scored the opener, before Oliver Wake doubled the lead before the half-time break, latching onto a through ball before lobbing the advancing Westland keeper for an excellent finish. The Youths could have easily grabbed a third when Wake fed Matt Concliffe leaving him in front of goal and in free space, but the chance went begging.

The second half saw Yeovil dominate further, with some rather hefty Westland tackles coming in as their more speedy opponents continued to evade their attempts to win the ball back. One such challenge saw Stephen Maher, who was ruling the roost in midfield, land on the end of a bit of industrial-strength 'afters' and once that altercation had been calmed down, manager Stuart Housley substituted the Irishman to protect him from any further problems.

The game was won in the second half when Matt Concliffe finally managed to net the goal his running deserved and that was that with the Glovers breezing home on the back of a 3-0 scoreline. The only downside was seeing defender Harry Sherwood limping off during the second period. With winger Danny O'Brien having turned on an ankle during training, Stuart will potentially need to look at a couple of adjustments prior to next Saturday's trip to Swindon Town where their league season will begin in earnest.

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6 August 2006 : Russell's Verdict On the Millwall Game
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade spoke about the 1-1 draw at Millwall immediately after the game at The Den. Russell was overall pleased with what he saw out there in his first competitive match as the man in charge.

Speaking to the press he said of his players: "They tried to do their jobs individually and collectively and they did them well and at the same time we still remained a threat going forward. It is very very difficult to pick out just one single performance. But there were some encouraging signs for me. It is only the first game and it is early days. It is nice to get off the mark with at least a point."

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

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6 August 2006 : London Pride
After waiting three months an extra fifteen minutes before Yeovil Town's new season kicked off - cock up on the Millwall season ticketing issuing front - wasn't welcome, but it soon passed. 808 Glovers had made the trip to see their team start a second season in League one. Well rather more had made a trip, but one coach load of unfortunate and very disgruntled supporters got no further than Stonehenge - cock up on the Ridlers front.

Those that did make it found a very different Den from the 1975 version on our previous visit. Although Millwall still have something of a reputation, bathed in August sunshine the stadium almost seemed pleasant, despite the approach through a system based on the design for a cattle corral at a slaughter house.

Yeovil entered the stunning pen field of play with Mildenhall, Jones, Skiverton, Forbes, Lindegaard, Terry, Barry, Cohen, Davies, Gray, and Harrold as starters. There was no goalkeeper on the bench, with Guyett, Kalala, Poole, Morris and newest recruit James as the five.

If some Yeovil fans were occasionally checking their programme to identify the odd new face in the hoops, home supporters should have brought a two volume Spotters Guide: no less than seven players were making their debut for the Lions. Yeovil set out their stall in the much discussed 'diamond' formation, with Paul Terry at the base sitting in front of the back four, Anthony Barry and Chris Cohen in the middle, and Arron Davies at the apex to link with the front two. It sacrifices width but, on the evidence of today at least, provided some needed solidity. Whether it can be played at home - should manager Russell Slade be so minded to use it at Huish Park - without the natives getting restless we'll have to wait and see.

After a quite bright but relatively unproductive start from both sides it was the visitors who began to take more control and look more dangerous in the first half, and the lead when it came through Wayne Gray on 34 minutes was deserved. Shortly after that a small group of presumably Millwall supporters (well they were in a home area) decided to re-enact a bit of the club's less savoury past. Cock up on the brain cell front. There was a bit of a set to, but it soon fizzled out. After the match Millwall announced on their Official Site that two spectators had been arrested and another immediately banned.

The second half saw the match swing the other way, with the home side more in control and dangerous, though a quality of shooting usually reserved for England penalty takers meant Steve Mildenhall was busier arranging a Sunday massage appointment for his stiff neck than making actual saves. Eventually the Lions did break through, Darren Byfield heading home a cross to the far post from close range with just eight minutes of normal time left on the clock.

The final score of 1-1 will probably be seen as a fair result by most on both sides. Yeovil had gone to the Lion's Den and done themselves proud. A point there is not shabby at all.

The crowd was 10,012.

Shock of the Day : Dermot Gallagher flirted with vague competence, though not quite achieving it.

Post match there were reports of clashes on the Underground between some groups of Millwall supporters and fans from Torquay United, on their journey home from Underhill. Ah well, if you are a cosmopolitan sophisticate its probably hard to distinguish one West Country yokel from another.

A full match report, and comments from Russell Slade, will appear on the site later today.

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5 August 2006 : League One Saturday Review
The League One table after a solitary set of matches can be found here. Chesterfield and Port Vale fans, relish that moment now! Both are joint top after 3-0 victories. The Glovers occupy an equal 13th position after today's game, unsurprisingly alongside their hosts Millwall after the 1-1 draw at The Den.

Tuesday's opponents AFC Bournemouth got off to a bad start, losing 3-0 at home to Chesterfield and so are one of two clubs sitting just above Rotherham United, who of course will be bottom of the table even if they win their next three games! Having been deducted 10 points for falling into administration over the summer, they didn't get off to the best of starts in cutting back on that deficit - losing their opening home game to Brighton and Hove Albion. Newly promoted Leyton Orient are the other side licking their wounds, having lost 3-0 at Port Vale today.

Of the favourites, both Bristol City and Nottingham Forest grabbed 1-0 wins, but Swansea City's opening match produced shock of the day - with League Two playoff winners Cheltenham Town stunning the majority of the 15,199 crowd. They weren't the only fancied side to go down on the opening day though - Huddersfield Town got an unwanted start when they lost 2-1 to Gillingham. They weren't the only ones though - Doncaster Rovers were the second of the fancied sides to end up humbled by promoted opposition. Carlisle United were the victors, and their 4th minute goal ensured that Paul Murray grabbed the honours as the first scorer of the 2006-07 League One season.

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5 August 2006 : Millwall Man Of The Match Voting
A reminder that the opening of the 2006-07 season means that the Internet Man Of The Match Voting is now open for business once again. If you were at the Millwall game today, cast your vote by using the form here. Remember that with Tuesday's match against AFC Bournemouth coming up, voting will only be open between now and Tuesday.

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5 August 2006 : Slade Hoping For Longer James Stay
Glovers boss Russell Slade has said he hopes that the one-month loan of Kevin James from Nottingham Forest can ultimately turn into a longer term deal if things work out for the striker at the club. James is available for transfer from the City Ground, and the Yeovil boss is still on the look-out for players to strengthen his squad.

Speaking to the Western Daily Press, Russell explained: "This is a profitable loan move for us because so often with loans you might like what you see but you have then got to send them back to their club. With this one, if we like the goods we will be in a good position to sign him, because he is available. I am pleased he has decided to come here rather than Walsall. He knew a few of our lads - Paul Terry, Wayne Gray and Terrell Forbes - so that was an attraction for him too."

James has not had the most prolific of careers in football so far, but Slade prefers to give him the benefit of the doubt and suggests that his move from Gillingham to Nottingham Forest may have been a step too far for him at the time.

He added: "Kevin went from Gillingham to Forest, who signed him when they were in the Championship, but it occasionally happens that a player goes to a bigger club with a bigger squad and things don't go to plan. But if he is good enough here he will get his opportunity - and he has already shown us he has great pace. He might offer us something different."

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4 August 2006 : Millwall vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town commence their second League One season tomorrow afternoon when they travel to The Den to take on Millwall for the first time in a League match. The South-East London side were relegated at the end of last season and are currently strongly rated by the bookies to challenge at the right end of the table this coming season. Hence the Glovers, who should take over 1,000 supporters to the game, are expecting a tough encounter as the new Russell Slade era begins in earnest.

The Glovers are not the only side that has undergone change over the summer. Nigel Spackman was appointed as their new manager this summer and he has entirely rebuilt the side that performed in the Championship - bringing in something in the region of 16 players along the way.

Spackman and Slade know each other well - the Millwall manager was Slade's boss at Sheffield United during the late 1990s having also worked for the Yeovil boss during the latter days of his playing career at the same club. Uncomfirmed rumours over the summer suggested that Spackman even tried to lure Slade to Millwall as his assistant after the latter left Grimsby.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol Russell said of his long-standing friend: "Nigel Spackman I know quite well from my time at Sheffield and we've always kept in touch. If anyone has got a pair of boots at the moment, Spackers is signing them, so it is going to be very difficult to know what Nigel's team is going to be. What can be certain is that there will be 15 to 16 new faces - that's without a doubt. So it's a new team, a new challenge for him and a new start for him and from that point of view it's exciting for both clubs. But we have to go beyond that excitment and do a professional job when we get there and make sure we come away with the points that we need."

Slade is well aware of the toughness of the opening fixture and he told this week's Western Gazette: "Millwall have brought in a couple more players this week and they are one of the massive favourites to go back up so it will be a tough game for us but our attitude and mindset will be to go there and get something."

Of team news, earlier in the week Slade had three doubts. Andy Lindegaard and Jean-Paul Kalala picked up knocks in the 3-0 win against Weymouth but were expected to return to training by the middle of the week.

There is slightly more confusion over the status of Bradley Thomas - the Gazette report him as being fit, although other reports suggest he may need skin grafts on his stomach to help deal with third-degree burns sustained during a domestic accident. Either way, with all other players currently fit, Bradley will probably not feature.

Much of Slade's team selection will boil down to whether he chooses to operate with wingers or use a diamond midfield formation, although the personnel involved in that selection will undoubtedly be variations on a theme with Chris Cohen, Paul Terry, Jean-Paul Kalala, Anthony Barry and Arron Davies all competing for four slots. The other area of dilemma will be whether Andy Lindegaard or Terrell Forbes occupies the right-back slot and thereafter what knock-on effect that has on the central-defensive slots.

Millwall probably will not welcome the presence of referee Dermot Gallagher who has not covered himself in glory when officiating in matches involving the Glovers. The Lions had one of the worst disciplinary records in the Football League last season. Yesterday the FA announced all its club fines : Millwall were fined £30,000 in total including a suspended fine of £20,000 being invoked from 2004-05. An additional suspended fine of £40,000 will be in place for the forthcoming season and with Dermot about they will have to watch out for the flying tackles.

The match kicks off at 3.00pm and as usual your guide to all things Millwall can be found on Ciderspace here. Despite the Lions having had not the most welcoming reputations over the years, the general consensus is that supporters that behave sensibly on the day should not encounter issues in or around the ground. A large police presence will be in place though regardless. The very safest of trips to all those who are travelling, and fingers crossed for a positive start to the 2006-07 season - time to open up those vocal chords once again!

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4 August 2006 : Millwall v Yeovil Town Badges
The first of a line of badges for the 2006-07 season from Tim Lancaster are available from Saturday.

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Millwall v Yeovil Town, 2006-07
Photo © 2006 Tim Lancaster

These two badges will be on sale at Millwall tomorrow priced at £3.00 each. See Tim Lancaster at the stadium, or on the 08.20 train to London Waterloo. He will be getting on at Gillingham (Dorset) loaded with stock.

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4 August 2006 : Roberts Set To Sign New Deal
Accrington Stanley winger Gary Roberts looks set to pen a new deal with his current club - a move that would effectly end any interest Yeovil Town may still hold in the player. Roberts did have just 12 months left on his current contract, and so an opportunity was there for Yeovil to grab him in a cut-price deal as the time on his contract ticked down.

Accy Chairman Eric Whalley once suggested that the left-winger wanted to walk out on the club, but Roberts told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph: "I'm about to sign another contract. I never said I wanted to leave - I just want to play as high as I can. But it's good to get my future sorted out now."

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3 August 2006 : Slade Rules Out Move For Duo
Glovers manager Russell Slade has ruled out an immediate move for two players still strongly connected with the club, with one being firmly scrubbed off the list for good. Russell believes that Grimsby Town striker Michael Reddy would be outside his price range, despite the League Two club transfer listing him at the player's request.

As for Accrington Stanley winger Gary Roberts, Slade has not quite closed the door on him, but does not foresee an immediate return for a player Yeovil have been knocked back on several times by his current club.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol Russell explained: "Gary has been on my target list for some time but we've changed our shape a little bit and any other additions now will have to wait after that game (Millwall) I'm sure."

He gave the Western Gazette a similar theme: "We have not gone back for him at the minute and there is nothing really going on at the moment. Someone might be coming down tomorrow (Thursday) for us to have a look at (almost certainly this was Nottingham Forest's Kevin James) but apart from that things are quiet. We are looking to do more wheeling and dealing but it is now getting a bit tight before Saturday."

On the prospects of Michael Reddy, who Slade worked with at Grimsby Town, he told BBC Radio Bristol: "Michael will interest a lot of football clubs, I'm sure, because of his electric pace but Grimsby will demand a fairly hefty fee for him, so that will rule out most clubs including ourselves."

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3 August 2006 : 'Meet The Manager' Scheduled
A 'Meet the Manager' session has been arranged by Yeovil Town for the evening of Thursday 5th October 2006.

The event, to be held at Huish Park, is billed as being open to any supporters who wish to attend, with an opportunity to listen to and question the new man in charge, Russell Slade.

More details as they are released.........

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3 August 2006 : James In On A Month Loan
Forward / midfielder Kevin James has agreed to join Yeovil Town on a month's loan. As we reported yesterday James has been down training with the squad. He's a player who at twenty-six years old still finds his is a career yet to take off, with small packets of appearances here and there.

In four years at Gillingham he didn't break into the First Team consistently, managing twenty starts and thirty-three substitute appearances. He then moved to Nottingham Forest, but in two years there only made eight appearnces, five as a substitute. He was sent out for a loan spell at Boston United in the 2004-05 season, and again last term when he racked up eighteen appearances for Walsall at the back end of the campaign as the Midland club unsuccessfully fought relegation. He played against the Glovers in the last of the three meetings between the clubs last season, a 0-2 victory for the visitors at Bescot Stadium.

James returned to Nottingham Forest at the end of 2005-06 and has been considering his options during pre-season training. According to Russell Slade, speaking on Somerset Sound, Walsall were interested in offering James a deal but Yeovil Town stepped in ahead of them. The manager said :

He is very quick, very pacey, very lively and again gives us something a little bit different. We did see him at Walsall last year as well - that's where he went on loan. He was quite impressive and Walsall came in again and wanted to take him again for three months, but I hijacked that one and took him here for a month.

Ciderspace extends its usual welcome, and hopes we see Kevin settle and get his career progressing again at Huish Park.

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3 August 2006 : Chairman Hopes To Be 'Competitive' in League............
........ oh and perhaps, as all chairmen wish for their club bank balance, if you could throw in a Cup run or two, Russell?

Owner, chairman and chief executive John Fry has been casting his eye over the forthcoming season which kicks off on Saturday at Millwall. In this week's Western Gazette he says :

"Everything is looking promising but it is still very early days. The developments that have taken place have been very pleasing and looking at some of our performances in pre-season we have every reason to be optimistic about the forthcoming season. Russell Slade has been working hard on developing the team and he has helped to bring some quality players to the club but there is still a lot of hard work to do both on the pitch and in terms of better facilities on the training side and at the stadium.

"We took a long time to get out of Non-League football and we have now gone so far in the Football League in such a short space of time that perhaps some people's expectations have been too high in recent times. We have gained a lot of new supporters over the past few years and I think their expectations are higher than those hardcore fans who have been with the club for a lot longer.

"What we are trying to do at the moment is a longer term plan but we still have to deliver. I am not just going to expect us to survive, I want us to do a bit more than that. If we can get a couple of good runs in the cups and a few big draws and have a competitive season in the League I think we will all be very pleased with that.

"The other important thing is to ensure that we have a settled squad by the end of the season, a squad that can provide the foundations for the next campaign after that. Russell Slade knows what he wants and the players know what he wants and I am very pleased for him and John Milton for the way things have gone recently. I am also pleased for the directors who have made the decisions because those decisions could have quite easily turned out to be a damp squib.

"Another two people who deserve a lot of praise are Steve Thompson and our skipper Terry Skiverton who have played a magnificent part in recent times. And I think they are pleased with the signings that we have made and the fact that we have now got a platform from which to build.

"It looks likes it [League One] could be a lot stronger in depth but if we can do as well as last year and perhaps improve a little, as well as balance the books, we will be happy. We are building a squad not just for this season but for the future. Russell Slade has done an excellent job so far and long may it continue."

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3 August 2006 : McCallum Misses By A Fortnight But Housley Optimistic
Youth Team manager Stuart Housley has been speaking to the Western Gazette this week about his hopes for the new season, and how his squad is shaping up for their defence of the Football League Youth Alliance South West Conference title won in 2005-06.

"It is going to be difficult to repeat that success. Last year some of the boys were exceptional, players like Gavin McCallum and Dale Williams, but this year we are not looking too bad either. We have got five or six new lads who are all very promising and I am looking forward to another good season.

"One of the new players we have is Harry Sherwood, who is the son of former Yeovil player Jeff Sherwood. He is a big lad who plays as a centre-half. We also have Gary Bowles who we nearly took on at the end of last season, but Cardiff City are still holding out for compensation on a contract and that is why we are waiting.

"Danny O'Brien and Jamie Morgan are another two players in the squad. Danny is lightning fast, while Jamie is a county player from the Dorchester area. Matt Concliffe and Phil Ormrod, who were with us last season, will also play this year although Phil recently broke his wrist and is likely to be out for quite a while.

"If they have not changed the rules, we will also be able to field four over-aged players in the league. They will be Tom Clarke, Jake Smeeton, Craig Alcock and Stephen Maher. Gavin McCallum misses out by just two weeks because of his age.

"Craig has got everything. He has a bit of pace, he is strong in the air and he is a good passer. He is also a very good trainer and is often near the front of all the runs. I have high hopes of him progressing into the first team this season although he faces a tough test trying to get that right-back slot. Tom Clarke is a little jack-in-the-box. He does not stop working and pops up everywhere; I can see him doing well too. Jake Smeeton has a good left foot and has done all right, and Stephen Maher is also progressing well. He likes to get stuck in and he is also a good passer so the signs are good at the club in terms of young players.

"We have already had a few training sessions but we are still looking for five more players to make up the squad. I have received letters from lads as far away as Sunderland but they all want YTS and we cannot accommodate them at the moment. Whether that will change in the near future I do not know. The new manager [Russell Slade] might want to start up that next year but for the time being we will just carry on as we have been doing.

"Our first game of the season is away to Swindon Town on 12th August which will not be easy because they always have a strong side - but we are already looking forward to it."

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2 August 2006 : Arron In Welsh U21 Squad Again
Yeovil Town midfielder/striker Arron Davies has received yet another call-up into the Welsh Under 21 squad, for this month's UEFA Under 21 Championship match against Israel. The call-up is sandwiched between Yeovil's home match against Carlisle United and the away trip at Tranmere Rovers and so may mean that Arron need not miss a Glovers game. Former Glovers youth team skipper Dale Williams is also in the squad.

The match is currently in doubt due to the current conflict between Israel and Lebanon with the Welsh FA having put forward reservations at sending their squad into a country that is in effect at war with it's neighbouring country. Discussions are taking place between UEFA and the Israeli FA, no doubt to establish whether it is safe for the players to travel.

Wales Under-21 squad: Price (Ipswich), Hennessey (Wolves); Bale (Southampton), Blake (Cardiff), Critchell (Southampton), Davies (Cambridge), Jacobson (Cardiff), Spender (Wrexham), Morgan (MK Dons), Mike Williams (Wrexham); Crofts (Gillingham), Arron Davies (Yeovil Town), Edwards (Shrewsbury), Jones (Wrexham), MacDonald (Swansea), Marc Williams (Wrexham); C Davies (Verona - on loan at Wolves), D Williams (Shrewsbury).

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2 August 2006 : Morris Signs Up
This morning's Western Daily Press is reporting that Lee Morris has agreed a month-to-month contract with the club, after appearing in the last two pre-season friendlies and having done enough to prove he can recover from an injury-ravaged two seasons at his previous club Leicester City.

Meanhile 26 year old striker Kevin James will arrive at the club for a trial. Kevin is currently a free agent and so the club will consider registering him in case he is considered worthy enough to play some part in Saturday's game at Millwall. Kevin, who can also play on the wing, was at relegated Walsall last season and prior to that had represented Gillingham, Nottingham Forest, and Boston United, having started his career as a Charlton Athletic trainee. His time there means that he almost certainly knows Glovers midfielder Paul Terry.

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1 August 2006 : Thommo's Verdict On The Tiverton Game
Glovers assistant manager Steve Thompson said he was impressed that an extremely young Yeovil Town team were able to overcome an experienced Tiverton Town side, albeit at the death with an injury time winner.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol Steve explained: "It was a good run-out for our lads. We had a young team out. I said before the game that if we were to win the game we would have to do reasonably well because Tiverton are no mugs. They've got a lot of ex-pros there. The lads kept going and we got the winner late."

Steve added that not everything was perfect and that they did have to pick over a couple of things in the dressing room afterwards: "There were a couple of things - they probably had a little bit more possession than we would have liked. However apart from hitting the bar twice, I don't think that our keepers had to make a meaningful save, so overall defensively I thought we did pretty well."

Youth teamer Tom Clarke, who was given a professional contract over the summer, scored a 92nd minute winner from the edge of the box and Thommo naturally singled him out for praise.

Steve explained: "Tom Clarke looked quite lively throughout the game and I actually thought he was tiring in the last 15 minutes but he popped up right at the end. He just showed a bit of sharpness and a great strike and it was pleasing to win the game."

One of the big plusses on the night though was that Lee Morris managed to complete two-thirds of the match before making way for Phil Ormrod. Steve felt that was good progress, as the trialist striker looks to recover his full fitness. However, Steve believed that the whole squad looked somewhat tired.

Speaking of Lee, Steve explained: "65 minutes and so that was pleasing and that's a good sign. He showed some great touches at times. We had a few players tire at the end. We trained this morning and we probably did a little bit more than we were first planning on, so maybe that had something to do with the tiredness during the second half."

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1 August 2006 : New Youth Friendly
Following Saturday's 3-2 victory over Westland Sports the Yeovil Town U18's will be meeting them again this coming Thursday, 3rd August, in another friendly. As Saturday's meeting was classified as an away fixture we are guessing this second match up will be the 'home' counterpart, but haven't seen that confirmed. Wherever it is, kick-off is scheduled for 6.45 p.m.

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1 August 2006 : Weale : 'Needed A Fresh Challenge'
Ex-Glover 'keeper Chris Weale has been speaking to the Bristol Evening Post about his move to Bristol City from the club that brought him through from youth football :

I think I achieved everything I wanted to achieve at Yeovil. I was there since I was a young boy and I want to thank the Yeovil fans and thank the chairman [John Fry] and wish them all the best - just not against Bristol City.

I felt it was the right time in my career to move on. I needed a fresh challenge and a fresh scene and this is a great opportunity for me now at Bristol.

Gary Johnson was a big factor in the move, without a doubt. He is a great manager with a great enthusiasm for the game and a winning mentality, which is just addictive and you want to be a part of it.

Weale will be out until at least November as he recovers from a cruciate knee ligament injury, and the derby clash between Yeovil Town and City at Huish Park on 4th November will probably come too early for him, though he admits he has his eye on it :

People will talk about that game and I have looked at it to be honest, but I will have to get fit first and then I will have to get into the team.

Anything can be achieved here. This is a massive club with great potential. I would like to have a long career at Bristol and hopefully at the highest level. That is my ambition. I have had a little taste of it at West Ham and I know what I have to do to get there.

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1 August 2006 : Lure Of A 'Bigger Club' Says Amankwaah
Recently departed Kevin Amankwaah has been talking to the Western Daily Press about his move to Swansea City and insists it was not just the money that made up his mind.

Assistant manager Steve Thompson has previously gone on the record as saying that although Yeovil Town put up the best offer they could to the player they couldn't get near matching what was on the table from the big spending Welsh outfit.

Amankwaah chose to stress other factors :

I am very excited about this move and one of the main reasons I signed was that Swansea are obviously a bigger club and they are going places. I mean that with no disrespect to Yeovil, but Swansea are one of the favourites for promotion this year.

I know that Yeovil have said they could not compete with what Swansea offered me, but it is not just about that. Swansea is a bigger club and the quality of players they have is something that attracted me.

I did want to stay at Yeovil when they offered me a new deal, but when Swansea came knocking it was very difficult to turn down. I was in two minds about what to do and I was sad when I decided to leave Yeovil. I have got a lot to thank Yeovil for. They took me on from Bristol City and re-launched my career. If it was not for Yeovil, then Swansea would not have noticed me.

Amankwaah will have a swift, if brief, reuniting with the Glovers, if fit and selected, as Town will be visiting Liberty Stadium on 1st September. The return at Huish Park is not until 24th February 2007.

I am hoping that they will give me a good reception, but you never know. Bristol City gave me a good reception when I went back and I'm hoping the Yeovil fans will do the same.

And what we're hoping is your 'bigger club' is behind us in the table, Kevin - no offence.

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