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31 August 2007 : Northampton Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday's 2-1 win over Northampton Town saw a far tighter affair for the Man of the Match Voting than has been in some of the earlier matches this season. Five players scored heavily, but it was Marcus Stewart who came out on top for his box-to-box play at Sixfields, and for playing his part in setting up the winning goal.

Final results are as follows, with the outright Man of the Match votes in brackets:

1 Marcus Stewart 164 (13)
2 Justin Cochrane 134 (7)
3 Steve Mildenhall 112 (6)
4 Lloyd Owusu 86 (4)
5 Craig Alcock 84 (5)
6 Terrell Forbes 58 (2)
7 Scott Guyett 26 (1)

OVERALL MATCH RATING 6.45

Performance: 6.26
Entertainment: 6.63

VOTES RECEIVED : 38
(40 votes but 2 duplicates)


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31 August 2007 : Maher Out On Loan
Yeovil Town midfielder Stephen Maher has joined Conference South side Dorchester Town on loan today. The loan deal is for one month at present.

Stephen had recently had the chance to join Southern Premier League side Tiverton Town on loan, but he turned down their offer and will probably consider that he has done the right thing given that the Magpies play at a division above and operate as a full time outfit. Furthermore, Stephen will team up with Glovers goalkeeper Darren Behcet, who is also on loan at The Avenue Stadium.

The Magpies travel up to Bishop's Stortford tomorrow, and with between five and seven players out through injury and suspension, depending upon late fitness tests, it would seem as though Maher is arriving at the right time to make an early impression.


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31 August 2007 : Yeovil Town vs Tranmere Rovers Match Preview
Yeovil Town play host to Tranmere Rovers tomorrow, hoping to establish their third win in a row after wins against Port Vale and Northampton Town in recent weeks that have seen them gain an encouraging start to their 2007-08 league season, lying in 6th place in the very early league table.

Tomorrow's match though will be a significant test of their abilities, coming up against a Rovers side who only just missed out on the play-offs last season, and have also started well, lying in 3rd place on the same number of points.

In addition, Tranmere are a bogey side of sorts, if that can be said of a team that the Glovers have only ever played four times. Just one draw and three defeats so far, but given that the Glovers picked up their first ever league win over Northampton Town last week, perhaps now is the time for such records to be brushed aside.

Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore has a reputation for producing sides with a definite physical presence and he even talked in their local press this week about being proud to win "ugly", claiming that playing good football did not always bring you three points. Glovers boss Russell Slade is well aware of this and has told his players that they will need to stand up to a potential battering. Speaking to the Western Daily Press he explained:

"They have two choices: they either stand up or they get taken off. It is a young man's game, and it doesn't matter if you are 19 or 20, you have to be strong enough - and that is not just physically, but also mentally, to play 90 minutes in this division. I am sure my troops are up to it and I expect them to show the resilience that has been part of the last few games. We are hoping to do a lot better than last season. We played them last season and in the first game they were too strong for us physically. They were in the top six most of last season and perhaps those last few games they just drifted out, but I expect them to be more than focused."

Long term absentees Gary Dempsey (foot) and Marc Bircham (groin) continue to be unavailable, whilst striker Lee Morris is not expected to be available for the next two matches after a knee scan prescribed rest rather than the surgeon's knife. Striker Darryl Knights is also expected to be unavailable whilst he deals with an ongoing family situation. Meanwhile club captain Terry Skiverton is still not expected to pull through. Russell did give BBC Somerset Sound better news on Nathan Jones though:

"Terry is still a doubt again. He has not joined for training yet. Nathan Jones though has got through a good week's worth of training, so he gets himself in the frame."

That is likely to leave Slade with roughly the same squad as travelled to Northampton last week, albeit with the possible option of making use of new signings Wilfred Diomenoe and James Brown, depending on how he sees them being used in the immediate future.

Tranmere have high hopes that striker Calvin Zola will be passed fit in order to play in tomorrow's match. He has been out with a hamstring strain and with former Nottingham Forest striker Gareth Taylor out with a cracked rib, that has left Rovers stretched in terms of their striking options. However, Moore is hopeful Zola can make it. If not, youngster Craig Curran will be partnering the dangerous Chris Greenacre:

"Calvin has done tremendously well over the last few days. Now we have to decide whether to take a gamble with him. Whether this game is coming a bit too early or not, we will wait and see. Whatever happens, young Craig Curran has already shown what he can do when he comes into the side."

Midfielder John Mullin, who turned an ankle in training this week, is Tranmere's other doubt. Moore reveals that he knows Russell Slade well, and is predicting a good tactical battle of wits:

"At the moment we are playing 4-4-2 and it looks good. There will be times this season when we do change the way we play but I’m not going to say whether this will be the time. I think Russell Slade did tremendously well to get them into the play-offs. He is a good mate who knows the game inside out. They are playing a different shape this season and they will be a big test for us. I think the competition between Yeovil’s front three and our back four will be a good one."

Standard ticketing arrangements are in force for tomorrow's match, with tickets available from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off, subject to the usual match-day pricing structure.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : February 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Tranmere Rovers 2.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : August 2006 : Tranmere Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 1.


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31 August 2007 : Rose Praises Approachable Slade
Defender Matthew Rose has this week said that he is very impressed with the way that manager Russell Slade is dealing with 'people management' at Huish Park. The former Queen's Park Rangers man signed a one year deal to stay at Huish Park, despite having offers to play in America, and he spoke to BBC Somerset Sound about his thoughts on Russell, comparing him with Plymouth Argyle manager Ian Holloway, who Rose worked with at Loftus Road:

"The gaffer is as good as gold and he's one of the best managers I've ever had. I think that with every good manager that I've had, and he's very similar to Ian Holloway in that respect, is that he is very approachable and understanding. He's your boss but you can talk to him, whereas some managers are very unapproachable and so you're not so keen to play for them. Someone like that gets the best out of his players and I think that is what makes him a good manager. In this day and age that is what most of the good managers are going towards. The old school style seems to be fading out and the new school style is coming in. I'm all for it as I don't like the old school style."

Rose added though that Russell's approachable style didn't mean that he was a pushover when it came to the training ground. He also tipped Russell for even greater things:

"He believes in hard work and if you're not playing well or if the team is not doing well then you know about it. It's going to be hard work and it is only if you are doing well that things become a bit easier. But he is an approachable person and he is understanding of your own situation and you can approach him with personal or family problems. So that makes him a great manager and he has got a great future in the game. For a manager, he is still young and that means he has got a good future ahead for himself."


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31 August 2007 : Glovers Put Trio On Contracts
Yeovil Town have signed up three players this afternoon. The first sees Justin Cochrane sign what is described as another "short term deal" at Huish Park to extend his previous month long contract. As has been a recent trend, the club haven't stated how long this deal is for.

They have also signed up Frenchman Wilfred Diomenoe, who has previously been on the books of Nantes and scored in the pre-season draw against Tiverton Town, whilst midfielder James Brown has also signed a deal. No details have been given out on either player, and no contract lengths have been specified. If we find detail on either player then we'll provide another update.

Update: A correction on Wilfred - we originally said he was from Nancy - the WDP is reporting this as Nantes.


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31 August 2007 : Vale Capture McGoldrick
League One side Port Vale have surprisingly beaten several of their league rivals to the loan signature of Southampton striker David McGoldrick. Yeovil Town were one of those bidding for his services, although rumours that he wanted to move to within a commutable distance of his home city Nottingham make that bid unlikely to be successful.

The shock is that Vale have seen off interest from Nottingham Forest and Leeds United as well as Luton Town. Boss Martin Foyle said of the deal:

"We managed to beat off competition from Nottingham Forest, Leeds United and Luton Town which is great for us. He will be with us on loan up until the New Year."

One possibility that may have swayed McGoldrick's thinking is that he is almost guaranteed a starting slot in the Staffordshire side. Yesterday, they lost striker Akpo Sodje to Sheffield Wednesday, having already lost last season's top scorer Leon Constantine to Leeds United over the summer.

Whilst that now turns moves for McGoldrick into a dead end, national newspaper rumours suggest that Aberdeen striker Steve Lovell has also turned down a chance to move to Huish Park. He is preferring to stay north of the border having also turned down similar offers from Southend United and AFC Bournemouth.


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31 August 2007 : Bircham Sets Fitness Target
Yeovil Town midfielder Marc Bircham is hoping that he can be ready for first team football by mid-September. The former Queen's Park Rangers player suffered a hamstring injury during pre-season and so has yet to make his competitive debut for the Glovers.

However, writing on his own personal web page, Marc believes he will be turning the corner next week when he plans to resume full training:

"I think I'm a couple of weeks away from being fully fit and available for first team selection. I can't wait to be in a position to make my debut for Yeovil, especially after the great start we've had. I'm back running and next week I should be able to train properly which will be great."

Marc has expressed his frustration at not being able to play football in Somerset yet, but has added that he is otherwise enjoying his time at his new club:

"At the moment it's quite difficult when all the boys are buzzing and looking forward to playing on a Saturday. Even though it's been a bit of a slog getting back to fitness I'm still having a great time down here. They're a brilliant bunch of lads and there's a really positive feel about the place. We've had two wins out of three games so far and, although there are a lot of hard games coming up, everyone is right up for it. The good thing is that we know that we're not playing to our potential and still winning. We know that we can get a lot better and the boys are working hard to improve. There are going to be about 10 teams in with a shout of promotion and we are confident we can be one of them. We face Tranmere at the weekend and they are another side that is going to be up there or thereabouts. They've also had a decent start, so if we can get that under our belts we'll be well happy."

Glovers boss Russell Slade, speaking to BBC Somerset Sound agrees with the targets Bircham has set for his comeback:

"We expect that sometime next week that Marc will join in with training, which will be a big boost for the team obviously. It has been a frustrating period for him, but hopefully he is coming to the end of that."


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31 August 2007 : Transfer Deadline Looms But Glovers In No Hurry
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has said that he is in no hurry to bring in bodies ahead of tonight's transfer deadline.

At midnight tonight, the transfer window will close for all permanent transfers and long term loans, and there will no doubt be some late business being done throughout the Football League, with sometimes deals being struck literally minutes before the midnight hour. Signings have been known to be announced by clubs as late as 1.30am once they've drafted their press releases, and so it could be a late night for many clubs.

Russell though has told BBC Somerset Sound that although he is still wanting to add a striker to his squad, he is not going to lose too much sleep if he doesn't achieve that by midnight, pointing out that the emergency loan system will allow him to have a second bite of the cherry later:

"I'm not losing any sweat over it at all. If we do, we do and if we don't, we don't. We've still got the loan system, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens. Maybe if something attracts my attention and it is a possibility and he fits the criteria - you know I'm looking forward-thinking player - then we'll do the business. But if not then we'll be patient and we'll wait and see."


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31 August 2007 : Youth Team vs Bristol Rovers
A reminder that Yeovil Town's Under 18s will take on Bristol Rovers U18s tomorrow morning at 11.00am.

This season sees a new venue in Somerton being used to host Youth Team and Yeovil Town Ladies matches, hence this should be considered to be the default venue for such matches unless we are notified otherwise. The full address of the venue is:

Somerton Sports Club, Gassons Lane, Somerton, TA11 6HS.

Link: Multimap.com : Somerton Sports Club.


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30 August 2007 : Russell Says Skivo Incident Is In The Past
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has moved to protect his club captain in the wake of today's earlier story (see below) concerning Terry Skiverton's ban from Yeovil pubs participating under the PubWatch scheme.

Some of the media reports have quoted various town officials casting their own judgment upon Skivo's behaviour, even though reports of what did happen appear sparse or overblown. Russell told BBC Somerset Sound that as far as he was concerned the matter had been resolved a long time ago and questioned why some people considered it part of their business:

"Terry has made a mistake and he has apologised for it and we have moved on. It is as simple as that. He has been here for eight years and he has enjoyed every minute of his time here. During that time he has made one mistake and he has said sorry for that one mistake. He has moved on now, and I don't think other people should be passing opinion."

Update (31/08/07): The Western Daily Press have expanded upon this and have made it clear that Russell is criticising Yeovil councillor Tony Fife who heavily criticised Skivo in the Western Gazette. Russell told the WDP:

"Why councillors have to get involved with their opinion is beyond me. Policy making people also make mistakes. there is a certain gentleman called John Prescott who I think threw a right hook at someone in public a few years ago. Policy making people make mistakes as well but I don't comment on them. It is water under the bridge and we move on. I don't think it matters if you are in a little village or a big city, Terry has made a mistake and apologised for it."


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30 August 2007 : BBC Somerset Sound Interviews
The BBC Somerset Sound website was updated yesterday to include three interviews from last Saturday's 2-1 win over Northampton Town.

In addition to the post-match analysis from Russell Slade, they have also included their interviews with goalscorers Justin Cochrane and Lloyd Owusu.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound Website : 2007-08 Yeovil Town Interview Archive.


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30 August 2007 : The Skipper, The Laptop And The Pub Ban
Today's press have been reporting on a ban handed out to Yeovil Town captain Terry Skiverton for an alleged incident that occurred in a Yeovil pub the day after the team's return from the League One playoff final at Wembley in May. As a result he was given a ban from pubs and retail outlets participating under the town's PubWatch scheme, designed to reduce disorderly behaviour within the town's pubs.

Exactly what they report on varies quite widely. The Western Gazette story centres on a claim that Skivo breached this ban by drinking in a pub on Saturday night after his return from the Northampton Town match. Hereafter the reporting by the Gazette and today's Western Daily Press begins to diverge rather rapidly.

The Gazette go for the hard line, with PubWatch Chairman Steve McCorry claiming that Skivo's alleged breach showed that he had a "blatant disregard for [the] organisation ... and had made PubWatch look silly", despite the fact that the hearing to decide whether the Yeovil skipper had breached the ban has yet to take place. Mr McCorry claimed that Skivo had been disciplined by Glovers Chairman John Fry.

Somerset District Councillor Tony Fife also goes for the jugular adding "I am disappointed for the club ... he has let everyone down."

The fly in the ointment is that the WDP claim that the pub that Skivo chose to drink in is not part of the town's PubWatch scheme - another theory is that it may be but does not display the PubWatch logo on the windows or doors. This would therefore bring into question the legitimacy of the claim. The Gazette do not mention that the allegations of the ban being breached were under dispute.

The other area the Gazette does not touch on is what invoked the original ban in the first place? A mass brawl? Well, no, the Western Daily Press states that the incident relates to "liquid spilled into a computer". A club statement yesterday indicates that the computer has subsequently been replaced along with a full apology, and so one has to wonder if this is much more serious than someone spilling a pint of beer. Why computers are being kept in drinking areas is of course another question.

Whilst the town's publicans have the right to clamp down on disorderly behaviour in the local pubs, this does have the air of a 'storm in a teacup' about it.

Rather ironically, the Gazette's back page trumpets the impending return from injury of a certain Mr T Skiverton esq in time for Saturday's match against Tranmere Rovers. Let's hope that Skivo's pre-match preparation is not disrupted by this.


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29 August 2007 : Fans Of The Future Clarification
Further to our article last week (August 24th) concerning this season's Fans Of The Future scheme, the club have been able to clear up some of the questions raised in the original article.

The only (current) way that supporters can be currently eligible for Fans Of The Future Tickets will be if they hold a Fans Of The Future Postcard. These have so far been distributed by three methods:

1. Children who attend Yeovil Town Football Club Soccer Schools.
2. Children who attend schools visited by the Community Sports Trust.
3. Children who have been registered on the YTFC Portal (aka the club's CRM system)

If you do not own a postcard then your other chance of getting hold of Fans Of The Future tickets is likely to come in the form of a promotion in conjunction with the Western Daily Press. At present that hasn't been launched - if anyone from the club or the WDP wants to give us a nudge when that is launched, we'll provide a further update here.

A reminder that the first match to use the scheme is Saturday's home game against Tranmere Rovers, so move fast if you want to take advantage of that. For the full list and more details, head back to the August 24th article.

Whilst on the subject of clarifications, further to our August 21st article concerning a new Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership, these meetings will definitely be replacing the Customer Charter Meetings of the previous few seasons. The club's Customer Charter, a requirement for all Football League clubs, will remain in place, but the regular meetings will now be run by the newly titled committee.

Many thanks to Sara for clearing up the two issues. If any further information is required, Sara can be reached via the supporter.link@ytfc.net email address.


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29 August 2007 : Ladies Lose Opener
Yeovil Town Ladies lost their first match back in the South West Combination, beaten 0-3 at home by AFC Bournemouth. The Cherries are also newly promoted, winning their League and League Cup double last term.


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29 August 2007 : Cochrane Again
Today's Western Daily Press states that Yeovil Town, with plenty of central midfielders on the books though two are loans and others injured, are still dithering about what to do about Justin Cochrane. The paper says that an offer will be made, but that it is likely to be another short-term affair.

Meanwhile League Two Brentford have made a move for him and put a deal on the table. Cochrane would like to stay at Huish Park but would naturally prefer the security of something longer than it seems the Glovers feel they can offer.


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28 August 2007 : Officials For Tranmere Rovers
This Saturday's match against Tranmere Rovers at Huish Park will see Ray Lee (Essex) take charge in the middle. As far as we know, this is the first time that Mr Lee has visited Huish Park, with all four of our previous meetings with him coming on the road (albeit with one as a 'home' match at Dorchester).

The last time we saw Mr Lee, he put in a pretty weak performance at Griffin Park last September where despite us winning 2-1 against Brentford, we considered that he was playing to the home crowd by reacting to whatever decisions they told him to make. We were not too impressed, even if by the time we got to 5.00pm, three points in the bag meant that he was less of a concern than he had been during the game.

We met him twice during the 2005-06 season although on both occasions he was performing more minor duties. The most recent was a 2-1 defeat at Ashton Gate against Bristol City whilst he was fourth official, and a 2-0 Carling Cup win against Ipswich Town at Portman Road where he ran the line. It's not that often that we have a good rant about fourth officials, and usually any rants about linesmen are of an anonymous nature given that we are rarely sure which one is which. Hence on these occasions Mr Lee escapes scot-free.

We are informed though, that Mr Lee was at the scene of one of the most legendary moments to grace at Yeovil Town match in recent times. Picture the scene if you will, the Avenue Stadium, Dorchester, briefly hosting Yeovil Town 'home' matches during the 2002-03 season, Farnborough Town the visitors, one Graham Westley the manager. To borrow from a certain quiz show, "What Happened Next?"

Well although Mr Lee can claim huge credit in telling Mr Westley to leave the dugout, and can take even more credit when Westley refused to do so for sticking to his guns, we perhaps can't quite credit Mr Lee for the comedy scene that ensued - the hapless manager attempting to stand at the front of the Dorchester Main Stand, whilst stewards attempted to unclamp him from the railings like a deranged Greenham Common protester, with eventually the Old Bill arriving to "assist Mr Westley" and help him find a seat outside the stadium. No, Mr Lee can not take the credit for that, but for sparking off one of the best bits of spectator sport the Glovers have seen in recent years, this site's view is that Ray Lee deserves a standing ovation for his services to the game. You can't say fairer than that.

Mr Lee will be assisted by Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Oliver Langford (West Midlands). The Fourth Official will be Simon Knapp (Gloucestershire).

Link: Ciderspace Match Report: September 2006 : Brentford vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : April 2006 : Bristol City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : August 2005 : Ipswich Town vs Yeovil Town.


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28 August 2007 : Youth Team Statistics For 2007-08
Further to the earlier news item concerning the availability of statistics pages for the Reserve Team, a similar set are now available for the Youth Team. These have been set up just to include last week's match against Swindon Town but will be updated throughout the season as results come in.

As before, links to these pages as well as statistics for previous Youth Team seasons can be found in the Statistics section of the site.

Link: 2007-08 Youth Team Results and Fixtures.

Link: 2007-08 Youth Team Goalscorers (empty page at present).

Link: 2007-08 Youth Team Appearances.

Link: 2007-08 Football League Youth Alliance League Table (currently lists only those teams that have completed a fixture).


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28 August 2007 : McGoldrick Linked With Forest
Southampton striker David McGoldrick is being linked with a loan move to League One side Nottingham Forest. With Forest boss Colin Calderwood coming under extreme pressure to deliver at the City Ground after a winless start to the 2007-08 season, he is believed to be targetting the transfer market yet again, despite having spent over a million pounds on players during the summer..

One such target is believed to be McGoldrick, who Glovers boss Russell Slade has twice tried to take to Huish Park. The carrot that Forest may be able to offer McGoldrick though, is a move back to his home city where he started his career with Notts County, and the chance to be close to his family.

A deal would appear to have been on the cards, but that has been temporarily put on hold, due to Saints striker Kenwyne Jones handing in a transfer request and refusing to turn out in their weekend match against Stoke City. If Jones leaves St Mary's and manager George Burley is unable to get a replacement in before Friday's transfer deadline, then McGoldrick may be asked to stay put. Either way, it would appear that Yeovil's chances of landing the striker would appear to be slim.


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28 August 2007 : Reserve Team Statistics For 2007-08
The Reserve Team statistics pages for the 2007-08 season are now up and running. These will be maintained throughout the season, and for now contain the solitary match played against Swindon Town last week. These are permanently available at the top of the main Statistics section index page. Statistics for previous seasons can also be found via the Statistics section on the site.

Link: 2007-08 Reserve Team Results and Fixtures.

Link: 2007-08 Reserve Team Goals.

Link: 2007-08 Reserve Team Appearances.

Link: 2007-08 Reserve Team Football Combination League Table.


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28 August 2007 : Raise The Roof For Owusu
Yeovil Town striker Lloyd Owusu has over the weekend told Glovers fans that he wants them to join in with his special goal celebrations.

In particular during his two spells with Brentford, Lloyd developed a characteristic way of celebrating his goals in front of the Bees, known popularly in West London as his "raise the roof" celebration. Lloyd is hoping that the routine will catch on at Huish Park.

Brentford fans went as far as to practice the routine whenever Lloyd's name was read out over the tannoy as part of the team line-up or as part of an incoming or outgoing substitution. The routine was apparently inspired by a nightclub craze which involved everyone present putting their hands in the air, and rhythmically pushing the palms of their hands upwards to "raise the roof" - Bees fans would use the rhythm to chant "Owusu". This morning's Western Daily Press likens the movement to a weight-lifter lifting the bars over his head.

Sods law is that Lloyd's 93rd minute winner at Northampton Town came at the opposite end of the field, meaning that he couldn't provide a first hand demonstration to the 399 visiting Glovers fans, but he has told the paper that he hopes it will catch on eventually in Somerset:

"I am trying hard to get the Yeovil faithful to do it. It is a bit of fun for themselves and it inspires me, so hopefully they can do it the next game."

Lloyd traces back his goal celebration to a 1998 encounter against Darlington during his first spell with Brentford, and after it caught on with Bees fans he kept it going and now considers it his "trademark" celebration.


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27 August 2007 : Port Vale Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday's Man of the Match voting for the 1-0 win over Port Vale saw a runaway winner in the eyes of those who watched the match at Huish Park. Step forward Craig Alcock who was the outright man of the match for 61 of the 80 voters, ending up a sizeable margin from goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall and striker Marcus Stewart.

The full results, with outright man of the match votes in brackets, is as follows:

1 Craig Alcock 680 (61)
2 Steve Mildenhall 160 (2)
3 Marcus Stewart 142 (6)
4 Justin Cochrane 128 (5)
5 Terrell Forbes 76 (3)
6 Scott Guyett 76 (1)
7 Ritchie Jones 52 (1)
8 Matty Rose 32 (1)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.39

Performance: 6.58
Entertainment: 6.20

VOTES RECEIVED : 80

If you went to this weekend's match at Northampton Town, don't forget to get your votes in for your Man of the Match for this match:

Link: Northampton Town vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Voting Form.


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27 August 2007 : Positive Turn For Knights Family
Further to Friday's news concerning Kyle Knights, the younger brother of Yeovil Town striker Darryl Knights, we are pleased to note that Ipswich paper the Evening Star is reporting an improvement in his condition following a road traffic accident last Tuesday close to his Ipswich home.

Darryl has been on compassionate leave from the club since the incident happened. His brother, who is 16 years old, had been described as "critical but stable" over the weekend, but this morning the Ipswich press stated that latest reports suggested a positive report in his fight for recovery.


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27 August 2007 : Cochrane Poses Club A Dilemma
Trialists come and trialists go at clubs, with most making the barest ripple only noted by the really dedicated statisticians. However occasionally someone 'playing for a contract' has a big impact, and in the short-term deal that brought Justin Cochrane to Huish Park he has grabbed his opportunity with both hands.

Without wishing to be too cynical, in the cut-throat world of football the club was possibly thinking Cochrane would simply fill a short-term hole from injuries and while a loan deal or two were in the balance, and then be on his way. Since Cochrane was given a deal that will run out on August 31st Lee Morris has signed on for another year and Ritchie Jones come in on loan from Manchester United until December 31st.

Manager Russell Slade hasn't revealed how much of his budget remains, but has made no secret of the fact he wants another striker at the club. He's specifically mentioned continuing interest in David McGoldrick - this would be a loan if it came to fruition, with no indication from Southampton they want to sell the player, and zero chance Yeovil could afford the likely sort of asking price if they did - and of course Adebayo Akinfenwa is currently recuperating at Huish Park with the mutual interest that implies.

In the meantime the injury situation at the club has got no better - in fact worse, with Morris off to see a specialist - but as the deadline to the closure of the transfer window shrinks Cochrane, quite rightly from his point of view, wants some decision, and will be doubtless thinking if Yeovil doesn't offer something permanent after this what more can I do? Speaking to the Western Daily Press he said :

I am hoping to win something longer. I will just have to wait and see. Northampton was the last game so if I am going to be eligible for next week I will have to sign something in the week - we will see what happens.

On the surface he's done enough to be offered something, but of course the manager and Board will be looking at the wider picture and the balance of the squad they can afford. If he should not get an offer he can consider himself very unlucky, but will just have to put it down to circumstance. Whatever the outcome Cochrane's made more than just a ripple in the few weeks he's been with Yeovil Town.


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27 August 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Northampton Game
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade believes that striker Lloyd Owusu's 93rd minute winning goal will give him a strong confidence boost as he continues to settle into the new look Glovers side. Lloyd bagged his second goal of the season by scoring against Northampton Town with almost the last kick of the game, giving Yeovil three priceless points.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol after the game, Russell said of Owusu: "I'm delighted for him and that will do his confidence a world of good to get a goal, particularly late on like that as well when there's a lot of tired limbs about, but he has finished it quite well."

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

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.


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27 August 2007 : Cochrane Wants To Stay
Following on from another impressive display at Sixfields on Saturday, Justin Cochrane hopes to secure a more permanent contract with Yeovil Town. His current deal runs out before the Tranmere Rovers game on Saturday and he would like to sort something out this week.

The former Rotherham midfielder wants to help the Glovers continue the progress made from where they left off last season. Talking to the Western Daily Press, Cochrane says: "I am hoping to win something longer. I will just have to wait and see. Northampton was the last game (of the deal) so if I am going to be eligible for next week I will have to sign something in the week - we will see what happens.”

Playing well and scoring two excellent goals to date, the 25 year-old has an impressive case for the Glovers to reward him with a more secure deal. The majority of Yeovil fans would more than likely agree that his performances certainly merit nothing less.

The paper also reports that Russell Slade is continuing his search for another forward before the Friday transfer deadline. Russell is quoted as saying: "There are one or two irons in the fire and there is still the loan system you can use after August.”


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26 August 2007 : MOTM Voting For Northampton Town
A reminder to cast your vote for your Man of the Match in the Glovers win at Northampton Town yesterday.

We'll post the results later in the week.

Link: Northampton Town vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Voting Form.


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25 August 2007 : Owusu Snatches Late, Late Sixfields Winner
Yeovil Town lined up at Sixfields with only 14 fully fit professionals and manager Russell Slade threw a surprise with an adventurous looking 4-3-3 line up. Stewart, Owusu and Warne formed the attack with Owusu on the right and Stewart in the middle.

After a bright Glovers start, the game settled down into an even affair. On 7 minutes, Owusu should have scored with a clear header over the bar from a Peltier cross. Cochrane was having another good game and it was the former Rotherham man who put the Glovers in front on 26 minutes. A long high ball from Guyett was flicked on by Owusu for Cochrane to volley into the net. Two minutes later, he headed on to the bar.

The Cobblers equalized just six minutes later when Guyett failed to deal with a high ball into the box that fell for Paul Hubertz to slot the ball under Steve Mildenhall. One minute later, Paul Warne was replaced (injury) by Marvin Williams. This seemed to help Northampton who took the upper hand and were looking the more threatening side up to half time.

As the half time whistle blew, Russell would be disappointed with the way the Cobblers were allowed back into the game. The injury to Warne did not help matters any and a bit of talking would need to be done to address the Northampton ascendancy in the second period of the half.

Half Time: Northampton Town 1, Yeovil Town 1.

The second half opened in a much quieter fashion with Northampton gradually taking charge of the game. Referee Paul Taylor was not helping matters much with some strange decisions against both teams. A tactical change saw Stewart move into the hole behind the front pairing of Williams and Owusu.

The Glovers were visibly tiring by the middle of the half. The defence showing a tendency to stand off was inviting Northampton to create chances. Not until the 72nd minute did Yeovil have a decent chance in this period, Alcock hitting a rising shot over the bar.

Mr Taylor continued his erratic performance in the middle when showing a yellow card to Ryan Gilligan for a clear punch on Justin Cochrane in the 78th minute. How an obvious red was not shown is a mystery to all but the man in black.

A tiring Marvin Williams, still recovering from illness, was replaced by Anthony Barry on 85 mins. This was a clearly tactical move to beef up the midfield and hang on for the point. The latter stages of normal time saw Northampton hit the post, after earlier hitting the bar, keeping the pressure on throughout the half.

Three minutes into time added on and against the run of play, the Glovers snatched a late, late winner as Lloyd Owusu scored to seal the Glovers first ever league win over the Cobblers.

Final score: Northampton Town 1 Yeovil Town 2

Coca Cola League One, Venue: Sixfields, Saturday 25th August 2007, 3pm kick-off.

A very welcome three points, when a draw would have been a fair result, lift the Glovers up to sixth position in the early league one table. Russell Slade will be delighted with a first away win, but concerned that his side could not take the game by the scruff of the neck after taking the lead.

Weather/conditions: Sunny, clear skies and very hot.

Yeovil Town: (4-3-3)
1- Steve Mildenhall, 19 Craig Alcock, 5 Scott Guyett, 6 Terrell Forbes, 12 Matty Rose, 14 Paul Warne, 16 Ritchie Jones, 27 Lee Peltier, 15 Justin Cochrane, 9 Lloyd Owusu, 10 Marcus Stewart.
Subs:
2 Mark Lynch, 3 Nathan Jones, 8 Anthony Barry for Marvin Williams (tactical, 85 mins), Stephen Maher, 32 Marvin Williams for Paul Warne (injury, 33 mins).

Northampton Town:
1 Mark Bunn, 2 Jason Crowe, 4 Mark Hughes, 6 Craig Doig, 11 Andrew Holt, 18 Ryan Gilligan, Joe Burnell, 17 Bradley Johnson, 21 Daniel Jones, 8 Andy Kirk, 23 Paul Hubertz.
Subs:
13 Chris Dunn (GK), 9 Colin Larkin for Andy Kirk (tactical, 78 mins), 12 Ian Henderson, 15 Bett Johnson, 19 Liam Dolman for Joe Burnell (tactical, 90 mins).

Goals: Justin Cochrane (26 mins, 0-1). Paul Hubertz (32 mins, 1-1), Lloyd Owusu (90 mins, 1-2).

Yeovil Town Bookings: Lee Peltier (68, not retreating at free kick).
Northampton Town Bookings: Jason Crowe (44, unsporting behaviour), Ryan Gilligan (78, foul).

Referee: Paul Taylor (Hertfordshire).
Assistants: Steve Castle (West Midlands), Sasa Ihringova (Shropshire).
Fourth Official: Richard Smith (West Midlands).

Attendance: 4,555 (including 399 Glovers).


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25 August 2007 : League One Full Time Scores
Our first league win over Northampton lifts the Glovers into sixth place in the early season League One table. Full Times from Coca Cola League One today are:

Cheltenham Town 1, Swindon Town 1
Crewe Alexandra 0, Leyton Orient 2
Doncaster Rovers 1, Bournemouth 2
Huddersfield Town 0, Carlisle United 2
Luton Town 3, Gillingham 1
Northampton Town 1, Yeovil Town 2
Nottingham Forest 1, Leeds United 2
Oldham Athletic 0, Bristol Rovers 1
Port Vale 0, Hartlepool United 1
Southend United 1, Millwall 0
Tranmere Rovers 2, Brighton & Hove Albion 0
Walsall 1, Swansea City 3


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24 August 2007 : Ladies Late Start
For reasons we haven't yet been able to establish Yeovil Town Ladies scheduled opener of the 2007-08 season, after their promotion to the South West Combination League, away at Southampton Saints last weekend did not take place. The fixture list, which has been published up to the end of December, has them at home to AFC Bournemouth this coming Sunday, 26th August, for what now becomes the first game in their league campaign. The Cherries won their opener on Sunday 19th August, beating Forest Green Rovers 3-1.

19th August, Southampton Saints v Yeovil Town (postponed)
26th August, Yeovil Town v AFC Bournemouth
2nd September, Queens Park Rangers v Yeovil Town
16th September, Plymouth Argle v Yeovil Town
23rd September, Luton Town v Yeovil Town
30th September, Yeovil Town v Chesham United
7th October, Swindon Town v Yeovil Town
14th October, Yeovil Town v Reading
21st October, Yeovil Town v Queens Park Rangers
28th Ocober, FA Women's Cup First Round Proper - Yeovil Ladies enter at this stage
4th November, Yeovil Town v Team Weston
18th November, Yeovil Town v Frome Town
25th November, Forest Green Rovers v Yeovil Town
2nd December, League Cup First Round
9th December, Yeovil Town v Swindon Town
16th December, Yeovil Town v Forest Green Rovers

It seems there will be a change of venue for home matches this season, with fixtures taking place at Somerton Sports Club, Gassons Lane, Somerton - (click for map). Kick-off on Sunday v Bournemouth is 2.00 p.m.


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24 August 2007 : Northampton Town vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Sixfields, home of Northampton Town, tomorrow with a whole host of concerns regarding the availability of players to contend with.

Definitely out are midfielders Gary Dempsey (foot) and Marc Bircham (hamstring). Dempsey is expected to be a further six weeks before he can recommence full training, whilst Bircham is expected to be out for around three weeks before he can be seriously considered for the first team. Meanwhile the prognosis on Lee Morris is currently being awaited after he had to travel up to London to see a specialist who has previously operated on his troubled knee, to determine the best course of action for him - it is unlikely that he will be involved this weekend. In addition fellow striker Darryl Knights is not expected to be available due to his brother being involved in a traffic accident.

Of those who are more borderline, left-back Nathan Jones is back in training following a knee injury and so should be fit, whilst striker Lloyd Owusu appears to be more optimistic of recovering after pulling out of training with an ankle problem yesterday. Club captain Terry Skiverton is probably the most borderline - having also pulled out of the same training session - he is likely to be left until the last moment, although without match practice, the bench is probably the best he can hope for, particularly as manager Russell Slade told BBC Somerset Sound he wanted the defence to build on the clean sheet they managed last week against Port Vale:

"If you keep clean sheets then you have got every chance of winning a football match. To dig out wins like we did last Saturday, are very important for our whole season. We did that last season and it is our intention to do that this season as well."

For Northampton, manager Stuart Gray also has injury problems, and nearly all of them lie down one flank, with his left side looking badly exposed. Left-back Danny Jackman is definitely out with medial ligament damage, whilst left winger Andy Holt who would have been Jackman's replacement in the deeper role has a dead leg and so may not even make it himself. If neither player makes it then Brett Johnson will fill in at left-back whilst Wolverhampton Wanderers loan signing Daniel Jones would stand to make his debut as a left-winger. Another problem for the Cobblers is Giles Coke who is definitely out with a knee injury. Gray also admitted he had slight problems with striker Andy Kirk who has scored in all three of their opening games so far. Speaking of the injured players he explained:

"Danny (Jackman) is going to be out for a couple of weeks. He has got some medial ligament damage but fingers crossed he will be a good healer and he'll be back with us in a couple of weeks. Andy Holt is touch and go for Saturday with a severe dead leg and Andy Kirk has still got a slight groin strain. We are still monitoring that situation but he should be okay."

Both matches last season ended up in draws, with Marcus Stewart bagging a goal in a 1-1 draw at Sixfields, whilst the New Year's Day game at Huish Park ended up a somewhat stagnant 0-0 draw. In fact the Glovers have yet to beat the Cobblers since they entered the Football League, with four draws and two defeats in the six meetings so far. Gray has concerns though over his side's ability to cope with battling sides, believing that Brighton and Hove Albion bullied them out of the game during their 2-1 defeat last weekend:

"Things happened that were out of our control but we have got to be more professional in terms of how we perform and conduct ourselves on the pitch when things don't go our way. I don't want the players here to get complacent and I've told them that settling for average and mediocre is not acceptable."

The match is a pay on the day game, and prices are contained within our guide to Northampton below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Northampton.

Link: September 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Northampton Town 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: January 2007 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 0 Northampton Town 0.


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24 August 2007 : Akinfenwa Training At Huish Park
Former Swansea City striker Adebayo Akinfenwa is receiving physio treatment and fitness training as he bids to recover from a broken leg that has put him out of football since February.

Akinfenwa broke his leg whilst playing for Swansea in a League One match against Scunthorpe United and that was to prove to be his last appearance for the Welsh side as contract negotiations at the Liberty Stadium broke down.

The former Torquay United target man was expected to join Swindon Town but the deal broke down when he failed a fitness test and was judged as being unlikely to be fit until around November, leaving him stranded and without a club.

The Glovers have invited him to use their physio facilities and the watchful eye of physio Jim Joyce to give him a chance to regain full fitness, no doubt with the motive of getting a foot in the door, should Akinfenwa regain full fitness. He is not expected to be ready for full training for another five or six weeks.


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24 August 2007 : Darryl's Brother In Road Accident
Yeovil Town striker Darryl Knights has been given compassionate leave by the club after his brother Kyle was involved in a road traffic accident in Ipswich. Darryl has returned to his home town to be with his family after his 16 year old brother and a friend were knocked off their mopeds by a car around 6.00pm on Tuesday night.

Kyle was initially treated for severe head injuries at Ipswich Hospital but has now been transferred to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge. He is described as "seriously ill" by the Ipswich Evening Star. The other moped rider has subsequently been discharged from hospital.

The driver of the car involved in the crash has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

The news obviously makes it unlikely that Darryl will take part in tomorrow's match against Northampton Town as he understandably puts the needs of his family first. Ciderspace obviously wishes Darryl, Kyle and their family the very best and hope that Kyle makes a full and swift recovery.


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24 August 2007 : Ticket Office Weekend Opening Hours
The Huish Park Ticket Office has slightly amended hours for this coming Bank Holiday Weekend. Today they will be closing an hour earlier than normal, at 4.00pm.

With Monday being a Bank Holiday, they will not open again until Tuesday 28th August at 9.00am.


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24 August 2007 : Fans Of The Future Again
As its contribution to the Football League Fans of the Future campaign for the 2007-08 season Yeovil Town has identified six Fans of the Future matches :

1st September, Tranmere Rovers
13th October, Carlisle United
8th December, Hartlepool United
19th January, Oldham Athletic
2nd February, Huddersfield Town
12th April, Crewe Alexandra

500 children's tickets will be available for each game on a first come first served basis. Eligibility is restricted to the following categories :

1. Children who attend Yeovil Town Football Club Soccer Schools.
2. Children who attend schools visited by the Community Sports Trust.
3. Promotions in association with the Western Daily Press.

However, completely unofficially (and don't blame us if you meet with a refusal), we've noticed in the past that fans purchasing at the ticket office have sometimes just been spontaneously offered this deal so it may be worth asking. Also, and it's not clear how it fits into the eligibility restrictions listed above, supporters who registered on the YTFC site for Fans of the Future should have received a communication from the club containing application cards for each match which the covering letter implies will provide eligibility on presentation at the ticket office. Whether you will then be asked to demonstrate your child(ren) meet one of the three listed requirements we can't predict.

A maximum of two children can go free through the scheme when accompanied by an adult paying the full admission price or a Season Ticket Holder.

The club has also announced that two as yet unspecified fixtures during the season will be Kids For A Quid matches, and that there will be a Family Day sometime during April 2008 to celebrate the Football League's 120th Anniversary.


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24 August 2007 : Slade Admits McGoldrick Link
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has confirmed that he has an interest in Southampton striker - but that he doesn't expect to bring him to Huish Park at this stage.

McGoldrick is a close friend of former Glovers loan star Leon Best, who has since moved to Coventry City, and the Glovers tried to get him as a loan replacement for Best last season, but he chose AFC Bournemouth instead, stating that for personal reasons he wanted to stay a little closer to his home.

Now Slade has admitted that he has made a second bid to bring McGoldrick to South Somerset, but he has told this week's Western Gazette that he doesn't expect there to be any developments on that front:

"I have enquired about him, but I believe he is staying at Southampton for now. He did well out on loan at AFC Bournemouth last season."

The transfer deadline for permanent signings and long-term loans is next Friday and Slade has made little secret of the fact that he would like to bring in a suitable striker - if one exists within his budget.


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24 August 2007 : OTV On Sale At Northampton
For those who missed the latest edition of On To Victory, editor Seb White will have copies available at tomorrow's Northampton Town match. Seb writes:

"OTV enters it's 7th season and Issue 24 will be on sale at the Northampton game this Saturday.

Weighing in at a hefty 44 pages this issue covers everything from:

* Summer trips to Bolivia, Holland and Poland.
* Drew Savage of BBC Somerset Sound relives the busy month of May.
* More poetic genius from Billy Hogg.
* A look at Glovers Glory the new beer from Yeovil Ales.
* OTV's first online debate .
* A competition to be a mascot at the Yeovil - Nottingham Forest game.
* And much much more.

There may be a little mention of Wembley and all that but not enough to get you further depressed after losing 4-1 to Hereford!

You get all this for just £1.

For those exiles amongst you we are offering a one off subscription offer of £10 for the 7 issues we will have out during the season. If you are an exile this is the only guaranteed way to receive each and every issue. We can take payment by cheque or bank transfer, email us at info@ontovictory.net.

Also if there are any foreign based exiles we can send you a PDF of the issue via email, be warned any scroungers out there we may have to check your credentials!

Think that concludes the latest OTV bulletin, get behind the lads tomorrow, it's still very early days.
"


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23 August 2007 : Not So Fast Skivo!
Yeovil Town club captain Terry Skiverton has had a slight set-back in his plans to make a comeback from a groin injury in Saturday's match at Northampton Town. Manager Russell Slade has told BBC Somerset Sound that the skipper did not complete the Thursday training session, and he will now have to make a late call on whether Skivo will travel to Sixfields in the playing squad or not:

"The picture is not too clear at this moment in time. Terry Skiverton played in the Reserves yesterday and came through that. But he then trained this morning and wasn't 100 percent and had to pull out."

The snag is that Skivo is not the only player who physio Jim Joyce will be monitoring, with striker Lloyd Owusu also joining him on the sidelines during that training session:

"Lloyd Owusu also had to pull out with a bit of an ankle problem. Nathan Jones did train and looks as though he may have come through that OK. Again, as I say, they'll be in for training on Friday morning and we'll probably have a clearer picture then."


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23 August 2007 : BBC Somerset Sound Interviews
BBC Somerset Sound will be broadcasting three Yeovil Town interview clips over the next 24 hours from interviews they have recorded today. Manager Russell Slade, midfielder Lee Peltier and right-winger Marvin Williams have all been interviewed by Drew Savage and these will be put out across the Breakfast and Drive programmes.

The current plan is for Russell Slade to be slotted in around 6:20am or 6:50am on the breakfast programme, whilst Lee Peltier will follow at around 7:20am.

The interview with Marvin Williams has been earmarked for the evening Drive programme which goes out between 5:00pm and 7:00pm. At present the schedule for that programme has not been drawn up, but Marvin should feature at some point during the show.

The three interviews have also been put forward for the Saturday Sport programme, broadcast on both BBC Somerset Sound and BBC Bristol that will take place on the day of the Northampton Town match and so some of these should be repeated during that show, most likely in the match-day build-up between 1:00pm and 3:00pm.

BBC Somerset Sound can be reached on 1566AM or by listening online using the link below.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound : Listen Live.


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23 August 2007 : Ciderspace Guide To Northampton
The Ciderspace guide to everything you need to know (and probably plenty more you didn't ask for) about Northampton Town, Sixfields and the retail park that surrounds it is now available ahead of Saturday's trip.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Northampton.


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23 August 2007 : Skivo Looking To Return
Inspirational captain Terry Skiverton is looking for a return to the Yeovil Town squad at Northampton Town on Saturday reports the Western Daily Press and Western Morning News. He made a comeback in the reserves 1-1 draw with Swindon Town Reserves at Huish Park yesterday.

There was no reaction to the groin injury he picked up in pre-season. After missing the tail end of last season (including the epic Forest games), Terry is eager to get back in action quickly. With Terrell Forbes and Scott Guyett being the current central defensive partnership, he may have to settle for a place on the bench.

Skivo is also having Pilates classes, a form of exercise that is beneficial to injury prevention, remedial and rehabilitation work and general body awareness. The classes will also help to increase and create balance between strength and flexibility. Many Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and GP’s recommend Pilates as one of the safest forms of exercise.


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23 August 2007 : Pennock Leaves Swansea
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Tony Pennock has resigned his role as Swansea City's goalkeeping coach, because they wanted him to commit to a full time role.

Pennock is also manager of Port Talbot Town as well as the Football Development Officer for Swansea Council and so something had to give, leaving manager Roberto Martinez on the hunt for a new coach. However, Pennock stressed that he had jumped rather than been pushed:

"It's my decision to step away because unfortunately we just couldn't find a way for me to carry on doing the job which suited both parties. I've had three fantastic years with Swansea and I wish Roberto and the rest of the staff all the best. I'm sad to be leaving and I hope whoever comes in does a good job with Dorus de Vries and whoever else Roberto signs."


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23 August 2007 : Thomas Suffers Broken Leg At Crawley
Former Yeovil Town defender Bradley Thomas has suffered a broken leg playing for Crawley Town that will keep him out of the game for at least eight weeks.

Bradley fractured his fibula in a friendly against a Tottenham Hotspur XI when he caught his studs in the turf and is scheduled to have an operation next Wednesday.

He is the latest in a long line of former Glovers who have suffered injury since leaving Huish Park. Midfielder Darren Way has not played for Swansea City since last October, having only managed six starts since his transfer back in January 2006. Team-mate Kevin Amankwaah is stuck in Swansea's Reserve side, whilst Nottingham Forest pair Chris Cohen and Arron Davies have yet to play for their new club due to injuries. Meanwhile it has taken Bristol City goalkeeper Chris Weale a whole year to make his first team league debut, having spent most of last season out injured, whilst Gavin Williams is facing a long layoff at Ipswich Town due to damaged ankle ligaments.

The very best of luck to Bradley in recovering from his injury, although maybe any other ex-Glovers out there need to be checking the small print of their medical insurance before they step on a playing field this coming Saturday!


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23 August 2007 : Northampton Rugby And Football Double-Header
Those heading to Sixfields on Saturday, should be warned that Northampton Saints are home to Harlequins with a 3.00pm kick-off, merely walking distance from Northampton Town's football ground.

Hence you should expect parking within the Sixfields area to be that little more congested than usual, and so you should allow extra time.


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23 August 2007 : Gulls Look To Seal Permanent Welsh Deal
As suspected when he was transferred to Torquay United on a season long loan, Ishmael Welsh is being courted by the Devon side for a permanent switch to Plainmoor.

Their Chief Executive Colin Lee has told the Devon paper Herald Express that the spanner in the works is that the Conference National side have already reached their wage cap limit but he still hasn't ruled out pushing a deal through:

"It's still a possibility. We can't take the risk of going over the Conference salary cap, but a permanent deal is more or less agreed, if we can do it. My understanding is that, even if we got Manchester United in the Cup as Exeter did a few years ago, that income wouldn't count for this season."

The clear implication is that the Glovers are still paying a proportion of Welsh's wages whilst he is at Plainmoor, if transferring the former West Ham United youngster would add to Torquay's wage bill.


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22 August 2007 : Bircham Suffers Comeback Delay
Yeovil Town midfielder Marc Bircham has suffered another setback in his efforts to get himself ready for action. The former Queen's Park Rangers player has yet to feature for the Glovers and has been suffering from hamstring problems.

The expectation had been for Bircham to return to training this week but manager Russell Slade told BBC Somerset Sound that was now unlikely to happen:

"Birch was making good progress, but he is struggling a wee bit at this moment in time. But we expect him to be back in training probably in a week's time."

The BBC report that club captain Terry Skiverton came through this afternoon's match without any ill-effects. However, the situation is less optimistic for striker Lee Morris who lasted only 17 minutes before retiring with a knee injury.


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22 August 2007 : Reserves Open With A Draw
Yeovil Town Reserves opened up their Football Combination season with a 1-1 draw against Swindon Town Reserves this afternoon. It was a mixed afternoon with club captain Terry Skiverton making a successful comeback from injury; completing 45 minutes at centre-back before withdrawing at the break. However, striker Lee Morris was not so fortunate - limping off after just 17 minutes with what looked to be an aggravation of his knee injury. When Morris withdrew, Paul Warne was moved into a striking position.

The Glovers got their goal on 39 minutes, via Jerahl Hughes, who made a pacey direct run down the wings got a certain element of luck when his shot cannoned off a post, off the body of Swindon keeper Mark Scott and into the back of the net for a half time 1-0 lead.

Several players were employed in unusual positions over the course of the afternoon, with striker Tom Clarke playing left-back, right-winger Danny O'Brien moving into the back four as the other full-back, whilst right-back Mark Lynch occupied a more central role.

Goalkeeper Lloyd Irish was making his debut for the club as the older brother of youth teamer Owen Irish, but there was little he could do when his central defenders rather charitably parted like the red sea for Swindon's Nathan Thompson to weave his way down the middle and slot home a 66th minute equaliser.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 1 Swindon Town Reserves.

Yeovil Town Reserves: 1 Lloyd Irish 2 Mark Lynch 3 Tom Clarke 4 Terry Skiverton 5 Daniel O'Brien 6 Stephen Maher 7 Nigel Omata 8 Ren Turnock 9 Paul Warne 10 Jerahl Hughes 11 Lee Morris

Subs: 12 Carl Lazenby (17 mins for Lee Morris) 14 Lance Stimpson (46 mins for Terry Skiverton) 15 Steve Thompson (75 mins for Paul Warne).

Swindon Town Reserves: Mark Scott; Christian Gyan, Mauro Almeida, Chris Blackburn, Jose Gonzales; Lloyd Macklin, Chris Allen, Nathan Thompson, Steve Adams, Andy Caton; Kaid Mohamed

Subs: Ben Joyce, Kurt Hammond, Ben Tozer, Jake Hyde


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22 August 2007 : Premium Matches - £4 Extra!
Premium pricing for selected matches will be in effect for six games this season. For those without a season ticket, there will be an additional £4 to pay for the following six home matches (two more than last season):

Nottingham Forest - September 29th, 2007.
Swansea City - October 27th, 2007.
AFC Bournemouth - December 4th, 2007.
Swindon Town - December 26th, 2007.
Bristol Rovers - March 29th, 2008.
Leeds United - April 26th, 2008.

What is not known is what the £4 premium charge is added to. It is not made clear if this is in addition to the advance purchase price or the match day price. Some clarity from the club would be helpful in this case. Although we have known that there would be categorised matches this season, no price had been announced until this past weekend. A few lines in the Official Programme coupled with a few more tucked away on the bottom of the Official website ticket page is how we find out what will be charged.

Except for the Bristol City game last season, the other premium priced matches realised a smaller gate than what would have been expected for the opponents we were entertaining. The only two games likely to reach near capacity will probably be the Bristol Rovers and Leeds encounters.

December promises to be an expensive month for Glovers fans With two premium games. This does appear a strange decision to charge the extra when most will be counting pennies for Christmas. It would not be surprising to see smaller than expected gates for these two in particular.


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21 August 2007 : Youth Team Match Stats From Swindon
Further to Saturday's article concerning the 7-0 defeat for Yeovil Town's Under 18s at the hands of Swindon Town Under 18s, the following team lined up in Wiltshire for the opening match of their 2007-08 season:

1. John Steele, 2. Mark Muddyman 3. Jamie Morgan 4. Damien Connery 5. Owen Irish 6. Ren Turnock 7. Dan O'Brien 8. Carl Lazenby (Capt) 9. Liam Horder 10. Stuart Davies 11. Ali Lwanga.

Subs: 12. Steve Martin (47 mins for Damien Connery) 14. Omar Simpson (65 mins for Dan O'Brien) 15. J Flack 16. Lloyd Moyce (70 mins for Liam Horder).

As far as we can tell, five players in the starting line-up plus three more on the bench were making their debuts on the day for Stuart Housley's side, and realistically only five of the 15 players were regulars in last season's squad. Playing Swindon, who are usually one of the title challengers, away from home on the first day of the season was therefore perhaps not the best way to start proceedings.

NOTE: As with all new seasons, we do sometimes struggle to get Youth Team players names spelled correctly during the early weeks. Hence if you are a friend or relative of one of the players, or perhaps one of the above players, please do drop an email to the site address below if we've made any errors.


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21 August 2007 : Terrell In Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town defender Terrell Forbes has made it into the League One Team of the Week, on the back of his performance in the 1-0 win over Port Vale. Terrell was also captaining a Yeovil side for the first time since he joined the club, and his recognition gives the Glovers their first entry in the Football League's Team of the Week for the 2007-08 season.

The full team is as follows:

Stuart Nelson (Leyton Orient)
Dan Woodards (Crewe), Michael Nelson (Hartlepool), Terrell Forbes (Yeovil Town), Chris Carruthers (Bristol Rovers)
Chris Shuker (Tranmere), Alan Thompson (Leeds), Darren Anderton (Bournemouth), Matty Robson (Hartlepool)
Alex Revell (Brighton), Paul Furlong (Luton)

Terrell was also in the News of the World's Team of the Week, whilst right-back Craig Alcock was the selected Man of the Match by the Sunday Independent.


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21 August 2007 : Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership
Yeovil Town has announced the launch of the Achieve By Unity Fans Partenership which was set up just before the start of the 2007/2008 season. The club would like seven supporters from a cross section of fans to join this new discussion group as representatives of the fan base.

The aim of the partnership is to allow fans a chance to put their views to staff and directors of the club. It will meet on a bi-monthly basis at Huish Park with at least two of the meetings being an open forum. The partnership will consist of the following:
4 Full Time YTFC Officials.
4 G&WSC Reps.
1 Vice President Rep.
1 Disabled Supporters Association Rep.
7 Supporters Reps.

Whilst welcoming this move by the club, Ciderspace is unclear if the partnership will run alongside the current CCM format or if it is a direct replacement? We think it may be the latter. It will be a discussion group only and any final decisions will be made by the club.

It appears that representatives will initially be appointed to the partnership by the club. How they are selected, if more than seven apply, is unclear. Then, every twelve months, the partnership will be elected annually by advertising on the Official Website and the Match Day Programme.

Fans who are interested in applying to be a Fans Representative should contact Sara Bradley (Supporter Liaison Officer) by telephone on: 01935 423662 or email: Supporter_link@ytfc.net.


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21 August 2007 : Blackpool Play-Off Final Badges
For those who missed Tim Lancaster at Saturday's match, Tim has provided the following update regarding supplies for his League One play-off final badges for the match against Blackpool:

"There are some fifty enamel lapel badges from the Blackpool vs Yeovil Town Wembley Play-Off Final still available, this high quality badge features the two club crests, the scoreline, and the attendance, the badges can be ordered by sending a cheque for £3.50 (To include P&P) to

Tim Lancaster, 3, Westville, Yeovil, Somerset, BA21 4JE.

E-mail Tim at timlancaster06@btinternet.com

Badge collectors may be interested to know that a badge may be available for Sherborne Town's first ever home tie in The FA Cup on September 1st when Liskeard Athletic or Shaftesbury are the visitors for a Preliminary Round tie."


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21 August 2007 : Skivo Expected Back For Reserves Match
Yeovil Town club captain Terry Skiverton is expected to make his comeback from a groin injury as part of tomorrow afternoon's Reserve Team match against Swindon Town Reserves.

Skivo has yet to make a competitive appearance this season having picked up the injury midway through the pre-season fixtures, but he now reports that he has returned to training and is hoping to feature in tomorrow's match, which kicks off at Huish Park at 2.00pm:

"I have been back in training for two days and will be having a run out, although I am not sure how long. I have got through training okay, with no reaction, and am now looking to get a little bit of game time and see how things go."


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21 August 2007 : Reserves vs Swindon Town Reminder
A reminder that Yeovil Town Reserves open up their Football Combination fixtures with a home match against Swindon Town tomorrow afternoon, kick-off 2.00pm.

Prices have yet to be publicised this season, but will definitely include free admission for Season Ticket Holders. If the same pricing structure as last season is applied, then adults will gain admission for 2 pounds whilst concessions will be available at one pound. If those prices prove to be wrong we'll issue an update.


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21 August 2007 : BBC Somerset Sound Interview Page
The audio interview archive carried by BBC Somerset Sound has now been set up for the 2007-08 season and can be found on the link below.

Included on the page so far are interviews with manager Russell Slade and midfielder Ritchie Jones following the 1-0 win over Port Vale. In addition, Russell's rather forthright interview following the 4-1 defeat at Hereford United has also been added to the archive.

You'll need a free copy of Real Player to listen to the clips.

Link: BBC Somerset Sound : 2007-08 Yeovil Town Interview Archive.


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21 August 2007 : Officials For The Northampton Game
Saturday's match against Northampton Town at Sixfields will be looked after by referee Paul Taylor of Hertfordshire. He has been a semi-regular visitor to Huish Park throughout the years, but his last match featuring the Glovers was away from home in February against AFC Bournemouth, where a 2-0 away win saw Mr Taylor fail to get a single mention in the match report - sounds promising!

His last visit to South Somerset was for the 0-0 draw against Bradford City in December 2006. Rather scarily we praised him in that match, and indeed found him to be one of the better officials around when he visited during the 2005-06 season for the 0-0 draw with Swindon Town, again praising him for a booking-free game.

There aren't too many referees around on the circuit that go consistently "unnoticed" during matches, and so fingers crossed that Mr Taylor will keep his same low key approach to Saturday's game as he has with past matches featuring ourselves.

Mr Taylor will be assisted by Steve Castle (West Midlands) and Sasa Ihringova (Shropshire). The fourth official will be Richard Smith (West Midlands).

Ciderspace Match Report : Feb 2007 : AFC Bournemouth 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Ciderspace Match Report : Dec 2006 : Yeovil Town 0 Bradford City 0.


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20 August 2007 : Hereford Man Of The Match Result
Last Tuesday night's Man of the Match for the 4-1 defeat against Hereford United featured an unusual outcome in that it was won by a substitute. Perhaps that says it all about the first half performance on the night, but right-back Craig Alcock who came on at half time narrowly edged it from midfielder Anthony Barry.

The full results are shown below. The first figure represents the total points gained, whilst the number in brackets indicates the number of outright MOTM votes received:

1. Craig Alcock 96 (7)
2. Anthony Barry 70 (6)
3. Paul Warne 48 (1)
4. Lloyd Owusu 38 (2)
5. Scott Guyett 24 (1)
6. Lee Morris 16 (1)
7. Steve Mildenhall 12 (1)

OVERALL MATCH RATING 3.10

Performance: 2.76
Entertainment: 3.43

VOTES RECEIVED: 21


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20 August 2007 : JPT Shrewsbury Date Confirmed
As initially suspected, Yeovil Town's Johnstone's Paint Trophy First Round match against Shrewsbury Town will take place on Tuesday 4th September with a 7.45pm kick-off.

Only the Carlsberg Stand (aka the home terrace) and the AgustaWestland Community Stand (aka the Main Stand) will be open with a flat rate for either section of the ground. Admission will be £10.00 for adults and £5.00 for seniors and students. Under 16s can get in free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult.


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19 August 2007 : Huddersfield Man Of The Match Result
Central defender Scott Guyett dominated last Saturday's Man of the Match Voting following the 1-0 defeat at the Galpharm Stadium against Huddersfield Town. Scott's nearest challengers - Marcus Stewart and Anthony Barry were a fair distance behind.

Results are shown below. The first figure is the number of points scored - the figure in brackets is the number of outright Man of the Match first placed votes received:

1. Scott Guyett 112 (9)
2. Marcus Stewart 42 (2)
3. Anthony Barry 32 (1)
4. Lee Peltier 30 (2)
5. Paul Warne 28 (2)
6. Nathan Jones 16 (1)
6. Terrell Forbes 16 (1)
8. Lloyd Owusu 12 (0)
9. Lee Morris 8 (0)
10. Mark Lynch 2 (0)
10. Marvin Williams 2 (0)


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19 August 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Port Vale Game
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade praised the performance of his younger players following Saturday's 1-0 win over Port Vale. The Match Sponsor's Man of the Match was former Youth Teamer Craig Alcock but there were several other good performances from the less experienced, including debutant Ritchie Jones who set up the winning goal.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol after the game, Russell said: "There's been one or two young faces like Craig Alcock, and if you look at the age of some of the players like Peltier and Ritchie Jones who are 19 or 20, Darryl Knights came on and he is 19 or 20. There's some young boys in there and it is all good experience for them. But they've got to learn quickly. At this moment in time, I am throwing them in and I am giving them their opportunity to impress."

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

Link: Russell Slade's Post-Match Verdict.


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18 August 2007 : Youth Team Hammered By Swindon
Not the best of starts by Stuart Housley's new look Youth Team this morning as they were roundly thrashed by Swindon Town U18s by a 7-0 scoreline in Wiltshire.

Swindon have a nasty habit of dishing out such scorelines. Three years ago, almost to the day, they handed out an 8-0 thrashing to a Yeovil side, whilst later in that same season, a 7-0 home defeat followed. Rather oddly in between the Glovers knocked Swindon out of the FA Youth Cup, on their way to another successful run in the competition. This year's new recruits should therefore not get too disheartened yet.


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18 August 2007 : MOTM Voting For Port Vale
A reminder to cast your vote for your Man of the Match for today's match against Port Vale in which the Glovers won 1-0.

We'll post the results of this week's Huddersfield Town and Hereford United polls on the site tomorrow.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Port Vale : Man Of The Match Voting Form.


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18 August 2007 : Glovers Put The Skids On Vale
Yeovil Town bounced back from a humiliating 4-1 away defeat to League Two side Hereford United in the League Cup last week with, what has become in recent months, a trademark 1-0 home win, this time against Port Vale.

A seventeenth minute Justin Cochrane strike proved to be enough to ensure Russell Slade’s side got their first three points on the table. Cochrane, a former Rotherham United midfielder who has yet to even sign for the Somerset outfit on contract terms, capitalised on an excellent cross from debutant on-loan Manchester United midfielder Ritchie Jones.

The game wasn’t all one-way traffic though. Had it not of been for a what only can be described as spectacular finger tipped save, to say the least, from Yeovil’s highly regarded keeper Steve Mildenhall who denied Port Vale’s George Pilkington late on in the second half, the points could have been shared.

With the departure of influential midfielders Chris Cohen and Arron Davies to Nottingham Forest, critics have questioned whether a club with as few resources as Yeovil Town would be able to repeat the success of last year. Even though it is fair too early to call, early signs do suggest that manger Russell Slade has managed to strike the all-important balance between having indispensable experience in the side, alongside extremely gifted on-loan youngsters such as Ritchie Jones of Manchester United and Lee Peltier of Liverpool.

Yeovil Town youth team academy player, Craig Alcock shone on his first-team debut at right-back, with Slade giving the youngster the opportunity at right-back following the abysmal result at Hereford. If Alcock continues to play like he should have little trouble keeping fellow team-mate Mark Lynch out of the starting eleven.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Port Vale 0.

Weather/Conditions: Pre-match rain and drizzle that turned the turf into a skidpan.

Yeovil Town: (4-3-1-2)
1. Steve Mildenhall
19. Craig Alcock 5. Scott Guyett 6. Terrell Forbes 12. Matty Rose
27. Lee Peltier 16. Ritchie Jones 15. Justin Cochrane
10. Marcus Stewart
32. Marvin Williams 9. Lloyd Owusu

Substitutes:
2. Mark Lynch
8. Anthony Barry
14. Paul Warne (65 mins for Marvin Williams)
18. Darryl Knights (75 mins for Marcus Stewart)
21. Jerahl Hughes

Port Vale: (4-4-2)
12. Joe Anyon
16. Mark McGregor 2. George Pilkington 5. Keith Lowe 3. Jason Talbot
14. Danny Whitaker 4. Robin Hulbert 17. Craig Rocastle 7. Shane Tudor
10. Luke Rodgers 20. Akpo Sodje

Substitutes:
9. Marc Richards (56 mins for Shane Tudor)
11. Paul Edwards (71 mins for Jason Talbot)
24. Calum Willock
8. Paul Harsley (56 mins for Craig Rocastle)
18. Colin Miles

Goal: Justin Cochrane (17 mins, 1-0)

Yeovil Bookings: Paul Warne (foul, 82 mins), Justin Cochrane (dissent, 85 mins).
Port Vale Bookings: Luke Rodgers (foul, 76 mins), Mark McGregor (dissent, 88 mins), Robin Hulbert (time wasting, 89 mins), Marc Richards (foul, 90 mins)

Referee: Trevor Kettle (Rutland).
Assistants: Stephen Phipps (Oxfordshire) and Lee Swabey (Devon).
Fourth official: Neil Radford (Worcs).

Attendance: 5,071 (including approx 200 Vale fans)

Sponsor's Man Of The Match: Craig Alcock.


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17 August 2007 : Yeovil Town vs Port Vale Match Preview
Yeovil Town go into tomorrow's League One match against Port Vale knowing that they will probably have to make do without five key players. Already without club captain Terry Skiverton (groin), midfielders Gary Dempsey (foot) and Marc Bircham (hamstring), they have been joined by left-back Nathan Jones and striker Lee Morris who are not expected to take part in tomorrow's game, although the diagnosis on Nathan's injury is a little better than the others on the treatment table.

In will come midfielder Ritchie Jones, who has already been confirmed as making his debut as he starts a loan spell with the Glovers. Also striker Marcus Stewart is expected to be ready for action after suffering a thigh injury that kept him out for the midweek defeat at Hereford United, so with Morris doubtful, it would seem likely that he will partner Lloyd Owusu up front again.

Port Vale boss Martin Foyle doesn't have as many injury worries but does have issues regarding his squad's tiredness - Vale took their midweek Carling Cup match against Wrexham to extra time and penalties and he is conscious of the fact that this may count against his side:

"I was disappointed to go out of the cup, but you have to come back in for training and be positive. If the players see you down as the manager, they can use that as an excuse. The only thing is that the extra-time we played could be a factor. That happened a few times last season and we were on our last legs."

Foyle's main concern is that striker Luke Rodgers is on the treatment table and if he fails to overcome a knee problem, he may have to look to Akpo Sodje who is only now overcoming a pre-season ankle injury. His other options lie in new signings Marc Richard and Callum Willock:

"Akpo has trained and he's come through fine after his ankle injury. But now Luke is struggling a bit with tightness behind the back of the knee. He has to be a doubt for the Yeovil game because he wasn't able to train. I have four main strikers in the squad now, so I have one or two options and it's a chance for Marc or Callum to come in and stake a claim."

Foyle admits he fears a backlash following the Glovers awful performance in midweek against Hereford United and on top of that recognises that with the high turnover of players in the summer that knowing how Yeovil are going to play will be difficult:

"They could be like a wounded lion, but we'll be ready for that. It will be a tough game for us. They were outstanding as a team last year rather than individuals and they didn't have a real top goal-scorer. They ground out a lot of 1-0 wins, which was a credit to them because they are a very well-organised side who are difficult to play against. They're in a bit of a transitional period where they lost a lot of players and brought a lot in. People just think the players just gel together. But it does take time to settle and it's only after a few games together that you know what you're strongest side is and how you're going to play."


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17 August 2007 : Rovers Suffer Stadium Delay
League One side Bristol Rovers have seen their ground redevelopment plans put on hold, meaning that they will now complete their whole 2007-08 season at the Memorial Stadium, switching to Whaddon Road, Cheltenham for the 2008-09 season and the start of the 2009-10 season.

The original plan had been for work to start in January 2008 on a £35 million project to build an 18,500-capacity all-seater venue. Rovers have blamed the delay on legal paperwork, with their vice-chairman Nick Higgs telling their official site:

"It is unfortunate, but there has been a delay in the signing of the section 106 agreement due to on going negotiations with third parties. We have now reached agreement on the outstanding issues, but cannot now meet the time scale for a start on site in January 2008 and have therefore reprogrammed the project for May 2008 start. We will be looking to complete the redevelopment by December 2009."

According to the Western Daily Press the project is set to include 550 rooms for students, an 84-bed hotel, a convenience store, restaurants, bars and conference facilities. Rovers claim the whole project will be self-funding due to the additional revenue that will be generated. However, the WDP suggest that part of the delay could be down to a financial shortfall in the club's plans.


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17 August 2007 : Dempsey And Bircham Injury Update
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has supplied an update on injured duo Gary Dempsey and Marc Bircham in addition to the news on new injuries sustained by two players this week (see yesterday's news). Russell told BBC Somerset Sound that neither player would play in tomorrow's match, and that whilst Dempsey will be out for a further two months, Bircham is still not back in full training.

Speaking of Dempsey, the Yeovil boss explained:

"Gary Dempsey as you'd know is still eight weeks away and there is no real progress on that at the moment because he can't put any weight on that foot at this moment in time. So he is just going to have to wait for progress on that one."

Bircham is the closer of the two, but even with him, Russell added that progress was being hampered somewhat:

"Marc Bircham has stepped up his running but I think he was a little bit sore today, having had a brief chat with the physio. So we may have to rein him in a little bit and wait a little bit longer for that one. But he is making progress."


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17 August 2007 : Behcet Goes Out On Loan
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Darren Behcet has gone out on loan to Conference South side Dorchester Town. The Dorset side had made moves for the keeper during pre-season and manager Russell Slade indicated that their new full time status would make such a move a possibility, believing that Behcet needed first team football. That has now been confirmed with a season long loan at the Avenue Stadium.

Speaking to Dorchester's official site, director of football Shaun Brooks said of the move:

"I have been tracking Darren since pre-season and am delighted that he is joining us. He is a fantastic young keeper with a big future in the game, and a season playing regular first team football will be a huge help to his development."

What isn't clear with these season long loans, such as Ishmael Welsh's move to Torquay United, is where the Glovers stand in terms of any recall required through injuries. At present, Steve Mildenhall is the only goalkeeper on the Glovers books, and even Reserve Team matches could make for interesting team selection. If Slade has 24 hour recall on Behcet, this shouldn't present too much of a problem, but if no recall is possible, then he will be hoping that Mildenhall gets through this season without incident.


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16 August 2007 : Two More On The Treatment Table
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has been dealt a blow ahead of Saturday's match against Port Vale with the loss of two more experienced players. Both suffered injuries in Tuesday night's 4-1 defeat at Hereford United, and are rated as highly unlikely to play on Saturday.

Striker Lee Morris's knee injury will come as no surprise, given that he spent most of the second half hobbling about after the Glovers had used up all three substitutes, completing the 90 minutes, but clearly suffering for half the game.

The other injury is to left-back Nathan Jones, who was one of those substituted at half time. Nathan has suffered another set-back with the knee injury that he sustained during pre-season, which may account for the ease at which Lionel Ainsworth ghosted past him on a number of occasions during the opening 45 minutes. Jones did not reappear after the break, and like Morris he is likely to be out for Saturday:

"Nathan Jones has had an injection in a knee and Lee Morris is having some work done on his knee, so those two players are exceptionally doubtful for the weekend."

Of the other absentees, midfielders Gary Dempsey (foot), Marc Bircham (hamstring) will again miss Saturday's game whilst club captain Terry Skiverton will also be absent. However, there was better news on Skivo, with the defender expected to make it back in time for the Northampton Town match:

"They are all making progress to a varying extent and I am very pleased at the moment with the skipper Terry Skiverton. He is making good progress and we are expecting him to be back in training probably on Tuesday or at some stage next week. That will probably get him in the frame, I suspect, for the following Saturday. That's the plan anyway."


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16 August 2007 : Slade Ends Nine Month Wait
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has today admitted that he has been trying to sign Manchester United midfielder Ritchie Jones for nine months. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, Russell explained that he had tried to bring him to Huish Park last year but was thwarted when Championship sides Colchester United and Barnsley came in with successive loan spells:

"I've been after him for about nine months and that's just for starters. I wanted to get him here last year but unfortunately I couldn't and he went on loan at two Championship clubs in Barnsley and Colchester."

Now Jones has arrived at Huish Park, Russell has confirmed that the midfielder will definitely start Saturday's match against Port Vale and he expects him to become a regular in the Glovers side:

"I'm delighted that he has decided to come to Yeovil. One thing is for sure, he will start on Saturday. He has got great energy, he has got a good football brain and I think that the way we play will suit him. I think he is going to get a good number of games under his belt. That will be good, not only for Yeovil Town but also for Ritchie and his career."


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16 August 2007 : New On To Victory Out On Saturday
OTV enters its 7th season and Issue 24 will be on sale at the Port Vale game this Saturday. Editor Seb White writes:

For just £1, this issue has a bumper 44 pages and covers everything from:

Summer trips to Bolivia, Holland and Poland.
Drew Savage of BBC Somerset Sound relives the busy month of May.
More poetic genius from Billy Hogg.
A look at Glovers Glory the new beer from Yeovil Ales.
OTV's first online debate .
A competition to be a mascot at the Yeovil - Nottingham Forest game.
And much much more.
There may be a little mention of Wembley and all that but not enough to get you further depressed after losing 4-1 to Hereford!

There will definitely be sellers on the the corner of the main stand side near the ticket office and Cowlin Stand/Away End corner. There will hopefully be one or two more but either way you should find us pre and post match. If not there are always a few copies in the programme shop - thanks once again to Paul Hadlow.

For those exiles amongst you we are offering a one off subscription offer of £10 for the 7 issues we will have out during the season. If you are an exile this is the only guaranteed way to receive each and every issue. We can take payment by cheque or bank transfer, email us at: info@ontovictory.net.

Also, if there are any foreign based exiles, we can send you a PDF of the issue via email. Any scroungers out there be warned, we may have to check your credentials!


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15 August 2007 : Jones Likely To Make Debut As Slade Fumes
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has threatened to put new loan signing Ritchie Jones straight into the first team after watching his side lose 4-1 at Edgar Street, in what was an embarrassing performance from the Glovers against Hereford United in the Carling Cup. Russell told BBC Somerset Sound after the game that no player who turned out that night deserved to keep their place and said of Jones:

"If he's fit then he plays, doesn't he? Anyone coming into that side plays at the moment - let's be honest. It's a clean slate isn't it? We've got to try and put that one behind us. That's easier said than done but we have to put that on behind us and look towards Saturday and pick eleven that we think are going to give us absolutely everything. If they give us everything and get beaten and it's not through lack of doing the right things and having the right attitude then I'll take that on the chin. I can't take that (against Hereford) on the chin - no manager can take that."

Russell made a triple substitution at half time, taking off both full-backs and a right-winger in the form of Nathan Jones, Mark Lynch and Marvin Williams but added that he could have done far more than that if he'd been allowed to:

"I made the changes at half time because I was very very upset with the performance. It was certainly the worst performance I've had since I've been at Yeovil and probably the worst first half performance I've had since I've been a manager. The performance in the first half just turned my stomach. If I could have made 10 (substitutions) I would have made 10, but obviously the rules are that I can only make three, so I made as many as I possibly could."

Russell also stunned the press somewhat by claiming that if there had been a repeat of the first half performance during the second half, that he would have considered his own position at Huish Park:

"The performance over the whole night was unacceptable. But the performance in the first half was completely unacceptable. It's not a Russell Slade side. And to be honest if we'd performed like that in the second half, I would have offered my resignation, because if that was how they were going to perform there is no point in me being here."

We gather the players had their day off cancelled today and were in for a full day's post mortem as to why Hereford got so much space on the park to run at the Yeovil defence - something that Slade will have to sort out quickly in time for Saturday's visit by Port Vale as the Glovers return to League One action.


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15 August 2007 : Officials For Port Vale Game
The Referee for our League One encounter with Port Vale this coming Saturday will be none other than our old friend Trevor Kettle (Rutland). Having risen through the ranks at the same time as we have progressed, he is a familiar face at Huish Park. There’s not much that needs to be written about Mr Kettle that we don’t already know about. He has a liking for playing with cards and has baffled many over the years with some bizarre decisions.

To be fair though, he has improved since joining the league ranks and there are a few refs around who are worse. Last season, surprisingly, he was in charge of only one of our games, the 1-0 League One home win over Chesterfield. Trev was also the fourth official for the play-off final with Blackpool at Wembley.

Trevor will be assisted by Stephen Phipps (Oxfordshire) and Lee Swabey (Devon). The fourth official will be Neil Radford (Worcs).

Rather than list numerous incidents through the years, have a browse through a selection of Ciderspace match reports involving our Trevor:

Link: March 2007 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 1 Chesterfield 0.

Link: April 2005 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 5 Mansfield Town 2.

Link: March 2003 : Ciderspace Match Report : Woking 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: September 2003 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 3 York City 0.

Link: November 2003 : Ciderspace Match Report : Bury 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: September 2002 : Ciderspace Match Report : Leigh RMI 2 Yeovil Town 4.

Link: October 2002 : Ciderspace Match Report : Bath City 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: October 2002 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 3 Bath City 1.

Link: October 1999 : Ciderspace Match Report : Kidderminster Harriers 4 Yeovil 0.


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15 August 2007 : Ticket Office Opening Late
For those supporters who have yet to collect their Season Tickets and who wish to avoid what is likely to be a very busy Huish Park Ticket Office on Saturday, the ticket office are opening extended hours until 6.30pm tomorrow (Thursday).

They will also sell individual tickets for Saturday's Port Vale match.


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15 August 2007 : Ticketing For Swindon Trip
Tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to the County Ground to play Swindon Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

The match takes place on Sunday 9th September 2007, with a 4.00pm kick-off and the match is being shown live on Sky Sports.

At present tickets are only available for the uncovered seated Stratton Bank end, which is situated behind the goal. In the past, the covered side-on sections of the Arkells Stand nearest the away end have also been made available, but at present this is not the case.

Tickets are priced £15 (adults), £12 (Seniors and Students) and £7 (Juniors).

Wheelchair users and their assistants can book tickets by calling 0871-2232300 and and will cost £10.

Prices on matchday are the same as the advance sale prices, with the exception of student concessions which can only be purchased in advance.


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15 August 2007 : Hereford Man Of The Match Voting
For those who went to last night's match at Edgar Street, please don't forget to cast your votes for the Man Of The Match against Hereford United, even if the three players you choose may be slightly in relative terms given the performance last night!

Link: Hereford United vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Voting Form.


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15 August 2007 : Loan Lengths
To clarify today's loan deals that have been merely described as "loan term loans" by the club, the opposition official sites are more explicit in the terms of the deals for Ishmael Welsh and Ritchie Jones.

The Torquay United site believes they have Ishmael on a full season loan, effectively taking him to the end of his contract at Huish Park, whilst the Manchester United site states that Ritchie Jones will be at Huish Park until December 31st 2007.


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15 August 2007 : Ishmael Out On Loan
Further to yesterday's news, Yeovil Town left-winger Ishmael Welsh has now been officially loaned to Conference National side Torquay United.

The deal is described as a "long term" loan, which in practice means that it should be in place until around the end of the year. The WDP have suggested this could lead to a permanent transfer, although Yeovil Town make no mention of this.


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15 August 2007 : Ritchie Jones Set To Arrive On Loan
This morning's Western Daily Press are claiming that Manchester United reservist Ritchie Jones should arrive at the club on loan sometime today. Jones is a 20 year old midfielder who the Glovers have been chasing for well over a month but have struggled to tie up until now, and his name has been circulating on the rumourmill for several weeks.

He was born in Stockport on September 26th 1986, and has made four appearances for the Premier League side, albeit with all of these being in cup competitions. He has also had loan spells with Belgian side Royal Antwerp, plus Championship sides Colchester United and Barnsley. He is likely to play in the centre of midfield, but can also play on the wing, as a full-back or as a central defender. The WDP describe him as right-sided. At 6'2" he would also add height to the Glovers' side.

Ritchie has played for England at U15, U16, U17, U18, U19 and U20 levels. He was a member of the England Under-19 squad which reached the final of the European Under-19 Football Championship in July 2005. He has also captained his country on various occasions.

The WDP also say that Ishmael Welsh is likely to complete a loan move to Torquay United in time to play for the Gulls tonight. The loan move is being arranged with a view to a permanent transfer to Plainmoor.

Edit: Now confimed by the club as a long term loan.


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14 August 2007 : Ouch!
Yeovil Town were well and truly knocked out of the Carling Cup tonight by League Two side Hereford United. The damage was done by an astonishingly poor first half in which the defence failed to mark their men, the midfield failed to provide cover, and the forward line were isolated as Hereford knocked in four goals without reply.

The damage was done by right-winger Lionel Ainsworth, who knocked up a 41 minute hat-trick. His first came when he cut inside Nathan Jones high up the field, and was then allowed 20 yards worth of breathing space without anyone to close him down before he shot past Glovers keeper Steve Mildenhall. 1-0.

The home side were good value for that lead, with Theo Robinson having a shot forced onto the crossbar by Mildenhall, and they doubled their lead when Lionel Ainsworth accepted a 24th minute ball across the face of the box from Clint Easton, and like the first goal, the Glovers backed off and almost invited Ainsworth to shoot. He didn't disappoint the home fans. 2-0.

Ten minutes before the break, Clint Easton took advantage of a loose ball after Yeovil half-cleared their lines through Scott Guyett, and again there was a gap between defence and midfield as Easton got himself space and drove the ball home low and under Mildenhall's body. 3-0.

Just when things couldn't have got any worse, they did, and four minutes before the break, Lionel Ainsworth grabbed his hat-trick. The Glovers didn't seem to have learned their lesson from the earlier goals as they left Nathan Jones exposed on the flank, and when Ainsworth beat his man, you knew what was coming. 4-0.

Half time saw a triple substitution as Cochrane, Alcock and Rose replaced Jones, Lynch and Williams, with Yeovil switching to a 4-3-3 doubtless with manager Russell Slade having torn a few strips off his players at the break. Thankfully the second period was far more likely it and five minutes into the second period, Lloyd Owusu provided the only really positive note on the night, heading home an Anthony Barry cross.

Despite pulling a goal back, the game was effectively a write-off, and matters weren't helped by Lee Morris looking to have picked up an injury midway through the second period. He limped on, but Yeovil were pretty much playing the game out with 10.5 men on the field, with all substitutions being made during the break. Whilst the second half at least restored some pride, there is little doubt that there will be a reading of the riot act on the training ground when the players next arrive for training at Huish Park. This may be a brand new team, with four senior players missing through injury, but they will know they can do so much better than they did tonight.

Final Score: Hereford United 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Goals: Lionel Ainsworth (1-0, 8 mins), Lionel Ainsworth (2-0, 24 mins), Clint Easton (3-0, 35 mins), Lionel Ainsworth (4-0, 41 mins), Lloyd Owusu (4-1, 50 mins).

Yeovil Town:
1. Steve Mildenhall
2. Mark Lynch, 5. Scott Guyett, 6. Terrell Forbes, 3. Nathan Jones
32. Marvin Williams, 8. Anthony Barry, 27. Lee Peltier, 14. Paul Warne
9. Lloyd Owusu, 11. Lee Morris

Subs:
19. Craig Alcock (46 mins) for Mark Lynch
15. Justin Cochrane (46 mins) for Marvin Williams
12. Matty Rose (46 mins) for Nathan Jones
not used: 18. Darryl Knights, 21. Jerahl Hughes.

Hereford United:
1. Wayne Brown
2. Trent McClenahan 28. Dean Beckwith 6. Karl Broadhurst 4. Richard Rose
7. Lionel Ainsworth 8. Ben Smith 20. Toumani Diagouraga 11. Clint Easton
22. Theo Robinson 12. Trevor Benjamin

Subs:
30. Karl Lewis (GK)
5. John McCombe
9. Stephen Guinan (81 mins for Trevor Benjamin)
10. Kris Taylor (76 mins for Tournani Diagouraga)
23. Simon Johnson (85 mins for Lionel Ainsworth)

Attendance: 2085 (including 217 Glovers)

Referee: Michael Jones (Cheshire).
Assistants: Simon Hooper (Wilts) and William Smallwood (Cheshire).
Fourth official: James Cox (Worcs).


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14 August 2007 : Russell Wary Of Bulls Threat
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has admitted that he will not be taking Hereford United lightly when the two sides meet at Edgar Street this evening.

Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound, Russell explained that he had spoken to Port Vale manager Martin Foyle, who told him that he had been on the wrong end of a cup shock only 12 months previously, and knowing that has put Slade on his guard:

"I spoke to Martin Foyle in pre-season and they drew them last year in the cup and Hereford absolutely murdered Port Vale. So we know it won't be an easy game and I'm sure they'll lift their performance for this particular game. They've established themselves as a good League Two club now and they will be looking to push on from there. Graham Turner is a canny old fox, and I've known him a long time and he'll have his team all organised and geared up."


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14 August 2007 : Youth Team Beat Morchard Bishop
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side proved too good for Devon side Morchard Bishop last night in a pre-season friendly. Stuart Housley's side were running away with the match until a certain Warren Patmore, currently managing the hosts, brought himself on as a substitute and promptly scored and and set up another to make the scoreline a little more respectable. The match ended with Yeovil triumphing 6-2 to complete their friendlies on a high.

Stuart's side start their season properly this coming Saturday when they visit Swindon Town, kick-off 11.00am. Swindon normally play their Youth matches on their training ground although we'll try and confirm this nearer the time.


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14 August 2007 : Officials For Hereford United
The Referee for the Carling Cup Round One match with Hereford United tonight will be Michael Jones (Cheshire). Mr Jones has taken charge of three previous Yeovil matches. The last time we met was a 1-0 League One home victory over Brentford back on January 20th 2007. Two Brentford players (David Partridge and Che Wilson) were sent off during that game.

Also last season, on October 31st 2006, he took charge of the 1-2 away defeat in the JPT Second Round at Gay Meadow. The Cheshire Official awarded a controversial free kick that led to the Shrews equalizing. Terrell Forbes was penalised for shielding the ball near the corner flag, a type of award rarely given.

The only other time we have had the pleasure of Mr Jones was for an away match at Bury on November 1st 2003. He will be remembered in that game for sending off Steven Reed for two bookable offences. Steven had made his Football League debut for the Glovers that day.

Mr Jones will be assisted by Simon Hooper (Wilts) and William Smallwood (Cheshire). The fourth official will be James Cox (Worcs).

Link: January 2007 : Ciderspace Match Report : Yeovil Town 1 Brentford 0.

Link: October 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Shrewsbury Town 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: November 2003 : Ciderspace Match Report : Bury 2 Yeovil Town 1.


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14 August 2007 : Hereford United vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town travel to Edgar Street tonight to take on League Two side Hereford United in the First Round of the Carling Cup. It will be the first meeting between the two sides since the Glovers were promoted into the Football League. Since then, the Bulls have also joined them, finishing 16th in League Two last season, and starting off this year's campaign with a 0-0 draw at home to Rotherham United.

The Glovers will go into tonight's game with several key players missing. Gary Dempsey (foot), Marc Bircham (hamstring) and Terry Skiverton (groin) look likely to be joined by striker Marcus Stewart, who suffered a slight thigh strain on Saturday at Huddersfield Town. The injury is not thought to be serious, but has been concerning enough to have him rested for tonight's game. Defender Scott Guyett suffered a head injury in the same game, and manager Russell Slade told BBC Somerset Sound that meant he was a doubt as well:

"He's still under the doctor's orders really. He'll be examined by the doctor today (Monday) and we're hopeful that he will be passed fit, but he still remains a doubt. The other doubt is Marcus Stewart, who did train but unfortunately he's got a bit of a strain, so if that is anything to worry about and (physio) Jim (Joyce) has had a good look at it, then we'll probably rest him for the game."

This morning's Western Daily Press is optimistic about Guyett's chances, but pessimistic about Stewart's chances. If Guyett failed to make it, then Matthew Rose will undoubtedly slot into the central position, whilst Stewart's position would probably be taken by Lee Morris, who looked sharp when he came on at Huddersfield.

Last season, the Glovers crashed out of all three major cup competitions at the first hurdle, and Russell added that he wanted to rectify that this season, and so would be taking tonight's match very seriously:

"I'd like to put that record straight of course. To get a good run in one of the cup competitions would be useful for us. It's a focus away from the league games if you can go a few rounds in one of the cup competitions. Cups are special and you get a bit of a buzz about a cup tie. It gives you an opportunity, further down the line, of playing against a Premier League side, which is a wonderful occasion for everybody."

Hereford United will see goalkeeper Wayne Brown between the sticks tonight after former Glover Chris Weale managed to escape back to Ashton Gate with just one game for the Bulls in his loan spell, whilst the League Two side are also expected to field a large number of their summer signings with Toumani Diagouraga, Steve Guinan, Karl Broadhurst, Clint Easton and Trevor Benjamin having all arrived at Edgar Street as Hereford's usual high turnover of players meant that boss Graham Turner had to revamp his squad for this season again.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Hereford United.


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14 August 2007 : Midfielder Talks Still Ongoing
Manager Russell Slade has stated that his plans to sign up a midfielder on loan are still ongoing, despite several weeks of delay. Assuming he is still targeting the same player throughout, which seems to be the case, the player concerned is a young left-sided player who can play in the centre or on the left.

The plan was for Slade to hold talks with the player on Friday prior to the match at Huddersfield Town. As yet, those talks have not reached a conclusion and the Yeovil boss told BBC Somerset Sound that he didn't expect things to be sorted out now until later in the week:

"As I said on Saturday, we are still hoping to confirm the signing of a versatile midfielder from the Premier League. The quicker he arrives, then that will give the club, myself, the fans and the changing room a nice boost. That will hopefully be ahead of Saturday.


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14 August 2007 : Ishmael In Gulls Talks
Yeovil Town left-winger Ishmael Welsh is in talks with Torquay United about a possible long term loan, or even a permanent switch to Plainmoor.

This morning's Western Daily Press states that the matter is currently under discussion, with the former West Ham United trainee still struggling to break through to the Glovers first team after slipping down the pecking order during the second half of last season and ultimately spending the latter part of the campaign playing for non-league minnows Weymouth.


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14 August 2007 : Huddersfield MOTM Voting Reminder
A reminder that with tonight's match against Hereford United kicking off at 7.45pm, the Man of the Match voting for Saturday's match against Huddersfield Town will close when that game kicks off. Hence if you haven't already voted, please cast your selection now.

If anyone is having problems using the form or wants to submit their votes by email, please do so by emailing webmaster@ciderspace.co.uk


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14 August 2007 : Stewart After More Variety
Yeovil Town striker Marcus Stewart believes that the Glovers need to mix things up a bit if they are to convert possession into chances. The Glovers dominated the second half at the Galpharm Stadium, but created little to worry the Huddersfield Town defence, and Stewart believes part of that was because the forward play was a little one-dimensional. Speaking to the Western Daily Press he explained:

"I think at times we were predictable and maybe went a bit too long to Lloyd instead of passing the ball and mixing it up. We got it down in the last 15 minutes and started playing and working our way into good positions on the wing and we got some ball in."

Stewart added that there were appropriate times for the team to play the long ball, but not for the whole match:

"We did go long last season - but in the last 15 to 20 minutes of games when we were struggling. We were going long for most of the game here. When they got the goal we started playing and that is the wrong way around."

The former Sunderland striker, who is not expected to play in tonight's match against Hereford United believes more crosses from the wings will help Yeovil's cause, although he did concede that he might have done better himself with one chance that came his way:

"We need to get the ball wide and get crosses in for Lloyd. We had a lot of possession without creating loads of chances. We need to make the keeper make a good save and I suppose you could say the same for my header first half when it went straight back in his hands."


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13 August 2007 : McDonald Out At Carlisle
In what is seen by many as a shock, the Carlisle United board has today sacked manager Neil McDonald. The Cumbrians boss becomes the first managerial casualty of the season.

A statement made by the board on the club’s official website read: "The board of Carlisle United regret to say that they have lost confidence in Neil McDonald and are terminating his contract forthwith."

The sacking is a surprise considering that McDonald guided Carlisle to the verge of the play-offs last season. A final placing of eighth was a very respectable finish for a side promoted from League Two the previous season.

Greg Abbott has been appointed as caretaker manager.


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13 August 2007 : Official – Morris Pens One Year Extension
Further to our news item of August 11th, the club have this afternoon confirmed that striker Lee Morris has signed a one year extension to his contract at Huish Park.

A key figure in the success of the Glovers last term, Lee scored five goals in 27 appearances. Morris, pleased to have finally put pen to paper, is hoping the team can mount another promotion push this season.

The club have also confirmed the signing of Justin Cochrane on a non-contract basis.


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13 August 2007 : Ciderspace Guide To Hereford
The Ciderspace guide to Hereford United, who are our Carling Cup First Round opponents tomorrow night at Edgar Street, can now be found online.

There are a few things left to add in, such as ground photos and web links that will hopefully be located before the game!

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Hereford United.


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13 August 2007 : Ujah Only On Loan
Further to Friday's article on central defender Curtis Ujah, this morning's Western Daily Press is stating that the former Reading man has headed to Sussex on loan, and not as the permanent transfer reported by the BBC Sport website.

Curtis will be playing for the Conference National side for a period of three months.


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13 August 2007 : Russell's Verdict On The Huddersfield Game
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade believed his side deserved to grab a goal at the Galpharm Stadium on Saturday, despite seeing the Glovers come out on the wrong side of a 1-0 scoreline against Huddersfield Town. However, Russell admitted that the Glovers had only really got going in the second period.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol after the game, Russell said: "We've come to Huddersfield who have had a good pre-season and in the end we've taken the game by the scruff of the neck. Perhaps if we had mounted that sort of a challenge a bit earlier in the game then we would have squeezed one in."

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 Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.


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13 August 2007 : Wealey Good Day
Former Glover Chris Weale will be recalled from his sentence loan at our old friends from the Welsh Borders Hereford United, reports Radio Bristol this morning. Chris will not be lining up against us in the Carling Cup First Round tie at Edgar Street tomorrow evening.

His punishment month long loan has been cut short as Bristol City number one, Adriano Basso, suffered an injury in their opening Championship game against Queens Park Rangers at the weekend.

Ciderspace are pleased that Chris no longer has to suffer the agony of Edgar Street. Of course, the mental scars may take a while longer to heal.


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12 August 2007 : Slade Still Waiting On Loan Arrival
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade believes that he still has a strong lead in his wish to add to his current first team squad. The expectation had been for the Glovers to bring in a loan player from a Premiership side in time for Saturday's match at Huddersfield Town but as things transpired, nothing was able to go through in time.

Speaking to yesterday's Western Morning News, Slade said that there had been a delay, but still regarded the situation as ongoing:

"There will be nothing before [the weekend], but I am speaking to a player that would have been involved [at Huddersfield]. I suspect that won't get done until next week at the earliest."

Slade also added that trialists Arturo and Wilfred Diomenoe were still training with the club, having played in last Monday's pre-season friendly at Tiverton Town:

"We have also extended the trials of the two French lads as well, Arturo and Wilfred."


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12 August 2007 : Slade Rues Lost Penalty Decision
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade said after yesterday's 1-0 defeat against Huddersfield Town that he found it difficult to fathom referee Darren Drysdale's decision to award Huddersfield a free kick after home keeper Matthew Glennon had laid out Glovers defender Scott Guyett, with the keeper coming for the ball and instead accidentally punching Guyett on the side of the head.

Drysdale, after a significant delay, awarded advantage to the home side, but Russell believed that if the referee needed to intervene that it should have been in his side's favour because of Glennon making no contact with the ball:

"Guyett was suffering from double vision after being hit on the head by their keeper and yet the referee gave a free-kick to Huddersfield. It was a strange decision. I think it should have been a penalty."


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12 August 2007 : Wazza Aims To Shoot Down Yeovil!
Former Yeovil Town striker Warren Patmore will be looking to see off a Glovers side tomorrow night, when he takes charge of Devon side Morchard Bishop in a pre-season friendly tomorrow (Monday) night.

Warren has recently become manager of the Devon & Exeter League Senior 3 side having been their leading scorer for the past two seasons. He will face Stuart Housley's Under 18s side at their Wood Lane ground, kick-off 6.30pm. Admission to the match is one pound only.


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11 August 2007 : Opening Day Defeat At Galpharm - Match Summary
Final Score: Huddersfield Town 1 Yeovil Town 0.
Venue: Galpharm Stadium, Saturday 11th August 2007, 3pm kick-off.
Conditions: Hot and Sunny
Pitch: Lush
Attendance: 9,876 (including 501 Glovers fans).

Yeovil Town kicked off their league campaign with a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Huddersfield Town in Yorkshire today. The Glovers made the brighter of starts only to find themselves go a goal behind on 17 mins from the Terriers first real chance of the game. A Danny Schofield cross from the right found an unmarked Luke Beckett to convert a simple chance from 5 yards out.

After the goal, the home side took control of a game that was becoming increasingly scrappy. A nasty two footed challenge by Frank Sinclair resulted in a booking as half time approached with the Glovers struggling to impose themselves on the contest.

Half Time: 1-0

The second half began with Yeovil taking the game to the hosts and clawing their way back into the game. Huddersfield seemed content to hang on to their one goal advantage. On 74 mins, Slade made a double substitution (Morris & Cochrane for Williams & Lynch) and changed formation to a back three. This seemed to spur the Glovers into pressing even harder for an equaliser. Chances were at a premium though.

A good shout for a penalty was turned down when Scott Guyett received a punch to the head from Glennon which, to the anger of manager Slade, resulted in a free kick to Huddersfield. On 80 mins, Guyett was brought holding his head from the punch received earlier on.

The later stages of the game saw the Glovers pushing hard for the reward they deserved but, for all their effort, came away from the Galpharm with nothing.

Full Time: 1-0

Russell will be disappointed with a defeat in a game we deserved a point from. We played well in patches but, did not work the keeper enough. There will be concern over the head injury to Scott Guyett. Hopefully, it is not too serious.


Scorers: Luke Beckett (17, 1-0),

Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincs). Assistants: Mark Heywood (Cheshire), Paul Thompson (Derbyshire). Fourth Official: Colin Harwood (Greater Manchester).

Bookings: Yeovil; Paul Warne (35, unsporting behaviour. Huddersfield; Frank Sinclair (45, unsporting behaviour), Chris Brandon (62, unsporting behaviour).

Yeovil Town:
Steve Mildenhall
Mark Lynch, Nathan Jones, Scott Guyett, Terrell Forbes
Anthony Barry, Paul Warne, Lee Peltier, Marvin Williams
Lloyd Owusu, Marcus Stewart
Subs:
Lee Morris (74 mins) for Marvin Williams
Justin Cochrane, (74 mins) for Mark Lynch
Matty Rose (80 mins) for Scott Guyett
not used: Craig Alcock, Jerahl Hughes .

Huddersfield Town:
Matthew Glennon; Joe Skarz, Daid Mirfin, Nathan Clarke, Frank Sinclair, Andy Holdsworth, Chris Brandon, Danny Schofield, Michael Collins, Malvin Kamara, Luke Beckett.
Subs:
Jonathan Worthington (75) for Chris Brandon.
Luke Beckett (82) for Andy Booth.
Lucas Akins (90) for Malvin Kamara.
not used: Simon Eastwood (GK), Aaron Hardy.


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11 August 2007 : JPT Draw
Yeovil Town have been handed a chance A quick chance of revenge with a home tie with League Two outfit Shrewsbury Town in the first round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. The Shrews knocked the Glovers out of the competitionm at Gay Meadow last term. The draw took place on Sky Sports Soccer AM show this morning.

Full JPT Round One draw as follows:

South (West) Section
AFC Bournemouth v Walsall
Swansea City v Millwall
Swindon Town v Brentford
Yeovil Town v Shrewsbury Town

South (East) Section
Luton Town v Northampton Town
Nottingham Forest v Peterborough United
Notts County v Leyton Orient
Southend United v Daggenham & Redbridge

North (West) Section
Accrington Stanley v Oldham Athletic
Chester City v Crewe Alexandra
Tranmere Rovers v Morecambe
Wrexham v Macclesfield Town

North (East) Section
Chesterfield v Hartlepool United
Doncaster Rovers v Bradford City
Grimsby Town v Huddersfield Town
Mansfield Town v Rotherham United

First Round ties to be played in the week commencing 3rd September. Round Two will see the draw return to the more familiar straight Southern / Northern format.

From our previous news item of August 3rd, sixteen clubs were pre-drawn byes from the first round.


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11 August 2007 : Man Of the Match Voting Returns
With the new season among us, a reminder that the Man Of The Match voting restarts today for those going to the match at the Galpharm Stadium against Huddersfield Town.

When you return from the match, cast your vote by using the Voting Form below. Votes need to be in by Tuesday, 7.45pm due to the midweek match at Hereford United.

Link: Man of the Match Voting Form : Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town.


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11 August 2007 : Morris Signs Up
This morning's Western Daily Press is reporting that striker Lee Morris has formally put pen to paper on a one year contract.

The paper also states that former Rotherham United midfielder Justin Cochrane has joined the club on non-contract terms, after having played two pre-season matches.

If any more details on these two pieces of news appears we will provide further details.


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10 August 2007 : Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town Match Preview
Yeovil Town take on Huddersfield Town at the Galpharm Stadium tomorrow in their first match of the 2007-08 season as they bid to go one stage better than the incredible finish to last season. Much water has gone under the bridge over the summer, with 12 players leaving Huish Park and eight more arriving as a rather unexpected turnover in playing staff took shape.

The expectation is that there will be four players making their debut tomorrow. Striker Lloyd Owusu should start up front, whilst the wide positions will be taken by Marvin Williams (right) and Paul Warne (left). The final debutant will be Liverpool teenager Lee Peltier who will start in central midfield.

That team selection has been made somewhat easier by injuries to Gary Dempsey and Marc Bircham who may have contested the central midfield slots. Club captain Terry Skiverton's absence, also through injury, will be catered for by the ever dependable Scott Guyett, and the remainder of the team ought to be familiar to those who followed the Glovers last season, with the other summer arrival Jerahl Hughes likely to be pushing for a bench slot.

Opponents Huddersfield are another team that are under transition and will be very difficult to predict in the coming season. New boss Andy Ritchie took charge for the final four games of the 2006-07 season after Peter Jackson departed in March, and he has had a big clear-out at the Galpharm, chosing to replace selectively. Two of those replacements need little introduction, with Frank Sinclair arriving from Burnley, whilst Danny Cadamarteri tries to get his career kick-started again after a brief spell with Leicester City. Malvin Kamara is the third major arrival, coming in from Port Vale.

Huddersfield have no reported injury worries with Jon Worthington and Andy Booth having returned to training this week, and so Ritchie will have plenty of options when chosing his line-up.

If past form is anything to go by, then the Glovers should go into tomorrow's game in confident spirits, having won their last three encounters, including two matches at the Galpharm. They did the double over the Terriers last season, including a terrific performance in front of the Sky cameras in January at Huish Park that saw a 3-1 win.

However, Huddersfield are still one of the biggest sides in this division, and whether it is this season or next, they will want to get themselves back up to Championship level, after a few too many seasons of midtableness for their fans liking. After last season's poor 15th place finish, they will surely hope for better.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Huddersfield.


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10 August 2007 : Ujah Gone?
It seems likely that central defender Curtis Ujah has left the club. Although not officially confirmed, the BBC Sport pages are claiming that he joined Conference National side Crawley Town on a free transfer today.

Ujah was not selected for Monday's trip to Tiverton Town despite the team being mainly made up of reservists and trialists, yet was not named on physio Jim Joyce's weekly injury list (see yesterday's news). Hence it would seem likely that he has left Huish Park, barely a few weeks after signing for the Glovers.


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10 August 2007 : Bircham On Soccer AM
Yeovil Town midfielder Marc Bircham will be featured on tomorrow's Soccer AM programme in a pre-recorded interview. The new signing, who unfortunately will not feature in tomorrow's match at Huddersfield Town will talk about his decision to move to Yeovil.

The programme, which starts at 9.00am on Sky Sports One will also feature the First Round draw for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy First Round.


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10 August 2007 : Maher Knocks Back Tivvy Interest
Yeovil Town midfielder Stephen Maher looks as though he is going to turn down an opportunity to join Southern Premier League side Tiverton Town on loan, despite both managers being happy for the deal to go through.

The latest from Tivvy boss Martyn Rogers is that Maher believes he can challenge for a first team place at Huish Park and so does not want to head to Ladysmead:

"Nothing's been agreed and it's looking more doubtful. The lad's reluctant to come out because he thinks he has got a chance in the first team. Russell's going to speak to him and it depends on his reaction, but he's reluctant. It's a shame but elsewhere there are other players so I need to get my thinking cap on."

It may be that Maher's thinking has been swung by the long term injury to midfielder Gary Dempsey who looks unlikely to return until October, combined with the ongoing problems with Marc Bircham's hamstring. With those two missing, Maher will go flying up the pecking order and it could well be that the Irishman feels that now is not the right time to be leaving Huish Park. Aside from tomorrow's likely pairing of Anthony Barry and Lee Peltier, defender Matthew Rose is the only other first-teamer who could naturally slot into that position on the park.


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10 August 2007 : Angry Leeds Part Two
After the Leeds United official site criticised anyone and everyone bar themselves yesterday, their first team manager Dennis Wise has been the latest person in the Leeds camp to make wide-sweeping accusations about his fellow League One clubs.

Wise has accused the League One chairmen of voting against Leeds purely to get a 15 point head start on one of their rivals, completely ignoring the fact that 24 League Two sides and 24 Championship sides could have easily overturned the 23 League One sides voting if that had been the only motive. Wise has said of the vote outcome:

"If you look at the teams in our division I'm sure they probably wouldn't have voted for us if I'm being totally honest. I think a lot of them will go home and deep down inside will know they haven't been fair. Some will have done it for their own reasons and probably not the right reasons. Everyone wants to get a head start, so 23 teams in our league have got a very good head start on us."

Wise suggested the League and its member clubs somehow had ulterior motives for wanting to deduct his side points, overlooking the fact that the Football League gave administrators KPMG a chance to bring Leeds back within the League's regulations without punishment, only for KPMG to refuse. Despite that Wise believed there was a hidden agenda:

"It's laughable. Not only have they taken my arms and legs off, now they've cut my bollocks off as well. It's just not funny at all. We'd like to know deep down the real reasons. I'm disappointed with the whole thing. Minus 15 points. We have to get 106 points to win the league, 92 points to get in the play-offs and 70 points to stay up. Lovely. Thank you very much."

There is some confusion in terms of how many teams voted against Leeds yesterday. Early reports suggested that the voting was 54-16 in favour of the Football League (with Bury not present), but this morning's Yorkshire Post claims the League Chairmen voted 64-5 with one spoilt vote. There is currently a list circulating around the internet claiming to know the 16 clubs that voted in favour of Leeds, but the Yorkshire Post report appears to go against this, claiming that Gillingham who appeared on the internet list of 16 clubs had openly been interviewed after the meeting expressing their support for the Football League's decision.

Amongst all this finger pointing, the one area of blame that Leeds seem unable to look at is themselves and administrators KPMG. After yesterday's headline, the Leeds official site has followed up with an "Us Versus Them" headline in their coverage of Wise's remarks. Perhaps their true motive is to try and unite their supporters behind Chairman Ken Bates in a Millwallesque "No-one likes us, we don't care" attitude to the forthcoming season.


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10 August 2007 : Loan Deal Imminent
Radio Bristol this morning reports that the Glovers are expecting to complete a loan deal for a Premiership player today. The station says that the player (unnamed) will sign later this morning.


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9 August 2007 : Dempsey Out For 8-10 Weeks, Skivo And Bircham Also Injured
Jim Joyce has today confirmed that Gary Dempsey has a stress fracture of a Metatarsal bone in his foot. Gary came off near the end of the Tiverton friendly Monday night complaining of pain in his foot.

The break is expected to keep Dempsey out of action for 8-10 weeks before returning to training. The injury is a blow to Gary and the club. We wish him well and hope he has a speedy recovery.

Of other injury news, Jim has clarified the general injury situation: Paul Warne is fully fit for Saturday. Marc Bircham has a slight hamstring tear that is likely to keep him out for over a week and captain Terry Skiverton is out with a sore groin. An MRI scan report will give a clearer picture of the injury. Terry is definitely out of the trips to Huddersfield and Hereford.

Not the most optimistic of starts for Russell as we get down to the serious business of competitive games but, Dempsey apart, there are no major long term issues at present.


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9 August 2007 : Morris To Sign
Lee Morris is set to sign a one year deal with the club by the end of the day reports Radio Bristol this afternoon.

The report goes on to say that the club are also on the verge of signing another player. No details were given as to who the player is or from what club he joins us.


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9 August 2007 : Angry Response From Leeds Board
League One side Leeds United have reacted angrily to losing their appeal against a 15 point deduction this morning (see earlier news).

The Leeds official site has put out a statement headlined "Leeds United 0 Taxman 1 (og Football League)" where they have accused the Football League's board of making "a serious misrepresentation of fact", describing the verdict to uphold the League's decision as a "perverse outcome ... which defied all logic".

The statement claims the only winner in the appeal has been the taxman (HMRC) accusing those that voted in favour of the sanction as being "driven by self interest". Leeds claim that the decision will "adversely affect football going forward for many years".

Despite starting 15 points adrift, the Elland Road club claim they will be concentrating on their "promotion campaign" on Saturday, whilst "considering its options". The Football League have already claimed that Leeds will be unable to take legal action against the decision under the terms of their appeal.


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9 August 2007 : Youth Team Lose At Shaftesbury
Yeovil Town's Under 18s side lost 3-2 against Shaftesbury Town last night in the latest (and quite possibly the last, unless someone knows different) of their pre-season friendlies.


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9 August 2007 : Leeds Punishment Stands
League One side Leeds United have lost their appeal against the 15 point deduction brought by the Football League for a breach of their insolvency regulations. The Yorkshire side were penalised for failing to set up a CVA after coming out of administration that would have formalised the repayment of creditor debts.

There were two votes at Prenton Park this morning with all of the other 71 Football League Chairmen entitled to vote. The first vote was to ratify that Leeds had broken the Football League's rules. The second vote was to confirm that the punishment set for breaking those rules was appropriate.

On both counts, over 75 percent of those present voted in favour of the Football League's decision, and therefore against Leeds United. Football League Chairman Lord Mawhinney said of the outcome:

"Leeds United presented their appeal and why they thought the board was wrong. We then had a vote which overwhelmingly endorsed the decision that there should be a sanction. In a second vote the League overwhelmingly endorsed the sanction. Overwhelmingly means the vote was over 75% in support of the board. Leeds are starting the new season in League One as a valued member of the league's football family but with a penalty of 15 points."

The row over KPMG's handling of the administration may not end here though. Leeds are still due to face HM Revenue and Customs in court over £7.7 million worth of unpaid tax and VAT. With no CVA in place, HMRC still have the right to claim the full sum back from the Yorkshire side. That hearing is due to be heard in September.


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9 August 2007 : Slade Still Chasing Two Signings
Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has told today's Western Gazette that he still believes he is two players short of a full squad as he prepares to start the 2007-08 season. However, he remains hopeful that he will be able to add to that squad with one possibility even arriving before Saturday's trip to Huddersfield Town:

"One signing will probably get done on Thursday. With regards to the other one it seems to be going on and on so that might not even get done before the start of the season."

In previous interviews, Slade has suggested he is chasing another midfielder, possibly one that can play on the left-side, and also a striker, so these would be the most likely positions that the Yeovil boss is continuing to target.


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9 August 2007 : Northampton Match Pay On The Day
Yeovil Town's trip to Sixfields on Saturday 25th August will be a pay on the day game. The match against Northampton Town will see the following prices applied:

Adults: £19.00. Over 60s and Students: £15.00. Under 16s: £12.00. Under 7s: Free of Charge.

Disabled adults are charged £13.00 whilst juniors are charged £10.00 with their corresponding assistants admitted free of charge.

Away fans are housed in the South Stand (just under 900 capacity), and if required part of the Alwyn Hargrave (East) Stand (300 seats).

Any further enquiries should be made to the Sixfields Box Office on 01604 588338.


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9 August 2007 : Hereford Advance Ticket Sales Reminder
A reminder (from original article on June 28th) that tickets for the First Round Carling Cup tie against Hereford United are still available from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

The match will be played on Tuesday 14th August, with a 7.45 p.m. kick-off at Edgar Street. The match is not all-ticket.

Ticket prices have been set at :

Terrace

adult £13.00, concession £9.00, children £6.00

Stand

adult £15.00, concession £12.00, children £7.00

Ambulant disabled persons are charged £9.00 with assistants admitted free of charge. Wheelchair users should phone 01432-276666 to reserve their space.

Concessions are those over 65, children are those under 16. Note that for league matches Hereford's policy is to charge concessions and children who are not Club Members an additional £1.00 surcharge for pay-on-the-day. It is not stated whether this policy will apply for the Carling Cup tie, but be prepared.

The normal area allocated to away supporters is situated in the Floors-2-Go Stand, which runs parallel to Edgar Street (A49). The stand, which gives a side-on view of the pitch is a canteliver design, and accommodates both covered seating (higher tier) and covered terracing (directly beneath), and is split between home and visiting fans. The away part is situated towards the Blackfriars Street End, with the seating available in Block 'E'. Block 'F' is usually kept clear as a 'no man's land' between home and away supporters.


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8 August 2007 : Fry Backing League Verdict
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has told tomorrow's Western Gazette that his club will almost certainly be voting for the Football League's sanction against League One side Leeds United to stand.

Fry took over the Chairmanship of the Glovers whilst they were in heavy debt in the mid-1990s, and has established the reputation of being a cautious prudent man at the helm whose priority is to ensure that the club break even every season. As such, it's not too surprising to find his views on a situation that has largely developed out of the former Premiership club's over-spending:

"It is fair. There is a Chairmen's meeting and someone from this club will attend. Unfortunately the punishment has to be applied."

Leeds stand to start the League One season on minus 15 points after they were penalised for breaching the Football League's insolvency laws. Even when they were told to rectify the issue, administrators KPMG refused to do so, and so the points penalty was applied. Leeds are attempting to get the penalty over-turned at a meeting being held tomorrow at Prenton Park, home of Tranmere Rovers. See our story from earlier today for more details.


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8 August 2007 : Triple Doubt For Huddersfield Trip
Yeovil Town look to be travelling up to the Galpharm Stadium with three players having serious injury concerns, and one of them will come as a major surprise.

Club captain Terry Skiverton is according to tomorrow's Western Gazette looking unlikely to be fit due to a groin injury, despite having featured in the majority of the pre-season matches. He will be joined by midfielders Gary Dempsey and Marc Bircham, both of whom have struggled for fitness since arriving at Huish Park. Dempsey played at Tiverton Town on Monday but didn't particularly shine, whilst Bircham has been laid low by a hamstring injury for the past fortnight.

Speaking to the paper, manager Russell Slade explained:

"Bircham, Skiverton and Dempsey are all highly unlikely to be fit for the weekend. Skiverton has got a slight groin problem at the moment and we are investigating to see if there is any long-term problem there."

If all three players fail to make it up to Huddersfield, then Skivo's obvious replacement will be Scott Guyett, who several supporters have argued is worthy of a starting place in the team on merit, and so he should be an easy shoe-in. In midfield, the young pairing of Anthony Barry and Lee Peltier will almost certainly be preferred, although Matthew Rose could be slotted in as a blocker if Slade believes he needs a little more experience in there.


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8 August 2007 : Leeds To Have Fate Decided Tomorrow
League One side Leeds United will have the appeal against their 15 point deduction heard by the Football League's other 71 member clubs tomorrow as they bid to have their punishment reduced or quashed.

The Yorkshire side were penalised for failing to set up a CVA when they came out of administration, which formalises under UK law their legal commitments towards their creditors and their frequency of payment for those debts. In failing to set up a CVA to repay their debts, the Football League believe that Leeds have breached its insolvency regulations and it is this claim that will be heard tomorrow.

Leeds Chairman Ken Bates has written to all 71 clubs in advance of the meeting. In the letter he claims that "Leeds have broken no rules and have complied with the regulations of the Football League" - something that clearly the Football League dispute. Bates appears to be claiming that because the Football League allowed his club to stay in the league without setting up a CVA due to "exceptional circumstances" recognised by the Football League board that this allows Leeds to escape without punishment.

In the lengthy rambling letter, Bates manages to aim side-swipes at almost anyone standing in the way of what he wants to do with Leeds United:

* On the press reporting of the situation: "The standard of reporting of the process has been appalling"
* On HMRC's (the taxman) appeal against the CVA: "the appeal was a sham" ... "the decision of the Revenue was vexatious"
* On the League's criticism of the administration: "if the League have complaints about the process they should be addressing them to the Administrators not the Club"

Bates finishes off by claiming that the situation is "a breach of natural justice". Whether any of the various Football League Chairmen will reach the end of the letter which contains numerous contradictions and side-issues is questionable.

Leeds fans have also been busy, mailbombing the Football League and individual member clubs to try and drum up support. Much will depend upon where the individual member clubs' consciences lie. The angle taken by the Leeds fans, co-ordinated by their Supporters Trust, is that such a penalty is not fair on the fans, and it is true to say that most Leeds fans have been highly critical of Bates and administrators KPMG.

However, the Football League have spent much of the last few years trying to clean up the game's image in terms of the way clubs manage their finances and there is little doubt that this will be Football League Chairman Lord Mawhinney's message to the clubs. If the 71 clubs vote for Leeds United's punishment to be reduced or quashed, then as a collective force they will be rubber-stamping a mandate for other clubs to abandon the well-established CVA process.


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8 August 2007 : Ciderspace Guide To Huddersfield
The 2007-08 season is almost among us! As usual, Ciderspace will be bringing you guides to each away match (yes, even the team from the Welsh borders when we play them on Tuesday!) and of course we open up with Saturday's trip to the Galpharm Stadium, home of Huddersfield Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Huddersfield.


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8 August 2007 : Mildenhall Keen To Stay But, No Rush To Open Talks
Boss Russell Slade would like to extend the contract of Steve Mildenhall, who is out of contract in June 2008. The ever dependable goalkeeper hopes that talks can start soon but, is in no rush at the moment reports the Western Daily Press.

Speaking to the paper, Mildenhall is reported as saying: "Hopefully we can sit down and try to get things sorted. I am very happy here. I'm really enjoying my football.

"We've got a great bunch of lads so it would be nice to get something sorted out. We haven't put any timeframe on it. It is pre-season and there are a lot of other important things to sort out before me.

"So while the gaffer is doing what he has to do to get the team prepared I am quite happy to wait because the team is more important than I am."


The article continues with Steve talking about all the changes at Huish Park and is optimistic of further success this season: "I looked at the team photo from last season the other day and there are 12 left from the 25-man squad in that photo. Hopefully everyone will gel together quite quickly and we can push on from last season,” he said.

Let’s hope he doesn’t leave it too long to sign an extension.


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7 August 2007 : Officials For Huddersfield Match
Saturday's opening fixture of the 2007-08 season will see Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire) take charge of the game. We didn't have Mr Drysdale last season, but he popped up twice during the 2005-06 season, both in away matches that produced favourable results.

His most recent outing was in our trip to the Bescot Stadium in March 2006 where the Glovers secured a 2-0 win that was to prove vital in Yeovil's attempts to stay in League One. Referee Drysdale rightly dismissed Walsall's Ishmel Demontagnac after he committed a rash challenge to pick up a second yellow card.

The Lincolnshire referee was part of a historic moment for the Glovers, taking charge of the September trip to Hartlepool United that gave the Glovers their first ever League One win.

However, during the 2004-05 season he was at the centre of controversy when he took charge of a local match against Grimsby Town. Drysdale refused to award Yeovil a last minute penalty when Phil Jevons was felled by home keeper Simon Ramsden. Despite dropping a clanger there, his performance at Hartlepool and Walsall were of a far higher standard, so hopefully the 2005-06 matches will give an indication of his likely performance.

Mr Drysdale will be assisted by Mark Heywood (Cheshire) and Paul Thompson (Derby). The fourth official will be Colin Harwood (Manchester).

Link: March 2006 : Ciderspace Match Report : Walsall 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: September 2005 : Ciderspace Match Report : Hartlepool 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2005 : Ciderspace Match Report : Grimsby Town 2 Yeovil Town 1.


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7 August 2007 : Sherwood Joins Paulton
Former Yeovil Town youth team central defender Harry Sherwood has joined Paulton Rovers after impressing in a trial with the Somerset side.

Harry, son of former Glover Jeff Sherwood, was a regular of Stuart Housley's side last year and picked up an end of season award as the Manager's Player Of The Season.


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6 August 2007 : Pre-Season Ends With A Draw
Yeovil Town completed their 2007-08 pre-season schedule with a 1-1 draw against Tiverton Town at Ladysmead tonight. The side was a mix of squad players and trialists, and although they hit the woodwork three times during the match, they couldn't find the second goal that would have sealed the match.

They got off to a flier though, taking the lead after just two minutes as two of the trialists combined. Arturo made his way down the left flank and squared the ball to Wilfred Diomenoe, who chested the ball down well, then fired the ball home into the bottom corner.

But the home side equalised ten minutes before the break when Carl Cliff-Brown netted for the Tivvy.

The first half was of high quality and the Glovers struck the woodwork twice during the opening 25 minutes, going on to find a post in the way for a third time later on in the game. But the second period petered out a little, with Tivvy putting in some fierce tackles and perhaps one or two of the Yeovil players mindful that the season starts on Saturday.

The game also featured two of the newer Youth Team players - right-back Steve Martin who started the match, and Owen Irish who came on as a substitute.

Final Score: Tiverton Town 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Yeovil Town:
Alan Blayney, Steve Martin, Ishmael Welsh, Craig Alcock, Gary Bowles, Gary Dempsey, Jerahl Hughes, Stephen Maher, Wilfred Diomenoe, Darryl Knights, Arturo.

Substitutions:
Tom Clarke (46 mins for Darryl Knights)
Owen Irish (60 mins for Steve Martin)
Ren Turnock (82 mins for Arturo)
Danny O'Brien (85 mins for Gary Dempsey).

Tiverton Town (5-3-2):
R Johnston; L Clarke, M Villis, T Gardner, N Rudge, C Vinnicombe; J Martin, M Booth (G Gould 13, P Wyatt 72), W Gardner; C Cliff-Brown (L Irish 72), C Young (T Knighton 54).

Attendance: 458.


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6 August 2007 : Prices For Tiverton Friendly
Tonight's friendly against Tiverton Town will have the following admission prices set:

Adults: £5.00. Seniors: £3.00. Children: £1.00.


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6 August 2007 : Maher Loan On Hold
Yeovil Town midfielder Stephen Maher will go into tonight's friendly against Tiverton Town knowing that he has two managers to impress. The Irishman will line up for the Glovers at Ladysmead tonight (kick-off 7.30pm) and so will obviously be keen to show Yeovil manager Russell Slade that he should be part of his plans for the coming season.

However, Stephen also knows that Tivvy boss Martyn Rogers is also chasing his services as the Southern League Premier side seek to bolster their midfield before they kick-off their season on Saturday. Rogers had hoped to take Maher on loan before the weekend, but he explained that the deal got put on hold:

"We had a discussion on Friday and they preferred he didn't play for us for insurance purposes, but he's going to play against us on Monday (tonight) and we will talk after the game. We are a little bit light but hopefully we can sort something out with Maher to bolster it a bit and maybe get one more in before the season starts. I have a few things to follow up."

The Glovers will almost certainly be fielding a "Second XI" style line-up tonight, with those who did not start against Torquay United on Friday night most likely to be selected for the match at Ladysmead. There is currently no word on whether any trialists, such as Justin Cochrane will be involved on the night.


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6 August 2007 : Slade Won't Panic
The Western Daily Press today reports that Russell Slade is not going to panic in his search for additions to the squad before the opening League One fixture at Huddersfield. He is hoping to sign a Premiership midfielder on loan and is also looking for a forward.

Russell is reported as saying; “If we can't get them we won't panic because we are not looking bad. There are things to work on. We are not the final article by a long, long way."

The article goes on to mention the good performance of Scott Guyett in the 2-2 draw at Torquay last Friday. It continues with the Yeovil boss assessing injuries in the week leading up to the big kick off and also working on set play defending.


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6 August 2007 : Directions To Tiverton
For those going to tonight's final pre-season friendly against Tiverton Town, the following directions to their Ladysmead ground should hopefully help. Kick-off tonight is at 7.30pm.

Firstly, drive to Junction 27 on the M5 - for most people this will involve getting onto the M5 at Taunton and heading Westbound towards Exeter.

Head towards Tiverton on the A361 dual carriageway travelling for about seven miles. Ignore the first junction for A396 Tiverton and Bickleigh (Gornhay Cross) and keep going (this is important) a little further until you reach a large roundabout.

Turn left at the roundabout take first exit (A3126) for the Town Centre and Castle, continue along that road for about 400 yds crossing a new roundabout, passing a college, and Tiverton's youth sections field on the left and Tiverton Rugby Club on right until you meet a mini roundabout. You will notice the Exe Valley Leisure Centre on your left.

Go straight across (first exit) the mini roundabout. You will see Ladysmead to your right. Go along that road for about 200 yds and turn right into Ladysmead.


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5 August 2007 : Leeds To Get Trial By Peers
League One side Leeds United's appeal against their 15 point deduction will be heard by their fellow Football League clubs. In what effectively becomes a trial by peers, the next full members meeting will decide whether the penalty, sanctioned by the Football League board on Friday, is just.

The Football League have now issued their own statement concerning the affair, and have confirmed that it was administrator KPMG's failure to follow Football League rules concerning clubs coming out of administration that triggered a second penalty for the Yorkshire side. KPMG had been told by the Football League that Leeds had to exist administration by setting up a CVA. When KPMG refused, knowing that would result in the Taxman, HMRC, taking High Court action that would delay the set-up of that CVA, the Football League moved in and slapped a 15 point penalty for breaching the league's insolvency rules.

The Football League's statement reads:

"The Football League Board agreed that, notwithstanding the manner in which this administration has been conducted, the club should be permitted to continue in the Football League. Consequently, the board have decided to make use of the 'exceptional circumstances' provision within the League's insolvency policy, for the first time, and agreed to transfer the club's share in the Football League to Leeds United 2007 Ltd. However, it is acknowledged the club did go into administration and has been unable to comply with the terms of the League's well-established insolvency policy. As a result, the board determined this transfer of membership should be subject to ... a 15-point deduction."

What is surprising is that Leeds United are appealing. The Football League's statement makes it clear that penalty is a condition of the transfer of membership, thus any appeal could feasibly see that membership revoked. Conference North side Boston United may well point out that when they breached the Football League's insolvency rules, they were demoted a whole division. As yet, there is no date for the appeal to be heard.


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4 August 2007 : Russell 's Verdict On The Torquay United Game
The biggest worry for Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade after the visit to Plainmoor Friday evening was injuries. Pleased with watching his side twice come back from a goal deficit to draw 2-2 at Torquay United, Glovers boss Slade voiced concern about the injury situation.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol after the game, Russell said: "The biggest concern probably at the end was how we came out of it in terms of injuries because we’ve got one or two there. We got a knock to Lee Peltier; he’s come off in the end. Mark Lynch is carrying a knock and Lloyd Owusu an ankle injury so, that’s a little bit of a concern, but hopefully it’s not too serious for us."

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 Somerset Sound's Audio Archive.


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4 August 2007 : League One Rivals Friendly Results
One week to go and most our League One rivals are playing final pre-season friendly games this weekend in preparation for the big kick-off. There are some interesting scores from the following games.

Friday August 3.
Doncaster Rovers 0 - 2 Manchester United
Tranmere Rovers 2 - 1 Stoke City

Saturday August 4.
TMCUTR 2 - 2 AFC Bournemouth
Burton Albion 1 - 3 Walsall
Carlisle United 1 - 2 Blackpool
Chester City 0 - 4 Brighton & Hove Albion
A Welsh Border Club With A Fetish For Cattle Excrement 2 - 0 Cheltenham Town
Crawley Town 1 - 2 Southend United
Crewe Alexandra 3 - 1 Stockport County
Exeter City 0 - 1 Swindon Town
Grays Athletic 1 - 0 Leyton Orient
CVA Leeds United 1 - 2 Wigan Athletic
Macclesfield Town 0 - 2 Oldham Atletic
Mansfield Town 0 - 4 Huddersfield Town
Millwall 1 - 1 Sierra Leone
Plymouth Argyle 7 - 3 Bristol Rovers
Port Vale 0 - 1 Shrewsbury Town
Rotherham United 2 - 1 Hartlepool United
Ru$hden & Diamonds 0 - 3 Northampton Town
Sheffield United 1 - 0 Nottingham Forest
DCBs 1 - 2 Luton Town
Welling United 2 - 2 Gillingham

Sunday August 5.
Swansea City 2 - 0 Levante

Note: Due to a change in status, TBCUTR has now become TMCUTR (M for Massive).


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3 August 2007 : Glovers Held To Draw At Plainmoor
Yeovil Town had to twice come from behind to secure a 2-2 draw against Torquay United tonight, as the Conference newcomers proved to be tough opposition in Yeovil's penultimate pre-season friendly. Torquay had already beaten Bristol City and Plymouth Argyle in earlier friendlies and looked as though they had plans to pick up a third Football League scalp during their pre-season campaign.

The goals were shared evenly across both halves. A 29th minute downward header from Torquay's Tim Sills saw the home side take the lead, but that was short-lived as a couple of minutes later, Marcus Stewart continued his striking momentum by creating himself space in the box from a free kick to finish into the bottom corner and level the scores at half time.

Nine minutes into the second period, Torquay re-took the lead when a Lee Mansell corner was headed back across the face of the box, and Tony Bedeau finished well from close range. Torquay had further chances to extend their lead, but with 13 minutes remaining, Scott Guyett came to the rescue and again it was a free kick from the left that undid Torquay, looping over the keeper and into the net.

Perhaps significantly, there were no trialists on show at tonight's game, with even Justin Cochrane not making it into tonight's side. Cochrane turned out for AFC Bournemouth against Reading on Wednesday night suggesting that his attention may be focussed elsewhere. Whether any trialists make it into Monday's side that travels to Tiverton Town remains to be seen.

Final Score: Torquay United 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Yeovil Town:
Steve Mildenhall
Mark Lynch, Terrell Forbes, Terry Skiverton, Nathan Jones
Marvin Williams, Anthony Barry, Lee Peltier, Lee Morris
Lloyd Owusu, Marcus Stewart

Subs:
Darryl Knights (63 mins for Lee Morris)
Matthew Rose (63 mins for Mark Lynch)
Scott Guyett (66 mins for Terrell Forbes)
Gary Dempsey (70 mins for Anthony Barry)
Ishmael Welsh (75 mins for Lloyd Owusu)
Stephen Maher (85 mins for Lee Peltier)

Torquay United:
Rayner; Nicholson, Woods, Robertson, Todd, Mansell, Sills, Phillips, Hill, Hargreaves, Bedeau.

Subs:
Rice; Hinshelwood, Benyon, Wring, Hockley, Mullings, Stevens, Zebroski, Nash, Hastings.

Attendance: 1,621.


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3 August 2007 : Wealey Bad News!
Chris Weale could be lining up against the Glovers later this month in the Carling Cup tie at old friends adversaries Hereford United.

Bristol City look set to loan out the former Town goalkeeper to the Bulls for an initial month deal.

Whatever he has done to deserve such a fate, we wish Chris a very speedy recovery from his spell at Edgar Street (if rubber stamped) and hope he has an off day against us if not cup-tied.


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3 August 2007 : Leeds Given 15 Point Penalty
League One side Leeds United have been told by the Football League that they can start the 2007-08 season - but at the cost of 15 points. Leeds have had the 'golden share' passed to the new Leeds United 2007 company entitling them to register their current playing squad with the Football League as well as sign new players.

The Yorkshire club has been penalised presumably for failing to set up a CVA after coming out of Administration. Football League Chairman Lord Mawhinney had said earlier this week that all 41 clubs that had gone into administration as a Football League side had honoured a proportion of their debts under a structured CVA, but administrators KPMG controversially sold the company directly to Ken Bates without any such arrangement in place.

Leeds United have said that they will be appealing against the 15 point penalty. Given that the Football League had powers to expel them from the league, we rather suspect that they should swallow the punishment and accept it. There is no timeframe for appeal at present.

There is no word currently from HMRC who currently have an outstanding High Court action against Leeds, disputing the transfer of ownership to Bates, despite other offers being on the table. HMRC are owed 17.6 million pounds from the collapsed company and said they planned to take legal action to declare the process that administrators KPMG took to be against the interests of creditors.


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3 August 2007 : Torquay Admission Prices
Admission prices for tonight's pre-season friendly against Torquay United at Plainmoor will be as follows:

Adults: £10.00. Senior Citizens and Under 16s: £5.00.

For directions to the ground and team news, see the two earlier articles from today.


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3 August 2007 : Families Of The Future
The Football League have introduced a new initiative for the forthcoming 2007-08 season to encourage more families to attend football matches. Following on from their Fans Of The Future scheme designed to attract more young people to football matches, they are now targetting incentives for clubs to provide adequate facilities and policies for families.

Those that satisfy the authorities will be awarded the Football League Family Charter Mark. The Football League will also introduce a new award at their annual awards evening, which will recognise the Family Club Of The Year award.

Part of the method of monitoring individual club policies regarding families will involve the Football League sending out what they call 'mystery fans' - effectively families paid to go and watch football matches and to try and sample the whole matchday experience. Yeovil Town were selected last season for a similar exercise, which involved the 'family' visiting the ticket office, club shop, food bars, asking stewards for assistance to generally build up a picture of how that club operates. The Glovers came out of it fairly well, with the Ticket Office and Club Shop coming in for particular praise - the main area of criticism were the tea bars.

In addition to the covert surveys involving the 'mystery fans', clubs will also be assessed in terms of their pricing policies for families and whether child protection and safety practices have been implemented that would attract families to the ground. Presumably those that come out of the various stages with flying colours will be awarded the 'Charter Mark' and be able to advertise that status in their marketing publications.

On the surface of it, this is a good thing, provided the member clubs are given in advance of the season commencing details of what criteria each club would be assessed on and how that assessment builds up to a 'pass' or a 'fail'. Equally, if a club receives such a Charter Mark, we would hope that they would be reassessed on a regular basis to ensure that they are still hitting those standards, and that those who are denied such a status should be given a report detailing what they need to do to be better next time they are reassessed. Such a system will require a reasonable amount of resource on an annual basis from the Football League if this scheme is to carry ongoing credibility.


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3 August 2007 : JPT Pre-Draw Puts Glovers In First Round
Yeovil Town will be part of the First Round draw of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy after a pre-draw chose the clubs that would receive a bye through to the second round. The clubs that will not take part in the first round are as follows:

Northern Section

Bury
Carlisle United
Port Vale
Rochdale
Darlington
Leeds United
Lincoln City
Stockport County

Southern Section

Bristol Rovers
Cheltenham Town
Hereford United
Wycombe Wanderers
Barnet
Brighton & Hove Albion
Gillingham
Milton Keynes Dons

As usual, the authorities have paid little attention to the needs of those who actually attend football matches. The First Round draw for this season's competition will take place on Saturday 11th August on Sky Sports Soccer AM - during which time a large proportion of football supporters will already be on the road for the first game of the season - including Yeovil Town fans on their way to Huddersfield Town.


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3 August 2007 : Maher Heading For Tivvy Loan
Yeovil Town midfielder Stephen Maher looks likely to be heading out on loan to play for Southern League side Tiverton Town, who the Glovers are scheduled to play in a pre-season friendly on Monday night. If the paperwork can be sorted, the Irishman could make his debut in a competitive fixture tomorrow when Tivvy take on Bath City in the Southern League Championship Shield.

Speaking to the Exeter Express and Echo, boss Martyn Rogers believed he was on the edge of landing the 19 year old today:

"Stephen is a proper midfield player who is decent on the ball, gets around the pitch well and has an eye for goal. I have spoken to Russell Slade about him and I'm hopeful he can play tomorrow - I just need to rubber stamp it. I'm still looking but I will be a lot happier once I have got the midfield lad in because we desperately need another midfielder. Tomorrow will be a tough game, as usual. It's for the Championship Shield so there's something on it and I'm sure it will be a decent game."


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3 August 2007 : Team News For Torquay Trip
Yeovil Town have got three injury concerns ahead of tonight's trip to Plainmoor, and all three relate to signings the club has made over the summer. Although manager Russell Slade has said he plans to take a strong squad to face Torquay United he has told the Western Morning News that midfielder Lee Peltier, winger/striker Paul Warne and right-winger Marvin Williams could all miss out on the game:

Lee Peltier has a bit of a dead leg so we are just going to have to see how he goes. He should be all right but we can look at him closer to the game and make a decision then. Paul Warne has got a bit of an injury and Marvin Williams has got a bit of tightness in his muscles. We will see how they are [today] and make a decision then. I want to take a strong side to Torquay but I am not going to risk anybody with the start of the season just over a week away."

Tonight's match kicks off at 7.45pm. For directions to the ground, seee our story from this morning.


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3 August 2007 : Time Running Out For Leeds
With the 2007-08 football season due to start in just eight days time, the issues surrounding Leeds United's membership of the Football League and the chaotic handling of their administration by KPMG continues to run and run.

Today the Football League have confirmed what Leeds and KPMG have known all along - that they will not allow them to start the season without a formal CVA in place to honour the debts of the old club. Without this, the Football League will refuse to see a connection between the old Leeds United club, which collapsed into administration in May with debts of 34 million, and the new Leeds United 2007 company.

Football League Chairman Lord Mawhinney met with Leeds officials and KPMG yesterday, and made it clear what the Elland Road club needed to do to start the season:

"We have got to resolve it soon because the season starts in nine days' time. We all agreed that the best way forward would be to see if the administrators could reconstitute the CVA. Prior to Leeds we have had 41 clubs go through administration and every single one of them has gone through on the basis of a CVA."

Where the Football League have got Leeds by the balls is that they control the registration of players. At present, all of Leeds United's current staff are registered to the old club, and without any proof that Leeds United 2007 are prepared to fairly honour the old club's debts, those registrations will not transfer over:

"One of the issues [we] have been wrestling with is that the administrators have sold to Leeds United 2007 certain assets and liabilities, including Elland Road and the players' contracts. The players' registration remains with the old club, which is in administration. The registrations are a relationship between us and the club. But the normal way to resolve this is for a CVA to go through and once it has been through there is a legal agreement as to what all the unsecured creditors get."

So on the surface of things it would appear that all administrators KPMG have to do is to form a CVA which will define what debts Leeds United 2007 are prepared to honour and to get that agreed with creditors. However it is not that simple. The taxman - aka HM Revenue and Customs HMRC - took out a legal challenge at KPMG's decision to sell Leeds United to a consortium fronted by former Chelsea owner Ken Bates. Their challenge will be held in the High Court in September and centres upon two issues.

Firstly, they have questioned the late inclusion of several off-shore companies whose names appeared on a revised list of creditors that were used as 'voting rights' for the CVA.

Secondly, they have questioned the connection between major creditor Astor Investment Holdings and Leeds United 2007 and why Astor chose to block a CVA agreement with any party other than the one owned by Bates. Perhaps significantly, Astor's solicitor Mark Taylor is also a director of Leeds United 2007.

As Astor are registered in the British Virgin Islands, HMRC have been unable to find out who the mystery creditors are, and why they would not accept alternative offers to settle the Yorkshire club's debts. Astor agreed to write off £17.6 million pounds worth of debt - but on the condition that Bates was allowed to buy up the club - an unusually generous offer for a company that Taylor says has no relationship with Bates. HMRC director-general David Hartnett said of his company's position:

"We are not prepared to enter into any arrangement that lacks complete transparency about the identity of creditors and the terms of any deal being reached. HMRC believes it is vital that all creditors are treated fairly. HMRC is determined to achieve a full and fair settlement for the taxpayer."

Leeds United 2007 have previously claimed that any legal challenge by HMRC would result in "liquidation" for the club, and claim that the High Court action would leave no cashflow at the club (despite KPMG having allowed Bates's company to receive the proceeds from season ticket sales in advance of Leeds United being sold to them) and therefore would leave them unable to start the League One season. How much of that is an attempt to deflect blame onto HMRC and the Football League and how much of that is a serious threat to shut the club down is debatable. Lord Mawhinney believed the action KPMG needed to take was fairly straight-forward:

""If the CVA could be reconstituted then Leeds United, in terms of the old company, could start the season. The administrator agreed they would go off and report back as to whether or not they can do that."

Speculation in the press is that KPMG will not do that because of the High Court action by HMRC which would leave all parties in an ugly stand-off with time ticking down rapidly. One possible outcome is that Leeds will not start the season. Mawhinney didn't want to be pushed as to which direction he thought things would go:

"If you are asking me to make a prediction, I don't have a crystal ball. But if you are asking me if I am an optimist or a pessimist, I am an optimist. Part of our policy is to do whatever we can that is within the rules to ensure the continuation of our member clubs. That remains as true for Leeds United as it did for the other 41 clubs."

If Leeds fail to start the season, that will almost certainly mean that League One will be played with 23 clubs and Leeds United will be expelled from the Football League. But Mawhinney did not want to be drawn into the repercussions that could have just simply stating:

"We will go there when we have to."


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3 August 2007 : Directions To Torquay United
For those travelling to tonight's pre-season friendly against Torquay United, the following directions may be of use:

Depending upon where you're travelling from, you may decide to get on the M5 early at Taunton. Alternatively if you live further west of Yeovil, you may decide to follow the A303/A30 route to Exeter, joining the motorway at Junction 29.

Either way, a couple of miles after the end of the M5 motorway when it becomes the A38, the road splits going up a very steep hill and you need to take the A380 towards Newton Abbot and Torquay. On reaching Kingskerwell, take the first exit at the large roundabout (there is a McDonalds & Sainsburys on one side) onto the A3022 towards Torquay. After one mile turn left towards Babbacombe (A379). After one mile turn left into Westhill Road for Warbro Road. Plainmoor is signposted on nearing the ground.

There is a Ciderspace guide to Torquay nestling in the archives and that can be found here. However, be aware that it was last updated in September 2004, just prior to our last visit to Plainmoor for an LDV Vans Trophy tie. The directions, pub information and general info should just about hold true, but probably not the bit about Torquay's league status - how times change!


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2 August 2007 : Wazza Retro T-Shirt On Sale
The Away Travel Club have issued a new t-shirt which is now available at £6.50. Featuring an image of goalscoring legend Warren Patmore, who played six seasons for the club during the latter Conference days, the back also features his regular shirt number.

For further information, contact Mark Kelly at markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk.
Wazza shirt (front). On Sale Now from the Away Travel Club
Wazza shirt (back). On Sale Now from the Away Travel Club
Warren Patmore T-Shirt. On Sale Now from the Away Travel Club.
Photos © Away Travel Club 2007.



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2 August 2007 : Russell Slade Scarf On Sale
The Away Travel Club have issued a new scarf which is now available at £6.00. Featuring an image of manager Russell Slade, the scarf is shown below.

For further information, contact Mark Kelly at markkelly@ytisa.freeserve.co.uk.
Russell Slade scarf. On Sale Now from the Away Travel Club
Russell Slade scarf. On Sale Now from the Away Travel Club
Russell Slade scarf. On Sale Now from the Away Travel Club.
Photos © Away Travel Club 2007.



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2 August 2007 : Peltier, Official
The loan deal of Lee Peltier from Liverpool has been confirmed with 20 year old today signing to the end of December.

Peltier made seven Championship appearances for Hull City at the end of last season. He also made four first team appearances for the Reds including a 2-3 Champions League away defeat at Galatasaray.

We welcome Lee to Huish Park and hope that his stay with us is a productive one.


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2 August 2007 : Youth Team Lose At Chard
Last night's pre-season friendly between Chard Town and Yeovil Town's Under 18s finished with the home side winning 2-1 at Zembard Lane. Goals from J.Simmons and Steve Devlin saw Stuart Housley's side lose the match. At present we've not got details of the Yeovil Town scorer for this match.


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2 August 2007 : Slade Confirms Interest In Craney
Radio Bristol this morning reports that Russell Slade has confirmed interest in midfielder Ian Craney who only joined the Swans in January from Accrington Stanley.

Craney scored 28 goals in 86 appearances for Stanley and had an initial loan spell before making his move to the Liberty Stadium permanent.

A former non-league international, the 24 year old made 24 (3 sub) appearances for the South Wales outfit last season.

This news is echoed by the South Wales Evening Post. They claim that the player has a 100K price-tag on his head, having moved to Wales from Lancashire for the sum of 150K. This fee may not be accurate though - early media reports concerning the price Yeovil were due to pay for right-winger Marvin Williams proved to be very wide of the mark.

Meanwhile the Western Daily Press states that whilst Slade is interested in the player, he denies having gone as far as placing a bid - contrary suggestions in the South Wales press that the 100K bid had already been made:

"We've made no bid. He was someone who was on our list but we've made no official bid. He's a very good player and why shouldn't I be interested in those sort of players?"

The Radio Bristol report also mentions that Slade is trying to bring in another young Premiership midfielder on loan.


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1 August 2007 : Darts Exhibition Off
The Darts Exhibition that was planned to take place at Huish Park on August 12th, featuring World Champion Martin 'Wolfie' Adams, has been cancelled due to poor sales.


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1 August 2007 : Season Tickets Ready For Collection
Those who have already pre-ordered Season Tickets for the 2007-08 season can pick their tickets up from 9.00am tomorrow morning from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The ticket office will be open from 9.00am until 5.00pm tomorrow.

There is no mention of Season Tickets being posted out, so we would assume that collections leading up to the season proper are the only option being offered at present.


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